Posts published in Day: October 26, 2020

Car sharing app Citybee boosting fleet

Monday, October 26, 2020

Short-term car rental app Citybee says it will make more vehicles available in Estonia. “As of now, we have 100,000 active users of the vehicles, of whom 5,000 are business customers,” Citybee Estonia manager Britta-Liisa Ait, said via a press release Monday. The fleet has more than doubled from 150 vehicles this time last year, when the company entered the Estonian market, to 350 at present, the company says, with…

Estonia: One fifth of businesses have serious tax deficiencies

Monday, October 26, 2020

One in five businesses have serious deficiencies relating to their tax situation, the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) says. Additionally, another twenty percent have some issues. The MTA adds that over half of businesses have their affairs fully in order, so far as the authority is concerned. The board issues guidance on how to remedy this issues, where needed, via a free and voluntary service made available in the summer…

Lithuania contests Mobility Package in EU Court of Justice

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania has contested the Mobility Package, a major reform of the EU’s rules regulating road transport, in the European Court of Justice, the Justice Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said it filed two lawsuits, asking the court to annul certain provisions in EU legislation that affect Lithuanian hauler companies. “Lithuania is firmly determined to protect the rights of its drivers and haulers,” Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius said in a…

Lithuania’s liberal parties to focus on tax breaks, human rights in new coalition

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania’s Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party, who are in talks to form a ruling coalition with the conservative Homeland Union, say they will focus on tax cuts and human rights in the potential centre-right government. The Liberal Movement would like the value-added tax (VAT) and the personal income tax, which were raised after the credit crunch in 2008, to be cut back to the pre-crisis levels. “In the wake…

Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda to be put under quarantine

Monday, October 26, 2020

With the number of new coronavirus infections spiking, the government has decided to put Lithuania’s three biggest cities and five other municipalities under quarantine. The special measures include compulsory facemasks and bans on groups bigger than five people. The cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda as well as Širvintos, Šilalė, Trakai, Telšiai and Vilnius Districts will stay in local quarantine from Wednesday, October 28, until November 11. These eight municipalities…

No entrance through front door on Rīga public transport

Monday, October 26, 2020

From Tuesday, October 27, boarding and exit on all bus and trolley bus routes in Rīga will only be organized through the middle and rear doors, Rīgas Satiksme transport company said October 26. Ticket sale in public transport is not currently being stopped, tickets will still be available for purchase with the driver. Rīgas Satiksme asks passengers to purchase tickets prior to the ride as far as possible. If a…

Lithuania’s conservatives pledge changes in alcohol policies but no ‘revolution’

Monday, October 26, 2020

The new conservative-led government may revise some policies introduced by the current one, including on stimulus spending, but there will not be any overnight “revolutions”, according to prime minister candidate Ingrida Šimonytė. Having won the parliamentary elections, the conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD) looks to form a ruling coalition with two liberal parties and oust the current bloc, led by the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), out of power. While in…

Lithuania reports sharp rise with 766 new cases

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania reported 766 new coronavirus cases on Monday morning, another record-breaking daily increase. Two people died from Covid-19 over Sunday. Lithuania has confirmed 10,949 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. About two-thirds of them, 6,600, remain active cases, while 4,166 people have recovered. The country’s death toll now stands at 136. Forty-seven other patients who had Covid-19 have died of other causes. At the moment, 31,690 people…

COVID-19 case total increases by 79 in Latvia

Monday, October 26, 2020

On October 26 Latvia recorded 79 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,757. There were four more deaths. Two victims were in the age range 55 to 60 and two in the age range 80 to 95. Of 2,237 tests carried out 3.5% were positive, down on the 4.7% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an…

It’s a wrap for 2020 Rīga International Film Festival

Monday, October 26, 2020

The seventh Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) ended on Sunday 25 October, concluding the first time a hybrid format combining physical screenings with online shows has been used. This year, the festival lineup consisted of 129 films in 10 thematic programs and was presented in a new format – films were available for viewing in person as well as online across Latvia. Liene Treimane, the Director of RIGA IFF…