The German government has suspended an agreement with Italy to voluntarily take in refugees due to Italy’s refusal to respect the Dublin rules. In other news: Slovenia and Luxembourg pledge for equal treatment of all EU candidates and the preservation of Schengen. Slovak and Hungarian police are combating illegal migration together.
This week, attention will turn to the State of the Union speech that Ursula von der Leyen will give to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the last of her current term. In other news: Slovenia’s PM Golob calls for accession talks with Bosnia and Bulgaria’s PM sees the euro as a stability factor against inflation.
More investment and less debt in the name of climate: These demands on rich countries were being voiced at Africa’s first climate summit in Kenya. The continent is vulnerable to the growing impacts of climate change, though not a victim, stressed its leaders, but rather a long-ignored ally in the fight against global warming.
Europe in brief: Gentiloni believes agreement on Stability and Growth Pact will be reached by the end of the year
For the European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, there should be no further postponements on the reform of the Stability and Growth Pact. In other news: The city of Brussels is worried about security, as Belgium decided to no longer house single men seeking asylum. Also: Charles Michel insists on setting 2030 as the date for EU-Enlargement.
Over 4,000 migrants are currently on the Italian island of Lampedusa. In other news: Five EU member states jointly push for the extension of the import ban for Ukrainian grain until the end of this year. The President of the European Council Charles Michel visits flooded areas in Slovenia.