ADMINISTRATION

Protection Unit wins European Commission's mega contract

[Belgium, Administration]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST

Several sources report that Protection Unit has won the €286 million contract to protect the buildings of the European Commission in Brussels. L'Echo reports that the SME will have to supply 1,100 agents for this contract to meet this demand, starting in October. With 70 buildings ranging from the Berlaymont to crèches dedicated to the children of Commission staff, the challenge for Protection Unit is considerable. The Commission's requirements will influence recruitment. The European institution requires, for example, that staff assigned to these sensitive sites have NATO clearance, a very high level security clearance, which requires further investigation of applicants. Le Soir adds that Protection Unit has also won the contract for the security of the European Council in Luxembourg.  It also suffered a real backlash. In April 2021, founder Samuel Di Giovanni was charged with insider trading in a case concerning dubious purchases of Mithra shares. However, following this event, the Board of Directors continued to trust him by keeping him in charge of the company's international development - particularly in France.

Protection Unit will ensure the Commission's security / Protection Unit va assurer le gardiennage de la Commission km-Derniere-Heure-BE: Protection Unit will ensure the Commission's security / Protection Unit va assurer le gardiennage de la Commission page: 11 info: by RO. MA. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Protection Unit wins European Commission's mega contract / Protection Unit remporte le méga contrat de la Commission européenne km-Echo-Belgium-BE: Protection Unit wins European Commission's mega contract / Protection Unit remporte le méga contrat de la Commission européenne page: 1,3 info: by Samain date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Protection Unit hits the jackpot with the European Commission / Protection Unit décroche le jackpot auprès de la Commission européenne km-Soir-BE: Protection Unit hits the jackpot with the European Commission / Protection Unit décroche le jackpot auprès de la Commission européenne page: 5 info: by Sente date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

AGRICULTURE

Contributing article: Food security versus biodiversity?

[Austria, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:18:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is planning to allow the use of fallow land next year after all, writes Gerald Pfiffinger, chair of environmental umbrella organisation UWD, in a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung. Austria participates in this misguided EU agricultural policy, he says. This means that the most important cross-border measure for biodiversity that is included in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is being sacrificed in the very first year. One of the few effective environmental policy rules introduced by the EU is history for now, criticises Mr Pfiffinger. However, a sustainable agricultural transition is more important than ever in order to ensure food security and combat climate change. Austria must not follow the EU's misguided agricultural policy path, he says.

Contributing article: Food security versus biodiversity? / Ernährungssicherheit versus Biodiversität? km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: Contributing article: Food security versus biodiversity? / Ernährungssicherheit versus Biodiversität? page: 2 info: by Gerald Pfiffinger date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

France threatened by beef shortage

[France, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:58:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that France might face a beef shortage in the upcoming months as many farmers will struggle to buy maize because of the increased prices due to the drought. "We're heading for the wall, and it's not because of the lack of warnings," said Emmanuel Bernard, president of the beef section of the interprofessional association Interbev. “Imports will not be able to solve this problem, as this phenomenon of decapitalisation affects the whole of Europe," he noted. Nevertheless, according to experts, through contractualisation, production might be able to recover. "It is not too late. We need to generalise the agreements between the 60,000 breeders, the industrialists and the distributors, via the 260 essential slaughterers, with a long-term commitment," insisted Emmanuel Bernard. “We have the capacity to increase production. With these guarantees, farmers could reduce their exports and keep them in France,” he further explained.

With the drought, farmers are reducing their herds / Avec la sécheresse, les éleveurs réduisent leurs troupeaux km-Echos-FR: "With the drought, farmers are reducing their herds / Avec ..." page: 12 info: by D. Ch date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Livestock crisis: yellowed meadows and green solutions / Crise de l'élevage : prés jaunis et solutions vertes km-Echos-FR: "Livestock crisis: yellowed meadows and green solutions / Crise de ..." page: 10 info: by Julie Chauveau date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

France threatened by a lack of beef / La France menacée par un manque de viande bovine km-Echos-FR: "France threatened by a lack of beef / La France ..." page: 12 info: by Dominique Chapuis date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The cereals agreement is not a miracle cure

[France, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:52:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro writes that a dozen ships loaded with grain have left ports in the Odesa region since 1 August. Thanks to the agreement signed under the aegis of the UN in Istanbul on 22 July by Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, grain deliveries, which had been interrupted since the beginning of the war, resumed. But for the moment, the agreement does not benefit the most fragile states and those most dependent on grain imports. Of the twelve ships that left Ukrainian ports with their holds full of grain, none are heading for Africa. With drought affecting the whole of Europe and high inflation in energy costs, the humanitarian corridor in the Black Sea is unlikely to be enough to bring prices down in the long term.

The cereals agreement is not a miracle cure / L'accord sur les céréales n'est pas la panacée km-Figaro-FR: The cereals agreement is not a miracle cure / L'accord sur les céréales n'est pas la panacée page: 4,5 info: by Rémy Trieau date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

New buyer for Razoni freighter's grain is wanted

[Germany, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:07:00 AM CEST

Razoni freighter was the first to leave the port of Odesa in Ukraine after the end of the grain blockade, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. But then the buyer turned down the offer after five months of waiting. Meanwhile, the ship unexpectedly changed its course one day before arrival and is now anchored in front of the Turkish port in Mersin. A new recipient is wanted in Lebanon or elsewhere. Nevertheless, the large load of corn on the Razoni is intended for animal feed. There was no use for it in Lebanon.

26 000 tonnes of maize on offer / 26 000 Tonnen Mais im Angebot km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: 26 000 tonnes of maize on offer / 26 000 Tonnen Mais im Angebot page: 15 info: by P.H. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ministry of Agriculture asks calls on European Commission to exempt Lithuanian farmers from requirement for succeeding crops

[Lithuania, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:31:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets write that the Ministry of Agriculture is asking the European Commission to grant exemptions to Lithuanian farmers and allow them to deviate from the European Union’s succeeding crop maintenance period due to unfavourable natural conditions in the country. The Ministry asks that farmers be allowed to maintain the succeeding crops in the soil for less than eight weeks in order to plant their winter crops in time for next year’s harvest. The Ministry is also considering an exceptional force majeure rule to exempt farmers who are unable to comply with the requirements from them and from penalties. The Ministry also asked for interpretation as to whether this would violate European Union law.

Ministry of Agriculture asks calls on European Commission to exempt Lithuanian farmers from requirement for succeeding crops / Ministerija prašo EK taikyti išimtis Lietuvos ūkininkams dėl posėlio išlaikymo km-15min.lt-LT: Ministry of Agriculture asks calls on European Commission to exempt Lithuanian farmers from requirement for succeeding crops / Ministerija prašo EK taikyti išimtis Lietuvos ūkininkams dėl posėlio išlaikymo date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ministry of Agriculture asks calls on European Commission to exempt Lithuanian farmers from requirement for succeeding crops / Žemės ūkio ministerija kreipėsi į Europos Komisiją dėl išimčių Lietuvos ūkininkams km-Delfi.lt-LT: Ministry of Agriculture asks calls on European Commission to exempt Lithuanian farmers from requirement for succeeding crops / Žemės ūkio ministerija kreipėsi į Europos Komisiją dėl išimčių Lietuvos ūkininkams info: by www.DELFI.lt date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Two more cargo ships carrying grain leave Ukraine

[Malta, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:02:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that two more cargo ships carrying grain left Ukraine yesterday, Kyiv said, under a deal with Russia to ease agricultural exports from Ukrainian ports that had been blocked by the war. “Two ships left the port of Chornomorsk carrying 70,000 tons of agricultural products,” the infrastructure ministry said. It said that one of the ships, the Rahmi Yaggi, was bound for Turkey while the Ocean Lion was carrying some 65,000 tons of corn to South Korea. With the departures reported yesterday, a total of 12 ships have left three different Ukrainian Black Sea ports under the deal brokered in late July by the UN and Turkey.

Two more cargo ships carrying grain leave Ukraine / Two more cargo ships carrying grain leave Ukraine km-Malta-Times-MT: Two more cargo ships carrying grain leave Ukraine / Two more cargo ships carrying grain leave Ukraine page: 8 info: by AFP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

First grain shipment from Ukraine was rejected by the buyer

[Romania, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:25:00 AM CEST

DigiFM radio station and TVR1 TV station report that the first grain shipment from Ukraine since the start of the war was rejected by the Lebanon-based buyer over the more than five-month delay, according to the Ukrainian Embassy in Lebanon. The ship, carrying over 26,000 tonnes of corn, is currently at anchor off Turkey’s southern coast and is looking for another port to unload its grain cargo. Ukraine resumed grain exports via the Black Sea based on an agreement with Russia, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, in order to prevent a global food crisis.

First Ukraine grain cargo refused by buyer / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "First Ukraine grain cargo refused by buyer / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2022-08-09 12:34:00, 00:00:40, by Leovean Adina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:34:00 PM CEST View this media item

First Ukraine grain cargo refused by buyer / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "First Ukraine grain cargo refused by buyer / Telejurnal..." info: Telejurnal, 2022-08-09 07:14:00, 00:00:37, by Muzgoci Bogdan date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:14:00 AM CEST View this media item

Romania ranks sixth in EU in terms of onion production area

[Romania, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:24:00 AM CEST

Ziarul Financiar daily writes, citing Eurostat data, that Romania produced onions on 16,300 hectares of land last year, a similar area that of a large grain producing farm and ranks sixth in the European Union, where the Netherlands is the leader, with a 39,500-hectare onion production area. Romania’s dry onion production was 357,000 tonnes last year, down by 4% against 2020, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.

Romania ranks 6th in EU in terms of onion production area. It has €40 million imports, 30 times higher than exports / România, locul şase la suprafaţa cultivată cu ceapă în UE, are importuri de 40 mil. euro, de 30 de ori mai mari decât... km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Romania ranks 6th in EU in terms of onion production ..." page: 1 info: by Niţu Florentina date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Two more ships with grain set sail from Ukraine

[Slovenia, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:32:00 AM CEST

According to the German news agency DPA, two more cargo ships with Ukrainian grain left the Ukrainian port of Chernomorsk yesterday, which raises hopes that the global food crisis caused by the Russian attack on Ukraine is slowly easing, STA, 24ur, and Dnevnik report. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure, the two ships are carrying a total of more than 70,000 tonnes of grain along the safe corridor in the Black Sea. About 5,300 tonnes of sunflower flour are destined for Turkey on the ship Rahmi Yaggi, while the ship Ocean Lion is carrying almost 65,000 tonnes of corn destined for South Korea. Since Russia and Ukraine, with the mediation of Turkey and the UN, reached an agreement on 22 July to free up the export of Ukrainian grain, twelve ships with more than 380,000 tonnes of cargo have left Ukraine.

Ammunition exploded at crimea airport, buoys reach outskirts of Bahmuta / Na letališču na Krimu eksplodiralo strelivo, boji dosegli obrobje Bahmuta km-24ur.com-SI: Ammunition exploded at crimea airport, buoys reach outskirts of Bahmuta / Na letališču na Krimu eksplodiralo strelivo, boji dosegli obrobje Bahmuta date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Two more ships with Ukrainian grain set sail / Na pot odšli še dve ladji z ukrajinskim žitom km-Dnevnik-SI: "Two more ships with Ukrainian grain set sail / Na ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Two more ships with grain set sail from Ukraine / Iz Ukrajine izpluli še dve ladji z žitom (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Two more ships with grain set sail from Ukraine / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

CLIMATE ACTION

€76 million for Austria's climate transition

[Austria, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:39:00 AM CEST

According to orf.at, derstandard.at, Salzburger Nachrichten and Kronen Zeitung, the European Commission has approved Austria's plan for a fair climate transition together with the first funding tranche of €76 million. This was reported by the representation of the EU authority in Vienna. In total, Austria will receive €136 million from the Just Transition Fund (JTF). “The green economy is our future, and the Just Transition Fund is here to support a smooth and fair environmental transition in the regions of Austria that face the greatest challenges on the road to climate neutrality,” Executive Vice-President Timmermans said. According to the Commission, the regions and municipalities that will undergo a significant transition are located in particular in Upper Austria, Carinthia, Lower Austria and Styria.

EU-Kommission genehmigt Österreich 76 Millionen Euro für Klimawende km-Derstandard.at-AT: "EU-Kommission genehmigt Österreich 76 Millionen Euro für Klimawende..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

76 Millionen für Klimawende km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "76 Millionen für Klimawende..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

€76 million for Austria's environmental transition / 76 Mio. Euro für Österreichs Klimawende km-orf.at-AT: "€76 million for Austria's environmental transition / 76 Mio. Euro ..." info: by red date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

EU genehmigt erste Fördermittel für Klimawende km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU genehmigt erste Fördermittel für Klimawende..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Op-ed on climate targets by Bram Bombeek

[Belgium, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:08:00 AM CEST

In De Tijd, Bram Bombeek writes that with the Green Deal, the Farm to Fork Strategy and the Green Deal Package targets, the EU is the world leader in ambitious climate plans. It promised greater efforts than any other power block in the Paris Climate Agreement. Including gas and nuclear energy in the green taxonomy was wase. If we cannot make the business case for green energy as cheap energy right now, we never will. Danish astronomer Bjorn Lomborg calculated that the European Commission's Green Deal Package targets would delay climate change by only six weeks. A rigorous cost-effectiveness analysis must finally be applied to our climate policy.

Down with climate targets / Weg met klimaatdoelstellingen km-Tijd-BE: Down with climate targets / Weg met klimaatdoelstellingen page: 9 info: by Bombeek date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded

[Lithuania, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that last month saw the lowest extent of Antarctic sea ice on record for July, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). C3S found Antarctic sea ice extent reached 1.53 million square kilometres — some 1.1 million square meters, or 7%, below the 1991-2020 average for July. This was the lowest ice cover for July since satellite records began 44 years ago and followed record low Antarctic sea ice levels for June. C3S said the low ice values continued a string of below-average monthly extents observed since February 2022.

Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded / Antarktyje užfiksuotas mažiausias visų laikų jūrinio ledo plotas km-15min.lt-LT: Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded / Antarktyje užfiksuotas mažiausias visų laikų jūrinio ledo plotas info: by Šaltinis: BNS date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded / Antarktyje užfiksuotas mažiausias visų laikų jūrinio ledo plotas km-lrytas.lt-LT: Antarctic sea ice extent lowest ever recorded / Antarktyje užfiksuotas mažiausias visų laikų jūrinio ledo plotas info: by Lrytas.lt Aug 9 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

COMPETITION

Electricity tariffs: EDF claims compensation of more than 8 billion euros from the government

[France, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00:00 AM CEST

LeParisien.fr reports that, on Tuesday, EDF claimed €8.34 billion from the state following the government's decision to allocate additional volumes of cheap nuclear electricity to its competitors to limit the rise in bills. Because of this new decision, the company is forced to sell its production at a low price, at a time when electricity is reaching record highs on the wholesale markets. EDF said on Tuesday that its approach was based on "an in-depth legal analysis" and "in view of the damage suffered" under these texts. The PS senators protested on Monday against this decision which raises the regulated price of nuclear electricity. In a press release, they explained that these articles "infringe European Union law, the freedom of enterprise and the constitutional requirements for a validation law". They also argue that "the Commission has not approved in writing the increase in the ceiling and the tariff, as required by EU law".

Electricity: EDF claims 8.3 billion euros from the State / Électricité : EDF réclame 8,3 milliards d'euros à l'État km-Echos-FR: "Electricity: EDF claims 8.3 billion euros from the State / ..." page: 11 info: by Matthieu Quiret date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EDF claims 8.34 billion euros from the State / EDF réclame 8,34 milliards d'euros à l'État km-Figaro-FR: "EDF claims 8.34 billion euros from the State / EDF ..." page: 21 info: by Guillaume Guichard date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Electricity tariffs: EDF claims compensation of more than 8 billion euros from the government / Tarifs de l’électricité : EDF réclame une indemnité de plus de 8 milliards d’euros au gouvernement km-leparisien.fr-FR: "Electricity tariffs: EDF claims compensation of more than 8 billion ..." info: by Le Parisien avec AFP date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Commission seeks feedback on framework exempting liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules

[Greece, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:04:00 AM CEST

Naftemporiki reports that amid reactions from supply chain stakeholders to the excessive increases in liner tariffs, the EU has asked stakeholders to give feedback on the framework which exempts liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules. Representatives of shippers, carriers and terminal operators in the supply chain have long called on the Commission, and the US, to start proceedings to review the competition regulation in the containership industry. The evaluation of the relevant legal framework will help the Commission decide whether the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation should expire or be extended again, with or without amendments.

The EU reviews the EU antitrust framework / Η Ε.Ε. επανεξετάζει το θεσμικό αντιμονοπωλιακό πλαίσιο km-Naftemporiki-GR: The EU reviews the EU antitrust framework / Η Ε.Ε. επανεξετάζει το θεσμικό αντιμονοπωλιακό πλαίσιο page: 15 info: by Paris Tsirgiotis date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Comment on politicians’ engagement in lobbying for Uber

[Poland, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:35:00 AM CEST

Polityka comments on European politicians’ engagement in lobbying for the American online taxi corporation Uber. The scandal was revealed by the UK’s daily The Guardian. The company invested big money in the employment of an army of public relations experts and lobbyists. The people’s activity opened the doors to the offices of the world’s leading politicians for Uber. The powerful supporters of the company included the Commission’s former Vice-President (earlier Competition Commissioner) Kroes. Without political support, Uber would not have managed to conquer the European market so successfully.

The pirate changes course / Pirat zmienia kurs km-Polityka-PL: The pirate changes course / Pirat zmienia kurs page: 42 info: by Grzeszak Adam date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Major football clubs argue UEFA violates competition law (analysis)

[Sweden, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:46:00 AM CEST

Three major European football clubs argued that the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) violates EU competition law due to its monopoly status, Simon Bank writes in an analysis in Aftonbladet. This winter, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will present its opinion in the case, which could re-draw the world of football. One month ago, the CJEU held a hearing about the creation of the European Super League and the role of UEFA as a monopoly holder of hosting international competitions. The CJEU is expected to rule that everyone is equal before the law, which marks a unique opportunity for the EU's inner market and a turning point for lovers of football worldwide.

The argument of the big clubs / DET KAN RITA OM HELA VÅR VÄRLD km-Aftonbladet-SE: "The argument of the big clubs / DET KAN RITA ..." page: 4,5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

CONSUMER POLICY

EU to tackle food waste by changing expiration dates

[Croatia, Consumer Policy]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:08:00 AM CEST

In order to tackle the global problem of excessive food waste, increasingly more grocery chains in the UK are removing the “best before” dates from their products, RTL Televizija reports. Research has shown that more than half of consumers confuse the terms “best before” and “use by”. According to MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D), it is believed that this misunderstanding is the cause of roughly 10% of all wasted food. In Croatia, 286,000 tonnes of food waste is created annually, or 71 kilogrammes of waste per citizen. Therefore, by the end of the year, the European Commission is to propose changes to the EU rules on labelling expiration dates. “The abolition of the ‘best use by’ designation is certainly being considered, as well as the possible extension of deadlines for dairy products, which are considered too short,” MEP Borzan said.

Remove product shelf life / Uklanjanje rokova trajanja proizvoda km-RTL-TV-HR: "Remove product shelf life / Uklanjanje rokova trajanja proizvoda..." info: Ostalo, 2022-08-09 19:27:00, 00:03:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:27:00 PM CEST View this media item

DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

Influencers victim of "outdated" law

[Belgium, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:23:00 AM CEST

De Standaard reports that a European directive stipulates that influencers must make their addresses public. The geographical address where the service provider is established must be displayed. That way, anyone who conducts a commercial activity online can easily be contacted by customers if something goes wrong. However, influencers feel this is a violation of privacy. At economy minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne’s office, they are prepared to consider an amendment to the legislation. It is now being investigated whether the law can be modified without violating the European directive. "There is usually some margin," spokesperson Laurens Teerlinck says of the European obligations. "We hear that in other member states, other systems are being applied."

Influencers victim of 'outdated' law / Influencers slachtoffer van ‘achterhaalde’ wet km-Standaard-BE: Influencers victim of 'outdated' law / Influencers slachtoffer van ‘achterhaalde’ wet page: 19 info: by Lemmens date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Press publishers ready to defend their neighbouring rights

[Belgium, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:24:00 AM CEST

L'Echo reports that the European Commission adopted a directive on neighbouring rights in March 2019. It obliges Google, Facebook and others to negotiate a remuneration with press publishers for using all or part of their content on their platforms. In Belgium, the directive only entered into force on 1 August. However, the social network has decided to stop accepting content from Belgian press publishers rather than paying for it. Facebook's attitude is a response to the publishers' lobbying for the adoption of this directive. The impact of the measure is still relatively weak for the moment. French-speaking publishers are ready to negotiate with the Internet giants.

Press publishers ready to defend their neighbouring rights / Les éditeurs de presse prêts à défendre leurs droits voisins km-Echo-Belgium-BE: Press publishers ready to defend their neighbouring rights / Les éditeurs de presse prêts à défendre leurs droits voisins page: 13 info: by Sacré date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Croatia lags behind most of EU’s goals regarding digital transformation

[Croatia, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:04:00 AM CEST

Eurostat has recently published data on how close the EU has come to achieving its digital transformation goals, Poslovni dnevnik writes. Croatia, while achieving above-average results in the area of skills, lags behind in everything else, mostly regarding infrastructure. In 2021, 63% of Croatian citizens had basic digital skills, which presents a significant increase from the 51% in 2015. Eurostat estimates that 59,000 ICT experts were employed in Croatia in 2021, which is 3.6% of the total employed. The EU’s goal is for 75% of European companies to use cloud computing services, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence in business by 2030, and over 90% of small and medium-sized enterprises to achieve a basic level of digitisation. In this regard, Croatia is slightly below the European average – cloud computing services were used by 39% of Croatian companies, while 9% of them used artificial intelligence, which is better than the EU average.

Although we are more digitally literate than the European average, we are most troubled by the expensive high-speed internet unavailable in the villages / Iako smo digitalno pismeniji od europskog prosjeka, najviše nas muči skupi brzi internet nedostupan u selima km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: Although we are more digitally literate than the European average, we are most troubled by the expensive high-speed internet unavailable in the villages / Iako smo digitalno pismeniji od europskog prosjeka, najviše nas muči skupi brzi internet nedostupan u selima page: 4 info: by Josipa Ban date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview with Vice-President Jourová on prepared media law

[Czech Republic, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:50:00 AM CEST

Radio station ČRo Radiožurnál brings an interview with Vice-President Jourová on several issues, mainly the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA) prepared by the European Commission. The VP points out that the Commission sees a negative trend in some EU member states in terms of media freedom, to which it needs to react. She explains that the situation is deteriorating even in some countries which did not use to be problematic in the past, such as Slovenia. The VP highlights that democracy needs media. As a positive example, the VP mentions Denmark, Sweden and Germany, which according to her have a perfect media protection system. Assessing the situation in the Czech Republic, the VP says the country has a pretty decent public media protection system.

Interview with Vice-President Jourová on prepared media law / Rozhovor s místopředsedkyní Evropské komise Věrou Jourovou km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President Jourová on prepared media law / Rozhovor ..." info: Dvacet minut radiožurnálu, 2022-08-09 17:06:00, 00:23:37, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:06:00 PM CEST View this media item

The Commission will focus on media freedom. Some politicians make them a public enemy, says Jourová / Komise se zaměří na svobodu médií. Někteří politici z nich dělají veřejného nepřítele, říká Jourová km-iRozhlas.cz-CZ: "The Commission will focus on media freedom. Some politicians make ..." info: by Vladimír KROC date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

A "Buy European Tech Act" is needed (opinion)

[France, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:53:00 AM CEST

In a collective opinion piece for Les Echos, MEP Stéphanie Yon-Courtin and others argue that, after having established the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA) in record time, the EU needs for a “Buy European Tech act". Building a true European digital leadership requires massive and structuring public and private investment in the digital economy and a clear preference for European solutions. The authors point out that Chinese, American and Israeli competitors do not hesitate to reserve a share of their public contracts for their own companies. Europe now has large companies and technological nuggets that are increasingly mature and efficient and grew tenfold since 2014. The article concludes that the EU is taking its technological destiny back into its own hands, but it needs to be realistic about moving forward

A "Buy European Tech Act" is needed / Il faut instaurer un « Buy European Tech Act » km-Echos-FR: A "Buy European Tech Act" is needed / Il faut instaurer un « Buy European Tech Act » page: 7 info: by Tribune collective date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Guest contribution on digital sovereignity in the EU: At the mercy of the tech giants

[Germany, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:57:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Handelsblatt, Founder and CEO of Univention and Chairman of the Open Source Business Alliance Peter Ganten writes that the Federal Government has called for a comprehensive digital awakening in the current draft of its long-awaited digital strategy. Berlin has certified Germany's position in the digital midfield. Digital sovereignty describes the possibility for individuals, companies or the state to exercise control over data flows in the digital world, for example, and the ability to design the digital themselves or through commissioned service providers. The realisation that more digital sovereignty is needed in Germany and Europe is not new. But digitisation has made little progress in Germany for years, Chairman Ganten argues.

Guest contribution on digital markets in the EU: At the mercy of the tech giants / Den Tech-Giganten ausgeliefert km-Handelsblatt-DE: Guest contribution on digital markets in the EU: At the mercy of the tech giants / Den Tech-Giganten ausgeliefert page: 48 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

IHS: inflation hits poorer households harder

[Austria, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST

The Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna (IHS) concludes in a study that not all households feel the impact of the current inflation rate of 9.2% the same way, Wiener Zeitung reports. While inflation is higher for those who earn higher incomes, people with lower incomes feel the impact more strongly. The general economic expectations of companies in the EU have dropped to the level of the summer of 2020. The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) for the eurozone published by the European Commission dropped significantly in July.

IHS: inflation hits poorer households harder / IHS: Teuerung trifft ärmere Haushalte härter km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: IHS: inflation hits poorer households harder / IHS: Teuerung trifft ärmere Haushalte härter page: 10 info: by (del) date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Belgian state obtains €1.8 billion in short-term loans

[Belgium, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:27:00 AM CEST

L'Echo reports that the Belgian state has obtained short-term loans worth €1.805 billion. A part of the loans was realised with slightly negative rates. On the other hand, €1.005 billion was borrowed until July 2023 with a positive rate of 0.603%.

The Belgian state makes a short-term loan of €1.8 billion / L’État belge lève 1,8 milliard d’euros à court terme km-Echo-Belgium-BE: The Belgian state makes a short-term loan of €1.8 billion / L’État belge lève 1,8 milliard d’euros à court terme page: 3 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Imports from the US jumped by as much as 650%

[Croatia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:06:00 AM CEST

In the first half of 2022, Croatia's commodity exports totalled €11.9 billion, or 35.8% more  year on year, while imports reached €20.2 billion, or 51.9% more, so the foreign trade deficit was €8.3 billion, Jutarnji list wrote, citing publicly available data released by the state statistics bureau. Croatia exported €8.5 billion worth of goods to EU countries, up by 42.4%, while imports were worth €14.9 billion, up by 44.2% year on year. Exports to non-EU countries increased by 21.6% in the same period, to €3.4 billion, and imports from non-EU countries jumped by 78.8% to €5.3 billion. The main reason for such a strong increase in imports is the increase in the price of energy products: the value of imported oil derivatives jumped from HRK2.6 to HRK8.3 billion, or 217.5%, while the supply of electricity and gas registered an increase of a whopping 463.8%, from HRK1.4 to HRK8.2 billion. Looking at countries, imports from the USA jumped by about 650%.

Imports from the United States jump as much as 650% / Uvoz iz Sjedinjenih Američkih Država skočio čak 650% km-Jutarnji-list-HR: Imports from the United States jump as much as 650% / Uvoz iz Sjedinjenih Američkih Država skočio čak 650% page: 16 info: by Marina Klepo date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Improved expectations for Croatian economic growth

[Croatia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:05:00 AM CEST

Improved expectations for Croatian economic growth are also reflected in the recent revisions of forecasts by Capital Economics, Fitch, and Euromonitor, Poslovni dnevnik wrote while adding that all of those estimates are between 4% and 5%, which is less than the 5.5% estimate given by the Croatian National Bank (CNB). The CNB sees inflation next year at 4.6%, and international analytical and financial groups also predict a smaller slowdown in inflation for Croatia next year than until recently. Until recently, their consensus about consumer price growth for 2023 was around 3.7%, and now they see it on average at around 4.5%. This only means that pressures on wage growth could continue, whose nominal growth lags behind price growth throughout this year.

Only the Dutch are more optimistic about the growth of the economy than the CNB / Oko rasta gospodarstva od HNB-a optimističniji samo Nizozemci km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: Only the Dutch are more optimistic about the growth of the economy than the CNB / Oko rasta gospodarstva od HNB-a optimističniji samo Nizozemci page: 1 info: by Jadranka Dozan date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

German package worth around €10 billion to combat inflation

[Germany, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:56:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on tax relief in Germany.Finance Minister Christian Lindner is planning a package worth around €10 billion to prevent additional burdens on taxpayers due to increased inflation, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. In 2024, another €4 billion would be added. A buffer for possible shortfalls in revenue of a good €9 billion has already been planned in the 2023 federal budget. The project is implemented in concrete terms by adjusting the income tax rate to inflation. Criticism came from the SPD and the suggestion that one-off payments for low earners be used instead.In an interview on rbb inforadio, MP Andreas Jung (CDU) criticises the Federal Government's plans to tackle the energy crisis, including its reluctance to remove the VAT fee. He also states that the overall concept of the Federal Government will be finished by September, but argues that it is most important to focus on relief for low- and middle-income families who have been hit the hardest. Moreover, heating optimisation across the board should be taken into consideration, and overall progress when it comes to energy consumption and its coordination, should be made, he comments.In a guest contribution in Der Tagesspiegel, Finance Watch Deutschland Head Gerhard Schick criticises that when it comes to the debt brake, Minister Lindner "likes to portray himself as the guardian of the Basic Law." However, "sleight of hand, like special budgets are being used," to comply with the brake. The proposed budget "can do little for people who fear no longer being able to pay their daily expenses," Mr Schick warns. A solution would not need a broad increase in income tax or a war levy: it would suffice to abolish the privileges for the super-rich created over the last 30 years, the author demands. These include, for example, the lower taxation of capital and real estate, or the "unconstitutionally" lax inheritance tax for the super-rich.

What Lindner's tax plans mean financially / Was Lindners Steuerpläne finanziell bedeuten km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: What Lindner's tax plans mean financially / Was Lindners Steuerpläne finanziell bedeuten page: 17 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

rbb Inforadio - 09.08.2022 07:05 - Interview with MP Andreas Jung (CDU) on exemption of the country's looming gas levy / rbb Inforadio - 09.08.2022 07:05 - Interview with MP Andreas Jung (CDU) on exemption of the country's looming gas levy km-RBB3-DE: "rbb Inforadio - 09.08.2022 07:05 - Interview with MP Andreas ..." info: Program, 2022-08-09 23:26:00, 00:05:34, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:26:00 PM CEST View this media item

On tax relief in Germany: Lindner wants to relieve taxpayers / Lindner will Steuerzahler entlasten km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On tax relief in Germany: Lindner wants to relieve taxpayers / Lindner will Steuerzahler entlasten page: 1 info: by Henrike Rossbach date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The myth of respect for performance / Die Mär vom Respekt für Leistung km-Tagesspiegel-DE: The myth of respect for performance / Die Mär vom Respekt für Leistung page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Discontent in coalition over Habeck's gas levy plan / Unmut in Koalition über Habecks Gasumlage-Plan km-Welt-DE: Discontent in coalition over Habeck's gas levy plan / Unmut in Koalition über Habecks Gasumlage-Plan page: 1 info: by Nikolaus Doll date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Bets pile up for European Central Bank half-point hike, raising pressure on Irish households

[Ireland, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:11:00 AM CEST

The Irish Examiner reports that markets have begun to signal that the European Central Bank will increase interest rates by a further 0.5% when it next meets in September. At its last meeting in July before its summer break, the ECB announced the first rate hike for 13 years, as it attempted to stop soaring inflation pressures from becoming embedded across the Eurozone economy. The signals are that the ECB will again seek to raise interest rates by a considerable amount next month, according to financial bets by traders, who on Tuesday raised their bets on a 0.5% interest rate increase by the ECB in September. Traders are also trying to evaluate whether the ECB will be forced to raise rates by 0.25% or 0.5% at the next meeting after stronger-than-expected US jobs figures last week fuelled expectations of another major rate hike in the US in September.

Bets pile up for ECB half point hike, raising pressure on Irish households / Bets pile up for ECB half point hike, raising pressure on Irish households km-Irish-Examiner-IE: Bets pile up for ECB half point hike, raising pressure on Irish households / Bets pile up for ECB half point hike, raising pressure on Irish households page: 15 info: by Eamon Quinn date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Italian Banking Association writes to political parties: support for Europe, eye on debt and GDP

[Italy, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:21:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the Italian Banking Association (ABI) has sent an open letter to Italian MPs and political parties “to contribute some thoughts” on the next legislature in light of the upcoming elections. Il Messaggero says ABI stresses the need for growth, saying the pandemic and the war “cannot be allowed to interrupt this”. The letter also stresses, “We are and must remain in Europe, we must contribute to help it evolve”. This includes completing the Banking Union and revisions to EU policies on NPLs. The article notes that ABI’s emphasis on Europe enters into “delicate territory” given the political stances expressed in the past by some of the leading right-wing political contenders. Corriere della Sera reports ABI’s letter also noted the continuing issue of debt and how stable economic policy is necessary to lower it. In an interview in Il Messaggero, ABI President Antonio Patuelli warns Italy faces many deadlines in the autumn and that “The EU calendar does not go on hold just for us”.

ABI writes to parties: debt and GDP, it is still an emergency / L'Abi scrive ai partiti: debito e Pil, siamo ancora in emergenza km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "ABI writes to parties: debt and GDP, it is still ..." page: 29 info: by Claudia Voltattorni date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

ABI: “Make the country grow” / L Abi: «Fate crescere il Paese» km-Messaggero-IT: "ABI: “Make the country grow” / L Abi: «Fate crescere ..." page: 1,2 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

«I rischi di esercizio provvisorio possono scatenare i mercati Meglio prepararsi per tempo» km-Messaggero-IT: "«I rischi di esercizio provvisorio possono scatenare i mercati Meglio ..." page: 2 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Letter from ABI to parties: forward with growth / Lettera dell'Abi ai partiti: avanti sulla crescita km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Letter from ABI to parties: forward with growth / Lettera ..." page: 9 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation says businesses with links to Russia most vulnerable

[Lithuania, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt and 15min.lt write that Russia’s previous threats of retaliatory sanctions against Lithuania for stopping the transit of some goods are ineffective as the two countries do not have significant economic ties and only businesses still operating in Russia are vulnerable, according to the Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė. “The most vulnerable businesses are those that still have plans in Russia, but Lithuania’s economy is diversified, and its energy resources are independent of Russia,” Armonaitė said, as quoted by Lrytas.lt, adding that the most important thing now is to be able to live without the eastbound carriers who used to do a lot of their business in Russia.

Armonaitė says businesses with links to Russia most vulnerable / A.Armonaitė: su Rusija ryšių turintys verslai – pažeidžiamiausi km-15min.lt-LT: Armonaitė says businesses with links to Russia most vulnerable / A.Armonaitė: su Rusija ryšių turintys verslai – pažeidžiamiausi info: by Šaltinis: BNS date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation says businesses with links to Russia most vulnerable / A. Armonaitė: su Rusija ryšių turintys verslai – pažeidžiamiausi km-lrytas.lt-LT: Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation says businesses with links to Russia most vulnerable / A. Armonaitė: su Rusija ryšių turintys verslai – pažeidžiamiausi info: by Lrytas.lt Aug 9 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Why rising interest rates are not bad news (opinion)

[Netherlands, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:45:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Het Financieele Dagblad, Gijs Elting, founder of Lenda.nl, says the ECB’s interest hike is a good thing. Many people seem to have lost a healthy degree of objectivity due to the long period of extremely low interest rates. There has been a collective habit - or perhaps even an addiction - to artificially low interest rates. However attractive low interest rates may be, the negative consequences of the search for alternative sources of yield are hardly discussed in the media. A rise in interest rates will help to achieve more rational asset valuations, and it accelerates the disappearance of companies with revenue models that cannot cope with a higher interest rate environment. This may hurt in the short term, but these are positive developments in the longer term. The recent increases are not only an effective means of curbing looming sky-high inflation, but also of breaking unwanted patterns that have emerged since the 2008 financial crisis.

Why rising interest rates are not bad news / Waarom stijgende rente geen slecht nieuws is km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Why rising interest rates are not bad news / Waarom ..." page: 25 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

OECD data on the pace of the Portuguese economic recovery

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:55:00 AM CEST

The war in Ukraine is affecting the pace of economic recovery in Portugal, Jornal de Negócios and Público report. According to the OECD composite advanced index, the activity of the Portuguese economy is slowing down, even though it still shows positive signs. This indicator has fallen back since the beginning of the war, which puts Portugal close to a trend reversal in economic activity. The OECD's weekly economic activity indicator also points to a slowdown in the pace of Portugal's GDP recovery.

Economy holds on in July but with a small margin / Economia aguenta em julho, mas com pouca margem km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: Economy holds on in July but with a small margin / Economia aguenta em julho, mas com pouca margem page: 12,13 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

OECD foresees worse economic situation but Portugal is still one of the exceptions / OCDE antevê conjuntura pior mas Portugal ainda é uma das excepções km-Publico-PT: OECD foresees worse economic situation but Portugal is still one of the exceptions / OCDE antevê conjuntura pior mas Portugal ainda é uma das excepções page: 21 info: by Sérgio Aníbal date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

INE data on the Portuguese trade deficit

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:04:00 AM CEST

According to INE data, the Portuguese trade deficit worsened in the second quarter of 2022, rising to €4.6 billion, Jornal de Negócios and Público report. The situation has been aggravated by the war in Ukraine. Between April and June, Portugal's trade balance worsened by more than €1.7 billion, compared to the same period in 2021. Excluding fuels and lubricants, the trade deficit falls from €4.6 billion to €3 billion.

Trade deficit aggravated by the war in the second quarter / Défice comercial agrava-se no 2.° trimestre com guerra km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: Trade deficit aggravated by the war in the second quarter / Défice comercial agrava-se no 2.° trimestre com guerra page: 14 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Fuel aggravates the trade deficit in June / Combustíveis agravam défice comercial em Junho km-Publico-PT: Fuel aggravates the trade deficit in June / Combustíveis agravam défice comercial em Junho page: 21 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Romanian National Bank Governor spoke about the growing interest rates on loans

[Romania, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:29:00 AM CEST

According to multiple media outlets, including Ziarul Financiar daily, the Romanian National Bank (BNR) has increased the monetary policy interest rate several times due to rising inflation, up to 5.5% this month, which has triggered growing interest rates on the interbank market, as well as higher borrowing costs. BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu stated yesterday that the period of low interest rates was over and that it was not easy for borrowers to pay higher loan instalments. He pointed out that there were some measures available for those who had difficulties in repaying bank loans, such as the possibility to defer the payment of instalments, to resort to the Alternative Banking Dispute Resolution Centre, or the datio in solutum (giving in payment) law, according to B1TV station. Governor Isărescu added that lending norms had been drawn up so that persons with low incomes could not borrow large sums, such as €70,000, România Liberă daily writes.

BNR: Banks have increased ROBOR excessively / Ştirile B1 TV km-B1TV-RO: BNR: Banks have increased ROBOR excessively / Ştirile B1 TV info: Ştirile B1 TV, 2022-08-09 23:13:00, 00:03:58, by Gabor Dan date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:13:00 PM CEST

Isărescu: Banks have increased ROBOR excessively / Ştirile Digi 24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Isărescu: Banks have increased ROBOR excessively / Ştirile Digi 24..." info: Ştirile Digi 24, 2022-08-09 23:19:00, 00:01:40, by Ivan Mircea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:19:00 PM CEST View this media item

BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu presents quarterly inflation report / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu presents quarterly inflation report / Ştirile ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2022-08-09 13:01:00, 00:02:00, by Sandu Ani date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:01:00 PM CEST View this media item

Isărescu, message for Romanians with loan instalments: The period of low interest rates is over, it is not coming back/ These will be the relatively normal interest rates, with the mention that ROBOR has increased excessively, far beyond monetary policy rate / Isărescu, mesaj pentru românii cu rate: Perioada dobânzilor mici a trecut, nu mai revine/ Acestea vor fi dobânzile relativ normale, cu menţiunea că ROBOR a cam sărit calul, s-a dus cam mult dincolo de ceea ce am întreprins noi cu rata de politică monetară km-news.ro-RO: "Isărescu, message for Romanians with loan instalments: The period of ..." info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Inflation is stagnating, interest rates stay high / Ştirile ProTV km-ProTV-RO: "Inflation is stagnating, interest rates stay high / Ştirile ProTV..." info: Ştirile protv, 2022-08-09 19:12:00, 00:02:49, by Andoni Oana date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:12:00 PM CEST View this media item

Mugur Isărescu: Banks have gone over the top and taken ROBOR above key rate. They have overreacted / Mugur Isărescu: Băncile au sărit calul și au dus ROBOR-ul peste dobânda-cheie. Au suprareacționat km-rfi.ro-RO: "Mugur Isărescu: Banks have gone over the top and taken ..." info: by ANA MARIA FLOREA HARRISON date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Isărescu blames banks for Robor increase / Isarescu dă vina pe bănci pentru creşterea robor km-Romania-Libera-RO: Isărescu blames banks for Robor increase / Isarescu dă vina pe bănci pentru creşterea robor page: 1 info: by Toader Adelina date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

BNR Governor to Romanians with ongoing loans, affected by growing interest rates: "Paying larger sums is not easy at all, but we have been sending this message for more than a year: the period of low interest rates is over. Selling illusions is useless. These will be the relatively normal interest rates, with the mention that ROBOR index has grown excessively / Guvernatorul BNR către românii cu credite, afectaţi de creşterea dobânzilor: Nu este deloc uşor să plăteşti sume mai mari... km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "BNR Governor to Romanians with ongoing loans, affected by growing ..." page: 1 info: by Claudia Medrega date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Romanian National Bank estimates 13.9% inflation in December 2022

[Romania, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:28:00 AM CEST

According to several media outlets, including Bursa daily, Romanian National Bank (BNR) Governor Mugur Isărescu stated yesterday, during a press conference where the new quarterly inflation report was presented, that the national bank was trying to reduce inflation without generating recession, which would further deteriorate the fiscal situation. According to the quarterly inflation report, BNR expects the annual inflation rate, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI), to stagnate at about 15% in Q3/2022 and to start decreasing in Q4. BNR estimates 13.9% inflation at the end of this year and a 7.5% inflation rate for the end of next year. In May 2022, the Romanian National Bank had forecast a 12.5% inflation rate for December 2022 and 6.7% for 2023, Gândul.info writes. As for the euro/RON exchange rate, which grew to RON 4.90/€1 yesterday, Governor Isărescu said that it was an anchor for the population of Romania, News.ro writes. Moreover, according to him, the Romanian currency’s appreciation is the result of sales of agri-food raw materials associated to this year’s harvest, but also of the fact that non-resident investors “have rediscovered Romania.”

