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.
The EU is one of UNRWA’s top donors. Following Israeli allegations that some staff participated in Hamas’s October 7 attack, the EU announced to review its support. While some believe this to be an urgent measure, others warn of collective punishment of the Palestinian people.
Europe in brief: European Commission warns of new excessive budget deficit procedures starting in 2024
European rules oblige member states to keep their budget deficit below 3 percent of GDP. However, there was an exemption in place during the pandemic, which expires at the end of 2023. The EU states want to provide Ukraine with urgently needed artillery ammunition for the fight against Russia as quickly as possible. Austria will participate in an EU mission in Niger.
Europe in brief: Austrian Foreign Minister says EU’s migration system is not working, France wants Europe “to speak out” over Ocean Viking case, Brussels congratulates first female Slovenian President Pirc Musar, Belgium and eurozone enter recession and Hungary offers judicial reforms
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg says the EU’s migration system has failed. France demands consequences for Italy’s refusal to welcome the ship Ocean Viking and the 230 migrants on board. The EU Commission congratulates the first female President of Slovenia, predicts the start of a recession for Belgium and the eurozone and says Hungary is ready to reform its judicial system in exchange for aid from the corona funds.