Posts published in Day: April 7, 2021

Lithuania to propose NATO provide Membership Action Plan to Ukraine

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Lithuania will propose that NATO Allies provide a Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Ukraine, thus allowing the country to become a member of the Alliance, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. He said this at a press conference following a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, who is on a visit to Vilnius, Lithuanian news site Delfi reported. “We should soon write a letter to our colleagues…

Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund starts paying out wage compensation

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund on Wednesday started executing payouts of the wage compensation made available by the government to the sectors worst affected by the new restrictions. On Wednesday, payouts were made to the first 5,400 employees. The average size of the compensation per person was €670 gross and the total gross amount of the compensations was close to €3.7 million. The majority of the applications granted as first…

Latvia: Fraudster gets five years for operating U.S. credit card scam from home

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Latvian man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison in the United States after admitting 40 counts of fraud and related crimes. According to  a release from the U.S. Department of Justice  , Edgar Ivulans, 43, was sentenced April 6 to five years and five months in prison, and was ordered to pay $12,754 in restitution, to forfeit $12,754, and to further pay a $4,000 special assessment by United…

PM Kariņš: Latvia has to plan Covid-19 vaccine boosters

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health should start planning a Covid-19 vaccine booster, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said on April 6 after the government meeting, Latvian Television reported. The Prime Minister said it is clear a booster shot to maintain immunity against Covid-19 will be needed next year. “It is clear that sooner or later, after a half-year or a year or longer, we will also need to go through the…

Sigulda Castle reconstructed and ready to dazzle

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Ambitious reconstruction work has been completed at Sigulda’s New Castle. The door will be opened for visitors in summer if the epidemiological situation allows, Latvian Radio reported April 7. In the renovated castle, for the first time, there will be an exhibition on the history of the castle and Sigulda, while concerts and literary readings are planned in the exquisite halls. The castle has been rebuilt several times, but over…

Latvia: Local government election lists are in

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nationwide local government elections to be held across Latvia on June 5 have passed the list submission deadline, with over 300 applications, Central Election Commission (CVK) sai d April 7. Altogether, 324 candidate lists have been submitted with 5,599 candidates running for one of the 683 spots across 41 municipal councils. Normally, the biggest share of candidates would be taken by capital Rīga, but given that Rīga already  held elections…

Belarus in focus during live Nordic-Baltic foreign policy discussion

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Latvia’s eastern neighbor, Belarus, will be the subject of a live online discussion taking place April 8 at 15:00 Rīga time (GMT 3). The Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), in cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, invites you to the presentation and the discussion of its latest policy brief: “Baltic and Nordic Responses to the 2020 Post-Election Crisis in Belarus”. The presentation and discussion will take place in…

State of emergency ends in Latvia: what changes?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On Tuesday, April 6, the state of emergency introduced in Latvia last November formally comes to an end. Here’s a reminder of what changes starting Wednesday, April 7. Officials  have stressed   that the lifting of the formal state of emergency would not bring a great deal of practical changes, with most epidemiological safety rules remaining in place. Despite its dramatic-sounding name, the ‘state of emergency’ is essentially a technical…

Over a third of Latvian households had no savings in 2020

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Data published April 7 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that more than a third (35.2%) of Latvian households had no savings in 2020. For almost as many (35.7 %) households, savings would allow them to maintain their current standard of living for no more than 3 months, while 29.2 % of the households – for 3 months or more. Household savings depend on income. While more than half…

Latvian schools may open in 50 municipalities next week

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Starting next week, 50 municipalities may open schools for pupils in grades 1-6 and 12, according to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) April 7. From Monday, April 12, in municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate per 100,000 people does not exceed 200, on-site education can be organized for students from grades 1st to 6th and students of 12th grade. For students of grades from 7th to 11th on-site studying can…