National Bank announces future price increases for Romanians / Ştiri Banca Naţională anunţă ce scumpiri îi aşteaptă pe români km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "National Bank announces future price increases for Romanians / Ştiri ..." info: Ştiri Banca Naţională anunţă ce scumpiri îi aşteaptă pe români, 2022-08-09 12:33:00, 00:01:02, by Burlacu Lorena date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:33:00 PM CEST View this media item

BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu: "We are trying to reduce inflation without generating recession" / Mugur Isărescu, guvernatorul BNR: "Încercam să dăm inflaţia jos fără să creăm o recesiune" km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "BNR Governor Mugur Isărescu: "We are trying to reduce inflation ..." page: 1 info: by Gongoroi Mihai date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

BNR forecasts 13.9% inflation in December 2022 and 2.3% in June 2024 / Mugur Isărescu: "There is no apocalypse here. We do not have bad news" / VIDEO – BNR prognozează o inflație de 13,9% în decembrie 2022 și de 2,3% în iunie 2024 / Mugur Isărescu: „Nu avem nicio apocalipsă aici. Nu avem veşti negative” km-Gandul.ro-RO: "BNR forecasts 13.9% inflation in December 2022 and 2.3% in ..." info: by Otilia Serescu date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Isărescu is optimistic. BNR forecasts 13.9% inflation in December 2022 and 2.3% in June 2024 / Isărescu e optimist. BNR prognozează o inflaţie de 13,9% în decembrie 2022 şi de 2,3% în iunie 2024 km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Isărescu is optimistic. BNR forecasts 13.9% inflation in December 2022 ..." info: by Dorin Oancea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Isărescu: Inflation rate will stagnate around 15% and will subsequently enter a downward trend. It will reach target area in Q2/2024 if energy price capping is lifted/ There is no apocalypse here. No bad news / Isărescu: Se plafonează rata inflaţiei în jur de 15%/ Tendinţa este de scădere şi în trimestrul II din 2024 vom ajunge cu inflaţia în zona ţintită dacă se vor ridica plafonările la energie/ Nu avem nicio apocalipsă aici. Nu avem veşti negative km-news.ro-RO: "Isărescu: Inflation rate will stagnate around 15% and will subsequently ..." info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

BNR increases its inflation forecast for end of year to 13.9%. Isărescu: Enjoy your holidays and low inflation / BNR a majorat prognoza de inflație la 13,9% pentru finalul anului. Isărescu: Vacanță plăcută și inflație scăzută km-Realitatea.net-RO: BNR increases its inflation forecast for end of year to 13.9%. Isărescu: Enjoy your holidays and low inflation / BNR a majorat prognoza de inflație la 13,9% pentru finalul anului. Isărescu: Vacanță plăcută și inflație scăzută info: by REALITATEA.NET date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Confidence in Spain, the lowest in the EU

[Spain, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:41:00 AM CEST

El Mundo and El Economista report that soaring inflation - which in July stood at 10.8% in Spain, the eighth highest in the whole of the EU - uncertainty over energy supply from autumn onwards and fears of an economic recession have sunk consumer confidence in Spain to the lowest level in the whole of the eurozone, behind only Latvia and Estonia. According to the OECD's leading indicator, published yesterday, consumer confidence in Spain stood at 92.9 points in July, its lowest rate since November 2012, in the midst of the sovereign debt crisis, when it stood at 92.08 points and even lower than that recorded at the height of the pandemic in 2020. As the agency explains, this consumer confidence indicator "provides an indication of future developments in household consumption and savings, based on responses about their expected financial situation, their feelings about the general economic situation, unemployment and ability to save".

The OECD warns of a deterioration in Spain's growth / La OCDE advierte un deterioro del crecimiento de España km-Economista-Spain-ES: "The OECD warns of a deterioration in Spain's growth / ..." page: 1,24 info: by J. F. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Confidence in Spain, the lowest in the EU / La confianza en España, la más baja de la UE km-Mundo-ES: "Confidence in Spain, the lowest in the EU / La ..." page: 18-19 info: by Alejandra Olcese date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

ENERGY

EU emergency plan for gas comes into effect

[Austria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST

The EU's emergency plan for gas has come into effect, Wiener Zeitung, Salzburger Nachrichten and orf.at report. Following the publication of the plan in the EU's Official Journal on Monday, it came into force on Tuesday. According to the plan, each member state should reduce its natural gas consumption by 15% this winter, compared to the average consumption rate during this time period during the past five years. It is up to the 27 member states to decide how to lower their consumption. Austrian gas and heating industry association FGW is cautiously optimistic that Austria will manage to reduce its consumption by 15%, announced Gerhard Fida, deputy chairman of FGW and managing director of Wiener Netze, on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Russia has stopped its oil deliveries through the Druzhba pipeline, which crosses Ukraine, Kurier and orf.at add. According to Russian pipeline monopoly Transnef, Ukraine's Ukrtransnafta had stopped the transit of gas already on 4 August. The company says that Ukraine demands payment in advance, but the payments did not arrive due to the sanctions. Among the EU member states, the ones most affected by the closure of the pipeline are Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Russia stops oil deliveries through Ukraine, blames EU and Ukraine / Öl-Lieferungen durch die Ukraine gestoppt, Russland sieht Schuld bei EU und Ukraine km-Kurier-AT: "Russia stops oil deliveries through Ukraine, blames EU and Ukraine ..." page: 9 info: by mey date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Gas-Notfallplan der EU in Kraft getreten km-orf.at-AT: "Gas-Notfallplan der EU in Kraft getreten..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

„Druschba“-Pipeline: Russland stoppt Öllieferungen durch Ukraine km-orf.at-AT: "„Druschba“-Pipeline: Russland stoppt Öllieferungen durch Ukraine..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

EU-Plan für den Notfall km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU-Plan für den Notfall..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU emergency plan for gas comes into effect / Gas-Notfallplan der EU in Kraft getreten km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "EU emergency plan for gas comes into effect / Gas-Notfallplan ..." page: 10 info: by (red./APA) date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The energy crisis in Europe

[Belgium, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:32:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the energy crisis in Europe. In De Tijd, Stefaan Michielsen states that the energy shock exposes the shortcomings of the liberalised European gas and electricity market. The shock of skyrocketing energy prices has toppled the weakest players and left their customers out in the cold. An emergency reorganisation took place in the sector. An oligopoly is threatening to restrict competition. This is bad for consumers. The energy shock created a battlefield on the energy market in Europe. This is the failure of the liberalised European energy market, where government intervention has always remained high, and of the price setting mechanism that is applied. The model turned out to be a catalyst for inflation and a brake on economic growth. A thorough review of the model is needed. La Libre Belgique adds that an interesting infographic published on Tuesday by the European Commission allows for a more fruitful targeting in the hunt for energy savings. As the Commission - which will implement the REPowerEU plan - points out, we have already done a lot to wean ourselves off Russian fossil fuels. It is now time to reduce our demand for gas collectively. Demorgen.be adds that the EU’s gas saving plan may lead to a stabilisation or even a reduction of gas prices. "If all countries in Europe save gas, this can stabilise the price, perhaps even reduce it, and help ensure that there are enough supplies to last through autumn and winter," said Bundesnetz's Klaus Müller. Grenz Echo adds that not all countries want to implement gas saving plans. In Poland, the government does not see itself bound by the savings target. In Hungary, Prime Minister Orbán excludes the implementation of the target. The Czech Republic largely relies on voluntary measures. In Slovenia, too, there are no concrete plans yet. The transitional government in Bulgaria has not yet formulated measures.

German regulator: EU emergency plan could stabilise gas prices 'and even reduce them' / Duitse toezichthouder: noodplan EU kan gasprijzen stabiliseren ‘en zelfs verlagen' km-demorgen.be-BE: German regulator: EU emergency plan could stabilise gas prices 'and even reduce them' / Duitse toezichthouder: noodplan EU kan gasprijzen stabiliseren ‘en zelfs verlagen' info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

This is how Europe wants to save gas / So will Europa Gas sparen km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "This is how Europe wants to save gas / So ..." page: 17 info: by von Montigny date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Consumption where you least expect it / La consommation là où on ne la soupçonne pas km-Libre-Belgique-BE: Consumption where you least expect it / La consommation là où on ne la soupçonne pas page: 3 info: by F.M. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The battlefield of the energy shock / Het slagveld van de energieschok km-Tijd-BE: The battlefield of the energy shock / Het slagveld van de energieschok page: 1,2 info: by MICHIELSEN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine halted

[Belgium, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report that Russian oil shipments to three European countries via Ukraine have been halted. La Libre Belgique reports that a bank transaction linked to sanctions against Moscow was rejected. These are deliveries via a branch of the Druzhba pipeline that passes through Ukraine and serves three landlocked European countries, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Despite Russia's military offensive there, Russian oil and gas continue to flow through Ukraine to the EU, several of whose members are heavily dependent on Moscow's hydrocarbons. In June, the EU adopted a phased embargo on Russian oil, including the cessation of crude oil imports by ship within six months.

Interruption of Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine / Les livraisons de pétrole russe via l’Ukraine interrompues km-Echo-Belgium-BE: Interruption of Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine / Les livraisons de pétrole russe via l’Ukraine interrompues page: 9 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Short news / Kort km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: Short news / Kort page: 22 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine halted / Les livraisons de pétrole russe via l’Ukraine interrompues km-Libre-Belgique-BE: Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine halted / Les livraisons de pétrole russe via l’Ukraine interrompues page: 21 info: by AFP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Explosion in an ammunition depot, three European countries without oil / Explosions dans un dépôt de munitions, trois pays européens privés de pétrole km-Soir-BE: Explosion in an ammunition depot, three European countries without oil / Explosions dans un dépôt de munitions, trois pays européens privés de pétrole page: 12 info: by AFP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Bulgaria to save 300 mcm of gas under “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” plan

[Bulgaria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:10:00 AM CEST

The European Commission’s "Save Gas for a Safe Winter" plan came into force Tuesday after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union a day earlier, several media report. Commission Spokesperson Eric Mamer said at a press briefing the plan was time-limited and had a common group mechanism to protect the energy security of EU countries, cited by TV Evropa. Under the plan, Bulgaria would have to reduce its gas consumption, which in the winter months is about 2 billion cubic meters, by about 300 million cubic meters, Mediapool and Duma daily highlight. Some EU countries, including Greece, managed to receive a derogation from the requirement. Bulgaria’s previous government said it would refrain from requesting a derogation, but the position of the caretaker cabinet is yet unknown.

High energy prices, gas supplies and policy / Високи цени на енергетиката, газови доставки и политика km-bTV-Bulgaria-BG: "High energy prices, gas supplies and policy / Високи цени ..." info: БТВ, 2022-08-09 22:11:00, 00:15:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:11:00 PM CEST View this media item

The European Union's emergency natural gas savings plan enters into force as of today / Спешният план на Европейския съюз за икономии на природен газ влиза в сила от днес km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "The European Union's emergency natural gas savings plan enters into ..." info: БНТ, Новини в 20.00 часа, 2022-08-09 21:26:00, 00:01:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:26:00 PM CEST View this media item

As of today, the EU Energy Saving Plan enters into force / От днес влиза в сила планът на ЕС за пестене на енергия km-clubz.bg-BG: "As of today, the EU Energy Saving Plan enters into ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The decision on whether to increase gas by 60 percent this month will be made by KEVR / Решението дали газа да поскъпне с 60 процента за този месец ще бъде взето от КЕВР km-Darik-Radio-BG: "The decision on whether to increase gas by 60 percent ..." info: Дарик радио, 2022-08-09 16:23:00, 00:07:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:23:00 PM CEST View this media item

Bulgaria needs to save around 300 million euros. cube. m gas / България трябва да спести около 300 млн. куб. м газ km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Bulgaria needs to save around 300 million euros. cube. m ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Bulgaria should have a plan to save about 300 million euros. cube. m gas / България трябва да има план за икономия на около 300 млн. куб. м газ km-Mediapool.bg-BG: Bulgaria should have a plan to save about 300 million euros. cube. m gas / България трябва да има план за икономия на около 300 млн. куб. м газ date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

European Commission “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” plan comes into force / Планът на Еврокомисията "Спестете газ за безопасна зима" km-Tv-Evropa-BG: "European Commission “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” plan comes ..." info: ТВ Европа, 2022-08-09 19:21:00, 00:02:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:21:00 PM CEST View this media item

Russian oil supplies to three EU countries suspended

[Bulgaria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:11:00 AM CEST

Russian oil supplies to three European countries via Ukraine had been suspended as payments for transit fees could not be processed due to sanctions, Russian company Transneft said, cited by several media. Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic are affected. Ukrtransnafta JSC has suspended transmission services along the southern line of the Druzhba oil pipeline since 4 August. Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic are completely dependent on Russian oil supplies because they are landlocked. Late on Monday evening, the EU presented its final proposal for reviving the Iran nuclear agreement and expects approval from Washington and Tehran, Mediapool and ClubZ note. The nuclear deal could increase Iran's oil exports by at least 1 million barrels a day, or about 1% of global supply, within six months.

Russian banks will not pay their debts in 'hostile' currencies / Руските банки няма да плащат задълженията си във "враждебни" валути km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: Russian banks will not pay their debts in 'hostile' currencies / Руските банки няма да плащат задълженията си във "враждебни" валути page: 12 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Oil rises after Russian oil halts to Europe through Druzhba pipeline / Петролът поскъпва след спирането на руския петрол към Европа през тръбопровода "Дружба" km-clubz.bg-BG: "Oil rises after Russian oil halts to Europe through Druzhba ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Ukraine halted russian oil transit to Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia / Украйна спря транзита на руски петрол за Унгария, Чехия и Словакия km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Ukraine halted russian oil transit to Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia / Украйна спря транзита на руски петрол за Унгария, Чехия и Словакия date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Russia suspends oil supply to part of Central Europe / Русия спря петрола за част от Централна Европа km-Mediapool.bg-BG: Russia suspends oil supply to part of Central Europe / Русия спря петрола за част от Централна Европа date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ukraine halts oil supplies to Europe / Украйна спря доставки на петрол към Европа km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: Ukraine halts oil supplies to Europe / Украйна спря доставки на петрол към Европа page: 7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Analysis on the security of natural gas supplies to EU

[Bulgaria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:14:00 AM CEST

The free volumes of natural gas on the world market are scarce and will not be able to offset the absence of Russian gas in Europe, an analysis by Dnevnik reads. Bulgaria is not listed among the most endangered countries when it comes to energy security. Its needs are modest, it is connected to gas transmission networks that supply non-Russian gas, and there is a possibility of switching to other energy sources. It may seem paradoxical, but according to IMF estimates, Bulgaria will probably suffer less damage if there is no integrated market and the alternative gas reaches only certain consumers. In an interview with Dnevnik on 2 August, President von der Leyen elaborated on the progress achieved under the REPowerEU plan and the possibility of joint natural gas purchases.

Without solidarity, it will be much worse – how threatened the EU is by a Russian gas blockade / Без солидарност ще е много по-лошо – колко застрашен е ЕС от руска газова блокада km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Without solidarity, it will be much worse – how threatened the EU is by a Russian gas blockade / Без солидарност ще е много по-лошо – колко застрашен е ЕС от руска газова блокада date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

European Commission’s recommendations on energy saving officially come into force

[Croatia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:03:00 AM CEST

The recommendations of the European Commission concerning energy saving have officially come into force, several media outlets report. They include setting cooling to 25 and heating to 21 degrees Celsius, which citizens should uphold in order to help Europe achieve a 15% reduction in consumption of energy, primarily gas. In addition to regulating heating and cooling temperatures, the recommendations also include using fewer cars and paying attention to which devices are not needed but are using energy. The recommendations will be in force until 31 March next year. All this comes as a consequence of the sanctions against Russia and the possibility that Russia will shut down its gas supply as a counter-response. Meanwhile, due to drought, Croatia produced 1.7 TWh less electricity from its hydroelectric power plants. “The energy that is not produced by hydroelectric power plants is replaced with energy from fossil fuels or imports, making every saving important,” Director of the Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute Dražen Jakšić said. In the first five months of this year, the value of imports from Russia to Croatia reached almost HRK1.5 billion, which is 15.8% higher than last year in the same period.

Norway prepares plan to limit electricity exports to Europe / Norveška priprema plan za ograničavanje izvoza struje u Europu km-Jutarnji-list-HR: Norway prepares plan to limit electricity exports to Europe / Norveška priprema plan za ograničavanje izvoza struje u Europu page: 16 info: by Gordana Grgas date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

In winter, gas saving could become mandatory / Zimi bi štednja plina mogla postati obvezna km-Novi-List-HR: In winter, gas saving could become mandatory / Zimi bi štednja plina mogla postati obvezna page: 3 info: by Branko Podgornik date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

European Commission’s recommendations on energy saving officially come into force / Remen treba stegnuti sad da bismo ove zime imali dovoljno plina km-RTL-TV-HR: "European Commission’s recommendations on energy saving officially come into force ..." info: Ostalo, 2022-08-09 19:10:00, 00:03:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:10:00 PM CEST View this media item

President von der Leyen reiterates goal to reduce use of natural gas by at least 15%

[Cyprus, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:00:00 PM CEST

With a post on Twitter, European Commission President von der Leyen reiterated yesterday that the Commission's goal to reduce gas usage by at least 15% aims to ensure that there will be no supply problems during the winter following Russia's "games," Sigmalive reports. "We see that Russia is weaponising energy supplies," she stressed, noting that "we must reduce the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels and replace them." She further pointed out that the emergency plan to reduce gas demand across the EU is now in force and "several member states have already taken valuable, voluntary measures towards our target." "Saving energy is vital to Europe's energy security," she said.Sigmalive reports that Greece is opposing the 15% natural gas usage reduction and has tabled proposals that could bring solutions to the problem.

von der Leyen: The goal is to reduce the use of natural gas by at least 15% / Φον ντερ Λάιεν: Στόχος η μείωση χρήσης φυσικού αερίου κατά τουλάχιστον 15% km-sigmalive.com-CY: von der Leyen: The goal is to reduce the use of natural gas by at least 15% / Φον ντερ Λάιεν: Στόχος η μείωση χρήσης φυσικού αερίου κατά τουλάχιστον 15% date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU emergency gas plan comes into force

[Czech Republic, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:42:00 AM CEST

Daily Právo reports that the European Union’s emergency gas plan went into force on Tuesday, with member states being asked to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by 15% compared with the average consumption during the past five years. The Union is thus bracing for the possibility of Russia halting its gas deliveries. The daily notes that the plan includes numerous opt-outs for individual countries and critical industries, including the food processing sector. Besides reducing demand, the plan also requires filling gas storage to the maximum possible level.

Union launches gas saving plan / Unie spustila plán šetření plynu km-Pravo-CZ: Union launches gas saving plan / Unie spustila plán šetření plynu page: 13 info: by (zr) date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Groningen gas field could save the EU from facing a cold winter

[Denmark, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:10:00 AM CEST

Børsen reports that the EU could face a tough winter because of decreasing natural gas imports from Russia. However, the Groningen gas field could save EU citizens from freezing during the winter, as the field supposedly contains 450 billion cubic metres of natural gas. Therefore, the Groningen gas field could replace the dependency on Russian gas, but the field is set to close in the autumn of 2023. Furthermore, the citizens in the area look forward to the closure of the natural gas field as they are tired of living in fear of earthquakes. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has stated that it is the last resort to increase the production from the gas field.

The Groningen gas field could save the EU from facing a cold winter / Kæmpestort gasfelt kunne redde EU - men skal lukke km-Borsen-DK: "The Groningen gas field could save the EU from facing ..." page: 16 info: by Louise With date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Russia stopped oil transit through Ukraine

[Estonia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:57:00 AM CEST

The Russian oil supply to three European countries through Ukraine has been stopped, as transit cannot be paid for due to sanctions, the Russian company Transneft announced on Tuesday, several sources report. According to the company, the Ukrainian side stopped the delivery of oil "because it did not receive payment for these services". The supply to Poland and Germany via Belarus will continue, as usual, Transneft added.

Russia stopped oil transit through Ukraine / Venemaa peatas naftatransiidi läbi Ukraina km-Postimees-Online-EE: Russia stopped oil transit through Ukraine / Venemaa peatas naftatransiidi läbi Ukraina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Russia stopped oil transit through Ukraine / Venemaa peatas naftatransiidi läbi Ukraina km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Russia stopped oil transit through Ukraine / Venemaa peatas naftatransiidi ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The Estonian Ministry of Economy has completed the universal electricity price bill

[Estonia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:49:00 AM CEST

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications has completed draft legislation to amend the Electricity Market Act and Competition Act aimed to allow home consumers to buy electricity as a universal service and provide grounds for universal service prices, ETV news report. The bill introduces changes to the Electricity Market Act to obligate sellers that belong to a group with an electricity production capacity of at least 150 MW or those controlling over 50% of the market in the Nord Pool Estonian price region to sell electricity to consumers, including home consumers, apartment associations and electricity resellers as a universal service and at a fixed price. The universal electricity service may not be the best solution for customers, because there may be better offers on the market, said Hando Sutter, chairman of the board of Eesti Energia. However, according to Sandor Liive, the former chairman of the board of the energy company, the creation of a universal service is essential and will certainly guarantee a much lower price than, for example, this July.

The Estonian Ministry of Economy has completed the universal electricity price bill / Majandusministeerium sai valmis elektri universaalteenuse eelnõu km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "The Estonian Ministry of Economy has completed the universal electricity ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2022-08-10 05:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:30:00 AM CEST View this media item

Finnish gas company still imports LNG from Russia

[Finland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:50:00 AM CEST

According to Helsingin Sanomat, Finnish state company Gasum is still importing liquefied natural gas from Russia to Finland. While Gazprom cut off pipe gas deliveries to Finland due to Gasum refusing to adhere to its new payment terms, LNG import from Russia continues. According to the European Union’s sanctions, exporting technology related to producing LNG to Russia is banned, but procuring LNG from Russia is allowed. The LNG terminal in Vysotsk, where a Gasum-rented ship recently acquired LNG, is owned by Novatek and Gazprom, and EU-sanctioned oligarch Gennady Timchenko is one of Novatek’s largest shareholders. Tytti Tuppurainen, Minister of European Affairs and Ownership Steering of Finland, tells Helsingin Sanomat via email that Gasum aims to get rid of its Russian energy contracts. “LNG import from Russia must end, because Finland and all of Europe must get rid of Russian energy. This is the will of the state owner and has also been stated in the European Council’s conclusions”, she says. Gasum has a long-term LNG contract with Gazprom, and severing it unilaterally would give Gazprom an opportunity to accuse Gasum of breach of contract and demand significant reparations.According to Maaseudun Tulevaisuus, the energy crisis may lead to an electricity shortage in Finland. Peter Lund, Professor of Engineering Physics at Aalto University, says that this would stem from restrictions on electricity import, as Finland imports an exceptional amount of electricity. Last year, 80% of Finland’s electricity was produced locally. According to Lund, the amount of imported electricity has been unusually high in the past few years, as Finland is waiting for its new nuclear power plant to begin production. Electricity import from Russia has been cut off, and Finland must replace it somehow. According to Lund, the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant would reduce the amount of imported electricity to less than 10% of all consumption. However, he says that there are still uncertainties related to the power plant. Riina Heinimäki, Executive Senior Adviser at Finnish Energy, finds it unlikely that Finland would declare a state of emergency next winter to ration electricity.Turun Sanomat reports on Russia suspending pipe oil deliveries via Ukraine to three European countries. According to Transneft, the Russian company in charge of the oil pipelines, this is because the sanctions prevent the processing of the transit payments. The suspension affects deliveries to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while deliveries to Poland and Germany via Belarus continue as usual. According to Transneft, Ukraine stopped the deliveries “because it had not been paid for these services”.

Suomen omistama Gasum tuo yhä nesteytettyä maakaasua Venäjältä – ”Lng:n tuonti Venäjältä täytyy loppua", sanoo ministeri Tuppurainen HS:lle km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Suomen omistama Gasum tuo yhä nesteytettyä maakaasua Venäjältä – ”Lng:n ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Energiakriisi Euroopassa horjuttaisi sähkön tuontia Suomeen km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Energiakriisi Euroopassa horjuttaisi sähkön tuontia Suomeen..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Unkari jäi ilman Venäjän öljyä km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Unkari jäi ilman Venäjän öljyä..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Editorial: Accelerate the green transition

[Finland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:48:00 AM CEST

An editorial in Turun Sanomat discusses the energy crisis. The European Union aims to get rid of Russian energy, but the member states are not entirely unanimous on energy policy. Hungary does not care about solidarity, while Spain and Portugal have difficulties understanding the demands to share gas. It may be hard to show solidarity to Germany because it refused to listen to warnings about Russia for years. To curb Russia’s energy blackmail, one should accelerate the green transition. As President von der Leyen has said, the EU has enough funding and programmes to do so, including NextGenerationEU and REPowerEU.

Editorial: Accelerate the green transition / Editorial: Accelerate the green transition km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: Editorial: Accelerate the green transition / Editorial: Accelerate the green transition page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The big coal rush

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:13:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that although it is the most polluting fuel, coal is becoming the new energy grail due to the EU’ desire to reduce its dependency on Russian energy. The International Energy Agency expects coal consumption in the EU to rise by 7% this year as many member states are extending the life of coal-fired power plants that were due to close as a part of their climate commitments. This increase in demand creates a fear that there will be a backtracking on climate commitments of the member states. "These temporary measures will not jeopardise Europe's longer-term climate commitments as coal is only one of the short-term solutions,” according to the think tank Ember Climate. Moreover, European regions could face delivery difficulties as the level of the Rhine river, where most of EU’s coal is transported, is fallen due to the extreme weather conditions. This has a de facto effect over the amount of cargo that can be carried.

With the war in Ukraine, Europe is committed to reducing its dependence on Russian gas / Avec la guerre en Ukraine, l'Europe s'est engagée à réduire sa dépendance au gaz russe km-ARTE-FR: "With the war in Ukraine, Europe is committed to reducing ..." info: Arte journal, 2022-08-09 19:47:00, 00:02:07, by VANESSA ABBA date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:47:00 PM CEST View this media item

Coal, the end of Russian imports / Charbon, la fin des importations russes km-Croix-FR: "Coal, the end of Russian imports / Charbon, la fin ..." page: 1,11 info: by Camille Richir date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Russian gas: a deceptive calm before a high-risk start / Gaz russe : un calme trompeur avant une rentrée à hauts risques km-Echos-FR: "Russian gas: a deceptive calm before a high-risk start / ..." page: 4 info: by Vincent Collen date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Energy nightmare / Cauchemar énergétique km-Figaro-FR: "Energy nightmare / Cauchemar énergétique..." page: 1 info: by Gaëtan de Capèle date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

When the sinister firedamp becomes a source of energy / Quand le sinistre grisou devient source d'énergie km-Figaro-FR: "When the sinister firedamp becomes a source of energy / ..." page: 22,23 info: by A. Boh date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The big coal rush / La grande ruée sur le charbon km-Figaro-FR: The big coal rush / La grande ruée sur le charbon page: 21,22,23 info: by Armelle Bohineust date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview with Patrick Martin-Genier, European affairs specialist, on gas reduction in the EU / Entretien avec Patrick Martin-Genier, spécialiste des questions européennes, sur la réduction de gaz dans l'UE km-FRANCE-INFO-FR: "Interview with Patrick Martin-Genier, European affairs specialist, on gas reduction ..." info: Le 14h00-17h00, 2022-08-09 14:12:00, 00:04:34, by Marie Bernardeau date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:12:00 PM CEST View this media item

Drought worsens Europe's energy crisis / La sécheresse aggrave la crise énergétique en Europe km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Drought worsens Europe's energy crisis / La sécheresse aggrave la ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Energy. How Europe must now cut back on its gas consumption / Énergie. Comment l’Europe doit désormais tailler dans sa consommation de gaz km-ouest-france.fr-FR: "Energy. How Europe must now cut back on its gas ..." info: by Tifenn LERICHE. date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Different measures regarding the gas emergency plans

[Germany, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:06:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on the security of gas supply and how different European member states are implementing saving measures.ARD reports on the different measures regarding the gas emergency plans throughout Europe. Berlin and the federal states are economising on gas and electricity. In Berlin, a task force for saving energy has been in session and the goal is to reduce gas and electricity production by at least 10%. In Italy, energy saving is a challenge due to the hot summer. In winter, temperatures in public areas are to be at a maximum of 19 degrees. The country has secured additional gas deliveries from Algeria. In Denmark, gas makes up only 10% of the energy mix. In Finland, electricity generated by nuclear power is part of the energy mix, while Norway uses mainly hydropower, and therefore the consumers are not affected by any gas saving measures.By the end of 2030, Spain wants to create the conditions for producing four gigawatts of green hydrogen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. "HyDeal," a consortium of around 30 Spanish and international companies, is planning plants with a capacity of up to 67 gigawatts. Much of this is earmarked for export to France and Germany to help replace the last of Russia's natural gas with hydrogen. Green hydrogen can not only help to greatly reduce emissions. It can also help make natural gas suppliers like Russia obsolete.The impending gas shortage is supposed to soften the Federal Government in regard to Nord Stream 2, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Increasingly, demands are being made to start using the new pipeline. However, it would be a triumph for the Kremlin if Germany were forced to accept gas via Nord Stream 2. "This is a transparent game by Putin," Minister President of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil says. On top of that, it is not even certain that gas will really flow through Nord Stream 2, he adds.

On EU's emergency gas plan: Europe's efforts to economise gas and electricity / ARD - 09.08.2022 17:00 - Tagesschau - Report on EU's emergency gas plan km-ARD-DE: "On EU's emergency gas plan: Europe's efforts to economise gas ..." info: Program, 2022-08-09 22:32:00, 00:02:42, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:32:00 PM CEST View this media item

On the security of gas supply: Clean energy from the south / Saubere Energie aus dem Süden km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: On the security of gas supply: Clean energy from the south / Saubere Energie aus dem Süden page: 5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

An act of solidarity / Ein Akt der Solidarität km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: An act of solidarity / Ein Akt der Solidarität page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On the security of gas supply: Call of the tubes / Lockruf der Röhre km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On the security of gas supply: Call of the tubes / Lockruf der Röhre page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Burdens of the past / Lasten der Vergangenheit km-Tagesspiegel-DE: Burdens of the past / Lasten der Vergangenheit page: 4 info: by A.M date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Gas storage tanks fill up faster / Gasspeicher füllen sich schneller km-Tageszeitung-DE: Gas storage tanks fill up faster / Gasspeicher füllen sich schneller page: 8 info: by Malte Kreutzfeldt date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

German nuclear phase-out is now no longer a sure thing

[Germany, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:11:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the sress test for the energy transition. Energy policy has undergone a major transformation since the start of the war in Ukraine, Handelsblatt reports, for example. The German nuclear phase-out itself, for which Bündnis '90/Die Grünen themselves had fought so hard, is now no longer a sure thing as assessments are changing. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck commissioned a stress test from the operators of electricity transmission grids in July, the results of which should be available in a few weeks. As it stands, a temporary extension of the life of nuclear plants now appears to be possible. While this is not the desirable solution, it is now no longer a foregone conclusion than getting through the coming winter can be achieved without problems.

Stress test for the energy transition / Stresstest für die Energiewende km-Handelsblatt-DE: Stress test for the energy transition / Stresstest für die Energiewende page: 10-11 info: by K.S. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Against better knowledge / Wider besseres Wissen km-Tagesspiegel-DE: Against better knowledge / Wider besseres Wissen page: 1 info: by I.M. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

President von der Leyen says the emergency plan to reduce gas demand across the EU is now in force

[Greece, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:17:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the EU's emergency plan for natural gas came into force yesterday. The EU calls on the member states to reduce the use of natural gas and take action to increase reserves ahead of winter. Protothema.gr reports that in a post on Twitter, President von der Leyen reiterated the Commission's plan for a 15% reduction in the use of natural gas by EU member states to avoid supply problems in the winter. She stressed that "we are witnessing how Russia is weaponising its energy supplies" and added that the EU emergency plan to reduce gas demand across the EU is now in force. Ms von der Leyen also said that "together, we aim to reduce gas usage by at least 15%". She noted that several EU member states have already taken valuable, voluntary measures towards our target. Meanwhile, she underlined that saving energy is vital to Europe's energy security.

EU: gas emergency plan in force - The response to Moscow's blackmail / ΕΕ: Σε ισχύ το σχέδιο έκτακτης ανάγκης για το φυσικό αέριο- Η απάντηση στους εκβιασμούς της Μόσχας km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "EU: gas emergency plan in force - The response to ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Energy crisis - Commission: "The target is to reduce gas use by at least 15%" said President von der Leyen / Ενεργειακή κρίση - Κομισιόν: «Στόχος η μείωση χρήσης φυσικού αερίου κατά τουλάχιστον 15%» είπε η φον ντερ Λάιεν km-protothema.gr-GR: Energy crisis - Commission: "The target is to reduce gas use by at least 15%" said President von der Leyen / Ενεργειακή κρίση - Κομισιόν: «Στόχος η μείωση χρήσης φυσικού αερίου κατά τουλάχιστον 15%» είπε η φον ντερ Λάιεν date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Natural gas: EU emergency plan in force from today / Φυσικό αέριο: Σε ισχύ από σήμερα το σχέδιο έκτακτης ανάγκης της ΕΕ km-protothema.gr-GR: Natural gas: EU emergency plan in force from today / Φυσικό αέριο: Σε ισχύ από σήμερα το σχέδιο έκτακτης ανάγκης της ΕΕ date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

No benefit of maintaining gas stocks in Italy / Χωρίς όφελος η τήρηση αποθεμάτων αερίου στην Ιταλία km-Ta-Nea-GR: No benefit of maintaining gas stocks in Italy / Χωρίς όφελος η τήρηση αποθεμάτων αερίου στην Ιταλία page: 18 info: by CHRISTOS KOLONAS date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ukraine halts Russian oil transfer to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic on 4 August since Russia technically unable to pay transfer fee

[Hungary, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:16:00 AM CEST

Hungarian media outlets give wide coverage of the news released yesterday that no Russian oil has been coming to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic via the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline from Ukraine since 4 August because the Russian Transneft company is unable to pay the transit fee to Ukraine due to the western sanctions in place. Transneft has requested the banks that perform the funds transfers to talk to the European regulators, and requested permission to comply with its payment obligation via alternative transfer options to be developed. Unless the situation is resolved, serious fuel supply problems may arise. According to Kossuth Rádió and m1, Ukraine refuses to accept the transit fee from Russia in order to prevent the operation of the pipeline. Several media outlets report that Hungarian oil company MOL has even offered to pay the transit fee instead of Russia but no response has been received from Ukraine to the offer. Portfolio.hu, index.hu and Népszava report that, according to Transneft, European banks have to receive approval from a relevant government authority instead of deciding by themselves whether to allow a transaction, under the new sanctions; European regulators have yet to decide on algorithms for all the banks, which complicates the dealings.

No cheap oil received by Hungary from Russia / Nem érkezik az olcsó olaj Oroszországból Magyarországra km-24.hu-HU: No cheap oil received by Hungary from Russia / Nem érkezik az olcsó olaj Oroszországból Magyarországra date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

No Russian oil has been coming towards Hungary via the Druzhba pipeline / Napok óta nem érkezik orosz kőolaj Magyarország irányába a Barátság Kőolajvezetéken km-HirTV-HU: No Russian oil has been coming towards Hungary via the Druzhba pipeline / Napok óta nem érkezik orosz kőolaj Magyarország irányába a Barátság Kőolajvezetéken info: hírTV - Híradó 17-00 - 2022-08-09 15-00-00 - 2022-08-09 15-27-00, 2022-08-09 15:01:00, 00:02:29, by György-Horváth Zsuzsa (szerk. Szokolay Kinga) date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:01:00 PM CEST

No oil has come to Hungary for days / Napok óta nem jön olaj Magyarországra km-index.hu-HU: "No oil has come to Hungary for days / Napok ..." info: by Szabó Gyula date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Druzhba pipeline halts due to Ukraine, according to origo.hu / Az ukránok miatt leállt a Barátság kőolajvezeték az Origo szerint km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "Druzhba pipeline halts due to Ukraine, according to origo.hu / ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 22-00 - 2022-08-09 20-00-00 - 2022-08-09 20-30-00, 2022-08-09 20:01:00, 00:04:18, by Bőti Attila (szerk. Mészáros László) date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:01:00 PM CEST View this media item

Druzsba oil pipeline halts / Leállt a Barátság kőolajvezeték km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Druzsba oil pipeline halts / Leállt a Barátság kőolajvezeték..." page: 1,15 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

- / Napok óta nem jön orosz kőolaj a Barátság vezeték déli ágán Magyarországra, Szlovákiába és Csehországba km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "- / Napok óta nem jön orosz kőolaj a Barátság ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 23:00 - 2022-08-09 21:01:00 - 2022-08-09 21:17:00, 2022-08-09 21:01:00, 00:03:37, by Radnai Csaba (szerk. Mészáros László) date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:01:00 PM CEST View this media item

- / Olajstop: Barátságtalan keleti lépés km-Nepszava-HU: - / Olajstop: Barátságtalan keleti lépés page: 1,6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

- / Ukrajna már májusban a Barátság kőolajvezeték leállításával fenyegetőzött km-origo.hu-HU: - / Ukrajna már májusban a Barátság kőolajvezeték leállításával fenyegetőzött date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Russian oil company reveals why deliveries to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have halted  / Elárulta az orosz olajcég, miért álltak le a szállítások Magyarország, Csehország és Szlovákia felé km-portfolio.hu-HU: Russian oil company reveals why deliveries to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have halted / Elárulta az orosz olajcég, miért álltak le a szállítások Magyarország, Csehország és Szlovákia felé info: by MTI | Portfolio date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

What happens if the gas is cut off for Europe this winter?

[Ireland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:12:00 AM CEST

The Irish Examiner cites a major new study as warning that rationing of gas is "likely but not inevitable" this winter, although any move by Russia to cut its gas exports completely would lead to a deep recession in the Eurozone. The analysis by Andrew Kenningham, Chief Europe Economist at Capital Economics, comes amid mixed signals on Russian government plans for supplying gas to Europe. Key gas supplies to European businesses and households have been in doubt since Russian President Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24th. Gas supplies to Latvia resumed late last week, a week after they were halted by Russian exporter Gazprom, figures showed yesterday. Kenningham's study says that whilst "gas rationing is likely, but not inevitable," it is uncertain whether gas imports could make up for any shortfall in the European Union should Russia cut off its gas supplies.

What happens if the gas is cut off for Europe this winter? / What happens if the gas is cut off for Europe this winter? km-Irish-Examiner-IE: What happens if the gas is cut off for Europe this winter? / What happens if the gas is cut off for Europe this winter? page: 15 info: by Eamon Quinn date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Why Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy

[Ireland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:13:00 AM CEST

The Irish Examiner features a comment piece by Centre for European Policy Studies Distinguished Fellow Daniel Gros, in which he argues that "Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy." He writes: "Although Germany seems more vulnerable because it used to receive a large share of its gas from Russia, this can change quickly. Germany is building new regasification capacity in record time to allow the country to import the quantities of liquefied natural gas needed to fill the gap between lower Russian supplies and domestic demand, which is already falling because of high prices. Once this import capacity has been constructed, Germany will be in the same situation as its European neighbors, which also have to bid for liquid natural gas. Prices are likely to stay high for some time. But with an energy intensity below the European Union average, Germany should be able to bear the burden slightly better than Italy, Spain, and some Eastern European countries." Gros concludes: "The data suggest that Germany is better placed to weather this crisis than most of its main competitors."

Why Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy / Why Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy km-Irish-Examiner-IE: Why Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy / Why Russian gas cuts will not kill off the German economy page: 10 info: by Daniel Gros date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Investment potential and renewable dividend from hydrogen - report

[Ireland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:13:00 AM CEST

RTE Online cites a Hydrogen Mobility Ireland report as concluding that development of green hydrogen as a power source at scale in Ireland could attract significant overseas investment, lead to the creation of thousands of jobs, and confirm the country's status as a renewable energy hub. The website quotes the report as saying: "Given that Ireland will be legally mandated to advance a network of hydrogen refuelling stations along its major motorways as per forthcoming European Union legislation, the time for action and implementation is now."

Investment potential & renewable dividend from Hydrogen - report / Investment potential & renewable dividend from Hydrogen - report km-rte.ie-IE: "Investment potential & renewable dividend from Hydrogen - report / ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The energy crisis

[Italy, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:14:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the most recent legislative package approving €14.3 billion in aid for families and businesses struggling with high energy prices will include higher exemptions and a continuation of zero government surcharges. Corriere della Sera says the decree also puts in motion a crackdown on missing tax payments from the 25% levy on the extra profits raked in by energy companies. Indeed, so far, only €1 billion out of the €10 owed has been paid. Meanwhile, yesterday, the EU’s plan for a coordinated reduction of 15% in gas usage across the Union went into effect, including Italy’s commitment to reduce its use by 7%. Italian Ecological Minister Cingolani said it would “change little” in Italy, as the government had already independently set this goal. La Repubblica notes the first effects will be seen in some cities. Turin will reduce the intensity of public street lighting and reduce temperature changes in public buildings. Milan’s City Council has called for reduced use of air conditioning, leaving temperatures no lower than 26 degrees. Il Messaggero reports the reductions come just as energy bills are set to rise yet again. In a commentary in Il Sole 24 Ore, Davide Tabarelli says the start of the EU’s “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” was noticed by few in a period of relatively low energy consumption. Moreover, with the skyrocketing prices of gas and electricity, he asks how necessary it was to encourage people to cut back on their usage.

