AGRICULTURE

More environmental protection at the expense of farmers

[Austria, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

The Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament are currently in talks on the future Common Agricultural Policy, Kurier reports. The goal is to make agriculture more ecological as of 2023. Felix Montecuccoli, president of the Austrian agricultural and forestry association, warns not to choose the wrong strategy. He says that the idea of cancelling or significantly reducing subsidies for agricultural land and raising subsidies for environmental measures instead is a problem. According to Mr Montecuccoli, these direct payments are crucial to the survival of agricultural businesses.

More environmental protection at the expense of farmers / Mehr Umweltschutz auf Kosten der Landwirte km-Kurier-AT: "More environmental protection at the expense of farmers / Mehr ..." page: 10 info: by Andreas Anzenberger date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Green Deal: the European Commission is encouraging agricultural delocation

[France, AGRICULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

L’Humanité Dimanche reports on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in particular the proposal to let 10% of arable land lie fallow in order the preserve biodiversity. In prarrallel the EU plans to plant one billion trees over the next few years. Together, these proposals would arguably reduce significantly the land surface destined to food production, increasing as a result food imports from third countries. This would impact carbon emissions and encourage deforestation outside of Europe. Additionally, natural disasters caused by climate change are increasingly threatening the livelihoods of farmers in Europe. Critical of France and the EU’s policies, the weekly argues that two measures should be promoted: making stocks of water in winter to alleviate the risks of floods and to be used in case of drought in summer; and planting trees at the border of fields.

"Green Deal" The European Commission's third country encouragement / "Pacte vert" Les préconisations hors-sol de la commission européenne km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: ""Green Deal" The European Commission's third country encouragement / "Pacte ..." page: 47 info: by Gérard Le Puill date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

BUDGET

Nicolas Van Huffel argues that the European recovery plan is insufficient

[Belgium, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

On RTBF Soir Première, CNCD 11.11.11's Nicolas Van Huffel notes that the recovery plans proposed by Belgium and the EU will certainly not be sufficient. He believes that much more needs to be done to modernise transport and insulate inadequate dwellings. The money put on the table by the European Commission can only be the first step in a process, especially when compared to President Biden's plan.

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 17:49 -  Soir Première - Inadequate housing / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 17:49 - Soir Première - Les logements précaires km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 17:49 - Soir Première - Inadequate housing ..." info: Soir première, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:08:27, by Ruyssen date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen and Prime Minister Orbán to discuss national Hungarian reform plan and EU Recovery Fund allocation

[Germany, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

On Friday, Prime Minister Orbán will pay a visit to President von der Leyen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. According to President von der Leyen's spokesman, they will discuss the national Hungarian reform plan and the use of financial aid from the Recovery Fund. For Hungary, the Covid-19 aid involves €6 billion in subsidies that the country will not have to pay back and €7 billion in loans. According to the European Commission, President von der Leyen is working on a "de-escalation" in the relationship with Prime Minister Orbán. Currently, a transformation of the Hungarian higher education landscape is taking place and the country plans to allocate up to 15% of its EU-funding for universities. The Hungarian government is gradually changing the funding structure of the universities. In the future, they will be anchored to independent foundation structures.

Orbán plans higher education revolution / Orbán plant die Hochschul-Revolution km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Orbán plans higher education revolution / Orbán plant die Hochschul-Revolution..." page: 5 info: by T.G. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Spend on COVID now, tax later

[Malta, BUDGET]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

The editorial in Times of Malta today calls on the European Commission and governments to continue to increase expenditure to sustain a fast growth post-Covid economic recovery. The editorial states that it is important for the Commission to balance when to reintroduce its Stability and Growth Pact which does not allow government debt to exceed 60% of GDP and a budget deficit of 3%. This will need prudence and good management of public finances. The decisive factor here with high debt and budget deficits will always be the growth rate, but, with strong growth, debt will take care of itself.

Spend on COVID now, tax later / Spend on COVID now, tax later km-Malta-Times-MT: "Spend on COVID now, tax later / Spend on COVID ..." page: 13 info: by Herman Grech date: Friday, April 23, 2021

CITIZENSHIP

Passport Papers: European values not for sale, Commission reiterates

[Malta, CITIZENSHIP]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Times of Malta and Timesofmalta.com reported that following the Passport Papers revelations yesterday, a European Commission spokesperson said that the Commission was aware of the media reports about Malta’s citizenship scheme and reiterated that EU values are not for sale. The spokesperson said that this was the reason that the Commission had launched infringement procedures against Malta and Cyprus. Also reacting to the revelations, Greens MEP Sven Giegold said the Malta government’s disregard for European values was even greater than feared whilst Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola said the Passport Papers were a damning indictment of a blatant “get-rich-quick scheme”. Times of Malta and The Malta Independent today continued to expose details of the Passport Papers and said that Henley & Partners had started to prepare for Malta’s passport sales scheme launch to rich foreigners months before a public call for the scheme was issued in 2013 and just a few weeks after Labour were elected in March 2013. No mention of the intention to launch a passport sales scheme was ever made in the Labour Party’s pre-election manifesto and polls showed the majority of voters were against the sale of Maltese citizenship and the EU voiced fears buyers would have access to the Schengen zone, giving them free movement between member states.

‘I don’t care, choose what is least expensive’: Malta’s new citizens’ dream homes and the IIP rental market / ‘I don’t care, choose what is least expensive’: Malta’s new citizens’ dream homes and the IIP rental market km-Malta-Independent-MT: "‘I don’t care, choose what is least expensive’: Malta’s new ..." page: 1,3 info: by Albert Galea & Nicole Meilak date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Passport Papers whistleblower reached out to Daphne years ago / Passport Papers whistleblower reached out to Daphne years ago km-Malta-Times-MT: "Passport Papers whistleblower reached out to Daphne years ago / ..." page: 4 info: by Jacob Borg date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commission ‘will not hesitate’ to take the next steps / Commission ‘will not hesitate’ to take the next steps km-Malta-Times-MT: "Commission ‘will not hesitate’ to take the next steps / ..." page: 4 info: by Jacob Borg date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Henley prepared for launch of scheme / Henley prepared for launch of scheme km-Malta-Times-MT: "Henley prepared for launch of scheme / Henley prepared for ..." page: 1,2 info: by Jacob Borg date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Passport Papers: European values not for sale, Commission reiterates / Passport Papers: European values not for sale, Commission reiterates km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "Passport Papers: European values not for sale, Commission reiterates / ..." info: by Jacob Borg date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

CLIMATE_ACTION

US launches race to take climate action

[Austria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:53:00 AM CEST

Led by the US, countries around the world are increasing their emissions reduction targets, Der Standard, Die Presse and orf.at report. For example, EU countries agreed to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Previously, the target was to achieve a reduction of 40%. For many, the new EU target is a bitter disappointment, despite the increase. The European Parliament had proposed a 60% CO2 reduction, but the European Commission thought the proposal went too far. In an interview with Kronen Zeitung, Christoph Leitl, President of Eurochambers, criticises the climate policy of the European Commission. The Commission has made its emission targets more ambitious but failed to provide a specific answer as to how it intends to achieve them, he said. In order to find a way out of the climate crisis, President Leitl makes the case for a "functional master plan" for the period until 2050.

Christoph Leitl, President of Eurochambers: We need a "master plan" for climate action / Brauchen einen „Masterplan“ km-Kronen-Zeitung-AT: "Christoph Leitl, President of Eurochambers: We need a "master plan" ..." page: 9 info: by MS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

USA wollen Führungsrolle in Klimapolitik km-orf.at-AT: "USA wollen Führungsrolle in Klimapolitik..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

USA wollen Treibhausgase bis 2030 halbieren km-orf.at-AT: "USA wollen Treibhausgase bis 2030 halbieren..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Auch China und die USA wollen Klimaschutz forcieren km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Auch China und die USA wollen Klimaschutz forcieren..." page: 15 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

US launches race to take climate action / USA geben Startschuss zum Klimarennen km-Standard-AT: "US launches race to take climate action / USA geben ..." page: 1,2 info: by Bianca Blei date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Momentum in the climate change story

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Numerous media outlets talk about climate change. De Tijd's Jean Vanempten says Europe should welcome the American decision to go all-in for the fight against climate change. The US approach to the climate problems under the Biden administration is similar to Europe’s. However, making the economy greener is not a free meal. The current pandemic offers some opportunities as economies need stimulus which can be directed towards sustainability. However, the fight against global warming is not like the Olympic Games: participating is not enough; the battle must be won. World leaders must keep their promises. Le Vif interviews Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, who welcomes that the EU, the US and China are moving towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement. He does not think President Biden is faking his climate activism. He put climate and environmental protection at the heart of his relaunch plan, earmarking even more funds than the EU. China's intentions are somewhat less visible, but its discourse resembles that of the US. It wants to become climate-neutral by 2060, only ten years later than the EU. There is a momentum for the climate, largely injected by the EU. Mr van Ypersele says the European Commission sent many experts to China during the past years, to explain how the ETS works. Grenz Echo's Oswald Schröder writes that the EU contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide with close to 10% of the total emissions. However, China's share reaches 28% and the US' 15%. Europe can take all the measures it wants: without the help of other regions, it will yield no result. L'Echo's Frédéric Rohart writes that climate neutrality in 2050 is not only a European objective: it is now shared by the UK, Japan, the US and Brazil. China aims for 2060. Still, this would keep global warming to two degrees, which is insufficient. But the machine has to keep running.

Biden increases the targets / Biden relève ses objectifs km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Biden increases the targets / Biden relève ses objectifs..." page: 12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - The European Commission announces a 55% commitment / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - La Commission européenne annonce un engagement de 55% km-Bel-RTL-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 18:00 - Journal Parlé 18h00 - The ..." info: Journal Parlé 18h00, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:09:03, by CARREAU date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Biden brings the US in the Paris era, at last / Avec Biden, le monde est enfin entré dans l’ère de Paris km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Biden brings the US in the Paris era, at last ..." page: 2 info: by Rohart date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden jumps on the European carbon neutrality bandwagon / Biden s’élance derrière l’Europe vers la neutralité carbone km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Biden jumps on the European carbon neutrality bandwagon / Biden ..." page: 1,5 info: by Rohart date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Everybody wants to be the greenest / Iedereen wil de groenste zijn km-Gazet-Van-Antwerpen-BE: "Everybody wants to be the greenest / Iedereen wil de ..." page: 22 info: by Mijlemans date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate protection demands political courage / Klimaschutz erfordert politischen Mut km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Climate protection demands political courage / Klimaschutz erfordert politischen Mut..." page: 2 info: by Standaard date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The US is back - also at the global warming table / Amerika ist zurück – auch am Erderwärmungstisch km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "The US is back - also at the global warming ..." page: 2 info: by Schröder date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden extracts great promises for the climate / Biden peutert grote beloften los voor klimaat km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Biden extracts great promises for the climate / Biden peutert ..." page: 14 info: by Van Vlierden date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden's ambitious climate promise / Climat: la promesse ambitieuse de Biden km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Biden's ambitious climate promise / Climat: la promesse ambitieuse de ..." page: 16-17 info: by LAMBRECHT date: Friday, April 23, 2021

White House proposes to cut emissions in half by 2030 / Witte Huis komt met plan om emissie te halveren in 2030 km-Morgen-BE: "White House proposes to cut emissions in half by 2030 ..." page: 19 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Everybody wants to be the greenest / Iedereen wil de groenste zijn km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "Everybody wants to be the greenest / Iedereen wil de ..." page: 1,16-17 info: by Mijlemans date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - A virtual climate summit is better for the climate and avoids sofa problems / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - Un sommet climatique virtuel est meilleur pour le climat et évite des problèmes de sofa km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 06:00 - Matin Première - A virtual ..." info: Matin première, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:00:41, by Heureux date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

US as main defender of the cause / Les Etats-Unis se posent en leader de la cause km-Soir-BE: "US as main defender of the cause / Les Etats-Unis ..." page: 1,10 info: by De Muelenaere date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Faster, greener and more sustainable / Sneller, groener, duurzamer km-Tijd-BE: "Faster, greener and more sustainable / Sneller, groener, duurzamer..." page: 1,2 info: by VANEMPTEN date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden puts the US and its climate ambitions back on the map / Biden zet VS en klimaatambitie opnieuw op wereldkaart km-Tijd-BE: "Biden puts the US and its climate ambitions back on ..." page: 8 info: by Van Haver date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"Momentum" for the climate / Un " momentum" pour le climat km-Vif---L-express-BE: ""Momentum" for the climate / Un " momentum" pour le ..." page: 46-48 info: by PAPY date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ten years to save the planet / Dix ans pour sauver la planète km-Vif---L-express-BE: "Ten years to save the planet / Dix ans pour ..." page: 90-93 info: by Laurent date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

2020 is the hottest year ever in Europe

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

Several sources report on the climate. According to De Tijd, 2020 was 0.4°C hotter than the five previous and recent record years. A report by Copernicus, the European Union’s programme that monitors climate change, indicates that winter and fall broke all records last year. Heavy rains in February beat a record as well. CO2 and methane levels rose by 0.6 and 0.8%, reaching the highest levels since measurements started in 2003. The North Pole had its hottest year ever, reaching temperatures 2.2° above the average of the period 1981-2010. Polar ice has never been as thin as in the summer and fall of 2020. Nieuwblad.be reports that Copernicus Climate Change Services' (C3S) director Carlo Buontempo explains: "The report contains a comprehensive analysis of relevant European climate events, takes into account several important climate indicators and puts them in the right perspective, also within the global context." He adds that it is more important than ever that we use the available information to mitigate climate change and reduce future risks as quickly as possible.

2020 was the hottest year on record in Europe / 2020 was het warmste jaar ooit in Europa km-nieuwsblad.be-BE: "2020 was the hottest year on record in Europe / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

2020 is the hottest year ever in Europe / 2020 heetste jaar ooit in Europa km-Tijd-BE: "2020 is the hottest year ever in Europe / 2020 ..." page: 8 info: by Van Haver date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Belgian chemical industry is in full transition

[Belgium, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Trends interviews Essenscia's Yves Verschueren, who talks about the chemical industry's green transition. He thinks that the government is handling the industries well. However, the future will be very challenging: "In the short term, there is going to be a nitrogen problem in Flanders that must be solved, as well as the patent protection on the vaccines. In the long term, there is the transition to climate neutrality, the Green Deal." He adds that if one wants to move towards a climate-neutral society, one needs chemical solutions as well. Moreover, there is the theme of a toxic-free environment, a world without hazardous chemical, which the European Commission is fighting for. Mr Verschueren notes that the industry is in full transition and will be for the next twenty years.

"We will be in transition for the next twenty years" / 'We zijn de volgende twintig jaar in transitie' km-Trends-Belgium-BE: ""We will be in transition for the next twenty years" ..." page: 14 info: by LAUWERS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission to propose including buildings and transport in CO2 emission trade

[Bulgaria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

On Thursday, at the world climate summit hosted by President Biden, President von der Leyen said that the EU would apply emission trading to sectors such as buildings and transport, several media report. According to her, this will be part of a package of measures that will be announced in June, aiming to make every sector of the EU economy "greener". "We will make emission trading work not only for energy generation and industry, but also for transport and for buildings. Carbon must have its price, because nature cannot pay the price any longer," she stated. An important question for businesses is whether the EU will add buildings and transport to the existing market or create a new, separate system, with a different CO2 price. Diederik Samsom, head of Executive Vice-President Timmermans' cabinet, said on Tuesday that a separate scheme was more likely. Meanwhile, the US pledged to reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

САЩ се ангажираха да намалят вредните си емисии с 50% до 2030 спрямо нивата от 2005 km-bTV-Bulgaria-BG: "САЩ се ангажираха да намалят вредните си емисии с 50% ..." info: БТВ, 2021-04-22 22:13:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:13:00 PM CEST

European Commission wants to apply emissions trading to buildings and transport / Еврокомисията ще предложи търговията с емисии да обхване сгради и транспорт km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "European Commission wants to apply emissions trading to buildings and ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission wants to apply emissions trading to buildings and transport / Еврокомисията ще предложи търговията с емисии да обхване сгради и транспорт km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "European Commission wants to apply emissions trading to buildings and ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

САЩ ще намалят наполовина парниковите си газове до 2030 г. km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "САЩ ще намалят наполовина парниковите си газове до 2030 г...." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Байдън връща САЩ в договора за климата km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Байдън връща САЩ в договора за климата..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Article by Bulgarian Renew Europe MEPs on European Green Deal

[Bulgaria, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

In the second part of a joint article in Standart weekly, Bulgarian Renew Europe MEPs Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Iskra Mihaylova and Atidzhe Alieva-Veli focus on more challenges the European Green Deal (EGD) is facing and how they could be tackled. The increase in the climate targets by 2030 will involve in-depth environmental impact assessments and will go hand in hand with the EU decarbonisation fund, which supports small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in their transition to climate-neutral business models, while the Just Transition Fund will be expanded to include the SMEs operating in regions heavily dependent of fossil fuels. The scope and quality of the Bulgarian transport infrastructure remain below EU average, while the trans-European transport network is yet to be finished. The network of multimodal platforms and the European railroad traffic management systems are not developed enough. This is why the EGD focuses on 10 key areas and an action plan aiming to achieve sustainable, smart and stable mobility.

Article by Bulgarian Renew Europe MEPs on European Green Deal / В Зелената сделка на фокус са малките и средните фирми km-Standart-Weekly-BG: "Article by Bulgarian Renew Europe MEPs on European Green Deal ..." page: 6,7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The race towards the green transition

[Croatia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:46:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, US President Biden opened a two-day international summit dedicated to saving the planet from climate change, announcing that the US is embarking on a more ambitious goal of reducing emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, Večernji list writes. The EU as a whole is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, following the US and preceding India, while within the EU the leader in terms of greenhouse gas emissions is Germany. The EU has already made progress in turning its new target into a legal obligation. Namely, negotiators from the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission agreed this week that a European climate law would be adopted, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emission by 55% before 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

The race towards the green transition / Tko prvi prigrli zelenu tranziciju ekonomije, steći će najveću korist km-Vecernji-List-HR: "The race towards the green transition / Tko prvi prigrli ..." page: 20 info: by Tomislav Krasnec date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Croatian government adopts the nation Low-Carbon Development Strategy

[Croatia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

According to the proposal of the Croatian Low-Carbon Development Strategy for 2030 with an outlook towards 2050, the draft of which was adopted by the Croatian government yesterday, the complete technological and energy transition of Croatia would require between HRK107–168 billion, Poslovni dnevnik writes. The Strategy envisions three scenarios: the Reference Scenario (NUR), the Gradual Transition Scenario (NU1) and the Strong Transition Scenario (NU2). The NUR reference scenario is in line with current legislation and accepted targets for 2030. Emissions in this scenario are to decrease by 28.9% in 2030 and 46.3% in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. The NU1 is more ambitious and assumes a strong increase in unit prices, which represent the right to emit one ton of CO2, equivalent to 92.1 euros per tonne of CO2 in 2050. The strong transition scenario NU2 is dimensioned with the aim of achieving an 80% reduction in emissions in 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

Croatian government adopts the nation Low-Carbon Development Strategy  / Više od trećine voznoga parka u nas do 2050. treba biti električno km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "Croatian government adopts the nation Low-Carbon Development Strategy / Više ..." page: 4 info: by DARKO BICAK date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European State of Climate report shows record high temperatures in 2020

[Cyprus, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Sigmalive reports that according to the European State of the Climate report for 2020, which was compiled by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) on behalf of the European Commission, in 2020, the annual temperature for Europe was the highest on record and at least 0.4°C warmer than the next five warmest years recorded. 2020 was also the second warmest year on record for the Arctic, with a surface temperature anomaly of 2.2°C above the 1981–2010 average.Sigmalive further reports in the same article that the Commission adopted yesterday the U-space package, which consists of three regulations that together create the conditions necessary for both drones and manned aircraft to operate safely in a section of our airspace known as the U-space.

The Commission is talking about record temperatures in Europe / Για θερμοκρασίες ρεκόρ στην Ευρώπη κάνει λόγο η Κομισιόν km-sigmalive.com-CY: "The Commission is talking about record temperatures in Europe / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The US plans to become the global leader on climate change mitigation

[Denmark, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

Berlingske reports that the US will use the ongoing climate summit initiated by US President Biden, which follows the EU finalising its own climate agreement earlier this week, to take the role as the global leader in the battle against climate change. Both Executive Vice-President Timmermans and President von der Leyen praised the EU agreement while others, e.g. Climate and Energy Campaigner from Greenpeace Silvia Pastorelli, criticised it. During the summit, which is attended by President von der Leyen and President Michel, US President Biden stated that the US intends to halve its CO2 emissions by 2030. The EU's ambition is a 55% reduction.

The US plans to become the global leader on climate change mitigation / Biden hæver indsatsen forud for skæbnesvangert topmøde km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "The US plans to become the global leader on climate ..." page: 15 info: by Michael Alsen date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate aims must be brought to target

[Finland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 6:23:00 AM CEST

TS writes in its editorial about how the climate crisis has gained momentum in international politics. USA and China gave on Sunday a joint declaration on commitment to cooperate in the fight against climate crisis and Russia's President Vladimir Putin also raised the issue in his speech. The European Union agreed on its first climate law on Wednesday with the aim of reducing climate emissions by 55 from the 1990 level by 2030. The European Commission will later present a comprehensive legislative package aimed at reaching the climate goals.

Ilmastotavoitteet pitää saada maaliin km-Turun-Sanomat-FI: "Ilmastotavoitteet pitää saada maaliin..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate: around President Biden, a united front to take action

[France, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

Several French media outlets continue to discuss the two-day virtual climate summit, which gathered forty world leaders yesterday.Among others, Le Figaro reports that, at the beginning of the summit, President Biden underlined that “no country can solve this crisis on its own.” “All of us, […] we have to step up.” Climate change is “the existential crisis of our times” and “we must take action quickly,” he added. President Biden announced his ambitious objective to reduce, by almost half, the US’s greenhouse emissions by the end of the decade. President Xi Jinping said that he was “impatient to work with the international community, including the US, to jointly advance global environmental governance." “I am delighted to see that the US is back to work together with us in climate politics,” Chancellor Merkel pointed out. President Macron called for more regulation at international level. Les Echos quotes President von der Leyen. "It is so good to have the US back on our side in the fight against climate change!", she wrote on Twitter yesterday.Given the change of course of the US regarding the fight against climate change – President Biden reversed Donald Trump’s policy and rejoined the Paris Agreement –, the EU does not want to wait for new announcements by Washington that would make it lose its leadership, Le Monde reports. Therefore, on 21 April, the EU approved two documents: the draft law on climate, and the taxonomy (which defines green investments). “The only way to win the climate battle is to start a competition upward," says Renew Europe MEP Pascal Canfin. Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis explains that it will be necessary to invest €350 billion per year to achieve the EU’s 2030 targets, and for this reason “we must help investors define what is green."

Climate: the great return of the United States / Climat : le grand retour des États-Unis km-BFM-Business-FR: "Climate: the great return of the United States / Climat ..." info: Non stop, 2021-04-22 15:12:00, 00:03:44, by THOMAS JOUBERT date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:12:00 PM CEST

Climate summit, "a new lease of life" that must become a reality / Sommet climat, «un nouveau souffle» qui doit se concrétiser km-Croix-FR: "Climate summit, "a new lease of life" that must become ..." page: 10 info: by Léa Gorius date: Friday, April 23, 2021

For Earth's future / Pour l'avenir de la terre km-Croix-FR: "For Earth's future / Pour l'avenir de la terre..." page: 1 info: by Dominique Greiner date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"The return of the US is remobilising some countries" / « Le retour des États-Unis a remobilisé certains pays » km-Echos-FR: ""The return of the US is remobilising some countries" / ..." page: 6 info: by J. C date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate: hope revived with new commitments from governments / Climat : l'espoir renaît avec les nouveaux engagements pris par les États km-Echos-FR: "Climate: hope revived with new commitments from governments / Climat ..." page: 1,6 info: by Véronique Le Billon date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate: around President Biden, a united front to take action / Climat : autour de Biden, un front uni pour agir km-Figaro-FR: "Climate: around President Biden, a united front to take action ..." page: 6 info: by Adrien Jaulmes date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate - US doubles down but disappoints expectations / Climat - Les États-Unis doublent la mise mais déçoivent les attentes km-Humanite-FR: "Climate - US doubles down but disappoints expectations / Climat ..." page: 10 info: by M.-N. B date: Friday, April 23, 2021

After us, the deluge / Après nous le déluge km-Humanite-FR: "After us, the deluge / Après nous le déluge..." page: 2 info: by Maurice Ulrich date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"China is not the "green giant" that some people like to describe" / « La Chine n'est pas le "géant vert" que certains se plaisent à décrire » km-Liberation-FR: ""China is not the "green giant" that some people like ..." page: 8,9 info: by Julie Renson Miquel date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden Summit: States united for climate / Sommet Biden: Des Etats unis pour le climat km-Liberation-FR: "Biden Summit: States united for climate / Sommet Biden: Des ..." page: 6,7,8 info: by Aude Massiot date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe anxious to maintain leadership against US / Face aux Etats-Unis, l’Europe soucieuse de préserver son leadership km-Monde-FR: "Europe anxious to maintain leadership against US / Face aux ..." page: 9 info: by Virginie Malingre date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Joe Biden, project manager of the climate summit / Joe Biden, maitre d’oeuvre  d’un sommet climat km-Monde-FR: "Joe Biden, project manager of the climate summit / Joe ..." page: 8-9 info: by Audrey Garric date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Environment and employment: the US is already on the way out / Environnement et emploi: les Etats-Unis déjà dans le coup d'après km-Opinion-FR: "Environment and employment: the US is already on the way ..." page: 1 info: by OLIVIER BACCUZAT date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Copernicus programme fights global warming

[France, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

L’Opinion reports on the EU Copernicus programme and its use to monitor climate change. “It is thanks to satellites such as those of the European Copernicus programme that we have a vision of climate change,” recalled French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet. In 2015 was created the Copernicus climate change service: “a reference for climatologists around the world,” according to Director of Copernicus Services, Jean-Noël Thépaut. He also announces the upcoming new mission Sentinel, "to provide even more accurate results than those we currently have, so that states can refine their emission reduction targets”. "The Copernicus annual review reminds us how tight the agenda of the Paris Agreement and the Green Deal is,” he further adds, while the European Commission created on Tuesday a new Knowledge Centre on Earth Observation, to further strengthen evidence-based policymaking.

The Arctic and Europe are suffocating / L'Arctique et l'Europe suffoquent km-Humanite-FR: "The Arctic and Europe are suffocating / L'Arctique et l'Europe ..." page: 10 info: by Lucas Martin-Brodzicki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Copernicus programme fights global warming / Le programme Copernicus lutte contre le réchauffement km-Opinion-FR: "Copernicus programme fights global warming / Le programme Copernicus lutte ..." page: 2 info: by Louise Sallé date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Increased commitment by EU, US and China at the climate summit

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:27:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of the recent climate summit and the climate goals of EU and the US.The US is back in the climate protection policy arena and will even aim at playing a leadership role, ARD reports. The US economy should become climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest, President Biden underlined during his intervention at the virtual climate summit, adding that the US is responsible for less than 50% of the emissions worldwide. No nation can solve this alone, President Biden stressed, directing the sentiment towards Russia and China. Both of these countries expressed a wish to cooperate in the matter. Chancellor Merkel congratulated President Biden for the return of the US to the global fight to stop climate change. President von der Leyen reiterated the goals of the EU, namely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to the levels of 1999.In an interview on rbb Inforadio, Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze stresses that "the EU, the US and China stating that they will do more for the environment is very important for the entire world." "If the next ten years are not used, we will only be able to adjust to climate change," Minister Schulze underscores. "The US administration under President Biden takes climate protection seriously," Minister Schulze highlights, adding that she expects that the US will make its energy system CO2-free by 2035, as President Biden promised. Also, Minister Schulze hopes that "the US introduces an emission trading system, similar to the one in Europe." Regarding China, Minister Schulze underscores that it sends "wrong signals when financing many new coal-fired power plants around the world."

Report on virtual climate summit: “No nation can solve this alone” / ARD - 22.04.2021 22:26 - Tagesthemen - Report on on virtual climate summit km-ARD-DE: "Report on virtual climate summit: “No nation can solve this ..." info: Program, 2021-04-23 00:26:00, 00:07:49, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 12:26:00 AM CEST

ARD - 22.04.2021 13:04 - ARD-Mittagsmagazin - Interview with Federal Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze on virtual climate summit km-ARD-DE: "ARD - 22.04.2021 13:04 - ARD-Mittagsmagazin - Interview with Federal ..." info: Program, 2021-04-22 21:26:00, 00:03:37, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:26:00 PM CEST

Amerika lässt sich für seine Rückkehr feiern km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Amerika lässt sich für seine Rückkehr feiern..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Warme Worte von Biden km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Warme Worte von Biden..." page: 15 info: by W.P. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Länder schärfen Klimaziele km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Länder schärfen Klimaziele..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Bidens Klimaplan km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Bidens Klimaplan..." page: 3,6-7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze: “If the next ten years are not used, we will only adjust to climate change” / rbb Inforadio - 22.04.2021 07:46 - Aktuelle Hintergrundberichte - Interview with Federal Minister of the Environment Svenja Schulze on virtual climate summit km-RBB3-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze: “If ..." info: Program, 2021-04-22 10:02:00, 00:05:21, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:02:00 AM CEST

Bidens große Klima-Show km-Spiegel.de-DE: "Bidens große Klima-Show..." info: by Roland Nelles date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bidens großer Klima-Coup km-Spiegel.de-DE: "Bidens großer Klima-Coup..." info: by Susanne Götze date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Biden treibt die Welt beim Klimaschutz an km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Biden treibt die Welt beim Klimaschutz an..." page: 1 info: by M.B date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Klimaschutz soll sich wieder lohnen km-tagesschau.de-DE: "Klimaschutz soll sich wieder lohnen..." info: by Unknown date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Am grünen Tisch km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Am grünen Tisch..." page: 10 info: by C.E date: Friday, April 23, 2021

CO2 border adjustment mechanism causes concerns in the US

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 5:59:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on the CO2 border adjustment mechanism and growing concerns about it in the US.Executive Vice-President Timmermans testified before the US Congress this Tuesday, Handelsblatt reports. At the hearing, ЕVP Timmermans confirmed that the EU is working on a "CO2 border adjustment mechanism," but admitted that this should "preferably" never be used. The concern about Brussels' plans to support the EU's emissions targets with new climate tariffs is growing in the US. The US warns that the EU will jeopardise the global consensus on climate protection if it pushes ahead with its plans unilaterally. China is also worried. Brussels faces a balancing act, as the EU must protect its economic interests but not trigger a green trade war. In June, the European Commission intends to present a total of twelve legislative proposals, which together form the "Fit for 55 Percent Package."

China will nach 2026 weniger Kohle nutzen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "China will nach 2026 weniger Kohle nutzen..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

On CO2 border adjustment mechanism: Fear of a green trade war / Furcht vor dem grünen Handelskrieg km-Handelsblatt-DE: "On CO2 border adjustment mechanism: Fear of a green trade ..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Guest contribution: The Green Deal will fundamentally change the economy

[Germany, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:29:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the Green Deal, green investments and the effects of the debt brake on climate protection. In a guest contribution in Wirtschaftswoche, Professor of Economic Theory at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) Veronika Grimm argues that the discussion about the debt brake could slow down structural change and progress in climate protection. According to Ms Grimm, the European Green Deal is increasing the pressure to reform massively and follows an agenda that will fundamentally change the economy. Ms Grimm argues that the Green Deal could lead to the closure of companies or their divisions but also will stimulate competition in the innovation markets. Ms Grimm points out that the European Commission estimates the private and public investment needs in connection with the Green Deal at €2.6 trillion for this decade. "The EU states should rather use the moment to create an attractive environment for companies to invest in the future," concludes Ms Grimm.

Transparenz statt Greenwashing km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Transparenz statt Greenwashing..." page: 21 info: by S.H date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Klimaschutz geht besser mit der Schuldenbremse km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "Klimaschutz geht besser mit der Schuldenbremse..." page: 43 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

President von der Leyen speaks at the Global Leaders Summit on climate

[Greece, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:20:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report on the Global Leaders Summit that was hosted by US President Biden on the occasion of Earth Day. Protothema.gr highlights that speaking at the Global Leaders Summit on climate, President von der Leyen stated that Europe will implement the emissions trading in buildings and transport. She noted that the EU will expand emission trading in the context of a series of policies that are expected in June and have been designed in order to render the economy sector greener. The President stressed that carbon must have its price because nature cannot pay the price any longer. The EU’s carbon market is the backbone of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan forces energy production facilities and the industry to buy licenses when they emit carbon dioxide, thus putting a price on pollution. The Commission has also stated that it wants to expand the carbon market to ships, but it has not given many details on its plan so far. Avgi notes that the US committed to reduce its own emission by half by 2030, while many other countries set similar targets during the online climate summit. The newspaper reminds that the Commission announced on Wednesday that the MEPs and the member states agreed to adopt the target for the net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. Efimerida ton Syntakton comments that the Paris Agreement targets are still far from the climate target that the EU set for 2030. Meanwhile, in another article, protothema.gr mentions that Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis stated on the occasion of Earth Day that “we are embracing the environment with the plan “Greece 2.0”.

"Rain" of promises for drastic reductions in gas emissions / Βροχή υποσχέσεων για δραστικές μειώσεις στις εκπομπές αερίων km-Avghi-GR: ""Rain" of promises for drastic reductions in gas emissions / ..." page: 19 info: by MICHALIS TRIKKAS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Commission announced the expansion of emission trading to buildings and transports / Επέκταση του εμπορίου εκπομπών ρύπων σε κτίρια και μεταφορές ανακοίνωσε η Κομισιόν km-capital.gr-GR: "The Commission announced the expansion of emission trading to buildings ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day / Ημέρα της γης km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Earth Day / Ημέρα της γης..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The US in the fight for the climate again / Ξανά στη μάχη για το κλίμα οι ΗΠΑ km-Kathimerini-GR: "The US in the fight for the climate again / ..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Μητσοτάκης για Παγκόσμια Ημέρα της Γης: Με το Σχέδιο «Ελλάδα 2.0» αγκαλιάζουμε το Περιβάλλον km-protothema.gr-GR: "Μητσοτάκης για Παγκόσμια Ημέρα της Γης: Με το Σχέδιο «Ελλάδα ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Climate Summit: The Commission expands the emission trading to buildings and transport / Σύνοδος Κορυφής για το Κλίμα: Η Κομισιόν επεκτείνει το εμπόριο εκπομπών ρύπων σε κτίρια και μεταφορές km-protothema.gr-GR: "Climate Summit: The Commission expands the emission trading to buildings ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

President von der Leyen: The EU will apply emissions trading to buildings and transport

[Hungary, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Portfolio.hu and Magyar Hírlap report that President von der Leyen told world leaders at the Washington climate summit yesterday that the EU will apply emissions trading to buildings and transport, not only to industry. The EU will start its carbon market reform in June to make its economy more environmentally friendly, Portfolio.hu adds. Both media outlets report Council President Michel in his speech said the EU will mobilise at least 100 billion dollars for climate financing. According to Council President Michel the EU and member states remain the largest contributor of public climate finance to developing countries. Council President Michel said 30% of the EU’s recovery package will be funded through green bonds, Portfolio.hu adds. Portfolio.hu reports Executive Vice-President Timmermans welcomed on Twitter US President Joe Biden’s announcement that the US will cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. Executive VP Timmermans said this commitment will boost global momentum for climate measures.

Ambitious commitments at the Washington climate summit / Ambiciózus vállalások a washingtoni klímacsúcson km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Ambitious commitments at the Washington climate summit / Ambiciózus vállalások ..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate summit: Important announcements keep coming from world leaders / Klímacsúcs: sorra jönnek a nagy bejelentések a világ vezetőitől km-portfolio.hu-HU: "Climate summit: Important announcements keep coming from world leaders / ..." info: by MTI date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Summit gives grounds for optimism in climate battle

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:24:00 AM CEST

Commenting in The Irish Times, Kevin O'Sullivan writes that US President Biden held a virtual climate change summit to coincide with Earth Day, during which he declared the US would have its emissions by 2030. Biden announced a $2 trillion infrastructure programme hinged on clean energy and is backing efforts to integrate climate-related risk into the financial system. It was the United States' first major climate announcement since Biden had the country re-join the Paris climate agreement. He notes that President von der Leyen said: "It is so good to have the US back on our side in the fight against climate change. Together we can go faster and get further, and together we will win the future."

Summit gives grounds for optimism in climate battle / Summit gives grounds for optimism in climate battle km-Irish-Times-IE: "Summit gives grounds for optimism in climate battle / Summit ..." page: 8 info: by Kevin O’sullivan date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Irish environmentalists hail ‘return’ of the US / Irish environmentalists hail ‘return’ of the US km-Irish-Times-IE: "Irish environmentalists hail ‘return’ of the US / Irish environmentalists ..." page: 7 info: by HARRY McGEE date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness discussing sustainability package

[Ireland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:37:00 AM CEST

In an interview with RTE Radio One, Commissioner McGuinness describes the package of new EU measures on sustainability as "ground-breaking." The European Commission announced its long-awaited system to classify what kinds of economic activity and financial investments can be deemed as green. The commissioner said the new measures will bring clarity for companies, adding: "It is a very hard-edged practical approach to changing how our economy operates in order to address the climate challenge and this is our first target." She said the issue is one that has been discussed globally for a long time and these measures help move it from "fine words into action."

Interview with Commissioner McGuinness discussing sustainability package / Interview with Commissioner McGuinness discussing sustainability package km-RTE-Radio-1-IE: "Interview with Commissioner McGuinness discussing sustainability package / Interview with ..." info: RTE Radio 1, 2021-04-23 05:16:00, 00:07:39, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:16:00 AM CEST

Biden: we will save both the planet and the economy at once

[Italy, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Several Italian media report that 40 world leaders gathered in a virtual meeting to discuss how to tackle climate change and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Addressing the assembly, US President Biden pledged to reduce America’s emissions by the end of this decade compared to the level of 2005. He said, “those who launch effective measures right now, will be the first to harvest the fruits of the economic boom generated by renewable energies”. In essence, he described the green transition as a true "growth opportunity", rather than a “sacrifice” of some sort. On the other hand, La Repubblica notes that Chinese President Xi Jinping said China will “reduce the growth rate of its carbon consumptions over the next five years”. Indeed, China is expected to reach its emission peak by 2030, after that date, the country will be able to effectively start reducing its impact on the environment.

Over 40 leaders discuss climate change / Il summit sul clima ha mobilitato i maggiori governi, oltre 40 i leader mondiali presenti km-Canale-5-IT: "Over 40 leaders discuss climate change / Il summit sul ..." info: Tg 5, 2021-04-23 01:30:00, 00:02:41, by Dario Maltese date: Friday, April 23, 2021 1:30:00 AM CEST

Joe Biden at climate change summit / Il presidente Joe Biden ha scelto la giornata mondiale della terra per un summit sul clima km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Joe Biden at climate change summit / Il presidente Joe ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:25:00, 00:01:48, by Antonio Di Bella date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:25:00 AM CEST

Biden's promise at climate summit: "We will double our cut on greenhouse gas emissions" / L'impegno di Biden al vertice sul clima “Raddoppieremo il taglio di gas serra” km-Repubblica-IT: "Biden's promise at climate summit: "We will double our cut ..." page: 6,7 info: by Federico Rampini date: Friday, April 23, 2021

US, Cina pledged to reduce emissions / Usa e Cina si sono dette pronte a ridurre le emissioni nocive, l’intervento di Draghi al summit sul clima km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "US, Cina pledged to reduce emissions / Usa e Cina ..." info: SKY TG24, 2021-04-23 00:14:00, 00:01:57, by ND date: Friday, April 23, 2021 12:14:00 AM CEST

Biden: saving the Earth can help with economic growth   / Biden: salvare la terra aiuta la crescita economica km-Stampa-IT: "Biden: saving the Earth can help with economic growth / ..." page: 1,16,17 info: by Paolo Mastrolilli date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050

[Latvia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

A few media outlets report that a preliminary agreement was reached this week on the European Climate law. According to Latvijas Avīze, the European Commission has adopted a package of measures to shift cash flow to sustainable activities across the European Union and make Europe climate-neutral by 2050. EU officials are drafting a law to impose tariffs on countries that do not comply with climate neutrality rules. Executive Vice-President Timmermans has said that Europe will defend its industries against carbon leakage and impose higher tariffs on imports from countries with less stringent emission standards. According to Latvijas Radio 1, Pascal Canfin, head of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, says this Act will completely change the rules of the game. "In the future, any legislative proposal from the European Commission will have to be in line with the goals of climate neutrality. The European Commission will be under enormous pressure to comply with climate law as a comprehensive commitment.” According to LTV1, Executive Vice-President Timmermans tweeted that this was an important moment for the bloc and a strong signal to the world. Meanwhile, many environmental activists oppose the agreement as insufficiently ambitious.

European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / EK plāno līdz 2050. gadam padarīt Eiropu klimatneitrālu km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / EK ..." page: 10 info: by Valdis Berzinš date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / ES un ASV gatavas uzņemties globālo līderu lomu un sasniegt ambiciozus klimatneitralitātes mērķus km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / ES ..." info: Eiropa šodien, 2021-04-22 09:25:00, 00:05:53, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:25:00 AM CEST

European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / ES izvirza jaunu mērķi cīņā ar klimata izmaiņām km-LTV-1-LV: "European Commission to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050 / ES ..." info: Rīta panorāma, 2021-04-22 08:09:00, 00:01:05, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:09:00 AM CEST

World leaders meet virtually on Earth Day to talk climate change

[Lithuania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST

Kauno Diena and Klaipėda write that President Biden has invited 40 world leaders to an online two-day-long Earth Day leaders’ summit thus declaring that the US is returning to fight against climate change. The meeting includes representatives from China, namely President Xi Jinping, and Russia despite recent disagreements between the parties. American green groups are hopeful Biden – who is “pushing” $2 trillion worth green infrastructure package in the US – will double the country’s goals over reducing climate change-causing pollution in the next decade. Biden is expecting other leaders to increase their climate change-related ambitions as well.

World leaders meet virtually on Earth Day to talk climate change / JAV suburti pasaulio lyderiai atsigręžė į klimato kaitą km-Kauno-Diena-LT: "World leaders meet virtually on Earth Day to talk climate ..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

World leaders meet virtually on Earth Day to talk climate change / JAV suburti pasaulio lyderiai atsigręžė į klimato kaitą km-Klaipeda-LT: "World leaders meet virtually on Earth Day to talk climate ..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Coverage of the Climate Summit: No more non-committal climate policy

[Netherlands, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:59:00 AM CEST

Dutch media widely report on the climate summit with 40 world leaders.A commentary in Trouw says there is no more time for weak climate policy. Solving the climate problems is a matter of patience and requires firm, global commitment. That is why it is of more than symbolic importance how the US has again embraced the Paris Climate Agreement and how President Joe Biden tries to work together with China and Russia. It is also encouraging that the European Commission has raised the bar for CO2 reduction again, and that the 27 EU member states reached an agreement, with the European Parliament, on a European climate law. However, it seems to be more difficult to turn these plans into actions. It will be a tough job for the next Dutch cabinet to increase the pace of the energy transition, but it is a positive development that Brussels has set the bar high.US President Joe Biden wants his country to  become the world leader in fighting global warming, Het Financieele Dagblad  reports. During a virtual climate summit, he promised among other things to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. Europe praised President Biden’s  ambitions. "This is a complete turnaround," said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. "It's so nice to have the US back on our side in the fight against climate change," said President von der Leyen. The fact that Europe is welcoming Americans back into the global climate coalition in this way is mainly because European plans for lower emissions are already at the current level of the US. The US also remains the largest emitter per capita. Biden's climate summit was surrounded by skepticism that commitments do not mean that new climate ambitions will actually be achieved. Environmental groups pointed out that even with America's new targets, global warming is crossing a critical limit.Nos.nl also reports on the virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders. All kinds of commitments were made about tackling climate change. Countries such as Canada, Japan and Brazil also came up with a new climate goal. For example, emissions in Japan must be reduced by 46 percent by 2030 compared to 2013. The country previously aimed for a 26 percent decrease. The European Commission announced that emissions trading will be extended to buildings and the transport sector. President von der Leyen thus paved the way for the planned overhaul of the carbon market in the European Union. China did not announce a new emissions target. However, through President Xi, the promise was made that his country will restrict the use of coal, starting in five years. It is by no means clear how all those countries want to achieve those goals, the article notes.

Terugkeer VS in klimaatcoalitie heeft wereldwijde impact km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Terugkeer VS in klimaatcoalitie heeft wereldwijde impact..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Wereldleiders doen toezeggingen over klimaat Wereldleiders doen toezeggingen over klimaat | NOS km-Nos.nl-NL: "Wereldleiders doen toezeggingen over klimaat Wereldleiders doen toezeggingen over klimaat ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

No more non-committal climate policy  / Geen vrijblijvend klimaatbeleid meer km-Trouw-NL: "No more non-committal climate policy / Geen vrijblijvend klimaatbeleid meer..." page: 20 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Accountants may play in the future a larger role in climate policy

[Netherlands, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

Trouw analyses the role of accountants in the adherence to the Paris climate agreement by large companies. Shell's accountant looked into climate promises and wrote in the annual report that it is 'neither possible nor appropriate' to state that Shell's policy is 'in line with the climate agreements made in Paris'. It is remarkable, that an accountant of Ernst & Young (EY) is putting Shell's activities under the climate magnifier. EY's warning sounded like a wake-up call in the accounting world. This is a 'tipping point', a turning point, could even be read on the site of the Royal Dutch accountants organisation NBA.  Although a company cannot just say anything about climate and CO2 emissions, the obligation to report is soon to be expected. This was on the agenda of the European Commission this week and prescribes that large companies must report on climate policy, among other things, from 1 January 2023.

Is de accountant de nieuwe klimaatridder km-Trouw-NL: "Is de accountant de nieuwe klimaatridder..." page: 34 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe experienced the warmest year ever measured, with record-breaking amounts of precipitation

[Netherlands, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:57:00 AM CEST

RTL4 reports that Europe experienced the warmest year ever. According to a report by earth observation programme Copernicus, the temperature increased in Europe more than in the rest of the world. The extremes in the temperature and precipitation fit in the pattern of climate change, Gerard van der Schier of Dutch weather institute KNMI notes.

Europe experienced the warmest year ever measured, with record-breaking amounts of precipitation / Europa kende warmste jaar ooit gemeten, met recordhoeveelheid neerslag km-RTL-4-Netherlands-NL: "Europe experienced the warmest year ever measured, with record-breaking amounts ..." info: RTL Nieuws, 2021-04-22 19:35:00, 00:02:25, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:35:00 PM CEST

Comment on President Biden's Earth Day Summit

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Polska Codziennie comment on the Earth Day Summit – a two-day online climate conference of 40 global leaders, which started on 22 April. The event is hosted by the US President Joe Biden. The Paris Agreement from 2015 was based on voluntary declarations. President Biden is launching a system, which will extort a radical reduction of carbon dioxide emissions – even by these countries, which do not want it, such as China and Poland. At the summit, global leaders presented their respective declarations. The USA declared the emissions’ reduction by 50% in the next 9 years. However, the European Union’s goal is even more ambitious; the EU plans to cut the emissions by 55% to 2030. The question about Poland’s policy remains unanswered. Although the EU aspires to reach its climate neutrality to 2050, the goal is not imposed onto individual member states. President Andrzej Duda is expected to present his statement at the summit on 23 April. The state generally agrees on the EU goal itself, but it postulates applying its own ways for reaching it.

The president talks about the climate / The president talks about the climate km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "The president talks about the climate / The president talks ..." page: 6 info: by Paweł Tunia date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Polluters get out of the game / Poisoners are out of the game km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Polluters get out of the game / Poisoners are out ..." page: 1 info: by Jedrzej Bielecki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Minister of Climate Kurtyka stresses that ecological awareness of Poles has strengthened

[Poland, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Polska Codziennie cites the Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka as having emphasised that Poles have undergone a huge transformation when it comes to ecological awareness and their attitude to climate issues. He cited the findings of a survey conducted by Pracuj.pl job portal according to which it follows that 66% of interrogated Poles positively evaluates the companies’ strategies aimed at protection of natural environment, 39% respondents declare that they are more determined to apply for a job in companies which take environmental actions and 85% point to at least one area of pro-environmental actions that a company should get involved in. The survey also shows that increasingly many Poles are aware of negative consequences of heating up houses with fossil fuel and every second Pole says that coal combustion should be banned in the household’s boilers.

Poles' eco-awareness is growing / Poles' eco-awareness is growing km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Poles' eco-awareness is growing / Poles' eco-awareness is growing..." page: 18 info: by Pawel Wozniak date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Coverage of the global leaders' Climate Summit promoted by US President Biden

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

The global leaders participated in a Climate Summitt promoted by US President Biden, RTP1 and Expresso.pt report. He believes that this decade will be crucial for the combat against climate change. President von der Leyen underlined that Europe wants to be the first carbon-neutral continent in the world but reminded that global effort is needed to combat climate change on a larger scale. “We need all major economies to take their responsibility and to turn the transition into an opportunity for all,” President von der Leyen stated.

European Commission President asks the world to follow the European Union’s climate neutrality example / Presidente da Comissão Europeia pede ao mundo que siga exemplo da União Europeia na neutralidade climática km-observador.pt-PT: "European Commission President asks the world to follow the European ..." date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Global effort required to combat climate change in the next decade / Esforço global é necessário para combat as mudanças climáticas na próxima década km-RTP1-PT: "Global effort required to combat climate change in the next ..." info: Telejornal, 2021-04-22 19:59:00, 00:03:19, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:59:00 PM CEST

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness on the Green Deal

[Portugal, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Jornal de Negócios, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness write about the Green Deal. The authors state that the Green Deal’s goals are to reach carbon neutrality, reverse the loss of biodiversity, build a clean economy supported by investments in green jobs, and promote green innovation and growth. The Commissioner and Commission EVP state that the private sector is eager to join in the green efforts. The authors explain how the Commission will support the private sector to adopt sustainable practices. “We want the EU to be at the forefront of green economy and we want to help the world becoming greener”, state Commissioner McGuinness and EVP Dombrovskis.

