Posts published in October 2020

Lithuania hands protest note to Belarus over border closure

Friday, October 30, 2020

Vilnius has send a diplomatic note to Minsk in protest over its decision to close the Belarusian border to passenger transport from Lithuania, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. The note, handed to the Belarusian embassy in Vilnius on Friday, says that the neighbouring country has violated an intergovernmental agreement on border crossing points. “On Thursday afternoon, Belarus unilaterally, without informing Lithuania, violated the procedures provided for in the bilateral…

Norwegian-made defence systems handed over to Lithuanian Armed Forces

Friday, October 30, 2020

NASAMS medium-range air defence systems procured from Norway have been officially handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces following several months of testing, the Defence Ministry said on Friday. Lithuania became the full-fledged owner of the systems after the ministry and Kongsberg, the Norwegian manufacturer of NASAMS, signed “a document certifying good testing results”, the ministry said in a press release. The Norwegian-made systems were delivered to Lithuania last June.…

Statistics: Industrial production falls 2 percent on year to September

Friday, October 30, 2020

Industrial enterprise production fell by 2 percent on year to September 2019, state agency Statistics Estonia says. Within the three main sectors, manufacturing saw a 2 percent fall, energy production 5 percent, and mining 8 percent, the agency says. Helle Bunder, analyst at Statistics Estonia, says the volume of production decreased in more than a half of manufacturing activities. She said: “Among the activities with the largest shares, the biggest…

Women at the top: transformation of Lithuania’s political culture or excuse to do nothing?

Friday, October 30, 2020

Women stand at the helm of all the three parties that are looking to form the government after Lithuania’s recent parliamentary election. But women in top positions could also serve as an alibi to ignore overall gender inequalities, observers say. The new parliament, Seimas, will have 103 male and 38 female members. Although an increase of 5 points, women will still make up only 27 percent of MPs. Ingrida Šimonytė,…

Fall on global oil market will not make Estonian fuel outlets lower prices

Friday, October 30, 2020

Even though global market oil prices have been in a downward trend over the last week, no major change in fuel prices can be expected in Estonian outlets. Alexela board member Alan Vaht told ERR that it is too early to assess whether or not the drop in oil prices on the global market will make Estonian sellers lower their prices as well. He explained that while the oil and…

Nationwide quarantine ‘a possibility’, Lithuanian minister says

Friday, October 30, 2020

Amid worsening coronavirus situation in the country, Lithuania’s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Friday a nationwide quarantine was possible. He also urged people to postpone visits to cemeteries over the long weekend. “I wouldn’t rule out such a possibility,” he told reporters about a nationwide quarantine. Currently, 21 of the country’s 60 municipalities, including Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda, are under local quarantine. They have been added to the so-called…

airBaltic to fly from Tallinn to new Berlin airport from next month

Friday, October 30, 2020

Latvian carrier airBaltic is soon to start direct flights between Tallinn and a new Berlin airport, replacing the current route to Berlin Tegel. The flights will connect with the new Berlin Brandeburg Airport starting November 11, with flights to Berlin Tegel ending on November 7, the airline says. Flights from Riga will start landing at Berlin Brandenburg from November 8. Terminal 1 of the new airport is to officially open…

State will transfer funds to Nordica next week

Friday, October 30, 2020

Next week, €22 million of state support will be transferred to airline Nordica after Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) signed the decision on Thursday. This was confirmed to ERR by Taavi Audo, adviser to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. He said there has been sufficient assurances that Nordica’s negotiations with Polish airline LOT will be completed. Last Friday, Nordica signed agood intentions agreementwith LOT…

Chinese embassy slams Lithuania’s Freedom Party for supporting Taiwan independence

Friday, October 30, 2020

Beijing has accused Lithuania’s Freedom Party, which is in talks over taking part in the country’s future government, of interfering in China’s domestic affairs by supporting Taiwan’s independence. The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania expressed indignation over the party’s proposals for the new government’s programme which include the aspiration “to have Taiwan’s independence recognised”. “The Embassy expresses strong indignation and firm opposition. There’s only one China in the world, and Taiwan…

SDE want sick leave reimbursement, care home fees added to state budget

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Social Democrats (SDE) have highlight two main issues with the state budget for 2021 – compensation for sick days and care home fees. The SDE plans to table 19 amendments. Although the government has reached an agreement on compensation for sick days and a consensus is being reached with the Estonian Employers’ Confederation, SDE member Riina Sikkut does not believe a breakthrough has been accomplished yet. “It will be…