Posts tagged as leaders

EU leaders move towards cutting recovery fund

Monday, July 20, 2020

The European Council president has proposed reducing the grants for coronavirus-hit countries that are part of the economic recovery fund. The recovery plan submitted for the Council‘s summit is worth 750 billion euros, including 250 billion euros in loans and 500 billion euros in grants that the receiving countries would not have to repay. On Monday morning, European Council President Charles Michel told EU leaders that he would put forward…

Five millionaires in Lithuania’s parliament, including leaders of ruling and opposition parties

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Five members of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, own assets in excess of one million euros, according to their declarations to the tax authorities. By far the wealthiest politician is Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union. In his declaration to the State Tax Inspectorate (VMI), Karbauskis listed 24.3 million euros of assets. The wealth of Karbauskis’ household stands at 24.5 million, an increase of some 8…

Twenty-seven EU leaders are battling over billions of euros

Friday, February 21, 2020

Twenty-seven EU leaders are battling over billions of euros at a special summit. Monetary magic tricks and diplomatic maneuvering are in high demand. DW’s Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels. Every seven years, European Union heads of state and government enter the ring for the budget circus in Brussels. Every seven years, the EU budgetary framework is set. The next phase covers 2021 to 2027 and concerns billions of euros that…

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…

Putin uses G-20 to strengthen alliances, soothe tensions

By Vladimir Isachenkov on Friday, June 28, 2019

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin used a series of talks with global leaders at the Group of 20 summit on Friday to strengthen old alliances and try to soothe tensions with rivals. Putin used his meetings with the leaders of China and India to find common ground on issues such as opposing protectionism, while his long-delayed talks with the American and British leaders likelier touched on thornier issues. Putin’s meeting with…

After Hours HBO’s Chernobyl highlights Vilnius as a go-to filming location

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The last episode of HBO’s outstanding miniseries Chernobyl aired this week, ending the bone-chilling historical drama. As of today, the show stands as the highest-rated TV series in history on IMDB. Contrary to public belief however, Chernobyl was not filmed only in Ukraine – the larger part of the show was shot in Lithuania. Extensive parts of the show were shot in Vilnius, increasing the Lithuanian capital’s now established reputation as one of the regional leaders…

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…

EU leaders to agree on 10 commitments at summit: draft text

Monday, May 6, 2019

Gathering in Romania was originally intended to show bloc moving on after Brexit. EU leaders will agree in Romania next week on 10 commitments related to the future of the bloc, according to a draft declaration seen by POLITICO. The leaders will meet on Thursday in the city of Sibiu for a summit that was meant to plot out the future of the EU after Brexit. Although Britain has yet…

Latvia is among global leaders in legal rights affecting women at work – World Bank

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Latvia was one of six economies to earn a perfect score on an index of laws ensuring equal economic opportunities for women over the course of their working lives, the World Bank said in its study “Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform”. Latvia alongside with Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and Sweden earned the top score of 100, meaning the country’s laws give women and men equal…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…