AGRICULTURE

EU citizens have not heard of the Common Agricultural Policy

[Germany, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:44:00 AM CEST

There is a great deal of ignorance on the topic of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in Europe, Die Zeit reports. When asked about EU support for farmers within the framework of the CAP, 27% of EU citizens say they have never heard of it. There is a huge gap between the importance of the political issue and the interest of citizens in it. Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner praises the latest CAP reform as a "system change." The EU is now negotiating the final details of the "green architecture." Top representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council will work on reforms to tighten the agricultural policy for the next seven years.

On Common agricultural policy: Billions are hiding here / Hier verstecken sich Milliarden km-Zeit-DE: "On Common agricultural policy: Billions are hiding here / Hier ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Small farmers in Latvia to receive €3 million in state aid

[Latvia, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Delfi reports that in 2021, small farmers in Latvia will receive a one-time state aid of up to 40% of the approved amount of European Union direct payments. The Latvian government has approved the regulations on the procedure for granting state aid. The one-off aid will be in addition to the support for EU direct payments if the amount of EU direct payments to the farmer for 2020 is at least €100 but not more than €1,200. The farmer will be able to receive a maximum of €1,250 euros in total, with both the 2020 EU direct payment support and state support.

Small farmers in Latvia to receive €3 million in state aid / Mazie lauksaimnieki tiks pie valsts atbalsta trīs miljonu eiro apmērā km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Small farmers in Latvia to receive €3 million in state ..." info: by Delfi Bizness date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Article on ending the use of cages for hens

[Slovakia, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Daily Hospodárske noviny informs the readers about the pressure for farmers and producers to end the use of cages for hens. The article points out that cage eggs will be less and less available in shops in the near future as the current trend is against the use of cages. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, there is pressure from consumers who prefer eggs from free-range hens. Secondly, the daily mentions the interest of the European Commission which began to address the issue based on a citizens' initiative. Ingrid Ludviková from the European Commission Representation in Slovakia is cited noting that EU representatives expressed support for the initiative and emphasized the need for further steps towards improvement regarding animal welfare.

The end of cages is coming, the price of eggs goes up / Koniec klietok sa blíži, cena vajíčok ide nahor km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "The end of cages is coming, the price of eggs ..." page: 9 info: by Rastislav Tinák date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ANTI-FRAUD

Anti-fraud body files complaint against the Deputy Prime Minister of Romania

[Romania, ANTI-FRAUD]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets report that the Department for Anti-Fraud (DLAF), a body subordinated to the Romanian government, has filed a complaint with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) about “alleged criminal offences” committed by the consultancy firm specialised in EU-funded projects and formerly owned by Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna. He is one of the four people accused by the Department for Anti-Fraud for possible fraud with EU money, according to a report published by the magazine Newsweek Romania, Hotnews.ro reports. According to News.ro, Dan Barna yesterday said he had not been informed by DLAF about the existence of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, DNA has announced that DLAF complaints are currently being registered and that there are no suspects or defendants in this case so far, according to Mediafax.ro. Realitatea.net writes that the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Romania’s main opposition party, on Tuesday said in a statement that Mr Barna should resign “in accordance with his own integrity standards.” According to Revista22.ro, if the National Anticorruption Directorate decides to prosecute the alleged offences, then Dan Barna said he would step down from public office.

Alleged criminal offences - in the projects carried out by Dan Barna's firm / "Presupuse fapte de natură penală" -  în proiectele derulate de compania lui Dan Barna km-Bursa-Romania-RO: "Alleged criminal offences - in the projects carried out by ..." page: 1 info: by I. Ghe date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Newsweek: DLAF has filed a complaint to DNA about "alleged criminal offences" committed by Dan Barna in European money projects in which he was an expert / Newsweek: DLAF a sesizat DNA în legătură cu ”presupuse fapte de natură penală” săvârșite de Dan Barna în proiectele cu bani europeni în care a fost expert / Reacția vicepremierului km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Newsweek: DLAF has filed a complaint to DNA about "alleged ..." info: by Redactia HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dan Barna: I have no information about the existence of any offence imputed to me by DLAF / Dan Barna: Nu am nicio informaţie despre existenţa vreunei fapte care să îmi fie imputată de DLAF km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Dan Barna: I have no information about the existence of ..." info: by Gabriel Pecheanu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Barna scandal: DNA announces that the complaints filed by DLAF are in the registration procedure / Scandalul Barna: DNA anunţă că sesizările DLAF sunt în procedură de înregistrare, nu sunt suspecţi sau inculpaţi, iar un alt dosar penal este de 2 ani ţinut „in rem” km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Barna scandal: DNA announces that the complaints filed by DLAF ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

UPDATE Barna: So far I have no official information from DLAF regarding my involvement in complaint filed with DNA / UPDATE Barna: Până acum nu am nicio informaţie oficială de la DLAF privind implicarea mea în vreo notă de constatare care să fie trimisă la DNA / Dacă se va porni o urmărire penală împotriva mea, atunci mă voi retrage km-news.ro-RO: "UPDATE Barna: So far I have no official information from ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dan Barna's reaction to the fraud charges filed by DLAF: "I was not involved in any criminal activity before entering politics" / Reacția lui Dan Barna la acuzațiile de fruadă venite din partea DLAF: „Nu există vreo faptă penală în activitatea mea înainte de intra politică” km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Dan Barna's reaction to the fraud charges filed by DLAF: ..." info: by Iulian Budușan date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

PSD demands the resignation of Dan Barna: "He has officially entered the category of criminally prosecuted holding public office" / PSD cere DEMISIA lui Dan Barna: „A intrat oficial în categoria penalilor în funcții publice” km-Realitatea.net-RO: "PSD demands the resignation of Dan Barna: "He has officially ..." info: by REALITATEA.NET date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dan Barna, after finding out that a complaint on his name has been registered by DNA: If prosecution begins, I will step down / Dan Barna, după ce a aflat că are un dosar la DNA: Dacă va începe urmărirea penală, mă voi retrage km-revista22.ro-RO: "Dan Barna, after finding out that a complaint on his ..." info: by Laurentiu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Deputy PM Dan Barna is targeted by the Department for Anti-Fraud, which has filed a complaint to DNA about possible fraud involving EU money / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "Deputy PM Dan Barna is targeted by the Department for ..." info: Telejurnal, 2021-05-11 20:06:00, 00:01:05, by Florea Dorina date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:06:00 PM CEST

BUDGET

Could the European relaunch plan be detrimental to the Rule of Law?

[Belgium, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique reports that according to Professor Daniel Kelemen, the EU financed the erosion of democracy within the Union. This issue has haunted the EU for at least the past decade. The problem is worsening, especially with the EU preparing its €750 billion relaunch plan. The plan's magnitude is historic, as is the challenge of ensuring that the funds serve EU values. The EU has the tools to do so, but the EU member states' political will to discuss the tough Rule of Law matter and use those tools is reportedly not guaranteed. Mr Kelemen denounces that the EU always creates new tools when fundamental values are jeopardised, instead of using those already at its disposal. It could end up having a garage full of shiny tools, while the house itself is collapsing.

Could the European relaunch plan be detrimental for the Rule of Law? / Le plan de relance européen peut-il nuire à l’état de droit ? km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Could the European relaunch plan be detrimental for the Rule ..." page: 2,18-19 info: by Udrescu date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commissioner Gentiloni: EU economic measures against pandemic cost nearly $6 trillion

[Bulgaria, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

On Monday, Commissioner Gentiloni told a European Parliament committee that the recovery measures the EU is using to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis amounted to around $5.85 trillion, Focus News Agency reports. He dismissed criticism that EU institutions were not doing enough compared with President Biden's pandemic stimulus relief package worth $1.9 trillion. "If we look at it in a certain way, we could say that the US reaction was stronger, faster than the European one," Commissioner Gentiloni admitted. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis emphasised that if requests from member states proceeded as planned, the first payments to the countries on prefinancing could already be made in July and the second tranches – before the end of the year.

Commissioner Gentiloni: EU economic measures against pandemic cost nearly $6 trillion / Европейският комисар по икономиката: Икономическите мерки на ЕС срещу пандемията възлизат на близо 6 трилиона долара km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Commissioner Gentiloni: EU economic measures against pandemic cost nearly $6 ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Finnish media report on news relating to the EU's recovery package

[Finland, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Finnish media report on news items related to the European Union's recovery package. Several media report that, on Tuesday, Executive Vice President Dombrovskis tweeted to Finland's decision-makers that the European Commission's stance is that the COVID-19 recovery facility is a unique, one-off instrument that is applicable for a strict period of time. The tweet came after a discussion in the European Parliament's BUDG and ECON committee meeting on Monday where EVP Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni suggested that, if this recovery facility is successfully applied, it could become a foundation for negotiations over a similar, permanent, instrument. Helsingin Sanomat reports that the prime ministers of Greece and Spain expressed their support for future recovery packages on Monday. Ilta-Sanomat adds that in the discussion about the recovery package in the Finnish parliament on Tuesday, Petteri Orpo, head of the National Coalition Party, stated that commissioners do not decide on recovery packages – 27 member states make these decisions in their joint meetings. Suomenmaa reports that Finance Minister Matti Vanhanen said that the parliament’s word is heavier than that of single commissioners. The Constitutional Law Committee has ruled that similar instruments will in future require a two-thirds majority in the Finnish parliament. Helsingin Sanomat also publishes an editorial on the EU's recovery package. A vote on the package will take place in Finland's parliament this Wednesday. According to the author, the package is not a perfect solution and could have been designed in a better manner, but it is still worth approving. The package brings with it a change in the fundamental nature of the EU's operations. Justification for taking on joint debt has been a difficult topic and it is not necessarily a once-off solution. The arguments of those who oppose the package are thin, however. This is not just a question of debt and who is responsible for its payment; Finland benefits from EU membership and as a small nation has had much greater opportunity to influence its fate over the past 26 years than it would have done alone. According to the author, the package could become a turning point in the EU's ability to act and change direction when needed in order to respond to crises - and Finland should support this change. Maaseudun Tulevaisuus also writes an editorial on the recovery package. Finland's parliament will decide on Wednesday whether to participate in the €750 billion recovery package and approximately €1,074 billion EU budget for 2021–2027. The two packages must be accepted as a whole, but the recovery package has raised controversy. The budget is traditionally financed mainly by membership fees, but the recovery package is to be financed by joint debt. Those against the package see it as violating the EU treaty and paving the way towards a federation. Those in favour warn that rejecting it would mean unprecedented difficulties for Finland and a loss of influence in the EU. Finland's government has justified adoption of the package on the grounds that it is a one-off solution. However, several key European figures have suggested it could become a more permanent solution. Elina Pylkkänen, director of the Labour Institute for Economic Research, says there should be clear and open discussion in Finland about this possibility, as it would lead to a federation situation where authority would shift from Finnish to EU level. According to the author, Finland's politicians must gather ranks following the parliamentary vote, as unity will be necessary for future challenges, including the debate over the use of Finland's forests.

Euroopan unionin muutosta tulisi tukea km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Euroopan unionin muutosta tulisi tukea..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commission Executive Vice President clarified his stance in tweet in Finnish: For the Commission it is clear that the recovery facility is a one-off / Komission varapuheenjohtaja täsmensi kantojaan suomen­kielisessä twiitissään: Komissiolle on selvä, että elpymis­väline on kertaluontoinen km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Commission Executive Vice President clarified his stance in tweet in ..." page: 11 info: by Jenni Virtanen date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU:n elpymispaketti on kertaluonteinen, toisteltiin eduskunnassa km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "EU:n elpymispaketti on kertaluonteinen, toisteltiin eduskunnassa..." page: 16 info: by Anniina Luotonen, Tapio Pellinen STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU:n talouskomissaari julkaisi elvytyspakettia koskevan linjauksen suomeksi: ”Selvä asia” km-Kauppalehti-FI: "EU:n talouskomissaari julkaisi elvytyspakettia koskevan linjauksen suomeksi: ”Selvä asia”..." page: 15 date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Haasteet eivät lopuelpymispakettiin km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Haasteet eivät lopuelpymispakettiin..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vanhanen perussuomalaisten motiiveista: "Viesti euroerosta" km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "Vanhanen perussuomalaisten motiiveista: "Viesti euroerosta"..." info: by Santeri Lampi date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU:n talouskomissaari linjaa elvytyspaketista suomeksi: ”Selvä asia” km-Talouselama-FI: "EU:n talouskomissaari linjaa elvytyspaketista suomeksi: ”Selvä asia”..." page: 14 date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Petteri Orpo: Nyt ei äänestetä rusinoista vain pullasta km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "Petteri Orpo: Nyt ei äänestetä rusinoista vain pullasta..." info: by Suvi Hautanen date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Uutiset klo 17 km-YLE-Radio-1-FI: "Uutiset klo 17..." info: 2021-05-11 17:02:00, 17:02:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:02:00 PM CEST

Euroopan komissio peruu eilisiä puheitaan: Elvytysväline on kertaluonteinen km-yle.fi-FI: "Euroopan komissio peruu eilisiä puheitaan: Elvytysväline on kertaluonteinen..." info: by Paula Tapiola date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Executive Vice President Dombrovskis back-pedalling on permanent Recovery Fund

[Italy, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:08:00 AM CEST

Two Italian media report on the possibility for the Next Generation EU and the Recovery Fund to become a more permanent features for the EU. An editorial in Il Messaggero notes that some member states put their veto on changing the treaties and making such crucial tools permanent. However, the pandemic made it clear that, in order to survive, the EU must change and some member states (the so-called “frugal four” in particular) must show some solidarity and support cohesion. However, despite the emergency and the urgency to change, once again Executive Vice President Dombrovskis back-pedalled and stressed that the Recovery Fund was a temporary measure and that any debate over its permanent version should be postponed, an article in huffingtonpost.it stresses.

Dombrovskis back-pedalling on permanent Recovery Fund to please Helsinki's opposition / Dombrovskis si rimangia il Recovery permanente per accontentare l'opposizione di Helsinki km-huffintonpost.it-IT: "Dombrovskis back-pedalling on permanent Recovery Fund to please Helsinki's opposition ..." info: by By Claudio Paudice date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Grants for PNRR. Double lane to guarantee support for EU member states / I prestiti ai Pnrr La doppia corsia dei sostegni ai Paesi Ue km-Messaggero-IT: "Grants for PNRR. Double lane to guarantee support for EU ..." page: 1,23 info: by Francesco Grillo date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CLIMATE_ACTION

The Covid-19 pandemic both masked and revealed the ecological crisis

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

On Dewereldmorgen.be, Centre tricontinental researcher Bernard Duterme writes that the Covid-19 pandemic both masked and revealed the ecological crisis. That crisis first disappeared from the agenda because of Covid, and even worsened with reopening measures that equal a return to normality, even the revenge of productivism and consumerism. However, the pandemic also managed to mobilise people who want to restart the machine in a different, more just and ecologically sustainable manner. President von der Leyen says the Green Deal transforms an existential necessity for the planet into economic opportunities. Mr Duterme says that the ecological crisis must urgently be seen as the central issue, people must accept that the most vulnerable peoples are not necessarily those who prioritise that crisis, the ecological debt of the rich to the poor must be enforced, and the logic of a greener business as usual must be reversed.

The ecological crisis' four North-South dilemmas / De vier Noord-Zuid dilemma’s van de ecologische crisis km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "The ecological crisis' four North-South dilemmas / De vier Noord-Zuid ..." info: by Duterme date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: We have to start with CO2 extraction

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:49:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of climate goals and the planned approval of the Climate Protection Act. In a guest contribution in Handelsblatt, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek notes that the Federal Cabinet will pass the Climate Protection Act on Wednesday and the Federal Constitutional Court recently made it clear that resolute climate protection is a requirement of the Basic Law. Scientists warn that the further the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is postponed into the future, the more drastic the climate protection measures will have to become. "No matter how inconvenient, we have to listen to the science here," Minister Karliczek urges. To live and operate in a climate-neutral manner, Germany and Europe should start CO2 extraction at the latest in the next decade. This requires sufficient research and development today, the author insists.

The Coal-Krux / Die Kohle-Krux km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "The Coal-Krux / Die Kohle-Krux..." page: 1 info: by R.B date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The expensive law / Das teure Gesetz km-Handelsblatt-DE: "The expensive law / Das teure Gesetz..." page: 1,4-5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: We have to start with CO2 extraction / Wir müssen mit der CO²-Entnahme beginnen km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja ..." page: 48 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Government plans the wild twenties / Regierung plant die wilden Zwanziger km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Government plans the wild twenties / Regierung plant die wilden ..." page: 6 info: by Bernhard Pötter bpo | Malte Kreutzfeldt mkr date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

An epochal advance / Ein epochaler Fortschritt km-Tageszeitung-DE: "An epochal advance / Ein epochaler Fortschritt..." page: 16 info: by Malte Kreutzfeldt mkr date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

So fragile is the grand coalition on climate protection / So brüchig ist die große Koalition beim Klimaschutz km-Welt-DE: "So fragile is the grand coalition on climate protection / ..." page: 4 info: by N.Doll date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Climate targets stand, but the Union and the SPD are at odds / Klimaziele stehen, aber über den Weg streiten Union und SPD km-Welt-DE: "Climate targets stand, but the Union and the SPD are ..." page: 1 info: by dA date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe needs circular economy to remain competitive

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

In an interview with ZDF, President of the European Federation of Waste Management & Environmental Services (FEAD) Peter Kurth warns that if Europe achieves its ambitious climate goals and still wants to remain a competitive business location, it will not work without a circular economy. Europe must move from resource consumption to resource reuse. The European Commission recognised this in the Green Deal. President Kurth approves of the fact that more and more companies are now getting into battery recycling. Most companies show that they are technically prepared for it.

Circular Economy Expert - "Production must become more circular" / Experte für Kreislaufwirtschaft - "Die Produktion muss zirkulärer werden" km-zdf.de-DE: "Circular Economy Expert - "Production must become more circular" / ..." info: by Peter Kurth date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Deputy Mayor of Gdynia Town about the New European Bauhaus

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna interviews Deputy Mayor of Gdynia Town Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała who discusses advantages of the New European Bauhaus announced by President von der Leyen in 2020. Gdynia’s official says that the main task of this initiative is to create area for discussion, which would involve many different stakeholders and experts and most of all citizens. Ms Gruszecka-Spychała stresses that habits and the way of thinking about life should be revolutionised in order to quickly rescue the planet against climate change and environmental damage. Transforming a city in line with the New European Bauhaus improves standards of the citizens life because a well and comprehensively designed city is a good place to live in. Gdynia Town has followed this idea for a few years already and its effects can already be noticed.

New European Bauhaus / Nowy Europejski Bauhaus km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "New European Bauhaus / Nowy Europejski Bauhaus..." page: 4 info: by brak date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

COMMUNICATION

Upgraded Europe Direct Information Centre in Larnaca launched operations on 1 May

[Cyprus, COMMUNICATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:19:00 AM CEST

Haravgi features an informative article on the Europe Direct Information Centre in Larnaca, which has been upgraded and launched operations on 1 May, as part of a network of 424 new-generation information centres that operate across the EU. Europe Direct Larnaca operates under the auspices of the Larnaca Municipality and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and covers the districts of both Larnaca and Famagusta. It offers substantiated information on European matters and seeks to cooperate with citizens for the state and future of the EU. The new-generation centres seek to promote the active involvement of EU citizens in public affairs and ensure easier access to information at the local level.

Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης Europe Direct νέας γενιάς στη Λάρνακα km-Haravgi-CY: "Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης Europe Direct νέας γενιάς στη Λάρνακα..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

COMPETITION

The EU proposes a deal on competition to London

[Belgium, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

L'Echo reports that, on Tuesday, the European Commission proposed to launch negotiations on an EU-UK Competition Cooperation Agreement. It would entail conditions to exchange confidential information on issues related to competition and companies' mergers and acquisitions. Member states must now greenlight the start of the negotiations.

The EU proposes a deal on competition to London / L’UE propose à Londres un accord sur la concurrence km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The EU proposes a deal on competition to London / ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Axepta BNP Paribas takes over part of Ingenico's in-store activities in Belgium

[Belgium, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Lesoir.be mentions that Axepta BNP Paribas Benelux, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas Fortis, and Worldline have signed an agreement: Axepta will take over part of Ingenico's in-store activities in Belgium, and of Worldline in Belgium and Luxembourg. With this acquisition, the company will become the second-largest in the payment services market in Belgium. The European Commission and the National Bank of Belgium still have to approve the takeover. The selling of Ingenico's Belgian activities follows a decision by the Commission, based on the EU Merger Regulation, made when Ingenico was purchased by Worldline last year.

Axepta BNP Paribas takes over part of Ingenico's in-store activities in Belgium / Axepta BNP Paribas reprend une partie des activités in-store d'Ingenico en Belgique km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "Axepta BNP Paribas takes over part of Ingenico's in-store activities ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ryanair stands against the European Commission's decision on allowing state aid to Croatia Airlines

[Croatia, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Ryanair has made an appeal to the Court of Justice of the EU, regarding the European Commission's decision to state aid to Croatia Airlines (CA), Jutarnji list and Index write. In December last year, the Commission allowed the Croatian government to compensate CA’s losses, caused by the pandemic and travel restrictions, with €11.7 million in state aid. In its appeal, Ryanair stated, among other things, that the Commission had violated specific provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

Croatia Airlines receives 11m euros in aid, Ryanair appeals in EU court / Croatia Airlines dobio 11 milijuna eura pomoći, Ryanair podnio žalbu na EU sudu km-Index.hr-HR: "Croatia Airlines receives 11m euros in aid, Ryanair appeals in ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ryanair rises up against decision / Ryanair ustao protiv odluke km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Ryanair rises up against decision / Ryanair ustao protiv odluke..." page: 16 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

While economy needs help, government should stay out of airline business

[Germany, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:53:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of government involvement in airlines and how that affects competition.In a commentary in Die Zeit, Claas Tatje emphasises that airlines should not be nationalised. The Federal Government intervened to save Lufthansa in the Covid-19 crisis. Last week, staff representatives of German airlines wrote to Chancellor Merkel, ministers and the European Commission. They said that Lufthansa and other state-supported airlines such as TUI-fly were torpedoing their collective agreements. Politicians in Brussels and Berlin should do something for climate protection in a controlling way, but without intervening in the business of airlines. A CO2 price that encourages people to use less fuel is one possibility. Establishing a common European aviation area in law is another.

The economy is calling for even more help / Die Wirtschaft ruft nach noch mehr Hilfe km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "The economy is calling for even more help / Die ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stage success for Condor / Etappenerfolg für Condor km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Stage success for Condor / Etappenerfolg für Condor..." page: 17 info: by J.K date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

In catch-up mode / Im Aufholmodus km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "In catch-up mode / Im Aufholmodus..." page: 17 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Government, please get out! / Regierung, bitte aussteigen! km-Zeit-DE: "Government, please get out! / Regierung, bitte aussteigen!..." page: 19 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commission approves €500 million for the Greek scheme to support food service companies

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Several media report that the Commission approved the activation of the Greek scheme to support foodservice companies. Vice-President Schinas wrote on Twitter that the Commission approved yesterday the Greek scheme worth €500 million for the support of foodservice companies. The Commission supports in action the return to normality, economic recovery and thousands of Greek businesses and families, he added. Executive Vice-President Vestager stated that the companies active in the foodservice sector have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictive measures imposed to limit the spread of the virus. The €500 million aid scheme will allow Greece to help these companies cover their liquidity needs and continue their activities during these difficult times, she underlined.

Capitals for the food services are under way / «Ψήνονται» κεφάλαια κίνησης για την εστίαση km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Capitals for the food services are under way / «Ψήνονται» ..." page: 24 info: by IOANNA FENTOURI date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Εγκρίθηκε από την Κομισιόν το πρόγραμμα στήριξης της εστίασης km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Εγκρίθηκε από την Κομισιόν το πρόγραμμα στήριξης της εστίασης..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission: The Greek scheme worth €500 million for the support of food services was approved / Κομισιόν: Εγκρίθηκε το ελληνικό πρόγραμμα ύψους 500 εκατ. ευρώ για τη στήριξη της εστίασης km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Commission: The Greek scheme worth €500 million for the support ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Εστίαση: Ενέκρινε πρόγραμμα 500 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή km-in.gr-GR: "Εστίαση: Ενέκρινε πρόγραμμα 500 εκατομμυρίων ευρώ η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Προ των πυλών το πακέτο της εστίασης km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Προ των πυλών το πακέτο της εστίασης..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Food service: The Commission approved €500 million for the Greek restart scheme / Εστίαση: Η Κομισιόν ενέκρινε τα 500 εκατ. ευρώ για το ελληνικό πρόγραμμα επανεκκίνησης km-protothema.gr-GR: "Food service: The Commission approved €500 million for the Greek ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vice-President Schinas announces the approval of the programme for the strengthening of catering sector / Ο Αντιπρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς ανακοινώνει την έγκριση του προγράμματος για την ενίσχυση της εστίασης km-REAL-FM-GR: "Vice-President Schinas announces the approval of the programme for the ..." info: PROINO MAGAZINO, 2021-05-12 05:20:00, 00:01:22, by VASILIS TEERZAKIS date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:20:00 AM CEST

Ζεστό χρήμα στην εστίαση km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Ζεστό χρήμα στην εστίαση..." page: 36 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commission: The Greek scheme worth €500 million for food services was approved / Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή: Εγκρίθηκε το ελληνικό πρόγραμμα 500 εκατ. ευρώ για την εστίαση km-Vima-online-GR: "Commission: The Greek scheme worth €500 million for food services ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Event on improving the business environment in Greece with the participation of DG REFORM executives

[Greece, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Efimerida Ton Sintakton reports that Greek Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis and Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Responsible for the Coordination of the Government Work Akis Skertsos organised an online event yesterday. The topic concerned improving the business environment, so that Greece becomes an attractive destination for investors. The participants included executives from the World Bank, the Commission'σ Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM) and economic and commercial chambers.

Doing Business...and semiology / Doing Business... και σημειολογία km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Doing Business...and semiology / Doing Business... και σημειολογία..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Commission rejects Banca Popolare di Bari’s damage claim

[Italy, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:15:00 AM CEST

Two articles in Il Sole 24 Ore report on the European Commission rejecting Banca Popolare di Bari’s damage claim worth €300 million. Banca Popolare di Bari’s request came after a EU Court ruled that Italy’s rescue plan for an ailing bank (Tercas) was legal. Tercas was sold to Banca Popolare di Bari as part of the rescue plan, which was orchestrated by Italy’s deposit guarantee fund, the Fondo Interbancario di Tutela dei Depositi (FITD), a private entity fund. The Commission said that the FITD illegally acted on behalf of the Italian state and ordered it to recoup €300 million of grants and guarantees it deemed as state aid. After the dispute with Brussels over the rescue of Tercas, Italian authorities intervened to help four other small banks in 2015 (Etruria, Marche, Ferrara and Chieti). Those rescues were conducted under less favourable terms for the banks and their creditors, because of the EU’s rejection of the Tercas plan. Millions of households and thousands of employees were saved only thanks to the Italian government and Italy’s central bank.

Brussels rejects Popolare Bari’s damage claim. Appel to EU court now / Bruxelles dice no alla richiesta danni di Pop. Bari Ora il ricorso alla Corte Ue km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Brussels rejects Popolare Bari’s damage claim. Appel to EU court ..." page: 22 info: by Luca Davi date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ruling on Tercas case: lesson for future rescues, revision of EU norms / LA SENTENZA SUL CASO TERCAS: UNA LEZIONE PER I SALVATAGGI E LA REVISIONE DELLE NORME UE km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Ruling on Tercas case: lesson for future rescues, revision of ..." page: 22 info: by Roberto Nicastro e Giuseppe Rumi date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Shopping centres warn government with complaint to European Commission on public aid to their tenants

[Poland, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza discusses the dispute between shopping centres and the Polish government over the concept for offering rent rebates to the plazas’ tenants for the periods of the epidemic lockdown. The retail floor space’s owners would be the ones to pay for such a discount. According to the Polish Council of Shopping Centres (PRCH), such a step would be illegal public aid. Therefore, the plazas’ owners warn that they may complain on it to the European Commission. PRCH plans to accuse the government of failing to obtain the public aid’s approval by the Commission. The respective draft law was prepared by the Ministry of Development, Labour and Technology led by Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin (Agreement – Porozumienie party). The shopping centre industry could not comment on the draft earlier because it had not been officially publicised.

Shopping centres want to go on war against government, resorting to Brussels / Centra handlowe chcą iść do Brukseli na wojnę z rządem km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Shopping centres want to go on war against government, resorting ..." page: 12 info: by Piotr Miączyński date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels asks Spain about Plus Ultra

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

El Mundo reports that the European Commission has formally requested explanations from the Spanish government for the bailout of the Plus Ultra airline following a complaint filed by Ciudadanos MEP Luis Garicano. The government has had to present allegations to try to avoid a procedure for illegal State aid. The case is already being investigated for possible embezzlement by a criminal court in Madrid and by the Directorate-General for Competition, which reports to Executive Vice-President Vestager. In its allegations, the Spanish government defends the legality of the State aid as Plus Ultra is a strategic company and was not in crisis before the pandemic.

Brussels asks about Plus Ultra / Bruselas pregunta por Plus Ultra km-Mundo-ES: "Brussels asks about Plus Ultra / Bruselas pregunta por Plus ..." page: 24 info: by Carlos Segovia date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

"This is a bespoke suit to help Maduro's friends" / «Esto es un traje a medida para ayudar a los amigos de Maduro» km-Mundo-ES: ""This is a bespoke suit to help Maduro's friends" / ..." page: 1,25 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CONSUMER_POLICY

The Danish Socialist People's Party wants to introduce opt-in model for advertising mail

[Denmark, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

Politiken.dk reports that the Danish Socialist People's Party wants to introduce a system that will let people opt in for receiving advertising mail rather than the current system of opting out. In 2012, the European Commission blocked a similar proposal with reference to a directive against unfair commercial practices. The European Commission feared that the proposal would prevent companies outside of Denmark from advertising products to Danish consumers. However, the Netherlands introduced an opt-in model in 2018, and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands is expected to determine whether the arrangement is legal or not in July this year.

The Danish Socialist People's Party wants to introduce opt-in model for advertising mail / Derfor kan det være svært at indføre en ny reklame-ordning km-Politiken.dk-DK: "The Danish Socialist People's Party wants to introduce opt-in model ..." info: by murat Tamer date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission does not want to reduce alcohol content of wine

[Luxembourg, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort briefly reports that the European Commission has rejected fears in Italy that it would encourage the dilution of wine to reduce the alcohol content. A spokesperson said in Brussels yesterday that there was no such proposal. The development of low alcohol wine is an important market opportunity for the industry in the EU. Therefore, the Commission had proposed in 2018 to adjust the legal framework for wine accordingly, said the spokesman. This is currently being negotiated between the Member States and the European Parliament.

EU does not want to pour wine into water / EU will kein Wasser in den Wein gießen km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "EU does not want to pour wine into water / ..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CULTURE

The European Commission sponsors music exchange programme 'How Far Is Now'

[Belgium, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

Matin Première notes that the Citadel of Namur's concert hall will participate in a partnership with three other European event halls in the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. The project is called 'How Far Is Now', and is almost entirely funded by the European Commission. The participants will exchange knowledge, and each country will select three bands to play in the partner countries on a small tour. Candidates may apply until 30 May.

Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - The European Commission sponsors 'How Far Is Now' / Mardi 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - La Commission européenne sponsorise 'How Far Is Now' km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - The European ..." info: Matin première, 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:00:49, by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

2021 LUX Audience Award candidates announced

[Sweden, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:01:00 AM CEST

The Swedish-Danish film "Another round" is one of three candidates to win the 2021 LUX Audience Award, Aftonbladet.se reports quoting news agency TT. The other candidates are "Collective" from Romania and "Corpus Christi" from Poland. Audience voting will be open to the public until 23 May, while the winner will be announced at a European Parliament ceremony on 9 June.

”Another round” could win the Lux Prize / ”En runda till” kan vinna Luxpriset km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "”Another round” could win the Lux Prize / ”En runda ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

Conference on AI and the future of journalism

[Portugal, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

During a conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of journalism, Vice-President Jourová defended that technology must serve people and the pluralism of the media, Observador.pt reports. VP Jourová defended that the media must be at the centre of democracy and reminded that the Commission’s action plan was designed to help the sector make the most out of the digital transformation. VP Jourová highlighted the importance of safeguarding this sector’s economic viability.

Artificial Intelligence must “serve” journalism, says the European Commission / Inteligência artificial deve "servir" o jornalismo, diz Comissão Europeia km-observador.pt-PT: "Artificial Intelligence must “serve” journalism, says the European Commission / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission wants a swift conclusion to the 5G auctions

[Portugal, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:13:00 AM CEST

Público reports that the Commission wants a swift conclusion of the 5G auctions. Questioned on Portuguese regulator ANACOM’s proposal to alter the rules and accelerate the 5G auction and the companies’ reluctance to do so, a Commission source explains that “the timely implementation of 5G in Europe is of utmost importance because 5G connectivity is the basis for the digital and green transitions that will transform the European economy and society.” This same source adds that “delays in 5G, including in frequency auctions, create uncertainty for companies, which have to make decisions, and for consumers". Therefore, it is necessary that member states "move forward with spectrum allocation within the agreed deadlines".

Brussels wants a swift conclusion to the auction to avoid delays in 5G / Bruxelas quer conclusão rápida do leilão para evitar atrasos no 5G km-Publico-PT: "Brussels wants a swift conclusion to the auction to avoid ..." page: 32 info: by Ana Brito date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

Companies face the difficult challenge of recovering from the Covid crisis

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

L'Echo notes that for companies, the Covid-19 crisis resulted in higher costs in several areas, which impacts their profit margins and thus their financial health. To recover from the crisis, the most obvious solution would be an increase of retail prices. In practice, however, most companies cannot afford that. In the euro area, Euler Hermes looked into 19 sectors' power to set prices. Almost all sectors have the capacity to set prices in the very long term, but not the short one. The sectors also cannot continue recuperating the increased costs via sales prices, as most face serious competition on the domestic or global markets. During the coming months, the margin will remain under pressure. Euler Hermes calls on the euro area countries to continue supporting the companies. The limited manoeuvring space also curbs the possibility of sustainable inflation returning in the euro area.

To get out of the crisis, prices have to go up / Pour sortir de la crise, il faudrait que les prix augmentent km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "To get out of the crisis, prices have to go ..." page: 8 info: by Bombaerts date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

French President Macron initiates a reform of the Maastricht Treaty

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

The three-decades-old Maastricht Treaty could soon be reformed at the initiative of French President Macron, inspired by a recent scientific paper by the French think-tank Council for Economic Analysis, Poslovni dnevnik writes. According to the paper, the current rule on the budgetary deficit, which limits it to 3% of GDP, should be relaxed, while the rule on the maximum public debt of 60% of GDP should be abolished. Recently, Commissioner Hahn called for the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact, claiming that the Maastricht criteria were no longer applicable. “Given that Greece’s public debt is at 205% and Italy’s is at 155%, there is little chance that these countries would reduce their indebtedness to the foreseen 60% of GDP in the medium term. Fiscal policy goals for these countries must be realistic,” Commissioner Hahn said, adding that economically weaker EU member states need large public investments before stronger economic growth spurs higher tax revenues.

Macron changes odocative eurozone entry rules / Macron mijenja odokativna pravila ulaska u eurozonu km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Macron changes odocative eurozone entry rules / Macron mijenja odokativna ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MEP Mavrides calls for social dimension and equal access to EU recovery funding

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:28:00 AM CEST

Philenews reports that addressing the first discussion at the European Parliament with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni on the EU Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, Cypriot MEP Mavrides (S&D) said all national recovery plans should take into account the social dimension, there should be equal access to financing for small organisations and enterprises, and both national parliaments and other partners should be involved in the preparation of the national plans. The MEP underlined also the need to ensure the participation of European citizens in this procedure, stressing that this is a broader issue that will also concern the Conference on the Future of Europe. EVP Dombrovskis recalled that all partners adopted the action plan for the European Pillar of Social Rights, while Commissioner Gentilloni agreed that the national plans should be easily accessible to all.

Mavrides: Equal access to funding under the EU Recovery Mechanism / Μαυρίδης: Ισότιμη πρόσβαση στη χρηματοδότηση από Μηχανισμό Ανάκαμψης EE km-Philenews.com-CY: "Mavrides: Equal access to funding under the EU Recovery Mechanism ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cyprus national recovery plan expected to be approved by ministerial cabinet on Friday

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:29:00 AM CEST

Cyprus' National Recovery and Resilience Plan is expected to be approved by the ministerial cabinet on Friday and will be then presented by President Anastasiades before it is officially submitted to the EU, Politis reports. Through the plan, Cyprus will claim €1.25 billion from the EU until 2026, of which €1.06 billion as a grant and €200 million as a loan. The plan is expected to be finalised within the next hours, the newspaper notes, explaining that it will contain measures that will contribute towards a new growth model that will also enhance the global competitiveness of the Cypriot economy. The newspaper features also a table showing how the available budget will be allocated to the five pillars of the Cypriot plan as well as to green and digital transition actions.

Recovery Plan: Ready to be submitted to Brussels / ΣΧΕΔΙΟ ΑΝΑΚΑΜΨΗΣ Έτοιμο για υποβολή στις Βρυξέλλες km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Recovery Plan: Ready to be submitted to Brussels / ΣΧΕΔΙΟ ..." page: 1,7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Commission: The Recovery Plan may not be a one-off

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:47:00 AM CEST

European Commissioners believe that refinancing can be a lasting solution if it fosters growth and increases digitalisation, Err.ee reports. "The more successful we are in implementing the Recovery Plan, the more opportunities there are for discussions on the existence of a permanent financial instrument, probably of a similar nature," said Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission. "It is important to make the recovery package work and pay for it with our own new resources," said Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni. EU countries borrowed together to finance the recovery package. The debt must be repaid within 30 years, the exact payment system has not been agreed upon. Many countries are critical of the Recovery Plan.

European Commission: The Recovery Plan may not be a one-off / Euroopa Komisjon: taasterahastu ei pruugi jääda ühekordseks km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "European Commission: The Recovery Plan may not be a one-off ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Guest contribution: Debt policy should be an exception

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:58:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of fiscal and monetary policy and the debt taken by Germany and the European Commission. In a guest contribution in Süddeutsche Zeitung, former Minister-President of Bavaria Edmund Stoiber and former Federal Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück express concern about financial and monetary policy after the Bundestag elections. They expect rapidly rising inflation and warn of "massive social upheavals" and further political polarisation. All inhibitions against new debts have fallen in the pandemic. The Federal Government sets records in debt each year, the EU intends to take on more than €800 billion in debt for the Recovery Fund by 2026, and the ECB is pursuing extremely loose monetary policy. The European Commission is taking on debt on a large scale. If this does not remain a one-off exception, the cohesion in the EU will be jeopardised, the authors warn.

Revenues rise, holes remain / Einnahmen steigen, Löcher bleiben km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Revenues rise, holes remain / Einnahmen steigen, Löcher bleiben..." page: 6-7 info: by Martin Greive date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

That's never enough / Das reicht nie km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "That's never enough / Das reicht nie..." page: 4 info: by Cerstin Gammelin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Knausern or Klotzen / Knausern oder Klotzen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Knausern or Klotzen / Knausern oder Klotzen..." page: 5 info: by Cerstin Gammelin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Be strong, state / Stark sein, Staat km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Be strong, state / Stark sein, Staat..." page: 4 info: by Claus Hulverscheidt date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

For an end to debt policy / Für ein Ende der Schuldenpolitik km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "For an end to debt policy / Für ein Ende ..." page: 19 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

International investors expressed interest in the Greek economy at the Bank of America's virtual road show

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Some media report that more than 68 international investors who participated in Bank of America's virtual roadshow expressed increased interest in the Greek economy and especially in the progress achieved in the financial system. Greek Deputy Finance Minister Geroge Zavvos presented the reforms implemented by the Greek government in the banking sector and the "Hercules" scheme for the reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs). The extension of the "Hercules" scheme has been approved by the Commission and along with the "Hercules II" scheme, a Central Credit Registry will be created to provide anonymised information as regards the credit situation of the banks customers. In the meantime, on the occasion of the roadshow, Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras had the opportunity to meet with European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Managing Director Klaus Regling, who is in Greece for the Delphi Economic Forum. ESM Managing Director Regling also met with the leader of the main Greek opposition party Syriza Alexis Tsipras.

