Posts published in May 2021

Latvia to host UN corruption discussion with Poland and Lithuania

Monday, May 31, 2021

Latvia, alongside Lithuania and Poland, will be hosting a discussion at the UN General Assembly Special Session on Corruption this week, which you will be able to watch here on LSM. “With increasing understanding among societies of the damages that corruption does to individuals and societies as whole, the calls to ensure integrity of public officials and public institutions grow louder with day. At the same time, the States are interested…

Nova Lituania triumphs at Lithuania’s first national film awards

Monday, May 31, 2021

The first National Lithuanian Film Awards were handed out last Saturday, with nine trophies going to a black-and-white period drama directed by Karolis Kaupinis. Nova Lituania, based on a true story of a geographer who conjured up a plan in the 1930s to relocate Lithuania to Madagascar, was nominated in 12 categories. The film won the best director and best script awards for Kaupinis, as well as best feature film.…

Two Eritrean refugees relocated to Lithuania under EU scheme

Monday, May 31, 2021

Two refugees have been relocated to Lithuania from Ethiopia under the EU refugee relocation programme. An Eritrean family arrived in Lithuania and is now in quarantine at the Refugee Reception Centre in Rukla. “The decision to relocate them was made in November, but it took a lot of time to receive all documents, do health checks, quarantine, and, therefore, it has taken long,” Evelina Gudžinskaitė, director of Lithuania’s Migration Department,…

Countries in violation of Baltic Sea convention, polluting marine environment

Monday, May 31, 2021

The countries around the Baltic Sea do not respect their binding international agreement to reduce agricultural pollution of the marine environment. Despite farming activities being the single most important source of nutrient pollution to the Baltic Sea. An international research team presents evidence on these circumstances in a recent scientific article in the journal Ambio, published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The countries made a commitment 20 years ago…

‘Rail Baltica Academy’ aims to provide express education

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS has announced the continuation of its ‘Rail Baltica Academy’, a knowledge-sharing platform that provides a series of public lectures for students as well as for the general public across the Baltic countries. “The ‘Rail Baltica Academy’ summer session will take place in June 2021, and will offer an opportunity to students and the general public interested in railway engineering, construction, maintenance, environmental issues, innovation…

534 people have self-isolated in hotels with state funding

Monday, May 31, 2021

From 28 December 2020 until May 27, 534 people have used the possibility of self-isolation in hotels with state aid, Latvian Investment and Development Agency representative Jānis Kovaļevskis told LETA May 30. 471 people used accommodation services because of contacts between Covid-19 patients, Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms, as well as Covid-19 patients after hospital treatment. Another 58 were repatriates who returned to Latvia from the United Kingdom with repatriation trips on 28…

Rīga Airport awaits EU green travel certificate

Monday, May 31, 2021

The number of flights at the Rīga International Airport are starting to pick up but are still only at 10% of the pre-crisis level, Latvian Radio reported May 30. In April, passenger turnover at Riga airport increased 18 times compared to a year earlier. However, it is only 9% of passenger turnover in April 2019, when 646,000 passengers were served.  Currently 52 destinations can be reached from Riga. Flights to Belarus…

NATO’s actions in the Baltic States can not be assessed as defensive maneuvers

By Antanas Tubelis on Sunday, May 30, 2021

From May 17 to June 5, the Spring Storm exercise is being held in Estonia, in which about 7,000 military personnel from several NATO countries are taking part. In addition to Estonia, exercise of the same kind is also taking place on the southern flank of NATO, and all these maneuvers are taking place as part of the larger Defender Europe 2021 exercise. Military experts believe that NATO exercises pose…

180 cases of Covid-19 in Latvia on Sunday

Sunday, May 30, 2021

On Sunday, May 30, Latvia recorded 180 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 133,098.   Of 4,377 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.1% were positive, up on the 2.8% rate of Saturday. A higher proportion of positive tests is typical to Sundays as fewer tests are carried…