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OLAF Reveals Political Cover-ups and Scandalous Abuses of EU Funds in Bulgaria

The anti-fraud office of the European Union OLAF has discovered abuses of EUR 32 M of SAPARD Program funds in Bulgaria as well as political cover-up of certain persons involved in these frauds. This becomes clear from an official letter by the OLAF Direc

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 16, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 3705

Spain Ratifies Lisbon Treaty

The upper house of the Spanish parliament ratified the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday after the Deputy Congress gave its approval with a large majority.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 16, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2625

Bulgaria Most Likely to Return PHARE Funds to the EU

There is a strong possibility that Bulgaria might need to return nearly EUR 7 M for two projects from the European Union (EU) PHARE program, according to the Deputy Regional Minister Savin Kovachev One of the projects involves construction of the second

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 15, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1910

Bulgaria Among Top Three EU Countries by Industrial Growth

In May 2008 compared with April 2008, industrial production fell by 1.9% in the euro area and by 1.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 14, 2008, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2158

EC Report About Bulgaria to Be Ready by Friday

The European Commission's (EC) reports about Bulgaria and Romania should be ready by next Friday according to dariknews.bg citing the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 13, 2008, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1855

Justice Minister: Bulgaria Has Made No Progress Fighting Corruption

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Miglena Tacheva admitted Friday that the country had made no tangible progress in the combating corruption and organized crime. Tacheva made this statement after her meeting with the Bulgarian Members of the European Parliamen

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 11, 2008, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2464

France Ambassador Presents Priorities of EU Presidency in Bulgaria Parliament

The French Ambassador to Sofia presented Thursday at a joint sitting of the Parliamentary Committees on European Affairs and Economic Policy the priorities of France's EU Presidency.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 10, 2008, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2089

Bulgaria Best in EU in Implementation of Internal Market Laws

Bulgaria ranks first in the EU in the implementation of the Internal Market laws as it has incorporated all of them in its legislation.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 10, 2008, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2225

Last Working Day for Bulgaria's Duty-Free Shops

Duty-free shops in Bulgaria are to close Wednesday, as the measure was initiated after the European Commission criticized Bulgaria for failing to achieve progress in the fight against corruption and organized crime. The EC had pointed explicitly to the d

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 9, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 4118

Bulgaria Checks 1028 SAPARD Projects for Violations

The newly appointed Director of Bulgaria's State Agriculture Fund Atanas Kanchev announced that his staff was going to inspect 1028 SAPARD-funded projects in order to check for potential violations.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 8, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1553

Slovakia to Join Eurozone in 2009

The ECOFIN, the Council of the Finance Ministers of the EU states, approved formally on Tuesday Slovakia's accession to the Eurozone on January 1, 2009.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 8, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2738

Bulgaria Anti-Mafia Unit Raids SAPARD Agency over Frauds with EU Money

Bulgaria's Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime in cooperation with the Sofia Prosecutor's Office carried out an inspection Monday morning in the office of the SAPARD Executive Agency at the State Agriculture Fund.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 7, 2008, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1983

Finland Ambassador Announces Violations in Bulgaria's PHARE Payments

Finland's Ambassador to Sofia Kauko Jamsen announced Friday some of the PHARE Program payments under Measure 1 for small and medium-sized firms had been delayed for two years.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 4, 2008, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2305

Bulgaria Informs Brussels about Chelopechene Explosions

Bulgaria has informed the Center for Monitoring and Control of the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General (DG), the Directorate's spokesperson announced. The Bulgarian authorities have reported the accident and have informed Brussels that,

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 3, 2008, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2628

EC Denies Having Demanded Resignations of Bulgaria Officials

The EC Spokesman for agriculture and rural development Michael Mann denied Wednesday the reports in some Bulgarian media that the Commission had demanded the resignations of high-ranking Bulgarian officials over SAPARD program violations.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 2, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2560

Bulgaria's State Agriculture Fund Head Resigns

Bulgarian State Agriculture Fund CEO, Dimitar Tadarakov, resigned Wednesday after a little more than a year in office. During an extraordinary press conference Mr Tadarakov declared he resigned "on moral grounds", and added that no political pressure had

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 2, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1790

EC Lifts Export Ban on Bulgarian Pork

The European Commission Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health made a decision to lift the ban on Bulgaria's pork exports to EU member states and to third countries. The news was announced Tuesday by the Director of the Bulgarian National

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 1, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1780

France Officially Assumes EU Presidency from Slovenia

On Tuesday, July 1, France officially took over the rotation Presidency of the European Union from Slovenia.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 1, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1579

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Expects "Realistic" EC Report

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Miglena Tacheva announced she expects the coming report of the European Commission over the progress of the country in fighting crime to be objective and point out the weaknesses in the judicial system as well as the achievemen

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 1, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1685

Agriculture Minister Vows to Fire Officials Responsible for Frozen SAPARD Funds

Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister Valeri Tzvetanov said Monday he was going to fire any officials of the SAPARD Executive Agency who were responsible for the violations leading to the freezing of BGN 183 M last week.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | June 30, 2008, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 1722

Deputy Finance Minister: Less than 10% of Bulgaria's EU Money Are Blocked

The Deputy Minister of Finance Dimitar Ivanovski said Saturday in an interview for the Bulgarian private Darik Radio that less than 10% of Bulgaria's total EU funding by the three pre-accession programs PHARE, SAPARD, and ISPA had been blocked with the re

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | June 28, 2008, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 2132
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