Posts published in Day: September 2, 2021

Errors in Estonia’s state budget caused by rushing

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The errors highlighted by the National Audit Office this week in the state budget prepared by the Ministry of Finance are mainly a result of the work processes at the ministry and lack of time, the ministry’s Deputy Secretary General Sven Kirsipuu and Sven Sester, a former minister of finance have said. “One of the biggest problems in the process of preparing budget documents is shortfalls in the information system,”…

Quarantine in two Rīga schools due to Covid-19

Thursday, September 2, 2021

As early as the second day of school, three forms in two Rīga schools have gone into quarantine, Rīga City Council’s Department of Education, Culture, and Sport told LSM September 2. Two forms of Riga French Lycée – year 1 and year 12 – have encountered cases of Covid-19 due to which they are now in quarantine. The Department could not say whether there were vaccinated pupils among the 12th…

Maverick MP makes Saeima switch back to distance format

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Not for the first time, independent opposition MP Aldis Gobzems was the center of attention in Latvia’s parliament September 2 when his refusal to show a valid Covid test certificate – despite apparently having one – forced the Saeima to revert to its e-Saeima distanced format instead of holding a full in-person sitting. Populist Gobzems, leader of the newly formed ‘Law and Order’ party, has already caused plenty of controversy with his eclectic…

IMF warns Lithuania of economic overheating

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Lithuania about risks of overheating – both in particular sectors and in the economy as a whole. Among the risks, the IMF listed uneven recovery of the country’s main trade partners, geopolitical tensions, disruptions to the vaccination process and a lagging absorption of the European Union’s (EU) economic recovery funds. In addition, the Fund’s experts called on Lithuania to implement reforms conducive to…

EU to discuss stand-off between Lithuania and China high on agenda

Thursday, September 2, 2021

EU foreign ministers will meet on Friday in Slovenia, where the recent stand-off between Beijing and Vilnius is expected to be high on agenda, according to the South China Morning Post. The talks come after a series of tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and China in March, as well as the recent decision of Beijing to withdraw its ambassador from Vilnius. China considers Lithuania’s decision to host Taiwan’s de…

Pensionikeskus starts making second pillar fund payouts

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Pension system manager Pensionikeskus on Thursday started making payouts to persons who submitted an application to exit the second pension pillar in the first round, meaning no later than on March 31 this year. Payouts will be executed in random order during the month of September, they do not depend on the alphabet or the time of application, Pensionikeskus said. All the money accumulated in the second pillar will be…

Passenger traffic continued to fall in first half of 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published September 2 show that in the first   half of 2021, compared to the first half of 2020, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has reduced. Movement restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic determined a drop in passenger traffic by all modes of transport. During the first half of 2021, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 57 million passengers, which is 22.5% fewer…

Kärcher to open factory in Latvia

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The German group Kärcher plans to set up a new production facility in Latvia, the group’s board member Michael Häusermann has confirmed, according to information published September 2 by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA). Initially, the Latvian facility will produce spare parts for utility cars adapted to perform various economic functions, such as street maintenance, but it is planned to later start assembling these cars in the facility too. The…

Estonian industrial production grew by 10 percent on year in July

Thursday, September 2, 2021

In July 2021, the total production of industrial enterprises increased by 10 percent year on year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Production increased by 16 percent in energy production, by 6 percent in manufacturing and by 72 percent in mining. Helle Bunder, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said production increased in more than a half of manufacturing activities. “In July last year, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic was no longer…

Another 18 illegal migrants captured Wednesday

Thursday, September 2, 2021

On Tuesday, August 31, the Border Guard did not allow 18 illegal migrants to cross 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, 827 people have been denied entry into Latvia. The numbers…