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KIK to support industrial cos’ resource efficiency investments

Starting April 23, industrial enterprises in Estonia can begin submitting applications to request support for investments aimed at increasing their resource and energy efficiency...

ISS says actions of Russian intelligence services have become more intense

Intelligence activities by the intelligence and security services of the Russian Federation, which have become increasingly aggressive of late, continue to be the main...

First-time registration of passenger cars in Latvia down 10.8% in Q1

In January-March 2024 first-time registration of passenger cars in Latvia dropped 10.8 percent year-on-year, with 12,797 automobiles registered for the first time during that...

Latvia ranked 20th in world-first Cybercrime Index

Following three years of intensive research, an international team of researchers have compiled the first ever World Cybercrime Index, which identifies the globe's key...

Elisa to start process of closing 3G network in May

After extensive network upgrades carried out last year and also during the first quarter of this year, telecommunications company Elisa will start shutting down...

8 out of 10 people in Lithuania would back ban on gambling advertising

Eight out of ten people in Lithuania would support a total ban on gambling advertising in Lithuania, according to a Baltijos Tyrimai poll for...

Ministry tasked with drafting plan for Nordica’s privatization in 3 months

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said at the government's press conference on Thursday that the Ministry of Climate has been given a task to...

Estonian Academy of Arts sees major leap in list of world’s top universities

The Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) is among the world’s 150 most respected higher education institutions in the field of art and design based...

Major Baltic car dealers set up Baltic Sustainable Mobility Alliance

In order to promote the development of electric mobility and reach a level of at least 30 percent in electric mobility by 2028, the...

Lidl Latvia voted best employer in Latvia last year

Retail chain Lidl Latvija was recognized as the best employer in Latvia in 2023 at the awards ceremony of the online recruitment company Alma...

Karins’ special flights have incurred around EUR 545,000 in unjustified expenditure – State Audit Office

Unlawful and uneconomical actions in organizing special flights of former Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) have caused unjustified expenses of about EUR 545,000...

Baltic energmins agree on offshore wind farm development

The energy ministers from the eight Baltic Sea region countries have agreed to phase out fossil fuels, further develop offshore wind energy and make...

Lithuanian economy minister to meet Apple, Amazon reps

Economy and Innovation Minister Ausrine Armonaite is meeting with representatives from global technology giants Apple and Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday to present...

Lithuanian education minister, vice-minister step down over problems with exams

Lithuanian Education, Science and Sport Minister Gintautas Jakstas and Deputy Minister Ramunas Skaudzius are stepping down from their positions following problems during 11th graders'...

314,000 signatures collected for petitions via Rahvaalgatus.ee platform last year

Last year, a total of 314,000 signatures were gathered for various petitions via the Rahvaalgatus.ee civic initiative website, which is 172,000 more than in...

Baltic insurance market is much more dynamic compared to other European countries – Ergo

Compared to other European countries, the Baltic insurance market is much more dynamic, Ursula Clara Deschka, CEO of Ergo Baltics, told LETA. "The market here...

From economic point of view, Latvia has taken advantage of EU opportunities – Dombrovskis

From the economic point of view, Latvia has benefited from the opportunities offered by the European Union (EU) over the years, and despite the...

Nature Conservation Agency dismisses theory of Latvian bog causing stench in Helsinki

The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia has dismissed an assumption carried by Finnish and Latvian media that sulphur ponds in Kemeri National Park might...

Estonia: Analysis shows women comprise 1/3 of senior management in large cos

An analysis of pension funds reveals that women make up about one third of the management in larger companies. In addition to environmental factors, one...

Estonian ministry: Annual inflation is on a downward trend

Kristjan Pungas, analyst at the fiscal policy department of the Estonian Ministry of Finance, said in his commentary on latest inflation data on Friday...

Estonian cybersecurity exec: Apotheka attack should have been made public earlier

Jurgen Erm, head of the Estonian cybersecurity firm CYBERS, says the cyber attack on the loyal customer database of the Apotheka pharmacy chain in...

Nauseda, Vegele, Simonyte would get most votes in presidential election in Lithuania

Incumbent Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda would receive the biggest number of votes in the presidential election that will take place in May, according to...

NATO to invest EUR 160 million in development of military port in Liepaja

NATO has taken a decision to allocate more than EUR 160 million for the development of a military port in the area of Karosta...

New Vilnius campaign will invite Brits, Germans to break stereotypes

Vilnius is set to launch a new advertising campaign in the UK and Germany next week, worth around 0.5 million euros, and will invite...

Adventurer Bardelis completes round-the-world journey

Latvian adventurer Karlis Bardelis has completed his human-powered journey around the world by returning to Luderitz, Namibia, where his round-the-world voyage began almost eight...

