• Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Rosenets’ action is a pathetic attempt to win dividends for a marginal party
    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. - 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? First of all, we >>>
  • The MRF delegation in the European Parliament supported the demands for more ambitious EU budget, and its commitment to the rule of law
    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
    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
    There is a common understanding that the Next Generation EU instrument should be based on the green and digital transitions 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? 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 country. This >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: Good neighborliness is an integral part of the negotiating framework with North Macedonia
    "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 Northern 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
    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
    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
    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!
    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
    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 Northern 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. What is your comment on the topic and what do you think could happen if North Macedonia rejects the framework position of Bulgaria, setting the >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: Western Balkans remain EU`s only other prioority bessides coronavirus
    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!
    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
    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 >>>
  • MRF MEPs vote in favor of a stronger EU after the COVID-19 crisis
    The extraordinary plenary session, on which the resolution on combating the coronavirus pandemic and its effects was voted, was scheduled for 16 April at the request of the Renew Europe Group. The European Parliament voted on a resolution on the need for coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, as well as on accompanying legislative changes in the spirit of the institution’s position. The resolution includes a wide range of proposals and key actions at EU level to respond to the current crisis and to enhance the Union’s preparedness for the future. “The European Union must strengthen >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: The decision on North Macedonia and Albania shows that Europe can take decisions in times of crisis
    The European Council has decided to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. During the meeting, which was held as a video conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU foreign ministers endorsed the proposal unanimously by a written procedure. “The European Council finally succeeded to give an answer to the expectations of the Western Balkan countries and their citizens, who have been waiting long for something positive to happen. This act is even more significant now. Not because we overcame the disappointment of the Council's decision in October, but because Europe and the world are currently in an >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to Zoran Zaev: The accession of North Macedonia to the EU requires political will
    “The accession to the EU is a political matter that requires political will - both on the part of the Member States and of the candidate countries, who need to find the strength to reach consensus and unity in the name of a national cause - EU membership”. This was stated by MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk at the regional conference "One Balkans towards EU", held in Skopje today. "The new methodology presented by the European Commission last week aims precisely at this - to give a new impetus to the process by making it more political rather than administratively-bureaucratic. >>>
  • Interview with Mr Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Vice-President of ALDE
    You visited Podgorica 3 weeks ago for a conference about liberal’s approach to the EU enlargement process. Could you tell us more about that approach? What is the liberal approach to this process? I visited Podgorica for the annual conference of the Liberal South Еast Europe Network (LIBSEEN), with members being Liberal parties from the region. The event ran under the headline: "A Liberal Approach to EU Enlargement Policy" and it was an opportunity to reaffirm our vision for the Western Balkans. Namely, we strongly support enlargement and increased engagement with the Western Balkan countries and their perspective within the >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk in North Macedonia a month before the decisive Council meeting.
    The leader of the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament Dacian Ciolos and the Permanent’s Standing Rapporteur on North Macedonia MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk extended an important visit to Skopje. The visit happened just a month before the decisive European Council, during which the Member states are expected to give the “green light” for starting the EU accession talks with North Macedonia. "After the European Commission published its strategy for the Western Balkans in early 2018, it was expected that it would provide a new impetus for the European enlargement process. Alas, it did not work out and in contrast, >>>
  • Securing a European future for the Western Balkans
    Authors Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP Renew Europe/MRF Nathalie LOISEAU ,MEP Renew Europe/ La République en marche    The advancement of peace, democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law in the Western Balkans region and their future in a strong and reformed EU is critical for the future of our continent and our fellow citizens.   However, following the accession of Croatia in July 2013, the enlargement process has been beset by challenges, the progress of reforms remain slow and uneven, sometimes experiencing significant reversals.  At the same time, the emergence of illiberal democracies within the EU and the failure >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchuyk took part in an official delegation of the European Parliament to Ankara
    “I am optimistic about the future relationship between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, even though we are currently in a fragile stage of its development." This was stated by MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchuyk, who took part in an official delegation of the European Parliament visiting the Republic of Turkey. This was the first official mission of MEPs to the country since the start of the new term, in which the Foreign Affairs Committee Chair - David McAllister and the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee Chair Sergey Lagodinski took part.  "The Republic of Turkey is a strategic partner >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk talks about BREXIT, Bulgaria’s Membership in the EU and the future of the European Union
