Posts published in Day: September 1, 2021

State plans to make Jõhvi-Toila highway stretch four-lane

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The state says it will be starting work on widening a stretch of the Tallinn-Narva highway to four-lanes. The section of road lies in Ida-Viru County, though the editor-in-chief of a local daily says similar pledges have been made in the past, with no result so far. Anti Palmi, regional head of the Transport Board’s (Transpordiameet) infrastructure and maintenance section, told ERR that the project is planned for 2025-2028, and…

Criminal proceedings launched for 38 cases of illegal border crossing

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

There are currently 38 criminal proceedings launched regarding the illegal crossing of the border between Latvia-Belarus and Latvia-Russia, State Border Guard spokeswoman Kristīne Pētersone told LETA September 1. Most criminal proceedings were launched this year, when illegal immigration on the Belarus border picked up. Some criminal proceedings have also been initiated in previous years and continue to be investigated. In accordance with the law, if a person illegally crosses the State border, the…

Tallinn mayor: Funding for mega-hospital has to be found

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

As Estonia is set to receive much less than initially expected from the EU’s recovery fund and the state is not looking to support Tallinn’s construction of a mega-hospital, the city is forced to find other ways to direct funds toward the project, Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) told ERR. Besides all the positives, Estonia’sfast economic growthalso means the country’s cut of the EU’s COVID-19 recovery fund will likely…

Energy firm to subsidize local authority over €100,000 a year for pulp mill

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Energy firm Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) has pledged €125,000 annually to a local authority whose territory the company wants to build a pulp mill in. The move bucks the trend for local governments, as well as the national one, holding off on establishing large industrial facilities, ERR reports. The municipality, Lüganuse, Ida-Viru County, says the construction of the facility does not hinge on the grant, adding that aspecial plan had…

Better mood in services sector in August

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Data of business tendency surveys published August 31 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that business confidence indicators in August 2021 have gone down in retail trade, construction, and industry, however, in the services sector business environment is slightly improving each month. Business confidence indicators characterize the general situation in the sector and they are acquired by carrying out business surveys in the industry, construction, retail trade, and services sectors. If the indicator is…

Tallinn continues sick leave compensation, rent exemption

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tallinn City Government will continue to pay sick leave from the first day and to reduced rent in city-owned properties in the City Center until the end of 2021. However, rent exemption will no longer apply to properties outside the center. The measures are part of draft legislation to offer coronavirus relief to people and businesses and still need to be approved by the city council. The previous measures expired…

469 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia Wednesday

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

On Wednesday, September 1, Latvia recorded 469 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is the highest daily total since May 21, but does come against a greatly increased number of tests being carried out ahead of the September 1 return to school. 108 of the positive cases were the result of school screening tests. Of the total number of positive cases, 387 were unvaccinated persons, or…

Bike lane removed from Čaka Street in Rīga

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

As of Wednesday, September 1, the traffic organization on Marijas/Čaka Street will be changed, keeping only one bicycle lane in the direction of the center, according to Rīga City Transport Department. The repainting of lanes is currently ongoing, so the Transport Department called on all road users to be cautious and tolerant. There will now be a public transport lane and an ordinary road transport lane in the direction away from…

Over 800 migrants denied entry to Latvia since mid-August

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, the Border Guard deterred 39 illegal migrants from crossing the Latvian-Belarusian border. No persons were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on August 10 in the Latvia-Belarus border area allowing the border guard to promptly deny entry and return migrants to the country of origin, 809 people have been denied entry into Latvia. The numbers peaked on…

Young people invited to apply for Rīga Conference Future Leaders Forum

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The annual Rīga Conference will soon be upon us again, with this year’s session of geopolitical and defense discussion scheduled for October 15-16. There will also be the Rīga Conference  Future Leaders Forum   (RC FLF), a side event which will take place on October 14 and 15. Students wishing to participate still have time to apply until September 25, and if previous years are any indication, their discussions and ideas are often…