Posts published in Day: October 21, 2020

Government budget deficit was 0.6% of GDP in 2019

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Results of the Notification on General Government Budget Deficit and Debt compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in line with the methodology of the European System of Accounts (ESA 2010) were published October 20. Results show that in 2019 general government budget deficit accounted for EUR 174.2 million or 0.6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and general government consolidated gross debt amounted to EUR 11.2 billion or 36.9% of the GDP. General government sector…

Producer prices in September up 0.3% in Latvia

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published October 21 s how that, compared to August, in September 2020 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry increased by 0.3%. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market increased by 0.3%, and prices of exported products – by 0.4%. Producer prices of products exported to euro area countries decreased by 0.3%, but prices of products exported to non-euro area…

Dutch company Van Oord buys stake in Saare Wind Energy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dutch marine and offshore services contractor Van Oord has become a shareholder in Saare Wind Energy, a company developing the Saaremaa offshore wind farm. Saare Wind Energy is developing a 200 km2 area south-west of Saaremaa. Van Oord said the area could facilitate an offshore wind farm of over 1,000 MW and the development of the wind farm started in 2015. “The Saaremaa offshore wind farm location offers a unique opportunity…

Understaffed and overwhelmed: Lithuania’s health officials struggle to contain pandemic

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

With the number of daily coronavirus cases skyrocketing, employees of Lithuania’s National Public Health Centre (NVSC) are struggling to trace the infections. The centre is also shedding staff and is not sufficiently resourced for the challenge of Covid-19. One Friday evening in September, Žygimantas Zabieta, his wife and her friend had dinner together. The following day, the friend fell ill and tested positive for Covid-19. To keep the infection from…

Biden’s bid to Baltic states: will support NATO and won’t confuse Baltics with Balkans

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has presented his vision for US relations with the Baltic states, putting emphasis on “sending a strong signal to Russia” to not “bully a NATO member”. Michael Carpenter, a senior director of the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania, shared a series of documents on his Twitter account, outlining the Biden campaign’s bids to a number of European countries, including Poland, Ukraine, and Greece.…

President says safety rules should be explained better

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits believes that the government needs to pay more attention to explaining safety measures to the public, Latvian Radio reported October 21. On Wednesday, following a meeting with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, Levits said that the government had a good strategy to implement safety measures under certain scenarios, but it is still necessary to work to make them understandable to the public. The President said it was essential to…

Lithuanian king holds ‘the last cod’: street art decries looming disaster in Baltic Sea

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On October 19, street artists installed a massive cod fish on the lap of King Mindaugas sculpture in central Vilnius. The act was a response to overfishing in the Baltic Sea and alleged inaction of the European Union. Next to the sculpture, artists wrote slogans #IsgelbekBaltijosJura (Save the Baltic Sea) and #EndOverFishing. They addressed the messages to Virginijus Sinkevičius, former Lithuanian economy minister who is currently serving as the European…

Lithuanian bars, restaurants ordered to close at midnight

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Lithuania’s government announced on Wednesday that bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will have to close at midnight and register their visitors as of Monday. “The opening hours of food serving establishments, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues will be shortened to between 07:00 and 00:00,” the government said in a press release on Wednesday. The registration requirement will not apply to take-away services. “The mandatory registration of visitors will…

Lithuania to put 12 municipalities under quarantine

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Lithuanian government has decided on a traffic light system to differentiate coronavirus restrictions across the country’s municipalities. Twelve of them will be labeled red and put under local quarantines. “In light of the unfavorable epidemiological coronavirus situation, we propose to introduce quarantine in Elektrėnai and the districts of Joniškis, Jurbarkas, Kelmė, Klaipėda, Kretinga, Marijampolė, Pasvalys, Plungė, Skuodas, Šiauliai and Švenčionys,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the cabinet. Quarantine restrictions…

Estonia: Ministry wants to tighten identification regulations on pre-paid SIM cards

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pre-paid, contract-free, unverified mobile SIM cards could be a thing of the past, if the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications gets its way. The ministry wants to ban the products, available in kiosks and other stores for a few euros, in their current guise, citing user identification issues and the fact that such cards are often used by criminals. While the ministry has proposed amends to the Electronic Communications…