Zelenskiy says cooperation with EU vital for victory, Kyiv needs defence support
A Ukrainian victory in its war with Russia depends on cooperation with the European Union, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told EU foreign ministers gathered in Kyiv on Monday.
EU unemployment in August 2023 (%):
→ Source: Eurostat
ℹ️ More info: https://europa.eu/!Np6WH8
European foreign ministers have been meeting in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv
EU foreign ministers meet in Kyiv in show of support to Ukraine
EU foreign ministers are paying a surprise visit to Ukraine’s capital on Monday (2 October) for an informal meeting meant as a show of support for the war-torn country.
Polish opposition holds massive Warsaw rally ahead of tight election
Hundreds of thousands of people held an opposition rally in Warsaw on Sunday (1 October), two weeks ahead of an election that the liberal Civic Platform (PO) says may decide Poland’s future in the European Union and its democratic standing.
Netherlands halts extraction from Europe's biggest gas field
The Netherlands halted extraction from Europe's biggest gas field on Sunday, which was resulting in earthquakes that have shaken local residents for decades and threaten to persist.
EU's Borrell, in Kyiv, says bloc will increase military aid
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Sunday the bloc would increase military support to Ukraine, after the U.S. Congress passed a stopgap funding bill late on Saturday that omitted aid to Ukraine.
European Parliament president backs UN naming an envoy to help restart Cyprus peace talks
The president of the European Parliament said Sunday she has conveyed the legislative body’s support for the appointment of a United Nations envoy to evaluate the chances of resuming stalemated talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus.
"Heat pump sector under threat by weak EU laws and ‘unfavorable’ prices"
"The #EuropeanUnion launched on Sunday the first phase of the world's first system to impose CO2 #EmissionsTariffs on imported #steel, #cement and other goods as it tries to stop more polluting foreign products from undermining its green transition."
"The bloc will not begin collecting any CO2 emission charges at the border until 2026."
What are they scared of?
Today, the Istanbul Convention enters into force in our Union.
It aims at protecting women from violence and to prevent, prosecute, and eliminate it by:
🔹 training professionals in contact with victims of violence;
🔹 running awareness-raising campaigns;
🔹 empowering their police and justice system to remove perpetrators from the house.
We will only live in a truly fair and equal Union when #women and girls no longer live in fear of violence.
Some data protection advocates claim that the GDPR is failing in its central goal—improving data protection for people and businesses across Europe.
This article explores the GDPR’s enforcement mechanisms, considers the differing approaches of regulators across Europe, and addresses the 🐘 “elephant in the room”:
Is GDPR enforcement working? 🤔
‘No turning back’: how the Ukraine war has profoundly changed the EU
Russia’s invasion has had a major impact on the bloc’s security and energy policies – and even its very raison d’être
France builds on EU’s pro-nuclear momentum to host global talks at OECD
France sought to build on the “momentum” behind nuclear energy in Europe by hosting world leaders on 28-29 September to accelerate nuclear financing and discuss long-term international cooperation that excludes Russia
Seven countries order ammunition under EU scheme to aid Ukraine
Seven EU countries have ordered ammunition under a landmark European Union procurement scheme to get urgently needed artillery shells to Ukraine and replenish depleted Western stocks, according to the EU agency in charge
Eurozone Inflation Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent
Inflation in most European countries dropped in September, causing the overall rate to dip to its lowest level since before the start of the war in Ukraine.
Orbán says EU must answer ‘difficult questions’ before starting Ukraine membership talks
EU leaders are set to decide in December whether to open accession negotiations with Kyiv.
Bloodsucking #BedBug case that was discovered in 2019 demonstrates what a fraud #Science and #Tech in #EuropeanUnion is
In four years, it is not known whether French BedBug is a local variant that has become resistant to insecticide or an invasive species that has colonized the mattresses of the French. Indiscriminate fumigation campaigns do not eliminate pests but they do eliminate their predators, which is the reason for what is happening in France right now.
