AGRICULTURE

EU co-finances CAP measure to ensure quality food at affordable prices

[Cyprus, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 8:04:00 AM CEST

Simerini on Sunday published an informative article on one of the targets of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP): ensuring quality food at accessible prices for all EU consumers. Responding to entrepreneurial uncertainties and the environmental impact of farming, CAP is assuming action with measures to intervene in the market to manage adverse situations such as the abrupt fall in demand due to health risks or fall in prices due to temporary surplus supply in the market. The measures aim to stabilise agricultural markets, avert crises, enhance demand, and offer aid to EU agricultural sectors for better adjustment to market changes. The main aim of the measures is to ensure quality food at affordable prices for consumers, while also protecting farmers, and are implemented via a Public Intervention; Storing products by the private sector; emergency measures in times of crisis; aid regimes per sector; as well as monitoring the market.It is noted that this measure to inform about CAP is co-financed by the EU.

Ensuring quality food in accessible prices for all EU consumers / Εξασφάλιση ποιοτικών τροφίμων σε προσιτές τιμές για όλους τους καταναλωτές της ΕΕ km-Simerini-CY: "Ensuring quality food in accessible prices for all EU consumers ..." page: 20 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EU measures to support the agricultural sector due to the pandemic

[Greece, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that in the coming days, European measures supporting the agricultural industry are expected to be put on hold, as producers are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Commission will examine the proposals tabled by member states for the producers. The Greek side and Greek Rural Development Minister Makis Voridis have proposed solutions for the simplification or deviation from specific processes. He focused on the amendment of the Rural Development Programme, and on asking for flexibility in the implementation of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) measures. Eleftheros Typos mentions that the Commission gave to farmers a one-month extension to submit applications for rural development direct aid.

Στήριξη της αγροτικής παραγωγής ζητάει ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ km-Avghi-GR: "Στήριξη της αγροτικής παραγωγής ζητάει ο ΣΥΡΙΖΑ..." page: 14 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πρέπει να ξέρετε km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Πρέπει να ξέρετε..." page: 39 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Στο πλευρό των αγροτών km-Real-News-GR: "Στο πλευρό των αγροτών..." page: 15 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

We must keep our farmers healthy and working

[Ireland, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:05:00 AM CEST

Commenting in The Irish Examiner, ICMSA President Pat McCormack writes that we have to accept measures at EU level will be required to allow farmers and processors to adjust to the current market uncertainties. He adds that ICMSA welcomes the Croatian EU Presidency proposal for a joint approach by Agriculture Council Ministers on continuing the delivery of high quality products; it would be important that Ireland supports such an initiative and that these kind of specific measures are introduced without delay to ensure stability in the Agri-food sector.

We must keep our farmers healthy and working / We must keep our farmers healthy and working km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "We must keep our farmers healthy and working / We ..." page: 15 info: by Unattributed date: Monday, March 30, 2020

ANTI-FRAUD

Czech Regional Development Ministry calls on European Commission to extend deadline for response to audit on PM’s conflict of interest

[Czech Republic, ANTI-FRAUD]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:36:00 AM CEST

Dailies Právo and Hospodářské noviny, website echo24.cz and TV station ČT1 report that the Czech Regional Development Ministry applied to the European Commission to extend the deadline for the response to the Commission’s final audit report on Prime Minister Babiš’s conflict of interest. The reason behind that is the coronavirus crisis. Spokesman of the Ministry Vilém Frček said the authorities concerned continue working on the response despite the epidemic.

Ministry asks European Commission to give more time to reply to final audit report / Ministerstvo požádalo EK, aby poskytla více času na odpověď k závěrečné auditní zprávě km-CT-1-CZ: "Ministry asks European Commission to give more time to reply ..." info: Události, 2020-03-29 20:47:00, 00:00:23, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:47:00 PM CEST

Minister wants to postpone response to PM Babiš audit: We are late because of coronavirus / Ministryně chce odložit odpověď na audit o Babišovi: Kvůli koronaviru nestíháme km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Minister wants to postpone response to PM Babiš audit: We ..." info: by Echo24 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Regional Development Ministry asked for postponement of "Babiš's conflict" / MMR požádalo o odklad řešení „Babišova střetu“ km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Regional Development Ministry asked for postponement of "Babiš's conflict" / ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Regional Development Ministry calls for postponement of response to PM Babiš's conflict of interest / MMR žádá odklad odpovědi ke střetu zájmů Babiše km-Pravo-CZ: "Regional Development Ministry calls for postponement of response to PM ..." page: 4 info: by (čtk) date: Monday, March 30, 2020

OLAF: Mammoet is guilty of bribery

[Netherlands, ANTI-FRAUD]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

The EU’s anti-fraud agency OLAF has found "strong indications" of bribery by Dutch company Mammoet during a project in Mauritania, Het Financieele Dagblad reports. OLAF has advised the European Commission to reverse €3 million subsidies that have been paid to the company as this has been used as bribe money.

€3 million / €3 mln km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "€3 million / €3 mln..." page: 2 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Strong indications of corruption by Mammoet" / ‘Sterke aanwijzing voor corruptie bij Mammoet’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: ""Strong indications of corruption by Mammoet" / ‘Sterke aanwijzing voor ..." page: 8 info: by Pieter Lalkens date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Corruption - Fraud watchdog: transport company Mammoet committed fraud during job in Mauritania  / Corruptie Fraudewaakhond: transportbedrijf Mammoet fraudeerde bij klus in Mauritanië km-NRC-Next-NL: "Corruption - Fraud watchdog: transport company Mammoet committed fraud during ..." page: 8 info: by Carola Houtekamer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

BUDGET

President von der Leyen wants to change the financial framework

[Austria, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

The European Commission intends to propose changes to the European Union's next planned seven-year budgetary framework in order to deal with the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis, ORF reports. President von der Leyen has just announced the following: "This will include an economic stimulus package that will ensure the cohesion of the Union through solidarity and responsibility. Ms von der Leyen explained further that in the short term, efforts are being made to flexibly use the remaining funds from the current budget. This will bring about immediate relief.

Von der Leyen will Änderungen am EU-Haushaltsplan km-orf.at-AT: "Von der Leyen will Änderungen am EU-Haushaltsplan..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

ZIB 9 km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB 9..." info: 2020-03-29 09:00:00, 09:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:00:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen and the EU budget in times of corona

[Belgium, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources mention the new corona-coloured Multiannual Financial Framework proposal. La Première's 1 PM news reports that President von der Leyen has presented a European budget as a solidarity tool. Before the coronavirus crisis, the 27 EU member states were discussing the budget for the next seven years, for instance by how much should each member state's contribution increase. President von der Leyen says the new MFF proposal will take corona into consideration. She explains that the new proposal does not exclude anything possible within the Treaties. She wants this recovery plan to safeguard cohesion in the Union through responsibility and solidarity.

European Commission to present new MFF proposal with corona aspects / La Commission européenne va proposer un nouveau projet de budget pluriannuel pour riposter au coronavirus km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "European Commission to present new MFF proposal with corona aspects ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The European Commission President presented a European Budget / La présidente de la Commission a présenté le budget européen km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "The European Commission President presented a European Budget / La ..." info: Journal Parlé 13h00, 2020-03-29 00:00:00, 00:01:14, by Baele date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

European Commission looks at economic consequences / La Commission européenne se penche sur les conséquences économiques km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "European Commission looks at economic consequences / La Commission européenne ..." info: Journal Parlé 12h00, 2020-03-29 00:00:00, 00:00:37, by De La Seigle date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

The European Commission will propose a new budget / La Commission européenne va proposer un nouveau budget km-RTL-TVI-BE: "The European Commission will propose a new budget / La ..." info: RTL Info 13h00, 2020-03-29 00:00:00, 00:00:19, by Schoonejans date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Commission tables amendments to MFF to guarantee recovery from coronavirus crisis

[Bulgaria, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

In order to guarantee the recovery of EU from the coronavirus, the Europen Commission has tabled amendments to its Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 proposal, President von der Leyen announced Saturday at a mini plenary session of European Parliament in Brussels, ClubZ reports. “This will include a stimulus package that will ensure that cohesion within the Union is maintained through solidarity and responsibility,” she said. President von der Leyen did not exclude any options within the limits of the Treaty on European Union. At their video conference on Thursday, EU leaders failed to agree on the economic reaction to the crisis with COVID-19 and assigned the Eurogroup the task to come up with a proposal in two weeks. “The Commission will participate in these discussions and stands ready to assist, if supported by the Eurogroup. This is required since the fiscal space for new instruments is limited as we are in the last year of the MFF,” she added.

Европейската комисия ще предложи нов проект на многогодишен бюджет на Европейския съюз km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "Европейската комисия ще предложи нов проект на многогодишен бюджет на ..." info: 2020-03-29 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM CEST

Commission preparing new MFF / Еврокомисията готви нов бюджет на ЕС km-clubz.bg-BG: "Commission preparing new MFF / Еврокомисията готви нов бюджет на ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The European Commission is changing the budget plan because of the corona crisis

[Estonia, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

The European Commission intends to propose changes to the EU's next seven-year budget plan, said President von der Leyen, Err.ee reports. "To secure recovery, the Commission is proposing to revise the draft Budget Framework (MFF) 2021-2027," Ms von der Leyen said on Saturday night. The changes, she said, would include a stimulus package to ensure the unity of the EU through solidarity and responsibility. Ms von der Leyen also said on Saturday that the European Commission intends to participate in Eurogroup discussions on the impact of the coronary pandemic on the economy and will work in parallel to allow full flexibility for current EU funds such as the Structural Funds.

The European Commission is changing the budget plan because of the corona crisis / Euroopa Komisjon muudab koroonakriisi tõttu eelarvekava km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The European Commission is changing the budget plan because of ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The next EU budget will be reviewed

[France, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen announced on Saturday that the European Commission was going to modify its proposal regarding the EU's 2021 - 2027  budget. This, in order to "deal with the consequences of the coronavirus crisis", Le Figaro reports. The new proposal will incorporate "a recovery plan that will ensure the maintenance of cohesion within the EU through solidarity and responsibility". The Commission is "currently working on a complete flexibilisation of the existing funds - such as the structural funds". Ms Leyen said she was ready to help the Eurogroup, which has ten days to make proposals on economic and financial support to member states. On the hot topic of "coronabonds", Ms von der Leyen said this weekend that "the biggest issue is responsibility, the word coronabond being "only a slogan".

The European Union challenges solidarity / L'Union européenne au défi de la solidarité km-Croix-FR: "The European Union challenges solidarity / L'Union européenne au défi ..." page: 9 info: by Marie Dancer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The next EU budget will be reviewed / Le prochain budget de l'UE va être revu km-Figaro-FR: "The next EU budget will be reviewed / Le prochain ..." page: 27 info: by Anne Rovan date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (1/4) / "L'Union européenne a besoin d'un budget commun", Thomas Picketty (1/4) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: ""The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (1/4) ..." info: Le telephone sonne, 2020-03-29 19:19:00, 00:04:58, by Alexandra Bensaid date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:19:00 PM CEST

"The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (2/4) / "L'Union européenne a besoin d'un budget commun", Thomas Picketty (2/4) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: ""The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (2/4) ..." info: Le telephone sonne, 2020-03-29 19:29:00, 00:01:37, by Alexandra Bensaid date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:29:00 PM CEST

"The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (3/4) / "L'Union européenne a besoin d'un budget commun", Thomas Picketty (3/4) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: ""The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (3/4) ..." info: Le telephone sonne, 2020-03-29 19:15:00, 00:03:16, by Alexandra Bensaid date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:15:00 PM CEST

"The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (4/4) / "L'Union européenne a besoin d'un budget commun", Thomas Picketty (4/4) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: ""The European Union needs a common budget", Thomas Picketty (4/4) ..." info: Le telephone sonne, 2020-03-29 19:24:00, 00:05:46, by Alexandra Bensaid date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:24:00 PM CEST

Brussels to propose new multi-year budget to respond to coronavirus / Bruxelles va proposer un nouveau projet de budget pluriannuel pour riposter au coronavirus km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Brussels to propose new multi-year budget to respond to coronavirus ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European Commission makes new proposal for the EU's budget due to the coronavirus crisis

[Germany, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 5:54:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report on the European Commission's new proposal for the 2021-2027 EU Multiannual Financial Framework.In an article in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Björn Finke points out that the European Commission is expected to present a new proposal for the EU's budget due to the coronavirus crisis. President von der Leyen has explained that the revised draft will include a stimulus package which will ensure that cohesion within the EU is maintained through solidarity and responsibility. Ms von der Leyen has also increased the pressure on financially strong EU member states to provide more support to weaker countries. However, EU member states such as Germany and the Netherlands, do not want to be liable for those with less budgetary discipline.The European Commission's new draft budget for the years from 2021 to 2027 is an invitation to show more solidarity, Mr Finke notes in a commentary in the same newspaper. The revised proposal contains an economic stimulus package against the consequences of the corona pandemic. However, first of all, the EU member states have to agree. So far, net contributors such as Germany and the Netherlands have been pushing for austerity and oppose the issuing of common European bonds to fight the pandemic. States like Italy, therefore, accuse them of a lack of solidarity. Berlin could easily counter this criticism as it would only have to clear the way for a generous EU budget with lots of corona aid, Mr Finke insists.

Adidas v. Federal Government / Adidas gegen Bundesregierung km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Adidas v. Federal Government / Adidas gegen Bundesregierung..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The European Commission wants money / Die Kommission will Geld km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "The European Commission wants money / Die Kommission will Geld..." page: 4 info: by bjorn finke date: Monday, March 30, 2020

President von der Leyen suggests corona budget / Von der Leyen schlägt Corona-Haushalt vor km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "President von der Leyen suggests corona budget / Von der ..." page: 1 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

New proposal by the Commission for the 2021-2027 MFF because of the coronavirus

[Greece, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the Commission will table a new proposal for the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) in order to include in the expenditure the European action plan for the economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis. According to an announcement, the Commission will table a new MFF proposal in order to guarantee the cohesion and solidarity among the member states. This decision comes following the European Council meeting last Thursday. According to the conclusions, the strategy must be prepared for the return to smooth functioning of finances and sustainable growth, in which the priorities agreed before the coronavirus crisis must be incorporated, namely the European Green Deal and digital transformation. The leaders called on the Commission and European Council Presidents to start working on a roadmap, accompanied by an action plan.

Κομισιόν: Θα εισηγηθεί νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο για την αντιμετώπιση της πανδημίας km-capital.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Θα εισηγηθεί νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο για την αντιμετώπιση ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Το... τρισ. εξαμαρτείν του Βερολίνου km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Το... τρισ. εξαμαρτείν του Βερολίνου..." page: 22 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Eyewash for the Europeans / Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Eyewash for the Europeans / Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων..." page: 15 info: by KOSTAS MOSCHONAS date: Monday, March 30, 2020

They are planning a new “map” of European course / Σχεδιάζουν νέο «χάρτη» της ευρωπαϊκής πορείας km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "They are planning a new “map” of European course / ..." page: 16 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Νέο ευρωπαϊκό προϋπολογισμό θα εισηγηθεί η Κομισιόν km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Νέο ευρωπαϊκό προϋπολογισμό θα εισηγηθεί η Κομισιόν..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κορωνοϊός: Η Κομισόν θα προτείνει νέο πολυετές δημοσιονομικό πλαίσιο για την πανδημία km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός: Η Κομισόν θα προτείνει νέο πολυετές δημοσιονομικό πλαίσιο για ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κοροναϊός : H Κομισιόν θα προτείνει νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο για την πανδημία km-in.gr-GR: "Κοροναϊός : H Κομισιόν θα προτείνει νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

New proposal by the Commission for the 2021-2027 MFF because of the coronavirus / Νέα πρόταση από την Κομισιόν για το ΠΔΠ 2021-27 λόγω κορονοϊού km-Naftemporiki-GR: "New proposal by the Commission for the 2021-2027 MFF because ..." page: 6 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Κορωνοϊός – Κομισιόν: Νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο για την πανδημία km-Vima-online-GR: "Κορωνοϊός – Κομισιόν: Νέο Πολυετές Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο για την πανδημία..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

President von der Leyen to present a new proposal for the EU budget

[Luxembourg, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-LU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Tageblatt reports that President von der Leyen wants to present a new proposal for the next multi-annual budget of the European Union in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday she said that the European Commission would propose changes to the budget plan, aiming to deal with the consequences of the crisis. Part of the initiative would be an economic stimulus package to ensure cohesion within the Union through solidarity and responsibility.

New proposal for EU budget / Neuer Vorschlag für EU-Haushalt km-Tageblatt-LU: "New proposal for EU budget / Neuer Vorschlag für EU-Haushalt..." page: 5 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Changes to new EU budget resulting from the coronavirus pandemic

[Poland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:54:00 AM CEST

PR3 radio station reports that the European Commission announced changes to the EU budget resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, President von der Leyen said that the adjustments would allow facing the consequences of the current crisis. They would include a package for the economic reconstruction. President von der Leyen believes that the new EU budget should be adopted as soon as possible. No developments concerning the budget have been made since the failed negotiations at the EU summit in February.

Changes to new EU budget resulting from coronavirus pandemic / Aktualności Radiowej Jedynki km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "Changes to new EU budget resulting from coronavirus pandemic / ..." info: Aktualności Radiowej Jedynki, 2020-03-29 18:03:00, 00:01:10, by Beata Płomecka date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:03:00 PM CEST

The Commission will review the EU budget to finance the fight against Covid-19

[Portugal, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Two Portuguese media outets report on the Commission's decision to review the EU budget to finance the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.The Commission will present a revision of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 to create a margin for the promotion of a stimulus package to boost the European economy, Público reports. This package aims at increasing the “European Union’s cohesion through solidarity and responsibility,” according to Commission President von der Leyen. The Commission will propose “alterations to the community budget proposal that will allow us to solve some of the consequences of the coronavirus crisis,” a statement reads. The mutualisation of European debt has been a widely discussed subject and, in an interview to German news agency DPA, President von der Leyen said that the coronabonds are not part of the Commission’s plans due to the “legal limits” of joint debt emission and to the “justified reservations” of some countries.Dinheirovivo.pt writes that the Commission will participate in debates with the European Council and the Eurogroup on the revision of the MFF. The Commission is ready to provide assistance if needed. Commission President von der Leyen stated that this revision is a necessary measure, as the budgetary room of manoeuvre for new financial instruments is limited, due to the fact that 2020 is the final year of the current MFF.

European Commission will revise EU budget proposal / Comissão Europeia vai rever proposta de orçamento da UE km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "European Commission will revise EU budget proposal / Comissão Europeia ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Von der Leyen describes "coronabonds" as a mere "slogan," but does not exclude any option / Von der Leyen descreve "coronabonds" como mero slogan", mas não exclui nenhuma opção km-Publico-PT: "Von der Leyen describes "coronabonds" as a mere "slogan," but ..." page: 11 info: by Rita Siza date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Commission to propose MFF changes to deal with the coronavirus crisis

[Romania, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

Hotnews.ro writes that the European Commission would come up with a new EU budget proposal to deal with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, President von der Leyen said on Saturday. “To ensure recovery the Commission will propose changes in the Multiannual Financial Framework proposal that will allow addressing the fallout of the coronavirus crisis,” she said in a press release. President von der Leyen added that the proposal would include a stimulus package “to ensure that cohesion within the Union is maintained through solidarity and responsibility.”

European Commission will propose a new multiannual budget project to tackle the coronavirus crisis / Comisia Europeană va propune un nou proiect de buget multianual pentru a face față crizei coronavirus km-HotNews.ro-RO: "European Commission will propose a new multiannual budget project to ..." info: by DG HotNews.ro date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

CLIMATE_ACTION

Commentary: The EU's taxonomy of sustainable investments may open the way for greenwashing

[Denmark, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Mandag Morgen has provided analysis on the EU’s taxonomy of sustainable investments: In an analysis, Mandag Morgen’s Simon Friis Date argues that the EU’s new taxonomy of sustainable investments may open the way for greenwashing, arguing that even fossil fuels can be regarded as green with the framework. Mr Date writes in a second analysis that the taxonomy could become a revolutionary instrument or a framework in which dubious investments are approved. It will take political courage if the taxonomy is to be used in the ideal way, according to Mr Date

Med EU's nye grønne stempel kan selv fossil gas kaldes en bæredygtig investering km-Mandag-Morgen-DK: "Med EU's nye grønne stempel kan selv fossil gas kaldes ..." page: 8 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Kun politisk mod i coronaklassen kan forhindre grønvask km-Mandag-Morgen-DK: "Kun politisk mod i coronaklassen kan forhindre grønvask..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Sõerd: Huge investment in the oil industry does not meet EU climate targets

[Estonia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

Aivar Sõerd, a member of the Finance Committee and former Minister of Finance, criticises the targeting of €125 million for the construction of a new oil plant because it is not only a highly risky venture but is also circumventing the European Union's climate goals, Postimees.ee reports. "Making a huge investment in the oil industry with taxpayers 'money is incomprehensible. Taxpayers' money is used to take an extraordinarily high risk in an area that is not in line with the European Union's climate goals," writes Mr Sõerd on social media. "The question is also whether Eesti Energia really has the capacity to finance the investments itself? Second, the allocation of €125 million to Eesti Energia is in no way consistent with the urgent measures to mitigate the effects of the crisis," Mr Sõerd notes.

Sõerd: Huge investment in the oil industry does not meet EU climate targets / Õlitehase kriitikud ei mõista valitsuse rahaeraldist km-Aripaev-EE: "Sõerd: Huge investment in the oil industry does not meet ..." page: 1 info: by Kristjan Pruul date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Sõerd: Huge investment in the oil industry does not meet EU climate targets / Sõerd: hiigelinvesteering õlitööstusesse ei järgi EL-i kliimaeesmärke km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Sõerd: Huge investment in the oil industry does not meet ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Green Deal could help after the coronavirus crisis

[France, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

MediaPart.fr reports that for some green activists, the coronavirus is a unique opportunity to completely rethink the system. The Green Deal, the key measure of President von der Leyen’s European Commission, could be used for such purpose, they note. But some European leaders such as Czech Prime Minister Babiš are not making the connection between the Green Deal and the coronavirus. Discussions on the Green Deal have been postponed. In any case, activists are also thinking about the 2008 crisis precedent. A directive planning for the separation of commercial and investment banking, prepared by Head of Task Force for Relations with the UK Michel Barnier, was for instance  buried in 2017.In his Le Monde column, Stéphane Foucart recalls that ECB President Christine Lagarde is already talking about the possibility that the Bank could buy members states’ debts directly, without going through financial markets. For some observers, the coronavirus crisis could be an opportunity for central banks to become political institutions again. Public investment banks could focus more on green activities and better connect with the ECB, he notes. Last, he calls for creating money without debt in order to invest in green activities. While inflation can be dangerous, it will not be more dangerous than the destruction of life, he concludes.

More than ever, it is urgent to rethink the system / L’urgence, plus que jamais, de repenser le système km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "More than ever, it is urgent to rethink the system ..." info: by Amélie Poinssot date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

In France too, confinement has a positive impact on air pollution / En France aussi, le confinement a un impact positif sur la pollution de l'air km-Tribune-FR: "In France too, confinement has a positive impact on air ..." page: 47,48,49 info: by Giulietta Gamberini date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: "Favor a new awareness in the fight against climate change" / Coronavirus : "Créer un déclic pour la lutte contre le changement climatique" km-Tribune-FR: "Coronavirus: "Favor a new awareness in the fight against climate ..." page: 12,13,14 info: by Jerome Marin date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus puts pressure on European CO2 targets

[France, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

Some European car manufacturers, hit by the coronavirus crisis, are beginning to consider postponing the achievement of European CO2 targets, Les Echos reports. The European Automobile Manufacturer's Association explains that a position on the subject "is not yet defined" and that "for the time being, we are focused on assessing the impact of the crisis and defining the next steps". Binding targets in this area are expected to come into force this year. This should cost manufacturers several billion of euros. Manufacturers were counting on the deployment of their ranges of electric or hybrid cars to reach the target. A request for a moratorium is also likely to provoke an outcry from environmentalists. According to Professor Bernard Julien, "it will be politically easier to ask for market support measures such as bonuses or signing bonuses".

Coronavirus puts pressure on European CO2 targets / Le coronavirus met la pression sur les objectifs CO² européens km-Echos-FR: "Coronavirus puts pressure on European CO2 targets / Le coronavirus ..." page: 19 info: by Anne Feitz date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Air quality up and carbon emissions down due to impact of Covid-19

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:07:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that data from the European Space Agency has shown that there has been an astonishing fall in air pollution in the most heavily populated parts of the planet. Over the past six weeks, readings from the agency show nitrogen dioxide levels over cities and industrial clusters in Asia and Europe were markedly lower compared to 2019, resulting in less air pollution as industry is scaled down, streets see less traffic, and aircrafts are grounded.

Air quality up and carbon emissions down due to impact of Covid-19 / Air quality up and carbon emissions down due to impact of Covid-19 km-Irish-Times-IE: "Air quality up and carbon emissions down due to impact ..." page: 8 info: by Kevin O'Sullivan date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Global leaders prioritise anti-crisis measures, abandoning climate goals (Opinion)

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:54:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily alarms that the worldwide strategies for combating the coronavirus crisis are hardly oriented to the economies’ green transition. Despite respective appeals by the United Nations, International Energy Agency and other organisations, the governments’ climate commitments are generally being postponed in the face of an economic disaster. For example, China is planning to soften the ecological standards for cars. Even the European Union, where 2020 was supposed to be a year of tightening the climate goals, has been signalling the possibility of resigning such plans. It results from a shortage of money. The final decisions on the issue will largely depend on the agenda of the EU’s summit planned for June. According to original plans, the climate neutrality issue was to be discussed at the event. For example, Brussels planned to impose a new tax on the aircraft fuel, to limit the air traffic, along with the Green Deal policy. However, the plan may be abandoned in the context of the industry’s problems resulting from the pandemic. The Polish government also plans to support domestic companies, to protect the economy from a slump. Consequently, the EU’s climate priorities may be abandoned for a few months.

The ones that fight against crisis forget about ecology / Walczący z kryzysem nie pamiętają o klimacie km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "The ones that fight against crisis forget about ecology / ..." page: 13 info: by Marceli Sommer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Circular economy in Europe

[Slovakia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:47:00 AM CEST

Daily Pravda reports on the new action plan of the European Union regarding circular economy. The article highlights that it is one of the main pillars of the so-called European Green Deal and the goal for a climate-neutral continent by 2050. Pravda notes that the area of waste management is something where Europe could do better. Every year, 2.5 billion tonnes of waste are produced in the EU. However, in 2020, 50% of this waste should be recycled. According to Brussels, circular economy could be a solution as it uses waste as a source. Currently, the economy is rather linear and only 12% of materials are returned to circulation.

Brussels wants circulatory economy. Will the amount of waste be reduced? / Brusel chce obehovú ekonomiku. Zníži sa množstvo odpadu? km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Brussels wants circulatory economy. Will the amount of waste be ..." page: 8 info: by Eva Frantová date: Monday, March 30, 2020

COMMUNICATION

Commissioner Gabriel says cultural offers should be available online

[Denmark, COMMUNICATION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

According to B.T, Commissioner Gabriel thinks that cultural offers should be online in order for the EU citizens to be able to still get a cultural input in their lives during the coronavirus crisis. Consequently, the European Commission has launched the concept #CreativeEuropeAtHome, which should bring cultural offers to European citizens.

Commissioner Gabriel says cultural offers should be available online / Kulturen holdes i live online km-BT-Dk-DK: "Commissioner Gabriel says cultural offers should be available online / ..." page: 4 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

COMPETITION

Brodosplit CEO Tomislav Debeljak : "We lose around HRK3 million with each day of stoppage"

[Croatia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:54:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Slobodna Dalmacija, Brodosplit CEO Tomislav Debeljak spoke about the effect the new coronavirus has on the shipyard sector. “The global economy has not stopped, although some sectors have slowed down,” CEO Debeljak said, adding that Croatia has to be ready for economic revival once the battle with the virus in the health department is over. When asked if Brodosplit will require state aid, CEO Debeljak said they generate HRK2.78 million loss with each day of the production stoppage, emphasising that they should “seriously consider the European Commission’s recommendations” for the temporary state aid measures to support the economy due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to fully use the potential of these temporary measures. CEO Debeljak thinks this is only the first of the Commission’s recommendation, with more to come. “If the support is allocated fairly, and if the crisis lasts six months, we would be able to cover most of the damage caused by the coronavirus,” he concluded.

Every day of deadlock we lose three million kuna / Svakim danom zastoja gubimo tri milijuna kuna km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "Every day of deadlock we lose three million kuna / ..." page: 7 info: by Saša Ljubičić date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Greek government awaits the approval of the Commission regarding the new tender for Patras-Pyrgos project

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:52:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets reports that the Greek Infrastructures Ministry decided to terminate four more contracts relating to the Patras-Pyrgos road axis project, signaling the end of its construction with eight contractors. The Greek Infrastructures Ministry promotes assigning the project to the Olympia Odos SA joint venture, spearheaded by Italian company Vinci, and expects the Commission's approval. The participation of GD Infrastrutture was revoked on 16 March. Efimerida ton Syntakton mentions that GD Infrastrutture recently tabled an appeal to the Commission, noting that the new tender for the project constitutes a waste of public funds.  The newspaper notes that the budget for the project is €80 million. According to Efimerida ton Syntakton, a Greek MP stated that the ministry’s move is risky since the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) has not given its official opinion as regards the approval of the implementation model.

Νέες καθυστερήσεις για τον δρόμο Πάτρας - Πύργου km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Νέες καθυστερήσεις για τον δρόμο Πάτρας - Πύργου..." page: 26 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Διάλυση 4 συμβάσεων για το έργο Πάτρα-Πύργος km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Διάλυση 4 συμβάσεων για το έργο Πάτρα-Πύργος..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The consortium rules in the EU extended until 2024

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

Naftemporiki reports that the Commission extends for four more years the regulation outlining the conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint services without infringing EU antitrust rules that prohibit anticompetitive agreements between companies. The regulation, which has been through a lot in the last years and has been repeatedly doubted by Brussels and the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP), is extended once more, until 25 April 2024.

Εως το 2024 οι κανόνες κοινοπραξιών στην Ε.Ε. km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Εως το 2024 οι κανόνες κοινοπραξιών στην Ε.Ε...." page: 14 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised

[Lithuania, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the European Commission has expressed its support for the proposals of the Lithuanian carriers, aiming to harmonise the work and rest rules for truck drivers throughout the European Union. The Commission called on European Union countries to allow their truck drivers to rest in their cabins as soon as possible and not to quarantine drivers without any symptoms of coronavirus, also, not to require them to provide medical certificates.

European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised / EK ragina šalis per karantiną leisti vežėjams ilsėtis kabinoje, neuždaryti karantinui km-15min.lt-LT: "European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised ..." info: by Paulius Viluckas date: Friday, March 27, 2020

European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised / EK ragina per karantiną leisti vežėjams ilsėtis kabinoje, neuždaryti karantinui km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised ..." info: by Paulius Viluckas date: Friday, March 27, 2020

European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised / Europos Komisija pritarė vežėjų siūlymams: poilsio taisyklės bus suvienodintos km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised ..." info: by Paulius Viluckas date: Friday, March 27, 2020

European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised / Europos Komisija pritarė vežėjų siūlymams km-M1-plius-LT: "European Commission endorses carriers’ proposals: resting rules will be harmonised ..." info: Žinios, 2020-03-28 13:21:00, 00:00:31, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM CET

Article by João Silvestre on the state aid flexibility granted by the Commission

[Portugal, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 3:05:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Expresso, João Silvestre wrote about his disappointment with the European Commission and President von der Leyen, due to the response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The author said that Mrs von der Leyen’s “pompous” announcement on the easing of the budgetary rules showed “an apparent lack of notion of the gravity of the situation”. The author considers that this announcement was the same “as legislating the law of gravity”: no member state would be able to comply with the budgetary rules, either with permission or without. Mr Silvestre wrote about the immediate need for economic activity to avoid a new recession, such as in 2008.

Easing the budgetary rules is useless / Flexibilizar as regras orçamentais é inútil - Artigo/Crónica por João Silvestre km-Expresso-PT-PT: "Easing the budgetary rules is useless / Flexibilizar as regras ..." page: 3 info: by João Silvestre date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Commission revises rules on short-term export-credit insurance

[Portugal, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

The Commission revised the rules of the short-term export-credit insurances for European exporters, Dinheirovivo.pt reports. This revision aims at allowing state insurers to provide insurance for short-term export-credit, making it more available in markets in which private insurers impose restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement, Executive Vice-President Vestager informed that “the public consultation pointed to an imminent insufficiency of private insurance capacity for exports to all countries. At the same time, demand for insurance is expected to significantly rise as a result of the current crisis.”

Brussels increases public support to credit insurance for exporters / Bruxelas alarga apoios públicos a seguros de crédito para exportadores km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Brussels increases public support to credit insurance for exporters / ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Article by Miguel Pereira on the consequences of benefiting from the Commission's state aid flexibility

[Portugal, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 3:22:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Miguel Pereira writes about state aid to companies hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Pereira reminds that in the past financial crisis, Portuguese banks that benefited from the public recapitalisation between 2011-2014 were subject to “a radical thinning.” Therefore, Mr Pereira warns that the state aid granted by the Commission to support airline companies affected by the pandemic will not be an “open bar” and is similar to the aid given to the Portuguese banks. Mr Pereira says that the French and German “diplomatic machinery” is working to “adjust the DG COMP’s demands to the needs of their flagship companies.” For Mr Pereira, the Commission’s approach should consider measures to assure the restructuration of companies or the abandoning of less profitable flights to avoid consequences for employment.

Aid to aviation: there will be no free lunches (I) / Auxílios à aviação: não haverá almoços grátis (I) km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Aid to aviation: there will be no free lunches (I) ..." page: 30 info: by Miguel Mendes Pereira date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Romanian MEP calls for strengthening SME sector

[Romania, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that Romanian MEP Cristian Bușoi (EPP) called on the European Commissioner for Internal Market and the European Commissioner for Research to take urgent steps to support the SME sector, the pharmaceutical industry and the medical equipment market, but also to strengthen the research and innovation sector. In an open letter sent to the Commission officials, Mr Bușoi urged for immediate steps to help the medical and pharmaceutical industry to cope with increased demand for equipment and medicines to combat the coronavirus. In turn, MEP Victor Negrescu (S&D) said that Romania would have to devise a plan to access the €3 billion disbursed by the EU to help the country deal with the current health crisis.

EU funds for Romania / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "EU funds for Romania / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-27 18:02:00, 00:00:38, by Dumitrescu Cristina date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:02:00 PM CET

Call to support the SME sector / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Call to support the SME sector / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-27 20:03:00, 00:00:32, by Bojescu Amalia date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:03:00 PM CET

CULTURE

Urgent changes to the law are necessary

[Croatia, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:56:00 AM CEST

In a letter to Commission President von der Leyen, European musicians have warned that, overnight, they have lost their revenues due to cancellation of concerts and recording sessions, and are now urging for immediate legislative changes, which would provide them with a share of profits from internet streaming services, Novi list reports. “More than half a million of performers and their families are left without income in the EU. National music organisations are trying to help by setting up solidarity funds across the EU, but the crisis is so great that these present just a drop in the ocean,” the musicians point out, adding that it is disgraceful that they have to beg for money while streaming providers are recording enormous growth. This injustice has been recognised during the recent debate on copyrights, with Article 18 being adopted to distribute revenues more fairly. However, this article is not to be implemented until June next year, unless EU member states are enticed to adopt the new legislation earlier, which is what the musicians are now urging the European Commission to do.

Urgent legal changes are needed / Potrebne su hitne zakonske promjene km-Novi-List-HR: "Urgent legal changes are needed / Potrebne su hitne zakonske ..." page: 33 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Commission is trying to instil hope by reading poetry

[Slovenia, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is trying to instil hope and courage by reading poetry at regular midday press briefings, which are still held daily but are adapted to emergency measures, STA reports. So far, they read the works of Victor Hugo, Emily Dickinson, Gianni Rodari and Antonio Machado. They started reading poetry about fourteen days ago. The first was Hugo's Springtime, read by Commission's keynote speaker Eric Mamer for solace in difficult times. The poem written by Emily Dickinson entitled Hope is the thing with feathers was dedicated to the Commission staff working remotely.

European Commission is trying to instil hope by reading poetry / V Evropski komisiji vlivajo upanje v pandemiji tudi s poezijo km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission is trying to instil hope by reading poetry ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

Europe is losing the propaganda war

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:28:00 AM CEST

De Tijd notes that the coronavirus pandemic has grown into a disinformation crisis led by Russia and China. A report of the European diplomatic service stated a week ago that a fifth of the fake news on corona was undoubtedly coming from the Kremlin. The objective is to diminish the public trust in the national health systems. The Russian propaganda machine is in war mode. Russia also sent medical material and military forces to Italy, and China helped Europe by delivering masks, among others. Both nations aim at showing they do more than Europe itself. Now it appears that 80% of the Russian material is useless, but the lack of European solidarity remains on the citizens' minds. Meanwhile, the European aid to Italy has increased, and European leaders state they cope with disinformation by communicating transparently and in an efficient and timely manner on the actions taken.

Europe loses the propaganda war / Europa verliest propagandaoorlog km-Tijd-BE: "Europe loses the propaganda war / Europa verliest propagandaoorlog..." page: 9 info: by Van Haver date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Safecare - Integrated cyber-physical security for health services

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 5:34:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique reports on computer viruses in times of corona. The number of messages praising the virtues of mouth masks or other products in times of corona is staggering. Most of them are malicious. The European Commission finances Safecare, a project aiming to enhance the coordination and communication between hospitals, industrial sectors and researchers and fend off cyberattacks.

Hospitals face the double threat of coronavirus and computer viruses / Les hôpitaux face au coronavirus… Et aux virus informatiques km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Hospitals face the double threat of coronavirus and computer viruses ..." page: 7 info: by MARSAC date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Europol report reveals increase in crime due to Covid-19

[Cyprus, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:33:00 PM CEST

A new Europol report on the latest developments of COVID-19 reveal an increase in the criminal landscape in the EU, as cited by Alithia, Haravgi and Phileleftheros on Saturday. The report notes that criminals have been quick to seize opportunities to exploit the crisis by adapting their modi operandi or engaging in new criminal activities. Factors that prompt changes in crime and terrorism include the high demand for certain goods, protective gear and pharmaceutical products; the decreased mobility and flow of people across and into the EU; the fact that citizens remain at home and are increasingly teleworking, relying on digital solutions;  the limitations to public life will make some criminal activities less visible and displace them to home or online settings; the increased anxiety and fear that may create vulnerability to exploitation; and the decreased supply of certain illicit goods in the EU.The number of cyberattacks against organisations and individuals is significant and is expected to increase. Criminals have used the COVID-19 crisis to carry out social engineering attacks themed around the pandemic to distribute various malware packages.  It is noted that cybercriminals are also likely to seek to exploit an increasing number of attack vectors as a greater number of employers institute telework and allow connections to their organisations’ systems.In addition, fraudsters have been very quick to adapt well-known fraud schemes to capitalise on the anxieties and fears of victims throughout the crisis. These include various types of adapted versions of telephone fraud schemes, supply scams and decontamination scams. A large number of new or adapted fraud schemes can be expected to emerge over the coming weeks are fraudsters will attempt to capitalise further on the anxieties of people across Europe.Moreover, the sale of counterfeit healthcare and sanitary products as well as personal protective equipment and counterfeit pharmaceutical products has increased manifold since the outbreak of the crisis. There is a risk that counterfeiters will use shortages in the supply of some goods to increasingly provide counterfeit alternatives both on- and offline.Europol also warns that various types of schemes involving thefts have been adapted by criminals to exploit the current situation. This includes the well-known scams involving the impersonation of representatives of public authorities. Commercial premises and medical facilities are expected to be increasingly targeted for organised burglaries.

Increase in crime due to coronavirus / Αύξηση εγκλήματος λόγω κορωνοϊού km-Alithia-CY: "Increase in crime due to coronavirus / Αύξηση εγκλήματος λόγω ..." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Αύξηση της εγκληματικής απάτης όλων των τύπων km-Haravgi-CY: "Αύξηση της εγκληματικής απάτης όλων των τύπων..." page: 36 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Αυξάνονται οι απάτες εν μέσω κορωνοϊού km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Αυξάνονται οι απάτες εν μέσω κορωνοϊού..." page: 7 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europol: Criminals see fresh opportunity in viral crisis

[Estonia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

Criminals are taking advantage of a frightened society and are confusing healthcare delivery during a coronavirus pandemic, selling offbeat products, embodying offbeat health workers and breaking into people's computers as many work from home offices over vulnerable Internet connections, the European Police Agency warned on Friday, Err.ee reports. For example, criminals in the Czech Republic managed to conduct a cyber-attack on a large hospital where extensive COVID-19 tests are being carried out, which forced the hospital to cancel the planned operations, Europol said in a recent report. European officials have warned the public with extreme vigilance and warned against possible fraudsters in these extraordinary times when people are even more vulnerable than usual. President von der Leyen recently said that criminals are taking advantage of more people to work from home on the internet during quarantine or even more leisure time on the internet due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Europol: Criminals see fresh opportunity in viral crisis / Europol: kurjategijad näevad viiruskriisis värsket võimalust km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Europol: Criminals see fresh opportunity in viral crisis / Europol: ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Europol: Criminals see fresh opportunity in viral crisis / Europol: kurjategijad näevad viiruskriisis värsket võimalust km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Europol: Criminals see fresh opportunity in viral crisis / Europol: ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Digital surveillance of citizens as a means to deal with coronavirus

[Greece, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM CEST

Efimerida Syntakton reports that one after the other, the governments start utilising digital surveillance means as a weapon in the battle against the fatal coronavirus, paving the way for further violation of people’s privacy. The European governments individually impose increasing stricter measures to prevent the virus spread. However, since the list of victims gets longer, one after the other they turn to the electronic surveillance of their citizens. Contrary to the complete lack of cooperation and solidarity as regards the pandemic, member states seem to try to achieve coordination over the issue. According to Politico, in Brussels, Commissioner Breton has been put in charge of the efforts for companies to share data.

Η παράλληλη πανδημία του Μεγάλου Αδελφού km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Η παράλληλη πανδημία του Μεγάλου Αδελφού..." page: 26 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Networks struggling due to coronavirus outbreak

[Italy, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 8:11:00 AM CEST

From remote workers to kids playing games, broadband and mobile networks are dealing with the additional demand for connectivity during the coronavirus outbreak. Indeed, the pressure on broadband networks to support unprecedented demand for connectivity is building up. Ensuring reliable access to connectivity, and for all users, while supporting much busier online traffic than usual, might require some creative solutions from operators. Experts reported that in-home data usage in Italy surged 30% in the past few weeks compared to the same period a year ago, an article in La Republic Affari&Finanza notes. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that his company, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, is just trying to keep the lights on as usage on its apps and platforms soars to record highs. The situation is worrisome enough in Europe that Netflix is actually reducing its traffic there by 25% and YouTube promised to limit quality in order to free up bandwidth for other services, an article in Il Giorno stresses. That means that Netflix users might notice a slight decrease in the quality of the video on the platform, but that might also mean that their local bank website still works properly. Internet speeds in Europe are bound to improve eventually, and the internet is highly scalable, it concludes.

Internet facing quarantine challenge / La Rete alla prova della quarantena km-Giorno-IT: "Internet facing quarantine challenge / La Rete alla prova della ..." page: 41,44 info: by di Elena Comelli MILANO date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Internet traffic increasing 70%, on verge of data crisis / Sull'orlo di una crisi di dati il traffico web sale del 70% km-Repubblica-IT: "Internet traffic increasing 70%, on verge of data crisis / ..." page: 31 info: by Valerio Maccari date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Commission wants to use mobile phone data against spread of coronavirus

[Sweden, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets report that the European Commission is currently involved in talks with eight mobile operators in Europe regarding the use of anonymous mobile phone data to track the coronavirus. Anders Ygeman, Swedish Minister for Digitalisation, commented that while this could become an important tool to limit the spread of the coronavirus, it remains to be seen whether Swedish mobile customers will be included. He said that the European Commission has yet to contact the Swedish government about this.

Government opens for digital virus monitoring / Regeringen öppnar för digital virusövervakning km-Boras-Tidning-SE: "Government opens for digital virus monitoring / Regeringen öppnar för ..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Government opens for digital virus monitoring / Regeringen öppnar för digital virusövervakning km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Government opens for digital virus monitoring / Regeringen öppnar för ..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU and Norway take help from phones / EU och Norge tar hjälp av mobiler km-Svt.se-SE: "EU and Norway take help from phones / EU och ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

More countries use mobile surveillance in battle against corona infection / Rapport Ikväll 19:30 km-SVT1-Rapport-SE: "More countries use mobile surveillance in battle against corona infection ..." info: SVT1 - Rapport, 2020-03-28 19:30:00, 00:00:01, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:30:00 PM CET

Despite warnings from EU: "Internet manages pressure"

[Sweden, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

Svenska Dagbladet reports that according to Netnod, the internet infrastructure organisation of Sweden, the EU's concerns about the internet crashing are greatly exaggerated. Patrik Fältström, CTO of Netnod, stated that it is unnecessary of the EU to request that streaming companies limit the use of bandwidth, as it is simply business as usual for ISPs to experience increased data usage during the weekdays.

Despite warnings from EU: "Internet manages pressure" / Trots varningar från EU: ”Internet klarar trycket” km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Despite warnings from EU: "Internet manages pressure" / Trots varningar ..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

Response to corona crisis: European member states disagree on financial aid

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

Various media report that the European Council has postponed to April a decision on whether to provide financial aid to member states that are particularly hit by the coronavirus and asked eurozone finance ministers to draft a package of measures in the next two weeks. That decision led to conflicts.Together with eight other eurozone members, Italy called for the creation of coronavirus bonds in order to fight the pandemic and its impact. The Netherlands, Germany and Austria want the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) to be deployed, a move that Italy opposes, fearing that ESM funds will be conditional on tough austerity and reform measures. According to RBI chief analyst Peter Brezinschek, eurobonds are unrealistic in the short term and are not even necessary because the ECB has launched a bond purchase programme, states Der Standard. According to Wiener Zeitung, there was much dissatisfaction to be felt in many capitals with the outcome of the European Council meeting. It seems that the coronavirus crisis is primarily the hour of the member states. While President von der Leyen recently said in a speech to the European Parliament that she regretted this fact, there is not much she can do about it. Furthermore, Ms von der Leyen has harshly criticised the national egoism of individual European member states during the corona crisis, Ö1 and orf.at report. According to Kurier and other papers, Austria doubled down on its rejectionist stance regarding the potential communitarisation of European national debts. "We must not make the same mistakes as during previous crises or corona will be followed by a looming debt crisis," Austrian Minister of Finance Gernot Blümel stated. The Austrian Greens are open to the idea of creating corona bonds, reports Die Presse. Euro bonds or corona bonds are an option to find a solution based on solidarity, says Sigrid Maurer, chair of the Greens in the Austrian Parliament, adding that European cohesion is needed in such a challenging situation. Ms von der Leyen, on the other hand, disclaimed media reports that held that the European Commission could issue such bonds on its own. That is not the plan, she continued according to Ö1, but there will be a reconstruction plan as Europe will grapple with this crisis for longer than one or two years. French President Macron demanded more solidarity from the EU member states in an interview with Italian newspapers, Kurier and Salzburger Nachrichten report. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also warned that unless the EU took measures immediately, the next generations would have "to bear the huge costs of a destroyed economy". In an interview with Die Presse, former German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says that international cooperation has failed in the coronavirus crisis. The European Central Bank is the only institution that actually does something, he says. Regardless of the coronavirus crisis, Europe needs euro bonds to gain financial sovereignty. The coronabonds called for by the Italian government with support from Spain, France and several other EU states are the wrong solution, Der Standard writes in a commentary. With the ESM and the ECB's willingness to buy unlimited bonds from crisis states, the EU already has instruments to help Italy. However, another commentary in Der Standard points out that the euro countries must now agree to jointly bear the costs of this crisis. Currently, all euro countries are going into debt on their own. Thus the burden on the stricken states will be extremely severe. But this can be changed and would help everyone in the eurozone, Austria included. The current discussions are reminiscent of the debates held during the euro crisis a few years ago, according to an editorial article in Salzburger Nachrichten. The EU seems unable to make determined decisions and appears more divided than ever. If the 27 EU heads of state and government do not manage to agree on a joint European answer soon, the dangerous question of what the EU is actually good for will arise.

Streit ums Geld; Worum es geht km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Streit ums Geld; Worum es geht..." page: 13 info: by Andreas Lieb date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU-Streit um Schulden km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "EU-Streit um Schulden..." page: 4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Soll Schuldenlast verteilt werden? EU tief gespalten zu Corona-Bonds km-Kurier-AT: "Soll Schuldenlast verteilt werden? EU tief gespalten zu Corona-Bonds..." page: 7 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"I don't want a selfish, divided Europe" / „Will kein egoistisches, geteiltes Europa“ km-Kurier-AT: ""I don't want a selfish, divided Europe" / „Will kein ..." page: 4 info: by Ulrike Botzenhart date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2020-03-29 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Cornelia Vospernik date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

Sonntagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Sonntagsjournal..." info: 2020-03-29 13:00:00, 13:00:00, by Cornelia Vospernik date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:00:00 PM CEST

Mittagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Mittagsjournal..." info: 2020-03-27 12:00:00, 12:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM CET

Coronavirus: Die große Schwäche der EU km-orf.at-AT: "Coronavirus: Die große Schwäche der EU..." info: by Christina Vogler date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Maurer: Corona-Bonds »eine Möglichkeit« km-Presse-am-Sonntag-AT: "Maurer: Corona-Bonds »eine Möglichkeit«..." page: 8 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview with former German Vice-Chancellor Gabriel / Im Auge des Orkans ist es immer windstill km-Presse-am-Sonntag-AT: "Interview with former German Vice-Chancellor Gabriel / Im Auge des ..." page: 18-19 info: by Jürgen Streihammer date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Spaniens totaler Shutdown km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Spaniens totaler Shutdown..." page: 6 info: by Ralph Schulze date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Discontent about European Council meeting that failed to produce results in coronavirus crisis / Unmut über ergebnislosen Krisengipfel der EU-Chefs km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Discontent about European Council meeting that failed to produce results ..." page: 13 info: by ag. date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Paris stellt wegen Coronabonds die EU infrage km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Paris stellt wegen Coronabonds die EU infrage..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Editorial: EU must prove its usefulness / Die EU muss ihren Nutzen unter Beweis stellen km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Editorial: EU must prove its usefulness / Die EU muss ..." page: 1 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Eurobonds für EU-Corona-Hilfe derzeit nicht sehr realistisch km-Standard-AT: "Eurobonds für EU-Corona-Hilfe derzeit nicht sehr realistisch..." page: 21 info: by Thomas Mayer date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Spanien verordnet Stillstand für weite Teile der Produktion km-Standard-AT: "Spanien verordnet Stillstand für weite Teile der Produktion..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Time for genuine solidarity / Zeit für echte Solidarität km-Standard-AT: "Time for genuine solidarity / Zeit für echte Solidarität..." page: 20 info: by András Szigetvari date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The instruments are already there / Die Instrumente gibt es schon km-Standard-AT: "The instruments are already there / Die Instrumente gibt es ..." page: 20 info: by Eric Frey date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The hour of the national states / Stunde der Staaten km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "The hour of the national states / Stunde der Staaten..." page: 7 info: by Martyna Czarnowska date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Hahn: "There will have to be a change in thinking in Europe now"

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Kronen Zeitung, Commissioner Hahn comments on economic issues concerning the corona crisis. Health policy and civil protection are not among the EU's tasks, Mr Hahn makes clear here. There are, however, sufficient possibilities where the European Commission could assist with supplementary measures. Specifically, the unhindered transport of food and medical equipment throughout the EU has been guaranteed. At the same time, the production of medical equipment has been stepped up and the strict budgetary rules relaxed. Mr Hahn does not see the danger of a euro crisis: "We are well-positioned with our euro safety net".

Interview with Commissioner Hahn: "There will have to be a change in thinking in Europe now" / Interview with Commissioner Hahn: „Es wird jetzt ein Umdenken in Europa geben müssen“ km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Interview with Commissioner Hahn: "There will have to be a ..." page: 2-3 info: by Manfred Schumi date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus: EU-Kommissar Hahn sieht Euro nicht gefährdet km-kurier.at-AT: "Coronavirus: EU-Kommissar Hahn sieht Euro nicht gefährdet..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commission Representative Selmayr: How can the EU overcome the coronavirus crisis?

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

In an interview with radio channel Ö1, European Commission Representative Martin Selmayr admits that the EU's reaction to the coronavirus pandemic was somewhat insufficient at the beginning, but adds that an agreement on increased cross-border cooperation has been reached during the past four weeks. Mr Selmayr says that an agreement in 21 issues was reached at the European Council meeting of the EU heads of state and government last week, but adds that the member states remain in disagreement about the extent of economic aid programmes. According to Mr Selmayr, the main question being debated now is not new: whether it is time to establish a European federation in light of the current crisis and whether joint action should also be financed jointly. He says that there has always been disagreement about this matter. Mr Selmayr says that he is optimistic that solidarity will endure in any case.

Interview with Commission Representative Selmayr: How can the EU overcome the coronavirus crisis? / Interview with Commission Representative Selmayr: Wie kann die EU die Corona-Krise meistern? km-ORF-O1-AT: "Interview with Commission Representative Selmayr: How can the EU overcome ..." info: Europajournal, 2020-03-27 18:20:00, 00:11:20, by Markus MÜller-Schinwald date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:20:00 PM CET

The economic response to the coronavirus crisis divides southern and northern Europe

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of sources report on dissension between the southern and northern part of Europe. De Standaard reports that as the Dutch refuse to take European measures to fight against the coronavirus, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa declared that their pettiness threatens the EU's future. With those words, he mainly targeted Finance Minister Hoekstra, who requested that the European Commission investigate why some member states have built up financial buffers in recent years, and others have not. Italy, Spain and Portugal are forming a block.L'Echo states that on Thursday, government and state leaders failed to decide on measures against the economic and health Covid-19 crisis. However, the response of President von der Leyen's team and the ECB shows European institutions are resilient. The Commission announced a €25 billion support for sectors going through difficult times. It made European budgetary rules more flexible and authorised member states to go over the 3% deficit rule. Professor Franklin Dehousse considers the Commission's and European Parliament's proposed measures as serious. Former European Commission Director-General Michel Vanden Abeele believes Europe is more necessary than ever.La Libre Belgique quotes MEP Antonio Tajani (EPP): "A Europe as the one we saw yesterday will be overwhelmed by the coronavirus." Le Soir adds that Ms von der Leyen called the corona bonds a slogan on Saturday: "There are very clear legal limits. This is not the plan. We are not working on it." Commissioner Gentiloni opened the door to corona bonds in an interview. The Commission published a corrective statement to the interview, saying that at this stage, "The President did not exclude any option within the limits of the treaties." Grenz Echo notes that the Commission is mobilising funds from the EU budget to bring immediate relief to countries hit by the coronavirus.

The coronavirus puts salt in the wound / Le cornavirus ravive la fracture km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "The coronavirus puts salt in the wound / Le cornavirus ..." page: 19 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"European states underestimated the crisis" / "Les États européens ont sous-estimé la crise" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: ""European states underestimated the crisis" / "Les États européens ont ..." page: 8 info: by Georis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Common debt in Europe? / Gemeinsame Schulden in Europa? km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Common debt in Europe? / Gemeinsame Schulden in Europa?..." page: 13 info: by dpa date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Violent battle in EU over corona bonds / Heftiger EU-Streit über Corona-Bonds km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Violent battle in EU over corona bonds / Heftiger EU-Streit ..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The European day / La journée européenne km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The European day / La journée européenne..." page: 28 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"We need to keep working as much as possible" / ‘We moeten zoveel mogelijk blijven werken’ km-Morgen-BE: ""We need to keep working as much as possible" / ..." page: 12 info: by Rabaey date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

N-VA MEPs are the only ones to abstain in historical vote in European Parliament / Enkel N-VA onthoudt zich tijdens historische stemming EU-Parlement km-Morgen-BE: "N-VA MEPs are the only ones to abstain in historical ..." page: 9 info: by BS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

N-VA is looking for stances / N-VA krijgt zich geen houding aangemeten km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "N-VA is looking for stances / N-VA krijgt zich geen ..." page: 9 info: by Gyssels date: Monday, March 30, 2020

There remain differences between the European leaders / Il reste des divergences entre les dirigeants européens km-RTBF-BE: "There remain differences between the European leaders / Il reste ..." info: La Une - Le 6-8, 2020-03-27 00:00:00, 00:03:02, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

There remain differences between the European leaders / Il restent des divergences entre les dirigeants européens km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "There remain differences between the European leaders / Il restent ..." info: Journal Parlé 07h00, 2020-03-27 00:00:00, 00:01:46, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Merkel does not budge an inch on eurobonds / Merkel reste sur son refus des eurobonds km-Soir-BE: "Merkel does not budge an inch on eurobonds / Merkel ..." page: 3 info: by BOURDOISEAU date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU: The return of the "bug" that is the lack of solidarity / UE: le retour du " microbe " du manque de solidarité km-Soir-BE: "EU: The return of the "bug" that is the lack ..." page: 1,2-3 info: by Lamer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Corona bonds, Instruction manual / "Coronabonds", mode d'emploi km-Soir-BE: "Corona bonds, Instruction manual / "Coronabonds", mode d'emploi..." page: 3 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Experts want to avoid "battle of Milan" at all costs / Les experts veulent à tout prix éviter la " bataille de Milan km-Soir-BE: "Experts want to avoid "battle of Milan" at all costs ..." page: 2-3 info: by BENEDETTI date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Southern Europe has had enough of Dutch "pettiness" / Zuid-Europa heeft genoeg van Hollandse "kleinzieligheid" km-Standaard-BE: "Southern Europe has had enough of Dutch "pettiness" / Zuid-Europa ..." page: 25 info: by Beirlant date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Who still dares cutting in social security? / Wie durft er nu nog te snijden in de sociale zekerheid? km-Standaard-BE: "Who still dares cutting in social security? / Wie durft ..." page: 16-18 info: by Goossens date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

N-VA as lone ranger in Europe as it opposes the financial support against corona / N-VA roeit Europees tegen coronastroom in km-Standaard-BE: "N-VA as lone ranger in Europe as it opposes the ..." page: 4 info: by Verbergt date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The coronavirus weakens up the diplomatic rivalry between the great powers / Corona wakkert diplomatieke rivaliteit tussen grootmachten aan km-Tijd-BE: "The coronavirus weakens up the diplomatic rivalry between the great ..." page: 9 info: by Ziarczyk date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The ECB's no-limit policy might destroy the euro area

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report on the ECB’s policy. Demorgen.be mentions that as of Thursday, the ECB has started buying euro area countries’ state debts. Professor Harald Benink is against the measure: "I heard Prime Minister Rutte say in Parliament on Thursday that he did not have an opinion on the ECB policy. But if it goes wrong, then the Dutch taxpayer will bleed." The Netherlands resists the issuing of so-called corona bonds. Mr Benink notes that is a better option as it does not increase Italy's debt. The ECB also announced a new purchasing programme of €750 billion with which it wants to decrease pressure on euro area countries’ interest rates. Mr Benink states that the purchase programme includes some huge risks: "If it ever goes wrong, the Netherlands and Germany, which are guarantors as shareholders of the ECB, will receive enormous bad debts from southern countries." He fears that the ECB is putting itself into a pickle: "You get a lock-in where monetary instruments no longer work. And no one knows what would happen to confidence in the euro."On a related note, De Tijd states that the coronavirus crisis brings back the debate on European debt securities. Prime Minister Conte would like "innovative financial instruments" to be set into place. He received the support of eight member states as well as of ECB President Lagarde. However, Germany and the Netherlands are not in favour of such a solution. In the next two weeks, the Finance ministers must work out a proposal to make available a precautionary credit line for the countries wishing to have one. It could be done via the European Stability Mechanism, but most member states would like more flexible rules to be applied as long as the money is used to fight against the coronavirus. The Netherlands could be the only member state opposing this scenario.

ECB throws its own rules overboard to save Italy and Spain / ECB gooit eigen regels overboord om Italië en Spanje te redden km-demorgen.be-BE: "ECB throws its own rules overboard to save Italy and ..." info: by de Waard date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Who acts as a leader in times of crisis? / Wie toont zicht leider in tijd van crisis? km-Standaard-BE: "Who acts as a leader in times of crisis? / ..." page: 26-27 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The discussion about the European debt securities does not disappear / Discussie over Europees schuldpapier verdwijnt niet km-Tijd-BE: "The discussion about the European debt securities does not disappear ..." page: 9 info: by Van Haver date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The ECB wants banks to wait six months for dividends / ECB wil dat banken zeker halfjaar wachten met dividend km-Tijd-BE: "The ECB wants banks to wait six months for dividends ..." page: 19 info: by Suy date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni on the economic aspects of the coronavirus crisis

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:33:00 AM CEST

Le Soir interviews Commissioner Gentiloni, who states the recession will be more severe than he initially thought. He opines that the lockdown strategy should be coordinated at the European level and insists on the need to make a common budgetary effort. He further says that the European Commission has a role to play to avoid a blocking situation regarding the tools to use in order to get out of the crisis. Commissioner Gentiloni refuses to enter a debate to criticise some member states' reactions. He concludes that it will progressively become clear that "our Union's future is at stake". The interview was also on Lesoir.be.

Paolo Gentiloni: "our Union's future is at stake" / Paolo Gentiloni: «Le futur de notre Union est en jeu» km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "Paolo Gentiloni: "our Union's future is at stake" / Paolo ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni: "our Union's future is at stake" / Paolo Gentiloni : "Le futur de notre Union est en jeu" km-Soir-BE: "Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni: "our Union's future is at stake" ..." page: 14 info: by Lamer date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Comments on the member states' failure to find a coordinated economic response to the coronavirus crisis

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:30:00 AM CEST

Several sources publish opinions on the economic response to the coronavirus. De Standaard's Ruben Mooijman comments that the EU member states have not succeeded in reaching a common financial answer to the corona crisis. It might be tempting to scorn Europe's powerlessness, but even during this crisis, the states would rather bicker than take action. Prime Minister Conte is pushing in favour of corona bonds to finance the budgetary deficits of member states. However, not much is known of the technical specifications as they do not exist yet and the EU does not have its own institution with fiscal competences. Furthermore, an alternative exists: the European Stability Mechanism could release more than €400 billion for countries in trouble. Countries asking for a loan at the ESM must comply with certain conditions and get an inevitable label. A European compromise could appease both camps, but it takes financial and technical creativity and political persuasive power.Le Soir's Elodie Lamer writes that the Dutch want to know why the southern member states do not have the necessary funding to face the coronavirus crisis. Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa considers this remark as obnoxious. The debate on the right tool to use - the European Financial Stability Facility or a common loan - is so intense that President Michel made sure the joint declaration of state leaders would mention neither. Even though what is at stake is very serious, each leader addresses its own public opinion. Ms Lamer writes: "Commissioner Gentiloni's idea not to focus on the debate surrounding the means to use but rather on the common objectives could avoid tensions.". If it is not sufficient, the intensity of the coming crisis will probably do the job. Before the one of 2008, nobody would have thought that member states would forget about the "no bailout" clause, the author concludes.

