Posts published in Day: May 22, 2021

40 percent rise in movement out of Tallinn follows lifted restrictions

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Cellphone provider Telia says public mobility in Estonia as a whole grew significantly at the start of May, coinciding with the easing of certain coronavirus restrictions. Telia conducts the mobility surveys based on the location of cellphones which use its network. Holger Haljand, head of corporate customers at Telia said: “From May 3, a portion of school students were able to resume contact learning, stores were opened and eateries could…

441 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia Saturday

Saturday, May 22, 2021

On Saturday, May 22, Latvia recorded 441 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 130,712.   Of 14,100 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.1% were positive, exactly the same as Friday’s figure and almost the same as Thursday’s 3.0% rate. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants fell significantly…

Longenesis wins ‘Fifty Founders Battle’ pitch competition at TechChill 2021

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Longensis , a startup based in Latvia and Hong Hong, has taken home the main prize at the annual TechChill business event – 10,000 euros, with no strings attached. The leading Baltic tech and startup event brought together over 1,700 attendees in virtual format from over 600 different organizations from 29 countries, with 178 speakers taking the virtual stage. Longenesis is a B2B startup offering a platform to biomedical organizations…

EU approves Polish € 22.5 billion offshore wind CfD scheme

Saturday, May 22, 2021

The European Commission has approved Polish offshore wind Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, through which the country plans to support the realisation of offshore wind projects with € 22.5 billion and reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition. The CfD scheme, which the Commission approved under EU State aid rules, will be implemented in two phases. During the first phase, offshore wind projects will be granted aid using…

Germany, U.S. want closer ties after Nord Stream 2 sanctions waiver

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Germany and the United States are in talks to intensify their economic ties after the Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. “President Biden has now moved toward us a bit on the Nord Stream 2 conflict, where we have different views but where we will now talk further about what are the necessary commonalities in…

2027 Capital of culture candidates: Jelgava

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Rīga’s stint as European Capital of Culture back in 2014 was a tremendous opportunity for the capital to flaunt its creativity, beauty and vitality. In 2027, another Latvian city will be given this honour, and no fewer than nine regional centers have thrown their hats into the ring to submit their bids in June. In the lead up to the big decision later in the summer, Riga-based journalist and tour guide…

Poland promises to pay special attention to eastern Ukraine during its OSCE chairmanship

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Warsaw plans to pay special attention to the situation in eastern Ukraine during the OSCE chairmanship in 2022. “We agreed on a visit to eastern Ukraine in preparation for Poland’s OSCE chairmanship. It is a matter of examining the situation on the ground and paying special attention to these topical issues during the chairmanship,” Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said in a comment to Ukrinform following the Ukrainian-Polish…

Four more countries join those permitted quarantine-free travel to Estonia

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Bulgaria, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Poland have joined the list of whose arrivals in Estonia do not need to quarantine, while Slovakia, on the quarantine-free list this past week, now has a coronavirus rate beyond the quarantine-free threshold. Arrivals from a total of 14 European countries do not need to quarantine – all these countries have reported 14-day COVID-19 rates below the benchmark which would require quarantine on arrival. The restriction…