Crackdown on extra gas profits. EU reduction plan kicks in / Stretta per la tassa sugli extraprofitti Gas, scatta il piano Ue dei risparmi km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Crackdown on extra gas profits. EU reduction plan kicks in ..." page: 29 info: by Enrico Marro date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Gas, le bollette sempre più care E ora si ferma il nucleare francese km-Messaggero-IT: "Gas, le bollette sempre più care E ora si ferma ..." page: 3 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Austerity on light and gas begins. First cuts in Italian cities / Parte l austerity su luce e gas i primi tagli nelle città italiane km-Repubblica-IT: Austerity on light and gas begins. First cuts in Italian cities / Parte l austerity su luce e gas i primi tagli nelle città italiane page: 22 info: by Flavio Bini date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The EU’s desire to reduce demand / LA VELLEITÀ UE DI TAGLIARE LA DOMANDA km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "The EU’s desire to reduce demand / LA VELLEITÀ UE ..." page: 1,6 info: by di Davide Tabarelli date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Some EU states seek derogations from plan to save gas

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:49:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the European Union member states have agreed to voluntarily reduce their demand for natural gas next winter to avoid a situation where harsh energy austerity measures have to be introduced. The Commission presented in July its "Save Gas for a Safe Winter" plan, which provides for some exemptions and the possibility to request a partial or, in some cases, full derogation from the requirement to reduce gas consumption by at least 15%. Some EU member states want to take advantage of the derogations allowed in the plan - Poland’s Climate and Environment Minister, Anna Moskva, said it was important for Warsaw to obtain such a derogation.

Some EU states seek derogations from plan to save gas / Dažas ES dalībvalstis grib atkāpes no gāzes taupības plāna km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Some EU states seek derogations from plan to save gas ..." info: Labrīt, 2022-08-09 09:48:00, 00:05:27, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:48:00 AM CEST View this media item

Suspension of oil transit

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:57:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Avīze, Russian oil supplies to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic via the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline through Ukraine were suspended last week due to the inability to process transit payments because of European Union sanctions, Russian oil company Transneftj said on 9 August. The company explains that the Ukrainian side has suspended oil transport because it has not received the 100% prepayment for these services that it requires. However, deliveries to Poland and Germany via Belarus continue as usual.

Suspension of oil transit / Aptur naftas tranzītu km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: Suspension of oil transit / Aptur naftas tranzītu page: 8 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Energy is no longer affordable

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Latvian economist writes in MK Latvija that the Commission has called on EU member states to reduce their consumption of natural gas by 15%. For now, the savings will be voluntary. According to the Commission, there is a significant risk that Russia will cut off gas supplies to Europe. "All EU member states should save gas, put it into storage and share it," said President von der Leyen on 20 July. The Commission also proposes that public buildings and offices to have indoor heating of up to 19 degrees Celsius. Latvia reacted very quickly to the Commission's decision to save gas. Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has asked all ministers to submit their proposals for energy saving measures planned for the coming heating season. The results will be known next week.

Energy is no longer affordable / Больше не по карману km-MK-Latvia-LV: "Energy is no longer affordable / Больше не по карману..." page: 7 info: by Dmitrijs Smirnovs date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Fuel prices are not just due to global problems

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Anrijs Matīss, former Latvian Transport Minister and now business consultant, talking to Diena on the new energy reality, says that Latvia has no direct electricity interconnection with Scandinavia, only Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and Belarus. Some 10-12 years ago, there was talk of European Union assistance to enable Estonia to establish an interconnection with Finland, Lithuania with Sweden and for Latvia to build a liquefied natural gas terminal. But in the end, Latvia has neither a terminal nor an interconnector, so it has to buy electricity from neighbouring countries that have problems of their own. He also says that he has not seen a concept or a plan to live in the new reality. Germany is opening up its closed coal mines, despite all the green policies in Europe.

Fuel prices are not just due to global problems / Kurināmā cenas nav skaidrojamas tikai ar globālām problēmām km-Diena-LV: Fuel prices are not just due to global problems / Kurināmā cenas nav skaidrojamas tikai ar globālām problēmām page: 1,4,5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

German regulator: EU emergency plan can stabilise gas prices

[Netherlands, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:35:00 AM CEST

De Volkskrant reports that the head of Germany’s gas pipeline network regulator believes that the EU's gas-saving plan, which came into effect on Tuesday, could lead to a stabilisation or even a reduction in gas prices in the bloc. Klaus Müller, the chief executive of the Bundesnetz agency that oversees the German gas pipeline network told that to German channel ZDF. At the end of July, the 27 EU countries agreed to reduce their gas consumption by 15% between August 2022 and 31 March 2023 compared to their average consumption over the past five years. European gas prices fell further on Tuesday due to easing concerns about gas supplies. The gas price fell by 2.5% to €188 per megawatt hour on the leading Amsterdam gas exchange. European gas storages are now 72% full, slightly more than the average storage level of 70% over the past five years. Countries are importing more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to absorb the throttled Russian gas supplies.

German regulator: EU emergency plan can stabilize gas prices / Duitse toezichthouder: noodplan EU kan gasprijzen stabiliseren km-Volkskrant-NL: "German regulator: EU emergency plan can stabilize gas prices / ..." page: 18 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Expert debate on the construction of waste incineration plants and the effect of such investments on the price of heating

[Poland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:29:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna presents an expert debate on the construction of waste incineration plants and whether such investments can reduce heating prices. As Jakub Bator, member of the Management Board of Krakowski Holding Komunalny points out, with the current EU assumptions concerning the reduction of waste landfill to 10% by 2035, the initiative of building new waste incineration plants and modernising the existing ones is absolutely valid. As he added, Executive Vice-President Timmermans recently spoke on the subject in an interview and expressed his support for building new incinerators in Italy. Executive VP stressed the need to find methods that avoid landfilling. However, the debate also included claims that waste incinerators are a relic of a bygone era, when no significant attention was paid to the protection of primary resources. Moreover, it is now more than four years since the European Union adopted a strategy and legislation that introduces circular economy.

Expert ring: Can the construction of a waste incineration plant reduce heating prices / Ring ekspercki: Czy budowa spalarni odpadów może wpłynąć na obniżenie cen ogrzewania km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: Expert ring: Can the construction of a waste incineration plant reduce heating prices / Ring ekspercki: Czy budowa spalarni odpadów może wpłynąć na obniżenie cen ogrzewania page: 2 info: by Zofia Jóźwiak date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Eastern European countries finance the energy transition thanks to EU funds

[Poland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:29:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports on ecological investments of EU member states supporting the energy transition. As much as 37% of the funds from each National Recovery Plan are to be allocated to this kind of investment. In the Czech Republic, there are plans to revitalise post-industrial areas and support companies wishing to transition to a circular economy. Lithuania wants to create 6,000 charging stations and to subsidise the purchase of solar panels by citizens. Slovakia has already started the process of decarbonising the industry. It is also planning to renovate buildings, which is to result in a reduction in energy demand. Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič said that the investments carried out thanks to these funds are important in the context of national security. He added that the Commission allows the spending of 12.5% of these funds to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The disbursement of funds for Poland from the first tranche is suspended due to a dispute over the rule of law. If an agreement is reached, Poland may receive over €15 billion for green transition. Talks between Poland and Brussels on the operational agreement for the first payment are still ongoing. Poland has not yet decided to submit a request for disbursement of funds.

The countries of Eastern Europe finance the energy transformation from EU funds / Transformacja nie poczeka km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: The countries of Eastern Europe finance the energy transformation from EU funds / Transformacja nie poczeka page: 1 info: by Mateusz Roszak date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

President von der Leyen defends that energy saving “is vital for the energy security” of the EU

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:04:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen defended that energy saving “is vital for the energy security” of the European Union, expresso.pt reports. “Our emergency plan to reduce gas demand across the EU is now in force and several member states have already taken valuable, voluntary measures towards our target: together, we aim to reduce gas usage by at least 15%,” the President wrote on Twitter. The voluntary gas consumption reduction target came into force this Tuesday.

Energy saving is vital for Europe's energy security, says von der Leyen / Poupança é vital para a segurança energética da Europa, diz von der Leyen km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Energy saving is vital for Europe's energy security, says von ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Supply of Russian oil via Ukraine to three European countries interrupted

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:06:00 AM CEST

The supply of Russian oil via Ukraine to three European countries was interrupted, expresso.pt reports. Deliveries to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, via the Druzhba pipeline, were interrupted as Russian company Transneft assured that it was unable to make a payment of a transit duty to Ukrtransnafta, the Ukrainian company managing the pipeline. In a statement, Transneft explained that its payment on the transit duty through Ukraine for August, made on 22 July, was refused on 28 July because of the entry into force of certain sanctions adopted against Russia. Transneft is considering alternative payment systems, but it already sent a request for the transaction to be allowed. Supplies to Poland and Germany, via another branch of the Druzhba that transits Belarus, “continue normally”, Transneft assured.

Russian oil supplies to Europe via Ukraine were interrupted / Fornecimento de petróleo russo à Europa via Ucrânia foi interrompido km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Russian oil supplies to Europe via Ukraine were interrupted / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Portuguese electricity consumers exposed to the price of gas save €37/MWh due to the Iberian mechanism

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:07:00 AM CEST

Portuguese electricity consumers exposed to the price of gas save €37/MWh due to the Iberian mechanism to cap prices, expresso.pt reports. According to provisional data from OMIE and MIBGAS, this limitation mechanism puts at €272.79/MWh the cost required from customers without a fixed tariff, against the actual €309.88 that would be charged without this mechanism.

Iberian mechanism: consumers exposed to the gas price save €37 on their MWh of electricity / Mecanismo ibérico: consumidores expostos à cotação do gás poupam 37 euros no MWh de eletricidade km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Iberian mechanism: consumers exposed to the gas price save €37 ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Voluntary target to cut gas consumption enters into force in the EU

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:08:00 AM CEST

The target to voluntarily reduce gas consumption by 15% in the European Union entered into force this Tuesday, CNN Portugal reports. This target will allow EU member states to have a greater reserve in case of a possible disruption in Russian gas supplies.

Voluntary target to cut gas consumption enters into force in the EU / Meta voluntária para diminuir consumo de gás entra em vigor na UE km-CNN-Portugal-PT: "Voluntary target to cut gas consumption enters into force in ..." info: CNN Meio Dia, 2022-08-09 12:45:00, 00:00:29, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:45:00 PM CEST View this media item

Article on the EU's energy policies

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:09:00 AM CEST

In an article in Jornal de Negócios, Diana Ramos writes about the European Union's energy policies. In her opinion, the intense debate over the past week on the Iberian mechanism to cap electricity prices was “pertinent” to know it in more detail. The author highlights President von der Leyen's remarks about the importance of energy saving for the EU's energy security. Ms Ramos considers that the population should be alerted to the “scarcity of resources and the need to adjust their behaviours.”

Scarcity and blindness / A escassez e a cegueira km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: Scarcity and blindness / A escassez e a cegueira page: 3 info: by Diana Ramos date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU plan for voluntary reduction of gas demand entered into force yesterday

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:28:00 AM CEST

Several Romanian media outlets, including Adevărul daily, report that the European Union’s plan regarding the voluntary reduction of natural gas consumption entered into force yesterday, without being mandatory for member states. The text of the regulation stipulates that, between 1 August 2022 and 31 March 2023, all member states “will deploy their best efforts” to reduce gas demand by a minimum of 15% compared to their average consumption in the past five years. In case of a “substantial risk of severe gas shortage,” however, the European Council can trigger a “Union alert” on security of supply, based on a proposal from the European Commission, in which case the 15% gas demand reduction would become mandatory. However, even then, this target will be adapted to each state’s realities, especially to their capacity to export the saved quantities of gas to states in need. The regulation therefore includes some exemptions, România Actualităţi radio station reports. An immediate reduction of European consumption should help member states accelerate their efforts to refill gas storage facilities ahead of winter.

EU proposal to reduce gas demand has entered into force. What measures Romania can take / Propunerea UE de reducere a consumului de gaze a intrat în vigoare. Ce măsuri poate lua România km-Adevarul-RO: EU proposal to reduce gas demand has entered into force. What measures Romania can take / Propunerea UE de reducere a consumului de gaze a intrat în vigoare. Ce măsuri poate lua România page: 1 info: by Afrodita Cicovschi date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Voluntary reduction of gas demand has entered into force / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Voluntary reduction of gas demand has entered into force / ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2022-08-09 16:22:00, 00:02:37, by Bratu Andreea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:22:00 PM CEST View this media item

Voluntary reduction of gas demand has entered into force / Reducerea voluntară de gaz a intrat în vigoare km-Digi-FM-RO: "Voluntary reduction of gas demand has entered into force / ..." info: Reducerea voluntară de gaz a intrat în vigoare, 2022-08-09 21:03:00, 00:01:09, by Standavid Filip date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:03:00 PM CEST View this media item

European Union reduces energy consumption / Ştirile EuropaFM km-Europa-FM-RO: "European Union reduces energy consumption / Ştirile EuropaFM..." info: Ştirile europafm, 2022-08-09 18:05:00, 00:01:49, by nespecificat date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:05:00 PM CEST View this media item

Reducing gas consumption by 15% / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Reducing gas consumption by 15% / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2022-08-09 14:01:00, 00:02:08, by Grecu Cristina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:01:00 PM CEST View this media item

European Union reduces energy consumption / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "European Union reduces energy consumption / Telejurnal..." info: Telejurnal, 2022-08-09 20:37:00, 00:03:18, by Andrei Tudor Radu date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:37:00 PM CEST View this media item

Ukraine has suspended Russian oil pipeline deliveries to three south-European countries

[Romania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:26:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets, including News.ro, report that Ukraine has suspended Russian oil pipeline deliveries to three south-European countries since 4 August because a bank transaction for the payment of transit fees due to Ukraine was blocked due to the Western sanctions imposed against the Russian group Tansneft. Transneft, the Russian company in charge of crude oil transport, said it had made payments for August oil transit to Ukrainian pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta on 22 July, but the money had been returned on 28 July as the payment had not been processed, Bursa daily writes. Transneft transmitted that flows to Poland and Germany, along another route of the Druzhba pipeline, transiting Belarus, “continued as usual.”

Ukraine has halted Russian oil flows to Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic / Ucraina a oprit livrările de petrol rusesc spre Ungaria, Slovacia şi Cehia km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Ukraine has halted Russian oil flows to Hungary, Slovakia and ..." page: 1 info: by A.V. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Russian oil flows to three countries, halted / Ştirile Digi 24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Russian oil flows to three countries, halted / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi 24, 2022-08-09 23:08:00, 00:00:40, by Ivan Mircea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:08:00 PM CEST View this media item

Russian company Transneft says Ukraine has halted oil flows to Europe / Compania rusă Transneft spune că Ucraina a oprit fluxurile de petrol către Europa km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Russian company Transneft says Ukraine has halted oil flows to ..." info: by Dorin Oancea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Russian oil flows to Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic via Ukraine, halted after payment was blocked due to sanctions against Moscow, Transneft announces / Livrările de petrol rusesc către Ungaria, Slovacia şi Cehia, prin Ucraina, oprite în urma refuzării unei tranzacţii bancare din cauza sancţiunilor impuse Rusiei, anunţă Transneft km-news.ro-RO: "Russian oil flows to Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic via ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Ukraine closes Russian pipeline / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Ukraine closes Russian pipeline / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2022-08-09 16:05:00, 00:00:40, by Grecu Cristina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:05:00 PM CEST View this media item

Ukraine has stopped Russian oil flows to several European states / Ucraina a stopat tranzitul de petrol rusesc spre mai multe state europene km-revista22.ro-RO: "Ukraine has stopped Russian oil flows to several European states ..." info: by L. date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Russia suspends oil deliveries through Ukraine. Deal on gas saving entered into force

[Slovakia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:48:00 AM CEST

Slovak media focus on the current situation as regards supplies of oil and gas from Russia. They report that the Russian oil deliveries through the Southern Druzhba pipeline supplying Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have been suspended since 4 August. The media note the reason for this situation are payment issues. According to Russian company Transneft, the flow of oil was cut off after a payment for transit fees was blocked because of problems related to the implementation of EU sanctions. Pravda daily brings the reactions of several experts. Some believe that the flow will continue within a few days. Others predict that this might be another game of Russia with deliveries. Website cas.sk focuses on the deal on gas savings reached among member states. It notes that it entered into force on Tuesday. According to it, member states will make the maximum effort to lower their gas consumption by at least 15%.

Fico has a clear view on the disruption of oil supplies to Slovakia: He puts the blame on Ukraine / Fico má na prerušenie dodávok ropy na Slovensko jasný názor: Vinu hádže na Ukrajinu km-cas.sk-SK: Fico has a clear view on the disruption of oil supplies to Slovakia: He puts the blame on Ukraine / Fico má na prerušenie dodávok ropy na Slovensko jasný názor: Vinu hádže na Ukrajinu info: by TASR date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ukraine has stopped the transit of Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline: It also leads to Slovakia! / Ukrajina zastavila tranzit ruskej ropy južnou vetvou ropovodu Družba: Vedie i na Slovensko! km-cas.sk-SK: Ukraine has stopped the transit of Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline: It also leads to Slovakia! / Ukrajina zastavila tranzit ruskej ropy južnou vetvou ropovodu Družba: Vedie i na Slovensko! info: by CTK date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

It's official: EU plan to reduce gas consumption enters into force / Je to oficiálne: Plán EÚ na zníženie spotreby plynu vstupuje do platnosti km-cas.sk-SK: It's official: EU plan to reduce gas consumption enters into force / Je to oficiálne: Plán EÚ na zníženie spotreby plynu vstupuje do platnosti info: by TASR date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Russian oil stopped flowing. How will it affect Slovakia? / Prestala tiecť ruská ropa. Ako to pocíti Slovensko? km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: Russian oil stopped flowing. How will it affect Slovakia? / Prestala tiecť ruská ropa. Ako to pocíti Slovensko? page: 1 info: by Tomáš Bakoš date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Přes oil pipeline Druzhba do Evropy už několik dni neproudí crude oil from Russia / Přes ropovod Družba do Evropy už několik dní neproudí ropa z Ruska km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "Přes oil pipeline Druzhba do Evropy už několik dni neproudí ..." info: Správy, 2022-08-09 18:00:00, 00:02:53, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

Russia no longer sends oil / Rusko už neposiela ropu km-SME-SK: Russia no longer sends oil / Rusko už neposiela ropu page: 1 info: by Jozef Ryník date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The government will also take unsubmissive autonomous communities to court

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:24:00 AM CEST

Several media report that Deputy PM/Ecological Transition Minister Teresa Ribera said yesterday that it will be necessary to "give companies a margin" so that they can follow the regulations of the energy-saving plan approved by the Council of Ministers last week. The minister stated that it is up to the autonomous communities to monitor the implementation of the measures, to which she added that she does not believe that the regional authorities will "immediately" impose fines on businesses that have not yet complied with the Royal Decree-Law. However, the Deputy PM also issued a warning: the government will take the non-compliant communities to court if there are any.

The PP assures that Brussels has not asked Spain to implement its energy saving plan. The European Commission only made recommendations, it did not explain how to carry out that reduction in consumption. / El PP asegura que Bruselas no ha pedido a España que ponga en marcha su plan de ahorro energético. La Comisión Europea solo hizo recomendaciones, no explicó cómo llevar a cabo esa reducción del consumo. km-Antena-3-ES: The PP assures that Brussels has not asked Spain to implement its energy saving plan. The European Commission only made recommendations, it did not explain how to carry out that reduction in consumption. / El PP asegura que Bruselas no ha pedido a España que ponga en marcha su plan de ahorro energético. La Comisión Europea solo hizo recomendaciones, no explicó cómo llevar a cabo esa reducción del consumo. info: Espejo publico (tertulia), 2022-08-09 09:04:00, 00:01:41, by SUSANNA GRISO date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:04:00 AM CEST

Energy saving plan The government will also take unsubmissive communities to court / Plan de ahorro energético El Gobierno también llevará a los tribunales a las comunidades insumisas km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Energy saving plan The government will also take unsubmissive communities ..." page: 1,29 info: by ANA DE LA TORRE date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Ayuso will appeal the blackout of shops and the closure of their doors / Ayuso recurrirá el apagón de los comercios y el cierre de sus puertas km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Ayuso will appeal the blackout of shops and the closure ..." page: 1,23 info: by Carmen Obregón date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The government trusts the energy plan to its partners and refuses to rethink the details of the decree / El Gobierno fía el plan energético a sus socios y se niega a replantear los detalles del decreto km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: The government trusts the energy plan to its partners and refuses to rethink the details of the decree / El Gobierno fía el plan energético a sus socios y se niega a replantear los detalles del decreto date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Andalusia is committed to teleworking and an energy audit in its own savings plan / Andalucía apuesta por el teletrabajo y una auditoría energética en su propio plan de ahorro km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: Andalusia is committed to teleworking and an energy audit in its own savings plan / Andalucía apuesta por el teletrabajo y una auditoría energética en su propio plan de ahorro date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Regulate the temperature and turn off window lights, the first energy saving measures that come into force this Wednesday / Regular la temperatura y apagar luces de escaparates, las primeras medidas de ahorro energético que entran en vigor este miércoles km-eldiario.es-ES: "Regulate the temperature and turn off window lights, the first ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Madrid renounces to propose energy saving measures to the Government and insists on the reduction of taxes / Madrid renuncia a proponer medidas de ahorro energético al Gobierno e insiste en la bajada de impuestos km-eldiario.es-ES: "Madrid renounces to propose energy saving measures to the Government ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The Junta de Andalucía is given three months to appeal in Constitutional the energy decree / La Junta de Andalucía se da tres meses de plazo para recurrir en Constitucional el decreto energético km-eldiario.es-ES: "The Junta de Andalucía is given three months to appeal ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Veganzones, on the energy saving plan: "It has a hidden sanctioning and collection eagerness" / Veganzones, sobre el plan de ahorro energético: "Tiene un afán sancionador y recaudatorio oculto" km-elespanol.com-ES: "Veganzones, on the energy saving plan: "It has a hidden ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Lobato (PSOE) tries to deactivate Ayuso to which he offers to agree on a common position for energy saving / Lobato (PSOE) intenta desactivar a Ayuso a la que ofrece pactar una posición común para el ahorro energético km-elindependiente.com-ES: "Lobato (PSOE) tries to deactivate Ayuso to which he offers ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Spain starts its energy saving plan in full legal chaos due to the application of the measures / España inicia su plan de ahorro energético en pleno caos legal por la aplicación de las medidas km-elindependiente.com-ES: "Spain starts its energy saving plan in full legal chaos ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Few questions at the meeting between the government and communities to clarify doubts about energy savings and an attack on "climate fundamentalism" / Pocas preguntas en la reunión entre el Gobierno y las comunidades para aclarar dudas sobre el ahorro energético y un ataque al “fundamentalismo climático” km-elpais.com-ES: "Few questions at the meeting between the government and communities ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Madrid's ten arguments against the government's energy blackout / Los diez argumentos de Madrid contra el apagón energético del Gobierno km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Madrid's ten arguments against the government's energy blackout / Los ..." page: 1,20 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Companies assume with doubts the energy plan that will enter into force today / Las empresas asumen con dudas el plan energético que entrará hoy en vigor km-Mundo-ES: "Companies assume with doubts the energy plan that will enter ..." page: 1,8 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The Government will take to the Constitutional to the communities insubmissive to the plan / El Gobierno llevará al Constitucional a las comunidades insumisas al plan km-Pais-ES: "The Government will take to the Constitutional to the communities ..." page: 1,14-15 info: by J. A. R. / J. V date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Ribera threatens "unsubmissive" regions with going to court / Ribera amenaza a las regiones «insumisas» con acudir a los tribunales km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Ribera threatens "unsubmissive" regions with going to court / Ribera ..." page: 1,16-17 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

MADRID VIVID The "blackout" reaches the capital and divides the shops P.24-25 / MADRID VIVID El «apagón» llega a la capital y divide a los comercios P.24-25 km-Razon-Spain-ES: "MADRID VIVID The "blackout" reaches the capital and divides the ..." page: 1,24-25 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The government does not believe that the communities will violate the energy plan in a generalized way, but, in any case, warns: if any region decides to break the law, they will resort to the Constitutional Court. The Government does not envisage immediate implementation. They're going to give themselves a margin and they're going to be vigilant. / El Gobierno no cree que las comunidades vayan a incumplir el plan energético de manera generalizada, pero, en cualquier caso, avisa: si alguna región decide saltarse la ley, recurrirán al Tribunal Constitucional. El Gobierno no se plantea que la km-Tele-5-Spain-ES: The government does not believe that the communities will violate the energy plan in a generalized way, but, in any case, warns: if any region decides to break the law, they will resort to the Constitutional Court. The Government does not envisage immediate implementation. They're going to give themselves a margin and they're going to be vigilant. / El Gobierno no cree que las comunidades vayan a incumplir el plan energético de manera generalizada, pero, en cualquier caso, avisa: si alguna región decide saltarse la ley, recurrirán al Tribunal Constitucional. El Gobierno no se plantea que la info: Informativos t5 2100, 2022-08-09 21:08:00, 00:01:26, by PEDRO PIQUERAS date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:08:00 PM CEST

In three hours, the maximum temperature limit on air conditioning set by the Government is imposed to save energy and comply with Brussels. 27°C to be applied in all premises open to the public from 0:00 a.m. tonight. Although there are exceptions. / En tres horas se impone el límite de temperatura máxima al aire acondicionado que ha marcado el Gobierno para ahorrar energía y cumplir con Bruselas. 27°C que se aplicará en todos los locales abiertos al público a partir de las 0:00 horas de esta noche. km-TVE1-ES: "In three hours, the maximum temperature limit on air conditioning ..." info: Telediario 2, 2022-08-09 21:03:00, 00:03:04, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:03:00 PM CEST View this media item

The Government's energy plan comes into force with unknowns about its implementation / El plan energético del Gobierno entra vigor con incógnitas sobre su aplicación km-Vanguardia-ES: "The Government's energy plan comes into force with unknowns about ..." page: 1,9-10 info: by INAKI PARDO TORREGROSA date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Madrid alleges that the State invades its powers to oppose the decree / Madrid alega que el Estado invade sus competencias para oponerse al decreto km-Vanguardia-ES: "Madrid alleges that the State invades its powers to oppose ..." page: 10 info: by Carmen del Riego date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Justice raises the tone after the rebellion in Madrid: "No Autonomous Community will violate the decree" / Justicia eleva el tono tras la rebelión de Madrid: "Ninguna CCAA incumplirá el decreto" km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "Justice raises the tone after the rebellion in Madrid: "No ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Moscow cuts off oil supplies through Ukrainian soil

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:40:00 AM CEST

Several media report that Russian pipeline operator Transneft reported yesterday that Ukrainian company UkrTransNafta stopped pumping Russian crude oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline because of Russia's failure to pay for transit due to sanctions imposed on Moscow. The measure affects supplies going to three landlocked European countries: Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Deliveries to Poland and Germany, via another Druzhba branch through Belarus, "continue as normal", Transneft said. The Russian authorities immediately informed the affected countries and are looking for alternative ways to make payment. "However, so far the payment problem has not been solved," the company said.

Moscow disrupts oil supply through Ukrainian soil / Moscú interrumpe el suministro de petróleo a través del suelo ucraniano km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Moscow disrupts oil supply through Ukrainian soil / Moscú interrumpe ..." page: 29 info: by Agencias date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Russia suspends oil supplies to Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic / Rusia suspende el suministro de petróleo a Hungría, Eslovaquia y República Checa km-eldiario.es-ES: "Russia suspends oil supplies to Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Putin Responds to European Sanctions by Blocking Oil Supply / Putin responde a las sanciones europeas bloqueando el suministro de petróleo km-elindependiente.com-ES: "Putin Responds to European Sanctions by Blocking Oil Supply / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Cut in the flow of crude oil to Slovakia, Czech Republic and Hungary / Corte en el flujo de crudo a Eslovaquia, Chequia y Hungría km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Cut in the flow of crude oil to Slovakia, Czech ..." page: 21 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Central Europe suffers a total cut in the supply of Russian oil / Centroeuropa sufre un corte total en el suministro de petróleo ruso km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "Central Europe suffers a total cut in the supply of ..." page: 22 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

President von der Leyen insists on vital energy saving

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:37:00 AM CEST

Cadena Ser and El Diario report that Commission President von der Leyen has stressed on Twitter how vital it is to save energy. Coinciding with the entry into force of the emergency plan calling on member states to save gas, she pointed out that several countries have already voluntarily adopted plans to reduce their energy consumption. Spain is one of them and others, such as France and Portugal, are in the process of preparing them. "The first level is saving energy. Simple, but very effective," she said, adding that Brussels' target was to reduce gas consumption by at least 15%. The President also stressed that energy saving was vital for Europe's energy security.

President von der Leyen insists on vital energy saving / La Presidenta von der Leyen insiste en que el ahorro de energía es vital km-Cadena-Ser-ES: "President von der Leyen insists on vital energy saving / ..." info: Hora 25 (informativo), 2022-08-09 20:13:00, 00:00:53, by PEPA BUENO date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:13:00 PM CEST View this media item

Von der Leyen welcomes the fact that some EU countries are already implementing measures to save energy: "It is vital for Europe's energy security" / Von der Leyen celebra que algunos países de la UE ya estén aplicando medidas para ahorrar energía: “Es vital para la seguridad energética de Europa” km-eldiario.es-ES: "Von der Leyen welcomes the fact that some EU countries ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Concerns in Germany about energy shortages

[Sweden, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:47:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, the EU's emergency plan to reduce gas consumption entered into force, reports sverigesradio.se. According to the plan, EU countries must reduce their gas consumption by 15% by March 2023. There is widespread concern in Germany, the country that uses the most gas, about energy shortages and the rapidly rising energy prices. As the EU's biggest country with a high share of gas in energy consumption, Germany needs to reduce gas consumption the most calculated in cubic metres. Head of the German power grid authority said that private households will be prioritised if there is rationing.

EU's plan to reduce gas dependence comes into force - major concerns in Germany / EU:s plan för att minska gasberoendet träder i kraft – stor oro i Tyskland km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "EU's plan to reduce gas dependence comes into force - ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

Kosovo angry over EU visa policy

[Netherlands, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:44:00 AM CEST | info

NPO Radio 1 reports that there is dissatisfaction in Kosovo with the EU for not allowing Kosovar citizens to travel freely to the EU. August is the wedding month in Kosovo. Europe correspondent Tijn Sadée speaks with Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti. He is angry about how Europe has turned Kosovo into a kind of ghetto. It is unfair because we now meet all the criteria, he says.

Kosovo angry over EU policy / Kosovo boos over EU-beleid km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Kosovo angry over EU policy / Kosovo boos over EU-beleid..." info: Radio 1 journaal, 2022-08-09 07:19:00, 00:04:35, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST View this media item

ENVIRONMENT

Europe is drying out

[Belgium, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the drought in Europe. De Standaard reports that a newly released map by the European Drought Observatory is alarming. Some 45% of Europe gets an orange warning, indicating parched soil. 15% get a red alert. A report by the EU climate monitor Copernicus is also clear: it was the third warmest July on record worldwide. France had its driest month since 1959. Water resources in Spain are at an all-time low. Italy too seems to be heading for its driest and warmest year ever, while the water level of the Rhine has dropped dangerously. The Netherlands officially announced a water shortage last week. De Standaard adds that the drought causes production problems at energy companies. Norway exports one-fifth of its electricity under normal conditions but announced this week that it would suspend exports if its reservoirs, the main source of Norwegian electricity, did not contain enough water. In southern Europe, power generation from hydropower plants has been restricted by drought. In France and Germany, power prices on the futures market have risen to record levels. In Germany, the low water level of the Rhine is pushing up the price of electricity. A ray of hope is that the price of gas has fallen somewhat. Gazet van Antwerpen publishes a satirical reader letter about the drought. The Drought Commission could perhaps suggest to the Environment Committee that a special investigation committee be set up, which could then ask the European Commission for advice on the commission they can all collect here and there. To then pass on the dirty 'commission' to the citizen who will have to open his wallet some more for a glass of tap water. Who will be able to do less and less 'commissions' because of high inflation.

Commissions... / Commissies... km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: Commissions... / Commissies... page: 24 info: by Nijs date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Drought on Europe's crucial Rhine River raises fears of economic paralysis / La sécheresse du Rhin, fleuve crucial en Europe, fait craindre une paralysie économique km-Soir-BE: Drought on Europe's crucial Rhine River raises fears of economic paralysis / La sécheresse du Rhin, fleuve crucial en Europe, fait craindre une paralysie économique page: 7 info: by BOURDOISEAU date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A map full of red and orange: Europe is drying out / Een kaart vol rood en oranje: Europa droogt uit km-Standaard-BE: A map full of red and orange: Europe is drying out / Een kaart vol rood en oranje: Europa droogt uit page: 1,7 info: by Henley date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Heatwave and drought put a damper on Europe's energy crisis / Hittegolf en droogte zetten turbo op Europese energiecrisis km-Standaard-BE: Heatwave and drought put a damper on Europe's energy crisis / Hittegolf en droogte zetten turbo op Europese energiecrisis page: 2-3 info: by Mooijman date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Europe is facing the consequences of the drought

[Denmark, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:20:00 AM CEST

Kristeligt Dagblad reports that figures from the European Drought Observatory (EDO) show that 47% of Europe is threatened by drought, and 17% is in a state of emergency. “This can be the new normal. Climate research has shown prospects of periods of drought that will be more intense, frequent and last longer,” says Nuria-Hernández-Mora, the founder of the New Water Culture Foundation (FNCA). The drought has already presented consequences for the agricultural industry, and the EU’s Joint Research Centre has warned that the production of  corn, soy and sunflower oil will decrease by 8-9%. In France, the agricultural organisation FNSEA also expects milk production to decrease due to drought.

Europe is facing the consequences of the drought / Store dele af Europa er ramt af tørke km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "Europe is facing the consequences of the drought / Store ..." page: 1 info: by Birthe Pedersen date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Maxime Darmet, French economist at Allianz Trade: "This episode is not good for French growth"

[France, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:54:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Les Echos, Maxime Darmet, economist at Allianz Trade, explains that even though past droughts and heatwaves crisis had a limited impact on the French economy, the current one has a bad timing. According to estimates from Allianz trade, the drought could have a 0.2% impact on the GDP, bringing growth estimates down at 2.3%. However, this is also impacting the energy sector, which count for 2% of the GDP. In addition, French electricity exports are down by 70%, due to maintenance of several nuclear power plants and disappointing renewable production. The economist underlines that the impact of the current droughts is marginal compared to that of the war in Ukraine, which has caused the explosion of food prices in recent months.

Worrying water shortage in the Netherlands / Pénurie d'eau inquiétante aux Pays-Bas km-Croix-FR: "Worrying water shortage in the Netherlands / Pénurie d'eau inquiétante ..." page: 8 info: by Sabine Cessou date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Water restrictions could continue this autumn / Les restrictions d'eau pourraient se poursuivre cet automne km-Echos-FR: "Water restrictions could continue this autumn / Les restrictions d'eau ..." page: 3 info: by M. Jq date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Maxime Darmet, French economist at Allianz Trade: "This episode is not good for French growth" / Maxime Darmet, économiste France chez Allianz Trade : « L'épisode tombe mal pour la croissance française » km-Echos-FR: Maxime Darmet, French economist at Allianz Trade: "This episode is not good for French growth" / Maxime Darmet, économiste France chez Allianz Trade : « L'épisode tombe mal pour la croissance française » page: 2 info: by Nathalie Silbert date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Drought: what the State has already done, what remains to be done / Sécheresse : ce que l'État a déjà fait, ce qu'il reste à faire km-Echos-FR: "Drought: what the State has already done, what remains to ..." page: 2 info: by Muryel Jacque date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Communes face drinking water shortages / Les communes face au manque d'eau potable km-Echos-FR: "Communes face drinking water shortages / Les communes face au ..." page: 2 info: by Léocadie Martin date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

When the water stops flowing / Quand l'eau ne coule plus de source km-Humanite-FR: "When the water stops flowing / Quand l'eau ne coule ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Olivier Chartrain date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Municipalities in search of a plan B / Les communes en quête d'un plan B km-Humanite-FR: "Municipalities in search of a plan B / Les communes ..." page: 4 info: by Lola Ruscio date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Agnès Ducharne, specialist in the water cycle at the CNRS: "The 'megabasins' are not the solution" / Agnès Ducharne, spécialiste du cycle de l'eau au CNRS : « Les "mégabassines" ne sont pas la solution » km-Humanite-FR: "Agnès Ducharne, specialist in the water cycle at the CNRS: ..." page: 4 info: by LUCILLE DEROLEZ date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

We live like in Madrid / CANICULE On vit comme à Madrid km-Parisien-FR: "We live like in Madrid / CANICULE On vit comme ..." page: 2-3 info: by Elsa Mari date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

And the landscape will change too / Et les paysages aussi vont changer km-Parisien-FR: "And the landscape will change too / Et les paysages ..." page: 4 info: by Juliette Vienot de Vaublanc date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Commission advises on safe water reuse in agriculture

[Greece, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:30:00 AM CEST

Eleftheros Typos reports on the Commission's guidelines to help EU member states and stakeholders apply the rules on the safe reuse of treated urban waste water for agricultural irrigation. According to the Commission, as several EU member states are increasingly suffering from droughts, reusing water from urban waste water treatment plants can become an essential tool to ensure a safe and predictable source of water, whilst lowering the pressure on water bodies and enhancing the EU’s ability to adapt to climate change. The Water Reuse Regulation, applicable from June 2023, sets out minimum water quality, risk management and monitoring requirements to ensure safe water reuse. The guidelines are complemented by several practical examples to facilitate the application of the rules. Commissioner Sinkevičius noted that freshwater resources are scarce and increasingly under pressure. He also said that in times of unprecedented temperature peaks, we need to stop wasting water and use this resource more efficiently to adapt to the changing climate and ensure the security and sustainability of our agricultural supply. He added that the Commission's guidelines can help us do just that and secure the safe circulation, across the EU, of food products grown with reclaimed water.

New data for crop irrigation with treated wastewater / Νέα δεδομένα για την άρδευση καλλιεργειών με επεξεργασμένα λύματα km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: New data for crop irrigation with treated wastewater / Νέα δεδομένα για την άρδευση καλλιεργειών με επεξεργασμένα λύματα page: 21 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Commission undertakes consultation on possible EU Soil Health Law

[Greece, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:22:00 AM CEST

In.gr reports that the Commission's online public consultation on a possible EU Soil Health Law is open until 24 October 2022. Soils are the foundation of our food security, providing 95% of the food we eat and are vital for life on Earth. The EU Soil Strategy for 2030, adopted last year, provides that the Commission will present a new legislative proposal on soil health, which will provide a comprehensive legal framework for soil protection granting it the same level of protection that exists for water, the marine environment and air in the EU.

Green Deal: Soils are the cornerstone of food security / Πράσινη συμφωνία: Θεμέλιος λίθος της επισιτιστικής ασφάλειας τα εδάφη km-in.gr-GR: Green Deal: Soils are the cornerstone of food security / Πράσινη συμφωνία: Θεμέλιος λίθος της επισιτιστικής ασφάλειας τα εδάφη date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Drought in the EU should prompt citizens to take action (opinion)

[Netherlands, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:22:00 AM CEST

A few Dutch media comment on the drought in the EU.A commentary in Algemeen Dagblad says that the shortage of water in various places in the EU should prompt European citizens to take action. The problems are increasing in, among other places, Spain, Portugal and France. More than a hundred French municipalities no longer have running drinking water. Trucks have to supply water. Corn withers and cattle feed runs out. More than half of the rice crop in Italy is lost. It is easy to get discouraged by this situation, and yet that is exactly what we should not do. Sighing about the situation does not help, but moderation does. Firstly, there can no longer be a discussion about the existence of a climate problem. Secondly, European citizens should finally start reducing their emissions. And thirdly, citizens simply need to become more frugal with the use of resources at home, of which water is a very important one.Nos.nl reports that about 3,000 people were evacuated in the southern French municipality of Mostuéjouls, because of a forest fire. Among them is a large number of camping guests. The forest fire has already destroyed at least 700 hectares of nature reserve. In several places in southern Europe, large forest fires are raging due to the persistent heat and drought. More nature has already gone up in flames in the EU this year than in all of 2021.

Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth / Zet de kraan uit bij het poetsen van je tanden km-Algemeen-Dagblad-NL: "Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth / Zet ..." page: 21 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Thousands of people evacuated due to major forest fire in southern France / Duizenden mensen geëvacueerd vanwege grote bosbrand Zuid-Frankrijk km-Nos.nl-NL: "Thousands of people evacuated due to major forest fire in ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

European rivers in danger

[Slovakia, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:43:00 AM CEST

Daily Pravda features an article by Radovan Geist in which he draws attention to the issue of European rivers drying up. The author explains that Europe plans to shift freight from roads to rivers in order to slow down climate change. However, it is a paradox that as a result of climate change, rivers are drying up and this shift will probably be quite complicated. The Union plans to increase the volume of cargo transported by inland waterways by 25%, and by the middle of the century by 50%. The fact that rivers are drying out is not the only problem, Mr Geist warns. He also points out to the fact that this shift might lower emissions but at the same time can ruin the ecosystems of European rivers.

