Posts tagged as government

Tallinn city government to give former mayors allowance boost

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Tallinn City Government has approved a bill which would double the monthly allowance given to former city mayors to over €1,000. The previous law, in force since 2011, gave former mayors €550 per month. To qualify, recipients must be of retirement age (63 or higher) and not working. The draft bill, which must pass a vote at the council chamber, will also increase active official’s salaries. According to the bill’s…

Government ready to back full Latvian language use in education

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The coalition cooperation council meeting on September 23 discussed the National Alliance’s proposal on the amendments to the Education Law and agreed that there should be a full transition to the Latvian language in all education levels, said the secretary general of the National Alliance Raivis Zeltits, reported the LETA newswire. The Education and Science Ministry will now have to work on a suitable plan. National Alliance’s chairman Raivis Dzintars said…

China pork prices soar as herds hit by fever, farm closures

Friday, September 13, 2019

Chinese families are having to rethink menu options as pork prices soar despite government efforts to rebuild herds decimated by African swine fever and large-scale closures of pig farms for environmental reasons. Liu Min, a 61-year-old retired cleaning lady, went ahead and bought a small chunk of pork that cost her 21 yuan ($3) during a recent visit to a local fresh market. That’s nearly twice what it usually costs.…

Trump’s Afghanistan decision pushes country toward vote

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

President Donald Trump’s sudden halt to U.S.-Taliban talks looks like a gift to the beleaguered Afghan president, who has insisted on holding a key election in less than three weeks’ time despite widespread expectations that a peace deal would push it aside. Now, with an agreement to end America’s longest war on hold, Afghanistan suddenly faces a presidential vote amid warnings that it’s not ready — and the threat of even more…

Estonia forfeits seat in Juncker’s outgoing Commission

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Estonia has decided not to retain a European Commissioner for the rest of the current EU executive’s mandate, instead allowing nominee Kadri Simson to prepare for her duties under President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas announced on Monday (9 September) that his country will make do with no representation in Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission, which is set to end its mandate on 31 October. Ratas had initially…

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…

Estonian government approves initial four-year state reform plan

Friday, August 2, 2019

At a Cabinet meeting late Thursday evening, the Estonian government approved the initial state reform action plan for 2019-2023. The goal of the state reform is to merge state authorities, relocate state jobs out of Tallinn and to other counties, and to improve the quality of public services. The government will amend the action plan following the Riigikogu’s decision regarding the principles of the state reform, the Ministry of Finance…

Puerto Rico’s governor to quit Aug. 2 in face of protests

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced late Wednesday that he will resign Aug. 2, conceding power after nearly two weeks of furious protests and political upheaval touched off by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between him and his top advisers. A crowd of thousands outside the governor’s mansion in Old San Juan erupted into cheers and singing after Rosselló’s announcement on Facebook just before midnight. “My only…

Lithuanian PM says government mulls new taxes on property, polluting cars

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says the government is considering broadening the property tax base and taxing polluting cars. “We’ll have to adopt decisions related to taxes that have no direct impact on our fiscal discipline and spending, that is, property taxes (and) transport-linked environmental taxes,” he told the parliament on Thursday after President Gitanas Nauseda nominated him to continue as prime minister. Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the Lithuanian Farmers…

The Baltics with ships, but without electricity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It became known yesterday that Lithuania will acquire a rescue vessel for the naval forces worth about 40 million euros. “The contract with the winner of the tender for the construction of the vessel is planned to be signed in December of this year,” the ministry said. A preliminary cost – 39.4 million euros. Moreover, electricity in Lithuania went up by 23% to 47.4 euro per megawatt-hour last week. Prices…