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The government doubt need for new tourism sector wage support measures

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The government does not yet see the need for new wage support measures for Estonia’s tourism industry, Minister of Enterprise Andres Sutt (Reform) said on Monday. On Friday, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported Estonia has the second highest coronavirus rate in Europe and recommended countries create travel restrictions for arrivals from the Baltics. On Saturday,tourism associationssent a letter to the government requesting additional help due…

Estonia needs €400 million for construction of Rail Baltic

Monday, October 4, 2021

The Rail Baltic project will be delayed by four years and an additional €400 million needs to be found for the construction of the railway, Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) said. Aas said that one reason for the postponement is that it is not possible to accurately predict the final cost of the entire project. “Today, we see that we also need to use the next…

Estonia: EU refinancing may fall short of one billion euros

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

While Estonia was set to receive nearly one billion euros in Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds as of the end of last year, strong economic growth may see that figure reduced, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Monday night. Finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus says that this should not mean funding for a proposed central hospital in Tallinn, one of the main objects the aid was earmarked for, is in…

Lithuanian MOD conceals crimes in the army

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Weapons, drugs, drunkenness, violence, thefts in the Lithuanian Armed Forces are the results of the work of the Minister National Defence of Lithuania. Since the appointment of Arvydas Anušauskas as Minister of National Defence (December 2020), the statistics of crimes committed by the servicemen of the Lithuanian Army has been increasing. According to the Lithuanian police, during the summer period alone, several criminal incidents involving servicemen of the Lithuanian Armed…

Party demands resignation of newly elected Latvian Welfare Minister

Monday, June 7, 2021

The Board of the Latvian Regional Alliance (LRA) has requested Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to immediately remove Welfare Minister Gatis Eglītis (New Conservative Party), according to a statement released June 6 by the LRA. Gatis Eglītis, who was confirmed as the new Welfare Minister  only days earlier, published a statement on Twitter that suggests that, despite the choice made by voters, State and European funds will continue to be available only to…

Estonian environment minister does not rule out hydrogen and nuclear energy

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Minister of the Environment Tõnis Mölder (Center) told ETV’s morning show “Terevisioon” he would not rule out using hydrogen and nuclear energy as an alternative to oil shale. Mölder told “Terevisioon” that while the new government has set its sights on exiting the production of oil shale energy and later oil shale in general as an energy source, the jobs the sector has created, along with social security, have been…

Estonian defence minister likely new ambassador to the US

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Defense ministry undersecretary Kristjan Prikk is likely to be new Estonian ambassador to the United States, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports, replacing the outgoing Jonatan Vseviov. Since the administrations of both his host country and home country have either recently changed or are about to change, Prikk’s appointment may be held up slightly. The procedure is for Prikk to be nominated candidate by the Estonian foreign ministry, pending approval…

Transport Minister finds funds for road repairs meager

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Next year, only two regional roads will be eligible for repairs from the budget funds, but the Ministry of Transport is looking for opportunities to attract EU funds, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) told Latvian Radio October 28. According to Linkaits, next year’s budget is the budget for people, not steel and concrete, next year the medical and teacher wage issue is resolved,  other social needs, and “we have…

Minister: Helme-proposed tourism voucher system a non-starter

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

A voucher system proposed in support of the coronavirus-hit tourism sector has been ditched, economics affairs minister Taavi Aas (Center). “The topic of travel vouchers is currently not on the agenda, we have not discussed it any further. As of the present moment, we can say it’s off the table,” Aas told ERR Tuesday. Finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE) had proposed a voucher system for payment at restaurants, hotels and…

Finance minister urges austerity as Lithuania’s debt risks breaking EU rules

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lithuania’s Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says the government should not raise its 2021 spending for boosting consumption, as the country is close to breaking eurozone rules on government debt. “[The Finance Ministry] will propose a safe government budget,” Šapoka told the parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee, which is working on next year’s government spending bill, on Wednesday. “What does ‘safe’ means? Raising spending for consumption would not be safe.” He…