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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 26.06.2019, 23:49

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European high quality and future-oriented education: effect for economy and business

European high quality and future-oriented education: effect for economy and business


The EU provides states with both advice and support for high youth's quality and inclusive education. The idea is to give students needed knowledge and skills for adequate response to new opportunities and challenges opened by globalisation and technological change. These challenges are to be incorporated into the national education policies in order to tackle the needs of the perspective labour market's requirements.

Keyword tags: Education and Science, EU – Baltic States, Modern EU

New innovative initiative to support researchers and SMEs in the EU states

New innovative initiative to support researchers and SMEs in the EU states


New European Innovation Council (EIC) will help researchers in the states to turn their most radical ideas into innovative and “revolutionary” technologies. The EIC has three spheres of support: coaching, networking and funding. About €3 billion is provided during 2018-20 to fund most talented innovators and help the SMEs to scale up and expand beyond European borders.

Circular economy’s priority in the 10th EUSBSR Forum

Circular economy’s priority in the 10th EUSBSR Forum


The EU’s “macro-regional” cooperation “units" regional authorities in quicker and efficient solution of local issues having “European dimension”. The EU strategy for the states around the Baltic Sea area was the first one adopted a decade ago. The jubilee’s Forum motto: “reduce, reuse and rethink” provided a platform for discussions on present and perspective regional authorities’ planning on sustainable and circular economy issues.

Spring-2019: European economy’s account

Spring-2019: European economy’s account


Several times during a year (at winter, spring and autumn), the Commission delivers assessments of the member states socio-economic development, which -being formally treated as “recommendations”- in fact are having quite serious impact on national planning. Below are some vital aspects from the Commission’s spring forecast which shall be taken into account by the Baltic States’ governments.

Comprehensive EU strategy to target urgent regional challenges

Comprehensive EU strategy to target urgent regional challenges


Modern European challenges are becoming closer to sustainability: no wonder, the EU Baltic Sea regional forum’s 10-year jubilee takes circular and sharing economy issues as its main agenda. They have already become an integral part in some EU states’ governing aspects. Besides, ideas of “reduce, reuse and rethink” (the so-called “4T” issues) would be of interest too…


Latvian issues in progress: EU’s vision for the country’s growth

There have been recently a couple of high-rank advises for the Latvian government for a progressive development: some voluntary, like that of OECD last month, some compulsory, like the present approved by the Council of the European Union. It’s difficult to see which of these two are more important, but both can actually serve as a background for Latvian planning process for at least next two years.


Tackling Latvian economy and sustainability: OECD’s assessment

Recent OECD assessments for Latvia (presented at the end of May in Riga) have been quite unique: the “pack” was instigated by the modern global double-trends concerning growth and climate change. Hence the OECD’s survey for 2019 consists of two reviews: on economic development and on the country’s sustainability issues; both represent some matters of concern for the Latvian governing establishment…


Combating VAT fraud: new EU’s efforts to assist member states

The new system – the Transaction Network Analysis, TNA, which is introduced by the European Commission in mid-May 2019, is aimed at assisting the EU-states in rapid exchange of information and in jointly processing VAT data in cross-country’s trade. That would lead to earlier detection of suspicious networks and reduce negative effect on public finances.


Latvian bioeconomy: challenges, perspectives and solutions

Bioeconomy’s share in Latvian GDP has reached already about 15 per cent. But the sector has huge potentials both in the national structural development and in its regional transformation. And the sector’s role will increase in the future: hence the attention to biomass’ exploration and management, as well as to educational issues in bioeconomy and sustainability policy.


Goals and commitments for the EU’s future: reaching for the stars…

Although it is an informal summit on May 9, the EU leaders will discuss the European next strategic agenda for the period 2019-24 and exchange views on the existing challenges and priorities. It is interesting, what the Baltic States’ politicians think about these priorities?


Attention to nature and environment protection

According to a new Eurobarometer survey, Europeans are increasingly concerned about the state of the natural world. In an overwhelming consensus, 96% of the more than 27.000 interviewed citizens said that the EU and the states have a responsibility to protect nature and that this is also essential for tackling climate change.


Innovative approach to investment: new EU’s strategic priority

European Parliament agreed on the InvestEU, a programme to boost investment in the member states during the next long-term EU budget. The agreement brings InvestEU closer to its practical implementation. Over the next decade, the programme will unlock at least €650 billion to be invested in the European future growth and peoples’ wellbeing.


Moving towards a European transparency register for lobbyists

Three EU legislative institutions - the Parliament, Commission and Council – are having a third round of talks in spring 2019 on the proposal for a mandatory “transparency register” for lobbyists working in the EU’s institutions.


Circular economy –new EU rules for plastic waste

First step was made towards tackling marine litter: European Parliament adopted the Commission’s draft to forbid most types of single-use plastic products generally found on European beaches. Besides, the draft lays foundations to a new European plastic economy, where the design and production would fully respect reuse, repair and recycling while more sustainable materials are being developed.

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