ADMINISTRATION

The disappearing Irish

[Ireland, ADMINISTRATION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

An editorial in The Irish Times notes while there are Irish people in many of the senior positions across the European Union's institutions, notably Commissioner McGuinness, the holders "do not represent Ireland, but it would be naive to think it does not serve Irish interests to have them there." It states that the flow of well-qualified young people into the European system has been slowing dramatically, causing a generation gap with Irish staff approaching retirement and very few of the country's young people in the junior ranks. The government hopes a plan to place 50 new graduates into EU jobs by 2030 will stoke interest in EU careers.

The disappearing Irish / The disappearing Irish km-Irish-Times-IE: "The disappearing Irish / The disappearing Irish..." page: 11 info: by Unattributed date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

AGRICULTURE

The European Commission is looking into changing GMO legislation

[Denmark, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

A report from the European Commission concludes that new processes of genome engineering can contribute to more sustainable food systems. The new processes do not fit in with the current GMO legislation, the report concludes. Now, the European Commission has begun a consultation process to determine how to change the current regulation.

The European Commission is looking into changing GMO legislation  / EU-Kommissionen vil ændre reglerne for nye genteknologier km-altinget.dk-DK: "The European Commission is looking into changing GMO legislation / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New rules on CAP check flexibilities

[Greece, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

In.gr reports that with restrictions still in place across the EU, the Commission adopted rules to extend to 2021 flexibilities for carrying out checks required for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support. These rules aim at easing the administrative burden of national paying agencies by adapting to current circumstances.

Νέοι κανόνες στους ελέγχους υποστήριξης της ΚΑΠ km-in.gr-GR: "Νέοι κανόνες στους ελέγχους υποστήριξης της ΚΑΠ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The future of EU’s promotion policy

[Greece, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

In.gr reports that a meeting of the Parliamentary Intergroup "Wine, Spirits, and Quality Foodstuffs" was held in Brussels, which focused on the evolution of the EU promotion policy after 2022. The European Commission has launched a public consultation which will be closed on 23 June to determine the guidelines of its revised Promotion Policy in the context of the Farm to Fork Strategy. On the occasion of this conference, Copa-Cogeca, through its Promotion Policy Chairman Jerzy Wierzbicki, noted that the EU promotion policy has been a great tool to promote SMEs and EU farmer’s products, at national, European and international level.

Το μέλλον της πολιτικής προώθησης της ΕΕ km-in.gr-GR: "Το μέλλον της πολιτικής προώθησης της ΕΕ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

BUDGET

The EIB to invest €94 billion in European SMEs

[Belgium, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

L'Echo reports that the EIB has guaranteed €94 billion in funding for European SMEs affected by the Covid-19 crisis in the next six months. The Belgian economy would be granted €3 billion. Since the start of 2021, the EIB has approved €11.7 billion in guarantees under the European Guarantee Fund, an investment tool provided for in the €750 billion stimulus plan adopted by the EU last summer. These operations have made it possible to mobilise €94 billion to support the European economy struggling with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. From the beginning of the crisis, the EIB has been mobilised to aid European companies hit by the economic turndown. The 22 members of the Institution have set u a European guarantee fund of €24.4 billion.

The EIB mobilises €3 billion for Belgian SMEs / La BEI mobilise 3 milliards pour les PME belges km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The EIB mobilises €3 billion for Belgian SMEs / La ..." page: 9 info: by Georis date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Parliament's Finance Committee recommends EU COVID-19 package be approved

[Finland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:43:00 PM CEST

Several media report that the parliament's Finance Committee says that supporting the European Union's COVID-19 recovery package would be in Finland's interests. However, the Committee demands that the recovery package be considered exceptional and non-recurring. The Committee presented eight criteria, which parliament should consider when voting on the matter. The Finnish News Agency STT adds that Elina Valtonen, deputy chair of the National Coalition Party (NCP) and a member of the Finance Committee, said that the NCP’s group stance on the recovery package could still change based on the Finance Committee’s statement. MTV3 mentions that Finland’s parliament will vote on the package next Wednesday.

Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista km-Aamulehti-FI: "Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista..." page: 9 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Valtiovarainvaliokunta esittää EU:n elpymispaketin hyväksymistä km-Demari.fi-FI: "Valtiovarainvaliokunta esittää EU:n elpymispaketin hyväksymistä..." info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta esittää EU:n elpymispaketin hyväksymistä km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta esittää EU:n elpymispaketin hyväksymistä..." page: 12 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista..." page: 10 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista..." page: 11 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Seitsemän uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Seitsemän uutiset..." info: 2021-05-05 19:07:00, 19:07:00, by Vesa Kallionpää date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:07:00 PM CEST

Kymmenen uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Kymmenen uutiset..." info: 2021-05-05 22:07:00, 22:07:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:07:00 PM CEST

Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Eduskunnan valtiovarainvaliokunta: EU:n elpymispakettiin osallistuminen Suomen edun mukaista..." page: 11 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Parliament's Finance Committee recommends EU COVID-19 package be approved / Valtiovarainvaliokunta kannattaa osallistumista EU-elpymispakettiin km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "Parliament's Finance Committee recommends EU COVID-19 package be approved / ..." info: by Ilkka Luukkonen date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Uutiset klo 17 km-YLE-Radio-1-FI: "Uutiset klo 17..." info: 2021-05-05 17:00:00, 17:00:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:00:00 PM CEST

Uutiset klo 18 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset klo 18..." info: 2021-05-05 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Anne Orjala date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Uutiset 20.30 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset 20.30..." info: 2021-05-05 20:30:00, 20:30:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:30:00 PM CEST

TV-nytt km-YleFem-FI: "TV-nytt..." info: 2021-05-05 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Freddi Wahlström date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Bulldozing EU recovery package in Finland would slow down agricultural investment

[Finland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:59:00 PM CEST

Maaseudun Tulevaisuus reports that Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General at Copa-Cogeca, says that the European Union needs a strong recovery package. About €8 billion out of the €750 billion recovery package will be distributed to EU Member States via rural development funds. Finland has economic ties to the EU and a slowdown in the EU economy would slow down the Finnish economy, and agricultural investment, Pesonen says. Director Markus Lahtinen of Pellervon taloustutkimus believes Finland will approve the EU recovery package despite the opposition's threats.

Bulldozing EU recovery package in Finland would slow down agricultural investment / EU:n elvytyspaketin torppaaminen Suomessa hidastaisi maatalouden investointeja km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Bulldozing EU recovery package in Finland would slow down agricultural ..." page: 15 info: by Maria Pohjala date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commentary: Poland should thank Brussels for the EU Recovery Fund money it receives

[Germany, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on Poland's approvl of the EU Recovery Fund.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Florian Hassel observes that the EU Recovery Fund only got a majority in the Polish parliament because Poland's left party broke away from the opposition and allowed itself to be persuaded with marginal concessions. There should have been a law allowing independent control on the use of the EU billions that will come into the country, the author argues. The fundamental question is why is it possible for EU member states such as Poland and Hungary that do not respect the rule of law to continue to receive money. After the demonstrative disregard for several rulings of the CJEU, the EU should have cut off all funds to the government in Warsaw, the author concludes.

Poland's Left Helps PiS / Polens Linke hilft PiS km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Poland's Left Helps PiS / Polens Linke hilft PiS..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

On the EU Recovery Fund: Many thanks to Brussels / Besten Dank nach Brüssel km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the EU Recovery Fund: Many thanks to Brussels / ..." page: 4 info: by F.H date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Poland’s contribution to EU budget will amount to €6.5 annually

[Poland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita reports that Poland’s contribution to the EU budget will amount to €6.5 billion annually, which is €2 billion more than currently. In a justification of the bill which ratifies the new system of the EU own resources, the government explains that in the years 2021-2027, Poland’s contribution to EU budget will amount to approximately €45 billion. At the same time, the government assures that Poland will remain a net beneficiary of EU funds and will receive from EU budget more than it contributes. In the years 2021-2027, Poland is to receive a total of €125 billion , which gives over €80 billion surplus. Aleksander Łaszek from the Association of Polish Economists says that the costs of EU membership grow mostly because Poland becomes a more affluent country and also because the EU budget increased and there are fewer net payers after Great Britain left the EU.

Contribution to EU will grow because GDP grows / Wzrośnie składka do UE, bo rośnie PKB km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Contribution to EU will grow because GDP grows / Wzrośnie ..." page: 14 info: by Anna Cieślak-Wróblewska date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Article about the reform of the EU fiscal framework

[Portugal, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Benedicta Marzinotto writes about the European Union fiscal framework. She explains that the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) “has come under increasing scrutiny during the pandemic,” which resulted in experts defending one of two opinions: either advocating for reforms and the simplification of the fiscal rules or moving from rules to qualitative standards. Ms Marzinotto argues that both approaches are flawed and advises “channeling grants via the EU’s new Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF),” which would “encourage spending across the EU without damaging individual countries’ public finances, thereby reducing the risk of a fiscal-surplus spiral right after the pandemic. She is in favour of concentrating the reform efforts “on turning the RRF into a proper counter-cyclical policy tool that encourages spending, especially where countries lack fiscal space for reasons beyond their control.”

Rethinking the EU’s Fiscal Framework / Repensar o quadro orçamental da UE km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Rethinking the EU’s Fiscal Framework / Repensar o quadro orçamental ..." page: 27 info: by RITA FARIA date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

CLIMATE_ACTION

Climate adaptation has been recognised as necessary though no concrete objectives have been set

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

Knack reports that countries need to adapt if they are to manage climate change. The fight against global warming must be dealt with at the global level, whereas adaptation is a more local process. For Flanders, the Waterweg project, subsidised by the EU, is supposed to help fight against floods. The EU has recognised the importance of climate adaptation. On 24 February, it came up with a new strategy inspired by economic disaster scenarios. Currently, the costs of climate-related problems in the EU are estimated at €12 billion a year. With a temperature increase of 3 degrees, the number of premature deaths in Europe due to extreme heat could increase to 90,000 a year. Nevertheless, currently, there are no concrete objectives in the European plan. Perhaps the European Council, which must approve the strategy by June, will do something about that.

Flanders is not ready / Vlaanderen is niet klaar km-Knack-BE: "Flanders is not ready / Vlaanderen is niet klaar..." page: 82-85 info: by Draulans date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Flanders' heavy industry guzzles a lot of climate money

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

De Morgen notes since 2013, Flanders has paid €323 million in climate funds to large, energy-guzzling industrial companies to compensate for indirect climate costs, according to figures of the European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST). In 2019, 48.2% of Flanders' share of the ETS revenues were used to that end, while Europe advises 25% at most. Belgium receives a relatively small share of the ETS profits, as its electricity production is rather carbon-poor, and Flanders is the most industry-intensive region. Flanders is now criticised for throwing money at the industry without getting anything in return. The companies’ emissions have not decreased since 2013. To meet the European climate objectives, expert Tomas Wyns says Flanders must reform its entire industrial tissue. The industrial sector itself also realises this. An all-encompassing plan with both sticks and carrots is needed to start a thorough transformation.

Heavy industry guzzles a lot of climate money / Zware industrie slurpt veel klimaatgeld km-Morgen-BE: "Heavy industry guzzles a lot of climate money / Zware ..." page: 1,8-9 info: by Debusschere date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Climate Law

[Czech Republic, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:18:00 AM CEST

Daily Mladá fronta DNES brings a commentary by economist Jan Ferenc in which he writes about the European Parliament and the Council of the EU agreeing on the European Climate Law. According to the document, by 2030 EU member states will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55% when compared to 1990 and by 2050, the EU will be carbon neutral. The author highlights that the proposal is a purely political commitment that has no scientific justification, is not based on economic or sociological fundamentals, or even on ecological research. Overall, Mr Ferenc draws attention to the possible problems related to the Climate Act and to the way it will be enforced by law.

How many political prisoners will there be in the EU? / Kolik politických vězňů bude v EU? km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "How many political prisoners will there be in the EU? ..." page: 12 info: by Jan Ferenc date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Investment into the green sector

[Estonia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Stocks of companies operating in the green energy sector have finally fallen after showing significant growth in 2020, reports Äripäev. The increase came from promises and plans made by the President of the United States Joe Biden. Investor Rait Kondor says the green revolution is happening all around the world, and is a sector where trends are to be followed. The sector is currently driven by the global race to reach climate neutrality by the year 2050. Both the European Union and China have declared their plans to involve more investments in the green sector. Researchers at Princeton University have estimated the United States will spend $9.4 trillion on electrification in the next ten years, making a significant move towards renewable energy.

Investment into the green sector / Rohesektori kuumad investeerimisideed km-Aripaev-EE: "Investment into the green sector / Rohesektori kuumad investeerimisideed..." page: 30,31 info: by JAAN MARTIN RAIK j aan-martin.raik@aripaev.ee date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The price tag can reach several hundred million euros

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:48:00 PM CEST

The Europan Commission is set to publish its proposal on expanding the emissions trading scheme to the maritime sector. However, Finland has started lobbying that Finland's special circumstances would be taken into account so that the costs associated with it will not rise too high. Icebreaking, for example, is a special circumstance that the other EU member states do not have to deal with. According to Environmental Specialist Mats Björkendahl of the Finnish Shipowner's Association, the emissions trading scheme will add hundreds of millions in extra costs to shipping.

The price tag could reach several hundred million euros / Prislappen kan uppgå till flera hundra miljoner km-YleFem-FI: "The price tag could reach several hundred million euros / ..." info: News, 2021-05-06 19:36:00, 00:02:00, by Magnus Hertzberg date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:36:00 PM CEST

European Commissioner for the Environment questions sustainability of Finnish forestry: “Data from Finland shows the worrisome situation”

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Maaseudun Tulevaisuus talked with Commissioner ­Sinkevičius upon his visit to Finland together with Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen earlier this week. Speaking about Finnish forests, Commissioner Sinkevičius raised his concern for the state of biological diversity and carbon sinks, for which data provided by Finland is worrisome. There are grave dangers to the biodiversity and Commisioner Sinkevičius has his doubts about forest certification, which the European Commisison will address in its new forest strategy. Commissioner Sinkevičius does not believe that the new taxonomy will bring new bureaucracy for the forest owners. Last, Commissioner Sinkevičius said that because forests are so important for Finns and part of the country's identity, he wanted to visit Finland and see first hand how the forest is taken care of. The forests have never been more crucial in combating climate change than now, so they carry an important role in initiatives and legislation.

European Commissioner for the Environment questions sustainability of Finnish forestry: “Data from Finland shows the worrisome situation” / EU:n ympäristökomissaari kyseenalaistaa suomalaisen metsätalouden kestävyyden: "Suomen tiedot osoittavat huolestuttavan tilanteen" km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "European Commissioner for the Environment questions sustainability of Finnish forestry: ..." page: 1 info: by Maria Pohjala date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Climate: Bundesbank accused of preventing ECB from taking ambitious measures

[France, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that activists awarded the "best climate killer" prize in the central bank category to the Bundesbank on Wednesday at a mock ceremony in Frankfurt. The NGOs accuse the institution of blocking the adoption of ambitious measures to integrate climate issues at the ECB level, they explain in a statement. This action comes at a time when the ECB's strategic review, which is to determine how it will integrate climate objectives into its monetary policy, will be completed at the beginning of the second half of the year. On the subject, the President of the Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, is one of the most conservative members of the Governing Council. He is opposed to using monetary policy to pursue climate objectives, as he believes that this is not the role of the ECB.

Climate: Bundesbank accused of preventing ECB from taking ambitious measures / Climat : la Bundesbank accusée d'empêcher la BCE de prendre des mesures ambitieuses km-Echos-FR: "Climate: Bundesbank accused of preventing ECB from taking ambitious measures ..." page: 29 info: by Marion Heilmann date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Germany is ready to go alone in climate protection

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:08:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of the "sustainable traffic light" and the readiness of Germany to adopt it ahead of the EU. The Federal Government is pushing for a "sustainability traffic light" for investment products and if there is no initiative from the European Commission soon, it wants to create the conditions for this itself, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The sustainability traffic light is part of the Sustainable Finance Strategy, which the cabinet approved on Wednesday. In the EU's criteria for sustainable financial investment, it is still disputed how nuclear power and gas power plants should be treated. The European Commission does not want to commit itself until the second catalogue of criteria is presented by the end of the year. Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze made clear that the Federal Government is not giving in on the topic.

Climate: Federal Government wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 percent by 2030 / Klima: Bundesregierung will CO2-Ausstoß bis 2030 um 65 Prozent reduzieren km-Bild.de-DE: "Climate: Federal Government wants to reduce CO2 emissions by 65 ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Government wants to make Germany climate neutral by 2045 / Regierung will Deutschland bis 2045 klimaneutral machen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Government wants to make Germany climate neutral by 2045 / ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Unilaterally in climate protection / Alleingang im Klimaschutz km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Unilaterally in climate protection / Alleingang im Klimaschutz..." page: 20 info: by M.F date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Higher climate protection targets / Höhere Klimaschutzziele km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Higher climate protection targets / Höhere Klimaschutzziele..." page: 12 info: by Silke Kersting date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"NO ONE CAN HIDE" / "KEINER KANN SICH VERSTECKEN" km-Stern-DE: ""NO ONE CAN HIDE" / "KEINER KANN SICH VERSTECKEN"..." page: 44 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Beautiful goals, no paths / Schöne Ziele, keine Wege km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Beautiful goals, no paths / Schöne Ziele, keine Wege..." page: 4 info: by M.Bauchmüller date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Germany to be climate neutral in 2045 / Deutschland soll 2045 klimaneutral sein km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Germany to be climate neutral in 2045 / Deutschland soll ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

A little turned on the wheel / Ein wenig am Rad gedreht km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "A little turned on the wheel / Ein wenig am ..." page: 2 info: by C.E date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

New German climate target relieves europe in particular / Neues deutsches Klimaziel entlastet vor allem Osteuropa km-Welt-DE: "New German climate target relieves europe in particular / Neues ..." page: 1 info: by D.Wetzel date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Combining ecology and economics - the market can do that! / Ökologie und Ökonomie verbinden - der Markt kann das! km-Welt-DE: "Combining ecology and economics - the market can do that! ..." page: 10 info: by T.S date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Germany announcing ambitious plan to further cut CO2 emissions

[Italy, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

An article in Il Manifesto stresses that the German government announced more ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In particular, Germany is planning to raise its target for carbon emissions reduction by 2030 to 65% from 55%. Under the new targets Germany would aim for net zero emissions by 2045, five years earlier than initially planned. The plan was announced by Finance Minister Scholz and Environment Minister Schulze. Germany's CO2 emissions are already 40% below the 1990 level. The new targets will mean a further reduction by 25% in the 2020s, 23% in 2030s and 12% in the 2040s.

"CO2 emissions to be cut 65% by 2030". Germany speeding up / «Taglio delle emissioni di CO2 del 65% entro il 2030», la Germania accelera km-Manifesto-IT: ""CO2 emissions to be cut 65% by 2030". Germany speeding ..." page: 8 info: by SEBASTIANO CANETTA date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Trade unions from KWB Konin mine appeal to Executive Vice-President Timmermans to precipitate transfers of money from Just Transition Fund

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

In an article for Rzeczpospolita, Alicja Messerszmidt – an activist from KADRA trade unions at the brown coal mine KWB Konin Grupa ZE PAK – explains reasons and content of a letter which the trade unions addressed to Executive Vice-President Timmermans. In the letter, the activists appeal to EVP Timmermans to precipitate transfers of money from the Just Transition Fund because given a normal pace of works of regions and ministries, which are in dispute over political control over the Fund, KWB Konin mine will receive the money in one and a half year from now at the soonest. She stresses that Grupa ZE PAK company is a decarbonisation leader in Poland and at the same time it is also the biggest victim of this quick decarbonisation process. The letter notes that the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy offered KWB Konin only 10% from a total €3.5 billion, which the EU earmarks for Poland under Just Transition Fund, because as usual the Upper Silesia is the biggest beneficiary of this programme.

Eastern Wielkopolska is not a poor brother of Upper Silesia / Wielkopolska Wschodnia to nie ubogi brat Górnego Śląska km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Eastern Wielkopolska is not a poor brother of Upper Silesia ..." page: 17 info: by ALICJA MESSERSZMIDT date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU/Presidency: EU Council adopts compromise on European Climate Change Act

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

The Council of the European Union approved the Climate Law commitment negotiated by the Portuguese EU Presidency and the European Parliament, Dinheirovivo.pt reports. The Committee of Permanent Representatives approved the resolution which must now be approved by the European Parliament.

EU/Presidency: EU Council adopts compromise on European Climate Change Act / UE/Presidência: Conselho da UE aprova compromisso sobre Lei Europeia do Clima km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "EU/Presidency: EU Council adopts compromise on European Climate Change Act ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

COMMUNICATION

European Commission opens another 13 information centres in Bulgaria

[Bulgaria, COMMUNICATION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

The Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria announced on Wednesday that a network of new Europe Direct centres was to be launched across Bulgaria in May, ClubZ and Trud daily report. 13 new generation centres will be opened in order to strengthen the connection between European institutions and citizens. They will provide information about how Europe is combating the Covid-19 pandemic, about the NextGenerationEU, and will promote the green and digital transition.

EU opens 13 new generation information centres in Bulgaria / ЕС открива 13 информационни центъра от ново поколение у нас km-clubz.bg-BG: "EU opens 13 new generation information centres in Bulgaria / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

13 information centres in Bulgaria / ЕС с 13 информационни центъра у нас km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "13 information centres in Bulgaria / ЕС с 13 информационни ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe Direct centre opens in České Budějovice

[Czech Republic, COMMUNICATION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:18:00 AM CEST

Mladá fronta DNES daily informs the readers about a new informational centre Europe Direct, which has opened in the city of České Budějovice. The daily explains that the centre is a regional representation of the European Commission and its goal is to connect the public with Brussels. The daily quotes Europe Direct’s Denisa Hocke as explaining that the centre will offer the people of South Bohemia regular debates, seminars and a number of other public activities on current European topics in the field of ecology, security, economy and digitalisation. She adds that it will also address issues of democracy, the rule of law or the position and role of the EU in the world.

The centre is intended to bring the South Bohemians closer to the European Union / Centrum má Jihočechům přiblížit Evropskou unii km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "The centre is intended to bring the South Bohemians closer ..." page: 18 info: by Jakub Bartoš date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

COMPETITION

Europe raises protective barrier against China

[Austria, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

Various media report that Executive Vice-President Vestager plans to establish limits to Chinese economic expansionism. With new EU rules, the takeover of European companies and unfair competition through state subsidies are to be made more difficult and penalised. The European Commission presented a legislative proposal on Wednesday. "We have had a system of subsidy control for more than 60 years to prevent subsidy races between the member states," said EVP Vestager. The new proposal now aims at subsidies from non-EU member states. Brussels has already suspended ratification of the investment agreement with China. The reason for this is the recent diplomatic discord with Beijing, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said.

Europe raises protective barrier against China / Europa zieht den Schutzwall gegen China ein Stück höher km-Kurier-AT: "Europe raises protective barrier against China / Europa zieht den ..." page: 11 info: by Ingrid Steiner-Gashi date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU will Wirtschaft vor unfairem Wettbewerb schützen km-kurier.at-AT: "EU will Wirtschaft vor unfairem Wettbewerb schützen..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2021-05-05 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Roland Adrowitzer date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Investitionsabkommen mit China liegt auf Eis km-orf.at-AT: "Investitionsabkommen mit China liegt auf Eis..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ZIB km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB..." info: 2021-05-05 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Roland Adrowitzer date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Brüssel will neue Schranken gegen China km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Brüssel will neue Schranken gegen China..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU-Wirtschaft sucht Schutz vor unfairer Konkurrenz km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU-Wirtschaft sucht Schutz vor unfairer Konkurrenz..." page: 15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Sanctions rather than investments / Sanktionen statt Investitionen km-Standard-AT: "Sanctions rather than investments / Sanktionen statt Investitionen..." page: 17 info: by Leopold Stefan date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Investitionsabkommen EU/China gestoppt. km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Investitionsabkommen EU/China gestoppt...." page: 10 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Austria: Covid-19 aid as of €100,000 to be published

[Austria, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

The Austrian federal government is planning to enter the companies that received public support of more than €100,000 last year to help them cope with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis into the EU transparency data base for subsidies, thereby making this information publicly accessible, various media report. Vice-Chancellor Kogler and Finance Minister Blümel made this announcement on Wednesday. This step is a reaction to the European Commission requiring the publication of such subsidies one year after they were provided.

Corona-Hilfen ab 100.000 Euro werden öffentlich gemacht km-Diepresse.com-AT: "Corona-Hilfen ab 100.000 Euro werden öffentlich gemacht..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Corona-Hilfen über 100.000 € werden veröffentlicht km-krone.at-AT: "Corona-Hilfen über 100.000 € werden veröffentlicht..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Corona-Hilfen von mehr als 100.000 Euro werden veröffentlicht km-kurier.at-AT: "Corona-Hilfen von mehr als 100.000 Euro werden veröffentlicht..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2021-05-05 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Eva Haslinger date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Ministerrat: Hilfen über 100.000 Euro werden veröffentlicht km-orf.at-AT: "Ministerrat: Hilfen über 100.000 Euro werden veröffentlicht..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Corona: Glasnost für Hilfsgelder km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Corona: Glasnost für Hilfsgelder..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Österreich deckt sich mit Impfstoff für die nächsten Jahre ein km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Österreich deckt sich mit Impfstoff für die nächsten Jahre ein..." page: 2,3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Covid-19 aid as of €100,000 to be published / Einsicht für Corona-Hilfen ab 100.000 Euro km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Covid-19 aid as of €100,000 to be published / Einsicht ..." page: 10 info: by Karl Ettinger date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EC proposes measures against impact of foreign subsidies

[Bulgaria, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

On Wednesday, the European Commission proposed a new regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market, several media report. The aim is for investments by non-EU governments to be scrutinised just like subsidies provided by European countries, the Commission pointed out in a statement. Such foreign subsidies may be zero-interest loans and other financing, unlimited government guarantees, zero-tax agreements or direct financial support. The Commission demands to be given the power to verify funding provided by the authorities of non-EU countries that benefits companies operating in the single market. It envisages the creation of a notification-based tool to investigate financial contributions by a non-EU government, where the EU turnover of the company to be acquired is €500 million or more and the foreign financial contribution is at least €50 million.

Brussels wants verification of subsidies from non-EU governments / Брюксел иска проверка на субсидии от правителства извън ЕС km-clubz.bg-BG: "Brussels wants verification of subsidies from non-EU governments / Брюксел ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The EU will restrict companies subsidised from abroad / ЕС ще ограничи компаниите, субсидирани от чужбина km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "The EU will restrict companies subsidised from abroad / ЕС ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

TASS: EC proposes to limit access for third-country state-owned companies to large public procurement and tenders in the EU / ТАСС: ЕК предлага да се ограничи достъпа на държавни компании от трети страни до големи обществени поръчки и търгове в ЕС km-Focus-News.net-BG: "TASS: EC proposes to limit access for third-country state-owned companies ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EC proposes measures against impact of foreign subsidies / ЕК предлага мерки срещу въздействието на чуждестранните субсидии km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "EC proposes measures against impact of foreign subsidies / ЕК ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commission proposes measures to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies on Single Market

[Cyprus, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:05:00 AM CEST

The Commission yesterday proposed a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market, Sigmalive reports citing the relevant press release. The legislative proposal aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny. The new tool is designed to effectively tackle foreign subsidies that cause distortions and harm the level playing field in the Single Market in any market situation.The Commission proposed to be given more powers to block the assigning or access to a public contract if a foreign enterprise has received many subsidies, a regulation aimed at – without, however, naming – China, Haravgi reports. The paper notes that the proposal is part of the hardening of the EU’s stance against China, its second largest trading partner after the US, to fight unfair competition by Chinese enterprises largely subsidised by the state.

Photo setting blocks Chinese enterprises from EU / ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΗ ΡΥΘΜΙΣΗ ΜΠΟΚΑΡΕΙ ΤΙΣ ΚΙΝΕΖΙΚΕΣ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΣΕΙΣ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΕΕ km-Haravgi-CY: "Photo setting blocks Chinese enterprises from EU / ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΗ ΡΥΘΜΙΣΗ ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commission proposes measures for the impact of foreign subsidies in single market / H Koμισιόν προτείνει μέτρα για επιπτώσεις ξένων επιδοτήσεων στην ενιαία αγορά km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Commission proposes measures for the impact of foreign subsidies in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European Commission to address market distortions caused by foreign subsidies

[Czech Republic, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:18:00 AM CEST

Radio station ČRo Radiožurnál reports that the European Commission is set to tighten the regulation of state aid with large foreign investments, anticipating massive fines over non-declared unfair state aid. The new measure aims at China in particular. The European Commission will be able to exclude subsidised companies from public tenders and investments. Europe remains an open economy, Executive Vice-President Vestager said; however, she added that non-European companies need to abide by the same rules as EU corporations.

European Commission to tighten regulation of state aid with big foreign investments / Evropská komise chce zpřísnit dohled na státní pomoc u velkých zahraničních investic km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "European Commission to tighten regulation of state aid with big ..." info: Zprávy, 2021-05-05 18:06:00, 00:00:51, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:06:00 PM CEST

The European Court of Law annuls approval for government aid made by the European Commission

[Denmark, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

The European Commission's approval for government aid from Denmark to the postal service PostNord has been ruled invalid by the European Court of Law. ITD, a Danish private business association for the professional transport and logistics companies, and Danske Fragtmænd, a groupage carrier, have complained that the European Commission did not begin a formal investigation procedure according to the the Treaty on the European Union. The claimants found favour in two out of five counts. The European Commission will have to decide anew whether to approve government aid on those two counts. PostNord expects that the European Commission will approve the aid once again.

The European Court of Law annuls approval for government aid made by the European Commission / Dansk statsstøtte til PostNord bliver underkendt ved EU-domstol km-Politiken.dk-DK: "The European Court of Law annuls approval for government aid ..." info: by Monna Dithmer Digitalt Teater Kan Give Kunstnerisk Mening. Også Efter Corona date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Strategic Autonomy: Brussels moves from words to deeds

[France, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

L’Opinion reports that the European Commission is acting on disloyal competition from Chinese companies and on the need to alleviate strategic dependencies by presenting, yesterday, changes to its industrial policy and a legislative proposal to fight against foreign state aid distorting competition on the EU market. This ambitious project was planned for and agreed upon between Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton in June last year. The proposed mechanism includes three tools to find market distortions and engage in dialogue with businesses concerned, demanding they change their behaviour or imposing fines going up to 10% of their profits. These tools would include the possibility for the Commission to launch its own investigation into foreign subventions. In an interview with Agefi Hebdo, EVP Vestager admitted that not all member states were onboard with the proposal.

EU wants to counter Chinese companies' appetite for European firms / L'UE veut contrer l'appétit des entreprises chinoises pour les firmes européennes km-bfmtv.com-FR: "EU wants to counter Chinese companies' appetite for European firms ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brussels wants to give itself the means to block some Chinese acquisitions on the Old Continent / Bruxelles veut se donner les moyens de bloquer certaines acquisitions chinoises sur le Vieux Continent km-Echos-FR: "Brussels wants to give itself the means to block some ..." page: 6 info: by G. G date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe wants to control Chinese acquisitions / L'Europe veut contrôler les acquisitions chinoises km-Figaro-FR: "Europe wants to control Chinese acquisitions / L'Europe veut contrôler ..." page: 27 info: by Anne Rovan date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Strategic Autonomy: Brussels moves from words to deeds / Autonomie Stratégique : Bruxelles passe de la parole aux actes km-Opinion-FR: "Strategic Autonomy: Brussels moves from words to deeds / Autonomie ..." page: 1,5 info: by Mathieu Solal date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Profile of Executive Vice-President Vestager

[Germany, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:58:00 AM CEST

In Süddeutsche Zeitung, Björn Finke describes Executive Vice-President Vestager as an EU politician who wrestles with Apple, Google and China, despite some setbacks. In her first term in Brussels, from 2014 to 2019, EVP Vestager made a name for herself as an intrepid fighter for consumers and taxpayers. In 2019, she even wanted to become European Commission President. That did not succeed, but President von der Leyen promoted her to one of three Executive Vice-Presidents. She is no longer responsible only for competition but also coordinates digital policy. On Wednesday, in a joint press conference with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Breton, EVP Vestager announced proposals for bold measures by the EU to promote and protect the economy. "Europe is a superpower in trade and investment," EVP Vestager said.

Portrait of Executive Vice-President Vestager / PROFIL Margrethe Vestager km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Portrait of Executive Vice-President Vestager / PROFIL Margrethe Vestager..." page: 4 info: by B.Finke date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU to stand up to China with proposals for fair competition

[Germany, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30:00 AM CEST

The EU sees itself disadvantaged in competition with China, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. That is why the agreement on an investment treaty at the end of last year was welcomed with enthusiasm. The "asymmetrical relationship" in market access would be at least somewhat balanced out, as Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis emphasised on Wednesday. However, Chinese companies can still make purchases in some sectors and undercut EU competitors in tenders. On Wednesday, the European Commission presented a proposal to change this. "Foreign direct investment is good for us, but that only applies if it is done on fairer terms," Executive Vice-President Vestager said.

How the EU wants to stand up to China / So will sich die EU gegen China behaupten km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "How the EU wants to stand up to China / ..." page: 18 info: by hmk. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Commission seeks to regulate foreign subsidies in the single market

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the Commission is promoting stricter control of all investments by third countries in the EU with the aim to locate State subsidies that distort competition with European businesses. Naftempriki notes that the proposed legislation does not name specific third countries but it is obvious that it places under the microscope the “Chinese infiltration” in Europe through the support of State aid granted to companies in order to make competitive offers in tenders and acquisitions. According to figures presented by Executive Vice-President Vestager, in 2019 the stock of foreign direct investments was worth more than €7 trillion. Based on the proposed regulation, the Commission will have the power to investigate financial contributions granted by public authorities of a non-EU country that benefit companies engaging in economic activity in the EU and redress their distortive effects. Kathimerini adds that among others, the Commission will require to be notified by a company that intends to acquire a European business with an annual turnover of at least €500 million if the company in question has received a State subsidy of at least €50 million. According to euro2day.gr and capital.gr, President von der Leyen stressed in a post on Twitter that “the EU is the most open market in the world”, adding that openness rhymes with fairness. She stressed that the goal of the proposed measures is to ensure a level playing field. Online media note that Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis noted that unfair advantages accorded through subsidies have long been a scourge of international competition. He explained that the proposed regulation will level the playing field within the EU and encourage positive change. Commissioner Breton remarked that the Commission is closing a gap in its rule book to make sure that all companies compete on an equal footing.

Η Κομισιόν επιβραδύνει την επενδυτική συμφωνία με την Κίνα km-capital.gr-GR: "Η Κομισιόν επιβραδύνει την επενδυτική συμφωνία με την Κίνα..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

How the EU is killing China’s appetite for company acquisitions / Πώς η ΕΕ κόβει την όρεξη της Κίνας για εξαγορές εταιρειών km-euro2day.gr-GR: "How the EU is killing China’s appetite for company acquisitions ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New tools to restrict foreign subsidies in Europe / Νέα εργαλεία για περιορισμό ξένων επιδοτήσεων στην Ευρώπη km-Kathimerini-GR: "New tools to restrict foreign subsidies in Europe / Νέα ..." page: 27 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stricter framework for foreign investments / Αυστηρότερο πλαίσιο για ξένες επενδύσεις km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Stricter framework for foreign investments / Αυστηρότερο πλαίσιο για ξένες ..." page: 14 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Η EE πάγωσε την εμπορική συμφωνία με την Κίνα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Η EE πάγωσε την εμπορική συμφωνία με την Κίνα..." page: 37 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Greek Public Power Corporation is concerned about the DG COMP investigation

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Kathimerini reports that the report of the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC), which accompanies the financial statement of 2020, records concerns over the potential course of the investigation by the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) that was launched in March. The report also expresses concern over the effects on the company’s finances. PPC’s concern is linked with the possibility of expanding the investigation in the retail market as well. PPC estimates that it is not certain that the Commission will approve the proposal that it agreed on with the Greek Energy Ministry in January 2021 after the conduction of the market test.

PPC “on pins and middles” for the EU investigation / «Στα καρφιά» η ΔΕΗ για την έρευνα της E.E. km-Kathimerini-GR: "PPC “on pins and middles” for the EU investigation / ..." page: 25 info: by Chrysa Liaggou date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commission suspends ratification of EU-China agreement; proposes rules against companies that receive foreign subsidies

[Hungary, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Világgazdaság, Magyar Nemzet, Népszava and Portfolio.hu report on the worsening EU-China relations. Világgazdaság, Magyar Nemzet and Portfolio.hu write the Commission has suspended efforts to ratify the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) between the EU and China, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis told news agency AFP. The agreement took years to reach but Executive VP Dombrovskis said its ratification cannot be separated from the dynamics of the wider EU-China relations. China has recently introduced sanctions against EU politicians, Executive VP Dombrovskis added. Portfolio.hu speculates the EU may request the easing of sanctions as a precondition for the ratification of the agreement. The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Magyar Nemzet that to reduce the damage of the pandemic, we need our Asian partners, including China. For that reason, the ministry hopes there is still a chance to ratify the agreement. Világgazdaság and Népszava further report Executive Vice-President Vestager announced new proposed measures yesterday that, without naming China, would curb Chinese acquisitions in the EU. If the European Parliament and member states agree, the Commission would be able to block companies that have received financial contributions from a foreign government from acquiring European companies or getting awarded public procurement contracts in the EU. Népszava adds that in Hungary, the Budapest-Belgrade railway line and the construction of the Fudan campus will be carried out with the participation of Chinese companies, but these will not be retrospectively investigated by the Commission. The Commission is also working on an update of the EU’s Industrial Strategy, which would double the number of semiconductors produced in the EU by 2030, Világgazdaság writes. “The EU was too open, too naïve” to outsource much of its semiconductor production to Taiwan, China and South Korea, Commissioner Breton told news agency Bloomberg. Additionally, Népszava reports MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA), Chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with China, criticised the Hungarian government’s decision to invite Fudan University to Budapest.

Deal with China in danger / Veszélyben az alku Kínával km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Deal with China in danger / Veszélyben az alku Kínával..." page: 9 info: by Judi Tamara date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fudan: “Invitation to Budapest is suspicious” / Fudan: „Gyanús a budapesti invitálás” km-Nepszava-HU: "Fudan: “Invitation to Budapest is suspicious” / Fudan: „Gyanús a ..." page: 1,2 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU toughens up: Ratification of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment suspended / Bekeményít az EU: felfüggesztették a Kínával kötött átfogó beruházási megállapodás elfogadását km-portfolio.hu-HU: "The EU toughens up: Ratification of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on ..." info: by Portfolio date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brussels toughens up against China / Brüsszel bekeményített Kínával szemben km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "Brussels toughens up against China / Brüsszel bekeményített Kínával szemben..." page: 1,6 info: by PETŐ SÁNDOR date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU clampdown targets Chinese state-sponsored takeover deals

[Ireland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports that EU will gain new powers to regulate businesses financially backed by governments outside the union making large acquisitions or public procurement bids in a move to prevent Chinese dominance of the energy, raw materials and pharmaceuticals sectors. Executive Vice President Vestager said: "Until now, companies have been free to use foreign subsidies to buy up businesses here in Europe [...] It's not fair on European workers and consumers." The new foreign subsidy regime comes after the EU suggested it was suspending efforts to ratify last December's investment deal with China.

EU clampdown targets Chinese state-sponsored takeover deals / EU clampdown targets Chinese state-sponsored takeover deals km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU clampdown targets Chinese state-sponsored takeover deals / EU clampdown ..." page: 4 info: by Sarah Collins date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU, new rules to prevent foreign state-backed companies from buying European businesses

[Italy, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:47:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the European Commission proposed a set of new rules to prevent foreign state-backed companies from buying EU businesses or taking part in public tenders, with a particular eye on fending off unfair competition from Chinese and Arab companies. The Commission proposed new laws to levy fines and block deals. While the EU did not mention China directly in the proposal, the move followed complaints from European businesses that Chinese firms get the support they cannot match. Under the new rules, for instance, the EU antitrust authority would investigate state-backed foreign companies seeking to acquire EU businesses with an annual turnover of more than €500 million, an article in Milano Finanza notes. State aid investigations would also be launched into subsidised companies bidding for large public contracts in Europe, such as in rail or telecommunications, worth more than €250 million, an article in Corriere della Sera stresses. An article in Il Sole 24 Ore notes that, commenting on the new rules, Executive Vice President Dombrovskis said “unfair advantages accorded through subsidies have long been a scourge of international competition. This is why we have made it a priority to clamp down on such unfair practices”.

Europe building barriers to reject China's advance / L'Europa prepara le barriere contro l avanzata della Cina km-Avvenire-IT: "Europe building barriers to reject China's advance / L'Europa prepara ..." page: 21 info: by GIOVANNI MARIA DEL RE date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Anti-takeover shield for foreign companies. EU protecting its businesses / Scudo anti scalate dall estero L'Ue difende le sue imprese km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Anti-takeover shield for foreign companies. EU protecting its businesses / ..." page: 30 info: by Francesca Basso date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Grasp on foreign aid. Brussels now able to stop takeovers, tenders / Stretta agli aiuti extra-Ue. Bruxelles potrà bloccare acquisizioni e appalti km-Italia-Oggi-IT: "Grasp on foreign aid. Brussels now able to stop takeovers, ..." page: 35 info: by LUIGI CHIARELLO date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European maxi-shield to stop Chinese takeovers / Arriva il maxi scudo europeo per bloccare le scalate cinesi km-Messaggero-IT: "European maxi-shield to stop Chinese takeovers / Arriva il maxi ..." page: 15 info: by Gabriele Rosana date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels' veto on foreign shopping / Veto di Bruxelles sullo shopping extra-Ue km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Brussels' veto on foreign shopping / Veto di Bruxelles sullo ..." page: 6 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU launches anti-China shield, state-backed companies not allowed to buy / Scudo anti Cina: reciprocità sugli aiuti di Stato km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "EU launches anti-China shield, state-backed companies not allowed to buy ..." page: 1,6 info: by Beda Romano date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU adopting shield against foreign takeovers / L'Ue alza lo scudo contro le scalate alle aziende europee km-Stampa-IT: "EU adopting shield against foreign takeovers / L'Ue alza lo ..." page: 20 info: by Marco Bresolin date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission to combat unfair foreign business competition

[Latvia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, while European government subsidies to companies are scrutinised, the rest of the world's support for their companies is largely unchecked. The European Commission on 5 May unveiled a new bill that would give it the right to block the participation of state-subsidised companies in the takeover of European companies or in tenders for the provision of various services. Executive Vice-President Vestager says that the openness to foreign investment benefits the bloc, but openness also requires honesty. “We want every company operating in Europe, regardless of its origin, to respect the rules of our home,” she stresses.

European Commission to combat unfair foreign business competition / EK vēlas plašākas pilnvaras ārvalstu uzņēmumu negodīgas konkurences apkarošanai km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "European Commission to combat unfair foreign business competition / EK ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-05-05 18:54:00, 00:01:52, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:54:00 PM CEST

Commission proposes instrument against distortion of competition

[Luxembourg, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort reports that yesterday, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal, aiming to create the possibility of prohibiting state-subsidised companies from third countries from taking over companies in the EU. In addition, companies supported with state money should also be excluded from public contracts. As a lesson from the pandemic, the European Commission also wants to become less dependent on imports for strategically important products and make the European market more crisis-proof. At the same time, the digital and green change should be promoted, according to the EU industrial strategy for 2020, which was also presented yesterday.

Instrument against distortion of competition / Instrument gegen Wettbewerbsverzerrung km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Instrument against distortion of competition / Instrument gegen Wettbewerbsverzerrung..." page: 10 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission concerns about dependence on foreign countries for certain products

[Netherlands, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:02:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is concerned about dependence on certain products abroad, NPO Radio 1 reports. On the list of several thousand products are 137 products which the Commission considers to lead to a vulnerable position in dependence on other countries. NOS correspondent Sander van Hoorn says that Commissioner Breton wants to set up task force. He wants to see where other companies in the European Union have vulnerabilities and how they could solve them. The European Commission also wants to be able to intervene if foreign products are sold here with state aid.

European Commission concerns about dependence on foreign countries for certain products / Zorgen Europese Commissie over afhankelijkheid van buitenland voor bepaalde producten km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "European Commission concerns about dependence on foreign countries for certain ..." info: Blok & Toine, 2021-05-05 15:16:00, 00:03:15, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:16:00 PM CEST

Hidden interview with Commissioner Breton for Rzeczpospolita about new instruments for controlling foreign subsidies in the Single Market

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Breton issued a statement to Rzeczpospolita concerning a draft regulation presented on Wednesday by the European Commission which addresses distortions cased by foreign subsidies in the Single Market. Commissioner Breton said to Rzeczpospolita that in some areas, a balance of powers is needed. This is new to Europe but it is a lesson that the EU has learnt in recent years about how to be open in the world where others do not apply the same rules. Commissioner said that Europe must balance this situation with the use of specific instruments. The new instrument presented by the Commission will include three tools to address takeovers, public procurements and situations in which transactions or involvement of a foreign government are smaller than the set limits but in the opinion of the Commission they still distort the functioning of the Single Market.

Hidden interview with Commissioner Breton for Rzeczpospolita about new instruments for controlling foreign subsidies in the Single Market / Unia chce swoich półprzewodników km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Hidden interview with Commissioner Breton for Rzeczpospolita about new instruments ..." page: 1 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commissioner Vestager plans to reinforce advantage of EU companies in single market

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

PR1 radio station reports that the European Commission has found a way to hit China, which subsidises its companies against trade rules. The proposal has been presented by Executive Vice-President Vestager. She explained that the purpose of the plan was to force foreign companies operating in the single market to obey EU rules. It refers to a draft regulation against interferences in the EU single market. Today, the companies that do not get any public aid may have a problem at competing with the rivals that are subsidised by governments. Although the Commission does not mention China in the draft, the regulation’s target is primarily big Chinese companies, which receive state aid. Already a few years ago, Brussels categorised China as a systemic rival. Now the Commission has confirmed that there are more and more cases, when foreign subsidies facilitate the acquisition of European companies, or interfere with public procurements.

