Posts published in June 2021

Lithuanian politicians take the last money from the population

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

In the updated draft budget for 2021, the Lithuanian Cabinet of Ministers is proposed to significantly increase funding for the defense sector. The revised project involves an increase of 53.5 million euros. Thus, the new document focuses on the protection of the state border and the country’s financial obligations to NATO. It is proposed to increase military spending to 2.03% of GDP and allocate an additional 20.7 million euros to…

Maverick Saeima deputies’ marriage of convenience proves short-lived

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Independent Saeima deputy Julīja Stepaņenko announced June 30 that she is terminating her cooperation with the recently-formed “Law and Order” party in Saeima, criticising the communication style of its leader. Stepaņenko was formerly a longtime deputy with the Harmony party, then left it, then signed a cooperation agreement with it, then went solo again, and more recently signalled her support for the latest project of populist Saeima deputy, and one-time brief prime ministerial candidate for…

Lithuanian President signs adjusted 2021 budget into law

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Signing changes to the budget, Nauseda underlined that the adjusted budget increases the country’s security, adding, however, that the ruling majority in the Seimas missed the opportunity to slow income inequality among working people in Lithuania, the presidential press service said. “Budget corrections are now necessary as we need to provide more funding for the protection of the Belarusian border and for national defense. Therefore, I decided to sign this…

100 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

On Wednesday, June 30, Latvia recorded exactly 100 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is the first time in a week that the figure has been in three figures. 102 cases were recorded on June 23, the eve of the Midsummer holidays and it is to be hoped that the festivities will not result in more infections over coming days. The total number of cases…

Leading Latvian infectologist receives regular threats

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Uga Dumpis, head of the Infection Control Department at Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital, told Latvian Radio June 29 he is surprised by some people’s hatred of science in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. In an interview on the  Krustpunkta  show, he confirmed that he regularly receives threats in website comments since becoming a well-known public figure during the pandemic. “Specialists in my field across the globe are experiencing similar problems… Yes, the threat…

Tops the European list of deaths by drowning

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Data published by Eurostat on August 6 shows Latvia has more drownings per head of population than anywhere else in the European Union. Based on 2017 data, around 5,100 deaths of European Union (EU) residents were caused by accidental drowning and submersion. Among the EU Member States, in 2017 the highest rate was recorded in Latvia, with 5.6 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Lithuania (4.8 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants), Estonia…

Swimming instructor: poor skills and lack of awareness cause tragedies

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

This year, the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) has pulled more than 50 victims of drowning from water around Latvia, with almost half of that total since mid-May. There were similar statistics last year and for years before that as Latvia regularly tops the European list of deaths by drowning per capita. The worst year in recent memory was 2010 when there were 236 registered drownings in Latvia. Last year, in…

Latvia’s Covid-19 verification app now available for Android devices

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Latvia’s dedicated app which allows users (such as event organizers) to instantly verify the Covid-19 status of individuals is now available for Android devices, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said June 30. The Covid19Verify app provides an opportunity to check the validity and authenticity of Covid-19 certificates issued in accordance with Latvian and EU regulations. The check is performed by scanning the QR code of the certificate presented by the person. When you open the app,…

A guide to post-coronavirus etiquette

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Do you kiss or do you swerve? That was my dilemma when a friend swooped in with a traditional French greeting recently. After a year of government-mandated social etiquette, the sudden lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions has cast us into an unnerving age of uncertainty. With the guardrails gone, residual caution is clashing with the desire to show friendliness, or at least courtesy. What is safe, and how do we…

Latvian retail sector up on year, down on month in May

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that,   compared to May 2020, in May 2021 total retail trade turnover increased by 3.2 % . Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.0 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) increased by 4.1 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 5.2 %. Compared to May 2020, the most…