Posts published in Day: October 13, 2020

Lithuania’s GDP dip to be smallest in Europe, IMF expects

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lithuania’s economic contraction this year will be the smallest one in Europe, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Overall, the world economy will have weathered the Covid-19 pandemic better than initially feared, the IMF estimates, mostly thanks to extensive stimulus packages passed by governments and monetary easing. “Even though the latest forecasts are less gloomy than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, the road to recovery will…

Berlin to build memorial for Nazis’ victims in Baltics, Eastern Europe

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A tribute to the victims of Nazis in the Baltic states, Poland and Eastern Europe is heralded as a “milestone” in Germany’s remembrance culture. Deutsche Welle, partners of LRT English, report. The German Parliament agreed Friday that a new memorial should be constructed in the capital city to commemorate all victims of Nazi Germany’s war of extermination, including those in Eastern European nations affected by the Nazi occupation. The approved…

Latvia gets new police chief

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Armands Ruks has been confirmed as Chief of State Police, Latvian Radio reported October 13. Last year, former police chief  Ints Ķuzis stepped down   from his post. Since then, there has been a competition with three possible candidates, but at the beginning of October, Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens suggested Armands Ruks for the position outside the competition. Ruks has worked in a secret police department for many years, but since…

Face masks to be compulsory in public places in Latvia

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From Wednesday, October 14, the use of face masks in public will be compulsory and limits will be imposed on the numbers attending private gatherings, the Latvian government agreed October 13. The new measures were decided following a meeting of the national crisis management council on Tuesday morning, which was immediately followed by a cabinet meeting. LSM’s Latvian language service has produced a brief summary of the main items: The headline…

Still unclear who will form Lithuania’s next government, president says

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Both a centre-left and a centre-right ruling coalition is possible after the parliamentary election, depending on the results of the October 25 runoff vote, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Tuesday. The results of the first round show that all possibilities remain open, according to the president. “Let’s leave coalition formation until after the second round,” Nausėda told reporters in Tauragė, a town in western Lithuania. “I believe that today…

Lithuania scores poorly in fighting business bribery abroad – TI report

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lithuania’s law enforcement is not doing its best to investigate corruption of Lithuanian companies operating abroad, according to a report by the NGO Transparency International. Lithuania has been awarded 3 points for the initiated investigations and is classified among countries with limited enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. The country was awarded two points in 2018. “I would like our businesses and law enforcement institutions to comply even better with…

Still unclear who’ll lead Lithuania’s next government

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Both a centre-left and a centre-right ruling coalition is possible after the parliamentary election, depending on the results of the October 25 runoff vote, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Tuesday. The results of the first round show that all possibilities remain open, according to the president. “Let’s leave coalition formation until after the second round,” Nausėda told reporters in Tauragė, a town in western Lithuania. “I believe that today…

Latvian colleges’ status might change in the future

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

New amendments to the Law on Higher Schools may possibly exclude Latvian colleges from this category. College students and alumni are not satisfied with this potential future, Latvian Radio reported October 12. Amendments supported by the Saeima Education, Culture and Science Commission could mean that in the future, colleges would be considered vocational education institutions. The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) promises that it will change nothing for students. The Latvian Association…

Quarantine will not be shortened, alcohol sales ban to continue in Estonia

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The government agreed on in principle on Tuesday not to shorten the self isolation requirement for people arriving in Estonia and close contacts from 14 days to 10. It was also agreed to extend the alcohol restrictions currently in place. Formal decisions will be made by the government on Thursday and discussions around the quarantine period will continue next week. The Research Council, the Health Board and the Ministry of…

Top speed limit drops from 100 km/h to 90 km/h in Latvia

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

As of October 13, the maximum permitted speed on the entire national road network in Latvia is 90 kilometers per hour. During the summer, when driving conditions are generally better, the maximum speed on some parts of the country’s major roads is temporarily increased to 100 km/h. However, the arrival of autumnal conditions sees even those sections revert to the 90 km/h limit for the autumn and winter seasons. State roads agency…