Posts published in Day: March 25, 2021

Estonian Minister: Kredex measures to open on April 5

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Under current plans, the Kredex measures will open on April 5, Estonia’s Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt (Reform) said at the government’s press conference on Thursday. The government on Thursday endorsed a decision whereby the deadline for the use of the resources from last year’s supplementary budget meant for funding of Kredex measures is extended until December 31 and the deadline for assuming obligations under the measures…

It’s about time we started discussing China’s influence in Latvia

By Juris Paiders on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Last week, noted Estonian marine scientist and researcher at the Tallin Technical University Tarmo Kõuts was sentenced to prison for spying for a Chinese intelligence service. He had access to Estonian and NATO classified information for quite some time, and during the last three years he received 17,000 euros for handing this information over to China. If you ask me, it’s a laughable amount of money to betray your motherland…

NATO troops in Lithuania neglect Covid-19 quarantine rules

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. According to the battalion spokesman, the infected soldiers are from Norway, and the unit has been placed under lockdown. “We are confirming that Covid-19 had been detected in the Battlegroup during last weekend. The Battlegroup’s German commander decided therefore to put all soldiers in Rukla on lockdown until contact traces are completed,” Lieutenant Colonel Stephan-Thomas Klose…

Lithuania: Five arrests in hit against investment fraudsters

Thursday, March 25, 2021

On 4 March 2021, Europol supported a hit on a large investment fraud network operating in several EU Member States. The investigation, led the by Lithuanian Police (Lietuvos Policija) and involving law enforcement authorities from Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom was also assisted by Eurojust. The action day in Lithuania led to: 26 house searches (18 in Lithuania and 8 in Sweden) 5 arrests (4 in Lithuania and 1…

Lithuania amending laws to pave way for Taiwan trade office

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Lithuanian government has proposed an amendment to its Law on Civil Service to pave the way for opening a trade office in Taiwan, according to a report by the Baltic News Service (BNS), a news agency based in Tallinn, Estonia. The proposal was put forward by the Lithuanian government to its parliament on Tuesday to allow the establishment of trade missions in countries with which it has no diplomatic…

Supplementary budget bill passes first Riigikogu reading

Thursday, March 25, 2021

On Wednesday evening, the Riigikogu finished the first reading of the €641 million supplementary budget drafted by the government to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The lion’s share of the supplementary budget, that is 87 percent, is support for the private sector and other government sector agencies. It includes remuneration support, investment support for local governments as well as other forms of support for the public and…

Latvian government to discuss four-stage plan of reducing restrictions Friday

Thursday, March 25, 2021

On Wednesday, March 24, the Cabinet postponed making a decision on the four-step plan proposed by the Crisis Management Council for the gradual reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures following the state of emergency, which will lapse on April 6. The government could review this issue at a meeting on Friday, March 26, hearing the expert panel’s assessment of the proposal. The offer for the reduction of Covid-19 restrictive measures, foresees a total of…

Baltics have first face-to-face meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Blinken

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Foreign ministers of the three Baltic states had their first chance to get up close and personal — while remaining suitably distanced — with new United states Secretary of State Antony Blinken March 24 on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. A statement from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said the discussion covered “current NATO policy, cooperation between the U.S. and the Baltic States on…

Latvia develops biomaterial for renewing soft tissue

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Scientists at the Riga Technical University (RTU)  are developing innovative injectable biomaterials to restore soft tissue after facial surgeries or injuries, Latvian Television reported March 25. “There are a lot of injuries and diseases in which people lose tissue. Surgical procedures should be performed to restore tissue. It includes cutting open, lots of blood, sewing. Injectable materials are simple. They are filled into the syringe and can be injected into…

Statistics: Estonia’s gross debt level grew to 18 percent of GDP in 2020

Thursday, March 25, 2021

According to preliminary data from Statistics Estonia, Estonia’s gross debt level in 2020 was 18 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). The general government deficit was 4.8 percent. The general government sector comprises three sub-sectors: central government, local governments and social security funds. According to Evelin Ahermaa, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, last year, expenditures exceeded revenues both for central government and for social security funds; their deficits were respectively €991…