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The Pegasus project investigation has reverberated across the world; claims about the use of invasive spyware, and the governments that use the technology, have provoked demonstrations, political outrage and calls for industry regulation.

Here, Guardian reporters pull together the impact of the investigation, which has put a spotlight on the government customers of the Israeli company NSO Group.


France

Emmanuel Macron leading a national security meeting on Thursday to discuss the Pegasus project revelations. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In Paris, there was shock across the political class and special security discussions at the Élysée Palace after Emmanuel Macron’s phone number, as well as those of his former prime minister and the majority of his 20-strong cabinet, appeared in a leaked database seen by the Pegasus project consortium.

Macron chaired an urgent national security meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the use of Pegasus spyware and cybersecurity. The 43-year-old president, who presents himself as tech-savvy and has several phones, has ordered multiple investigations to be carried out.

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What is in the Pegasus project data?

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What is in the data leak?

The data leak is a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that, since 2016, are believed to have been selected as those of people of interest by government clients of NSO Group, which sells surveillance software. The data also contains the time and date that numbers were selected, or entered on to a system. Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit journalism organisation, and Amnesty International initially had access to the list and shared access with 16 media organisations including the Guardian. More than 80 journalists have worked together over several months as part of the Pegasus project. Amnesty’s Security Lab, a technical partner on the project, did the forensic analyses.

What does the leak indicate?

The consortium believes the data indicates the potential targets NSO’s government clients identified in advance of possible surveillance. While the data is an indication of intent, the presence of a number in the data does not reveal whether there was an attempt to infect the phone with spyware such as Pegasus, the company’s signature surveillance tool, or whether any attempt succeeded. The presence in the data of a very small number of landlines and US numbers, which NSO says are “technically impossible” to access with its tools, reveals some targets were selected by NSO clients even though they could not be infected with Pegasus. However, forensic examinations of a small sample of mobile phones with numbers on the list found tight correlations between the time and date of a number in the data and the start of Pegasus activity – in some cases as little as a few seconds.

What did forensic analysis reveal?

Amnesty examined 67 smartphones where attacks were suspected. Of those, 23 were successfully infected and 14 showed signs of attempted penetration. For the remaining 30, the tests were inconclusive, in several cases because the handsets had been replaced. Fifteen of the phones were Android devices, none of which showed evidence of successful infection. However, unlike iPhones, phones that use Android do not log the kinds of information required for Amnesty’s detective work. Three Android phones showed signs of targeting, such as Pegasus-linked SMS messages.

Amnesty shared “backup copies” of four iPhones with Citizen Lab, a research group at the University of Toronto that specialises in studying Pegasus, which confirmed that they showed signs of Pegasus infection. Citizen Lab also conducted a peer review of Amnesty’s forensic methods, and found them to be sound.

Which NSO clients were selecting numbers?

While the data is organised into clusters, indicative of individual NSO clients, it does not say which NSO client was responsible for selecting any given number. NSO claims to sell its tools to 60 clients in 40 countries, but refuses to identify them. By closely examining the pattern of targeting by individual clients in the leaked data, media partners were able to identify 10 governments believed to be responsible for selecting the targets: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Hungary, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Citizen Lab has also found evidence of all 10 being clients of NSO.

What does NSO Group say?

You can read NSO Group’s full statement here. The company has always said it does not have access to the data of its customers’ targets. Through its lawyers, NSO said the consortium had made “incorrect assumptions” about which clients use the company’s technology. It said the 50,000 number was “exaggerated” and that the list could not be a list of numbers “targeted by governments using Pegasus”. The lawyers said NSO had reason to believe the list accessed by the consortium “is not a list of numbers targeted by governments using Pegasus, but instead, may be part of a larger list of numbers that might have been used by NSO Group customers for other purposes”. They said it was a list of numbers that anyone could search on an open source system. After further questions, the lawyers said the consortium was basing its findings “on misleading interpretation of leaked data from accessible and overt basic information, such as HLR Lookup services, which have no bearing on the list of the customers’ targets of Pegasus or any other NSO products … we still do not see any correlation of these lists to anything related to use of NSO Group technologies”. Following publication, they explained that they considered a “target” to be a phone that was the subject of a successful or attempted (but failed) infection by Pegasus, and reiterated that the list of 50,000 phones was too large for it to represent “targets” of Pegasus. They said that the fact that a number appeared on the list was in no way indicative of whether it had been selected for surveillance using Pegasus. 

What is HLR lookup data?

The term HLR, or home location register, refers to a database that is essential to operating mobile phone networks. Such registers keep records on the networks of phone users and their general locations, along with other identifying information that is used routinely in routing calls and texts. Telecoms and surveillance experts say HLR data can sometimes be used in the early phase of a surveillance attempt, when identifying whether it is possible to connect to a phone. The consortium understands NSO clients have the capability through an interface on the Pegasus system to conduct HLR lookup inquiries. It is unclear whether Pegasus operators are required to conduct HRL lookup inquiries via its interface to use its software; an NSO source stressed its clients may have different reasons – unrelated to Pegasus – for conducting HLR lookups via an NSO system.

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“The president is following this subject closely and takes it very seriously,” said Gabriel Attal, a government spokesperson. He said France had decided to readjust its security protocols, especially those regarding Macron. Attal did not say if there was any evidence to suggest Macron’s phone had been hacked, and did not say what security protocols had been changed. But an official in the Élysée Palace said his phone and phone numbers had been changed.

