Posts published in Day: February 8, 2021

Freedom of speech as a threat to national security of the Baltic States

By Antanas Tubelis on Monday, February 8, 2021

Freedom of speech is one of the basic democratic values. Media Freedom, Freedom of Opinion and Expression are fundamental principles of democratic society. Citizens of any country have the right to receive information from alternative sources. It is important that journalists in any country have the opportunity to do their job without fear of interference from the authorities. Unfortunately, technologies to suppress dissent are currently being used in Europe. In…

National Alliance proposes one-off aid for families with children

Monday, February 8, 2021

Party association National Alliance (NA) has proposed a one-off payment to support families, according to the LSM. According to NA, families could be paid a one-off benefit of €500 per child. This would serve as additional aid to mitigate the negative effects during the Covid-19 restrictions.  The benefits would also be apply to children in custody or foster family. Overall, €170 million would be needed for this. The payment could be started as…

Covid-19 case total rises by 288 in Latvia

Monday, February 8, 2021

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 288 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Monday February 8. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 72,088. Of 3,327 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 8.7% of tests were positive, slightly down on the 9.3% rate from the day before. Seven days ago, the figures were 411 cases and a 10.4% positive test rate. Monday’s figures are…

Unexpected alliances forged in Europe: France and the Baltics

Monday, February 8, 2021

The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue, writes Monika Bickauskaite. Monika Bickauskaite is a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office. When Emmanuel Macron visited Lithuania and Latvia last September, the Baltics were…

Lithuanian president pushes for lockdown easing

Monday, February 8, 2021

According to LRT, the epidemiological situation in Lithuania allows easing the lockdown, says the president’s adviser, adding that the government should take heed of the situation of small businesses. The government refused to lift restrictions on businesses last week, but promised to review the issue this week. “The situation in Lithuania is improving and has been clearly improving for the past several weeks, and in this specific environment, it is…

Latvia plans to invest more in industrial parks

Monday, February 8, 2021

It is planned to allocate EUR 82 million of the European Union Recovery Fund for building new industrial parks. However, there are difficulties finding tenants for existing sites, according to LSM. This week the government approved the  Recovery and Resilience Facility Plan  , which will distribute €1.65 billion to various goals – money that Latvia will receive from the European Union to recover from the crisis caused by Covid-19. The plan…

Lithuania steps up border controls, self-isolation mandatory for all

Monday, February 8, 2021

As of Monday, all passengers coming to Lithuania need to present coronavirus test results and self-quarantine, says LRT. Under the new rules, announced by the Health Ministry, all states have been included into the list of affected countries. All travellers coming to Lithuania now need to present a coronavirus test taken within the last 48 hours – or register for one in Lithuania within a day after arriving – as…

Lithuania reports 270 new cases

Monday, February 8, 2021

Lithuania has registered 270 new coronavirus infections and 14 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country’s statistics office said on Monday morning. While this is the lowest daily increase of new infections since October, the low number is partly due to slower testing during weekends. The coronavirus-related death toll now stands at 2,955, including four earlier fatalities added to the tally on Monday. Meanwhile, 57 people were…

Lithuania will not buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine

Monday, February 8, 2021

There are no plans to use the Russian vaccine Sputnik V to vaccinate people in Lithuania, the country’s Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says. “No, we do not plan to do that as this vaccine is not registered in any EU country. The European Medicines Agency has not evaluated it, so that’s the only comment,” Šimonytė told reporters on Friday. During his visit to Moscow on Friday, EU foreign policy chief…

Baltics snub China’s Eastern Europe summit

Monday, February 8, 2021

Lithuania and Estonia are not sending state leaders to this week’s 17 1 summit between China and 17 Eastern and Central European countries, snubbing Beijing’s invitation for closer cooperation, Politico has reported. The virtual summit is planned on Tuesday. “For the moment we can confirm that at [the] 17 1 meeting, Lithuania will not be represented neither at president, nor at prime minister level,” Politico quoted a press officer for…