FK Leotar Wed, 14 Sep 2022 04:46:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FK Leotar 32 32 EU should establish reserves of key raw materials, says Czech Presidency – Wed, 14 Sep 2022 04:46:56 +0000

The European Commission should establish a strategic reserve system with key raw materials, said Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela.

The EU’s potential reserve system was discussed on Monday at a conference organized by the Czech EU Presidency Council.

Reserve systems for major mineral commodities have long been in place in the United States, Japan and South Korea. “So there are a lot of things to draw inspiration from,” Síkela said, as quoted by the Czech News Agency.

Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič informed that the EC is currently preparing a legislative proposal on critical commodities.

The conference was joined by representatives of EU Member States. They also agreed that the EU’s gross strategic reserves should be built up in cooperation with neighboring countries, such as Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ukraine and countries in Africa North.

“We also talked today about the fact that the European Union needs a new generation of geological studies of its own territory. We have been living for several decades with the idea that EU territory has been extensively explored geologically, based on discoveries from the 1960s, 1970s and maybe even the 1980s,” Sikela said.

Šefčovič stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic and Russian aggression show that Europe should not be dependent on imports from third countries. “Our ambition must therefore be to stand tall in all strategic areas and we must achieve open strategic independence,” he said.

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Great moments from the 1990s that you forgot Tue, 13 Sep 2022 22:51:00 +0000

Riots rarely start out of the blue – they are just the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Just like the Los Angeles riots. According Story, on March 3, 1991, Rodney King led police in a car chase while driving under the influence. When he was arrested, four police officers – like NPR reports, three of them were white – beat King for 15 minutes straight, in that King was left with a fractured skull, broken bones and permanent brain damage.

As History notes, Lakeview resident George Holliday filmed King’s beating and sent him to KTLA. People were outraged – it was just one of many cases of racial injustice and police brutality against minorities in the United States. The death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins, a black teenager accused of shoplifting orange juice who was shot and killed by a Korean store owner, reports NPR, has added fuel to the fire. Turns out she was just looking for her money when he shot her.

But on April 29, 1992, after the four officers were charged with excessive use of force, they were all acquitted. Three hours later, one of the biggest riots in American history began. According to History, with 2,000 injuries, 12,000 arrests, $1 billion in property destruction and 63 deaths later, the LAPD fired the four officers, two of whom served jail time. The riots were an urgent context for discussing racial inequality and police harassment of black communities across the United States

Are there privileged people among the returnees in BiH? Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:45:53 +0000

Over 113.000 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) still have the official status of refugees or displaced persons, even though the war ended 27 years ago.

At the state level alone, between 2009 and 2019, 382 million BAM (about 190 million euros) was invested in repairing houses and apartments for citizens who returned to their pre-war places of residence, according to data from the State Ministry of Human Rights. man and Refugees.

But aid often does not reach those who need it most.

The audit services have found that the competent institutions spend the money intended for the returnee population in a non-transparent manner.

What are the conditions for public invitation?

The public invitation of the Federal Ministry for Refugees and Displaced Persons lists the general and specific conditions that must be met by all those who wish the state to help them rebuild their pre-war home.

With documents, the potential user must prove that he is a refugee from BiH, a displaced person in BiH or a returnee in his pre-war place of residence.

The public appeal stipulates that the beneficiary of the aid can only ask to rebuild the real estate he owns, which is not suitable for habitation, and where he had a registered residence at the beginning of the war, in April 1991.

As a sixth condition, it is stipulated that the beneficiary of the aid and the members of his household in which he lived in 1991 do not have any other real estate, which is conditional on living in BiH.

Those who are qualifiedis lying not getting help

Radomir Dzigerovivs, from the Municipal Office for Displaced Persons of Derventa, claims that the municipality has no influence on the selection of aid recipients, as it is carried out by the entity ministries for refugees. The municipality only helps with the construction of roads and communal connections for water, electricity and sewage.

“The fact that the citizens complained, they are right. To be honest, I spoke publicly to everyone. Especially, some people who did not deserve to pass according to past criteria. And those who are poorer and maybe live in collective housing has not passed. What are the criteriaa? How is it possible? We all know how it works, but I’m helpless,” says Dzigerovivs.

