Posts published in Day: October 5, 2020

Lithuanian FM in isolation after Macron’s delegation members test positive for Covid-19

Monday, October 5, 2020

After two members of French President Emmanuel Macron’s delegation tested positive for the coronavirus, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius will spend a week in self-isolation. “[Linkevičius] was a member of the official delegation during macron’s visit and had close contact with an infected person from the French delegation,” Rasa Jakilaitiene, spokeswoman for Linkevicius, told BNS on Monday. Macron visited Lithuania on September 28–29. The French Embassy told BNS two staff…

Tax for old vehicles to be implemented in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

Government decided last week to impose a one-off tax for purchase of old vehicles starting next year, Latvian Television reported October 3. The initiative regarding the introduction of vehicle registration tax has come from the Ministry of Transport, with a view to prevent the registration of old and environmentally harmful passenger cars in Latvia. According to Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) –  Western countries have already taken a variety…

Brussels slams Minsk for asking Lithuanian diplomats out of Belarus

Monday, October 5, 2020

In a statement on Sunday, Brussels said the demand by Minsk for Poland and Lithuania to withdraw their ambassadors and reduce embassy staff was “unfounded and regrettable”. “The demand goes against the logic of dialogue and will only further isolate the authorities in Minsk,”  according to the European Union’s External Action Service. On Friday, Minsk recalled its ambassadors from Warsaw and Vilnius, and  ordered the Lithuanian and Polish embassies to reduce their…

COVID-19 state aid could have been bigger in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

In order to make employers and workers more comfortable in the COVID-19 crisis, the benefits provided by the State could have been higher, former Finance Minister Andris Vilks, member of the Bank of Latvia, said in an interview to Latvian Radio October 5. Comparing the economic crisis a decade ago and the crisis created by COVID-19, the former minister pointed to fundamental differences: “Absolutely not comparable: day versus night. Latvia’s situation…

Latvian miller company accused of price dumping

Monday, October 5, 2020

Flour producer Dobeles dzirnavnieks, together with companies from three other countries, has been accused of dumping prices on South African markets, according to an LSM.lv report October 3 . The complaint was lodged by competitors. The Trade Commission of the Republic of South Africa reports that “according to the first assessment there is evidence of dumping” and that the local pasta industry is losing profits and employees. Dobeles dzirnavnieks has been given…

Lidl’s arrival in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

German retailer Lidl, which has been promising to open stores in Latvia for a while, has started to actively recruit employees. The labor market situation impact as a result of this was discussed on Latvian Radio October 4. Lidl retailer, currently working in 32 countries of the world, could also start work in Latvia in the foreseeable future. The opening day of the stores is kept secret. But the company has…

Extended early voting begins in Lithuania

Monday, October 5, 2020

Early voting, extended due to the pandemic, began in Lithuania on Monday. According to the country’s Central Electoral Commission, people can cast their votes in the parliamentary election at any location, irrespective of their registered place of residence. The voting will take place from 07:00 until 20:00. Voters are also urged to wear facemasks and have their own pens. On the election day on Sunday, people will be able to…

Europe must grow together without shying away from controversy

By Heiko Maas on Monday, October 5, 2020

On the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas argues that German unity is inextricably linked with united Europe. Everyone in Germany is familiar with Willy Brandt’s phrase: “What belongs together is now growing together.” We tend to assume that it refers to the reunification of our country 30 years ago after it had been split in two by walls and barbed wire. But if you…

Collapsed bank sues former NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Monday, October 5, 2020

Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is among nine persons being sued by the administrators of the insolvent Latvian bank “PNB”, LTV’s investigative program De Facto reported October 4. While serving as Deputy Chairman of the bank’s Council, Rasmussen voted in favour of several transactions that were not in the bank’s interests, it is claimed. PNB went bankrupt last year, after the European Central Bank (ECB) assessed that it was “failing or likely…

74 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Monday, October 5, 2020

Seventy-four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on October 3, another of the highest daily totals recorded so far and taking the number of cases in the country past the 2,000 mark. In total 2.019 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. No more deaths were recorded, the fatality toll remaining on 38. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 3,654 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 332,285 tests…