Drying rivers / Vysychajúce rieky km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: Drying rivers / Vysychajúce rieky page: 24 info: by Radovan Geist date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Spain dries up

[Spain, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST

Several media report that Spain is officially in drought. Water reserves have fallen this week to 39.2%, the lowest level since 1995. The situation is most serious in Galicia, Castilla y León, Extremadura, Andalusia, Catalonia and Navarre due to the scarcity of water resources, and they are already suffering cuts and restrictions in some areas. In addition, areas of the Duero and Ebro basins have entered an emergency scenario. There is no prospect of improvement: experts warn that the heat will continue this month and rainfall is not expected with sufficient intensity to turn the situation around in the next quarter. In view of the shortage, the Ministry for Ecological Transition pointed out that "it is not foreseeable that there will be major problems in maintaining supply" for human consumption, but agriculture will suffer damage.

Brussels warns that we are on track to suffer the worst drought in history. Almost half of Europe's territory is exposed to levels of drought considered risky. / Bruselas advierte que vamos camino de sufrir la peor sequía de la historia. Casi la mitad de territorio europeo está expuesto a niveles de sequía considerada de riesgo. km-Cuatro-ES: Brussels warns that we are on track to suffer the worst drought in history. Almost half of Europe's territory is exposed to levels of drought considered risky. / Bruselas advierte que vamos camino de sufrir la peor sequía de la historia. Casi la mitad de territorio europeo está expuesto a niveles de sequía considerada de riesgo. info: EN BOCA DE TODOS, 2022-08-09 13:58:00, 00:00:25, by SUSANNA GRISO date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:58:00 PM CEST

Spain enters drought / España entra en sequía km-Pais-ES: "Spain enters drought / España entra en sequía..." page: 1,12-13 info: by JORGE A. RODRÍGUEZ date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

It has to rain / Tiene que llover km-Periodico-ES: "It has to rain / Tiene que llover..." page: 17 info: by CRISTINA MANZANO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The reservoirs are at 39.2 of their capacity / Los embalses se encuentran al 39,2 de su capacidad km-Razon-Spain-ES: "The reservoirs are at 39.2 of their capacity / Los ..." page: 1,20-21 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The latest report from the European Commission says that half of the EU countries are at risk of drought, and some governments say there could be supply cuts. / El último informe de la Comisión Europea asegura que la mitad de los países de la UE están en riesgo de sequía, y algunos gobiernos aseguran que podría haber cortes de suministro. km-Tele-5-Spain-ES: The latest report from the European Commission says that half of the EU countries are at risk of drought, and some governments say there could be supply cuts. / El último informe de la Comisión Europea asegura que la mitad de los países de la UE están en riesgo de sequía, y algunos gobiernos aseguran que podría haber cortes de suministro. info: Informativos t5 7-00, 2022-08-09 08:35:00, 00:01:16, by DANIEL GOMEZ date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:35:00 AM CEST

Drought in Europe expected to affect crops

[Sweden, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:37:00 AM CEST

According to new data from the European Drought Observatory (EDO), 45% of the continent, which includes the EU and UK, is too dry, reports expressen.se. In 15% of the area, the situation is serious, which means that plants and crops are heavily affected. The European Commission said in a statement that the drought in large parts of Europe is critical. It warned that the drought could lead to water shortages, reduced crops and problems with energy production. According to the Commission, France, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Italy in particular will be affected by a reduced harvest.

Graphic shows: State of emergency in Europe: "Tragedy" / Grafiken visar: Läget akut i Europa: ”Tragedi” km-espressen.se-SE: Graphic shows: State of emergency in Europe: "Tragedy" / Grafiken visar: Läget akut i Europa: ”Tragedi” date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

July 2022 was the sixth warmest July in Europe

[Sweden, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:38:00 AM CEST

During the heat wave that swept across parts of Europe in mid-July, temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius were measured in parts of Portugal, Spain, France and the UK, reports Aftonbladet. This year's July was one of the three warmest recorded on earth since measurements began. In Europe, it was the sixth warmest July, according to Copernicus. Climate scientist Freja Vamborg at Copernicus said in a press release that more frequent and longer periods of extremely high temperatures can be expected.

Widespread extreme heat: This year's July was one of the warmest - ever / Utbredd extremvärme: Årets juli var en av de varmaste – någonsin km-Aftonbladet-SE: "Widespread extreme heat: This year's July was one of the ..." page: 22 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY

Nuclear talks in Vienna have ended

[Austria, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:20:00 AM CEST

The talks on restoring the nuclear agreement between Iran and six other states, which took place in Vienna, have been declared over, Der Standard and Austrian national broadcasting corporation ORF report. The text is ready and will now be presented by High Representative/Vice President Borrell in the capitals of the countries involved. HR/VP Borrell says that no more changes can be made to the text and that behind every technical question is a political decision that must now be made in the capitals. While there is no deadline, EU diplomats speak of “very, very few weeks” that are available. However, it is still unclear whether Iran will agree because many controversial points have been left out. For example, the control of Iran's nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does not appear in the text. As Raffael Grossi, director of the IAEA, emphasises, they do not want to be able to inspect only a part of the nuclear facilities again, as that did not end well once before. However, Iran's consent to this is under question, which is why a revival of the nuclear agreement seems  uncertain, according to ORF.

ZIB 13 km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB 13..." info: 2022-08-09 13:00:00, 13:00:00, by Thomas Hois date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

Nuclear deal: the ball is now in Tehran's court / Beim Atomdeal liegt der Ball nun bei Teheran km-Standard-AT: "Nuclear deal: the ball is now in Tehran's court / ..." page: 4 info: by Gudrun Harrer date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

€261 million for Palestine

[Austria, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST

The EU is providing €261 million in support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Die Presse and Salzburger Nachrichten report. “This will provide funding to the agency so that it can provide basic services to Palestinian refugees,” the European Commission announced on Tuesday. The amount is to be disbursed within three years. €15 million will come from the EU's funding programme to combat food insecurity.

261 Mio. Euro für Palästina km-Presse-Austria-AT: "261 Mio. Euro für Palästina..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU gibt 261 Millionen Euro für Palästinenser km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "EU gibt 261 Millionen Euro für Palästinenser..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU gives €261 million to Palestinian relief agency

[Belgium, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:40:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Grenz Echo reports that the EU supports the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) with a further €261 million. "This will provide predictable funding for the agency to provide essential services to Palestinian refugees," the European Commission said in Brussels on Tuesday. On Dewereldmorgen.be, the intal movement writes that a solidarity action with the Palestinian people following the recent bombing of the Gaza Strip will take place on Wednesday, 10 August, from 4 to 5.30 pm, in front of the Belgian foreign affairs ministry. Israel's decades-long regime of military occupation, colonialism and apartheid is not only made in the West, but it continues to be armed, financed and protected from accountability by that same deeply colonial and racist West, particularly the US, the UK and the EU. The military, diplomatic and military support from the West – including Belgium and the EU – to the Israeli apartheid makes it a full-fledged partner in this crime. Humanity has been lost in the middle of the rubble and mourning families of the Gaza Strip.

Solidarity action Gaza Wednesday 10 August at 15h in Brussels / Solidariteitsactie Gaza woensdag 10 augustus om 15u in Brussel km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "Solidarity action Gaza Wednesday 10 August at 15h in Brussels ..." info: by Intal date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

EU gives €261 million to Palestinian relief agency / EU gibt 261 Millionen Euro für Palästinenser-Hilfswerk km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "EU gives €261 million to Palestinian relief agency / EU ..." page: 15 info: by von Montigny date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Iranian nuclear energy: the Vienna compromise is a "take it or leave it" deal, warns the EU

[Belgium, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:37:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be and Demorgen.be focus on the Iranian nuclear energy. Lalibre.be reports that the EU expects Tehran and Washington to make a fast decision on the final compromise elaborated in Vienna to save the 2015 agreement on the Iranian nuclear energy. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell's spokesperson Peter Stano says: "All that could have been negotiated has been integrated into the text's final version." He adds that HR/VP Borrell has not set a deadline but expects the participants to make a decision on the matter very quickly. Demorgen.be adds that the internal negotiations should take some weeks before the delegations come back to HR/VP Borrell with their definitive answers. According to the latter's words, "if they are positive, we can close this deal".

Waiting for Tehran and Washington's green light on the "final text" about nuclear deal with Iran / Wachten op groen licht uit Teheran en Washington over ‘definitieve tekst' kernwapendeal Iran km-demorgen.be-BE: Waiting for Tehran and Washington's green light on the "final text" about nuclear deal with Iran / Wachten op groen licht uit Teheran en Washington over ‘definitieve tekst' kernwapendeal Iran info: by Albers date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Iranian nuclear energy: the Vienna compromise is a "take it or leave it" deal, warns the EU / Nucléaire iranien: le compromis de Vienne est à prendre ou à laisser, presse l'UE km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: Iranian nuclear energy: the Vienna compromise is a "take it or leave it" deal, warns the EU / Nucléaire iranien: le compromis de Vienne est à prendre ou à laisser, presse l'UE info: by AFP date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Cypriot MEPs discuss EU-China relations and Taiwan with Chinese Charge d'Affaires in Cyprus

[Cyprus, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:56:00 AM CEST

Haravgi reports that Cypriot MEPs Giorgos Georgiou (GUE/NGL) and Niyazi Kızılyürek (GUE/NGL) had a meeting yesterday with the Charge d'Affairs of the Chinese Embassy to Cyprus, Wang Sheng, at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy. The MEPs commended the good ties between their party, AKEL, and the Communist Party of China. They expressed the gratitude of the Cypriot people for the long-term principled support offered by China to the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.The meeting also focused on EU-China relations and the need for closer cooperation between the two. They discussed the issues that prevent the deepening of these relations, stressing that these relations must be based on the principles of peaceful coexistence and reciprocity. Both the EU and China have an important role to play in consolidating peace. The meeting finally focused on the developments in Taiwan. The MEPs expressed their concern, stressing the need to respect international law, the UN Charter, and particularly the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. These principles demand the "One China" policy to be respected by all, they noted.

They discussed the Cyprus problem, the EU-China relations, and the developments in Taiwan / Συζήτησαν το Κυπριακό, Tis σχέσεκ EE Kivas και us εξελίξει στην Ταϊβάν km-Haravgi-CY: They discussed the Cyprus problem, the EU-China relations, and the developments in Taiwan / Συζήτησαν το Κυπριακό, Tis σχέσεκ EE Kivas και us εξελίξει στην Ταϊβάν page: 1,7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Commentary: China’s belligerent reaction shows that Nancy Pelosi was right to visit Taiwan

[Denmark, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:11:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Jyllands-Posten, former Danish prime minister and secretary-general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen writes that the free world must protect the democratic future of Taiwan. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has infuriated China and led the country to begin the biggest military exercises ever in the region and fire missiles over the island. According to Mr Rasmussen, the US should increase its weapon deliveries to Taiwan to send a clear message to China. “The free world failed to avoid the attack on Ukraine’s democracy. It must not make the same mistake with Taiwan,” says Mr Rasmussen.

Commentary: China’s belligerent reaction shows that Nancy Pelosi was right to visit Taiwan / Debat: Kinas krigeriske reaktion viser, hvorfor Nancy Pelosi gjorde ret i at besøge Taiwan km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Commentary: China’s belligerent reaction shows that Nancy Pelosi was right ..." page: 18 info: by ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Editorial: Erdoğan bargains to retain his position in the next election

[Finland, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:54:00 AM CEST

An editorial in Kauppalehti discusses Finland and Sweden’s applications for NATO membership. According to the editorial, it is likely that the long process will end in Türkiye and only on the cusp of the Turkish parliamentary and presidential elections next spring. When President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met President of Russia Vladimir Putin last Friday, Finland instantly became suspicious of Türkiye’s motives. For Finland, the essential question is if Erdoğan is bargaining with Putin about prolonging Finland and Sweden’s NATO accession. Putin was unexpectedly quiet when Finland’s NATO process officially began and downplayed it, and some experts believe that it is a tactical choice, as there is no need to protest loudly if the process can be ended in another way. To protect his and his party’s positions in the next elections, Erdoğan is bargaining with Putin about transport, trade, agriculture, finances and tourism, and there may be other, hidden bargaining chips. Finland joining NATO is more significant to Russia than it wants to admit, as the two states share a long border, and a lack of a strong reaction could lead to Russia’s other neighbours following Finland’s example. Erdoğan needs to protect his image as the only person who can protect Türkiye from terrorists and defend its international position, and Finland and Sweden’s applications are part of his game. However, the West still has great leverage over Türkiye’s economy, so it is likely that Türkiye will approve of NATO’s enlargement in the end.

Editorial: Erdoğan bargains to retain his position in the next election / Erdoğan käy kauppaa kuin basaariruhtinas km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Editorial: Erdoğan bargains to retain his position in the next ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The West and Russia intensify their struggle for influence in Africa

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:48:00 AM CEST

In a context of acute competition with Russia and China, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, began an African tour this weekend with a visit to South Africa, Le Figaro reports. During a press conference, he explained that the visit was not intended to transform Africa into a "great power battlefield". “I am glad Americans are not asking us to choose (between Moscow and the West), we must be able to have different opinions, we are sovereign," said South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor to justify the country’s neutrality over the war in Ukraine. A response that expresses the tensions between numerous emerging countries and the West. Strangled by sanctions, Russia has accelerated charm operations over African countries, skilfully playing on the anti-colonialist sentiment.

The West and Russia intensify their struggle for influence in Africa / L'Occident et la Russie accentuent leur lutte d'influence en Afrique km-Figaro-FR: "The West and Russia intensify their struggle for influence in ..." page: 4,5 info: by Laure Mandeville date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

From Pretoria to Kigali, Blinken as a salesman for a declining hyperpower / De Pretoria à Kigali, Blinken en VRP d'une hyperpuissance en déclin km-Humanite-FR: "From Pretoria to Kigali, Blinken as a salesman for a ..." page: 12,13 info: by Marc de Miramon date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The US dreams of an Africa without Russia and China / Les Etats-Unis rêvent d'une Afrique sans Russie ni Chine km-Opinion-FR: "The US dreams of an Africa without Russia and China ..." page: 1,5 info: by Pascal Airault date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Paperwork, labour shortages... In the UK, the effects of Brexit are being felt

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:48:00 AM CEST

Despite denial of British Conservatives, the UK is starting to suffer from the consequences of Brexit, Lexpress.fr reports. The “chaos” at the port of Dover, with Britons willing to travel to Europe confronted with long border checks, is just an example. According to Commission’s Vice-President Šefčovič, the effects of the pandemic can now be disentangled from those of Brexit, as trade figures demonstrate. According to the Office for National Statistics, the external deficit in the first quarter of 2022 was 8.3% of GDP, compared to 2.6% in 2021, the largest deterioration since 1955. A study by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance estimates that UK imports from the EU have fallen by 25% compared to non-EU imports.

Thank you, BoJo / Merci, BoJo km-Canard-Enchaine-FR: "Thank you, BoJo / Merci, BoJo..." page: 1 info: by A.-S. M. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Paperwork, labour shortages... In the UK, the effects of Brexit are being felt / Paperasse, pénurie de main-d'oeuvre... Au Royaume-Uni, les effets du Brexit se font sentir km-Lexpress.fr-FR: "Paperwork, labour shortages... In the UK, the effects of Brexit ..." info: by Agnès C. Poirier date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Iranian nuclear deal : take it or leave it

[France, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:49:00 AM CEST

MediaPart.fr reports that the EU expects Tehran and Washington to make a "quick decision" on the final compromise worked out in Vienna to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, High representative/Vice president Borrell said on Tuesday. If an agreement is reached, the HR/VP will convene a meeting of the foreign ministers of the signatory countries. The JCPOA aims to ensure the civilian nature of the nuclear program of Iran, accused of seeking to acquire nuclear weapons despite its denials. But following the unilateral withdrawal from the agreement in 2018 by the United States under the impetus of Donald Trump and the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions that stifle its economy, Tehran has gradually freed itself from its obligations. The compromise allows the United States to return to the agreement with the lifting of sanctions imposed on Tehran, provided that Iran meets its commitments and stops exceeding prescribed limits on enrichment and other nuclear activities.

Iranian nuclear deal: take it or leave it / Nucléaire iranien: le compromis de Vienne est à prendre ou à laisser km-MediaPart.fr-FR: Iranian nuclear deal: take it or leave it / Nucléaire iranien: le compromis de Vienne est à prendre ou à laisser date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

FBI raids former President Trump’s residence, seizes documents

[Italy, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:01:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the US Department of Justice’s investigation took a major step yesterday when it ordered the FBI to enter former US President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida and seize documents. La Repubblica says the warrant was based on the 15 cases of documents illegally subtracted from the White House at the end of President Trump’s mandate and subsequently returned, as there is suspicion other documents were also taken or destroyed. The raid caused immediate reactions on both sides politically. Democrats wondered whether the law governing theft of official documents could be used to prohibit President Trump from holding public office again while Republicans decried the “politicisation” of the FBI.  Corriere della Sera notes the raid took many by surprise, including US media, who first learned of it when President Trump complained on social media he was “being persecuted”. Militia groups who support him were also quick to express anger. La Stampa reports that, at this point, President Trump is being investigated by Congress, the FBI, the District Attorney of New York and the IRS and is likely to declare early his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential elections in order to deflect attention and support his narrative of being a political target.

«Guerra civile» Riecco le milizie di Donald km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "«Guerra civile» Riecco le milizie di Donald..." page: 1,10,11 info: by di MASSIMO GAGGI date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

La furia di Trump contro l Fbi: un raid, sono perseguitato km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "La furia di Trump contro l Fbi: un raid, sono ..." page: 1,10,11 info: by GIUSEPPE SARCINA date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Trump, FBI blitz. He risks prison / Trump, blitz Fbi Rischia il carcere km-Repubblica-IT: Trump, FBI blitz. He risks prison / Trump, blitz Fbi Rischia il carcere page: 1,2,3 info: by di Gianni Riotta date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Trump, il blitz Fbi e il nuovo Watergate km-Stampa-IT: "Trump, il blitz Fbi e il nuovo Watergate..." page: 1,15 info: by ALBERTO SIMONI date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Taiwan accuses China of preparing an invasion

[Italy, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:07:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the government in Taiwan has accused China of “preparing to invade the island”. Il Sole 24 Ore says that, following extenuated military exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan, tensions are running extremely high as the risk of an incident sparking off greater conflict is very real. With its military drills, China has effectively placed Taiwan under siege. The US is following the situation hour by hour. Milano Finanza reports China continues to use the visit to Taiwan last week by US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as a pretext to step up its claims to Taiwan. Indeed, La Repubblica reports accusations against China made by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister were “simply complaints from a local official”.

Taiwan accuses: China is preparing to invade us / Taipei accusa: la Cina si prepara a invaderci km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Taiwan accuses: China is preparing to invade us / Taipei ..." page: 6 info: by di Lorenzo Beccari date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Taiwan denounces Chinese violations. “They are preparing the invasion of the island” / Taiwan denuncia le violazioni cinesi “Preparano l invasione dell isola” km-Repubblica-IT: Taiwan denounces Chinese violations. “They are preparing the invasion of the island” / Taiwan denuncia le violazioni cinesi “Preparano l invasione dell isola” page: 17 info: by Gianluca Modolo date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Taiwan accusa Pechino di preparare l'invasione km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Taiwan accusa Pechino di preparare l'invasione..." page: 14 info: by Rita Fatiguso date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The text of the new Iran nuclear deal is agreed

[Latvia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:05:00 AM CEST

Latvijas Radio 1 reports that the negotiations on a new Iran nuclear deal are being concluded in Vienna. The text has been agreed, but still needs to be approved by the officials of the countries involved in the process. An anonymous senior EU diplomat said after the talks that there was nothing left to negotiate - the person called the text of the new deal a good compromise for all parties and now it was up to the responsible officials to say yes or no. A day earlier, Russian representative Mikhail Ulyanov also reported progress in the talks, saying that there is good progress and only three or four minor problems remain to be solved. Political experts say that the countries involved in the process, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, could give an answer within a few weeks.

The text of the new Iran nuclear deal is agreed / Saskaņots Irānas jaunās kodolvienošanās teksts km-LTV-1-LV: "The text of the new Iran nuclear deal is agreed ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2022-08-09 09:56:00, 00:01:05, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:56:00 AM CEST View this media item

Waiting for a sign from Tehran

[Luxembourg, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:57:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece published by Tageblatt, Guy Kemp reports that European Union negotiators have put pressure on Iran at the Vienna talks with a final proposal for a new nuclear deal. The draft contains everything that has been negotiated so far, explained High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. Whether Tehran will give in as quickly as the Europeans would like, however, remains to be seen. After all, following the termination of the first agreement by then US President Donald Trump in 2018, the Iranians have come a good deal closer to building a nuclear bomb. Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has shown not only Tehran two things: first, how dangerous it can be to give up nuclear weapons. As the then fourth-largest nuclear power Ukraine did. On the other hand, that one's own country is not so easily attacked when one militarily invades a neighbouring country.

Arguments for hardliners / Argumente für Hardliner km-Tageblatt-LU: Arguments for hardliners / Argumente für Hardliner page: 2 info: by Guy Kemp date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Waiting for a sign from Tehran / Warten auf ein Zeichen aus Teheran km-Tageblatt-LU: Waiting for a sign from Tehran / Warten auf ein Zeichen aus Teheran page: 7 info: by Holger Möhle date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Kommentar / Atomgespräche: Argumente für Hardliner im Iran km-Tageblatt.lu-LU: "Kommentar / Atomgespräche: Argumente für Hardliner im Iran..." date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion, holds defence drill

[Malta, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:10:00 AM CEST

Taiwan held an artillery drill Tuesday simulating defence against an attack as its top diplomat accused Beijing of preparing to invade the island after days of massive Chinese war games. China launched its largest-ever air and sea exercises around Taiwan last week in a furious response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the highest-ranking American official to visit the self-ruled island in decades.  Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which views its neighbour as part of Chinese territory to be seized one day, by force if necessary.

Taiwan holds drills, says China seeks control of seas / Taiwan holds drills, says China seeks control of seas km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Taiwan holds drills, says China seeks control of seas / ..." page: 13 info: by AP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion, holds defence drill / Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion, holds defence drill km-timesofmalta.com-MT: Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion, holds defence drill / Taiwan accuses China of preparing invasion, holds defence drill info: by Editorial date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The menace of war hangs over Nagorno-Karabakh again. European Union seeks to be a mediator

[Poland, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:27:00 AM CEST

Gabriel Gavin of Politico – cited by Onet.pl – draws attention to the threat of a new war over Nagorno-Karabakh. Because of the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has withdrawn some of its peacekeepers from the region it had pledged to defend. This has led to armed incidents along the border and increased tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The parties to the conflict accuse each other of violating the ceasefire and provoking incidents. As Russia's role is questioned by both sides, the EU is increasingly trying to bridge the gap. In May, Brussels hosted Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for talks on how to prevent future clashes. After the negotiations, President of the European Council Charles Michel said that the priority would be "advancing discussions on the future peace treaty and addressing the root causes of conflict". At the same time, the West is increasingly turning to Azerbaijan on energy as it seeks to move away from Russian fossil fuels. During a visit to Baku last month, President von der Leyen signed a memorandum of understanding with Aliyev as part of efforts to gain access to the country’s massive natural gas reserves and help cover for Europe’s reduced supplies coming from Russia. Prior to the signing, Stepanakert pointed to the EU's earlier condemnation of Azerbaijan for "a policy of erasing and denying the Armenian cultural heritage in and around Nagorno-Karabakh" and insisted on provisions in the agreement that would help maintain the status quo. Ultimately, however, such wording was not included in the agreement.

'Operation Vengeance'. The threat of a new war after the withdrawal of Russian troops from Nagorno-Karabakh / "Operacja zemsta". Groźba nowej wojny po wycofaniu rosyjskich wojsk z Górskiego Karabachu km-Onet.pl-PL: "'Operation Vengeance'. The threat of a new war after the ..." info: by Gabriel Gavin date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Record-breaking Polish spending on armaments

[Poland, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:28:00 AM CEST

Polityka reports on Poland's spending on armaments and the activities of Defence Minister Błaszczak. The latest order from South Korean suppliers is a 1,000 tanks and nearly 700 self-propelled guns. Never before has Poland ordered so much equipment from any country. Korean media estimate that the order is worth from several to twenty several billion dollars. The total value of contracts concluded by Poland, not including the order from South Korea, in the first half of the year exceeded PLN47 billion. According to journalist Świerczyński, urgent military needs, such as the war in Ukraine, perfectly match the political needs of the Minister Błaszczak. He is the executor of Law and Justice (PiS) leader Kaczyński's strategic vision, which means an army of at least 300,000 soldiers, with the strongest artillery in Europe and over a 1,000 tanks. The implementation of this vision by Minister Błaszczak causes a lot of uncontrolled expenditure. Repayment will burden the next generations and its effects will have strong negative impact on the Polish defence industry.

Parade of expenses / Parada wydatków km-Polityka-PL: Parade of expenses / Parada wydatków page: 12 info: by Marek Świerczyński date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU announces €261 million in support for UNRWA

[Portugal, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:01:00 AM CEST

The European Union announced €261 million in support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), expresso.pt reports. In a statement, the Commission underlined that this support includes the EU's three-year funding for UNRWA for a total of €246 million, coupled with an additional €15 million from the Food and Resilience Facility “to address food insecurity and mitigate the impact of the Ukraine war.” High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stressed that “the EU, as UNRWA's long-term partner, is committed to continuing with political and financial support for its activities. UNRWA remains crucial for providing the necessary protection and essential services for Palestine refugees, supporting peace and stability in the region.” For Commissioner Várhelyi, “others need to step up and join the EU in providing predictable multiannual funding” for UNRWA.

EU supports UN relief operations for Palestinian refugees with €261 million / UE apoia com 261 ME operações de assistência da ONU a refugiados palestinianos km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "EU supports UN relief operations for Palestinian refugees with €261 ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Final text to save Iran nuclear deal already arrived in Iran and US

[Portugal, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:11:00 AM CEST

The final text to save Iran nuclear deal already arrived in Iran and the US, Público reports. At the end of another round of talks in Vienna, “what can be negotiated was negotiated and is now in the final text,” High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said. He recalled that “behind every technical issue and paragraph there is a political decision that now needs to be taken in the capitals” of the two countries. HR/VP Borrell's remarks imply that the European Union accepts the agreement. The US is “ready to conclude an agreement quickly based on the EU's proposals.”

Final text to save Iran nuclear deal has arrived in Tehran and Washington / Texto final para salvar acordo nuclear iraniano já chegou a Teerão e a Washington km-Publico-PT: Final text to save Iran nuclear deal has arrived in Tehran and Washington / Texto final para salvar acordo nuclear iraniano já chegou a Teerão e a Washington page: 17 info: by Sofia Lorena date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

China is preparing to invade Taiwan

[Romania, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:30:00 AM CEST

Several Romanian media outlets, including Mediafax.ro, report that Taiwan’s Foreign Minister stated yesterday that China aimed to control the East and South China Seas via the Taiwan Strait, describing a greater ambition to upend the Asia-Pacific status quo and prevent nations from aiding the self-governing island. Foreign Minister Joseph Wu spoke at a news conference in Taipei, as Taiwan began live-fire military drills to test combat readiness in response to the ongoing Chinese exercises that have included the launch of missiles into waters off the island with 23 million inhabitants, EuropaFM radio station reports.

Taiwan responds to Chinese threats / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: Taiwan responds to Chinese threats / Ştirile B1TV info: Ştirile B1TV, 2022-08-09 10:05:00, 00:01:38, by Sîngeorzan Aneta date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:05:00 AM CEST

Military drills in Taiwan / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Military drills in Taiwan / Ştirile Europa FM..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2022-08-09 09:03:00, 00:00:56, by Nagy Iulia date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:03:00 AM CEST View this media item

Taiwan: Live-fire artillery drill simulating a defence against Chinese invasion / VIDEO Taiwan: Exerciţiu de artilerie simulând apărarea împotriva unei invazii chineze km-HotNews.ro-RO: Taiwan: Live-fire artillery drill simulating a defence against Chinese invasion / VIDEO Taiwan: Exerciţiu de artilerie simulând apărarea împotriva unei invazii chineze info: by D. Popa • HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Taiwan begins live-fire drills. Taiwanese Foreign Minister: China is preparing to invade the island / Taiwanul a început exerciţii militare cu muniţie reală. Ministrul taiwanez de Externe: China se pregăteşte pentru invazia insulei km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Taiwan begins live-fire drills. Taiwanese Foreign Minister: China is preparing ..." info: by Iulian Moşneagu date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

China is preparing to invade Taiwan / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "China is preparing to invade Taiwan / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2022-08-09 11:02:00, 00:00:51, by Turcu Nicoleta date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:02:00 AM CEST View this media item

Taiwan accuses China of preparing for an invasion of the island through extended military exercises / Taiwanul acuză China că pregătește invazia insulei prin exercițiile militare prelungite km-revista22.ro-RO: "Taiwan accuses China of preparing for an invasion of the ..." info: by L. date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

European Commission allocates €261 million to aid Palestinian refugees

[Slovenia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:33:00 AM CEST

The European Commission will allocate €261 million in the form of multi-year funding to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), STA reports. It will also allocate an additional €8 million in humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the deteriorating security situation in the east of the country. “The EU as UNRWA's long-term partner is committed to continuing with political and financial support for its activities,” said High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, stressing that “UNRWA remains crucial for providing the necessary protection and essential services for Palestine refugees, supporting peace and stability in the region.” Commissioner Várhelyi called on other countries to join the EU in providing predictable multi-year funding for the agency. “The deteriorating security situation in the DRC’s Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces has forced more than 700,000 people to flee their homes since the beginning of the year,” said Commissioner Lenarčič, adding that “the additional funding will enable our humanitarian partners to address the most urgent emergency needs, including supporting those newly displaced.”

European Commission allocates €261 million to aid Palestinian refugees / Evropska komisija namenja 261 milijonov evrov za pomoč palestinskim beguncem km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission allocates €261 million to aid Palestinian refugees / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY

Contributing article on the war in Ukraine

[Austria, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:20:00 AM CEST

While the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine must be condemned in the strongest terms, one must also mention that Ukraine, now an EU candidate country, is not a purely democratic victim, writes Arno Tausch, university lecturer in political sciences, in a contributing article in Wiener Zeiting. The US Department of State, for example, among other things mentioned “credible reports” of arbitrary killings in its latest human rights report on Ukraine. SPÖ Party Chair Pamela Rendi-Wagner will not be the last Social Democratic politician in Europe who rightfully calls for a diplomatic solution to the current madness, according to Mr Tausch.

Contributing article: Popper's nightmare in Ukraine / Poppers Albtraum in der Ukraine km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: Contributing article: Popper's nightmare in Ukraine / Poppers Albtraum in der Ukraine page: 14 info: by Arno Tausch date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Ukraine war continues to rage

[Belgium, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:57:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the Ukraine war. Le Soir reports that there are increasing calls to deny the Russians entry to the EU. President Zelenskyy said the most critical sanctions are to close the borders. The discussion has been going on in Finland for several weeks. While air links between the EU and Russia have been suspended as part of the sanctions, the Finnish border is open to holders of a Schengen visa issued to Russian nationals. Bulgaria and Latvia are also tempted by the measure. A European Commission spokeswoman said that member states have considerable flexibility to reduce or stop issuing long-stay visas and residence permits under their national law. L'Avenir adds that on Tuesday, holidaymakers lounging on a Crimean beach near the Saki military airfield, near the town of Novofiodorovka, were panicked when they heard explosions and saw a column of black smoke rising into the sky from a military depot. Several munitions intended for aviation exploded, according to the Russian army. The depot in question was not fired upon or bombed. One person was killed, and five were injured.

Zelenskyy calls for banning all Russians from Europe / Zelensky appelle à bannir tous les Russes d’Europe km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: Zelenskyy calls for banning all Russians from Europe / Zelensky appelle à bannir tous les Russes d’Europe page: 13 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Russians deprived of Europe? / Les Russes privés d’Europe ? km-Soir-BE: Russians deprived of Europe? / Les Russes privés d’Europe ? page: 8 info: by Regnier date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ukrainian nuclear plant is at risk of developing into a nuclear disaster after missile attack

[Denmark, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:12:00 AM CEST

Jyllands-Posten reports that the nuclear plant in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, is at risk of a radioactive meltdown due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. According to the nuclear company Energoatom, a part of Zaporizhzhia was struck by Russian missiles this weekend. “Every attack on a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing,” says Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General. He has strongly urged Russia to give the International Atomic Energy Agency access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. In the event of a radioactive meltdown in Zaporizhzhia, radioactivity will also affect Russia. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has stated that “an explosion will be the end of Europe.”

Ukrainian nuclear plant is at risk of developing into a nuclear disaster after missile attack / End ikke Putin skulle ønske sig en katastrofe på Europas største atomkraftværk i Ukraine km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Ukrainian nuclear plant is at risk of developing into a ..." page: 10 info: by Michael Bjerre date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

France does not allow Russians into a castle because of the invasion of Ukraine

[Estonia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:57:00 AM CEST

The French military has banned Russian citizens from visiting the Vincennes castle near Paris because of the war in Ukraine, Postimees.ee reports. The Ministry of Defense confirmed to AFP last night that Russian citizens' access to military installations is indeed restricted due to the invasion. However, Russian journalists can apply for an exception, the officials added.

France does not allow Russians into a castle because of the invasion of Ukraine / Prantsusmaa ei luba venelasi Ukraina invasiooni tõttu lossi km-Postimees-Online-EE: France does not allow Russians into a castle because of the invasion of Ukraine / Prantsusmaa ei luba venelasi Ukraina invasiooni tõttu lossi date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Finnish-Ukrainian education project extended by a year

[Finland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:49:00 AM CEST

According to Keskisuomalainen, the cooperation between Finland and Ukraine to develop the latter’s school system has been continued. The project began in 2018 and has now been extended by a year. Prime Ministers Sanna Marin of Finland and Denis Shmyhal of Ukraine signed an agreement on the matter in June when the former visited Ukraine. In the project, Finnish experts help Ukraine’s Ministry of Education in implementing Ukraine’s new education system, training teachers and principals, campaigning about the reform and updating learning material. The oldest pupils taught with the new system will start fifth grade this autumn. According to Project Director Marja Laine of Finnish Consulting Group, the child-centric and individualistic approach is clearly new to Ukrainians, but it has been received positively.Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected the project, as the additional year will focus on psychosocial support training. The project’s expenses total €8 million, €6 million of which is provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, while the rest is provided by the European Commission. At the same time another ongoing project develops vocational education in Ukraine, funded by Finland, the Commission, Germany, Poland and Estonia. According to Paula Malan, Senior Education Advisor at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland and Ukraine will continue cooperation even after the projects end. However, it will probably take a very different form due to the damages caused by the war.

Finnish-Ukrainian education project extended by a year / Suomen ja Ukrainan välinen kouluyhteistyö jatkuu vuodella km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Finnish-Ukrainian education project extended by a year / Suomen ja ..." page: 9 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Washington supports Ukraine's counter-offensive

[France, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:51:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that “a bombing of the Zaporizhia plant in southern Ukraine could have catastrophic consequences", Moscow stressed on Monday evening, in response to Kyiv's accusation of "nuclear terrorism". The six-reactor plant, two of which are still operational, is believed to be occupied by 500 Russian soldiers. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Moscow of using the plant as "a military base to fire on the Ukrainians, knowing that they cannot and will not fire back". Meanwhile, Moscow has lost 3,000 to 4,000 armoured vehicles, or a quarter of its operational total, and may soon run out of precision-guided missiles. On the other hand, more and more Russian bases appear to be within the range of Ukrainian missiles. The Pentagon also announced on Monday a new military aid to Ukraine amounting to $1 billion, in addition to to $8.1 billion already announced since the beginning of the war.

Pope expected in Kyiv by mid-September / Le pape attendu à Kiev avant mi-septembre km-Croix-FR: "Pope expected in Kyiv by mid-September / Le pape attendu ..." page: 12 info: by Marguerite de Lasa date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Should we fear a nuclear disaster in Ukraine? / Faut-il craindre une catastrophe nucléaire en Ukraine ? km-Croix-FR: "Should we fear a nuclear disaster in Ukraine? / Faut-il ..." page: 4 info: by François d'Alançon date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

"A slowdown in military operations is likely" / « Un ralentissement des opérations militaires est probable » km-Echos-FR: ""A slowdown in military operations is likely" / « Un ..." page: 4,5 info: by Y. B date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Washington supports Ukraine's counter-offensive / Washington appuie la contre-offensive de l'Ukraine km-Echos-FR: "Washington supports Ukraine's counter-offensive / Washington appuie la contre-offensive de ..." page: 1,4,5 info: by Yves Bourdillon date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The war drone of the Ukrainian army / La drone de guerre de l'armée ukrainienne km-Liberation-FR: "The war drone of the Ukrainian army / La drone ..." page: 2,3 info: by Stéphane Siohan date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Cyber further thickens the fog of war / Le cyber épaissit encore le brouillard de guerre km-Liberation-FR: "Cyber further thickens the fog of war / Le cyber ..." page: 4,5,6,7 info: by Amaelle Guiton date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The Zaporizhia plant, a new threat of mass deterrence / La centrale de Zaporijia, nouvelle menace de dissuasion massive km-Liberation-FR: "The Zaporizhia plant, a new threat of mass deterrence / ..." page: 2,3,4,5 info: by Léa MASSEGUIN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

President Zelenskyy waves threat of nuclear disaster / Le président Zelensky brandit le spectre d'une catastrophe nucléaire km-Monde-FR: "President Zelenskyy waves threat of nuclear disaster / Le président ..." page: 4 info: by EMMANUEL GRYNSZPAN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, a highly sensitive battlefield / La centrale nucléaire de Zaporijjia, champ de bataille hautement sensible km-Parisien-FR: "The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, a highly sensitive battlefield / ..." page: 6 info: by Joséphine Tazdait date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Brussels angered about Erdoğan's unilateral actions

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:41:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on Turkey-Greece relations. Turkey has once again sent a drillship to the eastern Mediterranean, Handelsblatt reports, for example. Greece observes such explorations closely. Turkey had already searched for gas in areas claimed by Athens or Cyprus previously. In Brussels, resentment against President Erdoğan has been growing for weeks. His rapprochement with President Putin and other autocrats also anger the partners. Some voices are calling for exclusion from NATO. Given Turkey's important mediating role in the Ukraine war, the irritations about President Erdoğan have only been discussed internally in Brussels and played out through low diplomatic channels to Ankara. Publicly, the European Commission and the European member states are silent, which the European Parliament also sees as the best option.

Brussels angered about Erdoğan's unilateral actions / Brüssel verärgert über Erdogans Alleingänge km-Handelsblatt-DE: Brussels angered about Erdoğan's unilateral actions / Brüssel verärgert über Erdogans Alleingänge page: 15 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On Turkey-Greece relations: Departure into the blue / Aufbruch ins Blaue km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On Turkey-Greece relations: Departure into the blue / Aufbruch ins Blaue page: 7 info: by TA date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Some countries are only half-heartedly implementing western sanctions against Russia

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:24:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the war in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia. Some countries are only half-heartedly implementing western sanctions against Russia, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, for example. Shipowners from Greece and Malta are profiting from transporting Russian oil, which the EU wants to stop exporting. Bulgaria is thinking about bringing Gazprom back into business. Given the tough sanctions and the many western companies that have turned their backs on Russia, the situation in the country itself still seems surprisingly relaxed. Yet, imports to Russia have fallen sharply since the attack, despite new transport routes. It is difficult to determine exactly how severe the decline is, as Russia hardly ever publishes economic data anymore. However, the ECB recently determined that exports to Russia have fallen "significantly" since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, especially from countries that support the sanctions.

Why Russia is not collapsing / Warum Russland nicht zusammenbricht km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: Why Russia is not collapsing / Warum Russland nicht zusammenbricht page: 15 info: by Christian Geinitz ete al. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sanctions against Russia: Oligarchs refuse to provide information on assets / Sanktionen gegen Russland : Oligarchen verweigern Auskunft über Vermögen km-zdf.de-DE: "Sanctions against Russia: Oligarchs refuse to provide information on assets ..." info: by Ulrich Stoll date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

No emission of radiation after bombardment of nuclear power plants

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:25:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the war in Ukraine. To the best of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection's knowledge, no radiation has escaped as a result of the hostilities surrounding the Ukrainian nuclear power plant at Zaporizhia, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, for example. The Institute for the Study of War has labelled reports of Russian General Vasilyev's statements that the area had been mined as presumably false. The reporting is not based on official sources but on a possibly fake screenshot. After the shelling of the power plant site in the past few days, President Zelenskyy warned of a nuclear catastrophe and drew comparisons to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

On the war in Ukraine: No emission of radiation after bombardment of nuclear power plants / Kein Strahlungsaustritt nach Beschuss auf AKW km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: On the war in Ukraine: No emission of radiation after bombardment of nuclear power plants / Kein Strahlungsaustritt nach Beschuss auf AKW page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

This is how dangerous the situation at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia is / So gefährlich ist die Lage am AKW in Saporischschja km-Welt-DE: This is how dangerous the situation at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia is / So gefährlich ist die Lage am AKW in Saporischschja page: 5 info: by Ibrahim Naber date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Russia continues use of Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant as strategic base

[Italy, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:28:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the explosions at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine also set off reciprocal accusations between the two warring sides. La Stampa says that, while difficult to ascertain the truth of the events, what is certain is the danger posed by Russian troops stockpiling ammunition at Europe’s largest nuclear plant site. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called the situation “Russian nuclear terrorism”, noting Zaporizhzhya has six reactors whereas only one exploded in the Chernobyl disaster. The article notes Europe’s fate now seems to depend on the thickness of the cement protecting the reactors, as any serious damage would be difficult to contain in the middle of a battlefield. Indeed, Russia now seems to be using the plant as a weapon. Meanwhile, La Stampa reports that Ukrainian forces have struck sites within the Crimea for the first time but that the Ukrainian government warned, “It is just the beginning”. Russian officials denied any attack, blaming the explosion on a munitions dump. Corriere della Sera reports the Vatican clarified its stance on the war in Ukraine through its State Secretary Pietro Parolin, who said the Vatican was “always in favour of peace”, but also that “those who are attacked have a right to defend themselves”.

