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Norwegian and world enterprise mustn’t make themselves weak by changing into too depending on commerce with China, warned NATO Secretary Common Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, referencing Europe’s “mistake” of relying closely on Russian fuel. Learn extra.



Croatia to affix Schengen however EU ministers block Bulgaria and Romania. Croatia will be a part of the EU’s passport-free Schengen space in January after EU house affairs ministers authorized their utility on Thursday however once more blocked functions by Bulgaria and Romania. Learn extra.

EU to introduce targets for uncooked supplies self-sufficiency. The European Fee is contemplating targets to extend the EU’s self-sufficiency on key uncooked supplies wanted for the inexperienced and digital transitions, with targets of as much as 30% for a few of them, a senior EU official has mentioned. Learn extra.

Unsustainable soy-fed meat imports get free go beneath new EU legislation. Livestock fed with deforestation-linked soy merchandise will nonetheless be discovered on European grocery store cabinets beneath the brand new EU deforestation legislation, prompting outrage amongst EU agrifood stakeholders who warn this harms the atmosphere to the detriment of EU producers. Learn extra.



Renewable vitality delay is costing France billions: report. France is dropping €6-9 billion a 12 months in fuel imports as a result of the nation fails to fulfill its renewable vitality objectives agreed upon on the European stage, in line with a brand new think-tank examine unveiled on Thursday. Learn extra.



US provides Germany anti-extremism assist after failed far-right coup. Washington is able to lend help to Berlin in combating extremism, the White Home mentioned after German investigators found a gaggle of right-wing conspiracy theorists have been planning a coup. Learn extra.



NGOs ask Belgian Council of State to droop authorisation of two pesticides. PAN Europe and Nature&Progrès Belgium took authorized motion in opposition to the systematic authorisation of two cypermethrin-based pesticides, a substance linked to well being and environmental damages, the NGOs argued. Learn extra.



Finnish export corporations abandon Russia. Solely 4% of Finnish companies are nonetheless doing enterprise in Russia, in line with a survey commissioned by the Finland Chamber of Commerce, a big decline for the reason that invasion of Ukraine. Learn extra.

Finnish Finance Ministry requires expenditure cuts, tax will increase. The recipe to stability common authorities funds, cease the expansion of the debt ratio, and shut the long-term sustainability hole was revealed by the Finance Ministry on Thursday afternoon. Learn extra.



Italy bets on LNG for vitality independence, extra regasifiers wanted. The Meloni authorities should financial institution on regasifiers for liquefied pure fuel (LNG) to be vitality unbiased as quickly as doable, senior government of vitality large Eni mentioned. Learn extra.



Over 100 migrants attain Spanish island of Lanzarote on rafts. Eleven ladies and 4 minors have been among the many 103 migrants who arrived in Spain’s Canary Islands aboard two inflatable rafts on Wednesday night. Learn extra.



Portuguese cabin crew strike after failed negotiations. TAP airline cabin crew are on a two-day strike known as by the Nationwide Civil Aviation Flight Workers Union (SNPVAC) on account of a scarcity of settlement in negotiations on the brand new firm settlement. Learn extra.



Hungarian inflation hits document 22.5% in November. Inflation in Hungary reached 22.5% year-on-year in November, marking a brand new twenty-year excessive, with meals and vitality remaining the gadgets with the most important surges, whereas analysts warn that the current removing of the gasoline value cap may speed up inflation within the coming months. Learn extra.



Alleged Russia spy believed to have accessed Polish intelligence knowledge.  Tomasz L., who was detained within the spring, was a member of the fee for the liquidation of the Navy Info Providers in 2006, which was overseen by then-deputy minister of nationwide defence Antoni Macierewicz – one of the crucial influential folks within the Regulation and Justice Occasion –, journalists at TVN24 found. Learn extra.



Czechia to have ‘nationwide safety advisor’. Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala says he’ll nominate his present emissary, Tomáš Pojar, for the soon-to-be-established nationwide safety advisor place, which comes with the duty of coordinating intelligence and safety forces. Learn extra.



Romania vexed by yet one more Schengen refusal. Romanian politicians deplored Vienna’s “unjustified” choice to dam the nation’s entry to Schengen, with many voices calling for a boycott of Austrian items or corporations. Learn extra.



Bulgaria revokes 12 golden passports. Bulgaria has revoked 12 golden passports, and the process for 5 others is underway, Justice Minister Krum Zarkov informed Bulgarian Telegraph Company after a closed assembly of the European Parliament’s Democracy, Rule of Regulation, and Basic Rights Monitoring Group in Brussels on Thursday. Learn extra.



Skopje, Sofia pledge to fight hate speech via collaboration. North Macedonia and Bulgaria are working to keep away from tensions, together with hate speech and discrimination that’s nurtured by third events via cooperation in varied cultural and enterprise sectors. Learn extra. 



Kosovo president: Progress made in lobbying non-recognisers. After Kosovo unveiled plans to use for EU membership earlier than the tip of the 12 months, its president informed EURACTIV in an interview that progress is being made in lobbying the 5 EU member states that at present don’t recognise the nation. Learn extra.

Kosovo police improve presence in north of nation, Serbia reacts. Kosovo Police has introduced an elevated presence within the nation’s north, predominantly inhabited by ethnic Serbs, as Belgrade says it would ship in its personal safety forces. Learn extra.



Albania has highest charges of administrative corruption in area. Over half of Albanians mentioned they’ve been requested for a bribe, whereas half of these admitted they’ve given it, the best charges within the area in line with a brand new report on corruption by the Southeast European Management for Growth and Integration. Learn extra.


  • EU: Justice and House Affairs Council discusses strategic lawsuits in opposition to public participation, digitalisation of justice, environmental crime and extra;
  • Employment, Social Coverage, Well being and Shopper Affairs Council holds well being session with give attention to the battle in opposition to most cancers and vaccination;
  • President of the European Fee Ursula von der Leyen participates within the Summit of Southern European Union international locations;
  • Innovation, Analysis, Tradition, Training and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel participates through videoconference within the World Science Discussion board (WSF);
  • Justice Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen participates just about within the Sustainable Growth Objectives 4 excessive stage Steering Committee assembly;
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz hosts Estonia’s PM Kaja Kallas;
  • Spain: Europe’s strategic independence in vitality issues and financial governance, and the institution of latest fiscal guidelines, most important matters of the ninth EU-MED9 Euro-Mediterranean Summit to be held Friday within the Spanish metropolis of Alicante (east).
  • Portugal: Parliament votes on decriminalization of euthanasia;
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian president Rumen Radev will go to Istanbul on the invitation of the President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • China: PM Li Keqiang holds press convention with heads of main worldwide financial organisations;
  • Russia: Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu meets counterparts from allied international locations;
  • Kyrgyzstan: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Supreme Eurasian Financial Council;


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

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