NSO said Macron was not a “target” of any of its customers, meaning the company denies there was any attempted or successful Pegasus infection of Macron’s phone.

Research by the Pegasus project suggested Morocco was the country that may have been interested in Macron and his senior team, raising fears their phones were selected by one of France’s close diplomatic allies.

The former environment minister François de Rugy, whose mobile phone showed digital traces of activity associated with NSO Group’s spyware, according to forensic analysis undertaken by the Pegasus project investigation, demanded clarification from Rabat and asked for an audience with the Moroccan ambassador.

Morocco has said it “categorically rejects and condemns these unfounded and false allegations”, adding that it was “erroneous” and “false” to say the country had infiltrated the phones of national or foreign public figures.

Angelique Chrisafis in Paris


Hungary

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Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán. Composite: Guardian Design/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

In Hungary, the Pegasus project showed through forensics that investigative journalists and the circle of one of the country’s last remaining independent media owners had their phones infected with Pegasus.

The revelations caused an outcry in Brussels and in Hungary. The government of the far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, did not issue a firm denial , first saying it was “not aware” of the surveillance taking place, then denying only “illegal surveillance”. In Hungary, only the signature of the minister of justice is required to approve surveillance requests.

Three opposition MPs on the seven-person parliamentary national security committee called an extraordinary meeting of the committee for next Monday to discuss the allegations, but the four members from Orbán’s Fidesz party blocked it from convening.

Péter Ungár, one of the opposition MPs on the committee, said he had been shocked by the allegations. “If the justice minister signed off on any of this, I don’t know how she can keep her position,” he said.

On Wednesday morning, Orbán announced a referendum on a controversial law that conflates homosexuality with paedophilia and bans any portrayal of LGBT issues to children. In Hungary, it was widely seen as an attempt to deflect attention from the Pegasus project.

“It is not surprising, but still shameful, that Orbán fails to face the legal and political consequences for the Pegasus spyware scandal and instead chooses to continue his LGBTIQ-phobic campaign,” said Dávid Vig, the head of Amnesty International’s Hungary office. “If the government authorised the use of spyware on Hungarian citizens illegally, it will need to face the consequences.”

Shaun Walker in Budapest


India

Activists from the opposition Congress party hold an anti-government protest in Jaipur on Thursday over the Pegasus project revelations.
Activists from the opposition Congress party hold an anti-central-government protest in Jaipur on Thursday over the Pegasus project revelations. Photograph: Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

In India, the Pegasus project has shaken the political establishment. As the parliamentary monsoon session kicked off on Monday, the agenda was dominated by reports the mobile phone numbers of the leader of opposition Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, several of his close associates, as well as ministers, journalists, activists and a sitting judge were all on the leaked list. Congress members accused Narendra Modi’s government of “treason”, and called for the resignation of the home minister, Amit Shah.

The debates and opposition in parliament got so heated that the session had to be adjourned twice on Tuesday, as Congress and other politicians brandished placards in the chamber demanding answers from the Modi government, and describing any use of spyware as “an affront to democracy”. Mamata Banerjee, the leader of another opposition party, the Trinamool Congress, demanded that the supreme court look into the claims to “save democracy” in India.

The Modi government denied any unauthorised surveillance had taken place. The newly appointed IT minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw – whose own number, it later emerged, was on the leaked list of numbers – said the stories were an “attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions”, a sentiment echoed by several senior figures in Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi


Israel

The NSO Group chief executive, Shalev Hulio. A recent transparency report acknowledges the firm is ‘closely regulated’ by export control authorities in Israel.
The NSO Group chief executive, Shalev Hulio. Composite: Guardian/Reuters

The reaction to the Pegasus project grew as the week wore on.

The Israeli defence minister, Benny Gantz, was forced to defend granting export licenses for the software sold by NSO Group to foreign governments, claiming that “countries that purchase these systems must meet the terms of use”, which are solely for criminal and terrorism investigations.

Reports have since emerged that the government is setting up a multi-agency task force to deal with the fallout and investigate whether “policy changes” are needed regarding sensitive cyber exports.

For ordinary Israelis, long accustomed to the idea that their technological prowess is the envy of other nations, the Pegasus project has exposed “the dark side of Israeli hi-tech”, the columnist Ben-Dror Yemini wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

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The Pegasus project is a collaborative journalistic investigation into the NSO Group and its clients. The company sells surveillance technology to governments worldwide. Its flagship product is Pegasus, spying software – or spyware – that targets iPhones and Android devices. Once a phone is infected, a Pegasus operator can secretly extract chats, photos, emails and location data, or activate microphones and cameras without a user knowing.

Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based nonprofit journalism organisation, and Amnesty International had access to a leak of more than 50,000 phone numbers selected as targets by clients of NSO since 2016. Access to the data was then shared with the Guardian and 16 other news organisations, including the Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung. More than 80 journalists have worked collaboratively over several months on the investigation, which was coordinated by Forbidden Stories.

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“The problem is that the moment a country buys the programme, it can turn any dissident into a target … Things that have happened and may still be happening in some countries are liable to begin to happen in other countries, including Israel itself. We need to keep a watchful eye.”

NSO has denied the database has anything to do with it or its customers. It says it has no visibility into its clients’ activities, and has said the reporting consortium made “incorrect assumptions” about which clients used the company’s technology.