The Vatican on Kyiv’s war: “Those who are attacked have a right to arms” / Il Vaticano sulla guerra di Kiev: «Chi è aggredito ha diritto alle armi» km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "The Vatican on Kyiv’s war: “Those who are attacked have ..." page: 12 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Russian base in Crimea struck. Kyiv warns: it is just the beginning / Colpita base russa in Crimea Kiev rivendica: è solo l inizio km-Stampa-IT: "Russian base in Crimea struck. Kyiv warns: it is just ..." page: 16 info: by GIUSEPPE AGLIASTRO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Nuclear blackmail latest war weapon / Il ricatto nucleare ultima arma di Putin km-Stampa-IT: "Nuclear blackmail latest war weapon / Il ricatto nucleare ultima ..." page: 1,17 info: by DOMENICO QUIRICO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Latvia seeks third-party status against Russia at the ECHR

[Latvia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:49:00 AM CEST

LTV1 reports that Latvia has applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to be allowed to intervene as a third party in Ukraine's claim against Russia. States that obtain third party status will have the opportunity to present their observations on violations of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the proceedings. The ECtHR will decide whether to grant the status to Latvia. Latvia also claims third-party status at the UN International Court of Justice in the case Ukraine v Russian Federation.

Latvia seeks third-party status against Russia at the ECHR / Latvija ECT lūdz trešās puses statusu tiesā pret Krieviju km-LTV-1-LV: "Latvia seeks third-party status against Russia at the ECHR / ..." info: Panorāma, 2022-08-09 21:02:00, 00:00:38, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:02:00 PM CEST View this media item

Kaliningrad complaints

[Latvia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:57:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, Kaliningrad region has already reached the quota set by the European Union for the import of several sanctioned goods from the Russian mainland and Belarus in transit via Lithuania. The Commission guidelines allow Russia to transport sanctioned goods to and from the Kaliningrad region via Lithuania only by rail and only for enclave purposes. Lithuania should verify that transit volumes remain within the historical averages of the last three years, reflecting the real demand for essential goods at destination. The Governor of Kaliningrad Region, Anton Alikhanov, has said that Kaliningrad has already imported by rail the permitted quantities of steel, petroleum products, fertilisers, timber, various types of iron and antifreeze.

Kaliningrad complaints / Kaļiņingradas sūdzības km-Diena-LV: Kaliningrad complaints / Kaļiņingradas sūdzības page: 9 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:33:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that Belarusians fleeing President Lukashenko’s regime can only enter Lithuania illegally as they no longer have access to humanitarian Lithuanian visas, representatives of the Belarusian opposition say. A Belarusian opposition representative and a member of the human rights organisation Our House Olga Karach said that almost all European Union countries have reduced their representation in Minsk to a minimum following the forced landing of the Ryanair passenger plane in May 2020. Veronika Tsepkalo, a Belarusian opposition activist, also said she was disappointed with the work of the former opposition frontrunner Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s office in Vilnius. According to her, the opposition’s actions are not coordinated, and there’s a lack of transparency in their financial activities. Tsepkalo also asked Lithuania to open a criminal case against Lukashenko and to take up the initiative to bring him before an international court for crimes against humanity.

Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas / Baltarusijos opozicija: nuo režimo bėgantiems baltarusiams beveik neįmanoma gauti humanitarinių vizų km-Alfa.lt-LT: Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas / Baltarusijos opozicija: nuo režimo bėgantiems baltarusiams beveik neįmanoma gauti humanitarinių vizų date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas / Opozicija: nuo režimo bėgantiems baltarusiams beveik neįmanoma gauti humanitarinių vizų km-Delfi.lt-LT: Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas / Opozicija: nuo režimo bėgantiems baltarusiams beveik neįmanoma gauti humanitarinių vizų info: by Jūratė Skėrytė date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas / Baltarusių opozicija: nuo režimo bėgantieji į Lietuvą gali patekti tik nelegaliai km-Ziniu-Radijas-LT: "Belarusian opposition says regime-fleeing Belarusians unable to get Lithuanian visas ..." info: Žinios, 2022-08-09 14:06:00, 00:01:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:06:00 PM CEST View this media item

EU ban on Russian coal comes into force, Lithuania transit allowed

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:00:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that a ban on the transit of Russian coal and solid fuel through the EU comes into force on Wednesday as the transitional period of the EU's fifth sanction package for Russia ends. However, the ban is subject to an exception in Lithuania under the European Commission's clarification and a limited amount of sanctioned products can be transported by rail. Russia resumed the transit of sanctioned goods to and from Kaliningrad in July, about a month after Lithuania banned it on the basis of an EU regulation adopted in April and the EC's earlier clarification. After Russia called the restrictions a blockade of its Kaliningrad region and threatened to retaliate, the EC issued updated guidance in July, allowing rail transit to resume, with this year's freight volumes to be calculated based on the average of goods transported in 2019-2021.

EU ban on Russian coal comes into force / Įsigalioja ES draudimas rusiškai angliai, jos tranzitas per Lietuvą leidžiamas km-15min.lt-LT: EU ban on Russian coal comes into force / Įsigalioja ES draudimas rusiškai angliai, jos tranzitas per Lietuvą leidžiamas date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU ban on Russian coal comes into force, Lithuania transit allowed / Įsigalioja dar vienos sankcijos Rusijai: didesni pokyčiai lauks gruodį, gali turėti įtakos ir karo baigčiai km-Delfi.lt-LT: EU ban on Russian coal comes into force, Lithuania transit allowed / Įsigalioja dar vienos sankcijos Rusijai: didesni pokyčiai lauks gruodį, gali turėti įtakos ir karo baigčiai info: by Raminta Rakauskė date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU ban on Russian coal comes into force, Lithuania transit allowed / Įsigalioja ES draudimas rusiškai angliai, jos tranzitas per Lietuvą leidžiamas km-lrytas.lt-LT: EU ban on Russian coal comes into force, Lithuania transit allowed / Įsigalioja ES draudimas rusiškai angliai, jos tranzitas per Lietuvą leidžiamas info: by Lrytas.lt Aug 10 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Lithuanian President Nausėda says Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that to mark the second anniversary of the 2020 elections in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda addressed the leader of the Belarusian democratic society Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and the participants of the Congress for a new Belarus. In his letter, President Nausėda paid tribute to Tikhanovskaya and welcomed the fact that Vilnius had become a place where Belarusian civil society found a safe haven. The Head of State stressed the right of the Belarusian people to hold new, free and fair elections. In his words, the European Union agrees that all repression must end, political prisoners must be released, and the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law must be guaranteed. Lithuania will continue to support the implementation of these aspirations so that a democratic Belarus can find its rightful place in the European family, the letter reads.

Nausėda: Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / G.Nausėda: Lietuva remia baltarusių siekį kovoti už laisvą gyvenimą km-15min.lt-LT: Nausėda: Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / G.Nausėda: Lietuva remia baltarusių siekį kovoti už laisvą gyvenimą date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Lithuanian President Nausėda says Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / G. Nausėda: Lietuva remia baltarusių siekį kovoti už laisvą gyvenimą km-Alfa.lt-LT: Lithuanian President Nausėda says Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / G. Nausėda: Lietuva remia baltarusių siekį kovoti už laisvą gyvenimą date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Nausėda says Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / Nausėda: Lietuva tvirtai remia Baltarusijos demokratinę visuomenę km-Delfi.lt-LT: Nausėda says Lithuania strongly supports the democratic society of Belarus / Nausėda: Lietuva tvirtai remia Baltarusijos demokratinę visuomenę info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:34:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that Kaliningrad’s Governor Anton Alikhanov stated that Kaliningrad is no longer able to import oil, timber, fertilisers, and some other sanctioned goods through Lithuania due to European Union restrictions. Alikhanov estimated that the limits permit Russia to ship around 500,000 tonnes of sanctioned goods in total in both directions each year. But he said some quotas had already been reached, making it impossible, for instance, for Kaliningrad to import cement from Belarus.

Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas / Kaliningradas vėl skundžiasi tranzitu per Lietuvą km-Alfa.lt-LT: Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas / Kaliningradas vėl skundžiasi tranzitu per Lietuvą date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas / Rusija skundžiasi dėl Kaliningrado tranzito km-LRT-televizija-LT: Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas / Rusija skundžiasi dėl Kaliningrado tranzito info: Panorama, 2022-08-09 22:14:00, 00:01:09, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:14:00 PM CEST

Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due to quotas / Kaliningradas dėl išeikvotų limitų teigia negalintis per Lietuvą įsivežti dalies prekių km-M1-plius-LT: "Kaliningrad says it cannot import some goods through Lithuania due ..." info: 200 Sekundžių informacijos, 2022-08-09 18:38:00, 00:00:37, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:38:00 PM CEST View this media item

Zelenskyy warns of nuclear catastrophe, calls for new sanctions

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt informs readers that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of catastrophic consequences if anything were to happen to the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and called for tougher sanctions against Russia. “The world should not forget Chornobyl and should remember that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is the largest in Europe. The Chornobyl disaster was caused by the explosion of one reactor. The Zaporizhzhia plant has six reactors,” Zelenskyy said, adding that “new sanctions are needed against the terrorist state and the entire Russian nuclear industry for creating the threat of a nuclear disaster.”

Zelenskyy warns of nuclear catastrophe, calls for new sanctions / Karas Ukrainoje. Zelenskis perspėja dėl branduolinės katastrofos grėsmės ir reikalauja naujų sankcijų km-Delfi.lt-LT: Zelenskyy warns of nuclear catastrophe, calls for new sanctions / Karas Ukrainoje. Zelenskis perspėja dėl branduolinės katastrofos grėsmės ir reikalauja naujų sankcijų info: by BNS date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks

[Malta, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:11:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent reports that Russia and Ukraine traded accusations Monday that each side is shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling caused a power surge and fire and forced staff to lower output from two reactors, while Ukraine has blamed Russian troops for storing weapons there. Nuclear experts have warned that more shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station, which was captured by Russia early in the war, is fraught with danger. The Kremlin echoed that Monday, claiming that Kyiv was attacking the plant and urging Western powers to force a stop to that.

Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks / Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Russia, Ukraine trade accusations over nuclear plant attacks / Russia, ..." page: 9 info: by AP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas

[Malta, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:12:00 AM CEST

The Malta Independent reports that in a growing challenge to Russia’s grip on occupied areas of southeastern Ukraine, guerrilla forces loyal to Kyiv are killing proMoscow officials, blowing up bridges and trains, and helping the Ukrainian military by identifying key targets. The spreading resistance has eroded Kremlin control of those areas and threatened its plans to hold referendums in various cities as a move toward annexation by Russia. “Our goal is to make life unbearable for the Russian occupiers and use any means to derail their plans,” said Andriy, a 32-year-old coordinator of the guerrilla movement in the southern Kherson region.

Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas / Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Ukrainian resistance grows in Russian-occupied areas / Ukrainian resistance grows ..." page: 20 info: by AP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Rising tensions between Russia and Kazakhstan due to war in Ukraine

[Netherlands, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:58:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that Kazakhstan refuses to support Putin's military campaign in Ukraine. It leads to rising tensions between Moscow and the Central Asian country, which, like Ukraine, has a large Russian minority. Kazakhstan shares the world's longest continuous border with Russia. Of all the former Soviet states in Central Asia, the country has always been Moscow's closest ally. But the Russian invasion of Ukraine has changed the status quo. Kazakhstan stubbornly refuses to support the intervention, much to the dissatisfaction of the Kremlin. Kazakhs' sympathy for Ukraine is understandable. There are fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin will one day "protect" the Russian minority in Kazakhstan too. Russia has its hands full with Ukraine for the time being, but since the Russian invasion there, the stakes for Kazakhstan have been raised. The residents look anxiously at their northern border.

Rising tensions between Russia and Kazakhstan due to war in Ukraine / Pesterijen over en weer tussen de oude bondgenoten Rusland en Kazachstan km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Rising tensions between Russia and Kazakhstan due to war in ..." page: 21 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Can Ukraine also hit targets in Crimea?

[Netherlands, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:20:00 AM CEST

Crimea has long been spared the violence of war, but now Ukraine seems to have found a way to hit targets that were previously out of range, NRC reports. At least twelve explosions could be heard at the Russian airbase Saki near the town of Novofedorivka on the Crimean west coast on Tuesday around 3.20 pm local time, more than 200 kilometers from the front. A Ukrainian missile attack should not be possible there. Immediately after the attack, speculation erupted among military experts and bloggers. Did the US provide ATACMS missiles? Was it a drone attack by partisans? Regardless of the weapon, these attacks mean that Russian military personnel should be concerned. It appears that Ukraine has a weapon with sufficient range to hit targets beyond 200 kilometers, and not just in Crimea.

Can Ukraine also hit targets in Crimea? / Kan Oekraïne ook doelen op de Krim bestoken? km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: "Can Ukraine also hit targets in Crimea? / Kan Oekraïne ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Article on the war in Ukraine

[Portugal, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:12:00 AM CEST

In an article in Público, Manuel Carvalho writes about the war in Ukraine. The author highlights the economic consequences of the war for EU countries. He adds that some signs of misunderstanding about the need to support Ukraine “begin to multiply”. In his opinion, “the extraordinary consensus around the cause of Ukraine crumbles whenever fears of gas shortages increase, or when the effects of inflation worsen.” He stresses that President von der Leyen has been one of the few European leaders to assume that the defeat of Russian President Putin is essential not only for Ukraine but also for Europe. Mr Carvalos hopes that European leaders will be able to articulate military support for Ukraine with “the ability to say that at stake is a battle that will determine the future of the continent.”

The battle we cannot lose / A batalha que não podemos perder km-Publico-PT: The battle we cannot lose / A batalha que não podemos perder page: 4 info: by Manuel Carvalho date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Situation around Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant remains uncertain

[Romania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:31:00 AM CEST

DigiFM radio station, Digi24 TV station and Adevărul daily report that a threatening message talking about the destruction of Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant has appeared on social networks in Russia amid the growing troop movements and shelling around the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. The threat has been attributed to the commander of the Russian garrison in Zaporizhzhya, Major General Valery Vasiliev. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other for the escalating situation at the nuclear power plant, which has been under Russian army’s control since early March.

Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant gives the chills to an entire planet / Centrala de la Zaporojie dă fiori reci planetei km-Adevarul-RO: Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant gives the chills to an entire planet / Centrala de la Zaporojie dă fiori reci planetei page: 1 info: by Gaidau Ion date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Risk of nuclear disaster in Ukraine / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Risk of nuclear disaster in Ukraine / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2022-08-09 11:11:00, 00:01:14, by Brazdeş Mihaela date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:11:00 AM CEST View this media item

Kyiv: Russians have wired Zaporizhzhya with explosives / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Kyiv: Russians have wired Zaporizhzhya with explosives / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2022-08-09 11:02:00, 00:01:13, by Leovean Adina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:02:00 AM CEST View this media item

Russia escalating attacks in eastern Ukraine

[Slovenia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST

According to foreign news agencies, Russia continues to strengthen its offensive in eastern Ukraine, while Kyiv claims that Ukrainian forces are resisting strongly and successfully, STA reports. There is still tension around the nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye in the south of the country, where Russia, according to its own statements, is installing air defence systems after recent shelling. According to Ukrainian representatives, Russian forces are carrying out a series of attacks, including by air, in an effort to take control of the Donbas region. The Ukrainian army claims to have repelled ground attacks in the direction of the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka and defeated Russian reconnaissance units, including those near Bakhmut. Meanwhile, the Russian side assesses the situation on the ground differently. In related news, Kyiv announced yesterday that the Ukrainian authorities had evacuated at least 3,000 people since last week, when the decree on mandatory evacuation from the Donetsk region came into force. 350,000 inhabitants are said to remain in the region, approximately 50,000 of whom are children. “Over the past six days, more than 3,000 citizens have been evacuated, including almost 600 children and 1,400 women,” said deputy head of the Ukrainian President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. In related news, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy has called on the West to impose a travel ban on Russians, seeking to encourage allies to put even more pressure on Russian President Putin, STA and RTVSLO report. According to Politico, Finnish Prime Minister Marin joined the call, and Estonian Prime Minister Kallas expressed willingness to cancel visas for Russians.

Zelenskyy believes that the entire population of Russia is responsible for the actions of the Kremlin / Zelenski meni, da je celotno prebivalstvo Rusije odgovorno za dejanja Kremlja km-Rtvslo.si-SI: Zelenskyy believes that the entire population of Russia is responsible for the actions of the Kremlin / Zelenski meni, da je celotno prebivalstvo Rusije odgovorno za dejanja Kremlja date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Ukraine evacuates thousands of civilians from Donetsk region / Ukrajina evakuirala več tisoč civilistov iz regije Doneck km-sta.si-SI: "Ukraine evacuates thousands of civilians from Donetsk region / Ukrajina ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Russia intensifies attacks in eastern Ukraine / Rusija stopnjuje napade na vzhodu Ukrajine km-sta.si-SI: "Russia intensifies attacks in eastern Ukraine / Rusija stopnjuje napade ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Green West called for total travel ban for Russians / Zelenski Zahod pozval k popolni prepovedi potovanj za Ruse km-sta.si-SI: "Green West called for total travel ban for Russians / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Slovenian President Pahor meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in Ankara

[Slovenia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:33:00 AM CEST

Slovenian President Pahor started his two-day state visit to Turkey yesterday by meeting with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara, STA, RTVSLO, Dnevnik, and Večer report. They mainly talked about the war in Ukraine and its consequences for the Western Balkans. President Pahor praised Turkey for its mediating role between Russia and Ukraine, especially regarding the release of Ukrainian grain exports. The war in Ukraine was also the main topic of his speech before Turkish diplomats, whom he addressed at the special invitation of Turkish President Erdoğan. According to him, one of the main issues for peace and security in Europe will be the course of a likely border between the two blocs in the Western Balkans. “If we are right that within the newly emerging Russian sphere of influence there is no room for countries applying for EU and NATO membership, it seems that in the new geopolitical division, the Western Balkans will be part of the Western world,” President Pahor stressed, adding that that, however, depended on Brussels as much as on the Western Balkans states. The longer the EU enlargement process lasts, he said, the more these states are exposed to Russian appetites, or at least to its increased influence. He also warned that Russia's aggression against Ukraine fundamentally undermined the already established trust between the West and Russia. Restoring this trust, which can only be based on a just peace in Ukraine, will be a long and complicated process, he assessed.

Pahor conducting talks with Erdoğan today / Pahor danes na pogovorih pri Erdoganu km-Dnevnik-SI: "Pahor conducting talks with Erdoğan today / Pahor danes na ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Pahor warns of consequences of war in Ukraine for Western Balkans in Ankara / Pahor v Ankari opozoril na posledice vojne v Ukrajini za Zahodni Balkan km-Rtvslo.si-SI: Pahor warns of consequences of war in Ukraine for Western Balkans in Ankara / Pahor v Ankari opozoril na posledice vojne v Ukrajini za Zahodni Balkan date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Slovenian President Pahor meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in Ankara / Pahor v Ankari predvsem o posledicah vojne v Ukrajini za Zahodni Balkan km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian President Pahor meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Pahor in Ankara / Pahor v Ankari km-Vecer-SI: Pahor in Ankara / Pahor v Ankari page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Developments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, news and opinion

[Sweden, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:32:00 AM CEST

The Ukrainian obombings of two strategically important bridges over the Dnipro marks a new strategy to lock in the Russian forces in Kherson, Expressen.se reports. The goal is to isolate the Russian forces in preparation for a counteroffensive intended to liberate areas that Russia occupies in the southern parts of Ukraine. However, Kirill Stremousov, head of the pro-Russian separatist authorities in Kherson, stated that there have been no critical damages caused to the bridges.In an interview with Washington Post, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy called on the EU member states to close their borders to Russian citizens for one year, Svt.se reports. He said that Russians should live in their own world until they have changed their philosophy. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have already decided that Russian citizens will no longer receive tourist visas, while Finland is discussing the proposal. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that it is not right that Russia's citizens are allowed to travel freely at the same time as the country is waging war in Europe.The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced Germany to change its stance towards Russia, Hans-Åke Persson, professor emeritus of modern European history, writes in an op-ed in Svenska Dagbladet. German philosopher Jürgen Habermas claimed that it is not possible for the West to win a military victory against a country that holds nuclear weapons and that escalated weapons deliveries to Ukraine could set the world on fire. Meanwhile, US historian Timothy Snyder said that Germany is doubly obligated to help Ukraine due to its economic partnership with Russia.

Ukrainian strategy: Lock in the Russians / Ukrainska strategin: Stäng in ryssarna km-espressen.se-SE: Ukrainian strategy: Lock in the Russians / Ukrainska strategin: Stäng in ryssarna date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The war forces Germany to self-examination / Kriget tvingar Tyskland till självrannsakan km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "The war forces Germany to self-examination / Kriget tvingar Tyskland ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Several countries deny visas to Russian citizens / Flera länder nekar visum till ryska medborgare km-Svt.se-SE: "Several countries deny visas to Russian citizens / Flera länder ..." date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

FISHERIES

Commentary: The fishing industry is unable to provide

[Denmark, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:11:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Børsen, Head of Section at Danish Seafood Association Poul Melgaard Jensen and Marine Ingredients Denmark CEO Anne Mette Bæk write that the Danish government is trying to help the business sector become increasingly green, pointing to the Danish Energy Agency's Business Pool that enables companies to apply for financial support to implement green initiatives. However, they point out that the fishing industry cannot apply for this subsidy because the industry is not incorporated into the European Commission's Block Exemption Regulations, which enables EU member states to grant subsidies to companies. They argue that even though the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund can support the fishery, it cannot help the processing industry.

Commentary: The fishing industry is unable to provide / Fiskeindustrien er nederst i den grønne fødekæde km-Borsen-DK: "Commentary: The fishing industry is unable to provide / Fiskeindustrien ..." page: 35 info: by Poul Melgaard Jensen date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU ministers agreed on a set of conclusions for the further development of sustainable aquaculture

[Greece, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:06:00 AM CEST

Eleftheros Typos reports on the conclusions of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on the new aquaculture strategic guidelines for a more sustainable, resilient and competitive aquaculture sector. The EU ministers promote the gradual further "greening" of aquaculture in the EU and called on the Commission to consider amending the current legislation on organic production. According to the conclusions of the Council, the ministers underlined the importance of giving the aquaculture sector the high priority it deserves and supported the development of new freshwater and marine aquaculture methods with low environmental impact. In this context, ministers stressed the need for intensive cooperation between all relevant stakeholders in order to implement the aquaculture guidelines, as well as the need to always take into account the specificities of each type of aquaculture system. Meanwhile, they called on the Commission to improve coherence between the objective of a growing sustainable aquaculture sector in the EU and the EU environmental legislation.

European shift to organic aquaculture / Ευρωπαϊκή στροφή τώρα στις βιολογικές υδατοκαλλιέργειες km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: European shift to organic aquaculture / Ευρωπαϊκή στροφή τώρα στις βιολογικές υδατοκαλλιέργειες page: 19 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Brussels does not differentiate between longlining and trawling in bottom fishing ban

[Spain, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:42:00 AM CEST

La Voz de Galicia and Canal Sur report that the Spanish and EU fleets continue to document themselves in an attempt to defend themselves against the European Commission's new offensive against bottom fishing. Commissioner Sinkevičius and Director General for Maritime Affairs Charlina Vitcheva confirmed that Brussels intends to ban all bottom fishing in 87 areas in Spain, Portugal, France and Ireland, and that they do not plan to backtrack. The report from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to reduce the impact of mobile fishing gear in contact with the bottom modelled the consequences of its implementation for bottom trawling with vessels over 12 metres. But from Brussels they omit it and put bottom otter trawling, bottom seining and dredges in the same bag as bottom longlining or bottom gillnetting. They do not differentiate between mobile and static fishing gear, although the contact of the latter with the seabed is limited to cobblestone-sized anchorages such as those used for longlines.

There is concern in the bottom trawl fleet of the Gulf of Cadiz. Today the sector is meeting in Sanlúcar with the Junta de Andalucía to analyze on the one hand the European directive that aims to put limits on this type of fishing and the Royal Decree to regulate the activity. / Hay preocupación en la flota de arrastre de fondo del Golfo de Cádiz. Hoy el sector está reunido en Sanlúcar con la Junta de Andalucía para analizar por un lado la directiva europea que pretende poner límites a ese tipo de pesca y el Real Decreto para km-Canal-Sur-ES: "There is concern in the bottom trawl fleet of the ..." info: CSUR NOTICIAS 1, 2022-08-09 14:42:00, 00:01:02, by SUSANNA GRISO date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:42:00 PM CEST View this media item

Brussels does not differentiate between longlining and trawling in bottom fishing ban / Bruselas no diferencia el palangre del arrastre en el veto a la pesca de fondo km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "Brussels does not differentiate between longlining and trawling in bottom ..." page: 24 info: by REDACCIÓN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

FOOD SAFETY

The summer hit of the political parties: think of our animals!

[Belgium, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:22:00 AM CEST

Several sources report that political Facebook posts on animal welfare have been popping up. De Standaard writes that it is an innocent ploy to gain sympathy for the parties, especially in the news-free summer. Vooruit and Vlaams Belang posted about the subject, but animal welfare minister Ben Weyts is the champion of posting. His party put down €1,000 for a sponsored Facebook post about more animal welfare during transport. Seven of the nine sponsored posts in 2022 on Weyts' personal Facebook page are about animal welfare. His other competencies, education and sports, only have one each. Vlaams Belang also organises several political theme evenings on animal welfare.

Good for the animals, but especially for the likes / Goed voor de dieren, maar vooral voor de ‘likes’ km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: Good for the animals, but especially for the likes / Goed voor de dieren, maar vooral voor de ‘likes’ page: 6 info: by Andries date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The summer hit of the political parties: think of our animals! / De zomerhit van de politieke partijen: denk aan onze dieren! km-Standaard-BE: The summer hit of the political parties: think of our animals! / De zomerhit van de politieke partijen: denk aan onze dieren! page: 9 info: by Andries date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Food safety in Europe is to continue to be secured through an exemption by the European Commission

[Luxembourg, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:33:00 AM CEST

At the request of the EU member states, the European Commission paved the way for a temporary suspension of the regulations in the areas of crop rotation and set-aside on 22 July this year against the background of endangered world food security in connection with the Russian war of aggression, according to wort.lu and Luxemburger Wort. Having already endorsed the Commission's proposal in Brussels, Luxembourg's Agriculture Minister Claude Haagen gave the green light on Friday last week to implement the proposed derogation suspending set-aside for the 2023 claim year. In a press release on Tuesday, the Centrale Paysanne welcomed the decision of the Minister of Agriculture and now makes demands on the practical feasibility of the derogation.

Luxembourg in favour of suspending set-aside / Luxemburg befürwortet Aussetzen der Flächenstilllegung km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: Luxembourg in favour of suspending set-aside / Luxemburg befürwortet Aussetzen der Flächenstilllegung page: 7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Luxemburg befürwortet das Aussetzen der Flächenstilllegung km-wort.lu-LU: "Luxemburg befürwortet das Aussetzen der Flächenstilllegung..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

GENDER EQUALITY

Guest contribution on gender parity: More women for Europe's democracy

[Germany, Gender Equality]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:28:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution on zeit.de, Elke Ferner, Vincent-Immanuel Herr, and Martin Speer point out that in all national parliaments in the EU, there are more men than women. They argue that this disparity weakens democracy, but the European Parliament has the potential to change this. A parity law for the institution can act against the imbalance, the authors explain. The first reason for such a law would be that equality is a European promise that has to be implemented. The second one is that parity laws are effective as the first example in France shows. Additionally, equality can be realised in practice in every EU member state. This could be done "either by obligatory alternating lists for the election to the European Parliament or by the obligation to guarantee a certain percentage for both genders according to their own specifications." The fourth argument is that equality increases the representation, as the European Parliament still has a problem with trust, the authors conclude.

Guest contribution on gender parity: More women for Europe's democracy / Mehr Frauen für Europas Demokratie km-Zeit.de-DE: Guest contribution on gender parity: More women for Europe's democracy / Mehr Frauen für Europas Demokratie info: by Ein Gastbeitrag von Elke Ferner date: Monday, August 8, 2022

HEALTH

Moderna vaccine doses to be delivered later

[Austria, Health]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:21:00 AM CEST

The EU has agreed on a later delivery of Covid-19 vaccines with manufacturer Moderna in order to have direct access to a vaccine adapted to the Omicron variant if one is approved, Die Presse and orf.at report. The doses of vaccine, which were initially supposed to be delivered in the summer, will now be delivered in September as well as during the autumn and winter of 2022, announced the European Commission on Tuesday.

EMA startet Überprüfung von Biontech-Omikron-Booster km-orf.at-AT: "EMA startet Überprüfung von Biontech-Omikron-Booster..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Moderna-Impfdosen werden später geliefert km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Moderna-Impfdosen werden später geliefert..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU sets aside 15 million doses of Moderna vaccine

[Belgium, Health]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:23:00 AM CEST

De Morgen reports that the European Commission has reserved 15 million additional doses of the new version of its Covid vaccine for the biotech company Moderna. The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the sector's regulator, announced in mid-June that it had begun testing this new version, which is designed to target both the original SARS CoV2 strain and the omicron variant. The EU announced on Tuesday that it had agreed with Moderna to adjust the timetable again, this time by delaying the delivery of doses scheduled for this summer until September and then until the autumn and winter.

EU sets aside 15 million doses of Moderna vaccine / EU reserveert 15 miljoen dosissen van Moderna- vaccin km-Morgen-BE: EU sets aside 15 million doses of Moderna vaccine / EU reserveert 15 miljoen dosissen van Moderna- vaccin page: 5 info: by AFP date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

European Commission and Moderna adapt Covid-19 vaccine delivery schedules

[Bulgaria, Health]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:13:00 AM CEST

The European Commission and Moderna reached an agreement to better respond to member states' needs for Covid-19 vaccines in late summer and winter, the Commission announced in a press release Tuesday, cited by Focus News Agency. This will ensure that national authorities have access to vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines, when they need them for their vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners. This agreement will adapt agreed delivery schedules. The doses originally scheduled for summer delivery will now be delivered in September and in the autumn/winter period of 2022, when countries are more likely to need additional stocks. The European Medicines Agency has begun an assessment of the effectiveness and safety of a Biontech/Pfizer vaccine adapted for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Reuters reports, cited by Dnevnik.

Vaccine against Omikron in Europe is expected in September / Ваксина срещу "Омикрон" в Европа се очаква през септември km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Vaccine against Omikron in Europe is expected in September / Ваксина срещу "Омикрон" в Европа се очаква през септември date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines: European Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules / Ваксини срещу COVID-19: Европейската комисия и Moderna адаптират графиците за доставка km-Focus-News.net-BG: COVID-19 vaccines: European Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules / Ваксини срещу COVID-19: Европейската комисия и Moderna адаптират графиците за доставка date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Physicians: Croatia does not have enough Remdesivir for all Covid-19 patients

[Croatia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:07:00 AM CEST

Croatia is running out of Remdesivir, the antiviral drug used in the treatment of Covid-19, and new supplies have not come in yet, the Croatian Association of Hospital Doctors (HUBOL) warned on Tuesday, Večernji list reports. Currently, 613 Covid-19 patients are being treated in Croatian hospitals, which have 483 vials of Remdesivir at their disposal. Given that six vials are needed for the treatment of one patient, the present supplies are enough to treat 80 patients, the organisation said. The Health Ministry on Tuesday denied media reports about a shortage of drugs used in the treatment of people infected with Covid-19, saying that there are sufficient supplies to meet the present needs. Some hospitals still have this drug, but their supplies are dwindling, and the Health Ministry is the only authority responsible for the redistribution of Remdisivir from the hospitals that still have it to those that do not until a new delivery arrives, HUBOL said.

In 26 hospitals, a total of 719 doses of COVID-19 medicines / U 26 bolnica ukupno je 719 doza lijekova protiv COVID-19 km-Vecernji-List-HR: In 26 hospitals, a total of 719 doses of COVID-19 medicines / U 26 bolnica ukupno je 719 doza lijekova protiv COVID-19 page: 5 info: by Snježana Bičak date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules for late summer and winter

[Cyprus, Health]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:00:00 AM CEST

The European Commission announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with Moderna to ensure national authorities have access to Covid-19 vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they need them for their vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners, Sigmalive and Haravgi report.According to the Commission, the agreement will revise the originally-agreed contractual delivery schedules. Doses originally scheduled for delivery in the summer will now be delivered in September and during the autumn and winter period of 2022, when member states will more likely need additional stocks of vaccines for national campaigns and meeting their international solidarity commitments.Commissioner Kyriakides noted that "increasing Covid-19 vaccination and booster rates will be crucial as we plan for the autumn and winter months," explaining that to best ensure common preparedness, member states must have the necessary tools, including vaccines adapted to variants. "This agreement will ensure that member states will have access to the vaccine doses they need at the right time to protect our citizens," she stressed.

Increase of vaccinations during winter months / ΑΥΞΗΣΗ ΕΜΒΟΛΙΑΣΜΩΝ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΥΣ ΧΕΙΜΕΡΙΝΟΥΣ ΜΗΝΕΣ km-Haravgi-CY: Increase of vaccinations during winter months / ΑΥΞΗΣΗ ΕΜΒΟΛΙΑΣΜΩΝ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΥΣ ΧΕΙΜΕΡΙΝΟΥΣ ΜΗΝΕΣ page: 7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

New agreement between Commission and Moderna for the timeframes for the delivery of vaccines / Νέα συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για τα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων km-sigmalive.com-CY: New agreement between Commission and Moderna for the timeframes for the delivery of vaccines / Νέα συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για τα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EMA begins rolling review for adapted Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine

[Cyprus, Health]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:14:00 PM CEST

The European Medicines Agency EMA announced yesterday that it has started a rolling review for a version of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech adapted to provide better protection against the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and its Omicron subvariants BA.4/5, Sigmalive reports. It is noted that EU officials plan to use bivalent shots in their autumn vaccination campaign, with most cases in the region now linked to the BA.5 variant. The EMA expects new COVID variant-adapted vaccines to be approved by September but has signalled it is open to using shots targeting the older BA.1 variant for that campaign, given the shots targeting the newer BA.4 and BA.5 strains are further behind in clinical development.

EMA launched a rolling review of an adapted vaccine by Phizer / Ο EMA ξεκίνησε κυλιόμενη αξιολόγηση επικαιροποιημένου εμβολίου της Pfizer km-sigmalive.com-CY: EMA launched a rolling review of an adapted vaccine by Phizer / Ο EMA ξεκίνησε κυλιόμενη αξιολόγηση επικαιροποιημένου εμβολίου της Pfizer date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

While monkeypox is spreading, the EU has only purchased vaccines for 0.04% of the citizens

[Denmark, Health]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:12:00 AM CEST

Jyllands-Posten reports that even though the European Commission established a new crisis authority to respond quickly in case of health crises in the fall of 2021, several EU member states now report a shortage of vaccines against monkeypox. At the moment, the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) has purchased 163,620 vaccine doses, which is only enough for 0.04% of the population in the EU. The European Commission has yet to explain why it has not purchased a higher number of vaccine doses. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 28,142 cases of monkeypox have currently been reported across 80 countries, and around half of them have been detected in the EU.

While monkeypox is spreading, the EU has only purchased vaccines for 0.04% of the citizens / Mens abekopper breder sig, har EU kun indkøbt vacciner til 0,04 pct. af borgerne km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "While monkeypox is spreading, the EU has only purchased vaccines ..." page: 11 info: by Jesper Kongstad date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Monkeypox vaccine deliveries to Finland are late

[Finland, Health]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:53:00 AM CEST

According to Yle and Keskisuomalainen, monkeypox vaccine deliveries to Finland will be delayed from the original estimate. They were due to arrive at the end of July but are now estimated to reach Finland in August. The vaccines have been procured jointly by the European Union. According to Leif Lakoma, Medical Specialist at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the deliveries have been late elsewhere in Europe, too. In June, the EU agreed to procure 110,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine, and Finland is due to receive over 1,000 of them. At the moment, 23 cases of monkeypox have been diagnosed in Finland, all of them in adult men. According to Lakoma, Finland plans to use the vaccines to protect people who have been exposed to monkeypox by being in close contact with the infected.

Apinarokkorokotteiden saaminen Suomeen viivästyy km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Apinarokkorokotteiden saaminen Suomeen viivästyy..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Uutissuomalainen: Apinarokkorokotteiden saaminen Suomeen viivästyy – tartuntoja todettu 23 aikuisella miehellä km-yle.fi-FI: "Uutissuomalainen: Apinarokkorokotteiden saaminen Suomeen viivästyy – tartuntoja todettu 23 aikuisella miehellä..." date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Covid: EU reserves 15 million doses of modified Moderna vaccines

[France, Health]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:02:00 AM CEST

LeFigaro.fr reports that the Commission reserved 15 million additional doses of the new version of the anti-Covid vaccine, modified in particular to take account of the Omicron variant, from the American biotech company Moderna. The Commission's agreement, however, remains subject to the green light from European regulators. Brussels also announced that it had reached an agreement with Moderna to adjust the timetable once again, this time delaying the supply of doses originally scheduled for delivery this summer until September and then the autumn and winter. This is to "better meet the needs of Member States" this autumn and winter, "when they are more likely to need additional stocks for their national vaccination campaigns and to meet their international solidarity commitments", the Commission explained. "The agreement also ensures that if one or more adapted vaccines receive a marketing authorisation, Member States can choose to receive these adapted vaccines under the current contract," the EU executive said.

Covid: EU reserves 15 million doses of modified Moderna vaccines / Covid : l'UE réserve 15 millions de doses du vaccin Moderna modifié km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: "Covid: EU reserves 15 million doses of modified Moderna vaccines ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Discussion on German Covid-19 legislation for autumn

[Germany, Health]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:50:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on legislation to counter Covid-19 in autumn.In an interview on ZDF, Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach says he believes that there will be a better vaccine against Covid-19 at the end of September or the beginning of October. He does not believe that it will completely protect from contagion, however. He still recommends a fourth vaccination dose for high-risk patients, who should not wait for the new vaccine as they could get infected in the meantime. Minister Lauterbach explains that the obligation to wear masks in public rooms in autumn is valid for everyone except for those who have been vaccinated within the last three months. The previous legislation was far more complicated, he notes.In an interview with NDR info, Lower Saxony's Minister for Social Affairs, Health and Equality Daniela Behrens speaks in favour of having a draft of a new Covid-19 Infection Protection Act that can already be discussed instead of waiting until December. However, she criticises the proposal for people to not wear masks if they have been vaccinated within the last three months because it would be scientifically unjustifiable for people to vaccinate every three months. She also emphasises the need for a good testing infrastructure and other former proven indiators because the Covid-19 development in autumn remains uncertain.

Harmful panic mode / Schädlicher Panikmodus km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: Harmful panic mode / Schädlicher Panikmodus page: 18 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Away with isolation / Weg mit der Isolation km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: Away with isolation / Weg mit der Isolation page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

WIRRER Lauterbach tweet from CORONA ISOLATION / WIRRER Lauterbach-Tweet aus der CORONA-ISOLATION km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: WIRRER Lauterbach tweet from CORONA ISOLATION / WIRRER Lauterbach-Tweet aus der CORONA-ISOLATION page: 2 info: by K.A. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Countries want stricter corona rules / Länder wollen schärfere Corona-Regeln km-Handelsblatt-DE: Countries want stricter corona rules / Länder wollen schärfere Corona-Regeln page: 9 info: by J.K date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NDR - NDR Info - 09.08.2022 07:06 - Interview with MP Daniela Behrens (SPD) on German legislation to counter spread of Covid-19 / NDR - NDR Info - 09.08.2022 07:06 - Interview with MP Daniela Behrens (SPD) on German legislation to counter spread of Covid-19 km-NDR-Info-DE: "NDR - NDR Info - 09.08.2022 07:06 - Interview with ..." info: Program, 2022-08-09 22:02:00, 00:06:22, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:02:00 PM CEST View this media item

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach on legislation to counter Covid-19 in autumn / ZDF - 09.08.2022 21:49 - heute journal - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach on German legislation to counter spread of Covid-19 km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach on legislation ..." info: Program, 2022-08-09 22:56:00, 00:06:57, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:56:00 PM CEST View this media item

Moderna delivers vaccine later

[Germany, Health]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, the European Commission announced that the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, scheduled for delivery in the summer, will be delayed to "September, as well as autumn and winter", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Moderna wants to bring the remaining batches in a modified version adapted to new Covid-19 variants. The prerequisite for this is that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommends this new version for approval soon. Under the agreement between the European Commission and Moderna, EU member states can receive adapted vaccines once they have been approved by the EMA. "This agreement ensures that member states receive the vaccine doses they need at the right time to protect our citizens," Commissioner Kyriakides said.

Moderna delivers vaccine later / Moderna liefert Impfstoff später km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: Moderna delivers vaccine later / Moderna liefert Impfstoff später page: 17 info: by wmu date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Commission and Moderna reach an agreement on Covid-19 vaccines

[Greece, Health]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:36:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the Commission and Moderna have reached a new agreement to better address EU member states' Covid-19 vaccine needs for the late summer and winter season. This will ensure that member states have access to vaccines, including those adapted to the variants, once approved, at the time they need them for their vaccination campaigns. The agreement also realigns the originally agreed delivery schedules and ensures that if one or more adapted vaccines are licensed, member states can choose to receive those adapted vaccines under the current contract. Iefmerida.gr adds that Commissioner Kyriakides stressed that "increasing vaccination and booster rates against Covid-19 will be crucial as we plan now for the fall and winter months". She stated that, in order to best ensure our joint preparedness, member states must have the necessary tools at their disposal. This agreement will ensure that member states have access to the doses of vaccines they need at the right time to protect our citizens, Ms Kyriakides concluded.

