Posts published in Day: June 29, 2020

Maxima Latvia warns about fake app

Monday, June 29, 2020

A malicious app has appeared in app stores with an identical visual design as that of supermarket chain Maxima Latvija,  the company informed on June 29. The name of the app is  Maxima Latvija  and the developer is indicated as  VD studio.  The fake app may be collecting user data. The company’s original application for online purchases and loyalty discounts is called  Maxima  and the developer is  Maxima Latvija. “We are disappointed…

Lithuanian parliament outlaws ‘open beach’ on Vilnius central square

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuania’s parliament, Seimas, has passed a law saying that Lukiškių Square in Vilnius must be used to commemorate fighters for the country’s independence and not offend “good morals”. The bill was put forward in reaction to an initiative by Vilnius authorities to install a temporary beach on the square. The law was passed on Monday in a vote of 78 to 11 with four abstentions. According to it, Lukiškių Square…

Latvia should implement shortened working hours, say employers

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Latvian Employers’ Confederation (LDDK) is calling for the introduction of short-term working hours, temporarily addressing the employment problem in times of crisis and overcoming the consequences of the crisis, Latvian Radio reported on June 29. Such a mechanism could replace downtime compensation, which will expire on Tuesday, June 30. The LDDK stresses that Latvia currently has one of the fastest rates of unemployment growth in the European Union, which shows…

Minimum wage raise may be smaller than planned, says Lithuanian PM

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday that the national minimum wage will increase less than originally planned. “There will be a change but probably less significant than expected early this year,” he told reporters on Monday. “[The minimum wage] is linked to the average wage” which is projected to fall, he added. The Tripartite Council, uniting trade unions, business representatitivres, and the government, has agreed that the minimum…

Lithuanian president opposes Brussels on Rail Baltica management

Monday, June 29, 2020

The infrastructure of the newly-built Rail Baltica railway in Lithuania must be managed by a state enterprise, the presidential office says. The management model of Rail Baltica, which is set to connect Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania with Poland, has been a subject of tense talks between the Baltic states and the European Commision. Brussels says the project needs deeper integration as it would ensure greater financial accountability. But Lithuania insists…

Lithuanian generals in shock: American tanks return home

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 29, 2020

The American mechanized battalion left Lithuania. Tanks and soldiers went to Germany and then to Texas. The U.S. battalion left Lithuania without waiting for Defender Europe 2020 military exercises. The battalion has been in the country since last fall and took part in some exercises. It was planned that the battalion would join the largest Defender 2020 NATO maneuvers, but they were eventually canceled due to the coronavirus. Several dozens…

Lithuanian PM nominates candidate for economy minister

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuania’s prime minister has nominated Rimantas Sinkevičius, a former transport minister, to head the Ministry of Economy and Innovation which has been without a chief for over six months. The ministry has been without a chief since last December when former Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius took up a job with the European Commission. Rimantas Sinkevičius, who is not a relative of the former economy minister, is a member of the…

Study says Latvians keen on illegal Internet torrents

Monday, June 29, 2020

Nearly every fifth inhabitant of Latvia uses torrents (illegal data streaming sites), revealed a survey conducted by the international Internet research and technology company Gemius,  and audit study, association On Legal Content  chair Dace Kotzeva said to Latvian Television June 29. She said that such a study had never been conducted before in Latvia. Funding was provided by the Ministry of Culture. The audit was conducted over February, March and April 2020.…

Latvia should implement shortened working hours, says LDDK

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Latvian Employers’ Confederation (LDDK) calls for the introduction of short-term working hours, temporarily addressing the employment problem in times of crisis and overcoming the consequences of the crisis, Latvian Radio reported on June 29. Such a mechanism could replace downtime compensation, which will expire on Tuesday, June 30. LDDK stresses that Latvia currently has one of the fastest rates of unemployment growth in the European Union, which shows that…