World Tue, 29 Nov 2022 20:02:47 +0200 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Parliament approves €18 billion loan for Ukraine for 2023 Parliament approves €18 billion loan for Ukraine for 2023

On Thursday, MEPs approved an €18 billion loan to support Ukraine during Russia’s war against the country.

The €18 billion will cover roughly half of the estimated €3-4 billion monthly funding Ukraine needs in 2023. The money will go to supporting essential public services - such as running hospitals, schools, and providing housing for relocated people -, macroeconomic stability and the restoration of critical infrastructure destroyed by Russia, according to the Commission’s proposal. Sourced by the EU from financial markets, the loan will be disbursed in quarterly instalments, with a continuity and predictability that is essential to keep Ukraine afloat amid the war.

The loan is conditional for Ukraine. It requires reforms to strengthen the country’s institutions and prepare it both for reconstruction and its path towards EU membership. Reviewed by the Commission before each instalment, the conditions include measures for anti-corruption, judicial reform, respect of the rule of law, good governance, and modernisation institutions.

The regulation was adopted with 507 votes to 38 and 26 abstentions.


EP President Roberta Metsola said, after the vote: “Ukraine is fighting for European values. The European Parliament and the European Union have shown remarkable solidarity with Ukraine on the humanitarian, military and financial front. Importantly, we have granted Ukraine EU candidate status.

Yesterday we launched Europe’s ‘Generators of Hope’ campaign for Ukraine to get through the winter.

Today we approved, with a large majority and at record speed, an €18 billion support package to survive the war and restore its critical infrastructure.”

Sandra Kalniete (EPP, LV), standing rapporteur for Ukraine in the Committee on International Trade, said: “Ukraine has already endured 273 days of this brutal war. Russia has violated every international law imaginable, launching 4700 rockets at Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure, resulting in thousands of civilian deaths. Yet the Ukrainian people have never been more united and its army more motivated to continue liberating their country. Ukraine must know that it can count on European support for as long as it takes. The EU stands ready to provide regular, and predictable financial assistance to help cover a sizeable part of Ukraine’s immediate financial needs in 2023”.


Since the start of the war, the EU and its member states have provided €19.7 billion to support Ukraine, a large part of which has come in the form of macro-financial assistance approved by the EP in September and July.

Next steps

The loan now has to be approved by unanimity in Council on 6 December before the Commission can tap the markets and disburse the support in early 2023.

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Lublin Triangle Meeting of Prime Ministers in Kyiv: support for Ukraine and agreement on further strengthening trilateral cooperation Lublin Triangle Meeting of Prime Ministers in Kyiv: support for Ukraine and agreement on further strengthening trilateral cooperation

On 26 November, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė participated in the Lublin Triangle Meeting of Prime Ministers in Kyiv, Ukraine, together with Prime Ministers of Poland and Ukraine, Mateusz Morawiecki and Denys Šmyhal. The Prime Ministers discussed further support for Ukraine in countering Russia’s armed aggression, pointing out that Russia must bear full responsibility for its systematic war crimes, while also noting the solidarity and common goals of Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine in their trilateral statement.

‘I am happy that this meeting of the Lublin Triangle has taken place here in Kyiv, the capital of a free Ukraine, a country which is countering today aggressor’s strikes directed against the rules-based world order, and which is also defending the very principles of freedom and democracy. That is why the motto, For Your Freedom and Ours, shared by our nations a few centuries ago, is still relevant today – and it is an obligation we will follow. We confirmed today our agreement to consolidate the trilateral cooperation, particularly in defence and energy, and to seek bringing Russia to account for its crimes internationally, including through the establishment of an International Tribunal to probe the crime of aggression,’ said Prime Minister Šimonytė.

The Joint Statement condemns the systematic war crimes committed by the Russian military, including deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population and elements of the civilian infrastructure, the forced deportation by the Russian occupiers of thousands of Ukrainian citizens, including children, from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia; it emphasizes the need to increase pressure on Russia through international sanctions, thereby undermining its ability to continue the war and commit these and other crimes in Ukraine, and it underlines the need for further international isolation of the aggressor state.

Prime Minister Šimonytė assured that the assistance to Ukraine, which, in fact, has been provided since way before the military invasion on 24 February as part of the initiative from the Government, the people, and businesses of the country, will continue, so as to help Ukraine to withstand the difficult winter ahead.

