Posts tagged as talks

PM Kariņš talks about coronavirus response on CNN

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister apeared on the American media outlet Cable News Network (CNN) July 1, talking about Latvia’s widely-praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic and European Union plans for economic recovery. He was interviewed by well-known journalist Richard Quest who begins by asking the question: “You are basically saying hang on, yes, we may have opened borders but think twice before travelling to a foreign country. Why is that?” Latvian…

The EU to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The EU is moving closer to opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, at least in part because of a determination to show that the bloc can still function despite the coronavirus pandemic. The bloc’s foreign and Europe ministers will on Tuesday discuss a proposal, seen by POLITICO, on opening talks with the two Balkan countries and are expected to give their backing. The talks will be held by videoconference.…

After EU talks fail, Nausėda vows to fight for Lithuanian farmers

Monday, February 24, 2020

After EU talks on a new budget ended without an agreement on Friday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda vowed to fight for a faster increase in direct payments for Lithuanian farmers. His comment came in response to a new proposal, submitted on Friday night, to allocate 2 billion euros in additional funding for direct payments to farmers in the 2021-2027 budget. “The whole essence of the matter is that everyone will…

Budget talks, European shouts and artistic whispers

Friday, December 13, 2019

BUDGET LATEST This week, the Lithuanian parliament  resumed debates   on next year’s government spending bill. The thing is still contentious: while a  parliamentary committee stalled   the proposed taxes on bank assets and retail chains, a higher profit tax rate on banks was  given a go-ahead  . Will the budget bill pass? The vote is set for December 17, but the biggest opposition party has already  vowed to reject…

Warning strike planned after talks for reinstating school principal fail

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Negotiations to reinstate the principal at Kiviõli Secondary School No. 1 in Ida-Viru County between the board of trustees and the Lüganuse rural municipality government failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday, and teachers are now planning a warning strike next week. The teachers and board of trustees of Kiviõli Secondary School No. 1 are demanding the municipal government restore headteacher Heidi Uustalu to the director’s office. The municipal government…

President Levits has no other option but to promulgate tax cut on strong alcohol due to bill’s urgency

Thursday, July 11, 2019

President Egils Levits has no other option but to promulgate the legislative amendment reducing excise tax on alcohol by 15 percent because Saiema has decided to adopt the bill in a fast-track procedure. Dina Meistere, head of the Saeima Legal Office, told LETA that since the parliament has assigned the bill urgency status by at least two thirds of votes, the president cannot request reconsideration of the bill and has…

Lithuania: Coalition expansion talks completed, Vilnius University up in global rankings

Monday, June 24, 2019

Last week, four parliamentary parties continued coalition negotiations, two men were sentenced for spying for Russia, Government vowed to reduce shadow income in construction and car sale sectors. Coalition negotiators complete talks, fail to agree on child benefit Representatives of four parties in Lithuania, holding negotiations on a future ruling coalition, said on Thursday, June 20, they have completed their work, acknowledging, however, their failure to agree on the child…

Lithuania’s EAPL-CFA will take part in talks on ruling coalition

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance will take part in the ongoing talks on a new ruling coalition, its leader said after the party’s council meeting in Vilnius on Friday. “It made the decision to officially start talks on a future coalition,” Tomasevski told journalists after the council meeting. “We agreed that program provisions are key and from that point we start to talk. If…

The main Latvian foreign policy issues is the protection of its interests

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

During a meeting today, President Raimonds Vejonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) were in agreement that the main foreign policy issues at the moment is the protection of Latvia’s interests in EU budget talks, Brexit and the upcoming European Parliament elections. As LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery, Vejonis met with Rinkevics to discuss the work of the Foreign Ministry and his priorities. The two sides were…

Estonia’s potential coalition to continue talks with reduced composition Wednesday

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Representatives of the Center Party, the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa — the three Estonian parties holding negotiations on forming a coalition government — will continue talks with a reduced composition on Wednesday morning. “Negotiations are currently being held within a reduced circle, meaning the chairman plus one more person,” Center Party spokesperson Andre Hanimagi told BNS on Wednesday. Hanimagi did not wish to disclose the topics of…