Posts published in Day: August 4, 2021

Latvian National Armed Forces to give additional support to the State Border Guard

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Latvian Radio reported August 4, that although there is currently no influx of migrants on the border of Latvia/Belarus, the situation may change rapidly. The National Armed Forces (NBS) will give additional support to the State Border Guard. Whether Latvia needs to think about camps for refugees, views of politicians and experts differ. State Border Guard is already supported by specialists from the European Union Border Agency, Frontex, and more…

Lithuanian border guards allowed to use violence when returning migrants to Belarus

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Lithuanian border guards began returning migrants to Belarus on Tuesday night by order of the minister of the interior. They were supported by the military police and dog handlers. Border guards, who are allowed to use violence if necessary, returned several groups of refugees from the border during the night. Vilnius accuses the authoritarian Belarusian regime of sending people to Lithuania in an organized manner, especially from Iraq and other…

Russians Among Illegal Belarus-EU Border Crossers – Lithuanian Diplomat

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Russian nationals are among the thousands of migrants illegally crossing the border from Belarus to Lithuania, a senior diplomat from the EU member state told Russian media Tuesday. Lithuanian officials say they suspect the migrant crisis is being orchestrated by the regime of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko in retaliation to EU sanctions over his crackdown on political opponents. “We had a dialogue with the Russian representative because Russian citizens are also crossing the…

Bank of Estonia discovers unlimited potential in digital euro pilots

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The central bank of Estonia has discovered what it describes as ‘unlimited potential’ in its blockchain based digital euro trials, after discovering that blockchain tech can ‘in theory’ support almost unlimited scale in transaction throughput. Following an experiment conducted in collaboration with several other local central banks inside the euro area, Eesti Pank announced it had discovered a “novel blockchain-based solution could in theory support almost unlimited numbers of payments…

Nordica debuts under own code as it eyes Tallinn return

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Estonian carrier Nordica has begun operating flights under its own AOC and IATA code for the first time. The airline says it will initially focus on winning contracts to provide public service obligation (PSO) flights in Europe, noting that tenders for such contracts have been increasing as air travel recovers from the pandemic and established carriers retreat from unprofitable routes. “We’re taking part in quite a number of other European…

Parliamentary Foreign Committees of nine countries oppose Nord Stream 2

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Foreign Affairs Committees of nine countries issued a joint statement in opposition to the recent agreement between the USA and Germany to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2. The statement, signed by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and his counterparts from Estonia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Lithuania, was published on 2 August: “We, the Chairs of Foreign…

Law which authorizes employers to fire employees without Covid-19 certificates submitted for Latvian Saeima

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Amendments to the law which would authorize employers to fire certain employees without Covid-19 certificates were submitted for Saeima review August 4, and will be reviewed by the responsible committee. The amendments have been submitted to the parliament’s Defense, Interior Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee, which will hold a meeting later today. As previously reported, as of October 1, employers in Latvia will be authorized to fire employees in various sectors that have…

Year’s biggest fire finally extinguished in Latvia

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The State Forest Service (VMD) confirmed August 4, that the fire which broke out in Pemme bog July 26 has finally been put out with the help of heavy rainfall. Large numbers of firefighters managed to contain the area in which the fire was burning so that it did not spread to other forests, but the difficult conditions meant it took rainfall to douse the area completely. In all some…

Latvian Saeima postpones deciding on vaccine lottery

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

According to newswire LETA, on Wednesday, the Saeima excluded the Law on Vaccination lottery from the agenda for the August 4 meeting. 59 members voted for the exclusion, while 28 members voted against it. The exclusion was suggested by members of the New Conservative Party (JKP). The Saeima faction of JKP will not support the lottery, the party’s representatives announced the day before, August 3. The Latvian Association of Doctors (LĀB) also  expressed…

97 new Covid-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday in Latvia

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), on Wednesday, August 4, Latvia reported 97 new cases of Covid-19 infection. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 139,134. Of 7,088 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.4% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 42.2 Tuesday to 44.1 Wednesday. Two Covid-related deaths were confirmed, so the death toll…