Politics of Europe

EU needs to make the right choice

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:01pm

Some reasons of its own have also put the EU in a dilemma, such as its inexplicable sense of superiority concerning human rights and excessive insecurity over economic and trade competition.

Key Points: 
  • Some reasons of its own have also put the EU in a dilemma, such as its inexplicable sense of superiority concerning human rights and excessive insecurity over economic and trade competition.
  • In fact, the EU clearly understands the benefits of cooperation with China and the damage of politicizing and weaponizing human rights.
  • If the EU sticks to its current path, it will only turn itself into an accessory of the U.S.
  • Therefore, in order to prove its true ability to engage in "strategic autonomy" and participate in the game of great powers, the EU must first make the right choice, and avoid being led astray by its "ally" and therefore losing its strategic partners and development opportunities.

Joint press release by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission following their video conference with President Erdoğan

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 8:00am

Ahead of the March European Council President Michel and President of the European Commission von der Leyen had a videoconference today Friday 19 March 2021 with President Erdoan of the Republic of Turkey.

Key Points: 
  • Ahead of the March European Council President Michel and President of the European Commission von der Leyen had a videoconference today Friday 19 March 2021 with President Erdoan of the Republic of Turkey.
  • They discussed the follow up to the December European Council, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the forthcoming Cyprus settlement talks, and the state of play of EU - Turkey relations.
  • The EU side underlined the importance of sustained de-escalation and further strengthening confidence building to allow for a more positive EU-Turkey agenda.
  • They also discussed a possible visit to Turkey following the March European Council.

Forward look: 22 March - 4 April 2021

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 8:00am

The location and the format (physical or virtual) indicated for each meeting are subject to change.

Key Points: 
  • The location and the format (physical or virtual) indicated for each meeting are subject to change.
  • Foreign Affairs Council, Monday 22 March

    EU ministers of foreign affairs will be briefed about current affairs and exchange views on the Southern neighbourhood and Turkey.

  • Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Monday 22 - Tuesday 23 March

    Ministers discuss the state of play in the negotiations of the CAP reform package and the EU-UK fishing opportunities for 2021 and, for deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022.

  • Informal video conference of European affairs ministers, Tuesday 23 March

    European Council, European Semester and the Conference on the Future of Europe will be on the agenda of the General Affairs Council.

Integration of migrants: Commission and Committee of the Regions partnership for EU support to local action

Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 12:03am

Press release 19/03/2021 | Migration, asylum and integration of migrants

Key Points: 
  • Press release 19/03/2021 | Migration, asylum and integration of migrants
    The Commission and the Committee of the Regions are launching today a new partnership to increase cooperation and support to EU cities, regions and rural areas for their work to help integrate new arrivals.
  • The partnership is a follow-up to the action plan on integration and inclusion 2021-2027 that the Commission adopted last November.
  • The Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 referred to launching a partnership with the Committee of the Regions to start a political dialogue and promote learning and exchanges on integration for local and regional authorities.
  • The partnership builds on well-established cooperation between the Commission and the Committee of the Regions in the field of integration.

The European Committee of the Regions calls for a new Atlantic macro-region to better tackle Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 8:00am
Key Points: 
  • The
    opinion gathers concrete measures including:
    • The creation of an Atlantic macro-region according to
      the multi-level governance model of the Alpine
      macro-region.
    • The inclusion of fishing, shellfish and aquaculture
      as a pillar in the Atlantic Action Plan (APP), since
      the supply of seafood products is a
      Green Deal
      priority.
    • The extension of scope of the sea motorways in the
      Atlantic, allowing new connections between ports,
      emphasizing its strategic value in connecting Ireland
      with the continent in the post-Brexit scenario.
    • The development of a specific economic and budgetary
      tool for the Atlantic Strategy.
    • The adoption of regional strategies for the
      methodological development of the blue economy at local
      and regional levels.
    • The elaboration of an inventory of blue economy
      activities in each region by the CoR to create a real
      map of blue economy development within the EU.
    • The reinforcement of transnational cooperation
      between Atlantic regions to meet the objectives of the
      new AAP.
    • The creation of the conditions to foster work in
      multidisciplinary and multicultural teams and to align
      interests and agendas.
    • The harmonization of public funding in research and
      innovation so that available resources are allocated
      more efficiently.
  • The 19 regions involved in the project of an Atlantic
    macro-region are the following:
    • France: Normandie, Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, Nouvelle
      Aquitaine
    • Ireland
      (all): Northern and Western, Eastern and Midland,
      Southern
    • Portugal
      (all): Norte, Centro, Alentejo, Área Metropolitana
      de Lisboa, Algarve
    • Spain: Comunidad Foral de Navarra, País Vasco,
      Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia, Andalucía, Canarias
    • The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has put
      forward a set of proposals to strengthen
      cooperation between EU Atlantic regions to better
      tackle the impact caused by Brexit and the COVID-19
      pandemic.
    • The EU's assembly of cities and regions
      calls for the creation of an Atlantic macro-region
      that defines common strategies to boost blue
      economy priority sectors, including fisheries,
      commerce, tourism and transport.
    • EU Atlantic
      regions are located in four Member States: France,
      Ireland, Portugal and Spain.
    • The Spanish region of Cantabria has presented the
      opinion

      'A new approach to the Atlantic maritime
      strategy Atlantic action plan 2.0'

      .

