Posts tagged as Brussels

Rail Baltica: the view from Brussels

By Ilze Nagla on Monday, August 3, 2020

LTV’s Brussels correspondent Ilze Nagla interviewed Estonian Henrik Hololei , the European Commission’s   Director-General for Mobility and Transport about the current progress of the giant Rail Baltica project and other matters of regional importance. If we talk about Rail Baltica (RB) – the recent study by the Court of Auditors showed that the delay on the RB project is not the biggest if we compare it with other big…

Brussels Airlines cancels August flights to Vilnius following self-quarantine rules

Friday, July 31, 2020

Brussels Airlines has cancelled part of its August flights from Brussels to Vilnius after the Lithuanian government ordered people arriving from Belgium to self-isolate. The sales of tickets has dropped significantly since the measure was announced, the airline’s spokeswoman Maaike Andries told BNS. “Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Lithuanian government, we have seen a huge decrease in the demand for tickets for this route. The demand is…

Lithuania may have to choose between Brussels and Warsaw after Duda’s victory

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Lithuania may have to maneuver between Brussels and Warsaw in their row over Poland’s controversial legal reforms after Andrzej Duda was re-elected for a second term as the country’s president, according to analysts. “There remains intrigue over relations with Brussels,” Andžej Pukšto, an associate professor at Vytautas Magnus University, told BNS. “If the European Commission or the European Council initiated a vote on the rule of law in Poland or…

Lithuanian president opposes Brussels on Rail Baltica management

Monday, June 29, 2020

The infrastructure of the newly-built Rail Baltica railway in Lithuania must be managed by a state enterprise, the presidential office says. The management model of Rail Baltica, which is set to connect Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania with Poland, has been a subject of tense talks between the Baltic states and the European Commision. Brussels says the project needs deeper integration as it would ensure greater financial accountability. But Lithuania insists…

Lithuanian president asks Brussels to mediate in Baltic dispute over nuclear energy

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has turned to Brussels for mediation between the Baltic states over Belarusian nuclear energy boycott. “We have already agreed with the EC president [Ursula von der Leyen] that she should become a certain moderator for this whole process as our bilateral relations have not led to the result we hoped for,” Nausėda tolld Lietuvos Rytas TV. “We just need to present the text that could be…

Rail Baltica project pitches its case in Brussels

Thursday, March 5, 2020

March 5 sees more than 100 rail industry experts and policymakers meeting for the Rail Baltica Forum in Brussels. “The Forum presents an opportunity to reflect on the priorities for the European rail network development in light of the EU’s financial perspectives for 2021-2027 and the European Green Deal. Furthermore, Rail Baltica project implementers will present the current project status and maturity as well as its added value for Europe,” said a…

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, where, among other things, the role of NATO in the Middle East will be discussed. Allied defense ministers will address issues related to NATO operations and missions, as well as deterrence and defense attitudes, focusing in particular on the future of the NATO Training Mission for Iraq (NMI) and the Afghan Training Mission Resolute…

Lithuanian opposition wants ‘Cuba card’ as leverage in Brussels

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

As Lithuania remains the last country to sign the EU–Cuba agreement, opposition MPs call to use the ‘Cuba card’ as leverage to get concessions from Brussels. The parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs voted last week to ratify the EU–Cuba pact signed in 2016, even though MPs of the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats left the room in protest. Homeland Union politicians claim that the agreement would serve Cuba’s undemocratic…

Estonian MPs learn about priorities of new European Commission in Brussels

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Altogether 18 members of the Estonian parliament are in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with the European Commissioner for Energy, the Estonian members of the European Parliament and the Estonian officials to discuss the issues relating to the European Green Deal and the Fair Transition Fund as well as the European Union’s regional policy. The new multiannual financial framework of the EU, the spread of false information in Europe and…

Brussels urges Lithuania to solve name-spelling issue

Monday, December 23, 2019

The European Commission has asked Lithuanian institutions to explain what measures they plan to take regarding the original spelling of EU citizens’ names. Brussels officials say EU citizens are facing obstacles in Lithuania to have their names spelled originally in their passports and ID cards if they contain Latin-based characters that are not in the Lithuanian alphabet: q, x or w. “We would be grateful if Lithuanian institutions could explain…