Posts published in Day: September 14, 2020

Helme: state budget to be in deficit both this year, coming years

Monday, September 14, 2020

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said at a government press conference on Thursday that Estonia has a deficit budget this year and will likely have one in several years to come. An extension of wage support for the tourism industry is not on the cards. Helme added that if the wish was to balance the state budget next year, it would mean a task of cutting in the extent…

Markup system for medicines inadequate

Monday, September 14, 2020

The current system of markups for pharmaceuticals in Estonia is inadequate and supervision is fragmented, according to the Competition Authority (konkurentsiamet). The current system of markups for pharmaceuticals in Estonia is inadequate and supervision thereof fragmented, according to the Estonian Competition Authority. The competition watchdog has carried out an analysis of the competitive situation in the field of retail and wholesale of medicinal products with a view to assessing the…

Government green-lights €39 million Porto Franco loan

Monday, September 14, 2020

The government gave the go-ahead for the loan, which Porto Franco applied for as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, following a four-day cabinet session. The loan had met with controversy, as it utilizes state credit agency KredEx and funds intended for businesses demonstrably hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Porto Franco’s development has been delayed for several years for various reasons, with construction work has now largely suspended. Rauno Teder,…

Founder of Apollo cinema chain: Ticket prices will not rise

Monday, September 14, 2020

The €65 million which is going to be paid for Forum Cinemas is reasonable and will not bring an increase in ticket prices, the founder of Apollo cinema business, Ivar Vendelin said in an interview with newspaper Postimees . “It was a reasonable price and if someone is afraid that the purchase money should be earned back immediately and the prices of cinema tickets will be rise significantly, then I…

Social affairs minister: No point propping up tourism wages for six months

Monday, September 14, 2020

Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) does not agree with shipping line Tallink CEO Paavo Nõgene’s proposal to provide wage compensation to people working in the tourism sector to the end of 2020, due to uncertainty when the sector might return to pre-pandemic levels. On Wednesday, Tallink Grupp announced there are more than2,000 jobs are at riskif salary compensation schemes are not extended in Estonia and Finland or travel…

Over 20,000 Lithuanian expats register to vote in October elections

Monday, September 14, 2020

So far, 20,180 Lithuanian citizens resident abroad have registered to vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections, according to Monday figures from the Central Electoral Commission. Registration is still open and will close at different times in different countries. One can also vote at Lithuania’s diplomatic representations and register on the election day. For the first time, expatriate Lithuanians will be voting in a separate constituency to elect their own representative.…

Experts discuss shorter working week in Latvia

Monday, September 14, 2020

Some European countries are currently debating the reduction of working days from five to four. September 13, Latvian Radio discussed this idea with experts from University of Latvia and Ministry of Economics. Professor Baiba Šavriņa of the University of Latvia (LU) said that the idea of a shortened working week is not new – it has been discussed in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, when many were unemployed. “At the…

Lithuania’s support for Belarusians prompt disinformation attacks

Monday, September 14, 2020

Lithuania’s support for Belarusian people protesting against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime has prompted an increase in disinformation activity, according to the country’s Defence Ministry. In August, the Lithuanian Armed Forces recorded more than 200 cases of false information targeting the country – a significantly higher number than usual. Most of the attacks were connected to the events in Belarus. One of the new narratives picked up by the Strategic Communications Department,…

Tallinn deputy mayor: No mass remote learning to be in place in capital

Monday, September 14, 2020

Remote learning on a large-scale basis is not to be put in place in Tallinn, deputy mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev (Center). Distance learning on a part-basis is already in place in the capital, following the start of the new school year at the beginning of the month and as a coronvirus curb. “We sent a mail to school managers on Wednesday evening in which it was specifically stated that the city’s…

America’s Color Revolution

By Paul Craig Roberts on Monday, September 14, 2020

The CIA is very experienced at color revolutions, having pulled them off in a number of countries where the existing government did not suit the CIA.  As we have known  since CIA Director John Brennan’s denunciations of President Trump, Trump doesn’t suit the CIA either. As far as the CIA is concerned, Trump is no different from Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, Charles de Gaulle, Manuel Zelaya, Evo Morales, Viktor Yanukovych,…