The "constructive ambiguity's strategy" / La stratégie de "l'ambiguité constructive" km-Soir-BE: "The "constructive ambiguity's strategy" / La stratégie de "l'ambiguité constructive"..." page: 15 info: by Lamer date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European squabbling is not illogical / Europees gekibbel is niet zo onlogisch km-Standaard-BE: "European squabbling is not illogical / Europees gekibbel is niet ..." page: 2 info: by Mooijman date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Commission removes all countries from the “marketable risk" list due to coronavirus

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

The Commission has decided to remove all countries from the “marketable risk" list under the Short-term export-credit insurance Communication, according to a press release Friday, as cited by ClubZ. The amendment expands the flexibility introduced with the State aid Temporary Framework announced by the Commission last week as state insurers will be facilitated in providing insurance for short-term export-credit. “We are working with Member States to ensure that national support measures can be put in place as quickly and effectively as possible, in line with EU rules,” Executive Vice-President Vestager was quoted as saying.

Държавна помощ: Европейската комисия изменя застраховането на краткосрочни експортни кредити с оглед на икономическите последици от COVID-19 km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Държавна помощ: Европейската комисия изменя застраховането на краткосрочни експортни кредити с оглед ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Брюксел облекчи експортното кредитиране km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Брюксел облекчи експортното кредитиране..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

EU facilitates export crediting / Брюксел облекчи експортното кредитиране km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "EU facilitates export crediting / Брюксел облекчи експортното кредитиране..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Bulgaria does not plan a loan from the IMF in relation to the coronavirus consequences in the next three months

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Bulgaria is not planning a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in relation to the coronavirus consequences in the next three months. This was stated by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at a briefing in the Council of Ministers, BNR reported on Sunday. According to Mr Borisov, an eventual loan would depend on how long the crisis continues. An unprecedented number of 81 countries have requested loans from the IMF. “We have what you might call a buffer,” Prime Minister Borisov commented on the country’s economic ability to withstand the events. Mr Borisov called for a common European response to the crisis in terms of economic decisions. Meanwhile, BNR quoted IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva who warned of a recession heavier than the one in 2009. She noted that the recovery could start as early as next year but only if countries manage to control the spread of the coronavirus and limit economic damages.

Световната икономика може да изпадне в по-тежка рецесия, отколкото през 2009 година km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "Световната икономика може да изпадне в по-тежка рецесия, отколкото през ..." info: 2020-03-28 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM CET

Bulgaria does not plan a loan from the IMF in relation to the coronavirus consequences in the next three months / В близките три месеца не се предвижда заем от МВФ заради последствията от коронавируса km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "Bulgaria does not plan a loan from the IMF in ..." info: Newscast, 2020-03-28 19:02:00, 00:01:40, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:02:00 PM CET

Interview with the Governor of Croatian National Bank Boris Vujčić: “The €17 billion in reserves will be used only in case the crisis escalates”

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

In interviews with Jutarnji list and Večernji list, the Governor of Croatian National Bank (HNB) Boris Vujčić stated that the HNB has acted with a series of measures to maintain the stability of the currency, strengthen the liquidity of the financial system and revive the state bonds market. Among the measures were the four interventions on the foreign exchange market in March, in the amount of €1.6 billion, which resulted in the stability of the exchange rate. This was accompanied by creating HRK4.5 billion in additional, mostly long-term liquidity for banks with very low interest rates of 0.25% in a five-year period. Additionally, HNB intervened by buying HRK4.3 billion in state bonds - the first such intervention for HNB. They are continuing to maintain favourable financing conditions for citizens, companies and the state by keeping liquidity high, which has led to a high drop in interest rate expenses for the state in recent years. Croatia has entered the health crisis in a position where the inflow of capital is greater than the outflow, which has been used in recent years for repaying foreign debt, decreasing it by €1.8 billion in the last year and strengthening foreign currency reserves. These reserves will be used more excessively only if the crisis escalates. The capital and liquidity of banks in Croatia should be more than substantial for them to support delays in payments, reprogramming of debt and offering new financing to entrepreneurs. Additionally, we have instructed the banks to distribute last year’s profits into capital, which has increased the stability of the banking system to over HRK60 billion. Last week we lowered the mandatory reserve for banks from 12% to 9%, thus freeing an additional HRK10 billion, a large part of which should be used to finance the state. It is now becoming apparent that the policy of high foreign currency reserves was correct and useful, and that it would have been wrong to decrease the reserves, as some had suggested. Even though the European Commission, in response to the pandemic, has suspended fiscal rules from the Stability and Growth Pact, it is up to every EU member state to keep track of the long-term consequences of its fiscal policy. Additionally, it is almost certain that eurozone members can count on financing from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), €410 billion of which is left unused. According to the current proposal, member states will be awarded resources from the ESM in the amount of 2% of national GDP, which in the case of Croatia would approximately mean an additional billion euros.

Unemployment won't return to record levels / Nezaposlenost se neće vratiti na rekordne razine km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Unemployment won't return to record levels / Nezaposlenost se neće ..." page: 44 info: by Gojko Drljača date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The €17 billion reserves will be spent more substantially only in the event of an escalation of the crisis / Pričuve od 17 milijardi eura znatnije ćemo trošiti samo u slučaju eskalacije krize km-Vecernji-List-HR: "The €17 billion reserves will be spent more substantially only ..." page: 32 info: by Ljubica Gatarić date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The EU’s greatest divide

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

Two days after the video summit of the European Council, the dust is still not settling, Jutarnji list writes. The representatives of Europe’s “south” do not stop criticizing the “north”, primarily the Netherlands and Germany, which have stood up against the introduction of the Eurobonds, just like in the times of the global financial crisis. The essence of the dispute between the EU’s north and south lies in the fact that the EU’s north is advocating for the matter of crisis aid measures to be resolved through the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which acts as a means of aid to individual EU member states. Meanwhile, Eurobonds would establish common European creditworthiness, which might somewhat harm Germany, but would be of great help to Italy, Spain and Greece. “The EU cannot let its citizens down again with a lack of solidarity during the times of the coronavirus epidemic,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned.

The EU’s greatest divide / Najteži raskol u uniji km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "The EU’s greatest divide / Najteži raskol u uniji..." page: 11 info: by Željko Trkanjac date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Corona has pushed the world into a recession

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva stated, Glas Slavonije carried. “It is clear that we have entered a recession” that will be worse than in 2009 following the global financial crisis, she said in an online press briefing. With the worldwide economic “sudden stop,” Ms Georgieva said the fund's estimate “for the overall financial needs of emerging markets is $2.5 trillion.” Over 80 countries, mostly of low incomes, have already requested emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund, she said.

Corona pushed the world into recession / Korona gurnula svijet u recesiju km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Corona pushed the world into recession / Korona gurnula svijet ..." page: 8 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European GDP will drop between 2% and 10%, depending on the duration of the blockade of business operations

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

All of the world's largest economies, except the Chinese, will plunge into recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tportal reports. Analysts at Standard & Poor's estimate that the eurozone’s economy will fall by at least 2% this year, and if the business blockade extends to four months, the GDP of that 19-member bloc could fall by as much as 10%. Croatia will not avoid a recession either: analysts at Raiffeisenbank Austria (RBA) were recently among the first to release concrete estimates, expecting Croatia's GDP to drop around 5% this year. Also, due to the high seasonality of tourism and weak industry, they believe the country's recovery will lag behind the rest. It is already quite certain that the preseason is lost, and the impact of the epidemic on the main tourist season is expected to increase, with an imminent fall in overnight stays and a loss of tourism revenue, RBA analysts state.

European GDP will fall between 2 and 10%, depending on the duration of the blockade of business / Europski BDP past će između 2 i 10 posto, ovisno o trajanju blokade poslovanja km-Tportal.hr-HR: "European GDP will fall between 2 and 10%, depending on ..." info: by Nenad Bach date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Four member states block proposals for Coronabond enraging southern states; European solidarity tested

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:48:00 PM CEST

According to most media on Saturday, the European Union's southern states were “left fuming” after the EU27 national leaders failed to agree on more support for their economies, which have been battered by the disease, in a six-hour call on Thursday.Haravgi on Saturday reported that the leaders of Italy and Spain rejected the European Council Conclusions draft because of a “negative stance of certain member states” regarding the issuing of common Eurobonds. Italian media on Friday expressed its anger and rage against the EU for postponing the examination of stronger measures to manage the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The media described Europe as “dead” and “ugly”, noting that “if Europe does not agree, the European plan is finished”. Former European Parliament President Tajani stated that “a cowardly Europe, as the one seen yesterday, will be swept away by the Coronavirus. When we are dying and the economy is collapsing, decisions are postponed for two weeks. The masochistic selfishness of the supporters of austerity is myopic and dangerous for all of us”.The Ant1 TV Brussels correspondent reported over the weekend that Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland have “blocked their support to member states at the verge of economic and social collapse due to the Covid-19 outbreak, particularly of Italy and Spain”. According to the correspondent, the four countries under German Chancellor Merkel objected to both solutions presented. The German axis (Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Finland) blocked attempts to issue a Eurobond for the coronavirus (“coronabond”), a proposal submitted two weeks ago by President of the European Central Bank Lagarde and was also requested by nine member states (France, Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Slovenia and Luxembourg). The four countries also rejected the proposal to activate a lending resource from the European Stability Mechanism, setting as a condition to all states that request assistance to be placed under a coronavirus memorandum, i.e. similar to that imposed on Cyprus and Greece during the financial crisis.The correspondent noted that “with anger and sadness” Italian Prime Minister Conte attempted to explain that “the aim of the Eurobond or the activation of support by the ESM was to cover the financial needs arising from the coronavirus and not to cover past debts”. However, this reference did not affect the position of the four states.The disagreements left the economic front with pending issues, mandating the EU Finance Ministers to find a solution within the next 15 days, which are deemed crucial. Mr Conte warned that if Europe does not help, then Italy will be forced to rely on its own powers. According to Italian reports, Mr Conte intends to immediately increase the support package for the Italian economy from €25 billion to €40 billion. Consequently, the correspondent reported that, if the “memorandum terms” are imposed on Italy as a condition for aid, then the Conte government will be expelled, while Nationalist Salvini will return and Italy may exit the EU with whatever consequences that may have.Sigmalive on Saturday cited an interview by Mr Conte to Italian newspaper Il Sole 24, where he calls on the EU not to “commit tragic mistakes” in the management of Covid-19, otherwise “the entire European structure risks losing its reason of existence”. He stresses that “inaction would leave our children to inherit the burden of a destroyed economy”, and calls for the launch of a “European Recovery and Reinvestment Plan” that supports and promotes the entire European economy.French President Macron also pointed out that “if solidarity due to the coronavirus is not demonstrated then what is at stake will be much larger and will concern the survival of the entire European construction”.Cyprus Mail highlighted on Saturday that European Central Bank President urged the wrangling EU leaders to act more decisively to cushion the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Ms Lagarde told the call that "further action is required", stressing the need for urgency and telling the leaders that the EU was being too slow to respond to the crisis. She warned of forecasts of a deep recession and the cost of complacency.Commenting on the results of the teleconference, European Parliament President Sassoli stated that he expects “a stronger assumption of responsibility from the national leaders”, adding that “we now have two weeks to find new answers; during this period, we hope that the restrictions of some will be lifted”. He underlined that “the European institutions are struggling to defend our citizens, our health and our democracy; no one can exit this emergency situation alone. That is why we need to fight the short-sightedness and selfishness of certain governments. Europe is more than national governments. Countries must be able to spend whatever necessary. For this to happen, we need a common resource to guarantee the debt”. As reported by Sigmalive, Mr Sassoli remarked that “governments need to acknowledge soon that the Europe that will result from this crisis will not be the same one that entered it”.Italian President Sergio Matarella on Friday underlined that Europe needs to understand the severity of the coronavirus threat and intervene in a specific way before it is too late. As reported by Sigmalive, he reminded the significant initiatives taken by the European Central Bank and European Commission with the support of the European Parliament, adding, however, that the EU leaders have not yet acted. New common initiatives are due, he stressed, surpassing old standards that are beyond the reality of the dramatic situation in which Europe is currently.

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Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-03-27 20:50:00, 20:50:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:50:00 PM CET

Coronavirus: German axis blocked the coronabond / Κορωνοϊός: Μπλόκαρε το κορωνο-ομόλογο ο γερμανικός άξονας km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Coronavirus: German axis blocked the coronabond / Κορωνοϊός: Μπλόκαρε το ..." info: Main evening news, 2020-03-28 20:50:00, 00:03:22, by PAVLOS XANTHOULIS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:50:00 PM CET

We need to act, ECB’s Lagarde tells feuding EU on virus rescue / We need to act, ECB’s Lagarde tells feuding EU on virus rescue km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "We need to act, ECB’s Lagarde tells feuding EU on ..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Έντονες επικρίσεις κατά της ΕΕ km-Haravgi-CY: "Έντονες επικρίσεις κατά της ΕΕ..." page: 30 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-03-27 20:48:00, 20:48:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:48:00 PM CET

Θα επανέλθουν σε 15 ημέρες km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Θα επανέλθουν σε 15 ημέρες..." page: 4 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-03-27 20:40:00, 20:40:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:40:00 PM CET

Κόντε: Το ευρωπαϊκό οικοδόμημα κινδυνεύει να χάσει τον λόγο ύπαρξής του km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Κόντε: Το ευρωπαϊκό οικοδόμημα κινδυνεύει να χάσει τον λόγο ύπαρξής ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ο Ιταλός Πρόεδρος ζητά από την ΕΕ να παρέμβει πριν να είναι πολύ αργά km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Ο Ιταλός Πρόεδρος ζητά από την ΕΕ να παρέμβει πριν ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Σασόλι:Η Ευρώπη είναι κάτι περισσότερο από ένα σύνολο εθνικών κυβερνήσεων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Σασόλι:Η Ευρώπη είναι κάτι περισσότερο από ένα σύνολο εθνικών κυβερνήσεων..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Σύνοδος ΕΕ: Αντίθετες στην έκδοση «corona bonds» Γερμανία και Ολλανδία km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Σύνοδος ΕΕ: Αντίθετες στην έκδοση «corona bonds» Γερμανία και Ολλανδία..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Turkish Cypriot leader sends letters to international organisations requesting financial assistance

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:39:00 PM CEST

Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci sent letters to the Turkish President, the President of the European Commission, the President of the World Bank and the President of the European Bank for Development requesting immediate assistance to manage the coronavirus. As reported by most media citing Turkish Cypriot media, Mr Akinci informed the recipients about the situation in the non-government controlled areas in relation to the coronavirus and notes that their contribution in the battle of the Turkish Cypriots, “who have limited access opportunities on a global level due to unfair decisions” against the spreading of the coronavirus will be vital. In his letters, he underlines the financial aid received from Turkey and the EU, adding that in order for the Turkish Cypriot “state” to cover its financial needs in the coming period, a significant additional financial aid is required. With this, he clarified, the deficiencies in the healthcare sector will be managed, while financial damages will be decreased.

Ζητά διεθνή οικονομική βοήθεια για αντιμετώπιση της κατάστασης km-Alithia-CY: "Ζητά διεθνή οικονομική βοήθεια για αντιμετώπιση της κατάστασης..." page: 11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ευρωπαϊκή και τουρκική βοήθεια ζητά ο Ακιντζί km-Haravgi-CY: "Ευρωπαϊκή και τουρκική βοήθεια ζητά ο Ακιντζί..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Akinci's letters to international organisations for assistance / Επιστολές Ακιντζί για βοήθεια σε διεθνείς οργανισμούς km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Akinci's letters to international organisations for assistance / Επιστολές Ακιντζί ..." page: 29 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Απευθύνθηκε... παντού για βοήθεια ο Ακιντζί km-Philenews.com-CY: "Απευθύνθηκε... παντού για βοήθεια ο Ακιντζί..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Επιστολές Ακιντζί για βοήθεια σε Τουρκία, ΕΕ και Παγκόσμια Τράπεζα km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Επιστολές Ακιντζί για βοήθεια σε Τουρκία, ΕΕ και Παγκόσμια Τράπεζα..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Cyprus House of Representatives suspends loan repayments during Covid-19 pandemic

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 5:37:00 AM CEST

The bill allowing for suspension of loan repayments and interest for natural persons and businesses was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, as reported by most media. A vote on a second bill, a €2bn fiscal stimulus plan was postponed until Thursday morning.Deputies from opposition AKEL, the Greens, Socialist EDEK, far-right ELAM and independent Anna Theologou voted against the bill that was ultimately passed with 31 votes in favour and 24 against. MPs from ruling DISY and centre-right DIKO voted in favour. Strict measures were taken at the House with deputies allowed inside only in small groups and sitting metres apart. As soon as they voted, they had to leave the chamber.Speaking afterwards, DISY leader Averof Neophytou said the  most important measure had  been adopted – the suspension of loan repayments and interest until the end of 2020. “Now we are demanding, asking and expecting the country’s banking system to do its job as a minimum social contribution,” he said. He said the nine-month’s worth of installments should be carried over to the end of the loan to facilitate businesses and homeowners.An hour earlier, main opposition leader Akel’s Andros Kyprianou had called for more time to delve into controversial bills aimed at supporting the economy in the wake of the coronavirus fallout. The call came an hour before the plenum was to meet on the two bills, one of which relates to the suspension of loan repayments and interest for nine months and the second to a €2bn fiscal stimulus. The repayment suspension covers businesses, self-employed persons, and individuals who had been consistent with their dues to date with the money paid back either in nine months or at the end of the loan. Mr Kyprianou, in a written statement on Sunday said although the party was on board with the raft of bills approved last Friday, it did not agree with the provisions of the repayments suspension saying it was letting the banks free for a second time since the 2013 financial crisis. Kyprianou said AKEL was concerned about the suspension of loan installments and interest for nine months, and the €2bn in state guarantees for loans and interest subsidies. “Banks were supported by the state and society in 2013 to survive. The fact that today in the face of such a crisis they do not seem willing to contribute anything is unacceptable,” he added. He said Akel’s position is that interest should be frozen for the nine months, and not paid back, even though European mechanisms do not allow for that. He also asked for more time to look into “better options”. The same applied to the second stimulus bill, he said.At the same time, Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides and Central Bank Governor Constantinos Herodotu were urging MPs to vote in favour of the two bills so that people could suspend their loan payments. He also said the money from the stimulus was for low-interest loans to businesses “not banks” so that the former could pay their suppliers and salaries without going bankrupt. According to Mr Herodotou, the obligation to pay installments including interest would be suspended for natural persons, self-employed persons and businesses. He added that all unpaid installments and interest would be added at the end of the loan period and would not be payable immediately when the nine months was up.Haravgi reported in a frontpage story that the government “was lenient” to banks, which once again do not contribute at all to managing the crisis. The report notes that the suspension of loans only applies for a few – those who do not have delayed payments of beyond 30 days – and is subject to extra charges on the interest rate of nine months.

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-03-29 20:40:00, 20:40:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:40:00 PM CEST

ΧΑΡΙΣΤΗΚΑΝ στις τράπεζες οι κυβερνώντες km-Haravgi-CY: "ΧΑΡΙΣΤΗΚΑΝ στις τράπεζες οι κυβερνώντες..." page: 1,3 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Πέρασε η αναστολή των δόσεων km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Πέρασε η αναστολή των δόσεων..." page: 1,7 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

«Πράσινο» για αναστολή km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "«Πράσινο» για αναστολή..." page: 1,7 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2020-03-29 20:47:00, 20:47:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:47:00 PM CEST

Commission to propose changes to MFF

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 6:04:00 AM CEST

Haravgi, Phileleftheros and Politis today report that the European Commission will propose the creation of a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) to manage the economic impact of the pandemic, as announced on Friday by Commission President von der Leyen.About a month ago, the EU27 leaders were unable to reach an agreement on the 2021-2027 MFF, on the total amount, or on the distribution of expenditure to the various sectors. Discussions were expected to continue, but, in the meantime, the pandemic spread across Europe that now mourns two thirds of deaths globally. Ms von der Leyen stated that “to ensure recovery, the Commission will propose changes to the MFF to manage the consequences of the crisis. This will include a recovery programme that will guarantee cohesion within the EU via solidarity and responsibility”.Referring to the EU leaders’ inability to reach a common European response to the economic impact of Covid-19 during last Thursday’s teleconference and their mandating to the Eurogroup to seek results, Ms von der Leyen said that “the Commission will participate in these discussions and is ready to grant its assistance if it has the Eurogroup’s support”. At the same time, she added, the Commission is working on proposals for the recovery phase within the framework of existing treaties.

Νέο Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο km-Haravgi-CY: "Νέο Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Commission heads towards a new Fiscal Framework due to the pandemic / Προς νέο Δημοσιονομικό Πλαίσιο η Κομισιόν λόγω πανδημίας km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Commission heads towards a new Fiscal Framework due to the ..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Νέο πολυετές δημοσιονομικό από την ΕΕ km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Νέο πολυετές δημοσιονομικό από την ΕΕ..." page: 12 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU leaders fail to agree on measures to alleviate economic impact of coronavirus epidemic

[Czech Republic, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:38:00 AM CEST

Dailies Lidové noviny and Mladá fronta DNES report that the leaders of EU member states failed to reach agreement on measures to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the bloc’s economy. While Italy and other South European countries call for the widest possible support from the EU budget, Germany remains cautious about the impact of such measures on the public debt. The dailies note that Italian Prime Minister Conte failed to assert the introduction of Eurobonds intended to finance the fight against the pandemic as Germany and the Netherlands stood against. Website echo24.cz quotes Czech Prime Minister Babiš as saying that the EU financial aid approved by the European Parliament last week does not mean any additional funds for the Czech Republic. Mr Babiš said that the Czech Republic had already been entitled to the €1.2 billion in aid. According to Mr Babiš, the European Commission only made it possible to draw the money faster and increased the flexibility of shifts between cohesion funds. Economists polled by Lidové noviny compare the current situation to the 2008 financial crisis. Member of the European Economic and Social Committee Petr Zahradník says the primary reasons of the crisis stand outside the economy, which implies that there is a better chance for monetary measures and fiscal expansion to take effect and restart the economy after the epidemic is over. Weekly Euro explains steps taken by the Czech National Bank and other central banks to rescue the economy as well as the measures adopted by the Czech government to support companies which were forced to shut down.

According to Babiš, EU aid does not bring new money, EC rejects this / Podle Babiše pomoc od EU nové peníze nepřináší, EK to odmítá km-echo24.cz-CZ: "According to Babiš, EU aid does not bring new money, ..." info: by Echo24 date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Global burden / Globální břemeno km-Euro-CZ-CZ: "Global burden / Globální břemeno..." page: 35 info: by PAVEL DANIEL date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Active hibernation / Aktivní hibernace km-Euro-CZ-CZ: "Active hibernation / Aktivní hibernace..." page: 10 info: by Petr Fischer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU leaders dispute over bonds / Lídry EU rozhádaly dluhopisy km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "EU leaders dispute over bonds / Lídry EU rozhádaly dluhopisy..." page: 7 info: by CTK date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pumping money into the system is the right step / Nalévání peněz do systému je správný krok km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "Pumping money into the system is the right step / ..." page: 10 info: by Jana Macháčka date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Italy: Start issuing European bonds / Itálie: Začněte vydávat evropské dluhopisy km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "Italy: Start issuing European bonds / Itálie: Začněte vydávat evropské ..." page: 9 info: by (čtk) date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Council fail to reach agreement on EU economy during corona crisis

[Denmark, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

A couple of Danish media outlets report on Thursday’s EU video conference:Jyllands-Posten, DR P1 and DR1 all report that the EU’s heads of state and government on Thursday failed to reach an agreement on how to solve the troubling financial situation during the corona crisis, and that the EU finance minister were given two weeks to come up with suggestions on the matter. Jyllands-Posten and DR1 report that the so-called corona bonds were a big hurdle in the negotiations. DR P1 reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the financial crisis following the corona outbreak will be worse than the one experienced in 2009. DR P1 further reports on President von der Leyen’s statement that most member states wanted a common strategy to combat the crisis.

Merkel at EU summit: Corona crisis plunges Europe into deep economic crisis / Merkel på EU-topmøde: Coronakrisen kaster Europa ud i dyb økonomisk krise km-DR-P1-DK: "Merkel at EU summit: Corona crisis plunges Europe into deep ..." info: Radioavisen, 2020-03-27 12:11:00, 00:00:30, by Ole Ryborg date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:11:00 PM CET

TV-Avisen km-DR1-DK: "TV-Avisen..." info: 2020-03-27 18:46:00, 18:46:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:46:00 PM CET

Commentary: The EU member states postponed deciding about how the EU economies are to get through the corona crisis / EU-ledere udskød den sværeste beslutning om vejen igennem coronakrisen km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Commentary: The EU member states postponed deciding about how the ..." page: 17 info: by Martin Kaae date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The European Central Bank orders banks to stop all dividend payments

[Denmark, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:46:00 AM CEST

Friday, the European Central Bank (ECB) ordered the banks in the eurozone to stop all dividend payments and planned buy-backs of own shares in 2020, Børsen reports. The ECB made the decision to secure the European credit markets as well as the banks' ability to handle a loss on loans and support households and small and medium-sized business.

The European Central Bank orders banks to stop all dividend payments / Banker beordres til at droppe udbytter km-Borsen-DK: "The European Central Bank orders banks to stop all dividend ..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The corona pandemic could lead to a very deep recession, according to Financial Times commentator

[Denmark, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:58:00 AM CEST

Information reports that the coronavirus is considered to be worse than the financial crisis, according to Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator at Financial Times. He thinks a global recession will come and that it will be bigger than the 2009 recession, he states in an interview. He is concerned about the global order and points out the EU member states having stopped exporting masks and other medical equipment out of the EU as an example. Wolf is worried about increasing protectionism even within the EU. He does not think that society should open up and that the coronavirus cure will be worse than the virus itself.

The corona pandemic could lead to a very deep recession, according to Financial Times commentator / Forsidehenvisning: Selv hvis vi ikke bekæmper sygdommen, kan vi ende i en meget, meget dyb recession km-Information-Denmark-DK: "The corona pandemic could lead to a very deep recession, ..." page: 1 info: by Christian Bennike date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of COVID-19

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and Estonia have signed a 15-year loan agreement of €750 million to help finance the measures taken to curb the immediate impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the economy and society, ETV news report. The loan will cover part of Estonia's increased costs, such as additional direct spending on health care and civil protection, compensation of employees for unpaid leave, and loss of earnings due to self-quarantine. It also covers support measures for the business sectors most affected by the crisis, such as small and medium-sized enterprises, tourism and transport. It will compensate businesses for loss of revenue.

Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of COVID-19 / Eesti saab laenu 750 miljonit eurot km-Aripaev-EE: "Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of ..." page: 1 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of COVID-19 / Põhjamaade investeerimispank laenab Eesti riigile 750 miljonit km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-03-30 06:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 6:40:00 AM CEST

Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of COVID-19 / Põhjamaade Investeerimispank annab Eestile 750 miljonit laenu km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of COVID-19 / Põhjamaade investeerimispank laenab Eesti riigile 750 miljonit km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Estonia receives €750 million loan to mitigate economic effects of ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

EU government leaders battled finance ministers to mitigate economic losses

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

European Union heads of government failed to agree on Thursday night what to do to alleviate the economic damage caused by the coronavirus and decided to send the issue back to the finance ministers, who are expected to make new concrete proposals, Err.ee reports. According to Andres Kuninga, Head of the European Union and International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Finance, ESM and current EU measures are a good way to go. "In our view, there are other options at present. The ESM already mentioned and what the countries themselves have done. And there are also measures at European level to support coping with the effects of the crisis. If we look at what the countries themselves have done, the more direct and indirect steps that have been taken already amount to almost 15% of GDP. Add to this the €37 billion package of measures initiated by the Commission. The European Investment Bank, for its part, will provide additional funds to support businesses in the form of guarantees and loans. In addition, we have now suspended the budget rules and also made state aid options more flexible," Mr Kuninga added.

EU government leaders battled finance ministers to mitigate economic losses / EL-i valitsusjuhid põrgatasid majanduskahjude leevendamise rahandusministritele km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "EU government leaders battled finance ministers to mitigate economic losses ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Italian Prime Minister: The response to the virus will determine the fate of the EU

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

The European Union could lose its purpose if it fails to respond vigorously to the coronary pandemic, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned on Saturday, Postimees.ee reports. Mr Conte regretted the failure of the member states leaders to agree on an action plan at a six-hour video conference on Thursday. "If Europe does not meet this unprecedented challenge, the whole European structure will lose its reason for people to exist," said Mr Conte.

Italian Prime Minister: The response to the virus will determine the fate of the EU / Itaalia peaminister: vastus viirusele määrab EL-i saatuse km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Italian Prime Minister: The response to the virus will determine ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The European Parliament is distributing €37 billion to countries affected by the pandemic

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

The European Parliament is distributing €37 billion to countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The money is used to support health systems, but also to help small and medium-sized enterprises, labour markets and other vulnerable parts of the European Union economy, Delfi.ee reports. In addition, up to €800 million will be provided for public health emergencies. It allows funding for public health projects such as medical care and prevention, monitoring or control of the spread of disease. The Council of the European Union must formally approve Parliament's position. The measures adopted shall enter into force as soon as they are published in the Official Journal at the beginning of next week.

Europarlament jaotab pandeemias kannatanud riikidele 37 miljardit eurot km-Delfi.ee-EE: "Europarlament jaotab pandeemias kannatanud riikidele 37 miljardit eurot..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: "I am a Koivisto-like optimist - we will beat this virus, and we will do it together"

[Finland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

Demokraatti interviewed Commissioner for International Partnerships Urpilainen, who says that Europe is a team with a common goal now. "The European Commission has made an investment initiative. We propose that unused structural and investment funds will not be recovered by the member states this year." She lists other measures taken by the Commission, e.g. the attenuation of state aid rules. "I am an optimist, like our late President, Mr Koivisto. But this is a global crisis. Many of the European Union's partners face the crisis under much harder circumstances. Like Africa. They will need us," says Commissioner Urpilainen.

Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: "I am a Koivisto-like optimist - we will win this virus, and we do it together / Jutta Urpilainen: ”Olen koivistomainen optimisti – me voitamme tämän viruksen, ja teemme sen yhdessä” km-Demari.fi-FI: "Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: "I am a Koivisto-like optimist - ..." info: by Jani Laukkanen date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus crisis highlights the differences between EU countries

[Finland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

Kauppalehti writes in a comment on the efforts made to find joint measures to combat the coronavirus crisis, which last week led to nothing in the EU finance minister's meeting. Coronabonds or the European Stability Mechanism were not even mentioned. The southern countries of the eurozone want eurobonds whereas the northern ones oppose them. The disagreement stems from mistrust as a result of the financial crisis, and this negatively affects the EU's ability to act. Mistrust is also created by the fact that not all member states have achieved budget stability, even in good financial times. It looks like that the crisis will once again be taken care of by the ECB.

Coronavirus crisis highlights the differences between EU countries / Koronakriisi nostaa EU-maiden erot esiin km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Coronavirus crisis highlights the differences between EU countries / Koronakriisi ..." page: 1 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU27 deadlock over "coronabonds"

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro writes that the videoconference gathering the EU27 on Thursday evening again highlighted the EU’s divergences on the issue of economic support. While all EU economies have come to a halt, north and south member states replayed the financial crisis of 2010 and the vain negotiations on an EU budget. The "frugal four" refuse the idea of eurobonds and want any recourse to the ESM to be subjected to strict conditions. Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa described the attitude of the Dutch as "repugnant". It was decided that the Eurogroup would have two weeks to present "proposals"  taking "into account the unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 shock”. The term "proposals" in the plural, and that of a possibly "intensified" response in a fortnight, allowed to keep Prime Minister Conte on board. The Italian leader demands more solidarity with Italy, which is hit hard by the pandemic.Le Parisien Dimanche reports that in an interview to Italian newspapers, French President Macron, who supports the issuance of "coronabonds", called for European budgetary solidarity. He said that in order to support the most affected countries, the European Union’s budget could be increased. The newspaper also notes that Germany is reluctant to eurobonds.L’Opinion reports that the Dutch government has been surprised by the criticism it is facing since its refusal to create coronabonds on Thursday. The Hague thinks that the ECB’s measures, which have been taken without taking into account the Netherlands’ opinion, and the use of the European Stability Mechanism are so far enough to help countries in difficulty. The country argues that it is not a priority to debate about states’ debts. Nevertheless, on Friday, alongside a few opposition politicians, the Dutch central bank governor Klaas Knot distanced himself from Prime Minister Mark Rutte, notes the article.In an interview in Le Figaro, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta blames the Netherlands and Austria for their "veto" on Thursday regarding the creation of eurobonds. Conversely, Mr Letta praises President von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioners Breton and Gentiloni for their "flawless performance" in managing the coronavirus crisis. That said, he thinks they need to increase their "political legitimacy". He also says that alongside the European Central Bank’s measures, the EU needs to use the European Stability Mechanism with the European Investment Bank to create potential eurobonds. He also praises French President Macron’s leadership, and notes that German Chancellor Merkel also has a role to play.In an interview with France 2,  MEP Sandro Gozi reports that the recent European summit that was held by videoconference to discuss the economic response to the Covid outbreak was not successful. “The presidents of the ECB and the European Commission did not react to this unprecedented crisis soon enough, we are at war and we need to implement a wartime economy, by using recovery bonds”, he stresses. “We should not underestimate the EU’s solidarity in this crisis. Thanks to Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton, more masks will be produced to help Italy”. However, Mr Gozzi warns that “Italy feels so helpless and abandoned by the EU, it is up now to our institutions and member states to prove the contrary in the long term”.In a column for Le Monde, economist Patrick Artus reckons that the coronavirus crisis will lead the eurozone to face a recession in 2020. As the members states’ deficits are so far going to increase by 2 to 3 percentage points of GDP, the European Commission decided to suspend the EU’s budgetary rules, he recalls. In this context, the European Central Bank has put forward a €750 billion plan, and several leaders have called for issuing eurobonds. Chancellor Merkel surprisingly supported this project, he notes. While this looks like a good idea, he recalls that financial markets might not think the same. For instance, before the ECB’s intervention, the eurozone’s core member states saw their long-term interest rates rise.

In the Netherlands too, the state is coming to the rescue of the economy. / Aux Pays-Bas également, l'Etat se jette à la rescousse de l'économie km-Echos-FR: "In the Netherlands too, the state is coming to the ..." page: 9 info: by Gabriel Grésillon date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Disagreements in the European Union on the economic answer / Coronavirus : désaccords entre les pays de l'UE sur la réponse économique à apporter km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Coronavirus: Disagreements in the European Union on the economic answer ..." info: Le journal de 8h, 2020-03-28 08:08:00, 00:01:22, by FRANCOIS GEFFRIER date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:08:00 AM CET

Interview with Bruno Retailleau, Senator of the Vendée, President of the LR Group in the Senate / Entretien avec Bruno Retailleau, sénateur de la Vendée et président du groupe LR au Sénat km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Bruno Retailleau, Senator of the Vendée, President of ..." info: L'invite politique, 2020-03-28 08:25:00, 00:01:37, by BERNARD POIRETTE date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:25:00 AM CET

Interview with former Italian Prime Minister Letta : "Dutch and Austrian behaviour is irresponsible" / Letta : « L'attitude des Pays-Bas et de l'Autriche est irresponsable » km-Figaro-FR: "Interview with former Italian Prime Minister Letta : "Dutch and ..." page: 29,33 info: by Florentin Collomp date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU27 deadlock over "coronabonds" / Impasse des Vingt-Sept sur les «coronabonds» km-Figaro-FR: "EU27 deadlock over "coronabonds" / Impasse des Vingt-Sept sur les ..." page: 33 info: by Anne Rovan date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

UNION EUROPE ON FRANCE INFO .. / Entretien avec Patrick Martin-Genier, spécialiste des questions européennes : l'UE est divisée sur la réaction à l'impact économique du coronavirus km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "UNION EUROPE ON FRANCE INFO .. / Entretien avec Patrick ..." info: Le 10h00-14h00, 2020-03-28 10:44:00, 00:05:10, by CAMILLE REVEL date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:44:00 AM CET

"We need to think now about the day after" / «Il nous faut réfléchir dès maintenant au jour d'après» km-Humanite-FR: ""We need to think now about the day after" / ..." page: 2,3 info: by Cyprien Boganda date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU: The Hague reiterates its opposition to the idea of issuing 'corona bonds' / UE: La Haye réitère son opposition à l’idée d’émettre des «corona bonds» km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "EU: The Hague reiterates its opposition to the idea of ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Are "coronabonds" such a good idea ? / Les « coronabonds », fausse bonne idée ? km-Monde-FR: "Are "coronabonds" such a good idea ? / Les « ..." page: 29 info: by Patrick Artus date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Netherlands refuse to admit they endanger EU / Les Pays-Bas se défendent de mettre en danger l'UE km-Opinion-FR: "Netherlands refuse to admit they endanger EU / Les Pays-Bas ..." page: 6 info: by Gilles Sengès date: Monday, March 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS: ARE "CATASTROPHE BONDS" REALLY THE FINANCIAL REMEDE WE NEED? / Coronavirus : les "catastrophe bonds" sont-ils vraiment le remède financier dont nous avons besoin ? km-Tribune-FR: "CORONAVIRUS: ARE "CATASTROPHE BONDS" REALLY THE FINANCIAL REMEDE WE NEED? ..." page: 117,118,119,120 info: by Bernard Forgues date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europeans' massive budgetary response

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that European states have taken major budgetary measures. Germany has planned €123 billion in additional spending, France €45 billion, Italy €50 billion, and Spain €17 billion. In total, the budgetary effort should represent 2% of the euro zone's GDP according to the Eurogroup. Analysts forecast a general public deficit for the entire zone representing between 4% and 6.1% of GDP at the end of 2020. This spending is deemed sufficient to respond to the first phase of the crisis. However, analysts point out a lack of coordination, which shows the EU “is not up to the challenge yet”."The climate that seems to prevail between heads of state and government and the lack of European solidarity are putting the EU in mortal danger," former European Commission President Delors warned on Saturday.

Budget surpluses, assets against black swans / Les surplus budgétaires, des atouts face aux cygnes noirs km-Echos-FR: "Budget surpluses, assets against black swans / Les surplus budgétaires, ..." page: 11 info: by Cécile Philippe date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Green light for an increase of more than 40% in the German budget / Feu vert à une hausse de plus de 40 % du budget allemand km-Echos-FR: "Green light for an increase of more than 40% in ..." page: 9 info: by Ninon Renaud date: Monday, March 30, 2020

In France, the real scale of the fiscal effort is still difficult to quantify / En France, l'ampleur réelle de l'effort budgétaire encore difficile à chiffrer km-Echos-FR: "In France, the real scale of the fiscal effort is ..." page: 8 info: by R. Ho date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The massive budgetary response of Europeans / La réponse budgétaire massive des Européens km-Echos-FR: "The massive budgetary response of Europeans / La réponse budgétaire ..." page: 8 info: by Renaud Honoré date: Monday, March 30, 2020

A Spanish economic plan less massive than it seems / Un plan économique espagnol moins massif qu'il n'y paraît km-Echos-FR: "A Spanish economic plan less massive than it seems / ..." page: 8 info: by Cécile Thibaud date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Containment refractories are losing ground / Les réfractaires au confinement perdent du terrain km-Echos-FR: "Containment refractories are losing ground / Les réfractaires au confinement ..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Covid-19 slows down in confined countries / Le Covid-19 ralentit dans les pays confinés km-Echos-FR: "Covid-19 slows down in confined countries / Le Covid-19 ralentit ..." page: 6 info: by Y. B date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Café Europe: the end of the stability pact between eurozone members / Café Europe : la fin du pacte de stabilité entre les membres de la zone euro km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Café Europe: the end of the stability pact between eurozone ..." info: Le six neuf du dimanche, 2020-03-29 08:16:00, 00:02:37, by PATRICIA MARTIN date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:16:00 AM CEST

In Germany, "don't chase after the virus." / En Allemagne, «ne pas courir derrière le virus» km-Liberation-FR: "In Germany, "don't chase after the virus." / En Allemagne, ..." page: 10 info: by Stéphane Roland date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Italy is beefing up its economic response while waiting for help from Europe

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte believes that the European economic response to the recession caused by the Covid-19 health crisis is too timid, and has decided to increase the Italian rescue plan from €25 to €50 billion, or 2.8% of Italian GDP, reports Les Echos. The coming economic crisis is expected to cause Italy's GDP to fall by 2 to 4%. The €50 billion in question will enable the State to provide unemployment insurance for all employees who end unemployed. In addition, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti will see the minimum threshold for the loans it grants lowered so that SMEs can have access to them. As for the self-employed or seasonal workers, they will be paid an allowance of €600 per month, with a bonus of €100 for those earning less than €40,000 per year and a "baby-sitter bonus" of €600 for those relatives who cannot telework from home. This bonus will be increased to €1,000 for medical staff.

Italy is beefing up its economic response while waiting for help from Europe / L'Italie muscle sa réponse économique en attendant l'aide de l'Europe km-Echos-FR: "Italy is beefing up its economic response while waiting for ..." page: 8 info: by Olivier Tosseri date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Italy and Spain could leave the Eurozone" / "L'Italie et l'Espagne pourraient sortir de la zone Euro" km-I-TELE-FR: ""Italy and Spain could leave the Eurozone" / "L'Italie et ..." info: Integrale week-end, 2020-03-29 20:09:00, 00:02:39, by Jean-Pierre Elkabbach date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:09:00 PM CEST

Covid-19: European Commission urges member states to control foreign direct investment

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:37:00 AM CEST

La Tribune reports that the European Commission published on 25 March guidelines relating to foreign direct investment (FDI) and the protection of European strategic assets. Due to the health crisis, the stock market prices of certain strategic activities are currently subject to great volatility. The Commission thus recommends that member states make full use of their FDI control systems. France is well equipped for this, thanks to a regulation adopted in 2019, La Tribune points out. Understandably, the Commission’s guidelines insist on companies active in the health sector. Any undesirable FDI in this sector is likely to have negative repercussions on the entire EU. The Commission will issue opinions and exercise in-depth control in the health sector.

Covid-19: European Commission urges member states to control foreign direct investment / Covid-19 : La Commission européenne encourage les Etats membres à contrôler les investissements directs étrangers km-Tribune-FR: "Covid-19: European Commission urges member states to control foreign direct ..." page: 26,27,28 info: by Vincent Brenot date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Epidemic sends dire warning to economists (column)

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:42:00 AM CEST

In a column in Le Monde, researcher Robert Boyer explains the particularity of the new global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. Previously, financial crises could be explained by internal factors to the economic system, but the new crisis is the result of an external factor: a virus coming from China and spreading worldwide. The governments of affected countries took strict decisions to stop the outbreak imposing a strict containment of their population. This had consequences on all economic and stock market activity. The author considers that deliverance will not come from a return of the markets to an ephemeral equilibrium, but from the coordination of the economic channels by the State to deal with the sanitary emergency.

Epidemic sends dire warning to economists / L'épidémie adresse un redoutable avertissement aux économistes km-Monde-FR: "Epidemic sends dire warning to economists / L'épidémie adresse un ..." page: 25 info: by Robert Boyer date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Laurence Boone: "Europe has to develop common financing tools" (interview)

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Les Echos, OECD chief economist Laurence Boone praises the way European states are facing the coronavirus crisis. More than 10% of the eurozone’s GDP is to be used for this purpose, she notes. She also reckons that European states learned from the 2008 crisis by sharing best practices. In almost every European country, states are taking three kinds of measures: helping medical staff, firms, and ensuring that workers get a decent wage. That said, she urges them to improve coordination, as they use different types of short-time working systems. Last, and in any case, she also calls for the creation of a common tool to finance these new expenditures.

OECD chief economist Laurence Boone: "Europe has to develop common financing tools" / Laurence Boone Chef économiste de l'OCDE: « L'Europe doit développer des instruments de financement communs » km-Echos-FR: "OECD chief economist Laurence Boone: "Europe has to develop common financing ..." page: 9 info: by Renaud Honoré date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU member states argue over introduction of corona bonds

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the ongoing dispute over the introduction of joint European bonds against the corona crisis. The financially more stable north of Europe opposes the idea while the south favours it.Zeit.de reports on the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the EU pointing out that President von der Leyen has spoken cautiously about the introduction of corona bonds, thus causing anger in Italy. She was even criticised by Prime Minister Conte. In an interview with DPA, Ms von der Leyen made it clear that the European Commission is not planning to issue its own bonds, by saying that "there are very clear legal limits." "The Eurogroup has the mandate to develop several proposals within 14 days with a view to the ESM," she underlined.In a commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerald Braunberger argues that the coronavirus crisis should not be used to prematurely change the architecture of the euro area. In these days, European solidarity means first and foremost examining all possibilities of cooperation in order to help suffering people, Mr Braunberger insists. Mr Conte was able to agree to a two-week review of the financial options by the EU finance ministers because he is confident that underestimated resources such as the ESM, the ECB and the EIB are available for emergencies.In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, President of the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research Achim Wambach commends the Federal Government for the quick response to the coronavirus crisis, but also stresses that "the European component is clearly missing." Would it matter if the German economy survives the disaster, while its neighbouring countries end up with multiple problems, Mr Wambach wonders. The ECB is making liquidity available to banks, which is an excellent direct measure, but is not enough, according to Mr Wambach. The alternative to the purchase of the bonds would be to apply for support through the ESM. The disadvantage of the ESM is the stigmatic effect, unlike the corona bonds, directly available to every country. "We will know that the situation is critical once a country requests help under the ESM," Mr Wambach stresses.In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung, German Council of Economic Experts member Achim Truger calls for the issuing of corona bonds. According to him, otherwise, the euro will collapse due to the coronavirus crisis. It has been clear for weeks that a recession in Germany and the EU is coming, he emphasises. Based on his analysis, the recession will go in the direction of the 2008 financial crisis. The ECB and President of the ECB Lagarde are taking on responsibility and are trying to calm the financial markets, Mr Truger underlines. In the end, the economic consequences of the outbreak depend on how long the restrictions will stand, he concludes.In an interview on Deutschlandfunk, SPD parliamentary group Chairman Rolf Mützenich explains that there is an alternative to the corona bonds when it comes to helping the most affected countries in the EU, Italy and Spain. Mr Mützenich believes there is an alternative within the ESM which can provide loans. He emphasises that the EIB has an important instrument here to ultimately act collectively within the EU, and President von der Leyen has voiced that too. It would be important to come up with an idea of what the provision of direct funding means for these countries and implement it, Mr Mützenich underlines.

Deutschlandfunk - 29.03.2020 13:23 - ITV Rolf Mützenich on Corona-Bonds / Deutschlandfunk - 29.03.2020 13:23 - ITV Rolf Mützenich on Corona-Bonds km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 29.03.2020 13:23 - ITV Rolf Mützenich on Corona-Bonds ..." info: Program, 2020-03-30 00:16:00, 00:06:39, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 12:16:00 AM CEST

Problems of Corona Bonds / Probleme der Corona-Bonds km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Problems of Corona Bonds / Probleme der Corona-Bonds..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Italy calls out loud for Eurobonds / Italien ruft laut nach Eurobonds km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Italy calls out loud for Eurobonds / Italien ruft laut ..." page: 17 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Macron promotes Corona Bonds / Macron wirbt für Corona-Bonds km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Macron promotes Corona Bonds / Macron wirbt für Corona-Bonds..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Corona crisis (he) demands Europe / Corona-Krise (er)fordert Europa km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Corona crisis (he) demands Europe / Corona-Krise (er)fordert Europa..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview on corona bonds: "The European component is clearly missing" / "Es fehlt klar die europäische Komponente" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Interview on corona bonds: "The European component is clearly missing" ..." page: 17 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Corona Bonds: EU deeply divided - Rome upset / Corona-Bonds: EU tief gespalten- Rom verärgert km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "Corona Bonds: EU deeply divided - Rome upset / Corona-Bonds: ..." page: 7 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview on the economic consequences from the coronavirus crisis: "The crisis is not the moment for bean counting" / "Die Krise ist nicht der Moment für Erbsenzählerei" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Interview on the economic consequences from the coronavirus crisis: "The ..." page: 14 info: by A.H date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Hard confrontation with Merkel" / „Harte Konfrontation mit Merkel“ km-taz.de-DE: ""Hard confrontation with Merkel" / „Harte Konfrontation mit Merkel“..." info: by Unknown date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Economists warn against using the euro bailout / Ökonomen warnen vor Einsatz des Euro-Rettungsschirms km-Welt-DE: "Economists warn against using the euro bailout / Ökonomen warnen ..." page: 12 info: by Tobias Kaiser date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Fierce EU dispute over Corona bonds / Heftiger EU-Streit über Corona-Bonds km-Zeit.de-DE: "Fierce EU dispute over Corona bonds / Heftiger EU-Streit über ..." info: by Unknown date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interviews with German Finance and Energy Ministers on the European industrial strategy to follow

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:28:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the Federal Government's actions in view of the corona pandemic.In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier stresses that stimulus packages to rescue Germany's economy will not be enough to preserve the economy from the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic. What is needed is a "fitness programme" for the economy's competitiveness to revitalise it, he underlines. This includes increasing the attractiveness of Europe as a venue for business globally, overcoming the lag in digitisation, more versatile supply chains and creating the right conditions to keep jobs in Europe. The European Commission recognises this and has proposed a first draft for a European industrial strategy, which is to be finalised throughout the German Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2020.In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz comments on the measures taken in Germany against the impact of the coronavirus, stressing that the tough measures to combat the virus are correct despite the big economic downturn. Mr Scholz strongly advises against loosening the restrictions for economic issues before 20 April. Moreover, he finds unacceptable the "cynical considerations" that people have to put up with death for the economy to run. Furthermore, people can only get through this crisis "together with concern and cohesion". Additionally, Mr Scholz notes that bonuses, up to €1,500, paid for example to caregivers, supermarket cashiers, medical staff and drivers, will be completely tax-free.

Mega rush for emergency aid for the self-employed! / Mega-Ansturm auf Soforthilfe für Selbstständige! km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Mega rush for emergency aid for the self-employed! / Mega-Ansturm ..." page: 3 info: by ess date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: "Better wages for hard work should be a result of the crisis" / "Bessere Löhne für harte Arbeit sollten eine Folge der Krise sein" km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Interview with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz: "Better wages for hard ..." page: 4-5 info: by angelika hellemann date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Express delivery / Expresslieferung km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Express delivery / Expresslieferung..." page: 5 info: by Frank Pergande date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister Peter Altmaier: “Rescue itself not enough” / "Retten allein genügt nicht" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister Peter Altmaier: “Rescue itself not enough” ..." page: 24 info: by Georg Meck date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Plea for a new burden-sharing / Plädoyer für einen neuen Lastenausgleich km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Plea for a new burden-sharing / Plädoyer für einen neuen ..." page: 19 info: by Heinrich August Winkler date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

"Active euthanasia for small and medium-sized enterprises" / "Aktive Sterbehilfe für den Mittelstand" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: ""Active euthanasia for small and medium-sized enterprises" / "Aktive Sterbehilfe ..." page: 15 info: by A.Funk date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Labour

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:30:00 AM CEST

Several media elaborate on the economic measures taken in the battle against the corona crisis.In an interview with Handelsblatt, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil talks about the efficiency of the social state in times of crisis, the Hartz IV concept, fair wages for undervalued service providers and the blessing of short-time work money. He promises that an attempt will be made to protect every single job. Mr Heil points out that unlike in the US, in Germany there is basic income and thanks to the reasonable budget policy in the past, the state now has the financial possibilities to help and "is not defenceless." He emphasises that in the corona crisis, the state, the employers and the labour unions must together find solutions that are fair for all sides. According to him, the Hartz IV concept should be left out in the crisis because it is stigmatising.

Many are not used to screaming for help / Viele sind nicht gewohnt, um Hilfe zu schreien km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Many are not used to screaming for help / Viele ..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Praise of the Social Market Economy / Ein Lob der Sozialen Marktwirtschaft km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Praise of the Social Market Economy / Ein Lob der ..." page: 16 info: by Jan Hildebrand date: Monday, March 30, 2020

When capital becomes unemployed / Wenn Kapital arbeitslos wird km-Handelsblatt-DE: "When capital becomes unemployed / Wenn Kapital arbeitslos wird..." page: 14 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil on economic measures against the corona crisis: "We are not defenceless" / "Wir sind nicht wehrlos" km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus ..." page: 8-9 info: by T. Sigmund date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Eastern Europe is down / Osteuropa liegt darnieder km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Eastern Europe is down / Osteuropa liegt darnieder..." page: 16 info: by k.a. date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"The crisis may be much more glamorous than in 2008" / "Womöglich verläuft die Krise wesentlich glimpflicher als 2008" km-Zeit.de-DE: ""The crisis may be much more glamorous than in 2008" ..." info: by TILLMANN PRÜFER date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview: "Eurobonds are a litmus test for EU"

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:28:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report on the economic impact of the coronavirus in Europe.In an interview on Deutschlandfunk, Director of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) Michael Hüther has reaffirmed his advocacy in favour of Eurobonds, which he and other leading German economists made public in an op-ed piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last week. Mr Hüther believes that European solidarity is “a litmus test” and “inevitable” for the EU’s survival after the ECB has adopted massive support measures and the coronavirus pandemic is not a financial crisis. Now fiscal policymakers have to step up since the mandate of the ESM cannot shoulder the burden in terms of its mandate and volume.

Deutschlandfunk - 28.03.2020 08:14 - ITV Michael Hüther on Eurobonds / Deutschlandfunk - 28.03.2020 08:14 - ITV Michael Hüther on Eurobonds km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 28.03.2020 08:14 - ITV Michael Hüther on Eurobonds ..." info: Program, 2020-03-28 22:42:00, 00:09:26, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:42:00 PM CET

On the economic impact of the coronavirus in Europe: The euro in intensive care / Der Euro auf der Intensivstation km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On the economic impact of the coronavirus in Europe: The ..." page: 23 info: by Marcus Theurer date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview: "I call for coronabonds" / "Ich plädiere für Corona-Bonds" km-Welt-DE: "Interview: "I call for coronabonds" / "Ich plädiere für Corona-Bonds"..." page: 4 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Guest contribution: Maintaining the capital base of the banking system is essential

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:00:00 AM CEST

A couple of media discuss the ECB's monetary policy in times of the corona crisis.In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria explains that the ECB has announced unprecedented measures to relieve capital and increase flexibility in supervision in recent weeks. These measures are aimed at fighting the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Enria believes "this should not be a one-way street." Banks and shareholders must also "make their contribution to this joint effort." Since liquidity is the banks' most effective tool against unexpected shocks, maintaining the capital base of the banking system is essential. Mr Enria stresses the ECB's recommendation that banks make no dividend payments or share buybacks until at least October 2020.

Guest contribution: How the ECB regulators are helping to fight the pandemic / Wie die EZB-Bankenaufsicht im Kampf gegen die Pandemie hilft km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Guest contribution: How the ECB regulators are helping to fight ..." page: 19 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Exception for savings banks and Volksbanken / Ausnahme für Sparkassen und Volksbanken km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Exception for savings banks and Volksbanken / Ausnahme für Sparkassen ..." page: 33 info: by K.F date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Banger View on Liquidity / Banger Blick auf die Liquidität km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Banger View on Liquidity / Banger Blick auf die Liquidität..." page: 32 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Reactions to lack of agreement at latest European Council over the way to address the coronavirus impact on the economy

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

All Greek media outlets continue reporting on the latest European Council videoconference, stressing the fact that the European leaders did not manage to reach an agreement on the joint tackling of the coronavirus crisis. The European leaders gave Eurogroup a two-week deadline to present a proposal for the additional tools EU and the eurozone can mobilise to support member states. Most media speak of a dead end, highlighting EU’s division. Efimerida Syntakton notes that following the Council meeting, the majority of EU countries and leaders are deeply concerned or even disappointed as regards the fact that no agreement could be reached because Germany, the Netherlands and a group of other countries rejected the request for the issuance of eurobonds that could provide support during the unprecedented crisis in the European economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Some media underline that especially in Italy, the entire public opinion harshly criticised the dead end at the Council. Several media underline that one day after the European Council, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, who was one of the nine EU leaders who signed a letter to European Council President Michel about the issue, sent a clear warning to the countries that oppose to the issuance of the so-called coronabond and insist on dealing with the biggest crisis Europe faced after World War II with old tools. Mr Mitsotakis actually pointed out that the Council fell short of expectations and he recommended bold decisions at a European level. In an interview with Italian newspapers, French President Macron sided in favour of coronabonds issuance and called for fiscal solidarity in Europe. Avgi points out that while the entire planet is in “lockdown” due to coronavirus, EU has difficulty in agreeing on a really radical action on the basis of solidarity. In an opinion article, Avgi wonders what is the use of the EU if it is not capable of overcoming national selfishness and burying austerity obsessions. Fileleftheros highlights that the EU is “dying”, speaking of a new rift due to Germany and its alliances. Real News points out that the EU27 is determined to rescue the European economy and employment and gave the “green light” for the massive rescue of businesses with direct and generous State aid. Proto Thema comments that instead of salvation with a eurobond, Germany puts pressure over corona-memoranda, adding that there is a clear risk of eurozone’s dissolution. Eleftheros Typos speaks of a two-speed eurozone, while some media comment on the division between the European North and the South over the eurobonds. Kathimerini notes that the hesitation by the European institutions- apart from the ECB- for the boosting of member states’ liquidity intensifies the problem. Meanwhile, Kathimerini mentions that at the latest Eurogroup meeting, ESM Managing Director Klaus Regling prepared a Germany-inspired proposal for member states’ borrowing from ESM. According to Kathimerini, the proposal was completely inadequate and foresaw borrowing along with memoranda, which Mr Regling sent to the Finance Ministers a few minutes before the meeting started. The newspaper highlights that for Mr Regling, the role of IMF in the preparation and monitoring of the memoranda implementation was open for discussion.

