AGRICULTURE

Opposition against proposed agriculture reform in the EU

[Belgium, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

Grenz Echo notes that for years, the EU member states have been pondering a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. In 2018, the European Commission proposed a CAP reform. Climate protection plays a central role in the negotiations, but how will the noble goals be implemented? Germany is trying to mediate in the discussions, advocating fixed environmental protection standards. German Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner submitted a proposal on Monday, stating that the environmental rules must be binding. The proposal states that countries should link a minimum share of direct payments to farmers to those environmental rules. Some EU member states oppose that. Ms Klöckner wants an agreement by mid-October, after which negotiations with the European Parliament can start.

Opposition against proposed agriculture reform in the EU / Widerstand gegen Vorschlag bei Agrarreform in der EU km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Opposition against proposed agriculture reform in the EU / Widerstand ..." page: 2 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bulgaria insists on maintaining Transitional National Aid

[Bulgaria, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-BG Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

Bulgaria and the new EU member states continue to insist on coupled support, and maintaining the Transitional National Aid with a new reference date, Focus News Agency reports. This became clear at a meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels, which was attended by Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva. Ms Taneva clarified that Bulgaria's proposal includes a change in the reference date from 2009 to 2018. She pointed out that the voted EU agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework and the one set for external convergence is "unsatisfactory." "We hope that our proposal will be considered and a compromise will be made," Ms Taneva added, stressing that this would ensure the economic and social sustainability of the agricultural sector.

Bulgaria and the new EU member states continue to insist on high tied support and maintaining transitional national aid with a new reference date / България и новите страни-членки на ЕС продължават да настояват за висока обвързана подкрепа и запазване на преходната национална помощ с нова референтна дата km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Bulgaria and the new EU member states continue to insist ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ample wood resources must serve as a backbone of development in rural areas

[Croatia, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

Last week, a meeting was held between the Croatian Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Tramišak and representatives of the Croatian Wood Cluster and the Croatian biomass association - Crobiom, Poslovni Dnevnik writes. The wood sector represents an important source of employment in rural and less developed areas of the country, therefore, through a change in incentive policies and an increase of the number of projects that would apply for EU funds, this sector might become the backbone of development in these areas. Following the new strategic guidelines and the EU’s green policies that are based on a low-carbon approach, substantial resources have been secured by the EU, as a means for implementing the Green Deal. The wood industry is expected to show more engagement in developing innovative projects and avant-garde ideas modelled after Scandinavian examples, such as producing textiles of heating oil from wood. “We have also talked about the role of development banks, about financing the development of large industrial entities, and we also suggested applying directly to Brussels, as part of the InvestEU Programme,” Minister Tramišak said.

Ample wood resources must serve as a backbone of development in rural areas / Bogati drvni resurs mora biti okosnica razvoja ruralnih područja km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Ample wood resources must serve as a backbone of development ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus Agriculture Minister attends EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council; meets with Commissioner Sinkevičius

[Cyprus, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

Speaking during the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels yesterday, Cypriot Agriculture Minister Kadis underlined the need to simplify the implementation procedures of the new Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), so that they are more accessible to farmers. As reported by Sigmalive and Haravgi, he asked for member states to be offered the relevant flexibility to be able to design measures that achieve the greatest possible participation of farmers, as well as extending the interventions that promote the CAP targets on the environment and climate. Mr Kadis referred to the delay by the Commission in registering halloumi cheese as a Protected Designation of Origin, which does not allow for the product to be included in the EU’s trade deals with third countries.On the sidelines of the Council, Mr Kadis met with Commissioner Sinkevičius, with whom he discussed the issue of the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Eastern Mediterranean by Turkey, while he underlined the need to monitor the entire region with the presence of a vessel of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). The minister also briefed the Commission on the important negative effects on the Cypriot fishing fleet that have been caused by the illegal Turkish activity in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).Mr Kadis also exchanged views with the Commissioner on the possibility to support the fisheries sector to withstand the difficult circumstances that arise as a result of the illegal Turkish actions.The Commissioner expressed the Commission’s full support for Cyprus, while it was agreed that technocrats from both the Commission and Cyprus shoud examine all the facts on this matter and consider potential measures to support the fisheries sector.

Halloumi registration process should be expedited / ΝΑ ΕΠΙΤΑΧΥΝΘΕΙ Η ΔΙΑΔΙΚΑΣΙΑ ΚΑΤΟΧΥΡΩΣΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΛΟΥΜΙΟΥ km-Alithia-CY: "Halloumi registration process should be expedited / ΝΑ ΕΠΙΤΑΧΥΝΘΕΙ Η ..." page: 15 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

KAΔΗΣ ΕΥΧΕΣ VA ΠΡΟΧΩΡΗΣΕΙ Ο ΦΑΚΕΛΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΧΑΛΛΟΥΜΙ km-Haravgi-CY: "KAΔΗΣ ΕΥΧΕΣ VA ΠΡΟΧΩΡΗΣΕΙ Ο ΦΑΚΕΛΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΧΑΛΛΟΥΜΙ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Απλοποίηση της νέας ΚΑΠ και επιτάχυνση για το Χαλούμι ζήτησε ο Υπ. Γεωργίας km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Απλοποίηση της νέας ΚΑΠ και επιτάχυνση για το Χαλούμι ζήτησε ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Interview avec Christiane Lambert, FNSEA President, on the new CAP

[France, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Europe 1, FNSEA President Christiane Lambert discusses the new CAP. She underlines that farmers are concerned about “the level of requirements determined without any impact study” while the EU wants a greener CAP. She lists some of these requirements, such as “25% of organic products by the next five years” and “a 50% decrease in plant protection products” while wondering “if there will be sustainable economic solutions.” “Objectives must be determined with experts,” she points out. She also highlights some progress realised by farmers, such as “a 8% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions over the past twenty years.”

Interview avec Christiane Lambert, FNSEA President, on the new CAP / Entretien avec Christiane Lambert, présidente de la FNSEA, sur la nouvelle PAC km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview avec Christiane Lambert, FNSEA President, on the new CAP ..." info: L'interview actu, 2020-09-21 07:42:00, 00:01:34, by Matthieu Belliard date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

Commission approves Protected Designation of Origin of Hungarian trout "Szilvásváradi pisztráng"

[Hungary, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

The European Commission approved the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) of a trout species endemic to Northern Hungary under the name of "Szilvásváradi pisztráng," Világgazdaság informs readers. The PDO certification was handed to Hungary’s Minister of Agriculture István Nagy by Commissioner Wojciechowski.

Protected Designation of Origin for pisztráng / Oltalom a pisztrángnak km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "Protected Designation of Origin for pisztráng / Oltalom a pisztrángnak..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers discussed reform of the common agricultural policy regarding the green architecture

[Slovenia, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Aleksandra Pivec attended a session of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, STA reports. The discussion on the reform of the common agricultural policy regarding green architecture was at the forefront of the meeting. Moreover, the EU agriculture and fisheries ministers also took note of the European Commission's report on the current state of international trade in agricultural products. In this regard, Ms Pivec said that "Slovenia could back a mandatory environmental scheme if sufficient flexibility is provided for member states in implementing enhanced conditionality". Slovenia also welcomed the Presidency's proposal to maintain the possibility of taking into account payments for areas with natural and other constraints in achieving a 30% limit on rural development funds. According to the Ministry, Slovenia also approves the Presidency's proposal regarding small farms and conditionality, which envisages special treatment through a simplified system of controls and penalties.

EU agriculture and fisheries ministers discussed reform of the common agricultural policy regarding the green architecture / Ministri EU za kmetijstvo in ribištvo razpravljali o reformi skupne kmetijske politike glede zelene arhitekture km-sta.si-SI: "EU agriculture and fisheries ministers discussed reform of the common ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Minister Planas calls for using adjustment reserve aimed at farmers in case of hard Brexit

[Spain, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

Some media report on the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held yesterday. Expansión reports that Spain's Agriculture Minister Luis Planas said that European farmers should be eligible to benefit from the €5 billion Brexit Adjustment Reserve that the European Union has planned to create to support the most affected sectors in case of a no-deal Brexit. "If in the end there is no agreement or there is an impact from the point of view of agricultural markets, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has instruments and the European Commission to compensate and help farmers," said Minister Planas in statements to the media, before a Council of European Agriculture Ministers. Online media add that Minister Planas said that it is "possible" and "feasible" for EU member states to reach a "political" agreement on the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in October, leading to further negotiations with the European Parliament. Eldiario.es reports that in the meeting, EU agriculture ministers noted that there were still "divergences" that needed to be resolved in order to reach a pact in October. "There are far fewer differences than before, I think we are getting closer to a final agreement that will be good for our producers and acceptable to all member states," summarised Commissioner Wojciechowski.

Planas asks to use field aid reserve if there is no deal with London / Planas pide usar reserva de ayuda para el campo si no hay acuerdo con Londres km-Abc.es-ES: "Planas asks to use field aid reserve if there is ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Planas sees "feasible" a political agreement on the CAP in October / Planas considera "factible" un acuerdo político sobre la PAC en octubre km-Abc.es-ES: "Planas sees "feasible" a political agreement on the CAP in ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Planas believes it is "feasible" for the Twenty-Seven to reach an agreement on the CAP in October / Planas cree "factible" que los Veintisiete logren en octubre un acuerdo sobre la PAC km-eldiario.es-ES: "Planas believes it is "feasible" for the Twenty-Seven to reach ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Planas asks to use the field aid reserve if there is no deal with London / Planas pide usar la reserva de ayuda para el campo si no hay acuerdo con Londres km-eldiario.es-ES: "Planas asks to use the field aid reserve if there ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The Twenty-Seven are approaching an agreement on the new CAP, although some "divergences" remain / Los Veintisiete se acercan a un acuerdo sobre la nueva PAC, aunque persisten algunas "divergencias" km-eldiario.es-ES: "The Twenty-Seven are approaching an agreement on the new CAP, ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Minister Planas calls for using adjustment reserve aimed at farmers in case of hard Brexit / Planas pide usar la reserva de ayudas al campo si hay Brexit duro km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Minister Planas calls for using adjustment reserve aimed at farmers ..." page: 25 info: by Expansión date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

BUDGET

Commentary: Just what to do with all this nice money?

[Austria, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:45:00 AM CEST

Spain, which is particularly well endowed with €140 billion from the €750 billion EU recovery fund, is having problems spending this money, Die Presse writes in a commentary. The EU Court of Auditors has also criticised a whole series of other weaknesses in the recovery programme in an opinion. The lack of coordination with other EU programmes could lead to double funding. If recipients criticise that they do not know what to do with the money, there is certainly a need for repair, according to the commentary.

Commentary: Just what to do with all this nice money? / Wohin nur mit dem vielen schönen Geld? km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Commentary: Just what to do with all this nice money? ..." page: 15 info: by Josef Urschitz date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

€250 billion to be raised via green bonds

[Belgium, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

De Standaard reports that President von der Leyen wants to raise €250 billion of the €750 billion relaunch support via green bonds. Germany also successfully launched a green bond for the first time. It remains difficult to ascertain if green bonds truly lead to a greener world, but Ms von der Leyen's announcement that €250 billion must explicitly go to green projects is an important signal. One-third of the money of Europe's stimulus will flow to durable projects. Degroof Petercam's Peter De Coensel explains that green bonds are in high demand.

The newest hype for durable investors / De nieuwste hype bij duurzame beleggers km-Standaard-BE: "The newest hype for durable investors / De nieuwste hype ..." page: 19 info: by Decock date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Experts discussed EU Recovery Plan in Ostrava

[Czech Republic, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:00:00 AM CEST

E15 daily draws attention to the 11th annual meeting of the International Energy Club (IEC) in Ostrava, where various experts discussed the EU Recovery Plan, among other. According to MEP Evžen Tošenovský (ECR), the problem with drawing the aid is the fragmentation of financial means into many funds and projects with individually set conditions. He adds that coronavirus in no way eased the pressure to implement the green policy set by the European Commission. On the contrary, the pressure persists, completely without considering real possibilities and time horizon, the MEP warns. EP Power Europe board member Jiří Feist agrees, noting that coronavirus has completely deflected established mechanisms. The daily also quotes Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade René Neděla, who says that he understands efforts contained in the Green Deal; however, he emphasises the “everything in moderation” principle.

A trillion lifeline for Europe / Bilionový záchranný kruh pro Evropu km-E15-CZ: "A trillion lifeline for Europe / Bilionový záchranný kruh pro ..." page: 16 info: by Martin Pitro date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Guest contribution: There must be clear conditions for allocation of money under reciovery fund

[Germany, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Director of the Bruegel Institute Guntram Wolff points out that the ongoing negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council offer an opportunity for improvement of the EU Recovery Fund. There must be a clear strategic objective, clear conditions for the allocation of funds and good governance. The fund is a unique opportunity to provide incentive for real structural reforms, Mr Wolff believes. According to the envisaged procedure, the European Commission will be advised by the Economic and Financial Committee on the use of the funds. However, to achieve sufficient transparency and public accountability, the European Parliament must insist on regular and detailed reports from the European Commission and hearings with the responsible Commissioner, Mr Wolff underlines.

Guest contribution: EU Fund: lack of control and accountability / EU-Fonds: Es fehlt an Kontrolle und Rechenschaftspflicht km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Guest contribution: EU Fund: lack of control and accountability / ..." page: 17 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECB President Lagarde says the European Central Bank has more tools

[Ireland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports that European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has said the bank has room to add stimulus and can adapt its already expansive toolkit if the economy needs more help. She said while the third quarter will see a rebound, the recovery from the coronavirus recession is still "uneven and incomplete," and that the bank is not out of options. She said: "We clearly showed that when the economic situation demanded, we were capable of finding the necessary responses."

Lagarde says the European Central Bank has more tools / Lagarde says the European Central Bank has more tools km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Lagarde says the European Central Bank has more tools / ..." page: 28 info: by Alexander Weber date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Latvian Foreign Ministry hopes to get €7 million from EU Recovery and Resilience Facility

[Latvia, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

Diena reports that Latvian Foreign Ministry hopes to get about €7 million from the European Union's Recovery and Resilience Facility for the ministry's digital projects and modernization of embassies. The Foreign Ministry's projects deal with improving the quality of services the ministry provides to residents, including digitisation of the ministry's services, as well as expanding telecommuting opportunities for the ministry's employees. The list of the Foreign Ministry's projects and the total worth thereof will depend on the project assessment criteria. The Latvian government has agreed that the Finance Ministry will be in charge of preparing Latvia's Recovery and Resilience Plan and submitting it to the European Commission.

Latvian Foreign Ministry hopes to get €7 million from EU Recovery and Resilience Facility / ĀM no ES Atveseļošanas un noturības plāna vēlas iegūt ap 7 miljonus eiro km-Diena.lv-LV: "Latvian Foreign Ministry hopes to get €7 million from EU ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The Portuguese are skeptical regarding the good use of European funds

[Portugal, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:50:00 AM CEST

According to a Jornal de Negócios/CMTV survey, 60.6% of the Portuguese do not believe in the good management of the European recovery funds. 27% of respondents are confident in a good implementation of the funds, 42% consider that the funds bring no benefits for the country and 7.3% do not have an opinion on the matter. The debate on the proper use of the European recovery funds has been at the centre of the public discussion with many asking for a transparent process. The Portuguese government ensures that the country will be able to make good use of the funds.

Majority expects poor management of the funds / Maioria antecipa má gestão dos fundos km-Correio-Da-Manha-PT: "Majority expects poor management of the funds / Maioria antecipa ..." page: 29 info: by Diana Ramos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Portuguese are skeptical regarding the use of European funds / Portugueses estão céticos sobre uso dos fundos europeus km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "The Portuguese are skeptical regarding the use of European funds ..." page: 6 info: by Manuel Esteves date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Key EU players are calling for a swift agreement on the EU Recovery Deal

[Slovenia, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

In a video conference held yesterday, the heads of the EU's central institutions reviewed progress in the negotiations on the EU Reconstruction Deal following the Covid-19 pandemic, which, according to diplomatic sources, is too slow, STA reports. They called for a swift agreement so that emergency programmes can be implemented from 1 January 2021, as scheduled. President von der Leyen, European Parliament President Sassoli (S&D) and German Chancellor Merkel reviewed progress in adopting the Recovery Deal. President von der Leyen tweeted after the video conference that they would cooperate  closely to enable the deal to be adopted quickly, thus ensuring a greener, digital and resilient Europe. German Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said leaders agreed a quick deal was needed.

Key EU players are calling for a swift agreement on the EU Recovery Deal / Ključni akterji v EU pozivajo k hitremu dogovoru o svežnju za okrevanje km-sta.si-SI: "Key EU players are calling for a swift agreement on ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Brussels tightens conditions for releasing European aid

[Spain, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

El País reports that the Spanish government will have to meet tough conditions in Brussels in order to receive the €60 billion in aid from the Reconstruction Fund. The European Commission has laid down in a guide and a draft regulation the rules for releasing this aid. Spain will be required to comply with the reforms it has been asked to carry out and which are still pending, including the pension reform, and to reduce the temporary nature of the labour market. Speaking to several media, Commission President von der Leyen said that "reforms and investments go hand in hand to modernise societies and economies," and she recalled that, in addition to the priorities in the fields of green energy and the digital agenda, there are also the recommendations of the European Semester.

Brussels tightens conditions for releasing European aid / Bruselas endurece las condiciones para liberar las ayudas europeas km-Pais-ES: "Brussels tightens conditions for releasing European aid / Bruselas endurece ..." page: 1,37 info: by A. MAQUEDA / LL. PELLICER date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU Budget negotiation blocks Reconstruction Fund

[Spain, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

El Economista reports that the negotiations to finalise the details of the European Recovery Fund and the next EU multiannual budget, some €1.8 trillion in total, are not progressing as quickly as some had hoped and all had wished. Commission President von der Leyen, Parliament President Sassoli and German Chancellor Merkel tried yesterday by videoconference to bridge the enormous gap that still separates the Council and the European Parliament at the negotiating table. MEPs call for more resources for defence, Erasmus and innovation. But according to Council estimates, the Parliament's demands would mean adding some €110 billion to the EU Budget for the next seven years.

EU Budget negotiation blocks Reconstruction Fund / La negociación del Presupuesto de la UE bloquea el fondo de reconstrucción km-Economista-Spain-ES: "EU Budget negotiation blocks Reconstruction Fund / La negociación del ..." page: 38 info: by Jorge Valero date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CLIMATE_ACTION

Energy storage: new study provides reason for hope

[Austria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:48:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen announced last week that she was planning to tighten the EU's climate targets, reports Die Presse. By 2030, CO2 emissions in the EU are supposed to be reduced by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. In order to compensate for the fluctuations in wind and solar energy production, efficient electricity storage options will be indispensable in the future. A joint study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the European Patent Office (EPO) provides reason for hope. According to the study, inventions on the electricity storage sector around the world have increased by 14% per year over the last decade.

The third wave of energy storage / Die dritte Welle der Energiespeicher km-Presse-Austria-AT: "The third wave of energy storage / Die dritte Welle ..." page: 16 info: by David Freudenthaler date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU's Farm to Fork Strategy is an opportunity for Croatian farmers

[Croatia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:23:00 AM CEST

The EU's Farm to Fork Strategy is an opportunity for Croatian farmers but a common fight is necessary to protect the domestic market, invest in technology and motivate youth to continue farming and stay in rural areas, MEP Biljana Borzan (EPP) and the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPK) said on Monday, Poslovni Dnevnik and Večernji list report. Speaking at a press conference, MEP Borzan said it was necessary to transition to sustainable production in order to preserve soil, water and air. She recalled that the EU planned, by 2030, to halve the use of pesticides and antibiotics in agriculture and to increase by 25% the land with ecological production. In order to encourage the transition to sustainable production and consumption, the Farm to Fork Strategy envisages amending about 20 European laws and regulations and reviewing market standards for farm products. MEP Borzan said she would fight for the promotion of locally grown products, adding that Croatian farmers should be protected from products which did not meet European standards. HPK president Mladen Jakopovic said the Croatian Chamber of Agriculture (HPK) would compile a database of agricultural producer prices across the EU which would help to better enforce laws on unfair trade practices and show which EU country undermined the market with dumping prices.

A database against dumping prices in the EU / Bazom podataka protiv dampinških cijena u EU km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "A database against dumping prices in the EU / Bazom ..." page: 4 info: by Marta Duić date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU's Farm to Fork Strategy is an opportunity for Croatian farmers / HPK: EU baza proizvođačkih cijena stala bi na kraj dampingu km-Vecernji-List-HR: "EU's Farm to Fork Strategy is an opportunity for Croatian ..." page: 5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Focus on green policy in EU

[Czech Republic, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:45:00 AM CEST

E15 daily features an article by Česká spořitelna economist Petr Zahradník, in which he comments on the EU’s green policy. He writes that the current emphasizing of environmental issues is a test of the European Commission of what citizens across the Union think about it. Based on the reactions, it is obvious that they generally agree with it and so do the business, investor and intellectual communities. Mr Zahradník, however, suggests that the EU should first objectively set several important parameters for the whole transformation process. These include the related costs, strategic tools and financial resources. All these parameters should be precisely defined and agreed by the member states, the author writes. He also notes that Europe can even have additional time to refine these parameters.

The emphasis on green intensifies again / Důraz na zelenou opět zesiluje km-E15-CZ: "The emphasis on green intensifies again / Důraz na zelenou ..." page: 12 info: by Petr Zahradník date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Government failing to get message across on wind farms and solar parks

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports that Head of the national electricity grid Mark Foley has said they government and industry is failing to encourage the take-up of renewable energy in the battle against climate change. He said public awareness of the existence of the Climate Action Plan was incredibly low. Urging for a clearer message from the government, he said: "We have got to have a co-ordinated approach using the most simple and coherent of messages that anyone, from a primary school child to my 89-year-old mother, will get." It notes Commissioner Simson pledged support for Ireland's efforts, saying: "We will do everything we can on our side to facilitate you."

Government failing to get message across on wind farms and solar parks / Government failing to get message across on wind farms and solar parks km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Government failing to get message across on wind farms and ..." page: 12 info: by Caroline O'Doherty date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Renewable energy is our future — but it's being held up by planning roadblocks / Renewable energy is our future — but it's being held up by planning roadblocks km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Renewable energy is our future — but it's being held ..." page: 15 info: by Kevin Nolan date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission to invest €1 billion in climate research projects

[Latvia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Avīze, the European Commission last week launched a €1 billion call for proposals for research and innovation projects that address the climate crisis and help protect Europe's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. Horizon 2020-funded European Green Deal call for proposals, open for registration from 19 September, will contribute to Europe's recovery from the Covid-19 crisis by turning green challenges into opportunities for innovation. The Commission notes that this Green Deal call is different from previous Horizon 2020 calls. Given the urgency of the challenges, it aims to deliver clear and tangible results in the short and medium term, but with a long-term perspective.

European Commission to invest €1 billion in climate research projects / EK investēs miljardu eiro klimata pētniecības projektos km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "European Commission to invest €1 billion in climate research projects ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Green course toward LED lighting

[Latvia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

Latvijas Avīze reports that only this year, faced with the inability of EU countries to provide operational assistance to Covid-19 victims, Europe began to worry about dependence on Chinese manufacturers' supplies. Manfred Weber state clearly in the debate on 16 September: "Securing jobs means protecting European interests, not Chinese state-owned enterprises! No European Recovery Fund money for Chinese interests in the EU." The Green Deal might ensure greater independence for the European economy. The share of green procurement in Latvia has jumped from 7 to 19% in the last decade, but consistently shows an increasing trend both in the number of contracts and in terms of contract amounts. To support member states and contractors, the European Commission has developed several tools in public procurement. Through an extensive stakeholder consultation process, voluntary EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria have been developed for 20 product categories, including road lighting and traffic signals.

Green course toward LED lighting / Zaļais kurss uz...LED apgaismojumu km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Green course toward LED lighting / Zaļais kurss uz...LED apgaismojumu..." page: 1 info: by Ivars Bušmanis date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Automobile manufacturers oppose European Union’s climate change plan

[Lithuania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that automobile manufacturers opposed the European Union’s plan to set stricter emission limits over the next decade, saying they lack the government support needed to meet these targets. A dense, EU-wide network of charging stations must be built, and governments will have to offer bigger incentives to make zero-emission vehicles affordable, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) said. “Policymakers need to put in place not only targets but also the required supportive policies for all vehicle types, without which these targets will simply not be achievable,” Eric-Mark Huitema, the Head of the ACEA, said in a statement.

Automobile manufacturers oppose European Union’s climate change plan / Automobilių gamintojai sukilo prieš ES klimato kaitos planą: taps rimta finansine našta km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Automobile manufacturers oppose European Union’s climate change plan / Automobilių ..." info: by Andrew Noël date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Union will cap aids regarding emissions trading

[Luxembourg, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Regarding emissions trading for climate protection, the European Commission wants to cap the possible aids for certain industry sectors, reports Luxemburger Wort. The Commission yesterday presented a guideline to limit the circle of the beneficiaries. Furthermore, the compensation will be reduced from 85% to 75%.

Full steam for climate protection / Volldampf für Klimaschutz km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Full steam for climate protection / Volldampf für Klimaschutz..." page: 18 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Mobility Week marked by President von der Leyen in Brussels

[Romania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

News.ro writes that the European Commission Representation in Romania published a photo on its Facebook page depicting President von der Leyen on a morning run in Brussels in a car-free day on the occasion of the European Mobility Week. President von der Leyen was seen wearing a Global Citizen T-shirt, an organization she recently supported in raising funds to support the fight against Covid-19. European Mobility Week is marked between 16 and 22 September with thousands of cities in over 40 countries organising activities that focus on zero-emission mobility.

President of the European Commission, morning run in Brussels in car-free day / Preşedinta Comisiei Europene, alergare de dimineaţă cu ocazia zilei fără maşini din Bruxelles - FOTO km-news.ro-RO: "President of the European Commission, morning run in Brussels in ..." info: by News.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU is committed to a much more ambitious reduction of greenhouse gases

[Spain, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:56:00 AM CEST

RNE-1 reports that Commission President von der Leyen proposed last week to increase the 2030 emissions reduction target from 40% to 55%. This much more ambitious initiative has generated reactions from the industry and from the agriculture sector, as the regulations are going to be tightened and will force all sectors to make huge efforts. One of these sectors is that of car makers, who are complaining because if this plan goes ahead, and everything points to this being the case with the future climate law of the European Union, the car manufacturers using diesel and petrol engines and even hybrids will have to be drastically reduced in order to focus all efforts on electric vehicles. All this must happen in just ten years, which is the deadline set for the reduction of emissions.

Carlos Herrera echoes how the European Union wants to tighten the CO2 emission limit by 2030. / Carlos Herrera se hace eco de como la Unión Europea quiere endurecer el límite de emisiones de CO2 de cara al próximo año 2030. km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "Carlos Herrera echoes how the European Union wants to tighten ..." info: HERRERA EN COPE (MAGAZINE), 2020-09-21 10:20:00, 00:00:37, by SUSANNA GRISO date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:20:00 AM CEST

EU is committed to a much more ambitious reduction of greenhouse gases / La UE apuesta por una reducción de gases de efecto invernadero mucho más ambiciosa km-RNE-1-ES: "EU is committed to a much more ambitious reduction of ..." info: LAS MAÑANAS DE RNE (MAGAZINE), 2020-09-21 10:43:00, 00:01:30, by PEPA FERNÁNDEZ date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:43:00 AM CEST

Offshore-based wind power must increase if Sweden wants to reach climate goals (op-ed)

[Sweden, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Offshore wind power needs to increase if Sweden is to reach its climate goals, writes Charlotte Unger Larson in an op-ed in Sydsvenskan. The connection costs to the main grid for offshore wind power must be abolished. This is important for competition between countries around the Baltic Sea and will benefit the Swedish economy. The need for wind power must also be given more weight in discussions to ensure concrete permission to be built. Offshore wind power is necessary for Sweden as it has proven effective and will enable the South of Sweden to have a good access to electricity in the future. Moreover, the European Commission and the International Energy Organisation have judged offshore wind power to be the best alternative when it comes to the development of new energy sources in Europe.

"Offshore-based wind power must increase if Sweden is to reach climate goals." / ”Den havsbaserade vindkraften måste öka om Sverige ska nå klimatmålen.” km-Sydsvenskan-SE: ""Offshore-based wind power must increase if Sweden is to reach ..." page: 3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

COMPETITION

EU approves new multi-billion aid for Austrian companies

[Austria, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:53:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for additional economic crisis aid amounting to €4 billion for Austrian companies, most media report. Economic aid amounting to €15 billion approved by the EU in April is to be adjusted. Additionally, aid can now also be provided to certain very small companies even if they had already been in financial troubles as of 31 December 2019. This approval does not affect the issue of extending fixed costs support for Austrian companies, stated the Austrian Finance Ministry on Monday. A new application for such fixed costs support has been filed in Brussels by now - as an application for economic subsidies this time instead of disaster aid.According to several media, the Ministry now bases its application on two pillars: the disaster clause and the economic aid clause. Finance Minister Blümel told Ö1 that he hopes the article on economic relief will allow for flexibility. Another possibility would be for the European Commission to conclude after all that Austria is again in a disaster-like situation, said Mr Blümel. Der Standard reports that Vienna was critical of Mr Blümel's recent statement that the Austrian capital is a "brake block" to Austria's economy. The current situation is also due to the decline of the city hotel industry, City Councillor for Economy Peter Hanke argued. This only increases the need for urgent help - but Mr Blümel would rather spend his time bickering with the European Commission than act in a professional manner.

Neuer Anlauf für Coronahilfe km-Heute-Austria-AT: "Neuer Anlauf für Coronahilfe..." page: 7 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Minister Blümel presents alternative proposal to EU / Blümel macht EU Alternativvorschlag km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Minister Blümel presents alternative proposal to EU / Blümel macht ..." page: 4 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rapprochement with EU in dispute over fixed costs support / Annäherung mit EU im Streit um „Fixkostenzuschuss neu“ km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Rapprochement with EU in dispute over fixed costs support / ..." page: 6 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vier Milliarden Hilfen für Österreich, aber noch kein Fixkostenzuschuss II km-kurier.at-AT: "Vier Milliarden Hilfen für Österreich, aber noch kein Fixkostenzuschuss II..." info: by (Agenturen, eho) date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Mittagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Mittagsjournal..." info: 2020-09-21 12:00:00, 12:00:00, by Ellen Lemberger date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM CEST

Morgenjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Morgenjournal..." info: 2020-09-21 08:00:00, 08:00:00, by Ellen Lemberger date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM CEST

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2020-09-21 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Ellen Lemberger date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

Weitere Wirtschaftshilfen von EU genehmigt km-orf.at-AT: "Weitere Wirtschaftshilfen von EU genehmigt..." info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Kommission ergänzt den CoV-Beihilfenrahmen km-orf.at-AT: "Kommission ergänzt den CoV-Beihilfenrahmen..." info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Fixkostenzuschuss: Blümel hofft auf grünes Licht der EU km-orf.at-AT: "Fixkostenzuschuss: Blümel hofft auf grünes Licht der EU..." info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU approves new multi-billion aid / EU genehmigt neue Milliardenhilfe km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU approves new multi-billion aid / EU genehmigt neue Milliardenhilfe..." page: 15 info: by (rie) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Österreich ringt weiter um sein Modell des Fixkostenzuschusses II km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Österreich ringt weiter um sein Modell des Fixkostenzuschusses II..." page: 11 info: by wie date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Minister Blümel submits another application for fixed costs support / Blümel mit neuem Anlauf für Fixkostenzuschuss km-Standard-AT: "Minister Blümel submits another application for fixed costs support / ..." page: 14 info: by red date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Viennese City Councillor for Economy: Austrian Minister for Economy should stop bickering with European Commission / Stadtrat Hanke: Blümel soll Vernunft walten lassen km-Standard-AT: "Viennese City Councillor for Economy: Austrian Minister for Economy should ..." page: 9 info: by (as date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU approves additional Covid-19 aid of €4 billion for Austria / EU genehmigt Österreich weitere 4 Milliarden Euro Corona-Hilfen km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "EU approves additional Covid-19 aid of €4 billion for Austria ..." page: 8 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brussels makes changes to CO2 emissions trading system

[Austria, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:54:00 AM CEST

Die Presse and orf.at report that the European Commission made small changes to the European emissions trading system yesterday, Monday. The reform focuses on state support for companies that struggle with competition from third countries. According to Executive Vice-President Vestager, the goal is to prevent an exodus of companies from the EU on the one hand and prevent subsidies that distort the market on the other hand.

Brüssel will Beihilfen im Emissionshandel deckeln km-orf.at-AT: "Brüssel will Beihilfen im Emissionshandel deckeln..." info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Brüssel justiert C02-Handel nach km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Brüssel justiert C02-Handel nach..." page: 8 info: by (ag./la) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy's takeover of Tiffany & Co

[Belgium, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

De Morgen mentions that Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy has asked the European Commission to allow a takeover of its fellow sector member Tiffany & Co, in a €14 billion deal. That is remarkable, given that both companies are in a legal dispute on the takeover.

Marketplace / Marktplaats km-Morgen-BE: "Marketplace / Marktplaats..." page: 11 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Europe investigates State support for the construction of gas power plants

[Belgium, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

De Tijd notes that to phase-out nuclear power, gas power plants should be built. Energy Minister Marie-Christine Marghem counts on a capacity remuneration mechanism (CRM) to construct them and attract investors. However, this system of subsidies could be considered as a kind of forbidden State support. Executive Vice-President Vestager wants to discover if it does not violate the European interdiction on state aid. She declared: "If the system is poorly designed, there is a risk it raises the electricity bill for consumers." She also intends to check that the CRM does not lead to unfair competition. Moreover, the Commission fears that it could create a disadvantage for some other technologies like renewable energy sources, or limit the import of electricity from other EU countries in an unfair way. At the Belgian level, the CRM is also the object of many critics.

Europe investigates state support for the construction of gas power plants / Europa onderzoekt staatssteun voor bouw gascentrales km-Tijd-BE: "Europe investigates state support for the construction of gas power ..." page: 8 info: by Sleiderink date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The European Commission is investigating Danfoss purchase of Eaton

[Denmark, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Børsen reports that the European Commission has announced that it is opening an investigation against Danfoss' purchase of parts of the Irish company Eaton in January this year. The European Commission is worried that the purchase might limit competition, as both companies are major actors in the market for hydraulic components. Executive Vice-President Vestager states that the European Commission has opened the investigation in order to assess whether the purchase will have a negative impact on the competition and lead to fewer choices and higher prices for European customers.

The European Commission is investigating Danfoss purchase of Eaton / EU vil undersøge stort Danfoss-opkøb km-Borsen-DK: "The European Commission is investigating Danfoss purchase of Eaton / ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System guidelines on State aid

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that in the framework of the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), the Commission proposed yesterday new guidelines which lower and render stricter the conditions for the granting of State aid. The new guidelines will enter into force on 1 January 2021 with the start of the new ETS trading period and as the Commission stressed, they are in line with the European Green Deal and the EU's objective to become the first climate neutral economy by 2050. The ETS Guidelines aim at reducing the risk of “carbon leakage”, where companies move production to countries outside the EU with less ambitious climate policies, leading to less economic activity in the EU and no reduction in greenhouse gas emissions globally. According to Executive Vice-President Vestager, the revised guidelines on State aid in the framework of ETS enable EU member states to support those sectors that, because of indirect emission costs, are most at risk of carbon leakage. Executive Vice-President Vestager highlighted that the guidelines also help deliver on cost-effective decarbonisation of the economy by avoiding overcompensation and undue distortions of competition in the single market.

The burden of emissions on the industry / Το βάρος των ρύπων στη βιομηχανία km-Kathimerini-GR: "The burden of emissions on the industry / Το βάρος ..." page: 32 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New guidelines for the EU Emission Trading System / Νέες οδηγίες για το σύστημα εμπορίας δικαιωμάτων εκπομπών km-Naftemporiki-GR: "New guidelines for the EU Emission Trading System / Νέες ..." page: 9 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

DG COMP needs to approve the sale of Olympia group’s share in Polish company Play

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets reports that Olympia group will strengthen its liquidity following the agreement to sell its share in Polish telecommunications company Play to French company Iliad. Olympia group and Iceland Novator Partners company are the two main shareholders of Play as they control some 40% of it. The two shareholders accepted Iliad’s acquisition proposal worth €2.2 billion. The bid was 39% higher than the closing share price of Play last Friday. Based on the bid, when the agreement will be completed after the approval of the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), Olympia group will receive some €450 million which will be utilised for new investment moves.

Η Olympia του Πάνου Γερμανού πωλεί το 20% της πολωνικής Play km-Kathimerini-GR: "Η Olympia του Πάνου Γερμανού πωλεί το 20% της πολωνικής ..." page: 24 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Χρυσό deal της Olympia στην Πολωνία km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Χρυσό deal της Olympia στην Πολωνία..." page: 13 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The plan for RES to be sent to Brussels soon

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

Naftemporiki reports that the Greek Environment and Energy Ministry plans to implement a new framework for tender processes regarding the compensation award for new Renewable Energy Sources (RES) units. The aim is for this framework to operate as a transitional stage towards the full inclusion of “green” power units in the electricity market through the Target Model. According to unspecified information, the Ministry’s goal is for the relevant proposal to be sent to the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) within the first two weeks of October. The Ministry’s political leadership had a meeting last Friday with institutional bodies of the RES sector over the new tender framework. During the meeting, Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis stated that RES should stop being a regulated market, and that they should gradually start operating as in most European countries.

The plan for RES to be sent to Brussels soon / Άμεσα σης Βρυξέλλες το σχέδιο για τις ΑΠΕ km-Naftemporiki-GR: "The plan for RES to be sent to Brussels soon ..." page: 9 info: by KOSTAS DELIGIANNIS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission institutes explanatory proceedings concerning the allotment of GSM frequencies to Sferia company

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:56:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily and TOK FM radio station report that the European Commission has instituted the explanatory proceedings in order to find out if the allocation of frequencies to Sferia company for providing 4G services in 2013 was compliant with the EU public aid rules. The Commission has received complaints from Sferia’s market competitors who claimed that Sferia had received a more favourable treatment during the process.

European Commission institutes explanatory procedure concerning the allotment of GSM frequencies to Sferia company / KE wszczyna postępowanie w sprawie przydziału częstotliwości sferii km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "European Commission institutes explanatory procedure concerning the allotment of GSM ..." page: 9 info: by brak date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission institutes explanatory procedure concerning the allotment of GSM frequencies to Sferia company / Wiadomości km-TOK-FM-PL: "European Commission institutes explanatory procedure concerning the allotment of GSM ..." info: Wiadomości, 2020-09-21 12:41:00, 00:00:30, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:41:00 PM CEST

European Commission changes the list of energy-intensive sectors

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:46:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu daily reports that the European Commission has published the new guidelines for compensations granted to the energy-intensive companies due to high prices of CO2 emission certificates which come in force on 1 January 2021. The new guidelines redirect the public aid solely to sectors in which the companies plan to relocate outside of the European Union due to high costs of indirect emissions and their significant involvement in the international trade. The Commission decided that 10 sectors and 20 sub-sectors were eligible for public aid (instead of 14 sectors and seven sub-sectors until now). The good news for Poland is that the copper production sector and also aluminium, paper and cardboard were kept on the list.

The European Commission has changed the list of energy-intensive sectors / KE zmieniła listę sektorów energochłonnych km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "The European Commission has changed the list of energy-intensive sectors ..." page: 5 info: by DI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

French telecom Iliad acquires Polish company Play

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:47:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza daily reports that the telecom Play has accepted the buyout offer placed by the French Iliad Group. Total value of the transaction is to amount to €3.5 billion, including €2.2 billion in cash and the acquired debts of the telecom. The French company’s offer must be yet approved by the European Commission. After landing the deal, the company would have 41 million subscribers in France, Italy and Poland. In France, Iliad Group operates as Free Mobile and is also the biggest supplier of the optic fibre services.

French telecom Iliad takes over Play / Francuski telekom Iliad przejmuje Play km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "French telecom Iliad takes over Play / Francuski telekom Iliad ..." page: 12 info: by Piotr Szostak date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

DG COMP authorises purchase of Brisa by APG consortium

[Portugal, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:52:00 AM CEST

The European Commission approved the sale of Brisa to the APG consortium, Jornal de Negócios reports. According to a Commission statement, the acquisition of joint control over Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal, S.A. of Portugal by Dutch company APG Asset Management N.V., National Pension Service from the Republic of Korea, and Portuguese company José de Mello – Investimentos, SGPS, “raises no competition concerns given the limited impact of the transaction in the European Economic Area.”

Brussels approves sale of Brisa to APG’s consortium / Bruxelas aprova venda da Brisa ao consórcio da APG km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Brussels approves sale of Brisa to APG’s consortium / Bruxelas ..." page: 15 info: by Sem Autor date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission revised the guidelines on state aid under the Emissions Trading Scheme

[Slovenia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

The European Commission yesterday adopted revised guidelines on state aid under the EU's emissions trading scheme, STA reports. The guidelines, which will apply to greenhouse gas emission allowance trading after 2021, aim to reduce the risk of carbon leakage. According to the Commission’s report, the guidelines were adopted in line with the European Green Deal and the EU's goal of becoming the first climate-neutral economy by 2050. Executive Vice-President Vestager emphasised the need to set the price of carbon emissions in order to tackle climate change in a sustainable way and meet the objectives of the Green Deal, while avoiding carbon leakage. According to her, the revised guidelines on state aid under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme are an important element of this project. She stressed they allowed the EU member states to support the sectors with the greatest risk of the carbon leakage due to indirect emissions costs.

European Commission revised the guidelines on state aid under the Emissions Trading Scheme / Bruselj revidiral smernice o državni pomoči v okviru sistema za trgovanje z izpusti km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission revised the guidelines on state aid under the ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Brussels revises list of sectors eligible for state aid in compensation for indirect carbon emission costs

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:41:00 AM CEST

Eldiario.es reports that the European Commission has updated the list of sectors considered to be "exposed to the risk of carbon leakage" and eligible for public support in each member state to offset the higher costs caused by indirect greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, Brussels adopted on Monday the new guidelines on state aid linked to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which will apply from 1 January 2021. These guidelines aim to reduce the risk of some companies relocating their production to countries outside the EU and with less ambitious environmental policies.

Brussels reviews list of sectors that can receive support for indirect CO2 emissions costs / Bruselas revisa la lista de sectores que pueden recibir ayudas por costes de emisiones indirectas de CO2 km-eldiario.es-ES: "Brussels reviews list of sectors that can receive support for ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

CONSUMER_POLICY

Harmful products identified on RAPEX

[Cyprus, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

The Cyprus Consumer Protection Service of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry notified consumers that in the week beginning 14 September 2020, 26 harmful protects were identified on the European Rapid Alert System (RAPEX). According to Sigmalive, these products that may be hazardous for the health and safety of consumers were identified in the markets of various member states. It is noted that six products had been identified on the Cypriot market without having been previously found in other member states, and have been withdrawn. The service calls on consumers to report if they are in possession of or if they identify the marked products in the Cypriot market.

Harmful products identified on RAPEX / Επικίνδυνα προϊόντα στην αγορά km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Harmful products identified on RAPEX / Επικίνδυνα προϊόντα στην αγορά..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

The EU wants more power to curb the IT giants

[Estonia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

The Financial Times writes the European Union wants wider rights to curb large technology companies, Err.ee reports. The plan presented by the European Commission provides for the right to force technology giants to split their business or sell some of their branches operating in Europe if the market position of large companies could endanger the interests of consumers or their smaller rivals. The Commission's proposal for new rules for digital services (DSA) before the end of the year would also increase the responsibility of social media for content on their platforms.

The EU wants more power to curb the IT giants / EL tahab suuremaid volitusi IT-hiiglaste ohjeldamiseks km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The EU wants more power to curb the IT giants ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The European Union could force Apple to open touch-sensitive payments

[Estonia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:48:00 AM CEST

Apple uses short-range communication, or NFC, on its iPhones, but for payments, this is only allowed with Apple & Apple's own ApplePay, Postimees.ee reports. This may soon change with the new legislation. According to Apple, these are primarily security measures, but also a simplification of the user experience, which is one of Apple's goals for the bigger picture. However, the European Union does not agree with the big company and sees that Apple is abusing its position as the market leader by limiting the possibilities of other payment processors on the iOS platform.

The European Union could force Apple to open touch-sensitive payments / Euroopa Liit võib sundida Apple'it avama puutetundlikku maksmist km-Postimees-Online-EE: "The European Union could force Apple to open touch-sensitive payments ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Commission to protect European companies from US technology groups' dominance

[Germany, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:46:00 AM CEST

The European Commission wants to adopt measures that will enable it to dismantle the large US technology groups or ban them from doing business in the EU if their market dominance poses a threat to users or smaller competitors, Der Spiegel reports. "We are not proposing a regulation against anyone, we just want clarity for everyone, whether they are in the EU, the US or China," Commissioner Breton stressed on Monday. He envisages external supervision of the industry. The competences will be set down in the Digital Services Act, which will replace the E-Commerce Directive adopted 20 years ago. The European Commission is expected to present the first draft in December.

