Posts published in Day: June 18, 2020

Lithuania‘s tobacco black market among the largest in Europe

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lithuania‘s black market of tobacco products has expanded over the past year and is among the largest in the European Union, a study by the international audit and consulting company KPMG revealed. Illicit cigarettes accounted for 17.7 percent of Lithuania’s total tobacco market in 2019. The black market was larger only in Greece, where it constituted 22 percent of all tobacco products. Lithuania’s state budget lost 68 million euros in…

Lithuania‘s black tobacco market among the largest in Europe

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lithuania‘s black market of tobacco products has expanded over the past year and is among the largest in the European Union, a study by the international audit and consulting company KPMG revealed. Illicit cigarettes accounted for 17.7 percent of Lithuania’s total tobacco market in 2019. The black market was larger only in Greece, where it constituted 22 percent of all tobacco products. Lithuania’s state budget lost 68 million euros in…

Chill out with the sounds of Latvian nature

Thursday, June 18, 2020

If coronavirus lockdown and the numerous other stressful situations of the modern world are getting on top of you, a rural district of Latvia is offering an hour’s escape. Amatas municipality, 80 km from Rīga takes its name from the picturesque River Amata which winds through its territory. Walking, fishing and canoeing are all popular recreations on the river, but now even if you can’t make it in person, you can stick on…

FM raises Latvia’s 2021 economic growth forecast to 5.1%

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Latvia’s economic growth is expected to reach 5.1% in 2021, which is 4.1 percentage points more than initially forecast, the Ministry of Finance reported on June 18. At the beginning of the preparation of the government budget for 2021, the FM has developed forecasts for macroeconomic indicators for 2020-2023, taking into account the economic impact of the crisis caused by COVID-19. The FM forecasts that gross domestic product (GDP) at comparable…

There’s a buzz at the Latvian Television building

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Beehives have returned to the Latvian Television (LTV) terrace in Zaķusala this morning, June 18, reported Latvian Television. Linden trees are about to bloom, which will allow bees to produce the distinct and particularly delicious linden bloom honey. The bees were taken to Zaķusala by the beekeeper Andis Titorenko of the Agricultural Services Cooperative Society  Medotava . Bees have already buzzed on the LTV terrace over previous summers, embarassing the employees with their…

COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases to 1,108

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Latvia recorded four new cases of COVID-19 on June 18, with the total number of cases rising to 1,108 on Thursday.  No more fatalities were recorded, with the death toll remaining on 30. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,911 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 133,557 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 903 patients have recovered. Six patients are in hospital, five of whom have moderate symptoms of…

Levits: We borrow now to invest in the future

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Latvia is in a relatively good position in the COVID-19 crisis, and there are great opportunities to emerge from this situation stronger than before. It is possible to borrow large sums of money, and use them wisely in the name of the future, said the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, in a speech to the last meeting of the Saeima spring session on June 18. The COVID-19 crisis clearly highlighted shortcomings…

Latvia objects to Russian Duma’s switch on Molotov-Ribbentrop pact

Thursday, June 18, 2020

On 18 June 2020, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Political Director, Jānis Mažeiks, met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Latvia, Yevgeny Lukyanov ( Лукьянов Евгений Владимирович ) to present Latvia’s position on draft legislation now pending in Russia’s State Duma, that would aim to revoke resolution No. 979-1 of 24 December 1989 adopted by the Congress of People’s Deputies of the USSR that condemned the secret protocol of…

Lithuania protests Russia’s move to rehabilitate Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lithuania’s government has expressed formal protest over attempts in Russia rehabilitate the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a 1939 German-Soviet agreement that precipitated World War Two and the occupation of Baltic states. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned a representative of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius to express concern over the bill in the Russian parliament, Duma, seeking to recall a 1989 concemnation of the Pact. The 1939 Soviet–German non-aggression treaty, also…

Lithuania icludes the USA in ‘blacklist’ of countries subject to travel restrictions

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Lithuanian Health Ministry has released a list of 45 countries that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Non-Lithuanian nationals from these countries can travel to Lithuania only in exceptional cases. They must register with the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) upon arrival and are required to self-isolate for 14 days. The coronavirus ‘blacklist’ includes many non-EU or EEA countries, such as Belarus, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, the United States,…