Posts published in September 2020

Estonia allocates less funding for tourism sector

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Support for the beleaguered tourism sector has been included in the state budget although the figure, at €5.8 million, was considerably less than businesses had reportedly hoped for. “The total amount of tourism subsidies was decided on at €5.8 million euros. The exact distribution means will be discussed by the government in the near future,” said Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) on ETV news show “Aktuaalne…

Lithuania is not ready to accommodate refugees from Belarus

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The protests in Belarus show no sign of abating. As of late September, dozens of Belarusians have used the humanitarian corridor to flee across the border. If an increasing number of people are forced to leave, is Lithuania ready to accommodate them? According to the Interior Ministry, Lithuania has no experience in managing thousands of refugees. The officials are currently consulting with the Red Cross and the United Nations High…

Estonia wants to avoid Greece situation

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

University of Tartu economics professor and chair of the budget council Raul Eamets says that while a budget deficit was a normal thing during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, that for next year and the year after may be smaller, even though more difficult times may come, to avoid a situation where the cost of running the state is covered via loan money long-term. “We may [otherwise] find ourselves…

Over 40,000 expatriates to vote in Lithuania’s elections

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

More than 40,000 voters have already registered to vote in Lithuania’s general elections from abroad, Laura Matjošaitytė, chairwoman of Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC), has said. “Compared to 2016, there’s a huge rise, as the number of voters who registered to vote abroad back in 2016 was slightly over 19,000,” she told reporters on Wednesday. Registration has already ended in about half of Lithuania’s diplomatic representations. Voters can still register…

French President Emmanuel Macron continues his visit to Latvia

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron continued his two-day visit to Latvia September 30 with a busy day scheduled. First on the running order ws a press conference with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, which can be viewed below. The pair had been due to discuss “topical issues of the European Union and external relations.” Speaking in French initially, Kariņš talked up the opportunities for “many synergies” between French and Latvian businesses in the…

Lithuania confirms 115 new coronavirus cases

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 115 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) said on Wednesday morning. Fourteen cases are linked to Kaunas Musical Theatre. One of the people diagnosed with Covid-19 is a student at the Music Academy of Vytautas Magnus University. In all, there are 24 confirmed infections linked to Kaunas Musical Theatre. Five people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after arriving in Lithuania from…

Budget position improvement starts in 2022 in Estonia

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

With its state budget for 2021 agreed on Tuesday, the government will start to improve its structural position in the state budget from the following year, 2022, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said Tuesday evening. Ratas also said that living on credit cannot go on indefinitely, speaking to ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” Tuesday night, in an interview which follows. You said via a government press release that you have drawn…

R. Karoblis discussed regional security with French counterpart F. Parly

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“We are grateful to France for your contribution to a stronger security in the Baltic region – that is a clear signal of Alliance unity and resolve to defend to any potential aggressor,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly earlier today. The officials discussed regional security situation, bilateral cooperation, and NATO and EU agendas. R. Karoblis…

Macron’s approach to Russia ‘realistic’, but may be disappointed, Lithuanian president says

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approach to relations with Russia is “realistic”, the Lithuanian president has said, but he might be disappointed if the strategic dialogue does not pan out. Macron and his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda visited French troops stationed in Rukla on Tuesday afternoon, a culmination of the French president’s two-day visit in Lithuania. “He’s a realist and he really looks at Russia with open eyes, but in this…

We should start dialogue with Russia – Macron

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are not naive, but we should start a dialogue with Russia in order to find solutions when it is necessary, said French President Emmanual Macron in a press conference during his visit to Riga last night. He said that it is necessary to develop a strategic dialogue with Russia. Macron emphasized that dialogue with the neighboring country is not detrimental to European history, stressing the need to look ahead.…