Article by EVP Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuiness: Financing our green future / Financiar o nosso futuro ecológico km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Article by EVP Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuiness: Financing our green ..." page: 25 info: by Mairead McGuinness date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe welcomes US decision to reduce carbon emissions by 2030

[Romania, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

According to Realitatea.net, European leaders, as well as President von der Leyen welcomed US President Biden’s commitment to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, after four years of scepticism over climate change manifested during the administration led by Donald Trump. British Prime Minister Johnson stated that the new targets set by the USA for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions were “game changing.” President Biden had presented his pledge in the opening of a major summit on climate change.

Europe welcomed Biden administration's decision to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 / Europa reacționează favorabil la decizia Administrației Biden de a reduce emisiile de carbon până în 2030 km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Europe welcomed Biden administration's decision to reduce carbon emissions by ..." info: by Andrei Zbîrnea date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness: Financing for a green future

[Slovenia, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:56:00 AM CEST

It is necessary to take advantage of the road to recovery from the pandemic and shape a sustainable future of the economy, which is the goal of the European Climate Pact, an article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness published in Delo reads. It is estimated that an additional €350 billion in investments a year will be needed by 2030 in order to reach the final goal of Europe becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. European investors have shown a distinct interest in green investments, which confirms the suitability of the orientation of the European Commission’s agenda for sustainable financing. The Commission has adopted measures to establish an ecosystem that allows the financial sectors to provide the funds needed for a green restoration. It is implementing tools to increase transparency in order to help investors recognise opportunities for sustainable investments. Last year, an EU taxonomy regulation was adopted to offer a common language to the investors. The Commission has already adopted the criteria to decide which economic activities significantly contribute to climate change mitigation. The Commission is also increasing transparency in the field of sustainable development by improving the way companies and financial institutions report on their sustainable orientations. The Commission wants the EU to become the leading green economy in the world, powered by green work posts and green investments. It also wants to help other parts of the world reach a greener future. The EU has a leading role in sustainability efforts, as it co-chairs the international platform for sustainable financing, where policymakers discuss the best methods for reaching green goals. It is also committed to international cooperation in G20 and G7 groups. The task ahead is demanding and urgent, as the effects of climate change will even worsen if we do not act immediately. The solutions will be shaped by everyone in the EU and around the world by striving for a more environmentally friendly future and investing in it.

Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness: Financing for a green future / Financiranje za zeleno prihodnost km-Delo-SI: "Article by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuinness: Financing for ..." page: 7 info: by Vladis Dombrovskis date: Friday, April 23, 2021

President von der Leyen calls for EU not to be left alone in the challenge of climate neutrality

[Spain, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

Several media report on the Global Leaders Summit on Climate. Expansión reports that Commission President von der Leyen invited the international community to follow Europe. "Europe wants to be the world's first climate-neutral continent. But to save the planet, we need the world. We need all the major economies to take their responsibilities," she said. Spain's Prime Minister Sánchez, who will participate today in the summit, yesterday hailed the "great achievements and unwavering commitment" in the fight against polluting gases. Cinco Días reports on President von der Leyen's speech at the summit and points out that she ensured that the fight against climate change will drive the EU's recovery. She stressed that 30% of the Recovery Plan budget will be directed to actions that promote climate action. Al El País' editorial suggests that if the EU and the US join political efforts from now on, the transition to a new carbon-free economy is feasible and looks like an undeniable opportunity for progress, not only in environmental but also in economic terms. Making commitments is essential. It is now up to us to deliver on them, concludes the editorial.

Estados Unidos vuelve a la lucha contra el cambio climático. Joe Biden se ha comprometido a una meta muy ambiciosa en la cumbre del clima virtual. Reducir el 52% las emisiones de Estados Unidos en una década. El Fondo Monetario Internacional propone los km-Canal-24h-TVE-ES: "Estados Unidos vuelve a la lucha contra el cambio climático. ..." info: LA TARDE EN 24 H, 2021-04-22 20:23:00, 00:01:50, by MATIAS PRATS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:23:00 PM CEST

Von der Leyen exige que no se deje sola a la UE en el reto de la neutralidad climática km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "Von der Leyen exige que no se deje sola a ..." page: 10 info: by Medioambiente date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Sánchez pedirá hoy más ambición climática en la cumbre convocada por Biden km-eldiario.es-ES: "Sánchez pedirá hoy más ambición climática en la cumbre convocada ..." date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden wants to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 / Biden quiere reducir un 50% las emisiones de carbono en 2030 km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Biden wants to cut carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 ..." page: 29 info: by Expansión date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden eleva su apuesta medioambiental km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Biden eleva su apuesta medioambiental..." page: 2 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EE UU promete recortar a la mitad sus emisiones de gases en 10 años km-Pais-ES: "EE UU promete recortar a la mitad sus emisiones de ..." page: 1,24 info: by MANUEL PLANELLES date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Salto verde km-Pais-ES: "Salto verde..." page: 10 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Countries announce raised climate ambitions at US President Biden's summit, news and opinions

[Sweden, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

US President Biden's climate summit saw several countries announcing more ambitious climate goals, several media outlets report. Aftonbladet.se, quoting news agency TT, writes that while the UK and the EU had presented more ambitious targets in the days preceding the summit, the US announced that it aims to reduce emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030 compared to 2005. Moreover, Japan stated that it targets reduced emissions by 46% by 2030 compared to 2013, while China repeated its previous promise to become CO2 neutral by 2060. Additionally, Brazil reported that it aims to become CO2 neutral by 2050, and that all illegal deforestation in the Amazon should have ceased by 2030.US President Biden's climate ambitions must move from words to action if his climate summit is to become more than a paper tiger, Wolfgang Hansson writes in an analysis in Aftonbladet.se. The US attempts to show that the country is back on track to take a leadership role regarding the climate, which is required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be reached. However, both the US and the EU must take concrete measures, as neither of the parties have announced any binding goals.It is most welcome that global players have agreed to raise their climate ambitions, Frida Wallnor writes in an editorial in Dagens Industri. The EU and the UK have updated their plans to become climate neutral by 2050, while Japan and the US announced new intermediate climate goals during US President Biden's digital climate summit. It is also welcome that Chinese President Jinping appears to care more about the climate. No one will complain if China and the US compete about having the best climate policy, provided they can keep things together. The most efficient way to reach the Paris Agreement's goals is to put a global price on CO2, something will require efforts from the two largest emitters in the world.US President Biden must show that his climate summit is more than just window dressing, Malin Ekman writes in an analysis in Svenska Dagbladet. The US' leading position in the world has diminished over the years, and just because Mr Biden's summit features over 40 global leaders, this does not mean that they intend to dance to his tune. Mr Biden has promised that the US should cut its CO2 emissions by half until 2030, but the question is with what credibility the US is attempting to take charge of the climate. The US' attitude towards the climate changes depending on the president, and what is being said during one president could change with the next one.

Time to move from words to action / Aftonbladet Dags att gå från ord till handling km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Time to move from words to action / Aftonbladet Dags ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Biden sharpens climate goals before summit / Biden skärper klimatmål inför toppmöte km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Biden sharpens climate goals before summit / Biden skärper klimatmål ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Joe Biden at the climate summit: Now the price is rising for not acting / Joe Biden på klimatmötet: Nu stiger priset för att inte agera km-Boras-Tidning-SE: "Joe Biden at the climate summit: Now the price is ..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate guides both countries and companies / Klimatet styr både länder och bolag km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "Climate guides both countries and companies / Klimatet styr både ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Biden at summit: US to halve emissions / Bidens klimatmöte inleds – stora klimatlöften väntas Joe Biden Publicerad 22 apr 2021 kl 11.34 km-espressen.se-SE: "Biden at summit: US to halve emissions / Bidens klimatmöte ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Joe Biden: The price of not acting is rising / Joe Biden: Priset för att inte agera stiger km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "Joe Biden: The price of not acting is rising / ..." page: 16 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

By what right does EU speak up in climate issue? / Med vilken rätt tar USA ton i klimatfrågan? km-Svenska-Dagbladet-SE: "By what right does EU speak up in climate issue? ..." page: 16 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Climate crisis - US promises to halve emissions / Rapport km-SVT1-Rapport-SE: "Climate crisis - US promises to halve emissions / Rapport..." info: SVT1 - Rapport, 2021-04-22 19:30:00, 00:00:01, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

Climate summit - important countries tighten emissions goal / Spela Nyheterna 19.00 22 april 2021 22 april 2021 km-TV4-Nyheterna-SE: "Climate summit - important countries tighten emissions goal / Spela ..." info: TV4 - Nyheterna, 2021-04-22 19:00:00, 00:00:01, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:00:00 PM CEST

EU should focus more on climate plans than climate law (editorial)

[Sweden, CLIMATE_ACTION]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

The EU should focus more on climate plans than a climate law, Joakim Broman writes in an editorial in Norran. While it is welcome that the EU now has a general direction regarding the climate, what is truly needed are plans that are based on facts and realistic analyses. Germany tends to speak warmly about offshore wind power and increased use of hydrogen, but they have yet to present any plans for how even small-scale hydrogen is to be produced fossil-free. The politicians need to focus on how the actual change of the energy systems is to take place.

Climate plan more important than a climate law / Klimatplan viktigare än en klimatlag km-Norran-SE: "Climate plan more important than a climate law / Klimatplan ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

COMPETITION

Alitalia: Italy pays salaries without notifying EU

[Italy, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

A few Italian media reports on the ongoing tug of war between Italy and the European Commission over the fate of Alitalia and its transition to the new air carrier ITA. Economic Development Minister Giancarlo Giorgetti gave its green light to a €50 million cash injection to pay overdue salaries, suppliers and fuel. In a note, the EU underlined that they only “came to know about it from newspapers”, whereas the Commission should have been notified in advance to assess whether said funds should have been considered as illegitimate state subsidies. In response, Mr Giorgetti said that “those who work must earn a salary, as provided for by Article 1 of the Italian Constitution”.

Clash with Brussels over Alitalia. Giorgetti: salaries must be paid / Strappo con Bruxelles su Alitalia Giorgetti: lo stipendio va pagato km-Messaggero-IT: "Clash with Brussels over Alitalia. Giorgetti: salaries must be paid ..." page: 14 info: by Umberto Mancini date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Alitalia, Brussels reacts with "no comment" to salary-saving measure / Alitalia, sulla norma salva stipendi Bruxelles fredda: «No comment» km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Alitalia, Brussels reacts with "no comment" to salary-saving measure / ..." page: 28 info: by —G.D. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Salaries paid without Europe's approval. EU, Italy debate over Alialia / Stipendi pagati senza il via libera Ue su Alitalia è scontro Roma-Bruxelles km-Stampa-IT: "Salaries paid without Europe's approval. EU, Italy debate over Alialia ..." page: 18 info: by Marco Bresolin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Brussels confirms it no longer supervises CGD but does not talk about indicators that have not been met

[Portugal, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 3:30:00 AM CEST

In comments to Expresso, the European Commission’s press office confirms that the Portuguese bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos is no longer under the DG Comp’s supervision, Expresso.pt reports. “The implementation period of the industrial plan ended on 31 December 2020. The implementation and monitoring process is now complete”, confirmed the Commission’s press office. "In particular, the Commission concluded that the measures were carried out on market terms and therefore there was no new aid involved in favour of the bank," concluded the press office’s response.

Brussels confirms it no longer supervises CGD but does not talk about indicators that have not been met / Bruxelas confirma que já não vigia a CGD mas sem falar de indicadores que ficaram por cumprir km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Brussels confirms it no longer supervises CGD but does not ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brussels tightens merger controls

[Spain, COMPETITION]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Expansión reports that the European Commission has armed itself with the power to scrutinise any merger, regardless of its size. That is, including those that, due to the small turnover of the acquired company, do not reach the minimum thresholds that until now were required for formal notification to the competition authorities of a member state or the European Commission, which has caused great concern among companies, who complain that this measure generates uncertainty and legal insecurity.

Brussels tightens merger controls / Bruselas endurece el control sobre las concentraciones empresariales km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Brussels tightens merger controls / Bruselas endurece el control sobre ..." page: 24 info: by J.J. GARRIDO;J. DÍAZ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Inseguridad jurídica con el nuevo control de concentraciones de la UE km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Inseguridad jurídica con el nuevo control de concentraciones de la ..." page: 47 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

CONSUMER_POLICY

Diverted flight no reason for compensation, according to CJEU

[Cyprus, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 6:17:00 AM CEST

"The mere diversion of a flight to a close-by airport does not grant a right to flat-rate compensation, however, the air carrier must, on its own initiative, offer the passenger to bear the cost of transfer either to the destination airport for which the booking was made or, where appropriate, to another close-by destination agreed with the passenger," the CJEU ruled yesterday, examining a case brought by a customer against Austrian Airlines over such an incident, online media outlets report. The Court explained that the diversion of a flight to an airport serving the same town, city or region does not grant the passenger a right to compensation for the cancellation of a flight. A passenger may be entitled to compensation when a flight is delayed by more than three hours unless it is due to an "extraordinary circumstance," the Court said.

Τι αλλάζει στις αποζημιώσεις πτήσεων km-Philenews.com-CY: "Τι αλλάζει στις αποζημιώσεις πτήσεων..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

CJEU: A passenger is not entitled to compensation due to a diversion of the flight / ΔΕΕ: Ο επιβάτης δεν δικαιούται αποζημίωση λόγω ανακατεύθυνσης πτήσης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "CJEU: A passenger is not entitled to compensation due to ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commentary: The Danish government and European Commission should not support meat and dairy product commercials

[Denmark, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

In a commentary on Altinget.dk, Head of Climate and Environmental Policy at Greenpeace in Denmark/Nordic Office Helene Hagel criticises that the European Commission has paid DKK 1.9 billion to meat and dairy product commercials between 2016-2021. According to Ms Hagel, lobby organisations apply for EU funding to promote meat and dairy products. She mentions that the organisations especially target families and young adults since they will pass on their eating habits to their children. Ms Hagel calls for the Danish government and the European Commission to stop supporting the meat and dairy product commercials, as these products are bad for the environment.

Commentary: The Danish government and European Commission should not support meat and dairy product commercials / Greenpeace: Regeringen og EU bør stoppe støtten til kød-kampagner km-altinget.dk-DK: "Commentary: The Danish government and European Commission should not support ..." date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Consumers are confident despite third Covid-19 wave

[Luxembourg, CONSUMER_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Luxemburger Wort reports in a brief article that the consumers in the eurozone are confident despite the third Covid-19 wave. The barometer for the consumer's confidence reached 8,1 points, according to the European Commission.

Consumer confidence is growing further / Verbraucherstimmung hellt sich weiter auf km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Consumer confidence is growing further / Verbraucherstimmung hellt sich weiter ..." page: 13 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

CULTURE

In readiness for the title of European Capital of Culture 2031

[Malta, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

TVM reported that three years since Valletta was crowned European Capital of Culture, there is new hope the title may once again be granted to a city in Malta for the 2031 edition. Victoria (Rabat) in Gozo and Birgu have both submitted their candidacies for the title and are actively working on a demonstration of their cultural vision and propositions. The Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation, Jason Micallef, said there are scheduled meetings with the two candidates as of September to make sure both submissions include clear and concrete proposals that portray the Maltese cultural identity within a European perspective, multiculturalism, activities, and future cultural and physical infrastructure. He said it is a long process that will be based on the Foundation’s own experience. The final decision on which European city wins the 2031 title is expected in June of 2025.

In readiness for the title of European Capital of Culture 2031 / Bdew iħejju rwieħhom biex jikkompetu għat-titlu ta’ belt tal-kultura fl-2031 km-TVM-Malta-MT: "In readiness for the title of European Capital of Culture ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-04-22 06:01:00, 00:02:10, by Massimo Axisa date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:01:00 AM CEST

Timişoara will not lose the European Capital of Culture title

[Romania, CULTURE]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

According to News.ro, the European Commission representatives stated that the withdrawal of the European Capital of Culture title for Timişoara was “highly unlikely”, during a meeting held on Wednesday, to prepare the monitoring visit from June, which Mayor of Timişoara Dominic Fritz also participated in. Timiş County Council President Alin Nica stated that Timişoara could lose this title due to the lack of financing.

Meeting with European Commission representatives on "Timişoara, European Capital of Culture": Title's withdrawal is "highly unlikely" / Şedinţă cu reprezentanţii Comisiei Europene pe tema ”Timişoara Capitală Culturală Europeană”: Retragerea titlului este ”extrem de improbabilă” km-news.ro-RO: "Meeting with European Commission representatives on "Timişoara, European Capital of ..." info: by Liliana Iedu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

CUSTOMS

Court of Justice rules transport costs shall not be included in customs value of imported goods

[Lithuania, CUSTOMS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

15min.lt and Delfi.lt write that the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the customs value of imported goods shall not include transport costs incurred by their producer, even if they exceed the price actually paid by the purchaser but correspond to the real value of those goods. According to the Court, transport costs may be added to the transaction value of the imported goods when they are transported free of charge or by the importer but not when the obligation to bear those costs lies with the manufacturer of the goods under the agreed delivery terms.

Court of Justice rules transport costs shall not be included in customs value of imported goods / ES teismas: pervežimo išlaidos neturi būti įtraukos į importuotų prekių muitinę vertę km-15min.lt-LT: "Court of Justice rules transport costs shall not be included ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Court of Justice rules transport costs shall not be included in customs value of imported goods / ES teismas: pervežimo išlaidos neturi būti įtraukos į importuotų prekių muitinę vertę km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Court of Justice rules transport costs shall not be included ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

DIGITAL_ECONOMY

Executive Vice-President Vestager: "Europe should choose its own digital path"

[Austria, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:55:00 AM CEST

At a virtual meeting hosted by Viennese press association Concordia on Thursday, Executive Vice-President Vestager talked about the European Commission's digitalisation offensive, Wiener Zeitung, krone.at and derstandard.at report. She stressed that the EU had chosen a different path than the US and China, adding that the legal framework for the digital transformation had to reflect EU values. The European Commission had proposed a draft for strict rules for the use of artificial intelligence that bans most surveillance measures, she said. "We are the first to establish legal standards for this field," said EVP Vestager. According to Wiener Zeitung, authorities argue increasingly vehemently that they need biometric data for security reasons, surveillance in public spaces or defence against terrorism. This wish has now even reached the European Commission: according to a leaked document, biometric long-distance identification of people in public places should be allowed under certain conditions. However, experts warn that scanning, measuring and saving data on physical characteristics marks a dangerous step towards mass surveillance that poses a huge risk to freedom and human rights.

KI-Regulierung: Staatliche Überwachung bleibt erlaubt – aber mit Regeln km-Derstandard.at-AT: "KI-Regulierung: Staatliche Überwachung bleibt erlaubt – aber mit Regeln..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Digitalisierung muss Werte der EU widerspiegeln km-krone.at-AT: "Digitalisierung muss Werte der EU widerspiegeln..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager: "Europe should choose its own digital path" / EU-Kommissarin Vestager: "Europa soll eigenen digitalen Weg gehen“ km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Executive Vice-President Vestager: "Europe should choose its own digital path" ..." page: 1,9 info: by Bernd Vasari date: Friday, April 23, 2021

More protection for biometric data / Mehr Schutz für biometrische Daten km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "More protection for biometric data / Mehr Schutz für biometrische ..." page: 11 info: by Monika Jonasch date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Austria to spend €1.4 billion to expand broadband network

[Austria, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

Austria's federal government announced on Wednesday that it intends to invest €1.4 billion in the expansion of digital infrastructure, Kurier, Die Presse, Heute and radio channel Ö1 report. €891 million will come from the EU's resilience fund. The plan is to equip the entire country with gigabit-fast internet connections by 2030. The new broadband funding guidelines have been sent out for consultation, said Minister Köstinger, who is responsible for the expansion. Together with municipalities and telecom providers, these guidelines will now be worked out in detail before being sent to Brussels for notification.

EU spendiert eine Breitband-Milliarde km-Heute-Austria-AT: "EU spendiert eine Breitband-Milliarde..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Austria to spend €1.4 billion to expand broadband network / 1,4 Milliarden für Breitbandausbau in Österreich km-Kurier-AT: "Austria to spend €1.4 billion to expand broadband network / ..." page: 25 info: by Barbara Wimmer date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Mittagsjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Mittagsjournal..." info: 2021-04-22 12:00:00, 12:00:00, by Volker Obermayr date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 PM CEST

1,4 Milliarden Euro für digitale Infrastruktur km-Presse-Austria-AT: "1,4 Milliarden Euro für digitale Infrastruktur..." page: 18 info: by Matthias Auer date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The EU wants to become a global AI hub

[Belgium, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

RTBF La Première reports that the EU wants to become a global artificial intelligence (AI) hub, while also avoiding AI excesses. It wants to facilitate the technology's deployment in promising sectors, which is important for Europe to not fall behind and become dependent on the US and China. The European Commission wants to create an AI framework to gain citizens' trust: the more the use of AI is considered a risk, the stricter the rules will be. Some uses will even be prohibited. Executive Vice-President Vestager cites the example of a social scoring system that would rank people based on their social behaviour.

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 09:00 - Journal Parlé 09h00 - The EU wants to become a global AI hub / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 09:00 - Journal Parlé 09h00 - L'Union européenne veut devenir un pôle mondial de l'intelligence artificielle km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 09:00 - Journal Parlé 09h00 - The ..." info: Journal Parlé 09h00, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:01:35, by Calderon date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

European Commission proposes new rules on AI

[Croatia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has proposed new rules on using what it calls reliable artificial intelligence, and if this goal is achieved, the EU will become a world leader in incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into the legal framework, Jutarnji list and Poslovni dnevnik write. The Commission also proposes a plan coordinated with EU member states in order to ensure that fundamental human rights are respected, while allowing companies to use AI for increasing investment and innovation in digital development. According to Executive Vice-President Vestager, trust in AI is imperative. “By setting standards, we can pave the way for the development of ethical technology in the world, while maintaining the EU’s competitiveness. Our rules are future- and innovation-oriented and will only be applied when the fundamental rights and security of EU citizens are at stake,” Executive VP Vestager said. Meanwhile, Commissioner Breton believes that AI presents a means, not an end. “[AI] will bring huge potential in areas such as health, transport, energy, agriculture, tourism or cybersecurity. Today's proposals seek to strengthen Europe's position as a world centre of excellence in the field of artificial intelligence,” Commissioner Breton said while presenting the proposal.

EU postaje predvodnik u sprečavanju policije da koristi umjetnu inteligenciju km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "EU postaje predvodnik u sprečavanju policije da koristi umjetnu inteligenciju..." page: 16 info: by Augustin Palokaj date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU uredba o AI prilika je za nove hrvatske jednoroge km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "EU uredba o AI prilika je za nove hrvatske jednoroge..." page: 3 info: by L.Š. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission plans to regulate AI

[Czech Republic, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 5:08:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has proposed the first ever legal framework on AI, which should help limit the negative impact of manipulative and surveillance technologies, reports novinky.cz. The regulation mainly focuses on face recognition systems, which are considered to be a threat to people´s privacy. The EU would like to introduce international standards and high fines for their breach. „On Artificial Intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice to have. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted,“ said Commissioner Vestager. The article highlights that technologies helping in healthcare and transport sectors or in crime prevention should not be affected by the regulation.

European Commission plans to regulate AI / EK chystá regulaci umělé inteligence, omezí rozpoznávání obličejů km-novinky.cz-CZ: "European Commission plans to regulate AI / EK chystá regulaci ..." info: by CTK date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Executive Vice-President Vestager wants to pounce on unacceptable use of artificial intelligence

[Denmark, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:15:00 AM CEST

Berlingske reports that the European Commission presented its framework for legislation on artificial intelligence (AI), which contains the proposal to introduce large fines for companies that violate the rules. Executive Vice-President Vestager says that trust is necessary when it comes to AI, as some systems can present a threat to the safety, rights and livelihoods of citizens. She adds that there is an urgent need for regulations, as well as a ban on unacceptable technologies. Business organisations approve of a collective framework, but fear that member states may interpret the rules differently, and that the framework may become too restrictive and limit the competitive position of companies in the EU.

Executive Vice-President Vestager wants to pounce on unacceptable use of artificial intelligence / Vestager vil slå hårdt ned på uacceptabel brug af kunstig intelligens km-Berlingske-Tidende-DK: "Executive Vice-President Vestager wants to pounce on unacceptable use of ..." page: 9 info: by Thomas Breinstrup date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission receives criticism for proposal on AI regulation

[Denmark, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 6:39:00 AM CEST

Altinget.dk reports that the European Commission has been criticised for its proposal for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI). The business community is concerned about documentation requirements, including the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Chamber of Commerce. However, both organisations believe it is positive that the European Commission wants to regulate the use of AI. In addition, privacy activists wanted the proposal to support a ban on several controversial uses of AI. According to the proposal, the European Commission wants to divide the use of AI into four risk levels with corresponding requirements and restrictions.

The European Commission receives criticism for proposal on AI regulation / Erhvervsliv: EU-regler om kunstig intelligens kan "kvæle" teknologiens muligheder km-altinget.dk-DK: "The European Commission receives criticism for proposal on AI regulation ..." date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Regulation for AI: "Trust is a must"

[Finland, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Kauppalehti and Talouselämä report that the European Commission is proposing strict regulations for AI. Big Brother-type systems would be banned. The Commission's AI regulation proposal wants to ensure people's safety and fundamental rights. The clear rules aim to increase the use of AI and related investments. One central aspect of the regulation proposal is transparency. People must know when AI is part of a product and they must be able to trust systems. Executive Vice President Vestager said in a press release that "On artificial intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice-to-have." Another Kauppalehti article reports that the AI regulation proposal was leaked last week and Petri Myllymäki, deputy director of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and a Professor at the University of Helsinki, commented on it stating that the regulation has a lot of good in it but the FCAI has a few major concerns. One concern is how AI is defined. The regulation would be limited to certain types of digital systems defined as AI but, according to Professor Myllymäki, AI is near impossible to define. He thinks it is good the regulation does not regulate the technology but high-risk use of technology. Another FCAI concern relates to the application of the regulation, which should not limit technological development or European economic development. Professor Myllymäki thinks it would be better to build such regulation piece by piece and not in one overarching regulation.

Suomen tekoälykeskus kritisoi etukäteen tekoälyn asetusluonnosta - ”Pari isoa huolta meillä on” km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Suomen tekoälykeskus kritisoi etukäteen tekoälyn asetusluonnosta - ”Pari isoa huolta ..." page: 15 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Regulation for AI: "Trust is a must" / Tekoälylle on tulossa säännöt - "Luotettavuus on välttämätön edellytys" km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Regulation for AI: "Trust is a must" / Tekoälylle on ..." page: 14 info: by n/a date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Tekoälylle tulossa tiukat säännöt – "Luotettavuus on välttämätön edellytys, ei lisäominaisuus” km-Talouselama-FI: "Tekoälylle tulossa tiukat säännöt – "Luotettavuus on välttämätön edellytys, ei ..." page: 14 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The European Commission has presented its draft of AI rules

[Germany, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:38:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the new regulations which the European Commission plans to place on AI.The European Commission is working on regulations for AI, Handelsblatt reports. The EU wants to become an attractive place for providers of AI, catch up with the US and China, and shape the global rules for the technology. The regulation is intended to provide the impetus for all of this. The text has been praised from many sides. However, the European Commission's proposal still contains conflict potential because it makes exceptions to the rules on facial recognition in public spaces. The US has a strong interest in close coordination with Europe. The US has praised the project, while liberals have criticised it.In a commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Jannis Brühl points out that amid the debate on the controversial role of AI, the European Commission has presented its draft AI rules. They bear the signature of Executive Vice-President Vestager and Commissioner Breton, who want to regulate the relationship between humans and machines in favour of humans. They have placed the question of trust at the centre. The planned penalties are so high that even corporations are unlikely to take risks. The European Commission also wants to divide AI into risk classes. However, the vision of Commissioner Breton and EVP Vestager has been watered down by police and corporate lobbyists. The European Commission must counteract this and take its concept to a global level, the author urges.

Gesichtserkennung durch die Hintertür? km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Gesichtserkennung durch die Hintertür?..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

On AI regulation: Rules for the invisible / Regeln für das Unsichtbare km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On AI regulation: Rules for the invisible / Regeln für ..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commissioner Breton: AI in Europe should respect European values

[Hungary, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Magyar Nemzet reports in detail on the Commission’s new proposal on rules on Artificial Intelligence. Magyar Nemzet describes the four risk categories, such as unacceptable, high, limited and minimal, set up by the Commission and reports on the proposed rules for each of them. Commissioner Breton is quoted by Magyar Nemzet as saying, “AI is a means, not an end. It offers immense potential in diverse areas but it also presents a number of risks.” Commissioner Breton said the Commission’s proposals aim to ensure that AI in Europe respects European values and rules, but allow the harnessing of AI’s potential for industrial use.

Strict approach to artificial intelligence / Szigor a mesterséges intelligenciára km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Strict approach to artificial intelligence / Szigor a mesterséges intelligenciára..." page: 15 info: by Somogyi Orsolya date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commission presents proposal for AI regulation

[Slovakia, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 5:12:00 AM CEST

Hospodárske noviny daily draws attention to the Proposal for a Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence (AI) as presented by the European Commission. The daily writes that while the Proposal explicitly bans several technologies that might threaten human rights, it is about to impose strict restrictions on others. The daily mentions that banned technologies include, for example, social credit scoring or facial recognition. Failure to comply with the rules will result in a fine, the daily adds.

Artificial intelligence regulation counts with bans and fines / Regulácia umelej inteligencie počíta so zákazmi aj s pokutami km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Artificial intelligence regulation counts with bans and fines / Regulácia ..." page: 9 info: by Sára Mazúchová date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU limits the use of artificial intelligence in cyber security

[Spain, DIGITAL_ECONOMY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the European Commission has proposed a new regulation on artificial intelligence (AI) that includes a ban on most mass surveillance systems, including remote biometric identification, and reinforced controls for "high-risk" uses. The European Union is committed to the green and digital wave to transform the European economy and one of the key elements will be the development and use of artificial intelligence, which offers "enormous potential" in areas such as health, transport, energy, tourism and cybersecurity, but which entails risks to privacy and fundamental rights and a great deal of mistrust. The plan, the first to be put forward by Brussels in this area with the aim of setting international standards in the AI sector and strengthening the European position, is based on a risk-based approach, explained Executive Vice-President Vestager. "The greater the risk that artificial intelligence can bring to our lives, the stronger and stricter the standard will be," she said.

Europa ha propuesto varias restricciones a la inteligencia artificial. Por ejemplo, quiere prohibir el reconocimiento facial en los espacios públicos. El objetivo es que se dejen de registrar nuestros datos para utilizarlos en favor de gobiernos o km-La-Sexta-ES: "Europa ha propuesto varias restricciones a la inteligencia artificial. Por ..." info: La sexta noticias 2º edicion, 2021-04-22 20:32:00, 00:01:43, by CRISTINA SAAVEDRA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:32:00 PM CEST

La UE limita el uso de la inteligencia artificial en ciberseguridad km-Periodico-ES: "La UE limita el uso de la inteligencia artificial en ..." page: 44 info: by Silvia Martinez date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS

Polish government in dispute over money from EU recovery fund

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

A dispute has erupted in Poland over the use of money from the EU recovery fund, reports Die Presse. Due to the opposition of Solidarity Poland (SP), its smaller coalition partner, the Polish ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) has to rely on the opposition to pass its plans. However, the opposition is making demands that are too high, which is why Deputy Prime Minister Kaczyński is now threatening his coalition partner with new elections. PiS itself is partly to blame for the situation. Vice-Premier Kaczyński's threat of a veto of the EU budget has led to a situation where the SP's MPs are not willing to budge from their previous negotiating position and do not want to agree to the compromise brokered by German Chancellor Merkel.

Polish government in dispute over money from EU recovery fund / Milliarden aus Brüssel zerreißen Polens Regierung km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Polish government in dispute over money from EU recovery fund ..." page: 3 info: by Paul Flückiger date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Contributing article on Austria's plans for the recovery fund: How can economic comeback be achieved?

[Austria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

Austria has submitted its plans for the use of money from the Next Generation EU recovery fund and has presented a national comeback plan, writes economist Hanno Lorenz in a contributing article in Die Presse. The European Commission's winter forecast proves that this plan is necessary, he says. Mr Lorenz praises some aspects of the planned measures, but says that solutions to structural problems that have existed in the country for some time are still lacking.

How can economic comeback be achieved? / Wie gelingt das Comeback? km-Presse-Austria-AT: "How can economic comeback be achieved? / Wie gelingt das ..." page: 25 info: by Hanno Lorenz date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Opinion piece on the European economic recovery: The difference between Frankfurt and Ottawa

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

Several newspapers share stories involving the ECB. De Standaard's Ruben Mooijman compares the Canadian and European monetary policies. While the Bank of Canada announced a more restrictive policy as of next week, ECB President Lagarde is not ready to take that step. Canada is the first Western country to go down that road, arguing that as the vaccination campaign is well underway, better times are coming. President Lagarde believes that the euro area still needs a huge amount of support. While she expects some economic recovery in 2021, she still fears that Covid-19 variants will be an issue. The ECB predicts 4% growth in the euro area this year, while Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem expects 6.5% on home turf. Still, there are voices in Frankfurt that call on the ECB to at least consider the Canadian approach. On a related note, L'Echo writes that the markets reacted very calmly to the ECB's announcement about the continuation of the anti-crisis programme. In June, the ECB will publish updated economic forecasts. De Tijd adds that President Lagarde believes in economic recovery in Q2. She mentions that the vaccination campaigns contribute to clearer skies. She repeats that the phasing out of the support measures will depend on the figures.

Markets remain calm after ECB's status quo statement / Les marchés restent zen après le statu quo de la BCE km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "Markets remain calm after ECB's status quo statement / Les ..." page: 23 info: by Nesba date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Key interest rate in euro area stays at record low levels / Leitzins im Euroraum bleibt auf Rekordtief km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Key interest rate in euro area stays at record low ..." page: 19 info: by SCHMITZ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB clams euro down / La BCE calme l'euro km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "ECB clams euro down / La BCE calme l'euro..." page: 30 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The difference between Frankfurt and Ottawa / Het verschil tussen Frankfurt en Ottawa km-Standaard-BE: "The difference between Frankfurt and Ottawa / Het verschil tussen ..." page: 18 info: by Mooijman date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Lagarde sees economic recovery in Q2 / Lagarde ziet economisch herstel vanaf tweede kwartaal km-Tijd-BE: "Lagarde sees economic recovery in Q2 / Lagarde ziet economisch ..." page: 4 info: by Vervenne date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU member states' sovereign debt reaches unseen levels

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

De Morgen and Grenz Echo announce that Covid-19 has a tremendous impact on the EU member states' sovereign debt levels and budgetary deficits. De Morgen notes that Eurostat figures show that the EU's deficit reached 6.9% of the GDP in 2020, up from 0.5% in 2019. All member states posted a deficit in 2020. Belgium had the fifth-worst figures, only "beaten" by Spain, Malta, Greece and Italy. The overall sovereign debt of the EU member states, which had been on a downward trend since 2014, went up to 90.7% of the GDP.

Sovereign debt: Belgium is a bad pupil / Staatsschulden: Belgien ist "schlechter Schüler" km-Grenz-Echo-BE: "Sovereign debt: Belgium is a bad pupil / Staatsschulden: Belgien ..." page: 4 info: by mv/dpa date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU member states' sovereign debt reaches unseen levels / Overheidsschuld EU-landen op recordhoogte km-Morgen-BE: "EU member states' sovereign debt reaches unseen levels / Overheidsschuld ..." page: 5 info: by Belga date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The post-Covid-19 era will not be an economic party

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

Trends warns that people should not expect the post-Covid-19 era to be an economic growth fest. Odds are the European economic party will remain sober and modest. Europe could again stumble over the obstacles that also hindered faster growth pre-Covid-19. Economist Peter Vanden Houte says the structural weaknesses have not disappeared. Economist William De Vijlder notes that the IMF predicts a 1.3% growth for the euro area by 2026, not exactly the roaring twenties. It is also doubtful that European governments will want to save money or reform their economy. Besides that, Europe's €750 billion recovery fund is small potatoes compared to the US' plans. Mr De Vijlder thinks the funds is being deployed too slowly, and must achieve results.

Welcome to the timid twenties / Welkom in de timide twenties km-Trends-Belgium-BE: "Welcome to the timid twenties / Welkom in de timide ..." page: 28-34 info: by Killemaes date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Opinion: The Belgian recovery plan is underwhelming

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

Trends' Alain Mouton comments on the Belgian €5.9 billion recovery plan, which according to the Federal Planning Bureau only creates 4,000 jobs. State secretary Thomas Dermine explains that these figures only include direct jobs from approved projects. He hopes for additional investments by the regions and adds that the recovery plan should draw the private sector in as well. Mr Mouton finds this underwhelming. Moreover, Belgium will benefit from Germany's and France's recovery plans as well. However, Mr Mouton points out that more is needed, not extra cash but structural economic reforms, as the European Commission demands. This means reforms in the labour market, strengthening the digital skills of jobseekers and school-going youths, administrative simplification, and removing barriers for entry into the product and services market. Mr Mouton concludes that our governments must work on that in the coming months.

Reforms are driving the recovery / Hervormingen stuwen de relance km-Trends-Belgium-BE: "Reforms are driving the recovery / Hervormingen stuwen de relance..." page: 12 info: by MOUTON date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Portugal is the first EU country to submit its recovery plan to Brussels

[Belgium, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Multiple sources cover Portugal's national recovery plan. Lalibre.be writes that Portugal, which is currently holding the rotating presidency, is the first EU country to have officially submitted its national recovery plan to the European Commission. The latter now has two months to approve it and unlock the financing from the €750 billion EU recovery fund. President von der Leyen declared: “I welcome Portugal’s relaunch and resilience plan, which is the first one to be officially submitted to the Commission. Our objective is still to adopt all plans by the summer.” Ten member states still have to ratify the €750 billion recovery fund, including Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria and Finland. Soir Première notes that the German Federal Constitutional Court reached a positive decision on the case against the common debt programme.

Portugal is the first EU country to submit its recovery plan to Brussels / Le Portugal, premier pays de l'UE à avoir déposé son plan de relance à Bruxelles km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Portugal is the first EU country to submit its recovery ..." info: by AFP date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU debt rose by more than €1 trillion in 2020

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, Bulgaria is in the top 3 in the EU in terms of the lowest government debt and the smallest budget deficit, several media report. At the end of 2020, the country's government debt was 25% of GDP, compared to 20.2% a year earlier. The increase is due to government bonds issued on international markets in September 2020, amounting to €2.5 billion. Only Estonia and Luxembourg are ahead of Bulgaria, with 18.2% and 24.9%, respectively. Bulgaria's budget deficit for 2020 was 3.4% of GDP, which put it only behind Denmark and Sweden. The Covid-19 crisis has led to an increase in the debts and budget deficits of all EU countries. As a result, the EU's total liabilities increased from 77.5% to 90.7% of GDP. In just one year, the total debt of EU countries increased by €1.2 trillion and exceeded €12 trillion.

България пак трета в ЕС по най-нисък дълг, само 0,1% ни дели от второто място km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "България пак трета в ЕС по най-нисък дълг, само 0,1% ..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

За година правителственият дълг в ЕС скочи с над 1.2 трлн. евро km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "За година правителственият дълг в ЕС скочи с над 1.2 ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Дългът на ЕС нарасна с над 1 трилион евро през кризисната 2020 г. km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Дългът на ЕС нарасна с над 1 трилион евро през ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Държавният ни дълг гони 30 млрд. лева km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "Държавният ни дълг гони 30 млрд. лева..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

България в топ три по малък дълг и дефицит km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "България в топ три по малък дълг и дефицит..." page: 19 info: by Стефан КЮЧУКОВ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission issues additional guidelines for national recovery plans

[Bulgaria, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

The European Commission made additional guidelines as to what it expects from the national recovery and resilience plans, Monitor daily reports. The Commission noted it would assess the plans according to 11 criteria, including the fulfilment of its recommendations for economic reforms to it sends member states every year. The Commission encourages EU countries to allocate funds to new processing technologies, refurbishment of public buildings, improvement of public transport, digitalisation of judiciary systems, health care and education, and e-governance. The goal of the guidelines is to avoid discrepancies in advance. The institution reiterated that 30 April was not the deadline for submission of the plans but expected member states to send them as soon as possible. The Commission told Trud daily delaying the submission of the plans by any member state would also delay the allocation of funds they applied for.

ЕК обяви как ще се раздават парите за кризата km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "ЕК обяви как ще се раздават парите за кризата..." page: 13 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Политическото пъчене спъва България за средства от ЕС km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Политическото пъчене спъва България за средства от ЕС..." page: 12 info: by БЛАГОВЕСТ БЕНИШЕВ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

General government revenues sank HRK12.5 billion, expenditures grew 8.6%

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

The general government generated a consolidated deficit of HRK27.5 billion, or 7.4% of GDP in 2020, with the consolidated general government debt also increasing, according to a report on which the national statistical office released on Thursday, Poslovni dnevnik and Večernji list report. The deficit thus ended a three-year streak of surplus, Index and Tportal report. The general government budget deficit occurred in 2020 mostly due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic for the national economy, which required the government’s support measures to offset the impact. The consolidated government debt in 2020 reached HRK329.7 billion or 88.7% of GDP after that debt had gradually decreased for several years, the State Bureau of Statistics (DZS) said in the report. The general government debt increased by HRK36.8 billion in 2020 or 12.6% year on year, with HRK32.8 billion being net loans and the remainder attributed to the depreciation of the kuna currency exchange rate against the euro, DZS says in the report. Noticeable deterioration in fiscal metrics will not prevent Croatia from being able to enter the eurozone, as the European Commission plans to extend the period for tolerating looser budget rules until 2022 without the risk of entering the excessive deficit procedure. Slobodna Dalmacija reports that almost all EU countries in 2020 exceeded the allowed budget deficits due to measures designed to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Eurostat says, putting Croatia in a group of countries with the highest deficit expressed as the share of deficit in GDP.

Eurostat: Hrvatska je među zemljama EU s najvećim proračunskim manjkom km-Index.hr-HR: "Eurostat: Hrvatska je među zemljama EU s najvećim proračunskim manjkom..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Proračunski minus ipak nešto manji od predviđanja km-Novi-List-HR: "Proračunski minus ipak nešto manji od predviđanja..." page: 4 info: by J. Marić date: Friday, April 23, 2021

General government revenues sank HRK12.5 billion, expenditures grew 8.6% / Prihodi opće države potonuli 12,5 milijardi, rashodi rasli 8,6% km-Poslovni-dnevnik-HR: "General government revenues sank HRK12.5 billion, expenditures grew 8.6% / ..." page: 1 info: by Jadranka Dozan date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Hrvatska među zemljama EU-as najvećim deficitom km-Slobodna-Dalmacija-HR: "Hrvatska među zemljama EU-as najvećim deficitom..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Hrvatska među zemljama EU-a s najvećim proračunskim manjkom u 2020. km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Hrvatska među zemljama EU-a s najvećim proračunskim manjkom u 2020...." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Javni dug zbog korone nikad viši: 329 milijardi kuna, 88,7% BDP-a km-Vecernji-List-HR: "Javni dug zbog korone nikad viši: 329 milijardi kuna, 88,7% ..." page: 3 info: by Ljubica Gatarić date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Vaccination is currently Europe’s most important economic policy”

[Croatia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Lider, ahead of the hybrid conference co-organised by the European Commission Representation in Croatia with the title “Croatian Road to the euro,” Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis speaks about Croatia’s performance in the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II) and other criteria Croatia still needs to fulfil. “First of all, I would like to commend Croatia for its progress on the road to the euro. Membership in the eurozone will place Croatia at the heart of the EU and its decision-making process. Croatia will join the eurozone once it meets all convergence criteria, including price stability, sound public finances and long-term interest rates. It is important to note that the Stability and Growth Pact has not been suspended and that the emergency clause contained in it was activated in March last year, allowing members to deviate from the usual budgetary constraints. Preliminary indicators suggest that the clause will be extended for the following year and repealed in 2023. For some practical advice, I would emphasise the need to develop a robust National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), which is a central element of Croatia's preparations for eurozone membership. The European Commission will do its utmost to ensure that all NRRPs are of high quality and completed quickly so that pay-outs can begin. The experience brought by the Next Generation EU mechanism will be an important factor in the debate on its possible continuation,” Executive VP Dombrovskis says.

Interview with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Vaccination is currently Europe’s most important economic policy” / Cijepljenje je trenutačno najvažnija europska ekonomska politika km-Lider-HR: "Interview with Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis: “Vaccination is currently Europe’s most ..." page: 16 info: by Vanja Figenwald date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Government deficit and debt increase in EU due to Covid-19 pandemic, Eurostat shows

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

In 2020, the government deficit of both the eurozone and the EU increased significantly compared with 2019, as did the government debt, due to the measures adopted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Philenews, Alithia and Haravgi report citing Eurostat, based on figures reported by the EU member states in the first notification in 2021 for the excessive deficit procedure. In particular, the government deficit to GDP ratio rose from 0.6% in 2019 to 7.2% in 2020 in the eurozone and from 0.% to 6.9% in the EU. Similarly, the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 83.9% at the end of 2019 to 98.0% at the end of 2020 in the eurozone and from 77.5% to 90.7% in the EU. In Cyprus, the deficit was at -5.7% from a surplus of 1.5% in 2019 and debt increased to 118.2% of GDP, from 94% in 2019. In 2020, all member states reported a deficit, according to Eurostat.

Έλλειμα 5,7% του ΑΕΠ και χρέος 118,2% το 2020 km-Alithia-CY: "Έλλειμα 5,7% του ΑΕΠ και χρέος 118,2% το 2020..." page: 13 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

€24.8 billion government debt while deficit is expected for this year / 24,8 δισ. ευρώ δημοσιονομικό χρέος, ενώ για φέτος αναμένεται δημοσιονομικό έλλειμμα km-Haravgi-CY: "€24.8 billion government debt while deficit is expected for this ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Public deficit and increasing debt due to the pandemic / Δημόσιο έλλειμμα και αύξηση χρέους λόγω Πανδημίας km-Philenews.com-CY: "Public deficit and increasing debt due to the pandemic / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

President von der Leyen welcomes first national recovery and resilience plan officially submitted by Portugal

[Cyprus, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

President von der Leyen welcomed yesterday the first recovery and resilience plan officially submitted to the European Commission by Portugal, saying that goal remains to adopt all national plans by the summer, which will allow for the first payments to be made, Sigmalive reports. The Commission will now have to assess the plan within the next two months and the plan will be then submitted to the Council for its approval. Sigmalive recalls that the EU Recovery and Resilience Plan is subject to the entry into force of the Own Resources Decision, which must first be approved by all member states. Thus far, 10 EU member states still need to ratify the decision, including Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Hungaria, Austria and Finland.

Portugal: The first country to submit a national recovery plan to Brussels / Πορτογαλία: Η 1η χώρα που υποβάλλει στις Βρυξέλλες εθνικό σχέδιο ανάκαμψης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Portugal: The first country to submit a national recovery plan ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ECB keeps monetary policy unchanged

[Czech Republic, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 4:24:00 AM CEST

Daily Právo reports that the European Central Bank kept its loose monetary policy unchanged at its meeting yesterday. Last month, the ECB decided to accelerate money printing in the subsequent quarter. The key interest rate remains at zero.

News in brief / Krátce km-Pravo-CZ: "News in brief / Krátce..." page: 16 info: by (čtk) date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Central Bank maintains monetary policy

[Denmark, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 6:28:00 AM CEST

B.T. reports the European Central Bank's announcement that it will maintain its current monetary policy, which includes a record-low interest rate of -0.50% and the pandemic emergency purchase programme. Economists reportedly did not expect any changes due to the ECB increasing the Covid-19 recovery package in December.

European Central Bank maintains monetary policy / ECB holder fast i rekordlav rente km-BT-Dk-DK: "European Central Bank maintains monetary policy / ECB holder fast ..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund

[Estonia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

The opposition Conservative People's Party (EKRE) has entered into Riigikogu proceedings 700 proposals to amend and to block the European recovery plan approvment bill, several sources report. "Rumor has it EKRE has blocked the approval of the EU recovery fund that stands to bring Estonia ca €1 billion by putting forward around 700 empty amendment proposals," Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) wrote on social media. Head of EKRE Riigikogu group Henn Põlluaas says that the recovery fund principle sees the EU move toward federalization and that the package entails various dangers. "We want the EU to remain a union of sovereign states and for decision-making capacity to remain in member state capitals, which is why we have introduced a host of amendment proposals," Mr Põlluaas explained.

EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund / EKRE blokeerib Euroopast taasteraha saamist km-Postimees-EE: "EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund ..." page: 5 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund / EKRE blokeerib Euroopast taasteraha saamist: «See on vaimuhaige projekt» km-Postimees-Online-EE: "EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund / EKRE asus 700 muudatusettepanekuga Euroopa taasterahastut blokeerima km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "EKRE introduces 700 amendment proposals to block EU recovery fund ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU Recovery Plan: time to submit national recovery plans

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:33:00 AM CEST

L’Opinion reports that Portugal is the first member state which has submitted its project of national recovery plan to Brussels. “Our goal remains to adopt all plans by the summer,” President von der Leyen welcomed yesterday. “For the first payments to be made, we need all member states to have approved the Own Resources Decision. I am confident that all will be in place by the summer,” President von der Leyen further stressed. Member states have until the end of the month to submit their own plan. The Netherlands already said that it will be late because it has no government yet. L’Opinion details how the plans will be examined as well as approuved. It also recalls the EU Recovery Plan must be validated by all the national parliaments of the 27 member states.