Bethan McKernan


Morocco

Morocco was suspected of having an interest in the possible targeting of Macron and this week Mediapart, a French online investigative journal, said it had begun legal proceedings against Morocco after analysis showed the phones of its co-founder Edwy Plenel and a reporter, Lénaïg Bredoux, had been infected with Pegasus.

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Edwy Plenel, whose phone was infected. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

The Moroccan authorities strongly denied Rabat’s intelligence services had been using NSO spyware. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor ordered a government inquiry into what it said were “false spying allegations”.

A day after the Pegasus project launched, the investigative journalist Omar Radi was sentenced to six years in prison in Rabat on rape and espionage charges that rights groups say are trumped up.

Amnesty International first alleged Radi’s phone was targeted and spied on in June 2020.

On Thursday, Morocco said it was suing Amnesty and the Paris-based nonprofit media organisation Forbidden Stories for defamation in a Paris court. The two organisations initially had access to the leaked list and shared it with media partners.

Bethan McKernan


Mexico

Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a press conference this week, when he addressed the Pegasus project revelations. Photograph: Mexico’S Presidency/Reuters

In Mexico, the first lady, Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, called on the attorney general’s office to investigate the revelations made by the Pegasus project, breaking ranks with her husband who said he would not make a criminal complaint into the number of politicians and innocent civilians whose mobile numbers appeared in the leaked list.

At least 50 people around the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – known as Amlo – – including Gutiérrez Müller, three sons, three brothers, aids, advisers and even his cardiologist, were among those of potential interest to clients of NSO, according to the Pegasus project investigation.

Mexico was NSO’s first client and three security agencies are known to have operated Pegasus over the past decade.

Amlo said the federal government no longer spied on political opponents, journalists or activists, and that any existing Pegasus contracts would be cancelled.

In a statement, the attorney general’s office said the NSO contracts signed by the fugitive Tomás Zerón, who was director of the criminal investigation agency (AIC) under Enrique Peña Nieto, were subject to an ongoing criminal investigation. Zerón fled to Israel last year to escape charges of embezzlement, torture and forced disappearence.

Earlier this week, images of Peña Nieto celebrating his birthday were published on Instagram. Nieto has not responded to the allegations despite multiple attempts by the Pegasus project to reach him.

Nina Lakhani


UK

From left, British academic Matthew Hedges, Lady Uddin and horse trainer John Gosden
Lady Uddin (centre), asked in the House of Lords whether the UK was ‘fully aware … about potential illegal surveillance of British citizens and institutions?’ Composite: Guardian/PA/Reuters

Questions were asked in the British parliament in the aftermath of revelations that more than 400 UK phone numbers appeared in the leaked list, led by Lady Uddin, an independent peer, who herself was among those whose numbers were listed.

The principal government responsible for selecting the UK numbers between 2017 and 2019 appears to have been the United Arab Emirates, traditionally a British ally, in a case that has the potential to be politically embarrassing for both sides.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Thursday, Uddin asked, “in the light of the Guardian investigation”, whether the UK “is fully aware and made representations about potential illegal surveillance of British citizens and institutions?”

A day earlier, a UK government minister, Lord True, had told the Lords that “we have raised our concerns several times with the government of Israel about NSO’s operations”.

There were also complaints from the Muslim Association of Britain, an umbrella group, whose chair, Raghad Altikriti, was another whose number appeared on the list. It said the leak raised “serious questions of national security” and asked was “the British government aware” of the listing and the potential targeting of individuals.

Human rights lawyers said they were examining the reports carefully and were seeking to prepare civil action to force further disclosures from NSO Group.

Dan Sabbagh


Apple

Apple v NSO spyware
Composite: Guardian Design/Shutterstock

Apple came under pressure after the Pegasus project investigation revealed how spyware seems able to defeat the security measures built into some devices. Versions of the Pegasus malware were found to work on iOS 14.6, at the time the newest version of the operating system for iPhones available to end users.

That means the software used a “zero-day” vulnerability – meaning one that had been fixed for zero days before it was exploited. The specific weakness was in iMessage, Apple’s messaging app.

The company said, in a statement that could be paraphrased but not quoted from, that the security of iMessage was improved in iOS 15, due to be released in the autumn.

In a statement, Apple said: “Security researchers agree iPhone is the safest, most secure consumer mobile device on the market … we continue to work tirelessly to defend all our customers, and we are constantly adding new protections for their devices and data.”

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NSO Group response: In its latest statement in response to the Pegasus project stories, NSO said that “in light of the recent planned and well-orchestrated media campaign led by Forbidden Stories and pushed by special interest groups, and due to the complete disregard of the facts, NSO is announcing it will no longer be responding to media inquiries on this matter and it will not play along with the vicious and slanderous campaign.

“We will state again: the list is not a list of targets or potential targets of Pegasus. The numbers in the list are not related to NSO group. Any claim that a name in the list is necessarily related to a Pegasus target or Pegasus potential target is erroneous and false.”