A lesson of #HighSchool #Biology
💡️🤯 Here's a wild and totally unreasonable idea: The 'Free World' industrialists and financiers that *empowered* and *emboldened* military-expansionist dictatorships that attack other countries should 'contribute' much higher proportion (from their loot) for the defence against those aggressors than the regular people.
Of course it is in everyone's interest that democracies don't simply fold and surrender, but those aiding and abetting the authoritarians shouldn't be simply allowed to stash away their profits and wash their hands and image from what they've done.
Case in point: Basically all nazi-collaborator corporations got off with zero consequences after #WWII, and practically all of them (and countless more) were again involved in building up the regimes in #russia and #china... 🤷🏻♂️
What have we learnt?
One Year of Meloni: Has Italy's Right-Wing Leader Left Fascism Behind?
EU court rejects Valve appeal against €1.6 million fine for 'geo-blocking' Steam games, says policy existed to protect publisher royalties and 'the margins earned by Valve'
Check it out! 👇
The #EuropeanUnion really is an expert at doing the one step forward, two steps back eh!
> Europol wants to use Chatcontrol legislation to train machine learning models
What we are beginning to see right now is just the early stage of what is next to come
On the one hand, the drought, the over-exploitation of the natural environment, terrorism and the new dictatorial regimes beyond the borders of #EuropeanUnion will push the unfortunate towards rich countries of EU while
on the other hand, traffickers of human beings, drugs, weapons and women for our brothels become rich.
Yesterday I wrote that Chancellor told media that goverment of #Germany would remove the blockade on crisis and force majeure regulation piece of #EuropeanUnion's
New Pact on Asylum and Migration
Today blockade comes from #Italy and Italian idea are that goverment could breach detention center standards in times of migratory crises and prosecute the role of NGOs in rescuing migrant loaded boats in the #MediterraneanSea
What is going to happen? Everything points to disaster.
The European Socialists (S&D) are encouraged to follow the example Spain set in the 23 July snap general elections and stop the far-right in the June 2024 European elections, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said at a meeting with S&D in Madrid on Thursday.
Kazakhstan’s support is vital for enforcing sanctions against Russia and ending the war, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said as he met Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Berlin on Wednesday, as EU countries seek to win over Central Asia as a key geopolitical ally.
Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 583 of the invasion
Russia to increase defence spending by almost 70%; EU extends rights of Ukraine refugees to 2025
Inside Job: An anonymous #Europe.an #politician just told me, he is not corrupted. He does it for half the price than all the other politicians. And this is "just enough to pay his private swimming pool". He even mostly uses his privately acquired Porsche Cayenne for work. 🤭 #EU #EuropeanUnion #Corruption
1 country wanted to block the extension of temporary protection for #Ukrainian refugees in the #EuropeanUnion
No, not the country you're thinking of. RMF radio confirmed again today that the Polish government was against, but couldn't block the EU decision as this wasn't a #unanimity vote.
Can a court force governments to act on climate change? | Inside Story
Musk ousts X team curbing election disinformation
The announcement comes after EU digital chief Vera Jourová criticized the social media company over rampant falsehoods on its platform.
And it is a Win-Win-Win situation. US is happy for Armenia dragged into the US camp. Europe is happy for peaceful end of an eternal conflict. And Azerbaijan is happy too.
Nothing to worry for a #EU fanboy.
