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SOFIA

A regional coordination center will be set up in Bulgaria to manage the use of gas and electricity infrastructure and coordinate additional gas purchases for the Balkans and Italy, Deputy Prime Minister and Bulgarian Finance Minister Asen Vassilev announced after a meeting in Brussels with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans on Thursday (April 28). Continue reading.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV Bulgaria)

EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

Food safety alarmism is “dishonest and irresponsible”. Spreading food shortage fears is “irresponsible and dishonest”said European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who accused critics of citing the war in Ukraine as one “Pretext” hampering the EU’s ambitions for organic farming. Continue reading.

(Natascha Foote | EURACTIV.com)

PARIS

The French Socialist Party could “disappear” according to François Hollande. Former President of the Republic, the socialist François Hollande, warned that the historic party of the French left was at risk of disappearing in the event of an electoral agreement with the radical left. Continue reading.

(Davide Basso | EURACTIV France)

BERLIN

L’Germany was preparing for a break suddenly»from I’Russian gas supply. L’Germany Whenhas long been preparing for the day it would be suddenly» deprived of Russian gas, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement. Continue reading.

(Julia Dahm | EURACTIV Germany)

VIENNA

Austrian federal states are demanding repeal I’Veil ban in gardens from Children. The Austrian federal states are calling for the repeal I’Veil ban in gardens fromChildren, while the federal ministries currently led by the ÖVP want to stick to this ban. Continue reading.

(Laura Kabelka | EURACTIV Germany)

THE HAGUE

The war in Ukraine fuels the discourse of Dutch right-wing extremists. The Russian discourse about the war in Ukraine fuels radical ideas of extremist groups, says Erik aker boomthe director of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). Continue reading.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.de)


GREAT BRITAIN IRELAND

DUBLIN

Irish Prime Minister says problems with Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol are hampering Peace . Having issues related to Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol “with special needs” the Northern Ireland peace process, said the Taoiseach Irish Michael Martin on Thursday before a parliamentary committee. Continue reading.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.de)


SCANDINAVIA AND THE BALTIC STATES

COPENHAGEN

Denmark will send tanks, anti-tank mines and mortar shells to Ukraine. Denmark will armored personnel carriers (mountain bike) M113, anti-tank mines and mortar shells to Ukraine, reported DR News Thursday. Continue reading.

(Charles Szumski | EURACTIV.de)

HELSINKI

Almost half of Finns are ready to reduce their travel. Almost half of Finns would be willing to reduce their journeys and daily commutes if fuel prices for transport continue to rise. That’s according to a new poll. Continue reading.

(Pekka Vanttinen | EURACTIV.com)

STOCKHOLM

In Sweden it is Left calls for a referendum on NATO. The leader of Left Swedish, Nooshi Dadgostarcalled for a referendum on the country’s NATO candidacy in an interview radio Eco Thursday. Continue reading.

(Charles Szumski | EURACTIV.de)


SOUTHERN EUROPE

MADRID

Basque Independence Party ‘rescues’ Spanish anti-crisis package in Parliament. The new Spanish government’s anti-crisis package, aimed at mitigating the impact of the war in Ukraine on the country’s economy, was approved by a narrow majority on Thursday. Continue reading.

(Fernando Heller | EFE)

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Spain reaffirms NATO unity before the I’invasion Russian from Ukraine. DThe united NATO allies are the best way to win the war that Russian President Vladimir Putin has waged against Ukraine. has Spanish Defense Minister Margarita reiterated on Thursday Robles. Continue reading.

(Fernando Heller | EFE)

ROME

Italy is expanding the mask requirement indoors, with the exception of workplaces. Wearing a mask remains in schools, public transport and e.g events inside but will only be “highly recommended” at all workplaces from May 1st. Continue reading.

(Margherita Montanari | EURACTIV Italy)

ATHENS

Athens says it will “respect” Finland’s decision to join NATO. Greece will respect any decision by Finland to join NATO. This was announced by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday at a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin in Athens. Continue reading.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV Greece)

LISBON

Portuguese Prime Minister reminds opposition of what ‘real austerity’ means. Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa on Thursday accused the opposition of wanting to undermine the country’s international economic and financial credibility, adding that austerity measures are currently lacking. Continue reading.