Η ανάκαμψη να αφορά όλους km-Avghi-GR: "Η ανάκαμψη να αφορά όλους..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ζωηρό ενδιαφέρον των ξένων επενδυτών για τον «Ηρακλή» km-Kathimerini-GR: "Ζωηρό ενδιαφέρον των ξένων επενδυτών για τον «Ηρακλή»..." page: 25 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Τώρα οι γροθιές είναι φιλικές km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Τώρα οι γροθιές είναι φιλικές..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Praise to the economy from foreign investors / Εύσημα προς την οικονομία από ξένους θεσμικούς km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Praise to the economy from foreign investors / Εύσημα προς ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Contacts / Επαφές km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Contacts / Επαφές..." page: 36 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Interview with ECB Supervisory Board Chair Enria: Targeted settlements, not general debt write-off

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Ta Nea newspaper, ECB Supervisory Board Chair Andrea Enria noted that banks should proceed with targeted settlements and timely restructuring, but not with horizontal debt write-offs to deal with new non-performing loans (NPLs), which will increase as soon as government support measures expire. He also welcomed the creation of a bad bank, while proposing that banks consider the possibility of mergers. He added that the deepest European recession in a time of peace has not yet translated into an NPLs boom thanks to strong public policy support. He said that in Greece, as in other European countries, banks and the government have taken a wide range of support measures, such as suspension of payments and subsidies, to directly support businesses and citizens most affected by the crisis. At the same time, the ECB's pandemic support measures alleviated banks' liquidity problems through favourable financing conditions, he pointed out.

Interview with ECB Supervisory Board Chair Enria: Targeted settlements, not general debt write-off / Interview with ECB Supervisory Board Chair Enria : Στοχευμένες ρυθμίσεις και όχι γενική διαγραφή χρεών km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Interview with ECB Supervisory Board Chair Enria: Targeted settlements, not ..." page: 34,35 info: by Maria Vasileiou date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hungarian government submits national recovery plan

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

A few Hungarian media outlets address Hungary's national recovery plan and the government’s reactions to the related recent media information. All media outlets report Hungarian Minister for the Prime Minister's Office Gergely Gulyás as posting on his Facebook page that the Hungarian government, after countless constructive discussions, on Tuesday evening submitted Hungary's plan to utilise recovery funds to be received from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) to the European Commission. Minister Gulyás reacted to media information that the European Commission rejected Hungary's recovery plan. Kossuth Rádió recalls Népszava's information published yesterday about the Commission's opinion that Hungary's recovery plan is bad and 24.hu's information that the plan has been rejected, to which Minister Gulyás reacted on his social media page saying that the leftist media are fabricating fake news again. Kossuth Rádió mentions that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met President von der Leyen in Brussels nearly three weeks ago; Minister Gulyás said nothing of what Népszava reported yesterday about the meeting was true, it was a friendly meeting. According to Világgazdaság and Népszava, Hungarian government members made it clear in the past few weeks that Hungary's recovery plan would only address the EU grants and not the loans offered under the RRF. Népszava recalls Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni as saying in the European Parliament on Monday that the Commission would examine if member state governments incorporated local governments' and NGOs' proposal in their recovery plans, as well as the Commission's expectations to cut back aggressive tax planning, which, as Népszava remarks, are particularly relevant to Hungary.

Government submits today Hungary's plan to utilise EU recovery fund to European Commission / Ma nyújtotta be a kormány az Európai Bizottságnak az uniós helyreállítási alap magyarországi felhasználási tervét km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "Government submits today Hungary's plan to utilise EU recovery fund ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 22-00 - 2021-05-11 20-00-00 - 2021-05-11 20-30-00, 2021-05-11 20:10:00, 00:02:47, by Mátyus Kati (szerk. Mészáros László) date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:10:00 PM CEST

The HUF 2511 billion plan is ready / Kész a 2511 milliárdos terv km-Nepszava-HU: "The HUF 2511 billion plan is ready / Kész a ..." page: 1,4 info: by KÓSA ANDRÁS date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hungary's recovery plan lands in Brussels / Brüsszelben a magyar helyreállítási terv km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "Hungary's recovery plan lands in Brussels / Brüsszelben a magyar ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hopes of stronger eurozone growth

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

The eurozone economy may expand by more than the 4% currently projected by the European Central Bank this year as savings are unleashed and consumption rebounds, according to ECB governing council member Klaas Knot, the Irish Examiner reports. Mr Knot argued service-sector activity is reviving in line with the experiences of other countries that were faster at rolling out vaccinations, and that the eurozone will likely follow a similar path now it is catching up.

Hopes of stronger eurozone growth / Hopes of stronger eurozone growth km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Hopes of stronger eurozone growth / Hopes of stronger eurozone ..." page: 13 info: by Unattributed date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Italian government working with European Commission to fine-tune national recovery, resilience plan

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

An article in Il Sole 24 Ore notes that the Italian government met its commitments and sent Italy’s National recovery and resilience plan (PNRR) to the European Commission before 30 April. The Commission is assessing it and is expected to present the plan to the EU Council in the next few weeks, in order to obtain a final green light. However, the plan can still be modified based. The government and the Commission are working together to make sure the plan abides by 4 main areas (pertinence, effectiveness, efficiency and coherence), sharing 11 main criteria. Moreover, the Commission agreed on postponing its final decision on the plan, if needed. However, a delay would cause major problems, also because a downpayment worth €25 billion would be postponed too.

Recovery, plan can be changed / Recovery, il piano può cambiare km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Recovery, plan can be changed / Recovery, il piano può ..." page: 7 info: by Giuseppe Chiellino date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Seimas likely to ratify European Union agreements with Singapore and Vietnam on investment protection

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that Lithuania intends to ratify the investment protection agreements between the European Union and Singapore and Vietnam. Seimas approved them after the reading, the final vote will take place at the next sitting. According to Laima Liucija Andrikienė, a member of the European Affairs and Foreign Affairs Committees, this is a new generation of agreements concluded between the European Union and third countries. According to her, after the ratification, European Union investors in Singapore will not be discriminated against compared to Singaporean investors in the European Union. In addition, they will be adequately protected against misappropriation of property.

Seimas likely to ratify European Union agreements with Singapore and Vietnam on investment protection / Seimas linkęs ratifikuoti ES susitarimus su Singapūru ir Vietnamu dėl investicijų apsaugos km-15min.lt-LT: "Seimas likely to ratify European Union agreements with Singapore and ..." info: by Sniegė Balčiūnaitė date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Lithuanians invest more actively in foreign companies’ shares due to pandemic

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:07:00 AM CEST

LRT Radijas reports that this year, Lithuanians started to invest in foreign companies’ shares more actively. According to the data from the Banks Association, investment turnover doubled this April. The experts claim that it is a positive outcome of quarantine as it allowed people to save and gave more time to research investment opportunities. Head of Lithuania’s Banks Association Eivilė Čipkutė says that more active investing has been observed for a few months now. However, Lithuania still lacks behind both Latvians and Estonians in terms of the number of investors. During the pandemic, Lithuanians' deposits grew by €3 billion which is the biggest growth in the European Union.

Lithuanians invest more actively in foreign companies’ shares due to pandemic / Lietuvos gyventojai pradėjo aktyviau investuoti į užsienio įmonių akcijas km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Lithuanians invest more actively in foreign companies’ shares due to ..." info: Ryto garsai, 2021-05-11 17:27:00, 00:09:35, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:27:00 PM CEST

Senate postpones its voting on ratification of EU Recovery Fund

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Two newspapers and TVP1 channel report that the Senate is postponing its decision on the ratification of the EU Recovery Fund. The nearest meeting of the Senate is scheduled for Wednesday, but the voting on the draft act about the decision on the own resources of the European Union has not been included into the event’s agenda. Representatives of the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) criticise the respective steps of the Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki (Civic Platform – PO). The newscaster Dominik Cierpioł notes that the ratification’s postponement by the Senate is obstructing the transfer of a high-value EU aid to Poland. The draft act has already been adopted by the Sejm (Lower House of the Polish Parliament), and respective documents have already been submitted to Brussels. But the whole ratification process has been stopped by the Senate. Polityka concentrates on internal disputes between political parties related with the case of ratification of the National Recovery Plan. The Civic Platform (PO) accuses the Left of a betrayal by supporting the Law and Justice (PiS) in the pertaining vote and entering into talks with the ruling camp.

Grodzki does not have time / Grodzki nie ma czasu km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Grodzki does not have time / Grodzki nie ma czasu..." page: 4 info: by Piotr Korycki date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Opposition is fighting / Opozycja się bije km-Polityka-PL: "Opposition is fighting / Opozycja się bije..." page: 1 info: by Rafał Kalukin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Senate postpones its voting on ratification of EU Recovery Fund / Wiadomości km-TVP1-PL: "Senate postpones its voting on ratification of EU Recovery Fund ..." info: Wiadomości, 2021-05-11 15:04:00, 00:02:08, by Dominik Cierpioł date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:04:00 PM CEST

Portuguese RRP includes measures to strengthen capital market, education sector

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

During a conference in Portugal, Minister for the Economy Siza Vieira said that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan includes measures to support the capital market, Expresso.pt reports. According to Minister Vieira, the RRP measures aim at reforming the Portuguese capital market with “the revision of the regime of securities investment companies for business promotion and the ability to increase tax benefits to the capitalisation of companies.”Observador.pt further reports on the measures for the Education sector included in the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan. The plan includes the creation of laboratories equipped with robotics kits or 3D printers, projectors in the classrooms, WiFi, and new digital educational content. The government will also purchase 600 thousand laptops, which is expected to cost nearly €180 million and invest in educational infrastructures to reinforce the students' contact with new technologies and innovative tools. Moreover, the plan includes measures to broaden access to the internet and digitalise the Ministry of Education’s information system.

RRP will bring measures to support the capital market, namely the tax benefits for companies / PRR vai trazer medidas de apoio ao mercado de capitais, nomeadamente benefícios fiscais para as empresas km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "RRP will bring measures to support the capital market, namely ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

RRP: “High tech” laboratories and 600 laptops. What the government agreed with Brussels for Education / PRR. Laboratórios "high tech" e 600 mil portáteis o que o Governo acertou com Bruxelas para aEducação km-observador.pt-PT: "RRP: “High tech” laboratories and 600 laptops. What the government ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

President von der Leyen meets Romanian prime minister in Brussels

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that President von der Leyen and Romanian Prime Minister Florin Cîţu met in Brussels on Tuesday evening to discuss Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan. According to Realitatea.net, in a message posted on Twitter after the meeting, President von der Leyen thanked PM Cîţu for “a constructive meeting.” She added that the Commission and Romania were working “hand in hand” to finalise a solid Recovery and Resilience Plan as soon as possible. President von der Leyen also stressed that the adoption by member states of the Own Source Decision “is a necessary step” for the recovery funds to flow, Digi24 TV channel reports. Mediafax.ro writes that Florin Cîţu also said he had “a constructive meeting” with President von der Leyen and wrote on his Facebook page that “Romania has an ambitious plan for sustainable economic growth after the pandemic.”

Head of the EC, message after the discussion with Florin Cîţu / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Head of the EC, message after the discussion with Florin ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-05-12 00:18:00, 00:00:50, by Rotaru Alexandru date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:18:00 AM CEST

Prime Minister Florin Cîţu will go to Brussels on Wednesday, 12 May, together with Minister Cristian Ghinea, to negotiate the National Recovery and Resilience Plan / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Prime Minister Florin Cîţu will go to Brussels on Wednesday, ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-11 21:01:00, 00:00:57, by Standavid Filip date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:01:00 PM CEST

Ursula von der Leyen says she had a "constructive meeting" with Florin Cîţu / Ursula von der Leyen afirmă că a avut o "întrevedere constructivă" cu Florin Cîţu km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Ursula von der Leyen says she had a "constructive meeting" ..." info: by Mihai Draghici date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Florin Cîţu: I had a constructive discussion with the President of the EC for the negotiations on NRRP / Florin Cîţu: Am avut o discuţie constructivă cu preşedintele CE pentru negocierile privind PNRR km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Florin Cîţu: I had a constructive discussion with the President ..." info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cîţu: I had a very constructive meeting with the President of the European Commission for the negotiations on NRRP / Cîţu: Am avut o întâlnire foarte constructivă cu preşedintele Comisiei Europene pentru negocierile privind PNRR km-news.ro-RO: "Cîţu: I had a very constructive meeting with the President ..." info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cîţu, in Brussels / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Cîţu, in Brussels / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-11 23:02:00, 00:00:36, by Udroiu Mihai date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:02:00 PM CEST

Ursula von der Leyen, first reaction after the meeting with Florin Cîţu for NRRP negotiations in Brussels / Ursula von der Leyen, prima reacție după întâlnirea cu Florin Cîțu pentru negocierile PNRR la Bruxelles km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Ursula von der Leyen, first reaction after the meeting with ..." info: by Ioana Stanescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Florin Cîţu, after the meeting with the head of the European Commission: “We had a very constructive meeting for the NRRP negotiations. Romania has an ambitious plan " / Florin Cîțu, după întâlnirea cu șefa Comisiei Europene: „Am avut o întâlnire foarte constructivă pentru negocierile PNRR. Romania are un plan ambițios” km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Florin Cîţu, after the meeting with the head of the ..." info: by Ioana Stanescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

PSD leader had talks with Commissioner Gentiloni to “save” national recovery plan

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro writes that the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, Romania’s main opposition party, on Tuesday evening said he had talks with Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni to “save” the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. He said that, unlike the Romanian government, “the European Commission understood the importance of engaging in a dialogue with the Social Democratic Party,” according to Realitatea.net. “Given how bad things are at the moment, I’m sure that Prime Minister Cîţu will once again return empty-handed from Brussels,” Mr Ciolacu wrote on his Facebook page, News.ro reports.

Ciolacu: Given how bad things look now, Cîţu will return empty-handed from Brussels again / Ciolacu: La cât de rău arată lucrurile, Cîţu se va întoarce din nou cu mâna goală de la Bruxelles km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Ciolacu: Given how bad things look now, Cîţu will return ..." info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Marcel Ciolacu says he has discussed with the European Commissioner for Economy to "save" NRRP: Given how bad things look now, Cîţu will return empty-handed from Brussels again / Marcel Ciolacu anunţă că a discutat cu comisarul european pentru economie pentru a ”salva” PNRR: La cât de rău arată acum lucrurile, premierul Cîţu se va întoarce din nou cu mâna goală de la Bruxelles km-news.ro-RO: "Marcel Ciolacu says he has discussed with the European Commissioner ..." info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Marcel Ciolacu lashes out against Florin Cîţu on NRRP negotiations. "Given how bad things look now, Cîţu will return empty-handed from Brussels again" / Marcel Ciolacu, atac la Florin Cîțu pe negocierile PNRR: „Se va întoarce din nou cu mâna goală de la Bruxelles, la cât de rău arată lucrurile” km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Marcel Ciolacu lashes out against Florin Cîţu on NRRP negotiations. ..." info: by Ioana Stanescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

First payments from the post-pandemic recovery fund could come in July

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

Ziarul Financiar newspaper writes that the first payments from the European Union's Covid-19 recovery fund could come in July if all goes to plan, top EU Commission officials said on Monday in the European Parliament, according to a report published by EUobserver. So far, 14 of the 27 member states have submitted their plans on how they will use the funds, and Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told MEPs that most plans are close to completion and are expected to be submitted by early June. “If everything goes according to the plans, first payments can reach member states during the summer, presumable in July,” Executive VP Dombrovskis told the members of the Parliament’s budget and economy committee.

The first money from the EU recovery fund of €800 billion, vital for the region's economic recovery, could arrive in July / Primii bani din fondul UE de redresare de 800 mld. euro, vital pentru revenirea economică a regiunii... km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "The first money from the EU recovery fund of €800 ..." page: 10 info: by Apostoiu Catalina date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Brussels raises Spain's GDP but expects even more unemployment

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

El Mundo and El Economista report that the impact of European funds will begin to be felt in the Spanish economy this year, but the real potential will be felt in 2022, according to European Commission's Spring 2021 Economic Forecast. The Commission raises its growth forecasts for Spain for the coming years, while halving its deficit and even its public debt forecasts. According to the document, which is being published today, Spain's GDP will increase by 5.9% this year and 6.8% next year. This represents an improvement of 0.3% for this year compared to their latest estimates, and of 1.5% for next year. Brussels foresees an increase of 0.2% in the unemployment rate in 2021, to 15.7%, to finally achieve a reduction to 14.4% in 2022.

Brussels revises Spanish GDP upwards, which will close Covid's gap in 2022 / Bruselas revisa al alza el PIB español, que cerrará el hueco del Covid en 2022 km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Brussels revises Spanish GDP upwards, which will close Covid's gap ..." page: 1,25 info: by Jorge Valero date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A still fragile recovery / Una recuperación todavía frágil km-Economista-Spain-ES: "A still fragile recovery / Una recuperación todavía frágil..." page: 3 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels improves GDP but expects even more unemployment / Bruselas mejora el PIB pero espera aún más paro km-Mundo-ES: "Brussels improves GDP but expects even more unemployment / Bruselas ..." page: 27 info: by Pablo R. Suanzes date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EDUCATION

Interview: European children's capital is needed

[Germany, EDUCATION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:01:00 AM CEST

In an interview in Die Zeit, children’s books author Kirsten Boie suggests that “once a year a city is supposed to be the European children's capital for a week, and a different one every year.” Above all, boys and girls from many countries would thus get to know each other and become friends. The cities should respect the UN children's rights. They have to show that they are already doing a lot for children and that children are important in all decisions.

Does Europe need a children's capital? / Braucht Europa eine Kinderhauptstadt? km-Zeit-DE: "Does Europe need a children's capital? / Braucht Europa eine ..." page: 45 info: by Katrin Hörnlein date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ENERGY

Brussels to further increase share of renewables in energy production

[Czech Republic, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:03:00 AM CEST

Daily E15 reports that the European Commission is set to increase the share of renewable resources in total energy production, which would necessitate revisions of member states’ national energy plans. A leaked outline of a Commission’s proposal envisages producing 38 to 40% of energy from renewables by 2030, up from 32% proposed by the Commission so far. The final figure is to be announced by Brussels in July, the daily adds. If more ambitious EU goals are approved, the Czech Republic would have to rework its National Climate and Energy Plan, which anticipates the share of renewables on consumption to stand at 22% at the end of this decade. With new EU plans, the share would have to rise to 26.5%.

Brussels pushes for further growth in renewables share / Brusel tlačí na další růst podílu zelených zdrojů km-E15-CZ: "Brussels pushes for further growth in renewables share / Brusel ..." page: 5 info: by Ondřej Souček date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Danish state has spent DKK 1.1 billion on green discounts for non-green cars

[Denmark, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

Information reports that the number of sold plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Denmark has quadrupled in 2021 compared to 2020. The development is a result of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles getting a tax discount as part of the political ambition of reaching 1 million green cars in Denmark, and so far, the tax discounts have cost DKK 1.1 billion in 2021. Several experts, including Green Transition Denmark, have questioned the climate effect of green discounts for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and now, the European Commission has also decided that these vehicles cannot be considered green from 2026 as they emit CO2.

Danish state has spent DKK 1.1 billion on green discounts for non-green cars / Forsidehenvisning: Staten kan have brugt over en mia. kr. i år i klimarabat til biler, der ikke er grønne km-Information-Denmark-DK: "Danish state has spent DKK 1.1 billion on green discounts ..." page: 1 info: by Martin Bahn date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Simson talk about energy at the Delphi Economic Forum

[Greece, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Several Greek media report that yesterday’s discussion at the Delphi Economic Forum focused on green transition and energy. Kathimerini mentions that speaking at the Forum, Executive Vice-President Timmermans made special reference to hydrogen, noting that it is the “rock star” of the energy sector. According to EVP Timmermans, the Balkans could turn into a hub of green hydrogen, centred on Greece. He highlighted that natural gas pipelines promoted in the area can receive hydrogen in the future, which will be produced by the sun and wind in Greece and in neighbour countries, given that the gas is a transitional fuel for a climate-neutral Europe until 2050. According to Efimerida Syntakton, on her side, Commissioner Simson announced significant legislative changes in 2021 and underlined the importance of the commitment to a decrease of carbon emissions by 3-5% until 2030. On the occasion of the EastMed pipeline, she stressed that natural gas is recognised as a transitional fuel with the aim for it to be gradually replaced with clean hydrogen and other clean forms of energy. European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer welcomed the keynote discussion on energy transition, insisting that we have to rush to overcome the delays of the pandemic. He appeared hopeful that digitisation, robotics and technological revolution can speed up the independence from carbon if they are combined with the rights investments. Director-General of Projects Directorate of EIB Christopher Hurst said that bigger wind and photovoltaic projects should be encouraged, but admitted that he understands the difficulties in their implementation. On his side, Greek Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas stressed that under the initiative of Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, Greece is implementing one of the most ambitious climate plans in Europe.

Καμπανάκι Τίμερμανς km-Avghi-GR: "Καμπανάκι Τίμερμανς..." page: 19 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The future on hydrogen and not on natural gas / Το μέλλον στο υδρογόνο και όχι στο φυσικό αέριο km-Avghi-GR: "The future on hydrogen and not on natural gas / ..." page: 22 info: by ANTIGONI ZOUNTA date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Kadri Simson: Εντός του 2021 αναμένεται να γίνουν οι σημαντικότερες νομοθετικές αλλαγές στην ενέργεια km-capital.gr-GR: "Kadri Simson: Εντός του 2021 αναμένεται να γίνουν οι σημαντικότερες ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Γ. Θωμάς: Έρχονται φορολογικά κίνητρα για παραγωγή πράσινων πηγών ενέργειας km-capital.gr-GR: "Γ. Θωμάς: Έρχονται φορολογικά κίνητρα για παραγωγή πράσινων πηγών ενέργειας..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Green Energy Miister Skrekas: The agreement between Greece and North Macedonia on the natural gas pipeline is ready / Κ. Σκρέκας: Έτοιμη η συμφωνία Ελλάδας - Β. Μακεδονίας για τον αγωγό φυσικού αερίου km-capital.gr-GR: "Green Energy Miister Skrekas: The agreement between Greece and North ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Discussion on the "Green Deal" in Europe at the Delphi Economic Forum / Συζήτηση για την "Πράσινη Συμφωνία" στην Ευρώπη στο Οικονομικό Φόρουμ των Δελφών km-capital.gr-GR: "Discussion on the "Green Deal" in Europe at the Delphi ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Energy transitions in the focus of the Delphi Economic Forum / Η ενεργειακή μετάβαση στο... κέντρο των Δελφών km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Energy transitions in the focus of the Delphi Economic Forum ..." page: 14,15 info: by AFRODITI TZIANTZI date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Β. Χόγιερ (ΕΤΕπ): Τώρα είναι η ώρα να δράσουμε κατά της κλιματικής αλλαγής km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Β. Χόγιερ (ΕΤΕπ): Τώρα είναι η ώρα να δράσουμε κατά ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EVP Timmermans: Balkans are a new Eldorado for the development of RES / Τίμερμανς: Νέο Ελντοράντο για ανάπτυξη ΑΠΕ τα Βαλκάνια km-euro2day.gr-GR: "EVP Timmermans: Balkans are a new Eldorado for the development ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The wind and photovoltaic energy market has been saturated / Η αγορά αιολικών, φωτοβολταϊκών έχει κορεστεί km-Kathimerini-GR: "The wind and photovoltaic energy market has been saturated / ..." page: 23 info: by Chrysa Liaggou date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Οικονομικό Φόρουμ Δελφών - Σκρέκας: Η Ελλάδα σημαντική πύλη φυσικού αερίου km-protothema.gr-GR: "Οικονομικό Φόρουμ Δελφών - Σκρέκας: Η Ελλάδα σημαντική πύλη φυσικού ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Greece can become a hub for the transfer of green hydrogen / Κόμβος μεταφοράς πράσινου υδρογόνου μπορεί να γίνει η Ελλάδα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Greece can become a hub for the transfer of green ..." page: 23 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ENLARGEMENT

MEPs call for debt restructuring for Montenegro

[Austria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST | info

MEP Thomas Waitz (Greens/EFA) and MEP Tonino Picula (S&D) say that the European Union should help Montenegro to restructure its debts of about €1 billion with China, Die Presse reports. MEP Waitz, shadow rapporteur for Montenegro, says that the European Investment Bank or the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development should take over the loan for the construction of a motorway. MEP Picula agrees with this demand, saying that a review of the legal foundations of this contract is needed.

MEPs call for debt restructuring for Montenegro / EU-Mandatare für Umschuldung Montenegros km-Presse-Austria-AT: "MEPs call for debt restructuring for Montenegro / EU-Mandatare für ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

General Affairs Council revises enlargement methodology to accession negotiations

[Bulgaria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST | info

On Tuesday, the General Affairs Council agreed on the application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia, Focus News Agency reports. The changes are to be applied within the existing negotiating frameworks with both countries during the next Intergovernmental Conferences in June. "A credible accession perspective is the key driver of transformation in the region and enhancing the opportunities for our collective security and prosperity. It is a key tool to promote democracy, rule of law and respect for fundamental rights," Portugal's State Secretary for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias stressed. The enhancement of the accession process focuses on four elements: stronger focus on fundamental reforms, stronger political steer, increased dynamism and improving the predictability of the process.

EU Council of Ministers: New negotiating methodology will apply to Serbia and Montenegro / Съветът на министрите на ЕС: Новата методология за преговори ще се прилага за Сърбия и Черна гора km-Focus-News.net-BG: "EU Council of Ministers: New negotiating methodology will apply to ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Albania and North Macedonia not to be decoupled in EU accession

[Bulgaria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:00:00 AM CEST | info

On Tuesday, after a meeting with Prime Minister Zaev, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell promised that Albania would not advance ahead of North Macedonia in the EU accession process, TV 21 reports, quoted by Focus News Agency. "There is no support for 'decoupling' – neither in the EU institutions nor among the member states. North Macedonia met the necessary conditions to start the accession negotiations and, similarly to Albania, deserves to proceed to the next stage of the process without delays," he remarked. PM Zaev welcomed the working visit to Brussels and emphasised that he and his delegation conveyed the message of North Macedonia's citizens to EU officials that "we have worked hard, met the criteria and want to give our fair share to the future of Europe".

TV 21 (RCM): Zoran Liev met Josep Borel / „ТВ 21“ (РСМ): Зоран Заев се срещна с Жозеп Борел km-Focus-News.net-BG: "TV 21 (RCM): Zoran Liev met Josep Borel / „ТВ ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brussels takes a clear position on Bosnia and Herzegovina

[Croatia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST | info

A clear position has been taken since yesterday's meeting of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, HRT reports. The European Union stands by “sovereign” Bosnia and Herzegovina, without changing its borders. However, the need for constitutional reforms and the assumption of responsibility by Bosnian politicians has been emphasised during the meeting. Despite a call by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell to stop making dangerous statements, the Serb member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency reiterated today that Serbia's “biggest goal is to make Bosnia and Herzegovina disappear.”

The European Union stands with a sovereign Bosnia and Herzegovina, without changing its borders / Europska unija stoji uz suverenu Bosnu i Hercegovinu, bez mijenjanja granica km-HTV-HR: "The European Union stands with a sovereign Bosnia and Herzegovina, ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-05-11 19:35:00, 00:02:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:35:00 PM CEST

Council wants simultaneous launch of accession process for Albania and North Macedonia

[Cyprus, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:21:00 PM CEST | info

The General Affairs Council expressed yesterday its wish for a simultaneous launch of the EU accession process for Albania and North Macedonia, Sigmalive reports. According to Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Zacarias, the EU ministers discussed solutions towards this end given that Bulgaria has blocked North Macedonia's process. She said the Portuguese EU Presidency is discussing both with the North Macedonian and the Bulgarian authorities to reach a solution before the end of June. As regards the accession process of both countries, she stressed that special focus will be placed on the rule of law. On his part, European Commission Vice-President Šefčovič said the Commission is working to launch the first intergovernmental conference for both countries soon, noting that "we must send a positive message to the Western Balkans."

Towards a simultaneous launch of the EU accession process for Albania and Skopje / Προς ταυτόχρονη έναρξη ενταξιακής διαδικασίας στην ΕΕ Αλβανία-Σκόπια km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Towards a simultaneous launch of the EU accession process for ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vice-President Šefčovič sides in favour of launching accession negotiations for North Macedonia and Albania

[Greece, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST | info

A couple of media outlets report that the EU General Affairs Council, which convened yesterday in Brussels, sided in favour of the simultaneous launch of accession negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia. Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias stated that the ministers talked about solutions towards this direction, given that Bulgaria is blocking North Macedonia’s accession process. We are trying to put pressure to simultaneously launch the accession process for the two countries, she stressed, adding that the Portuguese Presidency is in talks with the North Macedonian and the Bulgarian authorities in order to find a solution before the end of June. Vice-President Šefčovič stated that the Commission is working to launch the first intergovernmental meeting for both countries as soon as possible. He stressed that in order for a negotiating chapter to close, all criteria must be met, underlining that the rule of law is the most important one. We must send a positive message to the Western Balkans and this would be the start of the intergovernmental meeting during the mandate of the Portuguese Presidency, VP Šefčovič remarked.

Ταυτόχρονη έναρξη της ενταξιακής διαδικασίας για Αλβανία και Β. Μακεδονία θέλει η ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Ταυτόχρονη έναρξη της ενταξιακής διαδικασίας για Αλβανία και Β. Μακεδονία ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ΕΕ: Επιθυμεί την ταυτόχρονη έναρξη της ενταξιακής διαδικασίας για Αλβανία και Βόρεια Μακεδονία km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Επιθυμεί την ταυτόχρονη έναρξη της ενταξιακής διαδικασίας για Αλβανία ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

General Affairs Council: In favour of accession negotiations for Albania, North Macedonia / Συμβούλιο Γενικών Υποθέσεων: Υπέρ των ενταξιακών διαπραγματεύσεων για Αλβανία, Β.Μακεδονία km-in.gr-GR: "General Affairs Council: In favour of accession negotiations for Albania, ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU perspective of Western Balkans states emphasised at the end of the Slovenian Presidency of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative

[Slovenia, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST | info

Yesterday in Portorož, Slovenia, at an event marking the end of the Slovenian Presidency of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative, the Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) was launched, STA reports. At the same time, the Izola Declaration was adopted, which stresses the EU perspective of Western Balkans states, Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anže Logar said. Commissioner Ferreira also spoke at the event via video link, highlighting the specific challenges being faced, from Covid-19 and related problems to their impact on EU economies. Commissioner Ferreira, however, pointed out that the EU was equipped not only with a vision, but also with the conditions for a speedy recovery that would also benefit the states in the middle of the EU accession process. The Izola Declaration “expresses mutual support for the region and its stability, progress in reforms, sustainable economic development and the strengthening of political dialogue.” Slovenia's goal is to create an environment that will enable the Western Balkans’ development on their path to EU membership, Minister Logar added. He also pointed out the strategic orientation towards green connectivity and the active involvement of young people.

EU perspective of Western Balkans states emphasised at the end of the Slovenian Presidency of the Adriatic and Ionian Initiative / Ob zaključku slovenskega predsedovanja Jadransko-jonski iniciativi poudarili evropsko perspektivo Zahodnega Balkana km-sta.si-SI: "EU perspective of Western Balkans states emphasised at the end ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

EU Startup Summit releases document on innovation ecosystems

[Spain, ENTREPRENEURSHIP]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

El Español reports that leading independent startups ecosystem leaders from across the 27 member states presented Commissioner Gabriel their “Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups“. The initiative, supported by 27 national EU startup organisations, aims to increase the number of unicorns (privately-owned companies valued at over $1 billion) tenfold in Europe over the next ten years.

The EU Startup Summit tells the EC that to create an ecosystem the first thing is to name things / El EU Startup Summit le dice a la CE que para crear un ecosistema lo primero es poner nombre a las cosas km-elespanol.com-ES: "The EU Startup Summit tells the EC that to create ..." date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ENVIRONMENT

EU also starts investigation regarding the case of Arthur the bear

[Austria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

A second Romanian authority has started investigating the case of Arthur the bear, Kleine Zeitung and orf.at report. The anti-corruption authority DNA reported yesterday that it is investigating for abuse of authority and acceptance of benefits with regard to the alleged killing of Arthur the brown bear. Last week, the public prosecution office initiated a preliminary investigation on the grounds of misuse of weapons and poaching against Prince Emanuel of Liechtenstein. Now, Commissioner Sinkevičius has declared that his department will investigate this case too.

Arthur the bear: EU also starts investigation / Bär Arthur: Auch die EU ermittelt km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Arthur the bear: EU also starts investigation / Bär Arthur: ..." page: 24 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Nach Bären-Abschuss in Rumänien: Korruptionsbehörde ermittelt km-orf.at-AT: "Nach Bären-Abschuss in Rumänien: Korruptionsbehörde ermittelt..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Austria needs more recycling of plastic packaging

[Austria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

According to a study presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Vienna, only 75,000 tonnes of a total of 300,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is recycled in Austria, Wiener Zeitung reports. This means that 25% of plastic packaging is recycled. The European Commission's plan of action "Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy" aims to raise the recycling quota for plastic packaging in each EU member state above 55% by 2030. The European Commission has set a recycling target of 90% for plastic beverage bottles.

Austria needs more recycling of plastic packaging / Gelbe Tonnen braucht das Land km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Austria needs more recycling of plastic packaging / Gelbe Tonnen ..." page: 1,11 info: by Bernd Vasari date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe wants to ban pollution by 2050

[Belgium, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

According to De Morgen, Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Sinkevičius presented an action plan to put an end to the pollution of air, water and soil by 2050. By 2030, the European Commission wants to reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution by 55%, traffic nuisances by 30%, nature pollution by 25%, and the use of pesticides by at least half. The use of antibiotics in animal industries should be halved as well, and the amount of plastic in the sea and waste, in general, must be reduced. The action plan is part of the Green Deal presented by EVP Timmermans in 2019.

Europe wants to ban pollution by 2050 / Europa wil vervuiling tegen 2050 bannen km-Morgen-BE: "Europe wants to ban pollution by 2050 / Europa wil ..." page: 17 info: by Peeperkorn date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Column: Commission's research centre grossly overestimates logging volumes - strong research data is key to successful forest policy

[Finland, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-FI Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:04:00 PM CEST

A Maaseudun Tulevaisuus column notes that the European Forest Institute said two weeks ago that the European Commission's research centre overestimates forest logging figures. The Commission often repeats that European forests are in bad shape, and if this is the assumption, this does not bode well for Finland. EU decisions reflect great ignorance about Finnish forestry and forest management. This is no wonder, as even Finnish MEPs' knowledge varies. MEP Silvia Modig (GUE/NGL, FI) thinks Finnish forests are among Europe's worst in terms of biodiversity. Her statement, made in a European Parliament committee, caused dismay. EU decision making must be based on strong research data. The fear now is that the Commission is making forest policy decision based on weak data. If the scientific community had not been awake, an error in research methods could have led forest policy down the wrong road.

Komission tutkimuskeskus arvioi hakkuumäärät pahasti yli todellisen – vankka tutkimustieto on avain onnistuneeseen metsäpolitiikkaan km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Komission tutkimuskeskus arvioi hakkuumäärät pahasti yli todellisen – vankka tutkimustieto ..." page: 12 date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Problem with the financing of waste management projects in Greece

[Greece, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

Efimerida Syntakton reports that waste management projects across Greece with a budget that exceeds €1 billion in total are at risk of being left without European financing. The threat is now expressed in written form, in official texts, although the Greek government was estimating until recently that European money will be ensured. Efimerida Syntakton presents a text from the Regional unit of Peloponnese, which concerns a waste management project that anticipated some €62.5 million from EU resources. The newspaper has already revealed since 9 July 2020 that the Commission rejected the request for financing, considering that the project is not compatible with the European directive, tracing overpricing and expressing objections to the placement of a landfill unit at a Natura area in Lakonia. However, on 30 January 2021, the Greek government signed the contracts that put the project in force. According to an old publication by Efimerida Syntakton, Greek Environment Ministry’s General Secretary for waste management Manolis Grafakos had appeared optimistic over the final outcome of the case, because the Commission would be convinced to proceed with the financing through negotiations. However, three and a half months later only a few things have changed.

They are left with the… waste in the hands / Μένουν με τα... σκουπίδια στο χέρι km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "They are left with the… waste in the hands / ..." page: 3 info: by ARIS CHATZIGEORGIOU date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commission investigates alleged shooting of large brown bear in Romania

[Hungary, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:43:00 AM CEST

Népszava and 24.hu report the Commission is investigating allegations that Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein killed a brown bear nicknamed Arthur in Romania during an illegal trophy hunting. 24.hu writes Commissioner Sinkevičius said he trusts the Romanian authorities investigate this incident in very close details. The shooting of the protected animal allegedly took place in a nature reserve. The Commission last year threatened to launch infringement proceedings against Romania if it does not implement the EU directives regarding nature reserves, both media outlets add.

EU also investigtes the shooting of Arthur the bear / Arthur medve lelövését már az EU is vizsgálja km-24.hu-HU: "EU also investigtes the shooting of Arthur the bear / ..." info: by Farkas György date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

- / Világsztár lett a székely medve km-Nepszava-HU: "- / Világsztár lett a székely medve..." page: 13 info: by Gál Mária date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Taoiseach: "Water charges will not be coming back"

[Ireland, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Taoiseach Martin said on Tuesday that water charges "will not be coming back," thejournal.ie reports. Speaking on his way into Cabinet, the Taoiseach was asked about the latest OECD environmental review for Ireland, which suggests the Government reconsiders the issue of domestic water charges. "No, we won't be going back on that - we won't be re-introducing water charges," he said. The OECD report said the quality of groundwater supplies has deteriorated due to nitrate pollution and massive investment is needed in water services. Taoiseach Martin said there has been increased investment in water infrastructure, stating that additional resources have been given to Irish Water over the last 12 months.

Taoiseach: "Water charges will not be coming back" / Taoiseach: "Water charges will not be coming back" km-TheJournal.ie-IE: "Taoiseach: "Water charges will not be coming back" / Taoiseach: ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission monitors the investigation into the killing of bear

[Romania, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro writes that Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius yesterday said he was looking into reports from NGOs that a Liechtenstein prince allegedly killed a large bear in Romania in an act of trophy hunting. Environmental groups said last week that Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein visited Romania in March when he killed a 17-year-old brown bear named Arthur in a nature reserve on the pretext of holding a special license to hunt another bear. “I trust the Romanian authorities investigate this incident in very close details,” Commissioner Sinkevičius told MEPs in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, according to the same source, citing a report published by Politico. According to several media outlets, including Digi24 TV channel, Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has also launched a probe into the killing of Arthur.

DNA investigation into the killing of trophy bear by the Austrian prince / Ştiri km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "DNA investigation into the killing of trophy bear by the ..." info: Ştiri, 2021-05-11 16:13:00, 00:01:35, by Porumbel Catalina date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:13:00 PM CEST

Prosecutor's Office attached to the Târgu Secuiesc Court are investigating offences of poaching and illegal use of weapons in the killing bear Arthur / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Prosecutor's Office attached to the Târgu Secuiesc Court are investigating ..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-11 15:23:00, 00:01:05, by Moraru Andreea date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:23:00 PM CEST

DNA is probing the killing of bear Arthur / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "DNA is probing the killing of bear Arthur / Ştirile ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-05-11 12:05:00, 00:01:47, by Braşovean Andreea date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:05:00 PM CEST

DNA is probing the killing of bear Arthur / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "DNA is probing the killing of bear Arthur / Ştirile ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-11 12:30:00, 00:01:07, by Grigoriţă Alexandra date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:30:00 PM CEST

UPDATE The killing of bear Arthur: DNA launches probe into the issuance of shooting license / UPDATE Uciderea ursului Arthur: Anchetă a DNA privind eliberarea autorizației de împușcare / Cazul, și în atenția Comisiei Europene km-HotNews.ro-RO: "UPDATE The killing of bear Arthur: DNA launches probe into ..." info: by I.H. HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Commission is examining the case of bear Arthur. "I trust the Romanian authorities investigate this incident in very close details" / Comisia Europeană analizează cazul ursului Arthur. „Am încredere că autorităţile române vor investiga acest incident în detaliu” km-mediafax.ro-RO: "European Commission is examining the case of bear Arthur. "I ..." info: by Mihaela Ionita date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

DNA prosecutors launch in rem investigation into the killing of TROPHY bear Arthur - the case also came to the European Commission's attention / Procurorii DNA au deschis dosar penal in rem în cazul ursului-TROFEU - Cazul lui Arthur a intrat și în atenția Comisiei Europene km-Realitatea.net-RO: "DNA prosecutors launch in rem investigation into the killing of ..." info: by Monica Vasilescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

New level of escalation in Israel

[Austria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

No easing of tensions is in sight for now following the latest escalation of the conflict between Israel and militant Palestinians, Der Standard, Wiener Zeitung and Salzburger Nachrichten report. More than 300 missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the direction of Israel since Monday, and two Israeli civilians were killed on Tuesday in the coastal town of Ashkelon. The US and the EU on Tuesday condemned the missile attacks on Israel. Arabian countries such as Saudi-Arabia and Jordan harshly criticised Israel, on the other hand.

