About: Bulgarian Presidency

Enlargement 16-01-2018

The Brief – How to shoot down ambitious Balkan plans

Events in the Western Balkans may indeed seem peripheral to the EU, particularly as it braces for debates on the new budget and eurozone reform, but let’s not forget the old quote by Winston Churchill: “The Balkans produce more history than they can consume.”

Enlargement 16-01-2018

Serb leader from Kosovo shot dead, Serbia cancels EU-sponsored talks

A Kosovo Serb leader was shot dead outside his party offices in Serb-run northern Kosovo on Tuesday (16 January), raising concerns of renewed tensions in the Western Balkans and prompting a Serbian delegation to cancel EU-sponsored talks with Kosovo in Brussels.

Poland banks on ‘dialogue’ to solve EU rule-of-law row

Warsaw banks on "dialogue" to solve its row with the EU over recent reforms denounced by Brussels as violating the rule of law, Poland's new Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said yesterday (15 January).

Digital 12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.

Politics 12-01-2018

Juncker throws his weight behind Bulgaria’s Western Balkan plan

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday (12 January) he would personally talk to each of the six Western Balkan leaders to hear what they expect from the plans by Bulgaria's EU presidency to revive their long-stalled EU membership prospects.

Bulgaria’s EU presidency start drowned by protest shouts

Bulgaria's six-month EU presidency stint yesterday (11 January) got off to a noisy start as anti-corruption protesters blocked streets in heavily-guarded capital Sofia.

Enlargement 12-01-2018

Tusk warns against ‘Game of Thrones’ in Balkans

EU chief Donald Tusk warned in an emotional speech on Thursday night (11 January) against having a "game of thrones" in the Western Balkans, as Brussels seeks to encourage the region's efforts to reform, leave behind ethnic hostilities and join the bloc.

Central Europe 11-01-2018

Guests to Bulgarian Presidency inauguration advised to wear breathing masks

As Sofia prepares to host today (11 January) the official inauguration of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Krassen Nikolov warns of one of the biggest problems in Bulgaria – air pollution.

Air Pollution 11-01-2018

Bulgaria joins Poland in court case against Commission-led crackdown on coal

Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday (10 January).

Wave of murders darkens the start of Bulgaria’s EU presidency

Three grave crimes have cast a shadow over the start of the Bulgarian EU presidency and have highlighted the enormous deficiencies in the country's law enforcement, dating back to before it became a member of the EU.

Elections 09-01-2018

Top businessman shot dead in Bulgaria

A top Bulgarian businessman was killed in broad daylight in the capital Sofia yesterday (8 January), police said, highlighting the country's persistent problem with organised crime only days after the country took over the EU presidency.

Electricity 09-01-2018

Energy and environment in 2018: A preview

2018 looks set to be a defining year for energy and environment policy in Europe, as important legislative files move towards becoming EU law.