Croatia plans to request a loan from the European Commission to finance projects in energy and education, among others. Furthermore, the Commission considers Romania to be one of 11 countries to increase production capacities in defence. Austria opposes the introduction of an EU gigabit levy and the German Economic Minister calls for stricter control of sanctions against Russia.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls for renewed efforts on the migration and asylum pact, after a ship full of migrants sank near the coast of Italy. The EU adopts new sanctions against Russia and Iran. Bulgaria marks one year since the start of the war in Ukraine with marches in major cities.