Posts published in Day: July 31, 2020

Latvian GDP figures “Bad, but in line with expectations”

Friday, July 31, 2020

Latvian GDP figures released July 31 were “Bad, but in line with expectations” according to Swedbank. A flash estimate from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) shows that in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the second quarter of 2019, gross domestic product (GDP) volume decreased by 9.8 % (according to seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data) as the coronavirus took its toll. According to provisional calculations, the GDP was affected by output drop in producing…

Russia-aligned hackers conducted anti-NATO fake news campaign in Lithuania – report

Friday, July 31, 2020

Hackers “aligned with Russian security interests” have been conducting a sustained influence campaign to compromise news websites in Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland and discredit NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe, according to a new report. Some tactics of the campaign, dubbed Ghostwriter by the  report   authors, involved spoofing email accounts to disseminate fabricated content, as well as gaining access to news sites publishing systems and replacing their content with fabricated…

Three bidders chosen for diesel train procurement in Latvia

Friday, July 31, 2020

The procurement commission of “Passenger Rail” has concluded that three of five bidders meet all the selection criteria and are invited to submit their tenders in the second round of the negotiated procedure, the company said July 31. In total, five bidders  expressed interest   in the procurement of eight new diesel trains: “Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A.”, “Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.”, “Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o.”, “Метровагонмаш” АО and “Public Joint…

Riga minibuses to keep running after all

Friday, July 31, 2020

Riga minibus traffic (RMS) will not close express routes in August, as opposed to the previously announced plan , RMS said in a media statement July 31.  On Thursday, July 30, RMS received a formal letter from “Rigas Satiksme” that the company must await a new order to be able to close some express bus routes for a certain period of time. RMS apologizes to passengers for misleading information. From Monday, August…

Ministries debate effect of reduced fruit and veg VAT rate

Friday, July 31, 2020

A pilot project on reduced value added tax (VAT) rates for fresh vegetables and fruit has concluded. The results have left the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance in different minds, Latvian Radio reported July 31.   Reduction of VAT rate from 22% to 5%   for fresh vegetables, berries and fruit was introduced during a pilot project in 2018, setting four indicators to be achieved. The Ministry of…

France put on Lithuania’s coronavirus blacklist, travelers required to self-isolate

Friday, July 31, 2020

People coming to Lithuania from France will have to self-isolate for two weeks as of Monday, Lithuania’s top epidemiologist Loreta Ašokliene has said. A total of 12 EU member states are on Lithuania’s updated blacklist of coronavirus-affected countries – those where Covid-19 infection rates exceed 16 new cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks. These are Spain, France, Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Austria, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Croatia…

U.S. troops in Latvia. What should the locals expect?

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, July 31, 2020

The Minister of Defense of Latvia spoke about the difficult work to be done in order to deploy units of the American contingent in the country. The statement of the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper on the possible deployment of the American contingent in one of the Baltic countries was highly appreciated by the leadership of Latvia. On Thursday, July 30, Defense Minister Pabriks announced on the Latvian radio…

Wearing facemasks to be mandatory in Lithuania’s state institutions

Friday, July 31, 2020

Staff and customers at Lithuanian state and municipal institutions will be required to wear facemasks as of Saturday, the Health Ministry said on Friday. The measures were approved by Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius, who is currently standing in for Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and signed a decree in response to rising coronavirus infections in Lithuania. The requirement to wear facemasks in public institutions will not apply to children younger than…

Is coronavirus resurgence good for Lithuanian resorts?

Friday, July 31, 2020

Reservations across European tourist spots has dropped this week, due to resurging spread of the coronavirus and potential return of travel restrictions. This, however, may be good for Lithuania’s domestic resorts, an economist believes. “Fears of the second wave of Covid-19 has disrupted summer vacations: the number of reservations dropped significantly this week across European tourist countries, including those that did not report increases in Covid-19 cases,” economist Žygimantas Mauricas,…

One more coronavirus fatality brings total to 32 in Latvia

Friday, July 31, 2020

Officials in Latvia said they had registered three new cases of COVID-19 on July 31, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,231 on Friday. One additional death has also been confirmed, the fatality toll now standing at 32. The victim was aged 90 to 95 and had been in contact with a relative who had returned from abroad. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,473 tests…