AGRICULTURE

Meat prices are about to become even higher

[Croatia, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:02:00 AM CET

The reason for the increase in meat prices is the increase in livestock prices. Večernji list reports. Cheap surpluses from the EU market that ended up in Croatia are gone, and now we have a problem – there are not enough domestic goods and the cattle stock is devastated, Croatian farmers pointed out. As long as there is no profitability in the sector, it cannot develop, so production goes downhill, farmers highlighted. The situation is uncertain. All livestock farmers would like higher prices, but the EU is now recording a decline in the consumption of pork, beef […] which is also reflected in the decline in production. Due to the increase in retail prices in Spain, for example, the consumption of all types of meat fell by 8 to 15% concluded director of Croatiastočar, Branko Bobetić.

Meat prices aren't rampant just thanks to imports yet? / Cijene mesa još ne divljaju samo zahvaljujući uvozu? km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Meat prices aren't rampant just thanks to imports yet? / ..." page: 9 info: by Jolanda Rak Šajn date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Reconsideration of agriculture in the Netherlands is required (opinion)

[Netherlands, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

Het Financieele Dagblad says in a commentary that the low profitability of agricultural companies in the Netherlands requires reconsideration of the role of the sector. Most agricultural and horticultural companies in the Netherlands often run at a loss. Agriculture minister Adema and farmers' umbrella organization LTO respond to this bitter reality with a plea for a better revenue model for farmers. LTO and the minister realize that the room for farmers to increase their income is limited. Their incantation formula of 'a better revenue model' therefore boils down in practice mainly to a disguised call for more subsidies for farmers. Agricultural subsidies are already the largest item of expenditure in the European Union. Brussels offers Member States room to expand support to farmers with rewards for socially desirable 'ecosystem services', such as the maintenance of landscape elements. It is doubtful whether expanding the already substantial support for farmers is really the future prospect that so many farmers say they yearn for. Subsidy dependence often increases uncertainty.

Reconsideration of agriculture is required / Herbezinning op de landbouw is vereist km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: Reconsideration of agriculture is required / Herbezinning op de landbouw is vereistReconsideration of agriculture is required / Herbezinning op de landbouw is vereist page: 5 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Farmers are affected by the inflow of cheaper grains from Ukraine onto the single market

[Romania, Agriculture]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

News.ro notes that MEPs Dan Motreanu and Daniel Buda (EPP) have called on President von der Leyen to take measures to ensure financial support for farmers affected by the inflow of cheaper grains from Ukraine onto the European single market. The solution presented to the European Commission consists in purchasing Ukrainian grains from European funds and exporting them to countries affected by the food crisis, the two MEPs have indicated. Their letter comes after MEP Rares Bogdan (EPP) sent a similar request to the European Commission last month.

PNL MEPs Dan Motreanu and Daniel Buda call on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take measures to ensure financial support to farmers affected by inflow of cheaper grains from Ukraine into single market / Europarlamentarii PNL Dan Motreanu şi Daniel Buda cer preşedintelui Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der Leyen, să ia măsuri pentru sprijinirea financiară a agricultorilor afectaţi de afluxul pe piaţa unică a cerealelor mai ieftine din Ucraina km-news.ro-RO: PNL MEPs Dan Motreanu and Daniel Buda call on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take measures to ensure financial support to farmers affected by inflow of cheaper grains from Ukraine into single market / Europarlamentarii PNL Dan Motreanu şi Daniel Buda cer preşedintelui Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der Leyen, să ia măsuri pentru sprijinirea financiară a agricultorilor afectaţi de afluxul pe piaţa unică a cerealelor mai ieftine din UcrainaPNL MEPs Dan Motreanu and Daniel Buda call on European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take measures to ensure financial support to farmers affected by inflow of cheaper grains from Ukraine into single market / Europarlamentarii PNL Dan Motreanu şi Daniel Buda cer preşedintelui Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der Leyen, să ia măsuri pentru sprijinirea financiară a agricultorilor afectaţi de afluxul pe piaţa unică a cerealelor mai ieftine din Ucraina info: by Valentina Postelnicu date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

CITIZENSHIP

Malta risks European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship

[Malta, Citizenship]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:36:00 AM CET

Website maltatoday.com.mt reports on an infringement case against Malta opened by the European Union on its long-term Residency Directive. The European Commission called on Malta to bring its national legislation in line with its directive. Under current Maltese legislation, knowledge of Maltese language is mandatory for acquiring the long-term residency while for acquiring nationality, knowledge of English is sufficient. Brussels considers that the language requirements for acquiring long-term residence status in Malta are disproportionate compared to the requirements for acquiring Maltese nationality. The matter was raised by the Commission in 2020 with a letter of formal notice to Malta to address the issue and followed up with an additional letter of formal notice in 2021. Malta has two months to respond and take necessary measures or the case will be referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Malta risks  European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship / Malta risks  European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship km-Maltatoday.com.mt-MT: Malta risks European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship / Malta risks European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenshipMalta risks  European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship / Malta risks  European Union Court over language discrimination on citizenship info: by Matthew Vella date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

CLIMATE ACTION

The European renovation revolution

[Austria, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:34:00 AM CET

The northern and southern member states of the EU disagree with the European Commission's legislative proposal for a directive on the overall energy efficiency of buildings for different reasons, according to an in-depth report in Die Presse. The Swedish presidency of the Council of the European Union had initially planned for an agreement between the Council and the European Parliament to be reached by the end of June. Die Presse learned from sources from the negotiations that it is unlikely for this plan to succeed. MEP Ciarán Cuffe (Greens/EFA), chief negotiator of the European Parliament, calls on the sense of community of those involved in the talks: “The goal is to improve people's quality of life.”

The European renovation revolution / Europas Renovierungsrevolution km-Presse-Austria-AT: "The European renovation revolution / Europas Renovierungsrevolution..." page: 6 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Italy postpones implementing EU Directive on buildings energy performance

[Cyprus, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:54:00 AM CET

Cyprus Mail reports that Italy is pushing back against EU Directive on energy performance of buildings, seeking to delay and offer exemptions to renovations that neither the government nor homeowners can afford. The Directive is aimed at slashing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a building sector that is climate neutral by the middle of the century. EU member states and the European Parliament are set to negotiate binding legislation this year. The Commission has proposed that the worst 15% of residential buildings in each country be improved by 2030 and again by 2033. Italian government officials want deadlines pushed back and have indicated Italy will offer exemptions to a broad swathe of its older homes. The Commission estimates that the bloc's buildings account for 40% of the EU's energy consumption and 36% of its CO2 emissions, making the sector crucial in the fight against climate change.

Italy gets cold feet over EU plan for greener buildings / Italy gets cold feet over EU plan for greener buildings km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Italy gets cold feet over EU plan for greener buildings ..." page: 19 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Parliament amends EPBD directive, not enough for Italy

[Italy, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

A few Italian media report that the European Parliament approved a few modifications to the EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) thanks to a motion presented by the EPP, S&D and Renew. According to the amended text, all member states will be allowed to call on the Commission for limited exceptions connected to the high “cost of raw materials, the lack of qualified workforce or the technical impossibility to carry out the required renovations”. Il Sole 24 Ore notes that these exceptions could be applied to a maximum of 22% of the buildings (in Italy, it would involve 2.6 million private dwellings). However, the dispensation would only be applicable until 1 January 2037. Il Messaggero reports that the Italian government was not satisfied with the amendments and called for more substantial modifications that would safeguard Italy's real estate "peculiarity". An article in La Verità warns that the new EU directive will most probably force Italy to allocate all of the available funds exclusively for energy efficiency. As a result, the anti-seismic bonus could end up disappearing by 2024, effectively making Italy's buildings "less safe" than ever.

Green homes, EU opens up: "We ensure maximum flexibility" / Case green Bruxelles ora apre «Garantiamo massima flessibilità» km-Giorno-IT: "Green homes, EU opens up: "We ensure maximum flexibility" / ..." page: 19 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Italy raises voice over "green homes": text must change / Sulle “case green” l Italia alza la voce: testo da cambiare km-Messaggero-IT: "Italy raises voice over "green homes": text must change / ..." page: 14 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Green homes, possible exceptions for 2.3 million buildings / Case green, deroghe possibili per altri 2,6 milioni di edifici km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Green homes, possible exceptions for 2.3 million buildings / Case ..." page: 1,5 info: by Giuseppe Latour date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Earthquake, EU green mania will prevent building safer homes / Terremoto, la mania green della Ue impedirà di rendere le case sicure km-Verita-IT: "Earthquake, EU green mania will prevent building safer homes / ..." page: 1,10,11 info: by di CLAUDIO ANTONELLI date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EPBD Directive is on its way to the European Parliament

[Poland, Climate action]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that the process for the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is entering its final phase of negotiation. In the European Parliament, the Industry, Energy and Research Committee will adopt a report on the issue and in March, at a plenary session, this is expected to be the European Parliament's position during negotiations on the final form of the directive. According to experts, the new regulations could bring many benefits, increasing the comfort of life and lowering energy bills.

Clean air, warm houses and big spendings / Czyste powietrze, ciepłe domy i wielkie wydatki km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Clean air, warm houses and big spendings / Czyste powietrze, ..." page: 6 info: by Sonia Sobczyk-Grygiel date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

COMMUNICATION

The EU will lose the battle against disinformation until it publicly names those behind it (Commentary)

[Croatia, Communication]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

As shown by the Netherlands’ refusal to ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, developed societies are quite susceptible to manipulation, reads a commentary in Jutarnji list. Such events have prompted the EU to identify disinformation and manipulation campaigns as a security threat and to have its institutions establish special departments to deal with it. However, apart from identifying the problem and uncovering some of the sources, there was no great success in suppressing disinformation. The problem lies in the fact that a successful fight against information manipulation cannot be conducted with the principle of political correctness, best shown in the example of the Western Balkans. The EU knows that some pro-Russian media in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and North Macedonia are the main source of disinformation, but will not publicly name those behind such campaigns. The EU remains silent as it is precisely the politicians who benefit from these campaigns that are also the EU’s key partners in the region.

The EU will lose the battle against disinformation until it publicly names those behind it. / EU će gubiti bitku protiv dezinformacija dok javno ne imenuje one koji stoje iza njih km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "The EU will lose the battle against disinformation until it ..." page: 17 info: by Augustin Palokaj date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Union sets up disinformation analysis centre

[Lithuania, Communication]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

According to Lrytas.lt and Delfi.lt, the European Union is setting up a centre to analyse and exchange information on disinformation to combat blatantly false or misleading information from countries like Russia. The European Union wants, among other things, to better understand how disinformation and war propaganda from third countries is disseminated, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said.

European Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrą km-Delfi.lt-LT: European Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrąEuropean Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrą info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

European Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrą km-lrytas.lt-LT: European Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrąEuropean Union sets up disinformation analysis centre / ES steigia dezinformacijos analizės centrą info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

COMPETITION

European Commission to finalise assessment of property sale to Czech Railways

[Czech Republic, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:25:00 AM CET

Daily E15 writes that the long-awaited sale of more than 40 million square metres of Czech Railways’ (České dráhy) land to railway administrator Správa železnic is to be finalised soon. The transaction is being assessed by the European Commission whose verdict is expected in mid-2023. The daily notes that the potential financial injection would be challenged by Czech Railways’ competitors, RegioJet and Leo Express. Director General of Czech Railways Michal Krapined says he is convinced the European Commission will approve the transaction. The Commission is assessing the methodology of setting the price of the transferred property, focusing on possible illicit state aid. According to European Commission’s spokesperson Magdalena Frouzová, the Commission is in contact with Czech authorities; however, it cannot further comment on the matter.

The railways are looking for a billion-dollar injection from the state. RegioJet is already preparing a lawsuit / Dráhy vyhlížejí miliardovou injekci od státu. RegioJet už chystá žalobu km-E15-CZ: "The railways are looking for a billion-dollar injection from the ..." page: 3 info: by Jiří Liebreich date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commission approves €1.36 billion Greek scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies

[Greece, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:08:00 AM CET

Some media report that the Commission approved aid in the form of compensation for energy-intensive industries against electricity price increases for the period 2021-2030. The scheme notified by Greece, with a total estimated budget of €1.36 billion, will cover part of the higher electricity prices arising from the impact of carbon prices on electricity generation costs incurred between 2021 and 2030. The Commission assessed the measure under EU State aid rules, and in particular the ETS State aid Guidelines. The Commission found that the scheme is necessary and appropriate to support energy-intensive companies to cope with the higher electricity prices and to avoid companies relocating to countries outside the EU with less ambitious climate policies, resulting in an increase in global greenhouse gas emissions. The Commission also found that the scheme complies with the requirements on energy audits and management systems set out in the ETS State aid Guidelines. It therefore supports the EU's climate and environmental objectives and the goals set in the European Green Deal. Furthermore, the Commission concluded that the aid granted is limited to the minimum necessary and will not have undue negative effects on competition and trade in the EU. Executive Vice-President Vestager stated that this €1.36 billion scheme enables Greece to reduce the risk that energy-intensive companies move their activities to locations outside the EU with less ambitious climate policies. She added that the scheme maintains the incentives for cost-effective decarbonisation of Greece’s economy, in line with the European Green Deal objectives, while ensuring that competition distortions are kept to the minimum.

Commission approves €1.36 billion in aid for energy-intensive industries / Η Κομισιόν ενέκρινε ενισχύσεις 1,36 δισ. ευρώ για ενεργοβόρες βιομηχανίες km-capital.gr-GR: Commission approves €1.36 billion in aid for energy-intensive industries / Η Κομισιόν ενέκρινε ενισχύσεις 1,36 δισ. ευρώ για ενεργοβόρες βιομηχανίεςCommission approves €1.36 billion in aid for energy-intensive industries / Η Κομισιόν ενέκρινε ενισχύσεις 1,36 δισ. ευρώ για ενεργοβόρες βιομηχανίες info: by Tasos Dasopoulos date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

They keep small... cart / Κρατάνε μικρό... καλάθι km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "They keep small... cart / Κρατάνε μικρό... καλάθι..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Κομισιόν: Πράσινο φως στην αποζημίωση ενεργοβόρων εταιρειών στην Ελλάδα km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Πράσινο φως στην αποζημίωση ενεργοβόρων εταιρειών στην Ελλάδα..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Commission approves €1.36 billion in aid for energy-intensive industries / Η Κομισιόν ενέκρινε ενισχύσεις 1,36 δισ. ευρώ για ενεργοβόρες βιομηχανίες km-Kathimerini-GR: "Commission approves €1.36 billion in aid for energy-intensive industries / ..." page: 25 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

€1.36 billion "oxygen" for energy-intensive industries / «Οξυγόνο» 1,36 δισ. ευρώ σε ενεργοβόρες βιομηχανίες km-Naftemporiki-GR: "€1.36 billion "oxygen" for energy-intensive industries / «Οξυγόνο» 1,36 δισ. ..." page: 8 info: by Lalela Chrysanthopoulou date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Support through €1.36 billion in refunds to industry / Στήριξη μέσω επιστροφών €1,36 δισ. στη βιομηχανία km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Support through €1.36 billion in refunds to industry / Στήριξη ..." page: 21 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Less than half of 5,000-unit target has been met

[Ireland, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

Just 2,100 apartments out of a target of 5,000 will be built under the Irish Department of Housing's Croi Conaithe (Cities) Scheme scheme, which the Irish Independent says has been snubbed by several developers so far. "The Housing Agency is now concluding appraisals of projects with the potential to deliver up to 2,100 apartments following the European Commission's recent approval of Ireland's state aid application for the scheme," the latest Housing for All progress report states. The Irish Times website also covers the story.

Less than half of 5,000-unit target has been met / Less than half of 5,000-unit target has been met km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Less than half of 5,000-unit target has been met / ..." page: 3 info: by Gabija Gataveckaite date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Dublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding scheme / Dublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding scheme km-irishtimes.com-IE: Dublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding scheme / Dublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding schemeDublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding scheme / Dublin Chamber welcomes apartment funding scheme info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling

[Ireland, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:14:00 AM CET

Dawn Meats, one of Ireland's largest meat processors, has confirmed it has arranged to acquire Kildare Chilling Company, a Kildare-based beef and lamb processor, according to the Irish Independent website. Last week, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association President Dermot Kelleher wrote to Executive Vice-President Vestager outlining his concerns over the mooted deal.

Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling / Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling km-independent.ie-IE: Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling / Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare ChillingConsolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling / Consolidation continues in the meat industry as Dawn Meats acquires Kildare Chilling info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

European Commission greenlights Slovenian aid scheme to support companies

[Slovenia, Competition]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:29:00 AM CET

The European Commission has greenlit a €100 million Slovenian state aid scheme to support companies affected by the consequences of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, STA reports. In the form of limited amounts, the aid will cover part of the wages paid by beneficiaries to employees who work part-time or have had to reduce their working hours altogether. The Commission announced yesterday that it had found that the scheme was in accordance with the conditions set out in the temporary framework for state aid measures and had approved the measure in accordance with EU rules on state aid, adding that the purpose of the scheme was to maintain the level of employment and prevent lay-offs. The funds will be allocated to companies from all industries, with the exception of finance and insurance, and will also not be available for the promotion of agricultural products. To use the funds, companies will have to prove that their energy costs have increased by at least 1.5-fold compared to the reference price in 2021. The aid will be available until 31 December 2023.

Brussels greenlights €100 million aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjem km-24ur.com-SI: Brussels greenlights €100 million aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjemBrussels greenlights €100 million aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjem date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Commission greenlights Slovenian aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjem km-sta.si-SI: European Commission greenlights Slovenian aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjemEuropean Commission greenlights Slovenian aid scheme to support companies / Bruselj odobril 100 milijonov evrov vredno shemo pomoči za podporo podjetjem date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

CONSUMER POLICY

New verdict may clarify Finland’s stance on alcohol distance selling

[Finland, Consumer Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:54:00 AM CET

Helsingin Sanomat reports on Finland’s attitude on the distance selling of alcohol. The Court of Appeal of Helsinki has convicted a man organising online alcohol sales from the Baltic States to Finland. However, the verdict was for aggravated tax fraud, as the court found that the company owned by the man was liable for paying taxes. Conversely, the court dismissed the charge on alcohol crime, as the Finnish law is not clear on whether distance selling of alcohol is forbidden and punishable. Finland has had to explain its confused attitude on whether alcohol distance selling is forbidden to the European Commission, which has launched European Union Pilot proceedings against Finland due to the matter. According to the Commission, Finland may have violated the principle of the free movement of goods. According to lawyer Petteri Snell, who represented an online seller of alcohol in an earlier case, it is difficult to assess the new verdict’s impact on the Commission’s decisions. However, he believes that the Commission will receive news of the verdict. “Knowing how active Finns are, I can imagine that if the authorities do not send this verdict to the Commission, a private citizen will do it,” he says.

New verdict may clarify Finland’s stance on alcohol distance selling / Alkoholin verkkokaupasta annettiin tuomio, joka voi mullistaa suhtautumisen etämyyntiin km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "New verdict may clarify Finland’s stance on alcohol distance selling ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

CULTURE

Commissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility

[Lithuania, Culture]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that European Capitals of Culture need more visibility, said Commissioner Gabriel after visiting year’s Capital of Culture Kaunas. “We now have so many outstanding and successful Capitals of Culture that I see the challenge is giving them more visibility,” said Commissioner Gabriel said, as quoted by 15min.lt. “I intend to take care of it. I have heard a great idea to organise an event in Brussels where they could showcase what they do, how useful and positive it is,” she added.

Commissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumo km-15min.lt-LT: Commissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumoCommissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumo info: by Austėja Masiokaitė-Liubinienė date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumo km-Alfa.lt-LT: Commissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumoCommissioner Gabriel says European Capitals of Culture need more visibility / Kaune apsilankiusi komisarė: Europos kultūros sostinėms reikia didesnio matomumo date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Review of European Capital of Culture Esch2022

[Luxembourg, Culture]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Tageblatt reports that Esch2022 was the very first opportunity for Differdange in Luxembourg to take part in the “great adventure of the European Capital of Culture” – as the municipality calls it in its press release. Now those responsible want to look back on the many events of the past year: 30 cultural projects with a total of 80 events were supported. A retrospective exhibition and a film “reflect on the best moments and memories captured over the year”.

Exhibition in Differdange: Review of Esch2022 / Ausstellung in Differdingen: Rückblick auf Esch2022 km-Tageblatt-LU: "Exhibition in Differdange: Review of Esch2022 / Ausstellung in Differdingen: ..." page: 18 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

New EU initiative against disinformation

[Austria, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:35:00 AM CET

Also in view of Russian war propaganda, the European Union plans to take stronger action against disinformation on the internet, Die Presse reports. To this end, it is setting up a centre for the analysis and exchange of information on disinformation, as High Representative/Vice-President Borrell announced on Tuesday. In this way, the EU wants to better understand how disinformation and war propaganda from states like Russia or China are spread and organised in the EU.

New EU initiative against disinformation / Neue EU-Initiative gegen Desinformation km-Presse-Austria-AT: "New EU initiative against disinformation / Neue EU-Initiative gegen Desinformation..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

European Commission targets Twitter

[Austria, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:34:00 AM CET

According to news agency Bloomberg, the European Commission is planning to designate short-message service Twitter as a very large online platform, Die Presse reports. Based on the European Union's Digital Services Act (DSA), this designation comes with obligations. As a result, Twitter would have to step up its efforts to stop misleading and inhuman posts, Bloomberg reports.

European Commission targets Twitter / Twitter im Visier der EU-Kommission km-Presse-Austria-AT: "European Commission targets Twitter / Twitter im Visier der EU-Kommission..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU tackles foreign information manipulation and interference

[Belgium, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:01:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on disinformation. L'Echo reports on foreign information manipulation. The EU unveiled its first report on information manipulation and foreign interference. Russia is behind most of the disinformation campaigns. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell: "Russia invested massively in disinformation. And this disinformation kills." He adds that the EU has plenty of evidence proving that Russia is behind coordinated attempts to manipulate public debates in open societies. According to HR/VP Borrell, Russia created and disseminated over 15,000 disinformation videos and articles. Diplomatic channels are used more and more often to spread disinformation. China is involved in 17 of the 100 analysed cases. Grenz Echo adds that HR/VP Borrell mentions that the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a message accusing the EU of conducting hybrid warfare. He adds that Russia does not shy away from creating false websites to impersonate trusted media: "The content is amplified at the speed of light and posted across social networks, messaging services and propaganda outlets." HR/VP Borrell states that disinformation and propaganda channels have become a weapon of the Kremlin. L'Echo publishes an article from Al-Jazeera advocating caution about Russian disinformation. The author notes that several Eastern European countries still entertain confusing sympathy for Russia. Some disappointments in the transition from communism to capitalism regarding prosperity, freedom and democracy paved the way for malicious foreign interference reinforced by social media and other unregulated digital tools. The EU's restrictions on RT and Sputnik did not curb the impact of fake news. It is high time Brussels applied policies to educate children and young adults about the digital world. In 2021, only half of the 15-year-olds in the EU said they got training on detecting biased or false information.

"Russia tampers with information in Europe" / "La Russie manipule l’information en Europe" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: ""Russia tampers with information in Europe" / "La Russie manipule ..." page: 9 info: by Georis date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Let us not be fooled by Russian disinformation / Ne plus se laisser piéger par la désinformation russe km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Let us not be fooled by Russian disinformation / Ne ..." page: 15 info: by Jazeera date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

"The Kremlin's weapon": EU wants to curb disinformation / "Waffe des Kremls": EU will Desinformation eindämmen km-Grenz-Echo-BE: ""The Kremlin's weapon": EU wants to curb disinformation / "Waffe ..." page: 2 info: by SCHMITZ date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"Together for a better Internet", a global event organised by the European Commission

[Belgium, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:29:00 AM CET

In light of Safer Internet Day, RTBF La Première interviews Tatiana Debrabandere, who is in charge of media literacy-related projects at the Conseil Supérieur de l'éducation aux medias (CSEM). She mentions the ‘Together for a better Internet’ event aimed at young people. She notes it is the 20th edition of Safer Internet Day, which the European Commission organises in more than 110 countries. According to Ms Debrabandere, it is important to focus on the risks of the Internet but even more on prevention. The objective is to raise awareness regarding digital incidents that can be avoided using good practices. Ms Debrabandere advises parents to discuss with their teenagers their activities on their smartphones. She further mentions data protection, another area in which young people are very vulnerable, although there are not the only ones.

"Together for a better Internet", a global event organised by the European Commission / Matin Première km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: ""Together for a better Internet", a global event organised by ..." info: 2023-02-07 07:30:00, 07:30:00, by Heureux, François date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET View this media item

Safe Internet Day

[Italy, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:37:00 AM CET

A few Italian media report on the celebrations of the Safe Internet Day. La Repubblica carries a few stories of teenage victims of hate speeches on the web.  Sky TG 24 reports on the event organised in Rome on the occasion of Safe Internet Day. The meeting was aimed at raising awareness over the risk of cyberbullying and the distorted use of technologies. Students of primary and secondary schools took part in the event and told their stories. The Italian event called “Our hearts are connected” was organised by the Italian Police in partnership with Unieuro.

Safe Internet Day in Rome / Cyberbullismo Storie e dolori di adolescenti finiti nella rete km-Repubblica-IT: "Safe Internet Day in Rome / Cyberbullismo Storie e dolori ..." page: 32,33 info: by di Gaia Giuliani date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Safe Internet Day in Rome km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Safe Internet Day in Rome..." info: 2023-02-08 00:18:00, 00:18:00, date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:18:00 AM CET View this media item

Russian fake news campaign changes tone, EU experts expect major new offensive

[Netherlands, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:58:00 AM CET

Several Dutch media comment on the war in Ukraine.In a column for Trouw, Stevo Akkerman refutes that the West and Ukraine have not tried hard enough to negotiate with President Putin to stop the war in Ukraine. A documentary on NPO 2 recently showed how President Macron had tried to arrange negotiations between President Putin and President Zelenskyy. The documentary also showed that there is no point in negotiating with President Putin again until he sees that the maximum he can achieve is a return to the situation before the attack on Ukraine. Four days before the start of the war, President Macron had a long conversation with President Putin. The latter agreed to have a meeting with President Biden, but there was no follow-up on this from Moscow. On the contrary: the following day Vladimir Putin announced that Russia recognises the 'republics' of Luhansk and Donetsk as independent states, a next step towards the 'special military operation'. At the end of the documentary, President Macron admitted that his attempt to 'instil confidence and have good conversations' had not succeeded. Some people are impossible to talk to.Volkskrant.nl reports that Russia has adjusted its strategy regarding fake news and propaganda. The patterns are reminiscent of the months before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, say insiders at the European Union agency that monitors and tries to counter the spread of fake news. The change in strategy could herald a new large-scale Russian offensive, the experts think. The experts do not necessarily see an increase in Russian propaganda, because that is very difficult to measure. However, a change in rhetoric and sharpness of tone is observed. At the same time, the disinformation is said to be "broader and more unfocused" than before, with which Russia is probably trying to create as much unrest as possible. That observation by EU experts is worrying, senior EU sources say.

Talking with Putin / Praten met Poetin km-Trouw-NL: Talking with Putin / Praten met PoetinTalking with Putin / Praten met Poetin page: 2 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Russian fake news campaign changes is tone, EU experts expect a major offensive / Live: Russische nepnieuwscampagne verandert van toon, EU-experts verwachten groot nieuw offensief • Zelensky wil dat ‘geruchten’ over positie minister km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Russian fake news campaign changes is tone, EU experts expect ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Basically, in the debate about the war in Ukraine, I still feel like that 10-year old girl / In essentie voel ik mij, ook in het debat over de oorlog in Oekraïne, nog steeds dat 10-jarige meisje km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Basically, in the debate about the war in Ukraine, I ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and EEAS on Russian disinformation attacks

[Poland, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Three media outlets discuss Russia’s intensified disinformation activities. Rp.pl cites findings of the report by the European External Action Service (EEAS) according to which Poland is among six countries attacked by disinformation and manipulations of Russia. Other countries include Ukraine, the USA, Moldova, Great Britain and Germany. EEAS exemplifies Russian disinformation against Poland with the missile launch at the Polish village Przewodów in November 2022. Back then, the news on the Ukrainian provocation appeared on the Facebook profile of Lublin Town Hall’s chairperson.Onet.pl reports that Russian war propaganda spreads false covers of the key European magazines, for example, “Charlie Hebdo” in France, “El Jeueves” in Spain and “Titanic” in Germany. According to EEAS, the fake cover of “Titanic” was aimed at slandering President Zelenskyy. “We have to concentrate on foreign entities that purposefully and in a coordinated manner attempt to manipulate our information environment”, said High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. In his opinion, to be effective democratic countries must cooperate in fighting the disinformation spread by totalitarian regimes. With this purpose in mind, HR/VP Borrell announced the forming of the EU centre for analysing and exchanging data on disinformation in order to better understand the propaganda mechanisms.

This is how Russia spreads disinformation. Popular European newspapers fell pray of it / Tak Rosja sieje dezinformację. Ofiarą propagandy padły znane europejskie czasopisma km-Onet.pl-PL: This is how Russia spreads disinformation. Popular European newspapers fell pray of it / Tak Rosja sieje dezinformację. Ofiarą propagandy padły znane europejskie czasopismaThis is how Russia spreads disinformation. Popular European newspapers fell pray of it / Tak Rosja sieje dezinformację. Ofiarą propagandy padły znane europejskie czasopisma date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU report: Poland among victims of the Kremlin's disinformation / Raport UE: Polska wśród ofiar dezinformacji Kremla km-rp.pl-PL: EU report: Poland among victims of the Kremlin's disinformation / Raport UE: Polska wśród ofiar dezinformacji KremlaEU report: Poland among victims of the Kremlin's disinformation / Raport UE: Polska wśród ofiar dezinformacji Kremla info: by adm date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Poland as a target of disinformation / Polska celem dezinformacji km-Super-Express-PL: "Poland as a target of disinformation / Polska celem dezinformacji..." page: 7 info: by JES date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Union creates centre to combat disinformation

[Portugal, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:49:00 AM CET

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell announced the creation of a centre to collect and share threats from disinformation to counter manipulation by Russia and other countries, observador.pt reports. At the Beyond Disinformation: EU Responses to the Foreign Threat of Information Manipulation conference in Brussels, the HR/VP explained that authoritarian regimes try to create disinformation and manipulate it, a threat that was only amplified by the war. HR/VP Borrell detailed that the new centre will have the purpose of aggregating causes, incidents, and threats, and sharing knowledge and experiences among the EU member states, as well as international partners. The HR/VP added that “EU delegations in various parts of the planet will have disinformation experts to help field teams and local governments fight this scourge.” HR/VP Borrell also announced that he has spoken to the heads of Twitter, including Elon Musk, to deepen the sharing of data between the EU authorities and that social network and to ask for more transparency and accountability for the consequences that spreading false information can have on people's lives.

European Union to create centre to combat “threats caused by disinformation” / União Europeia cria centro para combater "ameaças provenientes da desinformação" km-observador.pt-PT: European Union to create centre to combat “threats caused by disinformation” / União Europeia cria centro para combater "ameaças provenientes da desinformação"European Union to create centre to combat “threats caused by disinformation” / União Europeia cria centro para combater "ameaças provenientes da desinformação" date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

European Union might regulate ChatGPT app

[Romania, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

News.ro and rfi.ro note that the European Union might regulate the ChatGPT app, which is becoming increasingly popular. The app is a remarkable technological leap for the promoters of artificial intelligence. Moreover, many experts fear the app could be abusively used to promote disinformation or plagiarism. As reported by Reuters, Commission Breton has already made the first comments on this controversial topic. He has stated that new artificial intelligence rules will be imposed to tackle concerns about the risks around ChatGPT and the AI technology.

EU lawmakers hope to agree on draft artificial intelligence rules next month / Parlamentarii UE speră să ajungă de acord, luna viitoare, asupra proiectelor de reguli privind inteligenţa artificială km-news.ro-RO: EU lawmakers hope to agree on draft artificial intelligence rules next month / Parlamentarii UE speră să ajungă de acord, luna viitoare, asupra proiectelor de reguli privind inteligenţa artificialăEU lawmakers hope to agree on draft artificial intelligence rules next month / Parlamentarii UE speră să ajungă de acord, luna viitoare, asupra proiectelor de reguli privind inteligenţa artificială info: by Anca Dumitrescu date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU is preparing to regulate use of ChatGPT / UE se pregătește să reglementeze utilizarea ChatGPT km-rfi.ro-RO: EU is preparing to regulate use of ChatGPT / UE se pregătește să reglementeze utilizarea ChatGPTEU is preparing to regulate use of ChatGPT / UE se pregătește să reglementeze utilizarea ChatGPT info: by Ovidiu Nahoi ChatGPT uniunea europeană date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

HR/VP Borrell warns of Russian disinformation strategy

[Spain, Digital Economy and Society]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:45:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that the EU's external action service yesterday published the first pilot report on threats of foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI). The aim of the report is to uncover the Kremlin's ruses to confuse and mislead public opinion and create mistrust around the war in Ukraine, with constantly changing versions of events. "The aim is to make people believe nothing and to make people believe that, in the end, everything is a lie. They want to erode trust in all media and in our institutions. We have to take this very seriously. This is not just something that affects specialists, citizens have to be aware of it and we have to address the issue at the highest possible level," High Representative/Vice-President Borrell warned yesterday about President Putin's strategy. The problem, HR/VP Borrell said, is that Russia is using interference and manipulation as a crucial instrument. elespanol.com adds that Twitter's action on 9 February to end free access to its APIs has drawn open criticism from HR/VP Borrell, who has suggested that this decision could become a challenge to the ability of researchers to study disinformation at critical times, as is currently happening with the Russia-Ukraine war.

Borrell: "People who behave like Goebbels today have a powerful capacity" / Borrell: “La gente que hoy se comporta como Goebbels tiene una poderosa capacidad” km-eldiario.es-ES: Borrell: "People who behave like Goebbels today have a powerful capacity" / Borrell: “La gente que hoy se comporta como Goebbels tiene una poderosa capacidad”Borrell: "People who behave like Goebbels today have a powerful capacity" / Borrell: “La gente que hoy se comporta como Goebbels tiene una poderosa capacidad” date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Josep Borrel lashes out at Elon Musk over disinformation on Twitter / Josep Borrel arremete contra Elon Musk sobre la desinformación en Twitter km-elespanol.com-ES: Josep Borrel lashes out at Elon Musk over disinformation on Twitter / Josep Borrel arremete contra Elon Musk sobre la desinformación en TwitterJosep Borrel lashes out at Elon Musk over disinformation on Twitter / Josep Borrel arremete contra Elon Musk sobre la desinformación en Twitter date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

HR/VP Borrell warns of Russian disinformation strategy / Borrell alerta sobre la estrategia de desinformación rusa km-Periodico-ES: "HR/VP Borrell warns of Russian disinformation strategy / Borrell alerta ..." page: 9 info: by Silvia Martinez date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

The ECB's €5 billion problem

[Austria, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:35:00 AM CET

The ECB supported the eurozone with €5 trillion in bond purchases until 2022, Der Standard reports. Now it must stop without causing major damage – a sum of more than one third of the annual economic output of the eurozone has to be withdrawn from the financial markets without triggering distortions. Economists do not see any major problems – the step was expected. Moreover, the ECB's actions are market-friendly. However, it is expected that the ECB will increase the pace of balance sheet reduction in the second half of the year, particularly as some Council members have already expressed support for it.

The ECB's €5 billion problem / Das Fünf-Billionen-Euro-Problem der EZB km-Standard-AT: "The ECB's €5 billion problem / Das Fünf-Billionen-Euro-Problem der EZB..." page: 13 info: by Alexander Hahn date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Good news for Belgian budget, but State Secretary Bertrand warns about misplaced joy

[Belgium, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:43:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on the Belgian budget. In an interview for De Tijd, State Secretary for the Budget Alexia Bertrand explains that any tax reform may not worsen Belgium's budgetary situation. Despite the improved 2022 figures, she warns about the need for much budgetary discipline in 2023. She notes that the expenses related to the war in Ukraine will continue to rise. Ms Bertrand says pension reform is the next priority for the government: "Minister Karine Lalieux must make a proposal that makes our system sustainable. I will not give details about the extent of the reform, but she has to go further than the disappointment of last summer. Otherwise, I can tell you the European Commission will reject the plan. Europe demands a durable system. Future generations expect it. The stakes are higher than the €850 million in EU subsidies." In an op-ed for L'Echo, Quentin Joris warns about misplaced joy when posting a 4% budgetary deficit. Mr Joris notes that budgetary discipline does not seduce the left-wing parties that may believe the good news of improved growth could be a reason to spend money the country does not have. Mr Joris advocates necessary intelligent spending that goes along with adequate reforms. The Regions, and more especially Brussels and Wallonia, can no longer stick their heads in the sand. L'Echo reports that Ms Bertrand says the employment rate of Ukrainian refugees in Belgium is abysmal compared to elsewhere in Europe, while the rising interest rates weigh on the sovereign debt. On a remotely related note, De Tijd reports that Ghent-based economists reacted to the Commission's threat to withdraw recovery money if the pension system is not reformed adequately. The economists advocate strengthening the link between employment and pension rights and encouraging extra years in the labour market by offering additional pension income.

Budgetary relief should not be overestimated / Une éclaircie budgétaire à ne pas surestimer km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Budgetary relief should not be overestimated / Une éclaircie budgétaire ..." page: 2 info: by Joris date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

2022 growth imroves the budget by €7 billion / La croissance en 2022 a amélioré le budget belge de 7 milliards d’euros km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "2022 growth imroves the budget by €7 billion / La ..." page: 1,3 info: by Colleyn date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Insider knowledge / Ons kent ons km-Morgen-BE: "Insider knowledge / Ons kent ons..." page: 13 info: by Zaza date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"Fiscal reform may not damage the budget" / ‘Fiscale hervorming mag begroting niet verslechteren’ km-Tijd-BE: ""Fiscal reform may not damage the budget" / ‘Fiscale hervorming ..." page: 1,5 info: by DUJARDIN date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Ghent-based economists in favour of trashing the pension ceiling / Gentse economen pleiten voor afschaffing loonplafond pensioen km-Tijd-BE: "Ghent-based economists in favour of trashing the pension ceiling / ..." page: 9 info: by HAECK date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The ECB does not change its mind about the monetary policy

[Belgium, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

L'Echo reports that interest rates have risen again in the EU bond market. On Tuesday, Germany's ten-year bonds, the benchmark in the euro area, rose above 2.33% for the first time since 6 January. This is due to the US posting very good employment figures for January, leading to their 10-year Treasuries rising above 3.65%. Investors have taken statements on both sides of the Atlantic, indicating that the raise of interest rates will continue, to their word. Several ECB members have indicated that the risk of over-tightening pales compared to the risk of doing too little, as reaching the inflation target remains an absolute priority.

The thesis of an imminent end to the rise in interest rates is undermined / La thèse d’une fin proche de la hausse des taux mise à mal km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The thesis of an imminent end to the rise in ..." page: 1,20 info: by GALLOY date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Danish consumers are among the most economical in the EU

[Denmark, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

Jyllands-Posten reports that estimates from Eurostat suggest Danish consumers are among the most economical in the EU. One explanation might be that for several years, the prices for Danish consumers have been the highest within the EU and with the prices increasing even more Danes have started saving up their money. Few EU nations have yet to register their sales data for December 2022, but according to the current data, only the Czech Republic came close to the economical consumers of Denmark.

Danish consumers are among the most economical in the EU / Danske forbrugere fører an i detail-nedtur km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: Danish consumers are among the most economical in the EU / Danske forbrugere fører an i detail-nedturDanish consumers are among the most economical in the EU / Danske forbrugere fører an i detail-nedtur page: 4 info: by Lars Attrup date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Price increases show signs of easing

[Estonia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

The price rally, which had slowed slightly in December, gathered momentum in January, but financial analysts are hopeful that the worst is over soon, several sources report. However, Estonians will have to come to terms with the knowledge that at the end of the year a tenth of their purchasing power will be gone. According to Viktoria Trasanov, Chief Analyst at Statistics Estonia, there was one major factor here: the sharp rise in food prices. These accounted for a full third of the rise in the consumer price index. The rise in household costs, which accounted for a quarter, was not far behind. Transport added another tenth. According to Heido Vitsur, an economic analyst at LHV Bank, there is one definite culprit behind this price rise. According to Mr Vitsuri, the price rise continued in January mainly because of the government's decision not to support large companies in coping with rising energy costs, forcing them to pass on the costs in the prices of their final products. Eesti Pank expects prices to rise by 9.3% this year. The hardest time will be spring, from there it will ease. Sulev Pert, an economist at the central bank, says this will be helped by falling food prices on the world market, which will inevitably have to reach Estonian shops.

Aktuaalne Kaamera km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Aktuaalne Kaamera..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Price increases show signs of easing / Price increases show signs of easing km-Postimees-EE: "Price increases show signs of easing / Price increases show ..." page: 10 info: by Liina Laks date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Price increases show signs of easing / Price increases show signs of easing km-Postimees-Online-EE: Price increases show signs of easing / Price increases show signs of easingPrice increases show signs of easing / Price increases show signs of easing date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

France escapes the promised recession

[France, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:12:00 AM CET

Le Figaro reports that “the spectre of global recession is receding,” underlining the unexpected growth of the French GDP in the last quarter of 2022. According to the Economic Outlook released by the French instute of statistics (INSEE) yesterday, the 0.1% growth illustrates a “slowdown” instead of the expected “cooling.” The Institute has revised its growth forecast up to 0.2% in the first and second quarter 2023. Julien Pouget, director of INSEE Short-Term Economic Analysis department, highlights the Economic turning point indicator’s lack of clear degradation signal since February 2022. He also notes manufacturing output displayed stronger than expected resilience, partly due to energy tariff shields. The report also highlights the low number of business failures, amounting to 41,000 in 2022, and the consequent low raise of unemployment. However, the global economic context, characterised by ever-surging inflation and growing competition in green investments between EU and US, may cause the activity to suffer.

France escapes the promised recession / La France échappe à la récession promise km-Figaro-FR: "France escapes the promised recession / La France échappe à ..." page: 19,20,21 info: by Emmanuel Egloff date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

France could escape recession in the first half of 2023, according to INSEE / La France pourrait échapper à la récession au premier semestre 2023, selon l'Insee km-Tribune-FR: "France could escape recession in the first half of 2023, ..." page: 12,13 info: by Grégoire Normand date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The northern countries blame the Commission for relaxation regarding its proposal for the revision of the Stability and Growth Pact

[Greece, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

Euro2day.gr reports that the northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, "blame" the Commission for unjustified "relaxation" regarding its long-awaited proposal for the revision of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). The draft was already circulating in the capitals in order for the Commission to see reactions, mainly from the big countries. The North reacted negatively, finding the early ideas not only vague but with many loopholes for negotiation. The Commission is called to renegotiate the rules of the deficit and the public debt of the SGP, with German finance minister Christian Lindner making it clear that his country requests that the negotiation take place on a detailed legislative proposal that the Commission will present to the Eurogroup meeting in March. On the other hand, Commissioner Gentiloni insists that the blueprint of the new plan should be general for now and be a basis for discussion. Sources in Berlin said Commissioner Gentiloni's standoff could only bring chaos and delay the decision scheduled for March.

Berlin sets up new fiscal exercises in the South / Νέα δημοσιονομικά… γυμνάσια στο Νότο στήνει το Βερολίνο km-euro2day.gr-GR: Berlin sets up new fiscal exercises in the South / Νέα δημοσιονομικά… γυμνάσια στο Νότο στήνει το ΒερολίνοBerlin sets up new fiscal exercises in the South / Νέα δημοσιονομικά… γυμνάσια στο Νότο στήνει το Βερολίνο date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Debate on common debt ahead of EU Council

[Italy, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report on the political debate on common European debt and state aid policies ahead of a crucial European Council meeting. La Repubblica reports that Italy is growing more isolated in the EU, as no major member state seems willing to accept making new common debt as suggested by Italy. After an unproductive meeting with Chancellor Scholz in Berlin, Prime Minister Meloni had a phone call with French President Macron on Monday evening, who confirmed that the potion is “unfeasible at this stage”. Indeed, the new EU fund endorsed by Meloni is not going to happen. The only thing she managed to obtain on the eve of the EU Council meeting is France’s “generic support” to allow “more flexibility” over cohesion funds and the NRRP. However, President Macron required Italy’s green light to a simpler state aid regulation in exchange. In an article in Il Sole 24 Ore, Marcello Messori points out that an “excess of compromises” could end up imprisoning Europe into an “obsolete economic model”. Indeed, the Spring of 2023 could well be considered as decisive as that of 2020 for the future of Europe’s economy.

Macron does not support Meloni over new Euopean debt  / E sul nuovo debito europeo Macron non dà sponde a Meloni km-Repubblica-IT: "Macron does not support Meloni over new Euopean debt / ..." page: 15 info: by Tommaso Ciriaco date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

France, Germany visit the US alone. Le Maire: "Italy? we will inform them" / Parigi e Berlino da sole negli Usa Le Maire: “L Italia? La informerò” km-Repubblica-IT: "France, Germany visit the US alone. Le Maire: "Italy? we ..." page: 14,15 info: by Tonia Mastrobuoni date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

IL BIENNIO RECORD DEL PIL E LE RIFORME km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "IL BIENNIO RECORD DEL PIL E LE RIFORME..." page: 1,17 info: by Marco Fortis date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Economic model gets older / IL MODELLO ECONOMICO UE INVECCHIA km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Economic model gets older / IL MODELLO ECONOMICO UE INVECCHIA..." page: 1,15 info: by Marcello Messori date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses

[Latvia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:58:00 AM CET

LTV1 and Diena report that on 7 November, the Latvian government supported the draft law on the state budget for 2023 and the budget framework for 2023, 2024 and 2025, in which revenues of the consolidated state budget for 2023 are planned for €12.7 billion, while expenses - €14.7 billion. Delfi reports that the fiscal discipline watchdogs acknowledged: “In general, according to the requirements of the Commission, the budget is considered to be fiscally neutral and appropriate for Latvia's current economic, political and social situation. The council sees the existing geopolitical tension, the rise in energy resources and food prices and the slow economic growth, as the main risks if it is not possible to achieve a breakthrough in productivity and competitiveness.” The board of the Latvian Association of Physicians believes that the government's planned state budget funding for health care in 2023 and 2024 is condemning the industry to severe stagnation. According to data from the Economic Cooperation and Development Organisation, the country allocates only €1,384 per year for the treatment of one person in Latvia, which is the third lowest indicator among European Union countries and is three times less than the EU average level.

Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valsts finansējums veselības aprūpei ir nāves spriedums valsts apmaksātai medicīnai, uzskata LĀB km-Delfi.lv-LV: Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valsts finansējums veselības aprūpei ir nāves spriedums valsts apmaksātai medicīnai, uzskata LĀBLatvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valsts finansējums veselības aprūpei ir nāves spriedums valsts apmaksātai medicīnai, uzskata LĀB info: by www.DELFI.lv date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valdība atbalsta 2023.gada valsts budžetu ar 14,7 miljardu eiro izdevumiem km-Diena.lv-LV: Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valdība atbalsta 2023.gada valsts budžetu ar 14,7 miljardu eiro izdevumiemLatvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valdība atbalsta 2023.gada valsts budžetu ar 14,7 miljardu eiro izdevumiem date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion in expenses / Valdība apstiprina 2023. gada valsts budžetu km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Latvian government supports the 2023 state budget with €14.7 billion ..." page: 8 info: by Olafs Zvejnieks date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Panorāma km-LTV-1-LV: "Panorāma..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

EU may fail to agree on debt rules

[Lithuania, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Delfi.lt reports that the European Union’s goal of agreeing on a reform of the debt limit rules, set in March, may not materialise due to opposition from countries including Germany. The prospect could force member states to make sudden and potentially painful budgetary adjustments. The EU is reviewing the Stability and Growth Pact in the hope of simplifying the bloc’s fiscal rules and scrapping some of the clauses that have forced some countries to make draconian budget cuts and eventually led to recession. “Frankly speaking, the European Commission’s proposal does not yet address our concerns,” said German Finance Minister Christian Lindner earlier this week after a meeting in Berlin with Commissioner Gentiloni. “We have doubts that the European Commission’s proposal will lead to a credible path towards debt reduction,” added Lindner.

EU may fail to agree on debt rules / ES gali nepavykti susitarti dėl skolos taisyklių: valstybėms tektų koreguoti biudžetus km-Delfi.lt-LT: EU may fail to agree on debt rules / ES gali nepavykti susitarti dėl skolos taisyklių: valstybėms tektų koreguoti biudžetusEU may fail to agree on debt rules / ES gali nepavykti susitarti dėl skolos taisyklių: valstybėms tektų koreguoti biudžetus info: by Kamil Kowalcze date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Prime Minister Costa defends that Portugal must remain focused on the implementation of the RRP to make its economy more sustainable

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:56:00 AM CET

Prime Minister Costa defended that Portugal must remain focused on the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) to make its economy more sustainable, dn.pt and Jornal de Notícias report. Prime Minister Costa challenged Portuguese companies to successfully implement the RRP funds so that the country can reach the end of 2026 better prepared “not only to face crises that the future” may bring, but also with “more and better jobs, more profitability for companies and a more sustainable economy.”

António Costa calls for focus on the implementation of the RRP to make the economy more sustainable / António Costa pede foco na execução do PRR para tornar economia mais sustentável km-dn.pt-PT: António Costa calls for focus on the implementation of the RRP to make the economy more sustainable / António Costa pede foco na execução do PRR para tornar economia mais sustentávelAntónio Costa calls for focus on the implementation of the RRP to make the economy more sustainable / António Costa pede foco na execução do PRR para tornar economia mais sustentável date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

António Costa calls for focus on the implementation of the RRP / António Costa pede foco na execução doPRR km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "António Costa calls for focus on the implementation of the ..." page: 10 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Uncertainty about the evolution of inflation decrease the optimism of Portuguese companies on exports

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 2:16:00 AM CET

Uncertainty about the evolution of inflation has decreased the optimism of Portuguese companies on exports, Jornal de Negócios reports. According to a survey by Statistics Portugal, companies anticipate growth in exports of goods of 1.1% for this year. The forecast increase of 1.1% is explained by the estimated growth of 1.7% in Portuguese exports to the European market. This estimated increase in exports to other EU countries is the lowest since 2015, excluding the anticipated decrease in exports in the second half of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Companies anticipate a slight decrease of 0.3% in exports of goods to non-EU countries.

Inflation reduces optimism of exporting companies / Inflação quebra otimismo das empresas exportadoras km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Inflation reduces optimism of exporting companies / Inflação quebra otimismo ..." page: 12 info: by Joana Almeida date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Interview with Portuguese Economy Minister Costa Silva on the economy, the RRP, and the implementation of EU funds in Portugal

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:44:00 AM CET

In an interview with Público, Portuguese Economy Minister António Costa Silva discusses the performance of the economy, the Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the national capacity to implement EU funds. He recalls the recent positive results of the Portuguese economy, saying that it is necessary to continue working to promote economic growth and employment. The Minister, who was the creator of the strategic vision document that resulted in the first Recovery and Resilience Plan version, believes that Portugal will be able to achieve a structural transformation of the economy, intensify the technological revolution, change manufacturing processes, optimise production chains, create more added value, and progress in terms of exports in the international market. He defends constant dialogue with industrial partners and investors to scale up the Portuguese industry and give it more export capacity. Minister Silva adds that the Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation is trying to accelerate all procedures related to EU funds, detailing that Portugal 2030 is “already on the ground and moving forward.”

We have to continue working on our sense of urgency / Temos de trabalhar cada vez mais o sentido de urgência km-Publico-PT: "We have to continue working on our sense of urgency ..." page: 2,3,4 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

ECB survey on the consumers' perception of inflation

[Portugal, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:46:00 AM CET

According to a European Central Bank survey, eurozone consumers expect long-term inflation of 3% over the next three years, expresso.pt reports. In the December survey, consumers perceived eurozone inflation at 9.9% that month, the same amount for the third consecutive month. Consumers expect inflation over the next twelve months to be 5%. Inflation perceptions and expectations were close in all income groups, although younger consumers aged 18-34 continue to perceive and expect lower inflation than older consumers. The surveyed consumers expect an economic contraction of 1.5% in the eurozone in 2023.

Eurozone consumers anticipate inflation of 3% in the next three years / Consumidores da zona euro antecipam inflação de 3% nos próximos três anos km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: Eurozone consumers anticipate inflation of 3% in the next three years / Consumidores da zona euro antecipam inflação de 3% nos próximos três anosEurozone consumers anticipate inflation of 3% in the next three years / Consumidores da zona euro antecipam inflação de 3% nos próximos três anos date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Slovakia needs to draw EU funds efficiently to maintain economic growth

[Slovakia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:54:00 AM CET

In his column in Hospodárske noviny daily, commentator Ľuboslav Kačalka focuses on Slovakia’s economic growth prospects. According to analysts, Slovakia can reach a 1.3% growth this year, unless it fails to draw sufficient volume of EU funds within the National Recovery Plan. If the pessimistic scenario comes true and the country is not able to draw one third of the allocated fund, the growth will stand at mere 0.7%. The author ironically notes that this is a good example of how “Brussels dictate works”: it encourages the member states to draw European money and implement structural reforms. The author concludes that in the pre-election campaign, in addition to trying to destroy public finances with short-term populist ideas, Slovak politicians should not forget that in certain situations they are expected to manage spending with a long-term effect.

Brussels dictatorship / Bruselská diktatúra km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Brussels dictatorship / Bruselská diktatúra..." page: 6 info: by ĽUBOSLAV KAČALKA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Inflation expectations grow slightly in December

[Slovakia, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:46:00 AM CET

Quoting the latest European Central Bank’s Consumer Expectations Survey, daily Hospodářské noviny reports that inflationary expectations slightly increased in the euro area in December 2022. The survey indicates that the recent interest rate hike and declining energy prices have not abated households’ concerns about rising prices. Euro area inflation peaked in October last year, exceeding 10%. According to the survey, inflation expectations three years ahead rose to 3% in December from 2.9% in November. Inflation expectations over the next 12 months remained at 5%.

Inflation expectations have risen / Inflačné očakávania vzrástli km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Inflation expectations have risen / Inflačné očakávania vzrástli..." page: 11 info: by (tasr) date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Minister Escrivá assures in Brussels that the pension reform will be ready "in the next few weeks"

[Spain, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:47:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that Spanish Minister for Social Security José Luis Escrivá has expressed his confidence that he will be able to finalise the pension reform, which is essential for the next tranche of European funds to be released, "in the coming weeks." The minister did not want to give details of his talks with the European Commission, although he assured that "a lot of progress" is being made. "We have to look for solutions to make the system more equitable," said Minister Escrivá, referring to measures such as the "solidarity quota" for the highest salaries, the improvement of minimum pensions and the fight against the gender gap that are on the table.

Escrivá hopes to close the pension reform "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá confía en cerrar la reforma de pensiones “en las próximas semanas” km-eldiario.es-ES: Escrivá hopes to close the pension reform "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá confía en cerrar la reforma de pensiones “en las próximas semanas”Escrivá hopes to close the pension reform "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá confía en cerrar la reforma de pensiones “en las próximas semanas” date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Escrivá opens the negotiation of pensions to political parties and Brussels / Escrivá abre la negociación de las pensiones a los partidos políticos y a Bruselas km-elindependiente.com-ES: Escrivá opens the negotiation of pensions to political parties and Brussels / Escrivá abre la negociación de las pensiones a los partidos políticos y a BruselasEscrivá opens the negotiation of pensions to political parties and Brussels / Escrivá abre la negociación de las pensiones a los partidos políticos y a Bruselas date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Escrivá assures in Brussels that the pension reform will be ready "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá asegura en Bruselas que la reforma de pensiones estará lista “en las próximas semanas” km-elpais.com-ES: Escrivá assures in Brussels that the pension reform will be ready "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá asegura en Bruselas que la reforma de pensiones estará lista “en las próximas semanas”Escrivá assures in Brussels that the pension reform will be ready "in the coming weeks" / Escrivá asegura en Bruselas que la reforma de pensiones estará lista “en las próximas semanas” date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

ECB to go from 'dovish' to 'hawkish' on rate hikes

[Spain, Economic and Financial Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

El Economista reports that the European Central Bank has undergone a transformation as intense as it has been swift. For years, the monetary institution was the great dove in Western central banking: negative interest rates, massive bond purchases and liquidity auctions that were more than a gift to banks. However, in less than a year, the ECB has reversed, withdrawn or modified all these expansionary policies. So much so that President Lagarde and her team have been left practically alone with rate hikes of 50 basis points at a global level, and they could also be left alone in the race for rate hikes in the summer, according to market forecasts. The first rate hike of this cycle surprised by its harshness, after having committed to a smooth exit from negative rates. The ECB's rate ceiling is close to 3.5% for July.

ECB to go from 'dovish' to 'hawkish' on rate hikes / El BCE pasará de ‘paloma’ a ‘gran halcón’ en el alza de tipos km-Economista-Spain-ES: "ECB to go from 'dovish' to 'hawkish' on rate hikes ..." page: 21 info: by F. S. J / V. N. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EMPLOYMENT

Eurostat figures on EU transport sector employment for 2021

[Cyprus, Employment]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:41:00 AM CET

Haravgi reports on the latest Eurostat figures regarding people working in the European transport sector in 2021. In 2021, some 6 million people aged 15-64 years old in the EU worked in the transport sector, making up 3.1% of total employment in the EU. At 82.9%, the vast majority of this labour force was male with females representing a 17.1% share. Nine in every ten people employed in transport worked in land transport, while 4.7% worked in water transport. Cyprus recorded the smallest number of employees in the sector, with only 5,000 people working in transport. However, the country had the second largest share of female representation in its respective labour force, which Eurostat reported at 24.6%. Additionally, more than half of the people working in Cypriot transport sector were in the 50-64 years old age group, with only 10% being aged 15-29.

Cyprus had the lowest number of people employed in transport sector in 2021 / Ο χαμηλότερος στην ΕΕ ο αριθμός εργαζομένων στις μεταφορές στην Κύπρο km-Haravgi-CY: "Cyprus had the lowest number of people employed in transport ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

ENERGY

European Commission considers Energy Charter Treaty opt out “inevitable”

[Bulgaria, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

The European Commission informed member states that a joint EU exit from the controversial Energy Charter Treaty was inevitable, according to a document seen by Reuters and cited by Mediapool on Tuesday. Some countries have already taken this step because of climate concerns. The 1998 Energy Charter Treaty, signed by around 50 countries, including EU members, aims to protect companies in the energy industry by enabling them to sue governments over policies that affect their investments. In recent years, however, the treaty has been used mainly to challenge policies that require the closure of fossil fuel plants, fuelling fears that it is a barrier to tackling climate change. France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Spain have already announced plans to leave the treaty, increasing pressure on the Commission to coordinate the EU's withdrawal.

The European Commission considers it "inevitable" to leave the Energy Charter / ЕК смята за "неизбежно" напускането на Енергийната харта km-Mediapool.bg-BG: The European Commission considers it "inevitable" to leave the Energy Charter / ЕК смята за "неизбежно" напускането на Енергийната хартаThe European Commission considers it "inevitable" to leave the Energy Charter / ЕК смята за "неизбежно" напускането на Енергийната харта date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

European Commission: EU’s withdrawal from the energy charter is the most suitable option

[Croatia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

The 1998 Energy Charter Treaty has around 50 signatories, including Croatia and other EU members, and allows companies to file lawsuits against governments over regulatory changes that affect their investments, Index and Tportal reported. In past years, companies have often used the charter to challenge government decisions aimed at curbing the use of fossil fuels, so critics have warned that it could be “an obstacle in the fight against climate change.” In a document that it shared with the EU countries, the European Commission assessed that the “most appropriate” option would be withdrawal from the EU charter and its 27 member states. In the meantime, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain have already announced that they will withdraw from the agreement, increasing the pressure on Brussels to coordinate the withdrawal at the level of the entire EU. “The exit of the EU and Euratom from the Energy Charter Treaty appears to be inevitable,” reads the document, which does not represent the Commission's official position, but reflects its preliminary opinion and should guide members' discussions on their next steps. The members of the treaty agreed on some reforms last year, but the EU countries rejected them, which means that the unchanged version is still in force. “The remaining part of the charter would undoubtedly undermine the EU's climate goals,” the Commission said. EU withdrawal requires the support of at least 15 member states and the European Parliament, which has already supported such a move. However, even if countries withdraw from the treaty, they must comply with its provisions for another 20 years. EU countries could agree not to apply that clause, since most energy investments in the EU come from domestic companies.

European Commission: EU’s withdrawal from the energy charter is the most suitable option / Europska komisija: Istupanje EU iz energetske povelje je najprikladnija opcija km-Index.hr-HR: European Commission: EU’s withdrawal from the energy charter is the most suitable option / Europska komisija: Istupanje EU iz energetske povelje je najprikladnija opcijaEuropean Commission: EU’s withdrawal from the energy charter is the most suitable option / Europska komisija: Istupanje EU iz energetske povelje je najprikladnija opcija date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

The EU steps out of the controversial energy charter that MOL used to sue Croatia? / EU istupa iz kontroverzne energetske povelje koju je MOL iskoristio za tužbu protiv Hrvatske? km-Tportal.hr-HR: The EU steps out of the controversial energy charter that MOL used to sue Croatia? / EU istupa iz kontroverzne energetske povelje koju je MOL iskoristio za tužbu protiv Hrvatske?The EU steps out of the controversial energy charter that MOL used to sue Croatia? / EU istupa iz kontroverzne energetske povelje koju je MOL iskoristio za tužbu protiv Hrvatske? info: by L.Š. date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Croatia among the leaders in developing hydrogen technologies

[Croatia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:03:00 AM CET

Croatia is among the global pioneers in developing technology for the production and application of hydrogen, which is further strengthened by its participation in the Northern Adriatic Hydrogen Valley project, together with Slovenia and the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Poslovni dnevnik reports. Ahead of the project’s first tender, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) mapped roughly 40 projects, six of which have been selected from Croatia for participation in a joint project application with the goal of producing 5,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen. This week, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, a unique public-private partnership project for research and innovation in hydrogen use, approved a total of nine projects as part of the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley. Taking part in this project, along with the European Commission, are representatives of the industry and the research community that are focused on hydrogen use.

DOK-ING's Looper key in the implementation of the energy transition / DOK-ING-OV Looper ključ u provedbi energetske tranzicije km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "DOK-ING's Looper key in the implementation of the energy transition ..." page: 4 info: by Darko Bičak date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Only slight changes to energy market expected

[Czech Republic, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:25:00 AM CET

On its front page, daily Hospodářské noviny informs its readers that the European Commission will present a proposal on how to prevent the crises on energy exchanges from repeating. However, the daily also points out that it has information that member states are unable to agree on major changes. The article explains that today the situation is different from that during last spring when the price of electricity were liquidating for the European industry and households. At that time, President von der Leyen announced the intention to deeply reform the energy market. An expert from the European Commission cited by the daily thus predicts that the changes will be rather cosmetic and that there will not be a majority of member states for bugger changes.

Prices have fallen, Europe no longer wants a revolution. The energy market will not change much / Ceny spadly, Evropa už nechce revoluci. Trh s energiemi se příliš nezmění km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "Prices have fallen, Europe no longer wants a revolution. The ..." page: 1 info: by Petr Zenkner date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Concern over violation of EU state aid regulations flares Danish energy debate

[Denmark, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

Several Danish media outlets report on the Danish Energy Agency's decision to put a halt to the so-called, and highly influential “open door” solution, allowing private energy companies to apply for permission to build wind turbines in areas where the government does not plan to build wind turbines itself. The scheme has played a significant part in Danish offshore wind projects during the last 25 years. Projects to establish wind turbines by the dozen have now been put on hold as there is concern that the scheme has been a violation of EU regulations. Political investigations and contact between the Danish government and the EU have been initiated, while much of Danish business is left astounded. Børsen and Information report that the European Commission on Tuesday denied any involvement in the matter, while editorials in Jyllands-Posten and Børsen stress the importance of a renewed and more objective debate on energy and how best to take the green transition forward. This could also mean a push for the comeback of nuclear power.

EU sources: We have not put a stop to Danish wind projects / EU-kilder: Vi har ikke sagt stop til danske vindprojekter km-Borsen-DK: EU sources: We have not put a stop to Danish wind projects / EU-kilder: Vi har ikke sagt stop til danske vindprojekterEU sources: We have not put a stop to Danish wind projects / EU-kilder: Vi har ikke sagt stop til danske vindprojekter page: 2 info: by Louise With date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Commentary: Offshore wind whirl must be resolved with honesty on dilemmas / Stor ståhej om havvind skal afklares med ærlighed om dilemmaer km-Borsen-DK: Commentary: Offshore wind whirl must be resolved with honesty on dilemmas / Stor ståhej om havvind skal afklares med ærlighed om dilemmaerCommentary: Offshore wind whirl must be resolved with honesty on dilemmas / Stor ståhej om havvind skal afklares med ærlighed om dilemmaer page: 32 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The EU has not asked Denmark to suspend offshore wind arrangement / EU har ikke bedt Danmark suspendere havvindmølleordning km-Information-Denmark-DK: "The EU has not asked Denmark to suspend offshore wind ..." page: 11 info: by Tore Keller date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Commentary: We are missing an objective energy debate / Ledende artikel: Vi savner en saglig energidebat km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: Commentary: We are missing an objective energy debate / Ledende artikel: Vi savner en saglig energidebatCommentary: We are missing an objective energy debate / Ledende artikel: Vi savner en saglig energidebat page: 20 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Russia uses ”ghost tankers” to violate oil sanctions

[Finland, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:53:00 AM CET

Helsingin Sanomat reports on Russia circumventing the oil sanctions with a “ghost fleet”. According to the Financial Times, at least sixteen tankers which used to transport Iranian crude oil have switched to Russian oil in the past two months. The ships are part of a tanker network used by Iran to violate the economic sanctions imposed on it by the United States. Shipping agents and analysts tell the Financial Times that Russia is attracting tanker owners and operators with fees 50–100% higher than usual in order to receive income for its crude oil. According to analytics company Kpler, this may lead to disputes between Iran and Russia, but this has been avoided for now due to the number of ghost ships having grown. The tanker market is expected to grow even more stringent in the next few weeks, because the Western price cap for Russian oil was extended to refined oil products on Sunday.

Russia uses ”ghost tankers” to violate oil sanctions / Lehti: Venäjä kiertää öljypakotteita Iranin ”haamulaivastolla” km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Russia uses ”ghost tankers” to violate oil sanctions / Lehti: ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The never-ending fight about nuclear in Europe (column)

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:49:00 AM CET

In her column for Le Figaro, Bertille Bayart examines the divisions between France and Germany over the role of nuclear energy in EU legislation. In her view, in the terrible context of the war in Ukraine and given the imperatives of the fight against climate change, nuclear energy should have imposed itself as a core solution. Yet, “the arguments in favour of nuclear power - low-carbon, independent and with capacity - continue to fall on deaf ears.” Even though France has recently had three successes - with the taxonomy, Germany’s agreement to “respect the technological choices of each country,” and recently on low-carbon hydrogen - the renewable energy directive (RED III) only includes hydrogen production from green energies and not from nuclear electricity. Yet, RED III trilogue discussions which should have taken place yesterday have been postponed.

Hydrogen, victim of European evil / L'hydrogène, victime du mal européen km-Echos-FR: "Hydrogen, victim of European evil / L'hydrogène, victime du mal ..." page: 1,8 info: by Nicolas Rauline date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The never-ending fight about nuclear in Europe / Le combat sans fin du nucléaire en Europe km-Figaro-FR: "The never-ending fight about nuclear in Europe / Le combat ..." page: 17 info: by Bertille Bayart date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Italy wants to focus EU aid on energy sector

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:57:00 AM CET

Les Echos reports that Prime Minister Meloni set herself an industrial priority: to turn Italy into the EU's energy hub. To do so, the Italian leader wants to use the REPowerEU funds. "We must strengthen our energy sovereignty," she urged at a meeting on Monday. In addition to the ministers for the economy and recovery plan, PM Meloni invited the major energy companies. Noting the delays in the implementation of the recovery plan, these groups and the government decided to concentrate on a tighter list of "strategic and feasible" industrial projects. Ecological transition is one of the priorities of the plan, with several initiatives to increase Italy’s production of green energy. Italian energy giants Eni and Enel also plan to improve regasification of liquified gas and increase its import capacity. These projects are being resisted by local populations and environmentalists.

Italy wants to focus EU aid on energy sector / L'Italie veut concentrer les aides européennes sur le secteur de l'énergie km-Echos-FR: "Italy wants to focus EU aid on energy sector / ..." page: 6,7 info: by Olivier Tosseri date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

A hundred MEPs urge the EU and its banks to ban all fossil fuel projects

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:50:00 AM CET

About hundred MEPs signed a letter urging the European Commission to ban all new fossil fuel energy projects and tighten the legislation regarding their financing, reports La Tribune. The initiative was launched by Raphaël Glucksmann (S&D), Karima Delli (Greens/EFA) and Belgian politician Paul Magnette, and was supported by several notorious French Greens and Socialists officials. The letter also calls on President von der Leyen to draft a legislation banning any new exploration for fossil fuels. It was to be presented in Brussels yesterday, at an event called “Stop super-profits on the back of the planet”. The NGO ShareAction pointed out the gap between banks’ sustainable commitments and their lack of transparency. Goldman laureate Lucin Pinson also denounced the financing of “climaticide” projects in South Africa led by TotalEnergie.

Coal, oil, gas... A hundred MEPs urge the EU and its banks to ban all "climaticide" projects / Charbon, pétrole, gaz... une centaine de députés européens exhortent l'UE et ses banques à bannir tout projet « climaticide » km-Tribune-FR: "Coal, oil, gas... A hundred MEPs urge the EU and ..." page: 44,45 info: by latribune.fr date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

False debates and real challenges in the European energy market (opinion piece)

[France, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:49:00 AM CET

In an opinion piece for Les Echos, think tank director Michel Derdevet and Economy Professor Jan-Horst Keppler review the EU energy market and argue that its current functioning contributed to the energy crisis because price signals fail to encourage investment in decarbonised, nuclear and renewable energy in Europe. This results in a lack of abundant and reliable production capacity, which added a considerable risk premium to the already high costs of gas. A reform of the energy market will thus need to complement the current spot market prices with more stable long-term signals and more committed risk management, including the risk of building new plants. They also refute the notion member states’ competence over their energy mix may impede the European dimension of energy policy, noting that it is a source of useful complementarity of supply sources.

False debates and real challenges in the European energy market / Faux débats et vrais défis du marché européen de l'énergie km-Echos-FR: "False debates and real challenges in the European energy market ..." page: 10 info: by Michel Derdevet date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Exit from the Energy Charter

[Germany, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:40:00 AM CET

After years of wrangling, the EU wants to exit the Energy Charter that climate advocates say is blocking the transition to green technologies, Handelsblatt reports. According to a discussion paper by the European Commission, a coordinated withdrawal by the EU member states and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) is the most appropriate option. The Energy Charter gives energy companies the right to sue against expropriation or alleged unfair treatment before privately run arbitral tribunals if they see their profits diminished. The discussion paper further states that the Energy Charter "is not in line with EU investment protection policy or the Green Deal". As the modernisation of the charter has failed, a spokesman for the European Commission confirmed that a coordinated exit is now being considered.

Exit of the Energy Charter / Raus aus der Energiecharta km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Exit of the Energy Charter / Raus aus der Energiecharta..." page: 12 info: by C.H date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU set to discuss energy strategy

[Italy, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:50:00 AM CET

A few Italian media report on the ongoing energy crisis and the strategies adopted at the Italian and European levels. Milano Finanza reports that Russia has lost $25 billion in fewer oil and gas revenues in January, resulting in the highest deficit in the first month of the year since 1998. Meanwhile, Corriere Della Sera underlines that Enel has recently inaugurated its “sun factory” in Catania, Sicily. The Solar panel Giga factory was realised in partnership with the EU, which financed the project in light of its strategic relevance. An article by Marta Dassù in La Repubblica points out that the next European Council will have energy and Europe’s green transition at the top of the agenda. The US has recently allocated $349 billion to promote the use of renewable energy sources, and the huge gap between the costs of energy in the EU and the US could end up turning America into an industrial “competitor” rather than an ally. Still, the EU lacks a common energy policy, and the Union cannot rely on the fiscal policy tools used by the White House in times of need. However, it would be better for both to avoid a “battle of subsidies” between the two shores of the Atlantic. Indeed, we should try and build the exact opposite: a more integrated energy market between the US and Europe.

Enel svela la «fabbrica del sole» A Catania il fotovoltaico del futuro km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Enel svela la «fabbrica del sole» A Catania il fotovoltaico ..." page: 31 info: by di Fausta Chiesa date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Russia has lost 25 billion energy revenues  / La Russia perde 25 miliardi di entrate energetiche km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Russia has lost 25 billion energy revenues / La Russia ..." page: 4 info: by Rossella Savojardo date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Italy faces EU energy challenge / L' Italia alla prova del sostegno Ue alle fonti di energia km-Repubblica-IT: "Italy faces EU energy challenge / L' Italia alla prova ..." page: 1,25 info: by Marta Dassù date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Europe's role in the Middle East and North Africa

[Latvia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:55:00 AM CET

 According to Segodnja, as Europe desperately tries to find new energy suppliers, the resource-rich countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) hope to bolster their economies and influence. The MENA countries have suddenly become much more valuable allies, and competition between world powers for influence in the region is intensifying. The EU Compass of 21 March 2022 and the February 2022 declaration on a "new era" signed by China and Russia make new geopolitical tensions overwhelmingly apparent. Either document represents a worldview in which the use of force is justified to uphold their values. High Representative / Vice-President Borrell even stated that Europe "must learn to speak the language of force". There is also REPowerEU, the Commission's plan to make Europe independent of Russian fossil fuels, and its foundations are diversification of sources, economising the resources and accelerating switching to greener energy.

Europe's role in the Middle East and North Africa / РОЛЬ ЕВРОПЫ НА БЛИЖНЕМ ВОСТОКЕ И В СЕВЕРНОЙ АФРИКЕ km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "Europe's role in the Middle East and North Africa / ..." page: 22,23 info: by Сергей САВЧЕНКО date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Lithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues

[Lithuania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

Lrytas.lt and Delfi.lt report that Lithuania and Sweden continue negotiations on sharing the country’s electricity producers’ windfall revenues in the event of a renewed rise in electricity prices on the power exchange, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says the two countries will not be able to reach an agreement quickly. According to her, although the European Commission has been asked to mediate in the negotiations, the discussions between Lithuanian and Swedish representatives are friendly. “It will not be a quick process,” she said, as quoted by Lrytas.lt, adding that even though the negotiations are “friendly, it is still about money matters and that takes time.”

Lithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / Šimonytė apie derybas su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamų: procesas nebus greitas, kalbame apie pinigus km-Delfi.lt-LT: Lithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / Šimonytė apie derybas su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamų: procesas nebus greitas, kalbame apie pinigusLithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / Šimonytė apie derybas su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamų: procesas nebus greitas, kalbame apie pinigus info: by Lukas Juozapaitis date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / I. Šimonytė nesitiki greitų derybų su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamų km-lrytas.lt-LT: Lithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / I. Šimonytė nesitiki greitų derybų su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamųLithuanian Prime Minister does not expect quick negotiations with Sweden on electricity producers’ windfall revenues / I. Šimonytė nesitiki greitų derybų su Švedija dėl viršplaninių elektros gamintojų pajamų info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Russian liquid petroleum gas not included in new European Union sanctions package

[Lithuania, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

Alfa.lt reports that the European Union sanctions against Russia, imposed on 5 February, do not include a ban on imports of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from Russia, according to the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. However, the Ministry states that “Lithuania, together with like-minded countries, is continuously submitting proposals to strengthen European Union sanctions, including the sanctioning of LPG.”

Russian liquid petroleum gas not included in new European Union sanctions package / Rusiškos skystosios naftos dujos neįtrauktos į naują ES sankcijų paketą km-Alfa.lt-LT: Russian liquid petroleum gas not included in new European Union sanctions package / Rusiškos skystosios naftos dujos neįtrauktos į naują ES sankcijų paketąRussian liquid petroleum gas not included in new European Union sanctions package / Rusiškos skystosios naftos dujos neįtrauktos į naują ES sankcijų paketą date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Opinion article by Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Ana Gouveia on the reform of the EU's energy market

[Portugal, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 2:15:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Público, Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Ana Fontoura Gouveia comments on the reform of the European Union's energy market. According to Secretary of State Gouveia, Portugal defends “a redesign of the market” based on three central axes. Firstly, the country supports a “greater preponderance of long-term contracts, bringing more stability and predictability.” Secondly, Portugal will stress the importance of balancing “demand and supply, ensuring that it is the producers with the lowest costs who meet the needs and ensuring that the price reflects the relative scarcity at the production level.” Thirdly, she underlines the importance of “promoting the resilience of the electricity system as an integral part of the market redesign.” She also recalls the importance of encouraging energy production through renewable sources and strengthening interconnections between countries.

For a green, fair and resilient electricity market / Por um mercado elétrico verde, justo e resiliente km-Publico-PT: "For a green, fair and resilient electricity market / Por ..." page: 8 info: by Ana Fontoura Gouveia date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Embargo does not mean end to Russian oil products on Slovak market

[Slovakia, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:07:00 AM CET

Website aktuality.sk reports on the embargo on Russian oil product imported by sea which entered into force. The website notes that it does not mean an end to oil imported from Russia, which will still be delivered to Slovakia directly by pipelines. Analyst Radovan Potočár explains that the aim of the latest embargo is to further reduce the incomes of the Kremlin regime. He adds that product from Russian oil will still get to Slovakia. However, they can be produced in countries such as India and China.

Economic choice: Another oil embargo will make diesel and gasoline more expensive. We will not get rid of Russian oil anyway / Ekonomický výber: Ďalšie ropné embargo predraží naftu a benzín. Ruskej ropy sa aj tak nezbavíme km-aktuality.sk-SK: Economic choice: Another oil embargo will make diesel and gasoline more expensive. We will not get rid of Russian oil anyway / Ekonomický výber: Ďalšie ropné embargo predraží naftu a benzín. Ruskej ropy sa aj tak nezbavímeEconomic choice: Another oil embargo will make diesel and gasoline more expensive. We will not get rid of Russian oil anyway / Ekonomický výber: Ďalšie ropné embargo predraží naftu a benzín. Ruskej ropy sa aj tak nezbavíme info: by Martin Odkladal date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU resigns itself to leaving the International Energy Charter

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:42:00 AM CET

ABC and eldiario.es report that the European Commission now considers it inevitable that the EU and its member states will abandon the International Energy Charter, a treaty that was designed to provide guarantees for investments in energy infrastructure, including those using fossil fuels. The collective exit from that treaty was being proposed by Spanish Ecological Transition Minister Ribera, on the grounds that it no longer aligns with the climate objectives that Europe has acquired. The Commission's proposal is contained in a working document that was presented yesterday to the ambassadors of the member states. In contrast to what the EU executive has been saying until now, the document now argues that "the most appropriate" and now "inevitable" option would be for the EU as such (which has competence over atomic energy) and its 27 member states to abandon the pact.

EU resigns itself to leaving the International Energy Charter / La UE se resigna a abandonar la Carta Internacional de la Energía km-ABC-ES: "EU resigns itself to leaving the International Energy Charter / ..." page: 28 info: by E. Serbeto date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Brussels is now committed to abandoning the treaty that shields investments in fossil fuels / Bruselas apuesta ahora por abandonar el tratado que blinda las inversiones en energías fósiles km-eldiario.es-ES: Brussels is now committed to abandoning the treaty that shields investments in fossil fuels / Bruselas apuesta ahora por abandonar el tratado que blinda las inversiones en energías fósilesBrussels is now committed to abandoning the treaty that shields investments in fossil fuels / Bruselas apuesta ahora por abandonar el tratado que blinda las inversiones en energías fósiles date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Iberdrola seeks to appease Minister Ribera's reform in the EU

[Spain, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:49:00 AM CET

El Mundo reports that Iberdrola has made a move in Brussels to take a stance on the European Commission's plans to reform the electricity market. Officials from the group headed by Ignacio Galán flew to the Belgian capital a few days ago to discuss the future transformation of the community model with the team of Commissioner Simson. The meeting took place on 2 February, weeks after the Spanish government published its reform proposal, which it has already sent to Brussels and which involves burying the market to create a regulated system with strong intervention, setting regulated prices for nuclear and hydro, forward contracts for differences for renewables and capacity contracts for gas. Iberdrola spokespersons had a face-to-face meeting with the Director General for Energy, Ditte Juul Jørgensen. As recorded in the EU Transparency Register, the purpose of the meeting was "electricity market design".

Iberdrola seeks to placate the Ribera reform in the EU / Iberdrola busca aplacar en la UE la reforma de Ribera km-Mundo-ES: "Iberdrola seeks to placate the Ribera reform in the EU ..." page: 26 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

No clarification on Sweden's second electricity price compensation package

[Sweden, Energy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:01:00 AM CET

Aftonbladet.se, quoting news agency TT, reports that Swedish Energy Minister Ebba Busch does not yet know when the second electricity price compensation package can be paid out to Swedish households. She said that she expects the payments to take place sometime in spring 2023, but that this process should take place faster than the first one. Ms Busch further commented that when it comes to price compensation to companies, the ball is currently in the European Commission's court.

Still unclear when second electricity support package will be paid out / Fortsatt oklart när elstöd 2 betalas ut km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: Still unclear when second electricity support package will be paid out / Fortsatt oklart när elstöd 2 betalas utStill unclear when second electricity support package will be paid out / Fortsatt oklart när elstöd 2 betalas ut date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

ENLARGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

MEPs’ dreams: UK and Ukraine to enter EU in 5 years (Commentary)

[Croatia, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET | info

MEP Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and prominent liberal member of the European Parliament, a week ago put forward the thesis that Ukraine and Great Britain could enter the European Union together in five years, writes the author of the commentary published in Večernji list, noting that the notion seemed audacious at first but has made many think about it. It would be a sensational turn of the Brexit saga and the saga of expanding the idea of European integration. It would be an unexpected but fundamentally positive development in history, the author notes. In the 2016 referendum, 51.89% of voters in the UK voted for Brexit. Today, six and a half years after the referendum and three years after the very act of negotiated exit from the EU formally took place, almost 60% of respondents in polls believe that Brexit was a “wrong move” and say that they would vote for re-entry into the EU. Among young voters, up to the age of 24, the percentage who would choose EU membership is around 79%. Brexit simply did not bring the British any visible benefit. Ukraine's path to the EU will be very different, but it is still possible. If not only Ukraine is defended on the battlefield in Ukraine, but democracy, peace and stability in the whole of Europe, then Ukraine will find its way to membership in the European Union, the author concludes.

Dreams of MEPs: Ukraine and the UK in 5 years together in the EU? / Snovi europarlamentaraca: Ukrajina i Velika britanija za 5 godina zajedno u EU? km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Dreams of MEPs: Ukraine and the UK in 5 years ..." page: 11 info: by Tomislav Krasnec date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Kosovo agrees with EU proposal on normalisation of relations with Serbia

[Czech Republic, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:52:00 AM CET | info

Websites aktualne.cz and novinky.cz report on the EU enlargement in the Western Balkans and the relations between Kosovo and Serbia. Aktualne.cz informs its readers that Kosovo basically agreed with the EU’s proposal on normalisation of relations with Serbia, according to statements of EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák. The website adds that the proposal was created by Germany and France. However, it has never been officially published.Novinky.cz focuses on the EU accession of North Macedonia. The website draws attention to statements of Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, according to whom speeding up of European integration is in mutual interest of both the country and the EU. He added that he was glad that the accession talks began during the Czech EU Presidency.

Kovosou agrees to plan to normalise relations with Serbia / Kovosou souhlasí s plánem na urovnání vztahů se Srbskem km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: Kovosou agrees to plan to normalise relations with Serbia / Kovosou souhlasí s plánem na urovnání vztahů se SrbskemKovosou agrees to plan to normalise relations with Serbia / Kovosou souhlasí s plánem na urovnání vztahů se Srbskem info: by CTK date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lipavský: We expect North Macedonia to become part of the EU / Lipavský: Očekáváme, že se Severní Makedonie stane součástí EU km-novinky.cz-CZ: Lipavský: We expect North Macedonia to become part of the EU / Lipavský: Očekáváme, že se Severní Makedonie stane součástí EULipavský: We expect North Macedonia to become part of the EU / Lipavský: Očekáváme, že se Severní Makedonie stane součástí EU info: by Michal Sobotka date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU Special Envoy Miroslav Lajčák is satisfied with the talks in Pristina and Belgrade

[Greece, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET | info

A couple of media outlets report that EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Miroslav Lajčák said he was satisfied with the talks he had on Monday in Pristina and Belgrade. She said that he is glad that Kosovo has also accepted in principle the EU's proposal, adding that we will continue talks in a high-level meeting. The mission of the EU special envoy to Kosovo and Serbia was aimed at preparing the next meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Brussels. The discussion at this meeting will focus on the so-called Franco-German proposal, which, among other things, provides for the normalisation of Serbia-Kosovo relations without an act of mutual recognition.

ΕΕ: Ικανοποιημένος δήλωσε ο Μ. Λάιτσακ από τις συνομιλίες σε Πρίστινα και Βελιγράδι km-capital.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Ικανοποιημένος δήλωσε ο Μ. Λάιτσακ από τις συνομιλίες σε ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU Special Envoy satisfied with the talks in Serbia-Kosovo / Ικανοποιημένος με τις συζητήσεις σε Σερβία-Κοσόβο ο ειδικός απεσταλμένος της ΕΕ km-euro2day.gr-GR: EU Special Envoy satisfied with the talks in Serbia-Kosovo / Ικανοποιημένος με τις συζητήσεις σε Σερβία-Κοσόβο ο ειδικός απεσταλμένος της ΕΕEU Special Envoy satisfied with the talks in Serbia-Kosovo / Ικανοποιημένος με τις συζητήσεις σε Σερβία-Κοσόβο ο ειδικός απεσταλμένος της ΕΕ date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Σερβία-Κόσοβο: «Ικανοποιημένος» ο ειδικός απεσταλμένος της ΕΕ από τις συνομιλίες σε Πρίστινα και Βελιγράδι km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Σερβία-Κόσοβο: «Ικανοποιημένος» ο ειδικός απεσταλμένος της ΕΕ από τις συνομιλίες ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Kosovo accepts EU plan to normalise relations with Serbia

[Latvia, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:56:00 AM CET | info

A few media outlets report that Kosovo has accepted the plan proposed by the European Union for the normalisation of relations with Serbia. This was announced by Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Officials said on Twitter that they consider the EU's proposal to normalise relations a good basis for further discussions and a solid platform for moving forward. LTV1 reports that the issue of international guarantees, implementation mechanisms and the timetable will soon be resolved during the upcoming negotiations in Brussels. The creation of a semi-autonomous union of Serb-inhabited municipalities has caused the biggest objections so far, but already last week Prime Minister Kurti allowed the possibility of considering this idea if it is following the state constitution and is not based on purely ethnic grounds.

Ziņas km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Ziņas..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Panorāma km-LTV-1-LV: "Panorāma..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Ziņas km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "Ziņas..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

President Vučić marks meeting with EU Special Representative Lajčák as friendly and open

[Slovakia, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:10:00 AM CET | info

Websites cas.sk and aktuality.sk inform their readers about the meeting between Serbian President Vučić and EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák. President Vučić marked the talks as friendly and open. Before the meeting, he excluded the option of mutual recognition of Serbia and Kosovo. Mr Lajčák also met with Kosovar Prime Minister Kurti. He stated that Kosovo agreed with the EU’s proposal on normalisation of relations with Serbia and considered it a good basis for further discussion.

Serbian President Vucic spoke with diplomat Lajčák. Recognition of Kosovo refuses / Srbský prezident Vučič sa rozprával s diplomatom Lajčákom. Uznanie Kosova odmieta km-aktuality.sk-SK: Serbian President Vucic spoke with diplomat Lajčák. Recognition of Kosovo refuses / Srbský prezident Vučič sa rozprával s diplomatom Lajčákom. Uznanie Kosova odmietaSerbian President Vucic spoke with diplomat Lajčák. Recognition of Kosovo refuses / Srbský prezident Vučič sa rozprával s diplomatom Lajčákom. Uznanie Kosova odmieta info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Vucic described the talks with Lajčák as open: What does he say about the agreement with Kosovo? / Vučič označil rozhovory s Lajčákom za otvorené: Čo hovorí na dohodu s Kosovom? km-cas.sk-SK: Vucic described the talks with Lajčák as open: What does he say about the agreement with Kosovo? / Vučič označil rozhovory s Lajčákom za otvorené: Čo hovorí na dohodu s Kosovom?Vucic described the talks with Lajčák as open: What does he say about the agreement with Kosovo? / Vučič označil rozhovory s Lajčákom za otvorené: Čo hovorí na dohodu s Kosovom? info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Serbian President Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo

[Slovenia, Enlargement Negotiations]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:29:00 AM CET | info

Serbian President Vučić assessed his Monday meeting with EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue Miroslav Lajčák as good, but asserted that Serbia would not recognise Kosovo, STA, RTVSLO, and 24ur report. He also hinted at the possibility of an early election in Serbia, in which he would run for the position of Serbian prime minister, Serbian media reported. Before his meeting with Special Representative Lajčák, he published a video message on Instagram in which he said that he would continue to defend Serbia and that the West could only dream of Serbia recognising Kosovo. He stressed that he was not afraid of anyone and that Serbia had not stolen anything, adding that the Serbian people had always defended Serbia and would also do the same in the future. “Mutual recognition – dream on. Long live Serbia,” he declared on Instagram.

Vučić refuses to recognise Kosovo: Mutual recognition? Dream on! Long live Serbia / Vučić zavrača priznanje Kosova: Medsebojno priznanje? Sanjajte! Živela, Srbija km-24ur.com-SI: Vučić refuses to recognise Kosovo: Mutual recognition? Dream on! Long live Serbia / Vučić zavrača priznanje Kosova: Medsebojno priznanje? Sanjajte! Živela, SrbijaVučić refuses to recognise Kosovo: Mutual recognition? Dream on! Long live Serbia / Vučić zavrača priznanje Kosova: Medsebojno priznanje? Sanjajte! Živela, Srbija date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Even after talks with EU, Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić tudi po pogovorih z EU-jem še naprej zavrača priznanje Kosova km-Rtvslo.si-SI: Even after talks with EU, Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić tudi po pogovorih z EU-jem še naprej zavrača priznanje KosovaEven after talks with EU, Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić tudi po pogovorih z EU-jem še naprej zavrača priznanje Kosova date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić še naprej zavrača priznanje Kosova km-sta.si-SI: Vučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić še naprej zavrača priznanje KosovaVučić continues to refuse to recognise Kosovo / Vučić še naprej zavrača priznanje Kosova date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

ENVIRONMENT

EU to restrict use of chemicals

[Austria, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:35:00 AM CET

The EU is planning to restrict the use of forever chemicals, radio channel Ö1 and derstandard.at report. This term refers to PFAS chemicals that have a negative impact on human health and are primarily used in coated products since they are dirt and water-repellent. The European Chemicals Agency is now planning to review whether a ban of forever chemicals is compatible with European law. If this is the case, a detailed scientific evaluation is to be conducted. Afterwards, the European Commission would decide on potential restrictions on the use of these chemicals.

Ewigkeitschemikalien könnten künftig weitgehend verboten werden km-Derstandard.at-AT: Ewigkeitschemikalien könnten künftig weitgehend verboten werdenEwigkeitschemikalien könnten künftig weitgehend verboten werden date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2023-02-07 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Robert Zikmund date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Journal um 5 km-ORF-O3-AT: "Journal um 5..." info: 2023-02-07 17:00:00, 17:00:00, by Robert Zikmund date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 5:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Historical proposal with Danish participation will ban 10,000 PFAS substances in the EU

[Denmark, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:12:00 AM CET

Dagbladet Information reports that in 2020 alone, somewhere between 140,000 and 310,000 PFAS chemicals were introduced to the European market, but now, five nations have suggested a ban of 10,000 substances. On Tuesday, representatives from Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands presented the proposal in Brussels. “If this is realised, we have come a long way in regards to the protection of health and environment in the EU,” says Claus Jørgensen, project manager at the Danish Consumer Council. This proposal was initially put forward in front of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on 13 January 2023 and the EU nations are expected to decide on the matter in 2025.

