4liberty.eu N E W S L E T T E R [MAY 2021]

Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts "Trompe-l’oeil: Letter Rack with an Hourglass, a Razor and Scissors" // Public domain

The May issue of the 4liberty.eu Newsletter provides an overview of the articles published on the 4liberty.eu website, serving as a starting point for further exploration.

4liberty.eu Review:
We are pleased to present the fourteenth issue of 4liberty.eu Review, titled “Remote Work: The New Normal?”. This time, our primary focus is on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work in the CEE region (and beyond) as well as its impact on work-related spheres of our lives.

Andriy Butin & Iryna Fedets (IER):
Lots of Hope, Little Information: Authorized Economic Operators in Ukraine
Ukrainian exporting and importing businesses have recently got the much-awaited opportunity to register as Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs). This status will make them trusted companies in the country’s Customs Office’s eyes and considerably facilitate their cross-border trade.

The tax ceiling is not designed to strengthen the debt ceiling, as the latter has been devised so that the irresponsible governments in the future could not impose bring an unprecedented burden on the public finances.
Martin Vlachynsky (INESS):

Expensive Polystyrene and ECB

Polystyrene, wood, reinforcement steel, and other materials have not only become expensive, but their lack in warehouses indicates that the increase of prices will continue. It is similar with notebooks, bicycles, or maize.

Republikon Institute:
Undefinable Rule of Law
Recently, one of the hot topics in the EU has been the rule of law. Certain Western European politicians think that in Hungary and Poland the rule of law has been damaged to a degree that is not compatible with the values of the EU, and that this change needs to be sanctioned. Meanwhile, the politicians of the criticized countries argue that the rule of law can differ between countries and is hard to define.

Live and Let Live: Interview with Polish Same-Sex Couple

Same-sex couples cannot get married in Poland. It is one of six EU member states that completely reject marriage for all and do not even accept registered same-sex partnerships. In the country of the LGBTI-free zones, which have been declared in many places at local administrative levels and advocated by the conservative government, it is not easy to live as a self-confessed lesbian-bisexual couple.

Elena Leontjeva (LFMI):
What If Lockdowns in Lithuania Continued?
The second lockdown in Lithuania is no different from the first one: there are no clear principles for economic relief, individual groups are fighting for their own interests, and the government is forced to constantly alleviate the emerging effects of the quarantine. But what if lockdowns persisted?

Adrian Nikolov (IME):

Bulgaria’s Recovery Plan: What Could Have Gone Wrong, Went Wrong
It is the summer of the second year of the COVID-19 panemic, and the European Union has generously opened its coffers to spend on post-pandemic recovery. Various governments of the EU are scrambling to put forward their best ideas to be funded by the new support scheme.