ADMINISTRATION

European Parliament makes lobbying more difficult

[Austria, ADMINISTRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

The European Parliament demands stricter rules for EU officials entering the private sector, reports radio channel Ö1. MEPs criticise that conflicts of interest that harm the reputation of the EU arise all too often. They demand that persons who leave a job as an EU official to join the private sector should have to take a longer break in between. This demand of the European Parliament has added fuel to a drawn-out debate, but it remains unclear whether this discussion will actually have any consequences. After all, stricter rules will require the approval of the EU Member States and the European Commission, and EU officials of the European Commission enter the private sector especially frequently.

European Parliament makes lobbying more difficult / Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "European Parliament makes lobbying more difficult / Abendjournal..." info: 2020-01-16 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:00:00 PM CET

AGRICULTURE

Green wave at the International Green Week

[Austria, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

The International Green Week, the world's most important agricultural fair, starts today, Friday, in Berlin, reports Kleine Zeitung. The International Green Week, which is held for the 85th time this year, has become the world's most important agricultural fair partially because it has always included meetings of foreign ministers, European commissioners and decision-makers. The struggle about EU subsidies for the time period until 2027 also continues in Berlin: According to Austrian Agriculture Minister Elisabeth Köstinger, "we consider the cutbacks in funding for rural development announced by the European Commission to be unacceptable". According to the EU plans, Austria would receive €120 million less than so far. This would primarily affect the environmental and mountain farmers' programme, which according to representatives of Austria would go against the Green Deal.

Green wave at the International Green Week / Grüne Welle auf der Grünen Woche km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Green wave at the International Green Week / Grüne Welle ..." page: 3 info: by Ulrich Dunst date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner: "Agricultural Policy needs to find a balance between interests of farmers and consumers"

[Germany, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:01:00 AM CET

In an interview on rbb Inforadio, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner states that everyone suffers because of low meat prices. People have high expectations concerning animal welfare, but at the same time continue to buy cheap products. Producing cheaply and being competitive has consequences for everyone and also for the environment, Ms Klöckner elaborates. Asked about a minimum price for meat, she emphasises that the state does not set prices. "We have a system that has proven to be good," Ms Klöckner adds. Concerning recents protests, she points out that generalisations are not helpful and concludes that agricultural policy needs to find a balance between the interests of farmers and consumers.

Interview with Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner on expectations on agricultural policy: "We have a system that has proven to be good" / rbb Inforadio - 16.01.2020 07:25 - Interview with Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner on expectations on agricultural policy km-RBB3-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 08:52:00, 00:06:38, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:52:00 AM CET

Farmers to be rewarded for increasing worms in soil

[United Kingdom, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:50:00 AM CET

The Daily Telegraph reports that new legislation will see farmers paid for making positive contributions to the environment in a scheme set to replace the EU's Common Agricultural Policy. The Agriculture Bill was introduced to Westminster yesterday amid claims it will bring with it the most significant changes to British farming in decades. Farmers could be rewarded for things such as improving air quality, natural flood defences and providing public access to the countryside. Environment Secretary Theresa Villers said: "This is one of the most important environmental reforms for many years, rewarding farmers for the work they do to safeguard our environment, helping us meet crucial goals on climate change, and protecting nature and biodiversity."

Farmers to be rewarded for increasing worms in soil / Farmers to be rewarded for increasing worms in soil km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "Farmers to be rewarded for increasing worms in soil / ..." page: 10 info: by Emma Gatten date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ANTI-FRAUD

European Parliament discusses Czech Prime Minister’s conflict of interest

[Czech Republic, ANTI-FRAUD]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

Website echo24.cz and daily E15 write that the European Parliament discussed European Commission’s audits on Czech Prime Minister Babiš’s conflict of interest as well as the reopening of Mr Babiš’s criminal prosecution in the Stork’s Nest case. While Czech MEP Dita Charanzová (RE) said the debate was irrelevant, nonsensical and with “political overtones”, German MEP Monika Hohlmeier (EPP) pointed to the fact that the alleged misuse of European funds is not an “internal” problem of the Czech Republic. Commissioner Sinkevičius pointed out that the European Commission pursued “zero tolerance of fraud or misuse of European funds” and that it dealt with possible conflicts of interest in all member states. In related news, website ihned.cz reports that the Czech Labour Ministry has drawn up a list of companies which should not be allocated any subsidies over conflict-of-interest concerns. The list contains 206 companies, most of them being of the Agrofert holding operated by Mr Babiš’s trust fund.

Babiš’s euro-dilemma / Babišovské eurodilema km-E15-CZ: "Babiš’s euro-dilemma / Babišovské eurodilema..." page: 11 info: by PETR PEŠEK date: Friday, January 17, 2020

“He is incorruptible.” ANO MEPs defend their boss in Brussels / „Je nezkorumpovatelný.“ Europoslanci ANO bránili svého šéfa v Bruselu km-echo24.cz-CZ: "“He is incorruptible.” ANO MEPs defend their boss in Brussels ..." info: by red date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ministry of Labour draws up list of companies that should not receive subsidies. Most of them belong to Babiš's trust fund / Ministerstvo práce vytvořilo seznam firem, které by neměly získat dotace. Většina z nich patří do Babišova svěřenského fondu km-iHNed.cz-CZ: "Ministry of Labour draws up list of companies that should ..." info: by Tomáš Havlík date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ministry ‘looking at’ reports Mafia used banks in Malta

[Malta, ANTI-FRAUD]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46:00 AM CET

It was reported today by Times of Malta that the government is looking into reports made that Maltese banks were used by the Italian Mafia as part of a massive operation in Sicily that was defrauding the European Union of millions of euros in funds destined to farmers. The Italian media reported that around €10 million had been defrauded from the EU since 2013. 94 people were arrested in Messina over their involvement in the scam. The defrauded funds were reportedly moved through a complex trail of bank accounts in Lithuania, Malta, Bulgaria and other countries. The Foreign Ministry confirmed that the reports were being looked into but provided no additional information on the matter.

Malta involuta f’allegat hasil ta’ flus minn Mafja Taljana km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Malta involuta f’allegat hasil ta’ flus minn Mafja Taljana..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ministry ‘looking at’ reports Mafia used banks in Malta / Ministry ‘looking at’ reports Mafia used banks in Malta km-Malta-Times-MT: "Ministry ‘looking at’ reports Mafia used banks in Malta / ..." page: 6 info: by Claire Caruana date: Friday, January 17, 2020

BUDGET

Commissioner Hahn visits Paris

[Austria, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

Paris is the next stop on Commissioner Hahn's "capital cities tour", the purpose of which is to continue the negotiations surrounding the European Union's next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, orf.at reports. On his tour, Mr Hahn will also meet French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin and French Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, the European Commission in Brussels announced. So far, the ongoing negotiations for the time period 2021 - 2027 have proven rather difficult.

Commissioner Hahn visits Paris / Budgetkommissar Hahn zu Gesprächen in Paris km-orf.at-AT: "Commissioner Hahn visits Paris / Budgetkommissar Hahn zu Gesprächen in ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

CITIZENSHIP

Some 134,000 children of Bulgarian origin live in another EU member state

[Bulgaria, CITIZENSHIP]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:09:00 AM CET

Some 134,000 children of Bulgarian origin live in another EU member state, a study by the Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography late last year shows, cited in a DW publication Wednesday, 24 Chasa daily and Dnevnik report. Romania is first in the ranking as 600,000 Romanian children live in another EU country.  In 2018, the total number of children in EU who were not living in their homeland but still residing within the bloc was 6.9 million. Children born in the EU, but living in third countries amounted to 1.84 million.

Some 134,000 children of Bulgarian origin live in another EU member state / Над 134 000 българчета живеят в друга страна от ЕС km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "Some 134,000 children of Bulgarian origin live in another EU ..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Колко български деца живеят в друга страна от ЕС? km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Колко български деца живеят в друга страна от ЕС?..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

CLIMATE_ACTION

Disagreements about payments from transition fund for coal regions

[Austria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:02:00 AM CET

The EU is to place €7.5 billion into the Just Transition Fund whose main objective is to help certain regions in phasing out coal, reports ORF. The Commission has now presented a proposal on how the funds are to be distributed to member states. Austria is to receive €53 million. Poland is to get €2 billion, i.e. the largest part of the money. The proposal will have to be approved by member states but it has already been criticised by them. Some do not like the fact that a rich country like Germany gets considerable support, and some do not want to pay any higher contributions into the EU budget. Furthermore, as Die Presse points out, the financing of the fund has not been settled yet. Criticism of the plans to finance the Green Deal is getting louder in Brussels since the leaders of the European Commission base their calculations on money they do not have. President von der Leyen is planning to raise a total of €1 trillion by 2030 to invest in climate protection.

Journal um acht km-ORF-O1-AT: "Journal um acht..." info: 2020-01-16 08:00:00, 08:00:00, by Michael Fröschl date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

ZIB km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB..." info: 2020-01-16 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Veronika Fillitz date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

ZIB 13 km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB 13..." info: 2020-01-16 13:00:00, 13:00:00, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM CET

Dispute about compensation fund for Green Deal / Streit um Ausgleichsfonds für Green Deal km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Dispute about compensation fund for Green Deal / Streit um ..." page: 6 info: by (wb) date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Engie Electrabel CEO Johnny Thijs comments on the Green Deal

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:07:00 AM CET

In Trends Tendances, Engie Electrabel CEO Johnny Thijs comments on the European Green Deal: "The European Commission is trying to act on the climate issue, but I don't get the impression that it really cares about producing enough energy. Renewable energies and the modulation of demand may not be enough."

"Electrabel must regain its rage to overcome" / "Electrabel doit retrouver sa rage de vaincre" km-Trends-Tendances-BE: ""Electrabel must regain its rage to overcome" / "Electrabel doit ..." page: 30-32 info: by Huysmans date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU is crucial for CO2 price

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:22:00 AM CET

Grenz Echo reports an analysis by the Swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" on a carbon tax. The newspaper argues that the reduction of greenhouse gases requires a CO2 price, which could take the form of a tax or emission rights. The price should be global so that countries do not transfer emissions to other countries. The EU is the key to this global CO2 price.

"Dagens Nyheter": EU crucial for CO2 price / "Dagens Nyheter": EU entscheidend auf Weg zu CO2-Preis km-Grenz-Echo-BE: ""Dagens Nyheter": EU crucial for CO2 price / "Dagens Nyheter": ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commissioner Hahn: The Just Transition Mechanism is at the heart of the Green Deal

[Bulgaria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Commissioner Hahn warned that in the coming years, the EU will have to make big investments in order to avoid a climate catastrophe, BNT reports. The big goal is for the Union to be climate-neutral by 2050, which means cutting emissions. According to Mr Hahn, the Green Deal is very dependent on the Just Transition Mechanism. It is set to mobilise at least €100 billion and will help cities and regions that are less able to meet environmental, economic and social challenges and create new, future-oriented jobs. The Just Transition Fund is also part of the mechanism. It will provide €7.5 billion to member states. Poland is set to receive the largest share, with €2 billion, followed by Germany with €887 million, Romania and the Czech Republic, with Bulgaria in fifth place with €458 million. The Commission estimates that there are the most regions in these countries that are still heavily dependent on the coal industry. Capital weekly notes that in order to receive funding under the Just Transition Fund, Bulgaria will be obliged to invest €1.25 billion from its cohesion funding and state budget in fighting climate change.

Commissioner Hahn: The Just Transition Mechanism is at the heart of the Green Deal / ж km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Commissioner Hahn: The Just Transition Mechanism is at the heart ..." info: Newscast, 2020-01-16 20:33:00, 00:02:30, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:33:00 PM CET

Полша и Германия ще получат 40% от Зеления фонд на ЕС km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Полша и Германия ще получат 40% от Зеления фонд на ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

€2 billion bonus for energy transition / Два милиарда евро бонус за енергийния преход km-Kapital-Bulgaria-BG: "€2 billion bonus for energy transition / Два милиарда евро ..." page: 28,29 info: by Илин СТАНЕВ date: Friday, January 17, 2020

€458 million provided by EU fund to fight climate change / €458 млн. дава ЕС фонд за борба с климатичните промени km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "€458 million provided by EU fund to fight climate change ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Just Transition Mechanism - Croatia to receive €60 million

[Croatia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:06:00 AM CET

The European Commission’s €7.5-billion-strong Just Transition Fund is set to allocate €2 billion to Poland and €877 million to Germany under a proposal sent to national governments on Wednesday, Novi list reports. According to the proposal, Croatia would get €60 million. The entire plan could yet come undone once member states get back to the entrenched budget talks, as the Commission insists that the €7.5 billion pot will be filled with “fresh money”. Under plans published by the EU executive, the new fund is a part of a €100 billion-strong ‘mechanism’ aimed at helping fossil-fuel-reliant countries ditch coal, gas and oil so that the EU can live up to its climate target commitments, Index and Tportal reported.

€7.5 billion for the transition away from fossil fuels / Od 7,5 milijardi eura za tranziciju s fosilnih goriva Hrvatskoj ide 0,8 posto km-Index.hr-HR: "€7.5 billion for the transition away from fossil fuels / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Croatia to receive €60 million from the Just Transition Mechanism  / Hrvatskoj 60 milijuna eura km-Novi-List-HR: "Croatia to receive €60 million from the Just Transition Mechanism ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Just Transition Mechanism - Croatia to receive €60 million / Hrvatskoj 60 milijuna eura iz europskog Fonda za pravednu tranziciju km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Just Transition Mechanism - Croatia to receive €60 million / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Poland and Germany to receive €100 billion for climate transition

[Cyprus, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:07:00 AM CET

Cyprus Mail reports that, according to European Commission data released yesterday, Poland and Germany will be the biggest beneficiaries of the new €100 billion EU fund designed to help coal-dependent regions move towards a greener economy. All EU Member States, except Poland, agreed last month they should transform their economies over the next 30 years to combat climate change and ensure they do not emit more carbon dioxide than they absorb.The newspaper notes that Poland did not sign up to the 2050 climate-neutral goal, arguing its energy systems and economy are too dependent on coal and lignite to make the transition in that time. In an attempt to get Poland onboard, the Commission announced the details of the Just Transition Fund earlier this week. The aim is to generate €100 billion for investment in regions with the highest C02 emissions and most jobs linked to fossil fuels.Poland and Germany will receive about 40% of that total, Commission documents released yesterday showed. The two countries are the biggest industrial emitters and have the highest number of such jobs. The transition fund's €100 billion, over seven years, is to come from leveraging a small amount of public money from the EU budget (€7.5 billion) to attract much bigger sums of private investment by covering the riskiest parts of projects. Poland will be by far the biggest beneficiary of the fund with a maximum allocation of €2 billion out of the €7.5 billion, the documents showed. Germany will be second with €877 million. Once boosted by cash from the EU's Regional Development Fund and Social Fund, and money national governments are obliged to contribute under EU rules, the Polish amount will rise to about €7.7 billion and the German total to €4.6 billion. These will then increase to €27.3 billion for Poland and €13.4 billion for Germany once private investors join.

Poland and Germany to get €100bn climate cash / Poland and Germany to get €100bn climate cash km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Poland and Germany to get €100bn climate cash / Poland ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MEPs call for binding targets for biodiversity

[Cyprus, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 5:47:00 AM CET

Politis reports that the European Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), which will take place in China in October, calling for legally binding targets for the protection of biodiversity internationally, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. MEPs stress that to stop the current trajectory of biodiversity loss, the conference needs to agree on legally-binding targets with timelines, performance indicators and reporting mechanisms based on common standards. According to the European Parliament, the EU must lead the way. MEPs also underlined the need for more sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, including EU-wide binding reduction targets on pesticide use.

Παρίσι και για βιοποικιλότητα km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Παρίσι και για βιοποικιλότητα..." page: 27 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Over €500 million to quit oil shale

[Estonia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:06:00 AM CET

The European Commission is plan states that Estonia can use €125 million from the just transition mechanism to adjust to giving up oil shale, reports Äripäev. Estonia has to spend quite a bit of its own money to receive access to these funds. Even though initially there were reports that Ida-Virumaa county would be receiving the funds from the fund, but Commissioner Simson states that the funds can be used in the entirety of Estonia, but the commission would prefer that regions most affected by the climate neutrality goal receive the money. When including Estonia's contribution, investments could total €570 million. Mrs Simson states that the just transition mechanism is the most important part of the investment plan, which aims to mobilize investments in the sum of €1 trillion euros. It is important to note that the total sum of Estonian structural funds totals €2.6 billion, as set by propositions for the European Commission's 2018 seven-year budgetary period, says Mrs Simson.

Over €500 million for Estonia to quit oil shale / Üle poole miljardi põlevkivi vastu km-Aripaev-EE: "Over €500 million for Estonia to quit oil shale / ..." page: 1 info: by kristjan PruuL kristjan.pruul@aripaev.ee date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Flight tax has a long history

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

Kauppalehti has interviewed Mariko Ländström, a climate solutions expert at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra on the subject of flight tax. The UK was the first European Union country to introduce a tax on international flights in 1994. The tax is now in place in six EU countries. Outside the EU, at least 14 countries have introduced it too. Ms Ländström noted that nine Member States proposed in November a common EU flight tax. However, the European Commission's Green Deal does not mention flight tax, and Ms Ländström doesn't think that one is on the way.

Flight tax has a long history / Lentoverolla on jo pitkä historia; tällaisia lentoveroja maailmalla käytössä km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Flight tax has a long history / Lentoverolla on jo ..." page: 1 info: by Jukka Lukkari date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Article by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira: The climate transfer should be just and fair

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira write in a joint letter in Maaseudun Tulevaisuus about the European Green Deal. In order to make the transformation to carbon neutrality just and fair, the European Commission proposes a mechanism that includes a Just Transition Fund. All the member states and regions do not have the same starting point in making the transformation, thus the fund is needed. With the Green Deal, the EU shows an example in moving towards carbon neutrality and new green growth strategy, Mr Timmermans and Ms Ferreira conclude.

Letter: The climate transfer should be just and fair / Ilmastosiirtymän pitää olla tasapuolinen ja reilu km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Letter: The climate transfer should be just and fair / ..." page: 1 info: by Frans Timmermans date: Friday, January 17, 2020

165 EU millions for Finnish repositioning to the climate

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

HBL writes that on Tuesday the European Commission presented its proposal for distribution of funds through the Just Transition Mechanism. Finland will receive 165 million euros. Altogether some 100 billion euros will be used to reposition the European economy and infrastructure towards carbon neutrality. 7.5 billion euros will be taken from the Eu budget, and then the sum will quadruple through the help of other subsidies. A similar system was used for the Juncker plan, which has mobilized since 2014 500 billion euros in investments around Europe. That plan started with 20 billion euros from the EU budget.

165 EU-miljoner till finsk omställning för klimatet km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "165 EU-miljoner till finsk omställning för klimatet..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Germany presents plan to phase out coal-fired power plants

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:27:00 AM CET

There is a wide coverage on German officials' plan to shut down the nation’s coal-fired power plants that envisages compensation for power plant operators.It is reported on ARD that Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier labelled Germany's exit plan from coal energy as a "historic breakthrough." "One of the most successful industrial nations in the world made a huge step towards abandoning fossil energy," Finance Minister Olaf Scholz added. According to Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze, the fact that the first plant goes offline this year sends an important signal that "the change starts now." Ms Schulze also believes that it has been negotiated in the Chancellery for too long, but now when each coal-powered plant will go offline is listed. The maximum compensation that plant operators will receive was also determined. "Germany is the first country to take on a legally binding obligation to phase out coal-powered and nuclear energy," Ms Schulze stressed.

Germany introduces exit plan from coal-generated power / ARD - 16.01.2020 13:14 - ARD-Mittagsmagazin - Report on German exit plan from coal-generated power including exclusive statement by Federal Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze km-ARD-DE: "Germany introduces exit plan from coal-generated power / ARD - ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 18:56:00, 00:02:39, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:56:00 PM CET

Too long, too timid / Zu lange, zu zaghaft km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Too long, too timid / Zu lange, zu zaghaft..." page: 8 info: by J.Haak date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Deutschlandfunk - 16.01.2020 19:08 - Commentary on German exit plan from coal-generated power / Deutschlandfunk - 16.01.2020 19:08 - Commentary on German exit plan from coal-generated power km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 16.01.2020 19:08 - Commentary on German exit plan ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 23:02:00, 00:03:05, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:02:00 PM CET

50 billion for coal-mining / 50 Milliarden für das Kohle-Aus km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "50 billion for coal-mining / 50 Milliarden für das Kohle-Aus..." page: 17 info: by H. Bünder date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Coal Pact of Unreason / Kohle-Pakt der Unvernunft km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Coal Pact of Unreason / Kohle-Pakt der Unvernunft..." page: 17 info: by H.G date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The coal phase-out is coming / Der Kohleausstieg kommt km-Handelsblatt-DE: "The coal phase-out is coming / Der Kohleausstieg kommt..." page: 8-9 info: by E. Fischer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Playing with fire / Spiel mit dem Feuer km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Playing with fire / Spiel mit dem Feuer..." page: 14 info: by n/a date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MDR current - 16.01.2020 20:35 - Commentary on German exit plan from coal-generated power / MDR aktuell - 16.01.2020 20:35 - Commentary on German exit plan from coal-generated power km-MDR-Info-DE: "MDR current - 16.01.2020 20:35 - Commentary on German exit ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 23:16:00, 00:02:46, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:16:00 PM CET

Historical caesura / Historische Zäsur km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Historical caesura / Historische Zäsur..." page: 4 info: by J.Heidtmann date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The Big Exit / Der große Ausstieg km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "The Big Exit / Der große Ausstieg..." page: 2 info: by M.B date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Expensive and free? / Teuer und umsonst? km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Expensive and free? / Teuer und umsonst?..." page: 6 info: by n.m.z date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Not the last word yet / Noch nicht das letzte Wort km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Not the last word yet / Noch nicht das letzte ..." page: 12 info: by M.KREUTZFELDT date: Friday, January 17, 2020

World Champion in Announcing / Weltmeister im Ankündigen km-Welt-DE: "World Champion in Announcing / Weltmeister im Ankündigen..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Funding of the Green Deal remains unclear

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 5:56:00 AM CET

The European Green Deal and its funding are discussed in several German media.President von der Leyen pushes ahead with climate protection and showers Europe with money but it remains unclear who should pay for the restructuring of the EU, Silke Wettach notes in an article in Wirtschaftswoche. It is not an easy task to scrape together the €1 trillion that Ms von der Leyen has promised for climate protection in Europe by 2027. Almost €485 billion was already earmarked for climate protection in future EU financial planning and €280 billion of investments are to be leveraged through the Invest EU fund. "The European Commission inflated the numbers with an air pump," an EU diplomat complains. Other critics underline that the European Commission paid too little attention to quality in the attempt to somehow get the announced sum. Copying the Juncker Fund without learning from past mistakes does not help, MEP Markus Ferber (EPP) stressed.

What the ecological residential turnaround costs / Was die ökologische Wohn-Wende kostet km-Handelsblatt-DE: "What the ecological residential turnaround costs / Was die ökologische ..." page: 28-29 info: by M.S date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"Bosch stands out positively" / "Bosch fällt positiv auf" km-Handelsblatt-DE: ""Bosch stands out positively" / "Bosch fällt positiv auf"..." page: 48-49 info: by C.Rickens/H.Steinharter date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Greens call for support for EU 'green deal' / Grüne fordern Beistand für EU-"Green Deal" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Greens call for support for EU 'green deal' / Grüne ..." page: 7 info: by D.B date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Excursion into the green / Ausflug ins Grüne km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "Excursion into the green / Ausflug ins Grüne..." page: 40-42 info: by M.Fischer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

On the Green Deal: Trillion-promise from the European Commission / Billionenversprechen der EU-Kommission km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "On the Green Deal: Trillion-promise from the European Commission / ..." page: 42 info: by S.W date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Basel III update to provide relief for green investments

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that currently, green investments are not in high demand but in future, there will be greater support to sustainable investments.When updating the Basel III capital rules, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis wants to provide relief for green investments, it is reported in Wirtschaftswoche. According to EU circles, "in June he will present a proposal for a guideline with a 'Green supporting factor'." Banks would then need to hold less equity capital for green investments. By 2025, the European Banking Authority wanted to investigate whether green investments pose lower risks. It will not be given so much time, however.

Green Soul / Grüne Seele km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Green Soul / Grüne Seele..." page: 18 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Green factor / Grüner Faktor km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "Green factor / Grüner Faktor..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Executive Vice-President Timmermans on European Green Deal: "Society and economy need to be reshaped"

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:29:00 AM CET

In an interview on ZDF, Executive Vice-President Timmermans discusses the European Green Deal. Mr Timmermans reveals that he has had talks with financial markets and banks, including the European Investment Bank (EIB). There is not only a climate crisis, but also an industrial revolution, Mr Timmermans points out. Therefore, society and the economy need to be reshaped. While he cannot guarantee the target sum of €1 trillion, he is "confident that in the next 10 years, we will be able to provide investments of €260 billion to €300 billion in Europe annually to help reshape our society." The rest of the funding has to come from investors, banks and financial markets. Mr Timmermans also emphasises that EU Member States like Poland, who depend on coal energy, need solidarity and support to make the necessary changes. "We cannot afford not to solve this climate crisis," Mr Timmermans concludes.

Interview with Executive Vice-President Timmermans on European Green Deal: "Society and economy need to be reshaped" / ZDF - 16.01.2020 07:11 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with Executive Vice-President Timmermans on European Green Deal km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Executive Vice-President Timmermans on European Green Deal: "Society ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 08:16:00, 00:04:50, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:16:00 AM CET

The financing foreseen for Greece by the Just Transition Fund

[Greece, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

Some Greek media report that the Commission’s decision about the European Green Deal, following President von der Leyen’s initiative, will allocate €7.5 billion, which will reach some €104.5 billion in the next ten years with the national participation and the contribution of the rest EU Funds. The amount foreseen for Greece in the framework of the Just Transition Fund reaches €294 million and according to the Commission’s plan, it will trigger investments amounting to €4 billion. Meanwhile, speaking with Greek radio station Athina, Greek Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Gerasimos Thomas highlighted that Greece has ensured an investment package worth €3.7-4.4 billion with the EU’s “seal” for the financing of projects that strengthen green growth. Mr Thomas mentioned that some €1.8 billion in additional financing is expected from the InvestEU programme, which is the successor of former President Juncker’s Investment Plan. At the same time, several media point out that the Interministerial Committee on Just Transition will meet for the first time today, chaired by Greek Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis and in the presence of Commissioner Ferreira, in order to prepare the plan for the transition of the regions of Western Macedonia and the Municipality of Megalopoli to the post-lignite era. According to euro2day.gr, Ms Ferreira will present the Commission’s plan on the issue.

Γ. Θωμάς: Επενδύσεις 3,7-4,4 δισ. ευρώ στις εξαρτημένες από τον λιγνίτη περιοχές km-capital.gr-GR: "Γ. Θωμάς: Επενδύσεις 3,7-4,4 δισ. ευρώ στις εξαρτημένες από τον ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Συνεδριάζει αύριο η Κυβερνητική Επιτροπή για την απολιγνιτοποίηση km-capital.gr-GR: "Συνεδριάζει αύριο η Κυβερνητική Επιτροπή για την απολιγνιτοποίηση..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Some €3.9 billion investments for the tackling of climate change in Greece / Επενδύσεις 3,9 δισ. ευρώ για την αντιμετώπιση της κλιματικής αλλαγής στην Ελλάδα km-capital.gr-GR: "Some €3.9 billion investments for the tackling of climate change ..." info: by G. ANGELIS date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Greek Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Thomas: Some €4.4 billion resources from the EU for "green growth" / Γ. Θωμάς: Πόροι 4,4 δισ. από την ΕΕ για «πράσινη ανάπτυξη» km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Greek Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister Thomas: Some €4.4 ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Δρομολογείται η απολιγνιτοποίηση – Συνεδριάζει η Κυβερνητική Επιτροπή km-in.gr-GR: "Δρομολογείται η απολιγνιτοποίηση – Συνεδριάζει η Κυβερνητική Επιτροπή..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Μετάβαση σε εποχή χωρίς λιγνίτη με 4,4 δισ. km-Kathimerini-GR: "Μετάβαση σε εποχή χωρίς λιγνίτη με 4,4 δισ...." page: 32 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Επανεκκίνηση των λιγνιτικών περιοχών με 4,4 δισ. ευρώ km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Επανεκκίνηση των λιγνιτικών περιοχών με 4,4 δισ. ευρώ..." page: 36 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Έως 4,4 δισ. ευρώ οι επενδύσεις για την απολιγνιτοποίηση km-Vima-online-GR: "Έως 4,4 δισ. ευρώ οι επενδύσεις για την απολιγνιτοποίηση..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Ferreira: “The work for the transition must start now”

[Greece, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 5:57:00 AM CET

In an interview with Kathimerini, Commissioner Ferreira refers to the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan, noting that the main framework has been created. We must now jointly work so that everything is ready when the new tools are officially finalised, she underlines. Ms Ferreira explains that every country must have a national plan and regional plans for every region that needs support. These plans must be extremely detailed, she adds, noting that the national authorities will suggest the eligible regions, but the Commission will also make recommendations to every country. Ms Ferreira stresses that the Commission must approve the plans so that the financing is granted. It is urgent to complete the negotiations over the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), without which the allocation of resources cannot take place, she notes.

Interview with Commissioner Ferreira: “The work for the transition must start now” / Interview with Commissioner Ferreira: «Η δουλειά για τη μετάβαση πρέπει να αρχίσει τώρα» km-Kathimerini-GR: "Interview with Commissioner Ferreira: “The work for the transition must ..." page: 5 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission: Germany and Poland will benefit the most from the Just Transition Fund

[Greece, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:29:00 AM CET

Capital.gr reports that according to Commission data published yesterday, Germany and Poland are the countries that will benefit the most from the Just Transition Fund, which was planned to help the carbon-dependent regions move towards a greener economy. Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki said that the set-up of the Fund is very good news for Poland, while German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz promised some €4.35 billion as compensation to the companies that use carbon-fired units in Germany. The Commission documents published yesterday mention that Poland and Germany will receive some 40% of the overall €100 billion that will be allocated for investments to regions with the highest CO2 emissions and the most job positions related to fossil fuels.

Κομισιόν: Γερμανία και Πολωνία θα ωφεληθούν περισσότερο από το ταμείο μετάβασης σε μια πιο πράσινη οικονομία km-capital.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Γερμανία και Πολωνία θα ωφεληθούν περισσότερο από το ταμείο ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Article by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira on the European climate plan

[Hungary, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

Népszava publishes an editorial by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira explaining that the climate protection transition defined in the  European Green Deal represents an ethical duty and an economic opportunity at the same time, and leaves us no choice but to change our production and consumption habits. The European Commission decided to adopt a Just Transition Mechanism including a Just Transition Fund to ensure that no-one is left behind during the transition. Member states and regions are in different situations regarding the efforts needed to achieve the EU's ambitious climate goals by 2050, but if we succeed, the number of premature deaths from air pollution may drop significantly. The Just Transition Fund provides fresh funding for economic diversification and employee retraining, as well as mobilising private funds to replace polluting economic activities, while the European Investment Bank will provide loans on favourable terms to local governments to finance green projects: these altogether will implement and promote investments worth €100 billion. With the Green Deal, Europe sets a good example of transition to climate-neutrality and to the new green growth strategy, where a mechanism ensures that all participate in the just transition.

Article by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira on the European climate plan / Az európai klímaterv etikai kötelesség és gazdasági lehetőség km-Nepszava-HU: "Article by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Ferreira on the ..." page: 1,10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Dodging carbon risk tipped as key driver of 2020 Irish M&A

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:13:00 AM CET

The Irish Independent reports that companies are increasingly looking to use merger and acquisition deal-making to limit their environmental risks or to tap opportunities thrown up by market shifts. Two in three executives in Ireland expect climate change goals to factor in those decisions this year, according to an M&A Outlook report. It said: "Climate change and decarbonisation has become one of the dominant global mega-trends featuring centrally on the leadership agenda. Changes in consumer and investor attitudes towards supply chain sustainability, increased regulatory focus and the trajectory of carbon tax rates will be key executive considerations for the year ahead."

Seeing green: Dodging carbon risk tipped as key driver of 2020 Irish M&A / Seeing green: Dodging carbon risk tipped as key driver of 2020 Irish M&A km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Seeing green: Dodging carbon risk tipped as key driver of ..." page: 1 info: by Shawn Pogatchnik date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU puts brakes on Government's plans to ban fossil-fuelled vehicles

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM CET

The Irish Independent reports that the European Commission has said a complete ban on the marketing, import or registration of new petrol and diesel cars in a member state is "not compatible with EU law." This means the government's plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 are not in line with EU law. The government has said it will press ahead with the ban and engage with the EU to ensure it complies with single market rules. A Department of Climate Action spokesperson said plans to phase out diesel and petrol cars in other EU countries meant a "ban on fossil-fuelled cars is now on the EU agenda."

EU puts brakes on Government's plans to ban fossil-fuelled vehicles / EU puts brakes on Government's plans to ban fossil-fuelled vehicles km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU puts brakes on Government's plans to ban fossil-fuelled vehicles ..." page: 8 info: by Hugh O'Connell date: Friday, January 17, 2020

A green, digital agenda for an aging Europe

[Latvia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

Latvijas Avīze reports the interview with Andris Kužnieks, Acting Head of the European Commission's Representation in Latvia. He says the Green Deal was offered because both the member states and the European Commission realised that environmental problems must be addressed urgently. Secondly, the need was emphasised to evaluate each programme for its impact on the vulnerable part of society. The European Commission has already said that 65% of the budget is earmarked for entrepreneurship, research and green areas. Of the five priorities, green areas such as home insulation and digitalisation will receive the most support, he adds.

A green, digital agenda for an aging Europe / Zaļais, digitālais plāns novecojošai Eiropai km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "A green, digital agenda for an aging Europe / Zaļais, ..." page: 1 info: by IVARS BUSMANIS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Lithuanian environmental protection plan is about showing off in front of the European Union, say environmentalists

[Lithuania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

The members of the non-Governmental environmental protection coalition criticized the National Improvement Plan currently being prepared by the Lithuanian Government, Radiocentras reports. The coalition called it an attempt to look good in the eyes of the European Union instead of actually rearranging the economy of Lithuania. The members of the previously mentioned coalition believe that the environmental protection should be included in common state expansion strategy, not presented separately from it, and they expressed their concerns to the Government of Lithuania.

Non-Governmentals: Lithuanian Government see environmental protection same as Grigeo did / Nevyriausybininkai: Lietuvos Vyriausybė į aplinkosaugą žiūri „Grigeo“ mentalitetu km-15min.lt-LT: "Non-Governmentals: Lithuanian Government see environmental protection same as Grigeo did ..." info: by Lukrecijus TubysAktualijų žurnalistas date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Harsh criticism for National Expansion Plan after ecological catastrophes in Lithuania / Po ekologinių katastrofų Lietuvoje – aštri kritika Nacionalianm pažangos planui km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Harsh criticism for National Expansion Plan after ecological catastrophes in ..." info: by Kornelija Mykolaitytė date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lithuanian environmental protection plan is about showing off in front of the European Union, say environmentalists / Lietuvos aplinkosauga kol kas skirta gerai pasirodyti prieš Europos Sąjungą km-Radiocentras-LT: "Lithuanian environmental protection plan is about showing off in front ..." info: Žinios, 2020-01-16 23:29:00, 00:00:25, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:29:00 PM CET

World Meteorological Organisation confirms 2019 as second hottest year on record

[Lithuania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

Delfi.lt writes that according to the World Meteorological Organisation’s consolidated analysis of leading international datasets, the year 2019 was the second warmest year on record after 2016. Averaged global temperature in 2019 was 1.1°C warmer than the average for 1850-1900. 2016 remains the warmest year on record. Due to record levels of climate-damaging CO2 in the atmosphere, extreme weather can be expected in 2020 as well. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said, “On the current path of carbon dioxide emissions, we are heading towards a temperature increase of 3 to 5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.”

World Meteorological Organisation confirms 2019 as second hottest year on record / WMO patvirtina: 2019-ieji buvo antri šilčiausi metai nuo orų stebėjimo pradžios km-Delfi.lt-LT: "World Meteorological Organisation confirms 2019 as second hottest year on ..." info: by ELTA date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Citizens to pay the price of Green Deal

[Netherlands, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:40:00 AM CET

A column in De Telegraaf by Nausicaa Marbe says the amount of money involved in the Green Deal is outrageous. The European Commission juggles with billions that Europe’s citizens eventually have to pay. The Green Deal is supposed to be paid by Brussels, governments and companies, but the costs will eventually be recovered from consumers and taxpayers. Mr Timmermans continues to pedantically address the public, saying that everyone will benefit from his fantasy. Ms Marbe notes that it is questionable that the Green Deal is the best and most efficient approach for CO2 reduction. The EU insists that biomass is a sustainable energy source, while the deforestation that it causes is an ecological catastrophe. The way European politics gains control over businesses is questionable and the sums of money mentioned in the Green Deal are hard to explain to citizens who suffer poverty amid social decline – also in the Netherlands. The Green Deal is likely to become an expensive transition to poverty, confusion and alienation within Europe.

Citizens will pay price for Green Deal / Burger betaalt gelag voor Green Deal km-Telegraaf-NL: "Citizens will pay price for Green Deal / Burger betaalt ..." page: 11 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MEP Grzegorz Tobiszowski: Current proposal of Just Transition Mechanism is unsatisfactory

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:52:00 AM CET

In an interview for Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily, MEP Grzegorz Tobiszowski (ECR / Law and Justice – PiS) comments on the Just Transition Mechanism currently proposed by the European Commission within the Green Deal strategy. Mr Tobiszowski (who used to be Poland’s energy vice-minister) is disappointed with the Brussels’ proposal. The Commission’s President von der Leyen declares launching investments worth €1 trillion and implementing the Investment Plan within a decade. Furthermore, Ms von der Leyen announces applying a cross-border tax on carbon dioxide emissions. But these are merely plans for now, although Mr Tobiszowski appreciates the ideas. The currently proposed contribution to the Just Transition Fund is barely €7.5 billion, which is a very small share of the €100 billion’s allocation originally announced by the Commission. “The economy is a system of interconnected vessels. Thus, we are trying to make the Commission and Brussels politicians realise that the closing of coalmines brings along the economy’s slump in the whole region,” says MEP Tobiszowski.

Apart from climate, one must see a man and business / Poza klimatem musimy widzieć człowieka i biznes km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Apart from climate, one must see a man and business ..." page: 12 info: by Mariusz Andrzej Urbanke date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Prime Minister Morawiecki praises Just Transiftion Fund at V4 summit in Prague

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:52:00 AM CET

TVP2 channel reports on the Visegrád Group (V4) summit in Prague. The agenda of the meeting of V4 and the Chancellor of Austria includes such issues as the new EU budget and the climate policy. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated that the distribution of EU funds under the Just Transition Fund was great news for Poland. He praised European partners of Poland for understanding that Poland had a longer and more difficult road to the climate neutrality. A quarter of the funds allocated for the Just Transition Fund is to be received by Warsaw, especially for the support of coal regions.

V4 summit in Prague / Panorama km-TVP2-PL: "V4 summit in Prague / Panorama..." info: Panorama, 2020-01-16 18:17:00, 00:00:41, by Anna Waśkiewicz date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:17:00 PM CET

S&D MEP Margarida Marques criticises the Just Transition Fund allocation method

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:08:00 AM CET

A couple of Portuguese media reported on S&D MEP Marques' criticism of the distribution of funds of the Just Transition Fund.S&D MEP Margarida Marques criticised the Just Transition Fund allocation method, RTP3 reports. MEP Marques sent a letter to the Commission asking for clarification on the distribution of the funds. In declarations to RTP3, MEP Marques said that between 27 member states, “Portugal is the 17th country, and that is unfair because Portugal invested and cannot be hindered.” Furthermore, MEP Marques considered the distribution unfair. According to the Commission’s proposal, Portugal is expected to receive around 1% of the Just Transition Fund, while other countries such as Poland and Germany together benefit from more than 40% of this fund.According to the Commission’s proposal, Portugal will benefit from 1.1% of the total amount of the Just Transition Fund, Observador.pt reports. In declarations to Observador, S&D MEP Margarida Marques criticised the instrument’s allocation method. “This amount for Portugal does not value the effort the country has made in the transition to green energy.” Moreover, the MEP stated that Commissioner said that this is “an unfair situation, taking into account that each region invested in a different way for its energy transition.” Poland, Germany, and Romania are the EU member states that will benefit the most from the new fund. According to the Commission, at stake is “a just, balanced, and efficient distribution of the resources.” The Commission’s allocation method takes into account the economic, social, and environmental situation of each member state.

Portugal is mid-table in the funds for energy transition. PS MEP criticises the “lack of valorization” from Europe / Portugal a meio da tabela nos fundos para a transição energética. Eurodeputada do PS critica a "falta de valorização" daEuropa km-observador.pt-PT: "Portugal is mid-table in the funds for energy transition. PS ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Portuguese MEP Margarida Marques criticises the Just Transition Fund allocation method / Eurodeputada Portuguese Margarida Marques critica o método de alocação do Fundo de Transição Justa km-RTP3-PT: "Portuguese MEP Margarida Marques criticises the Just Transition Fund allocation ..." info: Notícias 3 às 14, 2020-01-16 14:35:00, 00:01:02, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:35:00 PM CET

Article by Jean Pisani-Ferry on the European Green Deal

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:57:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Jean Pisani-Ferry wrote about the European Green Deal. “Great plans for distant future understandably generate some scepticism. For leaders facing re-election every four or five years, a goal for 2050 is not mandatory,” Mr Pisani-Ferry said. In the author’s opinion, the EU will face opposition from several member states in this green transition. “The European Green Deal is not just one of many EU projects. It is the new defining mission of the Union,” Mr Pisani-Ferry wrote. The author thinks that the plan is ambitious, but that it is not enough and more is needed. According to the author, the Commission is right in defending that decarbonisation and economic growth should go hand in hand.

Europe's new green identity / A nova identidade verde da Europa km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Europe's new green identity / A nova identidade verde da ..." page: 26 info: by Jean Pisani-Ferry date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission presents the Just Transition Fund's allocation method

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 5:14:00 AM CET

The Commission presented the official list with the allocation of funds to aid countries to make the energy transition to a green economy, TSF.pt reports. Poland will receive 25% of the fund, while Germany will receive €900 million. Commissioner Ferreira, responsible for the Just Transition Fund, expects the candidates to be demanding regarding the “level of the projects developed under the regional policy.” Furthermore, Commissioner Ferreira considers that “the global change makes it essential to create conditions for a sufficiently fluid and operational renewable energies market to benefit from a less penalizing production to the planet.” During the presentation of the Just Transition Fund at the plenary session, Executive Vice President Dombrovskis promised to support public authorities and market agents in identifying and developing the projects. Executive Vice President Timmermans stated that the energy transition will make Europe more competitive and benefit the citizens’ well-being. “The Just Transition Mechanism will help the most hindered people, making investments attractive and proposing a financial aid package budgeted for at least €100 billion,” Mr Timmermans said.

Brussels allocates €79.2 million for the energy transition in Portugal / Bruxelas destina 79,2 milhões de euros para transição energética em Portugal km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Brussels allocates €79.2 million for the energy transition in Portugal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Green Deal and the dangers of false hope (Commentary)

[Slovenia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:49:00 AM CET

If you ask the people of Slovenia about the European Green New Deal, not a lot of them will know what you are talking about, a commentary in Mladina writes. The programme that was advertised by President von der Leyen as a historical moment similar to the moon landing definitely did not have the same effect on ordinary people. Nobody was eagerly waiting for reports on the beginning of a new age that humanity was supposedly entering. Not many media channels even put the news on their cover and were it not for the European Commission’s sponsored posts, the news would probably not even reach social networks. This is just another fraudulent attempt of the European Commission to defuse political tensions with the promises of great changes, which do not even seem to be taken seriously by the Commission itself. The original New Deal was a tectonic shift in the economic organisation of the US, as it brought forth a really gigantic redistribution of profits from the capitalists to the workers. This was a deal in the genuine sense of the word. The European Green Deal, however, is something completely different, as it is an agreement between bureaucrats and capitalists, made in an effort to retain the same power ratio. In fact, the new European Commission did nothing else but disguise former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker’s liberal paradigm about “jobs, growth, and competitiveness,” by using more modern words and placing a bit more money around it. Due to the fact that Euro-bureaucrats are Euro-bureaucrats, after all, however, they were not even able to place their fraud in a convincing-enough package, which is why it is really difficult to watch Ms von der Leyen – a career politician with all of the stiffness of a German war minister – paraphrasing US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Moon landing? Give me a break.

The Green Deal and the dangers of false hope (Commentary) / Nevarnost lažnega upanja km-Mladina-SI: "The Green Deal and the dangers of false hope (Commentary) ..." page: 39 info: by N&apos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Brussels just earmarks 4% of environmental transition fund to Spain

[Spain, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

El País and Cinco Días report that Poland, Germany and Romania will take up more than 50% of the Commission’s €100 billion Just Transition Mechanism as their energy output is more polluting, while only 4% of the funding will be earmarked for Spain. The draft text drawn up by the Commission sets four distribution criteria clearly penalising the most-advanced countries in the introduction of renewables, such as Spain. The figure might further decrease if the Transition Mechanism finally taps into structural funds, a possibility pursued for member states advocating putting a curb on spending.

Poland and Germany are biggest beneficiaries of EU environmental transition fund / Polonia y Alemania, los grandes beneficiarios del fondo europeo de transición ecológica km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Poland and Germany are biggest beneficiaries of EU environmental transition ..." page: 31 info: by Cinco Días date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Brussels just earmarks 4% of environmental transition fund to Spain / Bruselas solo concede a España el 4% del Fondo de transición ecológica km-elpais.com-ES: "Brussels just earmarks 4% of environmental transition fund to Spain ..." date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Brussels just earmarks 4% of environmental transition fund to Spain / Bruselas solo concede a España el 4% del fondo para la transición ecológica km-Pais-ES: "Brussels just earmarks 4% of environmental transition fund to Spain ..." page: 45 info: by Bernardo de Miguel date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Commission presents estimates for Just Transition Mechanism

[Sweden, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

News agency TT reports that the European Commission presented its proposal regarding the Just Transition Mechanism, which aims to gather about €100 billion to create new jobs, educate employees and clean up fossil-dependent and emission-heavy regions. The Commission estimates that €7.5 billion will come from the EU budget, which will then be increased further via EU grants, national contributions, and private investments.

640 EU millions to Swedish shift / 640 EU-miljoner till svensk omställning FAKTA km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "640 EU millions to Swedish shift / 640 EU-miljoner till ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Britain's green economy shrinks as jobs vanish in renewables sector

[United Kingdom, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:50:00 AM CET

The Guardian reports that the UK's green economy has been in decline since 2014 as the government prepares to miss targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the decade. The numbers employed in the "low carbon and renewable energy economy" declined by more than 11,000 to 235,900 between 2014 and 2018, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Green businesses dropped from an estimated 93,500 to 88,500 over the same period. Critics blamed the dramatic cut and eventual abolition of subsidies to the solar power industry for the employment loss.

Britain's green economy shrinks as jobs vanish in renewables sector / Britain's green economy shrinks as jobs vanish in renewables sector km-Guardian-GB: "Britain's green economy shrinks as jobs vanish in renewables sector ..." page: 42 info: by Phillip Inman date: Friday, January 17, 2020

COMPETITION

Antitrust rules stirred up by the accelaration of the economy

[Belgium, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

L'Echo writes that according to Freshfields, 2020 could be a key year for antitrust rules in the EU. Anti-competition rules face two significant challenges: digitisation and deglobalisation. In the Broadcom case, the European Commission already took provisional measures before making its final decision in its will to intervene faster. In some cases, such as database platforms, different rules apply at the same time. Tensions arise between competition rules and GDPR. Deglobalisation is gaining importance. "Executive Vice-President Vestager announced two weeks ago that the competition rules would be adjusted. This is an important change we are waiting to see," lawyer Tone Oeyen comments. An increasing number of EU member states are enforcing measures to protect themselves from foreign investments. The EU will adopt common rules on 11 October 2020.

Antitrust rules stirred up by the acceleration of the economy / Les règles antitrust bousculées par l’accélération de l’économie km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Antitrust rules stirred up by the acceleration of the economy ..." page: 14 info: by LAUWERS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Croatian government provides state guarantee for HRK300 million Đuro Đaković loan

[Croatia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:57:00 AM CET

The government decided to provide a state guarantee for an HRK300 million loan for the metal and mechanical engineering group Đuro Đaković Special Vehicles and Đuro Đaković Industrial Solutions, Poslovni Dnevnik reports.  Based in the eastern Croatian city of Slavonski Brod, the company is one of Croatia's largest engineering companies which makes industrial and infrastructure equipment, heavy machinery and vehicles such as locomotives. In 2018, the group posted consolidated revenue of HRK466 million, with a net loss of HRK26.4 million kuna. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the guarantee was provided because the company was important for Brod-Poslavina County and its “stumbling” would affect the county's economic and social situation. Đuro Đaković employs about 850 people, he said, adding that the European Commission had been notified. “With this decision, we are giving Đuro Đaković a chance and will see to it that it is adequately carried out in the days and weeks ahead,” Prime Minister Plenković said. Economy Minister Darko Horvat said the company was unable to ensure stable financing, notably since mid-2019, when a bank which financed the production of goods wagons cancelled further cooperation. This prompted Đuro Đaković to seek an HRK300 million bailout. Minister Horvat said the decision to provide the state guarantee “represents support for a bailout in line with rules on state aid and European Commission guidelines on state aid.” The loan will be used over a six-month period and not after December 31, he added.

Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million state guarantee / Vlada dala državna jamstvu Đuri Đakoviću: ''Ovom odlukom dajemo šansu tvrtki'' km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million state guarantee / Vlada ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million guarantee from the state / Potpora Đuri Đakoviću od 300 milijuna kuna km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million guarantee from the state ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million state guarantee / Vlada je odlučila dati državna jamstva km-HR-1-HR: "Đuro Đaković gets a HRK300 million state guarantee / Vlada ..." info: Ostalo, 2020-01-16 15:01:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:01:00 PM CET

Is this the end of troubles at Đuro Đaković? / Je li višemjesečnim problemima Đure Đakovića došao kraj? km-HTV-HR: "Is this the end of troubles at Đuro Đaković? / ..." info: Ostalo, 2020-01-16 19:30:00, 00:03:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

Croatian government provides state guarantee for HRK300 million Đuro Đaković loan / Prvih 150 mil. kn odmah, ostatak kada odobri EK km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Croatian government provides state guarantee for HRK300 million Đuro Đaković ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The government, along with the European Commission's blessing, guarantees Đuro Đaković loan of HRK300 million / Vlada uz blagoslov Europske komisije jamči Đuri Đakoviću kredit od 300 milijuna kuna km-Tportal.hr-HR: "The government, along with the European Commission's blessing, guarantees Đuro ..." info: by Maja Šurina date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Moroney wants up to €680 million of guarantees

[Croatia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:13:00 AM CET

Better business awaits the Rijeka shipyard 3 Maj and could arrive from Australia. After one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, Scenic Eclipse, was built in the Pula shipyard Uljanik last year, production should resume in Rijeka, writes Novi list. The mega-investment is worth several hundred million euros in total. Satisfied with the work done by Uljanik for them, Australian investors now want to build five more ships like this to be constructed at Rijeka's 3 Maj shipyard. Glen Moroney, the owner of Scenic Group with extensive shipbuilding experience, is behind the whole project. The job would go on until at least until 2026, which would mean a minimum of €850 million of new investments in the Rijeka shipyard. However, to make this possible, Mr Moroney wants the Croatian government to back them with state guarantees.

Moroney wants up to €680 million of guarantees / Moroney traži i do 680 milijuna eura jamstava km-Novi-List-HR: "Moroney wants up to €680 million of guarantees / Moroney ..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Executive Vice-President Vestager on Maersk criticism: Challenge makes us better

[Denmark, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:11:00 AM CET

Børsen reports that on Thursday, Executive Vice-President Vestager attended a conference where she used the opportunity to respond to Maersk CEO Søren Skou’s criticism of the EU's rules of competition.Specifically, he has criticised Executive VP Vestager and the rest of the European Commission for last year’s block of the merger between the train divisions of Alstom and Siemens. At the conference, Executive VP Vestager stated that the European Commission had searched globally for any sort of competitor to the proposed train merger, but failed to find one relevant. In general, one becomes more able to compete by being challenged, and the fundamental idea of the rules of competition is that none is exempt from being challenged, she added.

Executive Vice-President Vestager on Maersk criticism: Challenge makes us better / Vestager efter Mærsk-kritik: Udfordring gør os dygtigere km-Borsen-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager on Maersk criticism: Challenge makes us better ..." page: 14 info: by Peter Søndergaard date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Nuclear electricity: the government's plan to save EDF

[France, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:56:00 AM CET

The French government will review its rules on the nuclear electricity commercialisation, Les Echos reports. For now, the Arenh disposal binds EDF to sell a part of its nuclear electricity to its competitors, to prices under the European market’s rates. The government is jointly working with the European Commission to establish a new disposal. The Commission wants it to respect the European Competition rules. The new disposal would bind EDF to sell most of its nuclear electricity at a stable, moderate, and framed prices on the European market. With the benefits, the French government wants EDF to invest in the renewal of its nuclear facilities.

A device designed to develop competition / Un dispositif pensé pour développer la concurrence km-Echos-FR: "A device designed to develop competition / Un dispositif pensé ..." page: 21 info: by CRE date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Nuclear electricity: the government's plan to save EDF / Électricité nucléaire : le plan du gouvernement pour sauver EDF km-Echos-FR: "Nuclear electricity: the government's plan to save EDF / Électricité ..." page: 21 info: by Hortense Goulard date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The state proposes a new regulation of nuclear prices / L'Etat propose une nouvelle régulation des prix du nucléaire km-Figaro-FR: "The state proposes a new regulation of nuclear prices / ..." page: 21 info: by C. PL date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission approves new extension to the Greek guarantee scheme for the banks

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 6:48:00 AM CET

Some media report that the Commission announced yesterday the prolongation of the State guarantee scheme for Greek credit institutions until 31 May 2020. The extension took place given that the liquidity of the Greek banks is gradually improving, but challenges still remain, as the Commission stressed. The Commission noted that the six-month extension of the guarantee scheme is compatible with the EU State aid rules because it is targeted, proportionate and limited in time and scope.

New extension to the Greek guarantee scheme / Νέα παράταση στο ελληνικό καθεστώς εγγυήσεων km-Avghi-GR: "New extension to the Greek guarantee scheme / Νέα παράταση ..." page: 19 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Κομισιόν: Παράταση ως 31/5 του ελληνικού καθεστώτος εγγυήσεων για τις τράπεζες km-capital.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Παράταση ως 31/5 του ελληνικού καθεστώτος εγγυήσεων για τις ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

New extension to the banks’ State guarantees / Νέα παράταση στις κρατικές εγγυήσεις των τραπεζών km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "New extension to the banks’ State guarantees / Νέα παράταση ..." page: 24 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Κομισιόν: Νέα παράταση στο ελληνικό καθεστώς εγγυήσεων για τις τράπεζες km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Νέα παράταση στο ελληνικό καθεστώς εγγυήσεων για τις τράπεζες..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Κομισιόν: Εγκρίθηκε η παράταση του ελληνικού καθεστώτος εγγυήσεων για τις τράπεζες km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Εγκρίθηκε η παράταση του ελληνικού καθεστώτος εγγυήσεων για τις ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Extension of banks’ State guarantees / Παράταση των κρατικών εγγυήσεων για τις τράπεζες km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Extension of banks’ State guarantees / Παράταση των κρατικών εγγυήσεων ..." page: 5 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission launches consultation to revise EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 6:34:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that the Commission proceeds to important changes of the standing EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) so that new goals can be aligned with European Green Deal for zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Commission announced the launch of a public consultation inviting all interested parties to revise EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines. One of the changes promoted by the Commission is to shorten the number of sectors eligible for counterbalancing compensation, as well as lowering the compensation rate. Given that many international partners do not share the same ambition with the EU, there is risk for carbon leakage. The consultation will conclude on 10 March 2020.

Κομισιόν: Παράθυρο για λειτουργία λιγνιτικών μέχρι το 2030 km-capital.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Παράθυρο για λειτουργία λιγνιτικών μέχρι το 2030..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Big changes in the EU emissions trading system / Μεγάλες αλλαγές στο σύστημα εμπορίας ρύπων km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Big changes in the EU emissions trading system / Μεγάλες ..." page: 4 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission declares that the sale of Piraeus Bank's Bulgarian subsidiary was legal

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 6:45:00 AM CET

Efimerida ton Syntakton reports that the sale of Piraeus Bank’s Bulgarian subsidiary to Eurobank was in accordance with European regulations on State aid, according to a Commission decision. In this manner, the issue of the appeal made by one of the unsuccessful bidders was resolved. The Commission noted that despite the fact that Piraeus Bank did indeed sell its Bulgarian subsidiary after the deadline foreseen by the commitments, this short delay did not affect the compatibility of the aid granted by Greece for the restructuring of Piraeus Bank in 2015.

Εν συντομία km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Εν συντομία..." page: 17 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary joins in Flybe attack

[Ireland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:13:00 AM CET

The Irish Examiner reports that Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has attacked the UK government-backed rescue of regional airline Flybe. He has written to UK Chancellor Sajid Javid calling on him to extend the same benefits to the airline's rivals. Flybe was kept afloat earlier this week after its shareholders agreed to invest more money alongside a UK government support plan, but details of that support have not been made public. Media reports say that it involves the deferral of the UK's air-passenger duty and a potential government loan. The British government has defended the rescue deal and said it is fully compliant with the EU's state-aid rules.

O'Leary joins in Flybe attack / O'Leary joins in Flybe attack km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "O'Leary joins in Flybe attack / O'Leary joins in Flybe ..." page: 15 info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Competitors complain about British illegal state aid to airline Flybe

[Netherlands, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:41:00 AM CET

NRC Next reports that Irish airline Ryanair opposes the rescue of its British competitor Flybe. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stated in a letter to the British domestic minister that the emergency loan from the British government to Flybe is "clearly illegal state aid." IAG, the parent enterprise of British Airways, has submitted a complaint with the European Commission.

Competitors complain about British illegal state aid to airline Flybe / Luchtvaart Concurrenten tegen redding van Britse maatschappij Flybe km-NRC-Next-NL: "Competitors complain about British illegal state aid to airline Flybe ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU court upholds Iberpotash fine

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

El Periódico de Catalunya and La Vanguardia report that the General Court of the European Union (CJEU) yesterday dismissed the appeal filed by Iberpotash against a fine imposed by the European Commission over illegal state aid. The CJEU has sided with the Commission, ruling that the company will not be able to recover the €5.8 million penalty.

EU court upholds Iberpotash fine / La justicia de la UE ratifica una multa a Iberpotash km-Periodico-ES: "EU court upholds Iberpotash fine / La justicia de la ..." page: 21 info: by EDUARDO LÓPEZ ALONSO date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU court upholds Iberpotash received illegal aid / La justicia europea ratifica que Iberpotash recibió ayudas ilegales km-Vanguardia-ES: "EU court upholds Iberpotash received illegal aid / La justicia ..." page: 51 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ryanair court threat over Flybe tax break

[United Kingdom, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:52:00 AM CET

The Daily Express reports that ministers are coming under pressure to explain the rescue deal struck with regional airline FlyBe as Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary added his voice to criticisms. In a letter to Chancellor Sajid Javid, he urged that all of the company's rivals should be given the same chance to defer their tax bills, "otherwise, this government subsidy to the billionaire owners of Flybe will be in breach of competition law and state aid rules." His intervention came after IAG, parent company of British Airways, made an official complaint to the European Commission. Downing Street insists no state aid has been given to support the company.

Ryanair court threat over Flybe tax break / Ryanair court threat over Flybe tax break km-Daily-Express-GB: "Ryanair court threat over Flybe tax break / Ryanair court ..." page: 47 info: by DAVID SHAND date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Flybe in the ointment: the EU could use bailout to turn screw on UK / Flybe in the ointment: the EU could use bailout to turn screw on UK km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "Flybe in the ointment: the EU could use bailout to ..." page: 4 info: by James Crisp date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ryanair chief joins critics of Flybe rescue / Ryanair chief joins critics of Flybe rescue km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "Ryanair chief joins critics of Flybe rescue / Ryanair chief ..." page: 17 info: by Tanya Powley date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Flybe rival in threat to sue over 'bailout' / Flybe rival in threat to sue over 'bailout' km-Times-GB: "Flybe rival in threat to sue over 'bailout' / Flybe ..." page: 37 info: by Alex Ralph date: Friday, January 17, 2020

CONSUMER_POLICY

The traffic light food rating system helps distinguish healthy and unhealthy food, but Croatia does not intend to introduce it

[Croatia, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

In order to help citizens distinct healthy food from the less healthy one, a new label is to be introduced EU-wide, Dnevnik.hr reports. This label has already been introduced in some EU member states, prior to the approval by the European Commission, as this label is not mandatory but optional. Minister of Agriculture Vučković states they have not yet considered introducing the label, although it “certainly has its advantages”. MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D) stated that Croatia could introduce the label tomorrow and it would not cost the state a penny but would improve the nation’s health chart.

The traffic light food rating system helps distinguish healthy and unhealthy food, but Croatia does not intend to introduce it  / Ove oznake pomažu da svatko lako razlikuje zdravu od nezdrave hrane, ali Hrvatska ih ne namjerava uvesti: "Nismo to ozbiljno razmatrali" km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "The traffic light food rating system helps distinguish healthy and ..." info: by Jelena Rastočić date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Slovenia with one of the highest growths of prices of apartment real estate in EU in third quarter

[Slovenia, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:51:00 AM CET

According to Eurostat, in the third quarter of last year, the prices of apartment real estate in the eurozone and the EU were 4.1% higher compared to the same period of 2018, STA, Delo, Dnevnik, and Večer report. At the annual level, the prices grew in all of the states providing the relevant data to Eurostat. They grew the most in Latvia (13.5%), Slovakia (11.5%), and Luxembourg (11.3%). Compared to the third quarter of 2018, the prices in Slovenia grew by 8.5% and by 3.1% compared to the second quarter of 2019. The only state recording higher growth at the quarterly level was Latvia (3.9%). The only states recording drops of prices at the quarterly level in last year’s third quarter were Cyprus (-5.9%), Hungary (-1.5%), Denmark (-0.6%), Italy (-0.3%), and Finland (-0.1%).

Prices of Slovenian real estate among the fastest growing / Cene slovenskih nepremičnin med najhitreje rastočimi km-Delo-SI: "Prices of Slovenian real estate among the fastest growing / ..." page: 9 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

V Sloveniji cene stanovanj rasle najhitreje km-Dnevnik-SI: "V Sloveniji cene stanovanj rasle najhitreje..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Slovenia with one of the highest growths of prices of apartment real estate in EU in third quarter / Slovenija v tretjem četrtletju z eno najvišjih rasti cen stanovanjskih nepremičnin v EU km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenia with one of the highest growths of prices of ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cene stanovanj višje km-Vecer-SI: "Cene stanovanj višje..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

CULTURE

Slovakia preparing for ECOC title

[Slovakia, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 4:30:00 AM CET

Between €20 and 30 million will be allocated for the ECOC project in the 2021-2027 period, said Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Informatisation Richard Raši as reported by Plus jeden deň. In 2026, one Slovak and one Finnish city be hold the ECOC title.

Millions to be allocated for ECOC / Na Európske hlavné mesto kultúry chystajú milióny km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Millions to be allocated for ECOC / Na Európske hlavné ..." page: 3 info: by TASR date: Friday, January 17, 2020

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

Programme to save Europe's ecosystems

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:24:00 AM CET

Le Vif writes about a project in which intelligent robot-animals infiltrate damaged ecosystems. This crazy project, called ASSISIbf is funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme of the European Commission. Researchers in France, Switzerland, Portugal, Austria, Croatia and Germany have brainstormed to fight against the destruction of ecosystems since 2013. In Austria, a bee-robot was invented which would pollinate the crops, and in Switzerland, a mechanical fish was created. The goal is simple: to mingle with their respective living congeners, imitate their behaviour, understand it, influence it and, ultimately, communicate it to another animal group.

A collective robo-animal intelligence / Une intelligence collective robotico-animale km-Vif---L-express-BE: "A collective robo-animal intelligence / Une intelligence collective robotico-animale..." page: 93 info: by Mathot date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rana Foroohar: "Parts of Europe are already being sucked into the Chinese digital ecosystem"

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:24:00 AM CET

Demorgen.be publishes an interview with journalist Rana Foroohar. Ms Foroohar believes that Executive Vice-President Vestager does a wonderful job as she carries out the message "enough is enough". She is worried about China as the country is developing its own closed-off digital ecosystem. She wonders which side Europe will choose: "Parts of Europe, such as Germany and Italy, are already being sucked in the Chinese ecosystem by the Chinese 5G technology they bought." She believes that Europe should watch out and not leave all the infrastructure to China. On the other hand, it should also not hesitate to berate the American tech giants. Ms Foroohar notes that the next ten years will be very turbulent and could end in the US, China and Europe all going their own merry way.

"Many people do not comprehend that we have become the willing puppets of Silicon Valley" / ‘Veel mensen beseffen nog altijd niet dat ze gewillige marionetten van Silicon Valley zijn geworden’ km-demorgen.be-BE: ""Many people do not comprehend that we have become the ..." info: by Van Springel date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

As much as 86% of Croatian employers are giving out company cell-phones

[Croatia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

According to Eurostat, Croatia ranks well above the EU average when it comes to the use of company mobile phones, laptops and tablets with access to the internet, Poslovni dnevnik writes. 86% of Croatian employers provide their employees with internet-enabled devices, more than in the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Austria. On the other hand, Croatia is certainly lagging behind when it comes to respecting the working hours, which Eurostat does not record.

As much as 86% of Croatian employers are giving out company cell-phones / Čak 86% hrvatskih poslodavaca daje službene mobitele km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "As much as 86% of Croatian employers are giving out ..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton on the need for an EU strategy on data and artificial intelligence

[Denmark, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

In an interview with Politiken, Commissioner Breton states that the EU needs a strategy for data and artificial intelligence, because 4-6 companies handle 80% of the data of the world. Commissioner Breton states that it is important to the President von der Leyen-led European Commission to present such a strategy to protect the EU citizens' rights and secure growth. He explains that it is his job to introduce legislation setting clear boundaries for data or artificial intelligence with which companies must comply. He adds that he works well with Executive Vice-President Vestager, dismissing rumours of disagreements.

Interview with Commissioner Breton on the need for an EU strategy on data and artificial intelligence / Interview with Commissioner Breton: Når det gælder data, så vil der være et før og efter Von der Leyen-kommissionen. Det bør alle forstå km-Politiken-DK: "Interview with Commissioner Breton on the need for an EU ..." page: 6 info: by Nilas Heinskou date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe has no choice but to ban Huawei (column)

[France, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:53:00 AM CET

In his column in Les Echos, Le Boucher writes that among the technological war between the US and China, Europe has no choice but to ban Huawei and rally the US's position. This would be an opportunity to build a technological industry able to compete with the two giants. It would be a difficult, costly and dangerous choice, but an essential one. He regrets EU’s "hesitation" on this issue, despite that digital technology is one of the priorities of President Ursula von der Leyen. He believes that Europe has all the necessary scientific knowledge and financial resources to be a major player. Europe must stop being a supplier of talents to the Americans and the Chinese and establish technological nationalism.

Ban Huawei? Europe has no choice / Interdire Huawei ? L'Europe n'a pas le choix km-Echos-FR: "Ban Huawei? Europe has no choice / Interdire Huawei ? ..." page: 12 info: by D'ERIC LE BOUCHER date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton on EU's data strategy: "It is time to offer our citizens and businesses a safe haven"

[Germany, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:58:00 AM CET

In Handesblatt a extensive report on EU data strategy is published, including exclusive statements by Commissioner Breton.With the digitisation of industry, mobility and health care, there will be "a new wave and we need to be capable of saving it," Mr Breton told Handelsblatt in an article on the new EU data strategy. One must offer citizens and enterprises a safe harbour, in which data is available for them and will be stored and processed in Europe and not in the US or China. Mr Breton will present the new data strategy on 19 February and highlighted: "Our rules are clear, our storage solutions are safe and nobody uses their data against their will." With this strategy, Mr Breton addresses President von der Leyen's and Chancellor Merkel's plan to strengthen Europe's technological sovereignty.A second article in Handelsblatt by Till Hoppe reports further on Mr Breton's EU digital strategy. "We do not just need an AI strategy because AI is basically just a form of using data," Mr Breton is cited. "We can only have a clear AI strategy with a clear data policy," he emphasised. Therefore, Mr Breton together with Executive Vice-President Vestager will present a new data and AI strategy on 19 February. "In order for European companies to keep up with the competition in Asia and the US, they would have to be able to access large amounts of data more easily", Mr Breton explained, and promised to create "very clear rules". In addition, he also wants to regulate processing and storage. "Non-European providers are welcome as long as they respect our rules," he stressed.

Brussels' new data strategy / Brüssels neue Datenstrategie km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Brussels' new data strategy / Brüssels neue Datenstrategie..." page: 6-7 info: by T.Hoppe date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton: Strengthen Europe's technologic sovereignty by EU data strategy / Neue Datenmacht Europa km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: Strengthen Europe's technologic sovereignty by EU ..." page: 3 info: by T.Hoppe date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU may ban facial-recognition technology over fears of abuse

[Ireland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

The Irish Independent reports that the European Union is considering a ban on facial-recognition surveillance in public areas to allow time to work out how to prevent abuses of the technology. The European Commission said tough rules may have to be introduced to bolster existing regulations protecting Europeans' privacy and data rights.

EU may ban facial-recognition technology over fears of abuse / EU may ban facial-recognition technology over fears of abuse km-independent.ie-IE: "EU may ban facial-recognition technology over fears of abuse / ..." info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Dutch official: “EU needs to do more to stimulate technology and innovation”

[Netherlands, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46:00 AM CET

Dutch top official for Economic Affairs Maarten Camps said that Europe needs to work harder to economically keep up with the US and China with regards to technology and innovation, Trouw reports. It is not surprising that Europe has no major tech companies because the European market is much too fragmented. Trying to solve this issue, the EU is met with opposition by member states that fear that their national sovereignty is at stake. Member states are also afraid to spend money on innovation because they do not consider future profits. Another problem is Europe’s tendency to regulate innovation too strictly out of fear that innovations will spin out of control with regards to ethics and privacy. Mr Camps also notes that the protectionism of China and the US disadvantages the EU. He also thinks the EU’s system of profit tax needs to change. A common tax system is a far-reaching solution, but also the best possible one to avoid a race to the bottom.

Dutch official: “EU needs to do more to stimulate technology and innovation” / Zonder een nieuwe 'Nokia' staat Europa 2-0 achter op China en VS km-Trouw-NL: "Dutch official: “EU needs to do more to stimulate technology ..." page: 18 info: by Dirk Waterval date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Companies from US and China should adhere to our rules”

[Netherlands, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46:00 AM CET

In an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad, Commissioner Breton says he is concerned about the disadvantage of European internet companies compared to their American and Chinese competitors. Mr Breton underlines that he is no protectionist and that he will not discriminate American and Chinese tech companies. These companies remain welcome in an open Europe. “But they will have to abide by our rules – including the ones about state aid and unfair competition,” Mr Breton said. He adds that Brussels needs to tighten many digital rules and directives because the EU so far has been too casual with regards to Internet data. The EU should become better organised to create value from its own data, Mr Breton thinks. He refutes that he is vulnerable to conflicts of interest in his role as Commissioner due to his business background. Mr Breton says a much wider exchange of information in the EU requires that certain hurdles need to be removed. This will aid innovative start-ups and result in economic success.

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Companies from US and China should adhere to our rules” / ‘Bedrijf uit VS en China moet zich aan ónze regels houden’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Companies from US and China should ..." page: 8 info: by Ria Cats date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Thierry Breton “Europeans must be deciding on their own data”

[Poland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:51:00 AM CET

In an interview for Rzeczpospolita daily, the Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton concentrates on the EU data protection policy. Mr Breton emphasizes that the European economy represents one-fourth of global economy and generates lots of data. Therefore, it is important that the EU organized the data management so that their processing could be controlled. In two weeks' time, the European Commission will present a document on the subject, which is to fulfil a simple objective - the EU needs to establish certain rules to ensure that Europeans decide for themselves on how to manage their data. Mr Breton assures that the EU will remain open to companies from outside the EU, but according to its own rules. It is important to bear in mind that there are Europeans behind this data, their way of life, values and who they are. Mr Breton adds that the most important thing is that everybody who generates data understood that this type of data have a value which grows every day. Luckily, increasingly many companies in Europe understand it.

Interview with Commissioner Thierry Breton “Europeans must be deciding on their own data” / Europejczycy muszą sami decydować o swoich danych km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Interview with Commissioner Thierry Breton “Europeans must be deciding on ..." page: 1 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton: “Multinationals will need to adapt to us, not otherwise”

[Spain, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 8:01:00 AM CET

In an El Mundo interview, Commissioner Breton highlights his extensive experience but also the fact that he has many vested interests and friends in sectors he will now regulate. The EU’s future data strategy, the industrial policy and 5G development measures are at the top of his agenda. “Big multinationals should not be afraid, but will need to adapt to us and our rules, not otherwise.” Mr Breton adds: “No one should be able to access our data without consent, and unfortunately that happens today.” Asked about the 5G challenge, he says it needs to be regulated “carefully and be strict because all networks are interconnected in the EU.”

Interview with Commissioner Breton: “Multinationals will need to adapt to us, not otherwise” / Interview with Commissioner Breton: «Las multinacionales tendrán que adaptarse a nosotros, no al revés» km-Mundo-ES: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: “Multinationals will need to adapt to ..." page: 40 info: by PABLO R. SUANZES date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Give us an alternative to Huawei, Britain tells US

[United Kingdom, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:53:00 AM CET

The Times reports that British officials have criticised the US for not coming up with alternatives to using Huawei in Britain's 5G network while continuing to push for the UK to fall in line with the US and its ban on the Chinese tech firm. US President Donald Trump's administration has threatened to downgrade intelligence sharing with the UK unless Britain complied with the ban, which it imposed amid claims it was in effect an arm of the Chinese state. It notes that Commissioner Hogan, who is in the US discussing EU trade, suggested Britain ignore the "sabre-rattling" threats and "call their bluff."

BORIS 5G BLUFF / BORIS 5G BLUFF km-Sun-UK-GB: "BORIS 5G BLUFF / BORIS 5G BLUFF..." page: 2 info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Give us an alternative to Huawei, Britain tells US / Give us an alternative to Huawei, Britain tells US km-Times-GB: "Give us an alternative to Huawei, Britain tells US / ..." page: 12 info: by Francis Elliott date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

Commentary: UK can prosper outside the EU

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:02:00 AM CET

In a Wiener Zeitung commentary, Christian Ortner discusses Brexit. There are good chances that the United Kingdom can prospers even outside of the EU. The UK economy is able to adapt and can do well when the country engages in a liberal trade policy. The United Kingdom has a strong market economy and free trade tradition, which is in contrast with the bad habit of command economy thinking that is common especially in France and also has a strong impact on EU institutions. This will give the UK considerable advantages, says the commentary.

Commentary: UK can prosper outside the EU / Unterschätzt die Briten nicht! km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Commentary: UK can prosper outside the EU / Unterschätzt die ..." page: 2 info: by Christian Ortner date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The ECB is more optimistic regarding European economy

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:24:00 AM CET

Several Belgian sources report on the ECB and the economic context.L'Echo states that minutes published on Thursday show that the ECB was optimistic about the economy during a meeting in December even if it deemed an accommodating monetary policy was needed. Following this meeting, President Lagarde kept the same policy even though she made several negative predictions regarding political risk and the manufacturing sector in the euro area. The Council also concluded that even though the negative interest rates had undesirable effects mainly on the bank sector, they globally had a positive impact. Trends Tendances looks ahead to possible changes in the ECB's monetary policy. President Lagarde explains that there is nothing peculiar with carrying out a strategic review of the central bank's policy. Ms Lagarde is of the opinion that the ECB must be able to face challenges such as technological revolutions, climate change and increased inequality. Economist Peter Vanden Houte believes that the ECB could well increase its bond purchases and focus on green bonds. He further details why it is important to ensure a certain inflation level. In the same weekly, economist Philippe Ledent chats about the effects of higher interest rates by the ECB after its strategic review. He notes that the long-term rates would then increase, which would have a negative impact on the member states' budgets, especially those with high sovereign debt.

The ECB is more optimistic regarding European economy / La Bce plus optimiste pour l’économie européenne km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The ECB is more optimistic regarding European economy / La ..." page: 24 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Central Bank on the verge of a substantial overhaul / La Banque centrale européenne remet tout à plat km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "European Central Bank on the verge of a substantial overhaul ..." page: 92-93 info: by DE WITTE date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The central banks are stuck / De centrale banken zitten klem km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "The central banks are stuck / De centrale banken zitten ..." page: 24 info: by DE WITTE date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

End of negative rates in the euro area? Not so fast... / Fin des taux négatifs en zone euro? Pas si vite… km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "End of negative rates in the euro area? Not so ..." page: 18 info: by Ledent date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

More expensive houses

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 4:57:00 AM CET

De Tijd reports that house prices in the euro area have increased by 4.1% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, according to Eurostat.

More expensive houses / Duurdere huizen km-Tijd-BE: "More expensive houses / Duurdere huizen..." page: 24 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Rents have grown by nearly 40% since 2007

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:04:00 AM CET

Rents in Bulgaria have grown by nearly 40% between 2007 and the third quarter of 2019, Eurostat data published yesterday shows, as cited by Trud daily. Rent levels have risen the most in Lithuania (+101.1%), the Czech Republic (+78.6%) and Hungary (+67.8%). In September 2019 house prices in Bulgaria were 12% higher compared to their levels in 2007. Since 2007 house prices have increased in 22 EU member states with the highest growth observed in Austria (+85.5%).

Rents have grown by nearly 40 percent since 2007 / Наемите на жилища нараснаха с близо 40% km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Rents have grown by nearly 40 percent since 2007 / ..." page: 6 info: by Стефан КЮЧУКОВ date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Minimum wage has to grow by HRK400

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

The EU has a new major task - establishing a fair minimum wage on the EU level, writes Večernji list. The proposal to create a common framework on minimum wage is part of President von der Leyen’s pledge for a “strong social Europe.” Despite the moderate wage growth in recent decades in some member states, the EU executive has warned that “the situation of low wage workers has worsened and wage inequalities have increased.” The first proposal is to limit the minimum wage to sixty percent of the median wage in every member state. The idea is backed by Vice-President Timmermans. Commissioner Schmit believes this could change the lives of millions of Europeans. If such a limit was implemented in Croatia, the minimum wage should grow by HRK400.

Minimum wage has to grow by HRK400 / Dio EU želi isti minimalac za sve, kod nas bi morao rasti za 400 kn km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Minimum wage has to grow by HRK400 / Dio EU ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Minimum wage - a step towards a strong social Europe (Commentary)

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15:00 AM CET

Croatian unionists received strong support from the new European Commission, which has defined “strong social Europe” as one of the priorities, writes the author of the commentary published by Večernji list. Unions throughout Europe have called for the limitation of the minimum wage to two-thirds of the median wage, and MEPs from the Left have supported the idea. As a result, the Commission has launched the process of reconciliation between employers and trade unions, in order to limit the minimum wage to 60% of the median wage. The proposal would not introduce an EU-wide minimum wage, rather 27 or 28 of them. However, such a decision would force national governments in Europe to be more social.

Minimum wage-a step towards a strong social Europe / minimalac - korak prema jakoj socijalnoj Europi km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Minimum wage-a step towards a strong social Europe / minimalac ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ECB officials voice concern about impact of negative interest rates

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:13:00 AM CET

Phileleftheros reports that some European Central Bank officials warned at their latest policy meeting about the possible adverse side effects of negative interest rates, according to minutes of the meeting. In particular, some officials "underlined the need to remain cautious for the potential negative impact of the current monetary policy measures." The bank will have to continue monitoring the impact of the monetary policy on the banks, the markets and especially on the stock exchange, the housing market and the commercial real estate. Concern was also expressed over the potential impact of the negative interest rates on eurozone households, with officials stressing that savings and consumption must be closely monitored. Overall, the ECB Governing Board expressed its trust in the monetary policy decisions, noting that "the reduction of the cost of borrowing for businesses and households continues to support consumption and investments." Phileleftheros reminds raders that at its latest policy meeting, the ECB board decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility would remain unchanged at 0.00%, 0.25% and -0.50% respectively.

ECB: The concerns over negative interest rates are maintained / ΕΚΤ: Διατηρούνται οι ανησυχίες για τα αρνητικά επιτόκια km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ECB: The concerns over negative interest rates are maintained / ..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Estonia- Finance Committee member: pension reform will bring nothing positive

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

The Finance Committee of the Riigikogu plans to send the draft pension reform to the second reading within a few weeks, ETV news report. The opposition is convinced that the reform will bring nothing positive. "Today's debate is simply incapable of identifying anything positive that this bill would bring. It does nothing positive for future retirees, current pension collectors, and it does nothing positive for the economy. All the effects are negative." member of the committee Aivar Sõerd (Reform) said. "There were no people in this hall who pay money into the funds. If you ask the Estonian people, today all the surveys show that most people in Estonia want the second pension pillar to be voluntary," said Aivar Kokk (ProPatria), head of the Finance Committee. ProPatria has openly stated prior to the talks that they support the reform. At the same time, the Finance Committee plans to make some changes to the bill, such as allowing all money to be withdrawn at once and giving pension funds the opportunity to borrow significantly more than before. However, it is unlikely that those wishing to receive the money or transfer it to their investment account as early as January 1 next year, as previously planned.

Rahanduskomisjonis toimub suur pensionireformi arutelu. Kas farss või reaalne kaasamisaktsioon? km-Delfi.ee-EE: "Rahanduskomisjonis toimub suur pensionireformi arutelu. Kas farss või reaalne kaasamisaktsioon?..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Estonia- Finance Committee member: pension reform will bring nothing positive / Sõerd: pensionireform ei too mitte midagi positiivset km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonia- Finance Committee member: pension reform will bring nothing positive ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-01-17 06:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Friday, January 17, 2020 6:30:00 AM CET

Finance Committee member: pension reform will bring nothing positive / Sõerd: pensionireform ei too mitte midagi positiivset km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Finance Committee member: pension reform will bring nothing positive / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The winners and losers of low rate policy

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 3:00:00 AM CET

Le Monde reports that in 2019, it became clear that low rates and very accommodative monetary policies were going to continue in the long term. Speaking in Paris on 9 January, Banque de France Governor Villeroy de Galhau said that central banks were not solely responsible for low interest rates, pointing to other structural causes, such as the global growth slowdown and excess savings. Furthermore, France will lower its Livret A rate to an unprecedented 0.5%, on 1 February. Le Monde explains that these low rates penalise savers and put pressure on the profitability of banks and insurers but benefit borrowers as well as States and their taxpayers.

The winners and losers of low rate policy / Les gagnants et les perdants de la politique des taux bas km-Monde-FR: "The winners and losers of low rate policy / Les ..." page: 13 info: by vé. ch date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Guest contribution: Brexit endangers the UK as a Mecca for creative talent

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:31:00 AM CET

In a guest contribution in Wirtschaftswoche, Saatchi & Saatchi Germany CEO Christian Rätsch argues that Brexit threatens the creative industries in the UK. The UK has the highest turnover of these industries in the EU and the government is investing in supporting advertisers, artists, architects, filmmakers, journalists and book authors. A quarter of this workforce comes from outside the UK, however. Brexit is endangering the UK as a Mecca for creative talent, Mr Rätsch believes. Berlin, Düsseldorf or Hamburg could now attract the creative nomads.

London Calling? Germany Calling! / London Calling? Germany Calling! km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "London Calling? Germany Calling! / London Calling? Germany Calling!..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Italy cannot afford the billions to save ailing banks

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

Banca Popolare di Bari is the next bank threatened with bankruptcy in Italy, Hans-Jürgen Schlamp notes in an article in Wirtschaftswoche, emphasising that the highly indebted state cannot afford the billions to save ailing banks. Some experts are worried that Italy's banking problems could endanger the entire monetary union. If the country slides into recession, the banking system will have to be recapitalised. However, the Italian government may have difficulty with the high debt and large budget deficit, according to US investment firm Columbia Threadneedle.

The Law of the Family / Das Gesetz der Familie km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "The Law of the Family / Das Gesetz der Familie..." page: 35-37 info: by h.j.s date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Institutions focus on the insolvency law revision

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:16:00 AM CET

Some media report that the talks between the Greek government and institutions’ technical teams focus on the reform of insolvency law. At the same time, the institutions’ technical teams met yesterday with the Hellenic Bank Association (HBA). The two sides discussed the challenges for the banking sector, the electronic auctions, the primary residence protection and the non-performing loans (NPLs). The institutions’ technical teams will meet today with the Greek Environment and Energy Ministry officials. Efimerida Ton Sintakton reports that during visit-inspection at the Greek Labour Ministry, the institutions’ technical teams seem to have found a gap of €300 million in the budget of measures for the new pension draft law.

Tρύπα 300 εκατ. στο ασφαλιστικό km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Tρύπα 300 εκατ. στο ασφαλιστικό..." page: 16,17 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Αρχίζει σήμερα η διαπραγμάτευση για τα ενεργειακά km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Αρχίζει σήμερα η διαπραγμάτευση για τα ενεργειακά..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

What did the banks and institutions discuss / Τι συζήτησαν πιστωτικά ιδρύματα και θεσμοί km-Naftemporiki-GR: "What did the banks and institutions discuss / Τι συζήτησαν ..." page: 5 info: by Irene Sakellari date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ΥΠΕΝ-Θεσμοί: ΔΕΠΑ, Target Model και άνοιγμα της αγοράς ηλεκτρισμού στο τραπέζι km-Vima-online-GR: "ΥΠΕΝ-Θεσμοί: ΔΕΠΑ, Target Model και άνοιγμα της αγοράς ηλεκτρισμού στο ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ECB takes more upbeat view in meeting

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that the first policy meeting headed by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde saw board members take a more upbeat view on economic developments. The bank left policy unchanged but noted political risk may be ebbing. The ECB has been trying to boost growth and inflation as the region is still working to overcome the lingering effects of a debt crisis that started nearly a decade ago and came close to tearing apart the currency union.

ECB takes more upbeat view in meeting / ECB takes more upbeat view in meeting km-Irish-Times-IE: "ECB takes more upbeat view in meeting / ECB takes ..." page: 3 info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Irish exports boost eurozone surplus as Germany falters

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

The Irish Independent reports that Ireland has the second-largest trade surplus among Eurozone members behind only Germany, according to data from Eurostat. German exports were up just 1% overall as its economy grew by its slowest pace in six years. Germany narrowly avoided a recession in the third quarter of last year and its economy grew by just 0.6% in 2019, according to official government figures. Traditional strengths in auto and machinery exports have been hit by slowing global demand and Germany's car industry has been hit by a series of emissions scandals and the rise of electric vehicles.

Irish exports boost eurozone surplus as Germany falters / Irish exports boost eurozone surplus as Germany falters km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Irish exports boost eurozone surplus as Germany falters / Irish ..." page: 3 info: by DAVID CHANCE date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

Lrytas.lt reports that the European Investment Bank (EIB) opened a regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius on Thursday. EIB President Werner Hoyer remarked: “The opening of our representative office in the Baltic States is very timely and necessary. This will ensure further cooperation. We will also have to work hard to achieve investment in environmental projects, which is one of the key goals for 2030.” Lithuanian Minister of Finance Vilius Šapoka said that this is a very significant step for all Baltic states. Mr Šapoka also added that he believes the decision to open an EIB office in Lithuania will be relevant to new projects.

European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius / Vilniuje atidaryta EIB atstovybė Baltijos šalims km-15min.lt-LT: "European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius / Vilniuje atidaryta EIB atstovybė Baltijos šalims km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the ..." info: by Kornelija Mykolaitytė date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius / Vilniuje iškilmingai atidarytas Europos investicijų banko padalinys km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the ..." info: by Indrė Naureckaitė date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the Baltics in Vilnius / Europos investicijų bankas Vilniuje atidaro atstovybę Baltijos šalims km-Verslo-Zinios-LT: "European Investment Bank Group opens regional representation office for the ..." page: 1 info: by Dalius Simenas date: Friday, January 17, 2020

UN: European economy to grow by 1.6% this year

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:41:00 AM CET

NRC Next reports on the UN’s global economic forecast. The year 2019 was the lowest year in a decade for global economic growth. According to the UN, growth was 2.3%. The UN expects economic growth to be 2.5% in 2020. Geopolitical and trade tensions "derail" recovery of the economy. The European economy is expected to be 1.6% in 2020 and 1.7% in 2021. European companies face a multitude of challenges, including higher import fees, lower demand, more insecurity about policy and Brexit. According to the UN, domestic demand continues to be the main factor in economic growth. The ECB’s monetary policy is not without risk, the UN says. Among other things, the ECB has less leeway to react to a new crisis.

UN: European economy to grow by 1.6% this year / Prognose VN: 1,6 procent groei voor Europese economie in 2020 km-NRC-Next-NL: "UN: European economy to grow by 1.6% this year / ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ECB's December meeting minutes reveal optimism towards economic growth and inflation

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 4:31:00 AM CET

According to the meeting minutes of the first European Central Bank meeting in December, ECB President Lagarde described the state of European economy inflation with “moderate optimism,” Jornal de Negócios reports. The meeting minutes read that “after a slowdown period, economic growth should continue weak, but stable.” The ECB board member also agreed that the economic data available at the time contained “positive signs, pointing to a stabilization of the eurozone’s growth.” Furthermore, the ECB noted that there has been a sound ascending movement of inflation, supported by the high levels of production capacity, the increase of prices in energy goods, and the enlargement of the labour market.” However, the meeting minutes also include warnings regarding the efficiency of the stimulus to the eurozone economy. The ECB board members asked for “vigilance” and an adequation of the expansionary monetary policy, especially in what concerns the potential impact of negative interest rates.

Lagarde leaves her mark in the first ECB meeting / Lagarde deixa a sua marca na primeira reunião no BCE km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Lagarde leaves her mark in the first ECB meeting / ..." page: 2 info: by Tiago Varzim date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with S&D MEP Carlos Zorrinho on the Portuguese budget bill

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 4:35:00 AM CET

In an interview in O Jornal Económico, S&D MEP Carlos Zorrinho talks about the Portuguese budget bill for 2020. The financing of the Portuguese health sector has been one of the most debated topics and MEP Zorrinho considers that digital transition could help create opportunities in “all areas, but particularly in health, where information increases every day.” Regarding the discussion on the Portuguese VAT for electricity, on which the Portuguese government asked the Commission’s opinion, MEP Zorrinho says that “the solution found by the government was balanced because it transmits two important measures: First, that the access to basic goods must have universal access. And second, it shows that energy transition to a cleaner economy with less carbon should not be paid by the poorest. (…) The energy transition must serve and mobilise all, but it must be just.”

"The budget bill was very tactical in the way in which it was discussed and voted" / "OE foi muito tático na forma como foi discutido e votado" km-Jornal-Economico-PT: ""The budget bill was very tactical in the way in ..." page: 10 info: by Joana Almeida date: Friday, January 17, 2020

House prices continue to rise in eurozone and EU

[Slovakia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 4:31:00 AM CET

Quoting Eurostat data, website aktuality.sk reports that eurozone house prices rose by 4.1% in a year-on-year comparison in the 3rd quarter of 2019, following a 4.3% growth in the previous quarter. On a quarterly basis, eurozone house prices rose by 1.4% in the 3rd quarter after 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. The whole EU posted a yearly rise of house prices by 4.1% and a quarterly rise of 1.5%. In Slovakia, house prices grew by 11.5% year-on-year and by 2.6% on a quarterly basis in the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Eurozone house prices growth slows down, Slovakia's figures among the highest / Ceny domov v eurozóne rástli slabšie, rast na Slovensku patril k najvyšším km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Eurozone house prices growth slows down, Slovakia's figures among the ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ECB hails success of latest monest monetary stimulus

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

Expansión reports that the European Central Bank is fully satisfied with the results of its monetary policymaking, as shown by the minutes of its latest meeting held on 12 December in Frankfurt in Christine Lagarde’s debut as ECB president. Governing Council members agreed that the stimulus package had helped “preserve the euro area economic expansion and the ongoing buildup of price pressures.” The ECB also notes it has succeeded in mitigating the side effects of negative rates on banks by setting a tiared deposit rate, although Cinco Días reports that some ECB members warne of an EU capital flight over negative rates.

ECB members warn of EU capital flight over negative rates / Miembros del BCE alertan de la salida de capitales fuera de la UE por los tipos negativos km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "ECB members warn of EU capital flight over negative rates ..." page: 1,21 info: by N. SALOBRAL Madrid date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ECB believes it can further lower rates without damaging the economy / El BCE cree que aún puede bajar tipos sin dañar la economía km-Economista-Spain-ES: "ECB believes it can further lower rates without damaging the ..." page: 20 info: by VÍCTOR BLANCO MORO date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ECB hails success of latest monest monetary stimulus / El BCE celebra el éxito de sus últimos estímulos monetarios km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "ECB hails success of latest monest monetary stimulus / El ..." page: 17 info: by Andrés Stumpf date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Calviño will not suggest to renegotiate deficit goal at Monday’s Eurogroup meeting

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

La Vanguardia reports that Spain’s economic vice-president Nadia Calviño will set out his budgetary plans and the cornerstones of her policymaking but will not make a specific proposal to renegotiate the deficit targets, according to sources at her ministry. Ms Calviño, who is highly regarded for her connection with the European Commission, will push instead for using as much as possible existing mechanisms within the Stability and Growth Pact, such as leeway to stagger structural deficit reduction efforts in two years.

Brussels dampens Spain’s hopes of widening spending leeway / Bruselas enfría el plan español para ganar margen de gasto km-Periodico-ES: "Brussels dampens Spain’s hopes of widening spending leeway / Bruselas ..." page: 18-19 info: by Silvia Martínez BRUSELAS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Calviño will not suggest to renegotiate deficit goal at Monday’s Eurogroup meeting / Calviño no planteará en el Eurogrupo del lunes la renegociación del déficit km-Vanguardia-ES: "Calviño will not suggest to renegotiate deficit goal at Monday’s ..." page: 44-45 info: by Jaume Masdeu date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EDUCATION

BirdLife Cyprus participates in Erasmus+ project to develop educational material for visually-impaired children

[Cyprus, EDUCATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:20:00 PM CET

Philenews reports that BirdLife Cyprus has joined forces with its counterparts in Poland, Ireland and Malta to produce educational material for teachers of visually-impaired children. According to the association, the project, titled "Seeing the World through Nature," is funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The project, which will run until March 2022, aims at developing material that will be used for environmental education, as well as a mobile application that will help children identify birds. The project will also give the opportunity for educators to strengthen their abilities and learn how to teach about nature.

Πτηνολογικός Σύνδεσμος: Eργαλείο για παιδιά με οπτική αναπηρία km-Philenews.com-CY: "Πτηνολογικός Σύνδεσμος: Eργαλείο για παιδιά με οπτική αναπηρία..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ENERGY

Seven Eastern Mediterranean states sign statute for East Mediterranean Gas Forum organisation

[Cyprus, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM CET

The majority of media outlets report on the third ministerial meeting of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) that took place yesterday in Cairo. In the presence of representatives from the European Commission, the US government and the World Bank, the energy ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Palestine, as well as the Italian Undersecretary for Economic Development and a representative of the Jordanian government, signed the EMGF Statute, which establishes the EMGF as an international intergovernmental organisation based in Cairo. This confirmed the finalisation of the discussion of the Statute, which will be submitted now by the EMGF Founding members that are also EU Member States to the European Commission for review. Once the Statute's compatibility with EU law is ensured, the Statute will be signed by the Founding Members.According to a Declaration signed by the delegations of the seven countries, fully respecting the rights of the members over their natural resources in accordance with international law, the EMGF will serve as their platform to create a structured dialogue on gas and set an agenda to formulate common strategies and regional gas policies based on shared vision and backed by governmental cooperation for the prosperity of the region.During the ministerial meeting, the World Bank presented the findings of an ongoing study laying out the region's energy potential as well as forecasted natural gas discoveries over the next 20 years. The presentation also discussed ways in which the countries can compete in the global natural gas market.Also during the meeting, France officially requested to join the EMGF. France's request was welcomed by the delegations. On its part, the US requested to strengthen its representation at the ministerial meeting and participate as a permanent observer once the Forum formally comes into being.Welcoming his counterparts during a press conference that followed the meeting, Egyptian Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla described the Statute as a historic moment in the cooperation of the peoples of the Mediterranean, noting that this is "a cornerstone in our region's history, which will lead us to cooperate for the benefit of our peoples." He also noted that the EU acquis and legislation have been respected through the EMGF. He explained that this programme will help secure cheaper transportation of natural gas at reduced prices.On his part, Cypriot Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said that the signing of the Statute sets an example of "how different countries, even under difficult circumstances, can still form alliances for the benefit of the peoples of the region." He also referred to the progress made on the mooted subsea gas pipeline connecting Cyprus and Egypt as another example of cooperation, noting that if all goes well, the project could be finished by 2025.Green Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis also said this was a historic moment for the Mediterranean as a whole, noting that the participants agreed that natural gas can be used as a tool for peace and not for the creation of conflicts. He further stressed that the EMGF is not averse to Turkey joining, provided that the country respects international law.Speaking to reporters afterwards, Mr Lakkotrypis stated that he and Mr Hatzidakis informed their counterparts about Turkey's latest illegal activities, such as the agreement with Libya delimiting their respective maritime zones. He also mentioned that the EU will be covering the Forum's financing over the next two years via a €500,000 grant. Also, speaking during Sigma TV's main evening news, Mr Lakkotrypis noted that the Forum is not only a verbal declaration but strengthens the prospects of the EastMed gas pipelineOn his part, speaking to CyBC TV, Mr Hadzidakis stressed that energy can work as a catalyst for peace and cooperation, adding that the Forum is open to other countries in the region, as long as they respect international law. He particularly referred to Turkey, saying that it needs to be attuned to the needs of the people of the region for prosperity and growth.Meanwhile, in an interview with CyBC TV, Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides stressed the importance of the Forum, noting that even conflicting parties such as Israel and Palestine are participating and that this cooperation is a positive development for the region. He also responded to critics of the Cypriot government's external policy, saying that trilateral cooperations have shielded Cyprus' exclusive economic zone politically and legally. Media outlets also report that on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, the Cypriot and Egyptian ministers had the opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation on natural gas. They stressed the bonds between Egypt and Cyprus and the importance of energy cooperation in the region. The Egyptian minister also had a meeting with his Greek counterpart. They discussed ways to develop bilateral cooperation and attract Greek enterprises in Egypt.

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-01-16 20:35:00, 20:35:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:35:00 PM CET

Ministers sign MoU for East Med Gas Forum / Ministers sign MoU for East Med Gas Forum km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Ministers sign MoU for East Med Gas Forum / Ministers ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Για το «καλό των λαών» το EMGF km-Haravgi-CY: "Για το «καλό των λαών» το EMGF..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Alliance for the energy / Συμμαχία για την ενέργεια km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Alliance for the energy / Συμμαχία για την ενέργεια..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Σημαντικές διαβουλεύσεις Λακκοτρύπη στο Κάιρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "Σημαντικές διαβουλεύσεις Λακκοτρύπη στο Κάιρο..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Η Γαλλία ζήτησε επίσημα συμμετοχή στο EastMed Gas Forum km-Philenews.com-CY: "Η Γαλλία ζήτησε επίσημα συμμετοχή στο EastMed Gas Forum..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

East Med Gas Forum: «Ιστορική στιγμή» η μονογραφή km-Philenews.com-CY: "East Med Gas Forum: «Ιστορική στιγμή» η μονογραφή..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ιστορικής σημασίας η συμφωνία για το Φόρουμ Αερίου km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Ιστορικής σημασίας η συμφωνία για το Φόρουμ Αερίου..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-01-16 20:04:00, 20:04:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:04:00 PM CET

Main Evening News km-SIGMA-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-01-16 20:17:00, 20:17:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:17:00 PM CET

Tις τουρκικές προκλήσεις έθεσε ο ΥΠΕΝ στην Διάσκεψη East Med Gas km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Tις τουρκικές προκλήσεις έθεσε ο ΥΠΕΝ στην Διάσκεψη East Med ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Στο Κάιρο για το καταστατικό του EastMed Gas Forum ο Λακκοτρύπης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Στο Κάιρο για το καταστατικό του EastMed Gas Forum ο ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Αίγυπτος: Η Γαλλία ζήτησε να συμμετάσχει στο Φόρουμ για το Φυσικό Αέριο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Αίγυπτος: Η Γαλλία ζήτησε να συμμετάσχει στο Φόρουμ για το ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Συνάντηση Γ. Λακκοτρύπη με τον Αιγύπτιο Υπουργό Πετρελαίου στο Κάιρο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Συνάντηση Γ. Λακκοτρύπη με τον Αιγύπτιο Υπουργό Πετρελαίου στο Κάιρο..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Έλληνας ΥΠΕΝ: «Ιστορική στιγμή» η μονογραφή του EastMed Gas Forum km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Έλληνας ΥΠΕΝ: «Ιστορική στιγμή» η μονογραφή του EastMed Gas Forum..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Γ. Λακκοτρύπης: Ενισχύει EastMed το EMGF – Γεωπολιτικά οφέλη για Κύπρο (VID) km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Γ. Λακκοτρύπης: Ενισχύει EastMed το EMGF – Γεωπολιτικά οφέλη για ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Germany to phase out coal power by 2038

[Czech Republic, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

Daily E15 and websites novinky.cz and aktualne.cz report that the German government and regional leaders have agreed on a plan to phase out coal-fired power stations by 2038. The agreement envisages compensations of up to €14 billion to four German states which have lignite mines and coal-fired power plants: Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg. Another €26 billion will be paid by the government to support regions affected by the closing of lignite mines. The drop in electricity production is to be compensated by new earth gas power stations.

