Posts published in Day: June 8, 2021

Estonian PM calls for review of ‘tax dogmas’

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Estonia should subject the existing tax dogmas, meaning what we tax at present and what we wish to tax and how, to a review, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on a radio program of public broadcaster ERR on Tuesday. Kallas (Reform) said that while we tax working highly, working has changed a lot. “We all want people to have a job and a living. On the other hand, property is…

Tallinn rent discount continues until August

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tallinn City Government has extended its 100 percent rental discount scheme until the end of August for outdoor terraces. The 50 percent discount for tenants operating in city-owned commercial premises will also be extended. “Although the Estonian government has begun to gradually ease the restrictions imposed to prevent the outbreak, businesses will probably feel the negative effects of the outbreak and the restrictions for a long time to come. That…

Chinese-Lithuanian relations under threat (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Lithuania decided to stop participating in the so-called “17+1” format – a platform for Beijing’s dialogue with the countries of the Central Europe, Balkan and Baltic regions. Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (China-CEEC, also 17+1) is an initiative by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote business and investment relations between China and 17 European countries. The format’s goals are to promote China’s Belt and…

Tourism industry hopes for lift of ‘unnecessary travel’ ban

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, told Latvian Radio on June 8, that the biggest obstacle to the tourism sector in Latvia is currently a ban on entry for ‘non-essential’ reasons, and no influx of tourists can be expected until it is lifted, Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, told Latvian Radio June 8. Graikste said that the industry is now…

Baltic Pipe on schedule despite Denmark withdrawing permission

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Poland’s deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said that the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline between the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and Poland would be completed on schedule despite Denmark withdrawing an environmental permit. He added that Copenhagen’s decision to revoke the permit for the pipeline to cross overland a stretch of Danish territory should fail to stop the pipeline from being finished on time. “I am convinced that this…

Latvian defence minister visits Turkish drone factory

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Latvia’s Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks paid a visit to a production centre for Turkey’s armed drones near Ankara, Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar said in a Twitter post on Monday. Pabriks visited the centre, which is owned by Baykar, and met with company representatives that included its chief executive Haluk Bayraktar. After his visit, Pabriks praised the work of the Turkish defence industry and their contribution to NATO. “Turkish industry,…

Police pursuing large-scale company embezzlement case

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

According to Latvian State Police, it has submitted a criminal case to the Riga Court District Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the suspected embezzlment of approximately 7.9 million euros. The case centers on an unnamed company which, the police suspect, was intentionally run into bankruptcy. The information obtained during the investigation shows that a member of the company’s board of directors loaned money to other companies controlled by his family on…

Same-sex partnerships should be registered as civil status in Latvia

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Senate said in a release  on June 7, that the Department of Administrative Affairs of the Supreme Court (Senate) appealed to the Constitutional Court with an application and consequently suspended proceedings in a case in which two persons of the same sex wish to obtain recognition and registration of their family relationship. The Constitutional Court has already recognized that the first sentence of Section 110 of the Constitution of…

Polish, Lithuanian FMs discuss eastern policy issues, bilateral relations

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau together with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis discussed Eastern policy issues, security, bilateral relations, regional and economic cooperation during informal bilateral talks. The officials met in Wigry, north-eastern Poland. The Polish minister emphasised the key importance of the firm stance Poland and Lithuania showed in relation to the events in Belarus and Russia. He also drew attention to the “fantastic” condition of military cooperation between…

OECD meddling in tax policy bad for small countries

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said that OECD intervening in tax policy works to harm competition, which is especially unfortunate for small countries. “Long-debated proposals for reforming the digitizing global economy have begun to take shape at the OECD. As it often happens, the initially simple plan of giving countries that consume the services of digital giants the right to tax them has been replaced by several new ones.…