Mihai Tudose is no longer the prime minister of Romania (photo: gov.ro)
The prime minister Mihai Tudose resigned after a scandal with the internal minister Carmen Dan – a close ally of Social Democratic Party`s leader Liviu Dragnea, while tensions grew with the Hungarian minority. Echoes of the conflicts could be felt at the press conference that presented the Bulgarian priorities for leading the EU
This article was published on 17 January 2018 at the site “Baricada”.
„We`ll see each other exactly after a year again here for the presentation of the Romanian presidency of the EU“, said the Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleşcanu at the end of a press conference in the representation office of the European Commission in Bucharest. The public laughed. The 76-old veteran of Romanian diplomacy expressed his expectations for the future, attempting to play a little bit with those present, only a moment after the director of the representation office of the EC in Romania Angela Cristea had closed the event. Apparently, Meleşcanu was happy with his meeting with almost 50 diplomats and journalists from 21 media. So he allowed himself to express confidence in the future.
At this moment no one in the conference room, even Meleşcanu (as it is witnessed by the quote) didn`t expect that only 11 hours later the premier Mihai Tudose will resign. There was an ongoing media scandal between Tudose and the internal minister Carmen Dan, who is a close ally of the Social Democrat Party`s leader Liviu Dragnea. The prime minister accused the internal minister in lying on the occasion of appointment of the chief of Romanian police and said that he can no longer work with her. However Dan refused to resign. Dragnea showed that he protects his ally. So Tudose had to resign.
The Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleşcanu (at the microphone at the front) explains Bucharest`s vision for the Black Sea regional cooperation (photo: Baricada)
The Romanian foreign minister answered a question of the blog ”Bridge of Friendship” at a joint press conference with the Bulgairan ambassador in Bucharest
This article was published on 16 January 2018 at the site “Baricada”.
”The problems of Danubean and Black Sea regions should occupy a higher place on the EU’s agenda”, said the Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleşcanu during a press conference in the representative office of the European Commission in Bucharest. The press conference took place on 15 January 2018. Hours after it the prime minister Mihai Tudose resigned as a result of a political crisis within the government`s ranks and a conflict with the strong man in the Social Democratic Party Liviu Dragnea. However press conference`s topic was not the political crisis, but the priorities of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU, which has just started. They were presented by the Bulgarian ambassador in Romania Todor Churov. The event was visited by almost 50 diplomats and journalists from 21 media, including the blog ”Bridge of Friendship”.
The opening page of the presentation (photo: Vladimir Mitev)
Vladimir Mitev showed at a conference inside the Romanian parliament a presentation about Sofia’s searches for a road ahead in the Europe of the speeds
The changes in the EU, called with the formula “Europe of the speeds” lead to debates in Bulgaria and in Romania. On 29 May 2017 the Romanian parliament hosted the conference “Quo vadis, European public space? The EU reform and its implications with regard to security and public communication”, which was organized by the Cristian University “Dimitrie Cantemir, by the Institute for Political Sciences and International Relations at the Romanian Academy and the Commision for Defense, Public Order and National Security at the lower chamber of the Romanian parliament. Researches from both scientific institutions participated and analyzed problems such as Brexit, populism in the EU, the informational war, the rusophobic discourse and other issues such demography and fiscal policy.
Georgi Pirinski (photo: Veni Markovski for Wikipedia)
Both EU member states have clearly overlapping interests in the realisation of peace and sustainable development in the region of Black Sea, believes the Bulgarian diplomat and member of the European parliament
Georgi Pirinski is born on 10 September 1948 in New York. He was the Bulgarian deputy minister of foreign trade between 1980 and 1989. He was a member of the Bulgarian parliament in the period 1990-2013. He was the foreign minister of Bulgaria (1995-1996) and president of the National Assembly (2005-2009). He became a member of the European parliament in 2014.
Mr. Pirinski, at a round table in Sofia in the beginning of April 2017 you presented the idea for the creation of a Black Sea euroregion, which could become a part of the political initiatives of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU in the first half of 2018. What is the essence of your idea? What are the results that you expect to be obtained by the Black Sea countries and by the EU following its realization?
The essence of the idea which was discussed at the conference on 3 April 2017 in Sofia was that an attempt could be made for Bulgaria and Romania as Black Sea member states of the EU to initiate the development of the so-called Macroregional strategy for the Black Sea region. In conformity with the common definition, a macroregional strategy is an integrated framework which is approved by the European Council and aims at the overcoming of challenges in a certain geographical region. These challenges affect member states and third countries which are placed in it. Together all of them collaborate stronger so that they could achieve economic, social and territorial cohesion.
Lyubomir Kyuchukov (photo: Petar Ganev)
The most natural collaboration in the EU is the one between Romania and Bulgaria, thinks the Bulgarian diplomat
Lyubomir Kyuchukov is a Bulgarian diplomat and foreign policy expert. He has graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and has specialized in the Georgetown University in Washington. He has started his diplomatic career as an attaché in the Bulgarian embassy in Bucharest. He has been deputy minister of foreign affairs, a member of the Council for European and Euroatlantic Integration at the Presidency of Bulgaria, a member of the Council for Eurointegration at the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria. In the period 2009-2012 he was the Bulgarian ambassador to London. At this moment he is the director of the Institute for Economy and International Relations. He speaks English, Russian, Romanian, French and can use Italian language.
Mr. Kyuchukov, the idea for the creation of an European strategy for the Black Sea region, which could become an initiative of Sofia in the times of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU in the first half of 2018 was presented at a round table, organized in April 2017 in Sofia by The Institute for Economy and International Relations, The Friedrich Ebert Foundation and The Bulgarian Diplomatic Society. What is the essence of this idea? What are the concrete actions of the EU and of the regional countries that could become its materialization?
The proposal which was launched by ambassador Bisserka Benisheva and me is that Bulgaria, in the frame of its presidency of the Council of the EU, should accept as its political priority the development of a Black Sea agenda of the EU. In other words, this is a long-term strategy of the EU for the Black Sea region. Additionally, a few years ago the European Parliament approved a resolution which urged for such an action. In 2003 Greece put as a priority of its presidency the accession of the Balkans in the EU. As a result, the Thessaloniki Agenda was promulgated and it has determined the European policy towards the region ever since. The Mediterranean Union was formed in the times of the French presidency in 2008. It comprises of the 28 member-states of the EU and of 15 states of the North Africa and Middle East. In parallel to that, the EU has its own strategy for the Baltic region with advanced forms and an established collaboration network, which includes also Russia. It looks like the only “ownerless” sea of the EU is the Black Sea.