Posts published in Day: October 6, 2020

Arrivals in Latvia will have to register electronically starting October 12

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

As of October 12, everyone entering Latvia will have to complete an electronic questionnaire and a statement to comply with COVID-19 security measures, the government announced on Tuesday, October 6. Electronic questionnaires will be available on a dedicated website  covidpass.lv  from October 12. The QR code obtained from the questionnaire will have to be shown to border guards. For persons entering Latvia until 11 October, 23:59, paper questionnaires are still to be completed. The completion of…

13% fewer families in Latvia than a decade ago

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In preparation for the Population and Housing Census 2021, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) is starting to publish statistics on families and the level of education of the population. At the beginning of 2020, there were 508,700 families in Latvia, which in comparison with the results of the Population and Housing Census 2011 has decreased by 79,000 or 13%. The population has decreased by 167,000 or 8% during this period. During the same…

Saeima deputy may be prosecuted by anti-corruption cops

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) is in favor of the initiation of a criminal prosecution against sitting  Saeima deputy Aldis Adamovičs , according to unofficial information cited by Latvian Television. LTV says the case could be related to deputies’ compensation payments. Adamovičs, a member of the New Unity party of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, confirmed to LTV that he has been invited to attend a sitting of the Saeima Mandate, Ethics…

Russia’s military creep in Belarus ‘chips away’ at Baltic defence

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

With Moscow intent on wrestling out military concessions from hard-pressed Alexander Lukashenko, a new balance of military power in Eastern Europe raises security concerns for the Baltic states. Russia’s support of Alexander Lukashenko may come at a price that could alter the balance of power in Europe as the Kremlin flexes its military might on the eastern fringes of NATO and exacts concessions from the embattled Belarusian strongman. Lukashenko, in…

Belarus uses EU funds via Lithuania to acquire drones amid crackdown on protesters

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuania’s police has denied reports confirmed by diplomats in Brussels that the country had delivered 15 drones to the Belarusian authorities.  This story originally  appeared on EUobserver. Comments by the Lithuanian police were added by LRT English.  The EU has bought 15 surveillance drones for Belarusian authorities, prompting alarm they could be used against pro-democracy protesters. Lithuanian police handed over the equipment to the Belarusian State Committee for Forensic Science on…

Monument to anti-Soviet resistance commander unveiled in Vilnius

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a Lithuanian armed anti-Soviet resistance commander, has been unveiled at Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius on Tuesday. “This monument to Ramanauskas-Vanagas is a monument to all his comrades. […] Today, we can express eternal gratitude and pay respect to the partisan commander,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said during the solemn ceremony. The monument was created by a group of authors, including Algirdas Kuzma and company Arches,…

Estonian government decides against tourism voucher scheme

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Minister of Economic Affairs Taavi Aas (Center) has confirmed the idea to create a voucher initiative to help the flagging tourism industry has been scrapped. Last month, Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) floated the idea of a voucher support scheme for the tourism and catering industry which has been hit hard by coronavirus crisis. The aim would have been to increase domestic consumption as foreign tourists are not expected…

Lithuanian municipality to introduce local lockdown

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Raseiniai District, a municipality in Lithuania’s Kaunas County, is introducing a local lockdown as of Friday to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “We made the decision to call a quarantine in Raseiniai,” said Edmundas Jonyla, a chief of the municipal administration, after a meeting of the Extreme Situations Commission on Tuesday. The municipality of some 44,000 people has been a hotbed of new Covid-19 infections, with 423 confirmed cases…

Estonia: New service gives property owners control over who registered at an address

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A new electronic service in Estonia will allow property owners to view and veto residents staying in the premises they own. “As a new service, owners of the premises have been added to the e-population register so they can see who lives in their properties,” Enel Pungas from the interior ministry’s population operations department told Vikerraadio Tuesday morning. “Until now, the municipality had to be asked that question.” If individuals…