Merkel agrees with federal states about the end of coal. Rare forest to remain intact / Merkelová se dohodla se spolkovými zeměmi na konci uhlí. Vzácný les zůstane nedotčený km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Merkel agrees with federal states about the end of coal. ..." info: by Helena Truchlá date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Germany already knows when to phase out coal / Německo už ví, kdy skončí s uhlím km-E15-CZ: "Germany already knows when to phase out coal / Německo ..." page: 10 info: by Petr Fischer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

German energy sector to phase out coal, compensations to reach trillion  / Německá energetika skončí s uhlím, na kompenzace půjde bilion km-novinky.cz-CZ: "German energy sector to phase out coal, compensations to reach ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Simson: Nord Stream doesn't get special treatment

[Estonia, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to the Baltic Sea to Germany will not receive special treatment from the European Union and must comply with all European Union rules, said Commissioner Simson, Err.ee reports. "Last year, the Gas Directive was updated, which sets similar rules for all gas connections coming from third countries. Maybe we are not just talking about Nord Stream but all other pipelines from wherever they come from. But when they enter the European Union, they have to follow certain rules. We are monitoring these rules in cooperation with the local agency, in the case of Germany, the Bundesnetzagentur, " Mrs Simson says. According to her, the gas network must also be open to third-party suppliers, have a clear tariff policy and be unbundled from the producer. "It is not possible to start Nord Stream without complying with our rules," Mrs Simson stressed.

Aktuaalne Kaamera km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Aktuaalne Kaamera..." info: 2020-01-16 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Simson: Nord Stream ei saa erikohtlemist km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Simson: Nord Stream ei saa erikohtlemist..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The European Union is moving towards the introduction of a charger suitable for all devices

[Estonia, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

The European Commission wants to be able to charge both laptop, mobile phone, and tablets with a single charger in the future, Err.ee reports. A universal charger would help prevent millions of tons of technical waste a year. In the Commission's view, mobile phones, laptops and tablets should be charged with a single charger. At the same time, the field of work is wide, because while there were over 30 different solutions for mobile phones in 2009, hundreds of different cable ends now need to be standardized. The Commission has also come up with a plan to sell mobile phones without chargers, for example. The debate in the European Parliament on this issue was very passionate and most MEPs thought that the European Commission should set a deadline for making the single European charging nozzle mandatory. However, the Commission hopes that technology companies will sit down and solve the problem among themselves.

Euroopa Liit võtab suuna kõigile seadmetele sobiva laadija juurutamiseks km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Euroopa Liit võtab suuna kõigile seadmetele sobiva laadija juurutamiseks..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU representation attends East Med Gas Forum meeting in Cairo

[Greece, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:26:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report on the East Med Gas Forum meeting concluded yesterday in Cairo. During the meeting, participating parties decided to turn East Med into an international organisation and establish its headquarters in Cairo, as Egypt officially joined the initiative. Energy Ministers from seven countries participated in the works of the forum, formalising the presence of Italy, among others. Representatives of France and the US, as well as an EU representation, also attended the meeting. The EU has included East Med in the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) and finances relevant studies since 2018.

East Med becomes an international organisation / Διεθνής οργανισμός ο East Med km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "East Med becomes an international organisation / Διεθνής οργανισμός ο ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ενεργειακή συμμαχία στη ΝΑ Μεσόγειο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Ενεργειακή συμμαχία στη ΝΑ Μεσόγειο..." page: 26 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Μόνιμος Οργανισμός για τον EastMed km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Μόνιμος Οργανισμός για τον EastMed..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Καταλύτης ειρήνης ο ΟΠΕΚ της Μεσογείου km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Καταλύτης ειρήνης ο ΟΠΕΚ της Μεσογείου..." page: 36 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Common charger for all mobile phones

[Slovakia, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:37:00 AM CET

Website aktuality.sk reports that the European Parliament called on the European Commission to prepare binding measures for chargers to fit all mobile phones and other portable devices. One of the initiators of this call was Slovak MEP Ivan Štefanec (EPP). He explains that every year there are 51,000 tonnes of cable waste and that the goal of the new measures is to reduce this amount. Mr Štefanec also mentioned the fact that ten years ago, there were more than thirty types of mobile chargers, now there are only three.

European Commission is to prepare a law on common mobile chargers / Eurokomisia má pripraviť zákon o rovnakých nabíjačkách pre mobily km-aktuality.sk-SK: "European Commission is to prepare a law on common mobile ..." info: by Živé.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ENLARGEMENT

The Commission expects a decision on North Macedonia and Albania before May

[Bulgaria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:07:00 AM CET | info

The European Commission expects that the decision on the start of EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania will be taken before the high-level EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb in May this year. This was stated by Commissioner Várhelyi at a meeting with North Macedonia’s interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski, Dnevnik reports, citing media in Skopje. “We have to accelerate the processes and make them more dynamic, while at the same time we should make them safer and more reliable for us, the region and the member states,” Mr Várhelyi said. In his words, the EU’s enlargement is a priority for the new Commission as well. EU diplomats assume that France could change its position this spring and this could even help the government in the elections but Paris has not commented on this option. Meanwhile, at a briefing in Bulgaria’s National Assembly, Commissioner Gabriel said she was glad there was discussion on the topic of the EU perspective for the Western Balkans. Together with National Assembly Chairperson Tsveta Karayancheva, Ms Gabriel reiterated Bulgaria’s role in this perspective.

The Commission expects a decision on North Macedonia and Albania before May / Еврокомисията очаква решение за Северна Македония и Албания преди май km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "The Commission expects a decision on North Macedonia and Albania ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Председателят на парламента Цвета Караянчева: В първата половина на 2020 г. Народното събрание ще инициира среща на всички председатели на парламентите на Западните Балкани km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Председателят на парламента Цвета Караянчева: В първата половина на 2020 ..." info: by Denitsa Kitanova date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commissioner Gabriel: I and the National Assembly Chairperson confirm Bulgaria’s role in the perspective for the Western Balkans / Еврокомисарят Мария Габриел: С председателя на Народното събрание потвърждаваме ролята на България за перспективата на Западните Балкани km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Commissioner Gabriel: I and the National Assembly Chairperson confirm Bulgaria’s ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

MEP Mavrides talks about Turkey's expansionism in plenary debate with HR/VP Borrell

[Cyprus, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:18:00 AM CET | info

Sigmalive reports that in his intervention during a European Parliament plenary debate on the implementation of a Common Foreign and Security Policy/Security and Defence Policy, in the presence of EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, Cypriot MEP Costas Mavrides (S&D) spoke about the ongoing Turkish expansionism in the Mediterranean and the need to develop a CFSP/CSDP.After congratulating the two rapporteurs for preparing the relevant reports, he stressed that until recently, the development of a common external policy and a security policy for the EU would have been an overly ambitious theory. "Today, if the EU wants to maintain its economic stability, its robustness, and also safeguard European and international law, the developments and conditions of globalisation make it a necessity," he argued. He mentioned that without energy security, the EU is vulnerable to threats and blackmails, but energy requires protection and security from military threats and terrorist attacks. "For peace to exist, it is not enough for us to want it," he added, stressing that "unfortunately, those who consider [Turkish President] Erdoğan a strategic partner will soon regret it." Concluding, he addressed Mr Borrell, saying that "In Libya, Syria, Afrin, occupied Cyprus, the Aegean Sea and elsewhere, the problem has the same name: Turkish neo-ottoman expansionism."Sigmalive notes that the final European Parliament report on the implementation of the CFSP/CSDP, adopted by the European Parliament plenary earlier this week, criticises for the first time the overall de-stabilising behaviour of Turkey, mentioning the illegal Turkish drilling activities within the Cypriot exclusive economic zone. This reference was included after an amendment tabled by Mr Mavrides.

Μαυρίδης:Tουρκικός νεο-οθωμανικός επεκτατισμός - To πρόβλημα αν.Μεσογείου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Μαυρίδης:Tουρκικός νεο-οθωμανικός επεκτατισμός - To πρόβλημα αν.Μεσογείου..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Enlargement negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia to continue in March

[Estonia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET | info

The European Commission is hoping that the enlargement negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, which were initially opposed by France, will start in March, reports Postimees. This was confirmed by Vice-President Šuica, who was visiting Tallinn. Ms Šuica stressed that the membership to the European Union depends on whether nations can fulfil the criteria set for it. But starting talks with the Western Balkans would keep them in contact with Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron has been against the expansion, especially in the case of Albania, as many European nations struggle with organised crime with citizens from the country. President von Der Leyen has promised that all of the European Commissions commissioners will visit all European Union member states within the first two years of taking up the role. Vice-President Šuica chose Estonia as the starting point for this promise.

Enlargement negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia to continue in March / Horvaatia plaanib Macroni ümber veenda km-Postimees-EE: "Enlargement negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia to continue in ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Slovak minister supports further EU enlargement

[Slovakia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 6:48:00 AM CET | info

Website aktuality.sk draws attention to the words of Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák who talked about the issue of EU enlargement at a conference on the 2020 strategic challenges in the Western Balkans held in Berlin. Mr Lajčák supported Albania and North Macedonia in their efforts to become EU members. The article cites Mr Lajčák: “The following months will be crucial for EU relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. It's necessary to seek a new consensus on the opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, improve the enlargement policy and prepare May's EU summit with countries of the region.”

Lajčák supported EU enlargement with Albania and North Macedonia / Lajčák podporil rozšírenie EÚ o Albánsko a Severné Macedónsko km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Lajčák supported EU enlargement with Albania and North Macedonia / ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Bank of Cyprus and EIB renew cooperation to support SMEs in Cyprus

[Cyprus, ENTREPRENEURSHIP]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 5:15:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report that continuing its support to small- and medium-sized enterprises through European programmes, the Bank of Cyprus announced yesterday the renewal of its cooperation with the European Investment Bank and the Cypriot government for €100 million. The loans that can be provided range from €150,000 up to €5 million and are granted with favourable terms and conditions, with a repayment period from 12 to 144 months. The loans are addressed to existing and new Bank of Cyprus customers (legal entities) and enterprises with fewer than 3,000 employees. The scheme finances investments and expenses aiming at business developments through activities such as purchasing, renovating or expanding assets for own use, purchasing equipment and working capital needs.

Τρ. Κύπρου: 100 εκατ. ευρώ για μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις km-Haravgi-CY: "Τρ. Κύπρου: 100 εκατ. ευρώ για μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Τρ. Κύπρου και ΕΤΕ στηρίζουν τις μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις km-Philenews.com-CY: "Τρ. Κύπρου και ΕΤΕ στηρίζουν τις μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Δάνεια για ΜμΕ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Δάνεια για ΜμΕ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Τρ.Κύπρου – ΕΤΕπ – Κυβέρνηση: Ανανέωση συνεργασίας για δάνεια μικρομεσαίων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Τρ.Κύπρου – ΕΤΕπ – Κυβέρνηση: Ανανέωση συνεργασίας για δάνεια μικρομεσαίων..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ENVIRONMENT

Austrian location development law under fire due to potential EIA deficiencies

[Austria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

An in-depth report in Die Presse looks into the location development law ("Standort-Entwicklungsgesetz") introduced by the last Austrian government. The coalition between the ÖVP and the FPÖ sought to allow important projects to be authorised on the double. So far, no Austrian company has handed in any project at the Location Advisory Board to speed up the process, however. The law has been criticised severely and, at the end of October last year, the European Commission issued a warning, directly addressing the Austrian Republic. Since it is no longer guaranteed that environmental impact assessments (EIA) will truly take all environmental effects into consideration, the Union might have to initiate an infringement procedure against Austria. It remains to be seen how enthusiastically the ÖVP's new coalition partner, the Austrian Green Party, will participate in mending this law if need be.

Austrian location development law under fire due to potential EIA deficiencies / Dem Standortgesetz droht der stille Tod km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Austrian location development law under fire due to potential EIA ..." page: 15 info: by Matthias Auer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

According to the government, there is no sulfur dioxide pollution outside of Galabovo

[Bulgaria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

Yesterday, Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers approved the national position on the European Commission’s infringement procedure against the country over the excessive levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in south-eastern Bulgaria. According to the Bulgarian government, the SO2 pollution is excessive only in one location which is in the region of Galabovo, Dnevnik reports. Bulgaria pleads that, based on this, the conclusion could not be that there is a violation in the entire area of south-eastern Bulgaria. Thus, the government asks for the Commission to close the infringement procedure or restrict it to Galabovo. Dnevnik notes that this statement from the government comes against the background of data from the last two days on excessive levels of sulfur dioxide in the town of Pernik near Sofia.

According to the government, there is no sulfur dioxide pollution outside of Galabovo / Според правителството замърсяване със серен диоксид извън Гълъбово няма km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "According to the government, there is no sulfur dioxide pollution ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Liberec Region fighting against Turów coal mine

[Czech Republic, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

Daily Právo draws attention to the continuing fight of the Liberec Region against the planned expansion of the Turów coal mine in Poland. The expansion will lead to the loss of drinking water for more than 30 thousand people in the region. Recently, the Liberec Region filed a complaint against the mine at the European Commission. Moreover, it is collecting signatures under a petition for the European Parliament. The article adds that also the Ministry of Environment is solving the issue with the European Commission. It argues that the expansion is in direct conflict with the EU directive on water.

Liberec Region continues to fight against the Turów mine / Liberecko dál bojuje proti dolu Turów km-Pravo-CZ: "Liberec Region continues to fight against the Turów mine / ..." page: 9 info: by Ludmila Žlábková date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Biodiversity: European Parliament calls on the EU to have binding targets

[France, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

MediaPart.fr reports that, in a resolution adopted yesterday, MEPs called on the European Commission to “adopt a new approach faced with the global biodiversity crisis”, by abandoning the “voluntary commitments” and favouring objectives that would be “legally binding for the EU and member states.” This strategy must integrate “specific objectives for the conservation and the protection of natural areas as well as for the restoration of degraded ecosystems by 2030”, at both the European and international levels. According to MEPs, the EU must “play a major role” within the Convention on Biological Diversity during the next UN biodiversity conference. MediaPart.fr recalls that President von der Leyen has committed herself to elaborate a biodiversity strategy by 2030, during the first 100 days of her mandate.

Biodiversity: European Parliament calls on the EU to have binding targets / Biodiversité : le Parlement européen appelle l’UE à se doter d’objectifs contraignants km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Biodiversity: European Parliament calls on the EU to have binding ..." info: by AFP date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU to investigate Ringsend sewage plant over discharges

[Ireland, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that the European Commission will investigate Ringsend wastewater treatment plant over discharges into Dublin Bay. Beaches along Dublin Bay were shut to swimmers four times last year following wastewater overflows at the city's treatment plant, which has been failing to cope with the amount of sewage it receives since it opened in 2003.

EU to investigate Ringsend sewage plant over discharges / EU to investigate Ringsend sewage plant over discharges km-Irish-Times-IE: "EU to investigate Ringsend sewage plant over discharges / EU ..." page: 10 info: by OLIVIA KELLY date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Malta’s tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases

[Malta, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 5:49:00 AM CET

Times of Malta reported today that according to a large-scale study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and published by US journal Environmental Health Perspectives almost a fifth of all bladder cancer cases in Malta are linked to exposure to chemicals in Malta’s tap water. The study showed that the situation in Malta is the second worst in Europe, surpassed only by Cyprus. Malta’s tap water was found to contain the second-highest amount of THMs – 49. 4 µg/L, whilst Cyprus was deemed worse off than that in Malta, with 66.2 µg/L. The data covers the period between 2005 to 2018 and was obtained from 75% of the European population. The researchers also found that the exposure to bladder cancer as a result of the chemicals could be reduced by almost 18% if exposure is reduced. Malta uses chlorine to disinfect its water.

Malta’s tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases / Malta’s tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases km-Malta-Times-MT: "Malta’s tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases ..." page: 1,2 info: by Claire Caruana date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Malta's tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases / Malta's tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "Malta's tap water linked to fifth of bladder cancer cases ..." info: by Claire Caruana date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

Austrian Foreign Minister's inaugural visit to Switzerland

[Austria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

Wiener Zeitung reports that Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg's first official trip abroad took him to Switzerland. The EU and Switzerland are connected by a number of bilateral contracts. Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Area and large parts of the Single European Market. In return, it accepts the free movement of EU citizens and pays into the EU budget. A framework agreement that is supposed to provide more clarity regarding the bilateral relations has been on hold for months, however. Swiss party SVP aims to cancel the agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU. If the Swiss citizens vote in favour of this plan, the relationship between Switzerland and the EU will have to be reconsidered.

Inaugural visit to Switzerland / Auf Arbeitsbesuch beim Schweizer Nachbarn km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Inaugural visit to Switzerland / Auf Arbeitsbesuch beim Schweizer Nachbarn..." page: 6 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe lags behind China

[Austria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:04:00 AM CET

Europe is increasingly concerned about being overrun by China on the global stage, not least due to the unfair economic practices pursued by China, reports Kurier. Markus Beyrer, director-general of European industry umbrella organisation Businesseurope, says that Europe needs a "comprehensive strategy". He has presented the industry lobby's catalogue of demands for Europe, which consists of 130 items. The most important demand listed in this catalogue is that "we as the Member States of the EU must get stronger ourselves, increase our own competitiveness and most importantly act together and in unison".

Europe lags behind China / Dann wird Europa hinterherhinken km-Kurier-AT: "Europe lags behind China / Dann wird Europa hinterherhinken..." page: 8 info: by Ingrid Steiner-Gashi date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister: "EU must not allow itself to be blackmailed by Turkey"

[Austria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:04:00 AM CET

In an interview with Kleine Zeitung, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg talks about Ankara drifting away from Europe, the threat of war in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom leaving the EU. Concerning the conflict in the Persian Gulf, Mr Schallenberg says that Europe maintains strong relationships and dialogue channels with both parties of the conflict - the US and Iran. He says that the current situation might be what is called a "dialogue de sourds" in French, which means being silent at one another. According to Mr Schallenberg, the EU is not as weak when it comes to global politics as European media outlets like to claim.

Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister: "EU must not allow itself to be blackmailed by Turkey" / „Die EU darf sich von der Türkei nicht erpressen lassen“ km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister: "EU must not allow itself ..." page: 8-9 info: by Stefan Winkler date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe wants to save the Iranian nuclear deal

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:31:00 AM CET

Several sources focus on the nuclear deal in light of the conflict between Iran and the US. Le Soir notes that on Thursday, President Michel had a phone conversation with President Putin in order to underline the EU's "total" support regarding the 2015 nuclear deal, also defended by Moscow and Beijing. High-Representative/Vice-President Borrell made a similar claim in Delhi to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. On a related note, La Libre Belgique adds that on Tuesday, Berlin, Paris and London announced they started the dispute settlement mechanism to force Tehran to come back to the full application of the text. Metro reports that since May, Iran has not respected several key points of the nuclear agreement. Le Soir writes that in an attempt to get Europe to side with the US against Iran, President Trump threatened to impose a 25% import tax on European cars if Paris, Berlin and London did not activate the crisis mechanism detailed in the Iran nuclear deal, which puts diplomatic pressure on Tehran. The threat was supposedly issued a week before the decision by France, the UK and Germany to do so. Commissioner Hogan is in Washington this week to try to take the edge off of the recent tensions with the US, “without much hope of a breakthrough,” according to a European source.

Washington put pressure on European to start a procedure against Iran / Washington a fait pression sur les Européens pour déclencher une procédure contre l’Iran km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Washington put pressure on European to start a procedure against ..." page: 19 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Washington puts pressure on the EU / Coup de pression de Washington sur l’UE km-Metro-Belgium-Fr-BE: "Washington puts pressure on the EU / Coup de pression ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Iran nuclear deal: Trump threatens… European cars / Nucléaire iranien : Trump menace… les autos européennes km-Soir-BE: "Iran nuclear deal: Trump threatens… European cars / Nucléaire iranien ..." page: 12 info: by REGNIER date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Charles Michel: "Hello, Putin?" / Charles Michel : " Allô Poutine ? " km-Soir-BE: "Charles Michel: "Hello, Putin?" / Charles Michel : " Allô ..." page: 12 info: by REGNIER date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU companies want better balance with China

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:30:00 AM CET

According to De Morgen, BusinessEurope calls for “stricter but fairer” economic relations between the EU and China. Rather than evolving into a market economy, China has consolidated state capitalism, “which leads to market distortions in Chine, the EU and third markets.” China’s ever-growing economic power makes the problem more pressing. BusinessEurope calls on the EU to develop an “all-encompassing strategy” to “restore balance” to relations.

EU companies want better balance with China / Bedrijven EU willen betere balans met China km-Morgen-BE: "EU companies want better balance with China / Bedrijven EU ..." page: 17 info: by belga date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The EU took the side of Poland in its dispute with Russia over WW2

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

The European Commission expressed solidarity with Poland in a debate at the European Parliament on the distortion of World War 2’s history, following a dispute between Warsaw and Moscow. “The Commission fully rejects all untrue statements which are an attempt at distorting the history of the Second World War and at presenting victims of the war like Poland as the ones to blame,” Commissioner Jourová stated in Strasbourg. “The Commission will not tolerate these attacks against Poland and is solidary with Poland and its people,” Ms Jourová added, as quoted by Mediapool. The topic of the debate was introduced to the Parliament’s agenda by the European People’s Party (EPP). Back in December, Mediapool recalls, Russia and Poland came out with mutual accusations about who’s responsible for starting WW2.

Европа не приема жертвата Полша да бъде обявена за престъпник km-clubz.bg-BG: "Европа не приема жертвата Полша да бъде обявена за престъпник..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Politico: Вера Йоурова защити Полша „от руските исторически атаки“, но я нападна за върховенството на закона и ценностите km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Politico: Вера Йоурова защити Полша „от руските исторически атаки“, но ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The EU took the side of Poland in its dispute with Russia over WW2 / ЕС зае страната на Полша в спора й с Русия за Втората световна война km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "The EU took the side of Poland in its dispute ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iran accused Europe that it was sacrificing the nuclear deal under pressure from the US

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:06:00 AM CET

Yesterday, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the EU on Twitter that it has sacrificed the remains of the nuclear deal because of its economic interest, Club Z reports, citing BTA and AFP. According to Minister Javad Zarif, this happened after possible pressure from President Trump who allegedly threatened Europe with customs fees of 25% on car imports from the bloc. “If you want to sell your integrity, go ahead. But do not claim you do it because of moral and legal principles,” the Iranian diplomat wrote. Also yesterday, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell met with Minister Javad Zarif for talks in Delhi. The two openly talked about the nuclear deal, the European External Action Service (EEAS) announced, as cited by Club Z and Mediapool. HR/VP Borrell told Javad Zarif that the EU wants for the deal to be observed because this is even more important considering the recent tensions in the Middle East.

Iran accused Europe that it was sacrificing the nuclear deal under pressure from the US / Иран обвини Европа, че жертва ядрената сделка под натиск от САЩ km-clubz.bg-BG: "Iran accused Europe that it was sacrificing the nuclear deal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ЕС и Иран са обсъдили откровено въпроса с ядреното споразумение km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "ЕС и Иран са обсъдили откровено въпроса с ядреното споразумение..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

High-ranking EU officials allegedly spied for China

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:06:00 AM CET

The German prosecuting magistracy is investigating three officials of EU institutions who are suspected of espionage for China, Club Z learned. One of the suspects occupied high-ranking posts at the European Commission. The Commission has learned about the case from the media and has not been contacted by the German authorities in relation to the investigation, Commission Spokesperson Virginie Battu-Henriksson announced at a press briefing yesterday. There have been no searches in Commission buildings, she added, noting that the Commission never comments on ongoing investigations.

High-ranking EU officials allegedly spied for China / Висши чиновници от Брюксел шпионирали за Китай km-clubz.bg-BG: "High-ranking EU officials allegedly spied for China / Висши чиновници ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Greek prime minister says Greece will veto EU decisions if the memorandum between Turkey and Libya is not cancelled

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report that Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis warned in an interview that Greece will not accept any political solution for Libya if the delimitation memorandum signed between Turkey and Libya is not cancelled. He argued that not inviting Greece to the Berlin Summit for Libya was a mistake, noting that his country is a factor of stability. He further maintained that the memorandum concerns Europe as a whole and is not a bilateral and trilateral issue when Turkey claims that "nothing can be done" without its permission. He noted that the EastMed gas pipeline is very important and will bypass Turkey, adding that "Europe must stand by Cyprus and Greece." He also warned that Greece will veto any decision at the Council and the European Council, noting that he has sent letters to the EU and will speak again today with German Chancellor Merkel.

Επισείει βέτο η Αθήνα αν δεν καταργηθεί το Μνημόνιο km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Επισείει βέτο η Αθήνα αν δεν καταργηθεί το Μνημόνιο..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Μητσοτάκης: Βέτο στην ΕΕ αν δεν ακυρωθεί το τουρκολιβυκό σύμφωνο km-Philenews.com-CY: "Μητσοτάκης: Βέτο στην ΕΕ αν δεν ακυρωθεί το τουρκολιβυκό σύμφωνο..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Μητσοτάκης: Βέτο στην ΕΕ αν δεν ακυρωθεί το τουρκολιβυκό σύμφωνο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Μητσοτάκης: Βέτο στην ΕΕ αν δεν ακυρωθεί το τουρκολιβυκό σύμφωνο..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Council President Michel discusses developments in Libya and Iran with Russian President Putin

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:16:00 AM CET

Sigmalive reports that European Council President Michel had a phone conversation with Russian President Putin yesterday ahead of the upcoming Libya Conference, which is scheduled to take place in Berlin on Sunday. During the call, Mr Michel and Mr Putin discussed the situation in Libya and the wider Middle East. They noted that the crisis in Libya poses significant regional risks. The two presidents discussed the importance of the cessation of hostilities, while Mr Michel reiterated that the EU fully supports UN initiatives and the Berlin process. The presidents expressed hope that all parties will agree to lock in a ceasefire and to re-launch the political process. Mr Michel further stressed that the EU fully supports the JCPOA as an important contribution to regional security and a key pillar of the global non-proliferation architecture. He also recalled the EU's position on the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements, noted the Paris Summit held in December 2019 in the Normandy format and welcomed the gas transit agreement concluded between Ukraine and Russia.

Telephone communication between Putin and Charles Michel for Libya and Iran / Τηλεφωνική επικοινωνία Πούτιν - Σαρλ Μισέλ για Λιβύη και Ιράν km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Telephone communication between Putin and Charles Michel for Libya and ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

HR/VP Borrell says EU interested in maintaining JCPOA

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

Haravgi features the photo of EU High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell, accompanied by his statement that the EU continues to be interested in maintaining the JCPOA for the Iranian nuclear programme, which is more important now than ever, given the dangerous escalations in the Middle East and the Gulf region. The newspaper comments that the US does not seem to have such a continued interest.

ΖΟΖΕΦ ΜΠΟΡΡΕΛ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΖΟΖΕΦ ΜΠΟΡΡΕΛ..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Iran: we enrich more uranium than before nuclear deal

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:52:00 AM CET

Právo daily quotes Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who told the media yesterday that Iran was currently enriching more uranium than before signing the nuclear deal. The daily notes that before the deal, Iran enriched uranium to only 20%. The deal was supposed to slow down Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. After the US attack on Iran’s general Soleimani, however, Iran stopped following the deal. The daily informs the readers that High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif yesterday to discuss the matter. According to Mr Borell, the politicians had an “honest conversation” and they plan to keep in “close contact”.

We enrich more than before the deal, Iran said / Obohacujeme víc než před dohodou, vzkázal Írán km-Pravo-CZ: "We enrich more than before the deal, Iran said / ..." page: 13 info: by (brw date: Friday, January 17, 2020

German Chancellor Merkel: Relationship between the EU and the US got colder before US President Trump took office

[Denmark, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:04:00 AM CET

DR.dk reports that German Chancellor Merkel has called for the EU to take a greater responsibility in global politics. She adds that the relation to the US is still of utmost importance, despite the cool relationship between the EU and the US in recent years. According to Ms Merkel, the cooling already started during former president Obama’s time in office. Here, a shift in US foreign politics happened which saw the EU being pushed aside for Asian interests. Ms Merkel believes that the EU member states must take greater responsibility for the NATO collaborative.

German Chancellor Merkel: Relationship between the EU and the US got colder before US President Trump took office / Merkel: Det er ikke Trumps skyld, at forholdet mellem Europa og USA er blevet køligere km-dr.dk-DK: "German Chancellor Merkel: Relationship between the EU and the US ..." info: by per Bang Thomsen - date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The State Duma supported the candidacy of Mišustin as Prime Minister, proposed by Putin

[Estonia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

Russia's Duma envoys on Thursday approved the candidacy of Mikhail Mišustin as President Vladimir Putin's new prime minister, ETV news report. 383 people's deputies supported the candidacy of Mišustin. 41 Duma members abstained. There were no votes against. Abstentions belong to the Communist Group. After this, President Putin signed a decree adding the deputy chairman of the Security Council to Russia's state office list. A provision was added to the Security Council's Statute, according to which "the Vice-President and Secretary of the Security Council shall be among its permanent members". In another decree, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Security Council, while also releasing him from his duties as Prime Minister.

The State Duma supported the candidacy of Mišustin as Prime Minister, proposed by Putin / Vene riigiduuma kiitis Mihhail Mišustini uueks peaministriks nimetamise vastuhäälteta heaks km-Delfi.ee-EE: "The State Duma supported the candidacy of Mišustin as Prime ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Aktuaalne Kaamera km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Aktuaalne Kaamera..." info: 2020-01-16 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

The State Duma supported the candidacy of Mišustin as Prime Minister, proposed by Putin / Venemaa uus peaminister on poliitiliste ambitsioonideta karjääriametnik km-Postimees-Online-EE: "The State Duma supported the candidacy of Mišustin as Prime ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Riigiduuma toetas Putini poolt peaministriks pakutud Mišustini kandidatuuri km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Riigiduuma toetas Putini poolt peaministriks pakutud Mišustini kandidatuuri..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Putin’s obsession with control (editorial)

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 3:01:00 AM CET

In its editorial, Le Monde comments on President Putin’s scheme to remain in power in Russia, which he presented to Parliament on 15 January. Whatever the final institutional form, this "revolution from above", as some Russian commentators have dubbed it, has one objective: preserving a strong central power in Russia. "Russia will have to remain a strong presidential republic", Mr Putin said, dashing the hopes of those who would see democratic change in strengthening parliament's powers. Mr Putin’s obsession with the control of his country, which he has ruled for 24 years, has prevailed, Le Monde concludes.

Russia: Vladimir Putin prepares his departure to better stay / Russie : Vladimir Poutine prépare son départ pour mieux rester km-Echos-FR: "Russia: Vladimir Putin prepares his departure to better stay / ..." page: 10 info: by Yves Bourdillon date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Mishustin, Putin's technological asset / Michoustine, atout "techno" dans la main de Poutine km-Figaro-FR: "Mishustin, Putin's technological asset / Michoustine, atout "techno" dans la ..." page: 1,7 info: by Alain Barluet date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Mikhail Mishustin, a discrete bureaucrat at the service of Putin / Miikhaïl Michoustine, un discret bureaucrate au service de Poutine km-Liberation-FR: "Mikhail Mishustin, a discrete bureaucrat at the service of Putin ..." page: 12 info: by Veronika Dorman date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin‘s obsessive attitude towards control / Poutine ou l'obsession du contrôle km-Monde-FR: "Putin‘s obsessive attitude towards control / Poutine ou l'obsession du ..." page: 29 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin’s obsession with control / Poutine ou l'obsession du contrôle km-Monde-FR: "Putin’s obsession with control / Poutine ou l'obsession du contrôle..." page: 1,29 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin's stategy to stay in power / La stratégie de Poutine pour garder le pouvoir km-Monde-FR: "Putin's stategy to stay in power / La stratégie de ..." page: 1,2 info: by Benoît Vitkine date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In Russia, Putin opens the door to all kind of speculations / En Russie, Poutine ouvre la porte à toutes les spéculations km-Opinion-FR: "In Russia, Putin opens the door to all kind of ..." page: 11 info: by Paul Gogo date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The unknowns of the Kremlin / Les inconnues du Kremlin km-Opinion-FR: "The unknowns of the Kremlin / Les inconnues du Kremlin..." page: 1 info: by Jean-Dominique date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europeans caught in the balance over Iran's nuclear program

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

Europeans have launched the Dispute Settlement Mechanism (DRM) provided for in the JCPOA, La Croix reports. Paris, London and Berlin activated this procedure, provided for in the event of a breach of commitments, on Tuesday 14 January. This decision follows pressure from President Trump, who "secretly threatened to impose 25% customs duties on European cars" if the Europeans did not activate this mechanism, according to the Washington Post and confirmed by German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Nevertheless, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, who yesterday met Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif in New Delhi, tries to preserve the deal. Yet, Mr Zarif rashlyy castigated the EU's policy.  The King of Jordan warns that a conflict between Iran and US could be a global disaster, Les Echos reports. Its consequences would be: the endangerment of the stability of the entire region, the disruption of the world economy and the resurgence of terrorism throughout the world. His country is one of the few stable territories in the region with a significant number of refugees. He is worried about the fragility of peace in Iraq with the departure of American troops. Iran and Libya are currently, according to him, the main international concerns.

Europeans caught in the balance over Iran's nuclear programme / Les Européens pris en étau sur le nucléaire iranien km-Croix-FR: "Europeans caught in the balance over Iran's nuclear programme / ..." page: 10 info: by Jean-Baptiste François date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"The main ennemy of the Iranian regime is its people" / "Le principal ennemi du régime iranien est son peuple" km-Figaro-FR: ""The main ennemy of the Iranian regime is its people" ..." page: 17 info: by Laure Mandeville date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Iran: Rohani says he wants to avoid "war" and defends dialogue / Iran: Rohani dit vouloir éviter « la guerre », défend le dialogue km-Liberation.fr-FR: "Iran: Rohani says he wants to avoid "war" and defends ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The crisis with Iran could help Trump to succeed / La crise avec l'Iran peut réussir à Trump km-Marianne-FR: "The crisis with Iran could help Trump to succeed / ..." page: 62 info: by Caroline Fourest date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In Iran, Rohani's impossible call for national unity / En Iran, l'impossible appel à l'unité nationale de Rohani km-Monde-FR: "In Iran, Rohani's impossible call for national unity / En ..." page: 3 info: by ALLAN KAVAL date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Washington and Tehran "The day after" / Washington et Téhéran, le jour d'après km-Monde-FR: "Washington and Tehran "The day after" / Washington et Téhéran, ..." page: 29 info: by ALAIN FRACHON date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Defence: France faces European reluctance

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:56:00 AM CET

The approval of the annual report on the Common Security and Defence Policy with a limited parliamentary majority (364 MEPs in favour, 266 against, 77 abstained) reaffirms European divisions on the matter, l’Opinion reports. The report, presented by MEP Arnaud Danjean, promotes the French idea of establishing an EU strategic autonomy, namely from the US. However, two main visions collide with the French one. On the one hand, Atlanticists MEPs fear a decoupling with NATO, especially because President Macron calls for a reapproachement with Russia and supports General Haftar in Libya. On the other hand, pacifists MEPs reject the idea of a “militarised” EU. The vote shows that the approval of other defence-related issues, such as the European Defence fund, could be at stake.

Defence: France faces European reluctance / Défense : la France se heurte aux réticences européennes km-Opinion-FR: "Defence: France faces European reluctance / Défense : la France ..." page: 11 info: by Jean-Dominique Merchet date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"The United States will never again be the world's policeman" (interview)

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:34:00 AM CET

In an interview with Les Echos, former French Ambassador to Syria Michel Duclos estimates that Europe had the adequate reaction to the Iranian crisis. Yet, he adds that Iran might soon be six months away to the production of nuclear weapons. Then, the European Commission has a role to play in Irak through High Representative/Vice-President Borrell’s action. On President Macron, he notes that his NATO comment may have slowed down the European defence project by infuriating France’s European partners. In order to lead Europe, Mr Macron needs to be a federating leader, as Chancellor Merkel was.

"The United States will never again be the world's policeman" / Michel Duclos : "Les États-Unis ne seront plus jamais les gendarmes du monde" km-Echos-FR: ""The United States will never again be the world's policeman" ..." page: 15 info: by Nicolas Barré date: Friday, January 17, 2020

President Putin strives to remain the most powerful person in Russia

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:11:00 AM CET

German media provide wide coverage on the resignation of the Russian government and President Putin's plans to retain power.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Silke Bigalke argues that Mr Putin does not care whether he remains president as long as he remains the most powerful person in Russia. Many had expected Mr Putin to change the constitution during his last term in office, but this step comes earlier than expected and goes in a different direction. He wants to redistribute influence away from the president, thereby weakening potential successors. The two chambers of the Russian parliament are supposed to receive more powers. Mr Putin will surely create new opportunities for himself, Ms Bigalke concludes.

Putin's dialectics / Putins Dialektik km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Putin's dialectics / Putins Dialektik..." page: 8 info: by S.Scholl date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin, the hat-taker / Putin, der Hütchen-spieler km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Putin, the hat-taker / Putin, der Hütchen-spieler..." page: 2 info: by W.Kaminer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Operation Maintaining Power / Operation Machterhalt km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Operation Maintaining Power / Operation Machterhalt..." page: 1 info: by R.Veser date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin's Hockey Partners / Putins Hockey-Partner km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Putin's Hockey Partners / Putins Hockey-Partner..." page: 22 info: by K.Wagner date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin appoints Mishustin / Putin ernennt Mischustin km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Putin appoints Mishustin / Putin ernennt Mischustin..." page: 5 info: by frs date: Friday, January 17, 2020

No restriction of power by foreign countries / Keine Machtbeschränkung durch das Ausland km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "No restriction of power by foreign countries / Keine Machtbeschränkung ..." page: 5 info: by F.Schmidt date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin makes for old age / Putin sorgt fürs Alter vor km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Putin makes for old age / Putin sorgt fürs Alter ..." page: 14 info: by A.Ballin date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Russia's new power duo / Russlands neues Machtduo km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Russia's new power duo / Russlands neues Machtduo..." page: 62 info: by A.Ballin date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Power for Eternity / Macht für die Ewigkeit km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Power for Eternity / Macht für die Ewigkeit..." page: 4 info: by S.Bigalke date: Friday, January 17, 2020

What doesn't fit is made to fit / Was nicht passt, wird passend gemacht km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "What doesn't fit is made to fit / Was nicht ..." page: 8 info: by S. Bigalke date: Friday, January 17, 2020

With Puck and Putin / Mit Puck und Putin km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "With Puck and Putin / Mit Puck und Putin..." page: 8 info: by P.Katzenberger date: Friday, January 17, 2020

System engineer Mikhail Mishustin is the new Prime Minister in Russia / Der Systemtechniker Michail Mischustin ist neuer Premier in Russland km-Tageszeitung-DE: "System engineer Mikhail Mishustin is the new Prime Minister in ..." page: 11 info: by I.Hartwich date: Friday, January 17, 2020

New hose, old wine / Neuer Schlauch, alter Wein km-Tageszeitung-DE: "New hose, old wine / Neuer Schlauch, alter Wein..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin's Checks and Balances / Putins Checks and Balances km-Welt-DE: "Putin's Checks and Balances / Putins Checks and Balances..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europeans should follow the US policy of sanctions against Iran

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:10:00 AM CET

Several media assess the US-Iran conflict and the political situation in Tehran, where the displeasure with the government is growing.Europeans fail to recognise that the regime in Iran is a major beneficiary of the nuclear deal, which is why Iran has still not opted out, although the US has long since stopped supporting the agreement, Gilda Sahebi emphasises in a commentary in Tageszeitung. For years the EU policy is relying on "stability" in the Middle East. The EU governments do not seem to care that this position does not support the Iranian people in their rebellion against the regime, but actually weakens them. The US consistently sanctions regime members who commit human rights violations and Europeans should follow this US policy, which is also backed by Israel, Ms Sahebi urges.

Blackmail? / Erpressung? km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Blackmail? / Erpressung?..." page: 8 info: by k.d.f date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Mixed dossiers / Vermengte Dossiers km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Mixed dossiers / Vermengte Dossiers..." page: 2 info: by Sat date: Friday, January 17, 2020

No one is using the Iran trade platform yet / Noch niemand nutzt die Iran-Handelsplattform km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "No one is using the Iran trade platform yet / ..." page: 19 info: by chs. date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Brutal power struggle / Brutaler Machtkampf km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Brutal power struggle / Brutaler Machtkampf..." page: 13 info: by M. Brüggmann Berlin date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Regime in distress / Regime in Bedrängnis km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Regime in distress / Regime in Bedrängnis..." page: 5 info: by C.B date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time for diplomatic hardship / Zeit für diplomatische Härte km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Time for diplomatic hardship / Zeit für diplomatische Härte..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer discusses Invictus Games with Prince Harry

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:26:00 AM CET

Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer watched a parade and met with Prince Harry in London on Thursday, it is reported in Bild. The reason for the meeting has been the next Invictus Games, which will take place in Düsseldorf in 2020. The games will be a sports event for soldiers and veterans wounded in action. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer has commented to Bild that it was evident "how deeply the Duke of Sussex cares for injured veterans, and how much personally involved he is."

Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at Prince Harry / AKK bei Prinz Harry km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer at Prince Harry / ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell puts pressure on Iran to maintain the nuclear deal

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:22:00 AM CET

Capital.gr reports that High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said that the talks he had with Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi were “honest”. In an announcement, the EU noted that the two sides had an honest dialogue, while they discussed the latest developments around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. HR/VP Borrell insisted during his meeting with Mr Zarif over the constant EU interest to maintain the deal.

Πιέσεις απο Ζοζέπ Μπορέλ στο Ιράν για διατήρηση της πυρηνικής συμφωνίας km-capital.gr-GR: "Πιέσεις απο Ζοζέπ Μπορέλ στο Ιράν για διατήρηση της πυρηνικής ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iran says European trio gave in to "bully"

[Ireland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the UK, German and France had succumbed to "high school bully" President Trump by triggering a dispute mechanism in the nuclear deal. It is understood the US threatened the countries with a 25% tariff on European car imports if it did not formally accuse Iran of breaking agreement rules.

Iran says European trio gave in to ‘bully-’ / Iran says European trio gave in to ‘bully-’ km-Irish-Times-IE: "Iran says European trio gave in to ‘bully-’ / Iran ..." page: 11 info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Trump’s ultimatum to EU: “Pressure on Iran or tariffs”

[Italy, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:01:00 AM CET

La Stampa reports on the Washington Post’s revelations that the US pressured Germany, France and Britain to initiate procedures against Iran for violation of the nuclear agreement or otherwise face 25% tariffs in the US on European automobiles. The countries did indeed put pressure on Iran but hid the threat of tariffs from the public, according to the Post. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif commented that “appeasement is confirmed” and warned “it will not work”, comparing the US to a typical “school bully”. The issue is of particular concern for British Prime Minister Johnson, as politically, he needs a rapid trade agreement with the US following Brexit. Moreover, it remains serious for all of Europe since US President Trump is less distracted by China now that he has reached a partial agreement with its government.

Trump’s ultimatum to EU: “Pressure on Iran or tariffs” / Ultimatum di Trump alla Ue “Pressioni sull'Iran o dazi” km-Stampa-IT: "Trump’s ultimatum to EU: “Pressure on Iran or tariffs” / ..." page: 13 info: by PAOLO MASTROLILLI date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Latvian Parliament calls on Russia to recognise Latvia's occupation and not to distort history

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that Latvian Parliament on 16 January passed a statement that calls on the international community to pay attention and be critical of the efforts of Russian officials to revise the history of World War II and to justify the illegal occupation and annexation of Latvia. The document emphasises that by downplaying the role of the internationally condemned Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in starting World War II and denying illegal occupation and annexation of Latvia, Russia is trying to mislead the international community about the role of the Soviet Union in causing World War II. In December, Mr Putin also criticised a European Parliament resolution which stated that non-aggression pact of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union paved the way for the outbreak of World War II.

Latvian Parliament calls on Russia to recognise Latvia's occupation and not to distort history / Saeima aicina Krieviju atzīt Latvijas okupāciju un nesagrozīt vēsturi km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Latvian Parliament calls on Russia to recognise Latvia's occupation and ..." info: by Sanita UplejaNacionālo ziņu žurnāliste date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Latvian Parliament calls on Russia to recognise Latvia's occupation and not to distort history / Saeima aicina Krieviju atzīt Latvijas okupāciju un nesagrozīt vēsturi km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "Latvian Parliament calls on Russia to recognise Latvia's occupation and ..." info: TV3 Ziņas Īsumā, 2020-01-16 19:21:00, 00:01:24, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:21:00 PM CET

European Parliament concerned about Russia's attempts to rewrite history

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

TV3 reports that the Kremlin's manipulation of history also raises a concern in the European Parliament, and not only for Baltic MEPs. Many others agree that these are not just historical disputes because these Russian manipulations have very specific political goals. Russia has launched an ambitious disinformation campaign spreading false information that the Second World War was started because of Poland. The European Commission, as well as the European Parliament, on 15 January expressed support for Poland in its dispute with President Putin about Poland's role in World War II. During the debate in Strasbourg, German politician Manfred Weber (EPP) stressed that this was not a question of history, but of the future, because neglecting historical facts means ignoring the future.

European Parliament concerned about Russia's attempts to rewrite history / Eiropas Parlamentā bažas par Krievijas centieniem pārrakstīt vēsturi km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "European Parliament concerned about Russia's attempts to rewrite history / ..." info: TV3 Ziņas, 2020-01-16 21:02:00, 00:03:55, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:02:00 PM CET

Iran accuses Europeans of sacrificing nuclear deal for trade interests

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that Iran accused European governments of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from the United States President Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the decision by Britain, France and Germany to heed United States pressure to lodge a complaint alleging violation of the deal by Iran deprived them of any right to claim the moral high ground. The three governments “sold out remnants of #JCPOA (the nuclear deal) to avoid new Trump tariffs,” Mr Zarif charged. “If you want to sell your integrity, go ahead. But DO NOT assume high moral/legal ground,” Mr Zarif posted on Twitter.

Iran accuses Europeans of sacrificing nuclear deal for trade interests / Iranas kaltina europiečius paaukojus branduolinį susitarimą dėl prekybos interesų km-15min.lt-LT: "Iran accuses Europeans of sacrificing nuclear deal for trade interests ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iran accuses Europeans of sacrificing nuclear deal for trade interests / Iranas kaltina europiečius paaukojus branduolinį susitarimą dėl prekybos interesų km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Iran accuses Europeans of sacrificing nuclear deal for trade interests ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell speaks to Iran's Foreign Minister

[Luxembourg, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

Tageblatt reports that Iran accuses Germany, France and the UK of having been forced to act harder in the nuclear dispute due to President Trump's threats to impose punitive tariffs on some European goods. This is what Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Sarif wrote on Twitter yesterday. On the other hand, according to EU officials, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell had an "open" conversation with Mr Sarif at a conference in India. In diplomacy, the wording usually means that issues were clearly addressed, conflicts were resolved and not disguised.

Europeans buckle in front of Trump / Europäer knicken vor Trump ein km-Tageblatt-LU: "Europeans buckle in front of Trump / Europäer knicken vor ..." page: 9 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Malta has a lot to offer – President Vella to honorary consuls

[Malta, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:50:00 AM CET

TVM yesterday reported that during the exchange of New Year greetings with Honorary Consuls, President George Vella yesterday urged the consuls to convey the reality of the country and the fact that Malta is working hard to bring back normality following the turbulent end to 2019 which had tarnished Malta’s name and credibility. The President said he had worked within the parameters permitted by the Constitution for the circumstances prevailing in the country to be addressed, adding that with a new Prime Minister, it was now everyone’s obligation to strengthen efforts to clear Malta’s name. President Vella also spoke about tensions in Libya, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. He said it was regrettable that the European Union is not showing unity, with the EU unfortunately proving itself to be weak. He called for stronger leadership from Europe.

Malta has a lot to offer – President Vella to honorary consuls / Malta għandha ħafna x’toffri – il-President Vella lill-konsli onorarji km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Malta has a lot to offer – President Vella to ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-01-16 05:45:00, 00:02:50, by Fiorella Pace date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:45:00 AM CET

Europe is powerless in Middle East

[Netherlands, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:42:00 AM CET

A few Dutch media comment on the EU's role in conflicts in the Middle East.NRC Next says in an editorial that the EU’s role in conflicts in the Middle East is limited, but it has the potential to become more influential. Russia, Turkey and Iran decide the future of Syria during the meeting in Geneva. There will also be a summit in Berlin on Sunday to discuss the future of Libya, but mainly Russia and Turkey try to have any influence. The US withdrew from the nuclear agreement with Iran and Iran openly violates the terms of the deal, while Europe is helplessly in between. Europe believes in diplomacy, but it often lacks the means, the will or unity to be anything more than being a host for conferences or the promotor of agreements. Still, the EU has options left. Europe is a prosperous continent that could do much for Iran. It is also possible that the EU will have to deploy troops, for example in Libya. Europe is active and it knows it needs to become more independent. It just needs to learn how to use its potential to gain power.In a column in NRC Next, Luuk van Middelaar comments on the weak position of the EU in the Middle East. Russian and Turkey tried to arrange a cease-fire between Libyan factions without involving Europe. The European countries also have limited influence in the conflict between the US and Iran. European Commission President von der Leyen said at the start of her term that she wanted to lead a "geopolitical Commission." However, the EU is not equipped for acute crisis management. It is a choice to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, Mr Van Middelaar says. Russia’s economy is not greater than that of Spain, which shows that power on the world stage is a matter of having the political will and the willingness to bear the costs. The EU is not willing to pay the price for power, until the price of powerlessness becomes clear.

