The Bulgarian government announced today (8 February) that Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva will continue with her duties - putting an end to expectations that she would run for UN Secretary General to replace Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December 2016.
Countries on the European Union's eastern flank will meet next week and try to provide a joint response on the recent proposal to keep Britain in the EU bloc, Hungary's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday (4 February).
The EU wants to examine the contracts which Gazprom has signed with European companies, amid suspicions that the Russian state energy giant has imposed unfair prices which breach the bloc's trading rules, a German newspaper reported.
A new pipeline to double Russian gas flows to Germany will only go ahead if Russia does not cut off gas flows to Ukraine and eastern Europe, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told the Polish government on 29 January.
EXCLUSIVE / A British lawmaker has asked the European Commission to explain why Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva often travels internationally, as such activity, in his view, doesn’t correspond with her portfolio, as EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.
The Commission published today (27 January) its yearly reports on Romania and Bulgaria, the only two EU countries monitored in their efforts to improve their law-enforcement systems and to combat corruption. Romania’s report is positive, for a second consecutive year.
Prague will host an extraordinary summit of the Visegrad group, three days ahead of the February EU summit, to discuss the migration crisis and a possible “plan B” in case of a widening divide with the older Schengen members.
Spain and Hungary are both plagued by nepotism and a lack of transparency, whilst one ray of hope is the EU's problem child, Greece, according to a new report by Transparency International. EurActiv Germany reports.
Bulgaria came under fire from its major business partners yesterday (25 January) over its failure to strengthen the rule of law, just before the publication of an EU monitoring report expected to be highly critical of the lack of reforms in the Union’s poorest member state.
Fearing that Western countries will close their borders, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are only letting refugees whose registration papers say that they will apply for asylum in Austria and Germany pass through.
“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.
EU member states on Tuesday (19 January) endorsed a plan to invest €217 million in cross-border energy infrastructure, including a major upgrade of gas networks in Central and Eastern Europe and a new power link between Britain and France.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the defunct project of bringing Russian gas across the Black Sea to the EU known as ‘South Stream’ should be transformed into ‘Bulgarian Stream’, with 100% Bulgarian ownership over the pipes.
More than 1,000 refugees arrived at Greece's biggest port of Piraeus near Athens yesterday (13 January) as the influx of refugees fleeing conflict zones for Europe continued unabated into the winter months.
The attacks carried out against women, in Cologne on New Year's Eve, are still reverberating across Europe, auguring for more resentment against immigrants, and eroding the remnants of multicultural attitudes. The EurActiv network reports.
EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s powerful competition commissioner, believes “everyone should thank the whistleblowers and investigative journalists” who uncovered the so-called ‘Luxleaks’ scandal and says she is “personally in favour” of country-by-country reporting on corporate taxation.
EXCLUSIVE / Gazprom stopped supplies to Overgas, a private Bulgarian gas distribution company in which it has a 50% stake. The surprising move prompted comments and provided insight into the broader strategies of the Russian gas monopoly in Bulgaria, and the local interests involved.
The leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party has been ousted from his post and expelled from the party yesterday (24 December), officially for declaring support for Turkey in its row with Moscow over the downing of a Russian warplane.
Just before the start of the two-day EU summit today (17 December) Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov revealed his country too had plans to bring Russian gas to its borders - just like Germany, which plans an expansion of the Nord Stream pipeline.