Tuesday

26th May 2020

Ticker

Bratislava will host new European Labour Authority

The new European Labour Authority will have its headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, EU employment ministers decided in Luxembourg on Thursday. Slovakia received 15 out of 28 votes in the first round of voting. Other contenders were Bulgaria (Sofia), Cyprus (Nicosia), and Latvia (Riga). Central and eastern EU members have long complained about the geographical distribution of EU agencies, many of which are headquartered in western Europe.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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