Agreement between the Commission and Moderna for new schedules for the delivery of vaccines against coronavirus / Συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για νέα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων κατά του κορονοϊού km-capital.gr-GR: Agreement between the Commission and Moderna for new schedules for the delivery of vaccines against coronavirus / Συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για νέα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων κατά του κορονοϊού date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU: New deal with Moderna on Covid-19 vaccines - Delivery schedules adjusted / ΕΕ: Νέα συμφωνία με τη Moderna για τα εμβόλια Covid-19 -Αναπροσαρμόζονται τα χρονοδιαγράμματα των παραδόσεων km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "EU: New deal with Moderna on Covid-19 vaccines - Delivery ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Άρχισε η αξιολόγηση του νέου εμβολίου των Pfizer/BioNTech  km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Άρχισε η αξιολόγηση του νέου εμβολίου των Pfizer/BioNTech..." page: 27 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Coronavirus: New agreement between the Commission and Moderna on vaccine delivery schedules / Κορωνοϊός: Νέα συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για τα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων km-protothema.gr-GR: Coronavirus: New agreement between the Commission and Moderna on vaccine delivery schedules / Κορωνοϊός: Νέα συμφωνία Κομισιόν - Moderna για τα χρονοδιαγράμματα παράδοσης εμβολίων date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Countdown to the new boosted vaccine / Αντίστροφη μέτρηση για το νέο ενισχυμένο εμβόλιο km-Ta-Nea-GR: Countdown to the new boosted vaccine / Αντίστροφη μέτρηση για το νέο ενισχυμένο εμβόλιο page: 37 info: by MARTHA KAJTANIDES date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Record heat in July causes steep increase in mortality rate

[Italy, Health]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:20:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the record heat in Italy in July caused a 21% jump in the mortality rate of those of 65. La Stampa reports heat contributes to increases also in May (+10%) and June (+9%). July’s increase translated to 733 deaths more than usual. The temperatures were 3.2 degrees above average, often between 37 and 40 degrees. Experts estimate excessive heat is now responsible for at least 10,000 deaths a year. Il Messaggero says the cities hardest hit in Italy were Latina (+72%), Bari (+56%), Viterbo (+52%) and Cagliari (+51%). Corriere della Sera stresses that the Covid-19 pandemic has nothing to do with the results of the study and that the deaths are truly attributable to the excessive heat.

Record heat, the effect on those over 65. “In July, mortality grew by 21%” / Caldo record, gli effetti sugli over 65 «A lugliomortalità cresciuta del 21%» km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Record heat, the effect on those over 65. “In July, ..." page: 19 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Death from heat increased by 21%. Latina hardest hit / Mortalità da afa cresciuta del 21%  Latina più colpita km-Messaggero-IT: "Death from heat increased by 21%. Latina hardest hit / ..." page: 14 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Record heat in July, Italian Health Institute: “Mortality rate up by 21%” / Caldo record a luglio in Italia, l'Iss: “Mortalità aumentata del 21%” km-Stampa-IT: "Record heat in July, Italian Health Institute: “Mortality rate up ..." page: 21 info: by PAOLO RUSSO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU signs pact with Moderna for vaccines tailored to variants

[Italy, Health]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:32:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that the EU is preparing for the autumn Covid-19 vaccination campaign. Avvenire says the European Commission has signed a deal with Moderna for more supplies of vaccines, including those tailored to the new virus variants, Omicron 4 and Omicron 5, when they are approved by EMA. Yesterday, there were 43, 084 new cases of Covid-19 in Italy and 177 deaths. While the numbers continue to decrease, the variant most prevalent remains Omicron 5, not the latest Centaurus variant. Corriere della Sera reports the number of new infections daily across Europe remains stable at around 350,000, but that this could soon change. For this reason, the first consignments of vaccines from Moderna will be brought forward by a few weeks so member states can be prepared. La Verità criticises the Commission’s accord with Moderna, saying the EU risks ending up with vaccine doses for a variant no longer in circulation.

EU signs pact with Moderna for vaccines adapted to the variants / L'Ue sigla il patto con Moderna per i vaccini adattati alle varianti km-Avvenire-IT: EU signs pact with Moderna for vaccines adapted to the variants / L'Ue sigla il patto con Moderna per i vaccini adattati alle varianti page: 10 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

“Soon EU will have vaccines suitable to the variants.” Yesterday, 177 deaths / «Presto in Ue vaccini adattati alle varianti» Ieri 177 morti km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "“Soon EU will have vaccines suitable to the variants.” Yesterday, ..." page: 19 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Done deal: they are sticking us with old doses / Affare fatto: ci rifilanu dusi vecchie km-Verita-IT: "Done deal: they are sticking us with old doses / ..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

COVID positivity rate lowest since March following record spike

[Malta, Health]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:12:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that Malta’s COVID-19 positivity rate has plummeted to the lowest figure since March, fresh EU data shows. At just 5.9 per cent, the rate is also currently the lowest in Europe, according to a weekly report by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report covers the situation during the week ending July 31. The drop comes just weeks after Malta’s rate spiked to over 26 per cent, a record since the pandemic hit the island in March 2020.

47 new Covid-19 cases reported, one patient dies / 47 new Covid-19 cases reported, one patient dies km-Malta-Independent-MT: "47 new Covid-19 cases reported, one patient dies / 47 ..." page: 2 info: by na date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

COVID positivity rate lowest since March following record spike / COVID positivity rate lowest since March following record spike km-Malta-Times-MT: COVID positivity rate lowest since March following record spike / COVID positivity rate lowest since March following record spike page: 4 info: by Claire Farrugia date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Thousands apply for the European Health Insurance Card

[Malta, Health]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:07:00 AM CEST

Maltese citizens have the right to free healthcare in public hospitals while abroad in the European Union or the UK. Every citezen is entitled to the il-European Health Insurance Card that can be obtained from the Entitlement Unit at St Lukes Hospital. The card gives the right to a range of medical treatments including chronic deseases. Entitlement Unit Director Michelle Galea explained that free healthcare abroad is only given at public hospitals. “It gives you assurance of free healthcare in public hospitals in the EU and the UK. You can use this card while on holiday, study trips or visiting relatives as long as your stay is temporary” Ms. Galea said the card is valid for 5 years but does not cover ripartriation of patients using air ambulances. In 2021, the Entitlement Unit issued more that 7000 cards but this year the amount of cards issued amounted to  30,000 in the first 7 months.

Thousands apply for the European Health Insurance Card / Eluf japplikaw għall-card li tagħtik dritt għall-kura bla ħlas waqt btala km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Thousands apply for the European Health Insurance Card / Eluf ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2022-08-10 05:31:00, 00:02:57, by Tony Dimech date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:31:00 AM CEST View this media item

Primark children's dinner plate releases harmful substances

[Netherlands, Health]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST

Telegraaf.nl reports that the concentrations of harmful substances such as lead and formaldehyde are higher than allowed under EU regulations in a children's dinner plate sold by Primark. The plate can pose a health risk if food is placed on the plate, the company said. Buyers can return the Winnie the Pooh plate to the store which has been on sale in the Netherlands since December last year.

Primark children's dinner plate releases harmful substances / Kindereetbord van de Primark geeft schadelijke stoffen af km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "Primark children's dinner plate releases harmful substances / Kindereetbord van ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Commission announces new agreement with Moderna to adapt the delivery schedule to demand in the EU during Winter

[Portugal, Health]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:55:00 AM CEST

The Commission announced a new agreement with the Moderna pharmaceutical company to adapt the delivery schedule for new doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine to respond to demand in the EU in autumn and winter, tsf.pt reports. In a statement, the Commission explained that this agreement “will ensure that national authorities have access to vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they need them for their own vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners.” Moreover, the agreement also ensures that if one or more vaccines adapted to the new variants receive a marketing authorisation, member states can choose to receive these adapted vaccines under the existing contract.

Brussels reaches an agreement with Moderna on the delivery of new doses of the Covid-19 vaccine / Bruxelas chega a acordo com Moderna sobre entrega de novas doses contra Covid-19 km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Brussels reaches an agreement with Moderna on the delivery of ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

European Commission and Moderna reached an agreement regarding Covid-19 vaccines

[Romania, Health]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:31:00 AM CEST

According to News.ro and Realitatea.net, yesterday, the European Commission and Moderna reached an agreement to better address member states’ needs for Covid-19 vaccines for the late summer and winter period. This will ensure national authorities have access to the vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they need them for their own vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners, according to a press release issued by the European Commission Representation in Romania. Commissioner Kyriakides stated that increasing Covid-19 vaccination and booster rates would be crucial in planning ahead for the autumn and winter months.

European Commission and Moderna adapt Covid-19 vaccines delivery schedules for late summer and winter / Comisia Europeană şi Moderna adaptează calendarele de livrare pentru sfârşitul verii şi al iernii a vaccinurilor împotriva COVID-19 km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission and Moderna adapt Covid-19 vaccines delivery schedules for ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

COVID-19 vaccines: European Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules for late summer and winter / Vaccinurile anti-COVID: Comisia Europeană și Moderna adaptează calendarele de livrare pentru sfârșitul verii și al iernii km-Realitatea.net-RO: COVID-19 vaccines: European Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules for late summer and winter / Vaccinurile anti-COVID: Comisia Europeană și Moderna adaptează calendarele de livrare pentru sfârșitul verii și al iernii info: by Dana Baragan date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

European Commission and Moderna adjust timeline for delivery of Covid-19 vaccines

[Slovenia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST

The European Commission and the company Moderna have reached an agreement to better address the needs of EU member states for Covid-19 vaccines, STA reports. The agreement will adjust the time frame for the delivery of vaccines and also give EU member states access to vaccines adapted for Covid-19 variants, as long as they are approved in time, the Commission announced. Doses that were originally supposed to be delivered in the summer will instead be delivered in September and autumn and winter, when EU member states will need additional stocks of vaccines to carry out national vaccination campaigns and fulfil their international solidarity commitments. Commissioner Kyriakides stressed the importance of increasing vaccination rates with basic and booster doses. “To best ensure our common preparedness, [EU member states] must have the necessary […] vaccines adapted to variants, as and when they are authorised by the European Medicines Agency,” she said.

European Commission and Moderna adjust timeline for delivery of vaccines against Covid-19 / Evropska komisija in Moderna prilagodili časovni okvir dobave cepiv proti covidu-19 km-sta.si-SI: "European Commission and Moderna adjust timeline for delivery of vaccines ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Brussels and Moderna adapt vaccines to new variants

[Spain, Health]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:42:00 AM CEST

A few media report that Moderna and the European Commission announced yesterday the modification of their Covid-19 vaccine agreement. The contractually agreed doses of the so-called Spikevax vaccine will be replaced by the new bivalent sera that have immunity against the omicron variants by the 2022 supply. In addition, it has agreed to purchase an additional 15 million doses of this type of serum. The biotech company's omicron-containing bivalent vaccine has not yet received European marketing approval. As the amendment indicates, the July and August contractually scheduled doses of Moderna's Covid vaccine will be postponed to later in 2022, and all remaining agreed doses will be converted to bivalent omicron-containing vaccines. Member states will be able to access the booster candidates for this type of vaccine for the winter season both for their own campaigns and to support their partners globally, the statement said.

Brussels agrees to delay the delivery of Moderna vaccines / Bruselas pacta retrasar la entrega de vacunas de Moderna km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Brussels agrees to delay the delivery of Moderna vaccines / ..." page: 10 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Brussels and Moderna adapt vaccines to new variants / Bruselas y Moderna adaptan las vacunas a las nuevas variantes km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Brussels and Moderna adapt vaccines to new variants / Bruselas ..." page: 10 info: by Rocío Antolín date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Brussels and Moderna will deliver vaccines in late summer and winter / Bruselas y Moderna entregarán las vacunas a finales de verano y en invierno km-Norte-de-Castilla-ES: "Brussels and Moderna will deliver vaccines in late summer and ..." page: 6 info: by EL NORTE date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

European Chemicals Agency wants lithium to be classified as toxic

[Sweden, Health]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:48:00 AM CEST

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) wants lithium to be classified as toxic, Svt.se reports. Research indicates that lithium could impede fetus development and, in rare cases, cause deformities. However, several trade organisations are critical of the proposal and oppose the classification of lithium as toxic.

EU: Classify lithium as toxic / EU: Klassa litium som giftigt km-Svt.se-SE: "EU: Classify lithium as toxic / EU: Klassa litium som ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

HOME AFFAIRS / SECURITY UNION

Debate about entry ban on Russian tourists

[Austria, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:38:00 AM CEST

In order to ensure that the EU sanctions also reach the Russian population, an increasing number of member states call for an EU entry ban on Russian tourists, reports radio channel Ö1. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, for example, says that the awarding of visas should be restricted since it is not right that Russia wages a war of aggression while Russian tourists are moving around freely. She says that a joint solution to this situation must be found at the EU level. European Commission Spokesperson Arianna Podestà says that an entry ban on Russian tourists is not on the table at the moment, however. She says that six packages of sanctions have already been adopted, and while the European Commission is open to new sanctions, it will not comment on the matter for now. An entry ban is also a sensitive matter when it comes to legal issues. Imposing a general entry ban on certain groups of persons like journalists or family members would not be possible from a legal point of view.

Debate about entry ban on Russian tourists / Debatte um Einreiseverbot für russische Touristen km-ORF-O1-AT: "Debate about entry ban on Russian tourists / Debatte um ..." info: Abendjournal, 2022-08-09 18:00:00, 00:01:51, by Benedict Feichtner date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

EU not to suspend tourist visa issuance to Russian citizens

[Bulgaria, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:40:00 AM CEST

At a press briefing on Tuesday, European Commission Spokesperson Anitta Hipper said the Commission had no intention of suspending the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens, Financial Times reports, cited by Mediapool. Member states had considerable discretion to reduce or suspend the issuance of long-term visas and residence permits in accordance with their national legislation, she explained. In an interview with the Washington Post on Monday, President Zelenskyy called on Western countries not to allow Russian citizens on their territory because the Russians were "taking away someone else’s land," cited by ClubZ. On 6 August, the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow, quoted by TASS, clarified that it had extended the term for considering visa applications by Russians, but there were no further limitations imposed, ClubZ clarifies further.

Which European countries close their borders to Russian citizens / Кои европейски страни затварят границите си за руски граждани km-clubz.bg-BG: "Which European countries close their borders to Russian citizens / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Zelensky: West must block access for all Russian citizens / Зеленски: Западът трябва да блокира достъпа на всички руски граждани km-clubz.bg-BG: "Zelensky: West must block access for all Russian citizens / ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The EU will not stop issuing visas to ordinary Russians for now / ЕС засега няма да спре да издава визи на обикновените руснаци km-Mediapool.bg-BG: The EU will not stop issuing visas to ordinary Russians for now / ЕС засега няма да спре да издава визи на обикновените руснаци date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Croatian police to reorganise due to Schengen area accession

[Croatia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:08:00 AM CEST

At the beginning of this year, the Croatian government accepted a package of decrees on the reorganization of the police, Glas Slavonije writes. Due to Croatia entering the Schengen area, about one thousand policemen will be redeployed to new jobs, as they will no longer be needed at the borders with other Schengen area member states. The Union of Croatian police workers (SPH) points out that, following Croatia's EU accession in 2013, a large number of customs officers were left unassigned because of poor planning. According to Croatian Interior Minister Davor Božinović, the proposals for reorganising the police present a continuation of the process of rationalising the existing organisation of the police, which began in 2017. “The number of organizational units at the level of departments and divisions is reduced by 115, and the total number of systematized jobs is reduced by 1397, with 638 managerial positions abolished,” Minister Božinović says.

The Ministry of Interior will painlessly care for all police officers from the borders to the EU / MUP će bezbolno zbrinuti sve policajce s granica prema EU-u km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "The Ministry of Interior will painlessly care for all police ..." page: 5 info: by Sandra Lacić date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU expects candidate countries to align with foreign policy decisions, including sanctions

[Cyprus, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:44:00 AM CEST

The EU expects countries aspiring to join the bloc to align themselves with decisions on its foreign policy, including sanctions, European Commission Spokesperson Peter Stano said in response to a written question submitted by the Cyprus News Agency during the midday press briefing yesterday in Brussels, Sigmalive reports.The question concerned Turkey's alignment with sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and the possibility of Russian citizens circumventing the sanctions. The debate arose, among others, due to questions on whether the granting of visas to Russian tourists by EU member states can be restricted.Responding to the question by the Cyprus News Agency, Stano recalled that in March the European Council called on all countries to either align with EU sanctions or introduce similar measures. "In our contacts with partners, we also stress the need to prevent any circumvention of international sanctions. In this context, we are monitoring the situation closely," he noted.Meanwhile, responding to questions on whether there could be a restriction on tourist visas for Russian citizens crossing into the EU via land borders, Spokesperson Anitta Hipper said she could not foresee future discussions on sanctions and noted that member states "have considerable room for manoeuvre in terms of issuing long-stay visas based on national legislation." She added that the European rules on short-stay visas do not provide for procedures for visa refusal, and only include rules for people for whom member states are obliged to issue visas, such as refugees, dissidents or journalists.

Stano: The EU expects candidate countries to align with the sanctions / Στάνο: Η ΕΕ αναμένει ευθυγράμμιση με κυρώσεις από χώρες που προσβλέπουν ένταξη km-sigmalive.com-CY: Stano: The EU expects candidate countries to align with the sanctions / Στάνο: Η ΕΕ αναμένει ευθυγράμμιση με κυρώσεις από χώρες που προσβλέπουν ένταξη date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Regarding the issuance of visas to Russian citizens: Estonia proposes to block the process. Some countries still need convincing

[Estonia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 8:01:00 AM CEST

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (ProPatria) said that Estonia will soon submit a proposal to the European Union to prevent the issuing of visas to Russian citizens, Delfi.ee reports. According to Minister Reinsalu, the preparation of the proposal is now in the final phase, in order to present it to other countries in the near future. He emphasised that the key issue of the proposal is the consensus between the European Union countries, which was not achieved in the spring when the first similar proposal was made.

Regarding the issuance of visas to Russian citizens: Estonia proposes to block the process. Some countries still need convincing / Reinsalu viisade väljastamisest Vene kodanikele: Eesti teeb ettepaneku protsessi tõkestamiseks. Mõni riik vajab veel veenmist km-Delfi.ee-EE: "Regarding the issuance of visas to Russian citizens: Estonia proposes ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Finland waits for political guidance on tourist visa policy from the government

[Finland, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:31:00 AM CEST

Coverage on Finland debating its Russian tourist visa policy continues. According to Helsingin Sanomat, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is prepared to quickly impose restrictions on tourist visas issued to Russians. However, it is waiting for the government’s directions on how many and what kind of visas Finland is prepared to issue. Jussi Tanner, Director General of Consular Services at the Ministry, says that an official decision is not needed from the government, only political guidance. “Political debate must discuss how strict we want to be and what are the special groups for whom entry into the country would be secured. These policies must be a result of political discussion instead of decisions made by public officers”, he says. The European Union is also currently debating the tourist visa policy. Finland wishes for joint decisions on the matter from the EU, and Tanner says that the government can also announce its stance on potential EU sanctions against tourism.According to Hufvudstadsbladet, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told the Washington Post that Europe should stop issuing visas to Russian tourists. He finds that doing so along with banning Russian energy procurements could prevent Russia from annexing new areas of Ukraine. “The most effective sanction would be for other states to close their borders from Russian citizens for a year”, he says, calling it a sign to Russians that they should respect other countries’ borders. The idea has been criticised for punishing innocent Russian citizens, but President Zelenskyy says that the entire Russian population can be held accountable for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow has an “extremely negative” view on the proposal.Suomenmaa reports on Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas saying that tourist visas should not be issued to Russians. According to her, traveling to Europe is “a privilege, not a human right”. She says that since air travel from Russia to Europe has been suspended, Russia’s neighbours such as Finland, Estonia and Latvia carry the burden when Schengen countries issue visas. “It is time to end tourism from Russia”, she says on Twitter.

Ulkoministeriö odottaa hallituksen tarkkaa ohjeistusta venäläisten viisumeista: ”Pitää käydä läpi, kuinka tiukalle ruuvia halutaan vääntää” km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Ulkoministeriö odottaa hallituksen tarkkaa ohjeistusta venäläisten viisumeista: ”Pitää käydä läpi, ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Zelenskyj: Stoppa visum till ryska medborgare km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "Zelenskyj: Stoppa visum till ryska medborgare..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Venäläisten viisumihuijauksissa havaittu uusi ilmiö – ulkoministeriö: ”Ei kannata yrittää” km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Venäläisten viisumihuijauksissa havaittu uusi ilmiö – ulkoministeriö: ”Ei kannata yrittää”..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Viron Kallas vaatii loppua venäläisten turismille: "Euroopassa käyminen on etuoikeus, ei ihmisoikeus" km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "Viron Kallas vaatii loppua venäläisten turismille: "Euroopassa käyminen on etuoikeus, ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

On fighting child sexual abuse: Past the perpetrators

[Germany, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:29:00 AM CEST

In May, Commissioner Johansson proposed a package of measures for fighting sexual violence against children, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Critics fear that the European Commission wants to create an instrument for mass surveillance without prior notice. A week ago, the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Data Protection Board published a joint assessment of the proposals. They have "serious doubts as to the necessity and proportionality" of the proposed interventions in privacy and data protection. There are hardly any defenders of the European Commission's plans in Berlin. Commissioner Johansson has written a blog post in her defence, explaining once again why her proposal is "well-founded, legally sound and absolutely necessary."

On fighting child sexual abuse: Past the perpetrators / An den Tätern vorbei km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On fighting child sexual abuse: Past the perpetrators / An den Tätern vorbei page: 6 info: by C.K date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Commission spokesperson says the EU's suspension of the visa agreement with Russia targets only specific individuals

[Greece, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:29:00 AM CEST

Ta Nea reports that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged European governments to stop granting visas to all Russians without exception, whether they are for or against the invasion of his country. Naftemporiki comments that Commission spokesperson Anita Hipper essentially dismissed this scenario and threw the ball to the member states, at least until the issue is raised at the next European Council in October. The EU has partially suspended the visa agreement with Russia, Ms Hipper said. This suspension has targeted people close to the Russian regime, it has no impact, for the time being, on regular Russian citizens, she stressed. Ms Hipper added that member states have, by their legislation, considerable leeway to restrict or even stop issuing long-term or permanent visas. She noted that there will always be categories of people for whom visas will have to be issued.

"Do not give visas to any Russian!" / «Μη δίνετε βίζα  σε κανένα Ρώσο!» km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Do not give visas to any Russian!" / «Μη δίνετε βίζα σε κανένα Ρώσο!» page: 15 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Estonia and Finland urge member states to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

[Hungary, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:46:00 AM CEST

Népszava and Index.hu report Estonia and Finland urged member states to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens. Estonian Prime Minister Kallas said on Twitter that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it was “time to end tourism from Russia.” Finnish Prime Minister Marin told Finnish public media YLE that “it is not right that while Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, Russians can live a normal life, travel in Europe, be tourists.”

Action against Russian tourists / Fellépés az orosz turisták ellen km-Nepszava-HU: Action against Russian tourists / Fellépés az orosz turisták ellen page: 8 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

- / Két európai ország is megtagadná a turistavízumok kiadását orosz állampolgároknak km-portfolio.hu-HU: - / Két európai ország is megtagadná a turistavízumok kiadását orosz állampolgároknak info: by Portfolio 2022. augusztus 09. 19:06 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying

[Latvia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:05:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that that Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers urge European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens. Latvijas Radio 1 and Diena report that both heads of government believe that Russian citizens should be denied the opportunity to relax in Europe while Russia is at war with Ukraine. Latvijas Radio 1 reports that Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says that visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the European Union countries should agree on a common position on this issue. According to Latvijas Avīze, Latvia and Estonia also support this position, but the European Commission has so far been reluctant, as banning visas also in humanitarian situations would contradict EU principles. SWH reports that President Zelenskyy has also called on Western countries to completely ban the entry of Russian citizens, as Russians should be given the opportunity to live in their own world until they are ready to change their position. TV3 reports the Kremlin has reacted to these visa bans by once again threatening and hurling accusations of Nazism.

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Igaunijas un Somijas premjeres aicina Eiropas valstis pārtraukt izsniegt tūristu vīzas Krievijas pilsoņiem km-Diena.lv-LV: In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Igaunijas un Somijas premjeres aicina Eiropas valstis pārtraukt izsniegt tūristu vīzas Krievijas pilsoņiem date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Pseidoreferendumu rudens km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Pseidoreferendumu rudens page: 1,8 info: by Viesturs Sprūde date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Igaunijas un Somijas premjeres aicina Eiropas valstis pārtraukt izsniegt tūristu vīzas Krievijas pilsoņiem km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian ..." info: Ziņas, 2022-08-09 17:57:00, 00:00:46, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:57:00 PM CEST View this media item

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Eiropā pastiprinās aicinājumi pilnībā pārtraukt vīzu izsniegšanu Krievijas pilsoņiem km-Radio-SWH-LV: "In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian ..." info: Ziņas, 2022-08-09 18:13:00, 00:00:35, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:13:00 PM CEST View this media item

In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Eiropā pastiprinās aicinājumi pilnībā pārtraukt vīzu izsniegšanu Krievijas pilsoņiem km-TV3-Latvia-LV: In Europe, calls to completely stop issuing visas to Russian citizens are intensifying / Eiropā pastiprinās aicinājumi pilnībā pārtraukt vīzu izsniegšanu Krievijas pilsoņiem info: TV3 Ziņas, 2022-08-09 21:09:00, 00:00:58, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:09:00 PM CEST

Latvia supports amendments to submission of residence applications for EU citizens

[Latvia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:48:00 AM CEST

SWH reports that on 9 August, the Latvian government supported amendments to the rules, which provide for the possibility for citizens of the European Union and their family members to send applications for residence documents by post or electronically. To facilitate the application submission procedure for persons who would like to apply using an electronic address, it is planned to develop an electronic application questionnaire form, which is available at the e-address. Since the submission of documents is intended to be done remotely by mail or electronically, the requirement to present the original travel document has been cancelled, but a copy of it must be submitted.

Latvia supports amendments to submission of residence applications for EU citizens / Atbalsta grozījumus ES pilsoņu uzturēšanās pieteikumu iesniegšanai km-Radio-SWH-LV: "Latvia supports amendments to submission of residence applications for EU ..." info: Ziņas, 2022-08-09 18:16:00, 00:00:40, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:16:00 PM CEST View this media item

Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

[Lithuania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 8:00:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets write that the prime ministers of Estonia and Finland have called on the European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians in an attempt to open up a new sanctions front following Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The subject has been raised among European Union leaders and is set to be formally discussed at their next summit, scheduled for October, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estijos ir Suomijos premjerės ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams km-15min.lt-LT: Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estijos ir Suomijos premjerės ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estija ir Suomija ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams km-Alfa.lt-LT: Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estija ir Suomija ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estija ir Suomija ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams km-lrytas.lt-LT: Finland, Estonia urge European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians / Estija ir Suomija ragina Europą nebeišduoti turistinių vizų Rusijos piliečiams info: by Lrytas.lt Aug 9 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Estonia and Finland want to ban Russian tourists from EU

[Netherlands, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:23:00 AM CEST

Volksksrant.nl reports that the prime ministers of Estonia and Finland have called on the EU to ban Russian tourists because of the war in Ukraine. Russia dismissed this call as irrational, but several member states seem to be open to such an entry ban. Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania already no longer issue tourist visas to Russian citizens. At present, Finland is the only neighboring Russian country that still grants tourist visas to Russian citizens. The European Commission doubts whether such a ban is feasible, because, for example, family members, journalists and dissidents must always be able to obtain a visa. The issue could again create divisions among member states, which are finding it increasingly difficult to agree on sanctions against Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky showed no compassion for Russian dissidents and called on western countries on Tuesday to ban all Russians, even those who fled the country and oppose the war. The travel ban is expected to be discussed at an informal meeting of European foreign ministers at the end of August.

"No more Russian tourists in the European Union" / LIVE | ’Geen Russische toeristen meer in Europese Unie’ km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: ""No more Russian tourists in the European Union" / LIVE ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Estonia and Finland want to ban Russian tourists from EU / Estland en Finland willen Russische toeristen weren uit EU | De Volkskrant km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Estonia and Finland want to ban Russian tourists from EU ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Estonia and Finland have called on EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

[Romania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:47:00 AM CEST

DigiFM radio station, Digi24 TV station and Hotnews.ro report that Estonia and Finland have called on the European Union to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. The call came one day after Ukrainian President Zelenskyy had stated that western countries should close their borders to Russian tourists. The statement generated a new nervous reaction from the Kremlin, and former Russian President Medvedev compared the Ukrainian leader to Hitler. In the meantime, France has banned Russian nationals from visiting the Château de Vincennes, a mediaeval fortress and a tourist attraction on the outskirts of Paris, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Estonia and Finland: No EU tourist visas for Russians / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Estonia and Finland: No EU tourist visas for Russians / ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2022-08-09 18:49:00, 00:03:31, by Bratu Andreea date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:49:00 PM CEST View this media item

No visas for Russians / Ştirile DigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "No visas for Russians / Ştirile DigiFM..." info: Ştirile DigiFM, 2022-08-09 15:32:00, 00:00:37, by Leoveanu Adina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:32:00 PM CEST View this media item

Estonia urges EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians: "Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right" / Estonia cere UE să nu mai acorde vize rușilor: „Vizitarea Europei este un privilegiu, nu un drept al omului” km-HotNews.ro-RO: Estonia urges EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians: "Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right" / Estonia cere UE să nu mai acorde vize rușilor: „Vizitarea Europei este un privilegiu, nu un drept al omului” info: by HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Estonian and Finnish PMs call on EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

[Slovakia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:47:00 AM CEST

Website cas.sk reports that Prime Minister of Estonia and Finland have called on EU member states to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. “Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right,” Estonian PM Kaja Kallas wtore on Twitter on Tuesday, adding that it is time to end tourism from Russia. Finland’s PM Sanna Marin told Finnish broadcaster YLE on Monday that “it’s not right that at the same time as Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, Russians can live a normal life, travel in Europe, be tourists”. The daily adds that although air travel was banned by the EU after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russians are still able to travel on land to neighbouring countries.

Leaders of Estonia and Finland are proposing to crack down on Russians: Look what they are calling for! / Líderky Estónska a Fínska navrhujú tvrdo zakročiť voči Rusom: Pozrite, k čomu vyzývajú! km-cas.sk-SK: Leaders of Estonia and Finland are proposing to crack down on Russians: Look what they are calling for! / Líderky Estónska a Fínska navrhujú tvrdo zakročiť voči Rusom: Pozrite, k čomu vyzývajú! info: by sita date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU leaves it up to EU27 to limit visas for Russian tourists

[Spain, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:43:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the European Commission has avoided commenting on a possible ban on tourist visas for Russian citizens, leaving it up to EU member states to limit visas for tourists arriving on European soil by land. This would prevent Russians from entering the EU via Finland, Estonia or Latvia, as flights from Russia are restricted under sanctions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine ordered by President Vladimir Putin in February. "We have always said that we are ready to consider further sanctions if needed, but we are not going to comment on future sanctions," European Commission spokesperson Arianna Podestà told a press conference.

Zelensky demands tougher sanctions banning Russians from entering the West / Zelenski exige sanciones más duras que prohíban la entrada de rusos a Occidente km-Correo-ES: "Zelensky demands tougher sanctions banning Russians from entering the West ..." page: 24 info: by ÍÑIGO FERNÁNDEZ DE LUCIO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

EU leaves it up to EU-27 to limit visas for Russian tourists / La UE deja en manos de los 27 limitar los visados a turistas rusos km-Economista-Spain-ES: "EU leaves it up to EU-27 to limit visas for ..." page: 29 info: by eleconomista.es date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Zelensky calls on the world to ban the entry of Russian citizens / Zelenski pide al mundo prohibir la entrada de ciudadanos rusos km-Norte-de-Castilla-ES: "Zelensky calls on the world to ban the entry of ..." page: 23 info: by IÑIGO FERNÁNDEZ DE LUCIO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Zelensky calls on the world to close its borders to Russian citizens / Zelenski pide al mundo que cierre sus fronteras a los ciudadanos rusos km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "Zelensky calls on the world to close its borders to ..." page: 18 info: by IÑIGO FERNÁNDEZ DE LUCIO date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Criticism of Sweden's ID checks on border with Denmark, news and opinion

[Sweden, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:41:00 AM CEST

Several experts argue that Sweden's border controls against Denmark could violate EU law, Sverigesradio.se reports. Jörgen Hettne, professor of law at Lund Unviersity, stated that it is "highly doubtful" whether the border controls would hold up if they were reviewed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).The growing criticism of Sweden's border controls against Denmark could mark an end of the practice, it is stated in an unsigned editorial in Sydsvenskan. Experts on EU law state that according to the Schengen Agreement, countries are not allowed to maintain identification checks at borders between member states, and exemptions can only be made for a period of maximum six months. Even so, the Swedish government continues to extend the exemption, which is reportedly due to threats of terrorism and increasing migration. With the growing threat of lawsuits from commuters and logistics players, maybe this is what will finally open Sweden's borders anew.

Border controls against Denmark could be illegal / Gränskontrollerna mot Danmark kan vara olagliga km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "Border controls against Denmark could be illegal / Gränskontrollerna mot ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

End of the line for border controls. / Hit men inte längre för gränskontrollerna km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "End of the line for border controls. / Hit men ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

HUMANITARIAN AID AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Cyprus has second highest percentage of professional firefighters in EU

[Cyprus, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:43:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that Cyprus has the second highest percentage of professional firefighters in the EU, according to a study published yesterday by Eurostat, covering data from 2021.According to the study, 365,100 people were employed as professional firefighters in the EU in 2021, representing 0.2% of total EU employment. With firefighters making up around 0.4% of their workforces, Estonia, Cyprus, Romania, and Slovakia recorded the highest share of firefighters among member states, according to Eurostat. Cyprus had a total of 1,622 firefighters.In general, governments across the EU27 spent a total of €32.9 billion on fire protection services in 2021, a 6.4% increase from 2019, when expenditure was around €30.9 billion. On average this represented between 0.4 and 0.5% of total government expenditure, a number that, according to the study, has remained stable since the beginning of the time series in 2001.However, the number varied across member states, with Denmark reporting the lowest rate at 0.1%, followed by Iceland with 0.2% and Belgium, Malta, Austria, Portugal and Slovenia with 0.3%. On the other side of the spectrum, Romania spent the most on fire protection with 0.8 per cent, followed by Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania and Luxembourg with 0.6%. In Cyprus, spending on fire protection amounted to 0.4% of total government expenditure.

Δεύτερη σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος, χαμηλές όμως οι δαπάνες km-Alithia-CY: "Δεύτερη σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος, χαμηλές όμως οι δαπάνες..." page: 1,12 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Firefighters make up 0.4 per cent of workforce in Cyprus / Firefighters make up 0.4 per cent of workforce in Cyprus km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: Firefighters make up 0.4 per cent of workforce in Cyprus / Firefighters make up 0.4 per cent of workforce in Cyprus page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Κάτω από τον ευρωπαϊκό μέσο όρο οι δαπάνες πυρόσβεσης km-Haravgi-CY: "Κάτω από τον ευρωπαϊκό μέσο όρο οι δαπάνες πυρόσβεσης..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

2η σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος - Κάτω από μέσο όρο οι δαπάνες km-Philenews.com-CY: "2η σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος - Κάτω από μέσο ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Eurostat: Cyprus ranks second in percentage of firefighters - Expenditure below the average / Eurostat: Δεύτερη σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος-Κάτω από μέσο όρο οι δαπάνες km-sigmalive.com-CY: Eurostat: Cyprus ranks second in percentage of firefighters - Expenditure below the average / Eurostat: Δεύτερη σε ποσοστό πυροσβεστών η Κύπρος-Κάτω από μέσο όρο οι δαπάνες date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU governments spent €32.9 billion on fire protection in 2020, according to Eurostat

[Greece, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:35:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that EU governments spent €32.9 billion on fire protection in 2020, or on average 0.5% of total general government spending, according to Eurostat data. Eurostat mentioned that in 2020, general government spending in the 27 EU member states on "fire protection services" amounted to €32.9 billion, up 6.4% from 2019, when spending was around €30.9 billion. Overall, in the EU, government spending on fire protection services has remained stable at around 0.4-0.5% of total spending since 2001.

Eurostat: Μόλις στο 0,5% το μερίδιο των κυβερνητικών δαπανών για πυροπροστασία στην ΕΕ το 2020 km-capital.gr-GR: "Eurostat: Μόλις στο 0,5% το μερίδιο των κυβερνητικών δαπανών για ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Eurostat: Οι κυβερνήσεις της ΕΕ δαπάνησαν 32,9 δισεκ. ευρώ για την πυροπροστασία το 2020 km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Eurostat: Οι κυβερνήσεις της ΕΕ δαπάνησαν 32,9 δισεκ. ευρώ για ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Fire protection spending in Europe in 2020 at 0.5% - Where does Greece stand / Στο 0,5% οι δαπάνες πυροπροστασίας στη Ευρώπη το 2020 – Σε ποια θέση είναι η Ελλάδα km-protothema.gr-GR: Fire protection spending in Europe in 2020 at 0.5% - Where does Greece stand / Στο 0,5% οι δαπάνες πυροπροστασίας στη Ευρώπη το 2020 – Σε ποια θέση είναι η Ελλάδα date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU increases the humanitarian aid to Congo to combat violence in the country

[Portugal, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:53:00 AM CEST

The European Union has allocated an additional €8 million in humanitarian aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo following the deteriorating security situation in the country, observador.pt reports. According to a Commission statement, the new aid will help combat violence involving regular forces and non-state armed groups. Commissioner Lenarčič stated that “the additional funding will enable our humanitarian partners to respond to the most urgent needs, including support to newly displaced persons.”

EU increases the humanitarian aid to Congo in the face of worsening situation / UE aumenta ajuda humanitária à RD Congo face a deterioração dasituação km-observador.pt-PT: "EU increases the humanitarian aid to Congo in the face ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

INDUSTRY

Biden wants to get chip industry in US off the ground again with billion-dollar injection

[Belgium, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:20:00 AM CEST

Demorgen.be reports that President Biden signed the Chips and Science Act, a $280 billion package to revive the US chip industry, on Tuesday. The bulk of the Biden support package is for scientific research into new chip technologies. Of the $280 billion, some $50 billion is earmarked to support the domestic chip industry. Just thirty years ago, 37% of all chips worldwide were made in America. This has now dropped to a meagre 12%. The US produces so few chips, which makes it particularly vulnerable. The European Commission launched a plan that foresees €43 billion of public and private investments in the coming years to boost the development of advanced chips in the EU.

Biden wants to get chip industry in US off the ground again with billion-dollar injection / Biden wil chipindustrie in VS weer van de grond krijgen met miljardeninjectie km-demorgen.be-BE: Biden wants to get chip industry in US off the ground again with billion-dollar injection / Biden wil chipindustrie in VS weer van de grond krijgen met miljardeninjectie info: by Verhagen date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

China doubts it can catch up on semi-conductors

[France, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:53:00 AM CEST

A shortage of semi-conductors is leading to many industrial bottlenecks, writes L'Opinion. Meanwhile, Beijing realised a long time ago that its desire to become a "global scientific power by 2050" required mastery of new technologies. However, despite considerable investment, the Chinese will not manage to achieve their objective in 2025. While Chinese companies can design semiconductors, they have limited capacity to manufacture them. According to a 2020 US Congressional Research Service report, China accounts for 60% of global semiconductor demand. Xi Jinping recently said that the Communist Party's firm control over science policy "provides a fundamental policy guarantee for the advancement of China's science, technology and innovation efforts".

Semiconductors: Seoul reluctant to antagonise Beijing / Semi-conducteurs : Séoul hésite à se mettre Pékin à dos km-Opinion-FR: "Semiconductors: Seoul reluctant to antagonise Beijing / Semi-conducteurs : Séoul ..." page: 2 info: by C.L date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

China doubts it can catch up in this area / La Chine doute de pouvoir rattraper son retard dans ce domaine km-Opinion-FR: "China doubts it can catch up in this area / ..." page: 2 info: by C.L date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Satellites: Europeans go wrong

[France, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:02:00 AM CEST

In an article with a critical tone, Le Canard Enchainé describes the limits of the Connectivity project promoted by Commissioner Breton, intended to deploy a constellation of satellites by 2028. The aim is to boost European space sovereignty and help states to better tackle cyberattacks while catching up with the existing private projects, such as Elon Musk’s Starlink. However, there are at least two main obstacles to the project, which the source reports to be nicknamed "Bretonicus" in Brussels. On the one hand, the EU will invest €6 billion, thus funding a third of the programme. An amount that is particularly limited compared to private funds, expected to reach between $20 to $30 billion for Starlink. On the other, the Eutelsat-OneWeb merger has de facto excluded the French company from the competition, thus leaving Thales as only candidate.

Satellites: Europeans go wrong   / Les satellites européens tournent mal km-Canard-Enchaine-FR: "Satellites: Europeans go wrong / Les satellites européens tournent mal..." page: 4 info: by christophe labbé;Odile Benyaihia-Kouider date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Construction activity grows 330 per cent since 2000

[Malta, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:08:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that construction activity last year was 330 per cent higher compared to 2000, a stark contrast to the rest of Europe where the sector shrank. A new European Union-wide statistical report has found that Malta experienced the largest rate of growth in construction production activity from 2000 to 2021. By contrast, the overall EU average in the sector went down by two per cent. Eurostat figures show that between 2000 and 2021, construction activity in Malta shot up by an astronomical 330 per cent, eclipsing its runner-up, Estonia, which tripled its construction output. On the other end of the spectrum is Greece, which reduced its construction activity by 85 per cent since 2000.

Construction activity grows 330 per cent since 2000 / Construction activity grows 330 per cent since 2000 km-Malta-Times-MT: Construction activity grows 330 per cent since 2000 / Construction activity grows 330 per cent since 2000 page: 1 info: by Mark Lawrence Zammit date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Malta among the best at attracting tourists all year round – Eurostat

[Malta, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:09:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that Malta is the second-best EU country at attracting tourists all year round, according to Eurostat data. Figures published last month show that in 2021, most EU countries registered their highest tourist numbers in July and August. Those numbers waned throughout the rest of the year, whereas Malta managed to remain a year-round destination. The island came in at close second behind Finland.