Gewalt droht außer Kontrolle zu geraten km-orf.at-AT: "Gewalt droht außer Kontrolle zu geraten..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kampfzone Jerusalem km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Kampfzone Jerusalem..." page: 6 info: by Sabine Brandes date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

New level of escalation in Israel / Neue Stufe der Eskalation in Israel km-Standard-AT: "New level of escalation in Israel / Neue Stufe der ..." page: 1,4 info: by Maria Sterkl date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

„Ende der Provokationen“: Arabische Staaten verurteilen Israel km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "„Ende der Provokationen“: Arabische Staaten verurteilen Israel..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Contributing article: Hong Kong's ruin is a warning to all

[Austria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

A person who was born in Hong Kong writes in a contributing article in Die Presse under the alias of "George" that the EU should keep a more vigilant eye on China's agenda. He says that autocrats around the world are learning from China, and EU member states like Hungary and Poland are falling for China's strategy. The EU should question Chinese investments and cultural exchange more carefully, analyse Chinese organisations more closely and take strict punitive action in reaction to illegal activities like attacks or blackmail. The EU should defend its fundamental principles of freedom with determination and cooperate before it is too late, according to the article.

Contributing article: Hong Kong's ruin is a warning to all / Hongkongs Untergang ist eine Warnung für alle km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Contributing article: Hong Kong's ruin is a warning to all ..." page: 30-31 info: by GEORGE date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tension keeps rising in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

[Belgium, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Several sources look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dewereldmorgen.be publishes an op-ed by the former Israeli ambassador in South Africa, Ilan Baruch, who thinks that the EU is playing into Israel's agenda, to undermine and criminalise civil society activism against the occupation of Palestine, by adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition on antisemitism. However, the IHRA definition is hardly an objective standard. The definition lacks clarity and delineation, leaving it vulnerable to misinterpretation and manipulation. Unfortunately, the European Commission responded to the agendas of the International Legal Forum (ILF) and NGO Monitor when it published its Handbook for the Practical Use of the IHRA Working Definition on Antisemitism in January 2020. It represents an ambitious action plan for the operationalisation and anchoring of the IHRA definition in multiple policy areas. This EU handbook could have real practical implications for those who defend Palestinian rights and criticise Israeli policies: It facilitates the ILF's agenda to attribute quasi-legal consequences to the IHRA definition and serves NGO Monitor's ongoing campaign to undermine international funding for NGOs criticising and challenging the Israeli government. In De Ochtend, MP Vicky Reynaert (Vooruit) recalls that in July 2020, eleven EU member states, including Belgium, asked High Representative/Vice-President Borell to work on a list of possible sanctions against Israel, but since then, no further steps have been taken. Lalibre.be adds that a spokesperson for HR/VP Borrell stated: "The spike of violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and its surroundings, must stop immediately."

Why is the EU helping to label Israel criticism as "antisemitism"? / Waarom helpt de EU kritiek op Israël als ‘antisemitisme’ te bestempelen? km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "Why is the EU helping to label Israel criticism as ..." info: by Baruch date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians: International calls for de-escalation / Conflit israélo-palestinien: appels internationaux à la désescalade km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Conflict between Israelis and Palestinians: International calls for de-escalation / ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian conflict: coalition parties urge Belgium to act on sanctions / Conflit israélo-palestinien: des partis de la coalition pressent la Belgique d'agir dans la voie de sanctions km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Israeli-Palestinian conflict: coalition parties urge Belgium to act on sanctions ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - MP Vicky Reynaert: "Belgium and ten other countries already asked for a list of possible sanctions" / Dinsdag 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - MP Vicky Reynaert: "België en tien andere EU-landen vroegen reeds om een lijst met mogelijke sancties" km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - De Ochtend - MP Vicky ..." info: De ochtend, 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:05:06, by Roels date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

EU to support Hong Kong pro-democracy activists despite Hungary’s veto

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

High Representative/Vice-President Borrell told reporters that the EU is planning to release a declaration in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists despite Hungary’s veto, Politico and EUobserver report, quoted by Duma daily and Focus News Agency. Hungary has one week to change its position, Duma daily adds. HR/VP Borrell stressed that he wanted to make “a last effort in order to get unanimity” on the Hong Kong conclusions.

Hungary vetoes EU on China / Унгария наложи вето на ЕС за Китай km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Hungary vetoes EU on China / Унгария наложи вето на ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU Observer: EU prepares to bypass Hungary's veto and adopt reprehensible declaration against China / EU Observer: ЕС се готви да заобиколи ветото на Унгария и да приеме осъдителна декларация срещу Китай km-Focus-News.net-BG: "EU Observer: EU prepares to bypass Hungary's veto and adopt ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU expresses deep concern about developments between Israel and Palestine

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:01:00 AM CEST

European Commission/EEAS Spokesperson Peter Stano released a statement on the significant upsurge in violence in the Palestinian territories, the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, expressed the EU's "deep concern," Sigmalive and Politis report. He said the "firing of rockets from Gaza against civilian populations in Israel is totally unacceptable" and reiterated the EU's call on all sides to engage in de-escalatory efforts and protect the lives of civilians.Politis and Haravgi recall that EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell also condemned on Monday the evictions of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, describing them as illegal and noting that they are only causing tensions in the area.

Κλιμάκωση της ωμής βίας Ισραηλινών κατά Παλαιστινίων km-Haravgi-CY: "Κλιμάκωση της ωμής βίας Ισραηλινών κατά Παλαιστινίων..." page: 1,12 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Γάζα: Δεκάδες νεκροί και διαρκή αντίποινα km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Γάζα: Δεκάδες νεκροί και διαρκή αντίποινα..." page: 1,13 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU: What is happening in the Palestinian territories is deeply concerning / ΕΕ: Βαθιά ανησυχητικό αυτό που συμβαίνει στα Παλαιστινιακά Εδάφη km-sigmalive.com-CY: "EU: What is happening in the Palestinian territories is deeply ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Why the West does not react to Vrbětice

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Czech media focus on the EU’s reaction to the explosion of arms depot in Vrbětice and to relations with Russia. Mladá fronta DNES daily features a commentary by Miroslav Korecký who points out that only Slovakia, the Baltic states, Bulgaria and Romania reacted to the incident by expelling Russian diplomats. Mr Korecký notes that the Czech approach definitely contributed to the fact that the West was not overly active in expressing its solidarity. However, he points to close economic ties of France and Germany with Russia which do not want to harm their trade relations. Radio station ČRo Radiožurnál features an interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová who criticises latest statements of EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell that the EU stands behind the Czech Republic in the dispute; however, it will not expel other diplomats. She highlights that MEPs approved a strategy calling for revision of the overall strategy on relations with Russia. Aktualne.cz draws attention to a report of Russian entrepreneur Mikhail Khodorkovsky which he sent to MEPs. The report points to a network which Russia managed to build in the EU in order to promote its interests.

Khodorkovsky described secret pro-Russian network in Europe. He also named Czech MP / Chodorkovskij popsal tajnou proruskou síť v Evropě. Jmenoval i českého poslance km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Khodorkovsky described secret pro-Russian network in Europe. He also named ..." info: by Dominika Perlínová date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová / Rozhovor s místopředsedkyní Evropského parlamentu Ditou Charanzovou km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová / ..." info: Hlavní zprávy - rozhovory a komentáře, 2021-05-11 12:10:00, 00:06:59, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:10:00 PM CEST

European Realpolitik lesson / Evropská lekce z reálpolitiky km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "European Realpolitik lesson / Evropská lekce z reálpolitiky..." page: 8 info: by Miroslav Korecký date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on

[Estonia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

The European Union has demanded for the immediate cessation of conflict between Israel and Palestine, while condemning attacks against civilians, reports Postimees. Over 200 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip to Israel since Monday. Israel responded with attacks at Hamas targets in Gaza. Hamas claims at least 22 people have died due to the attacks, with Israel claiming 15 Hamas fighters died from the military response.

Conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on / Konflikt Iisraeli ja Palestiina vahel ägenes km-Postimees-EE: "Conflict between Israel and Palestine rages on / Konflikt Iisraeli ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU and US condemn violence in Jerusalem

[Finland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Hufvudstadsbladet reports that Both the European Union and the US condemn the violence in Jerusalem. The Union's statement says that the sharp rise in violence in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem as well as in and around Gaza, must stop immediately. The statement also said that all leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists and further civilian casualties must be prevented. The UN Security Council held an urgent meeting on the unrest in Jerusalem on Monday, but so far has not issued an official statement.

EU: Våldet måste upphöra i Jerusalem km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "EU: Våldet måste upphöra i Jerusalem..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Looking away from Palestine and Israel is not an option

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:20:00 AM CEST

German media provide wide coverage of the riots in Israel. While the situation is tense, there are calls for support for Palestine.In a commentary in Der Tagesspiegel, Andrea Nüsse argues that Europe and the US are no longer interested in the escalating Middle East conflict, which is dangerous. President Biden is distancing himself from Prime Minister Netanyahu and wants to revive the nuclear deal with Iran against his will. However, the Middle East conflict is no longer a strategic priority. Many red lines are being crossed right now. Perhaps a robust Western initiative to support Palestinian elections, with the necessary pressure on Israel, could offer a perspective for change to break the spiral of violence after all. In any case, looking the other way is not an option, the author emphasises.In an interview on rbb Inforadio, Director of Friedrich Ebert Foundation in East Jerusalem Hannes Alpen expresses concerns that the current situation in Israel is very tense. On the night of 11 May, more than 200 rockets flew from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, which was answered with counter-attacks. Director Alpen points out that Israel was also deliberately provoking the Palestinian population, for example in the current fasting month of Ramadan. Hamas, in turn, is instrumentalising the protests of the people in the Gaza Strip, he notes. Prime Minister Netanyahu can now also show himself to be a strong leader.

ARD - May 11, 2021 10:24 PM - Commentary on Israeli-Palestinian tension / ARD - 11.05.2021 22:24 - Commentary on Israeli-Palestinian tension km-ARD-DE: "ARD - May 11, 2021 10:24 PM - Commentary on ..." info: Program, 2021-05-12 00:22:00, 00:01:57, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:22:00 AM CEST

Deutschlandfunk - 11.05.2021 19:05 - Commentary on Israeli-Palestinian tension / Deutschlandfunk - 11.05.2021 19:05 - Commentary on Israeli-Palestinian tension km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Deutschlandfunk - 11.05.2021 19:05 - Commentary on Israeli-Palestinian tension / ..." info: Program, 2021-05-12 01:36:00, 00:03:17, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:36:00 AM CEST

Expected and yet surprising / Erwartet und doch überraschend km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Expected and yet surprising / Erwartet und doch überraschend..." page: 2 info: by JOCHEN STAHNKE date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hamas' Calculus / Das Kalkül der Hamas km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Hamas' Calculus / Das Kalkül der Hamas..." page: 1 info: by NIKOLAS BUSSE date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Biden's Serious Mistakes / Bidens schwere Fehler km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Biden's Serious Mistakes / Bidens schwere Fehler..." page: 15 info: by Pierre Heumann date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The result of speechlessness / Das Resultat der Sprachlosigkeit km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "The result of speechlessness / Das Resultat der Sprachlosigkeit..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

rbb Inforadio - 11.05.2021 15:45 - Interview on Israeli-Palestinian tension / rbb Inforadio - 11.05.2021 15:45 - Interview on Israeli-Palestinian tension km-RBB3-DE: "rbb Inforadio - 11.05.2021 15:45 - Interview on Israeli-Palestinian tension ..." info: Program, 2021-05-12 01:46:00, 00:07:34, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:46:00 AM CEST

Jerusalem Fighting Zone / Kampfzone Jerusalem km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Jerusalem Fighting Zone / Kampfzone Jerusalem..." page: 4 info: by Peter Münch date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sharp words, soft tones / Scharfe Worte, leise Töne km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Sharp words, soft tones / Scharfe Worte, leise Töne..." page: 2 info: by Tomas Avenarius date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Back to Hell / Zurück in der Hölle km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Back to Hell / Zurück in der Hölle..." page: 2 info: by Peter Münch date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

At a distance / Auf Distanz km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "At a distance / Auf Distanz..." page: 2 info: by Hubert Wetzel date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

On riots in Israel: Looking away is not an option / Wegschauen gilt nicht km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "On riots in Israel: Looking away is not an option ..." page: 6 info: by A.N date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Protective aid for Palestine / Schützenhilfe für Palästina km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Protective aid for Palestine / Schützenhilfe für Palästina..." page: 14 info: by Jürgen Gottschlich date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Understandable anger, false solidarity / Verständliche Wut, falsche Solidarität km-Tageszeitung-DE: "Understandable anger, false solidarity / Verständliche Wut, falsche Solidarität..." page: 1 info: by jannis hagmann date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The core problem of German Israel policy / Das Kernproblem deutscher Israel-Politik km-Welt-DE: "The core problem of German Israel policy / Das Kernproblem ..." page: 6 info: by P.Volkmann-Schluck date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Understanding Israel / Verständnis für Israel km-Welt-DE: "Understanding Israel / Verständnis für Israel..." page: 1 info: by J. Schuster date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

- "We are in an information war" / - "Wir befinden uns in einem Informationskrieg" km-zdf.de-DE: "- "We are in an information war" / - "Wir ..." info: by Nils Metzger date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"It's about the existence of the Palestinians" / "Es geht um die Existenz der Palästinenser" km-Zeit.de-DE: ""It's about the existence of the Palestinians" / "Es geht ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Naive to think EU could tame China's superpower

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:10:00 AM CEST

In a commentary in Handelsblatt, Jens Münchrath criticises the EU's wishes to deny state subsidised companies access to the internal market, as it will represent crystal clear protectionism. Additionally, it is clear that for decades the EU has also sinned against the idea of open markets, as it has subsidised European agriculture in a way that farmers in developing and emerging countries hardly have a chance. The interventionist furore of the EU strategists is of course primarily directed against China, in an attempt to stop the rising Chinese economic power. It is naive to assume that the EU, which is not even able to formulate a common foreign policy, can put a superpower like China in its place, no matter the talk from President Macron or President von der Leyen.

On EU-China relations: Protectionist seduction / Protektionistische Verführung km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On EU-China relations: Protectionist seduction / Protektionistische Verführung..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Conflict between Germany and Morocco continues

[Germany, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:14:00 AM CEST

The German foreign organisations in Morocco are in a state of exclusion and no one knows how long this will last, Die Welt reports. At the beginning of March, the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced that "all contacts and interactions with the German embassy and institutions associated with it" should be suspended. Last week, the Kingdom of Morocco ordered its ambassador to return back from Berlin and made serious accusations against the Federal Government. The list of the accusations includes espionage, disparagement of Morocco and the targeting of the country's politics. Currently, German-Moroccan relations are on an unprecedented level.

In conflict with Germany, Morocco is self-confident / Im Konflikt mit Deutschland ist Marokko selbstbewusst km-Welt-DE: "In conflict with Germany, Morocco is self-confident / Im Konflikt ..." page: 7 info: by A.H date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU concerned about Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalation

[Greece, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is escalating dangerously after the recent violence in Jerusalem. The Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, is firing rockets at Israeli cities and Israel is retaliating with airstrikes. The EU and the UN have expressed deep concern over developments in the Palestinian territories, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, with Egypt, Qatar and the UN seeking to mediate to defuse the situation. Commission spokesperson Peter Stano noted that what is happening in the occupied Palestinian territories, in the occupied West Bank, in East Jerusalem, in Gaza and around it is deeply worrying for the EU and for its member states. At the same time, he stressed that launching rockets from the Gaza Strip against target civilians in Israel is completely unacceptable and the EU calls for de-escalation. He also pointed out that the priority is the immediate de-escalation, in order to protect the lives of citizens.

Στάνο: Βαθιά ανησυχητικό αυτό που συμβαίνει στα Παλαιστινιακά Εδάφη km-capital.gr-GR: "Στάνο: Βαθιά ανησυχητικό αυτό που συμβαίνει στα Παλαιστινιακά Εδάφη..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

More than 28 dead, threats by Benjamin Netanyahu and international concern / Πάνω από 28 νεκροί, απειλές Νετανιάχου και διεθνής ανησυχία km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "More than 28 dead, threats by Benjamin Netanyahu and international ..." page: 27 info: by ALIKI KOTZIA date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Κομισιόν: Βαθιά ανησυχητικό αυτό που συμβαίνει σε Παλαιστινιακά Εδάφη, κατεχόμενη Δυτική Οχθη, Ανατολική Ιερουσαλήμ, Γάζα km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Βαθιά ανησυχητικό αυτό που συμβαίνει σε Παλαιστινιακά Εδάφη, κατεχόμενη ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian clashes escalate / Κλιμακώνονται οι συγκρούσεις μεταξύ Ισραηλινών- Παλαιστινίων km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Israeli-Palestinian clashes escalate / Κλιμακώνονται οι συγκρούσεις μεταξύ Ισραηλινών- Παλαιστινίων..." page: 15 info: by Moses Litsis date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hungary blocks EU resolution condemning China a second time

[Hungary, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

A few Hungarian media outlets report on Hungary blocking the second attempt of EU member states to issue a statement condemning China's actions against Hong Kong. All media outlets report that Hungary has blocked even a watered-down version of the EU's original resolution criticising China over violating democratic rights in Hong Kong. Atv and portfolio.hu report High Representative/Vice-President Borrell as saying after the Foreign Council meeting that further attempts to convince Hungary will be made in the next few days, and, as portfolio.hu adds, if Hungary cannot be convinced, the EU will make a decision that does not reflect unanimity. Most media outlets report German Foreign Minister as criticising the Hungarian government after the Foreign Council meeting over its behaviour that harms uniform EU action. KlubRádió reports HR/VP Borrell as saying after the Foreign Council meeting on Monday that the US and the UK should also contribute to supplying Covid-19 vaccines to the Third World; moreover, HR/VP Borrell is reported by KlubRádió as speaking about how to increase global climate action, particularly among the largest economies, and how to meet the EU's climate objectives and motivate others to do more about it.

European Union ready to adopt statement even without Hungary to condemn China over intervention in Hong Kong democracy / Az Európai Unió akár Magyarország nélkül is kész elfogadni azt a nyilatkozatot, amely elítéli Kínát a hongkongi demokráciába való beavatkozás miatt km-ATV-HU: "European Union ready to adopt statement even without Hungary to ..." info: atv - Déli Híradó - 2021-05-11 10-00-00 - 2021-05-11 10-30-00, 2021-05-11 10:15:00, 00:00:42, by Nemes Anna date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:15:00 AM CEST

- / Miközben a magyar kormány a kínai vakcina európai elfogadása mellett kampányolt az uniós külügyminiszterek tanácsülésén, addig az EU arra szólította fel a világ többi részét, hogy segítsenek a harmadik világ államain km-KlubRadio-HU: "- / Miközben a magyar kormány a kínai vakcina európai ..." info: KlubRádió - Reggeli hírek 7-00 - 2021-05-11 05-00-00 - 2021-05-11 05-10-00, 2021-05-11 05:04:00, 00:02:20, by Báder Tamás (szerk. Arató László) date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:04:00 AM CEST

Hungary being criticised / Bírálta hazánkat km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Hungary being criticised / Bírálta hazánkat..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

German foreign minister openly criticises Hungarian government over decision regarding Hong Kong / Nyilvánosan bírálta a német külügyminiszter a magyar kormányt a hongkongi döntése miatt km-portfolio.hu-HU: "German foreign minister openly criticises Hungarian government over decision regarding ..." info: by Portfolio date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

- / Teljességgel érthetetlennek nevezte a német külügyminiszter, hogy a magyar kormány miatt napirendre sem kerülhetett egy Kína Hongkonggal szembeni fellépését elítélő uniós dokumentum km-RTL-Klub-HU: "- / Teljességgel érthetetlennek nevezte a német külügyminiszter, hogy a ..." info: RTL Klub - RTL Híradó - Esti kiadás - 2021-05-11 16-01-00 - 2021-05-11 16-52-00, 2021-05-11 16:38:00, 00:00:55, by Szellő István date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:38:00 PM CEST

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney tells ambassador Israel must "protect all civilians"

[Ireland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said that he told Israel's ambassador to Ireland that the country's security forces must "protect all civilians in line with their obligations under international law," irishtimes.com reports. Speaking in the Dáil, Mr Coveney said "the approach of the Israeli authorities and security forces in my view is not acceptable". Mr Coveney, who had earlier called in the Israeli ambassador to Ireland, told the Dáil that he met him "to convey Ireland's position with this recent tension and violence. "I underlined the need for the Israeli authorities to behave responsibly and protect all civilians in line with their obligations under international law," he said.Meanwhile, the Palestinian ambassador to Ireland has said the Government should table a motion at the UN Security Council demanding Israel halt settlement activity in the occupied territories, independent.ie reports. Dr Jilan Abdalmajid, ambassador from the Mission of the State of Palestine, told the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that Ireland should use its current membership of the UN Security Council to put pressure on Israel in the same way as New Zealand did in 2016 when it pushed a resolution condemning Israel settlement-building. "New Zealand managed to submit this with the international community," she told TDs and Senators. "I think you can do something."

Irish Government should demand Israel halts settlement activity in occupied territories ? Palestinian ambassador / Irish Government should demand Israel halts settlement activity in occupied territories ? Palestinian ambassador km-independent.ie-IE: "Irish Government should demand Israel halts settlement activity in occupied ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Coveney tells ambassador Israel must "protect all civilians" / Coveney tells ambassador Israel must "protect all civilians" km-irishtimes.com-IE: "Coveney tells ambassador Israel must "protect all civilians" / Coveney ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius says European Union must also become best communicator

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius participated in the meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels. In the ministerial discussion on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vice-Minister stressed: “We must help our partners in the European Union’s neighbourhood and increase the European Union’s visibility, which is often overshadowed by Chinese or Russian “vaccine diplomacy.” The European Union is the world’s largest exporter of vaccines, the world’s largest donor, but it must also become the best communicator.” Speaking about relations with Russia, he called on the European Union to be more resolute, to defend European values and democracy.

Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius says European Union must also become best communicator / Viceministras: ES yra didžiausia vakcinų donorė, bet turi tapti ir geriausia komunikatore km-15min.lt-LT: "Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius says European Union must ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Union says Israeli-Palestinian violence must ‘stop immediately’

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt writes that the “significant upsurge in violence” in the West Bank, in and near Gaza and in east Jerusalem “needs to stop immediately,” a spokesman for European Union said. “The firing of rockets from Gaza against civilian populations in Israel is totally unacceptable and feeds escalatory dynamics,” the spokesman added in a statement. The European Union has been ratcheting up its calls for both sides to step back from the violence. “The significant upsurge in violence in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem as well as in and around Gaza needs to stop immediately,” it said. “All leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists. The status quo of the holy sites must be fully respected. We reiterate our call on all sides to engage in de-escalatory efforts. Further civilian casualties must be prevented as a priority.”

European Union says Israeli-Palestinian violence must ‘stop immediately’ / ES: Izraelio ir Palestinos smurtas turi „nedelsiant liautis“ km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Union says Israeli-Palestinian violence must ‘stop immediately’ / ES: ..." info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian tension

[Luxembourg, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets in Luxembourg report on the Israeli-Palestinian tension.Tageblatt reports that in the newly flared up Middle East conflict, the radical Islamic Hamas has fired 130 rockets at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. This was announced yesterday. This is a reaction to the destruction of a 13-story residential building in Gaza by the Israeli Air Force. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had previously announced that the "strength and frequency" of attacks would be increased in view of the ongoing fire. There were reports of more than 30 deaths, including numerous children.Pierre Heumann reports in Luxemburger Wort that the US, the EU and others are now calling for de-escalation in the Middle East conflict. High Representative/ Vice-President Borrell condemned attacks on civilians in Israel as "totally unacceptable". They nurtured an "escalating dynamic". At the same time, he condemned planned evictions of Palestinian families from East Jerusalem. "All sides need to de-escalate, relieve tension, take practical steps to calm things down," said US Secretary of State Blinken when he met his Jordanian counterpart in Washington.

Why it came to the violent escalation in Israel / Warum es zur Gewalteskalation in Israel kam km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Why it came to the violent escalation in Israel / ..." page: 8 info: by Pierre Heumann date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

De Journal km-RTL-Tele-Letzebuerg-LU: "De Journal..." info: 2021-05-11 19:30:00, 19:30:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Tel Aviv under fire, Netanyahu threatens even more severity / Tel Aviv unter Beschuss, Netanjahu droht noch mehr Härte an km-Tageblatt-LU: "Tel Aviv under fire, Netanyahu threatens even more severity / ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

UK government promises rapid recovery and stronger borders

[Luxembourg, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Joe Jackson reports in Tageblatt that after the success of the vaccination campaign, the British government relies on reopening the economy and recovery. The country's borders are to be strengthened. Prime Minister Johnson had already successfully collected votes in the campaign for the 2016 Brexit referendum and in the 2019 parliamentary election on the topics of border security and the fight against immigration.

Government promises rapid recovery / Regierung verspricht raschen Wiederaufbau km-Tageblatt-LU: "Government promises rapid recovery / Regierung verspricht raschen Wiederaufbau..." page: 10 info: by Joe Jackson date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sharp conflict in the Middle East

[Poland, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Four dailies report on violent commotions in Jerusalem, Hamas missiles fired at Israel and the Israeli Army’s flight raids at the targets in Gaza Strip. Gazeta Wyborcza and Gazeta Polska Codziennie report that the European Union appeals for stopping the violence. Gazeta Wyborcza cites a spokesperson for High Representative/Vice-President Borrell as having stated that sharp escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip and Western Jerusalem must be immediately stopped. He also sharply criticized the shooting of missiles from Gaza aimed at a civil population of Israel by saying that it is completely unacceptable and causes further escalation of the conflict.

A threat of another Intifida is emerging / Narasta groźba kolejnej palestyńskiej intifady km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "A threat of another Intifida is emerging / Narasta groźba ..." page: 1 info: by Karolina date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sirens in Jerusalem, blood in the streets / Syreny w Jerozolimie, krew na ulicach km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Sirens in Jerusalem, blood in the streets / Syreny w ..." page: 7 info: by Petar Petrovic date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Crisis in the Middle East / Kryzys na Bliskim Wschodzie km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Crisis in the Middle East / Kryzys na Bliskim Wschodzie..." page: 10 info: by Marta Urzędowska date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

America, the most important judge, looks at Jerusalem / Ameryka, najważniejszy sędzia, patrzy na Jerozolimę km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "America, the most important judge, looks at Jerusalem / Ameryka, ..." page: 1 info: by Jerzy Haszczynski date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Union calls for immediate end of violence in Israel

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the European Union on Tuesday has called on all sides to put an end to the violence in Israel. A spokesperson for High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell said “the significant upsurge in violence in the West Bank, in and near Gaza and in east Jerusalem needs to stop immediately,” according to Realitatea.net. The UN Security Council met urgently but did not agree on a joint statement, with the United States saying “a public message is not appropriate at this stage,” according to diplomats. The turmoil intensified recently after militants in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets towards Israel, according to Digi24 TV channel. On the other hand, 20 Palestinians, including 9 children, have died in Gaza after confrontations with Israeli security forces, according to România Actualități radio station.

New violent protests in Jerusalem / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "New violent protests in Jerusalem / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-05-11 08:49:00, 00:02:14, by Sîngerozan Aneta date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:49:00 AM CEST

Calls for calm to Israel and the Palestinians / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Calls for calm to Israel and the Palestinians / Ştirile ..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-05-11 13:50:00, 00:02:15, by Braşovean Andreea date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:50:00 PM CEST

Violence in Israel / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Violence in Israel / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-11 07:34:00, 00:01:06, by Chisoceanu Valentin date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

High tension / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "High tension / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-11 07:13:00, 00:00:58, by Comanici Constanta date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

Internationally tense situation: Middle East conflict has escalated / Situație tensionată la nivel internațional: Conflictul din Orientul Mijlociu a escaladat km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Internationally tense situation: Middle East conflict has escalated / Situație ..." info: by Dan Istratie date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel strikes Gaza after violence erupts in the holy sites / Israelul loveşte Gaza după ce violența pune stăpânire pe locurile sfinte din Ierusalim km-Romania-Libera-RO: "Israel strikes Gaza after violence erupts in the holy sites ..." page: 9 info: by Constantinescu Adriana date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU condemns Palestinian rocket fire

[Slovakia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:00:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk reports that European Union condemned the Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Israel and the Palestinians to refrain from escalating violence. “The significant upsurge in violence in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem as well as in and around Gaza needs to stop immediately,” informed the European Commission in its statement.

U.S. and EU condemn Hamas rocket attacks and call for de-escalation of tensions / USA a EÚ odsúdili raketové útoky Hamasu a vyzvali na deeskaláciu napätia km-aktuality.sk-SK: "U.S. and EU condemn Hamas rocket attacks and call for ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Number of victims of the conflict between Hamas and Israel is growing

[Slovenia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

Fighting between Israel and Palestine is escalating, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Večer and Dnevnik report. A 12-storey skyscraper in downtown Gaza was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike yesterday evening, in which high-ranking representatives of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas had their offices, according to the French Press Agency AFP. Hamas responded with a violent attack on Tel Aviv, which it targeted with 130 missiles. One of them has hit an oil pipeline. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Hamas had crossed the line this time and that Israel would respond with “all force.” The US, the EU and the UK have called on the two sides to ease the tensions. US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has urged Hamas to stop with the attacks immediately, adding that all sides needed to calm down. UK First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Dominic Raab has also called for an end to missile attacks and targeting civilians. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell also called for an immediate end to the violence in the area, claiming that the missile launch from Gaza was completely unacceptable. Deescalation was also called for in Paris and Berlin. Slovenian Prime Minister Janša said on Twitter yesterday that “Israel has the unequivocal right to defend itself against Hamas' attacks. Their rockets are landing in civilian communities. We stand with Israel.”

Sirens sounding in Tel Aviv, Hamas fires dozens of rockets at the city / V Tel Avivu tulijo sirene, Hamas proti mestu sprožil na desetine raket km-24ur.com-SI: "Sirens sounding in Tel Aviv, Hamas fires dozens of rockets ..." info: by Urška Vrečar date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel is telling Hamas that it will air-strike Palestinians into the past / Izrael Hamasu sporoča, da bo Palestince zraketiral v preteklost km-Dnevnik-SI: "Israel is telling Hamas that it will air-strike Palestinians into ..." page: 6 info: by Aleš Gaube date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Israel destroys skyscraper in Gaza; Hamas with rockets on Tel Aviv / Izrael uničil stolpnico v Gazi; Hamas z raketami na Tel Aviv km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Israel destroys skyscraper in Gaza; Hamas with rockets on Tel ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Number of victims of the conflict between Hamas and Israel is growing / Število žrtev spopadov med Hamasom in Izraelom narašča (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Number of victims of the conflict between Hamas and Israel ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A 12-storey high-rise building in Gaza destroyed in Israeli shooting / V izraelskem obstreljevanju uničena 12-nadstropna stolpnica v Gazi (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "A 12-storey high-rise building in Gaza destroyed in Israeli shooting ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Israel once again caught in a spiral of violence with Palestinians / Izrael se je s Palestinci spet ujel v spiralo nasilja km-Vecer-SI: "Israel once again caught in a spiral of violence with ..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

International outcry against the upsurge in violence between Israel and Palestine

[Spain, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the sharp escalation of tension and violence between Israel and Palestine has provoked all kinds of reactions from the international community, which has reinforced diplomatic posturing between the states and causes occupying the Middle East. The European Commission yesterday called for an "immediate de-escalation" of tension following last night's rocket fire. "This is the priority, immediate de-escalation to protect the lives of civilians," said Commission Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Stano, who also condemned the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel as "totally unacceptable".

Israel and Hamas get red in a spiral of relentless violence / Israel y Hamás se enrocan en una espiral de violencia sin tregua km-Levante-ES: "Israel and Hamas get red in a spiral of relentless ..." page: 35 info: by ANDREA LÓPEZ-TOMÀS date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

International outcry against the upsurge in violence between Israel and Palestine / Clamor internacional en contra del recrudecimiento de la violencia km-Periodico-ES: "International outcry against the upsurge in violence between Israel and ..." page: 4 info: by BEGOÑA GONZÁLEZ date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Rocket launch from Gaza into Israel and Israeli bombardments on the Strip continued today. There are at least 28 Palestinians killed, including 9 children. The Israeli fatalities are three: two in the city of Ashkelon and one in Tel Aviv, where projectiles have begun to fall this afternoon. / El lanzamiento de cohetes desde Gaza hacia Israel y los bombardeos israelíes sobre la Franja han continuado hoy. Hay al menos 28 palestinos muertos, entre ellos 9 niños. Las víctimas mortales israelíes son tres: dos en la ciudad de Ashkelón y uno en Tel km-TVE1-ES: "Rocket launch from Gaza into Israel and Israeli bombardments on ..." info: Telediario 2, 2021-05-11 21:22:00, 00:03:40, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:22:00 PM CEST

EU calls for "immediate" cessation of "increased violence" in West Bank and Gaza / La UE pide el cese "inmediato" del "aumento de la violencia" en Cisjordania y Gaza km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "EU calls for "immediate" cessation of "increased violence" in West ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU condemns escalating violence in West Bank territory

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:50:00 AM CEST

The EU has condemned both Israel and Palestine for the escalating violence in the West Bank territory, Norran and Jönköpings-Posten report quoting news agency TT. In a statement, the EU wrote that the firing of rockets against civilians in Israel is completely unacceptable, and that all leaders have a responsibility to act against extremists. The EU also called repeated its call to both sides to deescalate the situation and prioritise the prevention of additional civilian casualties.

EU and US plead: Violence must cease immediately / EU och USA vädjar: Våldet måste upphöra omedelbart km-Jonkopingsposten-SE: "EU and US plead: Violence must cease immediately / EU ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU and US plead: Violence must cease immediately / EU och USA vädjar: Våldet måste upphöra omedelbart km-Norran-SE: "EU and US plead: Violence must cease immediately / EU ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Several obstacles in the way of Scotland's independence (analysis)

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:58:00 AM CEST

Although the Scottish National Party (SNP) won a great victory in the parliamentary election, there still exist several obstacles in the way of Scotland's independence, Erik de la Reguera writes in an analysis in Dagens Nyheter. The biggest obstacle is British Prime Minister Johnson, who has repeatedly said that it would be irresponsible and careless to hold a new independence referendum so soon after the Covid-19 crisis. Should SNP still pursue a referendum without governmental support, then it is likely that the case will be taken to the British courts. Moreover, there exist no guarantees that the Scottish population would vote in favour of independence, and Scotland remains reliant on the UK for much of its exports. Another problem would be the EU's demands for a stable economy and a low budget deficit for its member states.

Five decisive obstacles on the road towards independence for Scotland / Erik de la Reguera: Fem avgörande hinder på vägen mot självständighet för Skottland km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Five decisive obstacles on the road towards independence for Scotland ..." page: 26 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Russia may leave Treaty on Open Skies, US may re-join

[Sweden, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:53:00 AM CEST

Russian President Putin has proposed that Russia should leave the Treaty on Open Skies, Aftonbladet.se reports quoting news agency TT. The Treaty stipulates that unarmed aerial surveillance flights are permitted over the entire territory of its participants. According to a member of the Russian Parliament, the proposal is expected to receive full support. Following the announcement about Russia's proposal, reports surfaced about US President Biden being open to re-join the Treaty.

Russia and the US argue about air treaty / Ryssland och USA tvistar om flygfördrag km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Russia and the US argue about air treaty / Ryssland ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD

EU prepares fourth round of sanctions against Belarus officials from June

[Cyprus, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:41:00 AM CEST

The EU is readying a fourth round of sanctions against senior Belarus officials in response to last August's contested presidential election and could target as many as 50 people from June, Cyprus Mail reports. The newspaper comments that the EU has already imposed asset freezes and travel bans on almost 90 officials, including President Lukashenko, however, despite a months-long crack down on pro-democracy protesters, the EU's response has been narrower than during a previous period of sanctions between 2004 and 2015, when more than 200 people were blacklisted.

EU prepares new round of Belarus sanctions from June / EU prepares new round of Belarus sanctions from June km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU prepares new round of Belarus sanctions from June / ..." page: 22 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Union pays for bail of Georgian politician

[Estonia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia was released from jail after the European Union had paid the bail set for him, reports Eesti Päevaleht. The deal to release Melia was negotiated by the President of the European Council Charles Michel.

The European Union pays for bail of Georgian politician / EL maksis Gruusia poliitiku kautsjoni km-Eesti-Paevaleht-EE: "The European Union pays for bail of Georgian politician / ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tension escalating in Israel, Gaza Strip as bombing raids continue

[Italy, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that a hail of rockets and bombs fell on Israel and the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours. An article in Corriere della Sera notes that the worst fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in years continued to intensify. The current violence has coincided with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, a time of heightened religious sentiments. Israeli airstrikes began targeting Hamas offices in Gaza City and militants in Gaza fired rockets at Tel Aviv. In one of its airstrikes, Israel flattened a high-rise building used by the Hamas militant group. Hamas targeted Tel Aviv with dozens of rockets after Israel stepped up the intensity of its air strikes on the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, at least 35 Palestinians, including 10 children, were killed. Two Israeli women were killed in Ashkelon, an article in La Stampa notes. Meanwhile, in a sign of widening unrest, riots broke out in several Israeli towns including Lod, where police shot at rioting Arabs, killing one. UN Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland called for a truce, together with the international community, but he was ignored. An article in Il Messaggero stresses that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who said militants would pay a “very heavy” price for the rockets, knows that a new conflict would strengthen his position. At the same time, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is facing a drop in popularity, could decide to postpone elections due to the crisis.

War between Israel, Hamas. 130 rockets on Tel Aviv, US calls for truce / Guerra fra Israele e Hamas 130 razzi su Tel Aviv, appello degli stati uniti km-Canale-5-IT: "War between Israel, Hamas. 130 rockets on Tel Aviv, US ..." info: Tg 5, 2021-05-12 00:49:00, 00:02:10, by Elia Milani date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:49:00 AM CEST

Hail of bombs on Tel Aviv, Gaza: fear, people dead / Pioggia di fuoco su Tel Aviv, bombe su Gaza: morti e paura km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Hail of bombs on Tel Aviv, Gaza: fear, people dead ..." page: 1,12,13 info: by Davide Frattini date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

High risk conflict that nobody wants to stop / Un conflitto ad alto rischio che nessuno vuole fermare km-Messaggero-IT: "High risk conflict that nobody wants to stop / Un ..." page: 9 info: by Gabriele Ronci date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

War between Israel, Hamas, bomb hail on Tel Aviv, airstrikes on Gaza Strip / Guerra fra Israele e Hamas, pioggia di razzi su Tel Aviv e risposta con bombe su Gaza km-Rai-News-24-IT: "War between Israel, Hamas, bomb hail on Tel Aviv, airstrikes ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-12 02:02:00, 00:01:34, by Raffaele Ganah date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:02:00 AM CEST

Diplomacy fails to stop violence in Israel, Gaza Strip. Arab League condemning Israel / Falliscono al momento i contatti diplomatici per fermare le violenze e la lega araba condanna Israele km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Diplomacy fails to stop violence in Israel, Gaza Strip. Arab ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-12 02:03:00, 00:01:48, by Giuseppe Bonavolontà date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:03:00 AM CEST

Bloody days for Israel, Hamas / Giorni di sangue tra Israele e Hamas km-Repubblica-IT: "Bloody days for Israel, Hamas / Giorni di sangue tra ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by SHARON NIZZA date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

War between Hamas, Israel, dozens killed in Palestine / Guerra aperta Hamas-Israele, decine le vittime palestinesi km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "War between Hamas, Israel, dozens killed in Palestine / Guerra ..." page: 1,10 info: by R.Es date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hamas' rockets burning Tel Aviv. Israel: "You will pay for this" / I razzi di Hamas bruciano Tel Aviv Israele: la pagherete km-Stampa-IT: "Hamas' rockets burning Tel Aviv. Israel: "You will pay for ..." page: 16,17 info: by Giordano Stabile date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU preparing new sanctions against Belarus

[Latvia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, High Representative / Vice-President Borrell said on 10 May that the bloc was preparing a fourth round of sanctions against the Belarussian authorities responsible for suppressing the protests. "The regime continues to repress and intimidate its citizens. It is now targeting the Polish community," HR/VP Borrell said after the EU Foreign Council, adding that “we are preparing the next package of sanctions, which I hope will be approved in the coming weeks." The EU has already sanctioned President Alexander Lukashenko and 87 officials, as well as regime-affiliated businessmen. In the last round, announced in December, seven companies that fund the authoritarian regime were also subject to sanctions.

