Posts published in Day: February 4, 2021

Despite ban, Lithuania consumed €4m of Belarusian nuclear energy

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lithuania has banned the import of electricity from Belarus in protest against a new nuclear power plant near the border. Nevertheless, negotiations are underway with Latvia and Estonia on the effective implementation of the ban. Despite Lithuania’s resolve to ban Belarusian electricity from its grid, the country’s has consumed 4-million-euro-worth of power from the Astravyets nuclear plant over the last 10 days, Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys says. Belarusian electricity is…

Latvian Industrial production output decreased by 1.7% in 2020

Thursday, February 4, 2021

“Data published February 3 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2020, compared to 2019, the volume of industrial production output according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices decreased by 1.7%” – reported by LSM.LV It was affected by a decrease in volume in manufacturing – by 1.2 % and in electricity and gas supply – by 7.2 %. In turn, in mining and quarrying, the increase by 8.7 %…

Latvian railways fined 5.6 million euros for unfair cargo competition

Thursday, February 4, 2021

“The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) said February 3 it was imposing a 5.6-million-euro fine on a state-owned railway company over abuse of its dominant market position” – reported by LSM.LV “Since 2007 the public capital company “LDZ CARGO”, abusing a dominant position, made it more difficult for competitors to operate in rail freight transport in Latvia. For example, a different pricing practice was applied to [its] own customers…

Rīga airport passenger turnover down 90% in January

Thursday, February 4, 2021

“In January this year, only slightly more than 50 000 passengers were serviced at Riga International airport, according to operational data published February 3. This is 90.4% fewer travelers than in January 2020” – reported by LSM.LV Last year, Riga airport serviced more than half a million passengers in January, but this year only 50 400. 15% of the travelers used the airport as a transit point to go to…

Coronavirus update: 721 new cases in Lithuania, another 12 deaths

Thursday, February 4, 2021

In the last 24 hours, Lithuania has registered 721 new cases of coronavirus and 12 deaths from Covid-19, the LRT.LT said. The death toll from the coronavirus currently stands at 2,885. 1,442 people have recovered from the virus in the past 24 hours. 75 804 people in Lithuania received the first vaccinations against coronavirus and 30 241 people received two vaccinations, including 1491 and 4291 people in the last 24…

Lithuanian PM apologises for raising expectations on lockdown easing

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lithuanian Prime Minister apologized for the raising of premature expectations that isolation conditions would be relaxed. “I regret that public discussions […] were taken by some as adopted decisions,” Šimonytė wrote on Facebook. “I have no doubt that on Monday, we will be able to agree in principle on lockdown easing steps,” she said. “And tonight I apologise for the expectations that should not have been raised. I think it…

Government actions must have limits, says president of Latvian Constitutional Court

Thursday, February 4, 2021

As reported by LSM.LV, on February 4, on the Latvian television, president of the Constitutional Court said: “The freedom of State actions must be limited also during the state of emergency.” “In a state of emergency, the state has more freedom of action and the Constitution allows it, but also in a state of emergency, the Constitution continues to operate, the limitation of freedom [of the government] has to be assessed,”…

President of Latvia brings attention to cyberstalking

Thursday, February 4, 2021

“On February 3, President discussed the online harassment with experts in the legal environment and the journalism sector” – LSM.LV reports. On Wednesday, the President of Latvia held an online conversation on the legal environment for journalists with the executive director of the Baltic Center for Media Excellence Gunta Sloga, Chairman of the Latvian Association of Journalists Arta Ģiga, Head of Latvian Regional Media Association Ivonna Plaude, co-founder of “Re:…

Layoffs the leading cause for job loss in Estonia in 2020

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Registered unemployment in Estonia raised to 8.3 percent in December with the largest rate of unemployment present in Ida-Viru County. The most common for unemployed persons registering with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) last year was layoffs. In 2020, the fund registered a total of 110,942 unemployed people, 30.6 percent up from 2019. There were 87,877 first-time registered unemployed people with 21,348 of them losing their previous job as a…

Experts from the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control are resigning due to overload

Thursday, February 4, 2021

In just one month of 2021, three employees of the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) have resigned. SPKC currently employs 143 professionals as listed on their website. SPKC representatives acknowledged that resources are insufficient to ensure effective Covid-19 management. This affects the quality of the epidemiological investigation, detection and localization of outbreaks. “Since the beginning of 2020, fourteen employees have resigned” – LSM.LV reports. LSM.LV