Malta among the best at attracting tourists all year round – Eurostat / Malta among the best at attracting tourists all year round – Eurostat km-Malta-Times-MT: Malta among the best at attracting tourists all year round – Eurostat / Malta among the best at attracting tourists all year round – Eurostat page: 5 info: by Mark Lawrence Zammit date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The United States will invest billions of euros in its own chip industry

[Netherlands, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:37:00 AM CEST

The United States is going to invest billions of euros in its own chip industry, RTL Z reports. This should make the chip industry in the US more independent and better able to compete with that in China. The European Union is also planning to invest billions of euros in this chip industry. Bram Nauta, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Twente, says that Europe and America have not invested in this industry for a long time, so we are now dependent on Asia for the production of chips and that is not geopolitically convenient. After all, chips have become indispensable, says Nauta.

The United States will invest billions of euros in its own chip industry / Verenigde Staten gaan miljarden euro's investeren in eigen chipindustrie km-RTL-Z-NL: "The United States will invest billions of euros in its ..." info: RTL Z-Nieuws, 2022-08-09 14:00:00, 00:06:16, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

Interview with Czech Minister for European Affairs on Czech EU Council presidency and other topics

[Austria, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:18:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Die Presse, Czech Minister for European Affairs Bek talks about the Czech EU Council presidency. He sees the EU's gas emergency plan as positive, but says the plan is only a first step and not the final solution to the problem. The minister describes relations with China as complicated. In the long term, he sees Europe confronted with an autocratic Moscow-Beijing axis, which is why the EU should cooperate even more closely with like-minded countries in the West. As a counter-strategy for China's influence in the Western Balkans, Minister Bek proposes intermediate stages for EU accession to encourage candidate countries. According to the minister, the Visegrád Group is “frozen at the moment” because of tensions between Hungary and the EU.

Interview with Czech Minister for European Affairs: "China is not a reliable partner" / „China ist kein verlässlicher Partner“ km-Presse-Austria-AT: Interview with Czech Minister for European Affairs: "China is not a reliable partner" / „China ist kein verlässlicher Partner“ page: 6 info: by Hans-Peter Siebenhaar date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Orbán's all-out provocations against the European Union

[France, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:47:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is continuing his provocations by attacking the fundamental values of the EU during the annual conference of the American Conservative Union. "I am here to tell you that we must join forces", PM Orbán said, calling for "taking back control of the institutions in Washington and Brussels”. Following PM’s speech, President von der Leyen recalled that "all EU member states have subscribed to common values that are universal and non-negotiable". Nevertheless, the Commission is taking action against these provocations, such as taking Hungary to the EU Court of Justice over a law that bans the representation of homosexuality. On another front, Brussels triggered the "conditionality mechanism" against Budapest which allows EU funds to be blocked for breaches of the rule of law. Above all, the Commission has still not validated the Hungarian recovery plan, which might cause Hungary to lose access to some of its subsidies.

Orbán's all-out provocations against the European Union / Provocations tous azimuts d'Orbán à l'égard de l'Union européenne km-Echos-FR: Orbán's all-out provocations against the European Union / Provocations tous azimuts d'Orbán à l'égard de l'Union européenne page: 4,5 info: by Karl De Meyer date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Churchill, come back! (opinion)

[France, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:47:00 AM CEST

In an op-ed in Les Echos, André Loesekrug-Pietri, president of the Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), argues that the “terrible” months ahead are an opportunity to gather the French together and to build “a European awareness”. Shared gas stocks in the name of the EU solidarity first triggered during the Covid-19 pandemic will probably not be sufficient to prevent blackouts or reduced heating next winter. Rather than investing in vain attempts to “protect” French “no matter what”, it should be more useful to fund innovative solutions and the country’s reindustrialisation, among others. “We are moving forward in the fog without a compass, without a vision, which has led Europe to be the continent of strategic surprise for several years,” he notes. Stakeholders’ cooperation to invert this trend is a “democratic imperative”, he concludes.

Churchill, come back! / Churchill, reviens ! km-Echos-FR: Churchill, come back! / Churchill, reviens ! page: 1,6 info: by André Loesekrug-Pietri date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview with Greens/EFA MEP Francisco Guerreiro on the functioning of the European Parliament

[Portugal, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:14:00 AM CEST

In an interview with dn.pt, Greens/EFA MEP Francisco Guerreiro comments on the functioning of the European Parliament. In his opinion, the Parliament missed the opportunity to implement a mixed working system, namely with "some committee work that could be done virtually." MEP Guerreiro believes that this system would save costs and reduce the carbon footprint related to MEPs' travel. He believes that Portuguese MEPs should make an effort to show their work and explain EU issues in order to better inform the population about the impact of EU policy on their lives. He accuses the far right in the European Parliament of wanting to build walls and of wanting to destroy the EU.

Francisco Guerreiro: “If people knew what the far-right defends here they would not vote for Chega” / Francisco Guerreiro: "Se as pessoas soubessem o que a extrema-direita defende aqui não votavam no Chega" km-dn.pt-PT: "Francisco Guerreiro: “If people knew what the far-right defends here ..." date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Presidential elections in Kenya

[Belgium, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:35:00 AM CEST

Lalibre.be reports on the presidential elections in Kenya, which took place against a backdrop of soaring living costs in the country. For the first time in its history, Kenya could have a second tour in the presidential elections, in case none of the candidates obtains more than 50% of the votes. The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission MEP Ivan Štefanec (EPP) noted that many people were patiently queuing, which he considers "a sign that democracy is working".

Kenya voted for its president against a backdrop of soaring living costs / Le Kenya a voté pour la présidentielle sur fond de flambée du coût de la vie km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: Kenya voted for its president against a backdrop of soaring living costs / Le Kenya a voté pour la présidentielle sur fond de flambée du coût de la vie info: by Orinde date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Opinion of MEP Ryszard Czarnecki on Russia's geopolitical ambitions in Africa

[Poland, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:28:00 AM CEST

In a commentary for Gazeta Polska Codzienna, MEP Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR / Law and Justice – PiS) draws attention to the spreading talk of Russia's geopolitical ambitions in Africa and the activities of Russian private military structures (defacto linked to the Kremlin), such as the Wagner Group. In his view, the fact that these activities were highlighted by the Kremlin-avoiding criticism - France 24 news channel - may be due to the fact that Russia has become remorseless in its activities in former French colonies, which Paris considered to be its sphere of influence. Russia is active in many African countries. A few days ago, the world public was stunned to learn that the Russians were transporting gold on planes from Sudan to finance their war against Ukraine. Moscow was also said to have influenced the presidential elections in Kenya and Madagascar.

Russia pins Africa / Rosja oplata Afrykę km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: Russia pins Africa / Rosja oplata Afrykę page: 2 info: by RYSZARD CZARNECKI date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Guinean President honours the EU ambassador with the National Order Colinas do Boé

[Portugal, International Cooperation and Development]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:52:00 AM CEST

Guinea-Bissau President Embaló awarded the ambassador of the European Union (EU), Portuguese Sónia Neto, with the National Order of the Colinas do Boé, one of the country's highest distinctions, observador.pt reports. President Embaló praised the EU ambassador’s personal commitment and thanked her for her contribution to greatly deepening the ties of cooperation between the European Union and Guinea-Bissau.

Guinean President honours the EU ambassador with the National Order Colinas do Boé / PR guineense agracia embaixadora da UE com Ordem Nacional Colinas doBoé km-observador.pt-PT: "Guinean President honours the EU ambassador with the National Order ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

JUSTICE

Alleged sex offence victims most likely to pursue non-prosecution of cases

[Ireland, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:14:00 AM CEST

Victims of alleged sexual offences are more likely to seek reasons as to why their cases were not prosecuted than victims of any other form of crime, according to data published by the Irish Director of Public Prosecutions' office and covered by The Irish Times. Under the European Union Victims Directive, introduced in Ireland at the end of 2015 and later transposed into domestic law, people were given the right to request an explanation when a crime allegedly perpetrated against them was investigated but ultimately not prosecuted.

Alleged sex offence victims most likely to pursue non-prosecution of cases / Alleged sex offence victims most likely to pursue non-prosecution of cases km-Irish-Times-IE: Alleged sex offence victims most likely to pursue non-prosecution of cases / Alleged sex offence victims most likely to pursue non-prosecution of cases page: 2 info: by Mark Hilliard date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

MEP Dominik Tarczyński must apologise to the Open Dialog Foundation for words about money laundering in Russia

[Poland, Justice]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:19:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on the lost trial of MEP Dominik Tarczyński (ECR / Law and Justice – PiS). In May 2019, during a discussion on Deutsche Welle television, he stated that the co-founder of the Open Dialog Foundation, Ludmiła Kozłowska, is involved in money laundering in Russia. The statement by MEP Tarczyński was part of the campaign by the Polish government against the foundation and its founders. The troubles began in 2017, after its chief Bartosz Kramek published an article with proposals "how to stop the Law and Justice's attack on the rule of law in Poland". Among the accusations against him and the foundation by persons related to the government, Bartosz Kramek mentions meetings with EU commissioners responsible for the rule of law and lobbying against presence of Law and Justice in Europe. The pro-government TVP presented this activities as a dangerous system of which the foundation is the central part.

MEP Dominik Tarczyński must apologise to the Open Dialog Foundation for words about money laundering in Russia / Kolejna wygrana Fundacji Otwarty Dialog. Tarczyński ma przeprosić km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: MEP Dominik Tarczyński must apologise to the Open Dialog Foundation for words about money laundering in Russia / Kolejna wygrana Fundacji Otwarty Dialog. Tarczyński ma przeprosić page: 9 info: by Anita Karwowska date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

MEMBER STATES - INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Cypriot MEPs imply Cyprus involved in wiretapping scandal in Greece

[Cyprus, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:44:00 AM CEST

Several outlets report that amid the ongoing spyware scandal in Greece, involving the wiretapping of the leader of the Socialist PASOK-KINAL movement, Greek MEP Nikos Androulakis (S&D), Cypriot MEPs sounded the alarm yesterday, implying that Cyprus is also involved in such cases.In particular, MEP Demetris Papadakis (S&D) called a press conference, stressing that the "tumultuous developments in Greece, which seem to be linked to the case of the van in Cyprus, require a new substantial and full investigation, far from attempts to cover up." He recalled that the company that uses the Predator spyware used to bug the cellphone of the Greek politician has its headquarters in Cyprus and is "directly related" also to the spy van affair that broke out in late 2019 in Cyprus.The MEP remarked that the government and opposition in Greece have decided to set up a special committee to investigate the case and officials have resigned, whereas, in Cyprus, the case was covered up. The MEP wondered who were the victims of such wiretappings in Cyprus and whether political parties or other companies have also obtained such spyware. He said, "it is inconceivable that in a European state, such as Cyprus, such a matter of the highest democratic and legal order, linked to a violation of the rules of European legal culture, should be treated lightly, indifferently and possibly with criminal suspicion."Media outlets further report that MEP Giorgos Georgiou (GUE/NGL) has sent an urgent letter to the chair of the European Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the use of Pegasus and other spyware, informing him of claims and media reports on the alleged intention of phone surveillance at the Cyprus central prisons.In his letter, Georgiou, as the vice-chair of the committee, points to a letter leaked to the press, in which Justice Minister Stephie Drakou requested that the prison department upgrade and use surveillance software. Georgiou remarked that this case elicits concern about the rule of law in Cyprus, given that companies that produce and export such software are active in the country.The MEP also suggested that the committee conduct a fact-finding mission in Athens on the occasion of reports of illegal surveillance in Greece. He remarked that if it is confirmed that MEP Androulakis was being spied on, that would be unacceptable, and recalled that the European Commission's report on rule of law for 2022 contains a specific reference to surveillance through the use of the Predator software, which is equivalent to Pegasus.The main opposition AKEL party also criticised the Cypriot government about the handling of the Predator case in Cyprus, wondering why there is an effort to downgrade the connections between Cyprus and the surveillance scandal in Greece. The party also asked why, to this day, the Cypriot attorney-general's office refuses to give a straight answer on why they dropped the charges in the spy van case, which involved Tal Dilian, an ex-Israeli intelligence officer and head of the company providing the Predator spyware.The government spokesperson rejected the criticism as politically motivated, saying that "Cyprus has a sound legal framework for the protection of privacy and the integrity of citizens' communications, which, in cooperation with the House of Representatives, we are constantly strengthening and upgrading." He also stressed that the current administration never permitted or tolerated, even indirectly, the surveillance of any political person, political party, journalist, media outlet, or law-abiding citizen. "We will not tolerate such unacceptable unfounded populism," he said.Politis reports today that the European Parliament is closely investigating Cyprus about the hosting of the headquarters of companies that sell illegal spyware, including the case of Tal Dilian. According to the newspaper, Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld (Renew Europe) has sent a letter to Dilian, questioning him about his activities and role in Cyprus. Among others, the MEP requested proof that Dilian's company Intellexa functions within the EU framework and information about the ties between the company and the governments in Greece, Cyprus, France, Hungary and Poland, and other EU authorities.In its editorial, Cyprus Mail downplays the "outrage over surveillance" claiming that "it is hard to fathom why everyone is getting so excited about the latest 'spying scandal'." The newspaper remarks that opposition AKEL is "only interested in manufacturing outrage," adding that "Cyprus has been a spying hub for decades" and that "the Brits, Turks, Israelis, Americans, Russians and the Saudis among others are all spying on Cyprus and on each other's interests on the island." The newspaper further admitted that "governments do carry out surveillance on their political opponents, journalists and probably some citizens as well" and that "as abhorrent as that is, it is a fact of life." that will not stop.

"Δεν θα ανεχθούμε ατεκμηρίωτο λαϊκισμό" km-Alithia-CY: ""Δεν θα ανεχθούμε ατεκμηρίωτο λαϊκισμό"..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

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It's far too late for outrage over surveillance / It's far too late for outrage over surveillance km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: It's far too late for outrage over surveillance / It's far too late for outrage over surveillance page: 13 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Opposition demands spying investigation / Opposition demands spying investigation km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: Opposition demands spying investigation / Opposition demands spying investigation page: 1,3 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Για... ατεκμηρίωτο λαϊκισμό μιλά ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος km-Haravgi-CY: "Για... ατεκμηρίωτο λαϊκισμό μιλά ο κυβερνητικός εκπρόσωπος..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

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Πυρά ΑΚΕΛ σε Κυβέρνηση για παρακολουθήσεις km-Philenews.com-CY: "Πυρά ΑΚΕΛ σε Κυβέρνηση για παρακολουθήσεις..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

G. Georgiou: He is calling on the European Parliament to investigate Cyprus / Γ. Γεωργίου: Ζητά από Ευρωβουλή έρευνα για Κύπρο km-Philenews.com-CY: "G. Georgiou: He is calling on the European Parliament to ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Government: Politically-motivated accusations about wiretapping / Κυβέρνηση: Πολιτική εκμετάλλευση για παρακολουθήσεις km-Philenews.com-CY: "Government: Politically-motivated accusations about wiretapping / Κυβέρνηση: Πολιτική εκμετάλλευση για ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Papadakis: The case of the van needs to be investigated again / Παπαδάκης: Να επαναδιερευνηθεί η υπόθεση του βαν km-Philenews.com-CY: "Papadakis: The case of the van needs to be investigated ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The EU is also pushing us to the corner over wiretappings / Μας στριμώχνει και η EE για τις παρακολουθήσεις km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "The EU is also pushing us to the corner over ..." page: 1,3 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

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Παπαδάκης: Η Κύπρος σχετίζεται με το σκάνδαλο των παρακολουθήσεων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Παπαδάκης: Η Κύπρος σχετίζεται με το σκάνδαλο των παρακολουθήσεων..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Γεωργίου: Στην Επιτροπή PEGASUS το ζήτημα των παρακολουθήσεων στην Κύπρο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Γεωργίου: Στην Επιτροπή PEGASUS το ζήτημα των παρακολουθήσεων στην Κύπρο..." date: Monday, August 8, 2022 View this media item

KE: Ουδέποτε επιτράπηκε η παρακολούθηση πολιτικού προσώπου ή δημοσιογράφου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "KE: Ουδέποτε επιτράπηκε η παρακολούθηση πολιτικού προσώπου ή δημοσιογράφου..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

AKEL on wiretapping: Suspicions about the role of the government intensify / ΑΚΕΛ για παρακολουθήσεις: Επιτείνονται οι υποψίες για τον ρόλο της κυβέρνησης km-sigmalive.com-CY: AKEL on wiretapping: Suspicions about the role of the government intensify / ΑΚΕΛ για παρακολουθήσεις: Επιτείνονται οι υποψίες για τον ρόλο της κυβέρνησης date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Commission expects national authorities to thoroughly investigate wiretapping cases

[Cyprus, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:45:00 AM CEST

The European Commission expects national authorities in member states to thoroughly investigate wiretapping cases to restore citizens' trust, Commission Spokesperson Anitta Hipper said yesterday when asked about the Greek wiretapping case during the Commission's regular press briefing, Philenews and broadcasters report."We are aware of media reports on the use of wiretapping tools by certain governments. Our position is clear. Any attempt by national security agencies to illegally access data on citizens, including journalists and political opponents, if confirmed, is unacceptable," she stressed. Member states are responsible for protecting their national security and must oversee and monitor their security services to ensure that they fully respect fundamental rights, she said, stressing that this is essential to ensure the protection of personal data and the safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2022-08-09 20:24:00, 20:24:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:24:00 PM CEST View this media item

Commission's message regarding wiretapping: Member states should examine the cases thoroughly / Μήνυμα Κομισιόν για παρακολουθήσεις: Τα κράτη-μέλη να εξετάσουν διεξοδικά υποθέσεις km-Philenews.com-CY: "Commission's message regarding wiretapping: Member states should examine the cases ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

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Italy finalises justice reform needed to help unlock EU funding

[Cyprus, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:02:00 AM CEST

Cyprus Mail reports that Italy's outgoing government approved last Thursday a decree to reform the country's notoriously slow criminal justice system, according to government officials, paving the way for the finalisation of a broader reform needed to keep EU funds flowing. Delays in court cases are seen as deterring foreign investment, undermining confidence in the legal system and a major drag on growth in the eurozone's third-largest economy. The European Commission made part of its €200 billion of pandemic recovery funds for Italy conditional on cutting the length of trials by 25% over five years in criminal cases and by 40% in civil ones. The decrees to reform the criminal and civil justice systems will go to parliamentary committees which can propose possible amendments. The reform must enter into force by the end of this year to release European funds.

Italy finalises justice reform to help unlock EU funding / Italy finalises justice reform to help unlock EU funding km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: Italy finalises justice reform to help unlock EU funding / Italy finalises justice reform to help unlock EU funding page: 22 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mitsotakis listens but does not surrender

[France, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:26:00 AM CEST

L’Humanité reports on the use of the Predator spyware to spy the Greek socialist MEP Nikos Androulakis, expected to become the new leader of the social democratic party Pasok. On Monday, PM Mitsotakis explained that he was not informed of this decision, taken by Greek secret services without his authorisation. However, his explanation has not convinced. After calling for the creation of a parliamentary commission of enquiry, Syriza is asking for the PM’s immediate resignation. MEPs participating in the committee set up to inquiry on the Pegasus spyware are considering expanding its scope, and rapporteur Sophie in't Veld announced that she was preparing a recommendation to "mobilise the European Public Prosecutor's Office and Europol". European Parliament's Vice-President, Dimitris Papadimoulis, is calling for a plenary debate on the subject in September.In an article on the topic, Mediapart.fr quotes Commission’s spokesperson Anita Hipper as commenting that "any attempt by national security services to illegally access the data of citizens, including journalists and political opponents, if confirmed, is not acceptable."

Mitsotakis listens but does not surrender / Mitsotakis écoute mais ne se rend pas km-Humanite-FR: "Mitsotakis listens but does not surrender / Mitsotakis écoute mais ..." page: 12,13 info: by Thomas Lemahieu date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Greek eavesdropping scandal: parliamentary session brought forward / Scandale des écoutes en Grèce: la rentrée parlementaire avancée km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Greek eavesdropping scandal: parliamentary session brought forward / Scandale des ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Italy: the promised victory of Giorgia Meloni

[France, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:56:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that the alliance between Italian centre-left parties was left in disarray on Sunday 7 August, when Carlo Calenda withdrew from the coalition. The left wing’s failure to reach an agreement gives the hard-right coalition a headstart at the early general elections in September. Altogether, Meloni’s Fratelli D'Italia, Salvini’s Lega and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia can count on at least 45% of the votes. However, these parties are divided over some important topics, first of all the ‘European issue’. At the head of a party that has never been part of the government before, Meloni is trying to act with caution and the programme she is going to unveil in mid-August will probably be vague, although she is certainly going to confirm Italy’s full commitment to the European Union and NATO.

Italy: the promised victory of Giorgia Meloni / Italie : la victoire promise de Giorgia Meloni km-Monde-FR: Italy: the promised victory of Giorgia Meloni / Italie : la victoire promise de Giorgia Meloni page: 1,2 info: by JÉRÔME GAUTHERET date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Olaf Scholz caught up in the CumEx affair

[France, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:01:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that the CumEx tax fraud case, which has plagued German politics for years, is now threatening to cast a direct shadow over Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to revelations published in the press in recent days, investigators in charge of this complex case are questioning the origin of a large sum of money discovered in a safe belonging to a former SPD executive in Hamburg. Johannes Kahrs, who was close to Chancellor Scholz when he was mayor of the city, is suspected of being involved in the CumEx affair. Last week, the Cologne public prosecutor's office sent a 140-page file to the parliamentary enquiry committee of the Hamburg parliament and before his hearing on 19 August, Chancellor Scholz, will be questioned at the press conference on Thursday morning.

Olaf Scholz caught up in the CumEx affair / Olaf Scholz rattrapé par l'affaire CumEx km-Figaro-FR: Olaf Scholz caught up in the CumEx affair / Olaf Scholz rattrapé par l'affaire CumEx page: 1,6 info: by David Philippot date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Involvement of Johannes Kahrs in the cum-ex scandal could become dangerous for Chancellor Scholz

[Germany, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:43:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on new revelations regarding the cum-ex trading scandal in Germany involving Chancellor Scholz.In an interview on zdf.de, former MP Fabio de Masi (Die Linke) reminds that as Mayor of Hamburg, Chancellor Scholz had met with former M.M. Warburg CEO Christian Olearius, while the latter was being investigated for his role in the Cum-Ex scandal and his bank was being searched, three times. Of these three meetings, two took place without any witnesses. Mr Di Masio, who initiated questionings of then Finance Minister Olaf Scholz about the Cum-Ex scandal in the Bundestag, also stresses that CEO Olearius did not want to repay over €100 million to the City of Hamburg, and the latter decided to let the Tax Office's claims exceed the statute of limitations. However, the Federal Ministry of Finance then intervened and forced Hamburg to take action via directive.In an interview with rbb inforadio, former MP Gerhard Schick (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) states that the Hamburg district court examining Chancellor Scholz' emails in relation to the Warburg Bank cum-ex scandal could become dangerous for him. New information is constantly coming up, which could put Chancellor Scholz under massive pressure, former MP Schick argues. Furthermore, MP Schick notes that Chancellor Scholz' connection to the scandal remains unclear because there is not enough clear evidence for his involvement. In contrast, former Senator for Finance of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher had required information on the tax proceedings, therefore, becoming politically responsible for the wrong decision to not demand the money earned from criminal activities back from Warburg Bank.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Peter Burghardt explains that former MP Johannes Kahrs (SPD) was a great figure in federal politics and especially in Hamburg. In the Bundestag, he became a powerful budget politician and string-puller from the Hamburg district association Mitte to the conservative Seeheimer Kreis. Now Johannes Kahrs is a possible key figure in the Cum-Ex scandal, the autho explains. In 2020, Kahrs surprisingly resigned from all offices, but now the public prosecutor's office found more than €200,000 of unknown origin in his safe deposit box during investigations. The €45,000 in Warburg donations to Hamburg's SPD had already been made public. The Warburg tax affair weighs heavily on Hamburg's long-serving Social Democrats, the author believes.

House of Kahrs / House of Kahrs km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: House of Kahrs / House of Kahrs page: 17 info: by Fabio De Masi date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

How dangerous will Kahrs be for Scholz? / Wie gefährlich wird Kahrs für Scholz? km-Bild-Zeitung-DE: How dangerous will Kahrs be for Scholz? / Wie gefährlich wird Kahrs für Scholz? page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview on Cum-Ex scandal: "It could become dangerous for Chancellor Scholz" / rbb Inforadio - 09.08.2022 12:05 - Interview with MP Gerhard Schick (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) on Cum-Ex trading scandal in Germany km-RBB3-DE: "Interview on Cum-Ex scandal: "It could become dangerous for Chancellor ..." info: Program, 2022-08-09 23:22:00, 00:07:04, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 11:22:00 PM CEST View this media item

On Cum-Ex transactions: No mercy for villains / Keine Gnade für Schurken km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On Cum-Ex transactions: No mercy for villains / Keine Gnade für Schurken page: 15 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On the Cum-Ex scandal: The Hamburg system / Das System Hamburg km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On the Cum-Ex scandal: The Hamburg system / Das System Hamburg page: 4 info: by P.S date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On the Cum-Ex scandal: Hamburg gaps / Hamburger Lücken km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On the Cum-Ex scandal: Hamburg gaps / Hamburger Lücken page: 5 info: by P.B date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Is there a threat of the fall of the chancellor? / Droht der Kanzlersturz? km-Tageszeitung-DE: Is there a threat of the fall of the chancellor? / Droht der Kanzlersturz? page: 6 info: by Florian Marten date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview on Cum-Ex scandal: "Things could still get dicey for Scholz" / Finanzexperte De Masi zu Cum-Ex : "Für Scholz könnte es noch brenzlig werden" km-zdf.de-DE: "Interview on Cum-Ex scandal: "Things could still get dicey for ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The Commission says any attempt by national security agencies to gain illegal access to data of citizens is unacceptable

[Greece, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:29:00 AM CEST

All media outlets report that the Commission reacted to the message of Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis about the issue of the surveillances. Media mention that during the Commission's regular press briefing, Commission spokesperson Anita Hipper stated that "any attempt by national security agencies to gain illegal access to data of citizens is unacceptable, including journalists and political opponents”. Member states must supervise and control their security services to ensure that they fully respect fundamental rights, she added. Efimerida ton Syntakton stresses that Ms Hipper underlined that “the Commission expects the member states to thoroughly investigate any such allegation in order to restore citizens' trust". Media also note that Ms Hippe added that "this is absolutely important to ensure the protection of personal data and the safety of journalists and freedom of expression". Finally, she stated that the Commission is in contact with all member states on this issue. Avghi highlights that due to their ability to fully control the mobile phone they are targeting, the malware provides a very high level of intervention against which existing technical and legal safeguards are completely ineffective. That is why the reactions from the top of the European hierarchy were intense. On 19 July 2021, President von der Leyen stated that "if what we are reading is true and if it is confirmed, it is completely unacceptable and against any kind of rules we have in the EU". The next day Commissioner Reynders stated that the Commission was starting to collect information to determine the possible uses of such a malware in the member states. The Commission absolutely condemns any illegal access to systems or any kind of illegal trapping or interception of user communications, he mentioned in the Plenary of the European Parliament.

Ρεζίλι διεθνώς  km-Avghi-GR: "Ρεζίλι διεθνώς..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Γιατί η κυβέρνηση τρέμει την Ευρώπη για το  Predator km-Avghi-GR: "Γιατί η κυβέρνηση τρέμει την Ευρώπη για το Predator..." page: 8,9 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The climate in Europe is difficult for the Mitsotakis government / Βαρύ το κλίμα στην Ευρώπη για την κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη km-Avghi-GR: The climate in Europe is difficult for the Mitsotakis government / Βαρύ το κλίμα στην Ευρώπη για την κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη page: 3 info: by KATERINA BREGIANNIS date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Κομισιόν για παρακολουθήσεις: "Να εξεταστούν διεξοδικά οι υποθέσεις από τις εθνικές αρχές" km-capital.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν για παρακολουθήσεις: "Να εξεταστούν διεξοδικά οι υποθέσεις από τις ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Ηχηρή παρέμβαση της Προέδρου της Δημοκρατίας  km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Ηχηρή παρέμβαση της Προέδρου της Δημοκρατίας..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Βαρύ το κλίμα στο «γαλάζιο» στρατόπεδο  km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Βαρύ το κλίμα στο «γαλάζιο» στρατόπεδο..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

The Commission is also asking for explanations about the wires / Εξηγήσεις για τούς «κοριούς» ζητάει και η Κομισιόν km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: The Commission is also asking for explanations about the wires / Εξηγήσεις για τούς «κοριούς» ζητάει και η Κομισιόν page: 10 info: by DIMITRIS TERZIS date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

"Member States must control the security services" / «Τα κράτη-μέλη πρέπει να ελέγχουν τις υπηρεσίες ασφαλείας» km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Member States must control the security services" / «Τα κράτη-μέλη πρέπει να ελέγχουν τις υπηρεσίες ασφαλείας» page: 9 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Commission says any attempt by national security agencies to gain illegal access to data of citizens is unacceptable / Η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή αναφέρει ότι οποιαδήποτε απόπειρα των εθνικών υπηρεσιών ασφαλείας να αποκτήσουν παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών είναι απαράδεκτη km-ERT1-GR: "The Commission says any attempt by national security agencies to ..." info: Kentriko deltio eidiseon, 2022-08-09 21:31:00, 00:00:38, by Andriana Paraskevopoulou date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:31:00 PM CEST View this media item

Commission: Illegal access to citizens' data is unacceptable / Κομισιόν: Απαράδεκτη η παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Commission: Illegal access to citizens' data is unacceptable / Κομισιόν: ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Υποκλοπές: Στο ναδίρ οι σχέσεις Μαξίμου και ΠΑΣΟΚ – Παρεμβάσεις από Κομισιόν και ΠτΔ km-in.gr-GR: "Υποκλοπές: Στο ναδίρ οι σχέσεις Μαξίμου και ΠΑΣΟΚ – Παρεμβάσεις ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Commission: Illegal access to citizens' data is unacceptable / Κομισιόν: Απαράδεκτη η παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών km-in.gr-GR: Commission: Illegal access to citizens' data is unacceptable / Κομισιόν: Απαράδεκτη η παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Κυβέρνηση «καλεϊ» Ανδρουλάκη για ενημέρωση  km-Kathimerini-GR: "Κυβέρνηση «καλεϊ» Ανδρουλάκη για ενημέρωση..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Κινήσεις σε Βουλή και Ευρωβουλή  km-Kathimerini-GR: "Κινήσεις σε Βουλή και Ευρωβουλή..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Συνεχίζονται οι αντιδράσεις για τις συνακροάσεις της ΕΥΠ  km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Συνεχίζονται οι αντιδράσεις για τις συνακροάσεις της ΕΥΠ..." page: 27 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Κομισιόν - Παρακολουθήσεις: Απαράδεκτη η όποια απόπειρα παράνομης πρόσβασης σε δεδομένα πολιτών km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν - Παρακολουθήσεις: Απαράδεκτη η όποια απόπειρα παράνομης πρόσβασης σε ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Αυτονόητα  km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Αυτονόητα..." page: 48 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Παρέμβαση Κομισιόν km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Παρέμβαση Κομισιόν..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

ΠΑΣΟΚ-ΚΙΝΑΛ: Ανοιχτά στο κάδρο της κριτικής ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης km-Ta-Nea-GR: "ΠΑΣΟΚ-ΚΙΝΑΛ: Ανοιχτά στο κάδρο της κριτικής ο Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης..." page: 12,13 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Κομισιόν: Απαράδεκτη η παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών km-Vima-online-GR: "Κομισιόν: Απαράδεκτη η παράνομη πρόσβαση σε δεδομένα πολιτών..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

The electoral campaign

[Italy, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:54:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that Italia Viva leader Matteo Renzi and Azione leader Carlo Calenda are looking at the possibility of forming a third pole to oppose the centre-left and centre-right coalitions in the upcoming elections on 25 September. Rai News 24 notes however, that Senator Calenda claimed nothing was definite yet and also that there was scepticism from Italia Viva members an alliance could work. Meanwhile, Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta said that, following Senator Calenda’s exit from the coalition, the quotas needed to be revised for the Green party, the Italian Left, and Foreign Minister Di Maio’s Civic Commitment list. Il Messaggero looks at Secretary Letta’s dilemma of how to satisfy the varied requests from the different parties. Avvenire reports he is continuing to stay on message, repeating constantly that, if the centre-right wins, Italy “risks becoming like Hungary or Poland”. Il Fatto Quotidiano says that the latest polls show unless the PD brings M5S into the centre-left coalition, the centre-right is slated to win big this fall.

Letta sull immigrazione: dobbiamo uscire dai Trattati Ue km-Avvenire-IT: Letta sull immigrazione: dobbiamo uscire dai Trattati Ue page: 9 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Right-wing grab everything, centre disappeared, M5S gaining / Destre pigliatutto, Centro sparito, M5S in crescita km-Fatto-Quotidiano-IT: "Right-wing grab everything, centre disappeared, M5S gaining / Destre pigliatutto, ..." page: 1,4 info: by » GIAMPIERO CALAPÀ date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

PD, electoral lists still vague: very few sure seats. Letta: let’s review the quotas / Pd, le liste in alto mare: pochissimi i posti sicuri Letta: rivediamo le quote km-Messaggero-IT: "PD, electoral lists still vague: very few sure seats. Letta: ..." page: 8 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Renzi, Calenda discuss forming third pole ahead of 25 September elections / Dialogo serrato tra Renzi e Calenda sul terzo polo in vista delle elezioni del 25 settembre km-Rai-News-24-IT: Renzi, Calenda discuss forming third pole ahead of 25 September elections / Dialogo serrato tra Renzi e Calenda sul terzo polo in vista delle elezioni del 25 settembre info: -, 2022-08-10 02:01:00, 00:01:36, by Alberto Gioffeda date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:01:00 AM CEST

Calenda: “ Terzo polo con Renzi” km-Stampa-IT: "Calenda: “ Terzo polo con Renzi”..." page: 1,2,3 info: by NICCOLÒ CARRATELLI date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Leading Italian coalitions out of step with EU goals (opinion)

[Italy, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:52:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Corriere della Sera, Maurizio Ferrara says that, though Eurobarometer data shows 91% of Italians know about the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNNR), and 66% approve of its goals, the so-called “Draghi agenda” remains one of the most controversial issues in the current electoral campaign. For 18 months, adhesion to the framework of Next Generation EU (NGEU) was guaranteed by the centripetal force of the main parties. With the fall of Prime Minister Draghi’s government, the centrifugal force of Italy’s anomalous bipolar system recommenced. Neither the left nor the right is fully on board with the three strategic goals of the NGEU. The left-wing coalition includes elements who refute NATO and the market economy, while the right-wing coalition, leaning towards sovereigntism, has doubts about Italy’s commitment to Europe. Meanwhile, the Five Star Movement (M5S) and other centrist parties have decided to run independently and will be penalised electorally, with the risk of producing a Parliament more polarised than ever.

Our accounts with the EU / I NOSTRI CONTI CONLA UE km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Our accounts with the EU / I NOSTRI CONTI CONLA ..." page: 1,26 info: by di Maurizio Ferrera date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Turkey to resume gas exploration drilling near Cyprus

[Latvia, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:05:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, Turkey will resume gas exploration off its coast in the Mediterranean Sea on 9 August. The Energy Ministry announced the move in late July. It is unknown where exactly the drilling will take place, but a senior Turkish official said earlier that the exploration would take place off the island of Cyprus. Turkey disputes its maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean with European Union member states Greece and Cyprus. Turkey's activities in Mediterranean waters have therefore more than once strained relations with these countries. Officially, the whole of Cyprus is EU territory. In 2020, the EU came close to imposing sanctions on Ankara for its activities in the Eastern Mediterranean in search of fresh natural gas reserves.

Turkey to resume gas exploration drilling near Cyprus / Turcija atsāks gāzes izpētes urbumus Kipras tuvumā km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Turkey to resume gas exploration drilling near Cyprus / Turcija ..." info: Ziņas, 2022-08-09 09:33:00, 00:01:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:33:00 AM CEST View this media item

Estonian PM Kallas receives European prize for political culture

[Latvia, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:05:00 AM CEST

SWH reports that Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas was awarded the Hans Ringier Foundation's "European Prize for Political Culture 2022" in Switzerland. She was recognised for her political courage in resisting Russian aggression and for her influential role in ensuring a strong response from Western countries. This is the 16th European Prize, which is worth 50,000 euros and has previously been awarded to former President Juncker, former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, as well as Executive Vice-President Vestager.

Estonian PM Kallas receives European prize for political culture / Igaunijas premjere Kallasa saņēmusi Eiropas prēmiju par politisko kultūru km-Radio-SWH-LV: "Estonian PM Kallas receives European prize for political culture / ..." info: Ziņas, 2022-08-09 10:20:00, 00:00:47, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 10:20:00 AM CEST View this media item

Commissioner Sinkevičius’ wife Kateryna granted Lithuanian citizenship

[Lithuania, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:50:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda signed a decree on 5 August confirming the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania to 15 people, including Commissioner Sinkevičius’ wife Kateryna. "My wife has yet to take the oath and the process is not yet complete. But she has already fulfilled all the other requirements. These matters have been going on for seven years, since our marriage," the Commissioner is quoted saying to Žmonės.lt earlier. He said that to obtain Lithuanian citizenship, his wife had to pass a constitutional exam. She had done it three years ago and got a perfect score. To get Lithuanian citizenship, Kateryna Sinkevičienė will also have to give up her Ukrainian one.

Commissioner Sinkevičius’ wife Kateryna granted Lithuanian citizenship / V.Sinkevičiaus žmonai Katerynai suteikta Lietuvos pilietybė: kai ką teks ir paaukoti km-15min.lt-LT: Commissioner Sinkevičius’ wife Kateryna granted Lithuanian citizenship / V.Sinkevičiaus žmonai Katerynai suteikta Lietuvos pilietybė: kai ką teks ir paaukoti date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Turkish ship on its way to gas field in disputed waters

[Netherlands, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:41:00 AM CEST

NPO Radio 1 reports that a Turkish ship heading to gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea leads to rising tensions between Greece and Turkey. The sea zones to which that ship sails are also claimed by Greece and Cyprus. Turkey correspondent Mitra Nazar says that it has not yet been officially announced where exactly the ship will land, but the fear is that this is an area of ‘disputed waters’. Greece correspondent Thijs Kettenis says that this step by Turkey in Greece is seen as yet another step in a pattern of aggression and harassment. Greece and Cyprus regularly ask for help from the European Union. But despite the fact that the European Commission and other EU member states strongly condemn Turkey's actions, it never really comes to harsh penalties. Turkey seems too important for the EU, says Kettenis.

Turkish ship on its way to gas field in disputed waters / Turks schip onderweg naar gasveld in 'betwiste wateren' km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Turkish ship on its way to gas field in disputed ..." info: Radio 1 journaal, 2022-08-09 07:34:00, 00:07:28, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7:34:00 AM CEST View this media item

German Chancellor Scholz is involved in a huge tax fraud scandal

[Romania, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:32:00 AM CEST

B1TV station reports that German Chancellor Scholz is involved in a huge tax fraud scandal. His emails came under scrutiny as part of an investigation into the dividend tax fraud “Cum-Ex Files” and now the German official could be questioned again. Dozens of persons targeted by the investigation have been indicted so far. The aforementioned emails were probed in March and covered the period from 1 January 2015, when Olaf Scholz was the Mayor of Hamburg, until 2018, when he became a Finance Minister in former Chancellor Merkel’s cabinet.

Scholz, involved in tax scandal / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: Scholz, involved in tax scandal / Ştirile B1TV info: Ştirile B1TV, 2022-08-09 12:37:00, 00:01:37, by Sîngeorzan Aneta date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:37:00 PM CEST

MIGRATION

Legal immigration to the EU recovers

[Austria, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:22:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat, 2.952 million residence permits were issued for the first time to citizens of third countries in all of the EU in 2021, Die Presse reports. This number is only slightly below the previous record of 2.955 million first-time applications approved in 2019. One third of all residence permits were granted in Poland last year (967,000, including 727,000 for Ukrainian citizens), followed by Spain (371,800) and France (285,200). The number of residence permits approved in Austria rose from 34,759 to 47,892. The most important reason by far for people to move to the EU is work. In the case of 45% of all applications that were approved last year, the applicants cited a job as the reason for their move.

Legal immigration to the EU recovers / Legaler Zuzug in die EU hat sich erholt km-Presse-Austria-AT: Legal immigration to the EU recovers / Legaler Zuzug in die EU hat sich erholt page: 6 info: by (la) date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Member states issued 2,952,300 residence permits to non-EU citizens

[Belgium, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:18:00 AM CEST

Several sources report that the EU27 issued 2,952,300 residence permits to non-EU citizens in 2021, an increase of 31% compared to 2020, according to Eurostat.

Almost 3 million residence permits issued / Près de 3 millions de permis de séjour délivrés km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: Almost 3 million residence permits issued / Près de 3 millions de permis de séjour délivrés page: 11 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

3 million / 3 millions km-Echo-Belgium-BE: 3 million / 3 millions page: 9 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU residence permits on pre-Covid stand / Aufenthaltsgenehmigungen der EU auf Vor-Corona-Stand km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "EU residence permits on pre-Covid stand / Aufenthaltsgenehmigungen der EU ..." page: 15 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

There are 85,000 Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria

[Bulgaria, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:12:00 AM CEST

Over 10.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the war began in late February, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Reuters reports, cited by Dnevnik. A total of more than 6.4 million refugees have arrived in European countries from Ukraine by 9 August. More than 3.78 million of them were granted temporary protection. Nearly 1.97 million of the people who left Ukraine are currently in Russia, over 1.25 million in Poland, 915,000 in Germany, and almost 405,000 in the Czech Republic. According to the Bulgarian government, 123,180 Ukrainian citizens have applied for temporary protection in Bulgaria, but only 85,483 of them are currently in the country, which is just over 69%.

