Posts published in Day: September 2, 2020

‘Baltic bubble’ likely to burst on Friday

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The ‘Baltic bubble’ — the name given by officials to the open internal borders and single travel zone of the Baltic states despite the COVID-19 virus — is likely to come to an end on Friday September 4, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš signalled September 2 during a cabinet meeting. As the incidence of COVID-19 has increased markedly in Lithuania and Estonia, the “Baltic bubble” will no longer be sustainable as quarantine…

Lithuania to challenge Mobility Package in EU Court of Justice

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lithuania will contest the EU’s Mobility Package, a major reform package regulating European road transport, in the European Court of Justice, the government decided on Wednesday. The Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the Justice Ministry to launch legal action for a partial annulment of the Mobility Package and two related EU regulations. According to the Justice Ministry, a number of rules in the package – the compulsory return of trucks…

Lithuania blocks the development of its own economy

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Admittedly, a lot of good happened over the last years in Lithuania, but unfortunately we have also see political leadership that is not interested in developing their own country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed Lithuania’s alleged “undemocratic methods” to support the Belarusian opposition. “We see attempts to unbalance the situation. As a matter of fact, no one is concealing this. Our Lithuanian neighbours have already overstepped all bounds of…

Latvia to introduce restrictions on Baltic travelers

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Travelers from Lithuania and Estonia will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arriving in Latvia as of this Friday, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on Wednesday. As coronavirus infection rates have jumped in Lithuania and Estonia, the decision spells the end of the so-called Baltic bubble, free travel for Baltic residents across the three countries that was agreed on in mid-May. Latvia currently has the lowest coronavirus infection rate…

Passenger transport dropped significantly in first half of 2020 in Latvia

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) September 2 data show that in the first half of 2020, compared to the first half of 2019, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has reduced. Reduction in the number of passengers by all modes of transport was affected by declaration of emergency situation in the country due to COVID-19 pandemic and consequential restrictions in transportation. During the first half of 2020, the number of passengers carried by land…

Lithuanian diplomat to head EU mission in Laos

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Ina Marčiulionytė, a former ambassador of Lithuania in China, has assumed a new office as the head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Lao PDR on Tuesday. Marčiulionyte told BNS earlier she had been encouraged to take up the office by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Marčiulionytė served as Lithuania’s ambassador to China since September 2015. With a population of around 7 million, Laos remains one of…

Rīga airport losses in first half of 2020 amount to EUR 6.5 million

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

In the first six months of 2020, the state stock company “Rīga International Airport” experienced a loss of EUR 6.5 million, according to the company’s unaudited interim report for the first half-year, the company said September 2. At the airport, the net turnover for the first half of 2020 was EUR 16.7 million, EUR 14.4 million or 46% less than expected in this year’s budget. In the first half of…

Thousands of athletes use innovation made by Latvian pupils

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Four years ago, Aksels Zingulis and Reinis Nikuļcevs started a business while still at school. Now, their company  RocketGrip exports an innovative product invented in Latvia – hockey equipment handles – to 45 countries, Latvian Television reported September 2. The business idea began with one of the guys getting sick and tired of re-wrapping the end of the hockey stick every time during training. “I was a pretty lazy athlete. In…

Latvia: New head of Competition Council selected

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Following a tender process, a likely new head of Latvian commercial watchdog the Competition Council has been named, the LETA newswire reported September 1. Juris Gaikis, the head of the State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability and former Tax Board director at the State Revenue Service, has been selected for the position of the head of the Competition Council, according to the Economics Ministry’s…

Latvia: Two new cases of coronavirus

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Latvia confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 on September 2, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,406 on Wednesday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 34. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,532 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 256,350 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,173 patients have recovered from infection. Five patients are…