Posts published in Day: July 15, 2020

More US troops in Poland would benefit the Baltics, says Lithuanian president

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

If the US deployed more troops to Poland, it would benefit the entire region, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said during his visit in Grunwald. “The possible reassignment of troops will have to do not only with Poland’s specific security interests, but also with the security interests of the region as a whole,” Nausėda told reporters on Wednesday after meeting with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda. US President Donald Trump has…

Latvia imposes new coronavirus measures: arrivals will be registered

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Latvian government decided on Wednesday to register all travelers arriving in the country via international carrier services. Over the last week, there has been a spike in new Covid-19 cases in the Baltic country, with 13 reported on Wednesday and 11 on Thursday.  The registration will first take place on paper, as the electronic registration system could take 2–3 weeks to develop. Private jets and yachts arriving in Latvia…

Lithuanian and Polish relations ‘best in a decade’, says PM Skvernelis

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Lithuanian–Polish relations are the best they have been in a decade. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday after meeting with Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki. The two prime ministers’ discussed “the contribution of both governments to strengthening bilateral cooperation and strategic partnership,” the Lithuanian government’s office said in a press release on Wednesday. “The strategic partnership between Lithuania and Poland is the most important guarantee that the Baltic states will…

Vērmanes park to host summer market stalls

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

On Wednesday, July 15, the interim administration of the Riga City Council decided to permit commercial activities in central Rīga’s Vērmanes park from July 17 to August 16 this year, allowing a month-long open-air market to take place. The decision was made to coincide with a  month-long pedestrianization of adjacent Tērbatas Street   for pedestrians, cyclists, merchants and on weekends – cultural events. Trading will be allowed in the park between 10.00 and 22.00,…

Žalgiris, Tannenberg, Grunwald? How to call 1410 Polish–Lithuanian victory against German knights

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

On July 15, 1410, the alliance between the Lithuanian forces, led by Grand Duke Vytautas, and the Polish army fought and defeated the German–Prussian Teutonic Knights in one of the largest battles in medieval Europe. The Lithuanians call the battle Žalgiris, which has gained huge prominence, as the name is now being used in the titles of sports clubs and other brands. But the famous battle name could have also…

Latvian government approves penalties for quarantine rule-breakers

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Latvia’s government on July 15 approved a range of potential penalties for arrivals to the country who do not comply with required anti- COVID-19 measures such as self-isolation. Latvian Television reported that a special cabinet meeting has supported amendments to the regulatory framework that will allow temporary residence permits and visas to be revoked for third-country nationals who violate self-isolation rules. Violators will also be able to be fined up to € 2,000.…

All arrivals in Latvia will be registered

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Government decided on Wednesday, July 15, that every arrival via international carrier services in Latvia would be registered in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, Latvian Radio reported July 15. The registration system could be developed with 2-3 weeks, but starting Thursday, July 16, the registration will take place in written form. Private jets and yachts will also be registered. Residence permits will only be issued when the person…

US army secretary to visit Lithuania

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy will visit Lithuania discuss America’s military presence in the region, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and McCarthy will meet in Vilnius on Thursday to “discuss defense cooperation of Lithuania and the United States, US military presence in the region, joint procurement projects, and plans for Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure development,” the ministry said in a press release.…

International design competition for Zunda park development in Rīga

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The company DG31 Ltd, owned by the real estate developer Galio Group, has announced an international design competition for the development of the historical Zunda parks territory at Daugavgrīvas Street 31 in Rīga. In this large area of eight hectares, located between Daugavgrīvas Street and Zunda canal, it is planned to develop a modern multifunctional quarter of commercial and residential buildings. “This is a very interesting and quite complicated project, so…

EU’s new budget proposal ‘a step forward’, but still unsatisfactory – Lithuanian president’s aide

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The EU’s latest proposal for the bloc’s multi-annual budget is “a step forward”, but Lithuania will fight for more funding in some areas, according to an adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda. “There are points that we can be glad about, but not completely, because there are still certain commitments that were not taken into account, and we are going to fight for them in Brussels,” Asta Skaisgirytė said on Tuesday,…