    • It includes a list of concrete proposals to
      strengthen cooperation between EU Atlantic regions,
      amongst which is the creation of an Atlantic
      macro-region.
    • The creation of an Atlantic macro-region would
      greatly strengthen the alliance between Atlantic
      regions in order to better face the challenges
      brought on by COVID-19 and Brexit.
    • Background:
      Read here the interview with Paula Fernndez
      Viaa

      (ES/Renew Europe) on the Atlantic maritime strategy
      (published 15 March 2021).

    • In 2011, the European Commission adopted the Atlantic
      maritime strategy in response to repeated calls for
      more ambitious, open and effective cooperation in the
      Atlantic Ocean area.
  • ESMA to allow decision on reporting of net short position of 0.1% and above to expire

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 12:03am

    The measure, which has applied since 16 March 2020, will expire on 19 March 2021.

    Key Points: 
    • The measure, which has applied since 16 March 2020, will expire on 19 March 2021.
    • The overall level of net short positions is decreasing across the EU, reducing the risk that selling pressures could initiate or exacerbate potential negative developments connected with the evolution of the pandemic.
    • The EFTA Surveillance Authority, in cooperation with ESMA, has also decided not to renew their current measure applicable to EEA EFTA States' markets, that will therefore also expire on 19 March 2021.
    • The decision requiring net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above was first introduced on 16 March 2020 and was renewed in June 2020, September2020 and December 2020.

    ESMA to allow decision on reporting of net short position of 0.1% and above to expire

    Monday, March 15, 2021 - 1:08pm

    The measure, which has applied since 16 March 2020, will expire on 19 March 2021.

    Key Points: 
    • The measure, which has applied since 16 March 2020, will expire on 19 March 2021.
    • The overall level of net short positions is decreasing across the EU, reducing the risk that selling pressures could initiate or exacerbate potential negative developments connected with the evolution of the pandemic.
    • The EFTA Surveillance Authority, in cooperation with ESMA, has also decided not to renew their current measure applicable to EEA EFTA States' markets, that will therefore also expire on 19 March 2021.
    • The decision requiring net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above was first introduced on 16 March 2020 and was renewed in June 2020, September2020 and December 2020.

    PAO Severstal: Publication of Prospectus

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 2:08pm

    The securities referred to herein are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area ("EEA").

    Key Points: 
    • The securities referred to herein are not intended to be offered, sold or otherwise made available to and should not be offered, sold or otherwise made available to any retail investor in the European Economic Area ("EEA").
    • There will be no public offer of the securities in the United States.
    • The information contained herein is directed only at Relevant Persons and must not be acted on or relied on by persons who are not Relevant Persons.
    • Information contained herein is intended only for persons who are "qualified investors" within the meaning of Article 51.2 of the Federal Law no.

    EU extends mandates of six EU special representatives

    Friday, February 26, 2021 - 8:02am

    The Council has extended the mandates of six EU special representatives (EUSRs).

    Key Points: 
    • The Council has extended the mandates of six EU special representatives (EUSRs).
    • This year, the High Representative will appoint new EUSRs for the Sahel, Central Asia, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East Peace Process.
    • Background and next steps

      EU special representatives promote the EU's policies and interests in specific regions and countries, as well as on issues of particular concern or interest for the EU.

    • These include the six mentioned above and Special Representatives for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

    Benefits of EU's new Mediterranean agenda "must reach beyond capitals"

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 12:06am

    Recommendations by local and regional politicians highlight concerns about access to COVID vaccines and "huge" regional inequalities within Mediterranean countries.

    Key Points: 
    • Recommendations by local and regional politicians highlight concerns about access to COVID vaccines and "huge" regional inequalities within Mediterranean countries.
    • ARLEM's
      plenary meeting on 22 February was addressed by both the secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement.
    • Nasser Kamel, Secretary-General of the
      Union for the Mediterranean , said:"No person, organisation or region can face the amplitude of the current challenges on their own.
    • In that respect, the 42 Member States of the Union for the Mediterranean will only succeed by working closely with local and regional authorities.
    • The ARLEM plenary adopted two reports, both of them covering aspects highlighted in the proposed New Agenda.
    • One of the reports on " A new Green Deal for the Mediterranean: the Agenda 2030 for a Greener Mediterranean " was drafted by
      Agns Rampal (FR/EPP), Deputy Mayor of Nice.