He adds that he recently visited houses that were built in previous years and that 90% of them are uninhabited, although the beneficiaries sign a contract agreeing to live in the renovated property.

Official data shows that there are still 16.936 refugees outside BiHmost of them in Serbia, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy, writes Radio Slobodna Evropa.

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Turkey’s Erdoğan asks for Putin’s help in upcoming elections amid economic hardship Mon, 12 Sep 2022 22:01:31 +0000

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Facing serious challenges in the upcoming election in a struggling economy, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has turned to Russia for help to boost his cash reserves, rehabilitate his tarnished image and offer relief to consumers with significant energy price reductions.

Speaking to reporters after returning from a tour of the Balkans last week, Erdoğan revealed ongoing negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a reduction in the price of natural gas. “Russia has not imposed any sanctions on us. I had a discussion with him about the price [of gas deliveries]”, he told reporters. “If he approaches this in a positive way, then it would be the ‘crème de la crème’ because our goal is to provide as much electricity and natural gas as possible to our citizens. on more favorable terms.

Erdoğan’s popularity has declined in Turkey, and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has lost significant support according to polls, mainly due to soaring inflation and high unemployment, especially among young people, and rising food and energy prices. His first priority is to prevent Russia from cutting off gas supplies to Turkey like Putin did to Europe, and above all to obtain concessions from Moscow at a reduced price while Moscow looks for ways to circumvent Western sanctions.

The Turkish president’s public remarks during a trip to Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in which he sided with Putin to cut off gas to Europe, opposed sanctions and blamed the West to provoke Russia were partly aimed at pleasing Putin ahead of talks in Uzbekistan to help him. to be re-elected in Turkey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stand next to a Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet during the MAKS 2019 air show in Russia on August 27, 2019.

Erdoğan has already declared that his government will not join the sanctions against Russia and has opened up Turkey’s financial and banking systems to Russian oligarchs who wanted to evade Western sanctions and avoid asset freezes and seizures.

In his comments on the plane, Erdoğan said that some companies had already parked their money in Turkey because, he claimed, “there is no trust in any other country. But there is confidence in Turkey at this stage. My colleagues and I are conducting many meetings on this issue, and we have had positive results from these meetings,” he explained.

He boasted of an improvement in the Turkish Central Bank’s foreign currency reserves in recent weeks and attributed the trend to liquidity inflows to Turkey.

Erdoğan’s record on such tactics speaks for itself. For years, his government helped the Iranian regime circumvent U.S.-imposed sanctions, with Turkish state banks laundering money for Iranian entities. He and his cronies have meanwhile gotten rich from the bribes and bribes they got from such operations.

Investigations into the transplants in 2013 revealed that Erdoğan and his associates received a huge amount of bribes from an Iranian agent named Reza Zarrab, who laundered Iranian government funds using the state bank Turkish Halkbank to avoid US sanctions. The same investigations showed that Erdogan’s son Bilal had secretly taken money from former al-Qaeda financier Yasin al-Qadi, a close friend of the Turkish president, although al-Qadi had was at one time designated as a terrorist financier by the United States and the UN.

It is not just financial and economic benefits that Erdoğan seeks from Putin’s Russia. He also wants political support in the 2023 election. More importantly, he is after Russia’s lobbying power in Turkey, where Moscow has built up an extensive network of influence operations over the years. Many Turkish pundits and pundits, including former generals, often appear on Turkish debate programs, repeating talking points put forward by Moscow while lending their support to the Erdoğan government.

Russian pro-Kremlin outlet Sputnik has a Turkish edition, and its coverage has been very pro-Erdoğan in recent years. Although Europe has blocked Russian media such as RT and Sputnik on the grounds that they have engaged in “continuous and concerted propaganda actions targeting the [EU] and neighboring civil society members, grossly distorting and manipulating the facts,” the Erdoğan government allowed them to continue broadcasting in Turkey.

According to former intelligence officer Enver Altaylı, who has studied Russia for decades and believes that Russia has imperial goals, with Turkey being one of Moscow’s targets, the Turkish public’s negative views of the United States , the West and NATO during the Russian-Ukrainian war. must be attributed to the intelligence activities of the Russian FSB secret service, which spent huge sums to build a pro-Russian and anti-Western Turkey.

“Many journalists are paid with these funds for their propaganda in favor of Russia no matter what,” he said.