EU preparing new sanctions against Belarus / ES gatavo jaunas sankcijas pret Baltkrieviju km-Diena.lv-LV: "EU preparing new sanctions against Belarus / ES gatavo jaunas ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU preparing new sanctions against Belarus / ES gatavo jaunas sankcijas pret Baltkrieviju km-Radio-SWH-LV: "EU preparing new sanctions against Belarus / ES gatavo jaunas ..." info: Ziņas, 2021-05-11 20:58:00, 00:00:30, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:58:00 PM CEST

Libya asks Malta for Gaddafi’s millions

[Malta, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

The Times leads with the news that Libya has requested the Maltese government’s help to recover more than €80 million in frozen bank deposits linked to the family of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo met his Libyan counterpart, Najla El-Mangoush, holding confidential talks in Valletta. Sources said that a variety of topics, including migration and the reopening of Malta-Libya businesses and air travel, were raised but talks also turned to the late dictator’s ties with the island. Gaddafi ruled Libya for more than 40 years before he was deposed and killed in a bloody uprising in 2011. Times of Malta was told that, during the lengthy meeting, El-Mangoush expressed Libya’s determination to secure hundreds of millions of euros that were believed to have been syphoned off by the former dictator’s relatives and supporters and squirrelled away in foreign countries, including Malta.

Libya asks Malta for Gaddafi’s millions / Libya asks Malta for Gaddafi’s millions km-Malta-Times-MT: "Libya asks Malta for Gaddafi’s millions / Libya asks Malta ..." page: 1,2 info: by Ivan Martin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Concept for EU sanctions onto Belarus

[Poland, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

Two Polish newspapers discuss the European Commission’s plans for imposing sanctions onto the Belarusian regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Gazeta Polska Codziennie cites the respective announcement by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell, who said that Brussels was preparing some restrictions onto Belarus with reference to the repressions applied to the civic society including Poles living in the country. According to Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, the EU debate on the situation in Belarus has been postponed onto the meeting of foreign ministers, scheduled for June. Minister Rau quotes a statement by Commissioner Várhelyi, who said that the event’s agenda was to include the presentation of the plan for Belarus by the Commission. In December 2020, the European Council appealed to the Commission for the preparation of such a plan. Rzeczpospolita comments that Brussels has got a plan for supporting the Belarusian society only nine months after the outbreak of unprecedented protests against falsified elections. The steps are late. Furthermore, the EU plan is vague (lacking details) and inadequate. According to Belarusian oppositionists, there are some politicians in Western Europe, who want to silence the issue and avoid any abrupt steps towards the Minsk administration. The society of Belarus is awaiting a consolidated and courageous policy towards Minsk, from states such as Germany, France and the UK. Because the Lukashenko dictatorship is a threat to the whole Europe.

Next sanctions onto Belarus are inevitable / Kolejne sankcje na Białoruś nieuniknione km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Next sanctions onto Belarus are inevitable / Kolejne sankcje na ..." page: 6 info: by kw date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Late concept for Belarus / Spóźniony pomysł Unii na Białoruś km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Late concept for Belarus / Spóźniony pomysł Unii na Białoruś..." page: 7 info: by Ruslan Szoszyn date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

FINANCIAL_SERVICES

Analysis on possible cap on cash payments: Land of coins and banknotes

[Austria, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

An analysis in Der Standard focuses on the debates about restricting cash payments. When Commissioner McGuinness announced at the beginning of the week that a cap of €10,000 should be imposed on cash payments, Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blümel immediately rejected the proposal. He cited figures of the Austrian Central Bank according to which cash made up 79% of transactions in Austria. Cash is often associated with freedom, and cash payments are considered anonymous. The European Commission cites the fight against money-laundering as an argument in favour of a cap on cash payments.

Land of coins and banknotes / Land der Münzen, Land der Scheine km-Standard-AT: "Land of coins and banknotes / Land der Münzen, Land ..." page: 21 info: by Alexander Hahn date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

FISHERIES

Irish fish quality will be hit by EU demands on weighing, Oireachtas committee told

[Ireland, FISHERIES]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

An Oireachtas committee has heard that the quality of fresh fish landed in Irish harbours will be adversely affected by European Commission demands for a move to pier-side weighing of catches, irishtimes.com reports. The new system is being introduced in the wake of a European audit of Irish fisheries and its weighing systems, which has been the focus of hostility from across the industry. Once introduced, the process of weighing catches will switch from inside processing factories and auction halls to piers. John Lynch, chairman of the Ireland South and East Fish Producers Organisation, described the move as "disastrous", particularly for those landing smaller amounts carefully stored under controlled onboard conditions."

Irish fish quality will be hit by EU demands on weighing, committee told / Irish fish quality will be hit by EU demands on weighing, committee told km-irishtimes.com-IE: "Irish fish quality will be hit by EU demands on ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

MEPs back Galicia's demands for Brexit reserve

[Spain, FISHERIES]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

La Voz de Galicia reports that the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee yesterday adopted the opinion of the Frenchman François-Xavier Bellamy (EPP), which calls for a change in the calculation of compensation for fishing fleets affected by Brexit. The European Commission allocated €600 million in accordance with the factor linked to fishing, €4.150 billion based on trade, and €250 million under the factor linked to maritime border regions. However, the opinion of François-Xavier Bellamy advocates calculating compensation on the basis of the total value of fisheries products caught in British waters, but also in other territories.

The Eurochamber meets Galicia's demands for the reservation of the "brexit" / La Eurocámara atiende las demandas de Galicia para la reserva del «brexit» km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "The Eurochamber meets Galicia's demands for the reservation of the ..." page: 36 info: by E. A. date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

FOOD_SAFETY

No water in European wine

[Austria, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

In two weeks, representatives of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission will meet for marathon negotiations to adopt a reform of agricultural policy, Die Presse reports. These plans also include a reform of the common organisation of the market, which is now causing a commotion in Italy. The European Commission is planning to make the sale of non-alcoholic wine easier. Italian winemakers' associations and agricultural chamber representatives warn that this would make adding water to wine legal. Meanwhile, the European Commission has rejected Italy's fear, according to orf.at and kurier.at: A spokesperson said there was no such proposal by the Commission. They did admit that there are currently negotiations regarding the adaptation of the legal framework on wine. Developing wine with lower alcohol levels is an important market opportunity for the EU's wine industry, the spokesperson said. This is why the Commission proposed adapting the legal framework for wine in 2018.

Wasser in den Wein? EU-Kommission rudert zurück km-kurier.at-AT: "Wasser in den Wein? EU-Kommission rudert zurück..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Wasser in den Wein? Kommission weist Idee zurück km-orf.at-AT: "Wasser in den Wein? Kommission weist Idee zurück..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

No water in European wine / Kein Wasser in europäischen Wein km-Presse-Austria-AT: "No water in European wine / Kein Wasser in europäischen ..." page: 7 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MEP Pascal Arimont advocates the precautionary principle for genetically modified organisms

[Belgium, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

In Grenz Echo, MEP Pascal Arimont (EPP) responds to reader Erwin Radermacher's letter concerning GMOs. He explains that the European Commission carried out and published a study at the EU member states' request, which shows that it would not be appropriate to apply the European rules - dating back to 2001 - to new genomic processes. The European Parliament must have its say on the Commission's proposed changes. MEP Arimont is very critical of genetic engineering in foodstuffs. He asked the Commission about new techniques in September 2020. MEP Arimont advocates the precautionary principle: The use of GMO foodstuffs must be strictly monitored at the European level, and clear labelling for consumers must be guaranteed. He does not support changing the current rules towards more lenient risk assessments or the relaxing of labelling rules.

The precautionary principle for genetically modified organisms / Vorsorgeprinzip bei genveränderten Organismen km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "The precautionary principle for genetically modified organisms / Vorsorgeprinzip bei ..." page: 2 info: by Arimont date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CJEU upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

[Cyprus, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:38:00 AM CEST

The Court of Justice of the EU last Thursday dismissed an appeal by Bayer to overturn the EU's partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, which prevents their use on certain crops, Cyprus Mail reports. A Bayer spokesperson said the company was disappointed by the verdict and stood by the safety of the products, which continue to be used in other regions with appropriate risk mitigation measures applied. "The verdict seems to allow the European Commission almost carte blanche to review existing approvals upon the slightest evidence, which need not even be new scientific data," the spokesperson said. A Greenpeace official commented that the CJEU "has reaffirmed that protecting nature and people's health takes precedence over the narrow economic interests of powerful multinationals."

EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees / EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to ..." page: 23 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Slovenian Agriculture Minister Podgoršek and Commissioner Kyriakides discuss priorities of Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU regarding food safety

[Slovenia, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

Slovenian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food has communicated that yesterday, Slovenian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Jože Podgoršek had a remote conversation with Commissioner Kyriakides, discussing Slovenia's priorities during its Presidency of the Council of the EU in the fields of food safety, animal and plant health, and plant protection products (PPPs), STA reports. According to the ministry, Minister Podgoršek assured Commissioner Kyriakides that Slovenia would pay the utmost attention to ensuring consumer safety in the field of food and traceability, indication of origin and effective inspection control. According to Minister Podgoršek, the protection of high EU standards is important in trade agreements with third countries that affect the agricultural sector, especially in the field of veterinary medicine. He highlighted phytosanitary and sanitary standards, and the legislation in the field of genetically modified organisms and the protection of animal welfare. According to a recently published study by the European Commission on new genomic techniques, which has upset environmentalists, Slovenia sees the need for a single EU regulation of products derived from new genomic techniques, Minister Podgoršek said. However, this is a sensitive topic, the Ministry of Agriculture has added.

Slovenian Agriculture Minister Podgoršek and Commissioner Kyriakides discuss priorities of Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU / Podgoršek s komisarko Kyriakides o prednostnih nalogah predsedovanja EU km-sta.si-SI: "Slovenian Agriculture Minister Podgoršek and Commissioner Kyriakides discuss priorities of ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

GENDER_EQUALITY

Amnesty colours the Turkish embassy purple for the tenth anniversary of the Istanbul Convention

[Belgium, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

On Dewereldmorgen.be, Amnesty International Vlaanderen writes that it demonstrated in front of the Turkish embassy in Brussels on 10 and 11 May, at the eve of the Istanbul Convention's 10th anniversary. The colour purple was projected on the building, the symbol of the fight against violence against women and other gender-related violence. That way, the organisation protested Turkey's decision to leave the important Convention that aims to tackle such violence. It fears that the decision could strengthen other European leaders' intent to also leave the convention. Several world leaders, including Presidents von der Leyen and Biden, condemned Turkey's decision.

Amnesty colours the Turkish embassy purple for the tenth anniversary of the Istanbul Convention / Amnesty kleurt de Turkse ambassade paars voor de tiende verjaardag van het Verdrag van Istanbul km-dewereldmorgen.be-BE: "Amnesty colours the Turkish embassy purple for the tenth anniversary ..." info: by Amnesty International Vlaanderen date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

President von der Leyen scolds EU member states that have not ratified convention against violence against women

[Denmark, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

DR.dk reports that on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Istanbul Convention, President von der Leyen said that it is unacceptable that a number of EU member states either have not ratified the Istanbul Convention or are considering withdrawing from it. Later this year, the European Commission is going to present new rules for preventing and combating violence against women, President von der Leyen announced.

President von der Leyen scolds EU member states that has not ratified convention against violence against women / Von der Leyen giver opsang til EU-lande, der ikke har blåstemplet konvention mod kvindevold km-dr.dk-DK: "President von der Leyen scolds EU member states that has ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Interview: More women politicians are needed

[Germany, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Die Zeit, Ambassador for the government of Yemen Jamila Ali Rajaa and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Helga Schmid say that diplomacy thrives on personalities who build relationships with one another. SG Schmid is frustrated by the fact that despite women are so active in diplomacy, at some point they are asked to make way to men. She believes that negotiations and peace agreements are more effective when women have a say. Women often have better connections to the ordinary population. Ambassador Rajaa explains that if one wants more women negotiators, one needs more women politicians.

Do women negotiate differently? / Verhandeln Frauen anders? km-Zeit-DE: "Do women negotiate differently? / Verhandeln Frauen anders?..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Member states should ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health, MEPs say

[Slovakia, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:55:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk reports that the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) of the European Parliament urges member states to secure universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including safe and legal abortion. The non-legislative proposal was approved by the Committee on Tuesday by 27 votes in favour, 6 against and 1 abstention. The MEPs highlighted that the right to health, in particular sexual and reproductive health rights, are fundamental women’s rights which should be enhanced and cannot in any way be watered down or withdrawn. They also pointed to the fact that some member states still have restrictive laws prohibiting abortion except in strictly defined circumstances, leading to women having to seek clandestine abortions or carry their pregnancy to term against their will, which is a violation of their human rights.

EP report calls on EU countries to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health / Správa EP žiada krajiny EÚ zaistiť prístup k sexuálnemu a reprodukčnému zdraviu km-aktuality.sk-SK: "EP report calls on EU countries to ensure access to ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

HEALTH

Sputnik V poses new riddles

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

Der Standard reports that it has been called into question whether Sputnik V is a vaccine. An extract from a contract published by Slovak medicines agency ŠÚKL states that Sputnik V might be subject to changes "in certain fields". The European Parliament recently made it clear that it would only allow vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency to be entered into the EU Covid-19 certificate. Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein recently announced that Austria would only use vaccines approved by the EMA.

Sputnik V poses new riddles / Sputnik V gibt neue Rätsel auf km-Standard-AT: "Sputnik V poses new riddles / Sputnik V gibt neue ..." page: 1,7 info: by Manuel Escher date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU gives AstraZeneca more time for deliveries

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

In the course of the dispute with AstraZeneca about the delayed deliveries of Covid-19 vaccine, the European Commission is now planning to give the Swedish-British pharmaceutical group more time and extend the deadline for deliveries by three months to the end of September, said an EU lawyer, according to krone.at, on Tuesday in a Belgian court. However, the group would have to deliver 120 million doses by the initial deadline at the end of June for the EU to make this concession. Furthermore, the European Commission has now officially launched a second lawsuit against AstraZeneca: in addition to the expedited proceedings that have already been launched, a detailed legal review of contractual obligations and potential violations is to be conducted in the course of principal proceedings as of 24 September, according to a European Commission spokesperson.

EU gives AstraZeneca more time for deliveries / EU gibt AstraZeneca mehr Zeit für Lieferungen km-krone.at-AT: "EU gives AstraZeneca more time for deliveries / EU gibt ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Why is the EU attacking AstraZeneca a second time?

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources mention the court cases against AstraZeneca. Le Soir reports that the EU is increasingly clear on the fact that it does not wish to extend its business relationship with AstraZeneca. However, it is on the offensive to obtain the ordered doses. The Commission announced that it launched a second legal action against the company on Tuesday. Commissioner Reynders spoke of a lack of confidence, but the Europeans still consider it a good vaccine. They are just tired of chasing the ordered doses. AstraZeneca promised 120 million doses between December and March, of which it delivered only 30 million. Some EU countries, especially in the East, have relied mainly on this vaccine due to its price. Lawyer Arnaud Jansen notes that the Commission is demanding to execute the contract, not to break it. Commission spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker explained that the urgent procedure was about asking the judge to recognise the urgent need for the vaccines. L'Echo adds that the proceedings against AstraZeneca begin this week before the Brussels Court, according to Mr de Keersmaecker: "We are urgently requesting the delivery of 90 million doses in the second quarter." He comments that the goal is not to get the money, but to deliver the doses. The EU is asking the judge to force AstraZeneca to deliver the planned doses, under penalty of a fine. For the Commission, AstraZeneca has sufficient production capacities. This procedure differs from the one where the Commission is asking to rule on AstraZeneca's contractual obligations. De Morgen notes that it is the first time that the Commission has given details on the deliveries it intends to enforce in the proceedings. The Commission hopes that the judge will oblige AstraZeneca to deliver the vaccines.

Force AstraZenca to deliver 90 million doses / Forcer AstraZeneca à livrer 90 million de doses km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Force AstraZenca to deliver 90 million doses / Forcer AstraZeneca ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vaccine dispute: Second case against AstraZeneca / Impfstoff-Streit: Zweites Verfahren gegen Astrazeneca km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Vaccine dispute: Second case against AstraZeneca / Impfstoff-Streit: Zweites Verfahren ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Commissiondemands 90 million AstraZeneca vaccines by the end of June / Europese Commissie eist tegen eind juni 90 miljoen vaccins van AstraZeneca km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "The European Commissiondemands 90 million AstraZeneca vaccines by the end ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe demands 90 million vaccines from AstraZenca / Europa eist 90 miljoen vaccins van AstraZeneca km-Morgen-BE: "Europe demands 90 million vaccines from AstraZenca / Europa eist ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - Legal proceedings against AstraZeneca have nothing to do with the quality of the vaccine / Mardi 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - Le litige contre AstraZeneca n'a rien à voir avec la qualité du vaccin km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - Legal proceedings ..." info: Matin première, 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:06:29, by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Why is the EU attacking AstraZeneca a second time? / Pourquoi l’UE attaque-t-elle une seconde fois AstraZeneca ? km-Soir-BE: "Why is the EU attacking AstraZeneca a second time? / ..." page: 7 info: by Lamer date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe opens second lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Europa begint tweede rechtszaak tegen AstraZeneca km-Tijd-BE: "Europe opens second lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Europa begint tweede ..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Interview with Prime Minister De Croo about Covid measures

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Terzake interviews Prime Minister De Croo about the new perspectives offered on the relaxation of the Covid measures. PM De Croo notes that the good news is mostly the vaccination and its progress, which translates to less pressure on the hospitals and intensive care units. He further notes that due to the vaccination campaign it is time to switch from a collective to an individual approach, to risk management. PM De Croo calls on people to take responsibility and get vaccinated. He also talks about the new Covid-19 variants, the Belgian passenger locator form, and the EU Covid-19 certificate.

Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview with Prime Minister De Croo about Covid measures / Dinsdag 11/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview met Premier De Croo over Covid measures km-VRT-Canvas-BE: "Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 20:00 - Terzake - Interview with Prime ..." info: Ter zake, 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:24:43, by Beck date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

EU launches new lawsuit against AstraZeneca

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, European Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker confirmed that the EU had launched a second lawsuit against AstraZeneca, Focus News Agency and ClubZ report. In the second lawsuit, the court will assess whether the vaccine supply contract was violated and if this is confirmed, the Commission could impose financial sanctions on the company. "The second case will take more time, so with the first one, we aim the assessment of whether the issue is urgent," Spokesperson De Keersmaecker explained. The first case is expected to assess whether the EU urgently needs the supply of sufficient quantities of vaccine. "We are not seeking financial compensation but we believe the right is on the side of the Commission," he concluded.

Brussels expects court to fine AstraZeneca / Брюксел очаква съдът да глоби „АстраЗенека“ km-clubz.bg-BG: "Brussels expects court to fine AstraZeneca / Брюксел очаква съдът ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Reuters: EU has asked AstraZeneca to deliver 300 million vaccines by the end of September / Reuters: ЕС е поискал от AstraZeneca да достави 300 милиона ваксини до края на септември km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Reuters: EU has asked AstraZeneca to deliver 300 million vaccines ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission's legal action against AstraZeneca underway, EU wants company to deliver at least 120 million doses by end June

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:47:00 AM CEST

The Brussels Court of First Instance heard yesterday the introductory statements of the parties at the opening of the legal case brought by the European Commission and the EU member states against AstraZeneca over delayed supplies of Covid-19 vaccines, several media outlets report. With the current action, the Commission is asking the Court to consider the essence of the case and rule whether the company has violated its contractual obligations with the EU. Another case that would consider the Commission's interim measures against AstraZeneca will take place on 26 May, media outlets explain.The lawyer representing the EU said during the hearing that the EU wants AstraZeneca to deliver at least 120 million doses by the end of June and that it hoped the remainder of the contracted 300 million doses could be delivered by September. AstraZeneca's lawyer complained in the court that the Commission had launched a second case given that one had already been opened and said the company hopes to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June.Asked about the legal action against AstraZeneca, Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker explained that the Commission is not claiming financial compensation but the delivery of the agreed doses, Sigmalive further reports. He explained that the Commission believes that the company did not respect the terms and conditions of the agreement and that the court could decide to impose sanctions to ensure that the agreed vaccines are delivered.The CyBC TV Brussels correspondent explains that this legal action is the reason why the Commission did not decide to extend its contract with AstraZeneca beyond June as it has done with Pfizer/BioNTech.

Να παραδώσει έγκαιρα τα εμβόλια km-Alithia-CY: "Να παραδώσει έγκαιρα τα εμβόλια..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU opens new front in AZ legal fight that may lead to fines / EU opens new front in AZ legal fight that may lead to fines km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU opens new front in AZ legal fight that may ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Παράδοση 120 εκατ. δόσεων AstraZeneca ως το τέλος Ιουνίου απαιτεί η ΕΕ km-Haravgi-CY: "Παράδοση 120 εκατ. δόσεων AstraZeneca ως το τέλος Ιουνίου απαιτεί ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Αποζημιώσεις θέλει η ΕΕ από την AstraZeneca km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Αποζημιώσεις θέλει η ΕΕ από την AstraZeneca..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Under which conditions the EU would accept a three-months delay by AstraZeneca / Υπό ποιες προϋποθέσεις θα δεχθεί η ΕΕ τρίμηνη καθυστέρηση από AstraZeneca km-Philenews.com-CY: "Under which conditions the EU would accept a three-months delay ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Europe is listing its terms to AstraZeneca / Βάζει κανόνες η Ευρώπη στην AstraZeneca km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Europe is listing its terms to AstraZeneca / Βάζει κανόνες ..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-11 20:27:00, 20:27:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:27:00 PM CEST

Πρεμιέρα για τη δικαστικής μάχη της Κομισιόν κατά της AstraZeneca km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Πρεμιέρα για τη δικαστικής μάχη της Κομισιόν κατά της AstraZeneca..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ΕΕ: Θα δεχόταν εκπλήρωση του συμβολαίου με ΑΖ αν παραδοθούν 120 εκατ. δόσεις km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΕΕ: Θα δεχόταν εκπλήρωση του συμβολαίου με ΑΖ αν παραδοθούν ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU: We are not asking for financial compensation but for the deliveries of the doses from AZ / ΕΕ: Δεν ζητάμε οικονομική αποζημίωση αλλά τις παραδόσεις των δόσεων από AZ km-sigmalive.com-CY: "EU: We are not asking for financial compensation but for ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Turkish Cypriots demand more Covid-19 vaccines from EU and Cyprus Republic

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:54:00 AM CEST

The Turkish Cypriot Economic Organisations Platform, which consists of organisations such as the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, staged a protest yesterday at the Agios Dometios crossing point in Nicosia, calling on the EU and the Cyprus Republic to ensure an "equal and fair" distribution of the available Covid-19 vaccines between the two communities in Cyprus, several media outlets report. The protesters stated that the vaccines are not just a human right but "a necessary precondition for Turkish Cypriots who are living under economic restrictions and embargo." They recalled that Turkish Cypriots are also European citizens, noting that the Turkish Cypriots should have received 100 thousand doses thus far, and not only 30,050 doses which account for 6.2% of the total amount of vaccines delivered via the EU to Cyprus.Phileleftheros comments that these vaccines are purchased by the Cyprus Republic and are delivered to the Turkish Cypriots free of charge, yet the Turkish Cypriot breakaway regime does not mention that the vaccines are delivered free of charge from the Cyprus Republic because they do not recognise it. The newspaper further comments that the Turkish Cypriots should make up their minds if they want Europe or Turkey and should remember that the Cyprus Republic is an EU member state.

Οι Τουρκοκύπριοι ζητούν ίση και δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων km-Alithia-CY: "Οι Τουρκοκύπριοι ζητούν ίση και δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων..." page: 17 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

T. Cypriots say not getting fair share / T. Cypriots say not getting fair share km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "T. Cypriots say not getting fair share / T. Cypriots ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ίση και δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων ζητούν οι Τ κύπριοι km-Haravgi-CY: "Ίση και δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων ζητούν οι Τ κύπριοι..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-05-11 20:53:00, 20:53:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:53:00 PM CEST

Τα εμβόλια, οι Τουρκοκύπριοι και ο αφανισμός τους km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Τα εμβόλια, οι Τουρκοκύπριοι και ο αφανισμός τους..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Δωρεάν εμβόλια από Κ.Δ. και έχουν και παράπονο στα κατεχόμενα km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Δωρεάν εμβόλια από Κ.Δ. και έχουν και παράπονο στα κατεχόμενα..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Turkish Cypriots complain about the distribution of vaccines / Παράπονα Τουρκοκυπρίων για την κατανομή των εμβολίων km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Turkish Cypriots complain about the distribution of vaccines / Παράπονα ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Απαιτούν περισσότερα εμβόλια οι Τουρκοκύπριοι km-Philenews.com-CY: "Απαιτούν περισσότερα εμβόλια οι Τουρκοκύπριοι..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Turkish Cypriots want an equal and fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines / Ίση και δίκαιη κατανομή εμβολίων κατά Κορωνοϊού ζητούν οι Τουρκοκύπριοι km-sigmalive.com-CY: "The Turkish Cypriots want an equal and fair distribution of ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commissioner Kyriakides comments on legal case against AstraZeneca and management of Covid-19 pandemic

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:00:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Kyriakides spoke to the Cyprus News Agency yesterday about the legal case against AstraZeneca, the vaccination programme in the EU, the management of the pandemic and the discussions for the EU Covid-19 certificates, online media outlets and Haravgi report.As regards AstraZeneca, she explained that the Commission wants to secure as many vaccine doses possible for its citizens, noting that all technologies and companies remain on the table even if the Commission approved a 1.8 million doses contract with Pfizer/BioNTech for the next years. She argued that the waiver of vaccine patents will not help secure more doses and will not accelerate global vaccinations. Rather, the vaccine producing countries should allow the exports of vaccines and avoid measures that harm supply chains, she said, recalling that the EU is the leading producer and exporter of vaccines.As regards the EU vaccination programme, she expressed the conviction that the goal to vaccinate 70% of the EU adult population by July can be attained, noting that 35% of the population has received the first dose so far. She further noted that the EU member states should prepare for the introduction of the EU Covid-19 certificates by June, which will allow citizens to travel abroad.

Αρχές Ιουνίου με το πράσινο πιστοποιητικό km-Haravgi-CY: "Αρχές Ιουνίου με το πράσινο πιστοποιητικό..." page: 7 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stella Kyriakides: The goal to vaccinate 70% of the population will be achieved / Στέλλα Κυριακίδου: Θα επιτευχθεί ο στόχος εμβολιασμού 70% km-Philenews.com-CY: "Stella Kyriakides: The goal to vaccinate 70% of the population ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Κυριακίδου: Θα επιτευχθεί ο στόχος εμβολιασμού του 70% των ενηλίκων km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Κυριακίδου: Θα επιτευχθεί ο στόχος εμβολιασμού του 70% των ενηλίκων..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EMA implements additional measures to allow experts to focus on Covid-19 activities

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:02:00 PM CEST

EMA is implementing additional temporary measures to further streamline activities in the European medicines regulatory network to enable experts to deal with an increasing volume of Covid-19-related assessment procedures, online media outlets report. In particular, EMA has agreed on several measures with its Management Board to ensure that the network can continue to dedicate resources to Covid-19 whilst always maintaining the robustness of its scientific evaluations. The new temporary measures cover both pre-authorisation and post-authorisation procedures and will apply to initial marketing authorisation applications for Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics starting this month.

EMA: Focusing of specialists on Covid-19 activities / EMA: Επικέντρωση ειδικών στις δραστηριότητες COVID-19 km-Philenews.com-CY: "EMA: Focusing of specialists on Covid-19 activities / EMA: Επικέντρωση ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ΕΜΑ: Πρόσθετα μέτρα που επιτρέπουν σε ειδικούς να επικεντρώνονται στον COVID km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΕΜΑ: Πρόσθετα μέτρα που επιτρέπουν σε ειδικούς να επικεντρώνονται στον ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EMA head expects Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be approved for 12-year-olds by end May

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:35:00 PM CEST

Speaking to German daily Handelsblatt and other European newspapers, EMA Head Emer Cooke noted that the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine could potentially receive EU approval for use in 12-year-old children as early as the end of May, online media outlets report. At the moment, the target for approval is sometime in June but EMA is trying to see whether they can accelerate the decision to the end of May, she said, explaining that EMA has been promised data from the review done by Canada in the next couple of weeks and this could expedite the review. According to Cooke, it is up to the member states to decide when to start administrating the vaccine to the 12-15 age group after EMA's go ahead. Media outlets recall that US regulators authorised the vaccine for 12-year olds on Monday while it had previously been cleared for use in people as young as 16 in both the US and Europe.

EMA: The Pfizer vaccine could be approved for children aged 12 by the end of May / ΕΜΑ: Τέλος Μαΐου πιθανόν να εγκριθεί το Pfizer για παιδιά 12 ετών km-Philenews.com-CY: "EMA: The Pfizer vaccine could be approved for children aged ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Επικεφαλής ΕΜΑ: Πιθανή έγκριση Pfizer για παιδιά ηλικίας 12 ετών τέλη Μαΐου km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Επικεφαλής ΕΜΑ: Πιθανή έγκριση Pfizer για παιδιά ηλικίας 12 ετών ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides on EU Covid-19 therapeutics strategy

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:35:00 PM CEST

Cyprus Mail published last Saturday an article authored by Commissioner Kyriakides on the EU's new strategy for the development and availability of Covid-19 therapeutics. Noting that vaccination against Covid-19 is picking up the pace across the EU and 70% of the EU adult population is expected to be vaccinated by July, the Commissioner stresses that vaccinations "will not end the pandemic from one day to another." "This virus will continue to be with us, and those infected will continue to need treatment, whether in hospitals or at home," which is why "we must do our utmost to protect our citizens from Covid-19 and to better treat and cure it," she points out, noting that new therapeutics will help citizens to better fight the virus and also ease pressure on the European health systems. The goal of the strategy is to develop and authorise three effective Covid-19 therapeutics by October, she notes, describing this aim as ambitious but feasible. She goes on to explain how this strategy will be implemented.

Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: Covid-19 therapeutics: Stepping up EU defences / Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: Covid-19 therapeutics: Stepping up EU defences km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Article by Commissioner Kyriakides: Covid-19 therapeutics: Stepping up EU defences ..." page: 15 date: Saturday, May 8, 2021

Comments on Covid-19 vaccine deliveries

[Czech Republic, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Daily Právo brings an article focusing on the agreement regarding vaccine deliveries between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The failure of the company to provide vaccines in the promised amounts is a subject of a dispute between both parties. Newly, the European Union is willing to see the contract fulfilled by the company three months later than agreed, providing AstraZeneca delivers 120 million vaccines by the end of June. In related news, the daily also features a commentary by security analyst Miloš Balabán in which he writes about patents on vaccines against Covid-19 in relation to geopolitics. The author mentions the fact that the EU stepped against patent waivers. He writes about the problematic situation in India and also adds that this is beneficial for China and Russia.

Second action will be brought by the Union against AstraZeneca / Už druhou žalobu podá Unie na AstraZeneku km-Pravo-CZ: "Second action will be brought by the Union against AstraZeneca ..." page: 14 info: by (nek) date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Patents and geopolitics / Patenty a geopolitika km-Pravo-CZ: "Patents and geopolitics / Patenty a geopolitika..." page: 6 info: by Miloš Balabán date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Danish Minister of Health: The Danish Medicines Agency misinterpreted the European Commission's vaccine agreement

[Denmark, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

Information reports that Danish Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke has ascertained that it was a mistake when the Danish Medicines Agency declared that the window for starting a national Danish Covid-19 vaccine partnership had closed when vaccine company AdaptVac made a license agreement with biotech company Bavarian. The European Commission had told Information that the Danish Medicines Agency's conclusion was wrong, but the agency has maintained its position. However, Minister Heunicke underlines that it is a "completely erroneous interpretation" of the European Commission's vaccine agreement. The government is positive towards AdaptVac's Covid-19 vaccine, which is under development.

Danish Minister of Health: The Danish Medicines Agency misinterpreted the European Commission's vaccine agreement / Heunicke om vaccinesag: Lægemiddelstyrelsen gav fuldstændig ukorrekt tolkning km-Information-Denmark-DK: "Danish Minister of Health: The Danish Medicines Agency misinterpreted the ..." page: 6 info: by Louise Drivsholm date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

FDA approves Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15

[Denmark, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:15:00 AM CEST

Politiken.dk reports that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for use on children aged 12-15. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently evaluating whether the vaccine can be approved for the same age group in Europe. Its decision is expected in June. However, Executive Director of the EMA Emer Cooke states that the EMA hopes to approve the vaccine for children aged 12-15 by the end of May.

FDA approves Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15 / USA godkender vaccine til 12-årige km-Politiken.dk-DK: "FDA approves Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15 / USA ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Estonian government eases restrictions

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

According to the Estonian government's decision, all children can go back to school from 17 May, go to a restaurant, also theatres and cinemas will be able to reopen from Monday, 24 May, with attendances capped at a maximum of 50%, ETV news report. The maximum number of people permitted to attend outdoor events will also be increased, to 250, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says. The move reverses a situation where concert halls, cinemas, theatres and any other performance halls had been closed since 3 March. It is also part of a three-stage easing of restrictions, which starts with schools reopening on 17 May and culminates with group sports training permissible from the end of this month, as things stand.

Estonian government eases restrictions / Valitsus lubab kõik lapsed kooli km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonian government eases restrictions / Valitsus lubab kõik lapsed kooli..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-05-12 05:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:30:00 AM CEST

Estonian government eases restrictions / Mai teises pooles lubatakse õpilased kooli ja avatakse uks kultuurile km-Postimees-EE: "Estonian government eases restrictions / Mai teises pooles lubatakse õpilased ..." page: 2 info: by - loora-elisabet.lomp£postimees.ee date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Valitsus leevendab piiranguid: kinod ja teatrid avanevad, einestada saab ka restoranis sees km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Valitsus leevendab piiranguid: kinod ja teatrid avanevad, einestada saab ka ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Valitsus leevendab piiranguid: kinod ja teatrid avanevad, einestada saab ka restoranis sees km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "Valitsus leevendab piiranguid: kinod ja teatrid avanevad, einestada saab ka ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:50:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is suing the British-Swedish drug giant AstraZeneca to force the company to supply another 90 million doses of vaccine by the end of June, several sources report. This is the second lawsuit brought by the European Commission against the drug giant. In the first case, the Commission accused AstraZeneca of breaching the supply contract. The new case provides an opportunity to claim a fine for breach of contract. AstraZeneca aims to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June, the company's lawyer said, arguing that AstraZeneca was not obliged to deliver all the doses stipulated in the contract, because in reality it was promised to do its best to achieve the goal.

Aktuaalne Kaamera km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Aktuaalne Kaamera..." info: 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:00:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca / Tsitaat km-Postimees-EE: "The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca / Tsitaat..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EL nõuab kohtus AstraZenecalt 90 miljonit vaktsiinidoosi km-Postimees-Online-EE: "EL nõuab kohtus AstraZenecalt 90 miljonit vaktsiinidoosi..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaebab AstraZeneca kohtusse km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The European Commission is suing AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaebab ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU accuses AstraZeneca of breach of contract

[Finland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Several Finnish media report that the European Union has has started new legal proceedings against AstraZeneca. YLE reports that the EU accuses the company of being in breach of contract regarding COVID-19 vaccine deliveries. The EU demands the company deliver 120 million vaccine doses by the end of June. So far, AstraZeneca has delivered 50 million doses while it originally said it would deliver 300 million doses to the EU by the end of June. Hufvudstadsbladet reports that the EU is submitting another lawsuit against Astra Zeneca over their COVID-19 vaccine deliveries. The Union filed their first lawsuit against the company in April, and Astra Zeneca claims it to be unfounded. The second lawsuit is seen as superfluous, as there is already one. According to the agreement, the company should have delivered 300 million doses between December and June. To date, it has delivered 50 million doses. The Union is not primarily looking for financial compensation, but wants the company to increase the pace of deliveries with demands for at least 120 million doses by the end of June.

EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita – 90 miljoonaa rokoteannosta ennen heinäkuun alkua km-Demari.fi-FI: "EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita – ..." info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU stämmer Astra Zeneca om vaccin – på nytt km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "EU stämmer Astra Zeneca om vaccin – på nytt..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita..." page: 14 info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "EU haluaa oikeuden määräävän Astra Zenecan toimittamaan lisää rokotteita..." info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Uutiset 20.30 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset 20.30..." info: 2021-05-11 20:45:00, 20:45:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:45:00 PM CEST

EU accuses AstraZeneca of breach of contract / EU syyttää sopimusrikkomuksesta km-YLE-TV1-FI: "EU accuses AstraZeneca of breach of contract / EU syyttää ..." info: Uutiset klo 18, 2021-05-12 18:08:00, 00:00:30, by n/a date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:08:00 PM CEST

EU vaatii Astra Zenecalta kaikkiaan 120 miljoonaa rokotetta ennen heinäkuuta, pyytää oikeutta määräämään toimituksista km-yle.fi-FI: "EU vaatii Astra Zenecalta kaikkiaan 120 miljoonaa rokotetta ennen heinäkuuta, ..." info: by Paula Tapiola date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on vaccination strategy in Germany: "The third wave is broken"

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:30:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the vaccination strategy in Germany and the EU.In the interview on Deutschlandfunk, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn argues that there are still 5 to 6 million people, over the age of 60, who will be vaccinated in the next two to three weeks. According to Minister Spahn, the prioritisation may be lifted in June, when all the risk groups will be vaccinated. Minister Spahn points out that in the end, it is an individual decision with which vaccine to vaccinate. He argues that if it has been offered to them, citizens should accept the vaccination. According to Minister Spahn, one-third of the Germans have already been vaccinated. "The third wave is broken," argues Minister Spahn. In his opinion, by the end of the summer holidays, all 12 to 18-year-olds will be offered vaccines and the decision will be up to the parents and the children themselves.

Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on vaccination strategy in Germany: "The third wave is broken" / Deutschlandfunk - 11.05.2021 08:12 - Informationen am Morgen - Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on vaccine strategy km-Deutschlandfunk-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn on vaccination ..." info: Program, 2021-05-11 13:06:00, 00:10:32, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:06:00 PM CEST

Vaccination offer for young people within reach / Impfangebot für Jugendliche in greifbarer Nähe km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Vaccination offer for young people within reach / Impfangebot für ..." page: 17 info: by wmu date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Struggling to start vaccination for young people / Ringen um Impfstart für Jugendliche km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Struggling to start vaccination for young people / Ringen um ..." page: 7 info: by J.K date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

This win is a win for all / Dieser Gewinn ist ein Gewinn für alle km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "This win is a win for all / Dieser Gewinn ..." page: 15 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Speed instead of SAFETY? / Schnelligkeit statt SICHERHEIT? km-Welt-DE: "Speed instead of SAFETY? / Schnelligkeit statt SICHERHEIT?..." page: 5 info: by R. BREYTON date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller: Give quick access to vaccines for developing countries with COVAX

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the possible releasing of Covid-19 vaccine patents.In an interview with Die Zeit, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller explains that developing countries must be given quick access to vaccines via the COVAX global vaccination platform. To do this, the EU must at least double its contribution to COVAX. He advocates measures that help to quickly combat the pandemic, so if the forced release of the patents only brought one more dose, he would support it. Minister Müller is annoyed by so much helplessness in the world. It must be clarified who can produce which vaccine under what license and where. He warns that patent release does not create an additional vaccination and draws attention away from the more important question of financing.

Leave the fingers of patents! / Lasst die Finger von Patenten! km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Leave the fingers of patents! / Lasst die Finger von ..." page: 26 info: by S.H date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

JUST SAVE THE WORLD FOR A SHORT TIME? / NUR NOCH KURZ DIE WELT RETTEN? km-Stern-DE: "JUST SAVE THE WORLD FOR A SHORT TIME? / NUR ..." page: 16 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller "We imagine it to be so simple" / »Wir stellen uns das so einfach vor« km-Zeit-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: Establish drug agency instead of sacrificing patents

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:23:00 AM CEST

In a guest contribution in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek argues that scientific achievement should be respected in the debate about vaccine patents. In the current situation, the call for a patent release or for compulsory licenses appears to be a simple solution to this pressing global problem. "But that is too short-sighted," Minister Karliczek points out. Suspending patents will not bring the world any closer to the goal of vaccinating more people in less time. Good incentives for scaling up production as quickly and smoothly as possible, such as the COVAX initiative, are needed. Minister Karliczek calls for an agency for the development of new dr therapeutic approaches in Germany and Europe.

Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek: Establish drug agency instead of sacrificing patents / Eine Arznei-Agentur gründen statt Patente opfern km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Guest contribution by Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja ..." page: 35 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU will accept three-month extension if AstraZeneca delivers 120 million doses by end of June

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

All media report that the EU resorted to a new lawsuit against AstraZeneca, asking the pharmaceutical company to deliver 120 million doses of its vaccine against Covid-19 by the end of June. The EU asked the court to rule in favour of a symbolic compensation worth €1 for the violation of contract terms by AstraZeneca. The AstraZeneca lawyer complained over the second lawsuit by the Commission, given that the first had just been launched. Speaking at the Belgian court, the EU lawyer stated yesterday that the EU is willing to give a three-month extension to AstraZeneca to meet its contract, under the condition that the company will supply 120 million vaccine doses by the end of June. Commission spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaeker explained that the Commission does not claim financial compensation but the delivery of agreed doses. Speaking to a small number of correspondents, Commissioner Kyriakides stressed that AstraZeneca did not keep the agreements and this is why the Commission tabled a lawsuit. The EU wants to have the vaccines as soon as possible, she pointed out. Almost 35% of the adult EU population has received the first vaccine dose, she said. Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is close to approving the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 years old, according to EMA Executive Director Emer Cooke. In an interview with European newspapers, she noted that the approval could be granted at the end of May.

Kyriakides: AstraZeneca did not respect the agreements, this is why we tabled a lawsuit / Κυριακίδου: Η AstraZeneca δεν σεβάστηκε τις συμφωνίες, γι’ αυτό κινηθήκαμε νομικά km-capital.gr-GR: "Kyriakides: AstraZeneca did not respect the agreements, this is why ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The European Medicines Agency promotes Pfizer/BioNTech for younger people / Ο Ευρωπαϊκός Οργανισμός Φαρμάκων προωθεί το Pfizer/BioNTech σε μικρότερες ηλικίες km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "The European Medicines Agency promotes Pfizer/BioNTech for younger people / ..." page: 24 info: by Maria Psara date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vaccination of teenagers in the US / Εμβολιασμός και εφήβων στις ΗΠΑ km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Vaccination of teenagers in the US / Εμβολιασμός και εφήβων ..." page: 14 info: by ATHINA SOUTZOU date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Κυριακίδου: Η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τις συμφωνίες γι'αυτό κινηθήκαμε νομικά km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Κυριακίδου: Η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τις συμφωνίες γι'αυτό κινηθήκαμε νομικά..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commission asks for 120 million doses from AstraZeneca until the end of June / Κομισιόν: Ζητά 120 εκατ. δόσεις από την AstraZeneca έως τέλη Ιουνίου km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission asks for 120 million doses from AstraZeneca until the ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Κομισιόν: «Η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τις συμφωνίες, γι' αυτό κινηθήκαμε νομικά»  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: «Η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τις συμφωνίες, γι' αυτό κινηθήκαμε ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Η EE θα δεχόταν την εκπλήρωση του συμβολαίου με την AstraZeneca με καθυστέρηση τριών μηνών -Οι όροι km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Η EE θα δεχόταν την εκπλήρωση του συμβολαίου με την ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Κομισιόν για AstraΖeneca: Δεν ζητάμε οικονομική αποζημίωση, διεκδικούμε την παράδοση των εμβολίων km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν για AstraΖeneca: Δεν ζητάμε οικονομική αποζημίωση, διεκδικούμε την παράδοση ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Κυριακίδου: «Η ΕΕ κινήθηκε νομικά γιατί η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τη συμφωνία» km-in.gr-GR: "Κυριακίδου: «Η ΕΕ κινήθηκε νομικά γιατί η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Προς έγκριση το εμβόλιο για παιδιά km-Kathimerini-GR: "Προς έγκριση το εμβόλιο για παιδιά..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

New legal reaction against AstraZeneca by the Commission / Νέα νομική αντίδραση κατά της AstraZeneca από την Κομισιόν km-Naftemporiki-GR: "New legal reaction against AstraZeneca by the Commission / Νέα ..." page: 6 info: by Moses Litsis date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ΕΕ: Θα δεχτούμε τρίμηνη καθυστέρηση από την AstraZeneca μόνο αν παραδώσει 120 εκατ. δόσεις έως τέλος Ιουνίου km-protothema.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Θα δεχτούμε τρίμηνη καθυστέρηση από την AstraZeneca μόνο αν ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Κομισιόν για AstraZeneca: Δεν θέλουμε οικονομική αποζημίωση, αλλά την παράδοση των δόσεων km-protothema.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν για AstraZeneca: Δεν θέλουμε οικονομική αποζημίωση, αλλά την παράδοση ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU: AstraZeneca did not keep the commitments / ΕΕ: Η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τις συμφωνίες km-protothema.gr-GR: "EU: AstraZeneca did not keep the commitments / ΕΕ: Η ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brussels sends AstraZeneca to the court / Οι Βρυξέλλες στέλνουν την AstraZeneca στο δικαστήριο km-Star-GR: "Brussels sends AstraZeneca to the court / Οι Βρυξέλλες στέλνουν ..." info: MESIMERIANO DELTIO EIDISEON, 2021-05-11 20:40:00, 00:00:50, by KATIA MAKRI date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:40:00 PM CEST

Brussels sends AstraZeneca to the court / Οι Βρυξέλλες στέλνουν την AstraZeneca στο δικαστήριο km-Star-GR: "Brussels sends AstraZeneca to the court / Οι Βρυξέλλες στέλνουν ..." info: MESIMERIANO DELTIO EIDISEON, 2021-05-11 15:19:00, 00:00:50, by KATIA MAKRI date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:19:00 PM CEST

Κυριακίδου: «Η ΕΕ κινήθηκε νομικά γιατί η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε τη συμφωνία» km-Vima-online-GR: "Κυριακίδου: «Η ΕΕ κινήθηκε νομικά γιατί η AstraZeneca δεν τήρησε ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Commission brings second lawsuit against AstraZeneca to force the company to deliver missing 90 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines

[Hungary, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

A few Hungarian media outlets report on the European Commission's second lawsuit filed a second lawsuit against AstraZeneca company yesterday before a Belgian court of justice in order to force the pharmaceutical company to deliver another 90 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines until the end of June, given that the company has only delivered 30 million out of the contractual quantity of 120 million. Commission spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker is reported by the online media as saying that the aim of the two lawsuits was "to make sure that the doses are delivered" without delay, and not to punish AstraZeneca with a fine or seek compensation; however, the court may order punitive measures against the company.

- / Az EU 90 millió AstraZeneca-vakcina leszállítását követeli június végéig km-24.hu-HU: "- / Az EU 90 millió AstraZeneca-vakcina leszállítását követeli június ..." info: by 24.hu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Commission expected AstraZeneca to deliver another 90 million doses of vaccine until late June / További 90 millió adag vakcinát vár az AstraZenecától június végéig az Európai Bizottság km-index.hu-HU: "European Commission expected AstraZeneca to deliver another 90 million doses ..." info: by - csj - date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Commission wants to apply legal measured to enforce delivery of 90 million doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca before end of June / Jogi eszközökkel akarja kikényszeríteni az Európai Bizottság az AstraZeneca gyógyszercégnél kilencvenmillió adag oltóanyag leszállítását még június vége előtt km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "European Commission wants to apply legal measured to enforce delivery ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 16-00 - 2021-05-11 14-00-00 - 2021-05-11 14-15-00, 2021-05-11 14:04:00, 00:00:31, by Mátyus Kati date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:04:00 PM CEST

EU demands another 90 million doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca / További 90 millió adag oltóanyagot követel az EU az AstraZenecától km-portfolio.hu-HU: "EU demands another 90 million doses of vaccines from AstraZeneca ..." info: by Portfolio date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Eu brings another lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Újabb pert indított az EU az AstraZeneca ellen km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "Eu brings another lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Újabb pert indított ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Rapid antigen Covid-19 tests have "crucial role", European Commission says

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has said that rapid antigen Covid-19 tests play a "crucial role" in containing the spread of the disease, as member states negotiate whether the faster but less accurate screening could be used to ease travel in the bloc, irishtimes.com reports. EU leaders are split over whether rapid antigen tests should be included on EU Covid-19 certificates. "Rapid antigen tests play a crucial role to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Diagnostics are a central element for member states in their overall response to the pandemic," Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement. But a list of 83 rapid antigen tests deemed acceptable for recognition across the bloc by the Health Security Committee will only include tests administered by professionals and will exclude self-test kits.

Rapid antigen Covid-19 tests have "crucial role", European Commission says / Rapid antigen Covid-19 tests have "crucial role", European Commission says km-irishtimes.com-IE: "Rapid antigen Covid-19 tests have "crucial role", European Commission says ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Italian government discussing reopening businesses, curfew

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that the Italian government postponed to Monday the summit with experts to decide on reopening businesses and change the rules on curfew. However, all the regions are expected to be in the so-called “yellow zone” next week, an article in La Repubblica notes. An article in Corriere della Sera stresses that Prime Minister Draghi said he needed more information to make such crucial decisions. An article in Il Messaggero notes that PM Draghi said caution is needed, in order to prevent a further wave. He also called on political parties to avoid clashes, which would not help the country recover from the crisis it is facing.The centre-right coalition, led by the League, called on Prime Minister Draghi to lift the curfew as soon as possible. Several regional governors called on the government to at least change the rules on curfew and push to from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Democratic Party agreed with the centre-right coalition on reopening, stressing that a transparent discussion is needed over such a crucial issue for Italy’s economy.

Pressure over reopening businesses, but Prime Minister Draghi postpones decision to Monday / Pressing sulle riaperture, ma il premier Draghi rimanda a lunedì, il presidente Mattarella favorevole alle riaperture ma con prudenza km-Canale-5-IT: "Pressure over reopening businesses, but Prime Minister Draghi postpones decision ..." info: Tg 5, 2021-05-12 00:40:00, 00:04:08, by Maria Pia Lari date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:40:00 AM CEST

Reopening, Draghi slowing down / Riaperture, Draghi frena tutti km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Reopening, Draghi slowing down / Riaperture, Draghi frena tutti..." page: 1,2 info: by Fabrizio Caccia date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Reopening businesses, Draghi slows down / Riaperture, Draghi rallenta km-Messaggero-IT: "Reopening businesses, Draghi slows down / Riaperture, Draghi rallenta..." page: 1,2 info: by Alberto Gentili date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Italy towards yellow zone. But colour zones, risks, Rt to change soon / Italia verso il giallo Ma fasce, rischi e Rt presto cambieranno km-Repubblica-IT: "Italy towards yellow zone. But colour zones, risks, Rt to ..." page: 6,7 info: by di Michele Bocci date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Italy aiming to 1 million shots per day as cases drop to 6,946

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Some Italian media report that the situation is improving in Italy. National authorities registered 6,946 new coronavirus infections, with the positivity rate dropping to 2.4%. The number of hospitalisations decreased too, an article in Corriere della Sera notes. Following a meeting with regional governors, Extraordinary Commissioner for the COVID-19 Emergency Figliuolo said the government aimed at administrating 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines per day in June, in a major effort to speed up the vaccination campaign in Italy. Pharmacies and family doctors will play a crucial role in this phase, an article in Il Sole 24 Ore stresses. Meanwhile, the European Commission launched a new lawsuit against AstraZeneca. The Commission called on AstraZeneca to deliver the 90 million vaccine doses that were supposed to be delivered in the first quarter by the end of June.

AstraZeneca, second lawsuit for EU. Pfizer, green light for children under 15 / AstraZeneca, seconda azione legale Ue. Pfizer anche agli under 15 km-Avvenire-IT: "AstraZeneca, second lawsuit for EU. Pfizer, green light for children ..." page: 8 info: by Giovanni Maria Del Re date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Almost 7,000 cases. Hospitalisations decreasing / Quasi 7mila i contagi. Ricoveri in calo km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Almost 7,000 cases. Hospitalisations decreasing / Quasi 7mila i contagi. ..." page: 5 info: by Paola Caruso date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

One million shots per day is new goal. European Commission, new lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Obiettivo annunciato 1 milione di vaccinazioni al giorno, nuova azione legale della commissione europea contro Astrazeneca km-Rete-4-IT: "One million shots per day is new goal. European Commission, ..." info: Tg 4, 2021-05-12 02:53:00, 00:01:19, by ND date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:53:00 AM CEST

Vaccination plan continues by age groups / Il piano vaccini va avanti per fasce di età, no al liberi tutti km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Vaccination plan continues by age groups / Il piano vaccini ..." page: 8 info: by Marco ludovlco date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: 70% of Europeans to be vaccinated by end of July

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Il Messaggero, Commissioner Kyriakides stresses that the EU is aiming at vaccinating 70% of the adult population by the end of July. So far, 35% of the EU’s adult population got their first shot and 14% the second one. She stresses that the EU adopted a “horizontal strategy” to fight the pandemic, in order to be able to focus on short-term medium-term goals at the same time. Commissioner Kyriakides confirms that the coronavirus is more likely not to be eradicated. It will become endemic flu due to variants. This is why the European Medicines Agency is focusing on both vaccines and therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies.

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides - “Endemic coronavirus is possibility. Working on monoclonal antibodies” / «Possibile Covid endemico Al lavoro sulle monoclonali» km-Messaggero-IT: "Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides - “Endemic coronavirus is possibility. Working ..." page: 5 info: by Gabriele Rosana date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Commission to hit AstraZeneca with second lawsuit

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:44:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the European Commission has filed another lawsuit against AstraZeneca, asking the court to order the company to deliver the promised Covid-19 vaccines immediately and to impose a fine if this is not met. Stefan de Keersmaecker, spokesman for the European Commission, believes that AstraZeneca has breached its contractual obligations. "Our goal is for AstraZeneca to deliver the doses of vaccine we are entitled to under the contract. Our aim is not to get financial compensation,” he stresses. “We are asking the judge to recognise the urgency of the situation and to order the delivery of the vaccines,” Mr de Keersmaecker added.

European Commission to hit AstraZeneca with second lawsuit / Eiropas Komisija vērsusies tiesā ar vēl vienu prasību pret «AstraZeneca» km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "European Commission to hit AstraZeneca with second lawsuit / Eiropas ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-05-11 19:14:00, 00:03:24, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:14:00 PM CEST

Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential to produce Covid-19 vaccines

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:12:00 AM CEST

LRT Radijas, Delfi.lt and Lrytas.lt report that Lithuania has the potential to produce Covid-19 vaccines, said Lithuanian Minister of Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė after visiting Northway Biotech. “A pandemic provides a unique opportunity for life sciences and we must seize it, and Lithuania can make a significant contribution to the global fight against the pandemic,” the Minister said, as quoted by Delfi.lt. According to her, Lithuania has all the possibilities to produce the active substance of Covid-19 vaccines, but it is necessary to look for cooperation opportunities with the manufacturers of vaccine bottling equipment and containers.

Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential to produce Covid-19 vaccines / Armonaitė: Lietuva turi potencialo gaminti skiepus nuo COVID-19 km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential ..." info: by BNS date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential to produce Covid-19 vaccines / A. Armonaitė tikisi, kad Lietuvoje galėtų būti pradėta COVID-19 vakcinos gamyba km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential ..." info: Lietuvos diena, 2021-05-11 14:15:00, 00:03:18, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:15:00 PM CEST

Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential to produce Covid-19 vaccines / A. Armonaitė: Lietuva turi potencialo gaminti vakcinas nuo koronaviruso km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Minister for Economy Aušrinė Armonaitė says Lithuania has the potential ..." info: by Lrytas.tv date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Union may approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers as early as May, Lithuania to support approval

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:12:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Emer Cooke said that the European Union may approve the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 on teenagers aged 12-15 as early as this month. “We are currently aiming for approval it in June. We are trying to see if we can speed up [the process] and do it in late May,” Ms Cooke said, as quoted by 15min.lt. Meanwhile, a couple of media outlets write that Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said that if EMA approves the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on teenagers, Lithuania will also allow the families to decide. “If the EMA were to register such an amendment to the documentation of the use of the medicinal product, Lithuania would, of course, allow the vaccination as well. Since vaccination is not mandatory, each family would have to decide,” the PM said, as quoted by Alfa.lt.

European Union may approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers as early as May / EVA vadovė: ES dar gegužę gali patvirtinti „Pfizer-BioNTech“ COVID-19 vakciną paaugliams km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union may approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers as ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė: If European Medicines Agency approves Pfizer vaccine for teenagers, Lithuania will allow making a choice / I. Šimonytė: jei EVA leis „Pfizer“ vakcina skiepyti paauglius, apsispręsti leis ir Lietuva km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė: If European Medicines Agency approves Pfizer ..." info: by BNS date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Union may approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers as early as May, Lithuania to support approval / I. Šimonytė: jei EVA patvirtins, galimybė „Pfizer“ vakcina skiepyti paauglius būtų suteikta ir Lietuvoje km-LR1-Radio-LT: "European Union may approve Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for teenagers as ..." info: Žinios, 2021-05-11 18:52:00, 00:01:09, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:52:00 PM CEST

Novavax delays timelines for Covid-19 vaccine regulatory filings

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:35:00 AM CEST

LRT Radijas and Delfi.lt report that biotechnology company Novavax has announced postponing plans to seek approval for its Covid-19 vaccine. This is bad news for developing countries that hoped the vaccine would become available soon. Novavax now expects to apply for vaccine approval in the United States and the European Union in the third quarter of 2021, the company said in a statement.

Novavax delays timelines for Covid-19 vaccine regulatory filings / „Novavax“ atideda paraiškos pildymą vakcinos patvirtinimui gauti km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Novavax delays timelines for Covid-19 vaccine regulatory filings / „Novavax“ ..." info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Novavax delays timelines for Covid-19 vaccine regulatory filings / „Novavax“ atideda planus siekti savo vakcinos nuo COVID-19 patvirtinimo km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Novavax delays timelines for Covid-19 vaccine regulatory filings / „Novavax“ ..." info: Žinios, 2021-05-11 18:35:00, 00:00:33, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:35:00 PM CEST

EU sues AstraZeneca to get 90 million vaccine doses by the end of June

[Luxembourg, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:20:00 AM CEST

L´Essentiel and Le Quotidien briefly report that the EU is suing AstraZeneca to force it to deliver 90 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine by the end of June.

The EU puts the pressure on the delivery of vaccines / L'UE met la pression sur les livraisons de vaccins km-L-Essentiel-LU: "The EU puts the pressure on the delivery of vaccines ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Belgium / Belgique km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Belgium / Belgique..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

US proposal to suspend Covid-19 vaccine patents: just image

[Luxembourg, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Steve Bissen reports in the editorial in Luxemburger Wort that US President Biden's magic formula to combat the pandemic is: temporarily suspend patents for Covid-19 vaccines. Sounds almost too good to be true. Most EU heads of state and government who criticised the US proposal at the EU special summit in Porto also believe this. While President von der Leyen is still "ready to discuss", German Chancellor Merkel, for example, categorically rejects the idea. And there are good reasons for that. In the short and medium-term, lifting export bans and maintaining secure supply chains for vaccine production will be much more crucial than the time-consuming process of lifting patent protection. That is why it seems that the US President’s demand arises more from his own desire to re-establish the US as a moral leading power on the world stage, rather than tangible realpolitik.

Unfortunately it is all about the image / Alles leider nur Image km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Unfortunately it is all about the image / Alles leider ..." page: 3 info: by STEVE BISSEN date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Six new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:36:00 AM CEST

 Six new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, maintaining the low levels of the past days. A total of 11 cases were reported on Monday, nine on Sunday and six on Saturday, a level last seen in mid-summer. There were no deaths reported from coronavirus in the past four days. The health authorities said 15 patients had recovered and the number of active cases was now 204. A total of 1,600 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours and the number of vaccinations rose to 386,760 with 123,843 people having been fully vaccinated. The health minister said on Monday that vaccination will be offered to all people aged over 16 by the end of this month. The focus is currently on those aged between 30 and 39.

Just 6 new Covid-19 cases found / Just 6 new Covid-19 cases found km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Just 6 new Covid-19 cases found / Just 6 new ..." page: 3 info: by na date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Herd immunity ‘in the coming weeks’, over 16s will receive vaccine invitation this month – Fearne / Herd immunity ‘in the coming weeks’, over 16s will receive vaccine invitation this month – Fearne km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Herd immunity ‘in the coming weeks’, over 16s will receive ..." page: 5 info: by na date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Six new COVID-19 cases, no deaths / Six new COVID-19 cases, no deaths km-Malta-Times-MT: "Six new COVID-19 cases, no deaths / Six new COVID-19 ..." page: 4 info: by na date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Six new cases of Covid-19, another 15 recoveries, no deaths / 6 każijiet ġodda ta’ Covid-19, ifiqu 15, ebda mewt km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Six new cases of Covid-19, another 15 recoveries, no deaths ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-05-12 05:31:00, 00:01:00, by Ruth Amaira date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:31:00 AM CEST

Global dispute over a waiver of patent protection for Covid vaccines

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:56:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza reports on a global dispute over waiving patent protection for Covid vaccines, concentrating on the fact that poor countries are appealing for adoption of this solution, while rich ones are hesitating. India and the Republic of South Africa have already moved to WHO for waiving patent protection in order to be able to produce and sell Covid vaccines on a larger scale. Around a hundred of countries of low and average incomes have joined this postulate. US President Biden backs the patent protection waiver but this idea is rejected by the richest western countries like Great Britain, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the European Union. In the EU, only Spain supports the waiver probably as a gesture of solidarity with Latin America countries. German Chancellor Merkel says that the waiver would result in a loss of control over vaccines quality. In addition, rich countries should share vaccines with the poorer ones but, for example, USA retains the entire output of vaccines in the country whereas EU has shared nearly 50% of 400 million doses of vaccines produced in the EU with 90 countries globally.

Poor are appealing, rich are hesitating. Who is right? / Biedni apelują, bogaci się wahają. Kto ma rację? km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Poor are appealing, rich are hesitating. Who is right? / ..." page: 1 info: by PIOTR CIESLINSKI date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

SCHEER report on e-tobacco products

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna cites the latest analysis on e-tobacco products carried out by the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks SCHEER to the order of the European Commission. The document will serve as the basis for the Commission’s report on this issue, which is to be presented next week. SCHEER indicates many drawbacks of modern tobacco products and health hazards like respiratory system’s cancer because the content of nicotine in e-cigarettes is the same as in regular cigarettes. The report will also be important for Commission’s works on revision of a directive concerning taxation of tobacco products. Polish Ministry of Finance will also see into this directive soon in order to work out possible proposals of solutions on the EU level.

E-cigarettes may lose priviledges / E-papierosy mogą stracić przywileje km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "E-cigarettes may lose priviledges / E-papierosy mogą stracić przywileje..." page: 5 info: by Klara Klinger date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU is willing to give AstraZeneca more time for vaccine deliveries

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:24:00 AM CEST

The European Union is willing to give AstraZeneca more time for the delivery of 300 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, SIC reports. 300 million doses were expected to be delivered by June, but the Commission is open to extended the deadline to September. However, the Commission wants 120 million doses to be delivered by the end of June.The European Union wants to receive provisional compensation from AstraZeneca for not fulfilling the contract for the supply of vaccines, TSF.pt and Jornal de Notícias report. The pharmaceutical company delivered 30 million doses until the end of March. The EU expects the pharmaceutical company to deliver a further 90 million doses by the end of June. However, AstraZeneca expects to deliver a total of 100 million by the end of June.The European Union has filed a new legal action against AstraZeneca, Jornal de Negócios reports. Commission spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker confirmed that the first hearing took place this Tuesday. The second session is scheduled for September. AstraZeneca has only managed to deliver 50 million doses so far. According to spokesperson De Keersmaecker, the EU's main goal is not to receive monetary compensation but to receive the doses previously agreed.

Brussels takes further legal action against AstraZeneca / Bruxelas avança com novo processo contra AstraZeneca km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Brussels takes further legal action against AstraZeneca / Bruxelas avança ..." page: 2 info: by Cátia Rocha date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU demands that AstraZeneca delives the vaccines until June / UE exige que AstraZeneca entregue as vacinas até junho km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "EU demands that AstraZeneca delives the vaccines until June / ..." page: 18 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU is willing to give AstraZeneca more time for vaccine deliveries / UE está disponível para mais tempo à AstraZeneca para a entrega acordada das doses de vacinas Covid-19 km-Sic-TV-PT: "EU is willing to give AstraZeneca more time for vaccine ..." info: Primeiro jornal, 2021-05-11 14:16:00, 00:02:42, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:16:00 PM CEST

EU demands AstraZeneca to deliver 120 million doses of vaccine by end of June / UE exige que AstraZeneca entregue 120 milhões de doses da vacina até ao fim de junho km-Tsf.pt-PT: "EU demands AstraZeneca to deliver 120 million doses of vaccine ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Articles on Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver proposal

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Diário de Notícias, Pedro Tadeu writes about the vaccine patent waiver proposal. Mr Tadeu is very critical of both the Portuguese government and European Union's opposition to this proposal. He says that it is a lie that the patent waiver risks intellectual property and explains that this is an often used method to allow medicines for other diseases such as AIDS to reach certain countries, it is foreseen in the World Trade Organisation regulations, and there are international agreements for the implementation of such a measure. In his opinion, the EU is against the proposal because it “does not want to relinquish its quota in the vaccine exportation business for poor countries,” explaining that this would cause financial losses to the European vaccine producers. He says that the EU leaders are using the word “solidarity” to “mask their selfishness.”In an article in Público, Teresa de Sousa writes about the waiver of vaccine patents. "Unfortunately for Europe, the US can see further, have more courage and better serve the great goal that is to make the vaccines against Covid-19 a worldwide public good," the author considers. She finds it strange that European governments have been surprised by this US position since the European Union was represented at meetings at the World Trade Organisation on this issue.

Is the European Union the most selfish potency in the planet? / A União Europeia é a potência mais egoísta do planeta? km-Diario-De-Noticias-PT: "Is the European Union the most selfish potency in the ..." page: 8 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vaccine patents: the untenable European lightweight / Patentes das vacinas: a insustentável leveza europeia km-Publico-PT: "Vaccine patents: the untenable European lightweight / Patentes das vacinas: ..." page: 28,29 info: by Teresa de Sousa date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU updates the common list of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:58:00 AM CEST

The Health Security Committee has agreed to update the common list of Covid-19 rapid antigen tests (RATs), Expresso.pt reports. According to a statement, this update includes “those whose results are mutually recognised by EU Member States for public health measures.” Following the update, “83 RATs are now included in the common list, of which the results of 35 tests are being mutually recognised.” For Commissioner Kyriakides, “RATs play a crucial role to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Diagnostics are a central element for member states in their overall response to the pandemic.” She believes that “having a wider list of recognised rapid antigen tests will also make it easier” for citizens to benefit from EU Covid-19 certificates and “to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU in the coming months.”

Covid-19. EU updates common list of rapid antigen tests and already has 83 authorised / Covid-19. UE atualiza lista comum de testes rápidos antigénio e já tem 83 autorizados km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Covid-19. EU updates common list of rapid antigen tests and ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Portuguese EU Presidency is against imposing a price for Covid-19 tests in the EU

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:02:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese EU Presidency is against imposing a price for Covid-19 tests in the European Union, Expresso.pt reports. "We cannot impose a price for tests in the EU, it is a free market," Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias said. However, the Portuguese EU Presidency is willing "to try to see whether there is a possibility for the price of the tests to be lower." According to her, negotiations with the European Parliament on EU Covid-19 certificates are going well and the goal is to reach an agreement "as soon as possible." Vice-President Šefčovič called on member states to "complete the technical part, which is very important" to have the certificate being used in the summer. According to the Vice-President, "there is progress and everyone realises that free movement of people in the EU is a priority for citizens."

Covid-19 certificate. “We cannot impose a price for tests in the EU, it is a free market” / Certificado covid-19. "Não podemos impor um preço para os testes na UE, é um mercado livre" km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Covid-19 certificate. “We cannot impose a price for tests in ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Minister Santos Silva says there are "more useful" issues to discuss than waiving vaccine patents

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:05:00 AM CEST

In a hearing at the Portuguese Parliament, Minister of Foreign Affairs Santos Silva defended the need to strengthen the production capacity of Covid-19 vaccines in the European Union, TSF.pt reports. In his opinion, this issue and the increase of export capacity are more important issues than waiving vaccine patents. Minister Santos Silva assured that "the EU is working within the framework of the World Trade Organisation in cooperation with its members" on this issue. For him, the EU should only lift patents "if it is strictly necessary and useful".

MFA says there are "more useful" issues to discuss than waiving vaccine patents / MNE defende que há questões "mais úteis" a discutir do que levantamento das patentes das vacinas km-Tsf.pt-PT: "MFA says there are "more useful" issues to discuss than ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU sues AstraZeneca again over delayed vaccine delivery

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

News.ro reports that the European Union has taken court action against AstraZeneca to force it to deliver by the end of June the remaining 90 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine that the company failed to deliver in the first quarter, the Commission announced on Tuesday. This is the first time the Commission has specified its requirements in the legal action launched against the pharmaceutical laboratory, according to România Actualități radio station. The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical group delivered only 30 out of the 120 million doses contracted by the EU in the first quarter. In the second quarter, AstraZeneca expects to deliver only 70 out of the 180 million doses of vaccine under the contract, according to Hotnews.ro.

EU is suing AstraZeneca to force it deliver the remaining first quarter doses by June / UE cere în instanţă companiei AstraZeneca să livreze până în iunie dozele restante din primul trimestru km-HotNews.ro-RO: "EU is suing AstraZeneca to force it deliver the remaining ..." info: by N.O. HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU asks AstraZeneca to deliver by July the 90 million doses not delivered in the first quarter / UE cere în justiţie ca AstraZeneca să-i livreze până în iunie cele 90 de milioane de doze de vaccin anticovid nelivrate în primul trimestru km-news.ro-RO: "EU asks AstraZeneca to deliver by July the 90 million ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU gives up AstraZeneca vaccine / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "EU gives up AstraZeneca vaccine / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-11 17:01:00, 00:00:46, by Mihai Mihaela date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:01:00 PM CEST

Slovakia suspends first dose of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jabs

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

Mediafax.ro writes that Slovakia on Tuesday suspended vaccinations with the first dose of AstraZeneca as authorities are examining the case of a patient who died of a blood clot after receiving the jab. “Only people waiting for their second dose of this vaccine are currently being vaccinated with AstraZeneca,” the country’s health ministry said in a statement, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro, cited by Hotnews.ro. Several other EU member states have limited vaccinations with AstraZeneca after establishing a link between the vaccine and very rare but often fatal blood clots.

Slovakia suspends vaccinations with the first dose of AstraZeneca / Slovacia suspendă vaccinările cu prima doză de AstraZeneca km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Slovakia suspends vaccinations with the first dose of AstraZeneca / ..." info: by I.B. HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Another European country has suspended vaccinations with the first dose of AstraZeneca after the death of a patient who received the jab / O altă ţară din Europa a suspendat vaccinările cu prima doză de AstraZeneca, după decesul unui pacient care primise serul km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Another European country has suspended vaccinations with the first dose ..." info: by Beatrice Dumitru date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vaccine deliveries from AstraZeneca

[Slovakia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:29:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk brings two articles focusing on the agreement regarding vaccine deliveries between the European Commission and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The first article reports that the EU will give the company more time to deliver the promised amounts of its vaccine against Covid-19. The European Union is thus willing to see the contract fulfilled by the company three months later than agreed, providing AstraZeneca delivers 120 million vaccines by the end of June. The website also reports on the dispute between both parties caused by AstraZeneca failing to deliver the promised numbers of its vaccine in time.

EU wants to force AstraZenec to add 90 million vaccines by the end of June / EÚ chce AstraZenecu žalobou donútiť, aby do konca júna dodala 90 miliónov vakcín km-aktuality.sk-SK: "EU wants to force AstraZenec to add 90 million vaccines ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Coronavirus: EU willing to give AstraZeneca more time to supply vaccines / Koronavírus: EÚ je ochotná dať firme AstraZeneca viac času na dodávku vakcín km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Coronavirus: EU willing to give AstraZeneca more time to supply ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Slovenia confirms another 491 cases of Covid-19 infection on Monday

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

On Monday, Slovenian health workers carried out 3,642 PCR tests for Covid-19, confirming infection in 491 individuals, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Delo, Dnevnik, Večer, Radio Slovenija 1, Kanal A and POP TV report. The share of positive tests was 13.5% (up from 11.2% on Sunday). Another three Covid-19 patients died. There were 477 (down from 508 on Monday) Covid-19 patients receiving medical attention in Slovenian hospitals on Tuesday, 131 (down from 133 on Monday) of whom were in intensive care units. The seven-day average of daily cases of Covid-19 infection in Slovenia now stands at 549 (down from 606 on Monday). Slovenia yesterday reached the conditions necessary to transition into the amber tier of measures to prevent the spread of the virus, as the seven-day average dropped below 600 and the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients dropped below 500. It is estimated that there are currently 8,621 people actively infected with Covid-19 in Slovenia.

491 new cases of infection confirmed on Monday / V ponedeljek potrdili 491 novih okužb km-24ur.com-SI: "491 new cases of infection confirmed on Monday / V ..." info: by Tadeja Voščun date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Conditions to transition into the amber tier of measures met / Umirjanje epidemije Pogoja za prehod v rumeno fazo km-Delo-SI: "Conditions to transition into the amber tier of measures met ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Coronameter / Koronameter km-Dnevnik-SI: "Coronameter / Koronameter..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Covid in Slovenia / Covid v Sloveniji km-Kanal-A-SI: "Covid in Slovenia / Covid v Sloveniji..." info: Svet, 2021-05-11 17:57:00, 00:02:00, by Manca Turk date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:57:00 PM CEST

Transitioning into the amber phase / Prehod v rumeno fazo km-Pop-TV-SI: "Transitioning into the amber phase / Prehod v rumeno fazo..." info: 24 ur, 2021-05-11 18:59:00, 00:03:00, by Tjaša Dugulin date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:59:00 PM CEST

We have reached the amber phase of the epidemic / Dosegli smo rumeno fazo epidemije km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "We have reached the amber phase of the epidemic / ..." info: Dogodki in odmevi, 2021-05-11 15:31:00, 00:05:00, by Helena Lovinčič date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:31:00 PM CEST

Conditions for the amber tier of measures met; expert group proposes extending the formal epidemic period / Izpolnjena pogoja za prehod v rumeno fazo; strokovna skupina predlaga podaljšanje epidemije km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Conditions for the amber tier of measures met; expert group ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

491 cases of Covid-19 infection on Monday; 3 Covid-19 patients died / V ponedeljek potrdili 491 okužb z novim koronavirusom, umrli trije covidni bolniki (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "491 cases of Covid-19 infection on Monday; 3 Covid-19 patients ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Number of PCR tests: / Število PCR-testov: km-Vecer-SI: "Number of PCR tests: / Število PCR-testov:..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU v AstraZeneca court battle: EU demanding 90 million doses by July

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

The EU demands that the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca deliver the 90 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine that should have been delivered in the first quarter to the EU27 by the end of June, European Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker said yesterday, STA, RTVSLO, and 24ur report. At the Commission’s regular press conference, he explained that the Belgian court holding the proceedings was required to order the company to deliver 90 million doses of the vaccine in addition to the 30 million doses that it had already delivered in the first quarter. Failure to comply with this obligation could result in a fine, he added, according to the French news agency AFP. With this, the Commission clarified for the first time the demands against AstraZeneca in a legal action filed on behalf of all 27 EU member states at the end of April. In the first quarter, AstraZeneca delivered only 30 million of the planned 120 million doses to EU member states, after which it announced that it would only deliver 70 million doses in the second quarter instead of the 180 million doses that had been agreed in the contract in August 2020.

EU to get AstraZeneca’s vaccine through court, delivery to Slovenia by the end of the year / EU do cepiva AstraZeneca prek sodišča, dobava v Slovenijo še do konca leta km-24ur.com-SI: "EU to get AstraZeneca’s vaccine through court, delivery to Slovenia ..." info: by Maja Račič date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The EU is demanding the missing vaccine doses in court; Slovakia will not vaccinate with AstraZeneca / EU na sodišču zahteva izostalo cepivo; Slovaška z AstraZeneco ne bo cepila km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "The EU is demanding the missing vaccine doses in court; ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The EU is demanding 90 million doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca in court by July / EU od AstraZenece na sodišču do julija zahteva 90 milijonov odmerkov cepiva km-sta.si-SI: "The EU is demanding 90 million doses of the vaccine ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU steps up legal battle against AstraZeneca

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

All Spanish media outlets report that the European Union is stepping up its legal battle against AstraZeneca over delays in deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines. The European Commission yesterday launched a second legal case against the laboratory in a bid to get it to deliver the doses promised in the contract signed in August last year. In this second lawsuit, the EU executive has gone a step further by demanding financial compensation for the failure to deliver the antigens. RNE-5 reports that the EU has broadened its legal battle against AstraZeneca. As well as claiming in the Belgian courts the doses it has failed to deliver, it is now also demanding financial compensation for damages. On 28 April, a first hearing was held over the Commission's emergency lawsuit, which demands delivery of the agreed 90 million doses. Yesterday, the first hearing of the second dispute, in which Brussels is demanding financial compensation, took place. If AstraZeneca fails to supply the undelivered doses, the EU could impose sanctions on the company, although its lawyer has questioned the urgency demanded by the EU, saying that the EU27 has already sought vaccine supplies from other labs such as Pfizer. The Commission suspects AstraZeneca of diverting vaccines destined for Europe to other countries.

