Posts tagged as European Parliament

Vaidere turns to State Security Service over Zdanoka’s statements during an EP discussion

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

European Parliament member Inese Vaidere (New Unity) has turned to the State Security Service over former MEP Tatjana Zdanoka’s utterances made during a discussion about “political persecution” in the Baltic countries, organized at the EP by the Latvian Russian Union, as Girts Salmgriezis, spokesman for the European People’s Party Group, told LETA. According to Salmgriezis, Zdanoka said during the discussion that Russians and Russian-speakers in Latvia were in the same…

Loskutovs becomes MEP

Monday, January 28, 2019

According to the European Parliament, Aleksejs Loskutovs (New Unity) has replaced Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) in the European Parliament this week. LETA has not been able to get a hold of the former head of the Corruption Prevention Bureau and MP to find out whether he plans to run in the upcoming European Parliament elections. The European Parliament has a similar principle as the Latvian Parliament – if an MP…

Many EU member states realize possibility of external interference in European Parliament elections – StratCom chief

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many European Union (EU) member states realize that there might be attempts to interfere in the upcoming European Parliament elections from outside, Janis Sarts, director of the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence (NATO StratCom), told LETA. The possible risks are currently being analyzed on the European level, and countries have the ability to exchange information. “We see that there are domestic political players in some countries who are…

EP Transport Committee backs compulsory truck return, worst scenario for Lithuania

Friday, January 11, 2019

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee, deliberating the Mobility Package on Thursday, has voted in favor of one of three proposals, which stipulates compulsory return of trucks to their home countries, with the Lithuanian transport minister saying it’s the worst scenario. “There were three reports submitted, and they voted in favor of only one, rejecting the other two, and they voted exactly for the one which is the worst for us…

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…

PM: Estonia doesn’t wish for lesser role of smaller nations in EU

Thursday, October 4, 2018

In his speech focusing on the future of the European Union before the European Parliament on Wednesday, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that Estonia does not wish for the European Union to be redesigned in a way that could lead to a lesser role for smaller nations. “I would like to paraphrase former Estonian President Lennart Meri, who once said that small nations in Europe are the glue, the…

European Parliament approves new rules for audiovisual media; child protection enhanced

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Tuesday, 2 October, MEPs approved improved rules for audiovisual media. These new rules ensure better child protection and limiting the amount of advertisements and make sure at least 30% of shown content was made in Europe, as BNN was informed by EP press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The new rules will apply not only to broadcasting organizations but also service providers who offer video-on-demand. The same applies to video-sharing…

European Parliament’s rapporteur proposes EUR 780 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The European Parliament is recommended to approve 780 million euros in funding for the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant’s decommissioning in the EU’s next multiannual financial framework, the amount sought by Lithuania and 230 million euros more than proposed by the European Commission. Rebecca Harms, the European Parliament’s main rapporteur on the Ignalina NNP closure funding issues, made the recommendation in her draft report presented on Monday, the Energy Ministry said. Lithuanian Energy…

European Parliament votes to trigger Article 7 sanctions procedure against Hungary

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to start an EU punitive procedure against Hungary for flouting democratic rules. Voting 448 in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions, the motion passed in the Strasbourg plenary session. It marks the first time the European legislature has ever triggered the so-called Article 7 procedure against an EU member state. The same procedure was launched by the European Commission against Poland in December 2017.…

European Solidarity Corps to permit volunteer work in all of EU

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

With members of the European Parliament giving green light, youngsters will be provided with the option to work in different volunteer projects across all of the European Union. The parliament approved the law with 519 votes in favour, 132 against and 32 MEPs abstaining, as reported by European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znota-Znotiņa. In the vote MEPs detailed a desire for a clear distinction between voluntary activities and job…