EU heads into 2023 in crisis mode

EU heads into 2023 in crisis mode

Preoccupied by multiple crises, the EU has seen a restless year. Many of the calamities which shook the EU in 2022 will still be around in 2023.

Hungary: EU Commission wants to withhold EU funding

Hungary: EU Commission wants to withhold EU funding

In an unprecedented move, the EU Commission has proposed freezing the 65 percent of the EU cohesion funds for Hungary, namely 7.5 billion euro, over concerns about rule of law. On the other side, European Commission officials conditionally approved Budapest’s 5.8-billion-euro recovery plan. Now, it will up to the EU member states to decide on both issues that could come with high political stakes.

Europe in brief: France keeps tough stance on migration, French President Macron to ask US to exempt EU manufacturers, Spain and EU propose removal of the “fence of Gibraltar”

Europe in brief: France keeps tough stance on migration, French President Macron to ask US to exempt EU manufacturers, Spain and EU propose removal of the “fence of Gibraltar”

At an emergency meeting about increasing migration figures, opinions of the Member States on the situation differed. On his upcoming trip to the US, French President Emmanuel Macron wants to ask for exemptions for European manufacturers penalized by US law. Spain and the EU propose to the UK to eliminate “the fence” between Spain and the British territory Gibraltar.

Europe in brief: Brussels has proposed a cap of 275 euros on the price of gas purchases. Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs sharply criticized the aggression against Ukraine. Albania has stepped closer to the EU with regard to the European Civil Protection Mechanism

Europe in brief: Brussels has proposed a cap of 275 euros on the price of gas purchases. Slovakian Minister of Foreign Affairs sharply criticized the aggression against Ukraine. Albania has stepped closer to the EU with regard to the European Civil Protection Mechanism

The European Commission has proposed putting a cap of 275 euros per megawatt hour (MWh) on the price of gas purchases. Slovakia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed: Aggression against Ukraine threatens the system of human rights protection. Albania has become a member with full rights in the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

Europe in brief: EU “disappointed” by COP27, UK denies looking for closer ties with EU, EU calls for emergency meeting between Serbia and Kosovo, and Croatia is worried about Austria’s position on its Schengen access

Europe in brief: EU “disappointed” by COP27, UK denies looking for closer ties with EU, EU calls for emergency meeting between Serbia and Kosovo, and Croatia is worried about Austria’s position on its Schengen access

The EU’s Vice-President Frans Timmermans has shown disappointment about the results of the COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh. The British government denies reports about seeking closer ties with Brussels. The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has called an emergency meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo, over the license plate crisis, and Croatia is worried that Austria won’t agree to its Schengen access.