The European Commission president has promised to gradually introduce pollution “pricing” and support those in need at the EU summit. Viktor Orban did not comment on the debate about Belarus, instead providing a historical overview of Russia.
“We want to preserve our ambitious plans, taking into account the different situations in the member states.”
– The EU leaders ’discussion of community climate goals on Tuesday summed up Charles Michel, chair of the summit. Last December, heads of state and government agreed to reduce their emissions by 55 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels and to be completely climate neutral by 2050. The current meeting in Brussels discussed the joint and national efforts needed to achieve these goals and how to share the burden equitably. Using the experience of debate, the European Commission will put its detailed proposals on the table in a few weeks, and the leaders of member states will return to the topic after the summer. At the summit, many criticized the Brussels plan, which would expand emissions trade to buildings and road transport, making household spending much more expensive. Poorer eastern European countries are against this idea and expect large compensation from the group’s budget. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised a gradual introduction to “pricing” pollution and support those in need. The leaders welcomed the acceleration of the vaccination campaign across Europe, which, along with the improvement of the epidemiological situation, will allow a gradual opening up. The head of the committee announced that the amount of vaccine that will reach the European Union will reach 400 million doses by the end of next month, which will allow 70 percent of the population to be vaccinated by the end of July. In their closing statement, the Heads of State and Government called for expanding production capacities and ensuring a safe supply of vaccines across the European Union to be essential. They urged the speedy implementation of the agreement on the European Protection Card and the lifting of restrictions on travel within the group to the extent possible.
On the first day of the summit, 27 leaders decided at record speed to impose more sanctions on companies and oligarchs closely linked to the Lukashenko regime, after Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair Athena-Vilnius on Sunday and arrested the plane after landing in Minsk Roman Protasifex, an opposition journalist and his girlfriend. The exact details of the punitive measures will be determined by the experts in the coming days. Heads of state and government agreed to ban the Belarusian airline from the territory of the European Union and advised European airlines not to use Belarusian airspace. The 27 leaders demanded an international investigation and the journalist and his girlfriend were released immediately. According to press reports, Viktor Orban did not comment on the debate over Belarus, but did speak at length about relations between the European Union and Russia, which were another important item on the foreign policy agenda on Monday night. Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Petel told reporters that the Hungarian Prime Minister had “given an interesting historical view” of Russia since it came to power around the same time as President Vladimir Putin. (Urban in 1998 and Putin in 2000). The leaders instructed the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union to submit a report to the next meeting on relations with Moscow.
Embarrassing situation in the Kremlin
He rejected the assumption that Moscow was linked to the hijacking in Belarus and the arrest of journalist Raman Pratasevich and his bride. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Moscow expects the rights of the Russian bride, Sophia Sabija, to be respected. However, the Lukashenko regime also accused the girl of several acts, which she did not name, in violation of the Belarusian Penal Code. Despite the fact that most international airlines stopped flights to Minsk on Tuesday and also avoided the country’s airspace, the Lukashenko regime tightened the hastily passed law for an indefinite period, restricting public access to the internet for reasons of national security. GM
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