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Elron applies for safety certificate from EU Railway Agency to operate...

Estonian passenger train operator Elron is applying for a safety certificate from the European Union (EU) Railway Agency (ERA) to launch an international passenger...

Bill to do away with banks’ ability to close accounts without...

The Estonian Ministry of Finance has sent to a coordination round law amendments seeking to better ensure the availability of basic payment services for...

Study: Legalization of cannabis would bring EUR 50 mln annually to...

With the legalization of cannabis, the state's revenues would increase by 56 million and expenses by 10 million euros, new jobs would be created...

Latvia has turned from a beer producer to an importer –...

The Latvian beer industry is currently at a historic low point, and we have turned from a beer-producing country into a beer importer, Reinis...

Outbreak of African swine fever reported on pig farm in Valmiera...

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been detected in domestic pigs on the Lelles farm in Matisi Parish, Valmiera Municipality, LETA was...

European Parliament ready to engage, President Metsola tells the European Council

EP President Metsola emphasised the strongest commitment of the Parliament to ensuring the smooth running of the process leading to the election of the...

Estonian swimmer Eneli Jefimova wins 100m breaststroke gold at European Championships

Estonian swimmer Eneli Jefimova won the gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2024 European Aquatics Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday...

Meloni might sabotage Estonia’s Kaja Kallas’ bid for Brussels position

Incumbent Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas' chances of becoming the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs have declined, according to recent news in...

Airbus A340s scheduled to fly from Siauliai to Sri Lanka, Philippines...

Two Airbus A340s belonging to Gambia's leasing company Macka Invest Company, which were due to fly from Siauliai to Sri Lanka and the Philippines...

Oruga start-up plans to launch the world’s first electric-assisted track motorcycles...

An off-road motorcycle that can be ridden in mountains, swamps, sand and ice seemed only possible in fantasy novels a few years ago, but...

Riga public transport will be free of charge on Midsummer

During Midsummer holidays on June 23-24, Riga public transport will be free of charge, and there will be additional public transport provided, Rigas Satiksme...

Omniva parcel machines in Baltics can now be used to send...

It is now possible to send parcels from parcel machines of Estonian state-owned postal service and logistics company Omniva to 237 countries and territories...

Probe links Lithuania’s Mediafon to oligarch wanted by Moldova (media)

A company that has been administering a phone number portability service in Moldova for a decade has been owned not only by Lithuania's MG...

Porzings becomes first Latvian player to win NBA championship

Kristaps Porzingis and the Boston Celtics won the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship on Monday, making Porzingis the first Latvian player to win an...

Ministry links increase in Russian aircraft activity in Baltic region with...

Lithuania's Defense Ministry says the recent increase in Russian aircraft activity in the Baltic region has to do with NATO military exercises in Lithuania...

Telliskivi Creative City Gallery opens two new exhibitions

On Friday, Ukrainian artist Vira Olevska's exhibition 'Layers of Life' ('Elu kihid') and Maik Kalberg's series of paintings exhibition 'Greenhouse and Ocean Dreams' ('Kasvuhoone...

Estonian PM highlights Zelenskyy’s peace plan as only viable option

At the Summit on Peace in Ukraine held in Burgenstock, Switzerland, on Saturday and Sunday, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas emphasized that Ukrainian President...

Births in Latvia down 10.6% in January-April

Latvia recorded 4,215 births in the first four months of 2024, which is a decrease of 10.6 percent, or 502 births, compared to the...

Michelin-starred Lithuania restaurants flooded with visitors, promise not to raise prices

Following the award of Michelin stars to four Lithuanian restaurants and the inclusion of 30 others in the prestigious guide, restaurant managers say that...

Riga’s population drops by 4,600 as influx of Ukrainian refugees slows...

As the influx of Ukrainian refugees slows down, the population of Riga decreased by 4,600 people last year, according to the Riga City Council's...

Culture Minister Logina resigns

Culture Minister Agnese Logina (Progressives) has decided to resign from her post, citing personal reasons, and is quitting the job on June 17, Lita...

EDF needs €1.6 billion to destroy enemy behind Estonian border

The Estonian Defense Forces wants €1.6 billion to buy ammunition capable of destroying enemy weapons and units beyond its eastern border, a briefing drafted...

Minister: Uncertainty over Kaja Kallas’ future hampering government work

Uncertainty over Prime Minister Kaja Kallas' (Reform) next step – to remain head of government at home or to leave for a top-level European...

Four leading EKRE members expelled in party’s ‘night of the long...

The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has expelled several of its leading members following a meeting on Tuesday, amid claims of a dictatorial...

Estonian cbank predicts economy to turn to growth in 2nd half...

According to the latest economic forecast of the Bank of Estonia, a revival of the economy can be seen in the second half of...

