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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Tuesday, 18.02.2020, 19:26

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Infringement procedures: referring EU states to the Court of Justice

Infringement procedures: referring EU states to the Court of Justice

17.02.2020

The European Commission usually sends initially a letter of formal notice to a member state violating the EU legislation, which is followed by a reasoned opinion and finally bringing “the case” to the Court of Justice. This time it was, for example, Portugal for taxation issues and Italy concerning access to genetic resources from non-EU countries.

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EU’s macro-regional cooperation: smart specialisation approach

EU’s macro-regional cooperation: smart specialisation approach

14.02.2020

Sub-regional growth analysis among the Baltic Sea states is subject to certain challenges connected to “smart specialisation strategy” (3S) initiated recently by the EU institutions. The article focuses on such 3S aspects as: the sub-regional growth concept in the Union, 3S political priorities, as well modern 3S trends in Nordic and Baltic States, etc.

Cohesion policy through subsidiarity: new Commission’s initiatives

Cohesion policy through subsidiarity: new Commission’s initiatives

12.02.2020

The Commission decided to launch new pilot actions to involve more states and citizens in the resolution of EU’s cohesion projects. The aim is to support active involvement of citizens and civil society organisations in the way the EU funds are planned, invested and monitored, to ultimately ensure better results.


Supporting SMEs: European and Spanish financial initiatives

Supporting SMEs: European and Spanish financial initiatives

04.02.2020

European Investment Bank and Spanish BBVA joined forces to support local SMEs with favorable financial interest rates. EIB is providing BBVA with a €300m guarantee to expand its SME financing capacity; half of this guarantee is being granted with Investment Plan for Europe support. The initiative is good to emulate for SMEs in the Baltic States.

Modernising house heating: EIB-EU loans

Modernising house heating: EIB-EU loans

03.02.2020

Numerous cities in Eastern and Central European states are having a lot of old houses equipped with the old-fashioned internal heating systems (mainly wooden fireplaces), which are both inefficient and polluting. The European Investment Bank provides loans to two district heating operators in Poland for upgrading heating network and energy generation system. The Baltic States shall be more active and inventive…


28.01.2020

Renewables in EU: the Baltic States’ progress

The EU's target is to reach 20 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and at least 32% by 2030. Among the EU-28 states, 12 countries have already reached a share equal to or above their national 2020 binding targets: Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden.

27.01.2020

Sustainability through digital means: inherent connections

Modern revolution in national growth patterns, ignited by the digital agenda, affected almost all spheres of socio-economic development. Global and European actions in sustainability are playing an active role: e.g. SDGs in the UN and several EU steps including digital economy-society and sustainability strategies. These aspects of modern growth are going to define the member states’ progressive development.

17.01.2020

EU’s “green deal”: investment and financial facilities for the states

The “green transition” imposes numerous constraints for the EU states. Among other things, there are the EU institutions and the member states’ efforts to deliver on the European idea of the global first climate-neutral bloc by 2050. These efforts are facing numerous challenges, including complex financial issues. The EU multi-annual budget as well as the member states’ involvement shall provide adequate assistance…

13.01.2020

Modernising European road transport: 3 “mobility packages”

The European commercial road transport employs over 10 million people, about 5% of total EU employment; it accounts for nearly half of all freight transport operations. EU passenger transport is expected to grow by 42% and freight transport by more than 60% up to 2050. Both two road transport sectors are hugely important for the EU's social and economic development: “mobility packages” ideas support the trend.

02.01.2020

Energy efficiency issues in the construction sector

European construction sector is the largest energy consumer in the EU; but about 75% of the EU’s buildings are energy inefficient. A modernised and refurbished building sector will play a vital role in transition to a smarter, renewable-intensive and decarbonised energy system with a view to a climate neutral economy. These issues are of a paramount importance for the cities’ environment in the Baltic States.

30.12.2019

Water usage: agro-irrigation and urban wastewaters

The new rules proposed by the Commission in May 2018 were aimed at harmonizing minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewaters in agricultural irrigation. Besides, European commitments of the Circular Economy Action Plan complement existing EU legal framework on water and foodstuffs and aimed at implementing the SDGs, in particular SDG-6 on water, sanitation, as well climate change mitigation.

28.12.2019

Consumer protection: EU legal aspects in online trade

All EU companies doing business in the EU must meet European consumer law standards. Some leading companies in the e-trade market, e.g. Booking.com are already meeting their responsibilities and ensure that online accommodation reservation systems are free from manipulative techniques such as hiding sponsoring in ranking, unduly putting time pressure on users and/or misrepresenting rebates.

27.12.2019

After Brexit: civil law becomes a dominant legal system in the EU

For about 50 years, the EU legal system, which is predominantly of a civil law character, has been affected by a rather different legal structure, the British common law system. After the UK joined the EU in 1973 the two systems have been accommodating to each other, with some pros and cons. Now, after Brexit, the “dichotomy” will be over and the EU would have a unified continental civil law system for all its 27 member states.

19.12.2019

“Green financing”: creating durable, effective and sustainable solution

European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the creation of the world's first-ever “green list”, i.e. a classification system for sustainable economic activities, called “taxonomy’. It will “scale-up” private and public “financial transition” to a climate-neutral and green economy, redirect capital to sustainable economic activities and projects.

16.12.2019

EGD’s postponement until summer 2020

It was known that EGD’s implementation shall be costly; not all member states can really afford “green transition”. In particular, Central and Eastern EU countries are going to face some financial difficulties. At the recent summit aimed to officially start EGD, only Poland voiced its objections, which meant that a unanimous approval shall be reached in mid-2020. Below are some points referring to most promising arguments for the Polish government to modify its position.

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