EU Commission wants to ban US tech companies if necessary / EU-Kommission will US-Techkonzerne notfalls verbannen km-Spiegel.de-DE: "EU Commission wants to ban US tech companies if necessary ..." info: by Patrick Beuth date: Monday, September 21, 2020

President von der Leyen announces plan of digital technologies development

[Poland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:57:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita daily and PR1 radio station briefly report that President von der Leyen announced that 20% of the EU Next Generation fund is to be allocated to the development of digital technologies. President von der Leyen justified the motion in the European Parliament by asking the MEPs to imagine lockdown in Covid-19 pandemic without digital technologies. The plan must be yet approved by EU Member States. PR1 radio station cites the Ministry of Digitization as having announced that Poland would receive over PLN20 billion from the EU funds for digitization in Poland because digitization is one of the priorities of the European Commission.

EU funds for development of digital technology in Poland / W samo południe km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "EU funds for development of digital technology in Poland / ..." info: W samo południe, 2020-09-21 12:46:00, 00:00:22, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:46:00 PM CEST

More digitization / Więcej cyfryzacji km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "More digitization / Więcej cyfryzacji..." page: 3 info: by WOJCIECH TUMIDALSKI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ERT criticises EU Member States for delays in the introduction of 5G network

[Poland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:44:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita daily reports that the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) has criticised the EU Member States for delays in the introduction of the 5G network and called for urgent action to bridge the gap between the EU and countries such as China, USA, Korea and Switzerland before it is too late. This call coincided with Friday's discussion within the European Commission on accelerating the investments in 5G, during which it was acknowledged that next-generation networks are not being built as quickly as planned, also because of the pandemic. It is about developing the best practice set to facilitate investments and reduce costs, in order to help Europe stimulate the economic growth. The Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said: “We have seen the current crisis highlight the importance of access to very high-speed internet for businesses, public services and citizens, but also to accelerate the pace towards 5G. We must therefore work together towards fast network rollout without any further delays”.

Europe lags behind with 5G / Europa została w tyle w 5G km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Europe lags behind with 5G / Europa została w tyle ..." page: 2 info: by Pawel Rozynski date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook threatens to leave the EU

[Spain, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

Some media report that Facebook has opened the door to stop providing service in the European Union if a ban on the transfer of personal data of European users to the United States becomes effective. This month, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), Europe's leading privacy regulator for Facebook, having its parent company there for tax reasons, urged Mark Zuckerberg's company to stop transferring data from the EU to the US.

Facebook threatens to leave EU after Ireland order / Facebook amenaza con dejar la UE tras la orden de Irlanda km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Facebook threatens to leave EU after Ireland order / Facebook ..." page: 1,12 info: by M. JIMÉNEZ / EP date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook will leave the EU if it prohibits you from transferring data / Facebook abandonará la UE si le prohíbe transferir datos km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Facebook will leave the EU if it prohibits you from ..." page: 8 info: by Agencias date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook threatens to leave the EU if it is prohibited from transferring data from European users to the US. / Facebook amenaza con abandonar la UE si se le prohíbe transferir datos de usuarios europeos a EE.UU. km-eldiario.es-ES: "Facebook threatens to leave the EU if it is prohibited ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Facebook can leave the EU if it is prevented from transferring data to the US / Facebook puede dejar la UE si se le impide transferir datos a EEUU km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Facebook can leave the EU if it is prevented from ..." page: 8 info: by Sin especificar date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook threatens to leave European Union / Facebook amenaza con dejar la Unión Europea km-Vanguardia-ES: "Facebook threatens to leave European Union / Facebook amenaza con ..." page: 28 info: by EUROPA PRESS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU wants more power to penalise tech giants

[Sweden, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

Through the Digital Service Act, the European Union wants access to new tools and increased power in order to be able to penalise technology giants if their market dominance threatens the interests of customers or smaller competitors, Affärsvärlden.se reports. One of the most extreme proposals is the possibility to force large companies to break up or to sell their European business units. Another idea is the possibility to be able to completely exclude companies from the European market. Commissioner Breton thinks that better supervision of large companies is needed, and that the situation is similar to the banking system after the financial crisis.

EU wants increased authority to punish tech giants / EU vill få utökad makt att kunna straffa techjättarna km-afv.se-SE: "EU wants increased authority to punish tech giants / EU ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

European Central Bank evaluates stimulus programmes

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:50:00 AM CEST

More than one news source mentions the economic recovery in the EU. According to De Tijd, the European Central Bank is looking into changing the duration of its most recent stimulus package or whether other programmes should be more flexible. In March, the ECB launched a temporary PEPP programme to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. In June, the ECB decided to extend that programme to the end of June 2021, and increase the purchasing amount to €1,350 billion. In October, the ECB will discuss whether other bond purchasing programmes should become more flexible as well. Such a move would probably not be applauded by the German critics of the ECB. L'Echo notes that according to President Lagarde, the ECB still has ammunition to combat the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, although recovery will be very uncertain. The current environment demands "a very attentive evaluation of the new information that reaches us, including the currency exchange rates," Ms Lagarde stated, adding that the ECB is prepared to adjust all of its instruments to support the recovery and prices in the euro area. The daily mentions that according to the rating agency S&P Global, Europe runs the risk of a new debt spiral if banks keep buying state bonds in the context of the Covid-19 crisis. €210 billion worth of government bonds have been purchased by banks since the start of the pandemic, despite European governments' efforts to spread the risks more.

The ECB "has not used up all its ammunition" / La BCE "n’a pas brûlé toutes ses munitions" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The ECB "has not used up all its ammunition" / ..." page: 24 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A new "debt spiral" in Europe? / Une nouvelle "spirale de la dette" en Europe? km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "A new "debt spiral" in Europe? / Une nouvelle "spirale ..." page: 24 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Central Bank evaluates stimulus programmes / Europese Centrale Bank evalueert stimulusprogramma’s km-Tijd-BE: "European Central Bank evaluates stimulus programmes / Europese Centrale Bank ..." page: 24 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission restores €1 billion agriculture payments to Bulgaria

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM CEST

The Bulgarian Agriculture Fund announced that the European Commission had restored nearly €1 billion agriculture funds since the start of the year, several media report. The amounts are transferred regularly and in full. The statement refuted the claims of former caretaker minister Assen Vassilev on BTV that Brussels had suspended BGN 350 million funds to Bulgaria. Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov also commented on the issue on Facebook. “I like using facts to refute lies. There are no suspended agriculture funds and corruption in EU funds utilisation, and we are receiving the biggest financial package in support of Bulgarian farmers,” Mr Borissov wrote, adding that €769,963,833 direct payments had been restored to the Agriculture Fund and €227,971,534 subsidies – under the national Rural Development Programme.

European Commission restores €1 billion agriculture payments to Bulgaria / ЕК възстанови на България 1 млрд. евро за земеделие km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "European Commission restores €1 billion agriculture payments to Bulgaria / ..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The EC has reimbursed Bulgaria nearly 1 billion euro. eur to the State Fund "Agriculture" / ЕК е възстановила на България близо 1 млрд. евро към Държавен фонд “Земеделие” km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "The EC has reimbursed Bulgaria nearly 1 billion euro. eur ..." info: БНТ, 2020-09-21 23:03:00, 00:02:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:03:00 PM CEST

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov: European Commission reimburses Bulgaria nearly EUR 1 billion to State Fund "Agriculture" / Премиерът Бойко Борисов: Европейската комисия възстанови на България близо 1 милиард евро към Държавен фонд „Земеделие” km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Prime Minister Boyko Borisov: European Commission reimburses Bulgaria nearly EUR ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Borisov intervenes in dispute over suspended European agriculture / Борисов се намеси в спора за спрените европари за земеделие km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Borisov intervenes in dispute over suspended European agriculture / Борисов ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The EC reimbursed Bulgaria nearly €1 billion in 2014. Subsidies / ЕК възстанови на България близо €1 млрд. субсидии km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "The EC reimbursed Bulgaria nearly €1 billion in 2014. Subsidies ..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The EC has reimbursed us 1 billion euro. EUR 100 million for agriculture / ЕК ни възстанови 1 млрд. евро за земеделие km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "The EC has reimbursed us 1 billion euro. EUR 100 ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

FinCEN files reveal 900 suspicious financial transactions by Cypriot banks

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

Leaked documents from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, dubbed the FinCEN files, have revealed that several of the world’s major banks allowed over 200,000 suspicious financial transactions valued at around $2 trillion to be moved over a period of almost two decades, with 897 of those transactions made by Cypriot banks. As reported by all media, the FinCEN files consist of over 2,100 documents leaked to Buzzfeed News which then moved to share what it called the “huge trove of secret government documents” with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that brought together more than 400 reporters from 88 countries to investigate the documents, most of which were suspicious activity reports (SARs) sent by banks to US authorities between 1999 and 2017.According to the ICIJ, the documents are only a small fraction (0.02%) of the more than 12 million SARs submitted over the period of two decades.Among the files, there SARs showing that 897 suspicious transactions flowed to and from Cyprus, with Cypriot banks receiving $1,021,397,580 and sending $398,518,966.In Cyprus, the bank that handled most of the transactions was the FBME Bank in Cyprus, which was in 2014 accused by FinCEN of facilitating financial transactions for multinational organised crime organisations and Hezbollah, with the bank’s branch license revoked in 2015. But the FinCEN files also implicate other Cypriot banks which are still operating today.Online media reported that FBME had the largest share of “red transactions” with 271 transactions of over €370 million, while Marfin Popular Bank followed with 95 transactions worth over €35 million.

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:34:00, 20:34:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:34:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:38:00, 20:38:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:38:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:30:00, 20:30:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:30:00 PM CEST

ΤΟ ΠΛΥΝΤΗΡΙΟ ΕΚΛΕΙΣΕ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΤΟ ΠΛΥΝΤΗΡΙΟ ΕΚΛΕΙΣΕ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

FinCEN Files: 900 suspicious money transfers from Cyprus / FinCEN Files: 900 ύποπτες μεταφορές χρημάτων από Κύπρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "FinCEN Files: 900 suspicious money transfers from Cyprus / FinCEN ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:23:00, 20:23:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:23:00 PM CEST

FinCEN Files: Οι κυπριακές αναφορές στις «σκοτεινές» συναλλαγές km-sigmalive.com-CY: "FinCEN Files: Οι κυπριακές αναφορές στις «σκοτεινές» συναλλαγές..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Czech crown weakens among concerns about another wave of Covid-19 pandemic

[Czech Republic, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

Websites aktualne.cz and echo24.cz report that the Czech crown weakened significantly against both the euro and the dollar on Monday. Analyst Miroslav Novák is quoted as saying that the main reason behind that is concerns about strong restrictive measures to slow-down the pandemic spread being introduced in many European countries. Besides the Czech Republic, the situation is alarming in France and Spain, the media add. According to Mr Novák, it is now obvious that the economic recovery of the 3rd quarter will come to a stop at the end of this year. A quarterly GDP drop in the 4th quarter cannot be excluded in the Czech Republic and the eurozone alike.

Markets write off Czech Republic. Crown weakens against euro above CZK 27, as under CNB's intervention / Trhy odepisují Česko. Koruna oslabuje k euru nad 27 korun, jako za intervencí ČNB km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Markets write off Czech Republic. Crown weakens against euro above ..." info: by Ekonomika date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Corona weakened Czech crown. More than CZK 27 is paid for one euro / Korona oslabila českou korunu. Za euro už jich dáme přes 27 km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Corona weakened Czech crown. More than CZK 27 is paid ..." info: by Echo24 date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Hungary’s economy hit by strict anti-Covid-19 measures

[Czech Republic, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:53:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz draws attention to the impact of strict measures taken to contain Covid-19 spread on the condition of Hungary’s economy. Hungary’s government was the only one to close borders to tourists from other countries, sparking criticism from the European Commission. The country’s economy dropped by 13.6% in the 2nd quarter, with 200,000 people losing their jobs. The crisis also hit the automotive sector, with the production of cars declining by 24% year-on-year in the first seven months of this year.

Hungary closes borders, yet infection cases are on the rise. We are coping, says Orbán / Maďaři zavřeli hranice, přesto nakažených přibývá. Zvládáme to, tvrdí Orbán km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Hungary closes borders, yet infection cases are on the rise. ..." info: by Martin Novák date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Deflation: Europe must act (column)

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:34:00 AM CEST

In his L’Opinion column, Emmanuel Sales notes that core inflation has seen its sharpest contraction since the introduction of the euro. Mr Sales believes that the risk of breaking growth by raising interest rates too quickly, as in 2015, has been averted. In the eurozone, any active monetary policy is equated by the elites with the creation of fictitious "debt claims" on the economy, to the detriment of the "real" rights resulting from transactions between economic agents. "We must therefore stop managing the euro as the gold standard by shifting the burden of the crisis onto those who are the main victims," he says. The ECB must therefore develop its policy in a direction more in line with European interests. It is a question of “acting when the big empires around us use money to influence the internal market and employment,” he concludes.

Three lessons from monetary policy / Trois enseignements de politique monétaire km-Opinion-FR: "Three lessons from monetary policy / Trois enseignements de politique ..." page: 8 info: by Hakim El Karoui date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Deflation: Europe must act / Déflation: l'Europe doit agir km-Opinion-FR: "Deflation: Europe must act / Déflation: l'Europe doit agir..." page: 6 info: by Emmanuel Sales date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19: fear of second wave shakes stock markets

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

Les Echos and La Tribune report on the serious impact of the resumption of the Covid-19 epidemic on the world's stock markets yesterday. The main European financial centres faced their strongest decrease since last 11 June, Les Echos notes while La Tribune says that the Paris stock exchange fell by 3.74%. In Europe and without surprise, stock values related to tourism and transport are the ones which suffer the most from this new wave of concerns, Les Echos adds. "There are both fears related to Covid-19, the contagion of American markets on Europe via technology stock values, and the US-China tensions," summarises IG France Analyst Alexandre Baradez, quoted by La Tribune.

The resumption of the epidemic is rocking the world's stock markets / La reprise de l'épidémie fait tanguer les Bourses mondiales km-Echos-FR: "The resumption of the epidemic is rocking the world's stock ..." page: 30 info: by Gabriel Nedelec date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fear of the second wave shakes the stock markets / La peur de la deuxième vague fait trembler les bourses km-Tribune-FR: "Fear of the second wave shakes the stock markets / ..." page: 42,43 info: by AFP date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECB mulls asset-buying programmes

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:10:00 AM CEST

The ECB is reportedly considering the future of its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), adopted in March, a strike force of €750 billion, raised to €1,350 billion in June, reports Les Echos. The PEPP, different from the classic ECB "programme" of state debt purchases (QE), allowed the ECB to massively buy Italy's sovereign bonds while the spread between its government debt and that of Germany was dangerously widening. The temptation would therefore be great to continue the PEPP, scheduled to end in June 2021. Questioned yesterday afternoon in a video conference by Franco-German MEPs, ECB President Christine Lagarde did not formally rule out an extension of the PEPP, but insisted on its "exceptional" character. However, there is the triggering of a new dispute with the German Constitutional Court, which has threatened to ban the Bundesbank from participating in QE.

ECB mulls asset-buying programmes / La BCE réfléchit à ses programmes d'achats d'actifs km-Echos-FR: "ECB mulls asset-buying programmes / La BCE réfléchit à ses ..." page: 17,31 info: by Guillaume Benoit date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President of the ECB Lagarde discusses monetary policy with Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:55:00 AM CEST

Several media report on President of the ECB Lagarde's meeting with French and German MPs on Monday. She confirmed that the economy was rebounding but the recovery remains uncertain and dependent on containing the Covid-19 outbreak.Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Ms Lagarde discussed the ECB's monetary policy with the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly. This is the first time the head of the ECB is interviewed by the panel. Ms Lagarde covered a wide range of issues including the pandemic purchasing programme, the digital euro, green bonds and more. She defended the monetary policy, especially in the pandemic, and stressed that the ECB had the means to provide further monetary policy incentives to ensure price stability and support the euro area if necessary. Many criticised even the possibility of such a meeting, as the ECB and Ms Lagarde must remain independent from national governments and parliaments. "What is new is the highly political role of the politically independent central bank," President of the Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble stressed.

Controversial considerations in the ECB / Brisante Überlegungen in der EZB km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Controversial considerations in the ECB / Brisante Überlegungen in der ..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECB meets banks halfway / EZB kommt Banken entgegen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "ECB meets banks halfway / EZB kommt Banken entgegen..." page: 23 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"We are on the way to a transfer union in the medium term" / "Wir sind mittelfristig auf dem Weg in eine Transferunion" km-Handelsblatt-DE: ""We are on the way to a transfer union in ..." page: 10 info: by H. Marsh date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Bundesbank sees clear impact of ECB communication on the euro exchange rate / Bundesbank sieht deutlichen Einfluss der EZB-Kommunikation auf den Euro-Kurs km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Bundesbank sees clear impact of ECB communication on the euro ..." page: 33 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Principle Pingpong / Prinzip Pingpong km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Principle Pingpong / Prinzip Pingpong..." page: 17 info: by C.G date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: European Commission is reviewing its trade strategy

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:04:00 AM CEST

Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that at the meeting of trade ministers on Sunday and Monday in Berlin, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis provided a surprise by starting his final speech in German. Mr Dombrovskis explained that the European Commission is reviewing its trade strategy and wants to present the results at the beginning of the new year. There have been demands for contractual partners to be subject to stricter environmental and social standards. Meanwhile, the supply bottlenecks during the pandemic fuel demands to manufacture more in Europe again and be less dependent on imports. These topics concern Mr Dombrovskis too, as he is switching from the finance department to the important trade portfolio as the successor to Commissioner Hogan.

On EU trade ministers meeting: Surprise in German / Überraschung auf Deutsch km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On EU trade ministers meeting: Surprise in German / Überraschung ..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The priorities for the use of Recovery Fund resources

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the European Commission’s directives regarding the use of Recovery Fund resources. The Commission announced examples of targets and separate actions that can support the recovery plan. The Commission communicated seven indicative targets, such as fiscal finances and taxation, sectoral policies, business environment, public administration, labour market, green and digital transition. Greece must include in its proposal the reforms plan Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis announced, the commitments of the European Semester and the enhanced surveillance. In an opinion article, Ta Nea notes that Greece needs to create the structures to have a single policy and separation of actions that will lead to the funds' absorption.

The seven targets of the Recovery Plan worth €32 billion – The decrease of “weight” on labour is a priority / Οι 7 στόχοι του Σχεδίου Ανάκαμψης των 32 δισ- Προτεραιότητα η μείωση των "βαρών" στην εργασία km-capital.gr-GR: "The seven targets of the Recovery Plan worth €32 billion ..." info: by Dimitra Kadda date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Πώς θα καταλήξουν τα ευρωκονδύλια στο ελληνικό Ταμείο... km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Πώς θα καταλήξουν τα ευρωκονδύλια στο ελληνικό Ταμείο......" page: 23 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Italian government seeks to speed up on drafting Recovery Plan

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:01:00 AM CEST

A few Italian media report on the Italian government's efforts to draft its Recovery Plan. Il Sole-24 Ore reports that the government is trying to “speed up” the drafting process, with a series of meetings between the Inter-Ministerial Committee and individual ministries, to discuss candidate projects. Indeed, the timetable is “critical”, the paper notes, both as regards the process in Italy and the overall EU process. The uncertainty is increased by the fact that the Next Generation EU “does not exist yet,” formally, the paper notes. This fact is “especially crucial” for Italy. Il Fatto Quotidiano notes that the Recovery Fund will push GDP up, but the risk of austerity remains, the paper argues. A commentary in Milano Finanza (MF) argues that the job of drafting projects to be financed with Recovery Fund resources is “almost impossible.” This is because the targets set by the European Commission, as stated in its guidelines, are “very high and challenging.” Moreover, the Commission's recommendations for Italy include “ambitious” structural reforms.

Recovery Fund will push GDP up, but risk of austerity remains / Il Recovery farà salire il Pil, ma resta il rischio austerità km-Fatto-Quotidiano-IT: "Recovery Fund will push GDP up, but risk of austerity ..." page: 20 info: by » CARLO DI FOGGIA date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Recovery Fund, in Italy drafting of projects to be funded is an almost impossible task / Recovery Fund, in Italia la stesura dei progetti da finanziare è un'impresa quasi impossibile km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Recovery Fund, in Italy drafting of projects to be funded ..." page: 16 info: by DI M A R C E L L O C L A R I C H date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU funds, Italy between development and decline / Fondi Ue, l’Italia tra sviluppo e declino km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "EU funds, Italy between development and decline / Fondi Ue, ..." page: 1,8 info: by Giuseppe Chiellino date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Recovery Plan to be constructed amid EU exams and the budget / Recovery Plan da costruire tra esami Ue e manovra km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Recovery Plan to be constructed amid EU exams and the ..." page: 9 info: by Gianni Trovati date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lagarde confirms ECB has means to ensure financial stability

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:02:00 AM CEST

A couple of Italian media report that ECB President Lagarde warned that recovery is uncertain. However, she said that the ECB does not lack weapons to ensure the financial stability of the eurozone. She made her statements in an appearance before German members of parliament. La Repubblica explains that Ms Lagarde's comment was a reference to the fact that the ECB is ready to reinforce its QE programme, if necessary.

Lagarde warns: Recovery uncertain, but ECB has other weapons / Lagarde avvisa: ripresa incerta ma la Bce ha altre armi km-Messaggero-IT: "Lagarde warns: Recovery uncertain, but ECB has other weapons / ..." page: 23 info: by Antonio Pollio Salimbeni date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lagarde: "Recovery uncertain". ECB ready to reinforce bond purchasing plan / Lagarde: “Ripresa incerta” La Bce pronta a rafforzare il piano di acquisto di titoli km-Repubblica-IT: "Lagarde: "Recovery uncertain". ECB ready to reinforce bond purchasing plan ..." page: 32 info: by TONIA MASTROBUONI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Italian Minister to meet Commissioners over reduction in contributions in south

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:02:00 AM CEST

Il Sole-24 Ore reports that Italy's Minister for the South, Giuseppe Provenzano, will meet Commissioner Gentiloni, Executive Vice-President Vestager, Commissioner Schmit and Commissioner Ferreira in Brussels. He will try to get an extension for Italy's scheme to give firms a 30% reduction in social security contributions in southern regions. However, the European Commission scheme could reject this under state aid rules. Mr Provenzano will also have to give reassurances over the experimental phase of the scheme, which is due to begin on October 1. Under the government's plans, the scheme would be phased out by the end of 2020.

Provenzano in Brussels to unblock 30% reduction in contributions in south / Provenzano a Bruxelles per sbloccare la decontribuzione del 30% al Sud km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Provenzano in Brussels to unblock 30% reduction in contributions in ..." page: 8 info: by — C.Fo. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Latvia’s share in the ESM and eligible support

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

According to Segodnja, Latvia’s Finance Minister Janis Reirs reports to the government on the activities of Latvia in the European Stability Mechanism. While Latvia is a purely minority participant - its share in the capital is only 0.2746% - during crisis it can apply for a number of serious support programmes. However, the Finance Ministry noted: “It is predicted that the economic consequences caused by the Covid-19 crisis, which strongly influenced the economic growth of the euro area, will also negatively affect the financial performance of the ESM. However, given the uncertainty of this crisis, it is impossible to accurately predict the impact.” In any case, the European format of economic support is much more loyal to the recipient country than the one offered by the International Monetary Fund. Moreover, with its European Commissioner - the Vice-President of the Commission - Latvia has at least a formal influence.

Latvia’s share in the ESM and eligible support / Сколько у нас денег в европейской тумбочке? km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "Latvia’s share in the ESM and eligible support / Сколько ..." page: 1 info: by Николай КАБАНОВ date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECB launches assessment of its main anti-crisis measure

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that the European Central Bank has launched a sweeping review of its main pandemic crisis-fighting tool, which some of its top policymakers believe could lead to contentious changes to its other asset-purchase programmes. The review will assess the impact of the flagship bond-buying scheme that the ECB launched in response to the coronavirus crisis in March and expanded to €1.35 trillion in June, two of its governing council members said. They said important questions for the review would be to consider how long the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme should continue and whether some of its extra flexibility should be transferred to the ECB’s longer running asset-purchase schemes. “Having that extra flexibility has been very useful,” said one council member. “We should look at all bits of the toolkit very carefully. We will have a good discussion, a good debate, and I don’t know where we will end up.”

ECB launches assessment of its main anti-crisis measure / ECB pradėjo savo pagrindinės antikrizinės priemonės vertinimą km-15min.lt-LT: "ECB launches assessment of its main anti-crisis measure / ECB ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

"ECB support package possibly overhauled"

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

Several Dutch media outlet report on the ECB's reviewing of its PEPP purchasing programme.Het Financieele Dagblad reports that the ECB is considering to make changes to its purchasing programme PEPP that had been put in place because of the Covid-19 crisis. It is possible that this will result in more flexibility for the regular purchasing programme for state bonds. That outcome would be highly controversial and would upset in particular Germany and the Netherlands.The ECB will study its own PEPP programme, RTL Z reports. Bob Homan of ING expects the ECB to continue with the programme. But at the same time, they will have to come up with something that will also provide an incentive for Italy to reform, he says. Stock market commentator Durk Veenstra says the main advantage of PEPP is that it is very flexible. He is hopeful that it could be the next step in Europe's integration.

‘Pepp wordt door raad van bestuur ECB geëvalueerd’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "‘Pepp wordt door raad van bestuur ECB geëvalueerd’..." page: 2 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘Opkoopprogramma’s Europese Centrale Bank mogelijk op de schop’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "‘Opkoopprogramma’s Europese Centrale Bank mogelijk op de schop’..." page: 8 info: by Joost van Kuppeveld date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECB to study its own PEPP programme / ECB gaat eigen PEPP-programma bestuderen km-RTL-Z-NL: "ECB to study its own PEPP programme / ECB gaat ..." info: Voorbeurs, 2020-09-21 08:02:00, 00:02:15, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:02:00 AM CEST

'Steunpakket ECB mogelijk op de schop' km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "'Steunpakket ECB mogelijk op de schop'..." info: by Dorinde Meuzelaar date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Growing criticism of ECB's Target2 payment system

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that there is growing criticism of the way hundreds of billions of euros move from one euro country to the other by means of the ECB’s Target2 payment system. Germany has indirectly lent €1,000 billion. Critics fear that Germany will never get this money back if the eurozone collapses. According to Germany economist Hans-Werker Sinn, the Bundesbank has provided credit to southern European countries due to Target2. The article says that Target2 exposes the unbalances in the eurozone, but these unbalances would not be lower without Target2.

Kritiek zwelt weer aan op ECB’s verborgen ‘leningenmachine’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Kritiek zwelt weer aan op ECB’s verborgen ‘leningenmachine’..." page: 10 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Portuguese government presents national recovery plan to opposition parties

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

Several Portuguese media outlets report on the presentation by the government of the national Recovery and Resiliency Plan.According to the draft Portuguese Recovery and Resiliency Plan, one quarter of the €13 billion in grants from the Recovery Fund will be invested in the health sector and housing, RDP Antena1 reports. The government plans on investing €3.2 billion in the health sector, housing and to combat poverty. Moreover, around €7 billion will be used to finance the development of agriculture, industry and territorial cohesion. €2.7 billion will be used for the climate transition, with a special focus on sustainable mobility. The government also plans to allocate €3 billion for the digital transition, with half of this amount channeled to modernise the public administration services. The final version of the Portuguese recovery plan will be presented to the Commission in October.The Portuguese government presented the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to the opposition parties, TSF Radio reports. Minister for the Economy Siza Vieira explained that the only definitive measures in the draft are the allocation of 37% of the funds to the fight against climate change and 20% for the digital transition, in line with the Commission’s requests for the national plans. Besides this distribution, which is not negotiable, the government is ready to receive counter-proposals from parties.SIC Notícias reports that the opposition accuses the government of underestimating businesses' role in the recovery and of wanting to “waste” the European recovery funds on non-profitable projects. PSD leader Rui Rio said that the plan excludes support to private companies. CDS leader Francisco Santos accused the government of wanting to divert the funds from the real economy. Iniciativa Liberal leader João Figueiredo said that the proposed distribution of funds will not help the companies to create wealth. Far-right Chega leader Ventura criticised the plan for spending on social affairs while forgetting the middle class. The leaders of right-wing and far-right parties defend that the plan does not present long-term solutions for the economy.The leader of the Left-wing party Bloco de Esquerda, Catarina Martins, defended an increase in investment for the National Health System in the national Recovery and Resiliency Plan, Rádio Renascença reports. After the government’s presentation of the plans to the opposition parties, Ms Martins said more funds should be invested in the national health service. She defends an improvement in infrastructures using the European recovery funds. However, Ms Martins warns that this is not enough and that the Portuguese budget bill must be a complement to the recovery funds and include measures to support the hiring of more health professionals.

Portugal plans on investing in the digital and climate transition / Portugal planeia investir nas transições climática e digital km-Antena-1-PT: "Portugal plans on investing in the digital and climate transition ..." info: Informação, 2020-09-21 13:03:00, 00:01:17, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 1:03:00 PM CEST

Bloco de Esquerda wants more investment in the NHS / Bloco de Esquerda quer mais investimento no SNS km-Radio-Renascenca-PT: "Bloco de Esquerda wants more investment in the NHS / ..." info: Rr - informação, 2020-09-21 20:01:00, 00:01:14, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:01:00 PM CEST

Opposition parties does not agree with the Portuguese government’s recovery plan / Partidos da oposição não concordam com o plano de recuperação do governo Português km-SIC-Noticias-PT: "Opposition parties does not agree with the Portuguese government’s recovery ..." info: Jornal da meia-noite, 2020-09-22 00:31:00, 00:03:15, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:31:00 AM CEST

Portuguese recovery plan proposal takes into account the Commission’s requests / Plano de recuperação Português tem em conta os pedidos da Comissão km-TSF-Radio-PT-PT: "Portuguese recovery plan proposal takes into account the Commission’s requests ..." info: Informação, 2020-09-21 22:09:00, 00:01:46, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:09:00 PM CEST

Coverage of ECB President Lagarde's hearing at joint session of French and German parliaments

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

Several Portuguese media outlets report on ECB President Lagarde's statements before a joint session of the French and German parliaments.During a joint session of the French and German parliaments, European Central Bank President Lagarde insisted on the fact that the institution is ready to continue supporting the European economies, Dinheirovivo.pt reports. Ms Lagarde said that the ECB measures helped stabilise the markets, protected the provision of credit and supported the recovery. However, she admits that the monitoring of the economy’s evolution must be done carefully. Therefore, due to the uncertainty surrounding the global economy, Ms Lagarde announced that the ECB “remains ready to properly adjust all of its instruments to ensure that inflation moves forward to our goal in a sustainable way.”Tsf.pt adds that ECB President Lagarde warned about the importance of budgetary and monetary stimuli for the economic recovery. “Our measures were complemented with energetic budgetary responses both on the European and national levels. This was an important factor to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the labour market and on credit provision,” Ms Lagarde said during a joint session of the French and German parliaments. She highlighted the role of the EU in the response to the pandemic and in the economic recovery. “We need to finally complete the banking union and create a genuine capital markets’ union,” Ms Lagarde defended.

Lagarde: ECB continues having options to support the economy if necessary / Lagarde: BCE continua a ter opções para apoiar a economia se for necessário km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Lagarde: ECB continues having options to support the economy if ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lagarde: Eurozoneeconomy needs more stimuli in the face of uncertainty / Lagarde. Economia da zona euro precisa de mais estímulos face à incerteza km-i-PT-PT: "Lagarde: Eurozoneeconomy needs more stimuli in the face of uncertainty ..." page: 6 info: by Sónia Peres Pinto date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lagarde says that the eurozone economy still needs stimuli / Lagarde diz que economia da zona euro ainda precisa de estímulos km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Lagarde says that the eurozone economy still needs stimuli / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Slovak government preparing reform plan to get money from EU Recovery Plan

[Slovakia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:28:00 AM CEST

Dailies Pravda and Hospodárske noviny comment on the National Integrated Reform Plan drawn up by the Slovak government with a view to using €7.5 billion from the EU Recovery Plan. Pravda writes that Finance Minister Eduard Heger has taken into account all complaints of the European Commission when setting out the plan’s priorities. However, the transformation of the country’s “assembly hall” economy into a top source of innovation will take some time, the daily notes. Hospodárske noviny adds that money from the Recovery Plan should also be used to implement a complex land reform. The daily explains that inaccurate maps created some 100 years ago are still being used on 50% of the country’s territory and gives examples of problems the situation is causing to people. It also warns that without a proper reform, it will be impossible to implement many environmental measures, which may result in the European Commission initiating proceedings against Slovakia over the country’s failure to adhere to European legislation.

Recovery Fund also for land reform / Fond obnovy aj na pozemkovú reformu km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Recovery Fund also for land reform / Fond obnovy aj ..." page: 6 info: by Tomáš Malatinský date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Heger's fairy tale / Hegerova rozprávočka km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Heger's fairy tale / Hegerova rozprávočka..." page: 18 info: by Zdenka Kollárová date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EDUCATION

Fewer Erasmus students at University of Coimbra

[Portugal, EDUCATION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:05:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese University of Coimbra registered a decrease in the number of Erasmus students in the institution compared to the previous school year, Jornal de Notícias reports. In comparison with the 2019/2020 school year, the University of Coimbra registered a decrease of 49%, from 1,662 Erasmus students to 849 in 2020/2021. Regarding Portuguese students going abroad to study under the Erasmus programme, the fall was less strong, with a decrease of 25%.

49% fewer Erasmus students in Coimbra / Menos 49% de alunos Erasmus em Coimbra km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "49% fewer Erasmus students in Coimbra / Menos 49% de ..." page: 29 info: by Sem Autor date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ENERGY

Why hydrogen is popular

[Belgium, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

Two Belgian media report on energy. La Libre Belgique mentions that EU member states are pumping billions into boosting hydrogen in the future energy mix. In July, the European Commission unveiled an ambitious plan to increase the capacity of green hydrogen in Europe, particularly to decarbonise long-distance transportation. For short-distance transportation, electricity will probably continue to dominate the market. According to the Commission, the cost of electrolysis has decreased by 60% over the past ten years and could halve by 2030, which would compete with fossil fuels. Critics point out that hydrogen is hard to store and transport, and that it is flammable, but the industry can manage these challenges. On a slightly related note, Dewereldmorgen.be publishes PVDA member Thierry Warmoes' opinion on the nuclear lobbies in Belgium. Mr Warmoes cannot fathom that Belgium still hesitates to get out of nuclear energy. "At a time when the European Commission is announcing an increase in its climate targets to -55% by 2030, the debate is being reduced to the choice of subsidies for nuclear energy or gas power stations. The N-VA threatens to block further climate action. Together with the Flemish Government, it is actively blocking any progress at European level and, meanwhile, it is the only one stubbornly sticking to an ambition of -35%. Furthermore, the progressive parties are stuck in a market logic that prevents them from betting on an energy transition that is both ecological and social," Mr Warmoes writes.

"Do not listen to the nuclear lobby, the future is renewable and public" / 'Luister niet naar de nucleaire lobby, de toekomst is hernieuwbaar en publiek' km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: ""Do not listen to the nuclear lobby, the future is ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Why hydrogen is popular / Pourquoi l’hydrogène a la cote km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Why hydrogen is popular / Pourquoi l’hydrogène a la cote..." page: 20 info: by LAMBRECHT date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New Regulation on energy labelling for household devices

[Belgium, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen both note that the well-known energy labels, which indicates with colours from green to red and scores from A++ to D how economical the appliance is, will be replaced by a stricter version. "It is the success that has led to manufacturers continuing to innovate and bringing ever more energy-efficient appliances onto the market," the European Commission comments. Consumer protection organisation Test-Aankoop's Simon November explains that the measurement method has been tightened up. The new label will be enforced as of 1 March 2021. "During this transitional phase until March 2021, it is, therefore, necessary to be extra vigilant, because quite a few devices will have two labels," Test-Aankoop warns. The aim is to encourage manufacturers to design (even) more economical appliances.

Suddenly your A++ washing machine is downgraded to a little C / Plots is uw A+++ wasmachine gedegradeerd tot een C’tje km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "Suddenly your A++ washing machine is downgraded to a little ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Suddenly your A++ washing machine is downgraded to a little C / Plots is uw A+++ wasmachine maar een C’tje waard km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "Suddenly your A++ washing machine is downgraded to a little ..." page: 13 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interview with E.ON Czech Republic CEO Martin Záklasník

[Czech Republic, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:07:00 AM CEST

Daily E15 features an interview with Martin Záklasník, CEO of energy group E.ON in the Czech Republic, focusing on the condition of the Czech and European energy sector and its future development. Mr Záklasník explains that the energy sector has become more complex and internationally interconnected than ever. The need for cross-border coordination increases thanks to a rise in renewable sources and decentralisation. Asked about the impact of the Green Deal on the sector, Mr Záklasník says that it is a great opportunity; however, he notes that the way towards the green future must be manageable in terms of finance and specific national conditions. The transition must be gradual so as not to threaten the position of Czech companies on international markets. Speaking about drawing money from EU funds, he explains that the company focuses on three main areas: support for sustainability and renewables, digitalisation, and smart technologies.

Let us not forget about one crisis due to another / Nezapomínejme pro jednu krizi na druhou km-E15-CZ: "Let us not forget about one crisis due to another ..." page: 18 info: by /pit/ date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Russian natural gas expected to cover half of Denmark's consumption in 2020

[Denmark, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Berlingske reports on the fact that over half of Denmark’s use of natural gas could come from Russia in 2020. The temporary closure of Tyra, the largest Danish natural gas field in the North Sea, has caused Denmark to import more gas from Germany. Germany, in turn, imports gas from Russian Gazprom. Several Danish governments have warned the EU about potential dependence on Russian gas, which has affected the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Minister for Climate and Energy and Public Utilities Dan Jørgensen states that the planned 2022 reopening of the Tyra field will cause Denmark to once again become a net exporter of natural gas.

Russian natural gas expected to cover half of Denmark's consumption in 2020 / Tyra blev sat ud af spil: Nu kommer halvdelen af vores naturgas fra Rusland km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Russian natural gas expected to cover half of Denmark's consumption ..." page: 4 info: by Simon Kruse date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Miners in Silesia go on strike in protest against the government’s plan of resigning from coal and closing the mines

[Poland, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:55:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu and Gazeta Wyborcza dailies and PR1radio station report that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not respond to the request of the mining industry’s trade unions and did not arrive in Silesia to discuss the region’s transformation. In the result, some miners from four Silesian mines owned by Polish Mining Group (PGG) went on the underground strike. Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin, who supervises PGG, said that forcing the Prime Minister to negotiations in the circumstances of a blackmail is not a good method. The profitability of the mining sector in Poland is influenced by the EU climate policy on the one hand and increasingly difficult geological conditions in mines on the other. Sources from the government say that there is no alternative to the plan of dropping coal mining, closing the mines and obtaining the large amounts of EU funds for supporting the region.

Miners go on strike / Górnicy zaczynają protest km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Miners go on strike / Górnicy zaczynają protest..." page: 6 info: by TOMASZ CZOIK date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Protests of miners in Poland / Aktualności Radiowej Jedynki km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "Protests of miners in Poland / Aktualności Radiowej Jedynki..." info: Aktualności Radiowej Jedynki, 2020-09-21 21:03:00, 00:01:17, by Agnieszka Loch date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:03:00 PM CEST

Miners Underground, Prime Minister in Warsaw / Górnicy pod ziemią, premier w Warszawie km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "Miners Underground, Prime Minister in Warsaw / Górnicy pod ziemią, ..." page: 3 info: by gra date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ENLARGEMENT

The EU27 about to make a decision regarding the Greek call for sanctions against Turkey

[Belgium, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST | info

In its "Léna" weekend extra, Le Soir focuses on the Kastellorizo island, describing it as the symbol of the fight between Turkey and Greece. Journalist Periklis Dimitrolopoulous writes that the EU is going from carrot to stick. President Macron whips Ankara, while Chancellor Merkel holds out the prospect of a customs union. In a few days time, the European Council is expected to consider Athens' request for sanctions.

The Kastellórizo island, Greek flag-bearer against Turkey / L’ île de Kastellórizo, porte-drapeau grec face à la Turquie km-Soir-BE: "The Kastellórizo island, Greek flag-bearer against Turkey / L’ île ..." page: 5 date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

European Council President Michel and German Chancellor Merkel to hold teleconference with Turkish President Erdoğan

[Cyprus, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST | info

European Council President Michel and German Chancellor Merkel will hold a teleconference today with Turkish President Erdoğan, according to a European diplomat briefing the press in Brussels, as cited by online media. The teleconference is being held ahead of the European Council on Thursday and Friday, and will, among other things, focus on the EU-Turkey relations.

Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την Τρίτη km-Philenews.com-CY: "Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την Τρίτη..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Τηλεδιάσκεψη Μέρκελ, Μισέλ, Ερντογάν αύριο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Τηλεδιάσκεψη Μέρκελ, Μισέλ, Ερντογάν αύριο..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Videoconference between European Council President Michel, German Chancellor Merkel and Turkish President Erdoğan in view of the European Council

[Greece, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:52:00 AM CEST | info

All Greek media outlets report that diplomatic mobility continues intensively with the aim to create the conditions for the restart of exploratory contacts between Greece and Turkey. A videoconference will be held today between European Council President Michel, German Chancellor Merkel and Turkish President Erdoğan, which might pave the way for the start of exploratory contacts between the two sides and the further de-escalation of the crisis. The videoconference is held in view of the European Council meeting on 24-25 September, which will discuss a list of EU sanctions on Turkey. Meanwhile, the EU Foreign Affairs Council that met yesterday did not make a decision about sanctions and referred the issue to the European Council on Thursday. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said that the EU27 has decided that if Turkey does not change its stance, they would proceed to sanctions, while he commented that nothing has changed in relation to Cyprus. Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias highlighted that the Council recognised that the withdrawal of the Turkish vessel Oruç Reis is a positive signal, but it is the first one. He underlined that Turkey has to show many tangible indications of respect for international law. Efimerida Syntakton speaks of a crucial “tele-bargaining” between the EU and Mr Erdoğan. Eleftheros Typos points out that while Greece is preparing for exploratory contacts with Ankara under suffocating “pressure” mostly by Berlin, there should be no high hopes given that Turkey usually does not abandon its fixed and objective goals. Some media outlets report that Hellenic Republic President Katerina Sakellaropoulou made her first official visit to Cyprus and met with Cypriot President Anastasiades. The two officials mainly discussed the consequences of Turkey’s illegal actions for the EU. Meanwhile, according to Euro2day.gr, the chances of sanctions being imposed on Turkey are close to zero. The website points out that although the upcoming European Council was supposed to concern only Turkey, its agenda now also includes the single market, migration, industrial production, digital transitions and EU-China relations. Asked by Euro2day.gr how this is possible during such a crucial time for EU-Turkish relations, a high-ranking Commission official said that the Commission believes that these issues are of high priority right now and have to be discussed by the leaders. Replying to a question about sanctions, the official said that there are good indications for dialogue and it is good to give time to all sides.

