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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 29.03.2017, 00:38

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Happiness as a socio-economic category in governance

Happiness as a socio-economic category in governance


Happiness is becoming an important factor in socio-economic development. Happiness is determined by several factors, such as income, employment, education, health and family life, etc. Recent World Happiness Report makes analysis of 155 countries by the happiness index. Happiness, as a new dimension in economic policies includes such determinants as caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, education, health, income and good governance.

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Social cohesion in the EU: 60 years of experience

Social cohesion in the EU: 60 years of experience


European Social Fund, ESF has been an important driver of job creation, promoting better education, more modern public administrations and social inclusion, and therefore plying a key tool in the EU “social cohesion”. During 2014-2020 millions of people will benefit from ESF thanks to fund’s investments of €86.4 bln. These days the ESF turns 60!

The value of wood: impacts on the environment and sustainability

The value of wood: impacts on the environment and sustainability


Increasing the use of wood in construction and in everyday products plays an important role in tackling climate change, developing green jobs - particularly in rural areas - and boosting the bio-economy. Wood industry’s development is becoming a vital EU policy area to make European cities more save and sustainable.

Modern problems and solutions in global cross-border finances

Modern problems and solutions in global cross-border finances


Cross-border financing flows are becoming more complicated and varied. Hence, the interest in the issues’ key trends, in transatlantic capital flows and regulations, etc. Besides, several developing economies’ integration into the global financial system makes the scene more complicated to manage...

Commission’s vision on the EU’s future by 2025

Commission’s vision on the EU’s future by 2025


The Commission in its White paper published on the 1st of March reveals five main scenarios reflecting main challenges and opportunities for Europe in the coming decade. It presents perspectives of how the Union evolves by 2025 depending on the chosen responds to both global and regional challenges by the EU-27 states leaders and people.


Analysis of global risks for development: warning to the Baltic leaders

Five top trends will determine global development. The World Economic Forum’s predicts for the coming decade the following: rising income and wealth disparity; changing climate; increasing polarization of societies; rising cyber dependency and ageing population. All countries have to make fundamental changes in their development strategies through social and political challenges. Baltic States’ leaders shall be responsive…


Health for all at every stage of life: SDGs in practice

Global leaders have recognized 17 most important world’s issues to be resolve by 2030. They are called Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs and health is among most vital for humanity. It is ranked third in priorities and all countries has to make “health for all” a priority in national development. Practical efforts released by a Danish “health engineer” are the good and valuable steps in the right direction.


EU’s future from the Parliament’s plenum in Strasbourg

Heated debate about the EU’s future in the European Parliament recently showed that the EU faced big shocks if reforms were not introduced urgently. Three separate reports were debated in Strasbourg’s plenary prepared by most influential party groupings: socialist, Christian democrats and liberal democrats.


Successful Startup Europe Week leads to more business’ efforts.

European regions and separate EU states are key players in helping entrepreneurs in business activity, in creating company, in providing grants or arranging taxes breaks. The Commission and other EU institutions decided to include regions and countries in “conversation” on business possibilities in Europe. Hence, the ideas of creating the Startup Europe Week (SEW), a European Partnership (SEP) and a Network (SERN).


Measuring governments’ policy effect on business: World Bank analysis

Business measures and regulations are covered by at least 11 areas and spheres of corporate activity. The World Bank Report in its 14th edition concentrates on governments/states’ efforts to stimulate business activity in 190 countries around the world. Situation in the Baltic States could be of additional interest to the BC’s readers.


Addressing main challenges in agriculture: time to modernize CAP

EU common agricultural policy (CAP), launched in 1962, is one of the Union's longstanding policies. It’s time to modernise the policy in line with the present social, political, environmental and economic challenges. Commission opened a 3-month public discussion among the member states to modernising and simplifying the CAP.


Using “own resources”: the EU needs a budget reform

Several EU member states have for long been disputing the ways the EU “finances” were formed and used, i.e. showing discontent in the way the common financial recourses are compiled and distributed. Brexit was just a culmination of the old-aged resistance to often uncontrolled by the national governments EU’s spending. The time is here for change…


ESF reveals good results for the last seven years

The European Social Fund (ESF) is the EU's oldest fund, created by the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and its main tool for investing in human capital, by promoting employment and social inclusion. Helping people to get a job (or a better job), integrating disadvantaged people into society and ensuring fairer life opportunities for all, are the priorities under the Fund.


Capital Markets Union, CMU: mid-term review

Developing stronger and stable capital markets in the EU and the member states is crucial for the European development. CMU gives businesses access to alternative, more diverse sources of funding. The Commission suggests new CMU’s review, which will assess the optimal ways for free capital movements across borders. Besides, it will increase the European companies’ competitive and investment opportunities.


Maltese Presidency-2017 at the difficult time in the EU

From January to the end of June 2017, Malta assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, for the first time since its accession to the EU in 2004. It will take over the Presidency at a difficult period in European integration. In this situation, the Maltese Presidency will have to find consensus and achieve agreements in the Council and also with the European Parliament.

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