Posts published in Day: July 20, 2021

Police appeal for help in soccer agent shooting case

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Latvian State Police released pictures July 20 of men they seek in connection with the murder of the soccer agent Romāns Bezzubovs in April of 2021. According to the police, the men in the photos are Ivans Agapitovs (1967) and Deniss Koņaškins (1975). Police reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. At the same time, police said that the persons can be dangerous and/or armed so no attempts should be…

VKG wants to construct €800 million Ida-Viru County pulp mill

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Energy firm Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) says it wants to create a pulp mill in eastern Estonia which, it says, would create around a thousand jobs. The development would also boost renewable energy production at a time when the European Union recently unveiled its long-term package of climate goals, since pulp mills generate renewable energy during their processes. A 2018 plan to construct a pulp mill in Tartu County came…

Unemployment rate down slightly in June

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Data of the Labor Force Survey p ublished July 20  by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in June 2021 actual unemployment rate comprised 7.8%, which is 0.1 percentage points less than in May. The unemployment rate for females increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.4% in June, but for males, it remained unchanged at 8.3 %. The unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (NVA) accounted for…

Statistics: Electricity had biggest impact on producer price index in June

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The producer price index of industrial output rose by 9.4 percent on-year to June 2021, state agency Statistics Estonia reported on Tuesday. The index rose by 2.6 percent between May and June. “Falling prices in mining and quarrying and in the manufacture of beverages had an opposite effect on the index,” Eveli Šokman, leading analyst at Statistics Estonia, said, adding that between May and June, the index was affected the…

Covid case total rises by 54 in Latvia

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

On Tuesday, July 20, Latvia reported 54 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 138,238. Of 7,944 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.7% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants ticked up from 28.0 Monday to 28.5 Tuesday, still just above the level of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants which…

Latvia calls on China to stick to international cyberspace rules

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said July 19 it was concerned by “malicious cyber activities targeting and affecting democracy, security and economies of the EU Member States and our allies and partners, both at the state level and the level of private entities and institutions”. In a statement released in parallel with a statement released by the  Council of the European Union  , the MFA said “Latvia in its national…

Estonia’s June inflation among fastest in euro area

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

While annual inflation in the euro area slowed from 2 percent in May to 1.9 percent in June, in Estonia inflation accelerated from 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent and was among the fastest in the euro area, according to data from Eurostat. European Union annual inflation was 2.2 percent in June 2021, down from 2.3 percent in May. In June 2020, inflation in the euro area was 0.3 percent and…

Latvia developed new tasks for NATO soldiers

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Member of the Latvian Saemas’ national association “Everything for Latvia!” and Freedom”/LNNK Jānis Dombrava stated the need to attract NATO troops to resolve the migration crisis. This is reported by la.lv.  In his opinion, illegal migration from the Middle East to Europe may acquire the feature of an invasion. He believes that under the guise of refugees, foreign military and intelligence officers can enter the country. To his mind, in…

Compulsory vaccination in Latvia: who and when?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The government has adopted new changes requiring compulsory vaccination in several sectors, and employers have the right to fire employees if they have failed to do so. The changes have yet to be decided by the Saeima. By 1 October, in health care, long-term social care and social rehabilitation institutions and in the field of education, workers who are in direct contact with patients, clients or children must present a Covid-19…

Covid-19 testing on eastern border of Latvia ongoing since mid-July

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Since last week, persons traveling to Latvia have to perform a Covid-19 test to cross the eastern external land border at four border crossing points – “Grebņeva”, “Terehova”, “Pāternieki” and “Silene”, Latvian Radio reported July 20. At the border point of Terehova, the Covid-19 tests shall be carried out in a small container-type laboratory located near the main checkpoint building. Two assistant physicians, Viktorija and Ilona, work there all day. “It’s…