Posts published in Day: February 23, 2021

Foreign minister backs Estonia’s proposal to introduce vaccination certificates for global travel

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Estonia’s plan to reenable global travel with the help of vaccination certificates is supportable, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) told LETA. The minister indicated that the idea was discussed during Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets’ visit to Riga last week. Rinkevics believes that it is necessary to work on this project with interested authorities in Latvia to figure out how the system could be introduced. The minister also…

Latvian teachers give their work life a 5 out of 10

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Over the past five years, teachers’ self-assessment of the quality of professional has decreased sharply, the Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) told LETA February 23. LIZDA surveyed 10,000 teachers. Five years ago, educators assessed their professional life quality on a scale of 1 to 10 at 6.85. A year ago, the score was 6.33. Right now, educators have assessed their quality of work life at 5.25. This is…

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…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers social media regulation

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCE) is back with another online expert discussion February 24 with the regulation of social media platforms in focus. “Social media have emerged as dominant global platforms for both private and political discourse. While these platforms have transformed communication and information exchange to enable democratic debate, they have also created environments where harassment, disinformation, hate-speech and extremism thrive,” sys advance publicity. “Considering recent controversies…