The Baltic Course | Baltic States news & analytics http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/ The Baltic Course - International Internet Magazine. Baltic States News & Analysis, Baltic market reviews eng Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:42:14 +0300 Baltic Course, The baltic-course@baltic-course.com dmitrijs@mansbirojs.lv airBaltic flight to bring around 1 million face masks and respirators from China http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154980 At the National Health Service's request, Latvia's airBaltic carrier will bring around one million face masks and respirators from China, the airline's spokeswoman Alise Briede told LETA. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:40:00 +0200 1585327200 Commission’s approval for Latvian loan and subsidies for SMEs http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/modern_eu/?doc=154971 In mitigating negative effects to the member states economy, the governments are facing numerous challenges: disruption of supply chains, lower consumer demand, production deficiencies, as well as decrease in investment and liquidity constraints for undertakings. The Commission has approved Latvian loan guarantee scheme and subsidize for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:40:00 +0200 1585309200 No more regular repatriation flights planned after March 27 - Foreign Ministry http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/transport/?doc=154966 No more regular repatriation flights are being planned after March 27 unless there are some unexpected situations, Foreign Ministry press secretary Janis Bekeris told LETA. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:10:00 +0200 1585303800 Latvia: Contributions to private pension funds grow 11.3% y-o-y in 2019 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154965 A total of EUR 85.68 mln were paid into Latvia's private pension funds in 2019, which is a 11.3% increase against 2018, according to the data of the Financial and Capital Market Commission writes LETA. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0200 1585303200 Cargo handling at Riga port has not yet been affected by state of emergency http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/transport/?doc=154964 he state of emergency so far has not seriously affected cargo handling at the Riga port - in the past two weeks 119 vessels have been handled, reloading 908,000 tons of different cargos, said Riga Freeport Administration representative Liene Ozola told. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:30:00 +0200 1585301400 Covid-19 Latvia: 15 companies so far have announced collective redundancies http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154962 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 14 companies in Latvia have announced collective redundancies, which will result in about 3,000 employees being laid off, said State Employment Agency (NVA) director Evita Simsone in an interview with commercial TV3 on Friday, referred LETA. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:20:00 +0200 1585300800 Estonian govt greenlights Eesti Energia's new oil plant plan http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154963 The Estonian government has authorized Minister of Finance Martin Helme to increase the equity capital of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia by means of a cash contribution of 125 million euros to enable the establishment of a new Enefit 280 oil plant by Eesti Energia, reported LETA/BNS. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:20:00 +0200 1585300800 Covid-19: Number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia grows by 36 to 280 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154961 With another 36 patients diagnosed Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Latvia has grown to 280, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, writes LETA. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:10:00 +0200 1585300200 Covid-19: All shopping malls closed in Estonia from Friday due to emergency situation http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154960 By the government's decision, all shopping malls in Estonia will be closed from Friday, however, food stores, post offices and pharmacies in malls will remain open, reported LETA/BNS. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:00:00 +0200 1585299600 Covid-19: Number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 345 in Lithuania http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154959 A total of 345 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania by Friday morning, the country's Health Ministry said LETA/BNS. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:30:00 +0200 1585297800 Lithuanian energy companies continue strategic projects, manage risks http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/energy/?doc=154951 There are no disruptions in Lithuania's energy sector after the country was placed under quarantine due to the new coronavirus, and energy projects are being smoothly implemented, the energy minister and executives of the power and gas transmission operators say, reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:20:00 +0200 1585236000 Bank of Latvia expects Latvia's GDP to drop 6.5% this year http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/analytics/?doc=154948 The Bank of Latvia expects Latvia's gross domestic product to drop 6.5% this year, while average annual inflation is estimated at 0.5%, the central bank told LETA. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:20:00 +0200 1585232400 Lithuania: Konkurencijos taryba hasn’t spotted anti-competitive agreements between construction, repair and household product manufacturers and sellers http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154946 Konkurencijos taryba has terminated investigation into the alleged anti-competitive agreement among 7 Lithuanian and Latvian companies engaged in the production and sales of construction, repair and household good, Konkurencijos taryba`s representative informed BC. