Posts published in Day: February 3, 2021

Business quarter planned near Tartu center city

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Entrepreneur Neinar Seli is planning a business quarter near the former Physics Institute in Tartu. Seli’s company, Estiko Group, has started to draw up a detailed plan for the project If everything goes to plan, construction should start in a couple of years, ERR reports. Nine business houses will be built and the Tartu Private School will get a new building as well, local newspaper Tartu Postimees writes. “We are…

United Utilities to sell stake in Tallinna Vesi to Tallinn, Utilitas

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

United Utilities Tallinn B.V., the biggest shareholder of listed Estonian water services company Tallinn Vesi, will sell its holding in Tallinn Vesi to the city of Tallinn and the energy group Utilitas. As of February 2, the biggest shareholders of Tallinna Vesi were United Utilities Tallinn B.V. which hold a 35.3 percent share and the city of Tallinn with 34.7 percent. The city of Tallinn, United Utilities Tallinn B.V., United…

Estonian environment minister does not rule out hydrogen and nuclear energy

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Minister of the Environment Tõnis Mölder (Center) told ETV’s morning show “Terevisioon” he would not rule out using hydrogen and nuclear energy as an alternative to oil shale. Mölder told “Terevisioon” that while the new government has set its sights on exiting the production of oil shale energy and later oil shale in general as an energy source, the jobs the sector has created, along with social security, have been…

Some Latvian athletes are preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games without state support

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games on Tuesday reiterated that the four-year-old world’s largest sports forum is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2021. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the course of the qualification competition, therefore the outline of the Latvian delegation can only be roughly guessed. As usual for the Summer Olympics, about 30 domestic athletes could go to Tokyo, but several of…

Nausėda is still awaiting proposals for the appointment of an ambassador to Washington

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

“In Lithuania, the ambassador is appointed by the President on the proposal of the Government, therefore the President is still waiting for proposals for the appointment of ambassadors to important positions, including the post of ambassador to the United States,” said Antanas Bubnelis, the country’s spokesman. The spokesman made this comment in response to questions from the BNS about how the president views the U.S. business community’s call and when…

Lithuania supports the opening of EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

On 2 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis held a virtual meeting with his North Macedonian counterpart Bujar Osmani. The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for the expansion of bilateral relations between Lithuania and North Macedonia, prospects for opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia, transatlantic cooperation, the situation in the Western Balkans, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccination challenges, and other topical issues of…

EU must place social justice ‘at its core’ to lift people out of poverty

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The European Union’s failure to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020, is “a defeat for social rights”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, urging the bloc to boldly rethink its whole socio-economic approach. Speaking at the end of an official visit to assess how EU institutions are operating, Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, warned the States that make up the 27-member…

Lithuania: First Openly Gay Parliamentarian

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Much of Europe has been at the forefront of LGBTI rights, but it seems some countries didn’t quite get the memo. And with an active and growing backlash against LGBTI communities in countries like Hungary and Poland, their neighbours are left pondering which way to turn. Lithuania is one such country – at a crossroad of improving LGBTI rights or rolling them back. Tomas Raskevicius is the first openly gay…

Latvia will be lone host of men’s world hockey championship in May

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Latvia was picked to stage the men’s world championship alone by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Tuesday after Belarus was removed as co-host last month amid political turmoil there. The tournament in May will be played at two nearby venues in Riga with all 16 teams staying in the same hotel. “With teams housed in one location and the Arena Riga and Olympic Sports Centre competition venues located approximately…

Latvia’s Oscar Entry Lays Bare The Horrors Of WWI

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Among the more intriguing entries in this year’s International Feature Oscar race is Latvia’s World War I drama Blizzard of Souls. In light of last year’s Oscar-winning WWI Sam Mendes epic 1917, this is another compelling look at that landmark war that doesn’t get nearly the attention that World War II does from the movie industry. Joining Deadline’s Virtual Screening Series on Monday for a conversation with me on this impressive…