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More than a million Greek citizens who received one or both doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were left in limbo after the National Immunization Committee suddenly recommended that the vaccine be avoided for people under the age of 60. AstraZeneca’s landscape across Europe is fragmented as different recommendations have been made. Read more.
EU health ministers support a greater role for the EMA in the event of a pandemic. EU health ministers last met under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, and agreed on the position of this body for negotiations with the European Parliament on new rules to strengthen the role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Read more.
Borrell is preparing to present a report on Russia’s new strategy. The EU’s new strategy for its difficult relations with Russia will be based on hindsight, coercion and simultaneous engagement with Moscow, the bloc’s top diplomat Josep Borrell said before presenting a report on Russia Wednesday June 16. Read more.
Rising Russian Cyber Attacks Against German Parties. Germany’s Interior Ministry has warned that September’s elections in the country risked being the target of Russian cyber attacks. Read more.
Belgian MPs warn of “risk of genocide” against Uyghurs. The Belgian parliament’s foreign relations committee on Tuesday (June 15th) gave the green light to a resolution warning that there is a “serious risk of genocide” against the Uyghur Muslim minority in China. Read more.
The French government welcomes the suspension of sanctions between the EU and the United States. Several French ministers welcomed on Tuesday the agreement between the EU and the United States to put an end to the Airbus-Boeing dispute which has lasted for 17 years, describing it as “an excellent signal for French and European companies”. Read more.
IMF: Austrian economy does not need a post-pandemic austerity plan. Austria’s economy is doing well despite an increase in public spending due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Tuesday. Read more.
Luxembourg will finance a NATO space project. Luxembourg is preparing to contribute € 7 million to a NATO program to protect satellites from harmful debris and spot hostile activity in space, Luxembourg hours reported.
“Space is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, satellites are vulnerable to interference. Some countries, including Russia and China, have developed and tested a wide range of counter-space technologies, ”NATO said on its website when it presented its space strategy in 2019 (Anne Damiani | EURACTIV.fr)
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
The Irish Deputy Prime Minister believes that a united Ireland is possible. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he believes “in the unification of our island and I believe it can happen in my lifetime”, the Irish time reported on Tuesday (June 15). Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Lithuania says Belarus is helping Middle Eastern migrants cross its borders. Lithuanian Prime Minister said she believed Belarus was behind a recent spike in illegal immigration to Lithuania, following threats from its president that she would no longer prevent migrants from crossing its border western. Read the entire article.
HELSINKI | STOCKHOLM | COPENHAGEN
Three Nordic countries at the top of the sustainable development list. Finland, Sweden and Denmark top the list of countries making progress in implementing the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, according to a new UN report written with the German Foundation Bertelsmann. Read more.
Berlusconi’s party is considering the creation of a united right-wing party. Forza Italia, the party of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is considering the creation of a united right-wing party alongside the far-right parties, League and the Brothers of Italy, which have surpassed Berlusconi’s popularity these last years.
Various internal sources suggest that this idea was at the center of a discussion within the Forza Italia delegation to the European Parliament. The aim would be to create a party inspired by the British Conservatives before the next political elections in 2023. (Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)
Pardons expected for the Catalan separatists imprisoned in the “weeks to come”. The Spanish government is expected within a few weeks to pardon several Catalan separatists jailed for their involvement in the holding of an illegal referendum in favor of independence in 2017. Read the full article.
The Slovak Supreme Court announces a new trial in the murder of a journalist case. The Slovak Supreme Court accepted the prosecutor’s appeal for a retrial of Marian Kočner and Alena Zsúszová, both of whom were accused of ordering and organizing the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová in 2018. Read more more.
Further emails from the head of the Polish Prime Minister’s office, Dworczyk, have been leaked. the Russian messaging service Telegram released other messages, the first of which came to light last week, which were leaked from the email account of Polish politician Michał Dworczyk, head of the Prime Minister’s office and member of the ruling party. Law and justice (PiS). Read more.
The Czech opposition party files a complaint against Prime Minister Babis. The Czech Pirate Party (Verts / ALE) will file a complaint against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for his comments on the party’s migration policy. Read more.
Hungarian lawmakers pass Russian-style LGBTQI bill. Hungary’s lawmaker on Tuesday passed a set of laws grouping sexual minorities with pedophiles and seeking to erase homosexuality and trans people from schools and advertisements. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
Bulgaria will lose 25% of its population by 2040. Bulgaria has the fastest declining population in the world, and the population will decline by a quarter by 2040, according to a study by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University. Read more.
The vaccination campaign in Romania stops. Romania is far from reaching its vaccination targets and has even started to close vaccination centers due to low demand. As of June 15, less than 4.6 million people in Romania received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, below the government’s target of 5 million by June 1. After.
Slovenia appoints new Minister of Justice. Slovenia has a new Minister of Justice, Marjan Dikaučič, after the resignation of his predecessor at the end of May following the government’s decision to suspend the appointment of Slovenian members of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. After.
German and Serbian companies criticize corruption in Serbia. Serbia must do more to fight corruption and crime, representatives of the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (AHK Serbia) said on Tuesday (June 15th) in Belgrade. Read more.
Croatian President: The reference to Dayton has been contested by other EU states. Germany, Italy and some other Western countries have opposed reference to the Dayton accord in NATO’s statement following its summit this week, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said on Tuesday (June 15th). , adding that any changes in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) should not happen without Croatia and Serbia. Read more.
- France: President Emmanuel Macron will visit the largest European startup and technology event, the VivaTech Fair in Paris on Wednesday afternoon. From Wednesday to Saturday, the event will feature Apple boss Tim Cook, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton.
- Switzerland: US President Joe Biden Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet for the first time in Geneva
- Germany: Conference of health ministers meets in Berlin on summer restrictions
- Luxembourg: Defense Minister François Bausch, Belgian Defense Minister Ludivine Dedonder and European Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell will visit the Belgian military air base in Melsbroek.
- Spain: The National Health Council will meet to consider next steps in lifting the restrictions and debate whether face masks will be mandatory in open spaces this summer.
- Poland: At the request of the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, a secret session of the lower house of parliament (Sejm) will be held on the leaked emails of members of the government.
- Czechia: Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček will attend the Globsec conference in Bratislava, replacing Prime Minister Andrej Babiš who cannot attend the event due to health problems.
- Croatia: Parliament will continue its seventh session, with MPs debating the new electricity market bill, which, if passed, would allow citizens to buy electricity in any EU country.
- Romania: The government will discuss at a meeting certain fiscal measures and financial support for employees of closed coal mines.
- Serbia: Speaker of the National Assembly Ivica Dačić will start his two-day visit to Morocco while British Defense Minister Ben Wallace will visit Serbia. Meanwhile, President Aleksandar Vučić will meet with the Deputy Commander of the Ohio National Guard Major-General Steven Stivers, to whom he will present the Order of the Serbian Flag, Second Class for his contribution to development and consolidation. peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between Serbia. and the United States.
- Bosnia herzegovina: Parliament will debate the dismissal of Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić following his declaration that he does not recognize the Srebrenica genocide.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Paula Kenny, Josie Le Blond]