Posts published in Day: February 12, 2021

Latvian beauty industry takes matters to Constitutional Court

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Latvian Association of Beauticians (LSSA) and the Latvian Association of Cosmetologists and Cosmeticians (LKKA) have on February 11 decided to refer to the Constitutional Court in relation to the bans related to Covid-19. The necessary documents have already been produced, associations said in a statement. At the same time, associations will also address the Competition Council, indicating the existence of anti-competitive conditions. “It is not clear to the industry why beauty…

Transit travelers will have 12 hour time limit in Latvia

Friday, February 12, 2021

Persons passing through Latvia in transit will have to do so within 12 hours after filling in the “Covidpass.lv”, as decided by the Latvian government February 11. The Ministry of Interior said that, in relation to the epidemiological situation in the country and the spread of the new strain of Covid-19, it is essential to reduce the stay time of persons crossing the border for transit purposes in the territory of Latvia.…

EU recovery fund will be targeted at business representatives – Vitenbergs

Friday, February 12, 2021

EUR 1.6 billion available to Latvia from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility will be directly targeted at business representatives and not at the public sector, said Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs (For Humane Latvia; KPV LV) at the government meeting today. Discussing the National Industrial Policy Guidelines for 2021-2027, developed by the Economics Ministry, business representatives voiced criticism that the recovery plan provides for attraction of large funds to the…

EC is closely watching Astravyets N-plant project – commissioner

Friday, February 12, 2021

As the European Parliament is set on Thursday to vote on a resolution calling for the suspension of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus, the European Commission vows to closely monitor the project’s implementation. European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson says that experts from the EC and the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group (ENSREG) have carried out the first phase of the current EU peer review on Tuesday and…

Government hopes to move on with EU-funded Tallinn Hospital

Friday, February 12, 2021

On Thursday, the government agreed on how the funds from the European Union’s recovery fund and React-EU fund should be used. Estonia is set to receive up to €1.278 billion in funding and the government has not set aside the idea of the Tallinn Hospital complex. Estonia should shortly present their ideas on how to use the EU’sRecovery and Resilience Facilityto the European Commission. The previous government agreed on an…

Average pension to rise by slightly more than €28 from April

Friday, February 12, 2021

The average old-age pension in Estonia will rise by between €28-29 from April 1, Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center) said at the government’s press conference on Thursday. About €20 of the increase is the result of a law adopted by the Riigikogu in December 2020. To that, between €8 and €9 will be added, meaning that the average monthly pension will increase by approximately €28, the Center Party…

Saeima deputy cuts his hair during parliamentary debate

Friday, February 12, 2021

An opposition deputy in the Latvian parliament, the Saeima, scored a curious first February 11 when he began cutting his own hair in the middle of a debate. Speaking in clipped tones, Ivars Zariņš of the Saskaņa (Harmony) party proceeded to give himself a buzz-cut while participating in an online parliamentary session. After talking for a couple of minutes, the sound of electric clippers was suddenly heard off-screen and then appeared on-screen tackling…

Analyst: I do not see property taxes implemented in Estonia

Friday, February 12, 2021

SEB economic analyst Mihkel Nestor told Vikerraadio’s morning show “Vikerhommik” that while they are reasonable, he does not believe property taxes will be implemented in Estonia anytime soon, claiming political backlash as the main reason. On Thursday, prime minister Kaja Kallas’ economic adviser and former Bank of Estonia governor Ardo Hansson saidEstonia could look at increasing property taxesto exit the coronavirus economic crisis. Mihkel Nestor said in response on Friday:…

European Commission forecasts Estonia 2021 economic growth at 2.6 percent

Friday, February 12, 2021

Estonia’s economy will grow by 2.6 percent in 2021, the European Commission has forecast. The figures represent a climb-down from 6.2 percent predicted for 2021 last summer, and also depends on a gradual reduction in coronavirus restrictions. The commission said last year the economy contracted by 2.9 percent, again a lower figure than forecast in summer 2020, when a decline of 7.7 percent was predicted. Private consumption and exports have…

808 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday in Latvia

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 808 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Friday, February 12. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 75,509. Of 12,104 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6.7% of tests were positive, nearly the same as the 6.8% rate from the day before, when a near-identical number of tests was carried out. Pēdējo 24h laikā: veikti 12 104 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;…