Οι... υπερωρίες των διαμεσολαβητών και το «μπλόκο» της Λευκωσίας km-Avghi-GR: "Οι... υπερωρίες των διαμεσολαβητών και το «μπλόκο» της Λευκωσίας..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ξεκίνησε το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης km-capital.gr-GR: "Ξεκίνησε το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Aύριο τηλεδιάσκεψη Μισέλ-Ερντογάν-Μέρκελ km-capital.gr-GR: "Aύριο τηλεδιάσκεψη Μισέλ-Ερντογάν-Μέρκελ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Δεν είναι αγεφύρωτη η διένεξη Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας km-capital.gr-GR: "Δεν είναι αγεφύρωτη η διένεξη Ελλάδας-Τουρκίας..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Σ. Πέτσας: Είμαστε κοντά στην επανάληψη των διερευνητικών επαφών με την Τουρκία km-capital.gr-GR: "Σ. Πέτσας: Είμαστε κοντά στην επανάληψη των διερευνητικών επαφών με ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Διπλωματικός πυρετός ενόψει της Συνόδου Κορυφής km-capital.gr-GR: "Διπλωματικός πυρετός ενόψει της Συνόδου Κορυφής..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Αρραγές και ενιαίο μέτωπο Ελλάδας-Κύπρου km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Αρραγές και ενιαίο μέτωπο Ελλάδας-Κύπρου..." page: 10 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The start of exploratory contacts comes closer / Πιο κοντά η έναρξη διερευνητικών επαφών km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "The start of exploratory contacts comes closer / Πιο κοντά ..." page: 10 info: by GIANNIS BASKAKIS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Crucial tele-bargaining between the EU and Turkish President Erdogan / Κομβικό τηλε-παζάρι της Ε.Ε. με Ερντογάν km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Crucial tele-bargaining between the EU and Turkish President Erdogan / ..." page: 9 info: by BABIS AGROLAMPOS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Κινήσεις Βερολίνου, Βρυξελλών, «ακίνητη» η Αγκυρα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Κινήσεις Βερολίνου, Βρυξελλών, «ακίνητη» η Αγκυρα..." page: 8,9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Το Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο θα αποφασίσει για τις κυρώσεις km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Το Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο θα αποφασίσει για τις κυρώσεις..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Συγκρατημένη η Αθήνα σε νατοϊκή κίνηση αποκλιμάκωσης km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Συγκρατημένη η Αθήνα σε νατοϊκή κίνηση αποκλιμάκωσης..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Exploratory contacts with Turkey come closer / Πιο κοντά οι διερευνητικες επαφές με την Τουρκία km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Exploratory contacts with Turkey come closer / Πιο κοντά οι ..." page: 6,7 info: by APOSTOLOS CHONDROPOULOS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

DW: Διπλωματικός πυρετός ενόψει της Συνόδου Κορυφής km-euro2day.gr-GR: "DW: Διπλωματικός πυρετός ενόψει της Συνόδου Κορυφής..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Chances of sanctions on Turkey close to zero / Μηδενίζονται οι πιθανότητες για κυρώσεις στην Τουρκία km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Chances of sanctions on Turkey close to zero / Μηδενίζονται ..." info: by AGGELIKI PAPAMILTIADOU date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Στις Βρυξέλλες ο Δένδιας για το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ -Στην ατζέντα οι τουρκικές προκλήσεις km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Στις Βρυξέλλες ο Δένδιας για το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ-Μισέλ την Τρίτη, ενόψει της συνεδρίασης του Ευρωπαϊκού Συμβουλίου km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ-Μισέλ την Τρίτη, ενόψει της συνεδρίασης του ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Κρίσιμη εβδομάδα για ελληνοτουρκικά -Εν αναμονή των διερευνητικών, απομακρύνονται οι κυρώσεις  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κρίσιμη εβδομάδα για ελληνοτουρκικά -Εν αναμονή των διερευνητικών, απομακρύνονται οι ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ – Στο επίκεντρο Ανατ. Μεσόγειος και Λευκορωσία km-in.gr-GR: "Συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ – Στο επίκεντρο Ανατ. Μεσόγειος ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την Τρίτη km-in.gr-GR: "Τηλεδιάσκεψη Ερντογάν με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την Τρίτη..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

«Καυτή» εβδομάδα για τα ελληνοτουρκικά – Αντίστροφη μέτρηση για το διάλογο km-in.gr-GR: "«Καυτή» εβδομάδα για τα ελληνοτουρκικά – Αντίστροφη μέτρηση για το ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Σακελλαροπούλου – Αναστασιάδης: «Η έκνομη συμπεριφορά της Τουρκίας έχει επιπτώσεις στην ΕΕ» km-in.gr-GR: "Σακελλαροπούλου – Αναστασιάδης: «Η έκνομη συμπεριφορά της Τουρκίας έχει επιπτώσεις ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Δένδιας: Η Τουρκία πρέπει να δώσει πολλά απτά δείγματα σεβασμού του διεθνούς δικαίου km-in.gr-GR: "Δένδιας: Η Τουρκία πρέπει να δώσει πολλά απτά δείγματα σεβασμού ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Crucial day for dialogue / Κρίσιμη ημέρα για τον διάλογο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Crucial day for dialogue / Κρίσιμη ημέρα για τον διάλογο..." page: 4 info: by Vasilis Nedos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

International pressure on Ankara intensifies in view of European Council / Εντείνονται οι διεθνείς πιέσεις προς Άγκυρα εν όψει της Συνόδου km-Naftemporiki-GR: "International pressure on Ankara intensifies in view of European Council ..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Συνεδριάζει το συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Στο επίκεντρο η Τουρκία – Η στάση της Κύπρου km-protothema.gr-GR: "Συνεδριάζει το συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Στο επίκεντρο η ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

O Ερντογάν θα έχει τηλεδιάσκεψη με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την Τρίτη km-protothema.gr-GR: "O Ερντογάν θα έχει τηλεδιάσκεψη με Μέρκελ και Μισέλ την ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ελληνοτουρκικά: Οι διερευνητικές θα ξεκινήσουν με «σκληρές γραμμές» km-protothema.gr-GR: "Ελληνοτουρκικά: Οι διερευνητικές θα ξεκινήσουν με «σκληρές γραμμές»..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Πυρετός διαβουλεύσεων στο τρίγωνο Βερολίνο Αθήνα- Αγκυρα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Πυρετός διαβουλεύσεων στο τρίγωνο Βερολίνο Αθήνα- Αγκυρα..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Διπλωματικό παζάρι για τον διάλογο km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Διπλωματικό παζάρι για τον διάλογο..." page: 8,9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ε.Ε.: Για Αν. Μεσόγειο – Λευκορωσία συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ km-Vima-online-GR: "Ε.Ε.: Για Αν. Μεσόγειο – Λευκορωσία συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ερντογάν, Μέρκελ, Μισέλ τηλεδιασκέπτονται για την Αν. Μεσόγειο km-Vima-online-GR: "Ερντογάν, Μέρκελ, Μισέλ τηλεδιασκέπτονται για την Αν. Μεσόγειο..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ελληνοτουρκικά : Το «προξενιό» που ξεκλείδωσε τις διερευνητικές – Έρχεται ο Πομπέο km-Vima-online-GR: "Ελληνοτουρκικά : Το «προξενιό» που ξεκλείδωσε τις διερευνητικές – Έρχεται ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Σακελλαροπούλου: Κορυφαία θέση το Κυπριακό στην εθνική μας πολιτική km-Vima-online-GR: "Σακελλαροπούλου: Κορυφαία θέση το Κυπριακό στην εθνική μας πολιτική..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Δένδιας για Τουρκία: Να δώσει πολλά απτά δείγματα σεβασμού του διεθνούς δικαίου km-Vima-online-GR: "Δένδιας για Τουρκία: Να δώσει πολλά απτά δείγματα σεβασμού του ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Greece says it is close to resuming talks with Turkey over maritime zones

[Romania, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:05:00 AM CEST | info

Mediafax.ro reports that the Greek government on Monday said it was close to resuming talks with Turkey over the delimitation of maritime zones amid tensions generated by Turkish exploration activities in the eastern Mediterranean. “We are close to resuming exploratory talks, but how soon this will happen depends on both sides, on Greece and Turkey. The sentiment is good,” said Stelios Petsas, a spokesperson for the Greek government, according to Reuters. The situation in the eastern Mediterranean will be analysed by the European Union during the summit scheduled for 24-25 September.

Greece says it is ready to resume talks with Turkey on maritime areas / Grecia se declară dispusă la reluarea negocierilor cu Turcia pe tema zonelor maritime km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Greece says it is ready to resume talks with Turkey ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ENVIRONMENT

More EU commitment to biodiversity

[Luxembourg, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Lëtzebuerger Journal reports that the European Union aims at stronger commitment to biological diversity. The member states authorised President von der Leyen on Monday to approve a corresponding declaration of the United Nations at a summit next week. With the declaration, the international community also wants to ensure that climate and environmental issues are at the centre of Covid-19 crisis recovery plans. The response to the pandemic should be environmentally friendly and fair, according to the European Council.

More EU commitment to biodiversity / Mehr EU-Einsatz für Biodiversität km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: "More EU commitment to biodiversity / Mehr EU-Einsatz für Biodiversität..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar met with Executive VP Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius and discussed water diplomacy

[Slovenia, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar met with Executive Vice-President Timmermans and European Commissioner Sinkevičius in Brussels yesterday as part of preparations for Slovenia's presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2021. One of the central topics of conversation was water diplomacy. Mr Logar described the talks with Executive VP Timmermans, and Commissioner Sinkevičius as introductory and informative. Prior to the meeting, Mr Logar explained that he would present to his interlocutors the planned priorities of the Slovenian EU presidency in individual areas, from green technologies to water diplomacy.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar met with Executive VP Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius and discussed water diplomacy / Logar v okviru priprav na predsedovanje s Timmermansom o vodni diplomaciji km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar met with Executive VP Timmermans and ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

The Nord Stream project is a political one before all

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:51:00 AM CEST

Le Soir's weekend supplement Léna reports on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that transport gas between Germany and Russia. The two projects were able to go over the massive resistance on the side of Germany's European partners. Nothing stopped gas circulation, not even the EU sanctions. Former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder has played an essential role in the development of Nord Stream. When he was leading Germany, he had a good relationship with President Putin, who was already at Russia's head. In general, the Kremlin supports the social-democrat party from which he comes, and that is known to defend Russian interests in Germany and the EU. Mr Schröder has remained a faithful partner of President Putin until now even though the latter is accused of cyberattacks in Europe, among others. He often seems to find funny other politicians' indignation due to the fact he is close to Russia.

Nord Stream is a political project rarely seen / Rarement un projet a été autant politique que le Nord Stream km-Soir-BE: "Nord Stream is a political project rarely seen / Rarement ..." page: 8 info: by geiger date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Cyprus conditions its vote on sanctions against Belarus with sanctions against Turkey

[Croatia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

At yesterday's debate at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which was also attended by Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Croatian Foreign Affairs Minister Grlić Radman talked about Croatia’s experience from the Yugoslav regime and how it relates to the struggle of the Belarus people against Belarus President Lukashenko, several media report. The EU emphasises its complete solidarity with the people of Belarus while demanding the elections in the country to be repeated under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). However, the announced sanctions against those responsible for stealing the elections are blocked by Cyprus, which demands that the EU introduces sanctions against Turkey. Since imposing sanctions requires unanimity in the EU, the Cyprus government is obviously using its power of veto as leverage to push the agenda that it finds most important - making Turkey stop its explorations of gas and oil reserves in Cypriot waters. The debate on this issue will now be transferred to the summit of the European Council later this week. “Turkey is an important geopolitical actor, a member of NATO, a candidate for EU membership, and takes care of 4 million migrants that could potentially head for Europe. It is important to give a chance to dialogue, it is in everyone's interest to reduce tensions and achieve a peaceful agreement, while no unilateral action can be welcomed,” Mr Grlić Radman said.

EU countries to discuss sanctions on Belarus at the summit of the European Council  / EU zemlje će na samitu raspravljati o sankcijama Bjelorusiji km-Index.hr-HR: "EU countries to discuss sanctions on Belarus at the summit ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Be brave, impose sanctions on Belarus / Budite hrabri, uvedite sankcije Bjelorusiji km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Be brave, impose sanctions on Belarus / Budite hrabri, uvedite ..." page: 13 info: by Karla Juničić date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU countries to discuss sanctions on Belarus at the summit of the European Council  / Šefovi EU zemalja razmat će na samitu o sankcijama protiv Bjelorusije km-Tportal.hr-HR: "EU countries to discuss sanctions on Belarus at the summit ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus conditions its vote on sanctions against Belarus with sanctions against Turkey / I Hrvatska je u raljama Lukašenka i Erdogana km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Cyprus conditions its vote on sanctions against Belarus with sanctions ..." page: 19 info: by Tomislav Krasnec date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The EU demands that Iran fully respect the nuclear agreement

[Croatia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

On Monday, the EU announced that Iran, despite pressure by the US, must stop violating key obligations under the international nuclear agreement signed in 2015, Tportal writes. The EU is “seriously concerned that Iran is persistently working on uranium enrichment,” reads the statement from Brussels, noting that the practice is in stark contrast to the provisions of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) 2015. The statement was delivered via video link by an official of the German Economy Ministry at the annual meeting of the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. The meeting came after the weekend announcement by the US of intending to reinstate almost all of the UN’s sanctions that were lifted after the signing of the nuclear agreement. The UK, France and Germany, which negotiated the agreement with the US, Russia and China, reject the US proposal.

The EU demands that Iran fully respect the nuclear agreement / EU traži da Iran u potpunosti poštuje nuklearni sporazum km-Tportal.hr-HR: "The EU demands that Iran fully respect the nuclear agreement ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

UN 75th anniversary is marked by the crisis of multilateralism

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

The 75th UN General Assembly, that is to open today and will be carried out in a virtual way, will be the occasion to put multilateralism back on track at the time when the Organisation, and especially the Security Council, is in a stalemate, Les Echos reports. “Multilateralism is a need, not an option”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday. He noted that the Covid-19 pandemic is “today’s number one threat in the world”, and renewed his calls for a global ceasefire by the end of the year to “create a new space for diplomacy”. However, the UN struggles to effectively deal with the multiplication of geopolitical, environmental and health crises, and failed to have its say in several recent crisis. Mr Guterres recognised that this is a tipping point for international politics and the UN, which is living its “1945 moment." In related news and in another article, Les Echos reports that the Sustainable Development Goals are jeopardised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

UN 75th anniversary is marked by the crisis of multilateralism / Un 75e anniversaire de l'ONU marqué par la crise du multilatéralisme km-Echos-FR: "UN 75th anniversary is marked by the crisis of multilateralism ..." page: 6 info: by Jacques Hubert-Rodier date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sustainable Development Goals jeopardised by Covid-19 pandemic / Les Objectifs de développement durable mis en péril par la pandémie de Covid-19 km-Echos-FR: "Sustainable Development Goals jeopardised by Covid-19 pandemic / Les Objectifs ..." page: 6 info: by Michel De Grandi date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A virtual anniversary for an organisation in crisis / Un anniversaire virtuel pour une organisation en crise km-Figaro-FR: "A virtual anniversary for an organisation in crisis / Un ..." page: 1,8 info: by Maurin Picard date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A valuable but controversial organisation / Une organisation précieuse mais controversée km-Figaro-FR: "A valuable but controversial organisation / Une organisation précieuse mais ..." page: 8 info: by M. P date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rising tensions between Taiwan and China

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:55:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports on the growing number of Chinese military manoeuvres off the coast of Taiwan. Communist newspaper Global Times speaks of “rehearsals” before the invasion of Taiwan. China considers that the visit of US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth Keith Krach to Taiwan is a “provocation." Meanwhile, Taiwan is strengthening its informal relations with the West. The European Economic and Trade Office in Taipei, the representation of the EU in Taiwan, is organising for the first time, on 22 September, an investment forum to promote economic exchanges between the EU and Taiwan. About fifteen European countries should participate in the event, including Germany and France. Taiwanese President Tsai Ingwen could participate as well.

China's provocations in the Taiwan strait / Provocations de la Chine dans le détroit de Taïwan km-Croix-FR: "China's provocations in the Taiwan strait / Provocations de la ..." page: 10 info: by Dorian Malovic date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rising tensions between Taiwan and China / Montée des tensions entre Taïwan et la Chine km-Monde-FR: "Rising tensions between Taiwan and China / Montée des tensions ..." page: 6 info: by Frédéric Lemaître date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

China on a war footing / La Chine sur le pied de guerre km-Monde-FR: "China on a war footing / La Chine sur le ..." page: 32 info: by Frédéric Lemaître date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Iran: Europeans fiercely against sanctions

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:30:00 AM CEST

Despite European diplomats noted that the snapback of Iran’s sanctions triggered by the US will not have any legal effect, this could mark the end of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), Le Figaro reports. The US have never been so isolated on a main international issue so far, with France, Germany and the UK fiercly standing against the attempts to undercut the JCPOA, mainly driven by President Trump’s electoral considerations. However, their efforts could finally prove uneffective. On the one hand, they might fail to respond to a new round of secondary sanctions. On the other, Joe Biden would like the US to reintegrate the deal if he becomes President, but only if Iran respects its international obligations, which is not the case.

Washington reinstated sanctions against Iran / Washington a rétabli des sanctions contre l'Iran km-Echos-FR: "Washington reinstated sanctions against Iran / Washington a rétabli des ..." page: 15 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Iran: Europeans fiercely against sanctions / Iran : les Européens vent debout contre les sanctions km-Figaro-FR: "Iran: Europeans fiercely against sanctions / Iran : les Européens ..." page: 7 info: by Isabelle Lasserre date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Iran: US plays solitary cowboys / Iran : les Etats-Unis jouent les cowboys solitaires km-Tribune-FR: "Iran: US plays solitary cowboys / Iran : les Etats-Unis ..." page: 50,51,52 info: by latribune. fr date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Multilateralism’s second death (column)

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:54:00 AM CEST

In his column for Le Monde, Stéphane Lauer writes that as the US becomes aware that its withdrawal from international organisations benefits China, it is now changing its tactic. In order to prevent European powers from taxing digital giants, President Trump thus intends to nominate his Chief of Staff Christopher P. Liddell to be Secretary General of the OECD. However, notes the columnist, Mr Trump’s method against China did not work. He should rather have opted for a united front with China. In any case, concludes Mr Lauer, Europe should get used to this situation, as even Joe Biden would not “cancel” Mr Trump’s protectionist policies.

The second death of multilateralism / La seconde mort du multilatéralisme km-Monde-FR: "The second death of multilateralism / La seconde mort du ..." page: 33 info: by Stéphane Lauer date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Federal Government must stop state aid to Russian energy projects

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:04:00 AM CEST

A couple of media elaborate on the tense German-Russian relations and the future of the Nord Stream 2 project. In a commentary in Handelsblatt, Matthias Brüggmann criticises the Federal Government for not cancelling a new $300 million guarantee for a German-Russian energy project after the assassination attempt against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The government aid is intended to help German suppliers of a controversial Russian liquid gas project, the Arctic LNG 2. According to Mr Brüggmann, the German support is highly negligent, given the dubious Russian businessmen involved. The Federal Government must stop this aid if it does not want to come under even greater pressure from its European partners in the Nord Stream 2 issue, he warns. Germany urgently needs to diversify its energy supply as well, Mr Brüggmann concludes.

On German aid for Russian energy projects: Fatal signal / Fatales Signal km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On German aid for Russian energy projects: Fatal signal / ..." page: 17 info: by na date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Future of Nord Stream 2 / Zukunft von Nord Stream 2 km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Future of Nord Stream 2 / Zukunft von Nord Stream ..." page: 3 info: by T. Sigmund date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trench in the Union / Graben in der Union km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Trench in the Union / Graben in der Union..." page: 6 info: by D.B date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Limits of Law / Die Grenzen des Rechts km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "The Limits of Law / Die Grenzen des Rechts..." page: 6 info: by G. MASCOLO date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interview: "The Federal Government does not offer alternatives to Iran sanctions"

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Bild, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stresses that the US will do everything in its power to continue implementing the UN sanctions on Iran, so that "the regime producing terror over the last 40 years does not receive any more funds." "The Federal Government is disappointing," Mr Pompeo highlights, adding that "it agrees that Iran should not buy or sell weapons, but offers no alternative plan." Concerning Nord Stream 2, he comments that the project "threatens Europe from the US point of view, as it makes Europe dependent on Russian gas and threatens Ukraine," adding that the US hopes that the pipeline will not be finished, and that the US "will organise a coalition against it."

Interview: "The Federal Government is disappointing" / "Die deutsche Regierang ist enttäuschend" km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Interview: "The Federal Government is disappointing" / "Die deutsche Regierang ..." page: 3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The EU-China relations between competition and cooperation

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

In.gr reports that the EU-China summit was supposed to be one of the top moments of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU and a crucial point in Berlin’s efforts to show that the EU can have an upgraded and independent geopolitical role on the planet. However, the pandemic changed the plans and an online summit was scheduled instead on 14 September. A few years ago, such a summit would assess the increased economic relations between the two sides and would discuss ways to facilitate European investments in China, among others. The new treatment of China by the EU started with a strategy text by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), which presented it as a systemic competitor.  At a European level, this change of stance was expressed in March 2019 with a joint announcement by the Commission and the High Representative/Vice-President, which described China as a systemic rival.

The EU-China relations between competition and cooperation / Οι σχέσεις ΕΕ και Κίνας μεταξύ ανταγωνισμού και συνεργασίας km-in.gr-GR: "The EU-China relations between competition and cooperation / Οι σχέσεις ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Navalny says Novichok found in and on his body

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt writes that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said that Western laboratories had found traces of a Novichok nerve agent in and on his body and demanded that Moscow return his clothes. “Two independent laboratories in France and Sweden and the Bundeswehr specialised laboratory confirmed the presence of Novichok in and on my body,” Mr Navalny said. He demanded that Russian authorities return his clothes that were removed before he was flown to Germany saying they were important evidence. “Taking into account that Novichok was found on my body, and poisoning through physical contact is highly likely, my clothes are a very important piece of evidence,” he said.

Navalny says Novichok found in and on his body / A. Navalnas sako, kad „Novičiok“ rasta ant jo kūno ir organizme km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Navalny says Novichok found in and on his body / ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Malta among first 50 states to ratify Nuclear Arms Prohibition Treaty

[Malta, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:13:00 AM CEST

Malta was among the first fifty states to ratify the Nuclear Arms Prohibition Treaty yesterday. Signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo, the ratification instrument was submitted at the United Nations by the Maltese Permanent Representative Vanessa Frazier on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the International Peace Day. The occasion coincided with the Maltese people’s celebration of the 56th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom. A Foreign and European Affairs Ministry statement said the ratification of the treaty was testimony to Malta’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and global disarmament, both of which, it added, are crucial to ensuring a safer future for all, as well as a reflection of the island’s foreign policy.

Malta among first 50 states to ratify Nuclear Arms Prohibition Treaty / Malta fost l-ewwel 50 stat li rratifikat it-Trattat dwar il-Projbizzjoni ta’ Armi Nukleari km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Malta among first 50 states to ratify Nuclear Arms Prohibition ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-09-22 05:42:00, 00:03:00, by Fiorella Pace date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM CEST

European companies deliver advanced surveillance technology to Chinese government

[Netherlands, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

NPO Radio 1 reports that, according to Amnesty International, European companies provide advanced technology to the Chinese government to keep an eye on citizens. For example, Dutch company Noldus Information Technology would provide a system that can recognize emotions. According to Amnesty, the companies violate international human rights treaties. Merel Koning conducted the research for the human rights organization. She explains that European technology is used to violate human rights and that she wants European legislation to stop this.

European companies deliver advanced surveillance technology to Chinese government / Europese bedrijven leveren geavanceerde surveillance technologie aan Chinese overheid km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "European companies deliver advanced surveillance technology to Chinese government / ..." info: Radio 1 journaal, 2020-09-21 06:41:00, 00:08:59, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:41:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen admits that Nord Stream 2 is a highly political project

[Poland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:54:00 AM CEST

The media outlets cite President Ursula von der Leyen as having commented on Nord Stream 2. President von der Leyen said that the EU has had a purely economic approach to Nord Stream 2 for a long time, but today she is convinced that this is also a highly political project. President von der Leyen adds that the attempt to poison the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny indicates that Russia's behaviour has not improved and even tends to get worse. Therefore, the hope of improving the EU-Russia relations thanks to Nord Stream 2 is fading. Russia will not change its approach because of the infrastructure. In an result, President von der Leyen believes that the EU needs to reintegrate this subject into a broader context of the EU’s relations with Moscow.

President of the European Commission agrees with Poland / Szefowa KE przyznaje rację Polsce km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "President of the European Commission agrees with Poland / Szefowa ..." page: 1 info: by Jan Kamieniecki date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"This is a political project." The head of the European Commission on Nord Stream 2 / "To jest polityczny projekt". Szefowa KE o Nord Stream 2 km-Tvn24.pl-PL: ""This is a political project." The head of the European ..." info: by KRIS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

President von der Leyen criticises Nord Stream 2 / Wiadomości km-TVP1-PL: "President von der Leyen criticises Nord Stream 2 / Wiadomości..." info: Wiadomości, 2020-09-21 19:34:00, 00:02:23, by Damian Diaz date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:34:00 PM CEST

Romania’s Foreign Minister calls for “more active stance” on Russia

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

Digi24 TV channel reports that Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Monday said the European Union should consider sanctions against Russia, if needed, in connection with the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Mr Aurescu was speaking at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels and told journalists that “Romania’s position is that the EU should take a more active stance on this issue.” According to Europa FM radio station, Bogdan Aurescu said that Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Denmark sent a joint letter to High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell demanding for more firm stance in this matter, Digi FM radio station reports. “We think Russia should fulfil its responsibilities, start and conduct an impartial and transparent investigation and cooperate fully with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” according to Hotnews.ro.

Six EU countries demand an active stance on Russia / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Six EU countries demand an active stance on Russia / ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2020-09-21 14:49:00, 00:01:11, by Zamfir Oana date: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:49:00 PM CEST

Romania wants the European Union to impose sanctions on Russia following the Navalny case / Ştirile DigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Romania wants the European Union to impose sanctions on Russia ..." info: Ştirile DigiFM, 2020-09-21 19:02:00, 00:01:04, by Standavid Filip date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:02:00 PM CEST

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu signs letter to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, along with his counterparts from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark and Poland / Știrile EuropaFM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu signs letter to EU High Representative ..." info: Știrile EuropaFM, 2020-09-21 15:02:00, 00:00:50, by Verbancu Iulia date: Monday, September 21, 2020 3:02:00 PM CEST

Aurescu: EU to consider possible sanctions, if necessary, in connection with Navalny's poisoning / VIDEO Aurescu: UE să ia în calcul posibilitatea unor eventuale sancțiuni, dacă va fi nevoie, în legătură cu otrăvirea lui Navalnîi km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Aurescu: EU to consider possible sanctions, if necessary, in connection ..." info: by I.H. HotNews.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

China's Ambassador to the EU rebuffs criticism against country's political decisions

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:30:00 AM CEST

Zhang Ming, China's Ambassador to the European Union, rebuffed criticism from the EU regarding the country's political decisions, Sverigesradio.se reports. In a debate at the European Parliament, Mr Ming stated that China will neither accept malicious attacks nor any interference in its internal affairs. He further commented that while countries may have different opinions, they must all live in peaceful co-existence. The ambassador's comments followed accusations from MEPs about China's growingly aggressive policy towards its neighbours, its lack of human rights and the lack of Chinese market competition.

China strikes back after EU's criticism / Kina slår tillbaka efter EU:s kritik km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "China strikes back after EU's criticism / Kina slår tillbaka ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD

EU foreign ministers discuss Belarus

[Austria, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

The EU foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels sent a signal of support to the opposition movement in Belarus and invited Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to talks, most media report. Belarus and Russia harshly protested against this step, speaking of interference in internal matters. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell once again stressed after the meeting that the EU considered the outcome of the Belarusian elections to be fake and did not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of the country.According several media, the ministers could not adopt sanctions against Belarus on Monday since Cyprus demanded that sanctions be imposed against Turkey at the same time. MEP David McAllister (EPP), chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, said that this mixing of two issues was "unfortunate", reports Wiener Zeitung. According to HR/VP Borrell, the EU heads of state and government will now have to discuss the matter at the European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday, Die Presse reports. The author of a commentary in Salzburger Nachrichten discusses the crisis in Belarus. The more active the EU is in this matter, the stronger Moscow's support for the regime in Minsk becomes. By stepping back even more in order to avoid damaging the democracy movement in the east, the west would betray its own values and especially the people in Belarus who risk their lives for freedom and justice. The EU is caught in a dilemma, according to the commentary.

Tichanowskaja fordert mehr Mut und Sanktionen der EU km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Tichanowskaja fordert mehr Mut und Sanktionen der EU..." page: 4 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2020-09-21 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

Morgenjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Morgenjournal..." info: 2020-09-21 07:00:00, 07:00:00, by Veronika Fillitz date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Zeit im Bild und Kultur km-ORF1-AT: "Zeit im Bild und Kultur..." info: 2020-09-21 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Peter Fritz date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30:00 PM CEST

ZiB 13.00 km-ORF2-AT: "ZiB 13.00..." info: 2020-09-21 13:00:00, 13:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Monday, September 21, 2020 1:00:00 PM CEST

Belarus to be discussed at European Council meeting / Belarus wird EU-Chefsache km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Belarus to be discussed at European Council meeting / Belarus ..." page: 8 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lukaschenkos Gegnerin suchte Hilfe in Brüssel km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Lukaschenkos Gegnerin suchte Hilfe in Brüssel..." page: 5 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Belarusian dilemma / Raus aus der Zwickmühle km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "The Belarusian dilemma / Raus aus der Zwickmühle..." page: 5 info: by Ulrich Krökel date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU in disagreement about sanctions against Belarus / EU uneinig über Sanktionen gegen Belarus km-Standard-AT: "EU in disagreement about sanctions against Belarus / EU uneinig ..." page: 6 info: by (vos) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarusian President Lukashenko extends military manoeuvres / Lukaschenko weitet Militärmanöver aus km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Belarusian President Lukashenko extends military manoeuvres / Lukaschenko weitet Militärmanöver ..." page: 6 info: by red. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU imposes sanctions due to violations of Libyan weapons embargo

[Austria, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

The European Union has imposed sanctions in reaction to violations of the UN weapons embargo against Libya, Salzburger Nachrichten reports. The EU foreign ministers unanimously agreed on sanctions on Monday in Brussels. The sanctions are aimed against companies and persons that have provided ships, aircraft and other logistical means for the transport of munitions. A civil war has been raging in Libya since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. The government troops are support by Turkey, while their opponent, General Khalifa Haftar, is supported by Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

EU sanktioniert Verstöße gegen Libyen-Embargo km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU sanktioniert Verstöße gegen Libyen-Embargo..." page: 4 info: by SN, dpa date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya calls on Europe to be "courageous"

[Belgium, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

Several Belgian media report Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's visit to the EU on Monday. L'Echo writes that she met with the EU27's foreign affairs ministers on Monday before meeting representatives of the European Commission and President Sassoli. "EU leaders have reasons for not taking sanctions. I called on them to show more courage," she said. Cyprus refuses to impose sanctions on Belarus. According to several sources, Russia is putting Cyprus under pressure. "We have not been able to decide on this issue today," High Representative/Vice-President Borrell commented, adding that the ministers sent a strong message by stating that they do not recognise Lukashenko as the leader of the country: "We have underlined the courage of the Belarusian people." La Première notes that hundreds of protesters have been arrested in Belarus again. Ms Tsikhanouskaya calls for European sanctions against President Lukashenko's regime. However, the EU member states are divided on the right strategy. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell told the European Parliament a few days ago: “We are in the process of adopting sanctions. A certain number of individuals are concerned, responsible for violence, the repression and the electoral fraud. De Standaard quotes President von der Leyen who said in her State of the Union last week that "[W]hen member states say that Europe is too slow, I call on them to be brave and finally switch to qualified majority voting - at least on human rights and the imposition of sanctions." In La Libre Belgique, expert Ioulia Shukan sheds light on the contestation that erupted in her country commenting on the citizens' opposition. Unlike in the 2013 and 2014 revolution, the opposition in Belarus did not grow against Russia and in favour of the EU. "The attitude towards Russia has always been positive," Ms Shukan comments.

Sanctioning Belarus: pending / Sanctionner la Biélorussie : en suspens km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Sanctioning Belarus: pending / Sanctionner la Biélorussie : en suspens..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tsikhanouskaya calls on Europe to be "courageous" / Tikhanovskaïa demande à l’Europe d’être "courageuse" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Tsikhanouskaya calls on Europe to be "courageous" / Tikhanovskaïa demande ..." page: 8 info: by Georis date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Breakfast with the opponent / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Breakfast with the opponent / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin..." page: 15 info: by Haase date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarusians rediscover themselves as citizens / Les Biélorusses se redécouvrent citoyens km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Belarusians rediscover themselves as citizens / Les Biélorusses se redécouvrent ..." page: 12 info: by Verhest date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU fails to adopt sanctions against Minsk / L’Union échoue à adopter des sanctions contre Minsk km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "EU fails to adopt sanctions against Minsk / L’Union échoue ..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU member states divided on sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime / Les états membres de l'UE divisés sur les sanctions contre le régime de Lukachenko km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "EU member states divided on sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime / ..." info: Journal Parlé 09h00, 2020-09-21 00:00:00, 00:01:19, by Bruyndonckx date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00:00 AM CEST

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Lukashenko / Cyprus blokkeert sancties EU tegen Loekasjenko km-Standaard-BE: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Lukashenko / Cyprus blokkeert sancties ..." page: 13 info: by Hancke date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks sanctions against Belarus / Cyprus blokkeert sancties tegen Wit-Rusland km-Tijd-BE: "Cyprus blocks sanctions against Belarus / Cyprus blokkeert sancties tegen ..." page: 9 info: by Van Haver date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus

[Bulgaria, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-BG Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

At a meeting on Monday, the EU foreign ministers failed to agree on sanctions against Belarusian officials suspected of rigging election results and of human rights violations, several media report. Cyprus continued to block the sanctions urging for similar measures against Turkey for its controversial gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, a European diplomat from a delegation with the Council of the EU told TASS, quoted by Focus News Agency. EU leaders would now try to break the deadlock when they meet in Brussels on Thursday. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva stated Bulgaria supported sanctions against those responsible for election fraud and repression against the civilian population, Mediapool highlights. At the meeting, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya talked with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell urging the EU to show support for the citizens of Belarus.

Cyprus pushes for sanctions against Belarus / Кипър спъна приемането на санкции срещу Беларус km-clubz.bg-BG: "Cyprus pushes for sanctions against Belarus / Кипър спъна приемането ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus demanding measures against Turkey / Кипър блокира санкциите на ЕС срещу Беларус с искане за мерки срещу Турция km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus demanding measures against Turkey ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU foreign ministers again fail to agree on anti-Belarus sanctions / ТАСС: Външните министри от ЕС отново не успяха да съгласуват санкции за Беларус km-Focus-News.net-BG: "EU foreign ministers again fail to agree on anti-Belarus sanctions ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Bulgaria Backs Sanctions Against Individuals in Belarus / България подкрепя санкции срещу отделни хора в Беларус km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Bulgaria Backs Sanctions Against Individuals in Belarus / България подкрепя ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU does not recognise Lukashenko's re-election / ЕС не признава преизбирането на Лукашенко km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "EU does not recognise Lukashenko's re-election / ЕС не признава ..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks sanctions against Belarus by FAC; calls for parallel sanctions against Turkey

[Cyprus, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:17:00 AM CEST

The EU Foreign Ministers yesterday failed to agree on sanctions on Belarus, as Cyprus vetoed the decision if sanctions against Turkey were not also imposed. As reported by all media in a top story, the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) failed to reach unanimity, despite an appeal by Belarus’ main opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who travelled to Brussels to try to convince the EU to follow through on its threat to impose sanctions on some 40 Belarusian officials over the disputed 9 August elections. “Although there is a clear will to adopt the sanctions, the required unanimity was not reached,” EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell told reporters, referring to EU rules that all 27 states must agree.Media highlighted that Cyprus said it can only agree to the Belarusian sanctions when the EU also imposes sanctions on Turkey, in a separate row that has raised tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean. Press highlighted the fact that Cyprus was left alone in vetoing the sanctions with Haravgi noting that not even Greece supported the veto.Phileleftheros reported that Mr Borrell appeared “annoyed” with the fact that Cyprus “overturned his planning” concerning the sanctions against Belarus. He said, however, that “we had a political discussion,” which acknowledged the need for sanctions and stressed that “I will do whatever I can to impose them,” referring to a “personal commitment,” which he associated with the “EU’s credibility” and the building of “a common EU foreign policy.” “If we do not do this, then our credibility is placed at risk,” he said, explaining that “we will manage it,” and referring the issue to the upcoming European Council.The Ant1 TV Brussels correspondent reported that the EU HR/VP was criticised by a French reporter for blaming sanctions for the failure to reach a decision on Belarus. Mr Borrell replied that he did not “blame Cyprus for anything. But it is perfectly clear that we need Cyprus in order to gain unanimity,” adding that he “perfectly understands the situation of Cyprus.”“It is a high-voltage political problem the European Council will have to resolve,” Mr Borrell said, adding that this issue will be dealt with by EU leaders at the summit later this week.Media reported that approval is still possible by EU leaders at the Council on Thursday and Mr Borrell said that by the next time Foreign Ministers meet on 12 October, the sanctions would be agreed. But he also acknowledged the paralysis was damaging for the EU’s image. “If we are not able to [approve Belarus sanctions], then our credibility is at stake,” Mr Borrell told a news conference.Cyprus Foreign Minister Christodoulides stressed that “our reaction to any kind of violation of our core, basic values and principles cannot be à la carte. It needs to be consistent.” “There are no deadlocks to diplomacy,” he said, noting that Cyprus strongly supported the adoption of sanctions in response to the worrying situation in Belarus.Presenting the ongoing illegal actions of Turkey in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus to the FAC, Mr Christodoulides emphasised that, despite the encouraging steps taken in the case of Greece, Turkey chooses to escalate tensions with Cyprus with the renewal of the two NAVTEX. Mr Christodoulides reminded his counterparts of the political understanding reached unanimously last month at Gymnich, which stipulates that the process of approving the entries for Belarus and the entries for Turkey will move in parallel, with the aim of their rapid adoption. Also in this context, he reiterated that the EU cannot have a selective reaction when international law is violated depending on who commits it. We should not only be engaged in discussions, but also implement EU decisions, he noted.The Ant1 TV Brussels correspondent reported that Greece, France, Slovakia, Ireland, Luxembourg and Malta were among the countries that spoke at the debate in favour of Cyprus’ position and supported the implementation of Gymnich’s political agreement, while Latvia and Finland, as well as Germany, called for the immediate approval of sanctions against Belarus. According to the correspondent, the Finnish Foreign Minister even called for the ratification of sanctions using special majority, bypassing Cyprus’ veto. According to Phileleftheros, he said that an intense response by the EU is required via sanctions, while also keeping communication pathways open.The Ant1 TV correspondent further highlighted that Mr Borrell said that the sanctions against Belarus will be decided upon during the next FAC, but did not assume the same commitment for sanctions against Turkey.According to Sigmalive and Alithia, Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said that the issue of Greek-Turkish relations was discussed at the FAC, with the ministers acknowledging that the withdrawal of the seismic research vessel Oruc Reis is a positive step, “but it is just a first sample.” He added that Turkey must show many concrete samples of respect for international law, while the issue will be discussed at the European Council before concluding on final decisions.The Foreign Ministers agreed that both issues will be discussed by the EU leaders at the upcoming European Council.According to Cyprus Mail, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics lashed out on Twitter against Cyprus. “It is regrettable that today we could not decide on sanctions on violations of human rights there due to ‘a hostage taking’ by a member state. Sends a wrong signal to Belarusians, our societies and the whole world,” he said on Twitter.Sigmalive noted that Belarus opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya also took her appeal to the European Parliament yesterday, winning support from EU lawmakers, who last week said they would not recognise Mr Lukashenko’s legitimacy when his term ends in November.“Sanctions are important in our fight because they are part of pressure that could force the so-called authorities to start dialogue with us in the opposition council,” she noted.Lithuanian Foreign Minister who strongly supports sanctions against Belarus expressed the hope that other EU countries “will not leave the EU on hold and place it hostage.”The presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania also said yesterday they will ask EU leaders at this week’s summit to offer an economic support package for Belarus if it holds a democratic election. That would include a favourable trade regime with the EU, visa-free travel and support as a candidate for the World Trade Organization.Online media noted that the EU HR/VP also briefed the EU27 Foreign Ministers on the situation in Libya, with the ministers calling for the strengthening of dialogue in the context of the Berlin process, while also adopting sanctions against two persons who participated in human rights violations, and three companies that breached the arms embargo.

ΕΣΤΗΣΕ ΠΟΔΙ Ο ΧΡΙΣΤΟΔΟΥΛΙΔΗΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΕΣΤΗΣΕ ΠΟΔΙ Ο ΧΡΙΣΤΟΔΟΥΛΙΔΗΣ..." page: 1,4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΔΕΝΔΙΑΣ Η ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ ΝΑ ΔΩΣΕΙ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΑΠΤΑ ΔΕΙΡΤΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΜΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΔΙΕΘΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ km-Alithia-CY: "ΔΕΝΔΙΑΣ Η ΤΟΥΡΚΙΑ ΝΑ ΔΩΣΕΙ ΠΟΛΛΑ ΑΠΤΑ ΔΕΙΡΤΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΜΟΥ ΤΟΥ ..." page: 4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:25:00, 20:25:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:25:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:32:00, 20:32:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:32:00 PM CEST

Evening News km-CyBC-radio-3-CY: "Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

BELARUS OPPOSITION URGES EU TO MOVE ON SANCTIONS / BELARUS OPPOSITION URGES EU TO MOVE ON SANCTIONS km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "BELARUS OPPOSITION URGES EU TO MOVE ON SANCTIONS / BELARUS ..." page: 11 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CYPRUS SEEKING EU QUID PRO QUO / CYPRUS SEEKING EU QUID PRO QUO km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "CYPRUS SEEKING EU QUID PRO QUO / CYPRUS SEEKING EU ..." page: 1,5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΥΠΕΙ ΦΙΛΑΝΔΙΑΣ ΑΠΟΓΟΗΤΕΥΤΙΚΟ ΠΟΥ ΔΕΝ ΕΓΚΡΙΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΓΙΑ ΛΕΥΚΟΡΩΣΙΑ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΥΠΕΙ ΦΙΛΑΝΔΙΑΣ ΑΠΟΓΟΗΤΕΥΤΙΚΟ ΠΟΥ ΔΕΝ ΕΓΚΡΙΘΗΚΑΝ ΟΙ ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΓΙΑ ΛΕΥΚΟΡΩΣΙΑ..." page: 3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Backstage for the avoiding of sanctions / ΠΑΡΑΣΚΗΝΙΟ ΓΙΑ ΑΠΟΤΡΟΠΗ ΚΥΡΩΣΕΩΝ km-Haravgi-CY: "Backstage for the avoiding of sanctions / ΠΑΡΑΣΚΗΝΙΟ ΓΙΑ ΑΠΟΤΡΟΠΗ ..." page: 1,3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:35:00, 20:35:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:35:00 PM CEST

ΥΠΕΞ: Eπέμεινε σε παράλληλη διαδικασία Τουρκίας-Λευκορωσίας km-Philenews.com-CY: "ΥΠΕΞ: Eπέμεινε σε παράλληλη διαδικασία Τουρκίας-Λευκορωσίας..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΣΕΥ: Κυρώσεις σε 3 οντότητες για παραβίαση εμπάργκο όπλων στη Λιβύη km-Philenews.com-CY: "ΣΕΥ: Κυρώσεις σε 3 οντότητες για παραβίαση εμπάργκο όπλων στη ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

FAC: Cyprus did not consent to the sanctions against Belarus / ΣΕΥ: Δεν συναίνεσε η Κύπρος στις κυρώσεις κατά Λευκορωσίας km-Philenews.com-CY: "FAC: Cyprus did not consent to the sanctions against Belarus ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Foreign Minister: Calls for a "consistent reaction" by the EU on Turkey / ΥΠΕΞ: Ζητά «συνεπή αντίδραση» από την ΕΕ για την Τουρκία km-Philenews.com-CY: "Foreign Minister: Calls for a "consistent reaction" by the EU ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΕΜΠΟΔΙΟ Ο ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "ΕΜΠΟΔΙΟ Ο ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΙΣΜΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ..." page: 1,6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:10:00, 20:10:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:10:00 PM CEST

YΠΕΞ: Η Τουρκία επιλέγει να κλιμακώνει την ένταση έναντι της Κύπρου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "YΠΕΞ: Η Τουρκία επιλέγει να κλιμακώνει την ένταση έναντι της ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΥΠΕΞ:Συνεπής αντίδραση από ΕΕ έναντι των παραβιάσεων κατά αξιών ή κυριαρχίας km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΥΠΕΞ:Συνεπής αντίδραση από ΕΕ έναντι των παραβιάσεων κατά αξιών ή ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Μπορέλ: Στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής για καθοδήγηση το ζήτημα της Τουρκίας km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Μπορέλ: Στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής για καθοδήγηση το ζήτημα της Τουρκίας..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ζοζέπ Μπορέλ: Ισχυρό μήνυμα Ευρωπαίων Υπουργών Εξωτερικών για Λευκορωσία km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Ζοζέπ Μπορέλ: Ισχυρό μήνυμα Ευρωπαίων Υπουργών Εξωτερικών για Λευκορωσία..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Μπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Μπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Λευκορωσία:Η ηγέτιδα της αντιπολίτευσης καλεί την ΕΕ να προχωρήσει σε κυρώρεις km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Λευκορωσία:Η ηγέτιδα της αντιπολίτευσης καλεί την ΕΕ να προχωρήσει σε ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Δένδιας: «Η αποχώρηση του Ορόυτς Ρέις είναι μόνο ένα πρώτο θετικό δείγμα» km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Δένδιας: «Η αποχώρηση του Ορόυτς Ρέις είναι μόνο ένα πρώτο ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU imposes sanctions on Turkish shipping company accused of breaching UN arms embargo on Libya

[Cyprus, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

The EU yesterday imposed sanctions on a Turkish shipping company accused of breaking a UN arms embargo on Libya and whose vessel was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in June. As reported by online media and Alithia citing Reuters, the asset freeze of Avrasya Shipping, which the EU said operates the Cirkin cargo ship accused of smuggling weapons to Libya, is likely to anger Ankara, which denies arms trafficking and said the ship was carrying humanitarian aid. “The Cirkin has been linked to transports of military material to Libya in May and June 2020,” said the EU’s Official Journal, which published the sanctions. The EU has a naval mission to uphold the United Nations Security Council embargo on Libya, which has been in turmoil since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi. In an incident in the eastern Mediterranean on 10 June, a French frigate on a NATO mission tried to inspect the Cirkin cargo ship, according to the French armed forces ministry. France says the frigate was harassed by three Turkish navy vessels escorting the cargo ship. A Turkish ship flashed its radar lights and its crew put on bulletproof vests and stood behind their light weapons, it said. Turkey disputes this. It has accused the French navy of aggression. NATO has investigated the incident, but the findings will not be discussed in public, diplomats told Reuters.In addition to the sanctions on the Turkish company, the EU also imposed sanctions on two Libyan men with immediate effect. The men included Mahmoud al-Werfalli, who the EU said was a commander in eastern Libya responsible for the killing of 33 people and one mass execution. The second man was Moussa Diab, whom the EU accused of human trafficking, rape and killing refugees.The EU also imposed sanctions on two other companies - Sigma Airlines, based in Kazakhstan, and Med Wave Shipping, based in Jordan.

ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ EE ΣΕ ΒΑΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΗΣ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΚΥΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΤΗΣ EE ΣΕ ΒΑΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΗΣ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑΣ..." page: 4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Λιβύη: Κυρώσεις της ΕΕ σε τουρκική ναυτιλιακή που μετέφερε όπλα στον Σάρατζ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Λιβύη: Κυρώσεις της ΕΕ σε τουρκική ναυτιλιακή που μετέφερε όπλα ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΕΕ: Κυρώσεις κατά τουρκικής ναυτιλιακής για παραβίαση εμπάργκο όπλων σε Λιβύη km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΕΕ: Κυρώσεις κατά τουρκικής ναυτιλιακής για παραβίαση εμπάργκο όπλων σε ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU Foreign Council does not agree on sanctions against Belarus

[Czech Republic, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:58:00 AM CEST

Czech media report on yesterday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers which was attended by Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The ministers discussed the sanctions against Belarus; however, they did not reach a consensus, as sanctions were blocked by Cyprus. In order to support them, the country wants EU’s support against Turkey’s actions in the Mediterranean. EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell noted that despite the clear will to adopt the sanctions, the required unanimity had not been reached. During her visit to the European Parliament, Ms Tsikhanouskaya called for introduction of the sanctions. According to Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, there is a chance that the sanctions might be approved during the EU summit. Hospodářské noviny daily features a commentary by Adam Černý which deals with the situation in Belarus. He points to the role of Visegrad Group and argues that it has a chance to demonstrate its legacy and push the sanctions.

The agreement on sanctions for Belarusians blocked by Cyprus. It demands sanctions for Turkey / Shodu na sankcích pro Bělorusy blokuje Kypr. Za souhlas chce sankce i pro Turecko km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "The agreement on sanctions for Belarusians blocked by Cyprus. It ..." info: by CTK date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarusian opposition wants support from both Brussels and Moscow / Běloruská opozice chce podporu z Bruselu i Moskvy km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Belarusian opposition wants support from both Brussels and Moscow / ..." page: 8 info: by Ondrej Soukup date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Strength and weakness of Belarusian oppostion / CO DRŽÍ I SRÁŽÍ BĚLORUSKOU OPOZICI km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Strength and weakness of Belarusian oppostion / CO DRŽÍ I ..." page: 9 info: by Adam Černý date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU disagrees on sanctions / EU se neshodla na sankcích km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "EU disagrees on sanctions / EU se neshodla na sankcích..." page: 5 info: by TOMÁŠ VLACH date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU disagrees on sanctions against Mr Lukashenko, they were blocked by Cyprus / EU se neshodla na sankcích proti Lukašenkovi, blokuje je Kypr km-novinky.cz-CZ: "EU disagrees on sanctions against Mr Lukashenko, they were blocked ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU sanctions against Minsk blocked by Cyprus / Unijní sankce vůči Minsku zablokoval Kypr km-Pravo-CZ: "EU sanctions against Minsk blocked by Cyprus / Unijní sankce ..." page: 13 info: by (doh date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sanctions against Belarus undecided / Sankce proti Bělorusku zůstávají ve hvězdách km-Radio-Impuls-CZ: "Sanctions against Belarus undecided / Sankce proti Bělorusku zůstávají ve ..." info: Zprávy, 2020-09-21 19:02:00, 00:00:33, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:02:00 PM CEST

Criticism of Cyprus' block of EU sanctions against Belarus

[Denmark, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-DK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

Several Danish media report on Cyprus' block of EU sanctions against Belarus. Politiken reports that Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod criticizes Cyprus for blocking EU sanctions due to its own dispute with Turkey. Mr Kofod backs the EU to impose sanctions through a qualified majority as President von der Leyen encouraged last week. Berlingske reports that Mr Borrell is quite displeased that the ministers did not reach an agreement to impose the discussed sanctions, and he states that the lack of a decision weakens the EU’s fight, visibility and credibility. This is in contrast to President von der Leyen’s message of unison in her State of the Union address in the European Parliament last week. Kristeligt Dagblad reports that the EU believes the election in Belarus was fraudulent. DR.dk reports that Mr Kofod is very displeased and frustrated with Cyprus after Monday’s meeting, and he asks whether Cyprus will stand with EU critical Belarus President Lukashenko. TV2 and DR1 report that the EU ministers left the meeting without reaching an agreement.

Cyprus to block EU sanctions against Belarus / EU-miniput blokerer for Hviderusland-sanktioner km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Cyprus to block EU sanctions against Belarus / EU-miniput blokerer ..." page: 14 info: by Michael Alsen Lauridsen date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus due to conflict with Turkey / Cypern blokerer for EU-sanktioner km-DR1-DK: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus due to conflict with ..." info: Tv-avisen, 2020-09-21 18:40:00, 00:01:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:40:00 PM CEST

Cyprus to block EU sanctions against Belarus / Cypern blokerer for Hvideruslandsanktioner km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "Cyprus to block EU sanctions against Belarus / Cypern blokerer ..." page: 5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod changes EU course to hit Belarus' President Lukashenko / Jeppe Kofod skifter EU-kurs for at ramme Lukasjenko km-Politiken-DK: "Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Jeppe Kofod changes EU course ..." page: 5 info: by Elisabet Svane date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU disagrees on sanctions against Belarus / EU uenige om sanktioner km-TV2-Denmark-DK: "EU disagrees on sanctions against Belarus / EU uenige om ..." info: Nyhederne, 2020-09-21 19:08:00, 00:03:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:08:00 PM CEST

German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against Lukashenko himself

[Estonia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that nothing had changed in Belarus in recent weeks regarding the violence and that the European Union should therefore ask itself whether sanctions should not be imposed on the main perpetrator, President Alexander Lukashenko, several sources report. The agreement on sanctions, however, is currently delayed due to a veto from Cyprus, who insists on similar sanctions be imposed on Turkey's leaders. The ministers also met with Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsihhanovskaya prior.

German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against Lukashenko himself / Saksa välisminister: EL peaks kaaluma sanktsioone ka Lukašenkole endale km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-09-22 05:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:40:00 AM CEST

German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against Lukashenko himself / Saksa välisminister: EL peaks kaaluma sanktsioone ka Lukašenkole endale km-TV3-Estonia-EE: "German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against ..." info: TV3#SeitsmesedUudised, 2020-09-22 05:40:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:40:00 AM CEST

German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against Lukashenko himself / Saksa välisminister: EL peaks kaaluma sanktsioone ka Lukašenkole endale km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "German Foreign Minister: The EU should also consider sanctions against ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus delays Belarusian sanctions

[Estonia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

After a meeting of the European Union's foreign ministers, High Representative / Vice-President Borrell stated the legitimacy of the Belarusian presidential election results are not acknowledged, and they are impressed by the perseverance of the Belarusian people. Mr Borrell compared the situation with Venezuela, as even though the presidents of both nations are not considered to be legitimate, both nations are still under the control of their leaders. Belarusian opposition representative Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya talked via a video feed with the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, saying that the Belarusian people have awoken after 26 years under a dictatorship. Yet the sanctions list against the regime continues to be blocked, due to Cyprus not participating in the consensus. Cyprus is currently worried over research ships under a Turkish flag conducting oil surveys in Cyprus' waters. Cyprus wants solidarity from the European Union on the matter, including the acceptance of a sanctions list with the names of two Turkish citizens

Cyprus delays Belarusian sanctions / MIS NÜÜD HAKKAS? Küpros blokeerib Valgevene võimurite vastaseid sanktsioone km-Ohtuleht-EE: "Cyprus delays Belarusian sanctions / MIS NÜÜD HAKKAS? Küpros blokeerib ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus delays Belarusian sanctions / Küprose blokk lükkaski Valgevene ülemkogule km-Postimees-EE: "Cyprus delays Belarusian sanctions / Küprose blokk lükkaski Valgevene ülemkogule..." page: 1 info: by välisuudiste toimetusejuht date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Romania call on the EU to create a support package for Belarus

[Estonia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

The Presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania will propose to the leaders of other countries at the European Council at the end of the week that a support package be established for Belarus, which would include other support measures for the country's integration into the international community, Err.ee reports. The proposal calls for Belarus to be offered preferential trade in the European Union, visa-free travel and support in accession talks with the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Lithuanian presidential office said on Monday.

Lithuania, Poland and Romania call on the EU to create a support package for Belarus / Leedu, Poola ja Rumeenia kutsuvad EL-i looma Valgevene toetuspaketti km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Lithuania, Poland and Romania call on the EU to create ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarus: EU foreign ministers did not reach an agreement on sanctions

[Finland, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

MTV3, YLE and Aamulehti report that on Monday, the foreign ministers of EU member states did not reach an agreement on sanctions against Belarus. YLE notes that the decision has been postponed to an EU summit to be held at the end of this week. The EU has a list of about 40 people who would be affected by the sanctions but decision-making is hampered by Cyprus’ demand that sanctions against Turkey be approved at the same time. MTV3 notes that Finnish Foreign Minister Haavisto said that the situation is frustrating because strong action, like sanctions, is needed from the EU. Mr Haavisto told YLE that Finland suggested that the decision be taken by a qualified majority vote so that one member state cannot block decision-making. He also told YLE that Belarus leader Lukashenko should be included in the sanctions list if no dialogue is possible with Belarus. Aamulehti also reports that the European Union's foreign ministers were unable to agree on Belarus sanctions at Monday's meeting. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell told Reuters that although there is a desire to impose sanctions, there is no required unanimity. The EU member state leaders could make a decision at their meeting on Thursday. HR/VP Borrell said that the dithering hurts the EU's credibility. The sanctions were blocked by Cyprus, because it demands sanctions against Turkey at the same time. An anonymous EU diplomat said that there will certainly be consequences for Cyprus.

EU ei päässyt sopuun Valko-Venäjän pakotteista km-Aamulehti-FI: "EU ei päässyt sopuun Valko-Venäjän pakotteista..." page: 17 info: by Katja Ihatsu, Petteri Lindholm date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Kymmenen uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Kymmenen uutiset..." info: 2020-09-21 22:08:00, 22:08:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:08:00 PM CEST

Foreign ministers did not reach agreement about sanctions / Ulkoministerit eivät päässeet sopuun pakotteista km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Foreign ministers did not reach agreement about sanctions / Ulkoministerit ..." info: Seitsemän uutiset, 2020-09-22 19:04:00, 00:00:27, by na date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:04:00 PM CEST

Uutiset 20.30 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset 20.30..." info: 2020-09-21 20:43:00, 20:43:00, by Rikhard Husu date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:43:00 PM CEST

TV-nytt km-YleFem-FI: "TV-nytt..." info: 2020-09-21 19:43:00, 19:43:00, by Rikhard Husu date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:43:00 PM CEST

Cyprus blocks any EU sanction against Belarus

[France, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the EU Foreign Affairs ministers failed to reach consensus on sanctions against Belarus due to Cyprus’s blockage, Les Echos reports, among other French media outlets. “Cyprus is missing to give us unanimity,” High Representative/Vice-President Joseph Borrell clearly acknowledged. A list of around 40 people is ready but Cyrprus vetoed the launching of sanctions against them because it wants to use this lever to force its European partners to take measures against Turkey. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya requested the EU’s support faced with President Lukashenko. When arriving in Brussels, Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides stressed that it would be illogical, from the EU, to apply sanctions against Minsk while abstaining to take action against Ankara. Yesterday evening, Mr Borrell underlined that “the next Foreign Affairs Council must absolutely decide sanctions against Belarus.” Lefigaro.fr publishes some reactions to the EU’s inability to adopt sanctions and to the fact that it is now up to EU leaders to decide on that matter during the EU Summit on Thursday and Friday. “The repression in Belarus is of unprecedented violence and it is increasing,” HRVP Borrell stressed. “We must adopt sanctions. It is becoming a personal commitment ,” he underlined, adding that if the EU is unable to do it, its credibility will be undermined. Yesterday, Latvia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs critically stressed that the lack of decision “on sanctions on violations of human rights” in Belarus was sending “a wrong signal to Belarusians, our societies and the whole world.” In an interview with France Info, Renew Europe MEP Bernard Guetta gives his opinion on the ongoing situation in Belarus. Yesterday, he met with the country’s opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and positively highlights her “incredible determination.” The EU Foreign Affairs ministers’ failure to unanimously agree on the application of sanctions against Belarus is “really regrettable,” he stresses. He considers as a “despicable blackmail” the fact that Cyprus has asked the EU to take action against Turkey while blocking the launching of sanctions against Belarus. He also believes that it is “deplorable” that the EU still needs unanimity. However, “there is very little chance that Cyprus will be able to continue its blackmail,” he adds.

Opposition leader Tikhanovskaya visits Brussels: EU delays sancionner Belarus / Visite de l'opposante Tikhanovskaïa à Bruxelles: l'UE tarde à sancionner la Biélorussie km-ARTE-FR: "Opposition leader Tikhanovskaya visits Brussels: EU delays sancionner Belarus / ..." info: Arte journal, 2020-09-21 19:45:00, 00:02:13, by VANESSA ABBA date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:45:00 PM CEST

Cyprus blocks any EU sanction against Belarus / Chypre bloque toute sanction européenne contre la Biélorussie km-Echos-FR: "Cyprus blocks any EU sanction against Belarus / Chypre bloque ..." page: 6 info: by Gabriel Grésillon date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarus: Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Brussels / Biélorussie : la figure de l'opposition biélorusse Svetlana Tikhanovskaïa à Bruxelles km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Belarus: Belarusian opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Brussels / Biélorussie ..." info: Le journal d'europe 1 soir, 2020-09-21 19:06:00, 00:01:17, by SIMON RUBEN date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:06:00 PM CEST

Belarus: Europe struggles to adopt sanctions / Biélorussie : l'Europe peine à adopter des sanctions km-Figaro-FR: "Belarus: Europe struggles to adopt sanctions / Biélorussie : l'Europe ..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sanctions against Belarus to be discussed on Thursday / Les sanctions contre la Biélorussie seront discutées jeudi km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "Sanctions against Belarus to be discussed on Thursday / Les ..." info: Le 21h00-00h00, 2020-09-21 21:41:00, 00:01:26, by JULIEN LANGLET date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:41:00 PM CEST

Interview with Renew Europe MEP Bernard Guetta on the Belarusian situation / Interview avec le député européen Bernard Guetta sur la situation en Biélorussie km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "Interview with Renew Europe MEP Bernard Guetta on the Belarusian ..." info: Le 21h00-00h00, 2020-09-21 21:42:00, 00:03:06, by JULIEN LANGLET date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:42:00 PM CEST

Europeans skate on sanctions against Minsk / Les Européens patinent sur les sanctions contre Minsk km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Europeans skate on sanctions against Minsk / Les Européens patinent ..." info: by Anne Rovan date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarus: EU unable to adopt sanctions despite Tikhanovskaya's appeal / Biélorussie : l'UE incapable d'adopter des sanctions malgré l'appel de Tikhanovskaïa km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Belarus: EU unable to adopt sanctions despite Tikhanovskaya's appeal / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

In Minsk, with the demonstrators trying to bypass a more and more brutal police / A Minsk, avec les manifestants qui essaient de contourner la police, de plus en plus brutale km-Monde-FR: "In Minsk, with the demonstrators trying to bypass a more ..." page: 6 info: by thomas d'istria date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarus. Opposition calls on Brussels to approve sanctions against Minsk / Biélorussie. L'opposition demande à Bruxelles d'approuver les sanctions contre Minsk km-Opinion-FR: "Belarus. Opposition calls on Brussels to approve sanctions against Minsk ..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Algeria confirms it wants to postpone the free trade agreement with the EU

[France, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:07:00 AM CEST

Algeria wants to postpone the completion of a free trade area (FTA) with the EU, which was to come into force on September 1, confirmed Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. "We are going to review the timetable" of the tariff dismantling and the EU "agrees on this revision which economists are working on," he told the local press. The Algerian president acknowledged, however, that his country could not "renounce the association agreement with the EU, a partner to which we are attached".

Algeria confirms it wants to postpone the free trade agreement with the EU / L’Algérie confirme vouloir reporter l’accord de libre échange avec l’UE km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Algeria confirms it wants to postpone the free trade agreement ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus

[Germany, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:08:00 AM CEST

Several German media outlets report that on Monday, the EU foreign ministers again failed to agree on sanctions against Belarusian officials suspected of election fraud and violence against protesters. Cyprus continued to block a common decision.In a commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Reinhard Veser argues that as EU member states, Greece and Cyprus can expect the EU to support them in the natural gas conflict with Turkey. If Cyprus considers sanctions necessary, it must convince its partners. However, linking its approval for sanctions against representatives of the Belarusian regime with sanctions against Ankara is "silly and unseemly," Mr Veser critically notes. It creates the impression that the EU is blocked in terms of foreign policy. Turkey will see this as an encouragement to be even more brutal in the gas conflict. In addition, Cyprus' behaviour raises the suspicion that it stores the money of Belarusian functionaries placed on the EU sanctions list, Mr Veser concludes.

No EU sanctions against beating dictator / Keine EU-Sanktionen gegen Prügel-Diktator km-Bild.de-DE: "No EU sanctions against beating dictator / Keine EU-Sanktionen gegen ..." info: by Unknown date: Monday, September 21, 2020

On sanctions against Belarusian officials: Cyprus' folly / Zyperns Torheit km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On sanctions against Belarusian officials: Cyprus' folly / Zyperns Torheit..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A breakfast for Belarus / Ein Frühstück für Belarus km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "A breakfast for Belarus / Ein Frühstück für Belarus..." page: 2 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tichanovskaya calls for sanctions from the EU / Tichanowskaja fordert Sanktionen von der EU km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Tichanovskaya calls for sanctions from the EU / Tichanowskaja fordert ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A breakfast causes outrage / Ein Frühstück sorgt für Empörung km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "A breakfast causes outrage / Ein Frühstück sorgt für Empörung..." page: 4 info: by a.h.u.m date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions / Zypern blockiert EU-Sanktionen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions / Zypern blockiert EU-Sanktionen..." page: 6 info: by M. Kolb date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SWR Current - 21.09.2020 08:36 - SWR News in the morning - Interview with MEP Michael Gahler (EPP) on possible sanctions on Belarus / SWR Aktuell - 21.09.2020 08:36 - SWR Aktuell am Morgen - Interview with MEP Michael Gahler (EPP) on possible sanctions on Belarus km-SWR-Info-DE: "SWR Current - 21.09.2020 08:36 - SWR News in the ..." info: Program, 2020-09-21 12:26:00, 00:05:21, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:26:00 PM CEST

Maas wants sanctions against Lukashenko / Maas will Sanktionen gegen Lukaschenko km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Maas wants sanctions against Lukashenko / Maas will Sanktionen gegen ..." info: by Unknown date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU foreign ministers meet opposition leader from Belarus / EU-Außenminister treffen Oppositionsführerin aus Belarus km-tagesschau.de-DE: "EU foreign ministers meet opposition leader from Belarus / EU-Außenminister ..." info: by Unknown date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Words are not followed by deeds / Auf Worte folgen keine Taten km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Words are not followed by deeds / Auf Worte folgen ..." page: 5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Plump blackmail / Plumpe Erpressung km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Plump blackmail / Plumpe Erpressung..." page: 8 info: by A.Meier date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ZDF - 21.09.2020 08:11 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with MEP David McAllister (EPP) on EU Foreign Minister conference on Belarus / ZDF - 21.09.2020 08:11 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with MEP David McAllister (EPP) on EU Foreign Minister conference on Belarus km-ZDF-DE: "ZDF - 21.09.2020 08:11 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with MEP ..." info: Program, 2020-09-21 11:52:00, 00:05:19, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:52:00 AM CEST

EU sanctions arms smuggling to Libya

[Germany, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

The EU foreign ministers decided on Monday to implement sanctions against arms smugglers in Libya for the first time since the Berlin conference, a couple of media report. Three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, and two individuals, will be sanctioned, in a belated success for the EU, Tageszeitung notes. More troubles could follow at the scheduled discussion of the ministers over possible sanctions against Turkey because of the gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. Two EU member states are feeling threatened, and Cyprus has even blocked the sanctions against Belarus to achieve a harder EU position on Turkey.

EU punishes violations of arms embargo on Libya / EU ahndet Verstöße gegen Waffenembargo für Libyen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "EU punishes violations of arms embargo on Libya / EU ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU sanctions arms smuggling to Libya / EU sanktioniert Waffenschmuggel nach Libyen km-Tageszeitung-DE: "EU sanctions arms smuggling to Libya / EU sanktioniert Waffenschmuggel ..." page: 10 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

No unanimity for the imposition of sanction on Belarus at meeting of EU foreign ministers

[Greece, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the EU foreign ministers did not manage to agree on the imposition of sanctions against Belarus yesterday. Earlier, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya travelled to Brussels in order to meet with the EU ministers and asked the EU to approve sanctions against Belarusian officials who are accused of falsifying the presidential elections held in the country last month. At a press conference, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated that despite the clear will to adopt sanctions, the required unanimity was not reached. According to HR/VP Borrell, it is no secret that there is no unanimity because one country does not participate in it. He spoke of a high voltage political problem that the European Council must solve and remarked that he understands the Cypriot positions. Mr Borrell noted that the EU ministers sent a strong message as regards the issue of Belarus. "We do not recognise the legality of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko after the elections which we consider to be rigged," HR/VP Borrell underlined. He added that the EU ministers express their solidarity with the people of Belarus. Media highlight that the Republic of Cyprus insisted on vetoing the sanctions on Belarus as it has repeatedly stressed that unanimity will be achieved only if these sanctions are connected to sanctions against Turkey. Thus, the EU has not managed to proceed to the implementation of sanctions against some 40 Belarusian officials who are included in a list that the EU has put together. The Presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania stated yesterday that they would ask the EU leaders in the European Council meeting to offer a support package to Belarus, if the country conducts democratic elections, according to Naftemporiki. Iefimerida.gr notes that according to unnamed diplomatic sources in Nicosia, Greece, France, Slovakia and Ireland were among the countries that backed the implementation of the political agreement reached at the Gymnich meeting.

Οι... υπερωρίες των διαμεσολαβητών και το «μπλόκο» της Λευκωσίας km-Avghi-GR: "Οι... υπερωρίες των διαμεσολαβητών και το «μπλόκο» της Λευκωσίας..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ξεκίνησε το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης km-capital.gr-GR: "Ξεκίνησε το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Μπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕΜπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Μπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Βρυξέλλες: Συμμετοχή Ν. Δένδια σε πρόγευμα εργασίας με την αρχηγό της αντιπολίτευσης της Λευκορωσίας km-capital.gr-GR: "Βρυξέλλες: Συμμετοχή Ν. Δένδια σε πρόγευμα εργασίας με την αρχηγό ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Borrell: Strong message by the European Foreign Affairs Ministers over the issue of Belarus / Μπορέλ: Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Borrell: Strong message by the European Foreign Affairs Ministers over ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Κομβικό τηλε-παζάρι της Ε.Ε. με Ερντογάν km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Κομβικό τηλε-παζάρι της Ε.Ε. με Ερντογάν..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Κινήσεις Βερολίνου, Βρυξελλών, «ακίνητη» η Αγκυρα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Κινήσεις Βερολίνου, Βρυξελλών, «ακίνητη» η Αγκυρα..." page: 8,9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The European Council meeting will decide about the sanctions / Το Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο θα αποφασίσει για τις κυρώσεις km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "The European Council meeting will decide about the sanctions / ..." page: 7 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Δεν έβγαλε κυρώσεις η συνάντηση των ΥΠΕΞ της Ευρώπης km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Δεν έβγαλε κυρώσεις η συνάντηση των ΥΠΕΞ της Ευρώπης..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα των ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Λευκορωσία και Λιβύη ψηλά στην ατζέντα των ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Οι Ευρωπαίοι ΥΠΕΞ αποφάσισαν να παραπεμφθούν οι κυρώσεις για Τουρκία και Λευκορωσία στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Οι Ευρωπαίοι ΥΠΕΞ αποφάσισαν να παραπεμφθούν οι κυρώσεις για Τουρκία ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Στις Βρυξέλλες ο Δένδιας για το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ -Στην ατζέντα οι τουρκικές προκλήσεις km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Στις Βρυξέλλες ο Δένδιας για το Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocked the sanctions on Belarus - The final decisions to the EU27 leaders / Η Κύπρος μπλόκαρε τις κυρώσεις στη Λευκορωσία -Στους ηγέτες των «27» οι τελικές αποφάσεις km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Cyprus blocked the sanctions on Belarus - The final decisions ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΕΕ: Βέτο της Κύπρου στις κυρώσεις για Λευκορωσία λόγω… Τουρκίας km-in.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Βέτο της Κύπρου στις κυρώσεις για Λευκορωσία λόγω… Τουρκίας..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ – Στο επίκεντρο Ανατ. Μεσόγειος και Λευκορωσία km-in.gr-GR: "Συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ της ΕΕ – Στο επίκεντρο Ανατ. Μεσόγειος ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus vetoes the sanctions for Belarus / Βέτο της Κύπρου στις κυρώσεις για Λευκορωσία km-Kathimerini-GR: "Cyprus vetoes the sanctions for Belarus / Βέτο της Κύπρου ..." page: 4 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Verbal Euro-intervention for Belarus / Λεκπκή ευρωπαρέμβαση για τη Λευκορωσία km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Verbal Euro-intervention for Belarus / Λεκπκή ευρωπαρέμβαση για τη Λευκορωσία..." page: 15 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Χωρίς συμφωνία για τις κυρώσεις σε βάρος Λευκορώσων km-protothema.gr-GR: "Συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Χωρίς συμφωνία για τις κυρώσεις ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Συνεδριάζει το συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Στο επίκεντρο η Τουρκία – Η στάση της Κύπρου km-protothema.gr-GR: "Συνεδριάζει το συμβούλιο Εξωτερικών Υποθέσεων της ΕΕ: Στο επίκεντρο η ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Nicosia insists on the sanctions on Ankara / Επιμένει η Λευκωσία για τις κυρώσεις στην Αγκυρα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Nicosia insists on the sanctions on Ankara / Επιμένει η ..." page: 9 info: by ALEXANDRA FOTAKI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ε.Ε.: Για Αν. Μεσόγειο – Λευκορωσία συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ km-Vima-online-GR: "Ε.Ε.: Για Αν. Μεσόγειο – Λευκορωσία συνεδριάζουν οι ΥΠΕΞ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus

[Hungary, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:17:00 AM CEST

The Hungarian media widely report that at the Foreign Affairs Council yesterday, EU foreign ministers failed to agree on sanctions against Belarusian officials. Cyprus refused to agree to the measures unless the EU imposes sanctions on Turkey over its drilling in the contested waters of the Mediterranean. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said he understood Cyprus’ position, but it was regrettable that no measures were agreed on, Magyar Nemzet and Magyar Hírlap report. Magyar Hírlap and 24.hu write HR/VP Borrell said, “Cyprus is not against sanctions in Belarus, but it does not consider that it has to add its vote for this to be possible.” HR/VP Borrell hopes to see an agreement at the next EU foreign ministers’ meeting. “I will do whatever I can for sanctions against Belarus be adopted because the EU’s credibility is at stake,” HR/VP Borrell said, Népszava reports. Magyar Hírlap, Népszava and Hírtv report HR/VP Borrell reiterated that the EU does not recognise the outcome of the August elections. 24.hu cites HR/VP Borrell as saying, “We stand firm in our support for a free and democratic choice by Belarusian people of their leader and their country’s future. We do not have a hidden agenda, we do not seek to interfere in the internal affairs of the country. We only ask for a national dialogue on how to resolve the current crisis and for free and fair elections.” Népszava adds the EU is looking at what to do if Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko takes office on the basis of a falsified election process. “It has consequences for the participation of Belarus in the Eastern Partnership or in meetings at a high political level,” HR/VP Borrell said. Népszava and Magyar Nemzet write HR/VP Borrell said member states were also discussing whether to add Mr Lukashenko to the sanctions list. It is widely reported that the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó called for a clear and comprehensive EU strategy on Belarus. Mr Szijjártó said Hungary continues to support the proposal that the EU should develop its plan to assist Belarus under the leadership of Poland.

EU fails to reach unanimous decision on sanctions against Belarusian leaders / Nem sikerült egyhangú uniós döntést hozni a fehérorosz vezetők elleni szankciókról km-24.hu-HU: "EU fails to reach unanimous decision on sanctions against Belarusian ..." info: by 24.hu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The European Union needs a clear strategy on the Belarusian question, Péter Szijjártó said / Az Európai Uniónak világos stratégia mentén kell hozzáállnia a fehérorosz kérdéshez, mondta Szijjártó Péter km-ATV-HU: "The European Union needs a clear strategy on the Belarusian ..." info: atv - esti Híradó - 2020-09-21 16:44:00 - 2020-09-21 17:21:00, 2020-09-21 17:06:00, 00:01:08, by Nemes Anna date: Monday, September 21, 2020 5:06:00 PM CEST

- / Ismét tízezrek tüntettek a fehérorosz fővárosban az elnök lemondását követelve km-HirTV-HU: "- / Ismét tízezrek tüntettek a fehérorosz fővárosban az elnök ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 12:00 - 2020-09-21 10:01:00 - 2020-09-21 10:28:00, 2020-09-21 10:19:00, 00:03:16, by Szilvási Endre (szerk. Jámbor Flóra) date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:19:00 AM CEST

Clear Belarusian strategy needed / Világos fehérorosz stratégia kell km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Clear Belarusian strategy needed / Világos fehérorosz stratégia kell..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus vetoes sanctions against Minsk / Ciprus vétózza a Minszk elleni szankciókat km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Cyprus vetoes sanctions against Minsk / Ciprus vétózza a Minszk ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

This time, Cyprus vetoed / Ezúttal Ciprus vétózott km-Nepszava-HU: "This time, Cyprus vetoed / Ezúttal Ciprus vétózott..." page: 8 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Péter Szijjártó: The EU needs a clear and comprehensive strategy on Belarus / Szijjártó Péter: Az EU-nak világos és átfogó stratégia mentén kell hozzáállnia a fehérorosz kérdéshez km-origo.hu-HU: "Péter Szijjártó: The EU needs a clear and comprehensive strategy ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU considers sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials

[Ireland, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

The Irish Examiner reports that the EU has drawn up a list of people it could hit with asset freezes and travel bans in response to irregularities in the 9 August elections that gave Belarusian President Lukashenko a sixth term in office. Speaking after a number of ministers met Mr Lukashenko's main opponent Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, German foreign minister Heiko Maas said: "The violence that Lukashenko is exerting against peaceful demonstrators is completely unacceptable." High Representative/Vice President Borrell said minister will also weigh up what support they can give to the Belarusian people, and what relations they should have with Minsk given that "we don't recognise Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus."

EU considers sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials / EU considers sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "EU considers sanctions on dozens of Belarus officials / EU ..." page: 7 info: by Lorne Cook date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Key Belarus opposition figure urges EU to press on with sanctions / Key Belarus opposition figure urges EU to press on with sanctions km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Key Belarus opposition figure urges EU to press on with ..." page: 20 info: by Gabriela Baczynska date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions on Belarus over rigged election / Cyprus blocks EU sanctions on Belarus over rigged election km-irishtimes.com-IE: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions on Belarus over rigged election / ..." info: by Unattributed date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarus opposition leader meets EU to urge sanctions / Belarus opposition leader meets EU to urge sanctions km-rte.ie-IE: "Belarus opposition leader meets EU to urge sanctions / Belarus ..." info: by Unattributed date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Simon Coveney meets ''extraordinary'' Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at EU meeting on Belarus protests / Simon Coveney meets ''extraordinary'' Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at EU meeting on Belarus protests km-TheJournal.ie-IE: "Simon Coveney meets ''extraordinary'' Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at EU meeting on ..." info: by Unattributed date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarusian President

[Italy, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:04:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that Cyprus has blocked EU sanctions against Belarusian President Lukashenko, in response to the repression and electoral fraud in Belarus. Cyprus is in favour of the sanctions, but wants to link them to an extension of sanctions against Turkey. After a Foreign Affairs Council, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell explained that EU leaders will examine the question later this week, and warned that the EU's “credibility” is at risk. He also said that the EU “does not recognise the legitimacy” of Mr Lukashenko's election. Before yesterday's Council meeting, Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya met Mr Borrell and EU Foreign Ministers. She then appeared before the European Parliament. European Parliament President Sassoli said the “peaceful transition of power” is the only way forward in Belarus. Ms Tikhanovskaya called on Europe to be “braver”, and appealed for “further efforts to help us.” Avvenire notes that Ms Tikhanovskaya's “heart-felt words” were a “source of embarrassment” to Europe.

Belarus, Cyprus blocks EU / Bielorussia, Cipro blocca l’Ue km-Avvenire-IT: "Belarus, Cyprus blocks EU / Bielorussia, Cipro blocca l’Ue..." page: 17 info: by GIOVANNI MARIA DEL RE date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Lukashenko / Cipro blocca le sanzioni Ue a Lukashenko km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Lukashenko / Cipro blocca le ..." page: 32 info: by Francesca Basso date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Deadlock over sanctions against Minsk. Michel explains to us the EU's strategy of unity / È stallo sulle sanzioni a Minsk. Michel ci spiega la strategia dell'unità dell'Ue km-Foglio-IT: "Deadlock over sanctions against Minsk. Michel explains to us the ..." page: 1 info: by DAVID CARRETTA date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU does not approve sanctions against Belarus. Cyprus opposed / L'Ue non approva le sanzioni alla Bielorussia. Cipro contraria km-Giornale-IT: "EU does not approve sanctions against Belarus. Cyprus opposed / ..." page: 25 info: by N.D. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarus, opposition figure Tikhanovskaya says: "We will continue to protest for years". Sassoli: "Peaceful transition of power is sole solution" / Bielorussia, l’oppositrice Tikhanovskaya: “Continueremo a protestare per anni”. Sassoli: “Transizione pacifica potere unica soluzione” km-ilfattoquotidiano.it-IT: "Belarus, opposition figure Tikhanovskaya says: "We will continue to protest ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarusian opposition leader addresses European Parliament / Bielorussia, 26 anni di paura ma ci siamo svegliati km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Belarusian opposition leader addresses European Parliament / Bielorussia, 26 anni ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 00:57:00, 00:01:43, by Gavino Moretti date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:57:00 AM CEST

Clash with Ankara puts brakes on sanctions against Minsk / Lo scontro con Ankara frena le sanzioni a Minsk km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Clash with Ankara puts brakes on sanctions against Minsk / ..." page: 23 info: by N.D. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus' niet blocks EU sanctions against Minsk / Il niet di Cipro blocca le sanzioni Ue a Minsk km-Stampa-IT: "Cyprus' niet blocks EU sanctions against Minsk / Il niet ..." page: 24 info: by MARCO BRESOLIN date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge EU to consider assistance plan for Belarus

[Latvia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania will ask European Union leaders at a summit later this week to offer a support package for Belarus if the country holds a democratic election. The three presidents issued a joint declaration calling on EU institutions and member states to consider a package of measures "for a democratic Belarus for the political, economic, and societal transition of the country". The plan will be presented during the forthcoming European Council meeting on 24-25 September. "The three leaders urged the EU to extend a package of assistance that would encompass facilitation of trade with the EU and assistance in WTO accession negotiations; a visa-free regime for citizens of Belarus; diversification of the economy and the energy sector," the statement said.

Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge EU to consider assistance plan for Belarus / Lietuva, Polija un Rumānija rosina ES apsvērt palīdzības plānu Baltkrievijai km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge EU to consider assistance plan ..." info: by LETA date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge the EU to consider an assistance plan for Belarus / Rosina lemt par Baltkrieviju km-Diena-LV: "Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge the EU to consider an ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge the EU to consider an assistance plan for Belarus / Rosina ES apsvērt palīdzības plānu Baltkrievijai km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge the EU to consider an ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge EU to consider assistance plan for Belarus / Lietuva, Polija un Rumānija rosina ES apsvērt palīdzības plānu Baltkrievijai km-Radio-SWH-LV: "Lithuania, Poland and Romania urge EU to consider assistance plan ..." info: Ziņas, 2020-09-21 19:28:00, 00:00:20, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:28:00 PM CEST

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers

[Latvia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met with European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on 21 September, who will later discuss sanctions on Minsk. According to Latvijas Radio 1, her key message is clear: Europe must not recognise the regime of former President Alexander Lukashenko and not support it financially. She also admitted that protests in Belarus could take on a new format in the coming weeks. She also expressed support to name the former President Alexander Lukashenko in the forthcoming EU sanctions list, but so far foreign ministers have not been able to agree on sanctions not only on Lukashenko but also on others, as Cyprus insists that sanctions should be imposed at the same time to Turkish officials. TV3 reported her asking Europe and other countries not to support the Belarussian regime. She warned that the EU funds fall into the hands of Mr Lukashenko and will be used for violence and the killing of Belarusians. “I think there are reasons for leaders not to impose sanctions, but at this meeting I call on ministers to be bolder in their decisions,” stated Ms Tikhanovskaya.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ar ES ārlietu ministriem km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2020-09-21 19:26:00, 00:04:01, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:26:00 PM CEST

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ar ES ārlietu ministriem km-LTV-1-LV: "Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ..." info: Dienas ziņas, 2020-09-21 19:25:00, 00:01:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:25:00 PM CEST

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ar ES ārlietu ministriem km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets with EU foreign ministers / Tihanovska tiekas ..." info: TV3 Ziņas Īsumā, 2020-09-21 19:29:00, 00:01:40, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:29:00 PM CEST

EU foreign ministers agree on sanctions against violators of Libyan arms embargo

[Latvia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the European Union foreign ministers have agreed to impose sanctions on three companies and two individuals for violating the UN arms embargo on Libya, sources in the EU said. Sanctions will be imposed on three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, as well as two people from Libya who provided ships, planes and other support for arms shipments to Libya. Libya has been in chaos since the assassination of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The country is divided between. two competing governments and both sides are supported by various militant groups and foreigners.

EU foreign ministers agree on sanctions against violators of Libyan arms embargo / ES ārlietu ministri vienojas par sankcijām pret Lībijas ieroču embargo pārkāpējiem km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "EU foreign ministers agree on sanctions against violators of Libyan ..." info: Ziņas, 2020-09-21 20:07:00, 00:00:38, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:07:00 PM CEST

Cyprus blocking adoption of EU sanction against Belarus over dispute with Turkey

[Latvia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, at a meeting in Brussels, European Union foreign ministers still failed to agree on sanctions against those accused of electoral fraud and brutal repression of post-election protests in Belarus. Cyprus is blocking the adoption of sanctions. "Although there is a clear will to accept these sanctions, it has not been possible to do so today because the necessary consensus has not been reached," said High Representative / Vice-President Borrell. Cyprus is not opposed to sanctions against Belarus but does not believe that it should add its voice to make them possible, HR/VP Borrell said, adding that he understood the situation in Cyprus very well. He voiced regret that no agreement had been reached on sanctions. Mr Borrell revealed that the question of whether the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko should be included in the "blacklist" is still being discussed.

Cyprus blocking adoption of EU sanction against Belarus over dispute with Turkey / Kipra strīda ar Turciju dēļ bloķē vienotu ES sankciju pret Baltkrieviju pieņemšanu km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Cyprus blocking adoption of EU sanction against Belarus over dispute ..." info: by LETA date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do

[Lithuania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:19:00 AM CEST

LRT Radijas reports on Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius stating that agreeing on imposing sanctions for Belarus is the least of what Europe can do at the moment. Mr Linkevičius attended the meeting in Brussels where the topic was discussed by the European leaders and Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. He stated that clear, tangible decisions are needed, in order not only to show compassion to the people of Belarus who are still being tortured but to support democratic society and independent media. Mr Linkevičius believes that the European Union should announce that the Belarussian Government has no right to speak for Belarussian people at the moment, as well as a sign something for them which Alexander Lukashenko might plan to do.

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do / L.Linkevičius: nesutarimas dėl sankcijų Minskui pakerta demokratinių vertybių patikimumą km-15min.lt-LT: "Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do / Linkevičius: nesutarimas dėl sankcijų Minskui pakerta demokratinių vertybių patikimumą km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do / L. Linkevičiaus raginimai Europos Sąjungai km-LNK-TV-LT: "Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is ..." info: Labas vakaras, Lietuva, 2020-09-21 23:18:00, 00:01:24, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:18:00 PM CEST

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do / L. Linkevičius: sankcijos Baltarusijai – mažiausia, ką Europa gali padaryti km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is ..." info: Žinios, 2020-09-21 14:53:00, 00:01:14, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:53:00 PM CEST

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is the least Europe can do / L. Linkevičius: nesutarimas dėl sankcijų Minskui pakerta demokratinių vertybių patikimumą km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius states that sanctions for Belarus is ..." info: by BNS ir lrytas.lt inf. date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya

[Lithuania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

Some media report that European foreign ministers welcomed Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to Brussels as they prepare European Union sanctions to support her battle against the Minsk regime. “She gave us an account of the events in Belarus,” High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said after a meeting with Ms Tikhanovskaya and the ministers. “We are really impressed by the courage and perseverance of the Belarusian people, especially Belarusian women who show a real sense of leadership. Let me stress that we will support an inclusive national dialogue on the rights of the Belarusian people to free and fair elections,” he said.

European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / ES ministrai išklausė Cichanouskają: matome aiškų padėties blogėjimą km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / ES ministrai išklausė Cichanouskają: ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / S.Cichanouskaja Briuselyje nušvietė įvykius Baltarusijoje km-Kauno-Diena-LT: "European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / S.Cichanouskaja Briuselyje nušvietė įvykius ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / ES ministrai išklausė Baltarusijos opozicijos lyderę km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / ES ministrai išklausė Baltarusijos ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / S. Cichanouskajos susitikimas su ES atstovais km-TV3-Lithuania-LV: "European Union ministers welcome Tikhanovskaya / S. Cichanouskajos susitikimas su ..." info: Žinios, 2020-09-21 23:23:00, 00:04:09, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:23:00 PM CEST

Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus

[Lithuania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that President Michel said that the European Union was ready to speak with one voice in favour of sanctions against Belarus. “Our message is clear: we are initiating sanctions because we do not recognise the electoral process in Belarus, which, in our view, did not comply with basic principles,” Mr Michel said. He added that the Community was working to promote internal dialogue in Belarus. However, Lrytas.lt and Delfi.lt later reported that the European Union failed to agree on Belarus sanctions after Cyprus blocked the plan. The Cypriot government refused to sign unless the European Union moves to impose sanctions on Turkey over its drilling in the contested waters of the eastern Mediterranean. A couple of media also inform readers that Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius hopes that the European Union will decide on sanctions, he stated that this is the least the community can do. He stressed that the European Union should not only impose sanctions but also support Belarusian civil society and the free media.

Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / Ch.Michelis: ES paskelbs Baltarusijai sankcijų dėl nepripažįstamų rinkimų km-15min.lt-LT: "Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / ..." info: by Rūta Androšiūnaitė date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / Michelis: ES paskelbs Baltarusijai sankcijų dėl nepripažįstamų rinkimų km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / Ch. Michelis: ES paskelbs Baltarusijai sankcijų dėl nepripažįstamų rinkimų km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Michel says European Union to impose sanctions on Belarus / ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

No EU sanctions against Belarus

[Luxembourg, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Some media in Luxembourg report that the EU has not been able to agree on sanctions against the regime in Belarus.Eric Bonse reports in Tageblatt that Cyprus blocked the planned sanctions against the regime in Belarus at the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels and the dispute will go to the EU summit. However, there was delayed success: eight months after the Berlin Conference on Libya, the EU imposed sanctions against arms smugglers in the North African country. The fact that individual countries can block EU decisions with their veto has long been a thorn in the side of High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell. Last week, President von der Leyen also spoke out in favour of an end to the unanimity principle in foreign policy. However, the chances are bad, especially small member states insist on their veto right.Lëtzebuerger Journal reports that EU foreign ministers caused outrage in Minsk and Moscow, by meeting Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya yesterday. However, they still did not manage to agree on specific sanctions against supporters of President Lukashenko. Cyprus prevented such a decision. The small country will only agree to sanctions against Belarus if the EU also imposes new punitive measures against Turkey - because of its gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.

