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Court retires to deliberate historic presidential impeachment

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:10
Albania’s Constitutional Court has closed the hearing on the impeachment of President Ilir Meta following accusations from the Socialist Party majority that he committed serious violations of the constitution. In a historical first, the Albanian Parliament dismissed President Ilir Meta last June...
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Big European countries likely to gain the most from EU chip push

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:10
The European Commission's plan to make the continent more lucrative for investing in semiconductor factories will likely skew the benefits towards larger countries such as Germany, France and Italy, analysts say.
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Montenegro’s new Assembly Speaker to soon be elected

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:08
The new majority in the Assembly is planning to elect the Speaker by the end of the week so that a procedure for naming the Prime Minister-designate who would form the new cabinet can go on. On Monday evening, Aleksa...
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Minimum wage in North Macedonia up by 18.5%

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:07
The minimum wage from April for 80,000 citizens will be 18,000 denars or €293. This is a result of the agreement reached by the government with the unions and the employers, it was reported on the government website. The new...
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‘Element of détente’ after French president’s Russia visit

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:06
French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Russia brought "an element of détente" to the crisis between the West and Moscow over Ukraine, but did not amount to a "miracle," the EU's diplomatic chief said Tuesday (8 February).
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S&P affirms BiH’s B credit rating, worried about RS policy

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:06
Standard & Poor’s has affirmed Bosnia and Herzegovina’s B credit rating with a positive outlook, but with the warning that this unfavourable credit status could be jeopardised by the rising political tensions in the country. The B rating means that a country’s...
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Serbian, Bulgarian PMs discuss regional energy market, infrastructure projects

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:04
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and her Bulgarian counterpart Kiril Petkov talked in Belgrade on Tuesday about establishing a joint energy market, which they said would make the economies of both countries more competitive. At a joint news conference at...
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Number of pension insurers grows 2.4% in one year

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:02
The Croatian Pension Insurance Institute had just over 1.56 million insurers on 31 January, up by 37,200 on the year (2.4%). The highest increase in the number of insured persons compared with the end of January 2021 was in scientific...
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Romania will need to optimise recovery plan

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:01
Some things need to be optimised in the national recovery and resilience plan earlier than the mechanism’s regulations says, Romania’s finance minister Adrian Caciu said. In an interview given to EURACTIV’s media partner HotNews, Caciu says Romania will lose some of...
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Will the EU’s Sustainable Products Initiative get the balance right? [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:00
What is a “sustainable product”?  Is it more sustainable to continue using my old washing machine or to buy a new, more energy efficient one? Are single use products always unsustainable? What criteria should I use to judge whether a...
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Post-pandemic trade set to increase border disruption, warn UK lawmakers

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 06:00
Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic it is “clear that EU exit has had an impact, and that new border arrangements have added costs to business”, states a report published on Wednesday (9 February) by the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.
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Hungarian governments’ move to keep press away from hospitals ‘shocking’, says international media

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:53
The International Press Institute (IPI) on Tuesday slammed the Hungarian executive’s decision to override a court ruling that struck down the blanket ban on independent media accessing health institutions amid the pandemic. A Budapest court said on 2 February that...
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Bank of Spain predicts medium-term reduction of inflation in the EU

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:51
The governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, on Tuesday predicted that inflation in the euro area would moderate its fast-growing pace, from 5.1% to 2%. However, he also acknowledged that “there is a very high level...
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Poland to appeal EU’s ‘ridiculous’ fine-deducting decision for Turow

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:50
Poland will appeal the European Commission’s decision to deduct money from their EU budget allocation, penalties incurred in the Turów mine dispute with the Czech Republic, the government has announced. The daily fines of €50,000 were imposed on Poland for...
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At least 30 Islamist militants killed in Mali joint operations, France says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:50
At least 30 Islamist militants were killed and dozens of vehicles and weapons destroyed during joint operations between the French-led Takuba task force and Malian soldiers last week, the French Army Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (8 February).
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Denmark responds to Russian aggression in Ukraine, sends fighter jets to Baltic Sea

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:43
A total of 700 soldiers will be gathered in the Slagelse military base in Western Sjælland, the Danish Armed Forces have announced. The armed forces also said that fighter jets would also be sent to Bornholm following Russia’s actions in...
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Canadian-inspired trucker convoy rolls into Helsinki

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:41
Inspired by the recent truckers’ Freedom Convoy in Ottawa, truckers over the weekend gathered outside parliament and at Citizen’s Square, demanding the abolition of all COVID-19 restrictions, reductions in the price of fuel, and the government’s resignation. According to police...
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Irish FM appears before committee over lockdown party

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:36
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney spoke on Tuesday before an Oireachtas committee on the subject of a party held in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) while the country was in lockdown in 2020. Coveney, who was not at the gathering,...
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EU increasingly unpopular in Austria

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:35
Almost half of Austrians believe the EU is going in the wrong direction, a recent Eurobarometer survey shows. A survey commissioned by the European Parliament and conducted in late 2021 has revealed that concerns about the EU’s direction are rising in...
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Iran nuclear deal ‘in sight’ as talks resume

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-02-09 05:31
Talks to revive a deal with Iran on its contested nuclear programme resumed on Tuesday (8 February) in Vienna after officials signalled an agreement was "in sight".
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