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:30:00 +0200 1585225800 NIB finances hospital infrastructure developments in NE Estonia with EUR 9 mln loan http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154945 Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Estonia's East-Viru Central Hospital have signed a 17-year loan facility agreement for infrastructure investments at the East-Viru Central Hospital between 2019 and 2023, reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:20:00 +0200 1585225200 Estonian DIY retailer Bauhof to keep open stores not located at shopping malls http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154942 The stores of Estonia's DIY retailer Bauhof that are not located in shopping malls will remain open, purchases from Bauhof's online store have surged over the past couple of weeks, reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:20:00 +0200 1585203600 airBaltic to conduct final repatriation flight from Frankfurt to Riga on March 30 - Foreign Ministry http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154941 As the Covid-19 disease has spread, the Latvian Foreign Ministry has been warning, in a timely and systematic manner, about difficulties travelers can expect abroad and about additional security measures introduced by various countries, LETA learned from the ministry. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:15:00 +0200 1585203300 Lithuanian government seeks instrument to regulate prices during coronavirus crisis http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154940 The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday a legislative package allowing it to regulate prices during an emergency. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:10:00 +0200 1585203000 airBaltic flight sponsored by individual to bring 40 Latvian, Lithuanian nationals home from Ukraine http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/baltic_states_cis/?doc=154939 The Foreign Ministry has responded to an offer of an individual to sponsor an airBaltic flight for bringing home Latvian and Lithuanian nationals from Ukraine, Foreign Ministry's spokesman Janis Bekeris told LETA. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1585202400 Covid-19: Twenty NATO battalion troops in Lithuania test positive for coronavirus http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154937 Twenty troops of NATO's multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the military unit's spokesman confirmed to LETA/BNS on Wednesday. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:45:00 +0200 1585165500 Lithuanian foreign minister: Kaliningrad transit scheme tightened, but remains in place http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/transport/?doc=154936 The requirements for transit from the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad to mainland Russia via Lithuania have been tightened, but the scheme will remain in place, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said LETA/BNS. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:30:00 +0200 1585164600 airBaltic CEO Cuts Salary to Zero During Crisis http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154935 Today the President and CEO of airBaltic Martin Gauss announced that he will give up his salary during the crisis thus supporting the company in coping with this extraordinary situation, airBaltic representatives informed BC. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:00:00 +0200 1585162800 Estonia: 75% of terminals updated to accept new EUR 50 contactless payment limit http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154918 Estonian banks on Monday raised the limit on contactless payments to 50 euros in an effort to minimize contact so as to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, and so far, 75% of terminals have been updated in the central systems, informed LETA/BNS. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0200 1585119600 Estonia: Skeleton launches production of ultracapacitors for medical equipment http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154919 Estonian developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor systems Skeleton Technologies has launched the production of an ultracapacitor module for medical equipment. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0200 1585119600 Covid-19: Lithuanian govt to decide on quarantine extension, stricter penalties for flouters http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154920 The Lithuanian government should on Wednesday decide on the extension of the existing quarantine to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and also on stricter penalties for those failing to comply with quarantine requirements, reported LETA/BNS. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0200 1585119600 Hydrogen-powered trolleybuses put into service in Riga http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154917 In Riga, hydrogen-powered trolleybuses on the 4th trolleybus route Central Market - Smerlis have been put into service, Baiba Bartasevica, representative of the Riga municipal transportation company Rigas Satiksme, informed LETA. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1585116000 Covid - 19 Latvia: Around 73,000 employees to receive downtime pay initially http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154916 Initially, downtime pay during the period of the Covid-19 crisis will be provided to around 73,000 employees in transport and logistics, hospitality, tourism and creative industries, according to regulations worked out by the Economics Ministry and adopted by the government on Tuesday, reported LETA. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 23:00:00 +0200 1585083600 Estonia imposes substantive restrictions on movement in public space http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154915 he Estonian government is imposing a new set of restrictions on movement in public space, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said at a press briefing introducing the new measures on Tuesday evening. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0200 1585080000 State of emergency likely to be extended in Latvia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154914 The state of emergency that has been declared in Latvia in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, most likely will be extended, it follows from Health Minister Ilze Vinkele's comments made after the government meeting on Tuesday. