Posts published in Day: October 2, 2020

Latvia changes threshold for compulsory self-isolation from 16 to 25 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of population

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has increased its threshold measurement so that self-isolation will henceforth be required when entering Latvia from countries with a 14-day cumulative Covid-19 incidence per 100,000 of population of 25 instead of 16 as hitherto.  That means that only Finland, Cyprus, the Vatican state and Liechtenstein as well as Latvia itself are on the so-called “white list” of countries not requiring compulsory self-isolation. The…

Mārtiņš Staķis becomes Mayor of Rīga

Friday, October 2, 2020

In the first meeting of the new Rīga City Council October 2, Mārtiņš Staķis (Development/For!) was formally elected Mayor of Rīga, Latvian Television reported Friday. He was chosen for the position by four coalition-forming parties: Development/For!/Progressives, National Alliance, New Unity, and New Conservative Party. The coalition of four political forces has 39 out of a total of 60 votes in the Rīga City Council and broadly matches the ruling government…

‘Bridges of Time’ wins Baltic Assembly prize

Friday, October 2, 2020

This year, the Baltic Assembly (BA) Prize in Arts was awarded to meditative documentary essay “Bridges of Time” (Laika tilti, 2018) by Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys, which was co-produced by Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian studios and portrays the less-remembered generations of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave, according to an official release October 2. President of the Baltic Assembly and Head of the Estonian Delegation to the Baltic Assembly Aadu Must said that…

Minsk orders Lithuanian and Polish diplomats out of Belarus

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry has ordered Lithuanian and Polish embassies in Minsk to cut their diplomatic staff, slamming Vilnius and Warsaw for supporting Belarusian opposition. The Foreign Ministry’s press secretary Anatoly Glaz said that Lithuania and Poland were engaging in “destructive activity”. “In view of the unambiguous destructive activity on the part of these countries, they were offered to bring the makeup of their diplomatic missions in Belarus to parity…

Teenage girl found dead in Vilnius with ‘multiple injuries’

Friday, October 2, 2020

Police officers in Vilnius are investigating the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday morning. The body of a girl born in 2008 was found on Ateities Street in Vilnius. According to the police report, her body had “multiple injuries”. “All causes are now being checked. [Her death] could have been an accident or [the result of] other causes,” Julija Samorokovskaja, head…

EU, Baltic states, Poland agree €720 million network synchronisation deal

Friday, October 2, 2020

The European Union, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland have reached a deal worth €720 million for the second phase of the electricity synchronisation programme which will see the Baltic countries join the European grid. On Thursday (October 1), the coordinating committee of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) of the EU Infrastructure Network agreed to allocate the maximum possible funding to the key projects of synchronisation of the Baltic States with…

Sõõrumaa denied €40 million Patarei project KredEx loan

Friday, October 2, 2020

State credit agency KredEx has rejected businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa’s application for a €40 million loan towards the development of the Patarei sea fortress in Tallinn. Sõõrumaa, who is also head of the Estonian olympic committee, said that he recently received a negative response from KredEx, having applied for the €40-million loan some months ago, on the grounds that it is not yet in progress. Since his contract for the site…

Brussels approves ‘unprecedented’ funding for Baltic energy security

Friday, October 2, 2020

The European Commission has approved “unprecedented” funding for the Baltic states to unplug their power grids from the Moscow-controlled network, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Friday. The Commission has allocated 720 million euros for the second stage of the project that will see the Baltic states synchronise their grids with those of continental Europe. Lithuania will receive 300 million euros for the project. The application filed by the…

Businesses to watch from Liepāja

Friday, October 2, 2020

In this special feature, originally produced for the Baltic Business Quarterly magazine published by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK), Monta Glumane reports from Liepāja on the changing business landscape in Latvia’s third-largest city, Liepāja, and profiles some of the companies leading an undeniable economic revival. The manufacturing companies in each industry have their own development story. For example, the tradition of metalworking began in the middle of the 19 th …

Latvia: 77 new cases of coronavirus

Friday, October 2, 2020

Seventy-seven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on October 2, one of the highest daily totals so far. In total 1,945 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. A death has been recorded, the fatality toll rising to 38. The victim was aged 90 to 95. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 3,914 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 328,631 tests have…