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.
Germany plans to build new hydrogen and gas-fired power plants while offering government incentives. As the European Commission continues its search for a new chief economist, it has set its sights on an Austrian candidate. The EU warns Italy to comply with international rules on rescuing at sea.
The EU is helping Serbia to ensure the secure supply and transport of energy products. According to the latest Global Gender Gap report, Slovakia moved up four places on the World Economic Forum’s gender equality ranking. EU environment ministers agree on a “general approach” regarding the controversial Nature Restoration Law.
Member states reach an agreement on renewable energy consumption targets. EU finance ministers call for tough reform of EU rules on reducing government debt. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wraps up her tour of Latin America.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is worried about the level of migrant landings in Italy. EU and US envoys want Kosovo and Serbia to find a political solution to their conflict. Albania, France and Germany have signed a cooperation agreement to reform the Albanian energy sector. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is lukewarm about the idea of a European Union army.