Draft law on immigration, Brussels against deforestation and EU-Balkans summit

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The government will talk about immigration on Tuesday. The executive will indeed present the main lines of its bill on this issue before a debate in the National Assembly, in the hope of reaching a delicate consensus with the opposition. After Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, who is due to deliver a speech around 5 p.m. on France’s migration policy, several ministers, including the two authors of the bill, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt, will succeed to defend this text which must be officially presented at the beginning of 2023. It essentially includes measures aimed at making eviction procedures more efficient.

Europe wants to help defend the world’s forests. The European Parliament and the Member States of the EU therefore reached an agreement overnight from Monday to Tuesday to ban the import into the European Union of several products, such as cocoa, coffee or soy, when they contribute to deforestation. Palm oil, wood, beef and rubber are also concerned, as well as several associated materials (leather, chocolate, furniture, printed paper, charcoal, etc.). Their import will be prohibited if these products come from land deforested after December 2020, taking into account the damage inflicted not only on primary forests, but on all forests.

The Twenty-Seven have an appointment this Tuesday in Tirana. The EU countries will meet at a summit in the capital of Albania with the leaders of six Western Balkan countries in order in particular to discuss EU enlargement. The war in Ukraine has indeed underlined the importance for Europeans of stabilizing this fragile region of south-eastern Europe, of countering the influence of Russia there as well as that of China, which has invested in infrastructure of these countries. In July, the EU opened accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. These talks have also been ongoing for several years with Montenegro and Serbia. And in October, the Commission recommended granting candidate status to Bosnia and Herzegovina. For Kosovo, on the other hand, the obstacles to a candidacy are numerous.

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