Posts published in Day: June 25, 2020

Estonian, Latvian presidents meet on Saaremaa

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The state presidents of Estonia and Latvia took a break from their customary meetings in either Tallinn or Rīga June 25 by meeting instead on the pretty Estonian island of Saaremaa (‘Sāmsala’ in Latvian). Kuressaare, the isand’s main city, was chosen by presidents to remind residents of the Baltic countries that they can travel to and enjoy their summer in any of the three countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Topics under discussion included…

National Library of Latvia invites you to a multimedia exhibition

Thursday, June 25, 2020

From July 2 to August 15, the National Library of Latvia (LNB) will display a multimedia exhibition “Tautasdziesmu teicējas. 1991” (Folksong tellers. 1991), LNB representatives informed the media on June 25. The exhibition brings together time and people, folk songs and municipalities, as well as the experience and feelings of the viewer, in the presence of compatriots 29 years ago. It shows the work of Latvian contemporary photographer Jānis Deinats in 1991, when…

Three chief advisers to Lithuanian president step down

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Three chief advisers to the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda are stepping down., the presidential office said on Thursday.  Vytautas Žukas, the former chief of Lithuania’s armed forces, has resigned from his position as the chief adviser on national security. He plans to engage in private activities, according to the presidential office. Sonata Šulcė, who led the president’s advisers on education, science and culture, will continue working in creative and scientific…

Lithuanian politicians say a beach in Vilnius square ‘degrades’ memory

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A beach established in a Vilnius’ square known for its memorials for Lithuania’s independence have been criticised by politicians for “degrading” memory.  The temporary beach established in Lukiškės Square earlier this week, is flanked by a former KGB building – now housing a court and features names on its exterior walls of those who had died there – as well as the museum on the Soviet occupation and the country’s…

Baltics, Poland urge Russia to respect ‘territorial integrity’ of neighbours

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Baltic states and Poland have urged Russia to improve relations with its neighbours by respecting their sovereignty, territorial integrity, and international law. Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Polish parliamentary committees on foreign affairs signed a joint letter, urging Russia’s Duma to stop attempts to recall the condemnation of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between Soviets and Nazi Germany. The State Duma is scheduled to adopt a bill in July 2020, which would…

Constitutional Court: minimum income not in line with with Constitution

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, the Constitutional Court decided that the current guaranteed minimum income (GMI) level does not comply with the Constitution, Latvian Radio reported on June 25. The Court concluded that the contested level of GMI, along with other social assistance measures, does not ensure that any person can live in a state compatible with respectable human dignity. Moreover, the legislator has not decided on the main issues related to the definition of…

Baltic and Polish parliamentarians deplore Russian reappraisal of Molotov-Ribbentrop pact

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the three Baltic parliaments have released a Joint Statement June 25 expressing concern over a bill before the Russian state Duma, which they say dangerously distorts history. In their Joint Statement, the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland call on the State Duma and the authorities of the Russian Federation to withdraw a proposal…

Lithuanian president shuns meeting with Baltic counterparts

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has decided not to attend a meeting with his Estonian and Latvian counterparts due to a failure to agree on a joint boycott of Belarusian nuclear energy. “The energy or economy ministers have failed to reach trilateral agreement on the updated methodology on the purchase of electricity from third countries,” Antanas Bubnelis, the president’s spokesman, told BNS.   Nausėda believes the negotiations on a joint boycott…

EM: Job market will return to pre-crisis level by 2022-2023

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Labor market could return to pre-crisis levels in 2022-2023, some sectors will lose jobs while others would see increases, according to the Economics Ministry (EM) medium- and long-term job market forecasts, as reported on June 25. Given the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the total number of employees is expected to fall by 7.5% in 2020 (by almost 69,000) compared to 2019, while the unemployment rate is expected to rise to…

VID starts criminal proceedings on unaccounted wages

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Tax and Customs Police Board of the State Revenue Service (VID) opened criminal proceedings in May this year regarding untaxed cash payments in a construction industry company, VID informed the media in a statement on June 25. The VID Tax and Customs Police Office in Riga and Jelgava carried out 10 searches at the premises of the company involved in criminal proceedings, construction sites and residences. During the search, more than €15,000…