In his annual speech on the state of the EU before the EP in Strasbourg President of the EC Jean-Claude Juncker declared that it was about time for Bulgaria and Romania to enter Schengen. He also called on all EU member-states to show greater responsibility in guarding the community’s external borders. Bulgaria, Italy and Spain shouldn’t be left alone in their border security efforts, Mr. Juncker said. He also defended the stance on the introduction of the common European currency across all member-states, including the poorer Eastern European ones. He appealed for a clear perspective on the EU accession of the Western Balkans, but underlined that this approach was out of question for Turkey in the visible future.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva held talks in Sofia with Austria’s Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl. The two expressed their shared the view that the European perspective of the Western..
The government approved the annual account estimates of the State Fund Agriculture for EU funding. Almost 3 bn Leva (1.5 bn euro) will go to finance the agricultural prgrammes in 2018. European funding will amount to over 2.6 bn Leva, 275..
An economic megapolis is taking shape in Southern Bulgaria, along the Sofia-Pazardjik-Plovdiv-Stara Zagora-Bourgas axis, while individual islands of economic activity are developing in the north, indicates a survey by the Institute for Market..