Posts published in Day: July 27, 2021

Level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 1.3 % in June

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Data published July 27 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that,   compared to May 2021, in June 2021, the level of construction costs in Latvia rose by 1.3 %. Prices of building materials rose by 1.8 %, labor remuneration of workers – by 1.0 %, and maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.4 %. In June, the average level of construction costs was mostly…

Water taxi could soon float on the Daugava in Rīga

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

According to Latvian Radio, a competition for ideas of the development of the Daugava and its banks in Rīga has concluded. The idea of setting up sunset-watching seats, as well as a water taxi, has won the contest. Architects and traffic experts evaluated 105 new and unusual ideas for the use of the Daugava. The sunset-watching seats could be set up in August already, and talks are ongoing with the…

EU gives final go-ahead to plans for Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The ministers of economy and finance of the European Union (EU) approved the recovery plans of Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus on Monday, making sixteen Member States that have received the final approval of the EU-27 and can begin to receive European funds. The go-ahead was given during a videoconference held on Monday by the economic heads of the EU-27. Following the green light from the ministers, the Council, which…

Latvia chooses repair and maintenance provider for naval assets

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Local SME to conduct dockyard services for Latvian Naval Forces vessels. The Latvian MoD has selected a local SME to conduct dockyard repair and maintenance services for an undisclosed number of naval vessels. SOL S will conduct the work at various bases in the country under a €620,000 ($732,000) contract announced on the official EU tenders portal on 21 July. Activities will include ‘dock repair of sea vessels, cutters and…

Van Oord to install foundations at Baltic Eagle wind farm

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2024. Dutch maritime contracting company Van Oord has signed a contract with Iberdrola for transporting and installing monopile foundations for the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm in Germany. Van Oord will use Svanen, its 8,000t heavy-lift installation vessel, to install 50 foundations at the offshore wind facility. The company has also agreed to supply,…

Baltic States condemn mass arrests in Cuba

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The foreign ministers of the United States and 20 other countries have condemned mass arrests in Cuba and called for full restoration of internet access in the island nation that has recently been rocked by political unrest. The joint statement was issued by the governments of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, Greece, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and…

Canadian investigators take over probe into Air Baltic A220 engine incident

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Canadian investigators are to probe an engine-control incident involving an Air Baltic Airbus A220-300 during which both powerplants shut down after the aircraft touched down in Copenhagen. Danish authorities have delegated the investigation into the 11 July incident to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. The board says the twinjet (YL-AAQ) had reached top-of-descent on its service from Riga to Copenhagen when the crew disengaged the autothrottle and deployed spoilers…

Renewed calls for fifth island ferry follow Tõll incident

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A recent incident which has seen ferry services connecting the Estonian mainland to its two largest islands, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, cut to three vessels from its regular four, has led to fresh calls for a fifth ship to be added to the roster, with discussions at cabinet level likely to take place soon. The vessel is planned to enter into service no earlier than 2024, however. Kaupo Läänerand, Undersecretary of…

Lithuania orders M14 accessories

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Surplus US M14 semi-automatic rifles have armed the Lithuanian military since the late 1990s. The Lithuanian Armed Forces have ordered accessory kits for the M14 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle from local firm UAB Baltic Arms, in a sole-source  contract worth almost €985,000 ($1.16 million). Baltic Arms will complete work on the contract in July 2023, the Lithuanian MoD announced in a notice on the official EU tenders database. The US donated…

Air defence of the Baltic States is in bad condition

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The air defence of the Baltic States is too weak to protect NATO reinforcements coming to aid, according to a report by an Estonian defence think tank. The Estonian study recommends the Baltic States to acquire medium-range anti-aircraft systems and an adequate supply of missiles, as well as better command and communications networks. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are small, and so are their armed forces. The few NATO troops and…