Breakfast with the opponent / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: "Breakfast with the opponent / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Breakfast with opponents / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Breakfast with opponents / Frühstück mit der Gegnerin..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Promises without the next day / Des promesses sans lendemain km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Promises without the next day / Des promesses sans lendemain..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

De Journal km-RTL-Tele-Letzebuerg-LU: "De Journal..." info: 2020-09-21 19:30:00, 19:30:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30:00 PM CEST

EU fails again with Belarus sanctions / EU scheitert erneut mit Belarus-Sanktionen km-Tageblatt-LU: "EU fails again with Belarus sanctions / EU scheitert erneut ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Again no sanctions against Belarus / Wieder keine Sanktionen gegen Belarus km-Tageblatt-LU: "Again no sanctions against Belarus / Wieder keine Sanktionen gegen ..." page: 6 info: by Eric Bonse date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU ministers welcome Belarus opposition leader

[Malta, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:14:00 AM CEST

The Times reports that European foreign ministers welcomed Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to Brussels yesterday as they prepare EU sanctions to support her battle against the Minsk regime. The former Soviet republic has been convulsed by unprecedented demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko since he was returned to power in a disputed 9 August election – and those protests have been brutally repressed. “She gave us an account of the events in Belarus,” EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell told reporters, after a breakfast meeting with Tikhanovskaya and the ministers. “We are really impressed by the courage and perseverance of the people, especially Belarusian women, who show a real sense of leadership.”

EU ministers welcome Belarus opposition leader / EU ministers welcome Belarus opposition leader km-Malta-Times-MT: "EU ministers welcome Belarus opposition leader / EU ministers welcome ..." page: 9 info: by NA date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU is powerless because Cyprus obstructs sanctions against Belarusian regime

[Netherlands, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

Several Dutch media report on the inability of the EU to reach concensus about sanctions against the Belarusian government.De Telegraaf reports in its online edition that there will be no European sanctions against Belarus for the time being as the EU’s foreign ministers failed to reach an agreement. Unanimity is required and Cyprus is blocking measures against the Belarusian government. Cyprus is demanding EU sanctions against Turkey, which is conducting illegal gas drilling in the Mediterranean. But the other countries refuse to link the two issues that have nothing to do with each other.  The issue immediately shows how difficult it is to reach decisions on foreign policy. It is not for no reason that President von der Leyen said last week in her State of the Union speech that the member states should give up unanimity with regard to sanctions. Dutch Foreign Minister Blok has been an advocate of this for some time. “This was typically a moment when Europe should have shown unanimity.” Afterwards, the minister argued for a system whereby a country could abstain from voting.NPO Radio 1 reports that Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya met with European foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday. Most ministers do want sanctions against President Lukashenko's regime but Cyprus only wants to agree to punitive measures if sanctions against Turkey are imposed simultaneously.

Cyprus ligt dwars bij sancties Europa tegen Wit-Rusland km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Cyprus ligt dwars bij sancties Europa tegen Wit-Rusland..." page: 13 info: by Mathijs Schiffers date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belarusian opposition leader Tichanovskaya: EU must show courage / Wit-Russische oppositieleidster Tichanovskaja: EU moet moed tonen km-Nederland-1-NL: "Belarusian opposition leader Tichanovskaya: EU must show courage / Wit-Russische ..." info: Nos journaal, 2020-09-21 18:10:00, 00:01:39, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:10:00 PM CEST

Belarusian opposition leader in Brussels / Wit-Russische oppositieleider in Brussel km-Nederland-2-NL: "Belarusian opposition leader in Brussels / Wit-Russische oppositieleider in Brussel..." info: Nieuwsuur, 2020-09-21 21:31:00, 00:10:11, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:31:00 PM CEST

Tichanovskaya in talks with European foreign ministers / Tichanovskaja in gesprek met de Europese ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Tichanovskaya in talks with European foreign ministers / Tichanovskaja in ..." info: Nieuws en co, 2020-09-21 18:22:00, 00:06:19, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:22:00 PM CEST

Belarusian opposition leader to visit Brussels / Wit-Russische oppositieleider op bezoek in Brussel km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Belarusian opposition leader to visit Brussels / Wit-Russische oppositieleider op ..." info: Met het oog op morgen, 2020-09-21 23:25:00, 00:07:33, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:25:00 PM CEST

How Turkey puts the EU in a difficult position / Hoe de EU met Turkije in de maag zit km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "How Turkey puts the EU in a difficult position / ..." info: Bureau buitenland, 2020-09-21 19:19:00, 00:10:07, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok mourns: EU is toothless because Cyprus is obstructive / Blok treurt: EU tandeloos omdat Cyprus dwars ligt km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok mourns: EU is toothless because ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Meeting of head of EU diplomacy dedicated to sanctions against Belarusian regime

[Poland, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:50:00 AM CEST

PR3 radio station reports that the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs did not break an impasse in talks on the EU sanctions against the representatives of Belarusian regime during their meeting in Brussels. The decision lacked unanimity because Cyprus made its support dependant on the support of EU Member States for sanctions against Turkey for drillings in the Mediterranean Sea. Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau said that this decision would probably be taken this Thursday at the European Council meeting. The High Representative/Vice-President Borrell also hopes that the decision will be taken soon because this is about maintaining the credibility of the European Union.

Meeting of head of EU diplomacy dedicated to sanctions against the Belarusian regime / Serwis Trójki km-Polskie-Radio-3-PL: "Meeting of head of EU diplomacy dedicated to sanctions against ..." info: Serwis Trójki, 2020-09-21 20:02:00, 00:01:12, by Beata Płomecka date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:02:00 PM CEST

Belarusian opposition leader was in Brussels to ask for European institutions' support

[Portugal, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaia was in Brussels to ask for the support of European institutions, RTP1 reports. During a debate in the European Parliament, Ms Tsikhanouskaya recalled that the country has been living in a dictatorship for 26 years. The opposition leader called for the release of political prisoners, an end to police violence and free elections. At a press conference, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated that the European Union does not recognise the result of the elections and the legitimacy of Belarusian President Lukashenko. According to HR/VP Borrell, the EU stands in solidarity with the Belarusian people and supports the holding of "free and fair elections".

The Belarusian opposition leader was in Brussels to ask for the support of European institutions / A líder da oposição bielorrussa esteve em Bruxelas para pedir apoio às instituições europeias km-RTP1-PT: "The Belarusian opposition leader was in Brussels to ask for ..." info: Telejornal, 2020-09-21 20:44:00, 00:02:51, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:44:00 PM CEST

The EU may discuss sanctions against Belarus during the next European summit

[Portugal, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

The European Union may discuss sanctions against Belarus during the next European summit, Observador.pt reports. According to Commission High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, "the foreign ministers discussed the issue of sanctions. Although there is a clear will to adopt these sanctions, it has not been possible to do so today, because the required unanimity was not reached". Cyprus has blocked the adoption of sanctions against the Lukashenko regime because it demands similar measures against Turkey.

Belarus. HR/VP Borrell asks EU leaders to adopt sanctions after Cyprus veto / Bielorrússia. Borrell incumbe líderes da União Europeia de adotarem sanções após bloqueio de Chipre km-observador.pt-PT: "Belarus. HR/VP Borrell asks EU leaders to adopt sanctions after ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Parliament President Sassoli says the situation in Belarus is “unacceptable”

[Portugal, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

European Parliament President Sassoli says the situation in Belarus is “unacceptable”, Observador.pt reports. After a meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaia, Mr Sassoli called on Belarusian President Lukashenko to release all political prisoners and to talk with the opposition. “For 45 days people have demonstrated on the streets claiming their right to choose the future of their country”, Mr Sassoli said. Ms Tikhanovskaya participated in a debate with MEPs from the Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs on the situation in Belarus and met with the EU foreign ministers.

European Parliament President says the situation in Belarus is “unacceptable” / Presidente do Parlamento Europeu diz que situação na Bielorrússia é "inaceitável" km-observador.pt-PT: "European Parliament President says the situation in Belarus is “unacceptable” ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The EU imposes additional sanctions for human rights abuses and arms embargo violations in Libya

[Portugal, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

The European Union has adopted new sanctions against individuals and entities involved in violations of human rights and the arms embargo in Libya, Observador.pt reports. At a press conference, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated that this strengthening of measures "shows how the sanctions regime can be used from a humanitarian and geostrategic point of view". According to the Council of the EU, restrictive measures were imposed on two persons responsible for human rights abuses in Libya and three entities involved in violating the UN arms embargo in place for Libya. They will be added to the EU's list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures related to the Libyan conflict. The sanctions imposed include a travel ban and an asset freeze for private persons, as well as an asset freeze for entities.

Libya: EU strengthens sanctions for human rights violations / Líbia. União Europeia reforça sanções por violação dos direitos humanos km-observador.pt-PT: "Libya: EU strengthens sanctions for human rights violations / Líbia. ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Poland, Lithuania and Romania ask for greater economic support from the EU to Belarus

[Portugal, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:15:00 AM CEST

Polish President Duda, Lithuanian President Nausėda and Romanian President Iohannis have sent an open letter to the other European leaders asking for greater economic support from the European Union to Belarus, Público reports. These three countries propose several measures such as the adoption of a trade agreement between Minsk and Brussels, a regime allowing Belarusians to enter the EU without the need to present a visa, assistance in the "diversification of the Belarusian energy sector", a financial aid package and support for a future candidature of Belarus to the World Trade Organisation. According to the three leaders, these measures are important to help the Belarusian people "build a democratic path through a democratically elected leadership, a free civil society, a market economy and the rule of law".

Poland, Lithuania and Romania ask EU support for Minsk / Polónia, Lituânia e Roménia pedem apoio da UE a Minsk km-Publico-PT: "Poland, Lithuania and Romania ask EU support for Minsk / ..." page: 25 info: by Pedro Bastos Reis date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The presidents of Romania, Lithuania and Poland sign “offer to the Democratic Belarus”

[Romania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets report that Romania’s Presidents Klaus Iohannis and his counterparts from Lithuania and Poland signed a joint statement proposing an “offer to the Democratic Belarus”. According to News.ro, the three presidents offer their expertise and know-how along the path of political and economic reforms, in building independent institutions in Belarus “where respect for human rights and the freedom of speech would be an unshakable fundamental norm of society.” Digi24 TV channel reports that the three heads of state called on the European Union to extend a package of assistance for Democratic Belarus’ economic transformation. “We, Presidents of Lithuania, Poland, Romania, as Members of the European Union [...] Declare the will to stand together with the People of Belarus in building a democratic path, via democratically elected state leadership, a free civil society, market economy and the rule of law,” the statement read, according to Hotnews.ro. The signatories also called on the international community to join the European Union “in preparing a positive agenda for Belarus together with a support package for the political, economic and societal transition of the country,” according to Revista22.ro.

Romania supports the Democratic Belarus / Știrile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Romania supports the Democratic Belarus / Știrile Digi24..." info: Știrile Digi24, 2020-09-21 12:51:00, 00:01:19, by Zamfir Oana date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:51:00 PM CEST

Romania supports democratic Belarus / Știrile DigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Romania supports democratic Belarus / Știrile DigiFM..." info: Știrile DigiFM, 2020-09-21 10:31:00, 00:00:35, by Gioga Mihaela date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:31:00 AM CEST

Romania, Poland and Lithuania sign joint statement on the situation in Belarus / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Romania, Poland and Lithuania sign joint statement on the situation ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2020-09-21 11:04:00, 00:01:09, by Ianosi Iorgu date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:04:00 AM CEST

Unprecedented diplomatic gesture: The presidents of Romania, Poland and Lithuania voice their support for the fight for democracy in Belarus / Gest diplomatic fără precedent: Președinții României, Poloniei și Lituaniei își declară susținerea față de lupta pentru democrație în Belarus km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Unprecedented diplomatic gesture: The presidents of Romania, Poland and Lithuania ..." info: by DG HotNews.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The presidents of Romania, Lithuania and Poland call on the international community to provide support package to Belarus / Preşedinţii României, Lituaniei şi Poloniei fac eu apel către comunitatea internaţională pentru un pachet de sprijinire a Belarusului km-mediafax.ro-RO: "The presidents of Romania, Lithuania and Poland call on the ..." info: by Dorin Oancea date: Monday, September 21, 2020

President Klaus Iohannis and his counterparts in Lithuania and Poland sign a "proposal for a democratic Belarus": We believe it is useful for the European Union to propose an assistance package for Belarus' economic transformation / Preşedintele Klaus Iohannis şi omologii săi din Lituania şi Polonia semnează o ”propunere pentru un Belarus democratic”: Credem că e util ca Uniunea Europeană să propună un pachet de asistenţă pentru transformarea economică a Belarusului democratic km-news.ro-RO: "President Klaus Iohannis and his counterparts in Lithuania and Poland ..." info: by News.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Romania, Poland and Lithuania sign joint statement on the situation in Belarus / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Romania, Poland and Lithuania sign joint statement on the situation ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-09-21 10:03:00, 00:00:49, by Sasu Ciprian date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:03:00 AM CEST

Klaus Iohannis, call in the favour of democratic forces in Belarus, together with the presidents of Lithuania and Poland / Klaus Iohannis, apel în favoarea forțelor democratice din Belarus, alături de președinții Lituaniei și Poloniei km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Klaus Iohannis, call in the favour of democratic forces in ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Iohannis makes move in the conflict in Belarus alongside the presidents of Poland and Lithuania / Iohannis intervine în conflictul din Belarus alături de președinții Poloniei și Lituaniei km-revista22.ro-RO: "Iohannis makes move in the conflict in Belarus alongside the ..." info: by Redactia date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Joint call by the presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania for "a Democratic Belarus" / Apel comun al președinților Lituaniei, Poloniei și României pentru ”un Belarus Democratic” km-rfi.ro-RO: "Joint call by the presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania ..." info: by Serban Georgescu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU fails to reach consensus and impose sanctions on Belarus

[Romania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:05:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that EU foreign ministers met with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on Monday, but failed to overcome differences and impose sanctions on a list of Belarusian officials. According to Hotnews.ro, Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu voiced his support for the adoption of sanctions against those guilty of election fraud and repression against peaceful protesters. Ms Tikhanovskaya met with the 27 foreign ministers for a working breakfast before a meeting and “begged them to help democracy and human rights” in Belarus, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said, according to News.ro. The Belarusian opposition leader urged the EU to “be more brave” and impose sanctions on top officials in her country, according to Mediafax.ro. “Although there is a clear will to adopt the sanctions, the required unanimity was not reached,” High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell told a press conference after the meeting, according to Digi24 TV channel. According to a report published by the Financial Times and quoted by Mediafax.ro, Cyprus blocked action by insisting the EU should also agree on sanctions on Turkey before it gives the green light, European diplomats said after the meeting.

EU delays sanctions against the Belarusian regime / Știrile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "EU delays sanctions against the Belarusian regime / Știrile Digi24..." info: Știrile Digi24, 2020-09-22 00:29:00, 00:01:15, by Pancu Marius date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:29:00 AM CEST

Still no sanctions against Belarus / Ştirile DigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Still no sanctions against Belarus / Ştirile DigiFM..." info: Ştirile DigiFM, 2020-09-21 20:04:00, 00:00:36, by Vila George date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:04:00 PM CEST

EU unable to impose sanctions on Belarus despite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's call / UE, incapabilă să adopte sancțiuni împotriva Belarusului, în ciuda pledoariei Svetlanei Tihanovskaia / Aurescu, printre miniștrii care au susținut sancțiunile km-HotNews.ro-RO: "EU unable to impose sanctions on Belarus despite Svetlana Tikhanovskaya's ..." info: by N.O. HotNews.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belarus protests. Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu meets Lukashenko's opponent / Protestele din Belarus. Ministrul de Externe Bogdan Aurescu s-a întâlnit cu opozanta lui Lukaşenko km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Belarus protests. Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu meets Lukashenko's opponent / ..." info: by Gabriel Pecheanu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus / Ciprul blochează sancţiunile UE împotriva Belarusului km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus / Ciprul blochează sancţiunile ..." info: by Emanuel Dumitru date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expects EU sanctions against Belarusian regime and postponement of financial assistance / Svetlana Tihanovskaia aşteaptă sancţiuni UE contra regimului din Belarus şi amânarea asistenţei financiare km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expects EU sanctions against Belarusian regime and postponement ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU is trying to overcome dissent to help the Belarusian opposition / UE încearcă să-şi depăşească disensiunile pentru a ajuta opoziţia din Belarus km-news.ro-RO: "EU is trying to overcome dissent to help the Belarusian ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu: Romania supports the rapid adoption of sanctions against Belarus / Ministrul de Externe Bogdan Aurescu: România susţine adoptarea rapidă de sancţiuni contra Belarusului km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu: Romania supports the rapid adoption of ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Cyprus blocks sanctions against Belarus

[Slovakia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:00:00 AM CEST

Slovak media report on yesterday’s meeting of the EU Foreign Council which was also attended by Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. EU foreign ministers discussed sanctions against Belarus; however, they have not reached a consensus, as Cyprus blocks their adoption, demanding a tougher approach against Turkey in the Mediterranean. The ministers agree that President Lukashenko should be also included on the sanction list.  Before the meeting, Ms Tsikhanouskaya also met with MEPs. According to her, the EU should show more courage against representatives of Mr Lukashenko’s regime and impose sanctions against them.

EU diplomacy chiefs fail to reach consensus on Belarus / Šéfom diplomacií EÚ sa nepodarilo dospieť ku konsenzu ohľadom Bieloruska km-aktuality.sk-SK: "EU diplomacy chiefs fail to reach consensus on Belarus / ..." info: by TASR date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tsikhanouskaya came to Brussels / Cichanovská prišla do Bruselu km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Tsikhanouskaya came to Brussels / Cichanovská prišla do Bruselu..." page: 10 info: by (čtk) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tsikhanouskaya: EU should demonstrate more courage to representative's of Lukashenko's regime / Cichanouská: EU by měla prokázat větší odvahu vůči představitelům Lukašenkova režimu km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "Tsikhanouskaya: EU should demonstrate more courage to representative's of Lukashenko's ..." info: Správy, 2020-09-21 18:15:00, 00:02:02, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:15:00 PM CEST

EU cautious as regards Belarusian sanctions so far / EU je s běloruskými sankcemi zatím opatrná km-STV-1-SK: "EU cautious as regards Belarusian sanctions so far / EU ..." info: Správy, 2020-09-21 19:29:00, 00:02:03, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:29:00 PM CEST

EU is not united as regards sanctions / EU není v otázce sankcí jednotná km-TA3-SK: "EU is not united as regards sanctions / EU není ..." info: Hlavné správyA, 2020-09-21 18:46:00, 00:02:28, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:46:00 PM CEST

Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya calls on EU to impose sanctions against Belarus

[Slovenia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

Yesterday in Brussels, Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on the EU to impose sanctions against those responsible for voter fraud and violence in Belarus as well as to punish Belarusian President Lukashenko, STA, RTVSLO, Dnevnik, and Radio Slovenija 1 report. She pointed out that the EU should call for a repeat of the presidential election in Belarus. Ms Tsikhanouskaya said all this at an informal breakfast with EU foreign ministers, calling on them to be braver in their decisions. She pointed out that the sanctions were very important for Belarus’s struggle, arguing that the pressure they would create would force the so-called authorities to establish a dialogue with the opposition. The sanctions, which have been on the table since mid-August, are being blocked by Cyprus, which is in traditionally good relations with Mr Lukashenko’s supporter Russia. Nicosia is conditioning its support of the sanctions against Minsk on sanctions against Turkey for drilling in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Disappointment for Tsikhanouskaya / Razočaranje za Tihanovsko km-Dnevnik-SI: "Disappointment for Tsikhanouskaya / Razočaranje za Tihanovsko..." page: 6 info: by Aleš Gaube date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Negotiations on the European recovery package / Pogajanja o svežnju za obnovo Evrope po pandemiji covida-19 km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Negotiations on the European recovery package / Pogajanja o svežnju ..." info: Druga jutranja kronika, 2020-09-21 07:18:00, 00:02:00, by Mojca Širok date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

EU still with no consensus regarding sanctions against Belarus due to blockade of Cyprus / EU zaradi blokade Cipra še vedno brez soglasja o sankcijah proti Belorusiji km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "EU still with no consensus regarding sanctions against Belarus due ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU still with no consensus regarding sanctions against Minsk due to blockade of Cyprus / EU zaradi blokade Cipra še vedno brez soglasja o sankcijah proti Minsku km-sta.si-SI: "EU still with no consensus regarding sanctions against Minsk due ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tsikhanouskaya calls on EU to impose sanctions against Lukashenko / Tihanovska v Bruslju pozvala EU k sankcijam proti Lukašenku km-sta.si-SI: "Tsikhanouskaya calls on EU to impose sanctions against Lukashenko / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU imposes sanctions on violators of Libya weapons embargo

[Slovenia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

EU foreign ministers have agreed to sanction violators of the UN embargo on arms flowing into Libya, EU sources told dpa on Monday, STA reports. The measures target three companies from Turkey, Jordan and Kazakhstan, as well as two individuals from Libya, that provided ships, planes or other logistics for the transport of combat equipment to Libya, according to the sources. Sanctions include the freezing of assets and the ban on travel to the EU for individuals as well as the freezing of assets for legal entities. In addition, legal and natural persons in the EU are prohibited from funding individuals and legal entities on the criminal list.

EU imposes sanctions on violators of Libya weapons embargo / EU s sankcijami proti kršiteljem embarga na izvoz orožja v Libijo (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "EU imposes sanctions on violators of Libya weapons embargo / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU fails in its attempt to impose sanctions on Lukashenko regime

[Spain, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Several media report that the European Union once again showed the shortcomings of its foreign policy by failing to impose sanctions on members of Alexander Lukashenko's regime in Belarus. Yesterday, the Cypriot government maintained its veto on these measures in order to put pressure on the other partners to also punish Turkey for its growing belligerence in the eastern Mediterranean. "If we are not able to do this, our credibility will be at stake," warned High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. European leaders should resume the talks next Thursday. Several media add that the Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tijanovskaya went to Brussels on Monday to insist on her message to the European institutions and to demand sanctions for those responsible for falsifying the election results and organising the repression of the protests of the last month and a half. After appearing by video conference just a fortnight ago before the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms Tijanovskaya went in person to this same forum on Monday during a trip to Brussels where she met with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. The Belarusian opponent told MEPs that she appreciated "their efforts" in areas such as the non-recognition of the Belarusian President, Alexandre Lukashenko - approved last week in a resolution during the plenary session - or the call for "individual" sanctions against those responsible for falsifying election results and political repression.

Unanimity hijacks EU sanctions against Belarus / La unanimidad secuestra las sanciones de la UE contra Bielorrusia km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "Unanimity hijacks EU sanctions against Belarus / La unanimidad secuestra ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU fails to pass sanctions on Lukashenko regime as Belarusian opposition leader calls for "help" to European countries / La UE no logra aprobar sanciones al régimen de Lukashenko mientras la líder de la oposición bielorrusa reclama "ayuda" a los países europeos km-eldiario.es-ES: "EU fails to pass sanctions on Lukashenko regime as Belarusian ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Borrell rejects that supporting democracy in Belarus is an interference / Borrell rechaza que apoyar la democracia en Bielorrusia sea una injerencia km-eldiario.es-ES: "Borrell rejects that supporting democracy in Belarus is an interference ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tijanovskaya calls in Brussels to punish guilty of Belarusian violence / Tijanóvskaya pide en Bruselas sancionar a culpables de violencia Bielorrusia km-eldiario.es-ES: "Tijanovskaya calls in Brussels to punish guilty of Belarusian violence ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU backs peaceful protests in Belarus and studies economic aid / La UE respalda las protestas pacíficas en Bielorrusia y estudia ayudas económicas km-lainformacion.com-ES: "EU backs peaceful protests in Belarus and studies economic aid ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU does not punish Lukashenko / La UE no castiga a Lukashenko km-Mundo-ES: "EU does not punish Lukashenko / La UE no castiga ..." page: 26 info: by Sin especificar date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU fails in its attempt to impose sanctions on Lukashenko regime / La UE fracasa en su intento de imponer sanciones al régimen de Lukashenko km-Pais-ES: "EU fails in its attempt to impose sanctions on Lukashenko ..." page: 3 info: by LL. PELLICER / G. ABRIL date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Minsk revolution lands in Brussels / La revolución de Minsk aterriza en Bruselas km-Pais-ES: "Minsk revolution lands in Brussels / La revolución de Minsk ..." page: 3 info: by Guillermo Abril date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU fails consensus to sanction Belarus / La UE no logra el consenso para sancionar a Bielorrusia km-Periodico-ES: "EU fails consensus to sanction Belarus / La UE no ..." page: 15 info: by SILVIA MARTINEZ BRUSELAS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus retains sanctions against Lukashenko / Chipre retiene las sanciones contra Lukashenko km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Cyprus retains sanctions against Lukashenko / Chipre retiene las sanciones ..." page: 18 info: by Sin especificar date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus veto prevents EU from sanctioning Belarus regime / El veto de Chipre impide que la UE sancione al régimen de Bielorrusia km-Vanguardia-ES: "Cyprus veto prevents EU from sanctioning Belarus regime / El ..." page: 8 info: by JAUME MASDÉU date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Svetlana Tichanovskaya calls on EU to quickly agree to sanctions against Belarusian regime

[Sweden, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya called on the EU foreign ministers to show courage and quickly agree to sanctions against the Belarusian regime, several media outlets report. Aftonbladet.se, quoting news agency TT, writes that Ms Tichanovskaya said that sanctions are an important tool in the battle to force the Belarusian authorities to initiate a dialogue with the opposition. However, while a list over persons who should be affected by EU sanctions has been produced, Cyprus refuses to approve the list until the EU leaders take similar action against Turkey. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said that he was hopeful about his EU colleagues not wishing to keep the EU in limbo, as now is the time to act. Meanwhile, Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Chirstodoulides said that he is prepared to implement the political decision which the EU agreed to at the foreign minister summit in August. Moreover, Svenska Dagbladet reports that according to Swedish MEP Karin Karlsbro (RE), the EU has only delivered empty promises for the past 44 days. She called on the EU to actually deliver on the stated sanctions, as the credibility of the EU's foreign policy is now at stake.

Locked position on sanctions against Minsk / Tichanovskaja vill ha modigare EU km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Locked position on sanctions against Minsk / Tichanovskaja vill ha ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tichanovskaya wants to see a braver EU / Tichanovskaja vill se ett modigare EU km-Boras-Tidning-SE: "Tichanovskaya wants to see a braver EU / Tichanovskaja vill ..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Locked position on sanctions against Minsk / Låst läge om sanktioner mot Minsk km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Locked position on sanctions against Minsk / Låst läge om ..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Opposition leader urges ministers to be braver / Oppositionsledaren uppmanade ministrarna att vara modigare km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Opposition leader urges ministers to be braver / Oppositionsledaren uppmanade ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus / Cypern blockerar EU-sanktioner mot Belarus km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus / Cypern blockerar EU-sanktioner ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Locked position in the EU on sanctions against Minsk / Låst läge i EU om sanktioner mot Minsk km-Svt.se-SE: "Locked position in the EU on sanctions against Minsk / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tichanovskaya: Wants to see a braver EU / Rapport Ikväll 19:30 km-SVT1-Rapport-SE: "Tichanovskaya: Wants to see a braver EU / Rapport Ikväll ..." info: SVT1 - Rapport, 2020-09-21 19:30:00, 00:00:01, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30:00 PM CEST

EU to impose new sanctions in connection with violations of UN arms embargo on Libya

[Sweden, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

The EU has decided to impose sanctions on a Turkish shipping company accused of violating the UN arms embargo on Libya, Aftonbladet.se reports, quoting news agency TT. A cargo ship from Turkish shipping company Avrasya Shipping is suspected of having illegally transported military equipment to Libya in May and June this year. The sanctions were signed by the EU's foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels yesterday. As a result, Avrasya Shipping's assets in the EU will be frozen and the company will be prevented from doing business with the EU. Turkey claims that the company was transporting humanitarian aid and said that it is wrong of the EU to impose sanctions, especially during times when efforts are being made to reduce tensions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The new EU sanctions also target an airline company in Kazakhstan and a shipping company in Jordan, which are also accused of arms smuggling to Libya.

EU sanctions against suspected arms trafficking / EU-sanktioner mot misstänkt vapensmuggling km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "EU sanctions against suspected arms trafficking / EU-sanktioner mot misstänkt ..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

FINANCIAL_SERVICES

Commission gives financial market participants 18 months to reduce exposure to UK CCPs

[Cyprus, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

The European Commission yesterday adopted a time-limited decision to give financial market participants 18 months to reduce their exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs). According to Philenews citing the relevant press release, a CCP is an entity that reduces systemic risk and enhances financial stability by standing between the two counterparties in a derivatives contract (i.e. acting as buyer to the seller and seller to the buyer of risk). A CCP's main purpose is to manage the risk that could arise if one of the counterparties defaults on the deal. Central clearing is key for financial stability by mitigating credit risk for financial firms, reducing contagion risks in the financial sector and increasing market transparency.According to the Commission, the heavy reliance of the EU financial system on services provided by UK-based CCPs raises important issues related to financial stability and requires the scaling down of EU exposure to these infrastructures. Accordingly, the industry is strongly encouraged to work together in developing strategies that will reduce their reliance on UK CCPs that are systemically important for the Union.

Commission gives financial market participants 18 months to reduce exposure to UK CCPs / Η Κομισιόν έδωσε 18 μήνες στις χρηματαγορές να μειώσουν έκθεση του στο ΗΒ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Commission gives financial market participants 18 months to reduce exposure ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Sustainable finance: managers divided in Brussels

[France, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:03:00 AM CEST

According to a study by the British NGO InfluenceMap, the European Commission's work on sustainable finance has led to significant lobbying by asset management players, reports Les Echos. Dividing lines are appearing between the promoters of the green agenda such as BNP Paribas AM, Natixis or Aviva, and other players more critical of Brussels' green ambitions, including the world leader in asset management, BlackRock, but also UBS and Invesco. However, none of the fund managers screened by InfluenceMap are directly opposed to the European will to develop sustainable finance. The discussion focuses on transparency issues and figures. Behind the technical aspects hide major commercial issues. Green finance is a growing sector, perceived as one of the main drivers of asset management in the years to come.

Lobbyists spearhead resistance to European green ambitions / Les lobbys, fers de lance de la résistance aux ambitions vertes européennes km-Echos-FR: "Lobbyists spearhead resistance to European green ambitions / Les lobbys, ..." page: 33 info: by B. B date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sustainable finance: asset managers divided in Brussels / Finance durable : les gérants divisés à Bruxelles km-Echos-FR: "Sustainable finance: asset managers divided in Brussels / Finance durable ..." page: 33 info: by Bastien Bouchaud date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Financial sector in no hurry to 'green' EU regulations / Le secteur financier peu pressé de «verdir» la réglementation européenne km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Financial sector in no hurry to 'green' EU regulations / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Commission to promote digital transformation in financial markets

[Germany, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:14:00 AM CEST

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung touches upon the European Commission's goal to promote digital transformation in financial markets based on European values and thorough European regulation. This goal was recently presented by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis. The reference to European values is supposed to mean that the European Commission wants offers from US-based and Chinese digital companies, such as Facebook's cryptocurrency Libra, under control through regulation. In addition, Mr Dombrovskis will present strict regulation for cryptocurrencies and FinTechs as well, which is something that has been strongly demanded by EU member states. "Cryptocurrencies have developed into an irreplaceable vehicle for criminals," MEP Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA) warns.

On regulating European digital transformation: The taming of FinTechs begins / Die Zähmung der Fintechs beginnt km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On regulating European digital transformation: The taming of FinTechs begins ..." page: 16 info: by dpa. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission makes new attempt to complete Capital Markets Union

[Germany, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:09:00 AM CEST

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports on the European Commission's new attempt of completing the Capital Markets Union. The European Commission aimed to do this by 2019 with an "Action Plan" it presented in September 2015, but only a few small legislative projects have been adopted since then. Therefore, President von der Leyen called for "finally completing the Capital Markets Union" in her State of the Union address last week. In this context, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis will present a new Action Plan this Wednesday. Like every project of Ms von der Leyen's, the new Capital Markets Union is intended to contribute to a green and digital transition.

Final sprint for the endless Capital Markets Union project / Endspurt für Endlosprojekt Kapitalmarktunion km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Final sprint for the endless Capital Markets Union project / ..." page: 17 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission gives 18 months to operators to reduce exposure to UK central clearing

[Italy, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM CEST

A couple of Italian dailies report that the European Commission has given the participants in financial markets 18 months to reduce their exposure to central clearing in the UK (the so-called CCPs). This period of “equivalence” will allow EU banking institutes to continue to use the London market even after Britain has left the EU. Vice-President Dombrovskis explained in a communiqué that the measure is designed to protect the EU's financial stability. Il Messaggero notes that the Commission's decision gives a new “opportunity” for growth to CC&G, an Italian company that provides clearing services.

Stock Market plc, a push comes from Europe / Borsa spa, arriva una spinta dall’Europa km-Messaggero-IT: "Stock Market plc, a push comes from Europe / Borsa ..." page: 24 info: by Roberta Amoruso date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brexit and derivatives, 18 months to reduce financial exposure / Brexit e derivati, 18 mesi per ridurre le esposizioni finanziarie km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Brexit and derivatives, 18 months to reduce financial exposure / ..." page: 1,19 info: by Beda Romanonn date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

UK-based CCPs to continue serving EU customers for 18 months from January 2021

[Romania, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro writes that the European Commission on Monday approved a proposal to allow clearing houses or central counterparties (CCPs) in the United Kingdom to continue serving EU customers for 18 months from January 2021, according to a report published by Reuters. “This time-limited decision has a very practical rationale, because it gives EU market participants the time they need to reduce their excessive exposures to UK-based CCPs, and EU CCPs the time to build up their clearing capability,” Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said in a statement.

EU to temporarily extends euro transactions in London after the post-Brexit transition period / UE prelungeşte temporar tranzacţiile în euro din Londra după tranziţia post-Brexit km-mediafax.ro-RO: "EU to temporarily extends euro transactions in London after the ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Monday, September 21, 2020

GENDER_EQUALITY

Safe Space asks if Latvia is ready to break free from stereotypes

[Latvia, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

Delfi reports the article by Safe Space NGO, which says the opinion of Latvian society still tends to be based on stereotypes rather than facts. In several international indices and studies, Latvia ranks last in the context of the European Union countries in terms of the situation of vulnerable groups in the country (both in public attitudes and in legal protection). Thus, in the ILGA-Europe index regarding the regulatory framework for the protection of LGBTQ + persons, Latvia ranked last in the period from 2017 to 2019. As part of the Empathy Games project, 22 volunteers listened to the most common prejudices about different members of society in order to coexist and reflect on their misconceptions. The Empathy Games project is funded by the European Commission's European Solidarity Corps, which is administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Youth Programs.

Safe Space asks if Latvia is ready to break free from stereotypes / Safe Space: Vai esam gatavi lauzt stereotipus? km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Safe Space asks if Latvia is ready to break free ..." info: by Ieva Briede un Jurģis Kalniņš biedrība “Safe Space” date: Monday, September 21, 2020

HEALTH

The pharmaceutical sector's hold on the EU

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report on the search for a vaccine. De Afspraak wonders about the pharmaceutical sector's hold on the EU. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) states that pharmaceutical companies are abusing the corona crisis for profit. For instance, they put pressure on the European Commission against group purchases. MEP Petra De Sutter (Greens/ALE) understands the companies' wish for pre-financing, but the European Parliament wants strict conditions regarding transparency, pricing and availability of a vaccine. The Parliament is putting pressure on the Commission to obtain information on the vaccine negotiations and the deals concluded by the Commission. Ms De Sutter bemoans that one of the European negotiators is a former executive from the pharmaceutical sector. She is not certain if Commissioner Kyriakides herself appointed the seven European negotiators. This crisis has made clear that healthcare and crisis management must become European competences, as President von der Leyen advocates. De Morgen mentions that international scientists say that the data concerning the Russian vaccine has been tampered with. Something weird happened to the graphs with details on the vaccine: some results seem to have been copied from one place to another with a drawing programme. Molecular biologist Enrico Bucci sparked the controversy when he revealed more than ten such instances. He asked the Russian Gamaleya research institute, which developed the vaccine, for insight into the figures, but chief researcher Denis Logunov refused that.

A fracas concerning the Russian vaccine: Have the figures been falsified? / Rel om Russisch vaccin: zijn cijfers vervalst? km-Morgen-BE: "A fracas concerning the Russian vaccine: Have the figures been ..." page: 19 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The pharmaceutical sector's hold on the EU / De greep van de farmasector op de EU km-VRT-Canvas-BE: "The pharmaceutical sector's hold on the EU / De greep ..." info: De Afspraak, 2020-09-21 00:00:00, 00:38:53, by Schols date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00:00 AM CEST

Sciensano: "Europe had a role to play in the management of the crisis"

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:54:00 AM CEST

Two sources note that according to Sciensano, the World Health Organization (WHO) correctly managed the communication regarding the coronavirus pandemic, as opposed to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Le Soir writes that epidemiologists Yves Van Laethem and Steven Van Gucht do state that one can criticise the WHO for its late decision to declare a pandemic. At least the WHO took a concrete and clear position each time, as opposed to the ECDC. The latter remained too neutral and too prudent in its risk analyses. The ECDC had a role to play, but there is no Europe of Health, the epidemiologists state. La Libre Belgique adds that Mr Van Laethem and Mr Van Gucht lamented a certain slowness in the European reaction: better harmonisation of the reporting of cases and data was needed.

Sciensano has reprimanded the European health centre in the commission / En commission, Sciensano a tancé le Centre européen de la santé km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Sciensano has reprimanded the European health centre in the commission ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"Europe had a role to play in the management of the crisis" / " L’ Europe avait un rôle à jouer dans la gestion de la crise " km-Soir-BE: ""Europe had a role to play in the management of ..." page: 4 info: by Ponciau date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has only exacerbated the problem of drug and medical equipment shortages

[Croatia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

The Covid-19 crisis has only exacerbated the problem of shortages of medicines and medical equipment that put patients at risk, RTL reports. MEPs, therefore, call for the strengthening of pharmaceutical production in Europe, which is now increasingly dependent on third countries - China and India. One of Parliament's proposals to combat drug shortages is to strengthen joint procurement in the European Union, as it represents 446 million consumers. This is a great opportunity to reorganize the entire health care system and to somehow raise the resilience of the Croatian health care system for similar situations in the future.

The Covid-19 crisis has only exacerbated the problem of drug and medical equipment shortages / Korona kriza je samo povećala problem nestašice lijekova i medicinske opreme km-RTL-TV-HR: "The Covid-19 crisis has only exacerbated the problem of drug ..." info: Ostalo, 2020-09-21 19:15:00, 00:02:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:15:00 PM CEST

Three new Covid-19 cases in government-controlled areas; entry category for six countries downgraded; non-government controlled areas extend quarantine for all air arrivals

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

Three new Covid-19 cases were reported in the government-controlled areas in Cyprus yesterday from over 3,036 tests. As reported by all media, a pupil tested positive for coronavirus at a Famagusta district school, making it the second case in schools since they opened on 14 September.All media reported that the Health Ministry once again appealed to the public to adhere to social distancing and other protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.  The announcement came a day after Health Minister Ioannou sounded the alarm over the formation of clusters of infection, which he said were evidence of inadequate compliance with self-protection measures. Four such clusters have formed in Larnaca, one of them numbering 16 people. The Kiti Bishopric in Larnaca also called on people yesterday to schedule appointments for coronavirus tests, after two staff members and Bishop Nektarios tested positive for the virus last week, and four clusters were discovered in the area.Moreover, one of the cases yesterday reported symptoms on Saturday and had been referred by his GP. The second case was tested as part of a screening programme of 5,000 individuals aged between 18 and 40 working in crowded areas. The individual has no travel history and as far as they know they had not come into contact with a confirmed case. They have no symptoms so far. The third case concerns a woman from Greece who arrived on Saturday. According to the Health Ministry, the woman had tested positive in Greece three weeks ago, but she presented a negative test upon arrival at Larnaca airport. She was tested again at the request of her employer before returning to work. Nine people are currently being treated at Famagusta hospital, two in the high dependency unit. The number includes one patient who had been receiving treatment at Nicosia general hospital’s ICU.At the same time, the Health Ministry yesterday announced that seven countries would have entry requirements changed based on coronavirus protocols. Six of the countries were downgraded in their categories, while one was upgraded.  The changes will be in effect from 24 September.Canada and Norway were moved from A to B, meaning all people arriving will need to present a negative PCR test for coronavirus that is no more than 72 hours old.Austria, Slovenia, Portugal and Switzerland were all moved from category B to C, meaning only Cypriot citizens and legal residents of the island can fly in but will need to have a PCR test no more than 72 hours old, or be tested in Cyprus, stay in self-isolation for 14 days on arrival and repeat their test two days before the end of their self-isolation.The upgraded country was Serbia, which the ministry decided would move from category C to B.Media reported that in the non-government controlled areas, where the number of coronavirus cases has reached 700, authorities have decided to extend compulsory quarantine for all arrivals by air until 1 October, inclusive. Bars, which had been allowed to operate under conditions, will also close until then. Other measures include prohibiting the distribution of election material because it increases the risk of spreading the virus and more checks by ‘municipalities’ of taverns, restaurants and betting shops. Students coming from abroad will have to have a negative PCR test no older than 120 hours before their departure date. On arrival, those coming from category B countries will be quarantined for seven days and those from category C for 14 days. The PCR test must be repeated at the end of the quarantine for both categories.

ΠΑΡΑΤΕΙΝΕΤΑΙ Η ΚΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΑ ΜΕΧΡΙ ΤΗΝ ΙΗ ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ km-Alithia-CY: "ΠΑΡΑΤΕΙΝΕΤΑΙ Η ΚΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΑ ΜΕΧΡΙ ΤΗΝ ΙΗ ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ..." page: 11 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

We returned to single digit numbers - Chaos in Europe / ΕΠΙΣΤΡΕΨΑΜΕ ΣΕ ΜΟΝΟΨΗΦΙΟΥΣ ΑΡΙΘΜΟΥΣ ΧΑΟΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΕΥΡΩΠΗ km-Alithia-CY: "We returned to single digit numbers - Chaos in Europe ..." page: 1,6,7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

NORTH EXTENDS COMPULSORY QUARANTINE FOR ALL AIR ARRIVALS / NORTH EXTENDS COMPULSORY QUARANTINE FOR ALL AIR ARRIVALS km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "NORTH EXTENDS COMPULSORY QUARANTINE FOR ALL AIR ARRIVALS / NORTH ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SIX COUNTRIES SEE CATEGORY DOWNGRADED ONE UPGRADED / SIX COUNTRIES SEE CATEGORY DOWNGRADED ONE UPGRADED km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "SIX COUNTRIES SEE CATEGORY DOWNGRADED ONE UPGRADED / SIX COUNTRIES ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PUPIL AMONG RECENT CORONAVIRUS CASES / PUPIL AMONG RECENT CORONAVIRUS CASES km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "PUPIL AMONG RECENT CORONAVIRUS CASES / PUPIL AMONG RECENT CORONAVIRUS ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MINISTER APPEALS TO PUBLIC AFTER RECENT SPIKE FOUR CLUSTERS FOUND IN LARNACA / MINISTER APPEALS TO PUBLIC AFTER RECENT SPIKE FOUR CLUSTERS FOUND IN LARNACA km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "MINISTER APPEALS TO PUBLIC AFTER RECENT SPIKE FOUR CLUSTERS FOUND ..." page: 1,6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΝΕΑ ΚΑΤΗΓΟΡΙΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ ΧΩΡΩΝ ΓΙΑ CΟVID-19 km-Haravgi-CY: "ΝΕΑ ΚΑΤΗΓΟΡΙΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ ΧΩΡΩΝ ΓΙΑ CΟVID-19..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Μονοψήφιος αριθμός κρουσμάτων - Πού εντοπίστηκαν km-Philenews.com-CY: "Μονοψήφιος αριθμός κρουσμάτων - Πού εντοπίστηκαν..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Ακόμα έξι χώρες υποβαθμίστηκαν- Ποιες οι αλλαγές km-Philenews.com-CY: "Ακόμα έξι χώρες υποβαθμίστηκαν- Ποιες οι αλλαγές..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Υπουργείο Υγείας: Νέα υποβάθμιση χωρών – Με ισχύ από τις 24/09 km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Υπουργείο Υγείας: Νέα υποβάθμιση χωρών – Με ισχύ από τις ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Τρία νέα κρούσματα, το ένα "ορφανό" - Πρόκειται για φοιτήτρια km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Τρία νέα κρούσματα, το ένα "ορφανό" - Πρόκειται για φοιτήτρια..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trials suspended for second time

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trials were once again suspended, according to a New York Times report cited by Philenews and Alithia, as the company revealed details of its large trials on Saturday, based on which a second participant who received the experimental vaccine showed signs of a serious neurological illness. The company did not confirm the diagnosis in the second case, however, a person close to the concerned participant told the Times that the disease had been pinpointed as transverse myelitis.According to the report, the condition is rare, but serious, and experts said that finding even one case among thousands of trial participants could be a red flag. Multiple confirmed cases, they said, could be enough to halt AstraZeneca’s vaccine bid entirely.It is noted that AstraZeneca’s 111-page trial blueprint, known as a protocol, states that its goal is a vaccine with 50% effectiveness — the same threshold that the Food and Drug Administration has set in its guidance for coronavirus vaccines. To determine with statistical confidence whether the company has met that target, there will have to be 150 people ill with confirmed coronavirus among participants who were vaccinated or received placebo shots. However, the plan anticipates that a safety board will perform an early analysis after there have been just 75 cases. If the vaccine is 50% effective at that point, it might be possible for the company to stop the trial early and apply for authorisation from the government to release the vaccine for emergency use.

