(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 12 - "Greek authorities should investigate allegations of pushbacks and ill-treatment of migrants, ensure an enabling environment for NGOs and improve reception conditions," the Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic said today. In a letter to to…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 12 - In March, the industrial production rose by 0.1% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU, compared with February 2021, said Eurostat today. According to the statistical office of the European Union, in February 2021 the industrial production fell by 1.2% in the euro area and…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 12 - Anti-corruption prosecutors in Austria are investigating the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz over an alleged false testimony in a parliamentary commission, the daily Der Standard reports today. Kurz told the press that he always answered truthfully to the commission and…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 12 - Cases and deaths are continuing to drop in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe (CEE), the latest epidemiological update of the World Health Organization (WHO) shows. According to the update, a total of 280690 new COVID-19 cases (-25.5% compared to…
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, MAY 11 - Greece is stepping up vaccinations against Covid-19 of its island residents ahead of a planned May 14 launch to its tourism season, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Tuesday. "We are giving our islands priority... by opening up vaccination of their entire adult population…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 11 MAG - A sustainable and intelligent economic recovery to respond to the challenges related to blue growth, environmental quality, tourism, energy, and transport are the key themes at the 6th annual Forum of the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region (EUSAIR). The two-day online meeting involves…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 MAG - Spain supports the enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans, believing that growth would strengthen stability and security in the region. Foreign Minister Maria Aranzazu Gonzalez Laya said this. "We look at the aspirations of European integration of the Balkan…
(ANSA-AFP) - SOFIA, MAY 11 - Bulgaria's president dissolved parliament on Tuesday and called a new general election for July 11, after a vote last month failed to produce a government coalition. Long-time conservative premier Boyko Borisov's party came first in the April 4 poll, but in a badly fragmented…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 11 - The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany increased significantly in May, climbing 13.7 points to a new reading of 84.4 points, the ZEW Institute informed today. "This is the highest value so far since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic" and the last time the…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 11 - The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said he is satisfied with the results of German migration and refugee policy, but he added that he is expecting new problems, Der Spiegel reports today. "The number of migrants is increasing again significantly, especially on the…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 10 MAG - "The credibility of the EU in the Western Balkans is at stake. After the excellent response we gave in the pandemic's first phase, the difficulties in helping the whole region by sending vaccines generate a feeling of mistrust in the European Union. We look at today's debate…
(ANSA) - SOFIA, 10 MAG - The political crisis in Bulgaria leads to an interim government and general elections on July 11. President Rumen Radev confirmed. Tomorrow the head of state should dissolve parliament and appoint a temporary cabinet to bring the country to an early vote. "This is my duty and…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 10 MAG - "The Western Balkans dossier is the main topic of discussion at the Foreign Council today. We want to get an overview of the situation to see how we can be more engaged in the region, underlining why the Western Balkans are so important for the EU. We want to understand how…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 10 MAG - The improvement of the Covid situation in Slovenia has allowed a relaxation of the restrictive measures. According to what the Ljubljana government has established in recent days, starting from today on, in particular, table service will be allowed inside bars and restaurants,…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 07 MAG - Moving forward with Albania's EU accession process, leaving North Macedonia behind "could be an option," the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, told Euronews. "If difficulties arise again with North Macedonia" and it is impossible to find an agreement between…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAY 7 - German industrial output rebounded in March after two months of decline that had kept the country's recovery at bay amid continued virus restrictions, official data showed Friday. Production in Europe's top economy was up 2.5 percent compared with the previous month, the…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 07 MAG - At the informal summit of the EU leaders in Porto, the participants will urge eight countries to ratify their 'resources,' the last step before the European Commission can find the Recovery funds on the markets. The ratifications of Austria, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland,…
(ANSA) - UDINE, 06 MAG - BRUSSELS, MAY 06 - At the informal summit in Porto, EU leaders will address the Russia dossier after the diplomatic crisis with the Czech Republic and the concentration of troops along the border with Ukraine. EU sources reported. "I expect the leaders to address these issues:…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, MAY 6 - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that Brussels was ready discuss a US-backed proposal to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines. But she stressed that Europe's priority would be to boost global supplies, and implicitly criticised the US and…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 6 - New orders in the manufacturing sector in Germany increased by a seasonally and calendar adjusted 3.0% in March 2021 compared with February 2021, the German statistical office Destatis informed today. Excluding major orders, real new orders in manufacturing were 1.6% higher…
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, MAY 6 - Greece faces a new round of strikes and protests Thursday, the second in a week, over a controversial labour reform loosening working hour regulations. Ahead of separate street demonstrations planned in Athens and other major cities, union strikes are shutting down the civil…
(ANSA) - KIEV, MAY 6 - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday reaffirmed Washington's commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence during his visit to Kiev in a show of support after a massive troop buildup by Russia. "I'm here really for a very simple reason,…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 05 MAG - The visit to the Balkans of the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, on the occasion of the delivery of the first Pfizer/BioNTech doses ended today. The EU funded the vaccines with the mediation of Austria thanks to an aid package, which is worth 70 million euros,…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAY 5 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she remained convinced that the EU-China investment deal was an "important undertaking" even as strained relations complicate the agreement's ratification. "Despite all the difficulties that will surely arise with the ratification,…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 05 MAG - The story of the newborn babies who disappeared in unclear circumstances from Yugoslavian hospitals, particularly in Serbia, during the seventies, eighties, and nineties, arrives on the screens of Italian cinemas. The film 'Stitches - A private bond', by director Miroslav…
(ANSA-AFP) - ROME, MAY 5 - Italy launched a major international police operation against the 'Ndrangheta organised crime group Wednesday, involving law enforcement officials in Germany, Romania and Spain, prosecutors announced. It targeted two alleged clans of the mafia group, the Agresta and the Giorgi…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 5 - New cases and deaths continued decreasing in countries in Central- and Eastern Europe in the week ending May 2, but Poland still recorded the highest number of deaths in Europe, according to the latest epidemiological update of the World Health Organization…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 4 - "We care about the Western Balkans, we care about Bosnia-Herzegovina, standing by the country since beginning of pandemic. This is next leg of our common journey, hopefully out of pandemic," said in Sarajevo today Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement,…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAY 4 - People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to abide by curfews and contact restrictions in Germany under a draft law agreed by the cabinet on Tuesday. The law, which would also apply to people who have recovered from Covid-19, must still be…
(ANSA) - PARIS, 04 MAG - The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) president Delphine Ernotte has sounded alarm bells over pressure exerted on the public media in several European countries, particularly the Czech Republic. "I would like to send a message on the independence of European public media," Ernotte…