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In addition to rising costs, European businesses face another problem – the lack of skilled workers – which is becoming more important than ever.
Companies across the continent are lamenting their growing inability to find workers in a historically tight labor market. Some are reacting by offering better working conditions while Member States are considering easing visa requirements for workers from third countries. Read more.
Lack of resources could threaten big tech law enforcement, warn EU data protection bodies. European privacy authorities have sent a letter, seen exclusively by EURACTIV, asking the European Parliament and the Council to allocate more financial resources in next year’s budget or face a loss of credibility under EU data protection rules. Read more.
The EU is set to ban forced labor products from the bloc market. The European Commission is proposing a general ban on all goods made with forced labor produced in the EU or imported from third countries, according to a draft proposal seen by EURACTIV. Read more.
Transparency groups denounce the “late” agreement on the new senior officials of the European Parliament. Two major transparency NGOs lodged a formal complaint with the European Ombudsman protesting what they described as a “late September 12 decision to rush a package of high-level appointments”, including the post of general secretary and several managing directors. Read more.
Die Linke faces resignations after wrangling over Russia. Two prominent members of Germany’s Left Party have resigned after a parliamentary speech denouncing the West’s “economic war” against Russia sparked controversy. Read more.
Austria takes ‘historic step’ to scrap creeping tax hikes. Coalition partners have agreed that creeping tax increases on low earners will be phased out from early 2023. Read more.
France launches a public consultation on euthanasia with the support of Macron. French President Emmanuel Macron presented a six-month citizen consultation plan on euthanasia on Tuesday (September 13), with stakeholders confident he is ready to move forward on the issue. Read more.
The Dutch Council of State rejects the proposal for a directive on family reunification. The request for judicial expertise on the family reunification directive, which would mean that between 6,000 and 8,000 family members could see an extension of the application deadlines, was rejected on Tuesday by the Council of State. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Ireland’s Eurogroup leadership questioned as government reshuffle approaches. Pascal Donohoe’s The position of president of the Eurogroup could be threatened, according to some, as a planned change in the government organization approaches. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland plans to turn off street lights. To save energy, Finnish counties and cities are planning to turn off street lights during the winter months, and major supermarket chains are looking for ways to reduce their electricity bills. Read more.
Portugal investigates dark web sale of classified NATO documents. Portugal’s public prosecutor’s office is investigating a cyberattack against the Armed Forces General Staff in which classified NATO documents were extracted and put up for sale on the “dark web”, the attorney general’s office said on Tuesday. Read more.
Spain’s left-wing coalition partner proposes capping mortgage rates. The introduction of a temporary rate cap to contain the rapid rise in mortgage rates directly linked to soaring inflation was presented on Tuesday by the left-wing party Unidas Podemos (United We Can/GUE-GNL) , partner of the government coalition. Read more.
Mitsotakis and Kovacevski agree to an uninterrupted supply of coal and fuel oil from Greece. Ensuring fossil fuel energy sufficiency for North Macedonia was endorsed by Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski during a meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens. Read more.
EU should build reserves of essential raw materials, says Czech Presidency. The European Commission should establish a strategic reserve system with key raw materials, said Czech Industry and Trade Minister Jozef Síkela. Read more.
Poland will promote energy savings with a new pricing system. The government plans to come up with a plan that would promote energy savings by combining energy price rates with the amount of energy consumed, the Polish News Agency (PAP) reported. Read more.
Slovakia can cap electricity prices according to the Czech model. New Economy Minister Karel Hirman says Slovakia could learn from the Czech Republic to cap electricity prices. Read more.
Bulgaria’s coal-fired power plant woes threaten regional energy supplies. If Bulgaria allows two more breaches of air pollution standards this year, the country may have to shut down its coal-fired power plants, Energy Minister Rosen Hristov warned on Tuesday. Read more.
Romanian energy companies cannot guarantee fixed prices. Engie Romania, a natural gas company, refused to supply non-residential consumers at a fixed price for the next 12 months, saying it could not guarantee such contractual conditions in the current market. Read more.
Slovenia adopts emergency energy package. A package of three laws aimed at ensuring a stable supply of electricity and gas this winter, the latest in a long series of measures to tackle the energy crisis, was adopted by Slovenia’s parliament on Tuesday. Read more.
Belgrade bans the Europride Parade, the organizers do not give up. Serbian police officially banned Belgrade’s EuroPride on Tuesday night, following a call for a ban by President Aleksandr Vucic, but supporters, including MEPs, are confident a compromise can be achieved. found and that the event will continue. Read more.
Albanian universities want to join the European community. Prime Minister Edi Rama said he would start pushing the EU to include and recognize the Albanian university system as Albanian children return to school this week. Read more.
- EU: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a State of the Union address
- Commissioner Sinkevicius participates in EP plenary debates and SOTEU
- Commissioner Gabriel participates in the EP plenary in Strasbourg
- Informal meeting of agriculture and fisheries ministers
- Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz receives Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili
- Sweden: The final results of the general elections are expected to be announced
- Romania: The government discusses in its meeting a draft law on the protection of public computer systems in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
- UK: Queen Elizabeth II lays in state at Westminster Hall
- Kazakhstan: 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Pope Francis attends
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Eleonora Vasques, Sofia Stuart Leeson]