Ευρωπαϊκή αλληλεγγύη με τον «χαμηλότερο κοινό παρονομαστή» km-Avghi-GR: "Ευρωπαϊκή αλληλεγγύη με τον «χαμηλότερο κοινό παρονομαστή»..." page: 7 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η τελευταία δοκιμασία km-Avghi-GR: "Η τελευταία δοκιμασία..." page: 2 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Να απονεμηθεί το βραβείο Chamberlain - Daladier σε Γερμανία - Ολλανδία km-Avghi-GR: "Να απονεμηθεί το βραβείο Chamberlain - Daladier σε Γερμανία - ..." page: 5 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ο σώζων εαυτόν σωθήτω km-Avghi-GR: "Ο σώζων εαυτόν σωθήτω..." page: 19 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Συμφωνία εμπόλεμης "ανακωχής" με διακύβευμα το κορονο-ομόλογο km-capital.gr-GR: "Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Συμφωνία εμπόλεμης "ανακωχής" με διακύβευμα το κορονο-ομόλογο..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση σε δυϊσμό km-capital.gr-GR: "Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση σε δυϊσμό..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Πορτογαλία: Την "επαναλαμβανόμενη μικροπρέπεια" της Ολλανδίας καταγγέλλει ο Αντόνιο Κόστα km-capital.gr-GR: "Πορτογαλία: Την "επαναλαμβανόμενη μικροπρέπεια" της Ολλανδίας καταγγέλλει ο Αντόνιο Κόστα..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ιταλία: Ο Σέρτζιο Ματαρέλα ζητά από την Ευρώπη να παρέμβει πριν να είναι αργά km-capital.gr-GR: "Ιταλία: Ο Σέρτζιο Ματαρέλα ζητά από την Ευρώπη να παρέμβει ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Βαθαίνουν οι διαχωριστικές γραμμές στην Ε.Ε. km-capital.gr-GR: "Βαθαίνουν οι διαχωριστικές γραμμές στην Ε.Ε...." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The European solidarity is sick / Η ευρω αλληλεγγύη νοσεί... km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "The European solidarity is sick / Η ευρω αλληλεγγύη νοσεί......" page: 4 info: by DIMITRIS KOUKLOUMPERIS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Η Ευρώπη να σταθεί στο ύψος των περιστάσεων km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Opinion: Η Ευρώπη να σταθεί στο ύψος των περιστάσεων..." page: 2 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

«Η κρίση δεν αντιμετωπίζεται με εργαλεία του χθες» km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "«Η κρίση δεν αντιμετωπίζεται με εργαλεία του χθες»..." page: 9 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Η Γερμανία ζητάει και τα ρέστα... km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Opinion: Η Γερμανία ζητάει και τα ρέστα......" page: 40 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Αισιοδοξία ότι η ευρωζώνη δεν θα κάνει τα λάθη του 2008 km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Αισιοδοξία ότι η ευρωζώνη δεν θα κάνει τα λάθη του ..." page: 54 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European unity threatened by Coronavirus / Ο κορονοϊός απειλεί και την ενότητα της Ευρώπης km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "European unity threatened by Coronavirus / Ο κορονοϊός απειλεί και ..." page: 10 info: by APOSTOLOS CHONDROPOULOS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

North and the South in the pandemic as well / Βόρειοι και Νότιοι και στην πανδημία km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "North and the South in the pandemic as well / ..." page: 9 info: by Tasos Dasopoulos date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The good, the tough and the mediator in the eurobond / Ο καλος ο σκληρός και ο γεφυρωποιός στο ευρω-ναυάγιο km-Ethnos-GR: "The good, the tough and the mediator in the eurobond ..." page: 6 info: by Maria Psara date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Νοσεί η Ευρώπη, πεθαίνει η Ένωση km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Νοσεί η Ευρώπη, πεθαίνει η Ένωση..." page: 9 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Τα μέτρα αποδίδουν, η μάχη συνεχίζεται km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Τα μέτρα αποδίδουν, η μάχη συνεχίζεται..." page: 10,11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ποιος θα πληρώσει τον "λογαριασμό" km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Ποιος θα πληρώσει τον "λογαριασμό"..." page: 4,5 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πώς οδηγήθηκε σε ναυάγιο η Σύνοδος της ΕΕ με το «όχι» της Μέρκελ και των βορείων στα κορωνοομόλογα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Πώς οδηγήθηκε σε ναυάγιο η Σύνοδος της ΕΕ με το ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κορωνοϊός -Ιταλία: Δραματική έκκληση Ματαρέλα -Η Ευρώπη να παρέμβει «πριν να είναι αργά» km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός -Ιταλία: Δραματική έκκληση Ματαρέλα -Η Ευρώπη να παρέμβει «πριν ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Opinion: Κορωνοϊός: Θα σκοτώσει ή θα θεραπεύσει την Ευρώπη;  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Opinion: Κορωνοϊός: Θα σκοτώσει ή θα θεραπεύσει την Ευρώπη;..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Μακρόν: Δεν θέλω αυτή την εγωιστική, διχασμένη Ευρώπη -Να εκδώσουμε τώρα κορωνοομόλογα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Μακρόν: Δεν θέλω αυτή την εγωιστική, διχασμένη Ευρώπη -Να εκδώσουμε ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

ΕΕ : Αδιέξοδο για το «Corona Bond» με γερμανικό… δάκτυλο km-in.gr-GR: "ΕΕ : Αδιέξοδο για το «Corona Bond» με γερμανικό… δάκτυλο..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Εκκληση Μακρόν για δημοσιονομική αλληλεγγύη στην Ευρώπη km-in.gr-GR: "Εκκληση Μακρόν για δημοσιονομική αλληλεγγύη στην Ευρώπη..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Εκκληση Μακρόν για δημοσιονομική αλληλεγγύη στην Ευρώπη km-in.gr-GR: "Εκκληση Μακρόν για δημοσιονομική αλληλεγγύη στην Ευρώπη..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Αν όχι τώρα, πότε; km-Kathimerini-GR: "Opinion: Αν όχι τώρα, πότε;..." page: 12 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η πολιτική διαμάχη πληγώνει την Ενωση km-Kathimerini-GR: "Η πολιτική διαμάχη πληγώνει την Ενωση..." page: 22 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Η πανδημία αναβιώνει το χάσμα μεταξύ Βορρά - Νότου km-Kathimerini-GR: "Η πανδημία αναβιώνει το χάσμα μεταξύ Βορρά - Νότου..." page: 4 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Αγωνία για χρηματοδότηση χωρίς ευρωπαϊκή «ομπρέλα» km-Kathimerini-GR: "Αγωνία για χρηματοδότηση χωρίς ευρωπαϊκή «ομπρέλα»..." page: 2 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ενα βήμα πριν από την εντατική η EE. km-Kathimerini-GR: "Ενα βήμα πριν από την εντατική η EE...." page: 19 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

They want to bring the IMF back to EU / Θέλουν να φέρουν ξανά το ΔΝΤ στην Ε.Ε. km-Kathimerini-GR: "They want to bring the IMF back to EU / ..." page: 32 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Some 15 crucial days for Europe / Το κρίσιμο δεκαπενθήμερο της Ευρώπης km-Kathimerini-GR: "Some 15 crucial days for Europe / Το κρίσιμο δεκαπενθήμερο ..." page: 4 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Whatever it takes με πακτωλό ρευστότητας προς αγορές και οικονομία km-Kefalaio-GR: "Whatever it takes με πακτωλό ρευστότητας προς αγορές και οικονομία..." page: 24 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ευρωομόλογο και ύφεση δοκιμάζουν τη συνοχή της ΕΕ km-Kefalaio-GR: "Ευρωομόλογο και ύφεση δοκιμάζουν τη συνοχή της ΕΕ..." page: 7 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η «διχασμένη» Ευρώπη και τα corona bonds km-Kefalaio-GR: "Η «διχασμένη» Ευρώπη και τα corona bonds..." page: 46 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πολιτικοί ελιγμοί υψηλού οικονομικού ρίσκου στη μάχη κατά του Covid-19 km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Πολιτικοί ελιγμοί υψηλού οικονομικού ρίσκου στη μάχη κατά του Covid-19..." page: 4,5 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Γερμανική συννοσηρότητα Γ km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Opinion: Γερμανική συννοσηρότητα Γ..." page: 32 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

«Όχι» σε κορονο-ομόλογα από τον Βορρά km-Naftemporiki-GR: "«Όχι» σε κορονο-ομόλογα από τον Βορρά..." page: 32 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Strong rage and concern after the European Council / Διάχυτη η οργή και ο προβληματισμός την επαύριον της Συνόδου Κορυφής km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Strong rage and concern after the European Council / Διάχυτη ..." page: 4,5 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Greek government recommends bold decisions / Γενναίες αποφάσεις συνιστά η κυβέρνηση km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Greek government recommends bold decisions / Γενναίες αποφάσεις συνιστά η ..." page: 5 info: by Katerina Kokkaliari date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

«Μάχη χαρακωμάτων» για τα Corona bonds km-Parapolitika-GR: "«Μάχη χαρακωμάτων» για τα Corona bonds..." page: 11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Βήχει η Γερμανία, «πνευμονία» η Ευρώπη km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Βήχει η Γερμανία, «πνευμονία» η Ευρώπη..." page: 66 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Οι Γερμανοί ξανάρχονται km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Οι Γερμανοί ξανάρχονται..." page: 7 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Τίποτα δεν θα είναι ίδιο την επόμενη μέρα km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Τίποτα δεν θα είναι ίδιο την επόμενη μέρα..." page: 4 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Instead of salvation with a eurobond, Germany puts pressure for corona-memoranda / Αντί για σωτηρία με ευρωομόλογο, οι Γερμανοί πιεζουν για κορωνο-μνημόνια km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Instead of salvation with a eurobond, Germany puts pressure for ..." page: 12,13 info: by GIORGOS X. PAPAGEORGIOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κορωνοϊός - Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Αδιέξοδο για το «κορωνο-ομόλογο» μετά το «nein» της Μέρκελ km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός - Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Αδιέξοδο για το «κορωνο-ομόλογο» μετά το ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κορωνοϊός: Δεν πτοείται η Γερμανία - Επιμένει στην αρνητική της θέση για το ευρωομόλογο km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός: Δεν πτοείται η Γερμανία - Επιμένει στην αρνητική της ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κορωνοϊός - Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Ο «καβγάς» Μέρκελ-Κόντε για το κορωνο-ομόλογο μέσα από τον ξένο Τύπο km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός - Σύνοδος Κορυφής: Ο «καβγάς» Μέρκελ-Κόντε για το κορωνο-ομόλογο ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κορωνοϊός - Ιταλός πρόεδρος: Να παρέμβει η Ευρώπη προτού να είναι αργά km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός - Ιταλός πρόεδρος: Να παρέμβει η Ευρώπη προτού να ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κορωνο-ομόλογο- Μακρόν: Δεν θα ξεπεράσουμε αυτή την κρίση χωρίς ισχυρή ευρωπαϊκή αλληλεγγύη km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνο-ομόλογο- Μακρόν: Δεν θα ξεπεράσουμε αυτή την κρίση χωρίς ισχυρή ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Φρέσκο χρήμα από τις Βρυξέλλες km-Real-News-GR: "Φρέσκο χρήμα από τις Βρυξέλλες..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Προβληματισμός (ξανά) για τη ρευστόιητά του km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Opinion: Προβληματισμός (ξανά) για τη ρευστόιητά του..." page: 30 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Αποκρυπτογραφώντας το Eurogroup km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Opinion: Αποκρυπτογραφώντας το Eurogroup..." page: 31 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Μπροστά σε νέο ευρωπαϊκό διχασμό km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Μπροστά σε νέο ευρωπαϊκό διχασμό..." page: 20 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ο ιός την έχει αλλάξει, δεν την έχει κάνει όμως μια άλλη km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ο ιός την έχει αλλάξει, δεν την έχει κάνει όμως ..." page: 40 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Μείωση φόρων και φθηνά δάνεια για τις επιχειρήσεις km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "Μείωση φόρων και φθηνά δάνεια για τις επιχειρήσεις..." page: 3 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Tense talks by the EU27 for six hours / Φορτισμένες συζητήσεις από τους 27 της ΕΕ για έξι ώρες km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "Tense talks by the EU27 for six hours / Φορτισμένες ..." page: 6,7 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The gap between the North and the South in Europe remains / Αγεφύρωτο παραμένει το χάσμα Βορρά - Νότου στην Ευρώπη km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "The gap between the North and the South in Europe ..." page: 7 info: by AGGELOS ATHANASOPOULOS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ιταλία: Δραματική έκκληση στην Ευρώπη να παρέμβει πριν να είναι αργά km-Vima-online-GR: "Ιταλία: Δραματική έκκληση στην Ευρώπη να παρέμβει πριν να είναι ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Greek government’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus crisis, new package of measures to be announced today

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:32:00 AM CEST

All Greek media outlets report on the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for the Greek economy, emphasising on the measures the government plans to take. The government will announce today the plan to support the Greek economy for April. Within only a few days, the pandemic strongly affected almost 900,000 businesses and professionals, which represent 90% of Greece’s economic activity. Efimerida Syntakton mentions that the government will table a request to the partners in order not to pay this year the instalments or the interest rates of the €5 billion memorandum loans. According to the economic exercise models run by the Finance Ministry’s State General Accounting Office, GDP is expected to record a decrease worth some €14-15 billion. With measures exceeding €3.5 billion only for March and April, the Finance Ministry has intervened in order to support 600,000 businesses, 1.2 billion employees and 550,000 self-employed people and professionals. The State General Accounting Office estimated that the “gap” in the 2020 budget will reach €5-€6 billion by the end of April. Kathimerini notes that the solution might be given in the future by the safety buffer. Out of the €31 billion only €15 billion of the ESM require creditors’ permission to be used. The rest can be used freely by the State. The Greek Finance Ministry hopes that a part of expenditure will be covered by EU funds and that the eurobond solution will be accepted. Otherwise, the ESM’s Enhanced Conditions Credit Line (ECCL) will perhaps be an inevitable solution. At the same time, the government plans the “package of the next day” with measures that will ensure the dynamic restart of the economy when the pandemic is over. The government focuses on constant liquidity injections with the granting of State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will ensure the maintenance of job positions and the continuation of entrepreneurship. The plan has already been sent for approval to the Commission and the Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) and will be activated by the end of April. Kefalaio points out that in cooperation with the Commission, a guarantee mechanism will be implemented for the granting of working capital loans to SMEs, up to €3 billion, through the Development Bank. The mechanism will be activated with National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) funds. Meanwhile, speaking with Greek radio station Thema, Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras announced, among others, the payment of a training allowance worth €600 to doctors, lawyers, mechanics and other freelancers, whose total cost will reach €180 million and will be covered by European funds. Mr Staikouras also left open on Friday the possibility of decreasing the salaries of public servants in the coming months if the crisis continues, but clarified that the issue is not discussed yet. In an interview with Parapolitika, Mr Staikouras said that at a fiscal level, the government will utilise to the greatest extent the flexibility Greece and the rest member states now have after the recent Eurogroup and Ecofin decisions. Mr Staikouras also estimated that the issuance of a eurobond could ensure stable and long-term financing of the necessary policies for the tackling of the pandemic’s consequences.

Σταϊκούρας: "Επίδομα" €600 σε ιατρούς, δικηγόρους και άλλους επαγγελματίες km-capital.gr-GR: "Σταϊκούρας: "Επίδομα" €600 σε ιατρούς, δικηγόρους και άλλους επαγγελματίες..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Σε καραντίνα και οι επιταγές km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Σε καραντίνα και οι επιταγές..." page: 82 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Σήμερα το νέο πακέτο μέτρων στήριξης km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Σήμερα το νέο πακέτο μέτρων στήριξης..." page: 11 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Losses worth up to €15 billion in GDP / Απώλειες έως 15 δισ. στο ΑΕΠ km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Losses worth up to €15 billion in GDP / Απώλειες ..." page: 81 info: by MARIOS CHRISTODOULOU date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Με e-αποστολή «παγώνει» 75 μέρες η εξόφληση επιταγών km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Με e-αποστολή «παγώνει» 75 μέρες η εξόφληση επιταγών..." page: 14 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Training allowance worth €600 to doctors, lawyers and mechanics / Επίδομα επιμόρφωσης 600 ευρώ σε γιατρούς, δικηγόρους, μηχανικούς km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Training allowance worth €600 to doctors, lawyers and mechanics / ..." page: 12 info: by Tasos Dasopoulos date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Some 60 days of concern and battle with the liquidity / 60 ημέρες αγωνίας και μάχη με τη ρευστότητα km-Ethnos-GR: "Some 60 days of concern and battle with the liquidity ..." page: 2 info: by ELEFTHERIA ARLAPANOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Επιμένει στην ανάγκη έκδοσης coronabonds ο Μητσοτάκης km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Επιμένει στην ανάγκη έκδοσης coronabonds ο Μητσοτάκης..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

«Εκπτώσεις» στον ΦΠΑ ρίχνονται στη μάχη με τον κορωνοϊό km-euro2day.gr-GR: "«Εκπτώσεις» στον ΦΠΑ ρίχνονται στη μάχη με τον κορωνοϊό..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Το επιτελείο των οικονομικών υπουργείων km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Το επιτελείο των οικονομικών υπουργείων..." page: 18 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Το σχέδιο κατά του... εφιάλτη km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Το σχέδιο κατά του... εφιάλτη..." page: 3 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η επόμενη μέρα για τις επιχειρήσεις km-Fileleftheros-GR: "Η επόμενη μέρα για τις επιχειρήσεις..." page: 32,33 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ενδεχόμενο μείωσης μισθών στο Δημόσιο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Ενδεχόμενο μείωσης μισθών στο Δημόσιο..." page: 23 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Επιπλέον 75 ημέρες «ζωή» στις επιταγές λόγω της πανδημίας km-Kathimerini-GR: "Επιπλέον 75 ημέρες «ζωή» στις επιταγές λόγω της πανδημίας..." page: 23 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

“Gap” of €5 billion per month in the budget because of the coronavirus / «Τρύπα» 5 δις τον μήνα στον προϋπολογισμό λόγω κορωνοϊού km-Kathimerini-GR: "“Gap” of €5 billion per month in the budget because ..." page: 3 info: by Irene Chrysolora date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Concern about the financing without European “umbrella” / Αγωνία για χρηματοδότηση χωρίς ευρωπαϊκή «ομπρέλα» km-Kathimerini-GR: "Concern about the financing without European “umbrella” / Αγωνία για ..." page: 2 info: by Eleftheria Kourtali date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Σοκ για τον Τουρισμο στην εντατική η Οικονομία km-Kefalaio-GR: "Σοκ για τον Τουρισμο στην εντατική η Οικονομία..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Όλες οι παροχές προς επαγγελματίες και εργαζομένους km-Kefalaio-GR: "Όλες οι παροχές προς επαγγελματίες και εργαζομένους..." page: 10,11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Μάχη με τον χρόνο για στήριξη των επιχειρήσεων km-Kefalaio-GR: "Μάχη με τον χρόνο για στήριξη των επιχειρήσεων..." page: 12 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ο COVID-2019 τορπιλίζει τις προοπτικές του 2020 km-Kefalaio-GR: "Ο COVID-2019 τορπιλίζει τις προοπτικές του 2020..." page: 42,43 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Θετική υποδοχή και «αστερίσκοι» στα μέτρα στήριξης km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Θετική υποδοχή και «αστερίσκοι» στα μέτρα στήριξης..." page: 9 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Σε διαρκή επαφή ΥΠΟΙΚ και τράπεζες km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Σε διαρκή επαφή ΥΠΟΙΚ και τράπεζες..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The government announces new package of reliefs / Νέο πακέτο ελαφρύνσεων ανακοινώνει η κυβέρνηση km-Naftemporiki-GR: "The government announces new package of reliefs / Νέο πακέτο ..." page: 18 info: by Katerina Kokkaliari date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Greek Finance Minister Staikouras: Η δέσμη των μέτρων στήριξης θα διευρυνθεί km-Parapolitika-GR: "Interview with Greek Finance Minister Staikouras: Η δέσμη των μέτρων ..." page: 8,9 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Στα κόκκινα η ελληνική οικονομία km-Parapolitika-GR: "Στα κόκκινα η ελληνική οικονομία..." page: 12,13 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Αλαλούμ και με την έκτακτη μείωση ΦΠΑ km-Parapolitika-GR: "Αλαλούμ και με την έκτακτη μείωση ΦΠΑ..." page: 12,13 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Διπλή ασπίδα km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Διπλή ασπίδα..." page: 4,6 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Μέτρα για τον κορωνοϊό - Σταϊκούρας: Αναβολή 75 ημερών για τις επιταγές - «Επίδομα» 600 ευρώ σε γιατρούς, δικηγόρους, μηχανικούς km-protothema.gr-GR: "Μέτρα για τον κορωνοϊό - Σταϊκούρας: Αναβολή 75 ημερών για ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

«Η ενότητα είναι μονόδρομος» km-Real-News-GR: "«Η ενότητα είναι μονόδρομος»..." page: 13 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Η πανδημία και η ελληνική οικονομία km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Opinion: Η πανδημία και η ελληνική οικονομία..." page: 19 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: Προβληματισμός (ξανά) για τη ρευστόιητά του km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Opinion: Προβληματισμός (ξανά) για τη ρευστόιητά του..." page: 30 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ζητούν απαλλαγή ΦΠΑ σε είδη υγιεινής km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ζητούν απαλλαγή ΦΠΑ σε είδη υγιεινής..." page: 34 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ανοίγει και άλλο η ομπρέλα προστασίας km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ανοίγει και άλλο η ομπρέλα προστασίας..." page: 22,23 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Support measures with decrease of taxes and contributions / Μέτρα στήριξης με μειώσεις φόρων και εισφορών km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Support measures with decrease of taxes and contributions / Μέτρα ..." page: 31 info: by Maria Vourgana date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

State funds empty, precautionary line causes fear / Αδειάζουν τα κρατικά ταμεία, τρομάζει η προληπτική γραμμή km-Ta-Nea-GR: "State funds empty, precautionary line causes fear / Αδειάζουν τα ..." page: 32,33 info: by KOSTAS ANTONAKOS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Μείωση φόρων και φθηνά δάνεια για τις επιχειρήσεις km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "Μείωση φόρων και φθηνά δάνεια για τις επιχειρήσεις..." page: 3 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ολόκληρη η οικονομία στα μέτρα προστασίας km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "Ολόκληρη η οικονομία στα μέτρα προστασίας..." page: 2 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The first step was taken to support the member states’ economies from the coronavirus impact, says President von der Leyen

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 6:56:00 AM CEST

Some media report on the statements by President von der Leyen regarding the coronabonds. In an interview with German news agency dpa, President von der Leyen noted that the coronabond is in reality just a term. Behind it is the greater issue of responsibility, she added. The reserve in Germany and other countries is justified, she underlined. President von der Leyen said she is concerned that after the crisis the economic chasm will grow deeper than before. Asked if the Commission plans the issuance of eurobonds, President von der Leyen replied negatively, noting that there are very clear legal terms. She pointed out that the Eurogroup has a mandate to work on various proposals in the next two weeks regarding the ESM, which will be tabled to the heads of state and governments. We must wait, she explained. Meanwhile, in a statement issued after the interview, President von der Leyen stated that during this crucial period, we do not exclude any option in the framework of the European Treaty. She noted that the first step has been taken to support the member states’ economies from the coronavirus impact and added that the Eurogroup has been tasked with the processing of further measures given that this is the last year of the current European budget. President von der Leyen’s statement was issued after an interview in which she said that Germany’s concern with regard to the eurobond issuance is justified. In a negative tone, Efimerida ton Sintakton comments that the coronavirus has “infected” the EU functioning and the Commission is indifferent. President von der Leyen took care to justify the objections by Germany and the Netherlands over the eurobonds issuance. It is obvious that President von der Leyen followed the orders of German Chancellor Merkel, Efimerida ton Sintakton underlines.

The first step was taken to support the member states’ economies from the coronavirus impact, says President von der Leyen / Έχει γίνει το πρώτο βήμα να στηριχθούν οι οικονομίες των κρατών μελών από τις συνέπειες του κοροναϊού, λέει η Ούρσουλα φον ντερ Λάιεν km-Athina-984-GR: "The first step was taken to support the member states’ ..." info: SOUNDTRACK, 2020-03-28 23:01:00, 00:00:44, by NIKOS LYMBEROPOULOS date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:01:00 PM CET

Φον ντερ Λάιεν: Δικαιολογημένες οι επιφυλάξεις της Γερμανίας για το κορονο-ομόλογο km-capital.gr-GR: "Φον ντερ Λάιεν: Δικαιολογημένες οι επιφυλάξεις της Γερμανίας για το ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Στάχτη στα μάτια των Ευρωπαίων..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Ενστάσεις της φον ντερ Λάιεν για τα coronobonds km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Ενστάσεις της φον ντερ Λάιεν για τα coronobonds..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ούρσουλα φον ντερ Λάιεν: Δικαιολογημένες οι επιφυλάξεις για το κορωνοομόλογο αλλά ανησυχώ για το οικονομικό χάσμα εντός ΕΕ km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Ούρσουλα φον ντερ Λάιεν: Δικαιολογημένες οι επιφυλάξεις για το κορωνοομόλογο ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Καλοκαίρι με την Ούρσουλα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Καλοκαίρι με την Ούρσουλα..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Article by Executive VP Dombrovskis: Supporting the EU citizens and businesses in a crisis period

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article with Kathimerini, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis notes that throughout the history of humanity, civilizations are affected by pandemics. The existing pandemic spreads extremely fast, putting public health in an emergency state and causing a shock to the European and global economy, Executive VP Dombrovskis underlines. He adds that even if we manage to slow down the virus spread, economic activity will need time to recover. We react fast to restrict the negative impact, he notes. Our priority is to ensure that Europe’s health systems have all the necessary resources in material and money, businesses have the necessary liquidity to survive and job positions and that the income of employees and freelancers are protected, Executive VP Dombrovskis points out. He mentions that the EU utilises the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules to support national governments so that they can act decisively for the tackling of the virus’ socio-economic consequences. He highlights, among others, that the Commission activated the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) in order for national governments to move freely and support their health systems, businesses and employees.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Supporting the EU citizens and businesses in a crisis period / Article by Executive VP Dombrovskis: Στηρίζοντας τους πολίτες και τις επιχειρήσεις της Ε.Ε. σε περίοδο κρίσης km-Kathimerini-GR: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Supporting the EU citizens and ..." page: 4 info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with OECD Chief Economist Boone: Governments and international institutions should cooperate

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Nea Savvatokyriako, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Chief Economist Laurence Boone said that it is too early to fully describe the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, but underlined that the impact of measures to deal with the virus, such as travel bans, shut-down of schools and isolation at home will have dramatic short-term consequences on specific sectors. Referring to the opening of ESM’s credit lines to member states, Ms Boone said that it could be a way to finance expenditures related to coronavirus and express eurozone solidarity right now, but noted that “the devil is hidden in the details”. She also underlined that the Commission has implemented unprecedented lenience within the fiscal rules by saying that it will deal with the temporary expenditures related to the coronavirus as “lump-sum” and with the virus as an incident beyond the governments’ control.

Interview with OECD Chief Economist Boone: Governments and international institutions should cooperate / Interview with OECD Chief Economist Boone: Να συνεργαστούν κυβερνήσεις και διεθνείς θεσμοί km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Interview with OECD Chief Economist Boone: Governments and international institutions ..." page: 8 info: by Laurence Boone date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Greek government asks the Commission to grant financial assistance to short sea shipping businesses

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:47:00 PM CET

Kathimerini reports that the Greek Shipping Ministry and the Greek Finance Ministry discuss with the European Commission the inclusion of short sea shipping businesses into a financial assistance programme. The initiative aims to ensure the sustainability of businesses that are expected to receive a "blow" worth some €290 million this year. At the same time, with the initiative of Greek Shipping Minister Giannis Plakiotakis, the Activity Code Numbers (ACN) of commercial sea transport businesses were included in the support measures that were announced by the Greek Finance Ministry due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Τη στήριξη της ακτοπλοΐας από Κομισιόν ζητεί η Αθήνα km-Kathimerini-GR: "Τη στήριξη της ακτοπλοΐας από Κομισιόν ζητεί η Αθήνα..." page: 24 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European Parliament approves €37 billion package proposed by the Commission to address the COVID-19 outbreak

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

The Saturday issue of Magyar Nemzet and Index.hu report the European Parliament approved the €37 billion package proposed by the Commission to address the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic impact. It is reported that Hungary will have HUF 2,000 billion (€5.6 billion) out of the package. Several media outlets elaborate on where the funding is coming from. The Commission has decided to relinquish the obligation to request refunding of recoveries of unspent pre-financing for 2019, which amounts to €855 million. Additionally, Hungary could spend €4.7 billion to respond to the epidemic and its economic impact from the structural funds that have been allocated for other projects in 2014-2020. These funds can be reallocated. This means the total investment related to released liquidity is €5,603 million. It is widely reported that several Fidesz politicians, including Prime Minister Orbán, have said the EU is not helping Hungary at all. Most recently, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch (EPP) said the Commission’s financial proposals would not mean any extra resources for Hungary. Mr Deutsch said the structural funds have already been allocated, and re-allocating them would only contribute to the economic crisis. The Commission’s spokesperson’s service told Népszava that some member states have indeed allocated all the available cohesion funds. Declining to comment on possible solutions, the service said the Commission will explore every option. It is widely reported that in response to Fidesz claims about not receiving EU support, Hungarian socialist MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D) cited a letter sent by Commissioner Ferreira and Commissioner Schmit to members of the Hungarian government in early March. Mr Ujhelyi said Hungary already has €1.4 billion from the EU to fight the epidemic. The letter notified the government about the Commission’s decision not to recover unspent pre-financing from 2019 and about the Commission’s decision to pay the annual 2020 pre-financing, amounting to €608 million, to Hungary in March and April, instead of mid-year. Népszava writes the EU’s help is difficult to quantify because it includes a number of measures such as relaxed rules beyond the direct financial support. Index.hu adds “Brussels” does not have “extra money”; the EU works with a long-term budget and changes can only be made with members states's support.

- / Ujhelyi: Orbán Viktor letagadja az uniós segítséget km-24.hu-HU: "- / Ujhelyi: Orbán Viktor letagadja az uniós segítséget..." info: by Spirk József date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The European Commission provides approximately HUF 520 billion to the Hungarian government to battle the coronavirus epidemic, and Hungarian ruling party Fidesz is trying to deny this, Hungarian socialist party MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D) says / Körülbelül 520 milliárd forintnyi forrást biztosít az Európai Bizottság a magyar kormány számára a koronavírus elleni védekezésre, amit a Fidesz megpróbál letagadni, ezt állítja Ujhelyi István km-ATV-HU: "The European Commission provides approximately HUF 520 billion to the ..." info: atv - esti Híradó - 2020-03-27 17-45-00 - 2020-03-27 18-17-00, 2020-03-27 18:02:00, 00:01:12, by Gajdos Tamás date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:02:00 PM CET

War of numbers! How much EU money can we spend to fight the virus? / Számháború! Mennyi EU-pénzt költhetünk a vírus ellen? km-Blikk-HU: "War of numbers! How much EU money can we spend ..." page: 2 info: by Balázs Barnabás date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The mystery of the alleged HUF 2,000 billion EU support / Az állítólagos kétezer milliárdos EU-s támogatás rejtélye km-index.hu-HU: "The mystery of the alleged HUF 2,000 billion EU support ..." info: by Arató László date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EU institutions are doing all they can to provide resources for member states for protection and then later for rebuilding, says Hungarian socialist party MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D) / Az uniós intézmények amit lehet megtesznek annak érdekében, hogy forrásokat biztosítsanak a tagállami védekezéshez majd az újjáépítéshez, mondta Ujhelyi István km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "EU institutions are doing all they can to provide resources ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 22-00 - 2020-03-27 21-01-00 - 2020-03-27 21-30-00, 2020-03-27 21:16:00, 00:00:39, by Ciprusz Éva date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:16:00 PM CET

EU criticised / Bírálatok érik az EU-t km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "EU criticised / Bírálatok érik az EU-t..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Brussels package means no extra EU resources / Nem jelent plusz uniós forrást a brüsszeli csomag km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Brussels package means no extra EU resources / Nem jelent ..." page: 3 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Tamás Deutsch: István Ujhelyi is lying / Deutsch Tamás: Hazudik Ujhelyi István km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Tamás Deutsch: István Ujhelyi is lying / Deutsch Tamás: Hazudik ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Fidesz claims the EU is not helping in the epidemic. Yet two forms of quick aid are coming from Brussels / Az Unió nem segít a járványban, állítja a Fidesz. Ehhez képest két gyorssegély is jön Brüsszeltől km-Nepszava-HU: "Fidesz claims the EU is not helping in the epidemic. ..." page: 1,4 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Tamás Deutsch: Hungary gets no extra support to fight the coronavirus / Deutsch Tamás: Magyarország nem kap plusz támogatást a koronavírus elleni harcra km-origo.hu-HU: "Tamás Deutsch: Hungary gets no extra support to fight the ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

- / Tényleg 2000 milliárd forintot kap Magyarország Brüsszeltől a koronavírus miatt? - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Tényleg 2000 milliárd forintot kap Magyarország Brüsszeltől a ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch (EPP) says socialist MEP István Ujhelyi (S&D) made false and untrue statements about the EU support proposed to member states in the battle against the coronavirus epidemic / Ujhelyi István téves és valótlan állításokat fogalmaz meg a koronavírus-járvány elleni küzdelem érdekében az uniós tagállamoknak javasolt pénzügyi támogatásairól, véli Deutsch Tamás km-TV2-Hungary-HU: "Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch (EPP) says socialist MEP István Ujhelyi ..." info: tv2 - Tények - 2020-03-29 16-00-00 - 2020-03-29 16-47-00, 2020-03-29 17:41:00, 00:00:56, by Váczi Gergely date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:41:00 PM CEST

Commission makes public short-term export credit insurance more widely available

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 5:46:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap and Portfolio.hu report that in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Commission has decided to temporarily remove all countries from the list of “marketable risk” countries under the Short-term export-credit insurance Communication until 31 December, the Commission said on Friday. Expanding on the flexibility introduced by the Commission’s State aid Temporary Framework, adopted on 19 March, this makes public short-term export credit insurance more widely available.

Public short-term export credit insurance more widely available / Könnyebben elérhető az exporthitel-biztosítás km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Public short-term export credit insurance more widely available / Könnyebben ..." page: 5 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU help to companies: export credit insurance opportunities expanded / EU-s segítség a cégeknek: bővülnek az exporthitel-biztosítás lehetőségei - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "EU help to companies: export credit insurance opportunities expanded / ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

We must save lives and pay the bill later

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:09:00 AM CEST

Commenting in the Sunday Independent, Dan O'Brien urges European governments to act fast to slow the rate of the coronavirus outbreak. He writes that in terms of lives and the economy, the costs of doing too much pale when compared to the costs of doing too little. He adds: "We are currently in the emergency phase of the health response, in which expanding healthcare capacities is the main priority." O'Brien believes the European Central Bank is the "only EU institution which really matters" in this emergency and has fulfilled its role in printing more money in order to tide governments over during the crisis. He concludes: "There will be plenty of time to deal with the bill when it has ended. Now the imperative is to save as many lives and livelihoods as possible." Commenting in The Irish Times, Cliff Taylor writes that there will be a recession because of the coronavirus and its impact on the financial markets. However, he notes that once the lockdown is over a lot of things will recalibrate as businesses open once again and people return back to their normal lives.

Bold budgetary measures will limit long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis / Bold budgetary measures will limit long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "Bold budgetary measures will limit long-term impact of Covid-19 crisis ..." page: 25 info: by Dr Eddie Casey date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The EU mus provide cheap money to help its members / The EU mus provide cheap money to help its members km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "The EU mus provide cheap money to help its members ..." page: 16 info: by lan Guider date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

We must save lives and pay the bill later / We must save lives and pay the bill later km-independent.ie-IE: "We must save lives and pay the bill later / ..." page: 28 info: by DAN O'BRIEN date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

If you think governments are spending money now, just wait / If you think governments are spending money now, just wait km-Irish-Times-IE: "If you think governments are spending money now, just wait ..." page: 14 info: by Chris Johns date: Monday, March 30, 2020

There is going to be a recession, but it won't be repeat of 2008 / There is going to be a recession, but it won't be repeat of 2008 km-Irish-Times-IE: "There is going to be a recession, but it won't ..." page: 18 info: by Cliff Taylor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Insurers are told to "find in favour of customers" on Covid-19

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:08:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports that the European Central Bank has said banks should not pay dividends to shareholders or buy back their own shares until at least October because cash is needed to support the economy during the Covid-19 crisis. The ECB wants banks to focus resources on funding for households, small businesses and corporations.

Insurers are told to ‘find in favour of customers’ on Covid-19 / Insurers are told to ‘find in favour of customers’ on Covid-19 km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Insurers are told to ‘find in favour of customers’ on ..." page: 14 info: by Donal O’Donovan date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU consumer confidence plunges

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:25:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that figures showing a drop in European consumer confidence were not all that surprising given the crisis surrounding the coronavirus outbreak and its disruption to global economises.

EU consumer confidence plunges / EU consumer confidence plunges km-Irish-Times-IE: "EU consumer confidence plunges / EU consumer confidence plunges..." page: 15 info: by Unattributed date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU more divided than ever over emergency caused by coronavirus outbreak

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 8:15:00 AM CEST

Many Italian press sources give prominent coverage to the consequences of the clash among EU heads of state and government over the measures the EU should launch to help member states face the emergency caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which was labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The clash between member states, once again divided into north and south, may end up putting the Union at risk. Italy and France lead a group of countries calling for greater aid. An article in Corriere della Sera notes that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, backed by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, argued with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the necessity to reach a deal on extraordinary measures. An article in La Stampa notes that, despite the tension with the European Commission and Germany, Mr Conte made it clear that it is crucial for Italy to reach an accord on a common European plan. The goal is to persuade other member states to use the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) to help member states face and later recover from the crisis. The European Fund for Strategic Investments could play a crucial role too, an article in huffingtonpost.it notes. In an interview with La Repubblica, French President Emmanuel Macron confirms that, together with Mr Conte, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and six more European countries, he sent a letter to European Council President Charles Michel to call for strong European solidarity. It is not time for immobilism. Without solidarity, the EU is at risk. Such a stance was backed by 10 member states, but Germany and some other countries opposed it. The EU leaders gave themselves two more weeks to work out details. In an editorial in Il Messaggero, former European Commission President Romano Prodi notes that Germany and the Netherlands are responsible for this stalemate. Germany backed the stance of a country that did not want Italy in the eurozone and that has always rejected any kind of solidarity. The same country, the Netherlands, has never be ashamed of using unfair fiscal policy to persuade companies to move their financial and legal offices to its cities. Germany’s and the Netherlands’ behavior could have huge repercussions not only on the EU’s economy, but on the Union in general. In an editorial in Corriere della Sera, former Italian Prime Minister and Commissioner Mario Monti stresses that unfortunately these divisions are no news for the EU. It happened in 2012 when, following the Greek crisis, speculators tried to attack Italy. Back then Germany eventually understood that the ECB’s intervention was inevitable, two days ago it did not. Mr Conte should not give up and keep trying to make German Chancellor Angela Merkel understand that solidarity is the only way to face this crisis. In an interview with Il Foglio, Italian philosopher and germanist Angelo Bolaffi notes that Germany’s behavior is partially justified. Indeed, those countries now facing a major emergency have always failed to strengthen their public finances. This situation is pushing Italy towards east and triggering anti-Germany sentiments across Europe. The EU itself is unable to make decisions and this might lead to major clashes and riots, Ernesto Preatoni stresses in an article in Libero. Unfortunately, despite Mr Dombrovskis’ comment, tension among member states increased again after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the so-called Covid-bonds Italy, France and Spain called for were just a political slogan and that member states are not preparing to discuss such measures. Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri replied by saying that Mr von Der Leyen’s comment was wrong. It is now up to the Eurogroup to propose measures, not to the Commission. Many claims that her charge of mind over such an important measures was imposed by Germany. If true, it means that one of the most important institutions in the EU surrendered to one country, an article in Corriere della Sera notes. The EU must face this challenge together, Mr Gualtieri said. He also said he hoped the EU and Ms von Der Leyen will be able to face this challenge. In an interview with Il Messaggero, European Parliament President David Sassoli stresses that Italians must not feel left behind by the EU institutions. Institutions are clashing with those member states that are not giving their green light to measures that are crucial to face the huge emergency the coronavirus outbreak have caused in Europe. The so-called Covid-bonds, which would allow the EU to raise funds through issuing shared European, could be a key measure in such plan. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Mr Sassoli stresses that it is crucial for the EU institutions and member states to work together to a “Marshall Plan” able to help the Union overcome the huge difficulties caused by the outbreak. The ESM could be a solution, although it needs to be changed. The so-called eurobonds could be a solution too. Clarity is needed in this difficult moment for the EU. But self-declared virtuous northern European countries refuse to use their savings to help their southern European counterparts, in a continental version of the fable. However, southern countries are now suffering from a pandemic that has nothing to do with their historically irresponsible fiscal behavior. If they collapse, the entire eurozone collapses too, and the EU with them. Opposing the so-called eurobonds, as the northern countries continued to do, is a mistake, an article in Repubblica Affari&Finanza stresses. Meanwhile, in a letter to Il Sole 24 Ore’s editor-in-chief, a group of businessmen from northern Italy call on the Italian government and the EU institutions to act with strength and speed to prevent the recession triggered by the coronavirus emergency from morphing into depression, as former ECB President Mario Draghi said in a recent interview with Financial Times. The government is also working on a new decree to launch in April, a package of measures that is expected to continue to provide aid for households and businesses.

Concern for some manufacturing sectors. New restrictions in Veneto / Preoccupazione per alcuni settori dell’industria e si prospettano nuove restrizioni in Veneto km-Canale-5-IT: "Concern for some manufacturing sectors. New restrictions in Veneto / ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-30 04:51:00, 00:01:53, by Paolo Brinis date: Monday, March 30, 2020 4:51:00 AM CEST

Berlin, the price to pay / BERLINO E IL PREZZO DA PAGARE km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Berlin, the price to pay / BERLINO E IL PREZZO ..." page: 1,28 info: by di Mario Monti date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Conte resists against Brussels. Strategy to make it alone / Conte resiste con Bruxelles La strategia per fare da solo km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Conte resists against Brussels. Strategy to make it alone / ..." page: 3 info: by Monica Guerzoni Enrico Marro date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronabonds, von der Leyen’s case. Government annoyed by her opposition / Coronabond, caso von der Leyen Il suo no irrita il governo italiano km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Coronabonds, von der Leyen’s case. Government annoyed by her opposition ..." page: 6 info: by di Marco Galluzzo date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

“Clarity in Europe” / "Germania decisiva, deve fare chiarezza. Il Mes va bene ma senza condizioni" km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "“Clarity in Europe” / "Germania decisiva, deve fare chiarezza. Il ..." page: 1,17 info: by Paolo Valentino date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Risks caused by political quarantine, between sovereignisms, suspicious Germany / I rischi da quarantena politica, tra sovranimi e una Germania sospettosa km-Foglio-IT: "Risks caused by political quarantine, between sovereignisms, suspicious Germany / ..." page: 2 info: by Carmelo Caruso date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Sassoli: "Common actions or member states will be sold off" / SASSOLI «Risposte comuni o svenderemo gli Stati» km-Giorno-IT: "Sassoli: "Common actions or member states will be sold off" ..." page: 5 info: by N.d. date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EIB, EIF, EFSI. "Troika" able to save Europe  / Bei, Fei e Feis. Una "troika" salva-Europa km-huffintonpost.it-IT: "EIB, EIF, EFSI. "Troika" able to save Europe / Bei, ..." info: by Alberto Quadrio Curzio date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Brussels does not understand that riots are coming / A Bruxelles non hanno capito che sta montando la rivolta km-Libero-IT: "Brussels does not understand that riots are coming / A ..." page: 15 info: by ERNESTO PREATONI date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Left alone by the EU  that now risks to dissolve / Lasciati soli dall Unione che rischia di dissolversi km-Messaggero-IT: "Left alone by the EU that now risks to dissolve ..." page: 1,25 info: by Romano Prodi date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Covid-bonds, von der Leyen's ambush. Sassoli: "Crucial, no more selfishness" / Covid-bond, imboscata von der Leyen Sassoli: «Indispensabili, basta egoismi» km-Messaggero-IT: "Covid-bonds, von der Leyen's ambush. Sassoli: "Crucial, no more selfishness" ..." page: 1,8 info: by N.d. date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

“Berlino must be honest, no more national selfishness” / «Berlino ora parli chiaro basta egoismi nazionali» km-Messaggero-IT: "“Berlino must be honest, no more national selfishness” / «Berlino ..." page: 9 info: by Mario Ajello date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Covidbonds, divisions between hawks, ministers start negotiations / Covidbond, crepe tra i falchi al via la trattativa dei ministri km-Messaggero-IT: "Covidbonds, divisions between hawks, ministers start negotiations / Covidbond, crepe ..." page: 5 info: by Antonio Pollio Salimbeni date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Ursula von der Leyen says coronabonds are political slogan / Ursula von der Leyen definisce i corona bond solo uno slogan km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Ursula von der Leyen says coronabonds are political slogan / ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-03-29 04:04:00, 00:01:53, by Anna Trebbi date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:04:00 AM CEST

Government clashing with opposition, Europe while working on emergency plan / Mentre il governo mette in campo un piano di emergenza, c’è contrasto con l’opposizione e con l’Europa km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Government clashing with opposition, Europe while working on emergency plan ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-03-30 04:01:00, 00:01:56, by Senio Bonini date: Monday, March 30, 2020 4:01:00 AM CEST

Macron: "I am with Conte in this war" / Macron: io assieme a Conte in questa guerra km-Repubblica-IT: "Macron: "I am with Conte in this war" / Macron: ..." page: 1,6-7 info: by DALLA NOSTRA CORRISPONDENTE ANAIS GINORI date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Aid, ECB's push, "hawks'" concerns, Commission's halt. Two weeks to mediate / Aiuti, la spinta della Bce poi i timori dei "falchi" e lo stop della Commissione. Due settimane per mediare km-Repubblica-IT: "Aid, ECB's push, "hawks'" concerns, Commission's halt. Two weeks to ..." page: 6 info: by . date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Eurobond, “common destiny”, 12 years of hopes betrayed / Gli eurobond e il "destino comune", dodici anni di speranze tradite km-Repubblica-IT: "Eurobond, “common destiny”, 12 years of hopes betrayed / Gli ..." page: 7 info: by ANDREA BONANNI date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronabond illusion / L'illusione dei coronabond km-Repubblica-IT: "Coronabond illusion / L'illusione dei coronabond..." page: 28 info: by di Roberto Perotti date: Monday, March 30, 2020

League's mayors, governors protest against government's inadequate measures / Sindaci e governatori della lega protestano per le misure inadeguate del governo km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "League's mayors, governors protest against government's inadequate measures / Sindaci ..." info: SKY TG24, 2020-03-30 01:01:00, 00:02:36, by Andrea Maggiore date: Monday, March 30, 2020 1:01:00 AM CEST

Northern Italy’s enterprises: we must follow Draghi’s example  / Imprese del Nord Ovest: seguire Draghi km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Northern Italy’s enterprises: we must follow Draghi’s example / Imprese ..." page: 1-2 info: by N.d. date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Von der Leyen rejects Covid-bonds. Conte, Gualtieri: she is making mistake / Von der Leyen: no ai covid bond Conte e Gualtieri: sta sbagliando km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Von der Leyen rejects Covid-bonds. Conte, Gualtieri: she is making ..." page: 2 info: by Gerardo Pelosi date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EU aid, Conte’s pressure. First signs from Berlin / Aiuti Ue, pressing di Conte. Primi segnali da Berlino km-Stampa-IT: "EU aid, Conte’s pressure. First signs from Berlin / Aiuti ..." page: 6 info: by FEDERICO CAPURSO date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni: EU working on measures to protect member states from crisis

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:19:00 AM CEST

In an interview with La Stampa, Commissioner Paolo Geniloni says the world will not be the same after the coronavirus outbreak is over. The EU and its member states must get ready for what will follow the emergency and they better do it now than later. A common plan is needed and should focus on strengthen member states’ healthcare systems, help businesses, boost employment and  be sustainable. Such plan must be able to help the EU resurge from such a huge crisis. This is why the EU and the European Commission in particular are working on extraordinary measures able to support member states, their healthcare systems and their economies.

Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni: €1,800 billion against the virus / Paolo Gentiloni: 1800 miliardi contro il virus km-Stampa-IT: "Interview with Commissioner Gentiloni: €1,800 billion against the virus / ..." page: 1,5 info: by MARCO ZATTERIN date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: EU allocates €93 to prevent social, economic crisis

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:22:00 AM CEST

In an editorial in Il Sole 24 Ore, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis stresses that the coronavirus outbreak, which was labelled a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), spread fast and forced healthcare systems to face an emergency and shocked the economic system worldwide. The outbreak hit hard households and businesses, with major negative consequences on the social structure. Such a situation requires extraordinary solidarity and support. The EU allocated around €93 billion to support member states’ healthcare system and to help households, workers and SMEs. The ECB helped too, by allocating €750 billion for emergency bond purchases, in an effort to contain the economic damage caused by the coronavirus.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Aid worth €93 billion from EU / DALLA UE AIUTI PER 93 MILIARDI km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Aid worth €93 billion from ..." page: 1,8 info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU will draw up an economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis in two weeks

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:19:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the main conclusion after the video conference of European Union leaders on 26 March is that the European Commission must develop a strategy for a coordinated exit from the current Covid-19 crisis. LTV reports the words of President von der Leyen, saying that she is prepared to support all 27 member states with all tool at her disposal. “Now we need to coordinate our decisions about when we want to return to normal life at some point. Otherwise, we may jeopardise the effectiveness of the current tight restrictions,” she said. According to Latvijas Radio 1, one of the biggest arguments is the most appropriate financial mechanism to deal with the crisis. Italy, France and Spain are among the countries that want the European Union to issue common securities – “coronabonds”. But countries like the Netherlands and the Nordic countries believe that money could be borrowed through the European Stability Mechanism. Another issue is the movement of goods between European countries. Although the European Commission has encouraged the introduction of green corridors through which lorries can cross the border within 15 minutes, they are not working yet everywhere. Diena reports that the European Union leaders on 26 March gave eurozone finance ministers two weeks to draft a plan for a strong economic response to the new coronavirus crisis.

The EU will draw up an economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis in two weeks / ES līderi: Eirogrupai divās nedēļās jāizstrādā plāns ekonomiskai reakcijai uz Covid-19 krīzi km-Diena.lv-LV: "The EU will draw up an economic plan for the ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

The EU will draw up an economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis in two weeks / ES divas nedēļas izstrādās plānu ekonomiskajai reakcijai uz Covid-19 krīzi km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "The EU will draw up an economic plan for the ..." info: Pusdiena, 2020-03-29 18:12:00, 00:03:10, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:12:00 PM CEST

The EU will draw up an economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis in two weeks / ES divas nedēļas izstrādās plānu ekonomiskajai reakcijai uz Covid-19 krīzi km-LTV-1-LV: "The EU will draw up an economic plan for the ..." info: Panorāma, 2020-03-29 18:09:00, 00:03:25, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:09:00 PM CEST

The EU will draw up an economic plan for the Covid-19 crisis in two weeks / ES divas nedēļas izstrādās plānu ekonomiskajai reakcijai uz Covid-19 krīzi km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "The EU will draw up an economic plan for the ..." info: 900 sekundes, 2020-03-29 17:55:00, 00:01:02, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:55:00 PM CEST

MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:20:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that at the extraordinary plenary session, MEPs approved almost unanimously three proposals that will allow European Union support measures for those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. According to EP press secretary in Latvia, Jānis Krastiņš, MEPs on 26 March voted remotely on European Commission proposals to help people and businesses overcome the crisis. MEPs backed a coronavirus investment initiative. These measures are designed to make the €37 billion of EU funds available to citizens, regions and countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible. MEPs also approved extending the scope of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies. This will allow up to €800 million to be made available to European member states this year. MEPs also supported the temporary suspension of EU rules on airport slots.

MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis / Covid-19: Eiropas Parlaments apstiprina ES atbalstu dalībvalstīm gandrīz 40 miljardu apmērā km-Delfi.lv-LV: "MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis ..." info: by www.DELFI.lv date: Friday, March 27, 2020

MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis / EP deputāti apstiprinājuši atbalsta pasākumus Covid-19 krīzes skartajiem km-Diena.lv-LV: "MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis / EP deputāti apstiprinājuši atbalsta pasākumus Covid-19 krīzes skartajiem km-LTV-1-LV: "MEPs approve support measures for those affected by Covid-19 crisis ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2020-03-29 17:51:00, 00:01:12, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:51:00 PM CEST

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis “Acting united, we can better overcome the coronavirus crisis”

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

Delfi features the article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, in which he stresses the disastrous effect the new coronavirus pandemic has on the economies of the European Union and the world. The European Commission has taken vigorous action to reduce the impact of the virus on the economy and society at large. The priority is to ensure that hospitals are provided with the necessary funding and all materials. The Commission is also providing financial support to scientists to accelerate the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Thus, the Commission temporarily lifted restrictions on budget deficits, allowing member states to stimulate their economies more. EU member states are actively using this opportunity and already have decided on additional fiscal measures amounting to 2.2% of EU GDP. For example, in Latvia, this EU regulation has enabled the government to set downtime funding at 75% of wages for all sectors. The new investment initiative to tackle the coronavirus crisis provides €37 billion for health, SMEs and social programmes.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis “Acting united, we can better overcome the coronavirus crisis” / Valdis Dombrovskis: Rīkojoties vienoti, var labāk pārvarēt koronavīrusa krīzi km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis “Acting united, we can better ..." info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with MEP Sandra Kalniete on EU support for the Covid-19 crisis

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:20:00 AM CEST

LTV1 reports the interview with Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete (EPP) who explains the decisions that the European Parliament voted on. They agreed to suspend the rule requiring airlines to use at least 80% of their flight slots to keep them. Then they agreed to allocate the unspent cohesion funds to the member states, and this way Latvia might be getting almost €80 million. The third decision concerned the Solidarity Fund, since it was established to aid member states in case of terrorist attacks and natural disasters – pandemic so far was not included there. But now it is, says Mrs Kalniete.

Interview with MEP Sandra Kalniete on EU support for the Covid-19 crisis / Intervija ar EP deputāti Sandru Kalnieti par ES atbalstu Covid-19 krīzes pārvarēšanai km-LTV-1-LV: "Interview with MEP Sandra Kalniete on EU support for the ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2020-03-29 17:58:00, 00:04:15, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:58:00 PM CEST

Economy must be rescued together

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:20:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, in order to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, the European Central Bank has launched a Pandemic Emergency Programme, and Latvian banking experts see it as a very necessary and also bold step. “If the Programme is not implemented, the cost of borrowing for Italy and other financially weaker eurozone countries would continue to rise,” explains Pēteris Strautiņš, the economist at Luminor bank. “The ECB programme helps mitigate the risks in financial markets, which are essential to prevent the Covid-19 crises from turning into a financial crisis with profound and far-reaching economic consequences,” says Mārtiņš Āboliņš, an economist at Citadele Bank. SEB banka economist Dainis Gašpuitis says that the ECB's programme will help to stabilise the borrowing capacity of countries, including Latvia, and will provide additional support to the economy.

Economy must be rescued together / Tautsaimniecība jaglabj kopīgiem spēkiem km-Diena-LV: "Economy must be rescued together / Tautsaimniecība jaglabj kopīgiem spēkiem..." page: 1 info: by magda riekstina date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

A couple of media write that according to President von der Leyen, the European Commission will propose a new stimulus package to help the bloc recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “To ensure recovery the Commission will propose changes in the MFF proposal that will allow addressing the fallout of the coronavirus crisis,” Ms von der Leyen said in a statement. The MFF is the multi-annual financial framework, the European Union’s long-term budget. “This will include a stimulus package that will ensure that cohesion within the Union is maintained through solidarity and responsibility,” she added. “At this juncture, the President is not excluding any options within the limits of the treaty.”

European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ES siūlys naują ekonomikos skatinimo po koronaviruso pandemijos paketą km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ES siūlys naują ekonomikos skatinimo po koronaviruso pandemijos paketą km-Alfa.lt-LT: "European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ..." info: by BNS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ES siūlys naują ekonomikos skatinimo po koronaviruso pandemijos paketą km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ..." info: by Raimondas Čiuplys date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ES siūlys naują ekonomikos skatinimo po koronaviruso pandemijos paketą km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Union to propose new post-virus economic stimulus package / ..." info: by BNS ir lrytas.lt inf. date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:10:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that European Union leaders gave eurozone finance ministers a fortnight to come up with a stronger response to the economic havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. During the summit, the 27 leaders struggled to agree on a unified response to the COVID-19 crisis. Nine countries had pleaded in a letter ahead of the summit for “corona bonds,” pooled borrowing to cushion the economic blow of the virus, which has sent economies into hibernation and markets into chaotic flux. But the call was given short shrift by wealthy northern countries and instead, a summit declaration tasked the Eurogroup of single currency zone finance ministers with coming up with options within two weeks. “These proposals should take into account the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 shock affecting all our countries and our response will be stepped up, as necessary, with further action in an inclusive way, in light of developments, in order to deliver a comprehensive response,” the summit statement said.

Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES lyderiai suteikė Eurogrupei dvi savaites parengti atsaką į koronaviruso krizę km-15min.lt-LT: "Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES lyderiai suteikė Eurogrupei dvi savaites parengti atsaką į koronaviruso krizę km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES lyderiai suteikė Eurogrupei dvi savaites parengti atsaką į koronaviruso krizę km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES lyderiai ketvirtdienį suteikė 19 eurozonos finansų ministramas dvi savaites parengti ryštingą ekonominį atsaką km-Ziniu-Radijas-LT: "Eurozone given two weeks to find virus response / ES ..." info: Žinios, 2020-03-30 00:15:00, 00:00:42, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 12:15:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen reserved about coronabonds

[Luxembourg, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Lëtzebuerger Journal reports that President von der Leyen is reserved about the so-called "coronabonds," which caused anger in Italy. The European Commission made it clear that all options within the EU treaties remained on the table. In an interview with the German Press Agency, Ms von der Leyen explained that the Commission was not planning a common debt instrument in the corona crisis because there were very clear legal limitations. The word "coronabond" was actually just a slogan. The bigger question was liability and the concerns in Germany and other countries were justified. President von der Leyen said that climate protection and digitalization would play a very dominant role in the reconstruction after the crisis.

Von der Leyen setzt weiterhin auf Klimaschutz km-lessentiel.lu-LU: "Von der Leyen setzt weiterhin auf Klimaschutz..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bone of contention: corona bonds / Zankapfel Corona-Bonds km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: "Bone of contention: corona bonds / Zankapfel Corona-Bonds..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Neuer Streit um Corona-Bonds km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Neuer Streit um Corona-Bonds..." page: 20 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Von der Leyen: Die EU hat in der Corona-Krise „in den Abgrund geschaut“ km-Tageblatt.lu-LU: "Von der Leyen: Die EU hat in der Corona-Krise „in ..." info: by VERENA SCHMITT-ROSCHMANN date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Argument on coronabonds

[Luxembourg, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

Guy Kemp reports in Tageblatt that the economy is more affected in certain European countries, due to the corona crisis. The European Commission has already introduced some measures in order to support EU countries. President von der Leyen reminded, after the video conference with the EU leaders last Friday that the “safeguard clause in the European Stability and Growth Pact” has been activated. The flexible EU state aid rules also enable member states to financially support national companies and workers. During the video conference, the 27 EU leaders could not, however, agree on coronabonds. Nine countries asked for Eurobonds to be issued, among them are France, Italy, Spain, and Luxembourg. But Germany, the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries rejected those bonds. Germany wants to use the European Stability Mechanism but Italy is opposed to it.The author reports that, at the end of the video conference, the 27 leaders asked the Eurogroup to present new proposals within two weeks. Luxembourgish Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said, last Friday, that Italy and Spain are asking for solidarity among the EU, not only to tackle socio-economic consequences that the crisis has created but also to fight the corona crisis in general. The European Commission will ensure an appropriate stock of medical equipment EU-wide. The Commission will also develop a coordinated exit strategy in collaboration with virologists and other experts, reports President von der Leyen.

A narrow compromise / Knapper Kompromiss km-Letzebuerger-Journal-LU: "A narrow compromise / Knapper Kompromiss..." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Without growth and gainings come the bankruptcy tsunami / Ohne Wachstum und Profite kommt der Konkurs-Tsunami km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Without growth and gainings come the bankruptcy tsunami / Ohne ..." page: 13 info: by Robert Goebbels date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Argument because of Corona Bonds / Streit wegen Corona-Bonds km-Tageblatt-LU: "Argument because of Corona Bonds / Streit wegen Corona-Bonds..." page: 9 info: by Guy Kemp date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview of Maltese Finance Minister Edward Scicluna on coronavirus

[Malta, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

In an interview in The Sunday Times of Malta yesterday Finance Minister Edward Scicluna speaks about the effect the coronavirus is having on Malta’s economy which has ground to a halt following years of rapid growth. Scicluna says that the government cannot compensate for all the economic pain that is to come but could not comment on the actual extent of the damage that the virus is expected to have on businesses and companies. Scicluna also discusses the government’s aid package and tax deferrals and aid offered by the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank.

‘Everyone is going to feel the pain’ / ‘Everyone is going to feel the pain’ km-Malta-Times-MT: "‘Everyone is going to feel the pain’ / ‘Everyone is ..." page: 6,7 info: by Jacob Borg date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Netherlands receives much criticism for lack of solidarity

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:46:00 AM CEST

Dutch media over the weekend and on Monday comment extensively on the hard line that the Netherlands adopted towards financial help to southern member states.Het Financieele Dagblad's Ria Cats writes that the Netherlands has come under criticism from other EU member states for its opposition against using the European Union's rainy-day fund, the European Stability Mechanism, to support member states that cannot cope with the coronavirus crisis. Comments made by Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra, who asked why some countries have no budget scope to handle the crisis, angered other EU leaders. Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa called Mr Hoekstra's remarks "insensitive, repulsive and totally unacceptable." The Netherlands was mocked after it asked for EU support for its flower sector because it did not have enough money for that. The country should review its communication strategy, the author concludes.A commentary in Algemeen Dagblad reacts to criticism of the Dutch Cabinet by southern European countries because the Netherlands allegedly shows lack of solidarity during the coronavirus crisis. In times of crisis, European countries should show solidarity to one another and the acute economic crisis caused by the coronavirus must be addressed together. However, this does not mean that every idea must be adopted blindly. The issuance of eurobonds is not the solution to the real problem: excessively high state debt. Eurobonds would make it cheaper for southern member states to borrow money at the expense of countries like the Netherlands. The author agrees that governments need to spend money to support the economy, but this is only possible if governments make adjustments when the economic situation improves. Spain has worked really hard in recent years, but Italy still does not have its state debt under control despite economic prosperity in recent years and France has barely increased the retirement age.A column in Trouw by Stevo Akkerman says the coronavirus outbreak causes much discord in the EU. The Netherlands wants financial aid for its own industries, but blocks any attempts by southern member states to get financial support. The hard line that the Netherlands adopts shows how strongly the country things in national terms. But we live in a world with viruses that cross borders without a problem and in a world in which small countries do not play a role. The Netherlands should not allow the EU to fall apart if the Dutch value democracy and the EU’s economic role.

Verkeerde toon km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Verkeerde toon..." page: 27 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Gevoelloos, weerzinwekkend, kinderlijk: Den Haag stuit op weerstand in EU km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Gevoelloos, weerzinwekkend, kinderlijk: Den Haag stuit op weerstand in EU..." page: 23 info: by Ria Cats date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU heads of government disagree on emergency fund deployment / EU-regeringsleiders niet eens over inzet noodfonds km-Nederland-1-NL: "EU heads of government disagree on emergency fund deployment / ..." info: Nos journaal, 2020-03-26 23:29:00, 00:02:52, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:29:00 PM CET

Criticism of the Dutch attitude in the corona crisis / Kritiek op de Nederlandse opstelling in de coronacrisis km-Nederland-2-NL: "Criticism of the Dutch attitude in the corona crisis / ..." info: Nieuwsuur, 2020-03-26 21:40:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:40:00 PM CET

Ieder land regelt z’n eigen steun km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: "Ieder land regelt z’n eigen steun..." page: 10 info: by Egbert Kalse en Maarten Schinkel Illustratie Pepijn Barnard date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Solidarity / Solidariteit km-NRC-Next-NL: "Solidarity / Solidariteit..." page: 2 info: by Lotfi El Hamidi date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The Netherlands is mainly making enemies / Nederland maakt vooral vijanden km-NRC-Next-NL: "The Netherlands is mainly making enemies / Nederland maakt vooral ..." page: 8 info: by Stéphane Alonso date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Corona crisis puts pressure on European solidarity / Coronacrisis zet Europese solidariteit onder druk km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Corona crisis puts pressure on European solidarity / Coronacrisis zet ..." info: Bureau buitenland, 2020-03-26 19:05:00, 00:17:02, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:05:00 PM CET

European Parliament votes on measures against corona crisis / Europees Parlement stemt over maatregelen tegen coronacrisis km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "European Parliament votes on measures against corona crisis / Europees ..." info: Nieuws en co, 2020-03-26 18:24:00, 00:03:48, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:24:00 PM CET

Postponement decision on EU billion injection / Uitstel besluit over EU-miljardeninjectie km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Postponement decision on EU billion injection / Uitstel besluit over ..." info: Nos journaal, 2020-03-26 23:01:00, 00:00:30, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:01:00 PM CET

EU leaders have disagreed on emergency fund / EU-leiders niet eens zijn geworden over noodfonds km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "EU leaders have disagreed on emergency fund / EU-leiders niet ..." info: Radio 1 journaal, 2020-03-27 06:51:00, 00:02:41, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:51:00 AM CET

Should the Netherlands agree to additional financial emergency measures for euro area countries? / Moet Nederland akkoord gaan met aanvullende financiële noodmaatregelen voor eurolanden? km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Should the Netherlands agree to additional financial emergency measures for ..." info: Spraakmakers, 2020-03-27 11:18:00, 00:11:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 11:18:00 AM CET

The Netherlands must support southern European countries / Nederland moet Zuid-Europese landen steunen km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "The Netherlands must support southern European countries / Nederland moet ..." info: Goed Ingelichte Kring, 2020-03-28 15:49:00, 00:06:19, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:49:00 PM CET

Spain needs help from Europe / Spanje heeft hulp uit Europa nodig km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Spain needs help from Europe / Spanje heeft hulp uit ..." info: Met het oog op morgen, 2020-03-28 23:17:00, 00:05:44, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:17:00 PM CET

European heads of government disagree on multibillion-dollar package / Europese regeringsleiders niet eens geworden over miljardenpakket km-RTL-4-Netherlands-NL: "European heads of government disagree on multibillion-dollar package / Europese ..." info: Nieuws, 2020-03-27 06:31:00, 00:01:17, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:31:00 AM CET

The Netherlands receives a lot of criticism from other European countries / Nederland krijgt veel kritiek van andere Europese landen km-RTL-4-Netherlands-NL: "The Netherlands receives a lot of criticism from other European ..." info: Nieuws, 2020-03-27 19:48:00, 00:02:05, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:48:00 PM CET

Disagreement eu countries over budgets / Onenigheid EU-landen om budgetten km-RTL-Z-NL: "Disagreement eu countries over budgets / Onenigheid EU-landen om budgetten..." info: RTL Z-Nieuws, 2020-03-26 17:38:00, 00:03:10, date: Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:38:00 PM CET

Zuiden Europa haat Nederland km-Telegraaf-NL: "Zuiden Europa haat Nederland..." page: 7 info: by Ruud Mikkers date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Virus puts bomb under the EU / Virus legt bom onder de EU km-Telegraaf-NL: "Virus puts bomb under the EU / Virus legt bom ..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Destroy / Stukmaken km-Trouw-NL: "Destroy / Stukmaken..." page: 2 info: by STEVO AKKERMAN date: Monday, March 30, 2020

'Provocerend' Nederland maakt zich impopulair km-Volkskrant-NL: "'Provocerend' Nederland maakt zich impopulair..." page: 16 info: by Marc Peeperkorn date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"No-one is asking the Netherlands for a handout" / 'Niemand vraagt Nederland aalmoes' km-Volkskrant-NL: ""No-one is asking the Netherlands for a handout" / 'Niemand ..." page: 9 info: by JARL VAN DER PLOEG date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Dutch Central Bank President Knot: "This is a test for the Eurozone. The call for solidarity makes perfect sense"

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 6:42:00 AM CEST

In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, the President of the Dutch central bank Klaas Knot calls for more solidarity among EU politicians and says monetary policy cannot solve everything in the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It is time for European politicians to act now and create a fiscal "safety net" for the eurozone to help the countries that are particularly affected by the virus, like Italy, he says. With this statement, Mr Knot is distancing himself from the Dutch government, which has rejected such an option for the eurozone.