“You may have read that, according to recent polls, almost half of the Turkish public believe that Russia is not responsible for the bloodshed in Ukraine. This situation proves one thing: this Russian intelligence fund is very successfully managed in Turkey. Whoever manages the Turkish part of this fund should receive a medal from Russia! he wrote.

Indeed, according to a survey conducted in June by the Ankara-based company Metropoll and mentioned by Altaylı, some 48% of Turks hold the United States and NATO, of which Turkey has been a member since 1952, responsible for the Russian invasion. of Ukraine, while only 34% believe that Russia is responsible.

Retired fighter pilot Oliver Jenkins recalls his missions after the September 11 attacks | Hometown Patriot Mon, 12 Sep 2022 02:00:00 +0000

SHREVEPORT, La. — Like everyone across the country 21 years ago at this time, Oliver Jenkins was left stunned by the backdoor terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11.

“Shocked, amazed, completely surprised,” the retired Marine Lt. Col. recalled as the World Trade Center and the Pentagon burned.

But the former Marine fighter pilot would soon be in the air. He was stationed across the country in San Diego.

“Never in my life did I even imagine a scenario where someone would attack the United States on our own soil. There would be an American response shortly,” Jenkins said.

“I went to Miramar. We were on alert in case further activity occurred on the west coast. Two days later I flew from Miramar to Wake Island and then finally to Guam as part of the 911 response,” he continued. “I was truly the first plane to fly in the hemisphere. western United States after 9/11.

Jenkins patrolled to defend strategic US targets in the Far East in an FA-18 Hornet as the United States drew up battle plans against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then later there was another war with Iraq in early 2003.

“I flew the day of the invasion and I flew every day for the – I would say – the first four weeks of intensive combat operations in Iraq,” Jenkins said.

After initial airstrikes from Iraqi command and control centers, Jenkins provided air cover for ground forces on the march to Baghdad to oust Saddam Hussein from power.

“We encountered a significant amount of triple-A surface-to-air missiles,” Jenkins explains. “When you drop bombs on strategic targets, those targets are defended by anti-aircraft batteries or surface-to-air missiles. And that’s when you are most vulnerable.”

Jenkins had already flown over Iraq, enforcing no-fly zones after our first war there – Operation Desert Storm.

Jenkins also had combat experience in the war with Bosnia in the mid-1990s while flying an EA-6B Prowler. The aircraft and its four-member crew electronically jammed enemy radar sites – or destroyed them with missiles.

In all, Jenkins flew 150 combat missions during his 20-year career.

“I’m very proud of it,” he said modestly.

And to think he was on his way to a career in investment banking on Wall Street, after graduating from Dartmouth.

“I was pretty active and I wasn’t really ready to go sit behind a desk in New York. And I thought (the Marines) would be a great opportunity. do it for you know a full career. But glad I did it,” he says.

Jenkins continues to serve today at Shreveport as Chairman of the Airport Authority Board of Directors. He also served two terms on the city council, beginning in 2010 shortly after returning to his hometown. And he encourages others.

“We need people to step up in all areas, in my opinion to serve, whether it’s in the military or in their community,” he says.

Jenkins’ military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal. In addition to his public service, he has served as President and CEO of Phillips Energy since 2010.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches new route to Beirut Sun, 11 Sep 2022 07:33:00 +0000

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost airline, has announced the launch of its new route from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in Lebanon.

The new direct flights will connect Abu Dhabi International Airport to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut with a frequency of three weekly flights, starting October 30, 2022.

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Adel Al Ali, Group Managing Director of Air Arabia, said: “We are delighted to add Beirut to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s growing network of direct flights. The new service reaffirms our commitment to continuously provide our customers with a wider choice of affordable air travel, while contributing to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s travel and tourism sector with increasing direct connectivity to and from the capital.

The new route to Lebanon is the 25th destination served by Air Arabia Abu Dhabi after Egypt, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Nepal, Sudan, Pakistan, Oman, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia served directly from Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The carrier is continuing its expansion plan, with a growing fleet of just two Airbus A320s at launch to eight new aircraft today.

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi operates the Airbus A320-200, the world’s most modern and best-selling single-aisle aircraft. The aircraft is configured with 174 seats and therefore offers additional comfort with one of the most generous seat locations of any economy cabin.

