Posts published in Day: July 11, 2018

Austria backs migration centers in non-EU countries

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Austria will this week propose that the EU open migration centers outside the bloc, according to a document seen by POLITICO. The Alpine country, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, has prepared an unofficial document ahead of a meeting of interior ministers in Innsbruck on Thursday. It says that in the case of a “negative final decision on an application for international protection,” the person in question…

Lithuania Reforms Tax and Pension Systems

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

In late June the Lithuanian Parliament adopted a law that consolidated the employer and employee base for social security contributions and significantly cut the rate of contributions. Labor taxes were consolidated on the employee’s side, but the gross salary (salary before tax) will be recalculated by increasing it 1.289 fold. The employer’s rate of social security contributions was cut from 31.18% to 1.47%, and the employee’s contributions rate was raised…

US conducts military exercises in the Black Sea ahead of Trump and Putin meeting

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

One week before the meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki, the US Navy has begun large-scale exercises in the Black Sea. The Sea Breeze 2018 exercise was initiated on Monday, involving Ukraine’s Black Sea Fleet and forces from 18 NATO countries, a total of more than 2,000 military personnel, as well as 30 ships and military aircraft. The USS Mount Whitney, flagship of the US 6th Fleet, was deployed…

Minister Linkevičius meets with representatives of Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

On 10 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with economic experts of the Heritage Foundation, which is the U.S. research and educational institution, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Terry Miller, and the Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom Anthony Kim. Linkevičius drew attention to accumulating results of the Lithuania-U.S. investment,  trade cooperation, emphasizing that the U.S. companies operating in Lithuania could…

Unemployment level in Latvia stays at 6.4% in June

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The registered unemployment level in Latvia was at 6.4 percent of the economically active population at the end of June this year, or unchanged from May, according to the State Employment Agency’s data. At the end of June 2018, there were 59,119 unemployed persons registered with the State Employment Agency, down by 429 people from a month ago. The lowest unemployment rate was registered in the Riga region – 4.2…

Ratas, Mikser, Luik, Terras in Brussels for NATO summit

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

On Wednesday and Thursday, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) will participate in NATO’s 2018 Brussels Summit along with Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE), Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras. The Brussels Summit will focus on transatlantic unity, the fair sharing of burdens, strengthening NATO’s deterrence and defence posture, and cooperation between NATO and the EU, according to…

Number of UK troops in Afghanistan to rise

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Theresa May commits 440 non-combat troops to region, bringing total to 1,100. Theresa May is increasing the number of British troops serving in Afghanistan to more than 1,000 for the first time in years as she heads to a crunch Nato summit where allies will come under intense pressure from Donald Trump to spend more on defence. The prime minister committed an extra 440 troops to the international body’s capacity building…

UEFA President visits Latvia

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has expressed his optimism for the future of football in Latvia during a visit to the country – and has pledged UEFA’s full support in fostering the development of the Latvian game. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has visited Latvia, as he continues a series of fact-finding missions across UEFA’s 55 member associations. Mr Čeferin met the new president of the Latvian Football Federation (LFF), Kaspars Gorkšs,…

Allies wonder if the West can withstand the Trump presidency

By Stephen Collinson on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

President Donald Trump begins a six-day European trip amid blazing anxiety among US allies over his commitment to the transatlantic alliance and antipathy for its leaders and institutions while stirring new disquiet about his cozy, baffling relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such concerns will color a tense NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, beginning Wednesday; Trump’s long-delayed visit to Britain, where turmoil over Brexit is raging; and his first standalone…