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Hungarian energy experts are not convinced by the ecological and security promises of a new Brussels-backed power cable project with Azerbaijan. read more.

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EU INSTITUTIONS

The European car industry must look to the future, not to the past. Most European carmakers have already declared that they will go fully electric by 2035, some of them earlier. The task of the EU is to prepare for this transformation, writes Frans Timmermans.

Frans Timmermans is the Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Green Deal. Read the opinion piece.

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PARIS

GPs in France urged not to strike over difficult Christmas. French GPs, some of whom went on strike over low consultation fees in early December, should not continue strikes over the holiday period, a time when viruses are flourishing, the health minister said. Cheers, François Braun. Sunday newspaper on Sunday. read more.

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VIENNA

Austria’s Nehammer defends EU border fences. The fences are key to protecting the EU at its borders, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said in an interview on Sunday, citing the time when the fence on the border with Turkey and Greece enabled Greek border authorities to stop the entry of irregular migrants. . read more.

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BRUSSELS

NGOs call on Belgium to unite against new pesticide evaluations. Several NGOs are calling on Belgium not to accept the majority of member states that will likely ask the European Commission to carry out a further impact assessment on the EU’s pesticide reduction targets at the Council summit on Monday. . read more.

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HAGUE

Dutch military aid to Ukraine amounts to almost 1 billion euros. The Netherlands has now provided Ukraine with 987 million euros in military aid, Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren told the Dutch parliament in a letter on Friday. read more.


UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND

LONDON

At the Riga summit, Sunak will call for increased lethal aid to Ukraine. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet his Nordic, Baltic and Dutch counterparts at the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) summit in the Latvian capital Riga on Monday before heading to Estonia to meet troops. British and NATO forces, the government said. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

HELSINKI

Launch of hydrogen infrastructure projects to connect Finland and Central Europe. State-owned utility and transmission system operator Gasgrid Finland signed a project agreement on Friday to develop a new piece of the regional hydrogen infrastructure network. read more.


SOUTH EUROPE

ATHENS

Moscow warns Athens about sending S-300 missile system to Ukraine. Russia’s permanent representative to Crimea, Georgy Muratov, warned Greece against transferring Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, saying it would be an “irrational show of hostility towards Russia”. read more.

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LISBON

Portugal: One in seven babies born to foreign mothers in 2021. Of the almost 80,000 babies born in Portugal in 2021, more than 10,000, or around 14%, have foreign mothers, according to a survey released on Sunday by porda. read more.


VISEGRAD

PRAGUE

The Czech EU presidency will propose a gas price cap compromise of €188. The Czech presidency of the EU Council would like to see energy ministers across the Union agree to cap gas at €188 per megawatt-hour (MWh) in Brussels on Monday. read more.

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WARSAW

The Polish opposition notifies the prosecution of irregularities in the state fuel meltdown. The public prosecutor’s office has been notified of significant inaccuracies in the recent merger between the Lotos fuel company and PKN Orlen, the largest fuel company in Central and Eastern Europe that is also majority state-owned, representatives of the parliamentary opposition announced during a conference press. conference. read more.

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The Polish ruling camp says it predicted the Ukrainian war and accuses the opposition of sabotage. The ruling PiS party claims it knew war would break out in Ukraine, while the opposition, which appeared to have been partially “committed” to the Kremlin’s plan, went so far as to take steps to sabotage the country’s preparations for a possible Russian attack. . . read more.

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BRATISLAVA

EU lawmakers in the Slovakia mission point to the worrying LGBTQ and Roma situation. A monitoring delegation from the EU Parliament expressed concern about the equal rights situation in Slovakia regarding the LGBTQI+ and Roma communities and called on the government to step up its efforts to recognize their rights. read more.


NEWS FROM THE BALKANS

SOFIA

Bulgaria launches investigation into pro-Russian paramilitaries. The Sofia Prosecutor’s Office ordered the country’s counterintelligence agency to launch investigations into the activities of an alleged pro-Russian paramilitary organization after receiving a tip that the organization had committed crimes against the republic. read more.

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LJUBLIAN

Slovenian companies will benefit from the energy aid scheme. Companies will be eligible for help to combat high energy prices under a 1.2 billion euro plan that, while adopted by the National Assembly on Friday, is seen by some as too little too late. Read more.

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PRISTINE

Kosovo approves an energy strategy focused on renewable energy. The Kosovo government has approved the draft Energy Strategy 2022-2031 so that the energy sector serves as a tool for the country’s economic growth and increases business and employment opportunities for young people. read more.

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TIRANA

The Albanian Prime Minister criticizes the criminal rhetoric used against the Albanian diaspora. Prime Minister Edi Rama has spoken out about the prejudice Albanians face and the stereotype that everyone is a criminal, following several months of negative rhetoric from the UK following an increase in the number of people crossing the canal in boats to search for asylum. read more.


SCHEDULE

  • EU: The Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in its energy composition discusses reducing methane emissions, accelerating the deployment of renewable energy and more; Czech Presidency presents progress report on gas package;
  • Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis participates in the 2nd EU-Vietnam Trade Committee;
  • The Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, and Home Affairs and Commissioner Ylva Johansson take part in a meeting of the European Association for Integration with European Economic and Social Partners, on the integration of immigrants and refugees in the labor market ;
  • Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski participates in a meeting with the chairmen of the agricultural committees of the Visegrád Group;
  • the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, on an official visit to Jordan, participates in the Baghdad Conference and holds bilateral meetings on the sidelines;
  • The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, meets with the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, the Romanian Prime Minister, Nicolae Ciuca, the President of the Romanian Senate, Alina Gorghiu, and the President of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu; She addresses a joint session of the Romanian Parliament;

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[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Sofia Mandilara]

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