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Issuance of Covid certificates to arrivals from third countries takes weeks

Friday, July 30, 2021

Issuing a Covid-19 certificate for people who have been vaccinated outside the European Union and European Economic Area can take two to four weeks, representative of National Health Service (NVD) Evija Štālberga told Latvian Television July 30. If a person has been vaccinated outside the EU/EEA, they can apply for a Covid-19 certificate by bringing the original confirmation document of vaccination to one of the  five branches of NVD   in…

Latvian Health Minister ready to move ahead with ‘vaccine lottery’

Friday, July 30, 2021

With the help of a lottery and other activities, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts hopes to achieve 90% of the senior population vaccination in Latvia, Pavļuts told Latvian Radio July 30 The Minister said that not even half of Latvia’s residents have been vaccinated against Covid-19. “It is worrying for us, because it will soon be autumn, and we see a rapid rise in morbidity in other countries. Delta virus has also taken…

Several alternative suppliers to Eesti Gaas exist

Thursday, July 29, 2021

An imminent gas price hike on the part of market leader Eesti Gaas has prompted reminders that customers are able to switch suppliers. The Eesti Gaas price rises, which come into effect on September 1, will see an average increase of fifty-one percent. The gas market was liberalized in 2007. Eesti Gaas has about a 75 percent market share, though the company says that theprice rises to customersare the result…

Eesti Energia sees half year record turnover, profit

Thursday, July 29, 2021

In the first half of 2021, Eesti Energia earned a net profit of €16.5 million with a record sales revenue of €538 million. In the same period last year the company made a net profit of €5 million. Turnover of the first half of the year increased by 36 percent compared to the same period of 2020 and reached the level of €538.4 million. EBITDA increased by 8 percent to…

Competition Authority on gas price hike: Consumers can switch providers

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The price of gas to domestic consumers is set to see a sharp hike from the beginning of September , on average rising by just over half. The Competition Authority recommends people assess the prices offered by monopoly supplier Eesti Gaas’ competitors. The price hike by Eesti Gaas will be felt by both major consumers and domestic consumers. Average prices are set to increase 40-60 percent for all consumers, ETV’s…

Lithuania to present Ukraine with 131,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Thursday, July 29, 2021

he government of Lithuania will allocate 131,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Ukraine as Klaipeda reported. “Deciding to provide the vaccine to the countries of the European Partnership in May, the government confirmed on Wednesday that 131,000 doses of the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca were passed to Ukraine – by 31,000 doses more than it was discussed earlier,” the message says. Besides, Lithuania will present the vaccines to Moldova…

Consumer watchdog reports online sellers’ Facebook pages in poor shape

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Standard terms as presented by many online retailers are often inadequate, a consumer watchdog says, with returns or refunds if a product is defective not provided for, among other issues. The problem mostly affects sellers’ pages on social media, particularly Facebook, while spot checking revealed all of the nearly fifty merchants surveyed failed to meet the requirements. Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) legal spokesperson Elnara Nadzafova said that:…

Gas prices to consumer to see steep hike from start of September

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The price of gas to domestic consumers is set to see a sharp hike from the beginning of September, on average rising by just over half. Monopoly supplier Eesti Gaas says the rise is the result of soaring gas prices on the world market. Management board member Margus Kaasik said: “In July of this year, the price of the world gas market reached its record level of the past decade.”…

E-scooter parking zones appear in central Tallinn

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

New electric scooter parking spots have started appearing in central Tallinn, set aside for the two companies operating rental services to the public: Tuul and Bolt. The parking spaces are free-of-charge and, while not mandatory for riders, their use is encouraged. Bolt spokesperson Kristiin Jets said Tallinn city government had come up with the idea. “The parking spaces are primarily intended for rental service providers, so they can park the…

Hacker downloads close to 300,000 personal ID photos

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A hacker was able to obtain over 280,000 personal identity photos following an attack on the state information system last Friday. The suspect is reportedly a resident of Tallinn. The culprit had already obtained personal names and ID codes and was able to obtain a third component, the photos, by making individual requests from thousands of IP addresses. This data was not, however, enough for the hacker to access e-state…