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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Sunday, 22.04.2018, 00:10

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Female ex-employees of EU gender equality institute in Vilnius: harassment was widespread

Female ex-employees of EU gender equality institute in Vilnius: harassment was widespread


Sexual harassment at the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius was more widespread than the few cases of harassment, former foreign employees of the Euorpean Union's (EU) institution told BNS, cites LETA.

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China is ahead in the game – where is Europe

China is ahead in the game – where is Europe


In order for Europe to compete economically but also to remain a relevant, viable partner to China, we need to strategically plan our future cooperation models. Europe has the option to keep doing more of the same and see China fly past in terms of development and innovation. But by being smarter and transforming faster, Europe has the potential to develop exportable concepts as a basis for continued cooperation, trade and sustainable global development.

Wage dynamics reflects moderate warming up of the labour market

Wage dynamics reflects moderate warming up of the labour market


In 2017, the average full-time wage in Latvia grew by 7.9%. This is quite close to Latvijas Banka's forecast published in the previous Macroeconomic Developments Report. In the fourth quarter, the average wage was 7.5% higher y-o-y.

Forbes: Why The U.S. Treasury Killed A Latvian Bank

Forbes: Why The U.S. Treasury Killed A Latvian Bank


Latvia’s third largest lender, ABLV, is to be closed down. On February 24th, 2018, the European Central Bank announced that ABLV was “failing or likely to fail in accordance with the Single Resolution Mechanism Regulation.” It will be wound up under Latvian law, and its subsidiary ABLV Bank Luxembourg will be wound up under Luxembourg law.

The way a newspaper can kill a bank

The way a newspaper can kill a bank


On the eve of its centenary Latvia has been involved in an international bank scandal: one of the largest national commercial bank, ABLV is on the brink of closure. Besides, Latvian Central Bank’s President is accused of obtaining a big bribe. Here comes a question: do we happen to know the names of those involved in this phantasmagoria?


Estonian president emphasizes need to protect the weaker

The President of the Republic at the Republic of Estonia Independence Day Celebration at the Estonian National Museum.


Kazaks: job market problems usually solve themselves during economic crisis

Swedbank chief economic expert Martins Kazaks in Latvia believes that job market problems usually solve themselves during economic crisis, informs LETA.


Sauka: there is no real unemployment in Latvia

Even though the statistical data suggest that the average registered unemployment level in Latvia is about 8 percent, there is no real employment in the country, said Arnis Sauka, Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, in an interview with the Latvian public radio today, cites LETA.


The Russia-EU crisis: lessons from the recent past

There have been many ups and downs in the Russia-EU relations within the last 25 years but in 2014 they have entered a new particularly difficult phase with the clash of two differing regional strategies - Brussels’ Eastern Partnership and Moscow’s Eurasia Union concept. Ukraine has been central to both strategies, and “the either/or” choice presented to Kiev ultimately made a conflict inevitable.


Tallinn’s public transport is part of a greater plan

Since 2013, all citizens of Tallinn can avail of free public transport. The entire tram network will be updated by the end of 2017 and modern regular and hybrid buses have appeared on the streets. New routes servicing new logistic areas have also been added. Now you can take a tram from Tallinn city centre to the airport. At micro level it is considered to be a tram or bus transport subsidy from the city budget and has been analysed as such so far.


Making Lithuanian emergency medical service system more urgent

Substantial social, economic and political changes began after Lithuanian Independence has been restored in 1990. These changes became especially active in 2004 when Lithuania joined the European Union (EU). Lithuanian population dropped by 23 percentage points since Lithuania regained its independence. There are two main causes of this population decrease: high emigration and negative natural population change.


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.


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

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

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.

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