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Holding back EU funds through “blackmail” could endanger Poland’s energy transition, warned Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the sidelines of the COP26 summit in Glasgow. Continue reading.



COP26: Macron urges major emitters to increase their climate ambitions. In his opening speech at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the world’s largest emitters to catch up with and “raise” their climate ambitions. Continue reading.



Organized crime damage is increasing. According to the annual report of the Federal Criminal Police Office, organized crime caused considerable economic damage in 2020. In 2019, the authorities seized assets valued at 644 million euros, while in 2020 there were seizures valued at 1.02 billion euros, the report also said. Continue reading.

Great Britain and Ireland


Macron postpones sanctions in the fish license dispute. France will postpone a series of sanctions against British fishing vessels as crisis talks on French fishing boats licenses continue this week. Sanctions were due to come into effect on Tuesday, including a ban on British fishing boats entering French ports.

However, President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that talks with Boris Johnson’s administration would continue and British officials indicated they would consider any new evidence that would allow them to issue more licenses. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)



Irish Taoiseach: “Imperative” world reacts to climate change. It is “imperative” that the world respond to climate change, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin told reporters at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. He added that wearing Continuing current action on a national or global level would not be economically sustainable due to the effects of weather events due to climate change. Continue reading.



Finland investigates the injustices of the Sami people. The government has set up a commission to identify and evaluate discrimination, rights violations and assimilation policies that have historically been directed against Finland’s indigenous Sami. Continue reading.



The Greek government plans to send text messages to unvaccinated people to get a jab. The government plans to start the service as soon as it is approved by the Data Protection Agency, but has raised questions about the security of personal data. Continue reading.



Trieste will no longer allow protests in the town square after a spike in COVID-19 cases. The city was at the center of national demonstrations last month against Italy’s decision to make COVID-19 health cards mandatory for all workers. Every demonstration has been followed by an increase in new cases in the city. Continue reading.



Spain pledges to increase its contribution to the UN Green Climate Fund. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez pledged on Monday to increase the Spanish contribution to the United Nations Green Climate Fund by 50% from 2025 to 1.35 billion euros per year, reported EURACTIV partner EFE. Continue reading.



Czech auditors: EU fund management poses risks for recovery plan. The Czech Supreme Court identified shortcomings in the management and distribution of EU funds in the country, adding that this would pose a serious risk to the implementation of the national recovery plan, after which the Czech Republic would receive EUR 7 billion in grants from the EU. Recovery Facility Should Be Received. Continue reading.



The joke party goes alone despite the Hungarian opposition unit. The Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) will run in the spring parliamentary elections with 85 individual candidates on a separate list from the six-party opposition coalition, which tries to put up a single opposition candidate against Fidesz in every election. telex reported. Continue reading.



The two largest cities in Slovakia are connected by the Hungarian motorway. The Slovaks have been promised for years that the construction of a motorway between Bratislava and Kosice, the two largest cities in the country, to be completed. Hungary now has its. built own motorway from west to east, which now connects the two Slovak cities with each other. Continue reading.



Sofia accuses Skopje of using anti-Bulgarian idioms in elections. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry complained about “anti-Bulgarian speech” in the local elections in North Macedonia. Sofia’s concern is the PR campaign against Daniela Arsovska, who won the elections in Skopje as a candidate for the opposition party VMRO-DPMNE. Continue reading.


The rupture of a gas pipeline in Bulgaria has had an impact on the region. A 20-meter-long section of a gas pipeline that has been in operation since 1988 was opened on Monday night (1. Video recordings show that the accident occurred near a compressor station. Read more.



Romania’s Prime Minister-designate is giving up his mandate. Prime Minister-designate Nicolae Ciuca will give up his mandate as he was unable to raise support for a minority government. Instead, his party, the center-right PNL, wants to extend negotiations to ensure that a coalition is formed and the cabinet has a majority. Continue reading.



Croatia will spend 4.7 billion kuna on research and development in 2020. Croatia spent 4.7 billion kuna (626 million euros) on research and development (R&D) in 2020, 6% more than in 2019, according to data from the Croatian statistical office. Of the total funds for R&D, the largest amount was spent in the economy with 47.9% or HRK 2.3 billion, followed by higher education with 32.2% or HRK 1.5 billion.

Labor costs accounted for the largest share of R&D expenditures with 64.4% or more than 3 billion kuna. An analysis by sector shows that companies finance R&D predominantly with their own resources (72.7%). In comparison, the public and private non-profit sectors (63.6%) and higher education (62%) are largely funded by central and local government.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)



Janša calls for a realistic way to implement the climate goals. Prime Minister Janez Janša emphasized in his speech to the world summit of heads of state and government at the climate conference COP26 the need to create a realistic way to implement the goals of the Paris Agreement, also with the help of nuclear energy. Continue reading.



Serbia imports natural gas from Hungary after a Bulgarian pipeline ruptured. After a gas pipeline break in Bulgaria cut gas supplies in some parts of Serbia, Serbia imported five million cubic meters of natural gas from Hungary, Serbian Radio reported on Monday. Continue reading.



Federation with almost no gas. The BiH (Bosniak and Croatian) Federation, which occupies about half of the country, was on the verge of losing gas after a Disturbance on the gas transport route in Bulgaria, which interrupted the delivery to BiH. Serbia immediately managed to buy the necessary energy from Hungary. Continue reading.



The President of North Macedonia has not been officially informed of the Prime Minister’s resignation. The North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski was not officially informed of the resignation of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Continue reading.



Albanians most at risk of poverty in Europe. Above half of the Albanians were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2020, the highest percentage in Europe according to the EU statistics agency EUROSTAT. Continue reading.


  • EU: Introduction of the Global Methane Pledge at COP26 in Glasgow.
  • Germany: CDU holds press conference after the leadership meeting.
  • Switzerland: The Human Rights Council is reviewing the situation in Hungary.
  • Denmark: Nordic Council meets, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg takes part.
  • Estonia: Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson meets Estonian President Alar Karis in Tallinn.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Google and Amnesty are asking MEPs questions about technology and foreign policy in London.
  • Portugal: The Web Summit will continue in Lisbon, with Commissioner VÄ•ra Jourová taking part in the panel discussion and meeting Facebook VP Nick Clegg.
  • Poland: COVID-19 booster vaccinations will be available for every adult starting Tuesday.
  • Serbia: Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković in Greece on an official visit.
  • Montenegro: Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić begins his first official visit to Serbia.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]

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