Posts published in Baltic states

Big increase in unemployment in Latvia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In the course of 2020, the number of unemployed persons in Latvia increased by 28.4 % according to the results of the Labour Force Survey of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) released February 24. 78,700 people aged 15 to 74 were unemployed. Compared to 2019, the number of the unemployed has increased by 17,400 or 28.4 %. Last year, the unemployment rate in Latvia was 8.1 %, which is 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2019. The…

Latvian candidate for UN post endorsed by all three Baltic states

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has been nominated for election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the term 2023-2027, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said February 24. The elections will be held at the United Nations General Assembly in November 2021. Mārtiņš Paparinskis is the first candidate from the Baltic States to seek to join the International Law Commission. “Dr. Mārtiņš Paparinskis has an extensive academic and practical experience in the field of…

Lithuania ready to share vaccines with Ukraine

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Once Lithuania has acquired sufficient amounts, it is ready to share Covid-19 vaccines with Ukraine. “I share the concern of the minister and the Ukrainian government that not enough vaccines are reaching Ukraine,” Landsbergis told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba. “I offered a possibility, whenever Lithuania is ready to share, we will try and help Ukraine.” Landsbergis said it is too early to…

Emergency alert in Lithuania warns of heavy air pollution

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania’s Environment Ministry issued a nationwide emergency alert asking people to stay at home due to high air pollution. “High air pollution levels due to heavy particles were recorded in the country on February 23,” the emergency alert reads. “The poor air quality will remain in the coming days. We recommend staying at home.” According to the alert, more information can be found on the ministry’s website, gamta.lt. The country’s…

Lithuania’s 5G development hampered by Russia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania has ended direct talks with Russia without reaching a deal on radio frequency used by its military, which remains an obstacle to the country’s 5G development. The Russian armed forces are using the 3.5 GHz frequency for its radars in Kaliningrad and the signal seeps into parts of Lithuanian territory. Vilnius has been calling on Russia to free up the frequency, which is needed to ensure effective coverage in…

Lithuania joins call to make vaccines in Europe

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and the leaders of Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Poland have sent an official letter to European Council President Charles Michel, calling for urgent action to expand vaccine production capacity in Europe, writes LRT. The letter comes on the eve of the European Council session where vaccine production issues will also be discussed, the Lithuanian presidential office said. Europe is still facing challenges over insufficient vaccine deliveries…

Lithuania launches review of tax exemptions

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania’s government budget forgoes around 2.2 billion euros in revenue due to various tax concessions, most of which will be reviewed, according to Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė. “The concession review covers probably a third of those 2.2 billion euros,” she said during the first meeting of a special panel set up to review the existing tax exemptions. “Out of the 2.2 billion euros, the lion’s share are concessions that are…

Poultry must now be kept in closed spaces due to avian flu

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Due to avian influenza detected in Latvia, poultry must be kept in closed spaces, according to LSM. A closed space shall be considered to be a housing or lighter structure which may have foundation and flooring or not, and which is sufficiently well protected from the access of wild birds, particularly waterfowl, as well as other animals. The space may be enclosed with a fine sieve and covered with a safe…

airBaltic may require additional State funding

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The aviation industry was one of the hardest hit in Covid-19 crisis, including the Latvian national airline airBaltic. Ministry of Transport estimates that the transport industry received EUR 500 million in aid last year and half of that went to airBaltic, Latvian Television’s broadcast De Facto reported February 21. The airline has yet to say whether it will ask for another portion of the money. Five different scenarios have been…

Less cargo and fewer passengers at Rīga Airport in January

Monday, February 22, 2021

In January 2021 passenger turnover at Riga International Airport has dropped by 90.4%, as compared to January 2020, according to Central Statistical Bureau data published February 22. The total number of flights comprised 1 700, which is 73.9 % less. Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau show that the volume of cargo and post loaded and unloaded has decreased by 14.5 %. The total number of passenger arrivals and departures at Riga International Airport in January 2021…