AGRICULTURE

What Government's CAP plan will really mean for Irish farmers

[Ireland, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

The future of Irish farming after 2022 became clearer when the Government announced its funding plans for the CAP Strategic Plan and for Rural Development last week, the Irish Examiner reports. The plans included carbon tax funding for an agri-environment and climate measure to encourage farmers to farm in a greener and more sustainable way, and organic farming increasing as much as fivefold. Ireland's CAP Strategic Plan for 2023 to 2027 will have a strong emphasis on achieving a higher level of climate and environment ambition. It will have to pass an evaluation by the European Commission, strategic environmental assessment and appropriate assessment, but it looks like the main change for farmers will be less reliance on the single farm payment income support.

What CAP plan will really mean for Irish farmers / What CAP plan will really mean for Irish farmers km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "What CAP plan will really mean for Irish farmers / ..." page: 8 info: by Stephen Cadogan date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Slovak Agriculture Ministry awards full accreditation to Agricultural Payment Agency despite recommendation from DG AGRI

[Slovakia, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:50:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk quotes Slovak Agriculture Minister Samuel Vlčan as saying that awarding full accreditation to the Agricultural Payment Agency was consistent with the law and no sanctions will follow. The website writes that Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development had not recommended full accreditation; however, the Minister decided not to observe the recommendation. The Minister explains that the information about DG AGRI being against the accreditation was taken out of context, highlighting that the Ministry proceeded in line with Slovak and EU legislation. DG AGRI confirmed that it had recommended that Slovak authorities extend the trial period by four months to be able to fully execute and assess the accreditation action plan.

Questioning Agricultural Payment Agency accreditation is political attack by Smer (interview) / Spochybňovanie akreditácie PPA je politickým útokom zo strany Smer (rozhovor) km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Questioning Agricultural Payment Agency accreditation is political attack by Smer ..." info: by Martin Odkladal date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

BETTER REGULATION

PM Bettel's master thesis is an impressive hotchpotch of copied passages

[Belgium, Better regulation]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:07:00 AM CEST

De Standaard ponders the rumour according to which Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel would have copy-pasted parts of his master thesis in 1999. His thesis talked about the European Parliament's voting system. The man has admitted that his university thesis should have been done differently. A local news outlet revealed that the PM's work was an impressive hotchpotch of copied passages.

Did the Luxembourg PM cheat on his master thesis? / Plagieerde Luxemburgse ‘copy- pastepremier’ masterthesis? km-Standaard-BE: "Did the Luxembourg PM cheat on his master thesis? / ..." page: 21 info: by Termote date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CLIMATE ACTION

Germany must pay for failing to meet EU climate targets

[Austria, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Germany is the only big EU member state that will have to make compensation payments for failing to meet the climate targets last year, diepresse.com and derstandard.at report. The German Environment Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that Germany would have to buy an additional 22 million emissions units to meet its obligations for 2020. The European Commission had found shortly before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow that Germany had failed to meet its commitments. 21 member states, including Austria, met their commitments for 2020.

Deutschland muss wegen verpasster EU-Klimaziele zahlen km-Derstandard.at-AT: "Deutschland muss wegen verpasster EU-Klimaziele zahlen..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Deutschland muss wegen verpasster EU-Klimaziele zahlen km-Diepresse.com-AT: "Deutschland muss wegen verpasster EU-Klimaziele zahlen..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President von der Leyen: COP26 will be a "moment of truth"

[Austria, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

A few days before the start of the UN Climate Change Conference on Sunday, President von der Leyen calls upon the US and other industrial nations to step up their efforts, reports orf.at. President von der Leyen writes in a contributing article in Handelsblatt that the conference in Glasgow, Scotland is a "moment of truth." "Like Europe, the other major national economies must also provide concrete information on how they intend to reach their goals," she says. President von der Leyen urges that the US, Japan, South Korea and South Africa should not only commit to climate targets, but also "underpin them with concrete measures."

President von der Leyen: COP26 will be a "moment of truth" / Von der Leyen: COP26 „Moment der Wahrheit" km-orf.at-AT: "President von der Leyen: COP26 will be a "moment of ..." info: by red date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

COP26 "promises to be very difficult", according to Boris Johnson

[Belgium, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources discuss COP26 and the climate. Le Soir mentions that Prime Minister Johnson warned on Wednesday that the conference will be very difficult. There is a risk of failure, despite promises by numerous countries to reduce CO2 emissions. The British government will have two weeks to convince about 200 countries to do more to reduce those emissions, in the hope of succeeding in keeping global warming below 1.5°C. Ahead of the G20 summit this weekend, PM Johnson states that 17 of the members already presented plans to reduce CO2 emissions. He adds that countries representing 80% of the global economy have committed this year to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 under the British COP presidency, compared to 30% before. De Standaard notes that Flemish energy minister Zuhal Demir says she will not go to COP26 without new Flemish measures. Flanders' attitude around the European Green Deal Package is also an issue: It does not support the European 55% CO2 reduction objective by 2030, unlike the other Belgian entities. Belgium must avoid being left out of informal circuits and coalitions between EU member states. That decreases Belgium's capacity to weigh on discussions in the Council. De Tijd mentions that the EU has already seriously adjusted their climate policy, for instance with the Green Deal Package. Executive Vice-President Timmermans emphasises that a potential removal of the ETS expansion proposal must be compensated with other measures. COP26 will not only be about ambition, but also a fair distribution of efforts between rich and poor countries. Grenz Echo writes that Belgium has earmarked €50 million for a Belgian climate programme in the Sahel. Metro reports that according to Greenpeace, a railway alternative shorter than 6 hours exists for 51 of the 150 busiest short-distance flights in Europe. Banning those flights could save 3.5 million tonnes of CO2.

Just make extra clouds on the North Pole / Maak gewoon extra wolken op de Noordpool km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "Just make extra clouds on the North Pole / Maak ..." page: 8 info: by Goegebeur date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Belgium earmarks €50 million for climate programme in the Sahel / Belgien macht 50 Millionen Euro frei für Klimaprogramm in der Sahelzone km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Belgium earmarks €50 million for climate programme in the Sahel ..." page: 4 info: by Zeimers date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

La Flandre ruine la position de la Belgique / Vlaanderen verpest de positie van België km-Knack-BE: "La Flandre ruine la position de la Belgique / Vlaanderen ..." page: 1,32-37 info: by Vanheste date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Les inondations catastrophiques ne sont qu'un problème pour les Wallons / De overstromingsramp was maar een probleem voor de Walen km-Knack-BE: "Les inondations catastrophiques ne sont qu'un problème pour les Wallons ..." page: 38-43 info: by Lippens date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The train is not very competitive with the plane / Le train concurrence très peu l’avion km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The train is not very competitive with the plane / ..." page: 26 info: by Meulders date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Greenpeace wants to redynamise railway transport / Greenpeace veut redynamiser le transport ferroviaire km-Metro-Belgium-Fr-BE: "Greenpeace wants to redynamise railway transport / Greenpeace veut redynamiser ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Greenpeace advocates ban on short flights if a train alternative is there / Greenpeace pleit voor verbod op korte vluchten als er treinalternatief is km-Metro-Belgium-Nl-BE: "Greenpeace advocates ban on short flights if a train alternative ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

On our way to the climate summit / Op weg naar klimaattop km-Morgen-BE: "On our way to the climate summit / Op weg ..." page: 1,18-19 info: by Keulemans date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Just make extra clouds on the North Pole / Maak gewoon extra wolken op de Noordpool km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "Just make extra clouds on the North Pole / Maak ..." page: 12 info: by Goegebeur date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

COP26 "promises to be very difficult", according to Boris Johnson / La COP26 " s’annonce très difficile " selon Boris Johnson km-Soir-BE: "COP26 "promises to be very difficult", according to Boris Johnson ..." page: 15 info: by AFP date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Demir does not want to travel to Glasgow without extra measures / Demir wil niet naar Glasgow zonder extra maatregelen km-Standaard-BE: "Demir does not want to travel to Glasgow without extra ..." page: 1,10-11 info: by Winckelmans date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Climate summit in Glasgow will be a close call / Klimaattop in Glasgow wordt kantje boord km-Tijd-BE: "Climate summit in Glasgow will be a close call / ..." page: 6,7 info: by Van Haver date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EVP Timmermans disagrees with state secretary Thomas Dermine's proposal

[Belgium, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

VRT Radio 1 reports that Executive Vice-President Timmermans disagrees with relaunch state secretary Thomas Dermine. The latter proposed that the EU should make €5,000 billion in debts and invest the money in the climate, and let go of the Maastricht criteria. EVP Timmermans says that is not the way to make Europe climate neutral: "The Maastricht criteria are in the treaty, and they are binding." He finds it a bit ideological to immediately talk about needing to make more debts, that is good, that is how we save the planet: "No, it is about the quality of the investments. That is what we need to focus on. The debt rate is less problematic when the investments' quality is good than when making bad investments. In that case, the debt is a much larger burden for society."

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 20:00 - Nieuws 20h00 - Frans Timmermans disagrees with Thomas Dermine / Woensdag 27/10/2021 - 20:00 - Nieuws 20h00 - Frans Timmermans is het niet eens met Thomas Dermine km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 20:00 - Nieuws 20h00 - Frans Timmermans ..." info: Nieuws 20h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:01:02, by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen: COP26 climate summit in Glasgow to be a moment of truth for global community

[Bulgaria, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:11:00 AM CEST

“The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow (COP-26) will be a moment of truth for the global community to do more to combat global warming,” President von der Leyen wrote in a guest contribution published in German newspaper Handelsblatt, Focus News Agency reports. "The climate crisis is an existential threat. This decade is about all or nothing," she stressed, adding that "concrete goals must be backed by concrete projects". President von der Leyen reiterated the EU's intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and allocate up to $30 billion to the poorest countries by 2027 to implement climate protection measures. "We expect our partners to increase their financial commitments as well," she wrote.

Ursula von der Leyen in an article for Das Handelsblatt: The Glasgow Climate Conference will be a moment of truth for the global community / Урсула фон дер Лайен в статия за Das Handelsblatt: Конференцията за климата в Глазгоу ще бъде момент на истината за световната общност km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Ursula von der Leyen in an article for Das Handelsblatt: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Most Europeans believe governments will fail to tackle climate change, EIB survey shows

[Cyprus, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

A majority of European Union citizens think their government will fail to tackle climate change, which Europeans view as the biggest challenge facing humanity this century, a survey published by the European Investment Bank (EIB) yesterday showed, Cyprus Mail reports. Of 27,700 survey respondents in the EU's 27 countries, 58% said they believed their country would fail to drastically reduce its C02 emissions by 2050. In the poll, 70% of EU respondents said they supported measures that impose changes on people's behaviour to tackle emissions. A large majority, 87% of respondents, were either "completely" or "somewhat" in favour of replacing short haul flights with trains, while 69% said they supported a tax on the most polluting products. Meanwhile, 81% of EU citizens agreed climate change was the biggest challenge humanity faces this century, and 75% said they were more concerned about the climate crisis than their governments. The EIB poll was conducted in August and September after devastating wildfires and fatal floods underlined the realities of climate change for many Europeans.

MOST EUROPEANS THINK GOVTS WILL MISS CLIMATE GOALS POLL FINDS / MOST EUROPEANS THINK GOVTS WILL MISS CLIMATE GOALS POLL FINDS km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "MOST EUROPEANS THINK GOVTS WILL MISS CLIMATE GOALS POLL FINDS ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CNB Governor on fight against climate change

[Czech Republic, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:57:00 AM CEST

Website echo24.cz quotes Czech National Bank (CNB) Governor Jiří Rusnok as warning against the economic impact of EU’s climate protection efforts. According to him, it is necessary to prepare an analysis of the impact of individual steps that should lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Governor notes that he has not seen any major analytical studies in the case of the European Green Deal Package. He adds that he has not even noticed any public debate, which he considers a mistake. The Governor warns that the efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990 will have a major impact on the economy and living standards of people.

What is the point of meeting our climate goals if it destroys the economy, warns the CNB Governor / K čemu nám je plnění klimatických cílů, když to zničí ekonomiku, varuje guvernér ČNB km-echo24.cz-CZ: "What is the point of meeting our climate goals if ..." info: by Echo24 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Timmermans: The world needs to be more ambitious in climate policy

[Estonia, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

Executive Vice-President Timmermans said on Wednesday that the countries of the world must be more ambitious in climate policy, Err.ee reports. "We are not ambitious enough. We need to do more. We need to be more ambitious," Executive Vice-President Timmermans said. A global climate conference will be held in Glasgow on 31 October. The President of Russia and China will not attend the meeting. Critics say that without them a meaningful agreement will not be reached, Deutsche Welle said.

Timmermans: The world needs to be more ambitious in climate policy / Timmermans: maailm peab kliimapoliitikas olema ambitsioonikam km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Timmermans: The world needs to be more ambitious in climate ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners: EU taxonomy criteria unsuitable in practice

[Finland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Maaseudun Tulevaisuus and Verkkouutiset report on the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners MTK criticising the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities. According to MTK Chair Juha Marttila, the taxonomy will greatly increase the amount of bureaucracy, making its goals unattainable. MTK finds that forests should be exempted from the European Union’s climate criteria. Marttila criticises the European Commission’s preparation of the taxonomy, saying that the Commission has become more political than ever and excluded researchers from the preparations. "Unfortunately, there is certain distrust towards the Commission.”

"Kyllä meitä hirvittää EU:sta tulossa olevan byrokratian määrä", Juha Marttila toteaa kestävästä rahoituksesta km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: ""Kyllä meitä hirvittää EU:sta tulossa olevan byrokratian määrä", Juha Marttila ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

MTK:n mukaan EU:n ilmastokriteerit ovat elämälle vieraita km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "MTK:n mukaan EU:n ilmastokriteerit ovat elämälle vieraita..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Editorial: A strict no to the Social Climate Fund

[Finland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:50:00 AM CEST

An editorial in Ilta-Sanomat reports on the idea of a social climate fund for the European Union. No official proposal has been made yet, but Finland should make its negative stance clear right away. In practice, the fund would mean that Finland would unfairly pay the energy bills of low-income people in e.g. Poland and France, in one way or another. Conversely, benefits would be small as energy poverty is rare due to Finland’s social security system, which is so expensive to maintain that Finland cannot afford to pay others’ energy bills. Other support mechanisms should be considered instead.

Editorial: A strict no to the Social Climate Fund / Sosiaalirahastolle jyrkkä ei km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Editorial: A strict no to the Social Climate Fund / ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Finnish seafarers’ unions criticise the European Green Deal Package

[Finland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:04:00 AM CEST

According to Yle, three Finnish seafarers’ unions are concerned about the preparation of the European Green Deal Package. They fear that the European Commission does not understand how high the expenses could become for Finnish shipping, industry and logistics. In their letter, the unions demand that winter shipping be taken into account by the European Union’s emissions trading, as it almost always requires the use of icebreakers. If the concerns are not addressed, Finland may have to close factories and ports in which it is investing, risking transports moving over to Russia or Sweden.

Finnish seafarers’ unions criticise the European Green Deal Package / Merenkulkijaliitot arvostelevat EU:n ilmastopaketin valmistelua: "Pahimmillaan maasta saattaa kadota kokonaisia tehtaita ja satamia" km-yle.fi-FI: "Finnish seafarers’ unions criticise the European Green Deal Package / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The lead-up to COP26 in Glasgow

[France, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Libération reports on the COP26 taking place in Glasgow from 31 October until 12 November, where representatives of 196 countries and the EU will discuss and make commitments to limit their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) affecting global climate. This conference, which was delayed from last year due to the health crisis, will end a first five-year cycle and was described by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as “the most important climate conference since Paris.” Argentine, Canada, the EU, the UK and the US have already reviewed upwards their 2030 GHG reduction targets, and the EU aims to reach climate neutrality by 2050. However, these commitments are not enough to limit global warming to 1.5°C.Le Figaro published two opinion pieces presenting opposing views on the responsibility of Europe in fighting climate change. First, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, argues that developed countries with an industrial past, that have contributed disproportionately to climate change, must do more to combat it. She underlines that the leadership of small countries can make a difference. “Last week we launched a new set of commitments for group members, firmly aligning them with the Paris Agreement and calling for further action,” she stresses. She concludes that “there is no guarantee that COP26 will deliver the results we are all counting on, but if world leaders come to Scotland with the will to seize the opportunity, they can turn ambition into action and help secure the future of our planet.” Second, Economist Christian Saint-Etienne criticises “environmentalist propaganda” that claims Europe has a responsibility in climate change. He points out that based on two scenarios predicted by the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research, the EU’s share of global emission will drop from 8.1% in 2018 to 6,3% in 2030 for scenario 1 (S1) where countries make minimal efforts to reduce their emissions and to 5% in scenario 2 (S2) where current trends continue. France which represents 3% of global GDP, will go from 0.9% of global emissions to 0.7% (S1) or 0.6% (S2). By contrast, Asia, Africa and the Middle East’s share would go from 58.6% to 64.8% in S1 or 68.5% if not 70% in S2.

For a global "metric" of carbon emissions / Pour une « métrique » mondiale des émissions de carbone km-Echos-FR: "For a global "metric" of carbon emissions / Pour une ..." page: 12 info: by Hélène Rey date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Agriculture, this little-known ally of the climate / L'agriculture, cette alliée méconnue du climat km-Express-FR: "Agriculture, this little-known ally of the climate / L'agriculture, cette ..." page: 58 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Let's stop blaming Europe for its part in pollution, which is minimal!" / "Cessons de culpabiliser l'Europe pour sa part dans la pollution, qui est minime !" km-Figaro-FR: ""Let's stop blaming Europe for its part in pollution, which ..." page: 18 info: by CHRISTIAN SAINT-ÉTIENNE date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Nicola Sturgeon: "Rich country with an industrial past have particular responsibility" / « Les pays au riche passé industriel ont une responsabilité particulière » km-Figaro-FR: "Nicola Sturgeon: "Rich country with an industrial past have particular ..." page: 18 info: by Nicola Sturgeon date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The archipelago of people without land / L'archipel des gens sans terre km-Humanite-FR: "The archipelago of people without land / L'archipel des gens ..." page: 3 info: by Marie-Noëlle Bertrand date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Reels / Moulinets km-Liberation-FR: "Reels / Moulinets..." page: 2 info: by Paul Quinio date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Between France and the UK, who has the biggest ecology? / Entre la France et le Royaume-Uni, qui a la plus grosse écologie ? km-Liberation-FR: "Between France and the UK, who has the biggest ecology? ..." page: 4,5 info: by Nina GUÉRINEAU DE LAMÉRIE date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Climate: the ten in command / Climat : les dix au commandement km-Liberation-FR: "Climate: the ten in command / Climat : les dix ..." page: 3 info: by ÉLÉONORE DISDERO date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

COP26 We take the temperature / COP 26 - On prend la température km-Liberation-FR: "COP26 We take the temperature / COP 26 - On ..." page: 2,4,5 info: by Coralie Schaub date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Climate commitments are highly insufficient / Climat : des engagements très insuffisants km-Monde-FR: "Climate commitments are highly insufficient / Climat : des engagements ..." page: 1,6 info: by Audrey Garric date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Coverage of nuclear energy ambitions in the EU

[Germany, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:17:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the use of nuclear energy in the EU despite all risks. In a commentary on NDR, for instance, Holger Beckmann criticises the EU for "not standing in the way" of member states in the prolonged use of nuclear energy, if this will help reach the climate protection goals. It is a "concession" to the member states which are still using nuclear energy despite all risks. France has mostly put pressure on the EU on this matter. The author urges for a concrete deadline set for the use of nuclear energy as a "transitional technology" at an EU level. Natural gas use has also been approved. Although it is not climate neutral, the European Commission does not seem to care about that, the author laments.

NDR - NDR Info - 27.10.2021 17:19 - Commentary on nuclear energy ambitions within EU / NDR - NDR Info - 27.10.2021 17:19 - Commentary on nuclear energy ambitions within EU km-NDR-Info-DE: "NDR - NDR Info - 27.10.2021 17:19 - Commentary on ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 00:36:00, 00:03:14, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:36:00 AM CEST

The key question / Die Kernfrage km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "The key question / Die Kernfrage..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

New Paris-Warsaw nuclear axis / Neue Atomachse Paris-Warschau km-Welt-DE: "New Paris-Warsaw nuclear axis / Neue Atomachse Paris-Warschau..." page: 6 info: by Philipp Fritz | Martina Meister date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Guest contribution by President von der Leyen: We can only save the world's climate together

[Germany, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution published in Handelsblatt and Der Tagesspiegel, President von der Leyen demands that major economies follow Europe's example and present clear, credible and reliable climate goals, which give businesses planning security. The US, Japan, South Korea, and South Africa are already committing to binding climate targets. Countries must also underpin these goals with concrete roadmaps for implementing them. President von der Leyen also points out that the green transformation will only be successful if there is social balance because the global climate can only be saved together. As a leader in this field, the EU will work hard to ensure the success of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Guest contribution by President von der Leyen: We can only save the world's climate together / Das Weltklima können wir nur gemeinsam retten km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Guest contribution by President von der Leyen: We can only ..." page: 5 info: by U.L date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

By 2030, it's all or nothing / Bis 2030 geht es um alles oder nichts km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "By 2030, it's all or nothing / Bis 2030 geht ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Time for climate action is now

[Ireland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

Global leaders will gather in Glasgow for the COP26 summit buoyed by indications countries are prepared to step up climate action significantly, The Irish Times reports. Ireland's first carbon budget is about to be introduced and a revised climate action plan is to be unveiled, outlining how a 51% reduction on emissions by 2030 based on 2018 levels is to be pursued. Advocates for renewable energy say the global energy crisis confirms the need to move further away from fossil fuels, but the counter view is that renewables are not providing the reliability and security required in global energy systems. "The wrong response to this would be to slow down the transition to renewable energy," Executive-Vice-President Timmermans said at a recent meeting of environmental ministers. "The right response is to keep the momentum and perhaps even look for ways to increase the momentum."

Time for climate action is now / Time for climate action is now km-Irish-Times-IE: "Time for climate action is now / Time for climate ..." page: 3 info: by Kevin O'Sullivan date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ireland has huge potential for growth in biogas production

[Ireland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

Pressure has increased on the Government to incentivise agricultural bioenergy production, the Irish Examiner reports. A report from Devenish Nutrition and KPMG Sustainable Futures said agricultural biogas can be delivered sustainably and at scale to help reduce on-farm emissions and decarbonise Ireland's energy system without reducing the national herd, disrupting food production, intensifying agricultural activities or impacting on biodiversity. Ireland currently languishes at the bottom of the EU table for generation and use of renewable heat, despite having the largest potential growth for biogas production, according to the European Commission.

Ireland has huge potential for growth in biogas production / Ireland has huge potential for growth in biogas production km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Ireland has huge potential for growth in biogas production / ..." page: 3 info: by Stephen Cadogan date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President von der Leyen: COP26 is "hour of truth"

[Luxembourg, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:32:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort reports that President von der Leyen describes COP26, which begins in Glasgow on Saturday, as an "hour of truth for the world community." Once again, it is about clear commitments to curb global warming to at least two degrees Celsius.

End of the ice age / Ende der Eiszeit km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "End of the ice age / Ende der Eiszeit..." page: 1 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Climate plans are insufficient to stop climate change

[Netherlands, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

Nos.nl reports on the topics that will be high on the agenda of the Glasgow climate summit. About 120 countries have drawn up a new climate target, including the countries with the highest emissions. However, the combined promises are insufficient, as the Emissions Gap Report showed this week. Many heads of state and government have pledged to attend, including US President Biden and many European government leaders, but Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Putin are not among them. European Commission Executive Vice-President Timmermans will send away the special climate train Rail to the Cop on Saturday. The train will carry about 500 passengers including politicians, officials, scientists, NGOs and climate activists.

Klimaattop in Glasgow: wat staat er op het spel? km-Nos.nl-NL: "Klimaattop in Glasgow: wat staat er op het spel?..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dutch waste sector is crucial for European climate goals (opinion)

[Netherlands, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Volkskrant.nl, representatives of waste to energy plants joined in De Afvalvergroeners, claim that the Dutch waste sector can make an important contribution to avoiding methane emissions by recycling or recovering energy from waste instead of landfilling it. However, De Afvalvergroeners are opposed to the import levy on waste in the Netherlands which makes the import of residual waste from neighbouring countries economically impossible. As a result, methane emissions in Europe are increasing, which is at odds with the Global Methane Pledge which the EU, the US and several other countries will sign at the Climate Summit in Glasgow, which would promise to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2020. According to the European Commission, methane emissions are responsible for half of the current global warming of 1 degree Celsius.

Opinie: Nederlandse afvalsector is cruciaal voor Europese klimaatdoelen km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Opinie: Nederlandse afvalsector is cruciaal voor Europese klimaatdoelen..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dutch Labour party wants compensation for citizens of climate costs

[Netherlands, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

De Telegraaf reports that Dutch party PvdA wants the outgoing government to compensate Dutch households for the increased costs caused by the far-reaching climate plans of European Commission Executive Vice-President Timmermans, who is also member of the PvdA. According to PvdA member Thijssen, there are already possibilities to compensate the higher energy costs.

'Compenseer klimaatnota’ km-Telegraaf-NL: "'Compenseer klimaatnota’..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President von der Leyen will attend COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

[Poland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza discusses the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which will start on Sunday. The daily cites President von der Leyen’s opinion that the world is not yet on track to fulfil its obligations under the Paris Agreement. And policymakers must be fully aware of this fact. The EU delegation, led by President von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Timmermans, aspires to lead the COP26 talks on the prevention of climate change. Europe has presented an ambitious plan for it – within the European Green Deal Package. It has also pledged to cut emissions by 55% to 2030.  According to the daily, the most important participant of the climate conference will undoubtedly be the US President Biden. The country is globally the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide (after China) and the first in terms of per capita emissions.

To slow down climate change / Spowolnić zmiany klimatu km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "To slow down climate change / Spowolnić zmiany klimatu..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Opinion: Implementation of European Green Deal Package will be a tough challenge

[Poland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu comments on the European Green Deal Package announced by the European Commission in July. The issue was discussed at the recent European Forum for New Ideas in Sopot. According to the panellists, a radical acceleration of the ecological transition will encounter tough economic, social and political barriers. The package is to be finalised by the end of the current term of office of the EU authorities, i.e. by spring 2024. Its philosophy is to decarbonise all sectors of the economy without exception, not only energy or transport. Official optimism echoed in the remote voice of Aleksandra Tomczak from Brussels. It is obvious, considering that the panellist represented the cabinet of Executive Vice-President Timmermans, the main author of the package draft. The panellists present at EFNI dealt with the other side of the coin. They asked who will pay for the very ambitious policy and why it is so expensive.

European Green Deal Package: It is known what, but no one knows how / Fit for 55: wiadomo - co, ale nikt nie wie - jak km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "European Green Deal Package: It is known what, but no ..." page: 9 info: by Jacek Zalewski date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU wants to lead the globe on the climate action efforts

[Portugal, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Expresso.pt reports on President von der Leyen’s speech at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week. The Commission President talked a lot about the COP26 and the EU’s role to lead the globe in the fight against climate change. She also considered that the current global climate action goals are not enough to comply with the Paris Accord’s goals. The Commission President stated that the EU will continue to “extend a hand to all countries and will keep trying to convince them to be more ambitious.” She further underlined that the most developed regions must support the most vulnerable regions reminding that climate action must be a global effort.

COP26: EU takes 'highest level of ambition' and Climate Act to Glasgow to showcase / COP26: UE leva a Glasgow "o mais alto nível de ambição" e Lei do Clima para exibir km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "COP26: EU takes 'highest level of ambition' and Climate Act ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Greenpeace asks the EU to replace short-distance flights with trains

[Portugal, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

The environmental organisation Greenpeace asked the EU to ban short-distance flights and replace them with trains, expresso.pt reports. According to Eurocontrol data, greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation sector in the EU increased by 29% between 2009 and 2019. “The aviation industry is one of the most climate-damaging industries," Greenpeace said in a statement. The Eurocontrol data also showed that 51.9% of EU emissions attributable to aviation are generated on long-haul flights but 20.6% are due to journeys of between 500 and 1,500 km and 4.3% to journeys of less than 500 km. “Europe could replace almost all of the 250 major short-haul flights and save about 23.4 million tonnes of CO2 per year,” Greenpeace argued.

COP26: Greenpeace asks the EU to prohibit short distance flights and to replace them with trains / COP26: Greenpeace pede à UE que proiba voos de curta distância e os substitua por comboios km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "COP26: Greenpeace asks the EU to prohibit short distance flights ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

COMPETITION

EU member states agree on rules for online groups

[Austria, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

The EU member states have apparently agreed on a comprehensive law to regulate major online companies, orf.at and derstandard.at report. Representatives of the 27 member states in the competent working group of the Council of the European Union agreed on a text that is mostly based on the proposals made by the European Commission. In December, the European Commission had proposed significant legal changes to curb the market power of major internet groups. Almost twenty practices of Google, Amazon and other groups are to be banned in the future.

EU-Länder einigen sich offenbar auf Sonderregeln für Online-Konzerne km-Derstandard.at-AT: "EU-Länder einigen sich offenbar auf Sonderregeln für Online-Konzerne..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU-Länder einigen sich auf Regeln für Onlinekonzerne km-orf.at-AT: "EU-Länder einigen sich auf Regeln für Onlinekonzerne..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU will closely review Nvidia's takeover plans for Arm

[Austria, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is planning to review the $54 billion takeover of British chip developer Arm by Nvidia more closely, orf.at reports. "While Arm and Nvidia do not compete against each other directly, the intellectual property of Arm is an important part of products that compete with those of Nvidia," says Executive Vice-President Vestager, adding that the takeover could negatively affect access to the intellectual property of Arm. The European Commission is planning to decide whether to approve the takeover by 15 March.

EU prüft Arm-Übernahmepläne von Nvidia genau km-orf.at-AT: "EU prüft Arm-Übernahmepläne von Nvidia genau..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA

[Belgium, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:33:00 AM CEST

Metro announces that the European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA. Executive Vice-President Vestager raises problems related to intellectual property rights owned by Arm.

Short news / Kort nieuws km-Metro-Belgium-Nl-BE: "Short news / Kort nieuws..." page: 4 info: by Anonymous date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Commission approves state aid of BGN 72 million to support Bulgarian farmers

[Bulgaria, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:09:00 AM CEST

On 27 October, the European Commission approved a BGN 72 million Bulgarian scheme to support the agricultural sector affected by the Covid-19 crisis, some media report. It was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework and will be open to farmers breeding large and small ruminants, beekeepers and fruit and vegetable growers. The funds will support the most vulnerable sectors to overcome the economic impact of the pandemic and provide liquidity to farms.

The EC approved 72 million euro in 2014. Lv. State aid to agriculture / ЕК одобри 72 млн. лв. държавна помощ за земеделието km-clubz.bg-BG: "The EC approved 72 million euro in 2014. Lv. State ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission approves BGN 72 million state aid to support Bulgarian farmers / ЕК одобри държавна помощ в размер на 72 млн. лева за подкрепа на българските земеделци km-Focus-News.net-BG: "European Commission approves BGN 72 million state aid to support ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The EC approved 72 million euro in 2014. Lv. Covid aid to farmers / ЕК одобри 72 млн. лв. Covid помощ за фермерите km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "The EC approved 72 million euro in 2014. Lv. Covid ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Croatian Agriculture Ministry comes to the rescue of sugar beet producers

[Croatia, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

The Croatian Ministry of Agriculture will not deprive Croatian sugar beet producers of state support, thus preserving activities important for the sugar industry, Poslovni dnevnik writes. Following the European Commission’s rejection of Croatia’s proposal for a new state support programme in the 2022-2027 period, which included support for large sugar beet producers, the ministry states that the possibility of using de minimis support of up to €20,000 remains while other solutions are sought. A support programme for beet growers is already in preparation and will be submitted to the Commission. As the ministry points out, the programme concerns the so-called Covid-19 framework as a one-year transitional measure, and in that context, state aid limits are more favourable and amount to €225,000 per producer.

The Ministry of Agriculture has a "Plan B, for sugar beet producers / Ministarstvo poljoprivrede ima "Plan B, za proizvođače šećerne repe km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "The Ministry of Agriculture has a "Plan B, for sugar ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Wood pulp companies on the European Commission’s cartel investigation

[Finland, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the latest interim reports from Finnish forest industry companies. Kauppalehti’s story on UPM and Yle’s broadcasts on Metsä Group all mention the wood pulp cartel investigation started by the European Commission. According to UPM, there is nothing to add to what is publicly known. Metsä Group’s President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä says that the company has begun its own investigations into the matter and cooperates with the Commission’s investigation. For now, it has not found signs of the Commission’s suspicions being true. Hämälä hopes that effective cooperation will soon bring the investigations to a close, as “naturally, this kind of suspicion damages the company’s reputation”.

UPM takoi huippuluvut, Kiinassa kasvu vaimenee km-Kauppalehti-FI: "UPM takoi huippuluvut, Kiinassa kasvu vaimenee..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Yle Uutiset 17:00 km-YLE-Radio-1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 17:00..." info: 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Yle Uutiset 18:00 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 18:00..." info: 2021-10-27 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Semiconductors: why Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm is in Brussels' sights

[France, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

Lexpress.fr reports that the European Commission announced on Wednesday that it is opening an in-depth investigation into the proposed takeover of British microprocessor specialist Arm by US-based Nvidia, which could have negative effects on prices and competition in the sector. Indeed, Commissioner Vestager argued in a statement that "even if Arm and Nvidia are not in direct competition, Arm's intellectual property is an important element in products competing with Nvidia's, for example in data centres, cars and the internet of things." She believes that Nvidia's takeover of Arm could make it harder for European companies to access technologies that enable them to "produce state-of-the-art semiconductor products at competitive prices." "This would have distorting effects on many markets where semiconductors are used," she said.

Proposed acquisition of Arm by Nvidia: Brussels opens an in-depth investigation / Projet de rachat d'Arm par Nvidia: Bruxelles ouvre une enquête approfondie km-bfmtv.com-FR: "Proposed acquisition of Arm by Nvidia: Brussels opens an in-depth ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Chips: Brussels looks into Nvidia's acquisition of ARM / Puces : Bruxelles se penche sur le rachat d'ARM par Nvidia km-Echos-FR: "Chips: Brussels looks into Nvidia's acquisition of ARM / Puces ..." page: 27 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Semiconductors: why Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm is in Brussels' sights / Semi-conducteurs : pourquoi le projet de rachat d'Arm par Nvidia est dans le viseur de Bruxelles km-Lexpress.fr-FR: "Semiconductors: why Nvidia's proposed acquisition of Arm is in Brussels' ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Debate on Digital Markets Act

[Germany, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the Digital Markets Act and the fight against Internet giants. EU member states have agreed on a common position on the Digital Markets Act that EU ministers for economic affairs will adopt at their next meeting on 25 November, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, for example. The text proposed by the Council of the EU is based heavily on the original proposal of the European Commission. The set of rules should apply to all companies that control access to one or more Internet platforms, have an annual turnover of more than €6.5 billion, and have a market capitalisation of over €65 billion. The European Commission remains the sole executor of the DMA, despite Germany's attempts to give the Federal Cartel Office a stronger role in the enforcement of the DMA.

Fight against giants / Kampf gegen Giganten km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Fight against giants / Kampf gegen Giganten..." page: 3 info: by A.L.M date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Together against Google and Co / Gemeinsam gegen Google und Co. km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Together against Google and Co / Gemeinsam gegen Google und ..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission approves €358 million Romanian scheme to support SMEs

[Romania, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

News.ro reports that the European Commission on Wednesday approved a €358 million Romanian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the restrictive measures that the Romanian government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus. The public support was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Under the scheme, the aid will take the form of direct grants for investments in productive activities, up to a maximum amount of €1 million per beneficiary, according to Bursa daily. The scheme is expected to benefit 4,000 Romanian SMEs, according to România Actualități radio station.

Money for the measure on investment grants / Bani pentru măsura privind granturile pentru investiţii km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Money for the measure on investment grants / Bani pentru ..." page: 3 info: by I. Ghe date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Commission approves €358 million scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises in Romania / Comisia Europeană a aprobat o schemă de 358 de milioane euro pentru sprijinirea întreprinderilor mici şi mijlocii din România km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission approves €358 million scheme to support small and ..." info: by News.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission approves €358 million in support for Romanian business affected by the pandemic / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "European Commission approves €358 million in support for Romanian business ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 14:03:00, 00:00:49, by Văduva Laurenţiu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:03:00 PM CEST

CULTURE

14th International Conference on Cultural Tourism takes place in Athens

[Cyprus, Culture]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

The 14th International Conference on Cultural Tourism took place in Athens with the participation of the European Commission, Europa Nostra, the European Tourism Committee, the European Archaeologists Association, and European Cultural Routes, Philenews reports. The conference, organised by the European Cultural Tourism Network, was titled “Rebirth of European Tourism through Culture, Heritage and Creativity” and focused on the importance of reviving European Tourism after the pandemic crisis of 2020 and 2021. The Conference included presentations by the 22 countries, including cultural tourism research projects in the Horizon 2020 programme, as well as crossborder cooperation projects in Interreg Europe.

Conference on tourism and culture in Athens / ΣΥΝΕΔΡΙΟ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΥΡΙΣΜΟ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΘΗΝΑ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Conference on tourism and culture in Athens / ΣΥΝΕΔΡΙΟ ΓΙΑ ..." page: 14 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Conference on tourism and culture in Athens completed under presidency of ETAP Pafos / Ολοκληρώθηκε στην Αθήνα συνέδριο για τουρισμό και πολιτισμό υπό την προεδρία της ΕΤΑΠ Πάφου km-Philenews.com-CY: "Conference on tourism and culture in Athens completed under presidency ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

Contributing article: Stop the free use of content

[Austria, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

In a contributing article in Die Presse, artist Michael Kos talks about the planned Austrian copyright amendment and says that some problems still remain. According to Mr Kos, the European Parliament's intention for the requirements for this amendment was to ensure that creators receive proper remuneration for the mass use of their works on major online platforms, which is long overdue. Austria's political decision-makers failing to meet the main goal of the EU directive - to ensure proper remuneration for creators by law - does not match Austria's self-image of being a major cultural nation, he says.

Contributing article: Stop the free use of content / Schluss mit den Gratisnutzungen km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Contributing article: Stop the free use of content / Schluss ..." page: 26 info: by Michael Kos date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The future of facial recognition in Belgium depends on us (and the GDPR)

[Belgium, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique interviews Professor Bruno Dumas, who happens to know oodles of things about facial recognition. Earlier this week, green MEPs expressed their worries about the deployment of facial recognition in Europe. Mr Dumas highlights the Clearview case, where developers downloaded scores of photographs illegally. Western police forces also used facial recognition despite it being banned by the GDPR. He points out that debates are ongoing about the topic at the European level.

The future of facial recognition in Belgium depends on us / L'avenir de l'identification faciale en Belgique dépend de nous km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The future of facial recognition in Belgium depends on us ..." page: 39 info: by d'Otreppe date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Regulation of Artificial intelligence

[Germany, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:21:00 AM CEST

The parting Federal Government was proceeding "too hesitantly" in the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms, according to an analysis by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv), it is reported in Tageszeitung. According to the vzbv, with their current projects, both the Federal Government and the European Commission fell short of the recommendations of the Data Ethics Commission established by the Federal Government two years ago. The commission has mostly criticised the areas of transparency duties, risk assessment and quality standards. In April, the European Commission presented a proposal about an AI legislative framework, on which negotiations are currently undergoing.

Artificial intelligence too laxly regulated / Künstliche Intelligenz zu lasch reguliert km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Artificial intelligence too laxly regulated / Künstliche Intelligenz zu lasch ..." page: 10 info: by Svenja Bergt date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU lacks common framework to fight disinformation

[Latvia, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

IR reports that there have been several important initiatives in the European Union in recent years to combat foreign influences, including disinformation, but there is still a lack of a common framework. MEP Sandra Kalniete (EPP) has been working on a report to curb disinformation since the autumn of 2020, and one of the aims of the document is to lay the foundations for a common strategy and coordinated action and ongoing monitoring of the compliance of laws and regulations. “The fight against disinformation is a fight for democracy. We will be effective in this work if we can ensure that the algorithms used by social networks become more transparent,” says Ms Kalniete. The report emphasises that the issue of foreign influence and information manipulation must be on the agenda of the EU as a whole and each member state.

EU lacks common framework to fight disinformation / Eiropā km-Ir-LV: "EU lacks common framework to fight disinformation / Eiropā..." page: 13 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Maltese citizens will access virtual services across Europe via e-ID

[Malta, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:09:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly reports on Malta’s electronic identification system which is on its way to being officially notified by eIDAS, the European Commission’s key enabler for secure cross-border transactions. This system is managed by Identity Malta and will allow Maltese e-ID users to access a wider range of virtual services in other member states, including tax-related services and health services. Identity Malta is on its way to successfully completing a pre-notification phase, during which a comprehensive peer assessment is carried out by several specialists from EU member states. After completing this phase Identity Malta will also assist Austria, and potentially other countries to optimise their own e-ID systems in terms of security.

Maltese citizens will access virtual services across Europe via e-ID / Maltese citizens will access virtual services across Europe via e-ID km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Maltese citizens will access virtual services across Europe via e-ID ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Josianne Cutajar insists EU has ‘moral obligation’ to ensure that all citizens can communicate

[Malta, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:04:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly reports that during last week’s plenary on the Conference of the Future of Europe, Labour Party MEP Josianne Cutajar insisted that the European Union has a moral obligation to ensure that every European citizen, regardless of their situation, has the chance to share their thoughts and communicate in the most effective way. Cutajar advised that technology and digital tools could simplify this process and make it accessible and more open to all. Cutajar also emphasised however that citizens who did not have access to technology or the necessary digital skills should also be able to voice their point of view.

Josianne Cutajar insists EU has ‘moral obligation’ to ensure that all citizens can communicate / Josianne Cutajar insists EU has ‘moral obligation’ to ensure that all citizens can communicate km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Josianne Cutajar insists EU has ‘moral obligation’ to ensure that ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Slovenian Minister Andrijanič discusses digital voucher project and chips with European Commission

[Slovenia, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Slovenian Minister without portfolio responsible for Digital Transformation Mark Boris Andrijanič has recently visited the European Commission in Brussels, STA, RTVSLO, Radio Slovenija 1, and TV Slovenija 1 report. He presented Slovenia’s digital plans, especially the digital voucher project, and proposals related to the planned European Chips Act. He met, among others, with Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton, who, according to him, praised Slovenia for the establishment of a new government digital transformation service and the progress made so far during the Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU in the field of the main digital files related to digital services and markets. During their talks, the three interlocutors stressed the importance of digital skills and the involvement of all generations, with Executive VP Vestager and Commissioner Breton praising the digital voucher project, which aims to facilitate access to digital skills courses and modern computer equipment for the elderly and other vulnerable groups. Minister Andrijanič is optimistic that a general agreement can be reached at the meeting of EU competition ministers on 25 November on the extremely large-scale and complex acts on regulating digital markets and EU services for the benefit of citizens and SMEs.

