In 2021, the EU issued 2,952,300 primary residence permits to non-EU citizens. This number increased by 31% compared to 2020, reaching the level seen in 2019, according to Eurostat.
The number of primary residence permits issued for employment became a record — they amounted to 45% of the total. Poland has the highest number of such permits. And France has issued the largest number of residence permits related to education. Most permits issued for family reasons were provided by Spain, Italy and France.
Countries that issued the most primary residence permits in 2021:
Poland (967 thousand)
Spain (371.8 thousand)
France (285 thousand)
Italy (274 thousand)
Germany (185 thousand)
Countries that issued the smallest number of residence permits:
Estonia (6.5 thousand)
Luxembourg (7 thousand)
Latvia (8 thousand)
Bulgaria (11.8 thousand)
Malta (14 thousand)
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The proposal to ban the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians has been submitted for discussion in the EU. Berlin took note of it, but does not intend to assess the possible results yet, said German cabinet spokesman Steffen Hebestreit.
«It [the draft] has been submitted by some countries to the EU and thus is on the agenda. The German government will now have to hold discussions on it between Cabinet members and within the EU. These discussions are not completed, so I cannot report on intermediate results» Hebeshtreit said. «I ask you to be patient,» he added, noting that «the German government has taken note of such a proposal at the EU level.»
Mercedes has confirmed plans to get rid of manual transmissions by the end of 2023. Volkswagen spoke about the same intentions and pushed the deadline a little further.
Rosatom increased its stake in Delo Group of Companies to 49%. The state corporation announced that it had exercised the option to increase its participation in the holding in accordance with the agreements reached earlier.
“After the closing of the transaction, the following distribution of shares in MC Delo LLC, which is the parent company of the group, was established: Sergey Shishkarev, chairman of the board of directors of the Delo group of companies, 51%, part of the state corporation Atomenergoprom JSC, 49%,” the statement reads. message.
Metallurgical and mining company Evraz announced that it was selling its North American division and began collecting applications.
Greece will be released from European financial surveillance. The decision has been agreed with the European Commission and will come into force on August 20. This measure will give the country more independence in making economic decisions and help attract investment, Reuters reports citing Greek Finance Minister Christos Staikouras.
The country was in the external financial supervision system of the European Union for 12 years after the economic crisis of 2010. Constant monitoring was needed to trace and eliminate possible sources of economic threats.
The fulfillment of all obligations to the European Union, as well as the implementation of the promised political reforms, made it possible to get out from under the active supervision of Greece.
US electric vehicle maker Tesla will begin shipping the Semi electric truck this year and the Cybertruck next year, CEO Elon Musk tweeted.
Switzerland expressed its readiness to represent the interests of Ukraine on the territory of Russia due to the lack of diplomatic relations between Russia and Ukraine, the SRF broadcasting company reported on Wednesday, citing the Swiss Foreign Ministry.
«Ukraine has expressed a desire for Switzerland to represent its interests on the territory of Russia. Negotiations on this matter have been completed. For this agreement to enter into force, Russia must express its consent,» said an official representative of the Swiss Foreign Ministry.
The joint Russian-Mongolian tactical exercises «Selenga-2022» at the Khovd training ground in the mountainous desert area of the western part of Mongolia ended with large-scale live firing and a parade of military equipment, the press service of the Eastern Military District (VVO) said on Thursday.
North Korea has defeated COVID-19, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said, according to Yonhap.
North Korea will retaliate by destroying South Korean authorities if they continue to «provoke the infiltration of COVID-19 into the country,» Kim Ye-jong, deputy head of a department at the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and North Korean leader’s sister, said.
Creditors agreed to freeze Ukraine’s foreign debt payments. The total external debt of Ukraine is $19.6 billion. The restructuring process was supported by the United States and the IMF, as the country needs funds for social payments and defense spending, Bloomberg writes.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich said that residents of the country who have received Russian citizenship will not be issued residence permits. The minister noted that after receiving a Russian passport, they would have to leave Latvia, and clarifications would have to be made to the laws of the republic.
The Internet company VK in the II quarter of 2022 increased revenue by 4% year-on-year — to 31.1 billion rubles, according to the company’s management reporting based on IFRS.
The American concern Boeing Co has delivered the first 787 Dreamliner aircraft in more than a year, it will be received by the American Airlines Group. Boeing officials declined to talk about a delivery schedule when asked about the next airline in line for the 787 Dreamliner, MarketWatch reported.
Deliveries of this aircraft model were suspended in June 2021 due to quality issues. At the same time, airlines around the world continue to use over 1,000 Dreamliners.
Promsvyazbank (PSB) increased its authorized capital by 13.7 billion rubles, or by 8.5%, to 175.2 billion rubles, follows from the data of the Unified State Register of Legal Entities.
According to a press release from Siemens AG, its net loss in April-June amounted to 1.66 billion euros, compared with a net profit of 1.35 billion euros for the same period last year.
The Estonian government at a meeting on August 11 decided to restrict the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, as well as entry into the country on a Schengen visa issued by Estonia. Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that Estonia would also stop issuing visas to Russians for work, study and business.
The volume of cargo containers handled by the nine largest US ports increased by 5% in the first half of 2022, MarketWatch reports, citing data from port authorities.
In Russia, in the first half of 2022, 45% more passports were issued than in the same period last year. Over this period, 2.5 million people issued a foreign passport. The peak in issuing passports came in March, when 553,000 Russians received documents
The decision of the American Coca-Cola to stop production of its flagship drink in Russia led to a drop in production at the Russian plants of the company associated with Coca-Cola — it fell by 46% in the second quarter
Against the backdrop of the withdrawal of Western brands from Russia, the demand for weekend shopping tours to Belarus has grown, ATOR reported.
The Jewish Agency Sokhnut, if necessary, can switch to a remote format of work in Russia. This possibility was reported to The Jerusalem Post by a senior official close to the agency.
On July 21, the Russian Ministry of Justice demanded the liquidation of the Sokhnut representative office in Russia, and a court hearing was scheduled for August 19. The agency itself said that they would adapt to the requirements of Russian legislation
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