Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Europe's East 17-09-2020

Ukraine top court deals another blow to anti-corruption bureau

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine struck down several provisions of the law on the Western-backed National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) in the latest blow to the country’s anti-graft drive. Among the parts of the law the court scrapped are...
Eastern Europe 17-09-2020

MEPs praise Georgian political dialogue and COVID response, call for continued reforms

The European parliament on Wednesday (16 September) with overwhelming majority praised Georgia’s progress but called on the EU and NATO hopeful to press on with justice reforms and depoliticisation of the judiciary. Following the adoption of the report, the Georgian...
Global Europe 16-09-2020

EU diplomacy needs more courage to address Russia, Turkey, new White House

The EU needs to be more courageous in its diplomacy, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday (16 September), chiding member states for an ineffective foreign policy and urging progress on a US-style sanctions framework targeting human rights abusers worldwide.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2020

Diversity in the workplace

The pandemic that washed over Europe did not only lay bare the continent’s health vulnerabilities but also exposed the consequences of deep-seated inequalities. A report by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published in April acknowledged the “asymmetries in vulnerability”...
Enlargement 11-09-2020

Belgrade-Pristina deal only way to counter ‘influences from the East’, Kosovo PM says

Unless Serbia and Kosovo normalise their relations, the Western Balkans will remain vulnerable to foreign influence coming from the East, Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti warned MEPs on the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee Thursday evening (10 September.
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

EP faces roadblocks as lawmakers push for quicker deployment of COVID-19 funds

Lawmakers on the European Parliament's regional development committee are keen to see a quicker deployment of funds for the mitigation of the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis but they face an uphill battle with the member states who propose less money and potentially longer procedures.
Coronavirus 04-09-2020

European Commission pushes member states for common travel rules

The European Commission on Friday (4 September) proposed a set of recommendations to prevent discriminatory measures applied by member states in a new attempt to harmonise fragmented COVID-19 travel restrictions across the bloc.

Brussels writes to Budapest over discriminatory border measures

The European Commission warned Hungary not to discriminate against EU citizens and residents after new border measures were introduced that favour tourists from the four Visegrád countries.

Parliament demands rule of law mechanism before signing off on EU budget

Leaders of the four major political groups in the European Parliament warned on Wednesday (26 August) that they would not sign off on the bloc's next long-term budget unless there was a formal deal on linking EU funds to rule of law, in the latest signal that lawmakers would not back down on conditionality.
Enlargement 25-08-2020

Enlargement agenda: Investment plans, reforms and elections

In the wake of an "enlargement summit" in May that omitted the word enlargement altogether, the Western Balkans region is set to stay high on the Brussels agenda this fall and possibly even mark one or two milestones in the drawn-out process.
Eastern Europe 21-08-2020

US report on Georgia: Political will needed to cement the democratic elections

A prestigious non-partisan US institute gave a generally positive assessment of the recent electoral reforms in Georgia, a country in the EU's neighbourhoud nourishing hopes to join the Union and NATO.  
Health 19-08-2020

Facebook’s algorithm a threat to public health, doctors say

**This article has been updated with comments from the European Commission. While medical professionals continue to raise alarm of the dangers of inaccurate information  on social networks, a new report estimates the content of health misinformation spreading networks on Facebook...
Europe's East 17-08-2020

Ukraine: torched journalist car, wiretapping raise press freedom concerns

A car used by the team of an investigative journalist whose reports had raised the hackles of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was burned near Kyiv, following allegations of wiretapping of the journalist's home.
Coronavirus 31-07-2020

Autumn challenges ahead as COVID rates rise amid European travel season

Several European countries are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as holidaymakers set out to enjoy the last month of summer but experts are more concerned about a potential increase in COVID-19 infections in autumn, when it may coincide with the regular flu season.
Armenia 30-07-2020

Report: Preventive communication needed on Armenia-Azerbaijan border

A communication channel set up in 2018 to discuss incidents along the front lines could be used for sharing preventative information to protect farmers and minimise risks of escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, a recent report from the International Crisis Group  (ICG) suggests.
Eastern Europe 30-07-2020

Georgia: continued EU support needed to fight ‘information disorder’

Anti-Western messages in Georgia have doubled in number, with a particular increase in anti-American and anti-NATO messages related to the US support on security issues and the post-Soviet country’s integration into the transatlantic defence alliance, a recent report has found....
Non-discrimination 29-07-2020

Roma equality strategy needs mandatory targets and earmarked funding, experts say

The EU's upcoming strategy for equality and inclusion of Romani people risks being ineffective unless it introduces mandatory objectives and includes targeted funding, say civil society groups.
Global Europe 27-07-2020

Sacked top investigator: There are no reforms in Ukraine

Oleh Koretskyi, an investigator who has recently been sacked from Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), gave an interview to EURACTIV after stating publicly last month that he was being pressured to continue investigations into former president Petro Poroshenko.
Digital 24-07-2020

Mass resignations at Hungary’s biggest news site as fallout from editor’s sacking continues

Nearly 60 journalists have resigned from the 90-member editorial team of Index, Hungary's leading independent media outlet, in what is being described as a devastating blow to the country's free press and media plurality. 
Europe's East 23-07-2020

Ukraine reassures EU as Brussels and Kyiv sign loan package

The European Commission's economy boss, Valdis Dombrovskis, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal signed on Thursday (23 July) a large loan package supposed to stabilise the ex-Soviet country's ailing finances amid international concern that its leadership is backtracking on reforms.
Azerbaijan 13-07-2020

EU calls for ceasefire amid escalating tensions at Azerbaijan-Armenia border

The European Union has called for respect of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh after a "serious incident" claimed the lives of three Azerbaijani soldiers as tensions in the breakaway region escalated on Sunday (12 July).

Michel proposal offers Council more control over rule of law conditionality

European Council President Charles Michel's latest compromise proposal for the bloc's 2021-27 budget offers more power to member states in deciding to cut EU funding in case of rule of law problems, and instead promises more funding for values projects and the fight against disinformation.
Europe's East 09-07-2020

Ukraine: Poroshenko cases unfold into a ‘tik-tok’ war

A Kyiv district court has decided not to order pre-trial restrictive measures against former President Petro Poroshenko, and the country's prosecutor general accused his defence team of attempting to stall the process by questioning "absolutely everything".
08-07-2020

‘Uncensored’ debate features three speeches and no dissenting voices

Leaders of Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia spoke of the threat of regional conflicts and the need to reestablish the power-balance in Europe in the wake of Brexit and COVID-19 crisis during an online conference on Wednesday (8 July). The debate...
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