Posts published in Day: September 3, 2020

Latvian central bank confirmed that it will host its annual conference on September 25

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvijas Banka (LB), the Latvian central bank, confirmed September 3 that it will host its annual conference on September 25 at 11:30 with the title “Money and public security” The conference will take place “mostly remotely,” LB said. “Most speakers as well as the audience will participate in the conference by taking advantage of modern video conference technologies. Anyone interested will be able to watch the conference live on the website   …

Latvian manufacturing production output rose by 1.8 %

Thursday, September 3, 2020

New data released September 3 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to July 2019, in July 2020, manufacturing production output rose by 1.8 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices) despite the coronavirus crisis. Production output increases were also registered in mining and quarrying (of 11.5 %), but in electricity and gas supply there was a drop (14.1 %). Total industrial production output increased by 0.1 %. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous…

New cases of COVID-19 detected in Latvia

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvia confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 on September 3, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,410 on Thursday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 34. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,445 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 258,795 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,183 patients have recovered from infection. Two patients…

Saeima approves Latvian troops going to Kosovo

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday, September 3, Saeima confirmed the decision on Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldier participation in NATO-led international operation in Kosovo until December 31, 2023, parliament representatives said September 3. Based on a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in 1999, the  NATO-led operation in Kosovo (KFOR)   was launched in June 1999 following a long-standing inter-ethnic conflict and violence in the Balkan region. The main tasks of the…

Lithuania, Estonia push EU to blacklist Lukashenko

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania and Estonia have been asking other EU member states to impose sanctions on Belarus’ embattled leader Alexander Lukashenko, Reuters reports quoting unnamed diplomatic sources. The Baltic states have already blacklisted Lukashenko and 29 other officials implicated in the continuing crackdown on Belarusian protesters and the opposition. The EU is also finalising a list of people to be placed under sanctions, but it is unlikely to include Lukashenko, according to…

Lithuania’s military drills ‘not aimed against any state’

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Vilnius has assured Minsk that the yearly large-scale military exercises are not targeting Belarus or any other country, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said. Previously, Alexander Lukashenko said NATO troops in Poland and Lithuania were “seriously stirring” near their borders with Belarus and ordered his troops into full combat readiness. Lithuanian officials dismissed the statements as an attempt to deflect attention from repressions against protesters in Belarus. Karolis Aleksa, the head…

Lithuania’s judge removal called ‘unconstitutional’

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sigita Rudenaitė was dismissed as head of the Lithuanian Supreme Court’s Civil Case Division based on a presidential decree and a parliamentary resolution that ran counter to the Constitution, the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday. She must be reinstated in her former position, according to the court’s ruling. On April 21, Rudenaitė was dismissed as part of a procedure to appoint her to a new position as the president of…

Outbreak at military unit ‘under control’

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Twenty new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Wednesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Thursday morning. Two people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Vilnius County after returning from abroad: Hungary and Kazakhstan. Two more cases are linked to a new cluster in Reseiniai District, central Lithuania. They caught the infection during a family event on August 22. One more case linked to the event was confirmed…

Lithuania continues to strengthen its military amid Belarus concern

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania continues to buy American military equipment despite assurances that Belarus has no cause for Lithuanian military buildup concern. Economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many European countries to consider cancelling or delaying their military acquisition programs. This does not apply to Lithuania. It has confirmed that initial deliveries of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) from the U.S. will take place as scheduled in 2021. So,…

Arbitration effort with former Liepājas metalurgs owner flounders

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Latvia’s government released information September 2 showing that attempts to broker a deal with a former owner of the Liepājas metalurgs steelworks appear to have collapsed. The arbitration proceedings relate to Eugene Kazmin, an owner of Ukrainian company KVV-Group which took over the stricken steelworks on the promise of significant investment and a fresh start. As predicted by many at the time, the hopes proved to be over-optimistic as Kazmin…