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 21:50:00 +0200 1585079400 Latvia: Shopping centers, except for groceries, pharmacies and construction stores, to be closed on weekends to curb Covid-19 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154911 To curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, all gyms will be closed in Latvia, and shopping centers will have to stay closed on weekends, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists Tuesday. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:30:00 +0200 1585074600 Latvia: Merchants, food suppliers work on increase of capacity http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154909 Merchants and food supplier continue to work on ensuring home deliveries, increasing the number of employees and introducing technological improvements in the system of services, LETA learned from companies. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0200 1585065600 Estonian PM: Public sector can lend a hand to private enterprise http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154910 Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that, if necessary, the public sector can lend a hand to struggling private business by continuing with activities and orders in the extent previously planned, reported LETA/BNS. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0200 1585065600 Lithuania extends border control with Latvia and Poland until April 13 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154908 Lithuanian Minister of Interior Rita Tamasuniene has extended border control on the country's borders with Latvia and Poland to implement the existing ban for foreigners to enter the country, informed LETA/BNS. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 17:20:00 +0200 1585063200 Wizz Air suspends flights to Vilnius until end of April http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154906 Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has decided to extend its suspension of flights to and from Vilnius until April 30 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the company said LETA/BNS. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:40:00 +0200 1585060800 Gas imports to Lithuania up 44% http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/energy/?doc=154907 Gas imports to Lithuania rose almost 44 percent in the second half of last year, from the same period in 2018, despite the fact that gas consumption in the country dropped by a tenth, the latest figures from Lithuania's National Energy Regulatory Council show writes LETA/BNS. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 16:40:00 +0200 1585060800 Ryanair will conduct additional repatriation flights from London and Berlin to Vilnius http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154893 Ryanair will conduct repatriation flights from London and Berlin to Vilnius, which will also be made available to Latvian nationals, Foreign Ministry press secretary Janis Bekeris posted on Twitter cited LETA. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0200 1585033200 Estonia: Adven will design Porto Franco's environment-friendly renewable energy solution http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154895 Porto Franco, one of the largest real estate projects ever implemented in Estonia which will cost approximately 190 million euros, struck an agreement with Adven, provider of energy solutions, as a result of which the entire cooling system of Porto Franco will be based on renewable energy, informed Porto Franco OÜ representatives. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 09:00:00 +0200 1585033200 Covid-19: Estonian Health Insurance Fund to cover virus-related expenses for uninsured people http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154890 Estonian Health Insurance Fund will cover urgent coronavirus treatment and testing upon a family doctor's referral for people who do not have health insurance, the "Aktuaalne kaamera" news program of ETV public television reported. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1585029600 airBaltic Announces Special Flights from Malaga and Amsterdam http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154891 After a request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and with permit from the Ministry of Transport, Latvian airline airBaltic has scheduled additional special flights from Malaga and Amsterdam to Riga and vice versa. These flights will be able to transport up to 140 passengers, informed airBaltic. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1585029600 Lithuanian Industrialists' Confederation: all businesses affected by coronavirus crisis http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154892 The coronavirus crisis and a nationwide quarantine in place in Lithuania for a week now are affecting all businesses, but the extent of its impact varies across sectors, the resident of the Lithuanian Industrialists' Confederation said LETA/BNS. Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1585029600 A volunteer food delivery network for people in self-isolation or quarantine has been set up in Latvia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154885 Last week, from 17th to 20th of March, a virtual hackathon HackForce took place with the aim of discovering solutions to the challenges arising from the Corona virus crisis. One of the winners was the #paliecmājās movement– a volunteer network offering deliveries of food and other goods free of charge to those who are in at-risk groups or under home quarantine. Anyone can receive help from #paliecmājās – either by calling 25661991 or by visiting their website at www.paliec-majas.lv. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:40:00 +0200 1584974400 The Kalsnava Distillery alcohol manufacturing plant adjusted its manufacturing to produce alcohol for disinfectants manufactured in Latvia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154884 The Kalsnava Distillery alcohol manufacturing plant adjusted its manufacturing to produce alcohol for disinfectants manufactured in Latvia. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0200 1584972000 Largest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases registered on Sunday - 41 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154882 The largest number of new Covid-19 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period was registered in Latvia yesterday - 41, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) informed LETA. