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Michel silent over unofficial document mulling border changes in Western Balkans

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:24
A phantom document proposing controversial border changes across the Western Balkans caused a political storm in the region and in Brussels this week. While most EU officials had little knowledge of the elusive document, the office of European Council President Charles Michel could not deny receiving it.  EURACTIV took a closer look
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Baltic ministers call for ‘red lines’ towards Russia in Kyiv trip

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:23
Foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania visited Kyiv on Tuesday to show solidarity amid the Russian military build-up around Ukraine’s borders. “Red lines” should be drawn, the Baltic ministers said, as they stressed that the EU should be prepared...
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German, French defence ministers to discuss joint combat jet

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:16
German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will next week discuss with her French counterpart Florence Parly the behind-schedule Franco-German combat jet project as well as tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
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Belgrade’s virology institute starts filling first Sputnik V control vials

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:16
The Serbian minister for innovation and technological development Nenad Popović on Thursday met a delegation of Russian experts who supervised the filling of the first control vials of the Sputnik V vaccine conducted by Belgrade’s Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccines...
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Croatia’s healthcare debt to be funded through reallocation, cost cuts

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:14
The necessary funds for Croatia’s healthcare system’s debt settlement will be ensured through budget reallocation and revision as well as cost cuts, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić said on Thursday. Marić informed the parliament about the debt settlement scheme whereby installments...
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Borissov resigns, takes immediate paid leave

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:12
The Bulgarian government resigned on Thursday, following last Sunday’s elections, and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced he was going on paid leave from Friday, meaning he will not appear before parliament to explain his decision to not submit Bulgaria’s recovery...
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Controversial Former PM Matovič to represent Slovakia in international financial institutions

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:08
Slovakian Finance Minister Igor Matovič (OĽaNO) who was ousted as prime minister after he bought the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia without consulting his coalition partners in government, has been appointed to represent Slovakia in international financial institutions, according to...
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Zeman calls withdrawal from Afghanistan ‘a mistake’

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:07
Czech President Miloš Zeman considers the US and NATO decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan a mistake, the president’s spokesman said on Thursday in a statement for the daily newspaper Pravo. Zeman had always defended the role of allied troops...
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Poland’s top court ousts ombudsman in rule of law standoff

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:04
Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that an article of the Commissioner for Human Rights Act is unconstitutional, meaning Ombudsman Adam Bodnar – who repeatedly pointed out the government backsliding on the rule of law, freedom of the press, and democratic...
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Portuguese official: Socially excluded must join green, digital transition

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:03
Portugal's secretary of state for integration and migration said on Thursday that socially excluded populations should participate in the climate and digital transition, enhancing their opportunities, integration and participation in the labour market.
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Greek foreign minster told to respond if provoked by Turkey in meeting

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:02
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was given explicit orders to respond accordingly if provoked during a crunch meeting with Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu earlier this week, diplomatic sources in Athens have said. The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey on...
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Italy’s right not united on confidence motion against Italian health minister

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:01
Italy’s Northern League will not be supporting a no-confidence motion against Health Minister Roberto Speranza, Riccardo Molinari, leader of the League group in the Chamber of Deputies said on Thursday, despite his party having criticised the health minister almost daily...
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Approving EU recovery package in Finland proves more difficult than expected

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:58
Gaining approval for the EU coronavirus recovery package worth €750 billion in frugal Finland is proving more difficult than expected as it is now dividing parliament and widely being referred to as a “necessary evil”. Finland’s Constitutional Law Committee will...
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Hungarian doctors ask Orbán not to let kids back to schools

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:56
The presidency of the Hungarian Doctors Union (MOSZ) wrote an open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Thursday (15 April), asking him to postpone the opening of schools scheduled for next week. Orbán announced Wednesday (14 April) bars...
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Belgian mayors mull to revolt over terrace openings

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:47
Several Belgian mayors had announced on Thursday they would reopen their terraces before 8 May as they would no longer have the means to prevent hospitality owners from opening their businesses. Belgium’s Consultation Committee on Wednesday (14 April) decided to...
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Tweets of the Week: Open Bars, Vaccine News, Halloumi

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:35
Those Brussels bar terraces better be roomy, the EU vaccine news is a smidgen less gloomy and delivering world peace, all hail Halloumi!
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Successor to EU-Africa Cotonou treaty marks ‘turning point’, says EU

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:35
The EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific Community on Thursday (15 April) finalised the successor to the Cotonou agreement, bringing a close to two and a half years of negotiations and repeated delays.
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Gas overtakes lignite as Europe’s largest source of power emissions

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:34
Gas power plants overtook lignite in 2020 to become the EU’s single largest source of power sector emissions, according to fresh analysis from energy think tank Ember. The analysis, published on Friday (16 April), is based on data reported by...
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Member states press Commission to speed up evaluation of recovery plans

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:30
Some EU finance ministers are expected to request the European Commission on Friday (16 April) to shorten the two-month evaluation period of the recovery plans in order to speed up the implementation of the long-awaited European stimulus.
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Greek, Turkish ministers clash at heated Ankara presser

Euractiv.com - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 07:26
The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey on Thursday (15 April) clashed on a wide range of issues during a heated news conference that underscored the trouble the two historic rivals will have at mending their broken ties.
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