Posts published in Day: July 24, 2021

Minister: Planned oil shale plant shouldn’t fall foul of EU state aid rules

Saturday, July 24, 2021

State aid for a proposed oil shale plant in eastern Estonia should tick all the boxes despite concerns enumerated by a recent National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) report, Minister for Public Administration Jaak Aab (Center) says. Concerns have been raised that the plant’s construction would run counter to European Union climate change goals, not to mention its state aid rules. Speaking to ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) Friday evening, Aab…

Grid distributor Elektrilevi acquires competitor in €29-million deal

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Grid distributor Elektrilevi has acquired competitor Imatra Elekter, Estonian subsidiary of a Finnish firm, for €28.9 million. The move means Elektrilevi now serves nearly all customers nationwide. Board chair at Elektrilevi Mihkel Härm said of the deal that: “The merger of two companies and full integration of systems will take close to two years, according to our best current knowledge; thus, for customers of Imatra Elekter’s network service, everything will…

1,000 Latvian teachers might leave due to Covid vaccination rules

Saturday, July 24, 2021

In the next school year, when it is planned to require mandatory Covid-19 safety certificates for educators, about 1,000 teachers could leave the education system, Minister of Education Anita Muižniece (New Conservative Party) said in an interview with TV3 July 22. According to the data of the Ministry of Education and Science, in the 2020/2021 school year there were about 56,000 teachers working in Latvia. Fewer than 30,000 were general and special…

Three-day Sea Festival to be hold in Klaipeda

Saturday, July 24, 2021

According to BNS, the annual three-day Sea Festival starts in the Lithuanian western port city of Klaipeda on Friday amid epidemiologists’ concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The festival will also get state leaders’ attention as President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte will attend several of the planned events that will take place on Friday through Sunday. Epidemiologists are concerned over mass gatherings in Klaipeda as even…

43 Covid cases confirmed Saturday

Saturday, July 24, 2021

On Saturday, July 24, Latvia reported 43 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 138,425. Of 10,575 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.4% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants inched up slightly from 29.1 Friday to 29.7 Saturday. One Covid-related death was reported Saturday, so the death toll since…