• Ylva Johansson will discuss in Lithuania the situation at border with Belarus

      Ylva Johansson will discuss in Lithuania the situation at border with Belarus

      Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, will travel to Lithuania on Sunday, 1 August, to meet with senior government officials to discuss the situation at the external border with Belarus. They will also talk about any additional European support needed for border and migration management or diplomatic outreach, in line with the principles of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, EC announced.

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    • 6 Member States receive €14m for transport of essential supplies

      6 Member States receive €14m for transport of essential supplies

      The European Commission provides financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of Covid-19 vaccination-related equipment and Covid-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million already made available for the transport of essential medical items since last year, EC announced.

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    • Italy, Spain push up the Eurozone, CPI tops ECB forecast

      Italy, Spain push up the Eurozone, CPI tops ECB forecast

      The gross domestic product of the 19 nations sharing the euro posted a robust growth in the second quarter of this year driven by rapid economic recovery in Italy and Spain which grew by 2.7% and 2.8%, outpacing the bloc's average 2.0% quarter on quarter. On annual basis the growth was 13.7 percent, Reuters reported, quoting official figures of Eurostat.

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    • Team Europe pledges €1.7bn to the Global Partnership for Education

      Team Europe pledges €1.7bn to the Global Partnership for Education

      At the Global Education Summit, held in London on Thursday, the European Union and its Member States, as Team Europe, pledged €1.7bn to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to help transform education systems for more than one billion girls and boys in up to 90 countries and territories. This represents the biggest contribution to the GPE. The EU had already announced its €700 million pledge for 2021-2027 in June.

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    • Supply bottlenecks slow the German recovery

      Supply bottlenecks slow the German recovery

      The largest EU economy posted a growth in the second quarter of this year but still missed the target set by analysts' forecasts. The supply chains bottlenecks are the main factor behind the slower rebound from the recession caused by pandemic, Reuters reported. The German economy accelerated by 1.5% quarter on quarter. That result comes after a revised contraction of 2.1% in the first quarter, and by 9.2% on annual basis, the Federal Statistics Office said.

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    • Italy’s ruling parties reach agreement on justice reform

      Italy’s ruling parties reach agreement on justice reform

      Italy’s cabinet of PM Mario Draghi has reached an agreement on a compromise in relation to a reform of Italy's criminal-justice system, sources said on Thursday, ANSA reported. The compromise has the backing of the 5-Star Movement (M5S), the sources said. The reform, drafted by Justice Minister Marta Cartabia, is aimed at speeding up Italy's criminal-law system.

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    • EU health body marks in dark red Greek islands over Covid-19

      EU health body marks in dark red Greek islands over Covid-19

      Greece's south Aegean islands were marked dark red on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's Covid-19 map on Thursday after a rise in infections, meaning all but essential travel to and from the region is discouraged, Reuters reported. The cluster of 13 islands includes Greece's most popular destinations for foreign tourists - Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes - which, combined, draw millions of people every summer.

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    • Opponents of new Slovakia’s vaccination law block traffic in Bratislava

      Opponents of new Slovakia’s vaccination law block traffic in Bratislava

      About 1,500 people demonstrating against Slovakia's coronavirus policies blocked traffic in Bratislava on Thursday, demanding the government to withdraw a new law on vaccination rules, news wires reported. Police said the protesters were blocking one of the most important thoroughfares in central Bratislava. Some of the protesters said they planned to stay through the night and into the days beyond.

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