Posts published in September 2020

Siim Kallas: Loan money does not last forever

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The current coalition’s tendency to borrow its way out of crisis will come at a price later on, said former European Commissioner and Reform MP Siim Kallas, as is its tendency to bestow gifts on private sector favorites. Kallas viewed the significant increase in the country’s debt burden under the current coalition of Center, EKRE and Isamaa, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a drastic change of…

Money to increase teachers’ salaries not allocated in 2021 budget

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Money has not been allocated to raise teachers wages in the state’s 2021 budget which was agreed yesterday. Salaries will be frozen for the next four years. The budget strategy points out that the growth of teachers’ salaries in Estonia has been one of the fastest in the OECD countries and this is still the country’s strategic goal. The total budget for teachers’ salaries is €1.5 billion for the next…

Maive Rute steps down as Bank of Estonia deputy governor

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Bank of Estonia deputy governor Maive Rute is stepping down from her post to work for the European Commission, in a role she previously held. Rute, who has been in the central bank role since last October, resigned unexpectedly and will return to her previous job as deputy director general of the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). “When it came to the proposal of joining…

French President Emmanuel Macron concludes his visit to Latvia

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron continued his two-day visit to Latvia September 30 with a busy day scheduled. First on the running order was a press conference with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, which can be viewed below. The pair had been due to discuss “topical issues of the European Union and external relations.” Speaking in French initially, Kariņš talked up the opportunities for “many synergies” between French and Latvian businesses in the…

Lithuanian employers and trade unions hit impasse over minimum wage

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lithuania’s employers and worker representatives have failed to agree on raising the minimum wage, with the former saying the issue should be postponed until next year. The Trilateral Council, comprised of representatives of employers, trade unions and the government, finished a meeting on Wednesday without agreeing on a recommendation on how much to raise the minimum wage next year. “To sum it up, we are noting different opinions of every…

Lithuania scraps Covid-19 test requirement for all arrivals

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lithuania has eased travel restrictions by scrapping the requirement to present a negative Covid-19 test when arriving in the country. On Wednesday, the Cabinet also eased the procedure for highly-qualified workers, including teachers and researchers, to enter the country. The applications for temporary residence permits will now be processed remotely. Once a positive decision is made, the arrivals would only need to submit their biometric ID data when arriving in…

Lithuania’s Labour Party makes a comeback despite dark past

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Despite a criminal investigation and a short-lived exile in Russia of its founder Viktor Uspaskich, Lithuania’s Labour Party is set to make a comeback in the October parliamentary election. Dark past  In 2006, a criminal investigation into the party’s activities found that, in 2004–2006, it concealed 7.4 million euros in income and 4.3 million euros in expenditures. The court summoned the party leaders, including the founder Viktor Uspaskich, to testify.…

RB Rail announces contract for short-time employees on Rail Baltica

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Baltic States’ joint venture, RB Rail, has announced a two-year procurement on temporary employee hiring, according to information from the Procurement Monitoring Bureau (IUB) reported by LETA September 30. The deadline for application is set at 29 October, estimated contract price is EUR 5.5 million, RB Rail spokeswoman Līva Biseniece said the procurement is scheduled for two years and will be used in all three Baltic States. Primarily, the procurement is necessary…

Armenian community in Rīga holds picket in protest against war

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which erupted last weekend with new force, also worries local Armenian and Azerbaijani communities. The Latvian Armenian cultural center held a picket September 29 in Bastejkalns, calling for an immediate cessation of the conflict. On Tuesday, September 29, around a hundred Armenian community representatives and their friends gathered in Bastejkalns to walk slowly to the Azerbaijani embassy. “All the Armenians who have come here want no warfare. We…

95 new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Ninety-five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on September 30, by far the highest daily total yet recorded since the start of the global pandemic. In all 1,824 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. The one consolation in the worrying figures was the fact that no additional deaths were registered with the death toll remaining on 37. Double-digit daily figures have been prevailing lately, which was already…