Posts tagged as EU

We are ‘not the EU’s refugee camp,’ says Turkey

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Turkey on Monday criticized Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s remarks that Turkey is a “more suitable place” for Afghan refugees. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement that they read his statement with “astonishment.” “First of all, Turkey is not a country neighboring Afghanistan, as Chancellor Kurz stated,” the statement said. “Instead of emphasizing joint efforts and cooperation to solve the problem of irregular migration, which affects the whole…

EU to send aid to Lithuania for migrants from Belarus

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Some countries have sent aid such as tents, beds and generators to Lithuania, which asked for support following the increase in arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers through the border with Belarus. Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, according to a statement by the European Commission. It said Lithuania asked for help following increased…

EU gives final go-ahead to plans for Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The ministers of economy and finance of the European Union (EU) approved the recovery plans of Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus on Monday, making sixteen Member States that have received the final approval of the EU-27 and can begin to receive European funds. The go-ahead was given during a videoconference held on Monday by the economic heads of the EU-27. Following the green light from the ministers, the Council, which…

EU helps channel humanitarian support to migrants in Lithuania

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania via the border with Belarus. Already 12 countries have offered support such as tents, beds and generators. The Commission coordinates the delivery and finances up to…

AK: Estonia wants woody biomass recategorization in EU green package

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Estonia is seeking alterations to the treatment of woody biomass in the recently unveiled European Commission green package to reflect the fact that it, along with the other Nordic and Baltic member states, have far higher levels of forestation than the European Union’s core, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Thursday evening. While in the 1990s, wood was treated by the EU as a renewable energy source alongside wind…

EU climate goals package meets mixed reception with Estonian politicians

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The European Union’s long-range climate neutrality proposals package was rolled out Wednesday and has been met both by enthusiasm, by environment minister Tõnis Mölder (Center), who notes it is tailored to Estonia’s biggest challenge in the area, the oil shale sector, and by rejection by leader of the opposition Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), Martin Helme, who has dismissed it as ‘insanity’. The deal has alsodivided Brussels , with…

Latvian Foreign Minister backs EU ‘digital sovereignty’

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

On 12 July 2021 in Brussels, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs took part in the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council at which EU Foreign Ministers discussed the geopolitical aspects of new technologies and the EU ‘ Strategic Compass ‘ among other things. According to the Ministry the main challenges are strengthening of the digital sovereignty; the efforts of countries pursuing “digital authoritarianism” to shape international structures and norms in…

Estonia the only EU country where risk of poverty decreased

Monday, July 12, 2021

Estonia was the only European Union country where the at-risk-of-poverty rate decreased compared to 2019, data from Eurostat shows. While the at-risk-of-poverty rate in most EU countries either remained stable or did not change in a significant manner, it increased in Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Austria and Sweden. Estonia was the only country where the rate among the working age population (18-54 years old) decreased, an overviewpublished…

EU border agency Frontex vows additional support for Lithuania amid migrant crisis

Monday, July 12, 2021

EU border agency Frontex said Saturday it would ramp up its support for Lithuania next week, as the country deals with an increase in migrants crossing its border. The agency vowed to deploy more officers and patrol cars to secure Lithuania’s border. “We are ready to strengthen our level of support and deploy more European standing corps officers and equipment. We are speeding up and beefing up what was already planned,” Frontex Executive…

Construction sector of Latvia faces overheating

Monday, July 12, 2021

Most of the nearly two billion euros that Latvia will receive within the EU Recovery and Resilience facility will be invested in infrastructure. Other European funds are expected to be invested in construction at the same time, and experts are warning about the risk of overheating the construction sector, Latvian Television reported July 12. The recovery facility of €1.82 billion will flow into Latvia over the next five years. Investment plans show…