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Chinese Market Exchange Rate – July 26 https://oltottmesz.com/chinese-market-exchange-rate-july-26/ https://oltottmesz.com/chinese-market-exchange-rate-july-26/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 02:47:06 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/chinese-market-exchange-rate-july-26/ Chinese Market Exchange Rate – July 26Beijing, July 26 (Xinhua) – The following is the central parity rate of RMB (RMB) for 24 major currencies announced Monday by China’s Forex trading system. Central parity rate of the currency unit in RMB 100 647.63 USD 100 762.43 euros Japanese yen 1005.8595 Hong Kong Dollar 10,083.343 Pound sterling 100890.98 Australian dollar 100 477.18 […]]]> Chinese Market Exchange Rate – July 26

Beijing, July 26 (Xinhua) – The following is the central parity rate of RMB (RMB) for 24 major currencies announced Monday by China’s Forex trading system.

Central parity rate of the currency unit in RMB

100 647.63 USD

100 762.43 euros

Japanese yen 1005.8595

Hong Kong Dollar 10,083.343

Pound sterling 100890.98

Australian dollar 100 477.18

New Zealand dollar 100 452.16

Singapore dollar 100476.12

Swiss Franc 100 704.21

Canadian dollar 100515.40

Malaysian Ringgit 65.247100

Louvre 1,137.33100

Land 228.94100

Korean won 17,780,100

United Arab Emirates dirham 56.712100

Saudi Riyal 57.92100

Hungarian Forint 4,724,15100

Polish Zloty 60.031100

Danish Krone 97.53100

Swedish krona 134.201000

Norwegian krone 136.79100

Turkish lira 132.064100

Mexican peso 309.84100

Thai Baht 508.36100

The initial central parity rate of the US dollar is based on the weighted average of the prices offered by market makers before the interbank market opens on each business day.

The original central parity rate for Hong Kong dollars is based on the original central parity rate for US dollars and the Hong Kong dollar exchange rate for US dollars at 9 a.m. in the same market international exchange. Business day.

The central parity rate of the RMB for the other 22 currencies is based on the average price offered by the market maker before the start of the interbank foreign exchange market.

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EU lists rule of law concerns for Hungary, Poland key to unlocking COVID funds https://oltottmesz.com/eu-lists-rule-of-law-concerns-for-hungary-poland-key-to-unlocking-covid-funds/ https://oltottmesz.com/eu-lists-rule-of-law-concerns-for-hungary-poland-key-to-unlocking-covid-funds/#respond Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:26 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/eu-lists-rule-of-law-concerns-for-hungary-poland-key-to-unlocking-covid-funds/ The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has provided € 250 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Jordan. The disbursement comes in part from the € 3 billion emergency MFA program for ten enlargement and neighborhood partners, which aims to help them limit the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic (program d ‘AMF COVID-19), […]]]>

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has provided € 250 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Jordan. The disbursement comes in part from the € 3 billion emergency MFA program for ten enlargement and neighborhood partners, which aims to help them limit the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic (program d ‘AMF COVID-19), and part of Jordan’s € 500 million third party. AMF program (MFA-III program), which was approved in January 2020. The first disbursement of 250 million euros in favor of Jordan under these two AMF programs took place in November 2020.

Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said: “Today’s disbursement of 250 million euros demonstrates the continued solidarity of the European Union with the Jordanian people. These funds, released after the fulfillment of the agreed political commitments, will help the Jordanian economy to emerge from the shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “

Jordan has fulfilled the political conditions agreed with the EU for the disbursement of € 250 million under the AMF COVID-19 program and the AMF-III program. These included important measures to improve public financial management, accountability in the water sector, measures to increase labor market participation and measures to strengthen good governance.

In addition, Jordan continues to meet the preconditions for granting MFA with regard to respect for human rights and effective democratic mechanisms, including a multi-party parliamentary system and the rule of law; as well as a satisfactory record under the IMF program.

With today’s disbursement, the EU has completed four of the 10 MFA programs of the € 3 billion COVID-19 MFA program. In addition, the third and final tranche of the AMF-III program for Jordan, amounting to € 200 million, will follow once Jordan has fulfilled the agreed commitments.

The Commission continues to work closely with all its AMF partners on the timely implementation of agreed policy programs.

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The AMF is part of the EU’s broader engagement with neighboring partners and enlargement partners and is intended to be an exceptional instrument for responding to crises. It is available to EU enlargement and neighborhood partners facing serious balance of payments problems. It demonstrates the EU’s solidarity with these partners and support for effective policies in a time of unprecedented crisis.

The decision to grant MFA to ten enlargement and neighborhood partners in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic was proposed by the Commission on April 22, 2020 and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on May 25 2020.

In addition to the MFA, the EU supports partners in its neighborhood policy and the Western Balkans through several other instruments, including humanitarian aid, budget support, thematic programs, technical assistance, facilities mix and guarantees from the European Fund for Sustainable Development to support investments in the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

EU-Jordan relations

This MFA program is part of an overall EU effort to help Jordan alleviate the economic and social impact of regional conflicts and the presence of large numbers of Syrian refugees, which has since been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment is in line with the priorities of the EU-Jordan partnership (currently being updated), as confirmed at the fifth Brussels conference on the future of Syria and the region on 29-30 March 2021 and by the committee EU-Jordan Association on May 31, 2021..

Overall, the EU has mobilized over 3.3 billion euros for Jordan since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011. In addition to the MFA, EU funding in response to the Syrian crisis includes humanitarian aid, as well as longer-term resilience and development support in affected areas. such as education, livelihoods, water, sanitation and health, addressed to Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.

