Capitals bring you news from all over Europe – thanks to the EURACTIV network. Today among other things: a possible incident at the Belarusian nuclear power plant, the green light of the Bundestack for the rescue fund, the further stoppage of AstraZeneca in Denmark and the tightening of various measures across Europe.
At EURACTIV.de: At the EU summit, the COVID issue covered important industrial and climate issues, and as expected, the Commission called for a “new opportunity” for the problem and the Western Balkans in the EU Parliament.
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No information is available about the (potential) nuclear power plant incident: Radiation measuring stations across the country were temporarily shut down after a possible incident at the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravez earlier this month. As a result, Lithuanian officials say they have not been able to access publicly available surveillance data for several hours.
On March 7, Belarusian telegram channels reported that the cooling system at the Astraveus nuclear power plant, 50 kilometers from Vilnius, had failed. Lithuanian officials returned to their Belarusian counterparts for more information. Initially, however, these were not.
Said Julius Ilyukas, head of the Lithuanian Radiation Protection Center LRD TV Now: “We can’t say what the problem is, we don’t know. The stations were then reactivated, showing normal radiation levels like everything else. This is the first time such an incident has taken place during surveillance. More about this here.
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Macron, Orban & Co. Demand EU support for “active” nuclear power
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(Benas Gerticinas, LRD)
Green light for recovery plan: The Bundestag on Thursday approved an EU reconstruction plan.
Out of a total of 645 MPs, 478 voted in favor of the majority draft. Union parties and the Social Democrats and the opposition Greens and the FDP.
Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed: “This development fund is a unique tool with a specific time and purpose.” This is an “important contribution” to the collective management of the epidemic in Europe and its consequences.
The Federal Council is voting on EU reconstruction plans on Friday.
(Alexandra Prosovsky, EURACTIV.com)
Locking in the East: Back and forth between the federal government and the provincial governors, the COVID special operations for the eastern federal states of Austria are now an agreement made during the Easter holidays.
In Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgundy, there will be a 24-hour curfew for five days from April 1. All businesses and service providers should close their doors; Supermarkets and other basic necessities suppliers are excluded.
Masks should be worn in all enclosed rooms except private living spaces. Employees are tested for COVID-19 at least once a week in their activities or have to work from home.
(Philip Crawl, EURACTIV.de)
Other local locks: French Health Minister Oliver Warren has announced new measures against the epidemic.
For all three sectors (Ron, Abe and Nivre), stricter regulations and business closures now apply; Last Friday, Normandy, Hots-de-France and L-de-France had already gone into a month-long lockout. Curfew is in effect across the country from 7pm to 6am.
The minister said the epidemic pressure in the country was “dangerous”. Schools are open; Their closure is considered a “last resort”.
(Clara Bauer-Baboff, EURACTIV.fr)
Brussels has restrictions on: According to the Brussels regional government, the current anti – corona virus measures will be in effect until April 25.
These include a curfew order from 10pm, a general ban on alcohol in public places and the need for a public mask.
(Alexandra Prosovsky, EURACTIV.com)
Hope for a deal: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday expressed hope that an agreement could be reached on London and Brussels on the use and export of the vaccine “over or over the weekend”.
>> Also: Dutch PM: UK and EU vaccine deal coming into view soon
Vaccine at work: “As part of the updated vaccination schedule […] It is now possible to vaccinate in factories when there are skilled medical staff on site, ”said Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Job Andrea Orlando at a meeting with unions and employers’ unions on Thursday.
In the coming days, Orlando said, “We will set the basic minimum requirements to ensure safe vaccinations, including mobile facilities if needed.” The Minister said that the first companies to be included in the scheme would be large companies with more than 50 employees.
Vaccines “should start with the types of workers at high risk for infection”. These individuals must be identified by the National Institute of Occupational Accidents (Inail).
(Daniel Lettick, EURACTIV.it)
Structure Material: Spain’s finance minister Maria Jesடs Montero announced on Thursday that it had used 50 percent of the EU’s infrastructure and investment funds for 2014-20.
Thanks to the current crisis, these funds can still be spent until 2023. The minister stressed that Spain’s spending plans have always exceeded 99 percent since joining the EU and will continue to do so. More about this here.
(EURACTIV’s Media Partner EFE)
Entry with Israeli Certificate: If vaccinated against COVID-19, permanent residents of Israel can now travel freely to Greece and be issued the appropriate certification. More about this here.
(Sarandis Michelopoulos, EURACTIV.com)
Emergency Terms: The UK is expected to begin easing its COVID-19 restrictions next week.
On Thursday, however, parliament voted to extend the legal corona virus emergency rules, which give remote powers to ministries, another six months. More about this here.
(Benjamin Fox, EURACTIV.com)
Citizens’ meeting not useful ?: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Gowney said yesterday that the Irish government did not support the formation of a “citizens’ assembly” to discuss what the United Ireland might look like.
The minister noted the so-called opposition of pro-British “trade unionists”. Gowney actually said: “There is an argument that a meeting of citizens should be set up to discuss the reunification of Ireland. But it is very difficult to get everyone involved in this conversation. “
(Paula Kenny, EURACTIV.com)
Further vaccination for AstraZeneca: In Denmark, no vaccines will be administered by AstraZeneca until at least April 18.
Soren Prostrom, director of the Danish Health Service, said it was a precautionary measure: “there must be” absolute certainty “that the vaccine has nothing to do with the development of thrombosis.
Desired drastic measures: The Finnish government on Thursday tabled in parliament a plan to restrict freedom of movement and introduce a three-week period of severe mask requirements in the country’s worst-affected areas. More about this here.
(Becca Wundinen, EURACTIV.com)
Record infections and activities: The Polish Ministry of Health on Thursday registered more than 34,000 new COVID-19 cases. This is a new record since the outbreak began a year ago.
So the government has decided to impose drastic measures for two weeks: from Saturday Kindergarten, furniture stores and beauty salons will also be closed. “Essential” stores such as grocery stores and supermarkets, post offices and bookstores are still allowed to open with limited space (one person per 15 square meters).
All the schools and universities in the country have already completely switched to home schooling.
(Alexandra Christophossek, EURACTIV.pl)
Russian involvement warning: Czech secret services have warned the government against including Russian energy company Rosatom in a planned tender.
This includes setting up a new unit at the Dugovani nuclear power plant. However, President Milos Zeman supports Rosatom’s involvement.
>> Added: Czech secret services warn against rosacea involvement
(Ondej Plevák, EURACTIV.cz)
Independent House: Hungary is in the release on Thursday Annual Report of Independence House At least 70 to 69 points.
With this small decline compared to the previous year, the country is still classified as “somewhat free”. More about this here.
(Vladimir Maximov, EURACTIV.com)
Impossible: Drivers who do not pay motorway fees in Slovakia have not been fined for several months because the automatic sending of fines has been suspended.
This means daily estimates of about 130,000 fines not paid Dennick n. The current situation was caused by the reduction of the period for which the fine was imposed to 60 days. In the view of Transport Minister Andrzej Dollisel, this new deadline is simply “unattainable”
(Irina Genoa, EURACTIV.sk)
Development Report: European Parliament Thursday MP Report by Vladimir Black Regarding Serbia’s progress towards future EU access.
The report, based on the European Commission’s Serbia report for 2019-2020, calls on the government in Belgrade to provide “firm decisions” on key reform areas, such as the judiciary, freedom of expression and the fight against corruption and organized crime.
>> Also: EU Parliament approves report on progress of EU integration in Serbia
[Bearbeitet von Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Paula Kenny, Benjamin Fox]