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Corporate Europe Observatory, Observatoires des Multinationales and foodwatch launched a petition on Thursday urging the French executive to decline any sponsorship offer when it assumes the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in 2022. Read more.



Differences remain regarding the infrastructure of alternative fuels in the EU. EU transport ministers discussed infrastructure for alternative fuels in Slovenia on Thursday, the country’s Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec noting that there are still many differences between EU countries on the issue. Read more.



The German contribution to the EU budget has increased by 19% this year. Germany’s contributions to the EU budget this year have totaled 38 billion euros so far, up from 32 billion euros in 2020, a parliamentary question to the government has revealed. While part of the € 6 billion increase is due to Brexit, which increased Germany’s contributions by € 3 billion, the strength of the country’s economy also ensured an increase by compared to the contributions of other EU states to weaker economies.

The biggest beneficiary of German EU contributions would be Poland. By 2020, he had received around € 12 billion more than what he paid the EU. Poland is also expected to be the largest recipient of EU funds in absolute numbers in 2021, the German government told Liberal MP Gerald Ullrich at his request, PAPULE reported. (Nikolaus J. Kurmayer |



European Commission opens infringement proceedings against Austria over anti-terrorism law. The European Commission announced on Thursday that it would open infringement proceedings against Austria, Finland, Luxembourg and Croatia for failing to transpose EU anti-terrorism rules. Read more.



Catalan separatist MEP Puigdemont arrested in Italy. Former Catalan president in exile Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Italy on Thursday, his lawyer and an aide said, four years after he fled following an independence referendum that Madrid ruled unconstitutional. Read more.



Ireland chairs UN Security Council meeting, focuses on climate and security. Taoiseach Micheál Martin chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday, focusing on the theme of climate and security. Read more.



Tech industries say Finland needs 130,000 new specialists over the next decade. The Technology Industries of Finland, a lobbying organization for the tech industry representing some 1,600 companies, warns that the acute and worsening shortage of skilled labor could endanger the country’s economic growth.

It could also have an impact on social services and living standards, suggesting that the sector would need around 130,000 specialists or 13,000 per year over the next decade. Read more.



The Greek state will lose the majority of the public electricity company. Ia surprise statement on Thursday, Greece’s public electricity company (CPC) announced that it was carrying out a capital increase of 750 million euros which would result in the loss of the majority of the state. Read more.



Italy is reforming its criminal procedures at the request of Brussels. The Italian Senate on Thursday approved the reform of the criminal trial, which is part of a package of broader justice reforms that Brussels has called on Italy to implement so that it can secure funding for the next generation of the EU. Read more.



New data cast doubts on Spain’s rapid economic recovery. Less than 48 hours after the Spanish Central Bank (Banco de España) and the OECD predicted a robust recovery in the Iberian country’s economy this year and into 2022, new data released by the National Statistical Institute on Thursday (INE) Spanish projected a less optimistic outlook. Read more.



Masks will soon be mandatory only in high-risk overcrowded places in Portugal. The use of masks will only be compulsory in public transport, in supermarkets, homes, hospitals, places of entertainment and major events from October 1 in Portugal, once the third phase of the measures is lifted announced Thursday will take effect. Read more.



Czech-Polish relations at an all-time low. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his planned trip to the Budapest Demographics Summit on September 23-24 due to the ongoing dispute between Czechia and Poland over the Turów coal mine, a government spokesperson confirmed Polish. Read more.



Poland’s longest-serving MEP said the EU project had derailed, now oppressive. The EU today is a derailed and oppressive project, said Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, one of Poland’s oldest MPs and co-creator of the Natolin campus of the College of Europe, the one of the main protagonists of Poland’s accession to the EU in the 1990s. far-right weekly Sieci in an interview. Read more.



The consequences and fallout from cyber attacks continue. It is likely that Saturday’s outage in the opposition primaries’ computer system was caused by an attack that appears to have resulted from an easily preventable error., on the basis of the information currently available, Telex reported. Read more.



The former Slovakian prime minister said the Dutch MEP would have to go home to “have a joint”. Dutch MEP and head of the European Parliament’s mission to Slovakia, Sophie in ‘t Veld “should go home and have a joint,” former Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Facebook, criticizing members of her mission for not having met with the opposition parties. Peter Pellegrini, who became Prime Minister after Fico was forced to resign, also joined the criticism, saying the Dutch MEP “should pack his things and go home”. Read more.



Bulgarian police and special agents storm the energy commission over rising electricity prices. Bulgarian police officers and employees of the special services (SANS) carried out a surprise inspection within the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), trying to understand the reason for the high prices of electricity on the energy exchange. Read more.



The party elections could decide the fate of the Romanian government. The upcoming party leadership elections could determine the future of the Romanian government, as the USR PLUS party and the National Liberal Party (PNL) will soon elect their party presidents in hotly contested races. Read more.



The Croatian government and the opposition oppose the court order ordering the media portal to cease reporting. A judge at the Zagreb City Court banned Jelena Jindra, a journalist for the non-profit portal H-Alter, from writing articles about the director of polyclinics for the protection of children and young people. Read more.



Slovenia’s budget watchdog warns of politically motivated spending ahead of elections. The Fiscal Council, which oversees the country’s compliance with the balanced budget rule, has warned the government against overspending ahead of general elections slated for next year. he stressed that exceptional circumstances “should not be used to adopt measures which reflect the last stage of the political cycle”. Read more.



Serbian draft law on internal affairs withdrawn from procedure, minister accuses the West. Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Thursday he had withdrawn the home affairs bill which had drawn strong criticism both locally and internationally. The bill was reportedly withdrawn at the request of President Aleksandar Vučić, and that by doing so it “would prevent bloodshed in the streets of Belgrade”. Read more.



The chief prosecutor of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been dismissed from his post. A disciplinary appeal commission of the High Court and the Prosecutors Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina (VSTV) upheld the decision to dismiss Prosecutor General Gordana Tadić. Read more.



The Montenegrin government plans to take in Afghan refugees. “The government has decided to consider the possibility of responding to the current humanitarian crisis and possible reception capacities for a limited number of refugees, in accordance with the practices of other NATO members engaged in Afghanistan,” a- he announced in a government press release. .

The government has also decided to form an inter-ministerial working group as it is committed to actively participate in global humanitarian responses. (Željko Trkanjec |



The US Embassy calls for immediate action for de-escalation in northern Kosovo. “Good meeting with Prime Minister Kurti on the importance of re-engaging in the EU-facilitated dialogue to resolve license plates and other issues. Immediate action is needed to defuse tensions. Actions can have unintended consequences negatively affecting the daily lives of citizens, ”wrote Nicholas J. Giacobbe, charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in Kosovo, after saying he met Prime Minister Albin Kurti to discuss recent developments in northern Kosovo. Tensions increased after the introduction of reciprocity over vehicle registration plates, prompting a protest from local Serbs. Read more.


  • Germany: Greta Thunberg is due to attend the Fridays for Future global strike in Berlin.
  • France: Second cycle of public consultations on the future of Europe in Strasbourg.
  • Serbia: Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Olga Sergeyevna Yarilova visiting Serbia.


[Edited by Alexandra Brzozowski, Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic]


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