Did I forgot a party? 🙄
European Commission Initiates €800,000 Study to Address Crypto's Environmental Impact - On Tuesday, the European Commission awarded an 800,000 euro ($842,000) contract as part o... - https://cryptonews.com/news/european-commission-initiates-800000-study-address-cryptos-environmental-impact.htm #environmentallyfriendlycrypto #europeancommission #blockchainnews #europeanunion #eu
“Most global #coffee firms will not be ready to comply with the #EuropeanUnion's new law preventing imports of commodities linked to #deforestation, and small #farmers may suffer as a consequence”
“Without proactive support from buyers, smallholders lacking organization and resources to provide the requisite #data for compliance (with the law) will bear the initial impact” https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/coffee-firms-wont-be-ready-comply-with-eu-deforestation-law-report-2023-09-13/ #EU #supplychain #climatechange #traceability
Twitter…Top Platform for Spreading Misinformation. “…#EuropeanCommission Vice President Vera Jourova identified Twitter…known as X, as the worst offender for spreading #misinformation among social media platforms. While speaking of the #EuropeanUnion’s 2022 Code of Practice on #Disinformation…she…blasted #Twitter for spreading wrong information, particularly on sensitive issues like the upcoming #EU elections and the #Russia-#Ukraine war. | Tech Report https://techreport.com/news/twitter-emerges-as-top-platform-for-spreading-misinformation-in-a-new-eu-report/
Six Portuguese youth take 32 nations to European court over climate change
“Our government is trying to take away people’s rights to live as they wish," (1/2)
Germany tightens border checks with Poland, Czech Republic amid migrant influx
Facing a changing geopolitical and economic environment, we rose to the challenge of delivering a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable #economy.
Since then, we have taken action to live up to the call. ↓
Photo: EU Leaders at the Informal Summit Versailles on 11 March 2022. © European Union
👉🏾 ‘Truly a David and Goliath case’: Six young people take 32 countries to court in unprecedented case https://www.cnn.com/2023/09/27/europe/portugal-climate-lawsuit-human-rights-court-intl/index.html
Musk's X is the biggest purveyor of disinformation, EU official says
A top European Union official said Tuesday that the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, is the biggest source of fake news and urged owner Elon Musk to comply with the bloc’s laws aimed at combating disinformation.
France seeks stronger EU stance on fossil fuel exit at COP28
The EU should publicly set out dates by which planet-warming oil, gas and coal should be phased out, in a bid to push for a global deal on eliminating fossil fuels at the upcoming COP28 UN climate summit, France has said.
I’m long fan of #EuropeanUnion European Citizens Initiative mechanism and occasionally following notifications from their website if I see something interesting. Now, after supporting an initiative for planning of high-speed rail network between EU capitals, I’ve found this one:
Stop #5G - stay connected but protected:
Everything is wrong about this project: it’s 100% based on manipulated research, conspiracy theories, pseudo-science and misrepresentation of actual scientific research.
Yet, they were able to submit this initiative and gathered ~80k signatures, at which stage they failed short of the required 1m.
And I believe this is perfectly OK that even such fringe initiatives were able to register, because behind each signature there’s a person probably honestly convinced about the harm imposed by 5G who should have a chance to be heard. ECI reduces chances of their marginalisation, radicalisation and resorting to extremist methods, such as destroying mobile towers etc.
I’ve also checked initiatives that passed the 1m threshold and they were all answered by EC and subsequently reflected in EU legislation. There’s a few about treatment of animals (vivisection, slaughter of horses, finning), water rights, rights of asylum seekers etc (there’s just one which I personally consider pseudo-scientific, on the ban of glyphosate).
For an example of how the water rights initiative was answered by EC you can check - essentially, the initiative was used to influence a number of EU directives and international initatives:
🇪🇺 🇺🇦 The #European Union must begin a major wave of change to prepare for the arrival of #Ukraine as a member state, the leader of its parliament has said, with “nothing off the table”, including removing trade tariffs and giving Kyiv access to internal markets before full membership.
Tens of thousands marched through London in Saturday's National Rejoin March - one of the largest UK protest marches of the year. It was covered in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia, and others - but not by the BBC.
62% of people polled just last week, and more than 80% of people under the age of 25 want to be back in the EU.
The EU has just launched their own CAPTCHA service. Looks like a great privacy oriented, accessible first, and localised alternative to a lot of the other CAPTCHA services out there.
Poland’s PM tells Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to ‘never insult’ Polish people again
There are challenges that no country can address alone.