Commissioner Vestager plans to reinforce advantage of EU companies in single market / Radio One News km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "Commissioner Vestager plans to reinforce advantage of EU companies in ..." info: Radio One News, 2021-05-05 15:04:00, 00:01:01, by Beata Płomecka date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:04:00 PM CEST

European Commission to address market distortions caused by foreign subsidies

[Slovakia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:13:00 AM CEST

Radio station Rádio Slovensko and TV station STV1 report that the European Commission has proposed restricting the access of third-country companies to public tenders in the EU and curbing takeovers of EU companies by subsidised corporations from non-EU countries. The new measure aims to secure fair competition and transparent investment in EU businesses. Executive Vice-President Vestager said: “Until now, companies have been free to use foreign subsidies to buy up businesses here in Europe. Some have been able to undercut their competitors in public tenders, not because they're more efficient, but because they get financial support from foreign countries.” Brussels also announced that it intended to decrease European dependence on Chinese products and raw materials. “Out of 5,200 products imported into the EU, our analysis identified 137 products for which the EU is highly dependent. This represents 6% of the total value of imported goods,” Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said.

European Commission to tighten state aid regulation with large foreign investments / EK chce zpřísnit dohled na státní pomoc u velkých zahraničních investic, vyjádření místopředsedkyně EK Vestagerové km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "European Commission to tighten state aid regulation with large foreign ..." info: Správy, 2021-05-05 18:21:00, 00:01:57, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:21:00 PM CEST

EC to prevent unfair competition / EK chce zabránit nekalé konkurenci, vyjádření místopředsedkyně EK Vestagerové a místopředsedy EK Dombrovskise km-STV-1-SK: "EC to prevent unfair competition / EK chce zabránit nekalé ..." info: Správy, 2021-05-05 19:39:00, 00:01:49, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:39:00 PM CEST

European Commission proposes regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

[Slovenia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

With a new regulation, the European Commission wants to prevent companies from third countries, which would in practice mainly affect Chinese companies, from buying European companies with state subsidies, Delo and Radio Slovenija 1 report. Under the proposal, the Commission will have the power to investigate third-country aid to companies operating in the EU. They will need to announce subsidies in excess of €50 million. The companies with foreign subsidies will also not be allowed to participate in public tenders in the EU. With such an arrangement, the market should become fairer, Executive Vice-President Vestager believes. The European Commission stresses that the regulation is not directed against any specific country or limited to a specific economic sector. It is only meant for enabling equal and fair competition to continue the openness of the common European market, the Commission claims. According to Executive Vice-President Vestager, companies that do not follow the new regulation could receive fines of up to 10% of their annual revenue.

Oxygen for companies’ survival in the crisis / Kisik za preživetje podjetij v krizi km-Delo-SI: "Oxygen for companies’ survival in the crisis / Kisik za ..." page: 5 info: by Peter Žerjavic date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Regulation proposal / Predlog uredbe km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Regulation proposal / Predlog uredbe..." info: Radijski dnevnik, 2021-05-05 18:41:00, 00:02:00, by Igor Jurič date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:41:00 PM CEST

Europe protects itself from Chinese takeover of companies

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the European Union wants to stop playing at a permanent disadvantage with some countries, especially the Chinese giant. Yesterday, Brussels took two steps in this direction. On the one hand, the proposal to shield European companies from possible takeovers by companies receiving public aid from countries outside the EU, and on the other, to reduce dependence on China and other foreign suppliers in strategic areas such as raw materials or pharmaceutical ingredients. “Europe is open for business, but come and do it in a fair and transparent manner,” said Executive Vice-President Vestager.

Brussels to control foreign companies receiving public aid / Bruselas controlará a las empresas extranjeras que reciban ayudas públicas km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Brussels to control foreign companies receiving public aid / Bruselas ..." page: 29 info: by P. PÉREZ date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels shields from foreign companies receiving public subsidies / Bruselas se blinda de las empresas extranjeras que reciben subsidios públicos km-Correo-ES: "Brussels shields from foreign companies receiving public subsidies / Bruselas ..." page: 45 info: by SALVADOR ARROYO date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels aims to put China's companies at the tmear / Bruselas pretende poner coto a las empresas chinas km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Brussels aims to put China's companies at the tmear / ..." page: 13 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels calls for short tying up subsidized foreign companies looking at China / Bruselas pide atar en corto a las empresas extranjeras subsidiadas mirando a China km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "Brussels calls for short tying up subsidized foreign companies looking ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brussels wants to tackle the impact of China's investments within the EU / Bruselas quiere atajar el impacto de las inversiones de China dentro de la UE km-eldiario.es-ES: "Brussels wants to tackle the impact of China's investments within ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU arms to curb Chinese companies doped with subsidies / La UE se dota de armas para frenar a las empresas chinas dopadas con subvenciones km-elespanol.com-ES: "EU arms to curb Chinese companies doped with subsidies / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU shields against subsidized foreign companies / La UE se blinda ante las empresas extranjeras subsidiadas km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "EU shields against subsidized foreign companies / La UE se ..." page: 31 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU brake on subsidized foreign companies / Freno de la UE a las empresas extranjeras subsidiadas km-Mundo-ES: "EU brake on subsidized foreign companies / Freno de la ..." page: 34 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe defends multilateralism but does not want to play at a disadvantage with some countries, especially China, which it calls a systemic rival. In this area, the European Commission today presented 2 initiatives to protect themselves. the Commission aims to shield companies from their possible purchase by publicly aided companies. / Europa defiende el multilateralismo pero no quiere jugar en desventaja con algunos países, muy especialmente con China, al que califica de rival sistémico. En esa línea la Comisión Europea ha presentado hoy 2 iniciativas para protegerse. la Comisión km-RNE-5-ES: "Europe defends multilateralism but does not want to play at ..." info: EUROPA ABIERTA, 2021-05-05 16:07:00, 00:01:40, by MONICA CARRILLO date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Europe protects itself from Chinese takeover of companies / Europa se blinda ante la compra de empresas por parte de China km-Vanguardia-ES: "Europe protects itself from Chinese takeover of companies / Europa ..." page: 48 info: by Jaume Masdéu date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels aims to contain the entry of subsidized foreign companies / Bruselas pretende contener la entrada de empresas extranjeras subvencionadas km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "Brussels aims to contain the entry of subsidized foreign companies ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European business lending facility reaches €94 billion

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

El País reports that so far, the Pan-European Guarantee Fund (EGF) has unlocked €93.9 billion of support for European businesses. As of May 2021, the European Investment Bank -who manages the Fund- has already approved €11.7 billion, almost half the fund’s target for 2021, in support of European businesses struggling with the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to data from the European bank, the largest operations have taken place in Spain, Portugal, Poland and France. Specifically, funds worth €2.1 billion have so far been approved for Spain.

La línea europea de créditos a empresas llega a 94.000 millones km-Pais-ES: "La línea europea de créditos a empresas llega a 94.000 ..." page: 40 info: by Lluís Pellicer date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission presents proposal on how to deal with distortions caused by foreign subsidies

[Sweden, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has presented a proposal on how to deal with distortions caused by foreign subsidies, report Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter. According to Svenska Dagbladet, Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said at a press conference that companies have until now been able to use foreign subsidies to buy up businesses in the EU, which is not fair neither to workers nor consumers in the EU. Among other things, it is proposed to give the European Commission increased power to be able to stop investments where state-subsidised companies from areas outside the EU are involved. An investigation shall be required in the case of state-subsidised companies with a turnover of at least EUR 500 million when the foreign financial contribution is at least EUR 50 million or a public procurement has a value of at least EUR 250 million. Executive Vice-President Vestager added that fines can be imposed on companies if they refuse to cooperate. Even though China was not mentioned, it is being said that the proposal has been created with China in mind. The relationship between the EU and China has worsened after the country imposed sanctions on EU citizens and organisations. European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis stated that China's sanctions are unacceptable and that the next step in ratifying the EU-China investment agreement will be determined by how the situation develops in the future.

Sharper control of company acquisitions in the EU - directed at China / Skärpt kontroll av bolagsköp i EU – udden riktas mot Kina km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Sharper control of company acquisitions in the EU - directed ..." page: 22 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU wants to have stronger muscles against China / EU vill ha starkare muskler mot Kina km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "EU wants to have stronger muscles against China / EU ..." page: 15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

CONSUMER_POLICY

Travel agencies are not willing to repay the money to people resigning vouchers

[Poland, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:57:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita discusses the problems of clients of travel agencies, related to the reimbursement of the money in the case of resignation from the compensation voucher by the person, who booked a travel before the epidemic lockdown. Commissioner Reynders, in a letter to all member states, said that tour operators could offer vouchers as long as travellers would have the choice between accepting it or not. Furthermore, the EU officer noted that the customers should be able to request a full refund if they did not use the voucher ultimately. But the companies are not willing to give the money back to the customers who accepted vouchers as compensation for holidays cancelled during the epidemic lockdown. The client’s right to get a full refund has been confirmed by representatives of the European Commission. Still, there are no clear legal rules related to the issue.

It is not clear if you can resign your voucher / Nie jest jasne, czy można zrezygnować z vouchera km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "It is not clear if you can resign your voucher ..." page: 1 info: by Katarzyna Wójcik date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

CULTURE

Brussels wants to become the European capital of culture in 2030

[Belgium, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

L'Echo states that Brussels could become the new European capital of culture in 2030. Journalist Hadja Lahbib and director of the KVS Theatre Jan Goossens have been entrusted with the mission to make the city win the coveted title after the first success in 2000. The tandem would like Brussels to be the only Belgian city in competition. It will discuss the topic with Charleroi and Leuven, among others. Ms Lahbib opines that it is time for Brussels to become more clearly the capital of Europe and not only one where administrative and political decisions are made. The pair intends to focus on art as well as on environmental, social and democratic issues. The duo's priority is the inclusion of civil society in the project, especially young people.

"Brussels must become more clearly what it already is: Europe's capital" / "Bruxelles doit devenir plus clairement ce qu’elle est déjà: la capitale de l’Europe" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: ""Brussels must become more clearly what it already is: Europe's ..." page: 12 info: by Cauchie date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lithuanians protest against turning cultural heritage objects into construction sites

[Lithuania, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Vakaro Žinios reports that yesterday, a fake “funeral of culture” took place next to Lithuania’s Seimas. The campaign of protest was aimed at the idea of turning the territories of the most valuable Lithuanian cultural heritage objects into construction sites, it is being considered at Seimas. The precise changes proposed to be included in the Special Land Usage Conditions Law, article 60, would allow turning Soviet garages and other buildings into reconstructed apartment buildings and hotels. Protestors believe it would destroy some of the cultural heritage left in Lithuania.

Lithuanians protest against turning cultural heritage objects into construction sites / Seimūnams tautinis paveldas nerūpi? km-Vakaro-Zinios-LT: "Lithuanians protest against turning cultural heritage objects into construction sites ..." page: 1,2 info: by Vidmantas Misevičius date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU Literature Prize: Sant asks why political party publishers are disqualified

[Malta, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:22:00 AM CEST

Maltatoday.com.mt reports Labour MEP Alfred Sant is demanding answers from the European Commission as to why writers nominated for the European Union Prize for Literature are automatically disqualified from the accolade if they have been published by a political party publishing house. Sant, himself a prolific author published by Labour Party-owned SKS Publishers, tabled a Parliamentary Question to the Commission pointing out that “the particular condition excluding writers published by houses owned or affiliated to a political party does not feature in the rules published on the website of the European Union Prize for Literature”. Seeking clarification, Sant requested the European Commission to table a full copy of the established regulations.

EU Literature Prize: Sant asks why political party publishers are disqualified / EU Literature Prize: Sant asks why political party publishers are disqualified km-Maltatoday.com.mt-MT: "EU Literature Prize: Sant asks why political party publishers are ..." info: by David Lindsay date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

Will Belgium force social media to censure punishable opinions?

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

Two sources mention online freedom of speech. De Standaard notes that the Belgian Chamber will approve a resolution to force social media platforms to ban punishable messages. The Flemish-nationalist opposition, composed of N-VA and Vlaams Belang, fears that free speech is threatened. The majority wants transparency in how algorithms and AI are applied, as reports of discrimination and hate speech are on the rise, and fake news is boosting radicalising ideas. In December, the European Commission presented the Digital Services Act, and the debate about it in the Belgian Parliament will be lively. MP Peter De Roover (N-VA) stated that social media platforms should be forbidden to practice censorship. La Une notes that Commissioner Breton stated that what one cannot say in the street, because it is illegal, one should not be allowed to say on social media.

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - QR Le Débat - "Do not say online what one cannot say in the street" / Mercredi 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - QR Le Débat - "Ne dites pas en ligne ce qui est interdit de dire dans la rue" km-RTBF-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - QR Le Débat - "Do ..." info: La Une - QR Le Débat, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:59:39, by Daout date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Will Belgium force social media to censure punishable opinions? / Verplicht België sociale media straks om strafbare meningen te censureren? km-Standaard-BE: "Will Belgium force social media to censure punishable opinions? / ..." page: 10 info: by Brinckman date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Kula Norinska granted €15,000 through the WiFi4EU initiative

[Croatia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:04:00 AM CEST

Kula Norinska is the first municipality in the Croatian Neretva region to get free internet connectivity through Wi-Fi, Slobodna Dalmacija writes. The municipality has been granted €15,000 by the EU through the WiFi4EU initiative. The funding was made available through vouchers, provided by the European Commission, for installing free Wi-Fi access points in centres of public life.

Unlimited surfing in The Tower of Norinskoi / Neograničeno surfanje u Kuli Norinskoij km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "Unlimited surfing in The Tower of Norinskoi / Neograničeno surfanje ..." page: 15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Italy giving up on single fibre network, while sector continues to struggle

[Italy, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Two Italian media report on the telecommunication sector in Italy. An article in La Repubblica stresses that Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which is being assessed by the European Commission, ended the national plan aiming at creating a single network delivering fibre to the home (FTTH) and a national wholesale-only fibre network. The project was based on the integration between Telecom Italia (TIM) and Open Fiber, a fibre-to-the premise (FTTP) infrastructure provider. But the government led by Prime Minister Draghi changed the plan drafted by former Prime Minister Conte and his ministers. The choice made by PM Draghi’s government better fits with the EU’s approach. Meanwhile, an article in Il Messaggero stresses that Italy’s telecommunication sector is struggling. While companies, including TIM are required to continue to invest in innovation, competition forced them to lower their tariffs. This means that companies are investing in innovation way more than what they are earning. The price war triggered by the arrival of European competitors on the Italian market is making the situation increasingly difficult.

Telecommunication paradox: more innovation, lower earnings / Il paradosso telefonia sempre più innovazione e sempre meno ricavi km-Messaggero-IT: "Telecommunication paradox: more innovation, lower earnings / Il paradosso telefonia ..." page: 40,41 info: by ROBERTA AMORUSO E ANDREA BASSI date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Italy’s plan sent to Brussels says goodbye to single network / Nel piano italiano a Bruxelles l'addio al progetto rete unica km-Repubblica-IT: "Italy’s plan sent to Brussels says goodbye to single network ..." page: 22 info: by Claudio Tito date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Minister for Economy and Innovations Aušrinė Armonaitė to take part in European Union-United States forum on digital policy

[Lithuania, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that Lithuanian Minister of Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė, together with representatives of the European Union and the United States of America, will discuss the development of a transatlantic digital agenda. The Ministry states that a large part of fintech companies established in Lithuania is made up of United States companies; therefore, the digital agenda is especially important for cooperation between the countries. The event will also be attended by Executive Vice-President Vestager, Commissioner Breton, the United States Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, and other political leaders.

Minister for Economy and Innovations Aušrinė Armonaitė to take part in European Union-United States forum on digital policy / Armonaitė dalyvaus ES-JAV forume apie skaitmeninę politiką km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Minister for Economy and Innovations Aušrinė Armonaitė to take part ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MTR and FTR rates will be cut in the European Union as of 1 July 2021

[Poland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita reports that on 1 July 2021, new regulations enter in force in the European Union concerning a regulated maximum prices that the telecoms can charge one another when their customers make calls between different telecommunication networks. This applies to Mobile Termination Rates (MTR) and Fixed Voice Call Termination Rate (FTR). Starting from a third quarter of the year 2021 until the end of the year, MTR in Poland will fall by 26% and FTR will decrease by 75%. Telecoms say that cuts in MTR and FTR rates will have a negative effect on the financial results of their operations.

Billion-worth incomes of companies will soon shrink / Idące w miliardy przychody firm rychło się skurczą km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Billion-worth incomes of companies will soon shrink / Idące w ..." page: 16 info: by Urszula Zielinska date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

Study shows that EU recovery plan will create up to 25,000 jobs

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

The Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna has evaluated the projects which the Austrian government has submitted to Brussels in the course of the "recovery and resilience" plan supported by the EU, Kurier reports. According to the IHS, various measures from broadband expansion to climate protection are to raise Austria's GDP by 0.41% already in 2022. The Institute calculates that the measures will make a positive contribution of 0.91% to growth in 2025. Employment is to rise by 0.61 percentage points or about 25,000 jobs in the long run.

Study shows that EU recovery plan will create up to 25,000 jobs / Studie zeigt: EU-Aufbauplan bringt bis zu 25.000 Jobs km-Kurier-AT: "Study shows that EU recovery plan will create up to ..." page: 11 info: by Michael Bachner date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Klaus Regling: "Maastricht limit for public debt must go"

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

De Standaard writes that according to Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism Klaus Regling, the European public debt limit of 60%, one of the Maastricht standards, has become pointless. He believes that the European Commission should abolish it when it revises its budget rules. Combined with the maximum budget deficit of 3%, the public debt limit was conceived to guarantee financial stability in the euro area. As the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, the Commission suspended those rules, and it is unlikely that they will return as they were. Economists believe that debt incurred for investments should be treated separately.

‘Maastricht limit for public debt must go’ / ‘Maastrichtnorm over staatsschuld moet eraan geloven’ km-Standaard-BE: "‘Maastricht limit for public debt must go’ / ‘Maastrichtnorm over ..." page: 23 info: by Mooijman date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview with ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos about the European economic recovery

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

Lesoir.be interviews ECB Vice-President Luis de Guindos, who is optimistic about the European economy's recovery. NextGenerationEU is very important, it must help avoid excessive gaps between the EU member states. The plan being financed by the joint emission of bonds is very important as well. Cancelling member states' debts would not provide a solution. It would violate the treaties, so it is unacceptable to the ECB, and it would be an economic mistake. The US' and the EU's monetary policies are similar, but the difference is that in Europe, the plans have not yet been set into motion. Mr de Guindos highlights the importance of quickly implementing NextGenerationEU. The normalisation of the monetary policy goes together with the normalisation of the economy.

ECB Vice-President: "We hope that in one year, the economy will have returned to the pre-pandemic level" / Le vice-président de la BCE: «Nous espérons que d'ici un an, l'économie aura retrouvé ses niveaux d'avant la pandémie» km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "ECB Vice-President: "We hope that in one year, the economy ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cyprus moving ahead with EU deliberations on national Recovery and Resilience Plan

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:53:00 AM CEST

Deliberations with the EU on Cyprus’ national Recovery and Resilience Plan are in full development and the Commission is expected to give its approval in the next days, paving the way for Cyprus to receive the first instalment worth €156 million in September, Phileleftheros reports. The deliberations are focusing on the timeframes for the implementation of reforms, as well as the investment projects stipulated in the plan. It is noted that the Commission is expected to grant Cyprus a grace period until June 2023 so that the House of Representatives approves the relevant reforms.

Deal with Commission for 968 million is on a good path / ΣΕ ΚΑΛΟ ΔΡΟΜΟ Η ΣΥΜΦΩΝΙΑ ΜΕ ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ 968 ΕΚΑΤ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Deal with Commission for 968 million is on a good ..." page: 1,7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Recovery of Estonian companies affected by restrictions

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

The threat of Estonian companies facing insolvency is in correlation with areas that have had restrictions for the longest time, which is mainly in Harju county and Ida-Viru county, reports Äripäev. Kuldar Leis, an entrepreneur operating in Põlva county says local tourism operators have done well, but recovery of industrial companies is made difficult by a lack of employees and the increasing prices of raw materials. Jaak Tõrs, Director of the Financial Stability Department of the Bank of Estonia says the capability of how companies can pay off loans is dependent on the situation of their foreign partners and how they were impacted by the recent restrictions. Tõrs notes the overall situation is acceptable, as the number of loans that have gone unpaid for over 60 days is insignificant, which is similar to the situation in other European Union member states. He adds commercial real estate may become a difficult spot for the financial sector, as the retail sector was significantly influenced by the restrictions established on shopping centres.

Recovery of Estonian companies affected by restrictions / Väljaspool suurlinnu pärsib taastumist tööjõupuudus km-Aripaev-EE: "Recovery of Estonian companies affected by restrictions / Väljaspool suurlinnu ..." page: 8,9 info: by Kristjan Pruul date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Prices of industrial goods fell only in Estonia

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

The producer prices of industrial goods meant for the Estonian market dropped 1.6% in March when compared to February, reports Postimees. Estonia was the only nation in the European Union where the indicator fell. In the same period, production prices of industrial goods grew 1.1% in the eurozone, and 1.2% in the European Union

Prices of industrial goods fell only in Estonia / EList vaid Eestis langesid tööstuse tootjahinnad km-Postimees-EE: "Prices of industrial goods fell only in Estonia / EList ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Recovery Plan, government aiming to boost several crucial sectors

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) that the government led by Prime Minister Draghi sent to the European Commission. In an interview with Il Messaggero, Prime Minister Draghi’s Economic Advisor Marco Leonardi stresses that drafting and   fine-tuning the plan was not easy. It was a major effort the government, regional and local administrations made together. Now it is crucial for ministries to get ready to manage the next phase. Even the European Investment Bank (EIB) is working together with the government to boost some sectors, an article in La Stampa notes. In particular, as EIB chief Scannapieco said, the EIB will support projects in the tourism sector and in social housing. An article in huffingtonpost.it notes that both the education and research sectors were defined by the government as a priority too. In Sicily, for instance, €750 million could be used to create a new  business, a cutting-edge microchip factory, an article in Corriere della Sera notes. An article in Il Sole 24 Ore notes that the Italian government allocated around €4.5 billion through the Recovery Plan to help local administration boost projects aiming at improving social housing, urban renewal, redevelopment plans. So far, local administrations across the country submitted 290 projects. Such projects will be financed by both national funds and EU funds. The government led by Prime Minister Draghi stressed that urban renewal in particular is crucial for Italy’s future and a priority for the government.

Recovery Plan includes project on microchip factory in Sicily / Dai piani del recovery spunta una fabbrica di chip in Sicilia km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Recovery Plan includes project on microchip factory in Sicily / ..." page: 31 info: by Federico Fubini date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Recovery, education: schools, universities, research sector are priority / Recovery e istruzione: le priorità per scuola, università e ricerca km-huffintonpost.it-IT: "Recovery, education: schools, universities, research sector are priority / Recovery ..." info: by yezers date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

"Ministries, regional, local authorities working together to speed up recovery. Real challenge is to spend funds properly" / «Ministeri, Regioni e Comuni insieme per cambiare passo La vera sfida: spendere bene» km-Messaggero-IT: ""Ministries, regional, local authorities working together to speed up recovery. ..." page: 34,35 info: by Luca Cifoni date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Recovery Plan, 290 projects for cities / Recovery, 290 progetti per le città km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Recovery Plan, 290 projects for cities / Recovery, 290 progetti ..." page: 1,4 info: by Giorgio Santilli date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Recovery Plan, EIB to back tourism sector, public housing / Recovery Plan sostegno Bei a turismo e case popolari km-Stampa-IT: "Recovery Plan, EIB to back tourism sector, public housing / ..." page: 20 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The potential result of recovery funds in Latvia

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

According to IR, the two largest European Recovery and Resilience Facility projects in Latvia - reducing inequality and the Riga transport network - will require around €250 billion each, but the results to be achieved are worrying. Regarding reducing inequalities, Andris Šuvajevs, a researcher at Riga Stradiņš University, says there are no calculations in the plan, thus it is impossible to assess objectively whether the investment will be successful. The air in Riga is so polluted that already in 2015 the European Commission threatened Latvia with court actions and large fines. Therefore, the authorities want to make population switch from private cars to public transport, by buying new greener buses and trains. MEP Roberts Zīle (ECR) is critical, saying that this way, Latvia will export its funds right away.

The potential result of recovery funds in Latvia / Vai redzēsim rezultātu? km-Ir-LV: "The potential result of recovery funds in Latvia / Vai ..." page: 18,19,20,21 info: by Ieva Jakone date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lithuanian government approves quarterly report on implementation of European Union investment action program

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that the Lithuanian government approved the Report on the Implementation of the European Union Investment Operational Program for 2014–2020 for the first quarter of 2021 prepared by the Ministry of Finance. The report reviews progress in the use of European Union investment and makes recommendations to ministries on accelerating investment. The total amount allocated to Lithuania for the European Union funding projects during this funding period is €6.8 million, according to a press release.

Lithuanian government approves quarterly report on implementation of European Union investment action program / Vyriausybė patvirtino ES investicijų veiksmų programos įgyvendinimo ketvirčio ataskaitą km-15min.lt-LT: "Lithuanian government approves quarterly report on implementation of European Union ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Latin symbols to be allowed in companies’ names in Lithuania

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Klaipėda writes that yesterday, the Lithuanian Government agreed to allow registering companies’ names in a foreign language and Latin symbols, namely using the letters q, x and w. This decision must be approved by Seimas too. The proposition was made by the Ministry for Economy and Innovations which stated that current limits do not allow having companies’ names in English and only foreign capital companies can use the exception. Some companies are working to find legal loopholes to register foreign names. Minister for Economy and Innovations Aušrinė Armonaitė said that there are almost 6,000 companies that have registered Latin names as legal persons already, some work in Estonia as well as Lithuania to get the exception. Armonaitė also said that she is sure the Lithuanian language will not be damaged by the reform. “We all love it and nourish it but it is important to have a competitive environment in our country too”, the Minister said.

Latin symbols to be allowed in companies’ names in Lithuania / Įmonių pavadinimai - ir anglų kalba km-Klaipeda-LT: "Latin symbols to be allowed in companies’ names in Lithuania ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

2021 should be economically successful for Lithuania, believe economists

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:43:00 AM CEST

Kauno Diena writes that economists predict a successful 2021 for Lithuania in terms of economy. Lithuania’s GDP increased by 1% in the first quarter of 2021 in comparison to the same time frame in 2020 and reached €11.431 billion. SEB bank has already improved Lithuania’s economic growth prognosis by almost 3%, from 1.8% to 4.6%, it was announced on Tuesday in the newest SEB Nordic Outlook publication. The economists from SEB state that Lithuania is one of the leaders in the European Union in terms of vaccination which allows an optimistic outlook into the future, especially starting from the middle of 2021. The start of 2021 was also better for the Lithuanian economy than expected.

2021 should be economically successful for Lithuania, believe economists / 2021-ieji, ekonomistų akimis, Lietuvai turėtų būti gana sėkmingi km-Kauno-Diena-LT: "2021 should be economically successful for Lithuania, believe economists / ..." page: 14,15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

InvestEU presents possibilities for funding

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

Verslo Žinios writes that 400 billion investments and opportunities for businesses that would not be financed otherwise are expected from the InvestEU program in seven years until 2027. The program is also backed up by €26 billion guarantees from the European Union and it is a part of the Next Generation EU package which includes €750 billion for the revival of local economies. The program encompasses 13 financial instruments that used to work independently. It is also a continuation of the very successful European Strategic Investment Fund also known as the Juncker Plan which was established in 2015.

InvestEU presents possibilities for funding / "InvestEU" - finansavimo galimybės naujam ar rizikingam verslui km-Verslo-Zinios-LT: "InvestEU presents possibilities for funding / "InvestEU" - finansavimo galimybės ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Government in ‘final stages’ of planning on how to use EU recovery funds

[Malta, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:25:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly reports that Government is in the final stages of informal discussions with the European Commission before the national plan for recovery and resilience is submitted, the parliamentary secretariat for European Funds said in a statement. The plan includes details on how government is envisioning spending the €320 or so million in grants which have been allocated to the country – investments which will strengthen the economy through, among others, the green economy, digital transition, health, education and governance. The secretariat said that it is absolutely not true that there is some sort of political consequence or otherwise related to the submission of the plan by 30 April.

Government in ‘final stages’ of planning on how to use EU recovery funds / Government in ‘final stages’ of planning on how to use EU recovery funds km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Government in ‘final stages’ of planning on how to use ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Covid-19 savings are unlikely to boost the economy in the Netherlands

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:59:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad comments in a column by Anna Dijkman on a recent analysis by the European Commission of the financial buffers of citizens in the Netherlands. The Dutch did not spend much money during the Covid-19 pandemic due to restrictions imposed by the government. The European Commission does not expect much of this saved money to flow back into the economy soon. Not everyone was able to save money. According to Rabobank, savings deposits decreased in more than 20% of households. The Dutch Central Planning Bureau (CPB) found that that many freelancers had to use their savings. In addition, nearly 120,000 self-employed have a combined deferred tax liability of almost € 2 billion. The European Commission also reported that there is a growing generation gap because people over 65 years of age in particular saved extra, but are unlikely to spend much any time soon. These people are encouraged by the article to have faith in the future and give the economy a boost.

Boomers go! / Hup boomers! km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Boomers go! / Hup boomers!..." page: 2 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Various aspects of the National Recovery Plan

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Three dailies discuss the National Recovery Plan, which was adopted yesterday by the Sejm and submitted to the European Commission on Monday 3 May. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that a division into loans and grants for government, local Self-Governments and entrepreneurs has disappeared from the version of the National Recovery Plan. What is more, it turns out that loans may ultimately transform into nonreturnable subsidies. A source from the government says that it may be a deliberate measure aimed at not closing the door to talks with the European Commission and local Self-Governments on possible changes and shifts in the enforcement phase of the National Recovery Plan. The value of subsidies and loans and their beneficiaries will depend on rules on which  the Commission will borrow the money from financial markets. Press office of the Commission says that the Commission will be able to borrow money only when all EU member states have ratified the decision on own resources in line with constitutional requirements. Rzeczpospolita reports that government and local Self-Governments are in talks on spending the money from the National Recovery Plan. The stake is high because the value of funds to be transferred to Poland yet this year amounts to PLN270 billion. A special working team was formed to supervise the process. It is headed by Vice-Minister of Funds and Regional Policy Waldemar Buda and head of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province Piotr Całbecki from the Civic Platform (PO). Local Self-Governments warn that they will not let the government fool them and present postulates in three main areas – a bigger share of subsidies than loans, involvement in the process of allocating the money and works of the monitoring committee. Gazeta Wyborcza notes that at the next sitting, the Senate will evaluate the National Recovery Plan because it has received alarming signals that the grant part of the Plan reduced funds for recovery of hospitals after the pandemic. The Senate Speaker Grodzki from Civic Platform (PO) said that the Senate will meet deadlines related with ratification of the Plan and will end up the evaluation process probably in May. He added that Senate’s duty is to modify the ratification draft bill because there are obviously weak points of this document.

Disappearing loan-grants instruments / Znikające pożyczko-granty km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Disappearing loan-grants instruments / Znikające pożyczko-granty..." page: 1 info: by Grzegorz Osiecki date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Senate want to return to modifications of National Recovery Plan / Senat chce wrócić do poprawek w Krajowym Planie Odbudowy km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Senate want to return to modifications of National Recovery Plan ..." page: 1 info: by Iwona Szpala date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Local Self-Governments will not let go / Samorząd nie odpuści km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Local Self-Governments will not let go / Samorząd nie odpuści..." page: 1 info: by Michal Kolanko date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Portuguese PM Costa at the European Committe of the Regions plenary session

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

During the European Committee of the Regions plenary session, Portuguese Prime Minister Costa defended that the economic recovery from the pandemic cannot aggravate the regional differences, RDP Antena1 reports. “It is important to accelerate the recovery through the mobilisation of the European Recovery Fund. Cities and regions will have a fundamental role in making the resources available to the citizens and companies,” he said. However, he warned for the aggravation of regional asymmetries which will increase if the countries’ business fabric is too centered in one particular area. Moreover, he underlined that all those that will lose their current jobs due to the decarbonisation goals must be granted access to new jobs and opportunities.  Dinheirovivo.pt adds that Portuguese Prime Minister Costa is confident in a swift approval of the EU member states' recovery and resilience plans (RRP). PM Costa said that the Portuguese government and the Commission have been working hard to save time and allow for quick approval of the RRPs in order for the funds to start being disbursed as soon as possible. According to the Portuguese Prime Minister, the “severity of the crisis does not allow for any delays.” He urged the member states to accelerate the process so that the approval of the first plans may take place at the Ecofin meeting of 18 June.

António Costas says that the recovery cannot aggravate regional differences / António Costa diz que a recuperação não pode agravar as diferenças km-Antena-1-PT: "António Costas says that the recovery cannot aggravate regional differences ..." info: Informação, 2021-05-05 16:07:00, 00:02:14, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Costas asks for “an effort” from all to “accelerate” the conclusion of the RRPs / Costa pede "esforço" a todos para "acelerar" concretização dos PRR km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Costas asks for “an effort” from all to “accelerate” the ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Portuguese Public Finance Council study on the Portuguese economic response to the pandemic

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

According to a study by Portuguese Public Finance Council Vice-President De Grauwe, the Portuguese government was the most “cautious” in the budgetary policy decisions to face the pandemic, Jornal de Negócios reports. The study shows that, in comparison to other EU countries, the Portuguese government opted for “relatively cautious” measures, taking into account that the majority of the EU countries “assumed more expansionary measures than Portugal.” However, Mr De Grauwe warns that it is still early to say if the government made the right choices.

Portugal was the most cautious in the EU / Portugal foi o mais cauteloso na UE km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Portugal was the most cautious in the EU / Portugal ..." page: 9 info: by Gonçalo Almeida date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Romanian ministers reduced allocations from PNRR for several projects

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets, including România Actualități radio station, report that, during yesterday’s government meeting, Romanian Prime Minister Cîțu urged ministers to finalise proposals for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, with a view to the talks with the European Commission representatives to take place in Brussels next week. A7 Ploiești-Buzău motorway, as well as segments from the A8 motorway, will be among the projects proposed for financing through this plan, Romanian Transport Minister Cătălin Drulă explained yesterday. Education Minister Sorin Cîmpeanu and European Projects Minister Cristian Ghinea indicated that adjusting the National Recovery and Resilience Plan’s budget from €42 billion to €29.9 billion had involved modifying allocations for the “Educated Romania” project, which would benefit from €3.7 billion, representing 12% of the plan’s budget. In a post on Facebook, they explained that the European money would be used, among other things, for equipping 10,000 school laboratories, but also for reducing school dropout.

Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated in PNRR will not affect the environment / Ştirile Antena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated ..." info: Ştirile Antena3, 2021-05-05 11:38:00, 00:02:17, by Vacariu Gina date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:38:00 AM CEST

Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated in PNRR will not affect the environment / Ştirile Antena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated ..." info: Ştirile Antena3, 2021-05-05 10:31:00, 00:01:46, by Câmpean Nadina date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:31:00 AM CEST

Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated in PNRR will not affect the environment / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Government will try to convince EU that irrigation system stipulated ..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-05 08:24:00, 00:02:18, by Moraru Andreea date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:24:00 AM CEST

Cuts from Education / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Cuts from Education / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-05 15:31:00, 00:02:42, by Păşcuţă Ştefan date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:31:00 PM CEST

Education loses €700 million / Educaţia pierde 700 milioane euro km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Education loses €700 million / Educaţia pierde 700 milioane euro..." page: 3 info: by I. Ghe. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi 24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi 24..." info: Ştirile Digi 24, 2021-05-05 13:31:00, 00:02:17, by Nunu Cătălin date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:31:00 PM CEST

Financing in PNRR has been reduced / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Financing in PNRR has been reduced / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-05-05 23:18:00, 00:02:54, by Brazdeş Mihaela date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:18:00 PM CEST

Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-05 11:02:00, 00:01:08, by Leoveanu Adina date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:02:00 AM CEST

Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Lower budget for Education in PNRR / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-05 17:01:00, 00:01:13, by Gioga Mihaela date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:01:00 PM CEST

How authorities explain lower budget for Education through PNRR: Adjusting total budget for Recovery Plan involves reducing allocations for all sectors / Cum explică autoritățile bugetul mai mic pentru Educație prin PNRR: Ajustarea bugetului total pentru Planul de Redresare presupune o reducere a alocărilor pentru toate domeniile km-HotNews.ro-RO: "How authorities explain lower budget for Education through PNRR: Adjusting ..." info: by Redactia HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

€1.1 billion cut from funds for Education through National Recovery and Resilience Plan  - sources / Tăiere de 1,1 miliarde de euro din fondurile pentru Educație prin Planul Național de Redresare și Reziliență - surse km-HotNews.ro-RO: "€1.1 billion cut from funds for Education through National Recovery ..." info: by I.H. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Major failure after reducing sums for Education from PNRR, PSD claims. "I urge governors to fight for these funds" / Eşec major după tăierea sumelor pentru Educaţie din PNRR, reclamă PSD. „Solicit guvernanţilor să se lupte pentru aceste fonduri” km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Major failure after reducing sums for Education from PNRR, PSD ..." info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

"Educated Romania" programme, reduced allocation in PNRR / 12% of funds will be directed to education / Projects to be proposed / Programul ”România educată”, reducere de alocare în PNRR / 12% din fonduri vor fi direcţionate către educaţie / Proiectele care vor fi propuse km-news.ro-RO: ""Educated Romania" programme, reduced allocation in PNRR / 12% of ..." info: by News.ro date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Romanian ministers reduced allocations from PNRR for several projects / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Romanian ministers reduced allocations from PNRR for several projects / ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-05 16:05:00, 00:00:57, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:05:00 PM CEST

Romanian ministers reduced allocations from PNRR for several projects / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Romanian ministers reduced allocations from PNRR for several projects / ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-05 19:07:00, 00:02:44, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:07:00 PM CEST

Education loses €1.1 billion from National Recovery and Resilience Plan (sources) / Educația pierde 1,1 miliarde de euro din Planul Național de Redresare și Reziliență (surse) km-revista22.ro-RO: "Education loses €1.1 billion from National Recovery and Resilience Plan ..." info: by Redactia date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

€400 million cut from funds for Education through PNRR / Tăiere de 400 de milioane de euro din fondurile pentru Educație din PNNR km-rfi.ro-RO: "€400 million cut from funds for Education through PNRR / ..." info: by Eliza Casandra date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Editorial on the emergence of a possible wave of bankruptcies in the European Union

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

In an editorial published by Bursa daily, journalist Călin Rechea comments upon the emergence of a possible wave of bankruptcies in the European Union. In the article, the author cites data from a press release of the European Systemic Risk Board. According to this, the threat of a wave of insolvencies looms large, unless member states manage a smooth transition from liquidity support towards more targeted solvency support and successful corporate debt restructuring for viable firms. The press release accompanies the publishing of the report “Preventing and managing a large number of corporate insolvencies,” which mentions that it is important that policymakers do not consider the low number of insolvency filings in Europe as a sign of corporate health. The increase in the number of insolvencies and bankruptcies will have a significant negative impact on the banking sector, both in terms of capacity to finance economic recovery and of financial stability at continental level. In the author’s opinion, European authorities will only follow one of the recommendations in the European Systemic Risk Board’s report, namely “the allocation of resources to viable companies, including by converting loans or guarantees into grants,” and “efficient insolvency procedures must be applied for non-viable companies, so that resources can be reallocated to more productive uses.” Authorities’ involvement in the two activities can only have one result, namely the serious undermining of any sustainable development prospects amid a framework to facilitate structural changes, the author concludes.

A tsunami of bankruptcies is getting close to Europe / Un tsunami al falimentelor se apropie de Europa km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "A tsunami of bankruptcies is getting close to Europe / ..." page: 1 info: by Rechea Călin date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Financial instruments dedicated to Romanian entrepreneurs from the JEREMIE programme will remain functional after 2022 as well

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Bursa daily writes that yesterday, the Romanian government decided that the €75 million financial instruments dedicated to companies and entrepreneurs, carried out through the European Commission and the European Investment Fund’s JEREMIE programme, would remain functional after 2022 as well. This decision confirmed the modification established together with the European Investment Fund regarding the financing agreement necessary to continue this programme. Romanian Minister of European Projects and Investments Cristian Ghinea stated yesterday that the programme had been extended so that as many companies as possible can benefit from lending in convenient conditions, capital infusion or a mix of various instrument. This is actually a successful model that will be taken over, at a much larger scale, through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.

€75 million for supporting business environment / 75 milioane euro pentru sprijinirea mediului de afaceri km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "€75 million for supporting business environment / 75 milioane euro ..." page: 1 info: by GM date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Slovakia sends Recovery and Resilience Plan to Brussels

[Slovakia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:13:00 AM CEST

Daily SME reports that the Slovak Recovery and Resilience Plan has already been sent to Brussels. The Plan envisages €6 billion investments in the next six years and includes a list of reforms to facilitate the recovery of the country’s economy and the entire society after the Covid-19 pandemic. If the European Commission approves the document, the country will receive the first tranche of the money at the end of this year. Most funds will be directed to the sectors of health care, rail transport, education, research, and reconstruction of buildings. The daily notes that the Plan has been drawn up “behind closed doors” and some of its priorities raise doubts. Besides that, it also points to the fact that the country has not been able to draw money form structural funds properly in the past six years.

Yet to be approved / Už len odmávať km-SME-SK: "Yet to be approved / Už len odmávať..." page: 8 info: by Eduard Žitňanský date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Slovakia's deficit at 6.2% GDP in 2020

[Slovakia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:13:00 AM CEST

Quoting figures presented by the Slovak Ministry of Finance, daily Hospodárske noviny reports that the country posted a deficit of 6.2% GDP last year. The average budget gap of EU member states stood at 6.9% GDP. The 2020 budget approved in December 2019 anticipated a deficit of general government of 0.49% GDP and a GDP growth of 2.3%. The approved public budget gap was increased in August 2020 to €11.95 billion from €9.18 billion. With the anticipated GDP drop by 9.8%, the deficit of general government was projected to stand at 11.58% GDP.

Last year there was a deficit of more than 6% / Vlani bol vyše šesťpercentný deficit km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Last year there was a deficit of more than 6% ..." page: 4 info: by (tasr) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Spain's National Recovery Plan could introduce new charges on roads

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:10:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on Spain's National Recovery Plan. Cadena Ser reports that the latest draft of the Recovery Plan sent to Brussels includes possible road user charges. In the version submitted in April, the government undertook to set up a system only for high-capacity roads (dual carriageways and motorways), but the government now states that it is not possible to assume the costs of maintenance directly from the state budget and that the payment would guarantee the upkeep of the network. The system could be implemented in 2024, but sources in the Ministry of Transport say that for the moment only motorways and dual carriageways are being considered because of the large deficit they generate. All of this will be included in a law on mobility and transport financing that will begin to be processed in the coming months and payment will only be introduced if there is political and social consensus.

The Government's intention to charge tolls on the motorways is confirmed. Investigating that recovery plan that the government sent a few days ago to Brussels, he says he's going to charge somehow for the use of highways since 2024 but it doesn't specify how. Vice-President Calviño confirms that the joint contribution is not eliminated. / Se confirma la intención del Gobierno de cobrar peajes en las autovías. Investigando ese plan de recuperación que ha enviado hace unos días el gobierno a Bruselas dice que se va a cobra de alguna forma por el uso de las autovías a partir del 2024 pero no km-Antena-3-ES: "The Government's intention to charge tolls on the motorways is ..." info: Noticias 1, 2021-05-05 15:30:00, 00:00:57, by MONICA CARRILLO date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:30:00 PM CEST

The Government has already set a date for its labour reform included in the recovery plan sent to Brussels. Minister Nadia Calviño sees labour reform as urgent within a new framework of work wants it to come into force in the coming year. / El Gobierno ya le ha puesto fecha a su reforma laboral incluida en el plan de recuperación enviado a Bruselas. La ministra Nadia Calviño ve la reforma laboral como urgente dentro de un nuevo marco laboral quiere que entre en vigor en el próximo año. km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "The Government has already set a date for its labour ..." info: MEDIODIA COPE INFORMATIVO, 2021-05-05 14:42:00, 00:01:35, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:42:00 PM CEST

Spain's National Recovery Plan could introduce new charges on roads / El gobierno podría implantar un pago por uso de las carreteras km-Cadena-Ser-ES: "Spain's National Recovery Plan could introduce new charges on roads ..." info: Hora 25 (informativo), 2021-05-05 20:16:00, 00:01:28, by PEPA BUENO date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:16:00 PM CEST

Vice-President Nadia Calviño says that it is due to "a typo" the controversial tax hike for couples who file the income return together. / La vicepresidenta Nadia Calviño afirma que se debe a "una errata" la polémica subida de impuestos a las parejas que presentan la declaración de la renta de manera conjunta. km-Cadena-Ser-ES: "Vice-President Nadia Calviño says that it is due to "a ..." info: Hora 14, 2021-05-05 14:53:00, 00:01:19, by Jose Antonio Marco date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:53:00 PM CEST

The Government still does not publish all the details of the document / El Gobierno sigue sin publicar todos los detalles del documento km-Economista-Spain-ES: "The Government still does not publish all the details of ..." page: 25 info: by Jorge Valero date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Moncloa brings to Brussels the abolition of tax incentives and hikes in IRPF / Moncloa lleva a Bruselas la supresión de incentivos fiscales y alzas en IRPF km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Moncloa brings to Brussels the abolition of tax incentives and ..." page: 1,24-25 info: by I. Faes date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Calviño expects to receive EU$9 billion in a month / Calviño espera recibir 9.000 millones de la UE en un mes km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Calviño expects to receive EU$9 billion in a month / ..." page: 25 info: by G. Velarde date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Spain's recovery plan, among the best in the EU in green spending / El plan de recuperación de España, entre los mejores de la UE en gasto verde km-eldiario.es-ES: "Spain's recovery plan, among the best in the EU in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Government expects the Recovery Plan to have the green light in June and receive the first 9 billion / El Gobierno espera que el Plan de Recuperación tenga luz verde en junio y recibir los primeros 9.000 millones km-elespanol.com-ES: "The Government expects the Recovery Plan to have the green ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sanchez promises Brussels a sharp tax hike / Sánchez promete a Bruselas una fuerte subida de impuestos km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Sanchez promises Brussels a sharp tax hike / Sánchez promete ..." page: 1,29 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The government plans to pay to use all roads / El Gobierno planea que haya que pagar por usar todas las carreteras km-Mundo-ES: "The government plans to pay to use all roads / ..." page: 1,37 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Within the Recovery Plan sent by the Government to Brussels, the Executive rules out abolishing joint income taxation but what it does propose to charge for the use of the national network's roads from 2024 onwards. / Dentro del Plan de Recuperación mandado por el Gobierno a Bruselas, el Ejecutivo descarta suprimir la tributación conjunta de la Renta pero lo que sí plantea cobrar por el uso de las carreteras de la red nacional a partir de 2024. km-RNE-1-ES: "Within the Recovery Plan sent by the Government to Brussels, ..." info: 24 horas (informativo), 2021-05-05 20:23:00, 00:01:44, by MARC SALA date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:23:00 PM CEST

The tax reform requested by the European Commission for the Recovery Plan will enter into force in Spain in 2023. The new self-employed trading system will begin to be implemented from the first half of 2022. / La reforma fiscal que pide la Comisión Europea para el Plan de Recuperación entrará en vigor en España en 2023. El nuevo sistema de cotización de los autónomos se empezará a aplicar a partir del primer semestre de 2022. km-TVE1-ES: "The tax reform requested by the European Commission for the ..." info: Telediario 1, 2021-05-05 15:25:00, 00:00:33, by Ana Blanco date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:25:00 PM CEST

The Government assures Brussels that it will fight Madrid's "damaging tax competition" / El Gobierno asegura a Bruselas que luchará contra la "competencia fiscal perjudicial" de Madrid km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "The Government assures Brussels that it will fight Madrid's "damaging ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Government announces to Brussels that it will charge for using the road network from 2024 / El Gobierno anuncia a Bruselas que cobrará por usar la red de carreteras a partir de 2024 km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "Government announces to Brussels that it will charge for using ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EMPLOYMENT

Too little done for nursing staff remuneration in Covid-19 pandemic

[Germany, EMPLOYMENT]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Despite the applause to nursing staff during Covid-19 times, too little was done in terms of remuneration, ARD reports. Collective agreements with nursing homes should only be entered into if they offer reward according to the tariff, but not at the cost of those in need of care. “Simply paying according to the tariff by law would increase the co-payments for people in need of care by an average of €103 to €130 per month, so that we have an enormous burden on the second part - paying carers better and relieving those in need of care not burdening them additionally,” Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn said.