Toekijken, afwachten, ook dat is een keuze km-NRC-Next-NL: "Toekijken, afwachten, ook dat is een keuze..." page: 18 info: by Luuk van Middelaar date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe convenes meetings, others decide what will happen / Europa vergadert, anderen bepalen wat er gebeurt km-NRC-Next-NL: "Europe convenes meetings, others decide what will happen / Europa ..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Iran is warning Europe

[Poland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:45:00 AM CET

Gazeta Wyborcza daily cites a recent statement by President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, who warned that European soldiers might suffer if Europe took a wrong step. It was a reaction to the start of the procedure, which may reinstate the European Union’s sanctions against Iran for failing to obey the nuclear agreement. According to The Washington Post, the decision of European states might have been caused by the US’ blackmail. Last week, the US President Donald Trump's administration addressed private warnings against Europeans, which shocked governments of third countries. It refers to Germany, France and the UK, which belong to the parties of the nuclear agreement with Iran from 2015. According to a European official, Americans warned that they would impose 25% import tariffs onto European cars if the dispute resolution mechanism was not activated. Berlin, Paris and London launched the procedure on Tuesday. It means an official declaration by the EU that Iran was failing to obey the agreement’s clauses. Consequently, the EU might restore its restrictions against Iran, which were suspended after the conclusion of the nuclear agreement. This is what Washington expects, although the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell noted that the launch of the dispute resolution mechanism did not mean the start of the restrictions’ activation procedure. The daily comments that the EU is being in a vicious circle. On the one hand, it is trying to save the nuclear agreement; and on the other hand, it is powerless in the relations with Iran.

Iran threatens European armies / Iran grozi europejskim wojskom km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Iran threatens European armies / Iran grozi europejskim wojskom..." page: 12 info: by Robert Stefanicki date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif

[Portugal, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:07:00 AM CET

A couple of Portuguese media reported on the HR/VP Borrell's meeting with Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif.Commission High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal, SIC Notícias reports. Commission spokesperson Peter Stano said that both parties discussed the latest developments related to the nuclear deal and the situation in the Middle East. According to Mr Stano, Mr Borrell underlined “the continued interest of the European Union to preserve the nuclear deal and also the strong interest of the EU to be able to contribute to de-escalation in the region.”According to a statement, Commission High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell discussed the latest developments around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Mr Zarif, TSF online reports. According to Mr Borrell, the nuclear deal “is now more important than ever, in light of the dangerous escalations in the Middle East and the Gulf region.” Both partners agreed to remain in close touch and continue their engagement in the coming weeks.

HR/VP Josep Borrell met with Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs Zarif in New Delhi / AR/VP Josep Borrel encontrou-se com Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros Iraniano Zarif em Nova Déli km-SIC-Noticias-PT: "HR/VP Josep Borrell met with Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs ..." info: Edição da tarde, 2020-01-16 16:27:00, 00:00:59, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:27:00 PM CET

European Union urges Tehran to preserve nuclear deal / União Europeia insta Teerão a preservar acordo nuclear km-Tsf.pt-PT: "European Union urges Tehran to preserve nuclear deal / União ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament reaffirms its support for Juan Guaidó

[Portugal, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:56:00 AM CET

The European Parliament condemned the recent attempted coup d’état to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Expresso online reports. In a resolution adopted in the EP plenary session, MEPs reaffirmed their support for Juan Guaidó as the legitimate President of the National Assembly and interim President of Venezuela. The text was adopted by 471 votes to 101, with 103 abstentions. According to the EP, the National Assembly of Venezuela is the only legitimately elected democratic body in the country, and its powers need to be respected. The EP also recalls that the EU stands ready to support a genuine process towards a peaceful and democratic solution to the Venezuelan political crisis.

Venezuela: European Parliament renews support for Guaidó and condemns "illegal election" of Parra / Venezuela. Parlamento Europeu renova apoio a Guaidó e condena "eleição ilegal" de Parra km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Venezuela: European Parliament renews support for Guaidó and condemns "illegal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU criticises Russia for saying that Poland had contributed to the launch of World War Two

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:58:00 AM CET

European Commission announced, through Vice-President Věra Jourová’s voice, that it would not tolerate distortion of historic facts after Russia suggested Poland was partly responsible for starting World War Two and said it would challenge disinformation wherever it occurred. Ms Jourová also pointed out that the pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, signed by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov on 23 August 1939, had paved the way for war.

Harsh reply / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Harsh reply / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2020-01-16 15:38:00, 00:02:15, by Genţiana Coman date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:38:00 PM CET

EU criticises Russia for the statement according to which Poland had contributed to the launch of Second World War / UE critică Rusia pentru afirmaţia că Polonia a contribuit la declanşarea celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial km-news.ro-RO: "EU criticises Russia for the statement according to which Poland ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Eugen Tomac, about Vladimir Putin's statements regarding the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact / VIDEO Eugen Tomac, despre afirmațiile lui Vladimir Putin privind Pactul Ribbentrop-Molotov km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Eugen Tomac, about Vladimir Putin's statements regarding the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Romanian Naval Forces take command of a NATO Group

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:58:00 AM CET

According to several media outlets, including Radio România Actualităţi, Romania took NATO command of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG-2) yesterday. The change of command ceremony took place in Constanţa Port’s passengers terminal and brought together representatives of the country’s defence structures and NATO officials. The missions under Romanian command will take place during the period January - June 2020 and will be conducted in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, by military vessels from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

Romania took NATO command of SNMCMG-2 / România a preluat comanda NATO asupra grupării navale de luptă contra minelor SNMCMG-2 km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Romania took NATO command of SNMCMG-2 / România a preluat ..." info: by Andrei Leonte date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Romanian Naval Forces take command of a NATO group / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Romanian Naval Forces take command of a NATO group / ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 10:02:00, 00:01:15, by Laurenţiu Văduva date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:02:00 AM CET

EU trying to save Iran nuclear deal

[Slovakia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:03:00 AM CET

Website aktuality.sk, and TV stations TV JOJ and TA3 draw attention to the latest development in Iran. The articles focus on the meeting of EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif which took place in India yesterday. Mr Borrell´s goal was to push on Iran to maintain the more and more fragile Iran nuclear deal. TV station TV JOJ reports that the situation was also discussed at the European Parliament. Several European leaders start to admit that saving the nuclear deal will not be possible. TA3 also mentions the words of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. He said that Iran is enriching more uranium per day now than before the country signed the nuclear deal.

Head of EU diplomacy discussed nulear deal with Iranian partner / Šéf diplomacie Únie hovoril o jadrovej dohode s iránskym partnerom km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Head of EU diplomacy discussed nulear deal with Iranian partner ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The EU must save the nuclear deal / EU musí zachránit jadernou dohodu, vyjádření šéfa evropské diplomacie J. Borrella km-Joj-TV-SK: "The EU must save the nuclear deal / EU musí ..." info: Noviny, 2020-01-16 20:03:00, 00:02:04, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:03:00 PM CET

Rouhani: More uranium means more power / Rúhání: Víc uranu znamená víc síly km-TA3-SK: "Rouhani: More uranium means more power / Rúhání: Víc uranu ..." info: Hlavné správy, 2020-01-16 18:55:00, 00:01:50, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:55:00 PM CET

States that lost citizens in downing of Ukranian airliner demanding answers from Iran

[Slovenia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:50:00 AM CET

Foreign ministers from five states that lost citizens in the downing of Ukrainian airliner in Iran have met in London, 24ur, and STA report. The foreign ministers established a group that will demands answers and then coordinates their response to the findings reported by Iran. The group wants to see everyone responsible for the crash to be held accountable and to make deals that would make sure that the relatives of the deceased receive their remains with dignity. Canada is also investigating reports of the Iranian Government’s harassment of families of some of the victims and its efforts to keep them quiet. After the meeting in London, Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne promised that Iran would be pressured to provide answers regarding the downing. “Families want answers, the international community wants answers, the world is waiting for answers and we will not rest until we get them,” said Mr Champagne. In a joint statement, the ministers called for a thorough and transparent international investigation.

States that lost citizens in downing of Ukranian airliner demanding answers from Iran / Države, ki so izgubile državljane v sestrelitvi ukrajinskega letala, od Irana zahtevajo odgovore km-24ur.com-SI: "States that lost citizens in downing of Ukranian airliner demanding ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Canadian minister demands answers from Iran regarding airliner downing  / Kanadski minister zahteva od Irana odgovore zaradi sestrelitve letala km-sta.si-SI: "Canadian minister demands answers from Iran regarding airliner downing / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iran will not withdraw entirely from the nuclear deal, Iranian President says

[Slovenia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:50:00 AM CET

Yesterday in Tehran, Iranian President Rouhani affirmed that Iran would not withdraw entirely from the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear program until further notice, STA reports. Meanwhile, Mr Rouhani asserted that Iran was currently enriching more uranium than it did before the state had signed the nuclear deal in 2015. “If Iran withdrew, we would face the UN sanctions again, and this would make things easy for [US President Trump],” explained Mr Rouhani during yesterday’s meeting with the directors of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), according to foreign press agencies. “The government is working daily to prevent military confrontation or war,” Mr Rouhani said in a televised speech yesterday.

Iranian President Rouhani: Iran will not entirely withdraw from the nuclear deal / Rohani: Iran ne bo povsem izstopil iz jedrskega sporazuma km-sta.si-SI: "Iranian President Rouhani: Iran will not entirely withdraw from the ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament renews recognition of Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president

[Spain, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

The Spanish press reports that Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guidó has been recognised as such again by the European Parliament. MEPs also said in a resolution that the refusal to let him in the National Assembly was tantamount to an attempted coup d’etat.

Puigdemont sides with Podemos in supporting Maduro / Puigdemont se alinea con Podemos en apoyo de Maduro km-ABC-ES: "Puigdemont sides with Podemos in supporting Maduro / Puigdemont se ..." page: 25 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament reaffirm recognition of Guaidó / El Parlamento Europeo reitera su reconocimiento a Guaidó km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "European Parliament reaffirm recognition of Guaidó / El Parlamento Europeo ..." info: La linterna (tertulia), 2020-01-16 22:01:00, 00:04:21, by JUAN PABLO COLMENAREJO date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:01:00 PM CET

MEPs condemn Maduro’s “coup d’etat” against Guaidó / La Eurocámara condena el «golpe de Estado» de Maduro contra Guaidó km-Mundo-ES: "MEPs condemn Maduro’s “coup d’etat” against Guaidó / La Eurocámara ..." page: 1,32-33 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament reaffirms support to Guaidó / El Parlamento Europeo reafirma su apoyo a Guaidó km-Pais-ES: "European Parliament reaffirms support to Guaidó / El Parlamento Europeo ..." page: 7 info: by EFE date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MEPs confirm support to Guaidó / La Eurocámara confirma su apoyo a Guaidó km-Razon-Spain-ES: "MEPs confirm support to Guaidó / La Eurocámara confirma su ..." page: 25 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament renews recognition of Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president / El Parlamento Europeo vuelve a reconocer a Guaidó como presidente legítimo de Venezuela km-TV3-Spain-ES: "European Parliament renews recognition of Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president ..." info: Tn migdia, 2020-01-16 15:06:00, 00:01:35, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:06:00 PM CET

Borrell tells Iran EU is interested in keeping nuclear deal in place

[Spain, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

The online press reports that High Representative Vice-President Borrell on Thursday underlined the EU’s interest in keeping the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in place, following a meeting with Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New Delhi.

Borrell tells Iran EU is interested in keeping nuclear deal in place / Borrell transmite a Irán el interés de la UE en mantener el pacto nuclear km-Abc.es-ES: "Borrell tells Iran EU is interested in keeping nuclear deal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Borrell tells Iran EU is interested in keeping nuclear deal in place / Borrell transmite a Irán el interés de la UE en mantener el pacto nuclear km-eldiario.es-ES: "Borrell tells Iran EU is interested in keeping nuclear deal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Russia appoints new prime minister, news and opinion

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:45:00 AM CET

Multiple media outlets report that Russian President Putin appointed Mikhail Mishustin as the new Prime Minister of Russia. Mr Mishustin is expected to form a new Russian government shortly, while Mr Putin will push for changes to the country's political system. Russian analyst Gleb Pavlosky said that the new prime minister is known to be a brilliant bureaucrat, and that Mr Putin likely appointed him as a transitional leader for the next few years. He further stated that Mishustin's reputation as a non-controversial person also played an important role.SVT1 Rapport reports that close to all political experts believe that Mr Putin's ambitions for the political reform is to ensure his continued power after 2024. Even though the changed constitution will increase the power of the people and the Russian parliament, many people are sceptical. Political expert Dimitrij Oreshkin said that this will mark a transition from European order to a more Soviet-Asian order, where the democracy is false and merely decorative. In an analysis in Dagens Nyheter, Michael Winiarski writes that Russia aims to hold a referendum regarding changes to the country's constitution before 1 May. This suggests that the Kermlin wants to radically reform things very quickly, and many experts believe that this will result in Russian President Putin retaining power even after his term of office needs in 2024. The core of the reform is that once his presidency is over, Mr Putin will receive a new, more powerful position created just for him. While it is surprising that these changes take place now, one could argue that Mr Putin does not want to become a lame duck. What will be decisive for him is whether this new model will work better.

Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister lovar förändring FAKTA FAKTA km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Putin wants to avoid being a "lame duck" / Putin vill undvika att bli en ”lame duck” km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Putin wants to avoid being a "lame duck" / Putin ..." page: 16 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister lovar förändring km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister ..." page: 24 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister lovar förändring km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Putin's new prime minister promises change / Putins nye premiärminister ..." page: 24,25 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Unknown bureaucrat takes over after Dmitrij Medvedev / Okänd byråkrat tar över efter Dmitrij Medvedev km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Unknown bureaucrat takes over after Dmitrij Medvedev / Okänd byråkrat ..." page: 25 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Anonymous bureaucrat Mikhail Mishustin handpicked by Putin / Anonyme byråkraten Michail Misjustin handplockad av Putin km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Anonymous bureaucrat Mikhail Mishustin handpicked by Putin / Anonyme byråkraten ..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"The sugar the Russians needed to swallow the medicine" / "Sockret ryssarna behövde för att svälja medicinen" km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: ""The sugar the Russians needed to swallow the medicine" / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

New prime minister in Russia / Rapport Ikväll 19:30 km-SVT1-Rapport-SE: "New prime minister in Russia / Rapport Ikväll 19:30..." info: SVT1 - Rapport, 2020-01-16 19:30:00, 00:00:01, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

Countries demand Iran to take full responsibility for shot-down Ukrainian plane

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:45:00 AM CET

TV4 Nyheterna reports that during a meeting in London, the foreign ministers of Sweden, Canada, Afghanistan, the UK and Ukraine demanded Iran to take full responsibility for having shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane in Teheran. The countries want the victims' families to receive compensation and that Iran is fully transparent in the investigation of the incident. Ann Linde, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, said that Iran has accepted these terms, but it has not yet been decided how much compensation will be paid out.

Sweden demands Iran to take full responsibility for shot-down plane / Nyheterna 19.00 16 januari 2020 16 januari 2020 km-TV4-Nyheterna-SE: "Sweden demands Iran to take full responsibility for shot-down plane ..." info: TV4 - Nyheterna, 2020-01-16 19:00:00, 00:00:01, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:00:00 PM CET

European sanctions against Iran could stem from US pressure (opinion)

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Aftonbladet, Wolfgang Hansson writes that the recent European threats to resume sanctions against Iran could be related to US President Trump having threatened to introduce 25% car tariffs. Mr Trump has repeatedly urged Europe to follow the US example and leave the Iran nuclear deal in favour of a new, stricter one. While Europe claimed that it wishes to do everything in its power to save the nuclear deal, the pressure from US Trump means that  Europe is moving closer to the president's stance. This paints a sad picture of today's relationship between Europe and the US.

Did Europe fold for Trump's threat? / Vek sig Europa för Trumps hot? km-Aftonbladet-SE: "Did Europe fold for Trump's threat? / Vek sig Europa ..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Germany confirms Trump used threat of car tariffs to pressure Europe over Iran

[United Kingdom, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:51:00 AM CET

The Guardian reports that German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has confirmed speculation the US put pressure on Europe to initiate proceedings against Iran for violating the nuclear deal. During a press conference she was asked about claims Germany, France and the UK would face 25% tariffs on European cars if they did not activate the dispute settlement mechanism, to which she said: "This expression or threat, as you will, does exist." However, some European diplomats have said the decision to open a dispute case had already been made after Iran made steps away from the deal. The Evening Standard reports that Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK would "do what it has to do to protect both itself and its allies" after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said European soldiers in the Middle East could be "in danger."

War of words deepens over Iran threat to European troops / War of words deepens over Iran threat to European troops km-Evening-Standard-GB: "War of words deepens over Iran threat to European troops ..." page: 10 info: by Nicholas Cecil date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Germany confirms Trump used threat of car tariffs to pressure Europe over Iran / Germany confirms Trump used threat of car tariffs to pressure Europe over Iran km-Guardian-GB: "Germany confirms Trump used threat of car tariffs to pressure ..." page: 4 info: by Patrick Wintour date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Iran puts 'no limit' on its nuclear ambitions as 2015 deal unravels / Iran puts 'no limit' on its nuclear ambitions as 2015 deal unravels km-Scotsman-GB: "Iran puts 'no limit' on its nuclear ambitions as 2015 ..." page: 23 info: by NASSER KARIMI date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Former EU envoy accused of spying for Beijing

[United Kingdom, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:51:00 AM CET

The Guardian reports that a former German diplomat who worked in both the European Commission and the European External Action Service is under investigation along with two lobbyists on suspicion of spying for the Chinese government. German Attorney General Peter Frank is examining the activities of the diplomat since he moved into lobbying two years ago. It is alleged that confidential commercial information was shared with the Chinese ministry for state security. The suspect is said to have started to leak information to his Chinese senior officer in the same year as his move and recruitment of two other suspects.

Former EU envoy suspected of being a spy for China / Former EU envoy suspected of being a spy for China km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "Former EU envoy suspected of being a spy for China ..." page: 13 info: by Justin Huggler date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Former EU envoy accused of spying for Beijing / Former EU envoy accused of spying for Beijing km-Guardian-GB: "Former EU envoy accused of spying for Beijing / Former ..." page: 38 info: by Daniel Boffey date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MI6 informant jailed for murder loses appeal over trial held in secret / MI6 informant jailed for murder loses appeal over trial held in secret km-Guardian-GB: "MI6 informant jailed for murder loses appeal over trial held ..." page: 25 info: by Duncan Campbell Richard Norton-Taylor date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate

[United Kingdom, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:50:00 AM CET

BBC One reports that US President Donald Trump has been formally accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in charges read out in the US Senate. It marks the beginning of the impeachment trial that has now been brought before the 100 senators, who have been sworn in as jurors. If he is found guilty he will be dismissed from office, although his Republican Party has the majority of senators so he is unlikely to be forced to step down. Trump is accused of putting pressure on Ukraine to dig up dirt on his political rival Joe Biden as well as obstructing the investigation, which new evidence suggests he knew exactly what was going on. The president said: "It's a hoax, everybody knows that."

Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate / Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate km-BBC-1-GB: "Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate / Trump impeachment ..." info: BBC 1 London, 2020-01-17 02:57:00, 00:03:05, date: Friday, January 17, 2020 2:57:00 AM CET

EUR_300_BILLION

Uber's rival Bolt receives support from EU

[Sweden, EUR_300_BILLION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:45:00 AM CET

Svenska Dagbladet reports that Bolt was been awarded a grant of €50 million in financial assets from the European Investment Bank. The money, constituting what is essentially a loan, is intended to fund investments into existing services and personalised mobile services, such as food deliveries. The funding is also expected to be used to fund Uber’s competition for market shares in Sweden, challenging taxi company Uber for market dominance.

Uber's rival Bolt receives support from the EU / Ubers rival Bolt får stöd av EU km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Uber's rival Bolt receives support from the EU / Ubers ..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD

The Berlin conference to stop interference in Libya

[France, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:52:00 AM CET

Former MEP Francis Wurtz recalls in L’Humanité Dimanche the responsibility of Europeans in the Libyan conflict. On 7 January, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and French, Italian, British and German Foreign Ministers jointly stated that foreign interfence was fueling the Libyan crisis, and that an immediate suspension of the hostilities was crucial. Yet, Mr Wurtz recalls that it is France, backed by the UK, that initiated the conflict in 2011. Today, Paris is still suspected of backing dissident Marshall Haftar, while Italy shares France’s interest for the Libyan oil. Only Germany refused to interfere in the Libyan conflict. This is probably why Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Salamé chose Berlin to host the international conference aiming at ending the conflict.In an interview in Libération, Mr Ghassan Salamé wants the Berlin conference to be "an international umbrella" under which Libyan conflict's actors could move forward to a solution. He aims to convince the countries involved in the Libyan conflict to give Libya a chance to save itself. He is satisfied with the ceasefire asked by Moscow and Ankara. For reasons of collective security, a minimum of international consensus is necessary for this country threatened by civil war and division, but also for the Mediterranean countries. He reminds that the absence of a united state prevents Libya from playing its role in regulating migration. Finally, he states that he has never seen such a big gap between what the stakeholders say and what they do.

Libya: the EU faces the threat of a "second Syria" / Libye: l’UE face à la menace d'une «seconde Syrie » km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: "Libya: the EU faces the threat of a "second Syria" ..." page: 35 date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

In Tripoli, "Haftar's men take everything, and even the door handles" / A Tripoli, « les hommes de Haftar s’emparent de tout, jusqu’aux poignées de porte » km-Liberation-FR: "In Tripoli, "Haftar's men take everything, and even the door ..." page: 11 info: by Mathieu Galtier date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In Libya, a conflict of foreign interests / En Libye, un conflit d'intérêts étrangers km-Liberation-FR: "In Libya, a conflict of foreign interests / En Libye, ..." page: 8-10 info: by Hala Kodmani date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"The Berlin conference must serve as an international umbrella" / «La conférence de Berlin doit faire office de parapluie international» km-Liberation-FR: ""The Berlin conference must serve as an international umbrella" / ..." page: 9 info: by Mathieu Galtier date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Libya: Prime Minister will go to Berlin, his rival agrees on "principle" / Libye: le Premier ministre ira à Berlin, son rival d’accord sur «le principe» km-Liberation.fr-FR: "Libya: Prime Minister will go to Berlin, his rival agrees ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Libya summit in Berlin: Haftar may attend

[Germany, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:34:00 AM CET

Several media report on the upcoming Libya summit. Commander Haftar committed to ceasefire and may attend the Berlin summit."The outer influences in Libya must be reduced," President Macron told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Prior to confirming on Thursday, Mr Macron had noted that he would participate in the Libya conference in Berlin only "if the conference was useful for the peace process" but actually he was waiting for General Khalifa Haftar to confirm his attendance, Michaela Wiegel reports. The French support of the warlord has been controversial and has prevented Mr Macron from being taken seriously in the role of an honest mediator. At the New Year Reception for the press, Mr Macron reminded people of the responsibility that France had taken with the military operation that led to the ouster of dictator Muammar al Gaddafi. Additionally, at the Élysée Palace, Mr Macron downplayed the lack of unity among Europeans, talking about different "sensibilities" of Italy and France.A summit meeting will begin on Sunday in Berlin which aims to achieve peace in civil-war-torn Libya, it is reported in Bild. Representatives from ten countries, not including Greece, have been invited. This raises the question of whether President Erdoğan has dictated the guest list to Chancellor Merkel. Mr Erdoğan is said to have insisted that no representative of Greece attends the meeting. Turkey has pointed out that it is sticking to the refugee deal with the EU and is taking up millions of Syrians in contrast to Greece.

Maas and his handshake with a warlord / Maas und sein Handschlag mit einem Kriegsherrn km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Maas and his handshake with a warlord / Maas und ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Libya summit Has Erdogan put pressure on the chancellor? / Libyen-Gipfel Hat Erdogan die Kanzlerin unter Druck gesetzt? km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Libya summit Has Erdogan put pressure on the chancellor? / ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

On President Macron plans to attend the Libya conference in Berlin: Soft words at the New Year Reception / Weiche Worte beim Neujahrsempfang km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On President Macron plans to attend the Libya conference in ..." page: 4 info: by MW date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Stop the deadly current / Den tödlichen Strom stoppen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Stop the deadly current / Den tödlichen Strom stoppen..." page: 4 info: by J.L date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Conflict between Greece and Turkey: The terrible neighbour / Konflikt zwischen Griechenland und der Türkei: Der schreckliche Nachbar km-Spiegel.de-DE: "Conflict between Greece and Turkey: The terrible neighbour / Konflikt ..." info: by Maximilian Popp date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mission Peace / Mission Frieden km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Mission Peace / Mission Frieden..." page: 7 info: by D.Brössler date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Libya summit: Greece threatens to block Libya deal / Libyen-Gipfel: Griechenland droht mit Blockade von Libyen-Abkommen km-Zeit.de-DE: "Libya summit: Greece threatens to block Libya deal / Libyen-Gipfel: ..." info: by ZEIT ONLINE: Ausland - Ferdinand Otto date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commander of the Libyan National Army Haftar visits Athens

[Greece, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:33:00 AM CET

Several Greek media report on the interview of Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis with Greek television station Alpha yesterday, focusing on his statements about Libya. Mr Mitsotakis expressed his discontent over the fact that Greece was not invited to the conference on Libya that will be held in Berlin, while he sent the message that Greece will veto any decision about Libya at the level of the Foreign Affairs Council and the European Council unless it includes the cancelation of the Turkey-Libya deal. He added that he has sent a letter to his European counterparts, as well as to European Council President Michel and President von der Leyen in order to present the Greek views. Meanwhile, all media highlight that Mr Mitsotakis will meet today in Athens with Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar. Their meeting will take place only two days before the crucial conference in Berlin on Libya. Mr Haftar had a short meeting with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias yesterday, while they will meet again today. Ta Nea speaks of Mr Haftar’s meetings with Greek officials as a significant diplomatic move by the Greek government, which aims to have an “indirect presence” at the Berlin conference, since Greece’s view is quite similar to those of Mr Haftar. In an opinion article with Kathimerini, journalist Aristotelia Peloni notes that concern is expressed in Brussels over Europe’s stance regarding the Libyan crisis.

Κυρ. Μητσοτάκης: «Δεν διέπραξα σφάλμα το 2015 με Παυλόπουλο» km-Avghi-GR: "Κυρ. Μητσοτάκης: «Δεν διέπραξα σφάλμα το 2015 με Παυλόπουλο»..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

High-risk diplomacy / Διπλωματία υψηλού ρίσκου km-Avghi-GR: "High-risk diplomacy / Διπλωματία υψηλού ρίσκου..." page: 14 info: by KAKI BALI date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Τι σημαίνει η παρουσία Χαφτάρ στην Αθήνα km-capital.gr-GR: "Τι σημαίνει η παρουσία Χαφτάρ στην Αθήνα..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commander of the Libyan National Army Haftar landed in Athens / Στην Αθήνα προσγειώθηκε ο Χαφτάρ km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Commander of the Libyan National Army Haftar landed in Athens ..." page: 3 info: by Nikolas Zirganos date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Διπλωματικές κινήσεις με αποφασιστικότητα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Διπλωματικές κινήσεις με αποφασιστικότητα..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Θα ταυτίσει τη θητεία της με το άλμα της χώρας km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Θα ταυτίσει τη θητεία της με το άλμα της χώρας..." page: 6,7 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

 Μήνυμα η επίσκεψη Χαφτάρ στην Αθήνα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Μήνυμα η επίσκεψη Χαφτάρ στην Αθήνα..." page: 11 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Μητσοτάκης: Ενδειξη απομόνωσης η προκλητικότητα Ερντογάν km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Μητσοτάκης: Ενδειξη απομόνωσης η προκλητικότητα Ερντογάν..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Στην Αθήνα ο στρατάρχης Χαφτάρ για συναντήσεις km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Στην Αθήνα ο στρατάρχης Χαφτάρ για συναντήσεις..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Opinion: Το κονκλάβιο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Opinion: Το κονκλάβιο..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis' message about a veto / Μήνυμα Μητσοτάκη για βέτο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis' message about a veto / Μήνυμα ..." page: 4 info: by Aristotelia Peloni date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Message for veto unless the pseudo-memorandum is cancelled / Μήνυμα για βέτο αν δεν ακυρωθεί το ψευδομνημόνιο km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Message for veto unless the pseudo-memorandum is cancelled / Μήνυμα ..." page: 18 info: by Katerina Kokkaliari date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Μητσοτάκης στον Alpha: Θα βάλουμε βέτο για τη Λιβύη, έστειλα επιστολή στη Μέρκελ km-protothema.gr-GR: "Μητσοτάκης στον Alpha: Θα βάλουμε βέτο για τη Λιβύη, έστειλα ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Στην Αθήνα ο Χαφτάρ - Συναντήθηκε με Δένδια km-protothema.gr-GR: "Στην Αθήνα ο Χαφτάρ - Συναντήθηκε με Δένδια..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Message through Commander of the Libyan National Army Haftar with many recievers / Μηνύματα μέσω Χαφτάρ με πολλούς αποδέκτες km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Message through Commander of the Libyan National Army Haftar with ..." page: 12,13 info: by MANOS CHARALAMBAKIS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis: Greece will not accept any political solution for Libya that does not foresee the cancelation of the Turkey-Libya memorandum

[Greece, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:31:00 AM CET

In an interview with Greek television station Alpha, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis talked about the refugee-migration issue and welcomed the fact that speaking at the Hellenic Parliament yesterday, Vice-President Schinas recognised with courage that Europe has not done enough on the solidarity front. He underlined that he will keep fighting for a single European policy regarding asylum and migration issues. Meanwhile, Mr Mitsotakis characterised as wrong the fact that Greece was not invited to the conference on Libya that will be held in Berlin, but noted that Greece never participated in the Berlin Process. He highlighted that Greece is a regional force of stability and that he communicated the Greek views on the issue with letters to his European counterparts, as well as to European Council President Michel and President von der Leyen. Greece will never accept any political solution for Libya at a European Council level that does not set as a precondition the cancelation of the Turkey-Libya memorandum, Mr Mitsotakis pointed out. At the same time, he appeared certain that Greece will have additional fiscal space in 2020.

Interview with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis: Greece will not accept any political solution for Libya that does not foresee the cancelation of the Turkey-Libya memorandum / Interview with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis: Η Ελλάδα δεν θα δεχτεί καμία πολιτική λύση για τη Λιβύη η οποία να μην έχει ως προϋπόθεση την ακύρωση του μνημονίου Τουρκίας-Λιβύης km-Alpha-TV-GR: "Interview with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis: Greece will not accept ..." info: ALPHA NEWS KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2020-01-16 19:09:00, 00:55:00, by ANTONIS SROITER date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:09:00 PM CET

Berlin Conference to offer plan for Libya

[Italy, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:42:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report on the proposals for the upcoming Berlin Conference on Libya scheduled for Sunday. La Repubblica says there is “some degree of optimism” and that a draft statement of conclusions talks of a lasting truce, a civilian mission to guarantee its hold and, further down the road, a military mission to block the influx of weapons and disarm the militias. It also includes issues such as the unification of security forces and the refusal of foreign interference. Still missing are references to the nature of the peacekeeping mission and the new political process. Russian President Putin, Turkish President Erdoğan and US Secretary of State Pompeo have confirmed they will attend the Conference. European Parliament President Sassoli said the EU must be ready to monitor peace with “every tool available, both civil and military”. For High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, a civil mission could be sent within the next few weeks. However, Rai News 24 reports that Mr Erdoğan announced he was sending troops to Libya, upping the stakes without giving details on numbers or timeline. He claimed it was “to support the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister al-Serraj.” Under an agreement reached with Mr al-Serraj in November 2019, Turkey will start drilling for oil in the eastern Mediterranean in new locations. Italian Prime Minister Conte voiced his objections to the announcement. Il Messaggero notes that there are 55 points in the “ambitious” document which will be discussed in Berlin. Though both Mr al-Serraj and Libyan National Army (NA) leader General Haftar will be present at the talks in Berlin and will probably meet with German Chancellor Merkel, neither is expected to participate in the working meetings. Il Sole-24 Ore reports that France has been “almost silent” about the Conference, preferring “to keep a low profile”, limiting its comments to hopes for a “lasting ceasefire”. France’s situation is “complicated”, as its support for former Libyan leader Gaddafi’s strong man, Mr Haftar, is “well known”. France has numerous interests in the region, not least of which is its military base in Chad. In an interview in La Stampa, exiled Turkish journalist Can Dundar says that Mr Erdoğan and Mr Putin are “taking advantage of Europe’s irrelevance” in the Mediterranean to “put down roots in Libya” because of their interest in oil. The two leaders “do not like or trust each other” but they have a “common interest”.

Erdoğan: my troops for peace. Conte: “’No’ to more soldiers” / Erdogan: le mie truppe per la pace. E Conte: «No ad altri soldati» km-Messaggero-IT: "Erdoğan: my troops for peace. Conte: “’No’ to more soldiers” ..." page: 11 info: by N.d. date: Friday, January 17, 2020

From the embargo to elections – here is the plan for Libya / Dall'embargo alle elezioni ecco il piano per la Libia km-Messaggero-IT: "From the embargo to elections – here is the plan ..." page: 11 info: by Cristiana Mangani date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Erdoğan announces he is sending troops to Libya / Il presidente Erdogan ha annunciato che sta inviando truppe in Libia km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Erdoğan announces he is sending troops to Libya / Il ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-01-17 03:03:00, 00:01:43, by Carmela Giglio date: Friday, January 17, 2020 3:03:00 AM CET

Ahead of the Berlin conference, the President of the European Parliament, Davide Sassoli / In vista della conferenza di Berlino ha parlato il presidente del parlamento europeo Davide Sassoli km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Ahead of the Berlin conference, the President of the European ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-01-17 03:06:00, 00:00:44, by ND date: Friday, January 17, 2020 3:06:00 AM CET

President Conte also spoke about the situation in Algiers / Della situazione Libia ha parlato anche il presidente Conte ad Algeri km-Rai-News-24-IT: "President Conte also spoke about the situation in Algiers / ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-01-17 03:04:00, 00:02:00, by Serena Scorzoni date: Friday, January 17, 2020 3:04:00 AM CET

A European civilian force in Libya immediately. And a new government of national accord / In Libia subito una forza civile europea. E un nuovo governo di intesa nazionale km-Repubblica-IT: "A European civilian force in Libya immediately. And a new ..." page: 15 info: by Alberto d'Argenio date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Erdoğan insists on his plan. “More soldiers and drilling” / Ma Erdogan tira dritto: "Altri soldati e trivellazioni" km-Repubblica-IT: "Erdoğan insists on his plan. “More soldiers and drilling” / ..." page: 15 info: by Marco Ansaldo date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Libya, behind the French silence a change in strategy for Africa / Libia, dietro i silenzi francesi un cambio di strategia in Africa km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Libya, behind the French silence a change in strategy for ..." page: 22 info: by Riccardo Sorrentino date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Turkish special forces in Tripoli. Moscow blocks EU: “no” to Blue Helmets / Le forze speciali turche a Tripoli Mosca frena l'Ue: mai i caschi blu km-Stampa-IT: "Turkish special forces in Tripoli. Moscow blocks EU: “no” to ..." page: 12 info: by FRANCESCO SEMPRINI date: Friday, January 17, 2020

“Erdoğan and Putin are taking advantage of Europe’s irrelevance” / “Erdogan e Putin approfittano dell'irrilevanza dell'Europa” km-Stampa-IT: "“Erdoğan and Putin are taking advantage of Europe’s irrelevance” / ..." page: 12 info: by GIANNI VERNETTI BERLINO date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commentary on Europe´s position in Libya

[Slovakia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 6:48:00 AM CET

Daily Pravda features a commentary by Radovan Geist in which he writes about the current situation in Libya and about the role of the European Union. He highlights that the country is once again becoming a chessboard for the interests of external powers and that the European Union is playing with very weak figures. Mr Geist explains the latest development and also why Libya is important for the EU: the country has large reserves of oil and gas, it has a strategic position for transporting these resources and it is also a key focal point of the migration route to Europe. Overall, Mr Geist notes that the EU is a weak player in the Middle East conflicts. One of the reasons is the veto power in its foreign policy.

European problems in Libya / Európske problémy v Líbyi km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "European problems in Libya / Európske problémy v Líbyi..." page: 22 info: by Radovan Geist date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Libyan renegade general Khalifa Haftar willing to respect truce

[Slovenia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:50:00 AM CET

Following their talks in Benghazi, Libya, yesterday, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said that the renegade Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar had agreed to the terms of the ceasefire, STA reports. What is more, Mr Maas said that Mr Haftar was also willing to join the Berlin Conference on Libya, which is to take place in Berlin on Sunday. “He agreed - even if he did not sign the ceasefire agreement at the start of the week in Moscow - to adhere to the ceasefire. That is extremely important,” stressed Mr Maas, who met with Mr Haftar after this week’s meeting of the conflicting sides in Moscow had ended without a breakthrough.

Maas: Haftar willing to respect the truce / Maas: Haftar pripravljen spoštovati premirje km-sta.si-SI: "Maas: Haftar willing to respect the truce / Maas: Haftar ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Germany: Libya's Haftar ready for cease-fire

[Sweden, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:45:00 AM CET

News agency TT reports that according to German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas, Libyan warlord general Khalifa Haftar is ready to accept a ceasefire and sign the terms and conditions put forth to him at the upcoming peace conference in Berlin. General Haftar himself has not commented on the information, instead undertaking a visit to Greece, which holds interests in the Libyan conflict but has not been invited to the Berlin conference.

Germany: Libya's Haftar ready for cease-fire / Tyskland: Libyens Haftar redo för eldupphör FAKTA km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Germany: Libya's Haftar ready for cease-fire / Tyskland: Libyens Haftar ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

FINANCIAL_SERVICES

City fears to be left behind in negotiations

[France, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:37:00 AM CET

The City fears to be left behind in the Brexit negotiations, Le Figaro reports. So far, the UK and the EU have focused their negotiations on the traded goods’ borders rather than on services. The City still wonders what scheme will replace its financial passport. President von der Leyen said it will be a unilateral decision of the EU: the City, as Geneva, will have to ask for “equivalences”, which are short-time authorisations to commercialise services. Yet, the fate of the City may be political. A special regime for the city might be granted in exchange for an opening of British waters to European fishermen. Meanwhile, the City is hoping to seize the opportunity of Brexit to deregulate its financial markets.

City hopes not to lose feathers in future trade deal / La City espère ne pas perdre des plumes dans le futur accord commercial km-Figaro-FR: "City hopes not to lose feathers in future trade deal ..." page: 2,3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Monetary and fiscal policy would have very limited room for action in the event of a crisis

[Germany, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:35:00 AM CET

The effectiveness of conventional monetary policy and unconventional "quantitative easing" is obviously limited as long as interest rates are at or close to zero, Barry Eichengreen reports in Wirtschaftswoche. President of the ECB Lagarde has proposed a stronger integration of fiscal policy but several EU Member States, including Germany, refuse a more expansive fiscal policy. A practical solution would be to use the funds of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB's Board of Directors includes members from all 28 EU countries, which limits the risk of political confiscation.

The secret of the 222-billion-dollar reserve / Das Geheimnis der 222-Milliarden-Reserve km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "The secret of the 222-billion-dollar reserve / Das Geheimnis der ..." page: 45 info: by B.E date: Friday, January 17, 2020

FINANCIAL_STABILITY

The banking union failed (column)

[France, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:37:00 AM CET

In a column in Marianne, Mathias Thépot writes that the Banking Union has failed to rescue European banks. While Brussels pledged that taxpayers would no longer have to pay to rescue European banks, Italy and Germany had to refund middle size banks in December. To the author, the Banking Union procedure should have been triggered. Then, creditors, shareholders and largest savers would have contributed to the banks’ rescue. But Germany opposes this procedure on the European level. The Banking Union should therefore focus on preventing the banks’ collapse through structural reforms. If the biggest European banks, as BNB Paribas, were to go bankrupt, the Banking Union would be resourceless anyway.

The banking union a total flop! / L'union bancaire, un vide total! km-Marianne-FR: "The banking union a total flop! / L'union bancaire, un ..." page: 22 info: by Mathias Thépot date: Friday, January 17, 2020

On the EU deposit insurance: "Much better prepared"

[Germany, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:34:00 AM CET

Despite some setbacks, Eurogroup President Mário Centeno is confident that issues like EU deposit insurance are progressing and Europe is well equipped to face a new crisis, Björn Finke reports in Süddeutsche Zeitung. Mr Centeno describes the current disputes as "temporary" political circumstances, "nothing permanent." "We are 19 democracies, and everyone has to agree before we move forward because decisions are made by consensus," he told the newspaper. Mr Centeno estimates that the negotiations on deposit insurance will last until the end of the new European Commission's term of office, i.e. until 2024. A conclusion by then would be "a success". Moreover, in three weeks, the European Commission will present an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the SGP and Commissioner Gentiloni could make reform proposals.

On the EU deposit insurance: "Much better prepared" / "Viel besser vorbereitet" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the EU deposit insurance: "Much better prepared" / "Viel ..." page: 21 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

FOOD_SAFETY

Luxembourg to ban glyphosate by the end of 2020

[Belgium, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 5:25:00 AM CET

Le Soir reports that Luxembourg is set to become the first EU state to ban glyphosate. The restriction will take place before the end of 2020. 60% of farms in Luxembourg have already stopped using glyphosate, according to the Luxembourg government.

Luxembourg to ban glyphosate by the end of 2020 / Le Luxembourg interdit le glyphosate fin 2020 km-Soir-BE: "Luxembourg to ban glyphosate by the end of 2020 / ..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Commission bans another harmful pesticide

[Croatia, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:58:00 AM CET

The European Commission has again moved against neonicotinoid insecticides by choosing not to renew a European license for thiacloprid because of health and environmental concerns. The scientific advice from EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) clearly indicates that there are environmental concerns related to the use of this pesticide, particularly its impact on groundwater, but also related to human health, in reproductive toxicity, Commissioner Kyriakides stated. In principle, farmers will not be allowed to use the insecticide, sold under brands Calypso and Biscaya, after April 30 this year, when its current approval expires.

European Commission bans another harmful pesticide / Europska komisija zabranila još jedan pesticid, šteti zdravlju i okolišu km-Index.hr-HR: "European Commission bans another harmful pesticide / Europska komisija zabranila ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Luxembourg becomes the first european country to ban glyphosate

[France, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 10:04:00 AM CET

Luxembourg is going to become the first EU member state to ban glyphosate, as announced yesterday by Luxembourg Ministry of Agriculture, La Tribune reports. By 31 December 2020, glyphosate-based plant protection products will be banned from the Grand Duchy's soil, in accordance with the government's agreement dating from 2018. Luxembourg Minister of Agriculture Romain Schneider stated that this was "a decisive step in a sustainable approach that meets the ambitions of modern and environmentally friendly use of plant protection products". Luxembourg hopes to produce a significant leverage effect throughout the EU. The licence to use glyphosate in the European Union runs until 15 December 2022 and its fate is under debate in many countries.

Luxembourg is going to ban glyphosate, first in Europe / Le Luxembourg va interdire le Glyphosate, une première en Europe km-Cnews-Matin-FR: "Luxembourg is going to ban glyphosate, first in Europe / ..." page: 12 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Luxembourg to ban glyphosate at the end of 2020, a first in Europe / Le Luxembourg va interdire le glyphosate fin 2020, une première en Europe km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Luxembourg to ban glyphosate at the end of 2020, a ..." info: by Le Figaro avec AFP date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Luxembourg becomes the first european country to ban glyphosate / Le Luxembourg devient le premier pays européen à interdire le glyphosate km-Tribune-FR: "Luxembourg becomes the first european country to ban glyphosate / ..." page: 63,64 info: by AFP date: Friday, January 17, 2020

HEALTH

First European Disability Card for initiator Pieter Paul Moens

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:31:00 AM CET

Nieuwsblad.be notes that Pieter Paul Moens is the first person to be awarded a European Disability Card (EDC), as he suggested the concept over ten years ago. The aim of the EDC, which was developed with support from the European Commission, is to facilitate the integration of people with a disability, by granting them discounts or other advantages in museums and theme parks in participating municipalities. EU members involved in the project are Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Romania and Slovenia.

First European Disability Card for initiator Pieter Paul Moens / Eerste European Disability Card voor initiatiefnemer Pieter van Lebbeke km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "First European Disability Card for initiator Pieter Paul Moens / ..." info: by Van Rossem date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The European Commission probes into the removal of private hospitals from the scope of Bulgaria’s Public Procurement Act

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:08:00 AM CET

The Bulgarian Minister of Health Kiril Ananiyev announced that the European Commission has sent letters asking Bulgarian authorities for more information about the exemption of private hospitals from the scope of the country’s Public Procurement Act, BNT reports. The manager of the Bulgarian National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) Decho Dechev and Mr Ananiyev attended a hearing at the Parliamentary Healthcare Committee on the subject. This took place after it had transpired that the NHIF was paying over 7 times more for a cancer medicine when providing it for private hospitals. This itself turned out to be the result of a misinterpretation of an EU directive and the aforementioned exemption of private hospitals from Bulgaria’s Public Procurement Act. Because of this, the Ministry of Health has submitted a proposal to change the controversial texts in the act in order to bring them in line with EU rules. Had this not been done, an infringement procedure would have followed. “I do not want to comment on European Commission texts, but they really do allow for different interpretations,” Mr Ananiyev commented.

Commission pressures private hospitals to buy medicine at public procurements / ЕК натиснала частните болници също да купуват лекарства с търгове km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "Commission pressures private hospitals to buy medicine at public procurements ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The European Commission probes into the removal of private hospitals from the scope of Bulgaria’s Public Procurement Act / БНТ, новини 20.00 часа km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "The European Commission probes into the removal of private hospitals ..." info: Newscast, 2020-01-16 20:22:00, 00:02:40, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:22:00 PM CET

И Еврокомисията иска частните болници да обявяват търгове за лекарства km-clubz.bg-BG: "И Еврокомисията иска частните болници да обявяват търгове за лекарства..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Министър Кирил Ананиев: Открихме още три лекарствени продукта, при които има  разлики в цените по-големи от нормалните km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Министър Кирил Ананиев: Открихме още три лекарствени продукта, при които ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ЕК иска от България и частните болници да правят обществени поръчки km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "ЕК иска от България и частните болници да правят обществени ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Доктор Дечо Дечев, шеф на НЗОК, пред „Труд : Някой помпа цените между производител и болница km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Доктор Дечо Дечев, шеф на НЗОК, пред „Труд : Някой ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Checks begin on all invoices for oncology medicine / Започват проверки на всички фактури за онколекарството km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Checks begin on all invoices for oncology medicine / Започват ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Estonia - The sale of flavoured tobacco is coming to an end

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

On May 20, the sale of menthol cigarettes is ending, reports Eesti Päevaleht. The decision to start restricting the sale of flavoured tobacco products came in 2014 with the European Union's tobacco directive. These tobacco products will disappear from sale in all of the European Union's member states. The restriction doesn't apply menthol cigarettes or tobacco brought in from third countries for personal consumption. The ban won't be able to be bypassed by buying it from ferries or ships, as Tallink's head of Duty-Free Aimar Pärna says the company follows all of the laws whether in the European Union or outside of it. The biggest effect will be on manufacturers, as Maris Leemets, business relations director for Philip Morris Estonia says the company has made a decision to quit producing cigarettes and replace them with smokeless products. Ms Leemets says the new type of heatable tobacco products are not without risk but are proven to be a better choice for a smoker than them continuing to smoke.

Estonia - The sale of flavoured tobacco is coming to an end / Maitsetubaka müügi keelamine sunnib tarbijat alternatiive otsima km-Eesti-Paevaleht-EE: "Estonia - The sale of flavoured tobacco is coming to ..." page: 1 info: by Liisa Rebane date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Spanish transplant system recommended by the European Commission

[Luxembourg, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, January 17, 2020 7:45:00 AM CET

Ralph Schulze reports in Tageblatt that nowhere in Europe there is greater willingness to donate organs than in Spain. The country is the world champion with its sophisticated transplant system. Success has to do with an unbureaucratic organ donation law. That is why the Spanish method is recommended by the European Commission. It has meanwhile become an international export model.

The willingness to donate is nowhere greater / Nirgendwo ist die Spendenbereitschaft größer km-Tageblatt-LU: "The willingness to donate is nowhere greater / Nirgendwo ist ..." page: 8 info: by Ralph Schulze date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Nirgendwo ist die Bereitschaft zur Organspende größer als in Spanien km-Tageblatt.lu-LU: "Nirgendwo ist die Bereitschaft zur Organspende größer als in Spanien..." info: by unserem Korrespondenten RALPH SCHULZE date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

HOME_AFFAIRS

More than 2.7 million EU citizens apply for residency after Brexit

[Cyprus, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

Sigmalive and Phileleftheros report that, according to figures released by the British Home Office, more than 2.7 million EU citizens applied for the EU settlement scheme from August 2018 to 31 December 2019. A total of 163,300 applications were made in December alone, which increased the number of total applications to 2,756,100, while 2,450,100 applications have been already processed. Of these, 58% of applicants have already been given "settled status" but 41% received a "pre-settled status," which means that they will have to apply again for "settled status." Also, six applications were rejected. According to Sigmalive, a total of 61,200 applications were submitted by Greek nationals, while the majority of applications were by Polish nationals (more than 500,000), Romanians (more than 400,000) and Italians (almost 300,000).Phileleftheros mentions that European Commission President von der Leyen had stressed that the Withdrawal Agreement will allow the 3.5 million EU citizens living in Britain and the one million of British citizens living in the EU27 Member States to continue to live there.

