Vlagyiszlav Makszimov

Economy & Jobs 17-01-2022

Price controls enter the European inflation debate

As inflation remains high, politicians and economists turn to other measures to contain prices, and age-old discussions around price controls are flaring up again, with Hungary’s Viktor Orbán putting them into practice.
Eastern Europe 14-01-2022

Expert: NATO membership is not an option and arming Ukraine is a tricky issue

NATO membership in the near future is not possible for Georgia and Ukraine, and the alternative - arming Ukraine - is a tricky issue, ECFR expert Kadri Liik told EURACTIV in an interview.
Enlargement 13-01-2022

Commission doesn’t budge as lawmakers push to investigate enlargement chief over Bosnia

Following a letter from thirty EU lawmakers, the European Commission appeared to stand by its embattled enlargement chief on Thursday (13 January) and the statements issued after allegations were made in December that he had indirectly contributed to secessionist moves of Bosnian Serbs.
Digital & Media 13-01-2022

EU funds fact-checking website in Hungary ahead of crucial elections

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is launching a website to fight disinformation in Hungary, just three months before elections that will determine Orbán’s grip on power - however, experts remain sceptical.
Enlargement 10-01-2022

EU threatens sanctions as Bosnian diaspora protests West’s inaction over crisis at home

Should the situation in Bosnia deteriorate further, the EU disposes of a wide toolbox, including imposing sanctions and reconsidering aid, the bloc's spokesperson said on Monday (10 January) as hundreds of Bosnians gathered across Europe to call for swift action over the escalating crisis.
Enlargement 10-01-2022

EU support has done little for rule of law in bloc hopefuls, auditors say

Despite the substantial financial and expert resources invested into the Western Balkan countries hoping to join the EU, governments in the region are becoming more authoritarian, a new report published on Monday (10 January) by the EU finances watchdog found.
05-01-2022

EU presence reduced to concrete dungeon at Dubai Expo

The European Union's permanent physical presence at the quinquennial beauty contest of nations and world powers is limited to an office tucked away from the public at the end of a hidden hallway, EURACTIV discovered while visiting the Dubai Expo in the United Arab Emirates.
Enlargement 30-12-2021

2022: Enlargement on life support

Enlargement is stalled, and EU governments can barely agree on a common strategy to bring in the six membership hopefuls -- Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and North Macedonia.
Europe's East 16-12-2021

Ukraine diplomacy looms large as EU leaders meet Eastern Partnership counterparts

As tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years, EU leaders and their Eastern Partnership counterparts met on Wednesday (15 December) for a summit aimed to reaffirm the strategic importance of the region. The EU summit with...
Politics 14-12-2021

Liberals U-turn to back member labelled ‘left-wing extremist’ by Slovak secret service

Despite an earlier decision not to comment, Renew Europe, the liberal political group in the European Parliament, came out in support of their member party Progressive Slovakia after the Slovak intelligence services labelled it as "left-wing extremists".
Global Europe 12-12-2021

Global Europe Brief: A security dimension for the Eastern Partnership?

In this week’s edition: Eastern Partnership security, Beijing boycott and trade war deterrents.
Enlargement 10-12-2021

Leave Serbia, Montenegro to do their homework, says Belgrade’s human rights minister

The European Union should move on outstanding promises of enlarging the bloc while leaving the two frontrunners in the waiting room, Serbia and Montenegro, to ‘do their homework’, Serbia’s Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue Gordana Čomić told EURACTIV....
Economy & Jobs 06-12-2021

Governments break EU rules, plan cohesion spending without partners

Several European governments are breaking EU rules that require meaningful consultations with local authorities and civil society in planning cohesion spending, stakeholders have complained, while the European Commission says everything is, mostly, in order.

Croatia slammed by Council of Europe anti-torture committee over migrants

Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention of torture (CPT) published a report on Friday (3 December) detailing Croatian police border violence against migrants crossing from Bosnia, following Zagreb's attempts to block the body's work.

EU home affairs chief praises Croatia’s handling of border violence scandal

EU Commission home affairs chief Ylva Johansson has welcomed Croatia's handling of media revelations showing border officers beating migrants despite NGO reports of continuing violence at the border with Bosnia.

Adviser says court should dismiss legal challenge to linking EU money with rule of law

The legal adviser of the top EU court said on Thursday (2 December) Budapest and Warsaw's legal challenges to the EU law that links disbursement of bloc funds to rule of law standards should be dismissed.
Europe's East 30-11-2021

Eastern neighbours trio make rounds in Brussels before summit

Prime ministers of the self-designated trio of the EU's Eastern neighbours hoping to one day join the bloc came to Brussels on Tuesday (30 November) in an effort to chart a way forward for their cooperation.
Enlargement 26-11-2021

Burned by Bulgaria veto, North Macedonia to ‘act more carefully’ on EU integration narrative, justice minister says

Partially attributing his party’s crushing defeat in the recent municipal elections to the stalling EU accession negotiations, North Macedonia’s justice minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV the government in Skopje would be more careful in the future. The stand-off between Bulgaria...
Enlargement 24-11-2021

EU enlargement chief in Bosnia in effort to keep crisis from boiling over

European Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi travels to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday and Thursday (24-25 November) in an effort to defuse the ongoing political crisis in the country that is once again cracking along ethnic lines after a bloody 1992-95 war.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2021

Hungarian media to publish LGBTI campaign despite risk of fines

Three television channels and several magazines will publish an awareness campaign to educate on LGBTI families, despite the Hungarian media regulator having earlier initiated proceedings against networks on the same grounds, EURACTIV's media partner Telex reported.
Economy & Jobs 18-11-2021

COVID recovery euros slow down EU structural fund planning

As predicted, recovery money planning has maxed out administrative capacity in many member states at the expense of the EU's long-standing structural investment program, which now faces delays.

Budapest to Luxembourg court: Judgment ‘practically’ means supporting human trafficking

Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga accused EU judges in Luxembourg of making Budapest "practically support human trafficking" in her response to a ruling that found Hungary's 2018 law threatening jail sentences on anyone helping asylum seekers had violated bloc rules.
Elections 17-11-2021

‘Voter tourism’: New Hungarian residency law raises risk of electorate manipulation, NGOs warn

A newly-adopted amendment in Hungary legalises the establishment of fictitious addresses and could unleash ‘voter tourism’ in next year's parliamentary elections, according to a statement on Tuesday (16 November) of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) and the Political Capital think tank, EURACTIV’s media partner Telex reported.
Eastern Europe 16-11-2021

EU meets troubled Eastern Partners in run up to leaders’ summit

Despite proclamations of “strong commitment” to Eastern partners, the EU’s reluctance to fast-track integration for its most ambitious next-door neighbours is causing increasing frustration as top diplomats met in Brussels on Monday (15 November) to chart the policy’s future. EU...