Historical proposal with Danish participation will ban 10.000 PFAS substances in the EU / Historisk forslag med dansk deltagelse vil forbyde 10.000 PFAS-stoffer i EU km-Information-Denmark-DK: "Historical proposal with Danish participation will ban 10.000 PFAS substances ..." page: 5 info: by Louise Schou Drivsholm date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU regulator assesses possible ban of "eternal" PFAS pollutants

[France, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:15:00 AM CET

MediaPart.fr reports that on Tuesday The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published  the proposal of five European countries to ban the "eternal" pollutants PFAS in the EU. The German, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish health authorities had submitted a draft "restriction" of these substances to the EU regulator in mid-January. This proposal aims to ban the production, use, import and marketing of 10,000 components belonging to the perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and polyfluoroalkylates (PFASs), in the EU. "This would be one of the largest chemical bans ever imposed in Europe," the five countries said in a joint statement. ECHA will start consultations on this proposal within two weeks, which will be examined by the regulator's scientific committees in order to assess its environmental, economic and social impact. The agency will then submit a recommendation to the Commission, which will draft a regulation.

EU regulator assesses possible ban of "eternal" PFAS pollutants / Polluants « éternels » PFAS: un régulateur de l'UE évalue une possible interdiction km-MediaPart.fr-FR: EU regulator assesses possible ban of "eternal" PFAS pollutants / Polluants « éternels » PFAS: un régulateur de l'UE évalue une possible interdictionEU regulator assesses possible ban of "eternal" PFAS pollutants / Polluants « éternels » PFAS: un régulateur de l'UE évalue une possible interdiction date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Planning Bill to bring "greater clarity, consistency, and certainty"

[Ireland, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:15:00 AM CET

The Irish Times reports that Irish politicians have been told the new Planning and Development Bill 2000 will bring much needed "consistency and certainty" to the planning process, deal with a rapid population increase, and reduce the need for judicial reviews. The plans would be streamlined with European Union directives around habitats and biodiversity.

Planning Bill to bring 'greater clarity, consistency and certainty' / Planning Bill to bring 'greater clarity, consistency and certainty' km-Irish-Times-IE: "Planning Bill to bring 'greater clarity, consistency and certainty' / ..." page: 2 info: by TIM O'BRIEN date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Union study shows electric trucks produce far fewer emissions than diesel

[Lithuania, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

15min.lt reports that electric trucks produce far fewer planet-warming emissions than their diesel counterparts over a lifetime, a report in Europe showed, emphasising that the biggest climate impact comes from driving vehicles and not manufacturing them. The transport sector accounts for about 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union, the biggest contributor in the bloc.

European Union study shows electric trucks produce far fewer emissions than diesel / ES tyrimas: elektriniai sunkvežimiai išskiria gerokai mažiau emisijų nei dyzeliniai km-15min.lt-LT: European Union study shows electric trucks produce far fewer emissions than diesel / ES tyrimas: elektriniai sunkvežimiai išskiria gerokai mažiau emisijų nei dyzeliniaiEuropean Union study shows electric trucks produce far fewer emissions than diesel / ES tyrimas: elektriniai sunkvežimiai išskiria gerokai mažiau emisijų nei dyzeliniai info: by Šaltinis: BNS date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

The Netherlands wants a European PFAS ban on more than ten thousand chemical substances

[Netherlands, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:56:00 AM CET

Nu.nl reports that together with four other countries, the Netherlands proposed a ban on the production, use, sale and import of more than 10,000 chemical substances in the PFAS family in the EU. PFAS is a collective name for thousands of substances that are processed in, for example, clothing and non-stick pans. At the beginning of this year, the Dutch government, together with Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden, took the first step in the process by submitting a so-called restriction proposal. The intention of the ban does not (yet) concern substances contained in medicines, pest control and plant protection products. State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen called the ban "really necessary". Now that the proposal has been submitted, those involved have six months to respond. After that, two scientific committees will give advice. The European Commission is expected to come up with a final proposal in 2025, after which the member states can decide whether they really want the ban.

European ban on 10,000 kinds of PFAS is another step closer / Europees verbod op 10.000 soorten pfas weer een stukje dichterbij km-Nos.nl-NL: "European ban on 10,000 kinds of PFAS is another step ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The Netherlands wants European PFAS ban on more than 10,000 chemical substances / Nederland wil Europees PFAS-verbod op ruim tienduizend chemische stoffen km-nu.nl-NL: "The Netherlands wants European PFAS ban on more than 10,000 ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Plan to ban PFAS is still pending in Brussels / Plan om pfas uit te bannen wacht de Brusselse molen km-Trouw-NL: Plan to ban PFAS is still pending in Brussels / Plan om pfas uit te bannen wacht de Brusselse molenPlan to ban PFAS is still pending in Brussels / Plan om pfas uit te bannen wacht de Brusselse molen page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Brussels nature restoration law may further paralyse the Netherlands

[Netherlands, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:57:00 AM CET

An analysis in Het Financieele Dagblad looks into the European Commission’s goal to not only to protect nature in the EU, but also to restore it. The new law that requires member states to take action has raised a great deal of concern and resistance, not least in the Netherlands. 'A deterioration ban outside Natura 2000 means far-reaching juridification of an already highly legalized policy area,' wrote minister Christianne van der Wal-Zeggelink (Nature and Nitrogen) to the House of Representatives in October. 'If this ban on deterioration is introduced, it is conceivable that a permit procedure will become necessary for all proposed projects.' Other objections concern costs and subsidiarity of the proposal: should Brussels be in charge of these decisions, or should they be made closer to the citizen? Countries also wonder whether the Nature Restoration Act is coherent with other wishes, for example, those to speed up permit procedures for renewable energy projects such as wind farms, and what about the property rights of large landowners.

Nature recovery law may further paralyse the Netherlands  / Natuurherstelwet dreigt Nederland verder te verlammen km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: Nature recovery law may further paralyse the Netherlands / Natuurherstelwet dreigt Nederland verder te verlammenNature recovery law may further paralyse the Netherlands  / Natuurherstelwet dreigt Nederland verder te verlammen page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Drought caused more damage in Europe than storm Eunice

[Netherlands, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

De Volkskrant reports that drought, not storms and rain, did the most damage in Europe last year, according to the annual report on weather, climate and disasters of international risk and insurance advisor Aon. The long dry spells in the summer of 2022 led to nearly €21 billion in damage to agriculture, buildings and roads. Almost €3 billion of the European damage caused by drought was compensated by insurance companies. Eunice was the heaviest storm in Europe with €4.2 billion in damage. Of that amount, €3.2 billion was insured. More than 31,000 people died worldwide last year as a result of natural disasters, which is less than half of the annual average for this century. About two-thirds of the deaths were victims of the heat waves in Europe in June and July. Tropical cyclones caused the most damage worldwide last year: €102 billion. In Spain, the largest area in Europe was destroyed by forest fires last year: 316 thousand hectares.

Drought caused more damage in Europe than storm Eunice / Droogte veroorzaakte in Europa meer schade dan storm Eunice km-Volkskrant-NL: Drought caused more damage in Europe than storm Eunice / Droogte veroorzaakte in Europa meer schade dan storm EuniceDrought caused more damage in Europe than storm Eunice / Droogte veroorzaakte in Europa meer schade dan storm Eunice page: 22 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Five European chemicals agencies call for total ban on PFASs in EU

[Sweden, Environment]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:45:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report that five European chemicals agencies proposed a total ban on the use of products which contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the EU. The proposal, which is expected to be presented to the EU member states in 2025, stated that producers will have 1.5 to 12 years to phase out PFASs from their products. Göteborgs-Posten reports that Pär Ängquist, director-general of the Swedish Chemicals Agency, said that PFASs are is the worst chemicals of our time and often referred to as "forever chemicals" due to their long lifespan. He further stated that if we continue to increase our use of such substances, the PFAS levels will be excessively high and cause risks to both humans and the environment.

Proposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud för PFAS i EU km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: Proposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud för PFAS i EUProposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud för PFAS i EU date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Proposal: Ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Förbud mot PFAS i EU km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Proposal: Ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Förbud mot ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

PFAS could be banned in all of EU - Sweden behind law proposal / PFAS kan förbjudas i hela EU – Sverige bakom lagförslaget km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "PFAS could be banned in all of EU - Sweden ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Proposal: Ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Förbud för PFAS i EU km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Proposal: Ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Förbud för ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Proposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud av PFAS i EU km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: Proposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud av PFAS i EUProposal: Total ban on PFAS in EU / Förslaget: Totalförbud av PFAS i EU date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Ban on "forever chemicals" proposed in EU / Förbud mot ”evighetskemikalier” i EU föreslås km-Svt.se-SE: Ban on "forever chemicals" proposed in EU / Förbud mot ”evighetskemikalier” i EU föreslåsBan on "forever chemicals" proposed in EU / Förbud mot ”evighetskemikalier” i EU föreslås date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Several countries want to ban "forever chemicals" / Flera länder vill förbjuda ”evighetskemikalier” km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "Several countries want to ban "forever chemicals" / Flera länder ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY

Swedish Prime Minister in Estonia: no talks in the middle of crises

[Estonia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

According to Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, they believe the assurances given by Finnish leaders that the road to NATO will be pursued jointly, and both countries are ready to negotiate with Türkiye as soon as the latter also shows a willingness to do so, Postimees writes. Priem Minister Kristersson, who was in Tallinn on Tuesday, said that for Türkiye to be ready to open the door to NATO again for Sweden, it would first be necessary to cool down the row that erupted when a doll of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was set on fire in Stockholm in protest and a Koran was burned near the Turkish embassy. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) added that it would be better for the security of the region as a whole if Finland and Sweden joined NATO together, and this is something we must now work towards.

Swedish Prime Minister in Estonia: no talks in the middle of crises / Swedish Prime Minister in Estonia: no talks in the middle of crises km-Postimees-EE: "Swedish Prime Minister in Estonia: no talks in the middle ..." page: 8 info: by Berit Nuka date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Foreign ministers confirm that Finland and Sweden continue to aim for NATO membership together

[Finland, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:51:00 AM CET

Several sources report on Finland and Sweden’s NATO process. The Finnish and Swedish foreign ministers discussed the process at foreign policy forum Hanalys at the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish cultural centre on 7 February. According to Turun Sanomat, Keskisuomalainen and Demokraatti, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström said that Finland and Sweden’s relations have not been damaged by the speculations on Finland potentially joining NATO before Sweden. He and Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto said at a joint press conference that the two states are still working to join NATO together. Minister Billström said that all items in the memorandum on cooperation between Finland, Sweden and Türkiye have been processed, and it is time for the Turkish Parliament to start the ratification process. According to Keskisuomalainen, he did not find it appropriate to speculate on Finland’s potential schedule in case of separate accessions. He said that Sweden respects the fact that every state decides on joining NATO by themselves.According to Turun Sanomat, Keskisuomalainen, Demokraatti and Yle, the foreign ministers also addressed the plan to send Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. Minister Haavisto said that Finland is currently having bilateral discussions on the matter with Poland and Germany. According to Keskisuomalainen, Minister Billström said that Sweden also wants to participate in the international cooperation aiming to send battle tanks to Ukraine. The ministers stated that Ukraine is likely to need more aid from both Finland and Sweden as well as the European Union.Helsingin Sanomat reports on former Finnish prime minister Paavo Lipponen discussing the NATO process in a letter to the editor in Hufvudstadsbladet. According to him, Türkiye is not the problem in the process. Instead, as NATO’s largest member state, the United States is responsible for pushing Finland and Sweden’s applications forward. Lipponen criticises the US for not taking Finland and Sweden’s problems with Türkiye seriously. “The NATO secretary general lectures Finland’s foreign political leaders on Türkiye like they were schoolboys,” he writes. In his opinion, Finland and Sweden must tell the US that it cannot keep “playing with them” any longer. He says that leaving the two applicants out of NATO would be a great loss for the alliance, which could hardly defend the Baltic states without them. However, he finds it important for Finland and Sweden to access NATO together.

Ruotsin ulkoministeri Nato-spekuloinneista: Liittyminen on lopulta kunkin maan kansallinen päätös km-Demari.fi-FI: Ruotsin ulkoministeri Nato-spekuloinneista: Liittyminen on lopulta kunkin maan kansallinen päätösRuotsin ulkoministeri Nato-spekuloinneista: Liittyminen on lopulta kunkin maan kansallinen päätös date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Paavo Lipponen arvostelee HBL:ssä kovin sanoin Yhdysvaltoja Suomen Nato-tien viivästymisestä km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Paavo Lipponen arvostelee HBL:ssä kovin sanoin Yhdysvaltoja Suomen Nato-tien viivästymisestä..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Suhteet Suomeen kunnossa, sanoo Ruotsin ulkoministeri Billström km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Suhteet Suomeen kunnossa, sanoo Ruotsin ulkoministeri Billström..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Seitsemän uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Seitsemän uutiset..." info: 2023-02-07 19:00:00, 19:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Kymmenen uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Kymmenen uutiset..." info: 2023-02-07 22:00:00, 22:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Billström: Suhteet eivät ole kärsineet km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Billström: Suhteet eivät ole kärsineet..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Ruotsin ulkoministeri: Suomen ja Ruotsin olisi tärkeää edetä yhtä aikaa Natoon, mutta molemmilla mailla on myös omat intressinsä km-yle.fi-FI: Ruotsin ulkoministeri: Suomen ja Ruotsin olisi tärkeää edetä yhtä aikaa Natoon, mutta molemmilla mailla on myös omat intressinsäRuotsin ulkoministeri: Suomen ja Ruotsin olisi tärkeää edetä yhtä aikaa Natoon, mutta molemmilla mailla on myös omat intressinsä date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Researcher: Hungary delays NATO process to wait for Russian victory

[Finland, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:49:00 AM CET

Helsingin Sanomat, Turun Sanomat, Keskisuomalainen and Suomenmaa report on Hungary holding Finland and Sweden’s NATO process back. According to Katalin Miklóssy, researcher at the University of Helsinki, Hungary is delaying its ratification of Finland and Sweden’s NATO memberships because it is waiting for Russia to win the war in Ukraine. “Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is positioning himself so that he can prove to President of Russia Vladimir Putin that Hungary has done everything it can to hold NATO back and to stay in good relations with Russia,” she says. She finds it especially concerning that Hungary is constantly talking about creating peace in Ukraine by basically having President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy concede territories to Russia. Thus, it is much more pro-Russia than Türkiye, the other obstacle standing in the way of Finland and Sweden’s NATO membership. According to Miklóssy, Hungary does not care about the candidates meeting the membership criteria, only about maintaining good relations with Russia and Türkiye. She says that the rule of law dispute with the European Union and the subsequently withheld EU subsidies also play a role in Hungary delaying the ratification. Hungary is expected to ratify the NATO applications when its parliament convenes again on 20 February, but Miklóssy says that it depends entirely on Orbán if that will happen. According to Suomenmaa, NATO enlargement is now peculiarly in the hands of member states which have become outsiders in the alliance: Miklóssy has heard that Hungary no longer receives confidential information from the rest of NATO because it would leak it to Russia. All the sources report on her saying that a factor in Hungary’s current pro-Russia attitudes is the propaganda cultivated by the government controlling the media. There is still reminiscence on the 1956 rebellion, but since 2016, the narrative has claimed that Hungary lost due to the West’s reluctance to aid it. According to Suomenmaa, the Soviet Union is viewed as only behaving like any empire behaves towards its peripheral states.

Tutkija: Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodan km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Tutkija: Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodan km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodan..." page: 22 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Tutkija: Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodan km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: Tutkija: Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodanTutkija: Unkari panttaa Nato-ratifiointeja, koska se odottaa Venäjän lopulta voittavan sodan date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Tutkija: Unkari panttaa ratifiointeja – odottaa Venäjän voittavan sodan km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Tutkija: Unkari panttaa ratifiointeja – odottaa Venäjän voittavan sodan..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius will visit Warsaw to open a new chapter in cooperation

[Germany, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:30:00 AM CET

After the tussle over the supply of tanks, Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius will visit Warsaw to open a new chapter in cooperation, Die Welt reports. Many Poles initially accuse the German social democrats of being close to Moscow, even if they criticise Russia harshly, as Minister Pistorius is now doing. So, it will not be an easy visit for him in Poland. Nevertheless, Warsaw is pinning hopes on him that he will stand for more resolute politics. The war in Ukraine has created a new asymmetry in German-Polish relations. For a long time, Poland experts described the relationship between Berlin and Warsaw in various policy areas as a kind of teacher-student relationship, but now the roles have reversed.

Pistorius must show in Poland that the Germans can be relied on again / Pistorius muss in Polen zeigen, dass auf die Deutschen wieder Verlass ist km-Welt-DE: "Pistorius must show in Poland that the Germans can be ..." page: 6 info: by Philipp Fritz date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

FDP parliamentary group calls for a more critical approach to China in a new position paper

[Germany, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:31:00 AM CET

The FDP parliamentary group calls for a more critical approach to China in a new position paper, available exclusively to Handelsblatt, the newspaper informs. Over the last two years, the relationship with the People's Republic of China has shifted from the European Commission's descriptive triad (partner, competitor and systemic rival) to systemic rivalry, the paper published on Tuesday reads. The document, written jointly by FDP MPs Johannes Vogel, Gyde Jensen and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, further notes that China is ready to "use trade and economic policy as a geopolitical instrument of power" and is increasingly becoming a threat to the rule-based world order and, in view of the Taiwan conflict. Germany should prepare for a scenario in which China attacks Taiwan. This includes identifying weak points in the critical infrastructure and economic dependencies with systemic relevance, for example through a China stress test.

China stress test for Germany / China-Stresstest für Deutschland km-Handelsblatt-DE: "China stress test for Germany / China-Stresstest für Deutschland..." page: 6-7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

After joining NATO, Sweden will participate in patrol mission in Baltic states airspace

[Latvia, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:51:00 AM CET

Delfi reports that after joining the alliance, Sweden would participate in the NATO patrol mission in the airspace of the Baltic states from Lithuania, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson confirmed during his visit to Vilnius on 7 February. “Sweden will help NATO airspace patrols with its presence,” he told reporters. Prime Minister Kristersson thanked Lithuania for its support of Sweden and Finland's path to NATO membership. He emphasised, that the joining of the two countries to the alliance will strengthen NATO's regional ground forces. As the presiding country of the European Union, Sweden will focus on European security issues in the first half of this year, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson assured.

After joining NATO, Sweden will participate in patrol mission in Baltic states airspace / Zviedrija pēc iestāšanās NATO piedalīsies patrulēšanas misijā Baltijas valstu gaisa telpā, saka premjers km-Delfi.lv-LV: After joining NATO, Sweden will participate in patrol mission in Baltic states airspace / Zviedrija pēc iestāšanās NATO piedalīsies patrulēšanas misijā Baltijas valstu gaisa telpā, saka premjersAfter joining NATO, Sweden will participate in patrol mission in Baltic states airspace / Zviedrija pēc iestāšanās NATO piedalīsies patrulēšanas misijā Baltijas valstu gaisa telpā, saka premjers info: by LETA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Merging the Dutch army with that of Germany is only the beginning (opinion)

[Netherlands, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:57:00 AM CET

Historian Hanco Jürgens writes in an opinion article for nrc.nl that the Ukraine war leads to rapid integration with the German army. Sharing sovereignty in the field of defence is as remarkable as it is necessary. After years of stripping down the army, both armies are struggling with serious shortages of people and equipment. This form of bottom-up integration works silently. Experiments have shown that Dutch and German army units complement each other well. How sensitive reforms of armies within Europe are, is evident from the fierce Dutch reaction to French President Emmanuel Macron's announcement of a European army in 2018. The silent integration, in anticipation of a political decision, is a model for the major changes in Europe that will follow in the coming years without too much commotion under the pressure of the Ukraine war. Precisely without political spectacle, on the ground, outside the Brussels bubble, ongoing integration in Europe is taking place, not least in the field of security. After all, security means much more than defence.

Merging of Dutch and German armies is just the beginning / Opinie | Samenvoeging Nederlandse landmacht met die van Duitsland is slechts het begin km-nrc.nl-NL: "Merging of Dutch and German armies is just the beginning ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Sweden's NATO membership application, news and analysis

[Sweden, EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:58:00 AM CET

European security and NATO were among the discussion topics when Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson visited Estonia and Lithuania on Tuesday, report multiple media outlets. Aftonbladet.se reports, quoting news agency TT, that Estonian Prime Minister Kallas stated at a joint press conference that Estonia would prefer a joint NATO entry for Sweden and Finland. She also expressed hope that NATO members ratify both membership applications at the same time. Lithuanian Prime Minister Šimonytė stated at a press conference that Sweden and Finland have fulfilled all their commitments. She also said that the region’s security would benefit from the two countries becoming NATO members.Finnish newspaper Iltalethi has written that the Finnish government is preparing to abandon Sweden and join NATO alone, writes Olle Lönnaeus in an analysis in Sydsvenskan. The newspaper is saying that Turkey will approve Finland’s application in March 2023 but not Sweden’s. Turkish President Erdoğan has been making unreasonable demands on Sweden because he wants to gather support from voters before the presidential and parliamentary elections in May 2023 by appearing tough against an outside enemy. If he succeeds in handling the earthquake disaster, it will strengthen his position before the elections. Once he wins the elections, it is possible that President Erdoğan can let go of his fixation on Sweden.

Estonia wants to see quick NATO approval / Estland vill se snabbt Natogodkännande km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: Estonia wants to see quick NATO approval / Estland vill se snabbt NatogodkännandeEstonia wants to see quick NATO approval / Estland vill se snabbt Natogodkännande date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Estonia hopes for a joint NATO entry / Estland hoppas på ettgemensamt Natointräde km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Estonia hopes for a joint NATO entry / Estland hoppas ..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Estonia prefers that it becomes joint entry into NATO / Estland ser helst att det blir gemensamt inträde i Nato km-Jonkopingsposten-SE: "Estonia prefers that it becomes joint entry into NATO / ..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Estonia prefers that there will be joint entry into NATO / Estland ser helst att det blir gemensamt inträde i Nato km-Nerikes-Allehanda-SE: "Estonia prefers that there will be joint entry into NATO ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Estonia prefers that Sweden and Finland join NATO at the same time / Estland ser helst att Sverige och Finland går in i Nato samtidigt km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Estonia prefers that Sweden and Finland join NATO at the ..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

This is when Finland can abandon Sweden / Då kan Finland överge Sverige km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "This is when Finland can abandon Sweden / Då kan ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

INVESTMENT PLAN FOR EUROPE

Renfe is risking €150 million from EU for error in trains to Cantabria

[Spain, Investment Plan for Europe]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:51:00 AM CET

Renfe is facing a risk of losing €150 million from the EIB due to an error in the design of trains meant to replace FEVE trains in Cantabria, some media report. The EIB financing has been granted under the European Funds for Strategic Investments (EFSI) program with the goal of improving rail services and regional integration. Renfe, the operator, is obligated to repay the funds according to the delivery schedule of the trains. The failure to meet the deadline could result in repayments, however, the EIB may extend the deadline if justified. The crisis has been resolved temporarily with the dismissal of intermediate positions in Renfe and Adif.

Renfe is risking EUR 150 million from EU for error in trains to Cantabria / Renfe se juega 150 millones de la UE por el error en los trenes a Cantabria km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Renfe is risking EUR 150 million from EU for error ..." page: 1,10 info: by Cristian Reche date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The ''train case'' arrives in the EU / El ''caso trenes'' llega a la UE km-Mundo-ES: "The ''train case'' arrives in the EU / El ''caso ..." page: 1,24-25 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY

Kyiv is getting serious about combatting corruption

[Austria, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:36:00 AM CET

Ukraine is making efforts to combat corruption at the highest level, Der Standard reports. “Oligarchs were the main obstacle preventing the reforms demanded by the EU, including the fight against corruption and the judicial reform,” says Petro Burkovskyi, executive director of the Ilko Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives. He says that these oligarchs have lost 90% of their power since the beginning of the war. A European Commission statement on Ukraine's accession application last year listed the fight against corruption as one of the most important recommendations for additional reforms. The prospect of EU accession probably made Ukrainian President Zelenskyy take determined action against corruption.

Kyiv is getting serious about combatting corruption / Kiew macht Ernst gegen Korruption km-Standard-AT: "Kyiv is getting serious about combatting corruption / Kiew macht ..." page: 3 info: by daniela prugger date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Jealousies regarding Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's attendance of European Council meeting

[Austria, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:39:00 AM CET

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is expected to attend the special European Council meeting of the 27 EU heads of state and government, Der Standard reports. He is also expected to attend a special session of the European Parliament. It was reported that his attendance was supposed to be kept secret until the last moment, but was leaked from the office of European Parliament President Metsola. It seems that the major event of the EU-Ukraine summit with half the European Commission and President von der Leyen in Kyiv was followed by jealousies regarding public appearances with President Zelenskyy, in which European Council President Michel is also involved. New concrete decisions regarding the EU's Ukrainian policy are not to be expected, but President Zelenskyy's presence in Brussels is said to be a signal of unity.

Jealousies about Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's attendance of European Council meeting / Eifersüchteleien um Selenskyj-Besuch beim EU-Gipfel km-Standard-AT: "Jealousies about Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's attendance of European Council meeting ..." page: 3 info: by Thomas Mayer date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU has evidence of 15,000 disinformation cases orchestrated by Russia

[Bulgaria, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:14:00 AM CET

The EU had “hard evidence” of 15,000 cases of disinformation since 2015 for which Russia was to blame, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated at the EEAS Conference on Foreign Information Manipulation and Interference on Tuesday, as cited by some media. “For years now, Russia has invested in disinformation and information manipulation as an industry. They have been investing massively, much more than we invest in fighting against disinformation,” he said further. The EU was considering an Information Sharing and Analysis Centre to strengthen its response. Ukraine’s recovery could take decades, he added, as cited by Focus News Agency. Meanwhile, several Russophile movements protested in front of the European Commission building in Sofia to express their dissatisfaction with the suspension of several Russian TV channels in Bulgaria, BNR reports.

Newscast km-Bulgarian-National-Radio-BG: "Newscast..." info: 2023-02-07 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Borrell: Ukraine's reconstruction and demining will take decades / Борел: Възстановяването и разминирането на Украйна ще отнеме десетилетия km-Focus-News.net-BG: Borrell: Ukraine's reconstruction and demining will take decades / Борел: Възстановяването и разминирането на Украйна ще отнеме десетилетияBorrell: Ukraine's reconstruction and demining will take decades / Борел: Възстановяването и разминирането на Украйна ще отнеме десетилетия date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU Has Evidence of 15,000 Cases of Russian Disinformation / ЕС разполага с доказателства за 15 000 случая на дезинформация дело на Русия km-Mediapool.bg-BG: EU Has Evidence of 15,000 Cases of Russian Disinformation / ЕС разполага с доказателства за 15 000 случая на дезинформация дело на РусияEU Has Evidence of 15,000 Cases of Russian Disinformation / ЕС разполага с доказателства за 15 000 случая на дезинформация дело на Русия date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

President Zelenskyy possibly to attend EU summit

[Czech Republic, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:13:00 AM CET

Dailies Brněnský deník, Právo and Hospodářské noviny focus on the war in Ukraine and its development. Brněnský deník notes that Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy might participate in the EU summit in Brussels this week. The President might meet with EU leaders and also attend an extraordinary session of the European Parliament. According to President of the European Council Michel, President Zelenskyy has an open invitation to Brussels. Hospodářské noviny features an interview with Head of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Slawomir Debski which reflects on the war in Ukraine. Mr Debski notes that a major surprise for him was a stance of Germany. He points out that Chancellor Scholz delivered an excellent speech at the beginning of the war; however, the country’s position is disappointing as it did as little as possible and very slowly. He also talks about Poland’s support of Ukraine, which is also backed by the public. In his commentary for Právo daily, Bohuslav Borovička points to the problematic stance of Croatian President Milanović as regards the war in Ukraine. He criticised deliveries of arms to the country and also commented that Crimea would not be part of Ukraine again. Mr Borovička notes that the government of Prime Minister Plenković supports the EU’s policy; however, the actions of the President make the country’s position unclear.

Will Zelenskiy come to the summit? EU heads for more aid to Kiev / Přijede na summit Zelenskyj? Unie míří k další pomoci Kyjevu km-Denik-CZ: "Will Zelenskiy come to the summit? EU heads for more ..." page: 8 info: by LUBOŠ PALATA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

During the year of the war, the Germans surprised and disappointed me the most, says the head of a Polish think-tank / Za rok války mě nejvíc překvapili a zklamali Němci, říká šéf polského think-tanku km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "During the year of the war, the Germans surprised and ..." page: 8 info: by Martin Ehl date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

How should Croatia be read? / Jak se má číst Chorvatsko? km-Pravo-CZ: "How should Croatia be read? / Jak se má číst ..." page: 6 info: by Bohuslav Borovička date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell compares Russian propaganda to Nazi Germany

[Denmark, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:13:00 AM CET

Politiken reports that High Representative/Vice-President Borrell has compared the actions and lies of Russia to those of Nazi Germany. According to HR/VP Borrell, the Russian government is actively, knowingly and deliberately constructing false narratives of the story and relationship between Russia and Ukraine, to misrepresent and undermine its enemy and gain support in the same process. “Misinformation is one of Kremlin's weapons. It kills people's opportunity to understand what is happening. It is hard evidence that we are making public today, so that everyone can become aware of misinformation,” says HR/VP Borrell, adding that the EU should enforce concrete initiatives in order to battle false information and fake news.

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell compares Russian propaganda to Nazi Germany / EU's udenrigschef sammenligner Ruslands fremfærd med Goebbels km-Politiken.dk-DK: High Representative/Vice-President Borrell compares Russian propaganda to Nazi Germany / EU's udenrigschef sammenligner Ruslands fremfærd med GoebbelsHigh Representative/Vice-President Borrell compares Russian propaganda to Nazi Germany / EU's udenrigschef sammenligner Ruslands fremfærd med Goebbels date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers

[Estonia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

Poland will start training two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers every month, the Unian news portal reported on Tuesday, citing Polish Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz, Postimees.ee reports. He noted that the training will be provided under the European Union's EUMAM programme. "We will start training two Ukrainian battalions simultaneously every month. This training will be adapted to the real needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces," Minister Skurkiewicz said at a meeting of the Seim's Defence Committee.

Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers / Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers km-Postimees-Online-EE: Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers / Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiersPoland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers / Poland to start monthly training of two battalions of Ukrainian soldiers date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

European Parliament calls for including nuclear power in tenth sanctions package

[Finland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:48:00 AM CET

Hufvudstadsbladet reports on the European Commission preparing a tenth sanctions package against Russia. Potentially targeting nuclear fuel and nuclear power with sanctions is dividing the European Union. In last week’s plenary, a large majority of the European Parliament voted for including nuclear power in the sanctions package. The Parliament’s resolution also calls for expanding the sanctions to include persons and entities still in the EU market, Rosatom in particular. In addition, it demands that the EU end all imports of fossil fuels and uranium from Russia. However, the Commission must be unanimous to include nuclear power in any way, and at least Hungary opposes sanctioning it. President von der Leyen has not mentioned nuclear power when discussing the tenth package. However, the EU sanctions against Russian oil and oil products are beginning to affect the Russian economy. On Monday, the sanctions were extended to apply to new products such as diesel. Monday also saw the publication of Russia’s budget figures by the Russian Ministry of Finance. According to the numbers, Russia’s budget deficit in January totalled over €23 billion due to increased military spending and reduced income from oil and gas exports. Since last year’s January, Russia’s oil and gas revenue has fallen by 46%.Demokraatti reports on Prime Minister Sanna Marin attending the Special European Council summit in Brussels on 9 and 10 February. The summit’s agenda includes Ukraine, economy and competitiveness, and migration. Debate on the EU economy and competitiveness issues is expected to continue in European Councils in March and June. After the summit, Prime Minister Marin will visit Luxembourg for the first time in her career. She is due to meet Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel to discuss topical EU matters and the Finnish–Luxembourgian relations.

Marin ylimääräiseen Eurooppa-neuvoston kokoukseen Brysseliin km-Demari.fi-FI: Marin ylimääräiseen Eurooppa-neuvoston kokoukseen BrysseliinMarin ylimääräiseen Eurooppa-neuvoston kokoukseen Brysseliin date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Nya sanktioner mot Ryssland på krigets årsdag km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "Nya sanktioner mot Ryssland på krigets årsdag..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Norway uses oil money to fund giant support package for Ukraine

[Finland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:51:00 AM CET

Kauppalehti and Talouselämä report on Norway’s plans to donate approximately €6.8 billion to Ukraine. The five-year support package is divided into military and humanitarian aid and will make Norway one of Ukraine’s largest supporters. According to Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre, the decision still requires the approval of the Norwegian Parliament. Norway has been criticised for benefiting from the Ukraine war, as its oil and natural gas income have increased greatly due to the energy crisis. Prime Minister Gahr Støre said that the support package will utilise the oil money and hoped that a large majority of the Parliament will approve it. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Norway for the “unprecedented” support package on Twitter. “This is a significant investment in our future victory over the invader and a successful reconstruction after the war,” he said.

Norjalta valtava lahjoitus Ukrainalle – Zelenskyi: ”Ennennäkemätöntä” km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Norjalta valtava lahjoitus Ukrainalle – Zelenskyi: ”Ennennäkemätöntä”..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Öljyrahassa uivalta Norjalta tulossa valtava lahjoitus Ukrainalle – Zelenskyi: ”Ennennäkemätöntä” km-Talouselama-FI: "Öljyrahassa uivalta Norjalta tulossa valtava lahjoitus Ukrainalle – Zelenskyi: ”Ennennäkemätöntä”..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Months of delay in aid to Ukraine

[France, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:04:00 AM CET

Le Canard Enchainé reports that throughout the war, military support to the Ukrainians has always been delayed. The Americans took months to provide 155mm cannons, Patriot anti-aircraft batteries, or Himars missile launchers. These hesitations are justified by the desire to avoid escalation. "It is necessary to avoid an extension of the war, which would be prejudicial to the interests of the United States and its partners within NATO," maintains a diplomat from the General Secretariat for Defence and Security. The French also hesitated for a long time to supply Ceasar cannons, AMX-10 RC or the Ground Master 200 radar.

Months of delay in aid to Ukraine / Des mois de retard dans l'aide à l'Ukraine km-Canard-Enchaine-FR: "Months of delay in aid to Ukraine / Des mois ..." page: 3 info: by Claude Angeli date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"We need the air force ready, we need the Navy and Germany will be able to help us here, also with Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets"

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:15:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on weapon deliveries for Ukraine.In an interview on ZDF, Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius stresses that he has "had a friendly conversation with President Zelenskyy," who has "expressed Ukraine's gratitude towards the Western partners" for their continuous support. Minister Pistorius underlines that "with €3.3 bln military aid," in which the Leopard tanks are not even included" and €3.5 bln civilian aid, Germany takes second place along with the UK" as the biggest supporter of Ukraine after the US. Besides the older, first-generation Leopard battle tanks, discussions continue on providing modern, second-generation ones, which depends on the will of the other countries in possession of such tanks. President Zelenskyy has highlighted that the top priority right now is to boost the air defence and establish a formidable tank force, Minister Pistorius concludes, adding that Germany is to train Ukrainian soldiers on the use of Leopard tank.In an interview on ZDF, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrii Melnyk argues that this war cannot be won only on the battlefield. "We need the air force ready, we need the Navy and Germany will be able to help us here, also with Eurofighter and Tornado fighter jets", Melnyk emphasizes. "If we continue to wait and see and only make the decision later, then it might already be too late, so we would appeal again to Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius and to the federal government to make these important decisions about delivery now", Melnyk points out. Ukraine needs modern war equipment and Germany is able to produce the world's best warships, submarines, and fighter planes, especially the Tornados. "Unfortunately, to this day, we see no willingness on the Russian side to negotiate about peace", Melnyk concludes.

It's about a sober analysis / Es geht um eine nüchterne Analyse km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "It's about a sober analysis / Es geht um eine ..." page: 13 info: by hwg date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Berlin allows delivery of 178 Leopard 1 / Berlin erlaubt Lieferung von 178 Leopard 1 km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Berlin allows delivery of 178 Leopard 1 / Berlin erlaubt ..." page: 1 info: by F.A.Z date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius promises Ukraine Leopard-1 tanks / Pistorius verspricht der Ukraine "Leopard-1"-Panzer km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius promises Ukraine Leopard-1 tanks / ..." page: 5 info: by G.I. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Astonishing ambiguities in the Leopard delivery / Erstaunliche Unklarheiten bei der Leopard-Lieferung km-Welt-DE: "Astonishing ambiguities in the Leopard delivery / Erstaunliche Unklarheiten bei ..." page: 6 info: by Klaus Geiger | Gregor Schwung date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

President Putin tackles the gold reserves

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:54:00 AM CET

A couple of media outles report on sanctions against Russia. According to the Russian news agency TASS, for example, Russia is selling some of its gold to plug holes in the budget, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Around €23 billion is said to be missing from the budget, and the sharply reduced income from the sale of oil and gas should not be enough. Thus, the country has separated from foreign exchange reserves worth ¥2.27 billion and also sold 3.6t of gold, said the Russian Ministry of Finance. Nevertheless, it must not be easy for Russia to sell gold on the international markets due to the Western sanctions. Still, there is a strong demand for gold among Russian citizens. Furthermore, Russia has been selling gold to countries in Asia, such as India and China, that do not comply with the sanctions.

President Putin tackles the gold reserves / Putin greift die Goldreserven an km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "President Putin tackles the gold reserves / Putin greift die ..." page: 23 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Russia's Chess Moves / Russlands Schachzüge km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Russia's Chess Moves / Russlands Schachzüge..." page: 27 info: by S.L. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Selling to oligarchs? / Verkauf an Oligarchen? km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Selling to oligarchs? / Verkauf an Oligarchen?..." page: 19 info: by C.S. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Hardly anyone in Brussels considers Ukraine fit for EU admission and rapid accession seems unrealistic

[Germany, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:55:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report on Ukraine's EU accession. Hardly anyone in Brussels considers Ukraine fit for EU admission and rapid accession seems unrealistic, Die Welt informs, for example. Despite recent encouraging statements by President von der Leyen that the country is making "impressive progress" and by European Council President Michel: "the future of Ukraine is within the European Union", and despite the pressure that President Zelenskyy is building up, the common notion in Brussels is that Ukraine is not yet ready. The country is "nowhere near as close to accession as EU leaders' statements suggest," according to a European Commission official who deals with European enlargement policy. A new paper by the European Commission states that Ukraine barely meets most of the so-called Copenhagen criteria. The biggest problem appears to be corruption. Adding to that are insufficient compatibility with the European internal market and the fact that Ukraine's economy is not competitive enough.

President Zelenskyy travels to the EU summit / Selenski reist zum EU-Gipfel km-Handelsblatt-DE: "President Zelenskyy travels to the EU summit / Selenski reist ..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

On Ukraine's EU accession: Illusion of Ukraine's rapid accession to the EU / Die Illusion von einem schnellen EU-Beitritt der Ukraine km-Welt-DE: "On Ukraine's EU accession: Illusion of Ukraine's rapid accession to ..." page: 10 info: by Stefan Beutelsbacher date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy would participate in the European Council in person, but news of the visit leaked

[Hungary, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:26:00 AM CET

Magyar Nemzet, Népszava, Index.hu and Portfolio.hu report Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has reportedly been planning to participate in person in the European Council summit this Thursday, but news of the trip has been leaked so the visit may be cancelled for security concerns. President Zelenskyy would also address the European Parliament. According to Brussels-based news portal Politico.eu, European Parliament President Metsola’s office is responsible for the leak. The European People’s Party group even posted on Twitter about the supposedly secret visit. After European Council President Michel’s team complained, the tweet was removed but the news was already spreading. Index.hu reports European Council spokesperson Barend Leyts said on Monday night that President Zelenskyy had been invited to participate in a future European Council summit, but he did not elaborate. Népszava adds the leak has caused tension between the EU institutions. This would be only the second time President Zelenskyy has left the country since the war started, the media outlets add.

Zelenskyy’s Brussels visit may be cancelled because the EP’s president let the news about it slip / Az EP elnöke elkotyogta, ezért hiúsulhat meg Zelenszkij brüsszeli látogatása km-index.hu-HU: Zelenskyy’s Brussels visit may be cancelled because the EP’s president let the news about it slip / Az EP elnöke elkotyogta, ezért hiúsulhat meg Zelenszkij brüsszeli látogatásaZelenskyy’s Brussels visit may be cancelled because the EP’s president let the news about it slip / Az EP elnöke elkotyogta, ezért hiúsulhat meg Zelenszkij brüsszeli látogatása info: by Karóczkai Balázs date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The EPP has leaked the Ukrainian president’s visit / Az EPP kiszivárogtatta az ukrán elnök útját km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "The EPP has leaked the Ukrainian president’s visit / Az ..." page: 1,7,10 info: by Tóth Loretta date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Record-high Russian losses / Állóháború, jelentős orosz veszteséggel km-Nepszava-HU: "Record-high Russian losses / Állóháború, jelentős orosz veszteséggel..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Leaked: Zelenksyy may visit Brussels / Kiszivárgott: Brüsszelbe látogathat Zelenszkij km-portfolio.hu-HU: Leaked: Zelenksyy may visit Brussels / Kiszivárgott: Brüsszelbe látogathat ZelenszkijLeaked: Zelenksyy may visit Brussels / Kiszivárgott: Brüsszelbe látogathat Zelenszkij info: by Portfolio 2023. február 07. 09:06 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught

[Ireland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:16:00 AM CET

An Irish Independent online editorial argues that a "fresh Russian onslaught" is coming, meaning that there is currently "no end to the war [in Ukraine] in sight."

No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught / No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught km-independent.ie-IE: No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught / No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaughtNo end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught / No end to the war in sight as Ukraine prepares for fresh Russian onslaught info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

UN raises alarm over nuclear threat, Zelenskyy disapproves Blinken's peace compromise

[Italy, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:17:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report on the latest developments in the Ukrainian conflict. Corriere Della Sera notes that German Defence Minister Pistorius visited Kyiv and confirmed that his country will supply Ukraine with 14 Leopard-2 “A6” tanks, the most recent and more technologically advanced version of the tank. Germany also promised an additional 178 “A5” tanks, an older model produced in the mid-1980s and stored in the German deposits since 2003. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Guterres said the world is not just “sleepwalking” towards a greater war, “I fear we are heading there with our eyes open wide”. Secretary-General Guterres also warned that the escalation is increasing the risks of a nuclear conflict to levels “we had never witnessed in our entire lives”. Italia Oggi reports that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken sent a draft peace compromise to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The document would reportedly confirm the Russian dominance over Crimea and Donbas, although Ukrainian President Zelenskyy explicitly ruled out this option.

More Leopards for Kyiv, albeit less powerful. UN alarm: nuclear threat is real / Altri Leopard a Kiev, meno potenti L' allarme Onu: rischio atomico reale km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "More Leopards for Kyiv, albeit less powerful. UN alarm: nuclear ..." page: 16 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Zelensky rifà la squadra pescando tra i militari E aspetta l attacco russo km-Giornale-IT: "Zelensky rifà la squadra pescando tra i militari E aspetta ..." page: 14 info: by Luigi Guelpa date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Even Blinken sent his proposal to Putin: Ukraine could surrender Crimea, Donbas / Anche Blinken (Usa) ha inviato a Putin una bozza di compromesso: cessione di Crimea e Donbass km-Italia-Oggi-IT: "Even Blinken sent his proposal to Putin: Ukraine could surrender ..." page: 1,6 info: by DI TINO OLDANI date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Who makes profit from war in Germany  / Chi guadagna in Germania con la guerra km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Who makes profit from war in Germany / Chi guadagna ..." page: 14 info: by DI STEFANO CASERTANO date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Tanks for Zelenskyy / Tank per Zelensky km-Stampa-IT: "Tanks for Zelenskyy / Tank per Zelensky..." page: 18 info: by MARCO BRESOLIN date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Lithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective

[Lithuania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

According to Lrytas.lt and Delfi.lt, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, the economic sanctions imposed on the Kremlin regime are affecting the Russian economy. Moreover, the Minister notes that more restrictions would also hit Moscow harder. “The Russian budget deficit is growing, revenues from oil and gas are halved, components are hard to find, McPutin burgers are terrible. Sanctions are working, more sanctions would work even better,” the Minister posted on Twitter, as quoted by Lrytas.lt.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective: More would work even better / Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriau km-Delfi.lt-LT: Lithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective: More would work even better / Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriauLithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective: More would work even better / Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriau info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective / G. Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriau km-lrytas.lt-LT: Lithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective / G. Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriauLithuanian Foreign Minister says sanctions against Russia are effective / G. Landsbergis tikina, kad sankcijos Rusijai yra efektyvios: daugiau veiktų dar geriau info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU wants to take stronger action against disinformation

[Luxembourg, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Luxemburger Wort briefly reports that the EU wants to take stronger action against disinformation on the Internet, also with a view to Russian war propaganda. That is why, it is building a centre for analysing and exchanging information on disinformation, experiences and knowledge, as High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell announced at a conference in Brussels yesterday. The EU wants to better understand how disinformation and war propaganda from countries such as Russia or China are spread and organised in the EU as the war is not only waged on the battlefields in Ukraine, but also on the Internet to manipulate people.

"Weapon of the Kremlin": EU wants to take stronger action against disinformation / „Waffe des Kremls“: EU will stärker gegen Desinformation vorgehen km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: ""Weapon of the Kremlin": EU wants to take stronger action ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Russian war against Ukraine: high losses and no breakthrough expected

[Luxembourg, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Olena Harmash reports in Tageblatt that the Russian military has experienced the deadliest day since the invasion began, according to Ukrainian sources. A total of 1,030 Russian soldiers fell on Tuesday and the overall number since the outbreak of war has risen to 133,190. Russia denies high losses and states many Ukrainian soldiers were killed. The reports could not be confirmed independently. The British government does not expect Russia to make a breakthrough in the war anytime soon. The Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu again warned of an "unpredictable" escalation because of the western arms deliveries.

Over 1,000 Russian soldiers killed in 24 hours / Über 1.000 russische Soldaten in 24 Stunden gefallen km-Tageblatt-LU: "Over 1,000 Russian soldiers killed in 24 hours / Über ..." page: 32 info: by Olena Harmash date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Poland and Baltic States sent a letter to the Commission on using the frozen Russian assets for rebuilding Ukraine

[Poland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:10:00 AM CET

Polish Radio 1 reports that Poland and the Baltic States have appealed to the European Commission for using the frozen Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine after the war. The countries have sent a letter with this appeal to the Commission, the European Council and the Swedish EU Presidency. The letter mentions that €300 billion in frozen reserves of Russia’s central bank should be spent on covering the costs of the Russian invasion and the post-war rebuilding of Ukraine. The authors of the letter said that if the EU wants to be reliable, it has to go beyond the reiterated declarations and accelerate works on this specific purpose. In their opinion, the EU should discuss this matter at the upcoming EU Summit on Thursday and agree on specific guidelines for the Commission, which should develop draft regulations.

