Posts published in Day: February 1, 2021

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 1,521 new cases over weekend

Monday, February 1, 2021

Lithuania reported 803 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, in addition to 718 infections reported on Saturday. Twelve Covid-19 deaths were reported on Sunday and 21 on Saturday. In all, Lithuania has confirmed 182,539 infections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, of which 48,386 remain active cases, while 129,175 people have recovered. The death tally currently stands at 2,803. So far, Lithuania has vaccinated 71,323 people with one dose and…

Swedbank to establish new Baltic subsidiary

Monday, February 1, 2021

Swedbank has decided to establish a new Baltic subsidiary of Swedbank AB which will be registered in Latvia, according to LSM. The holding company will become owner of the current subsidiary banks in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. “The changes aim to ensure a simple and transparent governance structure with clear decision making that supports the bank’s long-term strategy in all four of Swedbank’s home markets – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and…

Latvia plans to improve bicycle trails

Monday, February 1, 2021

Latvijas Valsts Ceļi (Latvian State Roads) has started the implementation of bicycle trail development plan, wrote LSM. According to the Road Development Plan and the survey of Latvian State Roads, the main national bike trails are planned in several directions in Latvia, for example, from Rīga to Jelgava, Tukums, Saulkrasti, Valmiera, as well as from Rēzekne to Ludza and from Jēkabpils to Līvāni. At the same time, work is also…

Court to consider releasing businessman Hillar Teder from custody

Monday, February 1, 2021

The Tallinn Circuit Court on Tuesday will discuss the possible release of Estonian businessman Hillar Teder, suspected of corruption crimes, from custody. Sworn advocates Erki Kergandberg and Sandra-Kristin Karner are of the opinion that the suspicion lodged against Teder is incomprehensible and that his placement into custody is also disproportionate. “The suspicion lodged against Hillar Teder is surprising and incomprehensible. We are actively investigating the circumstances in order to understand…

Detachment from NATO would widen divisions in the EU

Monday, February 1, 2021

Any attempt to distance the European Union from NATO would only deepen the divisions among EU member states, Portugal’s defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, has said, arguing instead that the mechanisms of cooperation between the two partners should be improved. “Trying to distance oneself from NATO would only deepen divisions within the EU. NATO has clearly been, and remains, an important contributor to the European collective defence,” he said on…

Beijing calls Lithuania’s block of Chinese tech at airports ‘politicised’

Monday, February 1, 2021

China’s embassy in Lithuania said the country’s decision to block a contract for Nuctech X-ray scanners at airports over national security fears “will be a loss to Lithuania”, wrote LRT. “The safety and reliability of Nuctech equipment is endorsed worldwide,” the embassy said in a written comment, adding that “it will be a loss to Lithuania” and “market fact will prove it”. Last week, the Lithuanian government  decided to block the…

AstraZeneca vaccines to reach Lithuania this week

Monday, February 1, 2021

The first batch of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is expected to reach Lithuania on February 7, writes LRT. “We have confirmed the schedules. We could expect the first batch on February 7, if nothing changes,” the ministry’s Chancellor Jurgita Grebenkovienė told LRT RADIO on Monday. The European Medicines Agency approved the AstraZeneca vaccine to vaccinate adult EU citizens last Friday. The European Commission said…

Books: essential during pandemic or not?

Monday, February 1, 2021

The largest book publishing company in Latvia, Zvaigzne ABC, has filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court regarding the current restrictions on the sale of books, LSM reported January 29. In order to fight the Covid-19 spread, the government decided shortly before Christmas that only essential goods could be purchased in person. The list of allowed goods does not include books. Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Economy Jurģis Miezainis (‘KPV…

Construction of Tartu hazardous waste plant postponed

Monday, February 1, 2021

The construction of Estonia’s largest hazardous waste burning plant in Tartu will be postponed by at least a year because the Environmental Board has decided to initiate a new environmental impact assessment. The company has no choice but to haul waste abroad until then as Estonia lacks the capacity to burn all hazardous waste the country produces. Tartu has a plant for burning waste that is hazardous for people’s health…