About: Ivailo Kalfin

Future EU 27-10-2017

Oettinger wants ‘pact’ between net payers and net recipients

European Commissioner for the Budget Günther Oettinger arrives in Sofia on Friday (27 October), as part of a tour opening the debate on future EU finances.
Politics 04-04-2017

Commission appoints seven new Special Advisers

The Commission published today (4 April) an updated list of its Special Advisers, which have been appointed from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2018, featuring seven new names.
Euro & Finance 12-01-2017

Kalfin: Brexit is an opportunity for the future EU budget

The EU budget should become more transparent or other countries will follow the UK’s example. But Brexit also provides an opportunity to get rid of all rebates, which nobody can actually explain, Ivailo Kalfin, member of the Monti group on...
Digital 10-01-2017

Ansip: No guarantee Bulgaria will get the digital economy portfolio

Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip said today (10 January) he has only temporarily taken the digital economy portfolio from Günther Oettinger, but that there was no guarantee that this portfolio would go to the future Bulgarian commissioner, who is yet to be nominated.
Elections 07-11-2016

Socialists’ Radev leads Bulgaria presidential race

Bulgaria's Socialist-backed candidate, Rumen Radev, led the first round of Bulgaria's presidential election, partial official results showed early today (7 November), ahead of his main rival from the ruling centre-right GERB party.
Elections 19-10-2016

Bulgarian presidential elections explained… by one of the candidates

Former MEP Ivailo Kalfin, a familiar face in Brussels where he comes regularly as member of the Monti group of the future EU budget, told EURACTIV about the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria on 6 November, where he is one of the 21 candidates.
Elections 03-10-2016

Bulgarian ruling party nominates woman for president

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov nominated yesterday (2 October) Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsacheva, an uncharismatic but faithful ally, as candidate in the 6 November presidential elections.
Elections 11-05-2016

Borissov loses majority in Parliament after key ally resigns

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov lost his majority in parliament yesterday (10 May) after the resignation of his deputy Ivailo Kalfin, a member of the ABV party which withdrew its backing for the centre-right coalition.
Central Europe 26-10-2015

Kalfin: Expect long discussions over revision of Posted Workers directive

Long and lively discussions in between the member states, and between the member states and the European Parliament, are expected in light of the anticipated revision of the Posted Workers Directive, Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, told a small group of journalists in Brussels.

The refugee crisis: Four steps to be taken

Sharing the burden of the refugee crisis is not just about relocating refugees, says Ivailo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria.

As Bulgaria empties, government struggles to dole out pension pot

The poorest country in the European Union enables some public sector workers to retire in their forties. Elena Yaneva hopes she won't be caught up in Bulgaria's pending pensions overhaul.
Energy 11-03-2015

Political concerns mar Turkish Stream project

Turkish concern about over-dependence on Russian energy, and an upcoming election, mean Russia's plans for a new gas pipeline to Southeastern Europe are unlikely to advance as quickly as Moscow might like, Turkish energy officials said today (11 March).
Euro & Finance 11-03-2015

Kalfin: EU budget should be debated at national level

The so-called Monti group, named after its chairman, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is trying to put together proposals how to make the EU budget more transparent and more effective, without increasing its size.
EU Priorities 2020 11-03-2015

Monti group to focus on added-value for future EU budget

The so-called Monti group, named after its chairman, the former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, is trying to identify what exactly creates European added value, so that more resources for the EU budget would come from there in the future, to the relief of taxpayers, member Ivailo Kalfin told EURACTIV.
Elections 07-11-2014

Bulgarian parties approve coalition agreement, cabinet

The two centre-right political forces in Bulgaria have agreed a coalition agreement yesterday (6 November) and will form a minority government, supported by a small centre-left party, and a nationalist force.
Kristalina Georgieva [European Commission]
EU Elections 2014 01-09-2014

Source: Georgieva to be Budget Commissioner

Kristalina Georgieva, the current Bulgarian commissioner responsible for humanitarian aid who was a strong candidate to replace Catherine Ashton as EU chief, is likely to become budget commissioner in the next EU executive, a well-informed Bulgarian politician said.
EU Elections 2014 04-06-2014

High-profile ‘casualties’ in European Parliament elections

Many high-profile MEPs have been re-elected, but a significant number of them have been less lucky and have failed in their attempt to enter the new European Parliament. The EURACTIV network reports about the most prominent election casualties.
Delyan Peevski, photo by Dnevnik
Elections 26-05-2014

ALDE-affiliated Bulgarian rogue candidate withdraws

Much to the relief of the European liberal family, Delyan Peevski, a controversial candidate from the ALDE-affiliated “Movement of Rights and Freedoms” (DPS) announced during the election night that in spite of being elected, he would not take up his seat as MEP.
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Economy & Jobs 13-12-2013

EU Budget 2014 – 2020: From Priorities to Financing

With the 2014 – 2020 EU budget agreed, the EU will pass a number of legal documents, including an inter- institutional agreement over how the budget will be spent. This will also include more in-depth analysis on EU’s own resources. Will the main EU 2020 strategic goals be properly funded? What about energy, infrastructure and social challenges?
Brexit 28-11-2013

Open letter to David Cameron

The UK prime minister is amplifying nationalist speculation that the country's labour market is going to be under threat after labour restrictions for Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are lifted on 1 January, writes Ivailo Kafin MEP.
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EU Priorities 2020 19-11-2013

Parliament approves EU’s 2014-2020 budget

After one of the most controversial and long-fought battles the European Parliament has recently seen, MEPs finally approved on Tuesday Europe's budget for the next 7 years. The so-called multi-annual financial framework was adopted by 537 votes to 126 against, with most of the opposition coming from the eurosceptics and the Greens. Worth €960 billion, it is the first time in the history of the Union that real spending cuts are included in a long-term budget.
Euro & Finance 24-10-2013

Budget Games

The Commission and the Council take advantage of the traditional EU decision-making lack of transparency to play “budget games” with the Parliament. But MEPs want to see all cards on the table for the EU public to see, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
Future EU 05-09-2013

If Europe was stronger…

I would happily agree to transfer more powers to the European Union if in exchange they protected my interests more strongerly and efficiently than national institutions can provide, writes Ivailo Kalfin.
Digital 29-11-2012

The end of the internet as we know it?

The picture of thousands Europeans protesting against ACTA is still fresh. They stopped it, but today they have an even better reason to demonstrate at the forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), argues Ivailo Kalfin.

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