Posts published in Day: August 3, 2020

President: Coalition works well but can fuss over nothing

Monday, August 3, 2020

President Egils Levits told Latvian Radio August 3 that the current coalition works well together; however, internal bickers often have no serious reason. In an interview, Levits said that the coalition “has been cooperating somehow” and the result is not bad, adding that the government had managed the COVID-19 state of emergency with success. He also said it would be hard to find an alternative for this coalition. “The coalition works…

Lithuania could add Poland and Netherlands to travel blacklist

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lithuania’s Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius, who is currently substituting for the health minister, said on Monday the country was monitoring the spike in Covid-19 cases in Poland and the Netherlands. If the coronavirus situation deteriorates, the two countries may be added to Lithuania’s travel blacklist. “In the morning, I asked specialists from the Health Ministry to provide their conclusions and inform me about the tendencies and indicators that would make…

US spends €24m to upgrade Lithuanian airbase

Monday, August 3, 2020

The United States has spent 24 million euros to upgrade the Lithuanian airbase in Šiauliai, which houses NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. On Monday, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry said the funds have been spent to develop maintenance hangars, completing various groundworks and installing equipment updates, including arresting gear used to rapidly de-accelerate landing aircraft. “Twenty-four million euros were allocated in 2016–2020 from the US European Reassurance Initiative to build the new…

Lithuania’s health vice minister investigated in Covid-19 test procurement probe

Monday, August 3, 2020

Lithuania’s vice minister of health has been named a suspect in an investigation looking into a 6-million-euro rapid tests deal. The Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) says Lina Jaruševičienė is suspected of abusing her office. In all, suspicions have been brought against six people. The investigation centres around alleged fraud, document forgery, legalisation of illegally-obtained funds and abuse related to procurement of rapid coronavirus tests. The probe was first announced…

Successful Latvian startups share their experiences

Monday, August 3, 2020

For the second time this year, experienced entrepreneurs have got together online to share their expeiences in an event called the Founder Marathon: The Untold Stories of Building a Startup , organised by the Latvian Startup Association. “The event focussed on showcasing the diverse scope of the startup ecosystem in Latvia and inspiring early-stage enterprises from the journey of others. Speakers shared insights about their businesses, how they started, the biggest challenges…

Industrial production output in Latvia fell by 0.3% in June

Monday, August 3, 2020

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on August 3 show that, compared to June 2019, in June 2020, industrial production output dropped by 0.3 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Production output in manufacturing reduced by 2.3 %, but in mining and quarrying it increased by 9.3 % and in electricity and gas supply – by 8.3 %. Significant production output decline, compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, was still registered in repair…

EU may have to close borders again, Lithuanian president says

Monday, August 3, 2020

EU member states may be forced to close their borders again as coronavirus cases surge, Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nausėda said on Monday. The president stressed, however, that any decisions on border closures would have to be taken jointly by EU member states. “The issue of border controls must be the next step and it requires European-level solutions,” Nausėda told reporters in Birštonas, a spa town in south Lithuania. As EU…

Tet sells subsidiary to Estonian software company

Monday, August 3, 2020

Latvian IT company Tet (formerly known as Lattelecom and before that Lattelekom) anounced August 3 it had decided to sell its ‘T2T’ subsidiary  to the Helmes international software company from Estonia. The deal was concluded on August 3 for an undisclosed amount. “The main strategic plan of Tet in the coming years is to develop its main operating activities and its complementary services, implement an extensive digital transformation process and invest in emerging…

Latvia and Estonia mull potential wind energy park

Monday, August 3, 2020

Latvia and Estonia plan to raise funding from the European Union for the exploration of a potential wind park site in the Gulf of Riga, news agency LETA was informed by the Ministry of Economics (EM) August 2. Without revealing details of the project, EM acknowledged that by 2030 it is planned to develop a wind park project which could involve co-financing of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). As part of…

Latvia starts outlining Santiago Way pilgrimage route from Estonian border

Monday, August 3, 2020

On Sunday, near the Estonian-Latvian border, the northernmost signpost of the Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) in Latvia has been set up, Latvian Radio reported August 2. Currently, between Riga and the Lithuanian border city Žagare, the road has already been marked. Now, the mapping work is starting in Vidzeme. In total,    the route in Latvia could be more than 300 kilometres long. In Latvia, the road is being built thanks to…