Bulgaria “skips” EU sanctions after accepting offer from Russia’s Lukoil – EUROEFE EURACTIV

Bulgaria “skips” EU sanctions after accepting offer from Russia’s Lukoil – EUROEFE EURACTIV

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In the news this Tuesday from Las Capitales:


Bulgaria ‘skips’ EU sanctions after accepting offer from Russia’s Lukoil:

The Bulgarian interim government and the company Lukoil Neftochim-Bulgaria have agreed that the company will continue to operate and export oil products to the EU until the end of 2024, despite warnings from the European Union, provided that it pays its taxes in full such a measure would violate the sanctions regime of the blocks violated.

According to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy Hristo Alexiev, the move means an additional 350 million euros for the Bulgarian treasury.

“Today we took a very important step: from January 1, 2023, Lukoil will move all productions, revenues and payable taxes to Bulgaria and not to the Netherlands or Switzerland as before,” he commented on Alexiev during a briefing with management of the Russian oil company on Monday.

“Within a week after Bulgaria approves the relevant legal measures, the management of Lukoil will make a decision to move to a regime in which it transfers its actual profits from oil processing to Bulgaria,” the Russian company’s management said. CONTINUE READING

(Krassen Nikolov | EA.bg)


Rutte criticizes the Iranian government for the violent crackdown on demonstrators:

The Iranian regime cannot go unpunished for its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters who responded to the death of Mahsa Amini, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on his Twitter account.

Rutte lashed out at the Iranian regime Monday for handling protesters who took to the streets after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16 at the hands of Iran’s morality police.

He strongly criticized the death sentences that the regime imposed on some of the demonstrators.

“The courage of Iranian women is incredible. It is unacceptable that peaceful protesters were sentenced to death,” he said. On the initiative of the Netherlands, the EU has decided on sanctions against Tehran. “The actions of the Iranian regime must not go unpunished,” stressed Rutte. CONTINUE READING

(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.de)


Poles continue to support Ukraine despite missile incident:

Polish citizens’ support for Ukraine remains strong despite a missile blast on Polish soil last week, according to polling data released on Monday.

The study, conducted by United Surveys for newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and radio RMF FM, shows that only 19% of Poles believe the rocket attack in Przewodovo, near the Ukrainian border, will affect Poland-Ukraine relations.

“The government’s response [al incidente] it was sober and sensible so as not to affect our relations with the Ukrainians who are also fighting for our freedom. The Polish people remain ready to help,” stressed Norbert Maliszewski, director of the Center for Strategic Analysis, a government agency. CONTINUE READING

(Aleksandra Krzysztoszek | EURACTIV.pl)


Austria manages to significantly reduce its dependence on Russian gas:

Austria, which was one of the EU countries most dependent on imports from Moscow even before the Ukraine war (with 80% Russian gas) due to its heavy reliance on Russian gas, managed to reduce that number by 21%, according to the government.

Austria’s dependence on Russian hydrocarbons began in the 1960s when it received fossil gas at the behest of the Soviet Union for not entering the European Economic Area.

“We have taken a big step towards no longer being dependent on Russian gas,” said Energy Minister Leonore Gewessler on Monday. According to regulator E-Control, Russia’s gas share has fallen to 21%, despite the annual figure at 60%. CONTINUE READING

(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV.de)


The European Union of Journalists criticizes the lack of press freedom in Greece:

There are numerous factors hampering the free exercise of the journalistic profession in Greece, including distrust, economic insecurity and several cases of espionage against reporters, as revealed in an interview with EURACTIV.gr, the president of the European Union of Journalists. Maya Sever.

EURACTIV.gr interviewed Sever as part of the Samothrace conference organized by the Athens Union of Journalists. The participants, including Greek and foreign journalists, discussed threats to press freedom in Europe and Greece.

“At the conference, we witnessed attacks by government officials on reporters over the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) results, as well as distrust in the relevance of the MFRR report,” Sever said. CONTINUE READING

(Sofia Mandilara | EURACTIV.gr)


German employers reject the proposal for a new unemployment benefit:

The proposal by the German coalition (SPD, Greens and Liberals) to revise the unemployment benefit system has sparked heated debate. The conservative CDU and employers’ associations have indicated that the new benefit proposal is too high and does not encourage work.

The proposal, which was one of the key promises made by the governing coalition last year, would increase monthly benefits from the current €449 to €503 per person per month. The benefits are in addition to covering rent, heating, health care and some other benefits in kind. CONTINUE READING

(Jonathan Packroff | EURACTIV.de)


France shortens the duration of unemployment benefits:

From next February, the duration of unemployment benefit for the French unemployed will be reduced by 25%, as announced by Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt on Monday.

Dussopt presented the new rules that will apply to unemployment insurance after the final adoption of the Full Employment Act on November 17, 2023.

The maximum duration of compensation will be reduced by 25% compared to the current system. For example, a worker who is entitled to 24 months of compensation will only benefit from 18 months.

The French system will continue to be “one of the most generous in Europe,” said the minister. This applies both to the working time that entitles to compensation and to the conditions of the same in relation to the time worked. CONTINUE READING

(David Basso | EURACTIV.fr)



UE: The General Affairs Council discusses the long-term impact of cohesion policy on EU regions.

EC/economy: The President of the European CommissionUrsula von der Leyenattends a meeting of the College of Commissioners on the Autumn European Semester Package.

EC/Health: The health commissioner, Stella Kyriakidesspeaks at the COVID-19 conference on lessons learned from the pandemic and shaping a stronger health security environment in the EU.

EU/Space: The Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency (ESA) takes place in Paris. The Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Bretongives the opening speech.

EC/Innovation: The Innovation Commissioner, Mary Gabrielgives a speech at the handover ceremony for the EU’s strategic crisis management in Strasbourg.

EU/Presidency: The Czech EU Presidency is organizing an expert conference on eGovernment in Prague with the participation of the European Commission, Member States and representatives of the academic and private sectors.

ON WHAT: The President of the European Parliament, Robert Metsolaand von der Leyen attend the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the European Parliament.

EP/France: Metsola Meeting with the French Prime Minister Elizabeth Bornebelgian prime minister, Alexander DeCroothe Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta, Angel Farrugiaand the Swedish Minister for European Affairs, Jessica Roswall.

PE/Gender: The plenary session of the European Parliament will debate, among other things, the resilience of critical entities, gender balance, the budgetary procedure for 2023, the EU’s own resources system and relations with China.

PE/plenary/votes: A vote is taking place on the Common Fisheries Policy (PPC), the participation of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in EU programs, the role of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism and other issues.

PE/Immigration: The assemblyman Miguel Urban gives a press conference on search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

EU/refugees: The European Economic and Social Committee (ATTITUDE) Debate on the protection and integration of Ukrainian refugees.

Germany/ONU: The ChancellorOlaf Scholzreceives the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Philip Grandi.

Spain/Budgets: The 2023 budgets and the bank tax continue their parliamentary process.

Kazakhstan: Representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet for peace talks in Syria.

OECD: World economic forecasts are released.

HIM: Security Council holds session on Yemen.


Edited by F Heller

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