Georgi Gotev

Global Europe 29-07-2019

1,400 arrested at Moscow election protest, EU reacts

The EU denounced “disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters” on Saturday (27 July), after Russian police arrested nearly 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand free and fair elections, the biggest such crackdown in years.
Energy 26-07-2019

Russia says second leg of Turkish Stream will go via Bulgaria, not Greece

The second leg of the Turkish Stream pipeline will go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday (26 July).
Energy 26-07-2019

Nord Stream 2 takes unusual legal step against the Commission

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline company has taken an unusual legal step in its dispute with the European Commission by asking the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to annul the amendments to the Gas Directive which the Gazprom-led...
Cybersecurity 26-07-2019

EU anti-fraud network EUROFISC hacked in Bulgaria

Hackers in Bulgaria have got access to huge amounts of information, including files from the EU’s anti-fraud network EUROFISC. The Commission confirmed to EURACTIV on Thursday (25 July) that it was monitoring the embarrassing situation.
Agrifood 25-07-2019

Andriukaitis raps Bulgaria for failing to act against swine fever

The inadequate reaction of Bulgaria's authorities to a huge outbreak of swine fever puts at risk the entire pig population of the country, the EU Commissioner for health, food and safety has told the Bulgarian National Radio ‘Horizont’ programme.
Data protection 25-07-2019

Two charged with ‘terrorism’ over Bulgaria’s biggest data breach

Prosecutors have charged two workers at a cybersecurity company with terrorism as part of an investigation into Bulgaria's biggest-ever data breach, a lawyer for the defendants said on Wednesday (24 July).
Central Asia 23-07-2019

Scandals in Kyrgyzstan highlight dubious Chinese business practices

Kyrgyzstan was shaken by a major corruption scandal involving a Chinese company while the country’s capital Bishkek was hosting a ministerial meeting of the five Central Asian countries earlier this month. EU officials told EURACTIV this experience should serve as...
Europe's East 23-07-2019

Ukraine president on course for unprecedented majority after election win

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy looked set on Monday (22 July) to become Ukraine's first leader since the fall of communism to command a single party majority in parliament, in what would be an unprecedented mandate to deliver promised reforms.

EU coalition of the willing agrees new migrant ‘solidarity mechanism’

Fourteen member countries of the European Union have agreed to a new "solidarity mechanism" proposed by Germany and France to allocate migrants across the bloc, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (22 July).
Energy 19-07-2019

Nord Stream 2, EU drifting towards legal arbitration

The European Commission and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline company are heading toward legal arbitration in their dispute, with a risk of huge fines for EU taxpayers and uncertainties for the Gazprom-led company that are even more difficult to evaluate.
Global Europe 19-07-2019

Warsaw says Trump to attend invasion of Poland anniversary

Poland said on Thursday (18 July) US President Donald Trump would attend events in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the country - though the White House said the trip was not yet confirmed.
EU Elections 2019 18-07-2019

Von der Leyen vote may trigger snap elections in Italy

Italy's two ruling parties clashed on Wednesday (18 July) over the election of German Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission in a vote that could endanger Rome's hopes of securing a top job in the new EU executive.

Finnish presidency commits to linking rule of law with EU funding

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne told the European Parliament on Wednesday (17 July) that his country’s presidency of the Council of the EU would continue negotiations on how to link more closely the disbursement of EU funds with respect for the rule of law in member states.
EU Elections 2019 16-07-2019

Selmayr’s departure: Just in time for von der Leyen’s election?

European Commission Secretary-General Martin Selmayr, whose sudden promotion angered MEPs last year and earned a rebuke from the European Ombudsman, will step down from his post next week, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on Tuesday (16 July).
EU Elections 2019 16-07-2019

Suspense: Will EU Commission nominee survive Parliament vote?

This is the question on everyone's lips as EU Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen faces a confirmation vote in the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 July). While some political groups are openly against her, others are divided, for different reasons.
Eastern Europe 15-07-2019

Georgian government dismisses pro-Russia bias claims

A leading opposition politician has accused the Georgian government of pro-Russian bias, tacitly condoned by the EU, but representatives of the ruling party, as well as diplomats, insist there is a consensus on big geopolitical matters and the entire country is pro-Western.
Eastern Europe 12-07-2019

Germany tells the East: Speed up reform or you will lose your population

Germany’s minister of state for Europe delivered a blunt message to a gathering of the Eastern Partnership, organised in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Thursday (11 July): unless reforms in Eastern Europe speed up, its young people will leave to find a better life in Western Europe.
Eastern Europe 11-07-2019

Georgia suggests taking an unconventional path to EU accession

Georgia staked its claim to becoming an EU member on Thursday (11 July), even if it meant an innovative approach and "knocking on every door", its president told an international conference marking the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi.
Europe's East 09-07-2019

Tusk hopes for ‘higher level’ of EU-Azerbaijan ties

On a visit to Baku on Tuesday (9 July), Council President Donald Tusk said the EU and Azerbaijan were “coming closer to each other every year”, and expressed the Union’s readiness to further deepen our cooperation with Azerbaijan, including in fields such as human rights.
EU Elections 2019 09-07-2019

Juncker will need to accept replacement Commissioners from Romania, Estonia

Faced with opposition from the member states, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was unable to block the replacement of the Romanian and Estonian commissioners, who were elected as MEPs and already took their MEP seats.

Chizhov: Washington chose to act unilaterally to abrogate nuclear arms treaty

In a wide-ranging interview, Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, speaks about nuclear arms control, the EU elections and top jobs, the situation in Ukraine, including the MH17, and America's bid to challenge Russian gas.
Central Asia 08-07-2019

Central Asia ministerial welcomes the EU’s new strategy for the region

Gathered in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday (7 July), the Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries welcomed the new EU Strategy on Central Asia recently adopted by the EU.
Central Asia 05-07-2019

EU and Central Asia: A new strategy

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On 17 June 2019, the Council adopted a new EU strategy on Central Asia, adapting the EU policy to new opportunities which have emerged in the region.
Europe's East 04-07-2019

Ukraine hopes for a dedicated EU Commissioner from Europe’s East

In a wide-ranging interview, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU Mykola Tochytskyi discussed the wide range of topics ahead of the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on 8 July, and beyond.

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