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:30:00 +0200 1584970200 Two thirds of Lithuanians say govt is properly responding to coronavirus crisis – survey http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154880 Two thirds of Lithuanian residents believe government institutions are properly responding to the coronavirus situation, a survey commissioned by LETA/BNS has shown. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:10:00 +0200 1584969000 Covid-19 Latvia: 1,660 people to lose work as 10 companies announce collective redundancies http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154881 Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ten companies in Latvia have announced collective redundancies, which will result in 1,660 employees being laid off, LETA was told at the State Employment Agency. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0200 1584957600 Covid-19: With 700 coronavirus reagents left in Lithuania, not all samples might be tested http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154869 With only 700 coronavirus reagents left in Lithuania, not all samples taken at mobile checkpoints might be tested, the head of the country's National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory, says LETA/BNS. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 14:10:00 +0200 1584879000 Latvia: New repatriation flights announced from Tenerife, Frankfurt and London http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154867 The Transport Ministry has announced new repatriation flights next week from Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, reported LETA. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 13:40:00 +0200 1584877200 Baltic COVID-19 update: 105 cases confirmed in Lithuania, 139 in Latvia, 326 in Estonia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154866 The three Baltic countries had confirmed a total of 570 cases of the novel coronavirus infection by Sunday noon, based on the latest figures from official institutions collected by the LETA/BNS. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 13:10:00 +0200 1584875400 PM Karins in self-quarantine from Saturday http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154865 Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) is in self-quarantine from Saturday, and will be screened for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the near future writes LETA. Sun, 22 Mar 2020 13:00:00 +0200 1584874800 Latvia: MP Kaimins infected with coronavirus http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154860 MP Artuss Kaimins has been diagnosed with being infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus, the politician himself announced on social networks today. Sat, 21 Mar 2020 12:40:00 +0200 1584787200 airBaltic Adds More Flights to Bring Home Baltic States Nationals http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154858 After a request from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and with permit from the Ministry of Transport, Latvian airline airBaltic has scheduled rescue flights from London, Tbilisi and Amsterdam to Riga. Each flight will be able to transport up to 140 passengers. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0200 1584734400 Electric power generation in Latvia up 15.1% in two months http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/energy/?doc=154846 In January-February 2020, Latvia generated 1,233 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electric power, up 15.1% against the same period last year, according to an electricity market review released by Augstsprieguma Tikls transmission system operator, informed LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:20:00 +0200 1584721200 Estonian state to support self-employed with payment of social tax http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154847 The state will execute advance payments of social tax on behalf of self-employed persons for the first quarter to help such individuals cope with the impact of the economic difficulties going with the crisis, reported LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:20:00 +0200 1584721200 Lithuania's Klaipedos Nafta, LG to step up handling, transportation of Belarusian oil http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154844 Lithuania's oil handling company Klaipedos Nafta (Klaipeda Oil) says it has taken additional technical measures to free up its storage facilities after a second tanker with crude oil for Belarus arrived in Klaipeda on Friday, writes LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:40:00 +0200 1584718800 Cultural and creative sector: exploring financial support http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/modern_eu/?doc=154843 Cultural and creative sector, including SMEs, remains poorly exploited and at risk, European Commission acknowledges. Great and important cultural sector’s potentials in all EU states require some support: hence, modern European guarantee’s program is aimed at providing support. The Baltic cultural sphere shall be more active in acquiring these funds. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:40:00 +0200 1584715200 List of coronavirus-hit businesses in Lithuania includes 32,000 enterprises http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154842 Lithuania's State Tax Inspectorate has published a list of 32,000 businesses directly affected by the coronavirus crisis, informed LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:20:00 +0200 1584714000 Passenger train Kyiv-Riga allowed to arrive in Riga http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154840 Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) has give permission for a Kyiv-Riga passenger train to arrive in Riga, allowing Latvian and Estonian nationals to return home from Ukraine, the minister said on Twitter, cites LETA. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0200 1584712800 Tallink Grupp cuts employee wages in Estonia 30% http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154839 Listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp announced on Friday that due to the emergency situation caused by the coronavirus and its economic impacts, the group will reduce the wages of all employees of the group in Estonia by 30%, reported LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:20:00 +0200 1584710400 Latvia: Farmers' organization urges residents to buy local food products during the crisis http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154838 The Latvian Agricultural Organization Cooperation Council is urging Latvian residents to buy local products produced by Latvian farmers, the council informed LETA. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0200 1584709200 Baltic COVID-19 update: 48 cases confirmedin Lithuania, 111 in Latvia, 283 in Estonia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154837 The three Baltic countries had a total of 442 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection as of Friday noon, according to figures from official authorities collected by the LETA/BNS. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 14:20:00 +0200 1584706800 Sweden's Swedbank fined EUR 360 mln http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/legislation/?doc=154826 Sweden's Swedbank has been fined with SEK 4 bn (EUR 360 mln) for serious deficiencies in its management of the risk of money laundering in its Baltic operations, the bank informed LETA. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:20:00 +0200 1584642000 European Union: Railway operations during COVID-19 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154825 Keeping European mobility operational during the COVID-19 pandemic is key. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) stresses that railways are doing their utmost to keep essential freight and passenger services running, while protecting their staff. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 20:10:00 +0200 1584641400 Covid 19: Government endorses Finance Ministry's bill on measures for overcoming Covid-19 crisis http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154824 The Cabinet on Thursday endorsed the Finance Ministry's bill on measures for overcoming the crisis caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, which encompasses a comprehensive set of state support measures, including benefits that will be paid to employees laid off by companies. The legislation will now be reviewed by Saeima. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:50:00 +0200 1584640200 Presidents of Germany and Latvia agree to seek additional solutions to trucks queues at Polish border http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154823 The presidents of Latvia and Germany on Thursday discussed issues concerning truck traffic between the two countries and agreed to seek additional solutions to speed up the traffic of trucks stuck at the German-Polish border, informed LETA. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:40:00 +0200 1584639600 Government support aimed at mitigating economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic exceeds EUR 2 bn http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154822 Latvia's government support aimed at mitigating the economic impact from the Covid-19 pandemic has exceeded EUR 2 bn, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (New Unity) told journalists Thursday, writes LETA. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:30:00 +0200 1584639000 Higher demand pushing food prices up in Lithuania http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/analytics/?doc=154819 The prices of some food products have gone up in recent days after Lithuania was placed under quarantine and people started panic-buying and stockpiling. The association of pig producers says higher demand is pushing prices up, reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:50:00 +0200 1584622200 Estonia: Tallinn Airport still connected to 8 European cities http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154818 The Estonian state-owned airport company Tallinn Airport said that six airlines are still flying from the Estonian capital to eight destinations in Europe, writes LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:40:00 +0200 1584621600 Latvia: Fruit and vegetable wholesale business may go bankrupt in a month's time because of Covid-19 http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154816 As the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to mount, fruit and vegetable wholesale business in Latvia may collapse in a month's time, Uldis Jaunzems, chairman of the board at the Latvian Association of Fruit and Vegetable Traders, told LETA. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:20:00 +0200 1584620400 Estonians working in Finland can travel by ferry between Tallinn, Helsinki http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154817 The head of the emergency situation in Estonia, Juri Ratas, issued an order on Wednesday which enables employee commuting for the purpose of work for those people permanently residing in Estonia who go to Finland for work. Concurrently, the Finnish state affirmed that it will allow the employee commuting of such people, writes LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:20:00 +0200 1584620400 Lithuanians to be flown from Warsaw to Vilnius Friday, minister says http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154815 Lithuanians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus crisis will be able to return home on a connecting flight via Warsaw on Friday, Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevic said on Thursday. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:10:00 +0200 1584619800 Latest Baltic COVID-19 statistics: 36 cases in Lithuania, 86 in Latvia, 267 in Estonia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154812 The three Baltic countries had a total of 389 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus infection as of Thursday noon, according to figures from official authorities collected by the LETA/Baltic News Service. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0200 1584619200 Covid-19: ForMin lists options for returning to Estonia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154814 he Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that several passenger carriage companies have reduced the number of trips or cancelled trips altogether and the ministry has thus compiled a list of options for returning to Estonia from abroad, informed LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:50:00 +0200 1584618600 Air Hamburg Luftverkehrsgesellschaft to fly on Riga-Yerevan route on Thursday http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154813 Air Hamburg Luftverkehrsgesellschaft had been allowed to fly from Riga to Yerevan in Armenia on Thursday, according to the information published on the internet website of the Latvian Transport Ministry writes LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:40:00 +0200 1584618000 Flight being arranged to fly home Lithuanians stranded in UK http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154811 A chartered flight from London is being arranged for Saturday to repatriate Lithuanians stranded in the United Kingdom, the Transport Ministry said on Thursday, referred LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:30:00 +0200 1584617400 Estonia: Saaremaa rural municipality mayor tests positive for coronavirus http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154802 Madis Kallas, mayor of the rural municipality of Saaremaa and head of the rural municipality's crisis committee, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the news portal of Estonian public broadcaster ERR information reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:20:00 +0200 1584598800 Towards a “balancing theory” in the EU-Baltics’ relations http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/modern_eu/?doc=154803 European socio-economic integration has experienced numerous positive member states’ involvement in the process through some modernized “adaptation” means, like cohesion, subsidiarity, division of competence, European Semester, etc. However, some additional approaches are needed to mitigate growing discontent; in this regard a “balancing model” is suggested to specify most optimal relations between the EU institutions and the states. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:20:00 +0200 1584598800 Exception made in movement restrictions for Estonians working in Finland http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154800 Prime Minister Juri Ratas in his capacity as the person in charge of the emergency situation in Estonia has issued an order that will enable commuting for the purpose of employment of people living permanently in Estonia but working in Finland, government spokespeople said on Wednesday, writes LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1584597600 Estonian president calls on people to subscribe to newspapers in support of media http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/markets_and_companies/?doc=154801 -Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has called on people to subscribe to newspapers to help the Estonian media business that has been dealt a blow by the spread of the novel coronavirus, reported LETA/BNS. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 08:00:00 +0200 1584597600 airBaltic to bring home Baltic nationals from Larnaca to Riga http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154795 At the request of the Latvian Foreign Ministry and with permit from the Transport Ministry, Latvian national airline airBaltic will perform a flight from Larnaca to Riga, BC learned from the airline. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:50:00 +0200 1584550200 Tallink reroutes Baltic Princess, Galaxy to temporarily operate on Turku-Kappelskar route http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/transport/?doc=154796 Listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp announced that it will reroute its vessels Baltic Princess and Galaxy temporarily to operate on the Turku-Kapellskar route from Thursday, March 19, to provide cargo transportation between Finland and Sweden, reported LETA/BNS. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:50:00 +0200 1584550200 Latvijas Balzams distillery to start producing hand sanitizers; Balticovo egg producer to donate sanitizers http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/good_for_business/?doc=154794 Several Latvian companies have engaged in ensuring hand sanitizers in the country. Latvijas Balzams distillery plans to start production of hand sanitizer, while Balticovo egg producer plans to donate hand sanitizers it is making to state and municipal institutions, informed LETA. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 18:40:00 +0200 1584549600 Russia-based hackers and cyber criminals have been showing most aggressive spying activity in Latvia - report http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/Technology/?doc=154789 Russia-based groups of hackers and cyber criminals, suspected by Western countries of collaboration with Russian secret services, showed the most aggressive espionage activity in Latvia last year, according of the 2019 report released by the State Security Service (VDD), informed LETA/BNS. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 16:40:00 +0200 1584542400 European “green deal”: benefits for business and consumers http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/modern_eu/?doc=154786 The Commission’s “green deal” adopted in December 2019, represents a European ambitious plan towards a climate-neutral circular economy, strengthened competitiveness, protecting the environment and giving additional rights to consumers. The “green deal” requires the member states’ governments to take decisive actions in adopting circular economy plans as the main part of new EU priorities. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:50:00 +0200 1584539400 Leaders shut Europe's borders to fight outbreak http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154784 The European Union will impose an entry ban on travelers from outside the bloc for 30 days to battle the spread of the coronavirus, European leaders decided on Tuesday, reported LETA/AFP. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 15:10:00 +0200 1584537000 Estonian PM: Sassnitz-Paldiski cargo vessel may start operation already from Thursday http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154782 Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that shipper Tallink Grupp's vessel Star may start cargo carriage between the German town of Sassnitz and Estonian town of Paldiski already from Thursday. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:00:00 +0200 1584532800 Hundreds of Lithuanians to be flown from Tenerife http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154781 Hundreds of Lithuanians will be flown back to Lithuania on two chartered flights to Vilnius from Tenerife, informed LETA/BNS. