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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Friday, 22.09.2017, 16:28

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EU new industrial policy: investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry

EU new industrial policy: investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable industry


It was underlined in the State of the Union address, that the EU industry should be “stronger and more competitive”. Therefore the new European Industrial Policy Strategy (EIPS) is aimed at making the EU industries a world leader in innovation, digitisation and decarbonisation. The renewed EIPS brings together all EU’s existing and new horizontal and sector-specific initiatives into a comprehensive industrial strategy.

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Commission changes funding for political parties

Commission changes funding for political parties


It is known that European political parties and foundations receive funding from the EU budget. The new Commission’s proposal is aimed at providing greater transparency, strengthening democratic accountability of European political parties and improving democratic legitimacy of EU funding. The proposal lowers co-financing requirement to 10% for European political parties and to 5% for European political foundations.

State of the Union-2017: charting direction for the EU’s future

State of the Union-2017: charting direction for the EU’s future


European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in his State of the Union Address-2017 (SOTUA-17) before the members of the European Parliament presented the yearly’s outcomes and EU’s priorities for the year ahead. His speech was accompanied by the adoption of a number of concrete Commission’s initiatives (on trade, investments, cybersecurity, industry, etc.) outlining a vision of EU that “protects, empowers and defends”.

Delivering on European Circular Economy Action Plan: the EU’s results for 2017

Delivering on European Circular Economy Action Plan: the EU’s results for 2017


About three years ago, the Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Plan which included proposals on wastes with recycling and landfill reduction targets, and some measures to be taken by the end of 2019. In 2017, the Commission reported to the European Parliament and the Council on progress towards sustainable economy.

Influencing EU decision-making process: business transparency register

Influencing EU decision-making process: business transparency register


In the European Commission’s statement (Brussels, 6 September 2017) the need for a strong transparency measures are underlined. Three EU institutions - European Commission, Parliament and Council agreed on the need for an inter-institutional agreement on a mandatory “Transparency Register”. The EU member states have to agree on the issue.


European rapid alert system for food: increasing consumers’ protection

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) established in 1979, enables all EU member states to take coordinated, coherent and simultaneous actions with the objective to ensure the highest possible level of consumer protection.


Changing and transforming mobility: driving in future Europe

The EU’s Connecting Europe Facility program, among other things, is aimed at creating synergies between new technologies in such fields as connectivity, cooperative systems, and automation. The idea is to extend the existing Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) and building a new one to connect and automate driving. But preparatory work in the Baltic States could be huge…


Riga Food Forum-2017: improved nutrition and sustainable consumption

Each year in September Latvian capital Riga is hosting international food forum. It is both an opportunity for professionals in the food industry to show their latest achievements and to attract new customers. For visitors, it is a chance to see and taste various food, drinks and beverages, as well as make contacts with potential supplies. This year “Riga Food Forum” takes place from 6 to 9 September on Kipsala.


New opportunities for Baltic States in vocational training in other EU countries

It is known that both long-term mobility experiences and short-term stays abroad improve social, job-specific and language skills. Commission’s new ErasmusPro initiative, will mobilise about 50,000 long-term mobility opportunities for vocational education and training, VET learners by 2020. The EU initiatives provide for greater opportunities in the Baltic States learners’ training in another EU states.


BDF’s seminar shows the way forward using political-economic tools and means

Baltic Development Forum (BDF) is a think-tank and network for high-level decision makers from business, politics, academia and media in the Baltic Sea Region. Recent seminar was devoted to finding “common answers” to urgent issues of the Baltic States’ perspective development in globalised environment.


Financial crisis: a decade after…

Global financial crisis began 10 years ago and led to the Union's worst recession in its six-decade history. The crisis originated not in the EU but in the US; though the EU institutions and the EU states needed to act resolutely to counter its impact. Main efforts were devoted to addressing the shortcomings of the then Economic and Monetary Union’s structures. Decisive actions have paid off concluded European Commission.


Europeans believe in the future of EU’s integration

EU’s Standard and Flash Eurobarometer made this spring have shown that increasing majority of people in Europe are optimistic about the EU’s future, regardless of Brexit. People’s trust in the EU’s institutions and policies is at its highest level since 2010; support for the euro is greater than it has been since 2004.


European funds and cohesion policy after 2020

Independent Cohesion Policy experts in the final report for a simplified EU funds framework after 2020 underlined that the present rules for EU funding need sufficient changes.


EU’s future: lessons in political economy

Lately, Europe has been going through some “mood swings”: a year ago, the end seemed to be near for European integration, In Brexit and in the rise of populist parties some experts felt doubts about EU’s future. But in reality, the preachers of EU’s bright future are probably as mistaken as the advocates of doom for the European project. Much depends presently on political economy decisions in the member states…


Circular economy: opportunities for business

The circular economy (CE) offers an opportunity to reinvent national economy, making it more sustainable and competitive. This will bring benefits for European business activity in general and provide new impetus to member states’ economies, businesses, industries, and services.

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