Digitisation / Digitalizacija km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Digitisation / Digitalizacija..." info: Radijski dnevnik, 2021-10-27 18:39:00, 00:02:00, by Igor Jurič date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:39:00 PM CEST

Minister Andrijanič in Brussels on digital vouchers and the law on chips / Minister Andrijanič v Bruslju o digitalnih bonih in zakonu o čipih km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Minister Andrijanič in Brussels on digital vouchers and the law ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Slovenian Minister Andrijanič discusses digital voucher project and chips with European Commission / Andrijanič v Bruslju o projektu digitalnega bona in s predlogi glede čipov km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian Minister Andrijanič discusses digital voucher project and chips with ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The digital transformation of the European Union / Digitalna preobrazba Evropske unije km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "The digital transformation of the European Union / Digitalna preobrazba ..." info: Dnevnik, 2021-10-27 19:20:00, 00:02:00, by Igor Jurič date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:20:00 PM CEST

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni: Overcoming the crisis

[Austria, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

In a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni discuss economic and fiscal policy in Europe after the pandemic. While the crisis made it necessary to exceed debt limits, one has to think about how to gradually reduce debt ratios again, they say. A debate is needed to ensure that the rules reflect the changed economic reality. The European economy is recovering, but growth must be sustainable and lasting. The European Commission will present fiscal policy guidelines in early 2022 that will reflect the global economic situation, the specific situation of the individual EU member states and the debate about the framework for economic policy guidance, according to EVP Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni: Overcoming the crisis / Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni: Die Krise überwinden km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni: Overcoming the ..." page: 15 info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The ECB will not be able to ignore rising inflation

[Belgium, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources mention the ECB and inflation. L’Echo writes that rising prices are causing tensions within the ECB, while a decision on asset purchases is not due until December. The ECB will not be able to ignore the fact that inflation is rising faster than expected, and the risks associated were discussed at the last meeting in September. The central bankers favouring stricter control of inflation through a firmer monetary policy have raised their voices against the supporters of a flexible monetary policy that would promote economic growth. At stake in the debate is the future of ECB asset purchases.

The ECB will not be able to ignore rising inflation / La BCE ne pourra pas ignorer la montée de l’inflation km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The ECB will not be able to ignore rising inflation ..." page: 20 info: by GALLOY date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Quarterly figures the driving force / Quartalszahlen die Impulsgeber km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Quarterly figures the driving force / Quartalszahlen die Impulsgeber..." page: 18 info: by Jones date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Germain Pirlot coined the term "euro": Let us take a trip down memory lane with the elderly man

[Belgium, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:22:00 AM CEST

Het Laatste Nieuws interviews famous Walloon Germain Pirlot. The 78-year-old man coined (pun intended) the term "euro" in 1995 when one was discussing the installation of a common currency. Mr Pirlot moved to Ostend for work purposes. His hobbies are tennis, basketball, ping-pong, fencing and judo. He speaks Esperanto. In 1995, he wrote former President Santer a letter in which he suggested the word "euro" for the common currency. He also proposed the term "ropas" for euro pennies. That last idea ultimately found its way to the landfill. Mr Pirlot does not believe his invention is worth much, though some people argue that he influenced Europe more than oodles of MEPs in their whole careers.

"That is not something one should be proud of" / "Dat is toch niks om fier op te zijn?" km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: ""That is not something one should be proud of" / ..." page: 9 info: by Van den Broecke date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President Milanović: Euro adoption will have more pros than cons for Croatia

[Croatia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

President Zoran Milanović said on Wednesday that Croatia would receive more benefits than disadvantages from the euro adoption and that Malta could help Zagreb with its experience in the eurozone, reports Večernji list. President Milanović spoke with his Maltese counterpart, George Vella, who believes Malta can help Croatia with its experience. “This is a country which has been in the eurozone for a long time, it has the experience and that experience is good,” said President Milanović while noting that the Maltese economy is “exposed to the services sector and in particular to tourism,” and has several common points with Croatia’s economy, Glas Slavonije reports. “Our economy, unfortunately or luckily, or just as a point, is not exceptionally export-orientated. We are a service-based economy and that is one of the reasons why I think the euro would be better for Croatia,” said President Milanović, adding that introducing the euro “isn’t a pittance” and that “it seems we will relinquish our national currency forever.”

Milanovic calls out EU over Schengen / Milanović prozvao EU zbog Schengena km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Milanovic calls out EU over Schengen / Milanović prozvao EU ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Croatian President Milanović: Euro adoption will have more pros than cons for Croatia / Milanović: Euro će za Hrvatsku biti više dobar nego loš km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Croatian President Milanović: Euro adoption will have more pros than ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commentary: The Stability and Growth Pact must be revised with the Covid-19 response in mind

[Denmark, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:36:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Altinget.dk, Danish MEP Niels Fuglsang argues that the coming revision of the EU’s budget rules must consider that the worst of the financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was averted by increasing public spending. He points to his own “wish list” for a new Stability and Growth Pact. First, member states with debt incurred by the Covid-19 response should be given a longer deadline to pay it back, and the structural problem of “chronic deficits” in southern European member states should be discussed. Furthermore, the pact should ensure that member states follow the EU’s climate law. Lastly, Mr Fuglsang wants the pact to allow for member states to be fined if they act as tax havens.

Commentary: The Stability and Growth Pact must be revised with the Covid-19 response in mind / Fuglsang: Det er på tide at gøre op med EU's nedskæringspolitik km-altinget.dk-DK: "Commentary: The Stability and Growth Pact must be revised with ..." date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The positive atmosphere is about to disappear

[Denmark, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

Jyllands-Posten reports that bottlenecks in supply chains have had an effect on economic growth, but the inflation is not as severe as the figures indicate, though the business world is characterised by growing scepticism and disappearing positivism. The current economic situation is therefore expected to take priority on the agenda when the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) meets on Thursday. President of the ECB Christine Lagarde is further pressured by her predecessor, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, after he has announced that it is unknown when the deficit on Italian public finances will fall below the required 3% of GDP.

The positive atmosphere is about to disappear / Den positive stemning er ved at forsvinde km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "The positive atmosphere is about to disappear / Den positive ..." page: 6 info: by Keld Louie Pedersen date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Declining employment level during crisis not yet recovered

[Estonia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

In the first half of the year, the Estonian economy grew significantly despite the new wave of the Covid-19 and new restrictions, but the labour market has recovered more modestly, several sources report. Companies are still struggling to find competent employees. Bank of Estonia economist Lauri Matsulevitch says that the number of free positions grew rapidly in the services and trade sectors, but in reality, the growth has been broad-based. The growth of average salary has increased as well, in the second quarter of 2021, it was 7.3%.

Declining employment level during crisis not yet recovered / Kriisis langenud tööhõive pole veel taastunud km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Declining employment level during crisis not yet recovered / Kriisis ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-10-28 05:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:40:00 AM CEST

Declining employment level during crisis not yet recovered / Kriisis langenud tööhõive pole veel taastunud km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Declining employment level during crisis not yet recovered / Kriisis ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier: "German economy will see a growth of 4% next year"

[Germany, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:15:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on the economic forecast for Germany. In an interview on ARD, for example, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier highlights that "the economic growth in Germany has been lower than expected" but remains "among the highest in Europe." The reasons are manyfold, with raw material shortages on the one hand, and soaring energy prices, especially for gas, on the other. The expectations and forecasts are that "the German economy will see a 4% growth next year." The goal in the future will be to "stabilise the international supply chains." Minister Altmaier concluded that Germany will have to ensure that the microchip production is reinforced and expanded in Europe.

Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier: "German economy will see a growth of 4% next year" / ARD - 27.10.2021 07:08 - ARD-Morgenmagazin - Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier on economic forecast for Germany km-ARD-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier: "German ..." info: Program, 2021-10-27 10:42:00, 00:04:05, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:42:00 AM CEST

Narrow ridge / Schmaler Grat km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Narrow ridge / Schmaler Grat..." page: 8 info: by F.H. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Compulsion to pragmatism / Zwang zu Pragmatismus km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Compulsion to pragmatism / Zwang zu Pragmatismus..." page: 17 info: by Julian Olk date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The postponed upswing / Der verschobene Aufschwung km-Handelsblatt-DE: "The postponed upswing / Der verschobene Aufschwung..." page: 8-9 info: by J.O date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Mr. Altmaier, was it good for you that you don't have any children?" "It was good for my politics" / "Herr Altmaier, war es für Sie gut, dass Sie keine Kinder haben?" "Es war für meine Politik gut" km-Stern-DE: ""Mr. Altmaier, was it good for you that you don't ..." page: 58-62 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Reducing debt at lower rate

[Greece, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Kathimerini, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said that he is negative towards the possibility of changing the debt threshold in the context of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) revision. EVP Dombrovskis stated that the “changes we examine are within the framework of the standing conditions”. We must examine more realistic and growth-friendly ways for debt reduction, the EVP noted. He stressed that “we must make sure that fiscal policy will be countercyclical, not only in periods of crisis but in periods of growth when “safety cushions” can be created”. With regard to the implementation of Basel III rules, EVP Dombrovskis emphasised that the EU is the first to proceed to this step. He also noted that as a result of the banking reforms of the eurozone crisis period, “the banks are in a much better state today and are part of the solution, not the problem.”

Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Reducing debt at lower rate / Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Μείωση χρέους με μικρότερο ρυθμό km-Kathimerini-GR: "Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Reducing debt at lower rate / ..." page: 23 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Draghi confirms budget plans

[Italy, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media repor the Italian Cabinet is expected to approve the plan for the next budget today. Sky TG 24 says that, within the broad governing coalition in Italy, distances remain. Prime Minister Draghi is listening to all sides but then proceeding in the direction he has already indicated: a “virtuous path” made up of reforms, modernisation, less bureaucracy and, above all, economic growth, which he considers the only chance to pay down the national debt. However, not just his choices, but his methods of implementing them have angered the principal national trade unions, while various elements leave each coalition party unsatisfied. PM Draghi confirmed the budget would be worth €23.4 billion and pensions would be reformed. The League has agreed not to oppose pension reform. Il Fatto Quotidiano says PM Draghi had warned party leaders this was “the time to give” but even he has now realised a return to his more conservative fiscal policies is necessary, not just on pensions, but also on the social safety net and the minimum guaranteed income programme. Meanwhile, Il Mattino reports that PM Draghi managed to gain approval yesterday for his new law which speeds up authorisation of strategic projects, reducing approval time by up to half.

Budget to get green light today: slap in the face of all parties / Oggi l ok alla manovra: sberle a tutti i partiti km-Fatto-Quotidiano-IT: "Budget to get green light today: slap in the face ..." page: 2,3 info: by » MARCO PALOMBI date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Recovery plan, the government’s push. Strategic investments authorised in half the time / Pnrr, spinta del governo Gli investimenti strategici autorizzati in metà tempo km-Mattino-IT: "Recovery plan, the government’s push. Strategic investments authorised in half ..." page: 3 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Budget: “director’s booth” confirms structure, OK expected / Verso la manovra: cabina regia conferma impianto, atteso ok km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Budget: “director’s booth” confirms structure, OK expected / Verso la ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:33:00, 00:02:04, by Pierfrancesco Ferrara date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:33:00 AM CEST

EVP Dombrovskis reminds that budget deficit will be tightened in Europe again in 2023

[Latvia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

IR reports that for the 2022 budget submitted to the Saeima, the deficit reaches 4.8% of GDP - significantly more than the 3% allowed in the pre-pandemic time. “In 2022, the general exemption clause will continue to apply throughout the European Union, and no quantitative indicators of the budget deficit and public debt will be set,” says Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis. However, EVP Dombrovskis also reminds that from 2023 onwards, EU fiscal rules will come into force again, and countries must take this into account when planning 2022’s budget. The European Commission will also assess the budget from this perspective.

EVP Dombrovskis stresses that budget deficit will be tightened in Europe again in 2023 / Vai iet uz labo pusi? km-Ir-LV: "EVP Dombrovskis stresses that budget deficit will be tightened in ..." page: 10,11 info: by Pauls Raudseps date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Portuguese budget bill 2022 rejected in the national Parliament

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese budget bill for 2022 was rejected in the national parliament for the first time in 47 years, SIC TV reports. Only PS, the government party, voted in favour of the proposal, which was rejected by BE, PCP/PEV, CDS, PSD, IL, and Chega. The government can now rule in twelfths or President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa can call early elections.Jornal de Negócios reports on the rejection of the Portuguese government’s budget bill proposal for 2022. In a press conference, Prime Minister Costa said that he will not resign and added that he is ready to govern in twelfths. BE and PCP, the two left-wing parties that supported PS in the approval of the six previous budget bills, decided to vote against the proposal for 2022 saying that the government was not capable to present a real answer for the country’s problems. President Marcelo has already begun proceedings, meeting with PM Costa and Parliament President Ferro Rodrigues soon after the rejection of the budget bill.

Budget bill rejected and Costa is already rehearsing the “reinforced majority” / OE chumba e Costa já ensaia "maioria reforçada" km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Budget bill rejected and Costa is already rehearsing the “reinforced ..." page: 6,7 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Portuguese budget bill for 2022 rejected / Orçamento de Estado Português para 2022 rejeitado km-Sic-TV-PT: "Portuguese budget bill for 2022 rejected / Orçamento de Estado ..." info: Jornal da noite, 2021-10-27 19:58:00, 00:01:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:58:00 PM CEST

Article on the impact of the Portuguese budget bill rejection on innovation, research and development

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in dinheirovivo.pt, Pedro Rocha Vieira writes about the impact of the Portuguese budget bill proposal rejection on innovation, research and development. According to Mr Vieira, this proposal materialised and enabled the “implementation of the priorities of the European agenda, the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), and the bases for Portugal 2030, all very focused on the green and digital transitions.” Mr Vieira details several of the positive measures included in the proposal concerning investment in innovation, research and development. He underlines that the measures to increase the “capacity building, training and up-skilling” of workers would largely benefit the country’s business fabric. He defends that the positive measures in this proposal must be maintained during the negotiations to avoid “a retreat in essential issues such as labour and tax competitiveness.” Moreover, he asks for openness to improve the proposal in detail to ensure better implementation.

Budget bill and innovation: Where can the bazooka of the green and digital transitions go? / OE e inovação: para onde poderá ir a bazuca da transição verde e digital km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Budget bill and innovation: Where can the bazooka of the ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Banking sector resilient despite pandemic

[Slovakia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:34:00 AM CEST

Quoting European Central Bank’s data, weekly Trend writes that the European banking sector has overcome the crisis and, according to some indicators, it is faring better than before the pandemic. The eurozone banking sector continues to expand, with the volume of financial institutions’ assets rising by €866 billion year-on-year to €25.3 trillion at the end of the first half of this year. Slovakia's banking sector expands too, with its balance sheet total standing at almost €100 billion at the end of the second quarter of this year. The figure rose by 13.1% year-on-year at the end of the second quarter. The share of non-performing loans stands at 2.52% in Slovakia, data of the country’s central bank indicate.

Rate of non-performing loans in eurozone drops / Pomer nesplácaných úverov v eurozóne klesol km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "Rate of non-performing loans in eurozone drops / Pomer nesplácaných ..." page: 46 info: by Ján Beracka date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sweden should consider joining eurozone (editorial)

[Sweden, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:58:00 AM CEST

The time has come for Sweden to once again address the issue of the euro, Jonas Frycklund, acting chief economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, writes in an editorial in Svenska Dagbladet. Sweden has long been highly passive when it comes to joining the eurozone, but the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial crisis have shown that the currency remains strong. Currently, 80% of the EU population argues that the euro is a good thing for the EU with only 14% being opposed to it. With the EU being on the road to recovery in the wake of the pandemic, there are several arguments in favour of Sweden adopting the euro. Brexit led to Sweden losing an ally outside of the eurozone, and the country is today better prepared to transition to the currency than it was in the 1990s. Moreover, by joining the eurozone, Sweden would gain bigger influence when it comes to the direction of the EU's economic policy.

Time to discuss euro again / Dags att diskutera euron igen km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Time to discuss euro again / Dags att diskutera euron ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EDUCATION, CULTURE, YOUTH AND SPORT

CARNet’s user conference gathers thousands of educators

[Croatia, Education, Culture, Youth and Sport]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Thousands of educators and IT experts gathered at a user conference, organised in Šibenik by the Croatian Academic Research Network (CARNet) under the name New Opportunities, HRT1. Interactive presentations, panels and workshops will present new opportunities provided by information and communication technology in education, as well as the experiences of students and teachers with distance learning. “The e-school project has contributed to the rapid and successful transition of schools to online learning, which was recognised by the European Commission when it pointed out Croatia as a country that ensured continuity of education during the pandemic,” the president of the conference’s programme committee Ana Smoljo said.

1,000 educators and IT experts gather for CARNet user conference / Tisuću prosvjetnih radnika i informatičkih stručnjaka okupilo se na korisničkoj konferenciji CARNet km-HTV-HR: "1,000 educators and IT experts gather for CARNet user conference ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-10-27 19:45:00, 00:01:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:45:00 PM CEST

ENERGY

Political war over gas

[Austria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

According to a report in Financial Times, the Russian Gazprom group is said to have tied political conditions to a price cut in the negotiations on new gas supplies to Moldova, Die Presse reports. Specifically, it was demanded that the government in Chisinau adjust its free trade agreement with the EU and delay energy market reforms agreed with Brussels. In a statement, Kremlin spokesperson Dimitrij Peskow denied the allegations. The negotiations on new gas supplies with Moldova are by no means of a political nature, but are driven by purely economic interests, he said.

Politischer Krieg um Gas km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Politischer Krieg um Gas..." page: 9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The EU investigates Gazprom's role in the soaring gas prises

[Belgium, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources discuss the skyrocketing gas prices. L'Echo notes that Commissioner Simson confirmed that the European Commission is investigating Gazprom’s role in the soaring gas prices. The DG Competition's investigation wants to determine if a supplier active on the European market reduced its deliveries to increase prices. "To that end, the Commission sent surveys to multiple actors on the market," a source states. It is not the first time the EU targeted Gazprom: Between 2012 and 2018, the Commission forced the group to review its contract policy with 8 EU member states. Gazprom refutes the allegations, but CEO Alexey Miller did confirm that when its national reserves are restored. By 8 November, it would increase deliveries to the EU. De Tijd reports that Gazprom threatens to stop supplies to Moldova if no new gas contract is signed by December. The company is putting pressure on Moldova's pro-Western government. In exchange for closer ties with Moscow and giving up on rapprochement to the EU, for instance by weakening the free trade deal with the EU, the country would receive a hefty discount on its gas bill. The Kremlin denies the allegations. De Tijd's Jean Vanempten writes that the Kremlin is clearly using its energy supply to increase its influence. Almost all energy suppliers try to maximise their profits and influence. France also threatened to decrease energy supplies to the Channel Islands over post-Brexit fishery promises. Even with the announced end of fossil fuels in the fight against climate change, they remain necessary as long as no sustainable alternatives are found, and thus their geopolitical impact remains. The biggest challenge is making the supply more sustainable and finding alternatives. Ensuring food supplies and spreading between suppliers can already help a lot, but Europe did not do that. Besides climate plans, we also need energy plans to transition into a sustainable world.

The EU investigates Gazprom's role in the soaring gas prises / L’UE enquête sur le rôle de Gazprom dans la flambée des prix du gaz km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The EU investigates Gazprom's role in the soaring gas prises ..." page: 9 info: by Georis date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Equinor increases gas supplies to Europe / Equinor verhoogt gasleveringen aan Europa km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Equinor increases gas supplies to Europe / Equinor verhoogt gasleveringen ..." page: 34 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Gas and geopolitics / Gas en geopolitiek km-Tijd-BE: "Gas and geopolitics / Gas en geopolitiek..." page: 1,2 info: by VANEMPTEN date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Moscow uses gas as a weapong against pro-Western Moldova / Moskou zet gas in als wapen tegen prowesters Moldavië km-Tijd-BE: "Moscow uses gas as a weapong against pro-Western Moldova / ..." page: 10 info: by Ziarczyk date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source, according to State of the EU Reports 2021

[Cyprus, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

The Commission yesterday adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal, Philenews reports citing the relevant announcement. While there are a number of encouraging trends, greater efforts will be required to reach the 2030 goal of cutting net emissions by at least 55% and achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and the data will need to be analysed carefully next year for more long-term post-COVID trends.The report shows that renewables overtook fossil fuels as the number one power source in the EU for the first time in 2020, generating 38% of electricity, compared to 37% for fossil fuels. To date, 9 EU Member States have already phased out coal, 13 others have committed to a phase-out date, and 4 are considering possible timelines. Compared to 2019, EU27 greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 fell by almost 10%, an unprecedented drop in emissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought overall emission reductions to 31%, compared to 1990.Primary energy consumption declined by 1.9% and final energy consumption by 0.6% last year. However, both figures are above the trajectory required to meet the EU's 2020 and 2030 targets, and efforts need to continue to address this issue at Member State and EU level. Fossil fuel subsidies dropped slightly in 2020, due to lower energy consumption overall. Renewable energy and energy efficiency subsidies both increased in 2020.

RES surpassed fossil fuels in the EU's energy market / Οι ΑΠΕ ξεπέρασαν τα ορυκτά καύσιμα στην ενεργειακή αγορά της ΕΕ km-Philenews.com-CY: "RES surpassed fossil fuels in the EU's energy market / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

December European Council to discuss increased energy prices; Energy prices in Cyprus lower than EU average

[Cyprus, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

The December European Council will discuss and potentially assume decisions on the increasing energy prices, as concluded by Tuesday’s extraordinary Energy Ministers’ Council in Luxembourg, Philenews reports. The EU Energy Ministers agreed to assess the development of energy prices in December. In her intervention, Cyprus Energy Minister Pilides expressed concern with the unexpected increase in energy prices, which undoubtedly caused doubts and certain intense reactions by citizens and governments on the EU’s current policies and measures for the green transition. She said that this development must constitute an important lesson for all, that vulnerable consumers and small businesses should be adequately protected against price increases, regardless of the causes. The Minister presented the measures assumed by Cyprus to manage the increased energy prices and support consumers.At the same time, according to the weekly oil bulletin report issued by the Commission, in Cyprus, the average sale price for unleaded petrol 96 octane reached €1,333 per litre, much below the EU and Eurozone average of €1.632 and €1.689 respectively.

Fuel prices in Cyprus are below the EU average / Κάτω από το μέσο όρο της ΕΕ οι τιμές καυσίμων στην Κύπρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "Fuel prices in Cyprus are below the EU average / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Russian President Putin denies punishing EU-oriented Moldova by raising gas prices

[Denmark, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

Jyllands-Posten reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin is denying giving Moldova any form of punishment for being more open to the EU than Russia is. President of Moldova Maia Sandu has declared a 30-day state of emergency, after a 2008 contract between Gazprom and Moldova expired, resulting in Gazprom doubling its required price, leading Moldova to lack natural gas. The issue raises a difficult situation as Ms Sandu was elected for being pro-EU and this summer's parliamentary elections were also in favour of the EU, which poses a potential threat to Russia. Former advisor on energy to Moldova's President Sergiu Tofilat argues that the price increase is "pure politics" punishing Moldovans for their vote.

Russian President Putin denies punishing EU-oriented Moldova by raising gas prices / Sovjets ære beskyttes med højere priser på naturgas km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Russian President Putin denies punishing EU-oriented Moldova by raising gas ..." page: 18 info: by Mikkel Holmgaard Winding date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kyiv is disappointed with Germany's decision to certify Nord Stream 2

[Estonia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The German Ministry of Economic Affairs concluded that Nord Stream 2 certification did not jeopardize gas supplies to Germany and the European Union and sent its position to the Federal Network Agency, which is processing Nord Stream 2 AG's application for an independent network operator certificate, Postimees.ee reports. Kyiv is not happy with that. Ukraine will explain its position on Nord Stream 2 to its German partners and will continue to call for the implementation of the third energy package. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasised that whatever the German organiser did, the involvement of the European Commission in this process was key.

Kiev is disappointed with Germany's decision to certify Nord Stream 2 / Kiiev on pettunud Saksamaa otsuses Nord Stream 2 sertifitseerimise kohta km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Kiev is disappointed with Germany's decision to certify Nord Stream ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission: Renewable energy overtakes fossil fuels

[Finland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

According to Helsingin Sanomat, the European Commission has announced that renewable energy sources were the most important energy source in the European Union in 2020. It is the first time renewable energy has passed fossil fuels in importance. In its press release, the Commission representation in Finland says that although a lot of progress has happened, additional measures are needed to reach the 2030 goal of reducing net emissions by a minimum of 55 percent.

European Commission: Renewable energy overtakes fossil fuels / Komissio: Uusiutuvat energia­muodot ohittivat fossiiliset polttoaineet EU:n tärkeimpänä energian­lähteenä viime vuonna km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "European Commission: Renewable energy overtakes fossil fuels / Komissio: Uusiutuvat ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Energy: Europeans are increasingly divided

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Amid rising gas and electricity costs, Europeans are increasingly divided on the measures to be taken, reports Le Monde. On the one hand, the northern countries, which see the current surge in energy prices as a purely cyclical phenomenon, are defending the status quo. On the other hand, France, Spain, Greece, Romania and the Czech Republic are advocating an overhaul of the gas market through better coordination of supplies. Moreover, Eastern European countries, led by Poland, are using the energy crisis as a pretext to question the legislative package proposed by the European Commission to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. For the time being, the Commission seems to be siding with the supporters of the status quo. This crisis reopens the debate on the relationship with Russia, points out the newspaper.On a related topic, Pierre Haski notes, in his column for L'Obs that Moldova has requested help from the EU after its sole gas provider, Gazprom, reduced deliveries and threatened to end them on 1 December if a new agreement was not concluded. Moldova owes Gazprom $700 million, but Pierre Haski asks whether the situation can be qualified as a simple trade dispute or political blackmail, pointing out the fact that pipelines run through Transnistria, an independent region of Moldova supported by Moscow and to the constitution of a new pro-EU government. “There is therefore a conflict with multiple dimensions that would warrant more attention from European institutions,” he writes. He recalls that during the latest EU Summit, President von der Leyen cited Moldova as an example of Russian blackmail, something that Russia denies.

Interview with LFI MP Adrien Quatennens on the energy crisis and the opening of the market to competition / Entretien avec Adrien Quatennens, député LFI, sur la crise énergétique et l'ouverture du marché à la concurrence km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with LFI MP Adrien Quatennens on the energy crisis ..." info: L'interview politique de 08h15, 2021-10-27 08:19:00, 00:03:30, by Sonia Mabrouk date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:19:00 AM CEST

Interview with Martin Vial, Director General of the Agence des participations de l'Etat, on the nuclear revival / Interview de Martin Vial, directeur général de l'Agence des participations de l'Etat, sur la relance du nucléaire km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Martin Vial, Director General of the Agence des ..." info: Le journal de la nuit, 2021-10-27 22:24:00, 00:04:07, by ALEXANDRE LE MER date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:24:00 PM CEST

Gas: Putin's double whammy / Gaz : le coup double de Poutine km-Express-FR: "Gas: Putin's double whammy / Gaz : le coup double ..." page: 41 info: by JOÊL LE PAVOUX date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Energy future: what's next for France / Futur énergétique : ce qui attend la France km-Express-FR: "Energy future: what's next for France / Futur énergétique : ..." page: 56-57 info: by LUCAS MEDIAVILLA date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU denounces Russian energy blackmail of Moldova / L’UE dénonce le chantage énergétique Russe envers la Moldavie km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "EU denounces Russian energy blackmail of Moldova / L’UE dénonce ..." info: Un jour dans le monde, 2021-10-27 18:55:00, 00:03:39, by FABIENNE SINTES date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:55:00 PM CEST

Gas: EU financial aid to Moldova in its standoff with Moscow / Gaz : aide financière de l'UE à la Moldavie dans son bras de fer avec Moscou km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Gas: EU financial aid to Moldova in its standoff with ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Energy: Europeans are increasingly divided / La flambée des prix de l'énergie divise l'Europe km-Monde-FR: "Energy: Europeans are increasingly divided / La flambée des prix ..." page: 1,16 info: by Virginie Malingre date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The European country in the hands of Gazprom / Le pays d'Europe aux mains de Gazprom km-Obs-FR: "The European country in the hands of Gazprom / Le ..." page: 10 info: by Pierre Haski date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Energy is soaring and we are looking elsewhere / L'énergie flambe et nous regardons ailleurs km-Point-FR: "Energy is soaring and we are looking elsewhere / L'énergie ..." page: 14,15 info: by Nicolas Baverez date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Battles for offshore wind power / Batailles pour l'éolien en mer km-Point-FR: "Battles for offshore wind power / Batailles pour l'éolien en ..." page: 92,93,94,96 info: by Michel Revol date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ecological Transition Minister Cingolani: “EU pact on gas acquisitions”

[Italy, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:47:00 AM CEST

In an interview in La Stampa, Italian Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani says that “in the short term, Europe can do little” about the high energy prices. However, he stresses “the majority” of member states now believe it is time for a “collective stockpile and buying programme”, as Italy has suggested be done on “a voluntary and temporary basis”. Regarding nuclear energy, Minister Cingolani says the EU “must indicate what we can do, then each state can decide for itself”. He adds, “This seems to me a transparent approach which should generate no misunderstandings”. For the upcoming COP26, he argues the target should be “1.5 degrees, not 2.0” but warns Europe and the US will not suffice, and that China, India and Russia must be on board. He also stresses rich countries need to allocate €100 billion for “more vulnerable” countries to kick-start private investments and reach “the famous target of €1 trillion”.

Cingolani: “EU pact on gas acquisitions. At the COP26, an agreement with China and India is needed” / Cingolani e caro bollette “Patto europeo per il gas ora accordo con la Cina” km-Stampa-IT: "Cingolani: “EU pact on gas acquisitions. At the COP26, an ..." page: 1,10,11 info: by MARCO ZATTERIN date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Increase in electricity and natural gas prices causing concern in Latvia and Europe

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

IR reports that the rise in electricity and natural gas prices has caused great concern both in Latvia and throughout Europe. This has been facilitated by various factors, however, MEP Inese Vaidere (EPP) highlights Russia's blackmail of not increasing gas supplies through Ukraine or Belarus, despite changes in the market. President Putin is trying to get the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline used and increase the Kremlin's influence in Europe. Therefore, Ms Vaidere has demanded that the European Commission prevent Gazprom's manipulative behaviour. “We see that the EU needs to take more seriously its energy security, which would be enhanced by the diversity of energy sources and suppliers. Latvia must continue to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. The EU is currently assessing whether nuclear energy should be considered green,” explains Ms Vaidere.

Increase in electricity and natural gas prices causing concern in Latvia and Europe / Jaudīgi km-Ir-LV: "Increase in electricity and natural gas prices causing concern in ..." page: 12 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta will continue working to protect consumers and businesses during the energy crisis

[Malta, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:09:00 AM CEST

It was reported by The Malta Business Weekly that during the extraordinary Energy Council meeting in Luxembourg, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli called on the European Commission to support member states in addressing their different realities during the current energy crisis in Europe. Minister Miriam Dalli also emphasised the Maltese government’s commitment to continue protecting consumers and businesses in this energy crisis during the meeting which followed on the conclusions of the European Council held last week. Dalli also remarked that the current toolbox proposed by the Commission does not take into consideration certain variables and she also highlighted the importance of renewables for Malta and reiterated the country’s commitment to cleaner energy.

Malta will continue working to protect consumers and businesses during the energy crisis / Malta will continue working to protect consumers and businesses during the energy crisis km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Malta will continue working to protect consumers and businesses during ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Criticism of Commission’s reaction to energy crisis

[Poland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Polska Codziennie criticises the EU administration for an inadequate reaction to the energy crisis. Gas and electricity have been the most expensive in years, but Brussels will react only in six months.  “In general, all EU institutions are strangely passive in the matter of the energy crisis,” says MEP Izabela Kloc (ECR / Law and Justice – PiS). According to her, Executive Vice-President Timmermans is convinced that the free market is responsible for the increase in prices and that one must not interfere with its mechanisms. “It is a mockery at thousands of European entrepreneurs who have found themselves on the verge of bankruptcy,” comments MEP Kloc. Ultimately, thanks to pressure from the prime ministers of Spain and Poland, other EU leaders agreed that the European Securities and Markets Authority should investigate possible speculation in the EU ETS market. Unfortunately, another postulate – to revise the wholesale electricity market, where prices are also going up – was lost. “Instead, President von der Leyen announced a preliminary assessment for November, and recommendations in this issue will be presented in April 2022,” says MEP Kloc.

EU officials mock at entrepreneurs / Unijni urzędnicy kpią z przedsiębiorców km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "EU officials mock at entrepreneurs / Unijni urzędnicy kpią z ..." page: 11 info: by Mariusz Andrzej Urbanke date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Russian President Putin orders increased gas supplies to Europe

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Russian President Putin ordered Gazprom to increase the gas supply to Europe, TSF.pt reports. The Russian President requested this directly from Gazprom’s President. President Putin further stated that increasing the gas supply to Europe “would allow us to comply with our contractual obligations in an assured manner, with a stable rhythm of gas being provided to our European partners during autumn and winter.”

Putin orders increased gas supplies to Europe / Putin ordena aumento do fornecimento de gás à Europa km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Putin orders increased gas supplies to Europe / Putin ordena ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Article by S&D MEP Zorrinho on the regulation of energy prices in Europe

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Inevitável, S&D MEP Zorrinho writes about the regulation of energy prices in Europe. He argues that “regulation is a fundamental pillar for democracy to be able to combine market economies with societies that are guided by core values of balance, justice, and transparency.” For the MEP, the last European Council “procrastinated in making a decision that would have an immediate economic effect on the balance of the energy market, by not adopting the principle of joint purchases, particularly of gas.” However, he highlights that the measures endorsed show that the Council “realised that the issue of energy prices in Europe can no longer be controlled by good regulation alone.” The MEP considers that “tough and assertive policy choices need to be made.”

Energy, regulation, and politics / Energia, Regulação e Política km-i-PT-PT: "Energy, regulation, and politics / Energia, Regulação e Política..." page: 21 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission pledges €60 million to help Moldova manage the energy crisis

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets report that the European Commission will disburse €60 million in financial support to help the Republic of Moldova handle the energy crisis. The announcement was made by President von der Leyen announced after a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţă, according to Rfi.ro. “The Commission is making available €60 million to help Moldova manage the current energy crisis,” President von der Leyen wrote on Twitter, Gandul.ro reports. The meeting preceded the EU-Moldova Association Council due to take place on Thursday in Brussels. According to News.ro, Moldovan President Maia Sandu posted online on Wednesday that the Commission has pledged €60 million to help the country with its gas crisis and thanked President von der Leyen for her support. Meanwhile, the Kremlin on Wednesday denied press reports alleging that the Russian energy giant Gazprom would use gas negotiations with Moldova to try to obtain political concessions, according to Hotnews.ro. Europa FM radio station reports that Gazprom has promised cheap gas to Moldova if the country pulls out of a trade deal and reforms agreed with the European Union, according to the Financial Times.

Gazprom asks Moldova to terminate its trade agreement with the EU / Știrile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Gazprom asks Moldova to terminate its trade agreement with the ..." info: Știrile Europa FM, 2021-10-27 16:04:00, 00:01:21, by Ianoşi Iorgu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM CEST

EU is making available €60 million to help the Republic of Moldova manage the current energy crisis / UE acordă un sprijin financiar de 60 de milioane de euro Republicii Moldova pentru a gestiona actuala criză energetică km-Gandul.ro-RO: "EU is making available €60 million to help the Republic ..." info: by Lucreția Soare date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Maia Sandu announces that the Republic of Moldova has received a grant of €60 million from the European Commission to manage the energy crisis / Maia Sandu anunță că Republica Moldova a primit un grant de 60 de milioane de euro din partea Comisiei Europene ca sprijin în criza energetică km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Maia Sandu announces that the Republic of Moldova has received ..." info: by V.M. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Russia says they are not pushing for more concessions from Moldova: Gas talks "purely commercial" / Rușii susțin că nu presează pentru alte concesii din partea R. Moldova: Negocierile pentru gaz sunt ”pur comerciale” / Gazprom cere un preț mai mult decât dublu km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Russia says they are not pushing for more concessions from ..." info: by G.S. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Russia is blackmailing Moldova with the gas tap / Rusia şantajează Republica Moldova cu robinetul de gaz km-Jurnalul-National-RO: "Russia is blackmailing Moldova with the gas tap / Rusia ..." page: 1 info: by Mihăilă Şerban date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Maia Sandu: the Republic of Moldova has received a grant of €60 million from the European Commission to manage the energy crisis / Maia Sandu: Republica Moldova a primit un grant de 60 de milioane de euro din partea Comisiei Europene ca sprijin în criza energetică km-news.ro-RO: "Maia Sandu: the Republic of Moldova has received a grant ..." info: by Anca Dumitrescu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The energy crisis is affecting Moldova / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "The energy crisis is affecting Moldova / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 13:14:00, 00:01:56, by Turcu Nicoleta date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:14:00 PM CEST

The Republic of Moldova receives €60 million from the EU to manage the natural gas crisis / Republica Moldova primește 60 de milioane de la UE, ajutor în criza gazelor naturale de peste Prut km-Realitatea.net-RO: "The Republic of Moldova receives €60 million from the EU ..." info: by REALITATEA.NET date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU is making available €60 million to help Moldova manage its energy crisis / UE oferă R.Moldova 60 de milioane de euro pentru gestionarea crizei energetice km-rfi.ro-RO: "EU is making available €60 million to help Moldova manage ..." info: by Valeria Viţu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Vladimir Putin tells Gazprom to increase gas supplies to Europe

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Hotnews.ro writes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has told state-controlled energy giant Gazprom to start pumping natural gas into European gas storage facilities once Russia finishes filling its own stocks. During a televised meeting on 27 October, Mr Putin told Gazprom CEO Aleksei Miller to finish filling underground gas storage facilities in Russia by 8 November, and to then “start gradually increasing the volume of gas” in the company’s storage facilities in Austria and Germany, according to România Actualități radio station.

Gas: Putin orders Gazprom to increase gas supply to the EU once Russia finishes filling its own stocks / Gaze: Putin ordonă Gazprom să mărească livrările către UE, după umplerea rezervoarelor rusești / Germania și Austria, prioritare km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Gas: Putin orders Gazprom to increase gas supply to the ..." info: by I.B. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Increasing gas supplies to the European Union / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Increasing gas supplies to the European Union / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 22:06:00, 00:01:23, by Văduva Laurenţiu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:06:00 PM CEST

Commission informed about the heating crisis currently affecting Timişoara

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

According to News.ro, a delegation of Romanian MEPs (Renew Europe Group) has sent a letter to Commissioner Simson and Executive Vice-President Timmermans, expressing concern over the severe heating crisis currently affecting the Romanian city of Timişoara. The crisis was caused after the gas company halted the supply to the city’s district heating operator due to unpaid energy bills. According to the MEPs, the situation is contrary to a previous deal reached by the city hall and the gas supplier. The letter reads that “E.ON Gaz Romania’s unilateral decision to halt the supply of gas contravenes the principles of Regulation (EU) 2017/1938 on measures to safeguard the security of gas supply.” Meanwhile, Ziarul Financiar newspaper writes that Romania is currently facing a paradoxical situation, as it is unable to secure the gas supply to some of its biggest cities, including Timişoara, despite being the second-largest produced of natural gas in the European Union.

USR MEPs call on Energy Commissioner for quick measures to ensure Timişoara's energy security / Europarlamentarii USR cer comisarului pentru Energie măsuri rapide pentru a asigura securitatea energetică a Timişoarei km-news.ro-RO: "USR MEPs call on Energy Commissioner for quick measures to ..." info: by Valentina Postelnicu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Romanian dystopia: the EU state with second-richest gas reserves keeps its inhabitants in the cold and leaves its neighbours in the hands of Gazprom / Distopia-România: al doilea cel mai bogat în gaz stat din UE îşi ţine locuitorii în frig şi vecinii la mâna Gazprom km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Romanian dystopia: the EU state with second-richest gas reserves keeps ..." page: 1 info: by Bogdan Alecu date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Renewables overtook fossil fuels in the EU for the first time in 2020

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that renewable energy sources overtook fossil fuels as the number one power source in the European Union for the first time in 2020, generating 38% of electricity, compared to 37% for fossil fuels. According to the European Commission's State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, to date, 9 member states have already phased out coal, 13 others have committed to a phase-out date, and 4 are considering possible timelines. Compared to 2019, greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 fell by almost 10% in the EU, an unprecedented drop in emissions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought overall emission reductions to 31%, compared to 1990.

Renewable sources have outpaced fossil fuels / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Renewable sources have outpaced fossil fuels / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 22:04:00, 00:01:42, by Văduva Laurenţiu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:04:00 PM CEST

EU tries to deal with energy crisis. New member states to be affected more

[Slovakia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:04:00 AM CEST

Slovak media report on the current situation on the energy market. Trend weekly notes that the topic was one of the main points on the agenda of the EU summit. Hospodárske noviny daily features a commentary by Secretary General of the Association of the Industrial Groups and Transport Andrej Lasz who points to the high energy prices and calls on the Slovak government to react. He warns that acute problems can turn into chronic ones within months. In his commentary for Pravda daily, Ivan Hoffman argues that the energy crisis is a result of the EU’s climate policy. He notes that the crisis will hit new member states of the EU more severely as they lack their own capital and are dependent on money from abroad. Website cas.sk points to relations with Gazprom. The website focuses on the situation in Moldova. It notes that the current government supports relations with the EU and the gas crisis in the country might be Russia’s revenge for this development.

Europe's poorest state on the brink of gas crisis: Will it agree with Russia? It has one trump card up his sleeve / Najchudobnejší štát Európy na pokraji plynovej krízy: Dohodne sa s Ruskom? V rukáve má jeden tromf km-cas.sk-SK: "Europe's poorest state on the brink of gas crisis: Will ..." info: by sita date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Price problems can be chronic / Problémy s cenami môžu byť chronické km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Price problems can be chronic / Problémy s cenami môžu ..." page: 6 info: by Andrej Lasz date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Attraction of irresponsibility / štvrtok Príťažlivosť nezodpovednosti km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Attraction of irresponsibility / štvrtok Príťažlivosť nezodpovednosti..." page: 18 info: by Ivan Hoffman © publicista date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Europe against rising energy prices / Európa proti zvyšovaniu cien energií km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "Europe against rising energy prices / Európa proti zvyšovaniu cien ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Less dependence on gas will reduce price volatility," says the Energy Policy Director

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

El Mundo reports that the European Commission is "concerned" about the rise in energy prices in recent months, said Cristina Lobillo, Director of Energy Policy at the European Commission, during her speech at the debate 'Greener Energy'. After the event, one statement became clear: the European Union's energy autonomy carries the "green" label. According to Ms Cristina Lobillo, "the most important cause [of rising energy prices] is the price of gas in global markets. There is less gas and less gas storage in the European Union. There is also less natural gas and fewer imports due to a number of international factors," as detailed in the communication adopted by the European Commission on 13 October. This dependence on foreign gas is key to Europe's subordination to market fluctuations.

