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New Latvian government worked for a year – what are the results?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, January 24, 2020

January 23 marks the year since the new government began to work. Let’s see what the results are. Summing up the results of the first year of work, the Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš noted that the government coalition “feels strong.” Kariņš reminded reporters that his government had set specific goals for improving the welfare of society a year ago. However, these promises were not fulfilled. Finally, the population lost…

EU civil protection centre coud be set in Lithuania

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lithuania will seek to host a regional EU civil protection centre tasked with responding to chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear incidents. The Lithuanian government on Wednesday endorsed plans for the country to submit an application to set up the centre that would cover the Nordic and Baltic countries. As Belarus is planning to launch a nuclear power plant close to the Lithuanian border, in Astravyets, the government will try to…

Latvia supports effective cross-border coordination of measures against financial crime at EU level – Rinkevics

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Till now, cooperation and institutional framework at the European Union level have proved insufficient. Therefore, Latvia will continue to advocate better cross-border coordination of measures against financial crime, as well as strengthening supervisory and control authorities at the European Union level, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said today at the 2020 Nordic and Baltic Regional Information-Sharing Symposium. The minister expressed his satisfaction that a public-private information sharing platform…

Non-EU startups flock to Lithuania via visa waiver programme

Monday, January 20, 2020

Twice as many foreign startups chose Lithuania in 2019 than the previous year using the Startup Visa Lithuania programme, which waives certain capital or employment requirements to obtain a residence permit. “Since the start of the Startup Visa Lithuania program, 40 startup companies controlled by foreign nationals have [started] operating in Lithuania,” Economy Vice Minister Marius Skuodis is quoted in a press release. He added that 20 of them were…

Estonian parlt committee chair to discuss topical EU issues with colleagues in Zagreb

Monday, January 20, 2020

Chairman of the European Union affairs committee of the Estonian parliament, Anneli Ott, is to participate in a meeting of the chairpersons of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) held in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting will focus on the priorities of the Croatian presidency of the Council of the European Union and on bringing Europe closer to citizens, Riigikogu spokespeople said.…

Lithuania investigates if same products better elsewhere in EU

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuania’s consumer protection authorities are investigating five products that differ in composition in Lithuania and other EU countries, the daily Verslo Žinios reports. The probe follows the European Commission’s inquiry into dual quality food across the EU. The State Consumer Rights Protection Authority has turned to the producers to determine why the composition of the products differ in Lithuania and other EU markets. The products are not disclosed in order…

Lithuania calls for ‘transatlantic unity’ as EU discusses Iran

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is leaving for Brussels on Friday to discuss the situation in the Middle East with his EU counterparts. “The transatlantic unity remains crucial,” Linkevičius was quoted as saying in a statement released by the Foreign Ministry. “Iran has to stop performing provocative actions. The situation must be de-escalated. Lithuania is closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to work with our partners and allies…

EU signs visa agreement with Belarus, ending decade-long deadlock

Friday, January 10, 2020

European Union has signed a visa facilitation agreement with Belarus in Brussels on Wednesday, concluding talks that began in 2011. “They will improve mobility of our citizens in a well-managed and safe environment and will help build tighter connections between the European Union and Belarus,” said European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, according to the Belarusian state news agency BelTA. The visa facilitation agreement will decrease the cost for…

EU signs visa agreement with Belarus, ending decade-long deadlock

Thursday, January 9, 2020

European Union has signed a visa facilitation agreement with Belarus in Brussels on Wednesday, ending negotiations that began in 2011. “They will improve mobility of our citizens in a well-managed and safe environment and will help build tighter connections between the European Union and Belarus,” said European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, according to Belarusian state news agency BelTA. The visa facilitation agreement will decrease the cost for Belarusians…

EU invites Iran’s foreign minister to Brussels amid tensions with US

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The European Union is rolling out a red carpet for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, amid rising fears of potential war in the Middle East. The EU’s diplomatic service said in a statement Sunday that foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had issued a personal invitation to Zarif to visit Brussels — in a phone call on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to bomb Iran amid escalating tensions between Tehran…