Posts published in Day: October 14, 2021

NATO delegation visits Lithuania, minister calls for unity ‘in face of Russia threat’

Thursday, October 14, 2021

NATO military representatives from 21 member states, on a visit to Lithuania, are being briefed on the situation on the alliance’s eastern flank, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. As part of their visit on Tuesday through Thursday, the delegation is visiting Lithuanian and NATO military units “to learn about their activity and organisation”, the ministry said in a press release. During a meeting at the Defense Ministry, the delegation…

Lithuanian cabinet approves minimum wage rise to 730 euros

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Lithuanian government approved a proposal to raise the minimum monthly wage before tax by 88 euros, or almost 14 percent, to 730 euros from January 1, 2022. The minimum wage after tax will increase to 518 euros, and the minimum hourly wage will rise from 3.93 euros to 4.47 euros. Social Security and Labour Minister Monika Navickienė has said that it would be one of the most significant minimum…

Four detained over suspected fake vaccination process

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Law enforcement officers have recently detained a group of four more people suspected of being involved in a sham vaccination against Covid-19 at a medical institution in Rīga, LSM’s Latvian language service reports. Meanwhile, another criminal proceeding concerns the possible giving a bribe to officials of the vaccination center. Staff of the State Police Economic Crime Control Department (ENAP), during operational activities, identified an unnamed medical institution where members of the public had obtained bogus vaccines…

Baltic states are now Europe’s Covid-19 hotspot

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia now have the highest rates of Covid-19 infection in Europe and among the highest rates in the whole world, according to the latest updates of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published October 14. It should be noted that data presented below are collected between Monday and Wednesday for the preceding week and published on Thursday, so the current situation…

Minister: Reduced energy charges to cost state €75 million

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Compensating network providers for lower-income customer discounts put in place amid soaring energy prices will cost around €75 million for the half-year in which it is planned, Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Taavi Aas (Center) says. Aas said Thursday that: “If we go down the road of lowering network charges, then, of course, the state must compensate the network operators in order to be as fair as possible. If…

Electricity prices can be lowered by reducing excess VAT

Thursday, October 14, 2021

On Wednesday, the European Commission introduced new measures to reduce the all-time record electricity prices. European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson told ERR that one of the options would be to lower the unexpected income of excess VAT. The so-called toolbox to tackle rising energy prices, published by the Commission on Wednesday, does not see any changes to policy to lower energy prices. It was meant as an announcement to…

Lithuanians are in no hurry to serve in the army

By Dominykas Urbonas on Thursday, October 14, 2021

The number of army dodgers is growing from year to year in Lithuania. The authorities of the Baltic republic have no idea how to solve this problem. The only solution seems to be the abolition of conscription. A twenty-year-old man with a large camera around his neck in the center of Kaunas said that the news about the conscription does not make him happy. He is not studying now and…

Saeima’s got a brand new bag

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Latvian Finance Minister Jānis Reirs presented his budget plans to the Saeima October 14 for discussion and debate. In keeping with tradition he did so by handing his spending plans over in a briefcase, but in a break with tradition he used a brand new and decidedly eye-catching piece of designer luggage. The venerable but somewhat battered brown leather briefcase used since 1998 was nowhere to be seen, replaced by a white-painted, eight-sided, multi-faceted…

President Levits tests Covid-positive

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Returning from a working visit to Sweden Wednesday evening, President of Latvia Egils Levits carried out a Covid-19 antigen rapid test which was positive, the President’s Chancellery said October 14. The President is scheduled to carry out the PCR test Thursday. It was planned that the President of Latvia would be meeting the new President of Estonia, Alar Karis, at Rīga Castle today. According to the President’s Chancellery, the Saeima Speaker…

AK: Coalition reaches agreement on measures to ease soaring energy prices

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The coalition parties, Reform and Center, reached agreement in principle Wednesday on measures to alleviate soaring electricity, natural gas and household heating inflation, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Wednesday. The government plans to half the electricity network fee by March and provide support to low-income households, though still needs confirmation from the competition authority watchdog that it can go ahead. Center Party leader Jüri Ratas told AK that:…