"Less dependence on gas will reduce price volatility" / «Con menor dependencia del gas, se reducirá la volatilidad de los precios» km-Mundo-ES: ""Less dependence on gas will reduce price volatility" / «Con ..." page: 30-31 info: by EMILIA G. MORALES date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

MEP Mandl demands visa waiver for Kosovo

[Austria, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST | info

MEP Lukas Mandl (EPP) advocates a visa waiver for Kosovo, Die Presse reports. "Visa liberalisation must finally be implemented," he demands in an interview with Die Presse. The EPP group representative for Kosovo sees no risk of increasing labour migration in this. MEP Mandl points out that the citizens of Ukraine are also allowed to travel to the EU without an application. It is incomprehensible why this is denied to the Kosovars. The country has met all the criteria for it.

MEP Mandl demands visa waiver for Kosovo / Mandl fordert Visafreiheit für Kosovo km-Presse-Austria-AT: "MEP Mandl demands visa waiver for Kosovo / Mandl fordert ..." page: 9 info: by (wb) date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU has difficulties dealing with President Tayyip Erdoğan

[Belgium, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:41:00 AM CEST | info

Grenz Echo publishes two articles about EU-Turkey relations. One article notes that the Neue Zürcher Zeitung mentions the tense relationship between the EU and President Tayyip Erdoğan: “It is embarrassing how open to blackmail the EU became when it handed over the key to the refugee problem to him of all people. In the case of the ambassadorial crisis, however, the West did well for once to let him bark first and not to jump to conclusions. Without demanding the release of the imprisoned philanthropist Osman Kavala, the ten participating states are hardly allowed to embark on a positive agenda vis-à-vis Ankara in the future." The daily adds that on Wednesday, the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote: “The conflict between Turkey and the EU on the one hand and the USA on the other ended as unexpectedly as it began. President Tayyip Erdoğan has reversed his decision to expel ten ambassadors from Western states who spoke out against the trial of Turkish human rights defender Osman Kavala. However, another conflict flares up between Turkey and Israel, about the alleged arrest of a Mossad agent in the country. In Turkey, the consequences of the crisis and its price for the economy are being discussed. Media cited sources that President Tayyip Erdoğan was literally persuaded by the entire government not to arrange for mass expulsions of ambassadors. Otherwise, the same thing would have happened with the already weakening national currency as with the polls of the Turkish president."

EU has difficulties dealing with Tayyip Erdogan / EU zu schwerfällig im Umgang mit Erdogan km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "EU has difficulties dealing with Tayyip Erdogan / EU zu ..." page: 2 info: by dpa date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Erdogan allowed himself to be persuaded by the government / Erdogan hat sich von der Regierung überreden lassen km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Erdogan allowed himself to be persuaded by the government / ..." page: 2 info: by Unknown date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The US moves to calm down the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

[Croatia, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST | info

Following years of inaction, the US is returning its focus to Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to sort out the situation in the Western Balkans, Jutarnji list writes. This conclusion comes from the fact that the White House has sent its top personnel, such as US envoy Matthew Palmer, as well as US ambassadors, to Bosnia and Serbia. “The US has decided to give Bosnia and Herzegovina another chance,” Sarajevo political scientist Ivana Marić says. By examining the visit of Mr Palmer to Zagreb and Sarajevo, one can conclude that the purpose of the US’ new policy is in strengthening the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the foundation for a “normal” Bosnia and Herzegovina while putting pressure on Republika Srpska in order to improve the position of the central government in Sarajevo.

Biden decides to calm everyone in BiH / Biden je odlučio smiriti sve u BiH km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Biden decides to calm everyone in BiH / Biden je ..." page: 20 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with Prime Minister Rama: "The EU is our peace promise"

[Germany, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:17:00 AM CEST | info

In an interview with Münchner Merkur, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama notes that "the EU is different today than it was when it was founded. It is fragmented, suffering from national agendas and diverging interests." Albania still considers the EU to be "a promise of peace" and "the future of the continent," however. He warns that the EU needs the Western Balkans for its own security and urges it not to "leave the region to the influence of others." Commenting on the tensions in the region, PM Rama explains that "military conflicts arise when states are isolated and not when they are in a community. The risk that the EU will import a conflict is low."

Interview with Prime Minister Rama: "The EU is our peace promise" / "Die EU ist unser Friedens-Versprechen" km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "Interview with Prime Minister Rama: "The EU is our peace ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Irish Times view on Turkey and the West: Erdoğan's retreat

[Ireland, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:35:00 AM CEST | info

An editorial in The Irish Times notes that President Erdoğan found a face-saving formula that allowed him pull back from weekend threats to expel 10 ambassadors who had called on Turkey to release Osman Kavala, a jailed prominent human rights activist. President Erdoğan chose to see a letter from the ambassadors as a repudiation of their previous demand and that "they will be more careful now", but the US State Department has made clear that the statement was meant to underscore that the US envoy's actions were in keeping with the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights. The newspaper warns that Turkey's repeated failure to adhere to the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights is jeopardising its membership and its relations with democratic allies.

Erdogan's retreat / Erdogan's retreat km-Irish-Times-IE: "Erdogan's retreat / Erdogan's retreat..." page: 13 info: by Unattributed date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

ENVIRONMENT

41% of European plastic packaging recycled in 2019

[Belgium, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

According to Métro, every EU citizen generated 34.4 kg in plastic waste in 2019. About 41% of that amount, 14.1 kg, was recycled. The total volume of packaging waste generated in 2019 amounted to 79.3 tonnes, a 2.4% increase in one year. Per citizen, the EU generated 177 kg in packaging in 2019, 40% of which was cardboard and paper. Plastic accounted for 19%. In ten years, the volume of plastic packaging waste per EU citizen increased by 24%, or 6.7 kg.

41% of European plastic packaging recycled in 2019 / 41 % des emballages plastiques des Européens recyclés en 2019 km-Metro-Belgium-Fr-BE: "41% of European plastic packaging recycled in 2019 / 41 ..." page: 5 info: by Unknown date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ireland among worst in the EU for recycling plastic

[Ireland, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:35:00 AM CEST

Ireland remains near the bottom of the EU table when it comes to recycling plastic, but is at the top for generating overall packaging waste, according to the latest data from Eurostat, the Irish Examiner reports. The data show that each person living in the EU generated 34.4kg of plastic packaging waste, out of which 14.1kg was recycled before the pandemic began. An estimated 41% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in the EU. However, when broken down country-by-country, Ireland fared poorly in recycling, only behind Malta and France. Ireland only recycled 28% of its plastic packaging waste. Nine EU member states recycled more than half of the plastic packaging waste generated. Lithuania was highest at 70%, followed by the Czech Republic at 61%, and Bulgaria at 59%.

Ireland among worst in the EU for recycling plastic / Ireland among worst in the EU for recycling plastic km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Ireland among worst in the EU for recycling plastic / ..." page: 20 info: by Padraig Hoare date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Politicians looking for options how to use money from environmental fund

[Slovakia, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

Trend weekly draws attention to the Slovak environmental fund and its use. It explains that finances from the fund went mainly to municipalities for projects dealing with waste management and wastewater treatment. However, as the budget of the fund increased with earnings from the sale of emission allowances, politicians have started looking for more options how to spend the finances, such as compensations for big consumers of electric energy among firms. According to the rules of the European Commission, up to one quarter of earnings from the sale of emission allowances can be used for such compensations. At least a half of earnings must go to projects aimed at cutting emissions and improving energy efficiency. Slovakia is now preparing an amendment to its law, which would allow higher compensations for firms.

A fight for a billion that no one gets / Boj o miliardu, ktorú nedostane nikto km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "A fight for a billion that no one gets / ..." page: 38 info: by Ronald Ižip date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY

Putsch or "correction" in Sudan

[Austria, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

In Sudan, pressure is increasing on the military junta that overthrew Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's civilian government in Sudan on Monday, Der Standard and Die Presse report. General Abdelfattah al-Burhans, leader of the junta, claims that Mr Hamdok is a guest at his home for his protection. The EU delegation in Khartoum, together with the embassies of the US, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and other countries, have called for a meeting with Mr Hamdok, who is still seen as the head of government. The African Union has meanwhile suspended Sudan's membership.

EU fordert Treffen mit Hamdok km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU fordert Treffen mit Hamdok..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Putsch or "correction" in Sudan / Putsch oder „Korrektur“ im Sudan km-Standard-AT: "Putsch or "correction" in Sudan / Putsch oder „Korrektur“ im ..." page: 4 info: by Gudrun Harrer date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Contributing article: NATO and its opponents

[Austria, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

In a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung, political scientist Jan Menzer discusses the way NATO deals with Russia and China. He says that new alliances like AUKUS provide the opportunity to strengthen NATO's connection with the Pacific region. Europe must give up the idea of the US guaranteeing its safety without conditions. The US could assume more responsibility in the Indo-Pacific region if the European NATO members and the EU focused more on their own neighbourhood. NATO must concentrate its duties more strongly and coordinate them at the regional level by establishing connections, according to Mr Menzer.

NATO and its opponents / Die Nato und ihre Gegner km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "NATO and its opponents / Die Nato und ihre Gegner..." page: 14 info: by Jan Menzer date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sophie Wilmès pays homage to Belgian paras assassinated in Rwanda

[Belgium, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be and Nieuwsblad.be report that Belgian foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès paid homage to 10 Belgian paratroopers assassinated in Rwanda in 1994. Lalibre.be notes that on Tuesday, the EU foreign affairs ministers, or their representatives, as well as High Representative/Vice-President Borrell paid an unprecedented homage at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, as part of the EU-AU council of ministers. The latter was held to prepare for the EU-AU summit expected next February in Brussels.

Homage in Kigali by minister Wilmès to ten assassinated Belgian paratroopers assassinated in 1994 / Hommage à Kigali de la ministre Wilmès aux dix paras belges assassinés en 1994 km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Homage in Kigali by minister Wilmès to ten assassinated Belgian ..." info: by Belga date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès pays homage to murdered Belgian paras in Rwanda / Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Sophie Wilmès brengt eerbetoon aan vermoorde Belgische para's in Rwanda km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "Foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès pays homage to murdered Belgian ..." info: by JVH date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh:“Europe can throw a pebble in the pond”

[Belgium, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Le Soir interviews Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, who is visiting Brussels to meet with European leaders. He calls on Europe to put pressure on Israel to find some political perspective again, following violence in the spring, postponed Palestinian elections, and accusations of human rights violations. He explains that an Israeli minority is ruling a Palestinian majority, that Israel will never be democratic as a Jewish state, and Israel practices apartheid. A two-state solution remains possible but requires political will from Israel. All EU member states agree on a two-state solution and want to protect human rights and international law. The EU can stop Israel’s aggression against Palestinians.

Interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh:“Europe can throw a pebble in the pond” / "L’Europe peut jeter un pavé dans la mare" km-Soir-BE: "Interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh:“Europe can throw a ..." page: 18 info: by HOFMANN date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Iran agrees to continue negotiations in Vienna

[Croatia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

After meeting with European negotiator Enrique Mora in Brussels, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Al Bagheri said that Iran is ready to resume talks on its nuclear program in Vienna in November, Tportal writes. “After assessing the conversation between Bagheri and Mora, we will decide on the date of negotiations by the 4 + 1 group (five signatory states), and it will not be too late,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in Tehran. The EU is putting pressure on Iran to resume talks in Vienna and salvage the agreement reached in 2015, which prevented Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, the coordinator of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiations with Iran (JCPOA), must consult with other signatories as well as the US before setting a date for the continuation of negotiations in Vienna.

Iran agrees to resume negotiations in Vienna in November / Iran pristao na nastavak pregovora u Beču u studenom km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Iran agrees to resume negotiations in Vienna in November / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Five EU member states launch initiative to expand EU military units

[Czech Republic, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

Website irozhlas.cz reports that five EU member states – Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Finland – have proposed expanding the planned EU military units from some 1,500 personnel to 5,000. The new force is expected to include special forces, air transport and space capabilities. The initiative was inspired by US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The website adds that the proposal is based on Article 44 of the Treaty of the EU, which has never been used before but allows a group of member states to execute security operations based on consent from member states that do not wish to participate.

Europeans consider their own army / Evropané uvažují o vlastní armádě km-iRozhlas.cz-CZ: "Europeans consider their own army / Evropané uvažují o vlastní ..." info: by Adam Černý date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Resisting the authoritarian wave (editorial)

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 3:09:00 AM CEST

In its editorial, Le Monde notes that the recent coup d’état in Sudan, shortly after similar events in Mali and Guinea, shows that democracy is at risk in the countries where it is fragile. However, the weakening of democracy is not only happening in Africa. According to a report published by the US organisation called Freedom House, an authoritarian trend has been growing worldwide since 2010. Another report, from Sweden’s V-Dem institute, shows that this phenomenon is not limited to ‘young’ democracies, but can also affect countries with a long democratic history, like India or Hong Kong. Le Monde's editorial stresses that it is essential to remain vigilant because democracy is not granted but needs to be actively defended, now more than ever.

Sudan World Bank suspends aid / Soudan La Banque mondiale suspend son aide km-Croix-FR: "Sudan World Bank suspends aid / Soudan La Banque mondiale ..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

World Bank suspends aid to Sudan after coup / La Banque mondiale suspend son aide au Soudan après le coup d'Etat km-Echos-FR: "World Bank suspends aid to Sudan after coup / La ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sudan isolated internationally / Le Soudan isolé à l'international km-Echos-FR: "Sudan isolated internationally / Le Soudan isolé à l'international..." page: 17 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

World Bank and AU boycott Sudan / La Banque mondiale et l'UA boycottent le Soudan km-Figaro-FR: "World Bank and AU boycott Sudan / La Banque mondiale ..." page: 8,9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Weak international condemnation of the putsch / Les molles condamnations internationales du putsch km-Humanite-FR: "Weak international condemnation of the putsch / Les molles condamnations ..." page: 17 info: by Pierre Barbancey date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sudan: arrest of opponents of the putsch, strong pressure abroad / Soudan : arrestation d'opposants au putsch, fortes pressions à l'étranger km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Sudan: arrest of opponents of the putsch, strong pressure abroad ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

In Sudan, the streets keep up the pressure on the coup plotters / Au Soudan, la rue maintient la pression sur les putschistes km-Liberation-FR: "In Sudan, the streets keep up the pressure on the ..." page: 15 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The geopolitical stakes of the coup d'état in Sudan / Les enjeux géopolitiques du coup d'Etat au Soudan km-Monde-FR: "The geopolitical stakes of the coup d'état in Sudan / ..." page: 2 info: by JEANPHILIPPE RÉMY date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Resisting the authoritarian wave / Résister à la lame de fond autoritaire km-Monde-FR: "Resisting the authoritarian wave / Résister à la lame de ..." page: 36 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Nuclear: Iran agrees to resume negotiations in Vienna in November

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:03:00 AM CEST

MediaPart.fr reports that Iran's deputy minister in charge of nuclear negotiations Ali Bagheri announced on Twitter that he "had a serious and constructive conversation with Enrique Mora [EU negotiator] on the essential elements of a successful negotiation. We agreed to start negotiations before the end of November. The exact date will be announced next week." "There is nothing to announce for the moment," EU sources said after the meeting. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell must consult the other signatories, before deciding on a date for the resumption of negotiations in Vienna. The Iranian announcements were therefore considered "premature" by the Europeans. "After evaluating the talks between Bagheri and Mora, we will decide when to enter into talks with the 4+1 group (of five signatory states), but it will not be too late," said Iranian diplomatic chief Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Resumption of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue / Reprise des négociations sur le nucléaire iranien km-Echos-FR: "Resumption of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue / Reprise ..." page: 17 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Nuclear: Iran agrees to resume negotiations in Vienna in November / Nucléaire : l'Iran accepte de reprendre les négociations à Vienne en novembre km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Nuclear: Iran agrees to resume negotiations in Vienna in November ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Presidents Xi Jinping and Macron attempt to revive Sino-European cooperation

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 3:10:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that President Macron had a phone call yesterday with President Xi Jinping. At a time when Chancellor Merkel is leaving office and France is to take over the presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2022, China aims to improve its relationship with Europe that has deteriorated since March. President Macron called for a rebalancing of EU-China relations towards greater reciprocity, in particular in terms of market access. Challenged by a country that claims to defend multilateralism, he also encouraged China to publish its nationally determined contribution [against global warming] and give a decisive signal by raising its level of ambition and making concrete progress on the exit from coal.

Xi and Macron attempt to revive Sino-European cooperation / Xi et Macron tentent de relancer la coopération sinoeuropéenne km-Monde-FR: "Xi and Macron attempt to revive Sino-European cooperation / Xi ..." page: 4 info: by FRÉDÉRIC LEMAÎTRE date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview: “The situation in Sudan is very tense”

[Germany, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:23:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on the military coup in Sudan. In an interview on Deutschlandfunk, for example, UN Special Envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes explains that “the situation [in Sudan] is very tense” after the military coup on Monday, and he expects even bigger demonstrations on Saturday. He argues that “there is no other constructive alternative” than for the military and the political forces to return to dialogue. “Tensions or differences are no reason not to work together,” Special Envoy Perthes urges and calls on the UN Security Council to demonstrate unity when dealing with the situation.

Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 08:14 - Information in the morning - Interview with UN Special Envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes on military coup in Sudan / Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 08:14 - Informationen am Morgen - Interview with UN Special Envoy to Sudan Volker Perthes on military coup in Sudan km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 08:14 - Information in the morning - ..." info: Program, 2021-10-27 11:06:00, 00:09:59, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:06:00 AM CEST

»We will complete the revolution« / »Wir werden die Revolution vollenden« km-Spiegel.de-DE: "»We will complete the revolution« / »Wir werden die Revolution ..." info: by Heiner Hoffmann date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

"My strongest weapon here is the word" / "Meine stärkste Waffe ist hier das Wort" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: ""My strongest weapon here is the word" / "Meine stärkste ..." page: 7 info: by A.P date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

How the West hangs its friends / Wie der Westen seine Freunde hängen lässt km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "How the West hangs its friends / Wie der Westen ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Iran appears ready to restart JCPOA negotiations

[Greece, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that following a meeting he had in Brussels with European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary-General and Political Director Enrique Mora, competent Iranian Minister Ali Bagheri announced yesterday that Iran is ready to return to negotiations for its nuclear programme in Vienna in November. An unnamed European source stated after the meeting that “there is nothing to be announced at the moment”. The EU urged Iranians to restart the negotiations that were launched in Vienna to rescue the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Talks in Vienna were suspended in June. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, the coordinator for the JCPOA negotiations, must consult with other contributing parties and the US before he sets a date for the restart of negotiations in Vienna.

Iran: “Yes” to restart of negotiations in Vienna in November for the nuclear deal / Ιράν: "Ναι" σε επανέναρξη τον Νοέμβριο των διαπραγματεύσεων στη Βιέννη για την πυρηνική συμφωνία km-capital.gr-GR: "Iran: “Yes” to restart of negotiations in Vienna in November ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Iran: Tehran agrees to the restart of negotiations to rescue the nuclear deal / Ιράν: Η Τεχεράνη συμφωνεί στην επανέναρξη των διαπραγματεύσεων για τη διάσωση της πυρηνικής συμφωνίας km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Iran: Tehran agrees to the restart of negotiations to rescue ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Europe needs to wake up on Taiwan (opinion)

[Italy, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Corriere della Sera, Paolo Mieli says that Europe should be paying more attention to China and, in particular, its actions regarding Taiwan. China has made it abundantly clear in recent months it intends to “reunite” the island with mainland China, including invading Taiwanese airspace with military planes at least 150 times. “Galvanised by the ease” with which he has been able to bend Hong Kong to his will. Chinese President Xi has insinuated reunification must be complete by 2049. While China becomes “increasingly more aggressive” Europe “looks on, distracted, as if it was something far away”.  The day will come, “just like with Afghanistan”, when European countries will complain they were not informed fully of what was happening when all they need to do is look.

Europe is indifferent on Taiwan / L'EUROPA INSENSIBILE SU TAIWAN km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Europe is indifferent on Taiwan / L'EUROPA INSENSIBILE SU TAIWAN..." page: 1,32 info: by di Paolo Mieli date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

US President Biden risks being weakened at G20 with own Congress dragging him down

[Italy, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

La Stampa asks whether, when US President Biden arrives in Rome today, he will have with him the necessary tools to lead the G20 and the COP26 towards success. Scheduled to depart this morning, President Biden may delay take off, should his presence be necessary to break the impasse within his own party over legislative packages on infrastructure and social programmes. Italy can be of help by being ever-more firm in refuting courtships from China and Russia. It can also help lend support on central issues, seeing as Germany, France and Britain are also distracted by internal issues.

Biden in Europe with the nightmare of failure. Green programme hostage to Congress / Biden in Europa con l'incubo flop piano green ostaggio del Congresso km-Stampa-IT: "Biden in Europe with the nightmare of failure. Green programme ..." page: 11 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

In Estonia, Baltic and Central European countries discuss security issues

[Latvia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

TV3 reports that on 27 October, Estonia hosted the so-called Bucharest Nine, a platform for discussing security issues between the Baltic States and several Central European countries. One of the topics discussed was the migrant crisis on the border with Belarus, for which other countries expressed support for Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland. “When we listen to bureaucrats and commissioners in Brussels talking against fences on our borders, we sometimes have to ask whether these people live on the same planet as us,” says the Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. The meeting also discussed the challenges facing NATO.

In Estonia, Baltic and Central European countries discuss security issues / Igaunijā Baltijas un Centrāleiropas valstis apspriež drošības jautājumus km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "In Estonia, Baltic and Central European countries discuss security issues ..." info: TV3 Ziņas, 2021-10-27 21:04:00, 00:01:05, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:04:00 PM CEST

This could become the century of Europe

[Netherlands, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

A recension in Binnenlands Bestuur considers the book 'The Battle for Europe' by Professor Rob de Wijk about Europe’s role on the world stage. According to Mr De Wijk, Russia and the US try to divide the EU. The Chinese President views the EU as an area to be conquered and he has been buying influence in the Balkan countries to create division in the EU. Europe knows that Trump of a similar politician could become the next president of the US. This makes the US an unreliable partner and this forces the EU to become more independent. Mr De Wijk observed that global players in recent years have failed to subdue the EU. Brussels uses its economic power to set rules. These rules and access to the largest integrated market in the world are the EU’s strongest weapons. Military power is becoming an increasingly useless power. For this reason, Mr De Wijk thinks this could become the century of Europe, and not that of China.

DIT WORDT DE EEUW VAN EUROPA km-Binnenlands-Bestuur-NL: "DIT WORDT DE EEUW VAN EUROPA..." page: 69 date: Friday, October 29, 2021

Romanian head of state pays official visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt

[Romania, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets, including Realitatea.net, report that President Klaus Iohannis yesterday paid a state visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt at the invitation of his counterpart, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. According to Hotnews.ro, the visit took place in a context of very good bilateral relations in recent years, as well as in the context of the anniversary in 2021 of 115 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Egypt. President Iohannis said “we must work together” to encourage business people in Egypt and Romania to start joint projects, both bilaterally and in third markets, given that “Romania and Egypt are gateways to the most important integrated economic markets: the European Union and the African Continental Free Trade Area,” News.ro reports.

Klaus Iohannis pays a visit to Egypt on Wednesday / Klaus Iohannis face miercuri o vizită în Egipt km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis pays a visit to Egypt on Wednesday / ..." info: by G.S. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Klaus Iohannis: We must encourage business people in Egypt and Romania to start joint projects both bilaterally and in third markets / Klaus Iohannis: Trebuie să îi încurajăm pe oamenii de afaceri din Egipt şi România să demareze proiecte comune atât în plan bilateral, cât şi pe terţe pieţe km-news.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis: We must encourage business people in Egypt and ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Iohannis is in Egypt / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "President Iohannis is in Egypt / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 08:04:00, 00:01:11, by Turcu Nicoleta date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:04:00 AM CEST

Klaus Iohannis, on a state visit to Egypt / Klaus Iohannis, în vizită de stat în Egipt. Care este AGENDA discuțiilor km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Klaus Iohannis, on a state visit to Egypt / Klaus ..." info: by Dana Baragan date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Iran ready to resume nuclear talks in November

[Romania, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

Gandul.ro writes that Iran is ready to resume negotiations on its nuclear programme in Vienna in November, the deputy minister responsible for the case, Ali Bagheri, announced on Wednesday at the end of a meeting in Brussels with the Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Enrique Mora. “We agree to start negotiations before the end of November. The exact date will be announced in the course of the next week,” Ali Bagheri wrote on Twitter after the meeting, according to News.ro.

Iran agrees to resume negotiations on the nuclear deal in Vienna in November / Iranul este de acord să reia negocierile legate de dosarul nuclear la Viena, în noiembrie km-Gandul.ro-RO: "Iran agrees to resume negotiations on the nuclear deal in ..." info: by Radu Cristian date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Tehran accepts new talks on the 2015 Vienna Agreement in the Austrian capital at the end of November / Teheranul acceptă o reluare a negocierilor privind Acordul de la Viena din 2015, în capitala Austriei, la sfârşitul lui noiembrie km-news.ro-RO: "Tehran accepts new talks on the 2015 Vienna Agreement in ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

China criticises European Parliament’s decision to send delegation to Taiwan

[Romania, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that China yesterday criticised a European Union’s decision to send a delegation to Taiwan next week. The Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union warned that the MEPs’ visit violates the bloc’s commitment to respect the “One China” principle and could harm the development of bilateral relations. China also said that Taiwan has no right to join the United Nations, as suggested early this week by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

China criticises the European Parliament / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "China criticises the European Parliament / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 15:02:00, 00:00:34, by Văduva Laurenţiu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:02:00 PM CEST

EU discusses idea of European army

[Slovakia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:45:00 AM CEST

Weekly Trend publishes an analysis by Huber Kowal focusing on relations between the EU and the US under the lead of President Biden. He highlights that despite expectations, it is now evident that the European continent and potential threat represented by Russia are not priorities for the new administration as the US is rather focusing on Asia. Recent developments have resurrected the idea of European army, which is being pushed through by France. While Members in southern Europe have already expressed their support for the idea, Germany remains hesitant and keeps stressing the role of NATO.

Geopolitical changes may also affect Slovakia / Zmeny na geopolitickej šachovnici môžu zasiahnuť aj Slovensko km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "Geopolitical changes may also affect Slovakia / Zmeny na geopolitickej ..." page: 48 info: by Huber Kowal date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants increased cooperation with Sweden (interview)

[Sweden, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:07:00 AM CEST

The current global uncertainty and unpredictability mean that NATO should pursue increased cooperation with countries such as Sweden, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Dagens Nyheter. He stated that the North Atlantic Council's visit to Sweden for the first time shows that the NATO-Sweden relationship is growing stronger, and that NATO's members have great respect for the country's decision to not become a full member. Mr Stoltenberg further said that the most important thing is that we all stand together in these troubling times, and that like-minded democratic countries can help to protect each other against terrorist attacks, cyberattacks, and attempts to undermine democracies. The Secretary-General added that NATO aims to increase its cooperation with Finland and Sweden as part of its new strategy for 2022, since Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea regions are of great importance. He also said that the increasing aggression from Russia underscores the importance of NATO having a stronger military presence in these regions.

NATO head: "An increasingly dangerous world requires more cooperation with Sweden" / Natochefen: ”En allt farligare värld kräver mer samarbete med Sverige” km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "NATO head: "An increasingly dangerous world requires more cooperation with ..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY

EU to give €60 million to Moldova to fight energy crisis

[Bulgaria, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:10:00 AM CEST

After a meeting with Moldavian Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița on Wednesday, President von der Leyen announced that the EU would release €60 million to help Moldova manage the consequences of the energy crisis, TASS reports, cited by Focus News Agency. Moldova has been facing natural gas shortage since the contract with Gazprom expired at the end of September. At the same time, Chișinău continues negotiations for a long-term contract with the Russian energy giant, as well as with other suppliers. Gazprom wants Moldova to repay $709 million in debt but has offered options for postponement of the payment.

President von der Leyen: EU will allocate €60 million to Moldova to fight energy crisis / Урсула фон дер Лайен: ЕС отпуска 60 милиона евро помощ на Молдова за борба с енергийната криза km-Focus-News.net-BG: "President von der Leyen: EU will allocate €60 million to ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Nausėda says European Council ‘had breakthrough’ in assessing Belarus’s actions

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:56:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that according to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, the meeting of the European Council was important because it “really had a breakthrough” in assessing Belarus’s actions at the Lithuanian, Latvian, and Polish borders. “We have had a great start, now we need to continue working. The decision has been made, the political provisions and the political position of the European Union are clear: a response, a quick response to prevent the Belarussian regime from using the people as weapons against sovereign neighbours,” the President said.

President Nausėda says European Council ‘had breakthrough’ in assessing Belarus’s actions / Nausėda: EVT „pasiektas persilaužimas“ vertinant Baltarusijos veiksmus km-Delfi.lt-LT: "President Nausėda says European Council ‘had breakthrough’ in assessing Belarus’s ..." info: by Ignas Jačauskas date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CAPITAL MARKETS UNION

Stricter rules for European banks

[Austria, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has presented proposals for the implementation of stricter capital rules for banks, various media report. As of 2025, banks are to gradually build up greater financial reserves in order to be better prepared for future crises. The European Commission intends to implement the international Basel III requirements this way, while reacting to the lessons learned from the Wirecard scandal at the same time. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis says that the most important change is that European banks will have to set aside up to 8.4% more capital. At the same time, the role of regulatory authorities is to be strengthened. Furthermore, fintech companies are to be regulated more strictly in the future in reaction to the Wirecard scandal, says Commissioner McGuinness. The stricter rules for banks are to be implemented step by step until 2032, provided that the European Parliament and EU member states give their approval.

Basel III: EU mit Vorschlag für strengere Bankenregeln km-kurier.at-AT: "Basel III: EU mit Vorschlag für strengere Bankenregeln..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Stricter rules for European banks / Schäfere Regeln für europäische Banken km-ORF-O1-AT: "Stricter rules for European banks / Schäfere Regeln für europäische ..." info: Abendjournal, 2021-10-27 18:00:00, 00:01:46, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

EU will lange Frist für „Basel III"-Umsetzung km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU will lange Frist für „Basel III"-Umsetzung..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Strengere Regeln für Banken: EU plant lange Übergangsfrist km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Strengere Regeln für Banken: EU plant lange Übergangsfrist..." page: 17 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Schärfere Kapitalvorgaben für Banken erst ab 2025 km-Standard-AT: "Schärfere Kapitalvorgaben für Banken erst ab 2025..." page: 20 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The EU will not harden banks’ equity requirements until 2025

[Belgium, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Several sources cover the 2017 Basel III agreements. L’Echo writes that in compliance with those agreements, the European Commission proposes to toughen banks’ equity requirements, but only by 2025, two years later than the agreements planned. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis comments: “In 2019, we proceeded with significant reforms, which must be finalised today by focusing on how banks measure risks. We are applying the Basel III agreements, keeping in mind some European specificities and making sure that no significant global increase of equity requirements occurs.” De Tijd adds that Commissioner McGuiness stated: “This banking package makes banks more robust and ensures that they remain a reliable source of financing for the European economy. At the same time, it will better prepare banks for future challenges, like climate risks.” According to De Standaard, Europe is being very lenient on banks in order to save the economy. The new equity rules are a distant reminder of the credit crisis ten years ago, when governments and taxpayers had to save banks from their credit risks. To discourage banks from taking excessive risks, they must now hold a minimum in capital to deal with setbacks. For some sensitive credit categories, a transition period has been set until 2030 or even 2033. Central banks jointly called on President von der Leyen to implement the stricter rules fast, completely and correctly, but the banking lobby pulled the brakes. Grenz Echo writes that the Basel III reform is important for banks’ stability and resilience. An important part of the package is about credits to small and medium enterprises that are not evaluated by credit rating agencies. The Commission wants banks to set more capital aside for such non-rated credits. The Commission is also giving banks five years to limit the use of their own risk calculation methods. The proposals are still to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

The EU will not harden banks’ equity requirements until 2025 / L’UE ne durcira les exigences de fonds propres des banques qu’en 2025 km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The EU will not harden banks’ equity requirements until 2025 ..." page: 9 info: by Georis date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Stricter banking rules for credit ratings / Schärfere Bankenregeln für Rating Kredite km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Stricter banking rules for credit ratings / Schärfere Bankenregeln für ..." page: 15 info: by Mockel date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Commission (partly) caves for bank lobby / Europese Commissie plooit (deels) voor bankenlobby km-Standaard-BE: "European Commission (partly) caves for bank lobby / Europese Commissie ..." page: 1,24-25 info: by Tanghe date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Europe toughens rules for banks / Europa scherpt regels voor banken aan km-Tijd-BE: "Europe toughens rules for banks / Europa scherpt regels voor ..." page: 14 info: by MICHIELSEN date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Opinion piece: European supervision of cryptocurrencies is too complex

[Belgium, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

In De Tijd, CEPS CEO Karel Lannoo writes about the European Commission’s proposed Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) act. He highlights several problems with the EU crypto legislation. Consumers do not see a difference between EU or international crypto, and will see ads for non-regulated currencies. Supervision is very limited and split up between national and European watchdogs. The provisions against market manipulation and insider trading are very modest, much lighter than in other EU legislation. Some EU member states will also apply existing consumer or market legislation on crypto advertisements. The EU should have considered cryptocurrencies to be financial tools, not a separate asset class. That would make things much easier for consumers and watchdogs. Why should crypto companies be supervised less strictly than others? It is important to have an international framework to regulate crypto, and even more important to sufficiently inform consumers.

European supervision of cryptocurrencies is too complex / Europees toezicht op cryptomunten is te complex km-Tijd-BE: "European supervision of cryptocurrencies is too complex / Europees toezicht ..." page: 11 info: by Lannoo date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission adopts new EU rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future

[Cyprus, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:43:00 AM CEST

The European Commission yesterday adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive), online media, Haravgi and Phileleftheros report. The proposals were presented by Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness, who said that the proposals mark the final step in the reform of banking rules, while the package finalises the implementation of the Basel III agreement in the EU, between the EU and its G20 partners to make banks more resilient to possible economic shocks. These new rules will also contribute to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality. The review consists of a legislative proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Directive; a legislative proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Regulation; and a separate legislative proposal to amend the Capital Requirements Regulation in the area of resolution (the so-called “daisy chain” proposal).The package is comprised of strengthening resilience to economic shocks; contributing to the green transition; and ensuring sound management of EU banks and better protecting financial stability.

Commission presented new rules for operation of banking sector / ΝΕΟΥΣ ΚΑΝΟΝΕΣ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΤΡΑΠΕΖΙΚΟΥ ΤΟΜΕΑ ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΣΕ Η ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ km-Haravgi-CY: "Commission presented new rules for operation of banking sector / ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission proposes new rules for banks / Προτείνει νέους κανόνες για τις τράπεζες η Κομισιόν km-Philenews.com-CY: "Commission proposes new rules for banks / Προτείνει νέους κανόνες ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commission: Package of proposals for new banking sector operational rules / Κομισιόν: Πακέτο προτάσεων για νέους κανόνες λειτουργίας του τραπεζικού τομέα km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Commission: Package of proposals for new banking sector operational rules ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commission proposes increasing of capital

[Czech Republic, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:46:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz draws attention to a proposal of the European Commission, according to which banks in the European Union will have to increase their capital by an average of about 8% by 2030. The article notes that in practice, this should mainly concern one tenth of the biggest banks. The website notes that the Commission presented the proposal of new capital requirements for the functioning of the banking market on Wednesday. According to the Commission, the European Banking Authority (EBA) estimated the total capital increase by the end of the decade at a maximum of €27 billion, which is about half of the amount it estimated last year.

European Commission proposes that banks start raising capital slightly from 2025 / Evropská komise navrhla, aby banky od roku 2025 začaly mírně zvyšovat kapitál km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "European Commission proposes that banks start raising capital slightly from ..." info: by CTK date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The European Commission presents Banking Package 2021, but Finance Denmark is sceptical

[Denmark, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

A couple of Danish media outlets report on the European Commission presenting the Banking Package 2021 on Wednesday, yesterday, with new EU rules to strengthen banks’ resilience and better prepare for the future. Børsen reports that the proposal was presented by Commissioner McGuinness and has previously been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new Basel III agreement will come into force starting from 2025 instead of 2023. They include a requirement for banks to have a minimum of capital. However, Managing Director of Finance Denmark Ulrik Nødgaard is concerned about the package and refers to data showing that Danish banks will have to set aside an additional DKK 60-70 billion to adhere to the proposed 72.5% floor, which would cut DKK 15-18 billion from the Danish GDP. Nevertheless, Commissioner McGuinness stated that she and her team find the proposal “robust and balanced.” The proposal has now been sent for approval in the European Parliament and the European Council. Altinget.dk similarly reports that Finance Denmark is warning against the new EU rules ending up costing Denmark billions if passed. Managing Director Nødgaard explains that, in particular, estate-owners and companies can look forward to a very tough loan and banking market, because the proposal includes new rules for how banks assess the risk of loans among other things. TV2 News Business reports on the European Commission’s new proposal presented by Commissioner McGuinness on Wednesday. Managing Diretor Nødgaard hopes that the Danish government will reach out to other member states in the negotiations.

Finans Danmark: Nye EU-krav til bankerne vil koste det danske samfund milliarde km-altinget.dk-DK: "Finans Danmark: Nye EU-krav til bankerne vil koste det danske ..." date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

New capital requirements for banks postponed until 2025 / Nye kapitalkrav til banker udskydes til 2025 km-Borsen-DK: "New capital requirements for banks postponed until 2025 / Nye ..." page: 10 info: by Louise With date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU presents new proposal for implementation of Basel III standards / EU spiller nu ud med nye regler for bankerne km-TV2-Denmark-DK: "EU presents new proposal for implementation of Basel III standards ..." info: News Business, 2021-10-27 12:46:00, 00:31:49, by Jens Nymark date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:46:00 PM CEST

The European Union’s new banking rules affect Nordic banks

[Finland, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:48:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the European Commission’s review of the European Union’s banking rules. The Commission’s proposals to amend the rules aim to improve the banking system’s financial solidity in future economic crises. The changes will cause additional expenses to Nordic banks in particular, and Finnish banks hope that the government will try to influence the decision before it is approved by the European Parliament.The Finnish News Agency STT cites Executive Vice-President Dombrovkis’ comments on the review. According to him, the Commission aims to avoid loan conditions becoming too stringent as a result of the amendments. VP Dombrovskis says that it is important that banks be able to continue lending now that the economy is recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. He points out that the crisis has shown the necessity of the banking regulations currently in effect.

Pääomavaatimukset nousevat km-Aamulehti-FI: "Pääomavaatimukset nousevat..." page: 22 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Taseiden riskejä syynätään jälleen km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Taseiden riskejä syynätään jälleen..." page: 21 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Pankkien taseiden riskejä syynätään taas – komissiolta tulossa uusi esitys pankkisääntelystä km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Pankkien taseiden riskejä syynätään taas – komissiolta tulossa uusi esitys ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Pankkien taseiden riskejä syynätään taas – komissiolta tulossa uusi esitys pankkisääntelystä km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "Pankkien taseiden riskejä syynätään taas – komissiolta tulossa uusi esitys ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Yle Uutiset 20:30 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 20:30..." info: 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Asuntolainat uhkaavat kallistua ja yritysten rahoituksen saanti vaikeutua – EU esitteli pankkisäännöt, jotka iskevät kovaa Pohjoismaisiin pankkeihin km-yle.fi-FI: "Asuntolainat uhkaavat kallistua ja yritysten rahoituksen saanti vaikeutua – EU ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Europe sets the course for new banking rules

[France, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that yesterday, the European Commission presented its regulation draft aiming at transposing the Basel III agreements in the EU. The economic daily first recalls that this package of reforms was approved by 28 states in 2017. It is supposed to draw the lessons from the 2008 financial crisis, by making European banks “more resilient” and contributing to Europe’s recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission underlined. The text is marked by a real political will not to impose too rapid constraints on European banks. It foresees an implementation early 2025 and not early 2023 as expected and must now be examined by the European Parliament. “We cannot accept that the Basel III package puts in danger the competitiveness of European banks and SMEs,” EPP MEP EPP MEP Markus Ferber critically says.

Europe sets the course for new banking rules / L'Europe fixe le cap pour de nouvelles règles bancaires km-Echos-FR: "Europe sets the course for new banking rules / L'Europe ..." page: 19,30 info: by Derek Perrotte date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

For supervisors, the risks have not disappeared / Pour les superviseurs, les risques n'ont pas disparu km-Echos-FR: "For supervisors, the risks have not disappeared / Pour les ..." page: 30 info: by Thibaut Madelin date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU postpones Basel III rules by two years / L'UE reporte de deux ans les règles de Bâle III km-Figaro-FR: "EU postpones Basel III rules by two years / L'UE ..." page: 22 info: by A. R date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU wants to postpone new banking requirements until 2025 / L'UE veut reporter à 2025 de nouvelles exigences bancaires km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "EU wants to postpone new banking requirements until 2025 / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The new Basel 3 shifted by two years, the impact on banks still strong / Le nouveau Bâle 3 décalé de deux ans, l'impact sur les banques toujours aussi fort km-Tribune-FR: "The new Basel 3 shifted by two years, the impact ..." page: 10,11 info: by ERIC BENHAMOU date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The European Commission will have to decide if nuclear is a "green" energy

[France, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Lemonde.fr reports that during the EU Summit last week, EU leaders put pressure on the European Commission to decide on the fate of nuclear and gas energies in the EU taxonomy, and to do it before the end of November. The Commission must decide whether nuclear power is a “green” energy and gas, a transition energy. This will depend on the capacity of the two sectors to finance their future investments. With the ongoing energy crisis, France has given arguments in favour of nuclear power. It has received the support of many countries, such as Finland and Hungary, and other member states are about to provide their support too, such as Greece and the Netherlands. However, Germany, Luxembourg and Austria remain strongly opposed to nuclear power. Executive Vice-President Timmermans is openly hostile to this energy, lemonde.fr highlights.

The European Commission will have to decide if nuclear is a "green" energy / La Commission européenne va devoir décider si le nucléaire est une énergie « verte » km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "The European Commission will have to decide if nuclear is ..." info: by Virginie Malingre date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Green finance, the underside of exponential growth / Finance verte, les dessous d'une croissance exponentielle km-Opinion-FR: "Green finance, the underside of exponential growth / Finance verte, ..." page: 9 info: by Jean-Jacques Manceau date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness: "There is no question of creating a competitive disadvantage for our banks"

[France, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Les Echos and other European media outlets, Commissioner McGuinness defends the draft directive aimed at applying the Basel agreements in the EU. The daily first asks her why the progressive implementation of the new rules on the banking sector will start in 2025 and not in 2023, as requested by the Basel Committee. “It is necessary to strike the right balance between finalising the Basel process […] and the need not to undermine the recovery,” Commissioner McGuinness replies. She highlights that the EU’s project “is balanced and credible.” "There is no question of creating a competitive disadvantage for European” banks, she underlines. She also stresses the importance of sustainable finance in the text. “Banks must be better prepared to the risks related to their social and environmental responsibility,” she says.

