Democratic Transition and Linguistic Minorities in Estonia and Latvia (excerpt), 2018

Conclusions The issues we have tackled here are very  complex, involve numerous actors, and will be difficult to resolve. From a constitutional perspective, the search for a solution entails balancing diverse interests an values warranting protection. The national authorities’ point of view is clear, especially in Latvia, which refuses to grant local election voting rights … Continue reading "Democratic Transition and Linguistic Minorities in Estonia and Latvia (excerpt), 2018"

Political and Electoral Rights of Non-citizen Residents in Latvia and Estonia: Current Situation and Perspectives (briefing excerpt), 2018

KEY FINDINGS Persons with undetermined citizenship of Estonia and non-citizens of Latvia (‘respective non-citizen populations’) do not have the right to take part in the elections to the European Parliament. The position of Estonia and Latvia is that their respective non-citizen populations have certain legal links with respective States but that these populations are not … Continue reading "Political and Electoral Rights of Non-citizen Residents in Latvia and Estonia: Current Situation and Perspectives (briefing excerpt), 2018"

EP resolution on the deliberations of the Committee on Petitions in 2016 (excerpt), 2017

The European Parliament (..) 32. Regrets that no significant progress has been made in the case concerning the electoral rights of non-citizens in Estonia and Latvia, following petition No 0747/2016; stresses that any unnecessary delays may cause distrust in the European institutions; Document data: adopted 14.12.2017; P8_TA(2017)0502 Also available in Latvian Link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2017-0502+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN

EP resolution “Comprehensive monitoring report on the candidate countries” (excerpt), 2004

The European Parliament , (..) 53.  Invites the Estonian authorities to enhance the policy framework for regional development and to back these policies with effective instruments at regional levels in order to diminish existing regional disparities (for example in the Ida-Viru region); considers that success in this area is essential to preserve socio-economic cohesion and to promote … Continue reading "EP resolution “Comprehensive monitoring report on the candidate countries” (excerpt), 2004"

The Russian minority in the Baltic States and the enlargement of the EU (excerpts), 1999

The views expressed in this document are not necessarily those held by the European Parliament as an institution. [..] II. BACKGROUND Russian influence has marked the Baltic’s political and historical development for centuries. Most of the Baltic territories were under Russian rule during the 18th and 19th centuries. After the First World War, the three … Continue reading "The Russian minority in the Baltic States and the enlargement of the EU (excerpts), 1999"