Krassen Nikolov

Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

Bulgarian Deputy PM: Eastern Europe could replace China in sectors critical to the EU

The countries of Central and Eastern Europe do not have the huge human resources of China, but they do have plenty of advantages that must be used after the end of the pandemic, said Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Agrifood 10-04-2020

Bulgarian minister wants to put imported food ‘under quarantine’

Under the guise of looking after local food producers in the conditions of the coronavirus crisis, Bulgaria's ruling politicians are seeking to push through protectionist measures against imported goods.
Languages & Culture 20-03-2020

Bulgarian authorities struggle to enforce containment with Roma population

In Bulgaria, home to a large Roma population, the authorities are struggling to enforce the strict containment measures generally respected by the majority of the population. On top of that, many Bulgarian Roma are said to have returned from Western Europe in recent days.

Bulgaria wants €33 billion to start implementing the Green Deal

Bulgaria says it needs €33 billion to start meeting the main goals of the EU Green Deal over the next 10 years. The figure comes from government numbers seen by EURACTIV Bulgaria, which are yet to be presented to the European Commission.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2020

Bulgaria’s balance of payments reporting to Brussels ‘seriously flawed’

Eurostat and the European Commission have been informed of a serious problem with the reporting of the balance of payments of the Bulgarian economy to the EU institutions, which may have presented the country's GDP growth as much higher than it is. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.

Minister arrested following investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria

Bulgaria's minister for environment and water resources was placed in 24-hour custody, the office of the Prosecutor General said on Thursday. The development took place after an investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed mismanagement that left the city of Pernik without drinking water.
Transport 16-12-2019

Bulgarian MEPs vow to continue the fight against the ‘Macron package’

Bulgarian MEPs made bullish remarks after they suffered a setback in the trilogue on the Mobility Package last week, which marked a victory in the push inspired by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Health 05-12-2019

A ruin to serve as Children’s Hospital? Angry Bulgarians call on Brussels to intervene

A conflict is brewing in Bulgaria between civil society and the government over plans to reconstruct a 12-floor ruin, built during the last years of communism and abandoned ever since, into a children's hospital.
Global Europe 15-10-2019

VW puts on hold plan for €1 bln car factory in Turkey over Syria incursion

Volkswagen has postponed the decision on opening a new car factory in Turkey against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria. "The final decision for the new plant was postponed by the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG," a company spokesman said on Tuesday (15 October), confirming media reports.
EU Elections 2019 15-07-2019

Bulgarian EPP deputy: Don’t take vote for Ursula von der Leyen for granted

Part of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) has serious doubts about Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination for President of the European Commission and may not support her, Bulgarian MEP Radan Kanev told news website EUelectionsBulgaria.com.
EU Elections 2019 15-05-2019

Fact-check: Is equal EU minimum wage possible, as Bulgarian socialists claim?

As the European elections are approaching, EURACTIV and its partners take a closer look at what candidates and their parties are saying ahead of the polls to help you separate facts from fiction. Fight for the enforcement of equal minimum...
Politics 20-02-2019

Bulgarian PM destabilised by revelations about hidden political alliance

In Bulgaria, the European elections are seen as a test for Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, at a time when his conservative GERB party are polling neck-and-neck with the socialists. Krassen Nikolov tells the inside story for EUelectionsBulgaria.com.
Politics 08-06-2018

Penka the cow – a buzz that eclipsed the Bulgarian Presidency

The case of Penka the cow got the unprecedented attention of the world media, so much so that a Bulgarian columnist wrote it had outshone the official highlights of the country’s EU Presidency.  But it was mostly used by British tabloids, which turned it into a symbol of the blatant bureaucracy imposed by Brussels.
Banking union 27-04-2018

Bulgaria’s Borissov unveils secret criteria for joining the eurozone

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he apologises for revealing a secret, but that the Bulgarians should know about the main additional condition for the country’s accession to the eurozone.  
Politics 12-02-2018

Bulgarian nationalists go ballistic over ‘green Jihadist Ska Keller’

Since her flight touched down in Sofia on 8 February, Ska Keller, co-President of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, became the target of Bulgarian nationalists.
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.

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.

The Bulgarian judiciary explained

The judiciary in Bulgaria has been a victim of political dependence and of civil society indifference, the only novelty now is that even the European Commission is willing to close its eyes, writes Krassen Nikolov.
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