Commissioner McGuinness: "There is no question of creating a competitive disadvantage for our banks" / « Pas question de créer un désavantage compétitif pour nos banques » km-Echos-FR: "Commissioner McGuinness: "There is no question of creating a competitive ..." page: 31 info: by Derek Perrotte date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Coverage of Basel III implementation

[Germany, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:31:00 AM CEST

A few media outlets report on the implementation of Basel III in EU law as Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness presented a proposal for the new banking directive on Wednesday. The European Commission wants to anchor the core of the Basel framework in European law.

Battered banks / Verbaselte Banken km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Battered banks / Verbaselte Banken..." page: 23 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU postpones introduction of stricter banking rules / EU verschiebt Einführung strengerer Bankenregeln km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "EU postpones introduction of stricter banking rules / EU verschiebt ..." page: 19 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Hold more capital / Mehr Kapital Vorhalten km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Hold more capital / Mehr Kapital Vorhalten..." page: 18 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on Banking Package

[Germany, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:30:00 AM CEST

While the European Commission defends its plan to take into account the special features of the European banking sector when implementing Basel III in EU law, it will comply with the Basel framework "diligently", Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

On Basel III implementation: Brussels gives banks more time / Brüssel räumt Banken mehr Zeit ein km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On Basel III implementation: Brussels gives banks more time / ..." page: 23 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness on Banking Package

[Germany, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:30:00 AM CEST

"It is about strengthening our banks, making them more resilient and forward-looking," Commissioner McGuinness told Handelsblatt and select other business media outlets regarding the new, tighter financial regulation. Commissioner McGuinness explained that the reform takes into account the specificities of the European banking system. "The new regulations are designed in such a way that the industry can cope with them well," she said adding that there will be no "significant increase in capital requirements." The EU wants to start implementing the new rules in 2025.

On tighter banking rules: "Not a cost driver for small and medium-sized enterprises" / "Kein Kostentreiber für den Mittelstand" km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On tighter banking rules: "Not a cost driver for small ..." page: 30 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission adopts Banking Package 2021

[Greece, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that the Commission approved yesterday a review of EU banking rules, namely the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive. The new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks while contributing to Europe's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis stated that “Europe needs a strong banking sector to keep lending to the economy as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic”. He highlighted that the Banking Package 2021 will make EU banks stronger and able to support the economic recovery and the green and digital transitions. Commissioner McGuinness noted that the package makes sure that the EU banking sector is fit for the future. Commissioner Reynders remarked that the adopted rules will clarify the respective obligations of credit institutions and competent authorities. The package consists of the following parts, implementing Basel III, contributing to the green transition, and ensuring sound management of EU banks.

Commission: Package of measures to shield the banks / Κομισιόν: Δέσμη μέτρων για θωράκιση των τραπεζών km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission: Package of measures to shield the banks / Κομισιόν: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 Δέσμη μέτρων για τις τράπεζες 2021: Οι νέοι κανόνες της ΕΕ για την ενίσχυση της ανθεκτικότητας των τραπεζών km-protothema.gr-GR: "Δέσμη μέτρων για τις τράπεζες 2021: Οι νέοι κανόνες της ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission proposes new measures to ensure banks’ resilience and preparedness for future economic shocks

[Hungary, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:49:00 AM CEST

Blikk briefly reports that the European Commission has adopted proposals for a new set of measures aimed to strengthen banks' resilience and preparedness in the face of economic shocks, ensuring that banks continue to contribute to the economic recovery of Europe.

Banks to be protected / Óvják a bankokat km-Blikk-HU: "Banks to be protected / Óvják a bankokat..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

New global capital rules won't force the hand of Irish banks

[Ireland, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:36:00 AM CEST

Commissioner McGuinness said that new global capital rules will have a negligible impact on Irish banks, due to the large cash buffers built up since the 2008 financial crisis, the Irish Independent reports. "If the banks already have a higher capital requirement, that should be taken account of," she said as she set out to close the remaining loopholes in the post-financial crisis rulebook. In three draft laws published on Wednesday, the EU also proposed several opt-outs that it said would not hamper bank profitability. The European Commission also said that EU banks will not have to raise more than 9% in extra capital by 2030, when the rules come into full effect.

New global capital rules won't force the hand of Irish banks / New global capital rules won't force the hand of Irish banks km-Irish-Independent-IE: "New global capital rules won't force the hand of Irish ..." page: 2 info: by Sarah Collins date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness: Irish banks will not be penalised by new EU reforms

[Ireland, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:36:00 AM CEST

In an interview with The Irish Times, Commissioner McGuinness said that Irish banks will not be unduly affected by new draft European Union laws designed to implement the final piece of the Basel III reforms. "It's the final piece of the jigsaw to strengthen the banking sector. We saw what happened in the financial crisis when we had weak supervision, we had weak regulation," she said. "While banks may not welcome the entirety of the package, I think there is an understanding that, for the long-term strength of the banking sector in Europe. They do need to implement this piece." The Banking and Payments Federation Ireland expressed concerns earlier this year that the new rules could affect Irish banks excessively. But Commissioner McGuinness said: "If the banks already have a higher capital requirement, then that should be taken account of, as and if there is a requirement to go further," she said. "So I don't quite share the concerns of the banking federation that they will suffer more."

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness: Irish banks will not be penalised by new EU reforms / Interview with Commissioner McGuinness: Irish banks will not be penalised by new EU reforms km-Irish-Times-IE: "Interview with Commissioner McGuinness: Irish banks will not be penalised ..." page: 14 info: by NAOMI O'LEARY date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Directive gives more vigilance power to ECB, EBA. Basel III postponed until 2025

[Italy, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:18:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report on the European Commission’s new banking directive. Il Sole-24 Ore says the directive proposed to accommodate the Basel III rules on banks’ capital requirements goes “well beyond” the proposals of the international regulators, becoming an opportunity to increase the supervisory powers of the ECB, the EBA and central banks, granting them the power to verify the capabilities of institutes’ managers and advisors and to impose eventual fines. Presented by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness, the directive also creates (following the WireCard scandal in Germany) new tools for supervising fintech companies and the subsidiaries of international banks. Regarding capital requirements, EVP Dombrovskis said the increase in 2025 “should be between 3% and 5%”. Corriere della Sera reports the presentation confirmed the Commission’s intent to postpone the actuation of the final phase of the Basel III reforms. Milano Finanza notes that, beyond the postponement, the Commission also indicated it would follow a gradual introduction of the rules through 2030, when capital requirements will be expected to have increased by 9%.

Basel III, postponement until 2025 / Basilea 3, rinvio al 2025 km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Basel III, postponement until 2025 / Basilea 3, rinvio al ..." page: 34 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Banks, Brussels cuts Basel / Banche, Bruxelles taglia Basilea km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Banks, Brussels cuts Basel / Banche, Bruxelles taglia Basilea..." page: 2 info: by di Francesco Ninfole date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Green pass: key theft and fake certificates / Green pass: furto delle chiavi e i certificati falsi km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Green pass: key theft and fake certificates / Green pass: ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:17:00, 00:01:40, by Carlo Imbimbo date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:17:00 AM CEST

More powers to EBA and the ECB, Fintech under supervision / Più poteri a Eba e Bce Fintech sotto vigilanza km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "More powers to EBA and the ECB, Fintech under supervision ..." page: 1,27 info: by Laura Serafini date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Lithuania considers better regulation of fintech sector but does not wish to limit it

[Lithuania, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

Klaipėda writes about the risk of money laundering posed by financial technology companies, precisely one-tenth of these operating in Lithuania, as was said by the Member of the Board at Lietuvos Bankas (Lithuania’s Bank) Simonas Krėpšta. Minister for Finance Gintarė Skaistė responded to his concerns and stated that the risk management of this field needs more attention but the regulation of the fintech companies should not create artificial barriers for work of innovative companies. Fintech sector in Lithuania has grown and evolved into a strong and valuable, dynamic part of the financial services ecosystem, she added, saying that this field also generates value for clients and the entire economy, creating high added-valued jobs and paying taxes.

Lithuania considers better regulation of fintech sector but does not wish to limit it / Finansinių technologijų plėtros riziką nusveria kuriama vertė km-Klaipeda-LT: "Lithuania considers better regulation of fintech sector but does not ..." page: 12,13 info: by Alfredas Zdramys date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission presents proposals for Basel III reform

[Luxembourg, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Wort.lu reports that the grace period for Europe's banks to implement stricter capital rules is coming to an end. The requirements that were launched internationally after the financial market crisis are now to be implemented in the European Union. Commissioner McGuinness and Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis presented proposals for the final implementation of the Basel III reform on Wednesday. The European Commission wants to grant the banks long transition periods. Overall, banks in the European Union would have to increase their capital buffers by up to 8.4% by 2030 in order to better cushion possible risks.

Banken müssen Mittelstandskredite mit mehr Eigenkapital absichern km-wort.lu-LU: "Banken müssen Mittelstandskredite mit mehr Eigenkapital absichern..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission gives banks more time for higher buffers

[Netherlands, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

European banks do not need to worry about the introduction of stricter buffer rules (Basel IV) for the time being, Het Financieele Dagblad reports. The European Commission will not start in 2023, but on 1 January 2025 with the gradual introduction of the new requirements. The extended adjustment period will allow banks to focus on managing the financial risks arising from the Covid-19 crisis and on financing economic recovery. According to the European Commission, the impact of the revision of the buffer rules will be 'insignificant and will be spread over a longer period’. If the countries of the European Union and the European Parliament agree to the proposals, the buffers of European banks will have to be on average about 9% larger by 2030 than now, the Commission estimates.

European Commission gives banks more time for higher buffers / Brussel geeft banken langer de tijd voor hogere buffers km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "European Commission gives banks more time for higher buffers / ..." page: 15 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Bankregels verzacht km-Telegraaf-NL: "Bankregels verzacht..." page: 26 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Europese Commissie wil nieuwe regels voor banken verzachten km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "Europese Commissie wil nieuwe regels voor banken verzachten..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Finland lobbies in favour of nuclear power

[Netherlands, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that Finland believes that Brussels should classify nuclear energy as climate neutral. The government is lobbying for this in along with nine other member states. The Finnish coalition led by Social Democratic Prime Minister Sanna Marin did not publicly announce this move towards Brussels. It is striking that the Greens in the coalition did not stop this lobby, despite their opposition against nuclear power. Germany, among others, opposes the classification of nuclear energy as sustainable, partly because Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to close all power stations in response to the Fukushima disaster. Safety and waste remain a problem, according to Berlin. If the European Union does indeed designate nuclear energy as sustainable this autumn, financing for new power stations or reactors could be easier to find and the conditions for loans will be more flexible and less strict than for other energy projects.

Finnen lobbyen om kernenergie als ‘klimaatneutraal’ te bestempelen km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Finnen lobbyen om kernenergie als ‘klimaatneutraal’ te bestempelen..." page: 27 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Commission presents the Third Basel Accord for banks in the EU

[Poland, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita reports that on Wednesday, the European Commission announced the last phase of enforcing the Third Basel Accord (Basel III) in the EU. It translates a global regulatory framework for banks from 2017 into the EU’s legislation in response to the financial crisis from 2008. The Commission’s recommendations encompass changes to the directive on capital requirements, also in the area of restructuring and organised liquidation. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis says that the presented legislative conclusions guarantee the enforcement of international standards Basel III. The process takes into consideration specifics of the EU’s banking sector and enables to avoid a need of a significant increase in the banks’ capitals. The EU banks will have two years to adjust to sharper regulations.

New requirements for banks. The Third Basel Accord comes in force / Nowe wymogi dla banków. Wchodzi Bazylea III km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "New requirements for banks. The Third Basel Accord comes in ..." page: 17 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission adopts a review of the EU banking rules

[Portugal, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

The Commission adopted a review of the EU banking rules aimed at increasing the resilience of the banking area, expresso.pt reports. According to a statement, “these new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks while contributing to Europe's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality. In a press conference, Commissioner McGuinness explained that the measures give "more powers to supervisors who regulate EU banks.” She added that the Commission is also “addressing the issue of branches of third country banks in the EU because we want a level playing field for European banks and for international banks operating in the EU.”

Brussels wants the banking area supervisors monitoring the “fintech,” as well as banks resilient to shocks / Bruxelas quer supervisores da banca a vigiar "fintech" e bancos resistentes a choques km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Brussels wants the banking area supervisors monitoring the “fintech,” as ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with EVP Dombrovskis on the review of the EU banking rules

[Portugal, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

In an interview with several European news outlets, including Jornal de Negócios, Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis talks about the review of the EU banking rules. EVP Dombrovskis says that the new timetable is a "realistic assessment of the forthcoming legislative process.” The EVP explains that the Commission wants to avoid overall increases in capital requirements for the EU banks and assures that its approach will be balanced and take into account “the specificities of the different national markets.” He added that “the EU intends to continue supporting the European banks' capacity to finance strategic industries.” EVP Dombrovskis detailed that the Commission also wants to "grant supervisors more powers to strengthen the monitoring of bank operations and to give them greater control over third country branches of systemic importance operating in the EU.

Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Regarding banking rules, “we are ahead of the US and the United Kingdom” / Nas regras bancárias, "estamos à frente dos EUA e do Reino Unido" km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Interview with EVP Dombrovskis: Regarding banking rules, “we are ahead ..." page: 18 info: by Vítor Rodrigues Oliveira date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

New rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future

[Romania, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

News.ro writes that the European Commission on Wednesday adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive). The new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality, according to a Commission statement. Wednesday's package finalises the implementation of the Basel III agreement in the EU and implements the international Basel III agreement, while taking into account the specific features of the EU's banking sector.

EU proposes new rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future / Uniunea Europeană propune noi norme pentru consolidarea rezilienţei băncilor şi o mai bună pregătire a acestora pentru şocuri economice viitoare km-news.ro-RO: "EU proposes new rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better ..." info: by News.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Commission proposes stricter rules for strengthening resilience of EU banks

[Slovenia, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the European Commission unveiled new banking rules designed to make EU banks more resilient to possible future crises, STA and RTVSLO report. The Banking Package 2021, which tightens, among other things, the Capital Requirements Regulation, completes the transposition of the Basel III standards into EU law. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said that “Europe needs a strong banking sector to keep lending to the economy as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Today’s proposals ensure that we implement the key parts of the Basel III international standards. This is important for the stability and resilience of our banks. […] Today's package will make EU banks stronger and able to support the economic recovery and the green and digital transitions.” The most important element of the package relates to the new rules intended to reduce discrepancies between the risk assessments of banks’ investments and those of financial regulators (the ‘output floor’), he told the media, adding that these rules meant less flexibility regarding the minimum amount of capital requirements.

European Commission introduces new, stricter banking rules / Evropska komisija predstavila nova, strožja bančna pravila km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "European Commission introduces new, stricter banking rules / Evropska komisija ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brussels proposes stricter rules for strengthening EU banks’ resilience / Bruselj predlaga strožja pravila za večjo odpornost bank km-sta.si-SI: "Brussels proposes stricter rules for strengthening EU banks’ resilience / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Dombrovskis: New banking rules taking into account the specifics of the EU banking sector / Dombrovskis: Nova bančna pravila ob upoštevanju posebnosti bančnega sektorja EU km-sta.si-SI: "Dombrovskis: New banking rules taking into account the specifics of ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brussels to raise bank capital requirements by €27 billion

[Spain, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Several media report that the European Commission yesterday presented a review of EU banking rules, as part of the transposition of the Basel III international agreements, which foresee an increase in capital requirements for banks of around 26.3 billion euros, according to the European executive's calculations. The aim, says Brussels, is to bring European legislation into line with international frameworks; to make financial institutions more resistant to possible shocks, given the lessons of the 2008 financial crisis; to prevent risks from being underestimated again, but to ensure that there is no significant increase in requirements that could jeopardise economic recovery.

Spanish banks will no longer be the last in capital after the new requirements of Basel III / La banca española dejará de ser la última en capital tras los nuevos requisitos de Basilea III km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Spanish banks will no longer be the last in capital ..." page: 1,4 info: by Ángeles Gonzalo date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Brussels asks to raise by 27,000 million the requirements of the bank / Bruselas pide elevar en 27.000 millones los requisitos de la banca km-Correo-ES: "Brussels asks to raise by 27,000 million the requirements of ..." page: 41 info: by E. C. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Brussels to raise bank capital requirements by €27 billion / Bruselas elevará los requisitos de capital a la banca en 27.000 millones km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Brussels to raise bank capital requirements by €27 billion / ..." page: 1,12 info: by Beatriz Ríos date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Brussels cushions the 'shock' and gives more time to the European banks before Basel III / Bruselas amortigua el 'shock' y da más tiempo a la banca europea ante Basilea III km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "Brussels cushions the 'shock' and gives more time to the ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brussels conjures up to avoid 'disasters of the financial system' / Bruselas se conjura para evitar "desastres del sistema financiero" km-eldiario.es-ES: "Brussels conjures up to avoid 'disasters of the financial system' ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brussels proposes new rules for banks that raise capital requirements by 27,000 million / Bruselas propone nuevas normas para la banca que suben en 27.000 millones los requisitos de capital km-elespanol.com-ES: "Brussels proposes new rules for banks that raise capital requirements ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Brussels asks European banks for 27,000 million more capital / Bruselas pide a los bancos europeos 27.000 millones más de capital km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Brussels asks European banks for 27,000 million more capital / ..." page: 20 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU raises capital requirements for banking and supervision / La UE eleva los requisitos de capital de la banca y la supervisión km-Periodico-ES: "EU raises capital requirements for banking and supervision / La ..." page: 14 info: by Silvia Martinez date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European proposal to implement Basel III is balanced, says Commissioner McGuinness

[Spain, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

El Diario reports that Commissioner McGuinness considers that the proposal presented on Wednesday to implement the Basel III banking rules in the European Union is "balanced and credible", and argues that starting to apply it in 2025, two years later than planned, is more "realistic". Commissioner McGuinness told Spanish news agency EFE that, on the basis of a "faithful" implementation of international rules, the EU executive's proposal also takes into account the specificities of the European banking sector and the industry's demand to avoid a significant increase in capital requirements. "The industry had concerns about any increase in capital requirements beyond 10%. We have moderated it to a point that we consider appropriate and feasible for the industry to implement," the Commissioner said.

McGuinness: The European proposal to implement Basel III is balanced / McGuinness: La propuesta europea para aplicar Basilea III es equilibrada km-eldiario.es-ES: "McGuinness: The European proposal to implement Basel III is balanced ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

FISHERIES

Brexit/fishing: French retaliatory measures on 2 November deemed "disappointing" by London

[Belgium, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be refers to the post-Brexit fisheries. On Wednesday, the Council of Ministers decided that if no progress is made by November, Paris will ban the landing of British seafood products in France and set up systematic customs and sanitary controls on products. The Brexit agreement allows European fishers to continue working in certain British waters, provided they can prove they fished there before. The UK and France are arguing over the evidence to be provided. French European affairs minister of state Clément Beaune says that this decision is "part of a European approach, as we have at the same time referred the matter to the European Commission for a first-level dispute settlement meeting."

Brexit/fishing: French retaliatory measures on 2 November deemed "disappointing" by London / Brexit/pêche: mesures de rétorsion françaises le 2 novembre, jugées "décevantes" par Londres km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Brexit/fishing: French retaliatory measures on 2 November deemed "disappointing" by ..." info: by Anonymous date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Fishing dispute: Paris threatens London with trade war

[France, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:01:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that France is preparing to launch a trade war against the UK in the fishing dispute. Yesterday, a joint press release from the French Ministry of the Sea and the Secretariat for European Affairs detailed the measures taken. As of 2 November, "a ban on the landing of British fishing vessels in designated ports," i.e. the six French ports where landings currently take place, as well as a "strengthening of sanitary, customs and security controls" on British vessels. Finally, there will be a particular zeal in the "controls of lorries to and from the UK." French Government Spokesman Gabriel Attal also mentioned a possible "second series of measures," "including energy measures related to the supply of electricity to the Channel Islands," which depend on a submarine cable with France for their supply.

Fisheries France raises its voice against the UK / Pêche La France hausse le ton contre le Royaume-Uni km-Croix-FR: "Fisheries France raises its voice against the UK / Pêche ..." page: 18 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Fisheries: France will carry out its threats on 2 November / Pêche : la France mettra ses menaces à exécution le 2 novembre km-Echos-FR: "Fisheries: France will carry out its threats on 2 November ..." page: 8 info: by Catherine Chatignoux date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Paris threatens London with a trade war / Paris menace Londres d'une guerre commerciale km-Figaro-FR: "Paris threatens London with a trade war / Paris menace ..." page: 21,22 info: by Éric Neuhoff date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom: support from fishermen / Mesures de rétorsions envers le Royaume-Unis : le soutien des pêcheurs km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom: support from fishermen / ..." info: Journal 18h00, 2021-10-27 18:03:00, 00:01:43, by HELENE FROMENTY date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:03:00 PM CEST

Fisheries: Paris threatens London with sanctions / Pêche : Paris menace Londres de sanctions km-FRANCE-TV-INFO-FR: "Fisheries: Paris threatens London with sanctions / Pêche : Paris ..." info: Le 14h-17h, 2021-10-27 16:04:00, 00:01:29, by SOPHIE LE SAINT date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:04:00 PM CEST

Post-Brexit fishing licences: first French retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom / Licences de pêche post-Brexit : premières mesures de rétorsion françaises contre le Royaume-Uni km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "Post-Brexit fishing licences: first French retaliatory measures against the United ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sustainable fishing rules 'not fit for purpose'

[Ireland, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:35:00 AM CEST

Current European Union legislation aimed at sustainable fishing and opportunities for smaller fishers is not fit for purpose because of political apathy and unclear guidelines on how it should be implemented, according to a new report from Low Impact Fishers of Europe, the Irish Examiner reports. The umbrella organisation of European smallscale fishers has called for the activation of Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy, which would "reallocate fishing quotas to the forgotten small-scale low-impact fleet, which for historic reasons has had restricted access to quota species", it said.

Sustainable fishing rules 'not fit for purpose' / Sustainable fishing rules 'not fit for purpose' km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Sustainable fishing rules 'not fit for purpose' / Sustainable fishing ..." page: 6 info: by Pádraig Hoare date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

France is demanding more catch licenses from Britain for its fishermen

[Latvia, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Latvijas Radio 1 and Delfi report that France has threatened to step up customs controls and disrupt trade with the United Kingdom from 2 November if London does not agree to grant more catch licenses to French fishermen. This is another aggravation of relations between the two countries, which are experiencing the lowest level of diplomatic relations. London and Paris have also argued over migration in the past, but fishing has been one of the hottest points of controversy since Brexit. The Brexit Agreement stipulates that all European Union fishermen wishing to fish in the rich territorial waters of the UK must apply for new licenses and prove that they have previously fished here. The French side also emphasised that if such a threat did not lead to the desired result, the suspension of electricity supplies to the islands of Jersey and Guernsey was also being considered.

France is demanding more catch licenses from Britain for its fishermen / Francija draud Lielbritānijai ar ierobežojumiem tirdzniecībai zvejniecības strīdā km-Delfi.lv-LV: "France is demanding more catch licenses from Britain for its ..." info: by LETA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

France is demanding more catch licenses from Britain for its fishermen / Francija no Lielbritānijas pieprasa vairāk nozvejas licenču saviem zvejniekiem km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "France is demanding more catch licenses from Britain for its ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-10-27 19:07:00, 00:01:20, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:07:00 PM CEST

France threatens the UK with measures in the dispute over fishing licenses

[Sweden, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:51:00 AM CEST

France is threatening the UK in the dispute over fishing permits, report Aftonbladet.se and Svenska Dagbladet, quoting news agency TT. Gabriel Attal, spokesperson for the French government, warned the UK about systematic customs and health checks of products taken to France and a halt to being able to take seafood to land in France. The measures can enter into force as early as 2 November, unless the UK gives French fishermen more licenses for fishing in British waters. The dispute has been going on since Brexit. Meanwhile, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune warns that further escalation may be necessary. He stated that if the first patch of measure will not lead to a dialogue about the licenses, France will take other measures, for example in connection to the supply of electricity.

French anger over waiting for British fish / Fransk ilska över väntan på brittisk fisk km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "French anger over waiting for British fish / Fransk ilska ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

French anger over waiting for British fish / Fransk ilska över väntan på brittisk fisk km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "French anger over waiting for British fish / Fransk ilska ..." page: 30 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

FOOD SAFETY

Commissioner Kyriakides starts “From Farm to Fork” tour from Cyprus

[Cyprus, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:33:00 PM CEST

Commissioner Kyriakides will visit Cyprus, on Friday where she will meet with the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment, Costas Kadis, to discuss the “From Farm to Fork” Strategy, and the state of play of its implementation in Cyprus with regard to the use of pesticides, animal welfare, antimicrobial resistance, as well as the latest developments relating to Halloumi/Hellim, Sigmalive reports. The meeting will be followed by a meeting with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce, a visit of the Riverland bio farm and a dog care shelter in Kokkinotrimithia. Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Kyriakides said that “the Farm to Fork Strategy is our transformative vision on the way food is produced and consumed in the EU”. “I am looking forward to discussing how the EU can further support Cyprus’ shift to a food system which is fairer, greener and more sustainable for everyone,” she added.

"From Farm to Fork": Kyriakides' tour to member states / «Από το αγρόκτημα στο πιάτο»: Περιοδεία Κυριακίδου στα Κράτη Μέλη km-sigmalive.com-CY: ""From Farm to Fork": Kyriakides' tour to member states / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commissioner Kyriakides to start Farm to Fork Strategy on Friday

[Greece, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Capital.gr reports that Commissioner Kyriakides will be in Nicosia on Friday. She will hold a meeting with Cypriot Rural Development and Environment Minister Costas Kadis. Talks will focus on the Farm to Fork Strategy and the course of its implementation in Cyprus as regards the use of pesticides, animal welfare, antimicrobial resistance and the latest developments regarding halloumi cheese. After the meeting with Minister Kadis, Commissioner Kyriakides will hold a meeting with representatives from the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In view of the visit, the Commissioner stated that the Farm to Fork Strategy “is our transformative vision on the way food is produced and consumed in the EU.” I am looking forward to discussing how the EU can further support Cyprus' shift to a food system that is fairer, greener and more sustainable for everyone, she remarked.

Cyprus: Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in Cyprus on Friday / Kύπρος: Στη Λευκωσία την Παρασκευή η επίτροπος Υγείας Στ. Κυριακίδου km-capital.gr-GR: "Cyprus: Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in Cyprus on Friday / Kύπρος: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Farm to Fork strategy

[Slovakia, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:10:00 AM CEST

TV station TV JOJ reports about the European Parliament giving a green light to a major reform of agriculture in the EU. Experts warn that we are getting into a situation where it will not be possible to keep the current way of life. The reform has the ambition to reduce the use of pesticides, adjust the conditions at which animals are kept or distribute profits fairly to small farmers. According to the new strategy called Farm to Fork, there will be a 50% decrease in the use of pesticides in agriculture by 2030. The European Parliament therefore wants to give significant support to small local farmers who are unable to compete with large producers.

Green Great Reformě, outhing MEPs Martin Hojsík, Vladimír Bilčík and Ivan Štefance / Zelená velké reformě, vyjádření europoslanců Martina Hojsíka, Vladimíra Bilčíka a Ivana Štefance km-Joj-TV-SK: "Green Great Reformě, outhing MEPs Martin Hojsík, Vladimír Bilčík and ..." info: Noviny, 2021-10-27 19:59:00, 00:01:58, by Adam ZAVŘEL date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:59:00 PM CEST

GENDER EQUALITY

Law protecting against homophobia, transphobia rejected in Italian senate

[Italy, Gender Equality]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the Zan decree against homophobia and transphobia was “buried” in the Italian Senate yesterday by a vote of 154 to 131, with two abstentions. La Repubblica says that the decree, named after the openly gay Democratic Party (PD) senator Alessandro Zan who proposed it, would have extended the protections afforded other categories at risk of discrimination and hate. A closed-ballot vote allowed senators to break party ranks in secret and at least 16-17 senators from the centre-left did so. The vote was to examine each article of the decree in depth, effectively killing the proposal. The League, Forza Italia and Brothers of Italy (FdI) all rejoiced at the outcome. PD Secretary Letta said, “They want to stop the future”. Corriere della Sera reports the PD suspects senators from Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva of voting with the other side. The PD had expected to win with eight votes to spare. Senator La Russa (FdI) claimed, “There is a new centre-right majority in the Senate”. Il Fatto Quotidiano says the vote signified the death of both “the law and the majority” and surmises that Prime Minister Draghi might now seriously consider taking over from President Mattarella when the latter’s term expires in February 2022 instead of finishing out his mandate as PM. In an interview in Corriere della Sera, Senate Vice-President Roberto Calderoli (League), who orchestrated the decision to allow a secret vote, says the left “should have expected this defeat” and that he “really enjoyed it”.

Homophobia, law gets buried / Omofobia, affossata la legge km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Homophobia, law gets buried / Omofobia, affossata la legge..." page: 1,2,3 info: by di Alessandra Arachi e Maria Teresa Meli date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

“I beat them and they should have expected it” / «Così li ho battuti, dovevano aspettarselo» km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "“I beat them and they should have expected it” / ..." page: 3 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Zan decree buried, right-wing and Italia Viva majority formed / Affossato il dl Zan, fondata la maggioranza di destra-Iv km-Fatto-Quotidiano-IT: "Zan decree buried, right-wing and Italia Viva majority formed / ..." page: 1,4,5 info: by Luca De Carolis e Giacomo Salvini date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Rights can wait. Secret vote, goodbye to Zan decree / I diritti possono attendere Voto segreto, addio al ddl Zan km-Repubblica-IT: "Rights can wait. Secret vote, goodbye to Zan decree / ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Giovanna Casadio date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Zan decree: senate’s secret vote buries law / DDL Zan: in senato il voto segreto affossa legge km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Zan decree: senate’s secret vote buries law / DDL Zan: ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:38:00, 00:01:46, by Daria Paoletti date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:38:00 AM CEST

HEALTH

The health pass needed to enter the European Parliament

[Belgium, Health]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Le Soir reports that the European Parliament decided that a Covid-19 certificate would be required to enter its buildings. Last week, MEPs sounded the alarm on the topic. The measure will apply from 3 November. The Parliament says that people from 27 countries come to share the same building, only to return to their capitals. It does not want to take the risk of becoming a giant cluster. For its part, the European Commission has equipped itself with security gates that take the temperature of visitors, a measure that has been in place for months in the Parliament.

The health pass needed to enter the European Parliament / Le pass sanitaire nécessaire pour entrer au Parlement européen km-Soir-BE: "The health pass needed to enter the European Parliament / ..." page: 14 info: by Lamer date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Medication costs a lot of money in the EU

[Belgium, Health]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Knack talks about the very high price of medicines in the EU. Professor Jan De Maeseneer says: "If we need a new drug, it is better to work with international investment funds financed by the EU, the World Bank, industry or international organisations. Together they can make a bid that meets global needs." Belgium is a small market, so it undermines the government's negotiating position in these contracts. Negotiations with multinational pharmaceutical companies done at the European level would be better. Managing director of UZ Brussel Marc Noppen says: "This would at least have an impact when the government says that medicines are too expensive and that a new model has to be considered. Unfortunately, the EU has no say in health and social affairs."

Are we paying too much for medication? / Betalen we te veel voor medicatie? km-Knack-BE: "Are we paying too much for medication? / Betalen we ..." page: 56-61 info: by Peuteman date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Croatia records the second-largest daily number of new infections

[Croatia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Over the last 24 hours, Croatia's health authorities recorded 4,571 new cases of Covid-19 and 26 Covid-19-related deaths, the national Covid-19 task force said on Wednesday, Nova TV reports. This is the second-highest daily case count on record, close to the all-time peak in infections in December 2020. A total of 13,083 Covid-19 tests have been done over the last 24 hours, with a 35% positivity rate. At the same time, as many as a third of all Croats believe that a cure for cancer already exists, but that it is “being hidden.” All this was shown by the Eurobarometer survey on science and technology.

Second highest number of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic / Drugi najveći broj zaraženih od početka pandemije km-NovaTV-HR: "Second highest number of people infected since the beginning of ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-10-27 19:53:00, 00:03:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:53:00 PM CEST

France: a first anti-Covid pill at the end of 2021?

[France, Health]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:02:00 AM CEST

The first pill against Covid-19 could be available in French pharmacies before the end of the year, reports Le Figaro. It is Molnupiravir, an antiviral developed by the American laboratory MSD and the biotech Ridgeback Biotherapeutics. If approved by the health authorities, it would be distributed in pharmacies on a doctor's prescription. According to the first results of phase III trials, this drug reduces the risk of hospitalisation and death by 50% and has demonstrated its effectiveness against four variants, including Delta. The evaluation of Molnupiravir by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) began on 26 October, but the French early access procedure could allow French patients to access it even before the EMA's decision. This case must be evaluated and approved by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and the French High Authority for Health.

The first oral treatment for Covid could arrive in pharmacies before Christmas / Le premier traitement oral contre le Covid pourrait arriver en pharmacie avant Noël km-Echos-FR: "The first oral treatment for Covid could arrive in pharmacies ..." page: 1,4 info: by Solveig Godeluck date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Les laboratoires de Wuhan auraient bien manipulé des coronavirus km-Figaro-FR: "Les laboratoires de Wuhan auraient bien manipulé des coronavirus..." page: 1,6 info: by Adrien Jaulmes date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

A first anti-Covid pill at the end of 2021? / Une première pilule anti-Covid fin 2021 ? km-Figaro-FR: "A first anti-Covid pill at the end of 2021? / ..." page: 1,13 info: by Keren Lentschner date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Prix, brevet, efficacité: questions sur la pilule anti-Covid km-Liberation-FR: "Prix, brevet, efficacité: questions sur la pilule anti-Covid..." page: 1,6,7 info: by Frédéric Autran date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Germany wants to introduce Covid-19 transition rules

[Germany, Health]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:21:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the German Covid-19 measures. The German national measures to fight the pandemic are in force until 25 November, ARD reports, for example. The new coalition parties want to introduce transition rules, which would be in force until 20 March 2022. That way, the federal states will have instruments to introduce certain Covid-19 related limitations in case of need, but no lockdown is envisaged. "The currently rising number of Covid-19 cases is closely connected with a significantly increased hospital load," Head of the Federal Chancellery Helge Braun told ARD. The parties want to get through the autumn and winter responsibly so that Covid-19 can be conquered by the spring. CDU/CSU is afraid that the initiative of the new coalition takes too few precautions.

Germany wants to introduce Covid-19 transition rules / ARD - 27.10.2021 20:00 - Report on German Covid-19 measures including exclusive statement by former Head of the Federal Chancellery Helge Braun km-ARD-DE: "Germany wants to introduce Covid-19 transition rules / ARD - ..." info: Program, 2021-10-27 23:32:00, 00:02:41, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:32:00 PM CEST

"Limit measures to what is strictly necessary" / "Maßnahmen auf das unbedingt Notwendige beschränken" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: ""Limit measures to what is strictly necessary" / "Maßnahmen auf ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Alarm over theft of codes capable of generating fake European green passes

[Italy, Health]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:35:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that virtual cryptography keys for the EU’s green pass were stolen. Rai Tre reports that there are “clearly problems” seeing as the keys were used to create fake green passes which passed inspection and resulted as valid. The size and the spread of the damage is still not clear, but a European Commission spokesperson said the theft had “no impact of the security and integrity” of the EU portal run by the Commission. The stolen keys have been annulled and thus, all green passes generated by them have been rendered invalid. European investigations continue into the sale online of fake passes and as to how the system was infiltrated. Italian authorities said the Treasury’s company running the Italian key system of passes had not been breached. Avvenire says “it was only a matter of time” and “no surprise”, given the current culture of “online piracy”. The scandal erupted when a pass for Adolph Hitler was posted online yesterday, and the pass resulted perfectly valid. La Verità reports the system was breached in France and Poland and perhaps even through the central system and sys it is not clear if Italy is involved. Meanwhile, Il Messaggero says the Italian government is looking at how it wants to extend green pass requirements beyond 31 December. One possibility is to keep the rules as they are through March 2022. Another option would be to extend the requirements until the summer while gradually easing them according to category.

Green pass, European codes stolen / Green pass, rubati i codici europei km-Avvenire-IT: "Green pass, European codes stolen / Green pass, rubati i ..." page: 9 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Pass, under examination an extension using the French model: obligatory until the summer / Pass, si Studia la proroga con il modello francese: obbligo fino all estate km-Messaggero-IT: "Pass, under examination an extension using the French model: obligatory ..." page: 8 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Alarm over theft of codes capable of generating fake European green passes / Allarme per il furto di codici in grado di generare falsi greeb pass europei km-Rai-Tre-IT: "Alarm over theft of codes capable of generating fake European ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:19:00, 00:01:52, by Giorgio Iacoboni date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:19:00 AM CEST

Hackers’ attack derails green pass super-brain / Il blitz degli hacker manda in tilt il cervellone del certificato verde km-Verita-IT: "Hackers’ attack derails green pass super-brain / Il blitz degli ..." page: 5 info: by di CLAUDIO ANTONELLI date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Countries offer Covid-19 assistance to Baltic States

[Lithuania, Health]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that the Finnish Ministry of the Interior is ready to provide assistance to the Baltic States in difficulty due to Covid-19. Sweden has already announced aid to Latvia. The Covid-19 situation in the Baltic States is deteriorating, all three countries see an increase in the number of new cases. So far, no official request has been received from the Baltic countries, the Finnish Ministry of the Interior said, but the country stands ready to help with available resources.

Countries offer Covid-19 assistance to Baltic States / Kelios šalys dėl COVID-19 jau pasiūlė pagalbą Baltijos šalims km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Countries offer Covid-19 assistance to Baltic States / Kelios šalys ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

US experts recommend Biontech/Pfizer for younger children

[Luxembourg, Health]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort reports that an advisory body to the US FDA has spoken out in favour of an emergency approval of the Covid-19 vaccine of Biontech/ Pfizer for children between the ages of five and eleven. The German company Biontech and its US partner Pfizer had also applied for approval of their vaccine for children of this age group in Europe, as they announced in mid-October. Accordingly, they have transmitted the relevant data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

US experts recommend Biontech for children / US-Experten raten zu Biontech für Kinder km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "US experts recommend Biontech for children / US-Experten raten zu ..." page: 46 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta lags 5% behind EU mammogram testing average for women aged 50 to 69

[Malta, Health]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:04:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent reports that Eurostat published that latest European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) which showed that Malta lagged behind other EU member states in 2019 by 5% for women aged between 50 and 69 who undertook a breast examination by X-ray. 61% of Maltese women took a mammogram in the previous two years compared to an average of 66% throughout the bloc. Sweden had the highest percentage at 95%, followed by Finland, Denmark and Portugal, whilst the lowest percentages were recorded in Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania which placed last at only 9%. In July 2019, Health Minister Chris Fearne said Malta had the highest percentage, 87%, in Europe of those being treated by breast cancer surviving for at least five years. The average of new cases of cancer reported each week stood at 40 in 2019.

Malta lags 5% behind EU mammogram testing average for women aged 50 to 69 / Malta lags 5% behind EU mammogram testing average for women aged 50 to 69 km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Malta lags 5% behind EU mammogram testing average for women ..." page: 1 info: by Janet Fenech date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Two-thirds of over 70s receive booster vaccine

[Malta, Health]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:10:00 AM CEST

Times of Malta reports that Public Health Chief Charmaine Gauci yesterday said that two-thirds of people aged 70 and over have received their Covid-19 vaccine booster dose and that all this age group would be vaccinated with a booster in the coming weeks. Gauci said the uptake of the booster dose had been strong, with practically all those in care homes and the vast majority of the immunocompromised also inoculated. Those 60 and over are next in line to receive appointments to take their booster dose, followed by healthcare workers and teachers. Gauci said that the number of new cases in Malta had remained low as 90% of the population were vaccinated. She also said that talks were underway at EU level to update the vaccine certificates.

Two-thirds of over 70s receive booster vaccine / Two-thirds of over 70s receive booster vaccine km-Malta-Times-MT: "Two-thirds of over 70s receive booster vaccine / Two-thirds of ..." page: 5 info: by Claire Farrugia date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland sends medical mission to Romania to help treat Covid-19 patients

[Romania, Health]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Gandul.ro writes that Poland will send a medical mission to Romania to help treat Covid-19 patients. The announcement was made on Twitter by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who said the decision was made due to the difficult situation facing the Romanian health system. “Due to the extremely difficult situation caused by Covid-19, we decided to send a medical mission to Romania,” Mr Morawiecki wrote on Twitter. He added that the decision was made after consultations with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Florin Cîțu.

Poland sends a medical mission to Romania to help treat Covid-19 patients / Polonia trimite o misiune medicală în România pentru a ajuta la tratarea bolnavilor de COVID-19 km-Gandul.ro-RO: "Poland sends a medical mission to Romania to help treat ..." info: by Andrei Vacaru date: Monday, October 25, 2021

Slovenia records another 3,166 cases of Covid-19 infection on Tuesday, the most since 5 January

[Slovenia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, Slovenian health workers carried out 8,308 PCR tests for Covid-19, confirming infection in 3,166 individuals, which is the most since 5 January and the second-largest number since the breakout of Covid-19, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Delo, Večer, Dnevnik, Radio Slovenija 1, TV Slovenija 1, and Kanal A report. The share of positive tests was 38.1% (up from 37.8% on Monday). Nine Covid-19 patients died. There were 526 (up from 510 on Tuesday) Covid-19 patients receiving medical attention in Slovenian hospitals on Wednesday, 133 (up from 131 on Tuesday) of whom were in intensive care units. The seven-day average of daily cases of Covid-19 infection in Slovenia now stands at 1,954 (up from 1,810 the day before). It is estimated that there are currently 22,188 (up from 20,252 the day before) people actively infected with Covid-19 in Slovenia.

