Posts published in Day: July 5, 2021

Unemployment Insurance Fund: Major labor shortage remaining in Estonia

Monday, July 5, 2021

A recent prognosis by the Unemployment Insurance Fund on the need for labor shows that no major changes have taken place compared with the assessment made in fall 2020 – while there has been much talk about underemployment in the light of the COVID-19 crisis, pre-crisis workforce shortage is increasingly returning. Similarly to a study conducted last year, there is currently a shortage of audiologists and speech therapists as well…

Government approves ‘vaccine lottery’ in principle

Monday, July 5, 2021

In order to promote vaccination against Covid-19 in Latvia, lotteries will be held from August, in which various prizes can be won, the Latvian cabinet agreed in principle July 5. The decision is likely to prove controversial with many people likely to question if the message sent out by the initiative is exactly the one intended. Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts (Development / For!) said it is planned that anyone who has been vaccinated…

Sanctions against Belarus may negatively affect the economy of Lithuania

Monday, July 5, 2021

The EU announced new sanctions on Minsk last month, banning the transit of potash fertilizer, oil, and tobacco products. The EU sanctions target “Belaruskali”, one of the world’s largest potash fertilizer producers. The company uses the services of the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda and Lithuanian Railways to export its production. There is a risk that the restrictions would negatively impact the Lithuanian economy, since they would lead to losses for…

Industrial output data of Latvia for May

Monday, July 5, 2021

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to May 2020, in May 2021 industrial production output rose by 10.1 % according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. Production output increase was registered in manufacturing – by 11 %, in electricity and gas supply – by 3.8 %, andin mining and quarrying – by 2.4 %. Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, when the second largest decline in…

On Monday Latvia reported 22 new cases of Covid-19

Monday, July 5, 2021

On Monday, July 5, Latvia reported 22 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 137,653. Of 3,456 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.6% were positive, consistent with the roughly 0.5% rate of recent days. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its decline, from 43.4 Sunday to 42.4 Monday.…

Estonian Ministry of Finance starts campaign to stop people leaving second pillar pension fund

Monday, July 5, 2021

An advertising campaign has been launched by the Ministry of Finance to encourage people not to leave the second pillar pension fund and to rethink their decision. People who have applied to leave the pillar during the first quarter of 2021 have until the end of July to change their minds. If a person leaves, it will not be possible to rejoin for 10 years. “Continuing to save will help…

Bicycle lane barriers in Riga bring trouble for emergency teams

Monday, July 5, 2021

Medics of the Emergency Medical Service point out that valuable time must be spent avoiding the streets with bars because they are no longer able to navigate traffic. Since there have been bars on the streets of Riga, ambulances have been driving on the sidewalk more frequently. Stopping by a building with bars in front of it has also become more difficult, and medics sometimes have to stop at another…

Shortage of family doctors prevails in Latvia

Monday, July 5, 2021

Nearly 30% of general practitioners or family doctors working in Latvia are in pre-retirement or retirement age, so there are shortages of specialists in the industry, particularly in remote parishes. Among 1263 family doctors currently working in Latvia, 27% are of pre-retirement or retirement age. And, according to data from the National Health Service’s survey, some plan to end their active career. The Ministry of Health said that family doctors…

Latvian miller company launches two major plants

Monday, July 5, 2021

On Friday, July 2, two new plants were launched by the Dobeles Dzirnavnieks miller company, which are expected to allow the company to grow exports by at least 30% over the next two years. One of the new plants will produce biological cereals and the other one will produce pasta, with €35 million invested altogether. The development of biological grain production infrastructure cost €22.7 million, of which the European Union co-financed…

Around 30% of Latvian population fully vaccinated

Monday, July 5, 2021

Last week around 70,000 people were vaccinated, or an average of around 11,600 people a day. This pace is similar to the week before the Midsummer holiday. Vaccination numbers fell significantly during the festival. So far, that rate has been the highest in the week of May 24, when about 16,500 people were vaccinated on average daily. As of May 10, over 100,000 people were vaccinated each week for four consecutive…