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Nordica to fly under its own name for first time

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Nordica will operate the first regular flights using its own international airline certificate and IATA code on Sunday. The trips also mark the first time people have bought tickets using the airline’s own ticket sales platform. Nordica has been using other airlines’ ticket sales systems and flight operation services. “Full independence from the Polish LOT and developing all necessary capacities is what we have accomplished in the last year,” Nordica…

Around 160,000 people leave second pension pillar

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Roughly 160,000 people have decided to pull out of the so-called second pension pillar system. Some 4,000 asset holders have withdrawn their application, data from the pensions center reveals. Data from the Estonian Funded Pension Registry reveals that 160,413 people had decided to leave the mandatory funded pension scheme by July 31. The figure does not reflect those who have withdrawn their applications. The Ministry of Finance puts the latter…

Madis Kimmel appointed Raadio Kuku editor-in-chief

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Madis Kimmel has been appointed editor-in-chief of commercial radio station Raadio Kuku, replacing Ainar Ruusaar, who will stay on as managing editor. Priit Vare, head of radio at parent company Duo Media Networks, said: “Ainar and Madis share a similar vision for Kuku’s future, hence why we are certain that under their joint leadership, the channel will notably expand its audience as early this fall, when a new program schedule…

Gambling tax proceeds may be paid straight into state coffers

Friday, July 30, 2021

The finance ministry has drafted legislative amendments which would place tax take from gambling in Estonia straight into stat revenues, rather than being apportioned to specific ministries as has been the case. Revenues from gambling taxation are often used to fund social programs; the finance ministry says that the pandemic has led to a fall in tax take and has revealed shortcomings in the existing system. Justice minister Maris Lauris…

Timber prices see unprecedented price rise

Friday, July 30, 2021

Timber joins electricity and gas as a commodity which has seen a vast rise in prices on year, to unprecedented levels and with soft wood such as pine and spruce particularly affected, as speculators hold on to stock and confusion over felling rights continues. Prices may start to come down again later in the year, but at the moment the issue is mainly one of supply falling far behind demand.…

Vaccine approved for teenagers in Lithuania

Friday, July 30, 2021

According to BNS, the decision follows the European Medicines Agency’s recommendation that Moderna’s vaccine were authorized for children aged 12 to 17 years. Currently, the two-shot vaccine is administered to people aged 18 years and over. It is the second coronavirus vaccine approved for adolescents in Lithuania after the Pfizer-BioNTech one. The other two vaccines used in the country – AstraZeneca and Janssen – are only given to adults.  

Eurostat estimate: Estonia saw fastest inflation in eurozone in July

Friday, July 30, 2021

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.2 percent in July 2021, up from 1.9 percent in June, whereas in Estonia inflation accelerated from 3.7 percent to 4.9 percent, the highest rate for the euro area, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The flash estimate suggests that inflation in July was slowest in Malta, at 0.4 percent, and in Greece, at…

Protest against plans for migrant camp in Vilnius

Friday, July 30, 2021

On Thursday, around 400 people gathered outside the government office in central Vilnius to protest against the accommodation of migrants in the town of Dieveniškės in southeastern Lithuania. People held banners against migrants, alleged police violence during the recent scuffles between anti-migrant protesters and the authorities, as well as flags of local communities and the Family Defence March. Attending the protest, Jurij Kvetkovski, a resident of Rūdninkai that will house…

Signature collection launched for redefining ‘family’ in Constitution

Friday, July 30, 2021

On July 29, the Central Election Commission (CVK) registered the draft law “Amendment to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia” submitted for the collection of signatures in Article 110 of the Constitution. Currently, Article 110 of the Constitution states: The State shall protect and support marriage – a union between a man and a woman, the family, the rights of parents and rights of the child. The State shall provide…

Fake viagra sent to Clare were bound for Lithuanian sex shop

Friday, July 30, 2021

Fake viagra tablets estimated to be worth €65,000, posted to an address in Ennistymon were ultimately destined for a sex shop in Lithuania, a court has heard.Ennis District Court heard that 13,160 tablets, falsely branded Pfizer viagra, were intercepted by customs officers at the DHL facility in Shannon on April 17, 2018. Alan Smullen, enforcement officer with the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), told the court the package was addressed…