3,166 cases of infection on Tuesday. Tracer: 15 of them will lose the battle with the virus / V torek 3166 okužb. Sledilnik: 15 od njih bo bitko z virusom izgubilo km-24ur.com-SI: "3,166 cases of infection on Tuesday. Tracer: 15 of them ..." info: by Maja Račič date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

It is bad and it will get even worse / Slabo je in še slabše bo km-Delo-SI: "It is bad and it will get even worse / ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

There are more and more cases of infection, the Minister is introducing new measures / Okužb je vse več, minister uvaja nove ukrepe km-Delo-SI: "There are more and more cases of infection, the Minister ..." page: 3 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Coronameter / Koronameter km-Dnevnik-SI: "Coronameter / Koronameter..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

What else are experts to do? / Kaj stroki še ostane? km-Kanal-A-SI: "What else are experts to do? / Kaj stroki še ..." info: Svet, 2021-10-27 17:59:00, 00:03:00, by Barbara Bašič date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:59:00 PM CEST

Situation keeps deteriorating / Vse slabše razmere km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Situation keeps deteriorating / Vse slabše razmere..." info: Radijski dnevnik, 2021-10-27 18:30:00, 00:03:00, by Alenka Terlep date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:30:00 PM CEST

Poklukar: In case of between 160 and 180 patients in intensive care, I will propose at least a partial lockdown to the government / Poklukar: Če bo zasedenih od 160 do 180 intenzivnih postelj, bom vladi predlagal vsaj delno zaprtje km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Poklukar: In case of between 160 and 180 patients in ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

3,166 cases of Covid-19 infection confirmed on Tuesday / POPRAVEK: V torek potrdili 3166 okužb z novim koronavirusom (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "3,166 cases of Covid-19 infection confirmed on Tuesday / POPRAVEK: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Current information regarding Covid-19 / Aktualne informacije glede Covid-19 km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Current information regarding Covid-19 / Aktualne informacije glede Covid-19..." info: Dnevnik, 2021-10-27 19:03:00, 00:03:00, by Žiga Bonča date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:03:00 PM CEST

Last call before lockdown / Zadnji poziv pred zapiranjem družbe km-Vecer-SI: "Last call before lockdown / Zadnji poziv pred zapiranjem družbe..." page: 2 info: by Vida Božičko date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Last call before lockdown / Zadnji poziv pred zapiranjem km-Vecer-SI: "Last call before lockdown / Zadnji poziv pred zapiranjem..." page: 1 info: by Vida Božičko date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

HOME AFFAIRS / SECURITY UNION

Milanović criticises EU for prolongations to Croatia's accession to Schengen

[Croatia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

President Zoran Milanović said on Wednesday that Croatia's problem is that it is on the “external border of the Schengen Area, yet it isn't Schengen,” thus criticising the EU for procrastination in allowing Croatia to join this passport-free area, Slobodna Dalmacija reports. President Milanović said that the accession is being prolonged yet “Croatia is expected to act as if it is playing in the first four Series A or premiership league teams,” he explained after meeting with his Maltese counterpart George Vella. President Milanović asked Malta to support Croatia, as the youngest EU member state, and its accession to the Schengen Area and criticised the Union for ”procrastination and delay.”

'Why is the EU making it more esophaged with our entry into Schengen'? / 'Zašto EU oteže s našim ulaskom u Schengen'? km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "'Why is the EU making it more esophaged with our ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Italian security stepped up for G20 in Rome, Schengen temporarily suspended

[Italy, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that security forces in Rome are on high alert for the arrival of world leaders at the G20 summit this weekend. Il Messaggero says that, since 10 pm yesterday, security checks have also been reinstated on Italian borders and will remain in place until 1 pm 1 November, in an attempt to stop the arrival of “professional protestors”. National Police Chief Lamberto Giannini said “the Internet does not give you a real perception of the numbers and what could actually happen” and he cautioned that “the situation and the period are somewhat delicate”. Indeed, anti-vaxxers and anti-green pass protestors are expected to hold demonstrations in the capital this weekend. Il Tempo advises anyone in Rome this weekend “to save themselves if possible” as normal life will be difficult, given the road closures and extraordinary levels of security. Just for the EUR zone of Rome, where the principal events will take place, there will be a 10 km2 “red zone”. Corriere della Sera warns Saturday could be key, when anti-government sit-ins are planned.

Checks at border, EUR already under guard: Italy awaits the leaders / Controlli alle frontiere, già presidiato l\'Eur: l\'Italia attende i leader km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Checks at border, EUR already under guard: Italy awaits the ..." page: 17 info: by di Fabrizio Caccia date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Rome G20, alarm over “black bloc” protestors, borders closed / G20 di Roma: allarme black bloc, chiusi i confini km-Messaggero-IT: "Rome G20, alarm over “black bloc” protestors, borders closed / ..." page: 1,2 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Closures and protest marches for the G20: Rome in lockdown / Chiusure e cortei per il G20: Roma blindata km-Tempo-IT: "Closures and protest marches for the G20: Rome in lockdown ..." page: 1,13,14,15 info: by Francesca Mariani date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta extends travel ban on unvaccinated travellers from 101 countries

[Malta, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:08:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly reports that Malta has extended its travel ban against unvaccinated travellers from all EU/Schengen area and 67 third countries worldwide. All those who do not hold a valid vaccination certificate or another equivalent document will not be allowed to enter Malta’s territory and the travel ban will continue to apply to all European Union and Schengen area countries.

Malta extends travel ban on unvaccinated travellers from 101 countries / Malta extends travel ban on unvaccinated travellers from 101 countries km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Malta extends travel ban on unvaccinated travellers from 101 countries ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Parliament only accessible with Covid-19 document

[Netherlands, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

From next Wednesday, the European Parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg will only be accessible with a Covid-19 pass. Over the past year and a half, MEPs have been working partly or exclusively from home. In recent months, they have been coming to the meeting rooms more often. There is already a face mask obligation and mandatory control of body temperature. Due to the new wave of Covid-19 infections in the EU, it has been decided to make the corona certificate mandatory. Opponents believe that the European Parliament should remain accessible to everyone.

European Parliament only accessible with Covid-19 document / Europees Parlement alleen nog toegankelijk met coronapas km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "European Parliament only accessible with Covid-19 document / Europees Parlement ..." info: Nos journaal, 2021-10-27 20:00:00, 00:00:36, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:00:00 PM CEST

Slovenia and eu-LISA host “Towards the Digital Schengen Area” conference

[Slovenia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Slovenia, as the holder of the presidency of the Council of the EU, and the EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) organised the 8th annual conference called “Towards the Digital Schengen Area,” STA reports. Participants spoke about the progress and shortcomings in the introduction of modern technologies at the EU’s external borders, the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior has communicated. With technological progress, digitalisation has become an important element in ensuring security, Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs said in his introductory address, adding that the EU had laid the foundations for successfully addressing digitalisation challenges by adopting a legal framework to respond to these challenges. He stressed the importance of establishing the connectivity of information systems supported by EU member states. The agency eu-LISA must prepare detailed analyses by the December meeting of interior ministers and, if necessary, propose a new timeframe for setting up the project.

Slovenia and eu-LISA host “Towards the Digital Schengen Area” conference / Slovenija in evropska agencija eu-LISA gostili konferenco o digitalnem schengenskem območju km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenia and eu-LISA host “Towards the Digital Schengen Area” conference ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sweden considered the most dangerous country in Europe (editorial)

[Sweden, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:15:00 AM CEST

Germany's Bild reports that Sweden is the most dangerous country in Europe, Lotta Engzell-Larsson writes in an editorial in Dagens Industri. The newspaper stated that according to figures from Sweden's National Council for Crime Prevention, the annual average number of murders in Sweden amounts to 12, compared to 2.9 in Germany and 8 in the EU. Among young adults aged 20-29, the EU average of deaths related to shootings amount to 0-4 per 1 million, compared to 18 in Sweden. The figures have already led to other EU countries taking steps to protect themselves. In 2019, Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen stated that the Danish border with Sweden would be closed to prevent criminal gangs in Sweden, and this restriction has now been extended to 11 May 2022 due to threats from Islamic terrorists and organised crime. If the picture of Sweden as a country that has lost control over organised crime persists, there could be negative consequences for several parts of Sweden's economy.

Sweden's new image: Most dangerous in EU / Nya bilden av Sverige: farligast i EU km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "Sweden's new image: Most dangerous in EU / Nya bilden ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

HUMANITARIAN AID AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

"No one wants Afghanistan to collapse"

[Austria, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

The situation in Afghanistan was discussed on Wednesday during Austrian Foreign Minister Linhart's visit to Qatar, Kurier and Die Presse report. Minister Linhart said that Austria intended to cooperate closely with the countries of the region in order to exert pressure on the Taliban together. Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said that Afghanistan must not be abandoned. He advised Austria and the EU to cooperate with Afghanistan and refrain from politicising humanitarian aid, for example by tying it to conditions.

"No one wants Afghanistan to collapse" / „Niemand will, dass Afghanistan zusammenbricht“ km-Kurier-AT: ""No one wants Afghanistan to collapse" / „Niemand will, dass ..." page: 8 info: by K. Krause-Sandner date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Linharts Visite bei Nahost-Vermittler km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Linharts Visite bei Nahost-Vermittler..." page: 5 info: by Wieland Schneider date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Excess water in Belgium: Insurers have 70,000 claims to process

[Belgium, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Several sources mention the aftermath of the July floods in Belgium. L’Avenir notes that over 70,000 insurance claims have been filed. On 30 September 2021, the cost of those damages ran up to €2,164 million, most of which is for Wallonia. Insurers call for a solid and sustainable legislative framework to face future climate risks. Insurance association Assuralia notes that the sector doubled its intervention cap, and the Walloon region earmarked €1 billion via a zero-interest loan to the insurance sector. The European Commission is revising the rules to allow the insurance sector to increase its contribution to the economic recovery. Lalibre.be adds that insurers injected €282.2 billion into the Belgian economy. 39% of these investments are government bonds, whereas 23% are invested in corporate bonds. 18% represents shares and other variable income investments.

Insurers have 70,000 claims to process / Les assureurs doivent traiter 70 000 dossiers km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Insurers have 70,000 claims to process / Les assureurs doivent ..." page: 6 info: by Demelenne date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Insurers invested more than €280 billion in the Belgian economy / Les assureurs ont investi plus de 280 milliards d'euros dans l'économie belge km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Insurers invested more than €280 billion in the Belgian economy ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

INDUSTRY

Chip shortage: Austria criticises planned sales

[Austria, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

According to orf.at, Europe's reliance on Chinese and US companies for chips has become apparent during the pandemic. The European Commission has therefore decided to eliminate its technological backlog by means of a “European Chips Act.” Yesterday, Austria's Minister of Economy Margarete Schramböck spoke to Commissioner Breton in Brussels: the topic was not only how the EU plans to bring chip production back, but also the upcoming sales of two chip companies. Minister Schramböck expressed opposition to the sales of German chip supplier Siltronic and British chip designer Arm. The European Commission's potential conditions are too few; the authority should express clear opposition to the deal, according to Minister Schramböck. Overall, she called for greater flexibility in Brussels to make chip production easier in Europe.

Chip shortage: Austria criticises planned sales / Halbleitermangel: Österreich kritisiert geplante Verkäufe km-orf.at-AT: "Chip shortage: Austria criticises planned sales / Halbleitermangel: Österreich kritisiert ..." info: by smek date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commentary: Strict rules on cosmetics in tattoos are taking a toll on the industry

[Denmark, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Danish MEP Pernille Weiss writes in a commentary on Altinget.dk that the regulations for chemical-related risks in tattoo ink have become too strict after 4,000 chemicals were banned last year. Ms Weiss argues that too few professional assessments have been made in the area, and she points out that there has been a lack of forthcoming information to the manufacturers. Ms Weiss criticises how it appears that no dialogue concerning the implementation of additional regulations was established between governing bodies and the industry before the new EU directive with further restrictions was passed. She intends to question the European Commission on the issue.

Commentary: Strict rules on cosmetics in tattoos are taking a toll on the industry / Konservative i EU: Strenge regler om kosmetik i tatoveringer går hårdt udover branchen km-altinget.dk-DK: "Commentary: Strict rules on cosmetics in tattoos are taking a ..." date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Agius Saliba to lead Universal Charger negotiations in European Parliament

[Malta, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:07:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent and L-Orizzont report that S&D MEP Alex Agius Saliba has been as appointed as the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the legislative proposal for Universal Charger and will lead the negotiations with the Council of the EU on behalf of the European Parliament. The proposal presented by the Commission earlier in September will establish a single charger for smartphones, tablets, and other devices in two years. Agius Saliba welcomed the appointment saying that the proposal was overdue and that it was a victory for European consumers and would save thousands of tons of electronic trash per year. Following the Commission’s proposal, the European Parliament and the Council will now need reach an agreement and adopt it.

Il-MPE Alex Agius Saliba se jmexxi c-Charger universali fil-Parlament Ewropew / Il-MPE Alex Agius Saliba se jmexxi c-Charger universali fil-Parlament Ewropew km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Il-MPE Alex Agius Saliba se jmexxi c-Charger universali fil-Parlament Ewropew ..." page: 14 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Agius Saliba to lead the Universal Charger negotiations in the EP / Agius Saliba to lead the Universal Charger negotiations in the EP km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Agius Saliba to lead the Universal Charger negotiations in the ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

Article by Prime Minister De Croo: "Europe must stay open, but it also has the duty to protect"

[Belgium, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:08:00 AM CEST

Three media outlets draw attention to the Belgian head of state. De Morgen publishes an op-ed by Prime Minister De Croo about Europe. PM De Croo believes that it is Europe's duty to provide answers to major crises: "Our interests must be protected, without policy becoming protectionist." He praises the EU's approach to the pandemic: "The American Defense Act" was a form of protectionism, but Europe kept trade running." He highlights that the EU exported 1 billion vaccine doses. PM De Croo also talks about NextGenerationEU and illiberal democracies. He regrets that some EU member states do not respect the basic rules: "They are playing with fire." De Standaard saw PM de Croo giving a speech at the College of Europe in Bruges. PM De Croo warned about cornering ourselves into splendid isolation. He believes that national governments can use European sovereignty to defend their interests on a global scale. On a related note, Grenz Echo notes that PM De Croo visited East Belgium and chatted with MEP Pascal Arimont (EPP). PM De Croo even spoke German during his visit!

Having a ball with friends / Zu Gast bei Freunden km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Having a ball with friends / Zu Gast bei Freunden..." page: 6 info: by Schröder date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Article by Prime Minister De Croo: "Europe must stay open, but it also has the duty to protect" / ‘Europa moet open blijven, maar ook beschermen’ km-Morgen-BE: "Article by Prime Minister De Croo: "Europe must stay open, ..." page: 23 info: by De Croo date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Citizens give Europe a new impetus, not visionary leaders" / ‘Niet zozeer visionaire leiders, maar burgers stuwen Europa voort’ km-Standaard-BE: ""Citizens give Europe a new impetus, not visionary leaders" / ..." page: 20 info: by Beirlant date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Opinion piece: Covid opens new geopolitical era

[Belgium, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

In De Standaard, Professor Luuk van Middelaar writes that the Covid pandemic and climate crisis will not bring international cooperation and harmony, but raw competition between states. That trend is not entirely detrimental, it will save lives. The US, the EU and China all decided that their strategic dependence needs to decrease. The new world order revolves around technology and access to raw materials, energy and knowledge. The Covid pandemic made countries realise that they live on one planet, with a shared environment. Success in the climate race will bring power and influence. Technological imagination and courage to take financial and industrial risks will be vital assets in post-pandemic geopolitics.

Covid opens new geopolitical era / Covid opent nieuw geopolitiek tijdperk km-Standaard-BE: "Covid opens new geopolitical era / Covid opent nieuw geopolitiek ..." page: 33 info: by Van Middelaar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Finland’s inaction in EU preparations criticised in the Parliament

[Finland, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the Finnish opposition criticising the government’s lax European Union policy in the Finnish Parliament. Criticism focused specifically on Finland not having an official stance regarding the ongoing European Monetary Union rules reform and the idea of a social climate fund. The Parliament finds that Finland should try to influence EU policy preparations before the policies are officially proposed. Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen responded that Finland has “an unambiguous and very critical” stance towards the Social Climate Fund.

”Meidän hallitus ei toimi” km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "”Meidän hallitus ei toimi”..." page: 16-17 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Eduskunnassa ruodittiin hallituksen EU-linjaa – opposition mielestä ennakkovaikuttaminen ei ole toimivaa, jos omatkin kannat ovat levällään km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Eduskunnassa ruodittiin hallituksen EU-linjaa – opposition mielestä ennakkovaikuttaminen ei ole ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Eduskunta kiisteli EU-vaikuttamisesta – Tuppuraisen mukaan Suomen ote ei lipsu km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Eduskunta kiisteli EU-vaikuttamisesta – Tuppuraisen mukaan Suomen ote ei lipsu..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

”Ajelehdimme ajopuuna – ei näin, Sanna Marin” km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "”Ajelehdimme ajopuuna – ei näin, Sanna Marin”..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Macron prepares the (EU's) presidency

[France, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

Le Parisien reports that a meeting between President Macron and figureheads of his government - including French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, French Home Affairs Minister Gérald Darmanin, French Army Minister Florence Parly and a representative for the Prime Minister, Nicolas Revel – is taking place today to prepare France’s strategy for its Presidency of the Council of the EU. The article mentions several key dates of the EU presidency, including the President’s speech in Strasbourg on 19 or 20 January, the EU-Africa Summit planned for mid-February and the Conference for the Future of Europe on 10 March, all taking place in the build-up to the first round of France’s presidential election, where President Macron is expected to be a candidate.

Macron prepares the (EU's) presidency / Macron prépare la présidence… de l’UE km-Parisien-FR: "Macron prepares the (EU's) presidency / Macron prépare la présidence… ..." page: 6 info: by Pauline Théveniaud date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Call between European Council President Michel and US Vice-President Harris

[Greece, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that European Council President Michel had a call with US Vice-President Kamala Harris yesterday. In a post on Twitter, President Michel noted that “we discussed Global Health, Women in conflicts and the Indo-Pacific”. We will work together to improve global preparedness to pandemics with a view to the next World Health Assembly in November, President Michel added.

Επικοινωνία Σαρλ Μισέλ με την Κάμαλα Χάρις km-capital.gr-GR: "Επικοινωνία Σαρλ Μισέλ με την Κάμαλα Χάρις..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ΕΕ: Επικοινωνία του Σαρλ Μισέλ με την αντιπρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ, Κάμαλα Χάρις km-euro2day.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Επικοινωνία του Σαρλ Μισέλ με την αντιπρόεδρο των ΗΠΑ, ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ΕΕ: Επικοινωνία με την Καμάλα Χάρις είχε ο Σαρλ Μισέλ km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Επικοινωνία με την Καμάλα Χάρις είχε ο Σαρλ Μισέλ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Higgins grateful for German support

[Ireland, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:37:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on President Steinmeier’s state visit to Ireland.President Higgins yesterday thanked President Steinmeier for Germany's support of Ireland on Brexit at the beginning of his three-day state visit, the Irish Independent reports. President Higgins expressed gratitude for Berlin's efforts during recent negotiations, especially with regard to the Northern Ireland protocol. The two men met yesterday at Áras an Uachtaráin, where the importance of both countries building on their strong post-Brexit relationship was also discussed. The two men also discussed climate change and the COP26 summit, post-Covid adjustment in Europe, the global vaccination programme, the future of Europe and the need for greater social cohesion and dialogue.

President grateful for German support over Brexit / President grateful for German support over Brexit km-Irish-Independent-IE: "President grateful for German support over Brexit / President grateful ..." page: 10 info: by Senan Molony date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Gourd of honour for visiting German president as Aras springs back to life / Gourd of honour for visiting German president as Aras springs back to life km-Irish-Times-IE: "Gourd of honour for visiting German president as Aras springs ..." page: 3 info: by Miriam Lord date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

German President Steinmeier on three-day state visit / German President Steinmeier on three-day state visit km-rte.ie-IE: "German President Steinmeier on three-day state visit / German President ..." info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

German president welcomed to Ireland for three-day visit / German president welcomed to Ireland for three-day visit km-TheJournal.ie-IE: "German president welcomed to Ireland for three-day visit / German ..." info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Nausėda to consider Karoblis as candidate for Lithuanian ambassador to the European Union

[Lithuania, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

15min.lt informs readers that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said that he is ready to seriously consider the candidacy of the former Minister of National Defence, diplomat Raimundas Karoblis, for the Ambassador of Lithuania to the European Union. “I acknowledge that the situation as it is now is not normal. Therefore, to show support and assistance in finding a suitable candidate for the position of Ambassador to the European Union, I return to the shortlist that has been provided to me and say that I am ready to seriously consider Mr Raimundas Karoblis’s candidacy for Ambassador to the European Union,” the President said.

President Nausėda to consider Karoblis as candidate for Lithuanian ambassador to the European Union / G.Nausėda sako svarstysiantis R.Karoblio kandidatūrą į Lietuvos ambasadorius ES km-15min.lt-LT: "President Nausėda to consider Karoblis as candidate for Lithuanian ambassador ..." info: by Ignas Jačauskas date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President Andrzej Duda met with President Macron in Paris to discuss a possible cooperation between Poland and France

[Poland, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:55:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita and broadcast media report that President Andrzej Duda met with President of France Macron in Paris to discuss a range of issues and a possibility of improving mutual relations between the countries. The agenda included issues like nuclear energy, migration crisis and the rule of law. President Macron is reportedly personally interested in releasing tensions between Poland and the EU because he used the success of European integration as a leitmotif of his election campaign. Meanwhile, the French people do not want a deeper European integration, which surfaced on the occasion of the EU-Poland dispute. They elected President Macron only because they did not want Marine Le Pen in this office. Another common area for Poland and France is the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland by the French energy concern EDF. Sources from President Duda’s chamber say that Poland is a European country and it looks for European partners that will build the plants in Poland. President Macron also shares interests with Poland in the aspect of solving the migration crisis, which may also be important for the outcome of the next presidential elections in France. He announced the EU’s involvement in the process of convincing home countries of migrants transported to Belarus to put an end to this procedure.

President Duda's visit in France / Więcej świata km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "President Duda's visit in France / Więcej świata..." info: Więcej świata, 2021-10-27 17:33:00, 00:08:03, by Stefan Folcer date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:33:00 PM CEST

Macron enters the game with Poland / Macron wchodzi w grę z Polską km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Macron enters the game with Poland / Macron wchodzi w ..." page: 1 info: by Jędrzej Bielecki date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President Duda's visit in France / Wiadomości km-TVP1-PL: "President Duda's visit in France / Wiadomości..." info: Wiadomości, 2021-10-27 19:31:00, 00:03:46, by Maciej Sawicki date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:31:00 PM CEST

INTERNAL MARKET

State's failure to enforce new AV directive leaves 'EU children exposed to inappropriate content'

[Ireland, Internal Market]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has said that the failure of the Irish Government to apply and enforce new directives on audiovisual media services is leaving children across the European Union exposed to inappropriate content on popular video sharing platforms such as TikTok, irishtimes.com reports. BEUC said it was unacceptable that the regulations were not being applied to video-sharing services established in Ireland. In a letter to European regulators, the organisation expressed serious concerns about the failure of the Government to act on the new rules. The European Commission began infringement proceedings against Ireland and 22 other member states in November last year with regards to the implementation of the directives.

State's failure to enforce new AV directive leaves 'EU children exposed to inappropriate content' / State's failure to enforce new AV directive leaves 'EU children exposed to inappropriate content' km-irishtimes.com-IE: "State's failure to enforce new AV directive leaves 'EU children ..." info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The 'uberised' collectives take their demands to the European Commission: "Without rights there can be no democracy"

[Spain, Internal Market]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

El Diario reports that some 50 workers of gig platforms have met with Commissioner Schmit, who has recognised the danger of the model spreading to other sectors. Gig workers' associations participated in the 2nd Transnational Forum on Alternatives to Uberisation, a day organised by The Left in the European Parliament, which was also attended by political representatives, and then talked with Commissioner Schmit, in a meeting within the European Parliament. Gig workers demanded "fair" conditions for riders and platform workers. The Commissioner acknowledged the danger that the model of lack of labour protection of the platforms could be extended to other sectors.

The 'uberized' collectives take their demands to the European Commission: "Without rights there can be no democracy" / Los colectivos 'uberizados' llevan sus reivindicaciones ante la Comisión Europea: "Sin derechos no puede haber democracia" km-eldiario.es-ES: "The 'uberized' collectives take their demands to the European Commission: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

French presidency of the EU to prioritise Africa

[Bulgaria, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

During a meeting of EU foreign ministers and the African Union (AU) in Kigali on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France would prioritise the strengthening of the Africa-EU Partnership during its presidency of the EU in H1 2022, AFP reports, quoted by Monitor daily. “We have a common interest to continue transforming the mutual dependency between our communities and economies into as much solidarity as possible in order to build the future together,” he stressed. According to him, the Africa-EU Partnership must be a subject of clear political orientation and part of the agenda of the next EU-AU summit. France firmly opposes the project of Mali transitional government to use the services of Russian private military group, Wagner, which is suspected by Western countries of using the country’s resources and working for the Kremlin.

Africa will be a priority of the French PRESIDENCY of the EU / Африка ще е приоритет на френското председателство на ЕС km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "Africa will be a priority of the French PRESIDENCY of ..." page: 12 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President Macron wants to establish a new EU-AU treaty on immigration

[France, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:07:00 AM CEST

L’Opinion reports that the migration issue is expected to be a hot topic during the 6th Summit between the EU and the African Union (AU), scheduled for February 2022. President Macron wants to establish a new EU-AU treaty on immigration. The latter is expected to be negotiated in the framework of this Summit. Yesterday evening, President Macron stressed the importance of a thinking on “a much better organised migration policy with origin countries, especially with Africa.” L’Opinion recalls that member states are divided on the proposals made by the European Commission last year. It also reports on the meeting between European and African Ministers in Kigali yesterday, during which they discussed migration issues. For instance, Eritrea expressed reservation about the readmission of illegal migrants and requested this matter to be referred to the EU Summit.

Migrants : Macron wants a new EU-Africa treaty / Migrants : Macron souhaite un nouveau traité UE-Afrique km-Figaro-FR: "Migrants : Macron wants a new EU-Africa treaty / Migrants ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Emmanuel Macron wants to prevent illegal migration through an EU-Africa treaty / Emmanuel Macron veut prévenir les migrations illégales grâce à un traité entre UE et Afrique km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Emmanuel Macron wants to prevent illegal migration through an EU-Africa ..." info: Journal 13h, 2021-10-27 13:12:00, 00:01:43, by MARION L'HOUR date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:12:00 PM CEST

Immigration: Emmanuel Macron wants a new Europe-Africa treaty / Immigration : Emmanuel Macron souhaite un nouveau traité Europe-Afrique km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "Immigration: Emmanuel Macron wants a new Europe-Africa treaty / Immigration : ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Africa slows down Macron's migration pact / L'Afrique freine le pacte migration de Macron km-Opinion-FR: "Africa slows down Macron's migration pact / L'Afrique freine le ..." page: 7 info: by Pascal Airault date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Cape Verde wants to reinforce its partnership with the EU

[Portugal, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

Cape Verde wants to reinforce its partnership with the European Union and United Kingdom due to its geostrategic location, RTP2 reports. In a conference, Cape Verde Community Minister Jorge Santos said that the government wants to continue taking advantage of the natural potential of the region. Minister Santos added that the country’s location, alongside the lasting political stability, are guarantees of operability and sustainability.

Cape Verde wants to reinforce its partnership with the EU / Cabo Verde quer reforçar a parceria com a UE km-RTP2-PT: "Cape Verde wants to reinforce its partnership with the EU ..." info: Repórter África, 2021-10-27 06:43:00, 00:01:17, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:43:00 AM CEST

JUSTICE

Austria must implement whistleblower directive

[Austria, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Austria must implement the EU whistleblower directive by mid-December, Der Standard reports. The directive is supposed to establish harmonised standards of protection for both the public and the private sector in the EU. Authorities, companies with more than 250 employees and communities of 10,000 inhabitants will have to establish internal reporting channels for whistleblowers as of 2022. As of 2023, this requirement will also apply to companies of 50 or more employees. Countries must provide comprehensive protection to whistleblowers. According to experts, Austria is lagging behind when it comes to implementing these requirements.

Austria must implement whistleblower directive / Zugzwang bei Whistleblowern km-Standard-AT: "Austria must implement whistleblower directive / Zugzwang bei Whistleblowern..." page: 19 info: by Jakob Pflügl date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Reintroducing data retention across the EU

[Germany, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:22:00 AM CEST

The acting Federal Government supports the European Commission's plans to reintroduce and expand so-called data retention to a much greater extent than previously known, spiegel.de reports on the basis of a position paper made available to the newspaper. The Federal Government not only advocates reintroducing data retention across the EU but also - as planned by the European Commission - expanding it to include video telephony and video conferencing, as well as messenger services such as WhatsApp. This would go beyond the null and void EU Data Retention Directive. "These plans by the European Commission could affect millions of innocent people," MEP Patrick Breyer (Greens/EFA) criticised. Tourists and users of public transport would be "placed under general suspicion."

As a goodbye, a "yes" to data retention / Zum Abschied noch ein »Ja« zur Vorratsdaten-Speicherung km-Spiegel.de-DE: "As a goodbye, a "yes" to data retention / Zum ..." info: by Dietmar Hipp date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Guest contribution: Children’s rights strategy is a “very ambitious vision"

[Germany, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Rundschau, Director of Save the Children Europe Anita Bay Bundegaard and CEO of Save the Children Germany Florian Westphal comment on the children’s rights strategy presented by the European Commission. The authors praise the strategy, however, they remind that it is a “very ambitious vision.” Almost 18 million children are threatened by poverty and social marginalisation in the EU. The number varies significantly in the different member states. Even in Germany, about 25.6% of the children are threatened by these circumstances. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic crisis has further intensified the difficulties faced by these children.

Poor in a prosperous region / Arm in einer wohlhabenden Region km-Frankfurter-Rundschau-DE: "Poor in a prosperous region / Arm in einer wohlhabenden ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

New Hungarian member of the General Court of the European Union enters office

[Hungary, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

Index.hu and Blikk report that Krisztián Kecsmár, the new Hungarian member of the General Court of the European Union, entered office, the court said on Wednesday. Judge Kecsmár is the former chief of staff of former Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi. Index.hu writes that he replaces Zoltán Csehi, who has been appointed to the Court of Justice of the EU. Judge Kecsmár’s term is till 21 Aug 2022. According to his official biography, Judge Kecsmár previously worked at the Directorate-General for Information Society and Media, then at the Directorate-General for Competition. Index.hu further writes Judge Csehi has been a member of the General Court since 2016. He has been appointed to the CJEU for six years.

Hungarian judge in the EU / Magyar bíró az unióban km-Blikk-HU: "Hungarian judge in the EU / Magyar bíró az unióban..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

New Hungarian member of the General Court of the European Union enters office / Hivatalban az Európai Unió Törvényszékének új, magyar bírója km-index.hu-HU: "New Hungarian member of the General Court of the European ..." info: by - kd - date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months

[Malta, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:05:00 AM CEST

The European Public Prosecutor’s head, Laura Kovesi, said that Malta has failed to submit any actionable reports to the EPPO in the five months that the office has been set up, reports the local media. All national authorities have a duty to inform the EPPO about any criminal conduct of a financial nature but Malta had only submitted two reports in the past five months, and these were not in the EPPO’s jurisdiction. Kovesi said that so far around 2,300 criminal reports have been received from all over Europe and over 380 investigations in various countries had been opened.  Kovesi also said that during a visit to Malta she had met the National Audit Office, Police Commissioner, Attorney General, Internal Audit and Investigations Division, and the FIAU where she had “very open and constructive discussions”.

Dubji dwar kif il-Gvern Malti qed jonfoq il-bagit tal-UE km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Dubji dwar kif il-Gvern Malti qed jonfoq il-bagit tal-UE..." page: 1,3 info: by Francesco Catania date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months / Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public ..." page: 3 info: by Albert Galea date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months / Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public ..." page: 1,2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

No reports of EU funding fraud received from Malta / No reports of EU funding fraud received from Malta km-Malta-Times-MT: "No reports of EU funding fraud received from Malta / ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months / Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public Prosecutor in five months km-Malta-Times-MT: "Malta has not submitted any actionable reports to European Public ..." page: 3 info: by Albert Galea date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EPPO Chief prosecutor expresses concern over lack of reporting in Malta / Il-Prosekutur Ewlenija tal-EPPO turi tħassib dwar nuqqas ta’ rapporti minn Malta km-TVM-Malta-MT: "EPPO Chief prosecutor expresses concern over lack of reporting in ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-10-27 05:51:00, 00:02:10, by Glenn Falzon date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:51:00 AM CEST

MEMBER STATES - INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Prime Minister Plenković claims minimum wage to increase by HRK350 as of January

[Croatia, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced on Wednesday in the parliament that the minimum net wage would increase by HRK350 or 10.3% as of January, from HRK3,400 to HRK3,750, that is €500, Novi list and Glas Slavonije report. The government would pass the decision on Thursday, the Prime Minister said, submitting to the parliament the annual report on the work of the government. He underscored that the government was raising the minimum wage for the first time to more than 50% of the average net salary and to over 60% of the median net salary, which would impact 51,000 workers. Five years ago, he recalled, the minimum salary was 38% of the average salary.

We work in the interest of citizens with a vision of development, the lowest salaries will be HRK 350 / Radiomo u interesu građana uz viziju razvoja, najniže plaće će biti 350 kuna km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "We work in the interest of citizens with a vision ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The minimum wage rises to HRK 3,750 and parental fees to HRK 7,500 / Minimalna plaća raste na 3.750 kuna, a roditeljske naknade na 7.500 kuna km-Novi-List-HR: "The minimum wage rises to HRK 3,750 and parental fees ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Estonian President Karis: We don't trust our government very much

[Estonia, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

The coming Covid-19 winter is unlikely to create a Baltic travel bubble, but a border clearly runs between the Baltics and the rest of Europe, which are sceptical about the government's messages, Estonian President Alar Karis, who went on a state visit from Finland to Lithuania on Thursday, told Postimees. "Why the border of the least vaccinated is running along Eastern Europe, where the figures are rising, is also related to the fact that we do not trust our government and the statements of our government members very much," President Karis states. Regarding the cooperation between the Baltic states, the President notes it is a term that is widely used, but we may not have reached the best form of this cooperation yet. "Today, there may be differences of opinion with Lithuania on certain issues. We will also look at where the decision of the Polish Supreme Court leads - a dialogue with the European Union is needed here," he added.

Estonian President Karis: We don't trust our government very much / Karis: me ei usalda väga oma valitsust km-Postimees-EE: "Estonian President Karis: We don't trust our government very much ..." page: 4,5 info: by Margus Parts date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Newly elected President of Estonia visits Lithuania

[Lithuania, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

LNK reports that Alar Karis, newly elected President of Estonia has come for a visit to Lithuania. Political analysts say that Estonia is becoming not only Lithuania’s “Baltic sister” but also a competitor, the countries are competing in terms of economic projects as well as for world leaders’ attention. The experts believe that nowadays, Lithuania is succeeding in this competition. President Karis came for a visit to Lithuania last, he already visited Finland and Poland. He was inaugurated two weeks ago. He thanked Lithuania for a “very good coordination of communication between the Baltic states this year”. The President added that the countries cooperated really well in the field of defence, both at NATO and the Baltic levels.

Newly elected President of Estonia visits Lithuania / Lietuvoje lankosi naujasis Estijos prezidentas km-LNK-TV-LT: "Newly elected President of Estonia visits Lithuania / Lietuvoje lankosi ..." info: Žinios, 2021-10-27 20:49:00, 00:03:45, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:49:00 PM CEST

Portugal is facing new elections

[Luxembourg, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Martin Dahms reports in Luxemburger Wort that Portugal is facing new elections after six years of socialist government. The communists and the left bloc, that supported Prime Minister António Costa for a long time, let his draft budget for the coming year fail at the parliament yesterday. The rift on the left could serve the right if they did not have their own problems. In the PSD, MEP Paulo Rangel is contesting the current chairman Rui Rio for his position. A party congress at the beginning of December should decide the power struggle.

Out of step / Aus dem Tritt km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Out of step / Aus dem Tritt..." page: 7 info: by Martin Dahms date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

President on official visit to Croatia

[Malta, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:06:00 AM CEST

TVM reports that President George Vella has had talks in Zagreb with his Croatian counterpart, President Zoran Milanović. The two presidents held a joint press conference in which they underlined the good relations between the two countries and their desire to improve trade, tourism, education and other exchanges. Vella also spoke of the commitment of the two countries to ensure that ongoing challenges, such as migration, stability and security with the southern partners, feature prominently on the European Union’s agenda. On differing opinions on migration, he said that there should at least be agreement between those member states willing to accept migrants. Vella underlined the importance that Malta attaches to Western Balkan countries joining the Union. Milanović said there were several areas where Croatia could look at Malta’s best practices, such as economic growth, accession to the Eurozone, and tourism.

President on official visit to Croatia / Il-President fuq żjara uffiċjali fil-Kroazja km-TVM-Malta-MT: "President on official visit to Croatia / Il-President fuq żjara ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-10-27 05:49:00, 00:03:00, by Mario Micallef date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:49:00 AM CEST

Italian Prime Minister Draghi's coalition government is standing

[Sweden, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

It has now been just over six months since Mario Draghi took over as Italian Prime Minister and his broad coalition government is still standing, reports Sverigesradio.se. According to a recent poll by newspaper Corriere della sera, 63% of Italians support Prime Minister Draghi. Claudia Mariotti, political scientist at the Roma Tre University in Rome, thinks that the Prime Minister's government is functioning well. At the same time, demands from the EU are likely to be a challenge. Among other things, Brussels expects a tax reform. One of the governing parties, Matteo Salvini's Lega, has said that it will not agree to any tax increases. Mr Salvini banned Lega ministers from attending a meeting on a tax reform, and Prime Minister Draghi was forced to promise that there will not be any increases in taxes. Mr Salvini has also criticised the government for introducing the Covid-19 pass requirement in the workplace, and protests are also expected when Prime Minister Draghi launches a pension reform. Ms Mariotti believes that these small markings from Mr Salvini are not serious threats to the government.

Those around Draghi show claws and teeth - but they will continue to support him / De runt Draghi visar klor och tänder - men de kommer fortsätta stödja honom km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "Those around Draghi show claws and teeth - but they ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Swedish Prime Minister Löfven goes down in history as a skilled political craftsman (op-ed)

[Sweden, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:29:00 AM CEST

Swedish Prime Minister Löfven goes down in history as a skilled political craftsman, writes Ewa Stenberg in an opinion piece in Dagens Nyheter. Despite a parliamentary majority on the right, he was prime minister for seven turbulent years while also leading the Social Democratic Party. But the price for staying in power is that he has had to implement reforms that his party promised voters never to contribute to. He has liberalised labour law and reduced taxes for those who earn the most. The Social Democratic Party has not come any closer to the big reform project that it dreams of finding.

A skilled power player without political project / Ewa Stenberg: En skicklig maktspelare utan politiskt projekt km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "A skilled power player without political project / Ewa Stenberg: ..." page: 14 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

MIGRATION

Interview with Commission VP Schinas on Green Line and migration crisis

[Cyprus, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Sigma TV published on Sigmalive, Commission Vice-President Schinas expressed his view that the Green Line in Cyprus is – and should not be – a border to be able to be guarded as such, but neither should it become a back door for refugee and migration flows into Europe. He underlines that the EU fully comprehends the particularity of the Green Line, stressing that irregular migration through this must be controlled.Referring to the new Asylum and Migration Pact, he notes that the EU is still far from adopting a comprehensive practice that will effectively manage refugees and migrants arriving in European territory. He pointed out that Europe needs migrants to develop growth in the post-pandemic era, and to tackle the over-aging population. However, Schinas says that “we must secure that those arriving will do so legally, will have a role in the European Community, and will integrate in society based on Europeans principles and values”.Schinas refers to the need for solidarity among member states to manage the migration crisis, noting that all should contribute so that the European family can function with the right mix of solidarity and responsibility.The VP refers to the motives and sanctions, which he describes as the “most functional way” for Europe to manage the issue of Turkey, while he also mentions the importance of the EastMed pipeline for the region.Commenting on Schinas’ interview, international relations expert, Iacovou, stresses that there is a weakness on the part of the EU to provide adequate assistance to Cyprus to manage migration flows, while noting that the VP maintains equal distances to avoid blaming Turkey for the refugee and migration crisis, Sigmalive reports. “The extended unwillingness of EU officials is encouraging Turkey”, he notes. Referring to the new Migration and Asylum Pact, he says that Schinas refused to address the reactions in Europe, as the migration crisis may distort the demographic nature of Europe. Commenting on Schinas’ statements on the EastMed pipeline, Iacovou said that the VP acknowledges there are political motives and geostrategic needs to create the pipeline. He said that his statement on the financial sustainability of the pipeline also constitutes Turkey’s position (that it cannot be commercially viable without Turkey), and this may serve as a message on what will follow if it is not attained.

Iacovou: Schinas sent a message on the financial sustainability of EastMed / Ιακώβου:Ο Σχοινάς έστειλε προμήνυμα για την οικονομική βιωσιμότητα του EastMed km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Iacovou: Schinas sent a message on the financial sustainability of ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Schinas on Sigma: The Green Line is neither a border nor a backdoor / Σχοινάς στο ΣΙΓΜΑ: Η Πράσινη Γραμμή δεν είναι σύνορο ούτε κερκόπορτα km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Schinas on Sigma: The Green Line is neither a border ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Coverage of immigration via Belarus

[Germany, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:38:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the organised influx of refugees who have been arriving in Germany from Belarus via Poland for weeks.This week, for the first time in many years, over 1,000 immigrants arrived in Germany in one day, Bild reports. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer accused President Lukashenko of waging a hybrid war against Germany, as he is sending refugees to the EU via Poland. Despite international criticism of the current border regime of the Polish government, Minister Seehofer emphasised that he supports Poland in securing its borders, including fortifications, because otherwise, the country will not be able to cope with the long border with Belarus. Minister Seehofer criticised Bündnis 90/Die Grünen for not being realistic after Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Chairman Robert Habeck stated that he would simply redistribute all refugees that come from Belarus.In a commentary on zeit.de, Johanna Roth reviews Minister-President of Saxony Michael Kretschmer’s statement that the EU needs “fences and probably also walls” at its external border with Belarus. Minister-President Kretschmer says “what nobody in the Federal Government and in the European Commission wants to say out loud: that a Europe of fences and walls is not only a reality but also political consensus.” It would only be consistent for the EU to agree to pay for the physical borders, Ms Roth argues. Belarusian President Lukashenko has been using refugees as leverage following EU sanctions imposed against his regime, tagesschau.de reports. Apparently, Belarus is allowing refugees to enter the country and then moves them to the EU external borders. In April, an analysis paper by the Federal Ministry of the Interior had warned about such a scenario and recommended that the government develop a "common narrative on the subject of migration" across departments and provide "proactive fact-based information."It is, however, currently difficult to determine whether President Lukashenko continues inviting asylum seekers, Die Zeit reports. An internal management report of the European Commission made available to Die Zeit still speaks of an "emergency" at Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia's borders with Belarus with many people still trying to get to European territory on foot or with the help of smugglers. The paper explains, however, that, parallel to the threats against President Lukashenko, the EU is also using its diplomatic relations with the countries of origin to encourage them to ban direct flights to Minsk.

