Posts tagged as control

Situation on the Latvian-Belarusian border is under control

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Minister for the Interior Marija Golubeva said that the situation on the Latvian-Belarusian border is under control. Of the 173-kilometer long border of Belarus, only a small part is equipped. Most are swamps and forests. The border guards had an uneasy night by preventing attempts of 56 people to enter Latvia. They hope the visit of the interior minister will push forward the fence construction project that has been stuck for…

Brussels plans controls on vaccine exports

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The European Commission announced a new scheme today to require companies to register any exports of coronavirus vaccines — a drastic step in response to fears that manufacturers will not live up to their commitments. “We want clarity on transactions and full transparency concerning the export of vaccines from the EU,” Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides announced, adding that exports for humanitarian reasons will be exempt. EU countries must sign off…

Situation in Latvia is under control

Monday, September 21, 2020

Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), told Latvian Television September 21 that the COVID-19 situation is under control as the disease is traceable. Although in neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania there is an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the situation is considered to be manageable, as infection routes are mostly successfully tracked, said Perevoščikovs. He explained that the vast majority – more…

Outbreak at military unit ‘under control’

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Twenty new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Wednesday, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Thursday morning. Two people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Vilnius County after returning from abroad: Hungary and Kazakhstan. Two more cases are linked to a new cluster in Reseiniai District, central Lithuania. They caught the infection during a family event on August 22. One more case linked to the event was confirmed…

Energy experts: State control over gas supply – a political ambition

By Edgars Kupčs on Monday, August 3, 2020

In July, state-owned energy transmission operator AS Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) bought shares in the gas transmission operator Conexus Baltic Grid, gaining control of the company with a majority holding of 68.46%. This has caused a discussion between the State and experts, Latvian Radio reported August 2. The State says that this deal promotes the country’s energy security, independence and development. However, experts believe that there was no point in getting state control – it…

Lithuanian president vetoes price controls

Friday, April 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has vetoed a legislative package that would have allowed the government to regulate prices. Price controls by the state, according to the president, is an extraordinary measure acceptable only in exceptional circumstances, for example, in case of a state of emergency. The laws, passed by the parliament last week, would have allowed the government to regulate prices and supply of essential goods during quarantines. “Practice has…

Estonian president approves continued use of Defense League in border control

Thursday, April 9, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid on Wednesday gave her consent to the minister of the interior to allow for the continued use of up to 150 members of the volunteer Estonian Defense League in support of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) for border control operations. Under the Law Enforcement Act, Defense League members have been involved in restored border control in Estonia since March 17, and for a period of…

After pollution scandals, Lithuanian president calls for tougher controls

Monday, February 24, 2020

After a string of pollution scandals, the Lithuanian president called for a new environmental control system that would fix “the crimes” that went on for decades. The Environmental Protection Department has come under fire in the wake of recent environmental scandals. In January, Grigėo Klaipėda cardboard factory was cought allegedly releasing untreated wastewater into the Baltic waters for years. Read more:  Grigeo product sales at Lithuanian shops fall in wake…

Mayors in Lithuania want control of school funds

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The majority of Lithuanian mayors support the idea of handing control over  education   funds to municipalities, one of the proposals put forward by the prime minister aimed at facilitating school reform. While municipalities are currently in charge of managing local school networks, the funding is administered and distributed by the central government. This arrangement, the government argues, disincentivises any attempts to reform the network in the face of dwindling…

Johnson suspends UK Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European Union, before being sent home early Tuesday for a contentious five-week suspension of the legislature. In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a no-deal Brexit next month, ordered the government to release private…