Wiadomości km-Polskie-Radio-1-PL: "Wiadomości..." info: 2023-02-07 20:03:00, 20:03:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:03:00 PM CET View this media item

Embargo on Russian fuels has exceptions easing circumvention of sanctions

[Poland, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

Rzeczpospolita reports that the EU embargo on Russian fuels contains two exemptions, allowing Moscow and its customers to circumvent the sanctions. The mechanism does not assume application to oil products made from Russian oil, produced in third countries or using blends. Such products can be sold without price restrictions and European suppliers can insure and transport them. As a result, by December 2022, Asia's share of Russian oil purchases had almost doubled, with India, China and Turkey increasing their supply of oil products to the European market.

Holes in the EU sanctions / Dziury w unijnych sankcjach km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Holes in the EU sanctions / Dziury w unijnych sankcjach..." page: 1 info: by Iwona Trusewicz date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Interview with EPP MEP Lídia Pereira on her visit to Ukraine

[Portugal, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:17:00 AM CET

In an interview with observador.pt, EPP MEP Lídia Pereira comments on her visit to Ukraine. The Portuguese MEP stresses that people in Kyiv “seem to be trying to find a certain normality by maintaining work routines.” She adds that just over 30 kilometres from the Ukrainian capital, in Moschun, near Bucha, “the stories are quite harsh,” especially of “people who have been left with nothing and are now living in containers.” The MEP believes that her visit to Moschun made it possible to understand “the suffering that these people are going through.” In MEP Pereira's opinion, the country “has managed to achieve very relevant reforms” within the framework of its EU accession process. Finally, she considers that the country “remains on the path of accession” to the EU.

PSD MEP Lídia Pereira in Kyiv: "Ukrainian people stay on the path to EU membership" / Eurodeputada do PSD, Lídia Pereira, em Kiev: "Povo ucraniano mantém-se numa trajetória de adesão à União Europeia" km-observador.pt-PT: PSD MEP Lídia Pereira in Kyiv: "Ukrainian people stay on the path to EU membership" / Eurodeputada do PSD, Lídia Pereira, em Kiev: "Povo ucraniano mantém-se numa trajetória de adesão à União Europeia"PSD MEP Lídia Pereira in Kyiv: "Ukrainian people stay on the path to EU membership" / Eurodeputada do PSD, Lídia Pereira, em Kiev: "Povo ucraniano mantém-se numa trajetória de adesão à União Europeia" date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

HR/VP Borrell accuses Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of following a path that “intellectually discredits” himself

[Portugal, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:17:00 AM CET

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell accused Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov of following a path that “intellectually discredits” himself, observador.pt reports. In a joint press conference, HR/VP Borrell and Moldovan Prime Minister Gavrilița reacted to the remarks of Minister Lavrov, who considered that the West wants to turn Moldova into “the next Ukraine.” For HR/VP Borrell, “it is a shame that Mr Lavrov, once a respected diplomat, is pursuing this path which intellectually discredits himself.” For Prime Minister Gavrilița, “these remarks made by Minister Lavrov are worrying and do not take into account the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Moldova,” which, “like any other country, must decide its own destiny.” For HR/VP Borrell, “the future of Moldova and its citizens is clearly within the European Union.”

European Union and Moldova condemn the remarks of Lavrov, who is “intellectually discredited” / União Europeia e Moldávia deploram declarações de Lavrov, "desacreditado intelectualmente" km-observador.pt-PT: European Union and Moldova condemn the remarks of Lavrov, who is “intellectually discredited” / União Europeia e Moldávia deploram declarações de Lavrov, "desacreditado intelectualmente"European Union and Moldova condemn the remarks of Lavrov, who is “intellectually discredited” / União Europeia e Moldávia deploram declarações de Lavrov, "desacreditado intelectualmente" date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EPP MEP Lídia Pereira alerts to the need of equipment in Ukrainian schools

[Portugal, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:16:00 AM CET

EPP MEP Lídia Pereira warned about the need for equipment in Ukrainian schools, Diário de Notícias reports. MEP Pereira had a meeting with Ukrainian Minister of Education and Sport Serhiy Shkarlet, which was "very focused on youth issues.” The MEP was told that the EU needs to “help from a practical point of view, for example by providing computers, modems, and routers." She stresses the importance of the Western countries maintaining military support for Ukraine.

Schools in Ukraine need "modems, routers..." / Escolas na Ucrânia precisam de "modems, routers..." km-Diario-De-Noticias-PT: "Schools in Ukraine need "modems, routers..." / Escolas na Ucrânia ..." page: 32 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

HR/VP Borrell reacted to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statements

[Romania, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:56:00 AM CET

Hotnews.ro notes that High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated yesterday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statements, according to which “the West is looking at Moldova to play the role of the next Ukraine”, discredited him intellectually. The official participated in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Gavriliţa in Brussels. During the meeting with HR/VP Borrell, PM Gavriliţa requested that the Republic of Moldova should participate in all the European programmes possible in order to strengthen political and economic connections, until the start of accession talks, after having been granted the status of candidate country last year, along with Ukraine.

Josep Borrell, on Lavrov's statements on Moldova: "They discredit him intellectually" / Josep Borrell, despre declaraţiile lui Lavrov cu privire la Republica Moldova: „Îl discreditează intelectual” km-HotNews.ro-RO: Josep Borrell, on Lavrov's statements on Moldova: "They discredit him intellectually" / Josep Borrell, despre declaraţiile lui Lavrov cu privire la Republica Moldova: „Îl discreditează intelectual”Josep Borrell, on Lavrov's statements on Moldova: "They discredit him intellectually" / Josep Borrell, despre declaraţiile lui Lavrov cu privire la Republica Moldova: „Îl discreditează intelectual” date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Hungarian PM Orbán called for ceasefire in Ukraine

[Slovakia, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:54:00 AM CET

Plus jeden deň daily and websites cas.sk and aktuality.sk focus on statements of Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán. They report the PM has called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks, as well as for a meaningful political discussion about EU sanctions, which according to him, harm the EU economy. According to agency MTI, the PM mentioned these issues during a preparatory video conference for the EU summit, in which prime ministers of Poland, Belgium, Finland and Malta and Bulgarian President Radev as well as President of the European Council Michel participated. The conference focused on the war in Ukraine, economic problems of Europe and illegal migration. In this context, the PM called for a simpler and quicker access to cohesion funds and financing of border protection by the EU.

War in Ukraine: Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán calls for an immediate ceasefire / Vojna na Ukrajine: Maďarský premiér Orbán vyzýva na okamžité prímerie km-aktuality.sk-SK: War in Ukraine: Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán calls for an immediate ceasefire / Vojna na Ukrajine: Maďarský premiér Orbán vyzýva na okamžité prímerieWar in Ukraine: Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán calls for an immediate ceasefire / Vojna na Ukrajine: Maďarský premiér Orbán vyzýva na okamžité prímerie info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Does he have enough? Viktor Orbán's strong words: A challenge for the European Union! / Má toho dosť? Rázne slová Viktora Orbána: Výzva pre Európsku úniu! km-cas.sk-SK: Does he have enough? Viktor Orbán's strong words: A challenge for the European Union! / Má toho dosť? Rázne slová Viktora Orbána: Výzva pre Európsku úniu!Does he have enough? Viktor Orbán's strong words: A challenge for the European Union! / Má toho dosť? Rázne slová Viktora Orbána: Výzva pre Európsku úniu! info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Orbán again calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine / Orbán opäť vyzval na okamžité prímerie na Ukrajine km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Orbán again calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine / ..." page: 3 info: by TASR date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Russia's next offensive aims to break Ukraine before Western tanks arrive

[Sweden, European Neighbourhood Policy]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:37:00 AM CET

In an analysis in Dagens Nyheter, Michael Winiarski writes that President Putin's planned major offensive aims to break Ukraine before the tanks from the West arrive. While many Russian war hawks are sceptical whether this will succeed, Mr Putin's plan to mobilise another 350,000 soldiers could play a great difference. However, since the previous mobilisation was highly criticised, Mr Putin is likely cautious about taking the steps necessary to mobilise more troops.

Putin hopes to break Ukraine before tanks arrive / Putin hoppas kunna knäcka Ukraina innan stridsvagnarna anlänt km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Putin hopes to break Ukraine before tanks arrive / Putin ..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CAPITAL MARKETS UNION

Citizen loses fight against non-coin-operated parking meters

[Belgium, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

La Dernière Heure reports on the case of Mohamed Azouzi, who refused to pay the fines imposed by the Belgian parking authorities for non-payment of parking tickets. Brought before the Court, he had several arguments to back up his behaviour. Mr Azouzi maintained that parking meters not equipped with the possibility of cash payment are illegal. He cited a recommendation by the European Commission encouraging member states not to obstruct the use of cash. In 2021, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), ruled that "encouraging cash payments is not a total obligation, and member states can regulate and restrict it for reasons of public utility". Mr Azouzi lost the trial.

"Parking meters without the possibility of coin payment, illegal?" / "Illégaux, les horodateurs sans monnayeur ?" km-Derniere-Heure-BE: ""Parking meters without the possibility of coin payment, illegal?" / ..." page: 1,7 info: by DUPONT date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

The European Commission is developing NFRD project

[Poland, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that the European Commission is developing European Non-Financial Reporting Standards (NFRD), which include sustainability indicators. Under the draft, companies will have to calculate and report their carbon footprint across the supply chain and report on its reduction. The National Chamber of Commerce is concerned that the scope and detail of the NFRD will make it difficult for companies to comply with the new obligations, so it has appealed to the Commission for training, free supervision and funding to implement the new requirements.

A need of free trainings and instruments / Potrzeba darmowych szkoleń i narzędzi km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "A need of free trainings and instruments / Potrzeba darmowych ..." page: 5 info: by Szymczyk - date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Opinion article on the European deposit scheme

[Portugal, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 3:45:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Diana Ramos comments on the European deposit scheme. She explains that there is excess liquidity in the market resulting from central banks' cash injections throughout the years and that in this scenario the banks will have to fund more to remunerate deposits better, which carries risks. She adds that this is normal in a sector with low profitability and high uncertainty. In her opinion, there is a need for European banks to start adjusting the remuneration of deposits to the evolution of reference interest rates in the eurozone.

The dilemma of the deposits / O dilema dos depósitos km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "The dilemma of the deposits / O dilema dos depósitos..." page: 3 info: by Diana Ramos date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

FISHERIES

Commission, EU member states and third coastal countries approved 21 measures for fisheries management

[Greece, Fisheries]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

Eleftheros Typos reports that the Commission, the EU member states and more than 20 other coastal countries unanimously approved 21 ambitious measures, of which 19 were submitted by the EU for the management and control of fisheries, aquaculture and the protection of sensitive ecosystems. The measures are in the form of five multiannual management plans and will cover key sub-regions of the Mediterranean. The plans will help limit overfishing and improve the status of some of the most valuable fish stocks in the sea basin, consolidating also the legal framework for the sustainable exploitation of stocks to ensure the profitability of the fishing sector and a level playing field for Mediterranean fleets. The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will aid to the implementation of the measures.

Agreement of all Mediterranean countries on measures against overfishing / Συμφωνία όλων των χωρών της Μεσογείου για μέτρα κατά της υπεραλίευσης km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Agreement of all Mediterranean countries on measures against overfishing / ..." page: 25 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

FOOD SAFETY

Europe's ban on PFAS is under investigation

[Belgium, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:41:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on a possible PFAS ban. L'Echo reports that the European Chemicals Agency has published a proposal to ban the production, use, sale and import of PFAS. The ECHA presented a proposal developed by the authorities of Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of industrial chemicals with non-stick, waterproof, greaseproof or heat-resistant properties. Some PFAS are associated with health problems. A ban on PFAS would directly affect large chemical companies such as Solvay, BASF, 3M or Merck. They reacted by warning that it could lead to disruptions in value chains "and ultimately to eliminating key applications" of PFAS. De Morgen adds that the European Commission will present the proposal to all member states in 2025. If they greenlight the ban, companies will have some time to find alternatives to the products and processes they currently use PFAS for. That transition period ranges from a year and a half to 12 years. De Standaard adds that if nothing is done, at least 4.4 million tonnes of forever chemicals will be released into the environment in Europe by 2055. A group of European countries has calculated this under the coordination of Germany and the Netherlands.

Europe's ban on "eternal chemical pollutants" is under investigation / L’interdiction des "polluants chimiques éternels" en Europe est à l’instruction km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Europe's ban on "eternal chemical pollutants" is under investigation / ..." page: 1,4 info: by Rohart date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU wants ban on 10,000 harmful and barely degradable substances / EU wil verbod op 10.000 schadelijke en amper afbreekbare stoffen km-Morgen-BE: "EU wants ban on 10,000 harmful and barely degradable substances ..." page: 6 info: by Mudde date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

A ban on forever chemicals or an extra 4.4 million tonnes into the environment / Een ban op forever chemicals of 4,4 miljoen ton extra in het milieu km-Standaard-BE: "A ban on forever chemicals or an extra 4.4 million ..." page: 11 info: by Eckert date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

European justice disappoints anti-GMO activists

[France, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

Lefigaro.fr reports that the long-debated status of GMO's derived from "in vitro" techniques was resolved by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on Tuesday 7 February and scores a point for the "pro-GMO" side. The CJEU ruled that such organisms are excluded from EU GMO regulation if they are derived from a mutagenesis method that has traditionally been "used for various in vivo applications and whose safety has long been proven". Guy Kastler, one of the founders of the Confédération paysanne, denounced a "hold-up on cultivated biodiversity", for him, "the court of justice opens a boulevard to the marketing and cultivation of unregulated GMO".

European justice disappoints anti-GMO activists / La justice européenne déçoit les anti-OGM km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: European justice disappoints anti-GMO activists / La justice européenne déçoit les anti-OGMEuropean justice disappoints anti-GMO activists / La justice européenne déçoit les anti-OGM date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

European Commission approves cricket flour production

[Poland, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

TVN24 reports that the European Commission has given its approval for cricket flour to be used in food production. Experts believe it is only a matter of time before insect products come into use. Arable fields are shrinking and livestock production is now completely inefficient and unethical. Insects can be an alternative to animal protein and the sustainable farming that goes with them, including less water consumption, means that more than two billion people have already included them in their diet.

Polska i Świat km-TVN-24-PL: "Polska i Świat..." info: 2023-02-07 21:39:00, 21:39:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:39:00 PM CET View this media item

Portuguese wine producers' associations oppose the Irish proposal to label wine bottles with health warnings

[Portugal, Food Safety]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

The Portuguese wine producers’ associations ask that the government oppose the Irish decision to include health warnings in the wine bottle labels, expresso.pt reports. Viniportugal President Frederico Falcão warned that this decision “paves the way for others to start doing the same, namely in Northern Europe.” CAP secretary-general Luis Mira stressed that this might represent risks for the whole wine chain. In a letter sent to the ministers of Economy and Maritime Affairs and Agriculture, the associations argued that the Irish proposal is disproportionate, fails to distinguish harmful consumption from moderate consumption, and lacks the presentation of scientific evidence that such labelling requirements are adequate to protect human health. Moreover, the associations considered that the labelling advocated by Ireland constitutes a barrier to trade between member states, restricts market access, and jeopardises the free movement of goods. The associations urge the Portuguese government to take a strong position, along with that taken by the Italian Government, against the Commission's passivity and to continue to challenge the Irish legislation so that it is not implemented.

Wine producers ask for “strong action” from the Portuguese government against Ireland’s decision about wine bottle labels / Produtores de vinho pedem "ação enérgica" do Governo português contra decisão da Irlanda sobre rótulos nas garrafas km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: Wine producers ask for “strong action” from the Portuguese government against Ireland’s decision about wine bottle labels / Produtores de vinho pedem "ação enérgica" do Governo português contra decisão da Irlanda sobre rótulos nas garrafasWine producers ask for “strong action” from the Portuguese government against Ireland’s decision about wine bottle labels / Produtores de vinho pedem "ação enérgica" do Governo português contra decisão da Irlanda sobre rótulos nas garrafas date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

GENDER EQUALITY

Opinion: ‘FGM no longer a problem of developing countries but is a worldwide problem’

[Malta, Gender Equality]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:35:00 AM CET

In an opinion piece on Times of Malta, Malta’s Commissioner of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality, Renee Laiviera writes about the international day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation. She reports that in 2022, 4.2 million girls worldwide were at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation. FGM “comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women”. Within this context, in 2012, the UN General Assembly designated February 6 as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM, aiming to amplify the efforts to eliminate this practice.

‘FGM no longer a problem of developing countries but is a worldwide problem’ / ‘FGM no longer a problem of developing countries but is a worldwide problem’ km-Malta-Times-MT: "‘FGM no longer a problem of developing countries but is ..." page: 11 info: by Renee Laiviera date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

HEALTH

Drug shortages: a business model to review in Europe

[Belgium, Health]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:42:00 AM CET

La Libre Belgique reports that Europe is facing a drug shortage. Among the causes are the production model, the relationship with pharmaceutical companies and some misuse. Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke is working with the FAMHP to anticipate shortages. "The European Commission is currently drafting new regulations, including an incentive for pharmaceutical companies to ensure that important medicines are available throughout the EU. We also need to make reforms in Belgium," Health Ministry spokesperson Sandrine Daoud explains. She points out that pharmaceutical companies pay a significant part of their income to the health insurance system.

Drug shortages: a business model to review in Europe / Pénurie de médicaments un business model à revoir en Europe km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Drug shortages: a business model to review in Europe / ..." page: 1,22-23 info: by MARSAC date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Drug shortages will be addressed in EU’s new legal framework

[Croatia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

Inflation, energy shortages, the war in Ukraine and, to a large extent, the Covid-19 pandemic have disrupted the usual drug supply chain and opened up painful questions for the EU, reports Globus, explaining that the “departure” of the production of strategic substances to countries where “labour is cheaper” is Europe’s biggest enemy. More than 80% of the active ingredients used to manufacture drugs in Europe come from China and India, and even 45% of the drugs sold in Europe are not produced in European factories at all. According to available information, the EU’s new legal framework for medicines will include stronger supply obligations, earlier notification of shortages and withdrawals of medicines and improved transparency of stocks, Commissioner Kyriakides said recently. Shortages have increased significantly since the end of last year. Pharmacy associations from 29 European countries, including EU members, report the shortage of more than 600 medicines.

Europe without medicines / Europa bez lijekova km-Globus-HR: "Europe without medicines / Europa bez lijekova..." page: 33 info: by Goranka Jureško date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

With Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and monkeypox, the medical authorities of Europe have been under a lot of pressure

[Denmark, Health]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:14:00 AM CET

Altinget reports that the medical authorities of Europe have been under a lot of pressure over the course of the last couple of years, with both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic followed by monkeypox. It is important to prevent burnouts among European health authorities, says Emer Cooke, Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). EMA used to be located in London, but when Brexit struck, its headquarters were relocated to Amsterdam. Furthermore, Brexit resulted in the prestigious Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) no longer being allowed to oversee the collaboration between the EU nations on the medicinal area. It has been debated whether the EU should import medicine jointly and the European Commission has notified that it might intervene, but in which way is not yet known.

With Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and monkeypox, the medical authorities of Europe have been under a lot of pressure / Europas medicin-vagthund skal finde sine ben igen efter krisemaraton km-altinget.dk-DK: "With Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and monkeypox, the medical authorities ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

European Union winemakers hit out at Ireland's cancer labels and plan World Trade Organization move

[Ireland, Health]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:18:00 AM CET

A dispute is intensifying over Ireland's plans to introduce cancer warning labels on alcohol products, as it tries to clear a final hurdle at the World Trade Organization, the Irish Independent reports. Several European Union member states have already asked the European Commission to help stop Ireland going ahead with the new labels, which they say contravene Single market rules. Ignacio Sanchez Recarte, head of EU wine producers' organisation CEEV, said the next step after the World Trade Organization is the EU courts. "Now it is time for international partners at WTO level to raise again their concerns with the Irish proposal," he said.

EU wine makers hit out at Ireland's cancer labels and plan WTO move / EU wine makers hit out at Ireland's cancer labels and plan WTO move km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU wine makers hit out at Ireland's cancer labels and ..." page: 24 info: by Sarah Collins date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

At beginning of January, Covid-19 vaccination coverage in Latvia almost reached desired 70%

[Latvia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:51:00 AM CET

Diena reports that at the beginning of January in Latvia, the coverage rate of basic vaccination against Covid-19 was 69.2% of the total population, which is very close to the desired public vaccination coverage rate - of 70% - and the average rate of the European Union and the European Economic Area - 73%, according to the data of the Latvian National Health Service as of 5 January 2023. The data for 5 January show that 72% had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 42.1% of the persons who completed the basic vaccination had received the first booster vaccination. In the age group over 65, 46.3% of the entire population had received their first booster vaccination.

At beginning of January, Covid-19 vaccination coverage in Latvia almost reached desired 70% / Janvāra sākumā vakcinācijas pret Covid-19 aptvere Latvijā teju sasniegusi vēlamos 70% km-Diena.lv-LV: At beginning of January, Covid-19 vaccination coverage in Latvia almost reached desired 70% / Janvāra sākumā vakcinācijas pret Covid-19 aptvere Latvijā teju sasniegusi vēlamos 70%At beginning of January, Covid-19 vaccination coverage in Latvia almost reached desired 70% / Janvāra sākumā vakcinācijas pret Covid-19 aptvere Latvijā teju sasniegusi vēlamos 70% date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Pestilence after the plague

[Latvia, Health]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:51:00 AM CET

According to Segodnja, excess mortality in the EU is defined as the excess of the average number of deaths over the average mortality rate in 2016-2019. According to the latest data published by Eurostat, the excess mortality rate in Latvia was 4% in November 2022. The EU average is 6.7%. Throughout most of 2022 (except February and March) the EU excess mortality rate was slightly higher than in Latvia (around 1-8%). The mortality statistics for the whole pandemic period shows that Latvia has almost always done better than the EU average. Still, admittedly there has never been such a peak of excess mortality as in Latvia (the very 57.4%) in Europe.

Pestilence after the plague / Мор после чумы km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "Pestilence after the plague / Мор после чумы..." page: 3 info: by Гpигорий АНТОНОВ date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

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Will President Zelenskyy will visit the EU summit or not?

[Belgium, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:43:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report President Zelenskyy’s potential visit to Brussels. De Standaard reports that it remains a mystery whether he will attend the EU summit on Thursday. His plan to address the European Parliament first and then attend the Summit was leaked by the entourage of European Parliament President Roberta Metsola (EPP). The initiative for a visit lay with European Council President Michel who, during two recent visits to Kyiv, tried to convince the President to visit. Last week, 16 Commissioners, including President von der Leyen, travelled to Kyiv to underline European support for Ukraine. The first anniversary of the war is an opportunity to underline the impressive rapprochement between the EU and EU candidate member Ukraine. De Morgen adds that President Zelenskyy's visit puts the Belgian security services on edge. Brussels becomes a closely guarded fortress when the President visits. In L'Echo, lawyer Frédéric Mauro opines that France is now clearly lagging behind in supporting Ukraine. If France is to help Ukraine, it must really help it win the war, not just survive. It is high time for everyone to know which side France is on: the brave ones who resisted or the lukewarm ones who tried to reconcile their honour and comfort. De Tijd adds that some 8 million Ukrainians have fled abroad since the start of the war. In addition, Ukraine itself has 5.3 million displaced people. Some 17.6 million Ukrainians need humanitarian aid. Le Soir adds that Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Moscow might target Moldova next. These words were described as worrying by Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița. She represented her country in Brussels on the occasion of an EU-Moldova association council with High Representative/Vice-President Borrell. HR/VP Borrell said: "This is pathetic. Mr Lavrov was a respected diplomat in the past, but now there is nothing very serious. He is discrediting himself intellectually."

The deplorable consequences of France's procrastination / Les conséquences déplorables des atermoiements de la France km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The deplorable consequences of France's procrastination / Les conséquences déplorables ..." page: 15 info: by Mauro date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Parliament recognises the Holodomor as genocide against the Ukrainian people / Le Parlement reconnaît l’Holodomor comme un génocide contre le peuple ukrainien km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Parliament recognises the Holodomor as genocide against the Ukrainian people ..." page: 6 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Though his visit not certain, Brussels prepares for Zelenskyy's arrival / Al is zijn bezoek niet zeker, Brussel bereidt zich voor op komst Zelensky km-Morgen-BE: "Though his visit not certain, Brussels prepares for Zelenskyy's arrival ..." page: 1,8 info: by LELONG date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Moldova: "Lavrov is discrediting himself" / Moldavie : " Lavrov est en train de se discréditer " km-Soir-BE: "Moldova: "Lavrov is discrediting himself" / Moldavie : " Lavrov ..." page: 4 info: by Regnier date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Zelenskyy in Brussels to meet Europeans? "An irresponsible leak" / Zelensky à Bruxelles pour rencontrer les Européens ? " Une fuite irresponsable " km-Soir-BE: "Zelenskyy in Brussels to meet Europeans? "An irresponsible leak" / ..." page: 1,4 info: by Regnier date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Zelenskyy coming to Brussels, not coming to Brussels ... / Zelenski komt naar Brussel, komt niet naar Brussel ... km-Standaard-BE: "Zelenskyy coming to Brussels, not coming to Brussels ... / ..." page: 17 info: by Beirlant date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Already 8 million Ukrainians fleeing war / Al 8 miljoen Oekraïners op de vlucht voor oorlog km-Tijd-BE: "Already 8 million Ukrainians fleeing war / Al 8 miljoen ..." page: 8 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Commissioner Johansson visits the port of Antwerp

[Belgium, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:40:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on Commissioner Johansson's visit to the port of Antwerp. De Tijd reports that Commissioner Johansson was accompanied by Home Affairs Minister Annelies Verlinden. The visit is a strong symbol of the European Commission's commitment in the fight against drug crime. Ms Verlinden stated that Europe must answer Antwerp's cocaine problem with one voice. Commissioner Johansson called drug crime an even greater danger than terrorism: "We must fight drug crime with the same conviction." Upcoming proposals could strengthen the EU's instruments on the matter. She also pointed to the need for more cooperation with Latin America, to which the two women will travel next month. Lesoir.be adds that during the press conference following her visit to the port, Commissioner Johansson cited the impact of drug crime in Sweden. It caused 61 deaths in 2022 and is one of the priorities of the Swedish EU Presidency. She also pointed out that several officials, including Belgian Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, have been threatened by criminal organisations. As a demonstration of support to Belgian authorities, she will present new proposals in April to fight against corruption. "60% of criminal groups are involved in corruption deeds in the EU", she added. From her upcoming trip to Latin America, she expects reinforced cooperation with Colombia and Ecuador. VRT Radio 1 interviews Ms Verlinden about various topics, including Belgium's war on drugs. On Tuesday, Ms Verlinden met with Commissioner Johansson and Europol director Catherine De Bolle in the Port of Antwerp. Ms Verlinden is happy that for the first time, Commissioner Johansson will visit the port, thus sending the message that Europe is taking a European approach to the problem very seriously. Discussions between Ms Verlinden and Commissioner Johansson focused on the need for European cooperation to tackle drug-related crime. The topic will be included among the priorities of the upcoming EU Belgian Presidency.

The European Union wants to do more to fight organised crime, a "threat as great as terrorism". / L'Union européenne veut davantage lutter contre le crime organisé, une «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme» km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: The European Union wants to do more to fight organised crime, a "threat as great as terrorism". / L'Union européenne veut davantage lutter contre le crime organisé, une «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme»The European Union wants to do more to fight organised crime, a "threat as great as terrorism". / L'Union européenne veut davantage lutter contre le crime organisé, une «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme» info: by AFP date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

European aid still far from relieving port of drug problem / Europese hulp verlost haven nog lang niet van drugsprobleem km-Tijd-BE: "European aid still far from relieving port of drug problem ..." page: 10 info: by ROMANS date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

De Ochtend km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "De Ochtend..." info: 2023-02-07 00:10:00, 00:10:00, by Coussement, Benedikte date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:10:00 AM CET View this media item

Interview with Commissioner Johansson about drugs

[Belgium, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:40:00 AM CET

VRT Eén interviews Commissioner Johansson about the need for international cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. She says: "It is clear that these organised criminal groups are not seeing any national borders. They are cross-border, they are international, and they are based in many different EU countries, but also third countries. It is not possible for the national police alone to fight this. That is why we need European cooperation, and that is also why we need European cooperation with third countries."

Interview with Commissioner Johansson about drugs / Het Journaal 19u km-VRT-Een-BE: "Interview with Commissioner Johansson about drugs / Het Journaal 19u..." info: 2023-02-07 00:01:00, 00:01:00, by Van Herck, Annelies date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:01:00 AM CET View this media item

Interview with Commissioner Johansson on Europe's fight against drug crime

[Belgium, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:40:00 AM CET

In an interview with RTL-TVI, Commissioner Johansson states that criminal organisations are becoming more and more elaborate, international, and violent. "That is why we need to step up our efforts. To fight these networks, we must also have a network, and strengthen it," she says. She also declares being shocked by the death of a child in a drug feud earlier this year. The incident triggered the EU response, as it appears the problem largely surpasses Belgian justice.

Interview with Commissioner Johansson on Europe's fight against drug crime / Journal 19h km-RTL-TVI-BE: "Interview with Commissioner Johansson on Europe's fight against drug crime ..." info: 2023-02-07 00:02:00, 00:02:00, by Fontenoy, Caroline date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:02:00 AM CET View this media item

Illegal border crossings via Western Balkan route halved in January

[Bulgaria, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:12:00 AM CET

The number of migrants illegally crossing via the Western Balkan route into Central and Western Europe had halved in January compared to December, Commissioner Johansson stated before the European Parliament's LIBE committee on Monday, as cited by Dnevnik and 24 Chasa daily. The high number of illegal crossings is cited by Austria as the reason for its veto on Bulgaria and Romania’s Schengen applications. "By acting together it is possible to have an effect on illegal arrivals, but this has nothing to do with the right of Bulgaria and Romania to be part of Schengen," she said. On the occasion of the Netherlands' request for an additional report on compliance with the rule of law in Bulgaria, she stressed that the introduction of additional criteria was unacceptable.

Zelensky invited to EU summit / Зеленски поканен на среща на върха на ЕС km-clubz.bg-BG: Zelensky invited to EU summit / Зеленски поканен на среща на върха на ЕСZelensky invited to EU summit / Зеленски поканен на среща на върха на ЕС date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU confirms Zelensky invited to Brussels summit / ЕС потвърди, че Зеленски е поканен на срещата на върха в Брюксел km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: EU confirms Zelensky invited to Brussels summit / ЕС потвърди, че Зеленски е поканен на срещата на върха в БрюкселEU confirms Zelensky invited to Brussels summit / ЕС потвърди, че Зеленски е поканен на срещата на върха в Брюксел date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Brussels officially invites Volodymyr Zelensky to the European Council / Брюксел покани официално Володимир Зеленски на Европейския съвет km-Focus-News.net-BG: Brussels officially invites Volodymyr Zelensky to the European Council / Брюксел покани официално Володимир Зеленски на Европейския съветBrussels officially invites Volodymyr Zelensky to the European Council / Брюксел покани официално Володимир Зеленски на Европейския съвет date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU institutions dispute over leaks about Zelensky's possible visit / Институциите на ЕС влязоха в спор заради изтичане на информация за възможна визита на Зеленски km-Focus-News.net-BG: EU institutions dispute over leaks about Zelensky's possible visit / Институциите на ЕС влязоха в спор заради изтичане на информация за възможна визита на ЗеленскиEU institutions dispute over leaks about Zelensky's possible visit / Институциите на ЕС влязоха в спор заради изтичане на информация за възможна визита на Зеленски date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Zelensky is considering a visit to Brussels / Зеленски обмисля визита в Брюксел km-Mediapool.bg-BG: Zelensky is considering a visit to Brussels / Зеленски обмисля визита в БрюкселZelensky is considering a visit to Brussels / Зеленски обмисля визита в Брюксел date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

President Zelenskyy invited to EU summit

[Bulgaria, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

European Council President Charles Michel had invited President Zelenskyy to a future EU summit in Brussels, Barend Leyts, the Spokesperson for President Michel, announced on Twitter on Tuesday, as cited by several media. For security reasons, no further information would be provided, he added. It is not clear, however, whether the case regards the upcoming special European Council on 9 – 10 February. EU institutions clashed and exchanged mutual accusations after information leaked to the media about a possible visit of Ukraine's Head of State to Brussels, The Guardian writes, as cited by Focus News Agency. According to the newspaper, about two days before the alleged trip to Brussels was officially announced, Italian media reported on a possible visit by Zelenskyy. President Michel holds the European Parliament responsible for the leak.

We ask Romania not to abandon us for Schengen / Молим Румъния да не ни изоставя за Шенген km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "We ask Romania not to abandon us for Schengen / ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Greece demands 'openness' from EU over border enclosures / Гърция поиска "откритост" от ЕС за граничните заграждения km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Greece demands 'openness' from EU over border enclosures / Гърция поиска "откритост" от ЕС за граничните загражденияGreece demands 'openness' from EU over border enclosures / Гърция поиска "откритост" от ЕС за граничните заграждения date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Schengen condition met: migrants along the Balkan route halved / Изпълнено условие за Шенген: мигрантите по Балканския маршрут са намалели наполовина km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Schengen condition met: migrants along the Balkan route halved / Изпълнено условие за Шенген: мигрантите по Балканския маршрут са намалели наполовинаSchengen condition met: migrants along the Balkan route halved / Изпълнено условие за Шенген: мигрантите по Балканския маршрут са намалели наполовина date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

New information on border controls further burdens the Danish government

[Denmark, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:15:00 AM CET

Information reports that according to a document requested by the daily paper the government could use other initiatives against cross-border crime instead of maintaining border controls. The same assessment has been made by the police; however, the former government decided to extend the temporary border control. Several experts say that the extensions of Danish border controls between the neighbouring countries Germany and Sweden are in defiance of the Schengen rules of the European Court of Justice and therefore an illegal practice. In a written reply to Information, Minister of Justice Peter Hummelgaard (S) did not specifically address the criticism, but stated it to be “a right decision” to continue with the border control.

New information on border controls further burdens the Danish government / Forsidehenvisning: Nye oplysninger om grænsekontrollen belaster regeringen yderligere km-Information-Denmark-DK: "New information on border controls further burdens the Danish government ..." page: 1 info: by Lasse Skou Andersen date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU countries want tougher border standards

[Estonia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:56:00 AM CET

Eight European Union member states have called on Brussels to significantly tighten the Community's border requirements to avoid another large-scale migration crisis, according to a letter seen by AFP ahead of a key summit, several sources report. Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia sent the letter, dated Monday, to President von der Leyen and President Michel. The letter called for additional financial support within the existing budget to increase "the corresponding operational and technical measures for effective border control".

Uudised km-Kuku-raadio-EE: "Uudised..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

EU countries want tougher border standards / EU countries want tougher border standards km-Postimees-Online-EE: EU countries want tougher border standards / EU countries want tougher border standardsEU countries want tougher border standards / EU countries want tougher border standards date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Sources: President Zelenskyy to visit Brussels tomorrow

[Estonia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:45:00 AM CET

The European Union is preparing for a possible visit by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to Brussels to meet EU leaders and address parliament on Thursday, officials said, Postimees reports. "The permanent president of the European Council, Charles Michel, has invited Zelenskyy to attend the upcoming summit of the 27 EU countries," President Michel's spokesman said on Monday. A source in the European Parliament also said it was likely that President Zelenskyy would attend Thursday's extraordinary plenary session.

Sources: Volodymyr Zelenskyi to visit Brussels tomorrow / Sources: Volodymyr Zelenskyi to visit Brussels tomorrow km-Postimees-EE: "Sources: Volodymyr Zelenskyi to visit Brussels tomorrow / Sources: Volodymyr ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner

[Estonia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:10:00 AM CET

Organised crime poses as great a threat to the European Union countries as terrorism, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs warned on Tuesday, Postimees.ee reports. Commissioner Johansson said this while visiting the port of Antwerp in Belgium, which has become the biggest cocaine gateway to Europe. She said at least 61 people were killed in 90 bomb attacks and 388 shootings in her country last year, and drug trafficking was largely behind the violence. Ms Johansson underlined the scale of the problem, citing threats made by criminal groups against Belgian Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as examples.

Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner / Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner km-Postimees-Online-EE: Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner / Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European CommissionerOrganised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner / Organised crime is as big a threat as terrorism, says European Commissioner date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Johansson: Organised crime, 'a threat as strong as terrorism'

[France, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:30:00 AM CET

Mediapart.fr reports on Commissioner Johansson’s statement on organised crime during a press conference in Antwerp with Belgian Minister of Interior Annelies Verlinden. In a show of support to Belgian authorities, Commissioner Johansson said that “today, the threat we are facing from organised crime to society is as big as the terrorist threat. We must fight it with the same energy, commitment and determination.” She added that “drug trafficking was largely to blame” for the 90 bomb attacks and 388 shootings that occurred in Sweden last year. Commissioner Johansson is to present new proposals to fight corruption, as “60% of criminal groups are involved in corruption actions in the EU.” Ahead of a visit in Columbia and Ecuador, Commissioner Johansson also stressed that “these organised criminal groups are cross border, they are international, and that is why we need an international cooperation. To fight a network you need a network.”

Organised crime, "a threat as strong as terrorism" (European Commissioner) / Le crime organisé, « menace aussi forte que le terrorisme » (commissaire européenne) km-MediaPart.fr-FR: Organised crime, "a threat as strong as terrorism" (European Commissioner) / Le crime organisé, « menace aussi forte que le terrorisme » (commissaire européenne)Organised crime, "a threat as strong as terrorism" (European Commissioner) / Le crime organisé, « menace aussi forte que le terrorisme » (commissaire européenne) date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Nowhere in Europe was more cocaine seized in 2022 than in the port of Antwerp

[Germany, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:30:00 AM CET

In a commentary in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Thomas Gutschker points out that nowhere in Europe was more cocaine seized in 2022 than in the port of Antwerp: the 110 tonnes with a market value of about €8 billion set another new record, Belgium's Customs and Excises revealed. "The threat we face from organised crime is as great as the threat from terrorism," Commissioner Johannson warned. The resulting corruption, infiltration of the economy, street crime and rising insecurity are a "dangerous poison" for society, Gutschker quotes her. Annelies Verlinden, the Minister of the Interior, Institutional Reforms, and Democratic Renewal, highlighted the government's efforts in the fight. Both policymakers announced that they will Ecuador and Colombia at the end of February to conclude agreements on closer cooperation, Gutschker reveals.

Commentary on countering drug trafficking in Europe: Antwerp is fighting cocaine / Antwerpen kämpft gegen das Kokain km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Commentary on countering drug trafficking in Europe: Antwerp is fighting ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Johansson visits Antwerp to discuss the fight against drug trafficking

[Greece, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:27:00 AM CET

A couple of media report on Commissioner Johansson's visit to Antwerp to discuss the fight against drug trafficking. During a press conference with Belgian interior minister Annelies Verlinden, she stressed that organised crime is as strong a threat as terrorism. She added that we must fight it with the same energy, the same commitment and the same determination. She also recalled that in Belgium, Belgian justice minister Vincent Van Quickenborne was threatened by criminal gangs, as were Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the royal family in the Netherlands. Commissioner Johansson, who went to Belgium to show her support for the Belgian authorities, will present new proposals in April to fight corruption. She underlined that 60% of criminal groups are involved in acts of corruption in the EU. Meanwhile, she pointed out that criminal groups are cross-border, so we need international cooperation, adding that the EU is here to facilitate police cooperation between member states and with third countries. Commissioner Johansson will also travel with Ms Verlinden to Colombia and Ecuador at the end of February to intensify joint efforts in the fight against the production and export of drugs.

Commissioner Johansson: Organised crime is as serious a threat as terrorism / Επίτροπος Γιόχανσον: Απειλή σοβαρή όσο η τρομοκρατία το οργανωμένο έγκλημα km-capital.gr-GR: Commissioner Johansson: Organised crime is as serious a threat as terrorism / Επίτροπος Γιόχανσον: Απειλή σοβαρή όσο η τρομοκρατία το οργανωμένο έγκλημαCommissioner Johansson: Organised crime is as serious a threat as terrorism / Επίτροπος Γιόχανσον: Απειλή σοβαρή όσο η τρομοκρατία το οργανωμένο έγκλημα date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

ΕΕ: Το οργανωμένο έγκλημα είναι τόσο ισχυρή απειλή όσο η τρομοκρατία, δηλώνει η Επίτροπος Εσωτερικών Υποθέσεων km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Το οργανωμένο έγκλημα είναι τόσο ισχυρή απειλή όσο η ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

European Council President Michel holds European Parliament responsible for leaking Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's possible visit in Brussels

[Greece, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:31:00 AM CET

Tovima.gr reports that disputes have erupted among EU officials after leaks about a possible visit by Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to Brussels raised concerns about his security. European Council President Michel holds the European Parliament responsible for the leak which referred to President Zelenskyy’s possible attendance to the Special European Council meeting on 9 February and his address at the European Parliament during an extraordinary session. President Michel’s spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the visit, saying that "there is an open invitation to President Zelenskyy to visit Brussels”. This controversy embarrasses European Parliament President Metsola, whose associates are accused of the leak. EU diplomats said that European Council President Michel and President von der Leyen compete to show support for Ukraine and both have spoken highly of Ukraine's prospects for EU membership.

EU institutions fight over leak of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's visit / Τα θεσμικά όργανα της ΕΕ τσακώνονται για τη διαρροή της επίσκεψης Ζελένσκι km-Vima-online-GR: EU institutions fight over leak of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's visit / Τα θεσμικά όργανα της ΕΕ τσακώνονται για τη διαρροή της επίσκεψης ΖελένσκιEU institutions fight over leak of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy's visit / Τα θεσμικά όργανα της ΕΕ τσακώνονται για τη διαρροή της επίσκεψης Ζελένσκι date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

President Zelenskyy could visit Brussels on 9 February

[Latvia, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:42:00 AM CET

LTV1 reports that President Zelenskyy plans to visit Brussels on 9 February to meet with the leaders of the European Union member states and to address the members of the European Parliament. This would be only his second trip outside Ukraine since Russia's full-scale invasion. The preliminary plan envisages that President Zelenskyy will additionally speak at the European Parliament. However, information leaks on President Zelenskyy’s visit can also threaten these plans.

President Zelenskyy could visit Brussels on 9 February / Zelenskis Briselē? km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "President Zelenskyy could visit Brussels on 9 February / Zelenskis ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Dienas ziņas km-LTV-1-LV: "Dienas ziņas..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

European Union eyeing possible Zelenskyy visit, Brussels disputes over leaked information on Zelenskyy visit

[Lithuania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:44:00 AM CET

According to some media outlets, the European Union is preparing for a potential visit by President Zelenskyy to Brussels on Thursday to meet the bloc’s leaders and address parliament, officials said. A source at the European parliament said there was the “likelihood of an extraordinary Plenary Session on Thursday, 9 February with the presence of Volodymyr Zelenskyy,” as quoted by Alfa.lt. A spokesman for European Council President Michel only said “there is an open invitation to President Zelenskyy to visit Brussels.” Meanwhile, some media outlets report that following reports about President Zelenskyy’s visit to Brussels, a wave of concern about his security and accusations of leaking information has emerged among the leaders of the European Union institutions. President Michel thinks the European Parliament is responsible for the leaks.

EU is preparing for possible visit by Zelenskyy on Thursday / ES rengiasi galimam V. Zelenskio vizitui ketvirtadienį km-Alfa.lt-LT: EU is preparing for possible visit by Zelenskyy on Thursday / ES rengiasi galimam V. Zelenskio vizitui ketvirtadienįEU is preparing for possible visit by Zelenskyy on Thursday / ES rengiasi galimam V. Zelenskio vizitui ketvirtadienį date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Scandal in Brussels over leaked information on possible visit by Zelenskyy / Briuselyje – skandalas dėl nutekintos informacijos apie galimą Zelenskio vizitą km-Delfi.lt-LT: Scandal in Brussels over leaked information on possible visit by Zelenskyy / Briuselyje – skandalas dėl nutekintos informacijos apie galimą Zelenskio vizitąScandal in Brussels over leaked information on possible visit by Zelenskyy / Briuselyje – skandalas dėl nutekintos informacijos apie galimą Zelenskio vizitą info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU officials blame each other following leaks about possible visit to Brussels by Zelenskyy / Nutekėjus informacijai apie galimą V. Zelenskio vizitą į Briuselį – ES pareigūnai kaltina vieni kitus km-lrytas.lt-LT: EU officials blame each other following leaks about possible visit to Brussels by Zelenskyy / Nutekėjus informacijai apie galimą V. Zelenskio vizitą į Briuselį – ES pareigūnai kaltina vieni kitusEU officials blame each other following leaks about possible visit to Brussels by Zelenskyy / Nutekėjus informacijai apie galimą V. Zelenskio vizitą į Briuselį – ES pareigūnai kaltina vieni kitus info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Belgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters

[Lithuania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

Alfa.lt and 15min.lt report that Belgian police have arrested two suspects after gunmen interrupted a sale of second-hand luxury watches in an underground carpark near the Brussels headquarters of the European Union, prosecutors said. According to the prosecutor’s office, “two people were said to have been assaulted and held against their will... a gun is said to have been used,” as quoted by Alfa.lt.

Belgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinės km-15min.lt-LT: Belgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinėsBelgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinės date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Belgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinės km-Alfa.lt-LT: Belgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinėsBelgium police probe gun incident near European Union headquarters / Belgijos policija tiria ginkluotą incidentą netoli ES būstinės date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Johansson visits Antwerp to discuss fight against drug trafficking

[Luxembourg, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:37:00 AM CET

Tageblatt and Lessentiel.lu report on Commissioner Johansson’s visit to Antwerp.Tageblatt reports on Commissioner Johansson’s joint visit with Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden to the port of Antwerp in northern Belgium on Tuesday. The container port is one of Europe's most important gateways for drug trafficking. "The threat to society from organised crime is just as great today as it is from terrorism," Commissioner Johansson said. She explained that politicians had been threatened in connection with drug trafficking in Belgium and the Netherlands. According to the European Drug Monitoring Centre EMCDDA, around 3.5 million Europeans used cocaine at least once in 2021. That is four times more than 20 years ago. Commissioner Johansson warned that cocaine smuggling into the EU was increasing. Belgian Interior Minister Verlinden announced a joint visit with Johansson to Colombia and neighbouring Ecuador "at the end of the month", where they want to meet police and political representatives.

Le crime organisé, «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme» km-lessentiel.lu-LU: Le crime organisé, «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme»Le crime organisé, «menace aussi forte que le terrorisme» date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The European cocaine problem in Belgium / Das europäische Kokain-Problem in Belgien km-Tageblatt-LU: "The European cocaine problem in Belgium / Das europäische Kokain-Problem ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Leaks from the European Parliament may thwart a visit of President Zelenskyy to Brussels

[Poland, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:22:00 AM CET

Two media outlets report that President Zelenskyy is to arrive in Brussels for the upcoming EU Summit and that he will personally give a speech at the European Parliament. The visit was to be kept top secret until the last moment but in the result of communication errors made by the associates of President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, the news has leaked to the media. Officially, President Michel’s spokesperson confirmed that President Zelenskyy was invited to Brussels but no further details are provided for safety reasons. Internet portals mention that in the result of the leak from the European Parliament, President Zelenskyy may cancel his visit because it runs a too high risk. However, if he actually arrives in Brussels, it will be his second foreign visit since the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Plays of EU officials may torpedo President Zelenskyy visit to Brussels / Gierki unijnych urzędników mogą storpedować wizytę Zełenskiego w Brukseli km-Onet.pl-PL: Plays of EU officials may torpedo President Zelenskyy visit to Brussels / Gierki unijnych urzędników mogą storpedować wizytę Zełenskiego w BrukseliPlays of EU officials may torpedo President Zelenskyy visit to Brussels / Gierki unijnych urzędników mogą storpedować wizytę Zełenskiego w Brukseli info: by Jakob Hanke Vela date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Failure of EU officials. President Zelenskyy may cancel his visit to Brussels / Unijni urzędnicy dali plamę. Zełenski może odwołać wizytę w Brukseli [RELACJA NA ŻYWO] km-Onet.pl-PL: Failure of EU officials. President Zelenskyy may cancel his visit to Brussels / Unijni urzędnicy dali plamę. Zełenski może odwołać wizytę w Brukseli [RELACJA NA ŻYWO]Failure of EU officials. President Zelenskyy may cancel his visit to Brussels / Unijni urzędnicy dali plamę. Zełenski może odwołać wizytę w Brukseli [RELACJA NA ŻYWO] info: by zy: wwa date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

President Zelenskyy to personally give speech in the EU / Zełenski osobiście przemówi w UE. Po raz drugi od początku wojny opuści Ukrainę km-rp.pl-PL: President Zelenskyy to personally give speech in the EU / Zełenski osobiście przemówi w UE. Po raz drugi od początku wojny opuści UkrainęPresident Zelenskyy to personally give speech in the EU / Zełenski osobiście przemówi w UE. Po raz drugi od początku wojny opuści Ukrainę info: by Anna Slojewska date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

President Zelenskyy will personally give a speech in the EU / Zełenski osobiście przemówi w UE km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "President Zelenskyy will personally give a speech in the EU ..." page: 1 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU investigating leak about Ukrainian President presence at the European Council meeting

[Portugal, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:41:00 AM CET

According to the international press, the European institutions are trying to find out who disclosed to the public that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy will attend the European Council meeting, Rádio Renascença reports. This information was not supposed to become public. European Council President Michel blamed the European Parliament, warning that this might jeopardise President Zelenskyy’s safety.

EU investigating leak about Ukrainian President presence at the European Council meeting / RR - Informação km-Radio-Renascenca-PT: "EU investigating leak about Ukrainian President presence at the European ..." info: 2023-02-07 19:04:00, 19:04:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:04:00 PM CET View this media item

Prime Minister Ciucă held discussions with his Bulgarian counterpart

[Romania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:59:00 AM CET

Some local media outlets, including news.ro, report that Prime Minister Ciucă held discussions, via videoconference, with his Bulgarian counterpart Galab Donev yesterday. Talks focused on the progress of connectivity projects, confirmed in the previous meetings between the governments from Bucharest and Sofia. The two reconfirmed Romania and Bulgaria’s common interest in joining the Schengen area this year and emphasised the need to support European solutions to further fight illegal migration and protect the European Union’s external borders. According to the Romanian Executive, the two heads of government confirmed their interest in taking concrete steps to ensure permanent navigability on the Danube and in the construction of a new bridge in Giurgiu-Ruse area. These are complementary projects, in line with the interests of both countries, the entire region and the European Union as a whole, mediafax.ro notes.

StirileAntena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "StirileAntena3..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

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Romania and Bulgaria's accession to Schengen this year, among topics debated by countries' prime ministers / Aderarea României şi Bulgariei în acest an la Schengen, temă de discuţie între premierii celor două ţări km-mediafax.ro-RO: Romania and Bulgaria's accession to Schengen this year, among topics debated by countries' prime ministers / Aderarea României şi Bulgariei în acest an la Schengen, temă de discuţie între premierii celor două ţăriRomania and Bulgaria's accession to Schengen this year, among topics debated by countries' prime ministers / Aderarea României şi Bulgariei în acest an la Schengen, temă de discuţie între premierii celor două ţări info: by Gabriel Pecheanu date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Nicolae Ciucă, videoconference with Bulgarian Prime Minister: They reconfirmed common interest in joining Schengen Area this year and the need to fight illegal migration / Nicolae Ciucă, convorbire în format videoconferinţă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Bulgaria: Au reconfirmat interesul comun de a adera la Spaţiul Schengen în cursul acestui an şi necesitatea combaterii migraţiei ilegale - VIDEO km-news.ro-RO: Nicolae Ciucă, videoconference with Bulgarian Prime Minister: They reconfirmed common interest in joining Schengen Area this year and the need to fight illegal migration / Nicolae Ciucă, convorbire în format videoconferinţă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Bulgaria: Au reconfirmat interesul comun de a adera la Spaţiul Schengen în cursul acestui an şi necesitatea combaterii migraţiei ilegale - VIDEONicolae Ciucă, videoconference with Bulgarian Prime Minister: They reconfirmed common interest in joining Schengen Area this year and the need to fight illegal migration / Nicolae Ciucă, convorbire în format videoconferinţă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Bulgaria: Au reconfirmat interesul comun de a adera la Spaţiul Schengen în cursul acestui an şi necesitatea combaterii migraţiei ilegale - VIDEO info: by Valentina Postelnicu date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

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MEP Eugen Tomac has brought an action against the Council of the European Union

[Romania, Home Affairs / Security Union]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:58:00 AM CET

România Actualităţi radio station, as well as B1TV and Antena3 TV stations, report that MEP Eugen Tomac (EPP) has announced that he brought an action against the Council of the European Union over the rejection of Romania’s Schengen integration. The MEP believes that the vote against Romania was unjust and discriminatory, given that none of the parties with a privileged plaintiff status has taken any measure to defend the Treaty of the European Union and the dignity of over 20 million citizens.

StirileAntena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "StirileAntena3..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

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HUMANITARIAN AID AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Difficult rescue operations in the earthquake zone

[Austria, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:36:00 AM CET

One day after the earthquakes at the border of Turkey and Syria, the true extent of the disaster is becoming increasingly clear, Salzburger Nachrichten and orf.at report. Many people are still believed to be buried beneath the ruins. The cold weather, destroyed infrastructure and the fact that rescue operations are only just beginning in some regions make things difficult for those trying to help. The EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre has mobilised 27 search and rescue teams so far. Commissioner Lenarčič said on Tuesday morning that this meant more than 1,150 rescue workers and 70 dogs. He thanked the 19 European countries participating in these efforts. In addition to EU member states, other European countries like Albania and Montenegro also participate in the aid efforts coordinated by the EU.

Wettlauf gegen die Zeit: Suche nach Verschütteten in Bebengebieten km-orf.at-AT: Wettlauf gegen die Zeit: Suche nach Verschütteten in BebengebietenWettlauf gegen die Zeit: Suche nach Verschütteten in Bebengebieten info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Difficult rescue operations in the earthquake zone / Schwieriger Einsatz im Bebengebiet km-orf.at-AT: Difficult rescue operations in the earthquake zone / Schwieriger Einsatz im BebengebietDifficult rescue operations in the earthquake zone / Schwieriger Einsatz im Bebengebiet info: by red date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

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EU sends 1,200 rescue workers and detector dogs to Turkey

[Belgium, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:41:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria. L'Echo reports that at Turkey's request, the EU activated its civil protection mechanism following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria. European rescue teams and medical personnel will be sent to Turkey at short notice, representing over 1,200 rescue workers and 79 detector dogs. The operations will be led by the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). The Syrian regime has not requested the activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism. The country is under European and international sanctions. "If Syria requests it, we will implement the coordination procedure," said European Commission spokesman Balazs Ujvari. De Standaard adds that in Syria, the question is how to keep even the most minimal assistance going. In the north, the earthquake laid waste to entire city districts that had previously been hit by heavy war bombing. The Syrian regime made it clear that its borders will not open for humanitarian aid. Half of the $40 billion donated to Syria by the international community since 2011 - mainly by the EU and the US - goes to humanitarian aid through UN agencies. Due to Russia's opposition in the UN Security Council, the UN is now only allowed to deliver aid directly to the north through one border post with Turkey. La Dernière Heure adds that the number of European search and rescue teams mobilised in Turkey has increased. In a tweet published on Tuesday morning, Commissioner Lenarčič cited 27 active teams: 25 search teams and two emergency medical teams. L'Avenir reports that a spokesperson of the Commission explained that the EU had mobilised more than thirty rescue teams and medical teams from 21 member states.

International aid has arrived, Belgium will follow at the end of the week / L'aide internationale est arrivée, la Belgique suivra fin de semaine km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "International aid has arrived, Belgium will follow at the end ..." page: 12-13 info: by Wolwertz date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Belgium sends emergency care team / La Belgique envoie une équipe de soins d'urgence km-Derniere-Heure-BE: "Belgium sends emergency care team / La Belgique envoie une ..." page: 5 info: by Bernaerts date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU sends 1,200 rescue workers and detector dogs to Turkey / L’UE envoie 1.200 secouristes et des chiens détecteurs en Turquie km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "EU sends 1,200 rescue workers and detector dogs to Turkey ..." page: 5 info: by Georis date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Belgium to send field hospital and medical team to Turkey / La Belgique va envoyer un hôpital de campagne et une équipe médicale en Turquie km-Soir-BE: "Belgium to send field hospital and medical team to Turkey ..." page: 1,2-3 info: by Delepierre date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

In Syria, emergency aid remains simply a political tool for Assad / In Syrië blijft noodhulp gewoon een politiek middel voor Assad km-Standaard-BE: "In Syria, emergency aid remains simply a political tool for ..." page: 1,4 info: by De Cock date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Interview with Director for Emergency Management and rescEU Hans Das on humanitarian aid to Turkey

[Belgium, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:41:00 AM CET

VRT Eén interviews Director for Emergency Management and rescEU Hans Das about the EU’s assistance following the earthquake in Turkey. He explains: "26 search and rescue teams are dispatched, as well as two medical teams. More than a thousand rescue workers are already active in Turkey. We are in very close contact with Belgium and are very actively working on preparing a medical mission from Belgium. That involves a very large team which also requires a lot of logistics. We are not surprised that this will take a bit longer and help will be needed for quite a while more." The interview was also broadcast on VRT Eén's 1 PM news programme.

Het Journaal 19h00 km-VRT-Een-BE: "Het Journaal 19h00..." info: 2023-02-07 19:00:00, 19:00:00, by Heirbaut, Rob date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:00:00 PM CET View this media item

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EU deploys 27 search, rescue and medical teams to Turkey through Civil Protection Mechanism

[Bulgaria, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:13:00 AM CET

Commissioner Lenarčič tweeted on Tuesday that the EU had mobilised 27 search, rescue and medical teams from 19 EU countries to Turkey through the bloc's Civil Protection Mechanism, Darik Radio reports. “We absolutely understand these emotions. We feel their pain. We offer our sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones,” he said in an interview with CNN on Monday, as cited by Darik. “Speed is of essence because so many people are undoubtedly still trapped under the rubble and the rescue teams will continue to work as long as necessary to save as many people as necessary,” he added. Since Turkey had activated the Civil Protection Mechanism, while Syria had not, there is a significant difference in the aid provided to the two countries up until now, bTV notes.

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Why in Turkey there are still flattened blocks next to intact buildings / Защо в Турция пак има сплескани блокове до непокътнати сгради km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Why in Turkey there are still flattened blocks next to intact buildings / Защо в Турция пак има сплескани блокове до непокътнати сградиWhy in Turkey there are still flattened blocks next to intact buildings / Защо в Турция пак има сплескани блокове до непокътнати сгради info: by Дневник date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

WHO: 23 million affected in Turkey and Syria / СЗО: 23 милиона души са засегнати в Турция и Сирия km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "WHO: 23 million affected in Turkey and Syria / СЗО: ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Georgi Dimov: With the earthquakes, Erdogan will use the opportunity to mobilize the nation / Георги Димов: И със земетресенията Ердоган ще ползва възможността за мобилизиране на нацията km-Focus-News.net-BG: Georgi Dimov: With the earthquakes, Erdogan will use the opportunity to mobilize the nation / Георги Димов: И със земетресенията Ердоган ще ползва възможността за мобилизиране на нациятаGeorgi Dimov: With the earthquakes, Erdogan will use the opportunity to mobilize the nation / Георги Димов: И със земетресенията Ердоган ще ползва възможността за мобилизиране на нацията date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Minister of Tourism: No reports of injured or destitute Bulgarians in Turkey / Министърът на туризма: Няма данни за пострадали или бедстващи българи в Турция km-Focus-News.net-BG: Minister of Tourism: No reports of injured or destitute Bulgarians in Turkey / Министърът на туризма: Няма данни за пострадали или бедстващи българи в ТурцияMinister of Tourism: No reports of injured or destitute Bulgarians in Turkey / Министърът на туризма: Няма данни за пострадали или бедстващи българи в Турция date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

The lives of 23 million people could change after strong earthquakes / Какво е известно за последиците в Турция и Сирия от поредицата земетресения km-Focus-News.net-BG: The lives of 23 million people could change after strong earthquakes / Какво е известно за последиците в Турция и Сирия от поредицата земетресенияThe lives of 23 million people could change after strong earthquakes / Какво е известно за последиците в Турция и Сирия от поредицата земетресения date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Ch. Insp. Alexander Damyanov: The earthquake cannot be predicted, but there is something to do in advance / Гл. инсп. Александър Дамянов: Земетресението не може да бъде предвидено, но има какво да направим предварително km-Focus-News.net-BG: Ch. Insp. Alexander Damyanov: The earthquake cannot be predicted, but there is something to do in advance / Гл. инсп. Александър Дамянов: Земетресението не може да бъде предвидено, но има какво да направим предварителноCh. Insp. Alexander Damyanov: The earthquake cannot be predicted, but there is something to do in advance / Гл. инсп. Александър Дамянов: Земетресението не може да бъде предвидено, но има какво да направим предварително date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

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First BG firefighter to arrive in Adana: We are looking for survivors under a 14-story block / Първият БГ пожарникар, пристигнал в Адана: Търсим оцелели под 14-етажен блок km-Telegraph-Daily-BG: "First BG firefighter to arrive in Adana: We are looking ..." page: 1,4,5 info: by Виктория ПЕНКОВА date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

23 million people affected by the tremors in Turkey and Syria / 23 млн. души засегнати от трусовете в Турция и Сирия km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "23 million people affected by the tremors in Turkey and ..." page: 1,7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

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From early this morning in the municipality of Rouen there was an influx of people with all sorts of products to raise aid for the affected regions in Turkey km-Tv-Evropa-BG: "From early this morning in the municipality of Rouen there ..." info: 2023-02-07 18:30:00, 18:30:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:30:00 PM CET View this media item

EU sends help for searching survivors of Turkey and Syria earthquakes

[Croatia, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:08:00 AM CET

The number of dead following yesterday’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has exceeded five thousand, while rescuers' efforts are hampered by cold weather and below-zero night temperatures, Poslovni dnevnik, Jutarnji list and Glas Slavonije report. Turkey has declared a state of emergency, which should give its authorities more room for manoeuvring rescue and reconstruction. Over 70 countries have promised help in searching for survivors, with the EU sending over 1,150 rescuers from 19 member states, including Croatia. On Monday, the Croatian government gave approval for sending a medium-sized urban search and rescue module, following Turkey’s request for medium and heavy modules through the European Response and Coordination Center (ERCC) of the European Commission's Civil Protection Mechanism. The module consists of 25 rescuers, 10 members of the logistics team, 5 team leaders and 10 search dogs, the transport of which is provided by the Directorate of Civil Protection of the Croatian Interior Ministry. Meanwhile, the Syrian Red Cross yesterday called on the EU to lift sanctions against Damascus. Index reports. “I call on all EU member states to lift economic sanctions on Syria because it is time to do so following such an earthquake,” said the director of the Syrian branch of the Red Cross Khaled Habubati.

Part of the Osijek Red Cross and HGSS standby / U pripravnosti dio osječkog Crvenog križa te HGSS-a km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Part of the Osijek Red Cross and HGSS standby / ..." page: 6 info: by T. Prusina date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Syria has been under sanctions since 2011. The Red Cross calls for their abolition due to the earthquake. / Sirija je od 2011. pod sankcijama. Crveni križ zbog potresa traži njihovo ukidanje km-Index.hr-HR: Syria has been under sanctions since 2011. The Red Cross calls for their abolition due to the earthquake. / Sirija je od 2011. pod sankcijama. Crveni križ zbog potresa traži njihovo ukidanjeSyria has been under sanctions since 2011. The Red Cross calls for their abolition due to the earthquake. / Sirija je od 2011. pod sankcijama. Crveni križ zbog potresa traži njihovo ukidanje date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Officer Stellar and Sheepdog Tesla will search for missing persons near epicenter / Policajka Zvjezdana i ovčarka Tesla tražit će nestale blizu epicentra km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Officer Stellar and Sheepdog Tesla will search for missing persons ..." page: 12 info: by Lada Novak Starčević date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU sends help for searching survivors of Turkey and Syria earthquakes / U potrazi za preživjelima sati nezaustavljivo cure, proglašeno vanredno stanje km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "EU sends help for searching survivors of Turkey and Syria ..." page: 10 info: by Ana Blašković date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU sends help to Türkiye through Civil Protection Mechanism

[Cyprus, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:28:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report on the support given by the EU to Türkiye in the wake of a deadly earthquake that claimed thousands of victims. Sigmalive.com writes that, in a post on Twitter, Commissioner Lenarčič announced that the EU had so far mobilised some 27 rescue and medical teams from 19 member states, totaling over 1,150 rescuers and 70 rescue dogs. The mobilisation of the support was made possible through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commissioner finally thanked all countries contributing to the rescue efforts, stating that this was European solidarity “at its best”. According to a different sigmalive.com article, an unnamed Commission Spokesperson told the media on Tuesday that more than 30 search and rescue teams as well as medical personnel from some 21 member states was being mobilised by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Spokesperson also underlined that eleven such teams were already at work in the area, with the rest expected to arrive swiftly. Regarding Syria, the Spokesperson said that the EU remains its principal donor of humanitarian aid. They clarified that the EU is funding organisations that carry out search and rescue operations and underlined that “we are ready to offer additional assistance”. Cyprus Mail, Alihtia and Politis write that Cypriot President Anastasiades, in his post on Twitter, underlined that Cyprus teams remained ready to offer their assistance to the ongoing humanitarian, rescue, and recovery efforts. Cypurs Mail notes that Cypriot foreign affairs ministry permanent secretary Kornelios Korneliou later told Cypriot television station SIGMA that Türkiye had turned down help from the Cypriot side. Alithia adds that the Cypriot side's help was rejected as Türkiye is currently in need of heavy-duty search and rescue teams, which Cyprus could not provide. Phileftheros adds that the Akkuyu nuclear power plant was in the proximity of the earthquake. No damage was reported but the newspaper comments that EU’s response was “lackluster” nevertheless.

Χάθηκαν επτά Τ/κ εκ των οποίων δυο μητέρες με τα παιδιά τους km-Alithia-CY: "Χάθηκαν επτά Τ/κ εκ των οποίων δυο μητέρες με τα ..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Οχι Τουρκίας για βοήθεια από την Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία km-Alithia-CY: "Οχι Τουρκίας για βοήθεια από την Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Seven Turkish Cypriots among those killed in earthquake / Seven Turkish Cypriots among those killed in earthquake km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Seven Turkish Cypriots among those killed in earthquake / Seven ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Η σκέψη στα θύματα και τους αγνοούμενους των σεισμών km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Η σκέψη στα θύματα και τους αγνοούμενους των σεισμών..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

«Οι σκέψεις μας στους Τουρκοκύπριους μαθητές» km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "«Οι σκέψεις μας στους Τουρκοκύπριους μαθητές»..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Rescue teams from 19 member states aiding Türkiye / Ομάδες διάσωσης από 19 χώρες της ΕΕ βοηθούν στην Τουρκία km-sigmalive.com-CY: Rescue teams from 19 member states aiding Türkiye / Ομάδες διάσωσης από 19 χώρες της ΕΕ βοηθούν στην ΤουρκίαRescue teams from 19 member states aiding Türkiye / Ομάδες διάσωσης από 19 χώρες της ΕΕ βοηθούν στην Τουρκία date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Numerous countries send rescue teams and humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria / Τουρκία-Συρία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια km-sigmalive.com-CY: Numerous countries send rescue teams and humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria / Τουρκία-Συρία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και ανθρωπιστική βοήθειαNumerous countries send rescue teams and humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria / Τουρκία-Συρία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Finland sends €1 million in humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria

[Finland, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:53:00 AM CET

Several sources report on the humanitarian disaster caused by earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. According to the Finnish News Agency STT and Verkkouutiset, President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared a three-month state of emergency in the country due to the earthquakes. The number of casualties has grown constantly as rescue efforts go on. According to authorities and medical staff, over 5,400 people in Türkiye and over 1,700 in Syria have died in the earthquakes. Erdoğan has announced that his government will send 50,000 relief workers to the disaster area and allocate nearly €5 million worth of financial aid to it. The government has faced increasing pressure as its response has been criticised for slowness in the social media, and Erdoğan’s actions may significantly affect the May election.According to STT and Ilta-Sanomat, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs has announced that Finland will send €1 million worth of humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria. The aid will be delivered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which has requested €70.6 million in emergency assistance to help the victims of the earthquakes. In addition to the humanitarian aid, Finland will send experts to support rescue efforts in Türkiye via the European Union’s civil protection mechanism. For its part, the EU has put together nearly 30 search, rescue and medication teams from approximately 20 member states. Other states which have promised to send aid to the disaster area include the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Russia, Ukraine and Greece.Ilta-Sanomat reports on Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto commenting on the disaster at foreign policy forum Hanalys at the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish cultural centre. According to him, Finland is also seeking ways to help Syria via various United Nations organisations. “I believe that some kind of solution will be found,” he said. According to him, after the survivors have been rescued from the ruins caused by the earthquakes, the disaster area will face a massive reconstruction operation. “We heard news from Türkiye that approximately 300,000 people will have to be moved from their home areas. That means that Türkiye will face internal refugeehood,” he said.Yle reports on the Swedish and Estonian prime ministers commenting on Türkiye’s situation after their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. According to Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson, Sweden’s aid to Türkiye must not be viewed as a way for the two states to warm up their relations in Sweden’s NATO process. “We would have done the same to aid any other country,” he said. According to him, Finland and Sweden are on the path to NATO together, but he understands that Finns are frustrated with the delays in the process. Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas said that Estonia supports Finland and Sweden’s joint NATO accession but will do whatever it can to support Sweden’s accession process if Türkiye decides to separate them. According to her, security at the Baltic Sea will not weaken due to the delayed accession process, as military cooperation between Finland, Sweden and the Baltic states is already strong due to e.g. the Joint Expeditionary Force. However, she found that it would be clearer for Estonia if Finland and Sweden were also members of NATO.

Todellinen uhriluku voi olla jopa 20 000 km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Todellinen uhriluku voi olla jopa 20 000..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Suomi lähettää miljoonan euron arvosta hätäapua Turkille ja Syyrialle km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Suomi lähettää miljoonan euron arvosta hätäapua Turkille ja Syyrialle..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Pekka Haavisto Turkin ja Syyrian tilanteesta: ”Nyt on kyse tunneista” km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Pekka Haavisto Turkin ja Syyrian tilanteesta: ”Nyt on kyse tunneista”..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Turkissa maanjäristyksessä on vahvistettu kuolonuhreja jo yli 7 000 – tuhoalueille julistettu kolmen kuukauden poikkeustila km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Turkissa maanjäristyksessä on vahvistettu kuolonuhreja jo yli 7 000 – ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Turkissa maanjäristyksen tuhoalueille on julistettu kolmen kuukauden poikkeustila – vahvistettuja kuolonuhreja jo yli 5 000 km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Turkissa maanjäristyksen tuhoalueille on julistettu kolmen kuukauden poikkeustila – vahvistettuja ..." page: 1 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Yli 5000 kuollut maanjäristyksessä, Turkissa kolmen kuukauden hätätila tuhoalueille km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: Yli 5000 kuollut maanjäristyksessä, Turkissa kolmen kuukauden hätätila tuhoalueilleYli 5000 kuollut maanjäristyksessä, Turkissa kolmen kuukauden hätätila tuhoalueille date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Ruotsin ja Viron pääministerit tapasivat Tallinnassa – Kristersson: Ruotsin apua Turkin uhreille ei pidä nähdä keinona Nato-prosessin edistämiseksi km-yle.fi-FI: Ruotsin ja Viron pääministerit tapasivat Tallinnassa – Kristersson: Ruotsin apua Turkin uhreille ei pidä nähdä keinona Nato-prosessin edistämiseksiRuotsin ja Viron pääministerit tapasivat Tallinnassa – Kristersson: Ruotsin apua Turkin uhreille ei pidä nähdä keinona Nato-prosessin edistämiseksi date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Finland sends rescue and tech support personnel to Turkey km-yle.fi-FI: Finland sends rescue and tech support personnel to TurkeyFinland sends rescue and tech support personnel to Turkey date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Geopolitical tensions complicate delivery of international aid

[France, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Le Monde and Le Parisien report on the mobilisation of international aid in support of the regions of Turkey and Syria hit by the recent earthquake. Faced with the urgency of the situation, Turkey and Syria quickly appealed for aid on Monday, 6 February. The epicentre of the earthquake, which left over 5,000 people dead on Tuesday morning, is located near the city of Gaziantep in Turkey. While many countries are showing solidarity with Turkey, the Syrian regime cannot count on the same support. President Erdoğan’s call for help was heard immediately: many countries, starting with the European states, announced without delay the sending of rescue teams. "We have activated the European Union’s civil protection mechanism. The EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre is coordinating the deployment of rescue teams from Europe," Commissioner Lenarčič posted on Twitter. France has decided to send 139 rescue workers, firefighters and members of civil security. Le Parisien quotes a spokesperson for the European Commission who noted that "the EU is of course the main humanitarian donor" and its partner organisations are "also involved in rescue efforts".

Earthquake reveals authorities' lack of anticipation / Le séisme révèle le manque d'anticipation des autorités km-Figaro-FR: "Earthquake reveals authorities' lack of anticipation / Le séisme révèle ..." page: 1,6,7 info: by Delphine Minoui date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria kill more than 5,000 people / Les séismes en Turquie et en Syrie ont fait plus de 5000 morts km-Lopinion.fr-FR: Earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria kill more than 5,000 people / Les séismes en Turquie et en Syrie ont fait plus de 5000 mortsEarthquakes in Türkiye and Syria kill more than 5,000 people / Les séismes en Turquie et en Syrie ont fait plus de 5000 morts date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Geopolitical tensions complicate delivery of international aid / L'aide internationale compliquée par les tensions géopolitiques km-Monde-FR: "Geopolitical tensions complicate delivery of international aid / L'aide internationale ..." page: 2,3 info: by PHILIPPE RICARD date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

After deadly earthquakes, aid and solidarity are organized / Après les séismes meurtriers, l'aide et la solidarité s'organisent km-Parisien-FR: "After deadly earthquakes, aid and solidarity are organized / Après ..." page: 12 info: by Marianne Chenou date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The EU’s disaster relief efforts after the earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian borders are hampered by different levels of governance in the two countries

[Germany, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:23:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on the earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian border.The EU’s disaster relief efforts after the earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian borders are hampered by different levels of governance in the two countries, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. The EU has sent over 1,200 rescue workers and 80 search dogs to Turkey. According to the European Commission, eleven of the 30 rescue teams from 21 EU Member States had already arrived in the area by mid-Tuesday. A team of experts has also been deployed to assist Turkish authorities. The European Commission is covering 75% of the transport costs of this operation through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. While Turkey activated this well-rehearsed mechanism on Monday afternoon, no request was received from Syria in Brussels. "We need an official request," a European Commission spokesperson explained.In an interview on Deutschlandfunk, MP Nils Schmid (SPD) comments on the earthquake in Turkey and Syria and Germany's humanitarian mission. Germany, and its "European partners" will help "as quickly as possible" not only with rescue teams but also with first aid, food and accommodation. The situation in rebel-held northwest Syria is "catastrophic because the state structures almost no longer exist" and there is no functioning administration. President al-Assad, but also Russia, should open all border crossings in northern Syria to international aid, MP Schmid demands. "And we must expect from Assad that all airports in the region are open for aid flights so that international organisations can work there," MP Schmid further underlines.

End sanctions / Sanktionen beenden km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "End sanctions / Sanktionen beenden..." page: 18 info: by M.M. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Help from the Diaspora / Hilfe der Diaspora km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Help from the Diaspora / Hilfe der Diaspora..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Praying in the trembling house / Betend im bebenden Haus km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Praying in the trembling house / Betend im bebenden Haus..." page: 3 info: by ce date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Turkey is not alone / Die Türkei steht nicht allein km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Turkey is not alone / Die Türkei steht nicht allein..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Aid workers can hardly reach buried people in Turkey and Syria / Helfer können Verschüttete in Türkei und Syrien kaum erreichen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Aid workers can hardly reach buried people in Turkey and ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

With dogs to the rubble / Mit Hunden zu den Trümmern km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "With dogs to the rubble / Mit Hunden zu den ..." page: 2 info: by Ja date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

On the earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian border: "We are with you" / "Wir sind bei euch" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On the earthquake at the Turkish-Syrian border: "We are with ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Among neighbours / Unter Nachbarn km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Among neighbours / Unter Nachbarn..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Help from the archenemy / Hilfe vom Erzfeind km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Help from the archenemy / Hilfe vom Erzfeind..." page: 14-15 info: by O.D date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The main thing is help / Hauptsache Hilfe km-Hannoversche-Allgemeine-DE: "The main thing is help / Hauptsache Hilfe..." page: 2 info: by K.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Messages from the Darkness / Botschaften aus der Dunkelheit km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Messages from the Darkness / Botschaften aus der Dunkelheit..." page: 2 info: by R.G. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

On the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria: Helpers fight against time / Helfer kämpfen gegen die Zeit km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria: Helpers fight ..." page: 1 info: by A.B date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

After the quake / Nach dem Beben km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "After the quake / Nach dem Beben..." page: 4 info: by TA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU member states send help in consultation with the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre in Turkey

[Greece, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:31:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that following the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism by Turkey, 19 EU member states, together with Albania and Montenegro, sent teams in consultation with the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) and the Turkish authorities. As the Commission informs, they are heading to the most affected regions of Turkey to help first responders in the field. In addition, two medical teams have been dispatched through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to provide emergency healthcare. European countries have provided a total of 1,185 rescuers and 79 search dogs. The ERCC also set up a civil protection team made up of experts from 11 member states, who were immediately dispatched to Turkey to support operations. In Syria, the EU is in contact with its humanitarian partners on the ground and is funding humanitarian organisations carrying out search and rescue operations, while also providing water and sanitation support and distributing blankets and hygiene items in the affected areas. They are also assessing the level of damage and needs in Syria after yesterday's earthquake to intervene accordingly.

Σεισμός σε Τουρκία - Συρία: Πάνω από 5.100 οι νεκροί - Τρίμηνη κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης ανακοίνωσε ο Ερντογάν km-capital.gr-GR: "Σεισμός σε Τουρκία - Συρία: Πάνω από 5.100 οι νεκροί ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The EU is sending over 1,180 rescuers to Turkey / Η ΕΕ στέλνει πάνω από 1.180 διασώστες στην Τουρκία km-euro2day.gr-GR: The EU is sending over 1,180 rescuers to Turkey / Η ΕΕ στέλνει πάνω από 1.180 διασώστες στην ΤουρκίαThe EU is sending over 1,180 rescuers to Turkey / Η ΕΕ στέλνει πάνω από 1.180 διασώστες στην Τουρκία date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Τουρκία και Συρία εκπέμπουν SOS -Βοήθεια στις πληγείσες περιοχές από κάθε γωνιά του πλανήτη km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Τουρκία και Συρία εκπέμπουν SOS -Βοήθεια στις πληγείσες περιοχές από ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU: More than 1,180 rescuers in Turkey - Humanitarian aid in Syria / ΕΕ: Στην Τουρκία περισσότεροι από 1.180 διασώστες -Ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στη Συρία km-iefimerida.gr-GR: EU: More than 1,180 rescuers in Turkey - Humanitarian aid in Syria / ΕΕ: Στην Τουρκία περισσότεροι από 1.180 διασώστες -Ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στη ΣυρίαEU: More than 1,180 rescuers in Turkey - Humanitarian aid in Syria / ΕΕ: Στην Τουρκία περισσότεροι από 1.180 διασώστες -Ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια στη Συρία date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Earthquake Turkey: Dozens of countries send rescuers and emergency supplies / Σεισμός Τουρκία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και είδη πρώτης ανάγκης km-in.gr-GR: Earthquake Turkey: Dozens of countries send rescuers and emergency supplies / Σεισμός Τουρκία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και είδη πρώτης ανάγκηςEarthquake Turkey: Dozens of countries send rescuers and emergency supplies / Σεισμός Τουρκία: Δεκάδες χώρες στέλνουν διασώστες και είδη πρώτης ανάγκης date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Battle against time, snow and war / Μάχη με τον χρόνο, τον χιονιά και τον πόλεμο km-Kathimerini-GR: "Battle against time, snow and war / Μάχη με τον ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Βίντεο από την τραγωδία σε Τουρκία και Συρία - Μάχη με τον χρόνο για τους επιζώντες km-protothema.gr-GR: "Βίντεο από την τραγωδία σε Τουρκία και Συρία - Μάχη ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Σεισμοί σε Τουρκία-Συρία: Ποιες χώρες έχουν στείλει διασώστες, τρόφιμα και είδη πρώτης ανάγκης στις πληγείσες περιοχές km-protothema.gr-GR: "Σεισμοί σε Τουρκία-Συρία: Ποιες χώρες έχουν στείλει διασώστες, τρόφιμα και ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Οι ευρωπαϊκές χώρες έχουν παράσχει συνολικά 1.185 διασώστες και 79 σκύλους αναζήτησης km-Skai-100.3-GR: "Οι ευρωπαϊκές χώρες έχουν παράσχει συνολικά 1.185 διασώστες και 79 ..." info: 2023-02-07 16:30:00, 16:30:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 4:30:00 PM CET View this media item

EU sends 1,180 search-and-rescue experts and 79 search dogs to Türkye via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

[Hungary, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:26:00 AM CET

KlubRádió and Kossuth Rádió report on the European Commission’s statement regarding the EU's assistance in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Türkye and Syria. Both media outlets report that over 1,180 search-and-rescue experts and 79 search dogs are being sent to Türkye via the EU's Civil Protection Mechanism at the request of the Turkish government. Kossuth Rádió adds that 19 countries, including Hungary, have offered help via the Civil Protection Mechanism. According to both media outlets, the EU maintains contact with its humanitarian partners working in Syria, and finances organisations that carry out search-and-rescue operations, provide water and blankets in the affected area.

Ankara kérésére az Európai Unió a polgári védelmi mechanizmuson keresztül több mint 1180 kutató-mentő szakembert és 79 keresőkutyát küld Törökországba km-KlubRadio-HU: "Ankara kérésére az Európai Unió a polgári védelmi mechanizmuson keresztül ..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Megközelítőleg 1200 szakember és több tucat mentőkutya indult útnak az Európai Unió államaiból Törökországba, ahol hatalmas földrengés volt km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "Megközelítőleg 1200 szakember és több tucat mentőkutya indult útnak az ..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Thousands of victims in Turkey, Syria

[Italy, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

Most Italian media report prominently on the ongoing emergency after the devastating earthquake that shocked Turkey and Syria. Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay confirmed that at least 3,471 buildings collapsed during the 7.8° earthquake, but the ground is still shaking, with over 150 aftershocks recorded over the past 24 hours. La Stampa notes that the death toll has already risen up to 5,000 people, but the estimated number of victims could easily reach up to 20,000. Firefighters and rescue squads are digging relentlessly in search of survivors, thanks to volunteers coming from all over the world, from Taiwan to Ukraine, which contributed 87 specialists. The weather is not helping either, with temperatures as low as -10° in some of the areas hit by the earthquake, making it even harder for evacuees and volunteers to withstand this tragedy. Milano Finanza underlines that President Erdogan has not visited the regions hit by the earthquake yet. Indeed, the seismic wave was particularly severe in the southeast, a Kurdish region in which his visit would hardly be met with consensus, especially ahead of the elections scheduled for next June.

Aftershocks for months. Instabul fears the "big one" / Scosse ancora per mesi Istanbul, rischio Big One km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Aftershocks for months. Instabul fears the "big one" / Scosse ..." page: 9 info: by di Giovanni Caprara date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Damascus, crisis within crisis, WHO raises alarm / Damasco Crisi nella crisi, l Oms ora lancia l allarme km-Manifesto-IT: "Damascus, crisis within crisis, WHO raises alarm / Damasco Crisi ..." page: 1,2 info: by Michele Giorgio date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Turkey, why Erdogan is not visiting earthquake victims / Turchia, perché Erdogan non va nelle zone terremotate km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Turkey, why Erdogan is not visiting earthquake victims / Turchia, ..." page: 2 info: by di Marta Ottaviani date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Erdogan finds himself vulnerable  / Se Erdogan si scopre vulnerabile km-Repubblica-IT: "Erdogan finds himself vulnerable / Se Erdogan si scopre vulnerabile..." page: 1,24 info: by di ENRICO FRANCESCHINI date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Turkey ground zero / Ground zero Turchia km-Stampa-IT: "Turkey ground zero / Ground zero Turchia..." page: 14,15 info: by Niccolò Zancan date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Erodgan punishes rebel cities  / ERDOGAN PUNISCE LE CITTÀ RIBELLI km-Stampa-IT: "Erodgan punishes rebel cities / ERDOGAN PUNISCE LE CITTÀ RIBELLI..." page: 1,17 info: by Ece Temelkuran date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey

[Latvia, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:53:00 AM CET

LTV1 reports that many countries have offered help to Turkey and Syria after the devastating earthquake. The European Union has also activated the special civil protection assistance mechanism. “In the case of Turkey, the EU's civil protection mechanism has been activated and the bloc responded immediately. We have mobilised more than 10 member states, including search and rescue teams. Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania have supported first responders on the ground. In addition, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Malta and Slovakia have also offered their help,” says European Commission representative Balazs Ujvari. The EU has activated the Copernicus satellite system to provide emergency mapping services to the Turkish authorities. The bloc stands ready to support the victims in Syria through its current humanitarian aid programmes. Delfi and Diena report that the EU plans to send more than 1,000 rescuers to Turkey, Commissioner Lenarčič announced on 7 February. Latvian Cabinet of Ministers decided to allocate €70,000 to Turkey. According to Latvijas Avīze, the EU will send 1,150 rescuers and 70 teams of trained search dogs from 19 countries, including non-EU Albania and Montenegro. Greece and Sweden have also pledged to help, despite their poor relations with Turkey.

The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey / Turcija saņem visas pasaules palīdzību km-Diena-LV: "The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey ..." page: 1,11 info: by Juris Tihonovs date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey / ES sūtīs uz Turciju vairāk nekā 1000 glābēju km-Diena.lv-LV: The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey / ES sūtīs uz Turciju vairāk nekā 1000 glābējuThe EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey / ES sūtīs uz Turciju vairāk nekā 1000 glābēju date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey / Turcija sēro km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "The EU is launching a special aid mechanism for Turkey ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Panorāma km-LTV-1-LV: "Panorāma..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey

[Lithuania, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

Delfi.lt and Lrytas.lt report that 27 search and rescue teams have been mobilised to search for survivors of the earthquake in Turkey, Commissioner Lenarčič said. “So far, we have mobilised 27 search and rescue and medical teams from 19 European countries via the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism to help Turkey after the earthquake, together over 1,150 rescuers and 70 rescue dogs,” Commissioner Lenarčič posted on Twitter, as quoted by Lrytas.lt.

European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunų km-Delfi.lt-LT: European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunųEuropean Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunų info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Difficult conditions hamper rescue efforts: European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / Sudėtingos sąlygos trukdo gelbėjimo darbams: ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunų km-lrytas.lt-LT: Difficult conditions hamper rescue efforts: European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / Sudėtingos sąlygos trukdo gelbėjimo darbams: ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunųDifficult conditions hamper rescue efforts: European Union sends 1,150 rescuers, 70 rescue dogs to Turkey / Sudėtingos sąlygos trukdo gelbėjimo darbams: ES į Turkiją siunčia 1 150 gelbėtojų ir 70 tarnybinių šunų info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria

[Lithuania, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

15min.lt and Alfa.lt report that Lithuania will join the earthquake relief efforts in Turkey and Syria, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė announced. “As a general rule, we always respond and provide support in such cases,” the PM said, as quoted by 15min.lt. She said the authorities will submit a proposal to the Cabinet for discussion and “we will put together some kind of support package because this is a very big disaster indeed.”

Lithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir Sirijai km-15min.lt-LT: Lithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir SirijaiLithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir Sirijai date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir Sirijai km-Alfa.lt-LT: Lithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir SirijaiLithuania to send earthquake relief to Turkey, Syria / Lietuva siųs paramos nuo žemės drebėjimo nukentėjusioms Turkijai ir Sirijai date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: first international aid arriving

[Luxembourg, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Several media outlets in the Grand Duchy report on the latest developments around the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.Tageblatt reports that rescue teams are working flat out to find survivors after the severe earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Freezing temperatures and rain make the search in the rubble difficult. The death toll rose to over 7,200. Turkish President Erdogan declared a state of emergency in the affected areas and the region - a disaster area. Aid began internationally, and the first teams arrived there. 70 countries had offered their support for the search and rescue measures, said Erdogan. The head of the Syrian Red Crescent, Chaled Habubati, called on the EU to lift its sanctions and to send aid. "The time has come," he said. The Syrian government assured that aid supplies would also be forwarded to areas not controlled by Damascus.

The death toll keeps rising / Zahl der Toten steigt unaufhörlich km-Tageblatt-LU: "The death toll keeps rising / Zahl der Toten steigt ..." page: 32 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Türkei und Syrien / Rund 5.000 Tote nach Erdbeben – bislang keine Luxemburger unter den Opfern km-Tageblatt.lu-LU: Türkei und Syrien / Rund 5.000 Tote nach Erdbeben – bislang keine Luxemburger unter den OpfernTürkei und Syrien / Rund 5.000 Tote nach Erdbeben – bislang keine Luxemburger unter den Opfern date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Luxemburgo. CGDIS mobiliza ajuda para a Turquia km-wort.lu-LU: Luxemburgo. CGDIS mobiliza ajuda para a TurquiaLuxemburgo. CGDIS mobiliza ajuda para a Turquia info: by Thomas Berthol date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Malta’s Civil Protection Department team arrives in Turkey to help with rescue efforts as international aid pours into Turkey and Syria

[Malta, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET

Various media outlets report that a team made up of 32 rescuers and a dog from Malta's Civil Protection Department has arrived in Turkey to provide assistance after the earthquake earlier this week. The Maltese team is part of a wider international effort to aid Turkey and Syria, which asked for assistance in search and rescue operations that have been made more difficult by rain and snow.Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said that the Civil Protection Department (CPD) will also be receiving supply donations to send to Turkey and Syria as aid.

Ġlieda kontra l-ħin biex ikomplu jinħarġu n-nies minn qalb it-tifrik / Ġlieda kontra l-ħin biex ikomplu jinħarġu n-nies minn qalb it-tifrik km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Ġlieda kontra l-ħin biex ikomplu jinħarġu n-nies minn qalb it-tifrik ..." page: 10 info: by Kimberly Hatherly date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Malta’s Civil Protection Department team arrives in Turkey to help with rescue efforts / Malta’s Civil Protection Department team arrives in Turkey to help with rescue efforts km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Malta’s Civil Protection Department team arrives in Turkey to help ..." page: 1,3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Race to find survivors as quake aid pours into Turkey, Syria / Race to find survivors as quake aid pours into Turkey, Syria km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Race to find survivors as quake aid pours into Turkey, ..." page: 5 info: by AP date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Maltese rescuers on site of collapsed hotel in Turkish city of Malatya as quake death toll rises / Maltese rescuers on site of collapsed hotel in Turkish city of Malatya as quake death toll rises km-Malta-Today-MT: "Maltese rescuers on site of collapsed hotel in Turkish city ..." page: 5 info: by Nicole Meilak date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

L-Ahbarijiet / L-Ahbarijiet km-Radio-Malta-MT: "L-Ahbarijiet / L-Ahbarijiet..." info: 2023-02-07 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 PM CET View this media item

Turkey earthquake death toll over 7,000

[Malta, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:32:00 AM CET

Various media outlets report that more than 7,000 people have been killed in Turkey’s earthquake and there are warnings the death toll could continue to surge. Rescuers are searching for survivors in Turkey and Syria after the two huge earthquakes on Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 southeastern provinces hit by a major earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives. Erdogan said a series of emergency measures would be taken to flood the affected areas with humanitarian relief workers and financial aid. The latest toll showed Monday’s 7.8-magnitude tremor killed 4,544 people in Turkey and 1,712 in governmentand rebel-controlled parts of Syria.

