Posts published in Day: May 10, 2021

Riigikogu approves draft regulation on EU recovery facility

Monday, May 10, 2021

The parliament at a sitting on Monday passed a draft regulation approving the decision of the Council of the European Union regarding a system of own resources which stipulates that the recovery plan is to be funded through borrowing on behalf of the EU. The regulation was passed with 63 votes for and 19 against. The handling of the draft resolution in the parliament had been tied to a a…

Unemployment rate down to 8.5 percent in April

Monday, May 10, 2021

The number of registered unemployed in Estonia was 55,865 at the end of April, making up 8.5 percent of the total number of workforce from age 16 to retirement age, 0.3 percentage points lower than in March. The number of newly unemployed persons registered during the month was 5,143, compared with 11,363 newly unemployed persons registered in April 2020. In March, the number of people registered as unemployed was 7,308,…

Latvia is ‘back in December’ with morbidity rates, says SPKC

Monday, May 10, 2021

Covid-19 morbidity rates in Latvia have returned to the level of the beginning of December 2020, when the healthcare system went into a state of emergency, according to Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said May 10. During the first eight weeks of 2021, the incidence of Covid-19 decreased in Latvia, but the following 9 weeks since the beginning of March showed an increase in the number of infections. The…

Tartu cafes, restaurants want to expand outdoor seating options

Monday, May 10, 2021

Cafes and shopping malls in Tartu are looking to expand their premises outside after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions last week. Due to last week’s restrictions, restaurants, bars and cafes can only open their outside seating for the foreseeable future. Food and drink can be sold for take-away, they cannot be consumed inside at the premise. This year, nearly 40 cafes and restaurants in Tartu have said they want to…

Q1 profit of Tallinna Port down by nearly 1/3 on year

Monday, May 10, 2021

Listed Estonian port company Tallinn Port earned a profit of €6.8 million in the first quarter of 2021, which is 31.4 percent less than in the same period last year. As a result of the ongoing global virus crisis, the revenue, adjusted EBITDA and profit of Tallinn Port decreased in the first quarter compared to the same pre-crisis period. Revenue amounted to €25 million, decreasing by 10.4 percent year-on-year in…

May 4 film marathon was viewed in 38 countries

Monday, May 10, 2021

The annual Latvian Film Marathon on May 4 drew in viewers from 38 countries, said the National Film Center. For the second year in a row, due to the constraints of the pandemic, the  marathon was held on the portal filmas.lv, unlike 15 previous years, when it took place at the Riga cinema “Splendid Palace”. The event was adapted to the time zone of every country in the world and began at…

Modest inflation returned to Latvia in April

Monday, May 10, 2021

Fresh data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) May 10 show that in April 2021, compared to April 2020, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia increased by 1.7 %. “Compared to April 2020, in April 2021 the average level of consumer prices was mainly influenced by the increase in prices of goods and services related to transport, prices of recreational and cultural goods and services, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, health care, as…

IT and communication skills demanded in Latvian job market

Monday, May 10, 2021

Highly skilled professionals are in demand in the Latvian labor market, Latvian Radio broadcast Eiro fokusā reported May 9. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate in Latvia rose. The duration of job search is increasing and competition for job vacancies is also on the rise. Andris Maskaļovs, senior expert at State of Employment Agency (NVA) Customer Service and Development, said that IT skills, language knowledge and communication skills are…

Lithuanian company claims to have created anti-coronavirus drug

Monday, May 10, 2021

Lithuanian company Northway Biotech, based in Vilnius, claims to have created an anti-coronavirus drug in cooperation with its Swiss colleagues. “We gave it to the Swiss for clinical trials, so, the answer to the question whether a drug against the coronavirus has been created in Lithuania, so I can say yes, it has been done to such a level that it is now undergoing clinical trials,” Vladas Bumelis, board chairman…

Covid-19 update: Lithuania reports 1,244 new cases, 15 deaths

Monday, May 10, 2021

Lithuania has registered 1,244 new coronavirus infections and 15 Covid-19 deaths. Lithuania’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate currently stands at 573.6 per 100,000 people, and the share of positive tests has been 5.4 percent over the past seven days. Nearly 19,000 molecular (PCR) tests and a little under 8,000 antigen tests have been performed. Overall, 255,384 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Currently,…