Posts published in Day: June 3, 2021

Environment agency: Forest growth outstrips felling in 2019 in Estonia

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Managed forest grew in 2019 as felling was outstripped by growth, the Environment Agency stated in its recently published Forest Statistical Inventory. In recent years, the most deforestation has taken place in the years 2017-2020, the least between 2006 and 2009, the agency says. Some tree species reach felling maturity at about an age equivalent to the very uppermost limit of a human life-span. While around half of Estonia’s total…

Latvian Cabinet reshuffle confirmed by Saeima votes

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Latvian coalition government, which now consists of four parties, managed to appoint new ministers on 3 June. As a result of the ejection of the KPV LV party from the previous five-party coalition and a parallel move to oust Education Minister Ilga Shuplinska from her own party, several new appointments were made. Marija Golubeva (Development/For!) becomes Minister of the Interior, Janis Vitenbergs (National Alliance) returns as Minister of Economics…

Government green-lights KredEx-Enterprise Estonia merger

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The government has followed through on its plan to merge the state credit agency, KredEx, with Enterprise Estonia (EAS), a body which concentrates on innovation, trade, foreign investment and the e-state. The merger was already decided on at the end of April, while the government officially endorsed the move Thursday, BNS reports. The merger is expected to save over €140,000 in 2021 alone, at a time when the Reform/Center coalition…

Industrial output increased in Latvia

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau and released June 3 show that, compared to April 2020, in April 2021, industrial production output rose by 20.5 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Output increases were registered in manufacturing (20.3 %), mining and quarrying (15 %), as well as electricity and gas supply (23.1 %). In April this year, out of 22 manufacturing sectors, 18 sectors showed a production output…

Finland opens borders to plane arrivals from Estonia

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Estonia’s northern neighbor Finland is to allow plane arrivals, from Estonia, from the start of next week, for the purpose of work commuting. Arrival by sea is still subject to the same current coronavirus travel regime, which the Finnish government has extended to the end of June. Finland’s closure of its borders following the late autumn 2020 coronavirus wave met with push-back from Estonia, many of whose citizens work in…

Estonia Becomes First Baltic Country To Ban Fur Farming

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Estonia will become the first Baltic country to ban fur farming. 55 out of 101 members of The Riigikogu (Estonia’s parliament) voted in favor of a bill to prohibit the practice. Estonia bans fur farming Moreover, the legislation will come into effect in January 2026. It follows a slew of European countries ditching fur in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a 2020 survey, 75 percent of people living…

Explosion at the pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Rīga

Thursday, June 3, 2021

An explosion occurred Thursday morning at the pharmaceutical manufacturing plant AS Grindeks  in Rīga, Krustpils Street 53, the company said June 3. A distillation process was carried out using a highly flammable chemical, which caused an explosion. A barrel containing the chemical had exploded in the production building, according to information released by the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD). Šodien plkst.10.02 saņemts izsaukums uz Krustpils ielu Rīgā, kur ražošanas ēkā bija eksplodējusi…

Soldiers raid Bulgarian sunflower oil factory during NATO exercise

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The owner of a small sunflower oil factory in Bulgaria has accused US soldiers of illegally storming his facility during a NATO military exercise last month. Marin Dimitrov told reporters on Wednesday that he had filed a lawsuit against those responsible for the May 11 incident. Swift Response 2021 was a US Army-led multinational exercise held across Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania and involving more than 7,000 paratroopers from 10 NATO…

Latvia underlines the OECD’s role

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On 31 May and 1 June 2021, the Council of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development held a meeting virtually at ministerial level with the theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”. This was the first opportunity for the member states to listen to the OECD’s incoming Secretary General, Mathias Cormann, and discuss the role, priorities and goals of the organization in the next decade. At…

Rinkēvičs underlines the importance of cooperation for regional security

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On 2 June 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, joined a virtual meeting with his counterparts from the Baltic States and Nordic countries (NB8) to discuss current foreign policy developments. Referring to recent events in relation to Belarus, the Foreign Minister underlined that the actions by Belarus pose a risk; therefore, sector-related sanctions should be imposed as soon as possible, while continuing support for the civil society of…