Posts published in Day: October 7, 2020

Vandals topple Holocaust monument in Kaunas

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A monument to Holocaust victims was found toppled in Kaunas on Tuesday, the police have reported. The local Jewish community does not believe it was a hate crime. The police have launched an investigation into the destruction or damage to property. Gercas Žakas, the chairman of Kaunas Jewish community said he did not believe it was a crime directed against Jews, but added it was still hurtful. “You react negatively,…

State to tighten sharing economy revenue reporting regulations

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Ministry of Finance wants to tighten up revenue reporting regulations for people who are active in the sharing economy, such as users of Booking.com and AirBnb. Currently, people must declare their income and be taxed on it but the Tax and Customs Board cannot verify that people are fully complying. Chief Specialist of the Tax Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance Artur Lundalin said: “The tax authority does…

Rīga hotels and tourism operators worried about future

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Saeima Budget Commission held a meeting October 7 to discuss the future of tourism industry in Latvia, especially hotels and tourism operators, Latvian Radio reported. Board member of the Association of Latvian Travel Agents and Operators, Ēriks Lingebērziņš, said that the sector had experienced a 60% drop in volume. At the beginning of the year – until March – the industry worked as usual, while in summer living was stimulated by the local tourism bloodstream…

Lithuania tightens rules on public events to counter rising coronavirus infections

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to tighten rules on public events in order to stem the spread of Covid-19. Organisers of all public gatherings – including non-commercial and free events – will have to distribute tickets or register attendees so as to have a way to trace people in case of an infection outbreak. Until now, the requirement only applied to events of over 300 people. “The changes to…

Estonia recalls ambassador from Minsk in solidarity with Lithuania, Poland

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Estonia is recalling its ambassador to Belarus for consultations in a show of solidarity with Lithuania and Poland, the country’s public broadcaster ERR has reported. The government in Minsk has accused Poland and Lithuania of engaging in “destructive” activities and recalled its ambassadors from Vilnius and Warsaw last week. Lithuania and Poland, pressured by Minsk to do the same, recalled their ambassadors for consultations on Monday. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas…

Lithuania changes self-quarantine rules: only arrivals from countries with higher case-counts to isolate

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Lithuanian government has decided to change how it classifies coronavirus-affected countries. Only travellers from places with higher infection rates than Lithuania’s will be required to self-quarantine. “In view of the rapidly changing situation in Lithuania and the world, we must respond to new epidemiological circumstances,” Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said in a statement on Wednesday. The government has decided that a country will be added to Lithuania’s blacklist of…

Tallinn submits supplementary budget to city council

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Tallinn city government will submit a supplementary budget to be discussed and approved by the city council; the volume of the planned supplementary budget totals close to €53.4 million. The budget will be positive rather than negative as forecast in the spring. The updated total of the 2020 Tallinn city budget is €862.3 million. Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kolvart said at a press conference on Wednesday that despite the emergency…

Rīga airport taxis still risky, says State Audit Office

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

State Audit Office (VK) said October 7 that the situation with taxis at Rīga International Airport is far from ideal and there is still a chance passengers might encounter unfair pricing. Unfair pricing of taxi service at Rīga International airport has been a  long-standing issue, Until 2017, the airport had set criteria for taxis that were permitted to provide services on its territory, and only two companies – Red Cab…

COVID-19 case total increases by 67

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October 7 saw the confirmation of 67 new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia. In total 2,261 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. No information was provided about additional deaths. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 4,426 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 344,821 tests have been carried out since February 29. Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that three patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in…

Audit Office: Authorities’ competing roles hampering foreign commerce

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

While the private sector is generally happy with Estonia’s approach to commercial diplomacy, improvements could be made in communications, cooperation and organization, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) finds. The issues particularly relate to apparent competition and duplication in roles and tasks between state agency Enterprise Estonia, and the Ministry of Foreign affairs, which can hinder progress, the audit office wrote in a recently released report. Nonetheless, while the two bodies,…