Maria Koleva (1495)

  • Regions, cities aim at greening Europe

    Regions, cities aim at greening Europe

    Over 9,000 local, regional, national and European decision-makers, experts, academia, and people from NGOs came to Brussels to take part at the biggest annual get-together dedicated to regional development - European Week of Regions and Cities. All in all, 400 debates and events put the focus on cohesion, growth and jobs, digital shift, among others. Major concerns for addressing climate emergencies were among the key aspects of the discussions.

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  • MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

    MEPs put pressure on Council for the EU's long-term budget

    To push Council to advance with the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) that will fund the EU policies in the period 2021-2027, MEPs adopted a resolution at their mini-plenary sitting in Brussels on 10 October. In it, they asked national governments to urgently agree a negotiating position on the EU long-term budget and warned of a real jeopardy that the common investment plan for the next seven years will not be endorsed in time with Council, alerting on what the consequences will be for the businesses and citizens

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  • EIB steps up its role as EU climate bank

    EIB steps up its role as EU climate bank

    Last year, nearly 30% of EIB's new commitments worldwide were dedicated to climate and environmental goals, Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, told MEPs on 9 October at a mini-plenary session in Brussels during a debate. The main topic of the discussion was greening the EU bank. The aim of the EIB is to become even greener and to spend 50% for climate-related activities by 2025.

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  • Sibyl tells a story of mystique and glamour

    Sibyl tells a story of mystique and glamour

    At a collective exhibition in Brussels, Bulgarian artist Valentin Kovatchev is displaying two new pieces from his iconic cycle 'Sibyl' along with other paintings, etchings, drawings and small sculptures. The place is well known for the art lovers in the Belgian capital - BRIGIT gallery at 36 Rue Rollebeek, a narrow walk that stems from the vibrant Place du Grand Sablon.

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  • Freedom Drive: Call for independent life

    Freedom Drive: Call for independent life

    Hundreds of disabled people in wheelchairs and their friends voiced a strong appeal for free and independent life during the Freedom Drive, held for the ninth time in Brussels. The parade, organised by the European Network on Independent Living, involving representatives from more than 20 countries in Europe and beyond, blocked for about two hours the traffic in otherwise congested streets around the main EU institutions.

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  • EESC urges for more civic input in EU policy-making

    EESC urges for more civic input in EU policy-making

    At its September plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) received strong affirmation that the European Parliament will work for increasing civic participation in EU policy-making. During a debate at the plenary, EP Vice-President Klara Dobrev accented on the need to listen to European citizens as a common task of all institutions. 

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  • Pushing Mobility Package I

    Pushing Mobility Package I

    Expectedly, on Tuesday the EP Committee on Transport and Tourism at its regular meeting gave the green light to launch a trilogue on the controversial Mobility Package I. A clear indication of this development was the rejection of the initiative of Bulgarian EPP MEP Andrey Novakov on a Rule 61 procedure, at an extraordinary sitting a week ago.

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  • Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

    Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

    Every seven years, the picture of a fierce clash over the long-term budget is almost the same, but now - in the MFF for 2021-2027 - Brexit is amplifying its spread and dynamics. The differences between the Member States are still prodigious and the time to conclude a deal, with no detrimental effects on tens of thousands of farmers, researchers, students, is running out very fast.

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  • EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

    EU27 to fill €11bn gap in case of 'no deal'

    There will be a net gap of about €11bn in next year's EU budget if the divorce with the UK goes through without a deal, and if when exiting the country does not accept all the rights and obligations to the budgetary framework. Guenther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner in charge of Budget and Human Resources, pointed out this figure at a debate at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg following the Council presentation of its position on the 2020 budget. 

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