Estonia wants to expand e-voting as an everyday service

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Drug trafficking and organized crime thriving in Albania

China’s Linglong begins construction of a new plant in Serbia

Estonia

The Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) is planning to turn the existing e-voting system into a continuously-running service, which would be used for other elections, such as elections at universities, surveys or local referendums, Baltic News Service (BNS) reports.

Estonians have been able to cast their ballots online anywhere in the world since 2005. According to the government 30 per cent of Estonians use the system to vote.

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Albania

The US “2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report” describes an increase of organized crime, drug trafficking, and money laundering in Albania.

According to the report trafficking of cocaine and heroin via Albania has increased; organized crime networks have grown; and the country serves as a base of operations for organized crime groups operating in the US, South America, Europe and Middle East.

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Serbia

Chinese tire manufacturer Shandong Linglong has begun a construction of a production plant in Zrenjanin as part of an EUR800m investment.

The plant will produce 13 million tires a year and in the long-term employ more than 1,200 people, according to Serbian president Aleksander Vucic. Production will start by the end of 2021 and the plant should be fully operational in 2025.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) increased from 8139.75 index points Monday, April 1st to 8150.38 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 0.15 per cent d/d and down 7.06 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 42057.00 index points Monday, April 1st to 42213.00 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 0.37 per cent d/d and up 11.5 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) increased from 978.99 index points Monday, April 1st to 982.76 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 0.39 per cent d/d and down 5.90 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1238.48 index points Monday, April 1st to 1244.97 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 0.34 per cent d/d and down 1.72 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) closed at 655.50 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s the same result as Monday’s. It’s 0 per cent change d/d and down 7.51 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) decreased from 1084.81 index points Monday, April 1st to 1081.41 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s down 0.31 per cent d/d and down 3.16 per cent y/y.

RTS (of Moscow) increased from 1214.29 index points Monday, April 1st to 1216.20 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 0.16 per cent d/d and down 1.45 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) increased from 354.71 index points Monday, April 1st to 359.48 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 1.34 per cent d/d and up 9.13 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) decreased from 583.87 index points Monday, April 1st to 579.70 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s down 0.21 per cent d/d and down 11.24 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) decreased from 1747.33 index points Monday, April 1st to 1741.36 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s down 0.34 per cent d/d and up 4.55 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2340.74 index points Monday, April 1st to 2371.14 index points Tuesday, April 2nd. It’s up 1.30 per cent d/d and up 5.89 per cent y/y.

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