Posts published in August 2020

Lithuanian president proposes mediation plan for Belarus

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda suggested on Wednesday that Belarus form a national council bringing together the government and members of civil society in an effort to resolve the political crisis in the country.   If Minsk approved the initiative and released detainees and stopped using force, the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland could undertake a mediation mission, according to Nausėda. “I want to present a three-point plan that could…

Fiscal Discipline Council: public debt must go down

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Given that state aid to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis has already reached 9% of gross domestic product (GDP), the Fiscal Discipline Council (FDP) has repeatedly called on the government to limit new economic stimulus measures and to start thinking about a gradual reduction in public debt, FDP said in a statement August 12.  The FDP said in a statement to the media that in July 2020,  general budget tax revenues were…

Lithuania readies for potential refugees from Belarus

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuania’s authorities are ready to respond to possible tensions on the border with Belarus and are preparing premises to quarantine refugees, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday. Skvernelis was commenting on the Cabinet’s decision to ease the coronavirus border crossing restrictions to allow arrivals from Belarus “for humanitarian purposes”. “Today, the government discussed primarily the issue of ensuring the security of our borders if the situation in Belarus destabilised…

Let’s get ‘phygital’: Latvian 5G conference confirmed for November

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

‘5G Techritory’, a  top event about 5G technology in the Baltic Sea region, confirmed August 12 it will return for a third year in a row on November 11-12, 2020. “Embracing the virtual format and with key events streamed live from Riga HQ, 5G Techritory will take place remotely through a new, custom-built digital conferencing platform,” said organisers. This year the event will   go on in a custom ‘phygital’ (physical-digital) format, they added. This…

Campaign launched to help Belarusians resisting tyranny

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A voluntary movement that until now has been working to help tackle the coronavirus in Latvia has launched a new initiaitve to help people currently suffering under the oppressive regime of Alexander Lukashenko in neighboring Belarus. The voluntary movement #vieglipalīdzēt (previously known as – #paliecmājās) has launched a campaign to provide social assistance to people who since the rigged Belarussian presidential elections on 9 August have experienced violent suppression, information restriction and…

Lithuania allows Belarusians to enter ‘for humanitarian purposes’

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuania is lifting coronavirus travel restrictions for Belarus’ nationals seeking entry “for special humanitarian purposes”.   The Interior Ministry proposed to include Belarusians to the list of foreign nationals not subject to the existing coronavirus-related bans “in light of the current [political] developments in the neighboring country”, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė told the Cabinet on Wednesday. The ministry suggested including “an additional category of foreigners” into the government’s resolution, Tamašunienė…

Lithuania to lift restrictions on indoor events, allow entry to foreign students

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Despite the recent rise in coronavirus cases, Lithuania’s government decided on Wednesday to continue lifting restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From August 16, up to 600 people will be allowed to attend indoor events, and from September 1, restrictions on the number of attendees will be lifted completely. From September 1, foreign students will be allowed to enter the country. The travel bans will no longer apply to…

Health Ministry: Too many pharmacies in Latvia

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Latvia has 766 pharmacies according to 2019 data, but an effective system would be ensured with 480, or 37% less, said Health Ministry August 12. Health Ministry (HM) said that the number of pharmacists per 100 000 inhabitants in Latvia corresponds to the OECD standard but the number of pharmacies is 44% larger than needed. “This points to the fact that there is a great number of pharmacies in Latvia…

Lithuania may impose sanctions on Belarus, will seek EU consensus

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuania will seek to introduce EU sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters, the country’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday. The issue will be raised at the extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Friday, he said. “First of all, we are seeking development of a common European position,” he told reporters. “We usually find creative ways to condemn, strongly condemn and so on…

Tikhanovskaya was moved away from ‘direct threat’, says Lithuanian foreign minister

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said Belarusian opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who arrived in Lithuania early Tuesday morning, was moved away from a “direct threat”. He also said she is in good spirits and will comment on the situation herself soon. The minister said he spoke with her on the phone on Wednesday. He later told journalists that Tikhanovskaya is recovering and could talk to the media soon. “She…