Member states of the European Union

Democracy Digest: Czechia and Poland Mine Rich Seam of Antagonism

Prague has been asking Warsaw to deal with the mine, which sits on the tri-border between Poland, Czechia and Germany, for several years, citing its heavy environmental impact. In particular, Turow, which feeds Poland's heavy addiction to coal for power production, has degraded drinking water in Czechia's northern Liberec Region. There is also concern over air and noise pollution.

Visiting Slovakian Foreign Minister expresses support for Romania's Schengen, OECD accession

Slovakian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Ivan Korcok, currently on a visit to Bucharest, expressed support for Romania's accession to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Schengen Area, noting that this should already have happened. I affirmed Slovakia's support for Romania's joining the Schengen Area.

Cyprus and the 5+1 summit, Greece signs tourism deal with Israel, and upgrades to Greece’s air-force and navy

Vassilis Nedos, Kathimerini's diplomatic and defense editor, joins The Greek Current to discuss Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' visit to Cyprus and Israel on Monday, the upcoming UN initiative to restart Cyprus talks with a 5+1 summit, and the latest developments on upgrades to Greece's F-16 fleet and navy.

Austrian plebiscite donation law released in Slovenian

Vienna – A law providing an EUR 4 million donation to the Austrian province of Carinthia as promised by the federal government on the centenary of the Carinthian plebiscite last year was also published in the Slovenian language on Monday in what is the first such instance in Austria’s second republic. Slovenia has welcomed the step.

Tourist arrivals halved in 2020

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded slightly over three million arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists in 2020, down by almost 51% on 2019, as a surge in domestic tourism failed to offset the collapse in foreign tourist arrivals, show data released by the Statistics Office on Friday.

Slovenia remains attractive for Austrian investments

Ljubljana – Slovenia remains an attractive investment destination for Austrian companies despite the pandemic, shows a survey conducted by the Austrian trade office Advantage Austria Ljubljana among its members. Investments are being postponed due to Covid-19, but most companies think that Slovenia will keep its investment allure in 2021.

Bulgaria is helping Croatia with 100,000 Еuros

Bulgaria will help Croatia with 100,000 euros after the devastating earthquake.

According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva they will be used for the restoration of two iconic buildings in Croatia.

By a decision of the Council of Ministers, the government had granted 100,000 euros in aid to Croatia.