Turkey earthquake: Over 7,000 victims / It-terremot fit-Turkija: Il-vittmi jaqbżu s-7,000 km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Turkey earthquake: Over 7,000 victims / It-terremot fit-Turkija: Il-vittmi jaqbżu ..." page: 1,10,11 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Turkey declares state of emergency as quake death toll now exceeds 6,200 / Turkey declares state of emergency as quake death toll now exceeds 6,200 km-Malta-Times-MT: "Turkey declares state of emergency as quake death toll now ..." page: 1 info: by AFP date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Support to Turkey after earthquake also serves diplomacy

[Netherlands, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:58:00 AM CET

Dutch media widely report on the earthquake in Turkey.The earthquake disaster and the rescue operation that followed underline Turkey's weight in the international community and also expose its self-assured role as a medium-sized regional power that maintains complex relationships with other countries, NRC reports. The European Union is now facing a new crisis at its external border. For example, both Russia and Ukraine immediately pledged help. President Putin called both President Assad of Syria and Turkish President Erdogan. Turkey is a heavyweight in NATO, standing squarely behind Ukraine, but also keeping the conversation going with Moscow. Turkey did become an indispensable partner in EU migration policy. In exchange for EU money, Turkey promised in 2016 to stop refugees from Syria. In Sweden, which sent tents, temporary homes and a command centre to the disaster area, the earthquake immediately led to the question of whether this might have a positive effect on the Turkish-Swedish confederation.Nos.nl reports that six Dutch people in Turkey have been reported missing to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by their relatives. "We are deeply concerned about their situation and are doing what we can to get clarity for their family and friends as soon as possible," the ministry said. The ministry cannot yet say whether there are any Dutch victims, but is in constant contact with the Turkish authorities on the ground.

Support also serves diplomacy / Steun dient ook de diplomatie km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: Support also serves diplomacy / Steun dient ook de diplomatieSupport also serves diplomacy / Steun dient ook de diplomatie page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Six Dutchmen missing in Turkey, death toll exceeds 5,000 / Zes Nederlanders vermist in Turkije, dodental boven de 5.000 km-nu.nl-NL: "Six Dutchmen missing in Turkey, death toll exceeds 5,000 / ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Number of Dutch nationals missing in Turkey increased to eight / Aantal Nederlandse vermisten in Turkije stijgt naar acht km-nu.nl-NL: "Number of Dutch nationals missing in Turkey increased to eight ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

The earthquake in Turkey and Syria

[Poland, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report that after the worst earthquake to sweep through southern Turkey and northern Syria in decades, rescue operations are still underway in both countries. The WHO warns that the death toll could be as high as 20,000: on Tuesday, authorities reported 3,500 casualties in Turkey alone, while Damascus put the Syrian death toll at more than 1,500. Turkey has received offers of support from 70 governments. President Biden has sent teams of rescue and medical personnel to the disaster area, while the European Union has mobilised more than 30 rescue teams. In Syria, which is a war zone, the activities of international organisations and the sending of aid are severely hampered. The Turkish Embassy, while thanking for the assistance so far, appealed for donations of in-kind aid, unused and suitably adapted to winter conditions, at collection sites.

The earthquake's death toll is  growing in Turkey and Syria / Rośnie liczba ofiar trzęsienia ziemi w Turcji i Syrii km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "The earthquake's death toll is growing in Turkey and Syria ..." page: 7 info: by Wiktor Młynarz date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"We will not be able to handle it on our own" / "Sami nie damy rady" km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: ""We will not be able to handle it on our ..." page: 1 info: by Marta Urzędowska date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Breaking news on the earthquake's death toll / Najnowsze dane o ofiarach trzęsienia ziemi. Przerażająca liczba [RELACJA NA ŻYWO] km-Onet.pl-PL: Breaking news on the earthquake's death toll / Najnowsze dane o ofiarach trzęsienia ziemi. Przerażająca liczba [RELACJA NA ŻYWO]Breaking news on the earthquake's death toll / Najnowsze dane o ofiarach trzęsienia ziemi. Przerażająca liczba [RELACJA NA ŻYWO] info: by zy: szp date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Helpless in the face of tragedy / Bezsilni wobec tragedii km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Helpless in the face of tragedy / Bezsilni wobec tragedii..." page: 1 info: by Jędrzej Bielecki date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Coverage on the EU support to Turkey and Syria

[Portugal, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

Observador.pt reports on the European Union’s support to Turkey and Syria after the earthquakes that devastated the countries. In a press conference, Commission spokesperson Ujvari said that 19 member states had provided a total of 25 rescue teams, 11 of which are already on the ground, including 79 search dogs. Moreover, two medical teams have been dispatched to provide emergency health care to those affected, and the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre has assembled an EU Civil Protection team of experts from 11 member states which immediately deployed to Turkey to support operations. Regarding Syria, the EU is in contact with its humanitarian partners on the ground and funding humanitarian organisations that are conducting search and rescue operations, while providing water and sanitation support, and distributing blankets and hygiene items in the affected areas. Spokesperson Ujvari added that the EU is considering all viable options for the distribution of additional resources inside Syria in support of the affected populations.The Portuguese Joint Operational Force, with expertise in search and rescue, protection and assistance in collapsed structures will be deployed to Turkey next week, dn.pt reports. According to a note issued by the Portuguese Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC), the operational force will support search and rescue operations in the country.  This force is composed of operatives from ANEPC, the National Republican Guard, the Fire Brigade Regiment, and the National Medical Emergency Institute.

Joint Portuguese force leaves for Turkey next Wednesday / Força conjunta portuguesa parte na quarta-feira para a Turquia km-dn.pt-PT: Joint Portuguese force leaves for Turkey next Wednesday / Força conjunta portuguesa parte na quarta-feira para a TurquiaJoint Portuguese force leaves for Turkey next Wednesday / Força conjunta portuguesa parte na quarta-feira para a Turquia date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Earthquake in Turkey: EU has already mobilised around 1200 rescuers from 21 countries, including Portugal / Sismo na Turquia: UE já mobilizou cerca de 1.200 socorristas de 21 países, incluindo Portugal km-observador.pt-PT: Earthquake in Turkey: EU has already mobilised around 1200 rescuers from 21 countries, including Portugal / Sismo na Turquia: UE já mobilizou cerca de 1.200 socorristas de 21 países, incluindo PortugalEarthquake in Turkey: EU has already mobilised around 1200 rescuers from 21 countries, including Portugal / Sismo na Turquia: UE já mobilizou cerca de 1.200 socorristas de 21 países, incluindo Portugal date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Turkey has received support from several countries following the devastating earthquakes

[Romania, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:56:00 AM CET

According to several media outlets, including news.ro, the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria have already killed thousands of people and many are still trapped under rubble. Following the activation of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, 19 member states, including Romania, together with Albania and Montenegro, have provided teams in collaboration with the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre and the Turkish authorities. Moreover, a civil protection team of experts from 11 member states has been set up and sent to Turkey to support operations. In Syria, the European Union is in contact with its humanitarian partners on site and is funding humanitarian organisations that are conducting search and rescue operations, while also offering support (water and sanitation facilities) and distributing blankets and hygiene items in affected areas, TVR1 TV station reports. Turkey has declared a three-month state of emergency in ten provinces affected by the two major earthquakes, DigiFM radio station reports.

StirileB1TV km-B1TV-RO: "StirileB1TV..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

StirileB1TV km-B1TV-RO: "StirileB1TV..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

StirileDigi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "StirileDigi24..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

StirileDigiFM km-Digi-FM-RO: "StirileDigiFM..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

European Commission: EU mobilises more than 1,180 rescuers to Turkey via Civil Protection Mechanism, after earthquake / Comisia Europeană: UE mobilizează peste 1.180 de salvatori în Turcia prin Mecanismul de protecţie civilă, după cutremur km-news.ro-RO: European Commission: EU mobilises more than 1,180 rescuers to Turkey via Civil Protection Mechanism, after earthquake / Comisia Europeană: UE mobilizează peste 1.180 de salvatori în Turcia prin Mecanismul de protecţie civilă, după cutremurEuropean Commission: EU mobilises more than 1,180 rescuers to Turkey via Civil Protection Mechanism, after earthquake / Comisia Europeană: UE mobilizează peste 1.180 de salvatori în Turcia prin Mecanismul de protecţie civilă, după cutremur info: by Ana Petrescu date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

StirileProTV km-ProTV-RO: "StirileProTV..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Telejurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Editorial written by Bogdan Cojocaru about the situation in Turkey

[Romania, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:57:00 AM CET

In an editorial published by Ziarul Financiar daily, journalist Bogdan Cojocaru comments upon the situation in Turkey, recently hit by two major earthquakes. He says that a similar event had occurred in Turkey in 1999, when the country, while facing deep economic crisis, had been struck by two devastating earthquakes just a few months apart. At the time, Athens and Ankara ended a long cold war. Greece, even though in conflict with Turkey, was the first country to have come to its aid and Turkey helped in any way it could when Athens was also hit by an earthquake in the same year, Bogdan Cojocaru adds. The situation is now repeating itself; the only difference is that Ankara is once again in conflict with Athens, but also with other European governments such as Sweden. Greece, where Turkey has territorial claims and Sweden, whose NATO membership has been rejected by President Erdoğan, do not hesitate to help save lives. President Erdoğan’s actions seem to indicate that he has a strategy, but how the situation will evolve remains to be seen, the journalist concludes.

European states help Turkey, hit by earthquakes. Will Erdoğan respond with friendship or will he use the disaster to consolidate his power? / Statele europene sunt solidare cu Turcia lovită de cutremure. Le va răspunde Erdogan cu prietenie sau... km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "European states help Turkey, hit by earthquakes. Will Erdoğan respond ..." page: 1 info: by Cojocaru Bogdan date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU sending rescuers from 19 countries to Turkey

[Slovakia, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:53:00 AM CET

Website cas.sk and radio station Rádio FM report that through the Civil Protection Mechanism, the EU is sending more than 1,150 rescuers and 70 rescue dogs from 19 European countries to help Turkey, which was hit by an earthquake on Monday night. The media highlight that Commissioner Lenarčič announced this on Tuesday. The Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) has specified that the rescuers are sent by 17 EU member states, including Slovakia, Albania and Montenegro.

Huge wave of solidarity with Turkey after horrific earthquake: the EU also gives a helping hand / Obrovská vlna solidarity s Tureckom po hrozivom zemetrasení: Pomocnú ruku podáva aj EÚ km-cas.sk-SK: Huge wave of solidarity with Turkey after horrific earthquake: the EU also gives a helping hand / Obrovská vlna solidarity s Tureckom po hrozivom zemetrasení: Pomocnú ruku podáva aj EÚHuge wave of solidarity with Turkey after horrific earthquake: the EU also gives a helping hand / Obrovská vlna solidarity s Tureckom po hrozivom zemetrasení: Pomocnú ruku podáva aj EÚ info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Evropská unie posílá do Turecka víc než 1150 záchranářů km-Radio-FM-SK: "Evropská unie posílá do Turecka víc než 1150 záchranářů..." info: 2023-02-07 13:00:00, 13:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 1:00:00 PM CET View this media item

EU mobilises 1,185 rescuers to help Turkey, earthquake claims more than 7,100 lives

[Slovenia, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET

Commissioner Lenarčič wrote on Twitter yesterday afternoon that as part of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, 28 medical teams and search and rescue teams had been mobilised to help Turkey following the devastating earthquake, STA, RTVSLO and 24ur report. “Via the [EU Civil Protection Mechanism] we have mobilised 28 rescue [and] medical teams from 21 European countries, together sending 1185 rescuers and 79 rescue dogs to [Turkey]; 11 of these teams have already arrived,” he added, thanking the 21 countries for their swift offers. The European Commission also announced yesterday that the EU was in contact with humanitarian partners in Syria and that it was financing organisations that carried out search and rescue operations in the earthquake-affected areas. The Commission is assessing the level of damage and needs in Syria to adjust its response. In related news, a group of seven rescue dogs with handlers and four companions left Slovenia yesterday to help Turkey, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, TV Slovenija 1, and Kanal A report. According to the Slovenian Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, the rescue team left Slovenia yesterday afternoon and will be operational at the work site today. In related news, according to the latest provisional figures provided by the Turkish authorities, more than 7,100 people have been killed in the catastrophic earthquakes that struck the area of southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria on Monday, STA and RTVSLO report. In total, almost 30,000 people have been injured. Meanwhile, the Syrian Ministry of Health and the Syrian volunteer organisation White Helmets reported the earthquakes in Syria had claimed at least 1,712 lives and injured 3,749, according to the latest available data. In related news, the situation in the Turkish-Syrian border area is extremely challenging, especially for people displaced during the war in northern Syria, STA reports. Due to the difficult circumstances, help is only slowly reaching those who need it, and the hardship is exacerbated by the cold.

Seven rescue dogs with handlers and four companions on their way to Turkey / Sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki in štirje spremljevalci na poti v Turčijo km-24ur.com-SI: Seven rescue dogs with handlers and four companions on their way to Turkey / Sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki in štirje spremljevalci na poti v TurčijoSeven rescue dogs with handlers and four companions on their way to Turkey / Sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki in štirje spremljevalci na poti v Turčijo info: by Anja Kralj date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Pomoč Slovenije km-Kanal-A-SI: "Pomoč Slovenije..." info: 2023-02-07 18:05:00, 18:05:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:05:00 PM CET View this media item

More than 7,200 victims of catastrophic earthquake, aid coming from 70 countries / Žrtev katastrofalnega potresa že več kot 7200, pomoč prihaja iz 70 držav km-Rtvslo.si-SI: More than 7,200 victims of catastrophic earthquake, aid coming from 70 countries / Žrtev katastrofalnega potresa že več kot 7200, pomoč prihaja iz 70 državMore than 7,200 victims of catastrophic earthquake, aid coming from 70 countries / Žrtev katastrofalnega potresa že več kot 7200, pomoč prihaja iz 70 držav date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Time is of essence: Group of rescue dog handlers already on their way to Turkey / Ključen je čas: Skupina vodnikov reševalnih psov že na poti v Turčijo km-Rtvslo.si-SI: Time is of essence: Group of rescue dog handlers already on their way to Turkey / Ključen je čas: Skupina vodnikov reševalnih psov že na poti v TurčijoTime is of essence: Group of rescue dog handlers already on their way to Turkey / Ključen je čas: Skupina vodnikov reševalnih psov že na poti v Turčijo date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU mobilises 1,185 rescuers to help Turkey / EU za pomoč Turčiji mobilizirala 1185 reševalcev (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: EU mobilises 1,185 rescuers to help Turkey / EU za pomoč Turčiji mobilizirala 1185 reševalcev (dopolnjeno)EU mobilises 1,185 rescuers to help Turkey / EU za pomoč Turčiji mobilizirala 1185 reševalcev (dopolnjeno) date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Slovenia sending seven more rescue dogs with handlers to Turkey / V Turčijo iz Slovenije še sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: Slovenia sending seven more rescue dogs with handlers to Turkey / V Turčijo iz Slovenije še sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki (dopolnjeno)Slovenia sending seven more rescue dogs with handlers to Turkey / V Turčijo iz Slovenije še sedem reševalnih psov z vodniki (dopolnjeno) date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria claims more than 7,100 lives / Potres v Turčiji in Siriji zahteval več kot 7100 življenj (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: Earthquake in Turkey and Syria claims more than 7,100 lives / Potres v Turčiji in Siriji zahteval več kot 7100 življenj (dopolnjeno)Earthquake in Turkey and Syria claims more than 7,100 lives / Potres v Turčiji in Siriji zahteval več kot 7100 življenj (dopolnjeno) date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Rescue in Syria after earthquake complicated by lack of equipment and cold / Reševanje v Siriji po potresu otežuje pomanjkanje opreme in mraz km-sta.si-SI: Rescue in Syria after earthquake complicated by lack of equipment and cold / Reševanje v Siriji po potresu otežuje pomanjkanje opreme in mrazRescue in Syria after earthquake complicated by lack of equipment and cold / Reševanje v Siriji po potresu otežuje pomanjkanje opreme in mraz date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Slovenska pomoč Turčiji km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Slovenska pomoč Turčiji..." info: 2023-02-07 19:05:00, 19:05:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 7:05:00 PM CET View this media item

The whole world turns to humanitarian aid for Syria and Turkey

[Spain, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:51:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report that the earthquake has exposed the extreme vulnerability of those living in southern Turkey and northern Syria. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said 23 million people are exposed to the consequences of the quake. The deadly tremors come on top of more than eleven years of war in Syria, which has left 2.8 million refugees in the north. In the territory, ravaged by political and social instability, conditions for those affected are only worsening. The collapse of thousands of buildings and the harsh winter have left survivors unprotected. A total of 21 European countries, 19 of them members of the EU, have already sent more than a thousand rescuers. The Spanish government announced the dispatch of the START field hospital, the emergency team of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The world heeds the cry of the thousands of victims / El mundo atiende el clamor de las miles de víctimas km-Correo-ES: "The world heeds the cry of the thousands of victims ..." page: 31 info: by JOHANA GIL date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Cold and aftershocks complicate rescue of earthquake survivors / El frío y las réplicas complican el rescate de supervivientes de los terremotos km-Periodico-ES: "Cold and aftershocks complicate rescue of earthquake survivors / El ..." page: 6 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

"They have left us alone" / "Nos han dejado solos" km-Vanguardia-ES: ""They have left us alone" / "Nos han dejado solos"..." page: 1,3-4 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Sweden sends more help to Turkey and Syria

[Sweden, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:12:00 AM CET

Sweden has decided to send another SEK 30 million in humanitarian support to Turkey and Syria following the earthquake that affected the two countries, reports Dagens Nyheter. Sweden has previously already decided to send SEK 7 million in support. Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Johan Forssell said it has now been decided that SEK 20 million will go to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and SEK 10 million to United Nations’ (UN) Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The EU's crisis management mechanism has also been activated. Within the framework of the mechanism, Sweden contributes experts in construction, IT and coordination. Sweden also provides help to Turkey via NATO. The support package that goes through NATO includes, tents, beds, dry food and generators. According to a press release from the European Commission, the crisis management mechanism has contributed about 1,200 rescue workers and 79 rescue dogs.

Sweden provides another 30 million and equipment / Sverige ger ytterligare 30 miljoner och materiel km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Sweden provides another 30 million and equipment / Sverige ger ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

INDUSTRY

Resentment over US climate package

[Austria, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:37:00 AM CET

The multibillion US economic IRA package continues to cause resentment in the EU, Der Standard reports. French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and his German counterpart Robert Habeck have gone to Washington to advocate a Europe-friendly application of the investment programme.According to kurier.at, Germany and France say that the US administration has made concessions when it comes to the implementation of the US Inflation Reduction Act. Minister Le Maire said that “substantial progress” had been made to ensure equal rules. Additionally, the EU was supposed to be given better treatment when it comes to the rules for critical commodities for certain products. Minister Habeck and Minister Le Maire stressed repeatedly that they had coordinated their efforts closely with the European Commission. However, some members of the German federal government criticise that the European Commission has so far not presented an analysis of the concrete impact the IRA has on the European industry. In a contributing article in Der Standard, economist Jan Kluge of Agenda Austria points out that the IRA is primarily aimed against China and based on its volume should not pose a true threat to Europe. China and the US have been pursuing an aggressive policy for years, to which Europe must respond. However, allowing itself to be forced into this game is not a smart move from the point of view of the EU. Instead of compensating green tech companies for having chosen the second-best location by operating in the EU, the money should be used to become the best location. A commentary in Der Standard states that if the EU continues to undermine its strict subsidy law in order to catch up with Chinese and US subsidies, it will open the door to an expensive race within the EU. With moderate proposals, the European Commission has so far taken the best possible course. According to the commentary, negotiations on a free trade agreement with the US should be resumed.

Zeichen der Entspannung im Subventionsstreit mit den USA km-kurier.at-AT: Zeichen der Entspannung im Subventionsstreit mit den USAZeichen der Entspannung im Subventionsstreit mit den USA date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Contributing article: Buy European? Why protectionism is bad / Buy European? Warum Protektionismus schlecht ist km-Standard-AT: "Contributing article: Buy European? Why protectionism is bad / Buy ..." page: 31 info: by Jan Kluge date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commentary: Europe's response to Joe Biden's mistake / Europas Antwort auf Bidens Fehltritt km-Standard-AT: "Commentary: Europe's response to Joe Biden's mistake / Europas Antwort ..." page: 32 info: by Eric Frey date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Resentment over US climate package / Unmut über US-Klimapaket km-Standard-AT: "Resentment over US climate package / Unmut über US-Klimapaket..." page: 1,2 info: by Karl Doemens date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

European Union attempts to give birth to an adequate answer to the IRA

[Belgium, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:41:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). L'Echo reports on the European reaction to the American Inflation Reduction Act. Industry Ministers Bruno Le Maire and Robert Habeck travelled to Washington, advocating fair competition. On Thursday, the EU heads of state and government will discuss measures to counter the IRA. Mr Le Maire demands full transparency on the subsidies and tax credits given by the US to American industry so that the EU can implement matching clauses and mitigate the risk of relocations. Last week, the European Commission proposed a few paths to cushion the blow. On Tuesday, Commissioner Breton made a case for guaranteed European loans via the European Investment Bank in an interview with the Financial Times. RTBF La Première reports on President Biden's second State of the Union speech. He is expected to focus on the success of his economic policies, including the IRA. Edward Luce, recently invited to an event on the future of Europe's industry along with President von der Leyen, believes that President Biden follows former President Trump in terms of protectionism. Europe, through President von der Leyen, is also beginning to think in those terms, cautiously developing a European preference and considering a European Sovereignty Fund. This is challenging because, unlike the US, Europe must abide by time-consuming democratic processes and has no protectionism European continuum to follow up.

Le Maire and Habeck in Washington to advocate "fair" competition / Le Maire et Habeck à Washington pour plaider une "juste" concurrence km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Le Maire and Habeck in Washington to advocate "fair" competition ..." page: 9 info: by Rohart date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Matin Première km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Matin Première..." info: 2023-02-07 06:00:00, 06:00:00, by Heureux, François date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Commission’s proposal to support businesses is divisive

[Cyprus, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:15:00 AM CET

Kathimerini reports on the Commission’s proposal responding to competition from the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The article notes that the proposal is limited to arrangements for relaxing state aid rules in strategic sectors for the green transition, like their American counterparts, but does not bring back the idea of creating a new European Sovereignty Fund. For this purpose, the Commission left open only the possibility of recycling existing resources, such as unused loans from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) that would approximately amount to €250 billion. The problem is that the weaker countries will not be able to adequately support their industries, no matter how relaxed the relevant EU rules become, as they do not have "fiscal space". "We have to avoid a state aid race," Executive Vice-President Vestager said, but it is still not at all clear how this will be done. According to her, more than 75% of the state aid given since last year in March, as part of the temporary, looser state aid regime, due to the Ukrainian crisis, concerned Germany and France. Italy agrees to the creation of a European Sovereignty Fund, as originally proposed by President von der Leyen.

Commission’s proposal to support businesses is divisive  / Ατολμη απάντηση στις αμερικανικές επιδοτήσεις από την Ε.Ε. km-Kathimerini-Cyprus-CY: "Commission’s proposal to support businesses is divisive / Ατολμη απάντηση ..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Opinion article: "A frugal Europe"

[Cyprus, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:02:00 AM CET

Ιn an opinion article with Kathimerini, journalist Kostas Kallitsis comments on the package of measures proposed by the Commission in response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and China. The article notes that the notion of joint pan-European action seems to be losing ground while solidarity is also waning. According to Mr Kallitsis, up until some weeks earlier, the establishment of an EU funding mechanism to support member states’ industries was still being negotiated. However, Germany and France objected to that possibility leaving the Commission to propose only measures aimed at the acceleration of state aid procedures, and the redistribution of Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) funds. He notes that through its own frugality, Europe has limited the scope of a truly ambitious plan that could rejuvenate the EU industry sector. “Rich member states will be afforded to provide generous subsidies, risking the fragmentation of the European Single Market,” the article concludes.

Opinion article: "A frugal Europe" / Opinion article: "Η φειδωλή Ευρώπη" km-Kathimerini-Cyprus-CY: "Opinion article: "A frugal Europe" / Opinion article: "Η φειδωλή ..." page: 16 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Czech government and EUSPA sign Memorandum of Understanding on moving into new headquarters

[Czech Republic, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:58:00 AM CET

Dailies Mladá fronta DNES and Metro and website novinky.cz report that representatives of the Czech government and the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on moving the agency’s headquarters into the Nová Palmovka building in Prague. EUSPA is to leave its current headquarters in Prague’s district of Holešovice in 2025. The document was signed by Minister of Finance Zdeněk Stanjura, Minister of Transport Martin Kupka and EUSPA Executive director Rodrigo da Costa. Minister Stanjura is quoted as saying that the total future revenue for the Czech GDP until 2027 is estimated at CZK 9 billion.

An important space project will be located in Prague's Libeň district / Důležitý vesmírný projekt bude sídlit v pražské Libni km-Metro-CZ-CZ: "An important space project will be located in Prague's Libeň ..." page: 11 info: by CTK date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Space agency to relocate to Nová Palmovka / Kosmická agentura přesídlí na Novou Palmovku km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "Space agency to relocate to Nová Palmovka / Kosmická agentura ..." page: 12 info: by (čtk) date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Government and space agency EUSPA sign memorandum on New Palmovka building / Vláda a vesmírná agentura EUSPA podepsaly memorandum o budově Nové Palmovky km-novinky.cz-CZ: Government and space agency EUSPA sign memorandum on New Palmovka building / Vláda a vesmírná agentura EUSPA podepsaly memorandum o budově Nové PalmovkyGovernment and space agency EUSPA sign memorandum on New Palmovka building / Vláda a vesmírná agentura EUSPA podepsaly memorandum o budově Nové Palmovky info: by Filip Šára date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Commentary: The EU must strengthen Europe's green industry

[Denmark, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:14:00 AM CET

In a commentary in Information, EU Director at Danish Metal-Workers' Union Johan Moesgaard Andersen writes about the Green Deal Industrial Plan presented by the European Commission and President von der Leyen, arguing it to be a positive initiative to meet the potential competition from China and the US. On behalf of the Danish Metal-Workers' Union he puts forward three proposals for Europe in preparation for green technology, trade and industry: Europe must take the lead in green technology, Europe must pursue a balanced industrial policy, and Europe must strengthen its trade with the world.

Commentary: The EU must strengthen Europe's green industry / EU skal styrke Europas grønne industri km-Information-Denmark-DK: "Commentary: The EU must strengthen Europe's green industry / EU ..." page: 18 info: by Johan Moesgaard Andersen date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Commentary: The European Commission's state aid will promote green investments

[Denmark, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:14:00 AM CET

In a commentary at Børsen, CEO of Green Power Denmark Kristian Jensen writes about the Green Deal Industrial Plan by the European Commission. He believes it is positive that the US is giving state aid to the green industry, as it also helps create opportunities for Danish companies in renewable energy and energy efficient technology. At the same time, he is concerned about a potential distortion of competition, which is why he welcomes the Green Deal Industrial Plan and compliments the European Commission for temporary relaxations. Europe must become an attractive place to make green investments, he argues.

Commentary: The European Commission's state aid will promote green investments / Europa skal op i et nyt grønt gear km-Borsen-DK: Commentary: The European Commission's state aid will promote green investments / Europa skal op i et nyt grønt gearCommentary: The European Commission's state aid will promote green investments / Europa skal op i et nyt grønt gear page: 38 info: by Kristian jensen date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Editorial: EU and United States heading towards trade war at a bad moment

[Finland, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:47:00 AM CET

An editorial in Helsingin Sanomat discusses the European Union’s response to the United States’ Inflation Reduction Act. Traditionally, the EU has promoted free trade, kept state aid in check and protected European consumers. Now, the response may instead protect European industries with increasing protectionism and joint responsibility. The planned state aid relaxation and new common debt would be bad for Finland. While Finland would be helpless in the battle between trade blocs without the EU, it should have influenced EU policy a long time ago. It must call for the EU to defend free trade and avoid state aid competition.

Editorial: EU and United States heading towards trade war at a bad moment / EU ja Yhdysvallat suuntaavat kohti kauppasotaa huonolla hetkellä km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Editorial: EU and United States heading towards trade war at ..." page: 1 info: by N/A date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

French and German Minister Le Maire and Habeck defend EU in Washington

[France, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:50:00 AM CET

Meeting with US officials in Washington yesterday, French and German Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Robert Habeck asked for concessions on the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and transparency on the amount of subsidies granted, lefigaro.fr and lesechos.fr report.Indeed, there have been concerns that since the European Commission authorises member states to align their subsidies with those offered by the US, companies may make false claims. According to lesechos.fr, during their joint press conference, Minister Le Maire indicated that the US agreed to total transparency, with "constant communication at a ministerial level, particularly with regard to strategic investments."He also said that progress had been made “on the rules of fair competition" between the US and the EU. So far, Europeans had obtained that European electric vehicles leased in the US would also benefit from the $7,500 tax credit provided for by the IRA.Ministers Habeck and Le Maire also called for European electric batteries and critical materials processed in Europe to benefit from the same support as parts manufactured in Mexico or Canada. While no precise details were given on the European claims concerning the EU products that would benefit from the effects of the American law, Minister Le Maire only indicated that the American legislation "should include a maximum of European components" for batteries, electric vehicles and critical materials. In this regard, Minister Habeck remarked on China’s dominance on the market for strategic metals and called for a transatlantic "common market" for critical materials, which would work to diversify supplies.Lesechos.fr notes that the European idea is not to change the US law - "that is not our intention" said the French minister before adding that he was convinced that "all European concerns will be resolved" in the long run.On Monday, after their meeting, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Executive Vice-President Vestager "emphasised the need to stimulate technology development and deployment on both sides of the Atlantic to accelerate the transition to green energy and achieve our collective climate goals" in a Treasury Department statement, lesechos.fr reports.The French government stressed that economic and industrial support in Europe since the health crisis has been on par with the US, even considering the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), L’Opinion reports. In fact, with €672.5 billion euros for the NEXTGENERATIONEU plan adopted in the summer of 2021, the EU’s recovery plan had the upper hand. Additionally, "the €54 billion of the France 2030 plan are quite comparable to what the United States is doing if we look at the scale of our two countries," indicated an adviser to the French President. Nevertheless, faced with higher energy costs than the US, Europe still needs to step up its support. Thus, later this week,  the EU-27 will endorse a roadmap for strengthening industrial policy which is aligned with the French government’s position.In an interview with Les Echos, Adam Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, says that through its Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Washington is mistreating its economic partners because of a "mistaken" vision of globalisation. He advises the EU to focus on the energy transition, not American production of a particular technology. Secondly, he would prepare an action against the US at the WTO, because it is the right thing to do. Thirdly, the European leadership should propose cooperations in the sphere of energy transition in the framework of the Trade and Technology Council, to replace some of the provisions of the IRA.Economist Shahin Vallée argues, in an opinion piece published on lesechos.fr, that relaxing state aid is a mistake for Europe and France in particular. Pointing out that the IRA’s impact is closely tied to  'local content' rules, which in principle violate WTO rules, he argues that the EU, true to its free-trade mantra, did not attach local content rules to its post-Covid support measures. As a result, while these subsidies have certainly accelerated the EU's energy transition, they have benefited Chinese industry enormously. Nevertheless, the EU should not engage in a hasty response by relaxing the state aid regime as not properly calibrated it could create a subsidy race within Europe that will fuel deep distortions of the single market. Yet, according to him, it is clear that the proposed solution of a European Sovereignty Fund will be implemented too late if at all. In this context, France is naïve to follow Germany’s position as is lacks the fiscal space and industrial base to match German support. It will probably only discover too late that its hasty reaction will actually weaken its relative position in Europe.

Washington promotes a new world trade order with "friend-shoring" / Washington promeut un nouvel ordre commercial mondial avec le « friend-shoring » km-Echos-FR: "Washington promotes a new world trade order with "friend-shoring" / ..." page: 6 info: by S. G date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"Europe must not turn its back on US economic aggression" / « L'Europe ne doit pas faire le dos rond contre l'agression économique américaine » km-Echos-FR: ""Europe must not turn its back on US economic aggression" ..." page: 6,7 info: by Véronique Le Billon date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Competitiveness: the alert level / Compétitivité : la cote d'alerte km-Echos-FR: "Competitiveness: the alert level / Compétitivité : la cote d'alerte..." page: 13 info: by Lucie Robequain date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Le Maire and Habeck, a Franco-German duo in Washington to defend Europe / Le Maire et Habeck, un duo franco-allemand à Washington pour défendre l'Europe km-Lefigaro.fr-FR: Le Maire and Habeck, a Franco-German duo in Washington to defend Europe / Le Maire et Habeck, un duo franco-allemand à Washington pour défendre l'EuropeLe Maire and Habeck, a Franco-German duo in Washington to defend Europe / Le Maire et Habeck, un duo franco-allemand à Washington pour défendre l'Europe info: by Fabrice Nodé-Langlois date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Happy as a manufacturer in Lapland / Heureux comme un industriel en Laponie km-lesechos.fr-FR: Happy as a manufacturer in Lapland / Heureux comme un industriel en LaponieHappy as a manufacturer in Lapland / Heureux comme un industriel en Laponie date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Opinion| The France's hasty response to ERA is a major mistake / Opinion | La réponse hâtive de la France à l'IRA est une erreur majeure km-lesechos.fr-FR: Opinion| The France's hasty response to ERA is a major mistake / Opinion | La réponse hâtive de la France à l'IRA est une erreur majeureOpinion| The France's hasty response to ERA is a major mistake / Opinion | La réponse hâtive de la France à l'IRA est une erreur majeure date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Green industry: Paris and Berlin claim progress with the United States / Industrie verte : Paris et Berlin revendiquent des progrès avec les Etats-Unis km-lesechos.fr-FR: Green industry: Paris and Berlin claim progress with the United States / Industrie verte : Paris et Berlin revendiquent des progrès avec les Etats-UnisGreen industry: Paris and Berlin claim progress with the United States / Industrie verte : Paris et Berlin revendiquent des progrès avec les Etats-Unis date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

For the Elysée, Europe has nothing to be ashamed of compared to the American IRA / Pour l'Elysée, l'Europe n'a pas à rougir face à l'IRA américain km-Opinion-FR: "For the Elysée, Europe has nothing to be ashamed of ..." page: 1 info: by Raphaël Legendre date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Defense: Dassault Aviation prime contractor to standardize European collaborative combat

[France, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:42:00 AM CET

Bfmtv.com reports that Dassault Aviation has launched the industrial phase of the European Initiative for Collaborative Air Combat Standardisation (EICACS), which aims to make European air forces interoperable. The European Commission is financing this project for €75 million in the framework of the European Defence Fund (EDF). This system is a challenge to European sovereignty in the face of American technological power with NATO standards. "This project is crucial for the EU's air forces," said Dassault Aviation.  The European Commission had already released €1.2 billion in funding in December for the next generation of combat aircraft and also tanks.

Defense: Dassault Aviation prime contractor to standardize European collaborative combat / Défense: Dassault Aviation maitre d'œuvre pour standardiser le combat collaboratif européen km-bfmtv.com-FR: Defense: Dassault Aviation prime contractor to standardize European collaborative combat / Défense: Dassault Aviation maitre d'œuvre pour standardiser le combat collaboratif européenDefense: Dassault Aviation prime contractor to standardize European collaborative combat / Défense: Dassault Aviation maitre d'œuvre pour standardiser le combat collaboratif européen info: by Pascal Samama date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

German company ZF invests in electronic chip factory in Saarland region

[France, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:58:00 AM CET

Le Monde reports that German automotive supplier ZF has signed a partnership deal with US group Wolfspeed for the construction of a microchip factory in Ensdorf, close to the French border. The deal represents a U-turn in the automotive industry trend: instead of looking for the cheapest subcontractor, ZF has decided to reinvest in Europe to contribute to the conception of a product that has become strategic in the automotive industry. The two companies announced that the Ensdorf factory will be the world’s largest production site for 200-mm silicon-carbide semiconductors. It will be built on the site of an old coal power station, on condition that the European Commission approves the project within the frame of its IPCEI plan (Important Project of Common European Interest).

German company ZF invests in electronic chip factory in Saarland region / L'allemand ZF investit dans une usine de puces électroniques en Sarre km-Monde-FR: "German company ZF invests in electronic chip factory in Saarland ..." page: 14 info: by cécile boutelet date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Aim for better access for European companies to subsidies of the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

[Germany, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:28:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on countering the US IRA. Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire are in Washington to negotiate about US subsidies and a raw materials alliance, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, for example. Both ministers, in close coordination with the European Commission, are to achieve better access for European companies to subsidies of the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Minister Le Maire cautioned that building a strong industry in the US cannot come at the expense of Europe. In return for US concessions, Minister Habeck held out the prospect of functional equivalents to a free trade agreement: climate-friendly products approved in the US market could automatically be approved in the European market, and a "Raw Materials Club".

Cherry-picking / Rosinenpicken km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Cherry-picking / Rosinenpicken..." page: 15 info: by J.L. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

On countering the US IRA: Habeck in the land of unlimited funding opportunities / Habeck im Land der unbegrenzten Fördermöglichkeiten km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "On countering the US IRA: Habeck in the land of ..." page: 15 info: by Julia Löhr date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

On responses to the US IRA: Habeck's unofficial mission in Washington / Habecks inoffizielle Mission in Washington km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On responses to the US IRA: Habeck's unofficial mission in ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Ministerial advisers criticise industrial plan / Minister-Berater kritisieren Industrieplan km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Ministerial advisers criticise industrial plan / Minister-Berater kritisieren Industrieplan..." page: 10-11 info: by J.O date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

What Robert Habeck wants from Joe Biden – and what he might get / Was Robert Habeck von Joe Biden will – und was er vielleicht bekommt km-Spiegel.de-DE: What Robert Habeck wants from Joe Biden – and what he might get / Was Robert Habeck von Joe Biden will – und was er vielleicht bekommtWhat Robert Habeck wants from Joe Biden – and what he might get / Was Robert Habeck von Joe Biden will – und was er vielleicht bekommt info: by Gerald Traufetter date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

On countering the US IRA: Habeck against Habeck / Habeck gegen Habeck km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On countering the US IRA: Habeck against Habeck / Habeck ..." page: 15 info: by C.H. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is alarming Europeans

[Germany, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:26:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report on the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is alarming Europeans, although a Bruegel analysis revealed that the EU is the green subsidy world champion, Handelsblatt reports, for example. Thus, most EU countries are years ahead of the US in terms of the quantity and effectiveness of green investments. An IRA analysis of an EU member state came to the same conclusion. This challenges the urgency of any EU response to the IRA. Still, a draft of the EU Special Summit Declaration calls on the European Commission to relax and simplify state aid rules, and explicitly mentioned tax rebates. The IRA is seen as problematic for other reasons, including the "buy American" clauses, or the tax rebates of tens of billions for cleantech as the biggest challenge, Bruegel's Senior Fellow Simone Tagliapietra explained.

Parisian shock therapy / Pariser Schocktherapie km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Parisian shock therapy / Pariser Schocktherapie..." page: 16 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Billions in funding: Who is offering more? / Milliardenförderung: Wer bietet mehr? km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Billions in funding: Who is offering more? / Milliardenförderung: Wer ..." page: 8-9 info: by C.H date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Saving the climate, supporting the economy How Europe gets through the crises / Klima retten, Wirtschaft stützen So kommt Europa durch die Krisen km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Saving the climate, supporting the economy How Europe gets through ..." page: 10 info: by FK date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU must react quickly to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)

[Germany, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:25:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report on the EU response to IRA.In a guest contribution in Handelsblatt, Strategic Minds Company managing partner Joachim Lang and former state secretary Matthias Machnig argue that the EU must react quickly to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The turning point is not only a geopolitical one, but also an economic one. Europe and Germany are facing enormous challenges as business locations. In order to succeed in the energy transition and ensure the competitiveness of European and German industries, a package of measures is required and it should be implemented this year. It must include a triad of competitive energy prices, strengthening investments in the transformation of the energy sector and industry, and a general improvement in the framework conditions for transformation projects, the authors claim.In an interview in Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Chairman of the Committee on International Trade Bernd Lange argues that the US Inflation Reduction Act has two sides. It is positive that the US finally wants to fight climate change vigorously. And it is absolutely right to want to reduce emissions of climate-damaging gases by 40% by 2030. However, the steel for wind turbines has to be produced in the US if companies want tax breaks. European companies could now consider going to the USA because they get more subsidies there. "The risk of deindustrialization in the EU is increasing, and we have to prevent that", Lange demands. "We must speed up our industrial policy, and the European Commission has now made good proposals to change that". President von der Leyen said that around €350 billion are currently available to promote green technologies, but it will be not enough in the long term.

Guest contribution on EU response to IRA: Ten-point programme for Europe / Zehn-Punkte-Programm für Europa km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Guest contribution on EU response to IRA: Ten-point programme for ..." page: 20 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

"Our industrial policy must become faster" / "Unsere Industriepolitik muss schneller werden" km-Hannoversche-Allgemeine-DE: ""Our industrial policy must become faster" / "Unsere Industriepolitik muss ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU supports phosphate mine in Norway

[Germany, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:24:00 AM CET

The European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA), an initiative co-financed by the EU to secure strategic raw materials, wants to provide financial support for the construction of a phosphate mine in Norway, Handelsblatt reports. Norge Mining, the company behind the project, has also identified significant amounts of vanadium and titanium in the area. These three materials are on the EU's list of critical raw materials. "Our deposit will make a significant contribution to guaranteeing the EU's independence from China," Norge Mining founder Michael Wurmser said in an interview with Handelsblatt. He estimated the necessary investments at around €2 billion. The mine is expected to be operational in five years.

EU supports phosphate mine in Norway / EU fördert Phosphatmine in Norwegen km-Handelsblatt-DE: "EU supports phosphate mine in Norway / EU fördert Phosphatmine ..." page: 27 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip

[Ireland, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:19:00 AM CET

RTE Online reports that French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and German Finance Minister Robert Habeck said they would push for the US Inflation Reduction Act to embrace European companies as fully as possible as they embarked upon talks yesterday with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Habeck said: "A strong green industrial market in the US and a strong green industrial market in Europe will help each other." However, he and Le Maire fear the IRA could disadvantage European companies.

France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip / France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip km-rte.ie-IE: France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip / France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington tripFrance, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip / France, Germany protest US subsidies on Washington trip info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU puts pressure on Biden, Urso-Breton pact over subisdies

[Italy, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:07:00 AM CET

Il Messaggero reports on the meeting between Industry Minister Adolfo Urso and Commissioner Breton, who seeks to promote a green industrial plan based on fewer state aid restrictions paired with new EU common funds. Minister Urso confirmed that his stance is “fully in line” with that of the EU, in an attempt to provide a prompt response to the Inflation Reduction Act launched by the US, but also to the global competitiveness challenge coming from China and Asia in general. However, several “frugal” members are raising doubts over the possibility to replicate a “new recovery plan”, which seems to suggest that the extraordinary Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow could turn into the umpteenth “duel” between two visions of Europe.

EU puts pressure on Biden, Urso-Breton pact over subisdies / Auto, pressing Ue contro Biden Asse Urso-Breton per i sostegni km-Messaggero-IT: "EU puts pressure on Biden, Urso-Breton pact over subisdies / ..." page: 13 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Italian consumers dislike electric vehicles regardless of incentives

[Italy, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:47:00 AM CET

Sky TG 24 reports that Italy’s low-emission vehicle incentives have performed very well, whereas the bonus for electric vehicles seems not as appealing to customers. The government had allocated €150 million in eco-subsidies to facilitate the purchase of low-emission diesel or hybrid cars, and the sum has already been used up in the first month of the year. On the contrary, there are still €219 million available to purchase plugin hybrid vehicles and €174 million for electric cars.

Italian consumers dislike electric vehicles regardless of incentives km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Italian consumers dislike electric vehicles regardless of incentives..." info: 2023-02-08 00:16:00, 00:16:00, date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 12:16:00 AM CET View this media item

The US green subsidy plan has caused concern in the EU

[Latvia, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:52:00 AM CET

Latvijas Radio 1 reports that US $369 billion Inflation Reduction Act or green subsidy plan has caused concern in the European Union. Although the US has tried to allay concerns, there are still several obstacles in the trade relationship between the two sides. German and French ministers will discuss green subsidies with US officials during a visit to Washington on 6 February week. While the US wants usddamage if companies move outside the EU. In its view, the Reduction Act discriminates against EU producers and exporters, causing investment to flow from Europe to the other side of the Atlantic. The US green subsidy plan will be discussed on 9 February in Brussels, where an emergency meeting of EU leaders is expected. It will discuss a package proposed by the Commission to fight US subsidies.

The US green subsidy plan has caused concern in the EU km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "The US green subsidy plan has caused concern in the ..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Green energy must not fragment the West (opinion)

[Netherlands, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:58:00 AM CET

Dutch media widely comment on the EU's response to the American Inflation Reduction Act.A commentary in NRC says consultations between the EU and the US are required to avoid geopolitical and economic fragmentation. Last year, US President Biden announced the Inflation Reduction Act in response to the perceived threat that China will dominate the new green economy. The article warns of the danger of a chain reaction with each country, or group of countries, eventually handing out more and more subsidies. The Covid-19 pandemic already showed countries the fragility of their long and complex supply chains. The war in Ukraine subsequently underlined that problem even more. The greening of the economy cannot take place without financial incentives. But history shows that industrial policy does not always produce the effect it intends, and easily leads to a waste of money. The West is increasingly a bastion of personal, political and economic freedom. It would be unpalatable if the impending geopolitical and economic fragmentation were to undermine that cherished unity.A column by international trade expert Raoul Leering on telegraaf.nl criticises the hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies that the US government wants to give to American companies that switch to production methods without climate damage. However, we should not lose sight of the most important thing in all of this, namely that the US has decided to invest on a large scale in making the economy more sustainable and the energy transition that this requires. It is very unfortunate that this is done in a sub-optimal way. Especially since the subsidies are set up in such a way that foreign competitors are disadvantaged, forcing them to follow the same path. But if it is the Biden administration's assessment that the resistance to the optimal approach of higher taxation instead of subsidies in US politics and voters is so great that such an approach is not feasible, then choosing a suboptimal approach is sensible. Our planet is warming up so fast that not investing in sustainability in 2023 is no longer an option.Trouw reports that EU countries are far from agreeing on an answer to the US subsidy package for green companies and the 27 European trade ministers are unlikely to decide this week to relax state aid rules. The US green business subsidy package takes effect in March. Last week, the European Commission proposed to temporarily let go of the strict European state aid rules for the green sector and France and Germany are in favour, but many EU countries do not really like the plan, according to the words of the Swedish minister Johan Forssell. In Stockholm, ministers discussed what Europe can do to prevent European green companies from moving to the US. Mr Forssell called the European Commission's state aid proposal a "short-term measure" and said it was important for many countries that European competitiveness "is not damaged in the longer term". He seems to seek the answer rather in a legal approach of the US, as the US Inflation Reduction Act does not comply with the rules of the World Trade Organization WTO.

