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Covid-19’s risk: regions with a low incidence are currently raising

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The last report by the European Center for the prevention and control of illnesses on the 23rd of September shows positive data. Green regions with a low incidence have raised. The safest country is Denmark, followed by Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, but also by the Italian north-east regions. However, the risk is still high in Ireland, in the Baltic Republics, in Romania, in Bulgara, in Greece, in the biggest part of Germany and in half of Spain.

The success of the European redundancy fund one year after

The Sure is one of the instruments used by the European Union to face up to the crisis brought about the pandemic - by saving companies, which have been damaged by the lockdown and the various restrictions, from failure and by protecting workers. In a year, 19 countries benefited from it, in support of 31 millions workers and 2,5 millions companies. 90 billion out of 100, which have to be in any case given back, have been supplied. The loan is advantageous with respect to the one on the market; indeed, the whole sparing has been about 8 billion.

The European Court of Justice sanctions Poland because a mine does not respect the environmental regulations

The debate has started once the Czech Republic filed a complaint, owing to a Poland brown coal mine, on the border with the Czech Republic, that may be also polluting the nearby regions on the Czech territory. The decision made by the Court of Justice said that the extraction does not respect the European environmental norms. To dissuade Poland from the continuing of the activity, Warsaw has been fined and will have to pay 500.000 Euro a day until the mine closes. However, the Counsel President Morawiecki states that he is not willing to play along. It’s not the only one controversy in which Poland is included. The Commission would apply other sanctions, as the State does not guarantee the national judgers’ independence. Another controversial case is about the death of five migrants coming from the Middle East on the border with Belorussia. With regard to this, the Union has asked for explanations and to investigate about the issue, but the Poland government has not yet given its replies.

The Union suggests a universal cable to charge every kind of mobile phones

This idea is addressed to every smartphones’ producer, for the safeguard of consumers. The cost of an original charger of the smartphone is about 25 euros and this may also go against the antitrust norms: the consumer may be obliged to another product in order to use a mobile phone, but it’s not only that. The pros for a universal cable may be also environmental, as 51.000 tonnes of waste come from the chargers. This proposal, however, may not be advantageous for consumers. For instance, Apple estimated that the universal cable may lead to 1,5 billion damages to the society, which could compensate through an increase in prices on other products.

The reform of the Sustainability Pact and the criticism raised

On the top of the Ecofin - the ministers’ Council of the State members’ economy and finance - it has been proposed to implement a reform on the Stability and Growth Pact, especially to modify the parameter of the relation debt/GDP of the State members. Even before its discussion, Austria, Holland, Finland, Denmark, Slovakia, Latvia, Sweden and Czech Republic disagreed: they have already signed the document that establishes the classical version of the Stability Pact. According to them, it’s an important reform that is also about the Institution treaties and that needs a more complex process in order to be adapted. The proposal has been made by Mario Draghi, who prefers waiting the elections’ outcome in Germany, before entering into the discussion, as Germany may play a fundamental role in the mediation between the 27 countries.


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    Michele Bodei

    Michele Bodei sta per conseguire la laurea triennale in Studi Internazionali e Istituzioni Europee presso l’Università degli Studi di Milano, dove sta approfondendo gli studi sul regime di Cuba negli anni Sessanta nella preparazione dell’elaborato finale.

    È appassionato di geopolitica e di musica, dall’hip hop al jazz, e pratica nuoto nel tempo libero.

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    Michele Bodei is getting his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and European Istitutions at “Univesità degli Studi di Milano”, where he is deepening his studying on cuban regime during the Sixties while preparing his final thesis.

    He loves geopolitics and music, from hip hop to jazz, and during free times he enjoys swimming.

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