Posts published in Day: October 8, 2021

1,695 new Covid-19 cases Friday in Latvia

Friday, October 8, 2021

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on Friday, October 8, Latvia recorded 1,695 daily cases of Covid-19 infection. Of Friday’s positive cases, 1,328 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 367 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 168,248. Of 18,394 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 9.2% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued…

STRATCOMCOE calls for “fictitious political-military scenario concepts”

Friday, October 8, 2021

If you’ve got a really good idea to conquer nations, overthrow governments, spread disinformation and generally stir the geopolitical pot, and you’re not already a super-villain building a Doomsday Machine in a secret base beneath Ruhnu island, this could be the perfect first step on the career ladder to global domination. The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) is calling for imaginative ideas from members of the public to help it in its…

Lithuanian president: EU shall look for ways to reduce dependence from China

Friday, October 8, 2021

The European Union (EU) shall look for ways to reduce dependence from China, in particular by concentrating manufacturing in Europe or cooperating with the countries sharing similar values, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said. “The European Union follows a three-dimensional approach towards China and treats that country, firstly, as a partner, secondly, as an economic competitor, and thirdly, as a geopolitical rival. I’d say that the centers of gravity have…

Inflation to rise till next spring

Friday, October 8, 2021

Inflation will continue to rise in the coming months, with a slowdown only likely in the second quarter of next year, senior Swedbank analyst Liis Elmik told ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK), in an interview which follows. Can it be forecast how long current inflation rates will last? The rise in prices has been mainly due to higher energy prices, and according to our forecast, energy prices should be…

Price of popular food jumps 10 percent in Lithuania

Friday, October 8, 2021

The price of popular and well-known food products in Lithuania increased by 1.12 euros, or 2.7 percent, in September month-on-month and jumped by 3.87 euros, or 10 percent, year-on-year. The price of the cheapest food basket in Lithuania in September rose by 1.59 euros, or 2.9 percent, since August, according to an analysis by the Pricer.lt price comparison website. Year on year, it edged up by 0.19 euros, or 0.3…

One week to go until Rīga Conference 2021

Friday, October 8, 2021

It’s now just one week until the annual Rīga Conference takes place and the full running order and participant list for the event has now been finalised by the organizers, the Latvian Transatlantic Organization (LATO). The Rīga Conference 2021 will take place October 15-16 in hybrid format. On the conference days themselves, LSM will carry a live stream from the venue, the Latvian National Library. Despite the rapidly worsening epidemiological situation in…

Speed limit dropped for winter season in Latvia

Friday, October 8, 2021

As of October 8, the maximum permitted speed on the entire national road network in Latvia is 90 kilometers per hour. During the summer, when driving conditions are generally better, the maximum speed on some parts of the country’s major roads is temporarily increased to 100 or 110 km/h. However, the arrival of autumnal conditions sees those sections revert to the 90 km/h limit for the autumn and winter seasons. State roads…

EU leaders to discuss strategic gas reserve at October summit

Friday, October 8, 2021

Speaking at a press conference in Estonia, von der Leyen said the current high gas prices were a result of a lack of supply response to higher demand, and highlighted the EU’s gas import dependence, S&P Global Platts reported. EU leaders are due to meet for a European Council summit Oct. 21-22, with high energy prices set to feature at the top of the agenda. In the short term, we will discuss in the European Council…

Lithuanians rejected to construct a new military training ground (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, October 8, 2021

Lithuanian government continues to consider the possibility to build a military training ground in the western part of the country. As we know, in September 2021 government approved the new plan 2030 of the territory of Lithuania where the potential plots for the new military training facility in Akmenė, Mažeikiai, Šiauliai, Telsiai districts were still reserved. Although, in April last year ministry of defence finally refused to build a military…

Estonia joins global corporate tax reform

Friday, October 8, 2021

At a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the government discussed Estonia joining the global minimum corporate tax initiative led by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and decided that Estonia will join the reform. The reform, being drawn up by the OECD, affects global large corporations and will not change the existing tax system currently imposed for Estonian companies, the government announced on Thursday evening. As the next step,…