Posts published in Day: September 28, 2020

Lithuania’s GDP dip among smallest in Europe

Monday, September 28, 2020

Even though Lithuania will likely finish the year with a drop in its annual GDP, the contraction is among the smallest in Europe, according to the chief of the country’s central bank. “The result of the first half-year period is a contraction of 0.8 percent. […] That is certainly a better result than we predicted when everything began,” Vitas Vasiliauskas, the governor of the Bank of Lithuania, told reporters on…

Economist: excise duty must be raised carefully in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

Excise duty should be increased carefully in order not to increase the amount of smuggling, said economist, researcher Arnis Sauka, in an interview to Latvian Radio September 28. On Monday, September 28, a study on excise tax policy in the Baltic States was presented. Sauka said that excise duty in the Baltic States has a significant impact on GDP. “One of the conclusions to remove incentives for carrying out cross-border trade…

Watch future of Baltic Sea being debated

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Baltic Sea is severely affected by general threats like biodiversity loss and climate change, and by specific local pressures such as eutrophication, overfishing, elevated levels of contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, and litter, in particular plastic waste. Concerned by the poor state of the Sea and its marine environment, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius has organising a high-level conference on possible actions to redress the situation,…

COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases by 21

Monday, September 28, 2020

Twenty-one new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on September 28, the total since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,697 as a result. No new deaths were recorded Monday, with the fatality toll remaining on 36, but the total is just one fewer than the 22 cases added to the tally on Sunday. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,398 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 312,230 tests…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania confirms 105 new cases, 22,147 people in isolation

Monday, September 28, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 105 new coronavirus cases, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Monday morning. One person died of Covid-19 on Sunday. The person was in their 60s and passed away in Vilnius, Austina Vžesniauskaitė of the NVSC told LRT RADIO. Most of the new cases, 44, were diagnosed in Kaunas County. The municipality of Raseiniai remains one of the biggest hotspots in the country with 19 new cases.…

Macron in Lithuania: search for allies, dialogue with Putin, breakthrough 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 provides an overview of the main topics during 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…

Lithuanian FM talks with Armenia, urges both sides to stop military action

Monday, September 28, 2020

On Sunday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to seek a peaceful resolution of their disagreements after heavy fighting erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh. He also warned that the existing situation might escalate to a disastrous war that would claim many civilian lives. “We are closely watching the situation and it might definitely spark a much bigger conflict,” Linkevicius told BNS. “Those countries that are actively involved in…

Washington may announce sanctions on Belarus officials this week, says US diplomat in Vilnius

Monday, September 28, 2020

The United States may announce sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters on Tuesday, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. “At this point, I anticipate an announcement early next week. We have the first tranche of names prepared. I believe we could expect an announcement next Tuesday,” Kent told BNS on Friday. The diplomat also said the…

Rinkēvičs hopes Armenia and Azerbaijan will return to negotiations

Monday, September 28, 2020

“I would like to hope that Armenia and Azerbaijan will return to a political solution in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict ,” said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) in an interview to Latvian Television  September 28. “The international community – all ministries and heads of countries – have called for a return to a dialogue situation. This is the sharpest conflict since the 90s. It is clear that there is currently an…

Washington may announce sanctions on Belarus officials this week – US diplomat

Monday, September 28, 2020

The United States can announce sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters on Tuesday, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. “At this point, I anticipate an announcement early next week. We have the first tranche of names prepared. I believe we could expect an announcement next Tuesday,” Kent told BNS on Friday. The diplomat also said the…