Posts published in Day: February 25, 2021

NATO capabilities in Baltic region

By Antanas Tubelis on Thursday, February 25, 2021

As we can see, militarization in the Baltic States remains at a very high level at present time. But why do our leaders want to invite as many foreign troops as possible? What are the main mission and real capabilities of these troops in the region? Let’s try to figure them out. The Baltic States now are preparing for possible military confrontation because of the “Russian threat”. As we know,…

Estonian government proposes reintroduction of salary support scheme

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center) said the government will propose the reintroduction of wage support for areas hit by the latest round of restrictions. Speaking at Thursday’s press conference, Aab said: “We’ve agreed to make a proposal to the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s council to weigh wage support in some form in sectors that have either suffered or will suffer a severe blow due to restrictions.” The minister said…

Unemployment benefit policy might be revised in Latvia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Latvian Radio reported that during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of jobs available is declining and there are sectors where activity has almost stopped. Solutions are being sought to help all the unemployed. Last year 78.7 thousand people aged between 15 and 74 were unemployed, according to the results of the  Central Statistical Bureau Labor Force Survey  . Compared with 2019, the number of unemployed has increased by 17.4 thousand, or…

Widespread abuse of recycling seen in waste management sector in Estonia

Thursday, February 25, 2021

A report by agricultural weekly Maaleht has found widespread neglect of recycling in the refuse management sector, which sees the bulk of plastics and other garbage which should be recycled, ending up either being incinerated or buried in land-fill sites. While the Environmental Board (Keskonnaamet) is issuing more and more precepts for garbage infringements, there has been little coverage of the issue up until now,Maaleht says(link in Estonian). Maaleht journalist…

A new tradition on the International Women’s Day in Latvia established

Thursday, February 25, 2021

According to LSM, establishing a new tradition marking the International Women’s Day, the second annual hackathon aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion in technology will take place in the mid-March, organizers have announced. A week of events and workshops starting on Monday, March 8 will climax with a 48-hour sustainability hackathon over the weekend of March 12-14. This year, the event will take place fully online, bringing in all interested participants from…

Latvian oligarch Aivars Lembergs jailed for five years

Thursday, February 25, 2021

After 12 years of heated court wrangling, a Latvian court has finally read its verdict in the high-profile trial of Aivars Lembergs, one of the country’s richest men, an influential populist politician and a former mayor of Venspils, the port city in northwestern Latvia. On February 22, the Riga Regional Court sentenced Lembergs to five years in prison, confiscation of property and a fine of €20,000 after finding him guilty…

Plans approved to expand Kruonis pumped storage plant, Lithuania

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ignitis Group subsidiary Ignitis gamyba has approved plans to expand the Kruonis pumped storage plant in Lithuania and has initiated the first stage of the development – a tender for technical consultation services. A feasibility study and socioeconomic analysis of the 5th unit of Kruonis was carried out in 2020, where several possible scenarios for expansion were assessed – from modernising the current unit, to installing a new 110–225MW hydropower…

Pandemic year comes with €108 million net loss to Tallink

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Shipping company Tallink Grupp’s net loss for 2020 was reported at €108.3 million, while the year prior the company turned a nearly €50 million net profit. In addition, the company’s turnover fell by 53 percent on the year to €443 million, the shipping line said on Thursday. The group’s unaudited consolidated revenue amounted to €442.9 million in 2020, which is a 53 percent drop compared to the previous year (€949.1…

Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica calls for focusing on fight against disinformation

Thursday, February 25, 2021

On 23 February 2021, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, took part in the European Union’s General Affairs Council in a video-conference format. During the meeting, views were exchanged on the European Democracy Action Plan designed to strengthen the resilience of the EU and its Member States in the face of challenges to democracy: protecting the integrity of elections and promoting democratic participation; strengthening media…

European Commission extends Baltic rail freight corridor to North Sea Port

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The European Commission is to extend the rail freight corridor connecting the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone. The European Commission is to extend the rail freight corridor connecting the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone. The decision is a response to the North Sea Port’s (NSP) request to extend the corridor. The NSP is already a part of the…