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:50:00 +0200 1584532200 Covid-19: ForMin invites Estonians abroad to register for special transport home http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154779 The Estonian Foreign Ministry has urged Estonians currently abroad who wish to return to Estonia to immediately register for special transport from Continental Europe, Tenerife and Egypt, reported LETA/BNS. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:30:00 +0200 1584527400 Estonia: 258 people have tested positive for coronavirus http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154777 Altogether 258 people in Estonia had tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday morning; since Jan. 31, in total 2,020 COVID-19 tests have been carried out in this country. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0200 1584525600 Another 11 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Latvia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154776 Eleven more Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Latvia during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 71, the Center for Disease and Prevention (SPKC) informed LETA. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 11:45:00 +0200 1584524700 Covid 19: Parents to receive sickness benefits for children all quarantine period – Lithuanian parlt http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154770 Parents looking after children attending kindergartens and primary schools will be able to receive sickness benefits the whole quarantine period, based on the amendments adopted by the Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday, writes LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:45:00 +0200 1584477900 Foreign Ministry advises Latvian returnees with cars stuck in Germany to catch ferry from Sassnitz http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154769 The Foreign Ministry is calling on the Latvian nationals with cars waiting at the German-Polish border to drive to the German town of Sassnitz and return from there to Latvia by ferry, the ministry's press secretary Janis Bekeris informed LETA. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:00:00 +0200 1584475200 Estonian ministry: Commuting between Estonia, Finland to stop http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154768 As Finland is about to close its borders, commuting between Estonia and Finland will become impossible and people will have to decide whether it's more important for them to remain working in Finland or return to Estonia, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 21:45:00 +0200 1584474300 Estonia: Tallink to halt operation of Silja Serenade, Silja Symphony from Thursday http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/transport/?doc=154767 Listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp announced on Tuesday that it will suspend the operation of the vessels Silja Serenade and Silja Symphony plying the Helsinki-Stockholm route from Thursday, writes LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:40:00 +0200 1584470400 Aeroflot flight to Moscow given permission to depart from Riga Airport http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154765 Transport Minister Talis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) has given permission to allow a Aeroflot flight to depart from Riga International Airport to Moscow, the ministry informs. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:10:00 +0200 1584468600 Covid-19 Latvia: State to pay employees in hardest-hit sectors 75% of their wages if necessary http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/finances/?doc=154764 If necessary, the state will pay employees in sectors that are the hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis 75 percent of their wages, with monthly caps set at EUR 700, Finance Minister Janis Reirs (New Unity) told journalists following Tuesday's government meeting, citing LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 19:10:00 +0200 1584465000 Estonia: Tallinn makes free lunches available to pupils while schools are closed http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/education/?doc=154763 Pupils of Tallinn's schools will be able to get a daily free school lunch again starting from Wednesday under a special arrangement approved by the city's authorities, reported LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 18:50:00 +0200 1584463800 Child tests positive for Covid-19 as 11 more cases reported in Latvia http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154760 A child from a nursery school in Pinki, outside Riga, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control informed LETA. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 15:10:00 +0200 1584450600 Covid 19: Romantika ferry to embark on trip to Germany to bring home stranded Estonians, Latvians http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154758 The Romantika ferry is to make an unscheduled trip to Germany to bring home Estonians and Latvians stranded at the German-Polish border, reported LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 13:45:00 +0200 1584445500 Covid-19: Shipper Tallink offering Estonians options for returning home via Sweden http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154754 Estonians stuck on the German-Polish border due to border closures will be able to return home via Sweden, Estonian shipper Tallink said LETA/BNS. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:20:00 +0200 1584440400 15 new confirmed coronavirus cases registered in Latviain in the past 24 hour http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/baltic_states/?doc=154753 15 more persons in Latvia tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, thus, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 49, the Center for Disease Prevention Control informs LETA. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:10:00 +0200 1584439800 About 1900 Latvian nationals registered in the Consular Register waiting for repatriation from Europe http://www.baltic-course.com/eng2/covid_19/?doc=154755 About 1,900 Latvian citizens awaiting repatriation in Europe are currently registered in the Consular Register, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said LETA. Tue, 17 Mar 2020 12:10:00 +0200 1584439800