Posts published in Day: October 12, 2020

Tax inflow of €674 million for August up 1.6 percent on year

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Estonian Tax and Customs Board was paid €674.4 million in taxes for the month of August, which is 1.6 percent more than the amount paid for August 2019. After the end of the first eight months of the year, 70.5 percent of the supplementary budget had been fulfilled. More tax revenue had been received than was expected at the time when the supplementary budget was drawn up mainly thanks…

Lithuania recalls another 6 diplomats from Belarus after pressure from regime

Monday, October 12, 2020

In response to the Belarusian authorities’ ultimatum, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has decided to recall another six diplomats from Minsk and Grodno. The Belarusian regime had threatened to put Lithuanian diplomats on the persona non grata list, which would have limited their possibilities to work in the future, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. In early October, Belarus recalled its ambassadors from Vilnius and Warsaw and urged Lithuania and Poland to…

Lithuanian party leaders in post-election press conference – key takeaways

Monday, October 12, 2020

What do Lithuania’s parties have to say following the first round of parliamentary elections? LRT English presents key takeaways.  Social Democratcs fail to meet its expectations  Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has failed to meet its expectations, according to its leader Gintautas Paluckas. “But we are glad that we have 12 candidates in single-member constituencies and we are determined and ready for a very serious fight” in the runoff vote…

Lithuanian party leaders fail to secure outright victories in first-round elections

Monday, October 12, 2020

Ingrida Šimonytė, the lead candidate of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), was the only party leader to secure an outright victory in her single-member constituency after Sunday’s first round of voting. Other leaders, including Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, the lead candidate of the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), are either facing a runoff on October 25 or were defeated in the first round. The losers include Virgilijus Jukna,…

Lithuania considers shortening coronavirus isolation time

Monday, October 12, 2020

Lithuania’s government is considering to reduce the mandatory self-isolation time for people exposed to the coronavirus from 14 to 10 days, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says. The new rules would apply to both people diagnosed with the coronavirus and those who have had contact with infected individuals. “We have received general conclusions from scientists and they offer optimism that people who were infected but developed mild symptoms become non-infectious fairly…

Lithuania’s Social Democrats disappointed with lacklustre performance

Monday, October 12, 2020

What do Lithuania’s parties have to say following the first round of parliamentary elections? LRT English presents key takeaways.  Social Democratcs fail to meet its expectations  Lithuania’s Social Democratic Party (LSDP) has failed to meet its expectations, according to its leader Gintautas Paluckas. “But we are glad that we have 12 candidates in single-member constituencies and we are determined and ready for a very serious fight” in the runoff vote…

MEP Tomaševski claims Soros interference in Lithuania’s election

Monday, October 12, 2020

Valdemar Tomaševski, a member of the European Parliament and the leader of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (LLRA-KŠS), claimed that George Soros had been funding a pre-election campaign against his party. He said that the party has turned to institutions, including the Central Electoral Commission (VRK), regarding “very large fraud” due to allegedly undisclosed agitation by the party’s opponents. “This one person” that Tomaševski…

Lithuania’s Freedom Party pledges to tackle ‘human rights issues’

Monday, October 12, 2020

What do Lithuania’s parties have to say following the first round of parliamentary elections? LRT English presents key takeaways.  Freedom Party to focus tackling human rights issues  Freedom Party, a newly founded party, has topped a surprise fifth spot in the first round of parliamentary elections.    Aušrinė Armonaitė, head of Freedom Party, said the voters heard the party’s message about the importance of education and improving the human rights…

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia down 4.3% in August

Monday, October 12, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau published October 12 show that   in August 2020 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.31 billion, which at current prices was 4.3% less than a year ago. Exports value of goods dropped by 3.7%, but imports value of goods – by 4.8%.  In August Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.07 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.23 billion. Compared to August 2019, foreign…

Fringe nationalist parties flop in Lithuania’s election

Monday, October 12, 2020

None of the parties that presented themselves as “anti-systemic” alternatives to mainstream politics have won parliament seats after the first round of Lithuania’s parliamentary election. The Centre Party-Nationalists (Centro Partija-Tautininkai), led by former presidential candidate Naglis Puteikis, claimed 2.3 percent of the vote, failing to clear the 5-percent threshold. Puteikis himself is a member of the current Seimas, but has failed to secure a re-election. “Libertarian politicians emerged in the…