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Ministry says late MIFID II transposition had no major consequences

Ljubljana – Responding to the EU Court of Justice ordering Slovenia pay a fine for failing to transpose changes to the EU directive on markets in financial instruments in due time, the Finance Ministry said the delay had not affected private and public interests. It added that the European Commission had been informed about the transposition.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister: Vaccination Certificate for Mobile Application Being Discussed

Digital Certificate is being prepared for mobile application and anyone who was vaccinated will be able to have it on their phone to be used when necessary. This was announced by Health Minister Prof. Kostadin Angelov during the briefing of the National Operational Headquarters.

Social Analysts: Young Experts Are Still Fleeing Bulgaria

Experts are adamant that the pandemic has lowered emigration rate in 2020. However, this does not solve Bulgaria's long-standing demographic problems, including the outflow of specialists from key sectors of economy. According to data of the European Commission in 2019, the trend for the return of migrant workers has continued and Bulgaria is among the top countries in this regard.

Covid-19 vaccination certificate not prerequisite to travel to Greece this summer, says minister

If a coronavirus vaccination certificate is introduced at an EU-wide level, as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis suggested in a letter to the European Commission recently, it will not be a prerequisite for tourists to be allowed into Greece, Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis clarified on Thursday.

Greece submits request for return of 1,450 failed asylum seekers to Turkey

Greece has submitted a request to the European Commission and the EU's border agency Frontex, for the immediate return of 1,450 migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, the country's Migration Ministry announced on Thursday.

From the 1,450 individuals that entered Greece from Turkey 995 are in Lesvos, 180 in Chios, 128 in Samos and 187 in Kos, the ministry said.

Committee endorses Left’s amendments to STA act

Ljubljana – The parliamentary Culture Committee voted 10:8 in favour of amendments to the act governing the STA that would require the STA English Service to report on the work of NGO as a legal requirement, amidst warnings that the STA has still not received overdue payment from the government for the performance of public service.

Počivalšek discusses space technology at European Space Conference

Ljubljana – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek took part in the virtual European Space Conference to present the opportunities for Slovenian science and economy brought by the country’s participation in the European Space Agency. He sees this sector as an opportunity for successful recovery after the coronavirus crisis.

Bulgaria’s Minister of Finance: Our Country Will Join Eurozone in 2024

"We expect our country to join the eurozone in 2024. The main tasks of the Bulgarian Government on the way to achieving this goal are related to the fulfilment of the subsequent commitments under the Roadmap after the accession of the Bulgarian Lev to ERM II, as of July 10, 2020. 

Commission says EU rules cannot be excuse to stop press agency funding

Brussels – European rules cannot be used as an excuse to stop the funding of press agencies, an European Commission spokesperson said on Tuesday about the financing of the STA. It appears that the aid could be granted without the need for prior approval by the Commission, according to Arianna Podesta.