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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Wednesday, 23.05.2018, 10:01

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In most European countries life is fair

In most European countries life is fair


People in most European states think that life is generally “fair”. However, in numerous states citizens have some concerns over income inequality, justice, political decisions, etc. Particularly different opinions are among the citizens in the Baltic States; there are reasons to believe that politicians in the Baltics would take European analysis seriously.

Keyword tags: Analytics, EU – Baltic States, Modern EU, Society

Digital transformation in the EU: the Baltic States are catching up

Digital transformation in the EU: the Baltic States are catching up


In the EU’s 2018 Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI) index, the Baltic States’ performance looks pretty good. DESI monitors the EU states’ performance in digital connectivity, digital skills, online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services. DESI-2018 shows that digital connectivity has improved but is still insufficient to address fast socio-economic growth.

Appeal to citizens through an online dialogue on European future

Appeal to citizens through an online dialogue on European future


New European Commission’s idea of addressing people in an online dialogue to find out the most optimal EU’s future seems problematic. The appeal to people would not help much: the EU is an inter-governmental organisation with the states as the main “actors” in European integration and cooperation. The “peoples’ voce” in the EU is already concentrated in the European Parliament, the only elected EU institution; probably, it is not enough anymore…

Towards European labour market: making skills visible in the EU

Towards European labour market: making skills visible in the EU


In mid-April 2018, the EU member states adopted the Commission's proposal to revise the Europass framework. The revision, which aims at simplifying and modernising the Europass CV and other skills tools for the digital age, will enable people across the EU to make their skills and qualifications more visible, and will help policy makers to anticipate labour market needs and trends.

Active financial support to SMEs in the Baltic States

Active financial support to SMEs in the Baltic States


The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Swedbank agreed to support financially about 5 thousand SMEs in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation, EaSI participates too. The financial support is aimed at boosting employment in the Baltics and getting more people into jobs, especially the most vulnerable people on the labour market.


Towards a well-functioning European labour market

The EU efforts to ensure fair labour mobility culminated recently in the Commission’s proposal for a European Labour Authority. In this way the European Commission has taken concrete steps to further deliver on the European Pillar of Social Rights adopted at the end of 2017. The message for the Baltic States is clear: increasing social fairness.


Nordic states lead in the Global “happiness index”

World Happiness Report-2018 has shown that among ten “happiest countries” in the world there are five Scandinavian states: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden. The Report acknowledges a clear advantage of a Nordic model’s development for other European states to emulate.


Food quality needs additional attention from the EU institutions

Food quality has become issues of great concern in the member states. Responding to consumers’ demands, the European Commission started to assess problematic issues. The EU has started with administrative measures: it launched a “Centre for Food Fraud and Quality”, which will complement the EU Food Fraud Network by providing an interface between science and policy-making.


European Semester in 2018: facing modern challenges

Since the start of the European Semester in 2011, the EU member states have made progress in financial services, in fiscal policy and governance. The Semester has been enriched in 2018 by requirements of the European Pillar of Social Rights. Besides, the states are having good guidance in getting support for progressive structural reforms.


Reducing inequalities and sustaining competitiveness in education

European Commission adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils’ awareness of the functioning of the European Union.


Baltic States' electricity and gas connections with Europe

For historical reasons, the Baltic States' electricity grid is still being operated in close connection mode with the Russian and Belorussian systems. The synchronisation will bring closer a fully functioning and connected internal energy market and increase energy security of the Baltic States by 2025. The same type of “energy integration with the West is designed for the Baltic States’ gas system.


Improving working conditions in European states: new draft for a Directive

The “world of work” is changing fast with a growing number of non-standard jobs and contracts. After extensive public consultation in the member states, the draft Directive forces social partners to implement new minimum working conditions’ requirements through collective agreements. The Baltic States shall be aware of new requirements as the draft fully respects national social dialogue practices.


EU’s trade defence policy: protecting member states’ industries

New EU trade defence legislation is aimed at changing the way the member states deal with the dumped and subsidised imports from countries outside EU with significant state-induced market distortions. The first “cases” would include some China’s industries, followed by Russia’s.


Removing obstacles & reinforcing trust in the Single Market for SMEs and consumers

Two new Commission’s drafts are aimed at making it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe. Besides, the proposals would reinforce trust and strengthen control by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers. Adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, they will be directly applicable in the member states.


Being informed about EU legislation: new online register

To better inform wide public and business about contemporary EU decision-making process, a new common online register is being launched at the end of December 2017. Anyone can now easily search and find delegated acts linked to certain economic sectors. It also allows users to subscribe and receive notifications about the development of specific delegated acts which they are interested in.

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