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Air traffic between Latvia and Georgia could be resumed soon

Thursday, July 2, 2020

According to the decisions made by the European Union (EU) and recommendations from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), the resumption of scheduled passenger air traffic between Latvia and Georgia is expected in the near future, Minister of Transport Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) posted on his Twitter account. The minister calls to follow along information on airlines’ websites when flights could resume. Meanwhile, information on the website…

Šarūnas Jasikevičius leaves Žalgiris Kaunas to coach Barcelona

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Šarūnas Jasikevičius is leaving as head coach of Lithuania’s Žalgiris Kaunas basketball club to join FC Barcelona, the Lithuanian basketball club announced on Thursday. Having coached Žalgiris since 2016, Jasikevičius has used a clause in his contract to end his cooperation with the club early. One of Jasikevičius most memorable achievements with Žalgiris was in 2018 when the club made it to the EuroLeague Final Four and took the third…

Govt to allocate EUR 1.5 mln for organization of WRC stage in Estonia

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Estonian government at a sitting on Thursday approved the allocation of 1.5 mln euros to the Ministry of Culture for the organization of a World Rally Championship (WRC) stage in Estonia. The government is allocating the funds from the government’s reserve fund at the proposal of Finance Minister Martin Helme. Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in mid-June that the Cabinet had discussed the proposal by the Ministry of Culture…

Moody’s: Latvia’s GDP to shrink by 7.3%

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will fall by 7.3% this year, while the economy will grow by 4.7% next year, predicted international rating agency Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (Moody’s) on July 1. According to Moody’s, the Latvian credit rating, set at A3 level, is supported by three key factors – the flexible and relatively diversified Latvian economy, the moderate level of Latvian government debt and effective policy making. The Agency…

PM Kariņš talks about coronavirus response on CNN

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister apeared on the American media outlet Cable News Network (CNN) July 1, talking about Latvia’s widely-praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic and European Union plans for economic recovery. He was interviewed by well-known journalist Richard Quest who begins by asking the question: “You are basically saying hang on, yes, we may have opened borders but think twice before travelling to a foreign country. Why is that?” Latvian…

EU moves to tackle Baltic Sea pollution

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lithuania’s European Commission delegate, Virginijus Sinkevičius, has initiated a joint declaration to cut pollution in the Baltic Sea. According to the commissioner, pollution in the Baltic Sea results from its shallow waters, limited connection to the ocean, slow water circulation, and low water temperatures, as well as onshore pollution. It is one of the most polluted seas in the world. “We have to change the things that depend on human…

Lithuania considers following Latvia in banning Russia’s RT

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) is considering to ban Russia’s state-controlled RT television channels from the country’s airwaves, a move recently made by Latvia. However, the decision will only be made after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes its opinion on applying the European Union’s sanctions, Mantas Martišius, the commission’s chairman, has said. The commission cannot adopt decisions on imposing EU sanctions autonomously, since these are within the purview…

Coronavirus disinformation in Lithuania subsides, military says

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Disinformation about the coronavirus in Lithuania has halved in June, compared to the previous months, the Lithuanian military said on Tuesday. “As Lithuania gradually eased lockdown conditions and eventually lifted the quarantine altogether, we have noticed that the flow of disinformation […] has gone down,” Mažvydas Kunevičius, a strategic communication specialist at the Lithuanian Armed Forces, told reporters. A total of 1,484 instances of disinformation about the coronavirus have been…

How does the Kremlin view the results of Russia’s constitutional plebiscite? Putin’s spokesman explains

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On July 1, Russia completed a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments that include reforms to reset Vladimir Putin’s term clock, allowing him to run for another two terms in office. According to federal election officials, almost 78 percent of voters supported the amendments. Turnout was roughly 65 percent. Asked how the Kremlin views the results, spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the plebiscite a “triumph.” “It was easy to predict high interest…

Three working days will be switched to weekends in 2021 in Latvia

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In 2021, there will be three working days that will be switched to holidays in order to accommodate Latvians’ desire to celebrate signifcant festivals properly. Monday, May 3 (which falls between the holiday of Tuesday May 4, and Sunday, May 2), Friday, June 25 (which falls between the Jāņi holiday on June 24 and Saturday, June 26), Friday, November 19 (which alls between the Independence Day holiday on November 18, and Saturday, November…