They request residence permit / Ζητούν άδεια παραμονής km-Phileleftheros-CY: "They request residence permit / Ζητούν άδεια παραμονής..." page: 20 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

2,7 εκατομμύρια αιτήσεις από Ευρωπαίους για καθεστώς παραμονής μετά το Brexit km-sigmalive.com-CY: "2,7 εκατομμύρια αιτήσεις από Ευρωπαίους για καθεστώς παραμονής μετά το ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The EU invites citizens to work on its future

[Finland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:39:00 AM CET

Demokraatti reports that, under the leadership of the European Parliament, the European Union is launching the Future of Europe conference in May and is inviting Europeans to work on the future of the bloc. The Parliament calls for thematic citizens' forums to be held throughout the EU. It will negotiate its position with the European Commission and the governments of the Member States. The conference is set to begin on Europe Day, 9 May 2020, and will last for two years. MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D) has been involved in the preparation of the conference in the Parliament's Constitutional Affairs Committee.

The EU invites citizens to work on its future / Kumpula-Natri: ”Ihmisiä on hyvä kuulla eri tavoin vaalien välilläkin” – EU kutsuu kansalaiset mukaan tulevaisuustyöhön km-Demari.fi-FI: "The EU invites citizens to work on its future / ..." info: by a;n date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Federal Government plans legislative changes to combat child pornography

[Germany, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:37:00 AM CET

ARD reports on the envisaged legislative changes introduced by the Federal Government to help combat child pornography. Firstly, the investigators will be able to upload completely artificially generated photos to paedophile forums, which need such pictures as proof that the user is not an undercover police officer. Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Christine Lambrecht considers it essential that "while the pictures are 100% computer-generated pictures, and no real kids have been ever been photographed, the step would allow for the investigators to be much more effective in uncovering child pornography." Secondly, chatting to a child to gain their trust, and later to ask for pictures, is to become a punishable offence, no matter if on the other end is a real child, or an undercover officer pretending to be a child.

Federal Government plans legislative changes to combat child pornography / ARD - 16.01.2020 13:22 - ARD-Mittagsmagazin - Report on child pornography including exclusive statement by Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht km-ARD-DE: "Federal Government plans legislative changes to combat child pornography / ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 18:56:00, 00:02:38, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:56:00 PM CET

Great Britain exposed the EU’s security to danger

[Poland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

Gazeta Polska Codziennie daily reports that Great Britain has not shares details concerning 75,000 conviction court rulings with the EU justice institution for fear of tarnishing the British reputation. One third of the rulings, which included murder or rape cases, was never sent to the proper institutions of other EU Member States. This has exposed the security of the EU at a serious risk.

The British have jeopardized the EU security / Brytyjczycy narazili bezpieczeństwo UE km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "The British have jeopardized the EU security / Brytyjczycy narazili ..." page: 7 info: by Wojciech Zdrojkowski date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Barclay in Verhofstadt clash over UK rights of EU citizens

[United Kingdom, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:57:00 AM CET

The Daily Telegraph reports that Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has accused European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt of "scaremongering" over the rights of EU citizens living in Britain. At a meeting in Whitehall, Verhofstadt suggested EU citizens should not have to apply for settled status, although this would effectively be a continuation of freedom of movement. Barclay told him he was "feeding the anxiety" by demanding they all be given identity cards and reminded him they were all registered on a digital database. Barclay said: "The focus should be on offering reassurances, avoiding misconceptions, and on ensuring that EU Member States step up and provide a similar level of reassurance for UK nationals." The Guardian reports that an estimated 900,000 EU citizens in the UK have yet to apply for settled status despite most requiring it in order to remain in the country long-term following Brexit. Home Office statistics for December show that just over 2.7 million EU citizens and their family members have applied for settled status, a special immigration category set up for nationals from Member States. It is estimated that between 3 million and 3.6 million EU citizens reside in the UK. Security Minister Brandon Lewis said: "We have done more than other EU Member States to support EU citizens and it's time other countries made the same generous offer to the million UK nationals who live among them."

Barclay in Verhofstadt clash over UK rights of EU citizens / Barclay in Verhofstadt clash over UK rights of EU citizens km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "Barclay in Verhofstadt clash over UK rights of EU citizens ..." page: 4 info: by Gordon Rayner date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU nationals are fearful. And after Windrush, they should be / EU nationals are fearful. And after Windrush, they should be km-Guardian-GB: "EU nationals are fearful. And after Windrush, they should be ..." page: 1 info: by Gaby Hinsliff date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU citizens Some 900,000 yet to seek UK settled status / EU citizens Some 900,000 yet to seek UK settled status km-Guardian-GB: "EU citizens Some 900,000 yet to seek UK settled status ..." page: 19 info: by Lisa O'Carroll date: Friday, January 17, 2020

2.45 million EU citizens can stay in UK after Brexit / 2.45 million EU citizens can stay in UK after Brexit km-Western-Mail-GB: "2.45 million EU citizens can stay in UK after Brexit ..." page: 5 info: by Flora Thompson date: Friday, January 17, 2020

HUMANITARIAN_AID

45 million threatened by famine in Southern Africa

[Slovenia, HUMANITARIAN_AID]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:51:00 AM CET

Yesterday, the UN warned that a record 45 million people in Southern Africa faced severe food insecurity caused by drought, flooding, and economic disarray, STA reports. "This hunger crisis is on a scale we have not seen before and the evidence shows it is going to get worse," said UN World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director Lola Castro. Yesterday, Brussels reported that the EU would allocate €22.8 million of humanitarian aid to Swaziland, Lesotho, Madagascar, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to help address emergency food needs, improve access to basic health care and clean water, and provide protection to vulnerable people in the area of Southern Africa that had been hit by the most severe drought of the last few decades. “Many poor households in drought-affected areas in Southern African countries are struggling to have enough food due to crop failure, reduced access to water and, in some places, unaffordable food prices in markets. EU humanitarian aid will help deliver food to those most in need and tackle the hunger crisis in fragile rural communities,” stressed Commissioner Lenarčič.

45 million threatened by famine in Southern Africa / Na jugu Afrike 45 milijonom ljudi grozi lakota km-sta.si-SI: "45 million threatened by famine in Southern Africa / Na ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

INDUSTRY

"The agony of charging": European Parliament has prepared resolution for standardised mobile phone charger

[Austria, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

For more than ten years, the European Union has been discussing the possibility of introducing a standardised mobile phone charger. Since 2014, the Commission has been banking on voluntary commitment. Now, the European Parliament has decided that this is not enough and has prepared a resolution that is to be adopted before the end of January. During a debate in Strasbourg this week, Vice-President Sefcovic explained that his team is currently considering the options available and will soon present a proposal on which steps are to be taken next. MEP Andreas Schieder (S&D) is part of the Internal Market Committee, which is also involved in the project, and has demanded that binding regulations for the industrial sector be introduced.

"The agony of charging": European Parliament has prepared resolution for standardised mobile phone charger / Das Leiden mit dem Laden km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: ""The agony of charging": European Parliament has prepared resolution for ..." page: 30-31 info: by Andreas Lieb, Markus Zottler date: Friday, January 17, 2020

House prices in Malta rose by 5.8% in 3rd quarter of 2019 when compared to same quarter the previous year

[Malta, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 5:58:00 AM CET

The Malta Independent today reported on Eurostat figures showing that house prices in Malta rose by 5.8% in the third quarter of 2019 when compared to the same quarter the previous year. Malta’s House Price Index (HPI) showed that compared to the second quarter of 2019, house prices in the third quarter rose by 2.9% in Malta. House prices rose by 4.1% in both the euro area and the EU in the third quarter of 2019 compared with the same quarter of the previous year, meaning Malta’s rose by more than the EU average. Compared with the second quarter of 2019, house prices rose by 1.4% in the euro area and 1.5% in the EU in the third quarter of 2019.

Il-prezz tad-djar qed jizdied ferm aktar mill-medja tal-UE km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Il-prezz tad-djar qed jizdied ferm aktar mill-medja tal-UE..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

House prices in Malta rose by 5.8% in 3rd quarter of 2019 when compared to same quarter the previous year / House prices in Malta rose by 5.8% in 3rd quarter of 2019 when compared to same quarter the previous year km-Malta-Independent-MT: "House prices in Malta rose by 5.8% in 3rd quarter ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Eurostat data on housing prices

[Portugal, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:47:00 AM CET

According to Eurostat data, Portugal registered the fourth largest increase in housing prices during the third quarter of 2019, in year on year terms, Dinheiro Vivo Online reports. The Eurostat data shows that between July and September 2019, housing prices in the eurozone and the EU increased by 1.4% and 1.5%, respectively, compared to the same period of 2018. The largest year-on-year increases in housing prices were registered in Latvia (13.5%), Slovakia (11.5%), Luxembourg (11.3%), and Portugal (10.3%). In comparison to the second quarter of 2019, housing prices increased more noticeably in Latvia (3.9%), and Slovenia (3.1%), with Portugal registering an increase of 1.2%, below the eurozone and EU’s averages.

Portugal had the fourth highest increase in housing prices in the third quarter / Portugal teve o 4.º maior aumento dos preços das casas no 3.º trimestre km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Portugal had the fourth highest increase in housing prices in ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Romania recorded the second biggest increase in new car registrations in EU in 2019

[Romania, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

Local market recorded the second biggest increase in new car registrations in the European Union last year compared with 2018, of 23.4%, to 161,500 units. The advance reported by Romania was only outranked by the one recorded by Lithuania, of 43%, to almost 46,500 new registered cars. As to volumes, the local market was up one place in the European ranking, from the 15th to the 14th place, having thus outranked Hungary. Dacia continues to lead the top of car registrations in Romania, with an almost 37% advance against the previous year, to over 50,300 units, Ziarul Financiar daily writes.

Romania, second biggest increase in car registrations in EU in 2019 / România, a doua creştere a înmatriculărilor auto din UE în 2019 km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Romania, second biggest increase in car registrations in EU in ..." info: by Departamentul Economic date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Romania records second biggest increase in new car registrations in EU and Dacia cancels Renault's decline / România înregistrează a doua cea mai mare creştere a înmatriculărilor de maşini noi din UE şi Dacia anulează scăderea Renault km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Romania records second biggest increase in new car registrations in ..." page: 8 info: by Bogdan Alecu date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Rents grew by 21.0% in the European Union

[Romania, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

According to Eurostat data published yesterday, rents increased by 21.0% and house prices were up 19.1% in the European Union between 2007 and the third quarter of last year. During the aforementioned period, there were increases in house prices in 22 EU member states and decreases in 6, with the highest rises in Austria, Luxembourg and Sweden. On the other hand, the biggest decreases were observed in Greece, Romania and Ireland, Mediafax.ro writes.

How much prices of residences in Romania decreased after 2007 crisis / Cât au scăzut preţurile locuinţelor din România, după criza din 2007 km-mediafax.ro-RO: "How much prices of residences in Romania decreased after 2007 ..." info: by Teona Tomoiaga date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

VW boss warns 'sacred cows' need culling

[United Kingdom, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:55:00 AM CET

The Financial Times reports that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said the manufacturer needed to "slaughter some sacred cows" and transform itself into a technology company to survive the industry's upheaval.

VW boss warns 'sacred cows' need culling / VW boss warns 'sacred cows' need culling km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "VW boss warns 'sacred cows' need culling / VW boss ..." page: 16 info: by Joe Miller date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European auto sales motor on despite trade headwinds

[United Kingdom, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:52:00 AM CET

The Daily Telegraph reports that demand across Europe for new cars increased in 2019, the sixth consecutive year of growth. This is despite recent economic uncertainty caused by global concerns that has held back consumer spending on big ticket purchases. Official data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association showed that 15.8 million new cars were registered across Europe in 2019, a rise of 1.2% on the previous year. Germany saw the strongest sales, which were up by 5%. However, there was still decline across the industry with the UK suffered its third consecutive year of falling sales.

European auto sales motor on despite trade headwinds / European auto sales motor on despite trade headwinds km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "European auto sales motor on despite trade headwinds / European ..." page: 3 info: by Alan Tovey date: Friday, January 17, 2020

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

Chancellor Kurz wants to act as mediator at Visegrad meeting

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:09:00 AM CET

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tried to act as mediator between the "old" and the "new" Europe at the meeting of the Visegrád states Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland in Prague, various media report. President von der Leyen recently basically made Mr Kurz a special emissary in Brussels - to form a link and "build bridges" when it comes to sensitive matters like the Green Deal or the negotiations on a new EU budget.The relationship between Brussels and the Visegrad states is not always an easy one, according to Austrian national broadcasting station ORF. However, Mr Kurz being invited to their meeting can be seen as a sign that the Visegrad states are willing to cooperate. According to Kleine Zeitung, the discussions focused not only on migration, even though this remains a major issue that unites the five heads of government the most. These days, the European Commission's proposal to provide funds amounting to billions to facilitate the withdrawal from coal mining has become a major topic as well. The Visegrád states are considered to be something like the "bad boys" of the EU, writes Andreas Schwarz in a Kurier editorial. One can mock Mr Kurz for travelling to Prague at the very beginning of his second term in office in order to attend their meeting. However, one can also accept that Europe is a family where one will not get anywhere by just wagging one's finger. If the EU and Europe want to have influence, it needs the Visegrád countries.

Visegrád heads of government and Chancellor Kurz want a "reasonable Europe" / Fünf für ein „vernünftiges Europa“ km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Visegrád heads of government and Chancellor Kurz want a "reasonable ..." page: 6-7 info: by Thomas Götz date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Chancellor Kurz attends meeting of the Visegrád states / Kanzler bei Ost-EU: "Die Gräben zuschütten!" km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Chancellor Kurz attends meeting of the Visegrád states / Kanzler ..." page: 10-11 info: by Kurt Seinitz date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Editorial: Austrian Chancellor can help to mediate between EU and Visegrád countries / Der Zeigefinger und die Augenhöhe km-Kurier-AT: "Editorial: Austrian Chancellor can help to mediate between EU and ..." page: 2 info: by Andreas Schwarz date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Fighting for an "appropriate EU" / Kämpfer für die „angemessene EU“ km-Kurier-AT: "Fighting for an "appropriate EU" / Kämpfer für die „angemessene ..." page: 1,4 info: by KAROLINE KRAUSE-SANDNER date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Mittagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Mittagsjournal..." info: 2020-01-16 12:00:00, 12:00:00, by Andrea Maiwald date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM CET

Visegrad-Gipfel mit Kurz in Prag begonnen km-orf.at-AT: "Visegrad-Gipfel mit Kurz in Prag begonnen..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ZIB km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB..." info: 2020-01-16 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Ernst Gelegs date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

Die Visegrád-Vier nehmen Kurz in ihre Mitte km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Die Visegrád-Vier nehmen Kurz in ihre Mitte..." page: 3 info: by Thomas Vieregge date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Kurz auf Vermittlungsmission in Prag km-Standard-AT: "Kurz auf Vermittlungsmission in Prag..." page: 4 info: by Gerald Schubert date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Atomkraft spaltet Wien und Prag km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Atomkraft spaltet Wien und Prag..." page: 1,6 info: by Klaus Huhold date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants French President Macron and President von der Leyen to attend Vienna Opera Ball

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:09:00 AM CET

There are rumours that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wants both President von der Leyen and French President Macron to be guests at the Vienna Opera Ball, reports Kronen Zeitung. However, Mr Macron has already declined the invitation.

Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants French President Macron and President von der Leyen to attend Vienna Opera Ball / Macron und von der Leyen auf Kurz-Opernball-Wunschliste? km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Austrian Chancellor Kurz wants French President Macron and President von ..." page: 36 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Friday, January 17, 2020

British MEPs grapple with reality of Brexit

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:09:00 AM CET

The step-by-step process of saying goodbye to the European Union is now a reality for all 73 British Members of the European Parliament, Die Presse reports. "An incredible feeling of sadness" has overcome him, MEP Seb Dance (S&D) confessed to the German News Agency DPA. MEP Nigel Farage (NA), on the other hand, can hardly wait to throw a huge party in front on the London Parliament the night Brexit becomes official. Due to a parliamentary reform from 2018, Austria will now be able to send one more MEP to London because of Brexit. That MEP is Thomas Waitz (Grüne/EFA).

British MEPs grapple with reality of Brexit / Briten sagen Straßburg „Goodbye“ km-Presse-Austria-AT: "British MEPs grapple with reality of Brexit / Briten sagen ..." page: 6 info: by Anna Gabriel date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Guy Verhofstadt will preside Conference on the Future of Europe

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:22:00 AM CET

Several sources mention the newly created Conference on the Future of Europe.L’Echo reports that MEP Guy Verhofstadt (RE) will preside over it as of 9 May. His role has been debated extensively in the European Parliament, as S&D had proposed President Sassoli for the task. The Conference will be led by five members: three MEPs of the majority Groups EPP (MEP Manfred Weber), S&D and RE, one representative each from the European Commission and the European Council. According to De Tijd, the initiative for this Institution came from President Macron and was made a priority by President von der Leyen. The Conference will cover such topics as climate, migration, digitisation and security. RE Group Leader Dacian Cioloș comments: “After Brexit, the migration crisis and the increasing number of foreign policy challenges in our backyard, it is time for Europe to have a breath of fresh air, so the Union can take its destiny into its own hands.”De Standaard adds that Mr Verhofstadt will not officially be called its president. The content should take priority over Mr Verhofstadt’s star status. In Grenz Echo, MEP Pascal Arimont (EPP) argues that the problem of the unanimity principle among government leaders should be solved. The European Parliament should also have the right to propose laws itself and vote on them. VRT Radio1's De Wereld Vandaag explains that the Conference intends to organise citizen meetings, suggesting topics to be discussed at plenary sittings of politicians. The Conference will also discuss how top jobs within the EU will be assigned, whether the President of the European Commission should be elected directly, and whether there should be transnational voting lists at the European elections.

Guy Verhofstadt will preside Conference on the future of Europe / Guy Verhofstadt présidera la Conférence sur l’avenir de l’Europe km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Guy Verhofstadt will preside Conference on the future of Europe ..." page: 1,9 info: by Georis date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Arimont: “Citizens should join the discussion” / Arimont: "Bürger sollen mitreden" km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Arimont: “Citizens should join the discussion” / Arimont: "Bürger sollen ..." page: 18 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Verhofstadt gets European top job / Verhofstadt krijgt Europese topjob km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Verhofstadt gets European top job / Verhofstadt krijgt Europese topjob..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Parliament is ready to give Verhofstadt a prominent role / Le Parlement est prêt à confier un premier rôle à Verhofstadt km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Parliament is ready to give Verhofstadt a prominent role / ..." page: 19 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Former prime minister looks into the future of Europe / Oud-premier buigt zich over toekomst Europa km-Morgen-BE: "Former prime minister looks into the future of Europe / ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European top position for Guy Verhofstadt after all / Dan toch Europese topfunctie voor Guy Verhofstadt km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "European top position for Guy Verhofstadt after all / Dan ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Verhofstadt gets leading role without becoming “president” / Verhofstadt krijgt leidende rol zonder 'voorzitter' te worden km-Standaard-BE: "Verhofstadt gets leading role without becoming “president” / Verhofstadt krijgt ..." page: 11 info: by Beirlant date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Verhofstadt to lead Conference on the future of Europe / Verhofstadt leidt conferentie over toekomst Europa km-Tijd-BE: "Verhofstadt to lead Conference on the future of Europe / ..." page: 9 info: by Van Haver date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Verhofstadt gets leading role in the Conference on the future of Europe / Verhofstadt krijgt leidende rol in de Conferentie over de toekomst van Europa km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Verhofstadt gets leading role in the Conference on the future ..." info: De wereld vandaag, 2020-01-16 00:00:00, 00:05:02, by Heirbaut date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

The future of Europe after Brexit

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:21:00 AM CET

In Trends, professor Marc De Vos comments on the future of Europe. He notes that the UK will leave the EU at the end of the month. The crucial question will be how intimate the trade relationship between the two actors will be afterwards. An intimate relationship would lead to less sovereignty for the UK and a symbolic Brexit. The UK would not pay the price as it would have all the economic benefits without any of the burdens. An estranged relationship would risk the UK becoming a competitor for the EU. It could also pose a strategic threat as the US and the UK have always been close. The US has found an inside man in the EU with the UK. Mr De Vos notes that a last scenario would be a hard Brexit: the EU would be the scene of the US' and China's battle for world dominance. However, the UK also needs the EU for its own welfare and cohesion. Mr De Vos believes that the future of Europe is the future of the UK. Trends quotes President von der Leyen, who does not envision a trade deal with the UK before the end of the year: "Nine months is too short."

The future of Europe / De toekomst van Europa km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "The future of Europe / De toekomst van Europa..." page: 39 info: by De Vos date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Quote Ursula von der Leyen / Citaat Ursula von der Leyen km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "Quote Ursula von der Leyen / Citaat Ursula von der ..." page: 25 date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commissioner Breton explains his strategy for the future

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:32:00 AM CET

Le Soir looks into Commissioner Breton's vision for the future. He elaborates on the industrial strategy of Europe. The revision of the European competition rules, which are very strict, might play a role here. Mr Breton adds: "I am not saying that the Commission's competition services should do this or that because of industrial policy. I was the CEO of a company, it is important to have fair competition. But sometimes there might be grey areas." He gives the Siemens Alstom merger as an example, which Executive Vice-President Vestager denied, and Schneider Electric's acquisition of Legrand years ago. Mr Breton believes that an industrial strategy could help with the last mile, if necessary. He further explains that the EU wants to be able to exploit the value of the data pool it creates on its territory. However, his idea is to use non-personal data. Mr Breton comments that it will not be an open bar concept: "We are an open continent, we welcome everyone, but we have to have rules. We will not do anything in Europe as we did in the past."

"A before and after of the von der Leyen Commission" / "Un avant et un après la Commission von der Leyen " km-Soir-BE: ""A before and after of the von der Leyen Commission" ..." page: 14 info: by Lamer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Opinion on left-wing populism

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:20:00 AM CET

De Standaard's Ruud Goossens writes about left-wing populism. He notes that the left-wing's rise started five years ago when the Greek party Syriza went head to head with the EU concerning austerity. However, during the European elections last year, their rise halted. For example, Syriza went from 52 to 41 seats in the European Parliament. Mr Goossens notes that after the migration crisis, the debate in Europe changed from socio-economic themes to identity discussions. He further adds that the left-wing populists were just not ready for the tasks they set themselves, which is clear from their views on the EU. The left's demands are not achievable on a national level. If one wants to stop the race to the bottom in company tax or create a wealth tax, one needs Europe. At the same time, the EU is part of the problem due to its liberal direction in the last decades. Mr Goossens further mentions philosopher Chantal Mouffe, who, in her book "For a Left Populism," does not turn away from the EU. She distances herself from defensive forms of nationalism. Mr Goossens wonders if the left-wing is still able to make a comeback.

The fall of the left-wing populists / De herfst van de links-populisten km-Standaard-BE: "The fall of the left-wing populists / De herfst van ..." page: 36 info: by Goossens date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković: The decision on the negotiations with North Macedonia is a political one

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:56:00 AM CET

At the meeting between Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Plenković at the International Green Week in Berlin, Ms Merkel underlined the importance of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb in May, as the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania is “still on the table”, the media widely reported. This means Mr Plenković has achieved an important strategic goal, as Croatia has received Germany’s support for the enlargement agenda. Ms Merkel has also commended Croatia’s efforts on its way to the Schengen area. Mr Plenković has stated that the summit should offer a real perspective of future relations Ms Merkel also stated she would be very pleased if Croatia were to be successful regarding the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), but that she has a different view on the matter. Regarding this MFF, Croatia is among the 17 countries that are fighting against the reduction of cohesion policies. Mr Plenković stated that it is hard to expect major changes regarding the MFF during Croatia’s presidency and that he expects Ms Merkel to acknowledge Croatia’s unique position as the last EU member state to join the EU and one that did not have similar access to pre-accession funds such as other east European member states, and the only one to suffer a war on its territory recently. Mr Plenković also stated his satisfaction that the issue of demographics has found its way into the EU Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024, at Croatia’s explicit request, and that Vice-President Šuica is in charge of this matter.

Plenković meets in Berlin with Angela Merkel / Andrej Plenković se u Berlinu sastao s Angelom Merkel: "Njemačka vidi Hrvatsku kao dio trokuta" km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Plenković meets in Berlin with Angela Merkel / Andrej Plenković ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Merkel: You have achieved success on your way to the Schengen zone / Merkel: Postigli ste uspjehe na putu prema Schengenu km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Merkel: You have achieved success on your way to the ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Prime Minister Plenković meets Chancellor Merkel / Njemačka kancelarka i hrvatski premijer km-HTV-HR: "Prime Minister Plenković meets Chancellor Merkel / Njemačka kancelarka i ..." info: Ostalo, 2020-01-16 19:01:00, 00:05:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:01:00 PM CET

Merkel and Plenković meet, this is what they talked about / Sastali se Merkel i Plenković, evo o čemu su razgovarali km-Index.hr-HR: "Merkel and Plenković meet, this is what they talked about ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković: The decision on the negotiations with North Macedonia is a political one / Andrej Plenković: Odluka o pregovorima sa Sjevernom Makedonijom je politička km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Prime Minister Andrej Plenković: The decision on the negotiations with ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Croatian labour market will not open to workers from non-EU member states / "Hrvatsko tržište rada se neće otvoriti za radnike iz zemalja Izvan granica EP" km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Croatian labour market will not open to workers from non-EU ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Prime Minister Plenković meets Chancellor Merkel / Andrej Plenković otišao je u Berlin km-NovaTV-HR: "Prime Minister Plenković meets Chancellor Merkel / Andrej Plenković otišao ..." info: Ostalo, 2020-01-16 19:45:00, 00:05:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:45:00 PM CET

The summit on Western Balkans in Zagreb is important for the EU / Skup o zapadnom Balkanu u Zagrebu važan za EU km-Novi-List-HR: "The summit on Western Balkans in Zagreb is important for ..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Plenković reveals on Twitter what he and Angela Merkel talked about and what present he gave to her / Plenković na Twitteru otkrio što je poklonio Angeli Merkel i o čemu su razgovarali km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Plenković reveals on Twitter what he and Angela Merkel talked ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Angela Merkel: Germany is for EU enlargement, that is a good idea / Angela Merkel: Njemačka je za proširenje EU, to je dobra ideja km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Angela Merkel: Germany is for EU enlargement, that is a ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Article citing the positions of Cypriot MEPs on the future of Europe

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:02:00 AM CET

Haravgi reports that earlier on Wednesday, the European Parliament became the first EU institution to adopt its official position for the Conference for the Future of Europe, which will be officially launched on 9 May. In a resolution adopted during the plenary, MEPs set out the conditions that must guide the procedure, calling for the European citizens to be placed at the centre of the discussions.Haravgi further notes that Cyprus News Agency asked the six Cypriot MEPs to present their thoughts on the procedure and the future of the EU.MEP Lefteris Christoforou (EPP) noted that the outcome will determine whether the Conference is successful and particularly when it will be required to prepare a comprehensive document listing the necessary changes for the EU and the potential need to amend the treaties and the way the EU institutions operate. MEP Loucas Fourlas (EPP) notes that ten years after the Lisbon Treaty came into force, the European Parliament resolution proves that now is the proper time to give a new opportunity to EU citizens for a substantial discussion on the future of the EU.MEP Giorgos Georgiou (GUE/NGL) called for a "real and honest dialogue" that will focus on a "progressive and friendly Europe based on the principle of solidarity." MEP Niyazi Kızılyürek (GUE/NGL) argued that the development of a European mentality over a national mentality is the precondition for the better functioning of the EU, adding that this is not merely a case of "superficial institutional reforms" as aimed for by European Commission President von der Leyen. He further argued that the Conference does not even pose the question of a real change since few NGOs, national MPs and MEPs are expected to participate.MEP Costas Mavrides (S&D) maintained that there is no need to discover something new for the future of Europe since "we already have the principles and values of our civilisation, which are essentially included in the EU rule of law and the solidarity that unites us as member states." On his part, MEP Demetris Papadakis (S&D) noted that Europe is at a critical juncture and that the future of the EU must include more citizens' participation in decision-making than their participation in the European elections.

Ειλικρινής διάλογος για το μέλλον της Ευρώπης με επίκεντρο τους πολίτες km-Haravgi-CY: "Ειλικρινής διάλογος για το μέλλον της Ευρώπης με επίκεντρο τους ..." page: 23 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

V4 politicians meet in Prague

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

Czech media draw attention to the V4 meeting in Prague, which was also attended by Austrian Chancellor Kurz. Politicians discussed issues, such as climate policy, migration or the energy policy. While the states agree on the need to step up the fight against migrant smugglers and all oppose the migrant quotas when it comes to energy policy they are not united. Austria is against funding nuclear energy, which is demanded by the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Babiš got the support of his Slovak counterpart Pellegrini, who defended the right of EU states to have their own energy mix. However, Austria wants to support alternative energy resources.

Summit of V4 and Austria / Summit V4 a Rakouska km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "Summit of V4 and Austria / Summit V4 a Rakouska..." info: Zprávy, 2020-01-16 19:00:00, 00:00:59, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:00:00 PM CET

V4 leaders negotiated in Prague with the participation of Austria / Lídři V4 jednali v Praze i za účasti Rakouska km-CT-1-CZ: "V4 leaders negotiated in Prague with the participation of Austria ..." info: Události, 2020-01-16 19:00:00, 00:03:29, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:00:00 PM CET

We have the same opinion on migration, agreed the leaders of V4 and Austria in Prague / Na migraci máme stejný názor, shodli se lídři V4 a Rakouska v Praze km-echo24.cz-CZ: "We have the same opinion on migration, agreed the leaders ..." info: by Echo24 date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

"Total alliance" spoiled by nuclear energy / „Totální spojenectví“ kalí atom km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: ""Total alliance" spoiled by nuclear energy / „Totální spojenectví“ kalí ..." page: 2 info: by Kateřina Surmanová date: Friday, January 17, 2020

V4 and Austria's prime ministers discussed energy and migration in Prague / Premiéři V4 a Rakouska jednali v Praze o energetice i migraci km-novinky.cz-CZ: "V4 and Austria's prime ministers discussed energy and migration in ..." info: by jas date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Visegrad countries and Austria: consensus on migration / Země Visegrádu a Rakousko: shoda na migraci km-Pravo-CZ: "Visegrad countries and Austria: consensus on migration / Země Visegrádu ..." page: 1 info: by (nek) date: Friday, January 17, 2020

V4 prime ministers negotiated with Austrian Chancellor Kurz in Prague / Premiéři zemí V4 jednali v Praze s rakouským kancléřem Kurzem km-Prima-TV-CZ: "V4 prime ministers negotiated with Austrian Chancellor Kurz in Prague ..." info: Velké zprávy, 2020-01-16 19:19:00, 00:02:06, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:19:00 PM CET

Joint meeting of representatives of the V4 and Austria countries in Prague / Společné jednání zástupců zemí V4 a Rakouska v Praze km-TV-Nova-CZ: "Joint meeting of representatives of the V4 and Austria countries ..." info: Televizní noviny, 2020-01-16 19:54:00, 00:01:47, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:54:00 PM CET

Comments on Brexit and post-Brexit negotiations

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 4:59:00 AM CET

Daily Hospodářské noviny and news website lidovky.cz focus on Brexit. The website brings views of several personalities on post-Brexit negotiations. Tomáš Pfeiler from Cyrrus expects Britain and the EU to reach a limited trade deal. He also argues that the EU might collapse if Members find economic arguments against the membership. Former Senator Edvard Outrata adds that Britain should take advantage of the situation and not follow EU regulations in areas where they could hinder economic development. However, he notes that Brexit is not only economic but also political matter and as such, it will not be easy. Ondřej Houska in Hospodářské noviny defends the British EU membership. He argues that Britain was always strongly influencing European integration. He also notes that the country did not need to follow what it did not like as it negotiated opt-out from the euro area and the asylum policy.

Jan Macháček's DEBATE: Britain will eventually make a limited deal with the EU / DEBATA Jana Macháčka: Británie se nakonec s EU omezeně dohodne km-ceskapozice.cz-CZ: "Jan Macháček's DEBATE: Britain will eventually make a limited deal ..." info: by Jan Machácek date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Quickly away from the EU's corpse, the British are looking for Brexit. However, they have affected the way the Union looks today like nobody else / RYCHLE PRYČ OD MRTVOLY EU, TĚŠÍ SE BRITOVÉ NA BREXIT. TO, JAK DNES UNIE VYPADÁ, PŘITOM SAMI OVLIVNILI JAKO MÁLOKDO JINÝ km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Quickly away from the EU's corpse, the British are looking ..." page: 22 info: by Ondrej Houska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Czech MEPs against ban on national symbols in European Parliament

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

Dailies Mladá fronta DNES and Lidové noviny draw attention President Sassoli´s ban on the use of national flags and other symbols in the European Parliament. Mladá fronta DNES quotes Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová (RE), who says that the order comes in a reaction to the behaviour of far-right MEPs and Brexit supporters. However, another Czech representative in the European Parliament Marcel Kolaja (Greens/EFA) criticised the decision and added that Mr Sassoli should have consulted the matter with the EP´s Presidency. MEP Jan Zahradil (ECR) went even further and called the ban "stupidity".

Czechs criticise the ban on flags in the European Parliament / Češi tepou zákaz vlajek v europarlamentu km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "Czechs criticise the ban on flags in the European Parliament ..." page: 3 info: by TOMÁŠ TOMÁNEK date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Away! Brussels bans flags of states / Pryč! Brusel zakázal vlaječky států km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "Away! Brussels bans flags of states / Pryč! Brusel zakázal ..." page: 1 info: by Jakub Kvasnička date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Energy mix is a matter of member states"

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

Daily Brněnský deník spoke to Vice-President Jourová at the opportunity of her yesterday’s press statement on energy, climate neutrality or the European minimum wage. Ms Jourová stated that energy mix would be a matter of member states but the EU would not directly provide subsidies for the development of nuclear energy. The Vice-President confirmed to the daily that strategic development plans of the member states should include the support of electromobility. Ms Jourová also told the daily that in the new term of office, the Commission would intend to enter the debate on minimum wage vigorously. Although the Commission will not set the minimum wage’s parameters, it will support the anchoring of the guaranteed lowest income in each country and provide a model for its calculation, she explained.

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Energy mix is a matter of member states" / Jourová: Energetický mix je věcí členských států km-Denik-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Energy mix is a matter of ..." page: 8 info: by KATEŘINA PERKNEROVÁ date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Vice-President Jourová makes press statement on priorities of new Commission

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

TV station ČT 24 reports that Vice-President Jourová made a press statement yesterday on priorities of the new European Commission. Ms Jourová talked about the EU’s response to climate changes, the Green Deal, artificial intelligence, security, migration, the European minimum wage or strengthening the EU’s position. Ms Jourová highlighted that the EU would earmark money for regions that would be most affected by the transition to the green economy. She pointed out that that moment was particularly important for the Czech Republic as the country’s economy was, especially in some regions, dependent on coal mining. Speaking of her new portfolio, Ms Jourová highlighted that she was intensely dealing with the issue of the rule of law, especially in Poland and Hungary.

Priorities of the European Union / Priority Evropské unie, vyjádření místopředsedkyně EK Věry Jourové km-CT-24-CZ: "Priorities of the European Union / Priority Evropské unie, vyjádření ..." info: Studio čt24, 2020-01-16 17:21:00, 00:07:41, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:21:00 PM CET

Data from President von der Leyen’s phones deleted

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

Daily Lidové noviny reports about the German parliament’s inquiry into the alleged improper awarding of government contracts when President von der Leyen was German defence minister. The daily writes that lawmakers wanted to analyse data from Ms von der Leyen’s phones; however, they were informed in December that all messages had been deleted from both phones used by Ms von der Leyen. Current German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she would present a detailed report on the case, the daily writes, adding that Ms von der Leyen returned her phones on 8 August 2019 and in October 2019, respectively.

EU leader's affair: deleted messages cannot be restored / Aféra šéfky EU: smazané zprávy nejdou obnovit km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "EU leader's affair: deleted messages cannot be restored / Aféra ..." page: 6 info: by SCH date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Poor trade agreement between the UK and EU could harm Danish export

[Denmark, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:10:00 AM CET

Berlingske reports that the trade negotiations between the UK and the EU may lead to an overly simplified agreement that fails to address the primary concerns of both parties. President von der Leyen said that the UK Prime Minister Johnson’s insistence on finalising the trade agreement before the end of 2020 can cause the agreement to only address the trade of goods and fail to address more controversial points such as tariff rates and services. This can harm the Danish export to the UK, because the majority of the exports consists of services.

Poor trade agreement between the UK and EU could harm Danish export / Skrabet EU-aftale med briterne kan være dårligt nyt for Danmark km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Poor trade agreement between the UK and EU could harm ..." page: 18 info: by Michael Alsen date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The Vice-President of the European Commission will discuss the future of Europe in Tartu

[Estonia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:51:00 AM CET

Vice-President Šuica is visiting Estonia on Thursday, Postimees.ee reports. Vice-President Šuica's remit at the European Commission is to increase democracy and demography, and more specifically to empower citizens to speak on the European Union, to launch a conference on the future of Europe and to ensure that the impact and consequences of demographic change are taken into account. Mrs Šuica is also the first Commissioner (besides Kadri Samson) to visit Estonia. In the morning, the Vice-President will meet with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and then the Riigikogu with the European Union Affairs Committee. At 16:30 Mrs Šuica will attend a public debate on the future of Europe.

Euroopa Komisjoni asepresident arutleb Tartus Euroopa tuleviku üle km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Euroopa Komisjoni asepresident arutleb Tartus Euroopa tuleviku üle..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Brexit: A race against time begins

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

Brussels is getting ready to negotiate with the UK, Le Figaro reports. Before the beginning of the negotiations, member states will vote a negotiations mandate to the UK Task Force headed by Michel Barnier. This document will outline the objectives and the red lines of the EU on every topic. Once the mandate approved, the negotiations should begin at the beginning of March. Mr Barnier estimates that negotiation will be very difficult, regarding the amount of topic to deal with in such a short time. Prime Minister Johnson have until 1 July to ask for a delay. If he does not, the EU will have to establish priorities in the negotiations.

London failed to transfer condemnations / Londres a omis de transmettre les condamnations km-Figaro-FR: "London failed to transfer condemnations / Londres a omis de ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

BoJo and the "irregulars" of politics / BoJo et les "irréguliers" de la politique km-Figaro-FR: "BoJo and the "irregulars" of politics / BoJo et les ..." page: 2,3 info: by Arnaud de La Grange date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In Brussels, a race against time is about to begin / À Bruxelles, une course contre la montre va débuter km-Figaro-FR: "In Brussels, a race against time is about to begin ..." page: 2 info: by Anne Rovan date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Boris Johnson working on post-Brexit / Boris Johnson à la manoeuvre pour l'après-Brexit km-Figaro-FR: "Boris Johnson working on post-Brexit / Boris Johnson à la ..." page: 2,3 info: by Arnaud de La Grange date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The call from the sea / L'appel du large km-Figaro-FR: "The call from the sea / L'appel du large..." page: 1 info: by Philippe Gélie date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament against "revolving doors"

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:11:00 AM CET

MEPs yesterday adopted a resolution related to the "revolving doors" between the public and private sectors, MediaPart.fr reports. They commit themselves not to meet Adam Farkas during the next two years. He is about to become the Director General of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe, one of the most powerful financial lobbies of the Brussels financial centre. The text is only a political resolution, without binding legal force, but its adoption shows a strengthening of the European Parliament’s position on this “revolving doors” phenomena which are undermining the EU institutions’ credibility. While Mr Farkas was the number two of the EBA, they consider that the latter should have “thought to forbid” his hiring by a banking lobby. MediaPart.fr also alludes to the European Commission’s project to create an “independent ethical authority”.

Revolving doors: the European Parliament hardens its tone / Pantouflage: le parlement européen durcit le ton km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Revolving doors: the European Parliament hardens its tone / Pantouflage: ..." info: by Ludovic Lamant date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU plans new approach towards the Visegrád Group

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:01:00 AM CET

A couple of media touch upon the relations between the EU and the Visegrád Group.The EU wants to adopt a new, two-pronged approach towards the Visegrád countries in the future, Christoph Schiltz notes in a commentary in Die Welt. On the one hand, President von der Leyen does not want to make any compromises when it comes to violating principles of the rule of law, but at the same time, she also wants to conduct a structured dialogue with the Visegrád states, Mr Schiltz explains, adding that Chancellor Kurz wants to take on the role of a "bridge builder" in Europe in the coming years.

A round of shoulder knocks / Eine Runde Schulterklopfen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "A round of shoulder knocks / Eine Runde Schulterklopfen..." page: 5 info: by S.L date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Sebastian Kurz wants to be a bridge builder / Sebastian Kurz will Brückenbauer sein km-Welt-DE: "Sebastian Kurz wants to be a bridge builder / Sebastian ..." page: 6 info: by C.B.S date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"Conference on the Future of Europe" finally takes shape

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

Six months after the election of President von der Leyen, the "Conference on the Future of Europe" is finally taking shape, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. The conference is Ms von der Leyen's attempt to appease the European Parliament after no lead candidate was chosen for President of the European Commission. The new executive coordinating committee will include members from the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council. Its goal is to reform the electoral system but also to discuss climate change, European values, fundamental rights and freedoms and the role of the EU in the world.

Reform Conference for the EU / Reformkonferenz für EU km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Reform Conference for the EU / Reformkonferenz für EU..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

President von der Leyen expresses support for comprehensive resolution of Cypriot issue

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:27:00 AM CET

Protothema.gr reports that President von der Leyen replied to a letter of congratulations sent by Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı, noting that the EU is ready to contribute to the Cypriot issue resolution, in the framework that both parties deem appropriate. In her letter, President von der Leyen expressed the EU’s full support to a comprehensive solution for the Cypriot issue. She also stated her willingness to be in contact with Mr Akıncı in relation to issues raised in his letter concerning the Turkish-Cypriot community.

Ούρσουλα φον ντερ Λάιεν σε Ακιντζί: Στηρίζουμε μια συνολική λύση του Κυπριακού km-protothema.gr-GR: "Ούρσουλα φον ντερ Λάιεν σε Ακιντζί: Στηρίζουμε μια συνολική λύση ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Austrian Chancellor Kurz at V4 summit: Austria wants no EU funds to be spent on nuclear energy

[Hungary, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 5:34:00 AM CET

The Hungarian media give wide coverage to the news that the Four Visegrád countries (V4) held a summit meeting in Prague yesterday with the participation of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as a "natural" partner to the V4. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is reported by most media outlets as saying that the participants identified migration, security, border protection, competitiveness, climate protection and enlargement as areas of cooperation, while nuclear energy as an area of "non-cooperation”. Mr Kurz is quoted by all media outlets as saying that Austria does not want nuclear energy to be financed from EU funds; moreover, Mr Kurz is reported by most media outlets as saying that the Austrian government wants a diverse EU that is unified in respect of the key objectives. Magyar Nemzet, portfolio.hu and HírTV report Mr Kurz as saying that Austria approves of the EU fund that supports the replacement of coal as an energy source. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is reported by several media outlets as calling for an adequate EU enlargement strategy, and proposing that Western Balkan countries aspiring to accede to the EU should be invited to conferences to be held on the future of Europe. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is reported by the print media, index.hu and most broadcast media as stressing economic issues, such as increasing the EU's competitiveness, as well as curbing illegal migration.

Austria is a natural partner to Hungary and the Visegrád Group, said Viktor Orbán / Ausztria természetes partnere Magyarországnak és a visegrádi csoportnak, mondta Orbán Viktor km-ATV-HU: "Austria is a natural partner to Hungary and the Visegrád ..." info: atv - esti Híradó - 2020-01-16 17:44:00 - 2020-01-16 18:22:00, 2020-01-16 17:59:00, 00:00:26, by Nemes Anna date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:59:00 PM CET

Meeting of V4 countries and Austria concluded successfully / Sikerrel zárult a V4-ek és Ausztria találkozója Prágában km-HirTV-HU: "Meeting of V4 countries and Austria concluded successfully / Sikerrel ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 22 - 2020-01-16 21:00:00 - 2020-01-16 21:30:00, 2020-01-16 21:05:00, 00:03:11, by György-Horváth Zsuzsa (szerk. Keszi Dóra) date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:05:00 PM CET

Kurz: Obviously, there is tension between western and eastern EU member states / Kurz: Nyilvánvaló, hogy feszültség van az EU nyugati és keleti tagállamai között km-index.hu-HU: "Kurz: Obviously, there is tension between western and eastern EU ..." info: by FT date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / Migráció, biztonság, határvédelem, versenyképesség, klíma és bővítés, ezekben a témákban tud együttműködni a jövőben a V4-ek és Ausztria, erről beszélt Orbán Viktor miniszterelnök Prágában km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "- / Migráció, biztonság, határvédelem, versenyképesség, klíma és bővítés, ezekben ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 17:30 - 2020-01-16 16:30:00 - 2020-01-16 16:56:00, 2020-01-16 16:31:00, 00:03:10, by Ciprusz Éva date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:31:00 PM CET

Identification / Azonosítás km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Identification / Azonosítás..." page: 1,5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The V4 see a partner in Austria / A V4 partnert lát Ausztriában km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "The V4 see a partner in Austria / A V4 ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

- / A visegrádi országok az együttműködést keresik a többi európai állammal, mondta Orbán Viktor km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "- / A visegrádi országok az együttműködést keresik a többi ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 18:00 - 2020-01-16 17:00:00 - 2020-01-16 17:29:00, 2020-01-16 17:01:00, 00:03:26, by Meszes Boglárka date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:01:00 PM CET

Viktor Orbán: Austria is a natural partner to Hungary and the V4 / Orbán Viktor: Ausztria természetes partnere Magyarországnak és a V4-nek km-origo.hu-HU: "Viktor Orbán: Austria is a natural partner to Hungary and ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / Ausztria nem támogatja az atomenergiát - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Ausztria nem támogatja az atomenergiát - Portfolio.hu..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / Ausztria fontos biztonsági partnerünk lesz a jövőben, mert a migráció kérdésében egy cipőben járunk, mondta Orbán Viktor km-TV2-Hungary-HU: "- / Ausztria fontos biztonsági partnerünk lesz a jövőben, mert ..." info: tv2 - Tények - 2020-01-16 17:00:00 - 2020-01-16 17:47:00, 2020-01-16 17:27:00, 00:01:54, by Vitányi Judit date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:27:00 PM CET

European Parliament adopts resolution on the Conference on the Future of Europe

[Hungary, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 6:52:00 AM CET

Népszava reports that the European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on its vision on the Conference on the Future of Europe, expected to start on 9 May and last for two years. The Parliament is the first EU institution to set out its vision; the Commission is expected to so next week. The idea of the conference was first proposed by French President Macron. President von der Leyen embraced the idea and named Vice-President Šuica as the College member in charge. The Parliament’s resolution calls for a bottom-up, inclusive approach, using thematic agoras to involve citizens, Népszava writes.

Two-year long continental consultation / Kétéves kontinentális konzultáció km-Nepszava-HU: "Two-year long continental consultation / Kétéves kontinentális konzultáció..." page: 8 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In honour of Croatian Presidency, statue of Roland will be decorated in Riga

[Latvia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:56:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that to mark Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a traditional Croatian tie will be placed in the Town Hall Square of the Roland Statue from 22 to 28 January. Croatia has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June this year. Curiously, a Roland Statue is the situation also in front of Town House in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Similar ties will be used to adorn some statues in other capitals of Europe.

In honour of Croatian Presidency, statue of Roland will be decorated in Riga / Par godu Horvātijas Prezidentūras sākumam, Rīgā izrotās Rolanda statuju km-Latvijas-radio-4-LV: "In honour of Croatian Presidency, statue of Roland will be ..." info: Новости, 2020-01-16 15:11:00, 00:00:28, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:11:00 PM CET

In honour of Croatian Presidency, statue of Roland will be decorated in Riga / Par godu Horvātijas Prezidentūras sākumam, Rīgā izrotās Rolanda statuju km-LTV-1-LV: "In honour of Croatian Presidency, statue of Roland will be ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2020-01-16 15:15:00, 00:00:22, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:15:00 PM CET

Will there be a new European movement?

[Latvia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:56:00 AM CET

Latvijas Avīze reports that Prime Minister Orbán believes - the European People's Party, still represented by Fidesz, "loses its influence, loses its positions, loses its seats and weakens" and party leadership "is bad.” Mr Orbán has not yet lost any hope of making the changes he thinks necessary within the EPP, but he might be ready to come up with a new group in the European Parliament. Mr Orbán refrains from elaborating for now, but he has discussed it with Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the Polish ruling Law and Justice party. Fidesz is being evaluated by authoritative figures who are expected to report shortly next month on their findings on Fidesz's compliance with the political values of the EPP. Therefore, Mr Orbán’s message does not seem a coincidence - “if necessary, we will leave with our heads held high”.

Will there be a new European movement? / Vai bus jauna Eiropas kustība? km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Will there be a new European movement? / Vai bus ..." page: 1 info: by ULDIS SMITS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Brexit's changing geopolitics is a wake-up call, says Chancellor Merkel

[Latvia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:56:00 AM CET

According to Delfi, Chancellor Merkel said in a recent interview that Brexit is a "wake up call". "I see the European Union as our life insurance," the Chancellor said. "Germany is too small for geopolitical influence alone, and so we must reap the full benefits of the single market." Institutions like the EU and the UN "are essential lessons learned from World War II and previous decades," Ms Merkel said. She admitted that these institutions also needed reforms but she does not question the structure of multilateral cooperation in the world. The EU should become an "attractive, innovative, good place for research and education", expressing its response to Brexit, the Chancellor said.

Brexit's changing geopolitics is a wake-up call, says Chancellor Merkel / 'Brexit' mainīgajā ģeopolitikā ir modinātāja zvans, teic Merkele km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Brexit's changing geopolitics is a wake-up call, says Chancellor Merkel ..." info: by LETA date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament launches procedure to consider lifting immunity to two Catalan MEPs

[Lithuania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that MEPs on launched a debate on Spain’s request for the waiver of the legal immunity of two Catalan separatists elected to the European Parliament. “The request was submitted to the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs,” said Vice-President Kopacz. The request is made against Catalan MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comino. The process may take several months. The European Parliament frequently receives requests for the waiver of its Members’ immunity. Such requests are usually, though not always, granted. Whatever decision is ultimately taken by the Committee on Legal Affairs, it will have to be finally voted on by the European Parliament.

European Parliament launches procedure to consider lifting immunity to two Catalan MEPs / EP svarsto Ispanijos prašymą panaikinti dviejų katalonų separatistų neliečiamybę km-15min.lt-LT: "European Parliament launches procedure to consider lifting immunity to two ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament launches procedure to consider lifting immunity to two Catalan MEPs / EP svarsto Ispanijos prašymą panaikinti dviejų katalonų separatistų neliečiamybę km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Parliament launches procedure to consider lifting immunity to two ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Interview with former President Juncker on his life and political career

[Luxembourg, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, January 17, 2020 7:43:00 AM CET

In RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg's emission "Kloertext," Caroline Mart interviewed former President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on his life and political career. Mr Juncker says that it is a "hard job" to be the Commission President. He would have preferred to remain Minister of state than to become Commission President. However, he accepted the wish of the EPP to become their Spitzenkandidat. Mr Juncker always thought it was "ridiculous and grotesque" that everybody accepted the fact that Europe was governed by Germany and France. He explained that he had many conflicts with the two countries as Commission President because he wanted to listen to the voices of other member states. "I have started early to visit the small countries, too," he added.