In Europe, the doses that Astra Zeneca has not yet delivered are still pending; the European Union filed another complaint against this pharmaceutical company this morning and the breach-of-contract lawsuit. / En Europa se sigue pendientes de las dosis que Astra Zeneca todavía no ha entregado; la Unión Europea ha presentado esta mañana otra denuncia contra esa farmacéutica y la demanda por incumplimiento de contrato. km-Antena-3-ES: "In Europe, the doses that Astra Zeneca has not yet ..." info: Noticias 1, 2021-05-11 15:17:00, 00:00:53, by MONICA CARRILLO date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:17:00 PM CEST

The European Union wants pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca to pay damages, in addition to delivering compromised doses that have not yet arrived for Covid 19. / La Unión Europea quiere que la farmacéutica Astra Zeneca pague una indemnización por daños y perjuicios, además de que entregue las dosis comprometidas que de momento no han llegado para la Covid 19. km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "The European Union wants pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca to pay ..." info: La tarde, 2021-05-11 18:06:00, 00:00:55, by CARLOS EXPOSITO date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:06:00 PM CEST

The EU will not be able to count on Novavax vaccines until the third trimester / La UE no podrá contar con las vacunas de Novavax hasta el tercer trimestre km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "The EU will not be able to count on Novavax ..." page: 9 info: by A. SIMÓN date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels asks AstraZeneca to deliver 120 million doses until June / Bruselas pide a AstraZeneca que entregue 120 millones de dosis hasta junio km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Brussels asks AstraZeneca to deliver 120 million doses until June ..." page: 9 info: by A. S. date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU demands financial compensation from AstraZeneca / La UE exige una compensación económica a AstraZeneca km-Correo-ES: "EU demands financial compensation from AstraZeneca / La UE exige ..." page: 33 info: by SALVADOR ARROYO date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU seeks compensation for damages / La UE pide a Astrazeneca una indemnización por daños y perjuicios km-Diario-de-Sevilla-ES: "EU seeks compensation for damages / La UE pide a ..." page: 34 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Union also claims AstraZeneca for financial compensation / La Unión Europea reclama a AstraZeneca también una indemnización económica km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "The European Union also claims AstraZeneca for financial compensation / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU launches second court case against AstraZeneca to claim compensation for vaccine delays / La UE lanza una segunda causa judicial contra AstraZeneca para reclamar una indemnización por los retrasos en las vacunas km-eldiario.es-ES: "EU launches second court case against AstraZeneca to claim compensation ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU launches second complaint against AstraZeneca to get 90 million Covid vaccines / La UE lanza una segunda denuncia contra AstraZeneca para obtener 90 millones de vacunas contra la Covid km-elespanol.com-ES: "EU launches second complaint against AstraZeneca to get 90 million ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The European Union resorts to justice to claim financial compensation from Astra Zeneca for the delay in delivering vaccine doses. In principle they ask for a eur until lawyers set the precise amount for damages. The goal is to ensure sufficient doses. / La Unión Europea recurre a la justicia ara reclamar una indemnización económica a la compañía Astra Zeneca por el retraso en la entrega de las dosis de la vacuna. En principio piden un euros hasta que los abogados fijen la cantidad precisa en concepto de km-ES-Radio-ES: "The European Union resorts to justice to claim financial compensation ..." info: ES NOTICIA, 2021-05-11 14:27:00, 00:01:18, by JUAN PABLO POLVORINOS date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:27:00 PM CEST

EU steps up legal battle against AstraZeneca / La UE redobla la batalla judicial contra AstraZeneca km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "EU steps up legal battle against AstraZeneca / La UE ..." page: 10 info: by Francisco R. Checa date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Union has opened the legal route to seek compensation from AstraZeneca for the delay in the delivery of the roads. It's the second complaint that Brussels makes. Tired of verbal warnings, the first complaint filed a month ago wanted a judge to force them to speed up the missing doses. The one they put in today is to prove that there has been a breach of the contract and to be able to collect compensation. / La Unión Europea ha abierto la vía judicial para pedir una indemnización a AstraZeneca por el retraso en la entrega de los viales. Es la segunda denuncia que pone Bruselas. Cansada ya de los avisos verbales, la primera denuncia puesta hace un mes quería km-Onda-Cero-ES: "The European Union has opened the legal route to seek ..." info: La brujula (informativo), 2021-05-11 20:16:00, 00:01:24, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:16:00 PM CEST

EU seeks damages from AstraZeneca over delays / La UE pide daños y perjuicios a AstraZeneca por sus retrasos km-Pais-ES: "EU seeks damages from AstraZeneca over delays / La UE ..." page: 22-23 info: by GUILLERMO ABRIL date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU demands 90 million doses to AstraZeneca / La UE exige 90 millones de dosis a AstraZeneca km-Periodico-ES: "EU demands 90 million doses to AstraZeneca / La UE ..." page: 34 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU brings new lawsuit against AstraZeneca / La UE interpone una nueva demanda contra AstraZeneca km-Razon-Spain-ES: "EU brings new lawsuit against AstraZeneca / La UE interpone ..." page: 29 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The legal battle between Astra Zeneca and Brussels.s the European Commission has filed a new lawsuit against the pharmacist and this time claims compensation for breaching the signed contract, / Se acrecienta la batalla legal entre Astra Zeneca y Brusela.s La Comisión Europea ha presentado una nueva demanda contra la farmacéutica y en esta ocasión reclama una indemnización por haber incumplido el contrato firmado, km-RNE-1-ES: "The legal battle between Astra Zeneca and Brussels.s the European ..." info: 24 horas (informativo), 2021-05-11 20:13:00, 00:01:14, by MARC SALA date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:13:00 PM CEST

EU expands its legal battle against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca / La UE amplía su batalla legal contra la farmacéutica AstraZeneca km-RNE-5-ES: "EU expands its legal battle against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca / ..." info: EUROPA ABIERTA, 2021-05-11 16:07:00, 00:01:25, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

The European Union is fighting AstraZeneca for the second time, now to obtain million-dollar compensation for breaching the contract. A few weeks ago there was already a first demand for the delays. Of the promised 300 million doses, only 50 million have arrived. The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company has responded that in the contract it only undertook to make the "maximum reasonable effort" to deliver on what was promised. / La Unión Europea se querella por segunda vez contra AstraZeneca, ahora para obtener una indemnización millonaria por incumplir el contrato. Hace unas semanas ya hubo una primera demanda por los retrasos. De las 300 millones de dosis prometidas, solo han km-Tele-5-Spain-ES: "The European Union is fighting AstraZeneca for the second time, ..." info: Informativos t5 15.00, 2021-05-11 15:14:00, 00:00:25, by David Cantero date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:14:00 PM CEST

The European Commission broads up the legal battle it already has with AstraZeneca. Today he has initiated a second process against the company to prove that AstraZeneca has not complied with the contract. / La Comisión Europea amplia la batalla legal que ya tiene con AstraZeneca. Hoy ha iniciado un segundo proceso contra la compañía para demostrar que AstraZeneca no ha cumplido con el contrato. km-TVE1-ES: "The European Commission broads up the legal battle it already ..." info: Telediario 2, 2021-05-11 21:08:00, 00:00:46, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:08:00 PM CEST

EU claims compensation from AstraZeneca in addition to the delivery of all doses / La UE reclama a AstraZeneca una indemnización además de la entrega de todas las dosis km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "EU claims compensation from AstraZeneca in addition to the delivery ..." page: 27 info: by Europa Press date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU claims compensation from AstraZeneca in addition to the delivery of all doses / La UE reclama a AstraZeneca una indemnización además de la entrega de todas las dosis km-vozpopuli.com-ES: "EU claims compensation from AstraZeneca in addition to the delivery ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: "AstraZeneca remains an important part of our portfolio"

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

In an interview with El Economista, Commissioner Kyriakides says he wants AstraZeneca's vaccine doses as soon as possible, on the day Europe expands its lawsuit against the drugmaker for financial compensation. The Commissioner has a clear strategy to deal with Covid-19 in the short, medium and long term. She is pushing ahead with the development of new therapies and has new contracts with pharmaceutical companies for protein-based vaccines in mind. Because, like many, she expects the virus to become endemic. Commissioner Kyriakides stresses she is "cautiously optimistic" about the coming months, especially the summer.

Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: "AstraZeneca remains an important part of our portfolio" / Entrevista a la Comisaria Kyriakides: “AstraZeneca sigue siendo una parte importante de nuestra cartera” km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Interview with Commissioner Kyriakides: "AstraZeneca remains an important part of ..." page: 1,11 info: by Jorge Valero date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU files second lawsuit against Astra Zeneca

[Sweden, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:54:00 AM CEST

The EU has filed another lawsuit against British-Swedish pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca in connection with the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, report multiple media outlets. Aftonbladet.se reports, quoting news agency TT, that the EU is claiming Astra Zeneca has breached its supply contract. The new lawsuit could lead to financial compensation for the EU. At the end of April 2021, the EU filed the first lawsuit against the company. Astra Zeneca argued that the first lawsuit is unfounded as the company believes it has fulfilled the contract. Meanwhile, Astra Zeneca's lawyers are saying that the second lawsuit is unnecessary as there is already the first one. The EU is saying in the lawsuit that it wants the company to increase the pace of deliveries and demands at least 120 million doses by the end of June. Astra Zeneca had previously said that it would deliver 300 million doses between December and June, but has thus far delivered 50 million. The first lawsuit will be heard in court on 26 May 2021, while the second one will reach court on 24 September 2021.

EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine again - for breach of contract / EU stämmer Astra Zeneca om vaccin igen – för brott mot kontrakt km-Aftonbladet-SE: "EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine again - for breach ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine / EU stämmer Astra Zeneca om vaccin km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine / EU stämmer Astra ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU submits second lawsuit against Astra Zeneca - could lead to fines / EU lämnar in andra stämningen mot Astra Zeneca – kan leda till böter km-afv.se-SE: "EU submits second lawsuit against Astra Zeneca - could lead ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine / EU stämmer Astra Zeneca om vaccin km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "EU sues Astra Zeneca over vaccine / EU stämmer Astra ..." page: 25 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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EU Covid-19 certificate to receive the go-ahead in late June

[Austria, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

According to European Commission plans, the EU Covid-19 certificate should be launched on 21 June, Kurier and Salzburger Nachrichten report. In order for these plans to succeed, the EU member states and the European Parliament will have to speed up their negotiations and reach an agreement on whether all member states will actually recognise the tests and certificates of other countries by the end of the month. "We are trying to proceed as uniformly as possible," said Austrian Minister for European Affairs Karoline Edtstadler on Tuesday in Brussels, adding that she therefore did not see the risk of a patchwork of different rules.

EU Covid-19 certificate to receive the go-ahead in late June / Ende Juni soll der Grüne Pass in der EU grünes Licht haben km-Kurier-AT: "EU Covid-19 certificate to receive the go-ahead in late June ..." page: 4 info: by I. Steiner-Gashi date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brüssel will die letzten Hürden zum Grünen Pass nehmen km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Brüssel will die letzten Hürden zum Grünen Pass nehmen..." page: 3 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU: An agreement on the vaccine certificate "by the end of the month"

[Belgium, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources report on the EU Covid-19 Certificate. L'Echo writes that representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission and member states held a second negotiation round on the Certificate on Tuesday. Vice-President Šefčovič emphasised the need to conclude the legislative process by the end of this month. The EU leaders should settle their last differences during a European summit end May. Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer reiterates that the instrument is no vaccine passport, it is not just for vaccinated people. Several member states advocate a six-week transition period starting on 21 June, an idea opposed by the Commission. A test phase with 19 member states and the Commission has started to test the digital infrastructure. Bel RTL interviews Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo, who says that access to certain events in Belgium and travel within the EU will require a European Covid-19 certificate. Belgium will work with the Commission to see how this can be set up concretely. La Libre Belgique adds that there is no unanimity in the Belgian political circles about the idea of a certificate allowing people to participate in mass events. However, an agreement was reached to allow the development of such a tool. It would be a Covid Safety Ticket, not a Covid passport, available as of 1 July for test events, and as of 13 August for indoor events with up to 5,000 people, and outdoor ones with up to 10,000 people. The Ticket measure would only remain in place until 30 September. Prime Minister De Croo points out that the government will await the European Council summit on 24 and 25 May, where the EU Certificate's use will be decided.

Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 07:50 - L'Invité - Interview with Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo on the European Covid-19 Certificate / Mardi 11/05/2021 - 07:50 - L'Invité - Interview avec Ministre-Président Wallon Elio Di Rupo sur le Certificat européen Covid-19 km-Bel-RTL-BE: "Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 07:50 - L'Invité - Interview with Walloon ..." info: L'Invité, 2021-05-11 00:00:00, 00:09:05, by Grosfilley date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

EU: An agreement on the vaccine certificate "by the end of the month" / UE: un accord sur le certificat vaccinal "d'ici la fin du mois" km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "EU: An agreement on the vaccine certificate "by the end ..." page: 3 info: by Georis date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Only clarity regarding travel within Europe in three weeks / Pas over 3 weken duidelijkheid over reizen binnen Europa km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "Only clarity regarding travel within Europe in three weeks / ..." page: 4 info: by wer date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Covid-19 in the world: the Indian variant is considered "concerning", the EU Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / Coronavirus dans le monde: le variant indien classé "préoccupant", le pass sanitaire européen opérationnel en juin km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Covid-19 in the world: the Indian variant is considered "concerning", ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Green light for a Covid Safety Ticket / Feu vert pour un pass "Covid Safety Ticket" km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Green light for a Covid Safety Ticket / Feu vert ..." page: 7 info: by ben. date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Covid-19 certificates enter test phase

[Bulgaria, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

The European Commission announced that the European Covid-19 certificates had entered a test phase aimed to facilitate their enforcement in June, Trud daily and Mediapool report. The test phase will take two weeks in 18 EU countries, including Bulgaria and Iceland. “The goal of the tests is to check member states’ capability to, metaphorically speaking, connect to the “European bridge”, Commission Spokesperson Johannes Bahrke explained. He added no real data would be used during the test phase.

The European health certificate entered a test phase / Европейският здравен сертификат влезе в тестова фаза km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "The European health certificate entered a test phase / Европейският ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Europe tests health CVID certificate / Европа тества здравния CОVID сертификат km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Europe tests health CVID certificate / Европа тества здравния CОVID ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Three EU institutions coordinate the introduction of EU Covid-19 certificates

[Croatia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, coordination of positions between the European Commission, Council and Parliament took place on whether to accept the EU Covid-19 certificates at a technical level, HR1 reports. The European Commission rejects the claims of discrimination against citizens. “We are in the phase of a political trialogue with the Council and Parliament. In technical terms, a pilot phase is underway with the aim of establishing effective capacities to merge national certification systems into a single system by 1 June,” European Commission spokesperson Mamer said, also dismissing claims about the efforts on the introduction of a vaccination passport. “There is no such thing as a vaccination passport required by the EU. Our proposal concerns a certificate that would simply present people’s health condition with regard to Covid-19, by showing whether one has been vaccinated, has a negative test or is immune after recovering from the disease,” spokesperson Mamer said.

Three EU institutions coordinate the introduction of Covid-19 certificates / U fazi smo političkog trijaloga s Vijećem i Parlamentom km-HR-1-HR: "Three EU institutions coordinate the introduction of Covid-19 certificates / ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-05-11 15:10:00, 00:02:00, by Tihomir Vinković date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:10:00 PM CEST

Commission announced pilot implementation of EU Covid-19 certificates in 18 countries

[Cyprus, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:15:00 PM CEST

European Commission Spokesperson Johanness Bahrke announced yesterday that a pilot phase for the EU Covid-19 certificates has been launched on 10 May in 18 EU member states, including Greece, and Iceland to ensure that it will be technically functional on 1 June, online media outlets report. These tests will not use real citizens data and will be conducted for a period of two weeks with the participation of two or three countries per day, the spokesperson explained, noting that the member states and the Commission are in full readiness and the great participation of countries in this pilot phase is positive.Parallel to the technical preparations, the Council and the European Council continue discussions on the relevant regulation, which should be approved before the end of June.The General Affairs Council yesterday discussed the developments concerning the Covid-19 certificates, noting the progress made at the technical and legal levels, Sigmalive reports. Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Zacarias expressed hope that an inter-institutional agreement will be reached, noting that this would be "an important contribution to get Europe on the move again."On his part, Commission Vice-President Šefčovič stressed the need to reach a political agreement by the end of May and the member states to finalise technical preparations before the end of June.

To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γ. Υποθέσεων km-Philenews.com-CY: "To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γ. Υποθέσεων..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Πράσινο πιστοποιητικό: Ξεκίνησε πιλοτική φάση δοκιμών σε 18 χώρες της ΕΕ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Πράσινο πιστοποιητικό: Ξεκίνησε πιλοτική φάση δοκιμών σε 18 χώρες της ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

General Affairs Council: Progress towards adopting the green certificate / Συμβ. Γενικών Υποθέσεων: Βήματα προόδου προς υιοθέτηση πράσινου πιστοποιητικού km-sigmalive.com-CY: "General Affairs Council: Progress towards adopting the green certificate / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Green certificate: Its pilot implementation has began / Ευρωπαϊκό Πράσινο πιστοποιητικό: Ξεκίνησε η πιλοτική εφαρμογή km-sigmalive.com-CY: "European Green certificate: Its pilot implementation has began / Ευρωπαϊκό ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Negotiations on EU Covid-19 certificates are progressing

[Denmark, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:42:00 AM CEST

DR.dk reports on German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth's statement that negotiations regarding EU Covid-19 certificates are progressing. The digital solution is not ready, however, but the European Commission has suggested that it should work with a QR code. The European Commission proposed the certificates in March.

Negotiations on EU Covid-19 certificates are progressing / Aftale om EU's coronapas kan lande i løbet af de kommende uger km-dr.dk-DK: "Negotiations on EU Covid-19 certificates are progressing / Aftale om ..." info: by Nynne Hein Møller date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Minister Liimets in Brussels: we look forward to the rapid launch of the EU Covid-19 Certificate

[Estonia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets (Centre) said at a meeting of the General Affairs Council of the European Union in Brussels on Tuesday that Estonia looks forward to the rapid launch of the EU's Covid-19 certificate, Postimees.ee reports. According to Minister Liimets, in recent months the EU has worked hard to improve coordination in order to get out of the crisis caused by Covid-19 more quickly. "Restoring cross-border movement is important for all of us - we must continue our efforts so that we can introduce the EU Covid-19 Certificate in June," the Foreign Minister said.

Minister Liimets in Brussels: we look forward to the rapid launch of the EU Covid-19 Certificate / Liimets Brüsselis: ootame EL rohelise digitõendi kiiret käivitamist km-Postimees-Online-EE: "Minister Liimets in Brussels: we look forward to the rapid ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU institutions negotiating legal framework for Covid-19 certificate

[Finland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:56:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the European Union's COVID-19 certification. Helsingin Sanomat reports that EU institutions are currently negotiating the legal framework for the COVID-19 certificate. Each EU Member State must decide how they will apply the certificate for travel this summer. Finland's Ambassador to the EU Rislakki, who represented Finland at a meeting of the EU's ministers for European affairs, said that Member States will decide for themselves if they want further restrictions in addition to the certificate. The European Council and European Parliament's stance is that the COVID-19 certificate would not be mandatory but it could make free movement easier. At the EU level, the certificate is only for travel but some member states are pondering the option of using it at events and restaurants also. The Finnish News Agency STT’s report on this subject states that Portugal’s representative at the talks, Ana Paula Zacarias, said that the negotiations are being conducted in a constructive spirit. STT also reports that Ambassador Rislakki said that member states seem to be pleased with the progress with the vaccination rate. The Commission’s order for an additional 900 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer-Biontech, with an option for 900 million doses more, was considered good news at the meeting.

Neuvottelut etenevät: EU:n koronatodistus käyttöön ehkä kesän alussa km-Demari.fi-FI: "Neuvottelut etenevät: EU:n koronatodistus käyttöön ehkä kesän alussa..." info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Final form of EU's Covid-19 certificate still unclear: Member states may still demand extra restrictions / EU:n koronapassin lopullinen muoto on vielä epäselvä: Jäsenmaat saattavat vaatia omia lisärajoituksia km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Final form of EU's Covid-19 certificate still unclear: Member states ..." page: 15 info: by Jenni Virtanen date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Neuvottelut EU:n korona­todistuksesta ovat edenneet puheen­johtaja­maan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "Neuvottelut EU:n korona­todistuksesta ovat edenneet puheen­johtaja­maan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä..." page: 19 info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä..." page: 15 info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä..." page: 15 info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä km-suomenmaa.fi-FI: "Neuvottelut EU:n koronatodistuksesta ovat edenneet puheenjohtajamaan mukaan rakentavassa hengessä..." info: by STT date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU Covid-19 certificates expected this summer

[Germany, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:31:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report on the expectations that EU Covid-19 certificates will start being implemented by summer. In an interview with Münchner Merkur, Chancellor Kurz explains that although the Covid-19 pandemic was a huge challenge for everyone in the EU, the cooperation between the member states worked very well. He praises the Austrian intensive testing strategy, as with it, the country kept the contagion numbers under control, while shops and schools have mostly been open since the beginning of February 2021. He stresses the importance of a joint European decision on the EU Covid-19 certificates. "I expect a solution to be found before the summer of 2021," he states. According to him, after the difficult phases of the pandemic, the EU citizens want their old life back, which can be realised through such a certificate.The Covid-19 certificate for vaccinated, tested and recovered people should help to return to one of the EU’s main purposes, the freedom of travelling, Matthias Reiche comments on MDR. This will only be possible if all member states establish united rules for border passing and avoid difficulties such as mandatory quarantine and PCR testing upon return. Discrimination based on Covid-19 certificates should be avoided. The EU should deliver the promised tech solution for the so-called “gateway system.” A fast political decision of the European Commission and the European Parliament is needed so that certificates could be implemented from June onwards.

MDR current - 11.05.2021 18:35 - Commentary on EU Covid-19 certifcates / MDR aktuell - 11.05.2021 18:35 - Commentary on EU Covid-19 certifcates km-MDR-Info-DE: "MDR current - 11.05.2021 18:35 - Commentary on EU Covid-19 ..." info: Program, 2021-05-12 01:52:00, 00:03:18, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:52:00 AM CEST

Interview with Austrian Chancellor Kurz: "We want our old life back" / "Wir wollen unser altes Leben zurück" km-Munchner-Merkur-DE: "Interview with Austrian Chancellor Kurz: "We want our old life ..." page: 2 info: by G.A date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commission announces the start of pilot phase of testing for EU Covid-19 certificate

[Greece, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the Commission announced yesterday that the pilot phase of testing for the EU Covid-19 certificate started on Monday in 18 EU countries, including Greece, plus Iceland, with the aim to render it technically operational by 1 June. The certificate will allow people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, who have a negative test or have recovered from the disease to travel easier within the EU. Commission Spokesperson Johannes Barke stated that the pilot tests will use no real citizen data and will be conducted for two weeks with the participation of two or three countries per day. He added that the EU member states and the Commission are fully prepared in this first phase of the tests, stressing that the large participation of the countries is positive. In parallel with the technical preparations, discussions between the Council and the European Parliament are under way, as the second meeting on the issue was held yesterday. Media also note that the issue was discussed in the context of the General Affairs Council yesterday in Brussels. The EU Covid-19 certificate will be among the issues that will concern the European Council meeting on 24-25 May. According to European Council President Michel, the goal is the timely adoption and implementation of the certificate.

Commission: The pilot phase of testing for the digital green certificate was launched in 18 EU countries / Κομισιόν: Ξεκίνησε η πιλοτική φάση δοκιμών για το Ψηφιακό Πράσινο Πιστοποιητικό σε 18 χώρες της ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Commission: The pilot phase of testing for the digital green ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ΕΕ: To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU: The “digital green certificate” on the agenda of the General Affairs Council / ΕΕ: Στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων το «ψηφιακό πράσινο πιστοποιητικό» km-in.gr-GR: "EU: The “digital green certificate” on the agenda of the ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The green certificate in the final straight / Στην τελική ευθεία το πράσινο πιστοποιητικό km-OPENTV-GR: "The green certificate in the final straight / Στην τελική ..." info: KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2021-05-11 19:10:00, 00:01:41, by NIKI LYMPERAKI date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:10:00 PM CEST

To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων km-protothema.gr-GR: "To «πράσινο ψηφιακό πιστοποιητικό» στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The ten commandments of the healthcare green certificate / Ο δεκάλογος του υγειονομικού πράσινου πιστοποιητικού km-Ta-Nea-GR: "The ten commandments of the healthcare green certificate / Ο ..." page: 3 info: by KITTY XENAKI date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ΕΕ: Στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων το «ψηφιακό πράσινο πιστοποιητικό» km-Vima-online-GR: "ΕΕ: Στην ατζέντα του Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων το «ψηφιακό πράσινο ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU Covid-19 certificate system may be operational by 21 June

[Hungary, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Several Hungarian media outlets report on the work on the EU Covid-19 certificates. ATV reports President von der Leyen thinks the certificates may be ready by June. Index.hu and Portfolio.hu report the EU would introduce the certificates by 21 June. For this, the Council, the Commission and the Parliament must reach an agreement by the end of May. Their representatives met yesterday to discuss the issue, ATV, Index.hu and Portfolio.hu report. There is some disagreement about how the system would work together with the national certificates. Member states will have six weeks to implement the system after which the national cards would stop operating. Yet Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said this would not be the case; the bilateral travel agreements Hungary has signed cannot be overruled by the EU, Index.hu reports. Portfolio.hu writes Mr Szijjártó said the EU system will not overrule the Hungarian one; the two systems would operate in parallel. M1 reports Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga said after the General Affairs Council yesterday that the decision about how to travel in the EU with national vaccine certificates may be made by the end of May, and the system may be operational by 1 July.

According to the European Commission’s president, the European Union’s leaders can develop the uniform immunity certificate as early as by June / Az Európai Bizottság elnöke szerint már júniusra kidolgozhatják az Európai Unió vezetői az egységes védettségi igazolványok rendszerét km-ATV-HU: "According to the European Commission’s president, the European Union’s leaders ..." info: atv - Déli Híradó - 2021-05-11 10-00-00 - 2021-05-11 10-30-00, 2021-05-11 10:07:00, 00:00:34, by Nemes Anna date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:07:00 AM CEST

EU vaccine certificate to come by end of June / Június végére jöhet az EU-s oltási igazolvány km-index.hu-HU: "EU vaccine certificate to come by end of June / ..." info: by Bereznay István date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

According to Péter Szijjártó, the EU should stop kidding about the immunity certificate and should focus on getting vaccines / Szijjártó Péter szerint az EU ne szórakozzon védettségi igazolvánnyal, inkább szerezzen vakcinát km-index.hu-HU: "According to Péter Szijjártó, the EU should stop kidding about ..." info: by - áz - date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Decision about how to use national vaccine certificates for EU travel may be made by end of May in Brussels, Judit Varga said / Május végéig dönthetnek arról Brüsszelben, hogyan lehetne utazni az uniós tagországban a nemzeti hatáskörben kibocsátott vakcinaigazolványokkal, mondta Varga Judit km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "Decision about how to use national vaccine certificates for EU ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 19-30 - 2021-05-11 17-31-00 - 2021-05-11 18-32-00, 2021-05-11 17:48:00, 00:00:43, by Meszes Boglárka date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 5:48:00 PM CEST

Leaked: EU digital vaccine certificate to come in a few weeks to replace Hungarian immunity cards / Kiszivárgott: pár hét múlva jön az uniós digitális oltási igazolvány, ami leváltja a magyar védettségi igazolványt km-portfolio.hu-HU: "Leaked: EU digital vaccine certificate to come in a few ..." info: by Portfolio date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Rush for sun flights by summer as Covid-19 tide turns

[Ireland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:20:00 AM CEST

Ratings agency Moody's has said that Europe's accelerating vaccination programme could spur bookings for foreign sun holidays later this summer, the Irish Independent reports. It said in report published yesterday that there is "tremendous pent-up demand" amongst people wanting to fly to meet friends and family, and that it expects a recovery in corporate air travel to begin this autumn as offices start to reopen. "Increasing coronavirus vaccinations around the globe will allow governments to lower barriers to entry for visitors and re-entry for residents returning home," said Moody's senior vice president Jonathan Root.

Rush for sun flights by summer as Covid tide turns - Moody's / Rush for sun flights by summer as Covid tide turns - Moody's km-Irish-Independent-IE: "Rush for sun flights by summer as Covid tide turns ..." page: 26 info: by John Mulligan date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June

[Lithuania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

Kauno Diena, Lrytas.lt and Alfa.lt write that the European Union is “fully on track” to ensure all its citizens and residents are able to have a free Covid-19 certificate next month to ease travel, a Community spokesman Christian Wigand said. “It will be ready for summer to facilitate safe travelling, so it will be ready to use by the end of June,” the spokesman said, as quoted by Lrytas.lt. Another spokesman, Johannes Bahrke, added that 18 European Union countries plus non-member Iceland would test the digital document over the next two weeks to make sure any bugs were ironed out.

Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / Briuselis: ES „žaliasis pasas“ pradės veikti birželį km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / ..." info: by BNS date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / Ruošiasi startui km-Kauno-Diena-LT: "Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / Briuselis: ES „žaliasis pasas“ pradės veikti birželį km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Brussels says Covid-19 certificate will be operational in June / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

European Commission launches tests of IT system for EU Covid-19 certificates

[Poland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita announces the launch of tests of IT system for EU Covid-19 certificates, which will last the next two weeks. Malta and France were the first to join the pilotage and 18 other EU countries will have  tested the system by the end of next week. However Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Finland and Ireland have not joined the tests yet. The European Commission plans to finish the tests on 1 June so that the system could be officially enforced on 21 June. A spokesperson for the Commission Johannes Bahrke explains that the pilotage encompasses testing the ability of an EU member state to connect with the EU portal, download public keys needed for verification of the certificate and also testing the system’s safety. Technical tests are run simultaneously with legislative works. The Commission’s project is currently negotiated with the European Parliament and the Council of EU.

Pilotage without Poland / Pilotaż bez Polski km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Pilotage without Poland / Pilotaż bez Polski..." page: 1 info: by Anna Slojewska date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Portuguese Criminal Police is part of a Europol operation to combating the illicit trafficking of cultural goods

[Portugal, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:09:00 AM CEST

Portuguese Criminal Police (PJ) participated in a Europol operation aimed at combating the illicit trafficking of cultural goods, Expresso.pt reports. According to Europol, 56.400 cultural goods were apprehended and 67 people were arrested in the course of the operation.

PJ arrested four people and apprehended works of art in European operation / PJ deteve quatro pessoas e apreendeu obras de arte em operação europeia km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "PJ arrested four people and apprehended works of art in ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Senate approves the implementation of EU Covid-19 certificate in Romania

[Romania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the Committee on Legal Affairs of the Romanian Senate yesterday gave a green light to the implementation of the EU Covid-19 certificate in Romania. According to Antena3 TV channel, the certificate will include a QR code, identification data, digital signature and Covid-19-related medical data. Realitatea.net writes that the EU Covid-19 certificate will be implemented in Romania with the support of the Special Telecommunications Service (STS). According to Adevărul newspaper, Romania is scheduled to conduct trials of its national system for the issuance of the EU Covid-19 certificate on 21 May. Hotnews.ro writes that according to STS, the certificates can be viewed or downloaded from a secure web portal. Anyone who has been vaccinated against Covid-19, who has recovered from the infection or who has tested negative for Covid-19 in the past 72 hours will be able to download the certificate free of charge.

How does it look like and where do we get the Covid passport / Cum arată şi de unde obţinem paşaportul COVID km-Adevarul-RO: "How does it look like and where do we get ..." page: 1 info: by Bolocan Valentin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

What does the green certificate, approved by senators and used after 1 June, contain / Ştiri km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "What does the green certificate, approved by senators and used ..." info: Ştiri, 2021-05-12 01:24:00, 00:01:16, by Cofar Loredana date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 1:24:00 AM CEST

EU Covid-19 certificate approved by Parliament's committee / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "EU Covid-19 certificate approved by Parliament's committee / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-11 19:34:00, 00:00:37, by Standavid Filip date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:34:00 PM CEST

Covid-19 passport: STS has started the implementation of the IT solution that will be interconnected at the EU level. How will the digital green certificate work / Pașaportul COVID-19: STS a început implementarea soluției IT care se va interconecta la nivelul UE. Cum va funcționa certificatul verde digital km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Covid-19 passport: STS has started the implementation of the IT ..." info: by Adrian Vasilache date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Senators gave the green light for the electronic green certificate on vaccination, testing and healing / ​Senatorii juriști au dat undă verde pentru adeverinţa verde electronică de vaccinare, testare şi vindecare km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Senators gave the green light for the electronic green certificate ..." info: by L.P. HotNews.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

STS: The European deadline for the implementation of green travel certificates is the beginning of July / STS: Termenul vehiculat, la nivel european, pentru implementarea certificatelor verzi de călătorie este începutul lunii iulie/ STS a transmis, în 6 mai, către grupul de suport tehnic certificate digitale verzi de test, acestea fiind validate cu succes km-news.ro-RO: "STS: The European deadline for the implementation of green travel ..." info: by News.ro date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU Covid-19 certificate approved by Parliament's committee / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "EU Covid-19 certificate approved by Parliament's committee / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-05-11 19:04:00, 00:01:51, by Mihai Mihaela date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:04:00 PM CEST

Covid passport. When it will be ready, who will implement the system in Romania, and what data it will contain / Pașaportul Covid. Când va fi gata, cine implementează sistemul în România și ce date va conține km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Covid passport. When it will be ready, who will implement ..." info: by Iulian Budușan date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Covid passport, developed in Romania by STS, verified and validated in tests by EU member states / Pașaportul covid, dezvoltat în România de STS, verificat și validat în teste de către statele membre UE km-rfi.ro-RO: "Covid passport, developed in Romania by STS, verified and validated ..." info: by Eliza Casandra date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU Covid-19 certificates might be launched on 15 June

[Slovakia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:51:00 AM CEST

Member states and the European Parliament have not reached an agreement on EU Covid-19 certificates, reports TA3 and explains that it is still not clear how exactly the certificates will look like and be used. The debate continues over which vaccines to recognise and how much Covid-19 tests will cost. According to MEPs, the situation when vaccination is for free but people need to pay for Covid-19 tests might be discriminatory, for example, for families with children. The European Parliament also wants only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or WHO to be included in the certificates. Aktuality.sk quotes Slovak State Secretary for European Affairs Martin Klus, who said that the certificates should be launched on 15 June. The matter was one of the main topics at the General Affairs Council Meeting yesterday.

Secretary of State Klus: EU countries prepare to launch EU Covid-19 certificates on 15 June / Štátny tajomník Klus: Krajiny EÚ sa pripravujú na spustenie COVID pasov 15. júna km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Secretary of State Klus: EU countries prepare to launch EU ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dispute over EU Covid-19 certificates / Spory při jednáních o covid pasech km-TA3-SK: "Dispute over EU Covid-19 certificates / Spory při jednáních o ..." info: Žurnál, 2021-05-11 22:21:00, 00:01:23, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:21:00 PM CEST

Spain against making PCRs for travel free of charge

[Spain, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that negotiations are continuing between member states and the European Parliament on the introduction of a common European Covid-19 certificate to allow mobility in the run-up to the tourist season. One of the biggest sticking points so far is Parliament's demand that PCR tests for travel between EU countries should be free of charge. As the Spanish Secretary for European Affairs Juan González Barba explained yesterday, three quarters of the states (including Spain) are opposed to this request.

The free pc of pcrs curbs the approval of the Covid passport / La gratuidad de las PCR frena la aprobación del pasaporte Covid km-ABC-ES: "The free pc of pcrs curbs the approval of the ..." page: 38-39 info: by Sin especificar date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Spain, contrary to free PCRs for travel / Espanya, contrària a les PCR gratuïtes per viatjar km-Ara-ES: "Spain, contrary to free PCRs for travel / Espanya, contrària ..." page: 12-13 info: by BRUSSEL· LES / MADRID J. MANRESA / M. FERRER date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

There is an intense debate about him certificate of vaccination that will in theory allow travel between European countries from June and thus save the summer of the tourism sector in countries such as Spain. The European Parliament wants the PCRs to be free, but Spain says it cannot bear the cost. / Se está produciendo un debate intenso sobre él certificado de vacunación que en teoría va a permitir viajar entre países europeos a partir de junio y salvar así el verano del sector turístico en países como España. El Parlamento Europeo quiere que las km-Cadena-Ser-ES: "There is an intense debate about him certificate of vaccination ..." info: Hora 25 (informativo), 2021-05-11 20:08:00, 00:01:25, by PEPA BUENO date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:08:00 PM CEST

Spain and a majority of countries oppose the free PCRs of the 'covid passport' / España y una mayoría de países se oponen a la gratuidad de las PCR del 'pasaporte covid' km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "Spain and a majority of countries oppose the free PCRs ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The free of charge of the PCRs, the main stumbling block in the negotiations between the Eurochamber and the Governments for the EU COVID certificate / La gratuidad de las PCR, principal escollo en las negociaciones entre la Eurocámara y los Gobiernos para el certificado COVID de la UE km-eldiario.es-ES: "The free of charge of the PCRs, the main stumbling ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Spain rejects PCR tests for Covid passports to be free as Euro camera asks / España rechaza que los test PCR para el pasaporte Covid sean gratis como pide la Eurocámara km-elespanol.com-ES: "Spain rejects PCR tests for Covid passports to be free ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Spain against making PCRs for travel free of charge / España, en contra de que las PCR para viajar sean gratis km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Spain against making PCRs for travel free of charge / ..." page: 28-29 info: by M. ARROQUI date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Swedish MEP Tomas Tobé: EU should be responsible for EU Covid-19 certificates

[Sweden, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:43:00 AM CEST

Swedish MEP Tomas Tobé (EPP) wants the EU member states to back down and allow the EU to take over responsibility for the EU Covid-19 certificates, several media outlets report. Svenska Dagbladet, quoting news agency TT, writes that according to Mr Tobé, we must think more European and look at what is good for both travel and the economy. He called on the Swedish government to persuade other EU member states to accept the European Parliament's position. The Parliament also wants an end to national restrictions once the certificates are in place, and that persons who wish to travel should be able to take Covid-19 tests for free. However, Swedish EU Affairs Minister Hans Dahlgren stated that national restrictions are up to the EU member states to decide, and that every country must have the right to protect their populations in whatever way they feel is the best.

Moderate Party: 'EU should control everyone's vaccine passports' / Moderaterna: ’EU ska styra över allas vaccinpass’ km-Aftonbladet-SE: "Moderate Party: 'EU should control everyone's vaccine passports' / Moderaterna: ..." page: 18 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Moderate Party: Think more European about vaccine passports / M: Tänk mer europeiskt om vaccinpassen km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Moderate Party: Think more European about vaccine passports / M: ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tough grip on Covid-19 certificates in the EU / Tuffa tag om coronapass i EU km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Tough grip on Covid-19 certificates in the EU / Tuffa ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Moderate Party: Think more European about vaccine passports / M: Tänk mer europeiskt angående vaccinpassen km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Moderate Party: Think more European about vaccine passports / M: ..." page: 26 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Demand: No more restrictions after vaccine passport / Kravet: Inga fler restriktioner efter vaccinpass km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "Demand: No more restrictions after vaccine passport / Kravet: Inga ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

HUMANITARIAN_AID

EU allocates €210 million in humanitarian aid to African countries

[Slovenia, HUMANITARIAN_AID]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

The EU continues to support the people of the Sahel and Central Africa this year with €210 million in aid, STA reports. The funds will be used for humanitarian projects in eight countries threatened by growing instability and armed conflicts, along with the Covid-19 pandemic and the threat of natural disasters, the European Commission communicated yesterday. Commissioner Lenarčič stressed that humanitarian aid might serve as emergency assistance, claiming, however, that long-term progress could only be brought about by the political will of national governments and good governance. Funds will be allocated to humanitarian projects in Burkina Faso (€24.3 million), Cameroon (€17.5 million), Central African Republic (€21.5 million), Chad (€35.5 million), Mali (€31.9 million), Mauritania (€10 million), Niger (€32.3 million) and Nigeria (€37 million).

EU allocates €210 million in humanitarian aid to African countries / EU za humanitarno pomoč afriškim državam namenja 210 milijonov evrov km-sta.si-SI: "EU allocates €210 million in humanitarian aid to African countries ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

INDUSTRY

Green light by the Council and the European Parliament to the EU Space Programme

[Greece, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Naftemporiki reports that the process of approving the 2021-2027 EU Space Programme amounting to €14.48 billion was completed with the green light by the Council and the European Parliament. The new programme for this sector has the highest budget so far and includes all EU space activities in a single regulation, while innovative companies are expected to benefit, as it will also contribute to the green and digital transition. According to the Commission, the new space programme will ensure the EU's competitiveness in the new space economy and stimulate economic recovery from the pandemic and the transition to a green and digital economic model.

Euro-space programme of €14.48 billion / Διαστημικό ευρω-πρόγραμμα 14,48 δισ. ευρώ km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Euro-space programme of €14.48 billion / Διαστημικό ευρω-πρόγραμμα 14,48 δισ. ..." page: 9 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels set to reduce bloc’s dependence on imports of critical goods

[Latvia, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:12:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, the pandemic highlighted the European Union's dependence on imports of strategically important goods and raw materials. The European Commission has published an update of the EU's Industrial Strategy, which underlined the need to reduce the bloc's dependence on strategic goods and raw materials produced in third countries. The European Commission has set a target of producing at least 20% of the world's microchips sold by 2030. Commissioner Breton emphasises that only such ambitious goals can help increase the bloc's strategic autonomy. Twenty years ago, Europe produced 40% of the microchips sold worldwide, but now only 9%, he added.

Brussels set to reduce bloc’s dependence on imports of critical goods / Brisele gatavojas samazināt ES atkarību no kritiski svarīgu preču importa km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Brussels set to reduce bloc’s dependence on imports of critical ..." info: Eiropa šodien, 2021-05-11 09:19:00, 00:05:38, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:19:00 AM CEST

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

Author Ben Judah's opinion of Europe

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

De Morgen quotes author Ben Judah, who says: "This Europe depoliticised itself to survive. However, it did so at the cost of no longer being able to distinguish between stability and stagnation."

Quote Ben Judah / Quote Ben Judah km-Morgen-BE: "Quote Ben Judah / Quote Ben Judah..." page: 17 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe - A Vision of Croatia

[Croatia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

Successful Croatian stories and a plan to include citizens in Europe's development were presented on Tuesday at the Croatian parliament, during the first part of the “Conference on the Future of Europe - A Vision of Croatia,” HR1 reports.  The Conference on the Future of Europe is a pan-European, democratic project during which citizens have an opportunity to decide on how the EU should develop. This is a project in which “citizens are in the centre,” Vice-President Šuica said. “If we miss out on including citizens, we will leave room for populist ideas,” said VP Šuica, adding that the conference provides a platform where citizens can exchange ideas, connect, make recommendations and launch initiatives. VP Šuica also warned that according to forecasts, by 2070 Europeans will account for only 4% of the global population and she believes that demography will be a point of interest for citizens, Večernji list wrote. Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković was the conference's host and during his opening address he was interrupted by Pepper the robot, who warned him that he had violated the Standing Orders, Jutarnji list reports. Pepper was made at the Faculty of Computing and Electrical Engineering in Zagreb. Parliament Speaker Jandroković explained that this is a demonstration of what the future holds.

