Posts published in August 2020

Thirteen Riga public transport routes will be front-door entrance only

Monday, August 31, 2020

As of September 1, on 13 public transport routes: 1 and 13 trolleybuses and 10, 20, 28, 34, 35, 43, 47 54, 57, 59, 60 bus routes, boarding will be organised only through the front door, said Baiba Bartaševiča-Feldmane, representative of Rīgas Satiksme. “The purpose of such arrangements is to change the behavior of passengers so that they register each journey, reduce the number of ticket-free riders, and to keep accurate records of…

Neo-Nazi admits to plotting terror attacks in Lithuanian capital

Monday, August 31, 2020

Gediminas Beržinska, a 21-year-old man who affiliates himself with a neo-Nazi group, admitted on Monday to attempting a terror attack. Beržinskas also said he would have plotted more attacks if he wasn’t arrested. “Yes, absolutely,” he told Vilnius Regional Court which opened his case on Monday. The man said he first became interested in Nazism when he was 12-years-old. He took an interest in explosives two years later and would…

Latvia: Saeima will meet face-to-face again

Monday, August 31, 2020

After a six-month break, Saeima meetings will be held again in person, as decided by the Saeima Presidium Monday, August 31. The first meeting on September 3 will start with the address of the President Egils Levits. Following the proposal of Saeima Presidium representative Andrejs Klementjevs, the Saeima will again allow journalists to enter the central building on Jekaba Street 11. The future meetings of the Saeima commissions and the possibility…

Vilnius launches Roma integration programme – focus on reducing stigma, improving education

Monday, August 31, 2020

Vilnius Council on August 26 approved a new Roma integration programme for 2020–2023, according to a press release. Vilnius authorities have recently demolished a Roma settlement, taboras, on the outskirts of the city. According to Vytautas Mitalas, deputy mayor, Vilnius will now “focus on various integration [initiatives] with education being the centre of attention”. The taboras in Kirtimai, on the southern outskirts of Vilnius, used to be home to over…

Lithuania sanctions 30 Belarusian officials including Lukashenko

Monday, August 31, 2020

On Monday, Lithuania imposed sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander lukashenko and 29 other officials in the country’s for their role in vote-rigging and violence against protesters. “Upon receipt of additional submissions, the list may be supplemented”, the Lithuanian Interior Ministry said in a press release. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said earlier on Monday that the list had been coordinated with Latvia and Estonia, noting that this was “only the initial…

Foreign Minister bans 30 Belarusian officials entry to Latvia

Monday, August 31, 2020

In line with the Cabinet’s decisions, and in coordination with the Foreign Ministries of Estonia and Lithuania, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs has taken the decision to place 30 Belarusian officials on Latvia’s list of  personae non gratae, Foreign Ministry announced August 31 . Persons on this list are not permitted to travel to Latvia and this prohibition applies for an indefinite period of time. Included on the list are…

Eight soldiers infected Covid-19 in Lithuania

Monday, August 31, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 2,906, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Monday. Vilnius County had the biggest share of the new coronavirus cases – 16. Twenty-four people fell ill after coming in contact with already infected people. Circumstances surrounding seven cases are currently unclear, and one person had contracted the virus in Malta.…

Tax on old vehicle purchase considered in Latvia

Monday, August 31, 2020

Latvia is planning to implement a one-off tax for purchasing older vehicles, head of the European vehicle database, autoDNA.lv, Agris Dulēvičs, told Latvian Radio August 30. In the European Union, the average car age is 10-11 years, while in Latvia it is three years older than that. In order to facilitate the updating of the Latvian car situation, it is envisaged to introduce a one-off tax for purchasing a vehicle older…

Latvian GDP fell 8.9% in second quarter

Monday, August 31, 2020

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released August 31 show that in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the second quarter of 2019, gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 8.9 % (according to seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data). In the first half of the year GDP fell by 5.4 %. With the the first quarter of the year also recording negative growth (-1.5%), the country is now officially in recession (the classic definition of…

Talks on Riga Council coalition formation start Monday

Monday, August 31, 2020

After the Riga City Council’s emergency elections, on Monday, talks between political parties on the formation of a coalition will begin, Latvian Radio reported August 31. The l   eading party Development/For!/Progressives   leader Mārtiņš Staķis has entered into coalition negotiations with representatives of New Unity, the National Alliance and the Latvian Association of Regions, as well as the New Conservative Party. Staķis stressed that these negotiations should not be delayed and that…