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# EU

Yesterday
7th February 2023
# drug trafficking
EU warned that organised crime is 'as big a threat' as terrorism
The EU’s home affairs commissioner gave the warning today at a major drug smuggling hub.
This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Relief Efforts
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
Countries around the world have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in the regions.
Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Summit
EU prepares more Russia sanctions as Kremlin readies offensive
Top EU officials met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today.
# Belfast
Martin 'very anxious' that power sharing institutions are restored as quickly as possible
The Tánaiste says the meetings with the parties in Northern Ireland were ‘constructive’.
# fined
Planning failure at Derrybrien wind farm reaches total cost to State of €6.2 million
The Derrybrien wind farm, which ceased operations last year, was originally constructed two decades ago.
# EU Accession
Zelenskyy says Ukraine deserves for EU entry talks to start 'this year'
Kyiv is set to host a high-profile EU-Ukraine summit tomorrow.
# Ukraine
Ukraine to push for European Union membership at summit in Kyiv
Ukraine gained EU candidate status in June last year, several months after Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops rolling across the border.
THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland three years past deadline to send long-term climate strategy to European Union
A report by
Lauren Boland
The government has repeatedly fallen short of promises to get the important strategy finished.
Cumbersome grant system holding some back from solar PV uptake, says expert
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
Last month
January 2023
# Water quality
Ireland referred to EU court over ‘insufficient’ efforts on water quality laws
An EU directive issued more than 20 years ago requires that all inland and coastal waters reach a minimum of ‘good’ status by 2027.
Voices
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
# Brexit
Tánaiste welcomes data-sharing progress amid Northern Ireland Protocol row
The EU and UK have reached agreement on data sharing and EU access to UK IT systems.
# Flights
EU members “strongly encouraged” to demand pre-flight Covid tests on passengers from China
China has already vehemently rejected such actions and has warned of ‘countermeasures’ if such policies were to be imposed across the bloc.
# graft scandal
EU Parliament chief moves to lift two MEPs' immunity amid corruption scandal
It comes after four suspects were arrested last month during a series of police raids in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
Voices
Analysis: How is Ireland doing after 50 years in the EU?
Emma DeSouza recently visited Strasbourg and looked at how Ireland has been doing as a member state.
# EU
Croatia switches to the euro and enters Europe's passport-free zone
It is now the 27th nation in the passport-free Schengen zone.
Last year
2022
Voices
Michéal Martin: Europe’s most sacred task remains its first - peace
The Tánaiste reflects on Ireland’s 50 years in the EU and the development of the country’s voice within.
# Western Balkans
Tension soars as Kosovo shuts main border crossing with Serbia
The EU and the US have called on both countries to “refrain from provocations, threats, or intimidation”.
# Facebook
Facebook Marketplace breaches EU antitrust laws, says Commission
The Commission said it takes issue with Meta tying Facebook Marketplace to the Facebook social networking service.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol issues can be fixed ahead of Good Friday Agreement landmark, says Bertie Ahern
The former Taoiseach said he understands that unionists and loyalists have concerns about the constitutional position.
# Emissions
EU reaches deal on major carbon market reform
The deal aims to accelerate emissions cuts, phase out free allowances to industries and targets fuel emissions from the building and road transport sectors.
# blacklisting
EU agrees fresh sanctions on Russia over Ukraine war
Approval of the package was held up by coastal countries including Belgium and the Netherlands
Voices
Analysis: Are we seeing a change in mood music when it comes to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Emma DeSouza writes her thoughts from Strasbourg on whether a breakthrough on the Protocol is possible.
# Brexit
'Important discussions' on Northern Ireland Protocol continue in Brussels
Westminster is progressing controversial legislation on the Protocol.
# Eva Kaili
Greek MEP at centre of Qatar-linked corruption scandal faces key court ruling
Eva Kaili was arrested last week during a series of police raids across homes and offices in which at least €1.5 million in cash was seized.
# European Parliament
Kerry man who helped migrants reach Greece faces prison sentence as trial begins next month
Seán Binder is facing felony charges related to his efforts to help migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
# Eva Kaili
EU parliament sacks vice president amid Qatar corruption probe
The assembly’s MEPs voted 625 to one to strip Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili of her vice presidential role.
# Kosovo
Violence reported in north Kosovo as shootings and roads blocked
Tensions remain high despite the postponement of municipal elections on December 18 to which the Serbs were opposed.
# deforestation
EU to ban products which contribute to deforestation
Importing companies will have to show that their products are deforestation-free.
# Eurogroup
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe re-elected as Eurogroup president
The vote took place today.
# Oil
Opec maintains oil targets amid uncertainty over Russian sanctions
The decision was made at a meeting of oil ministers a day ahead of the planned start of two measures designed to hit Russia’s oil earnings.
# Russia
Zelenskyy criticises $60 price cap level on Russian oil as 'not serious'
The price cap will come into effect with an EU embargo on Russian crude oil from Monday.
# EU
Packages containing animal eyes sent to six Ukrainian embassies across Europe, Kyiv says
Ukraine’s foreign minister said they have grounds to believe that a “well-planned campaign of terror and intimidation of Ukrainian embassies and consulates is under way”.
# EU
Ursula von der Leyen thanks Irish people for their support in welcoming Ukrainian refugees
Von der Leyen will also address a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
# Twitter
Twitter must comply with new rules or risk ban from EU, official says
Thierry Breton, the EU’s commissioner for digital policy, held a video call with Elon Musk.
# Ukraine War
'Pro-Kremlin group’ launches cyber attack on EU Parliament website after Russia ‘terrorism’ vote
The move by the European legislators is a symbolic political step with no legal consequences.
# COP27
EU vows more emissions cuts at UN climate talks but campaigners say it doesn't go far enough
The EU has increased emissions reduction targets from 55% to 57%, but campaigners say the target should be 65%.
# Referendum
CETA: Supreme Court rules trade deal cannot be ratified by Oireachtas unless law is changed
If the legislation is amended, a referendum on the matter could be avoided.
# Travel
UK wants EU visitors to give 'face and fingerprint biometrics' - but Irish will be exempt
As part of the ETA application process, applicants “will be required to submit their biometrics”, a Tory MP said.
# Blackpool
Taoiseach Micheál Martin meets UK PM Rishi Sunak at summit in Blackpool
Sunak first UK prime minister to attend the British-Irish Council in 15 years .
# Brexit
Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen seek ‘resolution’ to Protocol tension