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In today’s news from the capitals:

The EU and France are expected to press Kosovo and Serbia to discuss proposals to normalize relations in the latest episode of the region’s explosive drive when Balkan leaders meet in Paris on Friday.

However, analysts remain unconvinced as they say the results of EU-backed dialogue are scarce and the EU lacks the courage to hold Serbia accountable. Read more.

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EU INSTITUTIONS

EU farmers slam Commission’s ’empty’ fertilizer plan. EU farmers have criticized European Commission plans to support the sector against the fertilizer crisis, accusing the EU executive of offering farmers “almost nothing” ahead of the impending spring season. Read more.

The EU plans to strengthen infrastructure for better military mobility across the bloc. The European Commission on Thursday (November 10th) proposed a plan for “better connected and protected infrastructure” aimed at enabling rapid and seamless movement of troops and military equipment across the bloc. Read more.

The EU is tightening pollution standards for road vehicles ahead of the switch to electricity. The European Commission’s long-awaited proposal to reduce air pollution from vehicles was published on Thursday 10 November, slightly tightening exhaust emission standards for cars and vans and imposing for the first times limits on particles released by brakes and tyres. Read more.

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BERLIN

Something is wrong: Germany is going to launch a “special probe” on the Oder. The government will launch a special inquiry into the mass fish deaths reported in the Oder that sparked tensions between Berlin and Warsaw earlier this year. Read more.

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PARIS

Ocean Viking: The first real diplomatic crisis between France and Italy? France on Thursday denounced Italy’s “incomprehensible and unacceptable” attitude in refusing to welcome migrants on board the ship Ocean Viking, which has been at sea for more than 15 days, creating the first diplomatic crisis between the new governments of the two country. Read more.

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VIENNA

Austrian minister slams climate activists for sticking to dinosaur exhibit. Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler criticized activists who stuck to a dinosaur skeleton at Vienna’s Natural History Museum demanding an end to Austria’s Fossil Trail and a speed limit. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

STOCKHOLM

Germany refuses to build the Uniper nuclear power plant in Sweden. Energy giant Uniper will not build any power plants in Sweden, the company which will be 100% German state-owned from next year announced on Thursday, ignoring plans by its Swedish subsidiary Barsebäck Kraft to build a clean energy park. Read more.


SOUTHERN EUROPE

MADRID

Spain to maintain tax on energy companies and banks despite ECB warning. Jhe Spanish government will not change the structure of future taxes on big energy companies and banks despite warning from the European Central Bank (ECB) that this could distort competition from the EU. Read more.

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ROME

Meloni confirms Italy’s commitment to NATO and Ukraine. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni reiterated her government’s full support for Ukraine and confirmed Italy’s commitment to NATO after meeting Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Rome on Thursday. Read more.

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LISBON

Franco-Iberian Green Energy Corridor to strengthen Portugal’s ‘green’ energy credentials. The agreement between France, Spain and Portugal to strengthen energy interconnections could make Portugal a transit corridor and a “green” energy country, Portuguese Environment Minister Duarte Cordeiro said on Thursday. Read more.


VISEGRAD

BRATISLAVA

The Slovak defense chief said other states were exporting more military goods to Russia. Other countries, including all EU member states, export more products to Russia for use in the military sector than Slovakia, said Defense Minister Jaroslav Nai. Read more.

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WARSAW

European Parliament to review Poland’s murderous abortion laws. EU lawmakers will soon hold a public hearing to present lawmakers with a list of women who are believed to have died due to tougher abortion laws that created a de facto ban. Read more.

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PRAGUE

Czech MEP: Genomic techniques can help fight food crises, climate. The war in Ukraine and the need to ensure food self-sufficiency should prompt the European Commission to speed up work on new genomic techniques, Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL, EPP) told EURACTIV.cz. Read more.


BALKAN NEWS

LJUBLJANA

Slovenian foreign minister survives vote of no confidence. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon survived the no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition after the recent recall of Slovenia’s ambassador to the United States. Read more.

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SOFIA

Bulgaria admits personnel and equipment problems at the Turkish border. A dysfunctional fence, a lack of border guards and poor and insufficient equipment were among the issues raised by Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev at a parliamentary hearing called on Thursday to discuss the recent death of a border guard . Read more.

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ZAGREB

The Commission gives its preliminary agreement to Croatia for a second grant of 700 million euros. The European Commission on Thursday gave a positive preliminary assessment of Croatia’s request for 700 million euros in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the second tranche for the country. Read more.

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TIRANA

Albania and Italy are considering a water pipeline project amid Puglia droughts. Italian media have unveiled a plan to see Albanian water sold to Italy via an undersea pipeline to a region suffering from water shortages. Read more.


AGENDA:

  • EU: The Economic and Financial Affairs Council holds a meeting aimed at reaching an agreement with the European Parliament on the 2023 EU budget, in a 21-day conciliation procedure between October 25 and November 14 ;
  • Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski attends COP27, the UN climate change conference taking place this year in Sharm el-Sheikh;
  • Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation and Education, takes part in the STEM forum (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics), in Plovdiv;
  • European Parliament President Roberta Metsola meets Moldovan President Maia Sandu, Parliament President Igor Grosu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita; Holds a joint press conference with Sandu; Addresses the Special Plenary Session of Parliament;
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis hold a press conference;
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron leads the ceremony marking Armistice Day, the 104th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918; Debate on the war in Ukraine at the Paris Peace Forum; Migrants disembark from rescue ship Ocean Viking;
  • United Kingdom: Press conference following the Anglo-Irish summit;
  • Swiss: UN-Russia high-level meeting on cereals and fertilizers;
  • Poland: Annual march “for independence” organized by nationalist groups;
  • Turkey: Hearing in the trial of Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu accused of “insulting” election officials;
  • UN: US President Joe Biden delivers a speech at COP27;

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[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Sofia Mandilara]