The aircraft is also equipped with “SkyTime”, a free in-flight streaming service that will allow passengers to stream a wide selection of entertainment directly to their devices.

Read more: Air Arabia reports strong net profit of $122.77 million in the first half thanks to travel recovery

Building Homes for Heroes seeks to expand in-home gift program to first responders Sat, 10 Sep 2022 12:07:00 +0000

Proposal to add more beneficiaries comes as Army veteran accepts 300 milestonee residence

NORTH LAKE, Texas, September 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit organization that has provided mortgage-free housing to military veterans for 16 years, announced today that it is seeking to expand the national program to police, firefighters and other emergency first responders.

The decision to expand its mission to support first responders – a move unveiled the day before the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks – came as the organization marked a 300 milestonee house, given to an army veteran Jonathan Marchand. He had just returned from duty in bosnia when he suffered a quadriplegic spinal cord injury in a car accident.

Merchant, an Army specialist stationed in Texas’ Fort Hood, didn’t let that 1999 crash define it. Doctors told him that if he survived he could not expect to be on his own and would have a limited life. Instead, he regained some feeling in his arms, becoming a competitive cyclist, swimmer and triathlete.

He was the first quadriplegic to complete the half ironman distance in a race sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and he regularly competes in similar events. A certified life coach, he now seeks to inspire others in the face of adversity.

Founder of Building Homes for Heroes, businessman Andy Pujol, said the courage and sacrifice of veterans is inspiring, as is the work and dedication to the emergency first responder community. The addition of this group to the program reflects the organization’s commitment to honoring those who serve their country.

The organization, incorporated in New York, filed its home-based program expansion plans with the state attorney general’s charities office. Although Building Homes for Heroes cannot currently accept donations to benefit first responders, it expects to receive state approval soon, enabling fundraising for the new program by the end of the year. ‘year.

“Our goal will always be to donate, modify and build a house, every 11 days, on average,” Pujol said. “That will never change. But our organization was founded to support our heroes who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. who proudly don their uniforms and risk everything to protect us.”

Next year, Building Homes for Heroes hopes to offer its 343rd house around September 11, 2023in honor of the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department died on September 11, 2001.

At Saturday’s ceremony, Merchant, 45, and his wife, Stephanie, received an ADA-modified four-bedroom, three-bathroom home built by the award-winning company Texas homebuilder Highland Homes in partnership with Hillwood, a Perot Company.

Located in Pecan Square, a Hillwood Communities development in Northlake, it is the second home in the Building Homes for Heroes campaign, for the fifth consecutive year, to donate, modify and build 11 homes in 11 weeks, marking the anniversary of September 11th and Veterans Day.

“This amazing gift is more than just a home,” Merchant said. “It’s the financial freedom to start a family, physically to be able to expand our family. It’s the key to fulfilling the dreams in our hearts and doing something for ourselves that we couldn’t do alone.”

Merchant retired from the military after three years of service. He has received numerous honors including the Army Medal of Honor, NATO Medal, Liberation Hero Award, Basic Training Badge, and Infantry Expert Badge. .

Following the ceremony, a celebration is planned within Pecan Square for the entire community in recognition of Building Homes for Heroes’ 300e residence. Pujol, Perot and other dignitaries will be present.

Build houses for heroes
Building Homes for Heroes builds and provides mortgage-free homes, and performs home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides other services along their path to recovery to help them live promising lives. and fulfilling. The organization said 95.19% of every dollar donated in 2021 went directly to its mission, the 10th consecutive year achieving a program rating of at least 93%. It has also received a perfect 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for six consecutive years, including 100% for transparency and accountability. See

Hillwooda Perot company, is a leading commercial and residential real estate developer, investor and property advisor across North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties and home to many of the world’s largest companies, Hillwood is committed to delivering long-term value to our customers, partners and the communities we serve. Through its Communities division, Hillwood has delivered nearly 40,000 single-family lots in 103 planned communities in 13 states. These communities continue to raise the bar in terms of quality, innovation and the unmistakable sense of community that sets each property apart. See

Highland houses
Founded in 1985, Highland Homes is an employee-owned company that builds nearly 4,000 homes across Texas every year and is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted new single-family home builders. A commitment to excellence has earned the company numerous industry awards, including consistent high rankings by JD Power and Associates. See

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US unveils $2 billion in military aid for Europe and arms for Ukraine Thu, 08 Sep 2022 15:39:05 +0000

WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday unveiled nearly $3 billion in new aid to Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets with allies in Germany and Secretary of State Antony Blinken was making an unscheduled visit to Kyiv.

