Posts published in Day: June 15, 2021

e-Residency scheme reports record revenue, profits for 2020

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Estonia’s nation e-Residency program has reported a 2020 revenue of €19.7 million, the highest in its six-year existence, with profits also topping previous records. e-Residency CEO Lauri Haav said that: “We welcome the government’s unwavering faith in the program, and I am confident that every euro invested in the program will bring manifold returns, which go way beyond the number indicating the rate of return, especially considering indirect revenue such…

Some travel restrictions to be lifted in Latvia

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On Tuesday, June 15, the government supported amendments to the law drafted by the Ministry of Transport, which provides for lifting several travel restrictions for people vaccinated against Covid-19 or those who have overcome it. It is decided to divide countries into three categories: low risk, high risk and particularly high risk or ’emergency brake’ countries. A country with a cumulative incidence rate of up to 75 cases per 100 000 inhabitants over…

Face masks will not be mandatory outdoors in Latvia

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Given that the spread of Covid-19 is declining, the government on Tuesday, June 15, supported a proposal by the Ministry of Health (VM) to remove the requirements for the use of mouth and nose covers in outdoor areas where there is an intensive flow of people. Masks will still have to be used indoors and in public transport. This means that in street markets, fairs, outdoor catering, educational establishments, events, campaigns,…

Narva power station biomass bill only benefits Eesti Energia, critics say

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A bill which will allow the use of low-grade woody biomass in a Narva power plant has passed its first Riigikogu reading. While the bill is presented as a temporary fix, and one which will help keep electricity prices stable given its green dimension – the woody biomass fuel will not be subject to Carbon Dioxide charges – critics say that it is simply an act of favoritism for one…

AK: Tallinn students unveil new, driverless race-car

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tallinn students have been putting the finishing touches to a self-driving open-wheel race car, due to compete against other universities soon, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Monday night. Students from Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) and TTK University of Applied Science have been jointly working on the project, the latest in a long line of similar endeavors Estonian students have been involved in for around 15 years now.…

Tallink reopens Tallinn-Stockholm route

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tallink will reopen the Tallinn-Stockholm ferry line on July 9 almost 16 months after it closed due to coronavirus. The route will initially be operated with one vessel, Baltic Queen, with departures from Tallinn and Stockholm every other day. Tallink Grupp’s CEO Paavo Nõgene said: “When we temporarily suspended the Tallinn-Stockholm ferry route on March 14, 2020, severing the crucial regular maritime connection between our two capitals for the first time in…

EU has carried out 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations – Von der Leyen

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

The European Union has passed the 300 million COVID-19 vaccinations threshold, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. “We have passed 300 million vaccinations in the EU. Every day, we get closer to our goal: to have enough doses delivered to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU next month,” Von der Leyen wrote on her Twitter account.

Biden: “I’m Not Looking For Conflict With Russia”

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

President Joe Biden responds to questions from the press after his meeting with NATO leaders on Monday and called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “worthy adversary.” JOE BIDEN: NATO, NATO stands together. That’s how we’ve met every other threat in the past. It’s our greatest strength as we meet our challenges of the future, and there are many. Can everyone, everyone in the room today understood the shared appreciation, quite…

Lithuania joins Ukraine in signing the Stroke Action Plan for Europe Declaration

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

This month, Lithuania joins Ukraine as the second country to sign up to the Stroke Action Plan for Europe Declaration for Action on Stroke. On 19 May 2021, Ukraine announced that the Ministry of Health of Ukraine along with the National Health Service of Ukraine support and have signed the Declaration for Action on Stroke. We launched the Declaration on European Stroke Awareness Day, 11 May 2021, in partnership with the…

Latvian Foreign Minister discusses issues with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On 11 June 2021, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, had an online introductory meeting with Kairat Abdrakhmanov, High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs expressed support for what the OSCE High Commissioner has been doing for the sake of protecting the rights of national minorities in the OSCE member states. Edgars Rinkēvičs spoke with the OSCE High…