Posts tagged as focus

Estonian PM: It’s important to focus on invigorating the economy

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Estonia needs rapid and well-targeted steps to combat the impacts of the coronavirus, and it is essential to focus on invigorating the Estonian economy, not cost-cutting, Prime Minister Juri Ratas said in his political statement to the Riigikogu on Thursday morning. Ratas said that the spread of the COVID-19 virus and a simultaneous decline in oil prices are seriously affecting the situation of the global economy and European economy. Therefore,…

EU climate funds may focus on Lithuania’s regional cities

Monday, March 2, 2020

The EU’s climate change funds could be directed to Kaunas, Telšiai and Šiauliai regions due to their high-emission economies, according to the European Commission. In a report published last week, the Commission says “these are a very important source of employment with almost 4,500 people employed directly and large numbers working in the supporting businesses”. “Based on this preliminary assessment, it appears warranted that the Just Transition Fund concentrates its…

Meeting of Baltic Assembly committees to focus on circular economy, digital cooperation

Friday, February 14, 2020

A joint meeting of the economics, energy and innovation committee and the natural resources and environment committee of the Baltic Assembly, where topics to be discussed as economic cooperation of the Baltic states include circular economy and digital issues, will be held in the Conference Hall of the Riigikogu on Friday. Chairman of the Baltic Assembly’s natural resources and environment committee Erki Savisaar said that at the session devoted to…

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East – most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria – that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops. Esper’s Asia visits illustrate the central feature of a revamped U.S. defense strategy: Focus first on China as a threat…

Lithuanian parliament begins autumn session, government budget and social spending in focus

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, is convening for its autumn session on Tuesday. Next year’s government budget is the key point on the agenda, as well as President Gitanas Nausėda’s recent proposals to increase welfare funding. During the parliament’s autumn session, lawmakers will also have to endorse the 2020 state and municipal budgets, as well as the budgets of the social insurance fund SoDra and the National Health Insurance Fund. The…

EU commissioners to discuss energy projects, climate change with Lithuanian leaders

Friday, July 19, 2019

European Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic is coming to Vilnius on Friday to discuss energy projects and climate change with Lithuania’s top officials.   Sefcovic, together with European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis, are scheduled to meet with President Gitanas Nauseda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meetings will focus on energy and climate policy priorities, the Baltic power grids’ synchronization with the Continental European system, and the current situation…

Trump to hold news conference on census citizenship question

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Donald Trump said he’ll hold a news conference Thursday to talk about the 2020 census and his push to include a question on citizenship. A Supreme Court ruling has temporarily barred the question , but Trump has said he may issue an executive order or memorandum to try to force the issue. The government has already begun the process of printing the census survey without that question . The…

Estonian-US cyber consultations focus on cooperation and stability

Friday, June 7, 2019

A joint U.S.-Estonian round of cyber consultations take places in Tallinn Friday, with norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, cybersecurity threats, and the protection of critical infrastructure all on the table. Delegations are being led by the Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, and the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the US Department of State, Liesyl Franz, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release.…

Latvia’s would-be government plans to fix financial system, reform municipalities, scrap MPC

Monday, January 21, 2019

Latvia’s would-be coalition government plans to focus on fixing the financial system, strengthening the rule of law, reforming municipalities, improving healthcare services and scrapping the mandatory procurement component (MPC) in electricity tariffs, according to the draft government declaration obtained by LETA. Potential coalition partners are planning one more meeting on Monday morning in order to finish work on the government declaration, so its text still can be changed. Other priorities…