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In today’s news from the capitals:
The European Commission expects Greek authorities to put in place appropriate security measures for a new migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, planned in a wooded area next to a landfill, a gatekeeper said. – speech of the Commission. EURACTIV.com.
During a visit to the island of Lesbos, EURACTIV journalists Natasha Foote and Sarantis Michalopoulos tried to get to the new camp (VIDEO), but were forced to give up after several kilometers of inaccessible dirt roads. Watch the video report here.
Energy sanctions now on the table for Germany. Oil and gas sanctions are one of the options Germany will consider following atrocities committed by Russian troops on the outskirts of kyiv, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has said. Read more.
Macron organizes the first and last campaign rally before the elections. President Emmanuel Macron held his first and likely last political campaign rally on Saturday, eight days before the first round of the April 10 presidential election. Read more.
Dutch hospitalizations for COVID-19 fall by 10%. The number of people in the Netherlands hospitalized with COVID-19 reached 1,714 on Sunday, 10% less than the previous week. The number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) were 117, the lowest since July 2021. Learn more.
Austria pledges 7 million euros to support Moldova. During a visit to Moldova alongside his Czech and Slovak counterparts, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg pledged to provide increased aid to Moldova as it caves in to the influx of refugees. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Wind and nuclear to lead the government’s energy strategy. The government is set to unveil a new energy strategy this week that will steer the UK away from oil and gas imports as it faces steep price increases and supply disruptions caused by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Read more.
Ireland ‘determined’ to avoid war-induced recession. Avoiding a recession due to the Ukrainian war will be difficult, but the Irish government is determined to do so, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said at the weekend. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
According to the Finnish Prime Minister, NATO membership should be decided in the spring. Finland’s decision on NATO membership should be taken in the spring, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told the Social Democratic Party Council on Saturday without revealing her personal views. Read more.
The Swedes top the EU rankings when it comes to increased defense spending. Swedes are the European citizens most in favor of new defense spending, according to a new Novus opinion poll reported by Radio Ekot on Sunday. Read more.
Lithuania becomes the first EU country to stop imports of Russian gas. Lithuania is the first EU country to completely stop importing Russian gas, the Energy Ministry announced on Saturday. Read more.
Pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian demonstrators “meet” in Athens. Two different protests, one supporting Ukraine and the other pro-Russia, had an intense “tete-a-tete” in central Athens, Greek media reported. Read more.
Italy condemns the atrocities in Bucha. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned the crimes in Bucha and other Ukrainian-liberated areas, calling them “shocking”. Read more.
Poles eye Nuremberg-style tribunal for Russian leaders. The manner in which Russian soldiers allegedly killed Ukrainian civilians in the kyiv region reminded Poles of the Katyn massacre – a series of mass executions of nearly 22,000 Poles carried out by the Soviet Union during World War II. Read more.
Czech student killer with machete accused of murder. A 19-year-old student has been charged with the murder of his teacher in Thursday’s machete attack at a school in Prague, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. Read more.
Slovakia will pay for Russian gas in rubles if necessary. Slovakia cannot afford to stop importing Russian natural gas and will pay for it in rubles if necessary, Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulík said on Sunday. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
Bulgaria should start sending military aid to Ukraine. Bulgaria is expected to start providing military assistance to Ukraine as a parliamentary decision is due this week, Democratic Bulgaria co-chairman Atanas Atanasov, a member of the ruling coalition, has announced. Read more.
The leader of the Romanian PNL resigns, the favorite of the Prime Minister to succeed him. The leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), Romania’s largest center-right party, resigned while on an official visit to the United States, and current Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is a favorite to succeed him. Read more.
Ukrainian refugees plan to make Croatia their permanent residence. More than 11,000 Ukrainians sought refuge in Croatia after Russia invaded their country, and a considerable number of them may stay for good, according to estimates from the Ukrainian community in Croatia. Read more.
Slovenia is slow to process Ukrainian refugees. Slovenia has pledged to accept as many Ukrainian refugees as necessary and has activated a temporary protection mechanism to speed up applications for refugee status, but the latest figures show that administrative authorities are slow to process applications. Read more.
Serbian elections end with higher turnout than in 2020. Serbian citizens voted for the state president and 250 members of parliament on April 3, with an estimated turnout higher than in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Read more.
SARAJEVO | ZAGREB
Dubrovnik, BiH row on airport construction. Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković asked the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina to stop the construction of an airport in Trebinje until the project’s impact on the source of the Ombla River is assessed. Read more.
Albanian companies suspected of tax evasion will be audited. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has announced that a team of investigators will audit Albanian companies and those who pay their workers under the table will be prosecuted. Read more.
- EU: Beginning of the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg / The ministers of economy and finance of the euro zone (Eurogroup) meet in Luxembourg / Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council in Luxembourg.
- Germany: Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock meets her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in Berlin.
- Netherlands: NATO and coalition fighter jets take part in the Frisian Flag exercise.
- Italy: Preliminary hearing in the investigation of ex-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on the financing of political parties.
- Greece: Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias meets his Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra
- Hungary: International election observers announce their findings.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]