Šuica: This is a project in which the development of Europe will be decided by citizens / Šuica: Ovo je projekt u kojem će o razvoju Europe odlučivati građani km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Šuica: This is a project in which the development of ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe - A Vision of Croatia / Konferencija o budućnosti Europe - vizija Hrvatske km-HR-1-HR: "Conference on the Future of Europe - A Vision of ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-05-11 15:12:00, 00:03:00, by Anabella Leikauf date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:12:00 PM CEST

Jandrokovic almost kicked out of parliament and a cute robot / Jandroković umalo izbacio iz sabora i simpatičnog robota km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Jandrokovic almost kicked out of parliament and a cute robot ..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Combine traditional and modern, green and digital / Spajati tradicionalno i moderno, zeleno i digitalno km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Combine traditional and modern, green and digital / Spajati tradicionalno ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commentary on position of Czech Republic in EU

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:02:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz features a commentary by David Klimeš which focuses on the position of the Czech Republic in the EU. Mr Klimeš draws attention to the Conference on the Future of Europe, noting that the Czech Republic is probably the country where its opening drew the least interest. The author notes that the conference will result in strengthening of EU institutions and highlights that the Czech Republic will hardly enforce something without a coalition of similarly minded states. He points out that the Visegrad Group does not serve the interests of the Czech Republic. According to him, the country needs define its interest and find allies as currently, it has no real supporter in Brussels and has been humiliated by Vrbětice case. The author concludes that an intense cooperation with Slovakia, not with anti-Western Hungary and Poland, should be the main goal for the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic will not find its future until it resolves Visegrad Group / Česko nenajde svou budoucnost, dokud si nevyřeší Visegrád km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Czech Republic will not find its future until it resolves ..." info: by David Klimeš date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Leader of the Danish Social-Liberal Party would like to see a more constructive EU debate

[Denmark, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:48:00 AM CEST

Altinget.dk reports that Party Leader of the Danish Social-Liberal Party Sofie Carsten Nielsen criticises Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen's approach to EU politics. Ms Nielsen says that PM Frederiksen rarely speaks positively about the European Union. Ms Nielsen would like to see a more constructive debate on EU issues in the Danish Parliament.

Leader of the Danish Social-Liberal Party would like to see a more constructive EU debate / Den radikale leder vil have en ny dansk aftale om Europa km-altinget.dk-DK: "Leader of the Danish Social-Liberal Party would like to see ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

A new bill would allow members of the European Parliament to sit at councils

[Estonia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu initiated a bill aimed at giving members of the European Parliament elected from Estonia the opportunity to belong to local government councils in order to have a say and contribute to the organization of rural municipality or city life in their place of residence, Err.ee reports. The chairman of the committee, Toomas Kivimägi, said that the aim of the bill is to remove the restrictions under which members of the European Parliament may run for local elections, but they may not belong to a rural municipality or city council. The initiated bill amends two laws - the European Parliament Election Act and the Local Government Organization Act. A majority of the members of the Riigikogu is required for the adoption of a bill as law.

A new bill would allow members of the European Parliament to sit on councils / Eurosaadikud pääsevad volikogudesse km-Postimees-EE: "A new bill would allow members of the European Parliament ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A new bill would allow members of the European Parliament to sit on councils / Eelnõu lubaks europarlamendi liikmetel kuuluda volikogudesse km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "A new bill would allow members of the European Parliament ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe to give new boost to EU project

[Germany, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:46:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the future of the EU and the Conference on it. In a commentary in Die Rheinpfalz, Ralf Joas argues that with the Conference on the Future of Europe, an attempt is being made to give a new boost to the EU project. According to Mr Joas, for weeks, there has been an opportunity for EU citizens to participate in the debate on the future of Europe. Mr Joas argues that a similar mechanism is the European Citizens' Initiative through which EU citizens can oblige the European Commission to deal with a specific issue. In Mr Joas's opinion, it is anything but certain, if the EU has the strength to reinvent itself and take a leap into the future.

On the Conference on the Future of Europe: EU needs a fresh start / EU braucht einen Neustart km-Rheinpfalz-DE: "On the Conference on the Future of Europe: EU needs ..." page: 2 info: by RJ date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Readers shine a light / Lesern geht ein Licht auf km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Readers shine a light / Lesern geht ein Licht auf..." page: 31 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Special Adviser to the President Barnier warns the UK to keep its Brexit commitments

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

Some media report that Special Adviser to the President Michel Barnier warned the UK to meet the commitments stemming from its Withdrawal Agreement from the EU in relation to fisheries and Northern Ireland or face countermeasures. Speaking with Europresse, he noted that the EU has already launched a procedure against the UK on the Northern Ireland issue. We are on alert, he stressed.

Ο Μισέλ Μπαρνιέ προειδοποιεί το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο να τηρήσει τις δεσμεύσεις που απορρέουν από το Brexit km-capital.gr-GR: "Ο Μισέλ Μπαρνιέ προειδοποιεί το Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο να τηρήσει τις ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Προειδοποίηση Μπαρνιέ σε Μεγάλη Βρετανία να σεβαστεί τους όρους του Brexit km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Προειδοποίηση Μπαρνιέ σε Μεγάλη Βρετανία να σεβαστεί τους όρους του ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Warning by Michel Barnier to the UK: Keep the commitments of the agreements / Προειδοποίηση από τον Ευρωπαίο διαπραγματευτή του Brexit στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο: «Να τηρηθούν οι δεσμεύσεις των συμφωνιών» km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Warning by Michel Barnier to the UK: Keep the commitments ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

London must keep the commitments / «Να τηρήσει τις δεσμεύσεις» km-Kathimerini-GR: "London must keep the commitments / «Να τηρήσει τις δεσμεύσεις»..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Vice-President Schinas visits the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA”

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that on the occasion of the 40-year anniversary of Greece’s EU accession, Vice-President Schinas visited the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA” yesterday along with ELPIDA Association of Friends of Children with cancer founder and President Marianna Vardinoyannis. Ms Vardinoyanni honoured VP Schinas with the wreath of hope and offered him a commemorative plaque for Greece’s 40-year EU participation. VP Schinas stated that the life of only one child is worth fighting for. He added that the work of the association all these years proves the added value of the social service by people who chose not only to live in society but to live for society as well. VP Schinas maintains long-established cooperation ties for European issues with Ms Vardinoyanni.

Vice-President Schinas visits the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA” / Ο Αντιπρόεδρος Σχοινάς επισκέπτεται την Ογκολογική Μονάδα Παίδων «Μαριάννα Β. Βαρδινογιάννη-ΕΛΠΙΔΑ» km-Alpha-TV-GR: "Vice-President Schinas visits the Children’s Oncology Unit “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA” ..." info: ALPHA NEWS KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2021-05-11 19:36:00, 00:01:40, by ANTONIS SROITER date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:36:00 PM CEST

Ο Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς στην Ογκολογική Μονάδα Παίδων «Μαριάννα Β. Βαρδινογιάννη» km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Ο Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς στην Ογκολογική Μονάδα Παίδων «Μαριάννα Β. Βαρδινογιάννη»..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Vice-President Schinas visits the Children’s Oncology Unit / Ο Αντιπρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής Μαργαρίτης Σχοινάς επισκέφθηκε την Ογκολογική Μονάδα Παίδων km-Star-GR: "Vice-President Schinas visits the Children’s Oncology Unit / Ο Αντιπρόεδρος ..." info: Kentriko deltio, 2021-05-11 20:40:00, 00:01:40, by MARA ZACHAREA date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:40:00 PM CEST

Executive Vice-President Vestager to attend dinner hosted by Athens Mayor

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Kathimerini reports that Athens Mayor Costis Bakoyannis will host a dinner on Thursday with former EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Executive Vice-President Vestager and North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. The dinner will be attended by a specific number of guests, including journalists Peter Spiegel and Florian Eder.

Executive Vice-President Vestager to attend dinner hosted by Athens Mayor / Δείπνο με θέα km-Kathimerini-GR: "Executive Vice-President Vestager to attend dinner hosted by Athens Mayor ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis on Greece’s EU accession anniversary

[Greece, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Capital.gr reports that Hellenic Parliament’s electronic issue entitled “On the… Peristylium” includes a feature on the 40-year anniversary of Greece’s EU accession. Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis contributed a piece in the special issue. PM Mitsotakis noted that Greece will participate in the upcoming Conference for the Future of Europe not just by tabling guidelines, but by proposing a comprehensive plan that will be in the service of the European vision for the future. He added that at the dawn of the third decade of the 21st century, Greece does not change its compass. We will continue working for closer European cooperation in the sectors of external security and defence, spearheaded by the protection of the borders and the asylum policy, PM Mitsotakis emphasised. He noted that Greece will also continue working for social and economic initiatives and deeper political understanding in the context of the EU. For forty years, Greece’s participation in the European project enriches our democracy with new institutions and reinforces citizen rights, PM Mitsotakis highlighted.

Articles by political leaders, politics personalities and academics for the European course of Greece / Άρθρα πολιτικών αρχηγών, προσωπικοτήτων της πολιτικής και του ακαδημαϊκού κόσμου για την ευρωπαϊκή πορεία της Ελλάδας km-capital.gr-GR: "Articles by political leaders, politics personalities and academics for the ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

New European Bauhaus to be presented at ADwards Festival

[Latvia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:45:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, Latvian Art Directors Club, organizers of the ADwards Festival of Creative Excellence, said the new European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project that aims to help implement the Green Deal by combining design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment. Bauhaus is a creative initiative that breaks down the boundaries between science and technology, the arts, culture and social inclusion, and seeks to find solutions to everyday problems through design. An international workshop, organised by the European Club of Creative Directors (ADC * E), took place in early May, bringing together creative minds to come up with ideas that could improve the quality of the European environment. This workshop also resulted in nine ideas being submitted as a formal application to the European Commission.

New European Bauhaus to be presented at ADwards Festival / Radošās izcilības festivālā 'ADwards' iepazīstinās ar jauno Eiropas Bauhaus km-Delfi.lv-LV: "New European Bauhaus to be presented at ADwards Festival / ..." info: by www.DELFI.lv date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Editorial on the Conference on the Future of Europe

[Malta, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

The editorial in today’s Independent focuses on the conference on the future of Europe which was launched last Sunday, on Europe Day. The event will span over several months and end in early 2022, and among other things it will serve to offer each and every European citizen the opportunity to voice concerns and also make suggestions on how the concept of Europe will move forward. Over the years, EU leaders and European institutions have been accused of living in a bubble. They were told that they were not listening to the needs of their citizens, and that very often they took unpopular decisions. Not everyone is happy. And this is why the conference that started last Sunday could become important. Citizens, particularly those who are disenchanted by the European ideal, have the opportunity to speak up. "Now is the time to do so" the editorial concludes.

Europe’s future / Europe’s future km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Europe’s future / Europe’s future..." page: 7 info: by Editorial date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Next European Council agenda includes Russia, Covid-19, climate change, and Brexit

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:07:00 AM CEST

The European Union-Russia relationship is on the European Council’s next meeting agenda, Rádio Renascença reports. In a preparatory meeting, Portuguese secretary of state for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias informed that the European leaders are expected to discuss coordination against Covid-19, the combat on climate change, the EU-Russia relationship, and the Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom.

EU-Russia relationship in the next European Council agenda / Relação UE-Russia na agenda do próximo Conselho Europeu km-Radio-Renascenca-PT: "EU-Russia relationship in the next European Council agenda / Relação ..." info: Informação, 2021-05-11 12:04:00, 00:00:41, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:04:00 PM CEST

Commentary on debate over EU's future

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:16:00 AM CEST

In her commentary for daily SME, Zuzana Kepplová writes about the way Slovak politicians recently presented the EU on the occasion of Europe Day. She points out the fact that the top three political representatives of the country talked about the EU similarly, some of them even using clichés about „European home with no alternative“. The author highlights the fact that now it is sure that no more countries will follow Britain in withdrawing from the Union. On the other hand, she warns against these clichés and adds that the Union does not represent only the good for everyone. Overall, Ms Kepplová calls for a more fair debate about the future of the EU and draws attention to problems such migration of people from less to more attractive countries in the Union.

Only blessings / Iba samé dobrodenie km-SME-SK: "Only blessings / Iba samé dobrodenie..." page: 8 info: by Zuzana Kepplová date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION

Madrid wants Croatia in OECD

[Croatia, INTERNATIONAL_COOPERATION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

Spain supports Croatia's OECD entry and wishes to work with it on EU enlargement to the Western Balkans, where Albania and North Macedonia have shown the greatest progress, Foreign Minister María Aránzazu González Laya told the Croatian state agency Hina on Tuesday, Večernji, Jutarnji and Novi list report. Meanwhile, Glas Slavonije reports that Minister González Laya also said Spain intends to support Croatia’s Schengen entry, once it is proposed by the European Commission. She had already said last October that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development should admit Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Peru and Romania because “they did their homework.” Croatia was not admitted then because of Slovenia’s blockade over Croatia’s non-recognition of a border arbitration award and because the US administration was not inclined to the admission of new members. Minister Gónzalez Laya said the countries that meet the requirements should join the OECD and that it should not be a political but a technical issue. As a member, Croatia would get a confirmation of its international reputation, she added. The Spanish minister also noted that bilateral relations with Croatia were “good, without difficulties or disputes, and have potential that is insufficiently used.”

Spaniards want Croatia in Schengen / Španjolci žele Hrvatsku u Schengenu km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Spaniards want Croatia in Schengen / Španjolci žele Hrvatsku u ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Croatia is not being let into the OECD by the United States / Hrvatsku u OECD ne puštaju Sjedinjene Američke Države km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Croatia is not being let into the OECD by the ..." page: 2 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Madrid wants Croatia in OECD / Madrid želi Hrvatsku u OECD-u km-Novi-List-HR: "Madrid wants Croatia in OECD / Madrid želi Hrvatsku u ..." page: 9 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Madrid wants to see Croatia as an OECD member / Madrid želi Hrvatsku Vidjeti kao članicu OECD-a km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Madrid wants to see Croatia as an OECD member / ..." page: 10 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

JUSTICE

European Commission to introduce an absolute ban on cash payments

[Croatia, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

Commissioner McGuinness has announced the European Commission’s new package of legislative proposals against money laundering, including an absolute ban on cash payments that would apply to both companies and citizens, Večernji list writes. The ban is to be set at €10,000, with the option of member states introducing a lower limit. Commissioner McGuinness’ statements have sparked controversy in Austria and Germany, where restrictions on cash payments are seen as a restriction on personal freedoms. “We are talking about an upper limit of €10,000, which would be quite difficult to carry in your pockets,” Commissioner McGuinness said. The Commission intends to set up an EU umbrella agency against money laundering and terrorist financing, which is to have numerous powers and directly monitor the banks’ implementation of policies against money laundering.

No more buying a car or an apartment for "cash", everything will go through the bill / Nema više kupnje auta ili stana za "keš", sve će ici preko računa km-Vecernji-List-HR: "No more buying a car or an apartment for "cash", ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ministers from 16 European countries commit to full implementation of Istanbul Convention

[Cyprus, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

Ministers from 15 EU member states and Norway, including Cypriot Foreign Minister Christodoulides and Justice Minister Yiolitis, have signed a joint statement marking the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, several media outlets report. The ministers underlined that the Convention "is a milestone in the fight against gender-based violence" and the first European legally binding treaty in this area. They expressed concern over the recent decision of the Turkish government to withdraw from the Convention and the announced intentions of another EU member state to also withdraw. Concluding, they expressed their determination to ensure full implementation and enforcement of the Convention in their respective countries.

Δέσμευση για πλήρη εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης της Κωνσταντινούπολης km-Haravgi-CY: "Δέσμευση για πλήρη εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης της Κωνσταντινούπολης..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Joint statement for the Istanbul Convention / Κοινή δήλωση για τη Σύμβαση της Κωνσταντινούπολης km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Joint statement for the Istanbul Convention / Κοινή δήλωση για ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

16 European Ministers, including the MFA, commit to full implementation of the Istanbul Convention / Για πλήρη εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης της Κωνσταντινούπολης δεσμεύονται 16 Ευρωπαίοι Υπουργοί, περιλαμβανομένου του ΥΠΕΞ km-Philenews.com-CY: "16 European Ministers, including the MFA, commit to full implementation ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Η Κύπρος υπογράφει Δήλωση για την 10η επέτειο Σύμβασης Κωνσταντινούπολης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Η Κύπρος υπογράφει Δήλωση για την 10η επέτειο Σύμβασης Κωνσταντινούπολης..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Δέσμευση 16 Υπουργών ΕΕ για πλήρη εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης της Κωνσταντινούπολης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Δέσμευση 16 Υπουργών ΕΕ για πλήρη εφαρμογή της Σύμβασης της ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

We stand together in solidarity with women and girls in Turkey and beyond

[Ireland, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

In a letter published by irishtimes.com, ministers from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden urge the Turkish government to reverse its decision to leave the Istanbul Convention. They also urgently call on all Council of Europe Member States who have not yet done so to sign and ratify the landmark treaty. "We are committed to ensuring full implementation and enforcement of the Convention in our countries and to working together to protect the fundamental values guaranteed by the Convention," they write.

We stand together in solidarity with women and girls in Turkey and beyond / We stand together in solidarity with women and girls in Turkey and beyond km-irishtimes.com-IE: "We stand together in solidarity with women and girls in ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Keith Schembri in hospital with ‘serious condition’

[Malta, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:37:00 AM CEST

The Times reports that Keith Schembri is being treated at hospital for a “serious condition” and failed to attend his court hearing yesterday. The court reconvened to hear charges of money laundering and fraud against the former chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister. His lawyer, Edward Gatt updated reporters outside court yesterday morning. He said Schembri was receiving treatment at Mater Dei Hospital and appealed to everyone to treat the former chief of staff as well as his family with dignity during “these difficult times”. Upon leaving court later, the lawyer said Schembri was receiving treatment for “a serious condition”. “We will receive updates from the tests he’s having... he’s in good hands,” he replied when asked to confirm whether the former chief of staff had undergone a biopsy.

Keith Schembri in hospital with ‘serious condition’ / Keith Schembri in hospital with ‘serious condition’ km-Malta-Times-MT: "Keith Schembri in hospital with ‘serious condition’ / Keith Schembri ..." page: 1,2 info: by Ivan Martin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MEMBER_STATES

President Radev appoints caretaker government

[Bulgaria, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

President Radev signed several decrees on Tuesday, dissolving the 45th National Assembly and appointing a caretaker government, several media report. He also set a date for the early elections – 11 July. General Stefan Yanev, so far security and defence advisor of President Radev, will serve as a caretaker prime minister, as one of his tasks will be the preparation of the elections. The caretaker ministers include military officers, economy experts and politicians.

At least 3 important tasks in front of the office / Поне 3 важни задачи пред служебния кабинет km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "At least 3 important tasks in front of the office ..." page: 14 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Without surprises, President Rumen Radev issued the decrees for the dissolution of the National Assembly and the appointment of the caretaker government and the new CEC / Без изненади президентът Румен Радев издаде указите за разпускане на НС и назначаването на служебното правителство и новата ЦИК km-bTV-Bulgaria-BG: "Without surprises, President Rumen Radev issued the decrees for the ..." info: БТВ, 2021-05-11 22:16:00, 00:12:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:16:00 PM CEST

No more political conjecture / Край на политическите догадки km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "No more political conjecture / Край на политическите догадки..." info: БНТ, 2021-05-11 23:11:00, 00:10:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:11:00 PM CEST

Who takes over the finances and the economy in the Radev cabinet? / Кой поема финансите и икономиката в кабинета "Радев"? km-clubz.bg-BG: "Who takes over the finances and the economy in the ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The president appointed professionals / Президентът назначи професионалисти km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "The president appointed professionals / Президентът назначи професионалисти..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Cabinet ministers - from dark blue to bright red / Служебните министри - от тъмносини до яркочервени km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "Cabinet ministers - from dark blue to bright red / ..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Мария НИНОВА Лозан РУМЕНОВ date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

President Radev ends Borisov 3 cabinet and the 45th National Assembly / Президентът сложи край на кабинета Борисов 3 и на 45-ото НС km-Nova-TV-BG: "President Radev ends Borisov 3 cabinet and the 45th National ..." info: Нова телевизия, 2021-05-11 20:56:00, 00:13:00, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:56:00 PM CEST

THE PRESIDENT APPOINTED A SHARD GOVERNMENT / ПРЕЗИДЕНТЪТ НАЗНАЧИ ШАРЕНО ПРАВИТЕЛСТВО km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "THE PRESIDENT APPOINTED A SHARD GOVERNMENT / ПРЕЗИДЕНТЪТ НАЗНАЧИ ШАРЕНО ..." page: 1 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Draghi's hour in Italy

[Germany, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:41:00 AM CEST

When Prime Minister Draghi took office on 13 February, he took charge of a deeply scarred nation, Ulrich Ladurner comments in Die Zeit. The task of resurrecting the nation fell to PM Draghi of all people, the former ECB President, a technocrat who stands for the EU like no other. He is not only familiar with the complexities of Italian domestic politics, but he also seems to have a keen sense of the state of his country's soul. When the European Commission had doubts regarding Italy’s plan for the EU Recovery Fund, he stressed to President von der Leyen on the phone that the country deserves respect.

Hour of the Patriot / Stunde des Patrioten km-Zeit-DE: "Hour of the Patriot / Stunde des Patrioten..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MIGRATION

Italy calls for solidarity and distribution of migrants in EU

[Austria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

Various media report that the number of refugees arriving at Lampedusa has been increasing recently, 2,000 migrants have arrived within only 24 hours. According to La Repubblica, leading representatives of the EU said that Turkish President Erdoğan was responsible for the run to Lampedusa, Kurier points out.Italian Prime Minister Draghi once again urged the EU to show more shared responsibility. The European Commission has in the meantime contacted several member states with regard to those refugees, but has not yet received a positive answer. Commissioner Johansson said that sea rescue is a matter of national competences, but nevertheless she calls upon the member states to cooperate. It is time to show solidarity with Italy and provide aid, she said according to radio channel Ö1 and Wiener Zeitung. Austrian Minister for European Affairs Edtstadler, on the other hand, stresses once again that Austria does not see the distribution of refugees among all of Europe as the right path. She says that a pan-European solution is needed that focuses on the external dimension instead of equal distribution. Salvatore Martello, mayor of Lampedusa, urges for bilateral agreements between the EU and countries of the southern Mediterranean in an interview with Die Presse. He says that such agreements are needed to control the migration wave and "tear it out of the hands of people smugglers". Mayor Martello also urges to make it obligatory for EU member states to take in migrants. "The EU should finally make this decision. Countries that refuse to take in anyone must be punished," he says. In a commentary, Der Standard writes that the arrival of 2,000 refugees and migrants on Lampedusa is the beginning of a vicious circle that has already taken place in the past years. While the European Commission is striving to find a European solution, several countries block those efforts. In times of the pandemic, this topic and the thousands of deaths caused by this vicious circle every year will be mentioned only marginally, says the author.

Italien fordert laut Medienbericht ein EU-Flüchtlingsabkommen mit Libyen km-Derstandard.at-AT: "Italien fordert laut Medienbericht ein EU-Flüchtlingsabkommen mit Libyen..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

New wave of refugees: Erdoğan under the suspicion of being responsible / Neue Flüchtlingswelle: Erdogan wieder unter Verdacht km-Kurier-AT: "New wave of refugees: Erdoğan under the suspicion of being ..." page: 8 info: by Andrea Affaticati date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2021-05-11 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Roland Adrowitzer date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Italy calls for solidarity and distribution of migrants in EU / Italien will solidarische Verteilung von Migranten in der EU km-ORF-O1-AT: "Italy calls for solidarity and distribution of migrants in EU ..." info: Mittagsjournal, 2021-05-11 12:00:00, 00:03:08, by Roland Adrowitzer date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00:00 PM CEST

Edtstadler gegen Flüchtlingsumverteilung km-orf.at-AT: "Edtstadler gegen Flüchtlingsumverteilung..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Flüchtlinge: Italien will Türkei-Modell für Libyen km-orf.at-AT: "Flüchtlinge: Italien will Türkei-Modell für Libyen..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Migration wave: "Even more people will get into boats" / „Noch mehr Menschen werden in Boote steigen“ km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Migration wave: "Even more people will get into boats" / ..." page: 4 info: by Susanna Bastaroli date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ÖVP will keine Migranten aus Italien aufnehmen km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "ÖVP will keine Migranten aus Italien aufnehmen..." page: 11 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commentary: The annual vicious circle of migration / Der jährliche Teufelskreis km-Standard-AT: "Commentary: The annual vicious circle of migration / Der jährliche ..." page: 32 info: by Kim Son Hoang date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Keine Aufnahme von Migranten. km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Keine Aufnahme von Migranten...." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Union is not ready for a new migration crisis

[Belgium, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Oodles of sources mention the recent arrival of many asylum seekers on Lampedusa. De Standaard writes that southern EU countries are resisting the new migration pact. According to Commissioner Johansson, it would be best if a new migration pact were approved quickly. It offers a solid framework to help member states under pressure. Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Malta fear that the centres at the outer EU borders, as proposed by the European Commission, will lead to refugee camps like the one in Moria. The Commission also proposed mandatory solidarity, because Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic refuse a mandatory distribution plan. The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) do get support. De Tijd quotes Commissioner Johansson: “If we see an enormous number of people arrive in a very short time, we must show solidarity with Italy. I call on other member states to help relocate them.” Over 2,000 people stranded on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the past 24 hours. A spokesperson of the Commission stated that so far, no member state agreed. According to Grenz Echo, Prime Minister Draghi’s government has been trying for weeks to push Tunisia and Libya towards stricter controls and taking back more refugees. Although rescue at sea is a national competency, Commissioner Johansson insists on more cooperation. Since 2014, over 21,000 people have died or gone missing at sea. L’Avenir adds that Italian home affairs minister Luciana Lamorgese is calling on its neighbours to take structural measures to deal with immigration. She will visit Tunis on 20 May, along with Commissioner Johansson. Prime Minister Draghi wants to put migration on the agenda of the European Council summit on 24 and 25 May.

Rome calls for solidarity / Rome appelle l’UE à la solidarité km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Rome calls for solidarity / Rome appelle l’UE à la ..." page: 13 info: by Unknown date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Repressed questions in Brussels and Berlin / Verdrängte Fragen in Brüssel und Berlin km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Repressed questions in Brussels and Berlin / Verdrängte Fragen in ..." page: 14 info: by SCHMITZ date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Fewer applications, same backlog / Minder aanvragen, zelfde achterstand km-Morgen-BE: "Fewer applications, same backlog / Minder aanvragen, zelfde achterstand..." page: 9 info: by Wauters date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The European Union is not ready for a new migration crisis / Europese Unie is niet klaar voor nieuwe migratiecrisis km-Standaard-BE: "The European Union is not ready for a new migration ..." page: 7 info: by Beirlant date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Lampedusa faces European impotence again / Lampedusa stuit weer op Europese onmacht km-Tijd-BE: "Lampedusa faces European impotence again / Lampedusa stuit weer op ..." page: 10 info: by Van Haver date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Migrant smuggling market in Balkans is worth at least €50 million a year

[Croatia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

A report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime claims the migrant smuggling market in the Western Balkans is worth at least €50 million a year, writes Večernji list. The report describes Serbia as an important destination for migrants because it borders four member states. This is much less than during the 2015 migrant crisis; however, statistics show that the regional market for migrant smuggling is still large regardless of attempts to close the so-called Balkan migrant smuggling route, says the Global Initiative, an international network fighting acquisition of illegal gain and crime.

Germany: New wave of migrants on Balkan route brewing / Njemačka: Sprema se novi val migranata na balkanskoj ruti km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Germany: New wave of migrants on Balkan route brewing / ..." page: 21 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Cyprus attends EU teleconference on migrants hosted by Portuguese EU Presidency

[Cyprus, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:11:00 AM CEST

Cyprus Mail reports that Cyprus Interior Minister Nouris joined his EU counterparts yesterday in a teleconference titled "Promoting our European Way of Life," which was held under the auspices of the Portuguese interior ministry and Commissioner Johansson and which discussed the increased flow of migrants and asylum seekers into Europe. The teleconference focused on two main areas in the EU's migration partnership with African partners, namely the management of irregular movements, including border management and return, and new opportunities for legal migration. Senior officials from the African Union, the European Commission and the European External Action Service, Justice and Home Affairs Agencies, the International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees also participated.

Minister Nouris joins EU teleconference on migrants / Minister Nouris joins EU teleconference on migrants km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Minister Nouris joins EU teleconference on migrants / Minister Nouris ..." page: 4 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

German Minister warns against problems with too many migrants

[Czech Republic, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:26:00 AM CEST

Daily Právo draws attention to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer warning against social and political problems in case too many migrants arrive to the country. He highlighted that the number of migrants on the Balkan route significantly increased and called for action. Due to an increasingly serious situation in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has called on the EU to conclude an agreement with Libya and provide it with finances to prevent migrants from reaching Europe.

Seehofer concerned over new migration wave / Nová migrační vlna zneklidňuje Seehofera km-Pravo-CZ: "Seehofer concerned over new migration wave / Nová migrační vlna ..." page: 13 info: by vpl date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commissioner Johannson: Italy needs help managing 1,400 new migrants

[Denmark, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:43:00 AM CEST

DR.dk reports on Commissioner Johannson's statement that Italy needs help from the other EU countries as 1,400 migrants came ashore on Lampedusa this weekend. She notes that while things are harder during the pandemic, she finds that it should be possible. The EU member states are currently negotiating a new asylum and migration policy.

Commissioner Johannson: Italy needs help managing 1,400 new migrants / EU-kommissær: Italien har brug for hjælp til at håndtere 1.400 nye migranter km-dr.dk-DK: "Commissioner Johannson: Italy needs help managing 1,400 new migrants / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Denmark wants to send back Syrian refugees.

[Estonia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

Syrians living in Denmark are worried about their future, as Copenhagen decided the majority of Syria regions are safe for people to return home, and those who are from Damascus will not be granted an extension of their residence permit, reports Postimees. Denmark's Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye says this should not come as a surprise to Syrians living in Denmark, as it was supposedly made clear that their residency permit is temporary, and will be revoked once there is no cause for further asylum. As Denmark has no official relations with the Bashar al-Assad regime, the government is offering funds for leaving, and those that refuse will be detained at deportation centres without any rights to continue studies or work. Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have released a declaration that the situation in Syria does not allow for safe and voluntary return to the war-torn nation.

Denmark wants to send back Syrian refugees. / Taani tahab põgenikud tagasi saata km-Postimees-EE: "Denmark wants to send back Syrian refugees. / Taani tahab ..." page: 8 info: by ülevaade Berit Nuka berit.nuka@postimees.ee date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi’s intervention at Ministerial Conference on Migration Flow Management

[Greece, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the Ministerial Conference on Migration Flow Management that was held in Lisbon, focusing on the intervention of Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi. Online media mention that Minister Mitarachi submitted Greece’s proposal for Frontex’s activation outside the European territorial waters. In his intervention, Minister Mitarachi specifically stressed the need to expand Frontex’s activities to third countries and the support to them, with the aim to decrease refugee flows to EU countries. In the two-day discussions of the conference, emphasis was placed on deepening the cooperation between the EU and the countries of origin and the promotion of legal migrant routes, among other issues. On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Mitarachi had bilateral meetings with various officials, including Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri. Meanwhile, Efimerida Syntakton reports that the construction of the cement wall of shame around the refugee structure in Ritsona proceeds fast and with non-transparent processes. International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Commission put the responsibility for the initiative on the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry, but they do not seem to have any problem in financing and executing it, according to the newspaper. Replying to a question by SOLOMON magazine, Commissioner Johansson said that it was the Greek authorities that ordered the construction of a fence and the technical specifications were priorly shared and discussed with the Commission and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in order to be clarified whether they comply with the European standards. Meanwhile, a couple of online media mention that a Commission spokesperson stated yesterday that the Commission has not received any offers yet by member states to receive migrants from Italy, following the arrival of hundreds of people with boats in Lampedusa over the weekend. On Monday, Commissioner Johansson called on member states to show solidarity to Italy and support the relocation of migrants. At the same time, Avgi quotes La Repubblica publication, according to which the Italian government is expected to ask the EU to offer economic aid to Libya in order for it to stop vessels with migrants bound for Europe.

Money to Libya to keep migrants / Χρήματα στη Λιβύη για να κρατά μετανάστες km-Avghi-GR: "Money to Libya to keep migrants / Χρήματα στη Λιβύη ..." page: 18 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Μηταράκης: Η Ελλάδα προτείνει την ενεργοποίηση της Frontex εκτός των χωρικών υδάτων της Ευρώπης km-capital.gr-GR: "Μηταράκης: Η Ελλάδα προτείνει την ενεργοποίηση της Frontex εκτός των ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Μάλτα: Δεκάδες μετανάστες έφθασαν στην ξηρά μετά τη διάσωσή τους στη Μεσόγειο km-capital.gr-GR: "Μάλτα: Δεκάδες μετανάστες έφθασαν στην ξηρά μετά τη διάσωσή τους ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Προσφυγικό: Ο Ντράγκι ζητά βοήθεια από την ΕΕ km-capital.gr-GR: "Προσφυγικό: Ο Ντράγκι ζητά βοήθεια από την ΕΕ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Walls of shame at reception centres / Τείχη της ντροπής σε ΚΥΤ km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Walls of shame at reception centres / Τείχη της ντροπής ..." page: 18 info: by DIMITRIS AGGELIDES date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi: Activation of Frontex outside Europe’s territorial waters / Μηταράκης: Ενεργοποίηση της FRONTEX εκτός των χωρικών υδάτων της Ευρώπης km-in.gr-GR: "Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi: Activation of Frontex outside ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Dozens of migrants arrived in Malta-More than 2,000 arrivals in the last days in Lampedusa / Δεκάδες μετανάστες έφτασαν στη Μάλτα - Πάνω από 2.000 αφίξεις τις τελευταίες ημέρες στη Λαμπεντούζα km-protothema.gr-GR: "Dozens of migrants arrived in Malta-More than 2,000 arrivals in ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Signals of political normalcy by the Maximos Mansions / Σημαία πολιτικής κανονικότητας από το Μαξίμου km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Signals of political normalcy by the Maximos Mansions / Σημαία ..." page: 9 info: by ELENI EVANGELODIMOU date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi: Activation of Frontex outside Europe’s territorial waters / Μηταράκης: Ενεργοποίηση της FRONTEX εκτός των χωρικών υδάτων της Ευρώπης km-Vima-online-GR: "Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Mitarachi: Activation of Frontex outside ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Migration back on EU agenda after increase in new arrivals

[Ireland, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:20:00 AM CEST

The issue of migration is back on the agenda in Europe this week after good weather saw a surge in people crossing the Mediterranean by boat from North Africa to the Italian island of Lampedusa, The Irish Times reports. Over the weekend more than 2,100 people arrived on Lampedusa, in a sign of a resumption of the seasonal sea crossings as the weather warms. Commissioner Johansson urged member states to show solidarity with Italy by taking in some of the people who had arrived, and to resume long-stalled negotiations on migration reform. "Migration patterns between Africa and Europe have a long history that we should acknowledge and build on. However, migration needs to be properly managed. This requires combined and coherent action from all involved," she said.

Migration back on EU agenda after increase in new arrivals / Migration back on EU agenda after increase in new arrivals km-Irish-Times-IE: "Migration back on EU agenda after increase in new arrivals ..." page: 6 info: by NAOMI O'LEARY date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Immigration emergency, Italy calling for help, solidarity

[Italy, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that once again Italy is facing a new immigration emergency alone. Hundreds of migrants managed to reach southern Italy’s shores over the past few weeks. An article in Corriere della Sera notes that Italian European Affairs Minister Amendola brought the problem forward during the latest General Affairs Council. Minister Amendola stressed that the EU’s solidarity is crucial to face the new emergency and called on the EU institutions to monitor the relocation scheme. In order to face the emergency, Italian Interior Minister Lamorgese is planning to set up special hotspot on ships, off Lampedusa’s coast, to quarantine those who arrive from Libya, an article in La Repubblica notes. However, despite Italian Interior Minister Lamorgese’s effort, so far no member states offered to take in migrants and refugees. The EU is also working to coordinate search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Commissioner Johansson confirmed that no member states gave their availability to take in migrants and refugees arrived in Italy, an article in La Repubblica stresses.

"Actual rules now" / «Ora regole vere» km-Avvenire-IT: ""Actual rules now" / «Ora regole vere»..." page: 1,13 info: by VINCENZO R. SPAGNOLO date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe's help needed to face immigration emergency. At least 2,000 arrivals in few hours / Serve l’intervento dell’Europa per i migranti in arrivo, almeno 2000 persone arrivate nelle ultime ore km-Canale-5-IT: "Europe's help needed to face immigration emergency. At least 2,000 ..." info: Tg 5, 2021-05-12 00:56:00, 00:01:48, by Manuela Baldi date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:56:00 AM CEST

Migrants, Rome putting pressure on EU. Deadlock over relocations / Migranti, Roma pressa la Ue Ma è stallo sui ricollocamenti km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Migrants, Rome putting pressure on EU. Deadlock over relocations / ..." page: 17 info: by Francesca Basso date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Migrants, EU not making decision on relocations / Migranti, sui ricollocamenti nessuna apertura dalla Ue km-Messaggero-IT: "Migrants, EU not making decision on relocations / Migranti, sui ..." page: 10 info: by c.man. date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Minister Lamorgese says solidarity needs strategy. Johanson's comment / La solidarietà ha bisogno di una strategia, queste le parole della ministra Lamorgese, intervento della commissaria Johanson km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Minister Lamorgese says solidarity needs strategy. Johanson's comment / La ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-12 02:22:00, 00:02:05, by Marilù Lucrezio date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:22:00 AM CEST

Bad weather slowing down arrivals, but relocation centre in Lampedusa still overwhelmed / Il maltempo di queste ore frena gli arrivi ma resta sovraccarico l’hotspot di Lampedusa km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Bad weather slowing down arrivals, but relocation centre in Lampedusa ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-05-12 02:19:00, 00:02:26, by Angela Caponnetto date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:19:00 AM CEST

Migrants, Interior Ministry's plan: hotspots on ships for quarantine / Migranti, il piano del Viminale hotspot in mare per la quarantena km-Repubblica-IT: "Migrants, Interior Ministry's plan: hotspots on ships for quarantine / ..." page: 1,8,9 info: by Alessandra Ziniti date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

No answer on relocations. Draghi working on dossier to persuade Europe / Gelo sui ricollocamenti E Draghi prepara un dossier per convincere l'Europa km-Repubblica-IT: "No answer on relocations. Draghi working on dossier to persuade ..." page: 9 info: by Claudio Tito date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe's silence on migrants. Nobody answers Italy's call / Il silenzio dell Europa sui migranti nessuno raccoglie l'appello dell'Italia km-Stampa-IT: "Europe's silence on migrants. Nobody answers Italy's call / Il ..." page: 4 info: by Marco Bresolin date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

70 rescued migrants brought ashore

[Malta, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

A report in the Times states that seventy migrants were brought to Malta early yesterday afternoon after having been rescued at sea south of the island during the night. No details were given about the operation, conducted by an AFM patrol boat. The past week has seen a surge of migrant crossings from Libya towards Europe, with over 1,400 migrants landing in Lampedusa over the course of last weekend. Alarm Phone, an NGO that monitors calls for rescue and is particularly active in the Mediterranean, said on Monday they there were over 400 migrants in five boats in Malta’s search and rescue zone.

Around 70 migrants brought into Malta / Around 70 migrants brought into Malta km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Around 70 migrants brought into Malta / Around 70 migrants ..." page: 3 info: by na date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

70 rescued migrants brought ashore / 70 rescued migrants brought ashore km-Malta-Times-MT: "70 rescued migrants brought ashore / 70 rescued migrants brought ..." page: 4 info: by Julian Delia date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

AFM rescue 70 migrants in the south of Malta / L-Armata ssalva 70 immigrant minn Nofsinhar ta’ Malta km-TVM-Malta-MT: "AFM rescue 70 migrants in the south of Malta / ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-05-12 05:33:00, 00:00:50, by Ruth Amaira date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:33:00 AM CEST

Portuguese EU Presidency promotes conference to discuss the management of the migration flow

[Portugal, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:07:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese EU Presidency promoted a conference of the European Home Affairs Ministers to discuss the management of the migrant flows to the European Union, RDP Antena1 reports. Portuguese Minister Eduardo Cabrita said that the health response must also address the issue of the migrants arriving in the EU. He defended the promotion of social conditions and integration measures for the migrants. He highlighted that the combat against human trafficking is a national and European problem.

Portuguese EU Presidency promotes conference to discuss the management of the migration flow / Presidência Portuguesa da UE promove conferência para discutir a manutenção do fluxo de migrantes km-Antena-1-PT: "Portuguese EU Presidency promotes conference to discuss the management of ..." info: Informação, 2021-05-11 15:02:00, 00:01:08, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 3:02:00 PM CEST

No EU member state volunteered to accept migrants from Lampedusa

[Portugal, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:08:00 AM CEST

No European Union member state volunteered to accept migrants from Italy, RDP Antena1 reports. Earlier this week, Commissioner Johansson called on member states to show solidarity with Italy and support the relocation of hundreds of migrants that arrived in Lampedusa during the weekend.

