Posts published in Day: July 2, 2020

Baltic states update mutual consular assistance agreement

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On 2 July 2020, a renewed Agreement on Consular Assistance and Co-operation between Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania comes into force. The document supersedes the agreement on consular assistance and co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Latvia, the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania signed in Vilnius on 5 February 1999, the provisions of which “can be considered outdated and had come into conflict with…

Coronavirus update: five out of seven new cases contracted in Sweden and Ukraine

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lithuania has confirmed seven new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total count to 1,825, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. Five of the new cases are infections contracted abroad. This week, Lithuania has been reporting one new Covid-19 case a day. Currently, 200 people are considered active cases, while 1,536 have already recovered and 66 are in isolation. Seventy-eight people have died of Covid-19 in…

Air traffic between Latvia and Georgia could be resumed soon

Thursday, July 2, 2020

According to the decisions made by the European Union (EU) and recommendations from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), the resumption of scheduled passenger air traffic between Latvia and Georgia is expected in the near future, Minister of Transport Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) posted on his Twitter account. The minister calls to follow along information on airlines’ websites when flights could resume. Meanwhile, information on the website…

International passenger carrier FlixBus to launch operations in Baltics

Thursday, July 2, 2020

FlixBus, an international passenger carrier registered in Germany, will start operating in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the company’s representatives informed LETA. Representatives of FlixBus will give a press conference on July 8 to inform the public about the company’s plans in the Baltic countries. FlixBus Managing Director in Poland, Baltics and Ukraine, Michal Leman will also participate in the press conference. He will announce the first routes that will connect…

Šarūnas Jasikevičius leaves Žalgiris Kaunas to coach Barcelona

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Šarūnas Jasikevičius is leaving as head coach of Lithuania’s Žalgiris Kaunas basketball club to join FC Barcelona, the Lithuanian basketball club announced on Thursday. Having coached Žalgiris since 2016, Jasikevičius has used a clause in his contract to end his cooperation with the club early. One of Jasikevičius most memorable achievements with Žalgiris was in 2018 when the club made it to the EuroLeague Final Four and took the third…

Govt to allocate EUR 1.5 mln for organization of WRC stage in Estonia

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday approved the allocation of 1.5 mln euros to the Ministry of Culture for the organization of a World Rally Championship (WRC) stage in Estonia. The government is allocating the funds from the government’s reserve fund at the proposal of Finance Minister Martin Helme. Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in mid-June that the Cabinet had discussed the proposal by the Ministry of Culture…

Baltic states update mutual consular assistance agreement

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On 2 July 2020, a renewed Agreement on Consular Assistance and Co-operation between Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania comes into force. The document supersedes the agreement on consular assistance and co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Latvia, the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania signed in Vilnius on 5 February 1999, the provisions of which “can be considered outdated and had come into conflict with…

Moody’s: Latvia’s GDP to shrink by 7.3%

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by 7.3% this year, while the economy will grow by 4.7% next year, predicted international rating agency Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (Moody’s) on July 1. According to Moody’s, the Latvian credit rating, set at A3 level, is supported by three key factors – the flexible and relatively diversified Latvian economy, the moderate level of Latvian government debt and effective policy making. The Agency…

New Administrative Liability Law in force in Latvia

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On Wednesday, July 1, the new Administrative Liability Law entered into force, taking the place of the Code of Administrative Violations, issued in 1985, Latvian Television reported on July 1. From now on, the Code of Administrative Violations, issued in 1985 and changed more than 150 times, is no longer in force. Now there is the Administrative Liability Law, which means not only a change in the name, but that…

PM Kariņš talks about coronavirus response on CNN

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister apeared on the American media outlet Cable News Network (CNN) July 1, talking about Latvia’s widely-praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic and European Union plans for economic recovery. He was interviewed by well-known journalist Richard Quest who begins by asking the question: “You are basically saying hang on, yes, we may have opened borders but think twice before travelling to a foreign country. Why is that?” Latvian…