(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 12 LUG - "The EU Commission has not yet completed the assessment of the Hungarian national recovery and resilience plan" and "if the examination takes more weeks rather than days, the Commission will propose to Hungary an extension" of the time of evaluation, exceeding the two months…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 12 LUG - In Slovenia, the government led by Conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa has lost the referendum on water held yesterday. The regional media reported as the counting of votes is almost finished. The 'no' to the government law was nearly 87%, whereas about 13% supported…
(ANSA) - SOFIA, 12 LUG - In Bulgaria, where the early parliamentary elections took place yesterday, after the counting of 95.22% of the votes, the conservative party GERB led by former PM Boyko Borissov, who remained in power for almost ten years, and the new populist and anti-system party ITN, 'There…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 12 LUG - The EU Council has decided to extend the sanctions against specific economic sectors in Russia for a further six months, until January 31, 2022, due to the destabilization of Ukraine. The decision follows the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 12 LUG - Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri has agreed to launch a rapid intervention at Lithuania's borders with Belarus to support the growing migratory pressure, following an official request for aid submitted last Saturday by the Lithuanian authorities. The EU's Agency…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 10 LUG - TRIESTE, JULY 10 - "With esteem and appreciation, under the banner of the excellent relationship between Italy and Slovenia, underlining the role of Trieste, a friendly city, 'bridge' of dialogue and daily cooperation between our countries and peoples, we shall continue to…
(ANSA) - STRASBOURG, 09 LUG - The European Parliament "condemns with the utmost firmness" the recent Hungarian anti-LGBTQI law and denounces the dismantling of democracy and the rule of law in Hungary. MEPs describe the law as a clear violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Charter, the…
(ANSA-AFP) - VILNIUS, 09 LUG - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was forced to interrupt a press conference at a NATO airbase in Lithuania on Thursday when jets there were scrambled to intercept Russian warplanes. Sanchez and Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda were speaking to reporters at the…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 07 LUG - Italy's ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marco Di Ruzza, met the Presidency College of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik. Di Ruzza presented to Dodik the reference letters sent to him by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella. On that occasion, Di Ruzza…
(ANSA) - MILAN, 07 LUG - German industrial production recorded a surprise drop in May. The decline is 0.3% compared to April, contrary to forecasts which had predicted a rise of 0.5%. The German Ministry of Economy reported. Over the year, there was an increase of 17.3%. The estimate was + 17.7%. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 07 LUG - "There is no suspension" of Hungary's Recovery Plan. "We are analyzing the plan to see if it respects the audit mechanism" and the other aspects included in the specific recommendations 20219-2020, said a spokesperson for the EU Commission. "The evaluation is still ongoing;…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 06 LUG - "The EU calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Viktor Babariko, as well as all political prisoners, detained journalists, and people in jail for exercising their fundamental rights. The regime must stop repression and injustice and call to account those who…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 06 LUG - Serbia recorded 1.732 bn euros of foreign direct investments in the first six months of the year. President Aleksandar Vucic reported, speaking last night on the private TV Happy. Vucic added that he expected an overall flow of 3 bn euros of foreign investments this year,…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 05 LUG - US special envoy for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer has called on the authorities in Pristina to respect the agreement on creating the Community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo. At the same time, he expressed criticism of the intention of the Kosovar side to sue Serbia…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 05 LUG - The European Commission is working on a letter of formal notice to Hungary for the anti-LgbtqI law. According to some sources, the explanations from Budapest in Brussels were not deemed satisfactory, and except for changes of direction by the Orban government, the opening…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 05 LUG - The further path of the Western Balkans towards European integration and stronger collaboration between the countries of the region are the key themes of the new regional summit scheduled for the afternoon as part of the so-called Process Berlin, the initiative that the German…
(ANSA-AFP) - WARSAW, 03 LUG - Former EU chief Donald Tusk returned to frontline politics against Poland's governing right-wing populists on Saturday, taking over as acting head of the opposition Civic Platform party. The 64-year-old co-founded Civic Platform (PO) two decades ago and served as prime…
(ANSA) - MOSCOW, 02 LUG - Ukraine has lifted a ban on land sales that has remained in place for nearly 20 years. As a result, the agricultural land market opened for the first time since Ukraine's independence: Reuters, Radio Liberty, and the Kyiv Post reported on their websites. From July 1, Ukrainian…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 02 LUG - Serbia's economic growth will stand at 7% this year, according to the forecasts of the UniCredit Group, which revised the previous figure upwards (4.2%), referring to 2021. Serbian GDP will then rise by 4,5% in 2022. The media in Belgrade reported the economic forecasts contained…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 02 LUG - Serbia has to meet all the criteria to join the European Union, and at the same time has to decide whether to stay with the EU or with Moscow, said Croatian President Zoran Milanovic. "I have nothing against Moscow, but Serbia has to decide between Brussels or Moscow, and…
(ANSA) - BRUXELLES, 30 GIU - "Ci aspettiamo una risposta dal governo ungherese" sulla legge che vieta la rappresentazione dell'omosessualità ai minori, "preferibilmente l'annuncio che la legge non entrerà in vigore, ma se la risposta non sarà soddisfacente non esiteremo ad andare avanti nel processo"…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JUN 30 - "We expect a response from the Hungarian government on the law that banned any portrayal of homosexuality or transgenderism to minors. Preferably the announcement that the law will not enter into force, but if the response is not satisfactory, we will not hesitate to move…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 30 - The unemployment in Germany rate declined to 5.7% in June, official data showed today. The unadjusted jobless rate dropped from 5.9% in May, the Federal Labor Agency said. The total number of people registered as unemployed stood at 2.61 million, 73,000 fewer than the previous…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 30 - One of the key events during the Slovenian presidency of the EU will be an EU-Western Balkans summit, to be held in Slovenia on October 6, the Slovenian news agency STA reported. The goal is to achieve a breakthrough by September "in terms of the EU accession negotiations…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 29 GIU - The EU is helping Norway deliver over 180,000 doses of the Covid vaccine to Kosovo after Pristina authorities filed a request for aid through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. A statement from the European Commission reported. The EC coordinates and finances up to…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, JUN 29 - The EU Antitrust has decided to extend the ongoing investigation into Hungary's plans to grant a 108 m euro public aid to Samsung to expand its battery manufacturing plant in Göd, near Budapest. The intention is to clarify whether the measure had an "incentive effect" and…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 29 - "The real battle for free Flag of Hungary lies elsewhere: EU politics must come together against corruption and systematic harm to democratic institutions," the Renew Europe MEP Guy Verhofstadt wrote on Twitter today. Verhofstadt attached to his post an image published by…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 29 - A new analysis of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shows an unbalanced picture related to the spreading of charging points for electric cars across the European Union. Practically 70% of all EU charging stations are concentrated in just three countries…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUN 29 - On 1 July, Slovenia will take the helm of the EU for the second time, replacing Portugal. The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will take place until December 31. "The Presidency is an opportunity to strengthen integration within…
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, JUN 29 - Greece on Tuesday said it had recovered a Picasso painting personally donated by the Spanish master to the Greek people, almost a decade after it was stolen alongside two other artworks in an audacious heist at the National Gallery. 'Head of a Woman', gifted by Pablo Picasso…