Sun, May 19 2013
Fireworks erupt at the end of a ceremony in Lisbon to mark the inauguration of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, December 1 2009.
Roumyana Zheleva, Bulgaria’s candidate European Commissioner nominated for the portfolio of international co-operation, humanitarian aid and emergency response, will face three hours of questions by a committee of the European Parliament.
European Parliament Greens/EFA co-leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit is investigating Roumyana Zheleva, Bulgaria’s nominee for the next European Commission, because of allegations related to a conflict of interest.
The President-designate of the European Council, on a visit to Sofia, says that he understands the difficult economic situation in which Bulgaria finds itself, its great efforts to cope with the crisis, build a positive image and work towards adoption of the euro.
Prime Minister Boiko Borissov tells journalists in Brussels that Herman van Rompuy, European Council President-designate, will pay a brief working visit to Sofia on December 14 2009.
Celebrations to be held in Lisbon to mark the coming into force on December 1 2009 of the Treaty that reshapes the workings of the European Union.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Roumyana Zheleva, whose nomination as International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response was announced on November 27 2009, has welcomed getting a job linked to EU foreign policy.
Olli Rehn moves to Economic and Monetary Affairs, Karel de Gucht takes Trade, Germany’s Guenther Oettinger becomes Energy Commissioner, Joaquin Almunia of Spain takes charge of Competition, Bulgaria's Roumyana Zheleva to be International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner.
Welcomed by the UK government, France and Germany, as well as the US, the naming of Belgium’s Herman van Rompuy as European Council President and Catherine Ashton as foreign policy chief has caused misgivings in some circles, including Turkey which believes that Van Rompuy will oppose Turkish membership of the bloc.
The global food import bill in 2012 could decline to $1.24 trillion, down slightly from last year’s record of $1.29 trillion.
Boevski has been under arrest in Brazil since October, when he was arrested at Sao Paulo's international airport with nine kg of cocaine in his luggage.
Whereas foreign media ownership is perceived as advantageous for media outlets and journalists, Bulgarian owners are perceived as investors with short-term vision who strive for immediate profits.
Killing spree in Norway in July 2011 and the arrests of individuals in a number of EU member states for the preparation of terrorist attacks, are proof of the continuing need for vigilance, Europol says.
In her message to mark the Day, Bulgaria's Bokova said that books are 'valuable tools' for knowledge-sharing, mutual understanding and openness to others and to the world.