Along with a $675 million package of heavy weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles for Ukraine, the administration informed Congress of its intention to make available $2.2 billion in new foreign military funding . Recipients include NATO members and Eastern European security partners whom the State Department has called “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.”

The prospect of funding options for US weapons raises the stakes in a long-running sell-out campaign by Washington to be on the front lines as former Warsaw Pact countries empty the last stocks of Soviet equipment from their arsenals . Recent donations from these countries to Ukraine have made the need to replenish their stocks all the more urgent.

It also sets up competition, at least implicitly, with arms manufacturers in Europe, who are vying for the business, as well as with the European Union as a bloc, where officials are scrambling to accelerate the joint purchase of weapons and ammunition.

At the start of a meeting Thursday with senior officials from allied nations at the US Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Austin announced that in the coming weeks the US would host “senior armaments directors” from the countries. members of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. “They will discuss how our defense industrial bases can best equip Ukraine’s future forces with the capabilities they need.”

“Many countries continue to dig deep and supply equipment from their own military stocks. This may mean buying new equipment from their own defense industries, or even buying new equipment from other countries that they can send to Ukraine,” Austin said during the meeting, which was attended by the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian Minister of Defense as well as officials from allied countries.

Austin said countries working together should be able to “streamline processes”, shorten acquisition times and share best practices. The remarks come as Austin has launched an effort within the Pentagon to speed up the process of selling military hardware overseas.

Foreign military funding typically allows recipients to purchase U.S.-made defense equipment, and the State Department, which administers the FMF, told the aid on Thursday that it is supposed to help countries meet the weapons and equipment they sent to Ukraine.

Given the urgency of Ukraine’s struggle to repel the Russian invasion, the loans can also be used on a short-term basis to finance the types of Soviet-era weapons, parts and ammunition common to the ‘Eastern Europe. The State Department envisions Ukraine using the money after the war to rebuild its military training capacity.

“In the immediate term, the FMF will be used to meet the wartime needs of the AFU to provide it with the means necessary to win the war against the Russian Federation,” a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said. State, using an acronym for Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Of the loans, $1 billion will be made available to Ukraine. The rest will be split between 18 other countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The loans “could support” the purchase of a wide range of equipment, ranging from high-end integrated air and missile defense systems and fixed-wing aircraft like the F-16 to small arms and ammunition, the official said. state department.

And recipients can use the loans for a wide range of reasons: to “deter and defend against emerging threats to their sovereignty and territorial integrity, increase the professionalization and modernization of their security forces, improve military integration partners with NATO and strengthen cyber, hybrid defensive systems”. warfare and conventional capabilities to counter Russian influence and aggression,” the State Department said.

Although Congress must approve the proposal, it has already appropriated the money through May’s $40 billion Ukraine aid package and the State Department’s permanent fund to counter the Russian influence.

The $675 million US military equipment package to be drawn from US military stocks includes more high-velocity anti-radiation missiles, intended to focus on Russian artillery, as well as ammunition for anti-radiation systems. High Mobility Artillery Rockets, or HIMARS, sent to Ukraine. .

This package also includes 105mm howitzers, 36,000 artillery shells, 100 Humvees, armored ambulances, anti-tank systems and more.

Austin said the group came together to renew their long-term commitment to military support.

“We will work together to help integrate Ukraine’s capabilities and strengthen its long-term joint operations,” Austin said at the meeting. “We will work together to modernize our defense industrial bases to meet Ukraine’s long-term needs. And we will work together for production and innovation to meet Ukraine’s long-term self-defense needs.

Austin said “the war is at another key moment” as Ukrainian forces begin their counteroffensive in the south of the country.

“We are now seeing the demonstrable success of our joint efforts on the battlefield,” he added. “The face of war is changing, and so is the mission of this contact group,”

The United States has committed $14.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

Joe Gould is the Pentagon’s senior reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He was previously a congressional reporter.

