Posts published in Day: September 16, 2020

President of France to visit Latvia and Lithuania

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On September 29 and 30 this year, French President Emanuel Macron will visit Latvia, said the press service of the President of Latvia September 16. It will be the first visit by the French president to Latvia in a bilateral format since President Jacques Chirac’s official visit in 2001. News agency BNS reported that Macron would also visit Lithuania at the end of September. France has sent several hundred troops this…

Lithuania will no longer try to summon Gorbachev to court

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A court in Lithuania has begun looking at 61 appeals filled in the January 13 case, which saw 67 people sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1991 Soviet crackdown in Vilnius. Appeals against the March 2019 ruling were filed by the convicts, their lawyers, as well as the prosecutors, victims, and civil plaintiffs. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals said it would no longer seek to…

Latvia will not take in migrants from destroyed camp in Greece

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) denied Latvia’s possibility to take in migrants from burnt-down migrant camp in Moria, Lesbos island, in Greece, the Minister said September 15. Greece has raised the question on migrant accommodation in Europe after the camp Moria, housing more than 13,000 migrants, was ravaged by fire on Wednesday, September 9. Lithuania has denied possibility to take in these migrants. Ģirģens said his “position aligned with Lithuania’s…

Court orders re-count of votes in three voting stations in Rīga

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On Monday, the Administrative District Court ordered the Central Election Commission (CVK) to re-count all ballots in the three precincts where there were problems with seals on envelopes, said Līga Tumova, representative of the Administrative District Court, September 14. LSM reported   that at two Rīga polling stations, unsealed ballots were found, the total amounting to 627; later, 34 of these were found at a third station. It was decided to invalidate the unsealed…

SEB sees 40 percent fall in loan grace periods issued since early summer

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

SEB has seen a 40 percent fall in the number of grace periods it has granted to loan clients since early summer, largely as a result of a fall in applications as economic part-recovery began through summer, after the coronavirus emergency situation ended. Clients can still apply for grace periods, through to late September. Grace periods peaked during the government’s coronavirus emergency situation which ran March to May, principally due…

Estonia strawberry growers still waiting for information on loss compensation

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Ministry of Rural Affairs had promised a method for evaluating if, where and from what source strawberry growers’ yield loss has derived, by the end of July. However, this has not appeared, but the ministry promises to analyze the situation next week. The Horticultural Association (Aiandusliit) says that the loss, partly the result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated labor shortage, constitutes about 60-70 percent of the harvest. Minister…

Latvian drivers beware: police is watching from up above

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The police have started to use a drone for road traffic control, and it has already identified a couple of aggressive drivers, said Normunds Krapsis, chief of the State Police, to Latvian Television September 16. Krapsis said that the number of road deaths and victims in Latvia is not going down. This year by September 15, 91 traffic participants died in Latvia, 3025 were injured. Last year, 90 people died in…

Prisma expanding in Tallinn, plans for provincial Estonia too

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Finnish supermarket chain Prisma plans to expand in Estonia, with three new stores planned for the next year. The chain, which already operates in Tallinn, Narva and Tartu, will be adding to its roster in the capital, the company says. Its stores range in size from a small metro-style outlet in Tallinn’s old town through to hypermarkets in the Rocca al Mare center, west of the city center, and other…

Coronavirus: 11 new cases in Lithuania, four within police cluster

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Eleven new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 3,397, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday morning. Four of the new cases are connected to an outbreak within the police force in Raseiniai, Kaunas County. This cluster has grown to 17 confirmed cases. The circumstances surrounding three new infections are currently unclear. In all, 1,202 are currently ill and 2,094…

Eight offers received for Rail Baltica construction at Riga airport

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Eight building associations have placed offers for the construction of the Rail Baltica station infrastructure at the Riga International Airport, company Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas said September 16. According to the company, the project is large and complex and the specific nature of the project requires combination of local and foreign construction experience. “The combination of local and foreign builders’ expertise will be a benefit to the project. Under the constraints of the…