Posts published in Day: June 8, 2021

Germany calls for abolition of ‘paralysing’ EU member states foreign policy veto

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday called on the European Union to abolish individual member states’ veto power on foreign policy. “We can no longer be held hostage by those who paralyse European foreign policy with their vetoes. Those who do so are playing with Europe’s cohesion in the longer or shorter term,” Maas told a press conference in Berlin. “I therefore say it openly: the veto must disappear,…

Latvia will not return to Junior Eurovision in 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Latvian broadcaster LTV have confirmed to Eurofestivales that they will not be returning to Junior Eurovision this year. The 2021 contest is set to be held in Paris this December. The press department of Latvian Television (LTV), via Krista Luize, has confirmed to Eurofestivales that Latvia will not participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Latvia has taken part in the contest five times – between 2003 and 2005,…

Luis de la Fuent ready to take charge of Spain senior side against Lithuania

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Spain U21 boss Luis de la Fuente has confirmed he is ready to take charge of the senior team for tomorrow night’s friendly clash with Lithuania. Luis Enrique’s preparations for Euro 2020 have been thrown into chaos in the last 24 hours following the news of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets testing positive for Covid-19. The RFEF have no confirmed Busquets has left the squad and entered into self isolation with…

Latvian Ministry of Culture calculated the cost of museums’ downtime

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Latvian Television broadcast Kultūršoks reported on June 7, that the Ministry of Culture has calculated the cost of museums’ downtime. For five and a half months of closed doors, museums have searched for and, depending on the possibilities, found solutions to overcome downtime. Those museums with fewer resources focused on sorting the stock. Those who were able, created digital content and expositions outside. The museums under the responsibility of the State, which…

Lithuania sets records in speed and scope of energy transition

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

While EU governments are still debating whether they need new pipelines or can get off the natural gas tap, Lithuania has been transforming its heat supply at record speed to be able to use domestic biomass. Leaving the era of its energy dependence on Russia behind, the country is upgrading its networks and eying new possibilities with solar and heat pumps. Stelmuze is all about wood. This little village in…

Industrial production volumes up by 17 percent

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In April 2021, the total production of industrial enterprises increased by 17 percent year on year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Production increased by 17 percent in the energy sector and by 18 percent in manufacturing, but decreased by 1 percent in mining. Industry is the largest sector of the Estonian economy and an important driver of economic growth. The index of industrial production covers the economic indicators of three…

Finland preparing to open borders for seaborne commuters

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Finland is mulling opening up its borders to arrivals by sea, a senior official at Estonia’s foreign ministry says. Finland has faced widespread condemnation in the Estonian media and elsewhere after sticking to a regime which prevents freedom of movement and counter to European Commission rules, a move which has hit Estonia particularly hard given the large numbers of its citizens and residents who travel to Finland for work. Märt…

Increase in foreign and domestic tourists in Estonia in April

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In April, Estonian accommodation establishments served 59,000 tourists, which is over three times more than in April last year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The numbers of foreign and domestic tourists both increased. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that the increase in the number of tourists was mainly due to the fact that the use of accommodation establishments was limited in April last year. “This year, people behaved…

Vaccination against Covid-19 will take place in Latvian shopping malls

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

According to Latvian Radio, vaccination against Covid-19 will also take place in shopping malls starting next week. Last week, the number of people getting their first jab declined. A new approach is currently being worked on to reach the unvaccinated population, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts told Latvian Radio. “It means a number of directions, I would say, even a change in the vaccination approach. Firstly, next week, in parallel to the…

Covid-19 morbidity rate significantly dropped in Latvia

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the number of cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia has reduced by 60% over the past five weeks, while last week’s decrease was 20%. On average, 245 new infections were detected in one day last week (308 a week earlier). Last week, the number of tests performed decreased by 14.4%, averaging 9,398 tests per day. An average of 29 patients per day…