Interview with former President Juncker on his life and political career / Kloertext km-RTL-Tele-Letzebuerg-LU: "Interview with former President Juncker on his life and political ..." info: 2020-01-16 20:00:00, 20:00:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:00:00 PM CET

British MEPs leave the European Parliament after their last plenary session

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:45:00 AM CET

73 British MEPs left the European Parliament after participating in their last plenary session as members of the European Union. British MEP Nigel Farage told SIC that he will miss the theatrics at the European Parliament. MEP Farage believes that other countries will follow the United Kingdom’s example and leave the EU. Furthermore, MEP Farage is in favour of the disintegration of the EU, since he believes that “this is the wrong structure for Europe, it is an anti-democratic setup.” However, MEP Farage does not find it strange to continue receiving a European pension. RE MEP Irina Von Wiese said that “it is complete rubbish to say that this institution is not democratic.” MEP von Wiese further said that it is a shame that the UK is leaving the EU “at the verge of one of the biggest reform projects, which is the Conference for the Future of Europe” which aims at mending divisions in European society. ECR MEP Daniel Hannan said he is glad to leave and that he will not miss the “remote, self-serving, expensive, cut-off from the people” European institutions. For S&D MEP Richard Corbett Brexit is “strange, sad, and a tragic mistake.” Greens/EFA MEP Magid Magid was hopeful that the UK would remain in the EU but said he continues believing that the country can rejoin the EU.

British MEPs leave the European Parliament after their last plenary session / Eurodeputados Britânicos deixa o Parlamento Europeu depois da sua última sessão plenária km-Sic-TV-PT: "British MEPs leave the European Parliament after their last plenary ..." info: Jornal da noite, 2020-01-16 20:26:00, 00:03:33, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:26:00 PM CET

ECB President Lagarde says that cooperation between member states strengthens the EU

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:49:00 AM CET

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde underlined that European cooperation strengthens the European Union’s negotiating power, Dinheiro Vivo Online reports. “It is clear that cooperating within Europe gives us a stronger voice in the negotiations with other countries as we have seen, for example, in the negotiations of the Paris Agreement a few years ago,” said President Lagarde during a ceremony in Frankfurt. Moreover, the ECB President reminded that “in a world where multilateralism is under threat, working together as a Union becomes more relevant: it is the only way for medium-sized countries to rise and defend our common interests.” President Lagarde reminded that “the European Union and the euro are not an accident in our prosperity,” highlighting that these are “the vital ingredients that protect our single market and safeguard our way of life.” In Ms Lagarde’s opinion, “all the European leaders see that the world around us is changing and asking us to reorient our ambitions.”

Lagarde: European cooperation gives us a stronger voice / Lagarde. Cooperação europeia dá-nos uma voz mais forte km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Lagarde: European cooperation gives us a stronger voice / Lagarde. ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commission urges British authorities to treat EU citizens registering in the country in a fair way

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:50:00 AM CET

The Commission urged the United Kingdom to give fair treatment to European citizens registering in the country, after reports of discrimination, Expresso Online reports. “We had reports that a high number of European citizens already submitted requests in the United Kingdom to acquire a residence permit,” said Commission spokesperson Dana Spinant during a press conference, adding that the Commission is attentive to possible cases of discrimination. In declarations to the journalists, Ms Spinant reminded that the citizens’ rights are one of the highest priorities of the Commission regarding Brexit, urging the British authorities to “assure that all processes are being followed and all requests treated correctly, with a fair result.” In a resolution adopted during the European Parliament plenary session, the MEPs discussed the British authorities “contradictory information” regarding the rights of EU citizens living in the country and the enforcement of the permanent residence regime.

Brussels asks for fair treatment for EU citizens that register in the United Kingdom / Bruxelas pede tratamento justo para cidadãos da UE que se registam no Reino Unido km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Brussels asks for fair treatment for EU citizens that register ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that Brexit is a “wake-up call” for the European Union

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:52:00 AM CET

In an interview with Financial Times, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Brexit is a “wake-up call” for the European Union, Dinheiro Vivo online reports. “I see the European Union as our life insurance,” Ms Merkel said. In Chancellor Merkel’s opinion, “Germany is far too small to exert geopolitical influence on its own, and that’s why we need to make use of all the benefits of the single market.” Ms Merkel is determined to preserve and defend multilateralism.  According to Ms Merkel, the EU must respond to Brexit by upping its game, becoming “attractive, innovative, and creative.” Finally, Ms Merkel believes that the EU must continue to reform, completing the digital single market, progressing within the banking union and advancing capital markets union.

Merkel: Brexit is an alert to the EU / Merkel: Brexit é um alerta para a UE km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Merkel: Brexit is an alert to the EU / Merkel: ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Austria and V4 states discuss migration, energy policy at meeting in Prague

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:22:00 AM CET

Slovak media focus on the meeting of V4 politicians in Prague. The meeting was attended also by Austrian Chancellor Kurz. Politicians discussed mainly migration and energy policy. While they agree that the EU needs to step up the fight against migrant smugglers and all oppose the migrant quotas, in the matter of energy policy, they are not united. Austria is against nuclear power plants and supports alternative energy sources. However, the Czech government wants the nuclear energy to represent up to 50% of its energy mix. It also demands compensations from the EU for moving towards cleaner energy and abandoning coal-fired power plants. However, Austria stressed that it would not support funding leading to expansion of the nuclear energy. Slovak Prime Minister Pellegrini supported his Czech counterpart Babiš by saying that all Members should have the right for their own energy mix. Peter Schutz in SME comments on the matter and argues that the chance of V4 states to get to EU money despite Austrian opposition is slim. He therefore notes that the issue of nuclear energy might become a serious problem in relations between Austria and the Visegrad Group.

Pellegrini in Prague: EU countries have the right for their own energy mix / Pellegrini v Prahe: Krajiny EÚ majú právo na vlastný energetický mix km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Pellegrini in Prague: EU countries have the right for their ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mr Babiš and Mr Kurz discuss transport, energy and migration / Babiš s Kurzom rokovali o dopravnej infraštruktúre, energetike a migrácii km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Mr Babiš and Mr Kurz discuss transport, energy and migration ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Each state has the right to an energy mix / Každý štát má mať právo na energetický mix km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Each state has the right to an energy mix / ..." page: 3 info: by TASR date: Friday, January 17, 2020

V4 states did not reach agreement with Austria on nuclear energy / Visegrád sa s Kurzom na jadre nezhodol km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "V4 states did not reach agreement with Austria on nuclear ..." page: 12 info: by BD date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Over Austria´s dead body / Len cez rakúsku mŕtvolu km-SME-SK: "Over Austria´s dead body / Len cez rakúsku mŕtvolu..." page: 14 info: by Peter Schutz date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Different views of V4 and Austria on energy policy / Odlišné představy V4 a Vídně na energetiku km-STV-1-SK: "Different views of V4 and Austria on energy policy / ..." info: Správy, 2020-01-16 19:15:00, 00:02:25, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:15:00 PM CET

Mr Kurz: We can not agree with V4 on nuclear energy / Kurz: V jádru se s V4 neshodneme km-TA3-SK: "Mr Kurz: We can not agree with V4 on nuclear ..." info: Hlavné správy, 2020-01-16 18:41:00, 00:02:42, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:41:00 PM CET

European Parliament on Spanish MEPs

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:31:00 AM CET

The European Parliament is considering Spain´s request for stripping two Spanish MEPs of their immunity, reports TV station STV1. Carles Puigdemont (non-attached) and Toni Comino (non-attached) are accused of treason and fraud in relation with organising Catalan referendum. Madrid called the referendum illegal and issued a European Arrest Warrant for them.

EP decides on two Spanish MEPs / EP rozhoduje o dvou španělských poslancích km-STV-1-SK: "EP decides on two Spanish MEPs / EP rozhoduje o ..." info: Správy, 2020-01-16 19:18:00, 00:00:26, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:18:00 PM CET

European Parliament reaffirms its support of Juan Guaidó

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:37:00 AM CET

The European Parliament condemned the recent attempted coup to prevent Juan Guaidó from being re-elected President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, reports news website aktuality.sk. The resolution was supported by 471 MEPs, 101 MEPs voted against it. It confirmed the Parliament´s support of Mr Guaidó as the President of the Assembly and interim President of the country. The Parliament also highlighted that the EU was ready to support the process leading to a peaceful resolution of the Venezuelan political crisis.

Parliament reaffirms support for Mr Guaidó / Europarlament opäť vyjadril podporu Guaidóovi km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Parliament reaffirms support for Mr Guaidó / Europarlament opäť vyjadril ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ambassador presents priorities of Croatia’s EU Presidency

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:38:00 AM CET

Website aktuality.sk draws attention to priorities of Croatia’s EU Presidency, as presented by the country’s Ambassador to Slovakia Aleksandar Heina in Bratislava on Thursday. Mr Heina stated that the country’s EU Presidency pursued Europe that develops, connects, protects and has influence. Among other things, he talked about EU’s response to threats concerning rights, democratic values, intolerance, terrorism, cyber threats or disinformation. Mr Heina also highlighted environment protection or the fight against climate change.

Tackling climate change is one of the priorities of Croatia presiding the EU / Boj s klimatickou zmenou je jednou z priorít Chorvátska na čele EÚ km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Tackling climate change is one of the priorities of Croatia ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European People’s Party Deputy Chairman calls for keeping Fidesz in EPP

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:46:00 AM CET

Website aktuality.sk reports that Deputy Chairman of the European People’s Party Antonio Tajani said a solution should be found regarding the situation of Hungary’s government party Fidesz, whose membership in the EPP had been suspended. “It is important for us that Fidesz remain part of the EPP,” Mr Tajani said. Commenting on the relations between Fidesz and the EPP, Mr Tajani said EPP leaders maintained permanent contact with Fidesz as well as other member parties.

Tajani: Fidesz’s situation in EPP can be solved / Tajani: Situáciu Fideszu v EPP je možné vyriešiť km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Tajani: Fidesz’s situation in EPP can be solved / Tajani: ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Leaders of Germany and Croatia discuss this year’s presidencies of the Council of the EU in Berlin

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:49:00 AM CET

Yesterday, German Chancellor Merkel welcomed Croatian Prime Minister Plenković, who started his two-day visit to Berlin, STA and RTVSLO report. They revealed at the joint press conference that they had talked about the topics that Croatia and Germany would be dealing with during their respective presidencies of the Council of the EU in 2020. Ms Merkel pointed out that Germany would be a good and constructive partner to Croatia during its presidency in the first half of the year. She assessed that the most difficult topic during Croatia’s presidency would be the Multiannual Financial Framework, in which Germany, as a net payer, and Croatia, as a net receiver, will have different starting points. She said that it was important that consensus is made no matter the opposing perspectives, expressing the hope that a deal would be made no later than the end of Croatia’s Presidency. She added that Germany supported the EU-Western Balkans summit, which will take place on 6 and 7 May in Zagreb, claiming that she would also actively participate in the preparation of the Conference on the Future of Europe. She also said that all Western Balkans states were in the same group as far as EU membership is concerned, expressing her expectation that a deal on the French proposal of the new methodology for the EU enlargement process would be made in March. Mr Plenković added that no big shifts were expected to be made in the first half of the year as far as Croatian Schengen Area accession is concerned, adding, however, that the state would keep on striving for a political decision to be made at the operative level and the level of the Council of the EU.

Merklova Plenkoviću: Nemčija bo dobra partnerica Hrvaški km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Merklova Plenkoviću: Nemčija bo dobra partnerica Hrvaški..." info: by K. S. date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Merkel and Plenković discuss this year’s presidencies of the Council of the EU in Berlin / Merklova in Plenković v Berlinu o letošnjih predsedovanjih EU km-sta.si-SI: "Merkel and Plenković discuss this year’s presidencies of the Council ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament to review the status of two Catalan MEPs

[Sweden, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

News agency TT reports that according to an announcement issued yesterday, the European Parliament will review the status of Catalan MEPs Carles Puigdemont (non-attached) and Antoni Comín (non-attached). The announcement comes after Spain asked the European Parliament last week to lift the immunity of the two Catalan MEPs. Ewa Kopacz, Vice-President of the European Parliament, said that the Spanish authorities want to continue their legal action against the two MEPs, which means that the matter must be sent to the Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) for consideration.

Catalan immunity investigated in EU / Katalansk immunitet granskas i EU km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Catalan immunity investigated in EU / Katalansk immunitet granskas i ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Elizabeth Tower unlikely to ring in Brexit on 31 January (opinion)

[Sweden, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Dagens Nyheter, Katrine Marçal writes that the question of whether Elizabeth Tower should ring in Brexit on 31 January has been debated in the UK recently. The committee that has responsibility for the clock tower is skeptical about the idea. It has been estimated that ringing in Brexit would cost almost SEK 1.50 million while halting the ongoing reparation of the tower for 2-4 weeks would entail an additional cost of over SEK 1 million per week. Therefore, it is very likely that Brexit supporters must find other ways to celebrate the exit from the EU, like UK MEP Nigel Farage's (non-attached) Brexit party in central London.

Katrine Marçal: Why the clock does not tick for Brexit / Katrine Marçal: Därför klämtar inte klockan för brexit Storbritannien. km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Katrine Marçal: Why the clock does not tick for Brexit ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

INTERNAL_MARKET

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Access to the EU market requires abiding by its rules"

[Belgium, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:28:00 AM CET

Trends Tendances interviews Commissioner Breton. He explains that the EU needs a full-fledged industry policy to avoid the continent's industrial demise. He mentions that the Commission is working on an adjustment mechanism at the borders to make sure Europe's competitiveness is not harmed by the Green Deal: "Europe has its own rules. Those wanting to access the EU market need to respect those rules. This is one of the cornerstones of the von der Leyen Commission." Commissioner Breton insists on the fact that Europe is not lagging behind as much as many people tend to surmise. He further comments on the arrival of 5G and a tax on digital giants.

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Access to the EU market requires abiding by its rules" / Interview avec Thierry Breton : "Pour accéder au marché européen, il faudra accepter nos règles" km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: "Access to the EU market requires ..." page: 42-44 info: by Grésillon date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Americans gave up on the free market

[Belgium, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:32:00 AM CET

Trends Tendances interviews economist Thomas Philippon about the free market. He opines that Europe is now the land of the free market, as the United States seems to have given up on the concept. The European consumer is the winner in this story. He says that the European Competition Authorities is better shielded from political influence than its American counterpart. Mr Philippon does not believe that corruption will not invade the EU that quickly: "Independence is a necessity for the EU, otherwise it could not keep all the member states on board. Each member state wants to make sure the other member states cannot bribe the European Institutions. That is why a healthy internal market is part of the EU's DNA, and DNA does not simply disappear."

The Americans gave up on the free market / De Amerikanen hebben de vrije markt opgegeven km-Trends-Tendances-BE: "The Americans gave up on the free market / De ..." page: 14-18 info: by VAN GELDER date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cyprus records largest quarterly drop in house prices, according to Eurostat

[Cyprus, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:20:00 AM CET

Online media outlets report that Cyprus recorded the largest quarterly drop in house prices during the third quarter of 2019 in the EU, but prices are still increasing on an annual basis. In particular, according to Eurostat, house prices, as measured by the House Price Index, increased by 4.1% in both the eurozone and the EU and by 2.3% in Cyprus in the third quarter of 2019, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Compared with the second quarter of 2019, house prices increased by 1.4% in the eurozone and by 1.5% in the EU, while they decreased by 5.9% in Cyprus in the third quarter of 2019.Among the Member States for which data is available, annual increases in house prices were observed in all countries in the third quarter of 2019. The highest increases were recorded in Latvia (+13.5%), Slovakia (+11.5%), Luxembourg (+11.3%) and Portugal (+10.3%). Compared with the previous quarter, the highest increases were recorded in Latvia (+3.9%) and Slovenia (+3.1%), while decreases were observed in Cyprus (-5.9%), Hungary (-1.5%), Denmark (-0.6%), Italy (-0.3%) and Finland (-0.1%).According to Eurostat, between 2007 and the third quarter of 2019, there were increases in house prices in 22 EU Member States and decreases in 6, with the highest rises in Austria (+85.5%), Luxembourg (+80.6%) and Sweden (+80.3%). The largest decreases were observed in Greece (-40.0%), Romania (-27.2%) and Ireland (-16.7%). For rents, the pattern was different with increases in all Member States, except Greece (-17.5% from the annual estimate for 2018) and Cyprus (-0.3%). The largest increases were observed in Lithuania (+101.1%), Czechia (+78.6%) and Hungary (+67.8%).

Η Κύπρος με τη μεγαλύτερη πτώση τιμών κατοικιών στην ΕΕ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Η Κύπρος με τη μεγαλύτερη πτώση τιμών κατοικιών στην ΕΕ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

2019: Η Κύπρος κατέγραψε τη μεγαλύτερη πτώση τιμών κατοικιών στην ΕΕ km-sigmalive.com-CY: "2019: Η Κύπρος κατέγραψε τη μεγαλύτερη πτώση τιμών κατοικιών στην ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Letter to the editor: Minimum wage is worth investigating

[Finland, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

Mikael Pentikäinen, Chair of The Federation of Finnish Enterprises writes in Helsingin Sanomat criticizing the newspaper's editorial from earlier in the week which stated that Finland does not need minimum wage like proposed by the European Commission. Pentikäinen, in turn, writes that a minimum wage would stabilize the labor market. He also alleviates fears that the minimum wage would be the same in euros in each country and states that this is not the case. In conclusion, Pentikäinen hopes that the Finnish parliament would at least discuss the issue.

Minimipalkka kannattaa tutkia km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Minimipalkka kannattaa tutkia..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Patent war: big companies' letter to Thierry Breton

[France, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:40:00 AM CET

Within the European lobby IP2Innovate, nearly 150 large companies, among which Apple, Microsoft, Sanofi and Volkswagen, have sent a letter to Commissioner Thierry Breton asking him to chase “patent trolls”, Les Echos reports. Patent trolls' unique activity is to file patents without authentic business. They appear to have proliferated over the last years. The organisation requests the application of the proportionality principle laid down in the European regulation since November 2017, but never applied so far. It would allow judges to assess more fairly the breach of intellectual property rights by considering patent typology and patent owners.

Patent war: the letter of the big groups to Thierry Breton / Guerre des brevets : la lettre des grands groupes à Thierry Breton km-Echos-FR: "Patent war: the letter of the big groups to Thierry ..." page: 17 info: by Lucas Mediavilla date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Federal Government's deal with Damen is an important step towards European arms market

[Germany, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:41:00 AM CET

In a commentary in Wirtschaftswoche, Rüdiger Kiani-Kress points out that the Federal Government's awarding of a contract to Dutch shipyard Damen for constructing four naval battleships is an overdue signal. This is an important step towards the overdue European arms market. So far, all EU countries have promised to procure new projects across national borders. However, in an emergency, they block this goal. The deal with Damen shows that Germany is not focused on nationality, but quality.

An overdue step for Europe / Ein überfälliger Schritt für Europa km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "An overdue step for Europe / Ein überfälliger Schritt für ..." page: 11 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Breton: “Europe must defend its industrial sovereignty”

[Italy, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:43:00 AM CET

In an interview in Il Sole-24 Ore and several other European media, Commissioner Breton says, “Europe must defend its industrial sovereignty” and that this entails a review of antitrust regulations. He places emphasis on the importance of a “strategy” for “big data” and artificial intelligence, noting that currently, just a few companies control 80% of this data and that it has “a huge economic value”. He adds Europe “is, and wants to remain, an open continent, but with clearly set rules.” The US and Chinese companies thriving by taking advantage of data are not using “rocket science” but merely have access to a large pool of numbers, while Europe remains “too fragmented”. Mr Breton also stresses the need for more rapid decisions on specific cases, noting that “five or six years on Google” is too long.

Interview with Commissioner Breton: “EU industry, review the rules on competition” / «Industria Ue, rivedere le regole sulla concorrenza» km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: “EU industry, review the rules on ..." page: 1,3 info: by Beda Romano date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The Ministry of Development presents a Black Book of barriers at access to EU single market

[Poland, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Polska Codziennie dailies report that the Ministry of Development has published the Black Book of Barriers at the access to the European Union’s single market. Among the main barriers the Black Book mentions for example the “CE” mark. It is respected all over the EU, but selected countries apply additional certificates, which pose an extra burden to construction companies. Another example of barriers at the access into the EU single market is the current tightening of the rules for workers’ posting. Polish companies have been highly successful in the international transport market of the EU, but the current restrictions – initiated by rivals from the West – threaten the entrepreneurs’ operations in other EU member states. According to Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, the preparation of the Black Book is just the first step in the battle against an unequal treating of companies in the EU single market. The next steps will include the presentation of a respective report to the European Commission. Ms Emilewicz declares that Poland has been consistently supporting the idea of reinforcing the EU single market’s integration. Business experts comment that Warsaw should focus on convincing the European Commission to its arguments.

Black Book of Barriers on the EU Market / Czarna księga barier na unijnym rynku km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Black Book of Barriers on the EU Market / Czarna ..." page: 8 info: by Ratajczyk Andrzej date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The West keeps meddling / Zachód wciąż bruździ naszym firmom km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "The West keeps meddling / Zachód wciąż bruździ naszym firmom..." page: 20 info: by Anna Cieślak-Wróblewska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commission strengthens protection of intellectual property rights in third countries

[Portugal, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00:00 AM CET

The Commission published a report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries, Vida Económica reports. The report identifies three groups of countries on which the EU will focus its action, reflecting the scale and persistence of the problems. In the first group is China, in the second group are India, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. In the third group are Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand. China is the origin of a dominant part of counterfeit and pirated goods entering the EU, both in terms of value and volume. More than 80 % of counterfeit and pirated goods seized by EU customs authorities come from China and Hong Kong.

Commission reinforces protection to rights of intelectual property / Comissão reforça proteção aos direitos de propriedade intelectual km-Vida-Economica-PT: "Commission reinforces protection to rights of intelectual property / Comissão ..." page: 10 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, January 17, 2020

INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION

UK to support African women in business with £6.8 million fund

[United Kingdom, INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:55:00 AM CET

The Evening Standard reports that the UK will commit to helping a new generation of female African entrepreneurs, with a new fund to help them launch their own businesses. The UK-Africa Investment Summit will be held next week and bring together African governments, business leaders and dozens of international organisations to generate new opportunities for investments and trade with an aim to boost prosperity and women's empowerment. International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said: "When women are economically empowered, their whole community benefits. Experts estimate achieving this will add trillions to the global economy, but we also know it cuts rates of violence and abuse."

UK to support African women in business with £6.8m fund / UK to support African women in business with £6.8m fund km-Evening-Standard-GB: "UK to support African women in business with £6.8m fund ..." page: 2 info: by Joe Murphy date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

JUSTICE

Commission Vice-President Jourová shares Le Monde article on money-laundering in Cyprus

[Cyprus, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 5:55:00 AM CET

Haravgi reports that European Commission Vice-President Jourová set Cyprus "against the wall" after sharing on social media an article by Le Monde for the country's citizenship by investment scheme. Ms Jourová commented that "money laundering, tax fraud and corruption can spread due to lack of transparency in the way the programmes granting golden passports to investments are implemented." Commenting on Ms Jourová's post, the Cypriot opposition DIKO party accused the Cypriot government and ruling DISY part of failing to convince that it promotes with determination measures against corruption and so, the "international vilification of Cyprus continues." DIKO further accused the government of jeopardising the reputation of Cyprus and argued that "with bad management and opaque procedures," the government managed to "turn a pillar supporting the Cypriot economy into an international humiliation for Cyprus."

European Commission Vice-President placed Cyprus against the wall for the "golden" passports / Αντιπρόεδρος ΕΕ: Έστησε την Κύπρο στον τοίχο για τα «χρυσά» διαβατήρια km-Haravgi-CY: "European Commission Vice-President placed Cyprus against the wall for the ..." page: 10 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Christine Lambrecht: "Germany wants to combat tax dumping, tax fraud, and tax avoidance internationally and in the EU"

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:36:00 AM CET

In an interview with Wirtschaftswoche, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Christine Lambrecht argues that the coalition agreement clearly stipulates that Germany wants to combat tax dumping, tax fraud, and tax avoidance internationally and in the EU. Ms Lambrecht insists that this is a "very important goal to which I am strongly committed." She wants a "public culture of tax honesty" where every interested EU citizen knows which company pays how much tax in which country. Even though consumers could have easily learnt of the difficulties that travel provider Thomas Cook was experiencing, Ms Lambrecht insists that Germany had to transpose the EU package travel directive into national law and commit to helping the victims of the company's bankruptcy.

Interview with Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Christine Lambrecht: "We were too gullible" / "Wir waren zu gutgläubig" km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Christine ..." page: 32-34 info: by S.B date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Commission not aware of how many fines have been imposed for violations of GDPR

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:36:00 AM CET

Markus Becker reports on spiegel.de on the examination of the suitability of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While some consider the regulation a "bureaucratic monster," others see it as a prime example that the EU can set global standards. However, the European Commission does not know how many fines have been imposed for violations of the GDPR so far. Commissioner Reynders believes the EU Member States are responsible for this as their authorities and courts are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the GDPR. The European Data Protection Board has been asked to "provide a more systematic and structured overview of these fines," Mr Reynders has stated. MEP Moritz Körner (Renew) doubts that an effective assessment of the GDPR is possible under these conditions.

General Data Protection Regulation: EU Commission has no overview of fines / Datenschutz-Grundverordnung: EU-Kommission hat keinen Überblick über Bußgelder km-Spiegel.de-DE: "General Data Protection Regulation: EU Commission has no overview of ..." info: by Markus Becker date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

CJEU Advocate-General Kokott: Commission wrong to suspend Hungary’s special taxes in 2016

[Hungary, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 6:56:00 AM CET

Magyar Nemzet, portfolio.hu and index.hu report on  Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Juliane Kokott's position disclosed yesterday regarding the European Commission's decision passed in 2015 to suspend collection of special taxes from retailers and tobacco businesses in Hungary pursuant to two Hungarian acts adopted at the end of 2014. According to Ms Kokott's position, the Commission's final decision passed in July 2016 to suspend the collection of the special taxes was contrary to the EU competition law; however, a final court ruling is only expected in a few months.  After the CJEU found for the Commission in April 2018, the Hungarian government appealed against the decision, for which Ms Kokott issued her position now. Magyar Nemzet and portfolio.hu add that the Commission also suspended similar taxes in Slovakia and Poland; the case of Poland is also before the CJEU now.

Advocate-General: European Commission was wrong / Főtanácsnok: tévedett az Európai Bizottság km-index.hu-HU: "Advocate-General: European Commission was wrong / Főtanácsnok: tévedett az Európai ..." info: by Arató László date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / A bizottság hibázott az állammal szemben km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "- / A bizottság hibázott az állammal szemben..." page: 12 info: by Thurzó Katalin date: Friday, January 17, 2020

- / Több tízmilliárdos adókat vethet ki a magyar kormány, ha megnyeri a pert az Európai Bíróságon - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Több tízmilliárdos adókat vethet ki a magyar kormány, ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Eurostat data on online safety threats to the users' personal data

[Portugal, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

According to Eurostat data, only 25% of the Europeans avoided sharing their data on the internet for safety reasons in 2018, Expresso Online reports. 44% of the European Union citizens between 16-74 years old avoided different online activities due to safety reasons. The Eurostat data shows that to control the use of their personal data, 19% of the Europeans avoided using public Wi-Fi networks, 17% did not download content such as videos or games, 16% did not make online purchases, and 13% does not use online banking services. Regarding communications, only 8% of the citizens had any concerns regarding the safety of their data. The most recurrent safety problems regard fraudulent messages trying to obtain the users’ personal data (phishing), while 13% were redirected to fake sites that requested personal data (pharming.) 1% of the population reported problems with online identity theft and abuse of personal data, harassment, or bullying. 3% fell victims to fraudulent uses of their credit or debit cards, or loss of documents due to viruses. 2% saw their social networks or email accounts pirated and their content published without their knowledge or consent.

Only 25% of the Europeans avoid sharing personal data on the internet for safety reasons / Só 25% dos europeus evitam partilhar dados pessoais na internet por motivos de segurança km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Only 25% of the Europeans avoid sharing personal data on ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

MEMBER_STATES

The promotional video on Croatia’s presiding over the EU directed by Hrvoje Hribar was done without a tender, and this is what it cost

[Croatia, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:21:00 AM CET

The promotional video on Croatia, shown to the Members of the European Commission during their meeting with the Croatian government in Zagreb cost HRK1.4 million, Tportal writes. The video was made without a prior tender because it was copyright work and as such was foreseen in the procurement procedure, the Ministry of Foreign and EU affairs stated.

The promotional video on Croatia’s presiding over the EU directed by Hrvoje Hribar was done without a tender, and this is what it cost / Spot za predsjedanje Hrvatske EU-om režirao je Hrvoje Hribar, nabavljen je bez natječaja, a pazite koliko je koštao km-Tportal.hr-HR: "The promotional video on Croatia’s presiding over the EU directed ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

President von der Leyen expresses EU support for Cyprus settlement in letter to Turkish Cypriot leader

[Cyprus, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 6:09:00 AM CET

Several media outlets, including Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris, report that according to an announcement released by the office of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, Mr Akinci had sent a letter congratulating European Commission President von der Leyen for her election. In his letter, Mr Akinci stressed his determination for a Cyprus solution and expressed his wish to discuss issues concerning the Turkish Cypriot community with the EU. In her response, Ms von der Leyen reportedly expressed the EU's full support to a sustainable settlement for the Cyprus problem. She also expressed her readiness to work with the two sides to this direction. She further stated that she wishes to maintain a dialogue with Mr Akinci "on issues concerning the Turkish Cypriot community.Haravgi also features Ms von der Leyen's statement in a photo caption, commenting that both sides in Cyprus must demonstrate political will and readiness to reach an agreed solution.

ΟΥΡΣΟΥΛΑ ΦΟΝ ΝΤΕΡ ΛΑΪΕΝ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΟΥΡΣΟΥΛΑ ΦΟΝ ΝΤΕΡ ΛΑΪΕΝ..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

AB Komisyonu Başkanı’ndan kapsamlı çözüme destek km-Kibris-CY: "AB Komisyonu Başkanı’ndan kapsamlı çözüme destek..." page: 19 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΟΥΡΣΟΥΛΑ ΦΟΝ ΝΤΕΡ ΛΑΪΕΝ ΣΤΟΝ ΜΟΥΣΤΑΦΑ ΑΚΙΝΤΖΙ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΑΠΑΝΤΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΟΥΡΣΟΥΛΑ ΦΟΝ ΝΤΕΡ ΛΑΪΕΝ ΣΤΟΝ ΜΟΥΣΤΑΦΑ ΑΚΙΝΤΖΙ..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ούρσουλα προς Ακιντζί: Στήριξη στις προσπάθειες λύσης km-Philenews.com-CY: "Ούρσουλα προς Ακιντζί: Στήριξη στις προσπάθειες λύσης..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ursula von der Leyen's response to Akinci's letter / Απάντηση της Ούρσουλα Φον Ντερ Λάινεν στην επιστολή Ακιντζί km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Ursula von der Leyen's response to Akinci's letter / Απάντηση ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Shoah: Lithuania rewrites history and its crimes

[France, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:47:00 AM CET

L'Humanité reports that Lithuania is beginning a process of revisionism regarding the Lithuanian government's involvement in the Shoah. It follows the lead of Poland, which adopted a denialist law two years ago. Last week, the Lithuanian government tabled a draft law entitled "the Lithuanian state, occupied from 1940 to 1990, did not participate in the Shoah". Yet 95% of Lithuania's 250,000 Jews were exterminated during that period. Arunas Gumuliauskas, chairman of the Committee on the Memory of the Struggles for Freedom and the State, initiated the law. A rewriting of history that has deeply shocked Holocaust survivors and historians, and which also demonstrates a willingness to put "History under the tutelage of power and clear the country of its crimes".

Shoah: Lithuania rewrites history and its crimes / Shoah: la Lituanie réécrit l'histoire et ses crimes km-Humanite-FR: "Shoah: Lithuania rewrites history and its crimes / Shoah: la ..." page: 3 info: by Vadim Kamenka date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Deleted cell phone data annoys committee of inquiry

[Germany, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 6:10:00 AM CET

German media continue to elaborate on the controversies surrounding the consultant affair in the Federal Ministry of Defence.Peter Carstens reports in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the investigation of a Bundestag inquiry committee of the awarding of consultancy contracts by the Federal Ministry of Defence. Recently, the exchange of short messages on the cell phones between President von der Leyen in her role as Federal Minister of Defence and her closest employees has caused a stir as the data is no longer available. Ms von der Leyen and her Head of Office defended themselves in the "cell phone affair" by saying that the messages "did not contain information of any significance". Meanwhile, MP Tobias Lindner (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) sought to prove the opposite by providing his late-night messages with Ms von der Leyen from November 2018. Ms von der Leyen is to be questioned on this matter at her former place of work in mid-February.The Federal Ministry of Defence wants to restore the deleted data from the two mobile phones that Ms von der Leyen used during her term as head of the Ministry, Mike Szymanski reports in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The MPs demand that the short messages from the phones will be supplied as evidence. After her phone number was made public following a data theft, Ms von der Leyen deleted all messages from her second phone, claiming they were not relevant to the case. Some MPs are outraged that Ms von der Leyen made this decision herself.

On the consultant affair: Late-night messages / Nächtliche Nachrichten km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On the consultant affair: Late-night messages / Nächtliche Nachrichten..." page: 4 info: by P.C date: Friday, January 17, 2020

On the consultant affair: Ministry looks for SMS copies / Ministerium sucht nach SMS-Kopien km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the consultant affair: Ministry looks for SMS copies / ..." page: 6 info: by M. Szymanski date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Tightened tone / Verschärfte Tonlage km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Tightened tone / Verschärfte Tonlage..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Dispute over deleted mobile phone data / Streit über gelöschte Handydaten km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Dispute over deleted mobile phone data / Streit über gelöschte ..." info: by Unknown date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Destruction of evidence or routine operation? / Beweisvernichtung oder Routinevorgang? km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Destruction of evidence or routine operation? / Beweisvernichtung oder Routinevorgang?..." info: by Unknown date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Nichev, was floppy tail / Nitschewo, war Schlappschwanz km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Nichev, was floppy tail / Nitschewo, war Schlappschwanz..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The Minister, the Short Message and the Central Service Regulation / Die Ministerin, die Kurznachricht und die Zentrale Dienstvorschrift km-Tageszeitung-DE: "The Minister, the Short Message and the Central Service Regulation ..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Election campaign focuses on the economy

[Ireland, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:17:00 AM CET

RTE One reports that political parties shifted their focus to the country's economy as campaigning ahead of next month's election continued. Fine Gael said it plans to create 200,000 new jobs over the next five years, Fianna Fail promised more spending on health and other public services, and Sinn Fein said it would restore the state pension age to 65. Fine Gael's Paschal Donhoe said workers would continue to see improvements in their take home pay, the minister for finance added that this would be done through changes to income tax bands.

Election campaign focuses on the economy / Election campaign focuses on the economy km-RTE1-IE: "Election campaign focuses on the economy / Election campaign focuses ..." info: RTE 1, 2020-01-17 04:10:00, 00:04:45, date: Friday, January 17, 2020 4:10:00 AM CET

Ministers ditch Davos for electioneering

[Ireland, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:16:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next week as they focus on campaigning ahead of the election. Ireland will therefore have no senior government representation at the event. Similarly, Prime Minister Johnson banned his ministers from attending following his election win last month.

Ministers ditch Davos for electioneering / Ministers ditch Davos for electioneering km-Irish-Times-IE: "Ministers ditch Davos for electioneering / Ministers ditch Davos for ..." page: 1 info: by JOE BRENNAN date: Friday, January 17, 2020

League's electoral reform referendum rejected by high court

[Italy, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report that Italy’s Constitutional Court has ruled against a proposal by the League and eight Italian regions governed by the League to hold a referendum on changing the electoral system by cancelling the proportional element of assigning winners. Corriere della Sera says the Court ruled the referendum would be unconstitutional as it was asking citizens to vote on an outcome that would need to be changed further following the vote. The judges reasoned the referendum should be for the final outcome and not a work in progress and, under its current form, was “manipulative”. La Stampa stresses it was a “slap in the face” for League leader Matteo Salvini and Rai News 24 reports that League members strongly criticised the decision. La Repubblica reports Mr Salvini said the Court’s decision was “an embarrassment” and that it “defended the old system”. Il Messaggero notes that both the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD) “exulted” on hearing the news. It notes the crux of the problem resides with the number of electoral districts, which is scheduled to be dramatically altered from 232 to 391 whereas the Court wants referendums to be “immediately applicable”. In a commentary in La Repubblica, Stefano Folli argues that this is the end of “30 years of attempts” to change the electoral system through referendums and that from this point on it will be Parliament’s responsibility to change a system which “satisfies few”. The decision could make the results of local elections on 26 January in the region of Emilia-Romagna become even more important.

Electoral reform referendum defeat for League / Non si terrà il referendum voluto dalla lega km-Canale-5-IT: "Electoral reform referendum defeat for League / Non si terrà ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-01-16 23:51:00, 00:02:43, by Paolo Trombin date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:51:00 PM CET

“No” to League’s referendum / No al referendum della Lega km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "“No” to League’s referendum / No al referendum della Lega..." page: 1-2 info: by Giovanni Bianconi Giovanni Bianconi date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The proportional is closer / «No al referendum», ira Salvini M5S-Pd: «Ora il proporzionale» km-Messaggero-IT: "The proportional is closer / «No al referendum», ira Salvini ..." page: 1-2 info: by Gentili e Pirone date: Friday, January 17, 2020

League’s electoral referendum rejected by high court / Bocciato il referendum elettorale proposto dalla Lega km-Rai-News-24-IT: "League’s electoral referendum rejected by high court / Bocciato il ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-01-17 03:01:00, 00:02:05, by Sabrina Bellomo date: Friday, January 17, 2020 3:01:00 AM CET

Open doors for proportional system / Porte aperte al proporzionale km-Repubblica-IT: "Open doors for proportional system / Porte aperte al proporzionale..." page: 1,37 info: by Di Stefano Folli date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Electoral law. Salvini rejected / Legge elettorale Respinto Salvini km-Repubblica-IT: "Electoral law. Salvini rejected / Legge elettorale Respinto Salvini..." page: 1,6 info: by di LIANA MILELLA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Electoral law, inadmissible the referendum on current system / Legge elettorale, inammissibile il referendum sul maggioritario km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Electoral law, inadmissible the referendum on current system / Legge ..." page: 1,6 info: by Emilia Patta ROMA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Referendum, Salvini humiliated / Referendum, schiaffo a Salvini km-Stampa-IT: "Referendum, Salvini humiliated / Referendum, schiaffo a Salvini..." page: 1-3 info: by UGO MAGRI ROMA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Annual house price increase in Lithuania lowest in Baltic States

[Lithuania, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:49:00 AM CET

15min.lt reports that according to Eurostat, annual house price growth in Lithuania in the third quarter of last year was the lowest in the Baltic States. In July-September, compared to the same period in 2018, house prices in Lithuania went up by 6.4%. In Latvia, housing prices went up by 13.5% and in Estonia by 8.1%. Compared to the second quarter, house prices in Lithuania increased by 1%, in Latvia - by 3.9%, in Estonia - by 2.5%. Across the European Union, house prices rose by 4.1% compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Compared with the second quarter of 2019, house prices rose by 1.5% in the European Union in the third quarter of 2019.

Annual house price increase in Lithuania lowest in Baltic States / Eurostatas: metinis būsto kainų augimas Lietuvoje – mažiausias Baltijos šalyse km-15min.lt-LT: "Annual house price increase in Lithuania lowest in Baltic States ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament initiated proceedings to lift the immunity of MEPS Carles Puigdment and Toni Comín

[Portugal, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:07:00 AM CET

A couple of Portuguese media reported on the European Parliament's proceedings to lift the Catalan MEPs immunity.The European Parliament initiated proceedings to lift the immunity of MEPS Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín, Expresso online reports. During the EP plenary session, EP Vice-President Ewa Bozena Kopacz announced that "the Spanish authorities have asked the president [of the European Parliament] to lift the immunity of Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin to continue the judicial proceedings against the two MEPs." Ms Kopacz added that “in compliance with parliamentary rules, this demand was put to the Committee on Legal Affairs." The decision is expected to take several months.The decision on the lift of the immunity of MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín is unlikely to be known before the summer, but the European Parliament is likely to accept the request, Jornal de Notícias reports. EPP MEP Manfred Weber said that the EP is ready to lift the immunity of MEPs Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín. S&D MEP Iratxe García announced that her group will discuss this issue. According to Ms García, the S&D group has “a very clear policy, which is to let justice do its job.” Renew Europe has the same position. MEP Puigdemont believes that “the socialists will vote alongside VOX without any kind of complex”, despite the PSOE's promise to "dejudicialise the political conflict". According to Ms García, "it is one thing to understand that we need to work in dialogue to seek a political solution and another to allow justice to do its job, and the two things are not incompatible."

Puigdemont and Comin MEPs until the summer at least / Puigdemont e Comin eurodeputados pelo menos até ao verão km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "Puigdemont and Comin MEPs until the summer at least / ..." page: 32 info: by Alfredo Maia date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Catalonia: European Parliament begins process to lift Puigdemont's immunity / Catalunha: Parlamento Europeu inicia processo para levantar imunidade a Puigdemont km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Catalonia: European Parliament begins process to lift Puigdemont's immunity / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Draft law on mayors’ two-round election will be promoted by taking responsibility in Parliament

[Romania, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

According to Bursa daily, Romanian Prime Minister Orban stated that the government had decided, yesterday, to take responsibility in Parliament for the law on mayors’ election based on a two-round voting system in case none of the competitors obtains 50%+1 of the total number of cast votes in the first round. Mr Orban added that he respected citizens’ wish, even though this would disturb part of the current political class. Moreover, he indicated that the existence of a second round of elections involved negotiating a majority in local councils, which would allow implementing projects promised during the election campaign. Right after the announcement made by Prime Minister Orban, Marcel Ciolacu, the interim leader of the Social Democratic Party, stated that the Social Democrats, together with the Hungarian Democratic Union in Romania, would file a no-confidence motion against the government, Hotnews.ro writes. Romanian President Iohannis, in his turn, said that he fully supported the government’s decision to take responsibility for mayors’ election based on the double-ballot system, pointing out that, from his point of view, that was a normal decision, according to News.ro.

Early election / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Early election / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2020-01-16 11:17:00, 00:01:32, by Simionovici Georgia date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:17:00 AM CET

Mayors, elected following two rounds of elections / Primarii, aleşi în două tururi km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Mayors, elected following two rounds of elections / Primarii, aleşi ..." page: 1 info: by Marinescu George date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Government to take responsibility / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Government to take responsibility / Ştirile Europa FM..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2020-01-16 15:00:00, 00:01:52, by Nicolescu Manuela date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:00:00 PM CET

Marcel Ciolacu announces that PSD will file a no-confidence motion together with UDMR: We will not enter early election / We have the capacity to create a new parliamentary majority / Marcel Ciolacu anunță că PSD depune moțiune de cenzură împreună cu UDMR: Nu vom intra în alegeri anticipate/ Avem capacitatea de a crea o nouă majoritate parlamentară km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Marcel Ciolacu announces that PSD will file a no-confidence motion ..." info: by L.P. HotNews.ro date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Government takes responsibility for mayors' election through two-round system. Orban: It is vital for mayors to be elected by half plus one of citizens, to have legitimacy / Guvernul își asumă răspunderea pentru alegerea primarilor în două tururi. Orban: E vital ca primarii să fie aleși de jumătate plus unu din cetățeni, pentru a avea legitimitate km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Government takes responsibility for mayors' election through two-round system. Orban: ..." info: by Clarice Dinu HotNews.ro date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Orban has signed his dismissal. Taking responsibility for double-ballot system and no-confidence motion are getting close / Orban şi-a semnat demiterea. Asumarea pe votul în două tururi şi moţiunea de cenzură intră în linie dreaptă km-Jurnalul-National-RO: "Orban has signed his dismissal. Taking responsibility for double-ballot system ..." page: 1 info: by Ion Alexandru date: Friday, January 17, 2020

ALDE announces it supports mayors' election based on two-round system, but decision to take responsibility is regrettable / ALDE anunţă că susţine alegerea primarilor în două tururi, dar asumarea răspunderii este regretabilă km-mediafax.ro-RO: "ALDE announces it supports mayors' election based on two-round system, ..." info: by Alexandru Costea date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Orban, about taking responsibility for mayors' election based on two-round system: There is no reason to consider this is unconstitutional / Orban, despre angajarea răspunderii pe alegerea primarilor în două tururi: Nu există niciun motiv pentru a fi considerată neconstituţională km-news.ro-RO: "Orban, about taking responsibility for mayors' election based on two-round ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

ALDE announces it supports mayors' election based on two-round system, but decision to take responsibility for this law is "regrettable" / Mayors' election through double-ballot system is sacrificed in order to force snap elections / ALDE anunţă că susţine alegerea primarilor în două tururi, dar decizia asumării răspunderii asupra acestui proiect este ”regretabilă”/ Se sacrifică alegerea primarilor în două tururi pentru forţarea alegerilor anticipate km-news.ro-RO: "ALDE announces it supports mayors' election based on two-round system, ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iohannis: The document regarding mayors' election through two-round system will soon get to Parliament, and I will call an extraordinary session. I support the government in its decision to take responsibility / Orban's position / Iohannis: În foarte puţin timp documentul privind alegerea primarilor în două tururi va ajunge la Parlament, iar eu voi cere sesiune extraordinară. Sprijin Guvernul în demersul angajării răspunderii / Poziţia lui Orban - VIDEO km-news.ro-RO: "Iohannis: The document regarding mayors' election through two-round system will ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Taking responsibility for double-ballot system / Ştiri Pro Tv km-ProTV-RO: "Taking responsibility for double-ballot system / Ştiri Pro Tv..." info: Ştiri PRO TV, 2020-01-16 19:04:00, 00:02:59, by Esca Andreea date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:04:00 PM CET

PSD to file no-confidence motion / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "PSD to file no-confidence motion / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 22:01:00, 00:01:07, by Grecu Cristina date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:01:00 PM CET

Government to take responsibility / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Government to take responsibility / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 22:00:00, 00:00:53, by Grecu Cristina date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:00:00 PM CET

Ciolacu: PSD will file no-confidence motion along with UDMR. We will have a new majority around PSD / Ciolacu: PSD va depune moțiune de cenzură alături de UDMR. Vom avea o nouă majoritate în jurul PSD km-revista22.ro-RO: "Ciolacu: PSD will file no-confidence motion along with UDMR. We ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Taking responsibility for mayors' election based on two-round system / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Taking responsibility for mayors' election based on two-round system / ..." info: Telejurnal, 2020-01-16 20:00:00, 00:04:31, by Andrei Tudor Radu date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:00:00 PM CET

Annual meeting of foreign ambassadors accredited in Bucharest took place at Cotroceni

[Romania, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

News.ro writes that Romanian President Iohannis hosted yesterday, at Cotroceni Palace, the annual meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Bucharest, during which he spoke about Romania’s priorities in general, and foreign policy ones in particular. According to the head of state, last year brought Romania a government that has the same priorities and views as the President in all the aspects of governing, including foreign policy, pointing out that European Union and NATO membership remained the basic pillar of Romania’s foreign policy. Moreover, he indicated that the following period was essential for the future of the country, as it would bring important challenges, but also opportunities. President Iohannis also spoke about the European Union’s enlargement policy, including Romania’s objectives to join the Schengen area and the euro area, according to Gândul.info.

Meeting at Cotroceni / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Meeting at Cotroceni / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2020-01-16 12:12:00, 00:05:37, by Genţiana Coman date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:12:00 PM CET

Romania keeps making efforts / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Romania keeps making efforts / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-01-16 14:01:00, 00:00:50, by Grigoriţă Alexandra date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:01:00 PM CET

Iohannis: Further action will be taken to ensure Romania's accession to Schengen area and euro area / Iohannis: Vom continua să acţionăm pentru aderarea la Spaţiul Schengen şi la zona Euro km-Gandul.info.RO: "Iohannis: Further action will be taken to ensure Romania's accession ..." info: by Alexandru Costea date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Iohannis: Further action will be taken to ensure Romania's accession to Schengen area and euro area / Iohannis: Vom continua să acţionăm pentru aderarea la Spaţiul Schengen şi la zona Euro km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Iohannis: Further action will be taken to ensure Romania's accession ..." info: by Alexandru Costea date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Klaus Iohannis, during annual meeting with heads of diplomatic representation accredited in Bucharest: 2019 brought Romania a government that has the same priorities and views as the President, including foreign policy ones / Klaus Iohannis, la întâlnirea anuală cu şefii misiunilor diplomatice acreditaţi la Bucureşti: Anul 2019 a adus României un Guvern care rezonează cu Preşedintele în toate dimensiunile guvernării, inclusiv în ceea ce priveşte politica externă - VIDEO km-news.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis, during annual meeting with heads of diplomatic representation ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Meeting at Cotroceni / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Meeting at Cotroceni / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 13:00:00, 00:02:20, by Laurenţiu Văduva date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:00:00 PM CET

The responsibility taking procedure is being verified by the European Commission

[Romania, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:24:00 AM CET

Several media outlets, including Radio România Actualităţi, report that yesterday, the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) activated the examination procedure regarding respect for democratic norms in Romania, in the case of Ludovic Orban government taking responsibility for changes to election legislation four months ahead of elections, Social-Democratic Senator Titus Corlăţean stated. A rapporteur will thus come to Romania to evaluate the situation.

