Posts published in Day: November 3, 2020

Minister: Covid crisis unemployment should not impact parental benefits

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

A government cabinet meeting approved a proposal to draft an amendment to the Family Benefits Act which would mean unemployment caused by the coronavirus crisis would not impact on future parental benefits. The proposed amendment was put forward by Minister of Population Riina Solman (Isamaa) and must be submitted to the government by November 30. The aim of the changes is to stop future parents from putting their plans to…

Nearly a million state-purchased respirators cannot be used

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

An international laboratory in Poland has found that approximately one million respirators purchased for Latvian authorities in spring are not in conformity with the specified requirements, the Ministry of Defense (AM) Press Department said November 3. On Tuesday, November 3, the government meeting reviewed the AM information report on the results of testing the quality of individual protective equipment purchased centrally. According to the information provided by the National Health…

Ratas: Estonia should be welcoming for talented foreign workers

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and representatives of startups discussed foreign workers, how they should be welcome in Estonia and labor legislation on Monday. Ratas (Center) said startups and the IT sector more broadly have enormous growth potential and a focus on offering high value-added products. “As almost a quarter of the staff in this sector are foreigners, then from the perspective of our growth and competitiveness, it is important for…

Ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies raises €41.3 million

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Estonian-founded Skeleton Technologies has raised €41.3 million of equity capital from investors. Skeleton was advised by investment bank UBS in the financing round. Ellex Raidla was the legal advisor to the transaction, Skeleton Technologies said. Most of the investment was subscribed by new investors. All current investors joined the equity increase, including EIT InnoEnergy, FirstFloor Capital, MM Group and Harju Elekter. According to Skeleton, the company’s turnover will triple for…

Miesnieku street reconstruction wins Latvian Architecture Award 2020 Grand Prix

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Latvian Architecture Award 2020 Grand Prix was awarded to the reconstruction of buildings at Miesnieku street and its authors SIA ARHIS Arhitekti during the awards ceremony last week, organizers of the ceremony said November 3. “For the delicate intervention and treatment of the historical substance, the revival of old Riga and clever dialogue with modern architecture. For the masterfully done planning and intricate detailing in a complicated situation,” were the…

New lockdown will be the end of Lithuania’s tourism business, association president says

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

If Lithuania’s nation-wide lockdown includes suspending catering and SPA services, this will destroy the tourism business, argues Evalda Šiškauskienė, president of the Lithuanian Association of Hotels and Restaurants. Although the Lithuanian government’s proposed quarantine measures do not call for closing of hotels, without SPA and catering services they would not survive, she said. “They can close hotels as much as they want, since there are no guests. And SPA hotels,…

Lithuania’s conservatives and liberals look for ‘acceptable wording’ on same-sex unions in coalition talks

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD) and two liberal parties say they have agreed on most of the points in their coalition deal, and are also setting up a group to take over the management of the Covid-19 response. “The first formal discussions and negotiations have taken place, and I believe they were productive and constructive. We exchanged opinions on corrections we received over the long weekend, and now we just…

Opposition parties table nearly 30 amendments to state budget bill

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The two opposition parties have between them tabled 29 motions to amend the coalition’s state budget bill. The Reform Party, the larger of the two parties with 34 seats, has proposed 10 amendments, while the Social Democratic Party (SDE) has put up 19. The amendments mostly concern pensions and income tax, the tourist sector, care home places, sick pay and Estonian-language education, as well as balancing the budget. “The state…

Tallink sees almost 80 percent fall in passenger numbers in October

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The number of passengers traveling on Tallink ferries declined by almost 80 percent in October compared to October 2019 due to the continued coronavirus situation. Freight and vehicle transportation also fell. Passenger numbers decreased by 79.7 percent in October in total with 162,000 travelers taking ferry trips. Freight decreased by 18.7 percent to 27,800 units and transported passenger vehicles decreased by 46.2 percent to 46,500 vehicles. In October, 110,100 people…

Lithuania reports 897 new infections, national quarantine proposed

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The spread of the coronavirus continues unabated in Lithuania, with 897 new infections reported on Tuesday. Five people died of Covid-19 over Monday, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Fewer people were tested over the last days, with 4,993 tests performed on Monday, which was a public holiday. Eighteen percent of them came in positive. In all, Lithuania has confirmed 17,453 cases of Covid-19 since the start of…