Posts published in Day: February 24, 2021

Baltic States may be left without NATO support

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged at the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting held on February 17-18 “to increase NATO’s funding for our core deterrence and defence activities.” In an effort to improve “burden sharing” Stoltenberg proposed that allies jointly fund more of NATO’s work. “The country that provides the capabilities also provides the funding. So, if you send some troops to the NATO battlegroup in Lithuania, as Norway does, then…

Big increase in unemployment in Latvia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In the course of 2020, the number of unemployed persons in Latvia increased by 28.4 % according to the results of the Labour Force Survey of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) released February 24. 78,700 people aged 15 to 74 were unemployed. Compared to 2019, the number of the unemployed has increased by 17,400 or 28.4 %. Last year, the unemployment rate in Latvia was 8.1 %, which is 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2019. The…

Latvia plans to double vaccination numbers next week

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This week, an average of 2,000 people a day are scheduled to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said at a remote press conference February 23. The Minister said that last week the Ministry of Health’s target to vaccinate an average of 1,000 people per day was met. Therefore, in order to increase the pace of vaccination in the country, a new target has been set for this…

Latvian candidate for UN post endorsed by all three Baltic states

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has been nominated for election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the term 2023-2027, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said February 24. The elections will be held at the United Nations General Assembly in November 2021. Mārtiņš Paparinskis is the first candidate from the Baltic States to seek to join the International Law Commission. “Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has an extensive academic and practical experience in the field of…

Lithuania ready to share vaccines with Ukraine

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Once Lithuania has acquired sufficient amounts, it is ready to share Covid-19 vaccines with Ukraine. “I share the concern of the minister and the Ukrainian government that not enough vaccines are reaching Ukraine,” Landsbergis told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba. “I offered a possibility, whenever Lithuania is ready to share, we will try and help Ukraine.” Landsbergis said it is too early to…

Emergency alert in Lithuania warns of heavy air pollution

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania’s Environment Ministry issued a nationwide emergency alert asking people to stay at home due to high air pollution. “High air pollution levels due to heavy particles were recorded in the country on February 23,” the emergency alert reads. “The poor air quality will remain in the coming days. We recommend staying at home.” According to the alert, more information can be found on the ministry’s website, gamta.lt. The country’s…

Lithuania’s 5G development hampered by Russia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania has ended direct talks with Russia without reaching a deal on radio frequency used by its military, which remains an obstacle to the country’s 5G development. The Russian armed forces are using the 3.5 GHz frequency for its radars in Kaliningrad and the signal seeps into parts of Lithuanian territory. Vilnius has been calling on Russia to free up the frequency, which is needed to ensure effective coverage in…

Lithuania joins call to make vaccines in Europe

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and the leaders of Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Poland have sent an official letter to European Council President Charles Michel, calling for urgent action to expand vaccine production capacity in Europe, writes LRT. The letter comes on the eve of the European Council session where vaccine production issues will also be discussed, the Lithuanian presidential office said. Europe is still facing challenges over insufficient vaccine deliveries…

Lithuania launches review of tax exemptions

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania’s government budget forgoes around 2.2 billion euros in revenue due to various tax concessions, most of which will be reviewed, according to Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė. “The concession review covers probably a third of those 2.2 billion euros,” she said during the first meeting of a special panel set up to review the existing tax exemptions. “Out of the 2.2 billion euros, the lion’s share are concessions that are…

‘America Is Back,’ but Europe Has Moved

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Macron and Merkel respond coolly to Biden, and public opinion backs them. President Biden set out to declare a triumphant U.S. return to the trans-Atlantic alliance. “America is back,” the president said in his speech this week to the Munich Security Conference. The leaders of France and Germany promptly made it clear that the four years of the Trump presidency had changed the relationship. France’s President Emmanuel Macron renewed his…