Rapporteur for democracy in Romania / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Rapporteur for democracy in Romania / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-01-16 19:30:00, 00:01:27, by Chisoceanu Valentin date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

Council of Europe activates examination procedure related to Romanian government's actions / Consiliul Europei s-a sesizat în legătură cu acţiunile guvernului de la Bucureşti km-Jurnalul-National-RO: "Council of Europe activates examination procedure related to Romanian government's ..." page: 4 info: by nespecificat date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Decision to take responsibility, verified by European Commission / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Decision to take responsibility, verified by European Commission / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 19:04:00, 00:01:02, by Grecu Cristina date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:04:00 PM CET

MEPs speed up proceedings to lift Puigdemont’s immunity

[Spain, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

The Spanish press widely reports that the European Parliament yesterday launched proceedings to vote on the withdrawal of the immunity of former Catalan president Carles Pugidemont and two former Catalan regional ministers. Parliament Vice-President Ewa Bozena Kopacz announced that the request to lift their immunity had been submitted by Spain’s Supreme Court and would now be forwarded to the Committee on Legal Affairs, which will issue a recommendation that will need to be approved in plenary by a simple majority.

Puigdemont may lose immunity in mid-May / Puigdemont puede perder su inmunidad a mediados de mayo km-ABC-ES: "Puigdemont may lose immunity in mid-May / Puigdemont puede perder ..." page: 21 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament launches proceedings to lift Puigdemont’s immunity / El Parlamento Europeo tramita la retirada de inmunidad de Puigdemont km-Antena-3-ES: "European Parliament launches proceedings to lift Puigdemont’s immunity / El ..." info: Noticias 2, 2020-01-16 21:13:00, 00:01:47, by MATIAS PRATS date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:13:00 PM CET

The difficult accommodation of the former Catalan president in Europe / El difícil acomodo del ‘expresident’ en Europa km-Pais-ES: "The difficult accommodation of the former Catalan president in Europe ..." page: 16 info: by ÁLVARO SÁNCHEZ date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MEPs to discuss lifting Puigemont’s immunity / L’Eurocambra debatrà el suplicatori km-TV3-Spain-ES: "MEPs to discuss lifting Puigemont’s immunity / L’Eurocambra debatrà el ..." info: Tn migdia, 2020-01-16 14:41:00, 00:03:59, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 2:41:00 PM CET

European Parliament launches proceedings to lift Puigdemont and Comín’s immunity / El Parlamento Europeo empieza a tramitar el suplicatorio de Puigdemont y Comín km-TVE1-ES: "European Parliament launches proceedings to lift Puigdemont and Comín’s immunity ..." info: Telediario 2, 2020-01-16 21:13:00, 00:00:28, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:13:00 PM CET

Countdown begins to lift Puigdemont’s immunity / Empieza la cuenta atrás para levantar la inmunidad a Puigdemont km-Vanguardia-ES: "Countdown begins to lift Puigdemont’s immunity / Empieza la cuenta ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Big Ben Brexit bongs row descends into farce

[United Kingdom, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:53:00 AM CET

The Daily Telegraph reports that donations to a crowdfunding site to cover the costs of Big Ben chiming to commemorate Britain's exit from the European Union cannot be accepted by the government. £130,000 was raised on the Go Fund Me platform but the House of Commons Commission said the money could not be used because of parliamentary regulations on financial donations. The committee was blamed for being "Remainer-heavy" but they responded that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should not have encouraged the public to donate without checking if it was even possible.

Big Ben Brexit bongs row descends into farce / Big Ben Brexit bongs row descends into farce km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "Big Ben Brexit bongs row descends into farce / Big ..." page: 1 info: by Christopher Hope date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Big Ben bong bung backfires on PM after £100k raised / Big Ben bong bung backfires on PM after £100k raised km-Times-GB: "Big Ben bong bung backfires on PM after £100k raised ..." page: 1 info: by Steven Swinford date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Labour leadership candidate says party needs to change

[United Kingdom, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:59:00 AM CET

In an interview with the BBC, Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer says the party's problems should not be blamed on the recent election campaign alone as it has been losing support for years. He said: "We've lost four elections in a row, and therefore identifying a particular thing in this election is not going to help." Sir Keir said that during the campaign he met people who were "crying out for change" but they did not believe Labour could deliver it. He blames a lot of the problems on the "factions" within the party, he said: "We need to unify the party [...] we've spent far too much time fighting ourselves."

Labour leadership candidate says party needs to change / Labour leadership candidate says party needs to change km-BBC-1-GB: "Labour leadership candidate says party needs to change / Labour ..." info: BBC 1 London, 2020-01-17 02:57:00, 00:03:41, date: Friday, January 17, 2020 2:57:00 AM CET

UK needs to find £2 billion for regions to fill Brexit gap

[United Kingdom, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:58:00 AM CET

The Guardian reports that the Treasury will have to find an extra £2 billion per year in order to fill the funding gap that will exist once EU funds to some of Britain's poorest communities is stopped post-Brexit. The Industrial Communities Alliance said the government needed to match the money currently coming from Brussels. The UK currently receives £1.4 billion from the European regional development fund, the European social fund and a number of smaller payments. Chair of the alliance Russell Imrie said: "Now is the time for him to ensure that our communities do not lose out from Brexit."

UK needs to find £2bn for regions to fill Brexit gap / UK needs to find £2bn for regions to fill Brexit gap km-Guardian-GB: "UK needs to find £2bn for regions to fill Brexit ..." page: 40 info: by Larry Elliott date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Johnson hasn't got long to save the Union

[United Kingdom, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:53:00 AM CET

Commenting in The Times, Iain Martin writes that there is a "cloud on the horizon" as a separatist rebellion brews in Scotland, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs to find a solution to in order to avoid the break-up of the UK. He notes that while claims of independence are not always taken seriously by Westminster, "it is perfectly plausible that if Brexit goes badly and the pro-Union parties behave incompetently enough, then Scotland will vote to secede." Martin notes there will be elections in Scotland next year and if the SNP wins an overall majority of the seats "it will be extremely difficult for unionists to say with any authority that the nationalists lack a mandate" for a referendum, and there will be a vote held at some point.

Johnson hasn't got long to save the Union / Johnson hasn't got long to save the Union km-Times-GB: "Johnson hasn't got long to save the Union / Johnson ..." page: 27 info: by Iain Martin date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MIGRATION

Austria and Visegrad countries agree that illegal migration must be terminated

[Cyprus, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:22:00 AM CET

Sigmalive reports that Austrian Prime Minister Kurz met yesterday in Prague with the leaders of the Visegrad Group, Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán, Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki, Slovak Prime Minister Pellegrini and Czech Prime Minister Babiš to discuss the future of Europe, climate policy, the next Multiannual Financial Framework and migration. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Kurz noted their common position that the EU external borders must be secured and that illegal migration towards Europe must be halted. He said that Austria wants to use its role as a bridge between East and West, because "30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, there is a united Europe, which is good, but there are also new trenches, which must be overcome."During the meeting, the leaders welcomed the proposal for an EU Climate Fund, with Mr Kurz saying that the expansion of nuclear energy is not allowed and that the Fund consists of a fair transition and an important step towards supporting Member States to abandon the production of energy from fossil fuel. As regards the new MMF, Mr Kurz clarified that Austria, as a net payer, is not willing to contribute more than it is already contributing, which is 1% of its GDP.Sigmalive reports that Mr Kurz had underlined Austria's role as a "bridge-maker" during his meeting last Sunday with European Commission President von der Leyen, whom he consulted about his meeting with the Visegrad Group.

Αυστρία & χώρες Βίσεγκραντ: Να τερματιστεί η παράτυπη μετανάστευση km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Αυστρία & χώρες Βίσεγκραντ: Να τερματιστεί η παράτυπη μετανάστευση..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Spain will need “millions and millions of migrants”

[France, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:41:00 AM CET

During the OECD Forum on Migration in Paris yesterday, Spain’s Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Minister José Luis Escrivá said that his country’s economy will need “millions and millions” of migrants in the upcoming years to keep its current level, lexpress.fr reports. “We will need between 8 and 9 million people  for keeping our active population at the same level”, he said, adding that “we must prepare our societies to that”. Commissioner Johansson said that there is currently “a lack of trust between the population and policy makers, at the European or local levels” on this issue. Mr Escrivá added that Spain’s neighbours must also be “prepared to [massively] integrate” exiled populations.

"Europe liable to crime against humanity" / "L'Europe passible de crime contre l'humanité" km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: ""Europe liable to crime against humanity" / "L'Europe passible de ..." page: 62,63,64 info: by Vadim Kamenka date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Spain will need “millions and millions of migrants” in the upcoming years (minister) / L'Espagne aura besoin de "millions et de millions de migrants" dans les prochaines années (ministre) km-Lexpress.fr-FR: "Spain will need “millions and millions of migrants” in the ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Migrants neither expelled nor integrated: Salvini's legacy / Des migrants ni expulsés ni intégrés : l'héritage de Salvini km-Opinion-FR: "Migrants neither expelled nor integrated: Salvini's legacy / Des migrants ..." page: 11 info: by Francesco Maselli date: Friday, January 17, 2020

VP Schinas speaks at the Hellenic Parliament about the European Pact on Migration and Asylum

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

Several media report that Vice-President Schinas delivered a speech yesterday at the Hellenic Parliament, presenting the main framework of the new European Pact on Migration and Asylum. VP Schinas noted that the new framework will be based on three axes: support of origin countries, strict guarding of borders and returns programme for those who are not entitled to asylum. He stressed that the Dublin Regulation is dead. He referred to the repetitive effort for Dublin Regulation reform as the most emblematic failure of the EU. VP Schinas stressed that the hosting and integration of migrants under conditions is a necessary element for the EU. He also spoke of the need to have a “plan B” in case Europe faces again increased flows like in 2015. VP Schinas explained that the new system will foresee the sharing of responsibilities among all member states. At the same time, VP Schinas met with Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis at the Commission Representation office in Athens. Media underline that VP Schinas admitted that the European solidarity policies failed, adding that there is no room for a new failure. Avgi comments that the guidelines VP Schinas presented do not seem to be exempt from the mistakes of the past, adding that the much-desired by the first admission countries fair shouldering of burden does not seem to be ensured. Media underline that the Commission will present the European Pact on Migration and Asylum in the first quarter of 2020.

Η Ευρώπη - φρούριο είναι εδώ και σας χαιρετά, και ας απέτυχε ήδη km-Avghi-GR: "Η Ευρώπη - φρούριο είναι εδώ και σας χαιρετά, και ..." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

New Dublin and Plan B for the refugee issue in 2020 / Νέο Δουβλίνο και Plan Β για το προσφυγικό εντός του 2020 km-Avghi-GR: "New Dublin and Plan B for the refugee issue in ..." page: 6,7 info: by KOSTAS POULAKIDAS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Με τον αντιπρόεδρο της Κομισιόν Μ. Σχοινά η πρώτη συνάντηση του Ν. Μηταράκη km-capital.gr-GR: "Με τον αντιπρόεδρο της Κομισιόν Μ. Σχοινά η πρώτη συνάντηση ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Μ. Σχοινάς: Ευρωπαϊκή συνοριοφυλακή 10.000 αντρών για έλεγχο συνόρων km-capital.gr-GR: "Μ. Σχοινάς: Ευρωπαϊκή συνοριοφυλακή 10.000 αντρών για έλεγχο συνόρων..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ούτε κτίριο ούτε σχέδιο ούτε ετοιμότητα km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Ούτε κτίριο ούτε σχέδιο ούτε ετοιμότητα..." page: 26 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

“The EU failed, the Dublin is dead...” / Η ΕΕ απέτυχε, το Δουβλίνο πέθανε.. km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "“The EU failed, the Dublin is dead...” / Η ΕΕ ..." page: 27 info: by ELENA VARINOU date: Friday, January 17, 2020

“Europe cannot fail for the second time” / "Η Ευρώπη δεν επιτρέπεται να αποτύχει δεύτερη φορά" km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "“Europe cannot fail for the second time” / "Η Ευρώπη ..." page: 15 info: by ANASTASIA VAMVAKA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Σχοινάς: Μέσα στο πρώτο τρίμηνο το νέο ευρωπαϊκό «σύμφωνο» για μεταναστευτικό km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Σχοινάς: Μέσα στο πρώτο τρίμηνο το νέο ευρωπαϊκό «σύμφωνο» για ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ο Μηταράκης συναντήθηκε με Σχοινά: «Κύρια προτεραιότητα η νέα πολιτική ασύλου» km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Ο Μηταράκης συναντήθηκε με Σχοινά: «Κύρια προτεραιότητα η νέα πολιτική ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς: «Το Δουβλίνο πέθανε» -Αυτοί είναι οι 3 άξονες του σχεδίου της ΕΕ για το μεταναστευτικό km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς: «Το Δουβλίνο πέθανε» -Αυτοί είναι οι 3 άξονες ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Σχοινάς : Προτεραιότητα το νέο Σύμφωνο για τη Μετανάστευση και το άσυλο km-in.gr-GR: "Σχοινάς : Προτεραιότητα το νέο Σύμφωνο για τη Μετανάστευση και ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EU: Sharing responsibilities over migration / EE: Επιμερισμός ευθυνών για το μεταναστευτικό km-Kathimerini-GR: "EU: Sharing responsibilities over migration / EE: Επιμερισμός ευθυνών για ..." page: 6 info: by TANIA GEORGIOPOULOU date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ευρωπαϊκά χαμόγελα στη Βουλή km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Ευρωπαϊκά χαμόγελα στη Βουλή..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

New “Dublin” is coming for refugee and asylum issues / Έρχεται νέο «Δουβλίνο» για προσφυγικό και άσυλο km-Naftemporiki-GR: "New “Dublin” is coming for refugee and asylum issues / ..." page: 18 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς για μεταναστευτικό: Η ΕΕ θα πρέπει να στηρίζει όχι μόνο με κονδύλια αλλά και με χορήγηση ασύλου km-protothema.gr-GR: "Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς για μεταναστευτικό: Η ΕΕ θα πρέπει να στηρίζει ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ενστάσεις km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ενστάσεις..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The death of “Dublin” and the new triple bet / Ο θάνατος του "Δουβλίνου" και το νέο τριπλό στοίχημα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "The death of “Dublin” and the new triple bet / ..." page: 11 info: by LAMBROS STAVROPOULOS date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Σχοινάς: Προτεραιότητα το νέο Σύμφωνο για τη Μετανάστευση και το άσυλο km-Vima-online-GR: "Σχοινάς: Προτεραιότητα το νέο Σύμφωνο για τη Μετανάστευση και το ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Johansson: “I am determined to ensure normal functioning of the Schengen Area”

[Slovenia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:51:00 AM CET

In an interview with STA, Commissioner Johansson expressed her determination to regain the trust of Europeans in the EU’s ability to control migration and thus return to the normal functioning of the Schengen Area. Europe has for a while now been paying the high price of undermining the trust among the EU member states and EU citizens because of the political blockade in migration policy, she pointed out, adding that she wished for the latter to become one of the most "banal" EU policies. “Listening and exchanging opinions is important,” Ms Johansson said, claiming that she could not do much with her otherwise strong Home Affairs portfolio without the EU member states’ mutual understanding of their various viewpoints and challenges that they are facing.  She announced a solution that would be based on very strong protection of the EU’s external border, in which the central role would be played by the reinforced European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which will allegedly form a permanent unit of 10,000 border protectors by 2027. However, common and coordinated procedures on the EU’s external border are also needed, she pointed out. When asked about the sensitive issue of solidarity, she pointed out the need for a system of distributing refugees from their states of entrance to other states all over the EU, adding however that detailed, mandatory regulations that would be toxic to some states should be avoided. When asked about whether the mandatory refugee quotas of the previous European Commission were a mistake, she responded by: “I would not use the word mistake. It is, however, clear, that there exists a blockade.”

Interview with Commissioner Johansson: “I am determined to ensure normal functioning of the Schengen Area” / Komisarka Johanssonova odločena zagotoviti normalno delovanje schengna (intervju) km-sta.si-SI: "Interview with Commissioner Johansson: “I am determined to ensure normal ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Portugal’s socialist government celebrates rising immigration numbers

[United Kingdom, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 7:55:00 AM CET

The Independent reports that the Portuguese government has celebrated the rise in immigration numbers after the number of foreign nationals living in the country hit half a million for the first time in its history. The government said Portugal has "overcome" barriers to attracting more migrants, which it says are necessary due to the country's relatively low birth rates and an ageing population. Prime Minister Antonio Costa passed new laws to boost immigration in 2017 that made it easier to come to Portugal for seasonal work, casual work and study.

Portugal's socialist government celebrates rising immigration numbers / Portugal's socialist government celebrates rising immigration numbers km-Independent.co.uk-GB: "Portugal's socialist government celebrates rising immigration numbers / Portugal's socialist ..." info: by Unattributed date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

REGIONAL_POLICY

EIB will support Bolt with €50 million in funding

[Latvia, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

According to Delfi, the European Investment Bank has signed a €50 million risk-financing instrument with the Estonian transport services platform Bolt. The funding is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which is a key cornerstone of the European Investment Plan, informs the company. The purpose of the funding is to support research and development of Bolt products in areas where technology can improve service security, reliability, and sustainability while maintaining high business efficiency. “I am proud that Europe, through its Investment Plan, is supporting the research and development strategy of the Estonian transport services platform Bolt to create an innovative and secure service that will promote urban mobility," said Commissioner Gentiloni.

EIB will support Bolt with €50 million in funding / Eiropas Investīciju banka atbalstīs 'Bolt' ar 50 miljonu eiro finansējumu km-Delfi.lv-LV: "EIB will support Bolt with €50 million in funding / ..." info: by Delfi Bizness date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bolt takes €50 million loan from European Investment Bank

[Romania, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

The European Investment Bank has signed a €50 million venture debt facility with Bolt, the developer of the ride-hailing platform from Estonia. The financing is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe, Bursa daily writes. Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni stated that he was proud that Europe, through the Investment Plan, supported Estonian platform Bolt’s research and development strategy to create innovative and safe services that would enhance urban mobility.

Bolt borrows €50 million from European Investment Bank / Bolt împrumută 50 milioane euro de la Banca Europeană de Investiţii km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Bolt borrows €50 million from European Investment Bank / Bolt ..." page: 1 info: by nespecificat date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Bolt takes €50 million loan from European Investment Bank / Bolt ia un împrumut de 50 de milioane de euro de la Banca Europeană de Investiţii km-news.ro-RO: "Bolt takes €50 million loan from European Investment Bank / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Funds Ministry organised consultations regarding decentralisation at regional level

[Romania, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

European Funds Minister Marcel Boloş organised consultations with central and local authorities and European Commission representatives regarding decentralisation at regional level. The EC representatives pointed out that the European Executive would no longer approve a programme dedicated to interventions at regional level similar to the Regional Operational Programme (POR) 2014-2020, News.ro writes. The representatives of local authorities, as well as of Regional Development Agencies unanimously supported the appropriateness of decentralisation at the level of regions.

European Funds Ministry about consultations on decentralisation at regional level: European Commission will no longer approve a programme dedicated to interventions at regional level similar to POR 2014-2020 / Ministerul Fondurilor Europene despre consultările privind descentralizarea la nivelul regiunilor: Comisia Europeană nu va mai aproba un program dedicat intervenţiilor la nivel regional similar POR 2014-2020 km-news.ro-RO: "European Funds Ministry about consultations on decentralisation at regional level: ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

RESEARCH

Next edition of EU aid to Polish firms’ R+D projects

[Poland, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:51:00 AM CET

Puls Biznesu daily presents benefits from the Fast Track measure, which is an element of the Smart Growth Operational Programme (POIR). It offers the European Union’s subsidies to firms’ research and development projects.  This year’s edition of the instrument is not just a copy of earlier recruitments. The Polish government has applied some facilitation, which will make life easier for the entrepreneurs applying for the aid. The Fast Track measure has been extremely popular among Polish businesses, although the respective application process has been quite complicated so far. The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), which distributes the EU money to companies, has simplified the procedures, taking entrepreneurs’ remarks into consideration. Małgorzata Jarosińska-Jedynak, Minister of Funds and Regional Policy stresses that the grants from the Fast Track instrument help Polish entrepreneurs compete in the European and global market.

How to get subsidies to R+D projects / Jak zdobyć dotacje na projekty B+R km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "How to get subsidies to R+D projects / Jak zdobyć ..." page: 1 info: by Dorota Zawiślińska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Apple, BMW and Microsoft urge action on patent trolls

[United Kingdom, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:54:00 AM CET

The Financial Times reports that Apple, BMW and other tech and car manufacturers called for Commissioner Breton to take action against "patent trolls" hoping to profit through licences or lawsuits.

Apple, BMW and Microsoft urge action on patent trolls / Apple, BMW and Microsoft urge action on patent trolls km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "Apple, BMW and Microsoft urge action on patent trolls / ..." page: 14 info: by Javier Espinoza date: Friday, January 17, 2020

RULE_OF_LAW

Debate on Visegrád countries in European Parliament

[Austria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM CET

In the EU, there are plenty of concerns about individual Visegrad countries, and that was on display in a heated debate in the European Parliament, reports Ö1. At the beginning, Vice-President Jourova assured Poland of her support in relation to accusations by Russia's President Putin, who said that Poland was partly to blame for the start of World War II. Afterwards, however, there were accusations against Hungary's government in the European Parliament. Ms Jourova then criticised Poland, stressing that new provisions only provide judges with insufficient protection from potential proceedings. In addition, there was also a debate about the allegations of misuse of EU funds that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his business empire are facing. Furthermore, the European Parliament has strongly criticised the hesitant attitude of EU countries when it comes to the rule-of-law proceedings against Poland and Hungary, Wiener Zeitung and orf.at explain. It said that the situation in the two countries had deteriorated after the proceedings were started. MEPs called on EU ministers to make specific recommendations to these countries and to set deadlines for their implementation. The resolution on the matter was passed by a clear majority.

Morgenjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Morgenjournal..." info: 2020-01-16 07:00:00, 07:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

Parlament kritisiert Zögern bei Verfahren gegen Polen, Ungarn km-orf.at-AT: "Parlament kritisiert Zögern bei Verfahren gegen Polen, Ungarn..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rechtsstaat unter der Lupe. km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Rechtsstaat unter der Lupe...." page: 6 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Dispute about judicial reform in Poland

[Austria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:11:00 AM CET

The European Commission has called upon the European Court of Justice to issue a preliminary injunction in the dispute about the judicial reform in Poland, reports Austrian national broadcasting station ORF. The ECJ is supposed to make the Polish government suspend the work of the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme Court this way. Meanwhile, the European Parliament has called upon the European Commission to take stricter action against Poland and Hungary over their violations of EU law. Preserving the rule of law is supposed to become a condition for the awarding of EU funds in the future. The European Commission agrees with this plan. The relations between Brussels and Warsaw have been tense for a while now.

Dispute about judicial reform in Poland / ZIB 9 km-ORF2-AT: "Dispute about judicial reform in Poland / ZIB 9..." info: 2020-01-16 09:00:00, 09:00:00, by Veronika Fillitz date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:00:00 AM CET

European Parliament: The rule of law in Hungary and Poland is getting worse

[Croatia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:22:00 AM CET

The European Parliament concluded that the rule of law in Poland and Hungary is getting worse while calling the Council of the EU to issue concrete recommendations with deadlines for adjusting to the European regulations, Index reports. Proposed changes to Poland's legal system threaten to further undermine judicial independence in the country, according to a group of legal experts, writes Tportal. In an “urgent opinion” published Thursday, the Venice Commission, a body of legal experts with the Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog, said the “amendments curtail the freedoms of expression and association of judges and prevent Polish courts from examining whether other courts in the country are 'independent or impartial' under European rules.”

European Parliament: The rule of law in Hungary and Poland is getting worse / Europski parlament: Stanje vladavine prava u Mađarskoj i Poljskoj sve lošije km-Index.hr-HR: "European Parliament: The rule of law in Hungary and Poland ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament: The rule of law in Hungary and Poland is getting worse / Poljski ministar mišljenje Venecijanske komisije o reformi pravosuđa nazvao parodijom km-Tportal.hr-HR: "European Parliament: The rule of law in Hungary and Poland ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament deplores worsening of state of rule of law in Poland and Hungary

[Cyprus, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

Sigmalive reports that in a resolution adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, the European Parliament denounced the worsening of the situation in Poland and Hungary as regards the rule of law. MEPs expressed their dissatisfaction with the way the hearings under Article 7 TEU are conducted. In the resolution, adopted after tense discussions in the plenary, MEPs deplored the fact that the hearings have not led to significant progress by the two states to redress the violation of the rule of law.Sigmalive reminds its audience that back in September 2018, the European Parliament activated the Article 7 TEU procedure against Hungary. Earlier in December 2017, the same procedure was activated at the initiative of the European Commission. The procedures are still at a preliminary state with hearings behind closed doors in the presence of all the EU Member States. The European Parliament considers that the hearings are neither regular nor structured. During the latest hearing in December, the Hungarian government described the procedure a "travesty" and a "witch hunt."The second phase of the procedure, which provides for the removal of the right to vote, requires a unanimous decision, which is unlikely to happen as Hungary and Poland announced that they will work together to obstruct the adoption of sanctions.Sigmalive concludes that the Venice Committee of the Council of Europe ruled yesterday that the Polish law that allows imposing sanctions against judges "may further undermine judicial independence in the country."

The EU denounces the worsening of the situation in Poland and Hungary / Η ΕΕ καταγγέλλει την επιδείνωση της κατάστασης στην Πολωνία και την Ουγγαρία km-sigmalive.com-CY: "The EU denounces the worsening of the situation in Poland ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Commission concerned about independence of the judiciary in Poland and Hungary

[Czech Republic, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

Daily Hospodářské noviny reports that Vice-President Jourová told Czech journalists in Prague yesterday that the European Commission needs to act against Poland and Hungary as it is concerned that the independence of the judiciary may be threatened in these countries. Ms Jourová rejected Warsaw’s and Budapest’s criticism that the European Commission interfered in the countries’ respective domestic affairs, saying that the “European Commission must fulfil its role as treaty watchdog, it must act”. Ms Jourová also pointed to the fact that every EU member state undertook to maintain the rule of law upon joining the Union. The daily adds that the European Commission asked the Court of Justice of the EU to temporarily suspend the functioning of the disciplinary chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court, saying that it hampers the independence of the country’s judiciary.

Jourová defends European Commission's actions against Poland and Hungary / Jourová hájí kroky Evropské komise proti Polsku a Maďarsku km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Jourová defends European Commission's actions against Poland and Hungary / ..." page: 3 info: by Ondrej Houska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commentary: The EU would not benefit from financial punishment of member states

[Denmark, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:06:00 AM CET

Bertel Haarder, member of the Danish Parliament for the Liberal Party, writes in a commentary in Berlingske that the EU should not decrease the flow of funds toward Poland and Hungary, as it has been proposed by Professor Marlene Wind of the University of Copenhagen, unless the countries violate the principles for constitutional states. Mr Haarder adds that the EU cannot legitimately punish its member states financially because of their current political situations, unless there is a violation of the criteria for EU member states.

Commentary: The EU would not benefit from financial punishment of member states / Debat: EU vinder intet ved at gøre højrepopulister til martyrer km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Commentary: The EU would not benefit from financial punishment of ..." page: 32 info: by Bertel Haarder date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Vice-President Jourová encourages negotiations for register for lobbyism

[Denmark, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:08:00 AM CET

Berlingske reports that Vice-President Jourová has encouraged the European Parliament and the EU member states to proceed with negotiations regarding the creation of an obligatory register for lobbyists that spans all the institutions of the EU. According to Transparency International, Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon have increased their budget for lobbyism in the EU by 510% since 2014.

Vice-President Jourová encourages negotiations for register for lobbyism / TECHGIGANTER SKRUER OP FOR LOBBYMILLIONER km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Vice-President Jourová encourages negotiations for register for lobbyism / TECHGIGANTER ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament focus on Babiš

[France, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:16:00 AM CET

Les Echos reports that the European Parliament has called on the European Commission to speed up its audit procedure, launched a year ago, on the suspicion of a conflict of interests which is weighing on Prime Minister Babiš. Mr Babiš has allegedly benefited unduly from more than €17 million in EU subsidies and public aid since autumn 2017. Transparency International and the Czech Pirates party had serious doubts over the right of “Agrofert” - a conglomerate owned by Mr Babiš - to receive important EU subsidies. If it confirms its first analyses, the Commission could require him to reimburse the equivalent of around €17.4 million of subsidies. The von der Leyen Commission has committed to propose a general supervisory mechanism of the Rule of Law in all member states.

Undue subsidies: the Czech leader in MEPs’ sights / Subventions indues : le dirigeant tchèque dans le viseur des eurodéputés km-Echos-FR: "Undue subsidies: the Czech leader in MEPs’ sights / Subventions ..." page: 1,7 info: by Catherine Chatignoux date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Poland: new reforms 'further undermine judicial independence'

[France, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:58:00 AM CET

Yesterday, Council of Europe’s Venice Commission issued an urgent opinion criticising a draft law under discussion in Poland as it “further undermines judiciary independence”, Mediapart.fr reports. The Commission points at the draft law approved on 20 December by the Polish Chamber, and currently under discussion at the Senate, and allowing for sanctioning judges. The reform allegedly reduces impartiality and increases the influence of the Justice Minister on disciplinary procedures. The Commission stressed that the draft law further complicates the situation of the Polish judiciary, already undermined by the 2017 reform, on which the Commission had already raised concerns. This rare urgent opinion follows a request from the President of the Polish Senate, Tomasz Grodzki.

Poland: new reforms 'further undermine judicial independence' (Council of Europe) / Pologne: les nouvelles réformes "sapent encore plus l’indépendance judiciaire" km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Poland: new reforms 'further undermine judicial independence' (Council of Europe) ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Polish judicial reform: Clear affront to the EU

[Germany, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:25:00 AM CET

A couple of media touch upon the violation of the rule of law in Poland.In Süddeutsche Zeitung, Florian Hassel comments on the opinion of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on the Polish judicial reform and the alleged consequences. According to the experts, with its judicial reform, the Polish government is only pursuing the goal of subordinating the judiciary. The Venice Commission calls on Poland's parliament to reject the planned laws. Still, the government-controlled Lower House is expected to finalise the laws next week. This is a clear affront to the EU, Mr Hassel argues. The European Commission has brought several procedures against Warsaw but only on one issue. This comes too late and may not be enough to prevent the abolition of the rule of law in Poland, Mr Hassel bemoans.

MDR current - 16.01.2020 17:17 - Report on MEPs adopting call for action on Hungary and Poland / MDR aktuell - 16.01.2020 17:17 - Report on MEPs adopting call for action on Hungary and Poland km-MDR-Info-DE: "MDR current - 16.01.2020 17:17 - Report on MEPs adopting ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 23:12:00, 00:03:42, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:12:00 PM CET

The dispute over the Polish rule of law escalates / Der Streit um den polnischen Rechtsstaat eskaliert km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "The dispute over the Polish rule of law escalates / ..." page: 1 info: by F. Hassel date: Friday, January 17, 2020

On the rule of law in Poland: Affront to the EU / Affront gegen die EU km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the rule of law in Poland: Affront to the ..." page: 4 info: by F. Hassel date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament criticises the state of rule of law in Poland and Hungary

[Greece, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:24:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report that the European Parliament criticised yesterday the fact that the situation in Poland and Hungary has deteriorated as regards the respect to rule of law. MEPs expressed their discontent over the structure and regularity of hearings organised under Article 7 of the Treaty that was activated against the two countries. After intense consultations at the European Parliament Plenary session, MEPs adopted a text with 448 votes in favour, 178 against and 41 abstentions. The text expresses MEPs’ dissatisfaction as hearings have not yielded significant progress on the part of the two countries. The European Parliament had activated the Article 7 procedure against Hungary in September 2018. The same procedure was activated in December 2017 against Poland, following Commission's initiative.

Rule of law subsides in Hungary and Poland / Υποχωρεί το κράτος δικαίου σε Ουγγαρία και Πολωνία km-Avghi-GR: "Rule of law subsides in Hungary and Poland / Υποχωρεί ..." page: 16 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ευρωκοινοβούλιο: Επιδείνωση του κράτους δικαίου σε Πολωνία και Ουγγαρία km-capital.gr-GR: "Ευρωκοινοβούλιο: Επιδείνωση του κράτους δικαίου σε Πολωνία και Ουγγαρία..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

«Καμπανάκι» ΕΕ σε Ουγγαρία και Πολωνία για καταπάτηση του κράτους δικαίου km-Vima-online-GR: "«Καμπανάκι» ΕΕ σε Ουγγαρία και Πολωνία για καταπάτηση του κράτους ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament adopts resolution condemning the situation of rule of law in Hungary and Poland

[Hungary, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 6:53:00 AM CET

The Hungarian media provide wall-to-wall coverage to the news that the European Parliament yesterday adopted a resolution on the rule of law procedures launched against Hungary and Poland. It is widely reported that the resolution states the situation has worsened in both countries. The resolution calls on the Council to address concrete recommendations to the countries, including deadlines. Magyar Nemzet, Index.hu and Portfolio.hu write the text urges the Council to use the Article 7 procedure effectively and to organise regular structured hearings in which the Parliament is also involved. Népszava and Magyar Nemzet add the resolution urges the Commission to use all tools at its disposal to prevent a serious breach of common values.  Népszava, Portfolio.hu and RTL-Klub report the resolution reiterates the Parliament’s position that EU funds should be linked to respect for the rule of law. Népszava and Index.hu report MEPs said a new rule of law mechanism is needed. RTL-Klub reports that in the debate before the vote, Commissioner Reynders said the Commission is working on a new tool to punish member states for breaching rule of law. “This would empower the EU to suspend, reduce or ban access to EU funds,” RTL-Klub quotes Commissioner Reynders as saying. Several media outlets report the resolution is not binding, but according to Index.hu it is highly symbolic, and, Hírtv reports, it can be a basis to start another rule of law procedure against Hungary. It is widely reported that the resolution was adopted with 446 votes to 178 and 41 abstentions, which represents a two-third majority. Most MEPs in the European People’s Party (EPP) also voted for the resolution, although, 24.hu reports, a leaked document shows the EPP is divided over Hungarian ruling party Fidesz. Fidesz Vice-President Katalin Novák is widely quoted as saying, “When we decide whether Fidesz should remain in the EPP, today’s vote will be a serious reason to look for new allies.” Fidesz MEP Balázs Hidvéghi (EPP) is cited by several media outlets as saying, the resolution was yet another way for pro-migration forces to pressure Hungary, in cooperation with organisations allied to George Soros. As for reactions from Poland, Origo.hu reports Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said the Polish government will defend its reforms.

- / Kétharmaddal ítélte el a Fideszt az EP, a Néppárt is támogatta a határozatot km-24.hu-HU: "- / Kétharmaddal ítélte el a Fideszt az EP, a ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament adopts resolution condemning Poland and Hungary with two-third majority / Kétharmados többséggel fogadta el az Európai Parlament a Magyarország és Lengyelország helyzetéről szóló elítélő határozatot km-ATV-HU: "European Parliament adopts resolution condemning Poland and Hungary with two-third ..." info: atv - Kora esti híradó - 2020-01-16 16:30:00 - 2020-01-16 16:55:00, 2020-01-16 16:31:00, 00:02:58, by Nemes Anna (szerk. Ludmán Katalin) date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:31:00 PM CET

Even the EPP voted down the Hungarian government / Leszavazták a néppártiak is a magyar kormányt km-Blikk-HU: "Even the EPP voted down the Hungarian government / Leszavazták ..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

MEPs adopted a resolution condemning the situation of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland / Megszavazták az európai parlamenti képviselők a magyar illetve lengyel jogállamiság helyzetét elítélő határozattervezetet km-HirTV-HU: "MEPs adopted a resolution condemning the situation of the rule ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 17:00 - 2020-01-16 16:00:00 - 2020-01-16 16:30:00, 2020-01-16 16:02:00, 00:03:05, by Csikós Magdolna (szerk. Jámbor Flóra) date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:02:00 PM CET

- / Az EP kimondta: konkrét lépéseket akar a hetes cikk ügyében km-index.hu-HU: "- / Az EP kimondta: konkrét lépéseket akar a hetes ..." info: by Szűcs Ágnes date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / Megszavazta a Magyarország és Lengyelország ellen indított jogállamisági eljárással összefüggő állásfoglalási indítványt az Európai Parlament km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "- / Megszavazta a Magyarország és Lengyelország ellen indított jogállamisági ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 20:00 - 2020-01-16 19:10:00 - 2020-01-16 19:21:00, 2020-01-16 19:14:00, 00:00:29, by Ciprusz Éva date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:14:00 PM CET

Exerting pressure / Nyomásgyakorlás km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Exerting pressure / Nyomásgyakorlás..." page: 1,5 info: by Őry Mariann date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EPP gives in to liberal pressure / Engedett a liberális nyomásnak a néppárt km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "EPP gives in to liberal pressure / Engedett a liberális ..." page: 1,9 info: by Judi Tamara date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament adopts resolution on ongoing rule of law procedure against Hungary and Poland / Megszavazta az Európai Parlament a Magyarország és Lengyelország ellen indított jogállamisági eljárással összefüggő állásfoglalási indítványt km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "European Parliament adopts resolution on ongoing rule of law procedure ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 18:00 - 2020-01-16 17:00:00 - 2020-01-16 17:29:00, 2020-01-16 17:05:00, 00:00:27, by Meszes Boglárka date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:05:00 PM CET

Admonition with two-third majority / Kétharmados megintés km-Nepszava-HU: "Admonition with two-third majority / Kétharmados megintés..." page: 1,3 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Polish Minister of Justice: The government will defend its reforms / Lengyel igazságügyi miniszter: A kormány megvédi reformjait km-origo.hu-HU: "Polish Minister of Justice: The government will defend its reforms ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

- / Megszavazta az EP: hatalmas többséggel ítélték el újra Magyarországot - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Megszavazta az EP: hatalmas többséggel ítélték el újra ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

European Parliament adopted with two-third majority a resolution condemning measures of the Hungarian and the Polish government / Kétharmados többséggel fogadták el az Európai Parlamentben a magyar és a lengyel kormány intézkedéseit elítélő állásfoglalást km-RTL-Klub-HU: "European Parliament adopted with two-third majority a resolution condemning measures ..." info: RTL Klub - RTL Híradó - Esti kiadás - 2020-01-16 17:00:00 - 2020-01-16 17:50:00, 2020-01-16 17:24:00, 00:02:23, by Erős Antónia (szerk. Rédli Balázs) date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:24:00 PM CET

- / Az Európai Parlament javaslatot fogadott el a magyarországi és a lengyelországi jogállamiság helyzetéről km-TV2-Hungary-HU: "- / Az Európai Parlament javaslatot fogadott el a magyarországi ..." info: tv2 - Tények - 2020-01-16 17:00:00 - 2020-01-16 17:47:00, 2020-01-16 17:35:00, 00:01:07, by Vitányi Judit date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:35:00 PM CET

Irish and Polish judges now interlinked through EU law

[Ireland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM CET

Commenting in The Irish Times, Ronan McCrea writes that the Irish judiciary is "right to be concerned" about judicial independence in Poland after Irish Supreme Court Justice John MacMenamin attended a silent protest march alongside other judges in Warsaw last week. He notes that European judges marched in an expression of solidarity with Polish judges and to support the rule of law following a "seemingly endless series of measures enacted by the Polish government" that seek to undermine judicial independence.

Irish and Polish judges now interlinked through EU law / Irish and Polish judges now interlinked through EU law km-Irish-Times-IE: "Irish and Polish judges now interlinked through EU law / ..." page: 18 info: by RONAN McCREA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe warns Poland and Hungary: “Democratic rights and values violated”

[Italy, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:40:00 AM CET

Some Italian media report that the European Parliament approved a resolution (446 for, 178 against and 41 abstentions) condemning the “deterioration” of the rule of law in Poland and Hungary, considered “out of line with the values of European treaties.” La Repubblica reports that there is “tension” between the EU and the “sovereigntist” governments of the two countries after the vote. With the EPP’s decision to vote in favour of the resolution, it seems ever more likely Hungary’s Fidesz party will leave the EPP. The resolution highlights how, despite repeated warnings from the Parliament, the European Commission and the ECJ, the two “democratic-autocracies” are close to being put under special observation.

The EPP (with a few exceptions) gives Orbán another push to leave / Il Ppe (con qualche eccezione) dà a Orbán un altra spintarella fuori km-Foglio-IT: "The EPP (with a few exceptions) gives Orbán another push ..." page: 3 info: by DAVID CARRETTA date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Rule of law, the European parliament votes against Poland and Hungary / Stato di diritto, l'Europarlamento vota contro Polonia e Ungheria km-Manifesto-IT: "Rule of law, the European parliament votes against Poland and ..." page: 7 info: by N.d. date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe warns Poland and Hungary: “Democratic rights and values violated” / L'Europa avverte Polonia e Ungheria: "Violati diritti e valori democratici" km-Repubblica-IT: "Europe warns Poland and Hungary: “Democratic rights and values violated” ..." page: 26 info: by Andrea Tarquini date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EP: Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened

[Latvia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:56:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that the rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened and negotiations with the member states of the European Union have not improved their respect for fundamental rights, as expressed in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 16 January. As EP spokesman Jānis Krastiņš informed, the EP resolution points out the need for a permanent EU mechanism to monitor democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights. According to MEPs, the Council of Europe should hold more regular structured hearings with Polish and Hungarian representatives with specific recommendations. Most MEPs emphasise that the hearings of Polish and Hungarian representatives so far have not been regular and structured. The EP calls on the Council of the EU to make concrete recommendations and deadlines for both countries to comply with EU law.

EP: Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened / EP: tiesiskums Polijā un Ungārijā ir pasliktinājies km-Delfi.lv-LV: "EP: Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened ..." info: by LETA date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

EP: Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened / EP: Tiesiskums Polijā un Ungārijā ir pasliktinājies km-Diena.lv-LV: "EP: Rule of law in Poland and Hungary has worsened ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rule of law in Poland and Hungary

[Luxembourg, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

Lëtzebuerger Journal reports that the judiciary reforms in Poland undermine the independence of Polish judges, according to constitutional experts. The planned discipline law violates, among other things, the freedom of expression of judges. This is what the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe announced yesterday. Vice-President Jourová recently asked Poland to put the project on hold. The European Parliament also increased pressure on Poland and Hungary yesterday. Proceedings under Article 7 of the EU Treaty for alleged violations of EU core values are underway against both countries. The member states' governments should now take a clear stance on the procedures, the Parliament demanded in a resolution adopted by a large majority. The European Commission and other international bodies have pointed out that the situation in both countries has even worsened since the start of the procedure, the European Parliament states.

"Impossible situation" / „Unmögliche Situation“ km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: ""Impossible situation" / „Unmögliche Situation“..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Measures to strengthen governance during first meeting of PM Robert Abela’s Cabinet

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:01:00 AM CET

TVM yesterday reported that the government is setting up a Cabinet Committee on Governance to propose changes to Maltese law in line with recommendations by the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission and GRECO. The setting up of the committee was proposed by Prime Minister Robert Abela during his first Cabinet meeting yesterday. The committee, to be headed by Justice and Governance Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, will review current laws and regulations, also in the context of ongoing Constitutional talks headed by the President. The committee has been asked to report back with one of the main priorities being changes to the way appointments to the judiciary are made. Dr Abela underlined the importance of good governance in all areas of government and said it was the duty of every Cabinet member to ensure that all activity was carried out in terms of the law and accountability.

Robert Abela jlaqqa' l-ewwel Kabinett / Robert Abela jlaqqa' l-ewwel Kabinett km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Robert Abela jlaqqa' l-ewwel Kabinett / Robert Abela jlaqqa' l-ewwel ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Cabinet appoints Committee on Governance / Cabinet appoints Committee on Governance km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Cabinet appoints Committee on Governance / Cabinet appoints Committee on ..." page: 3 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Measures to strengthen governance during first meeting of PM Robert Abela’s Cabinet / Miżuri għat-tisħiħ tal-governanza fl-ewwel laqgħa tal-Kabinett tal-PM Robert Abela km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Measures to strengthen governance during first meeting of PM Robert ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-01-16 05:43:00, 00:04:00, by Melvic Zammit date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:43:00 AM CET

Venice Commission reforms ‘without delay’ – Robert Abela

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:47:00 AM CET

Times of Malta reported today that newly-elected Prime Minister Robert Abela yesterday promised to implement the recommendations made by the Venice Commission without delay. Dr Abela said that the government agreed with all the principles behind the recommendations and that he would first engage in discussions with the Council of Europe’s rule of law experts about their implementation. Also, during a courtesy meeting with Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Dr Abela said that he had given instructions that the makeshift memorial to murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia at the Great Siege Monument in Valletta was not to be cleared following last night’s vigil, something that is held on the 16th of every month.

Venice Commission reforms ‘without delay’ – Robert Abela / Venice Commission reforms ‘without delay’ – Robert Abela km-Malta-Times-MT: "Venice Commission reforms ‘without delay’ – Robert Abela / Venice ..." page: 3 info: by Matthew Xuereb date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament in favour of sanctions agains Hungary, Poland

[Netherlands, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:40:00 AM CET

A large majority in the European Parliament has yesterday supported the call for action against Poland and Hungary because of the erosion of the rule of law in these countries. A total of 476 MEPs voted in favour and 178 against such actions. The European Commission launched in 2017 an Article 7 procedure against Poland. One year later, Brussels did the same for Hungary.

European Parliament in favour of sanctions agains Hungary, Poland / Sancties Polen en Hongarije km-Algemeen-Dagblad-NL: "European Parliament in favour of sanctions agains Hungary, Poland / ..." page: 9 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The opinion of Venice Commission on the disciplinary judicial law in Poland

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 6:52:00 AM CET

The media report that the Venice Commission has issued an opinion about the Polish regulations for disciplining the judges, a so-called muzzle act. It concluded that the amendment to the judicial laws in Poland would restrict the independence of courts and expose judges to disciplinary proceedings for applying the EU law. The Venice Commission recommends refraining from the adoption of the Act on disciplining judges. The opinion states that some of the amendments can be considered as a continuation of undermining the independence of the judiciary in Poland. These amendments seriously restrict the freedom of expression and association of judges. TOK FM radio station reports that the Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced that in its actions towards Poland, the European Commission would take into consideration the Venice Commission’s opinion. Brussels sees the opinion as important unlike the Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro who criticised the Venice Commission and called the opinion a “parody” and offensive to Poles. He stated that such a “didactic grumbling” was unworthy of Europeans and explained that Poland was being lectured by people from abroad who demonstrated an attitude of superiority and overweening arrogance. In the opinion of Mr Ziobro, the EU institutions think that they came from much more developed civilizations and judiciary cultures, which implies that their citizens are privileged compared to Poles. Minister Ziobro announced that Poland would never accept this type of offensive narrative. The media also report that yesterday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution about the Rule of Law in Poland and in Hungary. It states that the situation in the judiciary systems of the two countries was deteriorating so the European Parliament appealed to the European Commission and the Council of EU to apply the available instruments in order to eliminate the risk of infringing upon the EU values in the two countries. The debate was lively and featured a sharp exchange of opinions between the Polish MEPs from Law and Justice (PiS) and the Civic Coalition (PO). MEP Radosław Sikorski (PO) and former Prime Minister Beata Szydło (PiS) attacked each other the strongest. Former Vice-Minister of Justice in PiS government MEP Patryk Jaki also uttered a controversial opinion. He said that the European Parliament was unable to accept the fact that Poland no longer obeyed Germany’s dictate and that it tried to demonstrate its independence.

The EU elites are trying to enslave us / Unijne elity próbują nas zniewolić km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "The EU elites are trying to enslave us / Unijne ..." page: 5 info: by Adrian Siwek date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Venice Commission: Reject the "Muzzle Act" (Act on disciplining judges) / Komisja Wenecka: odrzućcie "ustawę kagańcową" km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Venice Commission: Reject the "Muzzle Act" (Act on disciplining judges) ..." page: 1 info: by Tomasz Bielecki date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary / Wydarzenia km-Polsat-News-PL: "European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in ..." info: Wydarzenia, 2020-01-16 12:50:00, 00:01:45, by Dorota Bawołek date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:50:00 PM CET

European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary / Ekspres Jedynki km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in ..." info: Ekspres Jedynki, 2020-01-16 15:16:00, 00:03:32, by Karol Surówka date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:16:00 PM CET

European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary / Serwis Trójki km-Polskie-Radio-3-PL: "European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in ..." info: Serwis Trójki, 2020-01-16 13:01:00, 00:02:21, by Karol Surówka date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:01:00 PM CET

How MEP Patryk Jaki wants to throw EU out of Poland / Jak europoseł Patryk Jaki Unię z Polski chce wyrzucić km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "How MEP Patryk Jaki wants to throw EU out of ..." page: 5 info: by MICHAL SZULDRZYNSKI date: Friday, January 17, 2020

A fratricidal war in the European Parliament / Bratobójcza wojna w PE km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "A fratricidal war in the European Parliament / Bratobójcza wojna ..." page: 5 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The Venice Commission sharply about the muzzle law / Komisja Wenecka ostro o ustawie kagańcowej km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "The Venice Commission sharply about the muzzle law / Komisja ..." page: 1 info: by Agata Łukaszewicz date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in Poland and Hungary / Wiadomości km-TOK-FM-PL: "European Parliament adopted resolution on the Rule of Law in ..." info: Wiadomości, 2020-01-16 17:40:00, 00:00:18, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:40:00 PM CET

Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law / Wiadomości km-TOK-FM-PL: "Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law ..." info: Wiadomości, 2020-01-16 19:01:00, 00:01:53, by Wawrzyniec Zakrzewski date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:01:00 PM CET

Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law / Fakty w Południe km-TVN-24-PL: "Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law ..." info: Fakty w południe, 2020-01-16 12:05:00, 00:05:12, by Joanna Kryńska date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:05:00 PM CET

Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law / Wiadomości km-TVP1-PL: "Opinion of the Venice Commission on the Polish judicial law ..." info: Wiadomości, 2020-01-16 15:00:00, 00:02:30, by Cierpioł Dominik date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:00:00 PM CET

Rule of law situation has seriously deteriorated in Poland and Hungary

[Romania, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:57:00 AM CET

Some media outlets, including DigiFM, report that yesterday, the European Parliament denounced a deterioration of rule of law situation in Poland and Hungary. The MEPs reunited in Strasbourg thus adopted, with 446 votes for, 178 votes against and 41 abstentions, a text expressing their regret that hearings had not yet led to significant progress from the two-member states towards mitigating the obvious risks of serious violation of rule of law values (judicial independence, freedom of expression, corruption, minorities’ rights).

