Foreign relations


    • EU to recognise Swiss Covid certificate

      EU to recognise Swiss Covid certificate

      The Commission adopted today a decision ensuring that Covid-19 certificates issued by Switzerland will be considered equivalent to the EU Digital Covid certificate. This means that Switzerland is to become the first country from outside the EU to be connected to the EU's system and that the Swiss Covid certificates will be accepted in the EU under the same conditions as the EU certificate.

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    • EU calls on London to halt the ''sausage war''

      EU calls on London to halt the ''sausage war''

      EU pushed UK to accept a Swiss-style deal over veterinary differences on agricultural foods differences between Britain and Northern Ireland which has gained popularity as the ''sausage war''. The tension has risen after the Brexit process came into effect, Reuters reported. The issue is sensitive for Northern Ireland, particularly related to chilled meat, because the province’s open border with EU member Ireland is now part of Britain’s frontier with the EU’s single market.

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    • Merkel hosts Western Balkans EU hopefuls

      Merkel hosts Western Balkans EU hopefuls

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts today a summit with six Western Balkan aspiring for EU membership, news wires reported. The summit aims at forging closer cooperation as these countries limp on their way to the EU. Here come some facts about the six Balkan aspirants, compiled by Reuters.

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    • EU proposes

      EU proposes "sausage war" ceasefire

      The EU agreed on Wednesday to a ceasefire with Britain in a post-Brexit dispute dubbed the "sausage war" by extending a grace period for shipments of certain meat products from mainland UK to Northern Ireland, news wires reported. The Union will also make it easier for medicines and guide dogs to cross the Irish Sea and allow Northern Irish drivers to travel to Ireland with existing insurance documents.

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    • Merkel insists talks with Russia are needed

      Merkel insists talks with Russia are needed

      Talks with Russia on EU level would be useful on a number of issues, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In her words this would be the way to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin directly that cyber attacks are no basis for a productive relationship, she pointed out on Monday.

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    • EU expected to hit Belarus with new sanctions

      EU expected to hit Belarus with new sanctions

      EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday in Luxembourg to blacklist dozens more supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in a bid to tighten the vice on his government and strengthen its opponents, news wires reported. Seventy-eight individuals are to be hit with measures like EU travel bans or having assets located in the bloc frozen, EU sources told dpa last week.

       

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