Posts tagged as EU

Latvian universities will be allowed to hold classes in other EU languages

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, the Saeima adopted  amendments to the Law on Higher Education in the final reading, according to the Saeima press service. The amendments provide that in all universities and colleges, studies are carried out in Latvian, but if the university meets certain quality criteria, it will have the right to hold study programs in another language which is an official  language of one of the European Union’s…

EU should see China’s rise as an opportunity

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Europe must make correct judgments about China independently and demonstrate true strategic autonomy, Chinese President Xi Jinping told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. In a telephone conversation, Xi urged Germany and the European Union  to recognise China’s rise as an opportunity, promote cooperation with mutual respect and “exclude external interference”, as tensions between the two sides have been rising over issues like human rights and Brussels regarding Beijing as a…

EU approves Estonia’s €9.9 million state aid tourism support package

Friday, March 26, 2021

The European Commission has approved Estonia’s €9.9 million aid plan for tourism companies and sectors directly affected by the coronavirus wave. The plan was approved on the basis of the temporary framework for state aid and the funds will be disbursed in the form of direct payments, according to the European Commission Representation in Estonia. Eligible for support are accommodation, travel and catering enterprises as well as stores selling craft…

Tallinn to join European minute of silence for covid pandemic victims

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tallinn will participate in a Europe-wide minute of silence for the victims of coronavirus on Wednesday to mark a year since the start of the pandemic. The minute of silence is an initiative of the city network Eurocities, of which Tallinn is a member. Eurocities is a network of 198 European cities from 38 countries, representing 130 million people.  The minute of silence will take place at 1 p.m. EET.…

“Green pass” should include only EU-approved vaccines

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Digital Green Certificate being considered by the European Union should include only EU-approved vaccines, Lithuanian Foreign Voice Minister Arnoldas Pranckevicius says. Attending a video conference of the EU General Affairs Council, held in preparation for the upcoming European Council meeting, the vice minister underlined that Lithuania supports the proposal to create the “green pass”, the Foreign Ministry said. Lithuania also suggests that the initiative should include not only information…

EU ambassadors OK human rights sanctions on China

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU ambassadors on Wednesday agreed to a new package of sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one entity over human rights violations targeting the minority Uyghur Muslim population, according to multiple diplomats. The penalties are part of a new sanctions package that will punish several countries over human rights abuses. The overall list includes 11 individuals and four entities in six countries, according to the diplomats. Among those facing punishments…

EU reaches agreement on cross-border infrastructure funding

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Following lengthy and at times contentious negotiations, the European Parliament and Council agreed Thursday (11 March) on the Connecting Europe Facility, making available over €30 billion in funding for transport, digital, and energy projects. Prior to Thursday’s late-night agreement, negotiations had stalled over the allocation of funds for ‘Rail Baltica’, a major infrastructure project that would see high-speed rail link Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia with the rest of the EU.…

View from Latvia: Is the EU Failing us?

By Eugene Matos de Lara on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

On the historic date of March 08th – International Women’s Day, a large number of international affairs specialists gathered for the second consecutive summit in Vienna, Austria. This leg of the Vienna Process event titled: “Europe – Future – Neighbourhood at 75: Disruptions Recalibration Continuity”. The conference, jointly organized by four different entities (the International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies IFIMES, Media Platform Modern Diplomacy, Scientific Journal European…

Jens Stoltenberg wants EU to work together

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The strong transatlantic bond in NATO remains the cornerstone of Europe’s security, and closer cooperation with the European Union is an important part of our work for the future, said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in his address to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence on Monday (15 March 2021). “We have a lot in common. And in a more competitive world, we can…

Lithuania calls on EU to create clear vaccine borrowing mechanism – PM

Monday, March 15, 2021

Lithuania supports the European Commission-coordinated joint vaccine procurement program and the European Medicines Agency’s role, but it calls on the EU’s executive body to create a clear vaccine borrowing mechanism, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said on Friday. Simonyte chaired Friday’s online meeting of the three Baltic prime ministers within the framework of the Baltic Council of Ministers. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also took part. “Vaccine borrowing shows…