ΒΡΕΘΗΚΑΝ ΠΑΡΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΕΧΟΥΣΑ km-Alithia-CY: "ΒΡΕΘΗΚΑΝ ΠΑΡΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΗ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΕΧΟΥΣΑ..." page: 1,7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

AstraZeneca: Και 2η συμμετέχουσα με εγκάρσια μυελίτιδα km-Philenews.com-CY: "AstraZeneca: Και 2η συμμετέχουσα με εγκάρσια μυελίτιδα..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides on increasing number of Covid-19 cases and developments regarding vaccine

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

Speaking to a morning informative programme on Alpha TV yesterday, Commissioner Kyriakides referred to the increased number of Covid-19 cases across Europe and the possibility of a mixture of seasonal flu and Covid-19 cases once the weather changes. She said that the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), has issued recommendations since July concerning the vaccination for seasonal flu. She added that the Commission also asked member states to announce their needs regarding the number of vaccine doses required and has managed to acquire more when needed. The Commissioner underlined that it is important for a significant number of people to be vaccinated against seasonal flu, mainly the vulnerable groups and the healthcare workers, so as to restrict the problems that may be caused in association with Covid-19 on the healthcare systems.She further stated that there is a steady increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since August in at least 13 member states, and – understandably – there is fatigue among citizens regarding adhering to the relevant measures. Ms Kyriakides pointed out that the aim is to avoid another lockdown, as neither society nor the economy can withstand it anew, while she called on citizens to trust in the experts and authorities and maintain the protective measures.Referring to the vaccine, she said that the Commission has signed pre-purchase agreements with two companies and has completed negotiations with another four, stressing that the aim is for a safe and effective vaccine to be found as soon as possible. She noted that the results of the third phase of the clinical trials may be expected at the end of October, but stressed that, even if a vaccine is found, this does not mean that the problem will be solved the next day, as a significant number of the population will have to be vaccinated.

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Concern, scenarios and what measures are being taken / Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Ανησυχία, σενάρια και τι μέτρα λαμβάνονται km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Concern, scenarios and what measures are ..." info: Alpha Enimerosi, 2020-09-21 11:13:00, 00:07:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 11:13:00 AM CEST

The EU enters agreement with Sanofi GSK on possible Covid-19 vaccine

[Denmark, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

DR P1 reports that the EU has entered an arrangement with the medicinal company Sanofi GSK, which is to deliver 300 million vaccine doses if the company successfully develops a Covid-19 vaccine that is both effective and safe to use. This is the second vaccine arrangement the EU enters; the first was with medicinal company AstraZeneca.

The EU enters agreement with Sanofi GSK on possible Covid-19 vaccine / EU-aftale om coronavaccine km-DR-P1-DK: "The EU enters agreement with Sanofi GSK on possible Covid-19 ..." info: Radioavisen, 2020-09-21 18:03:00, 00:00:30, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:03:00 PM CEST

Europe increases restrictions on Covid

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that several European countries are considering new restrictions to fight off what appears to be a second wave of Covid-19 outbreaks, spurring concerns over financial markets. With the increase of infections comes an increase in concern over new nationwide lockdowns with massive economic downturns. To prevent this situation, France and Munich have made the wearing of masks mandatory in public places while some areas of Madrid are already under lockdown. Today, Prime Minister Johnson will chair the "Cobra" Emergency Safety Council to avoid a second wave that could lead to 200 deaths per day in November, according to the British health authorities.

Europe increases restrictions on Covid / L'Europe multiplie les restrictions face au Covid km-Echos-FR: "Europe increases restrictions on Covid / L'Europe multiplie les restrictions ..." page: 30 info: by Yves Bourdillon date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19: the Spanish state to the rescue of Madrid / Covid-19 : l'Etat espagnol à la rescousse de Madrid km-Echos-FR: "Covid-19: the Spanish state to the rescue of Madrid / ..." page: 8 info: by Cécile Thibaud date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19: more than 60 rich countries join WHO vaccine access scheme / Covid-19: plus de 60 pays riches adhèrent au dispositif d'accès au vaccin de l'OMS km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Covid-19: more than 60 rich countries join WHO vaccine access ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

US reaches 200,000 Covid deaths / Les Etats-Unis franchissent le cap des 200000 morts du Covid km-Liberation-FR: "US reaches 200,000 Covid deaths / Les Etats-Unis franchissent le ..." page: 13 info: by F.A date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PCR tests: "Wiping the slate clean" / Tests PCR: "Remettre les compteurs à zéro" km-Monde-FR: "PCR tests: "Wiping the slate clean" / Tests PCR: "Remettre ..." page: 8 info: by Sandrine Cabut date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

COVID-19 / COVID-19 km-Parisien-FR: "COVID-19 / COVID-19..." page: 10 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19: no resumption of excess mortality due to coronavirus in France / Covid-19 : pas encore de reprise de la surmortalité due au coronavirus en france km-Tribune-FR: "Covid-19: no resumption of excess mortality due to coronavirus in ..." page: 35,36 info: by Marc Angrand date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS STILL CIRCULATES AS INTENSELY IN FRANCE / LE CORONAVIRUS CIRCULE TOUJOURS AUSSI INTENSEMENT EN FRANCE km-Tribune-FR: "CORONAVIRUS STILL CIRCULATES AS INTENSELY IN FRANCE / LE CORONAVIRUS ..." page: 33,34 info: by fr date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: "Germany plans to step up the flu vaccines"

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Germany. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has announced a new strategy to contain the virus in the upcoming cold season. From next Thursday, a general mask requirement will apply in Munich.In an interview on ZDF, Mr Spahn highlights that to prevent a new spike of Covid-19 cases, especially with the coming of the colder months, the basic rules have to be followed, namely observing hygiene requirements, maintaining distance and wearing a mask. These measures reduce any flu infections, including Covid-19. At the same time, "Germany plans to step up the flu vaccines so that the health system is not overloaded with flu and possibly Covid-19 patients." The concept of mobile units taking care of the patients to reduce the number of patients at hospitals has already been successfully implemented, Mr Spahn highlights. "We know a lot more about this disease now than we used to know six months ago," he concludes, adding that with adequate protection, the retail sector would not need to close down.

We stumble into autumn / Wir stolpern in den Herbst km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "We stumble into autumn / Wir stolpern in den Herbst..." page: 6 info: by T. Spangenberg date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MUNICH INTRODUCES MANDTORY MASKS WHILE OUTSIDE - MODEL FOR GERMANY? / MÜNCHEN VERHÄNGT MASKENPFUCHT IM FREIEN - VORBILD FÜR DEUTSCHLAND? km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "MUNICH INTRODUCES MANDTORY MASKS WHILE OUTSIDE - MODEL FOR GERMANY? ..." page: 2 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Deutschlandfunk - 21.09.2020 07:15 - Information in the morning - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on rising number of Covid-19 cases / Deutschlandfunk - 21.09.2020 07:15 - Informationen am Morgen - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on rising number of Covid-19 cases km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 21.09.2020 07:15 - Information in the morning - ..." info: Program, 2020-09-21 12:06:00, 00:11:36, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:06:00 PM CEST

Spahn: New Corona strategy for the cold season / Spahn: Neue Corona-Strategie für kalte Jahreszeit km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Spahn: New Corona strategy for the cold season / Spahn: ..." page: 1 info: by swam/tko date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Spahn against easing / Spahn gegen Lockerungen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Spahn against easing / Spahn gegen Lockerungen..." page: 2 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Germany threatens quarantine chaos / Deutschland droht das Quarantäne-Chaos km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Germany threatens quarantine chaos / Deutschland droht das Quarantäne-Chaos..." page: 15 info: by T. Kotowski date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

With "pandemic councils" to "fever ambulances" - and then to the "Corona-Bremse" / Mit "Pandemieräten" zu "Fieberambulanzen" - und dann auf die "Corona-Bremse" km-Spiegel.de-DE: "With "pandemic councils" to "fever ambulances" - and then to ..." info: by Florian Gathmann date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Role model and reminder / Vorbild und Mahnung km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Role model and reminder / Vorbild und Mahnung..." page: 4 info: by R. Hofmann date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mask duty in Munich / Maskenpflicht in München km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Mask duty in Munich / Maskenpflicht in München..." page: 1 info: by K. Ludwig date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

And before the concert quickly another test / Und vor dem Konzert schnell noch einen Test km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "And before the concert quickly another test / Und vor ..." page: 3 info: by G. Göpel date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

For the first time, two Corona traffic lights are on yellow / Erstmals stehen zwei Corona-Ampeln auf Gelb km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "For the first time, two Corona traffic lights are on ..." page: 1 info: by F. HACKENBRUCH date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"We are the wave" / "Wir sind die Welle" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: ""We are the wave" / "Wir sind die Welle"..." page: 2-3 info: by D. DIENING date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Politics gears up for the second wave / Politik rüstet sich für die zweite Welle km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Politics gears up for the second wave / Politik rüstet ..." page: 2 info: by F.S date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: "We know a lot more than we used to know six months ago" / ZDF - 21.09.2020 19:27 - ZDF spezial - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on rising number of Covid-19 cases km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: "We know ..." info: Program, 2020-09-22 02:06:00, 00:04:36, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:06:00 AM CEST

EU in early talks with ReiThera over potential vaccine supply deal

[Hungary, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:17:00 AM CEST

Citing international news agency Reuters, Világgazdaság reports that Italian biotech ReiThera is in early talks with the European Union about supplying the bloc with its potential Covid-19 vaccine, a source close to the company said.

EU is in talks about an Italian vaccine / Olasz vakcináról tárgyal az EU km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "EU is in talks about an Italian vaccine / Olasz ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19 infections rise outside of Dublin

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

RTE One reports that the government has warned there has been a rise of Covid-19 infections outside of Dublin. Limerick, Kildare, and Donegal were among eight counties named by the government where the alert level may be raised and further restrictions brought in to prevent growing outbreaks of the virus. Health officials have warned people to reduce the number of social contacts after 188 new cases were recorded, bringing the total number of cases to 33,121. Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn also advised people to continue with the "simple steps" of washing hands, maintaining social distancing and wearing a face covering.

Covid-19 infections rise outside of Dublin / Covid-19 infections rise outside of Dublin km-RTE1-IE: "Covid-19 infections rise outside of Dublin / Covid-19 infections rise ..." info: RTE 1, 2020-09-22 04:57:00, 00:05:41, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:57:00 AM CEST

Czech health minister resigns as virus surges in eastern Europe

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that Czech Health Minister Adam Vojtech has resigned amid criticism of the government's handling of a surge in coronavirus cases as infection rates rise across much of the region. The Czech Republic has one of the fastest-growing infection rates in Europe and registered a daily rise of more than 2,000 new cases several times over the past week. Mr Vojtech has faced particular criticism over problems that have plagued the country's track and trace smartphone app. He said: "My colleagues and I did our best to protect the citizens of this country."

Czech health minister resigns as virus surges in eastern Europe / Czech health minister resigns as virus surges in eastern Europe km-Irish-Times-IE: "Czech health minister resigns as virus surges in eastern Europe ..." page: 6 info: by Daniel McLaughlin date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Italian Minister orders mandatory tests for travellers from parts of France

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:04:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that Italian Health Minister Speranza has ordered swab tests on everyone travelling to Italy from some parts of France, following the institution of a red zone in much of France. Spain is also severely affected. The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) has recorded a rise in cases in Europe over the last 50 days. This is also due to a relaxation of social distancing rules. Mr Speranza said the European figures “cannot be underestimated”. He added that today Italy is “better off” than other countries, but “great prudence” is needed. Several Italian media also report on a sharp rise in cases in Spain. Meanwhile, the latest Covid-19 figures for Italy show fewer infections. However, many media note this could also be a result of the fact fewer people were tested. There was also a rise in the number of people taken to hospital for treatment.

Europe ailing, Italy holds out  / Europa ammalata, l’Italia resistenn km-Avvenire-IT: "Europe ailing, Italy holds out / Europa ammalata, l’Italia resistenn..." page: 11 info: by VIVIANA DALOISOnn date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The progress of virus in Italy and Europe / La corsa del virus in Italia e in Europa km-Canale-5-IT: "The progress of virus in Italy and Europe / La ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 01:57:00, 00:03:52, by Dario Maltese date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:57:00 AM CEST

Swabs down, but rise in number of people hospitalised / Calano i tamponi ma crescono i ricoveri km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Swabs down, but rise in number of people hospitalised / ..." page: 31 info: by Mariolina Iossa date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Swabs for those arriving from Paris / Tampone per chi arriva da Parigi km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Swabs for those arriving from Paris / Tampone per chi ..." page: 1,30 info: by Stefano Montefiori date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Italian Minister orders testing on people travelling from parts of France / Virus la situazione in Italia e in Europa km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Italian Minister orders testing on people travelling from parts of ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 00:47:00, 00:03:26, by Aldo Anziano date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:47:00 AM CEST

France becomes red zone. Italy defends itself with swabs / La Francia diventa zona rossa. L'Italia si difende con i tamponi km-Repubblica-IT: "France becomes red zone. Italy defends itself with swabs / ..." page: 23 info: by ELENA DUSI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Testing EU’s unity

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

Segodnja reports the interview with Andris Ameriks (S&D) who says last week in her State of the Union address, President von der Leyen stressed fight against Covid-19 and the crisis caused by the pandemic and proposed convening a world health summit next year. It is supposed to be held in Italy. Germany, holding the EU presidency, together with the European Commission, must find opportunities to financially support sectors of the economy affected by the crisis. The position of the European Parliament is as follows: this money should not be obtained by cutting other programs. MEPs show a tough stance - if the budget fails to provide funds for educational and scientific programs Erasmus, Horizon and others, then they will not vote for such a budget, Mr Ameriks stresses. The measures of Green Deal must not be forgotten either, he adds.

Testing EU’s unity / Проверка на единство km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "Testing EU’s unity / Проверка на единство..." page: 1 info: by Ксения ЗАГОРОВСКАЯ. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Two more deaths as Covid-19 cases reach 676

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:15:00 AM CEST

Two elderly Covid-19 patients died yesterday, raising Malta’s pandemic death toll to 23. The two deaths were announced as the number of active Covid-19 cases rose to 676, after another 50 people tested positive and 32 patients recovered overnight. Five people who live in closed migration centres were among those who tested positive. Migrants are automatically kept in quarantine upon their disembarkation and Malta does not include migrant positive cases in its official data, following approval from the European Centre for Disease Control. According to the ECDC, which calculates case rates on a 14-day period, Malta currently has the fifth-highest rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in Europe. There have been 2,776 known Covid-19 cases in the country since 6 March.

COVID-19 death count increases to 23 as 45 more cases found / COVID-19 death count increases to 23 as 45 more cases found km-Malta-Independent-MT: "COVID-19 death count increases to 23 as 45 more cases ..." page: 1 info: by NA date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Two more deaths as COVID cases reach 676 / Two more deaths as COVID cases reach 676 km-Malta-Times-MT: "Two more deaths as COVID cases reach 676 / Two ..." page: 5 info: by Sarah Carabott date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

86-year-old COVID-19 patient dies at home for the elderly / 86-year-old COVID-19 patient dies at home for the elderly km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "86-year-old COVID-19 patient dies at home for the elderly / ..." info: by Editorial date: Monday, September 21, 2020

50 people test positive for COVID-19, as 32 patients recover / 50 people test positive for COVID-19, as 32 patients recover km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "50 people test positive for COVID-19, as 32 patients recover ..." info: by Editorial date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

45 new Covid-19 cases, 32 recoveries / 45 każ ġdid ta’ Covid-19, ifiqu 32 km-TVM-Malta-MT: "45 new Covid-19 cases, 32 recoveries / 45 każ ġdid ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-09-22 05:44:00, 00:02:10, by Fiorella Pace date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:44:00 AM CEST

Dutch goverment faces difficult time amid second wave of Covid-19

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

Nrc.nl comments in a column on the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the Netherlands. The second wave of the outbreak has arrived much sooner than experts expected and it is clear that the Dutch government is facing a very busy period. The government for now trusts in its persuasive power and assures that there will be no new measures, but this could change in a matter of days. The article notes that new measures would result in public anger and there have already more incidents between angry citizens and politicians. Minister Grapperhaus got away with violating the Covid-19 rules. It would be best to think long and hard about this decision now there is so much at stake.

Hoogste aantal nieuwe besmettingen • Politie en boa's willen voorrang bij testen km-Nos.nl-NL: "Hoogste aantal nieuwe besmettingen • Politie en boa's willen voorrang ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

De tweede golf en het probleem-Grapperhaus km-nrc.nl-NL: "De tweede golf en het probleem-Grapperhaus..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Covid-19 outbreak highlighted significance of e-health services

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:52:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita daily publishes an interview with Piotr Pawłowicz, IT Systems’ Coordinator at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. According to the expert, the Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the significance of e-health services. Within two months, the Institute will complete the implementation of the programme “Modern Hospital, Modern Healthcare Centre”, which refers to the construction of the e-health system at the Institute. The project has been subsidised by the European Regional Development Fund within the Mazovia Province’s Regional Operational Programme. The e-healthcare services are always important and needed, but the Covid-19 outbreak has additionally highlighted their significance. The online contact with the clinic allows the patient to limit the threat of an infection. It is extremely important to cancer patients, whose organism is weakened by a serious disease. The paperwork procedures’ digitisation also allows to save the time to both patients and healthcare workers.

At the service of cancer patients / W służbie pacjentom z rakiem km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "At the service of cancer patients / W służbie pacjentom ..." page: 8 info: by brak date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Spanish PM meets Madrid chief over Covid-19 measures, warns of ‘very tough weeks ahead’

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:51:00 AM CEST

Some media report on the progress of the Covid-19 in Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Monday warned about the need to consider “other scenarios” and warned of “very tough weeks up ahead” as the coronavirus epidemic continued to escalate in the Madrid region. Speaking after a face-to-face meeting with Madrid regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso to coordinate measures against the spread of the coronavirus, Mr Sánchez indirectly alluded to the state of alarm that kept Spaniards mostly confined to their homes between mid-March and mid-June. In an interview with Antena 3, EPP MEP José Manuel García Margallo said that Spain is doing the opposite of what is doing the EU regarding the coordination of institutions to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr García Margallo highlighted that last Wednesday at the State of the Union address, Commission President von der Leyen advocated for a European Health Union, changing the way to address the pandemic from a national perspective to a European-wide perspective. Meanwhile, Spain changed from a national government-led health policy to a regional-led.

Spain has purchased 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, through the EU, but it will not be the only vaccine there is. The European Commission is also negotiating with five other laboratories to buy doses of other vaccines. / España ha comprado 30 millones de dosis de la vacuna de AstraZeneca, a través de la UE, pero no será la única vacuna que haya. La Comisión Europea está negociando además con otros cinco laboratorios para comprar dosis de otras vacunas. km-Antena-3-ES: "Spain has purchased 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, ..." info: Noticias 1, 2020-09-21 15:24:00, 00:00:20, by MONICA CARRILLO date: Monday, September 21, 2020 3:24:00 PM CEST

MEP José Manuel García Margallo comments on Jorge Fernández Díaz's citation as imputed in the 'Kitchen Case', and Pablo Iglesias' statements about his republican model of state and the PP's attack on the Constitution through corruption. Comments from Susanna Griso and the contertulios Arsenio Escolar, Paco Marhuenda and María Jamardo. / El eurodiputado José Manuel García Margallo comenta la citación de Jorge Fernández Díaz como imputado en el 'Caso Kitchen', y las declaraciones de Pablo Iglesias sobre su modelo republicano de Estado y el ataque del PP a la Constitución a través de la km-Antena-3-ES: "MEP José Manuel García Margallo comments on Jorge Fernández Díaz's ..." info: Espejo publico (tertulia), 2020-09-21 10:28:00, 00:08:21, by SUSANNA GRISO date: Monday, September 21, 2020 10:28:00 AM CEST

"The increase is very clear, we are on the second wave" / «El incremento es clarísimo, estamos en la segunda ola» km-Mundo-ES: ""The increase is very clear, we are on the second ..." page: 17 info: by Sin especificar date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Political truce over the second wave / Tregua política ante la segunda ola km-Pais-ES: "Political truce over the second wave / Tregua política ante ..." page: 1,14-15 info: by C. E. CUÉ / J. J. MATEO date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Medicines Agency recommends approval of Astra Zeneca's cancer drug Lynparza

[Sweden, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends that Swedish-British pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca's cancer drug Lynparza be approved for the treatment of certain prostate and ovarian cancer forms, Sydsvenskan and Aftonbladet.se report, quoting news agency TT. In the next step, it is up to the European Commission to make the final decision on whether the drug will be approved or not. In general, the European Commission usually follows the EMA's recommendations.

EMA gives the thumbs up for Astra drug / EMA ger tummen upp för Astra-läkemedel km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "EMA gives the thumbs up for Astra drug / EMA ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Thumbs up for Astra's drug / Tummen upp för Astras läkemedel km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "Thumbs up for Astra's drug / Tummen upp för Astras ..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Second wave of Covid-19 in several European countries

[Sweden, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:33:00 AM CEST

The second wave of Covid-19 is a fact in several countries in Europe, reports Jönköpings-Posten, quoting news agency TT. For example, over 120,000 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Spain in the last two weeks. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic registered 193 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). At the end of last week, the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the Czech Republic increased by 15%, to 489. The number of newly confirmed cases in the UK is at about the same level as in April 2020, with 6,000 confirmed cases over several days last week. On Friday last week, France registered more than 13,200 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.

Five countries where the virus is spreading fast in Europe / Fem länder där viruset sprids snabbt i Europa km-Jonkopingsposten-SE: "Five countries where the virus is spreading fast in Europe ..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

HOME_AFFAIRS

Coronavirus: Travelling to red zones will no longer be banned as of Friday

[Belgium, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Two sources note that Foreign Affairs Minister Philippe Goffin has announced that as of 25 September it will no longer be forbidden for Belgians to travel to red areas. Lesoir.be writes that it will only be strongly discouraged. Mr Goffin explains that this decision is part of the government's wish to "come to wider European coordination." Belgium was the only country to ban travels to red areas instead of discouraging them. The European Commission recently proposed to create a common colour coding for the entire EU. The member states welcome the proposal, Mr Goffin says, adding that a lot of work remains on the European level.

Coronavirus: Travelling to red zones will no longer be banned as of Friday / Coronavirus: les voyages en zone rouge ne seront plus interdits dès vendredi km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "Coronavirus: Travelling to red zones will no longer be banned ..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

As of 25 September, it is no longer forbidden to travel to red areas. It will be discouraged / Vanaf 25 september niet meer verboden om naar rode zones te reizen, wel afgeraden km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "As of 25 September, it is no longer forbidden to ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Some international couples remain separated due to Covid-19

[Czech Republic, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:22:00 AM CEST

Some international couples remain separated, reports radio station Impuls and explains that their situation is complicated by EU´s recommendation for suspension of Schengen visas to people from third countries. Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said that it was not clear how long the measure would be in place.

Some international couples remain separated due to Covid-19 / Některé mezinárodní páry stále kvůli koronaviru zůstávají rozdělené km-Radio-Impuls-CZ: "Some international couples remain separated due to Covid-19 / Některé ..." info: Zprávy, 2020-09-21 18:01:00, 00:00:43, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:01:00 PM CEST

Estonia - Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September

[Estonia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

Starting 28 September, quarantine-free travel to Finland from Estonia is only allowed for people travelling for work, everyone else is still subject to the 14-day quarantine period when entering the country, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (ProPatria) says, ETV news report. Infection indicators in Estonia and Finland differ largely, which is why further changes regarding travel to Finland are expected. The same regulation goes for Finnish residents who occasionally come to Estonia and then wish to return to Finland.

Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September / Septembri viimasest esmaspäevast pääseb piiranguteta Soome vaid tööle km-Delfi.ee-EE: "Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Estonia - Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September / Septembri viimasest esmaspäevast pääseb piiranguteta Soome vaid tööle km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonia - Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-09-22 05:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:30:00 AM CEST

Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September / Septembri viimasest esmaspäevast pääseb piiranguteta Soome vaid tööle km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting 28 September ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Social affairs minister: Government to discuss losing flight restrictions

[Estonia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Centre) told ERR on Monday that the government is trying to reach a point of understanding in updating travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements this week. Speaking on the flight restrictions, Mr Kiik said that flight travel and self-isolation are in need of changes. Estonia's new case rate per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days is 30.85, as of Monday, 21 September.

Social affairs minister: Government to discuss losing flight restrictions / Kiik: valitsus arutab lennupiirangute kaotamist km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Social affairs minister: Government to discuss losing flight restrictions / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Seehofer obscuring the problem of institutional racism

[Germany, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:15:00 AM CEST

A couple of media elaborate on Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer's continuous opposition against a study on racial profiling within the police. Complaints of institutional racism in law enforcement will soon become too great to keep track of, Constanze von Bullion insists in a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. She argues that instead of finding a solution, Mr Seehofer is obscuring the problem. Instead of determining how racist stereotypes flourish among law enforcement officers, he wants to screen all members of the public for prejudice. Neo-Nazis in uniform are a problem, but the silent agreement of many police officers that migration and crime go hand in hand is no less dangerous, Ms von Bullion strongly criticises.

Seehofer's approach / Seehofers Ansatz km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Seehofer's approach / Seehofers Ansatz..." page: 5 info: by C.B date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ministers on the wrong track / Minister auf Irrwegen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Ministers on the wrong track / Minister auf Irrwegen..." page: 4 info: by C.V date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Attitude and action / Haltung und Handlung km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Attitude and action / Haltung und Handlung..." page: 4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Latvia will not respond to the EU's call to raise cumulative figures

[Latvia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

TV3 reports that travel and tourism associations from more than 20 EU member states have requested President von der Leyen to end the self-isolation requirements by replacing them with a single Covid-19 test protocol upon entry. In Latvia, those responsible for public health call it a huge risk of losing the current status of the safest country in the European Union. The European Commission in early September and the European Parliament last week called on all member states to introduce uniform restrictions on the spread of Covid-19. This would facilitate the movement of people across borders without the need for self-isolation and revitalize the tourism and aviation industries. However, this has only a recommendatory effect, not a regulation, and Latvia's position remains unchanged. Latvia will not respond to the EU’s calls to change the cumulative morbidity rates as such a sharp jump may be too dangerous.

Latvia will not respond to the EU's call to raise cumulative figures / Latvija neatsauksies ES aicinājumam pacelt kumulatīvos rādītājus km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "Latvia will not respond to the EU's call to raise ..." info: TV3 Ziņas, 2020-09-21 21:12:00, 00:03:56, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:12:00 PM CEST

HUMANITARIAN_AID

Interview on what Europe can do for Lebanon

[France, HUMANITARIAN_AID]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:33:00 AM CEST

In an interview with L'Opinion, Economist and European Affairs Specialist Shahin Vallée underlines that Lebanon lives under triple infusion: a first of the international community led by France. A second of its diaspora which supplied the banking system with foreign currency deposits in the order of several billions of dollars a year. A third infusion from its international support leading on its soil a war of influence (Syria, US, the Gulf monarchies or Iran). "Current international contributions of less than $500 million are insufficient in the face of an estimated reconstruction cost of nearly $15 billion, but will not be more generous until a more transparent system for distributing funds bypassing local corruption is established," he warns. Europeans must be at the forefront of a structural economic response that necessarily requires a new assistance plan.

"What Europe can do for Lebanon and what it cannot do..." / "Ce que l'Europe peut pour le Liban et ce qu'elle ne peut pas faire..." km-Opinion-FR: ""What Europe can do for Lebanon and what it cannot ..." page: 8 info: by Shahin Vallée date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

INDUSTRY

Copernicus: Thales, Airbus and OHB, the big winners of the €2.5 billion space jackpot

[France, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

La Tribune reports that Thales, Airbus and OHB are the three groups that will benefit the most from Copernicus' industrial benefits. Six new missions, valued at €2.55 billion by ESA, are being launched (LSTM, CHIME, CO2M, CRISTAL, ROSE-L, CIMR). Thales Alenia Space has obtained €849 million in industrial volumes and has been appointed prime contractor for three missions: ROSE L, CIRM and CHIME. TAS will also be responsible for the payload for two other missions. Airbus Space has secured €620 million in industrial volumes, has been selected as prime contractor for two missions (LSTM and CRISTAL), and will supply essential equipment for the six missions. OHB System AG has been chosen as prime contractor for CO2M, estimated at €445 million and secured €292 million in industrial volumes.

OneWeb confirms to Arianespace the order of 16 launches / OneWeb confirme à Arianespace la commande de 16 lancements km-Echos-FR: "OneWeb confirms to Arianespace the order of 16 launches / ..." page: 19 info: by Anne Bauer date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Copernicus: Thales, Airbus and OHB, the big winners of the €2.5 billion space jackpot / Copernicus : Thales, Airbus et OHB, les grands gagnants du pactole spatial de 2,5 milliards km-Tribune-FR: "Copernicus: Thales, Airbus and OHB, the big winners of the ..." page: 20,21 info: by Michel Cabirol date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tourism industry calling on EU to end quarantine measures in coordinate matter

[Latvia, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that as air passenger traffic continues to decline, more than 20 European Union travel and tourism associations sent an open letter to President von der Leyen calling for an end to quarantine measures and a single Covid-19 test protocol. The Latvian Association of Travel Agents and Operators said that on 21 September travel and tourism organisations and unions across Europe are uniting in a call to replace quarantine measures with an EU traveller testing protocol to save the livelihoods of more than 27 million Europeans working in the industry. "This chaotic situation requires your immediate personal involvement,” the letter to Ms von der Leyen said.

Tourism industry calling on EU to end quarantine measures in coordinate matter / Tūrisma nozare aicina ES dalībvalstis vienoti izbeigt karantīnas pasākumus km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Tourism industry calling on EU to end quarantine measures in ..." info: by LETA date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Tourism industry calling on EU to end quarantine measures in coordinate matter / Prasām vienotu pieeju ceļošanas ierobežojumiem km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Tourism industry calling on EU to end quarantine measures in ..." page: 1 info: by TOMASS REINERTS date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Measures to protect EU steel industry discussed

[Luxembourg, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-LU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:41:00 AM CEST

Lëtzebuerger Journal reports that the European Union wants to protect its steel industry with thousands of employees on the way to "green steel" from cheaper competition. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said at EU trade ministers' informal meeting in Berlin on Monday that the EU would use all available means to support the steel sector. The steel industry in the EU is burdened by overcapacities and dumping prices on the world market, as well as the Covid-19 crisis. In the course of efforts for more climate protection, the sector will also face immense costs. This is why a CO2 border tax is discussed in the EU.

Protection through CO2 border tax? / Schutz durch CO2-Grenzsteuer? km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: "Protection through CO2 border tax? / Schutz durch CO2-Grenzsteuer?..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

Contributing article on the future of the EU: Everything will be different than it was?

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

In her contributing article in Wiener Zeitung, Ulrike Guerot looks at the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the future of the EU. There does not seem to be much happening at present. For example, President von der Leyen's planned Conference on the Future of Europe has not attracted the attention of the media nor specified its topics. Historically, however, crises are the very substance from which the future is made. The future of post-Covid-19 Europe will be determined by the position of EU citizens in the future, Ms Guerot says. It is imperative to live up to the principle that all citizens are equal before the law.

Everything will be different than it was? / Alles wird anders, als es war? km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Everything will be different than it was? / Alles wird ..." page: 11 info: by ULRIKE GUEROT date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Another Brexit debate on an unsolvable problem

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources discuss Brexit. De Morgen reports on the controversial Internal Market law proposed by the British government, which will be discussed in the House of Commons today. During the first vote, last week, the government could count on a comfortable majority, but there remains discontent about the fact that the draft law violates the Withdrawal Agreement concluded with the EU. The latter demands that the entire law is binned before the end of the month because discussions with an unreliable partner have no use. Eurocrats state that the UK is jeopardising its international image as a trustworthy trade partner. The conflict with the EU could have consequences regarding a trade deal with the US. De Standaard adds that many Conservative heavyweights - often the moderate voices - have turned their backs on the party because they disagreed with Prime Minister Johnson's radical Brexit rhetoric. The daily wonders if Mr Johnson could pay the price for that.

Another Brexit debate on an unsolvable problem / Weer brexitdebat over onoplosbaar probleem km-Morgen-BE: "Another Brexit debate on an unsolvable problem / Weer brexitdebat ..." page: 17 info: by Van Ijzendoorn date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

BoJo has lost his mojo / BoJo is zijn mojo kwijt km-Standaard-BE: "BoJo has lost his mojo / BoJo is zijn mojo ..." page: 1,10-11 info: by Minten date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Why is it so difficult to create a geopolitical Commission as promised by President von der Leyen? (Commentary)

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:22:00 AM CEST

Jeremy Shapiro, research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), commented that last year, “President von der Leyen promised Europeans a geopolitical Commission that would have a stronger and more unified voice in the world and that could protect European strategic sovereignty. It was a timely idea. Nearly one year on, with a global pandemic scrambling everything, a geopolitical Europe is still absent – and European strategic sovereignty is eroding daily”. Although most member states say they want a more geopolitical Europe, most of them mean that they want the EU to take their specific geopolitical problems more seriously, he wrote, adding that the EU has all the tools necessary to make it happen. To realise that potential,  President von der Leyen needs to confront the fact that there are powerful interests in the member states and in Brussels that understand the idea of geopolitics very differently than she does. The author notes that the way to promote solidarity is “to give all EU member states a sense that Europe is their first line of defence in an area they really care about – and give them a sense that they will lose something important if they weaken the EU in other areas which matter less to them.”

Why is it so difficult to create a geopolitical Commission as promised by President von der Leyen? (Commentary) / Zasto je teško stvoriti geopolitičku komisiju koju je Europi obećala Ursula von der Leyen? km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Why is it so difficult to create a geopolitical Commission ..." page: 10 info: by Jeremy Shapiro date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Commission VP Dombrovskis says no-deal Brexit not appealing, but not excluded

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:23:00 AM CEST

The EU and Britain need to accelerate talks on a future trade deal since it was impossible to rule out there being insufficient progress in the talks, leading to a no-deal outcome, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said yesterday, according to Cyprus Mail. "There are many outstanding issues. Progress on a number of key EU asks so far is not sufficient. So we would need to intensify negotiations substantially if we are to reach a successful outcome," Mr Dombrovskis told a news conference after a meeting of EU Trade Ministers in Berlin. "The alternative of a no-deal Brexit is not appealing, but we cannot exclude it," he said.

Commission VP Dombrovskis says no-deal Brexit not appealing, but not excluded  / Commission VP Dombrovskis says no-deal Brexit not appealing, but not excluded km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Commission VP Dombrovskis says no-deal Brexit not appealing, but not ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Analysis: Prime Minister Johnson threatens integrity of Britain

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:37:00 AM CEST

Jan Žižka in E15 focuses on post-Brexit negotiations and the situation in Britain. He highlights that the controversial law, which would allow Britain to ignore some parts of the Brexit deal including the Northern Ireland Protocol, represents a huge risk for Britain and the Northern Ireland Peace process. While Mr Johnson argues that the law is meant to secure integrity of the United Kingdon, his politics pushing for Brexit is the main threat to British terroritorial integrity, argues Mr Žižka. He also adds that if separatist tendencies win and Northern Ireland leaves the United Kingdom, there is no doubt that it will reunite with Ireland and re-join the EU.

Brexit drama continues, Northern Ireland main victim / Brexitové drama nekončí, hlavní obětí je Severní Irsko km-E15-CZ: "Brexit drama continues, Northern Ireland main victim / Brexitové drama ..." page: 10 info: by Jan Žižka date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Editorial: Tough game with Northern Ireland

[Finland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

Turun Sanomat writes in an editorial that the United Kingdom is making a strange bet as the Brexit transition period draws to a close. The negotiations over the trade relationship between the EU and the UK have stalled since March; the parties disagree on competition rules, fishing rights and the role of EU courts. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that if there is no agreement by mid-October, trade will be conducted based on WTO rules. This tactic of stretching the negotiations to the deadline has not worked so far. The UK has also proposed legislation that violates the Brexit agreement itself. The goal is to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland. In the United States, the leaders of the Democratic Party have said that there will be no trade agreement if the UK violates international law. At worst, Mr Johnson's gamble could mean breaking the peace in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreement is sacred to the United States, as it should be to both EU and the UK.

Editorial: Tough game with Northern Ireland / Kovaa peliä Pohjois-Irlannilla km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Editorial: Tough game with Northern Ireland / Kovaa peliä Pohjois-Irlannilla..." page: 2 info: by n/a date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brexit - London's turnarounds exasperate North Irish people

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:02:00 AM CEST

Prime Minister Johnson's proposed Internal Market Bill, which threatens to re-establish a physical border in Northern Ireland, exasperates and worries the population and Northern Ireland's elected representatives, reports La Croix. Politically, the decision undermines the credibility of the DUP, obviously uninformed about this new project. On the Republican side, there are fears that the situation could set a precedent, calling into question other agreements. "It is time to stop using Northern Ireland as an instrument," comments Brian Walker, Professor of Irish Studies at Queen's University of Belfast. "All these negotiations could be settled more easily if the EU and the UK had not made our country a symbol polarising their opposition in a much wider debate,” he adds. Elected representatives and the population fear a return of tensions in the region and a logistical headache.

London's turnarounds exasperate North Irish people / Les volte-face de Londres exaspèrent les Nord-Irlandais km-Croix-FR: "London's turnarounds exasperate North Irish people / Les volte-face de ..." page: 1,9 info: by Juliette Démas date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Prime Minister Johnson urgently needs political success

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

A couple of media touch upon the dilemma Prime Minister Johnson is facing in the negotiations with the EU.Ten months after his election triumph, the British are disappointed in Mr Johnson, Carsten Volkery comments in Handelsblatt. Mr Johnson needs political relief to dispel the doubts about his competence that have grown in the Covid-19 crisis and some observers believe that a "no-deal" in the negotiations with the EU would do him good. However, it would only deepen Mr Johnson's problems, Mr Volkery believes. Despite the current deadlock in trade talks, two arguments still speak for an agreement: first, Mr Johnson urgently needs political success, and second, a hard Brexit would remain the dominant theme in the UK for months and would trigger a politically and economically damaging permanent conflict on the English Channel and in Ireland.

Prime Minister Johnson's deal dilemma / Johnsons Deal-Dilemma km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Prime Minister Johnson's deal dilemma / Johnsons Deal-Dilemma..." page: 16 info: by C. Volkery date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A breach of the law, which Parliament agrees to / Ein Rechtsbruch, dem das Parlament zustimmt km-tagesschau.de-DE: "A breach of the law, which Parliament agrees to / ..." info: by Max Ulrich date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Interview: "Europe should remain a symbol of humanity and extend its protection to those in need"

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Die Welt, MEP Manfred Weber (EPP) comments on the EU migration pact, to be proposed by President von der Leyen on Wednesday, noting that the 2015 proposal had focused too much on the distribution mechanism instead of the return of rejected applicants or border protection. Europe should be more rigid in its position, he argues. While Europe should remain a symbol of humanity and extend its protection to those in need, he adds that "it is Europe which should decide who comes, not traffickers, the mafia or the Turkish president." Concerning possible EU membership for Turkey, Mr Weber argues that "one should end the accession talks now and suggest a meaningful partnership with the country."

Interview: "One has to tell Turkey now that there will be no EU membership" / "Man muss der Türkei jetzt sagen, dass es keine EU-Mitgliedschaft geben wird" km-Welt-DE: "Interview: "One has to tell Turkey now that there will ..." page: 6 info: by K.G date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

President von der Leyen to receive the inaugural “Empress Theophano” Prize

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:41:00 AM CEST

Ta Nea reports that the European “Empress Theophano” Prize will be inaugurated on 7 October in Thessaloniki under the auspices of President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou. The Erasmus programme will be the first recipient. Commission President von der Leyen will receive the prize and may attend the award ceremony.

President von der Leyen to receive the inaugural “Empress Theophano” Prize  / Μικροπολιτικός km-Ta-Nea-GR: "President von der Leyen to receive the inaugural “Empress Theophano” ..." page: 4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó: The EU’s priority should be to provide employment for European citizens who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic

[Hungary, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

Several media report that after the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said the EU’s priority should be to provide employment for European citizens who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The grave economic consequences of the pandemic are now becoming clear: hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions have lost their jobs,” Mr Szijjártó is quoted by all media outlets as pointing out. Mr Szijjártó is also quoted by all media outlets as explaining that he had called on the European Commission to “stop creating legal migration routes and insisting on bringing African workforce to Europe.” According to Mr Szijjártó, “what we need is jobs for European people,” all media outlets point out.

Instead of creating a legal migration route from Africa, EU leaders' task is to find solution to the European people's problems, said Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó / Az Afrikából induló legális migrációs útvonal kialakítása helyett, az Unió vezetésének az a feladata, hogy az európai emberek problémájára megoldást találjon, mondta Szijjártó Péter km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "Instead of creating a legal migration route from Africa, EU ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 22:00 - 2020-09-21 20:01:00 - 2020-09-21 20:30:00, 2020-09-21 20:18:00, 00:00:52, by Beslin Bettina date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:18:00 PM CEST

We need Europeans who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic to have work again, said Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó / Arra van szükség, hogy a koronavírus-járvány miatt munkanélkülivé vált európaiaknak újra legyen munkájuk, mondta Szijjártó Péter km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "We need Europeans who have lost their jobs due to ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 23:00 - 2020-09-21 21:00:00 - 2020-09-21 21:17:00, 2020-09-21 21:11:00, 00:01:19, by Székely Áron date: Monday, September 21, 2020 9:11:00 PM CEST

Péter Szijjártó: We need Europeans who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic to have work again / Szijjártó Péter: Arra van szükség, hogy a munkanélkülivé vált európaiaknak újra legyen munkájuk km-origo.hu-HU: "Péter Szijjártó: We need Europeans who have lost their jobs ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The European Union should primarily help European people, said Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó / Az Európai Uniónak az európai embereket kell segítenie elsősorban, mondta Szijjártó Péter km-TV2-Hungary-HU: "The European Union should primarily help European people, said Hungary’s ..." info: tv2 - Tények - 2020-09-21 16:00:00 - 2020-09-21 16:50:00, 2020-09-21 16:41:00, 00:01:01, by Gönczi Gábor date: Monday, September 21, 2020 4:41:00 PM CEST

Euro-sterling parity looms if Brexit talks fail

[Ireland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

Commenting in the Irish Examiner, AIB Chief Economist Oliver Mangan writes that Brexit appears to have moved "right back up the government's agenda." He notes that this is due to concerns the UK could leave the European Union without securing a trade deal as talks have stalled over the EU's insistence that any deal must include rules on state aid to help ensure a level playing field on trade. However, the UK wants to have a "free hand" on setting its own rules. Mr Mangan warns that failing to reach an agreement could lead to a rapid decrease in the value of sterling, which he says will "almost certainly crumble." The Irish Times reports that Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said there was "strong solidarity" among EU trade ministers in their concerns over Brexit. He said he sensed a common purpose among EU ministers on the need for strong governance structures being put in place to settle disputes in any future free trade agreement negotiated with the UK.

