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As part of one of its promises to Europe’s youth, the European Commission said it would act on requests from the Council on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) for a seat at the table while shaping the future of the block.
Yet the EU executive’s decision to water down calls to measure the impact bloc proposals could have on young people, despite naming 2022 as the European Youth Year, leaves many disappointed. Read more.
Leading MPs tackle obligations for high-risk AI systems in new compromise. Lawmakers leading discussions on the AI law have offered a compromise on obligations for high-risk AI systems and a consolidation of earlier text, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV. Read more.
Berlin and Brussels join calls for a “fundamental reform” of the EU electricity market. The German government said on Friday August 26 that it was considering decoupling the gas and electricity markets as a way to curb rising electricity prices in Europe, a call joined later on Sunday by Brussels and Vienna. Read more.
Poland’s Morawiecki pushes for nuclear future in Paris. French and Polish companies must work together to reinvest massively in the nuclear sector, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told France’s largest trade union conference, MEDEF, on Monday. Read more.
Dutch cities are struggling to get rid of Russian gas. High gas prices mean city councils across the Netherlands are struggling to find alternatives to Russian supplies and to meet the EU deadline for governments and public bodies to terminate existing contracts with Russian companies . Read more.
The Berlin government is withdrawing to try to seal the cracks. In its race for unity to deal with the cost of living and energy crises, as well as Russia’s war on Ukraine, Germany’s tripartite government gathered for a closed-door meeting closed two days outside of Berlin. Read more.
Berlin will swap tanks with Prague as part of the latest swap deal with Ukraine. In the most recent of Berlin’s now regular arms swap deals, struck by Chancellor Scholz and Czech Prime Minister Fiala, the Czech Republic is to get 15 German tanks in return for delivering tanks to Ukraine. Read more.
Austria’s largest energy supplier urgently needs government help. Energy supplier Wien Energie is asking the federal government for a €6 billion bailout to avoid risking the contracts of two million customers, while ensuring its supply is secure and no losses need to be compensated. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland’s “very expensive” nuclear reactor is in trouble again. Finland’s fifth and largest nuclear reactor, Olkiluoto 3, saw output drop to zero due to turbine failure on Monday, yet another setback for the reactor still in the testing phase but already powering the country’s grid . Read more.
The Swedish Prime Minister promises a new package for Ukraine. Sweden will send Ukraine a new aid package of 93 million euros, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at a press conference on Monday. Read more.
Draghi rejects increasing the budget deficit to deal with soaring energy prices. New assistance programs, including those already planned, will not be adjusted to deal with rising energy prices, but an assistance program could be considered to help those struggling with energy bills soaring, Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Economy Minister Daniele Franco said Monday. . Read more.
The Greek Parliament sets up a commission of inquiry to investigate the phone tapping scandal. Greek lawmakers on Monday voted to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the wiretapping of an opposition leader that led Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to sack the country’s intelligence chief (EYP), Reuters reported. Read more.
Sanchez and Scholz to defend the Midcat pipeline. In the face of French opposition, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz are expected to defend their common position in favor of an increase in energy interconnections in the EU, in particular the Midcat gas pipeline which, if built, would connect Spain and France. Read more.
EU is complacent, responds poorly in key areas, Portuguese minister says. The EU is complacent in key areas like climate change and foreign policy and often fails to think strategically, Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho said on Monday. Read more.
Slovak schools could close this winter due to rising energy prices. Schools could be forced to close in winter due to dramatic increases in electricity and heating prices, school and municipal officials have warned. Read more.
A controversial textbook arrives in Polish schools. The ‘History and Present’ subject textbook, seen as right-wing and biased, has been approved for the school curriculum from September 1, sparking outrage, while publishers have made an alternative available from the same date. Read more.
The Czechs call for the decoupling of energy prices. Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela called on Europe to decouple gas and electricity prices to deal with the current crisis and announced an extraordinary Energy Council on 9 September. Read more.
The European Commission “regrets” the ban on Serbian EuroPride and tries to blame Kosovo. The European Union has regretted Serbia’s decision to cancel or postpone ‘EuroPride’, noting that the EU bloc supports equality and opposes all forms of discrimination as Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met the Greens/EFA MEPs. Read more.
The Russian Lukoil will pay a high price for an oil port in Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s only oil port has been granted to the Russian company “Lukoil Neftochim” for 35 years for 500,000 euros per year, said the co-president of the “Change Continues” party, Asen Vassilev. Read more.
Slovenia supports Croatia’s entry into Schengen. Slovenia strongly supports Croatia’s entry into the Schengen area, said Interior Minister Tatjana Bobnar, who met her Croatian counterpart Davor Božinović on Monday. Read more.
Albanian Prime Minister: EU vaccination policy, “shameful mistake”. Prime Minister Edi Rama criticized the European Union for its handling of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine during a panel where he spoke at the Bled conference in Slovenia on Monday. Read more.
The Open Balkan initiative could have a negative impact on the region, according to a study. The “Open Balkan” initiative launched by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia could have negative implications symbolically and in terms of real cooperation in the region, according to an analysis by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Read more.
- EU: Informal meeting of EU Defense Ministers, chaired by EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen receives Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.
- European Parliament committee meetings.
- Germany: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attends a German government seminar.
- Swiss: The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination presents its findings after a number of reviews of countries, including the United States.
- Denmark: International meeting on Russian energy independence.
- WHO Europe press conference.
- Russia: Russia is holding “Vostok-2022” military exercises in the east of the country.
- Israel: Visit of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to Japan.
- World: International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Maksimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Eleonora Vasques]