Posts tagged as Estonia

Flights to Norway, Sweden could be canceled from Saturday

Friday, September 18, 2020

The coronavirus rate in Norway and Sweden has passed 25 per 100,000 – the cut off point for direct flights to and from Estonia. If the government does not add both countries to the list of exceptions flights will be suspended from Saturday. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Norway has a two-week average infection rate of 28.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and Sweden 29.4. The…

Estonia and Latvia sign agreement for joint offshore wind farm plan

Friday, September 18, 2020

Estonia and Latvia signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an offshore wind farm this week, the first agreement of its kind in the region. Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) and Latvian Minister of Economic Affairs Janis Vitenbergs digitally signed the memorandum which marks the first steps taken towards the project and carrying out a cost-benefit analysis. After the states have carried out the necessary studies…

Hiiumaa requests additional ferry to cover summer traveler peak

Friday, September 18, 2020

Residents of the island of Hiiumaa (Estonia) have requested an additional ferry to link them to the mainland during summer months, citing growing numbers of visitors resulting in long waiting lines at ports, the island’s mayor says. The request is not new; prior to the coronavirus pandemic, whose peak saw travel to the island off-limits to non-residents in any case, talks had been in progressto procure a new vessel for…

Estonian government still debating support for tourism industry

Friday, September 18, 2020

Measures to support the tourism industry have not yet been agreed by the government, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR. The issue was discussed by the government on Thursday night but no agreement was reached. Ideas previously floated to alleviate the industry’s woes include a voucher system or extending the wage subsidy policy. Kiik said a choice must be made in the near future as to which…

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…

Estonia: Increase in workers leaving on employer’s initiative in second quarter

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

In the second quarter, 39,540 persons were hired and 50,184 persons left work, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Every fourth person left on the employer’s initiative. In the second quarter of 2020 – April, May and June – there were 8,088 vacancies in the enterprises, institutions and organisations of Estonia. Compared to the second quarter of 2019, the number decreased by 28 percent. The total number of vacant and occupied…

Lithuania is offering Latvia and Estonia to raise the self-isolation threshold within the Baltic states

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lithuania is offering Latvia and Estonia to raise the self-isolation threshold within the Baltic states, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Thursday. Currently, the Baltic states require people to self-isolate when arriving from countries with more than 16 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people. As of Monday, Lithuania’s rate stood at 16.1 and Estonia’s at 16.4. “We will do everything from our side to preserve that bubble, and…

Covid-19 rates grow in Estonia and Lithuania

Friday, September 4, 2020

Lithuania and Estonia have exceeded the coronavirus threshold agreed by the Baltic states that triggers mandatory 14-day self-isolation, according to the latest results from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Lithuania’s current cumulative 14-day rate per population of 100,000 now stands at 16.1, and is 16.4 in Estonia. The Latvian government is holding a sitting on Friday to decide on restrictions for arrivals from Lithuania and Estonia. “It…

Lithuania, Estonia push EU to blacklist Lukashenko

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania and Estonia have been asking other EU member states to impose sanctions on Belarus’ embattled leader Alexander Lukashenko, Reuters reports quoting unnamed diplomatic sources. The Baltic states have already blacklisted Lukashenko and 29 other officials implicated in the continuing crackdown on Belarusian protesters and the opposition. The EU is also finalising a list of people to be placed under sanctions, but it is unlikely to include Lukashenko, according to…