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Don‘t forget to move the clocks

As you know, this year too we will move the clock forward one hour on the morning of March 31. Thus, summer time will continue until the morning of October 27.

The Bulgarian National Bank has completed the process of coordinating and approving the design of the Bulgarian Euro coins

The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) has officially announced that it has completed the process of coordinating and approving the design of the Bulgarian euro coins. The final step in this process involved the approval...

The EU has banned Russians from coming in private cars

The European Commission has confirmed that entry into EU countries with cars registered in Russia is prohibited. Personal belongings of Russians crossing the border, such as smartphones, jewelry and laptops, are also at risk...

EC ends monitoring for Bulgaria and Romania

The Commission introduced the reports from 2007 and first prepared assessments and recommendations every six months and later annually The European Commission announced on September 15 that it is terminating the cooperation and verification mechanism...

PACE issues final statement on deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities

The Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) review on the deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities acknowledged in a written comment the Council’s decision-making body, the Committee of Ministers (CM)...

Tirana will demand secession on the way to the EU if Skopje does not support the “French” proposal

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed hope that North Macedonia will support in the parliament the "French" proposal to end the dispute with Bulgaria, because otherwise he will demand "the very next day" that...

PREMIERE: We hope to establish examples of best practices to promote FoRB, said Daniel Holtgen from Council of Europe

We hope to establish examples of best practices to promote FoRB, said Daniel Holtgen Message from Daniel Holtgen as Council of Europe's Spokesperson and Special Representative on antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and...

RUSSIA: Strasbourg rules Russia’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 is unlawful

Jehovah’s Witnesses / ECtHR: Russia ordered to pay EUR 59,617,458 ($63,684,978 USD) for pecuniary damage (mainly seized property) and EUR 3,447,250 ($3,682,445 USD) in respect of non-pecuniary damage Information and text from: JW World Headquarters/HRWF (08.06.2022)...

Council of Europe considering international human rights in mental health

Following strong and persistent criticism of a possible new legal instrument related to use of coercive measures in psychiatry, the decision-making body of the Council of Europe decided it needed further information on the...

Macron ready to bring Sofia and Skopje together in Paris, “when the time comes”

Its goal is for the two countries to conclude a bilateral agreement that would allow the start of negotiations for the accession of RS Macedonia to the EU. French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed readiness...

Monument to Latvian legionnaires in Belgium – local authorities want to remove

Members of the Historical Remembrance Group of the European Parliament appealed to the self-government of the Belgian city of Zedelgem with a request to preserve the monument "Latvian Hive of Freedom", dedicated to Latvian...

How an old trolleybus will become a hydrogen one: Demonstration in front of Maria Gabriel

Instead of being thrown away, the many other trolleys are good enough to be renovated - with Bulgarian expertise, said Prof. Daria Vladikova   The prototype of a trolleybus, which scientists from the Bulgarian Academy...

Denmark: We have sent an important signal to Putin

The country has not participated in any EU military mission so far because it was not part of the common European defense policy. A large majority of Danes (66.9 percent) supported Denmark's integration into EU...

Lech Walesa called on the EU to dissolve itself

Poland believes that a new alliance should be formed with France and Germany at its core The European Union (EU) must dissolve itself and create a new union with France and Germany at its core,...

Sale of crickets for eating in Brussels has been allowed

Insects can now be bought from stores and eaten for breakfast The European Commission has approved the sale of domestic crickets (Acheta domesticus) as a novel food in the EU. The house cricket becomes the third...

EC: Bulgaria is not ready for the Eurozone, it fails in two conditions

Bulgaria is still failing to meet two of the conditions for adopting the euro. This is clear from the European Commission's (EC) Convergence Report 2022. The report assesses the progress that each member state of...

Council of Europe finalizing stand on deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the end of April approved a Recommendation and a Resolution on the deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities. These are providing important guidelines in the process...

The EU is withholding 100m EUR form EU funding for Poland

The country has not complied with a court decision The European Commission is withholding 100 million EUR from Poland, Figaro said. This has been confirmed by European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders. "Poland has to pay one...

FT: Estonia, Lithuania and Bulgaria became leaders in inflation growth in the EU

It is noted that the highest inflation rate in Europe is observed in Turkey at 70 percent due to the collapse of the lira. The largest increase in consumer prices in the EU is observed...

President of the European Council meets the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and political Leaders

First of all, I would like to thank you, the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for your warm welcome in Sarajevo. It is a pleasure to be here. It is also important for me to be here to reaffirm our support for your EU path.

The UN warned: Ukrainian wheat is rotting in warehouses

A terrible crisis is coming... More than 25 million tons of Ukrainian wheat cannot be exported due to the war. The UN warns that this will cause a global grain crisis. Prior to the Russian...

Council of Europe Assembly adopts resolution on deinstitutionalisation

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation and a Resolution on the deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities. Both of these provide important guidelines in the process of implementing human rights...

Commissioner: Human rights are being undermined

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her annual report 2021 to the Parliamentary Assembly during the Assembly’s Spring Session in the end of April. The Commissioner stressed that trends...

Council of Europe: The battle for human rights in mental health continues

The decision-making body of the Council has started its review process of a controversial drafted text that aim at protecting human rights and dignity of persons who are subjected to coercive measures in psychiatry....

Russia ceases to be a Party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022

Following its expulsion from the Council of Europe on 16 March 2022, the Russian Federation will cease to be a High Contracting Party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022. This was confirmed today in...
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