Posts published in Day: October 9, 2020

New COVID-19 restrictions in place in Latvia

Friday, October 9, 2020

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the Cabinet on October 9 agreed on new restrictions on assembly and additional limitations in a few municipalities. The maximum number of people who can gather indoors is 500, and 1,000 outdoors. The number allowed so far was 1,000 people indoors and 3,000 in outdoor areas. Ministers agreed to limit indoor events related to the movement and dancing. It is stipulated that organized events can…

‘Yellow list’ gone, Latvia now benchmarks countries against its own COVID-19 rate

Friday, October 9, 2020

Latvia’s list of countries from which arrivals will require self-isolation for 10 days was updated October 9. It means that from October 10 only people travelling direct from the Vatican, Norway, Finland and Cyprus in Europe will be able to do without a 10-day quarantine regime. The latest change to the rules sees the previous threshold of 25 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of population cumulatively over 14 days ditched in favor or a…

Eastern Partnership can’t even prevent war. Time to review it – opinion

Friday, October 9, 2020

The events in Nagorno-Karabakh and Belarus demonstrate that it’s time for the EU to review the effectiveness of its Eastern Partnership, writes Urmas Paet, an Estonian member of the European Parliament (Renew Europe). It is not acceptable to use violence and killings in international affairs, including between Armenia and Azerbaijan. You can try to force changes when you have power, but it is clear that such changes will not last.…

Audit office: Government COVID-19 reserve three-quarters used up

Friday, October 9, 2020

The government has about €18 million left in its COVID-19 reserve, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) says. The original fund stood at just under €80 million early on in the pandemic, following a supplementary budget of just under €360 million issued as the virus spread. The audit office says that in future, expenses not directly connected with combatting the coronavirus should be avoided, in relation to the COVID-19 reserve. The…

Eastern Partnership can’t event prevent war. Time to review it – opinion

Friday, October 9, 2020

The events in Nagorno-Karabakh and Belarus demonstrate that it’s time for the EU to review the effectiveness of its Eastern Partnership, writes Urmas Paet, an Estonian member of the European Parliament (Renew Europe). It is not acceptable to use violence and killings in international affairs, including between Armenia and Azerbaijan. You can try to force changes when you have power, but it is clear that such changes will not last.…

No tax on older vehicles in Latvia after all

Friday, October 9, 2020

Transport Ministry (SM) said October 9 that the widely criticized idea of imposing a tax on old vehicles would be withdrawn.   LSM reported   that with a view to preventing the registration of old and non-environmentally friendly cars in Latvia, it is planned to introduce the registration tax for passenger cars from 1 January 2021. The plans met with opposition from many ordinary motorists who resented the idea that…

Lithuania’s 2020 Seimas election – key facts and figures

Friday, October 9, 2020

A general election will take place in Lithuania on Sunday as the country’s citizens will hit the polls for the eight time since regaining independence in 1990. This will be the country’s 13th parliament. The numeration starts with four parliaments in 1920-1940, without including the 1920-1922 Constituent Seimas. The Supreme Council-Reconstituent Seimas worked in 1990-1992.  Voters . There are 2,449,683 voters on the Central Electoral Commission’s confirmed voter lists. The lists…

Second wave of coronavirus is starting to hit spending, says Swedbank

Friday, October 9, 2020

After an economic boost following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs that members of the public are starting to rein in their spending, according to new research from Swedbank. “Card spending and cash withdrawal in the Baltics dropped as state of emergency was announced, but recovered markedly in the second half of Q2. Q3 has largely not seen further improvements – transactions have remained fairly stable,”…

Prosecutor general: Danske court case leak did not originate in Estonia

Friday, October 9, 2020

A recent leak of court information concerning the trial of two former Danske employees charged with money laundering did not originate in Estonia, Prosecutor General Andres Parmas says. Parmas told Vikerraadio’s “Uuudis ” show Friday that: “”This information, which has come to the attention of the media, did not do so as a leak from the Estonian authorities or people, working here, but from outside the country.” The leak appeared…

Lithuania recalls five diplomats under pressure from Minsk

Friday, October 9, 2020

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has decided to recall some of its diplomats from Minsk, although not as many as demanded by Belarus’ authorities. Lithuania decided to recall five diplomats and believed that this measure would help preserve dialogue with the Minsk government, said Rasa Jakilaitienė, a spokeswoman for the Lithuanian foreign minister, on Friday. Belarus’ Foreign Ministry demanded that Lithuania recall eleven diplomats. Meanwhile Poland has announced it is recalling 32…