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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Monday, 22.01.2018, 02:26

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Migration and the Lithuanian economy

Migration and the Lithuanian economy


During the last two decades, Lithuania has experienced a very high rate of population mobility, which peaked during the early years of EU membership (2004–2006) and once again during the recent economic and financial crisis (2009–2011). Lithuanian workers took advantage of economic opportunities abroad and made the most of free movement within the EU and EEA.

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Estonia seems to be destroying the program of e-residence

Estonia seems to be destroying the program of e-residence


Estonia had successfully started its e-resident programme and proudly announced that in such a way Estonia had attracted more than 20,000 non-residents who use the e-resident’s status for both aims – as the Estonian electronic signature and the opportunity for firm managers to use the tax and other systems. This meant for the foreign guests also an opportunity to receive the Estonian identity number. This idea, however, in another form, had to be adopted also by Latvia. But it has come to an end.

Lithuania on the road to a shifting economic identity

Lithuania on the road to a shifting economic identity


It has been almost three decades since Lithuania regained its independence. Nearly half of the time, beginning with 2004, Lithuania has been a member of the European Union and NATO. However, the usual point of reference used to analyse social and economic change has so far been one that described the country as a ‘post-soviet society’ or ‘transition society’.

Spending EU taxpayers´ money must bring better results

Spending EU taxpayers´ money must bring better results


Three years ago the European Court of Auditors (ECA) – EU’s independent external audit body – warned that the culture of “use it or lose it” has to stop. The rationale behind the statement was that the focus on the use of EU taxpayers’ money had been for many years on absorption, not on results. Later, we have repeated the message by saying that “wholly new approach” is needed.

Evolving migrant identities: on Russian-speaking migrants from Latvia in Europe

Evolving migrant identities: on Russian-speaking migrants from Latvia in Europe


Meet Irina: Born in Latvia as a non-citizen (former citizen of the Soviet Union), she was 17 when she obtained her Latvian passport: “My mother obtained her Latvian passport on the same day. We were singing the Latvian anthem shoulder to shoulder. A day or two later we went for our first trip abroad. To London!” After a year, once Irina had graduated from the gymnasium, she boarded a plane to the United Kingdom. She even did not stay for her graduation party, so eager she was to study arts in the UK. Now, in her late 20s, Irina lives in London and works as an artist.


Going digital in the Baltic Sea Region

The Baltic Sea is home to one of the most economically dynamic regions in Europe and the world. However, deepening regional integration has been a longstanding issue for the countries that share a coastline of some 8,000 km, on account of their differing economic priorities and political concerns.


Rietumu: Geneva grain forum showed the importance of playing according to new rules

Tightening of the legislative requirements and the required conformity to the compliance procedures will exert a serious influence on the international trade of agricultural products, including grain crops, says Natalja Perhova, Member of the Board of Rietumu Bank. These issues, alongside other topical trends of the industry, were recently discussed at one of the most influential professional world forums - Global Grain in Geneva, informed BC bank’s press service.


On the history of personal responsibility

Contemporary legislation in the countries of European culture is based on the underlying premise that an individual has a free will and the capacity for the independent decision-making. If the particular human being has such abilities it presupposes an appropriate responsibility for personal misbehaviour. But this admission doesn’t function in many preliterate cultures. It is easy to show that these abilities represent the consequences of the very long historical process of the human being and society’s development.


Modern complex social problems: robotics, basic income and safety nets

EU and global economies are facing “labour problems”: in various states angry workers denounce both a shortage of jobs and low wages. Besides, robots already appear to be a threat to workers being able to replace millions of humans. Another issue is that of the basic income: the idea attracts attention around the world providing potentials for a universal social safety net implementation.


Riga’s stakeholder identification and prioritization in the planning process of sustainable energy development

Sustainable energy development of the city must be based on the plan. The energy actions described in city Sustainable Energy Development Plans (SEAPs) will be difficult to successfully implement without strong support from city leaders and commitment from public and private stakeholders.


The implementation of the social policy for 25 years of Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan

The world economy knows many examples of fairly rapid growth of the economy of the state; first of all, these are Asian countries – Singapore, South Korea, the provinces of the People’s Republic of China – Hong Kong and Taiwan. What is the phenomenon of such rapid economic development in Uzbekistan?


The Baltics and Europe

The ports of the Baltic Sea are an important gateway to economically successful regions, as well as a gateway of trade between East and West. In Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, the political, cultural, and intellectual elites have concentrated in Riga, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Meanwhile, the only seaport of Lithuania, Klaipėda, is not the capital city of the state.


Increased regional tensions in the Baltic Sea

Common cultural, historical, political and economic ties link the Baltic, the Nordic countries and the other countries around the Baltic Sea together. The Baltic and Nordic countries have enjoyed ongoing cooperation since early 1990s. In 2009, the cooperation took further steps when the Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSBSR, was adopted. The focus of the strategy is clean and safe shipping, reliable energy markets and better cooperation in fighting cross-border crime. The countries around the Baltic Sea share an interest in the provision of stability, security and welfare in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.


Estonia plans to bring more ships under Estonian flag

Estonian government has started a project “Ships under Estonian flag” aimed for restoration of merchant fleet sailing under Estonian flag. At the start of nineties, around 100 merchant vessels with gross tonnage (GT) above 500 sailed under Estonian flag.


Economic growth and convergence in the Baltic States

The Baltic states regained independence from the Soviet Union in August 1991. The years before had been marked by economic hardship, food shortages and high inflation. When the new governments set out to reform the economies and introduce market-based economic systems a key objective was therefore to support economic growth and raise living standards towards levels in Western Europe. The convergence path turned out to be more twisted and challenging than anticipated.

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