Posts published in Day: June 1, 2021

Local elections take place June 5 across (most of) Latvia

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Saturday, June 5 is local election day across Latvia, with the notable exception of the capital city, Rīga and the Rēzekne and Madona disctricts. The election of local government councils was to take place in 6 cities and 35 municipalities, but elections in Rīga city will not take place this year because the City Council was elected in an emergency election last year and will continue to work until the elections of 2025. As…

Tallink hopes to resume Tallinn-Stockholm connection in mid-July

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tallink hopes to relaunch its Tallinn-Stockholm line in Mid-July, Paavo Nõgene, chairman of the Management Board of Tallink, has said On Monday, an announcement on the company’s website said the Baltic Queen ferry would be operating on the route on the usual timetable from July 15. “Tallink monitors the infection rates and rules of travel in Sweden and Estonia. The Swedish government decided on Friday that all visitors to the…

Latvia: Number of organic farms stays unchanged despite growing demand

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Despite the stable and growing demand for organic products, the number of organic farms is growing slowly. In Latvia, only 20% of all farms are biologically managed, Latvian Radio reported June 1. Of approximately 20,000 farms in Latvia, around 4,000 or 20% are managed as organic farms, representing 14% or 290,000 hectares of a total 1.7 million hectares. The number of organic farms has not changed significantly in recent years. “Existing farms have…

Vaccination of children aged 12 and over to begin June 2

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Vaccination of teenagers aged 12 to 15 in Latvia will begin Wednesday, June 2, according to Health Ministry and health authorities’ information presented at a press conference June 1. Last Friday, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the safe use of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 to 15. This vaccine was so far used for people aged 16 and over. As of June 2, the vaccination process will begin…

€12.9 million draft supplementary budget submitted to Tartu City Council

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tartu City Government submitted a draft supplementary budget of € 12.9 million to the City Council, focused on covering the loss of revenue and additional costs associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting the mental health of city residents, and renovating streets and the urban space. In the supplementary budget, €6.7 million is planned for operating expenses and €6.2 million for investments. The planned expenses will be covered by €10.7 million…

Latvia: Vaccination certificate available locally starting June 1

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Starting Tuesday, June 1, Latvian residents are able to obtain a digital certificate attesting to the fact of vaccination against Covid-19 or having had the disease. Disruptions of the system are expected on the first day. Digital Covid-19 certificates and obtaining them As from 1 June, two types of digital certificates will be available: the certificate attesting vaccination; the Covid-19 certificate on having had the infection. As of 9:30 June 1,…

Over 15,000 cast early vote in local Latvian elections

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On the first day of the early vote in the municipal elections, May 31, over 15,000 people cast their vote, according to data compiled by the Central Election Commission (CVK). The data are compiled for 726 of the total 732 precincts. On Monday, 15,483 people, or 1.65% of all voters, had come to cast their votes. Residents were most active in the municipalities surrounding Rīga and in Valka. Two days can still…

Bank of Estonia: Q1 2021 GDP growth could transform into boom

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Rapid economic growth in the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021) bears the hallmarks of a potential economic boom which might come in the latter half of this year, and is not simply the result of a comparison with a low base reference in 2020 and the downturn sparked by the arrival of the pandemic, the Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) says. The growth will continue to be strong in…