Posts published in Day: July 3, 2020

Media Council starts two infringement cases against TV channel PBK

Friday, July 3, 2020

The National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has started two administrative cases in the last month regarding the non-compliance of the TV channel PBK with the basic conditions of the broadcasting authorization, Latvian Television reported on July 3. Three infringements may lead to the cancellation of a broadcasting authorization. During the emergency, PBK was allowed to use the content produced by channel LTV7 to inform citizens about the threat of the pandemic.…

Norwegian resumes flights from Riga

Friday, July 3, 2020

As of Friday, July 3, scheduled international flights from and to Riga International Airport are resumed by the Norwegian low-cost airline “Norwegian”, airport representatives said on July 3. The first “Norwegian” flight from Riga will take place to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and in future the airline aircraft will travel to this destination twice a week from Riga on Mondays and Fridays. Starting next week, it will be possible to travel…

Riga International airport passenger numbers rising

Friday, July 3, 2020

As the number of flights grew and new destinations opened, the number of passengers at Riga International airport increased by more than 400% in June, the airport representatives told news agency LETA on July 3. Riga airport provided service to 55 445 passengers in June, with a monthly increase of 437%. However, the drop in the number of passengers served in June compared to June 2019 remains significant – 92.7%. In the first…

Five Latvian politicians named as ‘politically biased election observers’

Friday, July 3, 2020

July 2 saw the launch of a new database from the  European Platform for Democratic Elections – EPDE  which attempts to identify ‘fake’ election observers used to help generate propaganda and give legitimacy to non-democratic regimes and electoral processes. Several faces from Latvia make the cut along with dozens of politicians from other countries. The database is based on researcher    Anton Shekhovtsov  ‘s reports on politically biased international observation and according to Shekhovtsov “should be of great help…

President Levits reflects on first year in office

Friday, July 3, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits reflected on the first year of his four-year term of office July 3, running through a list of his achievements so far and hopes for the future in a session with the press at Rīga Castle, after appearing on LTV. “In the first year of his presidency, the President has paid special attention to highlighting the self-worth, uniqueness and significance of each place in Latvia. There…

Lithuanian road administration director sacked, intends to appeal

Friday, July 3, 2020

Vitalijus Andrejevas, the head of the Lithuanian Road Administration, was dismissed by Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič on Friday. Andrejevas will be replaced by Remigijus Lipkevičius as acting director. The ministry said the purpose of the move was “ensuring smooth and effective operation of the Road Administration”. Andrejevas said he was not given any explanation for the dismissal, adding that he would appeal it. “To my knowledge, I have not committed…

Majority of Lithuanians see Russia as a threat

Friday, July 3, 2020

Lithuanians perceive Russia as the biggest threat to their country’s security, according to a survey by the Eastern European Studies Centre (EESC) presented on Friday. The poll conducted in April–May 2020, included 1,012 respondents aged 18–75. Nearly two-thirds, or 64 percent, thought that the Kremlin‘s foreign policy was a threat to Lithuania. Among other hostile countries, Lithuanians mentioned Belarus (36 percent) and China (26 percent), while Latvia, Germany, Estonia, Sweden,…

US drones temporarily based in Baltics

Friday, July 3, 2020

The United States has temporarily deployed two MQ-9 Reaper drones to the Ämari Air Base in Estonia to conduct surveillance flights over the Baltic states. This marks the first time the unmanned, ground-operated drones have flown from Estonia, though they have been used in the Baltic airspace before, Estonian public broadcaster ERR  reported on July 2. The drones were temporarily moved from Miroslawiec Air Base in Poland, while its runway is…

Lithuanian student draws courier into improvised graduation ceremony

Friday, July 3, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced universities to cancel graduation ceremonies – but that is not the reason not to dress up in a robe and an academic cap, even if you accept your diploma from a courier. Laurynas Kanapeckas, a medical student from the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas, was a little disappointed – he would not be receiving his hard-earned diploma from the university rector in a…

Estonian SMEs: State has excluded small businesses from crisis plans

Friday, July 3, 2020

The Estonian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (EVEA) said it finds it unacceptable that discussions on recovery measures are currently planned without small businesses, which play a key role in the economy and on which it depends how quickly the economy recovers from the crisis, reported LETA/BNS. A number of current and former large business leaders, economists and experts are represented in the expert committee set up by the…