Posts published in Day: September 28, 2020

French president arrives in Lithuania

Monday, September 28, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived on an official visit to Lithuania on Monday. The French leader is expected to pay close attention to the situation in Belarus during the first bilateral visit by a French head of state to Lithuania in nearly two decades. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya have previously called on Macron to play a mediating role in resolving the political crisis in…

Chinese data firms tracks people in Baltics who may be ‘friendly to Beijing’

Monday, September 28, 2020

Independent researchers revealed last weeks that a Chinese firm was collecting information on 2.4 million people worldwide, including over a thousand individuals in the Baltic states. “First, you identify your targets and their associates. Next, you scrape data on them, determining whether they are friendly to China’s policies and if they have any secrets worth gaining. Finally, you make an approach to cultivate a relationship,” Anna-Marie Brady, resarcher at the…

Eighty-four schools in Lithuania affected by coronavirus

Monday, September 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at 84 schools in Lithuania since the start of the academic year on September 1, Daiva Razmuvienė of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) said on Monday. “One hundred and eighty-one cases have been recorded at educational institutions, including 111 schoolchildren, 55 teachers and 15 persons not involved in the education process, and, as a result, 1,701 people have been isolated. The figures are still…

Protect Poland’s LGBT community, urge diplomats from 50 countries including Lithuania

Monday, September 28, 2020

Ambassadors from 50 countries including Lithuania wrote the appeal in an open letter amid a worsening situation for the LGBTQ community in the country. A Polish lawmaker hit back, claiming all were protected under Polish law. Ambassadors to Poland from some 50 countries and international organisations worldwide called on Poland to support its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQ ) community, in an open letter published late on Sunday.…

Aab: Development of Ida-Viru County requires reorganization of industry

Monday, September 28, 2020

The ability to reorganize the industrial sector of East-Viru County is very important for the development of the region, Estonia’s Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab has said. Last week, experts at the Ministry of Finance offered the steering committee on transition for Ida-Viru County an overview of the state of play concerning the process and presented the proposals received. The emphasis in the region’s transition to carbon-neutral economy will…

Schools might have to consider more remote learning

Monday, September 28, 2020

Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska told Latvian Radio September 28 that with the COVID-19 situation deteriorating, schools might have to shift towards more remote learning. As of Monday, COVID-19 infection cases have been found in 12 education institutions, of which seven are schools, three kindergartens and two tertiary education institutions. Two schools have had more than one case. Minister Šuplinska indicated that schools might have to consider shifting from Education Ministry’s proposed  model…

Ministries ponder future COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 incidence rate in Latvia increases, ministries are discussing different options of COVID-19 restrictions for the future, Latvian Radio reported September 28. For a long time, Latvia has been relaxing rules and restrictions in the fight with COVID-19, yet Latvia’s incidence rate remains one of the lowest in the world. Recently, though, the rate has been going up, and it is debated whether Latvia can afford to leave restrictions at the…

Macron in Lithuania: search for allies, dialogue with Putin, turning point in Belarus

Monday, September 28, 2020

French President Emanuel Macron arrives in Lithuania on Monday – the first French leader to visit the country in 19 years. LRT.lt gives an overview of the main issues surrounding the visit. “France wants to demonstrate solidarity with the Baltic states. […] It is an opportunity for the French press to explain the relationship between France and the Baltics,” Tara Varma, head of the Paris office of the European Council…

Latvia’s bank profits 47.1% smaller than last year

Monday, September 28, 2020

Latvian monetary financial institutions, mainly banks, have been working on profits of €93 million in first eight months of 2020, according to information published by the Bank of Latvia September 28. This is 47.1% less than in the corresponding period of 2019. Santa Purgaile, head of the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK), said that the decline in financial institutions’ profits was not a surprise, given the fact that it…

NATO STRATCOMCOE releases podcast on disinformation

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has published a new podcast on the topic of disinformation. It features a conversation with Dr Francesca Granelli – a Teaching Fellow at King’s College, London, and a political scientist and historian about an academic article that she co-authored for the academic journal “Defence Strategic Communications”. You can listen to the podcast above and at the NATO STRATCOMCOE  YouTube channel  . LSM.LV