Posts published in July 2020

Lithuania thinks pink to attract tourists

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania is seeking to lure tourists with its iconic cold beetroot soup, šaltibarščiai. In a new campaign, the country’s tourism promotion agency aims to make ‘cold pink’ the colour of this summer, according to a press release. Travelers landing at Vilnius Airport, for example, will find themselves following a trail of pink-coloured spots on the floor, culminating with an instagrammable 3-metre replica of the dish. “This year, we’re taking our…

Estonian President refuses to proclaim amendments to Foreign Service Act

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid decided on Thursday not to promulgate amendments to the Foreign Service Act as she finds they are not consistent with the Constitution. The head of state said that the main inconsistency with the Constitution lies in the amendments treating unequally the spouses of diplomats and partners registered in accordance with the Registered Partnership Act. The president asked the Riigikogu to discuss the amendments again and to bring…

Angela Merkel’s Council presidency will be a critical test for EU solidarity

By Martin Schirdewan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Germany is taking over the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1. In terms of timing, it could not be more crucial. All eyes will be on how Chancellor Angela Merkel handles Europe’s recovery efforts during this “Corona presidency.” The fallout from the most serious health crisis in a century will dominate affairs but other issues such as Brexit, workers’ rights, the climate crisis, and migration have not gone…

Baltic states, other countries call on MEPs to amend Mobility Package

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Cyprus and Malta have issued a joint letter to members of the European Parliament, urging them to amend the Mobility Package regulating the activity of truck drivers. The foreign ministers from the aforementioned countries are calling for the evaluation of consequences for the European Union’s common market and environmental protection, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The existing provision will have negative impact…

Latvia will see a 7.3% GDP reduction in 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Latvia’s GDP will see a reduction of 7.3% this year, but next year economic growth will reach 4.7%, the international ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service, Inc (Moody’s) points out. The credit profile of Latvia (A3 stable) is supported by the country’s flexible and relatively diversified economy, moderate government debt relative to GDP and a record of effective policymaking, Moody’s said in an annual report released today. The coronavirus crisis will lead to…

Three working days will be switched to weekends in 2021 in Latvia

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In 2021, there will be three working days that will be switched to holidays in order to accommodate Latvians’ desire to celebrate signifcant festivals properly. Monday, May 3 (which falls between the holiday of Tuesday May 4, and Sunday, May 2), Friday, June 25 (which falls between the Jāņi holiday on June 24 and Saturday, June 26), Friday, November 19 (which alls between the Independence Day holiday on November 18, and Saturday, November…

Men and women perceive quality differently

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The most important product quality criteria for Latvians are: ingredients (76%), taste (74%) and expiration date (61%). Furthermore, perception of quality differs among different demographic groups. According to figures from the latest Maxima Retail Compass industry overview, 77% of women base their product choice on ingredients, while almost as many men (76%) base their selection on taste. “Although the vast majority (98%) of Latvian consumers see quality as one of…

Kalvitis re-elected president of Latvian Ice Hockey Federation

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Aigars Kalvitis was re-elected as the president of the Latvian Hockey Federation (LHF) during a congress on Tuesday, the LHF reports. The annual LHF Congress brought together 54 members, of whom 44 had the right to vote. No other candidate was nominated and Kalvitis was re-eleted unanimously by LHF members. Kalvitis was elected President of the LHF on October 7, 2016, when long-time LHF president Kirovs Lipmans was unexpectedly ousted.

Face coverings will no longer be mandatory in Latvia

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

From Wednesday, July 1, face masks will no longer be mandatory in public transport, according to the amendments to the regulations “Epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection” approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday. The wearing of face masks in public transport remains recommendatory in nature. Also, the amendments approved by the government stipulate that from August it will be possible for up to 3,000…

Lithuania adopts legal changes to streamline defence in wartime

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament endorsed new mobilisation and martial law declaration procedures. The adopted laws define procedures and legal grounds for the declaration and recall of martial law and military mobilisation, as well as status and composition of the armed forces. The legislation package will come into force in January 2021. “The existing martial law legislature was adopted 20 years ago. Since then, Lithuania has become an EU and…