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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Tuesday, 21.11.2017, 06:18

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Task Force to show efficient EU policy implementation in the states

Task Force to show efficient EU policy implementation in the states


A special task force aims to ensure better EU policies implementation: the approach is called “doing less more efficiently”. Recommendations are expected on: better application of subsidiarity and proportionality principles, on policy areas which could be re-delegated or returned to the EU states, and on showing ways of better involving regional and local authorities in EU policy implementation. Good ideas for Baltics to emulate…

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European Education Area by 2025: potentials for growth, jobs and unity

European Education Area by 2025: potentials for growth, jobs and unity


European Commission has formulated its vision on creating a European Education Area by 2025. With the debate on the future of Europe in full swing, the Commission’s leaders are concentrating their efforts on collective steps to overcome the forthcoming challenges and making the EU more resilient to possible risks. Increasing educational potentials as drivers for jobs and growth is in the common interests of all EU states.

Inequality remains a challenge in education and training in several EU states

Inequality remains a challenge in education and training in several EU states


The EU member states have to do more to overcome inequalities in education systems. Education has a special role in building a fairer society by offering equal chances to everybody. That was the outcome of a new Commission's Monitor published recently.

EU's economic forecast in Autumn 2017: growth in changing policy context

EU's economic forecast in Autumn 2017: growth in changing policy context


According to Autumn forecast, the European economy will continue to grow in both the euro area and in the EU as a whole at 2.1% in 2018 and at 1.9% in 2019; previous Spring forecast showed growth in 2018 at 1.8% in the euro area and 1.9% for the EU. Over the next two years, unemployment is set to decrease further to 8.5% in 2018 and 7.9% in 2019.

Digital agenda for a circular economy: a new EPC's project

Digital agenda for a circular economy: a new EPC's project


European Policy Center, EPC invited participants for a project for some 12-18 months, which will focus on individual workshops' implementation for digitalisation to boost the circular economy. Baltic States have strong chances to increase their digital issues to support sustainability approaches in a modern economy styles.


Commission's proposal to cut transport emissions

In a joint proposal (8.xi.2017) by two Commissioners, Miguel Arias Cañete and Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission suggested carbon emissions reduction target for cars and vans of 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2021 levels. However, the Commissioner from Germany, Günther Oettinger, has formally decided to push the matter to a debate and vote rather than wave the proposal through the EU institutions.


Financial situation in the EU’s eurozone: urgent issues for 19 states

A number of topics were discussed during a regular Eurogroup meeting in early November 2017, including preparation for the Euro Summit at the end of 2017. Among the main issues among 19-members’ zone were banking union in general and its legal aspects, investment in human capital, fiscal policies and reducing debt levels.


Common issues for common efforts: Nordic-Baltic cooperation

The heads of Nordic and Baltic countries governments, i.e. so-called NB8 meeting (5 Nordic and 3 Baltic States), discussed in Helsinki recently common regional concerns regarding security, energy markets, and hybrid threats, EU policies, trans-Atlantic relations, and cooperation with the UN. It seems that more cooperation among the three Baltic States is needed too.


Strategic directions in the European science and research

At the “Future and Emerging Technologies” debate, Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip underlined that combined and coordinated efforts among the EU institutions and the member states are needed towards gaining fore-front positions in the world. Some new directions have been mentioned: “human brain project”, which provides additional understanding of the human brain and its diseases, as well as graphene and quantum research projects.


Circular economy: the ways towards “conscious capitalism”

Political, economic and business circles need sufficient resilience in modern time facing increasingly changeable, uncertain, and unpredictable challenges; more than that, the countries have to manage these challenges properly through adaptive approaches to national political economy structures.


Combating globalisation and assisting redundant workers

The new European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) report showed the EU’s solidarity with workers falling victim to mass lay-offs caused by globalisation. During just two years, about 9 thousand workers have been adjusted to changing trade patterns and consequences of the economic and financial crisis. In the Baltic States, however, only Estonia has used the EGF financial assistance.


Towards social Europe: the EU states agreed on European Pillar of Social Rights

At the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (23 October 2017, Luxembourg), the EU member states’ Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs expressed their unanimous endorsement of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Council’s decision marked an important step forward for creating a social Europe.


Proposed Electronic Communications Code: reforming European telecoms

The EU’s telecoms markets are subject to changes: the member states need more coordination, legal certainty, clear regulations, investments and incentives. The proposed Code aims to achieve sufficiently long minimum duration for spectrum assignments for 5G across Europe. The EU special agency, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) based in Riga, is an important actor to ensure consistency.


Trade balance in national economy: EU’s assessment for 2016-17

European Union is one of the main trading blocks in the world. The 19 eurozone states are doing generally better than the EU-28: the latter recorded €5.1 bn deficit in trade in goods with the rest of the world in 2017 (in 2016 the deficit was €8.2 bn). But the eurozone countries are showing quite good results: a surplus of €145.3 bn in 2017, compared with a surplus of €172.2 bn in 2016; trade within the block has risen to about €1,2 trillion.


Poverty and social exclusion in EU and Baltics: present situation

It seems that the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October) has been unnoticed in the Baltic States. However, this issue is quite urgent both in the EU and in the Baltics; and the reduction of the number of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU is one of the key targets of the EU-2020 strategy.

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