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09-07-2013 • News & Events
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
"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
29-10-2012 • News & Events
SPIEGEL: President Draghi, do you have a savings account?
SPIEGEL: Do you know how much interest you are getting?
Draghi: Around 1.75%, that's the current rate on savings in Italy.
SPIEGEL: The rate on a German savings account is even lower than that. The returns are not anywhere near sufficient to
make up for rising prices. Are savers picking up the...
06-07-2012 • News & Events
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...
27-06-2012 • News & Events
1. Please introduce yourself?
I am Mihail Dimitru and I am director in the European Commission, Directorate-General "Agriculture and Rural
Development". And I am in charge of the rural development programs.
2. What are the main lessons of the past of the CAP?
We learned a lot of lessons in the past of the CAP. We learned that success also has sometimes some negative elements...
26-04-2012 • News & Events
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
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
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
"So far, more than 11.3% of the whole allocated sum has been disbursed which in absolute terms is equal to 1.775
17-03-2011 • News & Events
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
17-03-2011 • News & Events
Since the devastating earthquake which struck Japan on Friday 11 March, the European Union is fully mobilised to
translate its solidarity in concrete support.
On 11 March, President Barroso and President Van Rompuy issued the following statement: "We are deeply concerned at
the news of the devastating earthquake which has struck Japan, causing a number of fatalities and...
Published at 12-01-2011 from Portal Europe
By The Economist
The rotating presidency of the European Union is, mercifully, a much-diminished affair, as a result of the Lisbon
treaty. Gone are the days when countries chairing EU meetings for six months would try to outdo each other with lavish
events, fine cuisine and communiqués praising their pet obsessions. Summits are now more humdrum, held in
09-12-2010 • News & Events
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
11-11-2010 • News & Events
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....
10-11-2010 • News & Events
The Commission's 5th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that the EU's
cohesion policy has made a significant contribution to growth and prosperity and promoting balanced development across
the Union. Nevertheless, in view of the substantial economic and social developments over recent years, the policy now
has to address new...
10-11-2010 • News & Events
The Commission today presented its new strategy for a competitive, sustainable and secure energy. The Communication
"Energy 2020" defines the energy priorities for the next ten years and sets the actions to be taken in order to tackle
the challenges of saving energy, achieving a market with competitive prizes and secure supplies, boosting technological
27-10-2010 • News & Events
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is publishing results from a survey of 3,000 Muslim and
non-Muslim young people about their experiences of and attitudes towards discrimination, social marginalisation and
violence. The results indicate that in the three Member States where the survey took place (France, Spain and the United
Kingdom) most young people -...
25-10-2010 • News & Events
Commissioner Georgieva's Blog: I had long planned a visit to Hungary, to discuss my policy proposal for
strengthening our disaster response with the upcoming EU Presidency. Then, the accident in Ajka happened, and response
to this specific disaster took central stage. The place to talk about it was not a conference room, but the affected
area, still covered in sludge....
20-10-2010 • News & Events
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
The Parliamentary Group of the Blue Coalition declared itself in favor of the request for referendum on the Turkish
20-09-2010 • News & Events
Bulgarian MEP ( BG/EPP) and ex minister of Foreign Affairs, Nadezhda Neynsky (Mikh¬aylova), made last week a
proposal, to support the Roma in their effort to integrate in the European societies, reports the New Europe. The new
idea was presented and discussed with the European Peoples Party leadership, ahead of the party's summit in view of
the European Council. Mm...
20-09-2010 • News & Events
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...
17-09-2010 • News & Events
The European Council discussed how to give new momentum to the Union's external relations, taking full advantage
of the opportunities provided by the Lisbon Treaty. It agreed on the need for to promote its interests and values more
assertively and in a spirit of reciprocity and mutual benefit. As a first step, it set general orientations with a view
to a number of...
15-09-2010 • News & Events
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.
07-09-2010 • News & Events
Letter by President of the European Commission Barroso to the Members of the European Parliament, September 7, 2010,
"Dear President Buzek,
One year ago I presented my political guidelines for the next five years to the European Parliament and I proposed a
special relationship between the Parliament and the Commission. I am pleased to see that in the few short...
20-07-2010 • News & Events
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...
30-06-2010 • News & Events
The European Institute Foudnation is organizing a public presentation of the priorities of the Belgian Presidency of
the EU, with the participation of Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mr. Nickolay Mladenov and the Ambassador of Belgium to
Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Marc Michielsen.
The event is scheduled for Monday - July 5 2010, at 11 h. Bulgarian time and will take place in the "Sredetz"...
23-06-2010 • News & Events
"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...
18-06-2010 • News & Events
Statement by Ambassador James B. Warlick, made at the roundtable on media, organized in Sofia on June 18, 2010, by the
Konrad Adenauer and the Democracy Foundations.
I am honored to be invited here to join in the discussion of this important issue. As an American diplomat, I pride
myself on the historical role my country played in championing the ideal of the free press. As...
20-05-2010 • News & Events
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
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...
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12-05-2010 • News & Events
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...
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