Posts published in Day: May 5, 2021

Prime minister: Ratas’ budget strategy criticisms odd given his involvement

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Riigikogu speaker and former prime minister Jüri Ratas’ criticisms of the recently-unveiled state budget strategy are puzzling, given he was involved in discussions on the topic and his party, Center, is one of the two coalition partners which reached an agreement on the strategy, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says. “It is strange when Jüri Ratas, who was an ever-present at these budget debates, sitting at the table, starts criticizing…

Local foods promoted in joint Latvian-Lithuanian project

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Joint program of Latvia and Lithuania will develop a system of support for local food producers in the cross-border region of Utena – Latgale, Latvian Radio reported May 5. The  support program   includes four steps: production, promotion, supply and sale. The essence of the idea is to ensure that local products are created and sold to consumers directly from producers. Although Covid-19 leads to adjustments to the project, local production needs to…

Wooden electric car made in Liepāja

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A unique wooden electric car prototype has been developed in the smart Technology study program at Liepāja University, Latvian Television reported May 3. The car can be used in agriculture, entertainment, warehouses and other environments. “The developed vehicle is of relatively high load capacity, up to a ton. Fully electrically controlled, also remotely controlled. You can go next to this car and drive in the direction you want. This machine is actually a…

Statistics: Households spend more on food, housing costs in 2020

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Last year, the average expenditure per household member each month was €477, which is €12 less than in 2019, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Food and housing expenses increased by €7 year on year. Anet Müürsoo, lead analyst at Statistics Estonia, said expenditure on food and housing accounted for 39 percent of the total household budget, which is 2.2 percentage points higher than in 2019. Compulsory expenditure per household member…

Head of Medicines Agency demoted due to vaccine procurement errors

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Svens Henkuzens, director of the State Agency for Medicines (ZVA), has been subjected to demotion for a three-year period, according to the Cabinet’s decision May 5. The Minister for Health Daniels Pavļuts initiated disciplinary proceedings  (full text in Latvian here)   against Henkuzens on April 8 regarding alleged lack of performance, negligent or poor performance in connection with Covid-19 vaccine procurements carried out until January 8 this year. The Disciplinary Commission,…

Covid-19 case total increases by 358 in Latvia

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

On Wednesday, May 5, Latvia recorded 358 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 120,736. Of 3,883 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 9.2% were positive, up on the 7.7% rate the day before and more than double the 4% rate that is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an…

Register today to watch NATO StratCom Dialogue this week

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 6 and May 7 will bring the Rīga StratCom Dialogue 2021 from the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, and while a few sessions will be available to all, if you want to see the full event you need to register before the end of May 5. Self-described as “the leading event on strategic communications and leadership in the information domain”. the Dialogues have been taking place since 2015, bringing together international…

Latvia could reach EU average vaccination pace in summer: health minister

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Latvia could reach the European average vaccination rate in June or July this year, the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Radio May 5. The minister said mass vaccinations against Covid-19 have started in Latvia and the pace of vaccination will continue to grow. During the last four holidays, around 20 000 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. This week is expected to be the best in terms of the…

Future Forum conference coming on May 11

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The sustainability and innovation pop-up conference Future Forum will be taking place on May 11. The online event calls for anyone interested to join and learn about the latest trends in innovation and sustainability. Future Forum speakers include greentech startups, Baltic innovation experts, and sustainability specialists. The event is free of charge and will be live-streamed on Facebook. To support the development of innovations that offer sustainable solutions, the educational and informative event is…

Swedbank fined in Stockholm over historic anti-money-laundering failures

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Disciplinary Committee at Nasdaq Stockholm on May 5 ordered Swedbank to pay a fine of twelve annual fees, equivalent of SEK 46.6 million (EUR 4.57 million) over historic failures in the field of anti-money-laundering measures linked to its Baltic operations. “As Swedbank stated in its Q1-report on April 27, the issue concerns historical matters dating back to 2016-2019. The Disciplinary Committee states that Swedbank over a long period of…