ARD - 05.05.2021 20:06 - Tagesschau - Report including exclusive statement by Federal Minister of Health Hubertus Heil (SPD) on collective agreements for nursing professions / ARD - 05.05.2021 20:06 - Tagesschau - Report including exclusive statement by Federal Minister of Health Hubertus Heil (SPD) on collective agreements for nursing professions km-ARD-DE: "ARD - 05.05.2021 20:06 - Tagesschau - Report including exclusive ..." info: Program, 2021-05-06 00:12:00, 00:01:48, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:12:00 AM CEST

ENERGY

European Commission will not accept Polish government’s social agreement with miners [Opinion]

[Poland, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

In an article for Rzeczpospolita, expert of Polish Green Network Alina Pogoda comments on a social agreement worked out by the government and the mining industry’s trade unions. In her opinion this agreement is doomed to failure because the European Commission will not accept subsidising the operations of Polish coal mines for the next three decades. This would clearly contradict the EU climate policy, the more that social agreement violates the target of reaching EU reduction targets by the year 2030. Alina Pogoda cannot understand why the Polish government continues to claim that the European Union – which set very ambitious climate goals – will approve such a long-lasting and expensive process of resigning from coal in Poland. In her opinion the Commission will not accept the state aid for mining industry unless it features elements which are in line with the EU climate policy.

Will the EU accept agony of mining industry / Czy Unia zgodzi się na finansowanie agonii górnictwa km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Will the EU accept agony of mining industry / Czy ..." page: 17 info: by Alina Pogoda date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ENLARGEMENT

Western Balkans to serve as a blueprint for EU vaccine aid

[Austria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST | info

The EU is planning to vaccinate its neighbouring countries against Covid-19, Die Presse reports. "Vaccination diplomacy will be a crucial issue during the next six months," said Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, adding that the Western Balkans project had been a first attempt. Austria officials coordinated the distribution of vaccine to the Western Balkans on behalf of the EU. It took them three months to get all documents in order and send the deliveries of BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine on their way. The exact content of the European Commission's contracts with vaccine manufacturers is strictly confidential.

Western Balkans to serve as a blueprint for EU vaccine aid / Der Westbalkan soll als Blaupause für die EU-Impfhilfe dienen km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Western Balkans to serve as a blueprint for EU vaccine ..." page: 4 info: by Christoph Zotter date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commissioner Várhelyi: “EU talks with Skopje only after agreement with Bulgaria”

[Bulgaria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST | info

During a visit to Skopje on Tuesday, Commissioner Várhelyi stated that North Macedonia must reach an agreement with Bulgaria if it wanted to start EU accession negotiations, several media report. "We are working hard on the case of North Macedonia but we have not yet reached the desired goal," he said, quoted by Monitor daily. Asked whether North Macedonia and Albania may be separated in their negotiations with the EU, Commissioner Várhelyi underlined that "this is an achievement-based process". "Albania fulfils the conditions but if there is no agreement on North Macedonia, I think there will come a time when we will have to consider this option as well," he explained, quoted by Focus News Agency. Meanwhile, during a visit to Resen, Prime Minister Zaev said that North Macedonia did not need the EU at the cost of its identity and language. Still, he noted that he was optimistic about finding a solution, Skopje's TV 21 reports, quoted by Focus News Agency.

Yev pointed to Skopje's identity as more important than the EU, Austria offered to mediate in the dispute / Заев посочи идентичността на Скопие като по-важна от ЕС, Австрия предложи да посредничи в спора km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Yev pointed to Skopje's identity as more important than the ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Zoran Yev: We don't need an EU at the cost of Macedonian identity and language / Зоран Заев: Не ни трябва ЕС на цената на македонската идентичност и език km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Zoran Yev: We don't need an EU at the cost ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

NovaTV (RCM): EU cut Skopje: We need a solution with Bulgaria to start negotiations / „НоваТВ“ (РСМ): ЕС посече Скопие: Трябва решение с България, за да започнат преговори km-Focus-News.net-BG: "NovaTV (RCM): EU cut Skopje: We need a solution with ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhei: EU negotiations with Skopje only after agreement with Bulgaria / Еврокомисарят по разширяването Оливер Вархей: Преговори за ЕС със Скопие само след споразумение с България km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhei: EU negotiations with Skopje only ..." page: 13 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

PCM PM Zoran Yev: We don't need the EU in exchange for Macedonian identity / Премиерът на PCM Зоран Заев: Не ни трябва ЕС В замяна на македонската идентичност km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "PCM PM Zoran Yev: We don't need the EU in ..." page: 13 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe will not be complete without Western Balkans

[Slovakia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:14:00 AM CEST | info

Trend weekly features an article by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Martin Klus, in which he writes about Europe Day and the importance of EU’s partners in Western Balkans. Without them, the project of the “European family” will never be complete, the author argues. He points out that North Macedonia and Albania have already met the necessary requirements, so the EU should move on to accession negotiations with them. The author stresses that this is urgent in terms of stability and security of a region where not only European states have their interests. Moreover, it is important to maintain credibility of the Union, which has promised the countries integration for decades. The Secretary concludes that it would be a mistake to turn our back to the Western Balkans, if we are interested in Europe’s future.

We are in favour of enlarging the EU to the South-East / Sme za rozšírenie EÚ na juhovýchod km-Trend-Slovakia-SK: "We are in favour of enlarging the EU to the ..." page: 60 info: by Martin Klus date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

G7 foreign ministers against changing borders in the Western Balkans

[Slovenia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST | info

In a joint statement after the group's meeting in London yesterday, G7 foreign ministers and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell expressed their opposition to any changes on the borders between Western Balkans states, STA, RTVSLO and Delo report. “Unwarranted speculation about border changes along ethnic lines is no solution to the challenges faced by the region. Such changes would constitute a threat to regional security. We firmly reject any attempt to undermine the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” HR/VP Borrell and the foreign ministers of the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Japan wrote in the statement. They called on all the parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina to implement electoral and constitutional reforms and the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, according to a statement posted on the website of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, which hosted the three-day meeting. “We reaffirm our shared commitment to the security, economic recovery and European perspective of the six Western Balkans countries as a crucial investment for peace and stability,” they stressed and welcomed the official start of Albania and North Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations.

G7 urges more solidarity in vaccine distribution / G7 za več solidarnosti pri delitvi cepiv km-Delo-SI: "G7 urges more solidarity in vaccine distribution / G7 za ..." page: 5 info: by Jure Kosec date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

G7 foreign ministers against changing borders in the Western Balkans / Zunanji ministri G7 proti spreminjanju meja na Zahodnem Balkanu km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "G7 foreign ministers against changing borders in the Western Balkans ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

G7 foreign ministers against changing borders in the Western Balkans / Zunanji ministri G7 proti spreminjanju meja na Zahodnem Balkanu km-sta.si-SI: "G7 foreign ministers against changing borders in the Western Balkans ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Sarajevo: Turkey opposes border changes in the Balkans

[Slovenia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST | info

During his visit to Sarajevo yesterday, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey strongly opposed any debate on border changes in the Balkans and wished to maintain stability in the region and to strengthen cooperation with states in the area, STA reports. After talking with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turković, Minister Çavuşoğlu, who had arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina from Slovenia, said that he had received assurances in Ljubljana that Slovenia was not the author of the phantom non-paper on border changes in the Balkans and did not support the non-paper’s positions in any way. Minister Turković confirmed that she had received assurances from Minister Çavuşoğlu that Turkey strongly supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as its path to EU accession. She added that Turkey was also one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most important partners in terms of cooperation with NATO. She also welcomed Turkey's readiness to finance the construction of a motorway between Sarajevo and Belgrade, which, according to her, was one of the most important development projects in the region, the Croatian news agency HINA reports.

Çavuşoğlu in Sarajevo: Turkey opposes border changes in the Balkans / Cavusoglu v Sarajevu: Turčija nasprotuje spremembam meja na Balkanu km-sta.si-SI: "Çavuşoğlu in Sarajevo: Turkey opposes border changes in the Balkans ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Montenegro reopens the issue of its land border with Croatia

[Slovenia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST | info

According to the Zagreb-based newspaper Večernji list’s report yesterday, Montenegrin Prime Minister Krivokapić has opened the border issue with Croatia and emphasised that it was not only borders at sea that were problematic, but also the land border between the two states on the Prevlaka peninsula, STA reports. The newspaper points out that Croatia does not want another international arbitration affair after its bad experience with Slovenia. Montenegro has raised the issue of the border with Croatia in the context of its EU accession negotiations, given the opposition of the European Commission to importing any issues of unregulated borders between EU member states. “For Croatia, the situation on its southern border is clear: Prevlaka is a Croatian peninsula, and the border at sea must be agreed upon,” Večernji list points out, adding that such a situation was also recorded in the protocol on the temporary regulation of the border in 2002, and that a special Croatian-Montenegrin commission had been set up to resolve the dispute. Croatia signed a protocol on the border in December 2002 with the then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which also included Montenegro. Montenegro believes that the land and sea borders are a subject of dispute because the protocol talks about the temporary demarcation on land and states that the border at sea must be agreed upon. The PM Krivokapić has announced that a new commission would be set up to try to resolve the dispute in agreement with Croatia.

Montenegro has reopened the issue of the land border with Croatia / Črna gora znova odprla vprašanje kopenske meje s Hrvaško km-sta.si-SI: "Montenegro has reopened the issue of the land border with ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

SME invited to apply at Ideas Powered for Business Fund

[Latvia, ENTREPRENEURSHIP]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:22:00 AM CEST

SWH reports that small and medium-sized enterprises are invited by 31 May to apply for support from the European Commission's and the European Union's Intellectual Property Office fund - Ideas Powered for Business SME Fund. The €20 million grant scheme was set up to help European small and medium-sized enterprises identify and protect intellectual property rights and support the European Union's economic recovery.

SME invited to apply at Ideas Powered for Business Fund / MVU var pieteikties EK shēmai km-Radio-SWH-LV: "SME invited to apply at Ideas Powered for Business Fund ..." info: Biznesa ziņas, 2021-05-05 18:36:00, 00:00:26, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:36:00 PM CEST

ENVIRONMENT

European Commission approached again over air quality in Plovdiv

[Bulgaria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Lawyer Mihail Ekimdzhiev told Focus News Agency the lawsuit over the air quality in Plovdiv again had attracted the attention of the European Commission. “This time we approached the Commission over the poaching-style relocation of the air quality monitoring stations in Plovdiv,” he added. The CJEU ruled two years ago that Bulgaria had failed to meet EU directives and air quality was poor in all Bulgarian regions. “Concrete measures, plans and measurable indicators were expected,” lawyer Ekimdzhiev noted, adding that, instead, the stations were moved from locations of busy traffic to parks. “They are lying to us and the Commission, and devoid us from information about air quality and our right to informed protection,” he concluded.

The case for the dirty air of Plovdiv is again in the attention of the Ec, with a new emphasis / Делото за мръсния въздух на Пловдив отново е на вниманието на ЕК, с нов акцент km-Focus-News.net-BG: "The case for the dirty air of Plovdiv is again ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Waste management priorities discussed during the 10th Croatia Waste Expo

[Croatia, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

An interview with Deputy Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Anamarija Matak marked the opening of 10th Croatia Waste Expo 2021, which was held in a hybrid format due to the pandemic, Večernji list and Poslovni dnevnik report. Ms Matak pointed out that Croatia is improving its waste management statistics, although there is still a long way to go to fulfil the goal. “There is some progress in citizens’ behaviour, as pointed out by the stats and the presence of this topic,” she noted. When asked about wild landfills in Croatia, Deputy Minister Matak said the EU, unfortunately, does not finance their remediation, which is why the funding is limited nationally. “We are intensively programming funds in the upcoming financial period, as waste management is included in our National recovery plan,” she explained while noting that the new incentive also puts focus on prevention of waste, in addition to recycling and production.

We begin to understand the benefits of waste separation and recycling / Počinjemo shvaćati dobrobiti odvajanja i recikliranja otpada km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "We begin to understand the benefits of waste separation and ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

In the future, the aim is to prevent waste generation and encourage recycling and production of / Cilj je ubuduće sprečavati nastanak otpada i poticati recikliranje i proizvodnju km-Vecernji-List-HR: "In the future, the aim is to prevent waste generation ..." page: 17 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Vaccinating forest animals

[Latvia, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Diena reports that the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service has started vaccinating forest animals against rabies. The rabies control program developed by the Service has been approved and co-financed by the European Commission. The Service explained that the Lysvulpen vaccine, which contains an attenuated rabies virus strain and was incorporated into a mixture of fishmeal, fat and paraffin, was used to vaccinate animals.

Vaccinating forest animals / Vakcinē meža dzīvniekus km-Diena-LV: "Vaccinating forest animals / Vakcinē meža dzīvniekus..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Price of CO2 emission allowances in Europe exceeds €50 per tonne

[Lithuania, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

15min.lt informs readers that the price of carbon allowances in Europe has risen above €50 per tonne for the first time, exceeding the price before the pandemic more than twice. Prices were still below €30 per tonne in December last year but have risen sharply in recent months due to fears that allowances will become less available in the coming years, given the European Union’s ambitious climate targets, including a 55% reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Environmentalists welcome the rapid rise in CO2 emissions price, but experts worry it will be difficult for companies to adapt quickly to such a significant price spike.

Price of CO2 emission allowances in Europe exceeds €50 per tonne / CO2 emisijos kvotų kaina Europoje pirmąkart viršijo 50 eurų už toną km-15min.lt-LT: "Price of CO2 emission allowances in Europe exceeds €50 per ..." info: by Svajūnas Laukineitis date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Marcus Heinz from World Bank about “Clean Air” Programme

[Poland, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Rzeczpospolita, Marcus Heinz – representative of World Bank for Poland and Baltic States – evaluates the “Clean Air” programme. He notes that it goes towards a good direction but further reforms are needed and the World Bank plans to support Poland in this process. Mr Heinz applauds the fact that €3 billion was earmarked for “Clean Air” in the National Recovery Plan because this will speed up the programme in the next years to reach more Polish households. He adds that the World Bank expects a snowball effect thanks to involving commercial banks in the process because additional funds will be needed to handle a growing number of applications for financing of changes enforced under the programme and also to finance other activities like a bigger support for the poorest households and monitoring anti-smog acts.

"Clean Air" must have a better offer for the poorest / "Czyste powietrze" musi mieć lepszą ofertę dla najuboższych km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: ""Clean Air" must have a better offer for the poorest ..." page: 21 info: by MICHAŁ NIEWIADOMSKI date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

Scottish National Party in the lead in Scottish elections

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Several sources mention the Scottish elections. La Libre Belgique interviews Scottish Professor James Mitchell about the legislative elections in Scotland. He explains that over 50% of the population favours independence now, partly because Prime Minister Johnson is perceived as someone who does not care about or understands Scotland. Still, the pro-European Scottish National Party has trouble giving answers to many questions on the future of Scotland, such as the impact of independence on the economy, and the possibility to re-join the EU. In the 2016 referendum, Scots overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU, but Brexit made people wary of any further change, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. De Morgen adds that polls suggest that the SNP party may be six seats short of a majority. The Greens could be possible coalition partners. Prime Minister Johnson stated that now is not the time for a reckless, irresponsible second referendum. SNP did indicate that any new referendum would take place after the Covid-19 crisis.

“Boris Johnson is the best gift imaginable for the Scottish National Party” / "Boris Johnson est le meilleur cadeau imagnable pour Le Parti national écossais" km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "“Boris Johnson is the best gift imaginable for the Scottish ..." page: 16-17 info: by DE BOURBON date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Another mandate for a Scottish referendum? / Weer mandaat voor Schots referendum? km-Morgen-BE: "Another mandate for a Scottish referendum? / Weer mandaat voor ..." page: 16 info: by Reuters date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Agreement for an EU delegation in London

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique and L'Avenir note that on Wednesday, British first secretary of state Dominic Raab and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said that they found an agreement to establish an EU delegation in London. His leader, João Vale de Almeida, will have a complete diplomatic status, which London had refused so far, stating the EU is not a State.

A real statute for the EU Ambassador / Un vrai statut pour l’ambassadeur de l’UE km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "A real statute for the EU Ambassador / Un vrai ..." page: 12 info: by Unknown date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU's delegation will finally be considered as an embassy / La délégation de l’UE sera finalement considérée comme une ambassade km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The EU's delegation will finally be considered as an embassy ..." page: 19 info: by Le Bussy date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Two victories for the EU weapons manufacturers and weapons lobby

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

On Dewereldmorgen.be, H. Michiel writes about two victories for the weapons manufacturers and military lobby in the EU. Firstly, the European Parliament approved earmarking €7.9 billion from the EU budget for the European Defence Fund. Spending EU budgetary means on military applications violates the European treaties, but as always, the EU's legal factory found a solution. The Parliament will barely have a say on how the fund is used by the European Commission and the member states. Secondly, the European Peace Facility was created and granted a €5 billion budget via contributions from the member states. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said that the EU must be less angelic and provide deadly arms to its African allies to defeat terrorists. One would be surprised who is considered an ally. The EU could not have chosen a more cynical name than "Peace Facility".

Two successes of the European military lobby / Twee successen van de Europese militaire lobby km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "Two successes of the European military lobby / Twee successen ..." info: by Michiel date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU and UK settle diplomatic dispute

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

On Wednesday, after a meeting between High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the EU and the UK reached an agreement on the diplomatic status of the EU’s ambassador to the UK and his team, thus ending a five-month dispute, Financial Times reports , quoted by Focus News Agency. In a joint statement, the two politicians said the agreement was reached through "goodwill and pragmatism". Under the terms of the deal, João Vale de Almeida, the EU’s first ambassador to the UK, will have "the privileges and immunities needed to function effectively, while allowing for effective administration of justice," the document reads. British authorities said that Secretary Raab had secured a deal "that gives us part of what we want" regarding the legal situation of EU officials in London.

Financial Times: EU and UK settle dispute over Brussels diplomatic status / Financial Times: ЕС и Великобритания разрешиха спора за дипломатическия статут на Брюксел km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Financial Times: EU and UK settle dispute over Brussels diplomatic ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cyprus Minister to participate in EU Defence Council

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

Defence Minister Petrides is heading to Brussels to take part in today’s session of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), where EU Defence Ministers will discuss current issues and the future of the EU Common Defence and Security Policy, Cyprus Mail and Phileleftheros report. The Minister will also attend a working lunch with the NATO Secretary-General. A meeting of the governing body of the European Defence Agency (EDA) will take place before the start of the work of the Council, during which Ministers will be invited to exchange views on the steps taken and the roadmap to be followed, to implement the recommendations of the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD). The Defence Ministers will attend a working lunch with NATO’s Secretary-General Stoltenberg, during which they will discuss the upgrading of cooperation between the EU and NATO on issues and actions of common interest, while they will also discuss the overall work of the EU Satellite Centre, as well as to ratify the participation of the United States, Canada and Norway in the Military Mobility of PESCO programme, and adopt EU Conclusions on Security and Defence.

MINISTER AT EU DEFENCE POLICY MEET / MINISTER AT EU DEFENCE POLICY MEET km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "MINISTER AT EU DEFENCE POLICY MEET / MINISTER AT EU ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ΚΑΘΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΙΚΗΣ ΠΥΞΙΔΑΣ ΑΠΟ ΥΠΑΜ ΤΗΣ EE km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΚΑΘΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΙΚΗΣ ΠΥΞΙΔΑΣ ΑΠΟ ΥΠΑΜ ΤΗΣ EE..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

They are calling for the immediate return of Armenian prisoners / ΖΗΤΟΥΝ ΑΜΕΣΗ ΕΠΙΣΤΡΟΦΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΡΜΕΝΙΩΝ ΑΙΧΜΑΛΩΤΩΝ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "They are calling for the immediate return of Armenian prisoners ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

14 member states support creation of rapid military response force

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Websites aktualne.cz and novinky.cz report that 14 member states including the Czech Republic push for creation of a rapid military response force which would intervene in emerging international crises. EU defence ministers should discuss the matter at their today’s meeting presided by High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell. He criticises member states for their unwillingness to intervene in failing states such as Libya. The proposal envisages creation of a unit of 5,000 troops which should also have vessels and aircrafts at its disposal.

Czech Republic and 13 other EU countries are pushing for creation of an EU rapid response force of 5,000 soldiers / Česko a dalších 13 států EU prosazují vznik unijní síly rychlé reakce o 5000 vojácích km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Czech Republic and 13 other EU countries are pushing for ..." info: by CTK date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Half of EU countries, including Czech Republic, are proposing to create a joint rapid response military force / Polovina zemí EU včetně Česka navrhuje vytovření společné vojenské síly rychlé reakce km-novinky.cz-CZ: "Half of EU countries, including Czech Republic, are proposing to ..." info: by mso Novinky date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Vice-President Jourová on Russian sanctions

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Daily Hospodářské noviny brings an interview with Vice-President Jourová in which she talks about the entry bans imposed by Russia on eight officials from the EU, including herself. She highlights that the recent steps of Russia show a clear lack of the country’s interest to cooperate with the European Union. On the contrary, it seems that Russia seeks confrontation and alienation. Overall, the VP points out that member states should discuss the approach to Moscow very seriously, because every project with Russia is a political project. There is no "purely economic" project in relation to the country, she adds. The issue should be discussed at the upcoming EU summit on 25 May. The Vice-President also talks about other related issues such as the Nord Stream 2 project, Vrbětice case and EU’s reaction and EU audit of Prime Minister Babiš.

Interview with Vice-President Jourová on Russian sanctions / Česká televize nesmí být likvidována politickými tlaky, varuje Jourová. A kritizuje plynovod Nord Stream 2 km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President Jourová on Russian sanctions / Česká televize ..." page: 8 info: by Kateřina Šafaříková date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

UK grants full diplomatic status to EU Ambassador

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz reports that the UK has granted full diplomatic status to EU Ambassador in London Joao Vale de Almeida. The step ended a dispute which has been a burden to the mutual relations. So far, the UK rejected granting full diplomatic status to the Ambassador, arguing that the EU was not a national state. The EU reacted by not inviting the British Ambassador in Brussels to meetings.

Britain grants full diplomatic status to EU Ambassador in London / Británie udělila plný diplomatický status velvyslanci EU v Londýně km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Britain grants full diplomatic status to EU Ambassador in London ..." info: by CTK date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commentary: The EU should work on a joint foreign and security policy for relations with China

[Denmark, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:15:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Jyllands-Posten, Jean Monnet Professor Søren Dosenrode from Aalborg University writes that China has benefited from the EU member states having individual China policies, which has opened up for a successful Chinese "divide and conquer" policy with the member states. He emphasises that China is a militarily and economically powerful operator that also violates human rights domestically. The European Commission offered a nuanced reaction to the position of China when it stated that China is a partner in some areas and a competitor in others but overall a "systemic rival." As only big states have power in the world, the EU needs to work on a joint foreign and security policy, Mr Dosenrode concludes.

Commentary: The EU should work on a joint foreign and security policy for relations with China / Debat: Kina har profiteret af et naivt og splittet EU km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Commentary: The EU should work on a joint foreign and ..." page: 25 info: by Søren Dosenrode date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

China wants to establish a university in Europe

[Estonia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

At the end of 2019, the Shanghai-based Fudan University changed their charter, removing all mentions of academic freedom and freedom of thought, instead noting the university will follow the ideology of the Communist Party of China, reports Eesti Päevaleht. In the same month, the president of the university, and the Minister of Innovation and Technology Läszlö Palkovics signed a memorandum to build a campus for the university in Budapest. Palkovics noted the expansion of the Chinese university will help globalize the nation's higher education system. Hungary's opposition tried to ask the government on the security risk of establishing this campus, and whether the risk would expand to the European Union and NATO, but were not met with a reasonable response. Tensions between Europe and China have increased recently, as Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis announced the investment deal between the European Union and China will be suspended after both sides established sanctions against each other.

China wants to establish a university in Europe / Hiina kompartei ülikool sai loa hakata Euroopas oma tarkust jagama km-Eesti-Paevaleht-EE: "China wants to establish a university in Europe / Hiina ..." page: 8,9 info: by Mihkel Märtens v-uudised@epl.ee date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Haavisto wants EU to have a joint stance on China

[Finland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:45:00 PM CEST

The Finnish News Agency STT reports that Hungary's Foreign Minister Szijjarto visited Finland on Wednesday. He met with Foreign Minister Haavisto who said it is important that EU Member States have a common stance regarding China. During a press conference he expressed concern about human rights developments in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Minister Haavisto says that the EU should also have a joint front on climate issues. Meanwhile, Hungary would like a "pragmatic" approach to China. Minister Szijjarto said that EU-China relations should be less hypocritical. Hungary's warming relations with China have caused concern in the EU. Earlier this week, the EU announced it is suspending the ratification of the investment agreement with China due to weakening of EU-China relations.

Suomessa vieraillut Unkarin ulkoministeri syytti EU:ta tekopyhyydestä – toivoi pragmaattisia Kiina-suhteita km-Demari.fi-FI: "Suomessa vieraillut Unkarin ulkoministeri syytti EU:ta tekopyhyydestä – toivoi pragmaattisia ..." info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Haavisto toivoo EU-mailta yhtenäistä linjaa Kiinan suhteen km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Haavisto toivoo EU-mailta yhtenäistä linjaa Kiinan suhteen..." page: 11 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Haavisto toivoo EU-mailta yhtenäistä linjaa Kiinan suhteen km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Haavisto toivoo EU-mailta yhtenäistä linjaa Kiinan suhteen..." page: 17 info: by STT date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU and Britain agree on diplomatic status

[Finland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

The European Union and Great Britain have reached agreement on the diplomatic status of EU's Ambassador to Great Britain. The issue was resolved in a joint declaration between High Representative Borrell and Great Britain's Foreign Minister Dominick Raab, which stated that the EU ambassador will have a status in line with the leaders of the delegations from other nation states. Vale de Almeida has been EU's ambassador to Great Britain since the beginning of the year, but he has been lacking full diplomatic status.

EU and Britain agree on diplomatic status / EU och britterna överens om diplomatstatus km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "EU and Britain agree on diplomatic status / EU och ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Threats to the UK's unity

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

Arte reports on the upcoming general elections in Scotland. Since Brexit, the leading Scottish National Party (SNP) is focusing on Scotland’s independence, as Scotland voted against leaving the EU. Prime Minister Johnson already said he would oppose the referendum SNP First Minister Sturgeon is calling for. “We will have a referendum,” says SNP MP Bill Kidd, interviewed by Arte. Nicola Sturgeon for her part, pledged to bring back Scotland in the EU, should the independence be reached. Yet, other independentist parties regret Nicola Sturgeon’s blunt opposition to England, as they underline the need to maintain trade and good relationship with the UK. Joining the EU again would also mean joining the euro, something that may weigh in Scottish people’s vote.Meanwhile, Brexit might help the reunification of Ireland, Libération reports. The outcome of the negotiations, with Northern Ireland remaining in the Single Market, upsets unionists but pleases Republicans in favour of a reunification. According to a Kantar survey, 44% of Northern Irish still oppose a reunification. Libération conducts a report on both sides of the frontier, noting that while people appear to favour a reunited Ireland, they are concerned about the differences born from many years of different policies. Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland parties all support a reunification, while the Taoiseach cabinet have created a Shared Island Unit to reinforce the North-South cooperation.

Elections with a taste of independence / Les élections au goût d'indépendance km-ARTE-FR: "Elections with a taste of independence / Les élections au ..." info: Arte journal, 2021-05-05 19:52:00, 00:02:50, by Meline Freda date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:52:00 PM CEST

"Many are open to independence, but still far from convinced / « Beaucoup sont ouverts à l'indépendance, mais encore loin d'être convaincus » km-Echos-FR: ""Many are open to independence, but still far from convinced ..." page: 7 info: by A. C date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brexit: test vote for pro-independence voters in Scotland / Brexit : scrutin test pour les indépendantistes en Écosse km-Echos-FR: "Brexit: test vote for pro-independence voters in Scotland / Brexit ..." page: 1,7 info: by Alexandre Counis date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

What if Scotland took off? / Et si l'Ecosse prenait son envol... km-Express-FR: "What if Scotland took off? / Et si l'Ecosse prenait ..." page: 39 info: by Agnès C. Poirier date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Boris Johnson faces the explosive effect of Brexit on the unity of the kingdom / Boris Johnson face à l'effet explosif du Brexit sur l'unité du royaume km-Figaro-FR: "Boris Johnson faces the explosive effect of Brexit on the ..." page: 8,9 info: by A. L. G date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Scottish Parliamentary Elections 1/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 1/3 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Scottish Parliamentary Elections 1/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 1/3..." info: Un jour dans le monde, 2021-05-05 18:18:00, 00:03:25, by FABIENNE SINTES date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:18:00 PM CEST

Scottish Parliamentary Elections 3/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 3/3 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Scottish Parliamentary Elections 3/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 3/3..." info: Un jour dans le monde, 2021-05-05 18:30:00, 00:03:22, by FABIENNE SINTES date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:30:00 PM CEST

Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 2/3 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2/3 / Elections législatives en Ecosse 2/3..." info: Un jour dans le monde, 2021-05-05 18:25:00, 00:04:14, by FABIENNE SINTES date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:25:00 PM CEST

The two Irish in search of a new Eire / Les deux Irlandes en quête d'une nouvelle Eire km-Liberation-FR: "The two Irish in search of a new Eire / ..." page: 8,9 info: by LÉO CAPUCIN date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

One and divisible nation / Nation une et divisible km-Liberation-FR: "One and divisible nation / Nation une et divisible..." page: 6,7 info: by Nina GUÉRINEAU DE LAMÉRIE date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Independence is the focus of elections in Scotland / L'indépendance au coeur des élections en Ecosse km-Monde-FR: "Independence is the focus of elections in Scotland / L'indépendance ..." page: 1,5 info: by CÉCILE DUCOURTIEUX date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

First post-Brexit electionl test for Boris Johnson / Un premier test électoral post-Brexit pour Boris Johnson km-Monde-FR: "First post-Brexit electionl test for Boris Johnson / Un premier ..." page: 5 info: by C. Du date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The wind is turning in the relationship between Europe and China

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports on escalating diplomatic tensions between China and the EU. The European Commission put on hold the ratification of the investment agreement with China and announced measures to defend against distortion in the EU market created by foreign state subsidies. These events follow a degradation of diplomatic relations between China and the EU in March. Indeed, the EU sanctioned four Chinese officials for their involvement in the repression in Xinjiang. China responded by placing sanctions on MEPs and European researchers. However, by attacking European freedom of speech, China made a mistake, as even the most welcoming European actors, such as Germany, are changing their stance towards the country. The EU will now have to solve the puzzle of deploying a coherent strategy towards China while not aligning entirely with the US.

G7 joins on Chinese challenge / Le G7 se concerte face au défi chinois km-Croix-FR: "G7 joins on Chinese challenge / Le G7 se concerte ..." page: 10 info: by François d'Alançon date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The wind is turning in the relationship between Europe and China / Le vent tourne dans la relation entre l'Europe et la Chine km-Echos-FR: "The wind is turning in the relationship between Europe and ..." page: 6 info: by Gabriel Grésillon date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Defence. Paris, Berlin and Madrid reach an agreement on FCAS

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

France, Germany and Spain have reached an agreement on the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), L’Opinion reports. According to Reuters, the countries have reached a global agreement regarding the next steps of the project, while pledging to settle details of the deal before mid-May. Sharing of intellectual property rights remain the heart of the negotiations. Companies involved (Dassault, Airbus and Indra) in the FCAS will then set up a list of intellectual property rights they are willing to share, or not. The FCAS, which is to replace French Rafale and Spanish and German Eurofighters, will cost €100 billion.

Defence. Paris, Berlin and Madrid reach an agreement on FCAS / Défense. Paris, Berlin et Madrid finalisent un accord sur le Scaf km-Opinion-FR: "Defence. Paris, Berlin and Madrid reach an agreement on FCAS ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rafale contract: France is really back in Egypt / Contrat Rafale : la France est vraiment de retour en Egypte km-Tribune-FR: "Rafale contract: France is really back in Egypt / Contrat ..." page: 17,18 info: by Michel Cabirol date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brexit: After months of refusal, London assigns full ambassadorial status to EU representative

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

On 5 May, the UK accepted to grant full diplomatic status to EU ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, francetvinfo.fr reports. Discussions on the status to be granted to the EU delegation to London, and in particular the diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions, have been ongoing since January 2020. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and British Foreign Secretary Raab announced the deal after a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 in London.

Brexit: After months of refusal, London assigns full ambassadorial status to EU representative / Brexit : après plusieurs mois de refus, Londres attribue le plein statut d'ambassadeur au représentant de l'UE km-francetvinfo.fr-FR: "Brexit: After months of refusal, London assigns full ambassadorial status ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Russia and the EU: Tensions and explusions of diplomats

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:57:00 AM CEST

France 2 reports that the European institutions summoned the Russian ambassador to the EU in Brussels to express their displeasure. Indeed, the President of the European Parliament has been banned from Russian territory. The situation in Ukraine is also a point of contention in the EU and Russia, in addition to the Navalny case. Ukraine again calls for NATO and EU membership. The European Union also denounces Russian operations inside Europe's borders. At the end of 2014, a depot of military equipment exploded in the Czech Republic. The country blames Russia. France 2 broadcast a statement by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis where he declares that he has good reason to believe that Russian security officers were involved in the explosion.

Russia and the EU: Tensions and explusions of diplomats / Russie et Union européenne : la valse des diplomates km-FRANCE-2-FR: "Russia and the EU: Tensions and explusions of diplomats / ..." info: Telematin 7h10-7h29, 2021-05-05 07:10:00, 00:04:14, by LAURENT BIGNOLAS date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

US bridge builders in Europe to help defence

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:16:00 AM CEST

Berlin has prevailed after a months-long debate between Germany and France on the topic of EU independence in terms of defence and security, Die Welt reports. There has been a breakthrough in the transatlantic relationship, as the US decided to participate in a multi-billion project on improving the trans-border troops and materials transportation in Europe within the EU defence initiative PESCO. The project is central for the European security policy, Die Welt highlights, reminding that the German presidency of the Council of the EU last year has reached an agreement that third parties could participate in PESCO initiatives in the future. There are multiple reasons for the US interest and involvement, including revitalising transatlantic relations under President Biden and a possible financial interest. Last but not least, the EU and NATO have a common interest in improving the infrastructure in the EU.

On EU defence: US bridge builders in Europe / Amerikanische Brückenbauer in EUROPA km-Welt-DE: "On EU defence: US bridge builders in Europe / Amerikanische ..." page: 8 info: by C.B.S date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

G7 Foreign Affairs Ministers discuss nuclear programmes, China, Russia, Syria, climate change and health crisis

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the G7 will seek the means to ensure a fairer distribution of vaccines against Covid-19 in the world. G7 Foreign Affairs Ministers discussed on Monday and Tuesday the international crises: the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea, China, Russia, Syria and climate change. High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell welcomed the resumption of meetings in person. This is how consensus is reached and deals are made, he noted.

Οι ΥΠΕΞ της G7 συζητούν τα μέσα για πιο δίκαιη κατανομή των εμβολίων km-capital.gr-GR: "Οι ΥΠΕΞ της G7 συζητούν τα μέσα για πιο δίκαιη ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Coronavirus-UK: The G7 Foreign Affairs Ministers seek the mans for a fairer distribution of vaccines – The meeting is in person / Κορωνοϊός-Βρετανία: Oι ΥΠΕΞ της G7 αναζητούν τα μέσα για πιο δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων -Με φυσική παρουσία η συνεδρίαση km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Coronavirus-UK: The G7 Foreign Affairs Ministers seek the mans for ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

UK grants full diplomatic status to the EU ambassador

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Iefiemrida.gr reports that the UK agreed to grant the full status of the ambassador to EU’s representative in London. In a joint announcement, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab specifically stated that the EU Ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states, including agrément and presentation of the credentials to the Head of State.

Η Βρετανία υποχώρησε: Χορηγεί πλήρες διπλωματικό καθεστώς στον πρέσβη της ΕΕ km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Η Βρετανία υποχώρησε: Χορηγεί πλήρες διπλωματικό καθεστώς στον πρέσβη της ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

14 member states call for a European rapid response military force

[Hungary, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap and 24.hu report 14 member states including France and Germany have proposed to establish a European rapid response military force. This force could intervene early in military crises. The issue may be put on the agenda of the Defence Council today. 24.hu adds the member states would create a brigade of 5,000 soldiers, possibly with ships and aircraft. 24.hu writes High Representative/Vice-President Borrell has chided the EU a number of times for reluctance to intervene more abroad. Defence ministers today will review recent developments and upcoming events, including on Sahel, Ukraine, Mozambique and Operation IRINI; will exchange views on the strategic compass, with a focus on crisis management; and will have an informal working lunch with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, 24.hu adds.

14 EU member states would set up a rapid response military force / Gyorsreagálású erőt állítana fel az EU tizennégy tagországa km-24.hu-HU: "14 EU member states would set up a rapid response ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

- / Gyorsreagálású katonai erő létrehozását javasolja... km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "- / Gyorsreagálású katonai erő létrehozását javasolja......" page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Demand for Welsh independence growing

[Italy, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

Two Italian Media report that the demand for Welsh independence, which has been growing over the past 20 years, witnessed a record surge after Brexit. According to a new survey carried out by ITV, 39% of Welsh citizens were in favour of separating from Britain. An article in La Stampa notes that around 60% of young voters would leave the UK. Indeed, many of the young voters have grown up under devolution, a deepening sense of Welsh identity. Local elections are going to be crucial for Wales, where the nationalist party Plaid Cymru is getting increasingly strong and could soon hold the balance of power in Welsh politics and call for a referendum on Wales’ independence, Rai News 24 reports.

Local elections in Wales, challenge has national value / Elezioni amministrative in Galles , la sfida ha valore anche nazionale km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Local elections in Wales, challenge has national value / Elezioni ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-06 02:23:00, 00:01:29, by Marco Varvello date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:23:00 AM CEST

Wales is tired of London too. “Ready for new state” / Anche il Galles è stanco di Londra "Siamo pronti a uno Stato nuovo" km-Stampa-IT: "Wales is tired of London too. “Ready for new state” ..." page: 18,19 info: by RAFAEL RAMOS date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU officials

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics stressed on 5 May that a response to Russia's decision to blacklist several officials of European Union bodies and member states will come soon. He pointed out that a statement from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was published last week, following the announcement of Russia's decision. "We consider this a completely unjustified step - to sanction the President of the European Parliament, Vice-Presidents of the European Commission and a number of EU citizens. We have also reserved the right to respond to this step at a specific time and in a way we deem necessary," said Minister Rinkevics, noting that these matters are being coordinated with EU colleagues. According to Latvijas Avīze, French political analyst Nicolas Tenzer believes that the EU's response to Russia’s assassination and bombing campaigns in EU territory has been indecisive and even weak. A stronger response is needed, not only to ensure European security, but also to defend the democratic values on which the bloc is founded. Europe is divided by the attitude towards the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has hampered a strong and united EU response to Russia's geopolitical project.

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU officials / Uz Krievijas sankcijām vairākām ES struktūru un dalībvalstu amatpersonām būs atbilde, uzsver Rinkēvičs km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU ..." info: by LETA date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU officials / Eiropai jārīkojas pret Krievijas vardarbību km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU ..." page: 1,8 info: by Valdis Berzinš date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU officials / Uz Krievijas sankcijām vairākām ES struktūru un dalībvalstu amatpersonām būs atbilde, uzsver Rinkēvičs km-LTV-1-LV: "Latvian Foreign Minister: EU to respond to Russia blacklisting EU ..." info: Dienas ziņas, 2021-05-05 20:09:00, 00:00:30, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:09:00 PM CEST

EVP Dombrovskis: Investment agreement with China put on ice

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the European Union has temporarily suspended political efforts to ratify the major investment agreement reached with China last December. As Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis explained, such decision was made because the European Union and China have imposed sanctions on each other, and in these circumstances, continuing the negotiations is not productive. In March, the European Union imposed sanctions on a number of Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. Beijing responded with sanctions against European politicians, scientists and research groups.

EVP Dombrovskis: Investment agreement with China put on ice / Vienošanās ar Ķīnu atlikta km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "EVP Dombrovskis: Investment agreement with China put on ice / ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EVP Dombrovskis: Investment agreement with China put on ice / Dombrovskis: ES uz laiku apturējusi ratificēt līgumu ar Ķīnu km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "EVP Dombrovskis: Investment agreement with China put on ice / ..." info: Pusdiena, 2021-05-05 13:05:00, 00:00:36, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:05:00 PM CEST

Scotland towards another independence referendum

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Diena reports that Scottish National Party (SNP) has a chance to win more than half of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliamentary elections. The party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, wants to hold an independence referendum by the end of 2023 and stressed that London should not block it, not least because of Brexit - reminding that majority of Scots in 2016 referendum supported the country remaining in the European Union. The SNP promises that independent Scotland will join the European Union and take advantage of its free market, but there is a problem: even before the 2014 referendum, no one in Brussels promised Scotland a quick accession to the Union out of line.

Scotland towards to another independence referendum / Skotija ceļā uz vēl vienu neatkarības referendumu km-Diena-LV: "Scotland towards to another independence referendum / Skotija ceļā uz ..." page: 1,10,11 info: by Māris Krūmiņš date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Merkel says China-European Union investment deal important despite difficulties

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

15min.lt and Delfi.lt write that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she remained convinced that the European Union-China investment deal was an “important undertaking” even as strained relations complicate the agreement’s ratification. “Despite all the difficulties that will surely arise with the ratification, it is a very important undertaking,” the Chancellor said, as quoted by Delfi.lt. The massive investment pact laid the foundations for “mutually beneficial” trade, she added.

Merkel says China-European Union investment deal important despite difficulties / A.Merkel: ES ir Kinijos investicijų susitarimas yra „labai svarbus“, nepaisant sunkumų km-15min.lt-LT: "Merkel says China-European Union investment deal important despite difficulties / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Merkel says China-European Union investment deal important despite difficulties / Merkel: Kinijos ir ES investicijų susitarimas, nepaisant sunkumų, yra svarbus km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Merkel says China-European Union investment deal important despite difficulties / ..." info: by ELTA date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Elite award-winners allowed fast-track route into United Kingdom

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

15min.lt reports that winners of awards, including Nobel Prizes, the Turing Award, Oscars, and Golden Globes, will be able to live and work in the United Kingdom more easily under reforms being introduced by the Home Office. Individuals who have won prestigious awards from across the sciences, humanities, engineering, the arts, and digital technology will be able to take advantage of changes to the Global Talent visa route. The procedure, introduced by Britain after Brexit to restructure its immigration system, is a “simplified way for the most talented people in the world to work and live in the United Kingdom,” the government said.

Elite award-winners allowed fast-track route into United Kingdom / JK supaprastina imigracijos tvarką prestižinių apdovanojimų laureatams km-15min.lt-LT: "Elite award-winners allowed fast-track route into United Kingdom / JK ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Successful vaccination campaign has effect on UK regional elections

[Luxembourg, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Sebastian Borger reports in Tageblatt on the regional elections in Great Britain and the campaign in the northern English port city of Hartlepool. Hartlepool voted with 70% for Brexit, whose chief propagandist Boris Johnson has cult status here. Added to this is the successful Covid-19 vaccination campaign since the beginning of the year. More than half of the population has received a first dose, almost a quarter are fully vaccinated. The nationwide incidence of new infections is 23 per 100,000 inhabitants. This has turned Great Britain from the sick man of Europe to a model opening country and made it difficult for the opposition to present itself as a better alternative to the government. This is not only true in Hartlepool but in many other municipalities, states the author.

The Tories and the vaccination bonus / Die Torys und der Impf-Bonus km-Tageblatt-LU: "The Tories and the vaccination bonus / Die Torys und ..." page: 10 info: by Sebastian Borger date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Scots to vote for new parliament tomorrow

[Netherlands, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:59:00 AM CEST

NPO 2 reports that Scots head to the polls today for the election of a new parliament. One question will dominate: will they get another independence referendum? It is only seven years since a majority of Scots rejected independence. But Brexit and the pandemic have returned the issue to British politics like a boomerang.

