Posts published in Day: July 15, 2021

Iraq to probe migrant smuggling to Lithuania via Belarus

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein vowed Thursday to investigate the alleged smuggling of Iraqi migrants into EU member Lithuania via Belarus. At a joint news conference in Baghdad with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis, Hussein said his government will launch a probe into “the plan to smuggle Iraqis into Europe”. “We will not accept smugglers in our society,” he said. “It’s our duty to protect our citizens, whether they be inside…

Greece offers Lithuania support over sharp rise in migrant numbers

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Greece has offered to share its experiences on migrant issues with Lithuania as it handles a sharp rise in the number of people crossing its border, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, after what he called an “orchestrated effort” by Belarus to pressure its neighbour. The comments, following a meeting with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte in Athens, come as Lithuanian and EU officials have accused Minsk of using…

Eight detained on suspicion of human trafficking at rehabilitation center

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The State Police (VP) has detained a group of eight people in connection with the possible human trafficking at the addiction prevention center “Neatkarība-Balt” network, the police said at a press briefing July 15. The investigation found that the association had three branches in different places in Latvia, where drug and alcohol addicts were offered to participate in an addiction prevention program, but instead of receiving treatment, the people were involved in heavy…

Kredex, supplementary budget crisis measures extended until end of 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Using money from the 2020 supplementary budget and Kredex foundation crisis measures will be extended until the end of 2021, the government agreed on Thursday. The government approved a draft allowing the use of the funds of the 2020 supplementary budget law left over from crisis measures, which have been carried over, until the end of 2021. It was also decided to extend until the end of the year the…

Slight recovery in Latvia’s hotel sector

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau July 15 show signs of a slight recovery in the hotel sector as Covid-related restrictions started to be lifted.   In May 2021 the number of foreign and resident visitors in tourist accommodation establishments comprised 72.4 thousand, which is 2.4 times more than in May 2020 and by 38.9 % more than in April this year.  The number of nights spent by visitors comprised 140.6 thousand, which is by 81.4 %…

Compulsory vaccination will ‘add fuel to the fire’, industry representatives say

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The government’s decision to introduce compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for medical, social care and educational workers will divide society, according to sectoral representatives, Latvian Radio reported July 15. The draft law, which has yet to be reviewed in the Saeima, provides not only for compulsory vaccination in a number of sectors, but also for the possibility of dismissing employees in other sectors an employee who is in contact with clients or…

Membership of wind energy association grows

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Four ‘new and significant’ members have joined the Latvian Wind Energy Association (LWEA) in the last six months, the organization said in a release July 15. Renewable energy project developer Sunly, offshore wind developer Ørsted, solar and wind farm developer European Energy and SIA Gaismas rati, a local company offering “high altitude solutions”. “Over the past six months we have expanded by welcoming four strong companies to our membership. We are…

Eesti Energia: Renewable electricity generation levels behind record prices

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Low renewables output and a rise in demand are behind the current, record levels of electricity prices in Estonia, among other factors, state-owned Eesti Energia says. Spokesperson for the company Reimo Raja said that: “The prices are being driven up by low levels of renewable energy production, high CO2 quota prices and high natural gas prices. “The heat wave that has hit Europe has increased the demand for electricity consumption,”…

Urban open-air cinema cycle to begin next week

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The arts center Zuzeum, the cinema project “Kino Kults” and the US embassy in Latvia invite viewers to the Baltie plankumi (White spots) open-air cinema cycle, Zuzeum said in a release July 15. The theme of the 2021 season — “Utopias and dystopias.” The cinema cycle will be unveiled on the evening of July 22 with the film “The Truman Show”, the arts center’s representatives said. “White spots” is a…

SEB’s half-year profit in Estonia increased to €50 million

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Estonian units of SEB ended the first half of 2021 with a profit of €50.7 million, an increase of 23.3 percent compared with the same period last year. Compared to the first half of 2020, the bank’s revenues increased by 0.4 percent to €85.6 million and expenses declined by 5 percent to €28.9 million. SEB’s loan portfolio increased by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2021, reaching nearly…