Knot: politici moeten crisis aanpakken, niet achteromkijken km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Knot: politici moeten crisis aanpakken, niet achteromkijken..." page: 104 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The limits of working from home / De limieten van het thuiswerken km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "The limits of working from home / De limieten van ..." page: 32 info: by Joost van Kuppeveld date: Monday, March 30, 2020

There is much incomprehension among economists about EU fighting over coronavirus / Bij economen heerst onbegrip over EU-gesteggel coronacrisis km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "There is much incomprehension among economists about EU fighting over ..." page: 9 info: by Marcel de Boer en Han Dirk Hekking date: Monday, March 30, 2020

After the huge amounts of support it will be hard to go back / Na de stortvloed aan steun kunnen we niet zomaar terug km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "After the huge amounts of support it will be hard ..." page: 18 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Commissioner: exceptional solidarity required / Eurocommissaris: uitzonderlijke solidariteit nodig km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "European Commissioner: exceptional solidarity required / Eurocommissaris: uitzonderlijke solidariteit nodig..." page: 5 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Monday, March 30, 2020

In the worst-case scenario, Italy's state debt will increase to 180% / Als het tegenzit, gaat staatsschuld Italië al dit jaar naar 180% km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "In the worst-case scenario, Italy's state debt will increase to ..." page: 5 info: by Jule Hinrichs date: Monday, March 30, 2020

‘Dit is een test voor de eurozone. De roep om solidariteit is heel logisch’ km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: "‘Dit is een test voor de eurozone. De roep om ..." page: 1 info: by Mark Beunderman Foto Merlijn Doomernik date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Knot thinks it would adorn the Netherlands if they set up an emergency fund / Knot vindt dat het Nederland zou sieren als ze een noodfonds zouden oprichten km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Knot thinks it would adorn the Netherlands if they set ..." info: Langs de Lijn en Omstreken, 2020-03-27 21:29:00, 00:02:47, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:29:00 PM CET

ECB asks banks not to pay dividends for the time being / ECB vraagt banken voorlopig geen dividend uit te keren km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "ECB asks banks not to pay dividends for the time ..." info: Nos journaal, 2020-03-28 07:03:00, 00:00:30, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:03:00 AM CET

’Les van deze crisis is: bouw buffers op’ km-Telegraaf-NL: "’Les van deze crisis is: bouw buffers op’..." page: 36 info: by Martin Visser date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

What scenario will the economy follow? / Welk scenario gaat de economie volgen? km-Trouw-NL: "What scenario will the economy follow? / Welk scenario gaat ..." page: 2 info: by Elisa Hermanides date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Klaas Knot: schulden opkopen mag niet te lang doorgaan km-Volkskrant-NL: "Klaas Knot: schulden opkopen mag niet te lang doorgaan..." page: 16 info: by Peter de Waard date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

One step closer to a transfer union (opinion)

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

De Volkskrant's Yvonne Hofs writes in an analysis that the EU has gotten a step closer to becoming a transfer union where funds flow from wealthier countries in the north to weaker countries in the south. This is becoming apparent in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Despite the Dutch cabinet’s opposition to the use of the European Stability Mechanism and of eurobonds as means to support weaker member states amid the ongoing crisis, the European Central Bank has decided to launch unlimited purchases of bonds from EU member states. If Italy, Spain and Greece cannot repay these bonds, the Netherlands and Germany will have to do so.

The ECB's bazooka  / De bazooka van de ECB km-RTL-Z-NL: "The ECB's bazooka / De bazooka van de ECB..." info: Voorbeurs, 2020-03-27 08:00:00, 00:02:21, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM CET

ECB does everything to save European economy / ECB doet alles om Europese economie te redden km-RTL-Z-NL: "ECB does everything to save European economy / ECB doet ..." info: RTL Z-Nieuws, 2020-03-27 15:08:00, 00:02:53, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 3:08:00 PM CET

Transferunie lijkt stapje dichterbij km-Volkskrant-NL: "Transferunie lijkt stapje dichterbij..." page: 17 info: by Yvonne Hofs date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Dutch Finance Minister Hoekstra: "Economically, we are all going to feel this"

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Trouw, Dutch Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra talks about the Dutch government's response to the new coronavirus outbreak and measures on an EU level. He says the Netherlands has proposed flexibility in the multiannual budget of the European Commission, given the current circumstances, but is against the use of funds from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The ESM should be preserved to repair the long-term damage caused by the coronavirus crisis and not be used prematurely, according to Mr Hoekstra. He says the health of the population is the first priority of the Dutch government and then comes the preservation of jobs and businesses. In the best case scenario for the economy, there will be a recovery towards the end of 2020 and in the worst case, the crisis will continue in 2021, according to Mr Hoekstra.

Praise for Hoekstra in the Netherlands, but criticised in southern Europe / Lof voor Hoekstra in Nederland, maar bekritiseerd in Zuid-Europa km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Praise for Hoekstra in the Netherlands, but criticised in southern ..." info: Dit is de Zaterdag, 2020-03-28 06:24:00, 00:09:35, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:24:00 AM CET

Dutch Finance Minister Hoekstra: "Economically, we are all going to feel this" / "Economisch gaan we dit allemaal voelen" km-Trouw-NL: "Dutch Finance Minister Hoekstra: "Economically, we are all going to ..." page: 3 info: by Jelle Brandsma date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: "EU will take more measures in coronavirus crisis if necessry"

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

In an op-ed article in Het Financieele Dagblad, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis comments on measures taken in the EU to tackle the coronavirus and economic and financial support that has been provided. The general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact has been activated. This means that the EU budget can be used fully and flexibly to support companies and employees. The European Commission also streamlines the production and movement of medical equipment throughout the EU and supports the development of a vaccine against COVID-19. The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide additional working capital loans to SMEs. The European Commission has also activated a temporary framework for state aid that allows countries to directly support companies with subsidies, tax benefits or loans. Mr Dombrovskis writes that the ECB has launched a €750 billion emergency bond plan. Although the firepower of these actions is significant, Mr Dombrovskis promises that more will be done if necessary.

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: companies and people in the EU must stand united / Eurocommissaris Dombrovskis: bedrijven en mensen in EU moeten samen sterk staan km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: companies and people in the EU must ..." page: 25 info: by Van onze redacteur date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Minister Jacek Sasin announces Polish companies’ protection against coronavirus crisis

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

Two Polish dailies publish interviews with Jacek Sasin (Law and Justice – PiS), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets. On the front page, Gazeta Polska Codziennie cites Minister Sasin’s opinion that the Polish economy will not avoid losses resulting from the coronavirus crisis. However, the Polish government will do its best to minimise the losses. The “anti-crisis shield” measures, and the special law designed for applying them, are intended to serve the purpose. The speed of the economy’s recovering after the crisis will depend on the decisions being taken now. State-controlled companies have already assigned about PLN100 (€22) million for the battle against the coronavirus epidemic. This is an unprecedented scale of the aid, especially considering that the companies themselves have to struggle against many threats. According to Minister Sasin, the current situation proves blatantly that capital has a nationality. Poland and other countries have to struggle against the coronavirus crisis largely on their own, using strategic state-controlled companies. In an interview for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (also headlined), Mr Sasin reports that the current draft of the anti-crisis law dedicates the public aid mainly to minor companies, although state-controlled giants will also need some support mechanisms. The politician expresses his hope that the European Union’s administration will approve the Polish anti-crisis package. Mr Sasin assumes that the EU may not have enough money for supporting green energy transition projects, due to the coronavirus crisis. Brussels’ main priority today is saving the economy.

Capital has nationality after all / Kapitał jednak ma narodowość km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Capital has nationality after all / Kapitał jednak ma narodowość..." page: 1 info: by Grzegorz Osiecki date: Monday, March 30, 2020

National champions prove helpful in these difficult days / Narodowi czempioni sprawdzają się w tych trudnych dniach km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "National champions prove helpful in these difficult days / Narodowi ..." page: 1 info: by Piotr Nisztor date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Opinion by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Solidarity in times of crisis”

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:56:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily, the Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis presents the aid for EU member states proposed by the European Commission. To protect European companies from collapse, the Commission is working to provide immediate cash support for affected companies to maintain their production capacity. This means using the EU budget fully and flexibly to support companies and workers, especially in relation to financial liquidity problems that small and medium-sized enterprises are experiencing. As part of the investment initiative to respond to the coronavirus, the Commission is making €37 billion available for crisis response. The funds will be allocated to supporting the health systems, SME sector and workers in order to enable economic recovery after the crisis. Mr Dombrovskis emphasises that it is a matter of European solidarity, cooperation and unity because the EU will continue to stand united to survive this crisis.

Opinion by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Solidarity in times of crisis” / Solidarność w czasie kryzysu km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Opinion by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Solidarity in times of crisis” ..." page: 15 info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU leaders postulate the introduction of coronabonds

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:55:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza daily reports on the videoconference of the EU leaders held on Thursday evening and notes that the EU member states have a problem with agreeing on how to strengthen the budgetary solidarity with the countries that will be most hit by the coronavirus crisis. A plan of compromise is to be ready in two weeks after a dispute arose among the EU Member States about the activation of so-called coronabonds. The idea was supported by the leaders of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Slovenia and Luxembourg, as well as the head of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde. Germany, Austria, Finland and the Netherlands have expressed strong opposition.

EU videoconference / Teleszczy t Unii. Polska tylko słucha km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "EU videoconference / Teleszczy t Unii. Polska tylko słucha..." page: 6 info: by Tomasz Bielecki date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Articles on the EU's response to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

A few Portuguese media published opinion articles on the EU's economic response to the pandemicIn an opinion article in Jornal de Notícias, Miguel Maduro wrote about the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The author spoke about the fact that the current crisis is turning the public opinion towards the EU into a negative one, even more than the financial crisis of 2008 did, despite this being a crisis that the EU has no responsibility for. Mr Maduro praised the measures presented by the Commission and by the European Central Bank, saying that these were good measures, but probably not good enough to save the economy of some member states. That is why Mr Maduro defends that the issuance of Eurobonds is of the utmost importance, criticising, the lack of mutual trust of a few countries blocking the other from acting according to the needs of this outbreak.In an opinion article in Jornal de Notícias, Manuel Carvalho da Silva wrote about the need for more European economic measures to mitigate the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The author said that the European Union could implode “facing the absence of coherence and cohesion, due to the denial of solidarity and equality between the countries and the peoples”. The author said that the only thing the EU is offering its member states “is more debt”, which would also still be the case if Eurobonds were issued. The author presented two solutions for the problem: for the European Central Bank to purchase debt from the member states, or the issuance of public bonds issued to people and companies, which would be utilised in any transaction but in payments to the governments.In an opinion article in Jornal de Notícias, António Saraiva wrote about the need for more economic measures from the European Union to combat the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. The author spoke about the economic measures presented by the European Central Bank and by the European Commission, saying that those were decent measures, especially the measures presented by the ECB. However, continued Mr Saraiva, the idea that those late measures pass is that the best the European institutions can do is to “not stand in the way”. The author also said that this is the opportunity for the EU to prove that it is a mobilising project, that it adds value to the national efforts, that it can coordinate action, and that it can protect the member states from their vulnerabilities. Mr Saraiva urges the EU for more instruments capable of facing this crisis, an instrument like the Eurobonds.In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, António Moita comments on the Covid-19 crisis in the European Union. Mr Moita states that saving the European economy, and even the European Union, depends on its ability to prevent the destruction of jobs and the installed production capacity. Thus, Mr Moita adds, a quick and massive injection of money in national economies is needed. Mr Moita states that this will only be possible if all member states agree that the European Union “only makes sense if responsibility and solidarity among people” trump some European leaders’ selfishness and greed.

Better done than perfect / Mais vale feito que perfeito km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Better done than perfect / Mais vale feito que perfeito..." page: 28 info: by António Moita date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Relation between solidarity and mutual trust in Europe / Relação entre solidariedade e confiança mútua na Europa km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "Relation between solidarity and mutual trust in Europe / Relação ..." page: 2 info: by Sem Autor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The economy serving life / A economia a servir a vida km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "The economy serving life / A economia a servir a ..." page: 29 info: by Sem Autor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Two notes in times of emergency / Duas notas em tempo de emergência - Artigo/Crónica por António Saraiva km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "Two notes in times of emergency / Duas notas em ..." page: 2 info: by António Saraiva date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coverage on Commission President von der Leyen's proposals to fight the economic crisis caused by Covid-19

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

Two Portuguese media outlets reported on the Commission's economic measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.In an interview with a German news agency, Commission President von der Leyen stated that the European Union was not working on Eurobonds, RDP Antena1 reports. Mrs von der Leyen stated that Eurobonds are “a slogan”, and the remark faced criticism. The Commission released a statement following Mrs von der Leyen’s interview, clarifying that all mechanisms to face the Covid-19 crisis will be considered as long as their framework is within the limits of the European Union Treaties, and according to several analysts, Eurobonds do not meet this requirement. Mrs von der Leyen announced that the Commission will propose a revision of the multiannual financial framework, adding more stimulus to ensure cohesion.Dinheiro Vivo Online adds that, according to an official statement, Commission President von der Leyen ensured that the Commission Presidency does not exclude any option to deal with the Covid-19 crisis within the limits of the Treaties. Mrs von der Leyen added that the Commission will participate in the European Council and Eurogroup discussions to address the economic impact of the coronavirus. Mrs von der Leyen stated that the Commission is working on proposals for the recovery phase, primarily on the flexibilisation of structural funds.

Commission President clarifies EU's supports against Covid-19 / Presidente da Comissão clarifica apoios da UE contra Covid-19 km-Antena-1-PT: "Commission President clarifies EU's supports against Covid-19 / Presidente da ..." info: Rdp - informação, 2020-03-29 19:11:00, 00:02:09, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:11:00 PM CEST

Von der Leyen admits all options to mitigate economic impact in the EU / Von der Leyen admite todas opões para minorar impacto económico na UE km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Von der Leyen admits all options to mitigate economic impact ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis on the Commission's measures to combat Covid-19

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:23:00 AM CEST

In an article in Expresso, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis writes about the Commission’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Dombrovskis warns that “even if we slow down the spread of the virus – it is our biggest wish – the economy will take time to recover.” According to Mr Dombrovskis, the priority of the Commission is to guarantee the sustainability of health systems, the liquidity of companies and that workers keep their jobs and wages. The Executive Vice-President underlines that the Commission took several measures to combat the impact of the coronavirus, such as allowing more flexibility on budgetary rules, the activation of the general escape clause, and efforts to provide medical equipment to all. Furthermore, the Commission is using all flexibility in the European budget. Mr Dombrovskis also highlights other measures to safeguard debtors and the temporary framework for state aid for companies hindered by the pandemic. He says “this arsenal of financial measures” is what Europe needs right now and assures that the Commission will use all instruments to safeguard the economy now and to recover after the pandemic.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Firm in the crisis / Firmes na crise km-Expresso-PT-PT: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: Firm in the crisis / ..." page: 36 info: by Valdis Dombrovskis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

ECB asks eurozone banks to freeze dividend payments

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that the European Central Bank told eurozone banks to freeze dividend payments for the financial years 2019 and 2020 until at least 1 October 2020. Banks should also refrain from share buy-backs aimed at remunerating shareholders, according to Hotnews.ro. “The ECB expects banks' shareholders to join this collective effort,” the financial institution said in a statement issued on Friday.

Coronavirus: ECB calls on eurozone banks not to pay dividends / Coronavirus: BCE cere băncilor din zona euro să nu mai distribuie dividende km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Coronavirus: ECB calls on eurozone banks not to pay dividends ..." info: by R.M. HotNews.ro date: Friday, March 27, 2020

ECB call / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "ECB call / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-28 11:01:00, 00:00:34, by Turcu Nicoleta date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:01:00 AM CET

EU leaders and Slovak government take steps to rescue economy

[Slovakia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:49:00 AM CEST

TV station STV1 reports that leaders of EU member states failed to reach agreement on a common approach to support the bloc’s economy. Council President Michel is quoted as saying that the Eurogroup was asked to continue its work and present several proposals in two weeks. This will enable the European Council to discuss possible measures. The reportage adds that Italy and Spain call for the introduction of Eurobonds, a move which Germany, Austria and the Netherlands oppose. “The Commission is supporting member states' efforts with all the tools at its disposal. We have, for example, activated the general escape clause in the Stability and Growth Pact, we have adopted a temporary state aid framework that is as flexible as never before,” President von der Leyen said, adding that those decisions gave the member states all the room of manoeuvre they need at the moment. STV1 also reports that the European Parliament backed the establishment of a €37 billion fund to support member states’ health care systems or SMEs. TV JOJ adds that Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Remišová called on Brussels to shift funds to the fight against the coronavirus crisis. Slovakia is to use €4 billion from so far unused EU funds. Daily Pravda and website aktuality.sk draw attention to the measures adopted by the new Slovak government to keep the economy afloat. The government will pay 80% of wages to employees of companies which had to shut down, provide bank guarantees, extend paid carer’s leave or defer tax payments. Economist Vladimír Baláž says in an interview with Pravda that the future of the Slovak industry will depend on foreign demand development after the pandemic comes to an end. Mr Baláž sees preserving jobs as the most important step to save the country’s economy.

Koronavirus: The first aid of the government will cost billions of euros per month. It is to prevent redundancies / Koronavírus: Prvá pomoc vlády bude stáť miliardu eur mesačne. Má zabrániť prepúšťaniu km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Koronavirus: The first aid of the government will cost billions ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

We are threatened by economic collapse / Hrozí nám ekonomický kolaps km-Joj-TV-SK: "We are threatened by economic collapse / Hrozí nám ekonomický ..." info: Noviny, 2020-03-27 19:35:00, 00:02:22, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:35:00 PM CET

Baláž: Saving in particular companies / Baláž: Zachraňovať treba hlavne firmy km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Baláž: Saving in particular companies / Baláž: Zachraňovať treba hlavne ..." page: 6 info: by Branislav Toma date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU leaders fail to reach agreement / Lídři Evropské unie se nedokázali dohodnout, vyjádření Charlese Michela a Ursuly von der Leyen km-STV-1-SK: "EU leaders fail to reach agreement / Lídři Evropské unie ..." info: Správy, 2020-03-27 19:16:00, 00:01:57, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:16:00 PM CET

MEPs endorse support fund / Europoslanci schválili pomocný fond km-STV-1-SK: "MEPs endorse support fund / Europoslanci schválili pomocný fond..." info: Správy, 2020-03-27 19:18:00, 00:00:30, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:18:00 PM CET

Slovenian Government presents €3 billion worth package to stem the epidemic and mitigate its effects

[Slovenia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

On Saturday, the Slovenian Government adopted a €3 billion worth mega legislative package to stem and mitigate the coronavirus epidemic, Slovenian media widely report. The Government also extended the pool of beneficiaries of the proposed package, which now includes students. The allowance will also be paid to the workers who are currently working, while the self-employed will receive up to €700 per month. At the same time, the ministerial team has already started to prepare another legislative package. At a press conference, Slovenian Prime Minister Janša stressed that the measures were aimed at saving lives, health and preserving other vital functions of the state, such as economy, public services, education, science and others. "There has never been anything like this before, either at a session of any Slovenian government or at any meeting of the National Assembly," Mr Janša said, continuing: "The measures from this act will enter in force if the National Assembly approves the act and will apply from 1 April to 31 May this year, with the possibility of extending all or some of the measures envisaged until 30 June." He added that some measures would also apply retroactively from the declaration of the epidemic on 13 March. "This mega act includes a wide range of measures and addresses a number of areas to stem the epidemic and mitigate its effects. In fact, it covers everything that needs to be done to ensure that we as a society can function normally after the end of this epidemic," emphasised the Prime Minister. He went on to say the act would freeze the payment of social and certain other contributions, without prejudice to people’s rights, as the contributions will be paid from the budget. The payment deadline for payments from the budget will be reduced to eight days. Partially untaxed remuneration will be available for those who work regularly during this time as well. It will provide additional remuneration up to double the ordinary amount for all those who are additionally exposed in the fight against the epidemic. The Prime Minister stressed that the act introduces a basic income and the write-off of obligations for the self-employed with effect from 13 March to 31 May this year, and a crisis allowance for pensioners, students, large families and for other socially disadvantaged people.

Government promises: “We will not forget anyone” / Komu še pomoč zaradi epidemije, vlada obljublja: Nikogar ne bomo pozabili km-24ur.com-SI: "Government promises: “We will not forget anyone” / Komu še ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mega anti-corona law worth €3 billion / Mega protikoronski paket, vreden tri milijarde km-Delo-SI: "Mega anti-corona law worth €3 billion / Mega protikoronski paket, ..." page: 2 info: by Barbara Hočevar date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Janša: €3 billion for all of us / Janša: Te tri milijarde evrov so za vse nas km-Dnevnik-SI: "Janša: €3 billion for all of us / Janša: Te ..." page: 4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Anti-corona law adopted / Sprejeli protikoronski zakon km-Pop-TV-SI: "Anti-corona law adopted / Sprejeli protikoronski zakon..." info: 24 ur, 2020-03-29 14:03:00, 00:02:00, by Suzana Perman date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:03:00 PM CEST

“We will not forget anyone” / »Nikogar ne bomo pozabili« km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "“We will not forget anyone” / »Nikogar ne bomo pozabili«..." info: Radijski dnevnik, 2020-03-29 20:01:00, 00:02:00, by Jolanda Lebar date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:01:00 PM CEST

 "Ohraniti želimo vsa podjetja in delovna mesta, pozabili nismo na nikogar" / "Ohraniti želimo vsa podjetja in delovna mesta, pozabili nismo na nikogar" km-Rtvslo.si-SI: ""Ohraniti želimo vsa podjetja in delovna mesta, pozabili nismo na ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Slovenian Government presents €3 billion worth package to stem the epidemic and mitigate its effects / Vlada širi krog upravičencev do pomoči (zbirno) km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian Government presents €3 billion worth package to stem the ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Government assistance to population and companies / Vladna pomoč prebivalstvu in gospodarstvu km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Government assistance to population and companies / Vladna pomoč prebivalstvu ..." info: Dnevnik, 2020-03-29 20:00:00, 00:07:00, by Sabina Zonta date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:00:00 PM CEST

European Commission proposes to increase the budget for repatriation and strategic supplies of medical equipment

[Slovenia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

On Friday, the European Commission proposed budget amendments that provide €75 million to help EU member states repatriate citizens who have been stuck abroad as a result of the pandemic of a new coronavirus, STA, RTVSLO and Radio Slovenija 1 note. Moreover, the Commission also proposed an increase in funding of the European strategic stock of medical equipment to €80 million. In the framework of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, 2,312 people have returned to Europe from China, Japan, the US, Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia, the Philippines and Cape Verde since the outbreak of the virus. According to the Commission, more than 80 repatriation flights are planned in the coming days. In the meantime, STA and Finance also note that on Friday, EU ministers responsible for cohesion expressed the expectation that the Commission would draft another package of measures to ensure flexibility in the absorption of cohesion funds and in state aid shortly. According to unofficial information, all ministers pointed out that the absorption of cohesion funds had slowed down due to the coronavirus epidemic. They call on the Commission for systemic solutions. Slovenia was represented at the meeting by Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion Zvonko Černač, who, according to the press release, called for maximum flexibility in changes and implementation of European Cohesion Policy measures.

Slovenia could receive almost €1 billion from Cohesion Fund / DENAR EU PROTI POSLEDICAM KORONE: Slovenija bi lahko imela skoraj milijardo iz kohezije km-Finance-Slovenia-SI: "Slovenia could receive almost €1 billion from Cohesion Fund / ..." page: 12 info: by Teja Grapulin date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Assistance to the EU member states / Pomoč državam članicam Evropske unije km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Assistance to the EU member states / Pomoč državam članicam ..." info: Jutranji program, 2020-03-29 10:00:00, 00:01:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:00:00 AM CEST

European Commission to spend € 75 million for repatriation / Bruselj za vračanje državljanov namenja 75 milijonov evrov km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "European Commission to spend € 75 million for repatriation / ..." info: by Mojca Širok date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Commission proposes to increase the budget for repatriation and strategic supplies of medical equipment / Bruselj predlaga povečanje proračuna za repatriacijo in strateško zalogo medicinske opreme km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission proposes to increase the budget for repatriation and ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Due to the pandemic, EU ministers expect further flexibility regarding cohesion funds / Ministri EU zaradi pandemije pričakujejo še dodatno prožnost glede kohezijskih sredstev km-sta.si-SI: "Due to the pandemic, EU ministers expect further flexibility regarding ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

IMF: the world is already in a recession

[Slovenia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday that the global economy was now in a recession thanks to COVID-19, but that she was heartened to see world leaders finally realising that only a coordinated effort would be able to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, STA and RTVSLO write. According to Ms Georgieva, more than 80 countries, most of them poor, have already requested emergency assistance from the IMF. according to her, the IMF is aware that their own reserves and domestic resources will not be sufficient. She added that in the light of the emergency, the IMF was working to shorten its response time. Furthermore, she also called on the organisation committee for an increase in emergency funding.

IMF: the world is already in a recession / IMF: Svetovno gospodarstvo je nedvomno že v recesiji km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "IMF: the world is already in a recession / IMF: ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

IMF: the world is already in a recession / IMF: Svetovno gospodarstvo je nedvomno že v recesiji km-sta.si-SI: "IMF: the world is already in a recession / IMF: ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Prime Minister Sánchez urges EU to find a solution to the crisis: "The answer must be European"

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:10:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that on Saturday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urged the European Union to find an economic solution to the coronavirus crisis. Prime Minister Sánchez claimed "brave and forceful decisions" to the member states and a European answer with all resources. Prime Minister Sánchez appealed to European values in what he believes to be the "most critical moment" in the history of the European Union. "We are going through a critical moment on a European level and the European Union must be up to the challenge," he said. More and more countries demand solidarity but, in the middle of a difficult negotiation, Commission President von der Leyen declared in a German newspaper that Brussels was not considering "coronabonds". The statement was well received in Berlin but angered politicians like the Italian Finance Minister. This forced the Commission to issue a statement to correct the situation but it is obvious that the fracture in Europe is still alive. In an opinion article in El Mundo, the journalist Pablo R. Suanzes discusses the response to the European Union to the coronavirus crisis with the opinion of several Spanish ministers for foreign affairs. The current Minister, Arancha González Laya, states that, following the European Central Bank's action, the European Union's response must be supportive and based on a fiscal response; an impact budget; and a great investment plan that leaves no one behind.

Common front of Spain and Italy in coronavirus crisis / Frente común de España e Italia en la crisis del coronavirus km-Antena-3-ES: "Common front of Spain and Italy in coronavirus crisis / ..." info: ANTENA 3 NOTICIAS DE LA MAÑANA, 2020-03-27 08:06:00, 00:01:33, by LUIS FRAGA date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:06:00 AM CET

Prime Minister Sánchez calls for EU solidarity / "Necesitamos solidaridad" km-Antena-3-ES: "Prime Minister Sánchez calls for EU solidarity / "Necesitamos solidaridad"..." info: Noticias 2, 2020-03-29 22:32:00, 00:01:12, by MATIAS PRATS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 10:32:00 PM CEST

Tensions continue to grow between the countries of the north and south after the Netherlands and Germany opposed the measure requested by countries such as Spain or Italy. They call on Eurobonds to help countries that are financially doing worse. / Sigue creciendo la tensión entre los países del norte y del sur después de que Holanda y Alemania se opusiesen a la medida solicitada por países como España o Italia. Reclaman los eurobonos que ayuden a los países que financieramente lo están pasando km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "Tensions continue to grow between the countries of the north ..." info: MEDIODIA COPE INFORMATIVO, 2020-03-29 15:54:00, 00:01:22, by MIGUEL ANGEL OLIVER date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 3:54:00 PM CEST

Pedro Sánchez calls on Europe for "brave" measures to combat a catastrophe that affects everyone. / Pedro Sánchez reclama a Europa medidas "valientes" para combatir una catástrofe que afecta a todo el mundo. km-Cuatro-ES: "Pedro Sánchez calls on Europe for "brave" measures to combat ..." info: CUATRO AL DIA FIN DE SEMANA TARDE, 2020-03-28 20:05:00, 00:01:40, by MIGUEL ANGEL OLIVER date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:05:00 PM CET

Two weeks to improvise European solidarity / Dos semanas para improvisar la solidaridad europea km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Two weeks to improvise European solidarity / Dos semanas para ..." page: 20 info: by Jorge Valero date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE EC contemplates "all options" against the economic impact of COVID-19 / La CE contempla "todas las opciones" contra el impacto económico del COVID-19 km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "THE EC contemplates "all options" against the economic impact of ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

PSOE calls on European Commission to explore new funding lines for tourism after crisis / El PSOE pide a la Comisión Europea explorar nuevas líneas de financiación para el turismo tras la crisis km-eldiario.es-ES: "PSOE calls on European Commission to explore new funding lines ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE EC contemplates "all options" against the economic impact of COVID-19 / La CE contempla "todas las opciones" contra el impacto económico del COVID-19 km-eldiario.es-ES: "THE EC contemplates "all options" against the economic impact of ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

President urges the EU: "The answer has to be European" / El presidente urge a la UE: “La respuesta tiene que ser europea” km-elpais.com-ES: "President urges the EU: "The answer has to be European" ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fear of a GDP drop of up to 10% / Temor a una caída del PIB de hasta el 10% km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Fear of a GDP drop of up to 10% / ..." page: 1,20-21 info: by Sin especificar date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Solidarity or fracture in the EU / Solidaridad o fractura en la UE km-Mundo-ES: "Solidarity or fracture in the EU / Solidaridad o fractura ..." page: 1,30-31 info: by Pablo R. Suanzes date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Michel: "Do we have an agreement, Pedro?" Sánchez: "No. That is unacceptable" / Michel: “¿Tenemos acuerdo, Pedro?” Sánchez: “No. Así es inaceptable” km-Pais-ES: "Michel: "Do we have an agreement, Pedro?" Sánchez: "No. That ..." page: 1,10-11 info: by B. DE MIGUEL / C. E. CUÉ Bruselas / Madrid date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prime Minister urges the EU: "The answer to be European" / El presidente urge a la UE: “La respuesta tiene que ser europea” km-Pais-ES: "Prime Minister urges the EU: "The answer to be European" ..." page: 16-17 info: by J. M. date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Europe loses battle of image and solidarity / Europa pierde la batalla de la imagen y la solidaridad km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Europe loses battle of image and solidarity / Europa pierde ..." page: 30-31 info: by Sin especificar date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with EIB Vice-President Emma Navarro: "The EIB is already working on several major credit operations for Spain"

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:08:00 AM CEST

In an interview with ABC, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Emma Navarro says that the EIB will be a key player in the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis. The EIB aims to mobilise €240 billion for SMEs, while exploring ways of providing liquidity to large companies. Ms Navarro also highlights that "in any case, the EIB is only one of the instruments. There are other mechanisms such as the MEDE or the "coronabonds" or other common fiscal instruments that can be instrumental in a joint coordinated response to this crisis.

«The EIB already works on several major credit operations for Spain» / «El BEI trabaja ya en varias operaciones importantes de crédito para España» km-ABC-ES: "«The EIB already works on several major credit operations for ..." page: 7 info: by Sin especificar date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Commission presents stimulus package

[Sweden, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

Sverigesradio.se reports that on 28 March, Commission President von der Leyen announced that the European Commission plans to launch a stimulus package to ensure economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. In a press release, President von der Leyen said that this will include changes to the 2021-2027 long-term budget proposal, which most likely means that the budget for this period will be larger than usual. The package is intended to cover for the economic losses resulting from the outbreak.

European Commission presents stimulus package / EU-kommissionen lägger fram stimulanspaket km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "European Commission presents stimulus package / EU-kommissionen lägger fram stimulanspaket..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EMPLOYMENT

In Europe, the nightmare of mass unemployment

[France, EMPLOYMENT]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:46:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that fears of unemployment are taking hold as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, forcing an abrupt halt in the economy. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the crisis could increase global unemployment by 5 to 25 million, with more than half in the most developed countries. In Europe, governments are reacting the same way: urgently deploying short-term measures to prevent layoffs and business failures as much as possible. They hope that confinement will only last one or two months. And that if they provide citizens with minimum resources and limit long-term damage, the economy will recover quickly after the shutdown.

In Europe, the nightmare of mass unemployment / En Europe, le cauchemar du chômage de masse km-Monde-FR: "In Europe, the nightmare of mass unemployment / En Europe, ..." page: 1-11 info: by ERIC ALBERT - RAPHAELLE BESSE DESMOULIERES date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

ENERGY

Government green lights new €286 million oil shale plant

[Estonia, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

State-owned energy company Eesti Energia has the go-ahead from the government to build a new oil shale plant, which will be used to produce liquid fuel, ETV news report. The government has put up €125 million for the construction. The new plant, called the Enefit280 plant and using technology from Eesti Energia's renewable subsidiary Enefit Green, forms part of Eesti Energia's strategy as it transitions from older and less environmentally friendly oil shale use – including burning in the generation of electricity – and also helps to mitigate job losses in Ida Viru County, where Estonia's oil shale sector is largely located. Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) said the state's expectation was for Eesti Energia to develop more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale; oil production is a good example of this.

Government green lights new €286 million oil shale plant / Valitsus andis Eesti Energiale rohelise tule uue õlitehase ehituseks km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Government green lights new €286 million oil shale plant / ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-03-30 06:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 6:30:00 AM CEST

Eesti Energia sai valitsuselt rohelise tule uue õlitehase ehitamiseks km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Eesti Energia sai valitsuselt rohelise tule uue õlitehase ehitamiseks..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Government green lights new €286 million oil shale plant / Valitsus andis Eesti Energiale rohelise tule uue õlitehase ehituseks km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Government green lights new €286 million oil shale plant / ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Pandemic to change energy priorities

[Slovakia, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:47:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk reports on the impact of the coronavirus on the field of energy. Rastislav Hanulák of Capitol Legal Group believes that the pandemic will increase the importance of major energy suppliers. The EU will probably also have to change its priorities. Due to the economic demands, it will be probably necessary to postpone the goal to transform systems for centralised heat distribution to so-called efficient systems by 2025, Mr Hanulá highlights. He also expects the EIB to change its decision to stop financing gas infrastructure projects by 2021.

Coronavirus: Crisis changes priorities in energy sector, priority will be given to large projects / Koronavírus: Kríza zmení priority v energetike, prednosť budú mať veľké projekty km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Coronavirus: Crisis changes priorities in energy sector, priority will be ..." info: by https://www.facebook.com/Aktuality.sk date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

ENLARGEMENT

Contributing article: MEPs call to include the western Balkan region in EU coronavirus co-ordination

[Austria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST | info

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić asked the EU to sell medicinal material but at the time, the union had already enacted export restrictions, writes Philipp Brugner of the Vienna-based Centre for Social Innovation in a "Wiener Zeitung" contributing article. China, by contrast, responded to the call for help. The matter has also been taken up by the European Parliament. A cross-party letter sent to President von der Leyen calls for including the western Balkan region in the EU-wide co-ordination in the fight against the coronavirus.

Contributing article: MEPs call to include the western Balkan region in EU coronavirus co-ordination / Corona-Stresstest am Balkan km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Contributing article: MEPs call to include the western Balkan region ..." page: 13 info: by Philipp Brugner date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Article criticising lack of EU solidarity to Italy and Spain by opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia

[Cyprus, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:30:00 PM CEST | info

EU green lights launch of accession negotiations with Albania and North MacedoniaSimerini reported on Sunday that at the time when EU countries are breaking from the coronavirus pandemic and Italy and Spain are “screaming” for help in anguish for their population, while also criticising the EU for not demonstrating solidarity, the EU “decided to demonstrate its solidarity to the Balkan states, green-lighting the accession negotiations of Albania and North Macedonia”. The Germany Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, described the decision as a “sign of political closeness in a period of cold distancing”. He said that it “is important news following constant delays” and added that the implementation of reforms will be monitored. He stressed that this news “is worth mentioning even more in a period of isolation due to the coronavirus”.The article highlights the period of instability we are experiencing amidst the coronavirus pandemic, noting that for the first time in decades “the borders of the European family are closed”, not only the external ones, but also the internal ones within the Schengen area. Mr Roth stated that “we want to strengthen [the Western Balkans] with resources for peace and the rule of law”.However, it is noted that the continuation of the accession negotiations entirely depends on the developments to the broader crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as no one can predict in what the EU or member states will find themselves in at the end of the crisis.In addition, most countries have objected to the accession of Albania in the EU, mainly due to the organised crime blooming in the country and the drug trafficking network that stretches across Europe.The article criticises the EU for leaving Italy and Spain to fight alone “with the monster in Dante’s Hell” and for closing the borders forbidding the export of medical equipment, while also failing to adopt stronger measures for the common management of the economic impact of the pandemic. The enemy may be a common one, the article adds, but the battle is given by each one individually depending on the interests at stake. It concludes that the EU is at a dangerous turn, and its future depends on the decisions of common management, which depends on whose view will in the end prevail: those who count their dead or those who count the billions of euros.Meanwhile, an analysis in Phileleftheros on Sunday argues that Turkey is attempting to create a new axis of alliances by opening up to the Balkan states ahead of their accession negotiations. Turkey was among the first countries that welcomed the EU’s decision to launch accession negotiations with “their friends and allies”, Albania and North Macedonia. The article argues that Turkey was aiming at sending specific messages towards three directions: the EU as a whole; specific member states with which it is at controversy; and to the other six candidate countries. By referring to the other candidate states, Turkey is sending the message that these countries should coordinate to achieve their target of European integration, and it is likely that it will propose the creation of an axis among them to pressure the EU to this end.

Attempts for a new Turkish axis / Προσπάθεια για νέο τουρκικό άξονα km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Attempts for a new Turkish axis / Προσπάθεια για νέο ..." page: 1,4 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European Council discusses accession negotiations of Western Balkans; Turkish provocations in Eastern Mediterranean

[Cyprus, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:19:00 PM CEST | info

Last Thursday, European leaders convened in a teleconference to discuss the Coronavirus developments as well as other pending issues. As reported by Phileleftheros on Saturday, the EU leaders adopted the Council of Ministers’ conclusions of 25 March 2020, launching accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. The EU leaders also discussed Turkey’s actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Greek-Turkish borders, with the report describing the EU’s tactics towards Turkey as a “carrot and stick” approach. ON the one hand, there is a tough stance against Turkey  in relation to its actions on the migration issue and its illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean; but on the other hand, the EU insists that communication paths with Turkey should remain open. It is noted that Bulgaria supports the EU’s positive approach to Turkey as it considers that this will be positively reciprocated by Turkey.In his intervention, Cyprus President Anastasiades referred to specific Turkish actions in the region, underlining that when the whole world is fighting Covid-19, Turkey continues its provocative actions against countries in the region. Cyprus’ position is that the EU-Turkey dialogue may continue on the basis of a technical negotiation, but stressed that as long as Turkey does not conform to the EU’s decisions, no one should discuss reviving its accession negotiations.In their common statement, the EU leaders referred to the situation at the external EU borders, without making specific reference, however, to the Turkish provocations. They expressed their concern about the situation at the Greek-Turkey borders, while pledging full solidarity with Greece, Bulgaria and other Member states that are similarly affected.Reacting to the common statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry initially welcomed the launch of accession negotiation of the Balkan states as this “delayed decision” will “significantly contribute to the stability and prosperity of the region and the EU’s efforts to become a global power”. It further stated that the EU should stop “politicising the enlargement process” for “short-sighted political interests”, referring to the EU support for Cyprus and Greece.

Green light to Albania and Skopje / Πράσινο φως για Αλβανία και Σκόπια km-Simerini-CY: "Green light to Albania and Skopje / Πράσινο φως για ..." page: 24 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EU to open talks with Albania and North Macedonia

[Czech Republic, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:38:00 AM CEST | info

Respekt weekly reports that during a video conference, member states agreed on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Both countries complied with necessary conditions as early as in October; however, the initiation of talks was blocked by French President Macron. France suggested modification of the accession process which was then presented by the European Commission as part of the proposal on new rules in February. Commissioner Várhelyi congratulated to both countries, noting that the start of the talks sent a loud and clear message to the Western Balkans that its future was in the EU.

Chances for Albania and North Macedonia / Šance pro Albánii a Severní Makedonii km-Respekt-CZ: "Chances for Albania and North Macedonia / Šance pro Albánii ..." page: 45 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Russia pushed EU to open the door to Western Balkans (editorial)

[Finland, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST | info

Helsingin Sanomat writes in its editorial that before the coronavirus crisis, the European Union put a halt to Albania's and North Macedonia's membership dreams. Now the situation has changed. Russia has increased its influence in the Western Balkans, with trade and energy relations and hybrid operations. However, Albania and North Macedonia are far from being "EU-fit". But the alternative is even worse: growing Russian power in the Balkans.

Editorial: Russia pushed EU to open the door to Western Balkan / Venäjä sai EU:n raottamaan ovea Länsi-Balkanille km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Editorial: Russia pushed EU to open the door to Western ..." page: 4 info: by Helsingin Sanomat editorial staff date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

North Macedonia joins NATO, EU member states agree to launch accession talks with Western Balkans countries

[Greece, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST | info

Some media outlets report on North Macedonia’s participation in NATO, as well as on the country’s EU accession prospect. Media highlight that the country officially became the 30th NATO member last Friday. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the accession of North Macedonia will bring greater stability in the Western Balkans, adding that this is a positive development for the region and the Euro-Atlantic security. President von der Leyen wrote on Twitter that she looks forward to working closely with North Macedonia during accession negotiations to join the EU, as EU member states gave the green light this week to start accession talks. Its future belongs in the EU, she highlighted. The Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry made a post and Twitter and welcomed North Macedonia in the “NATO family”, adding that it looks forward to the constructive cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the alliance. On his side, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the accession of North Macedonia into NATO encourages the greater integration, democratic reforms, trade, security and stability in the region.

Και επισήμως από σήμερα η Β. Μακεδονία είναι το 30ό μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ km-capital.gr-GR: "Και επισήμως από σήμερα η Β. Μακεδονία είναι το 30ό ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ η Βόρεια Μακεδονία km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ η Βόρεια Μακεδονία..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Η Βόρεια Μακεδονία έγινε και επίσημα μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Η Βόρεια Μακεδονία έγινε και επίσημα μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ σε Αλβανία και Β. Μακεδονία για έναρξη ενταξιακών διαπραγματεύσεων: Συνεχίστε τις μεταρρυθμίσεις km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ σε Αλβανία και Β. Μακεδονία για έναρξη ενταξιακών ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Και επισήμως μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ η Βόρεια Μακεδονία km-in.gr-GR: "Και επισήμως μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ η Βόρεια Μακεδονία..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ο Πομπέο χαιρέτισε την απόφαση της Ε.Ε. km-Kathimerini-GR: "Ο Πομπέο χαιρέτισε την απόφαση της Ε.Ε...." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Συνεχής επαγρύπνηση για το μεταναστευτικό σε Έβρο και νησιά km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Συνεχής επαγρύπνηση για το μεταναστευτικό σε Έβρο και νησιά..." page: 18 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Απροθυμία km-Real-News-GR: "Απροθυμία..." page: 25 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πράσινο φωs για έναρξη διαπραγματεύσεων με EE km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Πράσινο φωs για έναρξη διαπραγματεύσεων με EE..." page: 55 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Τα Σκόπια πιο κοντά στην Αθήνα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Τα Σκόπια πιο κοντά στην Αθήνα..." page: 4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Βόρεια Μακεδονία: Και επισήμως από σήμερα το 30ο μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ km-Vima-online-GR: "Βόρεια Μακεδονία: Και επισήμως από σήμερα το 30ο μέλος του ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

North Macedonia officially becomes member of NATO

[Latvia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST | info

A couple of media report that North Macedonia officially joined NATO on 27 March, becoming its 30th member state. The US State Department said North Macedonia has completed its last official step in the accession process. "North Macedonia is now part of the NATO family, a family of 30 nations and nearly one billion people. Families founded on the belief that despite the challenges we face, we are all stronger and more secure by staying together," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. On 30 March, Mr Stoltenberg will head the ceremony at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, which will hoist the flag of Northern Macedonia on a mast next to the flags of other member states.

North Macedonia officially becomes member of NATO / Ziemeļmaķedonija oficiāli kļūst par NATO dalībvalsti km-Delfi.lv-LV: "North Macedonia officially becomes member of NATO / Ziemeļmaķedonija oficiāli ..." info: by LETA date: Friday, March 27, 2020

North Macedonia officially becomes member of NATO / Ziemeļmaķedonija oficiāli kļūst par NATO dalībvalsti km-Diena.lv-LV: "North Macedonia officially becomes member of NATO / Ziemeļmaķedonija oficiāli ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Foreign policy expert on the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

[Latvia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST | info

Latvijas Radio 1 the interview with Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director of the European Foreign Policy Council and head of the Sofia Office. The green light to start accession negotiations with the European Union is only the very beginning of the road for North Macedonia and Albania. Both countries are facing a long and difficult negotiation process with the EU, she admits. In addition, there is no guarantee that this will lead to the accession of both countries to the EU. However, the decision taken this week has a symbolic message for the whole Balkan region. “Of course, different countries are at different stages in the process, but the light at the end of the tunnel is there,” the expert says.

Foreign policy expert on the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania / Saruna ar ārpolitikas eksperti par Ziemeļmaķedonijas un Albānijas ES iestāšanās sarunām km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Foreign policy expert on the accession negotiations with North Macedonia ..." info: Eiropa šodien, 2020-03-29 18:06:00, 00:09:37, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:06:00 PM CEST

North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member

[Lithuania, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST | info

A couple of media report that North Macedonia officially became 30th NATO member, after the instrument of ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been deposited through the United States Embassy in Skopje into the State Department. United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the country’s membership “will support greater integration, democratic reform, trade, security, and stability across the region.” It also reaffirms that NATO’s door remains open “to those countries willing and able to make the reforms necessary to meet NATO’s high standards, and to accept the responsibilities as well as benefits of membership,” Mr Pompeo added.

North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai tapo NATO nare km-15min.lt-LT: "North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai tapo NATO nare km-Alfa.lt-LT: "North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai tapo NATO nare km-Delfi.lt-LT: "North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai tapo NATO nare km-lrytas.lt-LT: "North Macedonia officially becomes NATO’s member / Šiaurės Makedonija oficialiai ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

ENVIRONMENT

Most Bulgarians would recycle old digital devices only against compensation

[Bulgaria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

Most Bulgarians are willing to recycle digital devices if they receive compensation in the form of money or vouchers (46%), a special Eurobarometer survey shows on the impact of digitisation upon people’s everyday life, carried out in December 2019, Dnevnik reports. A large percentage of respondents provided the same answer in Lithuania (52%) and Latvia (46%), followed by Croatia (45%). Some 37% of Bulgarian participants in the poll said they needed a nearby recycling point. This is the most common response on average in the EU – 43%. A share of 36% of Bulgarian respondents wanted to make sure recycling digital devices would not create potential risks for data privacy.

Most Bulgarians would recycle old digital devices only against compensation / Повечето българи биха рециклирали стари цифрови устройства само срещу компенсация km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Most Bulgarians would recycle old digital devices only against compensation ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

HR/VP Borrell says EU supports ceasefire in Syria to stop the spread of corona

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

Grenz Echo reports that the EU supports a ceasefire in Syria during the corona pandemic. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said that the EU is the leader in humanitarian aid to Syria and is ready to help the UN stop the fights and the spread of corona.

EU supports call for ceasefire in Syria / EU unterstützt Aufruf zur Waffenruhe in Syrien km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "EU supports call for ceasefire in Syria / EU unterstützt ..." page: 12 info: by dpa date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The EU and the US think it urgent to strengthen international cooperation

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:33:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be reports that High Representative/Vice-President Borrell talked to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo on "the urgent necessity to strengthen international cooperation" to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The men also agree that humanitarian aid for medical needs in the most vulnerable countries should be increased. While rich countries are working out colossal relaunch plans, there are mounting concerns about the poor countries without sufficient health services. "The EU and the US have the capacity to contribute significantly to international efforts to tackle the pandemic," the EU writes in a press release. During his meeting with Mr Pompeo, HR/VP Borrell also emphasised "the need to provide exact and transparent information to the population, as there is growing concern about the fake news circulating about the coronavirus."

The EU and the US find it urgent to strengthen international cooperation / L'UE et les Etats-Unis jugent urgent de renforcer la coopération internationale km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "The EU and the US find it urgent to strengthen ..." info: by belga date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

11 EU member states establish rapid reaction force to intervene in Sahel

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 5:48:00 AM CEST

France and ten other European countries officially announced the establishment of the peace force “Takumba” for what Haravgi today describes as the “imperialistic intervention across the whole of Sahel”. The aim of the operation is to support the soldiers of Mali and Niger in their battle against the Jihadists. According to the relevant announcement, “given that the situation as regards the security in Mali, and more broadly in Sahel, remains concerning, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Czechia, Britain and Sweden are politically supporting the creation of a special force that will offer aid to the Mali armed forces in their fight against terrorist organisations”. The announcement was issued after the teleconference of the aforementioned countries’ Defence Ministers and representatives. The meeting was also attended by representatives from Mali and Niger.It is noted, however, that only six out of the eleven European countries have committed to participating in the military operations: France, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands and Portugal. Sweden is waiting for the approval from its Parliament, while Norway and Germany do not have enough political support for military intervention.The air-transported rapid reaction force “Takumba” will include a few hundred men and will launch its operation, under French administration, at the borders of Niger with Mali.

11 EU member states establish rapid reaction force to intervene in Sahel / Ευρωπαϊκές χώρες συγκρότησαν ομάδα για την επέμβαση στο Σαχέλ km-Haravgi-CY: "11 EU member states establish rapid reaction force to intervene ..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

After UN, EU calls for ceasefire in Syria

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

The EU is calling for a ceasefire in Syria, mediapart.fr reports. "The recently agreed ceasefire in Idleb remains fragile. It must be maintained and extended to the whole of Syria", a European Commission spokesman said. “Cessation of hostilities in the country is important in itself, but it is also a precondition for containing the spread of the coronavirus and protecting an already hard-hit population from potentially disastrous consequences”, he added. The coronavirus pandemic threatens the 6.5 million refugees that live with limited access to water and medical supplies, mediapart.fr reports. The UN already called for a ceasefire last Tusday and Saturday.

Ceasefire / Cessez-le-feu km-Croix-FR: "Ceasefire / Cessez-le-feu..." page: 1 info: by Jean-Christophe Ploquin date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Francis, alone, for the city and a world in the storm / François, seul, pour la ville et un monde dans la tempête km-Croix-FR: "Francis, alone, for the city and a world in the ..." page: 8 info: by Nicolas Senèze date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Pope supports UN call for global ceasefire / Le pape soutient l'appel de l'ONU à un cessez-le-feu mondial km-Echos-FR: "Pope supports UN call for global ceasefire / Le pape ..." page: 16 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

After UN, EU calls for ceasefire in Syria / Après l’ONU, l’UE appelle à son tour à un cessez-le-feu en Syrie km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "After UN, EU calls for ceasefire in Syria / Après ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Russia finally faces the coronavirus issue

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

Faced with the growing incredulity of the Russians regarding the official figures (1,534 cases, 8 deaths), President Putin has abandoned his soothing speech on the control of the pandemic, Les Echos reports. While at the beginning of the crisis he hammered "the situation is under control", he changed his tone during a speech on Wednesday 25 March: "let's not act Russian-style by counting on our lucky star". At the virtual G20 summit, President Putin had called for a "moratorium" on economic sanctions, with the US and EU measures taken against Moscow since the Ukrainian crisis at the forefront. Following warnings from the chief doctor of the main hospital treating Covid-19 patients, he called on the Russians to show "discipline" and "responsibility". Russia closed all its borders today and cancelled the St Petersburg Economic Forum scheduled for 22 April.

Russian Omerta / L'omerta russe km-Echos-FR: "Russian Omerta / L'omerta russe..." page: 1,15 info: by Benjamin Quénelle date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Russia, in turn, under quarantine / La Russie à son tour se claquemure km-Figaro-FR: "Russia, in turn, under quarantine / La Russie à son ..." page: 19 info: by estelle levresse date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Russia's confining itself, but Putin didn't say so / La Russie se confine, mais Poutine ne l'a pas dit km-Opinion-FR: "Russia's confining itself, but Putin didn't say so / La ..." page: 7 info: by Jean-Dominique Merchet date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Let’s focus on multilateralism, EU's founding principle (opinion piece)

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:49:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece on lopinion.fr, several researchers reckon that the coronavirus crisis upends geopolitics and the European Commission’s plans. Against this backdrop, they note that at the beginning of March, the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute sent to High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell several recommandations on the EU’s foreign policy. First, they say that developing a European defence initiative and supporting NATO is not contradictory. Second, they urge the EU to pave the way for a reform of multilateralism. Third, they prompt Brussels to discuss its migration policy with populist and nationalist member states. Fourth, they note that the EU can ally with East Asia and South America to fight against American protectionism.

Let’s avoid confusion and focus on the EU's founding principle, the promotion of multilateralism / Union européenne : éviter la confusion et se concentrer sur son principe fondateur de promoteur du multilatéralisme km-Lopinion.fr-FR: "Let’s avoid confusion and focus on the EU's founding principle, ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: "We must stay united"

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 4:51:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talks about the coronavirus crisis, among other issues. He notes that NATO helps EU leaders to coordinate flights transporting medical equipment and protection gear. In other words, while NATO had to cancel some military exercices, it does not prevent its armed forces from playing an important role in fighting against the virus, he notes. He also praises France for the way it is handling the crisis, and talks about the necessity for NATO not to leave Afghanistan completely.

Interview with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: "We must stay united" / Jens Stoltenberg : « Nous devons rester unis » km-Journal-du-Dimanche-FR: "Interview with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg: "We must stay united" ..." page: 17 info: by François Clemenceau date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Moscow's hidden agenda in Italy

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that some experts worry about Russia’s medical help to Italy to fight the coronavirus, and reckon that 80% of it is useless. In other words, this initiative is an excuse for deploying Russian medical troops on the territory of a NATO member, and is also serving propaganda purposes. More importantly, it increases the division between Italy and the EU, as the former feels abandoned by the latter, like it did during the migrant crisis. It also highlights the lack of Europe’s unity on sanctions against Russia, notes the article. Last, Russia could now use its leverage on Italy to make progress on other issues, such as the Libyan conflict.

Moscow's hidden agenda in Italy / L'agenda caché de Moscou en Italie km-Figaro-FR: "Moscow's hidden agenda in Italy / L'agenda caché de Moscou ..." page: 19 info: by Isabelle Lasserre date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Takuba to be set up this summer

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

La Croix reports that nine months after the launch of the initiative, the European task force Takuba will be set up in the summer of 2020. It was a wish of the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to support the Malian army in the Liptako-Gourma region, the border area between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. The task force will coordinate with other international and European operations in this region where the Islamic State has a strong presence. For the time being, Belgium, Portugal, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands will join France in uniting their military forces, soon to be joined by Sweden and the Czech Republic. Germany has declined the offer and the UK, which provides many helicopters in the region, does not plan to increase its contribution.

In the Sahel, a European force to support the Malian army / Au Sahel, une force européenne pour appuyer l'armée malienne km-Croix-FR: "In the Sahel, a European force to support the Malian ..." page: 11 info: by François d'Alançon date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Guest contribution: Europe needs to pool prevention and emergency measures

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of media discuss the EU's foreign and security policy.In a guest contribution in Handelsblatt, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger and Merck CEO Stefan Oschmann argue that the globalised but politically fragmented world has never been as vulnerable to pandemics as it is today. The European Commission insists on a "Europe that protects" its citizens. The latest measures point in the right direction, but the EU needs to pursue a coherent and credible foreign and security policy. Competencies in the areas of prevention and emergency measures should be pooled at the European level, the authors insist.

A five-point plan against pandemics / Ein Fünf-Punkte-Plan gegen Pandemien km-Handelsblatt-DE: "A five-point plan against pandemics / Ein Fünf-Punkte-Plan gegen Pandemien..." page: 48 info: by k.a. date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Preventing a new IS / Einen neuen IS verhindern km-Welt-DE: "Preventing a new IS / Einen neuen IS verhindern..." page: 3 info: by Christoph B. Schiltz date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell: China wants to benefit from the crisis

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:35:00 AM CEST

"The coronavirus is a common enemy of the world, against which we need global mobilisation," High Representative/Vice-President Borrell told Welt am Sonntag, according to an article on the Chinese attempts to benefit from the crisis by the same newspaper. The ongoing Chinese propaganda offensive has met with fierce criticism within the European Commission and the EU. "There is a global battle of narratives," Mr Borrell wrote on the EU's website. In addition, he explained to Welt am Sonntag that there must be solidarity, as "nobody will be able to deal with it alone." Moreover, the EU is committed to international solidarity and multilateral efforts because "although some countries are affected today, others may be affected tomorrow," Mr Borrell concluded.

Interview with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell: China wants to take advantage of the crisis / China will von der Krise profitieren km-Welt-DE: "Interview with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell: China wants to take advantage ..." page: 2-3 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

International efforts for the tackling of the coronavirus

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

Some media report that according to an EU announcement issued on Saturday, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and SU Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a phone communication on Friday and talked about the pressing need to strengthen international cooperation in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The two sides agreed that humanitarian aid for medical purposes to vulnerable countries has to rapidly increase. HR/VP Borrell also stressed the need to provide accurate and transparent information to the population, given that concerns over fake news about coronavirus increase. Parapolitika mentions that following a discussion he had with US President Trump, French President Macron announced that the planet’s top leaders are preparing a new significant initiative for the tackling of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the newspaper speaks of a clear effort on part of China to control the narrative concerning the coronavirus. According to the newspaper, HR/VP Borrell appeared suspicious towards Beijing’s “generosity policies”. He actually stated that the European governments should be ready for an “influence battle” in this “global battle of narratives”.

Μπορέλ-Πομπέο: Πιεστική ανάγκη να να ενισχυθεί η διεθνής συνεργασία κατά του κορονοϊού km-capital.gr-GR: "Μπορέλ-Πομπέο: Πιεστική ανάγκη να να ενισχυθεί η διεθνής συνεργασία κατά ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ενίσχυση διεθνούς συνεργασίας για την Covid-19 συμφώνησαν Μπορέλ-Πομπέο km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Ενίσχυση διεθνούς συνεργασίας για την Covid-19 συμφώνησαν Μπορέλ-Πομπέο..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πόλεμος κυριαρχίας με αφορμή τον κορονοϊό km-Parapolitika-GR: "Πόλεμος κυριαρχίας με αφορμή τον κορονοϊό..." page: 36,37 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The EU calls for ceasefire in Syria in order to restrict the spread of coronavirus

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that after the UN, the EU also called for ceasefire in Syria yesterday in order to facilitate better response to the coronavirus pandemic. Syria has reported five coronavirus cases so far. UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen addressed a ceasefire call last Tuesday. In a statement, a Commission spokesperson said that the ceasefire recently agreed in Idlib remains fragile, adding that it must be maintained and expanded across Syria. Ending hostilities in the country is important in itself, but it is also a precondition for the restriction of the spread of coronavirus and the protection of a population, which is already being tested, from potentially disastrous consequences, the EU announcement underlined. The EU called for the grand-scale release of people held by the Syrian regime.

After UN, the EU also calls for ceasefire in Syria / Μετά τον ΟΗΕ, και η ΕΕ καλεί για εκεχειρία στη Συρία km-capital.gr-GR: "After UN, the EU also calls for ceasefire in Syria ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κορωνοϊός: Ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος στηρίζει την έκκληση του ΟΗΕ για εκεχειρία στη Συρία km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός: Ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος στηρίζει την έκκληση του ΟΗΕ για ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κορωνοϊός - Συρία: Και ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος ζητά εκεχειρία, μετά την έκκληση από ΟΗΕ και ΕΕ km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός - Συρία: Και ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος ζητά εκεχειρία, μετά ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EEAS calls for nationwide ceasefire across Syria

[Hungary, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 5:07:00 AM CEST

In a statement released on Sunday, the EU’s diplomatic service European Union External Action Service (EEAS) called for an immediate and nationwide ceasefire across Syria, particularly in view of the coronavirus pandemic, Portfolio.hu and Index.hu report. According to EEAS, ending the hostilities in Syria is important in itself, but it is also “a precondition for halting the spread of the coronavirus and protecting an already struggling population from its potentially devastating consequences, in particular in Idlib with its high number of displaced people,” both media outlets add.

- / Megvan a vírus első szír áldozata, az EU teljes tűzszünetet kér km-index.hu-HU: "- / Megvan a vírus első szír áldozata, az EU ..." info: by Világi Máté date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

- / A koronavírus vethet véget a szíriai öldöklésnek? - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / A koronavírus vethet véget a szíriai öldöklésnek? - ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in Gaza

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that Israel reportedly launched airstrikes targeting Palestinian resistance group Hamas two positions in the Gaza Strip. Positions belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, were hit by missiles launched from Israeli warplanes, said sources who said there were no casualties according to initial assessments. The Israeli military claimed the airstrikes were carried out in response to rockets launched from Gaza into Israel.

Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in Gaza / Izraelio naikintuvai atakavo „Hamas“ taikinius Gazos ruože km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Israeli warplanes strike Hamas targets in Gaza / Izraelio naikintuvai ..." info: by ELTA date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU annoyed by Chinese and Russian propagada during virus outbreak

[Netherlands, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

Algemeen Dagblad reports that the EU is annoyed by the propaganda stunts of Russia, China and even Cuba. These countries provide emergency aid to, among other countries, Italy during the coronavirus crisis. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell has been asked by Dutch Prime Minister Rutte to "do something" about Russia and China. Mr Borrell earlier states that China aggressively wants to show that, unlike the US, it is a responsible and reliable partner. He said that the coronavirus crisis also has a geopolitical component. Italian newspaper La Stampa said that 80% of the goods that Russia provided to Italy is useless.

