- Ukraine, subsidies and migration: the topics of the EU summit
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- How Eva Kaili used the EPRS
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- Methane bill: lobbyist involvement?
- EU ambassadors confirm ETS trilogue outcome
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- Commission wants to strengthen civil protection
- S&D commits to digital policy goals
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Migration policy was supposed to be the focus of today’s special EU summit – but now a special guest is likely to set the tone: After surprise visits to London and Paris, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected in Brussels today. There is also a need to talk about a completely different topic, namely Europe’s reaction to the US Inflation Reduction Act. “An unrestrained subsidy race with the US would certainly be the wrong way to go,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said yesterday in the Bundestag. You will find an outlook on the summit at the beginning of our briefing.
Faulty data along with lax controls by authorities: According to the Chinese Ministry of the Environment, a large part of the emissions data of all those companies that participate in the Chinese Emission Trading System (ETS) has deficiencies. The unreliable data situation could become a problem for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). However, as Nico Beckert and Lukas Scheid have learned, the EU is keeping a backdoor open for precisely this case.
The Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) is an internal body of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) that hardly anyone outside Parliament knows about. For Eva Kaili, the main figure in the corruption scandal, however, it had an important function: she used its chairmanship for her political work – and awarded posts to her sister and the quasi-governmental Qatar Foundation, as Charlotte Wirth’s research shows.
Ukraine, subsidies and migration: the topics of the EU summit
It is a poorly kept secret: Volodymyr Zelenskiy is expected in Brussels today. At an estimated 10 a.m., Ukraine’s President is scheduled to address the European Parliament, which is meeting for a special session. Afterward, he is expected to join the heads of state and government of the EU states a few hundred meters away, who are gathered in the Europe Building for a special summit.
EU diplomats did not want to confirm Zelenskiy’s visit for security reasons – not even when the President had already arrived in London. It was known that Council President Charles Michel had issued an open invitation, a diplomat said. The caution may also have to do with the fact that information about this was leaked from Parliament earlier this week and the visit was suddenly in question.
Zelenskiy likely to set tone
In London, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promised to examine whether the UK could comply with Ukraine’s request and provide fighter jets. However, this would only be possible in the long term.
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