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In today’s news from the capitals:

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is seeking a chance to regain the upper hand in the European Council in Sunday’s Swedish elections, where its majority could hinge on cooperation with Sweden’s far-right “normalized” Democrats. Read more.

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EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

Commission to introduce cyber requirements for Internet of Things products. The Cyber ​​Resilience Bill presented next week will impose basic cybersecurity standards for all connected devices and stricter conformity assessment procedures for critical products, according to a draft seen by EURACTIV. Read more.

The EU provides a “revenue cap” for electricity companies, mandatory electricity savings at peak times. An EU bill introduces mandatory demand reduction targets for electricity consumption for the first time and imposes “a revenue limit” on power companies making windfall profits from the energy crisis, according to a leaked proposal seen by EURACTIV. Read more.

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EDITORIAL OPINION

Feed a snake that will bite us. EURACTIV’s poll this week showed that most of our readers believe that a new tendency for the European centre-right (EPP) to join coalitions with far-right parties will ultimately lead the EPP to adopt more extremes. Read the survey.

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VIENNA

Austrian conservatives aim to exclude asylum seekers from climate bonuses. The Tories want to change the law to prevent asylum seekers from being eligible for climate bonuses, a position that their green coalition partner rejects. Read more.

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BERLIN

The share of German homes built with gas heating has more than halved in two years. The share of German homes built with gas heating fell nine percentage points in the first half of this year, although Russia’s war against Ukraine did not accelerate the downward trend. Read more.

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PARIS

EU institutions, Macron sees “social issues as secondary”, says a leading French trade unionist. Trade unionist Philippe Martinez calls for a European campaign for higher wages because for President Emmanuel Macron and the EU, it is “the market that comes first” and “the social comes second”. Read more.

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BRUSSELS

Russian gas price cap “insufficient” for Belgium. Belgian Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten has called for a ‘more decisive’ approach by the EU to the energy crisis, saying on Thursday that Belgium would not settle for a cap on Russian gas prices uniquely. Read more.

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THE HAGUE

Dutch leaders pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Dutch leaders paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

HELSINKI

The National Coalition Party extends its lead in Finland. The National Coalition Party (NCP), liberal-conservative, retained its leading position in the new election and widened the gap with the Social Democratic Party. Read more.


SOUTHERN EUROPE

ATHENS

Greece opposes the Commission’s price cap on Russian gas. The centre-right New Democracy (EPP) government will not support the European Commission’s proposal to cap Russian gas prices, a spokesman said on Thursday. Read more.

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MADRID

The Spanish Minister of Labor suggests controlling the prices of the “basic food basket”. Spanish Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz (Unidas Podemos/GUE/NGL) will meet the country’s major food retailers and consumer associations to discuss a proposal to limit the prices of around 20 or 30 items of the “basic food basket”. Read more.


VISEGRAD

WARSAW

EPP: Polish plans for resolving German war reparations are “contradictory”. The centre-right of the European Parliament has not received a draft from the conservative ECR to table a resolution regarding German WWII reparations to Poland and finds the decision “contradictory”, EURACTIV.pl has learned. Read more.

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BUDAPEST

The Hungarian government will order a 25% reduction in gas consumption in public institutions. Hungary’s executive will order a 25% reduction in gas consumption in public institutions and support keeping temperatures at 18 degrees Celsius in winter, except in hospitals and residential care facilities, the government announced on Thursday. . Read more.

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PRAGUE

Czech minister calls for pressure on Turkey over migration. Pressure on Turkey must be exerted on the increasing number of Syrian refugees arriving in the EU from this country in recent months, said Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakušan. Read more.

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BRATISLAVA

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation mocks Putin’s league. The Slovak ice hockey federation has decided that it will not ban players under contract in Russia from playing for the national team, unlike its Czech counterpart. Read more.


BALKAN NEWS

SOFIA

bulgarian president Lukoil lobbies to lower fuel prices. Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on Thursday hosted a meeting between representatives of his caretaker government and the head of Lukoil Bulgaria, Vadim Vorobyov, during which fuel prices were discussed. At a time, the The Russian company expressed concern about the European embargo on Russian oil. Read more.

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ZAGREB

Croatia unveils plan to cap energy and food prices. The Croatian government on Thursday presented a crisis package for citizens and businesses, including a cap on basic food and energy prices, calling it “strong, fair and comprehensive”. Read more.

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LJUBLJANA

Record spending foreseen in Slovenia’s revised budget. The Slovenian government has adopted a revised budget for 2022 increasing revenue by around €1 billion to €12.54 billion and spending by around €600 million to a record €14.6 billion. euros. Read more.

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BELGRADE

Lajčak, Ploetner, Bonne to relaunch the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue. The EU mediator, Miroslav Lajcak, and the envoys from Berlin and Paris, Jens Ploetner and Emmanuel Bonne, are going to Pristina and Belgrade on Friday to “invigorate the dialogue, generated by the agreement on personal documents”. Read more.

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TIRANA

Albania announces energy saving measures and higher costs for large users. The Albanian government presented its energy-saving measures on Thursday, which include a limit of 800 kilowatt hours (Kwh) per month for families who want to avoid paying a higher tariff for electricity. Read more.

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Agenda

  • EU: Participation of the Eurogroup, Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner for Budget and Administration Johannes Hahn
  • Energy Council meeting, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson participates
  • Informal ECOFIN meeting, Commissioner for Financial Stability and Services Mairead McGuinness attends and meets German Finance Minister Christian Lindner
  • Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson meets Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin
  • Visit of European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell to Mozambique
  • European Parliament President Roberta Metsola visits Cyprus
  • European Parliament pre-session briefing
  • Germany: Chancellor Scholz meets European Council President Charles Michel in Berlin, followed by a joint press conference.
  • Serbia: Hungarian President Katalin Novak visits Serbia.
  • Kosovo/Serbia: the EU special envoy for the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo Miroslav Lajčak and the special advisers of the French president and the German chancellor, respectively Emmanuel Bonne and Jens Ploetner, on a visit to Pristina and Belgrade.
  • Pakistan: Visit of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

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[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Eleonora Vasques, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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