Georgi Gotev

Central Asia 06-07-2018

Kazakhstan is the buckle of the Belt and Road initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by the Chinese government which focuses on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. BRI largely replicates the Silk Road, a common historical heritage of China, Kazakhstan and all countries along its path.
Central Asia 22-06-2018

EU-Kazakhstan parliamentary relations

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The contractual basis for relations between the EU and Kazakhstan is the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), the first of its kind and acclaimed both by Brussels and Astana. The European Parliament’s relations with Kazakhstan, however, fall in the remit of...
Central Asia 08-02-2018

The EU-Kazakhstan agreement in an nutshell

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The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Kazakhstan and the EU (EPCA) is unique. The European Commission says that the EU’s relationship with Central Asia in general and Kazakhstan in particular “has never been any stronger or any better”.
Energy 27-10-2017

Offshore drilling and environmental protection

In early offshore oil and gas activity, drilling wastes were generally discharged from the platforms directly to the sea. Until several decades ago, the seas and oceans were considered as limitless dumping grounds. Today apart from regulatory control, companies adopt voluntary measures to minimise the industry's impact on environment.
Global Europe 17-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: EPP is third largest party at EU summits

As EU leaders gather today (17 March) for yet another summit, trying to fix the migrant crisis, successive elections in member countries have dwarfed the largest political force in the EU following the 2014 European elections. The European Peoples’ Party, who is the largest in the European Parliament with 251 MEPs out of the total of 751, is now the third force, by the number of its heads of state and government sitting at the summits. The most influential leader of the EPP is without any doubt the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Socialists and Democrats, who have 190 MEPs, are now the number one force at summits. But perhaps more surprisingly, the liberals, who have only 70 MEPs in the European Parliament and are the fourth largest political group there, are now the second largest force at EU summits.
EU Priorities 2020 07-03-2016

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the EU summit champions?

The EU summit today (7 March) will be the 101st for Jean-Claude Juncker, as premier of Luxembourg and president of the European Commission. Second comes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with 66 summits Third is Donald Tusk, with 57 summits as premier of Poland and president of the European Council.