• The rule of law and the basic principles of the EU. Part Two – protection tools and the way forward
    Date: January 18, 2021
    It is widely accepted that the procedure for suspending rights deriving from EU membership due to a "grave and continuing breach" of the basic principles is intended to respond in exceptional cases where a political rather than a legal assessment is required. Following the codification in Union primary law of the EU's fundamental principles (or values) common to the Member States, the Treaty of Amsterdam introduces for the first time a sanction for non-compliance. The provision embodied in this Art. Article 7 (2) and (3) TEU regulates the suspension of the rights of a Member State in the event of >>>
  • The rule of law and the basic principles of the EU. Part one – overview and historical development
    Date: January 11, 2021
    The early case law of the European Court of Justice formulates the basic principles that form the "legal community", including the principles of legal certainty and stability, the legitimate expectations, the principle of proportionality. The concept of the EU as a "legal community" (rechtsgemeinschaft) was introduced by Walter Hallstein, the first President of the European Commission in 1962, and the rule of law was identified as a fundamental and universal value for all Member States, with a declaration of European identity heads of government in 1973 This concept was also adopted by the Court of Justice of the European Union, >>>
  • Kyuchyuk to Osmani: Bulgaria and North Macedonia should make efforts to resolve problems
    Date: December 10, 2020
    I believe that both sides will resume constructive discussions. Otherwise, we see the alarming development of the situation, namely the growing nationalism and hate speech. Today, MRF / Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, who is also the permanent rapporteur on the Republic of North Macedonia, presented the progress report to Foreign Affairs Committee. Following the European Council's decision to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia in march this year, the convening of the first intergovernmental conference was postponed due to a lack of progress in relations with Bulgaria. According to Kyuchyuk, despite the complicated situation with pandemic, North Macedonia has >>>
  • The EU’s balancing role in Central Asia
    Date: December 4, 2020
    The European Union opened its last European External Action Service (EEAS) delegation in Turkmenistan last year. The only diplomatic representation missing in Central Asia and a definite signal of an increasing closer relationship towards the region. Even if the five ‘Stans’ haven't  always figured as priorities on top of the European foreign agenda in the past, as the closer neighbourhood currently faces big challenges, the EU hasn’t overlooked the opportunities to cement a stronger Eurasian relationship in recent years. Increasing its diplomatic presence signals an important trajectory towards the region, which complement new and recently negotiated trade agreements, as well >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: In a digital world, there is no place for analog governance
    Date: November 23, 2020
    "Despite global closure, we remain open to the world because empathy and responsibility are our DNA. To pay attention to the future today, first of all, means to look at the opportunities that this new situation in the world offers us.", said during his introductory remarks, the former president of the Youth MRF Ilhan Kyuchyuk. The VIII National Conference of the Youth MRF was held under the title "Youth MRF - The Future Today!", entirely online with the participation of 357 delegates. This is the first party conference in Bulgaria, which is held completely digitally, in order to comply with >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk to “Monitor”: North Macedonia’s veto is also a veto for Albania
    Date: November 17, 2020
    Confidence in the 2017 contract must be restored, if there is a misunderstanding, it can be clarified I expected a much stronger Bulgarian handwriting from the session of the Berlin process, the MEP said in an interview with "Monitor" Monitor: Mr. Kyuchyuk, you are the EP rapporteur for North Macedonia, how do you see the current situation and the process of the country's accession to the EU? Is there progress in the negotiations? Kyuchyuk: The Republic of North Macedonia has fulfilled all the conditions for starting negotiations. A few months ago, parliamentary elections were held, which all observers described as >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We have lost the energy of the Bulgarian Presidency on the topic of the Western Balkans and the EU
    Date: November 11, 2020
    "I wish Bulgaria was a real generator of ideas connecting the Western Balkans with the EU, but it lost the huge energy it had during the Bulgarian Presidency." This was said for Radio Focus by Ilhan Kyuchyuk, who is the EP's permanent rapporteur for the Republic of North Macedonia. His comment was sought on the occasion of the Berlin Summit, which took place yesterday. Kyuchyuk described it as a good initiative on the European Commission's agenda. The MEP believes that the Western Balkans need to be included in EU policies much earlier and highlighted the two major upcoming changes not >>>
  • The losses will be very large – both for Bulgaria and for North Macedonia
    Date: November 9, 2020
