Posts published in Day: April 29, 2021

Estonia to abolish tax exemption for home loan interests

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The state plans to end the tax exemption on housing loan interest from 2023, according to the state budget strategy (RES), approved on Thursday. Lifting of the exemption has been recommended to Estonia by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the grounds that it benefits first and foremost households with higher incomes and thereby increases inequality. By abolishing the exemption from income tax capped at €300 a…

Vaccinated persons will not be subject to workplace Covid screening in Latvia

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On Thursday, April 29, the government approved amendments drafted by the Ministry of Health to rules allowing fully vaccinated individuals not to perform routine Covid-19 screening tests at workplaces. The Ministry said that such rules are intended for medical practitioners, employees of social care centers, educational establishments and others who need to carry out screening tests daily. In view of the fact that mild cases may also occur after vaccination…

Latvia receives biggest vaccine batch

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On April 29 Latvia received 64,800 AstraZeneca vaccines, which is the biggest delivery so far, Health Ministry said in a release. All these vaccines will be saved for second-dose shots, since there is uncertainty about supplies on the manufacturer’s side, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said on Twitter. Latvia has so far used 136,401 AstraZeneca doses. These vaccines have been used the most and are also ordered by Latvia in the…

Estonian government endorses 2022-2025 state budget strategy

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The government has approved the state budget strategy for 2022-2025, after the two coalition parties, Reform and Center, reached agreement during negotiations this week. Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said a week ago to the day that the state budget strategy’s main aim for the four years is to support important reforms. To that end, it has set aside €1.8 billion for the green transition and €340 million towards…

Estonian Finance minister: Ministries must cut spend by 60 percent in 2022

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Government ministries must be prepared to make spending cuts to the tune of €60 million next year, finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) says. Pentus-Rosimannus’ comments follow state budget strategy discussions which have been going on this week, involving the two coalition parties, Center and Reform, who have not been seeing eye-to-eye on all aspects of the negotiations. The finance minister told daily Postimees that: “We had a difficult partner at…

Saeima permits catering in outdoor seating in Latvia; government disagrees

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On April 29 the Saeima supported amendments to the Covid-19 infection spread management law, which provides for the resumption of public catering on outdoor terraces from next week, despite the government deciding against lifting any restrictions. On Wednesday, the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported proposals prepared by the Ministry of Economy (EM) and backed by the  catering industry, which provides for the resumption of outdoor catering.…

Estonian airlines competed for scheduled routes left open by Finnair

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Finnish airline Finnair dropped multiple local domestic flights in April and the country’s transport agency announced a procurement for scheduled flights. Many Estonian companies participated in the tender with one of them succeeding. State-owned airline Nordica and NyxAir participated in the tender for flights left open from Finnair’s decision. “Finnair stopped servicing certain smaller cities and a procurement was organized to service them, where we also participated along with our…

Covid case total rises by 696 in Latvia

Thursday, April 29, 2021

On Thursday, April 29, Latvia recorded 696 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 117,795. Of 18,021 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.9% were positive, down on the 5.2% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from…

Rail Baltica shows the shape of trains to come

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Rail Baltica project has released images giving an idea of what its future trains will probably look like. Joint venture RB Rail AS has developed what it calls a “virtual concept train overview” to illustrate the features of the future high-speed electric train, though it is what is described as a “general model train” rather than being a specific model from a specific manufacturer. “Only 37% people in Estonia and Latvia…

Estonia wants to talk about blowing another ‘Baltic bubble’

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets has announced intentions to restore the so-called ‘Baltic bubble’ travel zone  reports Estonian public broadcaster ERR News . Last spring, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania allowed each other’s residents and citizens to travel without restrictions within the three-country ‘bubble’,  trumpeting the so-called ‘mini-Schengen zone’   as evidence of their effective anti-Covid policies and even speculating on the future inclusion of Poland and Finland. The bubble lasted only…