Posts tagged as Estonia

Lithuania, Estonia accuse Russia of violating their airspace

Friday, June 18, 2021

Lithuania and Estonia demand an explanation from Russia in connection with the violation of their airspace by Russian military aircraft. According to DW, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on June 16 after two Russian Air Force planes crossed the country’s airspace over the Baltic Sea. “Lithuania demands that Russia provide explanations for this incident and take all necessary measures so that such…

Estonian industry has recovered from crisis ‘surprisingly fast’

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Estonian manufacturing companies have left behind the crisis year, can see both turnover and profitability growing this year, and are planning to hire nearly 3,000 people, the results of a survey carried out by Swedbank in spring 2021 show. Of the businesses surveyed by Swedbank in the latest survey of industrial companies, 76 percent expect profitability to increase or remain the same this year, 58 percent expect turnover to grow…

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania are among sixteen countries using the EU’s COVID travel pass

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Sixteen countries have begun using the EU’s ‘Digital COVID certificate’ (EUDCC) to enable their citizens to easily travel across the bloc. The European Commission says fifteen member states – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Spain – have connected to the gateway and started issuing the first certificates. They are joined by Iceland, which is the first of four European…

Freedom House gives Estonia the freedom score of 94/100

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Freedom House, a US-based human rights organisation, has in its Freedom in the World 2021 index given Estonia the freedom score of 94 out of 100 and declared the country as “free”; the index, however, lists a plethora of issues that are wrong in the country. According to Freedom House, Estonia’s democratic institutions are generally strong and both political rights and civil liberties are widely respected. However, the report says,…

e-Residency scheme reports record revenue, profits for 2020

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Estonia’s nation e-Residency program has reported a 2020 revenue of €19.7 million, the highest in its six-year existence, with profits also topping previous records. e-Residency CEO Lauri Haav said that: “We welcome the government’s unwavering faith in the program, and I am confident that every euro invested in the program will bring manifold returns, which go way beyond the number indicating the rate of return, especially considering indirect revenue such…

Eighty years from the beginning of mass deportations

Monday, June 14, 2021

President Gitanas Nausėda together with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Egils Levits of Latvia commemorated a painful event – today marks the eightieth anniversary from the 1941 mass deportations, organized by the Soviet Union in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The Presidents of the Baltic states jointly addressed their nationals and international community urging not to forget the deportations by the Soviet Union that shook the world and crippled…

Eesti Gaas mulling over possible fall price hike

Friday, June 11, 2021

Estonian electricity and gas seller Eesti Gaas is considering raising gas prices in the fall to go with worldwide market hikes. The price increase is not confirmed yet and may be omitted if prices worldwide were to fall back. Latvian Gas company Latvijas Gaze announced on Thursday that it would increase its prices to private clients by 25-43 percent, depending on the volume of gas consumption. The company pointed to…

AK: Milrem trials newest generation robotic armored system

Friday, June 11, 2021

Estonian unmanned military vehicles manufacturer Milrem Robotics has been demonstrating its latest version of the unarmed self-propelled vehicle, TheMIS, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Thursday night. While the vehicle is currently controlled remotely by a human operator, the aim is a fully autonomous version, which would work in conjunction with a drone. Estonia is leading a consortium of seven countries aiming to develop a common standard for unmanned…

Statistics: Unemployment drops to 8 percent between April and May

Friday, June 11, 2021

Reported unemployment in Estonia fell 0.5 percentage points between April and May, to 8 percent. Data from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa) put registered unemployed at 52,362 at the end of May. The fund had 13,095 jobs on offer at the beginning of May, nearly halving to month’s end to 6,874, suggesting that uptake was behind part of the fall in joblessness. Unemployment figures cover the workforce from age 16…

Meeting between leaders of the Baltic States held on Wednesday

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Lithuanian President Nausėda, Latvian President Levits and Estonia’s Prime Minister Kallas discussed their national positions on the most important points of the NATO summit agenda. The issues discussed included the security situation in the region, relations with Eastern neighbours, and implementation of the NATO 2030 strategic concept. The meeting discussed the necessity to step up political and practical assistance to Ukraine and Georgia. It was stated that Russia remained a…