From the global impact of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine to climate change, multilateralism is key when committing for a better future.
This is why being at the #UNGA is pivotal.
In New York, we:
📌 reiterated the commitment towards 🇺🇦
📌 took part to the Climate Ambition Summit
📌 signed the Treaty for the High Seas
Working with our partners is key for a greened and fairer future.
Poland-Ukraine grain import row: Warsaw to stop providing weapons to Kyiv
Right to repair: Germany pushes for more ambitious EU rules
The EU is still a way away from reaching its goals regarding manufacturers’ obligations to repair faulty goods, a German official said at a discussion on Tuesday (19 September).
Somalia aid theft: EU suspends support after UN probe findings
@vicgrinberg that's how I understood their mission : "@EUSPA is the only #EuropeanUnion agency dedicated to #space. Our unique mission is to serve as the essential link between space technology and user needs, #translating the European Union’s investment in space into valuable, reliable services for European citizens." https://www.euspa.europa.eu/about/what-we-do
Like "WHY does it take so long" or "WHAT is it good for" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ws
Towards an enlarged 🇪🇺 Union of freedom, rights and values for all.
EU neighbourhood and enlargement are part of our key priorities.
Let's keep working together for our shared future!
Read more: https://europa.eu/!3XHtBg
Is a new geopolitical battle developing over Electric Vehicles? | Inside Story
The signs that the EU has completely changed its perspective on adding new members since Russia invaded Ukraine
EU condemns Tunisia ban on delegation entering country
Italy's Lampedusa appeals for assistance after thousands of refugee arrivals
Has Italy's approach to migration failed? | Inside Story
@Sheril Against the "humanity is bad resignation": Humanity can protest and make pressure. Humanity can change things.
The synthetic substitute is approved in the #EuropeanUnion plus 39 in pharmacy federated countries since 2021 (!) https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-pharmaceuticals-crab-idUSL8N2E92C2
It works but the problem is that the powerful #US pharmacopeia rejects that! https://animalresearchnexus.org/blogs/no-crab-blood-please-were-european So make pressure especially in the USA! Use the European results! 1/3 #BiodiversityLoss #medicine #crabs
Von der Leyen wants Bulgaria, Romania in Schengen ASAP
‘Let us finally bring them in — without any further delay,’ says European Commission president.
EU must prepare to grow to more than 30 members: Von der Leyen
“We have to get rid of dependency on Russian fossil fuels.” — President von der Leyen at #SOTEU 2022.
In the first eight months of the war, we replaced over 70 billion cubic metres of Russian pipeline gas and in 2023, less than 10% of our total gas imports come from Russia.
We’re now working with reliable international partners like 🇳🇴 Norway and the 🇺🇸 United States.
Moodle comments on #CyberResilienceAct
#Moodle, is an #OpenSource learning management system, used by more than 70% of Europe’s #HigherEducation institutions to facilitate the delivery of quality education as a public endeavor. The platform is also used by numerous European #Education Ministries, some of which are listed below, as well as #Unesco, the #UnitedNations, and the #EuropeanUnion itself (https://academy.europa.eu).
Gazprom Starts to Feel Pain of Losing Europe
Gazprom's first-half 2023 revenues drop to pre-Ukraine war levels on lower gas prices and limited supplies to Europe.
Musk’s new Twitter policies helped spread Russian propaganda, E.U. says
Elon Musk’s X (formerly Twitter) has played a major role in allowing Russian propaganda about Ukraine to reach more people than before the war began, according to a study released this week by the European Commission.
One Union, one speech, two weeks to go.
In just two weeks, we're gearing up for the highly anticipated State of the Union (SOTEU) address.
Every September President von der Leyen takes the spotlight before the European Parliament to reflect on our accomplishments and unveil the exciting agenda that lies ahead.
Join us for the landmark annual event at the political heart of our Union!