Green energy must not fragment the West / Groene energie mag het Westen niet fragmenteren km-NRC-Handelsblad-NL: Green energy must not fragment the West / Groene energie mag het Westen niet fragmenterenGreen energy must not fragment the West / Groene energie mag het Westen niet fragmenteren page: 17 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

No time to lose in fight against global warming / Column: geen tijd te verliezen in strijd tegen opwarming aarde km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "No time to lose in fight against global warming / ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Opinion article by EPP MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho on the Green Deal Industrial Plan

[Portugal, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

In an opinion article in dn.pt, EPP MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho writes about the Green Deal Industrial Plan. In the Portuguese MEP's opinion, this plan presented by the Commission was “a late response” to the US Inflation Reduction Act. “Although it touches on the right points, at the level of what are the strategic priorities, it has few new features and some lack of specification in several areas,” MEP Carvalho considers. According to her, “more than making a new plan to face the highly disruptive US move, the European Commission is aggregating initiatives.” The MEP agrees with the idea of using existing programmes and mechanisms to finance the plan's investments. However, she considers that there is a lack of ambition in several areas such as digital, science and innovation, and the attraction of talent for engineering and information and communication technologies.

Industry. A late and unambitious response to the US plan / Indústria. Uma resposta tardia e pouco ambiciosa ao plano dos EUA km-dn.pt-PT: Industry. A late and unambitious response to the US plan / Indústria. Uma resposta tardia e pouco ambiciosa ao plano dos EUAIndustry. A late and unambitious response to the US plan / Indústria. Uma resposta tardia e pouco ambiciosa ao plano dos EUA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Slovenian Economy Ministry representative stresses importance of new industrial policy at meeting of EU competition ministers

[Slovenia, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET

At the informal meeting of EU competition ministers in Stockholm yesterday, Slovenian State Secretary for Internationalisation, Entrepreneurship, Development Resources and Tourism Matevž Frangež stressed the necessity of a new European industrial policy, STA reports. He pointed out that in terms of investment in research, development and innovation, the EU lagged behind both the US and China, adding that it was, therefore, not only necessary to respond to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) but also to make up for the gap of the last two decades. According to him, a new European industrial policy is necessary to restore Europe's industrial and innovation primacy. According to the Slovenian Ministry of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, State Secretary Frangež expressed support for the so-called European Green Deal Industrial Plan presented by the European Commission last week. He said that Slovenia was open to simplifying the rules on state aid, adding, however, that the rules needed to be targeted and temporary.

Frangež stresses importance of new industrial policy at meeting of EU competition ministers / Frangež na zasedanju ministrov EU za konkurenčnost poudaril pomen nove industrijske politike km-sta.si-SI: Frangež stresses importance of new industrial policy at meeting of EU competition ministers / Frangež na zasedanju ministrov EU za konkurenčnost poudaril pomen nove industrijske politikeFrangež stresses importance of new industrial policy at meeting of EU competition ministers / Frangež na zasedanju ministrov EU za konkurenčnost poudaril pomen nove industrijske politike date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU member states divided on EU response to US Inflation Reduction Act

[Sweden, Industry]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:54:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that there exist disagreements between the EU member states governments when it comes to the EU's state aid and tax relief response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Aftonbladet.se and Göteborgs-Posten, quoting news agency TT, report that Swedish Energy Minister Ebba Busch welcomed the European Commission's proposed response to the US IRA and stated that this will mark the first time where ministers from the EU member states will get a chance to discuss the proposal. Meanwhile, Swedish Trade Minister Johan Forssell said that the talks about how to respond to the US IRA could lose sight of the importance of long-term competitiveness and trade. Meanwhile, smaller EU member states are worried that the Commission's proposal will open the gates for more state aid. Sandra Särav, deputy state secretary in Estonia, said that more state aid are often detrimental to smaller countries, as their companies lose in competitiveness to larger countries offering more support to theirs.

Division on state aid among EU countries / Klyftor om statsstöd bland EU-länderna km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: Division on state aid among EU countries / Klyftor om statsstöd bland EU-ländernaDivision on state aid among EU countries / Klyftor om statsstöd bland EU-länderna date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Disagreement about EU's response to US' green support package / Oenighet om EU:s svar på USA:s gröna stödpaket km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Disagreement about EU's response to US' green support package / ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU's response to US' company support - harsh words form small EU countries / EU:s svar på USA:s företagsstöd – Hårda ord från små EU-länder km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: EU's response to US' company support - harsh words form small EU countries / EU:s svar på USA:s företagsstöd – Hårda ord från små EU-länderEU's response to US' company support - harsh words form small EU countries / EU:s svar på USA:s företagsstöd – Hårda ord från små EU-länder date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

INSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS

Federica Mogherini: "We, Europeans, can be proud of the way we reacted to the war"

[Belgium, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:55:00 AM CET

La Libre Belgique interviews College of Europe rector Federica Mogherini about various European topics. She considers that "we, Europeans, can be proud of the way we reacted to the war" in Ukraine. The Covid pandemic and war in Ukraine have proven the EU's resilience in the face of crises. She is more worried about the EU’s behaviour when it does not face crises. Contrary to High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, Ms Mogherini opposes eliminating the majority rule. Europe's biggest success has been preventing Ukraine's collapse. She believes the EU's defence policy must explore complementarities with the US and NATO. Europe is not a military alliance but possesses a lot of tools to deploy its own military vision.

I do not doubt the free and democratic future of Ukraine. I am worried for Russia's" / "Je ne doute pas de l’avenir, démocratique et libre, de l’Ukraine. Je suis inquiète pour celui de la Russie" km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "I do not doubt the free and democratic future of ..." page: 1,14-15 info: by Udrescu date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

A possible new pact between EPP and ECR?

[Croatia, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:03:00 AM CET

Key groups in the European Parliament are already creating strategies for next year’s European elections, at which the political group with the largest number of MEPs also gets to appoint the President of the European Commission, reads a commentary in Globus. For almost 20 years, this honour went to the EPP, one of the reasons for which is the greater drop in support for S&D the Socialists than for traditional centre-right parties. However, with regard to the approach to the EU and its future, there is a great similarity between the EPP and S&D, with the EPP suffering more damage because of this. Parties that are not against the EU in principle but do not want its powers to strengthen have separated from the EPP, thus forming the ECR group. In the coming European elections, the EPP will face a great test and challenge, as it is working hard to get closer to the ECR out of fear that it could face a lesser result without it.

A pact between the commoners and the right? / Pakt pučana i desnice? km-Globus-HR: "A pact between the commoners and the right? / Pakt ..." page: 50 info: by Augustin Palokaj date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Italian newspaper Repubblica on former Commissioner Avramopoulos' relations with Antonio Panzeri

[Greece, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:28:00 AM CET

Ta Nea reports that Italian newspaper Repubblica referred to former Commissioner Avramopoulos’ close relations with former MEP Antonio Panzeri, which were recorded in dozens of telephone interceptions. Repubblica held that Mr Panzeri used Mr Avramopoulos for his connections to the Commission and the European People’s Party (EPP). Repubblica added that Mr Avramopoulos worked for Mr Panzeri’s NGO Fight Impunity that Mr Panzeri used to traffic the money he received from Morocco and Qatar and pay the people he wanted to bribe. Repubblica reported that Mr Avramopoulos received €60,000 within a year, which he justified by saying that he had received written authorisation by President von der Leyen.

Former Commissioner Avramopoulos and Antonio Panzeri's NGO / Ο Αβραμόπουλος και η ΜΚΟ του Παντσέρι km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Former Commissioner Avramopoulos and Antonio Panzeri's NGO / Ο Αβραμόπουλος ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

MEP implicated in corruption scandal reportedly lobbied HR/VP Borrell to appoint former commissioner Avramopoulos asEU special envoy to the Gulf

[Hungary, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

Origo.hu reports on Italian newspaper La Repubblica’s information that Italian MEP Antonio Panzeri (S&D), arrested in connection with the corruption scandal in the European Parliament, has lobbied High Representative/Vice-President Borrell to appoint former commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos to be the EU’s special representative to the Gulf states. MEP Panzeri reportedly tried to persuade HR/VP Borrell not to appoint the Italian candidate Luigi Di Maio and favour former commissioner Avramopoulos. Former commissioner Avramopoulos was an honorary member of the board of MEP Panzeri’s NGO Fight Impunity, and has received nearly €60,000, most probably to lobby current Commissioners, Origo.hu writes. As the organisation is not listed in the Parliament’s transparency record, former commissioner Avramopoulos should not have lobbied on its behalf. Origo.hu notes that during his term, former commissioner Avramopoulos has made numerous pro-migration statements.

New details revealed about one of the main characters of the left-wing’s corruption scandal in Brussels / Újabb részletek derültek ki a brüsszeli baloldali korrupciós botrány egyik főszereplőjéről km-origo.hu-HU: New details revealed about one of the main characters of the left-wing’s corruption scandal in Brussels / Újabb részletek derültek ki a brüsszeli baloldali korrupciós botrány egyik főszereplőjérőlNew details revealed about one of the main characters of the left-wing’s corruption scandal in Brussels / Újabb részletek derültek ki a brüsszeli baloldali korrupciós botrány egyik főszereplőjéről date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

European Parliament adopts draft Regulation of Positions on Political Advertising

[Latvia, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:50:00 AM CET

Diena reports that at the beginning of February, the European Parliament adopted the draft Regulation of Positions on Political Advertising. The European Parliament wants to introduce stricter restrictions on political advertising. First, the elections that are the focus of this initiative are the European Parliament elections, and agreement on the final version of the rules is planned by 2024 when the European Parliament elections are planned. Secondly, there is the desire of the European Parliament to reduce the opportunities of the countries that are not European Union members to influence the outcome of the elections, and MEPs propose to prohibit entities established outside the EU from financing political advertising that is distributed on the territory of the EU. Thirdly, the European Parliament wants to ensure that providers of political online advertisements may only use the data of persons whose use for online political advertising the person has given their consent.

European Parliament adopts draft Regulation of Positions on Political Advertising / Politiskā reklāma un e-vide km-Diena.lv-LV: European Parliament adopts draft Regulation of Positions on Political Advertising / Politiskā reklāma un e-videEuropean Parliament adopts draft Regulation of Positions on Political Advertising / Politiskā reklāma un e-vide info: by Magda RiekstiņaUzņēmēja Diena date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Opinion: The Europe we need

[Malta, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET

In an opinion piece on Times of Malta, PN MEP candidate Peter Agius writes that it is now time to bridge Malta’s needs to the constantly evolving European Union landscape. Malta’s accession is a success story but much more can be done to bridge Malta’s concrete societal needs and the European Union’s policies and objectives. Far too often, European Union regulations are drafted without considering the unique characteristics of small island states, putting Malta at a disadvantage. It is the duty of anyone in public life in Malta to help people negotiate the often-complex structures set up in European Union programmes and projects. People are tired of selfcentred politicians who are in politics only for themselves and for their close associates, recklessly siphoning off and squandering Malta’s resources.

The Europe we need / The Europe we need km-Malta-Times-MT: "The Europe we need / The Europe we need..." page: 12 info: by Peter Agius date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Editorial: The European Union’s fragile institutions

[Malta, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:30:00 AM CET

The editorial in Times of Malta focuses on the corruption scandal at the European Parliament and how it threatens the fragile credibility of the European Union’s institutions among ordinary people who are increasingly sceptical about their politicians’ ability to improve their lives. European Parliament President Metsola acted fast to limit the damage to the credibility of European Union institutions. Still, some MEPs and observers considered that her proposals did not go far enough to restore public credibility to the institutions. The governance structure of the European Union is often debated but rarely are any steps taken to reform it. The Qatargate scandal may be an excellent opportunity to start a root and branch reform of European Union institutions to make them more relevant to hundreds of millions of European citizens.

The European Union’s fragile institutions / The European Union’s fragile institutions km-Malta-Times-MT: "The European Union’s fragile institutions / The European Union’s fragile ..." page: 13 info: by Editorial date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Much can go wrong during summits (opinion)

[Netherlands, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

In a column for Trouw, EU correspondent Romana Abels notes that the organisation of major summits is quite an undertaking for the cities where they take place, and a lot can go wrong. For most European capitals, such summits are now routine, but this is not the case for Chisinau, the capital of the poorest country in Europe, Moldova. The forty heads of government of the European political community will be staying in Chisinau in June. That town still has much to learn.

Much can go wrong at a summit, we now know / Op een top gaat veel mis, weten we nu km-Trouw-NL: Much can go wrong at a summit, we now know / Op een top gaat veel mis, weten we nuMuch can go wrong at a summit, we now know / Op een top gaat veel mis, weten we nu page: 22 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Coalition blocks debate about contact Kroes and Rutte

[Netherlands, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:55:00 AM CET

De Volkskrant reports that Prime Minister Rutte does not have to account for his contact with fellow party member Neelie Kroes in her role as advocate of US taxi company Uber for the time being. Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt wanted a debate about this with the prime minister and State Secretary Marnix van Rij and received support from the entire opposition but coalition parties WD, D66, CDA and Christenunie stopped that. The former European Commissioner and WD minister Kroes was discredited in July last year after revelations about secret lobbying for Uber. Documents in the hands of investigative journalists showed that she started working for Uber immediately after her term in Brussels, despite a ban from her former employer, the European Commission. In doing so, Ms Kroes may have violated the Commission’s integrity rules. Partly at her insistence, there was a meeting between Prime Minister Rutte and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Coalition blocks debate about contact Kroes and Rutte / Coalitie blokkeert debat over contact Kroes en Rutte km-Volkskrant-NL: Coalition blocks debate about contact Kroes and Rutte / Coalitie blokkeert debat over contact Kroes en RutteCoalition blocks debate about contact Kroes and Rutte / Coalitie blokkeert debat over contact Kroes en Rutte page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Former EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit Barnier to attend a debate in Lisbon on the future of the EU

[Portugal, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 1:41:00 AM CET

Former EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier will attend a debate in Lisbon on the future of the European Union, dinheirovivo.pt reports. The APED Retail Summit is scheduled for March 30 in the Portuguese capital. According to the organisation, “Michel Barnier will present his vision on the challenges posed by the international landscape and the path that should be taken to strengthen the political, economic and social relevance of the European space and with impact on our country.”

Brexit negotiator debates the future of the European Union and citizens in Lisbon / Negociador do Brexit debate em Lisboa o futuro da União Europeia e dos cidadãos km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: Brexit negotiator debates the future of the European Union and citizens in Lisbon / Negociador do Brexit debate em Lisboa o futuro da União Europeia e dos cidadãosBrexit negotiator debates the future of the European Union and citizens in Lisbon / Negociador do Brexit debate em Lisboa o futuro da União Europeia e dos cidadãos date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, economic competitiveness and migration at EU summit

[Slovenia, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:28:00 AM CET

The leaders of EU member states are to meet at an extraordinary EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, STA reports. The focus will be on Ukraine, migration and the global competitiveness of the European economy, with the European Commission presenting a plan to strengthen competitiveness. Swedish Minister for Nordic Cooperation Jessika Roswall announced that the leaders would focus on the short-term challenges facing the European industry. Another central topic of the session, which could last just one day instead of the usual two, will be migration. EU leaders will discuss the external aspect of migration management, the protection of the EU's external borders, the return of migrants who have been refused asylum in EU member states, and cooperation with third countries in this regard. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is expected to attend the event in person. It is expected that the summit will once again express its full support for Ukraine.

EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, economic competitiveness and migration during weekend / Voditelji EU konec tedna o Ukrajini, konkurenčnosti gospodarstva in migracijah (ozadje) km-sta.si-SI: EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, economic competitiveness and migration during weekend / Voditelji EU konec tedna o Ukrajini, konkurenčnosti gospodarstva in migracijah (ozadje)EU leaders to discuss Ukraine, economic competitiveness and migration during weekend / Voditelji EU konec tedna o Ukrajini, konkurenčnosti gospodarstva in migracijah (ozadje) date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Historic meeting of the falleras mayores with President von der Leyen

[Spain, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:53:00 AM CET

Levante el Mercantil Valenciano reports that the Fallas of Valencia has added a new and historic episode in their comparison with the great continental events. Yesterday, the Fallas Major of Valencia, Laura Mengó and Paula Nieto, ambassadors of the festival declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, were received by two of the most influential personalities in Europe: European Commission President von der Leyen and the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola. The reception took place in their respective offices and was the institutional part of Laura and Paula's visit to Belgium.

Historical meeting of the major falleras with Ursula Von der Leyen / Encuentro histórico de las falleras mayores con Ursula Von der Leyen km-Levante-ES: "Historical meeting of the major falleras with Ursula Von der ..." page: 1,22 info: by MOISÉS DOMÍNGUEZ. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Sweden accused of wanting to control EU negotiations on forestry, biofuel

[Sweden, Institutional Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 5:58:00 AM CET

Dagens Nyheter reports that several environmental organisations in Europe accuse Sweden of abusing its EU presidency to garner benefits for its own biofuel and forestry industry. In an open letter, the organisations stated that Sweden seeks to water down an agreement that has already been approved by the European Parliament, namely the renewable energy directive. IN a leaked document from January 2023, Sweden expressed concerns that the Parliament wanted to adopt a stricter definition of what should be classified as renewable biofuel from forests. Sweden wants to tear up the Parliament decision that primary forest biomass should not be classified as renewable.

Sweden accused of wanting to control EU negotiations / Sverige anklagas för att vilja styra EU- förhandlingar km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Sweden accused of wanting to control EU negotiations / Sverige ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

MEMBER STATES - INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Prime Minister Meloni on Draghi's course

[Germany, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:33:00 AM CET

Prime Minister Meloni is reaping a surprising amount of approval, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. In the ranking of the most popular heads of government, she is currently the leader in Europe, with an approval rating of 46% to 49%. In terms of both fiscal and security policy, PM Meloni’s cabinet is following the line of the widely respected government under predecessor Mario Draghi. Italy under PM Meloni stands firmly with Ukraine. On migration policy, Rome is calling for coordinated action by the EU to take on more migrants. Meanwhile, at the special EU summit on Thursday and Friday, PM Meloni will not appear as a neo-fascist pariah in Brussels, but rather as a respected partner, since she has silently supported the European Commission's proposal to block the distribution of €6.3 billion to Hungary.

Prime Minister Meloni on Draghi's course / Meloni auf Draghi-Kurs km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Prime Minister Meloni on Draghi's course / Meloni auf Draghi-Kurs..." page: 8 info: by M.R date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Meloni in Milan ahead of regional elections

[Italy, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:33:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report prominently on the electoral campaign in view of the regional elections in Lombardy and Lazio. Prime Minister Meloni concluded the electoral campaign in Milan. The leaders of all centre-right parties took part in the event, sporting the “unity” of the coalition. However, La Repubblica underlines that the growing sympathy of centre-right voters for the figure of Giorgia Meloni herself is slowly alarming Forza Italia and the League, which risk becoming less and less relevant. La Stampa notes that President Meloni was in Milan to endorse the candidacy of Attilio Fontana (League), but she ended up praising her government throughout her speech, instead of focusing on regional policies.

Meloni, Salvini e Berlusconi litigano già su tutto km-Fatto-Quotidiano-IT: "Meloni, Salvini e Berlusconi litigano già su tutto..." page: 2,3 info: by » LORENZO GIARELLI date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

«Vogliono dividerci ma siamo uniti» Berlusconi scommette su Giorgia Il centrodestra alla volata Regionali km-Giornale-IT: "«Vogliono dividerci ma siamo uniti» Berlusconi scommette su Giorgia Il ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Stefano Zurlo date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

“Uniti verso il voto” Ma il boom Meloni allarma FI e Lega km-Repubblica-IT: "“Uniti verso il voto” Ma il boom Meloni allarma FI ..." page: 12,13 info: by di Andrea Montanari date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Milano, Meloni sul palco per la volata di Fontana ma parla solo di governo km-Stampa-IT: "Milano, Meloni sul palco per la volata di Fontana ma ..." page: 12,13 info: by FRANCESCA DEL VECCHIO FRANCESCO MOSCATELLI date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Resignation of the National Innovation Agency will not hinder the implementation of the RRP, the Portuguese government assures

[Portugal, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

Joana Mendonça resigned from the presidency of the Portuguese Innovation Agency (ANI), but the ministers that supervise this body assure that the resignation will not hinder any of its responsibilities in the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, dinheirovivo.pt reports. Ms Mendonça’s resignation resulted from an increasing difficulty in receiving guidance from the supervisor, particularly on matters of crucial importance such as Portugal 2030, the RRP, or the EUREKA/Eurostars network. Minister of Economy and Sea Costa Silva and Minister of Science Elvira Fortunato stated that Ms Mendonça will be replaced "in order to safeguard the public interest and the mission of ANI, particularly in the context of the RRP and other European funds, whose implementation was never in question.”

Slams the door due to lack of support from the ministers / Bate com a porta por falta de apoio de ministros km-Correio-Da-Manha-PT: "Slams the door due to lack of support from the ..." page: 25 info: by Vítor Moita Cordeiro date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

RRP’s implementation “was never at stake,” the Economy and Science ministers argue / Execução do PRR "nunca esteve em causa" defendem ministros da Economia e Ciência km-dinheirovivo.pt-PT: RRP’s implementation “was never at stake,” the Economy and Science ministers argue / Execução do PRR "nunca esteve em causa" defendem ministros da Economia e CiênciaRRP’s implementation “was never at stake,” the Economy and Science ministers argue / Execução do PRR "nunca esteve em causa" defendem ministros da Economia e Ciência date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Hungarian Ambassador to Bucharest has been summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry

[Romania, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:16:00 AM CET

Multiple media outlets, including B1TV station, report that the Hungarian Ambassador to Bucharest has been summoned to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s headquarters to be informed of Romania’s position on the comments made by the Chairman of the Hungarian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee regarding the alleged restriction, by Romania, of the right to fly the flag of the so-called Székely Land. The Foreign Affairs Ministry has reiterated its call for restraint in public statements and has underlined Romania’s expectation that Hungarian officials will act responsibly, within the logic of the strategic relationship between the two countries, of the political treaty signed in 1996 and of the wish to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas of interest, news.ro notes.

StirileB1TV km-B1TV-RO: "StirileB1TV..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

StirileDigi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "StirileDigi24..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Hungarian Ambassador, urgently summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry. Székely flag, once again a cause of dispute between Bucharest and Budapest / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat de urgență la MAE. Steagul secuiesc, din nou motiv de dispută între București și Budapesta km-HotNews.ro-RO: Hungarian Ambassador, urgently summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry. Székely flag, once again a cause of dispute between Bucharest and Budapest / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat de urgență la MAE. Steagul secuiesc, din nou motiv de dispută între București și BudapestaHungarian Ambassador, urgently summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry. Székely flag, once again a cause of dispute between Bucharest and Budapest / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat de urgență la MAE. Steagul secuiesc, din nou motiv de dispută între București și Budapesta date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, convocat la MAE km-mediafax.ro-RO: Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, convocat la MAEHungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, convocat la MAE info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry following comments by Chairman of Hungarian Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee on Romania's alleged restriction of right to fly the flag of so-called Székely Land / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, chemat la MAE în urma comentariilor preşedintelui Comisiei pentru Politică Externă din Parlamentul Ungariei privind pretinsa îngrădire de către România a dreptului arborării drapelului aşa-zisului ţinut secuiesc km-news.ro-RO: Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry following comments by Chairman of Hungarian Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee on Romania's alleged restriction of right to fly the flag of so-called Székely Land / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, chemat la MAE în urma comentariilor preşedintelui Comisiei pentru Politică Externă din Parlamentul Ungariei privind pretinsa îngrădire de către România a dreptului arborării drapelului aşa-zisului ţinut secuiescHungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry following comments by Chairman of Hungarian Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee on Romania's alleged restriction of right to fly the flag of so-called Székely Land / Ambasadorul Ungariei la Bucureşti, chemat la MAE în urma comentariilor preşedintelui Comisiei pentru Politică Externă din Parlamentul Ungariei privind pretinsa îngrădire de către România a dreptului arborării drapelului aşa-zisului ţinut secuiesc info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Radiojurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Hungarian Ambassador, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry in connection to the use of "Székely Land" / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat la MAE în legătură cu utilizării denumirii de „ținut secuiesc” km-revista22.ro-RO: Hungarian Ambassador, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry in connection to the use of "Székely Land" / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat la MAE în legătură cu utilizării denumirii de „ținut secuiesc”Hungarian Ambassador, summoned to Foreign Affairs Ministry in connection to the use of "Székely Land" / Ambasadorul Ungariei, convocat la MAE în legătură cu utilizării denumirii de „ținut secuiesc” info: by L. date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Telejurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

PSOE and Unidas Podemos clash over the reform of the "only yes means yes" law

[Spain, Member States - Internal Affairs]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:40:00 AM CET

Some media report that the reproaches between PSOE and Unidas Podemos over the reform of the "only yes means yes" law reached a level of tension yesterday that caused astonishment among their allies in the investiture. "The government is doing itself a lot of harm," summarised Íñigo Errejón. What the parties said was going to be a "technical discussion" heated up to the point that Podemos accused the Socialists, who have registered a bill to modify the law, of trying to return to the "Penal Code of La Manada", as their parliamentary spokesman, Pablo Echenique, put it. The junior coalition partner went on the attack after hearing the Minister of Justice denounce "very serious" aspects of the law. Prime Minister Sánchez justified the initiative in the "undesired effects" of the law.

PM Sánchez: "This has caused a lot of pain, it is very serious. We had to act". / “Esto ha provocado mucho dolor, es gravísimo. Teníamos que actuar” km-Pais-ES: "PM Sánchez: "This has caused a lot of pain, it ..." page: 1,14-15 info: by R. RINCÓN date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

The PSOE parks the rush and negotiates the law 'yes is yes' with Podemos and its partners / El PSOE aparca las prisas y negocia la ley ‘sí es sí’ con Podemos y sus socios km-Periodico-ES: "The PSOE parks the rush and negotiates the law 'yes ..." page: 1,10 info: by JUAN RUIZ SIERRA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

The condition of the PP to Sánchez: recover the full penalties / La condición del PP a Sánchez: recuperar las penas íntegras km-Razon-Spain-ES: "The condition of the PP to Sánchez: recover the full ..." page: 1,6-7 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Sánchez calls for common sense to change the law of "only yes is yes" before UP / Sánchez llama al sentido común para cambiar la ley del "solo sí es sí'' ante UP km-Vanguardia-ES: "Sánchez calls for common sense to change the law of ..." page: 1,9 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

MIGRATION

Eight member states call for clear decisions ahead of EU asylum meeting

[Austria, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Ahead of the special European Council meeting on migration, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Malta call for more measures to protect the external borders financed by the EU, faster deportations and new return agreements with third countries, various media outlets report. The countries sent a letter listing their demands to President von der Leyen and European Council President Michel. The letter calls upon President von der Leyen to present a comprehensive strategy for all important migration routes. Commissioner Johansson had made it clear that no part of the €6.4 billion meant for border protection was supposed to go into fences, but added that “physical infrastructures” could not be ruled out. The letter criticises that the current EU asylum system is not working and that some EU member states now register migrant and refugee numbers that are as high as they were during the refugee crisis of 2015. Usually, countries like Austria and Denmark are unable to agree on a common position on issues of migration with countries like Greece or Malta, but all EU member states can easily agree on the demands listed in the letter, Kurier points out. As kurier.at reports, Austria's Chancellor Karl Nehammer spoke on the phone with President von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on Monday in the run-up to the Council meeting. These talks “are valuable in order to discuss common positions and to explain the situations of concern,” Chancellor Nehammer said. The pragmatic approach mentioned by the European Commission in recent days is now needed in order to “take effective measures in the fight against illegal migration.”

Österreich und sieben weitere Länder fordern mehr EU-Grenzschutz km-Derstandard.at-AT: Österreich und sieben weitere Länder fordern mehr EU-GrenzschutzÖsterreich und sieben weitere Länder fordern mehr EU-Grenzschutz date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Sieben neue Unterstützer für Nehammers Zaun-Forderung km-Heute-Austria-AT: "Sieben neue Unterstützer für Nehammers Zaun-Forderung..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Österreich fordert mehr Grenzschutz km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Österreich fordert mehr Grenzschutz..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Alliance of eight member states raises pressure on Brussels / Neue Acht-Länder-Allianz erhöht den Druck auf Brüssel km-Kurier-AT: "Alliance of eight member states raises pressure on Brussels / ..." page: 6 info: by iSt date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Vor EU-Gipfel: Nehammer telefonierte mit Meloni und Von der Leyen km-kurier.at-AT: Vor EU-Gipfel: Nehammer telefonierte mit Meloni und Von der LeyenVor EU-Gipfel: Nehammer telefonierte mit Meloni und Von der Leyen date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Journal um acht km-ORF-O1-AT: "Journal um acht..." info: 2023-02-07 08:00:00, 08:00:00, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Vor EU-Sondergipfel: Acht Staaten fordern Beschlüsse zu Asyl km-orf.at-AT: Vor EU-Sondergipfel: Acht Staaten fordern Beschlüsse zu AsylVor EU-Sondergipfel: Acht Staaten fordern Beschlüsse zu Asyl info: by red, ORF.at/Agenturen date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

ZIB 9 km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB 9..." info: 2023-02-07 09:00:00, 09:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Report km-ORF2-AT: "Report..." info: 2023-02-07 21:05:00, 21:05:00, by Julia Ortner, Yilmaz Gülüm date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:05:00 PM CET View this media item

Alliance for better border protection / Allianz für besseren EU-Grenzschutz formiert sich km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Alliance for better border protection / Allianz für besseren EU-Grenzschutz ..." page: 6 info: by (APA) date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Call for stronger border protection / Ruf nach stärkerem Grenzschutz km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Call for stronger border protection / Ruf nach stärkerem Grenzschutz..." page: 1,4 info: by Andreas Lieb date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Member states want EU money for more fences on external borders

[Belgium, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:40:00 AM CET

Several media outlets report on member states' desire to strengthen EU borders. De Morgen reports that on Thursday, the member states are expected to ask for EU funds to build fences and walls along their borders. In 2017, the idea met opposition from most member states and the European Commission. The recent migration wave has put the question back on the table. The Commission opposes it but might settle on a compromise with the member states. The EU27 will also demand strengthening return policies. In a previous letter, President von der Leyen called for the restoration of the Dublin Regulation, stipulating the country of arrival is responsible for the asylum procedure. De Tijd adds that the argument in favour of strengthening the protection of the EU's external borders is led by eight countries. In a letter, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, and Slovakia state the asylum system is failing and serving smugglers above all else. They call for more and faster expulsions, new partnerships with origin countries, and a strengthening of communication to deter migrants.

European leaders want European money for more fences on external borders / Europese leiders willen Europees geld voor meer hekken op buitengrenzen km-Morgen-BE: "European leaders want European money for more fences on external ..." page: 9 info: by Peeperkorn date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Eight countries advocate firmer external border / Acht landen bepleiten steviger buitengrens km-Tijd-BE: "Eight countries advocate firmer external border / Acht landen bepleiten ..." page: 8 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

President Radev and European Council President Charles Michel hold telephone conversation ahead of European Council meeting

[Bulgaria, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:13:00 AM CET

President Rumen Radev and European Council President Charles Michel discussed the need for reforms in the EU migration policy in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, several media outlets report. They commented on the need for more solidarity with the countries that form the external borders of the EU and are directly exposed to migration pressure. The two also discussed the negative consequences for the economy and security in Europe resulting from Russia's war against Ukraine. President Radev stressed that Skopje was declaring its ambitions to join the EU against the backdrop of an escalating anti-Bulgarian campaign, which had led to hate crimes such as arson and shooting against Bulgarian cultural clubs, and violence against Macedonian Bulgarians. Hristian Pendikov—the Macedonian citizen with Bulgarian identity who was assaulted in Ohrid—was discharged from hospital on Tuesday.

President Radev Discussed Migration Policy with the President of the European Council / Президентът Радев обсъди политиката по миграцията с председателя на Европейския съвет km-Focus-News.net-BG: President Radev Discussed Migration Policy with the President of the European Council / Президентът Радев обсъди политиката по миграцията с председателя на Европейския съветPresident Radev Discussed Migration Policy with the President of the European Council / Президентът Радев обсъди политиката по миграцията с председателя на Европейския съвет date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Eight countries want a new EU migration policy / Осем страни искат нова миграционна политика на ЕС km-Telegraph-Daily-BG: "Eight countries want a new EU migration policy / Осем ..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Radev to Charles Michel: Migration Policy Reform Needed / Радев към Шарл Мишел: Нужна е реформа в политиката по миграция km-Telegraph-Daily-BG: "Radev to Charles Michel: Migration Policy Reform Needed / Радев ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Developments ahead of the Special European Council meeting

[Cyprus, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report on the upcoming Special European Council meeting on migration on February 9-10. Sigmalive.com writes  that Prime Minister Orbán requested funding from the EU to build border fences, ahead of it. Countries such as Poland, Hungary and Slovenia have erected border fences to keep out refugees and migrants, although the Commission, which manages the bloc's common budget, has so far refused to pay for such fences, saying it is against liberal democratic values and human rights. President von der Leyen has previously refused to fund "wire fences or walls", but the Commission is offering money for border infrastructure such as surveillance equipment. Earlier, 8 member states, in their joint letter, called for a "ground-breaking" asylum reform and stronger border protection, while also noting that a "new major migration crisis" must be avoided. It is recalled that in late January, Commissioner Johansson said she was confident that the asylum reform, which has been under discussion since September 2020, will be adopted before the 2024 European elections. A different sigmalive.com article and Alithia add that Cypriot President Anastasiades will highlight the disproportionate burden shouldered by Cyprus, due to the greatly increased migration flows, while pointing out the instrumentalization of migration by Turkey. Alithia reports that, according to the draft conclusions of the upcoming meeting, the European Council will call on Turkey not to exploit migrants. European leaders are also expected to reiterate that they strongly condemn Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. During the meeting, the evolution of the war in Ukraine and the EU's solidarity with Kyiv will be examined, among others. The European Council is expected to condemn attempts to instrumentalise migrants for political purposes, especially when they are used as part of hybrid destabilizing actions. It is emphasised that migration is a European challenge that requires a European response. Finally, the European Council is expected to call on the co-legislators to complete work on the Pact on Migration and Asylum. According to Cyprus Mail. Italian PM Georgia Meloni will ask the European Council meeting to give more money to Arican states and create "European Humanitarian Corridors" that could curb irregular immigration. The article adds that EU leaders are expected to discuss sea search and rescue operations, with Ms Meloni's already having sought to limit such activity in Italy with a national decree.

The President at the extraordinary European Council / Στο έκτακτο Ευρωπαϊκό Συμβούλιο ο ΠτΔ km-Alithia-CY: "The President at the extraordinary European Council / Στο έκτακτο ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Italy wants more money for Africa to curb arrivals in Europe  / Italy wants more money for Africa to curb arrivals in Europe km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Italy wants more money for Africa to curb arrivals in ..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Στις Βρυξέλλες ο ΠτΔ - Έκτακτη Σύνοδος Κορυφής του Ευρ. Συμβουλίου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Στις Βρυξέλλες ο ΠτΔ - Έκτακτη Σύνοδος Κορυφής του Ευρ. ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Orbán: Fences protect Europe / 'Ορμπαν: Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την Ευρώπη km-sigmalive.com-CY: Orbán: Fences protect Europe / 'Ορμπαν: Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την ΕυρώπηOrbán: Fences protect Europe / 'Ορμπαν: Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την Ευρώπη date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Media on upcoming EU summit on migration

[Czech Republic, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:58:00 AM CET

News channel ČT24 and daily Brněnský deník focus on the upcoming extraordinary EU summit on migration. ČT24 brings an interview with Minister for European Affairs Mikuláš Bek in which he says that the European migration policy requires a fundamental change. He believes that national solutions will not be enough if we want to preserve the greatest advantages that the European Union brings and he mentions free movement people, goods and so on. He thus points out that a European solution must be found even though it will be hard. However, Minister Bek says he is afraid that the summit will not bring one and that the very tense debate will continue.Luboš Palata in Brněnský deník argues that stances of member states towards migration policy are so different that the reform will probably not even be discussed. He highlights even after several years, the agreement on the new Pact on Migration and Asylum seems to be still far. Sweden therefore did not put migration among priorities of its EU Presidency. The author quotes an undisclosed diplomatic source saying that there is a group of around fifteen states opposing anything reminding them of the quota system. There are only several points on which the states are able to agree, such as stricter protection of the outer border, cooperation with source countries and better registration system for migrants.

Rozhovor s ministrem pro evropské záležitosti Mikulášem Bekem km-CT-24-CZ: "Rozhovor s ministrem pro evropské záležitosti Mikulášem Bekem..." info: 2023-02-07 18:15:00, 18:15:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 6:15:00 PM CET View this media item

Europe is giving up on migration. It can be costly / Migraci Evropa vzdává. Může na to doplatit km-Denik-CZ: "Europe is giving up on migration. It can be costly ..." page: 8 info: by LUBOŠ PALATA date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The "toxic" debates on migration are limiting President von der Leyen’s re-election prospects

[Germany, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:29:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report on the European Summit on Refugees and Migrants. The "toxic" debates on migration are limiting President von der Leyen’s re-election prospects before the European Summit on Refugees and Migrants, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports, for example. Chancellor Nehammer argued that the EU should pay for a wall on the Bulgarian border with Turkey. Sweden wants to pressure countries of origin to make deportations easier. Similar proposals come from MEP Manfred Weber (EPP): The EU should finance fences and walls, and allow asylum procedures on North African soil. He is thus setting out positions for the 2024 European election campaign. But President von der Leyen has persistently rejected this approach. She and Commissioner Johansson repeatedly pointed out that the "migration pact" of the European Commission offers a comprehensive set of common instruments for all migration issues.

On the European Summit on Refugees and Migrants: Once again, just walls, fences, deportations? / Wieder nur Mauern, Zäune, Abschiebungen? km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On the European Summit on Refugees and Migrants: Once again, ..." page: 5 info: by J.K. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Less asylum, more fences Is Europe closing for refugees? / Weniger Asyl, mehr Zäune Macht Europa für Geflüchtete dicht? km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Less asylum, more fences Is Europe closing for refugees? / ..." page: 11 info: by K.K. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Support for easing the procedure for obtaining passports for Syrian refugees

[Germany, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:29:00 AM CET

In an interview on ARD, MP Lars Castellucci (SPD) supports easing the procedure for obtaining passports for Syrian refugees because "we are happy when people want to belong, are integrated here and strive for nationality." Of course, there should be identification procedures, however, as a last resort, MP Castellucci notes that "a statement under oath" could be used. He further upholds shortening the residence requirement from eight to five years when obtaining German citizenship. In any case, "we cannot say now that we want to make an extra solution for Syria. Rather, we must find a fundamental solution," MP Castellucci urges for a regulation suitable for all immigrants and refugees.

Greece and seven other countries call the EU to change the asylum system

[Greece, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

Some media outlets report that Greece and seven other EU countries are calling for a change in the asylum system ahead of the Special European Council meeting on 9-10 February. In a joint letter to the EU ahead of the meeting, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia described "the current asylum system as flawed" and stressed "it is time for an innovative response". They call for innovative asylum reform and strengthening border protection through infrastructure development. The eight countries have been calling for weeks for the EU to bear the costs of erecting border fences. So far, the Commission has refused to fund fence construction. Naftemporiki notes that there has been a recent shift in the EU's approach to this issue, as it has started to fund cameras or motion detectors. Protothema.gr mentions that in late January, Commissioner Johansson said she was confident that the asylum reform would be adopted before the 2024 European elections. Capital.gr reports that the eight countries also express the desire for significant increase in swift returns of third country nationals, new partnerships with the countries of origin and stronger communication to discourage people from migrating. Capital.gr notes that President von der Leyen previously refused to fund "barbed wire or walls", while in a phone call with his counterparts from Poland, Belgium, Finland, Malta and Bulgaria, Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán called for EU funding, saying that "fences protect all of Europe". Ta Nea notes that there are interesting alliances forming on the migration issues ahead of the upcoming European Council meeting. Journalist Dimitris Aggelides in Efimerida ton Syntakton underlines that the letter co-signed by Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis lacks any mention of reforming the Dublin Regulation and characterises the proposals as cynical. Avgi comments that the migration issue has been instrumentalised and adds that EPP European Parliament Group Chair Manfred Weber (Germany) and Greek PM Mitsotakis are on the same page on refugee issues as proven during their meeting recently.

The European Right calls for European-funded fences / Φράχτες με ευρωπαϊκή χρηματοδότηση ζητά η Ευρωδεξιά km-Avghi-GR: "The European Right calls for European-funded fences / Φράχτες με ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

"Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την Ευρώπη" λέει ο Ορμπαν ενόψει της Συνόδου για το μεταναστευτικό km-capital.gr-GR: "Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την Ευρώπη" λέει ο Ορμπαν ενόψει της Συνόδου για το μεταναστευτικό"Οι φράχτες προστατεύουν την Ευρώπη" λέει ο Ορμπαν ενόψει της Συνόδου για το μεταναστευτικό date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Border protection: eight countries, including Greece, are putting pressure on the Commission ahead of the summit / Προστασία συνόρων: Οκτώ χώρες, μεταξύ των οποίων η Ελλάδα, ασκούν πίεση στην  Κομισιόν πριν από τη σύνοδο κορυφής km-capital.gr-GR: Border protection: eight countries, including Greece, are putting pressure on the Commission ahead of the summit / Προστασία συνόρων: Οκτώ χώρες, μεταξύ των οποίων η Ελλάδα, ασκούν πίεση στην Κομισιόν πριν από τη σύνοδο κορυφήςBorder protection: eight countries, including Greece, are putting pressure on the Commission ahead of the summit / Προστασία συνόρων: Οκτώ χώρες, μεταξύ των οποίων η Ελλάδα, ασκούν πίεση στην  Κομισιόν πριν από τη σύνοδο κορυφής date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Mitsotakis changes allies with anti-refugee momentum / Με φόρα αντιπροσφυγική ο Μητσοτάκης αλλάζει συμμάχους km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Mitsotakis changes allies with anti-refugee momentum / Με φόρα αντιπροσφυγική ..." page: 20,21 info: by DIMITRIS AGGELIDES date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Προστασία των συνόρων: Ελλάδα και άλλες 7 χώρες ασκούν πίεση στην Επιτροπή πριν από τη Σύνοδο Κορυφής της Ε.Ε. km-iefimerida.gr-GR: Προστασία των συνόρων: Ελλάδα και άλλες 7 χώρες ασκούν πίεση στην Επιτροπή πριν από τη Σύνοδο Κορυφής της Ε.Ε. Προστασία των συνόρων: Ελλάδα και άλλες 7 χώρες ασκούν πίεση στην Επιτροπή πριν από τη Σύνοδο Κορυφής της Ε.Ε. date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Greece and 7 other countries call for a change in the asylum system / Ελλάδα και 7 χώρες ζητούν να αλλάξει το σύστημα ασύλου km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Greece and 7 other countries call for a change in ..." page: 27 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

ΕΕ: Η Ελλάδα και ακόμα επτά χώρες ασκούν πίεση για την προστασία των συνόρων πριν τη σύνοδο κορυφής km-protothema.gr-GR: ΕΕ: Η Ελλάδα και ακόμα επτά χώρες ασκούν πίεση για την προστασία των συνόρων πριν τη σύνοδο κορυφήςΕΕ: Η Ελλάδα και ακόμα επτά χώρες ασκούν πίεση για την προστασία των συνόρων πριν τη σύνοδο κορυφής date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Letter about the fence / Επιστολή για τον φράχτη km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Letter about the fence / Επιστολή για τον φράχτη..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Várhelyi at the handover of a patrol vessel to Libya: These boats will help curb illegal migration

[Hungary, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:27:00 AM CET

M1, Kossuth Rádió and Magyar Nemzet report the first search and rescue vessel funded by the Visegrád group for the Libyan coast guard was handed over to Libya’s Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush on Monday. Commissioner Várhelyi told the Hungarian public media at the ceremony that this was the first boat fully funded by the V4. He recalled that the V4 in 2017 pledged €35 million for Libya. He said the vessels would help curb illegal migration at sea. “The goal is for the Libyan coast guard to protect its borders and rescue the people who are in trouble on its own sea,” he said, M1 and Kossuth Rádió report. The EU and Italy have also significantly contributed to the financing, M1 and Kossuth Rádió add. Magyar Nemzet further reports that in preparation for the European Council summit, Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán participated in a video call along with his Polish, Belgian, Finnish, Maltese and Bulgarian counterparts with European Council President Michel. PM Orbán called on the EU to support border protection because “border fences protect the whole of Europe.” Additionally, ahead of the summit, in a joint letter to the EU, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia called on Brussels to accelerate the fight against illegal migration. They said border control should be strengthened with EU financing, and EU Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex should be allowed to carry out returns, Magyar Nemzet reports.

Átadták Líbiának az első, a visegrádi országok által üzembe állított járőrhajót Olaszországban km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "Átadták Líbiának az első, a visegrádi országok által üzembe állított ..." info: 2023-02-07 12:16:00, 12:16:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:16:00 PM CET View this media item

Turning point in migration policy? / Fordulópont a migrációs politikában? km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Turning point in migration policy? / Fordulópont a migrációs politikában?..." page: 10 info: by Koren-Karczub Tímea date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Olaszországban átadták Líbiának az első, V4-ek által finanszírozott járőrhajót km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "Olaszországban átadták Líbiának az első, V4-ek által finanszírozott járőrhajót..." info: 2023-02-07 20:03:00, 20:03:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 8:03:00 PM CET View this media item

EU member states call for more rules over migraton

[Italy, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:45:00 AM CET

Several Italian media report on the ongoing migration wave in the Mediterranean and the measures adopted by Italy and the EU to regulate the arrivals while rescuing immigrants at sea. Il Messaggero.it points out that eight EU member states (Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Greece, Malta and Austria) called on the European Commission to present a “comprehensive approach to migration through all routes”, which should also take into account the “attraction factors” that convince immigrants to reach Europe illegally. Meanwhile, Avvenire reports that three migrants died in the shipwreck of a rubber boat in the Aegean Sea earlier this week, while at least 20 migrants are still “missing” according to the Greek Coastguard.