Scots to vote for new parliament tomorrow / Schotten stemmen morgen voor nieuw parlement km-Nederland-2-NL: "Scots to vote for new parliament tomorrow / Schotten stemmen ..." info: Nieuwsuur, 2021-05-05 21:50:00, 00:09:09, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:50:00 PM CEST

Japan expects EU to engage deeper in issues of Indo-Pacific region

[Poland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita comments on the upcoming visit of Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Warsaw. The visit is supposed to involve Poland, the Visegrad Group and the EU in the issues of the Indo-Pacific region. “We expect that the EU, with active support from Poland and the Visegrad Group, will be more actively involved in the issues of the Indo-Pacific region," said Minister Motegi. After the entry into force of the Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the EU in 2019, the value of Japanese-Polish trade increased by approximately 25% year on year, and its dynamics also continued during the pandemic in 2020.

Japan helps Poland / Japonia pomaga Polsce km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Japan helps Poland / Japonia pomaga Polsce..." page: 1 info: by Jedrzej Bielecki date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission suspends ratification of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investments

[Poland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Polska Codziennie reports that this week, the European Commission announced halting the efforts aimed at ratification of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment by EU member states and European Parliament due to a persisting tension between Brussels and Beijing. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis explained the decision with the fact that to the Commission it is clear that current situation with EU sanctions against China (related with violations of human rights) and Chinese retaliation sanctions, including those aimed against members of the European Parliament, create an atmosphere which is not conducive to the ratification of this agreement.

EU-China investment agreement in jeopardy / Umowa inwestycyjna UE-Chiny zagrożona km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "EU-China investment agreement in jeopardy / Umowa inwestycyjna UE-Chiny zagrożona..." page: 6 info: by PK date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Portugal is a "very special partner" for India, says India's ambassador to the European Union

[Portugal, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Lusa Agency, Indian Ambassador in the EU Santosh Jha talked about the EU-India summit and relationship, Observador.pt reports. The Indian Ambassador stated that the Portuguese EU Presidencies, 2007 and 2021, proved that Portugal and India “have a very special relationship”. Regarding the EU-India summit, which had to be postponed due to the pandemic, Ambassador Jha stated that it will happen “as soon as possible”. The Indian Ambassador further stated that the EU-India Summit will “send the message that the EU and India are ready to work together.” Ambassador Jha also considered the EU and India as “natural partners” that share “many convergences” in bilateral and international scopes.

EU Presidency. Portugal is a "very special partner" for India, says India's ambassador to the European Union / Presidência da UE. Portugal é um "parceiro muito especial" da Índia, considera embaixador da Índia junto da União Europeia km-observador.pt-PT: "EU Presidency. Portugal is a "very special partner" for India, ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU and UK reach an agreement on the status of the EU delegation in the United Kingdom

[Portugal, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:46:00 AM CEST

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and British Foreign Affairs Minister Raab reached an agreement on the status of the EU delegation in the United Kingdom, TSF.PT reports. According to a joint statement, HR/VP Borrell and Minister Raab announced that “the EU Ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states, including agrément and presentation of the credentials to the Head of State.” They also discussed the future of the EU-UK relationship, the COP26, and the conflict between Cyprus and Turkey.

Brussels and London reach an agreement regarding the status of the EU ambassador / Bruxelas e Londres chegam a acordo sobre estatuto do embaixador da UE km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Brussels and London reach an agreement regarding the status of ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Council President Michel hopes for "important new chapter" with India

[Portugal, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

Observador reports on the invitation letter from Council President Michel to the member states’ leaders regarding the EU-India Summit. The Council President stated that the Summit will be centred on “reinforcing the EU-India cooperation” and on building a “strategic partnership.” Council President Michel considers that the “immediate priority” must be to show solidarity to India. The Council President believes that the current global situation can allow the EU and India to open a new chapter in their relationship and this opportunity should be taken.”

EU. Charles Michel hopes for "important new chapter" with India / UE. Charles Michel espera "novo capítulo importante" com Índia km-observador.pt-PT: "EU. Charles Michel hopes for "important new chapter" with India ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

UK grants full diplomatic status to EU Ambassador

[Slovakia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:14:00 AM CEST

TV channel TA3 reports that EU Ambassador to the UK Joao Vale de Almeida will receive full diplomatic status. The parties have reached a deal after months of disputes, as the UK originally rejected to grant full diplomatic status, arguing that the EU was an organisation and not a national state. The deal was announced by Foreign Affairs Minister Dominic Raab and High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell.

Full statut for EU Ambassador / Plný statut pro velvyslance EU km-TA3-SK: "Full statut for EU Ambassador / Plný statut pro velvyslance ..." info: Správy, 2021-05-05 22:13:00, 00:00:38, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:13:00 PM CEST

G7 foreign ministers critical of Russia and China

[Slovenia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, foreign ministers of the G7 group expressed concern over Russia’s irresponsible actions and called on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, STA reports. “We are deeply concerned that the negative pattern of Russia’s irresponsible and destabilising behaviour continues,” High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and the foreign ministers of the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, the UK and Japan wrote in a joint statement after a three-day session. Among other things, they are concerned about the strengthening of Russia’s military presence along the border with Ukraine and in the “illegally-annexed” Crimea peninsula, foreign news agencies report. Additionally, they wrote that they regretted the deterioration of relations between Russia and Western countries. They accused Moscow of “malicious activities” undermining the democratic systems of other countries. They also stressed the importance of respecting the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Moreover, they expressed concern over Russia’s deteriorating situation regarding the respect for human rights, criticising once again the treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. They criticised China for repressing the Uighur Muslim minority, urging Beijing once more to grant the UN access to the area in order for it to be able to paint its own picture regarding the conditions there. They also called on the Iranian authorities to release people with foreign or dual citizenship who they believe are being arbitrarily imprisoned in Iran. Additionally, they expressed concern with the political and human rights crisis following the presidential election in Belarus in August last year, the human rights violations in North Korea and the military coup in Myanmar. Furthermore, they committed themselves to working with the pharmaceutical industry to boost Covid-19 vaccine production.

G7 foreign ministers critical of Russia and China / Zunanji ministri G7 kritični do Rusije in Kitajske (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "G7 foreign ministers critical of Russia and China / Zunanji ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

London backs down and grants ambassadorial status to EU representative

[Spain, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:10:00 AM CEST

Some media report that London and Brussels yesterday closed their bitter dispute over the status of the EU's representative in the UK. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab agreed during the G-7 summit in London that the EU ambassador will receive a rank equivalent to that of a head of mission of a state. According to the pact, the EU delegation body shall have the privileges and immunities necessary to function effectively.

London cedes and recognizes diplomatic status to EU ambassador / Londres cede y reconoce el estatus diplomático al embajador de la UE km-ABC-ES: "London cedes and recognizes diplomatic status to EU ambassador / ..." page: 35 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The UK recognises the diplomatic status of the EU ambassador. The Portuguese Joao Vale de Almeida must present his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II. He was appointed by Borrell late last year before London left the EU with Brexit. / El Reino Unido reconoce el estatus diplomático del embajador de la UE. El portugués João Vale de Almeida deberá presentar sus credenciales a la reina Isabel II. Fue designado por Borrell a finales del año pasado antes de que Londres abandonara con el km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "The UK recognises the diplomatic status of the EU ambassador. ..." info: La linterna, 2021-05-05 20:08:00, 00:00:17, by A KEYWORD date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:08:00 PM CEST

UK recognizes EU ambassador's diplomatic status / Reino Unido reconoce el estatus diplomático del embajador de la UE km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "UK recognizes EU ambassador's diplomatic status / Reino Unido reconoce ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

London backs down and grants ambassadorial status to EU representative / Londres recula y otorga rango de embajador al representante de la UE km-Pais-ES: "London backs down and grants ambassadorial status to EU representative ..." page: 4 info: by Lluís Pellicer date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

London accepts the diplomatic status of the EU ambassador he denied since the Brexit / Londres acepta el estatus diplomático del embajador de la UE que negaba desde el «brexit» km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "London accepts the diplomatic status of the EU ambassador he ..." page: 25 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Election in Scotland could result in new independence referendum, news and opinion

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:03:00 AM CEST

Today's election in Scotland could result in the country calling for a new independence referendum, some media outlets report. SVT1 Rapport reports that if the Scottish National Party (SNP) secures its own majority, then Scottish First Minister Sturgeon, leader of SNP, will call for a new independence referendum before 2023. However, this is not guaranteed, as opinion polls in Scotland have swayed back and forth. Dagens Nyheter writes that the First Minister is particularly popular due to her nationalist position and her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. She has often repeated that 62% of Scots voted against Brexit, which she believes is reason enough for the country to hold another independence referendum.The Scottish parliamentary election could mark the beginning of the end for the UK, Anna-Maja Persson writes in an analysis in Svt.se. Scottish First Minister Sturgeon and her Scottish National Party (SNP) are highly popular, and even her opponents admire her ability to communicate the message that Scotland needs another independence referendum. While it is clear that SNP will become the largest party in Scotland after the election, it is unclear how British Prime Minister Johnson will react to the call for a new referendum. This could result in a dirty and drawn-out battle between Edinburgh and London.

Scotland's most powerful still hopes for freedom / Skottlands mäktigaste hoppas ännu på frihet km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Scotland's most powerful still hopes for freedom / Skottlands mäktigaste ..." page: 16 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Analysis: "British union's future at stake" / Analys: ”Brittiska unionens framtid står på spel” km-Svt.se-SE: "Analysis: "British union's future at stake" / Analys: ”Brittiska unionens ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Scotland: Going to elections / Rapport km-SVT1-Rapport-SE: "Scotland: Going to elections / Rapport..." info: SVT1 - Rapport, 2021-05-05 19:30:00, 00:00:01, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Scotland: Election could have consequences for UK's future / Spela Nyheterna 19.00 5 maj 2021 5 maj 2021 km-TV4-Nyheterna-SE: "Scotland: Election could have consequences for UK's future / Spela ..." info: TV4 - Nyheterna, 2021-05-05 19:00:00, 00:00:01, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:00:00 PM CEST

UK agree to give full diplomatic status to EU ambassador

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:45:00 AM CEST

The EU and the UK have reached an agreement regarding the status of the EU's ambassador to the UK, Aftonbladet.se reports quoting new agency TT. In a joint statement, EU High Representative / Vice-President Borrell and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab commented that the EU's ambassador will have a status on par with the leaders of the national states' delegations. Previously, the EU's ambassador to the UK was denied full diplomatic status after Brexit, while the EU called on the UK to treat its representative as a sovereign state diplomat and not as a delegate from an international organisation.

EU and Britons in agreement about diplomat status / EU och britterna överens om diplomatstatus km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "EU and Britons in agreement about diplomat status / EU ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Russian President Putin taking steps to remove opposition (analysis)

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:49:00 AM CEST

Russian President Putin is taking steps to remove his opponents in the Russian opposition, Wolfgang Hansson writes in an analysis in Aftonbladet.se. Mr Putin seemingly wants to return to the days of the Soviet era, where all discontent was brutally beaten down. Most recently, the Russian regime has opted to designate Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption organisation as an extremist group. However, Mr Putin will not be satisfied just by having Mr Navalny giving up on paper. The Kremlin has already shown brutality towards all opposition, and it is likely that Mr Navalny's supporters will face imprisonment as well. Mr Putin is keen on remaining in power and securing Russia's position in the world, and he is seemingly open to re-establishing the rule of terror of the Soviet era to do so.

How Putin attempts to create a new Soviet / Så försöker Putin skapa ett nytt Sovjet km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "How Putin attempts to create a new Soviet / Så ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD

Opinion piece on the postponed Palestinian elections

[Belgium, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece on Dewereldmorgen.be, Lode De Brabander writes about the postponed Palestinian elections. What would happen if Hamas won the elections again and/or would be part of a government? In 2006, Hamas won a majority. International observers, including a European Parliament delegation, stated that the elections were correct and complied with international standards, but Israel and the Middle East quartet (the UN, the US, the EU and Russia) still immediately imposed sanctions. That international attitude is part of the reason why the political process in Palestine eroded. With Hamas potentially winning a majority again, it is little surprising the international reaction, including from the EU, was rather tepid. This despite the EU calling on Palestine to democratise for years, and currently financing a bilateral 4-year programme for a democratic Palestine state.

Postponement of Palestinian elections is a political move by Mahmoud Abbas / Uitstel Palestijnse verkiezingen is politieke zet van Mahmoud Abbas km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "Postponement of Palestinian elections is a political move by Mahmoud ..." info: by De Brabander date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MEPs call EU to act to ensure return of Armenian war prisoners

[Cyprus, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

Three EPP MEPs – Fourlas, Bellamy and Kovatchev – sent a letter to Commission President von der Leyen, Council President Michel, and EU High Representative / Vice President Borrell, calling for the return of all Armenian war prisoners who had been detained during the recent conflict with Azerbaijan, Philenews and Phileleftheros report. The letter has been co-signed by the 121 MEPs and constitutes a strong leverage to the EU to exert its influence for the return of the prisoners. The main points of the letter underline that the EU can no longer leave Armenia alone in this “unbearable situation”; “we need to act sot that violence does not replace the Law once again”; Europe needs to safeguard the respect of International Law in its Neighbourhood, otherwise it will have a historic responsibility for its silence and inactivity.

MEP Fourlas demands return of all Armenian prisoners / Επιστροφή όλων των Αρμενίων αιχμαλώτων απαίτησε ο Φουρλάς km-Philenews.com-CY: "MEP Fourlas demands return of all Armenian prisoners / Επιστροφή ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The last resistance to Erdoğan.

[France, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

L’Obs reports on the state of civil society and opposition in Turkey, as, since 2016, 80 000 people have been arrested, almost 100 media outlets have been closed as well as 3000 schools. It argues that LGBT and feminist activists are final targets for President Erdoğan. In this context, it reviews the incident in Ankara that saw President von der Leyen be seated apart from European Council President Charles Michel and President Erdoğan. A feminist activist interviewed in the paper criticises international coverage of the events, arguing that it is hardly the worst manifestation of President Erdoğan’s misogyny after Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention.

In Istanbul, a temporary one that goes on forever / A Istanbul, un provisoire qui s'éternise km-Croix-FR: "In Istanbul, a temporary one that goes on forever / ..." page: 22,23 info: by Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The last resistance to Erdogan / Les derniers résistants à Erdogan km-Obs-FR: "The last resistance to Erdogan / Les derniers résistants à ..." page: 52,53,54,55,56 info: by Sara Daniel date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lukashenko threatens Europeans

[Lithuania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:22:00 AM CEST

Info TV, LNK and Delfi.lt report that European companies will face “problems” in Belarus, said Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko. “I have no intentions of elaborating by expressing some opinions. I will just phrase it the way everyone will understand: if Europeans ask for problems with those sanctions, they will get it. I have nothing more to add,” the President said, as quoted by Delfi.lt. He also asked the Prime Minister of Belarus to prepare information on the largest European companies operating in the country.

Lukashenko threatens Europeans / Lukašenka: jei europiečiai nori problemų – gaus km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Lukashenko threatens Europeans / Lukašenka: jei europiečiai nori problemų – ..." info: by www.DELFI.lt date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Lukashenko threatens Europeans / (Ne)rimti Lukašenkos grasinimai km-Info-TV-LT: "Lukashenko threatens Europeans / (Ne)rimti Lukašenkos grasinimai..." info: Info diena - Žinios, 2021-05-05 20:50:00, 00:04:21, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:50:00 PM CEST

Lukashenko threatens Europeans / A. Lukašenkos grasinimai km-LNK-TV-LT: "Lukashenko threatens Europeans / A. Lukašenkos grasinimai..." info: Žinios, 2021-05-05 19:19:00, 00:04:44, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:19:00 PM CEST

FINANCIAL_SERVICES

70 FIAU reports to Police in one year

[Malta, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:27:00 AM CEST

In-Nazzjon reports that during the past year there have been 70 analytical reports of suspected cases of money laundering or terrorism-related financing submitted to the Police by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit. This information reflecting the situation of the country’s financial sector was published in the FIAU’s annual report for 2020, a year which FIAU director Kenneth Farrugia described as “difficult”. There was a record number – 5,175 – of reported suspicious activities during 2020, an increase of almost 4,000 during the previous year. The intelligence reports were submitted to both local and foreign authorities.

70 FIAU reports to Police in one year / L-FIAU tibgħat 70 rapport lill-Pulizija f’sena km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "70 FIAU reports to Police in one year / L-FIAU ..." page: 2 info: by Keane Cutajar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Cash payments of €10,000 for gold, cars, boats and property halted, FIAU to enforce / Cash payments of €10,000 for gold, cars, boats and property halted, FIAU to enforce km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Cash payments of €10,000 for gold, cars, boats and property ..." page: 1,2 info: by Bettina Borg and Dayna Camilleri Clarke date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Moneyval: ‘Transparency must remain at the forefront’ – Business Community

[Malta, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:24:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly refers to Malta passing the Moneyval assessment after strengthening its ant-money laundering regime. The Council of Europe body had given Malta until last year to conduct an overhaul of its anti-money laundering legislation. Failure to do so could have led to Malta being greylisted by the Financial Action Task Force, a move that could have spelt the death knell for the financial services industry. The paper’s Dayna Camilleri Clarke spoke to the Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Advocates and the Institute of Accountants to discuss their reactions to the initial report.

Moneyval: ‘Transparency must remain at the forefront’ – Business Community / Moneyval: ‘Transparency must remain at the forefront’ – Business Community km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Moneyval: ‘Transparency must remain at the forefront’ – Business Community ..." page: 1,3 info: by Dayna Camilleri Clarke date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ESG: towards a European standard for companies (opinion)

[Spain, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Elisabeth de Nadal, ESG Director at Cuatrecasas, writes that the European Parliament expressly recognised the need to regulate a mandatory standard of responsible conduct for companies operating in the European internal market. MEPs also proposed that this regulation should be extended to supply chains outside the EU. This initiative, which now has to be reviewed and approved by the European Commission, responds to requests from business and civil society organisations to create a binding legal framework under uniform competitive conditions. The initiative eliminates the disadvantages for those companies whose activity is in line with voluntary standards of respect for human rights and the environment.

ESG: towards a European standard for businesses / ESG: hacia un estándar europeo para las empresas km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "ESG: towards a European standard for businesses / ESG: hacia ..." page: 46 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

FINANCIAL_STABILITY

EU lobby group urges Commission to make toughen capital rules on environmentally damaging activity

[Cyprus, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:22:00 AM CEST

Finance Watch, which campaigns to make finance work better for society, has written to Commission President von der Leyen, urging the EU to toughen capital rules for banks and insurers involved in environmentally damaging activities, Cyprus Mail reports. "The longer the European Union waits, the higher the chances mount that it will face a financial crisis induced by the climate crisis," Finance Watch said in the letter. The EU is reviewing its capital rides for banks and insurers, and Finance Watch has suggested changes that would force them to hold far more capital to cover polluting activities, such as financing new mines or refineries.

EU URGED TO END DOOM LOOP WITH CLIMATE FINANCE RULES / EU URGED TO END DOOM LOOP WITH CLIMATE FINANCE RULES km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU URGED TO END DOOM LOOP WITH CLIMATE FINANCE RULES ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

FISHERIES

France threatens to cut the power of Channel island Jersey after fisheries row

[Belgium, FISHERIES]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Two sources discuss France’s fishing rights row with the UK. Demorgen.be reports that the French government could cut the power to Channel island Jersey as a response to the post-Brexit row. The British government is not giving French fishermen access to British fishing grounds, which is in violation of the trade agreement between London and Brussels. The British government denies this and states that Jersey alone is in charge of managing its waters. France calls the British rules about where ships may or may not go are null and void and stated that the British government can take the matter up with the European Commission.

France threatens to cut the power of Channel island Jersey after fisheries row / Frankrijk dreigt Kanaaleiland Jersey zonder stroom te zetten na visserijrel km-demorgen.be-BE: "France threatens to cut the power of Channel island Jersey ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Post-Brexit fisheries: London indignant about French threats to Jersey / Pêche post-Brexit: Londres s'indigne des menaces françaises contre Jersey km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Post-Brexit fisheries: London indignant about French threats to Jersey / ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Are we moving towards an open dispute over fishing with Great Britain? (interview)

[France, FISHERIES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

In a joint interview in La Croix, Renew Europe MEP Pierre Karleskind recalls having "warned against the risk of finding ourselves in perpetual negotiations with the British". "But here we are! The implementation of the post-Brexit agreement, which came into force definitively on 1 May, is itself the subject of negotiation." The chairman of the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee deplores the conditions imposed by London for granting fishing licences, as well as the technical constraints introduced. "On the European side, we could very well [decide] to restrict the access of British vessels to European waters" and "re-introduce customs duties on Fisheries products (...) exported to the EU from the UK", he says. Meanwhile, British Trade expert James Kane argues that while the UK government made binding commitments, Jersey's autonomous government is making decisions about its territorial waters independently.

Are we heading for an open conflict over fisheries with the UK? / Va-t-on vers un conflit ouvert sur la pêche avec la Grande-Bretagne? km-Croix-FR: "Are we heading for an open conflict over fisheries with ..." page: 4 info: by CÉLINE SCHOEN date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fishing in the Channel: tensions rise between Paris and Jersey / Pêche dans la Manche : le ton monte entre Paris et Jersey km-Figaro-FR: "Fishing in the Channel: tensions rise between Paris and Jersey ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fisheries. France condemns new access requirements imposed by the UK government / Pêche. Paris dénonce de nouvelles conditions d'accès imposées par Londres km-Opinion-FR: "Fisheries. France condemns new access requirements imposed by the UK ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Fishing in Jersey. Philippe Bas calls on the European Commission / Pêche à Jersey. Philippe Bas interpelle la commission européenne km-ouest-france.fr-FR: "Fishing in Jersey. Philippe Bas calls on the European Commission ..." info: by Marie CAROF-GADEL. date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Report on the Jersey blockade / Reportage sur le blocage de Jersey km-TF1-FR: "Report on the Jersey blockade / Reportage sur le blocage ..." info: Journal de 20h, 2021-05-05 20:13:00, 00:02:22, by GILLES BOULEAU date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:13:00 PM CEST

Brexit: France threatens 'retaliatory measures' to ensure fishermen's access / Brexit: La France menace de "mesures de rétorsion" pour garantir l'accès des pécheurs km-Tribune-FR: "Brexit: France threatens 'retaliatory measures' to ensure fishermen's access / ..." page: 52,53,54 info: by AFP date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Post-Brexit fisheries agreement: "Jersey's new demands are unacceptable" says Annick Girardin

[France, FISHERIES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

In an interview with LeParisien.fr, French minister for Maritime Affairs Annick Girardin talks about ongoing discussions between Brussels and London for issuing licences to French fishermen. A post-Brexit fisheries deal is in place, but negotiations continue for fishing boats under 12 meters and fishing rights off the island of Jersey. She explains that a slow delivery of licences could significantly affect the French fishing industry, whose activities are 20% dependent on UK waters. However, the minister excluded an increase in fish prices, which are at the lowest since 1995 despite an unchanged retail price. She is confident on the Brexit deal’s implementation, but the approval of retaliatory measures, such as tariffs on British products, cannot be excluded in case of non-compliance with the agreement, she says.

Post-Brexit fisheries agreement: "Jersey's new demands are unacceptable" says Annick Girardin / Accord de pêche post-Brexit : «Les nouvelles exigences de Jersey sont inadmissibles» affirme Annick Girardin km-leparisien.fr-FR: "Post-Brexit fisheries agreement: "Jersey's new demands are unacceptable" says Annick ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

FOOD_SAFETY

Brussels allows sale of edible insects

[France, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that the EU gave its green light to thee sale of dried yellow mealworm flour in Europe. The authorisation of this type of product on the European market is a first but should be followed by more as eleven similar demands are being examined by the European Food Safety Authority. The European Commission identified insects as a source of protein that “can support the EU’s transition to a more sustainable nutrition system.”

Brussels allows  sale of edible insects / Bruxelles autorise la vente d'insectes comestibles km-Echos-FR: "Brussels allows sale of edible insects / Bruxelles autorise la ..." page: 19 info: by Derek Perrotte date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mealworms: Soon on your plate / Vers de farine : Bientôt dans vos assiettes km-FRANCE-2-FR: "Mealworms: Soon on your plate / Vers de farine : ..." info: Journal de 13h, 2021-05-05 13:11:00, 00:02:11, by JULIAN BUGIER date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:11:00 PM CEST

EU allows insects to be sold as food / L'UE autorise la vente d'insectes comme aliments km-FRANCE-3-FR: "EU allows insects to be sold as food / L'UE ..." info: 19-20 national, 2021-05-05 19:52:00, 00:02:19, by CAROLE GAESSLER date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:52:00 PM CEST

The European Union allows the marketing of 'flourworms' as food / L’Union européenne autorise la commercialisation de «  vers de farine  » en tant qu’aliments km-ouest-france.fr-FR: "The European Union allows the marketing of 'flourworms' as food ..." info: by Avec AFP. date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brussels gives green light to insect consumption / Bruxelles donne son feu vert à la consommation d'insectes km-TF1-FR: "Brussels gives green light to insect consumption / Bruxelles donne ..." info: Journal de 20h, 2021-05-05 20:18:00, 00:02:32, by GILLES BOULEAU date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:18:00 PM CEST

HEALTH

EU likely to pay more for vaccine doses from Biontech/Pfizer in the future

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

According to Die Welt, the European Commission is paying a markup for 900 million second-generation Covid-19 vaccine doses from BioNTech/Pfizer: €23.20 instead of the previous €15.50 per dose. According to diepresse.com and krone.at, the Commission did not confirm this price, citing a duty of confidentiality. Insiders, however, have confirmed a price increase. If the information is correct, Austria will probably also have to pay a corresponding surcharge. The Council of Ministers in Vienna decided on Tuesday to provide €800 million (with an option to increase) for the purchase of 42 million vaccine doses. Of these doses, Pfizer/BioNTech accounted for 35 million, Moderna for three million and Johnson & Johnson for four million.

EU dürfte künftig mehr für Impfdosen von Biontech/Pfizer zahlen km-Diepresse.com-AT: "EU dürfte künftig mehr für Impfdosen von Biontech/Pfizer zahlen..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Bericht: EU zahlt Aufschlag für Biontech-Impfstoff km-krone.at-AT: "Bericht: EU zahlt Aufschlag für Biontech-Impfstoff..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pfizer is winning the Covid-19 crisis

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources mention Covid-19 vaccines. De Tijd writes that Pfizer is the winner of the Covid-19 crisis among pharmaceutical companies. At the end of last month, President von der Leyen posted a snapshot on Instagram of her work visit to Pfizer's Puurs-Sint-Amands site, with the caption: "The most important vaccine for the European campaign is made in Puurs." The European Commission has a principle agreement with the pharma company on the supply of 1.8 billion additional vaccines between 2022 and 2023. President von der Leyen said that this way, she rewards a reliable partner who keeps its promises and responds to European needs. In Knack, Professor Sven Bostyn thinks that the Commission should have been tougher in the negotiations to get vaccines. The Institution should have agreed in the contracts with pharmaceutical companies on a mandatory volume of vaccines and partners to guarantee the production. De Tijd notes that the US is in favour of lifting the patents on Covid-19 vaccines to accelerate production and distribution. India and South Africa, in particular, two countries struggling with serious Covid-19 outbreaks, are pushing for the lifting of patents. The governments argue that it is the most efficient way to tackle the vaccine shortage in poor countries. De Standaard interviews Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp's Raffaella Ravinetto about the COVAX vaccine distribution. Ms Ravinetto notes that COVAX was a brilliant idea, but unfortunately, its multilateralisation has turned it into a classic charity project, in which equal partners no longer exist: "COVAX' promises were soon called into question as the US, Canada and the EU all engaged in bilateral talks with the pharmaceutical industry to help their own population get vaccines. It showed that COVAX was suddenly no longer a priority, and explains why the programme could start so late with so few vaccines."

The USA in favour of the lifting of patents on Covid-19 vaccines / Les USA pour la levée des brevets des vaccins anti-Covid km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The USA in favour of the lifting of patents on ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Wanted: 14 billion vaccines / Gezocht: 14 miljard vaccins km-Knack-BE: "Wanted: 14 billion vaccines / Gezocht: 14 miljard vaccins..." page: 72-76 info: by Casteels date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Canada approves Pfizer for youths / Canada keurt Pfizer goed voor jongeren km-Morgen-BE: "Canada approves Pfizer for youths / Canada keurt Pfizer goed ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Vaccine deliveries to poor countries are dangerously sputtering" / ‘Vaccinleveringen aan arme landen zijn gevaarlijk aan het sputteren’ km-Standaard-BE: ""Vaccine deliveries to poor countries are dangerously sputtering" / ‘Vaccinleveringen ..." page: 18-19 info: by VIDAL date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

US is now in favour of releasing patents anyway / VS zijn nu toch gewonnen voor vrijgeven patenten km-Standaard-BE: "US is now in favour of releasing patents anyway / ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

It is not enough to count on goodwill of pharmaceutical companies / Rekenen op de goodwill van farmabedrijven volstaat niet km-Standaard-BE: "It is not enough to count on goodwill of pharmaceutical ..." page: 30-31 info: by Multiple signatories date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pfizer's successful gamble / De geslaagde gok van Pfizer km-Tijd-BE: "Pfizer's successful gamble / De geslaagde gok van Pfizer..." page: 1,6-7 info: by Schoofs date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Government must choose: interests of big pharma or public health" / ‘Overheid moet kiezen: belangen van big pharma of volksgezondheid’ km-Tijd-BE: ""Government must choose: interests of big pharma or public health" ..." page: 1,9 info: by Lamote date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - The EMA starts procedure to judge Chinese vaccine / Woensdag 05/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - Het EMA start procedure om Chinese vaccin te beoordelen km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - The EMA ..." info: De ochtend, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:05:11, by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Easing of lockdown restrictions in Cyprus from Monday; Coronapass required for entry into venues

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

The Ministerial Cabinet last night decided to reopen most closed businesses and to introduce a so- called Coronapass for people to be allowed into hospitality venues, hypermarkets, malls churches, gyms, shops and other places starting Monday, while keeping an overnight curfew, most press report. A Coronapass entails either having a 72-hour old negative PCR rapid test for Covid-19 or having received at least one dose of a vaccine three weeks earlier or having contracted the virus in the past six months. A curfew will remain in force between 11pm and 5am with certain exceptions.  Schools will reopen with physical presence with pupils having to submit to a weekly rapid antigen test. Gymnasium, lyceum, and certain primary school years would have to present a 72-hour old test on the first day, 10 May. Gatherings in public areas like parks, squares, beaches are allowed, provided they do not exceed 10 people, including minors. Going to a place of worship, attending wedding or christening events, staying at hotels or watching the football cup final on 15 May will all require a Coronapass. No such pass is required for to enter beaches.The government is imposing a measure that legal circles had warned of being unconstitutional, Phileleftheros reports, noting that citizens may risk a fine if they do not possess the required Coronapass for entry into venues.

ΞΑΝΑ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ km-Alithia-CY: "ΞΑΝΑ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ..." page: 1,6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

PASS LAUNCHED TO GET INTO VENUES / PASS LAUNCHED TO GET INTO VENUES km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "PASS LAUNCHED TO GET INTO VENUES / PASS LAUNCHED TO ..." page: 1,5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

NΕEΣ ΧΑΛΑΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΜΕΤΡΩΝ ΑΠΟ 10 ΜΑΙΟΥ ΤΙ ΙΣΧΥΕΙ ΜΕ CORONAPASS km-Haravgi-CY: "NΕEΣ ΧΑΛΑΡΩΣΕΙΣ ΜΕΤΡΩΝ ΑΠΟ 10 ΜΑΙΟΥ ΤΙ ΙΣΧΥΕΙ ΜΕ CORONAPASS..." page: 1,8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

They are also imposing the Coronapass / ΕΠΙΒΑΛΛΟΥΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ CORONA PASS km-Phileleftheros-CY: "They are also imposing the Coronapass / ΕΠΙΒΑΛΛΟΥΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commission prepares therapeutic products for Covid-19; calls vaccinations to continue as over 150 million vaccinations occur in EU

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:14:00 AM CEST

The Commission is preparing the development and approval of therapeutic products for Covid-19, with more than two such products expected in October and more by the end of the year, the Ant1 TV Brussels correspondent reports. He added that the Commission underlined such products are not meant as a substitute to the approved vaccines, but rather as a complementary means to fight the pandemic. Moreover, the Commission called for vaccinations to continue, noting that 34 million vaccine doses were delivered to member states last week, and 200 million doses will be proportionally delivered to member states by the end of this week, the correspondent adds. In addition, more than 30% of EU citizens have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 12% having received both doses, with the percentages expected to increase in the coming weeks.In a post on Twitter,  Commission President von der Leyen announced that over 150 million vaccinations have taken place in the EU, with a quarter of Europeans having received their first dose, Philenews reports. She assured that the EU will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of EU adults in July.

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 20:42:00, 20:42:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:42:00 PM CEST

The EU surpassed 150 million vaccinations - Enough doses for July / Η ΕΕ ξεπέρασε τα 150 εκατ. εμβολιασμούς - Aρκετές δόσεις ως τον Ιούλιο km-Philenews.com-CY: "The EU surpassed 150 million vaccinations - Enough doses for ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

G7 Foreign Ministers meet to discuss fairer distribution of Covid-19 vaccines

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:25:00 PM CEST

The Foreign Ministers of the wealthy G7 countries yesterday discussed in London the means to ensure a fairer distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the world, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) earlier called for greater solidarity for the management of the pandemic, Sigmalive reports. The G7 meeting is the first meeting with a physical presence in a two-year period due to the Covid-19 restrictions. EU High Representative / Vice-President Borrell welcomed the meeting, stating that “this is how compromises are achieved and agreements are concluded”.

G7 Foreign Ministers discuss the means for a fairer distribution of vaccines / Οι ΥΠΕΞ της G7 συζητούν τα μέσα για πιο δίκαιη κατανομή των εμβολίων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "G7 Foreign Ministers discuss the means for a fairer distribution ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

32% of eligible Cyprus population receive at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:16:00 AM CEST

In Cyprus, almost 32% of the eligible population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with around 10% receiving both, the Health ministry said yesterday, Cyprus Mail reports. In a written statement, the Ministry said 307,698 doses had been administered by Tuesday, 35 doses per 100 people with 235,919 people, or 31.9%, receiving one dose and 9.9%, or 71,779 people, completing their vaccination. The Ministry said it aimed to administer at least one dose to over 60% of the people who can be vaccinated by the end of June.

ALMOST 32 PER CENT RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE COVID VACCINE DOSE / ALMOST 32 PER CENT RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE COVID VACCINE DOSE km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "ALMOST 32 PER CENT RECEIVED AT LEAST ONE COVID VACCINE ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Estonia - One third of those aged 50-59 have received a vaccine

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

From the beginning of this week, anyone over the age of 50 can register for vaccination at the digital registry, ETV news report. It is still undecided whether all other age groups (16-49 years) will start receiving a vaccine from 17 May. As of Wednesday morning, a third of people in the 50-59 age group had been vaccinated at least once. Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Centre) explained at a press conference on Wednesday that a meeting will take place on Friday to discuss what the vaccination of 16-49-year-olds will look like.

Estonia - One third of those aged 50-59 have received a vaccine / 50-59-aastastest on kolmandik kaitsesüsti saanud km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonia - One third of those aged 50-59 have received ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-05-06 05:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:30:00 AM CEST

Covid-19: "Big Pharma" defends its monopoly

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that a request by India and South Africa to introduce a temporary waiver to the intellectual property rights (TRIPS) agreement was to be discussed again on Wednesday, 5 May, at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) General Council. If adopted, this provision would allow any pharmaceutical company to produce valuable vaccines using technology developed by its competitors. Supporters of this proposal point out that pharmaceutical companies have received billions of euros in public aid to develop their vaccines. Faced with the threat of having their patents lifted, the laboratories could sign agreements with third countries.In a similar vein, in his column for Les Echos, Jeffrey D. Sachs writes on the urgent need to lift vaccine patents. He argues that the global health crisis in many countries such as India and South Africa far outweighs other arguments to defend intellectual property; arguments put forward by the US, the UK and the European Commission. Fears that China and Russia could use this intellectual property against European and American economic interests should be comparatively insignificant. He points out the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) provides for measures to list patents in cases of crisis. Countries like Brazil, China; India and Russia could increase their vaccine production but avoid touching licenses in fear of American retribution.

Vaccines: WTO fails to suspend patents / Vaccins : l'OMC échoue à suspendre les brevets km-Echos-FR: "Vaccines: WTO fails to suspend patents / Vaccins : l'OMC ..." page: 15 info: by Richard Hiault date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lifting vaccine patents a necessity / Lever les brevets sur les vaccins: une urgence mondiale km-Echos-FR: "Lifting vaccine patents a necessity / Lever les brevets sur ..." page: 1,10 info: by Jeffrey D. Sachs date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Covid-19: "Big Pharma" defends its monopoly / Covid-19: "Big Pharma" défend son monopole km-Monde-FR: "Covid-19: "Big Pharma" defends its monopoly / Covid-19: "Big Pharma" ..." page: 1,14 info: by Zeliha Chaffin date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Lifting vaccine patents would be counterproductive" / « Lever les brevets des vaccins serait contre-productif » km-Opinion-FR: ""Lifting vaccine patents would be counterproductive" / « Lever les ..." page: 7 info: by Gilles Sengès date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

New BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines cost more

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of vaccine development, easing Covid-19 restrictions for vaccinated people, the cost of the new vaccines and the introduction of the EU Covid-19 certificate. The currently ongoing vaccination campaign is only the first step, Die Welt reports, highlighting that the rich countries already secure booster shots for the new dangerous virus variants. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the first choice, which also drives the price higher, and the EU will pay more per dose. The supply of 900 million second-generation vaccine doses will start in December, and according to Die Welt, Pfizer/BioNTech has negotiated a massive surcharge. According to a letter from the Federal Ministry of Finances to the Bundestag Budget Committee, the price would be €23.2 compared to the current €15.50. The European Commission has not confirmed the price, and in principle, it cannot comment on the pricing generally. According to insiders, the new price is higher because of the increased costs for research and development while constantly adapting the vaccine to new variants.In an interview on ZDF, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn stresses that if the proposal for amending the Federal emergency brake is voted on in the Bundestag and Bundesrat by Friday, it can enter into force from Sunday. "It will be applicable in cases when the incidence rate is above 100," Minister Spahn underlines, adding that for the scenarios under 100, there is a decision from 3 March. The proposals affect mainly the vaccinated and recovered people, Minister Spahn highlights, adding that "it is encouraging that 14 months after the pandemic outbreak there are vaccines enabling us to discontinue contact and movement restrictions." "We are still in the third wave," Minister Spahn stresses, adding that "while the numbers decrease, they are not low enough." So far, the Covid-19 certificate is paper-based, and an EU Covid-19 certificate will be available in the second half of the second quarter of the year, Minister Spahn concludes.In an interview on rbb Inforadio, MEP Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA) discusses the suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents. MEP Giegold supports the initiative. The patents impede the vaccination against Covid-19, he believes. Therefore, more mutations develop that also threaten the vaccinated part of the world. Many pharmaceutical companies have received public funds for the knowledge of the production of vaccines. It would be a good investment to give companies money in order to make this knowledge a public asset, MEP Giegold elaborates.

Deceptive security / Trügerische Sicherheit km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Deceptive security / Trügerische Sicherheit..." page: 19 info: by J.Klöckner date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Fatal competition" / "Fataler Wettbewerb" km-Handelsblatt-DE: ""Fatal competition" / "Fataler Wettbewerb"..." page: 11 info: by J.Klöckner date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

rbb Inforadio - 05.05.2021 10:05 - Current background reports - Interview with MEP Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA) on suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents / rbb Inforadio - 05.05.2021 10:05 - Aktuelle Hintergrundberichte - Interview with MEP Sven Giegold (Greens/EFA) on suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents km-RBB3-DE: "rbb Inforadio - 05.05.2021 10:05 - Current background reports - ..." info: Program, 2021-05-05 14:12:00, 00:06:45, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:12:00 PM CEST

With Sputnik on a ghost ride / Mit Sputnik auf Geisterfahrt km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "With Sputnik on a ghost ride / Mit Sputnik auf ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

A political mourning game / Ein politisches Trauerspiel km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "A political mourning game / Ein politisches Trauerspiel..." page: 6 info: by A.Funk date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

New BioNTech vaccine costs significantly more / Neuer Biontech-Impfstoff kostet deutlich mehr km-Welt-DE: "New BioNTech vaccine costs significantly more / Neuer Biontech-Impfstoff kostet ..." page: 9 info: by T.K date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"Federal government has a tactical relationship with fundamental rights" / "Bundesregierung hat ein taktisches Verhältnis zu den Grundrechten" km-Welt-DE: ""Federal government has a tactical relationship with fundamental rights" / ..." page: 5 info: by T.Jungholt date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: “We are still in the third wave” / ZDF - 05.05.2021 08:08 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on easing of Covid-19 restrictions km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn: “We are ..." info: Program, 2021-05-05 14:06:00, 00:05:50, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 2:06:00 PM CEST

The world's greatest vaccine... / Der großartigste Impfstoff der Welt... km-Zeit-DE: "The world's greatest vaccine... / Der großartigste Impfstoff der Welt......" page: 23 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ECDC figures show low vaccination rate for elderly people in Greece

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

Some media report that according to the official figures of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), four out of ten Greeks over 80 years old have not visited a vaccination centre. Some 11% of Greek citizens aged 50-59 have received at least one vaccine dose. Some 45.9% of Greeks aged 60-69 have received the first vaccine dose. Meanwhile, in an announcement yesterday, President von der Leyen stressed the successful conduction of immunisation programme through vaccinations in the EU. She underlined that at least 25% of European citizens have received at least the first dose of vaccine against coronavirus. President von der Leyen added that the EU will have enough doses to vaccinate the 70% of adult European citizens by July.

Κορονοϊός: Ένας στους τρεις άνω των 70 ετών δεν εμβολιάζεται - Αποκαλυπτικά στοιχεία του ECDC για την Ελλάδα km-capital.gr-GR: "Κορονοϊός: Ένας στους τρεις άνω των 70 ετών δεν εμβολιάζεται ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

One in three elderly are unprotected / Αθωράκιστος 1 στους 3 ηλικιωμένους km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "One in three elderly are unprotected / Αθωράκιστος 1 στους ..." page: 15 info: by ATHINA SOUTZOU date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

«Χαμηλές πτήσεις» για τους εμβολιασμούς στην Ελλάδα – Τα στοιχεία ανά ηλικιακή ομάδα και η σύγκριση με άλλες χώρες της ΕΕ km-in.gr-GR: "«Χαμηλές πτήσεις» για τους εμβολιασμούς στην Ελλάδα – Τα στοιχεία ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The crucial two months for “Freedom” / Το κρίσιμο δίμηνο για την «Ελευθερία» km-Ta-Nea-GR: "The crucial two months for “Freedom” / Το κρίσιμο δίμηνο ..." page: 10,11 info: by MARTHA KAJTANIDES date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Government working on easing restrictions, while postponing second dose of Pfizer’s, Moderna’s vaccine

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:12:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that the Italian government is discussing new rules aiming at easing some restrictions, such as the 10 PM curfew. An article in Corriere della Sera notes that the 10-PM curfew should be move to 11 PM. An article in La Stampa stresses that, as some political parties asked, it could be moved to 12AM. Local and regional authorities called for several changes to the current set of anti-contagion rules, in order to help several sectors start recovering from the crisis triggered by the pandemic. Public swimming pools, for instance, might be able to reopen soon, even if indoor, and weddings could be allowed again. Meanwhile, special commissioner General Figliuolo and Italy’s CTS (Technical-Scientific Committee), a committee of experts advising the Italian government on the pandemic, suggested that the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s vaccine, which should ideally be given 42 days after the first, should be scheduled after 42 days, in order to allow more people to get their first shot, an article in Il Messaggero notes. An article in Corriere della Sera stresses that the goal is to allow as many Italians as possible to get their first shot, in order to save the summer season, which is crucial for Italy’s economy. Italy reported 10,585 new cases on Wednesday and 267 deaths, an article in Il Sole 24 Ore notes.

Curfew at 11 PM, government speeding up procedure / Coprifuoco alle 23, il governo accelera km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Curfew at 11 PM, government speeding up procedure / Coprifuoco ..." page: 4,5 info: by Monica Guerzoni date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Vaccines, new plan / Vaccini, il nuovo piano km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Vaccines, new plan / Vaccini, il nuovo piano..." page: 1,3 info: by Marco Galluzzo date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

No more lockdowns for loved-ones / Basta al lockdown degli affetti km-Italia-Oggi-IT: "No more lockdowns for loved-ones / Basta al lockdown degli ..." page: 3 info: by DI FRANCO ADRIANO date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

More time for second dose of Pfizer, Moderna. Vaccination campaign for teachers to restart / Pfizer-Moderna,richiamipiù lunghi E riparte la vaccinazione per i prof km-Messaggero-IT: "More time for second dose of Pfizer, Moderna. Vaccination campaign ..." page: 1,4 info: by Francesco Malfetano e Lorena Loiacono date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pfizer, second dose after 42 days, vaccination campaign speeding up / Richiamo pfizer dopo 42 giorni, la campagna di vaccinazione prosegue in modo spedito km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Pfizer, second dose after 42 days, vaccination campaign speeding up ..." info: SKY TG24, 2021-05-06 00:03:00, 00:02:22, by ND date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:03:00 AM CEST

Jabs below 500,000 per day / Vaccinazioni scese sotto quota 500mila al giorno km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Jabs below 500,000 per day / Vaccinazioni scese sotto quota ..." page: 1,8 info: by Marzio Bartoloni date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Small islands pushing for reopening, later curfew / Isole minori Covid free, Continua il pressing su riaperture e coprifuoco km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Small islands pushing for reopening, later curfew / Isole minori ..." page: 8 info: by Mar.B. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Towards midnight curfew / Verso il coprifuoco a mezzanotte km-Stampa-IT: "Towards midnight curfew / Verso il coprifuoco a mezzanotte..." page: 1,6 info: by NICCOLÒ CARRATE LLI date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

US to give green light to patent waiver. Pandemic out of control in India, Brazil

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:35:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that the US government gave its go-ahead to waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines. India and South Africa proposed the move, the World Trade Organization (WTO) backed it and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai confirmed that the US is ready to back it too. Such a waiver could remove obstacles to ramping up the production of vaccines in developing countries, in a major attempt to fight the coronavirus pandemic, an article in La Stampa notes. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised the US decision as a “monumental moment in the fight against coronavirus”. Meanwhile, India and Brazil are major a major crisis. Facing critical shortages of hospital beds and oxygen, the warnings came as India reported 3,780 new pandemic deaths, a new daily high, and 382,000 new cases. The situation seemed out of control in Brazil too, where it is almost impossible for find vaccines.

