Posts tagged as European Commission

Brussels approves ‘unprecedented’ funding for Baltic energy security

Friday, October 2, 2020

The European Commission has approved “unprecedented” funding for the Baltic states to unplug their power grids from the Moscow-controlled network, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Friday. The Commission has allocated 720 million euros for the second stage of the project that will see the Baltic states synchronise their grids with those of continental Europe. Lithuania will receive 300 million euros for the project. The application filed by the…

Ministries ponder future COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 incidence rate in Latvia increases, ministries are discussing different options of COVID-19 restrictions for the future, Latvian Radio reported September 28. For a long time, Latvia has been relaxing rules and restrictions in the fight with COVID-19, yet Latvia’s incidence rate remains one of the lowest in the world. Recently, though, the rate has been going up, and it is debated whether Latvia can afford to leave restrictions at the…

5 things to know about Brussels’ new migration plan

Monday, September 28, 2020

The European Commission’s long-awaited and oft-postponed plan to overhaul migration policy offers up a mix of toughness and togetherness. It proposes stronger measures to send home people whose asylum claims have been rejected while also insisting that all EU members must show solidarity with countries that host the bulk of new arrivals on Europe’s shores. The Commission’s move carries considerable political risk as all previous attempts to reform the policy have failed…

Lithuania may build Rail Baltica on its own, says transport minister

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Vilnius is considering building the Lithuanian section of Rail Baltica, the railway that will connect Poland and the Baltic states, on its own, according to Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been negotiating the management model of the 5.8-billion-euro infrastructure project. that will stretch for 870 kilometers across the three countries, including 392 kilometers in Lithuania. Brussels says the project needs deeper integration as it would ensure…

Lithuanian judges slam PM’s support for Poland’s judicial reform

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuanian judges have distanced themselves from the prime minister’s statements that the country should follow Poland’s example to reform the judiciary. During a joint conference with his Polish counterpart last week, Lithuanian PM Saulius Skvernelis said that Vilnius supported Warsaw in its dispute with the European Commission over controversial judicial reforms. He added that Lithuania, too, should “de-sovietise our justice system”. The Lithuanian Judicial Council released a statement on Monday,…

Dombrovskis: Trade must be both free and fair

Friday, September 18, 2020

Trade must be not only free but also fair, said Valdis Dombrovskis, executive director of the European Commission, who currently performs the duties of EU Trade Commissioner , in an interview to Latvian Radio September 18. He said he would work to maintain a rules-based multilateral trading system. “It is currently being negatively affected on many sides,” Dombrovskis said, pointing out, for example, Donald Trump’s policies. Consequently, the European Union…

EC: Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, September 7, 2020

According to Country Report Lithuania 2020, written by the European Commission, Lithuania is one of the countries which benefits most from EU support. Even so, Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms to ensure that growth benefits all of society. Thus, the analysis shows that Lithuania made slow progress on implementing educational reforms to improve the quality of educational outcomes and to better allocate of resources across…

Latvia to recover airBaltic investment in 5-7 years

Friday, July 24, 2020

The European Commission’s (EC) decision, which allows the State to invest €250 million in the capital of the Latvian national airline airBaltic, provides for Latvia to recover the investment within five to seven years, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) said in an interview to LETA July 23. On July 14, following  authorization from the EC  , the government supported the investment of EUR 250 million in airBaltic’s share…

Tourism sector: Support from government needed in Latvia

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Several organizations in Latvia’s tourism sector have sent an open letter to the European Commission (EC), drawing attention to the difficult situation in the sector, as well as the lack of government support, said representative Evija Ansonska on June 18. “In Latvia’s tourism sector, which accounts for almost 5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), there is currently no indication that the situation is likely to improve. On the contrary, it…

EU’s common taxes will not impact ordinary people, says EU Commissioner Sinkevičius

Friday, May 29, 2020

The common taxes proposed by the European Commission to help finance the 750-billion-euro recovery package will not impact ordinary people, said EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius. European Commission on Wednesday proposed 250 billion euros worth of loans and 500 billion euros in grants to EU member states to help weather a recession triggered by the coronavirus. To finance the package, Brussels suggested implementing a common tax on non-recycled plastics, a carbon…