Portugal, first country to submit its recovery plan to Brussels / Le Portugal, premier pays à avoir déposé son plan de relance à Bruxelles km-Echos-FR: "Portugal, first country to submit its recovery plan to Brussels ..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Italian recovery plan: Draghi's priorities and objectives / Plan de relance italien : les priorités et objectifs de Draghi km-Echos-FR: "Italian recovery plan: Draghi's priorities and objectives / Plan de ..." page: 7 info: by Olivier Tosseri date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Why America is moving faster than Europe / Pourquoi l'Amérique va plus vite que l'Europe km-Echos-FR: "Why America is moving faster than Europe / Pourquoi l'Amérique ..." page: 1,9 info: by Jean-Marc Vittori date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal, first to submit its plan / Le Portugal, premier à rendre son plan km-Figaro-FR: "Portugal, first to submit its plan / Le Portugal, premier ..." page: 23 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

A vicious circle / Un cercle vicieux km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: "A vicious circle / Un cercle vicieux..." page: 17 info: by JEANCHRISTOPHE date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Biden shocks, Macron lacks energy / Biden secoue, Macron mou du genou km-Marianne-FR: "Biden shocks, Macron lacks energy / Biden secoue, Macron mou ..." page: 24,25 info: by Louis Hausalter date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU Recovery Plan: time to submit its homework / Plan de relance européen: l'heure de la remise des copies km-Opinion-FR: "EU Recovery Plan: time to submit its homework / Plan ..." page: 7 info: by Gilles Sengès date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB considers it premature to reduce its support to the economy

[France, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports on the ECB’s monetary policy, by providing several statements of ECB President Christine Lagarde during a press conference yesterday. “We did not discuss any phasing out of the Pandemic Emergency Purchasing Programme (PEPP) because it is simply premature.” “Phasing out monetary support will depend on data and not on a defined calendar,” she underlined. President Lagarde also insisted on the risks weighing on the economy on the short term, even if an improvement of the situation is possible on the mid-term, thanks to vaccination campaigns and important measures for budgetary recovery. “We still have a long way to go for the economy to become sustainable,” President Lagarde pointed out.

ECB considers it premature to reduce its support to the economy / La BCE estime prématurée une réduction de son soutien à l'économie km-Echos-FR: "ECB considers it premature to reduce its support to the ..." page: 27 info: by Guillaume Benoit date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB sticks to its accommodating policy line / La BCE campe sur sa ligne stratégique accommodante km-Figaro-FR: "ECB sticks to its accommodating policy line / La BCE ..." page: 22 info: by Armelle Bohineust date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB sees no reason for tightening of its monetary policy

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:59:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of the monetary policy of the ECB.At her press conference on Thursday, President of the ECB Lagarde confirmed that the ECB would keep its measures unchanged, but accelerate bond purchases under PEPP, and insisted that talks of tapering aid were premature. She made clear that unlike the US Federal Reserve and the Canadian Central Bank, the ECB has absolutely no reason to even seriously consider tightening monetary policy. "Letting the bond purchases run out was not an issue and would be premature," President Lagarde stressed time and again in her report on the previous meeting of the Governing Council.

EZB bleibt in Alarmbereitschaft km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "EZB bleibt in Alarmbereitschaft..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Geld drucken gegen die Krise km-Berliner-Zeitung-DE: "Geld drucken gegen die Krise..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Warme Worte von Lagarde km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Warme Worte von Lagarde..." page: 15 info: by Gerald Braunberger date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Die EZB hält an ihrem Krisenkurs fest km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Die EZB hält an ihrem Krisenkurs fest..." page: 23 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Lagardes Lob für Annalena Baerbock km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Lagardes Lob für Annalena Baerbock..." page: 34 info: by F.W date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Zu früh für höhere Zinsen km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Zu früh für höhere Zinsen..." page: 19 info: by M.Z date: Friday, April 23, 2021

National debt in the EU skyrocketed in 2020, according to Eurostat

[Germany, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:29:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of national debts in the EU.On Tuesday, Eurostat published that national debt in the EU skyrocketed in 2020, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. Accordingly, the average debt ratio went up from 83.9% of GDP in 2019 to 98.0% in the euro area and to 90.7% in the EU. In absolute figures, the jump translates into €12.1 trillion. In Germany, where the rate fell just below the Maastricht reference value of 60% for the first time in 2019 at 59.7% of GDP, it rose by ten points to 69.8%. Since Brussels regards the Covid-19 pandemic as an extraordinary event within the meaning of the EU Stability Pact, the EU Commission has suspended the pact until the coming year, which has enabled the racking up of debt.

€12.1 trillion of national debt in the EU / 12,1 Billionen Euro Staatsschulden in der EU km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "€12.1 trillion of national debt in the EU / 12,1 ..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU-Staatsschulden erheblich gestiegen km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "EU-Staatsschulden erheblich gestiegen..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal is the first country to officially table its Recovery and Resilience Plan

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Several media report that Portugal is the first country to table its national plan in the framework of the Recovery Fund. Particularly, the Portuguese government tabled yesterday to the Commission its final Recovery and Resilience Plan. President von der Leyen welcomed the first official tabling of a Recovery and Resilience Plan by member states. She asked the EU member states to speed up the ratification of the own resources decision. The Commission’s target remains to approve all national plans by summer, President von der Leyen underlined. Meanwhile, Kathimerini notes that Italian Prime Minister Draghi is preparing an ambitious investment programme worth €221 billion from the Recovery Fund resources.

The first national Recovery Plan from Portugal / Από την Πορτογαλία το πρώτο εθνικό Σχέδιο Ανάκαμψης km-Avghi-GR: "The first national Recovery Plan from Portugal / Από την ..." page: 20,21 info: by ARGYRIS PANAGOPOULOS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ΕΕ: Η Πορτογαλία είναι η πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε το εθνικό της σχέδιο ανάκαμψης km-capital.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Η Πορτογαλία είναι η πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε το ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Portugal the first country to table a plan for the Recovery Fund / Πορτογαλική πρωτιά για το Ταμείο Ανάκαμψης km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Portugal the first country to table a plan for the ..." page: 20 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Εύσημα φον ντερ Λάιεν στην Πορτογαλία, πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε Σχέδιο Ανάκαμψης km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Εύσημα φον ντερ Λάιεν στην Πορτογαλία, πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Portugal is the first country to table a national plan for the Recovery Fund / Η Πορτογαλία πρώτη χώρα που υποβάλλει εθνικό σχέδιο για το Ταμείο Ανάκαμψης km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Portugal is the first country to table a national plan ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ΕΕ: Πορτογαλία, η πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε στις Βρυξέλλες το εθνικό της Σχέδιο Ανάκαμψης  km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "ΕΕ: Πορτογαλία, η πρώτη χώρα που υπέβαλε στις Βρυξέλλες το ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Επενδύσεις 221 δισ. ευρώ με πόρους του Ταμείου Ανάκαμψης σχεδιάζει ο Ντράγκι km-Kathimerini-GR: "Επενδύσεις 221 δισ. ευρώ με πόρους του Ταμείου Ανάκαμψης σχεδιάζει ..." page: 27 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The requests for €750 billion have begun / Άνοιξαν οι... αιτήσεις για τα 750 δισ. km-Naftemporiki-GR: "The requests for €750 billion have begun / Άνοιξαν οι... ..." page: 8 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Eurostat figures show increase in deficits and debt

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented shock to the economies of the EU and the eurozone in 2020, increasing debt, deficits and public spending. According to Eurostat figures, the public debt in Greece and Spain increased by 25%. Greece has recorded by far the worst performance -205.6% of GDP - not only in the eurozone but also in the EU as a whole. In the eurozone, the government deficit to GDP ratio rose from 0.6% in 2019 to 7.2% in 2020. Meanwhile, the government debt to GDP ratio in the eurozone increased from 83.9% at the end of 2019 to 98.0% at the end of 2020. The Commission will publish next month its spring forecasts for the European economy as a whole, but also for the performance of the member states this year and in 2022. The Commission is expected to propose that the suspension of the Stability and Growth Pact be maintained for 2022, given that the pandemic is still ongoing and all countries must continue to support the economy and employment by increasing public spending.

Eurostat: Deficit and debt at 9.7% and 205.6% respectively in Greece in 2020 / Eurostat: Στο 9,7% και 205,6% έλλειμμα και χρέος αντίστοιχα στην Ελλάδα το 2020 km-capital.gr-GR: "Eurostat: Deficit and debt at 9.7% and 205.6% respectively in ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Flood of deficits and debts in the EU / Πλημμυρίδα ελλειμμάτων και χρεών στην Ε.Ε. km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Flood of deficits and debts in the EU / Πλημμυρίδα ..." page: 20 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Αύξηση στις αγορές κρατικών ομολόγων βλέπει η Λαγκάρντ km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Αύξηση στις αγορές κρατικών ομολόγων βλέπει η Λαγκάρντ..." page: 24 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Increase in deficits and debts in the EU / Άλμα ελλειμμάτων και χρεών στην Ε.Ε. km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Increase in deficits and debts in the EU / Άλμα ..." page: 2 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Hellenic Statistical Authority published its figures for 2020

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

Some media report that the figures released yesterday by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) reflect a jump in the amount of debt, the re-emergence of an excessively high deficit and the sinking of GDP in 2020. Greece has the third-highest budget deficit among EU member states, at 9.7% of GDP, after Spain and Malta. Meanwhile, Greek debt was at 205.6% of GDP, recording an increase of 25% compared to the previous year. The general government deficit stood at €16.1 billion or 9.7% of GDP from a surplus of €2.1 billion or 1.1% of GDP last year. The general government debt increased by €10 billion, from €341.073 billion in 2019 to €331.023 billion in 2020. General government spending was €100.6 billion in 2020 from €87.8 billion in 2019, rising from 47.8% of GDP to 60.7% of GDP. General government revenue was €84.5 billion in 2020 from €89.9 billion in 2019, or 50.1% of GDP compared to 49% of GDP last year.

ΕΛΣΤΑΤ: Στο 205,6% το χρέος το 2020 km-in.gr-GR: "ΕΛΣΤΑΤ: Στο 205,6% το χρέος το 2020..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Debt eruption, high deficit and GDP fall / Εκτίναξη χρέους, υψηλό έλλειμμα και «βουτιά» ΑΕΠ km-Kathimerini-GR: "Debt eruption, high deficit and GDP fall / Εκτίναξη χρέους, ..." page: 23 info: by Irene Chrysolora date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic leaves a heavy fiscal legacy / Βαριά δημοσιονομική κληρονομιά αφήνει η πανδημία του Covid-19 km-Naftemporiki-GR: "The Covid-19 pandemic leaves a heavy fiscal legacy / Βαριά ..." page: 3 info: by Thanos Tsiros date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ELSTAT: Debt at 205.6% in 2020 / ΕΛΣΤΑΤ: Στο 205,6% το χρέος το 2020 km-Vima-online-GR: "ELSTAT: Debt at 205.6% in 2020 / ΕΛΣΤΑΤ: Στο 205,6% ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

New extension of support measures by the ECB

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that the European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council decided yesterday to keep the interest rates unchanged at the current historically low levels and to maintain the accelerated bond purchasing rate under the pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP) at least until June. With this decision, the ECB and ECB President Christine Lagarde signaled that they will maintain the aggressive support strategy for the eurozone economy at least until the summer. ECB President Lagarde stated that even though the recovery in global demand and the sizeable fiscal stimulus are supporting global and eurozone activity, the near-term economic outlook remains clouded. With regard to inflation, she pointed out the upward trends of recent months but stressed that the underlying price pressures remain subdued, due to the still weak demand.

Support until June and...we will see / Στήριξη μέχρι Ιούνιο και... βλέπουμε km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Support until June and...we will see / Στήριξη μέχρι Ιούνιο ..." page: 20 info: by BABIS MICHALIS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Christine Lagarde sees increase in government bond purchases / Αύξηση στις αγορές κρατικών ομολόγων βλέπει η Λαγκάρντ km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "Christine Lagarde sees increase in government bond purchases / Αύξηση ..." page: 24 info: by Tasos Dasopoulos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

New extension of ECB support measures / Νέα παράταση μέτρων στήριξης από την ΕΚΤ km-Naftemporiki-GR: "New extension of ECB support measures / Νέα παράταση μέτρων ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vice-President Schinas to deliver speech at the Delphi Economic Forum

[Greece, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that the 6th Delphi Economic Forum will be held on 10-15 May at the Zappeion Mansion. Some 800 high-ranking guest speakers from 42 countries will participate in the Forum this year. Vice-President Schinas will deliver a speech on the first day of the event.

Αρχίζει το 6ο Φόρουμ των Δελφών km-Avghi-GR: "Αρχίζει το 6ο Φόρουμ των Δελφών..." page: 26 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Delphi Economic Forum / Φόρουμ Δελφών km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Delphi Economic Forum / Φόρουμ Δελφών..." page: 22 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Central Bank leaves key policy rates and monetary policy unchanged

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 6:54:00 AM CEST

The Hungarian print media and portfolio.hu report on European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde's announcement about the ECB's interest rate meeting. All media outlets report that the ECB has left its key policy rates unchanged, and is set to continue its monetary policy relying on asset purchase. According to Népszava and Világgazdaság, Ms Lagarde said that the interest rates would not be changed until inflation rate prognoses converge to the target of just below 2%. Magyar Hírlap reports that the ECB intends to create price stability and a favourable financing environment for an economic upturn expected later this year due to the increasing rate of vaccinations and the gradual lifting of restrictions. According to  Világgazdaság, the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) worth €1,850 billion will remain in place until March 2022, as a minimum, rather than being terminated too soon.

Monetary easing upheld... / Kitart laza monetáris politikája mellett... km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Monetary easing upheld... / Kitart laza monetáris politikája mellett......" page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB to continue monetary easing  / Az EKB folytatja laza  monetáris politikáját km-Nepszava-HU: "ECB to continue monetary easing / Az EKB folytatja laza ..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

- / Még felhők gyűlnek az eurózóna gazdasága felett, de közeli jövő ege már nem ennyire borús km-portfolio.hu-HU: "- / Még felhők gyűlnek az eurózóna gazdasága felett, de ..." info: by Portfolio date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ECB President Christine Lagarde / Christine Lagarde elnök... km-Vilaggazdasag-HU: "ECB President Christine Lagarde / Christine Lagarde elnök......" page: 1,6 info: by TISZÓCZI ROLAND date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Hungarian PM Orbán to meet President von der Leyen in Brussels to discuss Hungary’s recovery plan

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Magyar Nemzet, Magyar Hírlap and HírTV report on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's upcoming meeting with President von der Leyen. All media outlets report that PM Orbán is set to travel to Brussels primarily to discuss Hungary's national recovery and resilience plan. Magyar Nemzet reports the European Commission as yesterday confirming PM Orbán's participation in an orientation meeting with President von der Leyen in Brussels this afternoon but released no information on which parts of the plan will be discussed or may be found unsatisfactory, or on which member states will be able to keep the soft submission deadline of 30 April. Hungary's plan consists of nine components covering nine target areas of development where the allocated investments must yield results within five years. Hungary's plan allocates 51% of the recovery funds to climate action goals, which is well above the EU average.

Viktor Orbán to pareticipate in discussion with European Commission President tomorrow in Brussels / Brüsszelben tárgyal holnap az Európai Bizottság elnökével Orbán Viktor km-HirTV-HU: "Viktor Orbán to pareticipate in discussion with European Commission President ..." info: hírTV - Híradó 22 - 2021-04-22 20:00:00 - 2021-04-22 20:48:00, 2021-04-22 20:05:00, 00:00:27, by György-Horváth Zsuzsa date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:05:00 PM CEST

- / Brüsszelben tárgyal ma... km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "- / Brüsszelben tárgyal ma......" page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Viktor Orbán to discuss gigantic amount / Gigászi összegről egyeztet Orbán Viktor km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Viktor Orbán to discuss gigantic amount / Gigászi összegről egyeztet ..." page: 1,13 info: by Judi Tamara date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Eurostat: government debt increased in eurozone and EU27 last year

[Hungary, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Magyar Nemzet and Magyar Hírlap report on Eurostat's data released on government debt to GDP in the eurozone and the EU27 regarding last year. Both media outlets report that government debt to GDP increased in both the eurozone and the EU27, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the eurozone, government debt rose to 98% of GDP from the 83.9% seen a year before. According to Magyar Nemzet, government debts increased from 77.5% to 90.7% to GDP in the EU27. Index.hu reports that, according to the European Commission's flash estimate, the consumer confidence indicator perceivably grew in the eurozone and in the EU in April. The eurozone reported a 2.7-point improvement to 8.1 points, which is a 14-month record, as opposed to experts expectations of -10.9 points. In the EU27, the consumer confidence indicator increased by 3.1 points to -9.0 points.

EU consumer confidence indicator improves / Javult az uniós fogyasztói bizalmi index km-index.hu-HU: "EU consumer confidence indicator improves / Javult az uniós fogyasztói ..." info: by MetaKing date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Government debt increases / Emelkedett az államadósság... km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Government debt increases / Emelkedett az államadósság......" page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Hungarian green bonds sell well / Kapós lett a magyar zöldkötvény km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Hungarian green bonds sell well / Kapós lett a magyar ..." page: 14 info: by Horváth Éva date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB commits to bond purchase pace

[Ireland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:24:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports the European Central Bank has kept its main interest rates on hold and announced it will continue its emergency bond purchases. It said the outlook for the Eurozone is "clouded by uncertainty" due to the vaccine rollout and a resurgence of Covid-19. ECB President Christine Lagarde said: "We still have a long way to go until we’ve crossed the bridge of the pandemic and the recovery is sustainable and solid." After a monetary policy meeting, Lagarde said the bank had not discussed phasing out the extra bond buying and that it was "premature" to do so.

ECB commits to bond purchase pace / ECB commits to bond purchase pace km-Irish-Independent-IE: "ECB commits to bond purchase pace / ECB commits to ..." page: 24 info: by Sarah Collins date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Italian cabinet set to discuss Recovery Plan today

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

All Italian media report prominently that the Italian cabinet is due to discuss the draft recovery plan as modified by Prime Minister Draghi. Looking at the plan presented by Giuseppe Conte’s government in January, the main difference is a decisive decrease of the sum allocated for “pre-existing projects” (from €65.7 billion to €53 billion) whereas the funds earmarked for education and research will increase from €32.2 billion up to 31.9 billion. The so-called “cashback” programme, aimed at incentivizing digital transactions, has been definitively abandoned, while the plan includes the reform of Italy’s public administration, with new training and recruiting procedures and an overall simplification of digital services. Italy’s recovery and resilience plan includes as many as 141 projects, 134 of which are described as “investments”, while the remaining projects (7) are officially classified as “reforms”.

Recovery, clash over renovation bonus. Parties seek more relevance / Recovery, scontro sul superbonus E i partiti vogliono contare di più km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Recovery, clash over renovation bonus. Parties seek more relevance / ..." page: 11 info: by di Enrico Marro date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Recovery Plan worth €221 billion / Recovery Plan da 221 miliardi, oggi verrà presentato al consiglio dei ministri ed entro il 30 aprile dovrà arrivare a Bruxelles km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Recovery Plan worth €221 billion / Recovery Plan da 221 ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:04:00, 00:02:12, by Gabriele Martelloni date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:04:00 AM CEST

More funds for healthcare, research, education   / Secondo le ultime bozze nel recovery plan aumentano le risorse per sanità e istruzioni km-Rai-News-24-IT: "More funds for healthcare, research, education / Secondo le ultime ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:06:00, 00:02:01, by Raffaele Cappuccio date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:06:00 AM CEST

From digital technology to infrastructure, Recovery set to boost GDP by 3% / Dal digitale alle infrastrutture nel Recovery spinta del 3% al Pil km-Repubblica-IT: "From digital technology to infrastructure, Recovery set to boost GDP ..." page: 2,3 info: by Roberto Petrini date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Draghi's green plan "Italy will grow like this" / Il piano verde di Draghi “Così crescerà l'Italia” km-Repubblica-IT: "Draghi's green plan "Italy will grow like this" / Il ..." page: 1,3 info: by Roberto Mania date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Recovery Fund, more technology at the service of public administrations  / Con il Recovery Fund serve più tecnologia al servizio della Pa km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Recovery Fund, more technology at the service of public administrations ..." page: 14 info: by Alessandro Cencioni date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Recovery, more funds for school, research / Recovery, più fondi a scuola e ricerca km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Recovery, more funds for school, research / Recovery, più fondi ..." page: 1,2 info: by Carmine Fotina Gianni Trovati date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Draghi's plan / Il piano di Draghi km-Stampa-IT: "Draghi's plan / Il piano di Draghi..." page: 9 info: by LUCA MONTICELLI date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Imagination, creativity. Recovery explained by Draghi

[Italy, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Il Foglio carries Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s foreword to the draft recovery and resilience plan, a detailed introduction in which Mr Draghi explains the goals and reasons behind the measure he seeks to adopt. The pandemic hit Italy more than any other European country, and it did so in a country that was already “fragile” under the economic, social and environmental point of view. Mr Draghi notes that Italy’s GDP grew by 7.9% between 1999 and 2019. Over the same period, Germany, France and Spain grew by 30.2%, 32.4% and 43.6% respectively. He argues that the Next-generation EU is an “unmissable opportunity for development, investments and reforms”, a chance to get back on the path to a “durable and sustainable” economic growth “removing the obstacles that have hindered Italy’s growth over the decades”. In conjunction with the investments, the government also seeks to launch four relevant reforms in key sectors such as “public administration, justice, bureaucratic simplification and competition”, with 40% of the economic resources earmarked for southern Italy.

Imagination, creativity. Recovery explained by Draghi / IMMAGINAZIONE E CREATIVITÀ. IL RECOVERY SPIEGATO DA DRAGHI km-Foglio-IT: "Imagination, creativity. Recovery explained by Draghi / IMMAGINAZIONE E CREATIVITÀ. ..." page: 1 info: by Mario Draghi date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Waiting for EU billions

[Latvia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Avīze, the funds from the Next Generation EU are not exactly in the pockets yet. In mid-April, Commissioner Hahn outlined a strategy to take out the first borrowings in July and this summer to allocate 13% of the total €800 billion to EU member states. The borrowing program is to be completed in 2026, while debt repayment should begin in 2028 and could last for thirty years. But similar processes are complicated or tend to drag on. This is also evidenced by the slow process of Next Generation EU funding ratification. The European Commission might not receive the final drafts of all member states' plans by the end of April. States are unlikely to return to various in-depth reforms during the pandemic.

Waiting for EU billions / Miljardus gaidot km-Latvijas-Avize-LV: "Waiting for EU billions / Miljardus gaidot..." page: 8 info: by Uldis Šmits date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Central Bank leaves rates, bond-buying program unchanged

[Lithuania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that the European Central Bank (ECB) left interest rates unchanged and made no changes to its bond-buying efforts. The ECB said the Governing Council decided to “reconfirm its very accommodative monetary policy stance.” The bank said it would continue to buy bonds under its €1.85 trillion pandemic emergency purchase program until at least the end of March 2022, while net purchases under its asset purchase program would continue at a monthly pace of €20 billion. Interest rates were left unchanged, with the main refinancing rate at 0% and the deposit rate at minus 0.5%.

European Central Bank leaves rates, bond-buying program unchanged / ECB nepakeitė palūkanų normų ir nesumažino pandeminės programos apimčių km-15min.lt-LT: "European Central Bank leaves rates, bond-buying program unchanged / ECB ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Polish Recovery Plan – looking for support

[Luxembourg, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

Paul Flückiger reports in Tageblatt that the EU wants to help Poland cope with the pandemic with €58 billion. Prime Minister Morawiecki and his Deputy Kaczynski, the powerful party leader of the "Law and Justice" party (PiS), have ambitious plans: modernise hospitals, build buses, powered by hydrogen, "patriotically" produced in Poland, secure additional crèche places, purchase additional Covid-19 vaccine doses and new photo radar devices for the police. This somewhat strange-looking plan should be adopted by the end of April and submitted to Brussels for approval. The planned vote is, though, repeatedly postponed because the Prime Minister is still desperately looking for a majority at the parliament. By threatening to veto the EU budget at the end of 2020, Mr Kaczynski had sworn his little right-wing junior partner "Solidarisches Poland" (SP), led by Justice Minister Ziobro, to the old negotiating course and the SP MPs oppose the compromise.

Strangers with the windfall / Fremdeln mit dem Geldsegen km-Tageblatt-LU: "Strangers with the windfall / Fremdeln mit dem Geldsegen..." page: 8 info: by Paul Flückiger date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Malta had second highest deficit in Europe last year

[Malta, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

Website timesofmalta.com yesterday reported on new figures released by Eurostat which showed that in 2020 Malta had the second-highest deficit in the EU at 10.1%. All member states reported a deficit last year and the highest deficits were recorded in Spain, Malta, Greece, Italy and Belgium.  All member states except Denmark registered deficits higher than 3% of their GDP. The average government deficit in the EU went from 0.5% to 6.9% while the government debt to GDP ratio increased from 77.5% at the end of 2019 to 90.7% at the end of 2020.

Malta had second highest deficit in Europe last year / Malta had second highest deficit in Europe last year km-timesofmalta.com-MT: "Malta had second highest deficit in Europe last year / ..." info: by Jessica Arena date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Phasing out pandemic aid is not on the agenda of the ECB for the time being

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Het Financieele Dagblad reports that the phasing out of the European Central Bank's Covid-19 buy-back programme is not on the agenda for the time being. The uncertainties for the economy in the short term are still too great for that. Persistently high contagion rates and associated measures will continue to hold back the economy in the near term, ECB President Lagarde said. But the central bank expects that during the year, thanks to vaccinations and the gradual relaxation of measures, the economy will rebound sharply. When asked about the higher public debt associated with the pandemic, President Lagarde said that all countries around the world had no choice whatsoever to increase their debt to fight the pandemic. As long as countries use the money to reform their economies at the same time, those higher debts should not be a problem, says Lagarde.

Af bouw van pandemiesteun ECB voorlopig niet aan de orde km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Af bouw van pandemiesteun ECB voorlopig niet aan de orde..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Italian Prime Minister aims for revolution with huge investment plan

[Netherlands, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM CEST

According to a draft recovery plan that Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will soon submit to the European Commission, Italy will invest more than € 220 billion in an investment programme to modernise the economy, Het Financieele Dagblad reports. All EU member states must submit their economic recovery plans in Brussels by Friday at the latest. Rome wants to invest € 57 billion in a 'green transition', among other things. More than 40% of that amount is for making buildings more energy-efficient. The government is also aiming to stimulate the hydrogen economy. PM Draghi wants to spend €42.5 billion on European funds on digitisation, innovation and strengthening Italian competitiveness. Also noteworthy is the large sum of EU money that Rome wants to spend on 'sustainable mobility': €25.3 billion, the vast majority of which goes to rail, and several billions towards modernising the Italian ports.

Italiaanse premier Draghi beoogt revolutie met mega-investeringsplan km-Financieele-Dagblad-NL: "Italiaanse premier Draghi beoogt revolutie met mega-investeringsplan..." page: 22 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Prime Minister Morawiecki appeals to Polish MPs to vote in favour of EU Recovery Plan

[Poland, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Polsat News and Super Express report that after a meeting with Slovakian counterpart, Prime Minister Morawiecki appealed to all members of Polish Parliament to vote in favour of the EU own resources, which is part of post-pandemic EU Recovery Fund. He emphasised that this will open the way to obtaining the EU money for the National Recovery Plan and also to money for other programmes co-financed by the EU. PM Morawiecki stressed that Poland is a net beneficiary of EU funds which amount to PLN770 billion. He added that if it were not for the EU funds, Poland would have to obtain this money from the markets as a debt.

Serwis Informacyjny -Godziny Szczytu km-Polsat-News-PL: "Serwis Informacyjny -Godziny Szczytu..." info: 2021-04-22 17:06:00, 17:06:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:06:00 PM CEST

EU money for recovery / EU money for reconstruction km-Super-Express-PL: "EU money for recovery / EU money for reconstruction..." page: 6 info: by malbin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal is the first country to submit National Recovery Plan

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese government submitted the national recovery and resilience plan to the Commission today, TVI reports. In a video conference, Minister for Planning Souza said that Portugal was the first European Union member state to submit its national recovery and resilience plan. He added that the government wants the submission process to be completed during the Portuguese EU Presidency. Commission spokesperson Wieczorek stated that the executive will start its in-depth assessment right away. In a press conference, Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis said that if everything is on track, the Commission might present the final approval of the plan in June.O Jornal Económico adds the reactions to the submission of the Portuguese recovery and resilience plan (RRP). In a Twitter post, Portuguese Prime Minister Costa encouraged all member states to submit their RRPs for the Commission to make its assessment, “so that we can have the first RRPs approved at Ecofin on 18 June. It’s time to deliver a fair, green, and digital recovery.” He also defended that the national plan demands swiftness, thoroughness, and scrutiny in its implementation. Also on Twitter, Commission President von der Leyen welcomed “this important” that will allow the EU to emerge stronger from the crisis.RDP Antena1 adds to Prime Minister Costa’s reaction about the submission of the Portuguese recovery and resilience plan. In declarations to journalists, Portuguese Prime Minister Costa said that this is the fruit of the joint work of the government and Commission. He added that civil participation was also very important for the construction of a successful plan.Portuguese Minister of Finances João Leão advised the EU member states to swiftly conclude their national recovery and resilience plans in order to “build a powerful instrument for the European economic recovery,” Vida Económica reports. Moreover, he urged the member states to ratify the own resources decision to allow the Commission to finance the recovery. Minister Leão would like to see the recovery plans approved before the second half of 2021.Portuguese State Secretary for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias said that the government hopes that "member states will start to present their recovery and resilience plans," RDP Antena 1 reports. She added that "Portugal’s plan was the result of intense talks with the European Commission since October. We expect funds to start arriving during the summer so we can start the economic recovery.”

Portugal is the first country to submit the RRP / Portugal é o primeiro país a submeter o PRR km-Antena-1-PT: "Portugal is the first country to submit the RRP / ..." info: Rdp - informação, 2021-04-22 07:04:00, 00:01:10, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:04:00 AM CEST

Portugal has submitted its RRP / Portugal submeteu o seu PRR km-Antena-1-PT: "Portugal has submitted its RRP / Portugal submeteu o seu ..." info: Informação, 2021-04-22 13:01:00, 00:02:23, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:01:00 PM CEST

Government wants the RRPs approved at the Ecofin of 18 June / Governo quer PRR aprovados no Ecofin de 18 de junho km-Jornal-Economico-PT: "Government wants the RRPs approved at the Ecofin of 18 ..." page: 40 info: by Ania Ataíde date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal submits the RRP / Portugal entrega o PRR km-TVI-Portugal-PT: "Portugal submits the RRP / Portugal entrega o PRR..." info: Jornal das 8, 2021-04-22 20:36:00, 00:02:11, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:36:00 PM CEST

João Leão urges the member states to conclude the recovery plans / João Leão insta Estados-Membros a finalizarem planos de recuperação km-Vida-Economica-PT: "João Leão urges the member states to conclude the recovery ..." page: 14 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portuguese Recovery Plan includes taskforce to monitor the implementation of the funds

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

The Portuguese government created a new task force responsible for monitoring the implementation of the European recovery funds, Observador.pt reports. This new structure will have 60 elements, who will focus on the performance of the projects considering the deadlines and goals established. This task force, led by Minister for Planning Souza, will monitor the three priorities of the national plan – resilience, and the climate and digital transitions. This structure will also prepare and submit the national plan’s semestral disbursement requests to the Commission. Moreover, the new body must “promote and publish the accomplishments and results of the plan at both national and European levels.”

“Recovering Portugal,” the structure that holds the “bazooka” / "Recuperar Portugal", a estrutura que tem a "bazuca" namão km-observador.pt-PT: "“Recovering Portugal,” the structure that holds the “bazooka” / "Recuperar ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ECB President says it is too early to withdraw Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:23:00 AM CEST

European Central Bank President Lagarde defended that it is still early to stop purchasing debt under the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP), Jornal de Negócios reports. In a press conference, President Lagarde said that there is still too much uncertainty regarding the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economies. She asked the European Union to accelerate its economic response and underlined the urgency in approving the European recovery instruments.

Lagarde considers that it is still “early” to withdraw the debt purchase / Lagarde considera "prematuro" retirar já compra de dívida km-Jornal-de-Negocios-PT: "Lagarde considers that it is still “early” to withdraw the ..." page: 11 info: by Gonçalo Almeida date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Eurostat data on inflation rate

[Portugal, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, inflation in the eurozone increased 1.3% in March when compared to the previous month, Vida Económica reports. According to Eurostat, this was the largest inflation increase since January 2020. In the EU, inflation increased 1.7% in March, compared to the previous month. The only country to register negative inflation was Greece, with Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, and Slovenia registering only a 0.1% increase. The largest inflation increases were registered in Hungary, Romania, Luxembourg, and Poland.

Eurozone inflation rate up sharply / Taxa de inflação da Zona Euro com forte aumento km-Vida-Economica-PT: "Eurozone inflation rate up sharply / Taxa de inflação da ..." page: 7 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission requested Romania to modify National Recovery and Resilience Plan

[Romania, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Multiple media outlets in Romania, including TVR1 TV station, report that the European Commission requested Romania to redo the draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). The officials from Brussels are discontented with the way money has been distributed. Minister of European Projects and Investments, Cristian Ghinea indicated that there were ongoing negotiations and that the version presented in Brussels was not an official document. In the meantime, Romanian President Iohannis announced that he would get involved in the investment plan’s elaboration and invited all those involved for talks, on Monday. MEP Victor Negrescu (S&D) criticised the way PNRR was formulated and indicated that it was “a pollicised plan with financing distributed based on political criteria inside the government, instead of being Romania’s national plan,” România Liberă daily writes. Moreover, Marcel Ciolacu, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) harshly criticised the rejection of the document, according to România Actualităţi radio station.

Problems for Romania / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Problems for Romania / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-04-22 20:05:00, 00:02:54, by Muşat Tudor date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:05:00 PM CEST

Problems for authorities in Bucharest / Ştirile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "Problems for authorities in Bucharest / Ştirile Digi24..." info: Ştirile Digi24, 2021-04-22 14:00:00, 00:01:18, by Nunu Cătălin date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:00:00 PM CEST

Draft PNRR has not been approved by European Commission / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Draft PNRR has not been approved by European Commission / ..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-04-22 16:03:00, 00:01:20, by Leoveanu Adina date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:03:00 PM CEST

Draft PNRR must be improved / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Draft PNRR must be improved / Ştirile Europa FM..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2021-04-22 18:08:00, 00:01:30, by Verbancu Iulia date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:08:00 PM CEST

Cristian Ghinea: Brussels did not reject the Recovery and Resilience Plan proposed by Romania, it has sent observations, we are negotiating / Iohannis invited those in charge of PNRR for talks on Monday / Cristian Ghinea: Bruxelles-ul nu a respins Planul de Redresare și Reziliență propus de România, a trimis observații, negociem / Iohannis a convocat luni o ședință cu responsabilii pe PNRR km-HotNews.ro-RO: "Cristian Ghinea: Brussels did not reject the Recovery and Resilience ..." info: by G.S. HotNews.ro date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Klaus Iohannis, reaction after draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan was rejected by EC: "It will be improved next week" / Klaus Iohannis, reacţie după ce Planul Naţional de Redresare şi Rezilienţă a fost respins de CE: ”Va fi îmbunătăţit săptămâna viitoare” km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis, reaction after draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan ..." info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

President Iohannis announces he called a meeting with persons in charge of PNRR, from government and other areas / Preşedintele Iohannis anunţă că a convocat pentru luni o întâlnire cu responsabilii din Guvern şi din alte zone care lucrează pe PNRR km-news.ro-RO: "President Iohannis announces he called a meeting with persons in ..." info: by Ana Petrescu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Marcel Ciolacu: Unless they present National Recovery and Resilience Plan in Parliament, I will propose going on parliamentary strike / Marcel Ciolacu: Dacă nu vor veni cu Planul Naţional de Redresare şi Rezilienţă să-l prezinte în Parlament, am să propun colegilor mei să intrăm în grevă parlamentară km-news.ro-RO: "Marcel Ciolacu: Unless they present National Recovery and Resilience Plan ..." info: by News.ro date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu harshly criticised the rejection of draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "PSD leader Marcel Ciolacu harshly criticised the rejection of draft ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 22:05:00, 00:00:28, by Mitrovici Gabriela date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:05:00 PM CEST

European Commission requested Romanian authorities to redo draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "European Commission requested Romanian authorities to redo draft National Recovery ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 19:04:00, 00:01:29, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:04:00 PM CEST

European Commission has requested Romania to redo PNRR / Comisia Europeană cere României să refacă PNRR km-Romania-Libera-RO: "European Commission has requested Romania to redo PNRR / Comisia ..." page: 1 info: by Oancea Ioana date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission requested Romania to modify draft National Recovery and Resilience Plan / Telejurnal km-TVR1-RO: "European Commission requested Romania to modify draft National Recovery and ..." info: Telejurnal, 2021-04-22 20:19:00, 00:02:57, by Stancu Alina date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:19:00 PM CEST

Portugal the first to formally submit its national recovery plan

[Slovenia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Portugal was the first to formally submit its recovery and resilience plan to the European Commission, STA, 24ur, Delo, and Radio Slovenija 1 report. The submission deadline is at the end of the month, but the Commission pointed out that it was flexible in terms of time as the quality of the plans was the most important factor. According to the Commission, Portugal’s plan is based on three pillars of resilience and green and digital transformation. It includes measures for social housing, energy-efficient buildings, and digital education, and plans to implement various projects by 2026. The receipt of the Portuguese plan was confirmed by President von der Leyen, who pointed out that economic recovery must go hand in hand with improving the health situation. According to her, this submission marks the beginning of a new phase in the process of implementing the European Recovery and Resilience Facility. She also confirmed the Commission’s intent to approve all the plans by summer and reiterated that the ratification of the Own Resources Decision in all EU member states was a condition for the first payments. The Commission will evaluate Portugal’s plan within two months, followed by the Council of the EU, which should approve the plan within four weeks. After that, the state can receive 13% of pre-financing, which should take place in July and September. Portugal is expected to be followed soon by Spain, Greece, and France. Slovenia is expected to submit its plan within the set deadline.

Portugal is formally the first to have a recovery plan / Portugalska ima uradno prva načrt za okrevanje km-24ur.com-SI: "Portugal is formally the first to have a recovery plan ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Billions from Brussels are becoming more tangible / Bruseljske milijarde postajajo bolj otipljive km-Delo-SI: "Billions from Brussels are becoming more tangible / Bruseljske milijarde ..." page: 5 info: by Peter Žerjavic date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal the first to submit the recovery and resilience plan / Portugalska prva posredovala načrt za okrevanje in odpornost km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Portugal the first to submit the recovery and resilience plan ..." info: Program a 1, 2021-04-22 14:01:00, 00:01:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:01:00 PM CEST

Portugal was the first to formally send a recovery plan to Brussels / Portugalska prva uradno posredovala načrt za okrevanje Bruslju km-sta.si-SI: "Portugal was the first to formally send a recovery plan ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pandemic deepened greatly the general government deficit in the eurozone in 2020

[Slovenia, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat, last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the general government deficit as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) rose sharply in both the eurozone and the entire EU, STA reports. In the eurozone, it stood at 7.2% (up from 0.6% in 2019). In the entire EU, it rose from 0.5% in 2019 to 6.9% in 2020. All EU member states recorded a deficit last year, the highest being in Spain (-11%), Malta (-10.1%), Greece (-9.7%), Italy (-9.5%), Belgium (-9.4%), France and Romania (both -9.2%), Austria (-8.9%), Slovenia (-8.4%), Hungary (-8.1%), Croatia and Lithuania (both -7.4%), and Poland (-7%). All states except Denmark recorded a general government deficit higher than 3% of their GDP.

Pandemic deepened greatly the general government deficit in the eurozone in 2020 / Pandemija lani močno poglobila javnofinančni primanjkljaj v območju evra km-sta.si-SI: "Pandemic deepened greatly the general government deficit in the eurozone ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Spain closes labour negotiations with Brussels

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

El País reports that Spain's Third Vice-President and Labour Minister Yolanda Díaz yesterday met with Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to address, among other topics, the labour market reform package. According to the sources consulted, the labour leg of the Spanish National Recovery Plan can be practically considered closed after Brussels has not raised the need to introduce changes, not even in the chapter on collective bargaining.

Spain closes labour negotiations with Brussels / España da por cerrada la negociación laboral con Bruselas km-Pais-ES: "Spain closes labour negotiations with Brussels / España da por ..." page: 40 info: by LLUÍS PELLICER date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB President Lagarde dismisses the idea of a rapid withdrawal of stimulus: "We have a long way to go"

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

El País reports that European Central Bank President Lagarde yesterday said the Governing Council did not discuss phasing out its massive pandemic emergency purchase program, saying such a move would be “simply premature.” The focus on a potential tapering of the program, which has €1.85 trillion in firepower, came after some ECB officials had signaled the potential to begin winding down the program next quarter.

ECB President Lagarde dismisses the idea of a rapid withdrawal of stimulus: "We have a long way to go" / Lagarde aleja la idea de una rápida retirada de estímulos: “Tenemos un largo camino” km-Pais-ES: "ECB President Lagarde dismisses the idea of a rapid withdrawal ..." page: 40 info: by Álvaro Sánchez date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Portugal, first country to send its recovery plan to the European Commission

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

A few media report that the Portuguese government has sent its National Reform and Investment Plan to the European Commission on Thursday, becoming the first EU-27’s country to reach this requirement in order to receive European post-pandemic recovery funds. Spain, Greece and France are expected to present their proposals in the coming days.

Spain closed 2020 with the highest deficit in the EU and a debt of 120%

[Spain, ECONOMIC_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Several media report that Spain closed the year of the pandemic with the highest deficit of all the countries of the European Union: 11% of GDP, according to the data that the government communicated to Brussels and that the European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The unprecedented situation caused by the pandemic, comparable in economic terms only to times of war, led to an unprecedented increase in spending to shore up basic services, and a parallel fall in revenue due to the shutdown in activity and the limitation on movements. According to Eurostat, public spending in the euro area reached 54.1% of GDP in 2020, 7.1 points higher than in 2019. In the EU, the increase has been similar, by almost seven points, to 53.4% of GDP.

EMPLOYMENT

Eurostat data on the employment rate

[Portugal, EMPLOYMENT]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 4:03:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, the employment rate decreased in the European Union during 2020, Vida Económica reports. According to the data, compared to 2019, there was a 0.7% decrease in the EU’s employment rate. The three member states to register an increase in employment rate were Malta, Poland, and Croatia. The countries with the largest decreases in employment rate were Spain, Ireland, and Bulgaria. The country with the largest employment rate is Sweden, with 80.8%, and Greece has the lowest rate, with 61%.

Employment rate decreases in the European Union / Taxa de emprego desce na União Europeia km-Vida-Economica-PT: "Employment rate decreases in the European Union / Taxa de ..." page: 24 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ENERGY

European Commission’s taxonomy list omits nuclear energy and gas

[Czech Republic, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 4:46:00 AM CEST

Website aktualne.cz reports that the European Commission has published a list of sustainable and environmentally friendly sectors, which include solar and wind electricity and heat production, production of biofuels, water retention systems or manufacture of batteries. However, the list does not include nuclear energy and natural gas, the website notes, adding that this may cause troubles to the Czech Republic as the country wants to use these technologies to replace coal. Daily E15 adds that an amendment to the Supported Energy Sources Act, which was passed to the Czech parliament in May, has not been approved yet. The MPs have not agreed on support for different renewable energy sources. The daily also points to a possible conflict of interest of Prime Minister Babiš as the Agrofert holding, managed by the PM’s trust fund, has become one of the leaders of the biogas power market.

Škodí jaderná energetika klimatu? Brusel zatím nerozhodl, Česko zůstává v napětí km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Škodí jaderná energetika klimatu? Brusel zatím nerozhodl, Česko zůstává v ..." info: by Kateřina Zichová date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Is nuclear energy harmful for climate? Brussels has not decided yet, Czech Republic under tension / Zákonu o podpoře OZE hrozí odklad km-E15-CZ: "Is nuclear energy harmful for climate? Brussels has not decided ..." page: 7 info: by Jan Novotný date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview: Germany is losing its knowledge and research with the nuclear phase-out

[Germany, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:32:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of nuclear power and Germany's nuclear phase-out.In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Director-General William Magwood argues that he regrets the German nuclear phase-out. Skilled workers and skills were lost to the world, which Director-General Magwood considers a shame. "Germany is currently manoeuvring itself into an unfortunate situation because it is losing its research, teaching and knowledge," he notes. In 20 years, the country may have to buy the technology at a high cost from abroad and may have only a few options. He recognises that the Fukushima incident had raised questions for a lot of people, although it had also proven that the facility design was able to withstand extreme conditions.

"Deutschland verliert sein Wissen" km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: ""Deutschland verliert sein Wissen"..." page: 18 info: by C.Schäfer/N.Zaboji date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Die Mär von der preiswerten Atomkraft km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Die Mär von der preiswerten Atomkraft..." page: 64 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Plan B might be needed for Nord Stream 2

[Germany, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:31:00 AM CEST

The almost completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is increasingly taken in the focus of the US government because of the growing tensions with Russia, putting the Federal Government under pressure to act, Die Welt reports. A plan B is needed. Chancellor Merkel explains the project in economic terms but doubts about it are growing louder in the Federal Government. There are suggestions to put the project on hold or tie it to political conditions for Russia. All EU institutions reject Nord Stream 2 as incompatible with a common European energy policy, and the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland feel that they have been bypassed. At the same time, the US is buying large quantities of oil in Russia, putting "America first."

Plan B for North Stream 2? / Plan B bei Nord Stream 2? km-Welt-DE: "Plan B for North Stream 2? / Plan B bei ..." page: 5 info: by N. Doll date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Operators of grids for natural gas want to open them for hydrogen

[Germany, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:37:00 AM CEST

Operators of infrastructure for natural gas want to open the grids to hydrogen use as soon as possible, Handelsblatt reports. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy wants to regulate the natural gas grid and the future hydrogen rush separately, pointing to the EU's Natural Gas Directive as a justification. However, according to an expert opinion, the directive includes that EU member states must ensure "that all types of gas have non-discriminatory access to the gas network." The EU rules on harmonised network charges would not stand in the way of joint regulation of charges for natural gas and hydrogen networks, the report explains.

Operators of grids for natural gas want to open them for hydrogen / Streit über Finanzierung des Wasserstoffnetzes km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Operators of grids for natural gas want to open them ..." page: 13 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Postponement of publication of Commission’s stance on nuclear energy

[Greece, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

Ta Nea reports on the dilemma of whether nuclear energy is “clean” or “dirty”, noting that the dilemma seems to cause concern at a political level. According to the newspaper, there was a postponement of the publication of the Commission’s “verdict” with regard to the issue, which was expected to be published yesterday. Ta Nea highlights that on the one hand, France insists on supporting its energy portfolio with its 56 reactors, while French President Macron has called on President von der Leyen to give space to nuclear energy without excluding it from the climate-energy policies and subsidisation. On the other hand, Germany is very close to its full independence from nuclear energy, as the plan foresees that all reactors should stop operating within 2022.

Clean or dirty? The big dilemma of nuclear energy / Καθαρή ή βρώμικη; Το μεγάλο δίλημμα της πυρηνικής ενέργειας km-Ta-Nea-GR: "Clean or dirty? The big dilemma of nuclear energy / ..." page: 38,39 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Ecological evolution benefits economy. Five hundred billions invested in on year

[Italy, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

Il Giorno reports that the green transition has been driving the economy over the past few years, with more and more resources invested in renewable energy. According to Bloomberg, firms, governments and households have spent more than USD 500 billion in green energy plants and electrical vehicles. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink noted that the market is experiencing an “epoch-making evolution” towards the green economy. The Commission led by President von der Leyen gave even more importance to this sector through the EU Green Deal. Solar power plants are expected to grow more and more relevant in Europe, with France ready to join the “Gigawatt Club”, formed by all those countries endowed with huge solar plants capable of producing at least 1 GW of power in a single site (other members include India, Egypt and Qatar).

La svolta ecologica fa bene all'economia Cinquecento miliardi investiti in un anno km-Giorno-IT: "La svolta ecologica fa bene all'economia Cinquecento miliardi investiti in ..." page: 87 info: by Elena Comelli date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Minister for Energy Dainius Kreivys calls on European Commission to develop measures to prevent electricity imports from unsafe nuclear power plants

[Lithuania, ENERGY]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

15min.lt writes that Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys emphasised the need for the European Union to take strategic steps to return the production of renewable energy resources from third countries to the European Union, according to a press release. “The demand for and importance of electricity will increase significantly across the European Union. Meanwhile, the huge volumes of unsafe nuclear electricity entering the European Union market threaten the security and stability of the entire European Union energy system. Therefore, in order to realise the vision of a climate-neutral European Union economy, the European Union needs to address the competitiveness of clean local energy,” the Minister said.

Minister for Energy Dainius Kreivys calls on European Commission to develop measures to prevent electricity imports from unsafe nuclear power plants / D.Kreivys ragina EK parengti priemones elektros importui iš nesaugių atominių elektrinių užkardyti km-15min.lt-LT: "Minister for Energy Dainius Kreivys calls on European Commission to ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ENLARGEMENT

EU accession is only a marginal issue in Albanian election campaign

[Austria, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST | info

In an in-depth report Wiener Zeitung discusses the election campaign in Albania. While violence between the ruling PS party and the opposition and the Covid-19 crisis are at the centre of the campaign, EU accession is only a marginal issue. While Albania has been offered the prospect of accession negotiations, they have not yet started and their launch is not in sight. The parliamentary elections, meanwhile, are the first ballot in which the electoral reform demanded by the EU will be used. In a contributing article in Wiener Zeitung, election experts Michael Lidauer and Armin Rabitsch state that the elections are considered a test for the Albania's EU accession. Next Sunday will have a crucial impact on Albania's future path into the EU. However, the accession talks will be dominated not only by the elections, but also by the overall assessment of Albania's reform process. Eight organisations of civil society have registered for election observation.