Joe Biden shaking vaccines world. "I say yes to patent waiver" / Joe Biden muove il mondo dei vaccini «Dico sì alla sospensione dei brevetti» km-Avvenire-IT: "Joe Biden shaking vaccines world. "I say yes to patent ..." page: 8 info: by Elena Molinari date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brazil and India facing dramatic situation, Biden backing patent waiver / Drammatiche le situazioni del Brasile e dell’India, Biden disposto a revocare le protezioni dei brevetti sui vaccini km-Canale-5-IT: "Brazil and India facing dramatic situation, Biden backing patent waiver ..." info: Tg 5, 2021-05-06 00:09:00, 00:01:26, by Alberto Cappato date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:09:00 AM CEST

Patents, it is risky to intervene, considering them as "common goods" / BREVETTI, RISCHIOSO INTERVENIRE CONSIDERANDOLI «BENI COMUNI» km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Patents, it is risky to intervene, considering them as "common ..." page: 26 info: by Stefano Passigli date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Do not touch those patents / Non toccate quei brevetti km-Foglio-IT: "Do not touch those patents / Non toccate quei brevetti..." page: 3 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

US ready to give green light to patent waiver in order to help India, poor countries / Gli Stati Uniti pronti a sospendere la la protezione sui brevetti dei vaccini, una decisione per aiutare India e i paesi più poveri km-Rai-News-24-IT: "US ready to give green light to patent waiver in ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-06 02:04:00, 00:01:20, by Antonio Di Bella date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:04:00 AM CEST

No more patents on vaccines, Biden announcing turning point. Italy, second dose after 42 days / Addio brevetti sui vaccini Biden annuncia la svolta Italia, richiami dopo 42 giorni km-Stampa-IT: "No more patents on vaccines, Biden announcing turning point. Italy, ..." page: 8,9 info: by N.D. date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EMA started review of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for children and Sinovac

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:55:00 AM CEST

Diena reports that the European Medicines Agency has started reviewing the use of Pfizer / Biontech Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty for children aged 12 to 15 years. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use will carry out an accelerated evaluation of the data submitted by the company that has registered Comirnaty. The Committee will evaluate the results of an ongoing large-scale clinical study in adolescents from 12 years of age to decide whether to recommend an extension of the indication. The Committee's opinion will then be sent to the European Commission for a legally binding final decision, which will be applicable in all EU member states. LTV1 reports that the EMA has started reviewing a vaccine against Covid-19 developed by Sinovac. However, even if a favourable decision is taken, this vaccine is unlikely to be widely used in the European Union. The representatives of the company acknowledge that the effectiveness of vaccines is low and continue to work on improving it.

EMA started review of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for children and Sinovac / EZA sākusi vērtēt Pfizer/Biontech vakcīnas lietošanu bērniem vecumā no 12 līdz 15 gadiem km-Diena.lv-LV: "EMA started review of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for children ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EMA started review of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for children and Sinovac / EZA vērtē Sinovac vakcīnu km-LTV-1-LV: "EMA started review of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine for children ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2021-05-05 11:52:00, 00:01:02, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:52:00 AM CEST

Latvia could reach EU average vaccination pace in summer

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

Latvia could reach the European average vaccination rate in June or July this year, the Latvian Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Radio 1 on 5 May. The minister said the pace of vaccination will continue to grow - the number of vaccinations had reached 14,000 per day on separate occasions, but in general Latvia is still trailing the European average. Asked whether the goal of vaccinating 70% of Latvia's population will be achieved by the end of the summer, the Minister said it will only depend on the desire of Latvian residents to vaccinate. Technical capabilities allow this indicator to be reached, as well as the expected supply of vaccines.

Latvia could reach EU average vaccination pace in summer / Eiropas rādītājus vakcinācijas aptveres ziņā Latvijai vajadzētu sasniegt vasarā km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Latvia could reach EU average vaccination pace in summer / ..." info: Labrīt, 2021-05-05 12:37:00, 00:15:26, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:37:00 PM CEST

European Commission receives letter from Bumelis, works on setting up vaccine manufacturers network

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

Alfa.lt writes that the European Commission has received a letter from Prof. Vladas Bumelis, Chairman of the Board of Biotechpharma, a research company in the field of natural and genetic engineering, proposing to contribute to the production of Covid-19 vaccines in the European Union. The Commission is developing a network of vaccine and drug manufacturers. Mr Bumelis said his company was ready to contribute to the production of Covid-19 vaccines. According to him, they could produce RNA-type vaccines that use harmless viruses or nanoparticles. The Commission confirmed that Mr Bumelis’s letters had been received and that replies were being prepared. Nevertheless, the Commission welcomes initiatives to increase vaccine production capacity.

European Commission receives letter from Bumelis, works on setting up vaccine manufacturers network / Europos Komisija prof. V. Bumelio laišką gavo – kuria ES vakcinų gamintojų tinklą km-Alfa.lt-LT: "European Commission receives letter from Bumelis, works on setting up ..." info: by Evaldas Labanauskas | Alfa.lt date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Five defibrillators funded by the European Union established in Vilkakiškis

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Lietuvos Rytas writes that in five locations in Vilkaviškis, automatic defibrillators for urgent care of heart failure have been established. The project was funded by the European Union. Defibrillators can be found at the municipality’s administration, sports and entertainment centre, Virbalis and Pilviškis schools and Kybartai Centre of Culture. They have audio instructions in Lithuanian and are not intended for professional usage only.

Five defibrillators funded by the European Union established in Vilkakiškis / Vilkaviškis km-Lietuvos-Rytas-LT: "Five defibrillators funded by the European Union established in Vilkakiškis ..." page: 12 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Malta Enterprise supports first European Medical Cannabis Tech Accelerator in Malta

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:30:00 AM CEST

The Malta Business Weekly reports that Malta Enterprise said it is supporting TechforCann EU with €2.5m to establish the first European tech accelerator for the medical cannabis industry in Malta. The funding will support start-ups setting up in Malta that are selected to participate in the TechforCannEU accelerator programme. The allocated funds are subject to eligibility criteria and an evaluation processes which will be managed by ME in collaboration with TechforCannEU. By all estimates, Europe will be the world’s largest market for medical cannabis within a few years. Kurt Farrugia,CEO at ME, remarked that: “Malta has clearly declared its intention to be a centre of excellence in Europe”.

Malta Enterprise supports first European Medical Cannabis Tech Accelerator in Malta / Malta Enterprise supports first European Medical Cannabis Tech Accelerator in Malta km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Malta Enterprise supports first European Medical Cannabis Tech Accelerator in ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

30 new Covid-19 cases found, as vaccine doses surpass 350,000 mark

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:31:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent reports that 30 new Covid-19 cases were reported by the health authorities on Wednesday. 38 people meanwhile have recovered from the virus, while no new deaths were reported for another day. The number of active cases now stands at 280. 1,785 swab tests were carried out on Tuesday, taking that total number of swab tests up to 876,070 so far. Up till Tuesday, 352,421 doses of the vaccine had been administered, with 111,318 people having received both doses of the vaccine. Malta has had 30,411 cases of the virus. 29,715 of those have recovered, while 416 have died.

30 new Covid-19 cases found, as vaccine doses surpass 350,000 mark / 30 new Covid-19 cases found, as vaccine doses surpass 350,000 mark km-Malta-Independent-MT: "30 new Covid-19 cases found, as vaccine doses surpass 350,000 ..." page: 3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Hundreds wait in line as jabs open to over 30s

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:27:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that hundreds of people were left waiting for hours for their vaccination appointments in a long queue that snaked through the grounds of the University of Malta campus yesterday. The health ministry suggested it was because people aged 30 to 40 had been invited to apply for the jab this week, with first appointments set for yesterday. According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), there are more people aged between 30 and 40 – 88,901 – than there are in any other decade bracket. It took a Times of Malta journalist more than six minutes to walk along the long line of people waiting to get their vaccine at the Tal-Qroqq campus.

Hundreds wait in line as jabs open to over 30s / Hundreds wait in line as jabs open to over 30s km-Malta-Times-MT: "Hundreds wait in line as jabs open to over 30s ..." page: 4 info: by KRISTINA ABELA date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘More cannabis research needed before law changes’

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:28:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that much more research needs to be carried out before any suitably informed decision can be reached about the legalisation of cannabis, the Richmond Foundation said yesterday. Adding its voice to that of other stakeholders on the proposed reform, it also said that evidence-based information should be made available to the public before any decision is taken. According to the proposal, cannabis users will be allowed to grow their own plants at home and legally carry up to seven grams of the drug for personal use. Prime Minister Robert Abela said during the announcement that the government is open to suggestions about how the sale of cannabis and cannabis seeds could be safely regulated. The White Paper is open to public consultation until May 11.

‘More cannabis research needed before law changes’ / ‘More cannabis research needed before law changes’ km-Malta-Times-MT: "‘More cannabis research needed before law changes’ / ‘More cannabis ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Moderna: third injection with vaccine will protect against variants

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

Several Dutch media report on the latest developments with regard to Covid-19 vaccines.Volkskrant.nl reports that initial data from human trials shows that a third dose of vaccine increases immunity against the Brazilian and South African Covid-19 variants, according to pharmaceutical company Moderna. That third shot can be done either with the current corona vaccine or with an experimental new vaccine. The injections also boosted antibodies to the original version of covid-19, Moderna said. In the study, some of the 40 subjects received a third  injection of Moderna. Another part received a new vaccine that was specially developed to protect against the South African variant. Moderna is also currently studying an injection that combines both the new and the existing vaccine.The Netherlands wants doses of the Janssen vaccine that have been allocated to Denmark, Volkskrant.nl reports. Denmark recently decided to no longer include the Janssen vaccine in its vaccination programme due to the risk of a very rare side effect after administration of the vaccine. What the Danes want to do with their stock and future deliveries is still uncertain. It may still be provided to Danes who apply for it themselves. Poland has also indicated that it wants the Danish doses. The large pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna are earning tens of billions of euros from the production of Covid-19 vaccines, NPO Radio 1 reports. Pfizer has already raised the price of the vaccine three times. That is a problem, because the vaccine was made with the help of German and American taxpayers' money, among other things. MEP Mohammed Chahim (PvdA) has been concerned about this for some time. He says manufacturers keep raising their prices with every new contract that's signed.

Pharmaceutical companies make usury profits from vaccines / Farmaceutische bedrijven maken woekerwinsten met vaccins km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Pharmaceutical companies make usury profits from vaccines / Farmaceutische bedrijven ..." info: Nieuws en co, 2021-05-05 17:06:00, 00:10:45, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:06:00 PM CEST

The Netherlands is interested in Janssen vaccines from Denmark / Nederland heeft interesse in Janssen-vaccins van Denemarken • Canada keurt als eerste land Pfizer-vaccin goed voor tieners Nederland heeft interesse i km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "The Netherlands is interested in Janssen vaccines from Denmark / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Moderna: third shot of the vaccine helps against dangerous variants / Moderna: derde shot van vaccin helpt tegen gevaarlijke varianten • Patenten van coronavaccins moeten worden vrijgegeven, vindt nu ook de VS Moderna: d km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Moderna: third shot of the vaccine helps against dangerous variants ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Hospital inflow remains high, occupation decreases slightly

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

Volkskrant.nl reports that the number of new hospital admissions in the Netherlands due to Covid-19 remains almost the same as last week. The past week, an average of 300 people have been hospitalised. In order to avoid a new outbreak peak, the government’s Outbreak Management Team thinks a decrease of hospitalisations by 20% is required before relaxation of lockdown measures can be considered.

Number of hospitalisations remain high, the number of used hospital beds has decreased somewhat / Live: Instroom ziekenhuis blijft hoog, bezetting neemt iets af Live: Instroom ziekenhuis blijft hoog, bezetting neemt iets af km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Number of hospitalisations remain high, the number of used hospital ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Infection rate continues to drop, partially due to fewer tests / Live: Besmettingscijfer daalt verder, mede door minder tests Live: Besmettingscijfer daalt verder, mede door minder tests km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Infection rate continues to drop, partially due to fewer tests ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

US advocates releasing corona vaccine patents to help developing countries

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

De Volkskrant reports that the US calls for the temporary release of Covid-19 vaccine patents so that vaccines can be more cheaply produced and distributed in developing countries on a larger scale. This turnaround by the US government, which has so far opposed the proposal, represents a breakthrough for a fairer distribution of vaccines around the world. US President Biden is taking back the leadership role neglected under former President Donald Trump during the Covid crisis. “This is a monumental moment in the fight against Covid-19,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who, as head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has repeatedly called for a proposal from India and South Africa to temporarily release patents. Despite the fact that Russian and Chinese vaccines even penetrated Europe and several European member states insisted on the need to build a barrier against Chinese vaccine diplomacy in Africa, the European Union remained firmly opposed to the lifting of patents for increased production capacity.

US is now advocating the release of Covid-19 patents / Verenigde Staten voorstander van vrijgeven patenten coronavaccin • Rechter: avondklok in Duitsland mag voorlopig worden gehandhaafd Verenigde Staten v km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "US is now advocating the release of Covid-19 patents / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Patents of Covid-19 vaccines should be released, the US now also thinks / Patenten van coronavaccins moeten worden vrijgegeven, vindt nu ook de VS • Rechter: avondklok in Duitsland mag voorlopig worden gehandhaafd Patenten v km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Patents of Covid-19 vaccines should be released, the US now ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Expert of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: It is hard to test effectiveness of face masks

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Pasi Penttinen, Head of Disease Programme at European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) comments on the efficacy of remedies against the Covid-19 pandemic. The European Commission, in cooperation with ECDC, launched a programme aimed at increasing the capacity of sequencing the genetic code of the virus in the member states. This method identifies specific variants of the virus; a simple test is not enough for it. The expert expresses his doubts over the effectiveness of face masks worn outdoors. “From the very beginning, we presented a conservative approach to the effectiveness of face masks’ wearing. If someone is alone in the street, whom does the person protect and against what?” the expert says. With regard to vaccines, Pasi Penttinen believes that vaccinating 70% of the population may stop the epidemic. On the other hand, there are some unanswered questions related to the process. For example, the vaccination of children for protecting adults seems to be a controversial idea.

It is hard to test effectiveness of face masks / Trudno zbadać skuteczność maseczek km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "It is hard to test effectiveness of face masks / ..." page: 1 info: by Jakub Kapiszewski date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Slovenia confirms another 929 cases of Covid-19 infection on Tuesday

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

According to the Slovenian government, on Tuesday, Slovenian health workers carried out 4,750 PCR tests for Covid-19, confirming infection in 929 individuals, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur and Delo report. The share of positive tests was 19.6% (down from 22.2% on Monday). Another six Covid-19 patients died. There were 560 (down from 584 on Tuesday) Covid-19 patients receiving medical attention in Slovenian hospitals on Wednesday, 141 (down from 143 on Tuesday) of whom were in intensive care units. The seven-day average of daily cases of Covid-19 infection in Slovenia now stands at 750 (up from 675 on Tuesday). In order for Slovenia to transition into the amber tier of measures to prevent the spread of the virus, the seven-day average needs to drop below 600 and the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients needs to drop below 500. It is estimated that there are currently 9,688 people actively infected with Covid-19 in Slovenia.

929 cases of infection confirmed on Tuesday; share of positive tests at 19.6% / V torek potrdili 929 novih okužb, delež pozitivnih testov 19,6-odstoten km-24ur.com-SI: "929 cases of infection confirmed on Tuesday; share of positive ..." info: by Maja Račič date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A bit less than one-fifth of the tests were positive / Pozitivnih slaba petina testov km-Delo-SI: "A bit less than one-fifth of the tests were positive ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

4,750 PCR tests and 929 cases of infection confirmed on Tuesday; six deaths / V torek 929 okužb ob 4750 PCR-testih, 6 smrti km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "4,750 PCR tests and 929 cases of infection confirmed on ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

929 cases of infection confirmed on Tuesday; six Covid-19 patients died / V torek potrdili 929 okužb, umrlo šest covidnih bolnikov (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "929 cases of infection confirmed on Tuesday; six Covid-19 patients ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides on therapeutics

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Vaccination is advancing throughout the EU and the number of vaccinated people is increasing every day, an article by Commissioner Kyriakides in Delo reads. Last week, the largest quantities of safe and effective vaccines to date were delivered to our member states, namely more than 34 million doses. More than 30% of the adult population has received the first dose. While we continue to strengthen production capacity and accelerate the introduction of vaccines, we can look to the future with more optimism and hope. We are well on our way to vaccinating 70% of the adult population by the end of July. Although vaccination is the focus of our response to Covid-19 and a vital turning point, it cannot be our only defence, as it will not stop the pandemic overnight. The virus will remain among us, and people with the infection will continue to need help, sometimes for several weeks or months after the infection. This is why we must do everything in our power to protect our citizens against Covid-19 and to better treat and cure this disease. Here, medicines (therapeutics) play a key role as they can speed up recovery, shorten hospital stays and save lives. We need to step up our endeavours to develop new medicines and identify the most promising therapeutics. In order to join forces and accelerate development, production and delivery, we are introducing a new EU pharmaceutical strategy, the aim of which is to develop and approve three new effective therapeutics against Covid-19 that could potentially change the course of the disease by October. This is ambitious yet feasible and also urgent. The strategy is thus another step towards restarting our lives, economies and societies, and part of a strong, genuine European Health Union, with EU member states preparing and responding to the health crisis together and ensuring the availability of affordable and innovative healthcare equipment.

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides on therapeutics / Terapevtiki km-Vecer-SI: "Article by Commissioner Kyriakides on therapeutics / Terapevtiki..." page: 7 info: by Stela Kiriakides date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Spain's Health Ministry mulls to give Janssen to people between 50 and 59

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

A few media report on the progress of the Covid-19 in Spain. El Mundo reports that Carolina Darias, Minister of Health, appeared yesterday afternoon after the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, in which the central government and the autonomous communities participate. Minister Darias highlighted the exponential increase in the speed of immunisation that has been achieved in recent days. A change of pace that has already caused divergences and uncertainties between some autonomous communities and others, as well as with the Ministry of Health itself. Yesterday, Minister Darias opened the door to adding the latter option for the group 9 population, with which some communities intend to begin: "In the 50-59 age group, immunisation will be carried out with messenger RNA vaccines [Pfizer and Moderna], but the possibility of doing so with Janssen will be studied", the minister pointed out.

They study giving Janssen between 50 and 59 / Estudian dar Janssen entre 50 y 59 km-Mundo-ES: "They study giving Janssen between 50 and 59 / Estudian ..." page: 21 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Salut announces that in June the vaccination of the group will begin from 40 to 49 / Salut anuncia que en junio iniciará la vacunación del grupo de 40 a 49 km-Periodico-ES: "Salut announces that in June the vaccination of the group ..." page: 32 info: by VALENTINA RAFFIO date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Regions fear an excess of AstraZeneca stock / Las regiones temen un exceso de stock de AstraZeneca km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Regions fear an excess of AstraZeneca stock / Las regiones ..." page: 36-37 info: by Sin especificar date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: An EU strategy for therapeutic options against Covid-19

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in El Español, Commissioner Kyriakides advances the new treatments that the European Commission is working on to step up the fight against the virus. She points out that the pace of vaccination is accelerating across the EU, with the numbers of vaccines administered increasing by the day. However, while the development and deployment of safe and effective vaccines have been at the forefront of the European response to Covid-19, "they cannot be our only line of defence," she notes. In order to join forces to accelerate development, manufacturing and supply, the EU is launching a new EU strategy for Covid-19 therapeutic options. "We are ready to support member states in acquiring at least three new licensed therapeutic options by the end of 2021," she writes.

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: An EU strategy for therapeutic options against Covid-19 / Artículo de la Comisaria Kyriakides: Una estrategia de la UE para las opciones terapéuticas contra la Covid-19 km-elespanol.com-ES: "Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: An EU strategy for therapeutic options ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

HOME_AFFAIRS

What the Covid-19 certificate will (not) do

[Austria, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:04:00 AM CEST

An in-depth report in Die Presse answers questions about the Covid-19 certificate which Austria will gradually introduce as of 19 May. In time for the summer holiday season, the certificate is supposed to work as a pass for social life in the entire EU. The European Commission is working on a standardised certificate, which is supposed to be valid and readable everywhere. However, this will not automatically open all doors in the member states since deciding which rights to grant to certificate holders falls under the sovereignty of the member states. So far it has not even been guaranteed yet that the certificate will automatically allow travel without quarantine in the EU, as demanded by the European Parliament.

What the Covid-19 certificate will (not) do / Was der Grüne Pass (nicht) kann km-Presse-Austria-AT: "What the Covid-19 certificate will (not) do / Was der ..." page: 1 info: by (basta/wb/g.h./ks/uw) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The European Commission to test EU Covid-19 certificate, Belgium might participate

[Belgium, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

Several sources mention the EU Covid-19 certificate. VRT Radio1 deepens its knowledge of the EU Covid-19 Certificate. Legal expert Tom Goffin sheds light on the question. He explains that the European initiative for the certificate is chiefly meant to reenable the free movement of people in the EU. That is why the word "password" used earlier was badly chosen. The proposal by the European Commission and the European Parliament stipulates that individual member states can use the certificate for other purposes, but the national government ought to first develop a legislative framework enabling this. L'Avenir notes that the European Parliament has given the green light for the developments of the certificate, which would facilitate travel within EU borders. The Commission announced that Belgium could be part of the pilot phase as of this Friday. The Commission hopes that the system will be operational from 1 June. Lalibre.be notes that while the news of Belgium participating in the trial was confirmed by a spokesperson for the European Executive, it is not accurate. Prime Minister De Croo's cabinet confirmed that Belgium did show interest in the project, but its participation was not yet confirmed: "Commissioner Breton jumped the gun a bit," according to spokesperson François Bailly. He adds that Belgium is still waiting on details to see the framework and conditions in which it will be organised: "It is therefore too early to say formally that we will participate."

European certificate and national initiatives / Certificat européen et initiatives nationales km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "European certificate and national initiatives / Certificat européen et initiatives ..." page: 3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Will Belgium really participate in the pilot phase of the EU Covid-19 Certificate? "Commissioner Breton spoke too soon" / La Belgique participera-t-elle vraiment à la phase-pilote du certificat Covid européen ? "Le commissaire Thierry Breton s'est un peu avancé" km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Will Belgium really participate in the pilot phase of the ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 17:30 - Soir Première - Debate on Belgium's Covid-19 certificate / Mercredi 05/05/2021 - 17:30 - Soir Première - Débat sur le certificat Covid-19 de la Belgique km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 17:30 - Soir Première - Debate on ..." info: Soir première, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:27:39, by Ruyssen date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Woensdag 05/05/2021 - 7:16 - De Ochtend - The European Covid-19 Certificate (C19C) / Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 7:16 - De Ochtend - Het Europees vaccinpas km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Woensdag 05/05/2021 - 7:16 - De Ochtend - The European ..." info: De ochtend, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:10:35, by Taveirne date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Expert on health law: EU Covid-19 certificates limiting basic rights

[Czech Republic, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Reflex weekly brings an interview with lawyer Vladana Vališová on EU Covid-19 certificates. She says that the pandemic limited basic rights and explains that they should be returned without any conditions. According to her, vaccination of the most vulnerable groups of people helps achieve the goal of preventing unnecessary Covid-19 deaths. No further restrictions are then needed and the introduction of EU Covid-19 certificates can therefore be viewed as illegal, she says.

LIFE CARRIES RISKS / ŽIVOT S SEBOU NESE RIZIKA km-Reflex-CZ-CZ: "LIFE CARRIES RISKS / ŽIVOT S SEBOU NESE RIZIKA..." page: 32 info: by ANGELIKA BAZALOVÁ date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Finland will require a Covid-19 certificate at the border in the summer

[Estonia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is preparing a new entry model, which requires foreigners entering the country to be required to take a Covid-19 test, have a vaccination passport or a Covid-19 certificate, Err.ee reports. According to Kirsi Varhila, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry is looking for a solution that would make border control more efficient. The Finnish state does not currently require a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon entry, but an incoming person may be referred for a medical examination.

Finland will require a Covid-19 certificate at the border in the summer / Soome hakkab suvel piiril koroonatõendit nõudma km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Finland will require a Covid-19 certificate at the border in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

France’s scientific committee endorses, under certain conditions, the EU Covid-19 certificate

[France, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:08:00 AM CEST

According to France’s scientific committee, the EU Covid-19 certificate may help reduce the risk of contamination in large-scale gatherings, but it cannot cancel it, Le Monde reports. In a note published on 4 May, the scientific committee highlighted that the measure is of interest as part of a strategy of risk reduction but insisted that it will have to remain "temporary and exceptional," given the still incomplete scientific knowledge on the risks of transmission. The health pass, the experts say, can "allow the population to return to a sort of normality by minimising the risks of contamination." However, public gathering will still be subject to drastic measures such as mandatory use of face masks, distancing, and proper ventilation of indoor premises.

Italy opens its arms wide to foreign tourists / L'Italie ouvre grand les bras aux touristes étrangers km-Echos-FR: "Italy opens its arms wide to foreign tourists / L'Italie ..." page: 8 info: by Olivier Tosseri date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Majority splits on health pass / La majorité se divise sur le pass sanitaire km-Echos-FR: "Majority splits on health pass / La majorité se divise ..." page: 5 info: by Solveig Godeluck date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

France’s scientific committee endorses, under certain conditions, the EU Covid-19 certificate / Le conseil scientifique avalise sous conditions le passe sanitaire km-Monde-FR: "France’s scientific committee endorses, under certain conditions, the EU Covid-19 ..." page: 12 info: by Simon Auffret date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Coronavirus: For or against the health pass in France? / Coronavirus : Pour ou contre le pass sanitaire en France ? km-RMC-INFO-FR: "Coronavirus: For or against the health pass in France? / ..." info: Neumann-lechypre, 2021-05-05 12:08:00, 00:05:11, by LAURENT NEUMANN date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:08:00 PM CEST

First green light for the introduction of a "health pass" for large gatherings / Premier feu vert à l'instauration d'un "pass sanitaire" pour les grands rassemblements km-Tribune-FR: "First green light for the introduction of a "health pass" ..." page: 49,50,51 info: by AFP date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Government warned about EU digital pass delays

[Ireland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports travel industry figures have warned that government delays in introducing the EU Covid-19 certificates will leave the Republic trailing as the rest of the bloc reopens this summer. Europe has agreed to launch the certificates next month to revive travel and tourism across the union as the pandemic recedes. Irish Travel Agents' Association board member Paul Hackett and Pat Dawson, the organisation's chief executive, told politicians that the Republic needed to "implement the EU [Covid-19] certificate in full and without delay."

Government warned about EU digital pass delays / Government warned about EU digital pass delays km-Irish-Times-IE: "Government warned about EU digital pass delays / Government warned ..." page: 15 info: by BARRY O’HALLORAN date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The vaccinated will be allowed to enter EU more freely

[Latvia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:22:00 AM CEST

LTV1 reports that G7 summit symbolizes both a slow return to a certain normalcy and a reminder of the various problems, especially inequalities, which have been highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis. In Britain, the incidence of Covid-19 is falling sharply, which has provided a strong basis for optimism not only in the UK but also elsewhere in the Western world, where statistics suggest for a relatively normal summer and, as High Representative / Vice-President Borrell emphasized, travel. "We are currently trying to act in a coordinated way to take into account the improvements that have come with vaccination. Anyone who can prove that they have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European institutions will be able to enter freely," he said. Also according to LTV1, the European Commission proposed this week to allow foreigners vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter the European Union. At the same time, it is planned to raise the threshold for new infections used to list countries on the "green" list. A new emergency instrument could also be introduced to rapidly restrict entry from high-risk countries.

The vaccinated will be allowed to enter EU more freely / Ļaus brīvāk ieceļot ES km-LTV-1-LV: "The vaccinated will be allowed to enter EU more freely ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2021-05-05 11:44:00, 00:00:57, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:44:00 AM CEST

The vaccinated will be allowed to enter EU more freely / G7 sanāksme nevienlīdzības ēnā km-LTV-1-LV: "The vaccinated will be allowed to enter EU more freely ..." info: Pasaules panorāma, 2021-05-05 20:46:00, 00:02:27, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:46:00 PM CEST

Estonia again offers creating a Baltic bubble

[Latvia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

According to LTV1, Estonia has proposed to discuss renewing the Covid-19 travel bubble in the Baltics. Märt Volmer, the adviser to Estonian foreign minister Eva-Maria Liimets, confirmed this, saying that the new rules of the European Union are in force, all member states are treated equally, but “we want to find ways to improve the flow of information, coordination and links directly between the Baltic States.” He says that the Baltic States could harmonise the travel requirements during the pandemic, so that in all three states the conditions for those who have been vaccinated are the same. Estonia also proposes to recognise each Baltic national green certificates, to be used before the whole common system of the European Union is up and running. Both Latvia and Lithuania are somewhat sceptical about such proposal. Delfi reports that Austria wants to introduce the green Covid-19 passport in digital form from June 4, said the Minister of Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger. Passports will be in the form of a QR code on mobile phones. The EU is expected to introduce its green passports at the end of June.

Estonia again offers creating a Baltic bubble / Austrijā vēlas no jūnija ieviest digitālās Covid-19 'zaļās pases' km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Estonia again offers creating a Baltic bubble / Austrijā vēlas ..." info: by LETA date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Estonia again offers creating a Baltic bubble / Igaunija atkal piedāvā veidot Baltijas burbuli km-LTV-1-LV: "Estonia again offers creating a Baltic bubble / Igaunija atkal ..." info: Pasaules panorāma, 2021-05-05 20:54:00, 00:03:55, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:54:00 PM CEST

Lithuanian Government approves Possibility Passport

[Lithuania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

TV3 reports that the Lithuanian Government has approved the Possibility Passport which will allow entering cafes, bars and restaurants and attending events for vaccinated people, people who had Covid-19 and persons who have a negative Covid-19 test. The passport should be available on 24 May. The Government added that one will be able to get tested for free but so far, options for that are limited. Pharmacies were allowed to vaccinate and test people too, and Minister for Health stated that massive vaccination will be announced in May. The Possibility Passport will allow attending events with up to 500 people, personal celebrations and gather in groups of ten in public spaces. The passport will also allow people to return to work in a contact environment.

Lithuanian Government approves Possibility Passport / Vyriausybė pritaria galimybių pasui ir skelbia, kad jis įsigalios nuo Gegužės 24-os dienos km-TV3-Lithuania-LV: "Lithuanian Government approves Possibility Passport / Vyriausybė pritaria galimybių pasui ..." info: Žinios, 2021-05-05 21:11:00, 00:06:03, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:11:00 PM CEST

Vice-Minister of National Defence Marginis Abukevičius: Greatest need today is to build cybersecurity capabilities at the European Union level

[Lithuania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that during a remote meeting with the Head of ENISA Juhan Lepassaar, Vice-Minister of National Defence Marginis Abukevičius discussed national and European Union‘s cybersecurity issues with an emphasis on cooperation between member states and ENISA. Abukevičius said that currently, the greatest need is to create cybersecurity capabilities at the European Union level that could be used in case of a large scale cyber incident or crisis. Lepassaar and Abukevičius also discussed the European Commission’s proposal for a renewed Network and Information Systems Directive and the creation of the European Union’s Single Cyber Unit. Abukevičius presented Lithuania’s priorities in terms of cybersecurity too.

Vice-Minister of National Defence Marginis Abukevičius: Greatest need today is to build cybersecurity capabilities at the European Union level / Krašto apsaugos viceministras M.Abukevičius: „Didžiausias poreikis šiuo metu yra kibernetinio saugumo pajėgumų kūrimas ES mastu“ km-15min.lt-LT: "Vice-Minister of National Defence Marginis Abukevičius: Greatest need today is ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dutch Cabinet wants Covid-19 certificate soon

[Netherlands, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:01:00 AM CEST

Several Dutch media report on the introduction of a travel document to allow vaccinated citizens to travel freely amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Nrc.nl reports that the Dutch caretaker cabinet wants to make a decision at the beginning of June on the introduction of a vaccination document that is valid in the Netherlands as an admission ticket to events and with which travelers can go on holiday abroad. The European Commission has long supported the plan to get tourism back on track with a vaccination certificate. Travelers should be able to show that they have been vaccinated or tested negative with a QR code on their phone. The cabinet wants to allow incoming travelers to use such a document as a possible exemption from the quarantine obligation - which may also apply from June - or instead of a negative test.De Telegraaf also says the caretaker government wants to make a decision on the introduction of the so-called EU Covid-19 certificate, showing the holder’s vaccination status, at the beginning of June. The European Parliament, the Member States and the European Commission are still negotiating about the international Covid-19 certificate. According to Commission President von der Leyen, the system should be operational by the end of June. With an app with a QR code people can show before a trip or an event that they have been vaccinated, tested or have enough antibodies against the virus. The app uses two QR codes: one for national use and one for international use. Vaccine recipients will receive the pass if they have been vaccinated with an EMA approved Covid-19 vaccine. EU Member States are free to determine whether people who have received, for example, a Russian or Chinese vaccine are also given privileges. In principle, the pass applies to anyone over the age of eighteen.

The vaccine passport is coming! / Het vaccinatiepaspoort komt eraan! km-Algemeen-Dagblad-NL: "The vaccine passport is coming! / Het vaccinatiepaspoort komt eraan!..." page: 4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Kabinet: vaccinatiebewijs snel invoeren km-nrc.nl-NL: "Kabinet: vaccinatiebewijs snel invoeren..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Who can ask for it? Answers to your questions about the vaccine certificate / Wie mag ernaar vragen? Antwoorden op jullie vragen over het vaccinatiebewijs km-nu.nl-NL: "Who can ask for it? Answers to your questions about ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

This is how the Covid-19 certicficate works / ZO WERKT HET CORONAPASPOORT km-Telegraaf-NL: "This is how the Covid-19 certicficate works / ZO WERKT ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Italy will launch its own Covid-19 national green pass

[Romania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

Some media in Romania, including EuropaFM radio station, report that the Italian government announced that Italy would not wait for the EU Covid-19 certificate and would introduce its own national green pass that would allow people to travel from one region to another. Italian Prime Minister Draghi announced that the travel pass would be operational by the middle of this month. Moreover, Italy wants to allow US and British tourists to come on holiday. The collapse of tourism generated $28 billion losses for the country last year alone.

Italy opens tourism with its own Covid-19 green pass / Ştiri km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Italy opens tourism with its own Covid-19 green pass / ..." info: Ştiri, 2021-05-06 01:13:00, 00:01:40, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:13:00 AM CEST

Italy will launch its own Covid-19 national green pass / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Italy will launch its own Covid-19 national green pass / ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2021-05-05 15:03:00, 00:00:43, by Ianosi Iorgu date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:03:00 PM CEST

Italy to implement its own national Covid-19 green pass / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Italy to implement its own national Covid-19 green pass / ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2021-05-05 18:10:00, 00:00:47, by Verbancu Iulia date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:10:00 PM CEST

Italy announces it will no longer wait for EU Covid-19 certificates and will reopen tourism this month / Italia a anunțat că nu mai așteaptă certificatul de călătorie UE și își redeschide turismul de luna aceasta km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Italy announces it will no longer wait for EU Covid-19 ..." info: by S.J. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Italy wants to eliminate quarantine for vaccinated or tested EU citizens / Italia vrea să elimine carantina pentru cetăţenii UE vaccinaţi sau testaţi km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Italy wants to eliminate quarantine for vaccinated or tested EU ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

World's biggest economies bet on EU Covid-19 certificates to save tourism / Cele mai mari economii ale lumii pariază pe paşapoarte de vaccinare pentru salvarea turismului km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "World's biggest economies bet on EU Covid-19 certificates to save ..." page: 10 info: by Apostoiu Catalina date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Austria presents its own EU Covid-19 certificate rules

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, the Austrian government unveiled its rules for the EU Covid-19 certificate, which will facilitate travel between EU member states. In Austria, the certificate will be introduced in three phases, the first starting on 19 May, when consumers will be able to submit simple certificates proving that they have either tested negative for Covid-19, been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from a Covid-19 infection, in order to enter restaurants or events. The EU plans to launch an EU Covid-19 certificate in the summer. Technically, the same system will apply everywhere, but each EU member state can decide who and under what conditions can enter the country, as in some places, for example, a negative rapid test for Covid-19 will be enough to enter, while other states might demand a negative PCR test, reports the Austrian news agency APA. How long vaccinated persons are considered to be protected from being infected again remains to be agreed upon at the EU level. Austrian Minister of Health Wolfgang Mückstein estimates that an agreement will be in place that vaccine protection is effective for eight to nine months. According to Austrian Minister for Sustainability and Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger, the second phase will be introduced on 4 June, when certificates will be introduced at the national level in the digital form. The final design is expected to come into use in July when the digital solution is recognised throughout the EU.

Austria to allow access to restaurants only with a digital certificate; Serbia to reward those vaccinated / V Avstriji v restavracijo le z digitalnim potrdilom; v Srbiji nagrada cepljenim km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Austria to allow access to restaurants only with a digital ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Austria presents its own rules for the digital green certificate / V Avstriji predstavili svoja pravila za digitalno zeleno potrdilo (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Austria presents its own rules for the digital green certificate ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Slovenian Interior Minister Hojs discusses Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Lithuania and Latvia

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, in preparation for Slovenia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs met with Lithuanian Minister of the Interior Agnė Bilotaitė and Latvian Minister of the Interior Sandis Ģirģens, STA reports. He presented them the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency in the field of internal affairs, the Ministry of the Interior has communicated. During its presidency in the second half of the year, Slovenia will strive for progress in the negotiations on the Pact on Migration and Asylum, strengthening the Schengen Area, and ensuring a high level of security in the EU and Slovenia. Minister Hojs was pleased to report that Minister Bilotaitė said that Lithuania would be a constructive partner in the negotiations. He also gave a positive assessment of the working visit after the meeting with Minister Ģirģens, who supported the priorities in the field of internal affairs, the Ministry of the Interior has communicated. Minister Hojs said that they all had similar viewpoints on the matter of migration. The ministers also mentioned the situation regarding migration in the Western Balkans, with Minister Hojs thanking his colleagues from Lithuania and Latvia for the positive response to the Slovenian request for assistance, as some police officers from Lithuania and Latvia will soon be sent to Slovenia to assist the Slovenian police in controlling the border with Croatia. In the field of internal security, both countries support the strengthening of police cooperation and the exchange of information, as well as the strengthening of Europol's mandate.

Hojs in Lithuania and Latvia on the Presidency of the Council of the EU / Hojs v Litvi in Latviji o predsedovanju Svetu EU km-sta.si-SI: "Hojs in Lithuania and Latvia on the Presidency of the ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

First tests with EU’s Covid-19 certificate to be launched soon

[Sweden, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:56:00 AM CEST

Sweden is in the first test group for the EU’s Covid-19 certificate, report few media outlets. SVT.se reported that Sweden and several other EU member states will start to test the system for the certificates from 10 May. Even though first tests will be launched, the question of how to get results from Covid-19 tests and evidence of having had the infection into the system, something that is made harder by the fact that data is spread across several places. Meanwhile, Estonia is working on a system based on the blockchain, which means that data is stored encrypted and distributed in the network by those who participate. Unlike with the EU’s variant, Estonia’s solution does not need a central hub to which all countries must connect to for certificate verification. Iceland and Hungary have also chosen to connect to the Estonian solution. Ain Aaviksoo at Guardtime, a company that develops the Estonian solution, called the EU’s model complicated and rigid.

Sweden first with the EU's Covid-19 certificate / Sverige först ut med EU:s covidpass km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "Sweden first with the EU's Covid-19 certificate / Sverige först ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sweden first to test the EU's Covid-19 certificate / Sverige först ut att testa EU:s coronapass km-Svt.se-SE: "Sweden first to test the EU's Covid-19 certificate / Sverige ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Sweden in the first test group for the EU's Covid-19 certificate / Sverige i första testgruppen för EU:s coronapass km-Svt.se-SE: "Sweden in the first test group for the EU's Covid-19 ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU's Covid-19 certificate causes different reactions

[Sweden, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:09:00 AM CEST

The EU is working hard to create a system for the use of Covid-19 certificate, but the solution has entailed different reactions, reports SVT.se. Some see the EU’s Covid-19 certificate as a solution to open borders, while others say it causes a divide between people. The Council of Europe has for example said in a resolution that there is a risk of discrimination against those who are not vaccinated. To disarm the discrimination argument, the European Commission has been careful not to talk about vaccination passports and has instead used the phrase green certificate. The Commission has also pointed out that the certificate would include evidence of negative Covid-19 tests and infection history. In this way, it is believed that the certificate can be a border opener for everyone, not just the vaccinated people.

Covid-19 certificate – discrimination or a road to freedom? / Vaccinationspass – diskriminering eller vägen till frihet? km-Svt.se-SE: "Covid-19 certificate – discrimination or a road to freedom? / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

INDUSTRY

European Commission presents new industrial strategy

[Austria, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

The pandemic has made it clear how much Europe's industry depends on import, especially from Asia: The European Commission has now reacted to this issue and aims to launch a new industrial strategy to make the European industry more independent, various media report."We want to return to our former market share in production to be able to meet the demands of our industries", Commissioner Breton said according to Die Presse. The European Commission has identified a total of 137 products for which the EU strongly depends on other national economies – mostly commodities, chemicals and pharmaceutical agents. Multi-billion subsidies are to be granted to bring companies producing such goods to Europe. However, according to radio channel Ö1, the presentation of the strategy has been delayed since a power struggle about redefining the relations between government and economy has broken out behind the scenes between Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton. The EU aims to focus more on state intervention and active industrial policy in the systemic dispute with China. While Austrian Minister of Economy Schramböck praised the approach, MEP Monika Vana (Greens/EFA) expressed her disappointment, Wiener Zeitung adds. "What the Commission has presented today will not suffice as a compass for the global race to lead the way in a climate-neutral global market", MEP Vana said. Commissioner Breton recently said that Europe had been "too naive and too open" during the past few decades. According to an editorial article in Wiener Zeitung, the concentration on the chip market is actually disconcerting. It therefore makes sense for Europe to establish production capacities for semiconductors, not least due to the geopolitical tensions that must be expected in Asia in the future.

Industriestrategie: Die EU will ihre Abhängigkeit von China reduzieren km-Diepresse.com-AT: "Industriestrategie: Die EU will ihre Abhängigkeit von China reduzieren..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Neue Strategie km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Neue Strategie..." page: 4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission: new industrial strategy / EU-Kommission: Neue Industriestrategie km-ORF-O1-AT: "European Commission: new industrial strategy / EU-Kommission: Neue Industriestrategie..." info: Mittagsjournal, 2021-05-05 12:00:00, 00:02:30, by Roland Adrowitzer date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 PM CEST

EU was "too naive, too open" / EU war „zu naiv, zu offen“ km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU was "too naive, too open" / EU war „zu ..." page: 18 info: by (Reuters/Bloomberg/red.) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Editorial: Was Europe too naive? / War Europa zu naiv? km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Editorial: Was Europe too naive? / War Europa zu naiv?..." page: 2 info: by Thomas Seifert date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU intends to reduce dependence on China / EU will Abhängigkeit von China reduzieren km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "EU intends to reduce dependence on China / EU will ..." page: 11 info: by (red.) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe wants to reduce its dependency on 34 strategic products

[Belgium, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Oodles of sources mention Europe's industrial strategic autonomy. L’Echo notes that the European Commission has started an in-depth analysis of the strategic dependencies of its member states. 137 products were identified in sensitive sectors in which the EU is highly dependent, including healthcare, energy and primary resources. 52% of these products are Chinese. For 34 products, diversification is difficult. Commissioner Breton stated: “We must become more self-sufficient. We are and will remain an open continent, but on our own conditions.” The Commission already set up an alliance for primary resources, which should accelerate recycling, one for batteries and one for hydrogen. Semi-conductors and industrial data are next. According to De Standaard, Prime Minister De Croo supports the need for European strategic autonomy but warns that it should not be developed with only the large member states in mind. Small, open economies like Belgium's could be pushed away by large industrial powers like Germany, France and Italy. La Première's seven o'clock news quotes Commissioner Breton: "Twenty years ago, Europe supplied 40% of the global market of semiconductors. Today, it is 9%. The production left for China. We should diversify our supply sources, and it would be a good idea to develop a circular economy, especially in rare components, or to invest in innovation so we can replace those products."

Europe wants to reduce its dependency on 34 strategic products / L’Europe veut réduire sa dépendance à 34 produits stratégiques km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Europe wants to reduce its dependency on 34 strategic products ..." page: 9 info: by Rohart date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU market should become more crisis-resilient / EU-Markt soll krisenfester werden km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "EU market should become more crisis-resilient / EU-Markt soll krisenfester ..." page: 17 info: by von Montigny date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Reducing certain strategic dependencies / Réduire certaines dépendances stratégiques km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Reducing certain strategic dependencies / Réduire certaines dépendances stratégiques..." page: 26 info: by AFP date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - Shortage of semi-conductors / Mercredi 05/05/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - Pénurie de semi-conducteurs km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - Shortage ..." info: Journal Parlé 19h00, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:01:44, by HENRION date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

De Croo wary of a new imbalance / De Croo beducht voor nieuw onevenwicht km-Standaard-BE: "De Croo wary of a new imbalance / De Croo ..." page: 7 info: by Abbeloos date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Wednesday 05/05/2021- 08:00 - De Ochtend - New strategy for the European industry / Woensdag 05/05/2021- 08:00 - De Ochtend- Nieuwe strategie voor de Europese industrie km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021- 08:00 - De Ochtend - New strategy for ..." info: De ochtend, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:00:48, by DEWITTE date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Interview with Executive Vice-President Vestager about microchip production in Europe

[Belgium, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Terzake interviews Executive Vice-President Vestager about the criticism and concerns related to microchip production. EVP Vestager explains that over the last decade, Europe has really enjoyed the fact that microchips have been produced in gigantic numbers at very affordable prices in the Far East, among other places. She notes that things are changing: the need for microchips is growing and supply chains may be a bit tricky: "It is a good idea to figure out how to produce more, and how to make sure that if supply is smaller dan demand, how to make sure that we get what we need." The European Commission proposes to increase the number of chips produced in Europe. EVP Vestager notes that the European chips should be able to compete internationally. She further mentions that Europe is not starting from scratch when it comes to chips, an alliance with the US and Taiwan, and cooperation with China.

