POLITICS & POLICY
Bulgaria – Inter-state relations: Business opportunities
Bozhidar Lukarski, Bulgaria’s Economy Minister, travelled to London on April 17 in order to present investment opportunities in his country to the City. In that occasion, he met with members of Britain’s National Outsourcing Association (NOA) and the European Outsourcing Association, and attended the Bulgarian stand at the Natural Food Show, in which over 600 companies participated.
Source: Novinite, 16/04/2016
Sweden – Refugee crisis: Swexit?
According to a recent poll, only 39% of Swedes currently believe that their country’s EU membership is a “good idea”, compared to 59% in 2015. One of the reasons behind the change is the ongoing refugee crisis. Sweden has recently reinstated border checks and implemented stricter residency rules. As a consequence of these measures, refugee numbers have fallen dramatically, with some 500 to 600 people trying to enter the country every week, compared to 10,000 last autumn.
Source: The Local, 18/04/2016
Bulgaria – Corruption: No progress
According to the website Politico, Bulgaria and Romania have taken quite different paths in their mission to tackle corruption. Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) is making a real difference in the country’s fight against public malfeasance. The Directorate so far has indicted 1,250 public officials, including former president Victor Ponta. The same cannot be said about Bulgaria, which remains the most corrupted country of the European Union.
Source: Novinite, 15/04/2016
“The conclusions could not be clearer. Britain would be permanently poorer if we left the EU to the tune of £4,300 for every household in the country. That’s a fact everyone should think about”.
George Osborne, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (commenting on the UK Treasury’s recent report on the cost of Brexit)
Source: BBC News, 18/04/2016
Slovenia’s budget deficit in the first quarter of 2016.
Source: STA, 15/04/2016
The number of civil servants that took part in the “super-union” initiative in Ireland.
Source: Irish Times, 16/04/2016
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