Posts published in Day: September 6, 2021

Government to start budget talks on Thursday

Monday, September 6, 2021

The government is about to begin talks on the 2022 state budget on Thursday of this week. On the same day, the fresh economic forecast from the Ministry of Finance will be presented to members of the government, the government’s communications office told BNS. In April, the government approved, together with the country’s multi-annual fiscal strategy, also the initial draft state budget for 2022, with revenues amounting to €12.3 billion…

Latvia among EU leaders on women police and judges

Monday, September 6, 2021

Latvia has more than 400 police officers per 100,000 of population, well above the European Union average, according to data published by Eurostat September 6. Overall, there was one police officer for every 299 inhabitants in the EU (average 2017-2019), or 334.0 police officers per 100 000 inhabitants. The value was slightly lower than the previous three-year average (339.4 police officers per 100 000 inabithants). However, there are big differences between…

Could Russia Defeat NATO in Baltics?

Monday, September 6, 2021

The RAND wargame suggests that Russia could take the Baltics, and perhaps hold them, for a while. Moscow would begin to pay costs very early in any conflict, however, as NATO forces moved against Kaliningrad, Transnistria and other Russian holdings. A recent RAND wargame on a potential Russian offensive into the Baltics brought talk of a “new Cold War” into sharp focus. The game made clear that NATO would struggle to prevent Russian forces from occupying the Baltics if it relied on the…

First resident ambassador to Australia collects credentials

Monday, September 6, 2021

On 6 September 2021, in an official ceremony in Riga Castle, the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, presented credentials to the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Commonwealth of Australia, Marģers Krams. Krams will become the first ever resident Ambassador of Latvia to Australia. Marģers Krams began his diplomatic career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002 when he was posted as Head of Mission at…

Electricity production from renewable sources increasing in Estonia

Monday, September 6, 2021

In 2020, power plants produced 5,516 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electricity, which is three quarters of the production the year prior, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The volume of electricity produced from oil shale decreased by a half. Helle Truuts, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, said electricity production from renewable energy sources continued to grow last year. “Electricity production from wood fuel grew by 13 percent in a year, accounting for a…

Emergency team struggle to find spots in intensive care

Monday, September 6, 2021

The weekend was very tense for the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), as they faced issues finding spots for intensive care patients with Covid-19, NMPD Head Liene Cipule told Latvian Radio August 6. Cipule said that the number of patients needing intensive treatment has increased. Patient placement at Riga East Clinical University Hospital had to be rescheduled, as intensive therapy beds filled more rapidly than previously. However, regional hospitals in Valmiera and Rēzekne are…

Lithuania: The new gateway for freight between Europe and Asia

Monday, September 6, 2021

Starting in summer 2021, freight trains from across Europe will be able to reach Lithuanian’s Kaunas Intermodal Terminal (KIT) – one of the most important logistics centres for the Rail Baltica project and the North Sea to Baltic Sea transport corridor. Karolis Sankovski, CEO of LTG Infra, explains just what this will mean for freight and passenger travel in the region, and the significance of its connection throughout Europe. Intensive…

President Levits speaks at Lennart Meri conference

Monday, September 6, 2021

Latvian President Egils Levits took part in the annual Lennart Meri conference in Tallinn on September 5, taking part in a panel titled “Non Ducor, Duco / I am Not Led, I Lead”. All the panel discussion titles were rendered in Latin as well as English at this year’s event. Also participating were banker Jens Henriksson, scientific advisor Sabina Jeschke and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid in a discussion moderated by former…

State to increase electricity market competition with distribution reform

Monday, September 6, 2021

On Thursday, the government approved amendments to laws, which should force electric grid distributors to open larger competition in the electric market, opening distribution options and allowing greater competition in the electric vehicle loading infrastructure field. “Primarily, it is directed toward our electric market being as transparent as possible and for all parties involved in the market to have equal opportunities to participate in the market and do their actions,”…

Nearly 100 migrants turned back over weekend

Monday, September 6, 2021

Another 96 people’s attempts of illegally crossing the Latvian-Belarusian State border were prevented over the weekend, according to the State Border Guard. On Friday, September 3, 43 people were denied entry to Latvia, on Saturday, September 4 the figure was 29, whereas on Sunday, September 5, there were 24 more. No people were detained for having crossed the border illegally. In total, after the  state of emergency   was announced on…