Posts published in Day: May 14, 2021

Political forces discuss redistribution of minister positions

Friday, May 14, 2021

Political Forces National Alliance (NA), Development/For! and New Unity are ready to talk about redistributing the proportion of ministers’ portfolios in government, while the New Conservative Party (JKP) and KPV LV need time to discuss this offer, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said after the coalition meeting May 14. JKP and KPV LV will respond on Monday, May 17, whether they are prepared to seek solutions in relation to c   hange of the proportion  …

Arrivals from the UK, Iceland, Portugal do not have to self-isolate

Friday, May 14, 2021

Arrivals from the UK, Iceland, and Portugal do not have to observe self-isolation, according to the latest information published by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) May 14. Travelers from the EU, the countries of the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are also exempted from self-isolation, as  reported earlier  . Self-isolation must be observed by arrivals from all countries where the…

Ombudsman: vaccination must not be presented as an ‘extra’

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Ombudsman’s Office has received several dozen questions regarding vaccination against Covid-19 and discourse related to it. Ombudsman Juris Jansons spoke to Latvian Radio journalist Linda Spundiņa May 14 about the issue.  Linda Spundiņa: Does the Ombudsman’s Office receive complaints from residents related to the Covid-19 vaccination process?  Juris Jansons: Yes, until now, we have received 22 questions from people in the National Armed Forces and there are 9 applications from…

Bank chief: KredEx could support first time buyers outside Tallinn more

Friday, May 14, 2021

Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) governor Madis Müller says that while support from state credit agency KredEx could be pressed into action in getting home loan purchases up and running in rural areas and outside of the capital city and its environs – particularly for young families – the government also needs to rethink conditions under which loan guarantees are currently being offered. The central bank’s main concern is as…

Hotel guest numbers up slightly in March in Latvia

Friday, May 14, 2021

According to data published May 14 by the Central Statistical Bureau, in March 2021 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 48.2 thousand, which is 39.4% less than in March 2020 and 6.7% more than in February this year.  As compared to March of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 45.1 % and comprised 96.1 thousand nights. In March 2021, 7.3 thousand foreign visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which…

Lithuanian national economic recovery plan sent to Brussels

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Lithuanian government on Friday approved a 2.2-billion-euro national economic recovery plan, dubbed “New Generation Lithuania”, and would now send it to the European Commission. The plan might still be adjusted but any corrections would be more of a technical nature and would not modify its content, Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste said at the Cabinet’s meeting. “Negotiations with social and economic partners have been finalized and certain changes have taken…

1 125 new COVID-19 cases in Lithuania

Friday, May 14, 2021

On Thursday, 1 125 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 263 475 coronavirus cases have been detected in Lithuania. 16 784 cases are still active. Yesterday 12 people died of COVID-19. In total, the death toll reaches 9 260 cases. On Thursday, 13 643 PCR tests were done to detect COVID-19 cases. Yesterday 15 293 people got the first dose of the COVID-19…

Lithuania reopens to Israeli tourists

Friday, May 14, 2021

Lithuania has lifted entry restrictions for Israeli tourists after the Council of the European Union added the Jewish state to a list of non-EU countries whose citizens should be allowed to freely travel to Europe for tourism. Economy and Innovation Minister Ausrine Armonaite says the government is offering a helping hand to local businesses by reopening the borders to tourists from Israel and other “safe third countries”. The Council updates…

Survey: Public expect rising prices as COVID-19 crisis lifts in Estonia

Friday, May 14, 2021

More and more people are expecting the rate of inflation to continue rising, according to a recent survey, as economies emerge from the coronavirus crisis. The consumer survey, compiled by the Institute of Economic Research (Eesti Konjunktuuriinstituut) found that the consumer barometer the organization routinely compiles shows the number of people expecting prices to rise in the near future has grown. Inflation has been experienced in other countries, including the…

Latvia plans to buy a computer for every pupil by 2025

Friday, May 14, 2021

A number of public officials signed a “Computer for Every Child” cooperation memorandum, which aims to provide an adequate computer for learning process to every pupil and teacher by 2025, the President’s Chancellery said May 14. “The last year of learning has largely gone online, and we found that a significant percentage of children can’t study because they don’t have computers. We cannot allow this, so this memorandum is a commitment…