Posts published in Day: August 9, 2018

Residents should request clearer action plans from politicians

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Residents should request clearer action plans from politicians, so that the government can write its declaration after elections based on those plans, says politologist Filips Rajevskis. According to him, several of the political parties’ election campaigns submitted to the Central Election Commission show that politicians are not prepared to talk about specific action plans if they get to form the government. Parties should offer action plans for important activities. Instead…

Latvian government promises higher pension indexation for 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018

On 1 October, pensions and benefits or their parts that do not exceed EUR 382 will be increased, says Latvia’s Welfare Ministry. This means all pensions and benefits that are not larger than EUR 382 will be indexed. Pensions and benefits larger than EUR 382 will be indexed only for part of the paid amount – EUR 382. The increase will depend on the pension and benefit amount, as well…

Estonia seeking to create common packaging deposit system with Latvia

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Estonian Environment Minister Siim Kiisler is to propose setting up a common packaging deposit system in Estonia and Latvia, which would enable returning beverage packaging bought in Latvia for a reimbursement in Estonia and vice versa, reported LETA/BNS. “The trade of beverages between Estonia and Latvia doesn’t seem to slow down, rather the opposite. Beverage packaging without the possibility of returning is piling up and it has a paralyzing effect…

Rescuers working to extinguish wildfire sparked by launched missile

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The missile accidentally fired from a Spanish Eurofighter jet serving on the Baltic Air Policing mission on Tuesday sparked a wildfire in a bog in Jõgeva County, which rescuers continue to fight on Thursday. Rescuers arrived at Jõgeva Municipality at 11:18 EEST on Wednesday to safeguard the operation seeking a missile accidentally fired by a Spanish Eurofighter jet in Tartu County on Tuesday. A bog had caught fire in the…

Estonian state forest management co sold 649 hectares of land for EUR 33 mln in H1

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Estonian state forest management company, RMK, sold 649 hectares of land not necessary for the management of state forests during the first half of 2018 for 3.3 million euros. The 73 land plots were sold in two auctions. “As of today, 70 land properties have changed hands and appointments have been made with notaries for the certification of transactions concerning the remaining three properties,” Andrus Lauren, head of the…

Annual inflation in Lithuania among highest in EU

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Harmonized annual inflation in Lithuania was one of the highest among EU member states in June, new figures from Eurostat show. It stood at 2.6 percent in Lithuania and was 2.7 percent in Latvia and 3.9 percent in Estonia. The highest annual inflation rate was in Romania and stood at 4.7 percent. Annual prices increases in June were recorded in all EU member states. Annual inflation in the euro zone…

NATO chief expresses regret over accidental missile incident in Estonian airspace

Thursday, August 9, 2018

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed regret over Tuesday’s incident where a Spanish Eurofighter jet accidentally fired an air-to-air type AMRAAM missile in the Estonian airspace. “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Aug. 8, 2018 about an incident involving an aircraft taking part in NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. The secretary general expressed his regret that this incident took place, and offered NATO’s full…