Gefährlicher Zweikampf km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Gefährlicher Zweikampf..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Albanian elections under scrutiny / Albanienwahl auf dem Prüfstand km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "Albanian elections under scrutiny / Albanienwahl auf dem Prüfstand..." page: 13 info: by Michael Lidauer date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Montenegro looks to EU to refinance a loan contracted from China

[Romania, ENLARGEMENT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST | info

Ziarul Financiar daily writes that European Union candidate Montenegro is seeking to expand ties with the community bloc, including to possibly refinance a loan from China it had contracted to build its first motorway that once threatened to destroy its public finances. A previous government had borrowed the funds under China’s Belt and Road initiative in defiance of warnings that it would subject Montenegro to undue influence from Beijing.

Montenegro looks to EU to escape China's embrace / Muntenegru caută ajutor la UE pentru a scăpa din îmbrăţişarea Chinei km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Montenegro looks to EU to escape China's embrace / Muntenegru ..." page: 10 info: by Bogdan Cojocaru date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ENVIRONMENT

Interview with WWF expert: Europe is complicit in the overexploitation of the rainforests

[Austria, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

In an interview in Kleine Zeitung, Olivia Herzog, an WWF expert on sustainable food, explains Europe's massive complicity in the overexploitation of the rainforests. The WWF calls for the Mercosur Agreement not to be ratified in its current form, she says. The EU, together with its member states, must ensure that species-rich natural areas are protected, says Ms Herzog. First and foremost, transparency was needed, but this had to be done by law, she adds. Products that end up on Europe's market should no longer be produced at the expense of nature, says Ms Herzog, adding that this is precisely what the Austrian government must advocate in Brussels.

Interview with WWF expert: Europe is complicit in the overexploitation of the rainforests / "Entwaldung darf nicht auf unseren Tellern landen“ km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Interview with WWF expert: Europe is complicit in the overexploitation ..." page: 12-13 info: by Thomas Golser date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The EU wants to govern your forests

[Finland, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

MT writes in its editorial about the latest plans by the European Commission that all forest plots over 13 hectares must be committed to climate benefit analysis and monitoring on its usage. This will affect Finland's competitiveness in forest products. So far Finland's well-maintained forests outgrow harvesting with the carbon sinks growing each year, but the European Commission does not seem to put any value on this. VP Timmermans from the Netherlands and Commissioner Sinkevicius from Lithuania seem particularly hostile towards Northern European forestry with sustainable forest use taking up no space in their thinking which is only focused on preservation. This way of thinking is particularly harsh for Finland, which lives from its forests. But this is not all, the RED II and LULUCF directives give the European Union more power on governing over Finnish forests. The Finnish government must be able to protect responsible Finnish forestry.

EU haluaa hallita sinun metsiäsi km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "EU haluaa hallita sinun metsiäsi..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičius: European Commission takes ancient woods protection very seriously

[Lithuania, ENVIRONMENT]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:12:00 AM CEST

In an interview with LRT Radijas, Commissioner Sinkevičius announces that President Valdas Adamkus prize is being awarded to documentary maker Mindaugas Survila who highlighted the need to preserve ancient forests in his documentary Sengirė (The Ancient Woods). Sinkevičius notes that in the European Union, there are 4.9 million hectares of ancient woods, and this type of forests are rare and fragmented, they make up only 3% of the European Union’s forests and 1.2% of the European Union’s area in general. The European Commission takes their protection very seriously, states Sinkevičius. He adds that a year ago, the Biodiversity Strategy was introduced which states that until 2030, 30% of the European Union must be made up of protected areas, 10% out of which must be strictly protected, including ancient woods. 93% of the European ancient woods belong to Natura 2000 network and 87% are strictly protected but even the lacking 13% is a great loss, says Sinkevičius. He recommends all to watch Survila’s documentary.

Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičius: European Commission takes ancient woods protection very seriously / Kam atiteko Prezidento V. Adamkaus premija? km-LR1-Radio-LT: "Interview with Commissioner Sinkevičius: European Commission takes ancient woods protection ..." info: Ryto garsai, 2021-04-23 00:27:00, 00:10:00, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 12:27:00 AM CEST

EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS

Diplomatic scandal between Russia and Czech Republic intensifies

[Bulgaria, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

The diplomatic scandal between Russia and the Czech Republic is intensifying, several media report. Prague urged Russia to reduce the number of its diplomats in the Czech Republic to five by the end of May. Meanwhile, at a press conference in Brussels on Thursday, European Commission Spokesperson Peter Stano underlined that the EU was ready to support the Czech Republic's efforts to bring to justice those responsible for blowing up an ammunition depot in the Czech village of Varbetice in 2014, quoted by Focus News Agency. Over the last few days, Prague has blamed Moscow for the incident but Russia denied any involvement. "A potential decision to expel Russian diplomats in connection with the incident must be taken by each EU country independently," Spokesperson Stano stressed.

Дипломатическият скандал между Русия и Чехия се ожесточава km-bTV-Bulgaria-BG: "Дипломатическият скандал между Русия и Чехия се ожесточава..." info: БТВ, 2021-04-22 22:10:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:10:00 PM CEST

Сенатът на Чехия призова за край на договор за приятелство с Русия km-clubz.bg-BG: "Сенатът на Чехия призова за край на договор за приятелство ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ТАСС: ЕС подкрепя всички действия на Чехия срещу Русия km-Focus-News.net-BG: "ТАСС: ЕС подкрепя всички действия на Чехия срещу Русия..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Чехия гони до края на май десетки сътрудници на руското посолство в Прага km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "Чехия гони до края на май десетки сътрудници на руското ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ЕС и НАТО солидарни с Чехия km-Monitor-Daily-BG: "ЕС и НАТО солидарни с Чехия..." page: 12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

HR/VP Borrell says EU stands in solidarity with Czechia over Russian criminal activities on its territory

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

The EU strongly condemns the illegal activities on the territory of the Czech Republic that caused the explosions at the Vrbětice ammunition depot in 2014, which resulted in the deaths of two Czech citizens, a serious threat to the civilian population and immense material damage, EU High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated, Philenews and Haravgi report. In a declaration on behalf of the member states, the HR/VP said the EU takes "extremely seriously" the conclusions by the Czech authorities Russian intelligence officers have perpetrated these actions. He stressed that the EU is deeply concerned, stands in full solidarity with the Czech Republic and supports the actions taken so far to bring those responsible to justice.

Άξονας συμμαχίας κατά Ρωσίας km-Haravgi-CY: "Άξονας συμμαχίας κατά Ρωσίας..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Βorrell: Russia must stop the attacks against member states / Μπορέλ: Η Ρωσία να σταματήσει επιθέσεις κατά κρατών μελών km-Philenews.com-CY: "Βorrell: Russia must stop the attacks against member states / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Swiss president attends EU summit with President von der Leyen over stalled bilateral treaty

[Cyprus, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:32:00 AM CEST

Swiss President Guy Parmelin will attend today in Brussels a summit with President von der Leyen over the stalled bilateral treaty that threatens to put ties between Switzerland and the EU into a deep freeze, Cyprus Mail reports. It is noted that many Swiss business leaders who are keen on continued smooth access to the EU market want a treaty, but political resistance to the agreement gives the Swiss president little leeway to clinch an agreement. That could leave him in damage control mode when he meets President von der Leyen, who has already urged Switzerland finally to embrace the draft accord negotiated in 2018. The Swiss cabinet has said it wants clarifications on some open points before endorsing the pact, and EU officials want concrete suggestions from the Swiss president.

Swiss president heads for damage cotrol EU summit / Swiss president heads for damage cotrol EU summit km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Swiss president heads for damage cotrol EU summit / Swiss ..." page: 12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU Allies stand behind Czech Republic but the government does now know how to communicate with them

[Czech Republic, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 5:11:00 AM CEST

Czech media continue their coverage on the response to the explosion in Vrbětice ammunition depot and the support of Czech Republic’s allies. They report that Russia agreed to withdraw 63 employees from its Prague embassy in order to match the number of Czech diplomats in Moscow. Brněnský deník features an interview with Prime Minister Babiš. The PM notes that he was shocked by the revelation that Russian intelligence was behind the explosion. He highlights that the Czech Republic is a self-confident sovereign state and the request to reduce the numbers of Russian diplomats was the only option. The PM adds that he will ask Czech Republic’s partners for expulsion of diplomats at the EU summit on 7 May. Mladá fronta DNES daily writes that the reaction of the Czech allies has been rather verbal so far. The daily points out that in case of poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the matter was addressed directly by EU leaders. Website echo24.cz draws attention to a phone call of PM Babiš with German Chancellor Merkel. The PM notes that the Chancellor assured him that Germany stood firmly behind the Czech Republic. Radio station ČRo Radiožurnál features an interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová (RE) and MEP Stanislav Polčák (EPP) who criticise statements of High Representative/Vice-President Borrell as insufficient. In an interview for website ihned.cz, former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen notes that the attack was so serious that the Czech Republic could activate the Article 4 of NATO Treaty. The media feature a number of commentaries on the support of allies from the EU. In his commentary for website aktualne.cz, David Klimeš writes that the Czech Republic should enter the next round of the diplomatic war with Moscow only with massive European support. The author mentions the support expressed by HR/VP Borrell. Mr Klimeš notes that it is better than nothing but the Czech Republic should move forward in this issue faster. He thus highlights that the country needs help from Brussels and the individual member states.  The author also blames the Czech government for not being able to communicate with its allies. In his commentary for Hospodářské noviny, Martin Ehl agrees with this conclusion and points out that the Czech Republic is not a legible partner for its allies due to non-solidarity actions of some Czech politicians. Právo features a commentary by Josef Koukal who notes that the Czech Republic could never take the steps it took without the support of the EU. However, the allies could welcome that the country refuses to serve as a base for international espionage towards the West despite the possible costs.

Tit for tat with Kremlin continues. We only have a chance in it if Brussels helps us to smash / Přebíjená s Kremlem pokračuje. Šanci v ní máme, jen když nám Brusel pomůže smečovat km-Aktualne.cz-CZ: "Tit for tat with Kremlin continues. We only have a ..." info: by David Klimeš date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová (RE) and MEP Stanislav Polčák (EPP)  / Rozhovor místopředsedkyní EP Ditou Charanzovou a europoslancem Stanislavem Polčákem km-Cro--1--Radiozurnal-Tcheque-CZ: "Interview with Vice-President of the European Parliament Dita Charanzová (RE) ..." info: Zprávy, 2021-04-22 12:16:00, 00:07:37, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:16:00 PM CEST

Českou republiku podpořilo NATO i EU km-CT-1-CZ: "Českou republiku podpořilo NATO i EU..." info: Události, 2021-04-22 19:11:00, 00:02:21, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:11:00 PM CEST

ANDREJ BABIŠ: Nenecháme se Ruskem zastrašit km-Denik-CZ: "ANDREJ BABIŠ: Nenecháme se Ruskem zastrašit..." page: 12 info: by KATEŘINA PERKNEROVÁ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Strop pro Rusy. Do měsíce tu zůstane jen sedm diplomatů km-Denik-CZ: "Strop pro Rusy. Do měsíce tu zůstane jen sedm diplomatů..." page: 6 info: by KATEŘINA PERKNEROVÁ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Babiš spoke with Merkel. She promised Czechia solidarity in its conflict with Russia / Babiš mluvil s Merkelovou, přislíbila Česku solidaritu v konfliktu s Ruskem km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Babiš spoke with Merkel. She promised Czechia solidarity in its ..." info: by Echo24 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

We have allies in conflict with Russia, but we do not know how to ask them for help / V ruském sporu máme spojence, ale neumíme je požádat o pomoc km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Czech-Republic-CZ: "We have allies in conflict with Russia, but we do ..." page: 16 info: by Martin Ehl date: Friday, April 23, 2021

It is time for EU and NATO to impose new sanctions on Putin and his friends, former NATO chief Rasmussen told Hospodářské noviny  / Je na čase, aby EU a NATO uvalily nové sankce na Putina a jeho přátele, říká HN bývalý šéf Severoatlantické aliance Rasmussen km-iHNed.cz-CZ: "It is time for EU and NATO to impose new ..." info: by Markéta Řeháková date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Republika vyhostí z ruské ambasády desítky dalších lidí km-Metro-CZ-CZ: "Republika vyhostí z ruské ambasády desítky dalších lidí..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Podpora Česka? Jen slovní km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "Podpora Česka? Jen slovní..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Remíza s Ruskem. Na diplomaty 7:7 km-Mlada-Fronta-DNES-CZ: "Remíza s Ruskem. Na diplomaty 7:7..." page: 1 info: by Ondřej Krutilek date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Ruleta km-Pravo-CZ: "Ruleta..." page: 6 info: by Josef Koukal date: Friday, April 23, 2021

NATO reaffirmed its solidarity with the Czech Republic in its confrontation with Russia

[Estonia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

NATO allies reaffirmed their solidarity with the Czech Republic on Thursday in the face of growing opposition with Russia but did not offer any joint action against Moscow, several sources report. On Tuesday, the Czech Republic also called on other members of the European Union and NATO to send out Russian diplomats to show joint support, such as during the Skripal toxic attack on Britain.

NATO reaffirmed its solidarity with the Czech Republic in its confrontation with Russia / NATO kinnitas Tšehhile solidaarsust vastasseisus Venemaaga km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "NATO reaffirmed its solidarity with the Czech Republic in its ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-04-23 05:40:00, 00:35:00, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:40:00 AM CEST

NATO reaffirmed its solidarity with the Czech Republic in its confrontation with Russia / NATO kinnitas Tšehhile solidaarsust vastasseisus Venemaaga km-Postimees-Online-EE: "NATO reaffirmed its solidarity with the Czech Republic in its ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Interview with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on the situation in Chad and Russia

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:42:00 AM CEST

In an interview with France 2, French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian talks about situation in Chad and relations with Russia. Talking about President Déby’s recent passing, he argues that Chad represents Europe’s southern-most border, reminding the High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will be representing the EU at the funeral. On the political transition he states that this is an exceptional situation. For him the role of the military council, led by President Déby’s son, will be to guarantee stability in the country and organise a democratic transition. On Russia, he argues that there are currently three concerns: the rise of authoritarianism internally, the escalation at Ukraine’s border and increased interference on the democratic process of foreign countries. He states that should Alexei Navalny die in prison, Europe would take sanctions against Russia.

Navalny: EU and Russia at loggerheads / Navalny: bras de fer entre l'UE et la Russie km-ARTE-FR: "Navalny: EU and Russia at loggerheads / Navalny: bras de ..." info: 28 minutes, 2021-04-22 20:20:00, 00:01:48, by Elisabeth Quin date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:20:00 PM CEST

Repression of pro-Navalny demonstrations, threats to the EU and the US / Répression des manifestations pro-Navalny, menaces envers l'UE et les Etats Unis km-ARTE-FR: "Repression of pro-Navalny demonstrations, threats to the EU and the ..." info: 28 minutes, 2021-04-22 20:31:00, 00:05:19, by Elisabeth Quin date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:31:00 PM CEST

Interview with Jean-Yves Le Drian on the situation in Chad and Russia's drift (1/2) / Entretien avec Jean-Yves Le Drian sur la situation au Tchad et les dérives de la Russie (1/2) km-FRANCE-2-FR: "Interview with Jean-Yves Le Drian on the situation in Chad ..." info: Les 4 verites, 2021-04-22 07:38:00, 00:06:24, by Caroline Roux date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

Interview with Jean-Yves Le Drian on the situation in Chad and Russia's drift (2/2) / Entretien avec Jean-Yves Le Drian sur la situation au Tchad et les dérives de la Russie (2/2) km-FRANCE-2-FR: "Interview with Jean-Yves Le Drian on the situation in Chad ..." info: Les 4 verites, 2021-04-22 07:44:00, 00:03:16, by Caroline Roux date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

Jean de Gliniasty: "Confronted with US influence, we have forgotten our cultural links with Russia" / Jean de Gliniasty: « Nous avons oublié nos liens culturels avec la russie, face à la prégnance des états-unis » km-HD-Humanite-Dimanche-FR: "Jean de Gliniasty: "Confronted with US influence, we have forgotten ..." page: 34,35,36 info: by Vadim Kamenka date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Constructive dialogue between Europe and Russia is hard to find / Entre l’Europe et la Russie, un introuvable dialogue "constructif" km-Monde-FR: "Constructive dialogue between Europe and Russia is hard to find ..." page: 3 info: by Piotr Smolar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Chad: Libyan links of rebels hinder France / Tchad: les liens libyens des rebelles gênent la France km-Opinion-FR: "Chad: Libyan links of rebels hinder France / Tchad: les ..." page: 1,8 info: by Jean-Dominique Merchet date: Friday, April 23, 2021

When the EU was training Myanmar's police force

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:13:00 AM CEST

Libération reports on the past EU police training mission in Myanmar (MYPOL), which aimed to train police forces in the best international practices and respect for human rights. In the context of current police violence in the country, many are pointing fingers at the EU, arguing that knowledge and material gained during the mission may now be used in the police repression. Sources confirmed that despite a European ruling from May 2013 forbidding the sale of defence equipment to Myanmar, thousands of helmets, shields and other gear were provided during the pilot phase of MYPOL. The EU delegation in Myanmar defended the mission stating that the current police behaviour “goes against MYPOL’s objectives and are solely the responsibility of those implicated and their chain of command.” Focussing also on the situation in Myanmar, La Croix reported that the EU sanctioned ten junta members and two business which are funding it.  High Representative/Vice-President Borrell stated that “the repression must cease,” adding that “continuing on the current path will only bring more suffering  and will grant no legitimacy.”

Myanmar under international pressure / La Birmanie sous pression internationale km-Croix-FR: "Myanmar under international pressure / La Birmanie sous pression internationale..." page: 9 info: by Dorian Malovic date: Friday, April 23, 2021

When the EU was training Myanmar's police force / Quand l'Union européenne formait la police birmane km-Liberation-FR: "When the EU was training Myanmar's police force / Quand ..." page: 10,11 info: by Guillaume Pajot date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Switzerland struggles to define its relations with the EU

[France, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 5:34:00 AM CEST

Le Monde reports that the president of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin, is due to meet President von der Leyen to discuss the framework agreement that was signed in 2018. Switzerland is not an EU member, but since the early 2000s it has gradually adopted almost all of its regulations, aligning itself with EU practices. Bilateral negotiations, which began in 2014, led in December 2018 to a global agreement, which would establish all the different interpretations of the famous "bilaterals." President von der Leyen's entourage points out that "the Commission would already be satisfied to understand what the Swiss want. Do they still support the framework agreement," the entourage wonders. The answer is still unclear, as the Swiss government has not yet given any indication.

Switzerland struggles to define relations with EU / La Suisse peine à définir ses relations avec l'Union européenne km-Monde-FR: "Switzerland struggles to define relations with EU / La Suisse ..." page: 6 info: by SERGE ENDERLIN date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Czech Senate calls for severance of friendship agreement with Russia

[Latvia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 7:21:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, Czech MPs call to break the agreement on friendly relations and co-operation with Russia and a reduction in the number of Russian embassy staff, given the investigation into the involvement of Russian special services in the 2014 Czech munitions bombing. Senators also call for the Vrbětice case to be discussed in the UN Security Council, as well as in NATO and the European Union, and for help from the Allies. The 2014 bombings in Vrbětice should be seen as an "act of national terrorism" against the Czech Republic, a member of the European Union, and therefore against the EU as a whole, senators say.

Czech Senate calls for severance of friendship agreement with Russia / Čehijas Senāts aicina saraut draudzības līgumu ar Krieviju km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Czech Senate calls for severance of friendship agreement with Russia ..." info: by LETA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine condemn Russia’s aggression, Russia says it is withdrawing troops

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

15min.lt and Lrytas.lt report that representatives of three parliaments – Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania – issued a joint statement of support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russia’s aggressive actions. “This is not a bilateral conflict, this is aggression by one side, and this side is Russia. We want to unite all our efforts so that this conflict ends, and Ukraine regains the integrity of its borders. We saw a terrible situation today, and together we must stop it,” Deputy Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Paulius Saudargas said, as quoted by 15min.lt. Delfi.lt and Alfa.lt write that Russia will begin withdrawing its military forces from the Ukrainian border starting Friday, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu announced. “I believe that the goals of the snap inspection have been fully achieved,” the Minister said, as quoted by Alfa.lt. “The troops demonstrated the ability to reliably defend the country. In this regard, I have decided to complete the Southern and Western military district reviews,” he added.

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine condemn Russia’s aggression / Lietuvos, Lenkijos ir Ukrainos parlamentų atstovai pasmerkė agresyvius Rusijos veiksmus km-15min.lt-LT: "Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine condemn Russia’s aggression / Lietuvos, Lenkijos ir ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Russia says it is withdrawing troops / Rusija skelbiasi atitraukianti pajėgas nuo Ukrainos sienos km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Russia says it is withdrawing troops / Rusija skelbiasi atitraukianti ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Russia says it is withdrawing troops / Rusija atitraukia karius: skelbiama, kad „tikslas pasiektas“ km-Delfi.lt-LT: "Russia says it is withdrawing troops / Rusija atitraukia karius: ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine condemn Russia’s aggression, Russia says it is withdrawing troops / Lietuvos, Lenkijos ir Ukrainos parlamentų atstovai pasmerkė agresyvius Rusijos veiksmus km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine condemn Russia’s aggression, Russia says it is ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

NATO, European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in dispute with Russia

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets write that NATO allies have expressed “full solidarity” with the Czech Republic as its dispute with Russia intensifies, but has refrained from proposing joint action against Moscow. “The Allies are deeply concerned about the destabilising actions that Russia continues to engage in throughout the Euro-Atlantic area, as well as in Alliance territory, and express their full solidarity with the Czech Republic,” NATO report reads, as quoted by Delfi.lt. 15min.lt adds that the European Union also expressed solidarity. “The fact is that there is an indisputable solidarity of the European Union with the Czech Republic, as well as a very strong European Union position on Russia in all aspects discussed: Navalny, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, other Russian actions in the territories of member states,” 15min.lt quotes Spokesman for High Representative/Vice-President Borrell Peter Stano.

European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in dispute with Russia / ES reiškia solidarumą su Čekija, tęsiantis ginčui su Rusija km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in dispute ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

NATO, European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in dispute with Russia / NATO sąjungininkai solidarizuojasi su Čekija, bet prieš Rusija veiksmų neskuba imtis km-Alfa.lt-LT: "NATO, European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

NATO, European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in dispute with Russia / NATO reiškia visišką solidarumą su Čekija ginče su Rusija km-Delfi.lt-LT: "NATO, European Union expresses full solidarity with Czech Republic in ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Volkov impersonator met with Baltic parliamentarians

[Lithuania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Lrytas.lt and 15min.lt write that a man pretending to be Leonid Volkov, an ally of Alexei Navalny, attended remote meetings with Baltic and Ukrainian parliamentarians. The Chairman of the Seimas Foreign Affairs Committee Žygimantas Pavilionis claims that while speaking with an impostor, he was asked to help establish contacts with members of the United States Congress. “Surprisingly, they used fairly high technology in the conversations because the face really looked like Volkov. It was likely the deepfake technology. If you do not know a person well and do not know their voice, it can trick you,” the Chairman said, as quoted by 15min.lt.

Volkov impersonator met with Baltic parliamentarians / A.Navalno sąjungininku apsimetęs asmuo virtualiai susitiko su Baltijos šalių parlamentarais km-15min.lt-LT: "Volkov impersonator met with Baltic parliamentarians / A.Navalno sąjungininku apsimetęs ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Volkov impersonator met with Baltic parliamentarians / Atskleidė provokacines atakas prieš Lietuvą, Latviją ir Estiją: vyras apsimetė mūsų šalyje esančiu A. Navalno atstovu km-lrytas.lt-LT: "Volkov impersonator met with Baltic parliamentarians / Atskleidė provokacines atakas ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Russia completely unexpectedly begins withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border

[Netherlands, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:10:00 AM CEST

Russia will begin withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian border on Friday, Trouw reports. This means that the situation surrounding the sudden military build-up seems to be somewhat relaxed. The fact that the army is now retreating comes as a surprise. In recent weeks, tensions between Moscow and the West have risen as it was unclear what intentions were behind the sudden massive Russian troop build-up on the Ukrainian border. After he summoned the troops home, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said the army must nevertheless stand by in the event of 'unfavourable' developments surrounding NATO's Defender Europe programme. The sudden Russian troop build-up of recent weeks fueled the rumor machine about a possible invasion of Ukraine, such as in 2014. Due to the unclear Russian intentions, it also sounded that the Kremlin would be out to test the new US president Joe Biden and the disrupt Ukraine's accession process to NATO. The Kremlin itself insisted that this was a regular military exercise.

Virtuele klimaattop met 40 wereldleiders km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "Virtuele klimaattop met 40 wereldleiders..." info: Nos journaal, 2021-04-22 18:01:00, 00:00:42, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:01:00 PM CEST

Rusland sommeert zijn troepen plots weer naar huis km-Trouw-NL: "Rusland sommeert zijn troepen plots weer naar huis..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Rusland trekt troepen terug bij Oekraïense grens, is een oorlog afgewend? Rusland trekt troepen terug bij Oekraïense grens, is een oorlog afgewend? km-volkskrant.nl-NL: "Rusland trekt troepen terug bij Oekraïense grens, is een oorlog ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Romania is to host Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral meeting on security

[Romania, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets, including B1 TV station, report that Romania is to host the Romania-Poland-Turkey trilateral meeting on security today and tomorrow. The meeting takes place in full crisis generated by the Russian military troops deployed at the border with Ukraine, in a move that the Western community sees as hostile. According to Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, Turkey remains Romania’s main non-EU economic partner.

Foreign ministers from five countries, in Romania / Ştirile Antena 3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Foreign ministers from five countries, in Romania / Ştirile Antena ..." info: Ştirile Antena 3, 2021-04-22 08:18:00, 00:02:50, by Florin Badea date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:18:00 AM CEST

Meeting in Bucharest / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Meeting in Bucharest / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-04-22 11:28:00, 00:01:56, by Moraru Andreea date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:28:00 AM CEST

Meeting in Bucharest / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Meeting in Bucharest / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 19:13:00, 00:01:56, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM CEST

Slovakia expulses three Russian diplomats in reaction to explosion in Czech Republic

[Slovakia, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Slovak media pay attention to the involvement of Russian intelligence in the explosion of ammunition depots in the Czech Republic and reaction of Slovakia and other allies of the Czech Republic. SME daily notes that Czechs await a joint reaction of the EU and points to the reaction in case of poisoning of Sergei Skripal. The daily reports that Slovakia expulsed three Russian diplomats in reaction to the matter. TV channel STV1 notes that Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek asked NATO Members for expulsion of Russian diplomats. However, member states have not agreed on a joint stance. Hospodárske noviny daily features an interview with Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď who notes that Slovakia made a decision which showed that it stood at the right side. In his commentary for Pravda, Marián Repa notes that the decision to expulse Russian diplomats was the only option for the Czech Republic. He concludes that Slovakia should not be naive as regards its relations with Russia. By expulsion of diplomats from Bratislava, the country expressed its solidarity and showed that its own security was important, he conludes.

Bilčík: V EÚ sa nemôžeme tváriť, že sa nič nedeje a robiť ďalej biznis s Ruskom (podcast Európa) km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Bilčík: V EÚ sa nemôžeme tváriť, že sa nič nedeje ..." info: by Denisa Hopková date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Rusko sa správa arogantne, agenti sú aj u nás km-Hospodarske-Noviny-Slovakia-SK: "Rusko sa správa arogantne, agenti sú aj u nás..." page: 4 info: by Romana Hlavanda Gogová date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Prestrelka diplomatov km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Prestrelka diplomatov..." page: 24 info: by Marián Repa date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Czechs wait for European reaction / Česi očakávajú európsku reakciu km-SME-SK: "Czechs wait for European reaction / Česi očakávajú európsku reakciu..." page: 11 info: by Nina Sobotovičová date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Slovakia expels Moscow’s diplomats / Slovensko vyhostilo diplomatov Moskvy km-SME-SK: "Slovakia expels Moscow’s diplomats / Slovensko vyhostilo diplomatov Moskvy..." page: 10 info: by Michal KATUŠKA date: Friday, April 23, 2021

NATO společnou diplomatickou odvetu nepřijalo km-STV-1-SK: "NATO společnou diplomatickou odvetu nepřijalo..." info: Správy, 2021-04-22 19:05:00, 00:01:11, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:05:00 PM CEST

NATO to push for new transatlantic relationship at leaders' summit in Brussels

[Spain, EU_FOREIGN_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

El País reports that NATO will inaugurate a new era in the transatlantic relationship with a leaders' summit in Brussels on 14 June. US President Joe Biden will meet with allies for the first time since taking office in January. The Atlantic Alliance is preparing to turn the page on an era, under Donald Trump, in which the United States even threatened to leave the organisation. Difficult relations between EU leaders, in particular France's Emmanuel Macron, and former President Trump came to threaten the survival of NATO, which was called into question on both sides of the Atlantic.

NATO to push for new transatlantic relationship at leaders' summit in Brussels / La OTAN impulsará la nueva relación transatlántica en una cumbre de líderes en Bruselas km-Pais-ES: "NATO to push for new transatlantic relationship at leaders' summit ..." page: 4 info: by LLUÍS PELLICER date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD

The EU is surrounded by potential conflicts

[Belgium, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:47:00 AM CEST

Many news outlets mention the EU neighbourhood. In De Standaard, Caroline De Gruyter writes that tensions at the Russian-Ukrainian border are only one of many potential conflicts surrounding the EU. Recently, Turkey refused inspections by the French navy to uphold an arms embargo against Libya, and it escorted oil ships into Greek waters. The Baltic states and Poland are anti-Russian, but Hungary and Austria try hard not to provoke Moscow. France and Italy support opposing sides in Libya. Europe is divided about gas exploration in Cyprus. As many EU countries have let their troops go to waste since 1989, Europe must be very careful and diplomatic. The daily notes that Russia has announced the withdrawal of its troops near the Ukrainian border and on Crimea. La Libre Belgique’s Sabine Verhelst opines that the EU needs a real strategy to deal with Moscow, as the fight against money laundering and the sanctions against Russia have not had much success. Le Soir writes that Prague accused the Russian secret service of being responsible for an explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetice in 2014. Last week, the US sent ten Russian diplomats home, and the EU and NATO members have expressed concern and solidarity with the Czech Republic. Demorgen.be quotes High Representative/Vice-President Borrell: "This was the largest build-up ever of the Russian army near the border with Ukraine."

Russia announces troops withdrawal / La Russie annonce le début du retrait de ses troupes km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Russia announces troops withdrawal / La Russie annonce le début ..." page: 13 info: by Anonymous date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Moscow announces the start of troop withdrawals / Moscou annonce le début du retrait de ses troupes km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Moscow announces the start of troop withdrawals / Moscou annonce ..." page: 21 info: by Belga date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russia terminates military exercise at Ukrainian border / Rusland stopt met militaire oefeningen aan grens oekraïne km-Morgen-BE: "Russia terminates military exercise at Ukrainian border / Rusland stopt ..." page: 8 info: by Reuters date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russians remove troops from Ukrianian border / Russen trekken troepen terug van grens met Oekraïne km-Nieuwsblad-Belgium-BE: "Russians remove troops from Ukrianian border / Russen trekken troepen ..." page: 17 info: by Belga date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe's complacency with President Tayyip Erdoğan is self-destructive

[Belgium, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

President of the Belgian Armenian Association Nicolas Tavitian writes an op-ed in La Libre Belgique about the EU-Turkey relations. He notes that Europe's weak stance on Turkey could lead to the abandonment of the European humanist and internationalist ideals. He believes that European countries should realise the danger posed by Turkey's negationism regarding the Armenian genocide. President Tayyip Erdoğan still worships the perpetrators of the genocide. Europe did not do anything to protect the peoples threatened by Turkey. Moreover, the EU even outsourced its migration policy to Ankara. Sofagate's main actors, Presidents Michel and von der Leyen, clearly illustrated Europe's amateurism and lack of unity in the face of Ankara's potentate.

Europe's complacency with Erdogan is self-destructive / La complaisance de l’Europe envers Erdogan est suicidaire km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Europe's complacency with Erdogan is self-destructive / La complaisance de ..." page: 40-41 info: by Tavitian date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU confirms was not invited to attend informal UN summit on Cyprus

[Cyprus, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:33:00 AM CEST

European Commission/EEAS Spokesperson Peter Stano told the Cyprus News Agency yesterday that the EU has not been invited by the UN to participate in the informal 5+1 summit on the Cyprus problem, which will take place in Geneva next week, most media outlets report."We stressed several times... that the EU welcomes the forthcoming talks on the Cyprus problem... and remains fully committed to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem in line with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council," he stated. He further noted that the EU looks forward to the resumption of the UN-led Cyprus talks and remains ready to play an active role in supporting the negotiations, including by appointing a representative to the UN good offices missions." A comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem will be beneficial for Cyprus and the EU and security and stability in the region, he concluded.Angelina Eichhorst, Managing Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans, Turkey and the United Kingdom at the European External Action Service, will represent the EU in Geneva and is expected to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit, Cyprus Mail reports.Media outlets recall that the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot side rejected the participation of the EU as an observer at the summit, claiming that it is siding Greece and the Greek Cypriots.Speaking to Alpha TV, Cyprus Government Spokesperson Kyriakos Koushos said the Greek Cypriot side is disappointed over this development because the EU could have played a significant role at the informal summit, however, an extended team from the EU will be present in Geneva during the summit.Phileleftheros reports that minor opposition parties have expressed concern over the development and called on the governments of Greece and Cyprus to take steps to ensure that the EU will be officially invited and will attend the informal summit.Meanwhile, media outlets report that UNSG Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Wednesday the UN hopes the parties attending the informal meeting will "attend the talks in Geneva next week with creativity," noting that the purpose of the meeting is solely "to determine whether a common ground exists for the parties to negotiate a lasting solution to the Cyprus issue within a foreseeable horizon."

Η στρατηγική Αναστασιάδη σήμερα στο Εθνικό Συμβούλιο km-Alithia-CY: "Η στρατηγική Αναστασιάδη σήμερα στο Εθνικό Συμβούλιο..." page: 1,5 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:39:00, 20:39:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:39:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:47:00, 20:47:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:47:00 PM CEST

EU won't take part in talks but will hold bilateral meetings / EU won't take part in talks but will hold bilateral meetings km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU won't take part in talks but will hold bilateral ..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

United Nations says it hopes parties attend talks with creativity / United Nations says it hopes parties attend talks with creativity km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "United Nations says it hopes parties attend talks with creativity ..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:37:00, 20:37:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:37:00 PM CEST

Κόμματα ζητούν διαβήματα για ευρωπαϊκή συμμετοχή km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Κόμματα ζητούν διαβήματα για ευρωπαϊκή συμμετοχή..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The EU confirms that it has not received an invitation / Επιβεβαιώνει την μη παραλαβή πρόσκλησης km-Phileleftheros-CY: "The EU confirms that it has not received an invitation ..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Guterres wants them creative in Geneva / Ο Γκουτέρες τους θέλει στη Γενεύη δημιουργικούς km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Guterres wants them creative in Geneva / Ο Γκουτέρες τους ..." page: 1,4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EE: Δε λάβαμε μέχρι σήμερα πρόσκληση για την πενταμερή km-Philenews.com-CY: "EE: Δε λάβαμε μέχρι σήμερα πρόσκληση για την πενταμερή..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

UN: The parties should come with creativity to the five-party meeting / ΗΕ: Τα μέρη να προσέλθουν με δημιουργικότητα στην πενταμερή km-Philenews.com-CY: "UN: The parties should come with creativity to the five-party ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:22:00, 20:22:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:22:00 PM CEST

Ελπίδα ΟΗΕ ότι τα μέρη θα προσέλθουν με δημιουργικότητα στην άτυπη πενταμερή km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Ελπίδα ΟΗΕ ότι τα μέρη θα προσέλθουν με δημιουργικότητα στην ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Stano: The EU has not received an invitation by the UN for the five-party meeting thus far / Στάνο: Η ΕΕ δεν έλαβε μέχρι σήμερα πρόσκληση από ΗΕ για την πενταμερή km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Stano: The EU has not received an invitation by the ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Moscow withdraws troops from the Ukrainian border

[France, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:44:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports that Russia will begin withdrawing its troops from near Ukraine and annexed Crimea, a massive military presence that has worried the West. The EU had estimated that 100,000 troops, backed by fighter jets and Iskander missiles, were massed near the Ukrainian border, by far the largest Russian deployment since 2014. The Kremlin claimed the deployment was for training exercises, the objectives of which were "fully achieved", said Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who ordered the "return of troops to their permanent deployment points" starting Friday. On Thursday, President Zelensky welcomed the " decrease in tension." Moscow blames Kiev for not fully implementing the Minsk agreements that essentially ended the war in 2015 and which provide for a very large autonomy of the two separatist regions.

Russia Troop withdrawal near Ukraine and in annexed Crimea / Russie Retrait des troupes près de l'Ukraine et en Crimée annexée km-Croix-FR: "Russia Troop withdrawal near Ukraine and in annexed Crimea / ..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Moscow withdraws troops from the Ukrainian border / Moscou retire ses troupes de la frontière ukrainienne km-Echos-FR: "Moscow withdraws troops from the Ukrainian border / Moscou retire ..." page: 7 info: by A. R date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Moscow to withdraw troops near Ukraine / Moscou va retirer ses troupes près de l'Ukraine km-Figaro-FR: "Moscow to withdraw troops near Ukraine / Moscou va retirer ..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Romanian president concerned about 'tensions' between Russia and Ukraine / Le président roumain inquiet des « tensions » entre la Russie et l'Ukraine km-Figaro-FR: "Romanian president concerned about 'tensions' between Russia and Ukraine / ..." page: 36 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Putin raises his voice to Western countries / Poutine hausse le ton face aux pays occidentaux km-Humanite-FR: "Putin raises his voice to Western countries / Poutine hausse ..." page: 22 info: by Nadjib Touaibia date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"I consider the objectives of the surprise exercises to have been fully met. The troops [near the Ukrainian border] have demonstrated their ability to provide reliable defence of the country." / «Je considère que les objectifs des exercices surprises sont pleinement remplis. Les troupes [russes proches de la frontière ukrainienne] ont démontré leur capacité à assurer une défense fiable du pays.» km-Liberation-FR: ""I consider the objectives of the surprise exercises to have ..." page: 17 info: by V.D date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The EU to have informal status in the pentalateral meeting for the Cyprus issue

[Greece, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:16:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report on the latest developments in view of the informal meeting for the Cyprus issue and the status of the EU in it. Efimerida Syntakton highlights that the informal pentalateral meeting of the UN for the Cyprus issue is expected to take place in Geneva next week with many obstacles regarding the procedure and the substance of the talks. Ankara insists on its refusal to allow the EU to participate as an observer and ultimately, the formula that is promoted by UN Secretary-General António Guterres concerns the informal presence of a European representative. According to the unofficial schedule plan that the UN has shaped, Mr Guterres will chair the meeting. The leaders of the two communities, namely President of the Republic of Cyprus Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot community leader Ersin Tatar, will participate in it along with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the three guarantor powers, specifically Greece, Turkey and Britain. A representative will be invited on behalf of the EU. However, the representative will not be allowed to participate at the start nor at the conclusion of the meeting’s works. Media note that Lead Commission Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano stated that the EU welcomes the imminent talks on the Cyprus issue, adding that the EU remains committed to finding a solution based on the UN Security Council decisions. According to spokesperson Stano, the Commission has not been invited yet to Geneva, noting that this issue is a responsibility of the UN. Avgi notes that expectations from the meeting are low since Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot community state that they will propose a two-state solution, while the Republic of Cyprus and Greece favour the Bizonal Bicommunal Federation. Meanwhile, Naftemporiki and Ta Nea mention that speaking with Greek television station Alpha, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis stated yesterday that a meeting with Turkish President Erdoğan will not be delayed for much longer.

Pentalateral meeting for the Cyprus issue without the EU / Πενταμερής για το Κυπριακό χωρίς την Ε.Ε. km-Avghi-GR: "Pentalateral meeting for the Cyprus issue without the EU / ..." page: 18 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Π. Στάνο: Η ΕΕ παραμένει πλήρως προσηλωμένη στην εξεύρεση λύσης στο Κυπριακό km-capital.gr-GR: "Π. Στάνο: Η ΕΕ παραμένει πλήρως προσηλωμένη στην εξεύρεση λύσης ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Difficulties in view of the Cyprus issue started / Αρχισαν οι δυσκολίες εν όψει Κυπριακού km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "Difficulties in view of the Cyprus issue started / Αρχισαν ..." page: 15 info: by BABIS AGROLAMPOS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commission supports the resolution of the Cyprus issue / Η Κομισιόν στηρίζει την εξεύρεση λύσης του Κυπριακού km-ERT1-GR: "Commission supports the resolution of the Cyprus issue / Η ..." info: Kentriko deltio eidiseon, 2021-04-22 21:23:00, 00:02:42, by Andriana Paraskevopoulou date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:23:00 PM CEST

The Commission announced the expansion of emission trading to buildings and transports / Κομισιόν: Λύση στο Κυπριακό στη βάση αποφάσεων του ΟΗΕ km-euro2day.gr-GR: "The Commission announced the expansion of emission trading to buildings ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Εκπρόσωπος Κομισιόν: Η ΕΕ παραμένει πλήρως προσηλωμένη στην εξεύρεση λύσης στο Κυπριακό km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Εκπρόσωπος Κομισιόν: Η ΕΕ παραμένει πλήρως προσηλωμένη στην εξεύρεση λύσης ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Negotiations in the Greek-Turkish issues in full swing / Σε πλήρη εξέλιξη οι διαπραγματεύσεις στα ελληνοτουρκικά km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Negotiations in the Greek-Turkish issues in full swing / Σε ..." page: 19 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The meeting with Turkish President Erdogan “will not delay much longer” / Το ραντεβού με τον Ερντογάν δεν θα αργήσει ιδιαίτερα km-Ta-Nea-GR: "The meeting with Turkish President Erdogan “will not delay much ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Κυπριακό : Η ΕΕ δεν έχει λάβει επίσημη πρόσκληση για την Πενταμερή της Γενεύης – Τι είπε ο Πήτερ Στάνο km-Vima-online-GR: "Κυπριακό : Η ΕΕ δεν έχει λάβει επίσημη πρόσκληση για ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Putin recalls troop from the Ukrainian border

[Italy, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

Il Sole 24 ore reports that Russia has eventually put an end to its “show of force” at the border with the Ukrainian region of Donbas. All the troops deployed in the western and southern districts have been withdrawn and relocated to their permanent bases. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu said the troops have “proved their ability to defend the country” in the drills that saw the deployment of hundreds of aircraft and thousands of men. Commenting on the news, NATO argued that this is a “relevant, long-due step back”. Moreover, Russia invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to an official meeting in Moscow, who had previously invited President Putin to a bilateral meeting in Donbas.

Putin recalls troop from the Ukrainian border / Putin richiama le truppe dal confine ucraino km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "Putin recalls troop from the Ukrainian border / Putin richiama ..." page: 1,12 info: by —Antonella Scott date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russia’s withdrawal of troops from Ukrainian border is only an apparent military retreat

[Poland, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:05:00 AM CEST

Five dailies report that during a visit to the Crimea, Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu ordered the commanders-in-chief of southern and western military units to retreat the troops located in the neighbourhood of Ukraine to their bases. He announced that the tasks set by the Kremlin had been executed and the troops may come back to places of their permanent dislocation. Nevertheless, expert stress that these are only apparent actions because in reality Russia conducts massive military manoeuvres in the occupied Crimea where reportedly 10,000 soldiers and 1,200 battling units are located. Rzeczpospolita notes that this decision implies that the centre of conflicts with Russia moves from Ukraine to the Czech Republic and Belarus. Prague is in the process of expelling the next Russian diplomats form the country in retaliation for Russian attack of Czech ammunition depot back in 2014. The daily notes that in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko went to Moscow to discuss even terms of even tighter integration with Russia. Polska The Times reports that a diplomatic war with Russia is ongoing and it involves actions of Russian spies and secret services. Gazeta Wyborcza reports that on Thursday, the Council of Europe appealed to Russia for releasing the oppositionist Alexei Navalny from prison and immediately offering to him proper medical care.

Unit 29155 / unit 29155 km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Unit 29155 / unit 29155..." page: 1 info: by Michal Potocki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russia's apparent retreat / Russia's apparent retreat km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Russia's apparent retreat / Russia's apparent retreat..." page: 1 info: by Konrad Wysocki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe is pushing Russia / Europe is pushing Russia km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Europe is pushing Russia / Europe is pushing Russia..." page: 14 info: by Wiktoria Bieliaszyn date: Friday, April 23, 2021

the whole world is spying on power / Putin's next diplomatic war, that is, the whole world is spying on power km-Polska-The-Times-PL: "the whole world is spying on power / Putin's next ..." page: 1 info: by Dorota Kowalska date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Czech ultimatum for Moscow / Czech ultimatum for Moscow km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "Czech ultimatum for Moscow / Czech ultimatum for Moscow..." page: 1 info: by Andrzej Lomanowski date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Romanian President Iohannis to convene CSAT over tensions in eastern Ukraine

[Romania, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Several media, including Revista22.ro, report that Romanian President Iohannis announced that he would convene the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) next week to discuss the situation in the Black Sea area and Russia’s military build-up at the border with Ukraine. The head of state pointed out that Romanian authorities knew the situation in the field very well. President Iohannis added that he had discussed the matter with Defence Minister Nicolae Ciucă, but also with other leaders of specialised services, Mediafax.ro writes.

Strategy to protect Black Sea / Știrile Antena 3 km-Antena-3-Romania-RO: "Strategy to protect Black Sea / Știrile Antena 3..." info: Știrile Antena 3, 2021-04-22 15:16:00, 00:02:15, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:16:00 PM CEST

Strategy to protect Black Sea / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Strategy to protect Black Sea / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-04-22 14:01:00, 00:01:38, by Vila George date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:01:00 PM CEST

Iohannis calls CSAT meeting over tensions in eastern Ukraine: "The situation is worrying. Tensions have appeared in Black Sea region" / Iohannis convoacă şedinţă CSAT pentru tensiunile din estul Ucrainei: „Situaţia este îngrijorătoare. Au apărut tensiuni în regiunea Mării Negre” km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Iohannis calls CSAT meeting over tensions in eastern Ukraine: "The ..." info: by Gabriel Pecheanu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Special CSAT meeting over situation in Ukraine / Ştirile ProTV km-ProTV-RO: "Special CSAT meeting over situation in Ukraine / Ştirile ProTV..." info: Ştirile protv, 2021-04-22 19:17:00, 00:00:42, by Esca Andreea date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:17:00 PM CEST

Klaus Iohannis convenes CSAT over Russia-Ukraine tensions: "We are extremely worried" / Klaus Iohannis convoacă CSAT pentru tensiunile Rusia-Ucraina: „Suntem extrem de îngrijorați” km-revista22.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis convenes CSAT over Russia-Ukraine tensions: "We are extremely ..." info: by Redactia date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Klaus Iohannis convenes CSAT over Russia-Ukraine tensions / Klaus Iohannis convoacă CSAT pentru tensiunile Rusia-Ucraina km-rfi.ro-RO: "Klaus Iohannis convenes CSAT over Russia-Ukraine tensions / Klaus Iohannis ..." info: by Mirela Dădăcuș date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission brokers agreement to end constitutional crisis in Georgia

[Slovakia, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Daily Pravda reports that Georgia’s constitutional crisis has ended after six months of negotiations thanks to pressure from Brussels and Washington. The European Commission helped mediate an agreement between the country’s political parties. President Michel is quoted as saying that the agreement is not a finish line. “It is a starting point for your work towards consolidating Georgia's democracy”, the President said. Nevertheless, the daily notes that the country’s biggest opposition party, the United National Movement, refrained from signing the document, stating it will not join in until its leader Nika Melia is released from prison.

European Commission brokers agreement to end constitutional crisis in Georgia / Sokovia sa udobrili. Západ s nimi už strácal trpezlivosť km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "European Commission brokers agreement to end constitutional crisis in Georgia ..." page: 23 info: by Miroslav Caplovic date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukrainian border

[Sweden, EUROPEAN_NEIGHBOURHOOD]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:45:00 AM CEST

An announcement from Moscow claims that Russia is ordering its troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border from Friday and return to their permanent bases, report multiple media outlets. Aftonbladet.se reports, quoting news agency TT, that it is not clear whether the withdrawal decision applies to all soldiers who have been part of the Russian military mobilisation at the Ukrainian border or not. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell recently said that 150,000 Russian soldiers were at the border. The withdrawal decision was announced by Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu who stated that inspections in the southern and western military districts have now been completed and that the soldiers can therefore return to their bases. According to Minister Shoigu, the soldiers should be back to bases by the beginning of May. Ukrainian President Zelensky said in a comment that Ukraine will always be on guard, but welcomes all actions to reduce military presence. He added that tensions will reduce if Russia's decision proves to be true.

Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras dra sig tillbaka km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras dra ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Putin withdraws troops from Ukrainian border / Putin drar tillbaka trupper från gränsen mot Ukraina km-espressen.se-SE: "Putin withdraws troops from Ukrainian border / Putin drar tillbaka ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras dra sig tillbaka km-Goteborgs-Posten-SE: "Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras dra ..." page: 31 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras tillbaka km-Jonkopingsposten-SE: "Russian soldiers ordered to withdraw / Ryska soldater beordras tillbaka..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

FINANCIAL_SERVICES

Europe is working on a quality label for sustainable funds

[Belgium, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Trends looks into a new European directive, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), which forces funds to be more transparent about the way they manage their assets. The first phase came into effect at the beginning of March and is intended to prevent savings and investment products from being unfairly sold as sustainable. Eventually, a European classification of companies will be made. According to Schroders' Carolina Minio-Paluello, the SFDR is the first stone on which the EU will build its sustainability policy: "The EU's ultimate goal is to let money flow to companies that make it possible for the economy to be CO2 neutral by 2050."  The road to SFDR was paved by the UN's 17 sustainable development goals and the Paris agreement. These rules require fund managers to communicate in much more detail about their investment process and the products they market in the EU.

