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

By |januar 16th, 2020|Belene, Bulgaria, Competition policy, corruption, Kadri Simson, Magrethe Vestager, News, nuclear energy, Thierry Breton|

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.

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The investigative story that brought down a minister in Bulgaria

By |januar 15th, 2020|bag governance, Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Bulgarian elections, GERB, Neno Dimov, News, water resources|

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 gove...

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Minister arrested following investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria

By |januar 10th, 2020|bad governance, Bulgaria, corruption, investigative journalism, Neno Dimov, News|

Bulgaria's minister for environment and water resources, Neno Dimov, was placed in 24-hour custody, the office of the Prosecutor General said on Thursday (9 January). The development took place after an investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria exposed...

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Turkey, Russia launch Turkish Stream pipeline carrying gas to Europe

By |januar 9th, 2020|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, gazprom, Hungary, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Turkish Stream, Vladimir Putin|

The presidents of Turkey and Russia on Wednesday (8 January) formally launched the Turkish Stream pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey, part of Moscow’s efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine.

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Croatia highlights its Schengen and Eurozone ambitions

By |januar 9th, 2020|Andrej Plenković, Bulgaria, Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, Croatia, Croatian Presidency, Dublin reform, Eurozone, News, refugee crisis, Romania, Schengen|

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković made it clear that Croatia, the latest EU newcomer, wants to join as soon as possible the Union’s inner circles – the borderless Schengen space and the Eurozone.

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

By |januar 6th, 2020|bad governance, Bulgaria, European Parliament, News, 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 ...

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Additional line to Turkish Stream would face US sanctions

By |december 30th, 2019|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Donald Trump, News, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Serbia, Turkish Stream, US sanctions, Vladimir Putin|

EXCLUSIVE: US sanctions will apply to any additional lines to the Russia-sponsored pipeline Turkish Stream, EURACTIV has learned. Serbia has already competed and Bulgaria is building expensive infrastructure to import gas from Turkish Stream and carry ...

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Bulgarian MEPs vow to continue the fight against the ‘Macron package’

By |december 16th, 2019|Bulgaria, Emmanuel Macron, European Parliament, mobility package, News, transport policy, xenophobia|

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.

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31 December 2019: Will gas stop flowing?

By |december 16th, 2019|Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, gas crisis, Maroš Šefčovič, News, Nord Stream-2, reverse gas flows, Russia, trilateral gas talks, Turkish Stream, Ukraine|

The clock is ticking. The long-term gas transit contract between Russia and Ukraine is expiring on 31 December. Chances that the two sides would reach a comprehensive agreement before this date are slim. EURACTIV looks behind the scenes of the dispute.

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Counting wolves in Bulgaria – with EU money

By |december 9th, 2019|Bulgaria, fraud, investigative journalism, Natura 2000, Neno Dimov, News|

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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