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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 16.10.2019, 07:57

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Vocational training: acquiring new skills

Vocational training: acquiring new skills

15.10.2019

During present Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the 2019 European Vocational Skills Week in Helsinki (14-18.x.) took place with the idea of encouraging people of all ages to ‘discover their talent' through vocational education and training (VET).

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Competitiveness and circularity: approaches in the Baltic Sea Region

Competitiveness and circularity: approaches in the Baltic Sea Region

10.10.2019

Several EU states focus this October on circular economy: e.g. during “Circular Days/Circular weeks” in Poland (07-13.10.2019), many activities are devoted to promoting sustainable consumer behavior, supporting circular business models and establishing cooperation among stakeholders.

Economy and finances combined: Valdis Dombrovskis’ approval in European Parliament

Economy and finances combined: Valdis Dombrovskis’ approval in European Parliament

10.10.2019

Valdis Dombrovskis has easily gone through the European Parliament’s screening: the MEPs approved his nomination to the post of the EU’s top economics and financial commissioner. During about three hours MEPs “grilled” the Latvian nominee who will deal with an area of “an economy that works for people” during his next five years in the Commission as an executive vice president.


Turning digital: challenges and perspectives for science and research in the EU

Turning digital: challenges and perspectives for science and research in the EU

07.10.2019

The internet and digital technologies are already transforming the EU member states’ knowledge and operation systems. During last five years the turn has come to science, research and innovation with a new concept of free access to all kind of research (called “open access”). The Baltic States science community has to take this challenge seriously.

Financing convergence and competitiveness: new efforts in the eurozone states

Financing convergence and competitiveness: new efforts in the eurozone states

01.10.2019

Commission’s spring-2019 economic forecasts showed that the European economy is expected to grow (both in 2019 and 2020) and will remain robust. Growth would be positive in all EU states (often with small margins), which would support employment and increase households budgets.


27.09.2019

Teachers in education and training: creating European Education Area

Investing in education is of paramount importance for a perspective growth in any state. But it is the teacher that makes the greatest impact on students’ educational quality. The teaching profession is facing several important challenges across the EU: shortages in staff, attracting talented teachers, and ensuring innovation in teaching and learning practices.

23.09.2019

Energy issues: pollution and taxation

OECD's member states are still supporting fossil fuel production and use, regardless of global appeal to effective reduction. Contrary to popular believe, the carbon pricing politics, however, often seems inadequate. Fuel excise and carbon taxes are presently the most simple and cost-effective tools to limit negative impact on climate conditions.

18.09.2019

Regions as the engine for thriving cooperation around the Baltic Sea

Annual conference of Baltic Sea States sub-regional co-operation (BSSSC, 18-20 September in Klaipeda) is devoted to sustainable maritime economy. Representatives of all Baltic States will exchange knowledge and develop joint trans-regional initiatives in order to contribute to the goals of EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

16.09.2019

Regions in the EU: disparities abandon

The EU statistics office, Eurostat provides regular accounts of regional statistics for all EU-28 member states' regions. Recent regional yearbook-2019 offers additionally interactive applications to help visualise and analyse regional and local data, including “Regions and cities”, “Statistical atlas”, and “My region”; also in a mobile application.

11.09.2019

Youth in shaping perspective social progress: teachers’ role

The European Commission is heavily investing in young peoples’ education and creating new opportunities for them to shape society. To create a better Europe, actually, means empowering young people. The Baltic States’ education ministries and science academies shall follow good examples.

10.09.2019

Combating tax evasion: urgent task for EU governments

Since 2013, the OECD and G-20 countries are working together on implementing 15-poins Action Plan on BEPS (base erosion & profit shifting). Already over 130 countries are collaborating to put an end to tax avoidance strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules to drastically reducing tax payments.

10.09.2019

New Commission’s college draft is approved

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has agreed to the draft list of Commissioners-designate provided by the Council of the European Union. This follows a series of formal interviews President-elect von der Leyen held, over the past weeks, with each of the persons suggested by the states as candidates for Commissioner.

05.09.2019

SDGs in action: food industry shows a lead in transition

Food production, consumption, recycling and reuse are among most serious issues for national, regional, as well as global, governance. Food industry takes part in active implementation of the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), concerning in particular, SDG-12, which required sustainable production and consumption. The Bite-19 in Copenhagen has showed most optimal ways…

20.08.2019

EU’s strategy towards implementation of SDGs in the states

Sustainability concept includes circular and bio-economy, sustainable food systems, “greening” energy as well as new trends in structural economies: from horizontal policy tools to education and digitisation to finance and taxation. Modern societies are already on a sustainable transition path by integrating the SDGs into their economic governance.

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