Posts published in Day: July 1, 2021

Jailbird Lembergs not elected Ventspils mayor from behind bars

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The current Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils), the number one candidate on For Latvia and Ventspils’ winning ticket in the latest municipal elections in the city, was not elected mayor of Ventspils during the city council’s first meeting since the elections July 1, For Latvia and Ventspils board chairman Janis Vitolins told LETA. Despite being  described as an oligarch by US law enforcement   agencies and being subject…

EU-wide digital Covid certificate includes Latvia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The European Union’s Digital COVID Certificate is officially introduced July 1, with the intention of facilitating the safe free movement of citizens within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Digital COVID Certificate will be accepted in all EU Member States. It will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner. When travelling, the EU Digital COVID Certificate holder should in principle be exempted from…

Online platforms take significant percentage of hotels’ profits in Estonia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

A recent report published by Eurostat shows that in 2019, hotel guests in the European Union booked more than 500 million nights via online platforms such as booking.com and Tripadvisor. Their impact on the hotel market is also significant in Estonia. According to the survey, up to five million hotel nights were booked in Estonia in this way in 2019. Kaisa Mailend, CEO of Hestia Hotel Grupp, which owns hotels…

Tax in Latvia now payable on all goods ordered from third countries

Thursday, July 1, 2021

From Thursday, July 1, all goods purchased by people in online stores and received in consignments from countries outside the European Union will have to fill in a declaration and pay value added tax. The rules come into force across the whole EU and will have most impact on people making purchases from online shops in third countries such as China and the United Kingdom. Most of the items which…

71 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

On Thursday, July 1, Latvia reported 71 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 137,500. Of 8,565 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.8% were positive, down on the previous day’s 1.2% rate. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued to slowly decline, from 54.2 Wednesday to 50.5 Thursday. Unfortunately there…

Rail Baltica construction officially starts at Rīga International Airport

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Around 81-85% of the total eligible costs of the Rail Baltica project that is implemented by the three Baltic states, are provided by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) infrastructure financing instrument, whereas the remaining part – by the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian State budgets. The construction works will be performed in five stages until December 2025. The first stage will include the construction of the Rail Baltica infrastructure from…

New municipalities map comes into force July 1 in Latvia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 1 wide-ranging Administrative Territorial  Reform taking force, which amounts to a major reorganization of local government administration. The reform provides that the previous 119 municipalities are now reduced to 43 larger municipalities. The new municipalities have been formed by merging several former municipalities, with each new entity now having its own main regional city. Representatives of several municipalities were not satisfied with the reform and filed complaints with the Constitutional court.…

‘State of emergency’ designation lifted from healthcare in Latvia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The state of emergency in Latvia’s health care system was declared at the start of December 2020, and is a technical measure that gave medical institutions more autonomy in handling their resources so they could provide the necessary medical assistance to Covid-19 sufferers and other urgent patients. As the epidemiological situation has improved, and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has decreased, the State Operative Medical Commission (VOMK) decided to lift…