Posts published in Baltic states

Latvian co-production makes Cannes list

Thursday, June 4, 2020

On June 3, the Cannes Film Festival announced its 2020 selection at a press conference. It became known that Lithuanian director Šarūnas Bartas film “Sutemose” (“Mijkrēslī”) (English: In Twilight), co-produced by Latvian “Mistrus Media”, had made the list, National Film Center said on June 4. Due to the pandemic, the Cannes Film Festival, which was scheduled to take place between May 12 and 23, did not happen in the traditional…

Survey: Latvians optimistic about income levels

Thursday, June 4, 2020

More than half of Latvia’s population believe their income will remain at a previous level after COVID-19 crisis, according to a survey by SEB Bank, Latvian Radio reported on June 4. According to the survey, 53% of residents forecast that their income levels will not change in the next half-year, SEB Bank head Ieva Tetere told Latvian Radio. The survey was conducted in all Baltic States, and the results show that…

LIthuanian MEP warns of sanctions on Belarus if crackdown continues

Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Lithuanian MEP co-signed a letter condemning the ongoing crackdown on the opposition in Belarus, and warned that Brussels may slap sanctions on Lukashenko’s regime if the detentions of independent presidential candidates and protesters continue. “We will see no other option but to seek for a review of the European Union’s policy towards Belarus, including new sanctions targeting the officials responsible for these actions,” according to a  statement   released…

Industrial output fell 9.2% in April

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

April was the cruelest month during the Covid-19 crisis, and for the economy too, according to newest data on Latvia’s industrial production. Data by the Central Statistics Bureau say that industrial production fell 9.2% on year in April, with many companies furloughed, demand falling and both exports and raw material imports falling due to border lockdowns. However, according to Luminor economist Pēteris Strautiņš, this result is somewhat better than expected. Even…

Access to healthcare services returning to normal

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Starting June 3, hospitals have resumed all healthcare services that had been stopped while the novel coronavirus was actively spreading, reported Latvian Radio. The final services to be restored were related to inpatient treatment.  But residents are asked to follow their schedule and be particularly scrupulous about arriving on time as hospitals are still observing safety measures such as ensuring distance between patients and disinfecting premises. Before invasive procedures and planned operations, patients…

Lithuania’s Sąjudis independence movement marks 32th anniversary – video

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sąjūdis, Lithuania’s movement for independence from the Soviet Union, was founded 32 years ago on June 3, 2020. “People believed that there can be change,” said Vytautas Landsbergis, head of the movement. “From summer 1988, everyone understood what Sąjūdis [stood for],” said Algirdas Jakubčionis, a historian at Vilnius University “All those rallies in 1988, especially in Vingio park in Vilnius, led the [push] for inner and outer freedom.” A few…

Lithuanian company invests €6m to make biofuel from used cooking oil

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A company operating in the Klaipėda Free Economic Zone in western Lithuania will start producing biofuel out of used cooking oil collected in the country. Mestilla, a biodiesel manufacturer, will invest 6 million euros into the project, according to the company’s press release. Construction of the plant is due to start in early 2021.   “The European Commission strongly encourages the repurposing of this waste,” Arūnas Zubas, CEO of Mestilla,…

Lithuanians lay flowers by US embassy in Vilnius in solidarity with Floyd protests

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lithuanian activists have expressed solidarity with American protesters by leaving flowers and candles outside the US embassy in Vilnius. However, they were initially removed by the police. Massive protests across the US have been continuing for eight days following the killing of George Floyd by the police. Rallies against racism have also occurred across the world. In Lithuania, human rights activists have called an action, titled I Can’t Breathe, inviting…

Lithuania allows flights to France, Finland and Denmark

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Lithuanian government has allowed to resume regular flights to France, Finland and Denmark as of Thursday. SAS has requested to relaunch services from Vilnius and Palanga airports to Copenhagen in Denmark. Wizz Air is reopening flights between Kaunas and Turku (Finland). The airline will also be flying from Vilnius to Billund (Denmark) and Paris (France). Vilnius–Paris flights will also be operated by AirBaltic. According to Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius,…

Estonia’s presidency at UN Security Council calls out Russian cyberattacks

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Estonian diplomats holding the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council have raised cyberattacks as a separate issue for the first time in the organisation’s history. In an interview with LRT.lt, Estonian Ambassador to the UN Sven Jürgenson said the country left a “digital footprint” at the Council. Estonia became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021 and held the rotating presidency in May. “In March 2020,…