❗️Save the Date: September 13
EU to Stick With Climate Ambitions Despite Mounting Backlash
“We are not going to dilute our ambition because it would be like shooting ourselves in the foot,” Maros Sefcovic, commission executive vice president, told a group of reporters.
Jump into the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg!
From this point of view, President von der Leyen will deliver her annual speech for the State of the European Union (SOTEU) on 13 September.
SOTEU happens once per year, and it is the moment we look back at our achievements and look forward to the future ahead.
Be part of the moment that charts the course of our Union's journey!
Who brings a smile to your face with just a wag? 🐶
On #InternationalDogDay, let's take a moment to honour our furry companions!
These four-legged heroes work diligently to ensure our safety.
With their sharp senses and unwavering dedication, they not only intercept unlawful items at #EU borders but also provide aid during conflicts, natural disasters, and anti-terrorism efforts.
These dedicated heroes deserve our recognition every day.
United in diversity. Emboldened in democracy. 🇪🇺
Each year, the President of the Commission delivers her vision for our Union and debates it before the #EU Parliament.
The State of the Union is our chance to:
- Take stock of what we achieved
- Look ahead to priorities and actions for the following year
- Engage with the members of the Parliament
It is a chance to see #democracy in action. And YOU are the centre of it.
Check out this video to find out why 👇
#ClimateCrisis: Morocco breaks heat record https://news.yahoo.com/morocco-breaks-heat-record-163029398.html #ClimateChange #ExtremeWeather
"#Temperatures in #Morocco have for the first time on record topped 50 degrees Celsius (120 F)... Morocco has experienced a series of #heatwaves over the summer... The #heatwave has caused #wildfires in recent days in northern Morocco near #Tangier and further east in #Taza province... July has been the #hottest month ever recorded on Earth, according to the #EuropeanUnion's @CopernicusECMWF"
As sb who holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in:
❸ International Commercial Arbitration #Law (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
📌 I treat #LLM & all #AI hype — #MachineLearning #LargeLanguageModels #DeepLearning #GenerativeAI #ArtificalIntelligence #LLMs — the same way I DO #Cyber (#InfoSec #CyberSecurity, etc.) hype🔴https://rb.gy/g5zcy #Tech #Risk #News #Politics #Security▼
Today is International #YouthDay!
And 2023 is also the European Year of Skills so there’s never been a better time to learn something new.
The EU provides plenty of opportunities for young people to learn, work, volunteer, travel or even be part of the democratic process.
Discover them now ➡ https://link.medium.com/NlzeoIxFbCb
How's your work-life balance?
One year ago today, the Work-Life Balance Directive entered into force, setting out minimum standards:
🔸 Introduction of paternity leave,
🔸 Strengthening existing right to parental leave,
🔸 Introduction of carers’ leave,
🔸 Extension of right to flexible working arrangements.
The law on Work-Life Balance ensures parents and carers can care for loved ones without sacrificing the love of work → https://europa.eu/!tf43Vq
When actual #Nazis are polling at 18%-22%, it has to be remembered that the " #progressive" parties on the #left that push only #neoliberal policies could have prevented this but didn't. #Reactionary parties can only get a foothold when there is actually something bad to react to; manufacturing #crisis only works AFTER you have a following.
@osma It was not about “competence” but whether could they legally comply with all of the requests.
The “right to be forgotten” rule does not work in every country (I do not even think it works in the #UnitedStates 🇺🇸), & #Japan 🇯🇵 might require them to hold onto user data that the #EuropeanUnion 🇪🇺 requires them to delete.
#Misseky instances in Japan 🇯🇵 are simply avoiding being ensnared between two sets of potentially conflicting laws which is wise.
Too long; Did Not Read:
🇪🇺 The #EuropeanUnion has its own Mastodon and PeerTube servers for its official accounts.
We know these are genuine as their server is on the #EU's official europa.eu domain.
➡️ @EU_Commission - EU's executive body, appointed by elected governments of member states
➡️ @EC_OSPO - Handles European Commission’s relationships with libre software community
Council of the European Union press release: