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The city of Vienna will restrict access to cultural events and hairdressers, bars and clubs to people who are either vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 by the end of the week – effectively barring the unvaccinated from participating in life social and cultural life of Vienna. In addition, the test requirement even for vaccinated people is also on the table. Read more.
The EU Presidency reaffirms its commitment to a positive outcome at COP26. Representatives of the EU climate negotiating team at COP26, including EU President Slovenia, and her chief negotiator Tina Kobilšek, reaffirmed their commitment to a positive outcome of the talks conference on the climate at a press conference in Glasgow on Thursday. Read more.
The Greens put the brakes on coalition talks. NOTnegotiations between the social democrat SPD, the Greens and the pro-business liberal FDP to form a so-called “traffic light” coalition are currently at the working group stage but could now be delayed. Read more.
Fishing talks between London and Paris will resume next week. Discussions will resume “early next week,” a UK government spokesperson said after UK Brexit Minister David Frost and French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune met on Thursday in Paris to try to ease tensions over post-Brexit fisheries agreements. Read more.
Belgian hospitalizations linked to COVID-19 are back to pre-containment levels. Belgium on Thursday reported an increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations returned to levels that forced a lockdown in October 2020, with the United States advising against visiting the host EU headquarters and NATO. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Irish Prime Minister warns UK against invoking Article 16. “It would be irresponsible, it would be reckless and it would be reckless to invoke Article 16 in response to the European Commission’s proposals, the United Kingdom’s Taoiseach Michaél Martin warned Thursday. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland could extend military appeals to women. An all-party parliamentary committee is proposing that military appeals be extended to women who would face sanctions for not running. However, conscription would only remain compulsory for men. Read more.
Russia has arrested thirteen foreign nationals near the Finnish border. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) last week arrested thirteen foreign nationals in the Vyborg region, not far from the Finnish border, the Interfax news agency reported. Residents of the former Soviet republics, Latin America and North Africa were heading to Finland in search of “better living conditions”.
According to the FSB, around St. Petersburg in October, more than 600 people were arrested for violations of the border law. The figures may indicate a growing refugee problem on the Finnish-Russian border. (Pekka Vanttinen | EURACTIV.com)
Latvia allows companies to lay off the unvaccinated. Latvian parliament on Thursday allowed companies to fire workers who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines or work remotely, as the country battles one of the worst waves of COVID-19 in the EU. Read more.
The new competition bill does not resolve the historic Italy-EU dispute over beach operators. The new competition bill that Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government introduced on Thursday contains the promise to map the current state of beach properties. This does not make it possible to liberalize the market for bathing service providers, an objective set in the Bolkestein directive, which has been the source of tensions between Italy and the European institutions since 2008. Read more.
Spanish Minister of Health: the COVID-19 pandemic is “stable”. The COVID-19 pandemic is “stable” in Spain, Health Minister Carolina Darias said at a press conference in Madrid on Thursday, noting that the situation in the rest of the EU is much worse than ‘in Spain, reported EURACTIV partner EFE. Read more.
NGO: Another migrant dies on the Greek-Turkish border. Greek cooperative daily Efimerida Syntakton (EfSyn) published another story of a migrant who died crossing the Greek-Turkish borders. One NGO believes this is due to pushback tactics implemented by Greek police and border guards. Read more.
The hearing of the US Congress is fueling questions about the future of Poland in the EU. Opposition politicians in Poland have been made to seriously question their government’s statement that the country remains in the EU and Washington’s intention to further support Poland in NATO. This came as a result of a discussion with the American Congressional Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe on the state of justice and fundamental rights in Poland and Hungary. Read more.
Beer brings Czechs to vaccination centers. People were more willing to be vaccinated against COVID after the announcement on Oct. 20 that pubs and restaurants would start checking COVID-19 certificates from Nov. 1, Czech health authorities said. People’s willingness to get vaccinated was visible outside vaccination centers, where people lined up for hours to get vaccinated. Read more.
The Fidesz MP admits that the government bought spyware used to hack journalists. Fidesz MP Lajos Kósa, chairman of the Hungarian parliament’s defense and law enforcement committee, admitted on Thursday (November 4th) that the interior ministry had bought Israeli spyware Pegasus, which press inquiries into revealed last summer that it was being used to spy on journalists, businessmen, and local politicians. Read more.
Slovakia is experiencing a rapid rise in house prices. Every region in Slovakia is experiencing a rapid increase in property prices, mainly due to low interest rates on mortgages, the pandemic and inflation. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
BELGRADE | TIRANA | SKOPJE
Vucic, Rama and Dimitrov agree on an implementation mechanism for the Open Balkans initiative. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Deputy Prime Minister of North Macedonia Nikola Dmitrov decided on Thursday (November 4th) in Belgrade to create a council that would coordinate the implementation of the Open Balkans initiative. Read more.
The Council of Europe criticizes Bulgaria for its treatment of vulnerable people. The Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture said in a report that it “strongly critical” the “persistent failure” of the Bulgarian authorities to solve the serious problems in social care institutions and psychiatric hospitals. He urges Bulgaria to quickly improve the situation and radically change its approach to the provision of mental health care and institutional social care. Read more.
No rapid resolution of the political crisis in Romania. As negotiations between the parties continue in Bucharest, the president does not plan to act as a mediator – a role conferred by the Constitution. Read more.
The Serbian “sugar king” buys Croatian Sberbank. Sberbank Europe announced the sale of its subsidiaries in Croatia, BiH, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia to Belgrade-based AIK Bank, Gorenjska Banka in Slovenia and Agri Europe Cyprus Limited. These three entities belong to the Serbian entrepreneur Miodrag Kostić, known in the region as the “king of sugar”. Read more.
Covic: Dodik is far from the only source of problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Serbian member of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, is far from being the only source of problems in the country, said the head of the House of Peoples of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and leader of the most Croatian party. important in Bosnia and Herzegovina, HDZ BiH, Dragan Čović. Read more.
Mladic’s mural in the street of Belgrade must be dismantled. A mural of convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic on Aleksa Nenadović Street in Belgrade will be removed on November 9, Center for Humanitarian Law founder Nataša Kandić announced on her Twitter account. TThe mural has been on the building since the summer, she said, adding that the tenants of the building have complained and demanded its removal, but the authorities have not reacted.
The mural appeared in July, and then someone added red paint to his hand of salvation, suggesting that Mladic’s hand was bloody. The red paint was then removed and next to the mural it read: “General, we thank your mother for having received you. ”
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)
- EU: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans receive a delegation from the US Congress / European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic meets with UK Brexit Minister David Frost to discuss the Northern Ireland protocol.
- Netherlands: The Supreme Court rules on a $ 50 billion case against Russia by former Yukos shareholders.
- UK: Climate activists demonstrate in front of the COP26 venue.
- Poland / Czechia: New Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa is heading to Prague today in a final attempt to resolve the dispute over the Turów lignite mine before the issue is officially brought before the highest court in the world ‘EU.
- Croatia: Place the first block in memory of Roma members killed in the Independent State of Croatia during the Holocaust on the square from where 69 Roma from six Roma families were taken to camps.
- Bosnia herzegovina: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will travel to Banja Luka on Saturday, accompanied by Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó. No information on coming to Sarajevo / US special envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, arrives on Sunday and will meet with Bakir Izetbegović and Dragan Čović, not Milorad Dodik.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]