Bild-TV - 27.10.2021 10:06 - Interview with former Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer on migration and his ending career / Bild-TV - 27.10.2021 10:06 - Interview with former Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer on migration and his ending career km-Bild-TV-DE: "Bild-TV - 27.10.2021 10:06 - Interview with former Federal Minister ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 00:32:00, 00:11:44, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:32:00 AM CEST

"Over 1,000 immigrants a day" / "Über 1000 Zuwanderer am Tag" km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: ""Over 1,000 immigrants a day" / "Über 1000 Zuwanderer am ..." page: 1-2 info: by C.S date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Border protection summit - now! / Grenz- schutz- Gipfel - jetzt! km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Border protection summit - now! / Grenz- schutz- Gipfel - ..." page: 2 info: by H. J. VEHLEWALD date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Need fences and probably also walls" / „Brauchen Zäune und vermutlich auch Mauern“ km-Bild.de-DE: ""Need fences and probably also walls" / „Brauchen Zäune und ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

"For the first time in many years over 1000 immigrants in one day" / „Zum ersten Mal seit vielen Jahren über 1000 Zuwanderer an einem Tag“ km-Bild.de-DE: ""For the first time in many years over 1000 immigrants ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview: "It is about hybrid warfare" / "Es geht um hybride Kriegsführung" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Interview: "It is about hybrid warfare" / "Es geht um ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

On securing the EU border: A wall? / Eine Mauer? km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On securing the EU border: A wall? / Eine Mauer?..." page: 8 info: by R.M date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Kretschmer calls for securing the EU border / Kretschmer fordert Sicherung der EU-Grenze km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Kretschmer calls for securing the EU border / Kretschmer fordert ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

When migrants are turned into weapons / Wenn Migranten zu Waffen gemacht werden km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "When migrants are turned into weapons / Wenn Migranten zu ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Belarus Refugees as a means of exerting pressure / Belarus Flüchtlinge als Druckmittel km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Belarus Refugees as a means of exerting pressure / Belarus ..." info: by Georg Mascolo date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Border with Poland to remain open / Grenze zu Polen soll offen bleiben km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Border with Poland to remain open / Grenze zu Polen ..." page: 12 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

"Then a dictator decides how many people enter the EU" / "Dann entscheidet ein Diktator, wie viele Menschen in die EU einreisen" km-Welt-DE: ""Then a dictator decides how many people enter the EU" ..." page: 5 info: by MARCEL LEUBECHER date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

On immigration via Belarus: Is anyone else coming? / Kommt da noch wer? km-Zeit-DE: "On immigration via Belarus: Is anyone else coming? / Kommt ..." page: 2 info: by L.F date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Europe has long since agreed on walls / Europa hat sich längst auf Mauern geeinigt km-Zeit.de-DE: "Europe has long since agreed on walls / Europa hat ..." info: by Ein Kommentar von Johanna Roth date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Johansson

[Germany, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 9:33:00 AM CEST

"The European Commission feels strongly committed to effective border protection," Commissioner Johansson told Die Welt on the topic of the influx of refugees at the Polish-Belarusian border. However, Commissioner Johansson made it clear that the European Commission will not support Poland's project to build a 48-kilometre-long high-tech border fence. She condemned the practices of President Lukashenko as a "brutal tactic" and spoke in favour of effective, long-term border protection management, including "modern practices such as surveillance and appropriate equipment." "I asked the Polish government to allow Frontex access to the border area where the state of emergency applies. There is currently no transparency about what is going on there [...]. We also have to give access to the media and non-governmental organisations," Commissioner Johansson urged.

EU demands access for Frontex in Poland's border area / EU fordert Zugang für Frontex in Polens Grenzgebiet km-Welt-DE: "EU demands access for Frontex in Poland's border area / ..." page: 5 info: by CHRISTOPH B. SCHILTZ date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi calls for investigation into pushback accusations

[Greece, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi asked the Greek National Transparency Authority (NTA) to investigate the recent accusations regarding illegal pushbacks. In a press conference, the Minister said that “Greece has independent authorities to investigate complaints” and cited internal control in the Ministries, the NTA and the courts. With regard to the shipwreck in the sea area of Chios where four refugees lost their lives, Minister Mitarachi underlined that the incident highlights the exploitation of migrants by criminal gangs in the Aegean. The Turkish authorities can and should do more to prevent the exploitation of criminal gangs, the Minister stressed, adding that the EU must provide tangible support. The Hellenic Coast Guard rescued 22 people. As regards the secondary flows of recognised refugees to other EU countries, Minister Mitarachi reiterated that “they are inevitable within the EU”, adding that people coming to Europe want to go to countries with better social support, higher wages and more job opportunities. At the same time, capital.gr notes that Minister Mitarachi had a meeting with Slovakia Interior Minister Roman Mikulec. Following up their meeting in Bratislava in June, the two Ministers discussed again the common positions of the two countries in the European migration and asylum policy and in particular the need for effective protection of the EU external borders in a way that will prevent mass irregular flows and enhance the sense of security within the Schengen Area.

Ο Μηιαράκης ρίχνει την ευθύνη για τα ναυάγια στην Τουρκία km-Avghi-GR: "Ο Μηιαράκης ρίχνει την ευθύνη για τα ναυάγια στην Τουρκία..." page: 19 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ν. Μηταράκης: ‘’Είναι επιτακτική ανάγκη να εργαστούμε για την πρόληψη περαιτέρω κρίσεων στα κοινά εξωτερικά μας σύνορα" km-capital.gr-GR: "Ν. Μηταράκης: ‘’Είναι επιτακτική ανάγκη να εργαστούμε για την πρόληψη ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Αίτημα Μηταράκη στην ΕΑΔ να διερευνήσει καταγγελίες για επαναπροωθήσεις στο Αιγαίο km-capital.gr-GR: "Αίτημα Μηταράκη στην ΕΑΔ να διερευνήσει καταγγελίες για επαναπροωθήσεις στο ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Μηταράκης: Αίτημα στην ΕΑΔ να διερευνήσει καταγγελίες για επαναπροωθήσεις προσφύγων/μεταναστών στο Αιγαίο km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Μηταράκης: Αίτημα στην ΕΑΔ να διερευνήσει καταγγελίες για επαναπροωθήσεις προσφύγων/μεταναστών ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Request by Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi towards the National Transparency Authority to investigate illegal pushback accusations / Αίτημα Μηταράκη στην Αρχή Διαφάνειας να διερευνήσει καταγγελίες για παράνομες επαναπροωθήσεις km-protothema.gr-GR: "Request by Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi towards the ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EPP European Parliament Group Chair Weber in favour of EU funding for border fences

[Greece, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that in a post on Twitter, European People’s Party (EPP) European Parliament Group Chair Manfred Weber (Germany) sided in favour of granting EU funds for border fences. We do not understand why the EU cannot finance a fence at the Belarus border, Chair Weber remarked. He stressed that there is a hybrid war going on, adding that Lithuania, Latvia and others deserve the EU’s full support including funds for a physical border if needed. We decide who is allowed to enter into Europe, not Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Chair Weber underlined. That is why we urgently need clarifications from the Commission on this issue, he noted.

Βέμπερ (ΕΛΚ): Υπέρ της χορήγησης ευρωπαϊκών κονδυλίων για φράχτες στα σύνορα της ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Βέμπερ (ΕΛΚ): Υπέρ της χορήγησης ευρωπαϊκών κονδυλίων για φράχτες στα ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Υπέρ της ευρωπαϊκής χρηματοδότησης για φράχτες στα σύνορα ο Βέμπερ km-in.gr-GR: "Υπέρ της ευρωπαϊκής χρηματοδότησης για φράχτες στα σύνορα ο Βέμπερ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commissioner Johansson: Without migrants, we would not have been able to cope with the pandemic

[Hungary, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap, Index.hu and Origo.hu report on Commissioner Johansson’s speech at the European Migration Forum in Brussels yesterday. All three media outlets report Commissioner Johansson said that without migrants, “we would not have been able to cope with the pandemic.” She called migrants essential for the EU's economy and society and urged a more positive narrative on migration. Index.hu and Origo.hu write she said, “Migrants are part of 'us'.” Magyar Hírlap and Origo.hu write she praised the agreement on the European Blue Card. Index.hu and Origo.hu report she discussed Afghanistan, saying she put forward the proposal to establish a multiannual Support Scheme for Afghans at risk, combining protection in the short term like evacuations and medium-term efforts such as resettlement and family reunification. According to Origo.hu, “in other words, she talked about the mass resettlement of migrants, which means taking in masses of people from a country that has been again and again a centre of international terrorism.” “What makes this worse,” Origo.hu writes, is that many pro-migration member states welcomed the plan.

EU Commissioner: We need migrants / Uniós biztos: Szükségünk van a bevándorlókra km-index.hu-HU: "EU Commissioner: We need migrants / Uniós biztos: Szükségünk van ..." info: by - msz - date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs wants legal migration routes / Legális migrációs útvonalakat akar az unió belügyi biztosa km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "EU Commissioner for Home Affairs wants legal migration routes / ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs talked about the mass resettlement of migrants at the European Migration Forum / Az uniós belügyi biztos migránsok tömeges betelepítéséről beszélt az Európai Migrációs Fórumon km-origo.hu-HU: "EU Commissioner for Home Affairs talked about the mass resettlement ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Parliament’s LIBE Committee calls on Commission to create new legal avenues for migrants

[Hungary, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:37:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap and Origo.hu report that the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs called on the Commission to create new legal avenues for migrants to Europe. The two media outlets report on this news based on a Facebook post by Hungarian ruling party Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi (non-attached). MEP Hidvéghi called the idea “crazy.” Both media outlets point out that Hungarian centrist Momentum MEP Anna Donáth (Renew) and leftist DK leader MEP Klára Dobrev (S&D) are part of the LIBE Committee.

Hidvéghi: The left would bring migrants to the EU / Hidvéghi: Migránsokat hozna az EU-ba a baloldal km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Hidvéghi: The left would bring migrants to the EU / ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The LIBE Committee asked the Commission to create legal avenues for migrants to Europe / A LIBE-bizottság felkérte az Európai Bizottságot, hogy az hozzon létre Európába irányuló legális migrációs útvonalakat km-origo.hu-HU: "The LIBE Committee asked the Commission to create legal avenues ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Europe must be ready to impose new restrictions on Belarus

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, Europe must be ready to impose new restrictions on Belarus, which uses illegal migration in hybrid attacks against neighbouring countries, Estonian President Alar Karis emphasised. “Hybrid attacks on the border between Belarus and the European Union, where vulnerable third-country nationals are being used to organise illegal border violations, deserve unanimous condemnation,” Mr Karis told in a joint news conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. “Belarus must stop this activity, which threatens the security of the region. It is a very serious violation of human rights, and we must be prepared to impose new restrictions on Belarus,” says Mr Karis. He also welcomed Lithuania's action in overcoming the migrant crisis, stressing that Vilnius and Tallinn are strategic partners in both NATO and the EU, so it is important to raise the issues facing one country or the other at the highest level.

Europe must be ready to impose new restrictions on Belarus / Igaunijas prezidents: Eiropai jābūt gatavai noteikt Baltkrievijai jaunus ierobežojumus km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Europe must be ready to impose new restrictions on Belarus ..." info: by LETA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Migration remains one of difficult crossroads for future of EU

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, migration remains one of the difficult crossroads for the future of the European Union. If a common European approach to migration cannot be agreed on at this stage, EU member states will continue to act individually. Several countries also do not want any common solution. This is one of the reasons for the political stalemate in new reforms. It is high time for bold reforms to regain control of the EU's external borders and prevent illegal migration by returning people who are not allowed to stay in the EU. At the same time, more operational arrangements for those people who really need help are needed. The proposed regulation on asylum and migration management is a step in the right direction.

Migration remains one of difficult crossroads for future of EU / Iziet no politiskā strupceļa km-Diena.lv-LV: "Migration remains one of difficult crossroads for future of EU ..." info: by Tomass TobēEiropas Parlamenta deputāts (Eiropas Tautas partijas grupa) date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

President von der Leyen has announced EU money will not be used for building fences

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Latvijas Avīze reports that President von der Leyen has announced that regarding allocation of funding for the strengthening of the European Union's external border, EU money will not be used for building fences. Significantly, President von der Leyen did not state this as her personal position, but deliberately expanded it as a common position for Brussels. However, the countries affected by President Lukashenko's hybrid attack have found in their experience that a fence and barbed wire are the most effective means of repelling an attack. The current flow of migrants, which is breaking through Europe in various ways, including through the offer of the Belarusian dictator, is also largely due to the inertia of the time. The open-door policy has been described as a mistake by many, with 80% of Germans negatively evaluating it in surveys. On the other hand, the leader of the European People's Party Manfred Weber has expressed the opposite view.

President von der Leyen has announced EU money will not be used for building fences / Ugunsgrēks jādzēš pašiem km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "President von der Leyen has announced EU money will not ..." page: 2 info: by Māris Antonevičs date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Weber says European Union must fund construction of barriers at borders, President Nausėda does not believe Lithuania will not receive money

[Lithuania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt reports that the European Union must fund the construction of physical barriers at the external border of the community, according to the Chairman of the European People’s Party Manfred Weber. “For the EPP group in the European Parliament, it is very difficult to understand why the European Union cannot finance a physical fence along the Belarus border. There is a hybrid war going on, we should not be naïve. It is a question of defending ourselves and making sure that we decide who is allowed to enter into Europe, and not dictator Lukashenko,” he said. According to him, after discussions in 2015, the European Commission decided not to finance fences at borders, but now the situation has changed, migration has taken on a different nature. “Therefore, funding must be provided,” he said. Alfa.lt adds that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says that the statements that the European Union will not allocate funds for the construction of a physical barrier on the border with Belarus are just “first attempts” to respond to the conclusions on migration and obligations to the European Commission.

President Nausėda does not believe Lithuania will not receive money for border funding / G. Nausėda netiki Europos Komisijos vadovės žodžiais, kad negaus pinigų tvorai pasienyje km-Alfa.lt-LT: "President Nausėda does not believe Lithuania will not receive money ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Weber says European Union must fund construction of barriers at borders, President Nausėda does not believe Lithuania will not receive money / ES privalo finansuoti užtvarų statybą pasienyje, sako Europos liaudies partijos lyderis km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Weber says European Union must fund construction of barriers at ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Lithuanian, Estonian presidents agreed to work together to overcome challenges of illegal migration, other security threats

[Lithuania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:56:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt and Lrytas.lt write that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda met with the new Estonian President Alar Karis who arrived in Lithuania on a working visit. They discussed bilateral relations, cooperation in the fields of defence, regional security, as well as the Nordic-Baltic format. The presidents agreed to continue working together to address the challenges of illegal migration and other threats to national security. “We understand that only by being united and focused will we meet the challenges,” the Lithuanian President said, as quoted by Delfi.lt.

Lithuanian, Estonian presidents agreed to work together to overcome challenges of illegal migration, other security threats / Lietuvos ir Estijos prezidentai sutarė ir toliau dirbti kartu įveikiant nelegalios migracijos iššūkius ir kitas grėsmes saugumui km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Lithuanian, Estonian presidents agreed to work together to overcome challenges ..." info: by Eleonora Budzinauskiene date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Lithuanian, Estonian presidents agreed to work together to overcome challenges of illegal migration, other security threats / Lietuvos ir Estijos prezidentai sutarė ir toliau dirbti kartu įveikiant nelegalios migracijos iššūkius ir kitas grėsmes saugumui km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Lithuanian, Estonian presidents agreed to work together to overcome challenges ..." info: by Lrytas.ltOct 27 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

More and more migrants are entering Germany

[Netherlands, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

In Germany, more and more migrants are crossing the border from Poland, reports NPO 1. They are mainly people from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. This month, according to the German police, there were more than 3700. And almost all of them enter the European Union via Belarus.

More and more migrants are entering Germany / Steeds meer migranten komen Duitsland binnen km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "More and more migrants are entering Germany / Steeds meer ..." info: Radio 1 journaal, 2021-10-27 06:36:00, 00:04:14, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:36:00 AM CEST

Polish Senate wants to build a wall on the country's border with Belarus

[Portugal, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

The Polish Senate wants to build a wall across Poland’s border with Belarus and wants it to be funded by the European Union, SIC reports. The European Commission already rejected funding these types of projects. The wall would cost €350 million to build.

Polish Senate wants a border wall paid by EU funds / O Senado polaco quer um muro fronteiriço pago por fundos da UE km-Sic-TV-PT: "Polish Senate wants a border wall paid by EU funds ..." info: Edição da manhã, 2021-10-27 07:55:00, 00:00:34, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

Emmanuel Macron wants a new EU-Africa deal to prevent migration

[Romania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

According to Gandul.ro, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he wanted to manage the issue of migrants at the European level. While attending a charity dinner in Paris organised by a network of Protestant entrepreneurs, Mr Macron called for a new agreement between the European Union and African states to prevent migration. He said that one of his goals under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union is to try to rebuild a peace and friendship treaty with Africa. “We need to think together with the countries of origin of a much better-organised migration policy, especially with Africa," Mr Macron said.

Emmanuel Macron wants a new EU-Africa deal to prevent migration. "Most people who arrive in Europe and apply for asylum are not eligible" / Emmanuel Macron își dorește un nou acord UE-Africa pentru prevenirea migrației. „Mare parte din cei care sosesc în Europa şi solicită azil nu sunt eligibili” km-Gandul.ro-RO: "Emmanuel Macron wants a new EU-Africa deal to prevent migration. ..." info: by Andrei Vacaru date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Minister praises Greece for protection of Schengen borders

[Slovakia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:28:00 AM CEST

Radio station Rádio Slovensko and TV station STV1 report on the visit of Slovak Interior Minister Roman Mikulec to Greece, during which he praised the country for protection of the Schengen borders. „It is very important to secure protection of EU´s outer borders. We need to discuss this topic also with other states so that the border controls are conducted in a way which protects EU citizens,“ he said as he visited offices of Frontex and the Greek coast guard.

Greece coping with influx of illegal migrants in long-term / Řecko dlouhodobě bojuje s přílivem nelegálních migrantů, vyjádření ministra vnitra Romana Mikulce km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "Greece coping with influx of illegal migrants in long-term / ..." info: Správy, 2021-10-27 18:18:00, 00:02:03, by Jakub MITTER date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:18:00 PM CEST

Interior Minister praises Greece for border protection / Ministr vnitra ocenil ochranu hranic Řecka, vyjádření ministra vnitra Romana Mikulce km-STV-1-SK: "Interior Minister praises Greece for border protection / Ministr vnitra ..." info: Správy, 2021-10-27 19:21:00, 00:02:08, by Jakub MITTER date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:21:00 PM CEST

REGIONAL POLICY

EU climate protection requires railway expansion in the Alps

[Austria, Regional Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European transport sector must be reduced by 90% by 2050 in order to reach the EU climate targets, which requires a major expansion of railway transport in the Alps, Wiener Zeitung reports. In the course of the European Week of Regions, representatives of Alpine regions and countries met with the European "Mobility" working group of the EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP), which presented 20 pioneering projects.

EU climate protection requires railway expansion in the Alps / EU-Klimaschutz macht Bahnausbau in den Alpen nötig km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "EU climate protection requires railway expansion in the Alps / ..." page: 1,9-10 info: by Bernd Vasari date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Slovakia submits Partnership Agreement to Brussels

[Slovakia, Regional Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:41:00 AM CEST

Daily Plus jeden deň and website aktuality.sk inform the readers that Slovakia has already submitted the new Partnership Agreement proposal for the years 2021 to 2027 to Brussels. The information was announced by Deputy Prime Minister for Investment, Regional Development and Informatisation Veronika Remišová after yesterday´s meeting of the government. The document will now be reviewed in Brussels. “We will conduct hard negotiations with the European Commission,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. She added that Slovakia's national priorities, which it wants to finance from EU funds, included support for hospitals, infrastructure, investment in science, research and a green Europe. The media add that in the new programming period, Slovakia should receive some €13 billion from EU funds.

Deputy Prime Minister Remišová: Slovakia has already sent the new Partnership Agreement to Brussels / Vicepremiérka Remišová: Slovensko už poslalo novú partnerskú dohodu do Bruselu km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Deputy Prime Minister Remišová: Slovakia has already sent the new ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Veronika Remišová: We sent a Partnership Agreement to Brussels / Veronika Remišová: Poslali sme partnerskú dohodu do Bruselu km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Veronika Remišová: We sent a Partnership Agreement to Brussels / ..." page: 4 info: by TASR date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

Turkey to join several EU programmes through 2027

[Austria, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Turkey has joined the new editions of various EU programmes, orf.at and kurier.at report. According to information from the European Commission, the country will now take part in the EU research program Horizon Europe, the Erasmus+ educational programme and the European Solidarity Corps until 2027. Turkey had already cooperated with EU countries in previous editions of the programmes.

Türkei tritt mehreren EU-Programmen bis 2027 bei km-kurier.at-AT: "Türkei tritt mehreren EU-Programmen bis 2027 bei..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Türkei tritt mehreren EU-Programmen bis 2027 bei km-orf.at-AT: "Türkei tritt mehreren EU-Programmen bis 2027 bei..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Turkey becomes associated to major EU programmes for research, innovation and education

[Cyprus, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

The Commission yesterday signed an agreement with Turkey for tighter cooperation in EU research, innovation and education programmes for the period 2021-2027, Sigmalive and Haravgi report. Turkey has been granted association status to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme, Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, and the European Solidarity Corps. As a result, researchers, innovators, students, pupils, trainees, teachers, and young people established in Turkey can now participate under the same conditions as participants from EU Member States. Association to the research and innovation framework programme is the closest form of cooperation with countries outside the EU.Commissioner Gabriel, welcomed Turkey’s participation in the EU’s research and educational programmes, noting that the Turkish participation in the new generation of our EU programmes will further reinforce their capacities and support integration into the European Research Area and European Education Area.

Agreement between Turkey-EU on research, innovation and education issues / ΣΥΜΦΩΝΙΑ ΜΕΤΑΞΥ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑΣ- E.E ΣΕ ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΕΡΥΕΝΑΣ ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΠΑΙΔΕΥΣΗΣ km-Haravgi-CY: "Agreement between Turkey-EU on research, innovation and education issues / ..." page: 12 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commission: Agreement with Turkey on research, innovation and education / Κομισιόν: Συμφωνία με Τουρκία σε θέματα έρευνας, καινοτομίας και εκπαίδευσης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Commission: Agreement with Turkey on research, innovation and education / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Closer cooperation between EU and Turkey on European programmes signed / Υπεγράφη η στενότερη συνεργασία ΕΕ-Τουρκίας σε ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Closer cooperation between EU and Turkey on European programmes signed ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

73 projects selected for funding under Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call to receive €1 billion

[Cyprus, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST

At a dedicated event yesterday, the Commission celebrated the start of the 73 projects selected for funding under the Horizon 2020 European Green Deal Call worth €1 billion, Philenews reports citing the relevant press release. This last call under Horizon 2020 represents a milestone on the road to achieving the European Green Deal objectives, contributing to the EU’s response to the twin climate and biodiversity crises while accelerating a fair and sustainable recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Gabriel said she is “looking forward to see what concrete benefits the projects selected for funding will bring into the everyday life of Europeans”.

EU: 73 selected projects will receive one billion euros from Horizon 2020 / ΕΕ: 73 επιλεγέντα έργα θα λάβουν 1 δισ ευρώ από «ΟΡΙΖΩΝ 2020» km-Philenews.com-CY: "EU: 73 selected projects will receive one billion euros from ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commission grants Turkey association status to EU research and education programmes

[Greece, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that the Commission signed an agreement yesterday with Turkey for closer cooperation in the EU research, innovation and education programmes. Specifically, for the period 2021-2027, association status was granted to Turkey in relation to the EU research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, Erasmus+, and the European Solidarity Corps. The association to Horizon Europe supports the ’Global Approach to Research and Innovation’. Association to Erasmus+ supports lifelong learning, educational, professional and personal development of people in education, training, youth and sport. Commissioner Gabriel welcomed the agreement, stressing that Turkey's participation in the new generation of EU programmes will further reinforce their capacities and support integration into the European Research Area and European Education Area.

Συμφωνία στενότερης συνεργασίας ΕΕ-Τουρκίας σε ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα έρευνας, καινοτομίας, εκπαίδευσης km-capital.gr-GR: "Συμφωνία στενότερης συνεργασίας ΕΕ-Τουρκίας σε ευρωπαϊκά προγράμματα έρευνας, καινοτομίας, εκπαίδευσης..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Commission: Grants Turkey association status to “Horizon Europe” programme / Κομισιόν: Δίνει στην Τουρκία καθεστώς σύνδεσης στο πρόγραμμα «Ορίζων Ευρώπη» km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission: Grants Turkey association status to “Horizon Europe” programme / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

€95.5 billion available for R&I

[Malta, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:05:00 AM CEST

A sponsored article on timesofmalta.com reports on the Horizon Europe programme which, with €95.5 billion available until 2027, is the largest EU funding programme for Research and Innovation. The article takes a look at the various services offered by The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) which hosts all the Horizon Europe National Contact Points (NCPs) under one roof.  Over 800 calls and topics are currently published on the Funding and Tenders portal of the European Commissions, covering all scientific fields. The previous EU R&I programme, Horizon 2020, has already helped 250 Maltese beneficiaries to obtain nearly €37 million in funding for the period between 2014 and 2020.

€95.5 billion available for R&I / €95.5 billion available for R&I km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "€95.5 billion available for R&I / €95.5 billion available for ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

RULE OF LAW AND CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

New EU fine of €1 million per day imposed on Poland

[Austria, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice on Wednesday sentenced Poland to pay a fine of €1 million per day, various media report. This ruling is the result of Poland failing to actually dissolve the disciplinary chamber at the Polish Supreme Court as promised. The fines were requested by the European Commission.Since a fine of €500,000 per day was already imposed on Poland for failing to obey the order to close the brown coal mine of Turow, Poland must now pay a total of €1.5 million per day. This sum will be retained from the EU budget. Polish Deputy Justice Minister Kaleta spoke of "usurpation and blackmail" in a first reaction. According to Kleine Zeitung, European Parliament President David Sassoli believes that the European Union is being called into question "more radically than ever." He has now instructed the European Parliament's Legal Service to prepare a lawsuit against the European Commission for failing to implement the conditionality mechanism. MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D) says that while President von der Leyen presents good arguments, what is needed now is action. As an in-depth report in Die Presse explains, the conflict with the EU is becoming costly for Poland not only because of the fine imposed by the ECJ, but above all because the Polish government must forego payments from the European recovery fund for the time being. First, the Commission has put the conclusion of its assessment of the Polish plan on hold until its concerns about the rule of law have been allayed. And second, even if President von der Leyen relents in this regard, resistance in ECOFIN is expected. An editorial article in Salzburger Nachrichten elaborates that the reason for the tougher approach of the ECJ is of a financial nature: why should European taxpayers pay billions in Covid-19 support and subsidies to states in which the rule of law is so damaged that the proper use of the funds cannot be guaranteed? Common European law holds the European Union together at its core; it is more important than the question of whether national populists in Warsaw, Budapest or elsewhere can save face. Therefore Poland is paying a high price. Those glorifying the constitution in the Polish government are in reality totally nonchalant in the treatment of their own constitution, according to Michael Laczynski in an editorial article in Die Presse. As long as Brussels is silent and the euros roll eastward, the ruling party PiS will not care where national law ends and European law begins. Now the national populists are upholding the very constitution that they had previously overrun during their ascent.

EuGH verurteilt Polen zur Zahlung von einer Million Euro Strafgeld pro Tag km-Derstandard.at-AT: "EuGH verurteilt Polen zur Zahlung von einer Million Euro Strafgeld ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EuGH verurteilt Polen zur Zahlung von einer Million Euro Zwangsgeld pro Tag km-Diepresse.com-AT: "EuGH verurteilt Polen zur Zahlung von einer Million Euro Zwangsgeld ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

„Die Leute lesen plötzlich die Verfassung“ km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "„Die Leute lesen plötzlich die Verfassung“..." page: 8,9 info: by Andreas Lieb date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU-Gericht: Polen muss täglich eine Million Euro Strafe zahlen km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "EU-Gericht: Polen muss täglich eine Million Euro Strafe zahlen..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Neue EU-Strafe für Polen: Eine Million Euro pro Tag km-Kurier-AT: "Neue EU-Strafe für Polen: Eine Million Euro pro Tag..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Eine Million pro Tag: EuGH verurteilt Polen zu Strafzahlung km-kurier.at-AT: "Eine Million pro Tag: EuGH verurteilt Polen zu Strafzahlung..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2021-10-27 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Benedict Feichtner date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Journal um 5 km-ORF-O3-AT: "Journal um 5..." info: 2021-10-27 17:00:00, 17:00:00, by Benedict Feichtner date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:00:00 PM CEST

EuGH-Urteil: Polen muss eine Mio. Euro täglich zahlen km-orf.at-AT: "EuGH-Urteil: Polen muss eine Mio. Euro täglich zahlen..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Editorial: This is not about neither law nor justice / Hier geht es weder um Recht noch um Gerechtigkeit km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Editorial: This is not about neither law nor justice / ..." page: 2 info: by Michael Laczynski date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

High price for Poland's stubbornness / Hoher Preis für Polens Starrsinn km-Presse-Austria-AT: "High price for Poland's stubbornness / Hoher Preis für Polens ..." page: 9 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EuGH verurteilt Polen zu Zwangsgeld km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EuGH verurteilt Polen zu Zwangsgeld..." page: 8 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter, Martin Stricker date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Breaking the rule of law has a high price / Die Beugung des Rechtsstaats hat einen hohen Preis km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Breaking the rule of law has a high price / ..." page: 3 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Millionenstrafe für Polen km-Standard-AT: "Millionenstrafe für Polen..." page: 1,5 info: by Bianca Blei date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Escalation in stages / Eskalation in Etappen km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Escalation in stages / Eskalation in Etappen..." page: 1,4 info: by Alexander Dworzak date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland gets the bill for flouting EU rules: 1 million a day

[Belgium, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

Several articles mention Poland’s fine. La Libre Belgique mentions that on Wednesday, Poland received the bill for its disregard of European justice, the Rule of Law and the fundamental rules of the UE. Warsaw will now have to pay €1 million per day for its refusal to comply with a Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) order. If the European Commission activates the Rule of Law mechanism or takes time to give Warsaw access to economic recovery funds, the Polish government would not hesitate to block various files within the EU. The fine imposed by the CJEU is a victory for the Commission. L’Echo adds that this financial penalty had been requested on 7 September by the Commission, to which this sum must be paid. Prime Minister Morawiecki has pledged to abolish the Disciplinary Chamber. The Commission accuses this body of undermining the judges’ autonomy. Le Soir reports that the €1 million per day fine is in addition to a €500,000 one Poland was already ordered to pay daily in September for its refusal to close the Turów coal mine. Since Warsaw is not paying this amount, the Commission has decided to deduct the amounts from future EU funds payments. If the Council does not validate the Polish recovery plan before the end of 2021, Poland will not be entitled to its pre-financing. Grenz Echo adds that reactions from the European Parliament to the new penalty payment were overwhelmingly positive. De Morgen points out that the fine is the highest ever imposed by the CJEU. RTBF La Une invites Sandro Calderon to talk about this new step in the EU-Poland dispute. According to him, this penalty payment will not move the Polish government, and a Polexit is not expected.

A penalty payment of one million per day for Poland / Une astreinte d’un million par jour pour la Pologne km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "A penalty payment of one million per day for Poland ..." page: 9 info: by AFP date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Court of Justice of the EU imposes record fine on Poland / Europees Hof legt Polen recordboete op km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "Court of Justice of the EU imposes record fine on ..." page: 26 info: by Mijlemans date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland must pay penalty / Polen muss Zwangsgeld bezahlen km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Poland must pay penalty / Polen muss Zwangsgeld bezahlen..." page: 15 info: by Mockel date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland to pay penalty of one million euros per day / Polen moet dwangsom van één miljoen euro per dag betalen km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Poland to pay penalty of one million euros per day ..." page: 10 info: by GVV date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland gets the bill for flouting EU rules: 1 million a day / La Pologne reçoit la facture de son mépris des règles européennes : 1 million par jour km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Poland gets the bill for flouting EU rules: 1 million ..." page: 1,17 info: by Udrescu date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

De Croo warns Polish Prime Minister / De Croo met en garde le Premier ministre polonais km-Metro-Belgium-Fr-BE: "De Croo warns Polish Prime Minister / De Croo met ..." page: 4 info: by Anonymous date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

De Croo warns Polish Prime Minister of "dangerous game" / De Croo waarschuwt Poolse premier voor "gevaarlijk spelletje" km-Metro-Belgium-Nl-BE: "De Croo warns Polish Prime Minister of "dangerous game" / ..." page: 5 info: by Anonymous date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland may pay EU 1 million per day / Polen betaalt EU mogelijk 1 miljoen per dag km-Morgen-BE: "Poland may pay EU 1 million per day / Polen ..." page: 16 info: by EPA date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

€1 million fine. Per day / 1 miljoen euro boete. per dag km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "€1 million fine. Per day / 1 miljoen euro boete. ..." page: 15 info: by Mijlemans date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:30 - La Une - Journal Télévisé 19h30 - Poland's penalty payment / Mercredi 27/10/2021 - 19:30 - La Une - Journal Télévisé 19h30 - L'astreinte de la Pologne km-RTBF-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:30 - La Une - Journal Télévisé ..." info: La Une - Journal Télévisé 19h30, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:01:41, by De Brigode date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - Poland ordered to pay a penalty payment / Mercredi 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - La Pologne condamnée à payer une astreinte km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - Poland ..." info: Journal Parlé 18h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:01:55, by MORELLE date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 17:00 - Journal Parlé 17h00 - Penalties for Poland / Mercredi 27/10/2021 - 17:00 - Journal Parlé 17h00 - Des sanctions pour la Pologne km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 17:00 - Journal Parlé 17h00 - Penalties ..." info: Journal Parlé 17h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:28, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

A stubbornness that costs millions / Un entêtement qui coûte des millions km-Soir-BE: "A stubbornness that costs millions / Un entêtement qui coûte ..." page: 17 info: by Lamer date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Court of Justice of the EU imposes daily penalty payment of 1 million on Poland / Hof van Justitie legt Polen dwangsom op van 1 miljoen per dag km-Standaard-BE: "Court of Justice of the EU imposes daily penalty payment ..." page: 20 info: by bar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland fined for undermining justice / Polen beboet voor ondermijnen justitie km-Tijd-BE: "Poland fined for undermining justice / Polen beboet voor ondermijnen ..." page: 8 info: by Ziarczyk date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

De Croo denounces "inflammatory" Polish Prime Minister / De Croo hekelt ‘opruiende’ Poolse premier km-Tijd-BE: "De Croo denounces "inflammatory" Polish Prime Minister / De Croo ..." page: 8 info: by Belga date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Het Journaal 19h00 - Fine of 1 million euro per day / Woensdag 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Het Journaal 19h00 - Dwangsom van 1 miljoen euro per dag km-VRT-Een-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Het Journaal 19h00 - Fine ..." info: Het Journaal 19h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:35, by De Vilder date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Nieuws 18h00 - One million euro a day for Poland / Woensdag 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Nieuws 18h00 - Een miljoen euro per dag voor Polen km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 18:00 - Nieuws 18h00 - One million ..." info: Nieuws 18h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:01:24, by Van Delm date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Nieuws 19h00 - One million a day for Poland / Woensdag 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Nieuws 19h00 - Een miljoen per dag voor Polen km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 19:00 - Nieuws 19h00 - One million ..." info: Nieuws 19h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:46, by Van Delm date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 16:00 - De Wereld Vandaag - Penalties for Poland / Woensdag 27/10/2021 - 16:00 - De Wereld Vandaag - Boetes voor Polen km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 16:00 - De Wereld Vandaag - Penalties ..." info: De wereld vandaag, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:01:27, by Roets date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

CJEU fines Poland €1 million per day over judicial reforms

[Bulgaria, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:09:00 AM CEST

On Wednesday, the CJEU ordered Poland to pay a fine of €1 million per day for ignoring a ruling by the European Commission that called for the country's Supreme Court Disciplinary Chamber to be suspended, several media report. The fine was "necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the EU and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular, that of the rule of law," the CJEU statement reads, quoted by ClubZ. According to former Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło, the CJEU’s decision is proof that EU institutions prefer to pressure Poland rather than negotiate. MP Janusz Kowalski described it as a "continuation of the hybrid war" and urged Warsaw to boycott the EU and its decisions until the rule of law was restored in Brussels, Focus News Agency adds.

The Court of Justice of the European Union imposed a fine of €1 million on Poland. EUR per day / Съдът на Европейския съюз наложи на Полша глоба от 1 млн. евро на ден km-bTV-Bulgaria-BG: "The Court of Justice of the European Union imposed a ..." info: БТВ, 2021-10-27 22:38:00, 00:02:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:38:00 PM CEST

Poland - sentenced by the Court of Justice of the EU with a fine of €1 million EUR per day / Полша - осъдена от Съда на ЕС с глоба от 1 млн. евро на ден km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Poland - sentenced by the Court of Justice of the ..." info: БНТ, 2021-10-27 23:03:00, 00:02:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:03:00 PM CEST

Poland described the Court of Justice's ruling as "blackmail" / "Без паника." Полша определи решението на Съда на ЕС като "изнудване" km-clubz.bg-BG: "Poland described the Court of Justice's ruling as "blackmail" / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Court of Justice fined Poland €1m (€1m) per day / Съдът на ЕС глобява Полша с €1 млн. на ден km-clubz.bg-BG: "Court of Justice fined Poland €1m (€1m) per day / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland will pay $1 million each. euro per day for non-execution of a court order / Полша ще плаща по 1 млн. евро дневно за неизпълнение на съдебно нареждане km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Poland will pay $1 million each. euro per day for ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Polish politicians on the Court of Justice ruling: We have been declared war! / Полски политици за решението на Съда на ЕС: Обявиха ни война! km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Polish politicians on the Court of Justice ruling: We have ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU court fines Poland €1 million per day until it meets European Commission's requirements regarding Disciplinary Chamber / PAP: Съдът на ЕС наложи глоба от 1 милион евро на ден на Полша, докато не изпълни изискванията на ЕК за Дисциплинарната камара km-Focus-News.net-BG: "EU court fines Poland €1 million per day until it ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Eu court fined Poland €1m a day for failing to comply with ruling / Съдът на ЕС наложи на Полша глоба от 1 милион евро на ден заради неизпълнение на решение km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Eu court fined Poland €1m a day for failing to ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU’s top court fines Poland €1 million per day over judiciary spat

[Croatia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:04:00 AM CEST

The European Union's top court has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €1 million for failing to suspend a disciplinary chamber for judges that the bloc says breaches EU law, in yet another escalation of the conflict between Warsaw and Brussels, writes Večernji list. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Wednesday that Poland was breaking the law by maintaining the disciplinary chamber of its Supreme Court, a body that’s deemed to be incompatible with EU law. The ECJ said in a July judgment that the chamber did not “provide all the guarantees of impartiality and independence and, in particular, [was] not protected from the direct or indirect influence of the Polish legislature and executive.” The Polish government announced in August it would abolish the disciplinary chamber “in its present form,” as part of a new judicial reform “expected to be launched in the coming months,” but has yet to deliver on that promise. The €1 million daily fine comes into effect on Wednesday and will be imposed every day until the Polish disciplinary chamber is abolished, the ECJ said. The financial penalty had been requested by the European Commission in September and the decision marks the latest turn in an increasingly bitter dispute between the Commission and Poland on the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, Index reports.

Poland fined €1m a day for eu conflict / Poljska kažnjena s milijun eura dnevno zbog sukoba s EU km-Index.hr-HR: "Poland fined €1m a day for eu conflict / Poljska ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU’s top court fines Poland €1 million per day over judiciary spat / Sud EU: Poljskoj kazna od milijun eura dnevno km-Vecernji-List-HR: "EU’s top court fines Poland €1 million per day over ..." page: 27 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

ECJ imposes fine of €1 million a day on Poland

[Cyprus, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday ordered Poland to pay a penalty of €1 million per day for not suspending the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court as ruled on 14 July 2021, Sigmalive and Haravgi report.The ECJ said in a press release the fine was "necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular, that of the rule of law".

Fine on Poland for interventions on justice / ΠΡΟΣΤΙΜΟ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΟΛΩΝΙΑ ΓΙΑ TIS ΠΑΡΕΜΒΑΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣΥΝΗ km-Haravgi-CY: "Fine on Poland for interventions on justice / ΠΡΟΣΤΙΜΟ ΣΤΗΝ ..." page: 13 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU Court imposes a one million euro per day fine on Poland / Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επιβάλλει πρόστιμο ένα εκατ. ευρώ την ημέρα στην Πολωνία km-sigmalive.com-CY: "EU Court imposes a one million euro per day fine ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CJEU: Poland to pay daily fine of €1 million

[Czech Republic, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:47:00 AM CEST

Czech media report on the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), according to which Poland should pay a daily fine of €1 million for not stopping functioning of a disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court. The matter is part of a larger dispute on the Polish judiciary reform. According to the CJEU, parts of the reform threaten judicial independence in the country. Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta argues that the CJEU ignores the Polish Constitution and findings of the Constitutional Court. It intervenes outside its competences and abuses financial penalties and interim measures, he claims. The Polish opposition points out that the costs of the hybrid war with the EU will be paid by ordinary Poles. The ruling further deepens the dispute between the EU and Warsaw, the media note.

EU court fines Poland €1 million a day over authority punishing judges / Soud EU udělil Polsku pokutu milion eur denně kvůli orgánu trestajícímu soudce km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "EU court fines Poland €1 million a day over authority ..." info: by CTK date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU court fines Poland €1 million a day over judicial reform / Soud EU udělil Polsku pokutu milion eur denně kvůli justiční reformě km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "EU court fines Poland €1 million a day over judicial ..." info: by CTK date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Union court fines Poland / Soud Evropské unie pokutoval Polsko km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "European Union court fines Poland / Soud Evropské unie pokutoval ..." info: Zprávy, 2021-10-27 18:06:00, 00:00:52, by Viktor DANĚK date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:06:00 PM CEST

First Turów, now judiciary. Poland gets another fine from EU court / Nejdřív Turów, teď justice. Polsko dostalo další pokutu od soudu EU km-echo24.cz-CZ: "First Turów, now judiciary. Poland gets another fine from EU ..." info: by Echo24 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

"You are depriving us of influence over our state," Poles protest. They should pay €1 million fine a day to the EU / „Zbavujete nás vlivu na náš stát,“ protestují Poláci. EU mají platit pokutu milion eur denně km-echo24.cz-CZ: ""You are depriving us of influence over our state," Poles ..." info: by Echo24 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Polish court detonates legal bomb. It can affect the whole EU / Polský soud odpálil právnickou bombu. Může to ovlivnit celou EU km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Polish court detonates legal bomb. It can affect the whole ..." info: by Ondřej Šmigol date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU lost patience with Warsaw, resonates in Poland / EU ztratila s Varšavou trpělivost, zní Polskem km-novinky.cz-CZ: "EU lost patience with Warsaw, resonates in Poland / EU ..." info: by Pavol Minárik date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland has received another fine from the EU. He will pay a million euros a day to punish judges / Polsko dostalo od EU další pokutu. Bude platit milion eur denně za trestání soudců km-novinky.cz-CZ: "Poland has received another fine from the EU. He will ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The European Court of Justice orders Poland to pay the European Commission record-high daily penalty

[Denmark, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Several Danish media outlets report on the European Court of Justice ordering Poland to pay the European Commission a daily penalty of €1,000,000 as it has not suspended the application of the provisions of national legislation relating to the areas of jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. In a leading article, Kristeligt Dagblad writes that dialogue with Poland is now of the utmost importance, and Germany in particular is good at this. The media specifies that Poland voluntarily entered the EU, and as the EU treaty’s guardian, the European Commission is right to issue penalties when Poland does not abide by the rules the country has voluntarily sworn to abide by. In another article, Kristeligt Dagblad’s Simon Johansen reports on the order from Poland and how right-winged nationalists in Poland now accuse the Law and Justice party of being too weak and intending to bend to the EU’s will. The EU views the party as stubborn and “set in stone,” Mr Johansen notes. The journalist has met with Jacek Bartyzel, leader of the right-wing Konfederacja party in Warsaw, who is accusing the Law and Justice party of already having bent to the EU’s will several times before and now comments that the governing party is not truly protecting Poland’s sovereignty but actually selling out to the EU. Politiken’s EU correspondent Karin Axelsson reports that the fine is the highest the European Court of Justice has ever ordered  a member state to pay. She emphasises that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has promised to abolish the Disciplinary Chamber, but he has also promised the European Commission a run for their money, and everyone’s eyes are now turned to the European Commission to see its next step in the dispute with Poland. DR.dk reports that the conflict between Poland and the EU seems to be escalating after the European Court of Justice's order. EU Correspondent Ole Ryborg states that the relationship between Brussels and Warsaw "is not likely to improve in the near future." Similarly, Jyllands-Posten and Ekstra Bladet report that the daily penalty is effective immediately and fuels the fire between Poland and the European Commission. TV 2 reports that Director of the think tank EUROPA Lykke Friis says "it is an open question" whether Poland will actually pay the penalties. DR P1 reports that Mr Ryborg believes the fine adds to the conflicts over the recent Polish ruling against the primacy of EU law, alongside the EU still putting recovery funds to Poland on hold.

