Posts published in Day: May 31, 2021

NATO hooligans in the Baltic States

By Antanas Tubelis on Monday, May 31, 2021

NATO soldiers in the Baltic States feel as they are masters. They think that they are allowed to do everything they want. Foreign soldiers always cause a great discomfort to locals. There are known cases of drunkenness, brawl, and fights with local residents, police arrests, traffic accidents, property damage and even desecration of the national flag. On May 15, 2021, British soldiers broke outfighting with the inhabitants of the Estonian…

Number of new Covid-19 cases in May down by half

Monday, May 31, 2021

The number of cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia has halved over the past month, while weekly decrease is 27%, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said May 31. On average, 308 new infections were detected in one day last week (424 a week earlier). Last week, the number of tests performed decreased by 13%, averaging 10,977 tests per day. An average of 46 patients per day were hospitalized over the past seven…

Finance ministry: Economic recovery uneven across fields of activity

Monday, May 31, 2021

There are extensive disparities between various fields of activity behind the first quarter of 2021’s fast economic growth, Madis Aben, analyst at the fiscal policy department of the Estonian Ministry of Finance, said on Monday. Data from Statistics Estonia shows the gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 5.4 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2021, the GDP at current prices was €6.9 billion. “Behind Estonia’s fast economic…

Almost 56,000 people regularly working via online platforms in Estonia

Monday, May 31, 2021

Close to 56,000 people work through digital platforms in Estonia every week and over 160,000 people have engaged in platform work at least once over the past year, it appears from the results of a study by the Estonian parliament’s Foresight Center to be published on Wednesday. “Work brokered by digital platforms is widely used in Estonia, but it is mainly done as additional work,” expert of the Foresight Center…

GDP declined 1.3 % in first quarter of 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released May 31 show that in the 1 st  quarter of 2021, compared to the 1 st  quarter of 2020, gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 1.3 % (according to seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data). In the 1 st  quarter GDP at constant prices was EUR 6.8 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, GDP fell even more, by 1.7 %. Many sectors continue to be hit by COVID-19 restrictions.…

Final day of a tough school year in Latvia

Monday, May 31, 2021

May 31 is the final school day for years 1 to 11. Some pupils will receive their grade reports remotely this year, some onsite. The unusual school year brought challenges and benefits, Latvian Radio reported. In September, schools resumed work on site, following strict epidemiological security rules. The pupils were divided into groups or bubbles that didn’t meet one another. But at the end of October, class 7-12 pupils returned…

EU formins discuss ways to resolve rows in Eastern Neighborhood

Monday, May 31, 2021

Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets took part in an informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Lisbon on Thursday, where the ministers discussed, among other things, ways to resolve conflicts that continue in the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood — Ukraine, Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Moldova. As a topical issue, EU sanctions in response to the unacceptable behavior of Belarus in forcing a passenger plane to land in Minsk on May 23…

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia loses

By Linas Jegelevicius on Monday, May 31, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned overflights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing strips in retaliation for Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko forcing a commercial Ryanair flight to the ground to arrest a leading opposition journalist on May 23. Belarus lies in a strategic position between north-east Europe and…

How Brexit fuelled Lithuania’s ambitions to become Europe’s fintech capital

By Keumars Afifi-Sabet on Monday, May 31, 2021

Lithuania is only a small country on the outskirts of the European Union (EU) with palatable weather and complicated history; a modest economy and population a third the size of London’s would hardly render it a key player on the global stage. You will, therefore, perhaps be forgiven for overlooking the fact that this Baltic nation, rich with lavish landscapes and stunning castles, has, in recent years, surged to become…

Lithuania launches mass vaccination of everyone over 16

Monday, May 31, 2021

As of Monday, all residents of Lithuania over the age of 16 can register for coronavirus vaccine jabs. The registration is accessible online via koronastop.lt. People can register themselves for the jab or someone else. Moreover, they can choose a municipality where they want to be vaccinated. The general registration system went online in the middle of May. People aged 16–18 can only register for the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccines of…