Posts tagged as European Commission

European Commission criticizes Latvia

Monday, December 2, 2019

The European Commission has decided to send Latvia a letter of formal notice for its failure to ensure adequate protection for habitats and species of EU interest by designating nature protection areas. According to a statement on the European Commission’s website, Under the Habitats Directive, Member States agreed to the development of a coherent European Natura 2000 network by proposing adequate Sites of Community Importance to the Commission. Latvia, however,…

Latvian Formin: Baltics should be satisfied with Leyen’s proposed EC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Baltics should be very satisfied with European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on the makeup of the next European Commission, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity) told LETA. According to him, the division of EC portfolios is ”balanced, well though out and quite good”. Rinkēvičs said that the chosen commissioner candidates are strong and capable ones, and that he personally knows several of them – Belgian…

Latvian Agriculture Ministry urges EC to monitor Ukrainian egg producers more closely

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Latvian Agriculture Ministry has called on the European Commission to monitor Ukrainian egg producers more closely in order to protect consumers in the European Union from salmonella infection. Citing results of inspections carried out by the Food and Veterinary Service, representatives of the Agriculture Ministry indicated that in several cases inspectors have found salmonella contamination in eggs and egg products delivered from Ukraine. On Thursday, August 8, Agriculture Minister…

Lithuania puts forward economy minister for European Commission

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Virginijus Sinkevičius is a member of the Farmers and Greens party, and keeps a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat on his desk. Lithuania has proposed its 28-year-old acting minister of economy and innovation, a member of the Farmers and Greens party, as a European commissioner. The minister, Virginijus Sinkevičius, met with Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Tuesday, and his selection was formally announced in Vilnius on…

Lithuania can’t ignore EC president’s position on gender balance

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lithuania will have to take very seriously Ursula von der Leyen’s commitment to ensure gender balance in the new European Commission (EC), the country’s outgoing European commissioner said on Tuesday. “I believe in discussions (on Lithuania’s EC nominee), one shouldn’t think that anyone can dictate terms to the incoming Commission president. The Commission president plays first fiddle in the formation of the European Commission,” Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis told the Ziniu Radijas radio station. According to Andriukaitis, von…

Juhansone begins work as European Commission’s acting secretary-general

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ilze Juhansone, a former Latvian diplomat and deputy secretary-general of the European Commission, has started her work as the European Commission’s acting secretary-general from today, LETA was told at the European Commission. Together with current two deputies – Pascal Leardini and Celine Gauer – Juhansone will lead and steer the work of the Secretariat-General and will notably ensure continuity and a smooth transition between the end of the Juncker Commission…

Latvian diplomat appointed European Commission’s acting secretary-general

Friday, July 26, 2019

Ilze Juhansone, a former Latvian diplomat and current deputy secretary-general of the European Commission, has been appointed the European Commission’s acting secretary-general, LETA was told at the European Commission. Together with current two deputies – Pascal Leardini and Celine Gauer – Juhansone will lead and steer the work of the Secretariat-General and will notably ensure continuity and a smooth transition between the end of the Juncker Commission and the beginning…

European Commission urges Latvia to cut taxes for poor people

Thursday, June 6, 2019

In its latest recommendations European Commission (EC) urges Latvia to reduce the tax burden for people with low income, resolve problems of social exclusion, increase housing and transport accessibility, as well as perform other important improvements. EC recommends reducing tax burden for people with low income by diverting it to other sources, specifically capital and property and improving compliance with tax commitments. EC also reminds that Latvia needs to adopt…

Lithuanian minister to meet with regional diplomats in Latvia

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with diplomats from other countries in the Latvian city of Jurmala to discuss initiatives aimed at strengthening the Baltic Sea region. The Council of the Baltic Sea States meeting in Jurmala will be attended by the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, as well as diplomats from Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Russia and the European Commission. “The meeting’s participants will…

China must act in accordance with EU rules in Helsinki tunnel project

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Henrik Hololei, director-general for mobility and transport at the European Commission, has expressed skepticism as regards the Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel project led by Finnish businessman Peter Vesterbacka, while also pointing out that the Chinese investors ready to finance Vesterbacka’s plan must act in accordance with European Union (EU) rules, writes LETA/BNS. Hololei pointed out in an interview with Estonian public broadcaster ERR that the EU last week adopted a notice on…