    Europe needs its own "Magnitsky Law" because its effectiveness has been seen in the United States, says MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk in an interview for CLUB Z Club Z: Mr. Kyuchyuk, what do you expect to happen on 17 November, when the General Affairs Council has to decide to launch an intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia? What do you think Bulgaria should do? Kyuchyuk: My work in recent years is aimed at bringing Bulgaria and North Macedonia closer within the EU. As rapporteur for the European Parliament and as a friend of North Macedonia, I am doing my best to make >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Western Balkans countries should be a strategic priority of the EU
    Date: November 6, 2020
    MRF / Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, the European Parliament's Permanent Rapporteur on the Republic of North Macedonia, held a virtual conference on "The Western Balkans beyond 2020: Actions and decisions in times of pandemic". "The topic of today's conference is relevant because 2020 was a key year for the EU, despite the crisis caused by COVID-19. In a situation of global secrecy, the EC initiated dialogues and supported the regions of the Western Balkans with financial support of 3.3 billion euros. This means that the region is not polluted, that the EU is set according to a planned plan >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to “24 hours”: The contract with North Macedonia can be supplemented
    Date: November 6, 2020
    Interview for 24 hours online 24 hours: Mr. Kyuchyuk, a national conference of the Youth MRF is forthcoming, at which a new leadership will be elected. At the last one you were re-elected president, will you run for a third term now? Kyuchyuk: I am not a candidate in this election. My generation helped and gave security and development to the organization. Now is the time for new, faster growth that can come from the next generation. Time demands it! 24 hours: The youth conference is expected to be held entirely online for the first time, but you have over >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Protecting our shared values unites us and makes us Europeans
    Date: October 15, 2020
    MRF / Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk organized an online video conference with key names from the European institutions on the topic: “EU Mechanism for Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights: A Common European Aim" "It is important to have an open debate on this topic, because although it sounds abstract, according to the EU Treaty, our shared values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the rights of minorities are at the heart of it all, which unites us. In her address, the Vice-President of the European Commission for Prices and >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to “Monitor”: The EC mechanism is fair, I find it detailed
    Date: October 1, 2020
    The idea of the report is to serve as a red light, he said. MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk commented to "Monitor" on the EC's new mechanism and report on the rule of law. Monitor: How the new report effects the rule of law for Bulgaria, which is valid for all EU countries? Kyuchyuk: It shows that certain steps are being taken to reform the important sectors monitored by the European Commission. On the other hand these reforms should be continued over time without deviation from the basic principles. Monitor: Do you see a retreat? Kyuchyuk: The EC monitors a lot of >>>
  • Kyuchyuk to Osmani: Politicians’ work depends on historic commission decisions
    Date: September 29, 2020
    Both expressed hope for a speedy resumption of work on the Joint Multidisciplinary Commission on the Neighborhood Agreement with the Republic of North Macedonia and are adamant that it will increase efforts to bridge historical differences Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, who is on a working visit to Brussels, held a working meeting today. On this meeting they discussed the priorities of the new government in North Macedonia, the European integration of the country and the possibility of convening the first intergovernmental conference by the end of the year. MEP Kyuchyuk, who is also the >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We invariably insist on the European mechanism for democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights
    Date: September 10, 2020
    The Committee on Legal Affairs today voted its opinion on the report on the establishment of an EU mechanism for democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights, on which the European Parliament is chaired by the Committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs. The text voted recalls that the EU does not yet have a legally binding mechanism for regular monitoring of the observance of fundamental values by the Member States and the Union institutions. It also states that the main objective of a future interinstitutional agreement on the Union Pact for Democracy, the rule of law and >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk: I am certain that relations between EU and Uzbekistan will develop
    Date: September 4, 2020
    The current momentum for EU-Uzbekistanis relations should be seen as very positive because of Uzbekistan reforms since 2016 and the opening of negotiations for the new Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) which is underway. The EPCA trade agreement will be very important for Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU) since Uzbekistan remains the largest potential consumer market in Central Asia with a population of 33 million people and an important country for new supply chains routes and energy. That puts it in a key positon with regards to trade and of course as a growing partner for the EU. The >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: North Macedonia has formed a pro-European government
    Date: August 31, 2020
    MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk (Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Bulgaria), who is the European Parliament's Permanent Rapporteur on the Republic of North Macedonia, welcomed the formation of the new government in the country, approved  yesterday by parliament. According to Kyuchyuk, the country needs political stability to continue reforms and a pro-European government to prepare a roadmap for EU accession: "The Republic of North Macedonia held fair and legitimate elections in an extremely difficult situation of a global pandemic. Contrary to many expectations, the country responded in the best way by concluding an agreement to form a new government in a short >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk for KOHA: The coalition agreement between Zaev and Ahmeti fits the expectations of the European partners
    Date: August 26, 2020
    “I believe that the Republic of North Macedonia held fair and legitimate elections in an extremely difficult situation of a global pandemic. The country's citizens exercised their political right to decide who would lead North Macedonia through the crucial phases of the complex EU accession negotiations.”, this was stated by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk in a interview for macedonian newspaper KOHA. KOHA: Mr. Kyuchyuk, what are your expectations from the Zaev-Ahmeti Government? Kyuchyuk: Contrary to many expectations, an agreement to form the new government was found in a short period of time, and the request made by Zaev and Ahmeti at >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Rosenets’ action is a pathetic attempt to win dividends for a marginal party
    Date: July 29, 2020
    They want to get on the “MRF boat” to sneak into the next parliament * Already in 2017, we warned that there would be a political, parliamentary and constitutional crisis if the opposition between the institutions continued. * Our country can benefit from funds up to 29 billion euro, but they are bound by a number of terms, the MEP from MRF says in an interview for the Monitor. Monitor: Mr. Kyuchyuk , after prolonged negotiations in Brussels, our country will receive nearly 29 billion euro for the next 7 years. Could we have negotiated more? Kyuchyuk: First of all, >>>
  • The MRF delegation in the European Parliament supported the demands for more ambitious EU budget, and its commitment to the rule of law
    Date: July 23, 2020
    In an extraordinary plenary session, the European Parliament voted  a resolution,  reflecting the institution's position on the agreement reached within the Council between Member States on the long-standing EU budget and the plan to rebuild the European economy. MEPs from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms – Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Iskra Mihaylova and Atije Alieva – voted in favor of a resolution, reflecting  the EP's position on the agreement reached in the European council last week on the EU's multiannual financial framework and recovery fund. The resolution voted by the EP welcomes the agreement reached within the Council on the Recovery >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: I expect creation of stable majority in North Macedonia
    Date: July 21, 2020
    Welcoming the orderly and impartial conduct and the substantial voter turnout during the general elections in North Macedonia on 15 July, despite the difficult circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bulgarian Renew Europe (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, who is the EP's standing rapporteur on North Macedonia, stated that this all shows a high degree of civic engagement to the country's future. Together with Austrian S&D MEP Andreas Schieder, Chair of the EP Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee, Ilhan Kyuchyuk commented that the future Parliament and government are expected to have a key role >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We need urgently a deal for EU’s own resources
    Date: July 10, 2020
    There is a common understanding that the Next Generation EU instrument should be based on the green and digital transitions Еuropost: The European Commission presented last week draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia. How do you assess these proposals and do you consider that the Council will give them green light soon? Kyuchyuk: The proposed two draft negotiating frameworks are another important step in the enlargement process for North Macedonia and Albania. They present the starting points on the ground of which the Council must find compromise on the guidelines and principles of accession negotiations with each candidate >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: Good neighborliness is an integral part of the negotiating framework with North Macedonia
    Date: July 7, 2020
    "The agreements on good neighborliness with Bulgaria and Greece are an integral part of the negotiating framework with North Macedonia and Albania", commented in an interview for the "Saturday 150" program on the Bulgarian National Radio, “Renew Europe” MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk, who is the Standing Rapporteur on North Macedonia of the European Parliament. Ilhan Kyuchyuk clarified that there is no explicit text in the negotiating framework for North Macedonia, that would insist on the resumption of the work of the Joint Commission on Historical issues between Bulgaria and North Macedonia: "The texts are not really detailed. It is not the >>>
  • North Macedonia´s elections: crucial test of democratic maturity
    Date: June 30, 2020