In response to Ukraine’s needs to ensure the energy infrastructure running, Lithuania will offer EUR 2 million to this effect in the near future, said the Lithuanian Prime Minister at the meeting. Lithuania will also continue its humanitarian aid to internally displaced people in Ukraine.

The Lublin Triangle Meeting of Prime Ministers in Kyiv on Saturday was the second since the format came to be. Prime Minister Šimonytė invited the third meeting to Lithuania next year.


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The President: Coordinated action by allies is necessary to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank The President: Coordinated action by allies is necessary to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank

President Gitanas Nausėda met with the Presidents of Romania, Poland and Latvia in Kaunas on Friday. The leaders discussed security and defense, reinforcement of NAT’s eastern flank, historical memory and fight against disinformation, support for Ukraine, and sanctions against Russia.

President Gitanas Nausėda underlined that it is critically important for NATO eastern flank countries to have the Madrid summit commitments delivered and more ambitious regional defense plans adopted at the next NATO summit in Vilnius. According to the President, the Vilnius summit will be an excellent opportunity to discuss Ukraine's aspirations for Euro-Atlantic integration and to outline more clearly the prospects for their realization

The President emphasized that the solidarity and unity of the countries in the region are especially important in the context of Russia's war on Ukraine. According to Gitanas Nausėda, we need to continue targeted efforts to strengthen the region’s defense capabilities, work together with our allies and uphold the transatlantic bond.

“We have lived in Russia’s vicinity for centuries and we know like no one else that the aggressor will not be stopped by concessions. That is why we need to strengthen our defenses, increase support for Ukraine and build up pressure on Russia. And above all, we must stay united, because that is our greatest strength,” the President said.

Gitanas Nausėda also underscored the importance of fighting disinformation and preserving historical memory. According to the President, we must be proactive in shaping historical narratives, so that fact-based information, not Kremlin’s lies, dominates the public domain. The President stressed that it was also necessary to raise the awareness of Western partners about Communism crimes by consistently bringing up this issue in various international forums.

In Kaunas, the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Romania issued a joint statement on regional security and European integration. In their statement, the Presidents reaffirm the need for coordinated action to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank, express strong support for the European integration of Ukraine and Moldova, and agree on the need to meet Ukraine’s transatlantic aspirations.


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Human rights breaches in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo Human rights breaches in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo

On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Human rights situation in Afghanistan, especially the deterioration of women’s rights and attacks against educational institutions

The staggering regression in women and girls’ rights under the Taliban qualifies as gender apartheid, warn MEPs. They call on Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to ensure that women can again actively participate in public life. This must be a key condition, they say, if the international community is to engage with the Taliban. Denouncing the egregious ban on secondary education for girls, Parliament recalls the Taliban’s promises that women’s access to education would be restored and demands that the Taliban now honour their own commitments.)

Parliament deeply regrets that, since the Taliban takeover, access to information has become increasingly difficult, journalistic independence has been curtailed, and civil society organisations have been subjected to increasing pressure.

MEPs also express their alarm at the devastating impact of climate change and environmental degradation in Afghanistan, which is ranked by the UN as the sixth country in the world most affected by climate-related threats, and call for urgent action by the international community to help Afghans address this dramatic situation.

Finally, MEPs ask the EU to establish a long-term strategy on Afghanistan in light of the current situation and the failure of the Taliban to deliver on any of their initial promises.

The resolution was adopted by 532 votes in favour, 8 against with 25 abstentions.

Belarus - the continuing repression of the democratic opposition

The European Parliament strongly condemns the unjustified and politically motivated sentences handed down to more than 1 400 political prisoners in Belarus, among others members of the so-called “Autukhovich twelve”. It also denounces the ongoing incarceration of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ales Bialiatski and urges the regime of Belarusian dictator Aliaksandr Lukashenka to ensure his release ahead of the award ceremony in Oslo on 10 December.

While endorsing the Belarusian democratic opposition’s position that Belarus should be recognised as an occupied territory from which Russian troops should immediately withdraw, Parliament strongly condemns the Lukashenka government’s involvement in Russia’s war against Ukraine. The resolution notes that the Belarusian regime shares responsibility with Russia for war crimes in Ukraine, for which it should be held accountable before an international tribunal and the International Criminal Court.

