Posts published in Day: September 1, 2020

New school year starts in Latvia

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

On September 1, another school year has begun in Latvia – with flowers and best clothes as usual but uncertainty lingering in the air. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, parents, teachers and children are unsure how learning process will go and for how long. Despite fear of the unknown, the show must go on. President Egils Levits had a message for pupils, students and teachers on the new…

Eight more cases of COVID-19 found in Latvia

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Latvia detected eight new cases of COVID-19 on September 1, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,404 on Monday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 34. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,101 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 253,818 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,173 patients have recovered from infection. Five patients…

‘Lampa’ festival starts September 2

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The annual Ļampa conversation festival starts September 2 at locations across Latvia in a revised format due to the COVID-19 crisis. It runs until September 5. Full details and a program of the discussions that will take place — which people will be able to follow online — are available at the official festival website in Latvian, English and Russian. This year, all of the festival events will be streamed…

Baltic states sign deal to block Belarusian nuclear imports

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Baltic states have ironed out technical aspects of boycotting Belarusian nuclear electricity, moving closer to a total ban of Belarusian electricity sought by Lithuania. On Monday, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian energy ministries reached an agreement on regulating power trade with non-EU countries. Under the agreement, power trade with Belarus will cease after Astravyets plant is launched. For that to work, a system of electricity origin certificates will be…

Baltic states closer to technical agreement to boycott Belarusian nuclear energy

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Baltic states have ironed out technical aspects of boycotting Belarusian nuclear electricity, moving closer to an agreement sought by Lithuania. “The Baltic states have the same political position” to boycott electricity imports from the Astravyets nuclear plant, Lithuania’s Energy Ministry told BNS on Tuesday. Lithuania has outlawed electricity imports from Belarus once it launches the nuclear plant, which is set to begin operating later this year. Lithuanian authorities say…

Vilnius dismantles controversial ‘Open Beach’ on central square

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A municipal company has started dismantling works at the improvised Open Beach in Vilnius which has attracted considerable controversy. The so-called Open Beach on Lukiškių Square, complete with 300 cubic metres of sand, was opened in June. The city authorities then said it was a gift to the city’s residents who may have had to cancel their vacation trips due to the coronavirus. However, the initiative caused outrage among some…

Average wage in Latvia at EUR 1,118 in second quarter

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Compared to the second quarter of 2019, in the second quarter of 2020 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work increased by 3.9% or EUR 42 and comprised EUR 1 118, according to Central Statistical Bureau data published September 1. In April 2020, compared to April 2019, the average gross monthly wages and salaries increased by 3.6%, reaching EUR 1 113. Annual growth rate in May was the lowest – 2.5% (EUR 1 105),…

Lithuanian event organisers to collect contacts of all attendees

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Organisers of big public events in Lithuania will have to register all their attendees and keep their contact details for three weeks. The rule comes into effect on Tuesday and applies to events of more than 300 people. The organisers must either sell tickets online, where buyers can fill out registration forms, or manually collect each attendee’s name, phone number and home address. The personal data can only be used…

Russian FM: Lithuania ‘overstepped all decency’ in support for Belarusians

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed Lithuania’s alleged “undemocratic methods” to support the Belarusian opposition. “We see attempts to unbalance the situation,” said Lavrov, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. “As a matter of fact, no one is concealing this.” “Our Lithuanian neighbours have already overstepped all bounds of decency in the demands that they are putting forth,” said Lavrov at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. “And we…

Lithuania grants entry to 64 Belarusians fleeing persecution

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lithuania has so far granted entry to 64 Belarusians under the so-called humanitarian exception, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Tuesday. “Sixty-four permits have been issued to date, but not all of the Belarusian citizens have used them,” she told LRT RADIO. Belarusian nationals who do not hold a residency are not permitted to enter Lithuania due to coronavirus restrictions. Lithuania’s government granted the exception to Belarusians coming “for special…