Posts published in Day: September 4, 2020

New Rīga council coalition formed

Friday, September 4, 2020

Four parties have agreed to officially form a new coalition to control Rīga City Council. In the third and final one-on-one round of discussions with individual parties today, the presumptive new mayor of Riga, Mārtiņš Stakis (For/Development/Progressives) came to terms on an agreement with New Unity, after also coming to terms earlier in the day with the National Alliance/Association of Regions and the New Conservative Party. For/Development/Progressives will take the post of…

Three for the Weekend: Poetry Days, White Night, Survival Kit

Friday, September 4, 2020

Beginning of autumn is always full of cultural events to help you embrace the cold season. This weekend is no exception: enjoy! September 4 to 13, the annual poetry festival “Dzejas dienas/Poetry Days” fills Latvia with various poetry-related events, including readings, walks, slams, performances, stand-ups and more. The first Poetry Days were celebrated on 11 September 1965 at Communard Park (now known as the Esplanāde) in honor of the 100th…

Bank profits down 63% in first half of 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

Total profit of banks in Latvia in the first half 2020 decreased by 63% or EUR 80 million compared to the results of the 1st half 2019, according to data by Finance Latvia Association , as published September 4.   According to industry data,   TOP 5 most profitable Finance Latvia Association member banks in first six months of 2020 were Swedbank, SEB banka, Rigensis Bank, LPB Bank, and Signet Bank. Total assets…

Latvia’s quarantine country list update: Hungary and San Marino added

Friday, September 4, 2020

Latvia’s Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) announced September 4 that another two countries have been added to the list of those requiring 14 days of self-isolation quarantine for people arriving in Latvia. In 30 European countries, the risk of COVID-19 is now deemed to be high enough for arrivals to have to self-isolate. Only five countries have the infection rate low enough for arrivals not to self-isolate. Air carriers are not…

Riga airport will step up monitoring of passengers

Friday, September 4, 2020

Following the government’s decision to extend air travel to Latvia, in order to take care of the safety and health of passengers and employees, Riga International Airport, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA), will improve monitoring of passenger surveys, the airport said in a statement September 4.  In accordance with the current regulatory framework, it is the duty of all persons  to complete a survey   before entering…

‘Baltic bubble’ travel zone to remain intact, says Foreign Minister

Friday, September 4, 2020

Arrivals into Latvia from Estonia and Lithuania will not have to go into 14-day quarantine next week after all despite fears expressed earlier this week that the COVID-19 infection rates in both countries would likely see them included on Latvia’s list of ‘yellow’ countries requring arrivals to self-isolate. The news came from Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs who tweeted that according to Health Ministry statistics, both countries remain…

Internal police detain Latvia’s Border Guard chief

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Internal Security Bureau (IDB) detained and later released the Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts, according to LETA information September 4. Border Guard spokeswoman Kristīne Petersone confirmed to Latvian Radio that IDB had been in the border guards’ room on Friday, September 4, but did not comment on what exactly the IDB did. Meanwhile, Latvian Television (LTV) reported that Pujāts’ detention is related to a case from last…

No self-isolation required for Lithuanians crossing into Latvia for now

Friday, September 4, 2020

People travelling to Latvia from Estonia and Lithuani will not need to self-isolate for at least another week, according to the Latvian government. On Friday, the infection rate of Covid-19 in Estonia and Lithuania has reached more than 16 cases per 100,000 people. The three Baltic states require travellers to self-isolate for two weeks when arriving form countries with a number above 16. Lithuania’s current cumulative 14-day rate per 100,000…

Tipping point in Belarus: as Minsk turns to Moscow, it’s time to act

Friday, September 4, 2020

What Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin call interference from the West, “we see as simply calling a spade a spade”, writes Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. The crisis in Belarus goes far beyond the violent aftermath of its presidential election in August. For decades, under Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship, the country has witnessed successive waves of repression. With an opposition too weak and divided to overcome to the regime,…

Covid-19 rates grow in Estonia and Lithuania

Friday, September 4, 2020

Lithuania and Estonia have exceeded the coronavirus threshold agreed by the Baltic states that triggers mandatory 14-day self-isolation, according to the latest results from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Lithuania’s current cumulative 14-day rate per population of 100,000 now stands at 16.1, and is 16.4 in Estonia. The Latvian government is holding a sitting on Friday to decide on restrictions for arrivals from Lithuania and Estonia. “It…