Posts published in Day: March 31, 2021

COVID-19 threats bring chaos to the European dairy market

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

After several months of optimism in the European dairy market, growth halted last week because most countries either extended or imposed new COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, with the Baltic dairy sector also facing business challenges. In recent days, slower-than-expected COVID vaccination rates and new restrictions have reduced confidence in the European dairy market, and as a result, the market sale prices of certain key dairy products have contracted. In the latest…

COVID-19 testing site launched next to the Kaunas Airport

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On 29 March, services of testing for COVID-19 are launched near Kaunas Airport. Back in early March, such services have been introduced to travellers near Vilnius Airport, and today the first tests were performed for those travelling through Kaunas Airport. Paid testing services are provided by a laboratory research company Rezus.lt. In Kaunas, recommendations remain analogous to those that apply at Vilnius Airport – in order for the test to…

Ažubalis compares Dobrovolska‘s plans to the Soviet Union: “It divides the country”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Freedom Party, with its Minister Evelina Dobrovolska at the forefront, will present a project to the Seimas this spring, which could legalise bilingualism in certain regions of the country. The minister says that this project will bring nothing new and certain matters already factually exist. However, this does nothing to reassure the legislation’s critics who compare such initiatives to arrangements in the Soviet Union and call for the minister…

Latvian PM: End of state of emergency does not mean relaxing restrictions

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

In the given situation, the government has no plans to ease restrictions and open everything up. Instead, solutions are being sought to rearrange the Covid-19 restrictions to make them more sustainable, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said in an interview with TV3 on Wednesday. The prime minister said that the pandemic is far from over and it’s still a long way to go to overcome the crisis. The government…

Baltic birdsong for Spring: Pied Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Spotted Crake

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The days are longer and everything is waking up after a long, hard winter. Spring is also the time when migratory birds return to Latvia. But which ones, and how can you recognize their songs? Here’s another selection of the original twittersphere’s greatest hits so that by the time you’re swinging lazily in a sun-drenched hammock you won’t even need to open your eyes to know what’s up in the branches above.…

The digital innovation company Columbus will continue to operate independently in the Baltics

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Columbus, the leading digital innovation company in the Baltics, will separate from the global Columbus A / S group and will continue to operate under a franchise agreement in order to strengthen its position with a portfolio of products and services suitable for the local market. On March 30, 2021, the franchise agreement concluded between the Columbus A / S Group and the Columbus Lithuanian and Columbus Estonia business units…

Estonia prolongs COVID-19 curbs by 2 weeks to April 25

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Estonia on Tuesday extended all COVID-19 restrictions by two weeks until April 25, and said travellers arriving from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland would now need to isolate for 10 days. The government said the extension applied to measures that had been due to expire on April 11 restricting education, sports, public events and youth work, including the closure of spas, water parks, and swimming pools. Restaurants may sell only takeaway…

Nordex SE: Nordex Group receives 63 MW order from Lithuania

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Ignitis Group, Lithuania’s state-owned energy holding company, has contracted the Nordex Group to supply 14 N149/4.0-4.5 turbines. The Delta4000 series turbines are projected for the 63 MW “Mazeikiai” wind farm in the north-west of the country. The contract also includes a premium service contract of the turbines for 15 years. The infrastructure works are scheduled to start in the middle of the current year, with the delivery and installation of…

Estonia: Diesel excise duty cuts has come at cost to state budget

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Last year’s slashing of diesel fuel duties put in place by the previous administration has in fact cost the state purse and not paid itself off, some experts say. At the same time, the lower excise duty, set to run until May 2022, is still too new to get a full picture of its longer-term effects, a picture further complicated by the arrival of the pandemic. “In order for the…

NATO notes “unusual level of air activity” by Russia

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

A news release by NATO says the Alliance’s fighter jets scrambled no fewer than ten times on Monday, March 29, 2021, to shadow Russian planes, including an interception over the Baltic Sea. NATO aircraft intercepted six different groups of Russian military aircraft near Alliance airspace in less than six hours. Italian fighter aircraft intercepted a Russian Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft which was escorted by fighter jets over the Baltic Sea flying into and…