Sustainability with a guarantee / Duurzaamheid met een garantie km-Trends-Belgium-BE: "Sustainability with a guarantee / Duurzaamheid met een garantie..." page: 100-101 info: by Dineur date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The EU introduces new certifications for sustainable investment products

[Denmark, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Børsen reports that the EU introduced the Disclosure Regulation, which is a classification system for sustainable investments, in March. This regulation forces pension funds and banks to disclose how sustainable their investment products are. Finance Denmark welcomes the regulation because it gives the financial sector a common scoring system, which will be more transparent for investors. The new regulation system will lead to two ways to mark sustainable investment products: they will be marked as light green if they can be characterised as sustainable or socially responsible, or they will be marked as dark green if their primary focus is on sustainable investments.

The EU introduces new certifications for sustainable investment products / NU SKAL GRØNNE INVESTERINGER BLÅSTEMPLES km-Borsen-DK: "The EU introduces new certifications for sustainable investment products / ..." page: 36 info: by Ulla Oppermann Blankholm date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU's new forest regulation criticised by MTK and forest industry: "Finland cannot accept this"

[Finland, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Several media report on reactions to the European Commission’s sustainable finance taxonomy proposal. Maaseudun Tulevaisuus reports that the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) says that Finland cannot approve the European Union's sustainable finance taxonomy proposal because it would bring forest owners a great deal more bureaucracy with no knowledge of what it would really achieve. In the future, forest companies would have to report on the sustainability of the wood they procure and this would result in new regulations for forest properties. Juha Hakkarainen, forest director at MTK, says the idea behind sustainable finance is nice but this is "bad and unclear" legislation. The Finnish Forest Industries Federation also considers that the Commission's proposal would weaken the sector's opportunities to use sustainable financing and that it would jeopardise the transition to a sustainable bio-based circular economy. A Talouselämä article reports on MEP Elsi Katainen’s opinions about the taxonomy. She is worried about the role of the agricultural sector in the taxonomy. She says that there is a risk the taxonomy will weaken forest owners’ access to financing. Perhaps the Commission thought that there won’t be enough opposition from Member States when it comes to the forest sector. Another article in Maaseudun Tulevaisuus reports that environmental organisations consider the European Commission's proposal for sustainable finance to be watered down. Greenpeace thinks that the proposal published on Wednesday should be rejected by the European Parliament and the European Council. The Commission worked on the financing criteria with various experts. The environmental organisations BirdLife, WWF, T&E, Beuc, and Ecos said on Thursday that they are leaving the expert working group supporting the formulation of the criteria.

EU Commission approved sustainable finance taxonomy / EU-komissio hyväksyi kestävän rahoituksen taksonomian km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "EU Commission approved sustainable finance taxonomy / EU-komissio hyväksyi kestävän ..." page: 14 info: by Harri Pietarinen date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Metsäteollisuus ja MTK eivät sulata EU:n päätöstä taksonomiasta: ”Suomen tulee vastustaa säädöstä ja kerätä riittävä määrä muita jäsenmaita tuekseen” km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Metsäteollisuus ja MTK eivät sulata EU:n päätöstä taksonomiasta: ”Suomen tulee ..." page: 17 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Meppi Elsi Katainen huolissaan metsätalouden kestävyysluokittelusta EU:ssa: ”Asetuksessa on ihan hupsuja yksityiskohtia” km-Kauppalehti-FI: "Meppi Elsi Katainen huolissaan metsätalouden kestävyysluokittelusta EU:ssa: ”Asetuksessa on ihan ..." page: 22 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU:n tuore metsäsääntely saa MTK:lta ja metsäteollisuudelta pyyhkeitä: "Suomi ei voi hyväksyä" km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "EU:n tuore metsäsääntely saa MTK:lta ja metsäteollisuudelta pyyhkeitä: "Suomi ei ..." page: 15 info: by Maria Pohjala date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Greenpeace: EU-esitys vesitti ilmastotavoitteet – viisi ympäristöjärjestöä marssi ulos kestävän rahoituksen työryhmästä km-Maaseudun-Tulevaisuus-FI: "Greenpeace: EU-esitys vesitti ilmastotavoitteet – viisi ympäristöjärjestöä marssi ulos kestävän ..." page: 19 info: by Maria Pohjala date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Metsäteollisuus ja MTK vetoavat: Suomen pitäisi vastustaa EU:n taksonomiasäädöstä ja hankkia liittolaisia km-Talouselama-FI: "Metsäteollisuus ja MTK vetoavat: Suomen pitäisi vastustaa EU:n taksonomiasäädöstä ja ..." page: 25 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Meppi Elsi Katainen metsätalouden kestävyysluokittelusta: ”EU-asetuksessa on ihan hupsuja yksityiskohtia” km-Talouselama-FI: "Meppi Elsi Katainen metsätalouden kestävyysluokittelusta: ”EU-asetuksessa on ihan hupsuja yksityiskohtia”..." page: 15 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Metsäteollisuuden Timo Jaatinen: Komission politiikka meni metsään km-Verkkouutiset.fi-FI: "Metsäteollisuuden Timo Jaatinen: Komission politiikka meni metsään..." info: by Arno Rydman date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Interview on sustainable finance

[France, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

In an in-depth interview with the French magazine "T La Tribune," Anne-Catherine Husson-Traore, member of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance created by the European Commission, evokes companies’ commitment towards environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. She notes that the year 2015 was a cornerstone, with the setting of the Paris Agreements and the UN Sustainable Developments Goals. Yet, “the regulations do not impose the necessary pace,” she stresses. She also notes that the European Commission's action plan on sustainable finance launched in March 2018 is to bear fruit, with specific benchmarks in line with the Paris Agreement and another focused on the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Brussels seeks to green financial investments / Bruxelles cherche à verdir les investissements financiers km-Liberation-FR: "Brussels seeks to green financial investments / Bruxelles cherche à ..." page: 8,9 info: by Coralie Schaub date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"The key is partly in the financial sphere" / « La clé se trouve en partie dans la sphère financière » km-Tribune-FR: ""The key is partly in the financial sphere" / « ..." page: 46,47,48,49,50 info: by Lysiane J. Baudu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz denied complicity in the Wirecard scandal in front of the committee

[Germany, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets touch on the topic of the Wirecard scandal and the work of the investigative committee of the Bundestag.In an interview with Handelsblatt, MP Hans Michelbach (CSU) argues that the investigative committee of the Bundestag had to interview over 80 witnesses in more than 40 sessions in regard to the Wirecard scandal so far. The first big mistake in the affair was that Wirecard was classified as a technology company instead of a financial holding, which helped it evade general supervision. Obviously, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) did not see through its business model. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier must be questioned about their responsibility for the disaster.Minister Scholz has denied any complicity in front of the Wirecard investigative committee of the Bundestag, ARD reports. His ministry supervises the financial oversight authority BaFin, which has overlooked the fraud for billions over many years. The strategy of Minister Scholz has been forward defence, and he explained that "the state control systems are not properly equipped for that." According to some investigation committee members, the Federal Ministry of Finance and Minister Scholz carry the political responsibility for the scandal. If it is not him, then who would assume the responsibility, MPs wonder. Despite his denial of any complicity, Minister Scholz cannot escape from allegations that he lost control, which could damage his image as a chancellor candidate, the report concludes.

On Wirecard investigation committee: Finance Minister Olaf Scholz denies any complicity / ARD - 22.04.2021 20:09 - Tagesschau - Report on Wirecard investigation committee km-ARD-DE: "On Wirecard investigation committee: Finance Minister Olaf Scholz denies any ..." info: Program, 2021-04-23 00:32:00, 00:02:22, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 12:32:00 AM CEST

Scholz, Wirecard und der Wasserhahn / Scholz, Wirecard und der Wasserhahn km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Scholz, Wirecard und der Wasserhahn / Scholz, Wirecard und der ..." page: 15 info: by Manfred Schäfers date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Scholz wegen Wirecard in der Kritik km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Scholz wegen Wirecard in der Kritik..." page: 3 info: by M.Greive/J.Hildbrand/K.Stratmann date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Chancellor candidate on the witness stand / Kanzlerkandidat im Zeugenstand km-Handelsblatt-DE: "Chancellor candidate on the witness stand / Kanzlerkandidat im Zeugenstand..." page: 8-9 info: by M.Greive;F.Holtermann date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"Der Wirecard-Skandal hat mich die Freundschaft zu Guttenberg gekostet" km-Handelsblatt-DE: ""Der Wirecard-Skandal hat mich die Freundschaft zu Guttenberg gekostet"..." page: 9 info: by M.Greive/J.Hildebrand date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Unbequeme Runde km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Unbequeme Runde..." page: 6 info: by C.Gammelin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Wie man ihn kennt km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "Wie man ihn kennt..." page: 4 info: by C.Gammelin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vorwärtsverteidigung km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Vorwärtsverteidigung..." page: 19 info: by M.Greive/F.Holtermann date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Deutschlands mächtigster Türsteher km-WirtschaftsWoche-DE: "Deutschlands mächtigster Türsteher..." page: 30-31 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Reflections on the proposed amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation

[Malta, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:41:00 AM CEST

Italian Professor Filippo Annunziata writes in The Malta Independent on the proposed amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation which was introduced in 2014 with the intention of setting forth uniform rules in the Union on market abuse and which is up for revision. The High Level Forum, an expert group established by the European Commission to feed into the work of the future Capital Markets Union policies, and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have given their advice on the topic and their assessment of the state of the Regulation is overall positive.

Reflections on the proposed amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation / Reflections on the proposed amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Reflections on the proposed amendments to the Market Abuse Regulation ..." page: 24 info: by Prof. Filippo Annunziata date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission taxonomy proposal spells administrative burdens for Swedish forestry

[Sweden, FINANCIAL_SERVICES]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

The European Commission's taxonomy proposal means that several Swedish forest owners are facing increased administrative burdens, Dagens Industri reports. Magnus Berg, head of business policy at the Swedish Forest Industries, said that he is opposed to forest owners having to conduct climate analyses, as this will be very cumbersome for smaller forest owners. Swedish MEP Emma Wiesner (RE) stated that the proposal does not consider the fact that most of Sweden's forest owners are smaller ones, and that the Commission's sustainability requirements mean that many Swedish forestry players will not be able to take part in the green funds. However, the Commission has stated that the forestry criteria will be reviewed down the line.

Forest dispute flares up / Skogsbråk blossar upp km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "Forest dispute flares up / Skogsbråk blossar upp..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

FINANCIAL_STABILITY

ECB holds on to expansive strategy

[Italy, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

A few Italian media report on the announcement delivered yesterday by ECB President Christine Lagarde, in which she confirmed that the central bank will maintain an expansive monetary policy until Europe will have reached a “reasonably consolidated” economic growth. The interest rates will remain at zero as far as loans, whereas the interest rate on deposits will still be in negative territory. Indeed, the ECB aims to keep encouraging European banks to make effective use of their liquidity providing credit to the real economy. As for the current inflation surge, the ECB considers this trend as a mere “temporary curve”, which is rather normal in times of recession.

Lagarde: "ECB support will remain" But decisive match is scheduled for June / Lagarde: «Bce, gli aiuti restano» Ma la vera partita si decide a giugno km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Lagarde: "ECB support will remain" But decisive match is scheduled ..." page: 31 info: by Federico Fubini date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Lagarde reassures European markets / Lagarde rasserena le borse europee km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "Lagarde reassures European markets / Lagarde rasserena le borse europee..." page: 3 info: by Teresa Campo date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB holds on to expansive strategy / La Bce conferma: gli acquisti continuano a ritmo sostenuto km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "ECB holds on to expansive strategy / La Bce conferma: ..." page: 8 info: by Isabella Bufacchi date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB holds on to expansive strategy  / PERCHÉ LA BCE MANTIENE UNA STRATEGIA ESPANSIVA km-Sole-24-Ore-IT: "ECB holds on to expansive strategy / PERCHÉ LA BCE ..." page: 1,8 info: by Donato Masciandaro date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ECB sticking to its ultra-loose course

[Luxembourg, FINANCIAL_STABILITY]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

Tageblatt reports that the monetary authorities of the European Central Bank (ECB) want to keep their money locks wide open in view of the third wave of the pandemic. "The short-term outlook remains clouded by uncertainty about the resurgence of the pandemic and the start of the vaccination campaigns," said President Lagarde. A large amount of monetary policy support is still necessary for the eurozone economy.

ECB is sticking to its ultra-loose course / EZB hält an ihrem ultralockeren Kurs fest km-Tageblatt-LU: "ECB is sticking to its ultra-loose course / EZB hält ..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

FOOD_SAFETY

Soiled sesame: Small seeds, huge problems

[Belgium, FOOD_SAFETY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

Three sources mention sesame seeds. De Standaard provides a comprehensive overview of the toxic sesame scandal following the detection of too-high concentrations of ethylene oxide in a batch coming from India. Excessive ingestion of soiled sesame can cause liver and kidney cancer. Belgium is the largest importer of sesame in the EU via the Port of Antwerp. The EU's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has registered close to 600 alarm signals for sesame since the crisis broke out. A quarter of the food safety issues of the past six months in the EU concern contaminated sesame. The EU constrains the spraying of ethylene oxide on foodstuffs. The maximum residue limit is set at 0.05 mg per kilo. Radio1 interviews Hélène Bonte of the FASFC. She says that people ingurgitating ethylene oxide daily in large amounts can become ill. She mentions that the European Commission never imposed systematic checks on the substance. De Morgen adds that ethylene oxide can also be found in turmeric, ginger and green peppers.

Toxic substance found in sesame seeds again / Opnieuw schadelijke stof in sesamzaad aangetroffen km-Morgen-BE: "Toxic substance found in sesame seeds again / Opnieuw schadelijke ..." page: 8 info: by LELONG date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Small seeds, huge problems / Kleine zaadjes, enorme problemen km-Standaard-BE: "Small seeds, huge problems / Kleine zaadjes, enorme problemen..." page: 1,12-13 info: by Van Maele date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday 21/04/2021 - 16:48 - De wereld Vandaag - Sesame street keeps returning / Donderdag 21/04/2021 - 16:48 - De wereld Vandaag - Sesamstraat blijft terugkomen km-VRT-Radio-1-BE: "Thursday 21/04/2021 - 16:48 - De wereld Vandaag - Sesame ..." info: De wereld vandaag, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:04:05, by Roets date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

GENDER_EQUALITY

Iran joining the UN body that is supposed to defend women sparks outcry

[Belgium, GENDER_EQUALITY]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

La Libre Belgique mentions that Iran has become a member of the UN Committee on the statute of women for four years. The NGO UN Watch called on the US and the EU member states to denounce this mandate. Executive Director Hillel Neuer stated that having the Islamic Republic of Iran protect women’s rights is like making a pyromaniac the head of the fire department. Iran treats its women as second-rate citizens. Wearing the hijab is mandatory from puberty. Anyone who disagrees may be imprisoned. Singing and dancing are forbidden, other than the traditional forms. UN Watch called on countries to reveal how they voted on Iran’s mandate.

Iran joining the UN body that is supposed to defend women sparks outcry / L’élection de l’Iran dans l’instance de l’Onu censée défendre les femmes crée un tollé km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "Iran joining the UN body that is supposed to defend ..." page: 21 info: by V.B. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

HEALTH

Brussels intends to take legal action against AstraZeneca

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

According to various media, the European Commission is preparing legal action against vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca because of delivery problems. "The goal is not to get damages, but for them to deliver," a European diplomat told Die Presse.According to broadcasting station ORF and radio channel Ö1, no decision has yet been made, says Stefan De Keersmaecker, the European Commission spokesperson responsible for health issues, but all options are being considered. As far as is known, the European Commission has already approached the individual member states about what their positions are regarding a lawsuit against AstraZeneca. According to the Ministry of Health, Austria would be prepared to cooperate in any legal action. AstraZeneca is very much behind in deliveries. Instead of the 120 million vaccine doses promised for the first quarter, only 30 million had been delivered; for the second quarter, the company is promising the EU only 70 million of the agreed 180 million doses. Furthermore, the Commission does not intend to exercise an option for another 100 million doses of this manufacturer's Covid-19 vaccine. The European Commission's cooperation with AstraZeneca started out in a promising manner, but in the end did a lot of damage to the reputation of both sides, says an editorial article in Die Presse. The Commission itself was too late to realize that an once-in-a-century event like the Covid-19 pandemic would lead to international competition for vaccines. The Commission and member states were not prepared for this health crisis, the editorial says. "Hopefully they will learn their lessons."

EU bereitet rechtliche Schritte gegen AstraZeneca vor km-Diepresse.com-AT: "EU bereitet rechtliche Schritte gegen AstraZeneca vor..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU zieht Option auf 100 Millionen Dosen AstraZeneca nicht km-Diepresse.com-AT: "EU zieht Option auf 100 Millionen Dosen AstraZeneca nicht..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Schritte geplant km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Schritte geplant..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU bereitet wohl Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor km-krone.at-AT: "EU bereitet wohl Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Lieferprobleme: EU erwägt rechtliche Schritte gegen Astra Zeneca km-kurier.at-AT: "Lieferprobleme: EU erwägt rechtliche Schritte gegen Astra Zeneca..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Abendjournal km-ORF-O1-AT: "Abendjournal..." info: 2021-04-22 18:00:00, 18:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

Journal um 5 km-ORF-O3-AT: "Journal um 5..." info: 2021-04-22 17:00:00, 17:00:00, by Peter Fritz date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:00:00 PM CEST

Bericht: EU bereitet rechtliche Schritte gegen AstraZeneca vor km-orf.at-AT: "Bericht: EU bereitet rechtliche Schritte gegen AstraZeneca vor..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Kommission bereitet Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor km-orf.at-AT: "Kommission bereitet Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Option auf 100 Mio. Dosen AstraZeneca: Frist abgelaufen km-orf.at-AT: "Option auf 100 Mio. Dosen AstraZeneca: Frist abgelaufen..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ZIB km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB..." info: 2021-04-22 19:30:00, 19:30:00, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:30:00 PM CEST

ZIB 13 km-ORF2-AT: "ZIB 13..." info: 2021-04-22 13:00:00, 13:00:00, by Raffaela Schaidreiter date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM CEST

Editorial: Legal action cannot mask the mistakes of the European Commission in vaccine procurement / Eine Klage kann die Fehler der EU-Kommission nicht verschleiern km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Editorial: Legal action cannot mask the mistakes of the European ..." page: 2 info: by Anna Gabriel date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Brussels intends to take legal action against AstraZeneca / Brüssel will Ausfälle bei AstraZeneca nicht mehr hinnehmen km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Brussels intends to take legal action against AstraZeneca / Brüssel ..." page: 2 info: by Oliver Grimm date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Die EU prüft eine Klage gegen AstraZeneca km-Salzburger-Nachrichten-AT: "Die EU prüft eine Klage gegen AstraZeneca..." page: 4 info: by Sylvia Wörgetter date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU does not want any more AstraZeneca vaccine / EU will keine weiteren AstraZeneca-Dosen km-Wiener-Zeitung-AT: "EU does not want any more AstraZeneca vaccine / EU ..." page: 1,4 info: by keine Autorenangabe date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccine by Valneva is out of the race

[Austria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

Three months after the conclusion of the negotiations on a contract according to which up to 60 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine should have been delivered to the EU this year, the European Commission has declared its relations with French pharmaceutical company Valneva to be over, Die Presse reports. According to the European Commission, the manufacturer did not meet the requirements for the EU contract. Valneva had already announced on Wednesday that it would refrain from negotiations with the European Commission and would only take up talks with governments interested in its vaccine on a bilateral basis in the future.

Vaccine by Valneva is out of the race / Impfstoff aus dem Rennen km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Vaccine by Valneva is out of the race / Impfstoff ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Member states approve European court case against AstraZeneca

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

Several sources cover the EU's dispute with AstraZeneca. De Tijd notes that the 27 member states gave the European Commission the green light to start a legal procedure against vaccine producer. AstraZeneca will only deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine by the end of June, instead of the 300 million stipulated in the contract. A spokesperson for the Commission stated that an option for another 100 million doses was not used. MEP Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) confirms that the legal procedure is much more targeted than the export controls implemented by the Commission. Some member states fear this procedure will further damage the vaccine’s reputation. The EMA will issue a new recommendation on the vaccine’s risks on Friday. De Standaard adds that The Commission wants to force AstraZeneca to deliver 90 million doses in the second quarter. President von der Leyen stated that the Commission now wants to focus on mRNA vaccines like those of Pfizer and Moderna. According to L’Echo, no definite decision has been made yet, and the arbitration procedure has been initiated to settle the matter out of court. Le Soir adds that Pfizer’s accelerated deliveries are saving vaccination campaigns in several countries. President von der Leyen called it a reliable partner that honours its commitments and shows responsiveness to Europe’s needs. Het Laatste Nieuws notes that Germany intends to buy 30 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The Commission refuses to negotiate a purchase on behalf of the member states. La Première quotes spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker: "No decision has been made yet. First the member states and the Commission must agree on what to do."

Legal proceedings are being considered / Action en justice envisagée km-Avenir-Belgium-BE: "Legal proceedings are being considered / Action en justice envisagée..." page: 13 info: by Anonymous date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"The EU is preparing a court case against AstraZeneca because it delivered too few vaccines" / ‘EU bereidt rechtszaak voor tegen AstraZeneca wegens te weinig geleverde vaccins' km-demorgen.be-BE: ""The EU is preparing a court case against AstraZeneca because ..." info: by Reuters date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

"Please put up a clear calendar" / "Que l’on affiche clairement un tableau du planning" km-Derniere-Heure-BE: ""Please put up a clear calendar" / "Que l’on affiche ..." page: 26 info: by B.L. par courriel date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission prepares legal action against AstraZeneca / La Commission européenne prépare une action en justice contre AstraZeneca km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "The European Commission prepares legal action against AstraZeneca / La ..." page: 9 info: by Georis date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Germany wants to buy 30 million Russian doses / Duitsland wil 30 miljoen Russische doses kopen km-Laatste-Nieuws-BE: "Germany wants to buy 30 million Russian doses / Duitsland ..." page: 4 info: by Unknown date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Johnson & Johnson keeps commitment and will deliver 200 million doses to the EU / Johnson & Johnson maintient son engagement et livrera 200 millions de doses de vaccins à l'UE km-LaLibre.be-Belgium-BE: "Johnson & Johnson keeps commitment and will deliver 200 million ..." info: by anp date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU keeps AstraZeneca at bay / L’UE prend ses distances avec AstraZeneca km-Libre-Belgique-BE: "EU keeps AstraZeneca at bay / L’UE prend ses distances ..." page: 21 info: by Udrescu date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Germany wants 30 million doses of Sputnik / Duitsland wil 30 miljoen doses Spoetnik-vaccin km-Morgen-BE: "Germany wants 30 million doses of Sputnik / Duitsland wil ..." page: 6 info: by AFP date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Clots following AstraZeneca shot likely caused by impurities / Klonters na AstraZeneca-prik wellicht door onzuiverheden km-Morgen-BE: "Clots following AstraZeneca shot likely caused by impurities / Klonters ..." page: 5 info: by Keulemans date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe sues AstraZeneca / ‘Europa sleept AstraZeneca voor de rechter’ km-Morgen-BE: "Europe sues AstraZeneca / ‘Europa sleept AstraZeneca voor de rechter’..." page: 5 info: by anp date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - The Commission goes to court against AstraZeneca / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - La Commission est allée en justice contre AstraZeneca km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Journal Parlé 19h00 - The ..." info: Journal Parlé 19h00, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:01:34, by Baele date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Good student Pfizer saves the day / Le bon élève Pfizer tire les marrons du feu km-Soir-BE: "Good student Pfizer saves the day / Le bon élève ..." page: 8-9 info: by Munster date: Friday, April 23, 2021

AstraZeneca faces a court case by the European Commission / AstraZeneca hangt kort geding van Europese Commissie boven het hoofd km-Standaard-BE: "AstraZeneca faces a court case by the European Commission / ..." page: 17 info: by Beirlant date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Member states approve European court case against AstraZeneca / Lidstaten geven fiat voor Europees kortgeding tegen AstraZeneca km-Tijd-BE: "Member states approve European court case against AstraZeneca / Lidstaten ..." page: 3 info: by Van Haver date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Indian Covid wave paralyses the export of the world's largest vaccine manufacturer / Indiase coronagolf verlamt export van ’s werelds grootste vaccinmaker km-Tijd-BE: "Indian Covid wave paralyses the export of the world's largest ..." page: 9 info: by Schoofs date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccines. Teenagers, a legitimate target group / Vaccins. Les ados, cible légitime km-Vif---L-express-BE: "Vaccines. Teenagers, a legitimate target group / Vaccins. Les ados, ..." page: 26-28 info: by Ghali date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Concerns over implicit forced vaccination: “Freedom is the norm”

[Belgium, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:12:00 AM CEST

Grenz Echo reports on concerns in the German-speaking Parliament about positive discrimination for those who are vaccinated. The latter would acquire more liberties sooner than those who are not. Some refer to Israel, where the green vaccination pass allows people to attend cultural events. The European Commission’s proposal to implement a digital green certificate in 2021 is worrisome, as not enough vaccines are available to vaccinate everyone, and is also still unclear whether one can still transmit the virus after having been vaccinated. A negative Covid-19 test or having recovered from the illness would also allow travel. Member states and the European Parliament have until June to decide.

"Freedom is the norm" / "Freiheit stellt den Normalfall dar" km-Grenz-Echo-BE: ""Freedom is the norm" / "Freiheit stellt den Normalfall dar"..." page: 6 info: by SCHMITZ date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission prepares to sue AstraZeneca over undelivered vaccines

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 7:27:00 AM CEST

The European Commission has not yet made a final decision on whether to file a lawsuit against AstraZeneca over reducing the agreed quantities of vaccines to be delivered to the EU, several media report. "What is important for us and for all member states is to ensure that sufficient doses are delivered on time. We still have not figured that out. Whatever steps are taken, the decision will be taken by the European Commission together with the member states," Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker underlined, quoted by BNT. The issue was raised on Wednesday at the regular weekly meeting of the permanent representatives of the EU member states. Meanwhile, Commissioner Kyriakides noted that to date, 170 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been administered in the EU. "More than 30 million EU citizens have been fully vaccinated so far," she told the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, quoted by ClubZ.

Само 30 млн. души в ЕС са получиш 2 дози km-24-Chasa-Daily-BG: "Само 30 млн. души в ЕС са получиш 2 дози..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

ЕК все още не е взела окончателно решение дали да заведе дело срещу фармацевтичната компания „АстраЗенека" km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "ЕК все още не е взела окончателно решение дали да ..." info: БНТ, 2021-04-22 23:23:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:23:00 PM CEST

Европейската комисия е готова да съди фармацевтичното дружество „АстраЗенека" km-Bulgarian-National-Television-BG: "Европейската комисия е готова да съди фармацевтичното дружество „АстраЗенека"..." info: БНР, 2021-04-22 13:18:00, 00:01:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:18:00 PM CEST

Европейската комисия е готова да съди „АстраЗенека“ km-clubz.bg-BG: "Европейската комисия е готова да съди „АстраЗенека“..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

30 млн. граждани на ЕС са изцяло ваксинирани km-clubz.bg-BG: "30 млн. граждани на ЕС са изцяло ваксинирани..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Еврокомисията готова да съди "АстраЗенека" km-Duma-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Еврокомисията готова да съди "АстраЗенека"..." page: 5 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Politico: ЕС готви съдебен иск към AstraZeneca km-Focus-News.net-BG: "Politico: ЕС готви съдебен иск към AstraZeneca..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ЕК се готви да съди AstraZeneca за недоставените ваксини km-Mediapool.bg-BG: "ЕК се готви да съди AstraZeneca за недоставените ваксини..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ЕК ще съди Астра Зенека km-Nova-TV-BG: "ЕК ще съди Астра Зенека..." info: Нова телевизия, 2021-04-22 19:36:00, 00:01:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:36:00 PM CEST

Brussels wants to sue AstraZeneca / Брюксел иска да съди AstraZeneca km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Brussels wants to sue AstraZeneca / Брюксел иска да съди ..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Едва 10% от европейците са реално ваксинирани km-Trud-Daily-Bulgaria-BG: "Едва 10% от европейците са реално ваксинирани..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Valneva renounces contract with EU for Covid-19 vaccines

[Bulgaria, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-BG Friday, April 23, 2021 6:03:00 AM CEST

French-Austrian company Valneva announced it would "de-prioritise" negotiations with the European Commission on the finalisation of a contract for the supply of its Covid-19 vaccine, Dnevnik reports. Back in January, the Commission announced it had concluded preliminary talks with the company for the purchase of 30 million doses with the possibility of doubling the order. Valneva CEO Thomas Lingelbach said on Wednesday that they had invested considerable time and effort in meeting the needs of centralised public procurement. "Despite the results of our clinical trials, we have not made significant progress," he noted, adding that that the company would offer individual contracts to European countries. A spokesperson for the Commission said Valneva had failed to meet the criteria for vaccine manufacturers, which relate to the drug's safety and effectiveness and the availability of sufficient production capacity.

Valneva renounces contract with EU for Covid-19 vaccines  / "Валнева" се отказа от договор с ЕС за ваксини срещу COVID-19 km-Dnevnik.bg-BG: "Valneva renounces contract with EU for Covid-19 vaccines / "Валнева" ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU preparing legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

[Croatia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker cut Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to the European Union, sources familiar with the matter said, multiple sources report. Irish Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Thursday that the case was being launched over the company’s “complete failure” to meet its contractual agreements, writes Jutarnji list. However, when contacted about the comments, Commission Spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker  said that “the decision to launch legal actions against the company has not been taken at this point in time.” He said any decision would be taken jointly by all the member states. The sources said the matter was discussed at a meeting on Wednesday, but some EU member states wanted more time to consider the move.

Europska komisija razmatra opcije protiv AstraZenece, još nisu odlučili o podizanju tužbe km-dnevnik.hr-HR: "Europska komisija razmatra opcije protiv AstraZenece, još nisu odlučili o ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Moguća tužba protiv AstraZenece km-Glas-Slavonije-HR: "Moguća tužba protiv AstraZenece..." page: 3 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU odbila naručiti dodatnih 100 milijuna doza AstraZenece km-Index.hr-HR: "EU odbila naručiti dodatnih 100 milijuna doza AstraZenece..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU podigla tužbu protiv AstraZenece km-Index.hr-HR: "EU podigla tužbu protiv AstraZenece..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Europska komisija tuži AstraZenecu zbog neisporuke km-Jutarnji-list-HR: "Europska komisija tuži AstraZenecu zbog neisporuke..." page: 6 info: by Augustin Palokaj date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europska komisija namjerava pokrenuti proces protiv AstraZenece km-RTL-TV-HR: "Europska komisija namjerava pokrenuti proces protiv AstraZenece..." info: Ostalo, 2021-04-22 18:40:00, 00:01:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:40:00 PM CEST

Europska komisija razmatra 'sve opcije' protiv AstraZenece zbog neisporuke cjepiva, još nema odluke o tužbi km-Tportal.hr-HR: "Europska komisija razmatra 'sve opcije' protiv AstraZenece zbog neisporuke cjepiva, ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mass vaccination is gaining momentum in the European Union

[Croatia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

Despite the delay in deliveries, mass vaccination is gaining momentum in the European Union, claims the European Commission, HR1 reports. The European Union has so far received a total of 135 million doses of vaccine, and about 23% of European citizens received the first dose. “We have definitely turned a corner – thanks in large part to our vaccine strategy. We have now administered over 117 million vaccine doses in the EU and are now getting close to reaching 3 million vaccinations every day. Almost 30 million of our citizens are now fully vaccinated,” said Commissioner Kyriakides.

Mass vaccination is gaining momentum in the European Union / Cijepljenje u Europskoj uniji dobiva zamah km-HR-1-HR: "Mass vaccination is gaining momentum in the European Union / ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-04-22 15:08:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:08:00 PM CEST

The third wave of the pandemic is slowly subsiding in Europe

[Croatia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

In much of Europe, the third wave of the pandemic is slowly subsiding, reports HRT. Thanks to the better epidemiological situation, more European countries are easing restrictive measures, including some in Croatia’s neighbourhood as well. As of tomorrow, the borders of statistical regions will reopen in Slovenia, while the terraces of restaurants and cafes will be opened this weekend.  The easing of restrictive measures is also visible in Hungary, where almost 40% of the population received the first dose of the vaccine. On the other hand, the pandemic is still raging in crowded India. An additional cause for concern in India is the newly discovered triple-mutated variant of the virus.

The third wave of the pandemic is slowly subsiding in Europe / U velikom dijelu Europe polako popušta treći val pandemije km-HTV-HR: "The third wave of the pandemic is slowly subsiding in ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-04-22 19:08:00, 00:03:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:08:00 PM CEST

Government considers even two-week lockdown to contain latest surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:36:00 AM CEST

The ministerial cabinet will convene again today morning to decide on any new Covid-19 measures after consultations with the epidemiologic experts, Cyprus Deputy Government Spokesperson Panayiotis Sentonas announced yesterday, with most media outlets reporting that the authorities a mulling either a two-week lockdown or at least stricter restrictions to contain the latest surge in daily new Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations.The cabinet was expected to take its decisions yesterday, however, the government decided to postpone decisions for further consultations, after Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou briefed the cabinet about the epidemiological situation and the different options on the table. To this end, President Anastasiades had a meeting yesterday evening with the epidemiological advisory committee at the Presidential Palace to hear their views on the situation, while today morning, he is expected to exchange views on the issue with the National Council, before any final decisions are taken.The health ministry announced yesterday the death of a 68-year-old man and 927 new Covid-19 cases from a total of 55,566 PCR and rapid tests (1.67%), while 296 patients are currently being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals, of which 74 in a serious condition.

Ένας θάνατος και 927 νέα περιστατικά km-Alithia-CY: "Ένας θάνατος και 927 νέα περιστατικά..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:21:00, 20:21:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:21:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:22:00, 20:22:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:22:00 PM CEST

Lockdown ahead / Lockdown ahead km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Lockdown ahead / Lockdown ahead..." page: 1,6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Εξετάζεται το ενδεχόμενο ενός lockdown km-Haravgi-CY: "Εξετάζεται το ενδεχόμενο ενός lockdown..." page: 1,2,7,10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Main Evening News km-Mega-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:11:00, 20:11:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:11:00 PM CEST

Probably the lockdown will be avoided / ΜΑΛΛΟΝ ΑΠΟΦΕΥΓΕΤΑΙ TO LOCKDOWN km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Probably the lockdown will be avoided / ΜΑΛΛΟΝ ΑΠΟΦΕΥΓΕΤΑΙ TO ..." page: 1,3 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Ένας θάνατος και πάνω από 900 κρούσματα km-Philenews.com-CY: "Ένας θάνατος και πάνω από 900 κρούσματα..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Αύριο αποφάσεις για μέτρα - Βλέπει επιδημιολόγους ο ΠτΔ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Αύριο αποφάσεις για μέτρα - Βλέπει επιδημιολόγους ο ΠτΔ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:02:00, 20:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:02:00 PM CEST

Δεν κλείδωσαν αποφάσεις - Βλέπει εκτάκτως ΣΕΕ ο ΠτΔ και αύριο Υπουργικό km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Δεν κλείδωσαν αποφάσεις - Βλέπει εκτάκτως ΣΕΕ ο ΠτΔ και ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Εισήγηση για καθολικό lockdown δυο βδομάδων - Το σκεπτικό της πρότασης km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Εισήγηση για καθολικό lockdown δυο βδομάδων - Το σκεπτικό της ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

One death and 927 new Covid-19 cases in Cyprus / Ένας θάνατος και 927 νέα κρούσματα κορωνοϊού στην Κύπρο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "One death and 927 new Covid-19 cases in Cyprus / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU will not take up option to buy 100 million extra AstraZeneca vaccines; no decision yet for legal action

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

The European Commission announced yesterday that it would not take up an option to buy 100 million additional doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, which was included in the current supply contract the EU has with the company, several media outlets report citing an unnamed Commission spokesperson. According to media outlets, the deadline to exercise this opinion has already expired and the EU did not plan to take it up.Media outlets further report that according to European Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker, the Commission has not taken any decision to launch legal actions against the company at this point. He recalled that a few weeks ago, the EU launched the dispute resolution process, which is a process under the contract allowing the parties to try to reach an agreement. "What matters for us and all the member states is to ensure the timely delivery of a sufficient number of doses by the company," he stressed.Several media outlets further report that a Politico story published late on Wednesday claimed that the Commission is working on legal proceedings against AstraZeneca and that EU diplomats said the majority of the EU member states would support such a development, but Germany and France asked for more time to think about the move.

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:28:00, 20:28:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:28:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:35:00, 20:35:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:35:00 PM CEST

EU preparing legal case against AZ over delays / EU preparing legal case against AZ over delays km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "EU preparing legal case against AZ over delays / EU ..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Ασπίδα προστασίας τα εμβόλια km-Phileleftheros-CY: "Ασπίδα προστασίας τα εμβόλια..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Politico: Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή και AstraZeneca στα δικαστήρια km-Philenews.com-CY: "Politico: Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή και AstraZeneca στα δικαστήρια..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Concern about AstraZeneca / Προβληματίζει η AstraZeneca km-Politis-Cyprus-CY: "Concern about AstraZeneca / Προβληματίζει η AstraZeneca..." page: 1,12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Η EE θα προσφύγει νομικά εναντίον της AstraZeneca για καθυστερήσεις km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Η EE θα προσφύγει νομικά εναντίον της AstraZeneca για καθυστερήσεις..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Κομισιόν: Καμία απόφαση για νομική δράση κατά της ΑstraZeneca km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Κομισιόν: Καμία απόφαση για νομική δράση κατά της ΑstraZeneca..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

AstraZeneca: Η Κομισιόν λέει όχι σε 100 εκατ. επιπλέον εμβόλια km-sigmalive.com-CY: "AstraZeneca: Η Κομισιόν λέει όχι σε 100 εκατ. επιπλέον εμβόλια..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU: It will not purchase 100 million additional doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine / ΕΕ:Δεν θα αγοράσει 100 εκατ. επιπρόσθετες δόσεις του εμβολίου της AstraZeneca km-sigmalive.com-CY: "EU: It will not purchase 100 million additional doses of ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU: No decision to take legal action against AZ for the time being / ΕΕ: Καμία απόφαση προς το παρόν για νομική δράση κατά ΑΖ km-sigmalive.com-CY: "EU: No decision to take legal action against AZ for ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commissioner Kyriakides informs MEPs about inoculations against Covid-19, European Health Union

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Kyriakides informed the European Parliament ENVI Committee yesterday that 30 million EU citizens have been fully inoculated against Covid-19 while 117 million vaccinations have taken place so far at a rate of three million doses administered every day, several media outlets report. She explained that the production rate is gradually increasing and 50 million more Pfizer/BioNTech doses are expected over the next ten weeks. She explained in detail how the European Commission is preparing for the day after the pandemic, including the negotiations for the purchase of 1.8 billion doses for 2022 and 2023. She stressed the need for a strong European Health Union, including the new Health emergency preparedness and response authority, to deal with public health threats, and urged the MEPs to support the relevant legislative initiatives. Finally, as regards the digital green certificate, she stressed the goal is to facilitate freedom of movement.

Main Evening News km-Alpha-TV-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:29:00, 20:29:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:29:00 PM CEST

Main Evening News km-ANT-1-TV-Cyprus-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:35:00, 20:35:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:35:00 PM CEST

Kyriakides: 30 million citizens in the EU have been fully inoculated / Κυριακίδου: 30 εκατ. οι πλήρως εμβολιασμένοι πολίτες στην ΕΕ km-Philenews.com-CY: "Kyriakides: 30 million citizens in the EU have been fully ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:17:00, 20:17:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:17:00 PM CEST

Στ. Κυριακίδου: Τα 30 εκ. έφτασαν οι πλήρως εμβολιασμένοι πολίτες στην ΕΕ km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Στ. Κυριακίδου: Τα 30 εκ. έφτασαν οι πλήρως εμβολιασμένοι πολίτες ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Κυριακίδου: Χρειαζόμαστε μια ισχυρή ένωση υγείας για αντιμετώπιση των απειλών km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Κυριακίδου: Χρειαζόμαστε μια ισχυρή ένωση υγείας για αντιμετώπιση των απειλών..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

WHO and EMA to inspect Sputnik V manufacturing in May

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Technical experts from the World Health Organisation are due to start the next round of their review of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 together with the European Medicines Agency on 10 May, the WHO announced yesterday, Sigmalive, Phileleftheros and CyBC TV report. The inspections for good manufacturing practices will take place until the first week of June, the WHO said, adding that they are "still receiving information from the producer" as regards clinical data from the vaccine trials.

ΕΜΑ και ΠΟΥ μελετούν το Sputnik V km-Phileleftheros-CY: "ΕΜΑ και ΠΟΥ μελετούν το Sputnik V..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Main Evening News km-RIK-1-CyBC1-CY: "Main Evening News..." info: 2021-04-22 20:18:00, 20:18:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:18:00 PM CEST

ΠΟΥ και ΕΜΑ θα εξετάσουν το ρωσικό εμβόλιο Sputnik V τον Μάιο km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΠΟΥ και ΕΜΑ θα εξετάσουν το ρωσικό εμβόλιο Sputnik V ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Europe administered almost 17 million Covid-19 vaccine doses last week, according to ECDC

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

European countries received and administered nearly 17 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines last week, according to the ECDC's regular monitoring report that showed also that a total of 116 million shots had been administered thus far Sigmalive reports. According to the ECDC, a total of 134 million doses have been sent to countries in the EU and EEA, which correspond to 35.9 doses per 100 inhabitants. The figures are contained in the ECDC's weekly report, which was published yesterday and covered the week ending last Sunday.ECDC's Vaccine Tracker, an online dashboard that is updated more often, showed yesterday that 135 million doses had been sent to the EU and EEA in total, of which 117 million had been administered, according to Sigmalive. On average, 23.3% of adults in the EU and EEA have received the first shot by last Sunday while 8.4% have been fully vaccinated.

ECDC: The EU has administered almost 17 million vaccine doses last week / ECDC: Η ΕΕ χορήγησε σχεδόν 17 εκατ. δόσεις εμβολίων την περασμένη εβδομάδα km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ECDC: The EU has administered almost 17 million vaccine doses ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ECDC launches new European Covid-19 Forecast Hub to forecast cases and deaths

[Cyprus, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

The ECDC, with the support of the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has launched the European Covid-19 Forecast Hub which will collate weekly short-term forecasts of Covid-19 cases and deaths to support public health decision-making, Sigmalive reports. The hub is based on similar projects in the US, Germany and Poland, and will predict the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths four weeks ahead in the 30 EU/EEA member states as well as the UK and Switzerland. ECDC Mathematical Modeller Helen Johnson remarked that this initiative "yields insight now and also strengthens our capacity to respond to infectious disease threats in the future."

ΕCDC: It launches a short-term forecast model for Covid-19 cases and deaths / ΕCDC: Ξεκινά μοντέλο βραχυχρόνιας πρόβλεψης κρουσμάτων και θανάτων από Covid km-sigmalive.com-CY: "ΕCDC: It launches a short-term forecast model for Covid-19 cases ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU preparing legal case against AstraZeneca

[Czech Republic, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 5:14:00 AM CEST

Several Czech media draw attention to the information brought by server Politico, which informed that the European Commission was preparing a legal case against AstraZeneca over shortfalls of its vaccine against Covid-19. The goal of this step is to ensure that AstraZeneca delivers the promised volume of vaccines in the second quarter. The possibility of legal action against the company was discussed at the meeting of EU leaders on Wednesday. Member states will have to decide whether they will join these legal steps. In related news, daily Brněnský deník writes about the importance of vaccination in order to end the Covid-19 pandemic. The article also stresses the importance of safety and highlights the role of the European Medicines Agency in ensuring it.

Vaccination in EU and what next? / Očkování v EU a jak dál? km-Denik-CZ: "Vaccination in EU and what next? / Očkování v EU ..." page: 2 info: by Ondřej Kovařík date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Evropská komise připravuje žalobu na AstraZenecu. Kvůli nízkému počtu dodaných dávek km-echo24.cz-CZ: "Evropská komise připravuje žalobu na AstraZenecu. Kvůli nízkému počtu dodaných ..." info: by Echo24 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU chce žalovat AstraZenecu za zpoždění dodávek vakcíny proti covidu, tvrdí Reuters a Politico km-iHNed.cz-CZ: "EU chce žalovat AstraZenecu za zpoždění dodávek vakcíny proti covidu, ..." info: by CTK date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Evropská komise chystá žalobu na AstraZeneku kvůli neplnění dodávek vakcín km-novinky.cz-CZ: "Evropská komise chystá žalobu na AstraZeneku kvůli neplnění dodávek vakcín..." info: by Alex Švamberk Novinky date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brussels to sue AstraZeneca company / Brusel zažaluje firmu AstraZeneca km-Pravo-CZ: "Brussels to sue AstraZeneca company / Brusel zažaluje firmu AstraZeneca..." page: 14 info: by nek date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission to take legal action against AstrZeneca

[Denmark, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:18:00 AM CEST

A couple of Danish media report on the European Commission now considering taking legal action against AstraZeneca for breaches of several paragraphs in the contract regarding vaccine deliveries to the EU. Kristeligt Dagblad reports that a majority of EU member states’ ambassadors have supported the European Commission in taking legal action against AstraZeneca, and Thursday we saw confirmation that the European Commission is not going to purchase an additional 100 million vaccines from the company in spite of the contract offering this possibility. Børsen reports that sources from “EU diplomacy” have confirmed to Politico that the European Commission is preparing a case against AstraZeneca, and a high-ranking EU source was quoted on Wednesday stating that the EU is not going to buy any more vaccines from AstraZeneca. B.T. reports that Irish Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on Thursday has confirmed that the European Commission has now taken legal action against AstraZeneca for breaches of contract.

The EU prepares case against AstraZeneca / EU forbereder sag mod Astrazeneca km-Borsen-DK: "The EU prepares case against AstraZeneca / EU forbereder sag ..." page: 6 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission takes legal action against AstraZeneca / EU åbner sag mod Astra-Zeneca for svigt km-BT-Dk-DK: "The European Commission takes legal action against AstraZeneca / EU ..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The EU to take legal action against AstraZeneca for breaches of contract / Farvel til Astra-Zeneca indvarsler ny global vaccinestrategi km-Kristeligt-Dagblad-DK: "The EU to take legal action against AstraZeneca for breaches ..." page: 7 info: by Birthe Pedersen date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is considering filing a lawsuit against the drug company AstraZeneca due to insufficient supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine, diplomats said on Thursday, several sources report. The possible case against AstraZeneca will be brought before a Belgian court, which will have jurisdiction over the Commission's contract with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. Commission spokesman Eric Mamer told reporters that a final decision on the lawsuit has not yet been made. According to an EU diplomat, the Commission wants the member states that took part in the negotiations on vaccine agreements to support the case and announce its decision by the end of this week.

The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaalub kohtuasja AstraZeneca vastu km-Kuku-raadio-EE: "The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / ..." info: KUKU#Uudised, 2021-04-23 05:40:00, 00:00:00, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:40:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaalub kohtuasja AstraZeneca vastu km-Postimees-EE: "The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / ..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaalub kohtuasja AstraZeneca vastu km-TV3-Estonia-EE: "The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / ..." info: TV3#SeitsmesedUudised, 2021-04-23 05:40:00, 00:00:00, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:40:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / Euroopa Komisjon kaalub kohtuasja AstraZeneca vastu km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "The European Commission is considering legal case against AstraZeneca / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Estonia - No preferential vaccination of essential workers in May

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

The Estonian government decided that vaccination of essential workers will continue in May alongside efforts to immunize the rest of society, meaning that essential workers will be given no preference, ETV news report. Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Centre) said at the government press conference that vaccination of all essential workers who number around 150,000 in Estonia will gradually continue in mid-May, alongside the general population. Those who were already on vaccination lists when problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine caused vaccination efforts to be put on standby will be vaccinated first.

Estonia - No preferential vaccination of essential workers in May / Enamik eesliinist vaktsineerimisel eelist ei saa km-ETV-Eesti-Televisioon-EE: "Estonia - No preferential vaccination of essential workers in May ..." info: ETV#AktuaalneKaamera, 2021-04-23 05:30:00, 00:35:00, date: Friday, April 23, 2021 5:30:00 AM CEST

No preferential vaccination of essential workers in May / Enamik eesliinist vaktsineerimisel eelist ei saa km-uudised.err.ee-EE: "No preferential vaccination of essential workers in May / Enamik ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tanel Kiik: Estonia has not held any negotiations with Pfizer

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:07:00 AM CEST

Israeli outlets have reported Estonia was initially the preferred country for Pfizer's Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign, reports Postimees. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former US ambassador in Israel Ron Dremer managed to convince Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla to change his mind, and choose Israel for the program. Tanel Kiik, Estonian Minister of Health and Labour and former Minister of Social Affairs says Estonia had not specifically negotiated with Pfizer for a deal outside of the European Union common bid. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu says the stance of the previous government was that Estonia will participate in the European Union joint vaccine bid, and no parallel negotiations were held with anyone. Netanyahu and Dremer held 30 phone calls with Pfizer’s CEO to convince him to prefer Israel, and eventually it was Israel’s experience with emergency situations that won them the participation in the project.

