Posts published in April 2021

Latvian co-production triumphs in goEast festival

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Latvian co-production documentary “This Rain Will Never Stop” received the main prize at the goEast festival, a Central and Eastern Europe cinema event, representatives of National Cinema Center said April 30. The film “This Rain Will Never Stop” is co-produced by Ukraine, Latvia, Germany and Qatar, directed by Ukrainian Alina Gorlova. The film won the festival’s main prize among 16 selections. The film is scheduled to premiere in Latvia in…

NATO’s Kings of the world in the Baltic States and Poland

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, April 30, 2021

A U.S. Army Apache helicopter unit’s planned visit in September to World War II sites in Gdansk (Poland) devolved into a drunken escapade at an off-limits strip club, leading to the suspected drugging of a battalion executive officer who went missing and wasn’t found until the next day, an U.S. Army investigation found. The incident involving the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s “No Mercy” battalion during its recent deployment to Europe…

Several illegal hostels raided after tragic fire in Rīga

Friday, April 30, 2021

Following the tragic fire at the illegal hostel in Rīga, Merķeļa Street, the city construction board and municipal police discovered several more such illegal accommodation sites in a raid and ordered them to be closed, Latvian Television reported April 29. Police carried out searches at the residences and workplaces of  three people detained on Wednesday   in relation to the  fire of Merķeļa Street   illegal hostel. Documents and data…

Saeima permits catering with outdoor seating; government disagrees

Friday, April 30, 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 such restrictions. On Thursday, 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…

Estonia to seek €280 million from European Commission for Tallinn Hospital

Friday, April 30, 2021

Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said Estonia is planning to seek €280 million in funding from the European recovery and resilience facility for the construction of Tallinn Hospital. The state previously hoped to receive altogether €380 million from the Commission. Pentus-Rosimannus said at the government’s press conference on Thursday that the government had discussed changing its application at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday morning. “This first and foremost concerns…

Companies can sign up for staff collective vaccination as of May 3

Friday, April 30, 2021

Companies that want to vaccinate their employees in an organized way will be able to do this as of May 3, according to Health Ministry’s release April 29. In parallel to individual vaccination, the manavakcina.lv site will provide an opportunity for an employer to prepare information on the number of employees to be vaccinated, choose the vaccination performer, the type of vaccination – either to go to the vaccination establishment or…

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…