News from the Capitals #4
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
Negotiations for the creation of a new government are currently underway but the relations between the parties that are meant to constitute a majority are heavily strained. Currently, it seems most probable for an agreement to be reached that excludes the party of former PM Boiko Borissov, but any future coalition emerging from these negotiations is unlikely to last long. New elections by the end of the year or at the start of 2022 could be expected in light of the ongoing tensions.
15 government members phones, including Emmanuel Macron’s, have been infected by the Pegasus software and spied on by the Moroccan authorities. A Defence Council has been planned, without any further communication. On Wednesday, the Israeli Defence Minister met with Florence Parly, the French Minister of Defence. Reportedly, the Pegasus topic has been covered.
On 29 June, the Italian government reached a deal over a contested reform of the judicial system, putting an end to weeks of tension in Mario Draghi multi-party coalition. The reform, drafted by Justice Minister Marta Cartabia, aims to speed up the country’s criminal-law system. Under Cartabia’s proposal, there would be a two-year limit on the time it takes to rule on first appeals and a further one-year limit on appeals to the supreme court. For decades, justice reform has been the most contentious area of Italian politics, and an overhaul of the system is one of a series of measures Draghi has promised the EU to unlock billions of euros in Recovery Funds.
The reshuffle of the Spanish Government continues these days (26-30 July) with the appointment of new ministers and senior officials who will tackle important medium-term challenges, such as the parliamentary negotiation of the 2022 Budget and the management of the European recovery funds. It was precisely this last issue that brought the Interterritorial Committee together on 28 July, in a meeting that was fiercely criticised by some regional governments over the criteria for distributing the funds.