Posts published in Day: September 9, 2020

Latvia’s budget for 2021 partly earmarked: teacher and medic pay on top

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Although negotiations are ongoing on the budget for 2021, EUR 338.6 million has already been earmarked in the process of drafting it, according to September 9 information from the Ministry of Finance. According to information provided by the FM, the targets to be achieved in the 2021 budget are currently highlighted, including raising medic and teacher pay. The Cabinet will take the final decision regarding the channeling of funding for…

Latvian Russian: A lot of things are wrong with the “reasonable Russian” stereotype

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ņikita Trojanskis (Nikita Troianski) is an amateur journalist and a Latvian Russian who doesn’t shy away from the difficult “Russian matter”. In addition to running his own YouTube show, called Trojan, he’s someone with whom Jānis Iesalnieks, a well-known nationalist politician, is eager to drink a pint or two. Trojanskis is an alumnus of the prestigious Riga State Gymnasium No. 1 and has recently returned to Latvia upon graduating from Cambridge University…

Lithuania considers cutting self-quarantine period to 10 days

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Lithuanian government is considering to cut the 14-day self-isolation period for people arriving from coronavirus-affected countries to ten days, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says. The government’s Covid-19 committee also discussed singling out “safe islands” within coronavirus-affected countries, he said, and people arriving from them would not be required to self-isolate at all. Travelers returning from coronavirus-affected countries – that is, those that have reported more than 16 new cases…

Moscow to react to NATO drills in Lithuania

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Moscow will give a “well considered” response to the NATO exercises in Lithuania, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday. Amid tensions in Belarus, the United States has deployed an armoured battalion to Lithuania as part of the pre-planned operation Atlantic Resolve aimed at deterring Russia’s aggression in the region. Ryabkov said the US and its allies were engaging in “hostile” actions against Russia and Belarus, according to…

Huawei signs controversial sponsorship with Lithuanian Basketball Federation

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) has signed a sponsorship deal with China’s Huawei. The logo of a company allegedly associated with espionage and human rights violations may now appear on the T-shirts of the Lithuanian national team. Some observers in the country argue that the technology giant, which has been accused of links with the Chinese government and aiding Beijing’s espionage efforts, has no place in Lithuania’s favourite sport. Observer…

Lithuanian, EU diplomats arrive to protect Belarus’ Nobel laureate

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Diplomats from Lithuania and other EU member states have on Wednesday arrived at the apartment of Belarusian Nobel Literature Prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich. “We have received [information] that unknown people are ringing the bell of her apartment [who are] probably the security or police representatives,” Lithuanian Ambassador to Belarus Andrius Pulokas told BNS on Wednesday. “That’s how we […] decided that she’s under the threat of detention as Svetlana Alexievich…

Latvia: Foreign trade turnover in July down 3.5%

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau published September 9 show that   in July 2020 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.38 billion. At current prices it was 3.5 % less than a year ago. Exports value of goods dropped by 0.3 %, but imports value of goods – by 5.9 %. In July Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.05 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.33 billion. Compared…

Latvian Constitutional Court needs update

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Saeima adopted amendments to the law last week with regard to strengthening independence of the judges of the Constitutional Court. Experts say, though, that there is more room for improvement, Latvian Radio reported September 8. According to Ineta Ziemele, President of the Constitutional Court, said that the competence of the Court corresponds to the time when it was founded – not today. “We cannot begin to talk about a more modern…

Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers meet in Tallinn

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The foreign ministers of the Nordic-Baltic region (NB8) are meeting in Tallinn on September 9. As the 2020 coordinator of the format, Estonia is organising the annual meeting of NB8 ministers this year, and the agenda includes regional and global foreign and security policy, European topics and connectivity (the climate, energy, digital affairs). The meeting will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NB8 format. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs…

Rail Baltica project implementation will center in RB Rail

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Latvian government has supported the Transport Ministry’s intention to focus the implementation functions of the Rail Baltica project on the three Baltic States joint venture RB Rail. This will ensure a faster, better quality and more cost-effective project in Latvia, the Ministry said September 8. The new Rail Baltica project implementation model predicts that one company – the Baltic States joint venture RB Rail – will be responsible for design and…