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Institutional Affairs of the EU
Bulgaria Is Not Catching Up With EU Peers on Income Convergence
In ten years of EU membership Bulgaria has shown no progress in income convergence with the rest of the member states. Bulgaria remains at the same relative position regarding its peers. This is the toughest conclusion in the annual economic in-depth analysis of the European Commission ...
Institutional Affairs of the EU The Debate on the EU - Informed vs. Uninformed, or Intentionally Misleading

I have began to avoid debates on the future of Europe, for in the last few years they have turned into a boring and pointless exercise, during which moderators ask some too general questions, which have already been asked a thousand times and the invited participants reply in an even more genera ...

Energy geopolitics Dalia Grybauskaitė: Energy Is Not Economy, It's Geopolitics!

Who says there is a lack of leaders in the EU? The president of little Lithuania proves the exact opposite. Dalia Grybauskaitė is well known at the European scene. She was the first Lithuanian European commissioner and besides was in charge of a very important portfolio in the first commission ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The Battle for the EU - Liberalism vs. Illiberalism

It is again a crisis that drives the European Union towards a reconsideration of its state and towards change, as it has always been throughout its 60-year long life. Last year saw just the beginning of talks about the Union’s future after the Brits’ decision to leave it and the elec ...

Western Balkans There Is a Serious Crisis of Democracy in the Western Balkans Region

A long delayed discussion took place in the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee about the tensions in the Western Balkans region, which have been growing for months now, but with the start of the new year the situation deteriorated dramatically. The discussi ...

Western Balkans Is Serbia Preparing for Elections or a New Balance of Powers

The year 2016 marked the rapid deterioration of relations between countries of the Western Balkans, having the most difficult situation be in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the key is held by Serbia. Over the last weeks Belgrade’s tone sharply deteriorated and radicalised, which resonates in ...

Western Balkans EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End

For the first time in the recent history of EU enlargement the year ended without conclusions for the candidate countries. This is one of the biggest news of the December European Council, held on 15 December in Brussels. Traditionally, every December, the leaders of the member states ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield Boyko Borissov: Not only Russia Is to Blame for Syria, but the USA too

Bulgaria's resigned Prime Minister Boyko Borissov confirmed during the summit in Brussels that there are expectations for the sanctions against Russia to be silently extended due to the non-compliance with the Minsk agreements with Ukraine. Boyko Borissov warned that a very clear distinctio ...

The debt crisis in the euro area Margarida Marques: Respecting the Rules Will Save the EU

The EU faces many challenges, but is capable of dealing with them if it follows the rules. Just like member states in the euro area need to adhere to budget criteria, the same approach needs to be used towards social issues and the rule of law. Only then will EU citizens see that the EU brings r ...

The Euro Area Mario Draghi: Do Not Forget To Complete The Euro Area!

The regular monetary dialogue in the economic committee of the European Parliament with the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, on November 28 practically marked the end of forecasting and predictability. There were more “we do not knows” and “it cannot b ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU The EPPO Might Not Be Ready By Year End

Despite efforts being made, the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) might not be agreed by the end of the year, as are the expectations of the European Commission and the Council’s Presidency. Another deadline will be missed and the discussions surrounding the new European instituti ...

euinside in Croatia
A Croatian Perspective on the Bulgaria and Romania CVM Reports

“In order for the EU to be effective in the disciplining of member states, it needs to be able to sanction. Cutting of EU funds because of problems with the rule of law in some of them might be a good idea”. This is the beginning of the commentary [in Croatian language] by ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism EC Transfers the Fight Against Corruption to the Victims Themselves

In a landmark moment like today when illiberalism is leading a fierce battle against the rule of law and democracy in emblematic states, the European Commission is making a serious retreat from one of the most important things, which ensure the rule of law and sound democracy - fighting corrupti ...

The debt crisis in the euro area European Semester Shows EU in the Eye of the Storm

The state of European economics today resembles a nice, thick, white snow cover – gross domestic product growth is good, unemployment is dropping, investments are beginning to grow. EU economy has grown by 1.9% in 2016 and that of the euro area – by 1.7%, shows the Eurostat data ...

Transatlantic relations Is Trump Endangering the EU-US Data Protection Agreement?

The first report for the year of the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová (Czech Republic, ALDE) to the responsible Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs Committee in the European Parliament was dominated by questions on whether the new American Pres ...

Institutional Affairs of the EU EU Did Not Commit Suicide. It Is Reinventing Itself

The year 2016 started off quite depressing for the European Union. At the very beginning of the year forecasts started piling in of the impending suicide of the Union, and not just by anybody, but by its institutional leaders. euinside’s text about the upcoming suicide was the most-re ...

Cooperation and Verification Mechanism Boyko Borissov Hopes European Commission Will Lift Its Monitoring Next Year

This article was supposed to have a different headline: “The European Commission removes its monitoring off Bulgaria next year”, but it was true for just a few minutes until one of the mysteries in Brussels on Thursday got revealed. Around lunchtime on December 15, it became known th ...

The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield The December European Council - Another Toxic EU Summit

So little is expected of the EU and the atmosphere is so volatile! This year’s summarising Union summit will be just one day, but the programme is full of subjects which can turn very wrong. The only chance of success is in the meagre Bratislava declaration, on the impl ...

The debt crisis in the euro area The Crisis Is Over. Prepare the Ground for the Next One

Do you remember what the first thing was that European leaders did following the outbreak of the financial crisis in the euro area in 2009? A discussion was started on new rules for tightening of the fiscal discipline, for not long after the start of the crisis an agreement was reached ...

The financial regulation and supervision A Second Attempt at the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base

The European Commission is making a second attempt at implementing a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) after the previous attempt in 2011 failed. Chances of success are not too big this time either, but the Commission relies on the new approach towards one of the most cont ...

Transatlantic relations EU Is Falling into Global Loneliness Following Trump's Victory

It was not until after the USA presidential elections that the EU began to realise that it is left on its own, despite President Barack Obama trying to say it to his European partners on numerous occasions. Donald Trump’s victory is a great opportunity for the EU to deepen its integ ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission will present today the country-specific recommendations under the European Semester. Stay tuned for live updates
22 February 2017 12:42
Adelina Marini #EuropeanSemester Marianne #Thyssen: For the first time we are following the member states' performance in addressing inequality
22 February 2017 13:01
Adelina Marini
Donald #Tusk: Too much has happened for us to pretend that nothing has changed between us (after meeting w/ US VP Mike Pence)
20 February 2017 11:37
Adelina Marini #Pence: We will continue to support Poland and the Baltic states within NATO. We will hold #Russia accountable for Ukraine
20 February 2017 11:49
Adelina Marini
#MSC17 In the framework of this year's Munich Security Conference is starting a debate on the future of the EU with Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, Poland Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Germany Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.. Stay tuned for live updates
17 February 2017 15:34
Adelina Marini #MSC17 #Grybauskaite: National politicians have to take responsibility and not to look to pass the blame to someone else as to why people do not trust us
17 February 2017 16:57
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