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    • Assoc Prof Naum Kaychev: Skopje's EU path goes through compliance of the agreement with Bulgaria

      Assoc Prof Naum Kaychev: Skopje's EU path goes through compliance of the agreement with Bulgaria

      The visit of Vlado Buckovski to Bulgaria was an attempt by the authorities in Skopje to show will for continuation of the dialogue. The provocation in the village of Vevcani was carried out by circles close to the pro-Serbian opposition VMRO-DPMNE political party. In 2012, at the same carnival in Vevcani, Greece was symbolically buried in a coffin and the Greek flag was burned, said the deputy co-chair of the Joint Bulgaria-North Macedonia Multidisciplinary Expert Commission on Historical and Educational Issues in a special interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Prof Ingrid Shikova: EU deal with UK is not finished

      Prof Ingrid Shikova: EU deal with UK is not finished

      The UK's selective approach and its willingness to take advantage mainly of the large European market - what the term cherry-picking implies in English - could have set a bad precedent, undermining the logic of the European integration process. It was extremely important to apply the principle of achieving the right balance between rights and obligations. I think the last thing both sides wanted was to trade under the rules of the World Trade Organisation, says Ingrid Shikova, professor in EU policies, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

      Boyan Rashev: A 55% emissions cut is unattainable under a growth scenario

      Unless we discover and implement very quickly a revolutionary energy technology - like nuclear fusion, much cheaper batteries or much cheaper “green” hydrogen - there will be no chance to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Moreover, CO2 emissions will not even decrease significantly by then. However, it could be expected that most of the money will flow towards renewable energy, energy efficiency, battery production, electrification and hydrogen initiatives as these are seen as “sustainable” investments. Some businesses will benefit a lot but the overall economic impact is questionable. But I tend to be an optimist and I do not believe we will commit a suicide, says Boyan Rashev, environmental management expert and a Managing Partner at Denkstatt.

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    • Simeon Notskov, first Bulgarian judge in the US: I decide from 15 to 20 cases a day

      Simeon Notskov, first Bulgarian judge in the US: I decide from 15 to 20 cases a day

      When I was in the second grade, I grazed my grandfather's goats in the town of Melnik, and now I dream of being a Federal judge. My grandmother kept telling me, "You have grown very old, you have to get married," and I was only 35 years. I was threatened more when I was a prosecutor, one man was even waiting for me with a bat, but I told him "First I will break the bat in your head, and then I will put you in jail," judge Notskov tells Telegraph newspaper in an interview.

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    • Stefan De Keersmaecker: Building trust in vaccines is fundamental

      Stefan De Keersmaecker: Building trust in vaccines is fundamental

      A strong European Health Union will protect our health, but also our ways of living, our economies and societies. Where our health is in danger, our economies are in danger. The close relation between saving lives and saving livelihoods has never been so clear, Stefan De Keersmaecker, European Commission Spokesperson, says in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Joanna Goodey: AI can impact virtually every fundamental right

      Joanna Goodey: AI can impact virtually every fundamental right

      When people are looking for a job, they might not receive a particular job advertisement - because, according to the algorithm, people with particular search engine histories, or people from a particular neighbourhood, or people of that gender, do not usually get certain jobs, says Joanna Goodey, Head of Research and Data Unit at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Séamus Boland: We cannot be strong, unless we are united

      Séamus Boland: We cannot be strong, unless we are united

      Instead of a need for a universal basic income, I see a need for guaranteed access to basic services, strengthened social security and welfare systems and decent minimum wages across Europe. The latter would guarantee proper dignity and respect to all workers, especially people who are employed in lower-paid jobs in our economy, says Séamus Boland, President of the EESC Diversity Europe Group, in an interview to EUROPOST.

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    • Minister of Economy Lachezar Borisov: We are developing a scheme to support companies

      Minister of Economy Lachezar Borisov: We are developing a scheme to support companies

      We are not shutting down the economy; deliveries, manufacturing and the industry are safe. More relief for closed businesses is coming. Starting this week, workers placed on unpaid leave because of the new restrictions will be able to rely on BGN 24 a day from the government through the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the National Employment Agency, as long as they have been paying social security contributions as full-time employees.

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    • Minister of Justice Desislava Ahladova: Our goal is flexibility, public oversight of judiciary's work

      Minister of Justice Desislava Ahladova: Our goal is flexibility, public oversight of judiciary's work

      The plan's Judicial System section envisions measures aimed at completing judicial reform regarding the post of prosecutor general and bringing its level of accountability and criminal liability in line with the position of the Venice Commission and the existing constitutional framework; improving the functioning and independence of the Inspectorate to the Supreme Judicial Council; discontinuing public access to magistrates' filed declarations of membership in professional organisations; improving access to justice, etc.

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