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Budapest Green Mayor Gergely KarÃ¡csony and independent conservative PÃ©ter MÃ¡rki-Zay said they would work together in next year’s opposition primaries and parliamentary elections in hopes of governing together, they said. Monday, Telex reported. Read more.
Nord Stream 2 begins to test gas flows. As Europe faces a gas price crisis and the prospects of a long and gloomy winter loom, the first section of Nord Stream 2 is being filled with gas for final testing. stage. If all goes well in the trial, gas could start flowing later this year. Read more.
The leaks begin as German coalition talks continue. After several days of silence on the content or state of mind of the first negotiations to form a coalition government, the conservative CDU / CDU reportedly leaked statements made on Sunday. Read more.
France hopes to become the world leader in green hydrogen. âI think we have the capacity to be the world leader in green hydrogen,â Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced on September 30 at the last meeting of the National Hydrogen Council. Read more.
Kurz supports early EU membership for the Western Balkans. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the EU to give the Balkan states a real prospect of membership ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit in Brdo on Tuesday. He also said he would support Slovenia’s proposal to admit them to the EU by 2030. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Electricity in the UK will be green by 2035, according to Johnson. All UK electricity will come from clean energy sources by 2035, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (October 4th).
Speaking in Manchester, where his ruling Conservative Party meets for its annual conference, Johnson told reporters that “we can do for all of our energy production by 2035 what we do with motor vehicles at internal combustion by 2030 “. The government is expected to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars after 2030. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)
Pandora Papers reveals that Ireland is being used as a âde facto offshore locationâ. Ireland is being used as a “de facto offshore site” for businesses and individuals based in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to Pandora Papers, which has seen millions of financial data documents leaked, reported the Irish Times. Read more.
The President of North Macedonia will pay a historic visit to Athens. The President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pentarovski, will pay a two-day official visit to Greece on Tuesday and Wednesday following an invitation from Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Both sides called the next meeting historic. Read more.
Center-left candidates are expected to win the first round of municipal elections in Milan, Naples and Bologna. After polls close in dozens of Italian cities at 3 p.m. on Monday, early projections predict victories for most of the center-left mayoral candidates – including in the country’s financial center, Milan. Read more.
An Italian court suspends the Puigdemont hearings pending the decision of the ECJ. The Sassari Court of Appeal on Monday suspended the procedure for extraditing former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain until a European court rules on the independence of the independence leader, his lawyer said in Italy, Agostinangelo Marras. Read more.
Three Portuguese politicians named in Pandora Papers. Manuel Pinho, Nuno Morais Sarmento and Vitalino Canas are three Portuguese politicians with “financial secrets” identified in the massive leak of financial documents “Pandora Papers”, according to the news portal Expresso. Read more.
It is still unclear where the returned migrants are in Belarus. The fate of the 20 migrants, including eight children, who were turned back to Belarus on September 28 after being first escorted to a temporary refuge in the town of MichaÅowo, in eastern Poland, remains unknown. Read more.
Czech police will monitor PM’s offshore activities. Czech police will look into the case of Prime Minister Andrej BabiÅ¡, who, according to the massive financial document leak on Sunday known as Pandora Papers, secretly bought a French chateau through offshore companies. Read more.
Pandora Papers feature more than 40 Slovaks. The massive financial documents leak known as Pandora Papers features more than 40 Slovaks, including wanted criminals by police, real estate developers and people on the US sanctions list.. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
Romanian political parties are preparing for a vote of no confidence. PSD, USR and AUR, the three parties supporting the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Florin Citu, have enough MPs on their own to sack the government, but this will escalate the political crisis. Read more.
The Slovenian government will restrict travel during the EU-Western Balkans summit. The Slovenian government decided to restrict movement in the capital Ljubljana, the resort town of Bled, and around the Brdo pri Kranju conference center during the EU-Western Balkans summit, fearing that protesters would disrupt what is considered the summit. of the Slovenian EU. presidency. Read more.
Bulgarian MEP files a complaint against the state. The European Court of Human Rights decided to prioritize jJournalist and MEP Elena Yoncheva of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats against the Bulgarian government. She accused them of starting a money laundering case against her to suppress and discredit her work, Yoncheva’s lawyer Mihail Ekimdzhiev told EURACTIV Bulgaria. Read more.
Protesters rally against compulsory vaccinations in Croatia’s largest hospital. About 50 protesters booed Health Minister Vili BeroÅ¡ outside Croatia’s largest hospital, KBC Hospital in Zagreb, on Monday morning. He was there to comment on the introduction of the EU’s mandatory digital COVID certificates for health and wellness workers. Read more.
Journalists condemn the “scandalous” trial against Croatian news sites. The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) has called the trial of businessman Josip StojanoviÄ Jolly against news portals Telegram.hr, Å ibenik In, Å ibenik News and Å ibenski Portal “scandalous”. He is claiming 6.2 million kuna (â¬ 820,000) in damages for their reporting which he says damaged his reputation.
“This is intimidation, aimed at preventing us from doing our job,” said Jelena ValentiÄ, editor-in-chief of Telegram.hr, an assessment supported by Ksenija Bilan, editor-in-chief of the Å ibenski portal, who recalled from many instances where business tycoons have attempted to influence local media. (Å½eljko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)
Pandora Papers shows that the Serbian Minister of Finance owned 24 apartments in Bulgaria. Finance Minister SiniÅ¡a Mali owned two dozen luxury apartments on the Bulgarian coast. Serbian crime and corruption reporting network KRIK made the revelation after its reporters received the documents via the Pandora Papers leak. Read more.
SARAJEVO | BELGRADE
Serbian Prime Minister in BiH, but not in Sarajevo: the construction of highways is more important than official visits. Upon arriving for a one-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian Prime Minister Ana BrnabiÄ reaffirmed that there was no cooling of relations between the two countries, but noted that building a highway to Sarajevo was more important for relations between the two countries than it and Serbian President Aleksandar. VuÄiÄ’s visit to Sarajevo. Read more.
Russia declares North Macedonian diplomat persona non grata. The Russian Foreign Ministry declared a Macedonian diplomat persona non grata and expelled him from his post at the Macedonian embassy in Moscow and the country. Read more.
Kosovo implements the license plate agreement negotiated by Brussels. Kosovo began implementing the agreement signed with Serbia in Brussels on September 30, providing for reciprocal treatment of state symbols on cars registered in the two countries. Read more.
Albanian Prime Minister warns against rising energy prices due to the crisis. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama on Sunday (September 3rd) warned against rising fuel and energy prices that will lead to “shocking consequences” for Albanians during the winter. Read more.
- Slovenia / EU: EU leaders to meet for informal dinner in Brdo pri Kranju to discuss relations with China and the United States
- Germany: The CDU-CSU is holding exploratory talks with the Greens with the aim of forming the government.
- France: European Commission proposes short-term measures to counter high energy prices in Strasbourg / Unions call for national strike for wages and jobs.
- Luxembourg: Eurogroup meetings and EU finance ministers meet.
- Netherlands: EMA holds press conference on booster vaccines against Covid.
- Sweden: Announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- Estonia: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits Tallinn as part of the recovery plan.
- Italy: IMF Director Georgieva delivers a speech ahead of the annual meeting.
- Portugal: The government will discuss the first draft national budget.
- Romania: The government led by Florin Citu faces a vote of no confidence in parliament.
- Croatia: A round table is organized on the possibilities of financing the economy through capital markets and alternative investment funds and the role of institutional investors in economic development.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]