Corona aid from Russia and China annoys the EU / Coronahulp uit Rusland en China wekt wrevel EU km-Algemeen-Dagblad-NL: "Corona aid from Russia and China annoys the EU / ..." page: 10 info: by Mark van Assen date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Union calls on immediate ceasefire in Syria

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:49:00 AM CEST

România Actualități radio station reports that the European Union on Sunday added its voice to the call by the UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen for an immediate ceasefire in Syria to allow the country deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Syria has so far reported five infection cases with the novel coronavirus. “The recently agreed ceasefire in Idlib remains fragile. It must be upheld and extended to the whole of Syria,” a spokesperson for the Commission said in a statement. The spokesperson said that ending the hostilities in Syria was important in itself, but also “a precondition for halting the spread of the coronavirus and protecting an already struggling population from its potentially devastating consequences,” according to News.ro.

After the UN, the European Union also calls for a ceasefire in Syria / După ONU, Uniunea Europeană face apel la încetarea focului în Siria km-news.ro-RO: "After the UN, the European Union also calls for a ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The European Union has called for a ceasefire in Syria in the context of the coronavirus pandemic / Radiojurnal Apel al încetarea focului în Siria km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "The European Union has called for a ceasefire in Syria ..." info: Radiojurnal Apel al încetarea focului în Siria, 2020-03-29 21:01:00, 00:00:40, by Dumitrescu Cristina date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:01:00 PM CEST

FINANCIAL_STABILITY

Financial system has learned lessons from 2008 crisis

[France, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:50:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that on 12 March, in order to fight against the economic consequences of the coronavirus, the European Central Bank decided to relax capital requirements for banks. Without the Banking Union, created after the 2008 crisis, none of the members of the eurozone would have accepted to go first with such a measure, out of fear of being seen as the "weakest link". In any case, while French banks are usually protesting against "excessive" banking regulations, they now reap the benefits of it, the article concludes.

Financial system has learned lessons from 2008 crisis / Le système financier a su tirer les leçons de la crise de 2008 km-Monde-FR: "Financial system has learned lessons from 2008 crisis / Le ..." page: 16 info: by Véronique Chocron date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Regulators postpone the Basel III banking reform worldwide

[France, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that the financial authorities have decided to postpone the entry into force of the Basel III reform by a year. Planned to come into force gradually between 2022 and 2027, the regulatory agreements will be applied between 2023 and 2028 unless there are new disruptions. The aim is to allow banks to focus on the coronavirus crisis. The authorities have also authorised banks to make flexible use of prudential lending rules. "What is now expected [from the banks], and what they have started to do, is to commit themselves massively to supporting businesses," says Banque de France Governor Villeroy de Galhau. At the same time, the ECB has asked banks not to pay dividends or buy back shares before the end of the epidemic. It recommends a deferral of dividend payments for both 2019 and 2020, "at least until October 2020".

Regulators postpone Basel III banking reform to global level / Les régulateurs reportent la réforme bancaire de Bâle III au niveau mondial km-Echos-FR: "Regulators postpone Basel III banking reform to global level / ..." page: 33 info: by Edouard Lederer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria on the non-performing and State guarantee loans

[Greece, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) will facilitate the businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic which will take bank loans. The SSM will give a seven-year deadline for the repayment of loans which will have State guarantees, while it will suspend the programmes for the old non-performing loans (NPLs). ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria explained that the eurozone governments took remarkable decisions for the temporary relief of debtors and as a reply, the SSM has increased the supervisory flexibility with regard to the regulatory treatment of loans that receive such State support. Mr Enria stressed that contrary to 2008, the banks do not constitute the source of the problem this time. In an opinion article with Ta Nea, Mr Enria notes that the ECB Banking Supervision announced unprecedented support measures and supervisory flexibility as a reply to the coronavirus crisis impact on the economy. He stressed that the people who draft the EU economic policy must now ensure that the European banks can constitute a part of the solution. Meanwhile, the eurozone finance ministers will have a videoconference with the Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG COMP) in order to clarify what should now be considered State aid.

Seven-year room for the loans with State guarantees / Περιθώριο 7 ετών για τα δάνεια με εγγυήσεις Δημοσίου km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Seven-year room for the loans with State guarantees / Περιθώριο ..." page: 5 info: by Irene Sakellari date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Article by ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria: We will show flexibility for the non-performing loans / Article by ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria: Θα επιδείξουμε ευελιξία για τα κόκκινα δάνεια km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Article by ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria: We will ..." page: 35 info: by Andrea Enria date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Article by Chair of the ECB's Supervisory Board Andrea Enria: Banking supervision in times of coronavirus

[Spain, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 7:28:00 AM CEST

Chair of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Supervisory Board Andrea Enria writes an opinion article in Expansión in which he points out that last week the ECB's Banking Supervision recommended that banks should not distribute dividends or buy back shares until at least October 2020. This recommendation also applies to the 2019 dividends that have not yet been distributed, which amount to some €30 billion. Mr Enria concludes that Europe and its citizens face an extraordinary challenge. "Only by meeting it can we ensure that the European banking sector remains strong and can support the rapid recovery of our economies once this unprecedented shock is over," he writes.

Article by Chair of the ECB's Supervisory Board Andrea Enria: "Banking supervision in times of coronavirus" / Supervisión bancaria en tiempos de coronavirus km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Article by Chair of the ECB's Supervisory Board Andrea Enria: ..." page: 19 info: by Andrea Enria date: Monday, March 30, 2020

GENDER_EQUALITY

Portuguese MEPs debate on gender equality

[Portugal, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

In a debate in RTP3, several Portuguese MEPs discussed gender equality, especially in European politics. S&D MEP Maria Manuel Leitão stated that gender equality is a very important topic and that it is relevant to point out that 40% of the MEPs in the Parliament are female. The MEP also pointed out that there are several disparities depending on what subject the focus is on, for example, the gender equality committee is composed by 7 men and 55 women, so gender equality must be fought by all, not just women. EPP MEP Graça Carvalho spoke about the need for quotas in the private sector like there is already in politics so that women are more present at the top of companies. GUE/NGL MEP José Gusmão stated that the imposition of quotas in European politics was a resounding success and that women must have access to more opportunities since there is no quantifiable reason that determines that men are fitter to occupy more powerful positions.

MEPs debate gender equality (Part 2) / Eurodeputados dicutem igualdade de género (Parte 2) km-RTP3-PT: "MEPs debate gender equality (Part 2) / Eurodeputados dicutem igualdade ..." info: Eurodeputados, 2020-03-28 17:41:00, 00:13:35, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:41:00 PM CET

MEPs debate gender equality (Part 1) / Eurodeputados dicutem igualdade de género (Parte 1) km-RTP3-PT: "MEPs debate gender equality (Part 1) / Eurodeputados dicutem igualdade ..." info: Eurodeputados, 2020-03-28 17:30:00, 00:11:45, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:30:00 PM CET

HEALTH

European Commission: "Do not ease up on protective measures"

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has appealed to citizens throughout Europe not to ease up on the protective measures against the corona infection, orf.at reports. The most effective protection is to avoid contact with others and to stay at home, Commissioner Kyriakides says. At the same time, the Commissioner praised the conduct of European citizens in the face of the corona crisis. They have shown "enormous courage and strength". However, it is not possible yet to say exactly when the crisis will be over. Commissioner Lenarčič has also warned against easing the protective measures for economic reasons, according to orf.at. Mr Lenarčič criticised that in the first weeks of the pandemic there was "a tangible lack of solidarity between states". But now there is more help among each other, the Commissioner said: "By now everyone should be aware that this challenge cannot be met nationally".

EU-Kommission: „Bei Schutzmaßnahmen nicht nachlassen“ km-orf.at-AT: "EU-Kommission: „Bei Schutzmaßnahmen nicht nachlassen“..." date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU-Kommissar Lenarcic warnte vor Maßnahmenlockerung km-orf.at-AT: "EU-Kommissar Lenarcic warnte vor Maßnahmenlockerung..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Chancellor Kurz on EU's reaction to coronavirus pandemic

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Kronen Zeitung, Chancellor Kurz talks about the coronavirus pandemic. The introduction to the interview criticises the EU's slow reaction to the crisis. When asked about the EU's failure, Mr Kurz says that the EU will have to face a critical discussion and evaluation of this matter. He says that it is unacceptable that Austria was left to fend for itself for two weeks and had to fight for a truck with urgently needed protective masks stuck at the German border being allowed to move on while Austria's controls at the Italian border were criticised at the same time. The criticism Mr Kurz and others are now levelling against the EU can only be general, an ORF correspondent explains in a news programme, as the European Commission's right of participation is factually limited. President von der Leyen does try to coordinate between the different strategies individual European member states have chosen, but she has also admitted that Brussels might have reacted too late.

Interview with Chancellor Kurz on EU's reaction to coronavirus pandemic / „ES WAR EIN KRAFTAKT“ km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Interview with Chancellor Kurz on EU's reaction to coronavirus pandemic ..." page: 86-89 info: by Edda Graf date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

ZIB km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB..." info: 2020-03-29 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Julian Paschinger, Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:30:00 PM CEST

Interview with the State Secretary in charge of the material to fight the coronavirus in Belgium

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:35:00 AM CEST

Le Soir interviews Philippe De Backer, minister in charge of the material to fight against the coronavirus in Belgium. He opines that more transparency is needed from the Regions. He insists on the necessity for hospitals to indicate what they need in the next four weeks because the planning must be decided in the long term. He is very frustrated by political games as some pretend they did not participate in the decisions that were made with their input. He compares them to European leaders addressing their population saying they are not responsible for the decisions made. Mr De Backer intends to spend several million for testing the Belgian citizens. He states that when he was MEP, he already noted there was a lack of European solidarity. He declares, however, that President Michel is trying to improve the situation.

"I only sleep three hours a day" / "Ik slaap maar drie uur per nacht" km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: ""I only sleep three hours a day" / "Ik slaap ..." page: 6-7 info: by Hendrikx date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"We are making the same mistake as Italy" / ‘We maken dezelfde fout als Italië’ km-Morgen-BE: ""We are making the same mistake as Italy" / ‘We ..." page: 8-9 info: by De Ceulaer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"People are dying, let's stop with the little political games!" / " Des gens sont en train de mourir, arrêtons les petits jeux politiques ! " km-Soir-BE: ""People are dying, let's stop with the little political games!" ..." page: 4 info: by BIERMÉ date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Special aftercare / Bijzondere nazorg km-Tijd-BE: "Special aftercare / Bijzondere nazorg..." page: 14 info: by Van Cauwelaert date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The coronavirus' impact on the UK

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

Two sources discuss the coronavirus' impact in the UK. De Ochtend looks at the British press and observes that The Mail on Sunday wonders if Head of Task Force for Relations with the UK Barnier infected Prime Minister Johnson with the virus. The newspaper, without blushing, describes Mr Barnier as "patient zero," the man who brought the coronavirus into the UK. Grenz Echo writes that while the UK faces its biggest test since World War II, Mr Johnson is a prisoner in his own home after being infected with the coronavirus. Has Mr Johnson underestimated the virus? The daily mentions that the UK does not participate in procurement procedures launched by the EU for medical equipment, supposedly because of communication issues.

The UK beheaded in the crisis? / Großbritannien kopflos in die Krise? km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "The UK beheaded in the crisis? / Großbritannien kopflos in ..." page: 12 info: by MEYER date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Has HTFRUK Barnier infected Prime Minister Johnson? / Heeft Michel Barnier Boris Johnson besmet? km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Has HTFRUK Barnier infected Prime Minister Johnson? / Heeft Michel ..." info: De ochtend, 2020-03-29 00:00:00, 00:04:59, by De Graeve date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Belgium is not as kaput as people make it out to be

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

Het Nieuwsblad's Peter Mijlemans writes that the death toll and number of hospitalised people will continue to rise. The fact that Belgium has a shot at turning a big disaster into a regular disaster is because it intervened rather quickly, the evolution is clearly communicated on a daily basis, and the country did not save like crazy on health care. Italy and Spain were forced by the EU and the IMF to do so. The Netherlands did so voluntarily to set the right example, for which it was applauded. Meanwhile, the country does not seem armed to curb the crisis. Belgium is not as kaput as some make it out to be.

Learning lessons / Lessen Leren km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "Learning lessons / Lessen Leren..." page: 2 info: by Mijlemans date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Bulgaria reached 346 with 8 fatalities

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

The number of coronavirus cases in Bulgaria reached 346 as of last night, with 8 new cases established yesterday in Sofia. A 51-year old woman who died in Blagoevgrad became the 8th victim of the virus in the country, the Chief of the National Operational Headquarters General Ventsislav Mutafchiyski announced, quoted by BNR. The average age of the fatal cases dropped to 66, he said, noting that patients younger than 77 years who died all had chronic conditions. Darik Radio also quotes the general, who explained that 123 people were being treated in hospital and 13 of them were in intensive care units. General Mutafchiyski also warned that even stricter measures were about to be introduced in Bulgaria and this was just a matter of time.

123 patients are in hospitals, 13 of them are in intensive care units for intubation / 123 са на болнично лечение, от тях 13 са в интензивен сектор – интубирани km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "123 patients are in hospitals, 13 of them are in ..." info: Newscast, 2020-03-29 19:00:00, 00:02:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:00:00 PM CEST

Всички нови случаи на заразени с Covid-19, обявени тази вечер, са от София km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Всички нови случаи на заразени с Covid-19, обявени тази вечер, ..." info: 2020-03-29 20:00:00, 20:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:00:00 PM CEST

346 е общият брой на заразените - 123 са на болнично лечение, от тях 13 са в интензивен сектор km-Darik-Radio-BG: "346 е общият брой на заразените - 123 са на ..." info: 2020-03-29 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:00:00 PM CEST

Нови мерки: движим се из града с декларация km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "Нови мерки: движим се из града с декларация..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Stela Marinova, Rumen Zherev date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Нови 8 случая на заболели от коронавирус в България km-Nova-TV-BG: "Нови 8 случая на заболели от коронавирус в България..." info: 2020-03-29 19:00:00, 19:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:00:00 PM CEST

Глоби от днес в София наред km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Глоби от днес в София наред..." page: 1,4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Bulgaria and Germany plan the exchange of protective equipment and tests for coronavirus

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

Germany shows interest in the reorganisation of the Bulgarian textile industry which is already producing protective equipment and masks for the needs of Bulgarian medical practitioners. This transpired from a phone conversation between Chancellor Merkel and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, BNT reported on Friday. The two also discussed the successful development of a fast coronavirus test by a German company; the test shows within 2 hours whether someone has or had the virus. Mr Borisov has shown interest to purchase tests immediately after the company is able to make deliveries to the European market. Meanwhile, BNT reported that Prime Minister Borisov has talked over the phone with his Austrian counterpart as well. Chancellor Kurz has also requested that Bulgaria supplies Austria with protective equipment as soon as it satisfies the needs of its internal market.

Австрия и Германия искат да им внесем български предпазни костюми km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "Австрия и Германия искат да им внесем български предпазни костюми..." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

*** km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "***..." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Доставката на защитни облекла от България за Австрия обсъдиха в телефонен разговор министър-председателят Бойко Борисов и колегата му Себастиан Курц km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Доставката на защитни облекла от България за Австрия обсъдиха в ..." info: 2020-03-27 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 PM CET

Germany shows interest in the reorganisation of the Bulgarian textile industry / Германия проявява интерес към извършената реорганизация на текстилния бранш у нас km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Germany shows interest in the reorganisation of the Bulgarian textile ..." info: Newscast, 2020-03-27 20:13:00, 00:00:40, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:13:00 PM CET

Можем да шием защитите облекла на ЕС km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Можем да шием защитите облекла на ЕС..." page: 3 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Eurpean Commission provides €75 million to back repatriation and increase rescEU budget

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has proposed on Friday the provision of €75 million from the EU budget to back member states in the repatriation of their citizens and the increase of the rescEU budget for medical equipment supply, Focus News Agency reports. With the Commission’s proposal, the first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment budget will be raised to a total of €80 million. Thanks to repatriation flights organised under the Civil Protection Mechanism, 2,312 people have been repatriated from China, Japan, the US, Morocco, Tunisia, Georgia, the Philippines and Cabo Verde since the beginning of the epidemic. In the coming days another 80 flights are planned for repatriation purposes.

Брюксел предлага 75 млн. евро от бюджета на ЕС за репатриране и медицинско оборудване km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Брюксел предлага 75 млн. евро от бюджета на ЕС за ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Commission increases repatriation and medical equipment budget / Европейската комисия увеличава бюджета за репатриране и медицинско оборудване km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Commission increases repatriation and medical equipment budget / Европейската комисия ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Bulgaria at the bottom of EU ranking on seeking health information online

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

In 2019, every second EU citizen at the age of 16-74 sought online health information related to disease, injury, nutrition, health improvement or similar, a Eurostat survey released on Friday shows, as cited by Dnevnik. Looking for health information online is most popular in Finland, while Bulgaria is at the bottom of the ranking. The average percentage of EU citizens who looked for health information online is 53% in 2019, marking a growth of 2% YoY and 19% compared to 2009.

Bulgaria at the bottom of EU ranking on seeking health information online / Българите най-малко в ЕС търсят здравна информация онлайн (графика) km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Bulgaria at the bottom of EU ranking on seeking health ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The City of Osijek has Europe’s first mobile sample-collecting team

[Croatia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 6:59:00 AM CEST

The Osijek Health Center is the first in the EU to set up a mobile sampling team, thus making it easier for citizens to test for coronavirus, Dnevnik reports. “The Osijek-Baranja county civil protection headquarters has decided to set up a mobile team for taking samples from immobile citizens in order to relieve pressure on the centre of the infectious disease,”' explained Mato Lukić, director of the Osijek Health Center. “Samples are taken from the nose with a cotton swab, which is then placed in a liquid medium, iced and carried to the Institute of Public Health, '' says Dr Ivan Štefanac, doctor of the Osijek mobile team.

Fighting coronavirus: Osijek has first mobile sample-taking team in The European Union / Borba protiv koronavirusa: Osijek ima prvi mobilni tim za uzimanje uzoraka u Europskoj uniji km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Fighting coronavirus: Osijek has first mobile sample-taking team in The ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Articles criticising EU for being paralysed in managing the Covid-19 crisis

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 5:56:00 AM CEST

Kathimerini reported yesterday that the majority of Europe has paralysed in its effort to avert the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Apart from the strict measures already imposed in many member states, the pandemic is testing the fundamental European values: solidarity among member states, free movement within the Schengen area, safeguarding individual liberties, and equal access to public health for all ages and social classes. However, according to the report, the deadlock in the talks on a Eurobond on the coronavirus, despite pressures not only from Southern states but also France, lead to the view that Covid-19 may possibly “give the final blow to the EU”. At the moment, the European Central Bank (ECB) is called to find a solution, mainly with a new quantitative easing with ECB President Lagarde stating that “we will do whatever it takes”. The different management of this crisis has raised anew nationalist borders in the EU, while it also intensified the dissatisfaction with the EU’s inactivity, turning the most affected countries towards China and Russia. The latter seized the opportunity to send medical equipment and doctors to aid with treatment and research. Nonetheless, the article cites Italian La Stampa, which revealed that 80% of Russian aid to Italy is useless as it does not correspond to the country’s need.Moreover, Germany is so far hesitant to proceed with an ambitious European plan to fight against the crisis caused by this “invisible enemy”, and is “exhausting its generosity within the country itself”.Analysts warn that it is still early to write the obituary of the EU as member states have varying healthcare systems that never managed to fully harmonise with one another, and also because there are encouraging signs of cross-border cooperation. According to the report, it is likely that Europe will hesitantly tread towards solving the crisis without settling its basic deficits that are apparent since the previous debt crisis in the Eurozone.Moreover, an analysis in Haravgi on Sunday cites veteran EU diplomats in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe who describe the current Coronavirus pandemic as the greatest test of the EU construction, while expressing their concern about the future of the EU after this crisis. European solidarity is tested by the pandemic, but EU leaders continue to be unable to find a common position to coordinate their efforts, leaving many countries vulnerable to new waves of populism and nationalism. In addition, the failure of leaders to reach an agreement on the way to financially protect the Eurozone and EU economy is an “open wound that is bleeding”. Europe now more than ever needs a strong EU as “the impact of the pandemic on the economy and European societies will be irreversible”. It is noted that European leadership, and particularly the leaders of the strong North states, are called to take historic decisions within the next weeks.An opinion-article in Phileleftheros on Sunday also argues that the credibility in the capacity of the EU institutions is beginning to shatter, as the coronavirus pandemic has revealed serious deficiencies. European solidarity is tested greatly, particularly in the cases of Italy and Spain, and the EU is currently failing. It is noted that when the outbreak in Italy began to intensify, Russia and Cuba sent help, but the EU – and particularly the Northern states – remained silent.  In addition, it is the European Central Bank that decided to support the banking system and the citizens’ deposits “no matter what”, with the other EU institutions having “disappeared”. The author also refers to the EU leaders’ teleconference last week on a common European bond to facilitate the lending of countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The author wonders why Commission President von der Leyen and Commissioner Kyriakides were absent from the meeting, as well as from the countries most affected – Italy, Spain and France, coordinating a European medical mission to support them. Former Commissioner Stylianides, the author states, was on site, evaluated the situation first hand and prepared humanitarian aid accordingly. The author concludes that, even if late, “project Europe” needs to function, otherwise separatism and the dogma “everyone for themselves” will prevail.An opinion-article in Phileleftheros today argues that the crisis is testing the strengths of member states and governments around the world, while highlighting the need for an EU that demonstrates greater solidarity and is more effective. The EU’s reaction so far to managing the crisis has been convulsive, the author notes, while “after the initial surprise, awkwardness ensued, which was followed by fear that collapse is imminent in two fronts: health and the economy”. On the first, the author continues, the EU appeared unable to demonstrate the necessary solidarity, as each country proved it first looks to satisfy its own needs and then cares about a common response against a common enemy. The author remarks that “at the time when the virus was dangerously spreading, the Commission President was filming a short video to show half a billion European citizens how to wash their hands”. The EU leaders only realised something was wrong when the “images of horror” from Italy began to show the depth of the problem. On the economic front, the author notes that the EU suffers from a lack of flexibility in reacting rapidly, mainly because it remains divided into the strong and weak; the good and bad; the disciplined and the unruly. The Northern states do not appear willing to unconditionally assist the southern states, just as had occurred during the 2010 countries. But then, the author concludes, the “enemy” only threatened certain EU countries; now the coronavirus constitutes a threat to the whole EU construction and may sink the entire world into deep recession.

Η ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΟΥ ΟΙΚΟΔΟΜΗΜΑΤΟΣ km-Haravgi-CY: "Η ΔΟΚΙΜΑΣΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΟΥ ΟΙΚΟΔΟΜΗΜΑΤΟΣ..." page: 1,11 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The EU is one step before the ER / Ενα βήμα πριν από την εντατική η Ε.Ε. km-Kathimerini-Cyprus-CY: "The EU is one step before the ER / Ενα ..." page: 20 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ζητείται ...Ευρώπη km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Ζητείται ...Ευρώπη..." page: 19 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ο ιός απειλεί και το ευρωπαϊκό οικοδόμημα km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Ο ιός απειλεί και το ευρωπαϊκό οικοδόμημα..." page: 13 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

MEPs approve urgent proposals to respond to Covid-19 outbreak

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:59:00 PM CEST

As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. As reported by online media, the urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two weeks after the Commission tabled its proposals.Specifically, the MEPs approved the Corona Response Investment Initiative. These measures are meant to channel €37 billion from available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be directed towards healthcare systems, SMEs, labour markets and other vulnerable parts of EU member states’ economies.The extension of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies was also approved. The measures will make up to €800 million available for European countries in 2020. Operations eligible under the Fund will be extended to include support in a major public health emergency, including medical assistance, as well as measures to prevent, monitor or control the spread of diseases.MEPs further agreed to temporarily suspend EU rules on airport slots. This will stop air carriers from operating empty flights during the pandemic. The temporary suspension means that airlines are not obliged to use their planned take-off and landing slots to keep them in the next corresponding season. The 'use it or lose it' rule will be waived for the whole summer season, from 29 March until 24 October 2020.The Council now has to formally approve Parliament's position. The adopted measures will enter into force once published in the Official Journal of the European Union in the coming days.

COVID-19: Το Ευρωκοινοβούλιο ενέκρινε μέτρα στήριξης από  ΕΕ km-Philenews.com-CY: "COVID-19: Το Ευρωκοινοβούλιο ενέκρινε μέτρα στήριξης από ΕΕ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19: Τρεις επείγουσες προτάσεις υιοθέτησαν οι Ευρωβουλευτές km-Philenews.com-CY: "COVID-19: Τρεις επείγουσες προτάσεις υιοθέτησαν οι Ευρωβουλευτές..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ολομέλεια ΕΚ για COVID-19: Ομόφωνη υιοθέτηση προτάσεων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Ολομέλεια ΕΚ για COVID-19: Ομόφωνη υιοθέτηση προτάσεων..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Analysis on EU efforts to coordinate common response against coronavirus pandemic

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:54:00 PM CEST

Politis on Sunday published an analysis on the EU’s efforts to coordinate a common response against the coronavirus pandemic, seeking the proper funding resources to “exploit its comparative advantage”. As the EU and its member states will spend the next weeks focusing on whether the support of the states by the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is sufficient or whether it is time to create a common credit resource or Eurobond, the pandemic brings to the surface deeper questions on the future of Europe, particularly in times of crisis.The article notes that the proposal and disagreement arising over a common bond to be issued by a European institution and from which capital can be drawn exclusively to fund the needs of member states in the management of the coronavirus crisis, is a repeat of the times of the financial crisis. The “coronabond” proposal is supported by Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia and France. However, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland are searching for solutions in the existing resources. It is now up to the Eurogroup to determine on how the ESM will be utilised to save the European economies via lending and to “examine other innovative solutions”.It is noted that in this discussion, the Commission appears to be on the side of new ideas, agreeing that in times of crisis, rules need to be relaxed and the chance taken to reinforce European mechanisms.Earlier last week, Commission President von der Leyen told the European Parliament that “when Europe truly needed solidarity, many only looked out for themselves”, hinting at Germany and France who had forbidden the export of medical equipment to other member states at the start of the crisis. At the same time, the Commission launched an aggressive communication approach stressing the solidarity that member states now demonstrate on practical issues, while also promoting the creation of a common reserve of resources, and decisions to lift the financial discipline rules. However, it is noted that, while Europe is trying to promote solidarity, Hungary is seeking opportunities to silence opposing views within the country, while the Southern member states demonstrate that the reason they are facing difficulties in managing the pandemic is also because of the shrinking of the healthcare system after years of austerity.

Europe in the days of the pandemic / Η Ευρώπη στις μέρες της πανδημίας km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Europe in the days of the pandemic / Η Ευρώπη ..." page: 6 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Article by Head of Commission Representation Papadopoulos on EU's reaction to COVID-19 outbreak

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 6:23:00 AM CEST

Haravgi on Saturday featured an article authored by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, Ierotheos Papadopoulos, on how the EU is addressing the COVID-19 outbreak. He stresses that the EU is coordinating the actions of the national authorities who have the primary responsibility for healthcare issues, while, wherever they have competence, the EU institutions are taking initiatives and provide support with funding and expertise. Stressing that one needs to be specific about what the EU is doing in response to the pandemic due to the spread of fake news, Mr Papadopoulos presents specific actions and initiatives taken by the EU institutions.In particular, he talks about the €870 billion that the ECB will provide for asset purchasing to boost market liquidity; the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact proposed by Commission President von der Leyen, which will allow the Member States to take measures to support their national healthcare systems and relieve the economy; the announcement of a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative that will provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector; the relaxation of the EU state aid rules to allow the EU Member States to support SMEs and provide government loans; the creation of a rescEU stockpile of emergency medical equipment, such as ventilators, protective masks and laboratory supplies to help EU countries in need; and the financial support of research projects on the virus as well as an €80 million of financial support to CureVac for the development of a vaccine.Mr Papadopoulos further mentions that for the better coordination of these efforts, the Commission has set up a special advisory panel consisting of scientists, which is chaired by President von der Leyen and co-chaired by Commissioner Kyriakides, and which meets daily. Concluding, he notes that as movement is reduced and citizens are urged to stay home, the Commission is making sure that basic needs will be covered, which is why it has intervened to keep the so-called green lanes open to ensure the availability of goods and essential services. The Commission also took initiative to ensure that the internet will sustain the increased data traffic.

ARTICLE BY HEAD OF REPRESENTATION PAPADOPOULOS: Coronavirus: What the EU is doing / ARTICLE BY HEAD OF REPRESENTATION PAPADOPOULOS: Κορονοϊός: Τι κάνει η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση km-Haravgi-CY: "ARTICLE BY HEAD OF REPRESENTATION PAPADOPOULOS: Coronavirus: What the EU ..." page: 16 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides on the management of the Covid-19 outbreak

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:43:00 PM CEST

In statements made to Phileleftheros on Saturday, Commissioner Kyriakides stated that “when Europe was called to function collectively, some looked to take care only of themselves”, stressing that the crisis caused by the pandemic caught the entire humanity, and not just Europe, unprepared”. She underlined that the “developments of the past weeks are painful. Because when Europe truly needed to support one another, the first reaction of some was to take care of their own homes, forgetting our common European home. But these phenomena have now ended”. She also referred to the ongoing process concerning the provision of member states (including Cyprus) with protective equipment, as well as the call announced for the purchase of ventilators to cover the increased needs of certain member states. However, she admits that a few more weeks will be necessary before the equipment is disbursed to the healthcare systems of member states, as the equipment will be available two weeks after the contracts are signed. In addition, the Commissioner noted that the Commission is launching the creation of strategic reserves via rescEU, which will be available to all member states in need of them. Initially €80 million will be made available for this purpose and 90% of the costs will be covered by the EU budget.Outlining the actions so far taken to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms Kyriakides said that first and foremost was to lift the restrictions to exports within the EU. “The situation has significantly improved and member states are beginning to help each other, to help themselves,” she pointed out. She also remarked that the EU leaders on Friday acknowledged the “gigantic efforts made by the European Commission, particularly in the Health sector”. Moreover, she said, via the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the EU provides all scientific advice to governments regarding how to manage the pandemic, while three weeks ago recommendations were given on social distancing measures to be implemented to avert the further spread of the virus.Ms Kyriakides further underlined that a special group of scientists and experts has been formed and is regularly meeting under the chair of Commission President von der Leyen to examine and exchange views on the developments, as well as on the immediate actions that need to be taken. Weekly teleconferences with pharmaceutical industries also take place to monitor the problems that may arise with the availability of medicine and medical equipment, as well as on research developments. To this end, she noted the Commission has approved loans with €80 million to the German company CureVac that is leading research for a vaccine.

INTERVIEW WITH COMMISSIONER KYRIAKIDES: "The pandemic caught us all unprepared" / INTERVIEW WITH COMMISSIONER KYRIAKIDES: «Η πανδημία μάς έπιασε όλους απροετοίμαστους» km-Phileleftheros-CY: "INTERVIEW WITH COMMISSIONER KYRIAKIDES: "The pandemic caught us all unprepared" ..." page: 1,11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides on the measures taken by the EU to combat the Covid-19 pandemic

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:21:00 PM CEST

Speaking during the main evening news on Alpha TV on Friday, Commissioner Kyriakides said that this is an unprecedented health crisis that has not only affected EU member states, but all countries across the world. In all countries, strict self-isolation measures are taken, as recommended by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). She noted that each country assumed measures according to its own realities, adding that Cyprus took strict measures from the start. She referred to the latest risk assessment by the ECDC, according to which the risk of contagion in the community is decreased in areas where there are strict social isolation measures. The Commissioner added that three weeks ago, the European Commission, monitoring the need for greater coordination, recommended measures to be taken by member states, as well as tracking strategies to be followed. At the moment, she remarked, “we are examining new strategies concerning the cooperation of member states both for the possible hospitalisation of patients from one country to another, where health systems are under great pressure, as well as the exchange of information on issues of medical treatment”.She noted that member states are responsible. However, “as soon as we were informed of deficiencies, we proceeded to calling for offers for gloves, masks and protective equipment, as well as for ventilators and tracking tests”. Ms Kyriakides added that “unfortunately, the procedures are time-consuming and that is why we are proceeding with alternative ways for the Commission to be able to distribute the necessary equipment”.

Brussels' decisions in the battle against the virus / Οι αποφάσεις των Βρυξελλών στη μάχη κατά του ιού km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Brussels' decisions in the battle against the virus / Οι ..." info: Main Evening News, 2020-03-27 20:40:00, 00:07:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:40:00 PM CET

Estonian Health Board: Second and third deaths reported, COVID-19 cases rise to 679

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

A 90-year-old man from the island of Saaremaa and an 83-year-old man in Tallinn have died after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19), Err.ee reports. The total cases of coronavirus reported across Estonia have now risen to 679. Speaking at a press conference on Sunday morning Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Centre) confirmed the two men had died over the weekend. Three people in total have now died after contracting the disease.

Estonian Health Board: Second and third deaths reported, COVID-19 cases rise to 679 / Ööpäevaga lisandus 39 koroonasse nakatunut, surnud kolm inimest km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonian Health Board: Second and third deaths reported, COVID-19 cases ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2020-03-30 06:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 6:40:00 AM CEST

Koroonaviirusesse surnute arv tõusis kolmeni km-Postimees-EE: "Koroonaviirusesse surnute arv tõusis kolmeni..." page: 4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Estonian Health Board: Second and third deaths reported, COVID-19 cases rise to 679 / Ööpäevaga lisandus 39 koroonasse nakatunut, surnud kolm inimest km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Estonian Health Board: Second and third deaths reported, COVID-19 cases ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

MEP Paet: The European Union must ensure the free movement of medicines

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM CEST

93 members of the European Parliament sent a joint letter to the President von der Leyen, Commissioner Kyriakides and Commissioner Breton, highlighting the need to ensure access to medicines throughout the European Union, Postimees.ee reports. As an important point, MEPs stated in their letter that Europe must be able to produce local active ingredients for medicines as soon as possible. Among others, the letter was also signed by MEP Urmas Paet (Reform). "As the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a widespread reintroduction of border controls in Europe, the European Union must ensure that medicines can continue to circulate freely in Europe and reach their destination without delay," said Mr Paet.

Paet: The European Union must ensure the free movement of medicines / Paet: Euroopa Liit peab tagama ravimite vaba liikumise km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Paet: The European Union must ensure the free movement of ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

HR/VP Borrell discussed with Pompeo the joint fight against Covid-19

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell discussed international cooperation with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU Foreign Service said on Saturday, Postimees.ee reports. Mr Borrell pointed out the need to provide accurate and transparent information in order to respond to the growing anxiety about the spread of coronavirus disinformation. Mr Borrell and Mr Pompeo also agreed on the need for more active international cooperation in providing humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable countries.

The EU foreign policy chief discussed with Pompeo the joint fight against Covid-19 / ELi välispoliitikajuht arutas Pompeoga ühist võitlust Covid-19 vastu km-Postimees-Online-EE: "The EU foreign policy chief discussed with Pompeo the joint ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: The world will never be the same again

[Finland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Verkkouutiset interviewed Commissioner of International Partnerships Urpilainen about the coronavirus crisis. She says that the European Commission, the ministers of health and the authorities are in constant contact with each other. "The Commission funds the development of vaccination and makes sure that healthcare equipments are available." Commissioner Urpilainen adds that the Commission is preparing a bridge over the most severe economic phase, as a so-called coordinated exit strategy. The Commission even coordinates movement restrictions.

Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: The world will never be the same again / Jutta Urpilainen: Maailma ei palaa ennalleen km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "Interview with Commissioner Urpilainen: The world will never be the ..." info: by Matti Lepistö date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

France buys 600 million masks from China

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:52:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that the French government bought 600 million masks from China, including 74 million FFP2 masks. Faced with the need to replenish its stocks, the government intends to set up an air bridge with China, which could last up to fourteen weeks. France will also buy breathing apparatus, but the issue of tests remains unsolved. The article notes that countries like the Czech Republic and Slovakia reacted more quickly by using their contribution to the Salis strategic transport contract managed by NATO. The French Presidency highlights the reciprocity that exists between Europe and China to reject the idea that China is rescuing the Old Continent. It recalls that at the end of January, China asked the European Commission for help. The latter had sent 56 tonnes of sanitary equipment without making it known, in order not to embarrass China.

Europe must build its health sovereignty / L'Europe doit construire sa souveraineté sanitaire km-Echos-FR: "Europe must build its health sovereignty / L'Europe doit construire ..." page: 13 info: by Paul Hudson date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Drugs, masks, tests: the race for equipment against the coronavirus / Médicaments, masques, tests : la course aux équipements contre le coronavirus km-Echos-FR: "Drugs, masks, tests: the race for equipment against the coronavirus ..." page: 4 info: by Solveig Godeluck date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The executive explains itself and mobilizes to face fifteen black days / L'exécutif s'explique et mobilise pour affronter quinze jours noirs km-Echos-FR: "The executive explains itself and mobilizes to face fifteen black ..." page: 2 info: by Isabelle Ficek date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Safran mobilizes to provide masks / Safran se mobilise pour fournir des masques km-Figaro-FR: "Safran mobilizes to provide masks / Safran se mobilise pour ..." page: 7 info: by Véronique Guillermard date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Beijing engaged in 'generous' offensive / Pékin engagé dans une offensive « généreuse » km-Figaro-FR: "Beijing engaged in 'generous' offensive / Pékin engagé dans une ..." page: 20,21 info: by Sébastien Falletti date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Masks: France dependent on future Chinese deliveries / Masques: la France dépendante des livraisons chinoises à venir km-Figaro-FR: "Masks: France dependent on future Chinese deliveries / Masques: la ..." page: 4,5 info: by Keren Lentschner date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Report on the French order to China of masks / Reportage sur la commande française à la Chine de masques km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Report on the French order to China of masks / ..." info: Journal 13 heures, 2020-03-29 14:25:00, 00:01:23, by YVES DECAENS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:25:00 PM CEST

Epidemiologist Catherine Hill estimates there will be 64,000 victims / L’épidémiologiste Catherine Hill estime qu’il y aura au moins 64000 morts km-Journal-du-Dimanche-FR: "Epidemiologist Catherine Hill estimates there will be 64,000 victims / ..." page: 5 info: by Anne-Laure Barret date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Health Minister: "There was no delay" / Olivier Véran: "Il n'y a eu aucun retard" km-Journal-du-Dimanche-FR: "Health Minister: "There was no delay" / Olivier Véran: "Il ..." page: 3 info: by Olivier Véran date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Facing a tsunami / La déferlante km-Journal-du-Dimanche-FR: "Facing a tsunami / La déferlante..." page: 2-3 info: by Anne-Laure Barret date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The regions chasing for masks / Les Régions à la chasse aux masques km-Journal-du-Dimanche-FR: "The regions chasing for masks / Les Régions à la ..." page: 4 info: by Christine Ollivier date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Government pinned down  / L'exécutif cerné de toute part km-Liberation-FR: "Government pinned down / L'exécutif cerné de toute part..." page: 12,13 info: by Alain Auffray date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Philippe extends confinement until 15 April / Philippe prolonge le confinement jusqu'au 15 avril km-Monde-FR: "Philippe extends confinement until 15 April / Philippe prolonge le ..." page: 8 info: by OLIVIER FAYE date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

France buys 600 million masks from China / 600 millions de masques achetés en Chine km-Monde-FR: "France buys 600 million masks from China / 600 millions ..." page: 1,4 info: by Nathalie Guibert date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

"We ordered a billion masks" / "Nous avons commandé un milliard de masques" km-Parisien-FR: ""We ordered a billion masks" / "Nous avons commandé un ..." page: 6 info: by Aurelie Sipos date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

China closes its borders

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:54:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that China announced two spectacular measures to block, from 29 March, the importation of coronavirus cases into its territory. First, the sharp reduction of international flights and second, the temporary closure of its borders to foreigners. Flights will be reduced to one flight per airline with a seating capacity of only 75%, to allow the return of nationals. China’s Foreign Ministry said it will “suspend visas in light of the epidemic and other countries' preventive practices”. Le Monde notes that, in response to the US travel ban in January, China has said “there is no need to panic unnecessarily or take excessive action”.

China barricades itself to prevent a second wave of contamination / La Chine se barricade pour prévenir une seconde vague de contamination km-Figaro-FR: "China barricades itself to prevent a second wave of contamination ..." page: 19 info: by Sébastien Falletti date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

This virus that shows the strength of Asia and underlines the downgrading of Europe / Ce virus qui montre la force de l’Asie et souligne le déclassement de l’Europe km-Figaro-Magazine-FR: "This virus that shows the strength of Asia and underlines ..." page: 15 info: by supériorité. Éric Zemmour date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Keys to understanding how China is using the virus to counter-attack / Les clés pour comprendre comment la Chine utilise le virus pour contre-attaquer km-Figaro-Magazine-FR: "Keys to understanding how China is using the virus to ..." page: 12 info: by Jean-Louis Tremblais date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Confined to over one billion / Confinés à plus d'un milliard km-Liberation-FR: "Confined to over one billion / Confinés à plus d'un ..." page: 1,8,9 info: by Sébastien farcis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

China closes its borders / La Chine ferme ses frontières km-Monde-FR: "China closes its borders / La Chine ferme ses frontières..." page: 5 info: by Frédéric Lemaître date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Amélie de Montchalin on the solidarity among member states

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin says on France Inter that Europe's credibility and usefulness are at stake. She believes that if EU countries fail to overcome their selfishness and fears ibn tackling the crisis, then it would mean that the EU makes no sense. "We must prepare together for the exit from the crisis and show that we are effective by acting together," she stresses. "The challenge is to know how we will get out of the crisis together. There will be no economic and social rebound in Germany or in the Netherlands if France, Italy, Spain and the rest of the EU do not go well". Therefore, she notes that “we cannot therefore unashamedly exonerate one another of the necessary solidarity with Italy and Spain”.

"Solidarity that is not being used," Amélie de Montchalin. / "La solidarité qui ne s' instrumentalise pas", Amélie de Montchalin km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: ""Solidarity that is not being used," Amélie de Montchalin. / ..." info: Le 14h00-17h00, 2020-03-29 15:32:00, 00:02:04, by BERNARD THOMASSON date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 3:32:00 PM CEST

Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs 4/4 / Interview d'Amélie de Montchalin, secrétaire d'Etat chargée des affaires européennes 4/4 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European ..." info: Questions politiques, 2020-03-29 13:19:00, 00:03:41, by ALI BADDOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:19:00 PM CEST

Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs 2/4 / Interview d'Amélie de Montchalin, secrétaire d'Etat chargée des affaires européennes 2/4 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European ..." info: Questions politiques, 2020-03-29 13:09:00, 00:04:39, by ALI BADDOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:09:00 PM CEST

Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs 3/4 / Interview d'Amélie de Montchalin, secrétaire d'Etat chargée des affaires européennes 3/4 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European ..." info: Questions politiques, 2020-03-29 13:14:00, 00:05:14, by ALI BADDOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:14:00 PM CEST

Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs 1/4 / Interview d'Amélie de Montchalin, secrétaire d'Etat chargée des affaires européennes 1/4 km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European ..." info: Questions politiques, 2020-03-29 13:05:00, 00:04:07, by ALI BADDOU date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:05:00 PM CEST

Interview with Jean-Dominique Giuliani on the coronavirus crisis

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:59:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Europe 1, chairman of the Robert Schuman foundation Jean-Dominique Giuliani declares that amid this health crisis, there is a lack of European solidarity, particularly between northern and southern EU countries. Although the European Central Bank announced an economic stimulus programme, French President Macron stresses that the EU must go further and implement a common policy to address the coronavirus crisis. “Even if the EU’s response was slow, we can notice that our European societies are now fighting to be transparent and to take all necessary measures to slow the pandemic,” says Mr Giuliani.

Interview with Jean-Dominique Giuliani on the coronavirus crisis (2/2) / Entretien avec Jean-Dominique Giuliani, président de la fondation Robert Schuman, sur la crise du coronavirus (2/2) km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Jean-Dominique Giuliani on the coronavirus crisis (2/2) / ..." info: Votre grand journal du soir du week-end, 2020-03-28 19:20:00, 00:05:06, by WENDY BOUCHARD date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:20:00 PM CET

Interview with Jean-Dominique Giuliani on the coronavirus crisis (1/2) / Entretien avec Jean-Dominique Giuliani, président de la fondation Robert Schuman, sur la crise du coronavirus (1/2) km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Jean-Dominique Giuliani on the coronavirus crisis (1/2) / ..." info: Votre grand journal du soir du week-end, 2020-03-28 19:16:00, 00:03:53, by WENDY BOUCHARD date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:16:00 PM CET

Discussion on the response of the Institutions of the European Union to the epidemic / Discussion sur la réponse des institutions de l'Union européenne face à l'épidémie km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Discussion on the response of the Institutions of the European ..." info: Le grand face a face, 2020-03-28 12:16:00, 00:03:56, by ALI BADDOU date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:16:00 PM CET

Interview with Commissioner Breton on the EU coordination

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

In an interview on Europe 1, Commissioner Breton reiterates that the EU has no health competences. He says that for the past ten days, the EU has been given a mission to coordinate the stocks of equipment for health workers. He hopes that it will work out a lot better. He insists that no country on the planet had prepared for this crisis and recalls that at the beginning of the crisis in China in January, the EU had responded to China's call for help by sending 56 tons of masks and respirators. The aim is now to make Europe fully autonomous in the next three, four months so that it can eventually help Africa and the US. Mr Breton believes that the EU is not exploding, and estimates that the essential word of this crisis is "solidarity".

Interview with Commissioner Breton 2/2 / Entretien avec le Commissaire Breton 2/2 km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Commissioner Breton 2/2 / Entretien avec le Commissaire ..." info: Toute l'info du week-end, 2020-03-29 09:22:00, 00:06:04, by BERNARD POIRETTE date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:22:00 AM CEST

Interview with Commissioner Breton 1/2 / Entretien avec le Commissaire Breton 1/2 km-EUROPE-1-FR: "Interview with Commissioner Breton 1/2 / Entretien avec le Commissaire ..." info: Toute l'info du week-end, 2020-03-29 09:18:00, 00:04:07, by BERNARD POIRETTE date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:18:00 AM CEST

Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "Without solidarity, we will lose the battle against coronavirus"

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Le Figaro, Commissioner Lenarčič first reminds that public health, civil protection and border management are member states' competences and that the European Commission has only a supporting role in these areas. On the arrival in Italy of Russian soldiers, Chinese medical equipment and Cuban doctors without any member state having sent a medical team there, Mr Lenarčič recalls that some of them had sent protective equipment to Italy. He acknowledges that, "it would be better if there were more of them".  The European Commission will do its utmost to maintain coordination and solidarity between member states. "The strategic reserve of medical equipment that we have decided to create will also make it possible to stockpile vaccines", he adds before concluding that "Europe must pool all its resources to control the pandemic and protect the economy".

Janez Lenarcic: "Without solidarity, we will lose the battle against coronavirus" / Janez Lenarcic: «Sans solidarité, nous perdrons la bataille contre le coronavirus» km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Janez Lenarcic: "Without solidarity, we will lose the battle against ..." info: by Anne Rovan date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus : The industry is converting to help manage the crisis

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

Libération reports that many European companies modify their production to contribute to the fabrication of disinfectants, protection masks and respirators. "Firms are doing their utmost to speed up the exit from the crisis because they fear a collapse of the market," analysts say. The European Commission has adopted new harmonised standards on "masks for medical use, washer-disinfectors and sterilisation" to make "the conformity assessment procedure faster and cheaper". Major alcohol manufacturers are focusing on hydro-alcoholic gels. Fashion and clothing companies are reorienting their activities towards the production of protective masks. For respirators, which are more complex to manufacture, major engineering groups are approaching governments to propose their models. Smaller SMEs specializing in 3D printing also contribute by manufacturing respirator valves, which are less sophisticated but faster and cheaper to produce.

Smirnoff gel, Gucci masks, the industry is reconvertiting / Gel Smirnoff, masques Gucci l'industrie se reconvertit km-Liberation-FR: "Smirnoff gel, Gucci masks, the industry is reconvertiting / Gel ..." page: 12,13 info: by Nelly Didelot date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The coronavirus crisis can only be overcome with mutual help

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:38:00 AM CET

Several media elaborate on the European cooperation and the crisis management of national governments in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.In an interview with Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, President of the European Parliament Sassoli talks about the need for European cooperation in the corona crisis. The European Commission has put together an unprecedented aid package, which includes €37 billion from the Structural and Cohesion Funds, and providing member states financial leeway by relaxing the rules of the SGP. Together with the ECB's decision to provide €750 billion and the aid from the member states, this sum is appropriate to the situation, Mr Sassoli believes. Also, the intention is to support the so-called corona bonds. "Italy is going through one of its darkest hours," he emphasises, adding that Germany's help with medical supplies demonstrates "European solidarity." This crisis shows that the member states must give the EU more powers to meet global challenges, Mr Sassoli concludes."We are well-positioned and still want to be able to help when others come under pressure that they can no longer afford," Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer states in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung commenting on the Bundeswehr's deployment in the corona crisis. The Bundeswehr comes into play when the civilian forces can no longer make it, she explains, adding that the fight against corona is a marathon, and "we have to go through the whole route." Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer is willing to cooperate with the foreign ministers both at the European level and at NATO. "The virus has no nationality. Looking ahead, I think it is very important that we help each other in Europe," she stresses. Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer refuses to make any forecasts about when the current restrictions will be eased.In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Upper Rhine Department President Brigitte Klinkert emphasises that the coronavirus crisis is a cross-border crisis that can only be overcome with mutual help. "We should establish permanent cooperation and a systematic exchange on sanitary issues," she adds. This crisis is an extreme and rapidly progressing phenomenon that is putting all health systems through a severe test, Ms Klinkert explains, concluding that "nobody is prepared for this tsunami - not in France, not anywhere else."

"Nobody is prepared for this tsunami" / "Niemand ist auf diesen Tsunami vorbereitet" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: ""Nobody is prepared for this tsunami" / "Niemand ist auf ..." page: 22 info: by C.Schubert date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on corona crisis management: "We want and have to be sustainable" / "Wir wollen und müssen durchhaltefähig sein" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on corona ..." page: 2 info: by Peter Carstens date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Save as many lives as possible / So viele Leben retten wie möglich km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Save as many lives as possible / So viele Leben ..." page: 1 info: by D.Deckers date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Race against time / Wettlauf gegen die Zeit km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Race against time / Wettlauf gegen die Zeit..." page: 4 info: by R.Soldt/M.Wiegel date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview on the need for European cooperation: "Italy is going through one of its darkest hours" / "Italien durchlebt derzeit eine seiner dunkelsten Stunden" km-Hannoversche-Allgemeine-DE: "Interview on the need for European cooperation: "Italy is going ..." page: 3 date: Friday, March 27, 2020

On corona crisis management: Vague president / Die blasse Präsidentin km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "On corona crisis management: Vague president / Die blasse Präsidentin..." page: 2 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Price of Life / Der Preis des Lebens km-Spiegel-DE: "The Price of Life / Der Preis des Lebens..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"We can't ditch people" / »Wir können die Leute ja nicht stellen lassen« km-Spiegel-DE: ""We can't ditch people" / »Wir können die Leute ja ..." page: 70-72 info: by D. Deckstein date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"An absolute mission impossible" / »Eine absolute Mission impossible« km-Spiegel-DE: ""An absolute mission impossible" / »Eine absolute Mission impossible«..." page: 48-49 info: by L. Eberle date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview on corona crisis management: "Of course one needs an exit strategy at some point - the timing is crucial" / »Natürlich braucht es irgendwann eine Exitstrategie - der Zeitpunkt ist entscheidend« km-Spiegel-DE: "Interview on corona crisis management: "Of course one needs an ..." page: 34-36 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

At the beginning of the world / Am Anfang der Welt km-Spiegel-DE: "At the beginning of the world / Am Anfang der ..." page: 8-16,18 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Time of Fear / Zeit der Angst km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Time of Fear / Zeit der Angst..." page: 4 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Nobody knew" / "Das konnte keiner wissen" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: ""Nobody knew" / "Das konnte keiner wissen"..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

An act of solidarity / Ein Akt der Solidarität km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "An act of solidarity / Ein Akt der Solidarität..." page: 41 info: by Dietrich Mittler date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Out from Rheinsberg / Raus aus Rheinsberg km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Out from Rheinsberg / Raus aus Rheinsberg..." page: 1 info: by R.S date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Politicians argue over exit plan from the corona crisis

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:38:00 AM CEST

Several media elaborate on the corona crisis management. Chancellor Merkel sees no reason to ease the restrictions amid the increasing number of corona infections. Politicians are calling for a debate about the time after the crisis.In an interview on ZDF, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn stresses that a lesson learned by everyone is that Germany has many plans for different situations, including the current one, but rarely implements them. Mr Spahn is confident that the German healthcare system will withstand the coronavirus crisis because, first of all, Germany has recognised early when the virus infections started, and since then have tested the population extensively. Secondly, the hospitals have been requested to postpone planned operations for two weeks, and thirdly, half of the intensive care beds in Germany are currently free. Mr Spahn remarks that ultimately, Germany would like to have the best possible protection and healthcare during the times of pandemic with the subsequent recovery of the economy.In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson points out that the spread of the coronavirus has already shown issues which the European Commission and the EU member states should consider it strategically important to deal with future pandemics and health crises. These include crisis preparation, supply autonomy, production capacity and industrial innovation, Mr Hudson underlines. Europe's best chance to compete and thrive in a post-globalised world lies in its ability to get the most out of its internal strengths and it should keep this in mind when it is time to learn from this pandemic, Mr Hudson concludes.In Handelsblatt, a group of authors note that some countries in Europe have issued export bans on medical products. When the European Commission decreed that the export of protective equipment depends on the approval of the respective EU member states, Serbia had to import masks from China. On 25 March, Commissioner Várhelyi announced that the European Commission would include the Western Balkans in a joint EU procurement initiative. The European Commission is to support the Western Balkans with €30 million for medical products of which €7 million are to go to Serbia, the authors conclude.In an interview on ZDF, Head of the Federal Chancellery Helge Braun explains that it is still impossible to say when the social distancing measures will be relaxed. The most important goal of these measures is to prevent the overload of the German healthcare system - Mr Braun believes that society agrees with that. A further goal is to reduce the number of infected people as much as possible. He urged citizens to be patient as the situation is changing "very slowly."

Europe needs self-reliance in the health sector / Europa braucht Eigenständigkeit im Gesundheitsbereich km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Europe needs self-reliance in the health sector / Europa braucht ..." page: 18 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Will never forget this help" / "Werden diese Hilfe nie vergessen" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: ""Will never forget this help" / "Werden diese Hilfe nie ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Fear of collapse / Angst vor dem Zusammenbruch km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Fear of collapse / Angst vor dem Zusammenbruch..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Dispute over exit plan / Streit um Exitplan km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Dispute over exit plan / Streit um Exitplan..." page: 10 info: by K. Stratmann date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Spain tightens barriers / Spanien verschärft Sperren km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Spain tightens barriers / Spanien verschärft Sperren..." page: 10 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Words of the day / Worte des Tages km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Words of the day / Worte des Tages..." page: 16-17 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Ban on medical goods export hurts / Verbot für Medizingüter-Export schadet km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Ban on medical goods export hurts / Verbot für Medizingüter-Export ..." page: 15 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Merkel asks: "Be patient" / Merkel bittet: "Seien Sie geduldig" km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Merkel asks: "Be patient" / Merkel bittet: "Seien Sie geduldig"..." page: 1 info: by Stefan Braun date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"We are an incredibly strong country" / "Wir sind ein unglaublich starkes Land" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: ""We are an incredibly strong country" / "Wir sind ein ..." page: 4 info: by R.B date: Monday, March 30, 2020

RKI chief: Conditions like in Italy loom / RKI-Chef: Es drohen Zustände wie in Italien km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "RKI chief: Conditions like in Italy loom / RKI-Chef: Es ..." page: 1 info: by R.B date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Too early to think about easing" / "Zu früh, um über Lockerungen nachzudenken" km-Welt-DE: ""Too early to think about easing" / "Zu früh, um ..." page: 4 info: by C.Ehrenstein date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on coronavirus: "Germany has many plans on paper" / ZDF - 29.03.2020 21:58 - heute journal - ITV Jens Spahn on German measures to prevent Coronavirus from spreading km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on coronavirus: ..." info: Program, 2020-03-30 00:56:00, 00:05:59, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 12:56:00 AM CEST

ZDF - 29.03.2020 19:18 - Berlin direkt - ITV Helge Braun on German measures to prevent Coronavirus from spreading / ZDF - 29.03.2020 19:18 - Berlin direkt - ITV Helge Braun on German measures to prevent Coronavirus from spreading km-ZDF-DE: "ZDF - 29.03.2020 19:18 - Berlin direkt - ITV Helge ..." info: Program, 2020-03-30 00:52:00, 00:05:17, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 12:52:00 AM CEST

Interview: "We have to take the distance requirement seriously"

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:22:00 AM CEST

There is a wide coverage in German media on the coronavirus and the measures taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic.In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, President of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler comments on the corona pandemic, noting the seriousness of the situation and strategies against the virus. "We are still at the beginning of the wave," Mr Wieler warns, urging people to take the pandemic very seriously. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has announced that he will present a plan to exit the crisis measures at the end of the Easter vacation. However, from a medical point of view, Mr Wieler advises persevering with the spatial distance as long as possible. Currently, there is no vaccine or targeted therapy and social distance is the only tool that helps.

Better communicate! / Besser kommunizieren! km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Better communicate! / Besser kommunizieren!..." page: 2 info: by angelika hellemann date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bundeswehr brings Corona sick from Italy! / Bundeswehr holt Corona-Kranke aus Italien! km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: "Bundeswehr brings Corona sick from Italy! / Bundeswehr holt Corona-Kranke ..." page: 3 info: by M.Kiewel date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Learning from Seoul? / Von Seoul lernen? km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Learning from Seoul? / Von Seoul lernen?..." page: 10 info: by Patrik welter date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

In Germany, protective material is missing / In Deutschland fehlt Schutzmaterial km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "In Germany, protective material is missing / In Deutschland fehlt ..." page: 1 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

"We have to reckon with conditions like in Italy" / "Wir müssen mit Zuständen wie in Italien rechnen" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: ""We have to reckon with conditions like in Italy" / ..." page: 20-21 info: by Ralph Bollmann date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

RTL - Mar 28, 2020 6:46 PM - RTL News - Report on Corona-developments in Germany / RTL - 28.03.2020 18:46 - RTL Aktuell - Report on Corona-developments in Germany km-RTL-Germany-DE: "RTL - Mar 28, 2020 6:46 PM - RTL News ..." info: Program, 2020-03-28 23:36:00, 00:03:04, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 11:36:00 PM CET

Older people need to reduce contacts longer / Ältere müssen Kontakte länger reduzieren km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Older people need to reduce contacts longer / Ältere müssen ..." page: 1 info: by C.M date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Interview on managing coronavirus crisis: "Elderly and sick people have to reduce contacts for longer" / "Ältere und Kranke müssen Kontakte länger reduzieren" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Interview on managing coronavirus crisis: "Elderly and sick people have ..." page: 3 info: by Helge Braun date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

80 percent of German municipalities without an emergency plan / 80 Prozent der deutschen Kommunen ohne Notfallplan km-Welt-DE: "80 percent of German municipalities without an emergency plan / ..." page: 1 info: by MANUEL BEWARDER date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

A question of freedom / Eine Frage der Freiheit km-Welt-DE: "A question of freedom / Eine Frage der Freiheit..." page: 6 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Member states try to deal with the coronavirus pandemic

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:20:00 AM CEST

Some Greek media outlets report that Europe is experiencing dramatic moments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Spain and Italy record a big number of dead people on a daily basis, while Paris’ health system is on the verge of collapse. In an interview with Eleftheros Typos Kyriakis, Greek Deputy Civil Protection Minister Nikos Chardalias stated that the coronavirus pandemic is expected to peak in Greece within April. He added that his greatest concern is whether the National Health System will endure. In another interview with Parapolitika, Mr Chardalias highlighted that the curfew measures implemented a few days ago need some time to show their efficiency. He pointed out that the Greek government has prepared even for the most extreme scenarios. He added that given that all European countries were called to face the virus at the same time, provision of help from one member state to the other is not possible right now.

Interview with Greek Deputy Civil Protection Minister Chardalias: Περιμένουμε την κορύφωση από τα μέσα μέχρι τα τέλη Απριλίου km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Interview with Greek Deputy Civil Protection Minister Chardalias: Περιμένουμε την ..." page: 10,11 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

10 Μαΐου, το «ορόσημο» για την άρση περιορισμών km-Kathimerini-GR: "10 Μαΐου, το «ορόσημο» για την άρση περιορισμών..." page: 14 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Εφιάλτης δίχως τέλος στην Ευρώπη km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Εφιάλτης δίχως τέλος στην Ευρώπη..." page: 12 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Greek Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Chardalias: "Μένουμε σπίτι για να κερδίσουμε" km-Parapolitika-GR: "Interview with Greek Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Chardalias: "Μένουμε σπίτι ..." page: 20,21 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Κορωνοϊός - ΕΕ: Στα πρόθυρα της κατάρρευσης νοσοκομεία στη Γαλλία - Δραματικές ώρες στην Ιταλία km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κορωνοϊός - ΕΕ: Στα πρόθυρα της κατάρρευσης νοσοκομεία στη Γαλλία ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Distance saves lives

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Ta Nea, Commissioner Kyriakides underlines that it is important to continue with the strict measures, that is, the implementation of recommendations by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the team of experts set up by President von der Leyen so that the coronavirus spread stops. Social distancing saves lives, she clarifies. Ms Kyriakides adds that we must all be disciplined and implement the measures to limit the spread of the virus, noting that we must give time to the healthcare systems to respond. The conditions are truly unprecedented and no healthcare system was prepared for such a crisis, she explains. She also refers to the measures taken in Greece, the Commission’s mobilisation of funds for the developments of a vaccine and the supply of personal protection equipment.

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Distance saves lives / Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Η απόσιαση σώζει ζωές km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: Distance saves lives / Interview with ..." page: 14 info: by Maria Vasileiou date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Two-week curfew restrictions imposed in Hungary

[Hungary, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

On Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced a curfew in Hungary effective between 28 March and 11 April, Magyar Nemzet, Magyar Hírlap and Népszava report. For the upcoming two weeks, citizens will only be allowed to leave their homes and places of residence for the purpose of going to work or meeting other essential needs, all three media outlets point out. As there is also an effort to separate high-risk elderly from younger people, a special rule has come into force in the case of grocery stores, personal hygiene stores and pharmacies, where persons over 65 will be allowed to shop between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. During this period, others will not be allowed to enter the premises, all three media outlets inform readers. Magyar Hírlap and Magyar Nemzet quote Mr Orbán as saying that in connection with the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Hungary had received aid from China and the Turkic Council but not much from the EU.

