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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Thursday, 22.02.2018, 12:41

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Kazaks: job market problems usually solve themselves during economic crisis

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.

Keyword tags: Analytics, Direct Speech, Economics, Employment, Labour-market, Latvia, Markets and Companies

Sauka: there is no real unemployment in Latvia

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

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

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

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.


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.

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