Posts published in Day: March 23, 2021

NATO voices reservist readiness concern ahead of scaled-down Spring Storm

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Some NATO sources have expressed concern over a lack of armed forces reservists available ahead of this year’s large scale Exercise Spring Storm (Kevadtorm). Despite the number of reservists required to attend being halved to 2,500 earlier this year, only around 300 are reportedly being summoned. Estonia’s armed forces primarily comprise the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) – which includes maritime, air, military police, cyber warfare and other arms, bolstered by…

Lithuania launches mandatory COVID-19 tests for some workers

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Lithuania’s parliament on Tuesday approved regular mandatory COVID-19 testing for some workers and anyone refusing to be tested must work remotely or be suspended without pay. Coronavirus cases in the Baltic country have climbed this week and the first infections of the variant that emerged in South Africa were detected on Tuesday. A government medical advisor told reporters the rate of infections is likely to double by April due to…

With the diminishing impact of the pandemic, banks stand ready to finance economic recovery

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The ongoing pandemic has had its toll on Lithuania’s economy and credit demand. Despite the fact that its implications on different economic sectors greatly vary, the overall economic impact of the second wave of COVID-19 tends to be less severe. Such economic resilience allows for an improved outlook for GDP growth: as compared to December 2020, it was increased by 1 percentage point, to reach 2.9%. “The services sector has…

Sign of the pandemic times: photographer captures empty cultural venues

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Photographer Jānis Deinats in cooperation with the Latvian Association of Event Venues has captured the cultural venues – concert halls, theaters, museums – emptied by the constraints of the pandemic, Latvian Radio reported March 23. If life and energy were swirling around cultural sites in the past, they are now closed, quiet and empty. When they will come alive again, no one can predict, but the landlords continue to maintain and…

Tallinn hoping for return of Finnish tourists this summer

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tallinn hopes tourists can be attracted to the city this summer and is working in cooperation with Helsinki. Tallinn is the biggest tourist attraction in Estonia but with the unreliable coronavirus situation companies are unsure how to make plans for the upcoming summer season. Tallinn City Government is currently considering how justified it is to spend taxpayers’ money on entertainment at all, Deputy Mayor Aivar Riisalu told ERR. He said…

Open-air mobile workplaces to emerge in Vilnius and Nida

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The ‘Support Foundation for Sustainable Initiatives’, established by ‘Darnu Group’, one of the largest real estate development companies in Lithuania, is launching the ‘NeBiuras’ project, which aims to create mobile and innovative open-air workplaces for urban residents in Vilnius and Nida. The fund is launching a design competition and inviting developers, architects, and designers to come up with ideas for what workplaces should look like in the fresh air. ‘Now…

airBaltic hopes to resume Rīga-Liepāja flights in May

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

As of May 2, scheduled flights between Rīga and Liepāja could resume, which could take place four times a week in summer, Latvian Radio reported March 23. Liepāja airport’s life support is regular flights, which are not currently taking place, the airport’s chief Agris Sprūde said. Following the redevelopment of Liepājas airport, airBaltic started Rīga-Liepāja flights in May 2017. The overall turnover of the air transport sector in Latvia in 2020, compared to…

Former Latvian PM Šķēle indicted in ‘digital TV’ case

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Former Latvian Prime Minister and now one of Latvia’s richest individuals, Andris Šķēle has been indicted in connection with a long-running fraud and corruption case, the LETA newswire reported March 22. Šķēle served two terms as prime minister between 1995 and 2000, a period during which many privatizations were carried out and which coincided with his rapidly accumulating personal fortune. The charges reported Monday relate to the so-called “digital TV case”,…

IKEA to open order point in Tartu at end of 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Swedish furniture giant IKEA plans to open an order point near the Lõunakeskus mall in Tartu in December. Johannes R. Johannesson, manager of IKEA for the Baltic countries said Tartu has been chosen as a location as it is the second biggest city in Estonia and a new concept will be unveiled there. The 1,000-square-meter plan and order point will feature a showroom where clients can also consult with IKEA…

Estonia: Residence permits issued for employment dropped 4.2 percent in 2020

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The number of temporary residence permits issued for employment fell 4.2 percent on year to a total of 3,024 permits in 2020. In total, 3,024 temporary residence permits were issued for employment last year, and permits were extended on 408 occasions, spokesperson for the Police and Border Guard Board Britta Sepp told BNS. Broken down by area of activity, short-term employment was registered most often in the area of construction,…