The escalating conflict between Poland and EU is part of a larger one / Polen får bøder af EU km-DR-P1-DK: "The escalating conflict between Poland and EU is part of ..." info: Radioavisen, 2021-10-27 18:02:00, 00:03:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:02:00 PM CEST

The European Court of Justice hits Poland with ruling: Must pay daily penalties of DKK 7.5 million / EU-Domstolen slår ned på Polen: Skal betale dagsbøder på 7,5 millioner kroner km-dr.dk-DK: "The European Court of Justice hits Poland with ruling: Must ..." info: by Sean Coogan date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Daily penalty to Poland / Daglig millionbøde til Polen km-Ekstra-Bladet-DK: "Daily penalty to Poland / Daglig millionbøde til Polen..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The EU punishes Poland with daily penalty / EU straffer Polen med store bøder km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "The EU punishes Poland with daily penalty / EU straffer ..." page: 18 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Polish party accuses Law and Justice party of being too soft / Polsk højreparti: Regeringen vil bøje sig for EU km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "Polish party accuses Law and Justice party of being too ..." page: 5 info: by Simon Johansen Skriver Fra Polen date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Commentary: The EU is right to order penalties on Poland for breaches of rule of law / End er Polen ej fortabt. Heller ikke for EU km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "Commentary: The EU is right to order penalties on Poland ..." page: 13 info: by Kerrin Linde date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland to pay record-high penalty for breaches with rule of law / Polen skal betale rekordbøde til EU. Afpresning, fnyser Polen km-Politiken-DK: "Poland to pay record-high penalty for breaches with rule of ..." page: 13 info: by Karin Axelsson date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The European Court of Justice orders Poland to pay daily fines of DKK 7.5 million / Poen skal betale 7,5 millioner om dagen km-TV2-Denmark-DK: "The European Court of Justice orders Poland to pay daily ..." info: Nyhederne, 2021-10-27 18:02:00, 00:03:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:02:00 PM CEST

The European Court of Justice fined Poland €1 million a day for litigation

[Estonia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice ordered Poland to pay a fine of €1 million a day for a long-running dispute over the independence of the judiciary, several sources report. The European Commission had asked Poland for financial penalties to ensure the implementation of a July judgment. The European Court of Justice then ordered the suspension of the work of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court in Poland, but this has not yet been done. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the European Parliament last week that the board would be disbanded, but he did not say when. Observers have pointed out that no draft has been submitted for the abolition of the disciplinary board.

EL-i kohus trahvis Poolat km-Eesti-Paevaleht-EE: "EL-i kohus trahvis Poolat..." page: 9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Aktuaalne Kaamera km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Aktuaalne Kaamera..." info: 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice fined Poland €1 million a day for litigation / Euroopa Kohus määras Poolale karistuseks trahvi km-Postimees-EE: "The European Court of Justice fined Poland €1 million a ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EL-i kohus trahvis Poolat km-Postimees-Online-EE: "EL-i kohus trahvis Poolat..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The European Court of Justice fined Poland €1 million a day for litigation / Euroopa Kohus karistas Poolat kohtuvaidlusega seoses miljoni euroga päevas km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The European Court of Justice fined Poland €1 million a ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland fined for breaches of the rule of law

[Finland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the Court of Justice of the European Union ordering daily penalty payments for Poland for breaching the rule of law. The European Commission had asked the CJEU to impose a penalty until Poland undoes the highly criticised changes it has made to its judiciary. Poland’s incumbent government has been systematically weakening the independence of its judiciary, which has caused friction in its relations with the European Union. The daily penalty of € 1,000,000 can e.g. be deducted from EU subsidies paid to Poland. Yle’s story mentions President von der Leyen’s list of measures available for the Commission for punishing Poland: the infringement process, the rule of law mechanism, and Article 7.

EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ei ole keskeyttänyt kiistellyn kurinpitoelimen toimintaa km-Aamulehti-FI: "EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä oikeusvaltio­rikkomuksista km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "EU määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä oikeusvaltio­rikkomuksista..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU-tuomio­istuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "EU-tuomio­istuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ei ole keskeyttänyt kiistellyn kurinpitoelimen toimintaa km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Kymmenen uutiset 22:00 km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Kymmenen uutiset 22:00..." info: 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ei ole keskeyttänyt kiistellyn kurinpitoelimen toimintaa km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "EU-tuomioistuin määräsi Puolan maksamaan sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä – maa ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Puolan maksettava sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Puolan maksettava sakkoa miljoona euroa päivässä..." page: 13 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Yle Uutiset 21:45 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 21:45..." info: 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Puolalle jättisakot oikeusvaltiokiistassa – EU-tuomioistuin määräsi maksamaan miljoona euroa päivässä km-yle.fi-FI: "Puolalle jättisakot oikeusvaltiokiistassa – EU-tuomioistuin määräsi maksamaan miljoona euroa päivässä..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland ordered to pay €1 million a day

[France, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:57:00 AM CEST

The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) condemned Poland to a €1 million fine per day over its judicial reform, Le Figaro reports. The ruling takes effect immediately and as long as Poland has not stopped its disciplinary chamber’s activities. The sanction aims to "avoid serious and irreparable damage to the legal order of the EU and to the values on which this Union is based, in particular that of the rule of law", the CJEU argued. While Poland will have to pay the fines to the European Commission, Commissioner Reynders said the sanction “confirms the Commission's deep concerns about the independence of the judiciary.” During their meeting yesterday, President Macron reaffirmed to President Duda “its firmness on rule of law issues but also its desire to engage in dialogue and find ways of appeasement with Poland.” Yet, both men did not evoke the CJEU’s ruling.In his column for L’Express, Political Science Expert Jérémie Gallon writes that the European Commission must remain firm towards Poland, but the EU has to better involve the country in the European project. The latter can only work if the 27 member states “agree to abide by a common rule.” As long as the Polish government tries to undermine the EU, it must not be paid “the €34 billion in loans and €23 billion in subsidies that it is demanding from Brussels, i.e. from European taxpayers.” Yet, both economically and geopolitically, Poland has a major role to play in the EU’s future. It is now time to convince Poland that it is not a spectator of the EU’s project anymore but rather a member state with a part to play, by involving its leaders in European major decisions.

Independence of Polish judges, the Court of Justice of the EU sanctions / Independence des juges polonais, la Court de Justice de l’UE sanctionne km-ARTE-FR: "Independence of Polish judges, the Court of Justice of the ..." info: Arte journal, 2021-10-27 19:45:00, 00:02:11, by William Irigoyen date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:45:00 PM CEST

Poland European justice imposes financial penalty on Warsaw / Pologne La justice européenne inflige une sanction financière à Varsovie km-Croix-FR: "Poland European justice imposes financial penalty on Warsaw / Pologne ..." page: 16 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Relations between Warsaw and the European Union are becoming increasingly unbreathable / Les relations entre Varsovie et l'Union européenne deviennent de plus en plus irrespirables km-Echos-FR: "Relations between Warsaw and the European Union are becoming increasingly ..." page: 10 info: by Karl De Meyer date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

We must not break ties with Poland! / Nous ne devons pas rompre avec la Pologne ! km-Express-FR: "We must not break ties with Poland! / Nous ne ..." page: 47 info: by Jérémie Gallon date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Should we amend the Constitution so that its laws prevail over European law? / Faut-il modifier la Constitution pour que les lois prévalent sur le droit européen ? km-Express-FR: "Should we amend the Constitution so that its laws prevail ..." page: 14 info: by Denys de Bechillon date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland ordered to pay €1 million a day / La Pologne condamnée à verser 1 million d'euros par jour km-Figaro-FR: "Poland ordered to pay €1 million a day / La ..." page: 1,7 info: by Anne Rovan date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Pologne condamné à payer une astreinte d'un million d'euros par jour / Pologne condamné à payer une astreinte d'un million d'euros par jour km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Pologne condamné à payer une astreinte d'un million d'euros par ..." info: Journal 18h00, 2021-10-27 18:11:00, 00:01:28, by HELENE FROMENTY date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:11:00 PM CEST

Poland-EU tensions: Emmanuel Macron calls for continued dialogue with Warsaw / Tensions Pologne-UE: Emmanuel Macron appelle à poursuivre le dialogue avec Varsovie km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "Poland-EU tensions: Emmanuel Macron calls for continued dialogue with Warsaw ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Rule of law: Poland hit in the wallet by the European Court of Justice / Etat de droit : la Pologne frappée au portefeuille par la Cour de justice européenne km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "Rule of law: Poland hit in the wallet by the ..." info: by JAKUB IWANIUK date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Independence of judges: Poland fined €1 million per day / Indépendance des juges: la Pologne condamnée à une astreinte d'1 million d'euros par jour km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Independence of judges: Poland fined €1 million per day / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

France-Poland: everything is not so bad / France-Pologne: tout ne va pas si mal km-Opinion-FR: "France-Poland: everything is not so bad / France-Pologne: tout ne ..." page: 1,6 info: by Jean-Dominique Merchet date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Polish challenge to Europe / Le défi polonais à l'Europe km-Point-FR: "The Polish challenge to Europe / Le défi polonais à ..." page: 16,18 info: by Luc de Barochez date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Coverage of law dispute between EU and Poland

[Germany, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:11:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on the EU-Poland conflict and the CJEU ruling on Poland.In an interview on Deutschlandfunk, MEP Daniel Caspary (EPP) stresses that "the government in Poland does not improve the situation, and the independence of the courts is still massively encroached [...] This undermines the rule of law in Poland, but moreover, it endangers the functioning of the entire European legal space," therefore "we must remain firm." As one possible consequence, MEP Caspary highlights that German and other courts should stop honouring the decisions of Polish courts. MEP Caspary expects the situation to escalate further. The Polish government has worked systematically for years to put the judiciary into subordination, MEP Caspary concludes, underlining that he "would prefer that all EU member states raise the issue" instead of letting the European Commission fight on its own.The CJEU hit Poland with a daily penalty of €1 million for not suspending its controversial disciplinary mechanism for judges, it is reported on ARD. Three days ago, Prime Minister Morawiecki told the Financial Times that the European Commission would start a "third world war" if it were to continue to freeze funds to Poland. The European Commission has already delayed approval for the country on the Covid-19 pandemic recovery funds. The judiciary independence is not negotiable in the EU, according to MEP Manfred Weber (EPP). Recently, Prime Minister Morawiecki had suggested the EU was "blackmailing" Poland.In the dispute over Poland's judicial reform, the CJEU imposed a fine of millions on the country and this approach is likely to be the only effective measure available to the EU in the legal dispute with its member state, Bettina Klein emphasises in a commentary on Deutschlandfunk. The fines that the CJEU imposed were previously demanded by the European Commission. The payment of €1 million per day is now the highest that the court has ever imposed on an EU member state and the Polish government cannot choose whether to pay or not. These fines are nothing compared to what the Polish government actually has to fear, as €36 billion from the European recovery fund are in question.

ARD - 27.10.2021 21:43 - Commentary on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland / ARD - 27.10.2021 21:43 - Commentary on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland km-ARD-DE: "ARD - 27.10.2021 21:43 - Commentary on rule of law ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 00:16:00, 00:01:14, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:16:00 AM CEST

ARD - 27.10.2021 21:41 - Report on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland including exclusive statement by MEP Manfred Weber (EPP) / ARD - 27.10.2021 21:41 - Report on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland including exclusive statement by MEP Manfred Weber (EPP) km-ARD-DE: "ARD - 27.10.2021 21:41 - Report on rule of law ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 00:16:00, 00:01:59, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:16:00 AM CEST

Poland must pay a fine / Polen muss Strafe zahlen km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Poland must pay a fine / Polen muss Strafe zahlen..." page: 3 info: by n/a date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

|  Poland has to pay a penalty payment of 1 million euros per day / | Polen muss 1 Mio. Euro pro Tag Zwangsgeld zahlen km-Bild.de-DE: "| Poland has to pay a penalty payment of 1 ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 19:05 - Commentary on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland / Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 19:05 - Commentary on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 19:05 - Commentary on rule of law ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 01:16:00, 00:03:19, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:16:00 AM CEST

Interview: "The massively encroached independence of the Polish courts concerns everyone" / Deutschlandfunk - 27.10.2021 23:26 - Interview with MEP Daniel Caspary (EPP) on rule of law dispute between EU and Poland km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Interview: "The massively encroached independence of the Polish courts concerns ..." info: Program, 2021-10-28 01:16:00, 00:08:08, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:16:00 AM CEST

On the EU-Poland conflict: No compromise / Keine Kompromisse km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On the EU-Poland conflict: No compromise / Keine Kompromisse..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

On the EU-Poland conflict: "To prevent serious damage" / "Um schweren Schaden abzuwenden" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On the EU-Poland conflict: "To prevent serious damage" / "Um ..." page: 2 info: by T.G date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Daily million-euro fine for Poland / Tägliche Millionenstrafe für Polen km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Daily million-euro fine for Poland / Tägliche Millionenstrafe für Polen..." page: 10 info: by C.H date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Warsaw is said to pay a fine of one million euros a day / Warschau soll täglich eine Million Euro Strafe zahlen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Warsaw is said to pay a fine of one million ..." page: 1 info: by B.F date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

On the CJEU ruling on Poland: Now the punishment is on / Nun wird gestraft km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the CJEU ruling on Poland: Now the punishment is ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Dispute with EU over judicial reform Poland to pay one million euros - every day / Streit mit EU um Justizreform Polen soll eine Million Euro zahlen - jeden Tag km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Dispute with EU over judicial reform Poland to pay one ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

When dialogue doesn't help / Wenn Dialog nichts hilft km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "When dialogue doesn't help / Wenn Dialog nichts hilft..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland to pay one million euros – every day / Polen soll eine Million Euro zahlen – täglich km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Poland to pay one million euros – every day / ..." page: 11 info: by CHRISTIAN RATH date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The EU needs Warsaw / Die EU braucht Warschau km-Welt-DE: "The EU needs Warsaw / Die EU braucht Warschau..." page: 1 info: by Christoph B.Schiltz date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland has to pay a million euros fine per day / Polen muss eine Million Euro Strafe pro Tag zahlen km-Welt-DE: "Poland has to pay a million euros fine per day ..." page: 1 info: by PHILIPP FRITZ date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

And what if Poland doesn't pay? / Und was, wenn Polen nicht zahlt? km-Zeit.de-DE: "And what if Poland doesn't pay? / Und was, wenn ..." info: by Eine Analyse von Heinrich Wefing date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CJEU imposes €1 million daily penalty payment to Poland

[Greece, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled yesterday that Poland must pay a daily penalty of €1 million to the Commission. The “blow” to Warsaw came as it has not suspended the provisions of national law relating to the areas of jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. In its announcement, the CJEU stressed that “compliance with the interim measures ordered on 14 July 2021 is necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the EU and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular, that of the rule of law”. In light of the circumstances and Poland’s ability to pay, the Vice-President ordered the country to pay the Commission a periodic penalty payment of €1 million per day until the member state complies with obligations arising from the order dated 14 July 2021. Protothema.gr reminds that speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki, President von der Leyen stated that she will not allow the common European values to be jeopardised and the supremacy of European law to be called into question.

Η ΕΕ στέλνει τον "λογαριασμό" στην Πολωνία km-capital.gr-GR: "Η ΕΕ στέλνει τον "λογαριασμό" στην Πολωνία..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επέβαλε στην Πολωνία ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ευρώ km-capital.gr-GR: "Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επέβαλε στην Πολωνία ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση: Πρόστιμο €1 εκατ. την ημέρα στην Πολωνία km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Ευρωπαϊκή Ενωση: Πρόστιμο €1 εκατ. την ημέρα στην Πολωνία..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland: Daily fine worth €1 million by the Court of Justice of the EU - Did not comply with EU law / Πολωνία: Ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ευρώ από το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ -Δεν συμμορφώθηκε με το ενωσιακό δίκαιο km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Poland: Daily fine worth €1 million by the Court of ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επέβαλε στην Πολωνία ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ευρώ km-in.gr-GR: "Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επέβαλε στην Πολωνία ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The fine to Warsaw is one million euros per day / Ενα εκατ. ευρώ τη μέρα η ποινή στη Βαρσοβία km-Kathimerini-GR: "The fine to Warsaw is one million euros per day ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επιβάλλει πρόστιμο ένα εκατ. ευρώ την ημέρα στην Πολωνία km-protothema.gr-GR: "Το Δικαστήριο της ΕΕ επιβάλλει πρόστιμο ένα εκατ. ευρώ την ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ΕΕ – Ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ευρώ στην Πολωνία km-Vima-online-GR: "ΕΕ – Ημερήσιο πρόστιμο 1.000.000 ευρώ στην Πολωνία..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CJEU imposes €1 million financial penalty per day on Poland

[Hungary, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

The Hungarian media gives wide coverage of a judgment passed by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) against Poland for its failure to comply with the CJEU’s earlier judgment. All media outlets report on Wednesday that the CJEU imposed a financial penalty of €1 million per day on Poland for its failure to suspend the disciplinary chamber of its Supreme Court despite the CJEU's earlier judgment. The penalty is applicable until Poland complies with the CJEU's judgment. Index.hu, portfolio.hu, 24.hu, Magyar Hírlap and Népszava quote the judgment as stating that compliance with the court’s judgment is necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the EU and to the values on which that EU is founded, in particular that of the rule of law. President von der Leyen is reported by atv as saying before the judgment was adopted that the Commission will not allow anyone to risk our shared values; the decision calls into question the very foundations of the European Union and poses a direct challenge to the unity of the European legal order. According to atv, Magyar Nemzet, Magyar Hírlap, InfoRádió, m1 and origo.hu, Poland's Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta said the Commission overstepped its competence, and, as a few media outlets add, he called the measure usurpation and blackmailing. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is quoted as saying that Poland will not be blackmailed but is ready for dialogue. Polish government spokesperson Piotr Müller is reported by m1, origo.hu, Magyar Nemzet as saying that blackmailing is not the right way; origo.hu, Magyar Nemzet add that changes to the disciplinary chamber were called necessary also be the government’s representatives.

- / Az EU bírósága napi 1 millió euróra büntette Lengyelországot km-24.hu-HU: "- / Az EU bírósága napi 1 millió euróra büntette ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland imposed penalty of €1 million per day by Court of Justice of EU for government's failure to implement a judgment of the court / Napi egymillió eurós büntetést kapott Lengyelország az unió bíróságától, mert a kormány nem teljesítette a szervezet egyik rendelkezését km-ATV-HU: "Poland imposed penalty of €1 million per day by Court ..." info: atv - esti Híradó - 2021-10-27 16-45-00 - 2021-10-27 17-20-00, 2021-10-27 16:59:00, 00:02:07, by Nemes Anna (szerk. Hack Petra) date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:59:00 PM CEST

EU court imposes financial penalty of €1 million per day on Poland / Napi egymillió euróra büntette az unió bírósága Lengyelországot km-HirTV-HU: "EU court imposes financial penalty of €1 million per day ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 22 - 2021-10-27 20-00-00 - 2021-10-27 20-42-00, 2021-10-27 20:20:00, 00:00:29, by Déri Stefi date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:20:00 PM CEST

- / Jogerőtlen bíróság km-HVG-HU: "- / Jogerőtlen bíróság..." page: 18 info: by Gergely Márton date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

- / Intő jel: napi egymillió eurós bírságot szabtak ki Lengyelországra a jogállamiság megsértése miatt km-index.hu-HU: "- / Intő jel: napi egymillió eurós bírságot szabtak ki ..." info: by siki date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland receives financial penalty of €1 million per day from CJEU / Napi egymillió eurós büntetést kapott Lengyelország az uniós bíróságtól km-InfoRadio-HU: "Poland receives financial penalty of €1 million per day from ..." info: InfoRádió - Esti hírek - 2021-10-27 17-00-00 - 2021-10-27 17-10-00, 2021-10-27 17:05:00, 00:01:11, by Juhász Gabriella date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:05:00 PM CEST

Court of Justice of EU imposes huge fine on Poland / Hatalmas pénzbüntetésre ítélte Lengyelországot az uniós bíróság km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Court of Justice of EU imposes huge fine on Poland ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

€1 million fine per day for Poland / Napi egymillió eurós büntetés Lengyelországnak km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "€1 million fine per day for Poland / Napi egymillió ..." page: 1,9 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

- / A zsarolás nem a helyes út, így reagált a lengyel kormányszóvivő az Európai Unió Bírósága által kirótt pénzbüntetésre km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "- / A zsarolás nem a helyes út, így reagált ..." info: m1 - V4 Híradó - 2021-10-27 19-25-00 - 2021-10-27 19-33-00, 2021-10-27 19:27:00, 00:00:43, by Meszes Boglárka date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:27:00 PM CEST

- / Varsó a szégyenpadon km-Nepszava-HU: "- / Varsó a szégyenpadon..." page: 1,8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

- / Lengyel kormányszóvivő az EU Bírósága döntéséről: A zsarolás nem a helyes út km-origo.hu-HU: "- / Lengyel kormányszóvivő az EU Bírósága döntéséről: A zsarolás ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

- / Napi 1 millió eurós bírságot vetett ki az EU Lengyelországra km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Napi 1 millió eurós bírságot vetett ki az ..." info: by MTI date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Court of Justice of EU imposes €1 million fine per day on Poland / Napi egymillió euróra büntette az unió bírósága Lengyelországot km-RTL-Klub-HU: "Court of Justice of EU imposes €1 million fine per ..." info: RTL Klub - RTL Híradó - Esti kiadás - 2021-10-27 16-00-00 - 2021-10-27 16-47-00, 2021-10-27 16:40:00, 00:00:40, by Szellő István date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:40:00 PM CEST

EU fines Poland €1 million per day in row over judicial independence

[Ireland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

The Court of Justice of the European Union has fined Poland €1 million a day for ignoring calls to back down in a dispute over reforms to the country's judiciary, the Irish Independent, The Irish Times, Irish Examiner and RTE One report. The CJEU said the sanction was "necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that union is founded, in particular that of the rule of law". Warsaw immediately hit back against the ruling, saying it disregarded the Polish constitutional court's desire to be independent from Brussels. Sebastian Kaleta, a Polish Deputy Justice Minister, said that "the [CJEU] totally ignores the Polish constitution and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal's rulings."

EU court orders Poland to pay €1m a day in judicial dispute / EU court orders Poland to pay €1m a day in judicial dispute km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "EU court orders Poland to pay €1m a day in ..." page: 9 info: by Raf Casert date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU fines Poland €1m per day in row over judicial independence / EU fines Poland €1m per day in row over judicial independence km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU fines Poland €1m per day in row over judicial ..." page: 27 info: by Joe Barnes date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland accuses EU of blackmail over €1m daily fine / Poland accuses EU of blackmail over €1m daily fine km-Irish-Times-IE: "Poland accuses EU of blackmail over €1m daily fine / ..." page: 1 info: by Derek Scally date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland fined by CJEU / Poland fined by CJEU km-RTE1-IE: "Poland fined by CJEU / Poland fined by CJEU..." info: RTE 1, 2021-10-28 05:33:00, 00:02:11, date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:33:00 AM CEST

EU fines Poland one million a day

[Italy, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that tensions between the EU and Poland have been heightened by an ECJ ruling setting a daily fine of €1 million until Poland dismantles its Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. Corriere della Sera reports that part of the ECJ decision reads, “It is necessary so as to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the European Union’s judicial system and the values on which said Union is founded”. Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki’s spokesperson, Piotr Müller, said, “The path of punishments and blackmail towards our country is not the right way”, adding that the organisation of the judiciary is “the exclusive competence of single member states”. PM Morawiecki had said, on 19 October, he would abolish the Board, but no action was subsequently taken. Il Manifesto stresses that it is the highest fine in EU history ever imposed on a member state and is in addition to the €500,000 daily fine decided by the ECJ on 20 September for Poland’s continued use of a gigantic, super-polluting coal mine still operating near its borders with Germany and the Czech Republic. So far, Poland “has shrugged its shoulders” and paid nothing. La Verità says the European Commission wants to “bring Poland to its knees” with the maxi-fine but it risks dividing Europe further, thus helping China.

The EU fines Poland: one million a day / La Ue multa la Polonia: un milione al giorno km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "The EU fines Poland: one million a day / La ..." page: 16 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland. Record fine by the European Court of Justice / Polonia Multa record dalla Corte di giustizia Ue km-Manifesto-IT: "Poland. Record fine by the European Court of Justice / ..." page: 1,7 info: by ANNA MARIA MERLO date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

ECJ inflicts €1 million daily fine on Poland / Un milione di euro al giorno, è la multa inflitta alla Polonia, dalla corte di giustizia europea km-Rai-Tre-IT: "ECJ inflicts €1 million daily fine on Poland / Un ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:21:00, 00:01:43, by Gavino Moretti date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:21:00 AM CEST

Level of clash between Poland and Europe increases / Sale di livello, lo scontro tra Polonia ed Europa km-Rete-4-IT: "Level of clash between Poland and Europe increases / Sale ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 04:00:00, 00:01:33, by N\A date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:00:00 AM CEST

Poland v. EU: Warsaw sentenced to pay €1 million a day / Polonia vsUE: Varsavia condannata a pagare 1mln al giorno km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Poland v. EU: Warsaw sentenced to pay €1 million a ..." info: -, 2021-10-28 02:11:00, 00:01:26, by Renato Coen date: Thursday, October 28, 2021 2:11:00 AM CEST

The EU wants Poland on its knees / l'Ue vuole la Polonia in ginocchio km-Verita-IT: "The EU wants Poland on its knees / l'Ue vuole ..." page: 14 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands

[Latvia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that on 27 October, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) fined Poland €1 million a day for failing to heed Brussels' recommendations to withdraw some of the controversial judicial reforms. Poland must pay the fine to the European Commission. “Warsaw's obedience is necessary to avoid serious and irreparable damage to the European Union’s legal order and the values on which it is founded, in particular the rule of law,” the CJEU said in a press release. On 9 September, the European Commission asked the CJEU to impose a fine on Poland for ignoring CJEU decisions. This has exacerbated differences between Warsaw and Brussels over several judicial reforms in Warsaw that, in the EU's view, threaten democratic freedoms. “Judicial systems in the EU must be independent and fair,” said President von der Leyen at the time.

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands / ES Tiesa tieslietu reformu lietā piespriež Polijai miljonu eiro lielu sodanaudu dienā km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands ..." info: by LETA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands / Eiropas savienības tiesa soda Poliju km-Diena-LV: "Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands / Polijai piespriež miljonu eiro dienā lielu sodanaudu par Briseles prasību ignorēšanu km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-10-27 19:03:00, 00:03:51, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:03:00 PM CEST

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands / Polijai piespriež miljonu eiro dienā lielu sodanaudu par Briseles prasību ignorēšanu km-LTV-1-LV: "Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands ..." info: Dienas ziņas, 2021-10-27 19:11:00, 00:02:28, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:11:00 PM CEST

Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands / Polijai piespriež miljonu eiro dienā lielu sodanaudu par Briseles prasību ignorēšanu km-LTV7-LV: "Poland is fined €1million a day for ignoring Brussels' demands ..." info: Šovakar. Ziņas, 2021-10-27 19:50:00, 00:00:52, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:50:00 PM CEST

Court orders Poland to pay €1 million a day in rule of law row, Poland calls ruling usurpation and blackmail

[Lithuania, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt writes that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ordered Poland to pay €1 million a day as a fine for failing to comply with a suspension order that Brussels considers hampering the independence of the country’s judiciary. Last month, the European Commission asked the CJEU to impose daily fines on Poland until it issued an order temporarily suspending the newly introduced judicial discipline system. Delfi.lt adds that the Polish government rejected the Court’s ruling, calling it “blackmail.” “The CJEU completely despises and ignores the Polish Constitution and the rulings of the Constitutional Court,” the Polish Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta posted on Twitter. “This is yet another stage in the operation to deprive Poland of its political system. It is usurpation and blackmail,” he added.

Poland calls the European Court ruling usurpation and blackmail / Lenkija sureagavo į ETT sprendimą: tai uzurpacija ir šantažas km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Poland calls the European Court ruling usurpation and blackmail / ..." info: by ELTA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Court orders Poland to pay €1 million a day in rule of law row, Poland calls ruling usurpation and blackmail / Už ginčus – ES teisingumo teismo kirtis Lenkijai: nurodė per dieną mokėti po 1 milijoną eurų km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Court orders Poland to pay €1 million a day in ..." info: by Lrytas.ltOct 27 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland should pay €1 million daily to Commission

[Luxembourg, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets in Luxembourg report that the justice dispute between the EU and Poland is coming to a new head.Tageblatt reports that the Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €1 million. According to a statement of the Court on Wednesday, the reason for the move is the country's refusal to implement the decisions on controversial judicial reforms, especially the order to stop the work of the disciplinary body to punish judges. According to the Court, the activity is not compatible with EU rules on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The financial sanctions against Poland were requested on 9 September by the European Commission, responsible for monitoring the rule of law in the EU.

Poland: Europe begins to crack down / Pologne : l'Europe commence à sévir km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Poland: Europe begins to crack down / Pologne : l'Europe ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Panorama km-radio-100.7-LU: "Panorama..." info: 2021-10-27 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Justice dispute between the EU and Poland is coming to a head / Justiz-Streit zwischen EU und Polen spitzt sich zu km-Tageblatt-LU: "Justice dispute between the EU and Poland is coming to ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

One million euros a day for the European Commission / Eine Million Euro täglich für die EU-Kommission km-Tageblatt-LU: "One million euros a day for the European Commission / ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU court fines Poland €1mn daily in judiciary row

[Malta, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:06:00 AM CEST

Website timesofmalta.com and Times of Malta report that yesterday EU’s top court ordered Poland to pay €1,000,000 daily for not suspending a controversial "disciplinary chamber" and for not complying with an earlier ruling from July ordering to immediately suspend the activities of the chamber. Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has yet to deliver on a promise to close down the chamber that is seen by critics as a way to keep judges in line with government policy. Warsaw and Brussels have been at loggerheads for years over the judicial reforms pushed through by the Law and Justice (PiS) government and this move continues to deepen the bitter feud over judicial independence and the primacy of EU law which some fear has put Poland's membership in the bloc in question.

EU court fines Poland €1m daily in judiciary row / EU court fines Poland €1m daily in judiciary row km-Malta-Times-MT: "EU court fines Poland €1m daily in judiciary row / ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU court fines Poland €1mn daily in judiciary row / EU court fines Poland €1mn daily in judiciary row km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "EU court fines Poland €1mn daily in judiciary row / ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland received €1 million per day fine for punishing judges

[Netherlands, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Dutch media outlets comment extensively on the ongoing conflict between the EU and Poland.Nrc.nl reports that the European Court in Luxembourg imposed a rare penalty of €1 million per day on Poland because of a controversial disciplinary chamber for judges. Last week, European government leaders discussed possible financial sanctions from Brussels against Poland for stripping the rule of law during a summit meeting but it it seems that the European Commission does not want to exacerbate the conflict yet because large countries such as Germany and France were more reluctant. This is the first time that the Court has imposed a penalty at the request of the Commission. At the end of September, the Court already fined Poland for ignoring a ruling in a dispute over a lignite mine near the Czech border. The plan through which the country wants to claim billions from the Covid-19 recovery fund has still not been approved by the Commission – in response to concerns about independent judiciary.An editorial in De Volkskrant says the real reason for the conflict between Poland and Brussels is Poland’s struggle with a destructive approach to social division. It is often mentioned that the violation of national sovereignty is nowhere more sensitive than in Poland due to its history with the Soviet Union. However, there are a few major differences between the Soviet Union and the EU. For example, the EU never came to Poland with tanks, and Poland's EU membership stemmed from a democratic decision in a sovereign state. Commentators also fail to mention that a third to half of 'Poles' think the European Commission should take a much tougher approach to their government. An important cause of the EU’s struggles with Poland is internal division between the mostly conservative Catholic supporters of party PiS and the mostly progressive-liberal supporters of Civic Platform (PO) of Donald Tusk. PiS never intended for a clash with Brussels, but it became inevitable as the party started to make the judiciary subservient to the Polish people - in other words more obedient to PiS leader Kaczyński.Het Financieele Dagblad says it is noteworthy that a large majority of Poles believe that the government should restrain its aggressive attitude towards the EU. Only 23% think Poland should hold its ground, even if it means missing out on EU money. Warsaw is taking such a harsh tone in the conflict with the EU over the Polish rule of law because of a power struggle within the Polish government, analyst Piotr Buras of think tank ECFR said. Daniel Hegedüs of the Berlin think tank GMF points to justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro as an important contributor to the problems. Independently of Prime Minister Morawiecki, the minister asked the government-controlled Polish Constitutional Court whether Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is in line with the Polish constitution. MP Morawiecki must adapt to Ziobro's radicalisation if he is to keep the coalition going. Diplomats point out that at the EU summit, only a few member states thought it was too early to take action against Warsaw. Het Financieele Dagblad reports that Poland and Hungary are taking loans from China. In mid-October, the Polish Ministry of Finance announced that it had borrowed Rmb 3 billion (€404.72 million). Hungary wants to raise Rmb 1 billion (€ 134.91 million) from Chinese investors in the coming period. The fact that the two countries do this almost simultaneously is downright salient. The European Commission threatens to deny Poland billions of euros in financial aid. A similar conflict to the one with Pola is taking place between Hungary and the EU. Until that is resolved, Budapest also has no prospect of receiving €7.2 billion in aid.

Polen moet miljoen per dag betalen in ruzie over rechters km-Algemeen-Dagblad-NL: "Polen moet miljoen per dag betalen in ruzie over rechters..." page: 4 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Polen en Hongarije storten zich samen op Chinees krediet km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Polen en Hongarije storten zich samen op Chinees krediet..." page: 33 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Ergernis over verzoenende toon tegen agressief Warschau neemt toe km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Ergernis over verzoenende toon tegen agressief Warschau neemt toe..." page: 8 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU-hof legt Polen hoge dwangsom op vanwege omstreden tuchtkamer km-Nos.nl-NL: "EU-hof legt Polen hoge dwangsom op vanwege omstreden tuchtkamer..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Polen krijgt miljoenenboete voor bestraffen rechters km-nrc.nl-NL: "Polen krijgt miljoenenboete voor bestraffen rechters..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU Court of Justice imposes a daily penalty payment on Poland / EU-hof van Justitie legt Polen dwangsom van 1 miljoen per dag op km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "EU Court of Justice imposes a daily penalty payment on ..." info: Nos journaal, 2021-10-27 17:02:00, 00:00:54, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:02:00 PM CEST

Europees Hof beboet Polen wegens afbraak rechtsstaat km-Trouw-NL: "Europees Hof beboet Polen wegens afbraak rechtsstaat..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Polen moet EU een miljoen per dag betalen zolang kritische rechters de mond wordt gesnoerd km-Volkskrant-NL: "Polen moet EU een miljoen per dag betalen zolang kritische ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘The Polish people vs Brussels’ is an inadequate explanation for the current crisis / ‘Het Poolse volk vs. Brussel’ is een gebrekkige verklaring voor de huidige crisis km-Volkskrant-NL: "‘The Polish people vs Brussels’ is an inadequate explanation for ..." page: 27 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poolse verzet tegen Europa wordt veroorzaakt door intern vijanddenken km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Poolse verzet tegen Europa wordt veroorzaakt door intern vijanddenken..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The European Court of Justice imposes €1 million fine on Poland for not suspending the functioning of the Disciplinary Chamber

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:51:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that yesterday, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) imposed another fine on Poland. This time it amounts to €1 million daily and it concerns the Polish government’s negligence in the enforcement of the CJEU’s interim measures from July. Back then, the CJEU ordered Poland to suspend the functioning of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court in order to prevent a serious and irreversible damage to the EU’s legal system and the EU’s fundamental values. With this decision, the CJEU granted the European Commission’s request from September for fining Poland due to neglecting the CJEU’s ruling.Gazeta Wyborcza cites sources from the Law and Justice (PiS) as disclosing that there may be serious problems with the enforcement of the ruling and dismantling the Disciplinary Chamber quickly. Prime Minister Morawiecki reportedly said in Brussels that PiS does not have majority in the Sejm to dismantle the Chamber. Sources confirm that the problem is real and serious because of the conflicting interests inside the ruling camp. Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro may be willing to sacrifice the Chamber, however only in return for a comprehensive reform of the judiciary system in Poland. The government’s spokesman Piotr Müller says in an interview for Dziennik Zachodni that the Chamber may be dismantled within a year. Talks on this are in progress.Rzeczpospolita reports that this is another fine imposed by the CJEU on Poland because Poland already faces a threat of paying €0.5 million daily for not suspending the functioning of the Turów brown coal mine. The CJEU’s ruling further complicates the EU’s discussions with Poland about the National Recovery Plan because a few countries have already requested that the Plan is suspended until Poland has enforced the CJEU’s rulings. Gazeta Wyborcza reports that PM Morawiecki pursues a strategy of convincing Brussels to release the EU funds for Poland and at the same time he tries not to disclose to PiS voters that the government is making any concessions. Regional dailies cite Vice-Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta as having said that the CJEU completely ignores and belittles the Polish Constitution and the Constitutional Tribunal. “The CJEU acts beyond its competences and abuses the institution of financial penalties. This is another phase of an operation which is to deprive Poland of any influences in the judiciary system. This is a blackmail and usurpation”, says Vice-Minister Kaleta. Rzeczpospolita cites prof. Waldemar Gontarski, the government’s former representative before the CJEU, as having said that there will be fines for Poland unless the government notifies Brussels of the Chamber’s liquidation and revoking the suspended judges.

CJEU exerts pressure. Poland looks for allies / TSUE dociska. Polska szuka sojuszników km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "CJEU exerts pressure. Poland looks for allies / TSUE dociska. ..." page: 1 info: by Magdalena Cedro date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European Commission / TSUE chce od Polski milion euro dziennie na rzecz KE km-Dziennik-Polski-PL: "CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European ..." page: 10 info: by Leszek Rudziński date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

This is how the government loses with the EU / Tak rząd przegrywa z UE km-Fakt-Pl-PL: "This is how the government loses with the EU / ..." page: 1 info: by BEATA CZUMA date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Commission is threatening again / Komisja Europejska znów straszy km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "European Commission is threatening again / Komisja Europejska znów straszy..." page: 1 info: by Piotr Korycki date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

A fine for changes in courts / Kara za zmiany w sądach km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "A fine for changes in courts / Kara za zmiany ..." page: 1 info: by Justyna Dobrosz-Oracz date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber / Events 15:50 km-Polsat-News-PL: "CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." info: Events 15-50, 2021-10-27 15:51:00, 00:02:22, by Dorota Bawołek date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:51:00 PM CEST

CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European Commission / TSUE chce od Polski milion euro dziennie na rzecz KE km-Polska-Dwennik-Zachodni-PL: "CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European ..." page: 1 info: by Leszek Rudziński date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Piotr Muller gives a possible date of liquidation of the Disciplinary Chamber / Piotr Muller podał możliwy termin likwidacji Izby Dyscyplinarnej SN km-Polska-Dwennik-Zachodni-PL: "Piotr Muller gives a possible date of liquidation of the ..." page: 10 info: by Lidia Limaniak date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European Commission / TSUE chce od Polski milion euro dziennie na rzecz KE km-Polska-Dziennik-Baltycki-PL: "CJEU wants €1 million daily from Poland for the European ..." page: 1 info: by Leszek Rudziński date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber / Wiadomości km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." info: Wiadomości, 2021-10-27 15:02:00, 00:00:56, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:02:00 PM CEST

CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber / Wiadomości km-Radio-Zet-PL: "CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." info: Wiadomości, 2021-10-27 15:01:00, 00:00:44, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:01:00 PM CEST

A fine of €1 million daily for the Disciplinary Chamber / Milion euro dziennie kary za Izbę Dyscyplinarną SN km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "A fine of €1 million daily for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." page: 1 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber / Wiadomości km-TOK-FM-PL: "CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." info: Wiadomości, 2021-10-27 14:00:00, 00:01:00, by Monika Zdziera date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:00:00 PM CEST

Court of Justice imposes daily fine reaching €1 million onto Poland for judiciary reform / Serwis informacyjny km-TVN-24-PL: "Court of Justice imposes daily fine reaching €1 million onto ..." info: Serwis informacyjny, 2021-10-27 12:57:00, 00:09:33, by Maciej Sokołowski date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:57:00 PM CEST

CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber / Panorama 18.00 km-TVP2-PL: "CJEU imposes a fine on Poland for the Disciplinary Chamber ..." info: Panorama 18.00, 2021-10-27 18:09:00, 00:02:06, by Gabriela Jóźwiak-Werner date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:09:00 PM CEST

European Commission returns to talks with Małopolska Province after cancellation of anti-LGBT declaration

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

Polska Dziennik Polski cites a statement by Witold Kozłowski, Marshal of the Małopolska Province about the regional authorities’ resumed talks with Brussels on the transfer of the aid from European funds.  “We have received information from the European Commission’s representative, Director-General Normunds Popens, about the re-commencement of talks on the Regional Operational Programme of Małopolska Province,” he says. It was possible to return to the talks after the Lesser Poland Regional Council cancelled the so-called anti-LGBT declaration, at the end of September. “We are sitting at the table again to talk to the European Commission about funds for Małopolska Province. This is a very good signal. I am glad that after yesterday's good news, today we can inform you that our region will soon receive further aid from the REACT-EU programme,” comments Marshal Kozłowski.

European Commission returned to talks with Lesser Poland / Komisja Europejska wróciła do rozmów z Małopolską km-Dziennik-Polski-PL: "European Commission returned to talks with Lesser Poland / Komisja ..." page: 3 info: by Marcin Banasik date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Court orders Poland to pay a fine of €1 million a day until it complies with the rule of law

[Portugal, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice condemned Poland to pay a daily €1 million fine until it complies with the temporary European Union rule of law respect measures imposed in July, TSF.pt, SIC TV, Público and Correio da Manhã report. The EU Court considered that "compliance with the interim measures ordered on 14 July 2021 is necessary to avoid serious and irreparable damage to the legal order of the EU and the values on which it is based, in particular the rule of law.” Poland will keep paying this fine until it complies with the interim measures. Expresso.pt, Jornal de Notícias, and Diário de Notícias report on the Polish government reaction to the European Court of Justice decision to sanction the country. Polish Vice-Minister Sebastian Kaleta criticised the decision stating that the CJEU "completely disregarded and ignored the Polish Constitution and the decisions of the Constitutional Court." In a Twitter post, he wrote that the CJEU "acts outside its powers and abuses economic sanctions and other measures." Government spokesperson Piotr Muller added that "the path of penalties and blackmail against our country is not the right one."