Tanel Kiik: Estonia has not held any negotiations with Pfizer / Tanel Kiik: Eesti ei ole pidanud läbirääkimisi Pfizeriga km-Postimees-EE: "Tanel Kiik: Estonia has not held any negotiations with Pfizer ..." page: 2 info: by - loora-elisabet.lomp@postimees.ee date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The mafia may have caused problems with the Italian vaccination process

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:51:00 AM CEST

While Italy planned to vaccinate people over the age of 60 first, the majority of shots have gone to people under this age, who have little reason for getting vaccinated so soon, reports Postimees. The authorities are speculating that the mafia is involved in the vaccination process in at least four regions. In the Apulia region, it was found that among 140 000 healthcare workers were thousands of people that had no involvement in healthcare. During the pandemic, the Italian mafia has moved drug income to struggling companies, which may lead to them gaining access to the European Union's recovery fund that is meant for supporting healthcare services and the green deal.

Maffia sahkerdamine võis ajada Itaalia vaktsineerimiskava uppi km-Postimees-EE: "Maffia sahkerdamine võis ajada Itaalia vaktsineerimiskava uppi..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The mafia may have caused problems with the Italian vaccination process

[Estonia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-EE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:57:00 AM CEST

While Italy planned to vaccinate people over the age of 60 first, the majority of shots have gone to people under this age, who have little reason for getting vaccinated so soon, reports Postimees. The authorities are speculating that the mafia is involved in the vaccination process in at least four regions. In the Apulia region, it was found that among 140 000 healthcare workers were thousands of people that had no involvement in healthcare. During the pandemic, the Italian mafia has moved drug income to struggling companies, which may lead to them gaining access to the European Union's recovery fund that is meant for supporting healthcare services and the green deal.

The mafia may have caused problems with the Italian vaccination process / Maffia sahkerdamine võis ajada Itaalia vaktsineerimiskava uppi km-Postimees-EE: "The mafia may have caused problems with the Italian vaccination ..." page: 8 info: by ülevaade Berit Nuka berit.nuka@postimees.ee date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU halts procurement of AstraZeneca vaccines: Union considers legal action, as all deliveries have been late

[Finland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Several media report that the European Union will not use its option to buy an additional 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca. A European Commission spokesperson said at a press conference that AstraZeneca has not fulfilled the conditions set out in its agreement with the EU. The company's deliveries have continually been late. So far it has delivered 30 million out of the 120 million doses agreed. There are also suspicions the vaccine is related to blood clot cases. The EU has not yet decided whether it will take legal action against AstraZeneca. Member States will decide on this together. Ilta-Sanomat reports that according to AFP’s diplomatic sources, the European Commission wants Member States to announce by the end of this week whether they would support legal action against the company. It is unclear on what grounds the EU could take legal action. According to Politico, in its contract with AstraZeneca, the EU waived its right to take legal action against the company if vaccines deliveries are delayed. A Helsingin Sanomat article reports that the European Commission has initiated legal action against AstraZeneca. Ireland has told Reuters that legal proceedings have started. Meanwhile, AFP reports that a Commission spokesperson has said that decisions about legal action have not yet been taken. MTV3’s ten o’clock news also reports that Ireland’s health minister said legal proceedings have been started but that the Commission has said a decision on the matter has not yet been taken.

EU hermostui lääkeyhtiö Astra Zenecaan: oikeustoimet harkinnassa km-Demari.fi-FI: "EU hermostui lääkeyhtiö Astra Zenecaan: oikeustoimet harkinnassa..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Mediatiedot: EU on aloittanut oikeustoimet Astra Zenecaa vastaan ja lopettaa yhtiön rokotteiden hankkimisen km-Helsingin-Sanomat-FI: "Mediatiedot: EU on aloittanut oikeustoimet Astra Zenecaa vastaan ja lopettaa ..." page: 18 info: by Inkeri Harju, Ilona Tyystjärvi date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU lopettaa AstraZenecan rokotteen tilaukset – diplomaattilähteet: unioni harkitsee lääkeyhtiön haastamista oikeuteen km-Ilta-Sanomat-FI: "EU lopettaa AstraZenecan rokotteen tilaukset – diplomaattilähteet: unioni harkitsee lääkeyhtiön ..." page: 22 info: by Ina Kauppinen date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU:ssa pohditaan oikeustoimien aloittamista Astra Zenecaa vastaan rokotteiden toimitusongelmien takia km-Keskisuomalainen-FI: "EU:ssa pohditaan oikeustoimien aloittamista Astra Zenecaa vastaan rokotteiden toimitusongelmien takia..." page: 11 info: by Anssi Rulamo/STT date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Kymmenen uutiset km-MTV-3-Finland-FI: "Kymmenen uutiset..." info: 2021-04-22 22:11:00, 22:11:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:11:00 PM CEST

Uutiset klo 17 km-YLE-Radio-1-FI: "Uutiset klo 17..." info: 2021-04-22 17:03:00, 17:03:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:03:00 PM CEST

Uutiset klo 18 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset klo 18..." info: 2021-04-22 18:07:00, 18:07:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:07:00 PM CEST

Uutiset 20.30 km-YLE-TV1-FI: "Uutiset 20.30..." info: 2021-04-22 20:36:00, 20:36:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:36:00 PM CEST

EU halts procurement of AstraZeneca vaccines: Union considers legal action, as all deliveries have been late / EU lopettaa Astra Zenecan rokotteiden ostamisen: Unioni harkitsee oikeustoimia, koska toimitukset ovat olleet koko ajan myöhässä km-yle.fi-FI: "EU halts procurement of AstraZeneca vaccines: Union considers legal action, ..." info: by Teemu Juhola date: Friday, April 23, 2021

TV-nytt km-YleFem-FI: "TV-nytt..." info: 2021-04-22 13:37:00, 13:37:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:37:00 PM CEST

Vaccines: Brussels is preparing to sue AstraZeneca

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that the European Commission is seriously considering taking AstraZeneca to court for its repeated delays in vaccine deliveries. The Commission put this possibility on the table on Wednesday evening, during a meeting with EU ambassadors. "We are considering all possible options to ensure that the deliveries will take place," confirmed a European Commission Spokesperson yesterday, adding that "no decision has been taken." The Commission is, however, ready to proceed quickly and would like to obtain a quick green light from the member states, within 24 hours. Plus, during this quarter, the Commission has informed the ambassadors of the EU that it requires AstraZeneca to deliver at least 90 million doses. However, only four million doses have been delivered since 1 April. Furthermore, the Commission announced yesterday that it had given up the option to purchase an additional 100 million doses.

Vaccines: Brussels is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Vaccins: Bruxelles se prépare à attaquer AstraZeneca km-Figaro-FR: "Vaccines: Brussels is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Vaccins: Bruxelles ..." page: 22 info: by Anne Rovan date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Berlin plans to buy 30 million doses of Russian Sputnik V vaccine / Berlin envisage d'acheter 30 millions de doses du vaccin russe Spoutnik V km-Figaro-FR: "Berlin plans to buy 30 million doses of Russian Sputnik ..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca and the situation in Northern Ireland (1/3) / Entretien avec Tony Blair, ancien Premier ministre britannique, sur AstraZeneca et la situation en Irlande du Nord (1/3) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca ..." info: L'invite de 8h20 le grand entretien, 2021-04-22 08:32:00, 00:02:43, by Nicolas Demorand date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:32:00 AM CEST

Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca and the situation in Northern Ireland (2/3) / Entretien avec Tony Blair, ancien Premier ministre britannique, sur AstraZeneca et la situation en Irlande du Nord (2/3) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca ..." info: L'invite de 8h20 le grand entretien, 2021-04-22 08:35:00, 00:02:18, by Nicolas Demorand date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:35:00 AM CEST

Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca and the situation in Northern Ireland (3/3) / Entretien avec Tony Blair, ancien Premier ministre britannique, sur AstraZeneca et la situation en Irlande du Nord (3/3) km-FRANCE-INTER-FR: "Interview with Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, on AstraZeneca ..." info: L'invite de 8h20 le grand entretien, 2021-04-22 08:37:00, 00:02:00, by Nicolas Demorand date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:37:00 AM CEST

30 million That's the number of [...] / 30 millions C'est le nombre [...] km-Liberation-FR: "30 million That's the number of [...] / 30 millions ..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccines: Brussels considers legal action against AstraZeneca / Vaccins: Bruxelles envisage une action en justice contre AstraZeneca km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Vaccines: Brussels considers legal action against AstraZeneca / Vaccins: Bruxelles ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Germany may buy 30 million doses of Russian Sputnik V vaccine / L'Allemagne pourrait acheter 30 millions de doses du vaccin russe Spoutnik V km-Tribune-FR: "Germany may buy 30 million doses of Russian Sputnik V ..." page: 43,44 info: by AFP date: Friday, April 23, 2021

It is time to develop a French policy for strict Covid-19 control (opinion piece)

[France, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 5:35:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece for Le Monde, Economist Nicolas Bouzou and Cannes's Mayor David Lisnard call for a “zero-Covid” policy that would allow the French society to get back to “freedom and prosperity." The first mistake in the government’s anti-Covid strategy was “to systematically put freedom and health one against the other," they say. “The second was to believe that economic growth and social life could be regained by letting the disease spread." The spreading of Covid-19 and economic growth cannot coexist, they explain, and all the countries that are returning to growth have dealt with the virus thanks to a fast and aggressive vaccination campaign. Zero-Covid seems to be the winning strategy, while the French idea of “living with the virus” cannot be successful, as Covid-19 is too contagious and too lethal.

The deconfinement is taking shape with "vigilance" / Le déconfinement se dessine avec "vigilance" km-Croix-FR: "The deconfinement is taking shape with "vigilance" / Le déconfinement ..." page: 5 info: by Corentin Lesueur date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Covid: Jean Castex hopes for "as normal a summer as possible" / Covid: Jean Castex espère un été "le plus normal possible" km-Echos-FR: "Covid: Jean Castex hopes for "as normal a summer as ..." page: 2 info: by Grégoire Poussielgue date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Jean Castex confirms the deconfinement agenda / Jean Castex confirme l'agenda du déconfinement km-Figaro-FR: "Jean Castex confirms the deconfinement agenda / Jean Castex confirme ..." page: 1,2 info: by Caroline Beyer date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The executive specifies the conditions of the takeover / L'exécutif précise les conditions de la reprise km-Humanite-FR: "The executive specifies the conditions of the takeover / L'exécutif ..." page: 20 info: by LO. S date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccines: has France closed the gap? / Vaccins : la France a-t-elle rattrapé son retard ? km-I-TELE-FR: "Vaccines: has France closed the gap? / Vaccins : la ..." info: 60 minutes info, 2021-04-22 15:04:00, 00:01:26, by CLELIE MATHIAS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:04:00 PM CEST

The beginning of the deconfinement process is in orbit / Le début du déconfinement mis sur orbite km-Liberation-FR: "The beginning of the deconfinement process is in orbit / ..." page: 1,12,13 info: by Lilian Alemagna date: Friday, April 23, 2021

It is time to develop a French policy for strict Covid-19 control / Il est temps de développer une politique française de maîtrise stricte du Covid-19 km-Monde-FR: "It is time to develop a French policy for strict ..." page: 27 info: by Nicolas Bouzou;David Lisnard date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission might bring AstraZeneca to court

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:51:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report on a lawsuit that the European Commission is planning to start against AstraZeneca.The European Commission is preparing a lawsuit against AstraZeneca due to breaching contractual obligations and causing vaccine delivery bottlenecks, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. According to information available to the newspaper, Brussels has discussed the issue with the 27 EU ambassadors and mostly received approvals for the step. An arbitration process has been going on since March, but this apparently did not lead to the desired results. In the second quarter, AstraZeneca will deliver only 70 million doses instead of 180 million. Because of such delays and other issues, criticism of the European Commission's procurement strategy has been manifested in Germany. What irritated Brussels most is that AstraZeneca kept delivering to the UK, while failing to fulfil its obligations to the EU.

EU bereitet Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor km-Bild.de-DE: "EU bereitet Klage gegen AstraZeneca vor..." info: by Unknown date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Zweifel macht wählerisch km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "Zweifel macht wählerisch..." page: 3 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU vor Klage gegen Astra-Zeneca km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "EU vor Klage gegen Astra-Zeneca..." page: 17 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU droht Astra-Zeneca mit Klage km-Handelsblatt-DE: "EU droht Astra-Zeneca mit Klage..." page: 10 info: by C.Herwartz date: Friday, April 23, 2021

On lawsuit against AstraZeneca: Brussels has had enough / Brüssel reicht es km-Suddeutsche-Zeitung-DE: "On lawsuit against AstraZeneca: Brussels has had enough / Brüssel ..." page: 2 info: by bjorn finke date: Friday, April 23, 2021

BioNTech/Pfizer could deliver up to a billion vaccine doses a year

[Germany, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:49:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the vaccination campaign in the EU.Chancellor Merkel defended the EU vaccination strategy at a video discussion of the EPP parliamentary group on Wednesday, Die Welt reports. The decision to procure vaccines through Brussels has been "absolutely correct," Chancellor Merkel highlighted, defending the overall strategy, including exporting vaccines around the world. Europe is catching up slowly, and the goal, announced by President von der Leyen to have 70% of all EU citizens vaccinated by the end of summer, is achievable. Germany will likely be ahead, based on projections from the current vaccination drive. Commissioner Breton, who spearheads the European vaccine task force, told Le Figaro that there would be so many vaccines available by mid-July that 70% of the population could get vaccinated, theoretically. The EU will likely pass the UK in July, Commissioner Breton adds.In an interview with Der Tagesspiegel, Head of BioNTech Production Department Valeska Schilling shares that production is going according to plan and further areas are being put into operation so that the full capacity of up to one billion doses per year can be achieved. The plan is to produce 250 million doses in Marburg in the first half of 2021. Among the challenges in developing the vaccine was adapting to mRNA which included training of employees and securing the necessary equipment. Required procedures were not shortened nor were important steps skipped. The authorities were extremely flexible in assigning the dates and carrying out the inspections.

"Behörden überschreiten routinemäßig Fristen für Tierversuchsanträge" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: ""Behörden überschreiten routinemäßig Fristen für Tierversuchsanträge"..." page: 22 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview on vaccines: "Up to a billion doses a year" / "Bis zu einer Milliarde Dosen pro Jahr" km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Interview on vaccines: "Up to a billion doses a year" ..." page: 20 info: by R.O date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Germany can become vaccination champion... / Deutschland kann Impf-Champion werden... km-Welt-DE: "Germany can become vaccination champion... / Deutschland kann Impf-Champion werden......" page: 7 info: by K. GEIGER date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU might appeal against AstraZeneca

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

All media report that the Commission is examining the possibility of tabling a legal appeal against AstraZeneca because of the delay in vaccine deliveries to the EU. The Commission stated that it examines all options in order to ensure that AstraZeneca will meet its commitments. Commission spokesperson stated yesterday that the EU has not decided yet if it will appeal against AstraZeneca. The Commission tabled the issue on Wednesday during a Coreper meeting and received the support of 21 out of the 27 EU member states. A European diplomat explained to Kathimerini that the aim of the legal process is not to claim compensation but to speed up the delivery of doses to the EU. At the same time, Commission spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker said yesterday that the EU will not activate the option to purchase additional 100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The Commission noted that it has not decided yet about the purchase of additional 200 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses.

The EU is preparing an appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή κατά της AstraZeneca ετοιμάζει η Ε.Ε. km-Avghi-GR: "The EU is preparing an appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή ..." page: 21 info: by CHRISTINA VASILAKI date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Η ΕΕ δεν έχει αποφασίσει ακόμη αν θα προσφύγει νομικά εναντίον της AstraZeneca για τις καθυστερήσεις στις παραδόσεις εμβολίων km-capital.gr-GR: "Η ΕΕ δεν έχει αποφασίσει ακόμη αν θα προσφύγει νομικά ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Commission will not exercise the option to purchase 100 million additional AstraZeneca vaccine doses / Η ΕΕ δεν θα ασκήσει την option αγοράς 100 εκατ. πρόσθετων δόσεων εμβολίου της Astra km-capital.gr-GR: "The Commission will not exercise the option to purchase 100 ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

“Everything is open” says EU regarding AstraZeneca / «Ολα ανοιχτά» λέει η Ε.Ε. για την AstraZeneca km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "“Everything is open” says EU regarding AstraZeneca / «Ολα ανοιχτά» ..." page: 32,33 info: by Maria Psara date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European “no” to additional 100 million AstraZeneca vaccines / Ευρωπαϊκό «όχι» στα επιπλέον 100 εκατ. εμβόλια της AstraZeneca km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "European “no” to additional 100 million AstraZeneca vaccines / Ευρωπαϊκό ..." page: 13 info: by ATHINA SOUTZOU date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Politico: Η ΕΕ θα κινηθεί νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca για τις ελλείψεις στα εμβόλια km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Politico: Η ΕΕ θα κινηθεί νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca για ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Κομισιόν: Δεν ασκούμε την option για 100 εκατ. δόσεις εμβολίου AstraZeneca km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Κομισιόν: Δεν ασκούμε την option για 100 εκατ. δόσεις εμβολίου ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commission: The lawsuit against AstraZeneca is not certain yet / Κομισιόν: Δεν έχει κλειδώσει ακόμα η μήνυση στην AstraZeneca km-euro2day.gr-GR: "Commission: The lawsuit against AstraZeneca is not certain yet / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Politico: Η Κομισιόν ετοιμάζεται να προσφύγει νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca -Για τις καθυστερήσεις στα εμβόλια km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Politico: Η Κομισιόν ετοιμάζεται να προσφύγει νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

«Οχι» της Κομισιόν για αγορά 100 εκατ. επιπλέον δόσεων του εμβολίου της AstraZeneca km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "«Οχι» της Κομισιόν για αγορά 100 εκατ. επιπλέον δόσεων του ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Politico: Commission prepares to legally appeal against AstraZeneca over the vaccine delays / Politico: Η Κομισιόν ετοιμάζεται να προσφύγει νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca -Για τις καθυστερήσεις στα εμβόλια km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Politico: Commission prepares to legally appeal against AstraZeneca over the ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Politico : Η ΕΕ ετοιμάζεται να προσφύγει νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca για τις καθυστερήσεις των εμβολίων km-in.gr-GR: "Politico : Η ΕΕ ετοιμάζεται να προσφύγει νομικά κατά της ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή E.E. κατά AstraZeneca km-Kathimerini-GR: "EU appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή E.E. κατά AstraZeneca..." page: 10 info: by Giannis Palaiologos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe threatens to take AstraZeneca to court / Η Ευρώπη απειλεί να στείλει στα δικαστήρια την AstraZeneca km-Mega-TV-GR: "Europe threatens to take AstraZeneca to court / Η Ευρώπη ..." info: Kentriko deltio, 2021-04-22 20:12:00, 00:01:24, by RANIA TZIMA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:12:00 PM CEST

The EU is examining an appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή κατά AstraZeneca για καθυστερήσεις εξετάζει η Ε.Ε. km-Naftemporiki-GR: "The EU is examining an appeal against AstraZeneca / Προσφυγή ..." page: 6 info: by Moses Litsis date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Politico: Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή και AstraZeneca θα τα πουν στα... δικαστήρια km-protothema.gr-GR: "Politico: Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή και AstraZeneca θα τα πουν στα... δικαστήρια..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Covid-19- Johnson & Johnson: Commission appears hesitant as regards the purchase of 200 million additional doses / Κορωνοϊός - Johnson & Johnson: Αναποφάσιστη η Κομισιόν για την αγορά 200 εκατ. πρόσθετων δόσεων km-protothema.gr-GR: "Covid-19- Johnson & Johnson: Commission appears hesitant as regards the ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU might appeal against AstraZeneca / Πιθανής προσφυγή της ΕΕ ενάντια στην AstraZeneca km-Skai-GR: "EU might appeal against AstraZeneca / Πιθανής προσφυγή της ΕΕ ..." info: Ta nea toy skai, 2021-04-22 20:07:00, 00:01:23, by SIA KOSIONI date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:07:00 PM CEST

Politico : EU will legally appeal against AstraZeneca over the vaccine delays / Politico : Η ΕΕ θα προσφύγει νομικά κατά της AstraZeneca για τις καθυστερήσεις εμβολίων km-Vima-online-GR: "Politico : EU will legally appeal against AstraZeneca over the ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commissioner Kyriakides: We need a strong health union

[Greece, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

A couple of media report that Commissioner Kyriakides spokes yesterday before the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). She noted that there is still a way ahead, however, the EU has already made a turn thanks to its strategy. Commissioner Kyriakides sided in favour of a strong health union that has as its priority the citizens’ health and the better preparation for the tackling of health threats. She underlined that there must be cohesion and coordinated approach with regard to the vaccines. According to Commissioner Kyriakides, some 30 million EU citizens have been fully vaccinated, while 117 million vaccinations have taken place. With regard to the Digital Green Certificate, Commissioner Kyriakides stressed that the target is to facilitate free movement.

Σ. Κυριακίδου: Χρειαζόμαστε μια ισχυρή ένωση υγείας km-capital.gr-GR: "Σ. Κυριακίδου: Χρειαζόμαστε μια ισχυρή ένωση υγείας..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

«Ολα ανοιχτά» λέει η Ε.Ε. για την AstraZeneca km-EFIMERIDA-TON-SINTAKTON-GR: "«Ολα ανοιχτά» λέει η Ε.Ε. για την AstraZeneca..." page: 32,33 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Stella Kyriakides: We need a strong health union / Στέλλα Κυριακίδου: Χρειαζόμαστε μια ισχυρή ένωση υγείας km-iefimerida.gr-GR: "Stella Kyriakides: We need a strong health union / Στέλλα ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Commission reportedly preparing legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfall

[Hungary, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 3:45:00 AM CEST

The Hungarian media widely report that unnamed EU diplomats told European news site Politico.eu that the Commission is preparing to launch legal proceedings against vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca for under-delivering its Covid-19 vaccines. The issue was raised at the EU ambassadors meeting on Wednesday, where most member states supported the idea, Magyar Hírlap, 24.hu Index.hu, Origo.hu and Portfolio.hu report. One diplomat said the EU would force AstraZeneca to deliver the doses it promised. Two diplomats said member states have to decide this week whether they support the plan to sue the company. Origo.hu, Portfolio.hu, Kossuth Rádió and M1 add an unnamed source confirmed the information to news agency Reuters about the possible legal case.

- / EU-s diplomaták szerint az Európai Bizottság beperelné az AstraZenecát km-24.hu-HU: "- / EU-s diplomaták szerint az Európai Bizottság beperelné az ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

There is not enough vaccines; the European Commission wants to sue AstraZeneca / Nincs elég vakcina, az Európai Bizottság be karja perelni az AstraZenecát km-index.hu-HU: "There is not enough vaccines; the European Commission wants to ..." info: by - na - date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The European Commission may sue pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca / Pert indíthat az Európai Bizottság az AstraZeneca gyógyszergyár ellen km-Kossuth-Radio-HU: "The European Commission may sue pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca / Pert ..." info: Kossuth Rádió - Krónika 17:30 - 2021-04-22 15:30:00 - 2021-04-22 16:00:00, 2021-04-22 15:42:00, 00:00:26, by Mátyus Kati date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:42:00 PM CEST

The EU may sue AstraZeneca / Elszabadult a járvány Indiában, negatív világrekord dőlt meg km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "The EU may sue AstraZeneca / Elszabadult a járvány Indiában, ..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The European Commission may sue pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca;  / Pert indíthat az Európai Bizottság az AstraZeneca ellen km-Magyar-Televizio-HU: "The European Commission may sue pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca; / Pert ..." info: m1 - Híradó M1 19:30 - 2021-04-22 17:31:00 - 2021-04-22 18:33:00, 2021-04-22 17:51:00, 00:00:36, by Meszes Boglárka date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:51:00 PM CEST

The European Commission wants to launch legal proceedings against pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca / Az Európai Bizottság jogi eljárást indít az AstraZeneca gyógyszervállalat ellen km-origo.hu-HU: "The European Commission wants to launch legal proceedings against pharmaceutical ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

It looks like the European Commission will sue AstraZeneca / Úgy néz ki, beperli az Európai Bizottság az AstraZenecát km-portfolio.hu-HU: "It looks like the European Commission will sue AstraZeneca / ..." info: by Portfolio date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ireland supporting EU's legal case against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

[Ireland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:51:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports that Ireland is supporting the European Commission's plan to initiate a legal case against AstraZeneca for failing to hit delivery targets of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed that Ireland has joined the case against the pharmaceutical firm because of its "complete failure to meet its delivery and contractual agreements for April, May and June." Commenting in the Irish Times, Stephen Collins writes that despite a poor start to the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Ireland and other EU member states are developing momentum and there is every possibility that "the bulk of the population will be vaccinated by the summer." He argues that the problems largely stemmed from AstraZeneca and its failure to deliver on contractual obligations.

Ireland supporting EU''s legal case against Astrazeneca over vaccine shortfalls ? Donnelly / Ireland supporting EU''s legal case against Astrazeneca over vaccine shortfalls ? Donnelly km-independent.ie-IE: "Ireland supporting EU''s legal case against Astrazeneca over vaccine shortfalls ..." info: by Unattributed date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Popularity of EU will rise with successful vaccine rollout / Popularity of EU will rise with successful vaccine rollout km-Irish-Times-IE: "Popularity of EU will rise with successful vaccine rollout / ..." page: 12 info: by STEPHEN COLLINS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU: immunized citizens can reduce social distancing

[Italy, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Most Italian media report prominently on the latest development of the Covid pandemic both in Italy and abroad. The vaccination campaign is getting more efficient every day, and the government now seeks to reach immunity by the end of the summer, as underlined in an article in il Giorno. Some newspapers, including La Repubblica and Milano Finanza, note that the tug of war between the European Commission and Astra Zeneca is growing more and more complicated, with the Union ready to sue the vaccine company for its failure to deliver the expected doses. Meanwhile, La Stampa reports that the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) has issued a new set of guidelines and Covid-related rules of conduct to reflect the growing number of immunized citizens within the European population. According to the agency, those who already underwent the complete vaccination procedure can remove their masks and reduce social distancing, including hugs, for instance, even when they meet a person who has not been immunized yet. Recent studies show that vaccinated people have fewer chances to spread the disease when infected, while the vaccine seems to provide a high degree of protection from the infection itself, not only from the most serious manifestations of the disease. This principle does not apply to public places, which are still subject to the same precautionary measures.

Reopening, regions attack / Aperture, Regioni all'attacco km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Reopening, regions attack / Aperture, Regioni all'attacco..." page: 1,2,3 info: by Marco Galluzzo date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Government speeds up: "immunity by the summer" / Il governo corre: «Immunità entro l'estate» km-Giorno-IT: "Government speeds up: "immunity by the summer" / Il governo ..." page: 6 info: by red. int. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU ready to sue AstraZeneca over vaccine delays / L'Ue pronta a citare in tribunale AstraZeneca per i ritardi sui vaccini km-MF---Milano-Finanza-IT: "EU ready to sue AstraZeneca over vaccine delays / L'Ue ..." page: 6 info: by Andrea Boeris date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Clash over reopenings, regions call for urgent meeting  / Scontro fra le riaperture, i presidenti di regioni chiedono urgente confronto con il governo km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Clash over reopenings, regions call for urgent meeting / Scontro ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:01:00, 00:02:35, by Annalisa Fantilli date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:01:00 AM CEST

15 million doses bound for Italy  / 15 milioni di dosi in arrivo in Italia a maggio queste le comunicazioni del commissario speciale, il generale Figliuolo km-Rai-News-24-IT: "15 million doses bound for Italy / 15 milioni di ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:17:00, 00:01:45, by Gianni Quagliarella date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:17:00 AM CEST

Europe will sue AstraZeneca: "they must deliver those doses"  / L'Europa farà causa ad AstraZeneca: “Consegni le dosi previste” km-Repubblica-IT: "Europe will sue AstraZeneca: "they must deliver those doses" / ..." page: 12 info: by Alberto d Argenio date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Vaccination campaign gears up / La campagna di vaccinazione va avanti spedita, ma la commissione europea pronta ad intraprendere un azione legale contro Astrazeneca km-SKY-TG-24-IT: "Vaccination campaign gears up / La campagna di vaccinazione va ..." info: SKY TG24, 2021-04-23 00:08:00, 00:01:58, by Roberto Tallei date: Friday, April 23, 2021 12:08:00 AM CEST

Europe legitimises hugs, kisses "masks are useless between immunized people" / L'Europa sdogana baci e abbracci “Mascherine inutili tra vaccinati” km-Stampa-IT: "Europe legitimises hugs, kisses "masks are useless between immunized people" ..." page: 6 info: by Marco Bresolin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe legitimises hugs, kisses "masks are useless between immunized people" / L'Europa sdogana baci e abbracci “Mascherine inutili tra vaccinati” km-Stampa-IT: "Europe legitimises hugs, kisses "masks are useless between immunized people" ..." page: 6 info: by Marco Bresolin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the European Commission is considering taking AstraZeneca to court to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are supplied in sufficient quantities, several diplomatic sources said. According to LTV1, the European Commission also has no plans to purchase an additional 100 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as an option under the current agreement. Most member states are in favour of litigation, although some countries are concerned that litigation does not guarantee that the European Union will receive more doses. Commissioner Kyriakides stresses all is not bad, and production capacity across the European Union is picking up speed, allowing deliveries to be accelerated. “To date, we in the European Union have vaccinated 117 million doses of vaccine and are approaching the vaccination of three million people every day. More than 30 million of our citizens are now fully vaccinated,” she said. Diena reports that the case will be heard in Belgian courts, another diplomatic source said. "It is important that we provide a sufficient number of doses in line with the company's initial commitment, and we are looking at every opportunity to make that happen," European Commission spokesman Stefan De Keersmaecker said on 22 April, without commenting on possible litigation.

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK apsver vēršanos tiesā pret AstraZeneca par vakcīnu piegādēm km-Diena.lv-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK plāno tiesāties ar "AstraZeneca" par vakcīnu piegādes kavēšanos km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-04-22 18:46:00, 00:01:01, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:46:00 PM CEST

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK plāno tiesāties ar "AstraZeneca" par vakcīnu piegādes kavēšanos km-Latvijas-radio-4-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK ..." info: Ziņas, 2021-04-22 18:00:00, 00:00:36, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK plāno tiesāties ar "AstraZeneca" par vakcīnu piegādes kavēšanos km-LTV-1-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK ..." info: Dienas ziņas, 2021-04-22 19:01:00, 00:02:57, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:01:00 PM CEST

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK plāno tiesāties ar "AstraZeneca" par vakcīnu piegādes kavēšanos km-Radio-SWH-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / EK ..." info: Ziņas, 2021-04-22 18:00:00, 00:00:13, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / Европа против АstraZeneca km-Vesti-Segodnja-LV: "European Commission might sue AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls / Европа ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Germany wants to buy 30 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 5:13:00 AM CEST

According to Latvijas Radio 1, Germany is in talks with Russia to buy 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer said on 22 April. Germany will purchase the vaccine if Sputnik V is approved for use in the European Union by the European Medicines Agency, which launched an accelerated evaluation of the Russian vaccine in March. Until now, Germany has coordinated the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines with the EU, but the lack of vaccines produced in Western countries has forced Berlin to turn to Moscow.

Germany wants to buy 30 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine / Vācija vēlas iegādāties 30 miljonus Covid-19 vakcīnas «Sputņik V» devu km-Latvijas-Radio-1-LV: "Germany wants to buy 30 million doses of Sputnik V ..." info: Dienas notikumu apskats, 2021-04-22 19:00:00, 00:00:51, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:00:00 PM CEST

Latvia 16th among EU and EEA countries by Covid-19 incidence

[Latvia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

According to Delfi, Latvia's Covid-19 incidence is the 16th highest among member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area, according to the latest data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). In the past two weeks Latvian ranked 19th among other countries. The highest incidence level is reported in Cyprus - 962 cases per 100,000 residents, and the lowest in Iceland - 29 cases per 100,000 residents. The countries reporting higher infection rates for the two-week period include Cyprus, Sweden, France, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg and Austria. Latvia's 14-day rate of Covid-19 deaths per one million population increased, placing Latvia 11th among EU and EEA member states.

Latvia 16th among EU and EEA countries by Covid-19 incidence / Latvija šobrīd 16. vietā pēc saslimstības ar Covid-19 ES un EEZ valstu vidū km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Latvia 16th among EU and EEA countries by Covid-19 incidence ..." info: by LETA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says buying vaccines through European Commission has advantages

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

Alfa.lt and 15min.lt inform readers that Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė said that the decision to purchase Covid-19 vaccines through the European Commission instead of doing so independently has advantages. “I think this is a good idea in the sense that for small countries, negotiations with large pharmaceutical companies are not necessarily so easy. As a small customer, they do not have the chance to be very high on the priority list unless they pay a very high price or offer some special conditions, as in the case of Israel,” the PM said, as quoted by Alfa.lt. She also noted that acting through the Commission had made it easier to communicate with vaccine manufacturers and to achieve results so that the vaccine supply was not severely disrupted.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says buying vaccines through European Commission has advantages / I.Šimonytė: Vakcinų pirkimas per Europos Komisiją turi privalumų km-15min.lt-LT: "Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says buying vaccines through European Commission ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says buying vaccines through European Commission has advantages / I. Šimonytė: vakcinų pirkimas per Europos Komisiją turi privalumų km-Alfa.lt-LT: "Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says buying vaccines through European Commission ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Union prepares legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortages

[Lithuania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 5:06:00 AM CEST

15min.lt and Lrytas.lt write that the European Union is preparing legal action against AstraZeneca over shortfalls in deliveries of its coronavirus vaccine, according to four people familiar with the matter. AstraZeneca said it could not deliver as many vaccines as the bloc was counting on, both during the first quarter and the second quarter. This has delayed the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines across the European Union nations. The European Commission told the European ambassadors at a meeting that it was considering legal action against AstraZeneca for these delivery issues.

European Union prepares legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortages / ES rengiasi imtis teisinių veiksmų prieš vakcinų dozių nepristatančią kompaniją „AstraZeneca“ km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union prepares legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Union prepares legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery shortages / Europos Komisija ruošiasi imtis teisinių žingsnių prieš „AstraZeneca“ koncerną km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Union prepares legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine delivery ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Europe´s vaccination strategy

[Luxembourg, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-LU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:51:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets in Luxembourg report on the latest developments around Covid-19 vaccines in the EU.Christine Longin reports in Luxemburger Wort on Commissioner Breton, who heads the EU vaccine task force and wants to achieve herd immunity in July. "Monsieur Vaccin" is on all media channels in France. He defends Brussels vaccination strategy everywhere and gives courage. He makes sure that enough vaccine is produced and that the manufacturers keep their commitments to the EU. He recently calculated that there are 53 production facilities for a total of four vaccines in the EU and has now visited many of them himself. The qualified engineer defends Brussels decision to export 40% of vaccines: "The pandemic is raging all over the planet, we are not an island." The EU will massively increase its vaccine production so that 420 million doses will be available in mid-July. Commissioner Breton wants to have at least two billion ones produced by the end of the year, which should be applied on other continents, too. In order to make travelling easier, a European vaccination certificate should be introduced in June.Tageblatt reports that the European Union will not use the option to buy another 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca. A European Commission's spokesperson announced that in Brussels yesterday and said that the deadline for this has expired. The main concern of the Commission is to receive the 300 million doses which have already been ordered from the manufacturer. The Commission is considering a lawsuit against the company because of the delivery issues.

The EU will attack AstraZeneca / L'UE va attaquer AstraZeneca km-L-Essentiel-LU: "The EU will attack AstraZeneca / L'UE va attaquer AstraZeneca..." page: 8 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU prüft Klage gegen Astrazeneca km-lessentiel.lu-LU: "EU prüft Klage gegen Astrazeneca..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brussels considers legal action against Astrazeneca / Brüssel erwägt Klage gegen Astrazeneca km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Brussels considers legal action against Astrazeneca / Brüssel erwägt Klage ..." page: 11 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europe´s "mister vaccine" / Europas "Monsieur Vaccin“ km-Luxemburger-Wort-LU: "Europe´s "mister vaccine" / Europas "Monsieur Vaccin“..." page: 7 info: by Christine Longin date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Legal action against AstraZeneca? / Une action en justice contre AstraZeneca? km-Quotidien-LUXEMBOURG-LU: "Legal action against AstraZeneca? / Une action en justice contre ..." page: 5 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Panorama km-radio-100.7-LU: "Panorama..." info: 2021-04-22 18:00:00, 18:00:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00:00 PM CEST

EU lets order deadline expire / EU lässt Bestellfrist verstreichen km-Tageblatt-LU: "EU lets order deadline expire / EU lässt Bestellfrist verstreichen..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU looks to sue AstraZeneca

[Malta, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

It was reported by Times of Malta  and other media outlets that the European Commission is looking to launch legal action against AstraZeneca for under-delivering Covid-19 vaccine doses to the EU. The EU has been criticised for its delay in administering vaccines. The Commission informed member state envoys of its plans last Wednesday and said that any lawsuit against AstraZeneca would begin in a Belgian court – the jurisdiction agreed under the commission’s contract with the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company. A commission spokesman said that “no decision has yet been taken”. Local media also reported that yesterday was a record day for Covid-19 vaccines. Nearly 7,000 vaccine doses were administered, the highest number in a single day. Around 300,000 Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca vaccine doses have been administered, 93,727 of which are second jabs and the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine will also start to be used. Meanwhile, the number of new Covid-19 cases stayed relatively low at 33 whilst 36 recoveries were registered. No new deaths were recorded, leaving the death toll at 411. The new cases were found from 2,129 swab tests, giving a positivity rate of 1.55%.

Ilbierah kienu registrati 33 kaz gdid ta’ Covid-19 km-In-Nazzjon-MT: "Ilbierah kienu registrati 33 kaz gdid ta’ Covid-19..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

In-numri ta’ kazi godda tal-Cofid-19 jibqghu baxxi / In-numri ta’ kazi godda tal-Cofid-19 jibqghu baxxi km-L-Orizzont-MT: "In-numri ta’ kazi godda tal-Cofid-19 jibqghu baxxi / In-numri ta’ ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Covid-19: 33 new cases registered, vaccination doses edge closer to 300,000 / Covid-19: 33 new cases registered, vaccination doses edge closer to 300,000 km-Malta-Independent-MT: "Covid-19: 33 new cases registered, vaccination doses edge closer to ..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU looks to sue AstraZeneca / EU looks to sue AstraZeneca km-Malta-Times-MT: "EU looks to sue AstraZeneca / EU looks to sue ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Record day for vaccines / Record day for vaccines km-Malta-Times-MT: "Record day for vaccines / Record day for vaccines..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission to take AstraZeneca to court

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

De Telegraaf reports that the European Commission is preparing a court case against AstraZeneca. Brussels wants to hold the pharmaceutical company responsible for the major delays in Covid-19 vaccine deliveries. There was much to do about the ‘best reasonable efforts’ obligation in AstraZeneca’s contract with the EU. It is still unclear why the company supplied the UK first before sending vaccine doses to the EU. The contract states that deliveries for other contracts should not stand in the way of deliveries to the EU. Earlier this year, there was much reluctance to start court proceedings as this would not speed up the deliveries of vaccines. But now the dependence on AstraZeneca has become lower. President von der Leyen made clear that the EU in the future will mainly focus on purchasing mRNA vaccines. The European Parliament understands why the European Commission will take AstraZeneca to court, but there is some hesitation. MEP Esther de Lange (CDA) notes that a court case takes time and that the Commission should focus on the vaccination strategy.

Commissie niet klaar met AstraZeneca km-nrc.nl-NL: "Commissie niet klaar met AstraZeneca..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission prepares legal procedure against AstraZeneca / Europese Commissie bereid juridische procedure voor tegen AstraZeneca km-Radio-1-Netherlands-NL: "European Commission prepares legal procedure against AstraZeneca / Europese Commissie ..." info: De nieuws bv, 2021-04-22 12:36:00, 00:02:59, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:36:00 PM CEST

‘Court case against AstraZeneca’ / 'Aanklacht AstraZeneca’ km-Telegraaf-NL: "‘Court case against AstraZeneca’ / 'Aanklacht AstraZeneca’..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

More thrombosis cases discovered in the UK after AstraZeneca injection

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

Telegraaf.nl reports that more thrombosis cases have been confirmed in the UK in relation to use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The article mentions that 168 cases of severe blood clotting have been observed. In the UK, more than 21 million people have had their first injection with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. It has been advised to give a second injection from another vaccine.

Meer trombosegevallen na AstraZeneca-vaccin in VK km-Telegraaf.nl-NL: "Meer trombosegevallen na AstraZeneca-vaccin in VK..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Dutch Prime Minister: "Enough has changed to relax Covid-19 measures"

[Netherlands, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

According to outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, not much has changed in the Covid-19 situation in the Netherlands since last week, "but enough" to allow for relaxation of the lockdown measures. He said this in the debate in the Lower House about the Covid-19 approach. Various groups wanted to know why the relaxation is now being made, despite worrying figures. PM Rutte said that the cabinet is taking a conscious but acceptable risk with this. PvdA leader Ploumen maintains that she thinks the risk is too great and wants to reverse the relaxation: "I see that we have a different definition of acceptable risk."

Rutte: genoeg veranderd voor versoepelingen • Indiase variant opgedoken in België km-Nos.nl-NL: "Rutte: genoeg veranderd voor versoepelingen • Indiase variant opgedoken in ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission considers filing a lawsuit against AstraZeneca

[Poland, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:01:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Polska Codziennie and PR3 and TOK FM radio stations report that according to Politico and Reuters, at a meeting of EU ambassadors yesterday a majority supported the decision to file a lawsuit against AstraZeneca. Stefan De Keersmaecker, a European Commission's spokesperson, says that no decision has been taken yet, but that all solutions are possible to ensure the delivery of vaccines on time. A decision on the matter, if taken, would be made jointly by the Commission and member states. AstraZeneca was supposed to deliver 100 million doses to the EU in the first quarter of the year, but it only delivered 30 million. The company explains that this is due to production delays at factories in the EU, but these explanations are causing irritation in Brussels, because Astra Zeneca is delivering all the vaccines to the United Kingdom as planned, without any delays.

Lawsuit for lack of vaccines / Lawsuit for lack of vaccines km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Lawsuit for lack of vaccines / Lawsuit for lack of ..." page: 8 info: by Joanna Kowalkowska date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Serwis trójki km-Polskie-Radio-3-PL: "Serwis trójki..." info: 2021-04-22 14:02:00, 14:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:02:00 PM CEST

Wiadomości km-TOK-FM-PL: "Wiadomości..." info: 2021-04-22 13:22:00, 13:22:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:22:00 PM CEST

The EU will no longer purchase AstraZeneca's vaccines and might sue the pharmaceutical

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:30:00 AM CEST

The European Commission might sue AstraZeneca for failing to deliver the number of doses foreseen in their contract with the Commission, SIC TV reports. Commission spokesperson De Keersmaecker stated that “no decision has yet been taken regarding legal action. A few weeks ago, we have started the resolution process, which is foreseen in the contracts. What matters for the EU and the member states is that we can assure the timely delivery of a sufficient number of doses by the company. We are not there yet so we are looking at all options available to make those deliveries happen.”The European Commission will not purchase more vaccines from AstraZeneca, Expresso.pt reports. In a press conference, Commission spokesperson De Keersmaecker stated that “the deadline to purchase the extra vaccine doses has passed and that option will not be taken.” In an interview with Lusa Agency, Commissioner Reynders stated that it is unlikely that the EU will purchase more vaccines from AstraZeneca because the pharmaceutical cannot deliver what it promises. The Commissioner further stated that all other pharmaceutical companies are “very flexible and have a true commitment to comply with the contracts” and AstraZeneca does not. Commissioner Reynders reiterated that the Commission will do what it legally can to ensure that AstraZeneca delivers the doses missing.

Covid-19. Brussels rules out option to buy extra doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine / Covid-19. Bruxelas descarta opção de compra de doses extra da vacina da AstraZeneca km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "Covid-19. Brussels rules out option to buy extra doses of ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EC might sue AstraZeneca / CE pode vir a processar AstraZeneca km-Sic-TV-PT: "EC might sue AstraZeneca / CE pode vir a processar ..." info: Primeiro jornal, 2021-04-22 13:03:00, 00:01:57, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:03:00 PM CEST

Commissioner Kyriakides talks about the European Union’s vaccination process

[Portugal, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 3:30:00 AM CEST

During a European Parliament hearing, Commissioner Kyriakides talked about the European Union’s vaccination process, Observador.pt reports. The Commissioner stated that “so far, we have administered 117 million vaccine doses in the EU and we are about to administer 3 million doses every day.” “Over 30 million EU citizens are totally vaccinated and all member states are increasing their production capabilities. We still have a long path ahead, but our vaccination strategy prevailed.” Commissioner Kyriakides considers the goal of having 70% of the EU population vaccinated by the end of the summer as “ambitious” but “certainly viable”.

Covid-19. Brussels estimates countries capable of giving 3 million vaccines a day / Covid-19. Bruxelas estima que países sejam capazes de dar 3 milhões de vacinas por dia km-observador.pt-PT: "Covid-19. Brussels estimates countries capable of giving 3 million vaccines ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU is preparing a legal case against AstraZeneca

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:02:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets, including Revista22.ro, report that the European Commission is working on legal proceedings against vaccines producer AstraZeneca. The European Executive raised the matter at a meeting of EU Ambassadors on Wednesday, during which the majority of EU member states said they would support the legal action against the company on the grounds that it massively under-delivered pledged anti-Covid-19 vaccine doses to the community bloc. Commissioner Kyriakides stated yesterday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) would issue a new scientific opinion for the AstraZeneca vaccine and announced a meeting of EU health ministers at the beginning of next week for a coordinated approach regarding vaccines.

EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Ştirile Digi 24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Ştirile Digi 24..." info: Ştirile Digi 24, 2021-04-22 13:52:00, 00:00:55, by Nunu Cătălin date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:52:00 PM CEST

EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-04-22 14:04:00, 00:00:48, by Vila George date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:04:00 PM CEST

EU is preparing legal case against AstraZeneca / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "EU is preparing legal case against AstraZeneca / Ştirile Europa ..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2021-04-22 13:12:00, 00:01:12, by Nagy Iulia date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:12:00 PM CEST

Covid-19: EU is preparing legal case against AstraZeneca / COVID-19: UE se pregăteşte să dea în judecată campania AstraZeneca km-mediafax.ro-RO: "Covid-19: EU is preparing legal case against AstraZeneca / COVID-19: ..." info: by Gabriel Negreanu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission is preparing legal case against Swedish-British laboratory AstraZeneca over anti-Covid-19 vaccine shortfalls / Comisia Europeană vrea să dea în judecată laboratorul suedezo-britanic AstraZeneca din cauza nerespectării contractului privind livrarea vaccinului împotriva covid-19 km-news.ro-RO: "European Commission is preparing legal case against Swedish-British laboratory AstraZeneca ..." info: by Valentin Vidu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "EU is preparing to sue AstraZeneca / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 18:01:00, 00:00:39, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:01:00 PM CEST

EU plans to take legal action against AstraZeneca. The move, backed by most member states / UE vrea să dea în judecată AstraZeneca. Acțiunea, sprijinită de majoritatea țărilor membre km-revista22.ro-RO: "EU plans to take legal action against AstraZeneca. The move, ..." info: by Redactia date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

ECDC recommends relaxing physical distancing rules and the wearing of face mask

[Romania, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:35:00 AM CEST

According to România Actualităţi radio station, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has recommended the European Union member states consider relaxing physical distancing rules and the wearing of face mask under certain conditions. In the latest interim guidance on the benefits of full vaccination against Covid-19 for transmission and implications for non-pharmaceutical interventions, the ECDC indicated that rules could be relaxed when fully vaccinated individuals met other fully vaccinated individuals, and when an unvaccinated individual or unvaccinated individuals from the same household or social bubble met, if there were no risk factors for severe disease or lower vaccine effectiveness in anyone present.

Wearing of face masks can be relaxed in certain situations / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Wearing of face masks can be relaxed in certain situations ..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 12:01:00, 00:00:39, by Turcu Nicoleta date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:01:00 PM CEST

EU discusses legal case against AstraZeneca

[Slovakia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:26:00 AM CEST

Website aktuality.sk, TV JOJ and Rádio Slovensko report that the European Commission is preparing a legal case against the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The information was brought by server Politico referring to EU diplomats. The issue was discussed by EU leaders on Wednesday. Most member states promised to support the legal case against AstraZeneca over shortfalls of its vaccine against Covid-19. The goal of this step is to ensure that AstraZeneca delivers the promised volume of vaccines in the second quarter. The media explain that these shortfalls affected the pace of vaccination in the European Union.

Koronavírus: EÚ sa pripravuje na súd s AstraZenecou km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Koronavírus: EÚ sa pripravuje na súd s AstraZenecou..." info: by TASR date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Koronavirus ve světě km-Joj-TV-SK: "Koronavirus ve světě..." info: Noviny, 2021-04-22 20:04:00, 00:00:50, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:04:00 PM CEST

European Commission preparing for legal case against AstraZeneca / Evropská komise se připravuje na soudní jednání vůči společnosti AstraZeneca km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "European Commission preparing for legal case against AstraZeneca / Evropská ..." info: Správy, 2021-04-22 18:23:00, 00:00:18, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:23:00 PM CEST

Slovenia confirms another 745 cases of Covid-19 infection on Wednesday

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

According to the Slovenian government, on Wednesday, Slovenian health workers carried out 4,258 PCR tests for Covid-19, discovering infection in 745 individuals, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, Delo, Kanal A, and Radio Slovenija 1 report. The share of positive tests was 17.5% (down from 21.5% on Tuesday). Another eleven Covid-19 patients died. There were 620 (down from 631 on Wednesday) Covid-19 patients receiving medical attention in Slovenian hospitals on Thursday, 154 (down from 155 on Wednesday) of whom were in intensive care units. The seven-day average of daily cases of Covid-19 infection in Slovenia now stands at 684 (down from 706 on Tuesday). It is estimated that there are currently 11,394 people actively infected with Covid-19 in Slovenia.

