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Public Affairs 18-10-2016

Journalistic investigation digs into Commissioner Georgieva’s past

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.

The Brief: Is 'better regulation' getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

MEP refers Georgieva to Court of Auditors over UN campaign expenses

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.

Social media knocking on the door of gender inequality in politics

Female members of parliament from around the world are using social media to bridge a gender inequality gap that still lingers, even in Europe, according to a landmark study released today (11 October).
Global Europe 07-10-2016

Bulgarian opposition demands Georgieva’s resignation as Commissioner

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.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Breaking: Portugal’s Guterres elected UN Secretary-General by a landslide

The UN Security Council elected former Portuguese PM António Guterres as UN Secretary-General today (5 October). According to leaked information from the secret vote, he received 13 votes in favour from the 15 members of the Council, and two “without opinion”.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Russia backs ‘woman from Eastern Europe’ for UN chief

Russia said yesterday (3 October) that it would like to see a woman as the next UN secretary general and would back a candidate from Eastern Europe.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

Helen Clark: UN needs a well-established leader, not a technocrat

The United Nations need a "well-established leader" capable of working across divisions, and able to mobilise people around the aspirations the member states themselves have expressed for a more inclusive, sustainable world, Helen Clark said in a wide-ranging interview with's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti.
Public Affairs 30-09-2016

Russia questions Bulgaria over new candidate for UN chief

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.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

Breaking: Borissov nominates Georgieva for UN top job

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov today (28 September) nominated Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva to be his country’s candidate to run for the post of UN Secretary-General.
Global Europe 27-09-2016

Georgieva close to UN nomination, but obstacle remains

European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who doesn’t make a secret of her ambition to run for the post of UN Secretary General, has never been closer to obtaining the nomination of her government. But an important obstacle remains.
Global Europe 23-09-2016

Georgieva hints she might join race to become UN chief

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.
EU Priorities 2020 14-09-2016

Midterm budget review digs in EU’s hidden pockets

As disclosed on 12 January, the tiny tweaks to the EU budget under the midterm review amount to a further disbursement of €12.7 billion hidden in EU coffers.
Global Europe 13-09-2016

Bulgarian PM sticks to Bokova for UN top job

Bulgaria said today (13 September) it was sticking to its candidate for the top UN job, Irina Bokova, for now, after speculation that it was considering switching to backing EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

Rift brewing between Putin and Merkel over UN nomination

An international standoff is brewing over alleged attempts by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to impose European Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva as candidate for the post of UN Secretary General.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Bokova deplores ‘undignified’ campaign against her UN bid

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria’s candidate for UN Secretary General, has deplored the ‘undignified campaign’ against her, which according to former Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche 'seems to be part of a crude effort to 'strong arm' Bulgaria to replace Bokova with Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission Vice-President, in the race for the UN top job."
Transport 27-07-2016

MEPs battle Commission over €1 billion transport and energy cuts

Members of the European Parliament have warned the Commission not to make more cuts to its €30 billion fund for building transport, energy and telecoms infrastructure.
Health & Consumers 11-07-2016

Commission vows to tackle illicit tobacco trade 'by its own means'

The European Commission will focus on the new tobacco directive, as well as accords with the World Health Organisation to fight against illicit tobacco trade, following the expiration a 12-year deal with Marlboro-maker Philip Morris.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.
Security 16-06-2016

Juncker restarts dialogue with Putin on the eve of sanctions renewal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, will try to narrow the gap between the two sides against the backdrop of the numerous challenges both leaders face.
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Bilderberg gathering envisions top job for Kristalina Georgieva

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva attended a meeting of the secretive Bilderberg group in Dresden yesterday (9 June), where, according to information obtained by, former Commission President José Manuel Barroso promoted her as the next UN Secretary-General.
Development Policy 23-05-2016

The EU at World Humanitarian Summit: What's in it for children?

There are currently 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, writes Justin Byworth.
Health & Consumers 20-05-2016

EU health chief compares tobacco deaths with terrorism

Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis strongly criticised the tobacco industry on Thursday (19 May), saying it “only kills people”, while expressing his opposition to the renewal of an agreement to counter cigarette smuggling in the EU.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

Hungary claims it was forced to build border fence

Physical barriers are the only way Hungary can secure its borders, according to the country's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Péter Szijjártó, and Budapest still maintains its opposition to refugee distribution quotas. EurActiv Germany reports.