Europe in brief: Two MEPs lose their immunity, European Parliament debates border fences, Commission presents Green Deal Industrial Plan

Europe in brief: Two MEPs lose their immunity, European Parliament debates border fences, Commission presents Green Deal Industrial Plan

The European Parliament voted in favor of lifting the immunity of MEPs Marc Tarabella and Andrea Cozzolino. While some political groups in the Parliament demand EU funding for fences along the Bulgarian-Turkish border, others reject this. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils details regarding the Green Deal Industrial Plan.

Europe in brief: Scholz does not want to discuss jets for Ukraine, Petr Pavel wins Czech elections, Baerbock’s controversial Russia statement fallout

Europe in brief: Scholz does not want to discuss jets for Ukraine, Petr Pavel wins Czech elections, Baerbock’s controversial Russia statement fallout

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not wish to engage in a debate about sending fighter jets to Ukraine. According to analysts, the newly elected President of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel promotes close ties with the EU and wants to help Ukraine repel Russia’s invasion. Following German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s controversial statement regarding the war in Ukraine, the German Federal Government clarifies that the country is no party to the conflict.

Europe in brief: Johansson rejects Austria’s border fence request, Commission approves German labeling plans for livestock farming, Iran sanctions EU and UK

Europe in brief: Johansson rejects Austria’s border fence request, Commission approves German labeling plans for livestock farming, Iran sanctions EU and UK

EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson discarded Austria’s request for EU funds for the extension of the fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The European Commission preliminarily approved German plans to introduce livestock farming labels for meat in supermarkets. Iran sanctioned EU and UK officials and entities, in response to sanctions imposed by the latter on Monday.

Europe in brief: Commissioner Hahn hopeful about Schengen accessions, Commission set to review EU state aid rules, first-ever satellite launch site on mainland EU territory

Europe in brief: Commissioner Hahn hopeful about Schengen accessions, Commission set to review EU state aid rules, first-ever satellite launch site on mainland EU territory

Commissioner Hahn is hopeful about Romania’s and Bulgaria’s chances to join the Schengen zone. European Commission officials consider easing EU state aid rules in response to US subsidies. As of last week, Sweden is home to the EU’s first-ever satellite launch site on mainland territory. Illegal entries into the EU are reaching peak levels not seen since 2016.

Europe in brief: EU Parliament backs boost for renewable energies, illegal immigration in Bosnia in decline, Spain’s justice system under fire

Europe in brief: EU Parliament backs boost for renewable energies, illegal immigration in Bosnia in decline, Spain’s justice system under fire

This week in Strasbourg, MEPs voted on plans to speed up the expansion of renewable energy and reduce energy consumption. In other news: While the migrant crisis in Bosnia is far from over, the number of illegal migrant arrivals decreased. Also: Brussels calls on Spain to end the blockade of its justice system.