    Leading MEPs call for a transparent, credible and objective election campaign, free from disinformation and intimidation. Following the announcement that general elections in North Macedonia will be held on 15 July, European Parliament’s standing rapporteur for North Macedonia Ilhan Kyuchyuk (Renew, Bulgaria), Chair of the European Parliament's delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) Andreas Schieder (S&D, Austria) and its Vice-Chair Marion Walsmann (EPP, Germany) said: “On 15 July, the people of North Macedonia will exercise their political right to decide who will govern the country during the next four years, steering it through the crucial phases of >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: The COVID-19 crisis has put the EU at a crossroads-to be locked in national selfishness or no one to be abandoned
    Date: May 19, 2020
    Mr Kyuchyuk, you are the spokesperson on the Western Balkans for the Renew Europe Group in the EP. At the last European Council, it was decided to allocate 3.3 billion euros to the Western Balkans for dealing with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the EU focused on socio-economic measures and did not specifically discuss a possible date for the start of the accession talks for North Macedonia and Albania. Why? The Zagreb Council reaffirmed the European perspective for the countries of the Western Balkans, and this was a clear signal during such a severe crisis. When the world >>>
  • MRF MEPs voted for an ambitious EU budget and immediate financing of the recovery strategy
    Date: May 15, 2020
    At a remote plenary session, the European Parliament voted in favour of a resolution on the new multiannual financial framework, own resources and plan for recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. During the plenary session, the European Parliament members voted in favour of a resolution on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, own resources and the post-pandemic Recovery plan. The suggestion for presenting a renewed position of the European Parliament on the next long-term EU budget for 2021-2027 was made by the Renew Europe centrist group  in view of the need for a swift and adequate actions for economic recovery and ensuring >>>
  • Happy Europe Day!
    Date: May 11, 2020
    Over the years, we have come to realize that the unification of Europe is a complex process. It can only become a reality through those achievements of the community that create a sense of solidarity and trust. Trust laying the foundations for a new, working and united Europe.   Thanks to the efforts of visionaries and generations of Europeans, today peace and prosperity are fundamental ideals of our common continent.   The dream of millions of citizens to travel freely, get their education abroad and return to their homeland has come true.   The exchange of cultural, linguistic and civilizational >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: The door to North Macedonia is already open
    Date: May 3, 2020
    In an interview on the Macedonian TV channel Sitel on Monday, March 27th, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that Bulgaria has always been supporting North Macedonia's membership to the European Union. However, he did not give a specific answer as to whether our country could block the accession of North Macedonia to the Union, but insisted on the continuation of the work of the Bulgarian-Macedonian commission which should clear up the controversial historical issues. Sitel: What is your comment on the topic and what do you think could happen if North Macedonia rejects the framework position of Bulgaria, setting >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: Western Balkans remain EU`s only other prioority bessides coronavirus
    Date: April 23, 2020
    EP’s Standing rapporteur for North Macedonia Ilhan Kyuchyuk told MIA that besides the crisis of coronavirus pandemic, the European Union’s only other priority is the integration of the Western Balkans. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament (AFET) adopted by a wide majority the European Parliament’s recommendation report on the EU enlargement to the Western Balkans ahead of 2020 Summit, which is likely to be postponed to June and be held in the form of a videoconference, said Kyuchyuk, who is shadow rapporteur for recommendation report in addition to Croatian MEP Tonino Picula, who is rapporteur. “The European >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to the “Trud” newspaper: Let’s act immediately!
    Date: April 23, 2020
    I support the initiative of my colleagues in the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament for several reasons. To start with, let me make one clarification: For me and my colleagues from the MRF, the voice of uncensored journalism has always been important. This is the only way for the EU citizens to choose their positions and point of view, and not have them be imposed. But today we are witnessing an attack by an invisible enemy. People working in the field of culture and the media have been hit hard by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: In a time of global constrains, the EU is showing its openness to the Balkan region
    Date: April 20, 2020
    The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee voted with a strong majority in favour of a report containing the European Parliament’s recommendation on the enlargement of the Western Balkans during a remote meeting of the Committee held today. The vote on today’s report was adopted after the revised enlargement methodology published by the European Commission in February, expected to give a new impetus, predictability and dynamism to the enlargement process, gave enough confidence to the hesitant Member states that their concerns are taken into account, which led to the Council of Ministers’ decision to give green light for opening the >>>
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