Posts published in Day: June 10, 2020

LRT FACTS. Was Antifa behind the Black Live Matter rally in Vilnius?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Rallies in support of US protests over the death of George Floyd reverberated across Europe, including in Vilnius. About a thousand people participated in the march last Friday, although the event had its detractors. In the run-up to the event, some insisted on social media that the peaceful march from Katedros Square to the US embassy in Vilnius would be a riot and was organised by the international left-wing movement…

Coronavirus update: cluster near Vilnius expands, postman tests positive

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Six new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Tuesday, bringing the total number to 1,733, the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Two of the new cases were already reported on Tuesday after an employee of a Norfa supermarket and Santara Clinics in Vilnius tested positive for the virus. Only 280 people are considered active cases, while 1,369 have already recovered. Three people died from Covid-19 over Tuesday, bringing…

Short stories of Lithuanian art. Vladas Urbanavičius and Ksenija Jaroševaitė – video

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century. In the Soviet Union, sculpture was the most ideologically-loaded art. Without public commissions artists had no technological means to realise large-scale projects. But several sculptors, however, came up with a solution. In 1962, in the remote Vilnius suburb of Jeruzalė, they built a workshop where they could work metal and carve…

Hotel’s on us. Lithuania may cover accommodation to attract foreign tourists

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lithuania’s Economy Ministry has proposed that the government cover accommodation costs of every third night that foreign tourists spend in the country. The measure would be “unique in Europe”, said the acting economy minister, Žygimantas Vaičiūnas. “The new measure we are creating, which would in fact be rather unique in Europe, aims at promoting inbound tourism,” Vaičiūnas told reporters on Wednesday. The ministry estimates that around 10,000 tourists could make…

Revenues to Latvia’s state budget 6% less than planned

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In the first five months of 2020, the 6% less than expected has been collected for the state budget, the State Revenue Service (VID) told Saeima Budget and Finance Committee on June 10. According to VID operational data, EUR 3.9 billion has been collected towards the general government budget over the first five months of 2020. The budget revenue plan has been fulfilled by 94%. Finance Minister Jānis Reirs (New Unity)…

Kariņš: changes needed in tax system

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The tax system should become more equitable and changes should take effect as of January 1 2021, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on June 10 after meeting with the President of the Bank of Latvia, Mārtiņš Kazāks. Kariņš pointed out that in February, the government examined the information report prepared by the Ministry of Finance, which contained a broad overview of the impact of changes in individual taxes. Kariņš said…

Lithuanian MPs protest outside Latvian embassy, calling to join Belarusian electricity embargo

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Several Lithuanian MPs protested outside the Latvian embassy in Vilnius on Tuesday, urging the country to back a joint Baltic boycott of Belarusian nuclear electricity. Lithuania has long called for a joint boycott of Belarusian electricity imports once the Astravyets nuclear plant becomes operational later this year. Lithuanian officials say the plant some 50 kilometres from Vilnius is unsafe and is a tool for the Kremlin to apply pressure on…

Foreign Minister: Direct payments from EU unfair

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The proposed long-term budget from the European Commission is good, except for the direct payments to farmers, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) to Latvian Radio on June 10. The current EC proposal for the EU long-term budget, together with the economic recovery fund, is a good basis for discussion, says Rinkēvičs. In his view, it is a better offer than it was in February, particularly in connection with cohesion…

Lithuania decides to lift quarantine

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The nationwide quarantine, which was introduced in Lithuania in mid-March, will be lifted on June 17, the government decided on Wednesday. However, some restrictions will remain in place. “In light of the gradually improving Covid-19 epidemic situation both in Lithuania and in European countries, we propose to lift the quarantine in the entire territory of Lithuania as of June 17,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said as he introduced the resolution.…

State budget 6% less than planned

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

In the first five months of 2020, the State budget has been 6% less than expected, State Revenue Service (VID) told Saeima Budget and Finance Committee on June 10. According to VID operational data, EUR 3.9 billion has been collected in the general government budget over the first five months of 2020. The budget revenue plan has been fulfilled by 94%. Finance Minister Jānis Reirs (New Unity) pointed out that…