Posts published in Day: June 5, 2021

Record-low turnout at local elections in Latvia

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Local elections taking place across most of Latvia, excluding the capital city, Rīga, failed to stimulate large numbers of people to cast ther ballots. According to initial figures released by the Central Election Commission (CVK) at close of polls June 5, turnout was a paltry 34.09 percent: the lowest figure in any national election since the restoration of independence more than 30 years ago. A few votes do remain to…

IT minister: EU digital services should be available equally across union

Saturday, June 5, 2021

European Union member states’ digital services must be made available to all citizens of the union Minister of Entrepreneurship and IT Andres Sutt (Reform) says. Sutt made his comments at a time when the union has rolled out a timetable for greater and more integrated pan-EU digital services, including digital wallets. Speaking to a meeting of EU telecommunications ministers in Luxembourg, Sutt said: “Digitization is not a goal in itself;…

Death of Saeima deputy Inese Ikstena confirmed

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Inese Ikstena, a deputy of the 13th Saeima with the Development/For political grouping, has passed away, it was confirmed June 5. Born in 1968, from 2010 to 2017, Ikstena worked as an expert at the European Commission in Brussels. In 2011, she was a senior consultant at the Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government. From 2011 to 2016, she was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Public Utilities…

Covid-19 case total rises by 256 Saturday in Latvia

Saturday, June 5, 2021

On Saturday, June 5, Latvia recorded 256 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The figure is three fewer than the number recorded Friday. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 134,677.   Of 9.367 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2.7% were positive, up slightly on the 2.7% rate of Friday but in line with recent figures…

Finland ambassador: Border closure concern, won’t harm bilateral relations

Saturday, June 5, 2021

While the continuation of a closed Finnish border puts many Estonian citizens in a difficult position, relations between the two countries will remain as good as ever, Finland’s ambassador to Estonia Timo Kantola, told ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK). Meanwhile, the European Commission expressed its concern over Finland’s restrictions on free movement in a communique issued to ERR Friday. As to the continued restrictions in Finland – arrivals from…

Latvia votes in landmark local elections

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday, June 5 is polling day in the 2021 Latvian municipal elections, taking place across most of the country with the notable exception of Rīga. The election of local government councils was to take place in 42 local government entities (6 cities and 35 municipalities), at 756 polling stations 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…