No EU member state volunteered to accept migrants from Italy / Nenhum estado membro da UE se ofereceu para aceitar migrantes de Itália. km-Antena-1-PT: "No EU member state volunteered to accept migrants from Italy ..." info: Informação, 2021-05-11 13:05:00, 00:00:19, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:05:00 PM CEST

Italian newspaper says 70,000 African migrants on their way to Italy

[Romania, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets, including DigiFM radio station, report that up to 70,000 migrants are waiting in Libya to make the crossing to Europe, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The European Commission has called on member states to show solidarity in facing this situation, according to Antena3 TV channel. According to Corriere della Sera, cited by the same source, only four EU countries, including Romania, have so far agreed to take in migrants. Romania’s Interior Minister Lucian Bode yesterday said Romania had not received a request for support from Italy, noting that “Romania has always supported the need to find solutions for people in need of international protection,” according to Mediafax.ro.

Wave of refugees in Italy / Ştirile Antena3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Wave of refugees in Italy / Ştirile Antena3..." info: Ştirile Antena3, 2021-05-11 10:50:00, 00:00:35, by Câmpean Nadina date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:50:00 AM CEST

70,000 migrants about to arrive in Europe / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "70,000 migrants about to arrive in Europe / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-05-11 08:35:00, 00:00:48, by Anca Dumitrescu date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 8:35:00 AM CEST

70,000 migrants about to arrive in Europe / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "70,000 migrants about to arrive in Europe / Ştirile Digi ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-05-11 10:05:00, 00:00:31, by Gioga Mihaela date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 10:05:00 AM CEST

Bode about the possibility of taking over Libyans landed in Italy and the prospect of the wave of 70,000 migrants / Bode, despre posibilitatea preluării libienilor debarcaţi în Italia şi a perspectivei valului de 70.000 de migranţi km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Bode about the possibility of taking over Libyans landed in ..." info: by Alina Mihai date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Italy facing a new migration wave / Italia confruntată cu un nou val migratoriu km-rfi.ro-RO: "Italy facing a new migration wave / Italia confruntată cu ..." info: by Matei Visniec date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Commissioner Johansson calls for solidarity with Italy

[Slovakia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:40:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Johansson called on member states to show solidarity with Italy after more than 1400 migrants arrived to the country during weekend, reports Plus jeden deň. „I call on member states to support relocation of the migrants, many of whom are expected to apply for asylum. I know it is more difficult in these pandemic times but I think it is possible to manage,“ she said. TV station TA3 highlights that the Italian government is expected to call on the EU to conclude an agreement with Libya. Under the deal, the EU would pay Libya for preventing migrants from reaching Europe. According to Italian media, Italy wants to win support of other states for its proposal at the next EU summit. In related news, aktuality.sk reports on Slovak Interior Minister Ivan Mikulec attending a conference on managing migration flows in Portugal. After the conference, the Minister said that Slovakia supported projects aimed at improving the situation in source countries and stressed that cooperation with partner countries was extremely important.

Portugal: Mikulec attends Migration Flow Management Conference / Portugalsko: Mikulec sa zúčastnil na konferencii Riadenie migračných tokov km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Portugal: Mikulec attends Migration Flow Management Conference / Portugalsko: Mikulec ..." info: by TASR date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brussels asks EU member states to help Italy / Brusel žiada členské štáty EÚ, aby pomohli Taliansku km-Plus-Jeden-Den-SK: "Brussels asks EU member states to help Italy / Brusel ..." page: 3 info: by TASR date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Italia wants to deal with increasing number of migrants / Itálie chce řešit nápor migrantů km-TA3-SK: "Italia wants to deal with increasing number of migrants / ..." info: Hlavní správy, 2021-05-11 18:55:00, 00:00:39, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:55:00 PM CEST

EU and African interior ministers discuss the return of migrants

[Slovenia, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU hosted a Ministerial Conference on Migration Flow Management in Lisbon, at which, according to Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs, the ministers also discussed the return of migrants to Africa, STA reports. The Conference and side meetings are also important in the preparation for the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. As Minister Hojs told the Slovenian press after the meeting, the ministers of EU member states had exchanged their experiences regarding migration with their African counterparts. Some ministers, including Minister Hojs, took part in the live meeting in Lisbon, but most of them participated via video link. The focus of the event was on finding a solution to the process of returning migrants from the EU to African countries. The possibility is an agreement at the EU level with African countries; however, according to Minister Hojs, the situation is more likely to remain in bilateral agreements between individual EU member states and African countries. Minister Hojs welcomed the debate on the external dimension of migration and supported Portugal's efforts in this area. From the EU's point of view, it is essential to ensure effective return, while also ensuring the proper reintegration of third-country nationals, the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior has communicated.

EU and African interior ministers discuss the return of migrants / Notranji ministri EU in afriških držav o vračanju migrantov km-sta.si-SI: "EU and African interior ministers discuss the return of migrants ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

REGIONAL_POLICY

Riga Airport invested €7 million in renovation of runway

[Latvia, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, reconstruction of the runway at Riga Airport has been completed, investing a total of €7 million, the airport representatives said. Of this, €4.5 million was used to renovate part of the runway with the investment of airport funds, but with the help of the European Union Cohesion Fund, the second fast taxiway was built for €2.5 million, and part of the runway was reconstructed. The tarmac surface of the aerodrome infrastructure has been replaced for 5.7 kilometres. The Chairman of the Board of Riga Airport, Laila Odiņa, pointed out that the airport infrastructure development projects implemented with the support of the EU Cohesion Fund are an important step towards Riga Airport towards a sustainable and environmentally friendly air traffic hub.

Riga Airport invested €7 million in renovation of runway / Lidostā Rīga skrejceļa atjaunošanā ieguldījusi septiņus miljonus eiro km-Diena.lv-LV: "Riga Airport invested €7 million in renovation of runway / ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Centro 2020 programme is allowing a greater investment in education in all education cycles

[Portugal, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The Centro 2020 programme is allowing greater investment in education in all education cycles, TSF.pt reports. The programme has funded several projects such as the construction and upgrading of schools and programs to combat school failure and dropout. Funds have also been allocated to doctoral programmes in the regional universities and to Professional Higher Technical courses in the polytechnic institutes. This programme has also financed technological training courses, the creation of mobility scholarships in low population density areas and the acquisition of computer equipment to combat the effects of the pandemic in education.

Centro 2020. Community funds allowed investment in education from pre-school to higher education / Centro 2020. Fundos comunitários permitiram aposta na Educação desde o pré-escolar ao Ensino Superior km-Tsf.pt-PT: "Centro 2020. Community funds allowed investment in education from pre-school ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

CCDR-N wants to implement more than €2 billion of European funds by the end of the year

[Portugal, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

The North Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR-N) wants to implement more than €2 billion of European funds by the end of the year, Jornal de Notícias reports. This amount represents 61% of the budget until 2023. According to a statement, in April "the absolute monthly record of reimbursement requests delivered by investment promoters to the management authority was reached: 1264 requests, representing €66 million of investments." For CCDR President António Cunha, "the achievement of this goal is essential for the implementation of the programme but also for the response to the context of socio-economic crisis that we are facing."

CCDR-N wants to implement two billion euros / CCDR-N quer executar dois mil milhões de euros km-Jornal-de-Noticias-PT: "CCDR-N wants to implement two billion euros / CCDR-N quer ..." page: 44 info: by Sem Autor date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

RESEARCH

Launch of European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator measure within Horizon Europe programme

[Poland, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

 Puls Biznesu reports on the launch of first recruitments of applications for EU aid offered within the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator, which is an element of the Horizon Europe programme. In the instrument, entrepreneurs will get subsidies to innovative projects including the ones referring to digital and green technologies. The money is distributed directly by the European Commission, and it is available to Polish small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups. The Commission organised a test of the EIC Accelerator already last year. The measure replaced the SME Instrument applied in the previous financial framework within the Horizon 2020 programme. Entrepreneurs may apply for the current aid in two competitions. The first of them has no thematic limitations; and the other one is dedicated to projects related to healthcare, green technologies and digital solutions.

European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator: Research and development grants / Akcelerator EIC: granty na B+R km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator: Research and development grants / ..." page: 1 info: by Dorota Zawiślińska date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

RULE_OF_LAW

Polish Constitutional Tribunal to rule on EU jurisdiction

[Austria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

The Polish Constitutional Tribunal is planning to answer the question of whether an EU ruling can violate a member state's laws on Thursday, Wiener Zeitung reports. At the centre of the matter is the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme Court, whose members are selected by the National Council of the Judiciary, in whose appointment the Polish Parliament participates. The European Commission had turned to the European Court of Justice, which ruled that the disciplinary chamber should suspend its operations. The chamber then turned to the Constitutional Tribunal to ask whether it had to respect the EU ruling.

Polish Constitutional Tribunal to rule on EU jurisdiction / Polens Verfassungstribunal nimmt EU-Rechtsprechung ins Visier km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Polish Constitutional Tribunal to rule on EU jurisdiction / Polens ..." page: 5 info: by Martyna Czarnowska date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Slovenian Prime Minister Janša aims to subdue free media

[Austria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Slovenian news agency STA is facing insolvency, Der Standard reports. Half of the agency's financing depends on state funds, but the government of right-wing populist Prime Minister Janez Janša has not made any payments since January. News agency STA refuses to become PM Janša's mouthpiece. The European Commission has approved Slovenian state aid of €2.5 million for the agency by now and urges for the money to be paid out quickly. However, Chief Editor Barbara Štrukelj says that STA "has not yet received a single euro". She speaks of similarities to the actions of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Hungary.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janša aims to subdue free media / Jansa will freie Medien unterwerfen km-Standard-AT: "Slovenian Prime Minister Janša aims to subdue free media / ..." page: 5 info: by Adelheid Wölfl date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Commission urges Bulgaria to fulfil Rule of Law Report recommendations

[Bulgaria, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BG Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:02:00 AM CEST

Replying to BNT and ClubZ, the European Commission confirmed it had received a letter from the Bulgarian Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev informing it of "unprecedented political pressure from parliamentary parties in the 45th National Assembly" to close the country's two specialised prosecutor's offices, some media report. "The Commission will continue to monitor the situation closely, as this is crucial in the context of the forthcoming rule of law report," the Commission emphasised, adding that Bulgaria should not reverse the progress made in the latest report on the 2019 Cooperation and Verification Mechanism.

European Commission confirms it received letter from Bulgarian Prosecutor-General / Върлият противник на Вежди от "отровното трио" - проф. Минеков, поема културата km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "European Commission confirms it received letter from Bulgarian Prosecutor-General / ..." page: 5 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EC for Club Z: Apply the recommendations for the accountability of the main prokrot / ЕК за Клуб Z: Приложете препоръките за отчетността на главния прокрор km-clubz.bg-BG: "EC for Club Z: Apply the recommendations for the accountability ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Brussels disappoints Geshev, wants reform / Брюксел разочарова Гешев, държи да има реформа km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Brussels disappoints Geshev, wants reform / Брюксел разочарова Гешев, държи ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ousted Polish Ombudsman citicises President von der Leyen: There is too much talk

[Denmark, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Politiken.dk reports that the Polish Ombudsman for Citizen Rights Adam Bodnar, who was recently ousted by a decision made by Poland's Constitutional Court, is criticising the European Commission and President von der Leyen for not doing enough to oppose the Polish government's tightening grip on Poland's judicial system. His criticism is backed up by Professor of Law at Gdansk University Tomasz Koncewicz and Professor of European Law at Middlesex University Laurent Pech. Mr Koncewicz says that President von der Leyen is playing by the autocrats' rules, and Mr Pech says that the European Commission's decision to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect the independence of Polish judges came too late.

Ousted Polish Ombudsman citisicses President von der Leyen: There is too much talk / Opsagt polsk ombudsmand kritiserer Ursula von der Leyen: Der er for meget snak km-Politiken.dk-DK: "Ousted Polish Ombudsman citisicses President von der Leyen: There is ..." info: by Jesper Thobo-Carlsen date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cypriots are not surprised Commissioner Kyriakides is implicated in corruption scandal

[Hungary, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The Hungarian media widely report that according to a TV2 report from Cyprus, “the Cypriots” are not surprised that Commissioner Kyriakides and her family are implicated in a “corruption scandal.” Several media outlets recall that €4 million has recently appeared in Commissioner Kyriakides’ family bank account. Many link it to the EU’s vaccine procurement contract, Origo.hu and TV2 report. M1 and TV2 report the media in Cyprus write Commissioner Kyriakides may have been bribed by vaccine makers. TV2 wanted to interview the Audit Office of the Republic of Cyprus but the interviewee cancelled at the last minute with no explanation. M1 and TV2 report Commissioner Kyriakdes’ foundation earlier accepted large donations from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The left-wing media and politicians in the West are silent, several media outlets note. M1 has received no answer from the Commission. Talking to Hungarian news site EUrologus, Commission Spokesperson Stefan de Keersmaecker rejected the allegations and said legal steps may be taken, M1 reports.

Suspicious silence around Kyriakides’ case / Gyanús hallgatás Kiriakídisz ügye körül km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Suspicious silence around Kyriakides’ case / Gyanús hallgatás Kiriakídisz ügye ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels vaccine scandal continues / Tovább gyűrűzik a brüsszeli vakcinabotrány km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "Brussels vaccine scandal continues / Tovább gyűrűzik a brüsszeli vakcinabotrány..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 23-00 - 2021-05-11 21-00-00 - 2021-05-11 21-19-00, 2021-05-11 21:06:00, 00:03:16, by Jakab Cintia date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 9:06:00 PM CEST

According to the Cypriots, it is not surprising that Stella Kyriakides’ family is implicated in a corruption scandal / A ciprusiak szerint nem meglepő, hogy korrupciós botrányba keveredett Stella Kyriakides családja - videó km-origo.hu-HU: "According to the Cypriots, it is not surprising that Stella ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Cypriots to Tények that the health care system has failed when certain politicians got involved with it from the background / Megbukott a ciprusi egészségügyi rendszer, amióta egyes politikusok megjelentek a háttérben, erről beszéltek ciprusiak a Tényeknek km-TV2-Hungary-HU: "Cypriots to Tények that the health care system has failed ..." info: tv2 - Tények - 2021-05-11 16-00-00 - 2021-05-11 16-50-00, 2021-05-11 16:33:00, 00:02:30, by Vitányi Judit date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:33:00 PM CEST

Commissioner Reynders and Hungarian Justice Minister Varga discuss rule of law issues

[Hungary, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-HU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Magyar Hírlap and Népszava report Commissioner Reynders and Hungarian Minister of Justice Judit Varga met in Brussels yesterday. Commissioner Reynders said on Twitter that they had a frank and open discussion, and the dialogue will continue. Commissioner Reynders said they agreed that the Rule of Law report should be discussed in the Justice Council, Magyar Hírlap writes. Népszava reports that according to unnamed EU sources, Commissioner Reynders told Minister Varga that he expects steps from the Hungarian government and the Parliament to amend or repeal regulations that the EU Court has found to be in breach of EU law. Hungary should also join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, or at least strive for good cooperation, Commissioner Reynders told Minister Varga. Both media outlets report Minister Varga wrote on Facebook that the 2021 Rule of law Report should be impartial, based on real facts and including the Hungarian government’s standpoint, too. The government will always remain open to dialogue, Minister Varga wrote, Magyar Hírlap reports. Magyar Hírlap further reports Minister Varga participated in the General Affairs Council, which discussed the EU vaccination progress. Minister Varga said the Hungarian government had always rejected politically motivated attacks on effective and safe vaccines. Additionally, the Council discussed household energy prices. Minister Varga said Hungary would not support any initiative that would increase those prices.

Hungary expects objectivity from Brussels / Objektivitást vár el hazánk Brüsszeltől km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Hungary expects objectivity from Brussels / Objektivitást vár el hazánk ..." page: 6 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brussels is nudging the Hungarian cabinet / Brüsszel nógatja a magyar kabinetet km-Nepszava-HU: "Brussels is nudging the Hungarian cabinet / Brüsszel nógatja a ..." page: 3 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Protecting journalists means protecting our way of life’ – Metsola

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

The Times reports that work on introducing new anti-SLAPP legislation continues to forge ahead, with MEP Roberta Metsola emphasising the need and responsibility the European Union has to protect journalists. Metsola has been appointed as a rapporteur, along with German S&D MEP Tiemo Wölken, on new legislative efforts to prevent SLAPP suits against journalists in the European Union. SLAPP suits – Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation – are designed to censor and intimidate journalists and silence critics by overwhelming them with legal costs to defend lawsuits often filed in another country. Metsola said the aim was for the new legislation to be a watershed moment for the protection of the press. “Freedom for journalists to do their job cannot be uncoupled from democracy. Protecting journalists means protecting our way of life,” Metsola said.

‘Protecting journalists means protecting our way of life’ – Metsola / ‘Protecting journalists means protecting our way of life’ – Metsola km-Malta-Times-MT: "‘Protecting journalists means protecting our way of life’ – Metsola ..." page: 4 info: by Jacob Borg date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Court of Human Rights will see into the case “Polish judge versus Polish state”

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that in a week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will see into a complaint filed by a Polish judge against the results of the judiciary reform in Poland. The judge in question is Jan Grzęda who asserts that in his case, the Human Rights Convention was violated. In 2016 he was elected a judge of the National Council of the Judiciary (KRS) for a four-year term of office but in December 2017 the Sejm adopted a bill which terminated his work. Judge Grzęda accused Poland of arbitral termination of his term of office and lack of opportunity to appeal against it in court. Vice-Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta says that ECHR influences internal aspects of a country’s functioning in an unauthorised manner because all cases related with KRS, Constitutional tribunal and Disciplinary Chamber are outside of Strasburg’s competences. He stresses that Poland is not afraid of ECHR rulings.

Is the reform violating human rights? / Czy reforma łamie prawa człowieka? km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Is the reform violating human rights? / Czy reforma łamie ..." page: 1 info: by Paulina Nowosielska date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A lawyer of judge Igor Tuleya writes a letter to Vice-President Jourová

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza reports that judges of the court in Bydgoszcz ruled that judge Paweł Juszczyczyn should be restored to work but the supervisor of judges who issued this verdict accused them of committing a crime and the dossier of the case were handed over to the disciplinary judge. A similar case is taking place with judge Igor Tuleya, whose lawyer prof. Michał Romanowski wrote a letter to Vice-President Jourová. In the letter, prof. Romanowski writes that a judge who expresses opinions conflicting with the expectations of Polish government faces a risk of being a subject of the disciplinary and penal proceedings aimed against such a judge. He stresses that these are practices typical for authoritarian state.

Pressure and threat of disciplinary actions / Presja i groźby dyscyplinarek km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Pressure and threat of disciplinary actions / Presja i groźby ..." page: 8 info: by Łukasz Woźnicki date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

European Parliament wants laws to protect journalists from abusive legal action

[Portugal, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:11:00 AM CEST

During a European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs debated a report on the creation of laws to protect journalists and activists from legal action that might silence them, Observador.pt reports. EPP MEP Roberta Metsola and S&D MEP TIemo Wölken, the rapporteurs of the report, explained that the document is meant to raise awareness for these issues. “Europe must be on the side of those that seek truth,” MEP Metsola said. MEP Wölken alerted for processes that might silence the journalists and hinder fundamental values. DG JUST Deputy Head of Unit Janschek told the MEPs that the Commission is already working to gather evidence and prepare legislation that safeguards the journalists from abusive legal action.

European Parliament asks the European Union to adopt laws to protect journalists and activists / Parlamento Europeu pede à União Europeia que adote leis para proteger jornalistas eativistas km-observador.pt-PT: "European Parliament asks the European Union to adopt laws to ..." date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

Contributing article: Fighting poverty in the EU - what does Austria do?

[Austria, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

EU leaders and the leaders of the European social partners agreed at the European Council meeting on social matters in Porto that at least 15 million people should be saved from poverty by 2030, including five million children, writes Gottfried Schweiger of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg in a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung. He says that these are modest goals since 76 million people in the EU would still live in poverty if these targets were reached. Money should not be the problem, according to Mr Schweiger - after all, the government has shown during the past few months that it can mobilise much money if it wants to.

Contributing article: Fighting poverty in the EU - what does Austria do? / Armutsbekämpfimg in der EU - was tut Österreich? km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Contributing article: Fighting poverty in the EU - what does ..." page: 2 info: by Gottfried Schweiger date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Commentary: The European Commission should look to the Danish labour market for inspiration

[Denmark, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

In a commentary on Altinget.dk, social democratic MEP Marianne Vind refutes Social-Liberal Party leader Sofie Carsten Nielsen's criticism of the Danish social democrats' criticism of the idea of a joint EU minimum wage. According to MEP Vind, wages being negotiated between labour unions and employers "is the foundation of our labour market" that has created growth and welfare. The European Commission, she writes, should find inspiration in the Danish labour-market model and not the "failed" model of fixed minimum wages. Furthermore, the European Commission should create initiatives to strengthen the possibility of creating collective agreements in the EU, MEP Vind argues.

Commentary: The European Commission should look to the Danish labour market for inspiration / Socialdemokratiet i EU: Er Sofie Carsten Nielsen klar til at ofre den danske model? km-altinget.dk-DK: "Commentary: The European Commission should look to the Danish labour ..." date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Short-time work allowance to be extended by end of year

[Germany, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:12:00 AM CEST

The Federal Government wants to extend the short-time work money until the end of the year to secure working places, ARD reports. Until now, the government has spent up to €30 billion on this. Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil said, "it is now necessary to issue this ordinance because we have to plan security for companies and employees." It is now important to extend short-time work allowance from 30 June to the end of the year so that "we can then start up again with specialists in companies from the crisis in the upswing." People in short-time work were almost 6 million in the first lockdown and about 2 million in the summer, the number started to increase with the second wave. The German Trade Union Confederation and the Confederation of German Employers' Associations support the proposal.

German government to extend short-time work allowance / ARD - 11.05.2021 20:02 - Report on extension of short-time allowance including exclusive statement by Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil km-ARD-DE: "German government to extend short-time work allowance / ARD - ..." info: Program, 2021-05-12 00:16:00, 00:01:56, date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:16:00 AM CEST

EU: “the pay should be decent”

[Latvia, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

MK Latvija reports that one of the most important proposals at the Porto summit was the introduction of a unified system for calculating the minimum wage. It has been considered for years in the European Parliament, and some MEPs believe that the adoption of the bill on minimum wages will be the main achievement of the current European Parliament. Such model could reduce the level of poverty and inequality and reduce labour migration from Eastern to Western Europe. For now, the position of the Scandinavian countries is an obstacle, as there the minimum wage is determined based on collective agreements between workers and employers. But European politicians believe the agreement will be reached. “The number of people employed in the European Union is the highest in history. Yet many workers are still struggling to make ends meet and are in poverty,” points out Commissioner Schmit.

EU: “the pay should be decent” / EC: "Зарплаты должны быть достойными!" km-MK-Latvia-LV: "EU: “the pay should be decent” / EC: "Зарплаты должны ..." page: 7 info: by ДМИТРИЯ СМИРНОВА date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Lithuania considers paying child benefit for great-grandparents

[Lithuania, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:07:00 AM CEST

Info TV reports that the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union party has proposed to pay child benefit not only to parents and grandparents but also to great-grandparents who are still working. Some of the initiators of the proposition believe that such a change would allow great-grandparents to take parental leave which will allow parents not to lose job skills. Grandparents have been allowed to receive child benefit for three years in Lithuania already. Member of Seimas Aurelijus Veryga says that he was inspired to propose such an idea after receiving a letter from a voter. He adds that there are probably a few cases of such child care arrangements in Lithuania but limiting child benefit only to parents and grandparents then would not be right.

Lithuania considers paying child benefit for great-grandparents / Vaiko priežiūros išmokos prašo ir proseneliams km-Info-TV-LT: "Lithuania considers paying child benefit for great-grandparents / Vaiko priežiūros ..." info: Info diena - Žinios, 2021-05-11 19:19:00, 00:03:44, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:19:00 PM CEST

Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg receives Commissioner Schmit

[Luxembourg, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Le Quotidien briefly reports that the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Guillaume, yesterday received Commissioner Schmit to talk about social Europe.

Luxembourg / Luxembourg km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Luxembourg / Luxembourg..." page: 16 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Polish representatives in a team of experts on the posting of drivers in EU

[Poland, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu reports that the European Commission establishes a team of experts for supervising the posting of drivers in the EU in the face of imminent enforcement of the EU mobility package to the international transport. The team will include three Polish representatives – Margareta Przybyła from Polish  International Road Carriers Association (ZMPD), Joanna Jasiewicz from the union of employers Transport and Logistics (TLP) and Bartłomiej Zgudziak from Inelo Group. The main task of the team of experts will be a regular exchange of information and analysing cases of differences in the interpretation, enforcement and execution of new regulations. Thanks to Polish representation, the country will have a real influence on the implemented solutions.

Polish transport representative in the European Commission / Polska wtyczka transportowa w KE km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "Polish transport representative in the European Commission / Polska wtyczka ..." page: 3 info: by MIB date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

French President Macron says minimum wage legislation must take into account different traditions of member states

[Sweden, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:06:00 AM CEST

French President Macron said at the EU summit in Porto last weekend that the EU's pursuit of fair wages should take into account the different traditions of the EU member states, reports Dagens Industri, quoting news agency Direkt. He also said that the issue of minimum wage legislation is making progress. EU leaders gathered in Porto to adopt a declaration on the European Pillar of Social Rights. The declaration mentioned in general terms that EU countries are committed to reducing inequalities, defending fair wages, fighting social exclusion and tackling poverty.

EU: Minimum wage does not threaten Swedish model / EU: Minimilön hotar inte svensk modell km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "EU: Minimum wage does not threaten Swedish model / EU: ..." page: 16 date: Monday, May 10, 2021

TAXATION

The EU will no longer spare tax haven Jersey

[Belgium, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

Le Soir and Lesoir.be both write that Jersey, which was never part of the EU, is a huge tax haven, protected by the London City. The island imposes no taxes on wealth, succession or corporations, which makes it the centre of a fiscal network of financial institutions, accountants and lawyer firms. So far, the assets held in Jersey, estimated between €347 and €578 billion, have escaped the crosshairs of the Tax Justice Network and the OECD. However, since Brexit, it can no longer count on the protection of the UK, which renounced the 'Singapore-upon-Thames' scenario, and the EU will come after its opaque finances.

The "Letter from the City": A storm in a tax haven in Jersey / La «Lettre de la City»: A Jersey, tempête sur un paradis fiscal km-LeSoir.be-Belgium-BE: "The "Letter from the City": A storm in a tax ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Storm in a tax haven / Tempête sur un paradis fiscal km-Soir-BE: "Storm in a tax haven / Tempête sur un paradis ..." page: 15 info: by ROCHE date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Europe is trying to find its balance facing Biden’s global tax

[Belgium, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

L’Echo reports on the global fiscal reform that could end fiscal competition among countries. US Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen stated that a global minimum tax of 21% for multinationals could help the economy prosper in a more equitable way. The American proposal favours countries where multinationals are based. Many EU member states are reluctant, including Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. An alternative is Minimum Effective Tax Rate (METR), in which all countries are equal, regardless of where a multinational has its headquarters. The OECD’s proposal is somewhere in the middle.

Europe is trying to find its balance facing Biden’s global tax / L’Europe cherche son équilibre face à la taxe mondiale de Biden km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Europe is trying to find its balance facing Biden’s global ..." page: 1,6-7 info: by Rohart date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Czech parliament to discuss digital tax

[Czech Republic, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 4:28:00 AM CEST

Daily Lidové noviny writes that the Czech parliament is to discuss amendments to the government’s proposal for the introduction of a digital tax. The original bill proposing a taxation rate of 7% of advertising revenues is most likely to be scrapped, the daily writes, adding that the rate may be cut to 5% or lower. It is also unclear whether the digital tax will be introduced at all. The daily explains that the EU has not reached agreement on a common solution for the taxation of digital economy and some member states, including Austria, France and Italy, have approved regulations of their own.

Taxation of web giants drags / Zdanění webových gigantů skřípe km-Lidove-Noviny-CZ: "Taxation of web giants drags / Zdanění webových gigantů skřípe..." page: 9 info: by Miroslav Petr date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Intel decision puts Ireland and tax to the test

[Ireland, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Intel remains on track to make a key decision in the next six months over the location of its next multibillion investment in the European Union, setting a test for Ireland just as President Biden pushes for an overhaul of the global tax regime, the Irish Examiner reports. The newspaper understands that the company is sticking to a plan to decide by the end of the year on whether to double up on its enormous investment in Ireland or whether to go for the first time elsewhere in Europe. The decision will undoubtedly weigh the renewed push behind overhauling global tax after President Biden backed large European powers such as France in setting a minimum global tax corporate tax.

Intel decision puts Ireland and tax to the test / Intel decision puts Ireland and tax to the test km-Irish-Examiner-IE: "Intel decision puts Ireland and tax to the test / ..." page: 13 info: by Eamon Quinn date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Report published by OECD stresses taxing inheritance would help fight inequalities

[Italy, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

An article in La Repubblica notes that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said that taxing inheritance can play an important role in helping government raise revenues while addressing inequalities in society and efficiency. A report issued by the OECD stresses that the value of inheritances and gifts the wealthiest 20% of households receive is close to 50 times higher, on average, than those reported by the poorest 20% of households.

OECD: "Too much inequality, taxing inheritance could help" / L'Ocse: troppe diseguaglianze, tassare le eredità km-Repubblica-IT: "OECD: "Too much inequality, taxing inheritance could help" / L'Ocse: ..." page: 16 info: by Rosaria Amato date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Poland is delayed in transposition of the EU VAT directive for e-commerce

[Poland, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita reports that works on the new VAT regulations concerning e-sale are strongly delayed, which worries entrepreneurs and experts. The Lower Chamber of Polish Parliament (the Sejm) has not even held the first reading yet which runs a risk of serious consequences if the pertaining bill is not adopted and enforced before 1 July. The new regulations must be transposed by 1 July in the entire European Union under the EU Directives 2017/2455 and 2019/1995, which address challenges related with a contemporary digital economy. The new EU-wide VAT on e-sales is to be more convenient for entrepreneurs because they will have to register in just one country instead of all countries in which they provide e-sale services.

E-trade in tax vaccum / Handel internetowy w podatkowej próżni km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "E-trade in tax vaccum / Handel internetowy w podatkowej próżni..." page: 1 info: by Pawel Rochowicz date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TRADE

UK must honour Brexit pledges or risk consequences, Barnier says

[Cyprus, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:06:00 AM CEST

Speaking yesterday to journalists in the Europresse association, the Special Adviser to the President, Michel Barnier, warned Britain to fully apply the terms of its exit from the bloc, in particular on fishing and Northern Ireland, or risk losing credibility on the global stage,  Haravgi reports. "A signature is important, it reflects on the confidence the UK must continue to deserve by upholding its commitments," he said, noting that this is not what the UK is doing today in Northern Ireland or with fishermen. He urged the UK to respect the Brexit terms on these two crucial issues "precisely as they were written in the two agreements of October 2019 and December 2020".

Αυστηρό μήνυμα Μπαρνιέ προς το Λονδίνο km-Haravgi-CY: "Αυστηρό μήνυμα Μπαρνιέ προς το Λονδίνο..." page: 13 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Brexit causes drop in trade with UK

[Czech Republic, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz reports on consequences of Brexit in the area of trade. The daily points to the complications for retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Iceland. The situation with increased bureaucracy connected with exports to the EU does not affect only large companies but also smaller online shops. The Czech exports to the UK decreased by 11% in the first months of the year, while imports from the UK dropped by 27%. The trade balance with the UK remains negative, despite the significant drop. Economists point out that Brexit built an artificial barrier between the EU and the UK. Some companies have already left the UK or are moving to the EU now, as it is a larger and more profitable market.

More and more companies are leaving Britain. Paperwork forces Czech shops to buy in Ireland / Británii opouští stále více firem. Papírování nutí české obchody nakupovat v Irsku km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "More and more companies are leaving Britain. Paperwork forces Czech ..." info: by Pavla Adamcová date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

SPD politicians call for EU export ban on raw materials

[Germany, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:36:00 AM CEST

Several SPD politicians are calling for temporary EU export restrictions on wood and other raw materials to protect the domestic economy in view of the increased export figures to the US, Handelsblatt reports. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier must act now. The subject is to be discussed on Wednesday at a special conference. Behind the SPD initiative is the concern that an increasing shortage of raw materials could endanger the economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry, however, is rather sceptical about export restrictions.

Threatened recovery / Bedrohter Aufschwung km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Threatened recovery / Bedrohter Aufschwung..." page: 10 info: by S.K date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

German foundations find EU-China investment agreement clause scandalous

[Germany, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

There is a passage in the planned investment agreement between the EU and China, according to which German foundations in China will in future only be managed by Chinese citizens, ARD reports. German foundations in China reacted to the ARD studio in Beijing with concern about the appendix to the investment agreement, which was only subsequently published. MEP Reinhard Bütikofer (Greens/EFA) called the clause a "scandal." The contract is currently on hold in the European Parliament because of Chinese sanctions against several MEPs. Despite all criticism, Chancellor Merkel described the agreement as a "very important undertaking" just last week.

EU Investment Agreement German Foundations under Beijing's leadership? / EU-Investitionsabkommen Deutsche Stiftungen unter Pekings Leitung? km-tagesschau.de-DE: "EU Investment Agreement German Foundations under Beijing's leadership? / EU-Investitionsabkommen ..." info: by Unknown date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU remains committed to Northern Ireland protocol despite "difficulties"

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis has said "early difficulties" have emerged in relation to the Northern Ireland protocol, but insisted the European Union would adopt a "calm but firm approach" with the United Kingdom to ensure there is no hard border on the island of Ireland, The Irish Times and rte.ie report. Speaking on Tuesday to the Institute of International & European Affairs, a Dublin-based think-tank, EVP Dombrovskis said Ireland had "the most at stake" in the relationship between the EU and the UK. "We do see the emergence of some early difficulties," he said. "To address these issues, the EU plans to be fully solution-oriented, and engage constructively with the UK authorities, keeping a calm but firm approach. I would like to reiterate the EU's commitment to making the protocol work, and I would add that doing so relies on joint action, through the joint bodies under the withdrawal agreement."Meanwhile, UK Brexit Minister Lord Frost has warned that the current operation of the Northern Ireland protocol is not sustainable for long, The Irish Times reports. He said Britain would “continue to consider all our options”. Lord Frost has spent two days in Northern Ireland meeting businesses in a number of sectors affected by the new arrangements, including manufacturing, food and drink, retail, aerospace and life sciences. “It’s clear from my visit that the protocol is presenting significant challenges for many in Northern Ireland,” he said. “Businesses have gone to extraordinary efforts to make the current requirements work, but it is hard to see that the way the protocol is currently operating can be sustainable for long.”

Northern protocol not sustainable for long, warns UK minister / Northern protocol not sustainable for long, warns UK minister km-Irish-Times-IE: "Northern protocol not sustainable for long, warns UK minister / ..." page: 7 info: by DENIS STAUNTON date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU remains committed to NI protocol despite 'difficulties' / EU remains committed to NI protocol despite 'difficulties' km-Irish-Times-IE: "EU remains committed to NI protocol despite 'difficulties' / EU ..." page: 12 info: by COLIN GLEESON date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

EU ''committed'' to successful implementation of NI Protocol - Trade Commissioner / EU ''committed'' to successful implementation of NI Protocol - Trade Commissioner km-rte.ie-IE: "EU ''committed'' to successful implementation of NI Protocol - Trade ..." info: by Unattributed date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

EU aims to dial down US tariff war, starting with bourbon

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

The European Union is "hopeful" it can halt an automatic tariff of 50% on American bourbon imports due to kick in next month, the Irish Independent reports. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said yesterday that he is in "intensive discussions" with the Biden administration to try to stop the clock on the dispute. "We are not accepting that [the] US is treating [the] EU as a threat to national security and we hope that the new administration will correct that," EVP Dombrovskis told the Institute of International and European Affairs. "We are now in intensive discussions with the Biden administration as regards this, to see how we can ensure that we actually are addressing, in the sector of steel, the core problem, which is a global steel overcapacity, and not so much the production of steel in the EU or the US."

EU aims to dial down US tariff war, starting with bourbon / EU aims to dial down US tariff war, starting with bourbon km-Irish-Independent-IE: "EU aims to dial down US tariff war, starting with ..." page: 33 info: by Sarah Collins date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Barnier says United Kingdom must honour Brexit pledges or risk consequences

[Lithuania, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:34:00 AM CEST

Vakaro Žinios and Delfi.lt write that Special Adviser to the President Barnier warned Britain to fully apply the terms of its exit from the bloc, in particular on fishing and Northern Ireland, or risk losing credibility on the global stage. “A signature is important, it reflects on the confidence the United Kingdom must continue to deserve by upholding its commitments,” Delfi.lt quotes Barnier. “Which is not what it is doing in Northern Ireland today, and which it is not doing with fishermen,” he added. He urged London to respect the Brexit terms on these two crucial issues “precisely as they were written in the two agreements of October 2019 and December 2020”, as quoted by Delfi.lt.

Barnier says United Kingdom must honour Brexit pledges or risk consequences / Barnier: JK privalo laikytis „Brexit“ sąlygų, antraip gali grėsti pasekmės km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Barnier says United Kingdom must honour Brexit pledges or risk ..." info: by ELTA date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Barnier says United Kingdom must honour Brexit pledges or risk consequences / Įspėjimas km-Vakaro-Zinios-LT: "Barnier says United Kingdom must honour Brexit pledges or risk ..." page: 8 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TRANSPORT

Estonia hopes to renovate major rail lines for a faster connection between cities

[Estonia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-EE Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:08:00 AM CEST

Estonia’s new government has been slowing down the work done to expand Estonia’s major highway’s to four lanes, the work done towards making the railway connection between Tallinn and Tartu faster continues, reports Postimees. An analysis conducted by Estonian railway service provider Eesti Raudtee concluded that railway line straightening and electrification should be completed in the near future, which would help increase the top speed of trains between the two cities. The electrification of the railways will be funded by the European Union’s Cohesion Fund. The total cost of electrifying all major Estonian lines will cost €278.78 million, while the straightening of the Tallinn-Tartu line will cost an additional €58 million. Preparations on the Tallinn-Tartu line are already underway, despite there being no approval or funding for the project from Europe. Kaido Zimmermann, director of Eesti Raudtee says the Tallinn-Tartu line will hopefully be ready by the end of 2024, as this is when new trains are expected to arrive to Estonia.

Estonia hopes to renovate major rail lines for a faster connection between cities / Projekt "Pooleteise tunniga Tartusse" elab edasi km-Postimees-EE: "Estonia hopes to renovate major rail lines for a faster ..." page: 12 date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Trams to be revived in Europe to reduce emissions

[Latvia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Wednesday, May 12, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, several European Union countries have identified the introduction of zero-emission public transport in cities as a key pillar of the recovery fund plan. In many places, the focus is on renovating old tram networks or creating new lines. In Lisbon, the old tram network is already being refurbished and a further €43 million is planned from the European Union's recovery fund for the purchase of 15 new trams. The tram network is also being renovated and built in Berlin, and this will be the biggest cost for the German capital's €28 billion public transport conversion plan. Tram networks are being upgraded or expanded in Milan and Rome, while Spain will spend almost € 20 million on expanding the Seville tram system.

Trams to be revived in Europe to reduce emissions / Centienos samazināt emisijas, Eiropas pilsētās atdzimst tramvaju tīkli km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Trams to be revived in Europe to reduce emissions / ..." info: Ziņas, 2021-05-11 07:56:00, 00:01:12, date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 7:56:00 AM CEST

EU target of 50% reduction in road deaths in 2010 – 2020 failed

[Luxembourg, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LU Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Eric Hamus reports in Tageblatt on the official presentation of traffic statistics at Luxembourg's Ministry of Infrastructure. Last year, 26 people were killed in road accidents in the Grand Duchy, four more than in the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of serious traffic accidents is falling. Overall, the number of road deaths has fallen by 19% over the past ten years. Luxembourg has therefore failed to meet the European Commission's declared target of 50% reduction between 2010 and 2020. The number of fatal road accidents has been reduced by 36% in the EU, which is also below target, but with 42 road deaths per million inhabitants, Europe is still the continent with the safest roads in the world. Annual fluctuations are quite common in small countries like Luxembourg, noted Commissioner Vălean. Only Greece managed to exceed the target (54%). The Commission speaks of "clear, albeit not measurable" effects of the pandemic.

Light and shadow on Luxembourg's streets / Licht und Schatten auf Luxemburgs Straßen km-Tageblatt-LU: "Light and shadow on Luxembourg's streets / Licht und Schatten ..." page: 21 info: by Eric Hamus date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Verkehrssicherheit / Zahl der Verkehrstoten 2020 wieder gestiegen km-Tageblatt.lu-LU: "Verkehrssicherheit / Zahl der Verkehrstoten 2020 wieder gestiegen..." info: by Eric Hamus date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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