Posts published in Day: November 19, 2020

Finnish government to loan Tallink €100 million

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Finland is to provide a €100-million loan to the Finnish subsidiary of Estonian shipping line Tallink. Tallink announced Thursday that the Finnish government approved the loan, with a guarantee of up to €90 million, to Tallink Silja Oy, Tallink’s Finnish arm. The sum matches one provided by the Estonian state, via its credit agency KredEx, earlier on in the year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks. “We…

Tallinn pub bans MPs, to highlight effects of COVID-19 restrictions

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Government coronavirus restrictions have hit Tallinn’s pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels hard, but one such establishment in the heart of the Old Town has issued a restriction of its own, in barring Riigikogu MPs service. Mad Murphys, a well-known Irish pub, grill and sports bar on Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) made the announcement on its social media account Thursday afternoon. “We here at the bar have decided to…

Šimonytė nominated as Lithuania’s next PM, to face pandemic and growing public debt

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Lithuanian president has nominated Ingrida Šimonytė, a former finance minister who represents the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) party, as the country’s next prime minister. “I am convinced that Ingrida Šimonytė, the candidate for prime minister, as an experienced politician, sees the challenges facing the country and is ready to respond to them competently,” President Gitanas Nausėda told the parliament on Thursday. Šimonytė, who is not a member…

EU ministers agree to expand Belarus sanctions

Thursday, November 19, 2020

EU foreign minister have agreed to expand the existing sanctions on Belarus officials and their backers, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “Foreign ministers agreed that, in response to the regime’s growing repressions in Belarus, EU sanctions must be expanded by including not only a higher number of officials responsible for the ongoing repressions, but also the regime’s financial supporters,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The EU’s High…

Lithuanian opposition party leader resigns from parliament, accusing opponents of ‘political farce’

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the opposition Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), is giving up his seat in the parliament in protest of the ruling coalition recently snubbing the party in parliament leadership elections. Earlier this week, the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, voted down the LVŽS’s candidate for one of the six deputy speaker positions. Two of the positions are traditionally reserved for the opposition. As the biggest opposition group…

Ušakovs made first Latvian member of EP group for LGBTI rights

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Former Rīga mayor Nils Ušakovs, now a European Parliament (EP) member, has been made Full Member of EP Intergroup on  LGBTI rights, the group announced on Facebook November 19. According to the LGBTI Intergroup, with Ušakovs’ addition,  all 27 Member States   are now covered in the group. Nils Ušakovs was elected through the socio-democratic party Saskaņa/Harmony. People on social media have been quick to express their confusion towards such a move, alluding…

Belarus nuclear plant resumes operations following earlier incident

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus resumed generating electricity in the early hours of Thursday after halting a week and a half ago, Lithuania’s power transmission system operator said. “Litgrid’s System Control Centre recorded, at around 2 a.m. on November 19, data showing electricity being produced at the Astravyets NPP and supplied into the grid,” the operator said. It said the plant was operating at a capacity of around…

Latvia: Social workers picket against work conditions and reforms

Thursday, November 19, 2020

On Thursday, November 19, more than 100 people, including social workers from Latvian regions and representatives of non-governmental organizations, had gathered at three separate protest meetings,  LETA reported. All participants in the protest had face masks. People carried posters “Social Workers, Trust, Help for Others”, “Petraviča [Welfare Minister], don’t stand against us, stand for us” and “System or Humanity.” Representatives of the social support and education fund (SAIF) who had…

Are NATO’s Baltic members safe until Joe Biden’s inauguration? – opinion

Thursday, November 19, 2020

While the transition of power in Washington will be anything but smooth, NATO’s eastern members must be particularly vigilant during the coming two months, writes Kalev Stoicescu for the Estonia-based International Centre for Defence and Security. There is almost no doubt that former Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has won the US presidential elections, although counting of votes has not yet finished in many states, and President Donald Trump…

Vilnius begins building its Christmas tree

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Assembly works of the framework for the giant Christmas tree in Vilnius’ central Cathedral Square began this week, even as the city authorities will not disclose how it will look like until the official lighting ceremony. There are a number of significant changes to how the city will celebrate Christmas this year. For one, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on November 28 will not happen in front of a live…