Posts published in Day: September 21, 2020

Latvia imposes self-quarantine on Lithuanian travellers

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania has been added to Latvia’s blacklist of coronavirus-affected countries. Travellers from Lithuania are now required to go into 10-day self-isolation when they go to the neighbouring country. Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control announced the rule on Friday. The self-isolation requirement applies to all countries with infection rates of more than 16 new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. Lithuania’s rate stood at 18.8 on…

Latvia has invested most available EU funds in projects

Monday, September 21, 2020

In Latvia, 80.5% of the European Union (EU) funds available during this planning period have been invested in various projects, according to information compiled by the Ministry of Finance September 19. The planning period for these EU funds runs from 2014 to 2020. By August 1 this year, total investment project contracts of EU funds for €3.5 billion were concluded, representing 80.5% of the total amount of EU funds, or…

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism released a new series of reports  September 20

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, released a new series of reports  September 20 revealing the vast scale of suspected illicit flows of cash via Latvian banks between 2006 and 2017. “A large trove of documents has been leaked, revealing global transactions, including those flowing through Latvia, that the US based banks flagged as suspicious to its supervisor. The documents expose that the US banks eyed with suspicion transactions…

Latvian attorney Pavels Rebenoks has been murdered

Monday, September 21, 2020

Attorney Pavels Rebenoks has been murdered, the State Police have confirmed. The State Police reveal that the lawyer was murdered overnight. Criminal proceedings have been initiated in connection with the incident. At present, large police resources are being involved in the investigation, and operational and investigative activities are being carried out. Several versions of what happened are being investigated. In the interests of the investigation, the State Police will not…

Lithuania’s COVID-19 committee to decide on measures as coronavirus cases grow

Monday, September 21, 2020

As the number of new coronavirus cases jumped over the weekend, Lithuania’s COVID-19 management committee will meet to decide on measures to contain the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Facebook that the meeting would take “new targeted solutions that would allow slowing the pace of the virus spread without halting life inside the country”. The prime minister says he understands that the new reality of…

National lockdown ‘unjustifiable’ despite rising infections

Monday, September 21, 2020

As Lithuania has been reporting record-setting daily increases in coronavirus cases, President Gitanas Nausėda says the country is better prepared now than during the “first wave” of the pandemic. “Statistics show that the numbers [of new Covid-19 cases] are deteriorating but that is seen in all countries. I believe that at this stage we are much better-prepared than during the first wave,” the president told reporters on Sunday, commenting on…

Lithuanian president, PM, foreign minister lead popularity ratings

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has seen his popularity rating grow in recent months, whole Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga’s popularity has tumbled, according to the latest Lietuvos Rytas/Vilmorus survey published on Saturday. It shows that 64.7 percent of respondents now have a favourable opinion about Nauseda, up from 61.8 percent in July. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius came in second with 50.5 percent (50 percent in July), followed by Prime Minister Saulius…

Main parties in the upcoming Lithuania’s 2020 parliamentary election

Monday, September 21, 2020

LRT English presents an overview of the main parties and their pitch to the voters in the upcoming October 11 elections. Lithuanians will be hitting the polls next month to elect their new parliament and, consequently, the government. While three parties have been consistently leading in the polls, a plethora of old and newly-founded groups further down the line is keeping the suspense alive – who will cross the 5-percent…