civil society

Serbia Appoints New Ruling Party-Backed Information Commissioner

Milan Marinovic, the candidate proposed by the Serbian parliament's Committee for Culture and Information, was chosen as Serbia's new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection on Friday evening.

Most opposition MPs were not present for the vote.

Germany, Greece and diaspora perspectives

Four years has been far too long without the liberals in the Bundestag. Nevertheless, it proved enough time for the Free Democratic Party (FDP) to restart the party, renew its social contract and allow new, dynamic members to emerge and convey the liberal message across Germany and the whole of Europe. One exemplary case is Grigorios Aggelidis, a member of the Bundestag from Hannover.

EU is More Relevant Now Than Ever in Balkans

In 2010, I took on the task of coming up with a strategy for the development of civil society and its role in the Western Balkans. After an inclusive process involving civil society, activists, think tanks, journalists, (not the NGO mafia and the usual suspects - the post conflict mushrooms, as I call them), I crafted a strategy.

US official starts visit to Greece, North Macedonia

US Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker began Sunday a visit to Greece and North Macedonia, which will last until Saturday, the State Department has announced.

Reeker, a career diplomat, was Ambassador to Skopje (2008-11) and served one more tour of duty there.

The full State Department announcement follows:

StateSec Grigore: Romania will always be a supporter and promoter of religious freedom, tolerance

State Secretary Maria Magdalena Grigore stressed on Thursday at the ministerial conference dedicated to the promotion of religious freedom organized by the US State Department, the fact that Romania will always be a supporter and promoter of religious freedom, as well as of the spirit of tolerance, the Foreign Ministry (MAE) informs.

USR Congress/Dan Barna: I am asking you to trust me I can succesfully represent you as presidential candidate

Chairman of the Save Romania Union (USR) Dan Barna, who also threw his hat in the ring for the Union's presidential nomination, asked the 500 delegates at the USR congress today to trust him that he can successfully represent the formation in the presidential election this autumn. "Now is our time!

Sofia Municipality Renews Historic Neighborhoods in Sofia on Europe – 2020 Program

BGN 125 000 under Priority 2 of the program BGN 125 000 will be earmarked for renovation and refurbishment of abandoned municipal buildings, historical districts and public spaces in Sofia.

 These are some of the activities set out in Priority Area 2 of the Europe 2020 Program of Sofia Municipality.