Posts published in Day: July 21, 2020

Lithuanian president hails EU budget deal: unity prevailed

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Green economy and digitalisation will be Lithuania’s priorities in spending EU support, said President Gitanas Nausėda after returning from budget talks in Brussels. The European Council deal, arrived at Tuesday morning, will see Lithuania receive 14.5 billion euros in 2021–2027, including 2.4 billion euros in grants and up to 3 billion euros in loans from the EU’s coronavirus recovery fund. “We are glad for the whole of the EU. We…

Saeima supports visa revocation for quarantine violations

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If a foreigner in Latvia has violated the rules of isolation, self-isolation or quarantine, he or she will be subject to the revocation of a temporary residence permit or a visa. These measures, previously agreed by the government, were supported by Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, in a first reading July 21. Such changes are necessary because a significant part of the newly registered COVID-19 cases in Latvia have been identified to have come from…

Mock disaster on railway: residents asked not to panic

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On Thursday, July 23, the Latvian Railway (LDz) company will organize large-scale training activities at the Šķirotava train station, imitating an ecological disaster, said spokeswoman Ella Pētermane July 21. During the training, derailment of a cargo tank will be simulated, leading to dangerous substance leak and a fire. Operational services will have to localize and extinguish the fire, contain the leak, pump the tank content into an undamaged tank and…

LRT to host 5-hour piano music ‘marathon’ in tribute to Beethoven

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the radio station LRT KLASIKA is organising the longest piano music marathon in Lithuania. On August 1, in a special five-hour broadcast from the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, 11 famous Lithuanian pianists will perform music composed by Beethoven. “The marathon will feature a mosaic of the most talented Lithuanian pianists representing different generations […]. It shows that the…

Lithuanian cancer NGO head under arrest for exploiting coronavirus tests purchase

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Šarūnas Narbutas, the president of the Lithuanian Cancer Patient Coalition (POLA), is suspected of influence peddling in an investigation into the government’s purchase of coronavirus tests, the Special Investigation Service (STT) said on Tuesday. Narbutas is currently under arrest, STT spokeswoman Renata Keblienė confirmed to BNS. The anti-corruption agency is investigating the Lithuanian government’s 6-million-euro procurement of reagents for coronavirus tests. The STT said in a press release that it…

Flood in server room brings down Lithuania’s e-health system

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Lithuania’s electronic health services system temporarily came down after a burst pipe flooded the Centre of Registers’ server room. The incident occurred on Monday night following an intense rainstorm in Vilnius. The Centre of Registers said that no data was lost, but E. Sveikata, the system used to keep patients’ medical records and prescribe drugs, was temporarily down on Tuesday. Economy Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius assured that it would be back…

Latvian Post asks households to sort out mailboxes

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In Latvia, more than 150 thousand addresses cannot be delivered to because the owners have not set up a mailbox, or the mailbox is too damaged. National postal service Latvian Post (LP) is therefore asking households July 21 to get their mailboxes in order. LP spokeswoman Gundega Vārpa told Latvian Television that the company’s address register contains more than a million addresses, of which more than 151 000 mailboxes do not exist…

15 parties to run fin Rīga elections

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On Monday, July 20, the announcement of the lists of candidates for the emergency elections of Rīga City Council was completed. In total, 15 political forces will participate in the elections, Latvian Radio reported July 20. Such a high number of parties contesting the ballot was last seen 10 years ago. “Most are known parties, but there are some who have not been heard of in elections on a regular basis and…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania confirms 2 new cases

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total count to 1,949, the country’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The country currently has 255 active cases and 1,601 recoveries, while 89 people are in isolation. Eighty people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far, and another 13 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes. Since June 1, Lithuania has…

Coronavirus takes its toll on marriage statistics

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) July 20 show that in the first six months of this year 3,579 marriages were registered in Latvia, which is 1,151 marriages or 24 % less than in the first half of 2019. “The drop in the number of marriages registered was affected by the implementation of an emergency situation in Latvia as of 13 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the CSB said. In March, April…