Euro-sterling parity looms if Brexit talks fail / Euro-sterling parity looms if Brexit talks fail km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Euro-sterling parity looms if Brexit talks fail / Euro-sterling parity ..." page: 14 info: by OLIVER MANGAN date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Varadkar notes 'strong solidarity' from EU ministers on Brexit worries / Varadkar notes 'strong solidarity' from EU ministers on Brexit worries km-Irish-Times-IE: "Varadkar notes 'strong solidarity' from EU ministers on Brexit worries ..." page: 5 info: by Derek Scally date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Britain planning law to safeguard City of London's global standing / Britain planning law to safeguard City of London's global standing km-Irish-Times-IE: "Britain planning law to safeguard City of London's global standing ..." page: 19 info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Italian President sends message to UN General Assembly

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:59:00 AM CEST

Italian President Mattarella sent a video message to the United Nations plenary assembly. He said that the UN has made life better for the international community. He praised its success in increasing cooperation between states, and added that it can give “hope” to “the future of humanity.”

Italian President sends message to UN General Assembly / L' intervento invito del presidente della repubblica Sergio Mattarella all' assemblea delle Nazioni Unite km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Italian President sends message to UN General Assembly / L' ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 00:50:00, 00:01:38, by Federica Mango date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:50:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen restores “dignity” to EU in State of Union speech (opinion)

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

A commentary in Famiglia Cristiana hails President von der Leyen's first State of the Union speech for its “firmness”. Indeed, she outlined the “fundamental objectives” of an EU that “was not brought into life to be just economic.” Common health policies, a minimum wage and the emphasis on green policies and on containing emissions are “important” goals. These proposals show that sometimes the EU shows a “soul that is alive,” and fulfils the need to communicate “some things to the hearts of we Europeans.” President von der Leyen 's speech restored “dignity” to the EU, the commentary claims.

A Union that is not just economic / Un'Unione non solo economica km-Famiglia-Cristiana-IT: "A Union that is not just economic / Un'Unione non ..." page: 11 info: by N.D. date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

EU Council President Michel claims EU “stronger today”

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

In an interview in Il Foglio, EU Council President Charles Michel claims that the EU is “stronger today.” Indeed, with the agreement on the EU budget, and the Recovery Plan, the EU has “once again” shown its “ability to overcome divergences” within it, in order to “tackle the major challenges” that face it. However, unity is not “magic or spontaneous.” It has to be worked on “all the time.” Nevertheless, “no European decision” on Turkey, China or Russia has so far been made “impossible” by a lack of unity. Meanwhile, this week the EU will decide on a “global approach” to Turkey.

EU Council President Michel claims EU “stronger today” / È stallo sulle sanzioni a Minsk. Michel ci spiega la strategia dell'unità dell'Ue km-Foglio-IT: "EU Council President Michel claims EU “stronger today” / È ..." page: 1,4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Let’s make change happen

[Malta, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:09:00 AM CEST

L-Orizzont today carries the State of the Union speech given by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in the week. In it, she outlined the Commission’s plans to carry the EU forward during the current and post Covid-19 period. Describing the pandemic as a wakeup call towards an appreciation of the value of the simpler things in life, she also stated that this is an opportunity to redesign our future. The changes involved affect various aspects of important issues such as migration and economic recovery. She states that both these issues are being addressed by the EU. Most important, however, is that the EU member states all pull on the same rope together for these plans to succeed.

Let’s make change happen / Let’s make change happen km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Let’s make change happen / Let’s make change happen..." page: 8 info: by Ursula von der Leyen - President of the European Commission date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A pro-active approach safeguarding present and future generations / A pro-active approach safeguarding present and future generations km-Malta-Independent-MT: "A pro-active approach safeguarding present and future generations / A ..." page: 20 info: by Neil Camilleri date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hard Brexit is threat to Gibraltar

[Poland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza daily discusses the question about the status of Gibraltar after Great Britain’s exit from the European Union. Spain hopes for reinforcing its control of the British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The possible no-deal Brexit would bring serious consequences to Gibraltar. The territory’s administration would like its citizens to keep the same movement rights as the ones guaranteed to the 26 countries of the Schengen Area, and to remain within the free trade area of the EU. Up to 95% citizens of Gibraltar voted against Brexit in the referendum of 2016. The EU and Spain have the same approach to the issue. The UK, however, has never been a member of the Schengen Area. If London decides on a hard Brexit, it will be hard to imagine the movement of citizens and trade in Gibraltar. The border controls would have to be reinstated, which seems pointless with regard to such a small territory on the verge of the EU. Today, the citizens of Gibraltar are much wealthier than the Spanish. It largely results from a separate tax system, financial services, as well as cigarettes’ smuggling and gambling businesses.

Gibraltar is afraid of hard Brexit / Gibraltar boi się twardego brexitu km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Gibraltar is afraid of hard Brexit / Gibraltar boi się ..." page: 11 info: by Maciej Stasinski date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

EU does not exclude no-deal outcome in Brexit talks

[Romania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro reports that Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on Monday evening said the European Union and the United Kingdom need to speed up talks on future bilateral relations, warning that ending the post-Brexit transition period without an agreement could not be ruled out. “There are many outstanding issues. Progress on a number of key EU asks so far is not sufficient. So we would need to intensify negotiations substantially if we are to reach a successful outcome,” Mr Dombrovskis told a news conference after a meeting of trade ministers in Berlin, according to a report published by Reuters.

European Union does not rule out the possibility of ending the post-Brexit transition period without any agreement / Uniunea Europeană nu exclude posibilitatea încheierii tranziţiei post-Brexit fără niciun acord km-mediafax.ro-RO: "European Union does not rule out the possibility of ending ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Monday, September 21, 2020

MEP comments on State of Union speech

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:42:00 AM CEST

Daily SME brings a commentary by MEP Ivan Štefanec (EPP) in which he writes about the recent State of the Union Address which was presented by President von der Leyen. Mr Štefanec highlights that her speech was given in the hardest economic times in EU’s history, noting that the current crisis can be overcome only by European cooperation. Overall, the MEP notes that the Address was a very rational assessment of the state of the Union and that she also indicated the starting points and objectives not only in its internal functioning but also from the global perspective. Nevertheless, there is one topic which Mr Štefanec missed in the speech: family. He believes that family should be in the centre of attention in order to overcome the crisis.

What Ms Ursula did not say / Čo pani Ursula nepovedala km-SME-SK: "What Ms Ursula did not say / Čo pani Ursula ..." page: 11 info: by Ivan Štefanec date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Article by President von der Leyen: Let us make changes

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:05:00 AM CEST

Pandemics have always shaped the fate of humanity, President von der Leyen wrote in her article published by Večer. They show the world in a different light and remind us of the importance of the simplest things, such as the daily routine, the hug of a family member, or gratitude for the surrounding nature. They offer us the opportunity to reshape our future. The current pandemic is no different from the past ones. It has brought a painful and frightening period for millions of people, so we must remain on alert, as the number of those infected is rising again in some parts of Europe. However, over the past six months, we have also noticed the importance of other things. We have realised it is worth being part of the EU where the countries can help each other. It offers us the opportunity to emerge from the pandemic even stronger. This will be possible which is also evidenced by the historic agreement on the Next Generation EU instrument - the EU €750 billion worth economic recovery plan. Europe has never before joined forces in this way. The time has come for the EU to continue in this spirit and to make joint progress on other issues as well. Take migration, for example. Migration is an issue that has divided Europe for too long, and Ms von der Leyen is convinced that this pressing issue can be resolved. As she said a few days ago in her State of the Union speech, the European Commission will present a new European pact on migration shortly. It will be based on a humane approach which will bring a common solution to the problem.

Article by President von der Leyen: Let us make changes / Uresničimo spremembe km-Vecer-SI: "Article by President von der Leyen: Let us make changes ..." page: 18 info: by Ursula von der Leyen date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

British Prime Minister Johnson's Brexit strategy makes him one of the world's most dangerous men (analysis)

[Sweden, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

British Prime Minister Johnson's attempts to circumvent international law regarding the future EU-UK trade relations arguably make him one of the most dangerous men in the world right now, Wolfgang Hansson writes in an analysis in Aftonbladet. It was surrealistic to hear the British government admit to its attempts to avoid the Withdrawal Agreement that Mr Johnson himself had negotiated. The proposal has resulted in outrage in the EU, as it marks a violation of the principle that a signed agreement should be respected. If the British believe that it is fair to violate international law, this case could lead to total anarchy when it comes to future relations between countries. As such, Mr Johnson is playing a dangerous game to gain a tactical advantage in the negotiations regarding a future trade agreement with the EU.

He is the most dangerous in the world- right now / Han är farligast i världen – just nu km-Aftonbladet-SE: "He is the most dangerous in the world- right now ..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

JUSTICE

Leaked confidential documents burden Deutsche Bank

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Leaked confidential documents have revealed failures of international financial institutions in the fight against money laundering, several media report. Deutsche Bank is facing particularly harsh criticism.MEPs are using the revelation of new details of several money laundering cases as an opportunity to call once again for an independent EU authority to combat money laundering, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The EU and the European Banking Authority (EBA) have long been the subject of criticism because of several money-laundering scandals. The European Commission attributes these failures to the fact that the EBA did not have sufficient powers in the past. At the same time, eight member states have not yet transposed the current EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive into national law. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis has so far left open whether a separate new authority or additional powers for the EBA will be proposed.Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Deutsche Bank, a once renowned lender, has lost trust over the past two decades to an extent that was never thought possible. In its endeavour to become more and more powerful and important, it has embarked on things that it should never have tackled. The bank traded obscure financial products on a large scale and used the most hidden tax havens and plenty of mailbox companies to manage its cash flows. Many of Deutsch Bank's employees lost sight of what is legal and morally legitimate and what is not. The moral decline at Deutsche Bank came to light after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Since then, the bank has paid billions for its mistakes and has been involved in countless court proceedings and penalties.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Meike Schreiber notes that the subject of money laundering has been on the political and regulatory agenda in recent months. This is gratifying because for years, money laundering only interested experts in Germany. However, that is not enough, because the extent of the failure is too great, Ms Schreiber argues. The FinCEN leak, a data leak from the American Treasury Department, shows the astonishing extent to which the largest banks in the world have been involved in money laundering. Major banks transferred around $2 trillion between 2000 and 2017, although they suspected that the money was attributable to despots, corrupt oligarchs or the mafia, Ms Schreiber concludes.

Strength against launderers / Stärke gegen Wäscher km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Strength against launderers / Stärke gegen Wäscher..." page: 15 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

When the bank helps the mafia / Wenn die Bank der Mafia hilft km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "When the bank helps the mafia / Wenn die Bank ..." page: 17 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Serious allegations against Deutsche Bank / Schwere Vorwürfe gegen die Deutsche Bank km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Serious allegations against Deutsche Bank / Schwere Vorwürfe gegen die ..." page: 30-31 info: by A. Kröner date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Money laundering revelations drop bank shares / Geldwäsche-Enthüllungen lassen Bank-Aktien fallen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Money laundering revelations drop bank shares / Geldwäsche-Enthüllungen lassen Bank-Aktien ..." page: 1 info: by C. Gammelin date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Under suspicion / Unter Verdacht km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Under suspicion / Unter Verdacht..." page: 19 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On money laundering leaks: Crash of an icon / Absturz einer Ikone km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On money laundering leaks: Crash of an icon / Absturz ..." page: 18-19 info: by u.s date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Huge failure / Riesiges Versagen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Huge failure / Riesiges Versagen..." page: 4 info: by M.S date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Family ties / Familienbande km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Family ties / Familienbande..." page: 19 info: by M date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fight against money laundering National authorities overwhelmed / Kampf gegen Geldwäsche Nationale Behörden überfordert km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Fight against money laundering National authorities overwhelmed / Kampf gegen ..." info: by Philipp Eckstein date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Medicine against it exists / Medizin dagegen gibt es km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Medicine against it exists / Medizin dagegen gibt es..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The next bang in the global financial casino / Der nächste Knall im globalen Finanzkasino km-Tageszeitung-DE: "The next bang in the global financial casino / Der ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ECHR President Róbert Ragnar Spanó facing criticism amid controversial visit to Turkey

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:33:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has invited criticism with its actions as its newly elected President Róbert Ragnar Spanó travelled to Turkey earlier this month and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Istanbul, where the regime had arranged for the dismissal of more than 200 employees after the attempted coup, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Mr Spanó turned down an offer to meet the wife of imprisoned opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş but posed for pictures with President Erdoğan. After the event and the negative reaction of the public, he told Süddeutsche Zeitung that the criticism the ECHR had received was fair.

Well-intentioned, poorly executed / Gut gemeint, schlecht ausgeführt km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Well-intentioned, poorly executed / Gut gemeint, schlecht ausgeführt..." page: 7 info: by W. Jahnisch date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ineta Ziemele will take up the post of CJEU judge in October

[Latvia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

Diena reports that by the decision of the Council of the European Union, adopted on 2 September, Ineta Ziemele was appointed to the office of the Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union for the remainder of the term of office of the former Judge of CJEU Egils Levits until 6 October, 2024. Ineta Ziemele will leave the office of the Constitutional Court’s Justice on 2 October to commence performance of the duties of CJEU’s Judge. Ineta Ziemele will enter office of CJEU’s Judge after giving the solemn promise on 6 October. The vacancy of a Latvian CJEU judge has been vacant since June 17, 2019, when Egils Levits, who was elected President of Latvia, left it.

Ineta Ziemele will take up the post of CJEU judge in October / Ziemele EST tiesneses amatā stāsies oktobrī km-Diena.lv-LV: "Ineta Ziemele will take up the post of CJEU judge ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland

[Lithuania, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:41:00 AM CEST

LRT Radijas reports the Lithuanian Judicial Council has released a statement, claiming that the support expressed by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis for the judicial reform carried out by the Polish authorities is determined by the elections and that Lithuanian judges are distancing themselves from it. The Judicial Council also expressed concern that these reforms threaten the fundamental principles of the rule of law. Prime Minister Skvernelis said that Lithuania supports Poland's juridical reform on Thursday. He stated that Lithuania will not approve possible sanctions for Poland because of this issue and that the reform is Poland's inner affair. Alfa.lt quotes the statement by the Judicial Council: “The pragmatic pursuit of maintaining close co-operation between states cannot become a reason to deny the fundamental values of democracy”. It also expresses hope that Lithuania’s foreign and domestic policy based on the promotion of common European values will remain strong and consistent.

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland / Teisėjų taryba atsiribojo nuo S.Skvernelio palaikymo Lenkijoje vykdomai teismų reformai km-15min.lt-LT: "Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial ..." info: by Margiris Meilutis date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland / S. Skverneliui – Teisėjų tarybos kirtis km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland / Teisėjų taryba atsiribojo nuo Skvernelio palaikymo Lenkijoje vykdomai teismų reformai km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland / Teisėjų taryba atsiribojo nuo S. Skvernelio palaikymo Lenkijoje vykdomai teismų reformai km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial ..." info: Žinios, 2020-09-21 19:42:00, 00:00:48, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:42:00 PM CEST

Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial reform in Poland / Teisėjų taryba atsiribojo nuo S. Skvernelio palaikymo Lenkijoje vykdomai teismų reformai km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Lithuanian Judicial Council distances itself from Skvernelis’ support for judicial ..." info: by BNS ir lrytas.lt inf. date: Monday, September 21, 2020

New privacy protection standards at transfer of Europeans’ data to USA

[Poland, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:53:00 AM CEST

On the pages of Rzeczpospolita daily, lawyer Karwala tackles the consequences of questioning the Privacy Shield agreement – on the transfer of personal data between Europe and the USA – by an Austrian citizen Max Schrems. In July 2020, Mr Schrems  won a lawsuit before the Court of Justice of the European Union about the lawless transfer of Europeans’ personal details to the USA. The data’s transfer was hitherto based on the Privacy Shield programme approved by the European Commission. However, the Court of Justice stated the Privacy Shield’s invalidity. Consequently, all the businesses and institutions transferring Europeans’ data to the USA have been forced to implement another transfer instrument, which must correspond with the EU law, and particularly with the General Data Protection Regulation. Transfer agreements – concluded with American partners called ‘data’s importers’ – may serve as such instruments. They are based on standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission. It is important considering that the Court of Justice did not question the validity of such agreements. However, the ‘data’s exporters’ must apply some additional precautions to protect the personal data of Europeans against an unauthorised use.

Protection with new standards / Ochrona z nowymi standardami km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Protection with new standards / Ochrona z nowymi standardami..." page: 14 info: by Damian Karwala date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook threatens to suspend services in the EU if the ban on transfer of user data from Europe to the US makes progress

[Portugal, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

Facebook is considering suspending services in the European Union if the ban on data transfers from users in Europe to the US makes progress, Jornal de Notícias reports. The Irish Supreme Court has urged Facebook to stop sharing this data. The company considers that "it is not clear how Facebook could continue to provide services in the EU in such circumstances”. According to a Facebook spokesperson, "data transfers support the global economy and support many of the services”.

Facebook warns and threatens to leave Europe / Facebook lança aviso e ameaça deixar Europa km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "Facebook warns and threatens to leave Europe / Facebook lança ..." page: 48 info: by Rita Neves Costa date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Facebook threatens to leave the European Union if it is forbidden to share user data / Facebook ameaça abandonar a União Europeia caso seja proibido de partilhar dados dos utilizadores km-observador.pt-PT: "Facebook threatens to leave the European Union if it is ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ECB reinforces fight against money laundering

[Portugal, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-PT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:16:00 AM CEST

The European Central Bank (ECB) reinforced the fight against money laundering through the creation of a body to monitor suspicious cases, Expresso.pt reports. Although the ECB is not a competent authority in the field of money laundering, this practice hinders the functioning and sustainability of banks and “the ECB cooperates with both the European and national authorities.” The ECB adds that money laundering can represent “significant risks for banks and their viability.”

ECB reinforced the fight against money laundering / BCE reforçou luta contra branqueamento de capitais km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "ECB reinforced the fight against money laundering / BCE reforçou ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Facebook tells Irish court that its EU operations are at risk due to investigation

[Romania, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

News.ro reports that Facebook told Ireland’s High Court it cannot see how its services could operate in the European Union if regulators freeze its data transfer mechanism, the Sunday Business Post reported, according to a report published by Reuters. Facebook last week said that the Irish Data Protection Commission, its lead EU regulator, had made a preliminary decision that the mechanism it uses to transfer data from the EU to the United States “cannot in practice be used”. Facebook requested and secured a temporary freeze on the order and a court review in the Irish High Court, which is due to consider the issue in November.

Facebook tells Irish High Court that regulatory investigation puts its EU operations at risk / Facebook a afirmat în faţa Înaltei Curţi din Irlanda că o investigaţie a autorităţilor de reglementare îi pune în pericol operaţiunile din UE km-news.ro-RO: "Facebook tells Irish High Court that regulatory investigation puts its ..." info: by Anca Dumitrescu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Chairman of Supreme Court´s Senate approved as candidate for judge at EU´s court

[Slovakia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:52:00 AM CEST

Miroslav Gavalec has become a candidate for election as a  judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union, reports daily Plus jeden deň. Mr Gavalec, who has been serving as a chairman of the Supreme Court´s Senate, has been approved by Slovakia´s Judicial Council. The nomination is now a subject to the government´s approval.

Perhaps it will finally come off / Azda to konečne vyjde km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Perhaps it will finally come off / Azda to konečne ..." page: 4 info: by TM date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Minister Korčok met with EU Commissioner Reynders

[Slovakia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 4:52:00 AM CEST

TV station STV1 briefly reports that Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Korčok met with EU Commissioner Reynders. The politicians discussed the case of the death of Slovak Jozef Chovanec in Belgium. Mr Korčok informed Mr Reynders about the case based on an initiative of the National Council.

I. Korčok: EC watching the case of death of a Slovak / I. Korčok: EK sleduje případ smrti Slováka km-STV-1-SK: "I. Korčok: EC watching the case of death of a ..." info: Správy, 2020-09-21 19:28:00, 00:00:34, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:28:00 PM CEST

Interview with Slovak EU Prosecutor

[Slovakia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:11:00 AM CEST

Daily Hospodárske noviny features an interview with Juraj Novocký, who is the Slovak representative in the EU Public Prosecutor's Office. Mr Novocký talks about his work, about the Office but also about the case of the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak. He highlights that it is a great honour for him to be a part of the EU Public Prosecutor's Office and represent Slovakia. He predicts that the beginnings of such an institution will not be easy. Mr Novocký also explains why the Office has only 22 prosecutors and what their competencies are. He also adds how the whole process should work and what the role of national prosecutors will be. Moreover, Mr Novocký stresses the importance of cooperation with other EU institutions such as Eurojust, Europol, OLAF and the European Commission.

The Kuciak case is unprecedented in our country / Prípad Kuciak u nás nemá obdobu km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "The Kuciak case is unprecedented in our country / Prípad ..." page: 14 info: by Juraj Medvec date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission does not plan to extend the 32 EAW offences

[Spain, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-ES Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

Some media report that yesterday, EPP MEP Javier Zarzalejos presented a report in the European Parliament asking to include the offence against "constitutional integrity" in the list of 32 offences for which dual criminality is assumed in the framework of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW). "A number of high-profile cases have attracted the attention of the European Commission and the media, but care must be taken to draw far-reaching conclusions from individual cases. Expanding the catalogue of crimes will not directly solve the problems that states are facing regarding the application of this instrument", said Commissioner Reynders.

Eurochamber begins Euro-order reform / La Eurocámara inicia la reforma de la euroorden km-ABC-ES: "Eurochamber begins Euro-order reform / La Eurocámara inicia la reforma ..." page: 22 info: by Sin especificar date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Brussels sees no need to review crimes guaranteeing delivery in euroorder / Bruselas no ve necesario revisar delitos que garantizan entrega en euroorden km-eldiario.es-ES: "Brussels sees no need to review crimes guaranteeing delivery in ..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PP, Citizens and Vox call for Euro-order reform that includes crimes against "constitutional integrity" with an eye on Puigdemont / PP, Ciudadanos y Vox piden una reforma de la euroorden que incluya los delitos contra "la integridad constitucional" con la mirada puesta en Puigdemont km-eldiario.es-ES: "PP, Citizens and Vox call for Euro-order reform that includes ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Commission does not plan to extend the 32 EAW offences / La Comisión no prevé ampliar los 32 delitos de la euroorden km-Vanguardia-ES: "European Commission does not plan to extend the 32 EAW ..." page: 16 info: by JAUME MASDÉU date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MEMBER_STATES

President of Greece on official visit to Cyprus; discusses Turkish provocations in Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus problem and migration

[Cyprus, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:56:00 AM CEST

Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou started a two-day visit to Cyprus, focusing in her talks with President Anastasiades on the Turkish provocations in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean, the Cyprus Problem and the migration issue. All media reported that this is the Greek president’s first visit abroad since taking up her duties in March, demonstrating the importance of the Cyprus issue in Greece’s national policy and coming only days before a crucial European Council on Turkey.Ms Sakellaropoulou stated that the visit comes at a critical juncture given Turkey’s provocations and proves that Greece and Cyprus have a united diplomatic front, driven by national interest and with absolute respect for international law, she said. The departure of Turkey’s seismic ship Oruc Reis from the Aegean was a positive first step toward de-escalation, but it remains to be seen whether it was a short-term tactical move, she stated.The two presidents also discussed prospects for a Cyprus settlement with Ms Sakellaropoulou voicing Greece’s readiness to contribute, under the right conditions, for the resumption of the peace process where it had stopped at Crans-Montana in July 2017.The fenced-off city of Varosha, which Turkish Cypriots have said they plan to reopen in contravention of UN resolutions, was also discussed as was the question of the missing persons.On the migration issue, the Greek President said the new EU policy now being drafted should give tangible proof of the principles of EU solidarity and provide for equal distribution of the burden among member states. Greece and Cyprus have had to carry more than their fair share of the burden and this must be understood, she added.Welcoming the Greek President to Cyprus, Mr Anastasiades said Turkey’s violations in international law and destabilisation of the region were a problem not only for Greece and Cyprus but the EU itself, as the two countries are external borders of the bloc.Earlier at the Presidential Palace, Mr Anastasiades also presented Ms Sakellaropoulou with the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III as a gesture of gratitude to Greece’s longstanding support for a Cyprus settlement.Later, Ms Sakellaropoulou met with Archbishop Chrysostomos and held a meeting with House President Demetris Syllouris and the leaders of the political parties. She also addressed a special plenary of the House.“In me, you are honouring Greece and the fraternal relations linking the two countries. Cyprus is in our hearts and Greece stands in support of efforts for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus issue to the benefit of all Cypriots,” she said.

ΣΑΚΕΛΛΑΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΕΝΙΑΙΟ ΜΕΤΩΠΟ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΣΑΚΕΛΛΑΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΕΝΙΑΙΟ ΜΕΤΩΠΟ ΚΥΠΡΟΥ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ..." page: 1,3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:30:00, 20:30:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:30:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:35:00, 20:35:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:35:00 PM CEST

Evening News km-CyBC-radio-3-CY: "Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

A SHOW OF UNITY / A SHOW OF UNITY km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "A SHOW OF UNITY / A SHOW OF UNITY..." page: 1,5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΣΑΚΕΛΛΑΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ ΣΥΖΗΤΗΣΑΝ ΓΙΑ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΗ ΜΕΣΟΓΕΙΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΕΥΤΙΚΟ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΣΑΚΕΛΛΑΡΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ ΣΥΖΗΤΗΣΑΝ ΓΙΑ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΗ ΜΕΣΟΓΕΙΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ ΜΕΤΑΝΑΣΤΕΥΤΙΚΟ..." page: 1,3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:23:00, 20:23:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:23:00 PM CEST

Strong messages from the President / ΙΣΧΥΡΑ ΜΗΝΥΜΑΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Strong messages from the President / ΙΣΧΥΡΑ ΜΗΝΥΜΑΤΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ..." page: 1,4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Σακελλαροπούλου: Ενιαίο μέτωπο Ελλάδας και Κύπρου km-Philenews.com-CY: "Σακελλαροπούλου: Ενιαίο μέτωπο Ελλάδας και Κύπρου..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Σακελλαροπούλου: Η επανεκκίνηση διαπραγματεύσεων προϋποθέτει αποκλιμάκωση της έντασης km-Philenews.com-CY: "Σακελλαροπούλου: Η επανεκκίνηση διαπραγματεύσεων προϋποθέτει αποκλιμάκωση της έντασης..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

ΔΕΝ ΠΡΟΚΕΙΤΑΙ ΝΑ ΥΠΟΚΥΨΟΥΜΕ ΣΕ ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΦΟΒΙΣΜΟΥΣ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "ΔΕΝ ΠΡΟΚΕΙΤΑΙ ΝΑ ΥΠΟΚΥΨΟΥΜΕ ΣΕ ΑΠΕΙΛΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΕΚΦΟΒΙΣΜΟΥΣ..." page: 1,4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-09-21 20:02:00, 20:02:00, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 8:02:00 PM CEST

Σακελλαροπούλου: Η επανεκκίνηση διαπραγματεύσεων προϋποθέτει αποκλιμάκωση km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Σακελλαροπούλου: Η επανεκκίνηση διαπραγματεύσεων προϋποθέτει αποκλιμάκωση..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

United front between Cyprus and Greece: The joint statements by PoR and Sakellaropoulou / Ενιαίο μέτωπο Κύπρου - Ελλάδας: Οι κοινές δηλώσεις ΠτΔ-Σακελλαροπούλου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "United front between Cyprus and Greece: The joint statements by ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Italy's centre-Left holds on to 3 Regions in regional elections

[Italy, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:08:00 AM CEST

Most Italian media report prominently that the centre-left held on to Tuscany, Campania and Puglia in regional elections that ended yesterday. The center-right held on to its regions, and won Le Marche. In the referendum vote, a clear majority voted to cut the number of members of parliament. Foreign Minister Di Maio (Five Star Movement, M5S) welcomed this result. The results of the voting appear on the front pages of many Italian dailies. Meanwhile, the vote count in the associated municipal elections begins today. Exit polls suggest that M5S will be the biggest loser. Prime Minister Conte reacted by taking credit for the electoral successes, and claimed that he will now last in office until 2023.  The Democratic Party (PD) said that the referendum should now be a first step to more wide-ranging reforms. Meanwhile, many media report that Veneto President Zaia (League) was successfully re-elected with a “record” high level of voter support. Indeed, he got three times the number of votes for the main League list, registered under the party secretary, Matteo Salvini. Corriere della Sera notes that the result gives the government “breathing space.” Indeed, the regional elections had been seen as a possibility for the centre-right opposition to try to bring down the government. Similarly, Il Sole-24 Ore reports that the government, and the governing coalition, are now “stronger” after these elections. Meanwhile, La Stampa reports that the outcome “ring fences” the government. A “behind-the-scenes” report in Corriere della Sera notes “there is no doubt” that the vote “stabilises” the government. Indeed, Mr Conte has “no reason to feel threatened” for the time being. However, he is right to be “suspicious” of a likely “pincer movement” by the leaders of the two main government parties, M5S and PD, in their “dispute” over the government's programme. Il Messaggero reports that the PD will use its electoral success as a lever to put pressure on the government to agree to apply for European Stability Mechanism (ESM) resources.  An article in Corriere della Sera notes that electoral reform is the “first issue” for the government to address after the success of the Yes vote in the referendum. There is “unanimous” agreement that this is “urgently needed”. However, there is no agreement on what new electoral system Italy should adopt.

Yes vote wins in referendum to reduce number of MPs / Vince con quasi il 70% il sì al referendum per la riduzione del numero dei parlamentari km-Canale-5-IT: "Yes vote wins in referendum to reduce number of MPs ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 01:49:00, 00:07:24, by Stefano Sterpa date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:49:00 AM CEST

Left-wing "fortress" holds out. Giani's clear win over League's Ceccardini / Il «fortino» rosso resiste La vittoria netta di Giani sulla leghista Ceccardinn km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Left-wing "fortress" holds out. Giani's clear win over League's Ceccardini ..." page: 5 info: by Marco Gasperettinn date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Zaia scores record voter support: His list outclasses League. Now goal is autonomy / Zaia fa il record di consensi: la sua lista surclassa la Lega Ora l’obiettivo autonomia km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Zaia scores record voter support: His list outclasses League. Now ..." page: 11 info: by F. Bat date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Conte: I will stay on until 2023 / Conte: resterò fino al 2023 km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Conte: I will stay on until 2023 / Conte: resterò ..." page: 1,3 info: by di Francesco Verderami date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vote gives breathing space to government / Il voto dà respiro al governo km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Vote gives breathing space to government / Il voto dà ..." page: 1,2 info: by Paolo Foschi date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Emiliano's fightback, overturning polls. Fitto says: I gave it my all / La rimonta di Emiliano che ribalta i sondaggi Fitto: ho dato il massimo km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Emiliano's fightback, overturning polls. Fitto says: I gave it my ..." page: 8 info: by Michelangelo Borrillo date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What changes (and what remains to be done) / Che cambia (e cosa resta da fare) km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "What changes (and what remains to be done) / Che ..." page: 17 info: by di Renato Benedettonn date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"MPs, it's the turn of wages". And electoral reform is closer / «Parlamentari, tocca agli stipendi» E la riforma elettorale è più vicina km-Messaggero-IT: ""MPs, it's the turn of wages". And electoral reform is ..." page: 14 info: by Diodato Pirone date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Victory of Yes vote in referendum, but in Rome it's not an overwhelming win / Referendum, la vittoria del Sì ma a Roma non è un plebiscito km-Messaggero-IT: "Victory of Yes vote in referendum, but in Rome it's ..." page: 3,4 info: by Francesco Malfetano date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Now PD will present the bill: Yes to ESM, and get rid of Security Decrees / Ora i dem presentano il conto: sì al Mes, via i decreti sicurezza km-Messaggero-IT: "Now PD will present the bill: Yes to ESM, and ..." page: 7 info: by Alberto Gentili date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Centre-Right keeps three Regions in regional elections / Il punto sulla giornata elettorale km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Centre-Right keeps three Regions in regional elections / Il punto ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 00:31:00, 00:03:21, by Alberto Gioffreda date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:31:00 AM CEST

Yes vote wins, 345 MPs will be got rid of. No vote dominates among PD voters / Vince il Sì, via 345 parlamentari Il No prevale tra chi vota il Pd km-Repubblica-IT: "Yes vote wins, 345 MPs will be got rid of. ..." page: 12,13 info: by di Emanuele Lauria date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Salvini loses again, and Meloni steals votes from him. Internal dissent grows / Salvini perde ancora e Meloni gli ruba voti Cresce il dissenso interno km-Repubblica-IT: "Salvini loses again, and Meloni steals votes from him. Internal ..." page: 6,7 info: by di Carmelo Lopapa date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Veneto: Zaia is worth three times the League. "Why do I win? I govern, I don't go around holding rallies" / Veneto Zaia vale tre volte la Lega “Perché vinco? Io governo non vado in giro a fare comizi” km-Repubblica-IT: "Veneto: Zaia is worth three times the League. "Why do ..." page: 7 info: by Matteo Pucciarelli date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Regions, PD stops Salvini / Regioni, il Pd ferma Salvini km-Repubblica-IT: "Regions, PD stops Salvini / Regioni, il Pd ferma Salvini..." page: 1,2 info: by Giovanna Vitale date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Campania. De Luca says: "My victory goes beyond left wing and right wing" / Campania De Luca “La mia vittoria oltre sinistra e destra” km-Repubblica-IT: "Campania. De Luca says: "My victory goes beyond left wing ..." page: 5 info: by di Conchita Sannino date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tuscany. Florence is PD fortress. League sees collapse of votes / Toscana Firenze il fortino dem Per la Lega tracollo di voti km-Repubblica-IT: "Tuscany. Florence is PD fortress. League sees collapse of votes ..." page: 3 info: by di Ernesto Ferrara date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PD-M5S axis rewarded, now Zingaretti calls the shots / Premiato l’asse Pd-M5S, ora Zingaretti dà le carte km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "PD-M5S axis rewarded, now Zingaretti calls the shots / Premiato ..." page: 2 info: by Emilia Pattann date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Problem of electoral law after referendum. And M5S already going for wage cut / Dopo il referendum il nodo legge elettorale E il M5S già punta al taglio degli stipendi km-Stampa-IT: "Problem of electoral law after referendum. And M5S already going ..." page: 4-5 info: by LUCA MONTICELLI date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Guinness world record triumph for Zaia. His list triples that of Salvini's League / Zaia, trionfo da guinness E la sua lista triplica quella della Lega di Salvini km-Stampa-IT: "Guinness world record triumph for Zaia. His list triples that ..." page: 12 info: by FABIO POLETTI INVIATO A TREVISO date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Yes wins overwhelmingly, vote ring-fences Conte government / Stravince il Sì, il voto blinda il governo Conte km-Stampa-IT: "Yes wins overwhelmingly, vote ring-fences Conte government / Stravince il ..." page: 1 info: by N.D. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The German elections in 2021 will be crucial for Europe

[Netherlands, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad says in an opinion article by Professor Catherine de Vries that the German elections in the autumn of 2021 will have far-reaching consequences for European cooperation. The historic agreement about the EU recovery fund was mainly possible after Germany had changed its viewpoint regarding joint debts in the EU, which underlines the importance of Germany in the EU. Polls show that a coalition between the Christen Democrats and the Greens is very likely. Such a government is expected to aim for a combination between NATO cooperation and EU security initiatives. A government coalition of the Social Democrats with the Greens would make cooperation with NATO and the US more controversial and it could mean that Germany will become more involved in European defence cooperation. The involvement of the Greens will also increase Germany’s involvement in European climate policy.

The German elections in 2021 will be crucial for Europe / De Duitse verkiezingen in 2021 zullen cruciaal voor Europa zijn km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "The German elections in 2021 will be crucial for Europe ..." page: 25 info: by Catherine de Vries date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Slovenian President Pahor met with his French counterpart Macron on Monday

[Slovenia, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Slovenian President Pahor met with his French counterpart Macron, STA reports. The working meeting focused mainly on the EU future, the neighbourhood and bilateral relations, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur and Večer report.. According to Mr Pahor, they agreed on closer cooperation both personally and at bilateral level. "Today, we have opened a new chapter of our working relations and the in-depth cooperation between the two countries," Mr Pahor said, adding that "if circumstances allow," French President Macron would visit Slovenia by the end of the year. Mr Macron confirmed that they discussed the EU and its future, as well as the strategy for the Western Balkans.

Pahor and Macron had 'a long, honest and exhaustive conversation' / Pahor in Macron imela 'dolg, iskren in izčrpen pogovor' km-24ur.com-SI: "Pahor and Macron had 'a long, honest and exhaustive conversation' ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Pahor and Macron discussed the renovation of Europe in Paris / Pahor in Macron v Parizu o prenovi Evrope km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Pahor and Macron discussed the renovation of Europe in Paris ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Presidents of Slovenia and France for closer cooperation / Predsednika Slovenije in Francije za tesnejše sodelovanje km-sta.si-SI: "Presidents of Slovenia and France for closer cooperation / Predsednika ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Pogačar, Roglič and a faint memory of Elan and Gorenje / Pogačar, Roglič pa medel spomin na Elan in Gorenje km-Vecer-SI: "Pogačar, Roglič and a faint memory of Elan and Gorenje ..." page: 4 info: by Boris Jaušovec date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MIGRATION

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: European Commission to present New Pact on Migration and Asylum next Wednesday

[Austria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:44:00 AM CEST

It is becoming ever more apparent that the two biggest priorities of the European Union - digitalisation and taking measures against climate change - must be linked to demographic changes in the future, Vice-President Šuica states in an interview in Der Standard. Legal migration will be a part of this solution. Ms Šuica confirms that the European Commission will present the New Pact on Migration and Asylum next Wednesday. The goal of the pact is to present a "clear strategy" on how to differentiate between asylum and migration policies. Ms Šuica did not want to go into detail on how exactly asylum seekers are to be allocated in the new system.

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: European Commission to present New Pact on Migration and Asylum / Kommission geht neue Wege bei Asyl km-Standard-AT: "Interview with Vice-President Šuica: European Commission to present New Pact ..." page: 1,6 info: by Thomas Mayer date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interview with migration researcher Knaus: European Commission faces almost impossible task

[Austria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:45:00 AM CEST

Migration expert Gerald Knaus says in an interview with radio channel Ö1 that the European Commission is facing an almost impossible task with its planned reform of EU migration policy. While President von der Leyen hopes for a united stance in the EU, Mr Knaus says that the interests and political strategies of the individual member states differ too much. Many members of the EU are interested in a joint solution, but their views of what this solution should be differ diametrically, he says. Mr Knaus therefore calls for an initiative of the like-minded, saying that a group of countries with a clear strategy could set an example for how to reduce irregular migration while avoiding terrible conditions as seen in Greece. This would raise pressure on countries like Austria to join such an initiative.

Interview with migration researcher Knaus: European Commission faces almost impossible task / Interview mit Migrationsforscher Knaus: Die EU-Komission steht vor einer fast unlösbaren Aufgabe km-ORF-O1-AT: "Interview with migration researcher Knaus: European Commission faces almost impossible ..." info: Mittagsjournal, 2020-09-21 12:00:00, 00:03:40, by Andreas Jölli date: Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM CEST

"Mandatory solidarity" to grease European migration agreement

[Belgium, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Multiple news outlets cover the new European migration pact. De Standaard writes that President von der Leyen’s Commission is not aiming for a mandatory distribution of asylum seekers. Member states can opt-out by offering financial or operational aid to countries under migration pressure, or by assisting in the repatriation efforts. Tomorrow, Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson will present the new migration pact, which includes legal labour migration, a stronger Frontex agency and faster asylum procedures. Unless Prime Minister Orbán shoots it down at the European summit this week, negotiations with the European Parliament and Council can commence. Le Soir quotes former Prime Minister Letta: "The Italians welcomed the announcement of a 'Migration Package' and the imminent abolition of the Dublin Regulation. These measures will allow us to counter one of the Italian populists’ main arguments: that Italy has been abandoned by Europe." De Morgen adds that NGOs are still reporting pushbacks by the Greek authorities at the Turkish border. Nieuwsblad.be specifies that Oxfam and WeMove demand that the European Commission launches an infringement procedure against Greece for its systematic violation of EU rights in treating people seeking asylum in Europe. In De Standaard, Hendrik Vos unmasks the European dream of refugee camps in North African countries as completely out of touch. There is no credible channel in place for legal immigration. In De Morgen's weekend extra Zeno, Bart Eeckhout argues that the Moria disaster was the inevitable consequence of the European migration policy. Whatever President von der Leyen may say, the Moria fire will not be a turning point. De Standaard mentions that the number of unaccompanied minors requesting asylum in Belgium is on the rise again. Karen Mets of the NGO Save The Children says that migration and trafficking across the Balkan route are on the rise again. The “secondary migration,” from other EU member states, seems equally important.

Moria, or how the radical right got hold of Europe / Moria, of hoe radicaal-rechts heel Europa in de tang kreeg km-Morgen-BE: "Moria, or how the radical right got hold of Europe ..." page: 42-43 info: by Eeckhout date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sent back to Turkey in underwear / In onderbroek terug naar Turkije gestuurd km-Morgen-BE: "Sent back to Turkey in underwear / In onderbroek terug ..." page: 16 info: by Vreeken date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Legal action against European Commission for Greek asylum policy / Juridische klacht tegen Europese Commissie om Grieks asielbeleid km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "Legal action against European Commission for Greek asylum policy / ..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Quote Enrico Letta / Quote Enrico Letta km-Soir-BE: "Quote Enrico Letta / Quote Enrico Letta..." page: 20 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

In the Mali desert, there is a fortress to stop Islamic terrorism / Dans le désert du Mali, une forteresse pour stopper le terrorisme islamiste km-Soir-BE: "In the Mali desert, there is a fortress to stop ..." page: 6-7 info: by DEL RE date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

‘Mandatory solidarity’ to grease European migration agreement / ‘Verplichte solidariteit’ moet Europees migratieakkoord smeren km-Standaard-BE: "‘Mandatory solidarity’ to grease European migration agreement / ‘Verplichte solidariteit’ ..." page: 12 info: by Beirlant date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Forget about that camp in Tunisia / Vergeet dat kamp in Tunesië km-Standaard-BE: "Forget about that camp in Tunisia / Vergeet dat kamp ..." page: 27 info: by Vos date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Belgium, the place to be for unaccompanied Afghan teenagers / België, de place to be voor niet-begeleide Afghaanse tieners km-Standaard.be-BE: "Belgium, the place to be for unaccompanied Afghan teenagers / ..." info: by Delepeleire date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Belgium, the place to be for unaccompanies Afghan teenagers / België, de place to be voor niet-begeleide Afghaanse tieners km-Standaard.be-BE: "Belgium, the place to be for unaccompanies Afghan teenagers / ..." info: by Delepeleire date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Commission to propose new migration pact this week

[Bulgaria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Johansson said the European Commission would propose a new migration pact this week, which no one would be satisfied with, EUObserver reports, quoted by Dnevnik and Mediapool. However, Ms Johansson believes that this is exactly what will help after five years of fruitless negotiations following the refugee crisis. "My impression is that the 27 member states are ready and willing to compromise," Ms Johansson underlined. Asked how she would persuade the sceptical Hungarian government to approve the common policy, Ms Johansson admitted she had no illusions that all countries would have the same attitude towards migration. "But I think it is possible to reach an agreement [...] even if the views are different," she stressed.

European Commission to propose new rules for refugees 'of which no one will be happy' / Еврокомисията ще предложи нови правила за бежанците, "от които никой няма да е доволен" km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "European Commission to propose new rules for refugees 'of which ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EC to propose new rules for migrant admissions / ЕК ще предложи нови правила за прием на мигранти km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "EC to propose new rules for migrant admissions / ЕК ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

14 unaccompanied minor migrants relocated from Cyprus to Finland

[Cyprus, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:50:00 AM CEST

Fourteen young asylum seekers, all unaccompanied minors, were taken from Cyprus to be relocated in Finland as part of efforts to facilitate their humanitarian situation, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. As reported by online media and press, 90% of the project is co-financed by the Asylum, Immigration and Integration Fund 2014-2020 of the European Union and 10% by the government of Cyprus. “The transfer, carried out in collaboration with the asylum service and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), is the second and final part of the above-mentioned co-financed project for relocating a total of 30 vulnerable international protection applicants to Finland, single women with children and unaccompanied minors,” the announcement said. The first transfer of vulnerable applicants took place on 27 July. Finland’s offer to relocate the minors was made in the context of solidarity and the fair distribution of vulnerable migrants as Cyprus carries a significant burden regarding the influx of migrants into the country, the statement concluded.

