Posts published in Day: September 15, 2020

More tourists from Lithuania, Estonia and Finland in July

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

According to data of the Central Statistical Bureau published September 15 , in July 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 298.9 thousand, which is 25.3 % less than in July 2019.  As compared to July of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 30.5 % and comprised 545 thousand nights. As of 10 June, the emergency situation ended and large part of tourist accommodation establishments resumed their activity, also in…

Tartu brings in €124.7 million fiscal receipts January- August

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tartu has generated €800,000 less income than its expenditures over the period January to August 2020, and has reported a total revenue of €124.7 million, the city’s government says, representing 71 percent of the amount budgeted for the year. The largest single item, at €60.6 million revenue over the eight-month period, was personal income tax. The figure represented 73 percent of the 12-month target, in other words receipts are ahead…

Post-pandemic unemployment strikes Lithuanian regions

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Unemployment in Lithuania has reached 14 percent during the pandemic. At 20 percent, the unemployment rate is the highest in the northwestern Lithuanian district of Kelmė. “I live in the village. […] I registered at the employment service and received disability benefits. That is how I survive,” an unemployed man in Kelmė told LRT TV. “I farm at home. I also registered at the employment service. It is very difficult…

Russia and Belarus drill ‘worrying’ offensive operations, says Lithuanian military

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Despite claims of defensive drills, Russian and Belarusian military exercises are practicing offensive operations, said Lithuania’s Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupšys on Tuesday. “The exercises are worrying, because contrary to [Belarus’] claims, they are orientated at [practicing] offensive actions,” Rupšys said after a meeting with the Lithuanian president and defence minister. However, there is no direct military threat to Lithuania, he added. “It’s a fact they [Russia and Belarus] will…

Belarusian IT firms face legal challenges

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Around 60 Belarus-based tech companies and 2,000 professionals are interested in moving to Lithuania, according to Invest Lithuania, a state investment promotion agency. However, unsolved legal challenges are hampering the process. Around 1,500 tech companies operate in Belarus. But after internet outages and a crackdown on protesters following the August 9 presidential election, many are now considering moving their offices abroad. Lithuania’s Migration Department has recently introduced an online relocation…

Baltics among EU’s smallest recipients of Chinese investment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia remain Europe’s smallest recipients of China’s foreign direct investment (FDI), according tothe 2000–2019 stats published by Politico Europe. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have each received just 0.1 billion euros in FDI from China in the 19-year period,  according to Politico. When normalised by GDP, Estonia’s share of China’s FDI was the highest among the four countries with 3.6 percent – which overtook Poland’s 2.6 percent…

Police investigate match-fixing in Lithuanian football

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The police are investigating the Lithuanian Football Federation’s complaint about alleged match fixing aimed at making profit from betting. Edgaras Stankevičius, the federation’s secretary general, told BNS that the law-enforcement investigation concerned suspected match-fixing in Pirma Lyga, the second-tier league of the professional football championship. “The police are carrying out their own pre-trial investigation, and our Investigative Committee is performing its actions. What I can confirm is that this is…

Rīga International Film Festival announces full program

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Rīga International Film Festival (IFF) has announced full program and main competition films, according to Rīga IFF website . The seventh Rīga IFF will take place October 15-25. One of the most important sections of the festival is the feature film competition. Eight distinct, innovative and artistically challenging films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries have been selected for the competition this year: In total, 129 films…

LIZDA: schools should have rights to COVID-19 related information on pupils

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) head Inga Vanaga told Latvian Television September 15 that the Union thinks schools should decide on their own whether to ask pupils’ families to sign claims whether they have been abroad. As of now, some schools ask pupils’ families to sign claims confirming they have not been abroad or in contact with COVID-19 patients. State Service of Education Quality (IKVD) has said this requirement…

Easier travel rules would harm Latvia’s economy

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Radio September 15 that if Latvia raised the self-isolation  threshold, it would have a ‘boomerang effect’. As the incidence of COVID-19 increases, Estonia and Lithuania have raised the threshold for the incidence rate to which travelers do not have to comply with self-isolation – from 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 25. Viņķele previously rejected the idea of such a step in Latvia, and still maintains…