Posts published in Day: May 26, 2021

Over 100,000 people got their Covid-19 jab last week in Latvia

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

According to the Vaccination Project Bureau’s information published May 26, last week, a total of 101,139 people were vaccinated against Covid-19. Currently, at least 28.14% of Latvian population aged 16 and over have received the first vaccine dose, whereas 12.59% have completed the course. Pagājušajā nedēļā vakcinēti 101 139 iedzīvotāji. Līdz šim vismaz vienu vakcīnas devu saņēmuši 28,14% no pieaugušajiem Latvijas iedzīvotājiem (16 un vairāk gadu), vakcināciju noslēguši 12,59% no…

Estonian Ministry of Finance submits draft law exempting state pension from tax

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A draft to exclude the average old-age state pension from taxation from January 2023 has been drawn up, Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) has said. “In essence, this is the first stage of streamlining the income tax system,” Pentus-Rosimannus explained. “The principle that the average old-age pension remains exempt from income tax in Estonia will come into force again and the income tax exemption will no longer decrease as the…

Construction volume contracts 7 percent on year to Q1 2021 in Estonia

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Total production value of the construction sector fell by 7 percent on year to the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021), state agency Statistics Estonia reports, while the domestic sector in isolation contracted by 6 percent, over the same period. The decline was driven by a contraction in buildings construction; civil engineering projects actually grew in volume over the year to Q1 2021, the agency says. Statistics Estonia leading analyst…

Estonian Prime minister called EU to restore freedom of movement as soon as possible

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Freedom of movement for all European union citizens has to be restored as a matter of urgency, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said Tuesday. Kallas was in Brussels Tuesday and made her comments at a European Council meeting there. She said that while vaccinations against COVID-19 are progressing and the EU’s own digital green passport will soon be rolled out, free movement of citizens of member states has not yet…

Lack of specialists in water and sewer management is becoming apparent in Latvia

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Latvian Radio reported that the lack of specialists in water and sewer management is becoming apparent, Latvian Radio reported in its analytical series “A Million in Sewers” May 26. Currently many water and sewer companies are on the shoulders of long-standing and experienced employees. New ones are difficult to find, and there are fears that it will be even more difficult in the future. Part of the problem is the…

Latvia restricts air traffic with Belarus

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

According to a  release   by Latvian Transport Ministry, in response to the actions of the Belarusian authorities in intercepting a civilian passenger aircraft, on the evening of May 25, the Latvian government introduced restrictions on carriers registered in Belarus to enter Latvian airspace and use Latvian airports. The rights of Latvian aircraft are also restricted for using Belarusian airspace and airports. The decision takes effect immediately, according to a …