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How to revamp EU foreign policy

By By Jeppe Kofod, Stef Blok and Tomáš Petříček on Monday, December 9, 2019

Jeppe Kofod is foreign minister of Denmark. Stef Blok is foreign minister of the Netherlands. Tomáš Petříček is foreign minister of the Czech Republic. The European Union has the tools to act decisively on the world stage. But it must step up and use them. As cracks appear in the pillars holding up our rules-based order, it’s becoming increasingly urgent that Europe gets its foreign policy act together. Arms control and non-proliferation…

Finland’s budget proposal means steeper EU funding cuts for Lithuania

Friday, December 6, 2019

A long-term budget proposal by Finland, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, may significantly reduce support for Lithuania and is even more unfavorable than the previous plan from the European Commission, the Delfi.lt online news site reported on Thursday. “All our sores and problems remain,” it quoted Darius Trakelis, director of the EU and International Affairs Department at the Finance Ministry, as saying. “Under the Commission’s proposal, we would have…

LRT English Newsletter: Baltics unscathed, politicians in school, EU funds in droop

Friday, December 6, 2019

BALTICS LEAVE NATO SUMMIT UNSCATHED The NATO summit in London, it seems, narrowly avoided a car-crash with Turkey saying it will endorse an updated defence plan for the Baltic states and Poland. Leaders succeed in defending NATO’s Article 5 “hanging like a toy on a Christmas tree,”  according   to Nausėda The Lithuanian president seemed overjoyed with the achievement, as seen in a  video excerpt   (below) posted by LRT.lt…

EU to normalise relations with Moscow

Monday, December 2, 2019

EU’s newly sworn-in foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais that Russia is “a very divisive” issue among the member states. According to the High Representative of the Union, the de facto EU foreign minister, “some countries are very reluctant to embark on a normalisation of relations with Russia and others would like to do so”. His words came on the heels…

EU rural development funds for private mansions – LRT Investigation

Friday, November 29, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of Agriculture distributed 40 million euros of EU funds to support rural tourism between 2007 and 2013, but some of the money went to well-connected businessmen seeking to upgrade their private residences, LRT Investigation Team has found. LRT looked into a number of cases where EU-funded rural tourism establishments do not seem to offer any services. While abuse is a risk, the ministry, lobbied by a business association,…

Zelensky, Nauseda to discuss Ukraine’s relations with EU, NATO peace talks in Vilnius

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lithuanian and Ukrainian President Gitanas Nauseda and Volodymyr Zelensky are set to discuss Ukraine’s relations with the European NATP and NATO and the upcoming talks on peace in the east of the country in Vilnius on Wednesday. The two leaders will also touch upon bilateral relations, security matters and the ongoing reforms in Ukraine. “Our goal is to hear from President Zelensky what his further course will be,” Asta Skaisgiryte,…

Talks on EU mobility package closely watched by Lithuania

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Talks among EU bodies on tighter rules for truck drivers, an initiative pushed by MEPs but fiercely opposed by Lithuanian hauler companies, ended without agreement early on Tuesday. Representatives of Finland, which is holding the EU’s rotating presidency in the second half of this year, the European Commission and the European Parliament met in Strasbourg to discuss the so-called Mobility Package. “Tonight we had long negotiations with the European Parliament…

Estonian parlt committee to visit Brussels to learn about developments in NATO, EU

Monday, November 25, 2019

A delegation of the national defense committee of the Estonian parliament will visit Estonia’s representations to the European Union and NATO in Brussels and NATO Supreme Headquarters in Mons during its three-day visit to Belgium. Chairman of the national defense committee Andres Metsoja said that the purpose of the visit to Brussels was to get an overview of the developments in NATO and the European Union. “Developing of allied relations…

EU-Singapore free trade agreement to open up new opportunities for Estonia

Monday, November 25, 2019

The free trade agreement between the European Union and Singapore, which entered into force last week, will strengthen trade between the Union and Singapore and also open up new opportunities to Estonian entrepreneurs, farmers, workers and consumers, MEP Urmas Paet said. “The agreement will serve as a gateway for Europe to Southeast Asia as a whole,” Paet, member of the committee on international trade of the European Parliament, said. Paet…

Defence Ministers of Northern Europe discussed regional security and strengthening cooperation in Stockholm

Thursday, November 21, 2019

On November 19–20 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Defence Policy Director Robertas Šapronas are taking part in the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) and Northern Group Defence Ministers meeting in Stockholm (Sweden). The Ministers discussed the security situation in the North and the Baltic Sea regions, Nordic-Baltic Cooperation, and strengthening the regional cooperation between NATO and NATO partners. Minister R. Karoblis spoke on the regional security situation, presented proposals on the…