More than 10.5 million people have been killed in the past year. people have left Ukraine, 85,000 remain in Bulgaria. / Над 10.5 млн. души са напуснали Украйна, в България остават 85 хил. km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: More than 10.5 million people have been killed in the past year. people have left Ukraine, 85,000 remain in Bulgaria. / Над 10.5 млн. души са напуснали Украйна, в България остават 85 хил. date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Cyprus top EU country in return of irregular migrants, according to minister

[Cyprus, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:04:00 AM CEST

The Cypriot authorities managed to return a total of 3,500 irregular immigrants in the first half of 2022, placing Cyprus as the top EU country in migrant returns relative to its population, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said yesterday, Cyprus Mail reports. He noted, however, that during the same period the influx of asylum seekers amounted to 13,000.In statements to the press, Nouris said the government is tackling the issue of the increased flow of irregular immigrants, which has made the island one of the top EU destinations by population size. Nouris noted that he met with delegations from Germany and France whose governments are willing to receive several migrants for relocation to their countries, adding that the discussion focused on the number of persons to be relocated. Furthermore, he said Cyprus has sent lists of 2,000 persons to Pakistan for readmission, while a list of 700 persons has been sent to Vietnam.

Cyprus top EU country in return of irregular immigrants / Cyprus top EU country in return of irregular immigrants km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: Cyprus top EU country in return of irregular immigrants / Cyprus top EU country in return of irregular immigrants page: 5 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On migration in Italy: Where is Europe's sea rescue?

[Germany, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:29:00 AM CEST

The number of refugees in the Mediterranean is increasing drastically again, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. More than 1000 have already drowned this year. Italy alone has registered more than 42,000 refugees so far this year. The issue of migration will play a major role in the upcoming parliamentary elections in Italy. Some newspapers have even reported that Russian mercenaries working in Libya are deliberately sending migrants to Italy in order to destabilise the country. The activities of the Russians are being closely observed in the European Commission, but Brussels has doubts that they are the reason why the number of refugees is currently rising so rapidly.

On migration in Italy: Where is Europe's sea rescue? / Wo bleibt Europas Seenotrettung? km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: On migration in Italy: Where is Europe's sea rescue? / Wo bleibt Europas Seenotrettung? page: 5 info: by M.B date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EASO's report on migration flows

[Greece, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:25:00 AM CEST

Protothema.gr reports on the European Asylum Support Office’s (EASO) report on migration flows. The report shows a clear de-escalation in Greece, at a time when other countries are experiencing pressures at their borders. International developments in both 2021 and 2022 caused the displacement of millions of people. Among others, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries. According to estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there were more than 84 million forcibly displaced people worldwide as of June 2021. The national authorities asked the Commission for approval to temporarily suspend asylum procedures for people who entered the country illegally. Concern was expressed in the European Parliament about Cyprus' intention to suspend the processing of asylum applications. The Commission stated that derogations could be made respecting the right to seek asylum and the principle of non-refoulement.

Migration: "Decompression" of flows in Greece, large increase in Cyprus / Μεταναστευτικό: «Αποσυμπίεση» των ροών στην Ελλάδα, μεγάλη αύξηση στην Κύπρο km-protothema.gr-GR: Migration: "Decompression" of flows in Greece, large increase in Cyprus / Μεταναστευτικό: «Αποσυμπίεση» των ροών στην Ελλάδα, μεγάλη αύξηση στην Κύπρο date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

EU announces €261 million in support of UNRWA's operations

[Hungary, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:17:00 AM CEST

The Commission announced on Tuesday €261 million of funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Index.hu reports. This three-year contribution is to secure predictable financial resources to the Agency for the provision of essential services to Palestine refugees. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said in a statement, “The EU as UNRWA’s long-term partner is committed to continue with political and financial support for its activities. UNRWA remains crucial for providing the necessary protection and essential services for Palestine refugees, supporting peace and stability in the region.”

The EU provides €261 million to support the UN agency helping refugees / Az EU 261 millió euróval támogatja az ENSZ menekülteket segélyező hivatalát km-index.hu-HU: "The EU provides €261 million to support the UN agency ..." info: by Virág Sára date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Frontex, the agency that upsets MEPs

[Luxembourg, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:55:00 AM CEST

Le Quotidien's Geneviève Montaigu reports that the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) has attracted the scrutiny of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which started an investigation at the end of 2020 into reprehensible practices reported by numerous witnesses. Some sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean actually consist of turning back migrants' boats and sending them back to Turkish waters. The first decision came in the European Parliament last July, when MEPs decided to suspend their approval of the Frontex budget discharge. MEPs pointed out, among other things, that they had not been able to see the full EASO report, and were therefore not in a position to make an informed decision at the moment. "The role of the European Parliament is to put things in order, and it is thanks to a few parliamentarians, as very informed observers, that these practices have been denounced," says MEP LU Charles Goerens (Renew). Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee in the Chamber of Deputies, Yves Cruchten, plans to put a debate on Frontex on the agenda of the next meeting.

Frontex, the agency that upsets MEPs / Frontex, l'agence qui dérange les députés km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Frontex, the agency that upsets MEPs / Frontex, l'agence qui ..." page: 4 info: by Geneviève Montaigu date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Algeria sidelines irregular immigration in retaliation against Spain

[Spain, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:27:00 AM CEST

El País reports that irregular immigration is not, for the moment, in the catalogue of reprisals that Algeria is deploying against Spain for having supported Morocco in its solution to the future of Western Sahara. Since Spain decided in March to back Moroccan sovereignty over its former colony, Algiers has frozen trade transactions (in the process of normalisation), threatened to raise the price of gas and has taken its ambassador with it. But, according to Spanish intelligence sources, it continues to control irregular immigration and is working to reduce migratory flows, especially with the expulsion of sub-Saharans to Niger. A restricted report by the European Commission, with data from Frontex, confirms that up to 10 July, 1,955 migrants had arrived in Spain from Algeria, almost 50% less than the previous year.

Algeria sidelines irregular immigration in retaliation against Spain / Argelia deja al margen la inmigración irregular como represalia contra España km-Pais-ES: "Algeria sidelines irregular immigration in retaliation against Spain / Argelia ..." page: 16 info: by El País date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

REGIONAL POLICY

Committee of the Regions defends a reflection about the future of the EU cohesion policy

[Portugal, Regional Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:51:00 AM CEST

The European Committee of the Regions (ECR) wants to be more involved in the European Union’s decision-making process, particularly concerning the negotiations of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, Antena1 reports. After a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Costa, ECR President Vasco Cordeiro told the press that the ECR wants to be a true political assembly of European regional power. He underlined the importance of considering the local and regional authorities’ opinions during the EU’s decision-making processes. Observador.pt reports on European Committee of the Regions (ECR) President Vasco Cordeiro’s declarations to the press about the decision-making processes in the EU, after a meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Costa. He argued that the EU must rethink the future of its cohesion policy. ECR President Cordeiro defended that the participation of the ECR in the EU decision-making processes “leads to more proximity between the European citizens and community institutions.”

European Committee of the Regions wants to be more involved in the decision-making process in the EU / Comité das Regiões que estar mais envolvido no processo de decisão na UE km-Antena-1-PT: "European Committee of the Regions wants to be more involved ..." info: Rdp - informação, 2022-08-09 17:10:00, 00:01:25, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:10:00 PM CEST View this media item

Committee of the Regions defends a reflection about the future of the EU cohesion policy / Comité das Regiões defende reflexão sobre futuro da política de coesão daUE km-observador.pt-PT: "Committee of the Regions defends a reflection about the future ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

RULE OF LAW AND CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Poland threatens Europe with open battle in Rule of Law dispute

[Belgium, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:21:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the Rule of Law dispute between Poland and the EU. De Tijd reports that the Polish political leaders are gearing up for a new confrontation with Brussels in the dispute over compliance with the Rule of Law. The European Commission refused to release €35 billion from its recovery fund for Poland. The PiS passed legislation through parliament to bring Warsaw closer to achieving its European goals. However, President von der Leyen warned: "The measures taken do not yet go far enough." These statements displeased Jarosław Kaczyński, the strongman of the PiS: "The Commission is trying to break Poland and subjugate us to Germany. The Commission is not fulfilling its obligations.” He adds: “We no longer have any reason to fulfil our obligations to the EU." De Standaard reports that Krzysztof Sobolewski, secretary-general of PiS, wanted to depose the entire Commission if the country does not receive the requested pandemic support: "If they put us with our backs against the wall, then it is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Grenz Echo reports that Polish opposition leader Donald Tusk has accused Mr Kaczyński of trying to pull Poland out of the EU. This was being done "consistently and with the obstinacy of a madman", Mr Tusk wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. Mr Kaczyński said that if PiS won the upcoming parliamentary elections in Poland this year, relations with the EU would have to be reorganised. La Libre Belgique reports that Poland could block all European initiatives and try to build an alliance to bring down President von der Leyen’s team in 2024, as the member states do not have the power to bring down the Commission, but can influence its reappointment.

Kaczynski wants to "pull Poland out of the EU" / Kaczynski will "Polen aus der EU zu ziehen" km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Kaczynski wants to "pull Poland out of the EU" / ..." page: 15 info: by kupo date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Poland's strongman threatens the European Commission / L’homme fort de la Pologne menace la Commission européenne km-Libre-Belgique-BE: Poland's strongman threatens the European Commission / L’homme fort de la Pologne menace la Commission européenne page: 16 info: by Le Bussy date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Quote Krzysztof Sobolewski / Quote Krzysztof Sobolewski km-Standaard-BE: Quote Krzysztof Sobolewski / Quote Krzysztof Sobolewski page: 17 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Poland threatens Europe with open battle in rule of law dispute / Polen bedreigt Europa met open strijd in geschil over rechtsstaat km-Tijd-BE: Poland threatens Europe with open battle in rule of law dispute / Polen bedreigt Europa met open strijd in geschil over rechtsstaat page: 8 info: by Dierckx date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Poland threatens the EU: If you don't pay us the money, we will pull out all the weapons in our arsenal

[Croatia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:02:00 AM CEST

Poland’s national-conservative government has significantly toughened its rhetoric in its rule-of-law stand-off with Brussels, reports Index. “Poland will retaliate against the EU if it does not pay the funds intended for recovery from the pandemic,” ruling Polish politicians said today after Brussels signalled that it was not satisfied with Warsaw's latest judicial reforms. More than €35 billion has been put on hold because of a dispute between Brussels and Warsaw over a judicial reform that the EU says violates democratic standards. The European Commission approved funds for Poland in June, but President von der Leyen said that there is still work to be done on the rule of law. If the EU executive “tries to push us against the wall, we will have no choice but to pull out all the weapons in our arsenal” and respond with “an eye for an eye,” said Krzysztof Sobolewski, the general secretary of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. Sobolewski told Polish state radio that if the Commission did not release €35 billion in pandemic relief funds, Warsaw would take legal action against Brussels, veto EU initiatives and assemble an alliance to dismiss President von der Leyen and her College of Commissioners, Tportal wrote.

Poland threatens the EU: If you don't pay us the money, we will pull out all the weapons / Poljska prijeti EU: Ako nam ne isplatite novac, izvući ćemo sva oružja iz arsenala km-Index.hr-HR: Poland threatens the EU: If you don't pay us the money, we will pull out all the weapons / Poljska prijeti EU: Ako nam ne isplatite novac, izvući ćemo sva oružja iz arsenala date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Poland threatens if Brussels doesn't pay it money: 'We have no choice but to get all the weapons out of our arsenal' / Poljska prijeti ako joj Bruxelles ne isplati novce: 'Nemamo izbora nego izvući sva oružja iz našeg arsenala' km-Tportal.hr-HR: Poland threatens if Brussels doesn't pay it money: 'We have no choice but to get all the weapons out of our arsenal' / Poljska prijeti ako joj Bruxelles ne isplati novce: 'Nemamo izbora nego izvući sva oružja iz našeg arsenala' date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Czechs can propose the withdrawal of voting rights"

[Czech Republic, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:30:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz features an interview with Vice-President Jourová on the state of the rule of law in Hungary. The VP notes that the dispute with the EU on the rule of law in the country can be closed immediately by member states as the Commission has already done everything necessary. In its analyses, it repeatedly pointed out that the Hungarian government had limited independence of the judiciary and media. According to the VP, the Czech EU Presidency can present a vote on sanctions against Hungary for violation of rule of law at the first available opportunity.

Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Czechs can propose the withdrawal of voting rights" / Jourová: Češi mohou navrhnout odebrání hlasovacích práv Maďarsku, nemusí na nic čekat km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: Interview with Vice-President Jourová: "Czechs can propose the withdrawal of voting rights" / Jourová: Češi mohou navrhnout odebrání hlasovacích práv Maďarsku, nemusí na nic čekat info: by Kateřina Šafaříková date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Jobbik party trying to prevent exit from EU

[Czech Republic, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:40:00 AM CEST

Právo daily reports that Hungarian opposition party Jobbik has presented a proposal for a referendum which should secure that the parliament does not adopt the decision leading to Hungary leaving the EU. According to party leader Márton Gyöngyösi, the aim of Prime Minister Orbán is to lead Hungary out of the EU. The daily also mentions the recent speech of the PM in Romania where he rejected the multi-ethnic society and defended maintaining purity of the Hungarian race.

Jobbik seeks referendum to prevent EU exit / Jobbik se snaží referendem předejít odchodu z EU km-Pravo-CZ: Jobbik seeks referendum to prevent EU exit / Jobbik se snaží referendem předejít odchodu z EU page: 13 info: by Ivan Vilček date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Poland threatening to remove President von der Leyen due to dispute over recovery package

[Czech Republic, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:51:00 AM CEST

Website novinky.cz reports on the dispute between the European Commission and Poland as regards the recovery plan package of €35 billion. The funds are blocked by President von der Leyen due to requirements for the rule of law reform. According to the President and the rest of the Commission, the changes which should bring independence of the Polish judiciary are rather cosmetic. Polish Politicians headed by Prime Minister Kaczyński claim that they will “deploy all weapons” and will remove the President with the help of a political alliance. According to the PM, Poland showed its maximum good will; however, its concessions have not brought any progress.

Poland threatens European Commission to depose von der Leyen / Polsko vyhrožuje Evropské komisi sesazením von der Leyenové km-novinky.cz-CZ: "Poland threatens European Commission to depose von der Leyen / ..." info: by David Strnad date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Poland's ruling party threatens to not fill its obligations for the European Union

[Estonia, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of Poland's governing party PiS, says the government will take no more steps to respond to the European Commission's demand to improve rule of law in Poland, even though Brussels expects it as a concession to access €35 billion in pandemic recovery funds, reports Postimees. Kaczynski says Warsaw reverted a portion of its judicial reforms, but Brussels continues to not follow through with their promises. Poland's opposition claims PiS wants to take Poland out of the European Union with this move. The European Commission is demanding for Poland to revert its judicial system reforms, which force judges to operate under strict political supervision.

Poland's ruling party threatens to not fill its obligations for the European Union / Poola võimupartei ähvardab jätta oma kohustused ELi ees täitmata km-Postimees-EE: Poland's ruling party threatens to not fill its obligations for the European Union / Poola võimupartei ähvardab jätta oma kohustused ELi ees täitmata page: 9 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Polish party leader Kaczyński: Poland will not take further steps to meet the Commission’s demands

[Hungary, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:14:00 AM CEST

Poland will take no further steps to meet the Commission’s demands in return for the recovery funds, the head of Poland’s ruling PiS party Jarosław Kaczyński said in an interview, Magyar Nemzet and 24.hu report. He said Poland had met its side of the deal, while the EU had broken the agreement. “Since the Commission is not fulfilling its obligations to Poland in this area, we have no reason to fulfil our obligations to the EU,” he said. Magyar Nemzet reports he accused the Commission of trying “to break Poland and force it into full submission to Germany.” 24.hu writes that regarding the EU’s demands relating to Poland’s judiciary, he said “the purpose of these interventions is not to protect the European rule of law, but to dismantle the rule of law in Poland.” Magyar Nemzet adds the Commission is also withholding the recovery funds for Hungary, but Hungary is still open to compromise.

- / Kaczynski szerint Lengyelországnak nem kell betartania az EU-val kötött megállapodásait km-24.hu-HU: - / Kaczynski szerint Lengyelországnak nem kell betartania az EU-val kötött megállapodásait date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Recovery funds: Warsaw declared war on Brussels / Helyreállítási pénzek: Varsó hadat üzent Brüsszelnek km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Recovery funds: Warsaw declared war on Brussels / Helyreállítási pénzek: ..." page: 1,7 info: by Koren-Karczub Tímea date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

MEPs condemn United States’ move to abolish obligation for all states to guarantee women’s right to abortion

[Lithuania, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt writes that as the United States Supreme Court struck down the obligation for all states to guarantee women’s right to abortion, the European Parliament decided to go the other way. MEPs condemned the United States’ move as well as the deteriorating situation of women’s rights and sexual health in some European Union countries. MEPs are calling for the right to choose abortion to be included in the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, making abortion a fundamental human right.

MEPs condemn United States’ move to abolish obligation for all states to guarantee women’s right to abortion / Kiekvienai europietei – teisė pasirinkti nutraukti nėštumą km-lrytas.lt-LT: MEPs condemn United States’ move to abolish obligation for all states to guarantee women’s right to abortion / Kiekvienai europietei – teisė pasirinkti nutraukti nėštumą info: by Lrytas.lt Aug 9 date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Warsaw threatens to aim 'all its guns' at Brussels if money remains absent

[Netherlands, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:41:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that the Polish government threatens to take severe countermeasures if the European Commission does not quickly come up with around €36 billion in cheap loans and subsidies from the Covid-19 recovery fund. According to the general secretary of government party PiS, Krzysztof Sobolewski, Warsaw has no choice but to "point all the guns in our arsenal" at Brussels if the European Commission continues to try to "push Poland against the wall". This means, among other things, that Warsaw is trying to build a 'coalition' to get rid of the European Commission and President von der Leyen. This does not seem a realistic plan, because only the European Parliament can dismiss the Commission and not the member states. However, Poland is able to undermine the functioning of the European Commission by blocking new legislative proposals with its veto. According to Sobolewski, Warsaw is also looking for revenge by starting legal proceedings against the Commission over the rule of law conflict.

Warsaw threatens to aim 'all its guns' at Brussels if money remains absent / Warschau dreigt ‘al zijn kanonnen’ op Brussel te richten als het geld uitblijft km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Warsaw threatens to aim 'all its guns' at Brussels if ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Next comments on Warsaw-Brussels dispute over recovery aid

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:04:00 AM CEST

Poland’s media outlets broadly comment on the Warsaw-Brussels dispute over recovery aid, referring to the Commission’s requirements for the money transfer. The key issue is the judiciary reform disapproved by the Commission. The media outlets generally notice a tightening of Warsaw’s approach to Brussels. “From a formal point of view, everything indicates that the funds for the National Recovery Plan should be paid to us. However, when we hear voices such as the one of President von der Leyen, it becomes clear that they harbinger a problem, which may arise despite the fulfilment of formal and legal conditions,” said Development and Technology Minister Buda, cited by Gazeta Polska Codziennie. The daily also presents the opinion of According to Andruszkiewicz, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, who says that the Law and Justice (PiS) party’s leader Kaczyński gave a signal that the government is giving the Commission the last chance to transfer recovery aid. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna cites the Commission’s response to questions from the daily journalists regarding the rule of law dispute between Warsaw and Brussels. The Commission assures that it is watchfully monitoring the situation in Poland. It also reports that on 20 July, Commissioner Reynders sent a letter to the Polish government, in which he stated that despite progress in some issues related to the judiciary, Poland still had not fully complied with the judgments of the Court of Justice. In a commentary for Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Tomasz Żółciak says that the PiS administration has sharpened its rhetoric towards the Commission in the face of the threat that Poland will not receive a single euro from the EU Recovery Fund. According to publicist Żółciak, the coalition partner of PiS – Solidarity Poland led by Justice Minister Ziobro – is effectively inspiring the PiS leaders to tighten their approach to Brussels. Several media outlets discuss the selection of judges to the new Chamber of Professional Responsibility. The new authority is to replace the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, which has been cancelled at the request of Brussels. The new chamber’s members are to be chosen by President Duda after the preliminary selection by drawing lots.

Commission: Poland has still not fully complied with judgments by Court of Justice / KE: Polska nadal nie zastosowała się w pełni do wyroków TSUE km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: Commission: Poland has still not fully complied with judgments by Court of Justice / KE: Polska nadal nie zastosowała się w pełni do wyroków TSUE page: 4 info: by Mateusz Roszak date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

PiS pulls out heavy guns, but does not want to shoot / PiS wytacza ciężkie działa, ale strzelać nie chce km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "PiS pulls out heavy guns, but does not want to ..." page: 1 info: by Tomasz Żółciak date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Law and Justice (PiS) government gives Brussels last chance to launch National Recovery Plan / Rząd PiS daje Brukseli ostatnią szansę na uruchomienie KPO km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: Law and Justice (PiS) government gives Brussels last chance to launch National Recovery Plan / Rząd PiS daje Brukseli ostatnią szansę na uruchomienie KPO page: 1 info: by JAK date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Draw selection of judges for the new Chamber of Professional Responsibility / Wydarzenia km-Polsat-News-PL: Draw selection of judges for the new Chamber of Professional Responsibility / Wydarzenia info: Wydarzenia, 2022-08-09 15:53:00, 00:02:39, by Anna Krawczyk-Szot date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:53:00 PM CEST

Blockade of transfer of recovery aid to Poland by Brussels / Wydarzenia Wieczorne km-Polsat-News-PL: Blockade of transfer of recovery aid to Poland by Brussels / Wydarzenia Wieczorne info: Wydarzenia Wieczorne, 2022-08-09 21:59:00, 00:03:14, by Dariusz Ociepa date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:59:00 PM CEST

Freeze on pay-outs from the National Recovery Plan / Serwis Trójki km-Polskie-Radio-3-PL: Freeze on pay-outs from the National Recovery Plan / Serwis Trójki info: Serwis Trójki, 2022-08-08 21:01:00, 00:01:18, date: Monday, August 8, 2022 9:01:00 PM CEST

Wojcik: I don't really care what von der Leyen wants / Wójcik: To, czego chce von der Leyen, mało mnie interesuje km-rp.pl-PL: "Wojcik: I don't really care what von der Leyen wants ..." info: by amk date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

President has plenty of people to pick from to deal with disciplinary action / Prezydent ma z kogo wybierać do zajęcia się dyscyplinarkami km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "President has plenty of people to pick from to deal ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

PiS MP warns EU as Supreme Court draws judges for new disciplinary body / PiS MP warns EU as Supreme Court draws judges for new disciplinary body km-Tvn24.pl-PL: "PiS MP warns EU as Supreme Court draws judges for ..." info: by GF date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

New comments on PiS leader Kaczyński's interview for Sieci weekly

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:10:00 AM CEST

As reported by Radio Zet, former PM Donald Tusk believes that Law and Justice (PiS) leader Kaczyński is pulling Poland out of the European Union with a persistence of a madman, following his interview with Sieci weekly, where leader Kaczyński once again reached for hard-line rhetoric regarding disbursement of funds from the National Recovery Plan. In contrast, according to the former Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, the party’s leader is right. As he stressed, some EU politicians, including the most important ones, sometimes speak in an unacceptable way that requires a reaction, so Kaczyński's reaction was adequate and correct. As Kuchciński added, money from the National Recovery Plan will come to Poland. In his view, this is necessary if the EU is to save face and remain united.

Comments on Jarosław Kaczyński' interview for Sieci weekly / News km-Radio-Zet-PL: "Comments on Jarosław Kaczyński' interview for Sieci weekly / News..." info: News, 2022-08-09 16:01:00, 00:00:47, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:01:00 PM CEST View this media item

Tension between the Commission and Poland has increased in recent days

[Portugal, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:03:00 AM CEST

The tension between the Commission and Poland has increased in recent days, expresso.pt reports. Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński said, in an interview with Sieci magazine, that it is unfair that the Commission continues to block access to Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) funds. “Since in this field the European Commission does not fulfil its obligations to Poland, we have no reason to fulfil our obligations to the European Union,” he stressed. Poland has dismantled the Disciplinary Chamber in the Supreme Court, but legal experts have said that judges remain vulnerable to suspensions or other forms of punishment for their decisions. “Poland must fulfil the commitments it has made to reform the disciplinary regime,” Commission Spokesperson Arianna Podesta said. She stressed that the new law is an important step, but it is not enough.

Tension between Poland and EU worsens and Warsaw speaks of retaliation / Tensão entre Polónia e UE agrava-se e Varsóvia fala em retaliar km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Tension between Poland and EU worsens and Warsaw speaks of ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Hungary is negotiating for post-Covid-19 recovery funds

[Romania, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:25:00 AM CEST

DigiFM radio station reports that Hungary hopes to reach an agreement with Brussels on the blocked European Union funds. Billions of euros have been frozen over concerns about rule of law and corruption. If Budapest fails to strike a deal with the European Commission by the end of this year, it risks losing over €4.6 billion from the post-Covid-19 recovery funds.

Hungary is negotiating for funds / Ştirile DigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Hungary is negotiating for funds / Ştirile DigiFM..." info: Ştirile DigiFM, 2022-08-09 14:04:00, 00:00:32, by Leoveanu Adina date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:04:00 PM CEST View this media item

RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Fish farmers on the Ile de Ré are worried about their future

[France, Rural development]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:48:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that a new European regulation on extending the Organic Agriculture (AB) label to almost all existing salt production methods could be fatal to the artisanal salt marsh production method on the entire Atlantic coast. “We have managed to ensure that extraction by explosives does not qualify for the AB label, but that is all. Industrial producers in Eastern Europe, on the pretext that they use renewable energy, are pushing for the organic label,” explained Louis Merlin, a salt-marsh producer in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, recalling that this new regulation would allow the most industrialised and energy-consuming salt producers to claim the AB label. “If Brussels maintains its position, the salt producers will have to create a protected geographical indication to enable consumers to find their way around,” deplored Véronique Richez-Lerouge, departmental councillor in Ile de Ré.

Fish farmers on the Ile de Ré are worried about their future / Les sauniers de l'île de Ré s'inquiètent pour leur avenir km-Figaro-FR: Fish farmers on the Ile de Ré are worried about their future / Les sauniers de l'île de Ré s'inquiètent pour leur avenir page: 7 info: by Éric De La Chesnais date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SKILLS AND LABOUR MOBILITY

European Commission approves Bulgaria’s Food and Basic Material Assistance Programme 2021-2027

[Bulgaria, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, August 10, 2022 4:09:00 AM CEST

The European Commission approved the Food and Basic Material Assistance Programme 2021-2027, worked out by the team of former social minister Gyokov, Duma daily reports. Through it, Bulgaria will receive funding of BGN 411.7 million. The funds will provide support to the most vulnerable groups living in the lowest income bracket and deepest social isolation. Thus, the two programmes of the Ministry of Labour—for food and for human resources development—are the first to be officially launched in Bulgaria and co-financed by the European Social Fund. With twice as much money agreed compared to the previous programming period, support will be significantly expanded. Around 350,000 food parcels will be distributed annually with food products and the same amount of hygiene materials.

European Commission approves BGN-412-million social programme of Gyokov’s team / ЕК одобри социална програма за 412 млн. лв. на екипа на Георги Гьоков km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "European Commission approves BGN-412-million social programme of Gyokov’s team / ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Maltese are angriest and most worried people in European Union

[Malta, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:03:00 AM CEST

The Times of Malta reports that the Maltese are the angriest people in the EU while a large part of the population is also worried, stressed and in pain, according to a global study analysing citizens’ emotional state. The study – carried out by US analytics company Gallup in more than 120 countries – found that a quarter of Maltese surveyed for the study said they had experienced anger a day before being questioned. This rate, which Malta shares with Poland, was the third highest in Europe after Turkey and North Macedonia, and among the top 20 in the world.

Maltese are angriest and most worried people in European Union / Maltese are angriest and most worried people in European Union km-Malta-Times-MT: Maltese are angriest and most worried people in European Union / Maltese are angriest and most worried people in European Union page: 1,2 info: by Claire Farrugia date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Employment boosts the entry of foreigners into the European Union

[Portugal, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 2:51:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, the issuance of first residence permits in the EU for third-country nationals increased by 31% in 2021 compared to 2020, dinheirovivo.pt reports. Employment reasons accounted for 45% of the permits issued last year. Family and educational reasons accounted for 24% and 12% of the permits issued, respectively. Other reasons, including international protection, accounted for 19%. Portugal granted 84.805 first residence permits. In the EU, Poland was the country that granted the most permits, followed by Spain, and France.

Employment boosts the entry of foreigners into the European Union / Emprego impulsiona entrada de estrangeiros na União Europeia km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: "Employment boosts the entry of foreigners into the European Union ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

Eurostat data on the number of professional firefighters in the EU

[Portugal, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:02:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, Portugal was the eighth country in the European Union (EU) with the most professional firefighters in 2021, tsf.pt reports. Portugal had 14,037 professional firefighters employed out of a total of 365,071 in the EU, representing 0.2% of employment in the EU. Estonia, Cyprus, Romania, and Slovakia recorded the highest percentage of firefighters in their respective workforces. The EU as a whole spent almost €32.9 billion on fire protection services and measures. By member state, in 2020, Denmark had the lowest share of expenditure on fire protection services in total expenditure, followed by Belgium, Malta, Austria, Portugal, and Slovenia. Romania had the highest share of expenditure on fire protection services, followed by Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, and Luxembourg.

Portugal was the eight European Union country with the most professional firefighters in 2021 / Portugal era o oitavo país da União Europeia com mais bombeiros profissionais em 2021 km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Portugal was the eight European Union country with the most ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

TAXATION

Editorial: Global minimum tax takes a huge step forward

[Finland, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:54:00 AM CEST

An editorial in Helsingin Sanomat reports on the United States Congress approving the Alternative Minimum Tax proposal setting a minimum tax for corporations. The proposal is the US version of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD’s minimum tax, which has yet to be implemented by the states that agreed on it, as they are waiting for approval from the US and the European Union. During its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, France advocated for the minimum corporate tax so effectively that it is only opposed by Hungary, which is suspected of doing so in order to get concessions in other issues. If the minimum tax directive does not receive the unanimous approval it requires, EU member states supporting the tax can also cooperate on the matter or enact their own versions of it. However, many jurists find that a directive would be a better solution, as it would give the minimum tax a stronger position in juridical interpretations on if the EU founding treaties even allow taxing the parent company for profits made by its subsidiaries. The directive would also be a success for the European Commission. The OECD aims to put the minimum corporate tax into effect the beginning of 2024.

Editorial: Global minimum tax takes a huge step forward / Minimivero ottaa harppauksen km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Editorial: Global minimum tax takes a huge step forward / ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

What a flat tax would mean for Italians

[Italy, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:44:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that, as seems to happen during every new electoral campaign, the centre-right proposes to introduce a flat tax system in Italy. Rai News 24 says that, with a flat tax, the actual four brackets (23%, 25%, 35% and 43%) for individuals would be abolished. Their report stresses the removal of the progressive system (enshrined in the Constitution) would have several serious effects. One would be that those currently earning too little to be taxed would start paying into the system while, overall, everyone would be paying less. This would create a reduction in revenue for the government which would require coverage from other sources, such as recovery of evaded taxes and the abolition of certain bonus programmes. Il Foglio reports that, in the centre-right coalition, only Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni seems to have some doubts about the validity of the proposal. A second article in Il Foglio calls the implementation of a flat tax “unrealistic” and worthy only of electoral campaigns, not actual policy. In a letter to the editor of La Stampa, former Democratic Party (PD) leader and current region of Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti says that, at a time when Italians “are asking for social justice”, a flat tax would penalise younger workers more than others. He stresses there is no fair alternative to a progressive tax system.

E  tornata la fiat tax, passepartout del programma di centrodestra km-Foglio-IT: E tornata la fiat tax, passepartout del programma di centrodestra page: 5 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Meloni slows down Salvini on the flat tax / Meloni frena Salvini sulla fiat tax km-Foglio-IT: Meloni slows down Salvini on the flat tax / Meloni frena Salvini sulla fiat tax page: 1,3 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Towards the vote: flat tax, what it is and how the tax system would change / Verso il voto: flat tax, cos'è e come cambierebbe il fisco km-Rai-News-24-IT: Towards the vote: flat tax, what it is and how the tax system would change / Verso il voto: flat tax, cos'è e come cambierebbe il fisco info: -, 2022-08-10 01:09:00, 00:01:50, by Simone Spina date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 1:09:00 AM CEST

PERCHÉ LA FLAT TAX CONDANNA I GIOVANI km-Stampa-IT: "PERCHÉ LA FLAT TAX CONDANNA I GIOVANI..." page: 1,6,7 info: by Nicola Zingaretti date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

TRADE

Tons of oranges rotting in European ports

[France, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:42:00 AM CEST

Cnews reports that 3.2 million of orange boxes produced in South Africa are currently blocked in different EU ports due to an unsolved dispute. The €35 billion-worth shipments are not compliant with the new EU phytosanitary rules, intended to fight the potential spread of the so-called false codling moth in Europe. The legal framework provides for specific cold treatments and storage temperatures. The concerned freight did not respect the new rules because already chartered when the law entered into force. South Africa filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), arguing that the measures are not based on any scientific evidence, thus being too restrictive and "discriminatory".

Tons of oranges rotting in European ports / Des tonnes d'oranges pourrissent dans des ports européens km-I-TELE-FR: "Tons of oranges rotting in European ports / Des tonnes ..." info: La matinale, 2022-08-09 08:40:00, 00:02:25, by OLIVIER DE KERANFLEC'H date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 8:40:00 AM CEST View this media item

The visit of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Poland has been canceled

[Poland, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:27:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita reports on the canceled visit of Boris Johnson to Poland. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommended this meeting to Prime Minister Morawiecki. However, PM Morawiecki's position is increasingly being questioned in the ruling party. Journalist Bielecki implies that he may not trust some members of the government, including Foreign Affairs Minister Zbigniew Rau. British diplomatic sources say the visit was due last week, but PM Johnson canceled the meeting due to the funeral of an important politician from his party. London proposed other dates, but these were not approved by Warsaw. Journalist Bielecki points out that it is difficult to understand what prompted PM Morawiecki to refuse the meeting. Great Britain is Poland's most serious ally among the main European countries when it comes to eastern policy. Diplomatic sources indicate that this behaviour will be remembered in London.

Morawiecki found no time for Johnson / Morawiecki nie znalazł czasu dla Johnsona km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: Morawiecki found no time for Johnson / Morawiecki nie znalazł czasu dla Johnsona page: 7 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

TRANSPORT

Estonia - Tallinn aims to transition to fully electric public transport by 2035

[Estonia, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:05:00 AM CEST

In Scandinavian cities, the majority of new buses are electric, yet Tallinn continues to purchase fossil-fuel based buses, reports Eesti Päevaleht. One quarter of city route buses purchased in Europe in 2021 were no-emission buses, but none were bought in Estonia, as the majority are currently based on CNG, and a few on diesel. The first 15 electric buses for Tallinn are expected to arrive in 2023, should the tender succeed, says Andrei Novikov, head of Tallinna Linnatransport. Novikov notes that Tallinn will transition to fully electric public transport by 2035. Estonia’s other cities may be motivated to act quicker due to the European Union’s directive, which establishes that 31% of purchased buses have to be environmentally friendly by 2025, and 20% have to be entirely emission-free.

Estonia - Tallinn aims to transition to fully electric public transport by 2035 / Tulevases rohepealinnas ei ole ühtegi rohelist linnaliinibussi km-Eesti-Paevaleht-EE: Estonia - Tallinn aims to transition to fully electric public transport by 2035 / Tulevases rohepealinnas ei ole ühtegi rohelist linnaliinibussi page: 6 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tram line connecting the harbour and Ülemiste is expected to be complete by 2025

[Estonia, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:26:00 AM CEST

Tallinn, Merko Ehitus Eesti, and KMG Inseneriehitus signed a deal to construct a tram line between the city's port and the Ülemiste passenger terminal. With VAT and supervision, the tram line will cost nearly €46 million euros, €26 million of which is covered by the European Union's recovery fund. The construction is expected to be complete by February 2025.

Tram line connecting the harbour and Ülemiste is expected to be complete by 2025 / Sadamaala ja Ülemistet ühendav trammiliin valmib 2025. aastaks km-Postimees-EE: Tram line connecting the harbour and Ülemiste is expected to be complete by 2025 / Sadamaala ja Ülemistet ühendav trammiliin valmib 2025. aastaks page: 4 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

EU plans to reduce compensation paid for delayed flights

[Finland, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, August 10, 2022 9:32:00 AM CEST

According to Yle, the European Union member states are planning to reduce the compensation paid for delayed flights. The Czech Republic, which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is apparently planning to bring the issue up before the end of the year. At the moment, compensations paid to passengers for delayed flights depend on the distance of the flight, ignoring the price of the ticket. Thus, it is possible to be paid hundreds of euros for a flight that originally cost much less. Finland advocated for reforming the act during its Presidency of the Council three years ago, but the issue has not progressed since then despite wide support among the EU member states. This is because politicians find it difficult to advocate for changes that weaken the consumers’ position. In debates on the matter, Finnish representatives have said that compensations should be proportional to the flight prices, but they should also be made easier to get. The current act has many ambiguous parts, so passengers and airlines are constantly arguing over whether the former are entitled to compensation or not. As the Czech Republic has yet to present an official proposal for amendments, Finland has not formed a precise stance on the changes yet.

Yle Uutiset 17:00 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 17:00..." info: 2022-08-09 17:00:00, 17:00:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

Yle Uutiset 18:00 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 18:00..." info: 2022-08-09 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:00:00 PM CEST View this media item

Yle Uutiset 21:45 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Yle Uutiset 21:45..." info: 2022-08-09 21:45:00, 21:45:00, date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 9:45:00 PM CEST View this media item

EU aikeissa pienentää lentomatkustajien korvauksia myöhästymisissä – nyt viidenkympin lennosta voi saada satojen eurojen korvauksen km-yle.fi-FI: "EU aikeissa pienentää lentomatkustajien korvauksia myöhästymisissä – nyt viidenkympin lennosta ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

EU: towards a review of air passenger rights

[France, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:56:00 AM CEST

Les Echos report that passengers whose flights have been delayed or cancelled for long periods of time since the beginning of the year in Europe are unlucky. So far, a European law - Regulation 261 - has given them rights and guarantees. However, it showed its limitations during the Covid-19 crisis when its application was suspended. Therefore, a revision of the text is required. Informal discussions have already begun, based on a draft revision presented in 2013 by the European Commission. "This draft is a good basis to start the discussion," believes Thomas Reynaert, director of the association A4E, which defends the interests of the main European airlines in Brussels. "After Brexit, Covid-19 and the current difficulties in airports, a revision is necessary, in the interest of consumers as well as airlines," he stresses.

EU: towards a review of air passenger rights / UE : vers une révision des droits des passagers aériens km-Echos-FR: EU: towards a review of air passenger rights / UE : vers une révision des droits des passagers aériens page: 14 info: by Bruno Trévidic date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

In Latvia €55.2 million will be invested in adapting the infrastructure for low-floor trams

[Latvia, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, August 10, 2022 5:57:00 AM CEST

Delfi reports that Rīgas satiksme and the Central Finance and Contracts Agency have signed an agreement to receive co-financing from the European Union Cohesion Fund to implement the project Adaptation of the Riga tram infrastructure to the parameters of the low-floor tram. Co-financing for the project is 85% of the eligible costs (€38.78 million). Total costs are planned at €55.2 million. “This is an important project for the development of the tram infrastructure, which is implemented by attracting EU co-financing. We are creating modern tram traffic that will improve the mobility of the population, as well as the movement of all groups of passengers, especially senior citizens, parents with children and people with special needs. For the realisation of the project, significant investments are required, therefore, the concluded agreement for receiving EU co-financing is significant support in achieving our goal,” says Rīgas satiksme chairman of the board Džineta Innusa.

In Latvia €55.2 million will be invested in adapting the infrastructure for low-floor trams / Ieguldīs 55,2 miljonus eiro infrastruktūras pielāgošanā zemās grīdas tramvajiem km-Delfi.lv-LV: In Latvia €55.2 million will be invested in adapting the infrastructure for low-floor trams / Ieguldīs 55,2 miljonus eiro infrastruktūras pielāgošanā zemās grīdas tramvajiem info: by Delfi Bizness date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

European Commission insists Spain failed to investigate Alvia accident independently

[Spain, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, August 10, 2022 7:43:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the European Commission has confirmed in a letter sent to the victims that it is continuing with the infringement procedure against Spain for non-compliance with rail safety in the wake of the 2013 Angrois accident and that this file, which aims to bring Spain into compliance with EU requirements, "will not be closed unless the Spanish authorities address the issues raised in a timely manner, and only after the European Railway Agency has verified that the progress reported by Spain is real". In his letter to the affected platform, the European Commission's Director for Mobility and Transport, Kristian Schmidt, estimates that this process "will not be concluded before the end of 2022".

The EC continues the file to Spain of railway safety for the accident of Angrois / La CE prosigue el expediente a España de seguridad ferroviaria por el accidente de Angrois km-elespanol.com-ES: "The EC continues the file to Spain of railway safety ..." date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 View this media item

European Commission insists Spain failed to investigate Alvia accident independently / La Comisión Europea insiste en que España no investigó el accidente del Alvia con total independencia km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "European Commission insists Spain failed to investigate Alvia accident independently ..." page: 4 info: by REDACCIÓN date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

Swedish Infrastructure Minister calls for German opening to realise the planned Malmö-Brussels nighttime train route

[Sweden, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, August 10, 2022 6:01:00 AM CEST

Swedish passenger train operator SJ's night train service between Stockholm and Hamburg starts on 1 September 2022, reports Sydsvenskan. The state finances the new night train traffic with SEK 79 million a year for four years, according to the Swedish Transport Administration's officials. Meanwhile, the planned Malmö-Brussels route has been hindered by German regulations. Germany does not allow procured train services on long distances. Swedish Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth said that this is an old regulation that has been good for the development of the German railway market, but he thinks that one should now look at what is good for the European rail market. He believes that the most important thing for a German opening is to create a new regulation at the EU level. Therefore, he has together with the Danish and Belgian infrastructure ministers written several letters to Commissioner Vălean. The Commissioner has promised an action plan, but the three ministers noted in a letter earlier this summer that the underlying obstacle, the German regulation that stops procured long-distance rail traffic, remains.

German opening required for nighttime trains to Brussels / Tysk öppning krävs för nattåg till Bryssel km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "German opening required for nighttime trains to Brussels / Tysk ..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 View this media item

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