Posts published in May 2021

TLT chief: Procurement process cleaned up since alleged corruption activity

Saturday, May 29, 2021

The CEO of Tallinn public transport firm, Tallinn, Tallinna Linnatranspordi AS (TLT), says the company’s procurement system has been made more transparent and easier to control since 2018, in cooperation with the new management board and staff. Several TLT former managers are at the center of a multi-million-euro corruption case which is to go to court next month. TLT CEO Deniss Boroditš, a former Reform Party MP and Tallinn city…

306 new Covid cases Saturday in Latvia

Saturday, May 29, 2021

On Saturday, May 30, Latvia recorded 306 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 132,918.   Of 10,929 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2.8 % were positive, up very slightly on the 2.4% rate of Thursday, but consistent with the roughly 3% level throughout the past week. Also continuing…

Europe doesn’t really need NATO

By Antanas Tubelis on Saturday, May 29, 2021

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are among the main of U.S. foreign policy promoters in Europe. Governments of these countries are absolutely not independent in making decisions and always follow the orders that come from overseas. The Russian Federation is one of the main competitors of the United States. However, the EU is also a competitor of the USA (mainly in the field of economy). Therefore, keeping Europe under control and…

Latvia saw retail revival in April

Saturday, May 29, 2021

In April 2021 Latvia’s seasonally adjusted retail sales grew 3.9 percent at constant prices against March 2021, the Central Statistical Bureau informed. While food retailers’ sales declined 0.8 percent, non-food retailers’ sales (excluding automotive fuel sales) jumped 9.1 percent month-on-month, and retail trade in automotive fuel rose 1.2 percent. Compared to the previous month, the fastest turnover growth was observed in retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods (of…

2027 Capital of culture candidates: Round-up

Saturday, May 29, 2021

When times are tough it is good for the soul to think of better times ahead and ways to creatively shape our lives. This is what people in nine Latvian cities are doing by preparing their bids to become a European Capital of Culture in 2027. Now, the culmination of this constructive dreaming is approaching. We’ve already profiled each contender individually (you can read them all  here  ). June 4 is the deadline…

20 Euro states’ arrivals quarantine-free versus 14 who must still isolate

Saturday, May 29, 2021

For the first time this year so far, more European states are on the ‘green’ list – whose arrivals in Estonia do not need to quarantine – than are on the list of those whose arrivals must undergo a ten-day period of self-isolation once on Estonian soil. The new regime is in place from Monday, May 31. Arrivals from 20 countries do not need to quarantine when arriving in Estonia,…

Latvia’s ambassador to Greece passes away

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, the Latvian Ambassador to Greece, passed away in Athens on May 28. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and share their sorrow. Ambassador Elferts will remain in our memories as a person who was positive, bright, considerate, and kind-hearted. Dear Pēteris, we will miss you,” said a statement from the MFA .   Pēteris Kārlis Elferts began…

LUKASHENKO’S REVENGE (Best served cold)

By The Greanville Post on Friday, May 28, 2021

Surprise! Turns out the West and its vassals long ago set the standard for forcing airliners down when it suits their designs. Unprecedented? Nyet! Hybrid war asset Roman Protasevich, “a U.S. trained and financed regime operator who tried to violently overthrow the government of Belarus to then install a neoliberal U.S. client regime”. Protasevich is now on his way to canonization by the Western press. The quickest path from obscurity…

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia looses

Friday, May 28, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned over flights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing strips in retaliation of 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 northwest Europe…

Lithuania expels two Belarusian diplomats

Friday, May 28, 2021

The move comes as the EU considers further sanctions against Belarus. Lithuania has told two Belarusian diplomats to leave the country, the foreign ministry announced on Friday. The two officials’ activities were deemed “incompatible with diplomatic status,” Reuters reported. The expelled Belarusians were “intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover,” Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted. “No thank you, and goodbye.” “With this decision, Lithuania also stands in solidarity…