Interview


    • Ingrid Shikova: Migration is a test for EU unity

      Ingrid Shikova: Migration is a test for EU unity

      If Member States, due to differences in interests and public attitudes, fail to achieve an effective common response in the areas of freedom of movement, migration, and asylum provision, we cannot expect a stronger and more stable EU. And this plays right into the hands of populists, says Ingrid Shikova, professor in EU policies, in an interview for Europost.

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    • Ognian Zlatev: Bulgaria did really well with its first EU Presidency

      Ognian Zlatev: Bulgaria did really well with its first EU Presidency

      What is worth a special mention is our undeniable success in bringing back the topic of the European perspective for the Western Balkans on the EU agenda. As for the other topics that were being worked on during the Bulgarian Presidency, I would point to the Posting of Workers Directive, which was finally amended, and on which the three EU institutions with power in legislative decision-making reached an agreement, says the head of the European Commission's Representation in Bulgaria.

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    • Marc D'hooge: Innovation challenge is a real moving target

      Marc D'hooge: Innovation challenge is a real moving target

      InnovFin is a set of different financial products launched under Horizon 2020, EU research and innovation programme, which are all designed to fit together and cover a variety of loans, guarantees and equity-type funding, adapted to innovators' necessities. The InnovFin financing provided by the bank over this period was €7.4bn and from the fund - €6.8bn, altogether over €14bn, the senior Innovation Finance Advisor at EIB says,

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    • Luca Jahier: Europe needs a new renaissance

      Luca Jahier: Europe needs a new renaissance

      Europe is unarguably going through five fundamental transformations: an economic transformation; an energy and ecological transformation; a deep social transformation; a democratic and participatory transformation; and lastly, a geopolitical transition in international relations. We have to become the shapers of those transformations, EESC President says.

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    • Dr Myria Vassiliadou: EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

      Dr Myria Vassiliadou: EU's main priority is to end impunity for human trafficking

      I participated in the Sofia forum following the invitation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, and I am very pleased to see the engagement of different stakeholders on this issue. The Bulgarian National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) has been actively promoting cooperation with the Informal Network of National Anti-trafficking Coordinators from South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and its Secretariat, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator says.

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    • Migrant integration is two-way process

      Migrant integration is two-way process

      Our analysis looks into the legal migrants in the EU coming from third countries, who account for about 4% of the Union's population. These are foreign nationals who migrated for educational or employment purposes as well as individuals who have been provided protection as refugees, for example. Between 2014 and 2017, first-time applicants for asylum in the EU were nearly 3.7m, which is three times more compared with the previous four-year period. Meanwhile, research shows that successful migrant integration yields long-term economic, social and tax benefits for the host country.

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    • EU needs to engage more with its citizens

      EU needs to engage more with its citizens

      The aim of our campaign 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens', which we launched earlier in May, is to try to mobilise cities in Europe and also civil society, the citizens, to talk openly about the future of Europe. But also of the possibilities that cities have to bring Europe closer to its citizens. We want to share this campaign that discovers and promotes new forms of democracy across the cities in Europe.

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    • Bulgaria presented the Balkans in new light

      Bulgaria presented the Balkans in new light

      Considering that the previous meeting of such nature took place 15 years ago in Thessaloniki, where it was decided that it should be a triennial event, and given that the EU's interest in the integration of the Western Balkan nations quite recently was lost somewhere between lip-service declarations and outright reservations, the return of the topic on the European agenda represents a mission accomplished for Bulgaria's EU Presidency.

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    • Joining the EU is entirely in the hands of Western Balkan countries

      Joining the EU is entirely in the hands of Western Balkan countries

      I hope so, since the summit was rather unique; there has not been a meeting of such nature over the past several years. Bulgaria's EU Presidency identified the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union (EU) as one of its priorities, and it was only natural that Sofia organised such a summit. The very fact that it took place is a step forward and shows the EU's commitment. The gathering's goal was not to fix deadlines and concrete results. The general timeframe had already been laid out by the Commission's president, while concrete results, as it was pointed out, depend overwhelmingly on the countries themselves.

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    • Staying united, we can overcome any challenge

      Staying united, we can overcome any challenge

      Today, 9 May, is Europe Day, when we celebrate the noblest and bravest efforts we as Europeans have made in our recent history. Thanks to those efforts, 28 democratic countries now seek to reconcile their differences through the work of institutions and on the basis of common rules. We are the largest market in the world. Our social model is the most advanced in the world. From Bucharest to Lisbon, from Cadiz to Helsinki, we are living through an era of unprecedented peace and stability – after centuries of discord and conflict.

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