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview with Executive Vice-President Vestager about the microchip production / Woensdag 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview met Margrethe Vestager over microchip productie km-VRT-Canvas-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview with Executive ..." info: Ter zake, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:04:38, by Falk date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is updating its industrial strategy, aiming to reduce dependence on China

[Croatia, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

The EU unveiled on Wednesday a plan to cut its dependency on Chinese and other foreign suppliers in strategic areas, writes Index. The Commission has carried out a detailed initial analysis of 5,200 products imported into the EU and identified strong reliance on 137 products, representing 6% of the EU's import. The updated industrial strategy plan was devised after the pandemic revealed bottlenecks in the supply chain and the executive European Commission plans to conduct in-depth reviews of supply chains. The plan aims to enhance the EU’s strategic autonomy in six key areas, including raw materials, batteries, pharmaceutical ingredients, hydrogen, semiconductors and cloud and edge technologies. “The real industrial revolution is just beginning – and we will be a part of it if we choose the right investments in key technologies and establish the conditions in terms of the right framework. Europe will thus provide conditions for an innovative, clean and resilient industry, providing quality jobs and allowing small and medium-sized businesses to prosper,” Commissioner Breton said.

The European Commission is updating its industrial strategy, aiming to reduce dependence on China / Europska komisija ažurira industrijsku strategiju, žele smanjiti ovisnost o Kini km-Index.hr-HR: "The European Commission is updating its industrial strategy, aiming to ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager presents the EU Industrial Strategy

[Denmark, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

A couple of Danish media report on Executive Vice-President Vestager presenting the European Commission’s EU Industrial Strategy yesterday, Wednesday. Berlingske reports that the majority of the Danish parties represented in the European Parliament are critical of the European Commission's proposal. According to MEP Linea Søgaard-Lidell, the proposal is not about sustainability but interfering in company matters. MEP Kira-Marie Peter Hansen, on the other hand, is positive towards the proposal, stating that the market cannot fulfil the green transition on its own. The European Commission's Spokesperson for Justice, Equality and Rule of Law Christian Wigand has requested that people wait to see the final proposal before judging it. Børsen reports that Executive VP Vestager’s EU Industrial Strategy is a new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market, and it is clearly aimed at China. Politiken reports that Executive VP Vestager stated that “Openness of the Single Market is our biggest asset. But openness requires fairness.” Ekstra Bladet reports that the European Commission’s proposal is based on an analysis of 5,000 imported products, and Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis explains that the EU is very dependent on 137 of these products mainly from China, Vietnam and Brazil. DR.dk reports that Executive VP Vestager during the presentation commented that market-distorting trade in the EU with foreign trade parties is a serious matter, and the European Commission’s new proposal will be a step to ensure fair competition and healthy trade on behalf of all companies in the EU.

Politicians lambaste EU attack on companies' right to self-determination / Politikere tordner mod EU-angreb på virksomheders ret til selvbestemmelse km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Politicians lambaste EU attack on companies' right to self-determination / ..." page: 8 info: by Sebastian Persson date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager presents the EU Industrial Strategy / Vestager lancerer omstridt industristrategi km-Borsen-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager presents the EU Industrial Strategy / Vestager ..." page: 22 info: by Louise With date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager's new proposal criticised / 'Det er ikke rimeligt': Vestager vil stramme spillereglerne for udenlandske virksomheder i EU km-dr.dk-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager's new proposal criticised / 'Det er ikke ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager presents the EU Industrial Strategy to protect the Single Market against China / EU vil mindske afhængighed af Kina km-Ekstra-Bladet-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager presents the EU Industrial Strategy to protect ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager demands fair competitiion from China / EU kræver fair konkurrence. Nu også af Kina km-Politiken-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager demands fair competitiion from China / EU ..." page: 3 info: by Elisabet Svane date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU continues to drive industrial policy forward

[Germany, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the EU industrial policy.This Wednesday, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton were determined to demonstrate unity when they presented the update of the industrial policy strategy adopted last year, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Commissioner Breton is promoting a semiconductor alliance to boost production of the currently scarce chips and to increase the EU's share of global production from 10% to 20%. In the end, he prevailed in many respects, despite misunderstandings with the two EVPs, he apparently received the support of President von der Leyen. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier has long supported the approach of making the EU more autonomous through industrial alliances. The Federation of German Industries praised the European Commission.Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton all affirmed that the EU would remain the most open continent in the world committed to competition, Hendrik Kafsack commented in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. EVP Vestager and EVP Dombrovskis recently thought the EU was on the way to becoming a state economy, as Commissioner Breton’s ideas on industrial policy went too far for them. He forges industrial alliances: for semiconductors, hydrogen, cloud offers, CO2-free aircraft. The approach, however, is the same: state-subsidised industrial fine-tuning, the author concludes.

The EU's planning / Die Planification der EU km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "The EU's planning / Die Planification der EU..." page: 17 info: by H.K date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU continues to drive industrial policy forward / Die EU treibt die Industriepolitik weiter voran km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "The EU continues to drive industrial policy forward / Die ..." page: 17 info: by hmk date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Commission updates the EU’s Industrial Strategy

[Greece, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the Commission updated the industrial strategy yesterday, taking into account the lessons learned and the new conditions after the pandemic, as well as the adjustment to the dual goal of green and digital transition. Executive Vice-Presidents Vestager and Dombrovskis, as well as Commissioner Breton, presented the new strategy which proposes measures to strengthen the resilience of the single market, particularly in periods of crisis, while it also addresses the need for better understanding of the EU’s dependencies in key strategic sectors and presents new toolbox to address them. It also provides new measures to accelerate green and digital transitions. Among others, the Commission will propose a Single Market Emergency Instrument and fully enforce the Services Directive. In order to deal with the EU's strategic dependencies, the Commission supports new industrial alliances in strategic areas where such alliances are the best tool to accelerate activities that would not develop otherwise, among other actions. EVP Vestager stated that the updated Industrial Strategy is about making sure that “our industries are equipped to drive the digital and green transformations of the EU economy while ensuring the competitiveness of our industries”. EVP Dombrovskis noted that resilient global supply chains are essential in times of crisis as they help absorb shocks and speed up recovery. Commissioner Breton said that Europe is giving itself the means for an innovative and clean industry that provides quality jobs and allows its SMEs to thrive even during the recovery process. Media also mention that the Commission presented its analysis on Europe’s dependencies on exports in key areas. According to the analysis, out of 5,200 products imported in the EU, an initial analysis identifies 137 products in sensitive ecosystems for which the EU is highly dependent. According to Kathimerini, EVP Dombrovskis stated that Europe sources half of these products from China.

Επικαιροποίηση της βιομηχανικής στρατηγικής της ΕΕ: Προς μια ισχυρότερη ενιαία αγορά για την ανάκαμψη της Ευρώπης km-capital.gr-GR: "Επικαιροποίηση της βιομηχανικής στρατηγικής της ΕΕ: Προς μια ισχυρότερη ενιαία ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commission: The new industrial strategy is digital and green / Κομισιόν: Ψηφιακή και πράσινη η νέα βιομηχανική στρατηγική km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission: The new industrial strategy is digital and green / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Νέα εργαλεία για περιορισμό ξένων επιδοτήσεων στην Ευρώπη km-Kathimerini-GR: "Νέα εργαλεία για περιορισμό ξένων επιδοτήσεων στην Ευρώπη..." page: 27 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

“Mutations” in the European strategy for industry / «Μεταλλάξεις» στην ευρωπαϊκή στρατηγική για τη βιομηχανία km-Naftemporiki-GR: "“Mutations” in the European strategy for industry / «Μεταλλάξεις» στην ..." page: 2 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Accelerating the green and e-transitions / Επιτάχυνση πράσινης και e-μετάβασης km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Accelerating the green and e-transitions / Επιτάχυνση πράσινης και e-μετάβασης..." page: 2 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Luxembourg's Economic Minister discusses local steelworks with Commissioner Breton

[Luxembourg, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort briefly reports that Luxembourg's Economic Minister Franz Fayot (LSAP) confirmed yesterday in an answer to a parliamentary questions from MP Laurent Mosar (CSV) that the government is negotiating with the company GFG, Liberty Steel and the Wallonian government about Dudelange steelworks. In the next weeks it will be clear whether Dudelange can continue to work under GFG. On Monday, Minister Fayot spoke to Commissioner Breton about the "obsolete EU competition law, which is harmful for ourselves."

"Decisive" weeks for Dudelange / „Entscheidende“ Wochen für Düdelingen km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: ""Decisive" weeks for Dudelange / „Entscheidende“ Wochen für Düdelingen..." page: 11 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Commission presents regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

[Portugal, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The European Commission proposed the creation of new regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the European Single Market, dinheirovivo.pt reports. According to a statement, the proposed regulation aims at “effectively tackling foreign subsidies that cause distortions and harm the level playing field in the Single Market in any market situation.” The new regulation will include notification-based tools to investigate concentrations involving a financial contribution by a non-EU government, bids in public procurements involving a financial contribution by a non-EU government, and all other market situations and procedures.Dinheirovivo.pt adds that the Commission proposed the creation of a Single Market Emergency Instrument to ensure the free movement of persons, goods, and services in case of future crises. According to a statement, this instrument aims at guaranteeing “more transparency and solidarity, and help address critical product shortages.” In order to strengthen the European Single Market, the Commission proposed the full enforcement of the Services Directive, the reinforcement of market surveillance, and investment in the SMEs. Moreover, the strategy will contribute to the “diversification of international supply chains and to the pursuit of international partnerships to increase preparedness.”

Brussels creates law to investigate foreign funds before entering companies in the EU / Bruxelas cria lei para investigar fundos estrangeiros antes de entrarem em empresas da UE km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Brussels creates law to investigate foreign funds before entering companies ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Brussels creates emergency mechanism for the free circulation of goods and services during crises / Bruxelas cria mecanismo de emergência para livre circulação de bens e serviços em crises km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Brussels creates emergency mechanism for the free circulation of goods ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy

[Portugal, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

The European Commission presented an update to the EU Industrial Strategy to lessen dependency on China, RTP3 reports. In a press conference, Commissioner Breton explained that “for reasons that we were not able to anticipate, of course, some of the partners decided to block or to have executive orders put in place to block everything, including our supply chains.” Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis added that the Commission “assessed 5200 products imported in the EU and out of these identified 137 products for which EU is highly dependent.” According to EVP Dombrovskis, the strategy reflects the EU’s “complete openness to commerce and trade as a source of strength and competitiveness” while at the same time highlighting its willingness to protect itself from unfair trade practices by third countries.

Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy / Comissão actualiza a Estratégia Industrial da UE km-RTP3-PT: "Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy / Comissão actualiza a ..." info: Notícias 18-20, 2021-05-05 18:34:00, 00:01:58, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:34:00 PM CEST

Article about the update to the EU Industrial Strategy 2020

[Portugal, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Celso Filipe writes about the update to the EU Industrial Strategy 2020 presented by the Commission. He explains that the EU was “playing naïve” towards China while it needed its investment and that now it wants to “change the rules of the game” because the Commission cannot impose restrictive rules to member states and European companies that it will then not be enforced equally to companies from third countries, which causes market distortions. Moreover, he considers that the EU wants to become geopolitically more relevant but that to do so it needs to have economic power and praises the Commission’s agenda to increase the EU’s autonomy from China.

Ingenuity and necessity / Ingenuidade e necessidade km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Ingenuity and necessity / Ingenuidade e necessidade..." page: 3 info: by Celso Filipe date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Eurostat data on industrial production prices

[Portugal, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, industrial production prices increased in the European Union and in the eurozone in March 2021, Dinheirovivo.pt reports. According to the data, on a yearly comparison, princes increased 4.3% in the eurozone and 4.5% in the EU. On a monthly comparison, prices increased 1.1% in the eurozone and 1.2% in the EU. Comparing to the previous year, the highest industrial price increases were registered by Ireland, Denmark, and Belgium, while Cyprus and Slovakia were the only countries to register price decreases.

Industrial production prices rise in the eurozone and EU in March / Preços na produção industrial sobem na zona euro e na UE em março km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Industrial production prices rise in the eurozone and EU in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European Commission updates EU Industrial Strategy

[Slovenia, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the European Commission updated the EU Industrial Strategy from 2020 in order to strengthen the European Single Market for the EU’s recovery, STA reports. Additionally, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal on foreign subsidies, which are distorting the European Single Market. The proposed instrument is also a key element to deliver on the EU Industrial Strategy, the Commission communicated yesterday. The updated strategy will allow the EU's industrial ambitions to take full account of the new circumstances after the Covid-19 crisis and foster the transformation into a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. The strategy reaffirms the priorities set out in the March 2020 communication, published the day before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, the strategy is a response to the experience gained during the crisis and an effort to stimulate recovery and increase the EU's open strategic autonomy.

European Commission updates EU Industrial Strategy / Bruselj posodobil industrijsko strategijo EU km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission updates EU Industrial Strategy / Bruselj posodobil industrijsko ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "We are focusing on everything we can do to reopen in the summer"

[Spain, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

In an interview with El Economista and other European media, Commissioner Breton addresses the EU Industrial Strategy, problems with vaccine deliveries and tourism, among other topics. Commissioner Breton explains that until now, Europe has been "very naïve" in its relations with its trading partners and it is time to reduce the dependencies that make us vulnerable. "Turnover in tourism and culture fell by up to 75%, they require a lot of attention" since it has been uneven. The tourism and culture industries were the hardest hit, with turnover falling by up to 75%. This ecosystem requires a lot of attention," he explains.

Interview with Commissioner Breton: "We are focusing on everything we can do to reopen in the summer" / Entrevista a Comisario Breton: “Nos centramos en todo lo que podemos hacer para la reapertura en el verano” km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Interview with Commissioner Breton: "We are focusing on everything we ..." page: 1,32 info: by Jorge Valero date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Commission's new industry strategy aims to decrease dependency on China

[Sweden, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:18:00 AM CEST

The EU will decrease its dependency on China within six areas, according to a new strategy presented by the Euroepan Commission, Affarsvarlden.se reports quoting news agency Finwire. The strategy is presented in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic having illustrated how bottlenecks in the supply chain can be created. Today, the EU relies on China for about 50% of 127 products included in the six areas. In a statement, Executive Vice-President Vestager said that the EU's new industry strategy will ensure that European industries are equipped to handle the green and digital transition.

EU will decrease dependency on China within six areas / EU ska minska beroendet av Kina inom sex områden km-afv.se-SE: "EU will decrease dependency on China within six areas / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commissioner Breton wants EU to increase focus on semiconductor production

[Sweden, INDUSTRY]

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

Commissioner Breton wants the EU to focus more on its own production of semiconductors, Svenska Dagbladet reports quoting news agency Direkt. In an interview with Bloomberg News, the Commissioner stated that the EU must adress the current imbalance that has resulted in many European automakers having to suspend production due to semiconductor shortages, and that the Eu should double its chip production until 2030. He further said that the EU must re-gain its former market share in this area to secure the needs of its industry, and that the EU has been too naive so far.

Thierry Breton: Europe must manufacture more chips / Thierry Breton: Europa måste tillverka fler chip km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Thierry Breton: Europe must manufacture more chips / Thierry Breton: ..." page: 9 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

Austrian President Van der Bellen: huge power of governments is a "construction defect"

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said during a debate with young people on the occasion of Europe day that the EU "was not generally at risk", but added that the huge power of governments was a "construction defect", orf.at and other online sources report. He said that blockades were happening not in the European Parliament "and especially not on the European Commission", but on the European Council, which offered "minority protection for the European member states". This was a problem, he said, adding that he was also concerned about European foreign and security policy. President Van der Bellen said that he was not very optimistic about the simmering conflicts in Europe's neighbourhood that might develop into military conflicts.

Van der Bellen: Machtfülle der Regierungen in EU... km-Diepresse.com-AT: "Van der Bellen: Machtfülle der Regierungen in EU......" date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Van der Bellen: Nicht um Überleben der EU besorgt km-krone.at-AT: "Van der Bellen: Nicht um Überleben der EU besorgt..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Van der Bellen: Machtfülle der Regierungen in EU "Fehlkonstruktion" km-kurier.at-AT: "Van der Bellen: Machtfülle der Regierungen in EU "Fehlkonstruktion"..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Austrian President Van der Bellen: huge power of governments is a "construction defect" / Van der Bellen: Machtfülle der Regierungen "Fehlkonstruktion" km-orf.at-AT: "Austrian President Van der Bellen: huge power of governments is ..." info: by red date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU envoy for freedom of religion

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Former Commissioner Christos Stylianides has been appointed new special envoy for freedom of religion and belief outside the EU, Die Presse and Salzburger Nachrichten report. The European Commission made this announcement on Wednesday. In this position, Mr Stylianides will primarily work to support religious diversity and tolerance in teaching in cooperation with third countries.

EU-Beauftragter für Religionsfreiheit km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU-Beauftragter für Religionsfreiheit..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU ernennt Beauftragten für Religionsfreiheit km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU ernennt Beauftragten für Religionsfreiheit..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pentecost Dialogue aims to "give Europe a soul"

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

Politicians, scientists and artists will discuss a fresh start and the challenges Europe faces during the ninth "Spirit and Present" Pentecost Dialogue under the title "Reset Europe" that will be held on 20 and 21 May, Die Presse and Kleine Zeitung report. Commissioner Hahn is expected to be among the participants. When presenting the programme on Wednesday, episcopal vicar Heinrich Schnuderl pointed out that then-European Commission President Jacques Delors had said in 1992 that it was necessary to "give Europe a soul".

Wie sieht Europas Zukunft mit und nach Corona aus? km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Wie sieht Europas Zukunft mit und nach Corona aus?..." page: 18 info: by Anna Stockhammer date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Pentecost Dialogue aims to "give Europe a soul" / Pfingstdialog will „Europa eine Seele geben“ km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Pentecost Dialogue aims to "give Europe a soul" / Pfingstdialog ..." page: 24 info: by (gral) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Alois Mock prize for EU representative

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Kurier reports that this year's "Alois Mock Europe Prize" has been awarded to the head of the European Commission Representation in Austria, Martin Selmayr. He accepted the prize in Perchtoldsdorf at the margins of an event organised by the province of Lower Austria to mark Europe Day. In addition to Johanna Mikl-Leitner, governor of Lower Austria, Martin Eichtinger, member of the provincial government, and Edith Mock, wife of the politician who died in 2017, were also present.

Alois-Mock-Preis für EU-Vertreter km-Kurier-AT: "Alois-Mock-Preis für EU-Vertreter..." page: 7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

SAP Barnier recounts Brexit negotiations in 'The Great Illusion'

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report on Special Adviser to the President Barnier's book 'The Great Illusion', in which he shares his account of the Brexit negotiations. Le Soir notes that the goal is to learn lessons for the future, so that the UK's departure from the EU would not be in vain. One of the reasons for Brexit, he writes, can be found in all member states: The feeling that Europe, its governments and its institutions do not respond to the citizens' legitimate concerns. SAP Barnier said earlier that perhaps some competences should be returned to the national or regional level, while in other areas, the EU's competences should be consolidated. Not all answers can be found in Brussels. However, Brexit also originates from uniquely British traits. De Tijd recalls that SAP Barnier was contacted by former President Juncker to become the Brexit negotiator just two weeks after the referendum. He only wanted to accept once he had enough support among the member states. He never had a great relationship with Mr Juncker’s cabinet chief Martin Selmayr, with SAP Barnier’s thinly veiled accusations that Mr Selmayr leaked information about the negotiations to the press. Barely anything can be read between the lines about Mr Barnier being pushed aside by President von der Leyen’s team near the end of the negotiations. SAP Barnier now wants to play a useful role in the 2022 French presidential elections. Le Soir also focuses on SAP Barnier’s ambitions for those elections. He thinks President Macron’s manner of exercising power is arrogant and solitary. However, is he truly the man the French right has been waiting for? SAP Barnier will decide in the fall about his participation.

The "big illusion", told as if you were there / La "grande illusion", contée comme si vous y étiez km-Soir-BE: "The "big illusion", told as if you were there / ..." page: 12 info: by Lamer date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Michel Barnier: Tough to be a prophet in his country / Michel Barnier : dur d’être prophète en son pays km-Soir-BE: "Michel Barnier: Tough to be a prophet in his country ..." page: 12 info: by Meskens date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

French negotiator writes Brexit diary / Franse onderhandelaar schrijft brexitdagboek km-Tijd-BE: "French negotiator writes Brexit diary / Franse onderhandelaar schrijft brexitdagboek..." page: 10 info: by Van Haver date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ProDG's Freddy Cremer writes about Europe Day

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:47:00 AM CEST

In Grenz Echo, ProDG’s Freddy Cremer writes about Europe Day. On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman proposed the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. He knew it would be a long path to achieve a political union, stating: "Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity." That solidarity has been put to the test since then. With all justified criticism, however, we risk forgetting the EU unification process' major accomplishments. The EU has evolved from an economic association to a community of values. We know we can only tackle the major challenges together. Especially in times of crises, the de facto solidarity cited by Mr Schuman should be shown. In the Covid-19 crisis, for instance, Europe will contribute with the €750 billion recovery fund.

9 May: Europe Day / 9. Mai - Europatag km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "9 May: Europe Day / 9. Mai - Europatag..." page: 11 info: by Cremer date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Article by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk on Conference on the Future of Europe

[Bulgaria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

In an article for Standart weekly, Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk (Renew Europe) focuses on how the Conference on the Future of Europe (CFE) can make the EU more united. According to him, thanks to the European integration project created by Robert Schuman, Europe has turned from a continent of wars to a factor setting global standards for democracy, human rights and freedoms, and rule of law. All crisis so far have shown there is a need for political unity and fast decisions, which raises the question whether the EU can be more united and efficient under the current legal framework of EU treaties. According to MEP Kyuchyuk, this is impossible unless the EU becomes a political union. The CFE will try to lay the foundations of a discussion in this regard. The respective ideas will come from European citizens. A step further should be made by considering how to institutionalise civic engagement, which could be facilitated by modern digital democracy. Otherwise, the CFE risks becoming “an ad hoc political outlet of civil resentment”.

Article by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk on Conference on the Future of Europe / ЕС трябва да намери своя нов Raison dTetre*! km-Standart-Weekly-BG: "Article by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk on Conference on the Future ..." page: 6 info: by Илхан КЮЧЮК date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The UK gives full diplomatic status to EU ambassador in London

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

The UK has given full diplomatic status to the EU’s ambassador in London, thus ending a dispute that has strained relations between the two sides ever since the UK withdrew from the EU, Index writes. The UK initially refused to give Ambassador of the EU to the UK Vale de Almeida the same diplomatic status and privileges that are awarded to nation-state ambassadors, under the pretext that the EU is not a state. The EU responded by not inviting the UK ambassador to meetings in Brussels. The dispute has been resolved at a meeting between High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and UK Foreign Secretary Raab, on the sidelines of the G7 summit in London.

UK gives full diplomatic status to EU ambassador to London / Velika Britanija dala puni diplomatski status veleposlaniku EU u Londonu km-Index.hr-HR: "UK gives full diplomatic status to EU ambassador to London ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commission appoints former Commissioner Stylianides as Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside EU

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

The European Commission yesterday appointed formerCommissioner Stylianides, a Cypriot national, as Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, effective immediately, most media report.According to the Commission, the Special Envoy will be part of the team of Vice-President Schinas, who is in charge of leading the Commission’s dialogue with churches and religious associations or communities, and with philosophical and non-confessional organisations.The Commission stated that Mr Stylianides has “repeatedly proven his commitment to human rights and religious freedom, and his strong experience and skill make him suitable for this role.Posting on Twitter, Mr Stylianides thanked  the College of Commissioners for appointing him and pledged to work with the European institutions, International Organisations and NGOs to achieve the goals of his mandate and assist the EU’s international efforts to protect human rights and promote freedom of religion and reconciliation.A commentary in Alithia praises Stylianides for standing out both as an MP and an MEP, highlighting his serious and clear thinking, while also reminding of his distinguished work as Commissioner and describing him as the “most appropriate person for this post”.Another commentary in Alithia reports that the appointment came just in time when “our compatriots, the Turkish Cypriots” will need him, not to receive religious freedoms, but to avoid religious “enslavement”.A commentary in Politis states that it appears the Cyprus government was the only one that did not appreciate Stylianides’ work in the EU and that is why his appointment was not renewed.

ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΕΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΕΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΕΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΕΣ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Christos Stylianides in a new important EU post / ΣΕ ΝΕΟ ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΟ ΠΟΣΤΟ ΤΗΣ EE Ο ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ km-Alithia-CY: "Christos Stylianides in a new important EU post / ΣΕ ..." page: 1,5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

STYLIANIDES APPOINTED EU SPECIAL ENVOY / STYLIANIDES APPOINTED EU SPECIAL ENVOY km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "STYLIANIDES APPOINTED EU SPECIAL ENVOY / STYLIANIDES APPOINTED EU SPECIAL ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ΟΧΡ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ ΕΙΔΙΚΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΠΡΟΩΘΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΗΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑΣ km-Haravgi-CY: "ΟΧΡ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗΣ ΕΙΔΙΚΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΠΡΟΩΘΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΥΤΙΚΗΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑΣ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

ΕΠΕΛΕΞΕ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗ ΩΣ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΟ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΕΠΕΛΕΞΕ ΣΤΥΛΙΑΝΙΔΗ ΩΣ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΟ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The new duties that C. Stylianides assumes in the EU / Τα νέα καθήκοντα που αναλαμβάνει στην ΕΕ ο Xρ. Στυλιανίδης km-Philenews.com-CY: "The new duties that C. Stylianides assumes in the EU ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ο ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΠΟΥ ΔΕΝ ΜΑΣ ΕΚΑΝΕ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Ο ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΠΟΥ ΔΕΝ ΜΑΣ ΕΚΑΝΕ..." page: 11 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Important appointment by EU / ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΟΣ ΔΙΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΑΠΟ EE km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Important appointment by EU / ΣΗΜΑΝΤΙΚΟΣ ΔΙΟΡΙΣΜΟΣ ΑΠΟ EE..." page: 22 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Appointment of Stylianides as Special EU Envoy for Freedom of Religion / Διορισμός Στυλιανίδη ως Ειδικού Απεσταλμένου Ε.Ε για Θρησκευτικές Ελευθερίες km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Appointment of Stylianides as Special EU Envoy for Freedom of ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European Commission appoints Myrto Zambarta as Head of Representation in Nicosia

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:10:00 AM CEST

The Commission yesterday appointed Myrto Zambarta as Head of the European Commission`s Representation in Nicosia, to take office on 1 September, several media report. In this capacity, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Cyprus under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen.Zambarta, a Cypriot national, has been working for the European Commission for over 15 years, during which she has acquired a thorough knowledge of several EU policy areas, in particular of international trade and investment issues, as well as humanitarian aid and crisis management.She is currently the Head of Unit in the DG for Trade, responsible for Multilateral Affairs and the World Trade Organisation (since 2017). In some of her most prominent former positions, she was Deputy Head of Unit for Services (2015-2017) in the DG for Trade, and Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Stylianides for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management (2014-2015).

Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation / Η ΜΥΡΤΩ ΖΑΜΠΑΡΤΑ ΝΕΑ ΕΠΙΚΕΦΑΛΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ km-Alithia-CY: "Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation ..." page: 1,5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

NEW HEAD OF EC OFFICE IN CYPRUS / NEW HEAD OF EC OFFICE IN CYPRUS km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "NEW HEAD OF EC OFFICE IN CYPRUS / NEW HEAD ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Η ΜΥΡΤΩ ΖΑΜΠΑΡΤΑ ΝΕΑ ΕΠΙΚΕΦΑΛΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΝΤΙΠΡΟΣΩΠΕΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ km-Haravgi-CY: "Η ΜΥΡΤΩ ΖΑΜΠΑΡΤΑ ΝΕΑ ΕΠΙΚΕΦΑΛΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΝΤΙΠΡΟΣΩΠΕΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ..." page: 10 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation / ΜΥΡΤΩ ΖΑΜΠΑΡΤΑ ΕΠΙΚΕΦΑΛΗΣ ΑΝΤΙΠΡΟΣΩΠΕΙΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΟΜΙΣΙΟΝ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The new head of the Commission Representation in Cyprus / Η νέα επικεφαλής της αντιπροσωπείας της Κομισιόν στην Κύπρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "The new head of the Commission Representation in Cyprus / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation / H Mυρτώ Ζαμπάρτα, νέα επικεφαλής της αντιπροσωπείας της Κομισιόν km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Myrto Zabarta is the new Head of the Commission Representation ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Diplomats expelled from Russia might start new mission in Brussels

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:17:00 AM CEST

News website aktualne.cz reports that several Czech diplomats, who were expelled by Russia three weeks ago, might start their new mission at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU in Brussels, where they would join the current team ahead of the Czech EU Presidency. “We are considering sending them to Brussels. At the Permanent Representation, there is a demand for them and diplomats themselves have been considering this option,” said State Secretary for European Affairs Aleš Chmelař. The Foreign Ministry is currently considering sending two diplomats, who returned from Russia, to Brussels. More details should become known during May. The website highlights that the team for the Czech Presidency in Brussels is according to experts extremely slim. As such, the crisis in relations with Russia might help get more diplomats there without the need to look for additional finances.

Second life of expelled diplomats. Czechs from the Embassy in Moscow heading to Brussels / Druhý život vyhoštěných diplomatů. Češi z ambasády v Moskvě směřují do Bruselu km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Second life of expelled diplomats. Czechs from the Embassy in ..." info: by Kateřina Šafaříková date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans on why he did not become President

[Denmark, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Berlingske offers a portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans on the occasion of his 60th birthday today, Thursday. The portrait notes how he was passed over for the position of President of the European Commission, despite an endorsement from German Chancellor Merkel, with President von der Leyen being appointed instead. The reason he did not make it, Berlingske's portrait argues, was his yearlong criticism of the rule of law systems in eastern European member states such as Poland and Hungary, which blocked him. The European Parliament had appointed Executive VP Timmermans as its Spitzenkandidat, meaning that he, unlike President von der Leyen, was an actual candidate for the position, the portrait notes. In conclusion, Executive VP Timmermans's opinions and rule of law policies were his undoing in the pursuit if the presidency.

Portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans on why he did not become President / Værdikamp blev dyr for hollandsk kommissær km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans on why he did not ..." page: 20 info: by Anders Aarkrog Jepsen date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Investigation on EU negotiations: "Brussels, merciless world" (interview)

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Le Figaro, journalist Francis Letellier evokes the documentary “Brussels, merciless world,” which he will present on France 2 tonight. The documentary is an investigation on the EU negotiations during the recent months. While he praises this opportunity to cast a light on Brussels' work in France, he explains that the investigation shows the shortcomings of the EU mechanism regarding AstraZeneca, for instance. It also addresses the convictions and characters of EU political figures such as President von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, and investigates on the “Sofagate” episode. “Apparently, the Commission President has a problem with her own protocol because it is managed by a French team with whom she does not get along,” he says. Later, France 2 will also air debates between Commissioner Breton, President Michel, French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune, among others.

Behind the scenes in Europe / Dans les coulisses de l'Europe km-Croix-FR: "Behind the scenes in Europe / Dans les coulisses de ..." page: 20 info: by Jean-Baptiste François date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Francis letellier: "In Europe, does union make the force?" / Francis Letellier : « En Europe, l'union fait-elle vraiment la force ? » km-Figaro-FR: "Francis letellier: "In Europe, does union make the force?" / ..." page: 36 info: by Blaise de Chabalier date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Behind the scenes of the small European theatre / Dans les coulisses du petit théâtre européen km-Humanite-FR: "Behind the scenes of the small European theatre / Dans ..." page: 23 info: by Grégory marin date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Talking about Europe (column)

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:20:00 AM CEST

In a column for Lesechos.fr, Agnes de Fortanier views the EU as a political power overlooked as the European Commission. It is launching a conference on the future of Europe this weekend. According to her, media coverage of the EU is affected by both "excessive and insufficient exposure" as too much is said about what the European Commission is doing at the Atlantic shipyards in Saint-Nazaire, not enough about the decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, and not at all about the implementation of the European recovery plan. Moreover, the EU accounts for only 2.7% of television news coverage, according to a study by the Fondation Jean Jaurès, and the State of the Union speech by the European Commission President is neglected. Furthermore, for Agnes de Fortanier, the institutional complexity undermines its force.

Opinion | Talking about Europe / Opinion | Parler d'Europe km-lesechos.fr-FR: "Opinion | Talking about Europe / Opinion | Parler d'Europe..." info: by Par Agnes de Fortanier (Fondatrice de la Revue européenne de What's up EU) date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Biden's successes underline EU's shortcomings (column)

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

In a column in L’Obs, Pierre Haski writes that the efficiency of President Biden's first 100 days in office highlights the EU's bureaucracy and slowness. High Representative/Vice President Borrell noted last week that US households got the US recovery money in two months, while the EU recovery plan was adopted last year and not yet implemented. This points to the shortcomings of the unanimity principle that the EU wants to preserve when it comes to political issues. Instead, the EU should “seek greater efficiency, real coherence and a better sharing of roles between a common structure with a federal vocation and the sovereignty of States."  This is crucial for France and the EU’s future, in this more than ever polarised world, he writes, praising the model adopted on Airbus, electric batteries and semi-conductors in which only voluntary member states participate.

Joe Biden's mirror / Le miroir que nous tend Joe Biden km-Obs-FR: "Joe Biden's mirror / Le miroir que nous tend Joe ..." page: 8 info: by Pierre Haski date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Executive Vice-President Timmermans turns 60

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:57:00 AM CEST

In a portrait in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Thomas Gutschker describes Executive Vice-President Timmermans, who speaks six languages, as someone who has a great oratorical talent. Many in Brussels foresaw a constant power struggle between EVP Timmermans and President von der Leyen, as he himself had fought for the presidency as the top candidate for the Social Democrats in the 2019 European elections. It turned out differently and now, although responsible for the Green Deal, he sometimes seems "almost eerily absent." He went to school in Brussels and Rome before studying in the Netherlands and France and becoming a diplomat like his father. He first joined the Dutch parliament in 1998 and moved on to join the European Commission in 2014, where he was the first Vice President responsible for internal reforms and the rule of law. This Thursday, he will turn sixty.

Portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans: Frans Timmermans 60 / Frans Timmermans 60 km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Portrait of Executive Vice-President Timmermans: Frans Timmermans 60 / Frans ..." page: 5 info: by T.G date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Internal Market Act is a "dead cat"

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

According to a diary to be published on Thursday, Special Adviser to the President Michel Barnier thought the EU could immediately suspend negotiations when he saw the Single Market Act because it did not want to negotiate under threat, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. President von der Leyen did not want to take responsibility for a negotiation failure, however. Prime Minister Johnson had described earlier that if one is about to lose a dispute, it is best to "throw a dead cat on the table." For Special Adviser Barnier, the Internal Market Act was this "dead cat."

Johnson's Dead Cat and Frost's Cool Farewell / Johnsons tote Katze und Frosts kühler Abschied km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Johnson's Dead Cat and Frost's Cool Farewell / Johnsons tote ..." page: 3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Former Commissioner Stylianides appointed special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the College of Commissioners appointed former Commissioner Christos Stylianides as a special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU. According to Commission’s announcement, in a time when freedom of religion or belief is under attack in many parts of the world, appointing a special envoy shows the Commission’s commitment to address this challenge and to ensure that the rights of all religions and beliefs are respected. This position is a part of the Commission’s dialogue with religious organisations and the promotion of human rights. The position is under the responsibility of Vice-President Schinas.

Commission: Christos Stylianides is a special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU / Κομισιόν: Ο Χρ. Στυλιανίδης ειδικός απεσταλμένος για την προώθηση της ελευθερίας της θρησκείας εκτός ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Commission: Christos Stylianides is a special envoy for the promotion ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Politico: Ο Χρήστος Στυλιανίδης ορίζεται Ειδικός Σύμβουλος του Μαργαρίτη Σχοινά km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Politico: Ο Χρήστος Στυλιανίδης ορίζεται Ειδικός Σύμβουλος του Μαργαρίτη Σχοινά..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Politico: Ο Χρήστος Στυλιανίδης ορίζεται Ειδικός Σύμβουλος του Αντιπροέδρου της Κομισιόν Μαργαρίτη Σχοινά km-in.gr-GR: "Politico: Ο Χρήστος Στυλιανίδης ορίζεται Ειδικός Σύμβουλος του Αντιπροέδρου της ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

New mission by the EU for Christos Stylianides / Νέα αποστολή από την E.E. για τον Xp. Στυλιανίδη km-Kathimerini-GR: "New mission by the EU for Christos Stylianides / Νέα ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Christos Stylianides appointed special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU / Ο Χρήστος Στυλιανίδης ορίζεται Ειδικός Απεσταλμένος για την προώθηση της θρησκευτικής ελευθερίας και της ελευθερίας των πεποιθήσεων εκτός ΕΕ km-Proro-Thema-FM-GR: "Christos Stylianides appointed special envoy for the promotion of freedom ..." info: OI ANELEITOI, 2021-05-05 12:36:00, 00:06:05, by GIORGOS PAPACHRISTOS date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:36:00 PM CEST

For religious freedoms in the world / Για τη θρησκευτική ελευθερία στον υπόλοιπο κόσμο km-Ta-Nea-GR: "For religious freedoms in the world / Για τη θρησκευτική ..." page: 13 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Barnier surprised again and again by self-delusion that informed British stance

[Ireland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports Special Adviser to the President Michel Barnier is to release a book detailing his part as a Brexit negotiator from 2016 until January this year. In it he discusses how he is bewildered by the British approach to the talks and their refusal to engage with issues that concerned the European Union. Barnier states he told the British team their technique was "a farce" and that he never wavered from his conviction that Brexit was a mistake.

Barnier surprised again and again by self-delusion that informed British stance / Barnier surprised again and again by self-delusion that informed British stance km-Irish-Times-IE: "Barnier surprised again and again by self-delusion that informed British ..." page: 7 info: by DENIS STAUNTON date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

MEP Pisapia says Conference on Future of Europe crucial to reshape EU

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

In an open letter to Corriere della Sera’s editor-in-chief, Italian MEP Giuliano Pisapia says the Europe and the EU are facing a major challenge. Indeed, it is time for Europe to change and evolve. This is the only way to recover from the crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The EU is still scared by France and the Netherlands rejecting the proposal for a European constitution and by Brexit. Indeed, the EU is still struggling when it comes for its member states to unanimously react to a common threat. The Conference on the Future of Europe can help the EU face and solve some of its problems by getting its citizens involved.

Let’s change Europe from bottom / CAMBIAMO L'EUROPA DAL BASSO km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Let’s change Europe from bottom / CAMBIAMO L'EUROPA DAL BASSO..." page: 26 info: by Giuliano Pisapia date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

London and Brussels agree European Union ambassador status post-Brexit

[Lithuania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt and 15min.lt write that the European Union’s ambassador to the United Kingdom will have full diplomatic status, London and Brussels said after months of wrangling post-Brexit. “The European Union ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said in a joint statement.

London and Brussels agree European Union ambassador status post-Brexit / Londonas ir Briuselis sutarė dėl ES ambasadoriaus statuso po „Brexit“ km-15min.lt-LT: "London and Brussels agree European Union ambassador status post-Brexit / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

London and Brussels agree European Union ambassador status post-Brexit / Londonas ir Briuselis sutarė dėl ES ambasadoriaus statuso po „Brexit“ km-Delfi.lt-LT: "London and Brussels agree European Union ambassador status post-Brexit / ..." info: by BNS date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė not to attend European Council

[Lithuania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt reports that the Seimas Committees on Foreign and European Affairs exceeded the limits of competence when making a recommendation on Lithuania’s representation in the European Council, the Seimas Ethics and Procedures Commission decided. The Office of the President confirmed that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda will soon leave for Portugal to attend a Council meeting. Six members of the commission voted in favour of this option (violation), and the version that there was no violation was supported by five parliamentarians.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė to not attend European Council / Šimonytės į EVT išsiųsti nepavyko, po komiteto išvados – žinia, kad kvietimą jau turi Nausėda km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė to not attend European Council / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Great Britain should not join a cross-border agreement for recognising courts and their rulings

[Romania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

News.ro writes that Great Britain should not join a cross-border agreement for recognising courts and their rulings, the European Commission recommended on Tuesday, generating concerns among British business leaders who fear that costs for smaller firms could grow. The Lugano Convention determines which countries’ courts may hear cross-border civil and commercial disputes between the 27 European Union states, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. It also ensures the enforcement of rulings from such disputes. Lugano is not mentioned in any of the post-Brexit trade agreements signed by Britain. It will be up to EU member states to decide by qualified majority whether to accept or reject the recommendation.

European Commission: Britain should not join a cross-border accord for recognising courts and their rulings / Comisia Europeană: Marea Britanie nu ar trebui să participe la un acord transfrontalier privind recunoaşterea instanţelor şi a deciziilor lor km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission: Britain should not join a cross-border accord for ..." info: by Anca Dumitrescu date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Great Britain gives EU ambassador in London full diplomatic status

[Romania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Hotnews.ro writes that Great Britain has agreed to give the European Union ambassador in London full diplomatic status, after months of refusing to accede to Brussels’ demands due to Brexit tension, the two parties stated yesterday. The EU Ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states, including agreement and presentation of credentials to the Head of State, UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said in a joint statement. EU Delegation staff will have the privileges and immunities needed to function effectively, they added.

UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status / Londra acordă statutul deplin de ambasador reprezentantului UE km-HotNews.ro-RO: "UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status / Londra acordă ..." info: by I.B. HotNews.ro date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Europe Day in Slovakia

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:13:00 AM CEST

Daily Nový Čas draws attention to the upcoming Europe Day celebrations, which will take place on 9 May. This year, the events will take place online under the motto of togetherness in Europe. The daily highlights that in the current crisis, Europe needs more solidarity than ever before and adds that only a joint effort can stop the virus. It asks several Slovak MEPs what the crisis taught Europeans. They agree that it showed that Europe had not been prepared for such a situation and stress the importance of strengthening EU institutions in more areas, especially in the health sector.

May anniversary a chance for discussion. About achievements and new challenges / Májové výročie je šancou na diskusiu. O úspechoch aj nových výzvach km-Novy-Cas-SK: "May anniversary a chance for discussion. About achievements and new ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU Ambassador to London to have the same status as other ambassadors

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:47:00 AM CEST

The EU and the UK have agreed that the EU Ambassador to London would have the same diplomatic status as that held by ambassadors of states to the UK, STA reports. Brussels and London have thus resolved the dispute in which they became embroiled in January because the UK government did not want to grant full status to the EU ambassador. The agreement was reached on the sidelines of the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in London by UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. “The EU Ambassador will have a status consistent with heads of missions of states,” they communicated in a joint statement published online by the European External Action Service (EEAS). They added that the “EU Delegation staff will have the privileges and immunities needed to function effectively.”

EU Ambassador to London to have the same status as other ambassadors / Veleposlanik EU v Londonu bo imel enak status kot drugi veleposlaniki km-sta.si-SI: "EU Ambassador to London to have the same status as ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe: Are we all in the same boat or just in the same storm? (Commentary)

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

This Sunday, the Conference on the Future of Europe will be officially launched in the EU, a commentary in Finance writes. The Conference has been mentioned as an opportunity for EU citizens to have their say on the ways not to return to the same thing after the Covid-19 crisis, but to something better. Top European leaders have used the Conference as an opportunity to make strong political promises that this was a pan-European democratic project aimed at increasing the role of citizens in EU policy-making. So if the conference will help determine what is better, who will build and who will pay for the renovation? There will be no taboos in the debate, European Parliament President David Sassoli has announced. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, has announced that this will not be a conference of institutions on institutions. “European citizens need a place where they can discuss their wishes and expectations with their representatives. That public policies can offer appropriate answers. That no citizen will feel left alone,” he said, adding that “the Conference is a message of hope that we will build a just, green and digital future for Europe.” In March, President von der Leyen said that she dreamt of a Europe that led the world in a green and digital transformation, a Europe with a strong voice for freedom and reason in a world where autocrats question our way of life, a Europe in which no one should be left behind. But there are quite a few doubts about the effectiveness of such a forum. Anecdotally, there seem to be more doubts among those for whom the Conference is primarily intended than among those who are organising it. The formal goal is for the Conference to adopt conclusions by spring 2022, setting out guidelines for the future of Europe. At the same time, it is difficult to imagine that the conclusions will deviate far from the existing priorities for Europe, which aim at a competitive, sustainable and resilient economy, an inclusive society and digital and green transformation.

Are we all in the same boat or just in the same storm? / Smo vsi v istem čolnu ali le v isti nevihti? km-Finance-Slovenia-SI: "Are we all in the same boat or just in ..." page: 2 info: by Albina Kenda date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview with the President of the European Council Michel: "We need to reach a consensus like the one after the World War"

[Spain, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

In an interview with El País, European Council President Michel speaks about a wide range of issues, including the next European Social Summit. The summit will adopt a declaration adding a social commitment to the massive injection of funds that have been mobilised for post-pandemic economic recovery and for the digital and ecological transition. "We must make it clear that the EU is much more than a mere financial or economic project, it is also a project for the dignity of every human being", assures President Michel. He arrives at the summit in the shadow of the so-called 'Sofagate', the clash with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, over the distribution of seats during a recent visit to Turkey. "Everything has already been said about Ankara. I work in perfect cooperation with the President of the Commission on a daily basis," he says.

