The international news and analysis program of the Bulgarian National Television “The World and Us” invited the founder of the Bulgarian-Romanian blog “Bridge of Friendship” Vladimir Mitev to comment on the upcoming December 6th 2020 parliamentary elections in Romania. How the corona crisis affects their outcome, what is their stake and what is their significance in the context of the Bulgarian-Romanian relations were some of the questions that were raised.
The interview was broadcast in Bulgarian on 3th December 2020 here.
Interviu cu directorul executiv al Camerei de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română despre influenţa crizei actuale asupra relaţiilor economice româno-bulgare, despre măsurile socio-economice ale ambelor guverne şi despre conectivitatea de infrastructură între ambele ţări
Relația între Eleonora Ivanova şi Camera de Comerţ şi Industrie Bulgaro-Română datează încă de la înființarea acestei instituții, în anul 2003, când 30 de firme de seamă din Bulgaria şi România au recrutat-o ca expert. Sarcina Eleonorei Ivanova a fost să ajute la crearea și sprijinirea unei organizaţii parteneriale specializată. Imediat după infiinţarea camerei ea devine directorul executiv. În cursul anilor echipa camerei şi activitatea camerei cresc constant, câștigându-și popularitatea în cadrul comunității de afaceri. Eleonora Ivanova a absolvit un masterat de finanţe şi afaceri bancare la Academia de Studii Economice din Sviştov, iar apoi s-a specializat în finanţe şi contabilitate managerială la Universitatea din Ţara Galilor, Marea Britanie. Are experienţă profesională de cinci ani în domeniul bancar şi peste 20 ani ca consultant pentru dezvoltarea afacerilor. În present manageriază cu succes o companie proprie de consultanță.
The world after this crisis will be more fragmented, more unjust and inequal, says the Italian economist, who is a former adviser in the European Commission. He also states his opinion on the EU answer to the crisis, created by COVID-19
This article was published on 13 April 2020 on the English section of the site ”The Barricade”.
Riccardo Petrella is an Italian economist who was a scientific and technology policy analyst to the European Commission between 1979 and 1995, becoming a witness and voice of dissent over the EC’s definition of Europe as a union of competition. He is the main force behind the report “Limits to Competition” by the Group of Lisbon that has criticised the neoliberal reforms undertaken by the Commission of Jacque Delors, that serve capital and markets, but undermine the achievements of Post-War Europe. Petrella worked between 1967 and 1975 as a scientific secretary, and then as the director of The European Coordination Center for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences in Vienna – an organisation that brought about scientific exchanges between East and West Europe during the times it was divided. The Italian university professor taught between 1982 and 2005 at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium); including courses such as “Scientific and technological politics” and “Economic globalisation”, and has been a lecturer in other universities and countries, too. Between 2005 and 2006, he was president of the Water Company of Puglia (Italy). In 1997, he founded the International Committee on the World Water Contract, which has the former Portuguese president Mario Soares as a president. In 1998, Petrella published “The Water Manifesto” (first in French and then in English in 2001), where he unveiled his vision for water as a “common good”.
Romania has a greater problem with the spread of coronavirus than Bulgaria. But Romania also has greater care for the ordinary people and the business
This article was published on 5 April 2020 on the site of the Sofia branch of the European Council on Foreign Relations. It reports on the socio-economic measures in Romania and Bulgaria until the beginning of April 2020.
This week Romania entered into the fourth level of the emergency situation, after more than 2000 cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed. This means that whole cities and regions can be quarantined. This has already happened in Suceava, where more than half of the patients in the regional hospital have been infected with COVID-19. Romania applies stricter control measures than Bulgaria – you go out of your home in the day with a declaration, which announces the goal of going out, while between 22 o’clock and 6 o’clock on the next morning no one can walk on the streets.
More than 1500 people have signed the letter-petition 24 hours after its publicatoin (photo: Facebook)
The proposed social and economic measures mean a greater role for the state in the solution of the crisis in a moment when president Klaus Iohannis calls on the private sector to give ideas and solutions
This article was published on 31 March on the Bulgarian section of the site ”The Barricade” and is republished with small improvements.
Romania crossed the threshold of 2,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and entered level 4 crisis, which means that whole cities and regions can be quarantined. The measure was already introduced in Suceava, where more than half of patients in the regional hospital have COVID-19. The government and the military have strengthened their control with a new decree, which requires that disinfectants be put in each entrance of a block so that they can be used when entering buildings. Going out at night has been forbidden between the hours of 22 and 6 for a week. Starting on the 25th of March, going out is forbidden with a few exceptions – for shopping, for doctor visits and other visits of this kind.
In this moment, when Romanians’ fears grow in parallel with the number of infected, a group of left-wing professionals have come out with an open letter to the president, the government, and parliament, in which they demand that large-scale social and economic measures be taken against the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis. Romania has responded, for the time being, with bolder social-economic measures than Bulgaria – e.g. the state has promised to provide 75% of salaries in the private sector, there is a ceiling on the prices of utilities and fuels, and an emergency decree was introduced which allows for the postponing of the credits’ payment. However, the Romanian economy is strongly connected with demand in the EU and in the present conditions there are more than 500,000 suspended labour contracts. It is expected that until the middle of April the suspended labour contracts will amount to 1,000,000 euros…
La prima zi de existenţa sa scrisoarea petiţie a fost semnată de peste 1000 de oameni (foto: Facebook)
Măsurile economice şi sociale lansate îşi propun un rol mai mare al statului, într-un moment în care Klaus Iohannis a apelat că business-ul să dea idei şi soluţii guvernului
Acest articol a fost publicat pe 31 martie pe secţia bulgărească a site-ului Baricada.