Curfew restrictions / Kijárási korlátozás km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Curfew restrictions / Kijárási korlátozás..." page: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 info: by Vitéz Anita date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The government imposed curfrew restrictions as of today / Mától kijárási korlátozást léptet életbe a kormány km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "The government imposed curfrew restrictions as of today / Mától ..." page: 1,2,3,7,8,9,13 info: by Baranyai Gábor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The curfew restrictions are here / Itt a kijárási korlátozás km-Nepszava-HU: "The curfew restrictions are here / Itt a kijárási korlátozás..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Czene Gábor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hungary is ready to join the Commission’s RescEU programme

[Hungary, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 5:05:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that Hungary is ready to join the Commission’s RescEU programme under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which aims to provide assistance when the scale of an emergency overwhelms the capacities of a country to respond on its own. On Saturday, RTL Klub reported that Hungary was looking into the possibility of joining the programme and then announcement was made about the decision on Sunday, Origo.hu and Portfolio.hu inform readers. In order to help member states in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission created a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment, such as medical ventilators, masks and personal protective equipment, Origo.hu, Portfolio.hu and RTL Klub inform us. Member states willing to host rescEU stockpiles can apply for a direct grant from the Commission, which covers 90% of the costs of the stockpile while the remaining 10% are borne by the member state, all three media outlets add. The stockpile will be hosted by one or several member states and the hosting state will be responsible for procuring the equipment, Origo.hu and Portfolio.hu point out.

Hungary is ready to join the European Commission's RescEU programme / Magyarország kész csatlakozni az Európai Bizottság RescEU programjához km-origo.hu-HU: "Hungary is ready to join the European Commission's RescEU programme ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

- / Magyarország felajánlotta, hogy egészségügyi készletet halmoz fel - Portfolio.hu km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Magyarország felajánlotta, hogy egészségügyi készletet halmoz fel - ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

The European Commission is setting up an EU emergency reserve of medical supplies / Egészségügyi eszközökből uniós vésztartalékot hoz létre az Európai Bizottság km-RTL-Klub-HU: "The European Commission is setting up an EU emergency reserve ..." info: RTL Klub - RTL Híradó - Esti kiadás - 2020-03-28 17-00-00 - 2020-03-28 17-55-00, 2020-03-28 17:40:00, 00:02:28, by Rábai Balázs (szerk. Rédli Balázs) date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:40:00 PM CET

Deaths in Italy and Spain rise above combined 17,000

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:10:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that Covid-19 deaths in Italy and Spain rose above a combined 17,000 yesterday, keeping Europe focused on further restricting people's movements and avoiding a healthcare collapse. Spain's health ministry said 838 people died from the virus over the previous 24 hours, its highest daily number yet. Both countries together have more than five times the deaths reported in China. The number of patients in intensive care in Spain surpassed the national capacity of some 4,400 beds, forcing healthcare workers to decide whom to treat first. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced tighter restrictions on movement, ordering those who work in non-essential services to stay home during the Easter period.

After deadliest day of crisis, Spanish government warns of worse to come / After deadliest day of crisis, Spanish government warns of worse to come km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "After deadliest day of crisis, Spanish government warns of worse ..." page: 4 info: by Unattributed date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Spanish PM calls emergency cabinet meeting as pandemic death toll skyrockets / Spanish PM calls emergency cabinet meeting as pandemic death toll skyrockets km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Spanish PM calls emergency cabinet meeting as pandemic death toll ..." page: 42 info: by Rodrigo Orihuela date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Death toll in Italy surges with peak 'not yet reached' / Death toll in Italy surges with peak 'not yet reached' km-Irish-Times-IE: "Death toll in Italy surges with peak 'not yet reached' ..." page: 12 info: by NAOMI O'LEARY date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Deaths in Italy and Spain rise above combined 17,000 / Deaths in Italy and Spain rise above combined 17,000 km-Irish-Times-IE: "Deaths in Italy and Spain rise above combined 17,000 / ..." page: 8 info: by Unattributed date: Monday, March 30, 2020

UK will not return to normal for "at least six months," warns top medical officer

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:10:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that UK Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries has said Britain will not return to normal for at least six months. She said it would take at least three weeks to see if lockdown restrictions imposed last week had been effective in reducing deaths from the virus. Ms Harries said: "We actually anticipate our numbers will get worse over the next week, possibly two, and then we are looking to see whether we have managed to push that curve down and we start to see a decline." Meanwhile, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said criticism of the government’s handling of the virus outbreak should wait until it is over.

Life in UK will take six months to get back to normal, warns expert / Life in UK will take six months to get back to normal, warns expert km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Life in UK will take six months to get back ..." page: 16 info: by Sam Blewettand Joseph Wilson date: Monday, March 30, 2020

UK will not return to normal for 'at least six months', warns top medical officer / UK will not return to normal for 'at least six months', warns top medical officer km-Irish-Times-IE: "UK will not return to normal for 'at least six ..." page: 8 info: by DENIS STAUNTON date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Concern over growing Covid-19 cases

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:11:00 AM CEST

RTE One reports that Ireland has received vital medical equipment from China as the health service prepares for a surge in Covid-19 cases. The HSE is also preparing to open a coronavirus isolation and step-down facility that will be able to treat up to 1,000 patients. Minister for Health Simon Harris said he will meet with nursing home chiefs over the "concerning" number of cases in those settings. There have also been worries about the number of people in intensive care units, although the Department of Health said hospitals were not yet at capacity and more beds will be made available. There are a total of 2,615 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland, with 46 deaths.

Concern over growing Covid-19 cases / Concern over growing Covid-19 cases km-RTE1-IE: "Concern over growing Covid-19 cases / Concern over growing Covid-19 ..." info: RTE 1, 2020-03-30 06:22:00, 00:08:27, date: Monday, March 30, 2020 6:22:00 AM CEST

Coronavirus outbreak: situation worsening in US. Johnson tasted positive

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 8:17:00 AM CEST

Many Italian media report prominently that the coronavirus outbreak continued to worsen around the world, while in Italy the situation seems more stable and the peak might be now very close. The US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country. According to the latest figures, the US overtook China and Italy. New York is the coronavirus epicentre in the US. The nation's top infectious disease expert said that based on models, the US could eventually see 200,000 or more deaths from the novel coronavirus, an article in La Stampa notes. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street, while the number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped by more than 100 in a day for the first time. While the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a vaccine will not be ready before 18 months. 3,800 more than yesterday, peak getting increasingly close. On Sunday, Italy reported more than 3,800 new coronavirus cases. The country also registered 756 deaths. Contagions seemed stable, which means that the outbreak is getting increasingly close to its peak. Worse, the healthcare system in Italy is in a bad shape, with medical workers stretched thin and many of them infected. Experts are now worried about southern Italy, where the coronavirus outbreak might worsen soon. This is why local authorities in the area are closely monitoring the situation and imposing a strict quarantine. An article in Corriere della Sera notes that Italy’s authorities should also prepare to keep those who were infected by the virus but healed under control. This phase must be well organised, in order to prevent a second wave of the outbreak, Professor Carlo Signorelli stresses in an interview with Il Messaggero. The government cannot just reopen businesses and school, a long phase of “almost-normality” is needed, in order to make it possible to monitor the situation and prevent new hotbeds, an editorial in Corriere della Sera notes. In an interview with La Stampa, Milan’s mayor Beppe Sala says Italy needs a new constituent assembly to solve the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak and boost its growth and economy when the situation is back to normal. Lombardy continues to see by far the most cases as well as the most deaths from the virus. Its industries should be shut down to help containing the contagion. People should also be monitored more efficiently. Meanwhile, Albania flew a team of 30 doctors and nurses to Italy to help it deal with the coronavirus pandemic, an article in La Repubblica notes. In an interview with La Stampa, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama says it is time to make a major effort and act to face and solve the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has helped Albania since it faced a number of crisis after toppling communism. Now it is time for Albania to return the favour.

3,800 more than yesterday, peak getting increasingly close / 3800 contagi in più di ieri, il che fa pensare che il picco sia vicino km-Canale-5-IT: "3,800 more than yesterday, peak getting increasingly close / 3800 ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-30 02:24:00, 00:02:11, by Tito Giliberto date: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:24:00 AM CEST

Civil protection numbers must be interpreted, virus' strength must be understood / I numeri della protezione civile vanno interpretati e va capita la forza del virus km-Canale-5-IT: "Civil protection numbers must be interpreted, virus' strength must be ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-30 02:26:00, 00:02:05, by Federico Marietti date: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:26:00 AM CEST

Concern over central, southern Italy. Controls intensify / Preoccupazione per il centro e sud italia e i controlli si intensificano km-Canale-5-IT: "Concern over central, southern Italy. Controls intensify / Preoccupazione per ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-30 02:34:00, 00:02:04, by Alberto Cappato date: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:34:00 AM CEST

Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna worst affected regions, criticism over government's aid for households / Lombardia, Veneto e Emilia Romagna sono le regioni più colpite, critiche per gli aiuti del governo per le famiglie km-Canale-5-IT: "Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna worst affected regions, criticism over government's ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-30 02:28:00, 00:04:22, by Alberto Duval date: Monday, March 30, 2020 2:28:00 AM CEST

Mistakes to avoid "after" / Gli errori da evitare sul "dopo" km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Mistakes to avoid "after" / Gli errori da evitare sul ..." page: 1,9 info: by di Antonio Polito date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Who will monitor former patients? / Chi controllerà gli ex pazienti? km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Who will monitor former patients? / Chi controllerà gli ex ..." page: 1,9 info: by di Marco Imarisio date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Second phase must be organised in order to prevent second wave" / «Va pianificata la fase successiva per scongiurare la seconda ondata» km-Messaggero-IT: ""Second phase must be organised in order to prevent second ..." page: 6 info: by Graziella Melina © RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA date: Monday, March 30, 2020

US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any other country, Trump signs $2200-billion aid plan / Gli Stati Uniti sono ora il paese con il maggior numero di casi, Trump ha firmato un piano di aiuti da 2200 miliardi di dollari km-Rai-News-24-IT: "US now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than any ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-03-28 03:13:00, 00:01:39, by Claudio Pagliara date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:13:00 AM CET

WHO confirms 18 months needed for vaccine, but treatments still needed / L’Oms afferma che ci vorranno 18 mesi per un vaccino, ma sono necessarie le terapie km-Rai-News-24-IT: "WHO confirms 18 months needed for vaccine, but treatments still ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-03-28 03:13:00, 00:00:42, by ND date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:13:00 AM CET

Prime Minister Rama's beautiful fable / La favola bella del premier Rama km-Repubblica-IT: "Prime Minister Rama's beautiful fable / La favola bella del ..." page: 1,29 info: by di Francesco Merlo date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Sala: new Constituent against virus  / Sala: contro il virus, una nuova Costituente km-Stampa-IT: "Sala: new Constituent against virus / Sala: contro il virus, ..." page: 1-3 info: by Maurizio Molinari Maurizio Molinari date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič, EU Crisis Management Commissioner: “We must freeze Europe for 2 months”

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 8:18:00 AM CEST

In an interview with lastampa.it, Commissioner Janez Lenarčič says there is not room for selfishness in this crisis. The European Commission called for a common and coordinated response to the coronavirus emergency in January, but member states chose to act without the EU’s support. Some of the measures they launched, like closing borders, were wrong and that was when the EU decided to intervene. Indeed, the EU did not lack in solidarity in the past few weeks. Now economic solidarity is needed too. Member states must understand that they cannot face and solve the crisis alone. A common plan is needed.

Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "We must freeze Europe for 2 months" / Il commissario Ue per la gestione delle crisi: “fermiamo l'Europa due mesi” km-lastampa.it-IT: "Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "We must freeze Europe for 2 ..." info: by MARCO BRESOLIN date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: “The EU is facing a major emergency”

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 10:23:00 AM CEST

La Repubblica features an interview with Commissioner Kyriakides, who, the newspaper points out, has to face a major Europe-wide emergency almost unarmed, as on matters of health member state governments have never handed over powers to Brussels. Europeans are dealing with major difficulties, says the Commissioner, although they are also showing that they are able to cope. The EU is doing its best to help. For instance, it allocated €140 million to 17 different teams that are working on a vaccine. The situation is surreal, the EU has never had to deal with something like this before. This crisis will have consequences on the EU and on our society in general. This is why Ms Kyriakides is calling on member states to work together on common measures.

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: “We must solve emergency together" / Kyriakides: "Bisogna uscire tutti insieme dall'emergenza" km-Repubblica-IT: "Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: “We must solve emergency together" / ..." page: 7 info: by Alberto D'Argenio date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia grows by 42 to 347

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, with another 42 patients diagnosed Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, the total number of cases in Latvia has grown to 347, according to information released by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Altogether, 1,046 people were tested for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours as the total number of Covid-19 tests conducted so far reached 13,805. The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control informed that 21 persons infected with Covid-19 have been hospitalised, with three persons in relatively serious condition and are currently dependent on ventilators.

Number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia grows by 42 to 347 / Covid-19: Latvijā reģistrēti jau 347 saslimšanas gadījumi km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia grows by 42 to ..." info: by www.DELFI.lv date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Britain misses opportunity to bid for EU lung ventilation equipment

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, Downing Street was forced to admit that it had failed to get involved in a lung ventilation system purchase scheme organised by the European Union. Initially, it was claimed that Britain was no longer part of the European Union and that the country had begun to carry out its own activities. But later, the government had to admit that it simply had not received the email and had missed the application deadline. However, in the future, participation in such projects will be considered, at least during the transitional period. The European Union is currently trying to join forces in order to procure the necessary equipment and medical equipment in an organised manner.

Britain misses opportunity to bid for EU lung ventilation equipment / Lielbritānija palaidusi garām iespēju piedalīties ES plaušu ventilācijas iekārtu iepirkumā km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Britain misses opportunity to bid for EU lung ventilation equipment ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2020-03-29 18:02:00, 00:04:12, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:02:00 PM CEST

Man critical from COVID-19 as schools shut till September

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:59:00 AM CEST

Local media reported today that yesterday two new coronavirus cases were confirmed following a record 585 swabs, bringing the total in Malta to 151 cases to date since the first case was registered three weeks ago. Superintendent for Public Health, Charmaine Gauci, warned against any complacency ‘inspired’ by the small number of confirmed cases. Gauci said that the containment was going well, but these were the early stages of the curve and stressed that vulnerable people in particular need to stay indoors. Gauci also said that the superintendence was piloting a project by which a number of tests for every run of testing included a batch from volunteers who had not exhibited symptoms. The Sunday Times of Malta yesterday also announced that schools would remain closed until next academic year and exams would be cancelled. Health Minister Chris Fearne said Malta had been singled out by the World Health Organisation as an example of good practice whilst Public Health Superintendent Charmaine Gauci said efforts to contain the outbreak were so far having the desired results, with the number of cases staying within the health service’s capacity to cope. TVM yesterday reported tha Prime Minister Robert Abela said that changes to COVID-19 measures for the elderly and the vulnerable, announced on Friday, had followed unanimous Cabinet and Health Authorities approval. Interviewed on One TV, Dr. Abela said that this is an unprecedented situation and referred to comments by the World Health Organisation that Malta’s efforts should serve as a model to other countries. Nonetheless, he stressed that the coming weeks were still crucial and everyone should continue to make an extra effort.

Ghaxar kazi godda ta’ COVID-19… Malta meqjusa bhala mudell mill-WHO km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Ghaxar kazi godda ta’ COVID-19… Malta meqjusa bhala mudell mill-WHO..." page: 8 info: by Melvin Farrugia date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Robert Abela: "Jekk ma nobdux illum ma ngawdux is-sajf" / Robert Abela: "Jekk ma nobdux illum ma ngawdux is-sajf" km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Robert Abela: "Jekk ma nobdux illum ma ngawdux is-sajf" / ..." page: 1,3 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Three weeks after first case, number limbs to 149; one critical / Three weeks after first case, number limbs to 149; one critical km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Three weeks after first case, number limbs to 149; one ..." page: 1,2 info: by Albert Galea date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

No room for complacency, authorities warn, as two new cases are confirmed / No room for complacency, authorities warn, as two new cases are confirmed km-Malta-Independent-MT: "No room for complacency, authorities warn, as two new cases ..." page: 1,2 info: by Shona Berger date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Man critical from COVID-19 as schools shut till September / Man critical from COVID-19 as schools shut till September km-Malta-Times-MT: "Man critical from COVID-19 as schools shut till September / ..." page: 1 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Record 585 tests in 24 hours, two new cases / Record 585 tests in 24 hours, two new cases km-Malta-Times-MT: "Record 585 tests in 24 hours, two new cases / ..." page: 1,2 info: by Jessica Arena date: Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19 shuts down Malta’s schools till June in sign of prolonged lockdown / COVID-19 shuts down Malta’s schools till June in sign of prolonged lockdown km-Malta-Today-MT: "COVID-19 shuts down Malta’s schools till June in sign of ..." page: 1-7 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

No room for complacency, authorities warn as two COVID cases are found / No room for complacency, authorities warn as two COVID cases are found km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "No room for complacency, authorities warn as two COVID cases ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Malta has now had 151 COVID 19 cases since the first case was regis-tered three weeks ago / Jitilgħu għal 151 il-pazjenti infettati bil-Coronavirus f’Malta fi żmien tliet ġimgħat km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Malta has now had 151 COVID 19 cases since the ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-03-29 06:08:00, 00:03:27, by Mario Micallef date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:08:00 AM CEST

We listened to the people and fine-tuned the measures - PM / Rajna r-reazjoni tal-poplu u rfinajna l-mizuri – Il-PM km-TVM-Malta-MT: "We listened to the people and fine-tuned the measures - ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2020-03-29 06:09:00, 00:02:27, by Daphne Cassar date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:09:00 AM CEST

EP approves urgent measures on COVID-19

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:13:00 AM CEST

L-Orizzont on Saturday gave back-page prominence to the news that, during an extraordinary plenary session on Thursday, the European Parliament approved three urgent proposals as part of the EU’s joint reaction to COVID-19. The measures, aimed at helping citizens and businesses deal with the present crisis, were adopted almost unanimously in less than two weeks after the Commission presented its proposals. The measures include the sum of €37 billion aimed at assisting citizens, regions and countries that are hit the worst by the pandemic. The funds will be given to health care services, SMEs, the employment market and the vulnerable parts of the economy in member states. The proposal was approved with 683 in favour, one against and four abstentions.

EP approves urgent measures on COVID-19 / EP approves urgent measures on COVID-19 km-L-Orizzont-MT: "EP approves urgent measures on COVID-19 / EP approves urgent ..." page: 20 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Malta is on the right track and an example to follow – WHO regional director

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Monday, March 30, 2020 5:16:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent today reported that according to World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Director of Europe, Hans Kluge, “Malta is on the right track and an example to follow” in dealing with the coronavirus crisis. Kluge congratulated Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne in a tweet on Twitter regarding the “public health measures” that the government has taken in order to ensure the safety of citizens and fight against the virus. He described Malta as being among one of WHO’s main collaborators. Malta was the first country Kluge visited in October 2019 as Regional Director (Nominee), and his visit entailed meeting Minister Fearne.

Malta is on the right track and an example to follow – WHO regional director / Malta is on the right track and an example to follow – WHO regional director km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Malta is on the right track and an example to ..." page: 4 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Manufacturers are unable to meet global demand for breathing devices"

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:48:00 AM CEST

Accroding to Drägerwerk CEO Stefan Dräger, the manufacturers of breathing devices will never be able to deliver their products in time. Mr Dräger says the companies are unlikely to make up for the shortage of breathing devices for coronavirus patients. He fears a "political escalation" between the EU and the US.

"Manufacturers will not be able to solve shortage of breathing equipment" / ‘Fabrikanten lossen tekort aan beademingsapparatuur niet op’ km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: ""Manufacturers will not be able to solve shortage of breathing ..." page: 7 info: by Gerben van der Marel date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Union forms rescEU to stockpile the medical equipment

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita daily reports that the European Commission announced a successful tender for personal protection equipment indispensable to wage the fight with the coronavirus. The tender involved 25 EU member states except for Poland but the country is to participate in the next joint EU tender for ventilators. Contracts for the equipment are to be signed in the next days and two weeks later the supplies of personal protection equipment are to be initiated. The Commission also decided to form the first in the history rescEU medical equipment stockpiles. Crisis Management Commissioner Lenarčič explains that the stockpiles will be used for supporting EU member states that fall short of the equipment needed to treat the infected patients, protect the employees of medical services and to arrest the spread of the coronavirus.

EU stocpiles medical equipment / UE gromadzi zapasy sprzętu km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "EU stocpiles medical equipment / UE gromadzi zapasy sprzętu..." page: 15 info: by ANTOSIEWICZ MARTYNA date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa warns: EU must change its manufacturing organisation

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

While visiting Portuguese technological centres that changed their production framework to respond to the need for more medical and individual protection equipment, Portuguese Prime Minister Costa spoke about Europe’s need to reinvent manufacturing, Público reports. “Europe will have to reinvent its manufacturing organisation because it cannot take, again, the risk of entering into a framework of disruption”, said Mr Costa. “The global hyper-centralisation of manufacturing of a series of products and raw materials is dramatic. Europe will need to reorganise its manufacturing organisation to ensure a shorter, closer, and more secure supply chain," he added.

"Europe will have to reinvent manufacturing" / "A Europa vai ter de reinventar a produção" km-Publico-PT: ""Europe will have to reinvent manufacturing" / "A Europa vai ..." page: 4 info: by Nuno Ribeiro date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:57:00 AM CEST

TVR1 TV channel reports that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus and was self-isolating in Downing Street. In a video message posted on his Instagram account, Boris Johnson said he had experienced mild symptoms and that he would continue to lead the government, according to Antena3 TV channel. Realitatea.net writes that Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed on Friday that he had also tested positive. “Thankfully my symptoms are mild and I’m working from home and self-isolating,” Mr Hancock said in a video message posted on his Twitter account.

Boris Johnson, infected with the new coronavirus / Ştirile Antena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Boris Johnson, infected with the new coronavirus / Ştirile Antena3..." info: Ştirile Antena3, 2020-03-27 14:34:00, 00:00:51, by Coman Maria date: Friday, March 27, 2020 2:34:00 PM CET

Boris Johnson's letter to the British people written in self-isolation: Things will get worse / Epistola lui Boris Johnson către britanici, scrisă în auto-izolare: Lucrurile se vor înrăutăți km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Boris Johnson's letter to the British people written in self-isolation: ..." info: by DG HotNews.ro date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-27 14:01:00, 00:00:54, by Dumitrescu Cristina date: Friday, March 27, 2020 2:01:00 PM CET

Coronavirus: British Health Minister tests positive / Coronavirus: Ministrul britanic al Sănătăţii, testat pozitiv la rândul său km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Coronavirus: British Health Minister tests positive / Coronavirus: Ministrul britanic ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus / Premierul britanic, Boris Johnson, are coronavirus - Anunțul VIDEO făcut pe twitter km-Realitatea.net-RO: "British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus / ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus / Boris Johnson, testat pozitiv cu coronavirus km-rfi.ro-RO: "Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus / Boris Johnson, testat ..." info: by Serban Georgescu date: Friday, March 27, 2020

British Prime Minister, infected with Covid-19 / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "British Prime Minister, infected with Covid-19 / Telejurnal..." info: Telejurnal, 2020-03-27 20:36:00, 00:01:05, by Tudor Radu date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:36:00 PM CET

European Council President Charles Michel announced EU priorities

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 7:33:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday that the European Union EU was prioritizing maintaining open borders for goods, and finding a coronavirus vaccine. He delivered the statement at the EU leaders’ video conference on COVID-19 on 26 March, according to Realitatea.net. “Our priority is to reduce the non-essential travel of people but at the same time to guarantee the flow of goods, which is very important in order to avoid shortages and to protect as much as possible the single market,” Charles Michel told the video news conference. President von der Leyen, who participated in the video conference, talked about a strategy to exit the crisis. “We will develop such an exit strategy for our European Union. This should be based on a science-based protocol, proposing when and how to move away from, for example, the social distancing measures,” President von der Leyen said, according to Antena3 TV channel. Meanwhile, News.ro repors that Romania and other member states had required flexibility in order to finance their medical systems and economies.

US, the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak / Ştirile Antena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "US, the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak / Ştirile Antena3..." info: Ştirile Antena3, 2020-03-27 12:46:00, 00:03:57, by Câmpean Nadina date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:46:00 PM CET

EU tele-summit during the pandemic / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "EU tele-summit during the pandemic / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2020-03-27 09:42:00, 00:01:40, by Ciurlea Ioana date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:42:00 AM CET

EU priorities / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "EU priorities / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-03-27 08:33:00, 00:00:59, by Negoiţă Alexandra date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:33:00 AM CET

Coronavirus: EU prioritizes free movement of goods and finding a vaccine / Coronavirus: UE prioritizează circulația liberă a mărfurilor și găsirea unui vaccin km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Coronavirus: EU prioritizes free movement of goods and finding a ..." info: by S.J. HotNews.ro date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Ministry of European Funds: Romania and other EU countries demand flexibility to finance the medical system and the economy / Ministerul Fondurilor Europene: România şi celelalte ţări UE solicită flexibilitate pentru a finanţa sistemul medical şi economia km-news.ro-RO: "Ministry of European Funds: Romania and other EU countries demand ..." info: by Alina Oprea date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus. Announcement by the President of the European Council: EU prioritizes free movement of goods and finding a vaccine / Coronavirus. ANUNȚ făcut de președintele Consiliului European: UE prioritizează circulația liberă a mărfurilor și găsirea unui vaccin km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Coronavirus. Announcement by the President of the European Council: EU ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Medical protective equipment bought with EU money

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

News.ro writes that Romania’s local authorities and medical units can purchase medical and protective equipment and that these purchases will be covered by European funds up to a limit of €350 million, according to European Funds Minister Marcel Boloş. He told Digi24 TV channel on Sunday that he had scheduled a meeting with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to discuss ways to cover the costs for the purchase of protective equipment for medical staff.

Boloş: Medical and protection equipment covered by EU funds / Boloş: Echipamente medicale şi de protecţie medicală vor fi decontate din fonduri europene km-news.ro-RO: "Boloş: Medical and protection equipment covered by EU funds / ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus patients could be transferred from one member state to another

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:56:00 AM CEST

Digi FM radio station reports that the European Commission was considering the option of transferring patients infected with the new coronavirus. The Commission said it hoped that the member states whose health care systems had been less affected by the COVID-19 outbreak were willing to take in coronavirus patients. A proposal in this regard was made by a leading Paris-based emergency doctor, who requested the transfer of several French patients to other countries.

European patients, possibly transferred to other countries / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "European patients, possibly transferred to other countries / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-03-27 15:33:00, 00:00:31, by Chisoceanu Valentin date: Friday, March 27, 2020 3:33:00 PM CET

Official report for Slovenia: 11 deaths and 730 infections

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:50:00 AM CEST

During the weekend, Slovenia recorded five more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the tally up to 11, STA, RTVSLO, and Radio Slovenija 1 report. So far, after 20,753 medical tests, 730 SARS-CoV-2 infections have been recorded in Slovenia, 101 out of which have been hospitalised; 23 in intensive care. The virus is causing a lot of trouble in nursing homes, seeing that as many as 83 residents and 23 employees of seven Slovenian nursing homes have altogether tested positive for the virus, STA, RTVSLO, Radio Slovenija 1, and TV Slovenija 1 report. Meanwhile, the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport communicated that the suspension of all activities in all Slovenian schools and nurseries would not end on 17 April, RTVSLO reports. It will continue indefinitely. Over the weekend, Italy’s COVID-19 death toll exceeded 10,000 after recording as many as 899 deaths in a single 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday, STA, RTVSLO, and 24ur report. The state has altogether recorded almost 100,000 infections. In a 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday, Spain recorded a record 838 COVID-19 deaths, bringing the tally up to 6528. Spain has so far recorded about 80,000 infections.

Global number of people infected on the rise. 838 people die in a single day in Spain / Po svetu narašča število okuženih, v Španiji v enem dnevu umrlo 838 ljudi km-24ur.com-SI: "Global number of people infected on the rise. 838 people ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

More than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in Italy / V Italiji že več kot 10.000 smrtnih žrtev covida-19 km-24ur.com-SI: "More than 10,000 COVID-19 deaths in Italy / V Italiji ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

730 people infected / Okuženih je 730 ljudi km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "730 people infected / Okuženih je 730 ljudi..." info: Dogodki in odmevi, 2020-03-29 16:34:00, 00:03:00, by Erna Strniša date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:34:00 PM CEST

More than 80 residents of seven retirement homes infected / Okuženih več kot 80 starostnikov v sedmih domovih za starejše km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "More than 80 residents of seven retirement homes infected / ..." info: Zrcalo dneva, 2020-03-28 22:01:00, 00:05:00, by Erna Strniša date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:01:00 PM CET

83 residents and 23 employees on retirement homes infected / V domovih za starejše okuženih že 83 oskrbovancev in 23 zaposlenih km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "83 residents and 23 employees on retirement homes infected / ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Two new deaths; University Medical Centre Ljubljana warning; Too many unnecessary injuries / Dve novi smrtni žrtvi; UKC opozarja: Preveč nepotrebnih poškodb km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Two new deaths; University Medical Centre Ljubljana warning; Too many ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Pandemic’s death toll in Italy exceeds 10,000 / Število žrtev pandemije v Italiji preseglo 10 tisoč km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Pandemic’s death toll in Italy exceeds 10,000 / Število žrtev ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

6,528 dead in Spain; The Netherlands calls off 600,000 Chinese maska / V Španiji 6.528 mrtvih; Nizozemska odpoklicala 600.000 kitajskih mask km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "6,528 dead in Spain; The Netherlands calls off 600,000 Chinese ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Schools and nurseries to remain closed for longer than just 17 April / Šole in vrtci bodo ostali zaprti dlje kot do 17. aprila km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Schools and nurseries to remain closed for longer than just ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

More than 80 eldery in seven retirement homes infected / Z novim koronavirusom okuženih že več kot 80 starostnikov v sedmih domovih za starejše km-sta.si-SI: "More than 80 eldery in seven retirement homes infected / ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

New daily record of COVID-19 deaths in Spain / V Španiji z novim dnevnim rekordom smrti zaradi covida-19 km-sta.si-SI: "New daily record of COVID-19 deaths in Spain / V ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Italy records over 10,000 COVID-19 deaths / V Italiji že več kot 10.000 smrtnih žrtev covida-19 km-sta.si-SI: "Italy records over 10,000 COVID-19 deaths / V Italiji že ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Another 756 victims of novel coronavirus in Italy / V Italiji še 756 žrtev novega koronavirusa km-sta.si-SI: "Another 756 victims of novel coronavirus in Italy / V ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Retirement homes hit the most  / Domovi za starejše so najbolj na udaru km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Retirement homes hit the most / Domovi za starejše so ..." info: Poročila ob petih, 2020-03-27 17:03:00, 00:10:00, by Aleksandra Trupej date: Friday, March 27, 2020 5:03:00 PM CET

Movement restricted to municipalities

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the Slovenian Government adopted the Ordinance on the temporary general prohibition of movement and public gathering in public places and areas in the Republic of Slovenia and the prohibition of movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence, STA note, RTVSLO, 24ur, Dnevnik, Večer and Radio Slovenija 1 note. The decree has entered into force at midnight. The Ordinance provides for some exceptions, including for coming to work, performing agricultural activities and caring for family members. According to Interior Minister Aleš Hojs, the Government was forced to tighten restrictions on movement after a sunny, "tourist" Saturday. "We are concerned about the next six to ten days, as Saturday’s trips of numerous Slovenians throughout the country will once again contribute to the spread of the disease,” Mr Hojs said. In the meantime, according to the new ordinance, the citizens will also have to wear protective masks indoors. In the meantime, Radio Slovenija 1 reports the Article 104 also provides for the possibility of controlling an individual in quarantine via a mobile phone but only with his consent.

Minister Hojs: No more trips to the sea, to the mountains, walks around Lake Bled or Bohinj / Hojs: Ni več izletov na morje, v gore, pohajkovanj ob Blejskem ali Bohinjskem jezeru km-24ur.com-SI: "Minister Hojs: No more trips to the sea, to the ..." info: by Tina Švajger date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Movement will be even less free / Gibanje bo še manj svobodno km-Dnevnik-SI: "Movement will be even less free / Gibanje bo še ..." page: 1 info: by Klemen Košak date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Movement will be even less free / Gibanje bo še manj svobodno km-Dnevnik-SI: "Movement will be even less free / Gibanje bo še ..." page: 4 info: by Klemen Košak date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Quarantine surveillance / Nadzor v karanteni km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Quarantine surveillance / Nadzor v karanteni..." info: Radijski dnevnik, 2020-03-29 20:07:00, 00:03:00, by Nataša Mulec date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:07:00 PM CEST

Ban on movement outside the municipality of residence since midnight / Od polnoči prepoved gibanja zunaj občine prebivališča km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Ban on movement outside the municipality of residence since midnight ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Proposal to extend powers of the police and prohibit leaving the municipality / Predlog širjenja pooblastil policiji in prepoved zapuščanja občine km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Proposal to extend powers of the police and prohibit leaving ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Movement restricted to municipalities / Od polnoči prepoved gibanja izven občine prebivališča (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Movement restricted to municipalities / Od polnoči prepoved gibanja izven ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Measures / Findings / Koronavirus: Ukrepi/ugotovitve km-Vecer-SI: "Coronavirus: Measures / Findings / Koronavirus: Ukrepi/ugotovitve..." page: 1 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Citizens to wear protective masks indoors / V zaprtih javnih prostorih samo še z masko km-Vecer-SI: "Citizens to wear protective masks indoors / V zaprtih javnih ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

A group of 40 Slovenians arriving to Slovenia from Madrid quarantined in Postojna

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

The group of 40 Slovenians that arrived to Slovenia from Madrid on Sunday has already been quarantined at the Epic Hotel in Postojna, Delo, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur and TV Slovenija report. They have not yet been tested but the authorities plan to test them today or in the next few days. Postojna Mayor Igor Marentič told STA that the passengers were very tired but also extremely disciplined. Immediately after arriving at the Ljubljana Airport, the group was placed in two military buses. In Postojna, they were greeted by representatives of civil protection and the Red Cross.

40 Slovenians arriving from Spain quarantined in a hotel in Postojna / Skupino 40 Slovencev iz Španije namestili v postojnski hotel km-24ur.com-SI: "40 Slovenians arriving from Spain quarantined in a hotel in ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Second group quarantined in Postojna / Druga skupina je v karanteni v Postojni km-Delo-SI: "Second group quarantined in Postojna / Druga skupina je v ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Slovenians from Madrid already quarantined in Postojna, hundreds of Slovenian want to return home / Slovenci iz Madrida v Postojni, vrnitve si želi še več sto državljanov km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Slovenians from Madrid already quarantined in Postojna, hundreds of Slovenian ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

40 Slovenians arriving from Spain quarantined in a hotel in Postojna / Skupino 40 Slovencev iz Španije namestili v postojnski hotel km-sta.si-SI: "40 Slovenians arriving from Spain quarantined in a hotel in ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Numerous people quarantined in Postojna / Več ljudi v postojnski karanteni km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Numerous people quarantined in Postojna / Več ljudi v postojnski ..." info: Prvi dnevnik, 2020-03-29 14:09:00, 00:02:00, by Žan Dolajš date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 2:09:00 PM CEST

Coronavirus strikes UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:22:00 AM CEST

The UK's response to the coronavirus pandemic was upended on Friday when Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his top health minister tested positive for the infection, and his chief medical adviser self-isolated after displaying symptoms, STA, Delo, Dnevnik and Večer report. Johnson announced his diagnosis in a remarkable video posted on social media, in which he said he would continue to lead the UK Government's efforts from self-isolation in an apartment on Downing Street. Minutes later, his Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, also said he had the virus and would work from home. Numerous world leaders, including European Council President Michel, have wished Mr Johnson a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, another article published by STA reports that in a letter to his fellow citizens, Mr Johnson wrote that the situation with the outbreak of the new coronavirus would only get worse. He urged them to stay home and to follow the instructions from those responsible for curbing the spread of the virus.

First, but certainly not the last / Prvi, a gotovo ne zadnji km-Delo-SI: "First, but certainly not the last / Prvi, a gotovo ..." page: 28 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus strikes UK top officials / Virus je udaril tudi v britanski vrh km-Dnevnik-SI: "Coronavirus strikes UK top officials / Virus je udaril tudi ..." page: 24 info: by Brane Kastelic date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus strikes UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson / Z novim koronavirusom okužen tudi britanski premier Johnson (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Coronavirus strikes UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson / Z novim ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

You too, Boris? / Tudi ti, Boris? km-Vecer-SI: "You too, Boris? / Tudi ti, Boris?..." page: 9 info: by Vojislav Bercko date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Prime Minister Sánchez to "hibernate" Spanish economy in bid to avoid overload of hospitals

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:12:00 AM CEST

Several media report that at an extraordinary meeting on Sunday, the Spanish Cabinet agreed to implement the stricter lockdown measures that were announced the night before by Prime Minister Sánchez, in yet another bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus and thus ease the congestion in Spanish intensive care units (ICUs). The agreed measures will see all non-essential workers also confined to their homes, from 30 March to 9 April included. This move comes in addition to the confinement of most residents in Spain that was put in place two weeks ago under the state of alarm declared by the Cabinet on 14 March. The latest figures released by the Health Ministry on Sunday showed that a total of 6,528 people in the country have now died from the coronavirus.

Sanchez hibernates the economy to prevent health collapse / Sánchez hiberna la economía para evitar el colapso sanitario km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Sanchez hibernates the economy to prevent health collapse / Sánchez ..." page: 1,18-19 info: by Cinco Días date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Prime Minister Sánchez to "hibernate" Spanish economy in bid to avoid overload of hospitals / Sánchez ordena la “hibernación” económica para evitar el colapso sanitario km-Pais-ES: "Prime Minister Sánchez to "hibernate" Spanish economy in bid to ..." page: 1,12-13 info: by C. E. CUÉ/A. MAQUEDA date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Total lockdown / Parón total km-Periodico-ES: "Total lockdown / Parón total..." page: 1-3 info: by Iolanda Mármol date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sanchez orders "hibernation" in the face of autonomy that raises his voice / Sánchez ordena la "hibernación" ante unas autonomías que alzan su voz km-Vanguardia-ES: "Sanchez orders "hibernation" in the face of autonomy that raises ..." page: 1,12-13 info: by Sin especificar date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "Without solidarity, the EU will not control the epidemic"

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:11:00 AM CEST

In an interview with El País, Commissioner Lenarčič comments on the coronavirus crisis and the European Union's response. He highlights that the EU is trying to join forces in key areas to tackle the emergency, areas where Brussels has little competence, such as health policy, civil protection or border control. "We have to coordinate our measures because it is an illusion to think that it will be possible to get the outbreak under control just by closing a country," Mr Lenarčič warns. The immediate response of EU countries has led to a lot of criticism. He also warns that some countries - "two or three", according to the Commissioner - are maintaining restrictions on exports of medical equipment. The Commission is also trying to fight the perception that aid is arriving earlier from China or Russia than from other EU partners. "The European Union was the first to help China when it activated the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism at the beginning of February to send them equipment," he recalls. Commissioner Lenarčič believes that in "a matter of weeks" the "peak" could occur in the countries where the outbreak manifested itself earlier. "It does not only depend on governments, not only on the European institutions, but to a large extent it depends on each citizen. If people take it seriously, I believe it will take less time to bring the outbreak under control. And the other way around," he says.

Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "Without solidarity, the EU will not control the epidemic" / “Sin solidaridad, la UE no controlará la epidemia” km-Pais-ES: "Interview with Commissioner Lenarčič: "Without solidarity, the EU will not ..." page: 23 info: by Lluís Pellicer date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Spanish Government to open an air corridor with China for medical supply

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:13:00 AM CEST

La Vanguardia reports that there will be a new air corridor between Spain and China to provide medical supplies, after the request of some regional governments. Spain has bought medical equipments for €432 million and it is expected to arrive from this weekend on. The Spanish Government has also announced the new arrival of Spanish tourists stranded abroad. The European Civil Protection Mechanism will allow the repatriation of a plane with 400 Spaniard tourists and 50 from other European countries from Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Government to open an air corridor with China for medical supply / El Gobierno abrirá un corredor aéreo con China para el material sanitario km-Vanguardia-ES: "Government to open an air corridor with China for medical ..." page: 12 info: by CARMEN DEL RIEGO Madrid date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus continues to ravage EU, news and opinions

[Sweden, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 5:59:00 AM CEST

Expressen.se reports that Italy has been isolated for almost three weeks as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. During those three weeks, the number of people who have died due to the coronavirus has increased from 463 to over 10,000. Dissatisfaction and desperation are growing among the Italian population as some citizens have according to reports begun to steal food due to the lack of money. Italian Prime Minister Conte has now announced that a crisis package is underway, with EUR 4.30 billion going to municipalities and EUR 400 million earmarked to people who do not have money to buy necessities. Meanwhile, Mr Conte also criticised Commission President von der Leyen by saying that she underestimates the need for action during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In an analysis in Göteborgs-Posten, Jan Höglund writes that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is the EU’s biggest challenge. Cohesion, solidarity and values are being tested. Member states have thus far not managed to agree on the main issues of the coronavirus crisis, which means that conditions for cooperation might change after the pandemic. Even before the crisis, the EU was divided by the UK’s exit and did not agree on strategic paths for the future. Commission President von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are faced with a task that might be impossible, namely develop an action plan for how society can return to normal after the crisis.Sofia Nerbrand writes in an editorial in Norran that cooperation within the EU has given people peace and freedom, but the ongoing coronavirus crisis has led to a situation in which each country is out for themselves. Member states must open their borders and restore trust in democracy, openness, science and free trade. Otherwise, humanity risks being thrown back to its historic normal state of armed conflicts and poverty. Therefore, it is crucial that cooperation within the EU is safeguarded and nurtured by all member states. One must remember that a virus knows no national borders.

Desperation in Italy - out of food and money / Desperation i Italien – slut på pengar och mat km-espressen.se-SE: "Desperation in Italy - out of food and money / ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Jan Höglund: Crisis is EU's biggest challenge / Jan Höglund: Krisen är EU:s största utmaning km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Jan Höglund: Crisis is EU's biggest challenge / Jan Höglund: ..." page: 34 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

More cooperation is needed during corona times / I coronatider krävs mer samarbete km-Norran-SE: "More cooperation is needed during corona times / I coronatider ..." page: 2 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

HOME_AFFAIRS

Commissioner Reynders expresses his worries about repatriation

[Belgium, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

EU nationals stuck abroad make headlines in several sources. La Dernière Heure writes that Commissioner Reynders is worried about the sanitary evolution in India and Africa, where some European citizens are still waiting to be repatriated: "We may have to take evacuation measures," he says. He states that the plans are developed at the European level: "We carry operations via the help of third countries." Europeans living abroad are advised to stay where they are, contrary to tourists. Lalibre.be also quotes Commissioner Reynders: "We try to get people back on commercial flights. If there are none, we consider repatriation flights."

"We cannot charter a plane for some persons only" / "On ne peut affréter un avion pour quelques personnes" km-Derniere-Heure-BE: ""We cannot charter a plane for some persons only" / ..." page: 12 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Didier Reynders: "We can gather a group of Europeans to repatraite. But Belgique will not charter a flight alone for a few people" / Didier Reynders: "On peut regrouper un grand nombre d’Européens pour les rapatrier. Mais la Belgique ne va pas affréter seule un avion pour quelques personnes" km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Didier Reynders: "We can gather a group of Europeans to ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europol warns of rise to crimes of an entirely new type

[Bulgaria, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:03:00 AM CEST

The coronavirus pandemic changes not just people’s everyday life but also the approach of criminals. Europol warns of an expected rise to crimes of an entirely new type, BNR reports. Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle commented that organised crime groups were taking advantage of people’s fears and questions. “Police statistics show a drastic increase to online frauds,” Ms De Bolle says. She explains that there were fake messages from the World Health Organisation spreading, as well as requests for donations which gather consumer data from the electronic devices upon opening. Europol’s Executive Director furthermore stated that the critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and stores, was becoming subject of attacks. Fake masks, medicines and coronavirus tests are also being offered.

Europol warns of rise to crimes of an entirely new type / Европол предупреждава за нарастване на посегателства от съвсем нов тип km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Europol warns of rise to crimes of an entirely new ..." info: Newscast, 2020-03-29 21:35:00, 00:02:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 9:35:00 PM CEST

Европол: Престъпленията растат стремително km-clubz.bg-BG: "Европол: Престъпленията растат стремително..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Рязък спад на престъпността в Италия, Европол обаче отчита стремителен ръст km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Рязък спад на престъпността в Италия, Европол обаче отчита стремителен ръст..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Europol: Crimes are increasing because of the coronavirus / Европол: Престъпленията нарастват заради коронавируса km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Europol: Crimes are increasing because of the coronavirus / Европол: ..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Commission proceeds to budget increase for repatriation flights and RescEU stockpile

[Greece, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that the Commission proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available so as to assist EU member states to repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Hahn stated that the measure announced is yet another illustration of how the EU budget can add value when and where needed the most. It is also an illustration of European solidarity and cooperation at its best, Mr Hahn remarked. On his side, Commissioner Lenarčič thanked EU member states for their efforts during the repatriation process. Thanks to repatriation flights that were organised through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and were co-financed by the EU, some 2,312 people have been already repatriated to Europe. At the same time, the Commission proposal will increase the total budget of the first-ever RescEU medical equipment stockpile to €80 million.

Επιτροπή: Προτείνει 75 εκατ. ευρώ για τον επαναπατρισμό Ευρωπαίων πολιτών και για ιατρικό εξοπλισμό km-capital.gr-GR: "Επιτροπή: Προτείνει 75 εκατ. ευρώ για τον επαναπατρισμό Ευρωπαίων πολιτών ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Commission: Strengthening for repatriations and RescEU / Κομισιόν: Ενίσχυση για τους επαναπατρισμούς και το rescEU km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission: Strengthening for repatriations and RescEU / Κομισιόν: Ενίσχυση για ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Πρόταση Κομισιόν: 75 εκατ. ευρώ από τον ευρωπαϊκό προϋπολογισμό για επαναπατρισμό Ευρωπαίων και ιατρικό εξοπλισμό km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Πρόταση Κομισιόν: 75 εκατ. ευρώ από τον ευρωπαϊκό προϋπολογισμό για ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Police prepare for spike in crime

[Malta, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:51:00 AM CET

Times of Malta reported last Saturday that Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said that the police are preparing for a potential spike in crime as economic hardship begins to bite. The police’s work had already been ramped up due to the spot checks done on people under mandatory quarantine due to the coronavirus but also had contingency plans in place for a possible increase in criminality. In a virtual press conference, Camilleri said that Malta was still one of the safest countries in the EU and a new report showed that crime rates had dropped by 2.1% over the last year and 10% in three years, putting Malta well below the EU average.

Iktar minn 15,000 rapport ta’ reati kriminali km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Iktar minn 15,000 rapport ta’ reati kriminali..." page: 6 info: by Maria Francalanza date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Il-Kriminalita f’Malta naqset b’2.1% fl-2019 / Il-Kriminalita f’Malta naqset b’2.1% fl-2019 km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Il-Kriminalita f’Malta naqset b’2.1% fl-2019 / Il-Kriminalita f’Malta naqset b’2.1% ..." page: 3 info: by Claude Coleiro date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

2.1% decrease in criminality in 2019, 10% decrease in last 3 years – Minister / 2.1% decrease in criminality in 2019, 10% decrease in last 3 years – Minister km-Malta-Independent-MT: "2.1% decrease in criminality in 2019, 10% decrease in last ..." page: 3 info: by Albert Galea date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Police prepare for spike in crime / Police prepare for spike in crime km-Malta-Times-MT: "Police prepare for spike in crime / Police prepare for ..." page: 1,2 info: by Jacob Borg date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European Commission increases budget for repatriation flights

[Romania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:50:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the European Commission on Friday proposed the allocation of €75 million from the EU budget to help member states repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. “Today's measure is yet another illustration of how the EU budget can add value when and where needed the most. It is also an illustration of European solidarity and cooperation at its best,” said Commissioner Johannes Hahn, according to News.ro. “The safe return of our citizens is a priority. We are doing all we can to ensure they are reunited with their families as soon as possible during these difficult times,” added Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, Mediafax.ro reports. Thanks to repatriation flights organised through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and co-financed by the EU, more than 2,300 people have been already repatriated and more than 80 further repatriation flights are planned in the coming days, according to România Actualități radio station.

COVID-19 | EC increases repatriation budget / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "COVID-19 | EC increases repatriation budget / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2020-03-27 17:40:00, 00:00:48, by Zamfir Oana date: Friday, March 27, 2020 5:40:00 PM CET

European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for the repatriation of EU citizens / Comisia Europeană a propus alocarea a 75 de milioane euro pentru repatrierea cetățenilor UE km-HotNews.ro-RO: "European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for ..." info: by I.H. HotNews.ro date: Friday, March 27, 2020

European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for the repatriation of EU citizens / Comisia Europeană propune alocarea a 75 de milioane euro pentru repatrierea cetăţenilor europeni km-mediafax.ro-RO: "European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for ..." info: by Laura Buciu date: Friday, March 27, 2020

European Commission wants to allocate €75 million from the EU budget to help member states repatriate EU citizens / Comisia Europeană vrea să aloce 75 de milioane de euro din bugetul UE pentru a ajuta statele membre să repatrieze cetăţenii UE km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission wants to allocate €75 million from the EU ..." info: by Alina Oprea date: Friday, March 27, 2020

€75 million, aid from the European Commission / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "€75 million, aid from the European Commission / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-27 16:04:00, 00:00:39, by Dumitrescu Cristina date: Friday, March 27, 2020 4:04:00 PM CET

European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for the repatriation of EU citizens / Comisia Europeană propune alocare a 75 de milioane de euro din bugetul UE pentru repatrierea cetățenilor Uniunii km-Realitatea.net-RO: "European Commission has proposed the allocation of €75 million for ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Slovenian Embassy in in the US helped repatriate 120 Slovenian citizens from the US

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:16:00 AM CEST

The Slovenian Embassy in the US announced that about 300 Slovenians had applied for the repatriation assistance, STA reports. 120 of them have already arrived home. The others are still in transit or trying to arrange transportation. Numerous Slovenians have returned home without help. The Slovenian Embassy in the US also helps to repatriate Slovenes from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. About 150 people have applied for assistance from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean so far and about 100 have already returned home.

Slovenian Embassy in in the US helped repatriate 120 Slovenian citizens from the US / MZZ in veleposlaništvo v Washingtonu pomagala vrniti 120 Slovencev iz ZDA km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian Embassy in in the US helped repatriate 120 Slovenian ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

A group of 27 Slovenians repatriated from Tyrol

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:16:00 AM CEST

A group of 27 Slovenian citizens arrived from Tyrol yesterday, STA reports. They were in a 14-day self-isolation in Tyrol due to the spread of the new coronavirus. Their repatriation was organised by the Slovenian Embassy in Vienna. Upon their return to Slovenia, they were first taken to Murska Sobota, where they were tested for COVID-19, and then housed in a guesthouse in Dolga vas, where they will be quarantined for 14 days. According to the Facebook page of the Slovenian Embassy in Vienna, 13 Croatian citizens also joined the group of Slovenian citizens who returned to Slovenia from Tyrol.

A group of 27 Slovenians repatriated from Tyrol / Skupina Slovencev se po 14-dnevni karanteni na Tirolskem vrača v domovino (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "A group of 27 Slovenians repatriated from Tyrol / Skupina ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

HUMANITARIAN_AID

Portrait of Commissioner Lenarčič: Calm crisis manager

[Germany, HUMANITARIAN_AID]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:20:00 AM CEST

In a portrait in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Thomas Gutschker describes Commissioner Lenarčič as a calm, humble man, who can also speak plain text. When Slovenia faced its first Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2008, Mr Lenarčič was responsible for the preparation and had earned a reputation as an efficient manager. He represented his country for three years as an EU ambassador in Brussels, and then a liberal head of government proposed him as a European Commissioner. Mr Lenarčič saw the corona crisis coming early. Already at the end of January, when the infections in Europe were relatively few, he warned in a press conference that "it will get worse before it can get better." On 8 February, he activated the EU crisis protection mechanism and then called on the EU member states to do everything possible to prepare for an epidemic.

Portrait of Commissioner Lenarčič: Calm crisis manager / Unaufgeregter Krisenmanager km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Portrait of Commissioner Lenarčič: Calm crisis manager / Unaufgeregter Krisenmanager..." page: 8 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

INDUSTRY

Automotive sector tries to avoid CO2 fines

[Netherlands, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

De Volkskrant reports that automakers in Europe are trying to use the coronavirus outbreak as an excuse to avoid EU carbon emission fines, according to the environmental organisation Transport & Environment. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has witten to European Commission President von der Leyen to ask for clemency regarding the potential heavy fines that automakers will have to pay if the average CO2 emissions of their newly-manufactured cars do not meet the new EU requirement for 95 gramme per kilometre, effective from 2022. Given the negative impact of the coronavirus on the sector, ACEA has asked the European Commission for a consultation on the pending fines. However, Transport & Environment does not accept ACEA's reasoning because automakers have been aware of the new CO2 emission requirements for 12 years.

"Car industry tries to avoid CO2 fines" / 'Autosector probeert CO2-boetes te ontlopen' km-Volkskrant-NL: ""Car industry tries to avoid CO2 fines" / 'Autosector probeert ..." page: 14 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

75 million jobs in tourism in jeopardy due to the coronavirus pandemic

[Slovenia, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

As a result of the global pandemic of the new coronavirus, 75 million jobs are in jeopardy worldwide, which is about 23% of all jobs in the industry, according to the World and Travel Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism is at risk of losing $2,100 billion, the Slovenian Tourism Organisation (STO) reports. Tourism contributes 10.4% to global gross domestic product (GDP). The risk of job loss in the tourism sector has increased by 50% due to the pandemic, WTTC notes. The Asia-Pacific region is most at risk, with up to 49 million jobs in jeopardy. Up to 10 million jobs in tourism are estimated to be at risk in Europe with a GDP loss of close to $552 billion.

UNWTO: World tourism experience drop by up to 30% this year / UNWTO: Svetovnemu turizmu se letos obeta do 30-odstotni padec km-sta.si-SI: "UNWTO: World tourism experience drop by up to 30% this ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

75 million jobs in tourism in jeopardy due to the coronavirus pandemic / Zaradi novega koronavirusa v turizmu ogroženih 75 milijonov delovnih mest km-sta.si-SI: "75 million jobs in tourism in jeopardy due to the ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

The EU's role in the coronavirus crisis

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

Kurier analyses the role of the EU in the coronavirus crisis. Shortly after President von der Leyen took office, the European Commission is facing a crisis of unexpected proportions. However, the key actors are the member states.MEP Lukas Mandl (EPP) does not consider this to be discrediting the European idea. Closing borders is an expression of European solidarity as it protects from infection, he said. MEP Claudia Gamon (Renew) does not believe that at the end of the day, the conclusion will be reached that it is better to fight pandemics at the national level and that less Europe is needed. For a Europe without borders, the sealing off of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic is "a dramatic development", Barbara Stelzl-Marx, director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for War Consequences Research, says in an interview in Kurier. According to Ms Stelzl-Marx, the advantages of the EU must be reworked. Solidarity-based aid within the EU is particularly important. This would show whether the EU will emerge stronger from the crisis or whether the opposite will be the case. According to a commentary in Kronen Zeitung, the virus might destroy the EU. Even President von der Leyen admitted that the EU had underestimated the virus. The virus has also proven that there are limits to freedom. Democracy will have to learn to truly master the balance between order and freedom in the future in order not to lose the global competition of systems, according to the commentary.

Coronavirus and the limits of freedom / CORONA UND DIE GRENZEN DER FREIHEIT km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Coronavirus and the limits of freedom / CORONA UND DIE ..." page: 90-91 info: by Klaus Woltron date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

"It's peak season for propaganda now" / „Propaganda hat jetzt Hochsaison“ km-Kurier-AT: ""It's peak season for propaganda now" / „Propaganda hat jetzt ..." page: 14 info: by Ida Metzger date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Analysis of the EU's role in the coronavirus crisis / Mehr Nationalstaat, weniger Europa? km-Kurier-AT: "Analysis of the EU's role in the coronavirus crisis / ..." page: 13 info: by Rudolf Mitlöhner date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The EU's response to the corona crisis

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:24:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report on the EU's response to the corona crisis. Le Soir's Béatrice Delvaux wonders if the European leaders realise what they are doing to the Italians and all other suffering European citizens, with their lack of support. Has the European project become the total opposite of what we wanted it to become and claim it is? President Michel hid the disunity, but his remarks were heavily criticised. President von der Leyen torpedoed his statements in German media. She has done what she and many others criticise EU leaders for: commit to something in Brussels and say the total opposite to their audience. Ms Delvaux reminds Ms von der Leyen that home is Brussels now, no longer Berlin. In De Standaard, Professor Steven Van Hecke writes that during this crisis, the EU's and the member states' true nature is revealed. The EU is again criticised for acting too slowly, but regarding the economy, that is not true, despite the lack of consensus regarding measures. Once more, the member states are to blame: health is not an EU competence. The Italians rightly criticise the rest of the EU for lack of solidarity. Luckily, some member states overcame their initial nationalist reflex. La Libre Belgique's Marie-France Cros adds that the corona crisis will undoubtedly accelerate a process that has already started in Africa: the decline of the Western world's influence. More and more African countries turn to China and Russia for help, rather than Western countries. Grenz Echo notes that President von der Leyen also said during her interview with DPA that there is progress regarding mutual cooperation among EU member states. There is a growing realisation that EU member states have better chances with mutual support. Ms von der Leyen thinks there is thus an opportunity for Europe to reinvent itself in this crisis. She says that Europeans themselves hold the destiny of the EU.

"The European construction risks losing its raison d'être" / "L’édifice européen risque de perdre sa raison d’être" km-Derniere-Heure-BE: ""The European construction risks losing its raison d'être" / "L’édifice ..." page: 11 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

"The EU could reinvent itself in this crisis" / "EU kann sich in der Krise neu erfinden" km-Grenz-Echo-BE: ""The EU could reinvent itself in this crisis" / "EU ..." page: 12 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The virus will accellerate the decline of the West / Le virus va accélérer le déclin de l'Occident km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "The virus will accellerate the decline of the West / ..." page: 48 info: by CROS date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Europe's response to Covid-19 / L'Europe face au Covid-19 km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Europe's response to Covid-19 / L'Europe face au Covid-19..." info: La semaine de l'Europe, 2020-03-28 00:00:00, 00:10:34, by Calderon date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Europe's response to Covid-19 / L'Europe face au Covid-19 km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Europe's response to Covid-19 / L'Europe face au Covid-19..." info: La semaine de l'Europe, 2020-03-28 00:00:00, 00:16:53, by Calderon date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

#JeSuisItalie / #JeSuisItalie km-Soir-BE: "#JeSuisItalie / #JeSuisItalie..." page: 1 info: by Delvaux date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Begone with the coronationalism / Weg met het coronationalisme km-Standaard-BE: "Begone with the coronationalism / Weg met het coronationalisme..." page: 26-27 info: by Van Hecke date: Monday, March 30, 2020

President von der Leyen's daily videos and Europe's communication issues

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

In Matin Première, Olivier Hanrion says that he is a fan of President von der Leyen's daily video messages on Twitter, which are very informative. It is exceptional for the European Commission President to talk directly to the citizens on a daily basis. The video that stuck to his mind the most was one with a warning to European companies, which should be wary of foreign predators trying to benefit from the collapsing stock market values to take control of strategic sectors. Ms von der Leyen does not cite any names, but one could think of Russia and China. Those countries are also trying to use the corona crisis to show that authoritarian regimes cope better with it than European democracies. Europe is not very gifted when it comes to communication. To survive this crisis, Europe must show what it does to tackle it. Ms von der Leyen understands that.

"All crises are creative" / "Toutes les crises sont créatrices" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: ""All crises are creative" / "Toutes les crises sont créatrices"..." page: 12 info: by Fontenoy date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

President von der Leyen's daily videos and Europe's communication issues / Les vidéos quotidiennes d'Ursula von der Leyen et les problèmes européens de communication km-RTBF-BE: "President von der Leyen's daily videos and Europe's communication issues ..." info: La Une - Le 6-8, 2020-03-27 00:00:00, 00:04:33, by Hanrion date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Commission President von der Leyen's daily videos and Europe's communication issues / Les vidéos quotidiennes d'Ursula von der Leyen et les problèmes européens de communication km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Commission President von der Leyen's daily videos and Europe's communication ..." info: Matin première, 2020-03-27 00:00:00, 00:04:18, by Hanrion date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

President von der Leyen's videos / Les vidéos d'Ursula von der Leyen km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "President von der Leyen's videos / Les vidéos d'Ursula von ..." info: Matin première, 2020-03-27 00:00:00, 00:02:38, by Hanrion date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

Italy and Spain called for European solidarity in the face of the pandemic

[Bulgaria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 6:55:00 AM CEST

Victims of coronavirus in Italy surpassed 10,000, while Spain registered over 830 deaths in just a fortnight. The leaders of the two most affected EU countries called for European solidarity in the face of the pandemic, BNT reports. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte adopted a new €4.7 billion package in aid to the most affected, including vouchers for shopping and food. “We have an encounter with history. If Europe does not respond to the unprecedented challenge, there is no point in the entire EU structure,” he stated. Mr Conte added he won’t go down in history as someone who did nothing. “I will fight with all my power and energy for a strong and common European response,” he pointed out. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also addressed the EU with a call for a common economic and social strategy for tackling the pandemic. “The response cannot be only national, it has to be European,” Mr Sánchez reiterated. On Friday, Darik Radio quoted President Macron’s statement at the video conference of the EU Council on Thursday; President Macron warned that the coronavirus crisis was putting the survival of the European project at risk. At the Council meeting, Chancellor Merkel voiced her objection to the issuing of “coronabonds” which were proposed earlier by Italy and France. Except for Germany, against the proposal for a common debt are also the Netherlands, Austria and Finland.

