Posts published in Day: July 9, 2020

New company takes over construction of chic Rīga theater

Thursday, July 9, 2020

On July 9 the SBSC group, which consists of Skonto Būve and Skonto Construction, took over construction of the high-brow New Riga Theater after the contract with the previous company was terminated as fractures appeared in the neighboring houses during construction. It is now planned the theater could return to its historical premises by fall 2022, with the reconstruction about doubling previously available space. Skonto būve board member Juris Pētersons…

Parliament supports temporary ban on foreign adoptions

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Latvian parliament on July 9 supported a bill that would ban most foreign adoptions until new regulations are worked out. It is understood that the bill, which was supported in the first, non-final reading, would ban foreign adoptions even to countries with which Latvia has two-party agreements. There would be several exceptions to the law, however: adoption cases in progress would be allowed to continue, and relatives or the children…

Creditors will have it easier to pardon crisis-era debts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

On July 9 the Latvian parliament significantly eased creditors’ ability to pardon crisis-era mortgage debt. In particular, creditors will be able to pardon debt that residents have accrued by taking out mortgages until year-end 2008. Likewise, they will be able to cancel guarantee debt and assigned debt.  Until now, some creditors have carried out programs to cancel debt via a two-party agreement, but the previous regulations made it rather tricky. Data…

Baltic states moving towards agreement on Belarusian electricity ban, president says

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania continues talks with Estonia and Latvia on boycotting electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant, according to President Gitanas Nausėda. “Let’s be patient. Negotiations are a process that doesn’t end when one wishes them to or when a proposal is put forward, because this proposal must be approved by all parties,” Nauseda told reporters on Thursday. In protest of the construction of the plant, which it deems unsafe, Vilnius…

Coronavirus pandemic cuts Lithuania’s emigration rate

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania recorded positive net migration once again in June as the number of people arriving in the country from abroad nearly twice exceeded the number of those leaving, figures from the country’s statistics office showed on Thursday. “The number of emigrating Lithuania’s citizens showed a slight increase but remained well below the pre-pandemic level,” said Tomas Šiaudvytis, a senior economist with the central Bank of Lithuania. In 2019, Lithuania reversed…

Court finds meager support for disabled and old people unconstitutional

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Latvia’s Constitutional Court has found that the current financial support for disabled and senior people is not in line with Latvia’s constitution. The social security support is granted to disabled people and unemployed people who don’t qualify for a state pension or insurance over an accident at work; it is also granted to children who’ve lost their guardian. Support for most of these groups is set at just 64 euros…

Health Ministry to review COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Ministry of Health (HM) plans  to analyse the increase in the number of COVID-19 infected people, and review the limits imposed in Latvia, Health Minister said on July 9. Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (“Development/For”) said on Twitter that on Friday, July 10, the Ministry of Health will analyse the increase, trends and forecasts of the number of people infected by COVID-19 this week. Accordingly, the Ministry of Health could offer…

OECD praises Latvian educational project

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has included the educational TV “Tava klase” created by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) among the best educational projects in the world during the pandemic, IZM said on July 9. In order to help countries around the world to better overcome the educational challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OECD, in cooperation with the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative and…

Lithuanian president pledges to be tougher on next government

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania’s president says he will be more demanding for candidates nominated to the country’s next cabinet of ministers. “I will be principled. I’ll have no problem rejecting as many candidates as it will take to get the right result and the right candidate,” President Gitanas Nausėda told a news conference on Thursday. Lithuania is holding general elections in October. “I do hope that the future ruling coalition will have a…

Latvian-created online plugin popular worldwide

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Mārtiņš Balodis completed his studies at university and immediately founded the information technology company WebScraper, now used by 350 000 people worldwide. The company offers customers an automated way to obtain data from different home pages, Latvian Television reported on July 9. “We are developing solutions that allow data to be collected from home pages in an automated way. This tool visits the home pages, goes through them, and then the user…