Posts published in Day: July 14, 2020

Open-air market on summer Saturdays in Riga

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Latvian Ethnographic open-air museum has announced an Open-air Market in Bonaventura Manor Park will take place on Saturdays from July 18. The museum’s representatives made the announcement on July 14. On summer Saturdays from 10.00 to 18.00, local craftsmen and food producers will gather by the entrance to the Museum, Bonaventura Manor Park. Artists of ancient and modern ornaments, weavers, tailors, ceramics, as well as producers of local honey, sweet and savoury confectionery, meat,…

Government yet to decide on traveler control measures

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The government on Tuesday failed to agree on new border and traveler control measures to limit COVID-19 spread, Latvian Radio reported July 14. The Prime Minister and Ministers were not satisfied with the proposal from the Ministry of Interior that a national from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland should carry a passport and wear a mask for 14 days after arrival. For failure to comply with…

Hopes for Latvian embassy in Australia next year

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

One of the priorities of the Foreign Ministry next year is the opening of the embassy in Australia. For its purposes, the ministry has requested funds in next year’s budget, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television on July 14. The embassy in Australia is an earlier intention by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but was suspended due to budget shifting. The embassy has also been requested by the Latvian diaspora…

Latvian designer wins NASA acclaim

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The sensor “AMII” created by the Latvian company “KOB ART” is ranked among the winners and recognized as the best prototype in a competition launched by the U.S.’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the company’s representatives said on July 14. For the competition, inventors from around the world were invited to create a mechanical barrier management and detection sensor for an “AREE” robot being developed for a future mission to…

Receipt lottery increased budget revenue by 1.2 millio

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The receipt lottery has increased the revenues of the State budget by EUR 1.2 million during the year, the State Revenue Service (VID) said on July 14. Residents registered 16.6 million payment documents during the year in the  receipt lottery   organised by VID. “The information VID received monthly from receipts submitted in the lottery helps to detect significant irregularities in the field of tax revenues, such as the use of cash registers…

70.2 million granted for exporting and tourism employee salaries

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

EUR 70.2 million will be allocated to exporting and tourism companies to boost employment following COVID-19 crisis, the Ministry of Economy said July 14. Of the total amount, €51 million is meant for aid to exporting companies and €19.2 million for aid to tourism operators. Exporting companies will be able to apply for aid: The aid – one-off grant to compensate for the payment of wages – will be received…

Government grants €3.2 million to COVID-19 medical costs

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, the Cabinet supported the allocation of €3.2 million to the health sector in order to cover the costs of medical institutions for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 that has been carried out so far, the Ministry of Health said. In the spring of this year, a number of measures were introduced in the health sector to ensure the epidemiological safety of the population and to…

Riga elections will go ahead place despite COVID-19 issues

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Central Election Commission (CVK) said July 14 that, in the event of a spread of COVID-19, up to half the polling stations used for the upcoming Rīga municipal elections could be closed. Additional costs to secure elections in the COVID-19 circumstances amount to EUR 440 000. Despite this, the elections will still take place, Latvian Radio reported. The emergency elections of Riga City Council will take place on 29…

Lithuanian president calls for more welfare in 2021 budget

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Lithuania’s government budget next year must include more welfare measures and higher spending on education, President Gitanas Nausėda said after discussing it with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. Nausėda called for continuing the indexation of pensions, lowering taxes on low earners and investing more in education as the economy recovers, his office said in a press release. “Next year’s budget should be an economic transformation budget that helps Lithuania emerge stronger…

Photo exhibition documents silence of pandemic in Vilnius and Paris

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

An online photo exhibition about life in Vilnius and Paris during the coronavirus quarantine opens simultaneously in both cities on Tuesday as France celebrates Bastille Day. “The idea to organise a virtual photo exhibition came to us during the quarantine period, seeing the streets of Paris empty, the rhythm of the big city pausing and silence unexpectedly setting in,” Nerijus Aleksiejūnas, Lithuania’s ambassador to France, told BNS. “That silence seemed…