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In today’s news from the capitals:

BRATISLAVA | PRAGUE

Rising prices for building materials have led to increased budgets and delays, putting projects co-financed by the EU’s long-standing structural investment program at risk.

Yet the Commission is shirking its responsibilities, instead placing the duty “to analyze each case and determine the best course of action” on those managing projects in member states. Read more.

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EU INSTITUTIONS

Lyon’s catering industry still reeling from COVID. If foreign tourists start to visit France again, a return to normal is not expected before 2023, so restaurateurs in tourist cities like Lyon are counting on other levers to limit losses, such as French tourists and sales to carry. Read more.

Divided Parliament votes against EU carbon market reform. Lawmakers on the left and right wings of the hemicycle traded accusations on Wednesday (June 8) as the European Parliament voted to reject a proposal to reform Europe’s carbon market, the Emissions Trading System (ETS). Read more.

Keep calm and keep trading: Von der Leyen calls for solidarity to solve the food crisis. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for a show of global solidarity to address food insecurity caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, urging states to keep trade open while pledging EU support for the most vulnerable countries. Read more.

BERLIN

Scholz and the Liberal finance minister clash over nuclear phase-out. Chancellor Olaf Sholz (Social Democrat) has atomized a possible proposal to extend the exit from nuclear reactors, initially scheduled for the end of the year, put forward by Finance Minister Christian Linder (FDP). Read more.

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PARIS

Lyon’s catering industry still reeling from COVID. If foreign tourists start to visit France again, a return to normal is not expected before 2023, so restaurateurs in tourist cities like Lyon are counting on other levers to limit losses, such as French tourists and sales to carry. Read more.

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THE HAGUE

The Dutch will invest in entrepreneurs to fight organized crime. Entrepreneurs will receive funds to help fight organized crime according to a new plan proposed by Minister of Justice and Security Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius. Read more.

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VIENNA

Calls to abandon Austria’s “failed army reform” are growing. Confirmed media reports that Austrian State Secretary General for Defense Dieter Kandlhofer will step down have sparked calls to abandon the “failed” army reform he led. Read more.


UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND

DUBLIN

Unilateral action by the UK on the protocol would be a “historic low point”, said the Irish Prime Minister. Unilateral action by the UK to remove parts of the Northern Ireland protocol would mark a “historic low point”, Taoiseach Micheál Martin told MPs in an address to the European Parliament on Wednesday. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

HELSINKI | DUBLIN

Finnish and Irish foreign ministers agree on NATO, Ukraine, Brexit. The foreign ministers of Finland and Ireland shared their views on NATO, Ukraine and Brexit in Helsinki on Tuesday and commented on French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks about not humiliating Russia . Read more.

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STOCKHOLM

Swedish lawmakers criticize the outgoing government in the last session. The right-wing opposition has accused the ruling Social Democrats of presiding over an “eight-year fiasco” during the last Riksdag session before the autumn elections. Read more.

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VILNIUS

Russian Duma questions Lithuania’s independence. Draft law submitted to Russian State Duma calls for repeal the Decree of the State Council of the USSR “On the recognition of the independence of the Republic of Lithuania”. Read more.


SOUTHERN EUROPE

LISBON | MADRID

‘Climate chaos’: Activists furious as Brussels approves Iberian energy mechanism. The European Commission on Wednesday approved an €8.4 billion Spanish and Portuguese scheme aimed at reducing wholesale electricity prices in the Iberian market by lowering input costs for gas-fired power plants. Read more.

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ROME

Italy’s fuel rush risks causing ‘irreversible warming’. New LNG import facilities planned in the EU – particularly in Germany, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands – could supply a quarter more gas to the EU than before, with Italy increasing its gas imports and production and deviating from climate targets, a report by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has found. Read more.

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MADRID

Spain is the least affected by the war in Ukraine, according to the Minister of Finance. Spain ranks among the OECD countries least affected by the war in Ukraine, with GDP growth of more than 4% predicted by the international organization for 2022, Spanish Finance Minister Nadia said on Wednesday. Calvino. Read more.


VISEGRAD

PRAGUE

Czech farmers protest against new small farm subsidy policy. Around 2,000 farmers gathered in Prague on Wednesday to protest the Czech government’s new policy of subsidies for small farmers, which they say will disrupt Czechia’s ability to produce food. Read more.

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WARSAW

Poland agrees to modernize the army with Ukrainian money. Poland will completely modernize its army using the money it obtained from the sale of equipment to Ukraine according to an agreement between the two countries, announced the government officials. Read more.


BALKAN NEWS

SOFIA

North Macedonia issue triggers political earthquake in Bulgaria. Bulgaria faces a snap election after the leader of one of the four-party coalition parties announced he was leaving the cabinet over disagreements over the EU budget and the prime minister’s plans to lift the veto on North Macedonia to begin EU accession negotiations.

Slavi Trifonov, former showman and leader of the populist “There is such a people” party, announced in a television appearance on Wednesday his departure from the coalition and the withdrawal of his four cabinet ministers. Read more.

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BUCHAREST

Romanian growth among the highest in the EU in the first quarter. Romania’s GDP increased by 5.2% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous one, making it one of the highest quarter-on-quarter GDP growth rates in the EU, according to data from the local statistics institute and Eurostat on Wednesday. Read more.

A Romanian MEP criticizes the Commission’s EU budget proposal. The European Commission’s proposal for the 2023 EU budget does not include clear answers on the war in Ukraine and the refugee crisis, said Renew Europe Nicu Ștefănuță, Parliament’s chief budget negotiator for the EU. EU, after attending a presentation by the Committee on Budget and Human Resources Johannes Hahn. Read more.

WESTERN BALKANS

Four deals and reputation management mark Open Balkan summit. The shadow of war in Ukraine set the tone for the latest open Balkan summit, which concluded with the leaders of North Macedonia, Albania and Serbia signing a series of agreements aimed at deepening cooperation in the areas of education, tourism, culture, in a context of controversy surrounding the initiative. Read more.


Agenda:

  • EU: Justice, Home Affairs and Competitiveness Council.
  • Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas meets several Ukrainian ministers.
  • European Parliament debate on the treaty revision convention.
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hold a press conference ahead of the talks.
  • The Netherlands: ECB press conference on euro area monetary policy.
  • Latvia: Nationwide ban on all Russian-based TV channels goes into effect.
  • Italy: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets Rome Mayor Roberto Gualtieri and President Sergio Mattarella.
  • Portugal: The Parliament examines several bills on the decriminalization of euthanasia.
  • Romania: Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca meets the IMF delegation.
  • Serbia: European Integration Minister Jadranka Joksimović, EU Delegation Head Emanuele Giaufret and Ukrainian Ambassador Volodymyr Tolkach visit an information point for Ukrainian refugees in Belgrade.

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[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Eleonora Vasques]