Posts published in Day: June 19, 2020

People in Vilnius protest against crackdown in Belarus

Friday, June 19, 2020

People in Vilnius gathered on Friday in Vincas Kudirka square to protest against political repressions in Belarus. Leading opposition candidates, as well as activists and protesters, have been detained in Belarus as the country gears up for the August 9 presidential elections. Around 120 people took part in the demonsration, according to the organisers. The mixed crowd of Lithuanians and Belarusians, including politicians, held signs calling for political prisoners to…

Five bidders applied for diesel train procurement tender

Friday, June 19, 2020

Five bidders have expressed interest in the procurement process of AS “Passenger Train” for the supply of eight new diesel trains: “Metrovagonmaš”, “Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A.”, “Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.”, “Public Joint Stock Company “Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works”” and “Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o”, said Passenger Rail (PV) on June 19. The company’s procurement commission on Friday, June 19, has opened candidate applications filed in the Electronic Procurement…

‘We’re not where we want to be’. EC president vows to continue discussions on Belarus NPP

Friday, June 19, 2020

The European Commission will continue discussions with Belarus about safety of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, EC President Ursula von der Leyen has said. Talking after a video conference with Eastern Partnership country leaders, von der Leyen said that the EU had yet to reach a satisfactory agreement about the facility that has been harshly criticised by Lithuania. Vilnius insists that the nuclear facility, to be launched in August only…

Tsarist-era prison in VIlnius that hosted Netflix Stranger Things to be sold

Friday, June 19, 2020

Lithuania government has decided to sell a part of the former Tsar-era prison complex in central Vilnius. A third of the space will be rented out. The Lukiškės prison was built in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in 1904 and closed down last July. The structure is listed as architectural heritage. The Lithuanian government said that a part of the complex, which will not be for sale, could be repurposed for…

Lithuania and Poland slam Putin’s ‘journalistic activities’

Friday, June 19, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has mocked the op-ed attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he claims that the occupation of the Baltic states by the USSR happened “with consent”. “Putin told US media that the unification of the Baltic states in 1940 happened by mutual agreement,” Linkevičius tweeted on Friday. “Same way he ‘unified‘ Crimea, same way [he] occupied 20 percent of Georgian territory. Deportations to Siberia…

Estonia to become associate member of CERN

Friday, June 19, 2020

Estonia is officially to become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), a European research organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, which operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) signed the agreement Friday, BNS reports. Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem (EKRE) said CERN cooperation will open  doors to Estonian businesses elsewhere in the world, will significantly strengthen…

Lithuanian airline to launch Vilnius–Palanga flights

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Lithuanian company has announced it will launch flights between Vilnius and Palanga on June 26. The 300-kilometre flight across Lithuania will last around 50 minutes. Flights between the Lithuanian capital and the Baltic Sea resort will run on Friday evenings, and return flights will be available on Sunday evenings. The service will be organized by Kidy Tour and will be operated by Avion Express, both part of Lithuania’s Avia…

Five candidates applied for diesel train procurement

Friday, June 19, 2020

Five candidates have expressed interest in the procurement of the AS “Passenger Train” for the supply of eight new diesel trains: “Metrovagonmaš”, “Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A.”, “Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.”, “Public Joint Stock Company “Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works”” and “Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o”, said Passenger Rail (PV) on June 19. The company’s procurement commission on Friday, June 19, has opened candidate applications filed in the Electronic…

Midsummer public transport will NOT be free of charge in Rīga

Friday, June 19, 2020

In a break with usual practice, public transport in Rīga will not be free of charge over the Midsummer holiday period. “In order not to encourage crowding and to comply with the national restrictions on the spread of COVID-19, a decision was taken on 11 June by the interim administration of the Riga City Council after consultations with epidemiologists,” a statement from the municipality said.  Public transport From Saturday, June 20, to…

Foreign investors offer advice on COVID-19 economic recovery

Friday, June 19, 2020

The influential Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL) has produced a document full of recommendations for policymakers on how to recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis. “It is necessary to think about the sustainability of the country’s long-term development, therefore the FICIL tactical work group of multidisciplinary experts has compiled recommendations for the state promoting competitiveness and restoring long-term economic development,” a release said, adding that “by promoting comprehensive reforms,…