Posts published in Day: September 16, 2020

Lithuania and Poland ‘destabilise’ Belarus, says Minsk

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Poland and Lithuania have contributed to destablising the situation in Belarus, claimed a senior official at the Belarusian Defence Ministry, Oleg Voinov. Activities aimed at “heightening tensions in the information space, and provoking mass unrest have strained the interstate relations,” the major general wrote in an op-ed, according to the Belarusian state news agency BelTa. “The European Union in general and our closest neighbours Poland and Lithuania in particular have…

Baltics in competition for Belarusian IT firms

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Since the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, the country’s booming IT sector has faced internet outages and a climate of repressions. Seeing opportunity, the Baltic states have turned to attract some of the 1,500 firms that may seek to relocate. Both Latvia and Lithuania have moved to simplify the visa application process for workers. Riga has created a dedicated team to deal with the enquiries, while Lithuania has introduced an…

Lithuania is privatising electricity provision. What do you need to know?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Lithuania is set to give up the state monopoly of electricity supply to households by 2023 and consumers will have to choose new energy providers. What should one know about the change?  Why will households need to choose an electricity provider?  Currently, electricity provision in Lithuania is in the hands of the state-controlled energy monopoly Ignitis. Electricity prices are set by the National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT) once every six…

Lithuania reports 45 new coronavirus cases, 32 schools affected

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Forty-five new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Tuesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Wednesday morning. Four people got diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from abroad: Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and the UK. Three of the new cases are linked to Gabija Progymnasium in Vilnius. So far, 12 infections were diagnosed in the school. In response, some of the classes were moved online. One infection in Raseiniai,…

Lithuania to ease visa procedures for Belarusians

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry plans to facilitate visa issuance for Belarusian citizens. According to the ministry, as of September 21, Belarusians be able to apply for the Lithuanian visa under the same rules as the citizens of Australia, Japan, the UK, the US, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea. Belarusians will be able to get the visa for six months, as long as they can provide proof of adequate financial resources…

Latvia announces new talent show

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Latvian Television on September 16 announced application for a new talent show – “Ko tu proti, Latvija?”  (What can you do, Latvia?). By October 4, everyone has the opportunity to send in their talents – individually or in groups – regardless of what it is, on the  www.lsm.lv/kotuproti   site. From dancing and singing to ketchup-painting with eyes closed while riding a unicycle – all talents are awaited. The website also…

Four more cases of COVID-19 detected in Latvia

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on September 16, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,486 on Wednesday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 35. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 3,041 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 285,876 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from infection. Seven…

Xfly to start Tallinn-Stockholm flights later this month

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

State-owned airline Nordica subsidiary Xfly is to start regular flights between Tallinn and Stockholm. The service is scheduled to start on September 28 and will code-share with Scandinavian airline SAS. Initially, flights will be on work days, once per day, the company says. Xfly does not sell tickets itself, but instead provides air services to other carriers, and since 2016 has served routes operated by Polish airline LOT and other…

Lithuania’s Sea Museum releases seals back into wild (Video)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

On a sunny Tuesday morning, twelve seals that were previously found in Smiltynė on Lithuania’s Curonian Spit were released back into the Baltic Sea. Twenty seals were found in early spring, and after growing to at least 40 kilogrammes over five months, they were strong enough to return to the wild, according to a press release by Lithuania’s Sea Museum. The twelve seals had been named Dziegorėlis, Žebelė, Kvietka, Kurdupelis,…

Belarus to launch nuclear plant on Lithuanian border in November

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, constructed near Belarus’ border with Lithuania, is to be launched on November 7, President Alexander Lukashenko announced on Wednesday. “I invite everyone. On 7 November, a landmark date for us, I think we will be able to visit and say that we’re getting new electricity from our nuclear plant,” Lukashenko is quoted by the state-owned news agency Belta. The nuclear plant, constructed by the Russian…