Relocation of 14 unaccompanied minors / ΜΕΤΑΣΤΕΓΑΣΗ 14 ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΩΝ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΩΝ km-Alithia-CY: "Relocation of 14 unaccompanied minors / ΜΕΤΑΣΤΕΓΑΣΗ 14 ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΩΝ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΩΝ..." page: 8 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

14 KIDS RELOCATED TO FINLAND / 14 KIDS RELOCATED TO FINLAND km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "14 KIDS RELOCATED TO FINLAND / 14 KIDS RELOCATED TO ..." page: 3 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΜΕΤΕΓΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΩΝ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΩΝ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΜΕΤΕΓΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΩΝ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΩΝ..." page: 10 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΣΤΗ ΦΙΝΛΑΝΔΙΑ ΜΕΤΑΦΕΡΘΗΚΑΝ 14 ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΟΙ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΟΙ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΣΤΗ ΦΙΝΛΑΝΔΙΑ ΜΕΤΑΦΕΡΘΗΚΑΝ 14 ΑΣΥΝΟΔΕΥΤΟΙ ΑΝΗΛΙΚΟΙ..." page: 20 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

ΥΠΕΣ: Άλλοι 14 ασυνόδευτοι αιτητές ασύλου στη Φινλανδία km-Philenews.com-CY: "ΥΠΕΣ: Άλλοι 14 ασυνόδευτοι αιτητές ασύλου στη Φινλανδία..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Μετεγκατάσταση 14 ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων αιτητών διεθνούς προστασίας km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Μετεγκατάσταση 14 ασυνόδευτων ανηλίκων αιτητών διεθνούς προστασίας..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Commissioner Johansson proposes system of “mandatory solidarity” in new asylum pact

[Cyprus, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:52:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Johansson, who is to unveil a much-awaited asylum reform on Wednesday, is also proposing the establishment of a system of “mandatory” solidarity on migration between member states. As reported by Philenews, she also wants to intensify the returns to the countries of origin of those who are not eligible for asylum.Ms Johansson noted that “ad hoc solidarity” among Europeans is no longer enough. “It has to be mandatory, all member states have to help when there is a situation when a member state is under pressure, when there is a lot of people that need protection,” Ms Johansson told AFP.“But we also need to take into account the kind of help” needed, she noted, as some of the 27 EU nations remain hostile to accepting asylum seekers.“It is not only relocation, it could also be other situations like, for example helping with returns” of those whose asylum requests have been refused to their home countries, she clarified.She recognised that finding “a proposal that can be accepted by all member states and by parliament” would be a “difficult task.” “My guess is that when I present my proposal, I will no say ‘hurray, we won’,” Ms Johansson said, calling for a “calm and realistic” discussion.

EU: Towards a "mandatory solidarity mechanism" on migration / ΕΕ: Προς «μηχανισμό υποχρεωτικής αλληλεγγύης» για μεταναστευτικό km-Philenews.com-CY: "EU: Towards a "mandatory solidarity mechanism" on migration / ΕΕ: ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Greece's treatment of migrants: complaint to the Commission (Oxfam)

[France, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:01:00 AM CEST

MediaPart.fr reports that Oxfam and WeMove Europe announced on Tuesday the filing of a complaint to the European Commission asking it to open an infringement procedure against Greece. The two organisations said in a statement that "the Greek government has failed to respond to substantiated allegations of rights violations, including the persistence of violent refoulement to Turkey of asylum seekers and the blatant disregard [of the right] of asylum". The complaint comes just ahead of the European Commission's presentation of a proposal to reform asylum policy in the EU. "If the European Commission wants to show that the new pact on asylum and migration is intended to improve the asylum system in Europe, it must also demonstrate its determination to ensure that all member states respect human rights and the dignity of people", says Marissa Ryan, director of Oxfam's European office.

Greece's treatment of migrants: complaint to the Commission (Oxfam) / Traitement des migrants par la Grèce : plainte auprès de la Commission (Oxfam) km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Greece's treatment of migrants: complaint to the Commission (Oxfam) / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Commissioner Johansson: "No one would like the new migration pact"

[Germany, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:29:00 AM CEST

A couple of German media discuss the failures in the common EU migration policy.In an analysis in Die Welt, Alan Posener notes that Commissioner Johansson told a group of journalists that no one would like her new asylum and migration pact. For this very reason, she believes, the pact has a good chance of being adopted. It will be presented in Brussels on 23 September. Ms Johansson indicated that the new pact on asylum and migration must be flexible enough to be accepted by liberal and illiberal democracies. Vice-President Schinas compared the new pact with a house in which the first two floors are to consist of measures to ward off illegal migration.

Moral pragmatism / Moralischer Pragmatismus km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Moral pragmatism / Moralischer Pragmatismus..." page: 12 info: by m.schubert date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Greens in the Moria Trap / Grüne in der Moria-Falle km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Greens in the Moria Trap / Grüne in der Moria-Falle..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Solidarity means being flexible / Solidarität heißt, flexibel zu sein km-Welt-DE: "Solidarity means being flexible / Solidarität heißt, flexibel zu sein..." page: 3 info: by A.P date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Commission is expected to propose an “obligatory solidarity mechanism”

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the Commission is expected to present on Wednesday its proposal for the reform of asylum system, an issue that causes tension among the EU27. CCommissioner Johansson, who will present the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, proposes a “mandatory solidarity mechanism” among EU member states. She also wants to intensify the returns to the countries of origin of people who are not entitled to asylum. Commission President von der Leyen has announced her intention to replace the Dublin Regulation with a new European management system. In an interview with Ta Nea, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Director-General António Vitorino said that the new migration pact is an important opportunity for the EU.

Μεταναστευτικό: Έναν "μηχανισμό υποχρεωτικής αλληλεγγύης" ανάμεσα στις χώρες της ΕΕ αναμένεται να προτείνει η επίτροπος Γιόχανσον km-capital.gr-GR: "Μεταναστευτικό: Έναν "μηχανισμό υποχρεωτικής αλληλεγγύης" ανάμεσα στις χώρες της ΕΕ ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Migrants: The EU prepares a mechanism of obligatory solidarity / Μετανάστες: «Μηχανισμό υποχρεωτικής αλληλεγγύης» ετοιμάζει η ΕΕ km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Migrants: The EU prepares a mechanism of obligatory solidarity / ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Migration issue: the Commission is expected to propose a "mandatory solidarity mechanism" / Μεταναστευτικό: Μηχανισμό «υποχρεωτικής αλληλεγγύης» αναμένεται να προτείνει η Κομισιόν km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Migration issue: the Commission is expected to propose a "mandatory ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Asylum reform / Μεταρρύθμιση του άσυλου km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Asylum reform / Μεταρρύθμιση του άσυλου..." page: 16 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interview with IOM Director-General Vitorino: The new migration pact is an opportunity for the EU / Interview with IOM Director-General Vitorino: Ευκαιρία για την ΕΕ το νέο σύμφωνο για τη μετανάστευση km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Interview with IOM Director-General Vitorino: The new migration pact is ..." page: 14 info: by Maria Vasileiou date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Commissioner Johansson on migration: Mandatory solidarity needed but it can be of different types

[Hungary, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:19:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap reports that ahead of the Commission’s new migration pact to be presented this week, Commissioner Johansson told news agency AFP at the weekend that the EU needs a system of “mandatory solidarity” among member states. “It has to be mandatory, all member states have to help when there is a situation when a member state is under pressure, when there are a lot of people that need protection,” Commissioner Johansson said. Different kinds of help are possible, for example, countries can help with returns, Commissioner Johansson added. Magyar Hírlap further reports that fires broke out in the migrant camp on the Greek island of Samos The migration pressure is also increasing on Italy.

Home Affairs Commissioner proposes mandatory but flexible solidarity to manage migration / Kötelező, de rugalmas szolidaritást javasol a bevándorlás kezelésére a belügyi biztos km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Home Affairs Commissioner proposes mandatory but flexible solidarity to manage ..." page: 7 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lampedusa hotspot full again

[Italy, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:05:00 AM CEST

A few Italian media report that the hotspot on the island of Lampedusa is full again. It is holding nearly 1,000 migrants, and is now on the point of collapse. More than 20 boats have arrived on the island of Lampedusa in 24 hours. Most of these were small boats. The government has started to relieve pressure at the hotspot, by moving 500 migrants to a quarantine ship, where they will be tested for infection. Meanwhile, a German NGO vessel is off the coast of Lampedusa, with 133 migrants on board. It is waiting for permission to bring them to shore.

Lampedusa, 400 more arrive. And hotspot risks exploding / Lampedusa, altri 400 sbarch E l'hotspot rischia di esplodere km-Giornale-IT: "Lampedusa, 400 more arrive. And hotspot risks exploding / Lampedusa, ..." page: 20 info: by Fausto Biloslavo date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lampedusa, hotspot full again. 500 migrants transferred / Lampedusa, hotspot di nuovo pieno. Trasferiti 500 migrantinn km-Manifesto-IT: "Lampedusa, hotspot full again. 500 migrants transferred / Lampedusa, hotspot ..." page: 18 info: by N.D. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lampedusa hotspot on brink of collapse / Sbarchi senza tregua, Lampedusa è al collasso km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Lampedusa hotspot on brink of collapse / Sbarchi senza tregua, ..." info: -, 2020-09-22 00:54:00, 00:01:44, by Laura Pasquini date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:54:00 AM CEST

The Netherlands is willing to help Greece after fire in Moria, but it is up to the Greek to make a plan

[Netherlands, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

Telegraaf.nl says that the Netherlands has offered Greece aid after the fire in refugee camp Moria, but this has not yet resulted in the move of migrants from Greece to the Netherlands. The Dutch government is waiting for a concrete request for help from the Greek authorities. The Dutch offer the help is linked to very specific criteria. There is a political mandate to bring 50 children and 50 vulnerable adults to the Netherlands. It is necessary to very carefully consider who will meet these requirements. It is now up the Greece to make a selection.

Nederland wil helpen in kwestie Moria, maar wacht nog op concreet verzoek van Grieken km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "Nederland wil helpen in kwestie Moria, maar wacht nog op ..." info: by Valentijn Bartels date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Commissioner Johansson says EU needs “mandatory” migration system

[Romania, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

Hotnews.ro writes that Commissioner Ylva Johansson on Saturday said that the European Union should adopt a “mandatory” migration system, according to Euractiv. “It has to be mandatory, all member states have to help when there is a situation when a member state is under pressure, when there are a lot of people that need protection,” Commissioner Johansson told AFP. Her statements come in a context in which she is expected to unveil this week a long-awaited plan to reform asylum applications, with some of the 27 member states still hostile to the idea of taking in refugees and migrants.

EU needs "mandatory" solidarity migration system, says the European Commissioner for Home Affairs / EU are nevoie de un sistem „obligatoriu” de solidaritate privind migrația, afirmă comisarul european pentru Afaceri interne km-HotNews.ro-RO: "EU needs "mandatory" solidarity migration system, says the European Commissioner ..." info: by S.J. HotNews.ro date: Monday, September 21, 2020

More than 240 migrants in the new temporary reception camp on Lesbos Island infected with Covid-19

[Slovenia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

According to the Greek Public Health Agency, more than 240 asylum seekers have been infected with Covid-19 at a new temporary migrant camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Delo and STA report. Among the 7,000 asylum seekers tested, 243 were positive. Moreover, 120 police officers and 40 camp staff were also tested, but all were negative. Meanwhile, several asylum seekers have complained that there is no bedding in the tents in the new camp and that the restrooms are basic, the French news agency AFP reports. In the meantime, STA also reports that six young Afghans are suspected of arson in connection with the fire in Moria reception centre. Greek Immigration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi told the Greek Parliament yesterday that those responsible for the fire would serve their sentences in Greece and would then be deported.

The new camp will by no means be just a temporary solution / Novi kamp nikakor ne bo le začasna rešitev km-Delo-SI: "The new camp will by no means be just a ..." page: 6 info: by Boštjan Videmšek date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

More than 240 infected with Covid-19 in the new temporary camp / V novem začasnem taborišču na Lezbosu več kot 240 okuženih z novim koronavirusom km-sta.si-SI: "More than 240 infected with Covid-19 in the new temporary ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar: Slovenia is eagerly awaiting the new migration deal

[Slovenia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar said in Brussels yesterday Slovenia was eagerly awaiting the proposal for a new migration deal, STA reports. However, he stressed that Slovenia would oppose the mandatory relocation of migrants as already expressed in June. "We are looking forward to a new proposal for regulation, but before it sees the light of day, it is difficult to comment on individual solutions. We know approximately how they will look like but it is a very complex matter," Mr Logar said after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels. The new migration deal, which is to be unveiled by the European Commission on Wednesday, is expected to be based on a mandatory solidarity mechanism, which should also include the relocation of migrants and the deportation of illegal migrants.

Logar on the Migration Pact: At the moment, we cannot say in what direction the debate will go / Logar o migracijskem paktu: Trenutno ne moremo črno-belo predstaviti, v katero smer bo krenila razprava km-sta.si-SI: "Logar on the Migration Pact: At the moment, we cannot ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

EU migration pact proposal to be presented tomorrow, news and opinion

[Sweden, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

Tomorrow, Commissioner Johansson and Vice-President Schinas will present their proposal for an EU migration pact, Aftonbladet.se and Sverigesradio.se report. Ms Johansson has stated that all EU member states must take responsibility and provide aid when one member state is under too much pressure. She added that the pact is about compromise, and that there are many ways to provide mandatory aid. Commission President von der Leyen had previously promised to remove the Dublin Regulation, which means that the pact will become a new regulation. Meanwhile, Sverigesradio.se reports that there are major divisions among MEPs. Swedish MEP Tomas Tobé (EPP) said that he hopes for a volume target to cap immigration to the EU, and that some of the most important tools in the pact proposal will be a stronger external border and more direct, joint asylum application processing. However, Swedish MEP Malin Björk (GUE/NGL) is opposed to this, instead favouring a policy based on shared responsibility to treat refugees with dignity. Swedish voters are well aware of the EU's poor migration policy, Swedish MEP Tomas Tobé (EPP) writes in an op-ed in Aftonbladet. In a survey, 57% of respondents said that they favoured reduced asylum immigration to the EU, and the upcoming EU migration policy must ensure that there is a clear difference between refugees and economic migrants who have no reason to seek asylum. The Swedish Moderate Party intends to present these demands before the European Parliament, and the Swedish government should support this instead of contributing to additional deadlocks in the upcoming migration negotiations.

Will of the people: reduce immigration to the EU. / Folkets vilja: Minska invandringen till EU km-Aftonbladet-SE: "Will of the people: reduce immigration to the EU. / ..." page: 6 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tense wait for Johansson's asylum package / Spänd väntan på Johanssons asylpaket km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Tense wait for Johansson's asylum package / Spänd väntan på ..." date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

European Parliament divided about migration policy / EU-parlamentet splittrat om migrationspolitiken km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "European Parliament divided about migration policy / EU-parlamentet splittrat om ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

REGIONAL_POLICY

Košice Region aiming to improve drawing of EU subsidies

[Slovakia, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-SK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:10:00 AM CEST

Korzár daily reports that the Košice Self – Governing Region (KSK) has arranged meetings for all its districts, aiming to discuss projects financed from EU funds in the new programming period 2021-2027. The daily explains for this purpose, the Region is going to set up a special committee, which will be composed of representatives of socio-economic partners, local self-government and state administration, as well as regional self-government. The daily quotes KSK Chairman Rastislav Trnka as saying that in the new programming period, local governments will have easier access to the financing of their projects from European funds and at the same time their decision-making power will increase. Mr Trnka adds that the KSK aims to improve the drawing of European funds, which stands at only around 30% in the current programming period.

Trnka wants to draw more than just 30% / Trnka chce čerpať viac ako len 30 % km-Korzar-SK: "Trnka wants to draw more than just 30% / Trnka ..." page: 4 info: by (SITA) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

RESEARCH

The Ruđer Bošković Institute is devoted to a stronger involvement of domestic companies in fusion projects

[Croatia, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

Since yesterday, over 800 scientists from 30 countries are participating in the traditional European event - the Symposium on Fusion Technology (SOFT2020), held this year at the Ruđer Bošković Institute (IRB) in Zagreb, Poslovni Dnevnik writes. “The Ruđer Bošković Institute, together with its Croatian partners, is expecting intensified cooperation on fusion research in the next decade,” the head of IRB David M. Smith said. Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Department of Research and Innovation Patrick A. Child pointed out that the continuous exchange of scientific results and knowledge is crucial for the development of fusion research. “The European Commission has put a strategic focus on the European Green Deal, which should make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. In this approach, nuclear fusion has great potential as a low-carbon sustainable source of energy,” Mr Child said.

The Ruđer Bošković Institute is devoted to a stronger involvement of domestic companies in fusion projects / IRB je posvećen jačem sudjelovanju domaćih tvrtki u fuzijskim projektima km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "The Ruđer Bošković Institute is devoted to a stronger involvement ..." page: 5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuanian Minister: Risks are associated with the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine

[Estonia, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

The Lithuanian government will make decisions on the purchase of the Covid-19 vaccine, but there are many risks involved in planning the purchase, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday, Postimees.ee reports. The Office of President Gitanas Nausėda refused to hold a meeting of the National Defense Council in connection with the purchase of vaccines. The European Commission has signed a pre-purchase agreement with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which is expected to be one of the first companies to produce the Covid-19 vaccine.

Lithuanian Minister: Risks are associated with the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine / Leedu minister: koroonavaktsiini ostuga kaasnevad riskid km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Lithuanian Minister: Risks are associated with the purchase of Covid-19 ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

The multi-annual research programming law will enable France to remain a beacon of European research (opinion piece)

[France, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:57:00 AM CEST

France’s multi-annual programming bill could bridge the gap between the country and the rest of the world, even though it has a few weaknesses "that parliamentary discussion should correct," according to five professors at the Collège de France who signed an opinion piece in Le Monde. The bill demonstrates "the ambition of research for the French and European society." The stakes are not only scientific but also social. It certainly deserves careful attention regarding its modalities and funding, but it offers France the means to regain the scientific and cultural influence it deserves, the authors conclude.

The multi-annual research programming law will enable France to remain a beacon of European research / La Loi de programmation pluriannuelle permettra à la France de rester un phare de la recherche européenne km-Monde-FR: "The multi-annual research programming law will enable France to remain ..." page: 32 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: Innovation has to be hip, has to be chic

[Germany, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:17:00 AM CEST

The Covid-19 crisis has shown that German science is strong and Germany is an innovative country, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek highlights in a guest contribution in Handelsblatt. To ensure that this will still be the case in 20 years' time, "we must now set the right course," she underlines. "We need a changed mentality [...] Innovation has to be hip, has to be chic," Ms Karliczek argues. "We have to get ahead of the wave and set the trend instead of reacting. Change, courage, openness - we have a good basis for this," she insists. Every future Federal Government should make a commitment to continuously increase spending on education and research, Ms Karliczek argues.

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: Not only saving, but shaping / Nicht nur retten, sondern gestalten km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja ..." page: 48 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business innovations

[Lithuania, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

A couple of media inform readers that Lithuanian research and study institutions are allocated €10 million for the development and implementation of innovative, entrepreneurial ideas, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports announced. “Although Lithuanian scientists, also with the help of colleagues from abroad, develop modern technologies and help to create innovative business ideas, there is still a lack of effective science in the development of society, economy and business. This requires additional real help,” Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Education, Science and Sports Valdemaras Razumas said. Business trips and internships to acquire research and experimental development (R&D) management, entrepreneurship knowledge, training related to the formation of entrepreneurship skills, strengthening the entrepreneurial skills of researchers will be funded.

Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business innovations / Mokslo ir studijų institucijoms skiriama 10 mln. eurų verslo inovacijoms kurti km-15min.lt-LT: "Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business innovations / Mokslo ir studijų institucijoms skiriama 10 mln. eurų verslo inovacijoms kurti km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business innovations / Mokslo ir studijų institucijoms skiriama 10 mln. eurų verslo inovacijoms kurti km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Research and study institutions allocated €10 million to create business ..." info: by BNS date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Commission pledges €15.7 million in support to EU-RESPONSE research initiative

[Romania, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:08:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro writes that the European Commission on Friday announced that it would provide €15.7 million in support to an ambitious new research initiative, EU-RESPONSE, tasked with establishing a clinical research network to treat Covid-19 and other emerging infectious diseases. The funding is part of the Commission’s €1.4 billion pledge for Covid-19 research and innovation directed towards the development of vaccines, new treatments and diagnostic tools to prevent the spread of the virus. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said that “EU-RESPONSE is a major step towards pan-European clinical trials that not only give us the scale we need to rapidly assess potential treatments, but can also adapt rapidly as new facts and ideas emerge,” according to News.ro.

European Commission earmarks almost €16 million for the development of Covid-19 treatment / Comisia Europeană alocă aproape 16 milioane de euro pentru descoperirea unui tratament COVID-19 km-mediafax.ro-RO: "European Commission earmarks almost €16 million for the development of ..." info: by Petru Mazilu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

European Commission provides €15.7 million in support to international clinical research for Covid-19 treatment / Comisia Europeană sprijină o reţea internaţională de cercetare clinică pentru tratamentul COVID-19, cu 15,7 milioane euro km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission provides €15.7 million in support to international clinical ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Commission to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines

[Romania, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:08:00 AM CEST

News.ro writes that the European Commission recently confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable Covid-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the Commission and the 27 member states, Team Europe will contribute with an initial €230 million in cash through a loan from the European Investment Bank, backed by the same amount in guarantees provided by the EU budget, according to a Commission statement. President von der Leyen said that “our strong commitment to the COVAX Facility is another sign to all citizens who need the vaccine that we stand with them, wherever they are.”

European Commission participates in COVAX Facility to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines and pledges €400 million in support / Comisia Europeană participă la mecanismul COVAX care asigură un acces echitabil la vaccinuri împotriva COVID-19 şi anunţă o contribuţie de 400 milioane euro km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission participates in COVAX Facility to ensure equitable access ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Monday, September 21, 2020

RULE_OF_LAW

Belgium suggests Patrick Penninckx as OSCE representative on freedom of the media

[Belgium, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

Le Soir writes that the Belgian government suggested Patrick Penninckx as OSCE representative on freedom of the media. Mr Penninckx comments on the enemies of the media. He explains that one needs to realise t even within the EU, there are sometimes abuses within certain governments or high-ranking political leaders.

"Tenter de museler la presse, c’est se voiler la face" km-Soir-BE: ""Tenter de museler la presse, c’est se voiler la face"..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Editorial on the applicability of tying EU funds to rule of law

[Bulgaria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BG Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

An editorial in 24 Chasa daily focuses on tying EU funds to the rule of law. The author says the battle for democracy and the rule of law lost momentum during the term of President von der Leyen. She is noticeably leaving East European countries’ progress in these areas in the background. The new EU-wide rule of law monitoring mechanism Ms von der Leyen is yet to present is set to exert greater pressure on “disobedient” countries. However, no country will immediately face a “budget guillotine” because the debate on the issue at the European Parliament and the Council of the EU could take years. The measures against Bulgaria have been in the form of oral criticism so far, while Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union was invoked against Poland and Hungary. Stripping the latter two from voting rights is hardly likely because it requires EU unanimity. Rule of law violations seem less important amid the EU issues and the Covid-19 pandemic. So, Brussels’s choice is predetermined – bread is before morals.

Editorial on the applicability of tying EU funds to rule of law / Във време на зараза Брюксел постави хляба пред морала km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "Editorial on the applicability of tying EU funds to rule ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Judicial reform again splits Polish political scene

[Czech Republic, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:17:00 AM CEST

TV channel ČT1 reports on a dispute in the Polish government coalition which concerns issues that are also criticised by the EU. The first dispute concerns the judicial reform, due to which the European Commission has already initiated a number of procedures with the country. The other one is a navigation canal in the north of Poland which is criticised due to its possible impact on the environment. An opposition MEP would like to take the matter to the Court of Justice of the EU. The European Commission is reserved as regards the issue.

Dispute in Polish coalition / Spor v polské koalici km-CT-1-CZ: "Dispute in Polish coalition / Spor v polské koalici..." info: Události, 2020-09-21 19:39:00, 00:02:28, date: Monday, September 21, 2020 7:39:00 PM CEST

Criticism: The EU risks diluting the fight for freedom of religion

[Denmark, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DK Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:10:00 AM CEST

Kristeligt Dagblad reports on the reactions to the letter sent by 48 MEPs to President von der Leyen asking her to merge the position of Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union with the EU’s general efforts to promote human rights. According to Christof Sauer, professor of Religious Studies and Missiology at Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen, this would dilute the focus on religious freedom. MEP Pernille Weiss, who also signed the letter, is not worried about such a scenario. In the letter, the MEPs state that Jan Figel, the former Special Envoy, has “undermined the position” due to problematic ties to organisations opposing women’s rights and LGBT rights.

Criticism: The EU risks diluting the fight for freedom of religion / Kritik: EU risikerer at udvande kamp for trosfrihed km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "Criticism: The EU risks diluting the fight for freedom of ..." page: 8 info: by Tobias Stern Johansen date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Orban supports Trump in the US presidential election

[Estonia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:19:00 AM CEST

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban expressed support for the current head of state, Donald Trump, ahead of the US presidential election, saying that his rival Joe Biden's Democratic Party was forcing "moral imperialism" on the world, Err.ee reports. Mr Orban also commented on Hungarian elections in 2022, stating Hungary and other Central European countries prefer economic efficiency to European Union policies such as "absurdly raised climate goals, a social Europe, single tax code and multicultural society".

Orban supports Trump in the US presidential election / Orban toetab USA presidendivalimistel Trumpi km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Orban supports Trump in the US presidential election / Orban ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

VP Šuica: Democracy should not be taken for granted

[Hungary, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:15:00 AM CEST

Origo.hu reports on a webinar and conference entitled Dialogue on the future of Europe: How to build a more effective and genuinely strong Union? held on Monday online and in the Hungarian Parliament. Vice-President Šuica called the conference an opportunity to connect with people. VP Šuica said democracy is going through hard times; people blame the system even though democracy is the best invention ever, and it should not be taken for granted. People want to participate in politics, and they must be given the opportunity, VP Šuica said. Yet in a world of fake news and populism, people’s participation must go hand in hand with spreading critical thinking, VP Šuica said. Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga said the EU can only be strong if its member states are strong. Ms Varga said the distance between people and European institutions is growing. Ms Varga called for respect for the principle of subsidiarity.

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga: Europe is sailing on dangerous waters / Varga Judit: Európa veszélyes vizeken hajózik km-origo.hu-HU: "Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga: Europe is sailing on dangerous ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Court orders freezing of Keith Schembri’s assets

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:12:00 AM CEST

The Times today gives prominence to the news that a court has issued an order to freeze all the assets held by Keith Schembri, the former chief of staff of the Office of the Prime Minister, on suspicion of money laundering. The order extends to his Kasco companies, to his accountants Brian Tonna and Karl Cini, and their company Nexia BT, among several other companies and individuals. A garnishee order was placed on bank assets and freezing orders were placed on movable and immovable property belonging to a long list of people in a dramatic turn of events last night. Schembri has long faced calls for justice in connection with his financial dealings and alleged links with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The attachment order was issued by Madam Justice Edwina Grima at the request of the attorney general. The court said it agreed with the attorney general that there was reasonable suspicion that the persons mentioned in the application are guilty of a crime under clause 3 of chapter 373 of the Laws of Malta.

Court orders freezing of Keith Schembri’s assets / Court orders freezing of Keith Schembri’s assets km-Malta-Times-MT: "Court orders freezing of Keith Schembri’s assets / Court orders ..." page: 1,2 info: by NA date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Sanctions trail led from Syria to Malta

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Tuesday, September 22, 2020 8:11:00 AM CEST

A report in today’s Times states that a Maltese company found itself on the US government’s radar over transactions with an energy company later sanctioned for supporting the Assad regime in Syria, leaked documents show. US authorities sought information on Malta-based Petrokim Trading and other foreign companies for “possibly facilitating transactions” that evade sanctions on Iran, Crimea and Syria. A suspicious activity report (SAR) found 12 transactions between Petrokim and Blue Energy Ltd totalling €11.7 million ($13.88 million) between July and December 2014. Months later, Blue Energy Ltd ended up on a US list for violating sanctions against Syria. The report also flagged a further €24.6 million worth of transactions between Petrokim and a shipping company that has denied violating US sanctions in Iran. Petrokim says it was not involved in trades that breached US and EU sanctions against Syria and neither company was on a sanctions list. The transactions were detailed in an SAR carried out by the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) that is among thousands of documents leaked in the FinCEN files.

Sanctions trail led from Syria to Malta / Sanctions trail led from Syria to Malta km-Malta-Times-MT: "Sanctions trail led from Syria to Malta / Sanctions trail ..." page: 2 info: by Jacob Borg date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Court of Justice retackles Polish judges’ appointing procedure

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily announces that today, the Court of Justice of the European Union will tackle prejudicial questions from Poland’s Supreme Court (SN). The Polish petitioners ask if the Supreme Court is authorised to verify if the person appointed within a defective procedure is a legitimate judge. It refers to the situation from 2018, when Poland’s President Andrzej Duda assigned the nominations to tens of judges. Most of them today are members of the Disciplinary Court of SN, or the Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs Chamber of SN. The judges’ nominations stirred controversy for several reasons including the fact that the proclamation of their appointment had not been signed by the Prime Minister. Another question tackled by the Court of Justice refers to the Disciplinary Chamber of SN. SN judges want to be sure if the formation of such an institution, which is not a court according to the EU law, does not breach the principle of an effective court protection. According to judge Monika Frąckowiak, the answers to these questions will be extremely significant not only to the Polish judiciary, but also to the whole EU. Because they will specify the independent court standards.

CJEU will deal with new judges / TSUE zajmie się nowymi sędziami km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "CJEU will deal with new judges / TSUE zajmie się ..." page: 1 info: by brak date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Status of new judges is tackled by European court again / Status nowych sędziów znów na europejskiej wokandzie km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Status of new judges is tackled by European court again ..." page: 1 info: by MAŁGORZATA KRYSZKIEWICZ date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hungary criticises the use of rule of law as a tool for political blackmail

[Romania, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-RO Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

According to Realitatea.net, Hungary’s Justice Minister Judit Varga on Monday criticised the use of the rule of law as a tool for political blackmail by the European Union. Her statement was made in the context of discussions on linking the allocation of EU funds to the respect for the rule of law in the countries that are part of the bloc. The justice minister stressed that Hungary recognizes the importance of the rule of law but added that if financial sanctions are introduced without specifying what standards must be met, then the rule of law comes to an end.

Hungary accuses the use of rule of law as "political blackmail" / Ungaria acuză folosirea statului de drept ca ”șantaj politic” în UE km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Hungary accuses the use of rule of law as "political ..." info: by Irina Chirtoc date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar: We look forward to the discussion of the rule of law in the EU

[Slovenia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-SI Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:08:00 AM CEST

Yesterday in Brussels, Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar said that Slovenia was looking forward to the discussion of the rule of law, adding that it would actively work to come up with a reliable, transparent, and just overview of the state of the rule of law across EU member states, STA reports. He said this in relation to the first report on the rule of law in all EU member states, which is expected to arrive on 30 September. This will be the first official report to be made public. It will open a dialogue and search for a model for reviewing the rule of law, which should be formed in a way that it becomes a kind of universal preventive mechanism for comparing the rule of law between the member states, Mr Logar explained in a virtual conversation with Slovenian correspondents in Brussels following the session of EU foreign ministers. According to Mr Logar, Slovenia supports this discussion and will actively participate in it. On the basis of the report, discussions in the framework of the sessions of European affairs ministers will be held. During Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the EU, the member states will, in the framework of these sessions, discuss the third report on the rule of law across individual EU member states. “We look forward to this debate and will certainly be maximally active in creating a mechanism that will realistically assess the development and state of the rule of law in various EU member states with concrete measurable and comparable levers, precisely in order to withdraw the demagogic political debate that is unfortunately quite present today in these debates both at home and sometimes at EU level,” Mr Logar said.

Logar: We look forward to the discussion of the rule of law in the EU / Logar: Razprave o vladavini prava v EU se veselimo km-sta.si-SI: "Logar: We look forward to the discussion of the rule ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

Latvia to have minimum wage as in Europe

[Latvia, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, at European Union level, the idea of finding a common approach to setting the minimum wage is still valid. The Latvian Employers 'Confederation recently urged to remember that the European Commission already in January launched consultations with "employers' organizations and trade unions on a fair minimum wage for EU workers". Latvia has one of the lowest minimum wages in the EU. At present, the most important aspect is the efforts of the EU institutions to reduce socio-economic contrasts between member states. The fact that such a tendency exists was already confirmed last autumn by the Latvian MEPs, but this year President von der Leyen included it in her rhetoric. Theoretically, for Latvia, this could mean that Brussels hints about raising the minimum wage.

Latvia to have minimum wage as in Europe / Minimālā alga kā Eiropā? km-Diena-LV: "Latvia to have minimum wage as in Europe / Minimālā ..." page: 1 info: by magda riekstina date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the development of digital skills on the Polish labour market

[Poland, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:45:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu daily reports that on the labour market, Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a reduction of permanent jobs and arresting the growth of pays. The Statistics Poland (GUS) reports that in August some 150,000 jobs were axed and the average salary was rose by 4% against 8% in last years. Most of all, however, the pandemic enforced home office on a large scale, which was welcome by employees 86% of whom hope to continue to work in this mode at least once a week. This change also prompted the advanced development of digital skills. According to the European Commission’s report, 15% of Poles do not use the Internet and less than half of the society aged 16-74 years old have basic digital skills (44%). The Commission’s report also indicates that in the case of as many as 60% of Polish companies, the digitization level is low. The report “Barometer of Polish Labour Market” shares these conclusions - yet in February 2020, 74% of companies did not plan to implement any automation and only 17% did not rule out such projects in the future.

How the pandemic changed the labor market / Jak pandemia zmieniła rynek pracy km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "How the pandemic changed the labor market / Jak pandemia ..." page: 10 info: by S. W. date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

TRADE

Amnesty International calls on the EU to adopt more stringent rules to control cybersurveillance tools

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Several Belgian media voices Amnesty International's concerning three European companies participating in mass surveillance programmes developed in China while the EU is working on an update of the rules on the control of sensitive exports. L'Echo writes that the European rules provide for the control of exports of goods that can have both civil and military uses. A revision of the framework could make it possible to take better account of technological developments and introduce a European list of cyber-surveillance tools to be controlled. Representatives of the European Parliament's Trade Committee and the Council are meeting on Tuesday behind closed doors to seek an agreement, while the German rotating Presidency has "substantially reworked the proposal" on the table, a European source said. Metro writes that Amnesty International calls on the EU to adopt stricter rules, better regulation of export rules and a ban on face recognition software at a meeting on export regulation.

These European companies that collaborate in the Chinese mass control / Ces sociétés européennes qui collaborent au contrôle de masse chinois km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "These European companies that collaborate in the Chinese mass control ..." page: 9 info: by ROHART date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

"European companies sold surveillance technology to China / "Europese bedrijven verkochten surveillancetechnologie aan China" km-Metro-Belgium-Nl-BE: ""European companies sold surveillance technology to China / "Europese bedrijven ..." page: 5 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The recovery in exports will not happen as it did after the 2008 crisis

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

This year, not only has the global economy changed since 2009 Great Recession, but government responses are not the same, reports Les Echos. Chinese exports have already erased the entire shock and this summer exceeded their level of a year ago in volume terms. Contrary to what happened after the 2008 financial crisis, China's trade surplus has increased significantly. Last year, France sold €27 billion to China, rather less than other European countries. Germany sold more than €100 billion worth of goods to China in 2019. Germany, which sells a lot to China, could eventually be affected by Chinese consumption, which is growing less quickly, according to Euler Hermes economist Selin Ozyur. A quarter of the €130 billion German plan will directly benefit German consumers, which could partly compensate for the lack of tourism revenue in France.

The recovery in exports will not happen as it did after the 2008 crisis / La reprise des exportations ne se passera pas comme après la crise de 2008 km-Echos-FR: "The recovery in exports will not happen as it did ..." page: 4 info: by G. C date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trade: EU wants "clear commitment" from Mercosur on sustainable development

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

MediaPart.fr reports that Brussels expects "a clear commitment" from the Mercosur countries to ensure that they will respect the "sustainable development" aspect of the trade agreement they concluded in June 2019, but which has still not been signed. "A number of member states and stakeholders are raising issues regarding sustainable development in Mercosur countries, accession to the Paris Agreement and deforestation, particularly in Brazil", explained Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis after a meeting with EU trade ministers. "We must take these issues seriously, and the European Commission is seeking a clear commitment from the Mercosur countries", Mr Dombrovskis added. Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier stressed differences on the issue during an informal discussion between the member states on Sunday evening. But "they were clearly willing to avoid any division on Mercosur,” he added.

Trade: EU wants "clear commitment" from Mercosur on sustainable development / Commerce : l’UE veut « un engagement clair » du Mercosur sur le développement durable km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Trade: EU wants "clear commitment" from Mercosur on sustainable development ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Friends of free trade in EU should mobilise to protect jobs in automotive industry (op-ed)

[Sweden, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Friends of free trade in the EU should mobilise to protect the jobs in the automotive industry, Lars Oxelheim from the Swedish Institute of Industrial Economics writes in an op-ed in Dagens Industri. Closed borders to maximise domestic jobs threatens global production and free trade. US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have shown that they are unwilling to adhere to the World Trade Organisation's rules. Sweden must therefore push for the EU to take a leadership role when it comes to saving free trade.

Battle for car industry is a ticking bomb / Kampen om bilindustrin är en tickande bomb km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "Battle for car industry is a ticking bomb / Kampen ..." page: 4 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Trade agreement with Mercosur countries discussed in the EU

[Sweden, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-SE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

The European Union has still not finalised its trade agreement with the Mercosur countries in South America after one year of presenting the proposal for it, reports Aftonbladet.se, quoting news agency TT. EU trade ministers met last week to discuss the question. Commissioner Breton stated at a press conference that it is clear not everyone likes the idea, and that it is definitely something that needs to be discussed. Strong agricultural countries in the EU are worried about competition, while the environmental movement sees the agreement as an EU approval of deforestation and environmentally hostile policies in Brazil. At the European Parliament, which must give its approval, scepticism is also strong. At the same time, the European Commission's own scepticism is reflected in the fact that no proposal for a final agreement has yet been submitted.

Hot potato with Mercosur agreement in the EU / Het potatis om Mercosur-avtal i EU km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Hot potato with Mercosur agreement in the EU / Het ..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

TRANSPORT

Travelling by train up to 160 km/h with the help of EU funds

[Croatia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-HR Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Croatian Railways Passenger Transport (HŽPP) will soon get 21 new low-floor trains, coming with a total value of HRK1.03 billion, Poslovni Dnevnik reports. The Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, together with the President of the Management Board of HŽPP Željko Ukić, and the Director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting, Tomislav Petrica, signed a contract for securing grants from EU funds. Eligible project costs will be financed from EU funds, i.e. the Cohesion Fund, in the amount of 85%, while the rest will be financed from the Croatian state budget. “When it comes to transport, we will direct most of our funding to the railway sector over the next 10 years,” Minister Butković noted.

Travelling by train up to 160 km/h with the help of EU funds / Vlakom i do 160 km na sat uz pomoć novca iz EU km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Travelling by train up to 160 km/h with the help ..." page: 2 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Transport minister reveals to EU counterparts future plans for trains and trams in Cyprus

[Cyprus, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

Speaking during a teleconference of the EU Transport Ministers, Cyprus Transport Minister Karousos said that “the Republic of Cyprus recognises that railways can play an important role in improving the efficiency of the transport of goods and people, for short and long distances."As reported by online media, Mr Karousos stressed that in order to ensure the resilience of the EU economy, the role of trains and other alternative means of transport should be strengthened, noting that rail transport can contribute towards the EU’s climate change goals.“Cyprus is an island state and does not have railway infrastructure yet. However, it has carried out extensive studies and has future plans for the introduction of trams in dense urban areas as well as a railway connection that will connect the main cities, and the international ports and airports of the island,” Mr Karousos told his EU counterparts.He also referred to the Shift2Rail initiative as an opportunity to finance the above projects, the cost of which is estimated at €1.2 billion, noting that the required level of state funding is estimated at 50%.“Such efforts are fully compatible with the objectives of the White Paper on the transport of passengers and goods by rail transport. By connecting all major airports and ports with a railway network by 2050 and connecting urban areas using state-of-the-art trams, car use in the European Union using 'conventional fuels' could be halved," Mr Karousos added.

Καρούσος: Σχέδια για εισαγωγή τραμ στην Κύπρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "Καρούσος: Σχέδια για εισαγωγή τραμ στην Κύπρο..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Υπ. Μεταφορών: Σχέδια για τραμ και σιδηροδρομικές συνδέσεις στην Κύπρο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Υπ. Μεταφορών: Σχέδια για τραμ και σιδηροδρομικές συνδέσεις στην Κύπρο..." date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Estonia - The transport development plan is looking towards climate goals

[Estonia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:05:00 AM CEST

The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications will be publishing their transport and mobility development plan, which is based on the European Commission’s goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, reports Postimees. The development plan will be sent for feedback to ministries, state institutions, and other partners before being sent to the parliament for approval. The plan is expected to come into effect before the end of the year. The aim of the plan is to increase the number of commuters who use a bike or walk from 38% to 45-55%. A study conducted by the International Transport Forum includes a recommendation of taxing car use in Tallinn. Indrek Gailan, Director of Transport Development and Investments Department for the ministry says measures such as these are not needed, as offering alternatives to commuters is the best option at the moment. The European Commisson’s Director-General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei agrees that the best method to improve the situation is to create alternatives. Mr Hololei adds that a city full of cars is not the vision of a city that is looking towards the future.

Estonia - The transport development plan is looking towards climate goals / Transpordi arengukava sihib kliimaeesmärke km-Postimees-EE: "Estonia - The transport development plan is looking towards climate ..." page: 1 info: by Reporter date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MEP Urmas Paet on banned flights from Tallinn

[Estonia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-EE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

In an op-ed for Postimees, MEP Urmas Paet writes the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas has senselessly banned new direct flights from Tallinn, and closed those which already exist. This means it is not possible to fly directly to European cities where airlines were willing to fly to. This has led to people taking flights with layovers, increasing the number of contacts with other people, all while increasing monetary and time expenses. This decision is poor for both Estonian companies and airlines, stresses Mr Paet, adding that the healthcare aspect is an unqualified argument in the restriction of flights.

MEP Urmas Paet on banned flights from Tallinn / Majandusministri prohmakas km-Postimees-EE: "MEP Urmas Paet on banned flights from Tallinn / Majandusministri ..." page: 1 info: by Euroopa Parlamendi liige (RE) date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer proposes comeback of TEE trains

[Germany, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-DE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:17:00 AM CEST

A couple of media discuss Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer's proposal to revive the Trans-Europe Express train (TEE).In a commentary in Tageszeitung, Anja Krüger argues that Mr Scheuer's initiative is a typical coup by him. He attracts a lot of press attention with great fanfare, Ms Krüger criticises. This train could be great if it actually came, she argues. Just as with the Deutschlandtakt, a nationwide coordinated train schedule, this is once again a simulation of politics, not political shaping, Ms Krüger argues. Mr Scheuer fails to push Deutsche Bahn in the right direction and, thus, his appearances such as the one at the EU rail summit only look like froth.

Railway is reserved opposite Scheuer's Trans-Europ-Express 2.0 / Bahn ist reserviert gegenüber Scheuers Trans-Europ-Express 2.0 km-Spiegel.de-DE: "Railway is reserved opposite Scheuer's Trans-Europ-Express 2.0 / Bahn ist ..." info: by Unknown date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Reboot for the TransEuropExpress? / Neustart für den TransEuropExpress? km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Reboot for the TransEuropExpress? / Neustart für den TransEuropExpress?..." info: by Unknown date: Monday, September 21, 2020

Scheuer simulates politics / Scheuer simuliert Politik km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Scheuer simulates politics / Scheuer simuliert Politik..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Scheuer's new express train / Scheuers neuer Schnellzug km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Scheuer's new express train / Scheuers neuer Schnellzug..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ryanair warns staff over possible Cork and Shannon winter closure

[Ireland, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-IE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports Ryanair has warned the government that failing to adopt the EU's "traffic light system" for air travel from October could result in the closure of its Cork and Shannon bases over winter. Ryanair stressed to aircrew that it had not made a final decision but warned it was expected. The airline said: "This disjointed and mismanaged approach is putting the jobs of our pilots and crew at Cork and Shannon at risk." Aer Lingus has also warned that without a recovery in the aviation sector it may also have to examine the future of its own regional operations.

Ryanair warns staff over possible Cork and Shannon winter closure / Ryanair warns staff over possible Cork and Shannon winter closure km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Ryanair warns staff over possible Cork and Shannon winter closure ..." page: 10 info: by Ralph Riegel date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mobility week in Luxembourg

[Luxembourg, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LU Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:41:00 AM CEST

Philip Michel reports in the editorial in Tageblatt that today is the car-free day of action in the EU. It always takes place on 22 September at the end of the European mobility week. It is dedicated to the fight against climate change. In her first State of the EU speech last week, President von der Leyen announced more ambitious climate targets. Cars play an important role. The pressure on political decision-makers is increasing. More and more groups organise via social media and call for action, for example "Vélorution" in Luxembourg. Their goals are pretty simple: greater acceptance for bicycles in road traffic and more safety. It is not about demonising cars, but about enabling safe coexistence.

Mobility, but different / Mobilität, aber anders km-Tageblatt-LU: "Mobility, but different / Mobilität, aber anders..." page: 2 info: by Philip Michel date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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