Experience of Georgian and Ukrainian students exploring sustainable entrepreneurship topic in Turiba University

21 students from various universities in Georgia and Ukraine arrived at Turiba University for a two-week study mobility. After 2 weeks students say –...

Transavia France touches down in Tallinn for 1st time

Thursday, April 4, marked the launch of direct flights between Tallinn and Paris by the low-cost airline Transavia France, which forms part of the...

Committee clears crypto asset market bill for 1st reading

The finance committee of the Riigikogu on Thursday sent to the plenary for the first reading a bill on the crypto assets market, initiated...

Internal audit identifies systemic problems at Tallinn’s city-run dental clinic

During an inspection of the operations of SA Tallinna Hambakliinik, a city-owned foundation running a dental clinic of the same name, the city's internal...

Aviation agency looking into error that caused oxygen masks to drop on airBaltic flight

The Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) is looking into a system error that caused oxygen mask compartments to open on an airBaltic flight from Helsinki...

Russia will continue to maintain confrontational relations with the West – SAB

In the short and medium term, Vladimir Putin's regime will continue to maintain a confrontational relationship with the West, including, if necessary, by threatening...

Estonian startups invited to apply for funding for green technology development

The Estonian Environmental Investment Center (KIK) opened a call for applications on Wednesday to support the development of innovative green technologies, and the funding...

Tax-free pension in Estonia to remain at EUR 776 per month from 2025

The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs has drafted a bill that would fix the tax-free income of a person who has reached retirement age...

Wizzair cancels some flights from Lithuania

Hungarian airline Wizzair has cancelled six flight from Lithuania to European cities, including four from Kaunas and two from Vilnius, the madeinvilnius.lt website reported...

Estonian car sales market decreased by nearly one-fifth; most popular – Toyota, Skoda, VW

In March, the sales volumes of cars and commercial vehicles in Estonia decreased by nearly one-fifth, or 20.6 percent, compared to the same period...

Statistics: 41 pct of women in Estonia experience intimate partner violence

A large-scale relationship survey conducted by Statistics Estonia reveals that 41 percent of women in Estonia have experienced intimate partner violence during their lifetime. Jana...

Latvian citizens will be able to vote at 38 voting stations abroad for EP elections

Latvian citizens will be able to vote at 38 polling stations located abroad during the European Parliament (EP) elections in June, according to information...

Lithuania mulls easing construction rules in preparation for Rheinmetall project

The Economy and Innovation Ministry proposes to amend several laws to enable major Western arms and ammunition producers, including Germany's defense industry giant Rheinmetall,...

South African Bank Acquires Shares of Latvian Fintech Company in Landmark European Investment Deal

In March, a deal was finalised between one of South Africa’s leading banks Capitec Bank and fintech company AvaFin to acquire a controlling stake....

A glimpse from Lithuania to all three Baltic States

The combined economy of the three Baltic States has not grown since the beginning of 2022. However, according to the changes in gross domestic...

Half of the population in Latvia lacks knowledge about cyber security risks – survey

Almost half or 49 percent of the population in Latvia do not know how to protect themselves in the digital environment, or their knowledge...

Smart-ID expands to Belgium

The Smart-ID service can now be used in Belgium, which is the sixth country where the identification service created by SK ID Solutions is...

Merger of Coop Pank, Coop Finants completed

Coop Finants, a 100-percent subsidiary of listed Estonian bank Coop Pank, merged with its parent on April 1, as a result of which Coop...

Complex of outdoor swimming pools to be built next to Linnahall in Tallinn

The architectural competition for the best layout for the buildings and a seaside promenade of the Kalasadam (Fishers' Harbor) properties in Tallinn was won...

Estonian food producers: We need a predictable economic environment

Food producers speaking at an economic policy event of the non-parliamentary Right-wingers' party said the sector's biggest concern is that it is not clear...

Blue Hepatica campaign again kicks off in Estonia

The 11th Blue Hepatica campaign -- "Let us salute!" -- started, as part of which everyone is invited to wear the blue hepatica pin...

Karins’ resignation is a decision worthy of a statesman – chair of New Unity group in Saeima

Foreign Minister Krisjanis Karins' (New Unity) resignation is a decision worthy of a "respectable and responsible statesman", taken to prevent opponents from using the...

Eesti Gaas: Estonia’s gas consumption increased 40 pct on year

The consumption of natural gas in Estonia during the outgoing heating season increased by almost 40 percent compared to the previous season, and by...

TTJA initiates superficies license proceedings, EIA for ELWIND offshore wind farm

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has initiated superficies license proceedings and environmental impact assessment on the basis of the application for...

Court rejects Ryanair, Wizz Air appeals against new Vilnius Airport charges

A Vilnius court has rejected appeals by Irish and Hungarian airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air against increased charges at Vilnius Airport in 2023, Lietuvos...

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