New East Platform Weekly Roundup
The NEP team share some Eastern European news stories that have caught their eye this week:
Eastern European leaders caution against Nord Stream 2 at EU summit: http://goo.gl/BFJcn9
James Neuger, Jonathan Stearns and Bloomberg, writing for the Chicago Tribune, report that Eastern European leaders scored ‘political points against German plans to expand a natural gas pipeline from Russia’ at a recent EU summit with warnings that it ‘would deepen Europe’s energy dependence and undercut sanctions against the Kremlin’ as countries including Poland and Slovakia pushed through a declaration that projects like Nord Stream 2 ‘should “entirely comply” with the goal of weaning the EU off Russian gas’, commenting that ‘while the EU can’t halt construction, it can potentially curtail its use by making sure that the onshore connections to Europe’s gas grid are in line with EU law’.
Eastern Europe is a ‘diverse, yet exciting, market for digital growth’: https://goo.gl/vwI6Qv
Firat Dirik, the regional director for Eastern Europe for MediaMath, writing for Exchange Wire, comments on the future of digital advertising growth in the region, concluding that ‘Eastern Europe is a diverse, yet exciting, market for digital growth’ with Eastern Europe’s digital advertising industry ‘expanding rapidly with an increase in online ad spend of almost 14% last year’ and statistics from the IAB placing ‘Belarus, Turkey, and Russia firmly in the top ten European markets for online advertising growth’.
Moldova-Romania Power Interconnection Feasibility Study signed in Chisinau: http://goo.gl/ntdQhR
The Diplomat Bucharest reports on the signing of the Moldova-Romania Power Interconnection Feasibility Study in Chisinau on Monday, the consulting contract financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) through a grant of about 1 million Euro and involving ISPE, ‘national leader in the field of power consulting and engineering’, the contract signalling the beginning of ‘the development of the technical, economic, commercial, social and environmental feasibility studies necessary for the Moldovan government to gain the approval for projects such as the Vulcanesti-Chisinau project.
EU member states, including Poland, have accepted ‘the European Commission’s proposal for creating a new supranational border agency’: http://goo.gl/VLNg87
Radio Poland reports on news from IAR that all EU member states, including Poland, have accepted ‘the European Commission’s proposal for creating a new supranational border agency’, its aim being ‘to protect the bloc’s external borders, amid a record inflow of migrants into Europe, and increased terrorist threats’ via ‘a 1,500-strong border force’ which would have ‘the right to despatch rapid response teams to countries which are unable to cope with the influx of migrants fleeing conflict-ridden countries or poverty in the Middle East and North Africa’.
Poland’s Defense Ministry officials raid NATO’s Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence in Warsaw to replace head Colonel Krzysztof Dusza: http://goo.gl/VLNg87
Jarosław Adamowski, writing for Defense News, reports that Poland’s Defense Ministry officials raided NATO’s Counter-Intelligence Centre of Excellence in Warsaw on Friday morning with the assistance of military police to replace the head of the centre, which is staffed by Polish and Slovak military personnel, Colonel Krzysztof Dusza.
Czech parliament has passed a resolution which urges government not to implement a EU decision to label products from Israeli settlements: http://goo.gl/WSLVaE
Benjamin Weinthal and Herb Keinon, writing for the Jerusalem Post, report that the Czech parliament has passed a resolution on Thursday, by an overwhelming majority, which urges their government not to implement a European Union decision to label Israeli products exported from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, with Czech media reports quoting Culture Minister Daniel Herman as saying in the parliamentary debate that it was “absolutely necessary to reject the efforts to discriminate against the only democracy in the Middle East” and Robin Boehnisch of the Social Democratic Party reportedly calling it ‘absurd that the EU had argued that the labels would benefit their consumers’.
compiled by Marta Kochetkova