Posts published in Day: July 22, 2020

Dance festival “Vides deja” takes place for tenth year

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The international contemporary dance festival “Vides deja” will take place from August 3 to 9 in Līgatne and will end on 9 August in Piņķi, the festival’s organizers said July 22. The “Vides deja” festival brings together artists and dance enthusiasts at international level, offering environmentally themed dance shows. The theme of the festival is “Future and ecology’. Around 40 professional artists – choreographers, dancers, musicians, video artists, playwrights – from…

Stricter policies did not change Lithuanians’ drinking habits – study

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A survey conducted by Vilnius University has showed that drinking habits in Lithuania have not changed in essence despite the government’s attempts to limit alcohol consumption. According to the survey released on Wednesday, the proportion of Lithuanian population that consumed alcohol often and abundantly stayed stable at 5 percent. This group included people that consumed alcohol every day or 2 to 4 times per week, drinking more than 20 units…

Lithuania debt-to-GDP ratio among lowest in EU

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Lithuania’s government debt relative to GDP was among the lowest in the European Union at the beginning of this year, the latest data from the EU statistics office, Eurostat, shows. Lithuania’s government debt totaled 16.231 billion euros in the first quarter of 2020, an equivalent of 33.2 percent of the country’s GDP. Lower rates were recorded in Denmark (33.2 percent), the Czech Republic (32.8 percent), Luxembourg (22.3 percent), Bulgaria (20.3…

Finance Latvia Association: educational campaign launched

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Finance Latvia Association said July 21 that an educational campaign ” Viedpircējs ” (Smart shopper) has been launched to raise public awareness of safety when shopping online. Food, clothing or household goods – Internet purchases are getting more and more popular, especially due to restrictions on COVID-19. Many people appreciate the possibility of catching deals online – a long-awaited sale, or just a great deal when usually extremely expensive goods…

Over half a million Lithuanians at risk of poverty even after 2.3-point drop

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Last year, 20.6 percent of the Lithuanian population lived under the poverty risk line, even though the figure was down by 2.3 points compared to 2018. According to the figures released by Statistics Lithuania, around 576,000 people were at risk of poverty, while 215,000 lived below the absolute poverty line in Lithuania last year. The poverty risk line in Lithuania is defined as disposable income of 379 euros per month…

Latvia: Electronic declaration system for arrivals could be ready in early August

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Following teething troubles and inconsistencies in application, officials are stepping up efforts to replace a temporary pen-and-paper declaration system for arrivals to Latvia with a more efficient and hassle-free electronic version, reported Latvian Radio July 22. It has been a week since international arrivals to Latvia have had to fill in forms stating their personal information,  travel history, whereabouts and other information gathered to help combat the spread of COVID-19. However, the…

Competition watchdog allows drinks group to buy Lido restaurant shares

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Competition Council (KP) decided to allow the Luxembourg alcohol production and marketing company Amber Beverage Group Holding to have a joint decisive influence over AS Lido along with existing owners, the KP said July 22. The KP did not identify any material damage to competition and therefore decided to authorize the transaction. Amber Beverage Group is a leading producer, distributor, logistics provider and retailer of beverages. It operates internationally…

Discussions on EU’s recovery fund move to Lithuanian parliament

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The discussions on the recovery fund, which the EU leaders recently agreed on, are moving to the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, on Wednesday. The national parliaments of the 27 EU member states will have to decide over the coming months whether to endorse the European Commission’s plan to borrow 750 billion euros in the international markets to provide assistance to the coronavirus-affected countries. “The EU’s recovery instrument will mean changes to…

Lithuanian MPs call on EU to sanction Belarusian government

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A group of Lithuanian politicians have called on the EU to impose sanctions on the Belarusian government, responsible for the ongoing repression of the opposition and media in the run-up to the presidential election. The letter, published on Wednesday, was signed by Gediminas Kirkilas and Juozas Bernatonis, chairs of the Lithuanian parliamentary Committees on European and Foreign Affairs, opposition leader Gabrielius Landsbergis, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of the Liberal Movements, and…

The sea is a war zone. Lithuanian to cross the Baltic in a canoe

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

“The sea is like a war zone, where you can‘t hide from the waves, sun, or rain,” says Domantas Laukevičius, a Lithuanian who is planning to cross the Baltic Sea alone in a canoe. Laukevičius is starting his journey in mid-July at the northernmost point in Denmark, hoping to finish it in Lithuania by September. But according to the adventurer, the exact length of the trip will “depend on the…