Posts published in Day: February 2, 2021

Latvian PM, Foreign Minister call for EU sanctions over Navalny case

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, said February 2 that the European Union should impose fresh sanctions on Russia following the sentencing of opposition activist Alexey Navalny to nearly three years in prison.   “The ruling of a court of the Russian Federation sentencing Alexei Navalny, an opposition politician, to prison, was to be expected. This is yet another step in the systematic restrictions to human rights and freedoms in Russia,”…

State of emergency planned to be extended until April 6

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Latvia plans to extend the state of emergency due to Covid-19 until April 6, the government conceptually agreed on Tuesday, February 2. So far, the state of emergency was set until February 7. According to Health Ministry, the current safety measures should remain until the 14-day cumulative incidence rate of Covid-19 per 100 000 inhabitants drops below 200 cases a day. This is an indicator which both Latvian and European epidemiologists consider appropriate to…

Survey: Estonian businesses hiring more international remote workers

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Due to the travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to alleviate shortages of labor, companies in Estonia have increasingly begun to hire international remote workers, a survey conducted by the Center for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) at the University of Tartu shows. “Flexible solutions, when it comes to the work environment, are becoming ever more important and many jobs do not necessarily require working at the…

Stats suggest fourth-quarter GDP up on month, down on year

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

A flash estimate released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) February 1 shows that in the 4 th  quarter of 2020, compared to the 4 th  quarter of 2019, Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 1.4 % (according to seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data). According to provisional estimations, GDP was affected by an output rise in the production sector of 3.7 %. In the services sectors there was a drop of 3.2 % Compared to the 3 rd…

Beware fraudulent emails offering vaccination

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Fraudsters have been sending false emails with invitations on vaccination against Covid-19, the Health Ministry (VM) said February 1. VM calls for caution and ignoring this and other emails with suspicious calls for vaccination. The Ministry also said that soon every resident of Latvia will have the opportunity to register for a vaccine against Covid-19 on a specially designed site, the manager of which will be VM. The application will take…

Latvian schools to get better Internet coverage

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has signed a memorandum to increase Internet data transmission capacity in Latvian schools, IZM said February 1. The memorandum provides that schools with insufficient Internet quality can look forward to improvements. Minister for Education and Science Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) pointed out that one of the biggest problems of Latvian schools is uneven development. The launch of cooperation will allow more pupils to…

Court to consider releasing businessman Hillar Teder from custody

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Tallinn Circuit Court on Tuesday will discuss the possible release of Estonian businessman Hillar Teder, suspected of corruption crimes, from custody. Sworn advocates Erki Kergandberg and Sandra-Kristin Karner are of the opinion that the suspicion lodged against Teder is incomprehensible and that his placement into custody is also disproportionate. “The suspicion lodged against Hillar Teder is surprising and incomprehensible. We are actively investigating the circumstances in order to understand…

Latvian President asks to reduce VAT for printed media and books

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The President of Latvia Egils Levits has sent a letter to the government encouraging the application of reduced value added tax (VAT) rate of 5% to printed press and Latvian literature, according to a statement by the Chancery February 2. The VAT rate is currently set at 12% for literature, textbooks, newspapers, magazines and other periodicals. The President of Latvia calls on the Cabinet, in cooperation with representatives of the publishing industry,…

President Levits finds shortcomings in regional reform law

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

On February 1, the President of Latvia Egils Levits sent a letter to Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš pointing out shortcomings in the long-debated territorial reform, according to the President’s press service. The President has welcomed the draft Local Government Law prepared by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, which provides for electing community councils in parishes and cities and grants a specific competence to these community councils. “Administrative territorial reform…

Economics Ministry to propose opening more stores

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Ministry of Economics (EM) will push forward a proposal to allow the sales of seed and plants, as well as books, which are currently not available for purchase in person, EM State Secretary Edmunds Valantis told Latvian Television February 1. According to him, the EM has so far worked on a variety of models for opening shops and resuming work in a more normal mode. However, there needs to be…