Posts published in Day: October 1, 2020

Traveler registration and monitoring system coming soon

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Saeima decided Thursday on amendments to law, which provide for an electronic registration and monitoring system to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to Saeima release October 1. Since July  , arrivals must complete questionnaires distributed by international passenger carriers upon entering Latvia.  An electronic system   will make the process easier. The monitoring information system will help the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) in carrying out epidemiological…

Amur tiger couple to reside at Rīga Zoo

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Rīga Zoo representative Māris Lielkalns said October 1 that the Zoo has just welcomed several new arrivals – tigers, zebras, galagos, and a muntjac. France’s President Emmanuel Macron has concluded his visit in Latvia, but someone else from France has just arrived to stay. It is the Amur tiger Taiga, who will now reside at the Rīga Zoo. Along wiTigth the male Amur tiger August from Germany, both are settling…

Average Tallinn apartment prices rose 9.3 percent on year to September

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The average price per square meter of Tallinn apartments grew 9.3 percent on year to September, to €2,141.42, Land Board (Maa-amet) data shows. The average price also rose by 3.2 percent between August and September. Compared with August, the average price per square meter rose 3.2 percent. The median price per square meter of apartments in the capital city rose 11.3 percent on year to €2,066.44, while month-on-month an increase…

Lithuanian president: EU dialogue with Russia cannot be ‘one-way street’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The European Union’s dialogue with Russia must not be a “one-way street”, Lithuania’s president said ahead of an EU summit in Brussels “I am also a supporter of dialogue – a dialogue is always better than fighting, but dialogue should be based on fair rules,” Gitanas Nausėda said. An EU response to the poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is among the issues to be discussed by European…

FlixBus to launch Tallinn–Vilnius route

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Europe’s largest bus company FlixBus will begin operating a route between Vilnius and Tallinn in April 2021, the Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Wednesday. The company is now awaiting the greenlight from the Estonian Economy Ministry. “We are planning to open new lines in the Baltics in April of next year.” Michal Leman, the company’s CEO in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics,  told ERR. The German-based FlixBus is now the…

Second pillar pension fund payments can be temporarily suspended in October

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Estonian state suspended its 4 percent pension payments into the second pillar made from social tax from July 1 this year until August 31, 2021, however, the 2 percent individual payment made from salaries will continue automatically if an application for its temporary suspension in October is not submitted. Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said the temporary suspension of payments to the second pillar and the reform of…

Lithuanians to make unique electric vans

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Lithuanian automotive company Elinta Motors has built an electric minibus engine equipped with a battery twice the capacity of those used by Tesla, the engineers say. Elinta Motors plans to take four different electric minibus models manufactured in Lithuania to the country’s streets by the end of next year. The vehicles used for public transport will be fully manufactured in Lithuania. “All the electronics, installations, and outer body parts…

Germany issues travel warning for Lithuania’s Šiauliai region

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Šiauliai County has been included into Germany’s list of coronavirus high-risk areas. Šiauliai County is one of 10 administrative divisions in Lithuania and is currently home to some of the biggest coronavirus hotspots in the country. The biggest cluster, Radviliškis Hospital, accounts for 139 confirmed cases of Covid-19, while Šiauliai Hospital has been linked to 53 cases. Of the 91 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday, 19 were in Šiauliai…

Tikhanovskaya to name shadow cabinet

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarusian opposition candidate who supporters say won a presidential election that was instead stolen by long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko, has begun creating a shadow cabinet as she takes refuge in neighbouring Lithuania. Tikhanovskaya’s aides said on an opposition Telegram channel on September 30 that well-known human rights lawyer Hary Pahanyayla, who has defended many prominent right activists and journalists in Belarus, is Tikhanovskaya’s representative on human rights…

Legendary brand Dzintars: can it be saved?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Legendary Latvian cosmetics firm Dzintars , which went bankrupt in 2019, was recently purchased by Estonian Skinest Group. On September 29, LSM.lv spoke to industry experts about the potential future of Dzintars . On September 14,  the brand was purchased   by Estonian Skinest Group headed by owner Oleg Ossinovski. The new investor has not been in the cosmetics business before. Corporative finance expert Salvis Lapiņš said the lack of experience can…