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09-07-2013 • News & Events / Highlights

OSCE media freedom representative asks Bulgarian authorities to ensure media are safe from assaults by high-profile politician

VIENNA, 8 July 2013 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, today expressed concern over the latest case of intimidation of journalists by parliamentarian and Ataka Party leader Volen Siderov, and asked the authorities to ensure that the media can work freely in Bulgaria. On 5 July a television crew of SKAT TV was verbally and physically...
22-01-2013 • News & Events / Highlights

Verhofstadt to call for plenary debate on rule of law and freedom in Bulgaria

"Following the shocking scenes at the weekend of an assassination attempt in Sofia against the leader of Bulgaria's Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Dr. Ahmed Dogan, I would like to express my deepest concern on behalf of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament. It was a miracle that the incident did not end up tragically and should not be dismissed lightly." "I...
06-07-2012 • News & Events / Highlights

Statement by the European Commission on Romania

The Commission is concerned about current developments in Romania, especially regarding actions that appear to reduce the effective powers of independent institutions like the Constitutional Court. The rule of law, the democratic checks and balances and the independence of the judiciary are cornerstones of the European democracy and indispensable for mutual trust within the...
26-04-2012 • News & Events / Highlights

Discrimination against Central Eastern European citizens is unacceptable

Letter sent to the European Commission by 10 EPP Group Heads of Delegations from Central Eastern Europe The Heads of Delegation of the EPP Group's 10 Central Eastern European Member States (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia) sent an open letter today to José Manuel Barroso, President of the...
19-09-2011 • News & Events / Highlights

Bulgaria insists on joining EU's visa-free zone

Bulgaria says that if EU does not grant it a visa-free status within the union the country will reconsider its support for the legislation that makes that system possible, reported AP. Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov complained on Saturday that Bulgarians are not "secondhand citizens in Europe." On Friday, Dutch Immigration Minister Gerd Leers said his country plans to...
09-05-2011 • News & Events / Highlights

Bulgaria Steps Up EU Funds Absorption

by Raina Lazarova, SeeNews SOFIA. Bulgaria will absorb no less than 20% of the allocated European Union funds this year - double the combined amount it absorbed in the previous four years, the cabinet minister in charge of EU funds said. "So far, more than 11.3% of the whole allocated sum has been disbursed which in absolute terms is equal to 1.775 billion levs($1.346...
17-03-2011 • News & Events / Highlights

Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme: Commission publishes report on joint EU-US review

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström presented today the outcome of the first EU-US review of the implementation of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme to the LIBE Committee in the European Parliament. The joint report provides a close and detailed look into how the agreement has been implemented since its entry into force on 1 August 2010 and whether the necessary...
09-12-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Black Sea Strategy: Wide support for fully-fledged EU strategy in the region

The For­eign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted today on 'An EU Strat­egy for the Black Sea' with a large majority in favour (44 votes in favour, 0 against and 6 abstentions). Rapporteur Traian Ungureanu MEP expressed his deep satisfaction at the support received and considers the vote to be a strong signal in favour of EU strategic involvement...
11-11-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Bulgarian parliament adopts at first reading 2011 State Budget

The parliament in Bulgaria adopted at first reading the budget 2011, reported Focus News Agency. 202 MPs voted, 130 of them in favor, 58 against and 14 restrained. The economic growth is expected to be 3.6 percent of the gross domestic product. Sofia forecasts that the 26 billion leva (around 13.2946 billion euro) revenues and 28 billion leva (14.317 billion euros) cost....
20-10-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

The Parliament decided that GD CRAS should examine the signatures for the referendum wheter Turkey should join EU

Deputies have voted that the president of the national assembly shall assign GD Civic registration and administrative service to make a data check-up of the civic subscription for holding a national referendum, reports the Bulgarian National Radio. The Parliamentary Group of the Blue Coalition declared itself in favor of the request for referendum on the Turkish membership...
20-09-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

National Reform Programme Project to Be Ready by Mid-November

The project for National Reform Programme (NRP) for Bulgaria, implementing the Europe 2020 strategy will be ready by mid-November 2010. This was announced during a public discussion, organised by the Ministry of Finance with the participation of representatives of the ministries, social partners and non-governmental organisations. The director of International Cooperation...
15-09-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Philip Dimitrov will be the new Head of EU Delegations in Georgia

Philip Dimitrov, former Bulgarian Prime Minister, right-wing leader and senior diplomat has been appointed as an EU ambassador to Georgia. He will be the new Head of EU Delegations under 2010 rotation in Georgia. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton approved 28 ambassadors and one deputy head to the Union's delegations around the world, reported BTA. As earlier...
20-07-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Report on Progress under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism in Bulgaria

Upon accession of Bulgaria on 1 January 2007, certain weaknesses remained in the areas of judicial reform, the fight against corruption and organised crime that could prevent an effective application of EU-laws, policies and programmes and prevent Bulgarians from enjoying their full rights as EU citizens. Therefore, the Commission took the obligation within the Cooperation and...
23-06-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: The EPP Group wants a date for the opening of negotiations with the EU

"I want the European Union to fix a date, without delay, for the opening of EU accession negotiations for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", said Joseph Daul MEP in Skopje where he is meeting the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister. "The authorities in this country are determined to proceed with the necessary reforms to implement the acquis...
20-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

EP largely approved the extension of the EU financial assistance to Kozloduy NPP's decommissioning

