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In today’s news from The Capitals:
Czech FM urges EU to buy foreign ammunition for Ukraine. The European Union is failing to supply Ukraine with enough ammunition on time, and the logical solution is to use EU funds to buy ammunition abroad, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský told Czech reporters over the weekend. Read more.
Greens pledge to cater to farmers, call for greater climate ambition. The European Green Party (EGP) has renewed its pledge to cater for farmers and agreed to try to bring forward the EU’s climate neutrality and fossil fuel phase-out targets at this weekend’s congress in Lyon in an attempt to fend off right-wing ‘attacks’ on the party and the Green Deal. Read more.
Solar industry calls for ‘emergency measures’ as manufacturers prepare to leave Europe. European solar panel manufacturers have warned they are “poised to shut down manufacturing lines” unless the EU takes emergency measures to save the sector, such as a buy-out of their inventories, which have piled up in recent years due to an influx of cheaper versions from China. Read more.
German conservative leader confident about future coalition possibilities. The leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats, Friedrich Merz, is convinced his party will lead the next federal government, he said in his weekly newsletter on Saturday, outlining potential coalition partners. Read more.
Parisians vote against SUVs heavy vehicles. On Sunday, Parisians voted to increase parking charges for sport utility vehicles (SUVs), but the opposition jumped to call it a democratic, ecological and social farce. Read more.
Belgium Presidency hopes for 11th-hour deal with watered-down platform work directive. Following failed interinstitutional negotiations over the platform work directive last week, the Belgium Presidency circulated yet another draft text, significantly watering down the file’s flagship chapter on the legal presumption of employment. Read more.
Spain announces minimum wage to ‘improve’ lives of millions. Spain’s minimum wage will rise from the current €1,050 to €1,134 gross per month, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (PSOE/S&D) announced at a rally on Saturday. Read more.
Poland launches import controls at Ukrainian border to protect domestic market. Poland has introduced stricter controls on agri-food products at the Ukrainian border to protect its domestic market from an uncontrolled influx of products, Deputy Agriculture Minister Michał Kołodziejczak said over the weekend. Read more.
Slovak farmers ready to join protests, call EU policy ‘green fanaticism’. Slovak farmers are prepared to join their European counterparts in the week-long protests that have rocked many countries in recent weeks, the Slovak Chamber of Agriculture and Food (SPPK) said, adding that the EU’s “green fanaticism” was to blame. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
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Moldova renews 5-year ban on Romanian far-right leader George Simion. The ban on far-right AUR party President George Simion from entering the Republic of Moldova has been extended for another five years, representatives of the General Inspectorate for Migration of the Ministry in Chisinau told NewsMaker.md. Read more.
- EU: Informal meeting of ministers responsible for cohesion policy expected to discuss opportunities of growth, social inclusion, and more, in Mons, Belgium;
- Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets with Parliament’s President Roberta Metsola; Hosts Chair of the Renew Europe Group Valérie Hayer;
- Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis participates in the Recovery and Resilience Dialogue with Parliament’s BUDG and ECON Committees;
- Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi participates in trilogue on Ukraine Facility;
- Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič meets European Investment Bank (EIB) President Nadia Calviño;
- Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: holds meeting with Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs & Social Development of the African Union Minata Samaté Cessouma, Director General of the Africa Centres for Disease Control Jean Kaseya; Meets with Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Monique Nsanzabaganwa;
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Sofia Mandilara]