Posts published in July 2021

Madis Kimmel appointed Raadio Kuku editor-in-chief

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Madis Kimmel has been appointed editor-in-chief of commercial radio station Raadio Kuku, replacing Ainar Ruusaar, who will stay on as managing editor. Priit Vare, head of radio at parent company Duo Media Networks, said: “Ainar and Madis share a similar vision for Kuku’s future, hence why we are certain that under their joint leadership, the channel will notably expand its audience as early this fall, when a new program schedule…

Saturday brings 64 new Covid-19 cases

Saturday, July 31, 2021

On Saturday, July 31, Latvia reported 64 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 138,863.  Of 11,303 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.6% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 37.6 Friday to 38.9 Saturday. No Covid-related deaths were confirmed, so the death toll since the start…

Ukrainian-owned defence firm to sue Lithuania

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Ukrainian owners of the Lithuanian-based producer of air defence systems LiTak-Tak has complained about government sanctions, threatening to turn to international arbitration. LiTak-Tak, which is indirectly owned by Valeriy Boguslavskiy and Sergiy Perevarov, saw its operations ground to a complete halt last October after the Lithuanian government said the company did not meet national security interests, quoting a special governmental commission vetting strategic deals. LiTak-Tak estimates that it lost…

Moderna vaccine introduced for teen vaccinations

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Latvia has started vaccination of 12-17 year old minors against Covid-19 with Moderna vaccine, the National Health Service reported July 30 So far, only Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been used for vaccination of teenagers. On July 20, the State Agency of Medicines reported that the European Medicines Agency has approved use of Moderna vaccines for 12-17 year old children. The vaccine has been studied on 3,732 teenagers. Until July 31, 16 percent of teenagers aged 12-15,…

26 countries now on Latvia’s travel “yellow list”

Friday, July 30, 2021

The updated list of epidemiological requirements for arrivals into Latvia from other countries was published July 30  and includes 26 countries on the list of those deemed to have a “high public health threat”, 19 of which are in the European Union/EEA, including Estonia and Lithuania. The classification system rates travel to each country as low (green), high (yellow) or very high risk (red). No countries are currently ranked as very high risk. “Yellow list”…

Gambling tax proceeds may be paid straight into state coffers

Friday, July 30, 2021

The finance ministry has drafted legislative amendments which would place tax take from gambling in Estonia straight into stat revenues, rather than being apportioned to specific ministries as has been the case. Revenues from gambling taxation are often used to fund social programs; the finance ministry says that the pandemic has led to a fall in tax take and has revealed shortcomings in the existing system. Justice minister Maris Lauris…

Timber prices see unprecedented price rise

Friday, July 30, 2021

Timber joins electricity and gas as a commodity which has seen a vast rise in prices on year, to unprecedented levels and with soft wood such as pine and spruce particularly affected, as speculators hold on to stock and confusion over felling rights continues. Prices may start to come down again later in the year, but at the moment the issue is mainly one of supply falling far behind demand.…

Vaccine approved for teenagers in Lithuania

Friday, July 30, 2021

According to BNS, the decision follows the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation that Moderna’s vaccine were authorized for children aged 12 to 17 years. Currently, the two-shot vaccine is administered to people aged 18 years and over. It is the second coronavirus vaccine approved for adolescents in Lithuania after the Pfizer-BioNTech one. The other two vaccines used in the country – AstraZeneca and Janssen – are only given to adults.  

Eurostat estimate: Estonia saw fastest inflation in eurozone in July

Friday, July 30, 2021

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.2 percent in July 2021, up from 1.9 percent in June, whereas in Estonia inflation accelerated from 3.7 percent to 4.9 percent, the highest rate for the euro area, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The flash estimate suggests that inflation in July was slowest in Malta, at 0.4 percent, and in Greece, at…

Lithuania may consider state of emergency over migrant crisis soon

Friday, July 30, 2021

Lithuania may soon consider declaring a state of emergency to bring illegal migration under control, President Gitanas Nauseda said. “More or less the consensus is that we are open to all issues and we can address this issue in the very near future, too,” Nauseda told a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and political parties’ leaders. “Before that, however, we have to assess two things: the…