Politics of Europe

GERB Named its Mayoral Candidates for Plovdiv, Rousse and Haskovo

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's party GERB on August 15 named its candidates for mayors of Plovdiv, Rousse, and Haskovo in the forthcoming local government elections in October 2019, reports BNT

The incumbent mayors in the three cities are from the GERB party, but they are not among the newly named candidates.

Deputy Director of the ECFR Vessela Tcherneva: EU Should Make Clear that the Western Balkans Needs Act Responsibly

SOFIA - France's and Germany's main message for the Western Balkans is clear: countries in the region should prioritise efforts to demonstrate a sufficient level of political governance - and they will be permitted to begin the technical processes of EU accession only after they have achieved this, says Vessela Tcherneva, the Deputy Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) a

Regling: Tax reductions if the numbers add up

Plans by the new government in Greece to lower taxes, the impact this would have on the economy and the existence of sufficient fiscal space in order to achieve the primary surplus target of 3.5 percent of gross domestic product will be discussed when the institutions return to Athens in September, European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Managing Director Klaus Regling says in an interview with Kath

Dan Barna to run in presidential elections for Alliance 2020 USR PLUS; Ciolos - PM (sources)

USR (Save Romania Union) leader Dan Barna will be running in the presidential elections for the Alliance 2020 USR PLUS, while Dacian Ciolos will be the Prime Minister proposal, sources from the Alliance told AGERPRES on Friday.

SUMMARY: Hackers have Penetrated the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency through the Tax Refund System

The penetration in the NRA system, which shared personal data for millions of citizens and businesses, was probably done through the "tax" service and, in addition to registration of the hacker's email, there is no other evidence of a "Russian connection".

PM Borissov Gathered an Extraordinary Summit of the Council of Ministers' Security Council

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has gathered the Council of Ministers' Security Council for the hacker servers of the NRA. Borissov is expected to have all the heads of special services, including Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov.

PM Dancila denies reshuffle suggested by President Iohannis, says action increases credibility

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, the national leader of the majority Social Democratic Party (PSD), said on Monday she had decided to replace the interior and foreign ministers "not because President Iohannis wanted it," but because she believes this way the government will gain more credibility, more public trust.