Reuters noted that in 13 EU countries — Austria, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Greece, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Britain, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and France — there are government schemes in which wealthy people can get citizenship or residence rights in return for large investments. Reuters noted that Hungary ended its program.
The EU’s Copernicus emergency satellite mapping service has been activated on the request of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency to support the US authorities face Hurricane Michael. Maps will be provided for Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “Our Emergency Response Coordination Centre is monitoring the situation 24/7. We are helping our American friends face yet another threatening hurricane. Our thoughts are with all the people who are in the path of this powerful storm. The EU stands ready to provide further assistance”. This is the second time this year Copernicus has been activated for hurricanes in the US. Photos of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a video of the EU’s Copernicusprogramme and a factsheet on the EU’s emergency centre.
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When you make a cross-border payment in euros, Romanian lei and Swedish krona within the EU, your bank can’t charge you more than it would for an equivalent national transaction. Even banks based in EU countries outside the euro area must apply this rule.
This includes any:
transfers between bank accounts in different EU countries
withdrawals from cash machines/ATMs in EU countries