After a war in 2008, Moscow recognised the separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, while the West still holds these to be occupied Georgian territories. Moscow has thousands of troops deployed in bases there. Due to this, Georgia‘s chances of entering the EU and NATO remain dubious.
On Monday, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. She provided an update to a large audience of trade specialists, interest groups and a large contingent of diplomatic staff in the US Capital as to how the EU is progressing with its trade strategy, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), given today’s realities. […]
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the government is looking for sources to fund the planned reintroduction of a reduced 9 percent VAT rate on district heating and hot water services this year, but sticks to his position that the rate should be raised to 15 percent starting next year. […]