In addition, MEPs reiterate their call on EU countries and the European Commission to strictly impose the same sanctions on Belarus that they have imposed on Russia. They also encourage the EU institutions to support Belarusian independent news outlets such as Nexta . and call for more systematic cooperation between the EU and representatives of Belarusian democratic forces.

The resolution was adopted by show of hands.

Forced displacement of people as a result of escalating conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

MEPs express their deep concern regarding the escalation of violence and the alarming and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the DRC, caused by the armed conflicts in the eastern provinces. They denounce the full range of threats and human rights violations and abuses, particularly experienced by women and girls, who are often specifically targeted.

Parliament strongly condemns the ongoing brutal aggressions of armed groups and calls for the M23 armed group to withdraw from its positions and disarm. They urge Rwanda not to support M23 rebels, and all governments concerned to ensure that any political settlement does not include an amnesty for those responsible for grave international crimes.The international community should take concrete actions to stop the ongoing violence by supporting the regional mediation Luanda process, MEPs add.

The resolution calls for the EU and its member states to impose sanctions against perpetrators of human rights violations in Eastern DRC, provide humanitarian aid to the region, and continue increasing its development and humanitarian funding for the country.

More than 232 000 civilians have been displaced in the Eastern Region, and 2.4 million Congolese children under the age of five suffer from global acute malnutrition. An estimated 7.5 million people are currently in need of assistance with no access to water and sanitation.

The resolution was adopted by 546 votes in favour, 2 against with 24 abstentions.

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Joint statement of the President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis on the regional security and European integration Joint statement of the President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, President of Poland Andrzej Duda, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis on the regional security and European integration

Acknowledging existing and potential security threats and challenges to Euro-Atlantic community, noting Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine, taking note of the Declarations of NATO Summits in Madrid (2022) and Bucharest (2008), Acknowledging the importance of Eastern partners to security and stability of the region, stressing the common need to counter Russia’s policy of revisionism and attempts to rewrite history.

the Presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania:
- agree to coordinate closely their efforts to increase regional security and strengthen defense capabilities,
- welcome the significant achievements of Ukraine in advancing on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration,
- confirm their commitment to strengthen joint efforts in supporting the European integration of the Republic of Moldova and welcome the progress made by the Republic of Moldova on this path,
- underline their readiness to work with Georgia towards granting the status of candidate country once the priorities specified in the Commission’s opinion on Georgia’s membership application have been addressed,
- support European Council decisions to accelerate EU enlargement process of Western Balkan countries based on their progress towards implementing accession requirements,
- confirm their commitment to strengthen joint efforts in supporting the integration of Ukraine with the Alliance and implementation of NATO standards,
- declare that Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania will continue to promote Alliance’s political and practical support to Ukraine aimed at ensuring Ukraine’s ability to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,
- express readiness to further strengthen their coordination efforts in providing comprehensive political, military, technical, and humanitarian support to Ukraine,
- support upgrading strategic relationship with Ukraine, further advancing Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, and confirming their unwavering support for Ukraine to become NATO Member as soon as conditions allow,
- stress the need for further common efforts to shore up the security, stability and resilience of the Republic of Moldova, as an important contribution to increasing regional security,
- agree to strengthen cooperation in fighting disinformation and Russia’s attempts to rewrite history and call on the international community to recognize crimes committed by the Stalinist regime, including the Holodomor of 1932-33 in Ukraine.


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Lithuania becomes a member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee Lithuania becomes a member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee

At a meeting of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 16 November, Lithuania became the 31st member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), which is an important international forum of many of the largest providers of aid.

At the meeting, the Lithuanian representative, First Deputy Chancellor of the Government Rolandas Kriščiūnas presented a vision of Lithuania’s development cooperation policy and the progress achieved, and underlined Lithuania’s ambition to contribute even more actively to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to invest in a sustainable future.

“We are delighted that Lithuania became a member of the Development Assistance Committee. This shows that our development cooperation activities are intensifying. Lithuania is also becoming a more mature donor country. We are ready to share our knowledge, the lessons of our own transition experience and advanced solutions. At the same time, we will have the opportunity to use the expertise of other countries to improve our development cooperation system", Kriščiūnas said.

According to Kriščiūnas, the DAC is a leading international format of development cooperation of major donor countries. As its member, Lithuania will have the opportunity to participate in decision-making.

Lithuania filled up a formal application for the OECD DAC membership in March 2022.


