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Norwegian airline opens office in Rīga

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The airline Norwegian has decided to centralize its activities and set up an international service center in Rīga,  Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) said September 17 The office of Norwegian Air Resources Latvia will operate the airline worldwide, abandoning several outsourcing activities. Norwegian has already announced the first job vacancies in the new office. Recruitment will continue this year as well as next year. The total number of employees needed…

airBaltic will temporarily stop flights to Liepāja

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Latvian airline airBaltic will stop flights from Riga to Liepāja from October 2 to 24, according to a company report September 16. The airline explained that travel restrictions have had a significant impact on airBaltic’s operations and that the continuation of flights to Liepāja is not possible at the moment, because the demand for these flights is very low. “Despite this, I am convinced that this route will soon be returned…

Statistics: People prefer e-commerce, enterprises prefer cloud services

Thursday, September 17, 2020

More than 56 percent of the population have made an online purchase in the last three months and spending has increased. More than half of companies which use the internet use paid for cloud services. Newly released data from Statistics Estonia shows that 56.5 percent of the population aged 16–74 used e-commerce in the last three months. Compared to last year, the overall popularity of e-commerce has remained the same,…

Coronavirus update: 62 new cases in Lithuania, biggest increase since spring peak

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 62 new coronavirus cases over Wednesday, the biggest daily increase since the the peak in mid-April. In all, Lithuania has 3,504 confirmed Covid-19 cases. At the moment, 1,254 are active cases – the biggest number so far – while 2,149 people have recovered. Eighty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far. At the moment, 8,081 people are in isolation. The number includes active cases, their…

Lithuania to contribute €2.5m in EU’s search for Covid-19 vaccine

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Lithuanian government has agreed to contribute 2.5 million euros to the EU’s Emergency Support Instrument (ESI) to accelerate the creation of a Covid-19 vaccine. ESI funds are used to support potential vaccine producers, and finance part of development as well as production capacity costs. “This is not paying for the vaccine itself,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the Cabinet on Wednesday. “The European Commission is thus funding potential vaccine…

Lithuania will no longer try to summon Gorbachev to court

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A court in Lithuania has begun looking at 61 appeals filled in the January 13 case, which saw 67 people sentenced for war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1991 Soviet crackdown in Vilnius. Appeals against the March 2019 ruling were filed by the convicts, their lawyers, as well as the prosecutors, victims, and civil plaintiffs. On Wednesday, the Court of Appeals said it would no longer seek to…

Latvia will not take in migrants from destroyed camp in Greece

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV) denied Latvia’s possibility to take in migrants from burnt-down migrant camp in Moria, Lesbos island, in Greece, the Minister said September 15. Greece has raised the question on migrant accommodation in Europe after the camp Moria, housing more than 13,000 migrants, was ravaged by fire on Wednesday, September 9. Lithuania has denied possibility to take in these migrants. Ģirģens said his “position aligned with Lithuania’s…

SEB sees 40 percent fall in loan grace periods issued since early summer

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

SEB has seen a 40 percent fall in the number of grace periods it has granted to loan clients since early summer, largely as a result of a fall in applications as economic part-recovery began through summer, after the coronavirus emergency situation ended. Clients can still apply for grace periods, through to late September. Grace periods peaked during the government’s coronavirus emergency situation which ran March to May, principally due…

Estonia strawberry growers still waiting for information on loss compensation

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Ministry of Rural Affairs had promised a method for evaluating if, where and from what source strawberry growers’ yield loss has derived, by the end of July. However, this has not appeared, but the ministry promises to analyze the situation next week. The Horticultural Association (Aiandusliit) says that the loss, partly the result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated labor shortage, constitutes about 60-70 percent of the harvest. Minister…

Prisma expanding in Tallinn, plans for provincial Estonia too

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Finnish supermarket chain Prisma plans to expand in Estonia, with three new stores planned for the next year. The chain, which already operates in Tallinn, Narva and Tartu, will be adding to its roster in the capital, the company says. Its stores range in size from a small metro-style outlet in Tallinn’s old town through to hypermarkets in the Rocca al Mare center, west of the city center, and other…