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More effective rules to solve cross border parental responsibility issues agreed on EU level

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A more effective regulation to solve cross border parental responsibility issues was agreed at a meeting of the European Union’s (EU) justice and interior ministers in Brussels on Friday, LETA was told at the Latvian Justice Ministry. Justice Ministry state secretary Janis Iesalnieks (National Alliance), who led the Latvian delegation at the meeting, thanked the Austrian presidency of the Council of the EU and expressed support for the draft regulation…

Ineffective decisions destroy European Union

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, December 3, 2018

European Council President Donald Tusk stated last week that the European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia this month. This decision is to be taken at a summit of EU leaders on Dec. 13-14. The EU measures against Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors should become another “punishment” for Moscow’s role in the turmoil in Ukraine and the naval skirmish in the Sea of Azov. Though at…

Brexit: the time has come to back the withdrawal deal

Monday, December 3, 2018

Parliament debated the UK’s withdrawal from the EU with EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday. Commenting on the conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council of 25 November, where heads of state or government backed the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the political declaration regarding future relations with the UK, members of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group underlined the gravity of the moment. The Withdrawal agreement is the “only…

Baltic states object to cutting cohesion funding and direct payments

Friday, November 30, 2018

At the summit of the Friend of Cohesion group in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, Baltic countries, along with 11 other European Union (EU) member states, took a stand against reduced funding for cohesion and direct payments during the EU’s next budgetary period, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. While participating in the summit, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) underlined the need for the upward convergence in prosperity…

H. Clinton: Europe has to address migration worries, to curb right-wing populism

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Europe should get a handle on immigration to combat an increasing threat from right-wing populists, former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has evaluated in an interview with the Guardian. Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Democratic Party in an interview with The Guardian published on Thursday, November 11, addressed the effects of migration and suggested for the European Union to become stricter on immigration. «I think Europe needs to get a…

Enhancement of EU defence has to be aligned with the existing NATO assurances, Minister R. Karoblis says

Friday, November 23, 2018

“We have to build upon the added value that the EU defence initiatives create as we implement them, and for that not only EU but also NATO allies’ engagement is simply vital – it is the only way to ensure that the EU-NATO cooperation is effective and initiatives are synergetic,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the joint European Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on November 19. When…

UK and EU reach agreement on draft declaration over future ties

Friday, November 23, 2018

The European Union and the UK have arrived at a draft declaration on their bilateral ties after the divorce that would allow the signing of the declaration and the British withdrawal agreement by EU member states on Sunday, November 25. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that the news of Thursday, November 22, made the value of the British pound to grow by close to 1 percent on relief among investors…

EU commissioner warns of Russia’s potential involvement in EP election

Friday, November 23, 2018

The European Parliament’s election next year might be affected by the propaganda of Russian and other countries and even cyber attacks, European commissioner Vera Jourova warns. “The new elections will not be “business as usual”, we have to mobilize all the sources and all the forces,” the EU commissioner in charge of justice, consumers and gender equality, told journalists in Vilnius on Thursday. In her words, member states have also…

EU defense ministers discuss transatlantic cooperation in Brussels

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

During a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Estonia’s Defense Minister Juri Luik and ministers of defense of the other European Union member states discussed cooperation between the EU and NATO, the activity of the European Defense Agency and EU military missions, as well as matters related to operations. Luik also had meetings with his Belgian and Northern Group counterparts, spokespeople for the Defense Ministry in Tallinn said. Luik said that…

EU-UK future ties declaration held back by issues of fisheries, Gibraltar, trade

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

As the European Union and the UK are now negotiating principles of their future relationship, British Prime Minister Theresa May is taking part in talks in Brussels on Wednesday to try solve disagreements regarding Gibraltar, fisheries and trade. British-Canadian news agency Reuters reports that a diplomat who attended a meeting of EU member state envoys on Tuesday, November 20, explained Britain was seeking an easy flow of goods post-Brexit that…