745 cases of infection on Wednesday; share of positive tests at 17.5% / V sredo 745 novih okužb, delež pozitivnih 17,5 odstotka km-24ur.com-SI: "745 cases of infection on Wednesday; share of positive tests ..." info: by Urša Zupan date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Reproduction number below one / Reprodukcijsko število nižje od ena km-Delo-SI: "Reproduction number below one / Reprodukcijsko število nižje od ena..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Infections mostly asymptomatic / Okužbe večinoma asimptomatske km-Kanal-A-SI: "Infections mostly asymptomatic / Okužbe večinoma asimptomatske..." info: Svet, 2021-04-22 18:09:00, 00:04:00, by Rebeka Tomaduz date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:09:00 PM CEST

Epidemiological data / Epidemiološki podatki km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "Epidemiological data / Epidemiološki podatki..." info: Danes do 13-ih, 2021-04-22 13:00:00, 00:03:00, by Katja Arhar date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:00:00 PM CEST

Logar: “The light at the end of the tunnel is shining ever brighter, let us just hope there are no more turns on the way” / Logar: "Luč na koncu tunela se svetlika, upajmo, da ne bo kakšnega dodatnega ovinka" km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Logar: “The light at the end of the tunnel is ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

745 cases of infection confirmed on Wednesday; 11 Covid-19 patients died / POPRAVEK: V sredo potrdili 745 okužb s koronavirusom, umrlo 11 covidnih bolnikov km-sta.si-SI: "745 cases of infection confirmed on Wednesday; 11 Covid-19 patients ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Commission comments on Valneva’s vaccine negotiation plans and its potential lawsuit against AstraZeneca

[Slovenia, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

In response to the announcement of the French vaccine manufacturer Valneva that its supply would no longer be negotiated with the European Commission, the latter stressed yesterday that the company had not yet met the conditions needed for its vaccine to be included in the EU’s portfolio, STA and RTVSLO report. Valneva announced on Wednesday that it would no longer negotiate the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine with the European Commission, but would, after more than six months of talks with Brussels yielded no results, redirect the negotiation to individual EU member states. Strong protection is important for the EU when it comes to issues of responsibility, safety and efficacy of vaccines and rules on the supply of vaccines, European Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker said yesterday. According to him, Valneva has not yet met the conditions, which is one of the reasons why there is no agreement yet. The EU will now decide on further steps, but in line with the current European strategy on vaccines based on joint action, parallel negotiations are not allowed, he pointed out. In related news, Ireland claims that the European Commission has launched a lawsuit against AstraZeneca for reducing the planned supply of its Covid-19 vaccine, RTVSLO, 24ur, Radio Slovenija 1, and TV Slovenija 1 report. An official spokesman for the European Commission had previously said that the EU was "considering" this possibility. The first to report that the European Commission was preparing legal proceedings against AstraZeneca was the web portal Politico. European Commission Spokesperson Stefan De Keersmaecker, however, commented yesterday by saying that no decisions had yet been made. He recalled that the Commission had started resolving the dispute with the company weeks ago and that it was crucial to ensure the timely delivery of sufficient vaccine quantities. He said that the EU was not there yet, but added that it was exploring all options to secure enough doses. The Commission has stressed that any decision regarding legal proceedings against AstraZeneca would be made in agreement with the member states, especially seeing that not all of the states support a potential lawsuit. The decision is expected to be made by the end of this week.

Will the European Union sue the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca? / Bo Evropska unija tožila farmacevtsko podjetje AstraZeneca? km-24ur.com-SI: "Will the European Union sue the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca? / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca / Evropska komisija začela sodni postopek zoper AstraZeneco km-Radio-Slovenija-1-SI: "The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against AstraZeneca / ..." info: Dogodki in odmevi, 2021-04-22 15:43:00, 00:02:00, by Mojca Širok date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:43:00 PM CEST

Ireland: The European Commission has launched a lawsuit against AstraZeneca / Irska: Evropska komisija je sprožila tožbo proti AstraZeneci km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Ireland: The European Commission has launched a lawsuit against AstraZeneca ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brussels on the Valneva case: Parallel negotiations are not allowed / Bruselj o primeru Valneve: Vzporedna pogajanja niso dovoljena km-sta.si-SI: "Brussels on the Valneva case: Parallel negotiations are not allowed ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

There will be no additional purchase of AstraZeneca / Dodatnega nakupa cepiva AstraZeneca ne bo km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "There will be no additional purchase of AstraZeneca / Dodatnega ..." info: Dnevnik, 2021-04-22 19:11:00, 00:01:00, by Štader Elen Batista date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:11:00 PM CEST

Brussels wants to take AstraZeneca to court over delays

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Several media outlets report that the European Commission is finalising a legal action against AstraZeneca for the company's continued delays in delivering doses of its covid-19 vaccine. The decision comes after the EU executive activated on 19 March an amicable arbitration mechanism with the company, regulated in the contract as a preliminary step to the courts, which has not yielded the desired results.

La UE, dividida sobre llevar a AstraZeneca a los tribunales km-ABC-ES: "La UE, dividida sobre llevar a AstraZeneca a los tribunales..." page: 39 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La Comisión Europea prepara una demanda contra la farmacéutica AstraZeneca por el retraso en el suministro de vacunas. En los primeros seis meses del año esta empresa entregará 200 millones de dosis menos de las que tenía acordadas. km-Antena-3-ES: "La Comisión Europea prepara una demanda contra la farmacéutica AstraZeneca ..." info: Noticias 2, 2021-04-22 21:15:00, 00:01:55, by MATIAS PRATS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:15:00 PM CEST

La UE vol demandar AstraZeneca pels retards km-Ara-ES: "La UE vol demandar AstraZeneca pels retards..." page: 19 info: by BRUSSEL·LES JÚLIA MANRESA NOGUERAS date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La Comisión Europea prepara una denuncia contra AstraZeneca por los retrasos en las entregas de vacunas. Considera además que están siendo escasas las dosis que la empresa anglosueca ha entregado a los 27. km-Cadena-Cope-ES: "La Comisión Europea prepara una denuncia contra AstraZeneca por los ..." info: La tarde, 2021-04-22 16:48:00, 00:04:15, by CARLOS EXPOSITO date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:48:00 PM CEST

Los responsables de la UE estudian presentar una posible demanda ante los tribunales contra AstraZeneca, por los continuos retrasos en la entrega de dosis comprometidas. Una idea que se barajó hace algunos meses, pero que ahora parece que cada vez cobra km-Cadena-Ser-ES: "Los responsables de la UE estudian presentar una posible demanda ..." info: Hora 14, 2021-04-22 14:53:00, 00:00:59, by JOSE ANTONIO MARCO date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:53:00 PM CEST

La Unión Europea prepara una demanda contra AstraZeneca por los incumplimientos en la entrega de las vacunas. La Comisión Europea estaría ultimando denunciar en los tribunales a la farmacéutica. km-Catalunya-Radio-ES: "La Unión Europea prepara una demanda contra AstraZeneca por los ..." info: Informatiu migdia, 2021-04-22 14:17:00, 00:01:25, by VICTORIA VILAPLANA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:17:00 PM CEST

La CE ultima una demanda contra AstraZeneca para que entregue las dosis prometidas km-Cinco-Dias-ES: "La CE ultima una demanda contra AstraZeneca para que entregue ..." page: 1,9 info: by Cinco Días date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Europa rechaza 300 millones de dosis extra de Janssen y de AstraZeneca km-Economista-Spain-ES: "Europa rechaza 300 millones de dosis extra de Janssen y ..." page: 1,15 info: by Javier Ruiz-Tagle Madrid. date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La UE prepara una demanda contra Astrazeneca por la falta de dosis de la vacuna km-Elconfidencial.com-ES: "La UE prepara una demanda contra Astrazeneca por la falta ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bruselas se prepara para llevar a los tribunales a AstraZeneca por los retrasos en la entrega de las vacunas km-eldiario.es-ES: "Bruselas se prepara para llevar a los tribunales a AstraZeneca ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bruselas prepara acciones legales contra AstraZeneca por incumplir la entrega de vacunas Covid km-elespanol.com-ES: "Bruselas prepara acciones legales contra AstraZeneca por incumplir la entrega ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bruselas prepara una batalla legal contra AstraZeneca por las vacunas km-Expansion-Spain-ES: "Bruselas prepara una batalla legal contra AstraZeneca por las vacunas..." page: 11 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La UE ve muy difícil un «acuerdo de buena fe» con Astra Zeneca y prepara ya la denuncia km-Heraldo-de-Aragon-ES: "La UE ve muy difícil un «acuerdo de buena fe» ..." page: 35 info: by SALVADOR ARROYO date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La UE prepara un proceso jurídico contra AstraZeneca por la escasez de vacunas. Según las cuentas de la Comisión, de enero a junio de este 2021 AstraZeneca habrá dejado de distribuir 200 millones de dosis. De los 300 millones firmados, sólo están km-La-Sexta-ES: "La UE prepara un proceso jurídico contra AstraZeneca por la ..." info: LA SEXTA CLAVE, 2021-04-22 20:57:00, 00:04:14, by MATIAS PRATS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:57:00 PM CEST

La UE diseña una demanda contra AstraZeneca por la falta de dosis km-Levante-ES: "La UE diseña una demanda contra AstraZeneca por la falta ..." page: 6 info: by R.I. BRUSELA date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La UE planea demandar a AstraZeneca km-Mundo-ES: "La UE planea demandar a AstraZeneca..." page: 15 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Brussels wants to take AstraZeneca to court over delays / Bruselas quiere llevar a juicio a AstraZeneca por sus retrasos km-Pais-ES: "Brussels wants to take AstraZeneca to court over delays / ..." page: 22-23 info: by GUILLERMO ABRIL date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Bruselas se prepara para demandar a AstraZeneca km-Razon-Spain-ES: "Bruselas se prepara para demandar a AstraZeneca..." page: 38 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Bruselas está planteando llevar a la farmacéutica AstraZeneca ante los tribunales aunque lo va a consensuar antes con los Estados miembros. km-RNE-1-ES: "Bruselas está planteando llevar a la farmacéutica AstraZeneca ante los ..." info: 24 horas (informativo), 2021-04-22 20:21:00, 00:01:13, by MARC SALA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:21:00 PM CEST

La Comisión Europea está ultimando una demanda contra AstraZeneca por incumplimiento del contrato de distribución de vacunas por entregar menos dosis de las previstas. Además las autoridades comunitarias han dicho que ya no va a haber más compras a la km-RNE-5-ES: "La Comisión Europea está ultimando una demanda contra AstraZeneca por ..." info: 24 HORAS (TERTULIA), 2021-04-22 22:02:00, 00:00:23, by MARC SALA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:02:00 PM CEST

La vacuna de AstraZeneca ha generado polémica por los retrasos en el envío. Y la Comisión Europea está dispuesta a llevar a la farmacéutica a los tribunales por incumplimento de contrato, aunque algunos de los 27 tienen dudas. De los 300 millones de km-TVE1-ES: "La vacuna de AstraZeneca ha generado polémica por los retrasos ..." info: Telediario 2, 2021-04-22 21:18:00, 00:01:04, by PILAR GARCIA MUÑIZ date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:18:00 PM CEST

Bruselas planea acciones legales contra AstraZeneca por los retrasos km-Vanguardia-ES: "Bruselas planea acciones legales contra AstraZeneca por los retrasos..." page: 34 info: by Jaume Masdéu date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La Comisión Europea estudia llevar hoy a AstraZeneca ante los tribunales belgas km-Voz-de-Galicia-ES: "La Comisión Europea estudia llevar hoy a AstraZeneca ante los ..." page: 2 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Covid-19 in Spain: 300,000 people immunised in two days

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

A few media report on the progress of the Covid-19 in Spain. El Mundo reports that Spain follows a strategy to reach five million people immunised against Covid-19 by 4 May. There are only 10 days left. In the last two days, the number of second doses has almost quadrupled: from 40,205 on Monday to 159,487 on Wednesday and 156,409 yesterday. Thursday last week saw a peak of 75,164. While the figure for completing the pattern accounted for 34% of the doses on Wednesday, yesterday it was 61.1%. Although it should be noted that while more than 450,000 doses were administered on Wednesday, yesterday the figure was just over half: 255,746.

Las regiones que estrenan Janssen confían en '' ensanchar'' el rango de edad a menores de 70 años km-ABC-ES: "Las regiones que estrenan Janssen confían en '' ensanchar'' el ..." page: 40 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

España ha llegado a las 10 millones de vacunados, al menos, con una de las dosis. Uno de cada cinco españoles estaría inmunizado total o parcialmente. Un día en el que la vacuna de AstraZeneca vuelve a estar en el ojo del huracán por una polémica en km-Canal-24h-TVE-ES: "España ha llegado a las 10 millones de vacunados, al ..." info: LA NOCHE EN 24H, 2021-04-22 22:51:00, 00:02:06, by MARC SALA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:51:00 PM CEST

Sanidad no prevé bajar las restricciones a los vacunados tal y como pide la UE km-Heraldo-de-Aragon-ES: "Sanidad no prevé bajar las restricciones a los vacunados tal ..." page: 34 info: by M. SÁIZ-PARDO / Á. SOTO date: Friday, April 23, 2021

300.000 inmunizados en dos días km-Mundo-ES: "300.000 inmunizados en dos días..." page: 14 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

La vacunación masiva abre la puerta a dejar de usar la mascarilla km-Periodico-ES: "La vacunación masiva abre la puerta a dejar de usar ..." page: 1,43 info: by Sin especificar date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Spokesperson of the Commission Representation in Madrid González Ojeda on AstraZeneca issue

[Spain, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

In an interview with RNE-5, Lucas González Ojeda, Spokesperson of the Commission Representation in Madrid, discusses the possibility of the EU launching a lawsuit against AstraZeneca. For Brussels, the objective is to guarantee the doses agreed with the laboratories and, instead of filing a lawsuit, it will apply the "dispute settlement procedure of the contract itself." Asked about Pfizer's exemption from liability, the spokesperson clarified that "the responsibility for any damage that could be caused by a vaccine lies with the laboratories," although there may be "some specific situations in which some compensation could be requested from member states." As for the slow vaccine arrival in Africa and the Western Balkans, he points out that the EU "is indeed delivering vaccines to other areas in third countries" and that it has guaranteed €100 million in humanitarian aid in Africa and €70 million in the Western Balkans.

Interview with Spokesperson of the Commission Representation in Madrid González Ojeda on AstraZeneca issue / Entrevista a Lucas González Ojeda, portavoz de la Representación de la Comisión en Madrid km-RNE-5-ES: "Interview with Spokesperson of the Commission Representation in Madrid González ..." info: EUROPA ABIERTA, 2021-04-22 16:09:00, 00:07:30, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:09:00 PM CEST

EU prepares to sue Astra Zeneca over failure to deliver promise Covid-19 vaccine doses

[Sweden, HEALTH]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:44:00 AM CEST

The European Commission is preparing to sue pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca because of its failure to deliver the quantities of Covid-19 vaccine doses it promised to the EU, report multiple media outlets. The information about the lawsuit was revealed to Politico by EU diplomats. Irish Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has also confirmed the information. It is hoped that the lawsuit will enable the EU to get the vaccine doses it has been promised. Astra Zeneca had promised to deliver 100 million doses to the EU in the first quarter and 300 million in the second quarter, but the actual delivery numbers are 30 million doses and 70 million. The sources claimed that the deadline for member states to sign the launch of legal proceedings is next week. It was reported that the issue of a lawsuit was raised at a meeting with the member states' EU ambassadors on Wednesday and received support from a majority of the participants.

EU prepares lawsuit against AstraZeneca after issues with vaccine deliveries / EU förbereder stämning mot Astra Zeneca efter problem med vaccinleveranser km-afv.se-SE: "EU prepares lawsuit against AstraZeneca after issues with vaccine deliveries ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU prepares Astra lawsuit / EU förbereder Astrastämning km-Dagens-Industri-SE: "EU prepares Astra lawsuit / EU förbereder Astrastämning..." page: 12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Lawsuit close for Astra Zeneca / Stämning nära för Astra Zeneca km-Dagens-Nyheter-SE: "Lawsuit close for Astra Zeneca / Stämning nära för Astra ..." page: 24 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Lawsuit against Astra Zeneca is being prepared in the EU / Stämning mot Astra Zeneca förbereds i EU km-Norran-SE: "Lawsuit against Astra Zeneca is being prepared in the EU ..." page: 27 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU could take Astra Zeneca to court / EU kan ta Astra Zeneca till domstol km-Sverigesradio.se-SE: "EU could take Astra Zeneca to court / EU kan ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

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Germany extends controls at Austrian border due to migration

[Austria, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:11:00 AM CEST

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has extended controls at its border to Austria for another six months to November because of the migration situation, Kleine Zeitung, derstandard.at and orf.at report. The situation at the German-Austrian border remains "alarming", Minister Seehofer wrote in a letter to the European Commission. He referred to a continuing high level of so-called secondary migration of refugees who enter Europe through other EU member states.

Deutschland verlängert Grenzkontrollen zu Österreich wegen Migration km-Derstandard.at-AT: "Deutschland verlängert Grenzkontrollen zu Österreich wegen Migration..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Grenzkontrollen verlängert km-Kleine-Zeitung-AT: "Grenzkontrollen verlängert..." page: 4 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Deutschland verlängert Grenzkontrollen zu Österreich km-orf.at-AT: "Deutschland verlängert Grenzkontrollen zu Österreich..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Trial use of Digital Green Certificates

[Croatia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:50:00 AM CEST

The trial use of Digital Green Certificates, which would facilitate travel during the summer, should take place in May, reports HR1 while adding the certificates should be accepted at the EU level in June. One month after the Commission's proposal for a Digital Green Certificate, member states representatives in the eHealth Network agreed on guidelines describing the main technical specifications for the implementation of the system. This is a crucial step for the establishment of the necessary infrastructure at the EU level. In parallel, member states are encouraged to deploy the needed technical solutions at the national level, European Commission’s spokesman Johannes Bahrke noted, explaining that if we want to have green digital certificates ready for summer, it is crucial that we have the technical readiness with the ongoing legislative process.

Trial use of Digital Green Certificates / Probno korištenje zelenih digitalnih potvrda km-HR-1-HR: "Trial use of Digital Green Certificates / Probno korištenje zelenih ..." info: Ostalo, 2021-04-22 19:08:00, 00:02:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:08:00 PM CEST

Member states agree on technical specifications for Digital Green Certificate

[Cyprus, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

EU member states representatives in the eHealth Network agreed late on Wednesday on guidelines describing the main technical specifications for the implementation of the Digital Green Certificate, online media outlets report. The agreed technical specification covers data structure and encoding mechanisms, including the QR code, which will ensure that all certificates, whether digital or on paper, can be read and verified across the EU.The European Commission welcomed the development, describing the agreement as a "crucial step" for the establishment of the necessary infrastructure at the EU level, and encouraged the member states to deploy the needed technical solutions at the national level to ensure that the certificates will come into force by June, media outlets report. Commissioner Kyriakides said the certificates are crucial to assist the member states in the fight against the pandemic while allowing citizens to exercise their free movement rights "in a coordinated and safe manner."

Στην τελική ευθεία το «πράσινο» διαβατήριο km-Philenews.com-CY: "Στην τελική ευθεία το «πράσινο» διαβατήριο..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Green certificates: Agreement on the technical specifications guidelines / Πράσινα πιστοποιητικά: Συμφωνία κατευθυντήριων γραμμών τεχνικών προδιαγραφών km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Green certificates: Agreement on the technical specifications guidelines / Πράσινα ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU member states agree on technical specifications for the digital green certificate

[Greece, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:17:00 AM CEST

Some media outlets report that the EU member states reached an agreement yesterday on the technical specifications of the digital green certificate. At the same time, the legislative process concerning the approval of the relevant EU regulation is also in motion. The agreement is considered to be an important step towards the direction of introducing the certificate that will facilitate citizen movement within the EU in summer. According to the Commission, the definition of the technical specifications will allow the creation of the necessary infrastructure on the EU level. The Commission also urged the member states to deploy immediately the required technical solutions on the national level. The Commission considers that it is of utmost importance to advance the work on the technical implementation to ensure a roll-out of Digital Green Certificates across the EU by June 2021. The agreed technical specification covers data structure and encoding mechanisms which will ensure that all certificates can be read and verified across the EU. The guidelines also describe the EU gateway that will be set up by the Commission and will allow the sharing of electronic signature keys.

“OK” for the technical specifications of the digital green certificate / «ΟΚ» για τις τεχνικές προδιαγραφές του ψηφιακού πράσινου πιστοποιητικού km-Eleftheros-Typos-GR: "“OK” for the technical specifications of the digital green certificate ..." page: 13 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Γαλλία: Με «ειδικό πάσο» οι Αμερικανοί τουρίστες θα επισκεφθούν την χώρα το καλοκαίρι km-in.gr-GR: "Γαλλία: Με «ειδικό πάσο» οι Αμερικανοί τουρίστες θα επισκεφθούν την ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Agreement in the EU for the digital green certificate / Συμφωνία στην Ε.Ε. για ψηφιακό πράσινο πιστοποιητικό km-Naftemporiki-GR: "Agreement in the EU for the digital green certificate / ..." page: 7 info: by Nikos Bellos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commission: The “green” certificates by the end of June with special security codes as well / Κομισιόν: Ως το τέλος Ιουνίου τα «πράσινα» πιστοποιητικά και με ειδικούς κωδικούς ασφαλείας km-protothema.gr-GR: "Commission: The “green” certificates by the end of June with ..." info: by VASSILIS DALIANIS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

No false hopes for society

[Latvia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, the Latvian government, the Health Ministry and its experts have recently come up with clearly contradictory, inconsistent or even slightly cynical messages - and confusion was exacerbated by the proposals of the European Commission promising a "tourism summer", which the Latvian government had to integrate into local communication. Latvian government had to respond to the package of green certificate laws proposed by the European Commission and lobbied by major tourism countries, currently under consideration by the European Union institutions. But Latvia is still the penultimate place in the EU in terms of vaccination pace. Unless Health Ministry can clearly show how and when the 70% vaccination rate often invoked by European Commission will be reached, plans to ease restrictions on some groups are largely void.

No false hopes for society / Lūgums nekaitināt sabiedrību km-Diena-LV: "No false hopes for society / Lūgums nekaitināt sabiedrību..." page: 2 info: by Rolands Pētersons date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be included in ‘green passport’

[Lithuania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets report that a green passport for vaccination has been proposed in the European Union to facilitate the free movement of citizens within the Community, and the work on third countries is still pending, said Commissioner Kyriakides. “For those coming from third countries, the situation is different. This is an aspect that needs to be worked on. We are working on this issue in close cooperation with the World Health Organisation,” the Commissioner said, as quoted by Lrytas.lt. The proposal provides for the inclusion in the certificate of vaccines not included in the European Commission’s vaccine portfolio, provided that they are approved in the European Union, according to the Commissioner.

European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be included in ‘green passport’ / ES patvirtinti skiepai, kurių nėra EK vakcinų portfelyje, bus įtraukti į „žaliąjį pasą“ km-15min.lt-LT: "European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be included in ‘green passport’ / ES patvirtinti skiepai, kurių nėra EK vakcinų portfelyje, bus įtraukti į „žaliąjį pasą“ km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be ..." info: by BNS date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be included in ‘green passport’ / ES patvirtinti skiepai, kurių nėra EK vakcinų portfelyje, bus įtraukti į „žaliąjį pasą“ km-lrytas.lt-LT: "European Union-approved vaccines not included in vaccine portfolio to be ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The idea of Digital Green Certificate is referred to as “medical apartheid”

[Poland, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:37:00 AM CEST

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that opinions on the idea that vaccinated people should be given Covid-19 passports often call it medical apartheid. Such solutions have been talked about since the beginning of the pandemic, and now they have a chance to enter into force. The European Union wants this to happen on 25 June 2021. As Commissioner Reynders explained, the "Digital Green Certificate"- the official name of the new document - could be used not only to facilitate free travel, but also as an admission ticket. Admission to what? It would be up to the individual Member States to decide. It could be admission to concerts, cinemas and theatres, but also to schools and public transport. Or the ability to move around in public spaces without wearing a mask. Covid-19 passports would thus become passports to normality, once free and accessible to all, now rationed for reasons of public health.

Injected behaviorism / Injected behaviorism km-Dziennik-Gazeta-Prawna-PL: "Injected behaviorism / Injected behaviorism..." page: 1 info: by Sebastian Stodolak date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Vălean on the Digital Green Certificate

[Romania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

In an interview for Digi24 TV station, Commissioner Vălean spoke about the Digital Green Certificate. According to her, the document is not an actual passport, which means it is not mandatory, but it depends on each European Union member state and on the rules the latter applies. For instance, Commissioner Vălean added, there will be countries that will request travellers to present such a certificate in order to avoid quarantine; the document will contain information on anti-Covid-19 vaccination or on the existence of a negative PCR test, among other things. The European official hopes the Certificate will already be functional by the end of June, so that citizens can easily travel during the summer season.

When Digital Green Certificate will start being used / Știrile Digi24 km-DIGI-24-RO: "When Digital Green Certificate will start being used / Știrile ..." info: Știrile Digi24, 2021-04-22 23:12:00, 00:01:28, by Rotaru Alexandru date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:12:00 PM CEST

Europol has conducted an extensive operation

[Romania, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:03:00 AM CEST

B1TV station reports that Europol has conducted an extensive operation targeting several mobile organised crime groups active on the European Union territory. The operation was coordinated by the Netherlands and several member states participated in it, including Romania. Hundreds of persons were arrested, 60 of them in Romania alone. Moreover, authorities also seized large quantities of goods and considerable amounts of cash.

Extensive interventions / Ştirile B1TV km-B1TV-RO: "Extensive interventions / Ştirile B1TV..." info: Ştirile B1TV, 2021-04-22 10:42:00, 00:01:34, by Păşcuţă Ştefan date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:42:00 AM CEST

Member states agree on technical specifications for Digital Green Pass

[Slovakia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:25:00 AM CEST

EU member states agreed on the main technical specifications for the Digital Green Pass, report radio station Rádio Slovensko and news website aktuality.sk. The agreed specifications cover data structure and encoding mechanisms, including QR code, which will ensure that the certificates can be read and verified across the EU. The certificates are planned to be put in use by the end of June. Commissioner Breton said that the European Commission could be ready by 1 June and expected that member states would start connecting that time. „Like this we can ensure that the system will be in place by the summer season. We stand ready to support member states in their efforts to roll out the necessary technical infrastructure as soon as possible,“ he said.

Koronavírus: Štáty EÚ sa dohodli na usmerneniach pre zavedenie COVID pasov km-aktuality.sk-SK: "Koronavírus: Štáty EÚ sa dohodli na usmerneniach pre zavedenie COVID ..." info: by TASR date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Digital vaccine certificate / Digitální očkovací průkaz km-Radio-Slovensko-SK: "Digital vaccine certificate / Digitální očkovací průkaz..." info: Správy, 2021-04-22 18:22:00, 00:00:23, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:22:00 PM CEST

Commissioner Johansson and Slovenian Interior Minister Hojs coordinate work in light of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Yesterday in Ljubljana, Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs and Commissioner Johansson reviewed the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year and promised mutual assistance, STA, RTVSLO, Delo, and Dnevnik report. They focused mainly on the new Schengen Area strategy, the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, and the situation in the Western Balkans. Commissioner Johansson assessed the talks as very good and said that they reviewed the possibilities of how the Commission could support Slovenia during the presidency. Minister Hojs presented the key priorities of the Slovenian presidency and Commissioner Johansson presented the European Commission’s projects in the field of internal affairs in the second half of the year, which are more extensive than Minister Hojs had expected. Commissioner Johansson estimated that the Slovenian presidency would have a good chance of being successful. She also pointed out the need to re-establish the Schengen Area of security, freedom, and justice. Minister Hojs said that Slovenia supported the expansion of the area, especially to Croatia. Regarding the Pact on Migration and Asylum, Commissioner Johansson announced that during the presidency, Slovenia would need to continue to pursue the efforts and coordination currently led by Portugal. Minister Hojs expressed Slovenia’s readiness for solidarity, which could, according to him, be expressed in other ways, not necessarily by accepting asylum seekers. Commissioner Johansson pointed out the cooperation with third countries on the migration route, especially in the Western Balkans, and presented the efforts in the field of returning people who had been denied the right to asylum. She also expressed the expectation that all EU member states respected the law and the rights of asylum seekers. She pointed out the new strategy against organised crime and human trafficking and the fight against terrorism, announcing the publication of proposals to strengthen police cooperation. Minister Hojs also called for financial assistance to the Western Balkans states.

Commissioner Johansson to help Hojs / Komisarka Johanssonova bo pomagala Hojsu km-Delo-SI: "Commissioner Johansson to help Hojs / Komisarka Johanssonova bo pomagala ..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Slovenia’s task: improve the response to migrations / Naloga Slovenije: izboljšanje odziva na migracije km-Dnevnik-SI: "Slovenia’s task: improve the response to migrations / Naloga Slovenije: ..." page: 4 info: by Uroš Škerl Kramberger date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Hojs and Commissioner Johansson coordinate the presidency, discuss the media / Hojs in komisarka Johansson usklajevala predsedovanje, razpravljala o medijih km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Hojs and Commissioner Johansson coordinate the presidency, discuss the media ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Johansson and Hojs coordinate work before the Slovenian presidency / Johanssonova in Hojs usklajevala delo pred slovenskim predsedovanjem km-sta.si-SI: "Johansson and Hojs coordinate work before the Slovenian presidency / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Johansson and Hojs committed to cooperation / Johanssonova in Hojs zavezana sodelovanju km-Vecer-SI: "Johansson and Hojs committed to cooperation / Johanssonova in Hojs ..." page: 4 info: by Žana Vertačnik date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU agrees on technical guidelines for the Digital Green Certificate

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:24:00 AM CEST

One month after the European Commission's proposal of the Digital Green Certificate, EU member states' representatives in the eHealth Network agreed on guidelines for the main technical specifications for the system's implementation, STA, RTVSLO, and 24ur report. This is a key step to set up the necessary infrastructure at the EU level. The aim is to introduce these certificates throughout the EU by June. The agreed technical specification covers, inter alia, the data structure and coding mechanisms, including the QR code, ensuring that all certificates, digital or paper, can be read and verified across the EU. EU member states will also be linked to the EU portal described by the guidelines, allowing the exchange of digital signature keys, thus making it possible to verify the authenticity of Digital Green Certificates across the EU. In doing so, the passage of certificate holders' personal data via the portal will not be necessary, the Commission communicated yesterday. Commissioner Breton has said that this was a milestone in the establishment of a Digital Green Certificate at the EU level. Commissioner Kyriakides and Commissioner Reynders see the agreement as an important step. Commissioner Breton has said that the European Commission would be ready by 1 June and that it was prepared to support EU member states in their endeavours to introduce the necessary technical infrastructure as soon as possible. Commissioner Kyriakides has said that with vaccination being carried out across the EU, the Commission cooperated with EU member states, promising that this infrastructure would be set up in an ambitious time frame. Commissioner Reynders has said that the EU was on the way to reaching its goal of having the certificate ready by June to enable Europeans to travel safely this summer.

Agreement on technical guidelines for Digital Green Certificate reached in Brussels / V Bruslju dosegli dogovor o tehničnih smernicah za digitalno zeleno potrdilo km-24ur.com-SI: "Agreement on technical guidelines for Digital Green Certificate reached in ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU adoptes technical guidelines for a common Covid-19 certificate / EU sprejel tehnične smernice za skupno covidno potrdilo km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "EU adoptes technical guidelines for a common Covid-19 certificate / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU agreement on technical guidelines for the Digital Green Certificate / V EU dogovor o tehničnih smernicah digitalnega zelenega potrdila km-sta.si-SI: "EU agreement on technical guidelines for the Digital Green Certificate ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Interview with Commissioner Johansson on home affairs, migration and organised crime in the EU

[Slovenia, HOME_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:56:00 AM CEST

“Let it be very clear: the Commission fully supports the Western Balkans states, their sovereignty, and their right to make their own decisions on their borders,” Commissioner Johansson said in an interview with TV Slovenija 1. Regarding migration and the situation in the Balkans, she pointed out that so-called international “companies” were smuggling people, drugs, and weapons, adding that they were quite influential in the Western Balkans, and stressing that the European Commission needed to focus on them. She also spoke of the EU’s fight against organised crime, which is invading the legitimate economy everywhere in the EU. Commissioner Johansson said that criminal organisations also dealt with the legitimate economy, with 80% of them also leading so-called ‘normal’ companies. She added that illegal activities of the mafia were increasingly intertwined with the legitimate economy, claiming that that was very dangerous. She said that money needed to be tracked, adding that “we now manage to seize only a percentage of criminal groups’ earnings. They deal with organised crime in order to make money.” She said that the mafia was international, with as many as 70% of criminal groups operating in at least three EU member states. “The vast majority of these groups are made up of citizens of different countries. The mafia operates cross-border, the police must imitate it,” she said.

Interview with Commissioner Johansson on home affairs, migration and organised crime in the EU / Priprave na slovensko predsedovanje Evropski uniji km-TV-Slovenija-1-SI: "Interview with Commissioner Johansson on home affairs, migration and organised ..." info: Odmevi, 2021-04-21 22:15:00, 00:04:00, by Mojca Širok date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 10:15:00 PM CEST

INDUSTRY

Space: Europe on the wrong course

[France, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

In the context of astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s imminent departure for the International Space Station aboard a Space X rocket, L’Opinion reports on the state of Europe’s space industry, faced with stiff competition from the US and China. It argues that while Europe’s space industry was very successful economically for the last three decades, Europe’s independent access to space is threatened. While the US and China have a “domination strategy” in the space sector, supported by strong political will and an important internal market, European countries are content with cooperation, despite often diverging ambitions and interests. In this context, stakeholders call for an evolution in the sector’s governance including between the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Moreover, conflicting interests between France and Germany, two of Europe’s largest actors in the space industry, complicate the task.Several reactions are published. Among them, Julie Chauveau argues - in Les Echos's editorial - that the space industry is an instrument of political power. Despite never sending a man on the moon, Europe has managed to take part in international space cooperation. In the future, the US, China and even Russia will have their own space stations as platforms to the moon possibly able to defend and attack sattelites. In order to retain its strategic and autonomous access to space and to build power to compete, Europe must give up geographical returns and be welcoming to “new space” start-ups.

Europe in the moon? / L'Europe dans la Lune ? km-Echos-FR: "Europe in the moon? / L'Europe dans la Lune ?..." page: 14 info: by Julie Chauveau date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Industry regrets the lack of a European manned flight programme / Les industriels regrettent l'absence d'un programme de vol habité européen km-Figaro-FR: "Industry regrets the lack of a European manned flight programme ..." page: 10,11 info: by Véronique Guillermard date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The one that takes off / Celui qui prend le large km-Figaro-FR: "The one that takes off / Celui qui prend le ..." page: 1 info: by Étienne de Montety date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"Space can continue to be a European success story" / « Le spatial peut continuer à être une réussite européenne » km-Opinion-FR: ""Space can continue to be a European success story" / ..." page: 2 info: by Mathieu Solal date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Space: Europe on the wrong course / Espace: la mauvaise trajectoire de l'Europe km-Opinion-FR: "Space: Europe on the wrong course / Espace: la mauvaise ..." page: 1,2 info: by Jean-Dominique Merchet date: Friday, April 23, 2021

EU underutilises its space programmes, says European Court of Auditors / L'UE sous-exploite ses programmes spatiaux selon la Cour des comptes européenne km-Tribune-FR: "EU underutilises its space programmes, says European Court of Auditors ..." page: 41,42 info: by AFP date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commission wants advanced computer chips to be made in Europe

[Netherlands, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:49:00 AM CEST

NPO 2 reports that the European Commission has an ambitious plan. Brussels wants to make more, and more advanced computer chips. This way, Europe will become less dependent on Asia amid continuous shortage of chips. Commissioner Breton said that it became clear how much industries depend on chips. He notes that Europe could, and should, do more to make its own chips. He mentioned chip machine builder ASML and chip manufacturer NXP as companies that could contribute to the Commission’s ambition.

European dream: most advanced computer chips made in Europe / Europese droom: meest geavanceerde computerchips van eigen bodem km-Nederland-2-NL: "European dream: most advanced computer chips made in Europe / ..." info: Nieuwsuur, 2021-04-22 21:56:00, 00:13:32, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:56:00 PM CEST

The opportunity to reindustrialise: "Southern Europe's future is at stake"

[Spain, INDUSTRY]

Source country km-DNS-ES Friday, April 23, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

El Mundo reports on the Green and Digital Europe cycle summit, held yesterday. At the meeting, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Kerstin Jorna discussed the use of European funds as a key element for the recovery of Europe and against the deindustrialisation of Spain.

The opportunity to reindustrialise: "Southern Europe's future is at stake" / Jorna (Comisión Europea): "Las grandes empresas pueden producir cerca de los clientes" km-elmundo.es-ES: "The opportunity to reindustrialise: "Southern Europe's future is at stake" ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS

Contributing article: Europe has fallen behind, but remains full of self-satisfaction

[Austria, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:07:00 AM CEST

European pride in the supposedly best economic and social order in the world is no longer justified, writes Christian Ortner in a contributing article in Die Presse. Europe lacks leadership and a clear plan that must be implemented consistently. As a consequence, the EU is losing ground compared to its global rivals based on almost all criteria. The elites of Europe are hardly aware how far their brazen claim to superiority deviates from reality. Unfortunately, nothing will change as long as this self-deceptive illusion is not given up, according to Mr Ortner.

Europe has fallen behind, but remains full of self-satisfaction / Ein leicht abgesandeltes Europa, voll von Selbstzufriedenheit km-Presse-Austria-AT: "Europe has fallen behind, but remains full of self-satisfaction / ..." page: 27 info: by Christian Ortner date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The aftermath of Sofagate

[Belgium, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Several media devote some attention to Sofagate. La Libre Belgique interviews President Michel's former head of cabinet François Roux in light of Sofagate and the debate about the EU's external representation it relaunched. He insists on the need for Presidents Michel and von der Leyen to cooperate rather than fight. Mr Roux emphasises the importance of their cooperation. Presidents von der Leyen and Michel's legitimacy on the international scene depends on what they manage to do together. Some member states want the European Commission to be turned into an actual government, while others see the Commission as a secretariat, which some see as a step backwards. Le Vif publishes a letter by reader Guillaume Versou, who comments on Sofagate. He thinks that the only culprit in this deplorable affair is the disorder in the European Institution's organisation: the Council and the European Commission represent the EU on the international scene. Fortunately, the European Parliament is excluded. Mr Versou explains that when a head of state receives another head of state, who is an individual like him, he expects to meet a unique physical person, who will sit on a sofa next to him or in front of him at the table. Mr Versou proposes urgently remedying this organisational detail and only let the EU be represented by one person from here on out. He concludes that there is no malice, no trap, no lewdness meant on either side. De Standaard mentions that according to President Michel's office, Mr Roux was not dismissed as head of cabinet, as stated in Thursday's newspaper version. He decided to resign himself.

"It is a problem of ego and personal ambitions" / "C’est un problème d’ego et d’ambitions personnelles" km-Libre-Belgique-BE: ""It is a problem of ego and personal ambitions" / ..." page: 1,18-19 info: by Le Bussy date: Friday, April 23, 2021

corrections & additions / correcties & aanvullingen km-Standaard-BE: "corrections & additions / correcties & aanvullingen..." page: 35 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

What are you talking about? / On en parle km-Vif---L-express-BE: "What are you talking about? / On en parle..." page: 66 info: by Versou date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

LV Confidential / LV Confidential km-Vif---L-express-BE: "LV Confidential / LV Confidential..." page: 18-19 date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Foreign Minister can help in preparations for Czech EU Presidency

[Czech Republic, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 4:32:00 AM CEST

Website irozhlas.cz publishes a commentary by Luboš Palata, in which he focuses on newly appointed Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek and the upcoming EU Presidency. He highlights that Prime Minister Babiš made serious mistakes by cutting the budget for the EU Presidency and by dismissing Jakub Dürr from the post of the Ambassador in Brussels. He then explains that if the new Minister convinces the government to start taking the EU Presidency seriously and to earmark more finances for this purpose, his mission will be successful.

Kulhanek as a foreign minister might save our EU Presidency / Kulhánek může jako ministr zahraničí zachránit aspoň naše předsednictví v unii km-iRozhlas.cz-CZ: "Kulhanek as a foreign minister might save our EU Presidency ..." info: by LUBOŠ PALATA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Brexit agreement for vote in the EU

[Finland, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FI Friday, April 23, 2021 6:22:00 AM CEST

HBL reports that the European Parliament will next week vote on the Brexit Agreement. Voting is expected on Tuesday and it was included in the agenda after encouragement from the European Commission and the member states. The Brexit Agreement has been in place since 1 January but only with provisional approval.

Brexitavtal till omröstning i EU km-Hufvudstadsbladet-FI: "Brexitavtal till omröstning i EU..." page: 1 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe is off to a bad start

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:51:00 AM CEST

Should we still believe in the success of the Conference on the Future of Europe? Although the citizens’ consultation exercise has not yet officially started, the question is already being asked, L’Opinion notes. The daily reports that several elements are indeed fuelling the scepticism, such as the delay of more than a year due to institutional disagreements on its governance or the limitation of its duration to less than a year, due to the French government's requirement to close the debates during its presidency of the Council in 2022. Finally, the pandemic is a major obstacle. While Chancellor Merkel says she is open to a revision of the treaties to improve the situation, "the question of the place to be given to citizens in the process is still pending," S&D MEP Sylvie Guillaume stresses.

The Conference on the Future of Europe is off to a bad start / La Conférence sur l'avenir de l'Europe est mal engagée km-Opinion-FR: "The Conference on the Future of Europe is off to ..." page: 7 info: by Mathieu Solal date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Interview with Enrico Letta on European matters

[France, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:58:00 AM CEST

In an in-depth interview with L’Opinion, Italy’s Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta discusses various EU issues. He first says that his “ambition is to help [Italy’s] left-wing to play a role in Europe.”  About the post Covid-19 phase, he considers that the EU must “launch three battles,” such as “transforming the Stability and Growth Pact into a Sustainability Pact.” He highlights the differences in the progress made between economic and sovereign cooperations. “We have to step into the breach regarding human rights, the rule of law and democracy,” Mr Letta underlined, by alluding to Alexei Navalny and Beijing, among other things. He also stresses that “Europeans’ historical objective is to prevent a cold war between China and the US.”

"European cooperation works faster in the economic field than in the sovereign one" / « La coopération européenne marche plus vite dans l'économique que dans le régalien » km-Opinion-FR: ""European cooperation works faster in the economic field than in ..." page: 9 info: by Francesco Maselli date: Friday, April 23, 2021

German Chancellor Merkel: “Eastern” member states should not be lectured about the rule of law

[Hungary, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-HU Friday, April 23, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

Magyar Nemzet and Magyar Hírlap report that at a virtual roundtable about the EU’s future organised by the European People’s Party on Wednesday, German Chancellor Merkel said the EU needs more competencies in the area of health, which will probably require changes to the treaties. Magyar Nemzet writes Chancellor Merkel said the Commission’s vaccine procurement cannot be described as success or failure. Member states had to act together, but the Commission can only act if member states allow it. Magyar Hírlap adds Chancellor Merkel said the EU should consider shifting from unanimity to qualified majority in decision-making in some areas. Chancellor Merkel also talked about the rule of law, saying the rule of law conditionality mechanism is hotly debated, and it was probably necessary for it to be taken to court by Hungary and Poland, both media outlets report. Chancellor Merkel sees problems in some member states, but she said “old” member states should not lecture eastern member states, assuming that the eastern states know less about democracy or fundamental freedoms.

Merkel:Eastern Europe should not be lectured / Merkel: Nem szabad kioktatni Kelet-Európát km-Magyar-Hirlap-HU: "Merkel:Eastern Europe should not be lectured / Merkel: Nem szabad ..." page: 7 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Merkel would not lecture eastern member states / Merkel nem leckéztetné a keletieket km-Magyar-Nemzet-HU: "Merkel would not lecture eastern member states / Merkel nem ..." page: 8 info: by Judi Tamara date: Friday, April 23, 2021

After pandemic, all EU inadequacies will be up for discussion

[Italy, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:50:00 AM CEST

An article in Italia Oggi reports that a recent survey carried out by Eurointelligence shows that only 21% of the German population would trust the EU. The figure is particularly shocking considering the key role played by Germany over the decades, crowned by the current presidency of Ursula von der Leyen. Over the past two years, several Germans have lost faith in the EU (from 30% to 21%), which is considered an “excessively bureaucratic institution” by 63% of the interviewees. The ineffective management of the Covid pandemic and the mistakes made in securing vaccine supplies are only the “last misstep in a long list of failures”. Indeed, as soon as the pandemic will be over, it will be essential to discuss the Union’s institutional structure and areas of jurisdiction.

After pandemic, all EU inadequacies will be up for discussion  / A fine pandemia bisognerà discutere di tutte le inadeguatezze della Ue km-Italia-Oggi-IT: "After pandemic, all EU inadequacies will be up for discussion ..." page: 1,6 info: by Pierluigi Magnaschi date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Article on the Portuguese EU Presidency

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 3:31:00 AM CEST

In an opinion article in Expresso, Ângela Silva writes about the Portuguese EU Presidency. The author comments on the fact that the Portuguese government invested in several things, such as conference centres, when the EU Presidency has been mostly digital and remote. Ms Silva considers that the EU Pillar of Social Rights will be the most important part of the Portuguese EU Presidency’s agenda but reminds of the “hard blow” represented by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cancellation to the EU-India summit. The author writes about Portuguese Prime Minister Costa’s comments on the creation of an international organism that recognises vaccine safety so that every vaccine can be sold in the entire world, which the author supports.

Look, do you want to see that we preside over the European Union? / Olha, Querem Ver Que Presidimos À União Europeia? km-Expresso-PT-PT: "Look, do you want to see that we preside over ..." page: 34 info: by Sem Autor date: Friday, April 23, 2021

President von der Leyen talks about the New European Bauhaus

[Portugal, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 5:25:00 AM CEST

During a conference, President von der Leyen talked about the importance of the New European Bauhaus, Observador.pt reports. The Commission President stated that the New European Bauhaus will represent the “common narrative that will reach our hearts and souls” in the scope of the Green Deal. The New European Bauhaus wants to “make the European Green Deal into something tangible by adding a cultural dimension to the technological and economic transformation.” “It is essential for the EU to be the first carbon-neutral continent”, continued President von der Leyen. “To reach it, we need a real transformation of our society and economy. The New European Bauhaus is about hope, inspiration, and new perspectives”, concluded the Commission President.

EU Presidency. New European Bauhaus Initiative wants to make the Green Deal "tangible and tangible / Presidência da UE. Iniciativa Novo Bauhaus Europeu quer tornar o Pacto Ecológico "tangível epalpável" km-observador.pt-PT: "EU Presidency. New European Bauhaus Initiative wants to make the ..." date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commentary on German AfD party's stance towards the EU

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:29:00 AM CEST

Daily Pravda publishes a commentary by Radovan Geist focusing on the position of German AfD party. He explains that the party has been trying to win more support by criticising the German EU membership. The author notes that even though AfD´s chances to push through „Dexit“ are very low, the situation does not look optimistic as the number of Germans with a critical stance towards the EU has been on the rise. According to the latest Allensbach Institute survey, only 21% of Germans trust the European Commission and only 12% said they would support more powers for the EU. As such, the EU membership might become a topic also for big political parties in Germany, the author concludes.

Dangerous Dexit game / Nebezpečná hra s dexitom km-Pravda-Slovakia-SK: "Dangerous Dexit game / Nebezpečná hra s dexitom..." page: 24 info: by Radovan Geist date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Article by Vice-President Šuica on the Conference on the Future of Europe

[Slovakia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:28:00 AM CEST

SME daily features a joint article by Vice-President Šuica, MEP Guy Verhostadt (RE) and Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Ana Paula Zacarias on the EU Conference on the Future of Europe. The authors write that in one generation, technology has radically changed the way Europeans live and also their attitudes and expectations in terms of more active participation in democratic life beyond elections. According to the authors, it is therefore necessary to reconsider the way the EU adopts political decisions and the Conference is an example of the new thinking of the EU. They call on the citizens of the whole EU to express their opinion, highlighting that the Conference focuses on the involvement and empowerment of citizens. The authors point out that the Conference is not a panacea, nor does it replace representative democracy, but complements it. They present the Conference in detail, noting that there will be 10 main topics and that citizens are encouraged to bring up their own ones.

Article by Vice-President Šuica: "How to get to bottom-up views" / Ako sa dostať k názorom zdola km-SME-SK: "Article by Vice-President Šuica: "How to get to bottom-up views" ..." page: 17 info: by GUY VERHOFSTADT date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Slovenian Prime Minister Janša and Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki discuss Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU

[Slovenia, INSTITUTIONAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:52:00 AM CEST

After yesterday’s meeting with Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki in Warsaw, Slovenian Prime Minister Janša stressed that one of the main priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU would be to strengthen the EU’s resilience to health crises, STA, RTVSLO, Dnevnik, and Delo report. He also highlighted the threat of cyberattacks. They also talked about the future of Europe and the Covid-19 pandemic. Slovenia will also focus on preparing Europe for potential threats, which are very realistic, PM Janša believes. He said that from this perspective, greater resilience and preparedness for potential new epidemics was one of the top priorities and that Slovenia would pay very close attention to that during its presidency. The second priority will be cybersecurity, PM Janša said, stressing that this was a serious threat that most Europeans were unaware of, but also something that justified the connections between the efforts of the EU and NATO. PM Morawiecki also said that cybersecurity was of key importance for the future of Europe, stressing the danger of cyber-attacks from the East. The future of Europe will also be the focus of the Conference on the Future of Europe starting in May, where Slovenia will play an important role during its presidency. PM Janša said that Slovenia wanted this to be a debate without value monopolies, an open debate, where all views on Europe’s future would stand out, where no one would be excluded, and where the EU would realise that the EU can only be strong if its member states are strong, with which PM Morawiecki agreed. The two also spoke about the rule of law, with PM Janša pointing out that for Slovenia, Poland was a country that respected the rule of law, and PM Morawiecki adding that Slovenia had also been the victim of unjustified verbal attacks.