More information

Macro-financial assistance

Macro-financial assistance to Jordan

COVID-19: Commission proposes € 3 billion in macro-financial assistance to support ten neighboring countries

Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the granting of macro-financial assistance to enlargement and neighborhood partners in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

EU pays € 400 million to Jordan, Georgia and Moldova

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Ukraine doubts deal on controversial Nord Stream 2 reduces risk https://oltottmesz.com/ukraine-doubts-deal-on-controversial-nord-stream-2-reduces-risk/ https://oltottmesz.com/ukraine-doubts-deal-on-controversial-nord-stream-2-reduces-risk/#respond Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:49:00 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/ukraine-doubts-deal-on-controversial-nord-stream-2-reduces-risk/ Kiev, Jul 22 (EFE) .- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said today that Kiev has “many questions” about how the agreement between the United States and Germany on Russian North Strem 2 gas pipeline completion may reduce the security of your country and central Europe. “At the moment, there are many questions about how the […]]]>

Kiev, Jul 22 (EFE) .- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said today that Kiev has “many questions” about how the agreement between the United States and Germany on Russian North Strem 2 gas pipeline completion may reduce the security of your country and central Europe.

“At the moment, there are many questions about how the US-German deal can reduce the security risks to Ukraine and central European countries linked to the launch of Nord Stream 2,” Kuleba said. during a joint press conference with his Hungarian counterpart. Péter Szijjaártó.

The Ukrainian minister added that the Kyiv government, which has repeatedly stated that the launch of Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to its security, “will discuss this issue with the United States and Germany”.

“Regarding the economic part of this statement (from the United States and Germany), we will study the proposals and present our position when we analyze in detail what is proposed,” he said.

The United States on Wednesday announced an agreement with Germany that will allow the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in exchange for guarantees that Berlin will help Ukraine so that the project does not threaten its energy security.

In a joint statement, the United States and Germany listed a series of conditions under which, in practice, the United States government accepts the completion of this project, more than 95% of which is already built.

US opposition to the pipeline was mainly due to concerns from its Eastern European allies, including Ukraine, who fear that the project would allow Moscow to cut the gas transit route through Ukrainian territory.

Under the agreement, Germany pledges to help Ukraine negotiate “an extension of up to 10 years” of its gas transit contracts with Russia, which expire in 2024.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently promised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski that her country will continue to be a transit territory even when construction of Nord Stream 2 is completed.

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China Market Exchange Rate – July 22 https://oltottmesz.com/china-market-exchange-rate-july-22/ https://oltottmesz.com/china-market-exchange-rate-july-22/#respond Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:30:00 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/china-market-exchange-rate-july-22/ BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) – Here are the central parity rates of China’s renminbi, or yuan, against the 24 major currencies announced by China’s Foreign Exchange System on Thursday: Currency Unit Central parity rate in yuan US dollar 100,646.51 100,762.36 euros Japanese yen 100 5.863 Hong Kong dollar 100 83.173 Pound sterling 100,886.46 Australian dollar […]]]>

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) – Here are the central parity rates of China’s renminbi, or yuan, against the 24 major currencies announced by China’s Foreign Exchange System on Thursday:

Currency Unit Central parity rate in yuan

US dollar 100,646.51

100,762.36 euros

Japanese yen 100 5.863

Hong Kong dollar 100 83.173

Pound sterling 100,886.46

Australian dollar 100,475.37

New Zealand dollar 100 450.00

Singaporean dollar 100,474.04

Swiss Franc 100 704.57

Canadian dollar 100 514.45

Malaysian Ringgit 65.445 100

1 143.37 rubles 100

Rand 225.47 100

Korean won 17,802,100

United Arab Emirates dirham 56,808 100

Saudi Riyal 58,016 100

Hungarian Forint 4,718.37 100

Polish Zloty 60.048 100

Danish Krone 97.57 100

Swedish krona 134.38 100

Norwegian Krone 137.41 100

Turkish lira 132,392 100

Mexican peso 311.76 100

Thai Baht 508.03 100

The central parity rate of the yuan to the US dollar is based on a weighted average of the prices offered by market makers before the interbank market opens on each business day.

The central parity rate of the yuan against the Hong Kong dollar is based on the central parity rate of the yuan against the US dollar and the exchange rate of the Hong Kong dollar against the US dollar at 9 a.m. in the markets of international exchange on the same working day.

The central parity rates of the yuan against the 22 other currencies are based on the average prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank foreign exchange market.


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SK Innovation subsidized for a Hungarian battery factory https://oltottmesz.com/sk-innovation-subsidized-for-a-hungarian-battery-factory/ https://oltottmesz.com/sk-innovation-subsidized-for-a-hungarian-battery-factory/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:40:12 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/sk-innovation-subsidized-for-a-hungarian-battery-factory/ South Korean battery cell maker SK Innovation has received a € 90 million grant from the Hungarian government for its second plant in the country. The precondition was for the European Commission to give the green light to state aid, which has now happened. SK Innovation says it is investing around 945 billion won to […]]]>

South Korean battery cell maker SK Innovation has received a € 90 million grant from the Hungarian government for its second plant in the country. The precondition was for the European Commission to give the green light to state aid, which has now happened.

SK Innovation says it is investing around 945 billion won to build its second factory in Komárom, the equivalent of just under 700 million euros. SKI now receives the subsidy of 90 million euros from the Hungarian state “with regard to the expected positive effects on the local economy and employment from the operation of the second electric vehicle plant in Hungary”, as announced the battery manufacturer.

