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MEPs to visit Ireland in September over data protection enforcement

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 06:00
Seven EU lawmakers will fly to Dublin to discuss the enforcement of the European data protection law with the Irish regulator, policymakers and stakeholders.
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Vienna’s push behind recent Balkan EU progress, minister says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:49
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about Ireland suspending visa-free travel for refugees in 20 European countries, Croatia air traffic controllers planning a strike over staffing and pay, and so much more.
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China seeks to stop UN rights chief from releasing Xinjiang report

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:45
China is asking the United Nations human rights chief to bury a highly-anticipated report on human rights violations in Xinjiang, according to a Chinese letter seen by Reuters and confirmed by diplomats from three countries who received it.
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EU should develop water management policy, says Portuguese agriculture minister

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:33
The EU should develop a water management tool similar to the one created for energy to safeguard agricultural production, Portugal’s Agriculture Minister Maria do Céu Antunes argued in Brussels. “We had the opportunity to say to the Commission that, as...
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Experts predict stagflation for Spanish economy in 2023

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:32
The Spanish economy will slow next year, fuelled by the international energy crisis and record high inflation levels resulting from the war in Ukraine, a study by the Spanish economic foundation Funcas predicts. However, short-term perspectives look more favourable for...
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Wildfires’ nightmare returns to Еurope’s south, burns homes

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:31
Wildfires raged throughout Europe’s south, while the Greek capital is surrounded by flames visible from all over the Attica basin as the fire in Penteli has reached unmanageable proportions. According to a spokesman for the Athen’s Fire Service, the fire...
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Finnish energy company will not add funds to Uniper

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:30
After being grilled by the parliament’s Commerce Committee on Tuesday, the Ownership Steering minister Tytti Tuppurainen, from the Social Democratic Party, was adamant that the Finnish energy company Fortum will not inject more capital into its German subsidiary Uniper.  Read...
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Portugal reports more than 1,000 heat-related deaths

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:30
Portugal has reported more than 1,000 deaths due to the current heat wave, with the health chief warning on Tuesday (19 July) that the country must gear up to cope with the effects of climate change as temperatures continue to rise.
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Ireland suspends visa-free travel for refugees from 20 European countries

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:30
Dublin has tightened its immigration policy by temporarily blocking visa-free travel to the country for refugees arriving from 20 European states. Starting on Tuesday, Ireland suspended its participation in the European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees for...
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UK leadership race: And then there were three

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:29
Three candidates remain in the Conservative party leadership race after Kemi Badenoch was the latest candidate to be eliminated, and the 357 Conservative MPs will decide on the final two on Wednesday, starting a six-week campaign for support from the...
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Climate change is creating hotter days, says Dutch scientist

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:28
Hot days are already getting hotter due to climate change, said Karin van der Wiel, climate scientist from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Dutch media NL Times reported. The KMNI has issued a code orange across the centre and...
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French left demands minister’s resignation following ‘homophobic’ comments

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:28
Several left-wing politicians called for the resignation of local government minister Caroline Cayeux on Tuesday after she allegedly made homophobic comments, for which she has apologised. When she was a senator in 2013, Cayeux said that opening marriage and adoption...
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Austria sees increased support for tackling soaring food prices

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:27
Intervention to achieve price reductions on basic foodstuffs is gaining political momentum as calls for uniform national measures to counter increasing inflation gain steam. This could be realised either with a reduction of the value-added tax (VAT) or a price...
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Vienna’s push behind recent Balkan EU progress, minister says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:25
Austria’s vehemence at the last meeting of the EU leaders to not leave Western Balkan club hopefuls behind as Brussels accepted Ukraine and Moldova’s candidacy bids has contributed to the positive momentum for the region long stuck in the bloc...
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Saxony prime minister calls to ‘freeze’ conflict in Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:24
The Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, called for peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia and stated that the ongoing conflict should be “frozen”. Kretschmer said that the current public discussion is “one-sided” and stressed that...
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Belarus officials behind hoax that grounded dissident’s flight, UN agency says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:18
The UN's aviation agency on Tuesday (19 July) for the first time blamed senior Belarus officials for a hoax last year that grounded a Ryanair Holdings PLC flight and led to the arrest of a dissident reporter.
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Italy ploughs hundreds of millions into Albania, Western Balkans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:13
The Italian government, through the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS), is ploughing some €260 million into Albania and the region, particularly in areas such as the rule of law and economy. AICS presented its annual report in Tirana on Tuesday...
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Population census in Serbia to be conducted in October

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:08
Around 20,000 people, including 15,000 enumerators and 2,200 instructors, will be engaged in a population census, which will be conducted in Serbia from 1 to 31 October, representatives of the Serbian Statistical Office told reporters on Tuesday. Office Assistant Director...
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Croatia air traffic controllers to strike over staffing, pay

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:06
Croatia’s air traffic controllers will go on strike from 7:00 on Thursday, citing being overworked and understaffed, Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List reported, heralding potential trouble at the peak of Croatia’s summer tourist season. In practice, the strike will result in a reduction...
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Slovakia signs framework deal for EU structural investment spending

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-07-20 05:04
The European Commission has adopted the Slovak Partnership agreement, a key document for launching investments as part of the bloc’s Cohesion Policy between 2023 and 2027. The agreement was signed on Monday by Regional Development Minister Veronika Remišová with European...
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