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President Gitanas Nausėda to pay a working visit to the Czech Republic President Gitanas Nausėda to pay a working visit to the Czech Republic

On 16–17 November, President Gitanas Nausėda will go on a working visit to the Czech Republic.

Gitanas Nausėda will deliver a keynote address at the international conference Russia’s Hybrid War against the Democratic World: A Challenge to European Remembrance Policy, and will meet with President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic.

On Wednesday, President Gitanas Nausėda will have a bilateral meeting with Czech President Miloš Zeman to discuss key issues in bilateral relations, security policy, sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine.

Afterwards, the President will visit the Klementinum Library where he will see valuable exhibits related to Lithuania, as well as memorial sites in Prague that are significant both for Lithuania and the Czech Republic, such as the plaque to Patriarch of the Lithuanian Nation Dr. Jonas Basanavičius, the tomb of the first Czech President Václav Havel, and the Velvet Revolution Memorial.

On Wednesday afternoon, the President is scheduled to visit the headquarters of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in Prague and to give an interview to the TV channel Current Time.

On Thursday morning, President Gitanas Nausėda will meet with Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala to discuss key issues on the EU agenda, support for Ukraine and preserving Europe’s historical memory. At the Liechtenstein Palace in Prague, the Lithuanian and Czech leaders will jointly open an exhibition Under the Alien Skies: Lithuanian People in Soviet Hard Labor Camps and Exile in 1940–1958.

The President’s keynote at the international conference Russia’s Hybrid War against the Democratic World: A Challenge to the European Memory Policy will address the issue of the proper evaluation of communist regimes and their crimes in Europe.

The international conference is organized by the Government of the Czech Republic, which holds the EU Presidency, the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, and the Memorial Museum of the 20th Century. It will bring together historians studying the crimes of totalitarian regimes, as well as researchers investigating disinformation and propaganda.

The working visit will close with a meeting with Lithuanian culture and science community based in the Czech Republic and an interview for the Czech Radio.


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Gitanas Nausėda congratulated the newly elected President of Slovenia Gitanas Nausėda congratulated the newly elected President of Slovenia

On Monday, President Gitanas Nausėda extended congratulations to the newly elected President of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar.

In his message of congratulations, the President emphasized further development of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Slovenia, especially in the framework of NATO and the EU, and the support of both countries for Ukraine, which is fighting against the Russian military aggression.

Gitanas Nausėda underlined that he looked forward to the new Slovenian leader’s arrival at the NATO Summit in Vilnius next July, which is expected to deliver ambitious results.


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MEPs to push for ambitious outcome at COP27 in Egypt MEPs to push for ambitious outcome at COP27 in Egypt

A European Parliament delegation arrives in Egypt today to participate in the COP27, where they will meet with key parties to the negotiations.

An official delegation from the European Parliament are in Egypt this week to participate in the UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, taking place in Sharm el Sheik. The delegation is led by Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, NL), with Peter Liese (EPP, DE) as Vice-Chair.

The European Parliament adopted its position on COP27 on 20 October 2022. At the COP, MEPs will meet with ministers, parliamentarians, and other delegates from non-EU countries including USA, China, Canada, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Maldives, Bangladesh, Marshall Islands. They will also meet Dr Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, as well as civil society representatives.

A press conference with delegation Chair Bas Eickhout and Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 November at 14.00 EET (13.00 CEST). It can be followed live here.

On Tuesday 15 November at 12.30-13.30 EET (11.30-12.30 CEST), the European Parliament is hosting a side event at the EU Pavilion entitled “The Fit for 55 package: new opportunities for multilateral cooperation in terms of global decarbonisation, adaptation and loss & damage”. It can be followed live here.


"While climate change impacts become more visible each year, the world is still not on track to limit global warming to levels regarded as safe and agreed in Paris in 2015. In Glasgow we bought ourselves another year to be able to stay below 1.5 degrees. COP27 must ensure that this year doesn’t become a lost year. Talks on loss and damage is central at this African COP and will be key for the negotiations. The European Parliament would like to see a loss and damage facility established at this COP," says by Bas Eickhout (Greens/EFA, NL), Chair of the delegation.

"The EU must continue to work on ambition and climate finance. The deal on LULUCF will enable us to increase EU climate targets. The compromise on international climate finance in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is an important signal to low- and middle-income countries. Commission Vice-President Timmermans must be much more active in explaining these important developments to the international community," says Peter Liese (EPP, DE), Vice-Chair of the delegation.


