Posts published in Day: September 28, 2020

Credit rating agency Fitch affirms Estonia at AA-

Monday, September 28, 2020

Credit ratings agency Fitch has affirmed Estonia’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating at AA-, with a stable outlook. The finance ministry announced Fitches’ latest rating Friday, and said that Estonia’s AA- ratings reflect its strong institutions, underpinned by EU and eurozone membership, th country’s record of sound fiscal policies, which have resulted in low public debt, and net external creditor position. Despite its small size and relative openness, the Estonian…

29 new cases of COVID-19 detected in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

Twenty-nine new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on September 26, the total since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,654 as a result. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 36, but Saturday is another day with the case total in the dozens rather than single figures. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,520 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.…

Nordica could face bankruptcy by year-end

Monday, September 28, 2020

State-owned airline Nordica may be facing bankruptcy by year-end, according to European Commission documents obtained by ERR. The airline is in negative equity, part of a global trend for airlines in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and exacerbated by peculiarities of its leasing model – the carrier owns no planes of its own – competition from airBaltic and other airlines, and Tallinn Airport’s small size and proximity to competing…

Who was Lithuania’s coronavirus patient X?

Monday, September 28, 2020

How did coronavirus reach Lithuania? Who was its patient X that brought the disease to the country? LRT and the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) investigate the spread of coronavirus in Lithuania. On February 28, Lithuania diagnosed its first imported Covid-19 case. A couple of weeks later, other infections followed. According to the epidemiologists, several places could have been the coronavirus entry point to Lithuania. Firstly, they considered Kaunas, the…

All European countries (except the Vatican) now require self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

The updating of Latvia’s list of countries requiring self-isolation for 10 days for new arrivals on September 25 means that from September 26 only people travelling from the Vatican will be able to do without a quarantine regime. As there are no direct flights from Rīga to the Vatican City — for obvious reasons — the exclusion is more technical than practical, as transit passengers must also observe self-isolation. The news was…

Latvia sanctions 101 more Belarus officials

Monday, September 28, 2020

Based on the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, as well as in coordination with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Lithuania, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on September 25 announced the imposition of an indefinite entry ban on 101 Belarusian officials. The persons sanctioned form part of the regime of self-declared but unrecognized president Alexander Lukashenko from the Ministry of Communications and Information, State National…

Baltic states expand sanctions against Belarusian regime

Monday, September 28, 2020

On Friday, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia expanded sanctions against Belrusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters. The Baltic countries added 98 officials, including judges and law-enforcement officers, to their blacklist, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry confirmed to BNS. The Baltic states first imposed sanctions on 30 Belarusian officials, including Alexander Lukashenko, on August 31. The blacklist prevents the sanctioned officials from travelling to the Baltic states. Lithuanian Foreign…

Government not reached budget agreement, discussions continue next week

Monday, September 28, 2020

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) said on Friday afternoon the government has not yet reached an agreement on the 2021 state budget and discussions will continue next week. “Our goal is to bring it to the government on Tuesday and hand it over to the Riigikogu on Wednesday. This is today’s situation,” Ratas told ERR. He said work is continuing but he could not give more details as an agreement…