Posts tagged as membership

Poland risks EU membership

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) government is turning up the heat on the country’s judges, and it could jeopardize the recent thaw in relations with Brussels. It’s even prompted the country’s Supreme Court to warn the result could be Poland exiting the EU. Last week, three PiS MPs filed a bill that would penalize judges who question the legitimacy of legal changes made by the government, saying it…

Lithuanian parlt speaker faces no-confidence vote after his party approves coalition deal

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Viktoras Pranckietis, the speaker of the Seimas, faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament to remove him from office after the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU) has approved a new coalition agreement. In an open ballot vote on Monday evening, the LFGU council supported the agreement with 68 votes in favor, one against and seven abstentions, Ramunas Karbauskis, the party’s leader, told reporters in Kaunas. “We can say this…

Lithuanian, Polish parlt speakers mull their reaction to Russia’s PACE return

Monday, July 1, 2019

The speakers of the Lithuanian and Polish parliament on Saturday night discussed ways for the region’s countries to react to the decision to return Russia to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “We talked with the Senate speaker that we should consider this issue and maybe such an initiative could arise in Warsaw for us to bring together all countries that agree with the fact that Ukraine…

Lithuanian parliament gives initial backing to North Macedonia’s NATO membership

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to proposed ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty. The protocol was signed in Brussels on February 6. Allied members need to ratify it to create legal preconditions for North Macedonia’s NATO membership. The protocol will come into force once all NATO members ratify it under their national procedures. The Lithuanian…

Ukraine must apply for EU membership, get NATO MAP no later than 2023

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ukraine’s strategic goal is to apply for EU membership and receive an Action Plan for NATO membership no later than 2023, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said. “I set a strategic goal for myself and the whole state: to apply for membership in the European Union and get an Action Plan for NATO membership no later than 2023,” Poroshenko said at the youth forum titled “Youth opinion is important. Prospects…

Lithuanian party membership conditions to be eased for EU citizens

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On Tuesday, the Seimas passed amendments to the political party law prepared by the Ministry of Justice. The amendments will allow EU member state citizens living in Lithuania to easier become members of Lithuanian political parties, lrt.lt writes. Up to now, one could become a member of a Lithuanian political party if they are 18 years old and EU member state citizens, who have obtained a permanent residence permit and…

“Road Wars” in the Baltic States

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, October 15, 2018

It seems that the NATO membership obliges the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to increase not only their defence spending to the detriment of the social sphere, but also to sacrifice health and safety of their own people. It is easy to understand by examining police and news agency reports, which are full of “feats” of our allies, who are sent to the Baltic countries to strengthen the defence…

NATO chief sees July decision on launching Macedonia talks

Monday, June 25, 2018

NATO’s chief says he expects the leaders of the military alliance will decide at a summit next month to officially launch membership talks with Macedonia. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that “I expect and I hope that NATO leaders at the summit will decide to start accession talks.” U.S. President Donald Trump and his NATO counterparts will meet in Brussels on July 11-12. The news comes after Greece and…

Qatar mulls possibility of NATO membership

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Qatar considers the option of NATO membership, as the country effectively cooperates with the alliance, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah said. “Qatar effectively cooperates with NATO, this cooperation is developing day by day and may eventually lead to deploying some unit or special NATO center on the territory of Qatar. As for NATO membership… we do have ambitions to seek full membership of NATO if the alliance expands its partnership,” Attiyah said in an interview with the…

Ilves at CyCon 2018: ‘Cyber NATO’ coalition of liberal democracies needed

By Andrew Whyte on Thursday, May 31, 2018

As reported on ERR yesterday, 30 May, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, speaking at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDOE) is 10th annual cyber security conference CyCon 2018 in Tallinn, called for an organized union of liberal democracies in order to combat cyber threats globally. Here we reproduce Mr. Ilves speech in its entirety. ”The digital era, with all of its benefits, has profoundly changed the security environment of…