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Energy 24-02-2017

Top policymakers reassure Europe on Azeri gas deadline

The Southern Gas Corridor will start pumping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe by 2020, its backers said yesterday (23 February), despite the risk of delays to this option for reducing dependence on Russia.

Politics 23-02-2017

Rise in Eastern Europeans leaving UK since Brexit vote

Migrants from eight Eastern European countries are increasingly leaving Britain after the Brexit vote but the number arriving from Bulgaria and Romania has jumped, official data released today (23 February) showed.

Elections 17-02-2017

Bulgaria’s interim government finds many irregular defence contracts

Bulgaria's new interim government has found that over half the defence procurement contracts signed last year were irregular and is examining nine of them on suspicion of fraud, its prime minister said today (17 February).

Elections 16-02-2017

French and German socialists divided by CETA vote

The European Parliament's vote on ratifying CETA, the EU-Canada trade agreement, revealed the deep divisions among socialists across the EU, in particular in the “engine of Europe” – France and Germany.

Elections 08-02-2017

Bulgarian elections explained by political dark horse

Bulgarians will vote on 26 March in snap general elections. Euractiv explains the elections with the help of one of the leaders who hopes his party will be able to pass the 4% threshold and win MP seats in the 240-member National Assembly.

Elections 06-02-2017

Romania scraps decree decriminalising graft as mass protests persist

Romania's Social Democrat government yesterday (5 February) annulled a decree that would have decriminalised some graft offences, an embarrassing u-turn for the country's new prime minister after week-long mass protests and international rebuke.

Elections 31-01-2017

Bulgaria to set record for Commission vacancy

Bulgaria's caretaker government will not nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, which means that her position will not be filled before May, it became clear on Monday (30 January).

Corruption failings keep Romania and Bulgaria on EU’s watchlist

Industry comments on the EU monitoring reports on Bulgaria and Romania were unequivocal: graft represents a reputational risk, writes Nick Kochan.

Bulgaria’s EU justice monitoring report goes unnoticed

The European Commission's monitoring report on Bulgaria’s progress in improving its law-enforcement system went largely unnoticed, as its publication yesterday (25 January) coincided with the appointment of a caretaker government in Sofia, pending snap parliamentary elections on 26 March.

Romania praised again in EU justice monitoring report but weaknesses remain

The European Commission has released its latest report on Romania's progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, which puts its judicial system under close surveillance for potential corruption and organised crime. EurActiv Romania reports.

Elections 25-01-2017

Bulgaria set for snap election as president appoints interim PM

Bulgaria's new president yesterday (24 January) called an early national election for 26 March and appointed a former parliamentary speaker as caretaker prime minister until then.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.

Energy 19-01-2017

Commission insists Greece must privatise 66% of DESFA gas grid

Europe's top energy official said today (19 January) that Greek authorities should privatise a majority stake in Greek gas grid operator DESFA, after a deal collapsed last year.

Elections 18-01-2017

Outgoing president warns Bulgaria may lose EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, whose term expires on Sunday, warned in his last speech in parliament today (18 January) that the country may lose its EU Presidency, "if it contributes to the division of the Union". EurActiv.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.

Global Europe 17-01-2017

Author of Trump’s dirty dossier ‘had UK agencies’ among his clients

EXCLUSIVE/ Christopher Steele, the former MI6 spy and author of the dirty dossier on President-elect Donald Trump, claimed to have carried out investigations for UK financial regulatory authorities in emails seen by EurActiv.com.

Commission rejects Romania’s bid to lift EU justice monitoring

Romania’s justice minister claimed yesterday (12 January) that Bucharest had filled the requirements for the European Commission to lift its monitoring over the country's judicial system this year. But Brussels has refuted the suggestion. EurActiv Romania reports.

Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.

Energy 11-01-2017

As Russia’s gas market gets weaker, Europe gets stronger

The Southern Gas Corridor, pipeline interconnectors and LNG terminals, particularly in the northeast, have slowly but steadily been weakening Russia's pipeline hegemony, writes Agnia Grigas.

Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.

Energy 10-01-2017

Romania turns down emergency energy request from Bulgaria

Bulgaria has made a request for the urgent supply of electricity from neighbouring Romania. But Bucharest refused, as consumption has peaked in both countries under unusually fierce winter conditions. EurActiv.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.

Elections 09-01-2017

Anti-corruption party launches in Bulgaria as election approaches

A new Bulgarian political party launched on Saturday (7 January) just months before an election, aiming to fight corruption, boost economic growth and improve living standards.

EU Social Fund brings progress despite low expectations

The European Social Fund has reached half of all EU workers and helped 10 million citizens find jobs. Contrary to the popular wisdom, the social situation in Europe is improving. EurActiv France reports.

Elections 06-01-2017

Romania’s parliament approves tax relief for pensioners

Romania's lower house of parliament yesterday (5 January) approved tax breaks for pensioners, making good on a government promise to loosen fiscal policy as the economy picks up pace.

Why it is crucial to end orphanage-style care systems in Europe

Strengthening families and tackling child poverty goes hand-in-hand with ending institutional care for children, writes Jana Hainsworth.