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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Thursday, 17.01.2019, 09:12

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Climate neutral Europe's strategy by 2050: effect for the Baltic States

Climate neutral Europe's strategy by 2050: effect for the Baltic States


The Baltic States can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions and aligning action in such areas as industrial and agricultural policies, finance and research, etc. while ensuring socio-economic fairness during the transition.

Keyword tags: Ecology, EU – Baltic States, Modern EU

Euro celebrates 20 years in the EU and 5 years in Latvia

Euro celebrates 20 years in the EU and 5 years in Latvia


Euro celebrates 5 years in Latvia and 20 years in the EU. Europeans are feeling strength, convenience and stability of the common currency. Global community acknowledged euro as a reliable international currency: it is part of an SDR’s basket with the US$, the UK pound and the Japanese yen. But euro is only a part –though important –in a national growth; sound economic policies, which are in the hands of politicians, are key issues.

Perspective directions for Latvian science and research

Perspective directions for Latvian science and research


Research and innovation in microelectronics is regarded as “key enabling technologies” (KET) and signifies as a groundbreaking direction in the European science and technology. New EU rules and funding opportunities can stimulate the Baltic States’ research communities and that of Latvia to be more active to participate in microelectronics’ research.

European business in 2018: news for the Baltics’ entrepreneurs

European business in 2018: news for the Baltics’ entrepreneurs


2018 was full of initiatives vital for the European entrepreneurship community, including a new President for the BusinessEurope federation and important outcomes of the European Business Summit. Some of it is interesting for the Baltic States’ decision-makers.

Supporting shared European values: facing Rumanian Presidency in the Council

Supporting shared European values: facing Rumanian Presidency in the Council


On 1 January 2019, twelve years after its accession to the EU in 2007, Romania assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union (popularly called the Council of Ministers, or the Council). It’s the country’s first ever Presidency, which makes it both complicated and challenging. The main aspect of Romanian Presidency is reflected in its motto: “Cohesion, a shared European value”.


Clean energy for all Europeans: lessons for the Baltic States

New “clean energy” package has been agreed by three EU’s legislative institutions: the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. New rules are aimed at making the EU's electricity market work better with numerous energy union governance proposals including a number of directives: on energy efficiency, on renewable energy and on energy performance in construction.


Modern European security: theory and practice (part II)

In the second article on European security, the issues inspired by the media-summit in Brussels, some theory and practice in modern approaches to security both in the EU institutions and the member states are discussed. Besides, present Commission agenda on security union shows its role in the member states increased attention to security and defense.


Social protection in the EU and the Baltic States

Social protection expenditure in the EU-28 in 2016 has been at the level of 30% of GDP, slightly down compared to 2015, according to data from Eurostat. In the three Baltic States the social protection expenditures (SPEs) have been at the level of 15% compared with about 30-33% in the Nordic states, France, Finland, Austria, etc.


European regional policy: effects for the Baltic States

Several EU funds assist structural reforms and progressive regional development in the Baltic States. The EU’s strategy aims at making European regions actively participating in nation growth. However, historic administrative and territorial divisions often do not cope with the modern digital societies and “smart specialization” trends. Hence, political decisions concerning regional policies have to be both optimal and progressive.


European security: an urgent issue for the EU and the Baltics (part I)

The European Commission organised a media seminar on the “security research”, with a view of a deeper understanding of the complex security issues. The theme is of vital importance at present tense time for both Europeans and the Baltics’ sub-region in line with EU’s priorities of making Europe a safe place and enhancing regional security.


European long-term climate policy’s strategy

The European Commission has initiated a collective strategy to combat climate change’s threats. The Commission’s perspective long-term climate strategy would determine Europe's energy and climate policy evolution to 2050. Public discussion will follow to show how the Baltic States and other EU countries will reach the ambitious aims.


European development perspectives and growth strategy

Autumn-2018 annual growth survey in the Semester’s package, presented by the Commission this November has shown the EU’s present economic and budgetary conditions and provided some insights to perspective growth patterns in the member states. Good news: the Baltic States’ budget situation is regarded as positive.


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

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.


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

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 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.

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