Posts published in Day: July 2, 2019

Latvia concludes presidency over Council of the Baltic Sea States

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Latvia’s presidency in regional cooperation organization – Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) – concluded on 30 June 2019, as reported by Defence Ministry. Latvia became in charge of the organization on 1 July 2018. Cooperation in the Baltic Sea region is an important priority for Latvia’s foreign policy. CBSS plays a major role for organizing inter-governmental cooperation. Presidency over CBSS provided Latvia an opportunity to monitor and promote…

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam; human rights defenders oppose it

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

On Sunday, 30 June, European Union signed a trade agreement with Vietnam in Hanoi. This makes it the biggest economic agreement the EU has signed with one of Asia’s countries. The EU was represented by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and EU’s presiding country Romania’s Entrepreneurship Minister Ștefan-Radu Oprea. In accordance with this agreement, 99% of all standing customs duties have been abolished for mutual trade between EU and…