Posts published in Day: July 26, 2021

Diplomat: Estonia brought cybersecurity to UNSC during presidency

Monday, July 26, 2021

During Estonia’s 18 months as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) the country has sought to draw the attention of world powers to the topic of cybersecurity. ETV’s “Aktuaalne kaamera” on Sunday looked at Estonia’s time on the council and what the country has achieved so far. The country’s second month-long presidency ended in June. Deputy Head of the UN Mission in Estonia Gert Auväärt said…

TS Laevad carries record number of 102,851 passengers last week

Monday, July 26, 2021

Ferry operator TS Laevad, a holding of listed Estonian port company Tallinna Sadam, carried a record high level of 102,851 passengers and 42,026 vehicles last week, regardless of the ferry Toll having been involved in an accident and removed from its route. The number of passengers grew 1 percent week over week while the number of vehicles remained unchanged, according to TS Laevad. CEO of TS Laevad Indrek Randveer said…

Lithuania to inject EUR 149 mln into economy under recovery plan this year – minister

Monday, July 26, 2021

Some 149 million euros are to be injected into the Lithuanian economy this year after EU finance ministers approved on Monday the country’s national recovery and resilience plan worth over 2 billion euros in total, Finance Minister Gintare Skaiste said. The money will be used to fund the installation of 200 MW energy batteries, the so-called millennium school program and the development of digital innovations in education, as well as…

Estonian govt approves lower allowed attendance numbers for events

Monday, July 26, 2021

The Estonian government has formally approved amendments to a regulation, endorsed in principle on July 22, which reduce the maximum allowed number of participants in both indoor and outdoor events and activities where participants are not subject to infection safety control. From Aug. 2, attendance at events and activities prior to which guests do not have to undergo an infection safety check, meaning an obligation to produce a certificate of…

Guidelines for on-site learning proposed by Education Ministry

Monday, July 26, 2021

The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed principles for the launch of a new school year, which provides for the organization of onsite learning even if Covid-19 morbidity in the country is high. The documents prepared by the IZM will be viewed by the government in the first half of August. The IZM has developed four basic principles to guide the education system in the coming school year: In…

Bank of Estonia: Card payments at all-time record levels in June

Monday, July 26, 2021

Residents of Estonia made an average of more than 1 million card payments a day in points of sale in Estonia in June, an all-time record with a total value of €18.5 million, the Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) announced on Monday. Five years ago, 97 percent of the purchases made with bank cards were in physical points of sale and only 3 percent were in online stores, but in…

Rīga plans to transform public transport system over next five years

Monday, July 26, 2021

Latvia’s EU Recovery and Resilience facility provides €300 million for the modernization of the public transport system in Rīga and the vicinity, but exact plans are still somewhat unclear according to opposition, Latvian Radio reported July 26. Of the €1.8 billion plan of the Latvian Recovery and Resilience facility, nearly a fifth, or about €300 million, is designed to modernize and make the capital’s traffic system less environmentally harmful. One…

Competition Authority asks Eesti Energia for new heating solution in Narva

Monday, July 26, 2021

The Competition Authority (Konkurentsiamet) is worried about the sustainability of the district heating network in Narva and has called for state-owned electricity generator Eesti Energia to find a new heating solution in the city. Competition Authority director general Märt Ots said nothing terrible should happen to Narva’s heating network in the near future, since the 11th energy bloc of the Baltic thermal electricity station is still operational and can use…

Three more drownings over weekend in Latvia

Monday, July 26, 2021

The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) pulled three more drowned people from the water over the weekend of July 24-25. On Sunday in Daugmale Parish, Kekava District, a body was recovered from the river, on Saturday in Balvi Parish, another was retreived from a pond, and on Friday in Riga, a dead person was lifted from a lake. This year, during the bathing season, the VUGD has removed a total of 49 people…

23 new Covid cases in Latvia Monday

Monday, July 26, 2021

On Monday, July 26, Latvia reported 23 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 138,504. Monday’s figures are usually the lowest of the week in absolute numbers due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays. Of 3,381 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.7% were positive.…