Online posts push euroscepticism with false claims about animal diseases in Serbia

Online posts push euroscepticism with false claims about animal diseases in Serbia

In the summer of 2023, Serbia faced an outbreak of African swine fever among domestic pigs, which forced the authorities to euthanise tens of thousands of animals. In late November, Belgrade announced a wave of avian influenza among wild birds. Despite the facts, a false claim circulated on social media in Bulgarian that these and other animal diseases do not exist in Serbia, which is not a member of the European Union. The posts promote a false narrative suggesting that Brussels has concocted fictitious animal diseases and that they are therefore only found in EU countries.

Europe in brief: Austrian Chancellor Nehammer advocates for diversity and against centralism in the EU

Europe in brief: Austrian Chancellor Nehammer advocates for diversity and against centralism in the EU

With Europe Day around the corner, Austrian Chancellor Nehammer speaks out in favour of diversity and the EU Commission Representation in Slovenia aims to minimise waste production during the festivities, following the signing of a zero waste commitment with an NGO. In other news: Serbia and Kosovo agree to move forward in resolving cases of missing persons and EU anti-corruption measures may become stricter in the future.

State of play after 15 years of Kosovo’s independence

State of play after 15 years of Kosovo’s independence

Today, Kosovo marks the 15th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia. While the EU continues to facilitate a dialogue aimed at normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo, Belgrade is balancing between its ties with Russia and China and its wish for EU membership.

Europe in brief: ExxonMobil takes legal steps against EU windfall tax, Kosovo asks EU to help resolving tensions with Serbia, and Russia bans oil exports to countries complying with price cap

Europe in brief: ExxonMobil takes legal steps against EU windfall tax, Kosovo asks EU to help resolving tensions with Serbia, and Russia bans oil exports to countries complying with price cap

American group ExxonMobil has filed a claim with the EU court against the windfall tax for energy suppliers. Kosovo has asked the EU to help in resolving questions with Serbia, and Russia forbids export of oil to countries complying with price ceilings.

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.