Posts tagged as EU

Lithuania’s outgoing president to bid farewell to EU ambassadors

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Lithuania’s outgoing President Dalia Grybauskaite will bid farewell to EU ambassadors accredited to Lithuania. The president has usually met with ambassadors twice a year, and Wednesday’s meeting will be the last meeting of such a format. Nerijus Aleksiejunas, an advisor to the Lithuanian president, told BNS Lithuania the meeting will focus on the EU and foreign political current affairs and a review of achievements. “It will be a great opportunity…

Lithuanian, Polish operators ask for EU support for submarine Harmony Link cable

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lithuanian and Polish power transmission companies Litgrid and PSE have asked the EU for financial support to carry out feasibility studies for a new Baltic submarine cable. The companies hope to receive the maximum amount of 50 percent, or 10 million euros, for the studies valued at around 20 million euros. Poland’s share would be 12 million euros, and 8 million euros for Lithuania. Thus, they could get 6 and…

Latvia holds third highest growth rate in Europe’s innovation rating

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latvia is reported to have the third highest growth rate in the European Union, growing by 17.7 percentage points in the rating, according to outlooks of Europe’s Innovation Result and Regional Innovation Result. Latvia is added to the «average innovators» group of countries whose contribution to innovations is 50 to 90% of the average level across the EU. Latvia is put on 24th place among 28 countries, maintaining its position…

National energy and climate plan calls for developing climate neutral economy

Monday, June 24, 2019

In Latvia’s national energy and climate plan 2021-2030, proposed by the Economics Ministry, the emphasis is on developing a climate neutral economy, according to the draft document. The national energy and climate plan, 2021-2030, is a document for a long-time planning of Latvia’s energy and climate policies, setting forth the basic principles, goals and directions of national energy and climate policies for the coming decade. Each European Union (EU) member…

EU leaders’ influence on top-post distribution getting weaker, Lithuanian president warns

Friday, June 21, 2019

Leaders of EU countries have less and less influence on talks on the distribution of the top posts, with Europe’s main parties taking over the initiative, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite warned on Thursday. “If only the distribution (of posts) among political parties happens, so that will mean a step to the side from the European treaties, and this way the role of the European Council will be weakened with the…

EU Barley Production to Increase

Saturday, June 15, 2019

EU Barley Production To Increase 15% YoY After 2018 Drought Europe is facing a strong rise in its 2019 winter barley harvest following massive drought damage a year before, bringing improved supplies for farmers. European agri-consultants, Strategie Grains, is estimating that EU winter barley production will increase 15% YoY to 30.86 MMT. French barley production is estimated to rise 4% YoY while German production is forecasted at 35.5% YoY increase.…

The EU’s own army will make the Baltic States alone

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

As history proves, even the most powerful unions and military alliances fall apart sooner or later. Political scientists estimate the life cycle of NATO at about ten years. It will be replaced by a new “European Army”. European countries began to think about the need for their own security system and the strengthening of relations with Russia. The U.S. is losing its influence on Europe and is trying to prevent…

Latvia ranks 17th in EU Digital Economy and Society Index

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Latvia this year ranked 17th in the EU Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) among all 28 EU member states, lagging behind Lithuania and Estonia, the European Commission announced today. In this year’s index, the top countries include Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and the UK. Among the Baltic states, Estonia ranked 8th, and Lithuania – 14th. Compared to last year, Latvia has climbed one position because performance in several…

Joint Statement on the EU commitment to the Western Balkans’ European integration

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, Hungary, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Italian Republic, the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Poland and the Slovak Republic reiterate our continued support for the Western Balkans on their European path. The EU enlargement process has a…

L. Linkevičius: Europe must remain open to countries that strategically aspire to join European Union

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On 11 June, Foreign Ministers of thirteen European Union member states issued a joint statement on the EU commitment to the Western Balkans’ European integration. The document emphasizes the importance of the EU’s enlargement policy, backs the enlargement process and the launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Ahead of the General Affairs Council in June, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the…