Posts published in Day: March 13, 2021

Covid-19 vaccine goal not being met this week in Latvia

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts had set a goal of vaccinating 2,500 people a day this week in Latvia, but this goal has not been met so far, LETA reported March 12. In fact, last week, when the goal was set at 2,000, it was exceeded and reached on average 2,789 shots per day. This week, not a single day has the number reached 2,500. On Thursday this week, 2,392 people…

Russian low-price store chain to enter Latvia

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The first retail shop of the “Mere” chain is due to start working in Riga already in March, LSM’s Russian service reported March 11. “Mere” is owned by entrepreneurs from Russia who have a large network of shops “Svetofor” (“Светофор”). “Opening soon,” reads a large yellow poster outside a hangar on the outskirts of Iļģuciems. It will be the first “Mere” store in Rīga and also in Latvia. There are…

A helping hand for those sailing from Sweden to Lithuania

Saturday, March 13, 2021

With Lithuania imposing a requirement for all those entering the country to have a negative coronavirus test that is no older than 72 hours, DFDS has created conditions for those sailing from Sweden to be tested prior to boarding the ferry. Opportunities are also being sought to help passengers travelling from Germany’s port of Kiel. “We promptly responded to the changed requirements and from March 9, DFDS passengers sailing from…

Latvia’s trade with UK nosedives as Brexit takes effect

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European single market coincided with a vertiginous decline in trade with Latvia, according to data published by the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) on March 12. Though the island kingdom formally left the EU in January 2020, it remained in the single economic zone during a transition period that ended when 2021 arrived, and data suggest the impact was immediate. “In January this year, compared to January 2020,…

Estonian Minister: Priority visas should be issued to Ukrainian seasonal workers

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Minister of Rural Affairs Urmas Kruuse (Reform) wants visas to be issued to Ukrainians coming to work in the Estonian agriculture sector as a matter of priority. Kruuse said the agricultural sector still needs to hire workers from abroad even though the majority of positions can be filled by Estonian workers. “Experience from last year shows that it is difficult to find the necessary seasonal labor in our own country,…