Италианският премиер Джузепе Конте призова Европейския съюз да не допуска трагични грешки в борбата срещу коронавируса km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "Италианският премиер Джузепе Конте призова Европейския съюз да не допуска ..." info: 2020-03-28 15:00:00, 15:00:00, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM CET

Leaders of the two most affected EU countries by the coronavirus called for European solidarity in the face of the pandemic / Лидерите на двете най-засегнати държави в Европа призоваха за европейска солидарност пред пандемията km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Leaders of the two most affected EU countries by the ..." info: Newscast, 2020-03-29 13:12:00, 00:02:20, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:12:00 PM CEST

Кризата с коронавируса поставя под въпрос оцеляването на европейския проект, предупреждава Макрон km-Darik-Radio-BG: "Кризата с коронавируса поставя под въпрос оцеляването на европейския проект, ..." info: 2020-03-27 09:00:00, 09:00:00, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM CET

Броят на заразените в Гърция достигна 1061 km-Darik-Radio-BG: "Броят на заразените в Гърция достигна 1061..." info: 2020-03-29 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:00:00 PM CEST

Italy is giving out food stamps / Италия раздава ваучери за храна km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Italy is giving out food stamps / Италия раздава ваучери ..." page: 1,6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Тъжен рекорд беше поставен – днес броят на починалите от коронавирус в глобален мащаб надхвърли 30 000 души km-Nova-TV-BG: "Тъжен рекорд беше поставен – днес броят на починалите от ..." info: 2020-03-29 19:00:00, 19:00:00, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:00:00 PM CEST

The EU could falter if there is not enough solidarity

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:01:00 AM CEST

The EU is facing an existential crisis as well as a health crisis if it fails to unite to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, former Commission President Jacques Delors commented, adding that the EU’s lack of solidarity could be “mortal danger”, Novi list reports. EU countries have committed huge sums of money in recent days to supporting business and workers though the deep recession that is now inevitable, and EU limits on budget deficits have been relaxed to allow them to borrow more. The European Central Bank has also pumped hundreds of billions into markets to prevent the shock triggering a new financial crisis. But going into Thursday's meeting, nine of the 19 countries in the eurozone, including Italy and France, wanted the bloc to go further. They called for the European Union to issue debt, dubbed corona bonds, to raise long-term finance for all member states to help pay for measures to counter the damage wrought by the pandemic. “The case for such a common instrument is strong since we are all facing asymmetric external shock, for which no country bears responsibility, but whose negative consequences are endured by all,” the leaders of the nine countries, including French President Emmanuel Macron, wrote in a letter. Nordic Group, led by Germany and the Netherlands, on the other hand, are against the “corona bond”, so the entire block is separated into two groups. They have long opposed the issuance of debt at the EU level for fear that it would effectively mean their taxpayers are underwriting spending by poorer member states. Chancellor Merkel, and other leaders, say the bloc should tap the €410 billion left in the European Stability Mechanism, a bailout fund established to help countries during the EU debt crisis eight years ago. Several high officials have warned that the lack of solidarity could lead to the dissolution of the EU, Dnevnik, Tportal and Index reported. The European Union made two attempts this week at agreeing to a coordinated strategy to support member states most affected by the outbreak, such as Italy and Spain. Finance ministers from countries that use the euro currency met on Tuesday, followed by all 27 EU leaders on Thursday. Both failed, Slobodna Dalmacija and Glas Slavonije reported. A European diplomat with knowledge of the EU leaders' meeting on Thursday described Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez as being “outraged” by the lack of definitive measures discussed.

Serious criticism comes from Germany: "Everything is strangely quiet in Brussels right now." / Iz Njemačke stižu ozbiljne kritike: ''U Bruxellesu je trenutno sve čudno tiho'' km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Serious criticism comes from Germany: "Everything is strangely quiet in ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Pandemic threatens to break up EU / Pandemija prijeti da će razbiti EU km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Pandemic threatens to break up EU / Pandemija prijeti da ..." page: 7 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Spanish PM: EU must not let its citizens down again / Španjolski premijer: EU ne smije ponovo iznevjeriti svoje građane km-Index.hr-HR: "Spanish PM: EU must not let its citizens down again ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Bavarian PM criticises EC for ineffectiveness in fight against coronavirus / Bavarski premijer kritizirao EK zbog neučinkovitosti u borbi protiv koronavirusa km-Index.hr-HR: "Bavarian PM criticises EC for ineffectiveness in fight against coronavirus ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

The EU could falter if there is not enough solidarity / Izostane li solidarnost, Unija se može raspasti km-Novi-List-HR: "The EU could falter if there is not enough solidarity ..." page: 11 info: by Mijatović Aneli Dragojević date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Will the corona break EU unity? / Korona će razbiti jedinstvo EU-a? km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "Will the corona break EU unity? / Korona će razbiti ..." page: 11 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Bavarian PM sends sharp arrows towards Bruxselles: There is now all strangely quiet / Bavarski premijer poslao oštre strelice prema Bruxsellesu: Tamo je sada sve čudno tiho km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Bavarian PM sends sharp arrows towards Bruxselles: There is now ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Jacques Delors: The European Union is in mortal danger / Jacques Delors: Europska unija je u smrtnoj opasnosti km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Jacques Delors: The European Union is in mortal danger / ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Bavarian PM sends sharp arrows towards Bruxselles: There is now all strangely quiet / Bavarski premijer poslao oštre strelice prema Bruxsellesu: Tamo je sada sve čudno tiho km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Bavarian PM sends sharp arrows towards Bruxselles: There is now ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: EU will send us €1.15 billion to fight the virus

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Večernji list, Commission Vice-President Šuica spoke about the coronavirus epidemic, the earthquake in Zagreb and the Commission’s measures to help Croatia and other EU member states. Croatia has activated the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism after Zagreb was hit by the strongest earthquake in over 100 years, explains Vice-President Šuica, adding that the mechanism brought a quick, efficient and coordinated response in the affected areas. “I would like to thank Slovenian Commissioner in charge of Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, for reacting so quickly and for mobilising other member states to provide aid to Croatia,” Vice-President Šuica noted. She continued by explaining that the Commission adopted a number of measures designed to mitigate the negative impact on the economy while pointing out more flexible state-aid rules and fiscal measures that will enable the European Central Bank to increase the liquidity for the survival of SMEs. Vice-President Šuica emphasised that the EU “envisions the allocation of €37 billion in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, of which Croatia should receive €1.158 billion”. The Commission Vice-President also said they were working on a common European insurance for the unemployed, to support all the employees who are left without work due to the epidemic.

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: EU will send us €1.15 billion to fight the virus / EU će pomoći radnicima koji su zbog korone ostali bez posla km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Interview with Vice-President Šuica: EU will send us €1.15 billion ..." page: 22 info: by Sandra Veljković date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: Many will lose something during the crisis, but we all gained a sense of solidarity

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:52:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Slobodna Dalmacija, Vice-President Šuica talks about the EU’s reaction within the framework of the Coronavirus Response initiative, which will bring €1.158 to Croatia. Vice-President Šuica said she was in regular contact with President von der Leyen and Commissioner Lenarčič ever since the earthquake hit Zagreb while thanking them for reacting so promptly and for activating the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism. When asked about the EU in the context of the fight against the coronavirus, Vice-President Šuica points out the process of creating strategic supplies of medical equipment, called rescEU. Vice-President Šuica said rescEU will enable member states to purchase the necessary equipment to fight against the virus ata cheaper pric, thus supporting the public procurement system. Vice-President Šuica also notes that the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism already completed the repatriation of 2,300 EU citizens who were stranded abroad, in third countries. When speaking about the economic measures that the EU has taken to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus, Vice-President Šuica says the Commission “decided to temporarily suspend certain requirements from the Stability and Growth Pact, which is an unprecedented move”. This will enable member states to adopt fiscal measures that will allow them to adequately cope with the financial crisis and thus temporarily deviate from budgetary requirements.

Interview with Vice-President Šuica: "Many will lose something during the crisis, but we all gained a sense of solidarity" / Mnogi će u ovoj krizi nešto izgubiti, ali svi smo dobili osećaj solidarnosti km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "Interview with Vice-President Šuica: "Many will lose something during the ..." page: 8 info: by Ljubica Vuko date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The coronavirus will change the EU (Commentary)

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

In light of the great health and economic danger, the citizens’ support for the Croatian government is the largest to date: as much as 94% of them finds the government measures for tackling the coronavirus to be “adequate”, while 65% thinks they are better than those of other EU nations, reads the commentary in Novi list. However, the task of relieving the effect on the economy might prove to be more difficult, as the EU and the eurozone are in danger of collapsing, since last week’s meeting of EU member states’ leaders ended in failure, and an agreement on how the richer European north should help the poorer south was not reached. It seems that Europe is lacking the leaders that would guide it through the corona-storm into a safe harbour. If the deficits prove to be too large, bringing with it enormous unemployment, a collapse of the social security system and a political crisis - the EU will never be the same again. If the EU is perceived as an estranged bureaucracy mostly in the service of the German economy, it would not be impossible to see the likes of Matteo Salvini and Marine le Pen winning the next elections.

The coronavirus will change the EU (Commentary) / Korona će promijeniti EU km-Novi-List-HR: "The coronavirus will change the EU (Commentary) / Korona će ..." page: 2 info: by Zlatko Crnčec date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Comments on Commissioner Kyriakides' recent statement

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Monday, March 30, 2020 8:05:00 AM CEST

Haravgi on Sunday published a photo of Commissioner Kyriakides accompanied by her statement that “when Europe truly needed to support each other, the first reaction of some was to only take care of themselves, looking inwards and forgetting our common European home”. The paper quotes that “you are very late, Mrs Commissioner, to understand this”.A photo caption in Phileleftheros today includes Commissioner Kyriakides’ statement that “some only looked out for their own house”, with the paper commenting that “they also burnt that”.Alithia today also published a photo of Commissioner Kyriakides with her statement that the “pandemic caught us all unprepared”. The paper comments “imagine if it had began from Europe instead of China”.

Στέλλα Κυριακίδου km-Alithia-CY: "Στέλλα Κυριακίδου..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

ΣΤΕΛΛΑ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΟΥ: km-Haravgi-CY: "ΣΤΕΛΛΑ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΟΥ:..." page: 4 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Στέλλα Κυριακίδου km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Στέλλα Κυριακίδου..." page: 5 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Post-Brexit negotiations to continue this week

[Cyprus, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:43:00 PM CEST

Post-Brexit negotiations on a trade deal with the European Union will continue this week despite the UK and much of the continent being on a coronavirus-enforced lockdown. As reported by Cyprus Mail, Haravgi and Sigmalive on Saturday, Commission Vice-President Sefcovic and UK Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will co-chair the first meeting of the joint UK-EU committee via video conference today, Monday 30 March, in a bid to push forward on securing an agreement with Brussels in line with what was set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. The UK government has continued to insist that it will not request to put back the December deadline for a deal to be reached.The UK Prime Minister’s spokesman said the meeting would oversee the implementation, application and interpretation of the Withdrawal Agreement and will seek to resolve any issues that may arise from it".

Brexit talks to continue despite mass lockdown / Brexit talks to continue despite mass lockdown km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Brexit talks to continue despite mass lockdown / Brexit talks ..." page: 7 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

ΕΕ: Συνεδρίαση για το Brexit km-Haravgi-CY: "ΕΕ: Συνεδρίαση για το Brexit..." page: 31 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Πρώτη συνεδρίαση μικτής επιτροπής ΕΕ- ΗΒ για εφαρμογή της Συμφωνίας Αποχώρησης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Πρώτη συνεδρίαση μικτής επιτροπής ΕΕ- ΗΒ για εφαρμογή της Συμφωνίας ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

President von der Leyen concerned about solidarity in coronavirus crisis

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:34:00 AM CEST

Czech media focus on the interview of President von der Leyen for DPA agency, in which she expressed her concerns about the EU's solidarity and the future of the Schengen Area. According to Ms von der Leyen, the Schengen Area was in a critical situation. The European Commission is therefore working on a joint strategy, which should lead to re-opening of the Schengen borders. Ms von der Leyen said that border closures did not help to stop the spread of the virus but they negatively affected many businesses. "It is in our own hands. In the beginning, we looked into the abyss but then we quickly saw positivity and cohesion in the crisis," Ms von der Leyen is quoted saying by news website echo24.cz. Weekly Respekt brings an analysis by Kateřina Šafaříková, in which she argues that the situation in Italy showed limits of European solidarity. She also notes that the EU´s reaction came late and mentions the press conference from 9 March, at which President von der Leyen did not pay much attention to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. However, she adds that several days later, Ms von der Leyen admitted that she underestimated the situation and immediately changed her stance. The author also draws attention to national measures of the member states and frustration of Ms von der Leyen from what the author calls „a demonstration of selfishness“.  She mentions measures the EU has already taken and notes that the Union copes with a structural problem as it is a grouping of almost 30 democracies with a regulatory network and as such, its reaction time is slow. Petr Pietraš on lidovky.cz argues that the coronavirus crisis confirmed that without reforms, the EU cannot become a global political player. Security analyst Miloš Balabán in Právo argues that the EU´s slow reaction allowed China and Russia to demonstrate their soft power. He adds that in the current crisis, the EU must show higher effectiveness and concludes that the era of comfort after the end of the cold war is over.

The European Union as a coronavirus – a structure on the border of life / Evropská unie jako koronavirus – struktura na pomezí života km-ceskapozice.cz-CZ: "The European Union as a coronavirus – a structure on ..." info: by PETR PIETRAŠ date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Von der Leyen is concerned about the Schengen Area / Von der Leyenová se obává o schengen km-CT-24-CZ: "Von der Leyen is concerned about the Schengen Area / ..." info: Zprávy, 2020-03-28 18:13:00, 00:00:23, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:13:00 PM CET

Von der Leyen is worried about EU cohesion and Schengen / Von der Leyenová má strach o soudržnost EU a o schengen km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Von der Leyen is worried about EU cohesion and Schengen ..." info: by Echo24 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EC President concerned about EU´s solidarity / Šéfka EK má starost o soudržnost Evropské unie km-Frekvence-1-CZ: "EC President concerned about EU´s solidarity / Šéfka EK má ..." info: Zprávy, 2020-03-28 17:03:00, 00:00:28, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:03:00 PM CET

To kick-start Europe / Nastartovat Evropu km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "To kick-start Europe / Nastartovat Evropu..." page: 1 info: by MARTIN ZVĚŘINA date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Help gives Europe hope / Pomoc dává Evropě naději km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "Help gives Europe hope / Pomoc dává Evropě naději..." page: 5 info: by TOMÁŠ VLACH date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The end of the comfortable era / Konec komfortní éry km-Pravo-CZ: "The end of the comfortable era / Konec komfortní éry..." page: 6 info: by Miloš Balabán date: Monday, March 30, 2020

More than half of all cases of the disease recorded worldwide are in Europe / V Evropě je více než polovina všech případů nákazy zaznamenaných na celém světě, vyjádření Ursuly von der Leyen km-Prima-TV-CZ: "More than half of all cases of the disease recorded ..." info: Velké zprávy, 2020-03-28 19:16:00, 00:02:22, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:16:00 PM CET

God save Europe / Bůh ochraňuj Evropu km-Respekt-CZ: "God save Europe / Bůh ochraňuj Evropu..." page: 26 info: by Kateřina Šafaříková date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The Wuhan virus: critical situation in Italy and Spain / Virus z Wu-chanu: kritická situace v Itálii a Španělsku, vyjádření Ursuly von der Leyen km-TV-Nova-CZ: "The Wuhan virus: critical situation in Italy and Spain / ..." info: Televizní noviny, 2020-03-28 19:58:00, 00:02:06, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:58:00 PM CET

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: EU invests billions into vaccine

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

Daily Brněnský deník features an interview with Vice-President Jourová in which she talks about the situation regarding the coronavirus but also about the rule of law in Poland and Hungary. Ms Jourová explains the role of the EU in the current crisis: it should complement the activities of member states and support their cooperation in implementing their health and civil protection measures at several levels. Moreover, she mentions the economic dimension of the pandemic. The Vice-President highlights that the Union does not have many competencies in the area of health care. Nevertheless, she talks about the purchases of protective equipment organised by the European Commission. Ms Jourová is also questioned about the latest development in Poland and Hungary and she thus talks about the main issues these countries currently have.

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: EU invests billions into vaccine / EU investuje miliardy do vakcíny km-Denik-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President Jourová: EU invests billions into vaccine / ..." page: 12 info: by LUBOŠ PALATA date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Commentary: The EU is in the all-domineering shadow of corona

[Denmark, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

A couple of Danish media feature analysis on the EU’s future amid the corona crsis: In an analysis in Jyllands-Posten, director of Think Tank EUROPA Lykke Friis writes that four central issues that have been forgotten during the ongoing coronavirus crisis: Brexit, the EU budget, the refugee crisis and climate change. These issues can all aggravate the economic crisis or otherwise cause future trouble for the EU if they are not handled soon, writes Ms Friis. In analysis in Politiken, Ms Friis writes that several issues will be decisive for EU cooperation after the corona crisis. This includes the questions of whether the EU countries can agree on fiscal measures that can help struggling member states, and whether the EU will passively accept Prime Minister Orbán’s proposal to suspend the Hungarian parliament and instead let him rule by decree.

Commentary: the EU is in the all-domineering shadow of corona - from Brexit to Bosporus / Kronik: EU ligger i coronas altdominerende skygge - fra brexit til Bosporus km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Commentary: the EU is in the all-domineering shadow of corona ..." page: 29 info: by Lykke Friis date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Commentary: 2020 is looking to become the most pivotal year for Europe since 1989 / Coronavirussen har gjort 2020 til det omvendte 1989 km-Politiken-DK: "Commentary: 2020 is looking to become the most pivotal year ..." page: 1 info: by Lykke Friis date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Commentary: There is little the European Parliament can do at the moment

[Denmark, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:52:00 AM CEST

MEP Marianne Vind writes in a commentary in Berlingske that MEP Pernille Weiss is wrong when criticising the European Parliament's decision to shorten its plenary session. Ms Vind argues that it would be irresponsible to gather the MEPs and employees, when the EU member states are fighting to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Ms Vind believes that it is necessary to discuss the European Parliament's role in handling the outbreak, because there is little it can to at the moment. Instead, she writes that the European Commission and the Council of the European Union must secure collaboration between national governments and the purchase of medical equipment. However, she looks forward to the European Parliament participating in the economic handling of the consequences of the crisis.

Commentary: There is little the European Parliament can do at the moment / Debat: Pernille Weiss tager fejl af Europa-Parlamentets rolle i coronakrisen km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Commentary: There is little the European Parliament can do at ..." page: 15 info: by marianne Vind Marianne Vind Er Medlem Europa-parlamentet date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The front lines of the European Union continue to work

[Estonia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

Rein Tammsaar, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union says the coronavirus crisis has led to people having many emotions about the situation, but the European Union cannot be moved to the digital world entirely, as people are struggling and dying from the virus, reports Postimees. As some officials do not have a chance to meet eye-to-eye, diplomats have to try to agree to the content of documents. Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas says the situation has gotten severe in many small nations, with Belgium’s number of positive coronavirus tests increasing ten-fold in three weeks. As public health is a topic that is left to each member state, the European Commission cannot interfere with their coronavirus policy. This is why the European Commission is trying to advise member states and offer funding. An example of this is President von der Leyen convincing Poland to open the nation’s borders for transit. Mr Tammsaar says the demand for the European Union has increased during this crisis, as the only way out of the difficult situation is together. He adds that many institutions are offering financial solutions, such as the European Central Bank putting together a €3 trillion package, and the European Investment Bank offering €40 billion worth of loan programmes. Mr Ratas says the continued cooperation of the European Union is needed even as the crisis is ending.

Estonia - The front lines of the European Union continue to work / ELi eesliinil korraldatakse 9–12-tunniseid töömaratone km-Postimees-EE: "Estonia - The front lines of the European Union continue ..." page: 1 info: by välisuudiste toimetuse juhataja date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Estonian estimate: This is how the coronavirus will change the world

[Finland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

Verkkouutiset.fi spoke to Sven Sakkov, Director of the International Centre for Defence and Security ICDS based in Tallinn. According to Mr Sakkov, the coronavirus epidemic does not bode well for the future of the EU: The Commission is completely in the shadows, only memory is left from the free movement of EU citizens, the nation states are helping their own citizens and there is fierce competition for medicines and medical supplies between member states. Mr Sakkov understands that the Commission is working under inhumane conditions behind the scenes, but it does look good from the outside, and once the epidemic is over, the nation states will be stronger than before and overarching international structures weaker.

Estonian estimate: This is how the coronavirus will change the world / Virolaisarvio: Näin koronavirus muuttaa maailmaa km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "Estonian estimate: This is how the coronavirus will change the ..." date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Opposing viewpoints. Coronavirus crisis is under way

[Finland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:30:00 AM CEST

Kauppalehti focused in its Opposing Viewpoints on the response to the coronavirus crisis by Commission President von der Leyen and Swedish large-scale investor Jacob Wallenberg. President von der Leyen said in her speech that too many countries have only looked at themselves during the cisis, and when the EU could prove that it is not only a good weather union, too many countries have refused to share the umbrella. Mr Wallenberg in turn said to FT that there will be no economic recovery but socio-economic consequences: mass unemployment and social unrest, with citizens suffering.

Opposing viewpoints. Coronavirus crisis is under way / Vastakkain. Koronakriisi jyllää. km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Opposing viewpoints. Coronavirus crisis is under way / Vastakkain. Koronakriisi ..." page: 14 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

At the European Council, the 27 prepare the follow-up

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 2:30:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that the final declaration of the 26 March European Council evokes neither the European Stability Mechanism, which the Netherlands and Germany are reportedly willing to consider, nor the issuance of coronabonds, which the ECB favours, but the Netherlands and Germany reject. In the next two weeks, the Eurogroup is to make proposals taking into account all countries no matter the state of their public finances, a pledge granted to Spain and Italy. President von der Leyen, in her speech before MEPS, urged member states to take decisions that show strong solidarity.In its editorial, Le Monde argues that the EU’s management of the coronavirus crisis will be decisive for the bloc’s future. European governments will only be able to recover from the economic shock ahead through cooperation. On Wednesday, nine member states called for the creation of a common European debt instrument to support weaker countries, putting additional pressure on countries such as Germany and the Netherlands, which deem coronabonds as unnecessary. Member states who find the price of solidarity too high should consider the cost of a European break-up, as in this crisis, the EU is also fighting for its life, Le Monde concludes.

Lack of solidarity is a 'mortal danger' for Europe, says Jacques Delors / Le manque de solidarité est un «danger mortel» pour l'Europe, selon Jacques Delors km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Lack of solidarity is a 'mortal danger' for Europe, says ..." info: by Le Figaro avec AFP date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Virus: Italian anger against the EU / Virus: colère italienne contre l’UE km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Virus: Italian anger against the EU / Virus: colère italienne ..." info: by AFP date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Lack of solidarity , 'mortal danger' for Europe, says Jacques Delors / Le manque de solidarité, «danger mortel» pour l’Europe, selon Jacques Delors km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Lack of solidarity , 'mortal danger' for Europe, says Jacques ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

At the European Council, the 27 prepare the follow-up / Au Conseil européen, les Vingt­Sept préparent la suite km-Monde-FR: "At the European Council, the 27 prepare the follow-up / ..." page: 10 info: by Virginie Malingre date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

A moment of truth for Europe / Un moment de vérité pour l'Europe km-Monde-FR: "A moment of truth for Europe / Un moment de ..." page: 26 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Italy felt abandoned yet again

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:17:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro focuses on the Italian case in the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, Prime Minister Conte, who is asking the EU for exceptional funding, reacted strongly: "If there's no answer from Europe within ten days, we'll handle it on our own." While fourteen countries support his call for a common commitment, others, like Germany, are refusing to issue a common debt to respond to the crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has felt little support. At the end of February, despite the European Commission's call for help, France and other member states have blocked all exports of protective equipment. The allies' assistance has been deferred until March and remains timid. Meanwhile, China and Russia have sent planes loaded with equipment and teams of doctors. As a result, 88% of Italians believe that Europe is not helping Italy in this crisis, according to Monitor Italia.

Italy felt abandoned yet again / L'Italie s'est sentie encore abandonnée km-Figaro-FR: "Italy felt abandoned yet again / L'Italie s'est sentie encore ..." page: 20 info: by Valérie Segond date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The Commission pushing member states to solidarity

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that the European Commission is trying to enhance the solidarity among the EU27. The divisions between member states on how to react to the crisis threaten the bloc’s unity. Mnay member states have opted for a nationalel resposne, closing internal borders to import ad exports of medical supplies. Yet, the European Commission has threaten these countries with sanctions, and favoured, through “green corridors”,  the transportation of medical supplies. To Commissioner  Lenarčič, “the idea that a country or a continent could face this pandemic on its own and take control of things is a complete illusion”.

Faced with coronavirus, the timid and calculated solidarity between Europeans / Face au coronavirus, la solidarité, timide et calculée, entre Européens km-Figaro-FR: "Faced with coronavirus, the timid and calculated solidarity between Europeans ..." page: 20,21 info: by Anne Rovan date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Covid-19 can only be fought globally

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Saturday, March 28, 2020 8:31:00 AM CET

Several media discuss European solidarity in times of the corona crisis. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has stated that solidarity in difficult times "is part of the foundation of the EU."In a commentary in Tageszeitung, Stefan Reinecke points out that the crisis has brought to light a few insights into solidarity, the nation-state and neoliberalism which were not so sharply defined a few weeks ago. However, the reactions to the crisis are narrowly national, even brutally selfish. Although now French and Italian patients are treated in German hospitals and the ECB is buying government bonds on a large scale, national egoism is prevailing not only in the EU but around the globe. However, Covid-19 can only be fought globally, Mr Reinecke stresses.

Maas: Solidarity is part of the EU's foundation / Maas: Solidarität gehört zum Fundament der EU km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Maas: Solidarity is part of the EU's foundation / Maas: ..." page: 7 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

On the coronavirus crisis: Europe's hour still strikes / Europas Stunde schlägt noch km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the coronavirus crisis: Europe's hour still strikes / Europas ..." page: 4 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Echo to the cries for help / Echo auf die Hilferufe km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Echo to the cries for help / Echo auf die ..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Set off the Michel hat / Die Michelmütze absetzen km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Set off the Michel hat / Die Michelmütze absetzen..." page: 30 info: by Peter Unfried date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

What we learn from the Corona Crisis / Was wir aus der Coronakrise lernen km-Tageszeitung-DE: "What we learn from the Corona Crisis / Was wir ..." page: 11 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

On coping with the coronavirus crisis: "Low trust in EU’s capacity to act does not do any of us any good"

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:25:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report on the future of the EU, noting the need for united actions.In a report on MDR aktuell, Kai Küstner points out that the resurgence of national politics and national borders due to coronavirus pandemic has German policymakers worried about the survivability of the EU. During a web seminar of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth warned that the pandemic indicates that the low trust in the EU’s capacity to act “does not do any of us any good.” Germany has a chance to remedy this situation when it assumes the Presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2020 “at the latest,” Mr Küstner urges.

The dismantling of Italy / Die Zerschlagung Italiens km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "The dismantling of Italy / Die Zerschlagung Italiens..." page: 9 info: by Sinja Klock date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

President von der Leyen's actions in the coronavirus crisis: Use the storm / Den Sturm nutzen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "President von der Leyen's actions in the coronavirus crisis: Use ..." page: 8 info: by Thomas Gutschker date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

MDR current - 28.03.2020 21:35 - Report on future of European Union / MDR aktuell - 28.03.2020 21:35 - Report on future of European Union km-MDR-Info-DE: "MDR current - 28.03.2020 21:35 - Report on future of ..." info: Program, 2020-03-28 22:46:00, 00:03:56, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:46:00 PM CET

Brexit negotiations “freeze” due to coronavirus

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:25:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that according to a European official, the negotiations between the EU and the UK over their future relations “froze” due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the government of British Prime Minister Johnson has not submitted yet an overall legal text on which the two sides could work. During a Commission briefing on Thursday, the member states’ representatives were informed that continuing the negotiations through videoconferences has proven impossible until now. Media note that Head of Task Force for the Relations with the UK Michel Barnier and Mr Johnson have been tested positive for coronavirus, while British Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe David Frost has shown symptoms and is in isolation.

Εφιάλτης δίχως τέλος στην Ευρώπη km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Εφιάλτης δίχως τέλος στην Ευρώπη..." page: 12 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Τα πολλά ανοιχτά μέτωπα του Μπόρις km-Real-News-GR: "Τα πολλά ανοιχτά μέτωπα του Μπόρις..." page: 33 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ο κορωνοϊός έβαλε το Brexit στην κατάψυξη km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ο κορωνοϊός έβαλε το Brexit στην κατάψυξη..." page: 55 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Opinion: The heroes of Brussels

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article with Kathimerini, journalist Stavros Papantoniou notes that in a time of “social distancing” and paying respect to the heroes on the frontline during the pandemic, a thought should be spared for the diplomats representing the EU member states in Brussels. While the ministers and prime ministers meet only via videoconferences and the majority of Commission employees are teleworking, the permanent representatives and other high-ranking diplomatic officials do not have such a privilege, Mr Papantoniou says. Up to 100 officials meet in the same room while the meetings last up to 11 hours to ensure that the EU’s work will continue, even under the emergency conditions were are experiencing, Mr Papantoniou underlines.

Θεωρείο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Θεωρείο..." page: 16 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

EU leaders gave themselves two more weeks to come up with coronavirus economic rescue

[Hungary, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

At their online summit last Thursday, EU heads of state and government gave themselves two more weeks to work out the details of a common economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Magyar Nemzet, Blikk, Magyar Hírlap and Népszava report. According to Magyar Nemzet and Népszava, the leaders of the 27 member states refused to back the idea of corona bonds, a common debt instrument to help finance the response to the pandemic. Magyar Nemzet further informs us that in the closing document, EU leaders officially activated the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact. Council President Charles Michel is quoted by Magyar Nemzet as saying after the meeting that the EU needs to start preparing the measures necessary to get back to a normal situation. Népszava also informs us that although the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is not in sight yet, at the conclusion of their meeting the 27 EU leaders asked the Commission to come up with a coordinated exit strategy and to create a comprehensive recovery plan in cooperation with the European Central Bank (ECB). According to Népszava, EU leaders also made a commitment to address the transportation issues that surfaced as a result of the internal border controls introduced. They also agreed to work together to ensure that medical equipments are available to all member states. In addition, EU leaders expressed their will to support research, in order to develop a vaccine as soon as possible, Népszava informs readers.

- / Interneten egyeztettek az EU-segélyről km-Blikk-HU: "- / Interneten egyeztettek az EU-segélyről..." page: 2 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

- / Rendkívüli jogrend Európa-szerte km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "- / Rendkívüli jogrend Európa-szerte..." page: 5 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus to shake the whole EU / A koronavírus megrengeti az egész Európai Uniót km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Coronavirus to shake the whole EU / A koronavírus megrengeti ..." page: 8 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU summit with video conference / Videókonferenciás EU-csúcs km-Nepszava-HU: "EU summit with video conference / Videókonferenciás EU-csúcs..." page: 8 info: by HALMAI KATALIN date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European disunion

[Ireland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

The Business Post reports that any semblance of European unity during the Covid-19 crisis was "shattered early on" when Italy turned to the European Commission to try to obtain medical equipment from other member states. Instead of answering the "cry for help," Germany and France banned exports of that equipment. The Commission was eventually able to exert pressure on those member states by saying they had agreed to a single market and so they had to export to other member states. However, the closing of borders without notifying the EU caught the Commission off guard and left it "scrambling for a solution" to try and send a message of EU cohesion. The Business Post reports that President von der Leyen delivered a speech to the European Parliament on Thursday, updating members on the EU's steps to tackling the coronavirus crisis. During the speech she said: "Looking at the many acts of kindness, goodwill and human decency throughout Europe, we have every reason to be optimistic about the future. Europe has everything it needs, and we are ready to do whatever it takes to overcome this crisis."

EU Commission promotes coordinated response to pandemic / EU Commission promotes coordinated response to pandemic km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "EU Commission promotes coordinated response to pandemic / EU Commission ..." page: 7 info: by Unattributed date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

his virus has exposed the limits of iiropean unity, but we can do better / his virus has exposed the limits of iiropean unity, but we can do better km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "his virus has exposed the limits of iiropean unity, but ..." page: 27 info: by Colin Murphy date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

European disunion / European disunion km-Business-Post-Ireland-IE: "European disunion / European disunion..." page: 1 info: by Daniel Murray and Aaron Rogan date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Worst-hit EU nations in plea to share debt / Worst-hit EU nations in plea to share debt km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Worst-hit EU nations in plea to share debt / Worst-hit ..." page: 4 info: by Joseph Wilson and Colleen Barry date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Virus agony has left Italy feeling abandoned by EU / Virus agony has left Italy feeling abandoned by EU km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Virus agony has left Italy feeling abandoned by EU / ..." page: 44 info: by Huge Mccafferty date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU will help Ireland with virus fallout - but not ‘debt-sharing’ / EU will help Ireland with virus fallout - but not ‘debt-sharing’ km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU will help Ireland with virus fallout - but not ..." page: 14 info: by John Downing date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Covid-19 downturn reignites old EU divisions / Covid-19 downturn reignites old EU divisions km-Irish-Times-IE: "Covid-19 downturn reignites old EU divisions / Covid-19 downturn reignites ..." page: 21 info: by NAOMI O'LEARY date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Oxygen equipment meant for Ireland held back by Italy

[Ireland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:06:00 AM CEST

The Irish Times reports that medical supplies for Covid-19 patients in Ireland have been held back by a major supplier, citing restrictions on exports imposed by Italian authorities. This is despite a European Union deal to drop export bans on medical equipment within Europe earlier this month. The European Commission appealed for countries to drop such bans, saying they were contrary to freedom of goods in the single market. The exporting company cited a law introduced on 28 February during the Covid-19 outbreak by Italy, which states companies must give priority to orders by Italian civil authorities for medical equipment, and makes exports of key goods subject to approval.

Oxygen equipment meant for Ireland held back by Italy / Oxygen equipment meant for Ireland held back by Italy km-Irish-Times-IE: "Oxygen equipment meant for Ireland held back by Italy / ..." page: 10 info: by Jackhorgan-Jones and Naomi O’leary date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: solidarity is the key to face emergency

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Monday, March 30, 2020 8:09:00 AM CEST

Most Italian media report on the political crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Indeed, the EU is facing its deepest political crisis ever. The divisions caused by discussions over the economic measures needed to help member states face the emergency caused by the coronavirus outbreak will deeply affect the EU’s future. An editorial in Il Sole 24 Ore notes that European leaders chose not to choose and that was not a positive sign in such a difficult moment for the Union. In an interview with Rai Uno, European Parliament President David Sassoli says not only Italians and their government, but all the European citizens and countries need a strong EU, able to protect them. The EU institutions have already launched major measures to face this new crisis, although some governments continue to refuse to show solidarity. However, negotiations will continue. The EU will not implode. The crisis will persuade those governments that solidarity is the only way to save the Union and their economies, which would not be as strong as they are without the EU. In an interview with huffingtonpost.it, Italian EU Affairs Minister Enzo Amendola agrees with Mr Sassoli and says that the EU is not dead. However, it must act now, before it is too late. No member state can face this crisis alone. Solidarity is the key. However, such solidarity must be turned into concrete aid. This crisis is not just affecting markets, it is affecting our economies. Such an extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary measures. In an interview with Il Sole 24 Ore, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urges member states not to make dramatic mistakes. Italy, which is currently the most severely hit by the coronavirus outbreak, will continue to call for a massive financial response from its EU partners. If the later refuse to answer these calls, the entire EU as a union is at risk. Indifference and immobilism would have disastrous consequences on future generations. Italian President Sergio Mattarella backed Mr Conte. In a televised address to the nation, Mr Mattarella called on member states to adopt new measures to confront the threat posed by the coronavirus, urging European Union leaders to react before it was too late. He praised the ECB and European Commission for their response to the crisis, saying they had made “important and positive financial and economic decisions”, an article in Il Giorno notes. But he also stressed that “new initiatives are vital to overcome old ways of thinking that are now out of touch with the reality of the dramatic conditions facing our continent”, an article in Corriere della Sera stresses. “Solidarity is not only required by the values of the union but is also in our common interest”, Mr Mattarella added.

President Mattarella speaks to Italians, criticises Europe / Il presidente Mattarella parla agli italiani e richiama l’Europa km-Canale-5-IT: "President Mattarella speaks to Italians, criticises Europe / Il presidente ..." info: Tg 5, 2020-03-28 01:20:00, 00:04:05, by Barbara Li Donni date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:20:00 AM CET

President urges Europe to act "before it is too late" / Il Colle richiama l'Europa all'azione «prima che sia troppo tardi» km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "President urges Europe to act "before it is too late" ..." page: 2-3 info: by di Marzio Breda date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mattarella chastises north European countries for their rigour / Mattarella sferza i rigoristi del Nord Europa km-Giorno-IT: "Mattarella chastises north European countries for their rigour / Mattarella ..." page: 7 info: by di Antonella Coppari date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europe is now or never / "L'Europa è ora o mai più". Intervista al ministro per gli Affari Ue Enzo Amendola km-huffintonpost.it-IT: "Europe is now or never / "L'Europa è ora o ..." info: by By Angela Mauro date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Mattarella shakes Europe: "You must understand threat before it is too late" / Mattarella scuote l'Europa: «Comprendete la minaccia prima che sia troppo tardi» km-Messaggero-IT: "Mattarella shakes Europe: "You must understand threat before it is ..." page: 4 info: by Marco Conti © RIPRODUZIONE RISERVATA date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mattarella: European Union overcomes old way of thinking, calls for common action against outbreak / Mattarella: L’unione europea superi i vecchi schemi e chiede un azione comune contro l’epidemia km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Mattarella: European Union overcomes old way of thinking, calls for ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2020-03-28 03:01:00, 00:02:18, by Federica Mango date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:01:00 AM CET

Interview with European Parliament President David Sassoli: Europe gave answers, but some member states are disappointed  / Intervista al presidente David Sassoli, l’Europa ha dato delle risposte, ma si conferma la delusione da alcuni paesi europei km-RAI-UNO-IT: "Interview with European Parliament President David Sassoli: Europe gave answers, ..." info: Tg 1, 2020-03-27 20:17:00, 00:02:59, by ND date: Friday, March 27, 2020 8:17:00 PM CET

Conte: “Historic moment for Europe” / Conte: «Una sfida epocale per l'Europa» km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Conte: “Historic moment for Europe” / Conte: «Una sfida epocale ..." page: 1,3 info: by Manuela Perrone e Giorgio Santilli date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europe’s future is decided now / IL FUTURO DELL EUROPA VIENE DECISO ADESSO km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Europe’s future is decided now / IL FUTURO DELL EUROPA ..." page: 1,12 info: by Sergio Fabbrini date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Coronavirus destroys the EU

[Latvia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:18:00 AM CEST

According to Segodnja, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned that the EU will "lose its very purpose" if it fails to develop a serious response to the new type of coronavirus pandemic and the crisis associated with it. He refers to the first issue of pan-European bonds in the history of the EU to attract borrowings in order to stimulate the economy and support the most affected countries of the European Union. Italy and Spain insist on their release, more than others affected by coronavirus on the European continent. During a video conference on 26 March, leaders of EU member states were unable to agree on this issue and instructed their finance ministers to formulate an approach within two weeks that would be acceptable to Rome and Madrid.

КОРОНАВИРУС разрушает ЕС km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "КОРОНАВИРУС разрушает ЕС..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial European Union support measures

[Lithuania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:02:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that as part of the European Union’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two weeks after the European Commission tabled its proposals. The approved proposals are the Corona Response Investment Initiative meant to channel €37 billion to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic. Also, the extension of the European Union Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies and temporarily suspending European Union rules on airport slots.

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial European Union support measures / Europos Parlamentas patvirtino kovos su COVID-19 priemones km-15min.lt-LT: "COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial European Union support measures / Europos ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

A bright example

[Luxembourg, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

Roland Arens reports in Luxemburger Wort that cooperation and solidarity are weak in times of the corona crisis. As an example, the author mentions that 16 member states decided to close their borders. This decision has been made without consulting mostly the other EU countries and shows that there is an unwillingness to cooperate and to work together. Mr. Arens also reports that some EU leaders are opposed to coronabonds. The author asked when, if not now, Eurobonds can be used to fight economic and financial damages. When, if not now, is the time to bear one another’s burden? The current crisis concerns every EU country. Mr. Arens finally mentions that there are still signs of solidarity because some European countries are treating Covid-19 patients from eastern France. The Corona crisis is a strong plea for European cooperation. A united European Union is also essential for geopolitical reasons.

A bright example / Leuchtendes Beispiel km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "A bright example / Leuchtendes Beispiel..." page: 3 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Limited solidarity in the EU in times of crisis

[Luxembourg, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

Guy Kemp writes in the editorial in Tageblatt that the lack of solidarity between the member states at the beginning of the corona crisis has already been discussed in detail. Concerning the procurement or provision of medical protective materials, the EU seems to have improved. The heads of states and governments decided during their video conference last week to create shared reserves. Intensive care patients are moved to countries with greater capacities, including Luxembourg. This is what a community is for. At the same time, a dispute broke out at the video conference that is not new in the EU - about the so-called coronabonds. Luxembourg has sided with the member states that are in favour. Other countries are against, with the arguments that they do not want to be liable for the ones in need and there is another aid instrument: the European Stability Mechanism. However, bonds help financially weaker countries to get money at better conditions and they are also a sign of solidarity, especially in times of crisis.

Limited solidarity / Begrenzte Solidarität km-Tageblatt-LU: "Limited solidarity / Begrenzte Solidarität..." page: 2 info: by Guy Kemp date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Missing in action: Where is the EU in the war against COVID-19?

[Malta, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:56:00 AM CEST

An article in Malta Today yesterday questions the European Union’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. While Italy's northern regions called for help, governments all over Europe prefered protecting their own resources and did not pay a lot of attention to their neighbour’s plea. In Brussels, the European Commission has tried taking the initiative by creating a “coronavirus response team”, and an investment fund to alleviate the economic effects of the epidemic. But these actions have not drawn much attention, failing to convince those who continue to ask “what is Europe doing?”

Missing in action: Where is the EU in the war against COVID-19? / Missing in action: Where is the EU in the war against COVID-19? km-Malta-Today-MT: "Missing in action: Where is the EU in the war ..." page: 12,13 info: by James Debono date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

A Union in solidarity

[Malta, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:39:00 PM CEST

The Sunday Times of Malta carries an opinion article by S&D MEPs Iratxe García Pérez and Miriam Dalli, president and vice-president respectively of the Socialists and Democrats Group in European Parliament, in which they note that the current global health crisis can and must be an opportunity to go back to the essence, and to globalise solidarity. In the case of the EU, this means going back to the feeling of ‘community’. They warn that the European Union should not fall into the same trap as in 2008, abandoning the most affected states to raise their public debt and be punished by international agencies. They emphasise that what is needed is an EU-wide coordinated action.

A Union in solidarity / A Union in solidarity km-Malta-Times-MT: "A Union in solidarity / A Union in solidarity..." page: 22 info: by Iratxe García Pérez and Miriam Dalli date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Europe will need miracles after the disaster (opinion)

[Netherlands, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:43:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article, historian Geert Mak writes in NRC Handelsblad that the novel coronavirus has triggered the deepest crisis since World War II and is the final test for the European Union, the European community and the statesmanship of European leaders. Despite a slew of measures taken by EU countries to address the crisis, there is a lack of coordination. European Commission President von der Leyen herself said that too many countries were refusing to share for the EU to really prove that it is not just a union in good times. Europe needs miracles to weather the current calamity, the author concludes.

Na de ramp heeft Europa wonderen nodig km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: "Na de ramp heeft Europa wonderen nodig..." page: 1 info: by Geert Mak date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Corona crisis seize on European integration / Coronacrisis aangrijpen voor Europese integratie km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Corona crisis seize on European integration / Coronacrisis aangrijpen voor ..." info: Dr Kelder en Co, 2020-03-28 13:26:00, 00:06:30, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:26:00 PM CET

Opinions on the EU struggle with the coronavirus pandemic versus the future of the EU project

[Poland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:53:00 AM CEST

Three Polish dailies discuss European solidarity and a struggle to meet the coronavirus challenge and save the European Union’s integrity. Gazeta Wyborcza daily reports that the coronavirus pandemic will be the toughest test for the European Union because it will either strengthen the EU or destroy it. China and Russia would be the most satisfied to see the latter scenario come true. At the moment, the European Commission is trying to restore the recently tarnished EU’s image by emphasising that in recent days the EU has sent more medical equipment to Italy than China has done so far. France and Germany have lifted barriers for the export of medical equipment. The Germans have converted one of their planes into a flying ambulance and have admitted Italian patients because they still have free beds in hospitals. Even the Czechs quickly apologised for blocking at its border 100,000 face masks that were supposed to reach Italy and added 10,000 more to erase the bad impression. However, it is not known if or how long this level of European solidarity is maintained. Gazeta Polska Codziennie cites Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte as having said in an interview for Il Sole 24 Ore daily that currently, it is a critical point for the European history and if the European Union does not rise to this challenge, the European community will lose the sense of existence. Mr Conte demands that Brussels presents a proposal of the fight against the economic effects of the pandemics. Prof. Marek A. Cichocki from Collegium Civitas university writes in Rzeczpospolita that plunged into the epidemic siege, the EU experiences its “Hobbes moment” and the fight with pandemic starts to look like a war situation. Europe has become the exceptional state reality where politics and societies concentrate on their own countries and governments. This, however, brings the dilemmas linked with the philosopher Thomas Hobbes and asks a question about borders of the state’s centralised power.

Coronavirus can plunge the EU / Koronawirus może pogrążyć UE km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Coronavirus can plunge the EU / Koronawirus może pogrążyć UE..." page: 1 info: by Joanna Kowalkowska date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Will the European Union pass the test? / Czy Unia Europejska zda egzamin? km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Will the European Union pass the test? / Czy Unia ..." page: 9 info: by Michal Kokot date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU is up for serious turbulences / Unię czekają poważne turbulencje km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "EU is up for serious turbulences / Unię czekają poważne ..." page: 2 info: by A. Marek date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Articles on the EU's response to the Covid-19 pandemic

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 6:35:00 AM CEST

A few Portuguese media published opinion articles on the EU's actions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.In an opinion article in Público, Fernando d’Oliveira Neves wrote about his disappointment on the actions of the European institutions. The author spoke about the need of more European cooperation, saying that the problems of the EU as a whole should be more important than the individual problems of each member state, or else the EU will no longer have a reason to exist. The author said that the EU must enforce bold economic measures, or the situation will be disastrous in the future. The author reminded that the economy should be working for the people and not the other way around. Mr Neves also reminded the richer countries that they are not alone in the world and that if they are unwilling to help their neighbours, they will also suffer the consequences that they are trying to avoid. In an opinion article in Público, Teresa de Sousa wrote about the difficulty in reaching a European consensus on how to act regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. The author wrote about the severely different perspectives of the different member states, mainly focusing on the Eurobonds discussions. The author quoted several European leaders to exemplify how the leaders of the EU are divided, mainly on economic matters. Ms Sousa also spoke about the actions of Portuguese Prime Minister Costa disagreement and criticism of Dutch Minister of Finances Wopke Hoekstra. For Ms Sousa, the EU’s future is uncertain and the author does not discard the possibility of this crisis being what marks the end of the largest cooperation project in History.In an opinion article in Público, Sónia Sapage comments on the European Union's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ms Sapage states that Covid-19 is the European Union's ultimate challenge and that it is showing the EU’s weaknesses, as the vírus knows no borders and no social conditions. However, Ms Sapage adds that it is especially during this time of crisis that Europe needs to be unified, as solidarity is one of the European Union’s pillars. Ms Sapage criticised Dutch Minister for Finances Hoekstra’s statements and stated that Europe’s priorities should not be focused on the past. Ms Sapage argued that, at this challenging moment, European leaders should be concerned about the brutal pressure on national health systems, and the effects of the “economic dormancy” that will follow this crisis. Ms Sapage states that the European Union is facing a common enemy, the coronavirus, and the effects of this disease on people’s lives and future will only be understood in the aftermath.

The virus that defies unity and the future / O vírus que desafia a unidade e o futuro km-Publico-PT: "The virus that defies unity and the future / O ..." page: 19 info: by Sónia Sapage date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Merkel managed to avoid the worst. But for how long / Merkel conseguiu evitar o pior. Resta saber por quanto tempo km-Publico-PT: "Merkel managed to avoid the worst. But for how long ..." page: 14,15 info: by Sem Autor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The eurovirus / O eurovírus km-Publico-PT: "The eurovirus / O eurovírus..." page: 15 info: by Sem Autor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa does not back down from the comments made at the European Council

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:21:00 AM CEST

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa maintained his position against those who are not in favour of solidarity, SIC Notícias reports. In a press conference, Mr Costa said: “Or the EU does what it must do, or it will be over. In regards to the Dutch Minister, if anyone was exceeding, it was him, due to what he said. I think that people do not have the minimum notion or comprehension of what this dramatic situation is. Before dramas like the one lived in Italy, Spain, Portugal, or even in the Netherlands, how can anyone ask why does Spain or Italy do not have the budgetary margin to face this crisis? No country in the EU was ready to face a tragedy of this dimension. Portugal was in a good economic position, on several indicators, but in one month everything changed.”

António Costa does not back down from the comments made in the European Council / António Costa não recua nos comentários feitos no Conselho Europeu km-SIC-Noticias-PT: "António Costa does not back down from the comments made ..." info: Jornal das 7, 2020-03-27 19:23:00, 00:02:07, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:23:00 PM CET

Commission asks for more time to find a European solution to the Covid-19 crisis

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 3:04:00 AM CEST

In a press conference, Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer spoke about the need of more time to find a European solution for the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak, TSF Online reports. Mr Mamer said that “it is too early to say when a response will be presented. Even too early to talk about the specific elements of that itinerary and plan of action.” Regarding Eurobonds, Mr Mamer said that “we need more time to face all the dimensions of this crisis, in order to be able to present the proper solutions to solve the crisis.” In regards to the criticism towards the lack of European solidarity, Mr Mamer said that “I think the member states are showing solidarity. We have seen many tangible examples of that. What is also tangible is the solidarity that the EU is showing to the rest of the world, which is facing the same crisis we are”.

European Commission asks for more time to find responses to the pandemic / Comissão Europeia pede por mais tempo para encontrar respostas à pandemia km-TSF-Radio-PT-PT: "European Commission asks for more time to find responses to ..." info: Tsf - noticiario, 2020-03-27 14:10:00, 00:02:06, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 2:10:00 PM CET

Coronavirus crisis puts European Union’s credibility to the test

[Romania, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

România Liberă newspaper writes that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte criticised the European Union for being too slow to help his country during the coronavirus outbreak. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he warned that that the bloc could lose its purpose if it failed to handle the coronovirus crisis appropriately. “If Europe does not rise to this unprecedented challenge, the whole European structure loses its raison d’être to the people,” PM Conte said in the interview, according to Jurnalul newspaper. At the same time, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder said he was not at all impressed by the Commission's response to the crisis. “Actually, this crisis would now be the hour of Europe and the hour of the EU Commission. But it is strangely quiet in Brussels,” he told the German magazine Der Spiegel. On the other hand, French President Emmanuel Macron called for European solidarity in the fight against coronavirus, suggesting that the EU budget should be used to support the most affected countries. In an interview with France Inter radio, French European Affairs Minister Amélie de Montchalin said that the European Union’s future credibility would depend on the bloc’s response to the coronavirus crisis, according to România Actualități radio station.

From tough confrontation to cohesion / De la confruntare dură la coeziune km-Jurnalul-National-RO: "From tough confrontation to cohesion / De la confruntare dură ..." page: 8 info: by Apostol Daniel date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Credibility put to the test / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Credibility put to the test / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2020-03-29 19:02:00, 00:00:31, by Dumitrescu Cristina date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 7:02:00 PM CEST

The European Union's existence again called into question / Existenţa Uniunii Europene, din nou sub semnul întrebării km-Romania-Libera-RO: "The European Union's existence again called into question / Existenţa ..." page: 1 info: by Budescu Florin date: Monday, March 30, 2020

President von der Leyen calls for solidarity and economic cohesion

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:46:00 AM CEST

Radio station Rádio Slovensko and TV station TA3 draw attention to the interview of President von der Leyen for DPA agency, in which she expressed her concerns about the EU's solidarity and cohesion. Ms von der Leyen said that border closures did not help in stopping the virus but they negatively affected many businesses. According to Ms von der Leyen, a responsible and fast re-opening of borders would help economies. She also said that member states must show solidarity and economic cohesion by supporting a plan for the economic revival, which the European Commission currently works on. Andrej Matišák in Pravda argues that the EU´s response to the coronavirus outbreak came late. According to him, even though the EU has limited competences, it could have called on member states to better coordinate their actions. Mr Matišák also stresses that coronabonds deserve a serious discussion and adds that if a majority of states agree with them, remaining states should not block them. Peter Schutz in weekly Týždeň notes that the coronavirus crisis helped those who oppose the EU and globalisation. However, he argues that separate national solutions undermine free movement and can cause an EU-wide crisis, which would lead to a sharp rise in unemployment and to bankruptcies of whole segments of the economy.

Formula for Disaster / Recept na katastrofu km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Formula for Disaster / Recept na katastrofu..." page: 48 info: by Andrej Matišák date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EC President concerned about cohesion of EU / Předsedkyně EK se obává o soudržnost Evropské unie km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "EC President concerned about cohesion of EU / Předsedkyně EK ..." info: Správy, 2020-03-28 18:13:00, 00:01:19, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:13:00 PM CET

President von der Leyen concerned about EU´s cohesion / Leyenová se obává o soudržnost EU km-TA3-SK: "President von der Leyen concerned about EU´s cohesion / Leyenová ..." info: Hlavné správy, 2020-03-28 19:08:00, 00:00:33, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:08:00 PM CET

Brussels makes payments to countries faster / Brusel urychluje platby zemím, vyjádření předsedy Evropské rady Michela a předsedkyně EK Leyenové km-TV-Markiza-SK: "Brussels makes payments to countries faster / Brusel urychluje platby ..." info: Televízne noviny, 2020-03-27 19:23:00, 00:02:36, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:23:00 PM CET

Russian and Chinese soft power? / Mäkké sily Ruska a Číny? km-Tyzden-SK: "Russian and Chinese soft power? / Mäkké sily Ruska a ..." page: 15 info: by Peter Schutz date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Vice-President Šefčovič on EU's fight against coronavirus spread

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:41:00 AM CEST

Radio station Rádio Slovensko features an interview with Vice-President Šefčovič on the EU’s fight against the coronavirus spread and its economic consequences. Mr Šefčovič explains that the Commission’s main task is to prepare a so-called exit plan on how to proceed together and in a coordinated way. He notes that the Commission consults best European scientists to ensure that there is no other wave of contagion once the quarantine rules are terminated. Another task for the Commission is to prepare a plan for economic recovery, Mr Šefčovič adds. He reminds that the Commission has already taken some steps: for example, it has loosened budgetary rules and the mechanism of state aid. Mr Šefčovič also suggests that the Commission should provide expert help to new EU member states from the Central and Eastern Europe, which work on schemes of state aid for companies to prevent layoffs.

Interview with Vice-President Šefčovič on EU's fight against coronavirus spread / Rozhovor s místopředsedou EK Marošem Šefčovičem km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "Interview with Vice-President Šefčovič on EU's fight against coronavirus spread ..." info: Z prvej ruky, 2020-03-27 12:30:00, 00:14:30, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:30:00 PM CET

Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, the crisis can prove to be fatal for the EU

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

According to Slovenian Prime Minister Janša, the EU needs better coordination as well as a better flow of information and experience during the time of the crisis, STA, RTVSLO, and 24ur write. “The extent of the crisis is truly vast. It can have big and fatal effects on the EU’s coherence as well as on the economic and monetary union,” Mr Janša pointed out after Thursday’s meeting of EU leaders. He believes it to be of vital importance to respond adequately and timely to the crisis in order to mitigate its social and economic effects. “Due to the extreme circumstance, Slovenia has supported the initiative for a common debt instrument,” he added. On Thursday evening, EU leaders gave the finance ministers of EU member states two weeks to put together proposals for taking fiscal measures to respond to the novel coronavirus crisis. They pointed out that coordinated measures were in order to return to the normal functioning of companies and economies.

Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, the crisis can prove to be fatal for the EU / Janša: Kriza ima brez skupnega ukrepanja lahko usodne učinke za EU km-24ur.com-SI: "Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, the crisis can prove to be fatal for the EU / Janša: Kriza ima lahko brez skupnega ukrepanja usoden učinek na EU km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, the crisis can prove to be fatal for the EU / Janša po vrhu EU: Kriza ima brez skupnega ukrepanja lahko usodne učinke za EU km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian PM Janša after EU summit: Without taking common measures, ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Division between the North and the South (Commentaries)

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:57:00 AM CEST

Even before the meeting of EU leaders ended on Thursday evening, some pessimists already talked about European integration having been buried, a commentary in Dnevnik writes. The reason for this pessimism was the member states’ discord regarding the potential use of the most powerful weapon to tackle the effects of the coronavirus. But one should not jump to conclusions on this matter. It was also during the latest economic crisis that the EU was unable to come to an agreement on European bonds. There was a recurring division between the integration’s North and South. When it came to taking on extra debt, the North was sceptical about whether the money would really be put to good use, while the South was sceptical whether the way this was being done was in the spirit of solidarity at all. And they were both right. And yet, the EU and the eurozone survived. Simply because any other option would end up being more expensive for all of the parties involved. And this should also not be forgotten in the current situation. In the time when almost the entire European population has been quarantined, the post-pandemic period must be considered. In the coming weeks and months, EU leaders should keep in mind the ways the pandemic and its effects would be faced if there was no EU, no ECB, or no Single Market. Another commentary in Delo writes that those whose proposals were not being heard at the EU summit on Thursday were the ones that claimed that the EU was apparently coming to an end, as the EU was apparently unable to show solidarity to some of its members even in these darkest of times. It is unsure whether it is wise to make political decisions on introducing shared burdens and making risks with instruments such as common European bonds during the time when all of the effects and the extent of the crisis are not even known yet. France, Italy, and Spain – the member states that are in favour of making this introduction the most – have not yet been able to make a convincing argument as to why such a significant step should be taken in this early stage of the crisis. Another commentary in Večer writes that Slovenian Prime Minister Janša was right when tweeting that “we will all need to mostly count on ourselves for at least some time” after Thursday’s EU summit. These days, governments are proposing social distancing to people, which is also something that the governments of rich EU member states, such as Germany, are doing. They are keeping social distance from the poorer member states and leaving them on their own. And this will, in individual member states, lead to the consolidation of power of the leaders that believe in their impeccable leadership and to the justification of their firm hand.

Union of national egotisms / Unija nacionalnih egoizmov km-Delo-SI: "Union of national egotisms / Unija nacionalnih egoizmov..." page: 7 info: by Peter Žerjavic date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

European path for risk dispersion / Evropska pot za razpršitev tveganj km-Dnevnik-SI: "European path for risk dispersion / Evropska pot za razpršitev ..." page: 12 info: by Aleš Gaube date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Everyone holding their own / Vsaksebi km-Vecer-SI: "Everyone holding their own / Vsaksebi..." page: 2 info: by Boris Jaušovec date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Joint Committee to monitor the implementation of the EU-UK separation agreement to meet for the first time

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:58:00 AM CEST

Today, the EU-UK Joint Committee to monitor the implementation of the EU-UK separation agreement will meet for the first time in a teleconference, STA and Radio Slovenija 1 report. Consistent implementation of the agreement is a precondition for the EU to successfully negotiate future relations, which are not currently on a standstill due to the new coronavirus pandemic. The Joint Committee will make important decisions, for example, settle any dispute regarding the interpretation of the agreement. It is also responsible for deciding on a possible extension of the transitional period by 1 July. The Committee is co-chaired by Vice-President Šefčovič and Michael Gove. Mr Šefčovič stressed that, in these difficult circumstances, holding a meeting demonstrates a political commitment to ensuring the full and consistent implementation of the exit agreement, which is key to building a solid future partnership.

The rules of future relations not yet determined / Pravila prihodnjih odnosov še niso dorečena km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "The rules of future relations not yet determined / Pravila ..." info: Dogodki in odmevi, 2020-03-29 16:51:00, 00:02:00, by Matjaž Trošt date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 4:51:00 PM CEST

Joint Committee to monitor the implementation of the EU-UK separation agreement to meet for the first time today / V ponedeljek prvi sestanek skupnega odbora za nadzor izvajanja sporazuma o brexitu km-sta.si-SI: "Joint Committee to monitor the implementation of the EU-UK separation ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Interview with European Parliament President Sassoli: "It is time for European solidarity, we will have to share the debt"

[Spain, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:03:00 AM CEST

In an interview with La Vanguardia, European Parliament President David Sassoli defends the utmost European solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus. Mr Sassoli defends the need to share debt and spend what is necessary to save lives because this crisis will be very profound and affect the quality of life of Europeans. Mr Sassoli also states that Commission President von der Leyen has informed the European Parliament that the medical supplies will arrive shortly.

Interview with the European Parliament President, David Sassoli: "It is time for European solidarity, we will have to share the debt" / Entrevista con el presidente del Parlamento Europeo, David Sassoli: "Es la hora de la solidaridad europea, habrá que compartir la deuda" km-Vanguardia-ES: "Interview with the European Parliament President, David Sassoli: "It is ..." page: 1,3-4 info: by Enric Juliana date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Verses by Spanish poet Antonio Machado at the European Commission

[Spain, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 7:52:00 AM CEST

Canal Sur reports that the European Union is unable to give a supportive response to the coronavirus crisis, but the European Commission has chosen Antonio Machado, an Andalusian poet, to convey a dose of hope. At the end of the press conference, the Spokesperson of the European Commission recited a few verses from Machado, which he dedicated to Spain and to everyone in general in these difficult moments.

Verses by Antonio Machado at the European Commission / Versos de Antonio Machado en la Comisión Europea km-Canal-Sur-ES: "Verses by Antonio Machado at the European Commission / Versos ..." info: CSUR NOTICIAS 2, 2020-03-27 21:25:00, 00:00:46, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:25:00 PM CET

Interview with Prime Minister Conte: "The problem is not coming out of the crisis, but doing so as soon as possible"

[Spain, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 8:04:00 AM CEST

In an interview with El País, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte comments on the coronavirus crisis and the battle in the European Union to find a common solution. He warns that the EU is approaching a point of no return with regard to the confidence of its citizens: either it acts now, he says, or it will lose it definitively. "Europe must react and avoid tragic mistakes... The risk is obvious," he says.  Mr Conte points out that Italy and Spain have allied in a common front along with some other member states to call for a financial response from the EU. "The European Union has always taken a step forward in these situations, and we as leaders have an obligation to push to avoid the mistrust of our citizens," he says.