Self-driving culture bus to travel between ERM and Tartu City Museum

The Culture Bus, named after the 2024 Culture Capital City, will begin travel between the Tartu City Museum and the Estonian National Museum between...

Saeima drops plan to merge large cities with adjacent municipalities

The Saeima on Thursday passed in the final reading amendments to the Law on Administrative Territories and Populated Areas, dropping the plan to merge...

Polish court refuses to extradite 2nd Volkov attack suspect to Lithuania

A Polish appeal court on Thursday refused to extradite the second Polish citizen suspected of assaulting Russian dissident Leonid Volkov Vilnius to Lithuania. "A ruling...

Lithuania joins the prestigious MICHELIN Guide club: first Starred restaurants announced

On the evening of June 13th in Vilnius, representatives of the MICHELIN Guide officially announced that Lithuania will now have four restaurants, each awarded...

Lithuanian social security minister admits flight to Dubai was a mistake

Monika Navickiene, who is stepping down as Lithuania's social security and labor minister, said on Thursday that her flight to Dubai more than a...

Silina also sees responsibility of RB Rail and Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas...

Prime Minister Evika Silina (New Unity) is surprised by the lack of information of previous governments on the development of the Rail Baltica project,...

Estonian bus operator Lux Express launches new Riga Airport express route

Ahead of the summer travel season, Estonian bus operator Lux Express has introduced additional buses on its routes from Tallinn to Riga and Vilnius...

Estonian parlt passes motor vehicle tax

The Estonian parliament on Wednesday passed the government-initiated motor vehicle tax law, with which a two-part motor vehicle tax will be implemented from next...

Latvia ups its renewable energy target for 2030 to 60%

Latvia plans to increase the share of renewable energy in final consumption to 60 percent by 2030, according to the updated National Energy and...

Kaunas decides to erect monument to former President Brazauskas, yet to...

The Kaunas City Council on Tuesday approved an initiative to erect a monument to former Lithuanian President Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas, with the exact location...

Number of tourists in Riga might grow 15% this year –...

Riga could receive 15 percent more visitors this year than last year, when 1.2 million foreign visitors arrived in the Latvian capital, Ieva Lasmane,...

Duck Race charity event raises EUR 420,000 for children with cancer

The 2024 edition of Duck Race, a fundraising event organized by the Estonian Association of Parents of Children with Cancer, raised almost 420,000 euros...

Speed cameras to be installed on Reid Road in Tallinn

On July 1, speed cameras will start working in the area of the three-way intersection of Reid Road, Narva Road and Pirita Road in...

Bolt, Lingvist to launch mandatory language learning program for drivers in...

Bolt and the language learning platform Lingvist are about to launch a mandatory program for learning the Estonian language to improve the language skills...

NATO Secretary General in Riga: Latvia leads by example

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with President Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga on Tuesday (11 June 2024), praising Latvia for its many contributions as a...

First phase of Rail Baltica project will cost EUR 15.3 billion...

The cost of the first stage of the international Rail Baltica project in the Baltics could reach EUR 15.3 billion, of which EUR 6.4...

Estonian Biobank launches donor data web portal for over 200,000 gene...

Estonian Biobank of the University of Tartu launched the portal Minu Geenivaramu, which enables donors to access personalized information about their genetic predisposition to...

Flixbus to open 5 new bus routes this summer – including...

International bus operator Flixbus will open five new direct bus routes from Estonia to European cities this summer -- in addition to the new...

Social media reveals iSun’s links to convicted German brothel owner

Marcus Prinz von Anhalt, a Dubai-based German brothel owner with several past convictions for illegal activities, has promoted the Swiss iSun group's projects on...

Wealthy tourists looking for custom experiences in Estonia

Külli Karing, vice president of the Estonian Tourism and Travel Association, told Vikerraadio that wealthy Germans and Americans come to Estonia for special experiences,...

Secretary General at Berga Naval Base: Sweden’s membership makes NATO stronger...

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the Swedish Armed Forces at Berga Naval Base on Friday (7 June 2024), in his first visit to Sweden...

Lithuania elects its 11 MEPs – BNS REVIEW

Lithuania elected eleven members of the European Parliament on Sunday. Preliminary figures from the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) show that the seats were shared between...

Isamaa wins Estonia’s European Parliament elections

Opposition party Isamaa won the highest vote share in the European Parliament elections on Sunday (June 9) with over 79,000 ballots. The top three parties...

New Unity and National Alliance each gain two seats in EP

In the elections to the European Parliament (EP) in Latvia, New Unity has gained the most votes, leaving the National Alliance (NA) in second...

Increasing number of dangerous situations occurring at railway crossings

While 82 dangerous situations were recorded at Estonian railroad crossings in the last three years, there have already been 17 of them in the...

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