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The Netherland’s and Austria’s resolution to dam Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen has bolstered the rhetoric of pro-Russian circles, with populist occasion Vazrazhdane (Revival) chief Kostadin Kostadinov saying the choice proves the EU’s hypocrisy in wanting Bulgaria’s cash, however not its residents. Learn extra.



Leftist MEP: S&D and EPP had ‘clear alliance’ to guard Qatar. The teams of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the centre-right European Individuals’s Get together (EPP) had a “clear alliance” within the EU Home to guard Qatar, French MEP Manon Aubry informed EURACTIV. Learn extra.

EU Parliament suspends work with Qatar as MEPs demand corruption probe. The European Parliament has suspended its work with Qatar as MEPs demanded the institution of an impartial ethics physique and inquiry into the Qatargate corruption scandal. Learn extra.

Biomass drives wedge in EU Parliament over renewables allowing guidelines. A cross-party settlement over a brand new EU regulation to spice up the deployment of renewable energies dangers falling aside due to disagreements over biomass forward of a plenary vote scheduled for Wednesday. Learn extra.



Extra of the identical: Germany to ship acquainted arms to Ukraine. Berlin will present extra navy help to Ukraine, however this might be restricted to the identical type of weapons which have already been delivered up to now, a authorities spokesperson stated on Monday. Learn extra.



France ‘involved’ by assaults in Kosovo. France strongly condemned the assaults on EU legislation enforcement officers in northern Kosovo over the weekend and expressed concern over rising tensions within the nation, a Overseas Ministry spokeswoman stated on Monday. Learn extra.



Austrian fiscal council urges authorities to reign in spending. The federal government ought to lower spending to fight present challenges which embrace prices referring to COVID-19 which proceed to be felt and exacerbated by rising prices, states the fiscal advisory council. Learn extra.



Dutch policymakers criticise government for going to media earlier than parliament. Policymakers are calling out the cupboard’s resolution to allegedly share calculations on the proposed new pension system with the media earlier than presenting it to the parliament. Learn extra.



Finland could finish arms embargo on Turkey for NATO’s sake. Finland could also be reconsidering its resolution imposed in 2019 to not promote arms to Turkey to hurry up its NATO software course of. Learn extra.



‘Qatargate’ spat extends to EU Gulf envoy choice. “Qatargate” has prompted shockwaves throughout Europe, and for now, a number of distinguished members of the European socialist group have been concerned principally Italians. However there’s one Italian who might achieve one thing out of this: Luigi Di Maio. Learn extra.



Spanish left-wing occasion proposes 33% further tax on supermarkets. A proposal to increase the ‘anti-crisis protect’, which features a 33% tax on the extraordinary earnings of enormous distributors and supermarkets, might be submitted by left-wing coalition member Unidas-Podemos to its socialist companion later this week. Learn extra.



Portuguese FM raises issues over MEP Qatar corruption scandal. Allegations of corruption involving MEPs are ‘very regarding’, as they ‘name into query the establishments of the EU’, Overseas Affairs Minister João Gomes Cravinho stated on Monday, including he expects penalties to be imposed on those that acted improperly. Learn extra.



Slovak authorities faces unsure no-confidence vote. The minority authorities faces a troublesome no-confidence vote on Tuesday, with its future within the arms of some undecided Nationwide Council members, with consultants stating the vote is only about survival as the federal government stopped governing way back. Learn extra.



Polish president praises Germany over Patriots deployment resolution. Polish President Andrzej Duda thanked his German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier for the provide to deploy the Patriot anti-missile batteries in Poland – a difficulty that prompted a minor diplomatic disaster between the 2 nations in latest weeks – throughout his go to to Berlin on Monday. Learn extra.



Hundreds of Ukrainians to provide arms in Czechia. A number of thousand Ukrainian staff will go to the Czech Republic to work within the arms business, confirmed the Czech Defence Ministry. Learn extra.



As tensions proceed in Kosovo, Vučić lashes out at Germany. As assaults proceed within the north of Kosovo and colleges stay closed, Serbian President Aleksander Vučić referred to as the German international minister a hypocrite and stated he’ll formally ask NATO to ship in Serbian troops on Thursday. Learn extra.



Police conflict with anti-government protesters in Podgorica. Montenegrin police clashed with protesters who rallied within the capital Podgorica on Monday after the federal government handed a controversial legislation limiting presidential powers and the parliament did not appoint judges to the constitutional courtroom. Learn extra.



Hackers proceed to leak knowledge from Albanian intelligence providers. Information on workers and suspects of Albanian intelligence providers have been revealed by Iranian hackers within the newest leak since authorities programs have been breached in July, resulting in the severing of diplomatic relations with Tehran. Learn extra.


  • EU: Extraordinary Transport, Telecommunications and Power Council discusses a brief emergency measure introducing a gasoline market correction mechanism;
  • Basic Affairs Council discusses transparency and concentrating on of political promoting, annual rule of legislation dialogue, enlargement course of and extra;
  • The School of Commissioners presents the brand new Safety bundle containing the revision of the anti-trafficking Directive and the duty of carriers to speak advance passenger data (API);
  • European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen participates within the Standing with the Ukrainian Individuals convention;
  • Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and Worldwide Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen attend the tenth ASEAN-EU Enterprise Summit;
  • Well being Commissioner Stella Kyriakides participates in videoconference assembly of the G7 Well being Ministers;
  • Jobs and Social Rights Commissioner Nicolas Schmit provides keynote speech on the “Powering the European digital transition-What can we be taught from Cedefop’s second European abilities and jobs survey” convention; Participates within the European Parliament Plenary session on “Council and Fee statements-A necessity for a devoted finances to show the Youngster Assure into actuality – an urgency in occasions of power and meals disaster”;
  • World Discussion board on the Ethics of Synthetic Intelligence, hosted by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union, beneath the patronage of UNESCO, goals at constructing a global coalition for the moral growth and use of AI worldwide;
  • President of the European Parliament Roberta receives Prime Minister of Slovenia Robert Golob;
  • European Parliament Plenary votes on the social variations created by digitalisation, long-term imaginative and prescient for the EU’s rural areas and extra;
  • MEPs maintain press convention on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism; Search and rescue: NGO staff on trial in Greece for serving to refugees; Julian Assange’s case: publishing shouldn’t be a criminal offense, and extra;
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron meets Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal; Convention for civil resistance and reconstruction in Ukraine takes place;
  • Finland: Belarusian opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on official go to;
  • Spain: Amnesty presents report on June 24 lethal incident on the Nador-Melilla border
  • Slovakia: Parliament debates opposition movement of censure towards authorities of PM Eduard Heger;
  • Turkmenistan: President Serdar Berdymukhamedov, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan maintain trilateral summit;


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

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