As a reminder, the Commission, taking into account EU state aid rules and in particular Article 107 (3) (c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, may authorize Member States to support the development of certain economic sectors “under certain conditions”. These economic sectors must be of common European interest.

In the case of SKI, the European Commission approved the Hungarian government’s subsidy plan after a ten-month review. “This is an exceptional case for the European Commission, known to be very strict on approval, to give such a large grant to a Korean company in such a short time,” writes SK Innovation.

In June, the group’s division had already received a loan of US $ 500 million from the Export-Import Bank of Korea for the same plant. The loan is a green loan fund, which SKI says it obtained on “favorable financial terms”. SK Innovation’s second battery cell plant will be built in the same way as Komárom’s first plant and will have an annual capacity of 10 GWh. The plan is that construction will be completed this year and commercial production will begin in 2022. Earlier this year, SK Innovation also decided to build a third battery cell factory in Hungary, specifically in Iváncsa, 50 kilometers away. southwest of Budapest.

SKI currently only develops and produces pocket cells. As SK Innovation battery boss Jee Dong-seob recently confirmed at South Korea’s largest battery show, Inter Battery, the company is also studying the development and production of new types of battery cells. , in particular cylindrical and prismatic cells. The South Korean company thus wishes to expand its customer base. As is known, Tesla relies on round cells of different sizes, but Giga Shanghai vehicles also use other types of cells in some cases. While the pocket cell initially seemed to be prevalent among European automakers, the VW Group’s new unit cell will be a prismatic cell.

At the beginning of July, SK Innovation announced its intention to expand its production capacities to a total of more than 500 GWh by 2030 and to consider an IPO of the battery division. The division’s expansion is driven in particular by the high order book: according to SKI, orders exceed one TWh, or 1,000 GWh. At the same time, the company currently has a production capacity of only 40 GWh per year.

According to SKI, orders are worth 130 trillion won, which is equivalent to around 97 billion euros. These batteries are expected to be able to power around 14 million electric cars. “SK Innovation aims to become a world leader in the electric vehicle battery market through aggressive investments,” Jee Dong-seob said, according to the latest announcement. “We will make constant efforts to contribute to the development of local communities and the market for electric vehicles. “

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Alfa Group International to issue its first Green Bond https://oltottmesz.com/alfa-group-international-to-issue-its-first-green-bond/ https://oltottmesz.com/alfa-group-international-to-issue-its-first-green-bond/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:51:00 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/alfa-group-international-to-issue-its-first-green-bond/ Alfa Group International to issue its first Green Bond Ohad Epschtein, President of Alfa Group International Ha11er green houses in Hungary by Alfa Group The bond receives strong anticipation from investors with the proceeds of the env. HUF 10 billion issue scheduled to be invested in green buildings. We offer investors the opportunity to support […]]]>

Alfa Group International to issue its first Green Bond

Ohad Epschtein, President of Alfa Group International

Ohad Epschtein, President of Alfa Group International

Ha11er green houses in Hungary by Alfa Group

Ha11er green houses in Hungary by Alfa Group

The bond receives strong anticipation from investors with the proceeds of the env. HUF 10 billion issue scheduled to be invested in green buildings.

We offer investors the opportunity to support our goal of mitigating climate change globally by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through our renewable and circular solutions.

– Ohad Epschtein, president of Alfa Group International

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, July 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The bond will be the first issue under the new green bond framework by Alfa Group. The proceeds of the issue will be used in accordance with the Group’s Green Bond Framework for investments in the development and expansion of the Group’s portfolio. – reported by Property Reporter

The Group invests in real estate with a focus on renewable energies and energy efficiency solutions with the aim of mitigating climate change on a global scale by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Group’s auditor, KPMG, assessed the current state of Alfa Group’s portfolio.

KPMG, as a third-party verifier, also published a limited pre-issuance assurance report for the green bond framework, which forms the basis of the green bond issuance in terms of the requirements of the green bond principles of ICMA. – was told by Green Reporter.

Alfa Group has been active in the Hungarian and Slovak real estate market for over 20 years. The Group’s current portfolio of productive assets is well diversified between urban logistics, commercial parks and the office segment with a total leasable area of ​​nearly 100,000 square meters.

Thanks to a sustainable and long-term policy and good reinvestments over the past 5 years, the Group has established a land reserve and is now mainly focusing on new developments: urban logistics and urban residential projects, including major efforts on opening the new rental housing business.

The pipeline of new transactions exceeds 55,000 m² of leasable and salable surface area, considerably expanding the Group’s activity.

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Spyware Pegasus: Hungary rejects allegations, France wants to investigate https://oltottmesz.com/spyware-pegasus-hungary-rejects-allegations-france-wants-to-investigate/ https://oltottmesz.com/spyware-pegasus-hungary-rejects-allegations-france-wants-to-investigate/#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 16:43:58 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/spyware-pegasus-hungary-rejects-allegations-france-wants-to-investigate/ Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has denied claims that his country is monitoring journalists or activists using Pegasus software from Israeli manufacturer NSO, according to a press report. When questioned, the director of the IH secret service denied that the service used the software, Szijjarto said after a report by the Telex.hu news portal on […]]]>

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has denied claims that his country is monitoring journalists or activists using Pegasus software from Israeli manufacturer NSO, according to a press report. When questioned, the director of the IH secret service denied that the service used the software, Szijjarto said after a report by the Telex.hu news portal on Monday in Komarom, northern Hungary.