România a depăşit pragul de 2000 cazuri confirmate de corona virus şi astfel a intrat în gradul 4 al crizei, care înseamnă că întregi oraşe sau judeţe pot fi carantinate. În Suceava situaţia este foarte îngrijorătoare, pentru că jumătatea dintre pacienţii din spitalul regional de urgențe au contractat covid-19. Guvernul şi armata şi-au întărit adiţional controlul printr-o OUG nouă care prevede că la intrarea fiecărui bloc vor trebui puși dezinfectanţi pentru utilizare la intrare. De o săptămână este interzis să ieşi afară în timpul nopții între orele 22 şi 6 dimineaţă. De 25 martie 2020 este interzisă ieşirea afară cu câteva excepţii – pentru cumpărături, pentru medic şi alte similare.
În momentul de față, când fricile românilor cresc în paralel cu numărul îmbolnavirilor, un grup de oameni de stânga cu activitate publică a ieşit cu o scrisoare deschisă către preşedinte, guvern şi parlament, cerând măsuri economice şi sociale mai mari în lupta împotriva pandemiei şi crizei economice. România momentan aplică măsuri sociale şi economice mai serioase decât Bulgaria – de exemplu statul şi-a asumat plată a 75% din salarii din sectorul privat, a fost introdus un plafon la preţurile utilităților şi a fost introdusă ordonanţă de urgenţă care a permis amânarea plăţii creditelor. În ciuda tuturor acestora economia românească este puternic legată de cererea din UE şi în condițiile actuale deja peste 500 000 de contracte de muncă sunt suspendate. Aşteptările sunt că până la mijlocul lui aprilie numărul contractelor de muncă suspendate se va ridica la 1 000 000…
Bucharest supports the business with state-guaranteed loans, with postponing of the payment of the utilities and with partial covering of the payment of employees with suspended contracts
This article was published on 21 March 2020 at the Bulgarian section of the site ”The Barricade”.
Romania has had two main news on 21 March 2020 – the current statistics on the humber of the diseased with coronavirus in the country and the entrance in force of the emergency decrees, which represent the economic and social measures of the government for support of business and employees.
Minaret of a sacred place in Qom (photo: Pixabay, CC0)
After the February 2020 parliamentary elections the political elite in the Islamic Republic homogenised itself, with the reformist current being practically left out of the parliament. The spread of the coronavirus strengthened once again the contradictions between the country’s elite and the people, for whom Iran is part of the world and not only the sponsor of „the axis of resistance” in the Middle East
This article will be published in the Bulgarian magazine “New Times”
The year 2020 started with fears from world war, which followed the murder of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. It continued with the hysteria around the spread of the coronavirus, which stirred the imposition of state of emergency in Bulgaria, Romania and other European countries. Now high-ranking politicians and experts claim in media that we are in a state of war with bacteriological weapon.
Such fears from war and extinction are not something new in the last thirty years, in which Bulgarians have passed through a lot of social cataclysms and crises. But our country was never under the threat of a military conflict with its neighbour or international factor. How would have we felt, if we lived in one of the key countries of the Middle East – Iran, and there was a constant threat haunting us – not only if we belong to the elite of the country, but also if we feel part of the common people? How do the Iranian elite and people see their role in the Middle East, where after 2001 there is an intense rearrangement of forces?
Codru Vrabie (photo: Vlad Stanciu, Association Ink)
An interview with the expert on good governance about the political, social, non-governmental and private sector answers to the pandemic of corona virus
Codru Vrabie is a civic activist, trainer and consultant on good governance, transparency, responsibility, and integrity in the public sector. He has contributed to many reform measures in justice and public administration. Vrabie has BAs in legal and political sciences (Romania, Bulgaria, the USA) and MAs in administrative sciences and European affairs (Romania, the Netherlands, Spain). He has worked for various Romanian civil society organizations since 1998. In 2010, Vrabie started working with the Leaders for Justice” programme, which was replicated in 2017 by the Republic of Moldova
Mr. Vrabie, we have entered in an unprecedented situation. “State of emergency” was declared in Romania and Bulgaria. If we judge by the TV, politics got frozen, while the positions of power are occupied by doctors with a military grade. What do these changes mean for the Southeast European democracy, for the human rights and for the relation between the citizen and power? To what extent it is clear what exactly the state of emergency mean in Romania?
An interview on the kuker festival in the Romanian village of Brăneşti and on the Bulgarians in Romania
Daniel Stoiciu is a Romanian citizen with a complex identity. He speaks Bulgarian language and knows the story of Bulgarians in Valahia. The blog “The Bridge of Friendship” has talked with him about the kuker festival in his village of birth – Brăneşti, and on some principle discords between the Bulgarians in Romania and the Bulgarians in Bulgaria.