Posts tagged as European Union

Relatively few homeworkers in Latvia last year

Friday, September 24, 2021

While working from home became more commonplace with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, data from European Union statistics agency Eurostat suggests it was less common in Latvia than many might think. In 2020, 12% of employed people aged 20-64 in the    EU   usually worked from home, while this share had remained constant at around 5 or 6% over the past decade. In contrast, working from home was less…

European Union FMs meet on Friday to prepare for China strategy

Friday, September 3, 2021

Bled, Slovenia: China featured prominently on the second day of the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) under Slovenia’s EU Presidency with top EU experts and officials referring to Beijing’s coercive Economic strategy besides the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative in Europe. This dialogue on China set the tone for EU foreign ministers talks on China on Friday, with Beijing’s recent diplomatic row with Lithuania over Taiwan expected to figure high on…

Only one in three disabled people have a job in Latvia

Monday, August 16, 2021

Latvia has more than 190 thousand adult persons with disabilities, and only about 27% are employed. This is half the average in the European Union, Latvian Radio reported August 16. Ilona Jurševska, head of the State Agency for Social Inclusion (SIVA), explained that the reasons for the relatively low rate of employment in Latvia are different – from difficult external circumstances to lack of confidence. Many of these people have also obtained education…

Forests in Latvia are relatively cheap, say experts

Monday, August 16, 2021

Latvia has one of the lowest prices for forests in the region, according to experts, Latvian Radio’s broadcast Eiro fokusā reported August 14. 53% of Latvia’s territory, or 3.4 million hectares, is covered by forests. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Latvia is the fourth greenest country in the European Union (EU) and wood processing is one of the cornerstones of the Latvian economy. Half of Latvia’s forests belong…

EU: We will be sticking together, keeping our composure

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš reported that Latvia and the rest of the European Union (EU) must show the Belarus regime that sending migrants across the EU border is pointless. The prime minister indicated that Belarus is waging a hybrid war against the EU, first targeting Lithuania and then Latvia. In this situation, Latvia must not allow the immigrants that have arrived in Belarus to cross the Latvian border, which is…

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…

VKG wants to construct €800 million Ida-Viru County pulp mill

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Energy firm Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) says it wants to create a pulp mill in eastern Estonia which, it says, would create around a thousand jobs. The development would also boost renewable energy production at a time when the European Union recently unveiled its long-term package of climate goals, since pulp mills generate renewable energy during their processes. A 2018 plan to construct a pulp mill in Tartu County came…

Estonia’s June inflation among fastest in euro area

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

While annual inflation in the euro area slowed from 2 percent in May to 1.9 percent in June, in Estonia inflation accelerated from 3.2 percent to 3.7 percent and was among the fastest in the euro area, according to data from Eurostat. European Union annual inflation was 2.2 percent in June 2021, down from 2.3 percent in May. In June 2020, inflation in the euro area was 0.3 percent and…

EU climate goals package meets mixed reception with Estonian politicians

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The European Union’s long-range climate neutrality proposals package was rolled out Wednesday and has been met both by enthusiasm, by environment minister Tõnis Mölder (Center), who notes it is tailored to Estonia’s biggest challenge in the area, the oil shale sector, and by rejection by leader of the opposition Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), Martin Helme, who has dismissed it as ‘insanity’. The deal has alsodivided Brussels , with…

Gender-based violence costs Latvia €1.6 billion annually, estimate shows

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Gender-based violence costs the European Union (EU) €366 billion per year, according to an estimate by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). In Latvia, such violence costs €1.6 billion annually. Latvian Radio spoke to responsible authorities and organizations July 7 to find out more about the situation. The  study by EIGE aimed to estimate both direct and indirect violence costs: lost economic output, provision of services, including health, legal, social and specialized;…