Prime ministers also on the rule of law / Premiera tudi o vladavini prava km-Delo-SI: "Prime ministers also on the rule of law / Premiera ..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Janša's tribute to the Polish rule of law / Janšev poklon poljski vladavini prava km-Dnevnik-SI: "Janša's tribute to the Polish rule of law / Janšev ..." page: 6 info: by Aleš Gaube date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Janša in Poland: The priority of the EU presidency is to strengthen resilience to the health crisis / Janša na Poljskem: Prioriteta predsedovanja EU-ju krepitev odpornosti na zdravstvene krize km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Janša in Poland: The priority of the EU presidency is ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Janša and his Polish counterpart mainly on the presidency of the EU Council / Janša s poljskim kolegom predvsem o predsedovanju Svetu EU (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Janša and his Polish counterpart mainly on the presidency of ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

INTERNAL_MARKET

"Gate 2": Vienna did not violate EU law

[Austria, INTERNAL_MARKET]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:08:00 AM CEST

The European Court of Justice ruled in proceedings against Austria that the city of Vienna did not violate EU procurement law in the case of the "Gate 2" office building, Die Presse reports. The European Commission had sued Austria for having awarded a rental contract for the office building without a public process or contract notice. "Wiener Wohnen" had concluded the contract before the office complex was built. However, the ECJ found that the European Commission could not prove that "Wiener Wohnen" had had "significant influence" on the construction of the building, ruling that the project had therefore not been a public order that would have required a tender.

"Gate 2": Vienna did not violate EU law / „Gate 2“: Wien verstieß nicht gegen EU-Recht km-Presse-Austria-AT: ""Gate 2": Vienna did not violate EU law / „Gate ..." page: 16 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

JUSTICE

Malta golden passports: Loopholes found in citizenship scheme

[Belgium, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:28:00 AM CEST

RTBF La Première reports on golden passports in Malta. Several media outlets from various countries investigated the issue. A whistleblower provided documents showing how easy billionaires get Maltese (European) citizenship. The European Commission warned Malta several times about the conditions to grant citizenship to non-EU-nationals. The documents disclosed by the investigation prove the existence of an organised scheme designed to circumvent the rules. Leaked documents show that investors met the one-year residence requirement by renting empty properties. The Commission explained two years ago that those practices expose the entire EU to more money laundering and tax fraud.

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 13:03 - Journal Parlé 13h00 - Malta gives citizenship as a gift to billionaires / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 13:03 - Journal Parlé 13h00 - Malte donne la citoyenne en cadeau à des milliardaires km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 13:03 - Journal Parlé 13h00 - Malta ..." info: Journal Parlé 13h00, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:01:51, by Baele date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Lithuania announces selection of candidate for Judge of General Court of the European Union

[Lithuania, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:12:00 AM CEST

LNK reports that Lithuania has started a selection process for a prestigious position of the Judge of the General Court of the European Union. A special commission led by Minister for Justice Evelina Dobrovolska will be electing the candidate. So far, there are eight candidates, their names were announced for the first time during the first meeting of the commission. Minister Dobrovolska said that the commission altered the selection process order to make the candidate names public. The list of candidates is made up of Lithuanian law elite, like Head of the European Law in Lithuania professor Tomas Davulis, Doctor of Law Mažvydas Michalauskas who works in Paris at the moment, professor Lyra Jakulevičienė, expert of the United Nations and the European Union and other high profile lawyers.

Lithuania announces selection of candidate for Judge of General Court of the European Union / Skelbiama kandidato į Europos Sąjungos Bendrojo Teismo teisėjus atranka km-LNK-TV-LT: "Lithuania announces selection of candidate for Judge of General Court ..." info: Žinios, 2021-04-22 20:29:00, 00:03:45, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 8:29:00 PM CEST

Four new judges take oath of office

[Malta, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:42:00 AM CEST

TVM and L-Orizzont reported that four new judges, appointed for the first time by the President of Malta following the unanimous advice of the Committee for Appointments to the Judiciary, were sworn in during a ceremony at the San Anton Presidential Palace yesterday. A total of 29 persons had expressed interest in the appointments following a public call last February. The new judges took their oath of office in the presence of Prime Minister Robert Abela, Justice Minister Edward Zammit Lewis, Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg, State Advocate Chris Soler, Chief Justice Mark Chetcuti and family members of the new judges. In a short address, President George Vella said people will continue to seek reassurance in their wisdom and their everyday dedication to protecting the Constitution and the country’s laws. He reiterated the people’s belief in the judges’ continued commitment to total independence, correctness, ethics and honesty.

Erba’ mhallfin godda jinghataw il-gurament tal-hatra / Erba’ mhallfin godda jinghataw il-gurament tal-hatra km-L-Orizzont-MT: "Erba’ mhallfin godda jinghataw il-gurament tal-hatra / Erba’ mhallfin godda ..." page: 3 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

L-Ahbarijiet / L-Ahbarijiet km-Radio-Malta-MT: "L-Ahbarijiet / L-Ahbarijiet..." info: 2021-04-22 12:00:00, 12:00:00, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 PM CEST

Four new judges take oath of office / Erba’ mħallfin ġodda jieħdu l-ġurament tal-ħatra km-TVM-Malta-MT: "Four new judges take oath of office / Erba’ mħallfin ..." info: L-ahbarijiet, 2021-04-22 06:00:00, 00:03:50, by Maria Muscat date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:00:00 AM CEST

Leaked emails show tips on how to get Maltese passport in an average of 16 days

[Netherlands, JUSTICE]

Source country km-DNS-NL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:15:00 AM CEST

Trouw reports that wealthy foreigners who want to obtain a Maltese passport are given concrete tips to demonstrate a 'real connection' with the island, according to research by a journalistic network. Journalists managed to get their hands on thousands of emails from Henley & Partners, the consultancy that set up the Malta passport programme. The previous Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, introduced the program. By selling passports to wealthy Russians, Saudis and Indians, he hoped to boost his country's economy. By using these kinds of tricks, the applicants for a passport do not stay in Malta for a year, but on average only 16 days before they receive their papers, the journalist consortium calculated. The passport program has received a lot of criticism because it attracts bad money and also drives up house prices. Last year, the European Commission opened infringement proceedings against Malta.

Na zestien dagen kun je al een Maltees paspoort krijgen km-Trouw-NL: "Na zestien dagen kun je al een Maltees paspoort krijgen..." page: 12 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

MEMBER_STATES

Interview with Prime Minister Mitsotakis: We now know that vaccines are the final answer to Covid-19

[Greece, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:48:00 AM CEST

In an interview with Greek television station Alpha, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis stated that Greece successfully managed the first stage of the pandemic. He noted though that it was unknown then how this adventure would end. Now we know that vaccines are the final answer to the problem of Covid-19, PM Mitsotakis underlined. With regard to the economy, he referred to the government’s plans for a decrease of taxation and social insurance contributions, among others, stressing that they are permanent measures that are included in the enhanced surveillance framework. He pointed out that the government is interested in building the foundations for a recovery from which everyone will benefit. He estimated that the €32 billion Greece will receive from the Recovery Fund will mobilise at least some €25 billion more in private investments.

Interview with Greek PM Mitsotakis: We now know that vaccines are the final answer to Covid-19 / Interview with Greek PM Mitsotakis: Τώρα ξέρουμε ότι τα εμβόλια είναι η τελική απάντηση στο πρόβλημα του κορονοϊού km-Alpha-TV-GR: "Interview with Greek PM Mitsotakis: We now know that vaccines ..." info: ALPHA NEWS KENTRIKO DELTIO, 2021-04-22 18:59:00, 00:52:00, by ANTONIS SROITER date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:59:00 PM CEST

Slovenian President Pahor and Greek President Sakellaropoulou call for more economic cooperation and more efficiency in the EU

[Slovenia, MEMBER_STATES]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:31:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, Slovenian President Pahor hosted Greek President Sakellaropoulou on his first official state visit since the declaration of the epidemic, STA, RTVSLO, and Večer report. They called for more economic cooperation between the two states and more efficiency in the EU. The two presidents also discussed some security challenges and recovery after the pandemic, which should focus on sustainability. President Sakellaropoulou expressed satisfaction with the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU. President Pahor said that it would be useful to form a health union of the EU, which would allow for a more efficient response to pandemic challenges. Regarding the events in the Eastern Mediterranean, President Pahor said that Slovenia condemned the illegal actions of Turkey and President Sakellaropoulou pointed out that violations of international law should be sanctioned. She also pointed out the great burden borne by Greece in the area of migration and said that the EU was expected to distribute it among EU member states. The two presidents also called for a faster EU enlargement process in the states of the Western Balkans, while President Sakellaropoulou also pointed out the importance of respecting EU criteria and values. President Pahor otherwise said that relations between Slovenia and Greece had a long history and strong foundations and pointed out the cooperation opportunities between the two states in the areas of green transition and digitalisation.

Pahor hosts Greek President on the first official visit during the epidemic / Pahor na prvem uradnem obisku med epidemijo sprejel grško predsednico km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "Pahor hosts Greek President on the first official visit during ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Pahor and Greek President call for more economic cooperation and a more effective EU / Pahor in grška predsednica za več gospodarskega sodelovanja in učinkovitejšo EU (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "Pahor and Greek President call for more economic cooperation and ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Janša in Poland, Pahor with Greece / Janša po poljsko, Pahor po grško km-Vecer-SI: "Janša in Poland, Pahor with Greece / Janša po poljsko, ..." page: 7 info: by Vojislav Bercko date: Friday, April 23, 2021

MIGRATION

Concerns over closure of Lesbos camp

[Austria, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:09:00 AM CEST

Der Standard and orf.at report that Greece is closing the Kara Tepe 1 migrant camp on the Aegean island of Lesbos. The residents are to be relocated to the Kara Tepe 2 camp, NGOs report. While Kara Tepe 1 has been described as a "model camp", Kara Tepe 2 is considered overcrowded and improvised. The Ministry of Migration confirms the plans for closure. A new camp is to be built in Plati near Mytilene, but the European Commission has not yet given a concrete commitment for funding.

Flüchtlings-Vorzeigecamp Kara Tepe 1 auf Lesbos wird geschlossen km-Derstandard.at-AT: "Flüchtlings-Vorzeigecamp Kara Tepe 1 auf Lesbos wird geschlossen..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Vorzeigecamp auf Lesbos wird geschlossen km-orf.at-AT: "Vorzeigecamp auf Lesbos wird geschlossen..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Concerns over closure of Lesbos camp / Sorge wegen Lagerschließung auf Lesbos km-Standard-AT: "Concerns over closure of Lesbos camp / Sorge wegen Lagerschließung ..." page: 7 info: by red date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Denmark starts controversy with intention to send back Syrians

[Belgium, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:37:00 AM CEST

Several news outlets mention Denmark’s intention to repatriate Syrian refugees. According to Le Soir, Denmark decided to not renew the residence permits of some Syrian refugees because some parts of their home country would be safe to return to. Denmark is the first EU country to officially promote a return to Syria. The UNHCR does not agree with Denmark’s assessment of the security situation in Syria. Amnesty International points out the danger of torture and imprisonment upon Syrians’ return. The EU condemns the Danish position, mentioning the many obstacles faced by those who are displaced within Syria to this day: systematic arrests, physical and sexual violence, disappearances and discrimination. Le Soir notes that Belgium has no intention of following Denmark’s example. Since 2010, over 31,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Belgium. Over 26,000 received protection. The situation in Syria is indeed changing, but this will not likely change the current practice of granting asylum anytime soon.

Thursday 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Au Bout du Jour - The Commission condemns Denmark's decision / Jeudi 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Au Bout du Jour - La Commission condamne la décision du Danemark km-RTBF-La-Premiere-BE: "Thursday 22/04/2021 - 19:00 - Au Bout du Jour - ..." info: Au Bout du Jour, 2021-04-22 00:00:00, 00:04:59, by Hayek date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM CEST

Denmark starts controversy with intention to send back Syrians / Le Danemark crée la polémique en voulant renvoyer des Syriens km-Soir-BE: "Denmark starts controversy with intention to send back Syrians / ..." page: 13 info: by Loos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Belgium has no intention of following Denmark's example / La Belgique n’envisage pas d’imiter le Danemark km-Soir-BE: "Belgium has no intention of following Denmark's example / La ..." page: 13 info: by Loos date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The "triangle," a new path for migrants to the EU

[France, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:55:00 AM CEST

Le Figaro reports that a new migration path with three sides now enables people to reach Hungary, the entrance to the Schengen area, from Serbia, by crossing through Romania. According to the Romanian immigration services, the number of people crossing via this itinerary has been increasing significantly since Autumn 2020. Many migrants hoping to pass through the triangle first sought entry via Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia before turning back. Indeed, humanitarian organisations have long been warning about the excessive surveillance by the Croatian police. Last October, Commissioner Johansson finally denounced the "inhumane and degrading treatment" inflicted on migrants, promising an "in-depth discussion" with the government of Zagreb. While the triangle is less dangerous than the itinerary through Croatia, police violence is widespread.

The "triangle," a new path for migrants to the EU / Le « triangle », nouvelle route des migrants vers l'UE km-Figaro-FR: "The "triangle," a new path for migrants to the EU ..." page: 1,8 info: by MILICA CUBRILO MAJDAN date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Up to 130 victims aftr rubber boat shipreweck

[Italy, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-IT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:54:00 AM CEST

Some Italian report on a shipwreck in the Libyan offshore that might have caused the death of 130 migrants, according to humanitarian sources. The crew of the Ocean Viking rescue ship confirmed that they saw at least “10 bodies and no survival”. The weather was particularly harsh, with waves up to six metres during the night, which made the search and rescue operations even harder. A member of the SOS Mediterranee NGO noted that the operations were carried out in full independence by the Ocean Viking in partnership with 4 cargo ships, with “no support from the authorities in charge”.

Tragedy in a sea of indifference / Strage in un mare di indifferenza km-Avvenire-IT: "Tragedy in a sea of indifference / Strage in un ..." page: 1,11 info: by Centotrenta morti un altra strage NELLO SCAVO\n\n date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Up to 130 victims aftr rubber boat shipreweck / Migranti in Libia, barconi o galere: come può l'Italia chiudere gli occhi? km-Corriere-della-Sera-IT: "Up to 130 victims aftr rubber boat shipreweck / Migranti ..." page: 19 info: by Goffredo Buccini date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Up to 130 victims aftr rubber boat shipreweck  / Potrebbero essere 130 le vittime di naufragio a largo della Libia, la testimonianza e accusa di Alessandro Porro di Sos Mediterranè km-Rai-News-24-IT: "Up to 130 victims aftr rubber boat shipreweck / Potrebbero ..." info: RAINEWS 24, 2021-04-23 04:22:00, 00:01:51, by ND date: Friday, April 23, 2021 4:22:00 AM CEST

Eurostat data on protection granted to asylum seekers in the EU

[Portugal, MIGRATION]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 4:00:00 AM CEST

According to Eurostat data, the European Union member states granted protection to 281 thousand asylum seekers in 2020, Expresso.pt reports. Germany, Spain, Greece, France, and Italy together accounted for 80% of all first-time applicants in the EU. The Syrians (27%), the Venezuelans (17%), and the Afghans (15%) lodged the most applications for asylum.

EU granted protection to over 280 thousand asylum seekers last year / UE concedeu proteção a mais de 280 mil requerentes de asilo no ano passado km-noticias.sapo.pt-PT: "EU granted protection to over 280 thousand asylum seekers last ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

REGIONAL_POLICY

Photo competition to showcase importance of EU Cohesion Policy

[Cyprus, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

Sigmalive announces a photo competition titled "My Europe!" as part of the "Building a Better Europe" information campaign, which is co-funded by the EU and aims at showcasing the importance of the EU Cohesion Policy. Those who want to participate need to post on Instagram photos they have taken of certain EU-funded projects in Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria or Czechia. In a related article, Sigmalive informs its readers about the website developed for the information campaign and asks them to suggests things that could be improved where they live.

Δώσε δύναμη στη φωνή σου! Η γνώμη σου μετρά km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Δώσε δύναμη στη φωνή σου! Η γνώμη σου μετρά..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Έχεις επισκεφτεί ένα απ' τα πιο κάτω μέρη; Πάρε μέρος στο διαγωνισμό & κέρδισε km-sigmalive.com-CY: "Έχεις επισκεφτεί ένα απ' τα πιο κάτω μέρη; Πάρε μέρος ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Czech Republic to modernise hospitals with REACT-EU money

[Czech Republic, REGIONAL_POLICY]

Source country km-DNS-CZ Friday, April 23, 2021 5:04:00 AM CEST

Website irozhlas.cz reports that the Czech Republic has launched a programme for modernisation of hospitals and that it will finance it with CZK 26 billion from the REACT-EU programme. The money will be used, among other things, for modernisation of intensive care units, operating theatres or hospital equipment. The website notes that hospital from the whole country are encouraged to apply for the money.

The Czech Republic has launched a programme for modernisation of hospitals. It has received CZK 26 billion for it from a European package / Česko spustilo program na modernizaci nemocnic. Z evropského balíčku na něj získalo 26 miliard korun km-iRozhlas.cz-CZ: "The Czech Republic has launched a programme for modernisation of ..." info: by Zuzana Švejdová date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

RESEARCH

Commentary: Denmark should aim to accommodate the EU's biomedical emergency supplies in the future

[Denmark, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-DK Friday, April 23, 2021 7:19:00 AM CEST

Lykke Friis, Director of the think-tank Europa, writes in a commentary in Jyllands-Posten that Denmark should seek to promote the establishment of the Hera agency for biomedical research and development, which the European Commission started discussing in September 2020. Ms Friis argues that promoting Hera would put the EU in a better position in a future pandemic, but also that it would make member states "less frustrated with the role of the 'Frugal Four' in the EU's delay in vaccine investments." It could also serve as an explanation for the Danish Prime Minister's meeting with the Austrian Chancellor and the Israeli Prime Minister, Ms Friis writes.

Commentary: Denmark should aim to accommodate the EU's biomedical emergency supplies in the future / Debat: Danmark bør gå efter at huse EU's biomedicinske beredskab i fremtiden km-Jyllands-Posten-DK: "Commentary: Denmark should aim to accommodate the EU's biomedical emergency ..." page: 28 info: by lykke Friis Direktør For Tænketanken Europa date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Space, quantum: danger, Europe isolates itself (opinion piece)

[France, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

In an opinion piece for L'Opinion, Professors Serge Haroche and Jacques Lewiner discuss the EU's Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. The Horizon Europe regulation will be put to the vote in the European Parliament's plenary session next Monday. The text provides, as was the case until now, for the possibility of associating states beyond the 27 EU member states, including Great Britain, Israel and Switzerland. But to date, these countries would be excluded from areas considered strategic, such as space and quantum physics. Excluding them would penalise the EU more than them and would push them, given their excellence, to develop high-level scientific cooperation with others. Instead of excluding them, it would be sufficient to include in the contracts clauses relating to exploitation, industrial property and the control of transfers to third countries of the economic spin-offs of the results.

Space, quantum: danger, Europe isolates itself / Spatial, quantique : danger, l'Europe s'isole km-Opinion-FR: "Space, quantum: danger, Europe isolates itself / Spatial, quantique : ..." page: 3 info: by Serge Haroche date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Researchers received grants in the millions in the EU

[Germany, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM CEST

This year, the EU ERC Advanced Grants were awarded a total of six times to researchers from the Berlin-Brandenburg region, Der Tagesspiegel reports. The researchers have received almost €17 million of EU funding for the period of five years. Across Europe, 209 scientists have received a total of €507 million in research funding from the European Research Council (ERC). One of the scientists is Philip Wigge who has received funding of €12.14 million from the European Commission for his research project "Tip-top" which aims to show how plants react to current environmental conditions.

Researchers received grants in the millions in the EU  / 17 Millionen Euro an sechs Forscher km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Researchers received grants in the millions in the EU / ..." page: 23 info: by DPA date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Commission announces €507 million to researchers for innovative projects

[Greece, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-GR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Euro2day.gr reports that the Commission announced the winners of the 2020 Advanced Grants competition of the European Research Council (ERC). The funding, worth €507 million from Horizon 2020, will go to 209 leading researchers across Europe. According to the Commission announcement, their work is set to provide new insights into various subjects, such as brain-inspired neural networks computer chips and new ways for architects to design the buildings of the future. Commissioner Gabriel said that the awarding of more than 200 ERC Advanced Grants in key scientific areas will help boost the EU’s scientific research and innovation capacity, for the benefit of all EU citizens. We will be able to continue and reinforce investments with the forthcoming Horizon Europe ERC work programmes, she noted.

EU: Some €507 million to researchers for innovative projects / ΕΕ: Πόροι 507 εκατ. ευρώ σε ερευνητές για καινοτόμα έργα km-euro2day.gr-GR: "EU: Some €507 million to researchers for innovative projects / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Fintech firms proposing a single European innovation sandbox environment

[Latvia, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

Delfi reports that the Innovation Policy Development Support Group, made up of the European Union's leading start-ups, has produced a report in support of a single European innovation ecosystem. The report sets out key directions and flagship projects, including a proposal for an easy way for innovative companies to access the EU market as a single market in which innovation testing can be done in a uniform way across Europe. Commissioner Gabriel and a group of 35 Europe's most successful companies have presented a comprehensive, action-oriented report, Next Innovation EU, detailing plans to improve Europe's single innovation ecosystem. The proposed 8 flagship projects to be implemented in the coming years include the proposal for an EU-wide sandbox, which would allow companies to try out new innovative products with a wider audience and effectively expand their scale.

Fintech firms proposing a single European innovation sandbox environment / Finanšu tehnoloģiju uzņēmumi piedāvā izveidot vienotu Eiropas inovāciju smilšukastes vidi km-Delfi.lv-LV: "Fintech firms proposing a single European innovation sandbox environment / ..." info: by Delfi Bizness date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Benefits from participating in the Horizon Europe programme

[Poland, RESEARCH]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Rzeczpospolita publish an article by two lawyers from SMM Legal Maciak Mataczyński Czech Sikorski law firm who discuss benefits derived from participation in the Horizon Europe programme. The lawyers stress that it opens the way to European partnerships within the frames of public and private Research and Development initiatives aimed at combining the efforts of public and private sectors for a better use of resources (including the financial ones). Participation in Horizon Europe programme and its innovative element – missions – will provide the companies and their partners with access to financing of their R&D projects and also to the most advanced technologies and know how. They stress that the programme opens the door to cooperating with the best R&D institutions and companies in Europe.

What are the benefits of participating in Horizon Europe? / What are the benefits of participating in Horizon Europe? km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "What are the benefits of participating in Horizon Europe? / ..." page: 7 info: by Mateusz Stańczyk date: Friday, April 23, 2021

RULE_OF_LAW

Rule of Law in Hungary

[Belgium, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

Two Belgian media focus on the Rule of Law in Hungary. De Standaard quotes MEP Katalin Cseh (RE) about the Hungarian media's comments concerning the George Floyd case in the US: "Hungary’s government mouthpieces never miss a chance to be on the wrong side of history," she wrote on Twitter. The media had suggested that the ruling raises questions about the Rule of Law in the US. On a related note, Le Soir writes that Prime Minister Orbán’s Fidesz is securing its position ahead of next year's elections by entrusting companies and institutions to friendly foundations. "Fidesz is consolidating its long-term economic influence in order to maintain its power, even if the majority of the voters support the opposition camp in 2022," journalist András Bódis comments.

Prime Minister Orbán anticipates to keep the money power after 2022 / Orbán anticipe pour garder le pouvoir de l’argent après 2022 km-Soir-BE: "Prime Minister Orbán anticipates to keep the money power after ..." page: 12 info: by Le Pavous date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Quote MEP Cseh / Quote MEP Cseh km-Standaard-BE: "Quote MEP Cseh / Quote MEP Cseh..." page: 14 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

NGOs will go to Europe over fundraising rules

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

Times of Malta today reported that voluntary organisations have called on the government to withdraw controversial regulations governing NGO funding and have warned that they would take it up to the Council of Europe. The warning was sounded yesterday by an action group led by five organisations that are calling on fellow NGOs to continue collecting public funds without applying for a permit to do so. The new rules, first drawn in September, require voluntary groups to seek the approval of the commissioner of voluntary organisations in various steps involved in raising funds.

NGOs will go to Europe over fundraising rules / NGOs will go to Europe over fundraising rules km-Malta-Times-MT: "NGOs will go to Europe over fundraising rules / NGOs ..." page: 3 info: by Sarah Carabott date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Council of Europe asked to investigate Rosianne Cutajar

[Malta, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:40:00 AM CEST

It was reported by Times of Malta that rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt has written to the chairperson of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs to ‘look into’ the behaviour of Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar during a debate on a report probing the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta. Omtzigt claimed that during his report ‘Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges’ Ms Cutajar made a powerful speech against his report and tabled a number of amendments trying to weaken the report. Omtzigt accused Cutajar of being involved in a corrupt property deal from which she benefitted financially and for which she is currently being investigated.

Council of Europe asked to investigate Rosianne Cutajar / Council of Europe asked to investigate Rosianne Cutajar km-Malta-Times-MT: "Council of Europe asked to investigate Rosianne Cutajar / Council ..." page: 3 info: by Claire Farrugia date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court will decide on a detention of a judge Igor Tuleya

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita report that the Disciplinary Chamber of the Polish Supreme Court is considering the case of Judge Igor Tuleya. The public prosecutor's office is prosecuting the judge because he allowed the media to record a justification for irregularities in a parliamentary vote (a judge has the right to decide whether a case is open to the public). Ombudsman Adam Bodnar say that the Disciplinary Chamber in an EU Member State that claims to be governed by the rule of law decides whether a judge should be removed in handcuffs - that is what this whole procedure boils down to. He emphasises that this is a disgrace to Poland. Gazeta Wyborcza reports that Adam Bodnar agreed with Judge Tuleya when the judge accused Brussels of acting too slowly and not effectively defending Polish judges. In early April, the European Commission asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to suspend the effectiveness of rulings by the Disciplinary Chamber stripping judges of their immunity. The CJEU has so far not decided on a safeguard measures.

Disciplinary Chamber to decide on detention of a judge Tuleya / The Disciplinary Chamber will decide to detain Tuleia km-Gazeta-Wyborcza-PL: "Disciplinary Chamber to decide on detention of a judge Tuleya ..." page: 11 info: by Łukasz Woźnicki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

There is a fight for judge Igor Tuleja / There is a fight for judge Igor Tuleya km-Rzeczpospolita-PL: "There is a fight for judge Igor Tuleja / There ..." page: 1 info: by Agata Łukaszewicz date: Friday, April 23, 2021

France’s Council of State questions superiority of EU law over Constitution

[Poland, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

On the front page, Gazeta Polska Codziennie comments on the fact that France’s Council of State (Conseil d'État) has questioned the superiority of EU law over the Constitution, imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union. Previously, constitutional courts in Spain and Germany had ruled similarly. Justice Vice-Minister Sebastian Kaleta (United Poland – Solidarna Polska party) comments that another court in an EU member state has questioned the supremacy of EU law over the constitutional order, dictated by the CJEU. “National sovereignty is respected everywhere, only the Polish opposition rejects it,” says Vice-Minister Kaleta. According to Zbigniew Stefanik, a Parisian commentator of the newspaper, the Council of State is an institution dominated by the Republican Party. Therefore, some of its recent verdicts have disagreed with the policy of the Macron administration. It refers, for example, to migration issues and epidemic restrictions.

Constitution above dictate of EU / The constitution over the dictate of the EU km-Gazeta-Polska-Codziennie-PL: "Constitution above dictate of EU / The constitution over the ..." page: 1 info: by Konrad Wysocki date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Slovenian Interior Minister Hojs discusses media freedom and STA funding with Commissioner Johansson

[Slovenia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:38:00 AM CEST

In their meeting yesterday, Commissioner Johansson and Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs discussed, among other things, the state of Slovenia’s media freedom and funding of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA), STA, 24ur, Dnevnik, and POP TV report. Minister Hojs announced that before funding was reestablished, the government would review the documentation that it received from the STA yesterday, expressing his belief that that would be done quickly. Minister Hojs told Commissioner Johansson that the government had received the STA’s documentation yesterday, despite the Slovenian Government Communication Office (UKOM) telling Dnevnik that they had not received it. Minister Hojs also said that the documentation was the basis for signing a new contract for the funding to be carried out the way it was supposed to be. Yesterday, the STA sent its business documents to the government’s address, saying that they wanted to prevent the STA’s collapse, the loss of 100 jobs, and the damage that this would cause to public information and the country’s reputation at the time of its 30th anniversary. At the press conference after the meeting, Commissioner Johansson said that pluralism and media freedom were the foundation stone of democracy, adding that that played an important role in the annual report on the rule of law presented by the European Commission. Minister Hojs agreed with that, saying that he had assured Commissioner Johansson that Slovenia's media freedom was absolute, assessing that "the media are completely free, independent, and can report on anything and in any way [they] want."

Commissioner Johansson and Interior Minister Hojs also on media freedom / Johanssonova in Hojs tudi o svobodi medijev v Sloveniji km-24ur.com-SI: "Commissioner Johansson and Interior Minister Hojs also on media freedom ..." info: by Mirko Vorkapić date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hojs mentioned to the Commissioner the possibility of financing the STA / Hojs komisarki omenil možnost financiranja STA km-Dnevnik-SI: "Hojs mentioned to the Commissioner the possibility of financing the ..." page: 3 info: by Zoran Potič date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Commissioner’s visit / Obisk evropske komisarke km-Pop-TV-SI: "European Commissioner’s visit / Obisk evropske komisarke..." info: 24 ur, 2021-04-22 19:18:00, 00:03:00, by Veronika Lavrenčič date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:18:00 PM CEST

Interior Minister Hojs with Commissioner Johansson also on media freedom and STA funding  / Hojs s komisarko Johanssonovo tudi o svobodi medijev in financiranju STA km-sta.si-SI: "Interior Minister Hojs with Commissioner Johansson also on media freedom ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

STA sends its business documents directly to the Slovenian government in an effort to prevent its own collapse

[Slovenia, RULE_OF_LAW]

Source country km-DNS-SI Friday, April 23, 2021 7:53:00 AM CEST

Yesterday, the management of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) submitted its business documentation to the Slovenian government, STA, RTVSLO, 24ur, and Delo report. STA Director Bojan Veselinovič said that they wanted to “prevent the collapse of the STA, the loss of about 100 jobs and the damage that the agency’s shutdown would cause in terms of public information and in terms of the country's reputation on the threshold of its 30th anniversary.” According to the management of the STA, the government can inspect the documents as the agency's sole shareholder. According to the press release, they provided the government with all the required business documents and information based on letters from October and November last year, but not answers to questions about the number of interviews, comparison of their length and other questions based on the autonomy of editors and journalists. In a statement, the STA management emphasised that the government had not requested the documentation in the way it legally and formally should have, nor provided information to whom and in what way the required documentation should be delivered, despite the STA’s repeated calls on the government to do so. However, the STA operates transparently, so they decided to hand over the documentation. They expect the government to treat it legally and respect the confidentiality of documents, they added. "Despite the fact that there is a clear legal basis for the payment of compensation for the provision of public information services, the management wants to address business concerns with this move and expects the government to release the suspended funding," they wrote. "This is another in a series of steps by which the STA makes it clear that the government is toying with the fate of the Agency without any arguments," Director Veselinovič added. STA management once again reminded that the legislation stipulated that the founder was obliged to finance the STA public service in accordance with the STA business plan. "The government has been violating this law for four months now, and the STA has been performing the public service of informing the Slovenian and foreign public without being paid for it for 112 days," they said. The Government Communication Office (UKOM) claims that the reason for the non-payment to the STA is the fact that the STA has not submitted to UKOM the documentation that UKOM requested last year. The STA, however, explained that the documentation the UKOM had requested was of such a nature that it would need company rights to access it. Therefore, the STA has repeatedly explained that, in accordance with the obtained legal opinions, the documentation could not be forwarded to the UKOM.

STA submitted the documentation to the Prime Minister / STA dokumentacijo dostavila predsedniku vlade km-24ur.com-SI: "STA submitted the documentation to the Prime Minister / STA ..." info: by Nuša Stegnar date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Documentation submitted to the government / Vladi dostavili dokumentacijo km-Delo-SI: "Documentation submitted to the government / Vladi dostavili dokumentacijo..." page: 2 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

The STA management submitted business documentation to the government / Vodstvo STA-ja vladi dostavilo poslovno dokumentacijo km-Rtvslo.si-SI: "The STA management submitted business documentation to the government / ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

STA documentation sent to the government in order to prevent the collapse of the agency / Dokumentacija STA na vlado z namenom preprečitve propada agencije (dopolnjeno) km-sta.si-SI: "STA documentation sent to the government in order to prevent ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

RURAL_DEVELOPMENT

“Caşcaval de Săveni” has been granted the Protected Geographical Indication status

[Romania, RURAL_DEVELOPMENT]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:06:00 AM CEST

Some media, including News.ro, report that the European Commission has approved the registration of “Caşcaval de Săveni” denomination from Romania in the EU Register of Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI). The Romanian brand will add to the 1,609 food products which already have this status, 64 of them being Traditional Specialities Guaranteed. The Geographical Indication recognition enables consumers to trust and distinguish quality products while also helping producers to market their products better.

Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Ştirile Digi FM km-Digi-FM-RO: "Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Ştirile Digi FM..." info: Ştirile Digi FM, 2021-04-22 17:05:00, 00:00:25, by Standavid Filip date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:05:00 PM CEST

Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Ştirile Europa FM km-Europa-FM-RO: "Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Ştirile Europa FM..." info: Ştirile europa fm, 2021-04-22 19:02:00, 00:01:19, by Ianosi Iorgu date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:02:00 PM CEST

European Commission: Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication in EU / CE: Caşcavalul de Săveni, produs cu indicaţie geografică protejată în UE km-mediafax.ro-RO: "European Commission: Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication in EU ..." info: by Cosmin Pirv date: Friday, April 23, 2021

"Caşcaval de Săveni", Protected Geographical Indication in EU / Caşcavalul de Săveni, marcă protejată în UE km-news.ro-RO: ""Caşcaval de Săveni", Protected Geographical Indication in EU / Caşcavalul ..." info: by News.ro date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Radiojurnal km-Radio-Romania-Actualitati-RO: "Caşcaval de Săveni, Protected Geographical Indication / Radiojurnal..." info: Radiojurnal, 2021-04-22 19:06:00, 00:01:19, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:06:00 PM CEST

Europe welcomed Biden administration's decision to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 / Europa reacționează favorabil la decizia Administrației Biden de a reduce emisiile de carbon până în 2030 km-Realitatea.net-RO: "Europe welcomed Biden administration's decision to reduce carbon emissions by ..." info: by Andrei Zbîrnea date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

SOCIAL_AFFAIRS

Interview with Federal Minister for Family Affairs and Youth Franziska Giffey: Equality plays bigger role for youth now than before

[Germany, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

In an interview on ZDF, Federal Minister for Family Affairs and Youth Franziska Giffey argues that young girls and boys should know they can choose any profession suitable for their talents and interests with no regard to their gender. Equality is a topic that plays a bigger role for the current youth than before, Minister Giffey notes. Nevertheless, social work is still a field that is mostly occupied by women, while engineering jobs are preferred by men. The Girls & Boys day initiative is aimed to show youngsters the variety of professions and inspire them to pursue different training opportunities.

Interview with Federal Minister for Family Affairs and Youth Franziska Giffey: Equality plays bigger role for youth now than before / ZDF - 22.04.2021 07:37 - ZDF-Morgenmagazin - Interview with Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey on Girls' and Boys' Day km-ZDF-DE: "Interview with Federal Minister for Family Affairs and Youth Franziska ..." info: Program, 2021-04-22 09:52:00, 00:05:25, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:52:00 AM CEST

Commissioner Ferreira defends children protection in the European Pillar of Social Rights

[Portugal, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-PT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:22:00 AM CEST

In a conference, Commissioner Ferreira talked about protecting children from poverty in the scope of the EU Pillar of Social Rights, Antena1 reports. Commissioner Ferreira stated that “at this moment I would like matters regarding children to be part of the discussion. When children are affected by poverty it can affect their civic participation for the rest of their lives. I consider that this is one of the most important matters regarding the EU Pillar of Social Rights.”

Commissioner Elisa Ferreira defends children protection in the European Pillar of Social Rights / Comissária Elisa Ferreira defende proteção das crianças no Pilar Europeu de Direitos Socias km-Antena-1-PT: "Commissioner Elisa Ferreira defends children protection in the European Pillar ..." info: Rdp - informação, 2021-04-22 14:07:00, 00:01:06, date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:07:00 PM CEST

Romania had a nearly 71% employment rate for persons aged 20 to 64 last year

[Romania, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-RO Friday, April 23, 2021 7:34:00 AM CEST

Ziarul Financiar daily writes, citing Eurostat data, that Romania had a nearly 71% employment rate for persons aged 20 to 64 last year, down by 0.1%. The employment rate in Romania was among the lowest ones in the European Union, only being outranked by five states, namely Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Italy and Greece. The employment rate among women decreased from 67.3% to 66.8%. This evolution led to a further reduction of gender employment gap.

Eurostat: Romania had a nearly 71% employment rate in 2020 / Eurostat: România a avut o rată de ocupare de aproape 71% în 2020 km-Ziarul-Financiar-RO: "Eurostat: Romania had a nearly 71% employment rate in 2020 ..." page: 3 info: by Cornea Ramona date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Parliament minimum wage proposal does not include exemptions for Nordic countries (editorial)

[Sweden, SOCIAL_AFFAIRS]

Source country km-DNS-SE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:46:00 AM CEST

The European Parliament's minimum wage proposal did not include any exemptions for the Nordic countries, Ingvar Persson writes in an editorial in Aftonbladet.se. Instead, the Parliament's proposal was even worse, arguing that collective agreements are deemed to provide sufficient protection when 90% of the labour market is covered, compared to 70% proposed by the European Commission. If the proposal is adopted, then this will have disastrous consequences for the Swedish model. The employers in Sweden will not accept this situation, and the Swedish government must take steps to protect its model.

Löfven has to be prepared for bad atmosphere in EU / Löfven får vara beredd på dålig stämning i EU km-Aftonbladet.se-SE: "Löfven has to be prepared for bad atmosphere in EU ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

TAXATION

Shadow economy in gambling industry is costly to EU member states

[Poland, TAXATION]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:55:00 AM CEST

 Puls Biznesu cites EY’s estimations of the value of shadow economy in the gambling and bookmaking market. The percentage share is falling, but the shadow gambling industry’s gains are growing, and the potentially lost tax revenues reach up to €0.13 billion per year in Poland. EY estimates that in 2016, the turnover of legal online bookmakers in Poland corresponded to less than 5% of the total expenditure of Poles on games and bets. This ranked Poland on the bottom of the list of EU member states. The EU average was only 9.6% then, and tax-paying companies accounted for over 20% of the industry's turnover in just five states: Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, where the legal market share was 44%. In recent years, changes for the better have taken place in almost all the member states. The EU average is now 15.9%, and there are ten countries where local operators account for at least 20% of the gambling industry’s turnover.

Billions go to foreign gambling / Billions go to foreign gambling km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "Billions go to foreign gambling / Billions go to foreign ..." page: 1 info: by Marcel Zatonski date: Friday, April 23, 2021

TRADE

MEPs to vote on post-Brexit trade agreement on 27 April

[Belgium, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-BE Friday, April 23, 2021 7:30:00 AM CEST

Two sources discuss Brexit. L'Echo reports that the European Parliament schedules a vote on the post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK for 27 April. The agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January. The provisional application expires on 30 April. The MEPs took ages to put the vote on the agenda as a reaction to London's decision to postpone part of the control of goods in Northern Ireland. Demorgen.be adds that French fishermen have blocked some British fish transport as a reaction to the fisheries agreement included in the post-Brexit trade deal.

French fishers block fish transport from the UK / Franse vissers blokkeren vistransporten uit Verenigd Koninkrijk km-demorgen.be-BE: "French fishers block fish transport from the UK / Franse ..." info: by Ib date: Friday, April 23, 2021

MEPs to vote on trade agreement on 27 April / Vote des eurodéputés le 27 avril sur l’accord commercial km-Echo-Belgium-BE: "MEPs to vote on trade agreement on 27 April / ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Parliament plenary expected to support EU-UK trade agreement

[Cyprus, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-CY Friday, April 23, 2021 7:39:00 AM CEST

The European Parliament is expected to support the post-Brexit trade agreement between Britain and the EU next Tuesday after political leaders backed down on a threat not to ratify the accord due to British changes in Northern Ireland trading arrangements, Cyprus Mail reports. MEPs are expected to back the trade and cooperation agreement overwhelmingly, a final step in its approval, but there had been some doubt whether they would do so in time. European Parliament committees last week backed the agreement by 108 votes to one.

Vote on UK-EU trade to go ahead / Vote on UK-EU trade to go ahead km-Cyprus-Mail-CY: "Vote on UK-EU trade to go ahead / Vote on ..." page: 9 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Northern Ireland very divided on the Brexit agreement with the EU

[France, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-FR Friday, April 23, 2021 6:40:00 AM CEST

Les Echos reports on the response to Brexit in Northern Ireland, with a survey finding that 43% of people in Northern Ireland thought that the agreement was beneficial for Northern Ireland and 44% thinking the reverse. Customs controls between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have slowed imports from the UK, leading to shortages in supermarkets. Industries such as generic medications and raw materials for aeronautics are also threatened. UK Minister of State at the Cabinet Office David Frost and Vice-President Šefčovič met on 15 April to discuss increasing tensions and have pledge to work on solutions. For medications, a mutual recognition of standards could be found, allowing UK authorised medicines to be sold in Northern Ireland. The UK could also work to align its food safety norms to those of the EU.

Northern Ireland very divided on the Brexit agreement with the EU / Les Nord-Irlandais trés partagés sur l’accord de Brexit conclu avec l’UE km-Echos-FR: "Northern Ireland very divided on the Brexit agreement with the ..." page: 8 info: by Alexandre Counis date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Brexit: MEPs to vote on EU-UK trade deal on 27 April / Brexit: vote des eurodéputés le 27 avril sur l’accord commercial UE-Royaume-Uni km-MediaPart.fr-FR: "Brexit: MEPs to vote on EU-UK trade deal on 27 ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

The UK is violating Brexit treaty but EP moves on

[Germany, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-DE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:58:00 AM CEST

A couple of media outlets touch on the topic of the Brexit treaty.Prime Minister Johnson has been violating the Brexit treaty with the EU for weeks by allowing food and agar products to be exported from Great Britain to Northern Ireland without the required customs controls, Der Tagesspiegel reports. Hence, Prime Minister Johnson has put the European Parliament in a tricky position. Parliamentary group leaders dealt with the violation of the long-negotiated Brexit treaty on Thursday and unanimously decided to put the trade agreement to the vote next Tuesday. This way, the European Parliament is preventing the situation from worsening, which escalated in the former civil war region in Northern Ireland after the economic agreement was concluded at the beginning of the month.

EU-Parlament lenkt ein km-Frankfurter-Allgemeine-Zeitung-DE: "EU-Parlament lenkt ein..." page: 5 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

Riskiert und gewonnen km-Tagesspiegel-DE: "Riskiert und gewonnen..." page: 10 info: by A.M date: Friday, April 23, 2021

MEPs to seal Brexit trade deal after NI talks

[Ireland, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-IE Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

The Irish Independent reports MEPs are set to approve the Brexit trade deal next week, although they are condemning the UK's "unilateral actions" in Northern Ireland. European Parliament Brexit Lead David McAllister MEP said: "We are now approaching the finishing line of the ratification process." MEPs warn that the trade deal allows either side to suspend market access if there is "persistent" violation of its terms, or of the exit deal agreed in 2019. MEPs were holding off on ratifying it until there was a solution to the Northern Irish impasse, which looks more likely after talks between the EU and UK.

MEPs to seal Brexit trade deal after NI talks / MEPs to seal Brexit trade deal after NI talks km-Irish-Independent-IE: "MEPs to seal Brexit trade deal after NI talks / ..." page: 24 info: by Sarah Collins date: Friday, April 23, 2021

European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote

[Lithuania, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-LT Friday, April 23, 2021 6:26:00 AM CEST

Delfi.lt and 15min.lt write that next Tuesday, the European Parliament will hold a vote on the ratification of the European Union-United Kingdom agreement defining future relations following Brexit, European Union sources said. If the MEPs approve this agreement, its adoption on both sides will be completed. Members of the British Parliament ratified the agreement on the day it was signed, 30 December 2020.

European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote / EP kitą savaitę balsuos dėl ES ir JK prekybos po „Brexit“ susitarimo km-15min.lt-LT: "European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote / Šaltiniai: EP kitą savaitę balsuos dėl „Brexit“ sutarties ratifikavimo km-Delfi.lt-LT: "European Parliament sets date for Brexit trade deal ratification vote ..." info: by ELTA date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Europe to vote on Brexit trade pact

[Malta, TRADE]

Source country km-DNS-MT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:43:00 AM CEST

Times of Malta reported that next Tuesday the European Parliament will vote on ratifying the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement that defines post-Brexit relations with Britain. If MEPs vote in favour, as expected, it would finalise the adoption of the pact by both sides before a mutually agreed deadline runs out at the end of this month. Currently, the treaty is provisionally applied, pending the European Parliament’s adoption. The European Parliament had dragged its feet on holding this vote, in part to protest unilateral moves by London to suspend checks on goods entering Northern Ireland and the European Commission last month launched a lawsuit against Britain over this decision.

Europe to vote on Brexit trade pact / Europe to vote on Brexit trade pact km-Malta-Times-MT: "Europe to vote on Brexit trade pact / Europe to ..." page: 10 date: Friday, April 23, 2021

TRANSPORT

President von der Leyen sympathises with Tyrol's transit problem

[Austria, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-AT Friday, April 23, 2021 7:12:00 AM CEST

It seems that Tyrol has found a supporter for its transport policy in President von der Leyen since she supports Tyrol in an official letter, reports Austrian national broadcasting station ORF. Expert on EU law Walter Obwexer says that this is remarkable since the European Commission only recently saw Tyrol's truck bans and block admission as obstacles hindering the free movement of goods. In her letter, President von der Leyen has now confirmed that Tyrol's transit measures are compatible with EU law, however, according to Mr Obwexer. She also proposed that the countries involved in the transit conflict should work on a solution to shift heavy transport to the railways. If this is the agenda set by President von der Leyen, Commissioner Vălean will not be able to deviate from it, according to Mr Obwexer. The opportunity to solve the transit problem together must not be wasted, he says.

President von der Leyen sympathises with Tyrol's transit problem / President von der Leyen zeigt Verständnis für Transitbelastung km-ORF2-AT: "President von der Leyen sympathises with Tyrol's transit problem / ..." info: Tirol heute, 2021-04-22 19:00:00, 00:02:00, by Christiane Knapp date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:00:00 PM CEST

European roads remain the safest in the world

[Croatia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-HR Friday, April 23, 2021 7:14:00 AM CEST

European Commission published preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2020, Lider reports. An estimated 18,800 people were killed in road crashes last year, an unprecedented annual fall of 17% when compared to 2019. This means almost 4,000 fewer people lost their lives on EU roads in 2020 compared to 2019. Lower traffic volumes, as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic, had a clear impact on the number of road fatalities. “With almost 4,000 fewer deaths on EU roads in 2020, compared to 2019, our roads remain the safest in the world,” said Commissioner Vălean stated.

European roads remain the safest in the world / Europske ceste i dalje najsigurnije na svijetu km-Lider-HR: "European roads remain the safest in the world / Europske ..." page: 49 info: by Vanja Figenwald date: Friday, April 23, 2021

24-hour speed control marathon taking place in Europe

[Latvia, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-LV Friday, April 23, 2021 5:07:00 AM CEST

According to Diena, the 24-hour speed control marathon organized by the European traffic police network Roadpol has also been held in Latvia, which started on the morning of 21 April and ended on the morning of 22 April, and during this time period law enforcement officers caught a total of 551 speed limit offenders, while a total of 1,303 violations were recorded with speed cameras during this time. Although the 24-hour speed control marathon is over, the European Union Traffic Police Network holds the permitted driving speed control week until 25 April.

24-hour speed control marathon taking place in Europe / VIDEO: Ātruma kontroles maratonā pieķerts 551 ātrumpārkāpējs; rekordists - kāds BMW vadītājs km-Diena.lv-LV: "24-hour speed control marathon taking place in Europe / VIDEO: ..." date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

EU mobility package may double costs of Polish international transport companies

[Poland, TRANSPORT]

Source country km-DNS-PL Friday, April 23, 2021 6:56:00 AM CEST

Puls Biznesu alarms that next amendments to the European Union’s mobility package, which are gradually entering into force, may double the costs of Polish international transport companies. Since 2 February 2022, the employer will have to pay a full minimal salary, adequate to the country of operation, to the driver. Transit routes will be exempted from the rule. For example, if the driver goes to France from Poland through Germany, the carrier will not have to apply German payroll rates. However, the rules will be applicable to cabotage, which is the transport of goods between two places in the same country by an operator from another country within the EU, or from one EU member state to another one. According to estimations by the Polish Centre of Driver Accounting (OCRK), the costs of Polish international transport companies may grow by 20-100%, depending on the type of transport service. The amendment will hit the most painfully these EU member states, whose minimal salary is lower than the western standards. It refers mainly to Poland.

Mobility package will double the costs / The mobility package will double the costs km-Pulz-Biznesu-PL: "Mobility package will double the costs / The mobility package ..." page: 9 info: by Marcin Boltryk date: Friday, April 23, 2021

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