Parliament is a co-legislator on the EU energy and climate legislation which seeks to implement the Paris Agreement, and before the EU can enter international agreements Parliament must give its consent.

Parliament has been pushing for more ambitious EU climate legislation and declared a climate emergency on 28 November 2019. In June 2021, Parliament adopted the European Climate Law, which transforms the European Green Deal’s political commitment to EU climate neutrality by 2050 into a binding obligation for the EU and member states. It also increases the EU’s target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 40% to at least 55%, compared to 1990 levels.

Parliament is currently negotiating with member states on the “Fit for 55 in 2030 package" in order to enable the EU to reach the more ambitious 2030-target. A political agreement between Parliament and Council has already been made for stricter rules for member states’ greenhouse gas emissions, a zero-emissions target for new cars and vans in 2035 and on the land use, land use change and forestry sector (LULUCF). Negotiations are expected to be finalised on the other files in the coming months.

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President Metsola: Moldova’s place is in Europe President Metsola: Moldova’s place is in Europe

In Moldova today EP President Roberta Metsola met President Maia Sandu and addressed a Special Plenary Session of the Moldovan Parliament.

During her visit to Chișinău, Moldova, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola is also meeting with the President of the Parliament Igor Grosu, the Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita and engaging with youth at a town-hall meeting.

In her speech to the Parliament, President Metsola said:

On Moldova’s place in Europe:

“I came here with one message: Moldova’s place is in Europe. Our future must be together and the European Parliament will do everything necessary to stand with you, on your path towards becoming a European Union Member State. This must be the history that we will write together - for the benefit of everyone in Europe.”

“The transformational effect of EU Membership is not funds alone. It is about aligning standards, it is about legislating together, it is about the Republic of Moldova’s voice being heard around the table on decisions that impact all of us. It is about the guarantee of democracy, the rule of law, equality. It is about hope for the next generations.”

“We are living in times of instability. Of spiking energy and electricity prices, inflation, food scarcity and creeping unemployment. And all of this is framed in the context of an illegal war on our continent - on your borders - with an autocrat weaponising energy supplies, and with propaganda and disinformation that risks driving more people to the comfort of the fringes.”

On candidate status:

“The European Parliament was the first EU institution to call for Moldova to receive EU candidate status, together with Ukraine. We did this because Moldova belongs in our European family. Because we know that Europe is about opening doors, tearing down walls and being together. It is a way of life and of living.”

“The granting of EU candidate status is a historic opportunity for Moldova to strengthen its democracy, empower its youth and build a modern and resilient country. Equally it is a historic moment for Europe. It is a two-way street, we want a piece of Moldova in Europe, not only a piece of Europe in Moldova.”

“The European Parliament believes, that in order to give your country a clear path towards membership, there needs to be clarity of expectations from the start. When reforms are made, our assessments must not be delayed.”

On energy and the economic situation:

“In these troubled times, we must continue to stand united in the face of those seeking to pull us apart. Those spreading disinformation to bring political unrest. Those who threaten and blackmail, using energy as leverage.”

“The European Union will continue to help Moldova diversify its energy supplies to prevent further destabilisation. Our Member States have already facilitated new interconnections. This is full European solidarity across all boards on full display.”

“We understand that rising inflation and higher bills make it difficult for people. The European Parliament adopted temporary liberalisation measures for certain Moldovan agricultural products. And just yesterday, we approved legislation facilitating freight transport by road in the European Union for Moldovan companies and drivers. These will help stimulate Moldovan trade export at this very difficult time.”

On security and solidarity:

“Moldova’s security remains a priority. International law, and its principles of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, are not negotiable for us.

You are the first buffer between the war and the EU, and we must acknowledge this.

Sowing doubt, instability and fear accompany the Kremlin’s conventional warfare apparatus - this coordinated disinformation campaign - is spreading. We have to do more, much more, to counter the toxic re-writing of history. And to remind our citizens that Europe does have the power to improve lives - to change generations. We must work to convince.”

“It was Moldovan people who opened-up their homes and their hearts to 80,000 Ukrainian people seeking refuge and supported 600,000 Ukrainians transiting your country, in what was effectively the highest number of refugee intake per capita.

It was also your country and your people who sent truckloads of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. That operationalised solidarity lanes for grain and fuel transit to feed hungry families and heat cold homes.

You did this because you believe in the principle of European solidarity.”

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