Interview


    • The EU path cannot be followed without good neighbourly relations

      The EU path cannot be followed without good neighbourly relations

      The ratification is the logical step in enacting a very important treaty between Bulgaria and Macedonia signed last August. Some may say that the ratification took longer than expected, but there were several events that had to take place first - like the local elections held on 15 October of last year and the extraordinary congress of the now opposition party VMRO-DPMNE on 23 December.

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    • Schengen will be stronger with Bulgaria and Romania

      Schengen will be stronger with Bulgaria and Romania

      Let me start three years ago when the immigration crisis reached its climax. Europe was not prepared. Not only Europe but also most of the Member States, including Italy and Greece - countries that were and still are under huge pressure. So we had to be resourceful in ideas in order to adopt a mechanism and a policy. Right now I can tell you that we are not where we were three years ago.

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    • Citizens can initiate much-needed reform

      Citizens can initiate much-needed reform

      The results from the vote are recognition for my work over the past two years as Vice President of ALDE but they also carry a great responsibility. I am happy that I was elected with the largest number of votes, but what is more important is that we, in the MRF, are working in the right direction and this is obviously being noticed around Europe.

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    • Tzvetan Vassilev uses the Global Magnitsky Act as a last-ditch

      Tzvetan Vassilev uses the Global Magnitsky Act as a last-ditch

      Well, you are right. I just saw an article in a small publication. First of all I am interested in the Global Magnitsky Act which is a new version of the Magnitsky Act. So far there has not been an official case under the Global Magnitsky Act. So I was trying to seek what's gonna be the first one. And then I saw this article in an online publication here called The Hill.

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    • Data is comparable to oil and gas

      Data is comparable to oil and gas

      The world is more and more driven by data and data is a factor of the importance of oil in the past. Data is comparable to oil and gas. It’s everything. So, companies, states have to look after their interests and to get as much data and storage as possible. The US and China do exactly the same. It is more than that – they are ahead of Europe and that is the reason why the European institutions put nowadays such huge emphasis on digitalisation and big data.

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    • Bulgaria-Macedonia links hit new stage

      Bulgaria-Macedonia links hit new stage

      It means that we are truly at a new stage in the relations between Bulgaria and Macedonia. Everything that used to divide us is now in the past. The time has come to concentrate on the future as two countries that have shared history. I hope that in time we will also have a common future in the European Union.

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    • EU manages to get stronger after crisis

      EU manages to get stronger after crisis

      It is difficult to pick one because the country has changed tremendously. But if I had to pick one, I would say the change in values. There is a stronger ownership now by Romanians of the basic EU values. I think the best proof of this was in February of this year when hundreds of thousands of Romanians went into the street to protest peacefully with the EU flag in support of EU values that they saw as being under attacks and the value in question was the rule of law. The fact that there is so much internal ownership of the fundamental EU values, for me, is the most important gain of the country. Of course, we can talk about EU funding.

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    • Drug eradication is not a lost battle

      Drug eradication is not a lost battle

      This guide looks at the main problems associated with drug use in Europe and how to respond to them. More precisely, it views health and social responses to drug problems from three different perspectives; responding to: problems associated with different types of drugs and patterns of use; the needs of different groups (such as women, young people, migrants, ageing drug users); and problems in different settings (such as prisons, nightlife, festivals, schools, workplace, local communities). In each case, it highlights the type of intervention that is most effective, whether there are opportunities to improve the ways we respond to the problem and where gaps in provision exist.

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