Posts published in Day: July 20, 2020

State Audit Office suspicious of face mask procurement

Monday, July 20, 2020

State Audit (VK) said July 20 that in the process of supply of protective equipment in COVID-19, one-on-one decisions have been taken, a lack of transparency has been observed, leading to potential risk of corruption. State Audit has transferred the information to State Police’s Office for Combating Economic Crimes, which has started an investigation. started an examination, including whether there is a collusion in the selection of suppliers. VK said in a media statement…

Uzbek driver says appalling working conditions led to Covid-19 breakout in Kaunas

Monday, July 20, 2020

Last week, 18 coronavirus cases at a transport firm in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, were reported. A former employee of Hegelmann Transporte told 15min.lt that the breakthrough could have been a result of poor working and living conditions at the company. Most of those infected with the coronavirus at the transport company were drivers from Uzbekistan. The company employs mostly foreign workers, usually from Uzbekistan or Ukraine. One of…

Vacationers fined for crossing Lithuanian-Russian border in boats

Monday, July 20, 2020

Two groups of people were fined on Sunday for inadvertently crossing Lithuania’s border with Russia in boats, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said in a press release on Monday. In one of the incidents, a leisure boat crossed into Russian at the Curonian Lagoon near Neringa, made a U-turn, and returned to Lithuanian territory, where it was detained by VSAT officers. The owner of the boat and its passenger,…

Recent rise in Lithuania‘s coronavirus cases linked to travel, ‘not second wave’

Monday, July 20, 2020

A recent increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in Lithuania is linked to travel from abroad, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Monday. Lithuania has reported 15 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. Two of the new cases have been imported from Bulgaria and two from Croatia. Since June 1, Lithuania has registered 75 Covid-19 cases contracted abroad. “There are imported cases and these cases are already…

Construction of Lidl logistics center in Riga officially completed

Monday, July 20, 2020

Construction of a logistics center for Lidl Latvija in Riga has been officially completed, the company’s representatives informed BC. The 51,000 square meters large logistics center at 131 Dzelzavas Street in Riga will ensure the operations of Lidl stores in Latvia and Estonia. It will also house the company’s head office. Construction of the Lidl Latvija logistics center has cost more than EUR 55 mln. The company’s representatives said that…

E-energija starts building a wind farm in northwestern Lithuania

Monday, July 20, 2020

E-energija is launching construction on a 70-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the northwestern Lithuanian district of Telsiai, informs LETA/BNS. The 13-turbine farm project will be developed by L-Vejas, a company of the energy group controlled by Lithuanian businessman Virginijus Strioga. Lithuania’s Baltic Engineers said it will handle the construction jointly with The Natural Power Consultants Limited, adding that it will be the Scottish company’s first construction management project in the…

Mart Laar: Martin Helme has never allowed facts to stand in the way of his utterances

By Teet Korsten on Monday, July 20, 2020

The newly elected chairman of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) Martin Helme, when criticizing reforms that followed restoration of independence in his fist interview as EKRE leader, gave Postimees reason to seek out former prime minister Mart Laar who is vacationing in Saaremaa so he could be given the chance to comment. Few now remember Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 book “The End of History and the Last Man” that might have…

B3+1 – meeting with the Baltic countries

Monday, July 20, 2020

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is meeting his Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts in Tallinn today (20 July). This is the 26th time that the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany are meeting to coordinate their foreign policy both in the European Union and beyond. Following the last meeting in Hamburg in 2019, Estonia is hosting the gathering this year. Prior to his departure, Foreign Minister Maas said: Together with my…

Latvian boost as Wazdan inks 11.lv partnership

Monday, July 20, 2020

Online casino slots developer Wazdan has undertaken the latest stage of its European expansion strategy after unveiling a collaboration with Latvian online casino operator 11.lv. The entity, founded by local entrepreneurs and industry experts, is lauded as having “a strong presence in Latvia and products favoured by a considerable number of players”. Through this agreement, Latvian players will be able to enjoy over 60 of Wazdan’s titles, including Larry the…