Posts tagged as parliament

Britain to spend an extra £2.1 billion on no-deal Brexit planning

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Britain said it is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit by spending an extra 2.1 billion pounds to stockpile medicines, hire more border officials and fund one of the biggest peacetime advertising campaigns. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took power last week, has pledged to leave the trading bloc without an agreement in three months unless the EU agrees to renegotiate the deal agreed by his predecessor Theresa May.…

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President The Christian Democrat of the European People’s Party is seeking to become the first woman to hold perhaps the most important post…

Tobacco display ban proposal to be put before Lithuanian parlt

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A proposal to ban retailers from displaying tobacco and its products is set to be put before the Lithuanian parliament on Thursday by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. Under the proposal, only special signs “We sell” and lists of products and their prices would denote the sale of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and related products, but the actual products would not be displayed. Veryga says the move is aimed at…

Commemoration Day of the Genocide of the Jews takes place in Latvia

Friday, July 5, 2019

On 4th July 2019, the official Commemoration Day of Genocide against the Jews in Latvia took place. The main public event commemorates the burning of the Choral Synagogue in Rīga on the 4th of July in 1941. This date marked the beginning of the Holocaust in the territory of Latvia, and since 1990 has been dedicated to remembrance of all the Jews that were killed in the Holocaust during the…

News Ukraine will join EU in 2025-2027, Rada speaker says

Monday, June 10, 2019

Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Andrey Paruby has said that Ukraine stands a good chance of joining the European Union between 2025 and 2027. Mr Paruby’s statement comes after the speakers of the parliaments of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a joint resolution during the an inter-parliamentary assembly in Kyiv. “It was very important for us that the action plan we have agreed on includes [the provisions] that we will…

German Parliament Tightens Deportation Rules, Attempts to Lure Skilled Migrants

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The so-called “Orderly Return Act” was introduced by German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, known for his hardline stance on migration control. The bill has been slammed by opposition parties The Greens and left-wing Die Linke as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany. With 372 votes for, 159 against and 111 abstentions, the new regulations aiming to make deportations easier were approved by the German Bundestag. The “Orderly Return Act”, designed by the Interior…

Lithuanian parliament approves government’s 2018 performance report

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament endorsed on Tuesday the 2018 performance report of Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ government. The respective resolution, registered by Ramunas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), was passed in a vote of 69 to 37 with 10 abstentions. The “yes” votes came from parliamentarians of the LFGU and the Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party, the Order and Justice Party, which has a cooperation…

Estonian parliament to vote on granting Reform’s Kallas power to form government

Monday, April 15, 2019

Head of Estonia’s election-winning Reform Party Kaja Kallas is to appear on Monday before the parliament, which will vote on whether or not to grant Kallas the authorization to form a government coalition. The Reform Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDE) made public on Saturday a document regarding the foundations for government formation that describes the principles according to which a government led by Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas would…

EU-British talks «constructive», while May’s party shrinks in UK parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following three British MPs leaving the ruling Conservative Party amid Brexit impasse, British head of government held more talks with the European Union that were constructive according to both Pirme Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. American news agency AP reports that no breakthrough on United Kingdom’s demands over legally-binding changes to the so-called Irish backstop was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters held on…

Lithuanian opposition seeks top court’s opinion on referendum to cut size of parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lithuania’s opposition lawmakers have collected signatures on a petition asking for Constitutional Court’s opinion on a new law on referendum and the ruling bloc’s decision to hold a referendum on cutting the number of seats in the Seimas.  “We are turning to the Constitutional Court, because the court itself has noted that the Law on Referendum, which was amended last December, might not comply with the Constitution,” Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the conservative…