CPMR Calls For Inclusion in NGEU

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime (CPMR) says it welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the EU Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. The deal marks a decisive step towards providing the regions with adequate and timely means to deliver the recovery in this uncertain moment. The agreement foresees to reinforce…

Raab Declares Breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration

Following the disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong, the UK Government has declared China in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Beijing’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration.” “China has once…

Vestager Appeals Court Decision on Apple’s Tax Bill

EU competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has decided to appeal the July EU General Court ruling annulling her 2016 decision ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion in state aid paid to Apple. Pedro Marques, S&D spokesperson on tax matters, commented: “We applaud Vestager for her willingness to push for more fairness in corporate taxation. We hope she…

SURE provides financial support to 16 Member States

The European Commission has presented a proposal to the council for a decision  to grant €5.9 billion in financial support to Portugal under the SURE instrument.  This follows  Monday’s proposals  to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. Including Portugal, the Commission is now proposing…

Guidelines to Prioritise Energy Projects

The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects that are fully in line with its climate policy, said the European Parliament. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy and climate targets for 2030, its long-term commitment on…

Will There Be a Summer Holiday This Year?

The Commission says it is supporting Member States as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism sector.  At a videoconference on Monday, EU Ministers discussed the implications of the coronavirus outbreak on the tourism industry – which accounts for 10% of EU GDP – and the recovery strategy for the tourism…

Regional voice in a global academic world

Regional voice in a global academic

I met with Ekaterina Tsaranok the Founder of the Modern Education & Research Institute, based in Brussels, which is dedicated to the modernisation of the teaching profession and to the adaptation of professors to the quickly changing educational environment. The  members of the Institute are universities and individual professors from the countries of Central Asia, the Eastern…

To Fear or Not to Fear? The Question that Will Decide Who Wins Ukraine’s Presidential Election

The Question that Will Decide Who Wins Ukraine's Presidential Election

The outcome of the presidential election in Ukraine is going to be decided not so much by the programmes or the personalities of the candidates, but by one question: whether more voters fear disruptive changes or rather deplore the current situation, writes Yuriy Sheyko. The Ukrainian leadership that has governed the country since the Revolution…

Paintings From a Russian Prison

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko are being exhibited at the Brussels Press Club. A journalist of the Ukrainian state agency “Ukrinform”, based in Paris as their correspondent for France, he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in Russia on charges of espionage. He was arrested while travelling to Russia to visit…