According to diplomatic sources, Belgium will once again attempt to reach an agreement on the EU’s platform workers directive. The EU ambassador in Tirana stressed the need to promote a competitive economy in Albania. Bulgaria announced that it wants to benefit from a derogation from EU agricultural rules.
In its latest economic forecast, the European Commission expects inflation in the eurozone to fall. The EU announced support for a 6.4-million-euro migration management project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Swiss parliament voted to resume negotiations with the EU.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said there was a need to explain why the EU is helping Ukraine and what a potential Russian victory would mean for Europe. The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Hungary over its controversial sovereignty law. Slovenia’s agriculture minister is calling for individual pesticide rules for EU member states, rather than universal ones.
At a special European Council summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed on a new aid package to help Ukraine in its war with Russia. Germany’s Christian Lindner wants the EU’s new anti-money-laundering authority to be based in Frankfurt. The European Commission has asked France to explain the blocking of lorries carrying Spanish products in the wake of farmers’ protests.
According to a survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), far-right political parties are likely to gain ground in the June elections. Slovakia’s Peter Pellegrini said he would support the re-nomination of Maroš Šefčovič as European commissioner. The EU delegation in Belgrade has launched a campaign to improve the digital skills of older people in Serbia.
France is proposing that Europe should issue common debt again. In other news, Slovenia is reluctant on the question of whether the EU should deprive Hungary of its voting rights under Article 7 of the EU Treaty. Romanian MEP Daniel Buda calls for more subsidies to support farmers across Europe.