Posts published in Day: March 3, 2021

Lithuania mulling expanded links with Taiwan

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lithuania is considering leaving the Beijing-initiated “17+1 forum” and building its links with Taiwan, according to a news report in the Baltic country. Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) on Tuesday cited the country’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis as saying that the 17+1 platform between Beijing and Eastern Europe had brought Lithuania “almost no benefits.” “I am not saying that we are leaving and it’s the end, but we should really…

80% of Klaipėda residents view Klaipėda FEZ’s reputation positively

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

According to a survey of 500 individuals performed by the consultancy CIVITTA, 80 per cent of the seaside region’s residents view the Klaipėda Free Economic Zone’s (FEZ) reputation either positively or very positively. Klaipėda residents also viewed the Klaipėda FEZ business community positively, indicated they trust the companies operating from the territory, and noted that through its successful operation, the FEZ makes significant contributions to the regional and state economies.…

Another safe underground railway crossing installed in Kaunas

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

In Kaunas, at Ugniakuras Street, the installation of a railway underpass for pedestrians has been completed. According to LTG Infra CEO Karolis Sankovski, from now on, train traffic in the section Palemonas-Rokai of the Kaunas railway junction will be renewed. Therefore, all transit and freight trains will once again run not through the Kaunas railway station but through a bypass. Due to contracting work, this section had been closed since…

Rail Baltica – a vitamin injection for businesses

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The head of the Lithuanian Free Economic Zone association (LAFEZ) Giedrius Valuckas is convinced that the Rail Baltica project will act as a major incentive to attract even more investment to Lithuania, develop activities in Free Economic Zones and develop a processing industry that creates added value. “Lithuania will find itself in a very convenient place between Asia and Europe where two railway standards will converge. We will be at…

Confucius Institutes and espionage

By Juris Paiders on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

“Chinese Confucius Institutes are suspected of espionage” – such headlines graced news articles a couple of years ago, but the reality is that everyone knows about it, but it’s impossible to prove. In this article I will explain the role of these institutes as an instrument of Beijing’s soft power. The Chinese Confucius Institute is and establishment similar to the British Council, German Goethe Institute or French Institute – it…

Rising rates help Baltic index snap losing streak

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index gained on Tuesday, snapping a four-session run of losses, helped by stronger rates in the capesize and panamax vessel segments. The Baltic dry index, which tracks rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels ferrying dry bulk commodities, was up 22 points, or 1.3%, to 1,673. The capesize index, rose 57 points, or 4%, to 1,465, breaking a losing streak of eight sessions. Average…

Latvian scientists: Genes impact how likely a person is to get Covid-19

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Latvian researchers have found a human gene that increases the possibility of becoming ill with Covid-19 and having severe symptoms, Professor Jānis Kloviņš from Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre told Latvian Television  March 2. “We studied not only the virus gene, but also human susceptibility to the virus,” he said. And researchers have found a specific variant of the gene that increases the likelihood of a person getting infected with Covid-19. In…

Latvia saw many permanent returnees last year

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Last year, over a thousand people returned to live in Latvia through the support provided by remigration officers, Latvian Radio reported February 26. In 2020, remigration workers provided assistance with returning to 1,023 people. A year earlier, there were 656 people, and in 2018, 399 people. The total numbers are higher, as not all people use the support of the coordinators.  Longing for Latvia in Denmark A few months before the…

Statistics Estonia: Average wages and salaries grow despite pandemic year

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

According to state data agency Statistics Estonia the average monthly gross wages and salaries in Estonia in 2020 were €1,448, 2.9 percent higher than the year before. Trade, accomodation, catering and arts and entertainment however saw a decline in average wages during the corona-riddled year. The nearly 3 percent increase is the first time in ten years the increase has been so modest. Since 2011, the annual growth rate has…

Latvian Interior Minister: Restrictions must be ‘sorted out purposefully’

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Government needs to achieve a meaningful order of restrictions, Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens told Latvian Television March 3. According to Ģirģens, the purpose is not in easing the restrictions but reviewing them and discarding those which no longer work. He said that the communication with the society must be improved by emphasizing the basics: hand hygiene, ventilation, use of face masks. If the psycho-emotional state of the society is critical,…