civil society

President Rumen Radev: The Professional Standards in Journalism Can Be Defended only by Independent Media

The professional standards in journalism can be defended only by free media, which are independent in political and financial terms. This is what President Rumen Radev said at a meeting held at 2 Dondukov street with the CEO of radio Free Europe, Jamie Fly, who is visiting Bulgaria.

Dismissed PM Dancila calls 2015 Colectiv deadly fire deep wound requiring strong sense of responsibility

The Colectiv tragedy remains a "difficult" lesson, "a deep wound" in the memory of Romanians that requires a strong sense of responsibility on the part of all, dismissed Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Wednesday. "October 30, 2015 has gone down in our memory as one of the saddest days, when the destinies of dozens of young people were ended.

A better world requires new engaging agoras

I was lucky enough to be able to attend this year's Athens Democracy Forum held in association with The New York Times in the shadow of the Acropolis, in the "cradle of democracy." For three days I got to hear from politicians, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders that democracy as we have come to know it is under stress.

Albanian PM to Sue Kosovo’s Haradinaj for Libel

Albania Premier Edi Rama speaking in Tirana on 24 October 2019. Photo: LSA

"In the courts of Kosovo, the gentleman should prove the allegation of about 10 billion euros that would have been divided between me, [Kosovo President] Hashim Thaci and [Serbian President Aleksandar] Vucic," Rama told the audience of Opinion TV show.

Human rights body calls for extension in asylum bill consultation

Greece's National Commission for Human Rights (EEDA) called on the Minister for Citizens' Protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis, to extend the period of public consultation over a bill that will bring changes to asylum law, saying the time granted is not enough for any meaningful debate.

PM-designate Orban: Name of ministers to be announced Tuesday-Wednesay; most of them from PNL

Prime Minister-designate Ludovic Orban on Tuesday evening stated the names of the ministers will be made public after the last round of negotiations, most probably Tuesday or Wednesday. "Most ministers will be from the party.

Vucic to open the Assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union tomorrow

The assembly will be held at the Center Sava in Belgrade, the president's office said.
The assembly starts at 7.30pm.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic will also attend the opening ceremony.
The Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, hosted by the Republic of Serbia and the National Assembly of Serbia, is being held from 13 to 17 October in Belgrade.

Iohannis:Policy-makers failed to refrain from issuing laws which are more damaging than helpful in education

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Friday that "a wrong way to legislate" of policy-makers in the education area has effects, especially in higher education. "Here, in Sibiu, around the university, a functional ecosystem was created, which includes actors of the economic milieu, the civil society and the administration.