Posts tagged as European Parliament

EU divided over top jobs after polls redraw political map

By Lorne Cook on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

European Union leaders stood divided Tuesday over who to name to the bloc’s top jobs, after elections shredded comfortable old political alliances and raised troubling questions about the future of the European project. At a summit in Brussels, major powers France, Germany and Spain all differed over who is best suited to lead the EU’s powerful executive arm, the European Commission, for the next five years. Former Luxembourg Premier Jean-Claude…

Putnis to quit as leader of the Progressives after party’s defeat in EP elections

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Assuming political responsibility for the Progressives’ defeat in this year’s European Parliament elections, Roberts Putnis has decided to quit as the social democratic party’s chairman, according to the politician’s statement posted on Facebook. In his Facebook post, Putnis thanks fellow party members, supporters, donors and voters. He also indicates that the party’s leadership team now needs new “people who would set goals and take political commitment to these goals”. Putnis…

European Parliament elections advance voting starts Thursday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The 2019 European Parliament elections effectively start Thursday, with advance voting both in person, and electronically, opening at 9:00 a.m. in the latter case. Polling stations are open in county centers across Estonia’s 15 counties at 12:00 p.m., with at least one center per county, and multiple ones in the more populous counties (e.g. eight in Tallinn, which is in Harju County, and four in Tartu city). Electronic voting can…

Latvia declares high campaign expenses ahead of European Parliament elections

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Political parties have so far declared EUR 360,543 as their campaign expenses ahead of the upcoming European Parliament elections, with three parties – For Development/For, Harmony and Latvia’s Russian Union – accounting for two thirds of that amount, according to information released by the Corruption Prevention Bureau (KNAB). For Development/For has declared EUR 83,335 as its campaign expenses, Harmony has declared EUR 77,629 and Latvia’s Russian Union EUR 76,325. The…

European Parliament supports reducing CO2 emission reduction by 37.5% in next ten years

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Members of the European Parliament have approved the agreement with EU ministers that provide for reducing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions from light vehicles and shuttle-buses by 2030, as reported by European Parliament representative in Latvia Signe Znotiņa-Znota. The agreement approved on Wednesday, 27 March, provides for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5% by 2030. European Commission initially proposed a 30% reduction. The approved rules provide for reducing CO2…

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…