Naufragio nell Egeo e sbarchi in Italia Orban provoca: «L Ue finanzi i muri» km-Avvenire-IT: "Naufragio nell Egeo e sbarchi in Italia Orban provoca: «L ..." page: 11 info: by Daniela Fassini date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Le motovedette non bastano km-Foglio-IT: "Le motovedette non bastano..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Toh, sulla nave Ong c erano 3 scafisti km-Libero-IT: "Toh, sulla nave Ong c erano 3 scafisti..." page: 12 info: by ALESSANDRO GONZAT0 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Half Europe wishes to stop arrivals  / Mezza Europa invoca il blocco degli arrivi km-Libero-IT: "Half Europe wishes to stop arrivals / Mezza Europa invoca ..." page: 12 info: by N.D. date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU borders must be strengthened

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:52:00 AM CET

According to Diena and Latvijas Avīze, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia have sent a letter to President von der Leyen and European Council President Michel calling for the EU's external borders to be strengthened to prevent future illegal migrant crises and the influx of migrants that is already causing problems. In their letter, the countries said it was high time for a comprehensive European approach to all major migration routes to fight illegal migration. The letter calls for "additional financial support" within the existing budget to improve "relevant operational and technical measures for effective border control". It also calls for a "significant increase in the rapid return of third-country nationals" and for new agreements with third countries. Several EU countries are facing an influx of illegal immigrants equivalent to that experienced during the migration crisis in 2015 and 2016, the letter points out.

EU borders must be strengthened / AICINA STIPRINĀT ES ROBEŽU km-Diena-LV: "EU borders must be strengthened / AICINA STIPRINĀT ES ROBEŽU..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

EU borders must be strengthened / Jāstiprina ES robežas km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "EU borders must be strengthened / Jāstiprina ES robežas..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Latvian government extends state of emergency border with Belarus

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:52:00 AM CET

TV3 reports that Belarus' hybrid war of trying to flood the European Union with streams of migrants is still ongoing. In January, more than 300 people were stopped from illegally crossing the Latvian border, in December about 1,000, while in 2022, there were more than 5,000 cases in total. Considering the still existing risk related to illegal migration, the Latvian government decided on 31 January to extend the state of emergency on the Belarusian border in Ludza, Krāslava and Augšdaugava regions and Daugavpils until 10 May. The organisation I want to help refugees calls for more attention to be paid to human rights issues, especially in winter. The Latvian Interior Ministry notes that the border guards consider the human aspect and individual situations in this hybrid war. For example, a family of nine people with children was admitted to a shelter in Latvia on 30 January.

Latvian government extends state of emergency border with Belarus / Valdība pagarina ārkārtējo situāciju Baltkrievijas pierobežā km-TV3-Latvia-LV: "Latvian government extends state of emergency border with Belarus / ..." info: TV3 Ziņas, 2023-01-31 21:10:00, 00:03:07, date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 9:10:00 PM CETView this media item

Poland is preparing for the flow of illegal immigrants from Russia

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:52:00 AM CET

Diena reports that Poland will soon begin construction of an electronic fence on its border with Russia's Kaliningrad region amid fears that Moscow and Minsk could once again resort to supporting illegal immigrants to destabilise the European Union. The length of the fence will reach approximately 200 kilometres, and it will be equipped with video cameras and motion sensors. Construction works will start in March, said the press secretary of the Polish Border Guard, Anna Michalska. However, the situation on the Polish border with Russia is stable and calm at the moment, the representative of the regional branch of the Border Guard admitted.

Poland is preparing for the flow of illegal immigrants from Russia / Polija gatavojas nelegālo imigrantu plūsmai no Krievijas km-Diena.lv-LV: Poland is preparing for the flow of illegal immigrants from Russia / Polija gatavojas nelegālo imigrantu plūsmai no KrievijasPoland is preparing for the flow of illegal immigrants from Russia / Polija gatavojas nelegālo imigrantu plūsmai no Krievijas date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Latvia may face sanctions due to the displacement of refugees from Belarus

[Latvia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:04:00 AM CET

LTV7 reports that the Latvian authorities must end the expulsion of illegal refugees from the Latvian-Belarusian border and restore order, stated Commissioner Johansson. The Latvian Interior Ministry stated it has considered the concerns, but assessing the geopolitical situation, and the threat of a hybrid war on the Belarusian border, Latvia decided to extend the emergency situation on the Latvian Belarusian border. On 6 February, Commissioner Johansson stated: “We need to stop the displacement. It is important to do this urgently. Lithuania responded to the call. The same situation with refugees is in Latvia and Poland. We approached these three countries, but their responses were very different. Lithuania made it clear that it was ready to work with us to bring its legislation into accordance with the EU border code, while the responses from Latvia and Poland were slightly different. Last week our services sent new letters to Latvia and Poland.”

Šovakar km-LTV7-LV: "Šovakar..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Lithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders

[Lithuania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

According to a couple of media outlets, eight EU countries, including Lithuania, have called on Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders sharply to “prevent another large-scale migration crisis”, according to a letter seen by AFP news agency ahead of a major summit. Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Estonia sent the letter to President von der Leyen and President Michel on Monday. The countries said it was “high time” for a “comprehensive European (...) approach to all relevant migration routes” to tackle the problem of illegal migration. The letter calls for “additional financial support” from the existing budget to reinforce “appropriate operational and technical measures for effective border control”.

Lithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su 7 ES valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienas km-15min.lt-LT: Lithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su 7 ES valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienasLithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su 7 ES valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienas date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su septyniomis Europos Sąjungos valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienas km-Alfa.lt-LT: Lithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su septyniomis Europos Sąjungos valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienasLithuania and seven other EU countries urge Brussels to tighten the bloc’s borders / Lietuva su septyniomis Europos Sąjungos valstybėmis paragino Briuselį sugriežtinti bloko sienas date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Migrants die in boat accident

[Luxembourg, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:38:00 AM CET

Tageblatt reports that at least three refugees have died in another boat accident in the Aegean. Up to 20 other people were missing after a rubber dinghy crashed into a reef near the Greek island of Leros, according to the Greek Coast Guard yesterday. 41 people are believed to have been on board, and only 16 have been rescued so far. Four children and a woman died in a boat accident off the island of Lesbos on Sunday.

Migrants die in boat accident / Migranten sterben bei Bootsunglück km-Tageblatt-LU: "Migrants die in boat accident / Migranten sterben bei Bootsunglück..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Fences are not a sustainable solution (opinion)

[Netherlands, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:58:00 AM CET

Dutch media widely comment on the migrant crisis in the EU.A commentary in Trouw argues that building more and more fences does not provide a structural solution for the EU’s migrant problem. Advocating more fences on the edges of Europe is no longer taboo on the eve of the European summit about migration. Strengthening Fortress Europe plays into the hands of populist parties and polarisation. Recent history also shows that simply stopping people is not a real solution. At worst, it leads to excesses such as push backs: forcibly pushing people back or imprisoning them without rights. Many good intentions have been made over the years, but such agreements require laborious and lengthy diplomatic efforts. Yet that is what must be done. With more fences, we as Europe literally and figuratively close ourselves off from sustainable, more humane solutions.De Telegraaf reports that restricting illegal migration by building fences and walls at the EU's external borders has created a divisive issue in the Dutch governing coalition. The parties are divided and are sending Prime Minister Rutte to the extra EU summit in Brussels this week with half measures. As is often the case, coalition parties VVD and CDA are diametrically opposed to D66 and CU when it comes to migration and asylum. The first two parties advocate fences and walls at the external borders, which will be paid for by the EU. D66 and CU are against. In Brussels, several member states, including Austria and Denmark, will plead for European money to physically close the external borders on the mainland.

Brake on migration divides coalition / Migratie-rem splijt coalitie km-Telegraaf-NL: Brake on migration divides coalition / Migratie-rem splijt coalitieBrake on migration divides coalition / Migratie-rem splijt coalitie page: 1 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Prime Minister Rutte with his hands tied behind his back to the EU / RUTTE MET HANDEN OP DE RUG NAAR EU km-Telegraaf-NL: Prime Minister Rutte with his hands tied behind his back to the EU / RUTTE MET HANDEN OP DE RUG NAAR EUPrime Minister Rutte with his hands tied behind his back to the EU / RUTTE MET HANDEN OP DE RUG NAAR EU page: 3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Fences are no sustainable solution / Hekken zijn geen duurzame oplossing km-Trouw-NL: Fences are no sustainable solution / Hekken zijn geen duurzame oplossingFences are no sustainable solution / Hekken zijn geen duurzame oplossing page: 21 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Fence around Europe is supposed to keep migrants out / Hek om Europa moet migranten weren km-Volkskrant-NL: Fence around Europe is supposed to keep migrants out / Hek om Europa moet migranten werenFence around Europe is supposed to keep migrants out / Hek om Europa moet migranten weren page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Migration to be one of the main subjects of the upcoming EU Summit

[Poland, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:10:00 AM CET

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that tightening of migration policy will be one of the main subjects of the EU Summit which begins tomorrow. The daily has reached a draft conclusion from the summit, which states that the EU leaders plan to concentrate on current targets like the protection of the EU’s external borders and intensified repatriation of migrants who did not get asylum. According to a proposal formulated by President Michel, the EU is to tighten cooperation with countries of migrants’ origin and transit. At the end of 2022, the European Commission presented two plans of actions – in favour of the Western Balkans and the central part of the Mediterranean Sea, which are seen as the key migration trails. According to the daily’s sources, EU member states are to oblige the Commission to present similar plans for the western and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea. The EU also plans to fight human trafficking and migration growth by removing their primary causes.

Increasingly many states want to curb migration / Coraz więcej państw chce ograniczenia migracji km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Increasingly many states want to curb migration / Coraz więcej ..." page: 11 info: by Mateusz Roszak date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Eight EU member states call for additional measures to protect the bloc’s external borders

[Romania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:57:00 AM CET

România Actualităţi radio station, TVR1 TV station and hotnews.ro report that ahead of the upcoming two-day EU summit on migration to start tomorrow, eight European Union member states, namely Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Malta and Slovakia, have called for more EU-funded measures to protect the community bloc’s external borders, faster deportations and new repatriation agreements with non-EU countries. A letter addressed to President von der Leyen and to European Council President Michel has been written by Prime Minister Frederiksen.

Eight EU countries call for protection measures at external borders: "The situation is deeply worrying" / Opt țări UE cer măsuri de protecție la frontierele externe: „Situaţia este profund îngrijorătoare” km-HotNews.ro-RO: Eight EU countries call for protection measures at external borders: "The situation is deeply worrying" / Opt țări UE cer măsuri de protecție la frontierele externe: „Situaţia este profund îngrijorătoare”Eight EU countries call for protection measures at external borders: "The situation is deeply worrying" / Opt țări UE cer măsuri de protecție la frontierele externe: „Situaţia este profund îngrijorătoare” date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Radiojurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Telejurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Prime Minister Orbán called for European Union financing for border fences

[Romania, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:57:00 AM CET

Hotnews.ro, news.ro and realitatea.net note that yesterday, Prime Minister Orbán called for European Union financing for border fences, reviving an idea long seen as inadmissible, which has been supported by Austria as well. His comments were made ahead of a European Union summit to take place on 9-10 February, to discuss curbing irregular immigration, a condition imposed by Vienna before agreeing with Romania’s accession to the Schengen area. Austria, in its turn, has advocated such financing from the European Commission for a fence to be built at Bulgaria’s border with Turkey.

Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit / Will an agreement be reached on a new migration and asylum system? / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia / Se va ajunge la un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil? km-HotNews.ro-RO: Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit / Will an agreement be reached on a new migration and asylum system? / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia / Se va ajunge la un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil?Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit / Will an agreement be reached on a new migration and asylum system? / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia / Se va ajunge la un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil? date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit. Reuters: Agreement on new migration and asylum system, difficult to achieve before 2024 European elections / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia. Reuters: Un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil, greu de obţinut înaintea alegerilor europene din 2024 km-news.ro-RO: Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit. Reuters: Agreement on new migration and asylum system, difficult to achieve before 2024 European elections / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia. Reuters: Un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil, greu de obţinut înaintea alegerilor europene din 2024Fences protect Europe, Viktor Orbán says ahead of EU migration summit. Reuters: Agreement on new migration and asylum system, difficult to achieve before 2024 European elections / Gardurile protejează Europa, afirmă Viktor Orban înaintea summitului UE privind migraţia. Reuters: Un acord privind un nou sistem pentru migraţie şi azil, greu de obţinut înaintea alegerilor europene din 2024 info: by Luana Păvălucă date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Viktor Orbán asks for EU money to build border fences. Possible effects on Romania's Schengen integration / Viktor Orban cere bani de la UE ca să ridice garduri la frontiere. Eventualele efecte asupra aderării României la Schengen km-Realitatea.net-RO: Viktor Orbán asks for EU money to build border fences. Possible effects on Romania's Schengen integration / Viktor Orban cere bani de la UE ca să ridice garduri la frontiere. Eventualele efecte asupra aderării României la SchengenViktor Orbán asks for EU money to build border fences. Possible effects on Romania's Schengen integration / Viktor Orban cere bani de la UE ca să ridice garduri la frontiere. Eventualele efecte asupra aderării României la Schengen info: by REALITATEA.NET date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Eight EU states call for stricter protection of outer borders

[Slovakia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, February 8, 2023 4:38:00 AM CET

News website cas.sk reports on a letter by leaders from Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Lihuania, Latvia, Malta, Austria and Slovakia addressed to President von der Leyen and President of the European Council Michel, in which they call for stricter protection of the outer borders, more finances from the EU budget for this agenda and an extension of mandate for Frontex. According to what the website calls an unusual coalition, the Commission should propose a complex EU-wide approach applying to all relevant migratory routes to Europe. The issue of illegal migration is planned to be discussed at the extraordinary EU summit in Brussels this week.

Eight countries joined forces, Slovakia joined as well: What they want to achieve? / Osem krajín spojilo sily, pridalo sa i Slovensko: Čo chcú dosiahnuť? km-cas.sk-SK: Eight countries joined forces, Slovakia joined as well: What they want to achieve? / Osem krajín spojilo sily, pridalo sa i Slovensko: Čo chcú dosiahnuť?Eight countries joined forces, Slovakia joined as well: What they want to achieve? / Osem krajín spojilo sily, pridalo sa i Slovensko: Čo chcú dosiahnuť? info: by TASR date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Eight EU member states urge decisive measures to protect external borders

[Slovenia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:31:00 AM CET

Eight EU member states, led by Austria, are calling for stronger measures to protect the EU’s external borders, the faster return of migrants and the conclusion of new repatriation agreements with third countries ahead of the extraordinary EU summit this week, STA reports. “The current asylum system is broken and primarily benefits the cynical human smugglers who take advantage of the misfortune of women, men and children,” reads a letter signed by Austrian Chancellor Nehammer, the Prime Ministers of Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia, as well as the Lithuanian President. The letter, addressed to President von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, stresses that some EU member states are recording the same or more new arrivals and asylum applications than during the migration crisis in 2015 and 2016. Therefore, they call on the European Commission to present a comprehensive approach for all important migration routes. The approach is to include further strengthening of the protection of external borders, including the establishment of infrastructure and control of airspace in the area of maritime borders.

Eight EU members for decisive measures to protect the external borders / Osem članic EU za odločnejše ukrepe za varovanje zunanjih meja km-sta.si-SI: Eight EU members for decisive measures to protect the external borders / Osem članic EU za odločnejše ukrepe za varovanje zunanjih mejaEight EU members for decisive measures to protect the external borders / Osem članic EU za odločnejše ukrepe za varovanje zunanjih meja date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Libya receives first of five patrol vessels from EU

[Slovenia, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:31:00 AM CET

At a ceremony in the Italian town of Adria on Monday, the Libyan Coast Guard received the first of five patrol vessels from the EU, which will be used to limit migration, STA reports. The project, which was launched by the European Commission and is being implemented by Italy, was to a large extent financed by the Visegrád Group. The Commission announced that Commissioner Várhelyi, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani and Libyan Minister of Foreign Affairs Najla Mangoush had attended the event. At the ceremony, Commissioner Várhelyi said that the supply of vessels would strengthen cooperation between the EU, Italy and Libya. He explained that the aim of the supplies was to prevent further loss of life in the central Mediterranean, adding that the supplies should also facilitate the Libyan authorities’ fight against smuggling organisations. He especially thanked the Visegrád Group, which allocated €35 million for the needs of this project.

Libya receives first of five patrol vessels from EU / Libija od EU prejela prvo od petih patruljnih plovil km-sta.si-SI: Libya receives first of five patrol vessels from EU / Libija od EU prejela prvo od petih patruljnih plovilLibya receives first of five patrol vessels from EU / Libija od EU prejela prvo od petih patruljnih plovil date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Swedish government wants EU to force countries to take back persons deported from Europe

[Sweden, Migration]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:12:00 AM CET

Sydsvenskan reports that the Swedish government wants the EU to force several countries to take back citizens who are deported from Europe. Swedish Migration Minister Maria Malmer Stenergard commented that there are way too few people who return back home after having their asylum requests rejected, which only serve to undermine the legitimacy of the asylum system. She further said that countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, and Afghanistan are among the countries that the EU should put more pressure on. Ms Malmer Stenergard added that it is important that the EU nurtures its relations with these countries so that deportations and the returns of asylum seekers become easier.

Minister: EU should force increased returns / Ministern: EU bör tvinga fram ökat återvändande km-Sydsvenskan-SE: "Minister: EU should force increased returns / Ministern: EU bör ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

REGIONAL POLICY

Commission Representation in Greece co-organises the event “The European Union in Crete"

[Greece, Regional Policy]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:32:00 AM CET

Iefimerida.gr reports that the European Parliament Office in Greece and the Commission's Representation in Greece with the cooperation of the Region of Crete and “Europe Direct Crete” are organising the event “The European Union in Crete” on 10 February. The Press Officer of the European Parliament Office in Greece Elvira Forte will make an introductory statement on the mission of the EU in the current context. Deputy Head of the Commission's Representation in Greece Eleni Paleologou, Greek MEP Manolis Kefalogiannis (EPP) and Information and Communication Manager at Europe Direct of Crete Nikolaos Moraitakis will also address the audience. On Thursday, the European Parliament Office in Greece and the Commission Representation in Greece are co-organising a workshop for journalists from Crete on "Issues and tools of European reporting".

Commission Representation in Greece co-organises the event  “The European Union in Crete"  / Εκδήλωση : «Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση στην Κρήτη» km-iefimerida.gr-GR: Commission Representation in Greece co-organises the event “The European Union in Crete" / Εκδήλωση : «Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση στην Κρήτη»Commission Representation in Greece co-organises the event  “The European Union in Crete"  / Εκδήλωση : «Η Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση στην Κρήτη» date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Romania absorbed €26 billion in EU funds during 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework

[Romania, Regional Policy]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:59:00 AM CET

România Actualităţi radio station reports that Romania absorbed €26 billion European funds during the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020, representing 74% of the corresponding allocation, according to Romanian Minister of Investments and European Projects Marcel Boloş. He has pointed out that the institution he coordinates has committed to taking the absorption rate as close to 100% as possible, but under no circumstance below 95%. €184 million statements of expenditures were sent for certification and reimbursement and more than 600 contracts were signed last month.

Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Radiojurnal..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

RESEARCH, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

Commissioner Gabriel participates in European Start-up Village Alliance establishment ceremony

[Bulgaria, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:12:00 AM CET

Commissioner Gabriel took part in the signing ceremony of the Memorandum for the establishment of the European Start-up Village Alliance in Vilnius on Tuesday, the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria reported, as cited by Focus News Agency. The Alliance is the first of its kind and aims to bring together scientists, innovators, investors, and local authorities to develop the innovation potential of the regions. "Rural areas represent over 80% of the EU's territory and 30% of the population. We want the challenges they face to be turned into opportunities—to develop start-ups and innovation, to attract young talent, to connect regional innovation ecosystems. Key to this are good infrastructure, investment in skills, and access to education and services," said Commissioner Gabriel.

Mariya Gabriel: Innovation provides opportunities for rural development / Мария Габриел: Иновациите дават възможности за развитие и на селските региони km-Focus-News.net-BG: Mariya Gabriel: Innovation provides opportunities for rural development / Мария Габриел: Иновациите дават възможности за развитие и на селските региониMariya Gabriel: Innovation provides opportunities for rural development / Мария Габриел: Иновациите дават възможности за развитие и на селските региони date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Lithuanian President meets with Commissioner Gabriel

[Lithuania, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report that Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda met with Commissioner Gabriel. Nausėda emphasised Lithuania’s goal to become an innovation hub in the Nordic and Baltic regions and discussed steps towards Lithuania’s greater involvement in European Union research and innovation initiatives and programmes. The meeting discussed the implementation of Lithuania’s RRF plan in the fields of science, innovation, education, and culture. The President and Commissioner Gabriel also discussed support for Ukraine’s freedom struggle and welcomed the Commission’s support for the country’s scientists.

European Commissioner for Culture and Research visits Lithuania / Lietuvoje lankosi už kultūrą ir mokslinius tyrimus atsakinga eurokomisarė km-15min.lt-LT: European Commissioner for Culture and Research visits Lithuania / Lietuvoje lankosi už kultūrą ir mokslinius tyrimus atsakinga eurokomisarėEuropean Commissioner for Culture and Research visits Lithuania / Lietuvoje lankosi už kultūrą ir mokslinius tyrimus atsakinga eurokomisarė date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

In a meeting with Commissioner Gabriel, Lithuanian President emphasised Lithuania's goal of becoming an innovation hub for the Nordic and Baltic region / Susitikime su eurokomisare M. Gabriel prezidentas pabrėžė Lietuvos tikslą tapti Šiaurės ir Baltijos regiono inovacijų centru km-lrytas.lt-LT: In a meeting with Commissioner Gabriel, Lithuanian President emphasised Lithuania's goal of becoming an innovation hub for the Nordic and Baltic region / Susitikime su eurokomisare M. Gabriel prezidentas pabrėžė Lietuvos tikslą tapti Šiaurės ir Baltijos regiono inovacijų centruIn a meeting with Commissioner Gabriel, Lithuanian President emphasised Lithuania's goal of becoming an innovation hub for the Nordic and Baltic region / Susitikime su eurokomisare M. Gabriel prezidentas pabrėžė Lietuvos tikslą tapti Šiaurės ir Baltijos regiono inovacijų centru info: by Lrytas.lt Feb 7 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

INESC TEC researchers will lead a project to develop 6G with the support of European funds

[Portugal, Research, Science and Innovation]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:18:00 AM CET

Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) researchers will lead a project to develop 6G with the support of European funds, dn.pt reports. According to the Portuguese institute, the TERRAMETA project, with €6.3 million in funding from the Commission, brings together 12 European partners in the research of innovative technologies for 6G and in supporting the digital transition process of the Portuguese business ecosystem through the demonstration of “THz reconfigurable smart surfaces.” INESC TEC researcher Luís Pessoa explained that the project “aims to demonstrate the feasibility of high-speed wireless networks supported by reconfigurable smart surfaces, exploring frequencies between 100 GHz and 300 GHz, which is completely aligned with the trends identified for 6G.”

Porto researchers lead a project to develop technologies for 6G / Investigadores do Porto lideram projeto para desenvolver tecnologias para 6G km-dn.pt-PT: Porto researchers lead a project to develop technologies for 6G / Investigadores do Porto lideram projeto para desenvolver tecnologias para 6GPorto researchers lead a project to develop technologies for 6G / Investigadores do Porto lideram projeto para desenvolver tecnologias para 6G date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

RULE OF LAW AND CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

European Commission deducts €360 million from Poland’s EU funds for CJEU fine

[Bulgaria, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:19:00 AM CET

The European Commission had deducted from the EU funds due to Poland €360 million as payment for the fine imposed on Warsaw by the CJEU for deviations from the rule of law, Commissioner Reynders announced before the European Parliament's LIBE committee on Monday, as cited by Dnevnik. The Commission had been forced to make the deduction because Poland had refused to pay its fine. "In Poland, we are facing systematic deviations from the rule of law," he said, adding that Warsaw was questioning the supremacy of EU law over national law, which was forcing the Commission to apply various instruments to force the authorities to comply with EU legislation.

Poland paid 360m euros for the construction of a new gas pipeline. EU fine, Brussels will not pay it from EU funds / Полша плати 360 млн. евро глоба на ЕС, Брюксел няма да й плаща от еврофондовете km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: Poland paid 360m euros for the construction of a new gas pipeline. EU fine, Brussels will not pay it from EU funds / Полша плати 360 млн. евро глоба на ЕС, Брюксел няма да й плаща от еврофондоветеPoland paid 360m euros for the construction of a new gas pipeline. EU fine, Brussels will not pay it from EU funds / Полша плати 360 млн. евро глоба на ЕС, Брюксел няма да й плаща от еврофондовете info: by Йовка Димитрова date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Warsaw is trying to convince the European Commission that it is bringing the judiciary back into line with EU law

[Germany, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:09:00 AM CET

A close race between the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the conservative-liberal opposition around the former President of the European Council Tusk is likely in Poland’s parliamentary elections in autumn, "and certainly a mudslinging match", Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. Whether the current government can get enough or any money from the EU is one of the key questions hanging over the election campaign. Currently, €36 billion from the NextGenerationEU Fund are blocked. Warsaw is trying to convince the European Commission that it is bringing the judiciary back into line with EU law by amending its laws. Polish lawyers who advocate independent courts consider all these attempts insufficient. Meanwhile, the different political camps are accusing each other of blocking the disbursement of the money.

Vice-President Jourová's post following meeting with Greek Minister of State Gerapetritis

[Greece, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:06:00 AM CET

A couple of media outlets report that Vice-President Jourová sent a strict message to the Greek government that the Commission holds accountable for the interceptions scandal and the freedom of the Press. Vice-President Jourová made a post concerning her meeting in Brussels with Greek minister of state Georgios Gerapetritis, mentioning that they discussed Greek recommendations on the 3rd Rule of Law Report, as well as legislative reforms on fake news and surveillance, Efimerida ton Syntakton notes. “In the EU journalists must be protected against the use of spyware and media freedom safeguarded”, Vice-President Jourová added, according to Efimerida ton Syntakton and Avgi. Avgi comments that Vice-President Jourová “did not mince her words” during the meeting. In an opinion article, Ta Nea comments that Vice-President Jourová posted two photographs from the meeting which the Greek main opposition interpreted as Vice-President Jourová’s negative stance towards Mr Gerapetritis.

Μήνυμα km-Avghi-GR: "Μήνυμα..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

EU message / Μήνυμα Ε.Ε. km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "EU message / Μήνυμα Ε.Ε...." page: 7 info: by GIANNIS BASKAKIS date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Opinion: Faces of the day / Opinion: Τα πρόσωπα της ημέρας km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Opinion: Faces of the day / Opinion: Τα πρόσωπα της ..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Reynders: if the rule of law ceases to exist, the European Union ceases to exist

[Hungary, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:25:00 AM CET

Hungarian media outlets give wide coverage of the Cities for the Rule of Law conference in Brussels on Tuesday, focusing on the statements of Commissioner Reynders, Mayor of Budapest Gergely Karácsony and MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens). Portfolio.hu, 24.hu report Commissioner Reynders as saying that democracy, the rule of law, equality and fundamental rights form the basis of the EU, and this is why their protection by all, from government to civil society, is so important. He said if the rule of law ceases to exist, the European Union ceases to exist. Guaranteeing the rule of law and justice based on shared values is the cornerstone of trust between member states. The rule of law is non-negotiable, it cannot fall victim to political compromise. The European Commission has tools to protect the rule of law, e.g. via the annual rule-of-law report, which provides recommendations for member states and serves as the basis of a dialogue with each country about how to improve the rule-of-law situation; if the rule of law is under attack, firm action is needed in the form of procedures against the member state, applying the conditionality mechanism. Portfolio.hu, 24.hu and Magyar Nemzet report him as saying that the Commission administers procedures and suspensions to ensure that the interests of the final beneficiaries are not harmed. 24.hu and Magyar Nemzet report Mayor Karácsony as saying that the rule of law is a question of life and death; currently, Hungary falls very short of the expectations for EU candidate membership; maintaining democracy or the rule of law is not a one-way process, it may be turned back, leading to a weakening of the core values; and the EU’s tools aimed to protect the rule of law are weak, their application is slow, which has contributed to the emergence of a “hybrid regime” within the EU. MEP Delbos-Corfield is reported by index.hu, 24.hu, Magyar Nemzet and Népszava as saying that the political developments in Hungary are worrying, not only because of the corruption and the state of democracy but also because Hungarian government agencies have been known for years to leak information to Russia, therefore Hungary represents danger to the EU. She said misinformation and manipulation by ruling Fidesz party have gained enormous ground; the EU is belated in responding to all these, and it is hard to believe that the process in Hungary can be turned back.

Karácsony speaks in Brussels about Hungarian rule of law / Karácsony Brüsszelben beszélt a magyar jogállamról km-24.hu-HU: Karácsony speaks in Brussels about Hungarian rule of law / Karácsony Brüsszelben beszélt a magyar jogállamrólKarácsony speaks in Brussels about Hungarian rule of law / Karácsony Brüsszelben beszélt a magyar jogállamról date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

EU politician: Hungarian secret services leaking information to Russia for years / Uniós politikus: A magyar titkosszolgálatok már évek óta szivárogtatnak az oroszoknak km-index.hu-HU: EU politician: Hungarian secret services leaking information to Russia for years / Uniós politikus: A magyar titkosszolgálatok már évek óta szivárogtatnak az oroszoknakEU politician: Hungarian secret services leaking information to Russia for years / Uniós politikus: A magyar titkosszolgálatok már évek óta szivárogtatnak az oroszoknak info: by Bereznay István date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Magyarország konkrét veszélyt jelent az Európai Unió számára, mondta Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield km-KlubRadio-HU: "Magyarország konkrét veszélyt jelent az Európai Unió számára, mondta Gwendoline ..." info: 2023-02-07 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM CET View this media item

Karácsony on same platform as Hungary's enemies / Karácsony egy platformon hazánk ellenségeivel km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Karácsony on same platform as Hungary's enemies / Karácsony egy ..." page: 1,3 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

"Hungarian agencies leak information to Russia" / „A magyar szakszolgálatok az oroszoknak szivárogtatnak” km-Nepszava-HU: ""Hungarian agencies leak information to Russia" / „A magyar szakszolgálatok ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Hungary receives tough message: if rule of law ceases to exist, European Union ceases to exist / Kőkemény üzenetet kapott Magyarország: ha a jogállam megszűnik, az Európai Unió szűnik meg km-portfolio.hu-HU: Hungary receives tough message: if rule of law ceases to exist, European Union ceases to exist / Kőkemény üzenetet kapott Magyarország: ha a jogállam megszűnik, az Európai Unió szűnik megHungary receives tough message: if rule of law ceases to exist, European Union ceases to exist / Kőkemény üzenetet kapott Magyarország: ha a jogállam megszűnik, az Európai Unió szűnik meg info: by MTI 2023. február 07. 16:30 date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Commissioner Reynders said on behalf of President von der Leyen that Poland has not dispelled doubts about the independence of KRS

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:21:00 AM CET

Rp.pl and TVN24.pl cite Commissioner Reynders as having written on behalf of President von der Leyen that in the opinion of the European Commission, Poland has not dispelled serious doubts about the independence of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS). He added that Poland will have to prove that the reforms of the judiciary system have been implemented before the Commission makes any payments within the frames of the National Recovery Plan (KPO). “There are no doubts that the EU must protect the rule of law if it is to stand for justice and fundamental values of the EU. President von der Leyen stressed on several occasions, also before the European Parliament, that the rule of law is the foundation of our EU”, wrote Commissioner Reynders. He formulated this reply in response to a letter published on Tuesday by the Polish Judges Association “IUSTITIA”. It was addresses to heads of the associations of judges who raised doubts about a further functioning of KRS. Rp.pl notes that the letter of Commissioner Reynders shows a huge discrepancy between the Polish government and the European Commission’s approach to solving the rule of law issues in Poland. His words question Minister for European Affairs Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk’s interpretation that an informal agreement made with the College of Commissioners is more important than the execution of KPO’s milestones.Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and Gazeta Polska Codziennie report that today, the Sejm will work on the Senate’s amendments to the Supreme Court Act which aims to fulfil the agreement with the Commission on the reform of the Polish judiciary. The Law and Justice (PiS) members say that the Sejm will reject all 14 amendments introduced by the Senate to the Act. Minister from President Duda’s office Małgorzata Paprocka is also critical about the Senate’s amendments. Nevertheless, it is not certain if President Duda signs the Act to be referred to him by the Sejm. The President’s Palace assures that President Duda will make this decision quickly.

KPO is testing coalition again / KPO znów testuje koalicję km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "KPO is testing coalition again / KPO znów testuje koalicję..." page: 1 info: by Grzegorz Osiecki date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

The Senate's amendments will be rejected / Poprawki Senatu zostaną odrzucone km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "The Senate's amendments will be rejected / Poprawki Senatu zostaną ..." page: 5 info: by Adrian Siwek date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Government has a problem. European Commission differently interprets agreements on KPO payments / Rząd ma problem. KE inaczej rozumie uzgodnienia ws. wypłaty z KPO km-rp.pl-PL: Government has a problem. European Commission differently interprets agreements on KPO payments / Rząd ma problem. KE inaczej rozumie uzgodnienia ws. wypłaty z KPOGovernment has a problem. European Commission differently interprets agreements on KPO payments / Rząd ma problem. KE inaczej rozumie uzgodnienia ws. wypłaty z KPO info: by DGK date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Commissioner Reynders: Before money is transfered, Poland will have to prove that reforms have been implemented / Unijny komisarz: zanim popłyną pieniądze, Polska będzie musiała wykazać, że reformy zostały zrealizowane km-Tvn24.pl-PL: Commissioner Reynders: Before money is transfered, Poland will have to prove that reforms have been implemented / Unijny komisarz: zanim popłyną pieniądze, Polska będzie musiała wykazać, że reformy zostały zrealizowaneCommissioner Reynders: Before money is transfered, Poland will have to prove that reforms have been implemented / Unijny komisarz: zanim popłyną pieniądze, Polska będzie musiała wykazać, że reformy zostały zrealizowane date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

Commissioner Ferreira to arrive in Warsaw for the official inauguration of the Polish Cohesion Policy programmes

[Poland, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:11:00 AM CET

Gazeta Wyborcza reports that on Wednesday, Commissioner Elisa Ferreira arrives in Warsaw for the official inauguration of the Polish Operational Programmes within the frames of the Cohesion Policy. Their value amounts to €76.5 billion to be invested by the end of 2029. Nevertheless, there is one important matter related to cohesion funds for Poland – the Charter of Fundamental Rights. The Commission stressed in autumn 2022 that Poland did not present specific solutions for monitoring whether and how the Charter would be observed in the implementation of the Cohesion Policy. This includes the rights of LGBT+ community and the so-called zones free of LGBT+. Poland asserts that it fulfils all the pertaining requirements but the Commission does not grant those explanations. “For the time being, even if Poland presented invoices, the Commission would not be able to effect such payments”, said Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker.

Cohesion funds finally for Poland? / Fundusze spójności w końcu dla Polski? km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Cohesion funds finally for Poland? / Fundusze spójności w końcu ..." page: 11 info: by Tomasz Bielecki date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

€76.5 billion in EU funds - will Poland finally receive it? / 76,5 mld euro unijnych funduszy - czy Polska je w końcu dostanie i jaki musi spełnić warunek? km-wyborcza.pl-PL: €76.5 billion in EU funds - will Poland finally receive it? / 76,5 mld euro unijnych funduszy - czy Polska je w końcu dostanie i jaki musi spełnić warunek?€76.5 billion in EU funds - will Poland finally receive it? / 76,5 mld euro unijnych funduszy - czy Polska je w końcu dostanie i jaki musi spełnić warunek? info: by Tomasz Bielecki date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

SOCIAL AFFAIRS, SKILLS AND LABOUR MOBILITY

Pensions: why France should not imitate its neighbours

[France, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour mobility]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:16:00 AM CET

L’Humanité reviews and criticises pensions reforms in other European countries, noting that they have increased precarity and decreased retirement time spent in good health. In several EU countries legal retirement age reached 65 or 67 years old, yet the life expectancy in good health in the EU is set at 64 years. In Germany, this has led to “hundreds of thousands of senior citizens being sucked below the poverty line,” forced to live on the streets or to take “small jobs” to make ends meet. In the EU, 16.5% of people over 65 are at risk of poverty, compared to 10.9% in France. As several trade unions from other EU countries took part in the demonstrations in France, Belgian trade unionist Lahouari commented that "this is a European fight. The EU is becoming more and more liberal. For the past fifteen years, it has tried to take back social gains."In an analysis published in Le Monde, economist and former European Commission adviser Pierre Buigues writes that the ageing of the population in Europe has favoured an increase in the rate of employment of senior citizens, but with considerable differences between the north and the south of the EU. The employment rate of senior workers (aged 55-64) in the EU has increased from 43.6% in 2010 to 60.5% in 2021, but Europe is “cut in two”, with a much higher rate of senior workers in northern member states than in the south. In practice, he explains, the legal retirement age - 65 on average in the EU - is often different from the real retirement age, as several exceptions are accepted. This is an issue because it is the real retirement age that determines the total spending for pensions within the GDP. Without a sharp increase of senior workers, the economic gap between southern and northern Europe will keep growing, he concludes.

Pensions: why France should not imitate its neighbours / Retraite : pourquoi la France ne doit pas imiter ses voisins km-Humanite-FR: "Pensions: why France should not imitate its neighbours / Retraite ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Gaël De Santis date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Employment rate of senior citizens cuts Europe in two / Pierre Buigues Le taux d'emploi des seniors coupe l'Europe en deux km-Monde-FR: "Employment rate of senior citizens cuts Europe in two / ..." page: 25 info: by Pierre Buiges date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

TAXATION

Cypriot finance ministry prepares tax deductions bill

[Cyprus, Taxation]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:20:00 AM CET

Philenews.com reports that up to 50% of the taxable income of a natural person who invests in a small or medium-sized social enterprise will be deducted from the tax, in the context of  tax incentives granted by the state to support the institution of social enterprises. According to the draft bill prepared by the Cypriot finance ministry, tax breaks will be granted to natural persons for expenses incurred for the venture capital investment towards small and medium-sized social enterprises. Yesterday, the ministry put up the law' draft for public consultation, for which the stakeholders will be able to submit their opinions until February 24. The bill has been notified to the Commission.

Cypriot finance ministry prepares tax deductions bill  / Φορολογικές εκπτώσεις μέχρι 50% για κοινωνικές επιχειρήσεις km-Philenews.com-CY: "Cypriot finance ministry prepares tax deductions bill / Φορολογικές εκπτώσεις ..." date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

TRADE

A record trade deficit for France

[France, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

Le Monde reports that the trade deficit in France nearly doubled in 2022 to reach €164 billion due to the surge in the prices of gas, oil, and raw materials. The rise in prices led to a 29% increase in imports, while exports only increased by 18%. The rise in the energy bill, which went from €45 billion in 2021 to €115 billion in 2022, accounted for over 80% of the worsening of the deficit. The weakness of the euro against the dollar also played a role, as the euro lost 11% against the dollar in 2022. The current situation is not specific to France, as other countries are facing similar issues due to the Covid-19 crisis, shortages of materials, and supply difficulties.

France suffers its worst ever trade deficit in 2022 / La France essuie le pire déficit commercial de son histoire en 2022 km-Echos-FR: "France suffers its worst ever trade deficit in 2022 / ..." page: 2 info: by Nathalie Silbert date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

A record trade deficit for France / Le déficit commercial de la France bat des records km-Monde-FR: "A record trade deficit for France / Le déficit commercial ..." page: 1,12 info: by Béatrice Madeline date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

Lula urges Macron to support the EU-Mercosur agreement

[France, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-FR Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:23:00 AM CET

L’Opinion reports that Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, back in the presidency since 1 January, considers it "urgent and highly essential" to first finalise the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement concluded in June 2019. After initially welcoming the agreement, President Macron had quickly reversed his position. Since then, the issue has been frozen in Brussels. With more than 1,100 businesses, France is the third-largest direct foreign investor in the country. President Lula intends to seize the opportunity of an unprecedented summit on Amazonia in May. French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna will be in Brazil on 8 and 9 February 2023 where the EU-Mercosur agreement will inevitably be raised. “There is one issue that is absolutely imperative for us, which is that of taking into account a certain number of regulatory agreements on the environmental level,” French diplomatic sources say.

Lula urges Macron to support the EU-Mercosur agreement / Lula presse Macron de soutenir l'accord UE-Mercosur km-Opinion-FR: "Lula urges Macron to support the EU-Mercosur agreement / Lula ..." page: 6 info: by Gilles Sengès date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Certificates from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) are partly sold for money laundering purposes

[Germany, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:31:00 AM CET

Certificates from the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) are partly sold for money laundering purposes, a Europe-wide study commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has shown, Handelsblatt reports. "With rising certificate prices, the attractiveness of the EU ETS for money laundering is also growing," Professor Kai Bussmann (University of Halle-Wittenberg) explained. He rated the risks of money laundering in the ETS as considerable. Throughout the study’s investigation period of two years, over 3,300 cases "giving rise to a suspicion of money laundering" were discovered. But Bussmann believes that the true number is probably much higher, as not all suspicious transactions are noted or admitted. The risks of money laundering are "relatively evenly distributed" across all EU member states, Bussmann elaborated. Germany is no exception.

On the European Emissions Trading System: Laundering money with pollution rights / Geldwäsche mit Verschmutzungsrechten km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On the European Emissions Trading System: Laundering money with pollution ..." page: 34-35 date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

A planned EU regulation plunges Germany's trading companies into a dilemma

[Germany, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:32:00 AM CET

A planned EU regulation plunges Germany's trading companies into a dilemma, Die Welt informs. It is about the construction of charging stations for electric cars in parking lots, for example in supermarkets or hardware stores. Many dealers have now installed charging points there because this is an attractive additional offer for their customers, but the European Commission now wants to significantly accelerate the expansion. The planned regulation is part of a new EU Building Efficiency Directive, which will be discussed in the responsible committee of the European Parliament this week. It contains twelve specifications for charging points and for the pre-wiring of parking spaces in parking areas of so-called non-residential buildings.

Expensive compulsion to charge a charging station / Teurer Zwang zur Ladesäule km-Welt-DE: "Expensive compulsion to charge a charging station / Teurer Zwang ..." page: 11 info: by Carsten Dierig | Daniel Zwick date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Former Prime Minister Major calls for compromise on Northern Ireland protocol

[Ireland, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:20:00 AM CET

The Irish Times covers calls from former Prime Minister Major for all sides in the Northern Ireland protocol dispute to "compromise" in order to restore the province's devolved government. He said: "A statesmanlike response would be to recognise that nobody is going to get everything they wish, but to accept compromise in the interest of returning democratic government to Northern Ireland." He was heavily critical of the protocol and its handling by the UK government, describing it as a "mess" and "very poorly negotiated." He added that he was "baffled as to how we could have reached a situation where that protocol was accepted. One minister, I think, said the UK signed the protocol on the basis it would be reformed. That must be the first agreement in recorded history in which it was signed by people who decided it was useless in the first place."

Former British prime minister Major calls for compromise on NI protocol / Former British prime minister Major calls for compromise on NI protocol km-Irish-Times-IE: "Former British prime minister Major calls for compromise on NI ..." page: 2 info: by Freya McClements date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

Another "Brexit fix" looms for North, but can this one make it over the line?

[Ireland, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:22:00 AM CET

The Irish Independent's John Downing discusses Prime Minister Sunak's likely response to the "draft Brexit deal" that has reputedly been agreed. Downing writes that Vice-President Šefčovič "has signalled the mood is very good and both sides are working closely together - though much work remains to be done."

Another 'Brexit fix' looms for North, but can this one make it over the line? / Another 'Brexit fix' looms for North, but can this one make it over the line? km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Another 'Brexit fix' looms for North, but can this one ..." page: 18 info: by John Downing date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023View this media item

American display of power puts ASML and the Netherlands in a tight spot (opinion)

[Netherlands, Trade]

Source country km-DNS-NL Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:59:00 AM CET

In a column for nrc.nl, political scientist Luuk van Middelaar comments on the tensions between the Netherlands and the US over the export of chip machines made by Dutch company ASML to China. ASML was high on the agenda during the White House visit by Prime Minister Rutte and Minister Hoekstra last month. Perhaps President Biden charmingly played the alliance card. But at the official level, Washington did not shy away from flexing its muscles. The Dutch and Japanese negotiators were reminded of the new options that the US recently gave itself to unilaterally block the export of ASML and Tokyo Electron to China under the Foreign Direct Product Rule. It would be good to discuss whether the Netherlands should fully participate in the American defense of the free West against the authoritarian evil from Beijing, but not this way. There is not even room for the normative and democratic conversation now, because Washington calls the shots.

American display of power puts ASML and the Netherlands in a tight spot / Column | Amerikaans machtsvertoon zet ASML en Nederland klem km-nrc.nl-NL: "American display of power puts ASML and the Netherlands in ..." date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 View this media item

TRANSPORT

Interview with MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg on cycling as transportation: "Changing mobility in everyday life"

[Germany, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:32:00 AM CET

In an interview on taz.de, MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg (Greens/EFA) stresses that with the recommendation of the Transportation Committee of the European Parliament "bicycle industry is recognised as a large sector of the economy." Bicycle transport is significant for the Green Deal and the transformation of transport. There is a wish to develop a Europe-wide bicycle strategy by 2030, by which time the distance travelled by bicycle should double, and the bike should become a full-fledged means of transportation. There is a hope to "change the mobility in everyday life of the people in cities," MEP Deparnay-Grunenberg underscores. To promote cycling, good practices from the Danish and Dutch cities will be taken, and guidelines will be established. Also, to the same aim, 2024 will be proclaimed the year of riding bikes.

Interview with MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg on cycling as transportation: "Changing mobility in everyday life" / EU widmet sich dem Radverkehr : „Die Mobilität im Alltag verändern“ km-taz.de-DE: Interview with MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg on cycling as transportation: "Changing mobility in everyday life" / EU widmet sich dem Radverkehr : „Die Mobilität im Alltag verändern“Interview with MEP Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg on cycling as transportation: "Changing mobility in everyday life" / EU widmet sich dem Radverkehr : „Die Mobilität im Alltag verändern“ info: by Edith Kresta date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023View this media item

Dublin Airport drone disruption: new plan for rogue drones at Irish airports will not be in place until at least 2025

[Ireland, Transport]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, February 8, 2023 6:23:00 AM CET

It could be the end of 2025 before European recommendations on how to deal with drone incursions at airports are implemented in Ireland and Aer Lingus has said a new Irish Aviation Authority safety plan needs to be brought into force immediately, the Irish Independent website reports. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency published guidelines in 2021 advising airports on a structured approach to tackling unauthorised drone activity in their vicinities.

Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025 / Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025 km-independent.ie-IE: Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025 / Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025 / Dublin Airport drone disruption: New plan for rogue drones at Irish airports won''t be in place until at least 2025 info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023 View this media item

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