Former MEP Ivailo Kalfin, a familiar face in Brussels where he comes regularly as member of the Monti group of the future EU budget, told EurActiv about the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria on 6 November, where he is one of the 21 candidates.
Bulgaria and Romania have asked for written assurances by Ottawa yesterday (18 October) before removing their veto on the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
A journalistic investigation alleges Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who was a candidate for UN Secretary General, has skeletons in her closet. The study also suggests that the EU keeps appointing leadership figures without vetting them.
EXCLUSIVE / MEP David Campbell Bannerman has asked the European Court of Auditors to look into the travel expenses of Vice President Kristalina Georgieva over the last two years, a period in which – according to him – she has been campaigning for the post of UN Secretary-General.
Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in Central and Eastern Europe, discredit the West's liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private US research group said.
Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.
Major pipeline projects such as Turkish Stream and TANAP were the focus of the 23rd World Energy Congress which opened in Istanbul yesterday (10 October) in the presence of the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Canada will lift visa requirements for some Bulgarians in 2017, ahead of a full-scale scrapping of the system by mid 2018, according to the country’s government. Romania wants complete waivers for its citizens in 2017. EurActiv Romania reports.
The poor result obtained by EU Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva in the vote to elect the next UN Secretary General took people out onto the streets of Sofia yesterday (6 October), while the opposition called for her resignation as Bulgaria's EU Commissioner.
On a surprise visit to Brussels yesterday (5 October), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had apologised for an ultimatum he gave last week – that he would withdraw Bulgarian troops from Afghanistan if he cannot deport Afghan refugees back home.
Russia has had good bilateral contacts in recent months with a number of EU member states, the interruption in relations is taking place only at the level of the EU itself, the Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizov told EurActiv.com in an exclusive interview.
Austria's government yesterday (3 October) seemed to have found common ground on a free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada with Chancellor Christian Kern, who has criticised the pact in the past, saying negotiations were on the right track.
Russia and three other Security Council members on Thursday (29 September) raised questions after Bulgaria formally presented European budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva as its candidate to be the next UN Secretary-General.
In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, spoke of her experience and goals, as well as discussed her strengths.
Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commission Vice President in charge of budget, hinted yesterday (22 September) that she is ready to enter the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.
Germany’s adoption of a minimum wage in 2015 and the EU’s repeated talks over posted workers have paved the way for the adoption of a European minimum wage. But political resistance in some quarters is still strong. EurActiv France reports.
Canada and Bulgaria have come to an agreement on a roadmap towards visa liberalisation, while the Romanian government indicated that there is a good chance of the same being granted to them in the near future as well. EurActiv Romania reports.
The European Union said on Wednesday (21 September) that it was providing Serbia with training and specialist equipment, including thermal cameras, to help with the flow of migrants at the Balkan country's borders.