Poland pays one million a day / Polónia paga um milhão por dia km-Correio-Da-Manha-PT: "Poland pays one million a day / Polónia paga um ..." page: 31 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Tribunal Europeu multa Polónia a pagar 1 milhão por dia / Reforma judicial custa à Polónia multa diária de um milhão de euros km-Diario-De-Noticias-PT: "Tribunal Europeu multa Polónia a pagar 1 milhão por dia ..." page: 19 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European Court fines Poland to pay 1 million a day / Tribunal europeu multa Polónia a pagar um milhão por dia km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "European Court fines Poland to pay 1 million a day ..." page: 28 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland calls rulings by European court "blackmail” / Polónia qualifica de "chantagem" as decisões proferidas por tribunal europeu km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Poland calls rulings by European court "blackmail” / Polónia qualifica ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU Court of Justice condemns Poland to record fine / Tribunal de Justiça da União Europeia condena Polónia a multa recorde km-Publico-PT: "EU Court of Justice condemns Poland to record fine / ..." page: 26 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland ordered to pay €1 million per day / Polónia condenada a pagar €1 milhão por dia km-Sic-TV-PT: "Poland ordered to pay €1 million per day / Polónia ..." info: Jornal da noite, 2021-10-27 20:40:00, 00:01:56, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:40:00 PM CEST

European Court orders Poland to fine 1 million euro a day until it complies / Tribunal europeu condena Polónia a multa de 1 milhão de euros por dia até acatar ordem km-Tsf.pt-PT: "European Court orders Poland to fine 1 million euro a ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Article on the Poland-EU political crisis

[Portugal, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Observador.pt, Madalena Resende writes about the political crisis between Poland and the European Commission. The author considers Poland’s attack as a new concentrated effort to transform the European Union from within. Ms Resende writes about the impact that Poland’s action had on other countries and far-right parties. She writes about how the new “radical right” operates and the arguments it uses to lead people to want to defy what the European Union should be.

The new nationalist international in Europe / A nova internacional nacionalista na Europa km-observador.pt-PT: "The new nationalist international in Europe / A nova internacional ..." date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland must pay €1 million a day following CJEU ruling

[Romania, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets, including Digi24 TV channel, report that the Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Wednesday that Poland must pay €1 million a day for maintaining a disciplinary chamber for judges, according to a report published by Reuters. “In the ruling issued today, the Vice-President of the Tribunal obliged Poland to pay a penalty payment of €1 million per day, counting from the date on which this ruling was delivered to Poland,” according to a statement from the Court of Justice of the European Union, according to Hotnews.ro. According to Digi24 TV channel, yesterday’s ruling by CJEU follows another decision requiring Poland to pay the European Commission €500,000 for each day it continues to extract lignite from a lignite mine. Mediafax.ro writes that the Polish government vehemently rejected the CJEU ruling on Wednesday, with Piotr Müller, a spokesman for the Warsaw government, speaking of “blackmail against our country.”

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered Poland to pay a fine of €1 million per day for failing to respect the independence of the judiciary / Ştirile B1TV Sancţiuni grave pentru SIIJ-ul Poloniei km-B1TV-RO: "The Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered ..." info: Ştirile B1TV Sancţiuni grave pentru SIIJ-ul Poloniei, 2021-10-27 23:41:00, 00:02:21, by Luiza Cergan date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 11:41:00 PM CEST

Fine of €1 million per day for Poland / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Fine of €1 million per day for Poland / Ştirile ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-10-27 17:43:00, 00:00:45, by Tompea Teodora date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:43:00 PM CEST

More fines for Poland / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "More fines for Poland / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-10-27 21:03:00, 00:01:26, by Vila George date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:03:00 PM CEST

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered Poland to pay a fine of €1 million per day for failing to respect the independence of the judiciary / Știrile Europa FM Amendă de 1 milion euro/zi pentru Polonia km-Europa-FM-RO: "The Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered ..." info: Știrile Europa FM Amendă de 1 milion euro/zi pentru Polonia, 2021-10-27 20:03:00, 00:01:26, by Sârbu Adriana date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:03:00 PM CEST

Poland must pay a fine of €1million per day, following the CJEU ruling / Polonia, amendată cu 1 milion de euro pe zi de Curtea de Justiție a UE km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Poland must pay a fine of €1million per day, following ..." info: by G.S. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland's vehement reaction, following harsh sanctions decided by the EU Court of Justice / Reacţia vehementă a Poloniei, după sancţiunile aspre decise de Curtea de Justiţie a UE km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Poland's vehement reaction, following harsh sanctions decided by the EU ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland must pay a fine of €1million per day, following the CJEU ruling / Polonia, amendată de UE cu un milion de euro pe zi pentru Secţia disciplinară a judecătorilor km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Poland must pay a fine of €1million per day, following ..." info: by Daniel Contescu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

CJEU imposes a fine of €1million per day on Poland / Polonia, condamnată de CJUE la plata unei amenzi cominatorii de un milion de euro pe zi Comisiei Europene, în dosarul independenţei judecătorilor polonezi km-news.ro-RO: "CJEU imposes a fine of €1million per day on Poland ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland fined €1 million per day by the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with the EU court verdict / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Poland fined €1 million per day by the European Court ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-10-27 16:07:00, 00:01:05, by Văduva Laurenţiu date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Rule of law: Poland fined €1 million per day / Statul de drept: Polonia amendată cu 1 milion de euro pe zi km-rfi.ro-RO: "Rule of law: Poland fined €1 million per day / ..." info: by Mihaela Gherghisan date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland to pay fine of €1 million every day for judiciary reform

[Slovakia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:54:00 AM CEST

Slovak media report that the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that Poland had to pay a daily fine of €1 million in connection with disputed judicial reforms. According to the verdict, the fine is necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular that of the rule of law. The ruling comes after the European Commission asked for imposing financial penalties in order to secure following the interim measure from June, according to which Poland had to immediately stop applying legislation linked to functioning of a disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court. The Polish government claims that the aim of the reform is fight against corruption. The opposition points out that ordinary Poles will bear the costs. Poland currently does not pay fine linked to the operation of the Turów mine. According to Barbara Zmušková of Euractiv, the European Commission can discount the money for the fines from EU funds.

Poland must pay penalty for judicial reforms, EU Court of Justice rules / Poľsko musí platiť penále pre súdne reformy, rozhodol Súdny dvor EÚ km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Poland must pay penalty for judicial reforms, EU Court of ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Verdict passed that will not please Poland: Huge penalties must apply for judicial reforms / Padol verdikt, ktorý Poľsko nepoteší: Pre súdne reformy musí platiť obrovské penále km-cas.sk-SK: "Verdict passed that will not please Poland: Huge penalties must ..." info: by TASR date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

EU fines Poland / EÚ pokutuje Poľsko km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "EU fines Poland / EÚ pokutuje Poľsko..." page: 17 info: by (čtk) date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU court fined Poland €1 million a day over authority punishing judges / Soud EU udělil Polsku pokutu milion eur denně kvůli orgánu trestajícímu soudce, vyjádření Barbary Zmuškové km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "EU court fined Poland €1 million a day over authority ..." info: Správy, 2021-10-27 18:20:00, 00:02:24, by Soňa WEISSOVÁ date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:20:00 PM CEST

Poland must pay fines / Poľsko musí platiť pokuty km-SME-SK: "Poland must pay fines / Poľsko musí platiť pokuty..." page: 6 info: by (SITA) date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU court fined Poland / Soud EU pokutoval Polsko, citace vyjádření Soudního dvora EU km-TA3-SK: "EU court fined Poland / Soud EU pokutoval Polsko, citace ..." info: Hlavné správy, 2021-10-27 18:44:00, 00:01:47, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:44:00 PM CEST

Court of Justice of the EU imposes €1 million per day fine on Poland

[Slovenia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ordered Poland to pay a daily fine of €1 million for undermining the judicial system, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Delo, Dnevnik, and Večer report. Particularly, the state was fined as it has not suspended the application of the provisions of national legislation relating to the areas of jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. “Compliance with the interim measures ordered on 14 July 2021 is necessary in order to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular that of the rule of law,” the court stated in a press release. Poland described the fine as extortion. Deputy of the Sejm of Poland Sebastian Kaleta said on Twitter that the Court of Justice of the EU completely ignored the Polish Constitution and the decision of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, adding that the Court was exceeding its powers with financial penalties and interim injunctions.

Court of Justice of the EU imposes a daily fine on Poland for non-compliance with the judgement / Sodišče EU Poljski naložilo milijon evrov dnevne kazni zaradi neupoštevanja sodbe km-24ur.com-SI: "Court of Justice of the EU imposes a daily fine ..." info: by Maja Pavlin date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland to pay a €1 million fine every day / Poljski milijon evrov kazni na dan km-Delo-SI: "Poland to pay a €1 million fine every day / ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Warsaw to pay a €1 million fine every day / Varšavi milijon evrov kazni na dan km-Dnevnik-SI: "Warsaw to pay a €1 million fine every day / ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Court of Justice of the EU: Poland has to pay €1 million every day. Warsaw: This is extortion. / Sodišče EU-ja: Poljska mora vsak dan plačati milijon evrov kazni. Varšava: To je izsiljevanje. km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Court of Justice of the EU: Poland has to pay ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Court of Justice of the EU fines Poland €1 million a day in connection with the independence of judges / Sodišče EU naložilo Poljski milijon evrov kazni na dan v povezavi z neodvisnostjo sodnikov (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Court of Justice of the EU fines Poland €1 million ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Poland to pay a €1 million fine every day / Poljski milijon evrov kazni na dan km-Vecer-SI: "Poland to pay a €1 million fine every day / ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU justice imposes a fine of €1 million a day on Poland

[Spain, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has imposed a fine of one million euros a day on Poland until the government withdraws the disciplinary chamber. The ruling speaks of a serious attack on the rule of law, as the chamber is a body designed to punish judges even for the content of their judgments. In July, the court ordered it to be paralysed. Despite saying it would do so, Poland took no action, so the Commission, which has also blocked recovery funds for the country, asked the CJEU to impose a fine. Warsaw has described this new chapter in its disagreements with the EU as yet another example of blackmail by Brussels.

European Justice punishes Poland with a historic fine for not obeying its sentences / La Justicia europea castiga a Polonia con una multa histórica por no obedecer sus sentencias km-ABC-ES: "European Justice punishes Poland with a historic fine for not ..." page: 28 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Tension rises between the EU and Poland. The Eu Court of Justice has fined Poland one million euros a day for breaching judicial independence. The Polish authorities consider this to be blackmail. / Sube la tensión entre la UE y Polonia. El Tribunal de Justicia comunitario ha multado a Polonia con un millón de euros diarios por vulnerar la independencia judicial. Las autoridades polacas consideran que esto es un chantaje. km-Antena-3-ES: "Tension rises between the EU and Poland. The Eu Court ..." info: Noticias 2, 2021-10-27 21:26:00, 00:00:49, by MATIAS PRATS date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:26:00 PM CEST

Punishment in Poland: 1 million euros a day for ignoring the ECJ / Càstig a Polònia: 1 milió d’euros al dia per ignorar el TJUE km-Ara-ES: "Punishment in Poland: 1 million euros a day for ignoring ..." page: 1,8 info: by JÚLIA MANRESA NOGUERA date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Court of Justice of the European Union condemns Poland to pay one million euros a day until the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme Court is dissolved, which, for Brussels, violates the independence of judges and goes against Community law. / El Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea condena a Polonia a pagar un millón de euros diarios hasta que se disuelva la cámara disciplinaria del Tribunal Supremo polaco, que, para Bruselas, vulnera la independencia de los jueces y va contra el derecho km-Canal-24h-TVE-ES: "The Court of Justice of the European Union condemns Poland ..." info: LA TARDE EN 24 H, 2021-10-27 20:22:00, 00:01:23, by CRISTINA SAAVEDRA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:22:00 PM CEST

Poland fined for not respecting the rule of law. The European Union tribune has ordered Poland to pay one million euros per day until it suspends the disciplinary regime against judges. / Multa a Polonia por no respetar el estado de derecho. El tribual de la Unión Europea ha ordenado a Polonia que pague un millón de euros por día hasta que no suspenda el régimen disciplinario contra los jueces. km-Catalunya-Radio-ES: "Poland fined for not respecting the rule of law. The ..." info: Informatiu migdia, 2021-10-27 14:29:00, 00:01:09, by VICTORIA VILAPLANA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 2:29:00 PM CEST

EU fines Poland one million a day for its disciplinary regime against judges / La UE multa a Polonia con un millón al día por su régimen disciplinario contra los jueces km-Correo-ES: "EU fines Poland one million a day for its disciplinary ..." page: 30 info: by SALVADOR ARROYO date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The CJEU fines Poland one million euros a day / El TJUE multa a Polonia con un millón de euros diarios km-Economista-Spain-ES: "The CJEU fines Poland one million euros a day / ..." page: 42 info: by X. G. P. date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The CJEU imposes a fine of one million euros a day on Poland for disobedience / El TJUE impone una multa de un millón de euros diarios a Polonia por desobediencia km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "The CJEU imposes a fine of one million euros a ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The European Justice imposes on Poland a fine of one million euros a day as long as it does not withdraw the reform that cuts judicial independence / La Justicia europea impone a Polonia una multa de un millón de euros al día mientras no retire la reforma que recorta la independencia judicial km-eldiario.es-ES: "The European Justice imposes on Poland a fine of one ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The CJEU fines Poland 1 million a day until it dissolves the Disciplinary Chamber for judges / El TJUE multa a Polonia con 1 millón al día hasta que disuelva la Sala Disciplinaria para jueces km-elespanol.com-ES: "The CJEU fines Poland 1 million a day until it ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The EU fines Poland one million euros a day for its disciplinary regime with judges / La UE multa con un millón de euros diarios a Polonia por su régimen disciplinario con los jueces km-elindependiente.com-ES: "The EU fines Poland one million euros a day for ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Fine of one million euros a day to Poland for eroding the independence of judges / Multa de un millón de euros al día a Polonia por erosionar la independencia de los jueces km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Fine of one million euros a day to Poland for ..." page: 30 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Tension is growing between the European Union and Poland. Warsaw reacts to the harsh punishment of the European Court of Justice and calls the sanction "blackmail". / Crece la tensión entre la Unión Europea y Polonia. Varsovia reacciona al durísimo castigo del tribunal europeo de justicia y califica la sanción de "chantaje". km-La-Sexta-ES: "Tension is growing between the European Union and Poland. Warsaw ..." info: La sexta noticias 2º edicion, 2021-10-27 20:24:00, 00:00:21, by CRISTINA SAAVEDRA date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:24:00 PM CEST

EU fines Poland one million a day for failing to respect judicial independence / La UE multa a Polonia con un millón al día por no respetar la independencia judicial km-Mundo-ES: "EU fines Poland one million a day for failing to ..." page: 1,23 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Europe steps up pressure on Poland with million-euro-a-day fine / Europa eleva la presión a Polonia con una multa de un millón de euros al día km-Pais-ES: "Europe steps up pressure on Poland with million-euro-a-day fine / ..." page: 2 info: by Guillermo Abril date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

European justice fine Poland with one million euros a day / La justicia europea multa con un millón de euros diarios a Polonia km-Periodico-ES: "European justice fine Poland with one million euros a day ..." page: 18 info: by Silvia Martinez date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

One million a day fine to Poland for its interference in justice / Un millón al día de multa a Polonia por su injerencia en la Justicia km-Razon-Spain-ES: "One million a day fine to Poland for its interference ..." page: 18 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU justice imposes a fine of €1 million a day on Poland / La justicia de la UE impone a Polonia una multa de un millón de euros al día km-RNE-5-ES: "EU justice imposes a fine of €1 million a day ..." info: 24 HORAS (INFORMATIVO), 2021-10-27 20:27:00, 00:01:17, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 8:27:00 PM CEST

Millionaire fine to Poland for not respecting the rule of law, with its judicial reform. The Court of Justice of Luxembourg requires him to pay one million euros per day, until he backs down and suspends the disciplinary regime against judges. / Multa millonaria a Polonia por no respetar el estado de derecho, con su reforma judicial. El Tribunal de Justicia de Luxemburgo le impone pagar un millón de euros por día, hasta que no dé marcha atrás y suspenda el régimen disciplinario contra los jueces. km-TV3-Spain-ES: "Millionaire fine to Poland for not respecting the rule of ..." info: Tn vespre, 2021-10-27 21:15:00, 00:01:41, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:15:00 PM CEST

The EU Court has fined Poland one million euros a day for failing to comply with its ruling on the disciplinary regime of judges. / El Tribunal de la UE ha impuesto a Polonia una multa de un millón de euros diarios por no cumplir su sentencia sobre el régimen disciplinario de los jueces. km-TVE1-ES: "The EU Court has fined Poland one million euros a ..." info: Telediario 2, 2021-10-27 21:25:00, 00:01:39, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 9:25:00 PM CEST

Poland fined one million euros a day for its harassment of judges / Multa a Polonia de un millón de euros al día por su acoso a los jueces km-Vanguardia-ES: "Poland fined one million euros a day for its harassment ..." page: 4 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU fines Poland one million euros a day for judicial war / La UE multa con un millón de euros al día a Polonia por la guerra judicial km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "EU fines Poland one million euros a day for judicial ..." page: 19 info: by S. ARROYO BRUSELAS / COLPISA date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU fines Poland one million euros a day for disciplinary regime against judges / La UE multa con un millón de euros diarios a Polonia por el régimen disciplinario contra los jueces km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "EU fines Poland one million euros a day for disciplinary ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

ECJ orders Poland to pay €1 million in daily fines, news and opinions

[Sweden, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 5:50:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Poland will have to pay daily fines of €1 million for not having suspended its plans to appoint govnernment-loyal court judges, several media outlets report. Expressen.se writes that the EU and Poland are in disagreement about the importance of the EU's constitution, and that the country also plans to adopt a law which means that its own constitution takes precedence over EU law. Göteborgs-Posten, quoting news agency TT, writes that according to the ECJ, Poland must commit to the previously ordered ECJ measures from 14 July 2021 to prevent serious and irreparable damange to the EU's legal order.The European Court of Justice (ECJ) announced that Poland will have to pay daily fines of €1 million, Michael Winiarski writes in an analysis in Dagens Nyheter. The ruling stems from Poland's previous decision to disregard an ECJ ruling. The dispute between the EU and Poland moves towards a potential soft Polexit, which could turn the country into an EU member state without any influence to speak of. However, the consequences of Brexit could dissuade the Polish government from pushing too hard in this direction.Poland's daily fines will serve to fuel the fire of the already infected relationship with the EU, David Boati writes in an analysis in Svt.se. The European Commission decided to act after most EU heads of state and government criticised Poland's decision to have its constitution take precedence over EU law. This could potentially lead to Poland not gaining access to over SEK 200 billion in grants via the EU's Covid-19 recovery fund. Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has said that he aims to stop or reform the country's plans to introduce a so-called Disciplinary Chamber, but so far, nothing has happened. Even so, he has also made it clear that Poland governs over its own laws. This raises the question if the Commission dares to suspend the country's funds and take the risk of potentially triggering a chain reaction that could end with Poland leaving the EU.

Poland sentenced to pay multi-million sum: - SEK 10 million per day / Polen döms att böta mångmiljonbelopp: – tio miljoner om dagen km-Boras-Tidning-SE: "Poland sentenced to pay multi-million sum: - SEK 10 million ..." page: 20 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland is likely to remain, but in a weaker EU / Polen lär stanna kvar, men i ett svagare EU km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Poland is likely to remain, but in a weaker EU ..." page: 20,21 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Poland's fines: SEK 10 million per day / Polens straffböter: 10 miljoner kronor per dag km-espressen.se-SE: "Poland's fines: SEK 10 million per day / Polens straffböter: ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Daily multi-million fines for Poland / Dagliga mångmiljonböter för Polen km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Daily multi-million fines for Poland / Dagliga mångmiljonböter för Polen..." page: 29 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

ECJ ruling: Poland to pay SEK 10 million in daily fines / Sammanfattning av dagens viktigaste nyheter km-Sveriges-Radio-Ekot-SE: "ECJ ruling: Poland to pay SEK 10 million in daily ..." info: SR P1 - Ekot, 2021-10-27 16:45:00, 00:00:01, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 4:45:00 PM CEST

"Now the taximeter is starting to tick for Poland's EU defiance" / Analys: ”Nu börjar taxametern ticka för Polens EU-trots” km-Svt.se-SE: ""Now the taximeter is starting to tick for Poland's EU ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Turkish Cypriot official criticises Bureau Veritas of acting biased on halloumi

[Cyprus, Rural development]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

Turkish Cypriot ‘presidential adviser’ and ‘head off the halloumi coordination council’, Hussein Hamzaoğlu, criticised the international organisation Bureau Veritas, which has been appointed as the monitoring body for the standards of halloumi certification and export to the EU, arguing that it is not behaving unbiased and with transparency, Philenews reports. According to Turkish Cypriot media, Hamzaoğlu said that Bureau Veritas has not yet contacted the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for implementing the Green Line Regulation, nor has it appointed the relevant organisation to carry out the necessary health controls to trade halloumi via the Green Line. Nonetheless, he argued, Bureau Veritas has already signed an agreement with the Greek Cypriot producers to certify halloumi as PDO.

Bureau Veritas is biased on halloumi, Hamzaoğlu says / Μεροληπτεί ο Bureau Veritas για το χαλλούμι λέει ο Αμτζάογλου km-Philenews.com-CY: "Bureau Veritas is biased on halloumi, Hamzaoğlu says / Μεροληπτεί ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SKILLS AND LABOUR MOBILITY

European directive in the pipeline to improve working conditions of platform workers

[Belgium, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Le Soir reports on a European Directive aiming to improve the platform workers' working conditions. The draft directive is expected on 8 December and would include an employee status for platform workers. A recent European Commission survey revealed that about 28 million EU citizens work for such platforms, and most of them are treated as self-employed workers. Their appalling working conditions make headlines increasingly more often. In 2020, Europe announced that it would address the problem. Meanwhile, it consulted the social partners and the European Parliament about it.

Platforms: wages would generate €4 billion for the member states' treasury / Plateformes: le salariat rapporterait 4 milliards d'euros aux Etats membres km-Soir-BE: "Platforms: wages would generate €4 billion for the member states' ..." page: 6-7 info: by Cloot date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

State losing hundreds of millions due to "bogus claims"

[Ireland, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

The Irish Congress of Trade Union biennial conference has been told that the Government is continuing to turn a blind eye to the "theft" of hundreds of millions of euro from State coffers as a result of bogus self-employment arrangements in place in a number of sectors, irishtimes.com reports. Siptu manufacturing division organiser Greg Ennis said the misclassification of workers as self employed was "a scourge" that was occurring with alarming regularity in the low paid food industries. Meanwhile Commissioner Schmit told the conference that the level of collective bargaining in the Irish economy had fallen from 44% coverage in 2000 to 34% in 2017. He suggested that this did not fit with the ideas of the social market economy which required good social dialogue and large collective bargaining coverage.

State losing hundreds of millions due to "bogus claims" / State losing hundreds of millions due to "bogus claims" km-irishtimes.com-IE: "State losing hundreds of millions due to "bogus claims" / ..." info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Possible compromise on pension reforms

[Italy, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

La Stampa reports that, within the Italian governing coalition, negotiations continue on exactly how to reform the pension system. Prime Minister Draghi has made it clear that the early retirement quotas need to be changed but there is a battle over how quickly that should happen. The so-called “quota 100” allowed people with a certain combination of age and years worked (adding up to 100) to take early retirement. The latest proposal would have moved the number to 102 (minimum age 64, plus 38 years of contributions) next year and 104 the year after, but many social parts and some political parties said it would be too harsh and rapid. The government is now looking at ways to dilute the reform over more years, but it will need to find the additional funds to pay for the increased number of early retirees.

Quota 102 for a year and tightening of minimum guaranteed income. Landini to Fornero: “Youth are our priority” / Quota 102 per un anno e stretta sul Reddito Landini a Fornero: “I giovani nostra priorità” km-Stampa-IT: "Quota 102 for a year and tightening of minimum guaranteed ..." page: 6,7 info: by Ilario Lombardo date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

PP mobilises to protect Rajoy's labour reform and will denounce PM Sánchez in the EU

[Spain, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

A few media report that the Popular Party (PP) is prepared to defend the labour reform promoted by the Government of Mariano Rajoy in 2012 in all forums and before the highest European bodies with all the political and legal tools at its disposal. The leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, considers this reform to be a basic pillar for job creation in Spain over the last decade, and the counter-reform planned by Prime Minister Sánchez would not only mean, in his opinion, an unacceptable step backwards but would also endanger European funds. The Popular Party will seek a more active presence in the structured dialogue between the Commission and the European Parliament, in the bi-monthly appearance of Commissioners Gentiloni and Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis in the Economy and Budgets Committee, in the Working Group created for the control and monitoring of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism and also through the usual contacts with the Commission and the Council.

PP mobilises to protect Rajoy's labour reform and will denounce PM Sánchez in the EU / El PP se moviliza para proteger la reforma laboral de Rajoy y denunciará a Sánchez en la UE km-ABC-ES: "PP mobilises to protect Rajoy's labour reform and will denounce ..." page: 20 info: by Mariano Calleja date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Casado accuses Sánchez of "hiding" from the Spaniards what he has signed with Europe and asks to maintain the labor reform / Casado acusa a Sánchez de "ocultar" a los españoles lo que ha firmado con Europa y pide mantener la reforma laboral km-eldiario.es-ES: "Casado accuses Sánchez of "hiding" from the Spaniards what he ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Casado accuses Sánchez of "hiding" what he has signed with Europe and asks to maintain the labor reform / Casado acusa a Sánchez de "ocultar" lo que ha firmado con Europa y pide mantener la reforma laboral km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "Casado accuses Sánchez of "hiding" what he has signed with ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni on the main issues that Spain must tackle as part of the labour market reform

[Spain, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

In an interview with TVE1, Commissioner Gentiloni points out what in his opinion are the main issues that Spain needs to address in the labour market reform, which are also included in the Spanish Recovery Plan. "[There are] too many precarious jobs, making better use of collective bargaining and finding a good balance between security and flexibility," he says.

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni on the main issues that Spain must tackle as part of the labour market reform / Entrevista al Comisario de Economía, Paolo Gentiloni, sobre las principales cuestiones que España debe afrontar dentro de la reforma laboral km-TVE1-ES: "Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni on the main issues that Spain ..." info: Telediario 2, 2021-10-26 21:14:00, 00:00:33, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 9:14:00 PM CEST

Moderate Party opposed to European Commission's social taxonomy plans (op-ed)

[Sweden, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:02:00 AM CEST

The European Commission's plan to extend the so-called taxonomy to also include social affairs could have a negative impact on jobs, enterprises, and Swedish interests, Swedish MEP Jessica Polfjärd (EPP) and Elisabeth Svantesson of the Swedish Moderate Party write in an op-ed in Svenska Dagbladet. The Commission favours criteria which companies have to meet in order to be classified as socially sustainable, which is something that very few players have asked for. Social affairs differ greatly from environmental ones when it comes to businesses, and the Swedish model will not be improved by additional EU interference. The plan is that the Commission will present a final report on a social taxonomy before the end of 2021, after which it will decide on presenting a formal proposal or not. These plans mark an example of how bad things can turn out unless Sweden is involved from the start, and therefore, the Moderate Party wants the Swedish government to stop the social taxonomy plans right now.

Stop the EU's social taxonomy already now / Stoppa EU:s sociala taxonomi redan nu km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Stop the EU's social taxonomy already now / Stoppa EU:s ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

TAXATION

New global tax rate of 15% could increase EU revenue by €80 billion

[Ireland, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

Corporation tax revenue across the European Union will increase by more than €80 billion a year under a new global rate of 15%, according to the EU Tax Observatory, The Irish Times reports. Using the most recent country-by-country report statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Paris-based research group estimates that high-income countries stand to gain the most from the agreed changes. An increase in EU corporate tax revenue by over €80 billion would be equivalent to a quarter of current corporate tax revenue in the EU27.

New global tax rate of 15% could increase EU revenue by €80bn / New global tax rate of 15% could increase EU revenue by €80bn km-Irish-Times-IE: "New global tax rate of 15% could increase EU revenue ..." page: 14 info: by EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Malta against IIP tax

[Malta, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:10:00 AM CEST

Times of Malta reports that Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship, Alex Muscat, said that Malta was not in favour of a European Union tax being imposed on individual investor programmes such as Malta’s. However, the government is open to the possibility of a common set of rules for such programmes across the EU. Muscat was reacting to an extensive working report published by the EU parliament earlier this month proposing possible policy solutions to address controversial citizenship schemes which it says half the union’s 27 member states already operate in one form or another.  According to experts a European tax would “reduce incentives” for wealthy people to use the scheme, thereby limiting the potential risks they pose. The European Commission has opened infringement proceedings over Malta’s scheme and is threatening to take Malta to the European Court of Justice.

Malta against IIP tax / Malta against IIP tax km-Malta-Times-MT: "Malta against IIP tax / Malta against IIP tax..." page: 3 info: by Mark Laurence Zammit date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU Tax Observatory data on the revenue possible for EU member states with the OECD 15% minimum corporation tax

[Portugal, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

According to EU Tax Observatory data, Portugal would profit from an additional €100 million in 2021 with the implementation of OECD agreement for a minimum 15% corporate income tax rate for multinational companies, observador.pt reports. The data showed that, in the EU27, member states could gain an additional €80 billion in corporate tax revenue from a global minimum tax.

Portugal could profit €100 billion this year with the 15% minimum corporation tax to the multinationals / Portugal poderia arrecadar 100 milhões de euros este ano com IRC mínimo de 15% às multinacionais km-observador.pt-PT: "Portugal could profit €100 billion this year with the 15% ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Parliament calls for investigation of tax evasion revealed by Pandora Papers

[Slovakia, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, October 28, 2021 4:21:00 AM CEST

Weekly Trend reports that the European Parliament has called for a thorough investigation of every case revealed by the Pandora Papers project in EU tax jurisdictions. The resolution proposes urgent measures to eliminate legislative loopholes enabling massive tax evasion, money laundering and tax avoidance.

European Parliament and Pandora Papers / Europarlament a Pandora Papers km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "European Parliament and Pandora Papers / Europarlament a Pandora Papers..." page: 6 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Global minimum tax to raise 25% more revenue in Europe

[Spain, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

La Vanguardia and Ara report that after a long process of international negotiation within the OECD for the introduction of the global minimum corporate tax of 15%, first estimates suggest that the tax revenues of the states will increase substantially. A study presented yesterday by the EU Tax Observatory, an independent body working for the European Commission, revised upwards all its previous forecasts and the result is that tax revenues in the European Union will increase by an additional €80 billion each year, which is a quarter of what European states collect in corporate tax.

The small print of the new global tax subtracts € 20,000 M in the EU / La lletra petita del nou impost global resta 20.000 M€ a la UE km-Ara-ES: "The small print of the new global tax subtracts € ..." page: 1,16 info: by JÚLIA MANRESA NOGUERAS date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Global minimum tax to raise 25% more revenue in Europe / El impuesto mínimo global aumentará la recaudación un 25% en Europa km-Vanguardia-ES: "Global minimum tax to raise 25% more revenue in Europe ..." page: 42 info: by Piergiorgio M. Sandri date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

TRADE

Focus on Prime Minister Johnson's policy and the risk that British citizens will not believe him anymore

[France, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

In its profile section, Les Echos discusses Prime Minister Johnson’s policy, by focusing on the UK’s labour shortages in the meat sector. While the UK needs 15,000 additional butchers, the government announced that it will give 800 temporary visas to foreign butchers. By alluding to other types of shortages, Les Echos notes that PM Johnson has forgotten to detail some consequences of Brexit during its pro-Brexit campaign. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has heavy consequences on the country’s budget. Les Echos adds that it is not sure that British citizens will believe their Prime Minister when he said that there will have well-paid jobs, in the context of his zero-carbon strategy. When business leaders expressed concerns, he replied “Fuck business.” Les Echos notes that he should be concerned when his voters will tell him "Fuck Boris!”.

Boris Johnson / Boris Johnson km-Echos-FR: "Boris Johnson / Boris Johnson..." page: 36 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The geopolitical conquest of the economy

[Germany, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:30:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the takeover of the international economy by geopolitics. EU trade agreements and the enforcement of international trade rules would have increased EU exports by €5.4 billion in 2020, the European Commission said on Wednesday, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, for example. Brussels aims to demonstrate the importance of free trade between the EU and the rest of the world, while also showing that the EU is defending itself against unfair competition from other countries. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis announced that the European Commission would propose a new instrument with which the EU can defend itself against "blackmail by third countries." It will facilitate defence against extraterritorial sanctions, such as those used by the US in the dispute over Nord Stream 2.

Incapable trade policy / Handlungsunfähige Handelspolitik km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Incapable trade policy / Handlungsunfähige Handelspolitik..." page: 16 info: by hmk date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Guest contribution: The geopolitical conquest of the economy / Die geopolitische Eroberung der Wirtschaft km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Guest contribution: The geopolitical conquest of the economy / Die ..." page: 48 info: by Jean Pisani-Ferry date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Talks on Northern Ireland protocol resume in London

[Hungary, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Népszava reports the talks on the Northern Ireland protocol led by Vice-President Šefčovič and UK Brexit Secretary David Frost resumed this week in London, following an EU proposal to significantly reduce border checks on products entering Northern Ireland. A key point of contention is the UK’s demand to end the European Court of Justice's role in resolving post-Brexit disputes. Lord Frost would like a new arbitration mechanism for the protocol. Népszava adds there are good signs in the negotiations, such as Lord Frost calling last week’s talks “constructive” and withdrawing the threat of triggering Article 16, which allows for partially or fully pulling out of the protocol.

The British are digging their heels in / Megmakacsolták magukat a britek km-Nepszava-HU: "The British are digging their heels in / Megmakacsolták magukat ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Most people in Northern Ireland positive about protocol

[Ireland, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:41:00 AM CEST

A majority of people in Northern Ireland now view the Northern Ireland protocol as positive, according to a poll conducted for a research project at Queen's University Belfast, The Irish Times reports. According to the study, 52% of respondents agreed the protocol was, on balance, "a good thing" for Northern Ireland, compared with 43% in a similar survey in June. The percentage of respondents who agreed the protocol provided Northern Ireland with a "unique set of post-Brexit economic opportunities" that could be beneficial also rose to 62% compared with 57% in June.

Most people in North positive about protocol / Most people in North positive about protocol km-Irish-Times-IE: "Most people in North positive about protocol / Most people ..." page: 7 info: by Freya McClements date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

EU exports boosted thanks to stronger implementation and enforcement of trade deals and global rules

[Slovenia, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

In its first comprehensive annual report on implementation and enforcement, which was published yesterday, the European Commission notes that effective implementation and enforcement of EU trade agreements and international trade rules added €5.4 billion to EU exports in 2020, STA reports. Tangible measures to promote exports range from the elimination of trade barriers to addressing unfair trade practices and taking action on trade and sustainable development. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said that “an assertive trade policy is about ensuring our partners honour their international commitments and, in the process, directly support European businesses and jobs. As this report shows, we are making real progress on both fronts.” He also announced that the Commission would soon unveil proposals to further defend the EU’s trade interests with a new anti-coercion tool.

Effective implementation of trade agreements strengthened EU exports last year / Učinkovito izvajanje trgovinskih sporazumov lani okrepilo izvoz EU km-sta.si-SI: "Effective implementation of trade agreements strengthened EU exports last year ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

TRANSPORT

DST is still alive and kicking, despite the European Commission's proposal to destroy it

[Belgium, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

RTBF La Première reports on Daylight Saving Time. In 2018, the European Commission proposed to get rid of the system. Many Europeans were thrilled about DST's promised demise. However, the member states failed to agree on which time to choose. The proposal was put on the back burner. The member states have yet to address the subject again. DST's death row has thus been extended indefinitely.

Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 21:03 - Journal Parlé 21h00 - The Commission wanted to get rid of DST / Mercredi 27/10/2021 - 21:03 - Journal Parlé 21h00 - La Commission voulait supprimer le changement d'heure km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Wednesday 27/10/2021 - 21:03 - Journal Parlé 21h00 - The ..." info: Journal Parlé 21h00, 2021-10-27 00:00:00, 00:00:44, by Delleau date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Cyprus ranks first in EU in deaths of young motorcyclists, according to ETSC report

[Cyprus, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:00:00 AM CEST

Cyprus ranks first in the EU in deaths of young motorcyclists, according to the 41st Road Safety PIN report of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), Phileleftheros reports. 59% - two in three – young people aged 15-30 who died in road accidents in Cyprus were drivers or passengers of motorcycles, while in the EU, the corresponding percentage was just 23%, the report reveals. At the same time, 50% of motorcyclists killed in road deaths was not wearing a helmet. According to the report, road deaths of youth in proportion with the population of 15-30 year olds fell by 34% from 2010 to 2019, compared to 19% for other age groups. The largest decrease was recorded in 2010-2014. In Cyprus, from 2010 to 2019, a 51.3% decrease in youth road deaths was recorded, while other age groups recorded an increase of 2.2%. In Cyprus, youth road deaths constituted 21.1% of total road deaths in 2019, while the EU average was 23%.

Sad first for Cyprus in motorcycle deaths / ΘΛΙΒΕΡΗ ΠΡΩΤΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ ΣΕ ΘΑΝΑΤΟΥΣ ΜΟΤΟΣΥΚΛΕΤΙΣΤΩΝ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Sad first for Cyprus in motorcycle deaths / ΘΛΙΒΕΡΗ ΠΡΩΤΙΑ ..." page: 1,3 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

October bank holiday was the busiest weekend of 2021 for Irish airports

[Ireland, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:41:00 AM CEST

Airports had their busiest weekend this year over the October bank holiday, but figures confirm that numbers still trail pre-pandemic levels, The Irish Times reports. A total of 594 flights moved in or out of the Republic of Ireland on Friday, according to Eurocontrol, making it 2021's busiest day in Irish skies. Dublin Airport confirmed yesterday that 241,000 passengers passed through there over the bank holiday weekend, beating its original 224,000 prediction. State company DAA, the airport's operator, said 1,587 flights arrived and departed during the October break. "An average of 60,000 passengers per day flew in and out of Dublin Airport over the four days between Friday, 22 October, and Monday, 25 October, 2021," DAA added.

October bank holiday was the busiest weekend of 2021 for Irish airports / October bank holiday was the busiest weekend of 2021 for Irish airports km-Irish-Times-IE: "October bank holiday was the busiest weekend of 2021 for ..." page: 17 info: by BARRY O'HALLORAN date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Lithuania calls on EU to resolve issue of abandoning seasonal time change

[Latvia, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Latvijas Radio 1 and Diena report that Lithuanian Transport Minister Marius Skuodis has called on the European Union to resolve the issue of abandoning the seasonal time change finally. The issue of the need to review the current order in Europe was raised in 2018. Most people in the member states wanted the abolition of the existing arrangements. Negotiations on the waiver in the EU Council have now stalled, and the clocks will have to be turned back an hour in the coming holidays.

Lithuania calls on EU to resolve issue of abandoning seasonal time change / Aicina izbeigt laika maiņu km-Diena-LV: "Lithuania calls on EU to resolve issue of abandoning seasonal ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, October 28, 2021

Lithuania calls on EU to resolve issue of abandoning seasonal time change / Lietuva aicina Eiropas Savienību atrisināt jautājumu par atteikšanos no pulksteņu grozīšanas km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Lithuania calls on EU to resolve issue of abandoning seasonal ..." info: Ziņas, 2021-10-27 19:24:00, 00:00:32, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:24:00 PM CEST

Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to abandon daylight saving time

[Lithuania, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that Lithuanian Transport Minister Marius Skuodis has called on the European Union to finally retire the practice of changing time twice a year. The Minister sent a letter to European Union institutions this week. Although the European Parliament voted back in 2019 to give up turning clocks one hour in October and March, member states have yet to implement the change. “Although this proposal was submitted four years ago, European citizens still have to change the time twice a year, which is neither adequate to the modern lifestyle nor comprehensible to many people,” the Minister wrote in his letter, as quoted by Lrytas.lt. “When numerous studies point to the negative impact on health during the days of the seasonal clock change, we must make the well-being of our fellow Europeans our priority and finally put an end to the outdated, ineffective and harmful time change regime,” he added.

Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to abandon daylight saving time / M. Skuodžio laiškas ES dėl laiko sukimo: būtina pagaliau išspręsti šį klausimą km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to ..." date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to abandon daylight saving time / Skuodis ragina ES bendru sutarimu išspręsti laiko sukimo klausimą km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to abandon daylight saving time / M. Skuodis ragina ES bendru sutarimu išspręsti laiko sukimo klausimą: prakalbo apie žmonių sveikatą km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to ..." info: by Lrytas.ltOct 27 date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to abandon daylight saving time / M. Skuodis ragina ES bendru sutarimu išspręsti laiko sukiojimo klausimą km-Ziniu-Radijas-LT: "Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis calls on European Union to ..." info: Žinios, 2021-10-27 19:23:00, 00:00:32, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:23:00 PM CEST

European Union carriers to be able to rent cars in other Community countries

[Lithuania, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

15min.lt and Delfi.lt write that the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union are proposing to facilitate the intra-Community rental of trucks and vans. Under the agreement, transport companies from European Union countries could use vehicles rented from a company in another Member State for at least two months a year. Companies will have to notify the national authorities and ensure that rented trucks do not make up more than 25% of their car fleet. “It will ease existing restrictions when hiring these vehicles from other European Union countries, to allow transport operators, rental and leasing companies to meet short-term, seasonal or temporary demand peaks or to replace defective or damaged vehicles,” MEP Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar (EPP, PT) said, as quoted by 15min.lt.

European Union carriers to be able to rent cars in other Community countries / ES vežėjai galės išsinuomoti automobilius kitose Bendrijos šalyse km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union carriers to be able to rent cars in ..." info: by Janis Muchks date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

European Union carriers to be able to rent cars in other Community countries / ES vežėjai galės išsinuomoti automobilius kitose Bendrijos šalyse km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Union carriers to be able to rent cars in ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičus: Only six member states would like to abolish daylight saving time practice

[Lithuania, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

In an interview with LRT Televizija, Commissioner Sinkevičius talks about member states disagreeing on daylight saving time changes. He says that six member states approve the idea to abolish this practice and 21 member states do not. Commissioner adds that Lithuania’s Minister for Transport Marius Skuodis should be congratulated for bringing this issue up again and encouraging to solve it on the European level but Sinkevičius believes he should seek the agreement between ministers on the issue first.

Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičus: Only six member states would like to abolish daylight saving time practice / Nesibaigiantis laiko sukimas km-LRT-televizija-LT: "Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičus: Only six member states would like ..." info: Panorama, 2021-10-27 22:51:00, 00:03:00, date: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 10:51:00 PM CEST

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