Posts published in Day: February 17, 2021

Lithuania marks State Restoration Day

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lithuania celebrates the Day of State Restoration. On February 16, 1918, the Council of Lithuania proclaimed the country’s independence. Celebrations this year have been cut due to the pandemic. Some traditional events have been canceled this year. The state leaders will commemorate the act’s signatories at Rasos Cemetery in Vilnius. The state awards ceremony will be broadcast from the Presidential Palace. President will deliver a speech at midday. “In Canada,…

Coronavirus update: Lithuania records 376 new cases, 15 deaths

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lithuania has registered 376 new coronavirus infections and 15 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country’s statistics office said on Wednesday morning. The country’s statistics office said that on Wednesday morning 376 new cases of coronavirus infection and 15 deaths from Covid-19 have been registered in the past 24 hours, LRT.LT said. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 251.3 per 100,000 people. Overall, 191,821 people…

Coronavirus: Lithuania records 300 new cases, 10 deaths

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

LRT.LT reports that, according to the country’s statistical office, 300 new cases of coronavirus infection and 10 deaths from Covid-19 have been registered in Lithuania over the past 24 hours. As of Tuesday morning, 3,095 people have died of Covid-19 in Lithuania and a total of 6,002 deaths are considered related to the coronavirus infection. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 257.4 per 100,000 people. Overall, 191,264 people…

Lithuania plans to hold evacuation drills after Belarus launches nuclear plant

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“Lithuania’s Interior Ministry plans to hold drills and assess the need to evacuate Vilnius’ residents in case of an accident at the Astravyets nuclear plant, located some 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital” – LRT.LT reported. “That will be one of the key questions during the drafting of the exercises schedule and probably going back to the scenarios: do we or do we not need to evacuate Vilnius residents,” Vitalij…

Hackers target CityBee, sensitive data of 110,000 Lithuanian-registered users leaked

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Lithuanian news website LRT.LT writes that on Tuesday the CEO of CityBee car-sharing service announced that cyber criminals had stolen data of 110,000 Lithuanian-registered users. CityBee was informed on Monday evening that some of its customers’ names, email addresses, personal identification numbers and encrypted passwords had been published on a hacker forum. “What’s strange is that the (stolen) information is three years old. If it had been stolen in the…

One-off childcare benefit payments of 500 euros approved in Latvia

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“The Latvian cabinet on February 16 agreed to push forward with a plan to grant special payments of 500 euros per child to families in order to help them through the Covid-19 crisis” – reported by LSM.LV Tuesday’s government meeting approved a 182-million-euro plan to allocate 500 euros per child, with 364,097 children eligible under the scheme. This one-off financial support will be covered by the contingency budget program and paid by the…

Estonian Tax and Customs Board receives over quarter-of-a-million income tax declarations

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) has received over quarter of a million income tax returns for 2020. Filing opened Monday, with the MTA recommending people hold off on filing – sincce the period runs until the end of April – as a backlog was already building up. At that point (mid-morning Monday – ed.) 100,000 returns had been filed. Currently the figure stands at around…

Latvian national airline airBaltic and Lufthansa to launch codeshare flights

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

“German airline Lufthansa and Latvian national airline airBaltic are starting codeshare cooperation” – LSM.LV reports. This became known from the release by airBaltic February 16. It is planned that as of March 28, Lufthansa will put its flight codes on routes operated by airBaltic between Munich and Rīga, as well as Munich and Vilnius. Martins Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic, was quoted: “Lufthansa is a strong connectivity provider globally, and we are pleased to strengthen…

U.S. agenda in Baltics (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Baltic States remain highly dependent on the US foreign policy. Therefore, the leadership of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia anticipated the results of the presidential elections with impatience and trepidation. Obviously, Trump’s rhetoric was troubling for countries on NATO’s Eastern frontier. On the contrary, new elected Biden took over the presidency with more personal knowledge of foreign policy and a competent team. What Biden’s election means for the Baltics? Firstly,…