FACT SHEET ABOUT CRIMEA

  1. Population of Peninsula: 2,356,000 (early 2019)
  2. Ethnic Groups in Crimea: Russians (68.3%), Ukrainians (15.8%), Crimean Tatars (10.6%), Belarussians (2%), Armenians (2.1%)
  3. The Crimean people are banned from travelling to EU countries. Greeks, Bulgarians, Germans, Italians, Estonians who have relatives abroad cannot visit them. The fundamental principles of free movement have been breached, kinship and family ties have been disrupted, which is in direct violation of the 1975 Helsinki accords.
  4. Crimean ports and airports have been outlawed

ALTERNATIVE FOR GERMANY (AfD) AND RUSSIA

EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR PEOPLE AND NATIONS (EAPN)

The group will be called the European Alliance for People and Nations (EAPN) and will  draw its members from ENF, EFDD, and ECR to involve at least 10 parties from as many nations.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE RELATIONS PERSPECTIVES UNDER ZELENSKIY

Source: Vladimir Frolov, The Moscow Times

Original Text has been edited

POSITION OF THE ZELINSKI TEAM AND CONFRONTATIONAL DIPLOMACY

“Crimea, of course, is the occupied territory of Ukraine. As it is known and recognized throughout the civilized world, this occupation was completely illegal and violent. The so-called ‘referendum’ cannot be considered an act testifying to the free will of the inhabitants of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea because it was held at gun points of Russian troops and without the participation of a significant number of Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, even Russian and other ethnic origins.

EU-U.S. TRADE NEGOTIATIONS

European Union Member States gave the Commission the green light to start formal negotiations with the U.S. on two agreements, one on conformity assessment, and the other on eliminating tariffs on industrial products.

The directives for the negotiations cover two potential agreements with the U.S.:

RUSSIA’S EXPORTS TO TOP EU COUNTRIES (2018)

In parenthesis percentage consumption of total Russian exports.

  1. Netherlands: $43.5 billion (9.7%)
  2. Germany: $34.1 billion (7.6%)
  3. Poland: $16.5 billion (3.7%)
  4. Italy: $16.4 billion (3.7%)
  5. Finland: $11.4 billion (2.5%)
  6. United Kingdom: $9.8 billion (2.2%)
  7. Belgium: $9.2 billion (2%)

Increasing their import purchases from Russia at the fastest pace from 2017 to 2018 were: Germany (up by 120.1%), United Kingdom (up by 73%), Italy (up by 67.3%), and Poland (up by 56.5%).

PROJET RASSEMBLEMENT NATIONAL POUR L’EUROPE

  1. Non à la Turquie dans l’UE.
  2. Rétablir des relations équilibrées avec la Russie comme avec les Etats-Unis.
  3. Protéger ensemble les frontières extérieures de l’Europe.
  4. Rétablir le contrôle aux frontières nationales.
  5. Avoir une politique migratoire ferme, refonte du système d’asile, arrêt de l’immigration légale, expulsion des clandestins, priorité nationale pour les aides.
  6. Expulser les islamistes étrangers, fermer les mosquées radicales.
  7. Abroger la directive sur le travail détaché.

THE SHADOW ECONOMY IN THE EU

The shadow economy includes the production of goods and services "hidden" intentionally for any of the following reasons:

a) to avoid paying income tax, value added tax and other taxes;

b) to avoid paying contributions to the health system, the social security system etc;

c) to avoid compliance with certain legal labour market standards, such as the mandatory minimum wage per economy, the maximum number of working hours, labour security standards;

FIGHTING TAX FRAUD IN THE EU

A comparative Eurobarometer survey on citizens’ 'perceptions and expectations', conducted for the European Parliament in 2016 and 2018, shows that the share of EU citizens who would like the EU to intervene more in the fight against tax fraud has remained almost unchanged – a marginal fall of one percentage point, from 75 % to 74 %.

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