Interview with the President of the European Council Michel: "We need to reach a consensus like the one after the World War" / Entrevista al Presidente del Consejo Europeo Michel: “Hay que lograr un consenso como el de después de la Guerra Mundial” km-Pais-ES: "Interview with the President of the European Council Michel: "We ..." page: 41 info: by Bernardo De Miguel date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

INTERNAL_MARKET

Decreases in industrial producer prices only observed in Cyprus and Slovakia for March 2021

[Cyprus, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:37:00 PM CEST

In March 2021, industrial producer prices rose by 1.1% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU, compared with February 2021, according to estimates from Eurostat, Philenews reports. In February 2021, prices increased by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU. In March 2021, compared with March 2020, industrial producer prices increased by 4.3% in the euro area and by 4.5% in the EU. The highest increases in industrial producer prices were recorded in Ireland (+21.2%), Denmark (+10.4%) and Belgium (+9.3%), while the only decreases were observed in Cyprus (-3.0%) and Slovakia (-0.6%).

EU: Decreases in industrial producer prices only in Cyprus and Slovakia / ΕΕ: Μειώσεις μόνο σε Κύπρο και Σλοβακία για τιμές παραγωγού στη βιομηχανία km-Philenews.com-CY: "EU: Decreases in industrial producer prices only in Cyprus and ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commission prepares new acquisition rules for non-EU companies

[Czech Republic, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Právo daily reports that the European Commission approved a proposal of new rules which will enable it to thoroughly revise and limit large acquisitions and participation in large public procurements of companies originating outside the EU. The Commission comes with these measures especially due to concerns of expansion of Chinese companies which the EU considers unfair competition due to the state aid they receive. According to the proposal, companies outside the EU should be obliged to report their intention to acquire any European company with a turnover larger than €500 million on the EU market if the state aid exceeds €50 million.

Tougher rules will hit non-European companies / Na mimoevropské firmy dopadnou tvrdší pravidla km-Pravo-CZ: "Tougher rules will hit non-European companies / Na mimoevropské firmy ..." page: 28 info: by CTK date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION

Crisis-plagued Ethiopia prepares for flawed elections

[Belgium, INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be reports on the elections in Ethiopia. Prime minister Adiy Ahmed had promised to hold the most democratic elections the country has ever seen. However, between a latent conflict in Tigray, political and ethnic violence, and logistical obstacles, the mere holding of a ballot seems a challenge. The EU has already announced that it would not send observers, while it helped finance the elections with €20 million. This is caused by the lack of agreement with the Ethiopian government on the observers' means of communication and on their independence.

Crisis-plagued Ethiopia prepares for "flawed" elections / Minée par les crises, l'Ethiopie prépare des élections "imparfaites" km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Crisis-plagued Ethiopia prepares for "flawed" elections / Minée par les ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview: Global vaccination plan coordinated by G20 is needed

[Germany, INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION]

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

In an interview in Stern, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlines that "our multilateral institutions are by and large toothless," giving the WHO as an example and stating that "it can make proposals and give recommendations, but it has no power to force countries to implement them." The result is that there is no effective coordination on the ground, no response to the pandemic, and problematic vaccine distribution, Secretary-General Guterres underscores. With the risk of further spread of the virus in the Global South, it becomes apparent that the virus will mutate and come back even more contagious and resistant. Therefore, the efforts should continue to push forward the vaccination drive in developing and developed countries. He calls for financial support of the Covax initiative and a global vaccination plan, coordinated by the G20.

Interview on the global fight of the pandemic: “We must never give up” / "WIR DÜRFEN EINFACH NIE AUFGEBEN" km-Stern-DE: "Interview on the global fight of the pandemic: “We must ..." page: 74-78 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

JUSTICE

Professor Degrave explains what goes wrong with the Belgian Information Security Committee

[Belgium, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Le Soir reports on the Belgian Information Security Committee's (ISC). In 2018, the European Commission addressed a letter to the Belgian authorities stating that such an organisation is not supposed to exist according to the GDPR. Two years later, Commissioner Reynders had to make a decision on the topic. Despite Belgium's pressure on the Commission to maintain a dubious mechanism with the ISC having an unnecessary legislative role, the GDPR destroyed it. Professor Elise Degrave is very critical about the dossier, noting the ISC's decisions replace laws with no parliamentary debate, among others. According to her, it is necessary to check if the health and security-related data the ISC disposes of are anonymised and where they are stored. It cannot decide who will get access to such data. The daily adds that the ISC should normally be composed of 16 members but only has five. They meet once a month to authorise public organisations or institutions access to data. The man who manages the transfer of data between different sectors is Frank Robben, although he is not an official member. He is present at each Committee meeting, having both the role of judge and party, which is not normal.

Can five persons replace 150 MPs? / Cinq personnes peuvent-elles se substituer à 150 députés ? km-Soir-BE: "Can five persons replace 150 MPs? / Cinq personnes peuvent-elles ..." page: 7 info: by LALOUX date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The ISC manages health data in a (very) small committee / Le CSI, gestionnaire de données santé en (tout) petit comité km-Soir-BE: "The ISC manages health data in a (very) small committee ..." page: 6-7 info: by LALOUX date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview with Advocate-General of the ECJ, Emiliou, on new role

[Cyprus, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:33:00 PM CEST

In an interview with Sigmalive, Amassador Emiliou who has recently been appointed as Advocate-General at the EU Court of Justice, outlines his plans in his new post, as well as the challenges faced by the Cyprus Republic in the harmonisation of EU legislation. He notes that this is the first time a Cypriot has been appointed to this post, and explains that his role is to offer an opinion – of advisory nature – on the interpretation and implementation of the EU law in all member states.

N. Emiliou, the new Advocate-General of the EU Court, outlines his plans / Ο Ν.Αιμιλίου,νέος Γεν.Εισαγγελέας Δικαστηρίου ΕΕ ανοίγει τα χαρτιά του km-sigmalive.com-CY: "N. Emiliou, the new Advocate-General of the EU Court, outlines ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview: There is need to reduce inequalities for disabled people in the labour market

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:42:00 AM CEST

In an interview on ARD, MEP Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA) discusses the need to reduce inequalities for disabled people. Many people speak of subtle discrimination, MEP Langensiepen notes. The obstacles for disabled people in the labour market are diverse. In the European Parliament, MEP Langensiepen drafted a report on the state of disabled people in the labour market in the EU. The numbers were catastrophic, as the paper concluded that disabled people were unemployed or partially in institutions. MEP Langensiepen calls for the complete abolition of sheltered workshops and a change.

ARD - 05.05.2021 22:31 - Tagesthemen - ITV with MEP Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA) on reducing inequalities for disabled people / ARD - 05.05.2021 22:31 - Tagesthemen - ITV with MEP Katrin Langensiepen (Greens/EFA) on reducing inequalities for disabled people km-ARD-DE: "ARD - 05.05.2021 22:31 - Tagesthemen - ITV with MEP ..." info: Program, 2021-05-06 00:16:00, 00:05:03, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:16:00 AM CEST

Lawyer warns adverse media coverage will harm prosecution case in Maksar, Caruana Galizia trials

[Malta, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:29:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent reports that a cache of registered, legal weapons and large amounts of cash were found at the home of Robert Agius, one of the Maksar brothers, the court hearing the compilation of evidence heard on Wednesday. A procession of police witnesses testified as the compilation of evidence against the men accused of the murder of lawyer Carmel Chircop and supplying the bomb which killed Daphne Caruana Galizia continued before Magistrate Caroline Farrugia Frendo. Lawyer William Cuschieri complained about the fact that his client was being made to sit through the same evidence heard in the Caruana Galizia murder compilation, adding that the adverse media coverage will harm the prosecution case when both cases come before a jury.

Lawyer warns adverse media coverage will harm prosecution case in Maksar, Caruana Galizia trials / Lawyer warns adverse media coverage will harm prosecution case in Maksar, Caruana Galizia trials km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Lawyer warns adverse media coverage will harm prosecution case in ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

MEMBER_STATES

Vice-President Šuica visits Flemish Parliament

[Belgium, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

Two sources mention Vice-President Šuica's visit to the Flemish Parliament. VRT Radio1 announced that she would visit the Flemish Parliament on Wednesday. In Gazet van Antwerpen, reader René Verdonck is saddened by the clumsy welcoming of VP Šuica when she visited the Flemish Parliament. Liesbeth Homans (N-VA) introduced her as a speaker, and Ms Homans' performance was below primary school level.

A visit from the the European Commission / Bezoek Europese Commissie km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "A visit from the the European Commission / Bezoek Europese ..." page: 33 info: by Verdonck date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 6:51 - De Ochtend - Dubravka Šuica vists Flemish Parliament / Woensdag 05/05/2021 - 6:51 - De Ochtend - Dubravka Šuica bezoekt Vlaams Parlement km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Wednesday 05/05/2021 - 6:51 - De Ochtend - Dubravka Šuica ..." info: De ochtend, 2021-05-05 00:00:00, 00:00:19, by DEWITTE date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar holds passport of Republic of Cyprus, media reveal

[Cyprus, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:04:00 AM CEST

Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar is a holder of a passport of the Republic of Cyprus, according to Turkish Cypriot press, with most media reporting on his hypocrisy after he accused President Anastasiades of insulting Turkish Cypriots by referring to them as his “compatriots”.Turkish Cypriot daily Avrupa referred to President Anastasiades’ statement that 97,000 Turkish-Cypriots have an identity card and passport of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC), and revealed that among these are Turkish Cypriot leader Tatar and ‘prime minister’ Saner, thus noting that they too are compatriots of the Cyprus President. The article in Avrupa addressing the two ‘officials’, states “if you are embarrassed, burn or return [the passports]”. The article also revealed that Tatar had acquired the RoC passport in June 2000, three years before the crossings opened, through acquaintances in the government-controlled areas.On his part, Tatar said he would return his Cypriot ID and passport if he could, noting that he was in possession of it because he was born before 1974, and adding that he has never used it, most media report, citing statements to Kibris Postasi TV.Tatar also issued a written statement, claiming that “many citizens of the ‘trnc’ have a RoC ID or passport for different purposes”, adding that “this is the result of the imposition of the Greek-Cyprot mentality”, Philenews reports.Meanwhile, according to Alithia and Philenews, the number of Turkish Cypriot holders of RoC ID cards is much higher at 360,000, while CyBC1 TV reports that around 120,000 Turkish Cypriots hold other documents of the RoC such as passports and birth certificates. Citing the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeniduzen, Cyprus media also report that nine of the 11 ‘cabinet’ members in the non-government controlled areas and most of the members of the Turkish Cypriot delegation that escorted Tatar to Geneva last week, were holders of RoC passports.

ΣΑΛΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ ΔΙΑΒΑΤΗΡΙΟ TOY ΤΑΤΑΡ km-Alithia-CY: "ΣΑΛΟΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ ΔΙΑΒΑΤΗΡΙΟ TOY ΤΑΤΑΡ..." page: 1,3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 20:38:00, 20:38:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:38:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 20:46:00, 20:46:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:46:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-CyBC-radio-3-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 20:33:00, 20:33:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:33:00 PM CEST

Tatar and Sener received passports from the back door / ΔΙΑΒΑΤΗΡΙΑ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΠΙΣΩ ΠΟΡΤΑ ΠΗΡΑΝ Ο ΤΑΤΑΡ ΚΑΙ Ο ΣΑΝΕΡ km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Tatar and Sener received passports from the back door / ..." page: 1,4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Τατάρ: Κατέχουμε το διαβατήριο ΚΔ... «για άλλους σκοπούς» km-Philenews.com-CY: "Τατάρ: Κατέχουμε το διαβατήριο ΚΔ... «για άλλους σκοπούς»..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Avrupa: Tatar is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus / Αβρούπα: Πολίτης της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας ο Τατάρ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Avrupa: Tatar is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-05 20:23:00, 20:23:00, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:23:00 PM CEST

Yeniduzen: Nine 'ministers' have a passport of the Republic of Cyprus / Γενί Ντουζέν: Εννέα «υπουργοί» έχουν διαβατήριο της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Yeniduzen: Nine 'ministers' have a passport of the Republic of ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Tatar: I have a passport of the Republic of Cyprus - If there is a way I will return it / Τατάρ: Έχω διαβατήριο της ΚΔ - Αν υπάρχει μέθοδος θα το επιστρέψω km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Tatar: I have a passport of the Republic of Cyprus ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

UK Foreign Secretary and HRVP discusses Cyprus talks and bilateral relations

[Cyprus, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:07:00 AM CEST

UK Secretary of State Raab and EU High Representative / Vice-President Borrell yesterday discussed in London the Cyprus talks, Sigmalive and Alithia report. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers meeting. According to the Foreign Office, the two officials underlined the need to establish a dynamic for a next meeting of the two sides in Cyprus, while they underlined their full support to the UN efforts for a resolution of the Cyprus Problem. Raab and Borrell also discussed bilateral cooperation in foreign policy and security issues, as well as on climate action.

ΣΤΗΡΙΞΗ ΡΑΑΜΠ ΣΤΙΣ ΣΥΝΟΜΙΛΙΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ km-Alithia-CY: "ΣΤΗΡΙΞΗ ΡΑΑΜΠ ΣΤΙΣ ΣΥΝΟΜΙΛΙΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Full support from Raab and Borrell for the Cyprus talks / Πλήρης στήριξη από Ράαμπ και Μπορέλ στις συνομιλίες για το Κυπριακό km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Full support from Raab and Borrell for the Cyprus talks ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Commentary on trust in EU and national government

[Czech Republic, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

Weekly Ekonom publishes a commentary by Jan Štětka, in which he reacts to a recent Eurobarometer survey. According to the statistics, only 19% of Czechs trust the government compared to 40% a year ago. The author argues that people have been losing patience with the chaotic management of the pandemic, a weak Prime Minister and his scandals and with a pro-Russian President. He also points to the growth in trust in the EU, which he calls a positive sign. The level of trust in the EU is currently the highest since 2013. Moreover, 40% of Czechs agree with anti-epidemic measures on the EU level, while only 25% of people in the Czech Republic agree with measures adopted by the national government.

Babisism lost. But what will come after it? / Babišismus je na dně. Co ale přijde po něm? km-Ekonom-CZ-CZ: "Babisism lost. But what will come after it? / Babišismus ..." page: 6 info: by Jan Štětka date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Michel Barnier may run for presidential elections

[France, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

Special Adviser to the President Michel Barnier may run for next presidential elections in France, Libération reports. While promoting his book to be released today, in which he tells his experience as Head of Task Force for Relations with the UK during the Brexit negotiations, Michel Barnier also promotes a possible candidacy. “What I represent, what I know how to do, my sense of teamwork can be useful to put our country back on the right track,” he said. As a Brexit specialist, Michel Barnier would like to appear as the best option against nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. Yet, his sobriety and humility might hamper his campaign, while on the other side, his best card remains his good and close relations with all the EU leaders.

Michel Barnier, his "secret Brexit diary". / Michel Barnier, son « journal secret du Brexit » km-Croix-FR: "Michel Barnier, his "secret Brexit diary". / Michel Barnier, son ..." page: 15 info: by Jean-Baptiste François date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Michel Barnier, from Brexit to the Elysée Palace? / Michel Barnier, du Brexit à l'Elysée ? km-Liberation-FR: "Michel Barnier, from Brexit to the Elysée Palace? / Michel ..." page: 1,10,11 info: by Dominique Albertini date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview: There would be economic effects of Scotland departing the UK and joining the EU

[Germany, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:44:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the coming elections in Scotland and its possible future independence. In an interview with Münchner Merkur, MEP David McAllister (EPP) discusses the upcoming election in Scotland as well as its potential independence. Arguments for or against staying in the UK were made before the 2014 referendum and have continued ever since. A possible departure from the UK and a possible subsequent entry into the EU would also have economic effects. If it comes to it, the British government could offer additional competencies for the Scottish Parliament as an alternative to independence. “My observation is that many Scots are not only dissatisfied with Brexit as such, but also with the tough exit chosen by the British government,” he explains.

Nobody wants a border / Niemand möchte eine Grenze km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Nobody wants a border / Niemand möchte eine Grenze..." page: 3 info: by Jochen Buchsteiner date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Scotland's Achilles heel / Schottlands Achillesferse km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Scotland's Achilles heel / Schottlands Achillesferse..." page: 17 info: by P.Plickert date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Bought for English Gold / Gekauft für englisches Gold km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Bought for English Gold / Gekauft für englisches Gold..." page: 11 info: by G. Thomas date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

"The centrifugal forces are increasing after Brexit" / "Die Fliehkräfte nehmen nach dem Brexit zu" km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: ""The centrifugal forces are increasing after Brexit" / "Die Fliehkräfte ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Away with the annoying English / Weg mit den lästigen Engländern km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Away with the annoying English / Weg mit den lästigen ..." page: 3 info: by A.M date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Interview: Germany only perceives these French politicians from whom it could gain advantage

[Germany, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Right-wing extremist Marine Le Pen is becoming increasingly popular in France, and she could be elected for president in 2022. In an interview with Die Zeit, she comments on the polls, which currently give her 48% of the vote. Ms Le Pen also talks about leaving the EU, nuclear energy, the Paris climate agreement and immigrants, among other topics. She is surprised that in Germany, there is hardly any talk of her. According to her, Germany only perceives those politicians from whom it hopes to gain advantages. Meanwhile, the politician wants to leave France in the euro area, she has also changed her mind on climate change, making it a major issue in her election campaign.

"Well, politics is violence" / »Also ja, Politik ist Gewalt« km-Zeit-DE: ""Well, politics is violence" / »Also ja, Politik ist Gewalt«..." page: 4-5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

After the challenges and a huge drop in passengers, airport sees light at the end of the tunnel

[Malta, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:29:00 AM CEST

TVM reported yesterday Malta International Airport’s revenue last year dropped by nearly 70% after Covid-19 forced shut airports worldwide. The company, however, is hoping for a better second half of 2021. CEO Alan Borg told the airport’s 29th annual general meeting on Wednesday that total revenue dropped by nearly €70 million to €32 million. A “dramatic drop” was recorded in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation, but the company’s timely implementation of cost-cutting allowed it to limit its net loss to €4.3 million. Capital expenditure dropped by nearly a fifth as did staff costs, thanks to government support schemes. In the first four months of 2021, the airport has seen as many passengers as it would have seen in just one week in 2019. Borg said MIA expected a better second half of 2021 as consumer confidence is gradually restored.

Second half of 2021 ‘seems promising’ / Second half of 2021 ‘seems promising’ km-Malta-Business-Weekly-MT: "Second half of 2021 ‘seems promising’ / Second half of ..." page: 8 info: by Jake Aquilina date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Malta International Airport registered 76% decrease in passenger movements in 2020 / Malta International Airport registered 76% decrease in passenger movements in 2020 km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Malta International Airport registered 76% decrease in passenger movements in ..." page: 1,2 info: by Jake Aquilina date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Airport eyes recovery on back of good vaccine rate / Airport eyes recovery on back of good vaccine rate km-Malta-Times-MT: "Airport eyes recovery on back of good vaccine rate / ..." page: 4 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

After the challenges and a huge drop in passengers, airport sees light at the end of the tunnel / Wara sfidi u ftit passiġġieri, l-ajruport fiduċjuż għal xhur aħjar km-TVM-Malta-MT: "After the challenges and a huge drop in passengers, airport ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-05-05 04:05:00, 00:03:00, by Mario Micallef date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:05:00 AM CEST

MIGRATION

Interview with UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees: "Many government leaders demonise refugees"

[Austria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Der Standard UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Gillian Triggs talks about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. In order to end the crisis, the causes of flight must be tackled, she says. This requires "a lot of time, a lot of money, good cooperation and leadership qualities, combined with vision to take a political risk for once". The European Commission's asylum and migration package provides a helpful strategy. The new US administration also wants to find new solutions.

Interview with UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees: "Many government leaders demonise refugees" / „Viele Regierungschefs dämonisieren Flüchtlinge“ km-Standard-AT: "Interview with UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees: "Many government ..." page: 8 info: by Kim Son Hoang date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

2,000 dead due to European pushbacks

[Belgium, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

De Morgen writes that since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, EU countries have stopped at least 40,000 immigrants at sea at the European southern border. According to research by The Guardian, this cost over 2,000 lives. Greece and Malta intercepted lifeboats, and Croatia stopped people at the border. The European border patrol agency Frontex is under investigation by the European anti-fraud agency Olaf, for suspected pushbacks in the Mediterranean and sharing information on detected lifeboats with the Libyan coast guard. At the beginning of this year, Commissioner Johansson asked Frontex for clarity.

2,000 dead due to European pushbacks / ‘Tweeduizend doden door Europese pushbacks’ km-Morgen-BE: "2,000 dead due to European pushbacks / ‘Tweeduizend doden door ..." page: 17 info: by Ramdharie date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Over 2,000 people died as a result of EU migration measures

[Bulgaria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

According to The Guardian, citing data from the UN and NGOs, during the pandemic, EU countries illegally prevented the entry of at least 40,000 refugees into their territories, which led to the death of more than 2,000 people, ClubZ reports. The British newspaper points out that the member states, backed by Frontex, have repeatedly cracked down on thousands of refugees, including children, in order to protect their external borders, resorting to violence and ill-treatment. Despite declining migrant flows, Italy, Malta, Greece, Croatia and Spain tightened their migration policies in January 2020. Following the introduction of partial or complete closure of borders to stop the spread of Covid-19, these countries recruited private ships to intercept distressed boats and send refugees to detention centres.

The Guardian: More than two thousand people have died because of EU migration measures / The Guardian: Над две хиляди души са загинали заради миграционните мерки на ЕС km-Focus-News.net-BG: "The Guardian: More than two thousand people have died because ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU’s brutal tactic leads to thousands of dead migrants

[Croatia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

The EU’s “migrant deterrence” practice is de iure illegal and de facto ineffective, reports the article published by Jutarnji list. The Guardian made an analysis which concluded that illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic can be linked to the death of over 2,000 people. European countries, supported by the EU’s border agency Frontex, have systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands, using illegal tactics ranging from assault to brutality during detention or transportation. The Guardian’s analysis is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organisations. Therefore, the EU's anti-fraud watchdog, OLAF, has launched an investigation into Frontex over allegations of harassment, misconduct and unlawful operations aimed at stopping asylum seekers from reaching EU shores. The Guardian also reports that Croatia intensified systemic violence and pushbacks of migrants to Bosnia. Similar trends were observed in Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain, they noted.

Thousands dead due to brutal EU tactics / Tisuće mrtvih migranata zbog brutalne taktike EU km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Thousands dead due to brutal EU tactics / Tisuće mrtvih ..." page: 19 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Guardian: EU countries use illegal techniques to repel refugees

[Estonia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

European Union member states have used illegal techniques during the pandemic to repel at least 40,000 asylum seekers at the border and are involved in at least 2,000 deaths, according to The Guardian's study, Postimees.ee reports. There have been thousands of children fleeing the war among the displaced refugees. The means to repel them have ranged from assault and the use of brutality during detention to transportation. The EU's anti-fraud agency, OLAF, has launched an investigation into Frontex's allegations of harassment, ill-treatment and illegal operations by its staff to prevent them from reaching EU borders.

The Guardian: EU countries use illegal techniques to repel refugees / The Guardian: ELi riigid kasutavad ebaseaduslikke võtteid põgenike äratõukamiseks km-Postimees-Online-EE: "The Guardian: EU countries use illegal techniques to repel refugees ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview: Migration agreement remains importnat for EU-Turkish relations

[Germany, MIGRATION]

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

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu points out that six years ago, "Chancellor Merkel spoke her famous words: "We can do it!" That is a fitting motto for what we want to achieve in German-Turkish relations." The topics to be discussed will include trade and foreign policy relations as well as the migration agreement. The "Sofagate" incident arose solely because of internal EU political disputes and rivalry, Minister Çavuşoğlu comments. Despite Turkey's repeated reminders, representatives of the European Commission's protocol department did not travel to Turkey as part of the EU's team. If the European Commission had a male president, the protocol arrangements would have been the same, as the EU side had explicitly requested them to be so, Minister Çavuşoğlu stresses.

Portrait of  Executive Vice-President Vestager / "Wir schaffen das!" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Portrait of Executive Vice-President Vestager / "Wir schaffen das!"..." page: 6 info: by R. Hermann date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Letter by Frontex to VP Schinas and Commissioner Johansson about the harassment of Frontex vessels

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

Several Greek media outlets report on two serious incidents of harassment of Frontex vessels by Turkish Coast Guard vessels in Greek territorial waters on 26 and 27 April. In particular, Turkish patrol boats entered the Greek territorial waters and almost collided with Frontex vessels, according to protothema.gr. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri sent a letter to Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson and informed them about the provocative incidents. Frontex Executive Director Leggeri specifically expressed his concern over the developments in the Eastern Aegean and the safety of the European boats that patrol the Aegean in the framework of the operations to tackle irregular migration. Some media point out that the incidents triggered Brussels’ rage. Greek television station Open mentions that according to European sources, all these incidents show that Frontex does its job well both on the land and sea borders. Open stresses that this fact, along with the strengthening of Frontex, annoys Turkey, according to Brussels. Meanwhile, Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias had a videoconference with Commissioner Johansson. In a post on Twitter, Minister Dendias said that they discussed issues that concerned the external aspect of the refugee-migration issue. Iefimerida.gr mentions that speaking with Skai, Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said that Greece has prevented all Turkey’s efforts to instrumentalise the migration issue in its relations with the EU.

Rage in Brussels regarding Turkey / Οργή στις Βρυξέλλες για Τουρκία km-Alpha-TV-GR: "Rage in Brussels regarding Turkey / Οργή στις Βρυξέλλες για ..." info: ALPHA NEWS KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2021-05-05 18:48:00, 00:02:24, by ANTONIS SROITER date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:48:00 PM CEST

Τουρκικές ακταιωροί παρενόχλησαν σκάφη της Frontex στο Αιγαίο km-capital.gr-GR: "Τουρκικές ακταιωροί παρενόχλησαν σκάφη της Frontex στο Αιγαίο..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dangerous games with Turkish patrol vessels in the Aegean / Επικίνδυνα παιχνίδια με τουρκικές ακταιωρούς στο Αιγαίο km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Dangerous games with Turkish patrol vessels in the Aegean / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Μηταράκης: Η Ελλάδα δεν είναι πλέον όμηρος της Τουρκίας στο μεταναστευτικό km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Μηταράκης: Η Ελλάδα δεν είναι πλέον όμηρος της Τουρκίας στο ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Νέες προκλήσεις στο Αιγαίο: Τουρκικές ακταιωροί παρενόχλησαν σκάφη της Frontex km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Νέες προκλήσεις στο Αιγαίο: Τουρκικές ακταιωροί παρενόχλησαν σκάφη της Frontex..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Αιγαίο: Επικίνδυνοι ελιγμοί από τουρκικές ακταιωρούς κοντά σε σκάφη της Frontex km-in.gr-GR: "Αιγαίο: Επικίνδυνοι ελιγμοί από τουρκικές ακταιωρούς κοντά σε σκάφη της ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Επικίνδυνα «παιχνίδια» τουρκικών ακταιωρών με σκάφη της FRONTEX km-in.gr-GR: "Επικίνδυνα «παιχνίδια» τουρκικών ακταιωρών με σκάφη της FRONTEX..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Frontex: "Turkish provocations" operation / Frontex: Επιχείρηση «τουρκικές προκλήσεις» km-Kathimerini-GR: "Frontex: "Turkish provocations" operation / Frontex: Επιχείρηση «τουρκικές προκλήσεις»..." page: 8 info: by GIANNIS SOULIOTIS date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Turkish patrol boats tried to ram Frontex vessels / Τουρκικές ακταιωροί επιχείρησαν να εμβολίσουν σκάφη της Frontex km-OPENTV-GR: "Turkish patrol boats tried to ram Frontex vessels / Τουρκικές ..." info: KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2021-05-05 19:11:00, 00:04:21, by NIKI LYMPERAKI date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:11:00 PM CEST

Τηλεδιάσκεψη Δένδια με την Ευρωπαία επίτροπο Εσωτερικών Υποθέσεων km-protothema.gr-GR: "Τηλεδιάσκεψη Δένδια με την Ευρωπαία επίτροπο Εσωτερικών Υποθέσεων..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Chios: Harassment of Frontex vessels by Turkish patrol boats / Χίος: Παρενοχλήσεις σκαφών της Frontex από τουρκικές ακταιωρούς km-protothema.gr-GR: "Chios: Harassment of Frontex vessels by Turkish patrol boats / ..." info: by MILTOS SAKELLARIS date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Επιμένουν με προκλήσεις km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Επιμένουν με προκλήσεις..." page: 12,13 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Αιγαίο: Νέα πρόκληση από τουρκικές ακταιωρούς κοντά σε σκάφη της Frontex km-Vima-online-GR: "Αιγαίο: Νέα πρόκληση από τουρκικές ακταιωρούς κοντά σε σκάφη της ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Επικίνδυνα «παιχνίδια» τουρκικών ακταιωρών με σκάφη της FRONTEX km-Vima-online-GR: "Επικίνδυνα «παιχνίδια» τουρκικών ακταιωρών με σκάφη της FRONTEX..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Guardian publication on refugee pushbacks by EU member states

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that according to The Guardian, EU member states have proceeded to illegal operations to prevent at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic with methods that are linked with the death of more than 2,000 people. In one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades, European countries, supported by EU’s border agency Frontex, has systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, using illegal tactics ranging from assault to brutality during detention or transportation, the publication underlines. The Guardian’s analysis is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organisations. The findings come as the European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) has launched an investigation into Frontex over allegations of harassment, misconduct and unlawful operations aimed at stopping asylum seekers from reaching EU shores.

Europe pushes back, the drowned increase / Η Ευρώπη επαναπροωθεί, οι πνιγμένοι αυξάνονται km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Europe pushes back, the drowned increase / Η Ευρώπη επαναπροωθεί, ..." page: 26 info: by VICKI KAPETANOPOULOU date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Refugee issue: The practice of pushbacks murders refugees-2,000 dead in the Mediterranean from the pushbacks: / Προσφυγικό: Η πρακτική των pushback δολοφονεί πρόσφυγες – 2.000 νεκροί στη Μεσογείο από επαναπροωθήσεις km-in.gr-GR: "Refugee issue: The practice of pushbacks murders refugees-2,000 dead in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Frontex spokesperson Borowski: Greek borders are also European borders

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Greek television station Skai reports on two successive incidents of harassment of a Finnish and a Swedish Frontex vessel by Turkish Coast Guard vessels in the Aegean on 26 and 27 April. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri sent a letter to Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson and informed them about the provocative incidents. In exclusive statements with Skai, Frontex spokesperson Chris Borowski said that these incidents were very serious. He underlined that this is the reason why the Frontex Executive Director immediately contacted the Finnish and the Swedish authorities to discuss this. Spokesperson Borowski added that despite these incidents, Frontex remains determined to help Greece protect its borders, which are also European borders.

Interview of Frontex spokesperson Borowski: Greek borders are also European borders / Interview of Frontex spokesperson Borowski: Τα ελληνικά σύνορα είναι και Ευρωπαϊκά σύνορα km-Skai-GR: "Interview of Frontex spokesperson Borowski: Greek borders are also European ..." info: Ta nea toy skai, 2021-05-05 20:18:00, 00:01:48, by SIA KOSIONI date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:18:00 PM CEST

EU pushbacks of 40,000 migrants linked to 2,000 deaths

[Malta, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-MT Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:40:00 AM CEST

Maltatoday.com.mt reports that according to a Guardian newspaper probe, EU member states used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders, resulting in the death of more than 2,000 people. Malta is included among the culprits mentioned in the report along with EU border agency Frontex, Greece, Croatia, Italy and Spain. The Guardian’s analysis is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organisations. The report describes the pushbacks as “one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades.” “European countries, supported by EU’s border agency Frontex, systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands, using illegal tactics ranging from assault to brutality during detention or transportation”.

EU pushbacks of 40,000 migrants linked to 2,000 deaths / EU pushbacks of 40,000 migrants linked to 2,000 deaths km-Maltatoday.com.mt-MT: "EU pushbacks of 40,000 migrants linked to 2,000 deaths / ..." info: by Matthew Vella date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe's retention of migrants at sea would have cost around 2,000 lives

[Netherlands, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:01:00 AM CEST

Volkskrant.nl reports that EU countries’ measures to stop the at least 40,000 migrants at sea and on the European southern border since the start of the pandemic would have claimed the lives of more than 2,000 of them, according to an investigation by British newspaper The Guardian. The investigation also points accusatory to European border control agency Frontex. European fraud watchdog Olaf is already investigating Frontex's involvement in stopping and returning boats carrying migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean. Commissioner Johansson asked Frontex for clarification at the beginning of this year. Figures from UN refugee organsation UNHCR, show that since March 2020, Libya, with Italian help, intercepted some 15,500 asylum seekers at sea and returned them to Tripoli. Hundreds of migrants are reported to have drowned because both Libyan and Italian ships did not come to the rescue. Since the beginning of 2020, Greece is said to have stopped 6,230 asylum seekers at sea and violence was reported to have been used in 89% of the cases, according to NGOs.

EU stopped tens of thousands of migrants since the start of the pandemic / EU hield sinds de pandemie begon tienduizenden migranten tegen. Tweeduizend van hen kwamen om km-Volkskrant-NL: "EU stopped tens of thousands of migrants since the start ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Stopping of migrants at sea by Europe would have costed the lives of some 2000 migrants / Tegenhouden door Europa van migranten op zee zou zo’n tweeduizend levens hebben gekost Tegenhouden door Europa van migranten op zee zou zo’n tweeduize km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Stopping of migrants at sea by Europe would have costed ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Committee of Ministers adopted Action Plan on Migration and Asylum in Europe

[Romania, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that yesterday, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted an Action Plan on Protecting Vulnerable Persons in the Context of Migration and Asylum in Europe for the following five years. The document emphasises the special protection that states need to provide to vulnerable persons throughout the entire period of asylum and migration procedures. The new action plan includes the main challenges and opportunities identified since the previous Action Plan, focusing on children, completed in 2019.

Committee of Ministers adopted Action Plan on Migration and Asylum in Europe / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Committee of Ministers adopted Action Plan on Migration and Asylum ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-05 18:01:00, 00:00:37, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:01:00 PM CEST

REGIONAL_POLICY

Commission approves €84 million for sewerage infrastructure in Marathon

[Greece, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:41:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the Commission approved the financing worth €84 million from the EU’s Cohesion Fund for the construction of a new sewerage facility in Marathon municipality, Attica. According to the Commission, the new project will strengthen the protection of public health from the disposal of untreated, or insufficiently treated, wastewater. According to Commissioner Ferreira, the project will yield environmental and health benefits for the local residents and tourists. It is a tangible example of the support the EU provides for infrastructure that contributes to the compliance with the EU environmental acquis and responds to the Green Deal targets, the Commissioner stressed.

€84 million for sewerage infrastructure in Marathon / 84 εκατ. € για επεξεργασία λυμάτων στον Μαραθώνα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "€84 million for sewerage infrastructure in Marathon / 84 εκατ. ..." page: 24 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή: 84 εκατ. ευρώ για μονάδα επεξεργασίας αστικών λυμάτων στον Μαραθώνα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή: 84 εκατ. ευρώ για μονάδα επεξεργασίας αστικών λυμάτων ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

This year, Romania must complete what has not been done in 14 years in terms of EU funds

[Romania, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Ziarul Financiar daily writes that, according to the specialists from the company EY, what Romania has failed to do in the past 14 years in terms of European funds must be achieved this year, which will be one of the toughest maturity exams for the state and the business environment. Projects’ defining and documentation is a stage that must start right away if it has not been already initiated, in order to allow properly preparing projects, Mihai Drăghici, head of the energy division within EY Romania, has stated. According to EY data, this year, Romania has the chance to access between €20 and 25 billion almost non-refundable European money, through six financing mechanisms, for projects targeting energy transition in particular.

2021, the most difficult exam for Romania's capacity to attract European money: over €20 billion is available for energy transition. Who will attract it? / Anul 2021, cel mai dur examen pentru forţa României de a atrage bani europeni: peste 20 de miliarde de euro sunt... km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "2021, the most difficult exam for Romania's capacity to attract ..." page: 1 info: by Roxana Petrescu date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

RULE_OF_LAW

Christos Stylianides appointed Special Envoy for freedom of religion or belief outside the EU by the European Commission

[Denmark, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

Altinget.dk reports that the European Commission has appointed former European Commissioner Christos Stylianides as Special Envoy for freedom of religion or belief outside the EU. Special Envoy Stylianides's tasks will include deradicalisation work and anti-extremism initiatives outside the EU, and he will report to Vice-President Schinas.

Christos Stylianides appointed Special Envoy for freedom of religion or belief outside the EU by the European Commission / EU-Kommissionen har udpeget cypriot til at fremme religions- og trosfrihed udenfor EU's grænser km-altinget.dk-DK: "Christos Stylianides appointed Special Envoy for freedom of religion or ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU appoints special envoy for freedom of religion

[France, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-FR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

On Wednesday, the European Commission appointed Christos Stylianides as Special Envoy for promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, MediaPart.fr reports. Former Commissioner Christos Stylianides, who will be under Vice-President Schinas’ portfolio, tweetted: "Freedom of religion or belief is under attack in many parts of the world.” This appointment "shows that we are committed to protecting the rights of all faiths and beliefs," he added. “Finally!,” tweeted for his part EPP leader Manfred Weber, while MEP Sophie in’t Veld regretted that the Commission “yielded in front of the religious far-right.” She had already referred the case of the previous Special Envoy Jan Figel to the European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, who called on the European Commission to “clarify” the scope of the position’s mandate last July.

EU appoints special envoy for freedom of religion / L'UE nomme un envoyé spécial pour la liberté de religion km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "EU appoints special envoy for freedom of religion / L'UE ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MEP Deutsch sends letter to Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders, objecting to involvement of DG JUST officer Gábor Magyar in rule-of-law reporting

[Hungary, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

Several Hungarian media outlets report on a letter sent by MEP Tamás Deutsch (NI), leader of the Hungarian ruling parties' delegation, to Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders yesterday over the preparations of the rule-of-law report on Hungary for 2021. All media outlets report that MEP Deutsch finds it problematic that policy officer at the European Commission's DG JUST for fundamental rights and rule of law Gábor Magyar has been appointed to liaise with the delegation preparing the rule-of-law report for 2021. MEP Deutsch worries about how the independence of the Commission's report can be guaranteed with a liaison who is closely related to the Hungarian left, and is in fact a "practicing leftist political activist." Origo.hu, Kossuth Rádió and m1 report that MEP Deutsch demands an explanation as to how to  expect a person who is biased against the Hungarian government to give an unbiased opinion of the rule-of-law situation, and suggests in the letter that the Commission should recall Mr Magyar without delay. A few media outlets mention that Mr Magyar has compiled a list of NGOs that will provide opinions about Hungary in the 2021 report, and is also participating as an expert in the Article 7 procedure against Hungary by providing input to Vice-President Jourová. Magyar Nemzet mentions that the preliminary election to be held by the Hungarian opposition come to its finish right about the time when the Commission's rule-of-law reports are discussed in Brussels, which may influence the general elections in Hungary.

Tamás Deutsch complains in letter to Věra Jourová about son of György Magyar working on rule-of-law report / Deutsch Tamás levélben panaszkodott Vera Jourovának, hogy Magyar György fia is dolgozik a jogállamisági jelentésen km-24.hu-HU: "Tamás Deutsch complains in letter to Věra Jourová about son ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

According to Fidesz, it is feared that the European Commission will prepare a rule-of-law report on Hungary similar to that of 2020, said Tamás Deutsch / A Fidesz szerint félő, hogy az Európai Bizottság a 2020-as jogállamisági jelentéshez hasonló beszámolót fog készíteni Magyarországról, mondta Deutsch Tamás km-HirTV-HU: "According to Fidesz, it is feared that the European Commission ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 19-00 - 2021-05-05 17-00-00 - 2021-05-05 17-30-00, 2021-05-05 17:20:00, 00:00:37, by György-Horváth Zsuzsa date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:20:00 PM CEST

MEP Tamás Deutsch proposes immediate recall of liaison to delegation preparing rule-of-law report on Hungary this year Gábor Magyar   / A Magyarországról szóló idei jogállamisági jelentést előkészítő delegáció kapcsolattartójának, Magyar Gábornak az Európai Bizottság általi azonnali visszahívását szorgalmazza Deutsch Tamás km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "MEP Tamás Deutsch proposes immediate recall of liaison to delegation ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 22-00 - 2021-05-05 20-00-00 - 2021-05-05 20-30-00, 2021-05-05 20:22:00, 00:01:09, by Mátyus Kati date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:22:00 PM CEST

Outrageous / Felháborító km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Outrageous / Felháborító..." page: 1,6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Left-wing activist in EU position / Balos aktivista uniós poszton km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Left-wing activist in EU position / Balos aktivista uniós poszton..." page: 1,3 info: by Szőcs László date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lisaison to the delegation preparing the European Commission's rule-of-law report on Hungary this year should be immediately recalled by the Commission, said MEP Tamás Deutsch / A hazánkkal foglalkozó idei jogállamisági jelentést előkészítő delegáció kapcsolattartóját azonnal vissza kell hívni az Európai Bizottságnak, mondta Deutsch Tamás km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "Lisaison to the delegation preparing the European Commission's rule-of-law report ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 12-00 - 2021-05-05 10-31-00 - 2021-05-05 11-10-00, 2021-05-05 10:41:00, 00:01:11, by Joó Zsanett date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 10:41:00 AM CEST

MEPs for Fidesz party turn to European Commission in letter / A Fidesz európai parlamenti képviselői levéllel fordultak az Európai Bizottsághoz km-origo.hu-HU: "MEPs for Fidesz party turn to European Commission in letter ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

RURAL_DEVELOPMENT

Manuka honey is at the centre of a debate involving the EU

[Belgium, RURAL_DEVELOPMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be reports on manuka honey, the Maori name of the tree it comes from. The product is at the centre of a debate. May it come from another country than New Zealand? A group of bee farmers from the country has launched legal cases in China, the US and the EU to be the only ones having the right to use the term "manuka".

Manuka honey, a bitter fight between Australia and New Zealand / Le miel de manuka, une querelle amère entre Australiens et Néo-Zélandais km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Manuka honey, a bitter fight between Australia and New Zealand ..." info: by AFP date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

Austria opposes EU directive on minimum wages

[Austria, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

A few days before the first European Council meeting in four years that will explicitly focus on questions of social and job market policy, Austria has clearly expressed its opposition to one of the European Commission's main job market policy projects, Die Presse reports. Austrian Labour Minister Martin Kocher said on Tuesday on the European affairs committee of the Austrian National Council that he did not believe the EU to have the legal competences to impose minimum wages via a directive. The European Commission argues that "the proposal does not contain any measures with an immediate impact on remuneration levels".

Austria opposes EU directive on minimum wages / Österreich lehnt EU-Richtlinie über Mindestlöhne ab km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Austria opposes EU directive on minimum wages / Österreich lehnt ..." page: 8 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Contributing article: Marginalisation is fuel for radicalisation

[Austria, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

In a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung, Teresa Reiter of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna demands that the EU member states should invest more in social work for young people. The promise of a social security net and equal access to society which the EU has made part of its mission is out of reach for many people in Europe. Young people who feel rejected by society are at risk of drifting towards radical groups. Investing in social work for young people and ensuring that no one is left behind is therefore a crucial part of the fight against terrorism, according to Ms Reiter.

Contributing article: Marginalisation is fuel for radicalisation / Ausgrenzung ist der Brennstoff für Radikalisierung km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Contributing article: Marginalisation is fuel for radicalisation / Ausgrenzung ist ..." page: 2 info: by Teresa Reiter date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Carte blanche: Higher statutory minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining benefit the economy

[Belgium, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Lesoir.be publishes an op-ed by a multitude of signatories, who believe that the economic recovery should be wage-driven. Higher minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining must be essential elements for a solid, fair, and sustainable recovery. The European Commission published a proposal in October 2020, which aimed at ensuring adequate minimum wages in the EU. The Commission rejected adequate minimum wages and strong collective bargaining not long ago, considering that they represent obstacles to the functioning of free markets, and arguing that they had a negative impact on growth and employment. On the contrary, the signatories explain that adequate minimum wages are essential for economic recovery and can strengthen the economy in a number of ways: extra money in the pockets of low-wage workers leads to increased consumption, which triggers higher investments and thus stimulates aggregate demand, economic growth, productivity, and employment.

Carte blanche: Higher statutory minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining benefit the economy / Carte blanche: des salaires minimums légaux plus élevés et des négociations collectives plus fortes profitent à l'économie km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "Carte blanche: Higher statutory minimum wages and stronger collective bargaining ..." info: by Multiple signatories date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cyprus President to participate in Porto Social Summit on 7-8 May

[Cyprus, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:11:00 AM CEST

President Anastasiades will depart today, Thursday, for Porto, Portugal, to attend the Porto Social Summit hosted by the EU Portuguese Presidency on 7-8 May, several media report. During a working dinner he will inform his counterparts about the results of the 5+1 Informal Meeting on the Cyprus problem that took place in Geneva on 27-29 April.The Porto Summit comprises two parts. On 7 May, the Portuguese Presidency will organise a High-Level conference with the participation of EU leaders and social partners, where participants will reinforce their commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as to discuss European social policy issues, amid a series of challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic. President Anastasiades will make an intervention at a panel on Employment and Jobs.The second part will be the informal EU Heads of State and Government meeting, that will begin with a working dinner on 7 May and will continue on 8 May.

