Posts published in Day: August 24, 2021

This year’s cereals harvest yield forecast 20 percent lower than 2020

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Cereal harvests this year are likely to be around 20 percent down on the figure for 2020. Last year’s harvest set a record, however, while the hot and dry summer this year is the main factor in the absolute decline. Janno Toomet, sales manager at farming association Kevil, noted the issue was compounded by major cereal-producing nations like Russia and Canada also experiencing poor harvests, a situation which has led…

The monument has been stripped of the status

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Council of Experts for the Protection of Immovable Cultural Heritage on Tuesday removed a central Vilnius monument to Petras Cvirka, a prominent Soviet-era author and political activist, from Lithuania’s Register of Cultural Property. Vidmantas Bezaras, director of the Cultural Heritage Department, told that the experts were still discussing whether to add the square named after Cvirka to the register. “The monument has been stripped of the status,” he told.…

Delta strain Latvia has reached 97.9%

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The proportion of the Covid-19 Delta strain Latvia has reached 97.9%, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at the government meeting August 24. The Delta type of the virus was detected in around 18% of tested samples at the beginning of July, while its prevalence reached 79% by the middle of the month. On August 11, however, it was reported that 95.3% of the samples had already been identified as having the…

Estonia: tax system needs to be modernized

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Estonia’s tax system needs to be modernized, Jüri Ratas, chairman of the Center Party and speaker of the parliament, said in his opening remarks at a conference on the Estonian economy in Tallinn on Tuesday. “The tax system is an instrument with which we can reduce inequality and poverty and raise the standard of living of all people and the competitiveness of businesses. The overall tax burden determines the volume…

Retail company Runikon Retail earned a profit of €4.5 million

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Retail company Runikon Retail, which operates under the IKEA brand in Estonia, earned a profit of €4.5 million on sales of €26.5 million in the financial year ended on August 31, 2020. The last financial year was the first year of operation for the company and, due to that, the result cannot be compared to the previous year, the company said in the annual report. The management of Runikon Retail…

Commission refused proposal a referendum

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Central Election Commission (CVK) decided to refuse opposition Member Aldis Gobzems’ proposal to start collecting signatures for a referendum on including voluntary vaccinations in the Constitution. Member Aldis Gobzems had previously proposed Article 111 of the Constitution to provide that forced vaccination and imposing restrictions on unvaccinated persons is forbidden. Six members of the CVK voted for the refusal to start the collection of signatures, two voted against. Gobzems did not…

State aid for fitness centers is no longer available

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

State aid for fitness centers is no longer available since it is legally allowed for them to open. Representatives of the industry say, however, that the aid is still necessary since the customer turnover is much lower. This year, for the period from January to the end of March, the industry received support, calculated by the number of square meters of the fitness center. The Latvian Health and Fitness Association assessed…

Two Afghan citizens evacuated to Latvia

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told on Sunday evening, two Afghan citizens who had cooperated with the European Union’s mission in Kabul, as well as their families, arrived in Latvia. Evacuation of several more Afghans is still in process. There is currently no information about Latvian nationals remaining in Afghanistan. Last week, Ieva Hertela, who was working with the European Union (EU) project in Afghanistan, was already evacuated. “We are currently focusing on providing…

Madis Jääger is to step down as director of the Tax and Customs Board

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Madis Jääger is to step down as director of the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) after just over eight months in the post. Jääger said that he sees his future goals within top positions in the private sector, which, he says, is an arena which thinks in a business-like manner in terms of processes, goals and team-work. Jääger, 41, started as head of the MTA in early January, and says…

600 new COVID-19 cases in Lithuania

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

On Monday, 600 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has already recorded 294 708 coronavirus cases. 6 545 cases are still active. Yesterday 1 person died of COVID-19 in Lithuania. In total, the death toll reaches 11 095. On Monday, 6 708 PCR tests were done to detect COVID-19. Yesterday 15 320 people were vaccinated in the country. Overall, 1 446…