    Mr Kyuchyuk: What are your feelings, opinions and wishes concerning Brexit and the future relationship between the UK and the EU? It is impossible for anyone that firmly believes in the European project to not to be saddened by Brexit. To see a country that twice shed its blood for the freedom of Europe leave, and to see a rise in the hate-driven, anti-migrant crimes in the UK is simply devastating. It was only a win for loud populism and national egoism, but should serve us as a wake-up call and a reminder to not take the European Union for >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Brussels took into account the demands of France for North Macedonia
    The new approach of the European Commission with regard to North Macedonia and Albania has taken into account France's objections to accession and in an optimistic scenario, the two countries could receive the "green light" for starting the accession talks in as early as March. This was MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk (MRF/Renew Europe) comment to journalists in Strasbourg. Kyuchyuk is the Standing Rapporteur of the European Parliament for North Macedonia. His statement was made after the European Commission proposed a new approach to countries wishing to apply for EU membership. The new approach came about after France blocked the start of >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to Zoran Zaev: The accession of North Macedonia to the EU requires political will
    “The accession to the EU is a political matter that requires political will - both on the part of the Member States and of the candidate countries, who need to find the strength to reach consensus and unity in the name of a national cause - EU membership”. This was stated by MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk at the regional conference "One Balkans towards EU", held in Skopje today. "The new methodology presented by the European Commission last week aims precisely at this - to give a new impetus to the process by making it more political rather than administratively-bureaucratic. >>>
  • Kyuchyuk after meeting President Pendarovski: EU membership must be a national cause
    "The Jean Monnet Dialogue sessions are important because they emphasize precisely on the matter that joining the EU is a national cause that requires the parties to be prepared to put aside their differences." This was stated by Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP from the MRF/Renew Europe and Standing rapporteur of the European Parliament for North Macedonia.   Throughout the course of 2 days he was co-chairing the 3-rd “Jean Monnet” Dialogue for Peace and Democracy in Skopje, with the participation of representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission and the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia. The Dialogue’s other co-chairs >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We need a new dynamic for the enlargement process in order to overcome the reservations against the Western Balkans
    The Liberal-centrist political group "Renew Europe" held a high-level roundtable in the European Parliament discussing  the future of the Western Balkans on the 05th and 06th  of February. The discussion, organized by MRF MEP and European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on North Macedonia - Ilhan Kyuchyuk - took place at a crucial moment after Renew Europe had earlier adopted its position on the EU membership prospect for the Western Balkan countries, and after the European Commission presented its proposal to the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the reform of the accession methodology shortly before the conference began. Opening the conference together >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk from Auschwitz: We must never again allow the destructive force of hatred in Europе
    A delegation of the European Parliament attended a ceremony marking the International Holocaust Day. The 27th of January this year marks the 75-th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz - Birkenau, the death camp where 1.1 million people were killed by the Nazis, most of them Jews. Bulgaria played an important role during this period, being the only country to prevent the deportation of its citizens to Nazi concentration camps during World War II, rescuing nearly 48 000 Jews. The anniversary commemoration this year brought together Heads of State and representatives of nearly 50 countries from around the world, as >>>
  • MRF MEPs – Meetings with President of “Renew Europe” in Sofia
    The Members of the European Parliament from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms participated in a series of meetings on issues of key importance for Bulgaria together with the Chair of the "Renew Europe" political group. Dacian Ciolos, Chair of the third largest group in the European Parliament - the liberal-centrist formation, whose members are the MRF MEPs - Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Iskra Mihaylova and Atidzhe Aliyeva-Veli, visited Bulgaria under an invitation of the Chairman of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms - Mustafa Karadayi. During the visit, meetings were held with the Deputy-Chair of the Bulgarian National Assembly, Dr. Nigyar >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk awarded a prize from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Bulgaria
    On the 3th of January 2020, the The Council of the Moroccan Community living abroad, organized the first "Diplomatic Salon" at the residence of H.E. Ms. Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Republic of Bulgaria, which was devoted to the topic: "Women and their role in promoting cultural and diplomatic relations between countries". Among the distinguished by the "The Council of the Moroccan Community living abroad at the event, was the Renew Europe/MRF MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk. The award was handed to him under the recommendation of H.E. Ms Midaoui for promoting Moroccan culture in Bulgaria and encouraging the bilateral >>>
  • Sir Graham Watson: Patriot is a man who loves his country, a nationalist – a man who hates his neighbour
    MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk hosted a forum on “Building a Liberal Europe: The ALDE Project”, which featured a presentation of the book by Sir Graham Watson, Member of the EP (1994-2014) and President of the ALDE Party (2011-2015). The Chairman of MRF, Mustafa Karadayi, H.M. King Simeon II, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (2001-2005), Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director of the European Liberal Forum, and Katalin Cseh, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the Renew Europe Group in the EP  also took part in the event. According to Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Sir Watson's book presents a retrospective >>>
  • Kyuchyuk: The upcoming elections will frame the EU perspective of North Macedonia
    The first half of this year is full of events with a potential to significantly influence the EU perspective of the Western Balkans – from the revision of the decision on North Macedonia and Albania and the new enlargement methodology, all the way to Zagreb Summit in May. Several significant elections will also take place in 2020, and the first country to hold them will be North Macedonia, on 12 April. We talked about the interplay between the events in Brussels, Strasbourg and Skopje and how much can they impact the enlargement with the Standing Rapporteur of the European Parliament >>>
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