Austrian Chancellor Nehammer said it was “unthinkable” to expand Schengen at the moment, but this had nothing to do with Bulgaria and Romania. During a first visit to Brussels, Polish opposition leader Tusk vowed to restore Poland-EU relations. The European Commission doubles funding for wind energy to 1.4 billion euros.
With Europe Day around the corner, Austrian Chancellor Nehammer speaks out in favour of diversity and the EU Commission Representation in Slovenia aims to minimise waste production during the festivities, following the signing of a zero waste commitment with an NGO. In other news: Serbia and Kosovo agree to move forward in resolving cases of missing persons and EU anti-corruption measures may become stricter in the future.
The European Commission clears Germany’s bailout of gas giant Uniper. Austria’s Chancellor defends Schengen veto against Romania and Bulgaria. Spain receives EU aid to hire healthcare workers.
According to a recent survey, a majority of Austrians back a unified EU line in support of Ukraine. Bulgaria expects a decision on Schengen in December, the EP gives strong support. What else was important this week: Leaders of more than 40 European countries gather in Prague for the first meeting of the European Political Community. According to Slovenian Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon, Slovenia is hesitant about Ukraine joining NATO due to the significant security risks.
Europe in brief: The electricity market and inflation in Europe, the training mission for the Ukrainian forces, the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhya and the nuclear agreement with Iran are some of the issues that have dominated European news in the last few days. Also this week: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wants to make the European Union fit for enlargement by strengthening it with far-reaching reforms.