Posts published in Day: June 3, 2021

Lithuania opens public-private anti-money laundering centre

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Lithuania has opened a Centre of Excellence in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) as it looks to boost co-ordination between state authorities and the private sector in tackling illegal financial activity. The centre was been set up by the Ministry of Finance, Lietuvos Bankas (Bank of Lithuania – central bank) and eight commercial banks. The country’s Financial Crime Investigation Service, State Tax Inspectorate (VMI), Prosecutor General’s Office and police department are expected…

Lithuanian pig and poultry sectors get €6.8 million boost from EU

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The European Commission has approved €6.8 million of supports for Lithuania’s poultry and pig industries due to ongoing COVID-19 disruptions. The European Commission has approved a €6.8 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies active in the pig and poultry sectors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. The public support, which will take the form of direct grants, will be…

Flying Over Belarus is Risky, But There Are Even More Dangerous Skies

By Tom O'Connor on Thursday, June 3, 2021

International airlines and federal aviation authorities have reacted strongly to Belarus’ recent interception of a Greece to Lithuania flight, with one independent monitor raising the risk level of the Eastern European country’s airspace. But at a Level 3 ranking, Belarus is not the most dangerous nation in the world, according to the Safe Airspace’s Conflict Zone & Risk Database, a project of OpsGroup, “a group of 7,000 pilots, dispatchers, controllers,…

Investments cleared for 700-MW interconnector between Poland, Lithuania

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Polish transmission system operator (TSO) PSE SA and Lithuania’s Litgrid have approved investments in a 700-MW interconnector project between Poland and Lithuania. The Harmony Link will be a 330-km (205.1-mile) undersea cabling system that will connect Zarnowiec, Poland, and Lithuania’s Darbenai and allow the synchronisation of the Baltic states’ power systems with the synchronous area of continental Europe. It will also enable the integration of further renewable energy capacity in…

Britain hosts G7 health summit amid pressure to broaden COVID vaccine access

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Britain will host health ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) rich countries in Oxford on Thursday for a two-day summit, as pressure intensifies to do more to broaden access to COVID-19 vaccines across the world. British foreign minister Dominic Raab has said that equitable access to coronavirus vaccines will be at the top of the agenda when G7 leaders meet next week. But as health ministers gather at the…

Three Seas Parliamentary Forum takes place

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The First Three Seas Parliamentary Forum, where the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Three Seas Initiaitive ( 3SI ) countries will discuss in virtual format the topics of energy, transport, and digital sector infrastructure, will be held June 3 with Latvia participating in the form of Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece. Host of the Forum and President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas said: “Cross-border cooperation is essential for achieving the 3SI…

Early voting in the Latvian local government elections resumes June 3

Thursday, June 3, 2021

According to the Central Election Commission (CVK), early voting in the local government elections resumes Thursday, June 3. 731 polling stations throughout the country will be open from 9:00 to 16:00. On Friday, June 4, polling stations will be open from 13:00 to 20:00. On the official day of local elections, June 5, polling stations will be open from 7:00 to 20:00. On Monday, which was the first day of…

Passenger traffic reduced by half in Q1 of 2021 in Latvia

Thursday, June 3, 2021

According to Latvian Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published June 2 show that in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the 1st quarter of 2020, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has reduced by at least a half. Covid-19 pandemic and related movement restrictions determined the significant drop by all modes of transport. During the 1st quarter of 2021, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport…

Narva energy union concerned about fate of employees

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Narva Power Plants Trade Union has big doubts about workers’ futures after Eesti Energia’s said it will abandon most of its oil shale production in Estonia by 2030. ETV’s “Aktuaalne kaamera” reported on Wednesday evening that the union said energy production based on renewable sources will not be able to completely replace electricity produced from oil shale and provide the population with a stable supply of electricity in all…

Latvian shopping malls prepare for reopening

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Latvian Television reported June 2 that a great buzz has taken over major malls, which begin to work starting Wednesday evening or Thursday . On Wednesday, the big shopping centers in Rīga came alive. Everyone, from managers to cashiers, was sweeping shelves, washing the floor, cleaning dust and disinfecting shopping baskets. The shop “Douglas” vendor, Lāsma Kudiņa, said: “Such a pleasant thrill. We’ve been waiting for that moment for so long.…