Posts published in Day: September 24, 2020

Danish architects to shape part of future Rīga skyline

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Krasta City SIA has announced the results of a public design competition for the territorial development vision for construction on the right bank of the Daugava (in the quarter between Salu Bridge, Krasta Street and Daugava (the territory of the historic Zvirgzdu Island). In a competition between 13 works from five different countries, the jury awarded the best offer from the Danish architectural firm  Arrow Architects ApS  . Ulrik Raysse,…

State assets rise by quarter of a billion in 2019

Thursday, September 24, 2020

State budget expenditure and investment rose by €755 million in 2019, to €10.99 billion. Meanwhile state revenues rose by €727.8 million, to €10.86 billion. Over the same period, the Estonian state held total assets of €16.3 billion, €250 million up on year. The coalition submitted its consolidated state revenue report to the Riigikogu Thursday, which also revealed that Tax revenues also grew by nearly 10 percent, and unemployment and disability…

Levits submits draft law for preservation of Latvian historical lands

Thursday, September 24, 2020

President Egils Levits has submitted a draft law to the Saeima regarding preservation of Latvia’s historical lands, Latvian Radio reported September 24. Levits drew attention to the issue of cultural and historical lands during the drafting of the  administrative-territorial reform bill. H   e said at the time that the legislative proposal did not have enough emphasis on democratic inclusiveness of local communities and strengthening of cultural and historical identity. He therefore worked…

Baltic States to impose sanctions on more Belarusian officials

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Baltic States have agreed to introduce sanctions against another 100 individuals linked to violence in Belarus, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said in an interview to the Latvian Radio September 23. The Minister said that an agreement was reached with Lithuania and Estonia on Wednesday: “These sanctions will be extended. That doesn’t mean this will be the last of it. We are trying to analyze the information [on violence in Belarus].…

Baltic states expanding sanctions on Belarus officials

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are expanding sanctions on Belarusian government officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters, the Lithuanian president’s office said on Thursday. Over 100 people will be put on the blacklist, including judges, representatives of the president’s administration and power structures. The expanded sanction lists will be published on Friday. “Following his meeting with the foreign minister today, the president authorised to publish an updated list…

Divided Kingdom of Great Britain?

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Thursday, September 24, 2020

It seems that the situation with the negotiations on the UK exit from the EU has reached a climax. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s team is stumped. The European Union categorically does not want to make any concessions. Meanwhile, the deadline is rapidly approaching. Talks between London and Brussels have reached the stage of threats to use economic measures to force Britain to surrender. The position of the European Union is…

Lithuania’s genocide centre to remove KGB agent list from its website

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lithuania’s Genocide and Resistance Research Centre (LGGRTC) will remove the database of KGB recruits from its website, saying the records will still be accessible in national archives. “I am sorry for the fact that the centre’s investigation that has lasted for a number of years has led to inadequate reactions and unfounded judgements in the public, therefore, the centre’s new management decided to remove this investigation from its website,” Adas…

Emigration behind Lithuania’s unnatural ageing statistics – experts

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Lithuanian is ageing faster than any other country of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a study by Invest Lithuania, the country’s investment agency, has found. Until recently, Lithuania has been experiencing high emigration rates, which predominantly affected the younger population. “People of working age are the ones who leave the country. Pensioners, on the other hand, stay so their share in the society increases,” Donatas Burneika, human…

Lithuania’s first lady in hot water over comments on women in education

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Diana Nausėdienė, the wife of Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda, has attracted criticism after delivering a speech on women’s empowerment. Commentators have called her comments ill-advised, while the president’s office has said Nausėdienė’s words were misconstrued. Speaking at an event on women’s leadership last Tuesday, Nausėdienė argued that increasing the share of women in any given field did not automatically lead to better outcomes, giving education as an example. “If we…

Economics Ministry wants to ditch self-isolation

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The Ministry of Economics (EM) wants to replace the 10-day self-isolation after returning from abroad with extensive COVID-19 testing, said Deputy State Secretary Raimonds Aleksejenko to Latvian Television September 23. Asked whether EM still insists on increasing the 10-day cumulative COVID-19 incidence rate threshold (from the current 16 to 25 infections per 100 000 inhabitants), after which self-isolation should be observed when entering the country, Aleksejenko said that the Ministry would actually…