Sebastian Sprenger is associate editor for Europe at Defense News, reporting on the state of the defense market in the region, as well as US-European cooperation and multinational investments in defense and global security. Previously, he was editor of Defense News. He is based in Cologne, Germany.

Transforming Education by Joyce Banda, Danilo Türk and Jorge Quiroga Thu, 08 Sep 2022 15:16:00 +0000

At a time when investing in children should be an urgent priority, many governments in developing countries have had to cut their education budgets. A new global compact between these countries and the developed economies that provide donor aid could generate billions of dollars in additional funding for schools.

EDINBURGH – Global education is in crisis. Today, nearly 300 million children do not go to school and 800 million young people will leave school without any qualifications. Recent data shows that global learning poverty in low- and middle-income countries is estimated at 70%, with more than half of the world’s children unable to read or write simple text by age ten years old and no recognized skills for the workplace when they leave school. Coupled with the ‘violation’ of children’s right to education, as evidenced by these high levels of learning poverty, this is bound to have a devastating impact on the future productivity, earnings and well-being of this generation of children. and young people, their families, and the global economy.

This failure to provide inclusive and equitable quality education for all puts us at grave risk of not achieving the laudable goals of the Sustainable Development Goal for education (SDG4) and the many other SDGs that depend on it. It also means that we only plan for half of our future.

Education budgets in low- and lower-middle-income countries will need to more than double, to $3 trillion, by 2030 if we are to achieve SDG4. If we do not correct the gaps in investment in education, the loss of income for the current generation of school-aged children and youth is expected to reach more than 15% of current global GDP ($21 trillion). This economic cost will be borne disproportionately by low- and middle-income countries and their students, further deepening already severe inequalities and intergenerational divides, as well as gaps and divides between and within countries.

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Launch of the European ANSA/Anti-fake news alliance for news agencies – Lifestyle Wed, 07 Sep 2022 14:25:00 +0000

(ANSA) – BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 7 – A common platform to tell the story of the Europe of the future – this is the mission of the European Newsroom (ENR), which was inaugurated on Tuesday evening in Brussels at the premises of Belga News Agency.

The project, funded by the European Commission, involves the participation of 18 news agencies, including ANSA, AFP and the German dpa, which coordinates the initiative.

“The war launched by Russia against Ukraine, rising energy prices and climate change know no borders,” European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova told the opening. of the event.

“To better grasp the big picture, readers need a cross-border dimension and a constant reference to the fact that European countries are not isolated, they depend on each other”.

Citing various forms of pressure on the media, ranging from physical threats to economic pressure, Ms. Jourova stressed the need for instruments to ensure that no media “turns into a means of propaganda”.

She announced that next week the European Commission will present the Media Freedom Act, a set of regulations to protect media freedom in the EU.

Others present at the inauguration included European Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, Commissioner for Promoting Our European Way of Life; Ambassador Francesco Maria Talò, Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO; Stefano De Alessandri, CEO of ANSA, and Peter Kropsh, CEO of dpa.

“A collaboration between European news agencies to share best practices, improve the quality of information and fight against misinformation: this is what the European Newsroom is all about,” said De Alessandri during the event.

European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni was on the same wavelength and underlined the crucial role of press agencies in “providing objective and precise information”.

“They are key to building a common understanding of the facts and to countering the growing problem of disinformation and outright propaganda,” Gentiloni said.

“As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts” In this context, I am convinced that the European Newsroom will bring EU activities closer to home, improve the quality of public debate and will strengthen our democracies”.

The project aims to promote a spirit of cooperation between journalists from EU countries and candidate countries, to strengthen the European information network and citizens’ access to quality information in order to contain wave of misinformation.

In addition to reporting, journalists from relevant agencies will also participate in trainings on issues such as fake news and fact-checking, for example.

The agencies involved in the initiative are: dpa (Germany), AFP (France), AGERPRES (Romania), ANSA (Italy), APA (Austria), ATA (Albania), Belga (Belgium), BTA (Bulgaria), EFE (Spain), Europa Press (Spain), FENA (Bosnia and Herzegovina), HINA (Croatia), MIA (North Macedonia), STA (Slovenia), Tanjug (Serbia) and TASR (Slovakia).

In addition, Pap (Poland) and Ukrinform (Ukraine) have the status of partner press agency.

The ENR’s multilingual site can be consulted at the address (ANSA).