Posts published in Day: November 17, 2020

PM Kariņš goes back into self-isolation after contact with possible COVID-19 case

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on the evening of November 17 that he had come into contact with a person who has developed symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 and consequently would be putting himself into self-solation with immediate effect pending the results of a coronavirus test. He said he would continue to work remotely in order to reduce the risk to others. So far, several ministers have been isolated or quarantined. Juris…

Jurašs: Saeima should change laws which don’t protect all families

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Constitutional Court’s decision on the protection of all families should be taken more broadly, Juris Jurašs, head of the Saeima Legal Affairs Commission said on Latvian Radio November 17. He said that his represented party New Conservative Party (JKP) has different, extreme positions on the need for the protection of all families. Jurašs believes a solution needs to be found. “My position is that the time has come to adjust this…

Ursula von der Leyen interviewed in LTV exclusive

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen spoke with LTV’s Ilze Nagla about the current situation in Europe with regard to coordinated action against the coronavirus and other matters. It is her first substantial interview with Latvian media since taking the position of EC President in July 2019.   LTV: Let me start by asking about economic recovery. Europe has now entered the worst economic recession since WWII and the EU is starting…

No mask, no service from Thursday

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Latvian government decided November 17 that it will in future be prohibited to provide goods or services to persons who do not wear face masks. Also, workplaces will be able to determine COVID-19 contact persons who must observe house quarantine. The new rules take effect from November 19. At present, a number of people still do not use face masks at all or use them inappropriately, exposing themselves and others to the…

Customers without masks will not be served starting Thursday

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Government decided November 17 that it will be prohibited to service persons who do not wear face masks. Also, workplaces will be able to determine COVID-19 contact persons who must observe house quarantine. The new rules take effect from November 19. At present, many people still do not use face masks at all or use them inappropriately, exposing themselves and others to the risk of being infected with COVID-19. Therefore, the government…

Lithuanian president hosts Poland’s Duda amid women’s rights protests and EU budget deadlock

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says he raised women’s rights during his Tuesday meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda and called on him to seek a dialogue with the public amid ongoing protests against abortion ban. “Inevitably, as good friends do, we spoke about difficult issues as well, with human rights among them,” Nausėda posted on Facebook after the meeting on Tuesday. “My position is clear as I have always spoken…

Poland, a moral choice for Lithuania – opinion

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lithuania is facing a moral choice – to support human rights in Poland the same way it does in Belarus and Russia, or choose the disastrous path of backing Warsaw’s anti-democratic politicians, writes Jūratė Juškaitė from the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights Polish President Andrzej Duda is on a  visit to Vilnius, which raises the question whether Lithuania is ready to pass the moral test posed by Poland’s ruling politicians. We…

Lithuania’s outgoing PM slams ‘rule of law propaganda cliche’ during Polish president’s visit

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lithuania’s new government might ruin the county’s relations with Poland if it criticises the rule of law issues in the neighbouring country, Lithuania’s outgoing Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. “We will not get very far by using only the rule of law propaganda cliche,” he told reporters during the visit of Polish President Andrzej Duda in Vilnius.   “And speaking of the ongoing processes related to […] the…

Close to 10,000 people apply for second pillar pension payment hiatus

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

9,575 people applied for a temporary suspension of second pillar pension payments in October. The suspension period would run from December to September 2021. The finance ministry says that firms need to be up-to-date on what their employees have decided on suspending payments, which heralds, though is not directly connected to, a law change coming into effect from January 1 making membership of the so-called second pillar of the Estonian…

Lithuanian parliament continues session as more MPs fall ill with Covid-19

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Liberal MP Jonas Varkalys has become the last of several Lithuanian parliament members diagnosed with Covid-19. However, the newly-elected Seimas has decided not to interrupt its first session. Parliament members will be advised to undergo regular tests for the coronavirus, Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen said during the Conference of Chairs on Tuesday. “We need to ensure the Seimas’ work,” the speaker said. Varkalys, a member of the Liberal Movement group,…