Posts published in Day: September 3, 2020

Lithuania calls for European response to Navalny’s poisoning

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he will suggest a European response to the recent poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny at the upcoming European Council meeting. The government in Germany, where Navalny is being treated, recently announced that he was poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent developed in Russia. “Lithuania will be among the countries that will be raising this issue as it’s is extremely important, especially in…

Start-ups in Latvia can now get state aid easier

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In order to allow more start-ups to qualify for state aid, the Saeima adopted amendments in the framework of support for start-ups on Thursday, September 3, said the Saeima Press Service. In future, start-ups that set up a related company abroad for capital raising will also be eligible for State aid. In practice, a shortcoming has been identified that prevents prospective start-ups from receiving aid, who set up a related company…

Lithuania to sanction Belarus’ Constitutional Court officials

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania may impose national sanctions on officials from the Belarusian Constitutional Court, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Thursday. Lithuania sanctioned 30 people, including Alexander Lukashenko, earlier this week. According to Nausėda, the list of officials subject to sancitons “is not complete” and can be changed “depending on circumstances”. The Belarusian Constitutional Court ruled last week that the August 9 presidential election, which saw Alexander Lukashenko declare victory, was democratic.…

Electronic traveler registration system in Latvia likely coming in October

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Since mid-July , all persons entering Latvia must complete written surveys. An electronic recording system is expected at the beginning of October, Interior Ministry representatives told Latvian Radio September 3. In order to track the spread of COVID-19, arrivals complete questionnaires distributed by international passenger carriers. Then through the border guard, the stack of papers comes either to the State Police (if the persons have to comply with self-isolation) or…

Lithuania may halve self-quarantine for travelers

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania will decide next week whether to cut self-quarantine time for travelers coming from coronavirus-affected countries, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says. Self-isolating for one week rather than two weeks would require taking the coronavirus test, according to the proposal. “These decisions are now being coordinated and drafted. […] It is very likely that we will have these decisions next week,” the minister told reporters on Thursday. Some tests, which use…

“Stop COVID” app hits 133,000 users

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Apturi Covid (Stop COVID)  contact application has been downloaded by 133,000 people in Latvia, and if such dynamics continue, nearly every tenth resident of Latvia will have it, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, the director of the Disease Prevention and Control Centre (SPKC) Infection Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department told Latvian Radio September 3. He said that the number of app users increased significantly over the past two weeks, it had…

Flights allowed to all but four EU states in Latvia

Thursday, September 3, 2020

As from Thursday, flights to and from Latvia are allowed with all European Union (EU) and European Economic Zone (EEZ) countries apart from Spain, Andorra, Malta and Luxembourg, Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) spokesman  Aivis Vincevs told LETA September 1. Vincevs said that the Cabinet’s amendments decided on Wednesday have come in force, which stipulate that air travel is allowed from counties where cumulative infection rate in 14 days is no more than…

President Levits tells Saeima to consider algorithms and sustainability

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvian State President Egils Levits took part in the opening of the Fall session of the Saeima September 3, using the opportunity of addressing the chamber to recommend various areas requiring legislation. He opened by urging Saeima deputies to think in a long-term, sustainable manner, referencing the year 2030 as a  touchstone. “A good starting point for sustainability goals is 10 years, so 2030. It’s not too far away to indulge in dreams, yet not too…

Latvian government supports public media exit from ad market

Thursday, September 3, 2020

At a meeting on Wednesday, September 2, the Cabinet of Ministers supported the request of the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) to provide EUR 8.3 million in the state budget of 2021 for the exit of public media from the advertising market. This was announced by Finance Minister Jānis Reirs (New Unity) after the government meeting. Prime Minister Krišjānis Karinņš said at a press conference after the government meeting…

airBaltic will emerge from crisis strong, says CEO

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Latvian national airline airBaltic will be very strong after the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and when it is possible to fly in full volumes again, growth will be very rapid, the CEO Martins Gauss said in an interview to LETA September 3. The turnover of airBaltic during the first half of this year  decreased by 63.6%  , to EUR 78,713 million, while the group’s losses increased almost seven…