Posts published in Day: July 8, 2021

Lithuania: Fighter jet alert halts Spanish PM news conference

Thursday, July 8, 2021

A Russian plane triggered an urgent alert disrupting a press conference of the Lithuanian and Spanish presidents. Pilots scrambled a Eurofighter jet at Siauliai air force base in LithuaniaThursday in response to an unidentified Russian plane. The alert interrupted a joint news conference the president, Gitanas Nauseda, was holding with Spanish President Pedro Sanchez. They were three minutes into the press conference in front of the plane’s fuselage and in the middle…

Latvia: Inflation up slightly in June

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Latest data published July 8 by the Central Statistical Bureau show that in June 2021, compared to June 2020, the average level of consumer prices in Latvia increased by 2.7 %. Compared to June 2020, in June 2021 the average level of consumer prices was mainly influenced by the rise in prices of goods and services related to transport, food and non-alcoholic beverages, clothing and footwear, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, health care,…

Heatwave has caused Estonians to consume more electricity

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The high temperatures of June caused Estonians to consume more electricity, increasing their electricity bills considerably. Summertime electricity consumption in Estonia is always lower during summer than in winter as longer days and warmer temperatures take care of heating homes. Still, the recent heatwaves have led Estonians to look for cooling, fans flew off the shelves and air conditioners were turned on again. All this increased electricity bills considerably in…

Learn Livonian language online!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

A series of short films is being published online providing an introduction to the Livonian language, indigenous to a few remaining parts of Latvia and considered one of the most endangered languages in the world. The videos are produced by the Livonian Institute of the University of Latvia and come with English-language subtitles. They are available on the  Livonian Institute’s YouTube channel  . At the time of writing two have been published…

Speakers of Baltic parliaments meet in Latvia

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The speakers of all three Baltic national parliaments are attending a meeting in Latvia July 8 and 9, where issues relating to the economy, security and environment of the region will be discussed. The surge in illegal immigration from Belarus to Lithuania will also be spoken about. Speaker of the Saeima of Latvia Ināra Mūrniece will host Speaker of the Seimas of Lithuania Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen and President of the Riigikogu of Estonia Jüri Ratas in Rīga. In the evening,…

Statistics: Economy recovering, manufacturing up 18 percent on year to May

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Industry is demonstrating signs of recovery, state agency Statistics Estonia says. The total production of industrial enterprises in Estonia rose by 16 percent on year to May, the agency reports, while manufacturing saw even higher growth As the largest economic sector and an important driver of economic growth, these figures are significant, the agency says, with analyst Helle Bunder adding that May 2020 was the worst-hit month during the pandemic.…

Statistics: Tourism growing, but still few foreign tourists

Thursday, July 8, 2021

In May 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served 90,000 tourists, which is nearly one and a half times more than in May last year during the emergency situation. The numbers of foreign and domestic tourists both increased. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said in May 2020 the spread of the coronavirus still had a significant impact on the movement of people. “This year, people travelled more and consequently accommodation establishments…

Čaka Street bicycle lanes likely to be removed in autumn

Thursday, July 8, 2021

After less than a year, the bike lanes on Aleksandra Čaka Street in Rīga will likely be removed in autumn, Latvian Radio reported July 8. The aim of the experiment launched last summer was to perform traffic movement measurements to see if permanent cyclist lanes would be plausible. The cyclists who spoke to Latvian Radio said that the experiment was successful. “I like that as a cyclist,” Rihards said. Aleksandrs said, “There are…

Rail Baltica commissions stations study

Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Rail Baltica infrastructure has handed a contract worth nearly 200,000 euros to a team of experts to learn “how to promote long-term value creation in and around its seven international railway stations.” RB Rail has signed a contract amounting to 194,250 euros, with an international consortium led by a Ramboll and consisting of Gottlieb Paludan Architects, Soini

AK: Estonian Navy sea mine procurement from Finnish firm going ahead

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Estonia has procured a ‘significant’ volume of state-of-the-art sea mines from an unnamed Finnish firm, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Wednesday night. The mines will start arriving late on this year. Commander of the Estonian Navy (Merevägi) Cdre Jüri Säska told AK that: “We have made a proposal on what will be procured and from where. This proposal comes from the Commander of the Defense Forces to the…