Interview with Prime Minister Conte: "The problem is not coming out of the crisis, but doing it as soon as possible" / “Los ciudadanos perderán la confianza en Europa si no está a la altura de esta crisis” km-Pais-ES: "Interview with Prime Minister Conte: "The problem is not coming ..." page: 1-3 info: by Daniel Verdú date: Monday, March 30, 2020

MEPs work from home - but want to cash in allowance (analysis)

[Sweden, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

In an analysis in Svenska Dagbladet, Teresa Küchler writes that even though the MEPs work remotely from home, many of them still wish to continue to cash in their daily allowances. Based on an average of 16 working days in either Brussels or Strasbourg, the MEPs will collect about SEK 57,000 every month. In a comment to EUobserver, German MEP Nicola Beer said that the allowances should remain in place, as the MEPs continue to conduct votings, which mark their most important function. She further said that MEPs should not be punished for working remotely from home. What Ms Beer is actually saying here is that the daily allowances should not go towards their intended purposes, which is to pay for hotels and restaurants in Brussels and Strasbourg. However, in reality, few MEPs actually have any such costs, as they either rent cheap apartments on their own and write off official lunches and dinners as representation.

MEPs work from home - but want to cash in allowance / EU-parlamentarikerna jobbar hemma – men vill kvittera ut traktamenten km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "MEPs work from home - but want to cash in ..." page: 8 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION

Guest contribution by Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation : Europe can overcome the coronavirus

[Germany, INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:37:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Der Tagesspiegel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller argues that Europe can only break the chain of infection and overcome the coronavirus if it can do it in developing countries too. Just like with climate change, the world can only tackle this crisis together, Mr Müller insists. Across Africa, there are only four laboratories that can diagnose coronavirus. Since the virus needs to be conquered globally, it is in "our own interest" to give people in developing countries access to clean water, healthy food and effective test and laboratory conditions. Half-measures cost time and lives and will not put an end to the epidemic, Mr Müller warns.

Guest contribution by Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller: Half-measures cost us our whole life / Halbheiten kosten uns das ganze Leben km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Guest contribution by Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development ..." page: 6 info: by Gerd Müller date: Monday, March 30, 2020

JUSTICE

Contact tracing apps could be used in the fight against the coronavirus spread

[Belgium, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

Three media outlets focus on the use of data in the fight against the coronavirus. In L'Avenir's editorial, Vincent Etienne comments on the European Commission's innovative idea asking telecom operators to provide aggregated data about the citizens to better understand the spread of the pandemic. Commissioner Breton explains that aggregated data could help predict contamination peaks and their location. This strategy proved to be efficient in Asia. The European request does not go as far as the Asian approach, though. This being said, it still raises concerns among the advocates of human liberties. Grenz Echo reports that increasingly more countries resort to track and trace apps to fight against corona. Belgium is currently looking into the possibilities offered by this technology. Data protection expert warns about the dangers of this strategy. The EU has a directive on electronic communication, but there seems to be a hole in the GDPR regulation as states are allowed to adopt new laws in times of crisis enabling them to process data without permission. De Standaard reports that so far, the "Data against corona" taskforce of the Belgian government only wants to use anonymised data. However, virologist Marc Van Ranst suggests Belgium could go a step further with contact tracing apps. Mr Van Ranst admits: "I am mainly concerned about the population's reaction." In this regard, Commissioner Reynders declared: "We do not want to go too far regarding the possibility to check each individual's situation". He first wants to use the scenario working on an anonymous basis. A Chief commentator in De Tijd writes that the use the European Commission wants to make of telecom data in the fight against the coronavirus must not go too far. He states it could bury the trust in the authorities, which is very needed in times of crisis.

Digital manhunt / Traque numérique km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Digital manhunt / Traque numérique..." page: 48 info: by ETIENNE date: Monday, March 30, 2020

GSM location against corona / Handy-Ortung gegen Coronavirus km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "GSM location against corona / Handy-Ortung gegen Coronavirus..." page: 4 info: by Zeimers date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"You may have been in contact with a contaminated patient" / ‘U was mogelijk in contact met een besmette patiënt’ km-Standaard-BE: ""You may have been in contact with a contaminated patient" ..." page: 6 info: by Termote date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The use of telecom data to fight against the coronavirus must not go too far / Gebruik van telecomdata in strijd tegen corona mag niet te ver gaan km-Tijd-BE: "The use of telecom data to fight against the coronavirus ..." page: 13 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"More than a new State's structure, we need a new culture" / ‘We hebben een nieuwe cultuur nodig, meer nog dan een nieuwe staatsstructuur’ km-Tijd-BE: ""More than a new State's structure, we need a new ..." page: 38-39 info: by Albers date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU plans to collect cell phone data

[Germany, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:38:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report on the EU's plans to collect cell phone data in order to better fight the coronavirus.The rights of citizens in Germany have never been so severely restricted since the end of World War II as they are today, Stephan Scheuer notes in a commentary in Handelsblatt. Some politicians and virologists go too far, he laments. The risk is too great that we will permanently damage our values, Mr Scheuer warns. Germany and the European Commission want to evaluate anonymised movement data on cell phones, even in real time, in order to be able to interrupt infection chains. Yet, there are other ways that do not unnecessarily restrict freedoms, for example, a voluntary app that records contacts could and stores data locally on the citizens' devices. The measures against corona must under no circumstances make Germany a surveillance state, Mr Scheuer insists.In an interview with Die Welt, German Federal Bar (BRAK) President Ulrich Wessels argues that Germany’s "constitutional state works in times of crisis" and monitoring the current restrictions of basic rights is working very well. A general curfew would be legally "exceptionally problematic." All regulations made during the coronavirus crisis "must have a clear end date" and can then be extended with a new parliamentary decision if needed. In the worst-case scenario, mobile phone surveillance cannot be completely ruled out and may be reconsidered, Mr Wessels concludes.

On mobile phone tracking during the corona crisis: Do not gamble any values away / Keine Werte verspielen km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On mobile phone tracking during the corona crisis: Do not ..." page: 29 info: by k.a. date: Monday, March 30, 2020

EU plans to collect mobile phone data / EU plant Erfassung von Handydaten km-Handelsblatt-DE: "EU plans to collect mobile phone data / EU plant ..." page: 21 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

"Nobody could have imagined that" / "Das hätte sich niemand vorstellen können" km-Welt-DE: ""Nobody could have imagined that" / "Das hätte sich niemand ..." page: 4 info: by T.Jungholt date: Monday, March 30, 2020

The Netherlands is unlikely to agree to sharing telecom data with Brussels

[Netherlands, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:45:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that the chance is small that the Netherlands will agree to sending telecom data directly to Brussels in a bid to gain control over the coronavirus outbreak. There are too many privacy concerns in the Netherlands.

Telecom data from the Netherlands not to Brussels yet / Telecomdata uit Nederland nog even niet naar Brussel km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Telecom data from the Netherlands not to Brussels yet / ..." page: 15 info: by Martijn Pols date: Monday, March 30, 2020

European Commission intends to analyse coronavirus pandemic with data from mobile phones

[Slovenia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has started discussions with mobile operators to provide aggregated and anonymised location data from mobile phones to analyse the spread patterns of the new coronavirus, STA reports. The Commission intends to cooperate with one operator from each EU member state. However, it states the data will not be used to track individuals. Commissioner Breton announced the initiative last week. Details have yet to be finalised but some outlines have been clarified by the Commission on Friday. The Commission claims the action will be fully in line with e-privacy legislation and the general data protection regulation. According to Commission spokesman Johannes Bahrke, the purpose is to analyse patterns of mobility, including the impact of measures to limit social contacts on the intensity of contacts and thus the risk of infection.

European Commission wants to analyse coronavirus pandemic with data from mobile phones / Bruselj želi pandemijo analizirati s podatki z mobilnih telefonov km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission wants to analyse coronavirus pandemic with data from ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

MEMBER_STATES

Lithuanian Seimas criticises country’s product reserve

[Lithuania, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

LRT Televizija reports that a few of the members of Lithuanian Seimas have expressed their concerns about Lithuania’s product reserve which, they claim, contains only flour and sugar, while other countries have been stocking up on more nutritious foods. The food reserve is intended for an extreme situation, especially if the pandemic lasts longer than anticipated and the supply chain is disrupted. The experts state that in the global economy, the food supply chain is least vulnerable in the European Union because the region has the biggest support for agriculture, which makes it one of the most prepared regions for such a crisis on the planet.

Lithuanian Seimas criticises country’s product reserve / Maisto produktų rezervas km-LRT-televizija-LT: "Lithuanian Seimas criticises country’s product reserve / Maisto produktų rezervas..." info: Panorama, 2020-03-29 23:21:00, 00:03:55, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 11:21:00 PM CEST

Appeals to postpone presidential elections in Poland to 2021

[Poland, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 8:02:00 AM CEST

The dailies cover the intensifying controversies in Poland concerned with the upcoming presidential elections due on 10 May. The opposition and 77.4% of Poles interrogated by IBRiS market research agency for Rzeczpospolita daily and 73% of Poles interrogated by Kantar Meedia for Gazeta Wyborcza daily appeal to the government to postpone the elections due to the coronavirus pandemic. 43.1% of respondents support the idea of postponing the elections to 2021 because this year, the pandemic poses a too serious threat to life and health of the Polish citizens and members of the election committees. Rzeczpospolita reports that last Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin supported this idea and on Sunday, a candidate of the Civic Coalition (KO) Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska appealed for boycotting the elections and officially suspended her election campaign. Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza dailies report that on Saturday, President Andrzej Duda mentioned a possibility of postponing elections if the coronavirus pandemic is still strong in May. The Polish government, however, insists that there are no premises to introduce the state of emergency, which would be the only justification for postponing the elections. Instead, the Law and Justice (PiS) incorporated an amendment to the Election Code on the occasion of works on the package of anti-crisis regulations voted in the Sejm overnight from Friday to Saturday. The amendment envisages that people above 60 years old will be able to vote by correspondence. Gazeta Wyborcza mentions that the leader of Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński is the author of the amendment and that President Duda knew that such changes would be incorporated to the so-called anti-crisis shield. A representative of President Duda says that the changes are good because it gives an opportunity to vote to a broader group of voters. Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski says in an interview for Do Rzeczy weekly that if the elections are held on 10 May, the President’s mandate will be stigmatized with the coronavirus. According to Estymator survey carried out for DoRzeczy.pl, President Andrzej Duda would win the elections in the first round with 49.8% of votes against 17.1% for Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska (KO) and 15.4% for Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz (PSL).

Law and Justice (PIS) wants elections at all cost! / PiS chce wyborów za wszelką cenę! km-Fakt-Pl-PL: "Law and Justice (PIS) wants elections at all cost! / ..." page: 1 info: by dp date: Monday, March 30, 2020

President Duda outclasses his rivals / Prezydent Duda deklasuje rywali km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "President Duda outclasses his rivals / Prezydent Duda deklasuje rywali..." page: 8 info: by brak date: Monday, March 30, 2020

President Duda knew about the election trick / Duda wiedział o wrzutce z wyborami km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "President Duda knew about the election trick / Duda wiedział ..." page: 4 info: by Agata Kondzińska date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Let us postpone presidential elections / Odłóżmy wybory prezydenta km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Let us postpone presidential elections / Odłóżmy wybory prezydenta..." page: 1 info: by Michal Kolanko date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Elections must be postponed / Wybory trzeba przełożyć km-Wprost-PL: "Elections must be postponed / Wybory trzeba przełożyć..." page: 18 info: by Joanna Miziołek date: Monday, March 30, 2020

MIGRATION

Lesbos is not prepared to fight against the Covid-19 spread

[Belgium, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:37:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique reports on the situation in Lesbos, where refugees are not protected against the coronavirus. Even though messages are regularly broadcast to tell people to keep their distances from each other, the measures seem impossible to apply as they live in small spaces and do not have the necessary material to combat the virus. In this context, spokesperson from Doctors Without Borders Peter Casaer says that the refugees should be evacuated, an opinion followed by the island Mayor Stratis Kitelis. A Belgian on the spot declares: "Those people are here because of a European decision and our European decision-makers close their eyes to what is going on. It is unacceptable. They cannot say it is not their problem. It would be a shame. It would even be criminal."

Chronicle of an ignored catastrophe / Lesbos, chronique d'une catastrophe ignorée km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Chronicle of an ignored catastrophe / Lesbos, chronique d'une catastrophe ..." page: 22-23 info: by KOUROUNIS date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Analysis of migration problem

[Czech Republic, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:39:00 AM CEST

Weekly Euro publishes an analysis of the recent problem with migrants at the border between Greece and Turkey by anthropologist Marie Heřmanová. She points to the role of media and notes that the panic spread fast, which only helped President Erdoğan. She highlights that all attempts to effectively solve the problem and regulate migration failed and adds that the relocation mechanism was abandoned also because of the V4 boycott. The only reaction to the recent crisis was border militarisation and strengthening of Frontex even though it is evident that force cannot help eradicate migration as people fleeing their homes will not just disappear, concludes the author.

Migration as a show / Migrace jako spektákl km-Euro-CZ-CZ: "Migration as a show / Migrace jako spektákl..." page: 32 info: by MARIE HEŘMANOVÁ date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Commentary: The coronavirus and rubber bullets have ruined Turkish President Erdogan's plan of sending refugees towards the EU

[Denmark, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Monday, March 30, 2020 7:41:00 AM CEST

DR.dk's Middle East correspondent Micael S. Lund writes in an analysis that the coronavirus pandemic solved the problem at the Turkish/Greek borders. Mr Lund writes that Turkish President Erdogan has ordered busses to pick up refugees and drive them away, because the number of coronavirus patients in Turkey is increasing and he wants to prevent the spread of the virus. Mr Lund writes that Mr Erdogan is still unhappy with the EU and its lack of action towards Turkey, but the fear of the coronavirus is bigger. Mr Lund expects that when the coronavirus pandemic is over, Middle Eastern refugees will again try to come to Europe.

Commentary: The coronavirus and rubber bullets have ruined Turkish President Erdogan's plan of sending refugees towards the EU / ANALYSE Coronavirus og gummikugler har ødelagt Erdogans plan om at sende flygtninge mod EU km-dr.dk-DK: "Commentary: The coronavirus and rubber bullets have ruined Turkish President ..." info: by Michael S. Lund date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Syria is close to Europe's borders" (interview)

[France, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 3:01:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Le Monde, former Italian minister and founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio Andrea Riccardi reckons that the spats between Greece and Turkey regarding migrants are the consequence of the absence of a European leadership. More generally, Russia and Turkey filled the power vacuum in the Mediterranean region. The only initiative the EU took was the 2016 migration deal, he notes. In this context, he urges the EU to relocate refugees all across Europe. He also prompts the block to have a clear stance towards Turkey, and wishes the EU could organise a conference to define a "Mediterranean Pact". This is particularly important, given the low-intensity conflict in Libya and the situation in Syria.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION on FRANCE INFO .. / Interview d'Alexia Kefalas sur le coronavirus en Grèce et la crise migratoire km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "EUROPEAN COMMISSION on FRANCE INFO .. / Interview d'Alexia Kefalas ..." info: Le 10h00-14h00, 2020-03-28 13:24:00, 00:04:41, by CAMILLE REVEL date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:24:00 PM CET

Andrea Riccardi: "Syria is close to Europe's borders, and so are the Sahara and the Sahel" / Andrea Riccardi - « La Syrie est proche des frontières de l'Europe, comme le Sahara et le Sahel » km-Monde-FR: "Andrea Riccardi: "Syria is close to Europe's borders, and so ..." page: 22 info: by Alain Salles date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Turkey evacuates migrants on Greek border

[France, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:54:00 AM CEST

La Croix reports that over the past month, thousands of asylum seekers have flocked to the Greek border after Turkey, in a stand-off with the EU, declared the border open at the end of February, while it remained closed on the Greek side. Ankara finally reversed its position. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that 5,800 asylum seekers camped along the border were evacuated by bus on Friday 27 March and quarantined in shelters in nine provinces. Many voices were raised against the fate of those who were violently turned back at the border by the Greek authorities with the EU's laissez-faire approach. In an op-ed published by Le Monde, several European intellectuals called on president von der Leyen, "who is the guardian of the treaties, to take on the obligations of her mandate" if the states fail to resolve the situation.

Turkey evacuates migrants crammed on Greek border / La Turquie évacue les migrants entassés à la frontière grecque km-Croix-FR: "Turkey evacuates migrants crammed on Greek border / La Turquie ..." page: 11 info: by Marie Verdier date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on European migration policy: "We have to support the countries in which the refugee camps are located"

[Germany, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:30:00 AM CEST

A couple of media touch upon the situation on Greek islands and the European migration policy.In an interview on SWR, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stresses that the EU needs a solution to the refugee problem on the Greek islands regardless of the current corona crisis. He points out that some European countries have already agreed to take in children from the refugee camps. "We have to support the countries in which the camps are located [...] not only in terms of care for refugees but also in terms of their medical care. He emphasises that due to the coronavirus, the selection mechanisms, which have to be carried out to decide who comes to Germany or another European country, have become more difficult. Mr Maas commends the EU for its decision to launch the follow-up mission to the "Sophia" operation to monitor and enforce the arms embargo in Libya.

Government rejects asylum seekers at German borders / Regierung weist Asylbewerber an deutschen Grenzen zurück km-Focus-DE-DE: "Government rejects asylum seekers at German borders / Regierung weist ..." page: 9 date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Rights to Lesbos? Federal government knows nothing / Rechte auf Lesbos? Bundesregierung weiß von nichts km-Hannoversche-Allgemeine-DE: "Rights to Lesbos? Federal government knows nothing / Rechte auf ..." page: 6 info: by M.D date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on European migraiton policy: "We have to support the countries in which the camps are located" / SWR Aktuell - 27.03.2020 19:13 - ITV Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, on situation on Greek islands and European migraiton policy km-SWR-Info-DE: "Interview with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on European migraiton policy: ..." info: Program, 2020-03-27 22:12:00, 00:06:32, date: Friday, March 27, 2020 10:12:00 PM CET

Turkey withdraws migrants from Evros. Greece asks for additional EU aid

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:44:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that Turkey proceeded to the sudden evacuation of Evros last Friday, as it withdrew the thousands of refugees that were present in the area across Kastanies. In the framework of an extraordinary videoconference meeting with all competent Greek ministers, Prime Minister Mitsotakis clarified that the battle to guard the borders continues with no complacency. In the videoconference, Alternate Migration and Asylum Policy Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos stated that despite the de-escalation in the last days, the situation at the Greek-Turkish borders still constitutes a major issue of concern. Since March 16, the Turkish authorities, citing the coronavirus pandemic, informed the Hellenic Coast Guard that Turkey will not accept migrant returns, as foreseen in the EU-Turkey Statement, until further notice, he pointed out. Meanwhile, Brussels decided last Friday to amend the budget granted to Greece regarding the management of the migration issue, with the addition of some €350 million towards the Greek funds. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Commissioner Johansson expressed her serious concerns over the fact that migrant and refugee camps in Greece are overcrowded. She also stated that hopefully, the reception countries will accept the first groups of unaccompanied minors from Greece. In an interview with Nea Savatokiriako, National Coordinator for unaccompanied refugee children Irene Agapidaki stated that minors who are in need cannot be deprived of resources, adding that this is what the Commission has asked for. In an interview with Ethnos Kyriakis, Mr Koumoutsakos said that no coronavirus case has been recorded until now at the refugee reception centres. He added that the examination of asylum applications has been suspended for now as it requires direct human contact. Mr Koumoutsakos also highlighted that at an EU level, the Greek government is closely cooperating with both the Commission and member states for the increase of aid to Greece. According to Mr Koumoutsakos, the government has already tabled a proposal for economic aid from the EU worth at least €100 million to cover the emergency needs on the island and mainland refugee camps due to the pandemic. He clarified that this is a new European fund, additional to the €700 million announced by President von der Leyen during her visit to Evros. Kathimerini and Proto Thema present the main points of the letter sent by Mr Mitsotakis to German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron before their recent videoconference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In the letter, Mr Mitsotakis proved Ankara’s direct involvement in the wave of refugees and migrants that recently tried to cross the Greek borders. He also presented a series of proposals that focused on establishing a new financing mechanism for Ankara that will be directly linked to its compliance with the EU agreements. At the same time, Nea Savatokiriako stresses that Greek MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL) made a series of posts on Twitter and addressed Vice-President Schinas and Ms Johansson with the aim to have them criticise the Greek government over its migration issue management. However, the two Commission officials insisted that they closely cooperate with the Greek government every step of the way.

Η Γερμανία είναι έτοιμη να δεχτεί γρήγορα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από την Ελλάδα km-capital.gr-GR: "Η Γερμανία είναι έτοιμη να δεχτεί γρήγορα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κουμουτσάκος: Πρόταση στην ΕΕ για οικονομική στήριξη των προσφυγικών δομών για την πανδημία km-capital.gr-GR: "Κουμουτσάκος: Πρόταση στην ΕΕ για οικονομική στήριξη των προσφυγικών δομών ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Προσφυγόπουλα km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Προσφυγόπουλα..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Νέα μέτρα εγκλωβισμού παρά τις διεθνείς εκκλήσεις για εκκένωση km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Νέα μέτρα εγκλωβισμού παρά τις διεθνείς εκκλήσεις για εκκένωση..." page: 77 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η ελληνική κυβέρνηση απέναντι σε ευρωπαϊκό και διεθνές δίκαιο km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Η ελληνική κυβέρνηση απέναντι σε ευρωπαϊκό και διεθνές δίκαιο..." page: 28,29 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

«Γέφυρες» Μηταράκη προς Μουτζούρη km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "«Γέφυρες» Μηταράκη προς Μουτζούρη..." page: 29 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Μέτρα... οχύρωσης των ΚΥΤ km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Μέτρα... οχύρωσης των ΚΥΤ..." page: 26 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with Greek Deputy Migration and Asylum Minister Koumutsakos: This is the plan for shielding the hotspots / Interview with Greek Deputy Migration and Asylum Minister Koumutsakos: Αυτό είναι το σχέδιο για την θωράκιση των hotspots km-Ethnos-GR: "Interview with Greek Deputy Migration and Asylum Minister Koumutsakos: This ..." page: 18 info: by VASILS IGNATIADIS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Η Γερμανία είναι έτοιμη να δεχτεί γρήγορα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από την Ελλάδα km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Η Γερμανία είναι έτοιμη να δεχτεί γρήγορα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Η Γερμανία δηλώνει έτοιμη να δεχτεί άμεσα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από την Ελλάδα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Η Γερμανία δηλώνει έτοιμη να δεχτεί άμεσα ανήλικους πρόσφυγες από ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Κουμουτσάκος: Πρόταση στην ΕΕ για οικονομική στήριξη των προσφυγικών δομών λόγω κορωνοϊού  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κουμουτσάκος: Πρόταση στην ΕΕ για οικονομική στήριξη των προσφυγικών δομών ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Κοροναϊός – Κουμουτσάκος : Ζητήσαμε 100 εκ. ευρώ από την ΕΕ για τις προσφυγικές δομές km-in.gr-GR: "Κοροναϊός – Κουμουτσάκος : Ζητήσαμε 100 εκ. ευρώ από την ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Η επιστολή του κ Μητσοτάκη σε Μέρκελ, Μακρόν km-Kathimerini-GR: "Η επιστολή του κ Μητσοτάκη σε Μέρκελ, Μακρόν..." page: 17 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Camp evacuation in Evros by Ankara / Εκκένωση των καταυλισμών στον Εβρο από την Αγκυρα km-Kathimerini-GR: "Camp evacuation in Evros by Ankara / Εκκένωση των καταυλισμών ..." page: 2 info: by Vasilis Nedos date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Ανάγκη μέτρων προστασίας km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Ανάγκη μέτρων προστασίας..." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Turkey withdraws the refugees from Evros / Αποσύρει τους πρόσφυγες η Τουρκία από τον Εβρο km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Turkey withdraws the refugees from Evros / Αποσύρει τους πρόσφυγες ..." page: 17 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Constant alert over the migration issue in Evros and the islands / Συνεχής επαγρύπνηση για το μεταναστευτικό σε Έβρο και νησιά km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Constant alert over the migration issue in Evros and the ..." page: 18 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Τι ζητάμε για τη συμφωνία Ε.Ε. -Ερντογάν km-Proto-Thema-GR: "Τι ζητάμε για τη συμφωνία Ε.Ε. -Ερντογάν..." page: 38,39 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Η Κομισιόν «ακυρώνει» Παπαδημούλη (και Κόκκαλη) km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Η Κομισιόν «ακυρώνει» Παπαδημούλη (και Κόκκαλη)..." page: 26 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

"Μπορούμε να βγούμε κερδισμένοι από τις κρίσεις" km-Ta-Nea-GR: ""Μπορούμε να βγούμε κερδισμένοι από τις κρίσεις"..." page: 38 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Interview with EASO Executive Director Nina Gregori: Migrants should not be used as a tool

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Vima Kyriakis, European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Executive Director Nina Gregori refers to the concerning situation at Greek-Turkish borders. It is unacceptable that migrants and vulnerable people are used as political tools, she pointed out. Ms Gregori believes that the recent de-escalation is a positive development, as well as the continued dialogue between the EU and Turkey on the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. With regard to the right to apply for asylum, Ms Gregori said she fully supports the recent statements by President von der Leyen. Ms Gregori underlines that the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) reform remains one of the most pressing issues.

Interview with EASO Executive Director Nina Gregori: Migrants should not be used as a tool / Interview with EASO Executive Director Nina Gregori: «Οχι» στην εργαλειοττοιηση μεταναστών km-Vima-Kyriakis-GR: "Interview with EASO Executive Director Nina Gregori: Migrants should not ..." page: 29 info: by AGGELOS ATHANASOPOULOS date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Migrants have left Turkish-Greek border

[Latvia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Monday, March 30, 2020 7:27:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that after weeks of waiting to enter Europe, illegal immigrants on 27 March left the area near Edirne, near Turkey's border with Greece, Turkish media reports. It is still unknown how many illegal immigrants left and how many remain in the area. Turkish news agency Anadolu says more than 10,000 people were waiting at the border. However, there is no independent confirmation of the data. Anadolu reports that migrants have requested resettlement and have been taken by bus to a "guest house" where they have been quarantined to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It is not known where these people will be transported after the quarantine ends.

Migrants have left Turkish-Greek border / Migranti pametuši Turcijas un Grieķijas robežu km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Migrants have left Turkish-Greek border / Migranti pametuši Turcijas un ..." info: by LETA date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Migrants have left Turkish-Greek border / Mediji: Migranti pametuši Turcijas un Grieķijas robežu km-Diena.lv-LV: "Migrants have left Turkish-Greek border / Mediji: Migranti pametuši Turcijas ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border

[Lithuania, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that asylum seekers had withdrawn from the border with Turkey, and the media reported that such a move was prompted by fears raised by the coronavirus. “After 1 March, the temporary camp seems to have been dismantled and people in the Evros border area have moved out,” Mr Mitsotakis said. Mr Mitsotakis noted that such a move would not deter Greece from plans to strengthen its border fence. “This chapter may be over, but there is no doubt that the struggle is ongoing,” Mr Mitsotakis said.

Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio prašytojai palieka Graikijos ir Turkijos pasienį km-15min.lt-LT: "Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio prašytojai palieka Graikijos ir Turkijos pasienį km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio prašytojai palieka Graikijos ir Turkijos pasienį km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Asylum seekers end wait at Turkey-Greece border / Atėnai: prieglobsčio ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 outbreak in Greek refugee camps would be a disaster for Europe

[Netherlands, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Monday, March 30, 2020 7:49:00 AM CEST

A commentary in NRC Next says a COVID-19 outbreak in the Greek refugees would be a major catastrophe. The poor living conditions in the camps have weakened the people in the camps. Washing hands is a luxury in a place where parents might not even have enough water to wash their children once a week. What is more, foreign doctors working on the Greek islands are called back to their home countries because of the coronavirus. The need to find a solution for the refugee problem has always been present, but it has never been as urgent as now. If not out of compassion, the EU should find a solution out of self-interest as Europe’s public health is at stake.

Corona in camp Moria will have catastrophic effects / Corona in kamp Moria zal catastrofale gevolgen hebben km-NRC-Next-NL: "Corona in camp Moria will have catastrophic effects / Corona ..." page: 17 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Turkey moves refugees from Greek border. They are used as hostage

[Slovakia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:50:00 AM CEST

Pravda daily reports on the situation at the Greek-Turkish border. The daily notes that Turkey moved desperate refugees who have been trying to cross the border back to the inland. It points out that earlier Turkey abandoned the deal with the EU and stopped blocking refugees from crossing the border. However, Greece prevented them from entering its territory with the help of the army. Given the current coronavirus pandemic, Turkey decided to move refugees. They will have to undergo a two-week quarantine and then they will be allowed to move to other parts of Turkey. Týždeň weekly features a commentary by Matúš David who criticises the fact that refugees are used as mere chess figures. While he recognises the concerns of a massive refugee wave, he points out that Turkish President Erdoğan tries to get the EU involved in a war against Syrian President Assad.

Crisis at Greek-Turkish border ends / Kríza na grécko–tureckej hranici sa končí km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Crisis at Greek-Turkish border ends / Kríza na grécko–tureckej hranici ..." page: 11 info: by BD date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Erdogan's living shields / Erdoganove živé štíty km-Tyzden-SK: "Erdogan's living shields / Erdoganove živé štíty..." page: 30 info: by Matúš DÁVID date: Monday, March 30, 2020

5,000 European doctors call for Moria refugees to be re-located

[Sweden, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:47:00 AM CEST

Dagens Nyheter reports that a group of about 5,000 European doctors called for 22,000 refugees to be re-located from the Greek island of Lesbos, which is deemed necessary to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in the Moria refugee camp. Steven van de Vijver, doctor from the Netherlands, said that Europe must act now to ensure that the virus does not spread to Moria, and that the EU must live up to its 2016 promise that all EU member states should accept a fixed number of refugees from Greece and Turkey. The European Commission recently offered about SEK 20,000 in financial aid to refugees who opt to return to their home countries, something which Commissioner Johansson called a "possibility for migrants".

"Empty the Lesbos camp before contagion spreads" / ”Töm lägret på Lesbos innan smittan sprids” km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: ""Empty the Lesbos camp before contagion spreads" / ”Töm lägret ..." page: 18 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

REGIONAL_POLICY

Portuguese Minister for Planning Souza urged entrepreneurs to continue all EU-funded projects

[Portugal, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

Portuguese Minister for Planning Nelson Souza urged the Portuguese entrepreneurs to continue the projects financed by European funds, Expresso reports. Mr Souza assured that “the impact of Covid-19 will be taken into account as a motive of force majeure in the future revision of the funding contracts, in terms of calendars, investment composition, goals and objectives.” Until the declaration of the state of emergency, in Portugal, €5.5 billion of European funds had already been approved for 15,000 business projects. Until the declaration of the state of emergency, 10,000 of those projects were in the execution phase and had utilised half of the approved funding. Mr Souza also presented two measures to increase the support to companies: accelerating the time at which the companies receive the funds and giving one additional year to pay back the loans: “These measures alone will allow companies to inject or save around €400 million of the funds”.

European funds: "Do not give up! Do not cancel your project" / Covid-19 Nelson de Souza, ministro do Planeamento, faz apelo aos empresários que estavam a investir com os fundos comunitários "Não desistam! Não anulem o vosso projeto" km-Expresso-PT-PT: "European funds: "Do not give up! Do not cancel your ..." page: 16,17 info: by Sem Autor date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Investment to combat the pandemic forces reprogramming of Portugal 2020

[Portugal, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

The €1 billion approved for Portugal to fight the pandemic will originate from the Portugal 2020 programme, budgeted for €26 billion, Expresso.pt reports. The Commission allocated €37 billion from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund to fight the pandemic, granting Portugal the freedom to use €1 billion to purchase protective medical equipment and make other urgent investments connected to the Covid-19 crisis. This decision is being criticised for hindering the countries that lead the approval and execution of community funds in the current framework, such as in Portugal's case. At the end of 2019, 99% of the funds from Portugal 2020 were tendered. The Portuguese government is soon expected to present a reprogramming of the funds.

Coronavirus: Brussels did not give Portugal more funds / Coronavírus. Bruxelas não deu mais fundos a Portugal km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Coronavirus: Brussels did not give Portugal more funds / Coronavírus. ..." date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

RESEARCH

Japan to provide Slovenia with Favipiravir to treat COVID-19

[Slovenia, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 7:12:00 AM CEST

Japan will provide Slovenia with the medicine called Favipiravir which has proven effective in treating COVID-19, Delo and POP TV report. The information was confirmed on Friday by Mojca Matičič, Head of the Coronavirus Call Center. The drug has proved to reduce infectivity by eight days in patients and helped speed up the recovery. According to Ms Matičič, a drug has been used to treat influenza in Japan since 2014 and has also been used in COVID-19 patients.

Japan to provide Slovenia with Favipiravir to treat covid-19 / V Slovenijo z Japonske prihaja favipiravir km-Delo-SI: "Japan to provide Slovenia with Favipiravir to treat covid-19 / ..." page: 2 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Medicine from Japan / Zdravilo iz Japonske km-Pop-TV-SI: "Medicine from Japan / Zdravilo iz Japonske..." info: 24 ur, 2020-03-27 19:18:00, 00:02:00, by Tina Kristan date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:18:00 PM CET

RULE_OF_LAW

The European Commission monitors the member states's respect of fundamental rights in the coronavirus context

[Belgium, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:26:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be notes that some MEPs denounced the measures taken in Hungary and other member states to fight against the coronavirus crisis. Among them is MEP Hilde Vautmans (RE), who is worried about the fact the crisis is being used to take repressive measures against media "refusing to be part of the propaganda machine of the government." She also criticises the Hungarian government for forbidding access to citizens based on their nationality. Commissioner Reynders wrote on Twitter: "While we understand that member states take extraordinary measures in this context, such measures must be strictly proportionate and respect fundamental rights and values such as the Rule of Law." He insists on the fact that the European Commission will closely monitor the laws on the state of emergency in all member states. MEPs also lament that several countries use anonymised smartphone users' data to trace them.

Reynders monitors the state of emergency measures in terms of fundamental rights / Reynders fait surveiller les mesures d'urgence au regard des droits fondamentaux km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Reynders monitors the state of emergency measures in terms of ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

The Commission will closely monitor measures taken by EU member states

[Bulgaria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 6:55:00 AM CEST

The European Commission will monitor the magnitude of the measures taken by member states against the coronavirus pandemic, with particular attention to whether said measures violate the rule of law or the privacy of personal data, Trud daily reports, citing Politico. MEPs, international organisations and human rights organisations have been particularly alarmed by the fact that the Hungarian government's measures do not have a definite period during which they will be enacted. Commissioner Reynders pointed out that it is not a problem to limit the effect of emergency measures over time, as they can be extended if necessary by a decision of parliaments. Regarding their work, Mr Reynders commented that it could be organised in different ways to take into account the risk of contagion - from MEPs sitting in separate rooms to voting remotely.

Брюксел ще следи внимателно законите за извънредното положение срещу коронавируса km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Брюксел ще следи внимателно законите за извънредното положение срещу коронавируса..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Brussels will monitor measures under a magnifying glass / Брюксел ще следи под лупа мерките km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Brussels will monitor measures under a magnifying glass / Брюксел ..." page: 9 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Hungary and Poland take the opportunity

[Czech Republic, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:36:00 AM CEST

Respekt weekly reports on the situation in Hungary and Poland in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. The weekly points out that Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán who has been criticised by the European Commission for undermining rule of law in the country is trying to use the current crisis to strengthen his power. The weekly also draws attention to the situation in Poland. While the government which is also criticised by the European Commission does not ask for more powers, Law and Justice party insists on not postponing presidential elections which would favour current President Duda.

Not to waste the crisis / Nepromarnit krizi km-Respekt-CZ: "Not to waste the crisis / Nepromarnit krizi..." page: 48 info: by TOMÁŠ BROLÍK date: Monday, March 30, 2020

A decision made without public discussion causes worry

[Estonia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-EE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

The Estonian cabinet is explaining the halting of articles 5, 6, 8, and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights with the choice - human lives or human rights, reports Postimees. The discussion over pausing human rights took place without any public discussions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this does not give the state the right to interfere with people's rights without any legal basis. It also does not prohibit a person's right to turn to the Estonian courts or the European Court of Human Rights. MEP Urmas Paet says this is a dangerous precedent in restricting human rights. Mr Paet called for the Estonian Government to withdraw this decision from the Council of Europe. People critical towards the current coalition have warned that steps like this are testing the waters and may lead to tougher restrictions and a more authoritative government.

A decision made without public discussion causes worry / Kes pani Eestis pausile Euroopa inimõiguste konventsiooni? km-Ohtuleht-EE: "A decision made without public discussion causes worry / Kes ..." page: 1 info: by Viljar Voog date: Monday, March 30, 2020

A decision made without public discussion causes worry / Aruteluta tehtud otsus valmistab muret km-Postimees-EE: "A decision made without public discussion causes worry / Aruteluta ..." page: 1 info: by toimetaja date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Viktor Orbán on his way to full powers?

[France, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-FR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:42:00 AM CEST

Hungarian Parliament is to vote today on Prime Minister Orbán’s draft bill that may grant him with full legislative rights, l’Humanité reports. The draft could give Mr Orbán the possibility to legislate on all subjects by decree and to suspend laws and elections. Most of all, these extraordinary powers would not be limited in time. Council of the EU Secretary General Marija Pejcinovic Buric wrote a letter to Mr Orbán to denounce the draft. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it is concerned that international law is being called into question in the absence of "meaningful legislative and judicial review". Mr Orbán defends his draft, saying that his measures do not differ from the ones in the other member states.

In Hungary, Orbán wants full powers / En Hongrie, Orbán veut les pleins pouvoirs km-Echos-FR: "In Hungary, Orbán wants full powers / En Hongrie, Orbán ..." page: 10 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Viktor Orban on his way to full power? / Viktor Orban en route vers les pleins pouvoirs? km-Humanite-FR: "Viktor Orban on his way to full power? / Viktor ..." page: 15 info: by Vadim Kamenka date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Polish government implements controversial change in law

[Germany, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 8:26:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that on Saturday night, the Polish government implemented a change in the right to vote in order to be able to hold the presidential election despite the corona crisis. This is reported as a clear breach of the constitution.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Florian Hassel critically notes that democracy was not well-positioned in Hungary and Poland even before the coronavirus crisis. Now PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński is using the crisis to further dismantle democracy and the rule of law in Poland. Mr Kaczyński only lacks full control over the Supreme Court. Former president of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal Jerzy Stępień sees this as the first step to a dictatorship. Even if this is an exaggeration, the country shows features of an authoritarian regime. It is dissatisfactory that the EU reacted late or not at all as it did with Hungary, Mr Hassel concludes.In Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Gnauck explains the measures that the Polish government undertook in order to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. In addition to the rescue packages, the government enforced that the recently abolished postal vote should be possible for citizens older than 60, in order to conduct the presidential election on 10 May 2020. However, President Duda indicated the possibility of postponing the elections. Elections may be postponed until the spring of 2021, Mr Gnauck highlights.

Poisoned fruit / Vergiftete Frucht km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Poisoned fruit / Vergiftete Frucht..." page: 8 info: by Gerhard Gnauck date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Close to the coup d'état / Nah am Staatsstreich km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Close to the coup d'état / Nah am Staatsstreich..." page: 4 info: by F.H date: Monday, March 30, 2020

At a dark hour / Zu dunkler Stunde km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "At a dark hour / Zu dunkler Stunde..." page: 6 info: by F.H date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Prime Minister Orbán intends to disempower Hungarian parliament

[Germany, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DE Monday, March 30, 2020 6:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of media touch upon Prime Minister Orbán's intention to disempower the Hungarian parliament.In a leading article in Die Welt, Boris Kálnoky notes that on 11 March, the Hungarian parliament voted to extend the state of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis. Opposition and critics warn that this could permanently transform Hungary into an autocracy. This allows Prime Minister Orbán to rule without parliament until he decides to stop it. It is not clear if and when the parliament will meet again after the vote. Emergency powers without a time limit have not been started in any other EU country, Mr Kálnoky underlines. Although Brussels has provided substantial financial aid and relaxed budgetary criteria, Mr Orbán insists that the EU is not helping and aid comes only from China. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has asked the European Commission and the European Parliament to closely follow developments in Hungary.

Viktor Orban wants to oust parliament / Viktor Orban will das Parlament entmachten km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Viktor Orban wants to oust parliament / Viktor Orban will ..." page: 2 info: by ulrich krokel date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Prime Minister Orbán looks to Asia / Orbán blickt nach Asien km-Welt-DE: "Prime Minister Orbán looks to Asia / Orbán blickt nach ..." page: 3 info: by Boris Kalnoky date: Monday, March 30, 2020

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

One million Romanians could be affected by technical unemployment

[Romania, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM CEST

News.ro reports that Romania’s Labour Minister Violeta Alexandru on Saturday said that the government had estimated up to one million people affected by technical unemployment during the state of emergency. She announced that the budgetary effort to cover unemployment benefits during this period would reach RON 4 billion. The money would be provided by the Ministry of Finance, but the Labour Minister said the government had planned to take steps, through the Ministry of European Funds, to cover part of the costs with EU money, according to Adevărul newspaper.

One million people could be affected by technical unemployment / Un milion de persoane ar putea intra în şomaj tehnic km-Adevarul-RO: "One million people could be affected by technical unemployment / ..." page: 6 info: by Deacu Elena date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Labour Minister: We estimate that one million people could be affected by technical unemployment during the state of emergency. The budgetary effort, RON 4 billion / Ministrul Muncii: Am făcut un scenariu conform căruia un milion de persoane ar urma să fie trimise în şomaj tehnic, în perioada stării de urgenţă. Efortul bugetar, patru miliarde de lei km-news.ro-RO: "Labour Minister: We estimate that one million people could be ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

One million Romanians could be affected by technical unemployment. The government estimates a budgetary impact of RON 4 billion / Un milion de români ar putea intra în șomaj tehnic. Guvernul estimează un impact bugetar de 4 miliarde de lei km-Realitatea.net-RO: "One million Romanians could be affected by technical unemployment. The ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU to finance requalification in aftermath of coronavirus crisis

[Slovakia, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Monday, March 30, 2020 6:49:00 AM CEST

TV station TV JOJ draws attention to the coronavirus crisis, pointing to the fact that once the crisis ends, many people will need requalification. It is expected that some 100,000 Slovaks might lose jobs due to the crisis. The station notes that the requalifications could be financed from the European Social Fund. It will depend on Slovakia’s government when it will launch the programme. The station explains that Brussels sends this money and that its use depends on individual member states.

Requalification to follow after coronavirus crisis / Po koronakrizi rekvalifikace km-Joj-TV-SK: "Requalification to follow after coronavirus crisis / Po koronakrizi rekvalifikace..." info: Noviny, 2020-03-29 20:51:00, 00:02:08, date: Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:51:00 PM CEST

TRADE

EU works on provisional WTO arbitration

[Austria, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

The EU and 15 other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have agreed on the establishment of a provisional arbitration mechanism, reports Die Presse. "This is a stopgap measure in reaction to the temporary paralysation of the WTO's appeal function for trade disputes," said Commissioner Hogan on Friday.

EU arbeitet an provisorischer WTO-Streitbeilegung km-Presse-Austria-AT: "EU arbeitet an provisorischer WTO-Streitbeilegung..." page: 13 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Food industry: record in exportations and commercial surplus in the EU for the year 2019

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

Lesoir.be reports that for the year 2019, EU's exports of food products reached a record level, helping the 27 member states towards a record trade surplus, according to a report published by the European Commission on Friday. The values of all member states' exports significatively increased in the pork meat sector (+ €2.36 billion) and wheat (+€1.75 billion), among others. The most significant drops were observed for sugar (-€523 million) and olive oil (-€114 million).

Food industry: record in exportations and commercial surplus in the EU for the year 2019 / Agro-alimentaire: Exportations et excédent commercial records pour l'UE en 2019 km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "Food industry: record in exportations and commercial surplus in the ..." info: by belga date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

EU tries to find solution to WTO blockade

[Germany, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:52:00 AM CET

In Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hendrik Kafsack points out that the WTO has been unable to deliver final rulings in trade disputes since the US blocked the appointment of new judges to the Appellate Body. Meanwhile, the EU has been trying to create an alternative dispute settlement system. It has now reached an agreement with 15 WTO members. "This agreement bears testimony to the conviction held by the EU and many other countries that cooperation is the best option in times of crisis," Commissioner Hogan stated. Brussels announced in December that it would impose punitive tariffs if necessary even without a final WTO ruling.

Solution for WTO blockade / Lösung für WTO-Blockade km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Solution for WTO blockade / Lösung für WTO-Blockade..." page: 22 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Paralysis of WTO’s appeal function

[Greece, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:36:00 AM CEST

Euro2day.gr reports that the EU and 15 World Trade Organisation (WTO) members agreed on an alternative plan for the resolution of their in-between trade disputes, giving a reply to the “paralysis” in WTO’s appeal bodies. The Commission announced that given its strong and unwavering support for a rules-based trading system, the EU has been a leading force in the process to establish this contingency measure in the WTO. Commissioner Hogan stated that the agreement delivers on the political commitment taken at the ministerial level in Davos in January and that it is a measure that reflects the temporary paralysis of the WTO's appeal function for trade disputes. Mr Hogan expressed the belief of the EU and many other countries that in times of crisis working together is the best option. We will continue our efforts to restore the appeal function of the WTO dispute settlement system as a matter of priority, he added.

Paralysis of WTO’s appeal function / Παράλυση της δικαιοδοτικής λειτουργίας του ΠΟΕ km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Paralysis of WTO’s appeal function / Παράλυση της δικαιοδοτικής λειτουργίας ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

TRANSPORT

Clock changes will not be abolished just yet

[Austria, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:39:00 AM CEST

Croatia, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of European Union, does not intend to push ahead with abolishing clock changes, Kurier and Kronen Zeitung report. After a survey, the European Commission proposed that the biannual changes between summertime and normal time should be ended. To this end, it proposed a draft directive in September 2018. The European Parliament voted in favour of abandoning clock changes after 2021. Member states now have to take a decision in the Council. The concern is that there will be no uniform time zone. Some countries prefer to adopt permanent summer time while others want to keep permanent winter time.

Wer hat an der Uhr gedreht? km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Wer hat an der Uhr gedreht?..." page: 17 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Heute ist wieder Sommerzeit: Mini-Jetlag für viele Menschen km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Heute ist wieder Sommerzeit: Mini-Jetlag für viele Menschen..." page: 40 info: by Matthias Lassnig date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Clock changes will not be abolished just yet / Das Ende der Zeitumstellung lässt noch auf sich warten km-Kurier-AT: "Clock changes will not be abolished just yet / Das ..." page: 27 info: by BM date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Slot rules suspended

[Austria, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:40:00 AM CEST

Wiener Zeitung reports that the European Parliament has given green light for suspending slot rules for airlines. In a 686-0 vote with 2 abstentions, MEPs on Thursday approved the special rules proposed by the European Commission. They are to stop airlines from operating flights without passengers in order not to lose their takeoff and landing rights. Ö1 explains further that airlines and travel organisations now worry how much compensation they will have to pay to customers if a flight is cancelled due to a landing ban, for example. Companies have already stepped up their lobbying efforts in Brussels in order to prevent the European Commission from granting passengers too much compensation. Some member states also demand a new regulation from the European Commission since some airlines are already struggling.

Morgenjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Morgenjournal..." info: 2020-03-28 07:00:00, 07:00:00, by Veronika Fillitz date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:00:00 AM CET

Aussetzung von Slot-Regeln. km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Aussetzung von Slot-Regeln...." page: 10 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The future of Daylight Saving Time

[Belgium, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-BE Monday, March 30, 2020 7:38:00 AM CEST

Many sources deal with Daylight Saving Time. RTBF La Première explains that it was decided to get rid of Daylight Saving Time as of 2021 after a public consultation conducted by the European Commission. Each member state has to decide whether it opts for definitive summer time or winter time. In Belgium, permanent winter time is the preferred option, with 50% of the respondents. The member states are expected to make their choice known by April 2020. The deadline is likely to be postponed due to corona. Grenz Echo mentions that the European Parliament also agreed on the abolition of DST. Germany takes over the EU Presidency in the second half of this year but does not have any concrete plans on the question.

Turn the clock instead of the wheel: Mastering DST / An der Uhr statt am Rad drehen: Zeitumstellung meistern km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Turn the clock instead of the wheel: Mastering DST / ..." page: 13 info: by dpa date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The future of DST / L'avenir du changement d'heure km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "The future of DST / L'avenir du changement d'heure..." info: Journal Parlé 17h00, 2020-03-28 00:00:00, 00:01:23, by Horner date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM CET

European Commission issues guidance to ensure main air cargo operations continue

[Bulgaria, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Monday, March 30, 2020 7:04:00 AM CEST

The European Commission calls upon EU member states to back air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis, the Commission’s press office reported Thursday, as cited by Dnevnik. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to maintain transport flows, including of medical supplies and personnel. “Air cargo amounts to approximately 35% of the world trade by value, and is a key part of freight transport. It keeps global supply chains functioning for many of the most high value materials and it is a critical complement to the transport of freight by land and sea,” Commissioner Vălean said.

Commission issues guidance to ensure main air cargo operations continue / Брюксел обясни как да продължат основни товарни превози по въздух km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Commission issues guidance to ensure main air cargo operations continue ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Commission to increase budget for repatriation flights

[Cyprus, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Sunday, March 29, 2020 5:50:00 PM CEST

The European Commission on Friday proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.  More than 80 further repatriation flights are planned in the coming days. Under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU contributes to the costs of repatriation flights that carry nationals of more than one Member State, based on a principle of solidarity. This European Commission proposal will increase the total budget of the first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment (ventilators, protective masks and essential medical gear) to €80 million.

Commission to increase budget for repatriation flights / Κομισιόν: €75 εκ. για πτήσεις επαναπατρισμού km-Haravgi-CY: "Commission to increase budget for repatriation flights / Κομισιόν: €75 ..." page: 6 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Clock change overshadowed by coronavirus crisis

[Czech Republic, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Monday, March 30, 2020 6:39:00 AM CEST

Several Czech media draw attention to the weekend’s clock changing to the summertime, which has been widely overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis. The media point to the fact that the European Parliament has agreed to cancel the Daylight Saving Time (DST) in 2021. Individual EU member states should inform the European Commission by the end of April on which time they want to keep. The media write that the Czech Republic favours the standard time. Právo daily notes that a compromise has not been reached yet and that in the current situation the issue will hardly become a priority in the near future.

Few people have noticed the shift in time this year because of coronavirus. Night trains did not run anyway / Posunu času si letos kvůli koronaviru všiml málokdo. Noční vlaky stejně nejezdily km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Few people have noticed the shift in time this year ..." info: by Aktuálně.cz date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Summer and winter time changing / Střídání letního a zimního času km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "Summer and winter time changing / Střídání letního a zimního ..." info: Zprávy, 2020-03-28 18:06:00, 00:00:58, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:06:00 PM CET

Summer and winter time changing / Střídání letního a zimního času km-CT-1-CZ: "Summer and winter time changing / Střídání letního a zimního ..." info: Události, 2020-03-28 19:50:00, 00:01:51, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:50:00 PM CET

Daylight saving time starts in the morning, this could be the last time / Nad ránem začíná platit letní čas, mohlo by to být naposledy km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Daylight saving time starts in the morning, this could be ..." info: by Echo24 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Time changes at night on Sunday / V noci na neděli se mění čas km-novinky.cz-CZ: "Time changes at night on Sunday / V noci na ..." info: by jnk date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

The weekend will be an hour shorter / Víkend bude o hodinu kratší km-Pravo-CZ: "The weekend will be an hour shorter / Víkend bude ..." page: 9 info: by (jnk date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Abolition of time change not making progress

[Germany, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-DE Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:58:00 AM CET

A couple of media touch upon the developments regarding the planned abolition of the time change in Europe.It is known that the European Commission and the European Parliament want the abolition of time change, Damir Fras notes in a commentary in Frankfurter Rundschau. However, the EU member states still do not agree on whether winter or summer time should apply in the future. Thus, the change that is actually planned for 2021 will not take place, according to Mr Fras. In these times, one could almost be thankful that the EU has so far failed to abolish the time change, he argues, adding that this is also a sign of normality.

No time for haste / Keine Zeit für Eile km-Frankfurter-Rundschau-DE: "No time for haste / Keine Zeit für Eile..." page: 13 info: by D.Fras date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Europe takes its time / Europa lässt sich Zeit km-Frankfurter-Rundschau-DE: "Europe takes its time / Europa lässt sich Zeit..." page: 44 info: by mav/dpa date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Abolition of the time change takes time / Abschaffung der Zeitumstellung lässt sich Zeit km-Passauer-Neue-Presse-DE: "Abolition of the time change takes time / Abschaffung der ..." page: 24 date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Drastic slump in air traffic in Europe

[Germany, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-DE Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:34:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Welt am Sonntag, it is pointed out that the European Commission expects a drastic slump in air traffic in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic. The European Commission expects the number of flights in Europe to drop to 20% of the normal traffic level in the coming days, confidential analysis of 21 March, available to Die Welt, reveals. At the time of the survey, eight days ago, the number of flights in Germany had already dropped by 65%.

Four out of five flights cancelled / Vier von fünf Flügen fallen aus km-Welt-DE: "Four out of five flights cancelled / Vier von fünf ..." page: 1 date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Greek Infrastructure and Transport Minister Karamanlis on the restriction on transport due to coronavirus

[Greece, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:34:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that Greek Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis stated that according to figures published by the Athens Urban Transport Organisation (OASA) on Friday, passenger traffic in public transport dramatically dropped by 90%. Given that flights across the EU have been minimised, Mr Karamanlis said that Greece has already prepared a plan in case it is needed to maintain flights inside the country and ensure interconnectivity, especially with the islands. Asked about the problems aviation companies face, Mr Karamanlis said that he is in constant contact with Commissioner Vălean over the issue of air transports and airports since the aviation industry across Europe has suffered huge damage and efforts are made for its strengthening. He also underlined that at the first stage, Europe has shown signs of solidarity.

Καραμανλής: Μειωμένη κατά 90% η κίνηση στα Μέσα Μαζικής Μεταφοράς km-capital.gr-GR: "Καραμανλής: Μειωμένη κατά 90% η κίνηση στα Μέσα Μαζικής Μεταφοράς..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Καραμανλής: Μειωμένη κατά 90% η κίνηση στα MMM -Κανονικά τα δρομολόγια τις ώρες αιχμής km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Καραμανλής: Μειωμένη κατά 90% η κίνηση στα MMM -Κανονικά τα ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Καραμανλής: Μειωμένες κατά 90%οι μετακινήσεις με τα ΜΜΜ km-Vima-online-GR: "Καραμανλής: Μειωμένες κατά 90%οι μετακινήσεις με τα ΜΜΜ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

EU guidelines for the flow of air cargo operations

[Greece, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Monday, March 30, 2020 7:31:00 AM CEST

Naftemporiki reports that the Commission issued guidelines that recommend to member states to take operational and organisational measures during the coronavirus crisis in order to keep essential air freight transport flows moving. The measures include inviting member states to grant temporary traffic rights for additional cargo operations from outside the EU if restrictions would normally apply, even if these cargo operations are conducted with passenger aircraft. The Commission also highlights that it is crucial that open airports have sufficient capacity to handle air cargo, and put in place special measures for transport personnel involved in the transport of goods. According to Commissioner Vălean, air cargo amounts to approximately 35% of world trade by value. We are providing concrete measures to keep such services running, including on passenger planes, because time-sensitive products, such as medicines, need to be flown, Ms Vălean underlined.

EU guidelines for the flow of air cargo operations / Πυξίδα από την Ε.Ε. για τη ροή cargo αερομεταφορών km-Naftemporiki-GR: "EU guidelines for the flow of air cargo operations / ..." page: 6 date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement

[Lithuania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Monday, March 30, 2020 7:14:00 AM CEST

M1 Plius reports that according to the Lithuanian Transport Ministry, Lithuania and like-minded European Union member states are urging the bloc’s bodies to postpone the consideration and adoption of the controversial Mobility Package until the coronavirus pandemic has ended and its impact on the transport sector has been assessed. The transport ministers of Lithuania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, Malta, Romania and Hungary have signed a letter to Commissioner Vălean, Croatia, and all European Union’s transport ministers. Delfi.lt adds that the letter calls on the European Union to support transport companies by putting in place a new appropriate regulatory framework. The Mobility Package, coupled with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, will deliver a hard blow to European transport companies, according to the letter. “The magnitude of this impact is difficult to predict,” it warned. “Therefore, we are urgently calling for an end to further legal procedures for the Mobility Package, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the road transport sector and the European Union’s economy,” the ministers said.

Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti Mobilumo paketo priėmimą km-15min.lt-LT: "Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti Mobilumo paketo priėmimą km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti Mobilumo paketo priėmimą km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva prašo atidėti ..." info: by BNS date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva ir bendramintės ES šalys prašo stabdyti Mobilumo paketo svarstymą ir priėmimą km-M1-plius-LT: "Lithuania asks for Mobility Package postponement / Lietuva ir bendramintės ..." info: Žinios, 2020-03-28 13:21:00, 00:00:39, date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 1:21:00 PM CET

Council of EU postpones entrance into force of mobility package

[Poland, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 8:01:00 AM CEST

Puls Bizesu daily reports that the Council of the European Union did not agree on the authority’s standpoint about the mobility package at its assembly last Tuesday (on 24 March). According to the original plan, the draft was to be submitted to the European Parliament after its approval by the Council. However, due to the change of the parliamentary work, resulting from the coronavirus epidemic, the mobility package may be tackled at a plenary session no earlier than on 13-14 May. It indicates the legislation process’s postponement by about a month. The daily comments that the mobility package’s entrance into force should be stopped anyway, because European carriers have already been weakened by the coronavirus crisis. And the new law brings along some solutions that would still worsen their situation. The companies that manage to survive the current crisis may remain weaker for years. On 19 March, the Polish carriers, allied in the ZPTiL association of employers, submitted an application to Brussels for the withdrawal of the present draft of the mobility package. According to Margareta Przybyła, permanent representative of the Association of International Road Carriers in Poland (ZMPD), there are no chances for a softening of the EU’s stance on the law.

Mobility package will be delayed / Pakiet mobilności będzie opóźniony km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "Mobility package will be delayed / Pakiet mobilności będzie opóźniony..." page: 8 info: by MIB date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus crisis hits the European airlines

[Poland, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-PL Monday, March 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM CEST

According to Rzeczpospolita daily, the coronavirus crisis has fully hit the European airline industry. Germany’s Lufthansa has inactivated 95% of its fleet. Poland’s LOT – like other national air carriers – keeps flying thanks to the repatriation trips. Experts assume that in 2020, the overall number of passenger flights in Europe will be 50% smaller than a year earlier. The coronavirus crisis may cost the European airlines up to $76 billion, according to estimations by Brian Pearce, chief economist of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Consequently, up to 5.6 million people may lose their jobs. But there is also a spark of hope for the industry. Last Saturday, the Netherland’s KLM resumed some of its flights, which had not been sponsored by the government or the European Union. Still, European airlines need some support - from both the governments and Brussels - to survive the difficult time. First of all, they appeal to the public aid rules’ softening.

Airlines will not survive without help / Linie lotnicze nie przetrwają bez pomocy km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Airlines will not survive without help / Linie lotnicze nie ..." page: 1 info: by Danuta Walewska date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Interview with Commissioner Vălean about the call on member states to support air cargo operations

[Romania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

In a phone interview with Digi FM radio station, Commissioner Adina Vălean spoke about the European Commission’s call on member states to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. Thus, in order to keep the supply chains functioning, passenger planes could be turned into freight carriers. “We call on member states to allow passenger planes to fly as cargo planes and also to carry personnel working in the transport sector,” Commissioner Vălean told the radio station. According to her, the categories of staff targeted by this measure would include truck drivers, people who need to be repatriated, medical staff and diplomats.

Freight transport in Europe / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Freight transport in Europe / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2020-03-27 09:32:00, 00:01:05, by Negoiţă Alexandra date: Friday, March 27, 2020 9:32:00 AM CET

Interview with Commissioner Vălean about the need to set up green corridors for freight carriers

[Romania, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Monday, March 30, 2020 6:51:00 AM CEST

In a phone interview with TVR1 TV channel, Commissioner Adina Vălean commented on the steps taken by the European Commission to prevent traffic bottlenecks at the border and allow free passage for truck drivers. She called on member states to set up green corridors for freight carriers and avoid double checks at the border and stressed that the free movement of goods, medicines and medical equipment was critical during the coronavirus crisis. Commissioner Vălean said that any checks or health screenings at the border should not take more than 15 minutes. “All these measures were indicated in the document sent to all member states. [...] A concept agreed right from the beginning is that all goods must pass. In a strongly interdependent single market such as the European one, no one can make a decision regarding a list of priority products.” Ms Vălean said the Commission had passed a number of economic measures to help member states cope with the coronavirus outbreak, including in the transport sector.

Vălean: Green transit corridors, without discrimination / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Vălean: Green transit corridors, without discrimination / Telejurnal..." info: Telejurnal, 2020-03-27 07:29:00, 00:03:16, by Soceanu Andra date: Friday, March 27, 2020 7:29:00 AM CET

European Commission is urging member states to support air freight during the COVID-19 crisis

[Slovenia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Monday, March 30, 2020 8:01:00 AM CEST

The European Commission on Friday called on EU member states to support freight aviation during the coronavirus epidemic, by lifting some restrictions and encouraging the use of passenger aircraft for freight transport, STA reports. Air traffic is important for maintaining the supply chain but has fallen by more than 80% due to the outbreak of the virus. Therefore, the Commission called on the member states to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. With the new guidelines, it recommends operational and organisational measures to maintain essential traffic flows, including medical supplies and medical personnel. According to the Commission, these measures, which will be provisionally applied during the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, are aimed at facilitating air freight and reducing additional costs.

European Commission is urging member states to support air freight during the COVID-19 crisis / Bruselj poziva članice k podpori tovornemu letalskemu prometu v času izbruha km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission is urging member states to support air freight ..." date: Friday, March 27, 2020

Airlines avoid giving back the money for the tickets so as not to go bankrupt

[Spain, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-ES Monday, March 30, 2020 7:29:00 AM CEST

El Economista reports that in order to avoid bankruptcy, airlines are negotiating with their respective governments and the European Union to temporarily suspend the reimbursement of tickets included in regulation 261/2004. "We are working with the European Commission to improve the guidelines for refunds of cancelled tickets. This is an unprecedented crisis for the aviation industry and government support is needed in many areas to help us preserve liquidity," reports A4E (Airlines for Europe). "Giving coupons will help our companies and at the same time not harm customers. We are now negotiating with the German government and the European Commission to make this possible," says Lufthansa.

Airlines avoid giving back the money for the tickets so as not to go bankrupt / Las aerolíneas evitan devolver el dinero de los billetes para no quebrar km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Airlines avoid giving back the money for the tickets so ..." page: 27 info: by África Semprún date: Monday, March 30, 2020

Time to change to summertime

[Sweden, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-SE Monday, March 30, 2020 5:45:00 AM CEST

On 29 March, the clock changed to summertime in Sweden. The question remains for how long this will take place, as the EU member states will have to inform the European Parliament whether they will stick to the existing order or choose either summer- or wintertime permanently by 2021.

Time to change to summertime / Dags att ställa om klockan till sommartid km-Svt.se-SE: "Time to change to summertime / Dags att ställa om ..." date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

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