Posts published in Day: July 10, 2020

Coronavirus loves company, says epidemiologist

Friday, July 10, 2020

This week, an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases was observed, many related to entertainment and parties, said Elīna Dimiņa, head of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) ‘s Division of Disease Surveillance and Immunization, at a remote government meeting on Friday, July 10. The cumulative rate of the number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants in Latvia has increased to 2.8. A week ago, that figure was…

Rīga-Liepāja flights to take off again

Friday, July 10, 2020

Starting Monday, July 13, the national airline airBaltic will renew scheduled flights between Riga and Liepāja four times a week, Kurzeme Regional TV reported on July 10. For the time being, 40 tickets have been purchased for the first flight. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the number of flights on the Riga–Liepāja route was reduced significantly in March and stopped altogether for some time, but it has been decided to resume…

Three for the weekend: drawing classes, craft fair, beer and music fest

Friday, July 10, 2020

The heat seems to have stepped back – but it doesn’t mean that you have to step back from weekend activities! However, remember to be responsible and maintain social distancing and a handwashing regime whatever you are doing. On Friday evenings in July, the Latvian National Museum of Art invites everyone to drawing lessons in the style of Latvian classicist Rihards Zariņš (1869-1939). Materials required: graphite pencils of various hardness,…

Welfare Ministry asks for additional benefit funds

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Latvian Welfare Ministry said in a media statement on July 10 that in 2021 the welfare sector would need an additional €90 million for compensation measures. The Welfare Ministry’s proposals for 18 sectoral priority measures have been submitted to the Ministry of Finance and the Cross-Sectoral Coordination Center. The Minister for Welfare, Ramona Petraviča (“KPV LV”), admits that the budget negotiations will be difficult because the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has…

Fiscal Discipline Council: COVID-19 aid must not burden future budget

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Fiscal Discipline Council of Latvia (FDP) released the fifth crisis monitoring report on July 10, expressing the view that current support mechanisms should not impose a disproportionate burden on future budget. In a statement to the media, FDP said that Latvia has managed to overcome the first wave of the pandemic more successfully than most countries of the European Union (EU) and the world, thanks to secure fiscal policies, euro-zone,…

Printify and Printful reach agreement in U.S. court battle

Friday, July 10, 2020

Two successful and similarly-named Latvian companies have reached an agreement after legal action in the United States — with both parties claiming to be satisfied with the outcome.  “The United States District Court for the Northern District of California will issue an injunction in Printful’s lawsuit against Printify. In the injunction, Printify will acknowledge violating US federal laws and unlawfully infringing Printful’s intellectual property rights,” said a statement from Printful.…

Foreign trade figures suffer due to coronavirus

Friday, July 10, 2020

Provisional data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) July 10 show that in May 2020 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 1.93 billion, which at current prices was 24.1 % less than a year ago. The fall was “due to the epidemiological crisis caused by COVID-19” the CSB said. Of the overall figure the export value of goods dropped by 16.8 %, but the import value of goods by 29.6 %.  In May Latvia exported goods in the amount of…

Lithuania to be compensated for emigration in EU’s budget proposal

Friday, July 10, 2020

Updated EU budget proposal by European Council President Charles Michel keeps in place compensation for Lithuania’s losses caused by emigration. Michel presented the document, a copy of which was obtained by BNS, on Friday ahead of next week’s EU summit. The proposal retains compensation for countries with high emigration figures, which will be calculated by multiplying the difference in the number of inhabitants by 500 euros, meaning that Lithuania would…

Lithuanian president signs law prompted by beach in Lukiškės square

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday signed into law a bill giving a “memorial” status to Lukiškės Square in central Vilnius.  The ruling bloc rushed through the bill in late June in response to Vilnius Municipality’s initiative to open a pop-up beach on the square. MPs from the ruling coalition as well as the opposition criticised the installation, saying it disrespects the memory of freedom fighters.   Despite “many shortcomings”,…

Some COVID-19 restrictions restored in Latvia

Friday, July 10, 2020

On Friday, July 10, the government held a remote meeting to decide on the restoration of certain COVID-19 related restrictions in Latvia, as a response to the recently growing number of new cases. With the government’s decision, as of Saturday, July 11, until September, the restrictions for catering venues that were previously in force but recently relaxed have been restored:  Rules on the maximum number of persons at the same table must be…