Posts tagged as 2020

It’s a wrap for 2020 Rīga International Film Festival

Monday, October 26, 2020

The seventh Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) ended on Sunday 25 October, concluding the first time a hybrid format combining physical screenings with online shows has been used. This year, the festival lineup consisted of 129 films in 10 thematic programs and was presented in a new format – films were available for viewing in person as well as online across Latvia. Liene Treimane, the Director of RIGA IFF…

Main parties in the upcoming Lithuania’s 2020 parliamentary election

Monday, September 21, 2020

LRT English presents an overview of the main parties and their pitch to the voters in the upcoming October 11 elections. Lithuanians will be hitting the polls next month to elect their new parliament and, consequently, the government. While three parties have been consistently leading in the polls, a plethora of old and newly-founded groups further down the line is keeping the suspense alive – who will cross the 5-percent…

EC: Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, September 7, 2020

According to Country Report Lithuania 2020, written by the European Commission, Lithuania is one of the countries which benefits most from EU support. Even so, Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms to ensure that growth benefits all of society. Thus, the analysis shows that Lithuania made slow progress on implementing educational reforms to improve the quality of educational outcomes and to better allocate of resources across…

87 billion euros in non-cash payments made in Latvia during first half of 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

There were 265.1 million non-cash payments made by customers, totalling 87.0 billion euros, in the first half of 2020 according to data released by the Latvian central bank (LB) on August 25. This averages 1.5 million payments worth 477.9 million euro per day. The total volume of non-cash payments made by customers decreased by 3.3%, but the total value of the payments decreased by 14.7% in comparison with the second half of 2019. “In…

Latvia’s GDP reduction in 2020 could be at 7%

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

In 2020, Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) could decrease by 7%, but in the case of a Covid-19 “second wave” – by 9%, according to a macroeconomic development scenario prepared by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) which was presented to the government on Tuesday. The mentioned macroeconomic development scenario will be the basis for the national budget for 2021 and the medium-term budget framework for 2021-2023. In the baseline scenario,…

Lithuania’s unemployment hits 2020 high with 13.3 percent

Monday, August 17, 2020

Following several weeks of stability, registered unemployment in Lithuania reached 13.3 percent on Monday, according to the country’s Unemployment Service. The figure jumped from 12.8 percent on August 1. The number of registered unemployed people rose to 229,300 as of August 17, up from 221,000 two weeks earlier. Some 10.7 percent of those who have filed for unemployment since the start of the month worked in the retail sector, 10.4…

The best gaming computer of 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

Although you may be more familiar with gaming consoles, like a PS4, gaming computers are an extremely popular option for gamers, too. A gaming computer will function like a regular computer if desired, but it has features that specifically allow it to excel when running gaming software. The best gaming computers are constantly improving, so we have revisited our picks for this category, adding a couple of new models to…

Seven children in Latvia killed in road accidents in 2020 already

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Although 2020 is only halfway through, the number of children killed in road accidents has already exceeded last year’s tragic accident statistics, Latvian Television reported on July 6. Most recently – Sunday, July 5, a child lost his life by a car running over the child in the driveway. State police are calling on parents to think more about child safety, meantime State Audit Office points to an insufficient analysis of…

BALTOPS 2020 Press Release

Monday, June 1, 2020

The 49th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 7-16. Air and maritime assets from NATO allies and partner nations are involved in the live training events. Training focus areas include air defense, anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction, and mine countermeasures operations. The exercise enhances flexibility and interoperability among allied and partner nations to strengthen combined response capabilities, as…

The new ‘geopolitical’ European Commission faces daunting challenges in 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

As Europe enters 2020, the new “geopolitical” European Commission has declared its intention to make the European Union a more assertive player on the global stage. While Jean-Claude Juncker’s “political” Commission was focused on domestic affairs, new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has put geopolitical challenges front and center. But for her approach to work, she has some important homework to address. First on the list will be to…