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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Friday, 20.09.2019, 19:42

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Regions as the engine for thriving cooperation around the Baltic Sea

Regions as the engine for thriving cooperation around the Baltic Sea

18.09.2019

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).

Keyword tags: Cooperation, EU Regional Policy, EU – Baltic States, Forum, Modern EU, Port, Transport



Regions in the EU: disparities abandon

Regions in the EU: disparities abandon

16.09.2019

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.

Youth in shaping perspective social progress: teachers’ role

Youth in shaping perspective social progress: teachers’ role

11.09.2019

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.


Combating tax evasion: urgent task for EU governments

Combating tax evasion: urgent task for EU governments

10.09.2019

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.

New Commission’s college draft is approved

New Commission’s college draft is approved

10.09.2019

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.

19.08.2019

Enforcing sustainability: modern challenges and reforms in education (II)

National education facilities in the states shall be geared towards teaching SDGs and training necessary specialists. Hence, the second article shows that existing education institutions and teaching methods shall be reassessed fundamentally alongside the teaching methods. Sustainable economic growth needs new types of general and professional skills for SDGs’ practical implementation, the skills that have never been trained before.

16.08.2019

Enforcing sustainability: modern challenges and needed reforms (I)

The global sustainable agenda requires the states to take all necessary measures (“what it takes”) to implement UN sustainable development goals by 2030. Generally, these measures involve three spheres of national governance: social, environmental and economic; but none of them shall be effective without adequate reforms in existing national education and training policies.

08.08.2019

Fair taxation: new European rules would resolve tax disputes quicker and easier

New EU rules will ensure quicker and more effective resolution of tax disputes among the states, making life easier and offering much more tax certainty for businesses and individuals experiencing double taxation issues.

01.08.2019

New EU’s perspectives: effects for Baltic States

In mid-July the new EU Commission President announced new priorities for the whole EU with a consequence that all the states including those in the Baltics have to turn these priorities into the national political-economic order. The Union’s strategic planning is clear and the EU member states’ leaders agreed on the agenda, though some 3-4 – mostly eastern European states - did not see these priorities as “nationally acceptable”. But then democracy won and the priorities were accepted!

29.07.2019

Teaching sustainability: new global initiative

Higher education is a vital resource for knowledge and a sophisticated national policy in resolving numerous challenges. A decisive step towards active SDGs implementation through science, research and progressive teaching has been taken recently showing prospective steps in increasing the role of “teaching sustainability”. The European Commission and the EU member states shall take more active part in the initiative.

23.07.2019

Commission’s plan to facilitate innovative SMEs in the member states

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and ProCredit Group are providing €800 million to innovative SMEs, under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core element of the EU’s “general” investment plan. Several financial instruments will facilitate innovative SMEs, in such spheres as technology transfer, innovative business angels and venture capital.

22.07.2019

European Union’s progress report-2019 on sustainable development

Sustainability 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 within a sustainable transition path by integrating the SDGs into their economic governance; the Baltic States shall be more active in taking the lead…

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