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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…