EP: Hungary and Poland have not made any progress / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "EP: Hungary and Poland have not made any progress / ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2020-01-16 08:47:00, 00:01:47, by Petre Cătălin date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:47:00 AM CET

Hungary and Poland, targeted / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Hungary and Poland, targeted / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-01-16 16:32:00, 00:00:33, by Chisoceanu Valentin date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:32:00 PM CET

Hungary no longer pays money to inmates / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Hungary no longer pays money to inmates / Ştirile Europa ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2020-01-16 17:04:00, 00:01:01, by Nicolescu Manuela date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:04:00 PM CET

Rule of law situation has deteriorated in Poland and Hungary (European Parliament) / Situația privind statul de drept s-a deteriorat în Polonia și Ungaria (Parlamentul European) km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Rule of law situation has deteriorated in Poland and Hungary ..." info: by R.M. HotNews.ro date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Debates in Strasbourg / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Debates in Strasbourg / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-01-16 13:12:00, 00:01:59, by Laurenţiu Văduva date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 1:12:00 PM CET

European Parliament sanctions rule of law violation in Poland and Hungary / Parlamentul European sancționează nerespectarea statului de drept în Polonia și Ungaria km-revista22.ro-RO: "European Parliament sanctions rule of law violation in Poland and ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hungary no longer wants to pay compensations to inmates

[Romania, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:57:00 AM CET

Several media outlets, including EuropaFM, report that the Hungarian state will no longer pay the compensations ordered by court of law rulings to inmates held in improper conditions in prisons, Bence Tzson, a Secretary of State in Prime Minister Orban’s cabinet, stated. He added that talks on this issue would be held with the Council of Europe and European Parliament officials. Over the past few years, the Hungarian state has been sued by thousands of inmates, and many of these cases have led to millions worth compensations.

Hungary is no longer willing to pay in 12,000 cases / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Hungary is no longer willing to pay in 12,000 cases ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2020-01-16 12:36:00, 00:00:44, by Nunu Cătălin date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:36:00 PM CET

Hungary opposes payments / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Hungary opposes payments / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-01-16 18:33:00, 00:00:33, by Gioga Mihaela date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:33:00 PM CET

On 16 January, European Parliament voted on resolution regarding human rights in Hungary and Poland / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "On 16 January, European Parliament voted on resolution regarding human ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2020-01-16 16:04:00, 00:00:52, by Nicolescu Manuela date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:04:00 PM CET

Hungary refuses to compensate inmates kept in improper conditions / Ungaria refuză să-i mai compenseze pe deţinuţii care au fost închişi în condiţii precare km-Gandul.info.RO: "Hungary refuses to compensate inmates kept in improper conditions / ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Hungary no longer wants to pay compensations to inmates for conditions in prisons / Ungaria nu mai vrea să plătească compensații deținuților pentru condițiile din închisori km-revista22.ro-RO: "Hungary no longer wants to pay compensations to inmates for ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Editorial on EC’s reaction to accusations launched by Russia against Poland

[Romania, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:57:00 AM CET

In an editorial published by RFI.ro, journalist Ovidiu Nahoi comments upon the European Commission’s reaction to the accusations launched by Russia against Poland regarding the start of the Second World War. According to the author, several Russian politicians have tried, through many statements, to deny the Soviet Union’s responsibility, along with Nazi Germany, through the launch of a joint attack against Poland in 1939. Vice-President Věra Jourová defended the country at Strasbourg and said that the distortion of historical facts represented a threat to democratic societies and must be challenged wherever possible. However, Ovidiu Nahoi adds, Věra Jourová was actually there to participate in the evaluation of Hungary and Poland’s progresses, not at all visible, in the dialogue with European ministers on the triggering of Article 7. The European Commission’s reaction is unexpected, given that, back in 2017, it called for actions against Poland to prevent it from affecting the independence of the judiciary, but all these may be based on European values, the journalist indicates.

European Commission: when is it good and when is it bad with Poland? / Comisia Europeană: când este ea bună și când rea cu Polonia? km-rfi.ro-RO: "European Commission: when is it good and when is it ..." info: by Ovidiu Nahoi date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

MEPs discussing situation in Poland and Hungary

[Slovakia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, January 17, 2020 5:20:00 AM CET

TV station TA3 informs that yesterday MEPs highlighted that the discussions of the Council of the European Union with Hungary and Poland have not led to any improvement in respecting the fundamental rights of the European Union in these countries. Moreover, the MEPs pointed out that the situation in these two countries actually got even worse. However, Warsaw and Budapest reject most of these objections.

Criticism of MEPs / Kritika poslanců EP km-TA3-SK: "Criticism of MEPs / Kritika poslanců EP..." info: Hlavné správy, 2020-01-16 18:57:00, 00:00:37, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:57:00 PM CET

MEPs assess that the state of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland is getting worse

[Slovenia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:49:00 AM CET

Yesterday, MEPs have adopted a resolution stressing that the state of the rule of law in Poland and Hungary had worsened since the triggering of Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union, STA, RTVSLO, and Delo report. The resolution was supported by 446 and opposed by 178 MEPs, while 41 abstained. It is based on reports and statements of the European Commission, the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe. MEPs stressed that the interrogations of states, which are, as per Article 7, being carried out by the Council of the EU, are neither regular nor structured. This is why they have called on the EU member states to address concrete recommendations to both Hungary and Poland. They also expressed displeasure over the fact that they could not take part in the interrogations, even though the European Parliament had launched the procedure on the basis of Article 7 in the case of Hungary. They demanded for the European Parliament to have the chance to officially present its reasoned proposal to the Council of the EU. They have called on the European Commission to make use of all of the mechanisms at its disposal to prevent the violations of common values. The resolution points out also the need for the EU mechanism in the field of democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights that has been proposed by the European Parliament.

Stanje vladavine prava se na Madžarskem in Poljskem slabša km-Delo-SI: "Stanje vladavine prava se na Madžarskem in Poljskem slabša..." page: 6 info: by Z. R. date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU krca vladavino prava na Madžarskem in Poljskem; Zver podprl Madžare km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "EU krca vladavino prava na Madžarskem in Poljskem; Zver podprl ..." info: by K. S. date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

MEPs assess that the state of the rule of law in Hungary and Poland is getting worse / Evropski poslanci ocenili, da se stanje vladavine prave na Madžarskem in Poljskem slabša km-sta.si-SI: "MEPs assess that the state of the rule of law ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

PP avoids condemning Poland over lack of judicial independence

[Spain, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, January 17, 2020 8:05:00 AM CET

El País reports that the European Parliament yesterday approved, with the votes against of Spanish People’s Party’s MEPs, a resolution demanding that judicial independence be guaranteed in Poland, while urging to step up surveillance on the country over its authoritarian drive, as well as Hungary. The text was approved by 446 votes to 178, mostly from far-right and Eurosceptic political groups.

PP avoids condemning Poland over lack of judicial independence / El PP evita reprobar a Polonia por la falta de independencia judicial km-Pais-ES: "PP avoids condemning Poland over lack of judicial independence / ..." page: 1,14 info: by Bernardo de Miguel date: Friday, January 17, 2020

PP avoids condemning Hungary and Poland in Strasbourg / El PP evita condenar a Hungría y Polonia en Estrasburgo km-Vanguardia-ES: "PP avoids condemning Hungary and Poland in Strasbourg / El ..." page: 17 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

'We'll stop our judges meddling in politics'

[United Kingdom, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:54:00 AM CET

The Daily Express reports that Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said that following Brexit the UK will need some "constitutional plumbing" to stop judges interfering in political decisions. Buckland warned that change is needed because courts have become increasingly involved in politics in recent years. He said: "I think it would be a missed opportunity for us as a government not to look carefully at the issues and to get that outside expert opinion [to] help inform policy and allow us to do a bit of constitutional plumbing."

'We'll stop our judges meddling in politics' / 'We'll stop our judges meddling in politics' km-Daily-Express-GB: "'We'll stop our judges meddling in politics' / 'We'll stop ..." page: 8 info: by Martyn Brown date: Friday, January 17, 2020

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

Several readers reacts to the launch of a debate on minimum wages

[Belgium, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:29:00 AM CET

Het Laatste Nieuws lets a few of its readers react to the article it writes about the launch of consultation about minimum wages by the European Commission. Belgium has the fourth-highest gross legal minimum wage in the EU. Elise Van Damme finds it striking that we rank fourth. She notes that the tax burden is also heavy. According to her, the only advantage is that Belgium has a good social security system. She regrets that money is not spent fairly and that the system is suffering. For his part, Robert De Reu thinks that this is "typical Europe: they are going to study it, but have no authority to intervene in wage application in the EU member states." For Francine Declerque, the comparison is only possible with France, Germany and the Netherlands as Albania and other Eastern member states "are not really Europe."

Our advantage: We have excellent healthcare / Ons voordeel: We hebben een uitstekende gezondheidszorg km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Our advantage: We have excellent healthcare / Ons voordeel: We ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Prime Minister Plenković: Young people migrating for financial reasons, not because of corruption

[Croatia, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has told the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily that many of the young people who are leaving Croatia to work abroad are migrating for financial reasons and not because of corruption and nepotism, Index and Dnevnik reported. “It's true we must step up the fight against corruption on every level, but the main reason for emigration is the desire of young people to improve their financial situation in a short time,” Prime Minister Plenković said, dismissing claims that the young are leaving Croatia because they are fed up with corruption and nepotism. Prime Minister Plenković says half the EU member states are faced with declining populations and that Croatia is fighting at EU level for the problem to be taken seriously. “The topic of demography was included in the European Union's 2019-24 Strategic Agenda at Croatia's explicit request. We are also happy that Vice-President Šuica is in charge of demography in the new European Commission,” Mr Plenković noted, adding that he would also discuss demography with German Chancellor Angela Berlin.

Prime Minister Plenković: Young people migrating for financial reasons, not because of corruption / Plenković objasnio Nijemcima: "Mladi se iz Hrvatske ne iseljavaju zbog korupcije, nego zbog financijskih razloga" km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Prime Minister Plenković: Young people migrating for financial reasons, not ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Prime Minister Plenković: Young people migrating for financial reasons, not because of corruption / Plenković: Mladi ne iseljavaju zbog korupcije nego zbog novca km-Index.hr-HR: "Prime Minister Plenković: Young people migrating for financial reasons, not ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

MEP Sylvie Guillaume on a European minimum wage (interview)

[France, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 8:11:00 AM CET

In an interview with France Info, S&D MEP Sylvie Guillaume welcomes the idea of a European minimum wage revived by President von der Leyen. She points out that the objective is not to immediately have a unique minimum wage in the EU since she acknowledges that it is something unrealistic so far. “But we must stabilise it” and “it must be equivalent to 60% of the median salary”, she stresses. She adds that this issue also raises the question of the fight against social dumping. France Info reports that a minimum wage already exists in 22 member states but that there are very wide differences between them. The European Commission wants to implement a minimum legal framework in order to allow each EU citizen to live with dignity in his country.

Interview with ALDE MEP Sylvie Guillaume about the idea of a European minimum wage / Interview de l'eurodéputée Sylvie Guillaume sur l'idée d'un SMIC européen km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "Interview with ALDE MEP Sylvie Guillaume about the idea of ..." info: Le 21h00-00h00, 2020-01-16 21:26:00, 00:03:09, by JULIEN LANGLET date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:26:00 PM CET

Some €290,000 in EU financing for skills classification in Greece

[Greece, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:35:00 AM CET

Euro2day.gr reports that according to the European classification of Skills, Competences, Occupations and Qualifications (ESCO), the Greek Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) ensured some €290,000 in EU financing to promote the classification of skills, competencies, occupations and qualifications. The relevant announcement mentions that ESCO aims at member states acquiring a joint skills classification system by 2021. In order to facilitate labour mobility, the Commission has established the EURES portal for labour mobility and the respective service network, which includes more than 3 million job positions.

ΟΑΕΔ: Χρηματοδότηση 290.000 ευρώ από την Ε.Ε. για την ταξινόμηση δεξιοτήτων km-euro2day.gr-GR: "ΟΑΕΔ: Χρηματοδότηση 290.000 ευρώ από την Ε.Ε. για την ταξινόμηση ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commission has no plans to introduce EU minimum wage

[Hungary, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, January 17, 2020 4:26:00 AM CET

Magyar Nemzet reports that although the Commission has launched a consultation on fair minimum wages, there is no plan to harmonise the level of minimum wages across the EU. President von der Leyen is quoted as saying, “There is no plan to introduce an EU minimum wage. Fair minimum wages should be set by member states in respect of national competencies, according to national traditions, primarily through a dialogue between representatives of employers and employees.” President von der Leyen said the minimum wage should allow for a decent living and should play a role in ending poverty, taking into account competitiveness and the labour markets. Magyar Nemzet writes Hungary meets most of the conditions set out in the current directives and guidelines.

The European Union does not want to introduce a uniform minimal wage / Nem akar egységes minimálbért bevezetni az unió km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "The European Union does not want to introduce a uniform ..." page: 1,12 info: by Nagy Kristóf date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European minimum wage

[Luxembourg, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

Thorsten Fuchshuber writes in Woxx that Commissioner Schmit had to organise a European minimum wage quickly. The expectations were high when he presented a first draft in Strasbourg on Tuesday. However, the European Trade Union Confederation is now disappointed. Some unions are also sceptical, especially from countries where there is no such regulation. The conflicts of interest within the European Union are diverse, that is why not much has changed in this field. The European Social Democrats made the minimum wage a key issue in their election campaign last year. President von der Leyen wanted to win their support and promised to propose a legal instrument within the first hundred days of her term to ensure that every employee in the EU received a fair minimum wage. Now business associations and unions from the individual member states have six weeks to share their opinion on the draft.

Stress test for Schmit / Stresstest für Schmit km-Woxx-LU: "Stress test for Schmit / Stresstest für Schmit..." page: 6 info: by Thorsten Fuchshuber date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Polish posted workers receive a harsh treatment from French and Dutch labour inspectorates

[Poland, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

Rzeczpospolita daily reports that Polish companies which provide services abroad and post their workers to France, the Netherlands or Germany, encounter a range of administrative obstacles there. Polish entrepreneurs complain that their posted workers receive a harsh treatment from the host countries’ public administrations, which define them as illegal workers. Especially French and Dutch labour inspectors fight with the Polish posted workers the strongest. Marek Benio from the Job Mobility Initiative says that the inspections are conducted according to the same scenario - a foreign company is deemed as illegally operating on a territory of France, which is a criminal offense according to the French regulations implemented in 2018. The Polish entrepreneurs say that these inspections are aimed at forcing Polish companies to register their businesses in France and pay taxes and welfare fees there.

(Non) European entrepreneur / Przedsiębiorca (nie)europejski km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "(Non) European entrepreneur / Przedsiębiorca (nie)europejski..." page: 4 info: by Tomasz Pietryga date: Friday, January 17, 2020

French attack on Polish entrepreneurs / Atak Francuzów na polskich przedsiębiorców km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "French attack on Polish entrepreneurs / Atak Francuzów na polskich ..." page: 1 info: by Mateusz Rzemek date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Editorial written by Commissioner Nicolas Schmit about the construction of a strong social Europe

[Romania, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:58:00 AM CET

Commissioner Nicolas Schmit sent HotNews.ro a comment amid the publishing of the Communication on a Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions and the launch of consultations with social partners regarding fair minimum wages for workers in the European Union. According to him, current social indicators are positive ones, unemployment numbers being at the lowest level ever recorded in the European Union, and 7 million persons have been saved from poverty and social exclusion in the past ten years. Nonetheless, inequalities persist and many of these persons continue to have difficulties in keeping up with everyday expenses. Moreover, eliminating the gender pay gap remains a difficult to reach objective, the European official added. Efforts must still be made for the highest standards to be reached, so that all Europeans can live with dignity and ambition, Commissioner Nicolas Schmit concluded.

European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit: All workers must benefit from a fair wage to ensure a decent level of living / Op-Ed ​Comisarul european Nicolas Schmit: Toți lucrătorii trebuie să aibă un salariu echitabil care să asigure un nivel de trai decent km-HotNews.ro-RO: "European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit: All workers must benefit from a ..." info: by Nicolas Schmit HotNews.ro date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Minimum wages divide the EU once again - Nordic countries resist

[Sweden, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

Svenska Dagbladet reports that while the European Commission argues in favour of an EU minimum wage, the Nordic countries stand up for their collective agreements. In 2019, President von der Leyen promised to fight for guaranteed minimum wages, and recently, Commissioner Schmit said that an EU framework for such wages could prevent a destructive race regarding labour costs. This resulted in several Swedish MEPs voicing criticism, as they believe that wages should be negotiated nationally and not by bureaucrats in Brussels.

Minimum wages divide the EU once again - Nordic countries resist / Lägstalöner delar EU på nytt – Nordens länder håller emot km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Minimum wages divide the EU once again - Nordic countries ..." page: 8 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

TAXATION

Taxation on tech companies could start a new trade conflict

[Denmark, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:05:00 AM CET

Børsen reports that the Executive Vice-President Vestager told a group of Danish journalists that it is difficult to determine the risk of a possible trade conflict between the US and the EU. She added that the EU is working towards ending the disagreement between France and the US regarding taxation of tech companies. There are currently a few days to deadline. The US has threatened to tax French goods for around DKK 16 billion as a response to France’s 3% income tax to multinational tech companies. Meanwhile, Commissioner Hogan is in Washington, D.C, trying to ease the situation.

Taxation on tech companies could start a new trade conflict / Tech-skat kan give ny konflikt km-Borsen-DK: "Taxation on tech companies could start a new trade conflict ..." page: 23 info: by Louise With date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Ireland leads the EU for ease of making business tax payment

[Ireland, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:15:00 AM CET

The Irish Examiner reports that a comparison of businesses in 190 economies has shown that Ireland continues to be the most effective EU country in which to pay taxes and the fourth most effective worldwide. The 2020 PwC-World Bank Paying Taxes report models business taxation in each economy using a medium-sized domestic case study company. According to the study a typical Irish domestic company spends just over a quarter of its total commercial profits in taxes, spends just over two weeks dealing with its tax affairs and makes a tax payment nearly every six weeks.

Ireland leads the EU for ease of making business tax payment / Ireland leads the EU for ease of making business tax payment km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Ireland leads the EU for ease of making business tax ..." page: 18 info: by John Daly date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Digital tax revenue? Thanks, not yet!

[Latvia, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

According to Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze, Latvian politicians apparently refrain from collecting millions of euros in taxes from foreign companies that make profits in Latvia. It is about introducing a tax applying to large digital companies. A pan-European tax project would be difficult to implement - in 2018, the European Commission drafted two unsuccessful draft directives. Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that a digital tax would be effective if it were imposed across the EU. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis has even stated that "individual attempts by member states to introduce their own digital tax may make it difficult for the digital economy to function within the economic bloc". Or, the most obvious reason is that the US is against it.

Digital tax revenue? Thanks, not yet! / Digitala nodokļa ienākumus? Paldies, vēl ne! km-Neatkariga-Rita-Avize-LV: "Digital tax revenue? Thanks, not yet! / Digitala nodokļa ienākumus? ..." page: 1 info: by Baiba Lulle date: Friday, January 17, 2020

TRADE

EU to review trade deal between US and China

[Austria, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:14:00 AM CET

The EU intends to review the partial deal that the US and China reached in the tariff dispute to see whether it is in line with world trade rules, derstandard.at and Ö1 report. The EU's reaction to the preliminary peace is one of restraint. "The devil is in the detail," said Commissioner Hogan on Thursday. The agreement is anything but normal and was reached only between the two leading economic powers, he said, according to derstandard.at. "We will have to review whether it is compatible with the WTO," said Mr Hogan. In general, Europe should do more to deal with its own situation, says Europe's industry. Wolfgang Beyrer, secretary-general of Business Europe, calls for more balanced trade relations. For instance, the EU has less access to the Chinese market than vice versa. However, there is also tension in the trade relations between Europe and the US. Mr Hogan is currently in Washington and is trying to defuse the situation.

EU will Handelsdeal zwischen USA und China prüfen lassen km-Derstandard.at-AT: "EU will Handelsdeal zwischen USA und China prüfen lassen..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Mittagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Mittagsjournal..." info: 2020-01-16 12:00:00, 12:00:00, by Veronika Fillitz date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00:00 PM CET

Analysis: Austrian Chancellor demands Mercosur agreement be renegotiated

[Austria, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, January 17, 2020 7:12:00 AM CET

An analysis in Die Presse explains that after meeting with President von der Leyen, Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told those present at a press conference that he had demanded that the Union's free trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc be renegotiated. So far, Commissioner Hogan has not commented on this specific issue. The probability of there actually being renegotiations is microscopic, trade policy expert Niclas Frederic Poitiers from the Brussels-based research institute Bruegel explained: "I don't think there is any chance that the agreement will be changed substantially," he told Die Presse. This could, however, forestall the ratification process and could cause the European Union to paralyse itself.

Analysis: Austrian Chancellor demands Mercosur agreement be renegotiated / Heikle türkis-grüne Drohung mit Mercosur-Veto km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Analysis: Austrian Chancellor demands Mercosur agreement be renegotiated / Heikle ..." page: 6 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Friday, January 17, 2020

A disaster forcing Australia to face its own responsibilities

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:34:00 AM CET

In La Libre Belgique, Professor Nicolas de Sadeleer points out that wildfires in Australia are devastating. Animals are being decimated, hectares of land are burned and the level of fine particles is particularly high. Australian authorities are cynical. Firemen are not paid and Prime Minister Morrison is a climate sceptic like President Trump. Australia's climate footprint is 5% if Australian coal is taken into account. The EU has leverage considering it is negotiating an international trade deal with Australia since June 2018. If the new European Commission really wants to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, it should demand firm commitments in terms of the energy transition. EU institutions have to make sure that the trade policy is in line with the founding treaties. The Green Deal's credibility is at stake.

A disaster forcing Australia to face its own responsibilities / Un désastre qui place l'Australie devant ses responsabilités km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "A disaster forcing Australia to face its own responsibilities / ..." page: 40-41 info: by De Sadeleer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Car tariffs not mentioned in Washington

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:33:00 AM CET

Lalibre.be reports that tariffs on the automotive industry have not been mentioned during talks with US officials in Washington, according to Commissioner Hogan. Commissioner Hogan said it is "good news" for Germany, adding that "it was not mentioned, barely mentioned." Concerning the $7.5 billion tariffs on European goods, Commissioner Hogan said Americans deemed European propositions insufficient. He said that, at least, the EU has expressed its opinion on this matter and that the EU was waiting to see the US' counter-proposal. Commissioner Hogan recalled that one of the major obstacles is agriculture, but added that Europeans kept their promises: "We are trying to respond to demands in a positive way."

Car tariffs not mentioned in Washington / Les tarifs douaniers sur l'automobile pas évoqués à Washington km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Car tariffs not mentioned in Washington / Les tarifs douaniers ..." date: Friday, January 17, 2020

The EU on the China-US trade deal: We will check to see if it is in line with the regulation

[Croatia, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

Washington and Beijing have signed an initial trade agreement, according to which China would raise its imports of US goods and services by $200 billion during the next two years, Večernji list and Index report. Commissioner Hogan stated that the EU will check to see whether this agreement is in accordance with the World Trade Organisation’s regulation, as the details of the agreement are somewhat unclear and as the two parties are negotiating bilaterally.

The EU on the China-US trade deal: We will check to see if it is in line with the regulation / EU o sporazumu Kine i SAD-a: Provjerit ćemo je li u skladu s propisima km-Index.hr-HR: "The EU on the China-US trade deal: We will check ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The China-USA trade deal has not settled the trade dispute / Dogovor Kine i SAD -a nije riješio trgovinski spor km-Vecernji-List-HR: "The China-USA trade deal has not settled the trade dispute ..." page: 21 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

China pledges to buy more US goods in new trade agreement

[Denmark, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, January 17, 2020 7:17:00 AM CET

A couple of Danish media report on the US-Chinese trade agreement: Berlingske comments that the EU member states will lose in the short-term with a re-orientation of Chinese import resulting from the newly forged US-Chinese trade agreement, in which China pledged to increase its purchases of US goods. Børsen furthermore argues that the Mercosur countries may be driven into the arms of the EU as a result of the agreement, while Børsen comments that the agreement poses an important test if the European Commission wishes to carry out President von der Leyen’s ambition for a geopolitically oriented Commission.

Commentary: The EU must be vigilant following US-China trade agreement / ANALYSE: Trumps bøllemetoder åbner den kinesiske æske km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Commentary: The EU must be vigilant following US-China trade agreement ..." page: 12 info: by Ulrik Harald Bie date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commentary: Will President Trump now begin a trade war with the EU? / Pønser Trump på en rask krig med EU? km-Borsen-DK: "Commentary: Will President Trump now begin a trade war with ..." page: 23 info: by Louise With date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Now we wait if USA makes an EU-deal

[Finland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:39:00 AM CET

Turun Sanomat writes in the wake of the trade agreement which the US signed with China, that now we will see what happens with the EU. The trade relations between the EU and the US has been cold since the TTIP talks were halted by US President Trump. Trade talks were re-opened by the former President of the commission Juncker, and Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan is currently in Washington to meet with US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, and these are important negotiations in terms of how the trade relationship will develop.

Nyt odotetaan, tekeekö Yhdysvallat myös EU-sovun km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Nyt odotetaan, tekeekö Yhdysvallat myös EU-sovun..." page: 4 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

"It's only a truce that's been signed, not peace" (interview)

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 3:02:00 AM CET

In an interview with Le Monde, Sebastien Jean, director of the CEPII economics research centre, says the 15 January US-China agreement marks a turning point. Trade, which was previously governed by multilateral rules, risks becoming more dependent on the balance of power between states. Mr Jean says the deal could penalise Europe, particularly its heavy industry and aeronautics sectors, and other partners. He also warns that President Trump could choose to pick a trade war with Europe during his election campaign, and that the struggle between the US and China could continue, as neither side has made substantial concessions: “it's only a truce that's been signed, not peace.”

"It's only a truce that's been signed, not peace." / « C'est seulement une trêve qui a été signée, pas la paix » km-Monde-FR: ""It's only a truce that's been signed, not peace." / ..." page: 12 info: by Julien Bouissou date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Towards a Chinese-American trade detente / Vers une detente commerciale sino-américaine km-Monde-FR: "Towards a Chinese-American trade detente / Vers une detente commerciale ..." page: 1,12 info: by Frédéric Lemaître;arnaud Leparmentier date: Friday, January 17, 2020

China - USA agreement: did you like the phase 1? You are going to love the phase 2 / Accord Chine-USA : vous avez aimé la phase 1? Vous allez adorer la phase 2 km-Tribune-FR: "China - USA agreement: did you like the phase 1? ..." page: 45,46,47 info: by Patrick Baer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe fears to bear the cost of the US-China trade agreement

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

European stakeholders fear that the bilateral deal between the two major partisans of market foreclosure may isolate them, Le Figaro reports. The European Chamber of Commerce in China fears losses for the European export market, especially for Airbus and the agriculture sector. Furthermore,  its President Jörg Wuttke denounces that the trade deal does not comply with the rules of competition and does not prevent state aid. According to him, the commitment made by China to buy $200 billion of additional US products leads to “forced trade and distortion of the competition at an unprecedented level”, he declared. Europe now hopes to conclude an ambitious investment agreement which would give it a better access to the Chinese market.

Silk Roads: European societies kept out of the way / Routes de la soie : les sociétés européennes maintenues à l'écart km-Echos-FR: "Silk Roads: European societies kept out of the way / ..." page: 7 info: by Frédéric Schaeffer date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe fears to bear the cost of the trade agreement between China and the United States / L'Europe redoute de faire les frais de l'accord Chine - États-Unis km-Figaro-FR: "Europe fears to bear the cost of the trade agreement ..." page: 24 info: by Sébastien Falletti date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Trump disarmed the World Trade Organization / Trump a désarmé l'Organisation mondiale du commerce km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: "Trump disarmed the World Trade Organization / Trump a désarmé ..." page: 36,37 info: by Bruno Odent date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

In Washington, European Commissioner Phil Hogan calls for closer cooperation

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:44:00 AM CET

Commissioner Hogan called for enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US, during his visit to Washington, Les Echos reports. He recalls that the Americans are historic partners of the EU. On the digital tax, he reiterates the EU's support to France and hopes that a solution will be found within the OECD framework. He calls for stronger cooperation with the US on technological issues. Reacting to the commercial contract signed between the US and China yesterday, he doubts about the effectiveness of the President Trump method. "The Chinese must be very happy," he said. He is in favour of reforming WTO rather than blocking it.

In Washington, European Commissioner Phil Hogan calls for closer cooperation / A Washington, le commissaire européen Phil Hogan plaide pour une coopération renforcée km-Echos-FR: "In Washington, European Commissioner Phil Hogan calls for closer cooperation ..." page: 10 info: by Véronique Le Billon date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU Chamber of Commerce in China: Only 20 European companies have taken part in China's Belt and Road Initiative

[Germany, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:38:00 AM CET

In German media, there is a wide coverage on the limited access of European companies to China's large infrastructure programme.It is reported on ARD that according to a study by the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, European companies are at a disadvantage in China's Belt and Road Initiative. The "New Silk Road", as the initiative is referred to, envisages building rail connections from China to Germany, as well as a series of ports throughout Asia and Africa towards Europe. China has invested $900 billion so far. According to the President of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China, Jörg Wuttke, "only 20 European companies have taken part in the project." Moreover, "90% of the products and services within the Belt and Road Initiative come from China," Mr Wuttke added. Observers have long criticised the fact that Chinese companies are preferred as partners for the project.

European companies at a disadvantage in China’s Belt and Road Initiative / ARD - 16.01.2020 20:11 - Tagesschau - Report on US-Chinese trade agreement including exclusive statement by EU Chamber of Commerce in China Jörg Wuttke km-ARD-DE: "European companies at a disadvantage in China’s Belt and Road ..." info: Program, 2020-01-16 23:22:00, 00:02:02, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 11:22:00 PM CET

System conflict warning / Warnung vor Systemkonflikt km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "System conflict warning / Warnung vor Systemkonflikt..." page: 19 info: by mas. date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Beijing better protects intellectual property / Peking schützt geistiges Eigentum besser km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Beijing better protects intellectual property / Peking schützt geistiges Eigentum ..." page: 19 info: by wvp date: Friday, January 17, 2020

China secures profit / China sichert sich den Profit km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "China secures profit / China sichert sich den Profit..." page: 19 info: by hena date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Deal at the expense of third parties / Deal zulasten Dritter km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Deal at the expense of third parties / Deal zulasten ..." page: 12-13 info: by T.M date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Companies criticize China's Silk Road / Firmen kritisieren Chinas Seidenstraße km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Companies criticize China's Silk Road / Firmen kritisieren Chinas Seidenstraße..." page: 11 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

No all-clear / Keine Entwarnung km-Handelsblatt-DE: "No all-clear / Keine Entwarnung..." page: 15 info: by J.Münchrath date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Europe's companies want more protection / Europas Firmen wollen mehr Schutz km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Europe's companies want more protection / Europas Firmen wollen mehr ..." page: 17 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Impasse / Sackgasse km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Impasse / Sackgasse..." page: 17 info: by C.G date: Friday, January 17, 2020

European economy: EU firms do not have access to Silk Road project / Europäische Wirtschaft: EU-Firmen finden keinen Zugang zu Seidenstraßen-Projekt km-Zeit.de-DE: "European economy: EU firms do not have access to Silk ..." info: by ZEIT ONLINE: Unternehmen - Angelika Finkenwirth date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Trade dispute: Now it's Europe's turn / Handelsstreit: Jetzt ist Europa dran km-Zeit.de-DE: "Trade dispute: Now it's Europe's turn / Handelsstreit: Jetzt ist ..." info: by Heike Buchter date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Commissioner Hogan warns Britain on US trade deal

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:16:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that Commissioner Hogan has warned Britain that post-Brexit trade negotiations with the US will not be "as easy as the United Kingdom thinks." Speaking at an event in Washington DC he criticised Prime Minister Johnson for putting a timescale for the conclusion of a trade agreement between the EU and UK. He said: "Gamesmanship and brinksmanship is not going to work on this occasion." He noted that while the British government now has a majority, it has delivered a "cliff edge" once again by ruling out the possibility of extending the transition period. On trade tension with the US he said the EU will "follow through with our own tariffs in the Boeing case," which the WTO will most likely rule against the US over illegal subsidies.

Mr Hogan goes to Washington - and threatens Trump's re-election efforts / Mr Hogan goes to Washington - and threatens Trump's re-election efforts km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Mr Hogan goes to Washington - and threatens Trump's re-election ..." page: 18 info: by Fionnan Sheahan date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Hogan warns Britain on US trade deal / Hogan warns Britain on US trade deal km-Irish-Times-IE: "Hogan warns Britain on US trade deal / Hogan warns ..." page: 3 info: by SUZANNE LYNCH date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commissioner Hogan suspects US-China trade agreement could include “managed trade”

[Italy, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, January 17, 2020 3:55:00 AM CET

Il Sole-24 Ore reports that Commissioner Hogan, speaking at a “think tank” in the US, said the trade agreement between the US and China could include “managed trade” and, after it has been examined more closely, could be cause for lodging a complaint with the WTO. He said the agreement’s details were “a bit vague” and did not take into consideration the need for structural reforms in China. On the airplane industry, Mr Hogan stressed it was “urgent” to resolve the issue of state subsidies, as only China benefits from a trans-Atlantic spat. On the issue of France’s digital tax, he proposed a global tariff for tech companies. Mr Hogan also floated the idea of WTO reform after the next US elections and said US President Trump is “obsessed” by trade deficits and a victim of “short-term vision”.

European Trade Commissioner criticises Washington’s agreement / Il commissario Ue al commercio critica l'accordo di Washington km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "European Trade Commissioner criticises Washington’s agreement / Il commissario Ue ..." page: 5 info: by Marco Valsania NEW YORK date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commissioner Hogan discusses EU-US trade relations in his US visit

[Latvia, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:55:00 AM CET

According to Latvijas Radio 1, Commissioner Hogan visits the US with the main aim of improving tensions with Washington. President Trump’s administration is considering imposing increased customs duties on several French commodity groups. That would be the answer to the Paris tax on American digital corporations. American customs duties on European steel are still in place, and the threat of European customs duties on European cars has not disappeared. This list has recently been supplemented by the possibility of additional tariffs on champagne and French wines, doubling their price on the US market. Therefore, the first visit to Washington by the Commissioner Hogan is far from a mere trip.

Commissioner Hogan discusses EU-US trade relations in his US visit / ASV turpinās jaunā ES tirdzniecības komisara Fila Hogana vizīte km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Commissioner Hogan discusses EU-US trade relations in his US visit ..." info: Pusdiena, 2020-01-16 19:29:00, 00:01:15, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:29:00 PM CET

United States threatens European Union with higher car import duties

[Lithuania, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that Germany’s defence minister confirmed a United States newspaper the Washington Post’s announcement that the United States threatens to impose a 25% import duty on European exports of cars if it continues to support the Iran nuclear deal. “This statement, or it could be called a threat, does exist,” said Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The newspaper reported that Mr Trump threatened to do so unless Britain, France and Germany formally accuse Tehran of violating the 2015 nuclear deal.

United States threatens European Union with higher car import duties / JAV grasina ES didesniais automobilių importo muitais km-15min.lt-LT: "United States threatens European Union with higher car import duties ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

United States threatens European Union with higher car import duties / JAV grasina ES didesniais automobilių importo muitais km-lrytas.lt-LT: "United States threatens European Union with higher car import duties ..." info: by BNS ir lrytas.lt inf. date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Brussels is critical of Sino-American trade agreement

[Netherlands, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, January 17, 2020 7:42:00 AM CET

NRC Next reports that the European Commission is critical of the trade agreement between the US and China. The EU will investigate if the deal meets all WTO rules, Commissioner Hogan said on Thursday. The leaders of China and the US have signed on Wednesday the so-called Phase 1 agreement that has put their trade war on hold. Mr Hogan noted that the details of the agreement are vague. “They have abandoned the regular approach for this deal,” Mr Hogan said. “They act directly, without WTO involvement.” He added that the structural reforms that the EU and the US expect should not be part of the agreement.

Europese bedrijven willen strategie voor omgang met China km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Europese bedrijven willen strategie voor omgang met China..." page: 3 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Handelsoorlog Europese Commissie kritisch over akkoord China en VS km-NRC-Next-NL: "Handelsoorlog Europese Commissie kritisch over akkoord China en VS..." page: 2 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU warns USA that it will retaliate and apply tariffs to US products

[Portugal, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 5:09:00 AM CET

The Commission warned USA that it will retaliate and apply taxes to US products, TSF online reports. According to Commissioner Hogan, the EU regrets that the USA has come forward with taxes in the Airbus case. During his visit to the USA, Mr Hogan announced that the EU has no alternative and will apply its own taxes in the Boeing case. In Commissioner Hogan’s opinion, the EU and USA have “a joint responsibility to sit down and negotiate a balanced agreement in order to put these disputes aside.” Mr Hogan said that "the imposition of taxes one after the other is in nobody's long-term interest.”

EU warns USA that it will retaliate and apply taxes to US products / UE avisa EUA que vai retaliar e aplicar tarifas a produtos norte-americanos km-Tsf.pt-PT: "EU warns USA that it will retaliate and apply taxes ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Article by José de Sousa on the EU's free trade agreements

[Portugal, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, January 17, 2020 4:33:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Vida Económica, José de Sousa writes about the European Union’s free trade agreements. For Mr Sousa, the EU trade agreements aim at facilitating international trade while creating opportunities for European producers. The author considers that these are good opportunities that should be seized by the Portuguese companies “due to advantages regarding customs rights, reduction of costs, prevention of blockings, the avoidance of unnecessary regulation, the creation of favourable conditions to investment, the facilitation in the trade of services, in the access to the labour market and the protection Geographical Indications.” Nonetheless, Mr Sousa considers that companies must do extensive work to capitalize on these agreements.

European Union's free trade agreements... How to capitalize? / Acordos de Comércio Livre da União Europeia...como aproveitar? km-Vida-Economica-PT: "European Union's free trade agreements... How to capitalize? / Acordos ..." page: 12 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Commissioner Hogan calling for a freshening of EU-US trade relations

[Slovenia, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, January 17, 2020 7:51:00 AM CET

In the framework of his first official visit to Washington, D.C. since taking over the Trade portfolio in December, Commissioner Hogan called on his US interlocutors to freshen and reinforce trade relations with the EU to allow for the two entities to face together the challenges such as the rapidly-growing Chinese economy and the reforms of the World Trade Organization (WTO), STA reports. In his address of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Mr Hogan stressed that tighter cooperation between the EU and the US would benefit both, adding that the potential failure to cooperate would be very damaging. The US is getting ready to introduce additional punitive tariffs against the EU for its subsidies to the aerospace company Airbus, threatening with higher tariffs on the import of aeroplanes, cheese, wine, and other goods. US President Trump might raise the current 10-25% tariff rate on the aforementioned products to 100%. The US is also threatening to introduce high tariffs on the $2.4 billion worth import from France due to the conflict regarding the state’s tax on digital services. Mr Hogan has warned that the EU would have no other choice in this case but to take retaliatory measures, but added that he would prefer a solution in the form of an agreement, which is already being negotiated on in the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Commissioner Hogan calling for a freshening of EU-US trade relations / Hogan poziva k osvežitvi trgovinskih odnosov EU z ZDA km-sta.si-SI: "Commissioner Hogan calling for a freshening of EU-US trade relations ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

No chance of trade deal by end of year, says Brussels

[United Kingdom, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:54:00 AM CET

The Daily Telegraph reports that Commissioner Hogan has said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts at "gamesmanship" will not bounce the European Union into agreeing a quick-fire trade deal by the end of this year. He doubled down on previous warnings and said the prime minister would find it impossible to stick to the end of the year deadline. Speaking during a trip to Washington DC, Hogan said: "We need to wake up to reality, gamesmanship and brinkmanship is not going to work on this occasion." The commissioner said the bloc would remain open to suggestions on how to deal with the December deadline, adding that the "wisest" action would be not to limit "ourselves into timelines." The Financial Times notes that British officials have dismissed seeking an extension to the transition period as it would require the UK to make additional contributions to the EU budget.

No chance of trade deal by end of year, says Brussels / No chance of trade deal by end of year, says Brussels km-Daily-Telegraph-GB: "No chance of trade deal by end of year, says ..." page: 4 info: by Tom Rees date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Securing trade deal by end of year is unrealistic, says Swedish minister / Securing trade deal by end of year is unrealistic, says Swedish minister km-Evening-Standard-GB: "Securing trade deal by end of year is unrealistic, says ..." page: 6 info: by Nicholas Cecil date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Memo to Brexit Britain: trade costs votes / Memo to Brexit Britain: trade costs votes km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "Memo to Brexit Britain: trade costs votes / Memo to ..." page: 11 info: by Philip Stephens date: Friday, January 17, 2020

EU trade chief accuses Johnson of Brexit bluff / EU trade chief accuses Johnson of Brexit bluff km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "EU trade chief accuses Johnson of Brexit bluff / EU ..." page: 2 info: by Jim Brunsden date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Brussels attacks US-China trade deal

[United Kingdom, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:54:00 AM CET

The Financial Times reports that Commissioner Hogan has criticised the US-China trade deal, arguing it still imposes 20% tariffs on both sides that are no good for "competitiveness or jobs."

Brussels attacks US-China trade deal / Brussels attacks US-China trade deal km-Financial-Times-UK-GB: "Brussels attacks US-China trade deal / Brussels attacks US-China trade ..." page: 7 info: by James Politi date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Hogan says bid to reset trade ties with US off to ''good start''

[United Kingdom, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-GB Friday, January 17, 2020 5:55:00 AM CET

The Mail Online reports that after three days of meetings with US officials, Commissioner Hogan has said they have made a "good start" to resetting trade ties but more work needed to be done, adding: "I didn't expect to be successful in resetting the relationship in two days." He said the EU was open to a mini-trade deal similar to what the US has with Japan and some other countries, but it was not ready to put agriculture on the table in broader trade talks. The EU has already increased purchases of US soybeans, cereal and liquefied natural gas as a goodwill gesture.

EU''s Hogan says bid to reset trade ties with U.S. off to ''good start'' / EU''s Hogan says bid to reset trade ties with U.S. off to ''good start'' km-Dailymail.co.uk-GB: "EU''s Hogan says bid to reset trade ties with U.S. ..." info: by Unattributed date: Friday, January 17, 2020

TRANSPORT

Lille Airport is growing

[Belgium, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, January 17, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

Le Soir writes that Lille Airport is investing €170 million. Marc-André Gennart has recently been appointed as its CFO. By growing from 2.3 million passengers to 4 million by 20 years, the airport will change category with regard to the European Commission's state aid rules. Mr Gennard is not worried about this as the airport does not get any public money. He further comments on the competition from Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Lille airport will never be as cheap as BSCA, but is 50% cheaper than Brussels Airport.

At the gateway to Belgium, Lille airport is investing €170 million / Aux portes de la Belgique, l’aéroport de Lille investit 170 millions km-Soir-BE: "At the gateway to Belgium, Lille airport is investing €170 ..." page: 14 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Georgi Terziyski, RIA: By the end of 2020, all necessary actions will be taken to secure European funding for the Struma Motorway Project

[Bulgaria, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, January 17, 2020 7:10:00 AM CET

In an interview for Nova TV, the Chairperson of the Road Infrastructure Agency Board of Directors Georgi Terziyski stated that by the end of 2020, all necessary steps will be taken to secure EU funding for the Struma Motorway. Mr Terzsiyski explained that the European Commission’s recommendation is to implement environmental measures in the construction. Due to the fact that doing so would take time, Bulgaria originally withdrew its financing application for the motorway. "After the implementation of the measures by the end of 2020, all necessary actions will be taken by other state institutions, so that we can submit an application form that will guarantee us financing with EU funds," he noted. According to him, the activities accompanying the application form have not stopped. He pointed out that the already started construction works on the route of Struma Motorway from Blagoevgrad to Krupnik are in another application form and their construction is continuing.

Държавата щяла да иска европари за „Струма", но с нов проект km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Държавата щяла да иска европари за „Струма", но с нов ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Георги Терзийски, АПИ: АМ „Струма“ е приоритетен обект, дейностите не са преустановени km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Георги Терзийски, АПИ: АМ „Струма“ е приоритетен обект, дейностите не ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

"Струма" през дефилето: Хем няма пари, хем се преправя, хем се строи km-Mediapool.bg-BG: ""Струма" през дефилето: Хем няма пари, хем се преправя, хем ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

RIA to meet Commission recommendations / АПИ ще изпълнява препоръките на Брюксел km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "RIA to meet Commission recommendations / АПИ ще изпълнява препоръките ..." page: 5 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Georgi Terziyski, RIA: By the end of 2020, all necessary actions will be taken to secure European funding for the Struma Motorway Project / Георги Терзийски, АПИ: До края на 2020 г. ще бъдат направени всички необходими действия за осигуряване на европейско финансиране на проекта за АМ „Струма“ km-Nova-TV-BG: "Georgi Terziyski, RIA: By the end of 2020, all necessary ..." info: Hello bulgaria, 2020-01-16 08:18:00, 00:10:00, date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:18:00 AM CET

Passengers have ho idea what their rights within the EU are

[Croatia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, January 17, 2020 7:24:00 AM CET

According to a recent Eurobarometer study, only 43% of European citizens that have travelled by ferry, plane, train or automobile in the past 12 months are aware of EU passenger rights, Lider writes. With this in mind, the European Commission has launched an informational campaign to raise awareness of passenger rights and make them more clear. Commissioner Vălean stated that the rights of passengers within the EU must be better presented and easier to understand, which is why the Commission has suggested modernising these rights. It is now up to the European Parliament and Council to reach an agreement on this.

Travellers have no idea of their rights within the EU / Putnici pojma nemaju o svojim pravima unutar EU km-Lider-HR: "Travellers have no idea of their rights within the EU ..." page: 55 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Anrī Leimanis picked as RB Rail Council Chairman

[Latvia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

According to Delfi, Anrī Leimanis has been picked as Rail Baltica joint Baltic company AS RB Rail Council Chairman. Ahti Kuningas and Karolis Sankovski will serve as Vice-Chairmen, as confirmed by the company. Mr Leimanis has been the RB Rail Council member since June 2019. Under his leadership the council will assess organisational structure to coordinate it with the current stage of Rail Baltica, evaluate options to improve the risk management system and focus on communication with participating member states, EU institutions, suppliers and RB Rail employees, the company explains.

Anrī Leimanis picked as RB Rail Council Chairman / Anrī Leimanis iecelts par 'RB Rail' padomes priekšsēdētāju km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Anrī Leimanis picked as RB Rail Council Chairman / Anrī ..." info: by Delfi Bizness date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Anrī Leimanis picked as RB Rail Council Chairman / AMATĀ lECELTS ANRĪ LEIMANIS km-Neatkariga-Rita-Avize-LV: "Anrī Leimanis picked as RB Rail Council Chairman / AMATĀ ..." page: 1 date: Friday, January 17, 2020

In 2019, new car registrations in Latvia grew faster than the EU average

[Latvia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, January 17, 2020 6:54:00 AM CET

According to Delfi, last year, the number of Latvian car registrations grew faster than average in the European Union, according to data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). According to these figures, 18,235 new passenger cars were registered in Latvia between January and December last year, an increase of 8% on the previous year. In the EU, last year, average registrations of new passenger cars increased by 1.2% year-on-year to 15,340,188 units, a sixth consecutive year. Among the 30 European countries surveyed by ACEA, the biggest increases in new car registrations last year were in Lithuania (+ 43.2%), Romania (+ 23.4%), Hungary (+ 15.6%) and Greece (+ 10.3%).

In 2019, new car registrations in Latvia grew faster than the EU average / Latvijā pērn straujāks jaunu auto reģistrācijas pieaugums par ES vidējo km-Delfi.lv-LV: "In 2019, new car registrations in Latvia grew faster than ..." info: by LETA date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

New-car sales growth in Lithuania fastest in European Union

[Lithuania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:50:00 AM CET

A couple of media report that according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), new-car sales growth in Lithuania in 2019 was the fastest in the European Union. Last year, 46.46 thousand new cars were sold in Lithuania, which is 43.2% more than in 2018. In Latvia, car sales increased by 8% to 18.24 thousand and in Estonia by 4.7% to 26.59 thousand. Across the European Union, last year sales rose by 1.2% to €15.34 million. Volkswagen cars remain the most popular, with sales of 1.715 million last year, or 0.3% less than in 2018.

New-car sales growth in Lithuania fastest in European Union / ACEA: naujų automobilių pardavimų augimas Lietuvoje – sparčiausias ES km-15min.lt-LT: "New-car sales growth in Lithuania fastest in European Union / ..." info: by Šarūnas Sabaitis date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

New-car sales growth in Lithuania fastest in European Union / ACEA: naujų automobilių pardavimų augimas Lietuvoje – sparčiausias ES km-Alfa.lt-LT: "New-car sales growth in Lithuania fastest in European Union / ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

British Airways owner IAG files European Union complaint over Flybe rescue

[Lithuania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, January 17, 2020 6:49:00 AM CET

15min.lt reports that British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has formally complained to Brussels about the United Kingdom’s government-approved Flybe’s last-minute rescue plan. IAG said it had written to the European Commission on Wednesday morning highlighting its concern that the rescue of Flybe breached state aid rules. The European Commission said, as with all member states, it was ready to discuss with the United Kingdom the “compatibility of proposed public measures with European Union state aid rules.” Neither the government nor Flybe, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, disclosed the financial details of the agreement.

British Airways owner IAG files European Union complaint over Flybe rescue / Viena didžiausių Europos oro linijų bendrovių IAG pateikė ES skundą dėl „Flybe“ gelbėjimo km-15min.lt-LT: "British Airways owner IAG files European Union complaint over Flybe ..." date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

The impact study for Sibiu-Piteşti Motorway must be redone

[Romania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, January 17, 2020 6:59:00 AM CET

According to several media outlets, including ProTV, Commissioner Adina Vălean stated that there were more complex problems than a simple beetle related to Sibiu-Piteşti Motorway. According to her, Romania must conduct a serious impact study because the motorway crosses areas protected by law. The study would nevertheless generate a minimum of half a year delay. Ms Vălean said that she been informed of the environmental problems related to Sibiu-Piteşti Motorway. The road crosses 11 protected areas, and the Morimus funereus, known as the Beech Longhorn Beetle, is not the only protected species in those areas.

Government cancels plans for two motorways / Ştiri km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Government cancels plans for two motorways / Ştiri..." info: Ştiri, 2020-01-16 16:15:00, 00:01:20, by Linda Maria date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:15:00 PM CET

Motorway study, redone / Ştiri Pro Tv km-ProTV-RO: "Motorway study, redone / Ştiri Pro Tv..." info: Ştiri PRO TV, 2020-01-16 19:10:00, 00:02:24, by Esca Andreea date: Thursday, January 16, 2020 7:10:00 PM CET

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