Posts tagged as government

After weeks of unrest, France suspends fuel tax meant to help curb climate change

By James MCAULEY on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government will temporarily suspend a carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests nationwide. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed the taxes, which were slated to take effect in January and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price increases those taxes represented led…

Week in Lithuania. Government set to raise teachers’ pay only in 2020

Monday, December 3, 2018

Lithuania’s government on Thursday, November 29, proposed to trade unions that an agreement of political parties on raising teachers’ pay should be signed. But due to failure to make any decision on teachers’ salaries, the negotiations at the Ministry of Education and Science were postponed. Members of the Lithuanian Education Employees Trade Union, led by Andrius Navickas, say such proposals are unacceptable and demand that pay coefficients be raised by…

Government to call for legislative amendments to deal with problems arising from delayed budget adoption

Friday, November 23, 2018

The government will call on the parliament to pass legislative amendments to deal with the problems arising from delays with the adoption of Latvia’s 2019 budget. The Finance Ministry has drafted the respective bill which has been agreed with the Justice Ministry. The draft amendments are being proposed to the Law on Budget and Financial Management. The Finance Ministry proposes amending the law by scrapping the provision that in case…

Interior Ministry not to support bill allowing dual citizenship

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Ministry of the Interior is to propose at Thursday’s government meeting not to support a Reform Party bill that would allow dual citizenship for citizens of Estonia by birth. Minister of the Interior Andres Anvelt (SDE) is set to propose to the government not to support the draft legislation, as making amendments to the Citizenship Act requires in-depth consideration and an analysis of impacts. The ministry observed that the…

Latvia to Look for New PM Candidate After Cabinet Talks Fail

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The leader of Latvia’s New Conservative Party, Janis Bordans, abandoned his attempt to form a government on Wednesday after three potential coalition partners pulled out of talks. President Raimonds Vejonis was to meet two other possible candidates for the job next week after officially calling off his nomination of Bordans on Thursday, his office said. One of the main tasks facing an incoming prime minister will be to tackle money-laundering…

Latvia: government to restrict adoption of children by foreign citizens

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The government decided on Tuesday to restrict adoption of children, growing up in foster families, to foreign countries, allowing such adoptions only in cases where the adoptive parents are the child’s relatives. Under the current legislation, foreign citizens can adopt children that are being raised in foster families if there are no possibilities in Latvia to ensure proper care of these children in families. The new adoption regulation will only…

Lithuanian road builders don’t expect more projects in 2019 despite higher public funding

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lithuania’s public funding for road construction and maintenance is set to grow by 60 million euros next year, but road builders do not expect to bag more contracts, saying the amount of work will remain unchanged from the current levels or will even decrease due to rising prices for materials and general inflation. “We don’t expect there’ll be more work for us. The amount will, at best, remain the same…

Actual government formation process can begin when president nominates PM candidate – Rinkevics

Friday, October 26, 2018

The actual government formation process can begin after November 6, when President Raimonds Vejonis nominates a prime minister candidate, New Unity politician and current Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics believes. After a meeting with representatives from the New Conservative Party today, Rinkevics said that three parties are currently conducting their separate government formation discussions, and each of them have their own prime minister candidate. He said that New Unity is not…

Political parties in Latvia reject New Conservative Party’s proposed government model

Thursday, October 18, 2018

None of the political parties currently engaged in government-formation talks in Latvia have agreed to the government model offered by the New Conservative Party. When asked about his position in relation to NCP’s offer, KPV LV co-chairman Artuss Kaimiņš said his political party will not comment announcements made by other parties. At the same time, he said NCP’s decision to present offered division of ministries was rushed, because he believes…

Any speculations about next PM would be premature at the moment – Kucinskis

Monday, October 15, 2018

Although the New Conservative Party has already started discussions about distribution of ministers’ portfolios in the next government, outgoing Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) believes that any speculations about the next prime minister would be premature. Speaking on LNT television, Kucinskis declined to say whether Janis Bordans from the New Conservative Party and Aldis Gobzems from KPV LV were suited for the prime minister’s job. Coalition talks have only just…