Cautious optimism as the EU opens up to the Western Balkans once more

15 years after the EU-Western Balkans meeting in Thessaloniki, the next meeting in the same format took place in Sofia yesterday. Ever since last year, some have pinned great expectations on this forum, though others have been skeptical over..

published on 5/18/18 2:33 PM

EU integration of the Western Balkans – an incentive to the countries to address long-standing problems weighing down on their relations

Social and economic inequality in the countries of the Western Balkans is a problem that has to be addressed, and not just because of their expectations of accession to the EU, but for the sake of their own citizens. This was the..

published on 5/18/18 11:52 AM

In Sofia focus is placed on Western Balkans - hopes ahead of summit

Sofia today hosts a long-awaited summit meeting between the EU and Western Balkan countries. The forum is the biggest event within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. President of the European Council Donald Tusk..

published on 5/17/18 12:17 PM

Putting the Western Balkans back on the EU agenda has brought about considerable changes in the region

Investments, cross-border cooperation and control are some of the priorities that are key to the European perspective for the Western Balkans. This was the conclusion the participants in a seminar on the European perspective of the Western..

published on 5/16/18 11:50 AM
After long talks in Sofia European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said she expected from Bulgaria concrete suggestions for changes in the EU mobility package, aimed at protecting the interests of Bulgarian carriers

PM Borissov stands up for Bulgarian hauliers at highest European level

The legislative amendments currently in the works in connection with the European Commission’s “mobility package” will be submitted to the European Parliament committees next week and will be voted on 24 May. The changes directly affect..

published on 5/15/18 2:00 PM

Army’s modernization lags behind, expert warns

No matter the significant discrepancies within the EU member-states on a series of common policies, the sphere of security sees no drastic differences in terms of view point. That became clear at the informal meeting of the defense ministers..

published on 5/9/18 12:45 PM

Minister Pacolli for Radio Bulgaria: “Good coexistence is our only alternative”

First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Minister of Foreign Affairs Behgjet Pacolli visited Bulgaria on April 20 th . He spoke with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, with Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee Djema Grozdanova and with..

published on 4/23/18 1:42 PM

Political confrontations at Consultative Council on National Security again

The Consultative Council on National Security had a long session yesterday on issues it had previously discussed – the army’s modernization and the risks which Bulgaria faced within today’s global environment. The sittings of the Council are..

published on 4/20/18 3:30 PM
Federica Mogherini called all EU countries and those from the Western Balkans to attend the Sofia meeting on May 17

Decisive phase of EU – Western Balkans Summit’s preparation

In its report for the Western Balkans the EC recommends the starting of negotiations for the accession of Macedonia and Albania. The final decision is expected later through the year, but the recommendation itself is a major step to the EU..

published on 4/18/18 2:31 PM

Bulgaria has won many benefits for EU citizens over first presidency trimester: Lilyana Pavlova

Three months have passed since the start of the first for this country Presidency of the Council of the EU – 62 days, full of high level meetings and numerous sittings of working groups in Sofia, Brussels and Strasbourg. Minister of the..

published on 4/12/18 1:52 PM