Interview


    • Combating fake news should not affect freedom of speech

      Combating fake news should not affect freedom of speech

      One of the key things I was looking forward to seeing in this report was a definition of the phenomenon that we are up against. It is impossible to formulate a successful plan or strategy without some clarity regarding what you are combating, what it looks like, in other words a clear definition.

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    • Brexit will have a detrimental impact on human rights

      Brexit will have a detrimental impact on human rights

      We published the report on 8 March in London. It is an independent legal opinion by barristers from Doughty Street Chambers, and commissioned by the GUE/NGL Group, that shows the terrific implications of Britain's withdrawal from the EU. Primarily, Brexit will have a detrimental impact on human rights.

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    • We should try everything possible to avoid Brexit

      We should try everything possible to avoid Brexit

      To me it is very obvious that Mr Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, wants the British to leave the EU. And he wants to punish Britain to make sure that no other country gets the same idea as Britain. What is totally ignored on the continent, both by the politicians and the media, is the fact that Brexit is very detrimental for the EU, not only for the UK, especially for the European industry.

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    • Cohesion policy is the DNA of Europe

      Cohesion policy is the DNA of Europe

      Where Europe decides to use its resources after 2020 will naturally have direct implications not only for beneficiaries, but it will also fundamentally reflect the kind of Europe that we want in the future. It's clear that there are new challenges that need to be financed - such as security, defence and migration - but Europe needs to continue to invest to improve the daily life of citizens, by creating jobs, improving infrastructure, supporting rural development, reducing disparities and tackling climate change.

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    • Bulgarian politicians should stop acting like teenagers

      Bulgarian politicians should stop acting like teenagers

      I already expressed my position in a statement sent out to the media. I refuse to be involved in their conflicts, be they of a personal nature or otherwise. It is easy to slap the “Peevski” label on every possible problem, but this is no solution. If they believe that I represent an “evil entity”, they ought to explain why. President Radev said that I have ties to the premier and that the latter interfered in the public procurement process to ensure that I get contracts so the next step is to reveal the source of his information.

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    • If we stop changing the clocks, we will pay more

      If we stop changing the clocks, we will pay more

      The programme indeed started quite recently when, together with Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, we launched the information campaign aimed at attracting applicants. The programme will begin receiving applications in a matter of days. The programme offers funding of about €1,000 a month, a scholarship for up to three months and €800 for ticket expenses.

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    • Western Balkans need to see widely open door

      Western Balkans need to see widely open door

      It is very important that the EU now sends a positive political message to the Western Balkan states. And this is significant because of two reasons. First is that these six countries - Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, need strong motivation to do the necessary reforms, and that the ordinary people also need positive message that the Union's enlargement will include their states when they meet all criteria.

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    • 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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