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Latvia plans to double vaccination numbers next week

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This week, an average of 2,000 people a day are scheduled to be vaccinated against Covid-19, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said at a remote press conference February 23. The Minister said that last week the Ministry of Health’s target to vaccinate an average of 1,000 people per day was met. Therefore, in order to increase the pace of vaccination in the country, a new target has been set for this…

Emergency alert in Lithuania warns of heavy air pollution

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania’s Environment Ministry issued a nationwide emergency alert asking people to stay at home due to high air pollution. “High air pollution levels due to heavy particles were recorded in the country on February 23,” the emergency alert reads. “The poor air quality will remain in the coming days. We recommend staying at home.” According to the alert, more information can be found on the ministry’s website, gamta.lt. The country’s…

Lithuania’s 5G development hampered by Russia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuania has ended direct talks with Russia without reaching a deal on radio frequency used by its military, which remains an obstacle to the country’s 5G development. The Russian armed forces are using the 3.5 GHz frequency for its radars in Kaliningrad and the signal seeps into parts of Lithuanian territory. Vilnius has been calling on Russia to free up the frequency, which is needed to ensure effective coverage in…

Lithuania joins call to make vaccines in Europe

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and the leaders of Belgium, Denmark, Spain and Poland have sent an official letter to European Council President Charles Michel, calling for urgent action to expand vaccine production capacity in Europe, writes LRT. The letter comes on the eve of the European Council session where vaccine production issues will also be discussed, the Lithuanian presidential office said. Europe is still facing challenges over insufficient vaccine deliveries…

Fuel prices rise yet again in Estonia

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fuel prices have risen once again, for the third time this month so far as diesel goes, and following a price rise for both diesel and gas just last week. 95-gasoline now costs €1.349 per liter at pump, up from €1.329, while diesel has risen to €1.219 a liter, also a two-cent climb. Just a week ago, diesel prices rose to €1.199 per liter at pump, up from €1.169 per…

Foreign minister backs Estonia’s proposal to introduce vaccination certificates for global travel

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Estonia’s plan to reenable global travel with the help of vaccination certificates is supportable, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) told LETA. The minister indicated that the idea was discussed during Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets’ visit to Riga last week. Rinkevics believes that it is necessary to work on this project with interested authorities in Latvia to figure out how the system could be introduced. The minister also…

Latvian teachers give their work life a 5 out of 10

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Over the past five years, teachers’ self-assessment of the quality of professional has decreased sharply, the Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) told LETA February 23. LIZDA surveyed 10,000 teachers. Five years ago, educators assessed their professional life quality on a scale of 1 to 10 at 6.85. A year ago, the score was 6.33. Right now, educators have assessed their quality of work life at 5.25. This is…

Former Swedbank chief appointed CEO of two Utilitas subsidiaries

Monday, February 22, 2021

Former Swedbank Estonia CEO Robert Kitt has been appointed CEO of two of energy group Utilitas’ subsidiaries, replacing Andres Veske. Kitt said: “I am grateful for the trust, and I will bring with me to Utilitas my experience from the management of a service company,” adding that he also sees opportunities there for employing his physics doctoral studies in a real-world context in managing a company like Utilitas. Utilitas is,…

Real estate transactions down 2 percent on year in January

Monday, February 22, 2021

3,900 sale and purchase transactions were carried out in the Estonian real estate market in January 2021, 2 percent less than in the same month the year before and 22 percent less than in December, data from the Land Board shows. As before, the real estate market was most active in Harju County, where about 43 percent of all transactions took place. Next came the counties of Tartu, East-Viru and…

Revolut bank opens operations in Estonia

Monday, February 22, 2021

Revolut, a global financial platform with more than 15 million customers worldwide, on Monday operationalized its European specialized banking license in Estonia. Customers in Estonia who upgrade to Revolut Bank for additional services will now have their deposits protected under the deposit guarantee scheme, Revolut said in a press release. The company is planning to offer also other baking services in Estonia in the future. Revolut said that to date,…