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Visegrad plays hot potato with Ukrainian Roma refugees

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:31
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about Bulgaria adopting large-scale measures to weather inflation, the possible end of Russian gas imports to Finland, and so much more.
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MEPs ask to pause CAP biodiversity requirements amid Ukraine war

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:30
The majority group leaders of the European Parliament's agriculture committee asked the Commission to consider temporary derogations of the EU’s already adopted agriculture subsidies reform in light of the war in Ukraine.
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EU Commission proposes Ukraine reconstruction platform

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:25
Along with a €9 billion increase in short-term budgetary aid to the Ukrainian government, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday (18 May) setting up a reconstruction platform for Ukraine to help with the massive financing needs of rebuilding the country.
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G7 finance ministers to thrash out Ukraine aid plan

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:19
G7 partners meet Thursday (19 May) hoping to find a solution for Kyiv's budget troubles as the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to roil the global economy.
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EU urges building insulation push in bid to end reliance on Russian gas

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:12
The European Commission’s plan to eliminate Russian energy imports by 2027 features a strong focus on energy efficiency. For the energy intensive buildings sectors, this means yet another push to insulate homes fast.
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EU Parliament joins media freedom problematic club

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:12
In a surprising move, the European Parliament deleted a post from its website and social media referring to a recent report by Reporters without Borders (RSF) indicating that Greece is the worst EU country regarding media freedom. Contacted by EURACTIV,...
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Montenegro supports Kosovo joining Council of Europe

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:08
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic said on 18 May that relations with Pristina were excellent and that Montenegro supported Kosovo’s decision to apply for a seat in the Council of Europe. Kosovo filed last week an application to join the pan-European...
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EU to fund Albanian agriculture, organic farming, rural development

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:06
The EU is set to plough some €112 million into Albanian agricultural and rural development, including sustainability, agritourism, and organic farming, as a part of the IPARD III programme announced on Wednesday. The programme covers 2021 to 2027 and seeks...
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Russia says more Ukraine fighters surrender in Mariupol; US reopens Kyiv embassy

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:05
Russia said on Wednesday (18 May) nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Mariupol, while the United States became the latest Western country to reopen its Kyiv embassy after a three-month closure.
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Kosovo army veterans sentenced for disclosing classified information

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 07:02
Two former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans were each sentenced to four and a half years in prison for disclosing classified court information, the Kosovo Specialist Chambers found in its first verdict since it was established in 2016. Hysni Gucati...
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Bosnian entity to approve subsidies for electric, hybrid cars

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:59
The government of one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) two autonomous entities is expected to approve on Thursday a plan of subsidies for citizens who want to buy electric or hybrid cars, the news website klix.ba reported on Wednesday. Nermin...
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Serbia to aid companies doing business with Ukraine, Russia, Belarus

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:57
The Serbian government will pass an ordinance on Thursday to assist 1,400 companies whose operations involved doing business with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, Finance Minister Sinisa Mali has said. “Favourable loans will be provided, with a five-year repayment time frame,...
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Romanian parliament adopts new offshore law

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:56
The Romanian parliament approved a new law on deep oil and gas operations, which is expected to unblock gas projects in the Black Sea, with 249 MPs in favour and 34 against. Last week, the bill was approved by the...
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How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:55
When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
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Bulgaria adopts large-scale measures to tackle record inflation

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:55
Increasing pensions by nearly 20%, significantly upping tax rebates for families with children and implementing huge fuel rebates affecting the purchase of petrol and diesel are all part of the measures the Bulgarian government announced Wednesday to weather record inflation...
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Poles begin universal basic income experiment

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:46
The Association of Warmia and Mazury Borderland Communities will distribute a monthly 1,300 PLN (€280) to thousands of Poles to measure how a universal basic income impacts their lives. The monthly income will be distributed across 5,000 to 31,000 beneficiaries...
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Hungarian Constitutional Court quashes opposition referendum

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:45
Despite previous greenlights from parliament and the Supreme Court (Kúria), Hungary’s Constitutional Court blocked referenda on controversial Chinese university investment and unemployment benefits. In a decision announced on Wednesday (18 May), the Constitutional Court, widely considered by its critics to...
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Orbán’s new ministers chart EU policy focused on funds

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:42
The new ministers assuming office in the reelected Hungarian prime minister’s cabinet are set to focus on EU funds in their relationship with Brussels while attempting to course-correct the bloc’s values. Tibor Navracsics, who served as European Commissioner for Education,...
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Italy backs NATO applications of Finland and Sweden

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:39
Rome favours the NATO applications of Finland and Sweden and pledged to support Finland during the transition period, said Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi after meeting his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin at Palazzo Chigi on Wednesday. Finland and Sweden formally...
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Export of Lithuanian goods sees huge surge

Euractiv.com - Thu, 19/05/2022 - 06:38
The export of Lithuanian-origin goods grew by over 30% in the first quarter of 2022, totalling more than €6 billion in revenue from January to March 2022, Lithuania’s department of statistics reported. “We see that the government’s efforts to diversify...
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