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SOFIA

In Bulgaria, a regional coordination center will be established to manage the use of the gas and electricity infrastructure and to coordinate additional gas purchases for the Balkans and Italy, the Deputy Prime Minister announced, and the Bulgarian Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev in Brussels following a meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Thursday (28 April). Read more.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV Bulgaria)

EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

Alarmism about food safety is “unfair and irresponsible”. Spreading fear of food shortages is “irresponsible and dishonest”said Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, who accused critics of using the war in Ukraine as a “pretext” to stand in the way of the EU’s ambitions for ecological farming. Read more.

(Natasha Foote | EURACTIV.com)

PARIS

The French Socialist Party could “disappear”, according to François Hollande. The former president of the republic, the socialist François Hollande, warned of the risk of disappearance of the historic party of the French left in the event of an electoral deal with the radical left. Read more.

(Davide Basso | EURACTIV France)

BERLIN

l’Germany prepared for a hiatus suddenlyby l’Russian gas supply. l’Germany ifhas long been prepared for the day it would be suddenly robbed of Russian gas, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement. Read more.

(Julia Dahm | EURACTIV Germany)

VIENNA

Austrian states call for dissolution l’veil ban in gardens by children. The Austrian states call for the abolition of l’veil ban in gardens bychildren, while federal ministries, currently led by the Conservative Party (ÖVP), want this ban to be enforced. Read more.

(Laura Kabelka | EURACTIV Germany)

THE HAGUE

The war in Ukraine feeds the discourse of Dutch right-wing extremists. Russian discourse on war in Ukraine fuels radical ideas of extremist groups, says Erik akerboomthe director of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD Read more.

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)


UNITED KINGDOM IRELAND

DUBLIN

Irish PM says Brexit and Northern Ireland problems hamper Protocol peace Issues related to Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol have: “obstructed” the Northern Ireland peace process, said the taoiseach Irish Michael Martin Thursday before a parliamentary committee. Read more.

(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)


SCANDINAVI AND THE BALTIC STATES

COPENHAGEN

Denmark will send tanks, anti-tank mines and mortar shells to Ukraine. Denmark will send armored personnel carriers (mountain bike) M113, anti-tank mines and mortar shells until Ukraine, reported DR News Thursday. Read more.

(Charles Szumski | EURACTIV.com)

HELSINKI

Nearly half of Finns are ready to cut their travels. Nearly half of Finns would be willing to reduce their trips and daily commutes if transport fuel prices continue to rise. This is according to a new survey. Read more.

(Pekka Vanttinen | EURACTIV.com)

STOCKHOLM

In Sweden, the Left calls for a referendum on NATO. The leader of the Left Swedish, Nooshi Dadgostarcalled for a referendum on the country’s candidacy for NATO in an interview with Radio eco Thursday. Read more.

(Charles Szumski | EURACTIV.com)


SOUTH EUROPE

MADRID

The Basque Independence Party “save” Spain’s anti-crisis package in parliament. The new Spanish government’s anti-crisis package, which aims to mitigate the impact of the war in Ukraine on the country’s economy, was approved by a narrow majority on Thursday. Read more.

(Fernando Heller | EFE)

Spain reaffirms NATO unity for l’invasion Russian from Ukraine. dThe NATO allies that remain united are the best way to win the war that Russian President Vladimir Putin waged against Ukraine, has Spain’s Defense Minister Margarita . reaffirmed on Thursday Robles Read more.

(Fernando Heller | EFE)

ROME

Italy extends the obligation to wear a face mask indoors, excluding workplaces. Wearing a mouth cap remains mandatory in schools, public transport and public transport events indoors but will be alone “highly recommended” at all workplaces from 1 May. Read more.

(Margherita Montanari | EURACTIV Italy)

ATHENS

Athens says it will “respect” Finland’s decision to join NATO. Greece will respect any decision Finland makes to join NATO. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced this on Thursday during a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin in Athens. Read more.

(Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV Greece)

LISBON

Portuguese Prime Minister reminds opposition what ‘real austerity’ is. Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa accused the opposition on Thursday of seeking to undermine the country’s international economic and financial credibility, adding that there are currently no austerity measures. Read more.

(Pedro Morais Fonseca | Lusa Portugal)


VISEGRAD GROUP

BUDAPEST

Hungary is willing to pay Gazprom in rubles. Hungary does not believe that Russian company Gazprom will cut off its gas supply and has no solution to replace it “overnight”† The Hungarian government announced this on Thursday, adding that it would pay Moscow in rubles if necessary. Read more.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com of Telex)

WARSAW

Polish municipalities are out of gas due to the suspension of supplies imposed by Russia. The community Novatek Green Energycontrolled by Russia, has halted gas supplies to several Polish municipalities in response to sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs and companies. read more

(Aleksandra Krzysztoszek | EURACTIV Poland)

PRAGUE

The semiconductor law will be the priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council. As the Czech Republic takes over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in July, the Czech Republic has reaffirmed its commitment to focus on the refugee crisis, independence and legislation on semiconductors. Read more.

(Ondřej Plevak | EURACTIV Czech Republic)

BRATISLAVA

Ukrainians buy off-road vehicles in Slovakia to send them to war zones. Ukrainians have started buying used off-road vehicles in bulk for use in areas where infrastructure has been destroyed after the Ukrainian government decided to lift customs duties on imported cars. Read more.

(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV Slovakia)


BALKANS NEWS

ZAGREB BUDAPEST

Hungarian and Croatian minority policies set an example for the EU, said the Hungarian foreign minister. Hungary and Croatia have pursued their minority policies based on the principle of protecting ethnic minorities and could thus serve as an example for the entire European Union, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Company foreign Peter Szijjarto Read more.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

BELGRADE

If Serbia allows military equipment destined for Ukraine to pass through its territory, it should not harm relations with Russia. The fact that Serbia allows rail transport of non-military military equipment destined for Ukraine to pass through its territory is not legally objectionable, the military analyst said on Thursday. Aleksandar Radicadding that he did not expect this to cause any damage to relations with Russia. Read more.

(EURACTIV Serbia | betabriefing.com)

SARAJEVO ZAGREB

Bosnia and Herzegovina police transfer illegal migrants. Police have transferred the illegal migrants to a reception center in lipaclose to bihacafter emptying a camp near the Croatian border in Velika KladusOhdo not reportstar Local media. Read more.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

SARAJEVO

the authorities of BiH suspend construction of new mini power plantshydroelectric. The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina have decided to suspend the issuance of permits for the construction of small hydroelectric power plants after a number of campaigns launched by national and international environmental groups. Read more.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

SKOPJE

The Speaker of the Parliament of North Macedonia was concerned about the number of graves in Ukraine. the chairman of pNorth Macedonia ArlynotTalat Xhafericsaid he would do everything he could to ensure that North Macedonia’s institutions and the public lend all possible support to war-torn Ukraine, along with the EU and the international community, after visiting on Wednesday the destroyed cityIrpin as well as what is left of theairport byhostel Read more.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV Croatia)

TIRANA

Volodymur Zelenskywill address the Albanian Parliament. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will address the Albanian parliament on Wednesday, after addressing numerous European legislators. Read more.

(Barbara Halla) † exit.al)


DIARY

  • EU : EU Foreign Minister travels to Latin America in Chile and Panama/President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola meets European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiórowski.
  • Germany : plenary session of the Bundestag in Berlin.
  • Austria : EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn meets with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
  • France : last plenary session of the conference on the future of Europe (CoFoE) in Strasbourg.
  • Latvia : Foreign ministers of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland meet in Riga to discuss cooperation and Ukraine.
  • UK : Conviction of tennis star Boris Becker after being found guilty of four charges related to his bankruptcy.
  • Bulgaria : Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov visits Romania.
  • Croatia : The Ministry of Regional Development and European Funds is organizing a conference in Osijek on the industrial transition of Croatian regions.

[Édité par Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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