Posts tagged as Presidency

America in transition: How Joe Biden can score a major foreign policy win on day one of his presidency

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, November 16, 2020

“President-elect Joe Biden has promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal,” writes Tom O’Connor at Newsweek. “But a return is set to face challenges on both sides as they attempt to rebuild trust in a radically different environment than five years ago.” Those challenges? “For one, Iranian officials see no room for renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” notes O’Connor (JCPOA is the formal name of the “Iran…

Lithuania took over Council of Baltic Sea States presidency

Friday, July 3, 2020

Lithuania on Wednesday took over from Denmark the one-year presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said. During its presidency, Lithuania will focus on sustainable development, especially in the areas of green economy; ecological and maritime tourism; civil protection, the fight against human trafficking for labor exploitation; and the prevention of violence against children. “The CBSS was established with the aim of fostering integration…

Angela Merkel’s Council presidency will be a critical test for EU solidarity

By Martin Schirdewan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Germany is taking over the rotating presidency of the EU on July 1. In terms of timing, it could not be more crucial. All eyes will be on how Chancellor Angela Merkel handles Europe’s recovery efforts during this “Corona presidency.” The fallout from the most serious health crisis in a century will dominate affairs but other issues such as Brexit, workers’ rights, the climate crisis, and migration have not gone…

Estonia to support Ukraine during its presidency of UN Security Council in May

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba agreed on Estonia’s support for Ukraine’s positions and interests in the framework of Estonia’s presidency of the UN Security Council in May 2020. Kuleba discussed this issue during a phone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu on Monday evening, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s press service. “The parties agreed to make efforts to counter the spread by Russia of distorted…

EU presidency’s proposal on multiannual budget unacceptable to Latvia – Rinkevics

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Latvia finds the proposal from the Finnish Presidency on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2017 to be unacceptable, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said yesterday at a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council.  As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, Rinkevics said at the meeting that reaching a compromise will depend on the balance to be found between funding for traditional policies – the Cohesion Policy…

Latvia concludes its presidency of the Arms Trade Treaty

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

On 30 August 2019, the annual week-long plenary meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. The event saw the conclusion of the Latvian ATT presidency, which began on 24 August 2018. The presidency promoted the international visibility of Latvia in the matters of international security policy and brought Latvia’s contribution to controlling the export of conventional arms. In the course of…

Ally of Kazakhstan’s longtime ex-leader wins presidency

Monday, June 10, 2019

Preliminary results show an ally of Kazakhstan’s former president has won the presidential election. The Central Election Commission in this Central Asian country said Monday that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won nearly 71 percent of the vote with all the ballots counted. Tokayev became acting president when Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had led the country since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, abruptly stepped down. Shortly after Nazarbayev resigned, Kazakhstan’s ruling…

Venezuela sees more protests as moves against opposition leader Juan Guaido deepen crisis

By Stefano Pozzebon on Friday, February 1, 2019

New protests broke out Wednesday in Venezuela in the wake of a move by the nation’s highest court to freeze bank accounts and impose a travel ban on self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. Supporters of opposition leader Guaido — who is challenging incumbent Nicolás Maduro — took to the streets a day after the court’s chief justice announced the restrictions on Twitter. “They thought to cause fear, they thought the…

Lithuania PM Says to Run for Presidency in May

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he would run for the country’s presidency in an election due in May, but would not resign from his current post unless he is successful. Lithuania’s president has a semi-executive role with a say in the appointment of key officials such as judges, the chief prosecutor and head of central bank. The president can veto laws and, in tandem with the government,…

Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States gets into gear

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On 18-19 September, the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) convenes in Riga for its first meeting chaired by the Latvian Presidency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs repors. The CSO is the leading structure in the CBSS format, a platform for decision-making and discussions. “The CSO meeting focuses in particular on a report by the CBSS Vision Group entitled “Vision for the…