About: Bulgaria

Economy & Jobs 11-02-2019

Why do foreign investors leave Bulgaria as if it were the Titanic?

Despite being one of the most beautiful countries in the European Union, despite having talented and educated people, despite a favourable tax environment, Bulgaria is likely to stay as the poorest in the EU, and to continue losing its population, writes Blaga Thavard.
EU Elections 2019 28-01-2019

Bulgarian businessman hopes to team up with Le Pen after EU elections

Veselin Mareshki, a Bulgarian businessman and leader of the party ‘Volya’ (‘Will’), will lead the list of candidates for the European elections in May, for a new far-right coalition that hopes to join forces with France’s Marine Le Pen.

EU sees crime risks from Malta, Cyprus, Bulgaria ‘golden passport’ schemes

The European Commission will warn that schemes in EU states to sell citizenship or residence to wealthy individuals could help foreign organised crime groups infiltrate the bloc and increase the risk of money laundering, corruption and tax evasion.
EU Elections 2019 18-01-2019

Parliament seeks financial punishment for countries breaching rule of law

European Union countries that undermine the bloc's democratic principles could lose EU funds, under a draft law backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (17 January).
Transport 08-01-2019

Bulgarian truck drivers to protest in Brussels against mobility package

Bulgaria's transport minister has claimed that Central and Western European countries want to push out Bulgarian transport businesses, demanding changes to a new package of EU rules that his government says will hurt the country's economy. EURACTIV’s partner Dnevnik reports.

Purchase of new fighter jets by Bulgaria pits President against Prime Minister

Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev slammed on Sunday (6 January) the government of Boyko Borissov for having “perverted” the procedure for the acquisition of new fighter jets.
EU Elections 2019 27-12-2018

2019 LOOKAHEAD: New brand of social upheaval takes shape ahead of EU elections

The yellow vests in France and Belgium may be only the tip of the iceberg of a major social upheaval ahead of the European elections, with a common denominator: people protesting their worsening living standards do not want to be represented by the existing political forces.
Energy 20-12-2018

Factcheck: Did EU gas liberalisation rules put Bulgaria’s national security at risk?

Bulgarian minister Temenuzhka Petkova has said her country preferred paying a multi-million euro fine rather than follow a Commission injunction. Such a reform, in her words, would have threatened the country's national security. EURACTIV checked the facts.
Global Europe 20-12-2018

Nine EU members stay away from UN migration pact

Three EU members voted against, five abstained and one didn’t vote during the formal ratification on Wednesday (19 December) in New York of the Global Compact on Migration.
Energy 17-12-2018

Vestager: We would have preferred to close the Bulgaria gas case without a fine

The Commission imposed on Monday (17 December) a multi-million fine on Bulgaria’s BEH for blocking access to key natural gas infrastructure in the country. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the fine could have been avoided, had Sofia decided to follow another negotiation strategy.

Bulgarian PM: Pilots tell me F-16 is best

Bulgaria needs a plane capable not only of patrolling, but conducting combat operations and winning, and that means buying F-16s, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists on Friday (14 December), adding that he didn’t want to influence an ongoing tender in the country.

Borissov takes pride in crushing Bulgaria’s passport-for-bribes scam

The passports-for-bribes scam may look like an embarrassment for Bulgaria, but Prime Minister Boyko Borissov turned it around on Thursday (13 December), saying he had  received compliments for the way Bulgarian law enforcement had put an end to the practice.
Competition 12-12-2018

Commission to fine Bulgaria over gas market distortions

The European Commission will fine Bulgarian Energy Holding as early as this month for hindering rivals’ access to key gas infrastructure, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday (11 December), based on information from three sources familiar with the dossier.

EU counter-terrorism chief: Europe ‘may see something like Daesh 2.0’

The level of terrorist threat remains "pretty serious" in several EU countries, Gilles de Kerchove, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, told EURACTIV.com in an interview hours before the latest attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday night (12 December).

Marrakesh UN forum adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday (10 December), despite a string of withdrawals, including several EU countries, driven by anti-immigrant populism.
Enlargement 10-12-2018

Bulgarian deputy PM raises obstacles for Macedonia’s EU, NATO accession

Bulgarian deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov stated on Saturday (8 December) that he would not let Macedonia join the EU and NATO, reacting to recent statements by the Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev about the Macedonian language that have also infuriated Athens.
Climate change 06-12-2018

COP24 diary – day #4

Over this special series on COP24, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the UN climate conference in Katowice and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: An update on the negotiations, Bulgaria, Canada, open letters, the shipping and car industry, and more.

Whistleblower agrees to publish documents on Bulgaria passport-for-cash scheme

Bulgarian whistleblower Katya Mateva agreed on Thursday (29 November) to have a bundle of documents she gave to EURACTIV published to substantiate claims of a massive scheme of illegal sale of Bulgarian passports to foreigners, involving high-level officials.

Deputy PM, minister and MEP named in Bulgaria’s cash-for-passport scam

EXCLUSIVE: A deputy prime minister, a minister and a Bulgarian MEP are allegedly responsible for illegally selling Bulgarian passports to foreigners, according to claims made by a whistleblower who provided a bundle of documents that appeared to confirm the accusation.

Visa-free travel to continue after Brexit, according to draft agreement

EU and UK citizens will continue to enjoy visa-free travel across the Channel after Brexit, at least for short-term visits, if the draft Political Declaration on future relations made public on Thursday (22 November) is adopted by both sides.
Global Europe 14-11-2018

US warns Hungary and neighbours against Turkish Stream

The US has repeatedly taken position against Nord Stream 2, a Russia-sponsored pipeline planned to bring gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. But this time Washington took position against another such pipeline, bringing Russian gas under the Black Sea.

Commission lauds Bulgaria, castigates Romania on judicial reform

The European Commission published on Tuesday (13 November) reports on Bulgaria and Romania under the so-called Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), commending Bulgaria for progress made and lambasting Romania for backtracking. Both countries, however, were warned to uphold media freedom.
Banking union 13-11-2018

ECB to assess six Bulgarian banks as step towards Banking Union membership

European Central Bank (ECB) will conduct a comprehensive assessment of six Bulgarian banks as part of the Balkan country's bid to join the European Union's banking union, Bulgaria's central bank said on Monday (12 November).

Six EU countries – and counting – back out from the global migration pact

Bulgaria has become the sixth EU country after Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia to signal that it will not sign the global migration agreement at a ceremony in Morocco in December.

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