Posts published in Day: October 1, 2020

Latvian-Estonian Languages Award goes to Ilze Tālberga

Thursday, October 1, 2020

On 30 September 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, welcomed his Estonian counterpart, Urmas Reinsalu, who was in Latvia on an official visit. As part of the visit, the ministers presented the annual Languages Award by the Latvian and Estonian Foreign Ministries to Ilze Tālberga, teacher of the Latvian language and culture at Tartu University. “I am happy that this beautiful tradition has enabled our countries to become…

Lithuanian president leaves for Brussels

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is leaving for Brussels on Thursday to attend a two-day session of the European Council. The situation in Belarus and the EU’s relations with Turkey will be in focus. On the eve of the visit, Nausėda said the European Union should not lag behind in imposing sanctions for the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko. “European countries, as well as other countries around the globe, impose sanctions…

No need for national or local lockdowns in Lithuania, PM says

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Although the number of coronavirus infections continues to grow in Lithuania, the government is not considering placing the country or any individual municipalities under lockdown, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has assured. He also countered unsubstantiated rumours that a lockdown is to be introduced on October 16. “Today, there is no basis to speak about introducing a lockdown on October 16 or October 10. I will repeat once again: if the…

Traders association requests €3 million in PPE compensation

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Estonian Traders Association (Kaupmeeste liit) has approached the government with a proposal to allocate €3 million to cover sanitizer and personal protective equipment (PPE) compensation. The association says this money could be found from funds left over from a rent support measure provided to retailers and service providers at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. ERR News wroteon April 25 that the Estonian government had decided to support stores…

Transferwise founders Käärmann and Hinrikus top Äripäev rich list again

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Founders of London-based online money transfer service Transferwise, Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus, once again top business daily Äripäev’s rich list. The pair are worth €842.9 million (Käärmann) and €611.9 million (Hinrikus), and head up the 2020 list, the 19th of its kind Äripäev (link in Estonian) has published. The remainder of the top 10 are: Äripäev says it takes into account the value of companies owned by individuals, their…

Flixbus receives license to open Vilnius route but awaits MKM approval

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The regional CEO of Flixbus has said the international bus company has now met the requirements to provide a route from Tallinn to Vilnius, Lithuania, but is now waiting for specifications from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (MKM). ERR News wrote in Augustthat Flixbus Estonia had proposed opening a line between the capitals of Estonia and Lithuania, but an assessment conducted by the economic affairs ministry found that…

Tallink shuts down Rīga-Helsinki route until May

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Tallink Grupp said in a media statement September 30 that it will suspend the operation of the Helsinki-Riga route and will cancel all trips until spring 2021. The company initially announced last Friday, 25 September, that it is suspending the route until the end of October this year and will make a decision in the coming weeks. Following an assessment of the bookings on the route for the coming months, however, the…

Can Lithuania become regional leader amid Belarus crisis?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The crisis in Belarus has become a test case for Lithuania’s role as a mediator and a regional leader, writes Monika Bičkauskaitė from the German Marshall Fund of the United States think tank. In 1989, two million people formed a human chain from Tallinn to Vilnius to demand their independence. In 2020, the Baltic Way was recreated as the Freedom Way to express solidarity with the people of Belarus. The…

Armenia MOD representative: Relatively stable tension remained overnight

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Ministry of Defense reports that relatively stable tension remained in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone overnight. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, on Thursday morning wrote about this on his Facebook page. He noted: “The exchange of fire—from artillery and firearms—continued in separate directions. In order to improve the tactics, the adversary tried to carry out certain regrouping and relocate its military, which…

Armed forces must lose ‘industrial age capabilities’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Britain Chief of the Defence Staff says there needs to be a focus on the new battlefields of space and cyber. Britain’s armed forces will have to give up some “industrial age capabilities” in order to compete effectively in the new battlefields of space and cyber, the UK’s most senior military commander has warned. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the UK had to…