Posts published in Day: June 7, 2021

Summer Shield NATO training exercise in Latvia for US – Latvian and Polish troops

Monday, June 7, 2021

According to information published on June 1, 2021, NATO Allies have conducted the multinational military training exercise Summer Shield in Latvia with the aim to enhance joint capabilities in conducting combat operations, including air and ground coordination. Key participants of the exercise in the Ādaži training area included detachments of the Latvian Mechanised Brigade reinforced by NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group (eFP BG) Latvia and a U.S. detachment equipped…

Rising fuel prices, electricity increased Consumer Price Index in Estonia

Monday, June 7, 2021

In May 2021, the consumer price index increased by 0.9 percent compared to April 2021 and by 3.6 percent compared to May 2020. Rising prices of motor fuel and electricity were behind the increase. Goods were 2.9 percent and services 4.4 percent more expensive than in May last year. Viktoria Trasanov, lead analyst at Statistics Estonia, said, compared to May 2020, the consumer price index was influenced the most by…

Latvian grapevines are an unlikely success

Monday, June 7, 2021

Growing grapevines has become increasingly popular in Latvia, with foliage covering buildings even in Rīga. In these latitudes, harvests usually arrive in mid-September. LSM’s Keita Rožāne spoke to horticulturist Gvido Dobelis about protecting vines from migratory birds and the process of breeding plants for these colder climes. They started growing grapevines in Latvia in the 17th century, the time of Duke Jacob, using imported varieties. While the Duchy of Courland did produce…

Latvian President Levits: election turnout shows desire for stability

Monday, June 7, 2021

Local government elections this year were characterized by low turnout and a desire for stability, the President of Latvia Egils Levits said in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 7. Levits said the reasons why many people didn’t go to elections   must be studied. According to him, one of the versions could be that everything is fine in people’s lives. Therefore, there is no desire to go to elections.…

Party demands resignation of newly elected Latvian Welfare Minister

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Board of the Latvian Regional Alliance (LRA) has requested Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to immediately remove Welfare Minister Gatis Eglītis (New Conservative Party), according to a statement released June 6 by the LRA. Gatis Eglītis, who was confirmed as the new Welfare Minister  only days earlier, published a statement on Twitter that suggests that, despite the choice made by voters, State and European funds will continue to be available only to…