(Pedro Morais Fonseca | Lusa Portugal)


VISEGRAD GROUP

BUDAPEST

Hungary is ready to pay Gazprom in rubles. Hungary does not believe that the Russian company Gazprom will stop its gas supply and has no solution to replace it “over night”. This was announced by the Hungarian government on Thursday, adding that it would pay Moscow in rubles if necessary. Continue reading.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com With Telex)

WARSAW

Polish municipalities deprived of gas due to the supply disruption imposed by Russia. Society Novatek Green Energywhich is controlled by Russia, has halted gas supplies to several Polish municipalities in response to sanctions against Russian oligarchs and corporations. Continue reading).

(Aleksandra Krzysztoszek | EURACTIV Poland)

PRAGUE

The semiconductor law will be the priority of the Czech Presidency. As the Czech Republic takes over the EU’s rotating presidency in July, it has reiterated its intention to focus on the refugee crisis, independence and the EU legislation on Semiconductor. Continue reading.

(Ondřej Plevak | EURACTIV Czech Republic)

BRATISLAVA

Ukrainians are buying SUVs in Slovakia to send to war zones. Ukrainians have started buying up used SUVs in bulk for use in areas where infrastructure has been destroyed after the Ukrainian government decided to lift tariffs on imported cars. Continue reading.

(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV Slovakia)


BALKAN NEWS

ZAGREB | BUDAPEST

According to the Hungarian Foreign Minister, the Hungarian and Croatian minority policy is an example for the EU. Hungary and Croatia have conducted their minority policies based on the principle of protecting ethnic minorities and can therefore serve as a model for the entire European Union, the Hungarian foreign minister said on Thursday. Business foreign Peter Szijjarto. Continue reading.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

BELGRADE

If Serbia allows military equipment destined for Ukraine to pass through its territory, this should not damage relations with Russia. The fact that Serbia allows non-military military equipment destined for Ukraine to be transported by rail through its territory is not legally reprehensible, the military analyst said on Thursday Alexander Radicadding that he does not expect this to damage relations with Russia. Continue reading.

(EURACTIV Serbia | betabriefing.com)

SARAJEVO | ZAGREB

Bosnia and Herzegovina police transfer illegal migrants. The police transferred the illegal migrants to a reception center in Lipavicinity Bihacafter clearing a camp near the Croatian border in Velika Kladusa, Ohnot reportstar local media. Continue reading.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

SARAJEVO

The authorities of BiH suspend the construction of new ones mini power plantsHydropower. The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina have decided to suspend the issuing of permits for the construction of small hydropower plants after a series of campaigns by national and international environmental groups. Continue reading.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

SKOPJE

The speaker of the parliament of North Macedonia is concerned about the number of graves in Ukraine. The President of Pnorth macedonia arlynot, Talat Xhaferisaid he would work to ensure that North Macedonia’s institutions and public, together with the EU and the international community, do their utmost to support war-torn Ukraine after visiting the devastated city of Macedonia on Wednesdayirpin and what’s left of itAirport fromHostomel. Continue reading.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

TIRANA

Volodymur Zelenskyywill address the Albanian Parliament. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address the Albanian Parliament on Wednesday after addressing scores of European lawmakers. Continue reading.

(Barbara Hall | output.al)


DIARY

  • EU : EU Foreign Minister travels to Latin America in Chile and Panama/European Parliament President Roberta Metsola meets European Data Protection Commissioner Wojciech Wiewiórowski.
  • Germany : Plenary session of the Bundestag in Berlin.
  • Austria : EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn meets Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
  • France : final plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) in Strasbourg.
  • Latvia : Foreign ministers of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland meet in Riga to discuss cooperation and Ukraine.
  • United Kingdom : Conviction of tennis star Boris Becker after he was found guilty of four charges related to his bankruptcy.
  • Bulgaria : Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov will visit Romania.
  • Croatia : The Ministry of Regional Development and European Funds is organizing a conference in Osijek on the industrial transformation of Croatian regions.

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[Édité par Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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