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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Thursday, 18.04.2019, 20:04

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Moving towards a European transparency register for lobbyists

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.

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Circular economy –new EU rules for plastic waste

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.

Baltic Sea region: attention to mobility and sustainability

Baltic Sea region: attention to mobility and sustainability


Several main issues were discussed during this year’s Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland concerning regional future challenges, organised by the Centrum Balticum, including the labour mobility and sustainability, with some circular economy issues included. Over 300 hundred participants and 27 outstanding speakers from all walks of political, academic and business communities in countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the forum.

Corporate tax in EU- eliminating loopholes

Corporate tax in EU- eliminating loopholes


New rules on common corporate tax in the EU entered into force this year. The idea is to eliminate some loopholes in corporate entities, which are avoiding paying taxes. As a rule, corporate taxation is within the domain of the member states. This time the EU institutions took the initiative in order to reduce tax evasion.

European dimension in education: perspectives for Latvia

European dimension in education: perspectives for Latvia


Progressive education is a vital instrument in predicting future growth and formulating a sound public policy. Modern national governance is facing several challenges, which are already generally changing traditional approaches to labour markets, university’s education and new digital economy’s applications. Besides, sustainability and circular economy issues form a new trend in education and training.


New impetus into circular economy’s perspectives

Commission’s report on the implementation of the EU’s initial circular economy action plan presents the main results of the 3 years’ extensive efforts towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy (CE) with a reduced pressure on natural, freshwater resources and ecosystems in the member states.


New EU rules reduce formalities for living and working abroad

Presently about 17 million EU citizens live and/or work in another EU country than their own. Around two million citizens are cross-bordering daily for work/study in one country but live in another. New rules radically simplify the procedures involved and increase freedom of movement in the EU states.


Winter-2019 Semester: the Baltic States’ position ranks positive

A major instrument for the EU institution to assist the member states in activating their reforms has been the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP), which provided technical support in designing and implement growth-enhancing reforms. The ultimate controlling mechanism was embodied in the European Semester.


Supporting sustainability: EU’s financial innovation

Financial sector in the member states is quite aware of the difficulties in providing support for low-carbon development and sustainability. To boost investment in sustainable and new generation of low-carbon projects, the EU created some financial incentives with the “indication points” on financing low-carbon economies. Now it is the member states’ turn to “accommodate” the new rules.


Modern EU industrial policy: EU’s assistance to the Baltics States growth

The future of Europe's industry depends on the member states’ ability to continuously adapt and innovate by investing in new technologies and embracing changes brought on by increased digitisation and transitions to low-carbon and to circular economy. The EU’s innovative measures to activate member states’ industrial development need to be assessed carefully by Baltic States’ decision-makers.


Transport in the Baltic States’ cities: reducing air pollution

EU legislative institutions (the Parliament and the Council) agreed on a stricter air pollution control in the cities. For the first time in the EU’s history, the states are forced to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%, compared with 2019 level. The states will make city’s air quality better excluding polluting transport in cities by 2030.


Digital agenda and e-trade: perspectives for business in the Baltic States

European digital single market has opened additional opportunities for corporate activity in the Baltic States. Recently, the two EU legislative institutions, i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached an agreement on the online sales of goods and supply of digital content and services.


Legal clarity for international couples

There are more than 16 million international couples in the present EU-28. Quite often they face difficulties in dealing properties and other issues. The new rules make it easier and cheaper to divide joint assets, provide some relief to people in difficult circumstances; besides the couples will benefit from clear procedures in divorce or death of a partner.


Activating business and research: additional EU’s investment initiatives

The investment conditions in Europe have improved since the Commission adopted an investment plan in mid-2015 due, in part, to structural reforms in the member states and more favourable European economic situation. Besides, the EU institutions have implemented some strategic “interventions”, e.g. in the form of a European Fund for Strategic Investments. There are numerous Latvian agencies to support innovation.


Recent EU issues for decision-makers, businesses and developers

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