The European Parliament widely approves Dr Antonyia Parvanova's position on EU nuclear decommissioning aid to Bulgaria (Kozloduy programme). Today, the European Parliament has largely approved the extension of the EU financial assistance to Bulgaria for the decommissioning of the units 1 to 4 of Kozloduy nuclear power plant. The report adopted in plenary fully reflects...
12-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Commission adopts reports under excessive deficit procedure for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland and Luxembourg

The European Commission today adopted reports under the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland and Luxembourg. Taking due account of the most recent economic outlook and all other relevant factors, the reports examine whether the general government deficit remains close to the 3% of GDP reference value and whether the excess...
12-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Euro area and EU27 GDP up by 0.2%, EUROSTAT says

Flash estimates for the first quarter of 2010 - Euro area and EU27 GDP up by 0.2% +0.5% and +0.3% respectively compared with the first quarter of 2009. GDP increased by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA16) and the EU271 during the first quarter of 2010, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European...
12-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Parliament must have control over the budget of the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism

Following a meeting of European Council President Herman Van Rompuy with the ALDE Group today, Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE President, made the following statement on the agreement on the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism. "The ALDE Group has strongly welcomed the agreement reached on the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism. The Community method should prevail in...
09-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Bulgaria to mark Europe Day with a series of events

Bulgaria will celebrate Europe Day May 9, with a diverse four-day program of events and attractions across the country. Celebrations are organized by the European Commission Representation and by the European Parliament Information Office in Sofia. The decision to celebrate May 9 as Europe Day was taken in 1985 by EU leaders, because on this day 60 years back, the first step...
02-05-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Kristalina Georgieva: “We have to strengthen the European response to crises”

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Kristalina Georgieva was on a formal visit to France on 21 April 2010 to meet ministers Bernard Kouchner (Foreign Affairs) and Alain Joyandet (Cooperation and Francophony). Objectives: to get French support for the Commission proposal for more effective, coherent and visible action. The Paris-based web...
22-04-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Europe 2020 – European Citizens and the EU institutions

On April 26, Monday, 11.00h, at the Information Office of the European Parliament in Milano will be held the final presentation of the book “Europe 2020: Civic Vision”(http://parliament.europe.bg/bg/index.php?id=28438&category=371&translation=en) . It summarizes the two-year campaign “Interacting with the European Parliament”, implemented by the...
17-04-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Citizens of EU countries allowed transit through Serbia with ID cards

The Serbian Interior Ministry's border management department has decided that citizens of EU countries will not need passports for transit through Serbia, only their national identity cards. The decision has been made in response to requests by several EU embassies. According to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry, air traffic to all European destinations has...
23-03-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Report on Progress under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism in Bulgaria

Upon accession of Bulgaria on 1 January 2007, certain weaknesses remained in the areas of judicial reform, the fight against corruption and organised crime that could prevent an effective application of EU-laws, policies and programmes and prevent Bulgarians from enjoying their full rights as EU citizens, comments Rapid. Therefore, the Commission took the obligation within the...
17-03-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

EU encourages Bulgaria to continue pursuing strict fiscal policies

Today the European Commission examined the updated stability and convergence programmes of Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. These assessments have to be seen against the background of the sharp economic and financial crisis which has had a major impact on public...
19-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Resignation of Jeleva was "inevitable and predictable"

The resignation of Bulgarian candidate for the European Commission Rumiana Jeleva was "inevitable and predictable", said S&D leader Martin Schulz in Strasbourg today. "Her decision to go is the best outcome vor everyone, including herself," he said. "After such a poor performance in the parliamentary, which highlighted her incompetence, this outcome was both inevitable and...
15-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Liberal group condemns Bulgarian government attacks on MEPs over commissioner hearings

Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader in the European Parliament reacted to Bulgarian PM Borisov's misplaced remarks in the Bulgarian media concerning his ALDE colleagues and their scrutiny of Bulgarian commissioner designate, Rumiana Jeleva. "It is totally unacceptable for a Prime Minister to hit out with such sharp language at MEPs who are simply doing their job of...
14-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Pressure mounts on Bulgaria to withdraw its EU nominee

EU pressure on the Bulgarian government to withdraw its candidate for the European Commission grew today as S&D leader Martin Schulz mounted a fierce attack on Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, reports the S&D group. Commission nominee Rumiana Jeleva faces rejection by a cross-party majority of MEPs following her poor performance at a parliamentary hearing in Brussels earlier...
14-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

Barroso Expected to Give Position on Bulgaria EC Bidder Jeleva

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso is expected Thursday to announce his position on the issue of alleged conflict of interests of Bulgarian Commissioner-Designate Rumiana Jeleva. Barroso’s decision is believed to be crucial into swaying the Development Committee of the EP into backing or opposing Jeleva’s confirmation as the new EU...
14-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

EU chief vows action on economy, climate

By AFP. The European Union's new permanent president Herman Van Rompuy vowed Wednesday to make the fight against climate change and the economic crisis his top priority in the months ahead. Speaking ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on his first official visit to Germany, Europe's most populous country and its top economy, Van Rompuy said that the...
11-01-2010 • News & Events / Highlights

EP starts Examinations for new EU Commissioners

The three-hour sessions of examinations for the new EU commissioners with the European Parliament start today and will continue until January, 19th. If the strict agenda is implemented, the Parliament will vote the make-up of the Commission as a whole on January 26. The college has to be approved by quality majority voting of Member States. This means that the new...
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