ΣΤΗΝ ΠΟΡΤΟΓΑΛΙΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΣΥΝΟΔΟ ΚΟΡΥΦΗΣ ΤΗΣ EE Ο ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΣΤΗΝ ΠΟΡΤΟΓΑΛΙΑ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΣΥΝΟΔΟ ΚΟΡΥΦΗΣ ΤΗΣ EE Ο ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ..." page: 1,3 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

PRESIDENT HEADS TO PORTUGAL SUMMIT / PRESIDENT HEADS TO PORTUGAL SUMMIT km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "PRESIDENT HEADS TO PORTUGAL SUMMIT / PRESIDENT HEADS TO PORTUGAL ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

President Anastasiades will participate in High-Level Summit in Porto / IM ΣΥΝΟΔΟ KOPΥΦΗΣ ΣΤΟ ΠΟΡΤΟ ΘΑ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΑΣΧΕΙ Ο ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ km-Haravgi-CY: "President Anastasiades will participate in High-Level Summit in Porto / ..." page: 2 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The President of the Republic departs for Portugal / Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας αναχωρεί για την Πορτογαλία km-Philenews.com-CY: "The President of the Republic departs for Portugal / Ο ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΠΡΟΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΣΤΗ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΘΕΣΕΩΝ ΕΡΓΑΣΙΑΣ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΠΡΟΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΣΤΗ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΙΑ ΘΕΣΕΩΝ ΕΡΓΑΣΙΑΣ..." page: 7 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

President of the Republic departs tomorrow for Portugal - Briefs on Geneva / Αναχωρεί αύριο για την Πορτογαλία ο ΠτΔ-Ενημερώνει για όσα έγιναν στη Γενεύη km-sigmalive.com-CY: "President of the Republic departs tomorrow for Portugal - Briefs ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey: During the pandemic children and families are not forgotten

[Germany, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:33:00 AM CEST

In an interview on ZDF, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey explains that the purpose of the catch-up package for children and young people in the amount of €2 billion is to mainly focus on those who have particularly suffered from the crisis. Minister Giffey underlines that during the pandemic children and families were not forgotten and the Federal Government will continue to financially support those in need, especially children in a difficult social situation. With the tutoring and social programme, the CDU/CSU and the SPD want to mitigate the long-term consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

ZDF - 05.05.2021 21:54 - today journal - ITV with Federal Minister for Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) on social care during Covid-19 / ZDF - 05.05.2021 21:54 - heute journal - ITV with Federal Minister for Family Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) on social care during Covid-19 km-ZDF-DE: "ZDF - 05.05.2021 21:54 - today journal - ITV with ..." info: Program, 2021-05-06 00:26:00, 00:06:03, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:26:00 AM CEST

Guest contribution: A social Europe is different from a social union

[Germany, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, President of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) Rainer Dulger argues that Europe must become more sovereign. However, a social Europe is different from a social union. A social Europe accepts the crucial role of business in social progress. A social union naively idealises the possibility of social improvement without an economic basis. The importance of economic stability has become clearer in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic: economic and structural reforms are needed in the EU member states in order to secure stability through higher employment and labour markets with greater flexibility.

Dangerous Social Union / Gefährliche Sozialunion km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Dangerous Social Union / Gefährliche Sozialunion..." page: 20 info: by R. Dulger date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Social Summit in Porto to focus on social issues, Covid-19 and India

[Greece, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the 2nd Social Summit in Porto that will take place on 7-8 May. In an invitation letter to the EU27 leaders, European Council President Michel noted that the meeting will focus on social issues, Covid-19, and prepare the meeting of EU-India leaders. Efimerida Syntakton notes that according to the draft of the “Porto Declaration”, the EU member states’ leaders commit to doing more to eliminate the gender wage, pension and labour gap. The declaration text acknowledges the social aspect of European policy as a fundamental element of recovery from the pandemic. The text notes that the member states’ leaders commit to reduce the inequalities, tackle social exclusion and address poverty.

Invitation letter by Charles Michel to the 27 EU leaders in view of the informal meeting in Porto / Επιστολή πρόσκλησης του Σαρλ Μισέλ στους 27 ηγέτες της ΕΕ ενόψει της άτυπης συνάντησης του Πόρτο km-capital.gr-GR: "Invitation letter by Charles Michel to the 27 EU leaders ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Rhetoric commitments in the “Porto Declaration” / Ρητορικές δεσμεύσεις στη «Διακήρυξη του Πόρτο» km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Rhetoric commitments in the “Porto Declaration” / Ρητορικές δεσμεύσεις στη ..." page: 18 info: by Maria Psara date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ατυπη Σύνοδος των 27 την Παρασκευή στο Πόρτο: Κορωνοϊός, Ινδία, ανάκαμψη και απασχόληση στο τραπέζι  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Ατυπη Σύνοδος των 27 την Παρασκευή στο Πόρτο: Κορωνοϊός, Ινδία, ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Σαρλ Μισέλ: Πρόσκληση στους 27 ηγέτες της ΕΕ ενόψει της άτυπης συνάντησης του Πόρτο km-in.gr-GR: "Σαρλ Μισέλ: Πρόσκληση στους 27 ηγέτες της ΕΕ ενόψει της ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Charles Michel: Invitation to the 27 EU leaders in view of the informal meeting in Porto / Σαρλ Μισέλ: Πρόσκληση στους 27 ηγέτες της ΕΕ ενόψει της άτυπης συνάντησης του Πόρτο km-in.gr-GR: "Charles Michel: Invitation to the 27 EU leaders in view ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ΕΕ: Πρόσκληση Μισέλ στους ηγέτες των «27» για Άτυπη Σύνοδο Κορυφής στο Πόρτο km-protothema.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Πρόσκληση Μισέλ στους ηγέτες των «27» για Άτυπη Σύνοδο ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

«Κοινωνική προστασία» δίπλα στις μεταρρυθμίσεις km-Ta-Nea-GR: "«Κοινωνική προστασία» δίπλα στις μεταρρυθμίσεις..." page: 15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Το κοινωνικό κράτος ως πυλώνας διακυβέρνησης km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Το κοινωνικό κράτος ως πυλώνας διακυβέρνησης..." page: 15 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Social Summit in Porto to start. Michel calls for more attention on social issues

[Italy, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

An article in Il Foglio notes that, on the eve of the Social Summit in Porto, EU Council President Charles Michel said GDP is not the only “compass” the EU should follow to solve the crisis triggered by the pandemic. The EU is more than a merely financial or economic project. The summit is expected to give political impetus to the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights. In a document, 11 member states urged the EU to call on national government to boost collaboration on crucial issues like education, employment and social politics.

Charles Michel talking about Social Summit / Parla Charles Michel km-Foglio-IT: "Charles Michel talking about Social Summit / Parla Charles Michel..." page: 1,5 info: by DAVID CARRETTA date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU discussing common principles for calculating minimum wage

[Latvia, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the European Union leaders will discuss the progress made in creating social security for Europeans in recent years at the Social Summit. One of the most important proposals in this area is the establishment of common principles for setting the minimum wage. The proposal is currently being considered by the European Parliament. However, the common minimum wage is opposed by the Scandinavian countries. Both the European Commission and many MEPs believe that the Swedish and Danish concerns are unfounded, as the new law only sets out general principles and criteria to be followed.

EU discussing common principles for calculating minimum wage / ES spriež par vienotiem minimālās algas aprēķina principiem km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "EU discussing common principles for calculating minimum wage / ES ..." info: Pusdiena, 2021-05-05 13:09:00, 00:03:30, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:09:00 PM CEST

Interview with Commissioner Schmit on the Social Summit in Porto

[Luxembourg, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

RTL TV interviewed Commissioner Schmit on the Social Summit in Porto. A clear message to the citizens and businesses must be sent: the social dimension is more than necessary to make it through the current crisis. One of the targets is to have 15 million less poor people in the European Union. Results concerning a European minimum wage cannot be expected from Porto, adds Commissioner Schmit. He hopes that the will is manifested to go in the right direction, though.

Interview with Commissioner Schmit on the Social Summit in Porto / Interview with Commissioner Schmit on the Social Summit in Porto km-RTL-Tele-Letzebuerg-LU: "Interview with Commissioner Schmit on the Social Summit in Porto ..." info: De journal, 2021-05-05 19:30:00, 00:04:12, by Frank Goetz date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Interviews on the Porto Social Summit

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

In declarations to Rádio Renascença, a couple of MEPs talk about the Social Summit. EPP MEP Lídia Pereira states that it is important to decrease wage gaps between men and women and to decrease homelessness and poverty. S&D MEP Pedro Marques states there is a great need to support European children and improve their living conditions. The S&D MEP further states that the EU must support digital platform workers such as Uber drivers.In an interview with TSF Radio, Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Santos Silva talks about the Social Summit organised by the Portuguese EU Presidency. MFA Santos Silva stated that “the goal of the Social Summit is to put words into action. What the Heads of State will do is to tell the member states and citizens that these goals are to be achieved.” These goals include decreasing the number of citizens living below or on the poverty line and increasing education among EU workers.

MEPs talk about the Social Summit / Eurodeputados falam sobre a Cimeira Social km-Radio-Renascenca-PT: "MEPs talk about the Social Summit / Eurodeputados falam sobre ..." info: Informação, 2021-05-05 12:03:00, 00:02:27, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:03:00 PM CEST

Entrevista com MNE Santos Silva sobre a Cimeira Social / Interview with MFA Santos Silva on the Social Summit km-TSF-Radio-PT-PT: "Entrevista com MNE Santos Silva sobre a Cimeira Social / ..." info: Tsf - noticiario, 2021-05-05 09:05:00, 00:02:39, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:05:00 AM CEST

Social Summit. Costa hopes for "tripartite interinstitutional agreement”

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

During a debate, Portuguese Prime Minister Costa talked about the Porto Social Summit, Observador.pt reports. The Portuguese PM shared his intention to achieve a "tripartite interinstitutional agreement” between the European Commission, Parliament, and the representatives of the European Trade Union Confederation, Business Europe and representatives of the civil society. PM Costa underlined that the Social Summit means “to mobilise the entire society to comply with the action plan” of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Portuguese PM further stated that he is “confident that the Council will strongly endorse the execution of this action plan.”

Social Summit. Costa hopes for "tripartite interinstitutional agreement” / Cimeira Social. Costa espera "acordo interinstitucional tripartido" km-observador.pt-PT: "Social Summit. Costa hopes for "tripartite interinstitutional agreement” / Cimeira ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Council President Michel's invitation letter to the member states

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

In the invitation letter sent to the member states’ leaders, Council President Michel wrote about the goals of the Porto Social Summit, Dinheirovivo.pt reports. The Council President stated that the Porto Declaration foresees an “ambitious vision for a just transition.” According to the letter, the 8 May informal Council meeting will focus on “assuring an inclusive recovery, with education and competencies at the centre. We will focus on creating jobs and improving job quality and in fighting poverty and social exclusion.” Council President Michel wrote that the Council will figure out how to support those whose “education or work” was perturbed by the pandemic.

Social Summit: Porto Declaration sets out ambitious vision for fair transition in the EU / Cimeira Social: Declaração do Porto expõe visão ambiciosa para transição justa na UE km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Social Summit: Porto Declaration sets out ambitious vision for fair ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Interview with Council President Michel on the Porto Social Summit

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Público and other European media, Council President Michel talks about the Porto Social Summit. The Council President claims that social inclusion, and respect and dignity for human life are part of the EU core values. Council President Michel states that the Social Summit was already being prepared before the pandemic, which shows the EU’s commitment to social action. The Council President considers that the EU’s recovery success will be measured through the citizens’ wellbeing and not through GDP. However, Council President Michel rejects the notion of employing binding criteria regarding social policies because of the member states’ divergent opinions on the matter. Regarding a European minimum wage, the Council President states that that is something determined by the member states and the EU will not interfere for now.

‘European compass cannot be GDP, it must be the citizens' wellbeing.’ / A bússola europeia não pode ser o PIB, tem de ser o bem- estar dos cidadãos' km-Publico-PT: "‘European compass cannot be GDP, it must be the citizens' ..." page: 2,3 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Article on the Porto Social Summit

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Público, Luca Visentini writes about the Porto Social Summit. The author considers that there is a great need for more social action in the EU. The author mentions the millions of young workers that have been deprived of basic protection such as minimum wages, paid vacations, or sick leave. The author further states that the EU must protect its children from poverty. Mr Visentini also considers that the EU should support collective negotiations between employers and employees and allow unions to enter in the workplaces and organise workers. The author further states that companies that do not allow this should be excluded from EU funds.

There could be no better place than Portugal for a European Social Summit / Não poderia haver melhor lugar que Portugal para uma cimeira social europeia km-Publico-PT: "There could be no better place than Portugal for a ..." page: 5 info: by Sem Autor date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Article by S&D MEP Pedro Marques on the European Social Summit

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in DN.PT, S&D MEP Pedro Marques writes about the European Social Summit. He says that the European Union is “one of the most extraordinary political achievements” to assure lasting peace and to develop an economic union. However, he considers that the EU failed to respond to “substantial differences” in what regards social affairs. MEP Marques defends that Europe must return to the European social model and follow the European Pillar of Social Rights guidelines. In his opinion, the European Social Summit in Porto will be a good opportunity to promote social cohesion and convergence policies.

Starting from the beginning: Social Europe / Começar pelo princípio: a Europa Social km-dn.pt-PT: "Starting from the beginning: Social Europe / Começar pelo princípio: ..." date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Romanian President Iohannis to participate in Porto Social Summit

[Romania, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

News.ro and Realitatea.net write that Romanian President Iohannis is to participate in the Porto Social Summit, in the Informal European Council and in the EU-India Summit to take place in Portugal on 7-8 May. Porto Social Summit will give political impetus to the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. The event aims to set the social agenda priorities for the next decade, in order to meet the challenges of the green and digital transition. During the Informal European Council, the approached topics will refer to European Union-India relations, with a view to the informal EU-India Summit, as well as to elements related to the management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Klaus Iohannis to participate in European Council informal meeting, in Porto, and in EU-India summit, on 7 and 8 May / Preşedintele Klaus Iohannis participă, pe 7 şi 8 mai, la reuniunea informală a Consiliului European, la Porto, şi la Summitul UE - India km-news.ro-RO: "President Klaus Iohannis to participate in European Council informal meeting, ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Klaus Iohannis goes to Portugal on Europe Day - What the President will discuss in European Council meeting, in EU-India summit / Klaus Iohannis pleacă în Portugalia de Ziua Europei - Ce va discuta președintele la Consiliul European, la Summitul UE-India km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Klaus Iohannis goes to Portugal on Europe Day - What ..." info: by Ioana Stanescu date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Swedish concerns about EU gaining too much power in social affairs, news and opinion

[Sweden, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

Several political parties in Sweden are worried about the EU gaining too much power when it come to social affairs, Aftonbladet.se and Dagens Nyheter report quoting news agency TT. Before the social summit in Porto, four parties expressed concerns about future EU legislation and the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Moderate Party stated that Swedish Prime Minister Löfven is to blame for the EU pursuing a European minimum wage due to his support of the Pillar. In response, Prime Minister Löfven said that the summit in Porto will only feature discussions about the Pillar and how to introduce more social rights in EU and its member states. He added that the Pillar addresses important areas such as women''s rights and improved childcare, but that he also wants the member states to be able to decide on their own initiatives for social improvement.Sweden must take a new direction in EU politics to prevent the European Commission's socio-political ambitions, Swedish MEP Sara Skyttedal (EPP) writes in an op-ed in Svenska Dagbladet. The Commission has presented proposals regarding minimum wages and wage transparency which threaten the Swedish labour market model. The question is how far the Commission is willing to go in these matters, and the Swedish government should push harder to oppose the EU's ambitions.

Concerns in Riksdag over increased EU power / Oro i riksdagen för ökad EU-makt km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Concerns in Riksdag over increased EU power / Oro i ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Concerns in Riksdag over increased EU power / Oro i riksdagen för att EU:s makt ska öka km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Concerns in Riksdag over increased EU power / Oro i ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The mistakes in Gothenburg cannot be repeated in Porto / Misstagen i Göteborg får inte upprepas i Porto km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "The mistakes in Gothenburg cannot be repeated in Porto / ..." page: 6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

German Chancellor Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte to attend social summit remotely

[Sweden, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

German Chancellor Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Rutte will not be able to physically attend the social summit in Porto, Aftonbladet.se reports quoting news agency TT. The summit would have been the first time where all EU heads of state and government met physically in almost six months. However, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Rutte will have to attend the summit remotely due to the Covid-19 situation in their respective countries.

EU meeting without Merkel and Rutte / EU-träff utan Merkel och Rutte km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "EU meeting without Merkel and Rutte / EU-träff utan Merkel ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

TAXATION

US President Biden’s global corporate tax opens up European divides

[Croatia, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Ever since US President Biden unveiled his proposal of a global minimum corporate income tax, old divides have opened up in Europe, Globus writes. While large EU member states, such as Germany and France, approve of President Biden's attempt to regulate the global tax system, this would severely affect smaller member states, such as Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovakia, which have for decades been luring international corporations by promising them tax relief. If Brussels decides to lean towards President Biden’s proposal, it might mean the end of seeking competitiveness in such a manner. Nevertheless, the European Commission's position has been clear ever since 2016, when Executive Vice-President Vestager called on Apple to pay €13 billion in arrears to the Irish Treasury. The Commission then concluded that the tax breaks given to Apple by Ireland present prohibited state subsidies and a violation of fair market competition.

Will the minimum global tax destroy small states or just stop legal fraud channels / Hoće li minimalni globalni porez uništiti male države ili će samo zaustaviti legalne kanale prevare km-Globus-HR: "Will the minimum global tax destroy small states or just ..." page: 48 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Failed proposal to introduce digital services taxation in Croatia

[Croatia, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

The parliamentary majority on Wednesday rejected a bill by MP Katarina Peović of the Workers' Front party proposing the introduction of a tax on digital services, saying that Croatia advocated a global solution rather than unilateral measures, Večernji list report. “The government has from the start advocated a global solution because it believes that unilateral measures cause distortion in the EU market and disrupt competition, which is why it did not launch an initiative to tax digital services,” Finance Ministry State Secretary Zdravko Zrinušić said.

No tax on digital services / Nema poreza na digitalne usluge km-Vecernji-List-HR: "No tax on digital services / Nema poreza na digitalne ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU does not want to comment on the Amazon tax scandal

[Estonia, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:22:00 AM CEST

Amazon did not pay any corporate income tax in Europe last year, several sources report. The European Commission does not want to comment on this. Instead, a spokesman said that the Commission had a very positive and ambitious action plan on taxation. According to the British newspaper The Guardian, the US online store declared sales of €44 billion in Europe in 2020. Amazon denies any violation of the law.

The EU does not want to comment on the Amazon tax scandal / EL ei taha Amazoni maksuskandaali kommenteerida km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "The EU does not want to comment on the Amazon ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-05-06 05:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:40:00 AM CEST

The EU does not want to comment on the Amazon tax scandal / EL ei taha Amazoni maksuskandaali kommenteerida km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The EU does not want to comment on the Amazon ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

World wonders how Amazon enjoys €44bn revenues but pays no tax

[Ireland, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Commenting in The Irish Times, Naomi O'Leary questions how it was possible for Amazon to report record revenues of €43.8 billion as well as a loss of €1.2 billion that meant it did not have to pay tax. She states this is a question also being pondered by regulators, politicians and tax investigators of Amazon's main European unit's 2020 results, which saw the company benefit massively from the shift to online shopping during the Covid-19 pandemic.

World wonders how Amazon enjoys €44bn revenues but pays no tax / World wonders how Amazon enjoys €44bn revenues but pays no tax km-Irish-Times-IE: "World wonders how Amazon enjoys €44bn revenues but pays no ..." page: 7 info: by NAOMI O'LEARY date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Lithuania bans and increases prices of tobacco and alcohol to control its consumption

[Lithuania, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Kauno Diena writes that the Lithuanian Government is taking the path of “bans and increased prices” in terms of alcohol and tobacco control while the Western countries are offering alternatives to their residents. Lithuania is considering legalizing cannabis while its excise duties for tobacco products and alcohol are only getting stricter. The experts believe that if one is offered a less harmful variant of alcohol and tobacco, a person might choose it instead, backing up the Western countries’ strategy. Senior Layer at Glimstedt Agnė Pimpytė says that she has a critical opinion of the current excise duty taxes because there is no united system of them. On paper, politicians can strategize and define goals but there is no well-functioning, practical method that would produce results, she says.

Lithuania bans and increases prices of tobacco and alcohol to control its consumption / Valstybė numojo ranka į alkoholio ir tabako žalos mažinimą km-Kauno-Diena-LT: "Lithuania bans and increases prices of tobacco and alcohol to ..." page: 1,12,13,14 info: by Alfredas Zdramys date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Amazon paid zero corporation tax in Europe last year

[Romania, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

A couple of media, including B1 TV station, report that Amazon paid zero corporation tax in Europe last year, despite seeing record sales amid the Covid-19 pandemic. More than that, the company was also granted other tax advantages worth tens of millions of euros. The tax advantages were offered by Luxembourg, an EU member state known for applying very low taxes. Ziarul Financiar daily writes that the famous Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis has called on the European Commission, in response to the news that Amazon paid zero profit tax in EU, to send a troika to Luxembourg, where the US retail company’s European headquarters is located and to shut down its banks.

Amazon paid zero corporation tax in Europe last year / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Amazon paid zero corporation tax in Europe last year / ..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-05 12:43:00, 00:01:34, by Păşcuţă Ştefan date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:43:00 PM CEST

Tax benefits / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Tax benefits / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-05 09:45:00, 00:01:33, by Moraru Andreea date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:45:00 AM CEST

Famous Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis calls on EU to shut down banks in Luxembourg, a tax haven / Celebrul economist grec Yanis Varoufakis cere UE să închidă băncile din Luxemburg, un paradis fiscal km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Famous Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis calls on EU to shut ..." page: 5 info: by Cojocaru Bogdan date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

TRADE

European Commission proposes legislation to better protect the European economy from foreign competitors

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:57:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report that the European Commission presented draft legislation to better protect the European economy from foreign market-distorting competitors. Grenz Echo writes that it would allow prohibiting takeovers of EU companies by state-subsidised entreprises from third countries, such as China. Such companies could also be excluded from public contracts. Executive Vice-President Vestager states that the European economy's openness should remain a strength, but we must ensure fair competition for all enterprises active in the EU. The member states and the European Parliament will now discuss the proposal. Meanwhile, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis says the EU-China CAI's ratification cannot be seen separately from the broader EU-China relations. De Standaard notes that EVP Vestager says that the unfair competition has to stop. China was not mentioned by name, but the legislation was clearly written with the country in mind. The strategic importance of the involved European company would not even matter, only if the foreign company making the acquisition or participating in a public procurement process receives subsidies or market-disrupting aid on home turf. The Commission wants as much power in this regard as it has in its competition battles against tech giants, for instance. How to make that a practical and legal reality, must still be revealed. La Libre Belgique mentions that EVPs Vestager and Dombrovskis presented the draft legislation together with Commissioner Breton. EVP Vestager states that Europe’s internal market remains open to foreign investments, but that openness requires fairness. All companies active in Europe, no matter where they are from, must respect the house rules.

The end of China's shopping spree? / Aus für Chinas Einkaufstour? km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "The end of China's shopping spree? / Aus für Chinas ..." page: 15 info: by Haase date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The European Commission wants to protect the internal market against unfair foreign competition / La Commission européenne veut protéger le marché intérieur de la concurrence étrangère déloyale km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The European Commission wants to protect the internal market against ..." page: 26 info: by Le Bussy date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Europe targets Chinese state companies / Europa neemt Chinese staatsbedrijven in vizier km-Standaard-BE: "Europe targets Chinese state companies / Europa neemt Chinese staatsbedrijven ..." page: 7 info: by De Greef date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Magnette, Hulot, and Glucksmann are united against the Mercosur free trade deal

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

Two news outlets cover the Mercosur trade deal. According to Le Soir, Spanish and Portuguese Prime Ministers Sánchez and Costa are calling on the European Commission to save the Mercosur trade deal, which is still waiting for approval by the member states and the European Parliament. At the same time, PS president Paul Magnette, MEP Raphael Glucksmann (S&D) and former minister Nicolas Hulot wrote to President von der Leyen to put a stop to the trade agreement. According to a study published in Nature Climate Change, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest “is literally dying, and so are we”. Raising beef for exports would only accelerate the current rate of deforestation. Nieuwsblad.be notes that about forty supermarkets and food companies are threatening to boycott agricultural products from Brazil, out of concern for the deforestation of the Amazon. In an open letter to the Brazilian Parliament, they ask not to approve the proposal to legalise the private occupation of public grounds. In 2020, Brazil exported $25 billion worth of agricultural products to the EU.

European supermarkets threaten to boycott Brazilian agricultural products / Europese supermarkten dreigen met boycot Braziliaanse landbouwproducten km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "European supermarkets threaten to boycott Brazilian agricultural products / Europese ..." info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Magnette, Hulot, and Glucksmann are united against the free trade deal / Magnette, Hulot, Glucksmann : unis contre l’accord de libre-échange km-Soir-BE: "Magnette, Hulot, and Glucksmann are united against the free trade ..." page: 10 info: by Regnier date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU beckons to India now that love with China is cooling down

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

De Standaard looks into the virtual summit between Prime Minister Modi, the 27 EU leaders and Presidents Michel and von der Leyen, which is to take place on Saturday. According to a statement by the EU member states, negotiations are resuming for a balanced, ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement beneficial to both sides: "Our partnership will promote transparent, inclusive, sustainable, comprehensive connectivity based on rules." A European diplomat commented that the EU and its allies have a common interest in providing an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative rather than allowing Chinese investments to dominate. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis commented that he does not intend to invest any more energy in ratifying the latter agreement: "The ratification process cannot be separated from the political context." He believes that the deal is dead as long as the Chinese political sanctions are in place. India might be a potential ally.

The EU beckons to India now that love with China is cooling down / EU lonkt naar India nu liefde met China bekoeld raakt km-Standaard-BE: "The EU beckons to India now that love with China ..." page: 6 info: by Beirlant date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU halts ratification of trade deal with China

[Bulgaria, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BG Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

On Wednesday, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said that the European Commission had stopped the ratification process of the EU-China investment agreement, Politico reports, quoted by several media. "We have … for the moment suspended some efforts to raise political awareness on the part of the Commission because it is clear that in the current situation, with the EU sanctions against China and the Chinese counter-sanctions […] the environment is not conducive to the ratification of the agreement," he explained. Politico notes that the Commission defends the agreement but VP Dombrovskis' remarks are the clearest sign so far that it has succumbed to the deteriorating political climate over the past four months and is backing down despite strong German pressure to ratify the deal.

EC freezes ratification of investment agreement with China / ЕК замрази ратификацията на инвестиционното споразумение с Китай km-clubz.bg-BG: "EC freezes ratification of investment agreement with China / ЕК ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Chinese sanctions against Kyuchyuk and other MEPs halt investment agreement with EU / Китайските санкции срещу Кючюк и други евродепутати спряха инвестиционното споразумение с ЕС km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Chinese sanctions against Kyuchyuk and other MEPs halt investment agreement ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU halts ratification process of trade deal with China / Politico: ЕС е спрял процеса по ратификация на търговската сделка с Китай km-Focus-News.net-BG: "EU halts ratification process of trade deal with China / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ratification of EU investment agreement with China pauses / Ратификацията на инвестиционното споразумение на ЕС с Китай е на пауза km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Ratification of EU investment agreement with China pauses / Ратификацията ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The EU shifts away from China and turns to India

[Croatia, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-HR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

The EU is freezing cooperation with China and is shifting towards trade with India, Jutarnji list writes. This is evident from the European Commission’s announcement that it would temporarily suspend the ratification of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment, and that President von der Leyen and European Council President Michel would hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Modi during Saturday’s virtual summit on the revitalisation of the EU-India free trade agreement. According to Commissioner Vestager, EU officials decided on Tuesday that a further cooling of relations with China was necessary in order to prevent the EU from being subordinated to a country it considers a systemic rival. The decision to suspend the CAI, which was drafted in December after years of negotiations with Beijing, was announced by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis. “We did this in order to raise awareness that the current situation with European sanctions against China and Chinese counter-sanctions against European parties, including those against MEPs, is not helping with the ratification of this agreement,” Executive VP Dombrovskis said.

The EU shifts away from China and turns to India / EU se okreće Indiji, suradnja sa kinom stavlja se na led km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "The EU shifts away from China and turns to India ..." page: 19 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels: ratification of investment agreement with China depends on mutual relations

[Czech Republic, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

Several Czech media focus on the EU suspending ratification of the investment agreement with China. According to the European Commission, the approval of the agreement depends on mutual relations. Brussels reportedly considers the sanctions imposed by Beijing on 27 officials unacceptable. The media add that the EU has already presented a plan to become independent of foreign suppliers, including China, in strategic sectors. Editorialist Adam Černý comments on the matter in Hospodářské noviny daily. According to him, putting the investment agreement on ice fits into the overall transformation of EU’s relations with China. He points to fact that the relations are affected, among other, by China’s policy towards the Uyghurs or the supporters of democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong.

Approval of the China-EU investment agreement depends on mutual relations, according to the EC / Schválení investiční dohody mezi Čínou a EU závisí podle EK na vzájemných vztazích km-CT-1-CZ: "Approval of the China-EU investment agreement depends on mutual relations, ..." info: Události, 2021-05-05 19:38:00, 00:00:40, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:38:00 PM CEST

EU deal with China moved from negotiating table to fridge, policy is changing / Dohoda EU s Čínou se z jednacího stolu přemístila do ledničky, politika se mění km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "EU deal with China moved from negotiating table to fridge, ..." page: 15 info: by Adam Černý date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU deal with China collapses, policy is changing / Dohoda EU s Čínou padla, politika se mění km-iHNed.cz-CZ: "EU deal with China collapses, policy is changing / Dohoda ..." info: by Adam Černý date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU suspends approval of investment agreement with China / EU pozastavila schvalování investiční dohody s Čínou km-Pravo-CZ: "EU suspends approval of investment agreement with China / EU ..." page: 28 info: by (aka) date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

European Union "suspends" Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with Beijing

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:36:00 PM CEST

Le Monde reports that Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis announced on 4 May the suspension of the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment between China and the EU. "In the current situation, with EU sanctions against China and Chinese counter-sanctions, including against members of the European Parliament, the situation is not encouraging to the ratification of the agreement," he told AFP. It was already clear - when the CAI was concluded, four months ago - that its ratification would not be self-evident. "The Parliament was due to vote on freezing the agreement in a couple of weeks. We felt that we would win this vote. The Commission is therefore taking the lead," said MEP Glucksmann in a tweet. The Commission refutes this interpretation, arguing that it is simply a delay.

Angela Merkel calls EU-China deal 'important' despite current 'difficulties' / Angela Merkel juge l'accord UE-Chine «important» malgré les «difficultés» actuelles km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Angela Merkel calls EU-China deal 'important' despite current 'difficulties' / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European Commission slows down negotiations on investment agreement with China / La Commission européenne ralentit les négociations sur l'accord d'investissement avec la Chine km-lesechos.fr-FR: "European Commission slows down negotiations on investment agreement with China ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

European Union "suspends" Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with Beijing / L'Union européenne « suspend » l'accord sur les investissements avec Pékin km-Monde-FR: "European Union "suspends" Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with Beijing / ..." page: 4 info: by Virginie Malingre date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

President Von der Leyen, "the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur must be abandoned altogether” (opinion piece)

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:36:00 PM CEST

In a joint piece in Le Monde, MEP Raphaël Glucksman, former Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot and PS President Paul Magnette warn that the free trade agreement with South America is accelerating the deforestation of the Amazon and call on President Von der Leyen to take action. They quote a recent study in Nature Climate Change which shows that the Amazon - which provides more than 20% of our planet's oxygen - is literally dying. It is urgent to act, they write, “by simply abandoning the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur, which, despite strong public and political opposition, is still on the table.”

President Von der Leyen, "the trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur must be abandoned altogether” / Mme Von der Leyen, « il faut abandonner purement et simplement l'accord commercial entre l'Union européenne et le Mercosur » km-Lemonde.fr-FR: "President Von der Leyen, "the trade agreement between the EU ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU struggles with China agreement

[Germany, TRADE]

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

A couple of media outlets discuss the EU-China trade deal.The EU-China trade agreement should be a success story, but it is now the EU's biggest trade policy concern, Handelsblatt reports. While Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis has admitted that it cannot be ratified currently, the EU is not ready to give up on it. The main threat to the agreement comes from the counter-sanctions imposed by China on several MEPs. The chance that the agreement can come into force depends on how the relationship between Europe and China develops as a whole. EVP Dombrovski's statements were initially interpreted to mean that the European Commission was dropping the deal. He hastened to correct this impression. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, US commentators reacted with relief to the first reports that Brussels was withdrawing from the deal.

EU struggles with China agreement / EU hadert mit China-Abkommen km-Handelsblatt-DE: "EU struggles with China agreement / EU hadert mit China-Abkommen..." page: 17 info: by M. Koch date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Merkel defends agreement / Merkel verteidigt Abkommen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Merkel defends agreement / Merkel verteidigt Abkommen..." page: 6 info: by bfi date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU puts deal with China in the fridge / EU legt Deal mit China in den Kühlschrank km-Tageszeitung-DE: "EU puts deal with China in the fridge / EU ..." page: 8 info: by Eric Bonse ebo date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Commission slows down the investment agreement with China

[Greece, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the Commission is suspending the promotion of the EU-China investment agreement. Ta Nea stresses that the Commission is on a collision course with Beijing as Brussels suspended the investment agreement with China due to the conflict caused regarding the violation of human rights of the Muslim community of Uyghurs. Media highlight that Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis announced that many political contacts with Beijing stop because the ongoing relations with Brussels do not favour the ratification of the investment agreement. The EU has imposed sanctions on China on the issue and Beijing retaliated with its own sanctions, even against some MEPs. EVP Dombrovskis revealed that the climate is not conducive for ratification of the agreement, adding that efforts to ratify the agreement will depend on how the broader EU-China relations will evolve.

The Commission slows down the investment agreement with China / Η Κομισιόν επιβραδύνει την επενδυτική συμφωνία με την Κίνα km-capital.gr-GR: "The Commission slows down the investment agreement with China / ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Κομισιόν: Επιβραδύνει την προώθηση της επενδυτικής συμφωνίας με την Κίνα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Επιβραδύνει την προώθηση της επενδυτικής συμφωνίας με την Κίνα..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ΕΕ-Κίνα: Στις καλένδες η επενδυτική συμφωνία με το Πεκίνο, μετά τις κινεζικές κυρώσεις σε 5 ευρωβουλευτές km-in.gr-GR: "ΕΕ-Κίνα: Στις καλένδες η επενδυτική συμφωνία με το Πεκίνο, μετά ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The EU "froze" the trade agreement with China / Η EE πάγωσε την εμπορική συμφωνία με την Κίνα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "The EU "froze" the trade agreement with China / Η ..." page: 37 info: by GIORGOS KANELLOPOULOS date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

EU: “Freezes” the investment agreement with China / Ε.Ε: «Παγώνει» η επενδυτική συμφωνία με την Κίνα km-Vima-online-GR: "EU: “Freezes” the investment agreement with China / Ε.Ε: «Παγώνει» ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Canada trade deal comes with strings attached

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Commenting in The Irish Times, Jennifer Whitmore writes that the benefits to come from the EU's free trade deal with Canada will be "lopsided" in favour of Canada. She notes that Irish exports to Canada are expected to be 31% higher by 2030, while imports from Canada will increase by 84%. In addition to this she criticises the way in which the deal is being agreed, arguing that the Irish government has "attempted to rush through ratification of this hugely complex deal," which was only stopped because of a public backlash.

Canada trade deal comes with strings attached / Canada trade deal comes with strings attached km-Irish-Times-IE: "Canada trade deal comes with strings attached / Canada trade ..." page: 10 info: by Jennifer Whitmore date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Irish and British governments to meet amid unionist unrest over NI protocol

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that Irish and British government ministers are to meet for a formal summit on Northern Ireland in June, the first of its kind to be held in two years. The decision was made after a meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, following this they released a joint statement saying they "agreed on the need to work together in close partnership to protect and uphold all aspects of the Good Friday agreement in all circumstances."

Irish and British governments to meet amid unionist unrest over NI protocol / Irish and British governments to meet amid unionist unrest over NI protocol km-irishtimes.com-IE: "Irish and British governments to meet amid unionist unrest over ..." info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU suspends efforts on investment agreement with China

[Luxembourg, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-LU Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets in Luxembourg report that the EU is turning away from China.Eric Bonse reports in Tageblatt that the European Commission has made a radical change in its economic policy. It says goodbye to the controversial investment agreement with China and at the same time creates new barriers against state-subsidised companies from the Far East. It also announced a new industrial strategy aimed at reducing dependence on China. The change of course was initiated by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis. Surprisingly, he announced that the investment agreement negotiated with China under the German EU Presidency at the end of 2020 would be put on hold. He explained that mediation efforts have been suspended. Because of the dispute over sanctions, there is currently no prospect of ratification.

Abkommen der EU mit Peking droht zu scheitern km-lessentiel.lu-LU: "Abkommen der EU mit Peking droht zu scheitern..." date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Europe is turning away from Chin / Europa wendet sich von China ab km-Tageblatt-LU: "Europe is turning away from Chin / Europa wendet sich ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

The EU is turning away from China / Die EU wendet sich von China ab km-Tageblatt-LU: "The EU is turning away from China / Die EU ..." page: 9 info: by Eric Bonse date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Brussels puts ratification of investment agreement with China on hold

[Netherlands, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-NL Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:53:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that repression of Uyghurs and subsequent sanctions against MEPs make ratification of the EU-China investment agreement uncertain. After the three largest political groups in the European Parliament had already excluded ratification for the time being, the European Commission is now also stepping on the brakes. "The ratification process cannot be separated from the dynamics in the broader relationship between the EU and China," said Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on Wednesday. He referred specifically to Chinese sanctions against some MEPs and said that closing the deal "depends on how this situation develops." EVP Dombrovskis made his comments around the time of the presentation of a new proposal to end unfair competition in the internal market by Chinese and other foreign companies benefiting from state aid. Brussels has more initiatives planned to restore the balance between European and Chinese companies, the article says.

Brussels puts controversial agreement between China and the EU on hold / Brussel zet omstreden akkoord tussen China en EU in de ijskast km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Brussels puts controversial agreement between China and the EU on ..." page: 1 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Several specialists consider that EU should give up the trade deal with Mercosur

[Romania, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Rfi.ro writes that the European Union must abandon the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement if it wants to save the Amazon Forest and the entire planet, according to several specialists and officials. This idea is also backed by three personalities who made statements in this direction for Le Monde daily. The personalities in question are the MEP Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), the former French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot and Belgian Socialist leader Paul Magnette. Their message is addressed to the public opinion, for information, but also to President von der Leyen, who can make a decision in this direction. The four countries members of the Mercosur group are Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

EU - Mercosur Free Trade Agreement, denounced as a disaster for Amazon forest / Acordul de liber schimb UE – Mercosur denunţat ca un dezastru pentru pădurea amazoniană km-rfi.ro-RO: "EU - Mercosur Free Trade Agreement, denounced as a disaster ..." info: by Matei Visniec date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

EU is suspending plans for a trade deal with China

[Romania, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-RO Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Ziarul Financiar daily writes that the European Union is suspending plans for a trade deal with China, while reviving those for a pact with India, amid a dispute on Chinese human rights abuses. The announcement has been recently made by Commissioner Dombrovskis.

EU turns from China to India on free trade / Comerţ liber: UE îşi întoarce privirile dinspre China către India km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "EU turns from China to India on free trade / ..." page: 10 info: by Apostoiu Catalina date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

TRANSPORT

Transport Minister calls authorities to upgrade data on European Road Safety Charter

[Cyprus, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:06:00 AM CEST

More than 1.25 million people globally lose their lives each year in road accidents, a proportion that corresponds to 3,500 human lives daily, with most victims being young people up to 29 years of age, Cyprus Transport Minister Karousos said yesterday, Sigmalive and press report. In a relevant letter, the Minister calls organised bodies, companies, universities, local authorities, and civil society, to register and update their data in the European Road Safety Charter to help improve public knowledge on the reasons for road accidents and the creation of pre-emptive measures and solutions.

ΠΑΝΩ ΑΠΟ 1,25 ΕΚΑΤ ΔΙΕΘΝΩΣ ΧΑΝΟΥΝ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΤΟΥΣ ΣΕ ΟΔΙΚΕΣ ΣΥΓΚΡΟΥΣΕΙΣ km-Alithia-CY: "ΠΑΝΩ ΑΠΟ 1,25 ΕΚΑΤ ΔΙΕΘΝΩΣ ΧΑΝΟΥΝ ΤΗ ΖΩΗ ΤΟΥΣ ΣΕ ..." page: 8 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Road accidents with 3,500 lives lost daily / ΤΡΟΧΑΙΑ ΜΕ ΑΠΩΛΕΙΕΣ 3.500 ΑΝΘΡΩΠΙΝΕΣ ΖΩΕΣ ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΑ km-Haravgi-CY: "Road accidents with 3,500 lives lost daily / ΤΡΟΧΑΙΑ ΜΕ ..." page: 5 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Transport Minister: More than 1.25 million people internationally lose their lives in accidents / Yπ. Μεταφορών: Πάνω από 1,25 εκ. διεθνώς χάνουν την ζωή τους σε συγκρούσεις km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Transport Minister: More than 1.25 million people internationally lose their ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Deputy Shipping Ministry calls Commission for greater flexibility as regards Cyprus-Greece ferry link

[Cyprus, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

The Deputy Shipping Ministry requested the Commission for more flexibility as regards the plan for the ferry link between Cyprus and Greece, and particularly the frequency of routes, as the year-round connection is unprofitable for companies, Politis reports. Following the low interest demonstrated for transport carriers due to the unprofitability of the ferry link during the winter months, the Ministry is seeking to avert the EU use of the term “regular line” for the ferry link, as well as to ensure a flexibility in the frequency of the routes, particularly during the summer months when there will be a high demand. The Commission is expected to give its reply within 15 days.

Η ΜΠΑΛΑ ΣΤΙΣ ΒΡΥΞΕΛΛΕΣ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Η ΜΠΑΛΑ ΣΤΙΣ ΒΡΥΞΕΛΛΕΣ..." page: 1,6 date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Greek proposal for special EU fund by the EU ETS

[Greece, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Some media report that Greece is a protagonist in the European efforts for gradual independence of shipping from fossil fuels. Greek Shipping Minister Giannis Plakiotakis sent a letter to the Commission in which he proposed a realistic alternative to the EU plan to include shipping in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). He proposed the creation of a special European fund under EU ETS that will ensure the stability of carbon price, a decrease of business uncertainty and limitation of economic and administrative burden for thousands of SMEs that constitute the backbone of the European shipping. Minister Plakiotakis stated that the Greek proposal ensures the achievement of joint EU environmental targets, the financing of required research for the gradual independence of shipping from fossil fuels without risking the sustainability of thousands of SMEs.

Η ελληνική αντιπρόταση στην επέκταση του Συστήματος Εμπορίας Ρύπων στη Ναυτιλία km-capital.gr-GR: "Η ελληνική αντιπρόταση στην επέκταση του Συστήματος Εμπορίας Ρύπων στη ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Plakiotakis’ letter to the Commission: Greece is a pioneer in the efforts for gradual independence of shipping from fossil fuels / Επιστολή Πλακιωτάκη σε Κομισιόν: Η Ελλάδα πρωτοστατεί στις προσπάθειες για τη σταδιακή απεξάρτηση της ναυτιλίας από τα ορυκτά καύσιμα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Plakiotakis’ letter to the Commission: Greece is a pioneer in ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Greek proposal for special EU fund by the EU ETS / Ελληνική πρόταση για ειδικό ευρωταμείο υπό το EU ETS km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Greek proposal for special EU fund by the EU ETS ..." page: 8 info: by LAMPROS KARAGEORGOU date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή - Πλακιωτάκης: Πρόταση για σταδιακή απεξάρτηση της ναυτιλίας από τα ορυκτά καύσιμα km-protothema.gr-GR: "Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή - Πλακιωτάκης: Πρόταση για σταδιακή απεξάρτηση της ναυτιλίας ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

MEPs back new rules for rail transport

[Slovakia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-SK Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:14:00 AM CEST

TV station JOJ reports that the European Parliament has approved new rules for rail transport. Among other things, the new rules aim to protect passengers in the event of delayed trains. Companies will also have to make it easier to transport bicycles and the way of buying train tickets will change. The station points out that the new rules should come into effect in two years’ time.

Changes in rail transport / Změny v železniční dopravě km-Joj-TV-SK: "Changes in rail transport / Změny v železniční dopravě..." info: Noviny, 2021-05-05 20:01:00, 00:02:08, date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:01:00 PM CEST

Construction of second railway track between Divača and Koper launched

[Slovenia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:55:00 AM CEST

Upon signing the contract for the main works on the construction project yesterday, Slovenian Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec said that “the die has been cast, the second [railway track between Divača and Koper] is being built as of today,” STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Večer, Delo and Radio Slovenija 1 report. He said that Slovenia, Europe and their hinterland states, for which the Port of Koper is a strategic port, had been waiting for this event for years and years. According to him, Slovenian logistics can no longer afford to lose in this relentless global economic competition, which often takes place on too wet and too difficult a pitch. A defeat “would have far-reaching negative consequences for the entire Slovenian economy. There have been enough own goals in the past and now it is the time to score in the opponent's net. With this day, we have equalised in this match and I believe we will have a big advantage in 10 years,” Minister Vrtovec said. He added that it was now important to build the track on time, transparently and within the financial structure. According to the timetable, the works on the second track must be completed in 2025, and a year later the track should be handed over for use. The works on the mentioned section will be carried out by the Slovenian company Kolektor CPG in cooperation with the Turkish companies Yapı Merkezi and Özaltin for €403.6 million.

Works as part of the largest infrastructure project in the country symbolically begin / Simbolično stekla dela v sklopu največjega infrastrukturnega projekta v državi km-24ur.com-SI: "Works as part of the largest infrastructure project in the ..." info: by Mirko Vorkapić date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Logistics in a level playing field again / Logistika je spet v enakopravni tekmi km-Delo-SI: "Logistics in a level playing field again / Logistika je ..." page: 8 info: by Boris Šuligoj date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Official start of works on second track between Divača and Koper / Uraden začetek del v okviru drugega tira med Divačo in Koprom km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Official start of works on second track between Divača and ..." info: Dogodki in odmevi, 2021-05-05 15:31:00, 00:05:00, by Tjaša Škamperle date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:31:00 PM CEST

Symbolic start of construction, group of individuals file a request to review the investment’s constitutionality / Simbolični začetek gradnje, skupina posameznikov vložila zahtevo za presojo ustavnosti investicije km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Symbolic start of construction, group of individuals file a request ..." info: by L.Š. date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Vrtovec: The die has been cast, the second track is being built as of today / Vrtovec: Kocka je padla, drugi tir se od danes naprej gradi (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Vrtovec: The die has been cast, the second track is ..." date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The second track is becoming a reality / Drugi tir postaja realnost km-Vecer-SI: "The second track is becoming a reality / Drugi tir ..." page: 6 info: by Srečko Klapš date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

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