Posts published in Day: September 18, 2019

Tobacco product prices to rise every year from 2020 to 2023 in Estonia

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Taxes on tobacco products will increase from January 2020 if plans put forward by the Ministry of Finance are implemented later this year. The new legislation will see tobacco excise increase by 5 percent each year instead of a 10 percent increase in total from 2021 to 2023. If agreed by the Riigikogu before the end of this year, in 2020 the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes will…

Rescue workers to protest low wages on Thursday

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rescue workers will hold a protest in Tallinn on Thursday to raise awareness of their low salaries. Eesti Päästeala Töötajate Ametiühing (The Estonian Rescue Workers Union) said because the average wage has increased so quickly their own pay increases in 2019 have been cancelled out. A statement about the protest was written on the Toeta päästjate palgatõusu (Support pay rises for rescue workers) facebook page and said the organisation was…

Lithuanian entrepreneur beats alcohol law with 24-hour ‘storage machine’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ingenious entrepreneurs have found a way to bypass Lithuania’s strict alcohol sales restrictions. Instead of selling drinks, they have installed automated ‘alcohol storage machines’ where users can ‘borrow’ and ‘store’ alcohol. An MP has proposed to amend the law in order to close the loophole. Five ‘alcohol storage machines’ have been operating in Vilnius for two weeks, the daily Lietuvos Rytas has reported. Registered users can get strong alcoholic drinks…

Suspect in Narva shooting taken into custody

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A suspect arrested following a shooting in Narva on Monday morning has been taken into custody for a period of up to two months. Viru District Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday sought for the shooting suspect, a 49-year-old man, to be taken into custody. Viru County Court granted the request, taking the suspect into custody for a period of up to two months, the Prosecutor’s Office said in a press release.…

Helsinki’s Backing of Tunnel to Estonia Gives New Impetus to Rail Baltica Plan

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Moscow has long opposed Rail Baltica, the plan to build a European-gage rail network between Tallinn and Warsaw, arguing that the size of the economies of the Baltic countries will mean that such a line would never carry sufficient cargo and passengers to make it worthwhile. But now that Finland has said it will participate in the project by helping to build a tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn and that…

German submarine to visit Lithuania for first time in 18 years

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A type 212A U-31 submarine escorted by FGS Oste warship of the German Navy will conduct a port visit to Klaipėda on Wednesday, according to Lithuania’s Ministry of Defence. The ships will be met by LNS Dzūkas (P12) patrol ship from the Lithuanian Navy. Both vessels will be moored untill September 21. “The visit of the German U31 submarine to the Port of Klaipėda is a demonstration of the firm bond…

Iran may skip UN summit where Trump meeting suggested

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Iran’s president and foreign minister may skip next week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations as the U.S. has yet to issue them visas, the Islamic Republic’s state-run news agency reported Wednesday, as tensions remain high in the Mideast over an attack on a crucial Saudi oil installation. The U.N. meeting had been considered as an opportunity for direct talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Donald Trump amid…

Exhibition of ideas to improve Tartu launched ahead of public vote

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An exhibition of ideas put forward by Tartu residents about how to improve the city and spend the budget has gone on display on Kaarsild bridge. Starting this week, ideas for Tartu’s 2019 Participative Budgeting initiative can be viewed on the bridge, which is opposite the bottom of Raekoja Plats (the main square). A total of 25 proposals are on display and residents of Tartu will be able to vote…

EU chief: The risk of a no-deal Brexit “remains very real”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal remains “very real,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker declared Wednesday as EU lawmakers debated the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit. Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Juncker, who met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, said a no-deal Brexit “might be the choice of the U.K., but it will never be ours.” After the debate, the…

Armenian FM hosted by Latvian President in Riga Castle

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Armenia’s delegation led by Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on September 17 visited the Riga Castle where they were hosted by President of Latvia Egils Levits, the MFA told Armenpress. Minister Mnatsakanyan congratulated the Latvian President on assuming office and conveyed the congratulations and greetings of Armenian President Armen Sarkissian. Touching upon the current level of the Armenia-Latvia relations, the FM and the President praised the fact that the bilateral relations…