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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 21.11.2018, 22:23

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European agriculture: policy’s effect for the Baltic States and Latvia

European agriculture: policy’s effect for the Baltic States and Latvia

20.11.2018

The role of agro-sector in the Baltic States is still quite significant: about 25-30 percent of the workforce in the Baltic States is engaged full-time or partially in agro-sector, including processing of agricultural products, forestry and fishing. A general agro-sector analysis in the EU and the Baltic States, as well as in Latvia, can help in streamlining national political and economic decision-making.

Keyword tags: Agriculture, Analytics, EU – Baltic States, Modern EU



Clean energy in the Baltics: preparing national plans for 2021-2030

Clean energy in the Baltics: preparing national plans for 2021-2030

15.11.2018

European Parliament adopted proposals on new rules on renewables and energy efficiency in the member states. This is a vital step in assisting the Baltic States’ path towards transition to “clean energy” policies. However, the Baltic States’ governments have to do the homework: prepare national plans for 2021-30 concerning emission reduction, securing energy supply and rational use of existing resources.

The voice of European workers: mission of change in EESC

The voice of European workers: mission of change in EESC

06.11.2018

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC, often called EcoSoc) is the second-oldest institution in the history of the European Union after the European Parliament. It has been seen as a “voice of European workers” in the EU’s bureaucracy. There are seven Latvians, six Estonians and 9 Lithuanians to take part in its activities.


Digital skills in teaching and education: Commission’s initiative and SDGs

Digital skills in teaching and education: Commission’s initiative and SDGs

05.11.2018

European Commission suggested new education tools to help schools in the EU states and some neighbouring countries (e.g. Russia, Georgia and Serbia) using digital technologies for teaching and learning. In the EU alone, the new tool will be offered to 76.7 million students and teachers in 250,000 schools on a voluntary basis. Besides, universities have to activate inclusion of SDGs into their agendas and curricula.

Creating a competitive European quantum industry: new initiative

Creating a competitive European quantum industry: new initiative

05.11.2018

The Quantum Technologies Flagship program with about €1 billion investment is a new initiative to fund over 5,000 of Europe's leading quantum technologies researchers over the next ten years and aims to place Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution. The Baltic States’ research community is to take this initiative seriously…


30.10.2018

Competitive agro-sector in the EU: Baltic States’ situation

In the first report on the application of competition rules in the agricultural sector, the European Commission has shown that the member states’ competition authorities can help farmers to obtain better conditions when selling their products to numerous customers. Besides, there are some ideas on future policy choices concerning the application of competition rules in the agricultural sector.

18.10.2018

Commission's Education and Training Monitor encourages reforms in the member states

The 2018 European Commission's Monitor shows that the member states made further progress towards EU-2020 targets in education and training. The Monitor analyses the main challenges for European education systems and presents policies that can make them more responsive to societal and labour market needs. However, differences among countries remain, showing that more reforms are needed.

16.10.2018

New fuel labels in the EU states: Commission’s initiative

This October all European customers at public filling station will notice new harmonized fuel symbols on fuel dispensers and fuel nozzles. It will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles while helping them avoid miss-fuelling and provide adequate information on the environmental impact of the fuels used.

16.10.2018

Problematic convergence: consumer goods’ consumption in the EU

There are striking differences among the EU states on households’ expenses for food, beverages and general consumption. Only about 10% of households’ income is used for consumer goods in such states as Luxembourg, Netherlands and the UK. Over 33% of income is used in households in Lithuania-33,7% and in Rumania -38,2%. Thus, the EU’s internal market’s convergence is far from perfect.

16.10.2018

Eastern Partnership should be maintained as a priority in the European Union’s foreign policy – Rinkevics

On October 15, 2018, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, at which EU foreign ministers discussed preparations for the European Council of October 18, as well as developments in Venezuela, with the focus on the humanitarian situation in the country, the migration crisis and its impact on the neighboring countries, informs LETA.

15.10.2018

Digital Summit to bring IT ministers, entrepreneurs and experts from 14 countries to Tallinn

Ministers, entrepreneurs and technology experts from 14 digitally minded countries across the world will convene tomorrow for Tallinn Digital Summit 2018. The summit will focus on artificial intelligence and global trade in data, as well as their implications for governance, economies, and societies as a whole.

15.10.2018

Lithuanian central banker doesn't expect ECB interest rate decisions until fall of 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) should end its quantitative easing, or bond-buying, program, this year, as expected, but it is unlikely to make decisions on a possible interest rate hike until at least the fall of 2019, informs LETA/BNS referring to Vitas Vasiliauskas, the Lithuanian central bank governor and a member of the ECB Governing Council.

15.10.2018

European socdems discussed future of left-wing ideas in Vilnius

Vilnius hosted an international forum of European social democrats over the weekend when Baltic and EU social democrats discussed the future of left-wing ideas, informs LETA/BNS.

10.10.2018

Campaign groups warn of money laundering risks posed by EU visa selling programs

Programs run by some European Union countries to sell passports and residency permits to wealthy foreign citizens pose risks of money laundering as some of the schemes are not properly managed, informs LETA referring to Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday citing warnings from campaign groups.

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