The service under his ministry is ready to provide information to the Hungarian Parliament’s Security Committee. The opposition wants to call a special meeting of the committee on the allegations. IH is one of the five Hungarian secret services. Szijjártó did not want to say whether another authority could have been monitoring people through Pegasus, as Telex.hu reported.

An international consortium of journalists had previously published new allegations against NSO. According to this information, traces of attacks with the company’s Pegasus software were found on 37 smartphones of journalists, human rights activists, their family members and businessmen. The numbers are part of a dataset of more than 50,000 phone numbers that journalists have reviewed with the organizations Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International. According to reports, the numbers were apparently selected by NSO customers as potential spy targets. NSO dismissed the allegations on Sunday.

As the Hungarian research group Direk36 reports, there have been more than 300 potential surveillance targets in Hungary. It has been proven that four Hungarian journalists and a photographer were monitored, as well as several businessmen and ex-politicians. According to his own information, Direk36 is part of the consortium of journalists. Since taking office for the first time in 2010, the Hungarian government led by Viktor Orbán has pursued a restrictive and internationally criticized media policy, directed against the press which criticizes the government.

In France, government spokesman Gabriel Attal reacted with astonishment and indignation to the media revelations. “This is of course an extremely shocking fact,” Attal told franceinfo on Monday. He announced – not detailed – investigations. “We are very attached to the freedom of the press,” he added. As reported by the daily Le Monde, the Pegasus list includes around thirty journalists and managers of media companies in France. The online platform Mediapart reported that the cellphones of two of the company’s journalists were targeted by the Pegasus software during the period 2019-2020 – the Moroccan secret service was behind them, according to the allegation. “We file a complaint with the public prosecutor of Paris,” writes Mediapart.


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Liverpool transfer connection could see striker faster than Kylian Mbappé move to Anfield in 2022 https://oltottmesz.com/liverpool-transfer-connection-could-see-striker-faster-than-kylian-mbappe-move-to-anfield-in-2022/ https://oltottmesz.com/liverpool-transfer-connection-could-see-striker-faster-than-kylian-mbappe-move-to-anfield-in-2022/#respond Sun, 18 Jul 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/liverpool-transfer-connection-could-see-striker-faster-than-kylian-mbappe-move-to-anfield-in-2022/ Recruiting players who have worked in the Red Bull system has become a recurring theme for Liverpool. From Sadio Mané to Naby Keïta via Takumi Minamino, Liverpool have shown a preference for Red Bull graduates. In December 2019, it even prompted Red Bull Salzburg to post a facetious tweet asking who would make the trip […]]]>

Recruiting players who have worked in the Red Bull system has become a recurring theme for Liverpool.

From Sadio Mané to Naby Keïta via Takumi Minamino, Liverpool have shown a preference for Red Bull graduates. In December 2019, it even prompted Red Bull Salzburg to post a facetious tweet asking who would make the trip to Anfield in 2022.

Liverpool took the one-year leap, poaching yet another Red Bull product from Ibrahima Konaté. This will only have served to forge an even closer bond with a stable of clubs who like to do business with Michael Edwards and vice versa – and 2022 could still see Liverpool return to Leipzig or Salzburg for a new signing.

Red Bull breed players prepared for Jürgen Klopp gegenpress system. Their fast-paced, high-intensity football is exactly the same pattern as that followed by Liverpool, which is why Red Bull is such a great shopping destination for the club.

And with 2022 just around the corner, the question is, who could be the next Red Bull product poached by Liverpool?

Benjamin Šeško

Liverpool have reportedly held an interest in Patson Daka and continue to monitor Erling Haaland’s situation at Borussia Dortmund, according to the rumor mill. But they might instead be looking to buy the duo’s “heir” from Salzburg when they enter the market for a number nine next summer.

Šeško scored 18 goals in his last 17 appearances for Salzburg second-team Liefering in the Austrian second division last season and he started Salzburg’s 2021/22 campaign by scoring a cameo brace on the bench in of his second game for the club’s first. team.

Šeško fits the profile of a Liverpool player. He’s technically savvy, good at pressing aggressively, and has a fast pace. Last season, he recorded a top speed faster than Kylian Mbappé.

It’s no secret at some point Liverpool will be on the hunt for a new striker, and if 18-year-old Šeško continues to excel for Salzburg he will be hard to ignore.

Dominik szoboszlai

When asked which coach he would like to work under last year, Dominik Szoboszlai gave a simple answer:

“I really like Jürgen Klopp. The kind of human that he is, the way he inspires the team, the fact that they can come back from any situation, for me he is the best coach. of the world.”

The Hungary international has excelled at Salzburg over the past two seasons, scoring 26 goals and registering 35 assists in 83 appearances.

In 2021/22 Szoboszlai will have the opportunity to prove himself on a higher stage by working under the leadership of Jesse Marsch at RB Leipzig. An injury cut short his season last year and thwarted his hopes for Euro 2020, but the 20-year-old will be looking to bounce back hard and could take the Bundesliga by storm.

Szoboszlai is technical with a poisonous shot and has the pace and energy to fit into Klopp’s heavy metal football. A future move is not out of place.

