Posts published in Day: September 24, 2021

Latvian government fills in a few more 2022 budget figures

Friday, September 24, 2021

The government gave further details of its budget proposals for 2022 on Friday, September 24, after coalition partners agreed on the main principles of spending plans a day earlier. The budget is based on a projection that in 2022, gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 5%, with inflation at 2.4%, the Ministry of Finance said. The budget deficit is planned at 3.8% and government debt at 50.9% of GDP. “The goal of the 2022…

Bolt: Less strict regulation would bring more drivers, lower prices

Friday, September 24, 2021

Ride-sharing service Bolt has said that less stringent regulation would attract more drivers to the service, increasing supply and making prices more favorable for passengers. In recent weeks, there has been much discussion about the price of ridesharing during peak hours. Eva Liisa Rikkas, manager of Bolt’s ridesharing service in Estonia, told BNS the current regulation does not allow peak hour demand to ease because drivers cannot provide services on…

Ministry toughening rules for issuance of virtual currency authorizations

Friday, September 24, 2021

A bill toughening rules for providers of virtual currency services has exited the Estonian Ministry of Finance that would, in order to mitigate the risks of financial crime, allow granting an Estonian virtual currency service authorization only to applicants who intend to operate in Estonia. The bill also seeks to set out in greater detail the grounds for refusal of authorization and to put an end to anonymous transactions in…

Bank of Estonia says government should plan expenditures conservatively

Friday, September 24, 2021

Next year’s budget revenue and expenditure are both more than €13 billion. Revenues are rising due to rapid economic growth and next year’s budget deficit will remain within the limits of the European Union’s budgetary rules, which is less than 3 percent of GDP. According to the budget strategy drawn up in the spring, next year’s state budget revenues would amount to €12.3 billion and expenditures to nearly €13.2 billion,…

‘Cannabis baroness’ still hasn’t received compensation three years on

Friday, September 24, 2021

Pensioner Dzidra Bruzgule from Viļāni district, has still to receive a promised compensation payment three years after her harmless hemp crop was destroyed by police. As  previously reported by LSM  , in 2018 a bumbling police raid swooped on Dzidra’s idyllic cottage, ripped up nearly 400 plants and carted them off for forensic examination which showed that Dzidra was telling the truth when she said she was not growing psychoactive drugs in…

Just four European countries now on Latvia’s travel ‘green list’

Friday, September 24, 2021

The updated list of epidemiological requirements for arrivals into Latvia from other countries was published on September 24 and includes the great majority of European countries on the list of those deemed to have a “high public health threat”, including Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania which now have some of the highest Covid infection rates in Europe. The classification system rates travel to each country as low (green), high (yellow), or very high risk (red). No…

Lithuania donated 235,900 doses of Vaxzevria to Taiwan

Friday, September 24, 2021

The Government of Lithuania continues to support third countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. It has decided to provide humanitarian aid and donate 235, 900 doses of Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca) to Taiwan. Lithuania’s Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will organise the shipment to Taiwan. Lithuania has already donated 200, 000 doses of Vaxzevria to Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia, as well…

President denies exerting inappropriate pressure on politicians

Friday, September 24, 2021

Latvian Television reported September 23 on a controversy involving State President Egils Levits and the possible exertion of undue pressure on parliamentarians to elect his preferred candidate to the Constitutional Court. This week, the Saeima Legal Affairs Commission    supported the   nomination of Irēna Kucina,  chief adviser to Levits on legal matters  , to the position of a judge of the Constitutional Court. Her candidacy had been put forward by the Cabinet of Ministers. However, four deputies did…

710 new Covid-19 cases Friday

Friday, September 24, 2021

On Friday, September 24, Latvia recorded 710 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is the second day ina  row with more than 700 new cases. Of the total number of positive cases, 570 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 140 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 153,403. Of 25,682 tests carried out in…

‘Cannabis baronness’ still hasn’t received compensation three years on

Friday, September 24, 2021

Pensioner Dzidra Bruzgule from Viļāni district, has still to receive a promised compensation payment three years after her harmless hemp crop was destroyed by police. As  previously reported by LSM  , in 2018 a bumbling police raid swooped on Dzidra’s idyllic cottage, ripped up nearly 400 plants and carted them off for forensic examination which showed that Dzidra was telling the truth when she said she was not growing psychoactive drugs in…