Posts published in October 2020

Belarus uses EU funds via Lithuania to acquire drones amid crackdown on protesters

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuania’s police has denied reports confirmed by diplomats in Brussels that the country had delivered 15 drones to the Belarusian authorities.  This story originally  appeared on EUobserver. Comments by the Lithuanian police were added by LRT English.  The EU has bought 15 surveillance drones for Belarusian authorities, prompting alarm they could be used against pro-democracy protesters. Lithuanian police handed over the equipment to the Belarusian State Committee for Forensic Science on…

Monument to anti-Soviet resistance commander unveiled in Vilnius

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A monument to Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, a Lithuanian armed anti-Soviet resistance commander, has been unveiled at Antakalnis Cemetery in Vilnius on Tuesday. “This monument to Ramanauskas-Vanagas is a monument to all his comrades. […] Today, we can express eternal gratitude and pay respect to the partisan commander,” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said during the solemn ceremony. The monument was created by a group of authors, including Algirdas Kuzma and company Arches,…

Estonian government decides against tourism voucher scheme

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Minister of Economic Affairs Taavi Aas (Center) has confirmed the idea to create a voucher initiative to help the flagging tourism industry has been scrapped. Last month, Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) floated the idea of a voucher support scheme for the tourism and catering industry which has been hit hard by coronavirus crisis. The aim would have been to increase domestic consumption as foreign tourists are not expected…

Lithuanian municipality to introduce local lockdown

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Raseiniai District, a municipality in Lithuania’s Kaunas County, is introducing a local lockdown as of Friday to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “We made the decision to call a quarantine in Raseiniai,” said Edmundas Jonyla, a chief of the municipal administration, after a meeting of the Extreme Situations Commission on Tuesday. The municipality of some 44,000 people has been a hotbed of new Covid-19 infections, with 423 confirmed cases…

Estonia: New service gives property owners control over who registered at an address

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A new electronic service in Estonia will allow property owners to view and veto residents staying in the premises they own. “As a new service, owners of the premises have been added to the e-population register so they can see who lives in their properties,” Enel Pungas from the interior ministry’s population operations department told Vikerraadio Tuesday morning. “Until now, the municipality had to be asked that question.” If individuals…

COVID-19: 68 new cases, one more death in Latvia

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October 6 saw the confirmation of 68 new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia. In total 2,194 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. One more death was also recorded, the fatality toll rising to 40 as a result. The latest victim was aged 60 to 65. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 3,818 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 340,395 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,322 patients have…

Rail Baltica announces competition for Salaspils freight terminal design

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Rail Baltica project implementer in Latvia Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas has announced a closed competition for the construction of the inter-modal cargo terminal Salaspils TEN-T, said representative Rita Voronkova October 6. The competition will take place in two stages. In the first phase, the selection of candidates will take place, the second being the submission and evaluation of candidates’ tenders, the conclusion of procurement contracts. The competition calls for experienced designers: the candidate…

Delivery service DPD Latvia goes greener

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The shipping company DPD Latvija plans to gradually replace existing delivery vehicles with more environmentally friendly cars, according to the company release October 6. DPD plans to purchase more than 40 electric vehicles. The investment would exceed EUR 3 million. The introduction of environmentally friendly transport solutions is planned throughout the DPD group, with a total investment of €200 million. Starting next year, environmentally friendly vehicles will be gradually introduced in the…

Nearly 13,000 people cast early votes on first day in Lithuania’s election

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Some 12,980 people, or 0.54 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballots on Monday, the first day of early voting in the Lithuanian general election. The highest turnout was reported in Kaunas constituencies of Centras-Žaliakalnis (1.51 percent) and Kalniečiai (1 percent) and the constituency of Pajūris in Klaipėda (1.13 percent), according to data from the Central Electoral Commission (CEC). Meanwhile, the lowest voter turnout was recorded in the constituency of…