Posts published in Day: October 22, 2020

Lithuania’s post-pandemic direction: eyes on Russia and Eastern Europe

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Russia and the eastern neighbourhood are Lithuania’s top foreign policy priorities, even in a global pandemic, writes Justinas Mickus at the European Council on Foreign Relations. In unprecedented times, Vilnius has stuck close to precedent when it comes to its foreign policy. In managing the health crisis, the Lithuanian government has pursued policy coordination with its Baltic peers, selective cooperation at the EU level, and sought to demonstrate leadership in…

Lithuania sets up annual prize for Belarusian dissident journalists

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Lithuanian Union of Journalists, the Lithuanian Society of Journalists and the family of MP Kazys Starkevičius have established a 1,000-euro Hope and Freedom Prize for Belarusian journalists. “Free speech cannot be suppressed. Lithuanian journalists cannot, have not, are not and will not be indifferent to what is happening just a couple of hours away from Vilnius. There, in Minsk, people are systematically beaten, injured and persecuted. Belarusian colleagues who…

Lawyer: Local authorities may use speed cameras as cash cow

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Local authorities taking on the management of road speed cameras is a bad idea, one lawyer says, and runs the risk of municipalities using them simply as a source of revenue. “I’m quite critical of this,” Indrek Sirk, who specializes in traffic law, told ERR radio show “Vikerhommik” Thursday morning. “Behind road safety lies several aspects. One of these is the creation of a traffic environment, and another is safety.…

Lithuania has enough coronavirus tests for two months

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Lithuania has at least a two months’ supply of reagents, a chemical compound used for coronavirus tests, according to the National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory. “Based on the current estimates, the reagents should be sufficient for at least two months,” Simona Kalvelytė, a spokeswoman for the laboratory, told BNS. “Of course, it will also depend on the scale of testing.” The volume of reagents is sufficient for around 345,000 tests,…

Unemployment rate down on month in September in Latvia

Thursday, October 22, 2020

October 22 data of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in September 2020 actual unemployment rate comprised 8.1%, which is 0.5 percentage points less than in August.    Unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (NVA) accounted for 7.7%, and, compared to August has decreased by 0.5 percentage points. Unemployment rate increase may be observed when comparing the data to the September of the…

Lithuania’s VDU university grants honorary doctorate to Belarus’ Alexievich

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second largest city, has granted Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich an honorary doctorate degree, the university said on Thursday. “Our university is glad and proud that respected honorary writer Svetlana Alexievich accepts doctorate regalia from the VDU and plans to come to Lithuania to meet with the community, once circumstances allow,” VDU Rector Juozas Augutis said in a statement. Alexievich is a…

Anonymous pre-paid SIM card ban in Estonia could violate privacy rights

Thursday, October 22, 2020

While Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications plans to phase out the sale of anonymous prepaid mobile SIM cards does not break any laws of the land, the move would violate individual rights, one lawyer says. Lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Tartu and former presidential adviser Paloma Krõõt Tupay says that the move would: “No doubt restrict individual rights, but the restrictions in themselves would not necessarily…

NATO STRATCOMCOE discusses COVID-era communications

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another online discussion available to view. This time the expert being grilled is Inge Wallage, who addresses lessons learned from pre-COVID-19 communications and evaluates the dynamics of our current working/living situation in a world changed by the pandemic. Wallage is a communications leader who pursued a career in the private sector before making a leap from the oil industry to environmental campaigning. She has…

EU funds to help open freight rail line needed for Rail Baltic work

Thursday, October 22, 2020

A section of cargo rail track in southwestern Estonia is to be reopened following repair works, largely using European Union funds. The line, which has been closed for two years, runs from Pärnu to Lelle, Rapla County, and is primarily needed to transport construction materials for the building of the planned high-speed Rail Baltic link. The work will cost a reported €5.8 million, 81 percent of it coming from the…

National film award ‘Lielais Kristaps’ viewer vote begins

Thursday, October 22, 2020

October 22, Latvian National film award Lielais Kristaps  viewer’s choice award vote has begun on LSM. The vote is open until November 12 midnight. Voting is possible once a day. Thirteen films are in contention for the viewer’s choice award this year: You can vote for your favorite and view trailers  here on LSM. More information about Lielais Kristaps award is available at the  official website   (Latvian only). LSM.LV