Karim adeyemi

Adeyemi was set to move to Liverpool before opting for Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, but Klopp’s side reportedly continued to watch the 19-year-old.

Adeyemi has been gradually integrated into the Salzburg first team after drawing attention to Liefering in recent seasons.

He averaged a goal or assist 1.24 out of 90 times for Salzburg’s first team last season, scoring nine goals and registering 11 assists in just 1,248 minutes of action.

Adeyemi is quick, but he can also be physical. He showed his ability to be devastating on the counterattack in the Champions League group stages last season, scoring a spectacular solo goal against Lokomotiv Moscow.

Adeyemi won the ball with his aggressive pressing and threw up a quick block, which ended with the ball sinking into the net.

If he has more moments like this, the interest of Klopp, Edwards and Lijnders will certainly be piqued.

Enock Mwepu

Nicknamed ‘the computer’, Enock Mwepu has just completed his move to Brighton in the Premier League. However, if he proves his worth, he might be ready for bigger and better things in the future.

Mwepu has been a Liverpool fan since childhood who called it a ‘dream’ to play at Anfield and who his former coach Lee Kawanu said could have the same impact in the game as Yaya Touré.

Mwepu is a great presser, good at advancing the ball and also brilliant on the defensive side of the game. His physique and pace would make him well suited for Liverpool, and the fact that he grew up supporting the Reds might also help facilitate movement.

A good season at Brighton might be enough for Klopp and co to start calling.

Which Red Bull player would you like to see in Liverpool? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.


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The rush of local summer activities continues https://oltottmesz.com/the-rush-of-local-summer-activities-continues/ https://oltottmesz.com/the-rush-of-local-summer-activities-continues/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:05:17 +0000 https://oltottmesz.com/the-rush-of-local-summer-activities-continues/ As reported on the Art Council website, the band’s music has been featured on network television programs, international film soundtracks, national advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists. on a Gospel / Jazz compilation project released by Capitol / EMI Records. Free entry. Donations are accepted during intermission. To learn more, […]]]>

As reported on the Art Council website, the band’s music has been featured on network television programs, international film soundtracks, national advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists. on a Gospel / Jazz compilation project released by Capitol / EMI Records.

Free entry. Donations are accepted during intermission.

To learn more, visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org

This event is sponsored by Real Estate; Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital / Breast Center; Restoration Reliant; and Link-Hellmuth Insurance.

To exploreBest of Springfield 2021: vote for your favorites

TchotchkePalooza at Hartman Rock Garden

The Hartman Rock Garden will host its annual TchotchkePalooza this Saturday.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1905 Russell Ave in Springfield.

TchotchkePalooza is a time every year when the garden is filled with beloved Ben Hartman figurines, including historical figures like boxer Joe Louis and actress Mae West, and fictional characters like Felix the Cat, the Lone Ranger. or the little old lady who lived in a Shoe.

Guides and volunteers will be on hand during the day to make short tours and answer questions.

Free entry. Donations are encouraged.

For more information, visit http://hartmanrocks.org/.

To exploreSpringfield summer touring series resets this week

Champion City Food Truck Rallye

Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company will host the Champion City Food Truck Rally this Saturday.

The rally will be held from 5 pm to 9 pm at 102 W. Columbia St. in Springfield.

Participating food trucks will include Hunger Paynes, Poppy’s Smoke House, Yummy GyroPurely Sweet Bakery, Purely Sweet Bakery and other local specialties.

As stated on the event’s Facebook page, “Remember that downtown Springfield is a DORA neighborhood, so you can grab a bite to eat, have a beer, explore Champions City and come back for some fun. free live music. “

For those who have a food truck or vendor who would like to participate in Champion City Food Truck rallies, send an email to theyellowcabfoodtruckrally@gmail.com.

To exploreNew Carlisle School, vacant for 2 decades, being demolished

Christmas in July at the New Carlisle Farmers Market

The New Carlisle Farmers Market will host its Christmas event in July as the first of four night markets this Saturday.

The event will take place from 4 pm to 9 pm in front of the CVS at 201 S. Main St. in New Carlisle.

Four local food trucks will be present at the event: Freddies Franks and Burgers, Mom Andrasik’s Hungarian cabbie rolls, Wholly Smokes BBQ and Spicey Rooster.

All regular market vendors will be present at the event.

Special Christmas events in July will include an Elf on the Shelf contest, photo booth, holiday inflatables provided by the New Carlisle Christmas Parade, Santa Claus and USMS Toys 4 Tots Campaign Kickoff .

For more information, visit the New Carlisle Farmers’ Market page on Facebook.

To explorePanda Express considers Springfield as possible location for new restaurant

Summer Arts Festival 2021: Brass Tracks Band

The Springfield Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival presents the Brass Tracks Band this Saturday.

The show will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Veterans Park Amphitheater, located at 250 Cliff Park Road. in Springfield.

Brass Tracks Band is an eight-piece horn group from southwest Ohio, playing rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and funk. The band will pay tribute to hits from bands like Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Tower of Power and many more.

Free entry. Donations are accepted during intermission.

To learn more, visit www.springfieldartscouncil.org.

This event is sponsored by McGregor Metalworking Companies; Heidelberg distribution company; Therese Hartley; Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital / Breast Center; Restoration Reliant; and Link-Hellmuth Insurance.


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