Posts published in Day: July 22, 2021

Estonia’s state budget to be more detailed, budget process simpler

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The government wants to make the budget more “understandable” and transparent from 2022, Minister of Justice Maris Lauri has said. The bill presented by the Mministry of Finance would make the state budget seven times more detailed compared with the present and make changes to the process of preparing the budget. Specifically, where at present time-consuming budget negotiations are held twice every year, in the future details would be decided…

EC will provide EUR 650,000 Covid support to Latvian fisheries and agriculture

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The European Commission confirmed July 22 it has approved a Latvian scheme worth €650,000 intended to support companies active in the microgreen production, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. “The European Commission has approved a €650,000 Latvian scheme to support companies active in primary microgreen production, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures that the Latvian government had to implement to limit the spread…

Construction continues to battle with supply issues brought on by pandemic

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The effects of the pandemic have made their effects known within the construction sector and related industries, ERR reports, though not always in ways envisaged. Prices internationally of materials like timber have tripled since May, for instance, though in the US they have started to fall again. At the same time, construction projects are ongoing, leading to supply problems and exacerbating inflation, though potentially mitigated both by utilizing domestically-produced materials…

Positive trend in Rīga Airport’s passenger numbers in June

Thursday, July 22, 2021

In June 2021, 157.7 thousand passengers were served at Riga International Airport, which is 2.8 times more than in May 2020 and 85.1% more than in May this year, according to data published July 22 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The total number of flights in June was 3,116, which is twice as many as a year earlier. For the third consecutive month, the number of passengers at Riga Airport has increased…

NATO is as good as dead

By Scott Ritter on Thursday, July 22, 2021

WHEN the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded some 70 years ago, its first secretary-general, Lord Ismay, famously noted that the purpose of the treaty alliance was ‘to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.’ NATO’s mission was to secure peace in Europe, promote cooperation among its members and guard their freedom by countering the threat posed by the Soviet Union at the time. This latter…

Latvia to donate over 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccines to Tunisia

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Some of AstraZeneca vaccines against Covid-19 which Latvia intends to donate to other countries  are planned to end up in Tunisia, National Health Service (NVD) representative Armīns Kalniņš told Latvian Radio July 22. Agreements with Tunisia have now been concluded and the agreement of the European Union and the manufacturer has been received, and Kalniņš said 50,400 vaccines are hoped to be sent out next week. Other countries, such as Moldova, Georgia,…

New Āgenskalns walking guide available

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Residents and visitors to the Āgenskalns district of Rīga might like to know there’s a new walking guide to the historic and eclectic area that is now available. Āgenskalns Neighborhood Association, with the involvement of the local community, has created a new walking guide “Āgenskalns Places 2021”, (“Āgenskalna vietzīmes 2021”) which introduces interesting places, and gives information on current audio walks (audio guides and art projects), as well as offering thematic routes and…

German-Estonian defence industry cooperation is bearing fruit

Thursday, July 22, 2021

German-Estonian defence industry cooperation is bearing fruit in the form of world class technological developments, defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) said during a recent, official two-day visit to Germany which included a meeting with his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU). Laanet said that: “Estonian defense industry firms currently find themselves in a rapid phase of development and are actively seeking cooperation opportunities in foreign markets.” “The strengths and competitive advantages…

Taxi services short of drivers in Latvia

Thursday, July 22, 2021

In the winter months, taxi supply exceeded demand, but now that the demand has increased, there are no taxi drivers. The pandemic is only one of the reasons why drivers are looking for jobs in other sectors, Latvian Television reported July 22. More than a thousand taxi drivers have quit since last summer. The Road Transport Directorate considers that there are three reasons for this: new requirements on the part of…

44 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia, no deaths

Thursday, July 22, 2021

On Thursday, July 22, Latvia reported 44 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 138,344. Of 6,779 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.6% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants ticked down from 29.2 Wednesday to 28.9 Thursday. No Covid-related deaths were reported Thursday, so the death toll since the…