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Non-discrimination 26-06-2020

MEP Romeo Franz names ‘racist’ colleagues

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria, German MEP Romeo Franz discusses the problems of Europe’s largest minority – the Roma, and names some colleagues he considers “racist”.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

Lack of strategy leaves Bulgaria last in terms of digital performance

For a second consecutive year, Bulgaria is ranked last among all 27 EU members in the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index, despite having a powerful IT sector, concentrated mostly in the capital Sofia.

Borissov fends off ‘kompromats’, says will sleep with a gun

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called an extraordinary meeting of his GERB party (EPP-affiliated) on Wednesday (17 June) to refute a leaked recording and photos suggesting heavy-handed brinkmanship and corruption.
Agrifood 17-06-2020

The octopus that kills bees in Bulgaria

EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Valia Ahchieva's latest investigation looks into mass bee poisoning in Bulgaria which continues to be unpunished, despite evidence of the use of substances banned by EU legislation.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Freelance interpreters denounce ‘humiliating’ offers by EU institutions

With no practical solution on the horizon, freelance interpreters in the European institutions, stranded in the wake of the COVID pandemic, are continuing protests in the hope of improving their status. EURACTIV Bulgaria keeps following the story as it unfolds.
05-06-2020

Lack of rule of law threatens Bulgaria’s economic recovery

According to the World Bank, it turns out to be easier to do business in post-Soviet Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia than in EU member Bulgaria, writes Joël Ruet. Joël Ruet is the chairman of The Bridge Tank As...
Economy & Jobs 04-06-2020

Key EU workers – interpreters – left on brink of survival during COVID

The lack of physical meetings during the COVID-19 lockdown has been devastating for nearly 1,200 freelance interpreters in the European institutions who struggle to make ends meet.

Russian COVID-19 aid to Italy: PR stunt or covert operation?

Russia’s aid operation to Italy over the Covid-19 crisis was named “From Russia with Love”, after a James Bond movie. Ironically, what was assumed to be a public relations stunt looks more like espionage, according to sources quoted by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Data protection 04-05-2020

Why are authorities in Bulgaria hiding the results of serological tests?

The latest investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Valia Achchieva shows that the authorities are hiding the results of serologic tests which suggest that a large proportion of the population has already become immune to COVID-19. The findings shed light on...
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.
Coronavirus 16-04-2020

Private laboratories in Bulgaria: ‘Liberate the country from COVID-19!’

Five private laboratories in Bulgaria have organised rapid patient tests for COVID-19 and are uploading the results to a dedicated public platform. The idea is to have a more accurate census of people who have encountered the coronavirus and produced antibodies and provide data that would help the exit strategies' decision-making.
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.
Economy & Jobs 25-03-2020

Is Bulgaria getting EU help to fight coronavirus impact?

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov has made public statements about the EU not providing adequate help in Bulgaria's fight with the coronavirus crisis. Former Deputy Prime Minister Ivailo Kalfin, who is the chairman of EURACTIV Bulgaria's board of directors, looked into these statements.
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.

Power and journalism in Bulgaria: Deflecting embarrassing issues

The Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria has blamed an investigative journalist for being “aggressive” in asking questions, disregarding her discovery that the head of the country’s largest court may be holding this post in breach of the law.

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.

The drained lake in Bulgaria – and the money siphoned away

How was it possible that the water from Bulgaria’s Studena Dam disappeared, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik?

The ‘Lake monster’ that drank the water of a dam in Bulgaria

Where did the water from Bulgaria's Studena Dam disappear, creating a humanitarian crisis for more than 100,000 people in the city of Pernik? Following the first part of Valya Ahchieva's investigation, the Minister of environment and water Neno Dimov was arrested.
Energy 16-01-2020

Is Bulgaria’s Belene nuclear plant in line with EU competition law?

A Bulgarian lawyer has sent an eight-page letter to the European Commission pointing to various alleged violations of EU competition rules relating to the oft-delayed Belene nuclear power plant, EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Politics 15-01-2020

The investigative story that brought down a minister in Bulgaria

EURACTIV.com publishes the full video, with subtitles, by Valia Ahchieva for EURACTIV.bg, which led to the arrest and resignation of Neno Dimov, the minister of environment and water, following a water crisis in the city of Pernik that exposed the government's inaction.

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.
Health 06-01-2020

How a Bulgarian city with decrepit sports base becomes a ‘European city of sports’

At a recent ceremony in the European Parliament in Brussels, the Association of European Capitals and Cities of Sport awarded the title of 'European City of Sport for 2020' to Pazardzhik. Valia Ahchieva takes a closer look at the Bulgarian city, whose sports base has fallen into disrepair and is earmarked for private developers.
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.

Counting wolves in Bulgaria – with EU money

A €9-million report on the state of species and natural habitats in Bulgaria, paid for with EU taxpayers’ money, may in fact be a sham, Valia Ahchieva reports.
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