EU Citizens “in Limbo” – Debate in Sofia

Ending the „limbo“in Europe: Initiative for improved implementation of the rights of the EU citizens residing in another country of the Union


On May 29, 2015 ProInfo carried out the first of a series of national debates focused on active citizen impact on EU policies. The debate focused on the role of civil society for improving the implementation of the basic EU right of freedom of movement while at the same time preventing the abuse of social funds by “social benefit tourism”. The participants in the debate discussed and adopted a policy initiative  for improved implementation of the rights of the EU citizens residing in another country.

See the Debate Agenda, watch the International Panel of the Debate Relive here.

This video is in English and includes the debate contributions from Belgium, Spain, Albania and Austria.

Videos from the debate :

(all videos here in Bulgarian)

Petko Georgiev, Chairman of ProInfo: We want active citizen involvement, both in the “immigrant recipient” and the “immigrant donor” countries.

MEP Svetoslav Malinov: “Yes” to limiting social benefits tourism, “No” to compromises with fundamental rights and freedoms!

Vesselin Paunov, Bulgarian Journalists Living in the UK: The truth is that no matter how qualified they are, most Bulgarians are forced to take unqualified, low-paid  jobs.

Borislav Bojidarov, Labour Migration Expert, Embassy of the Netherlands in Sofia: The Problems Lie in the Lack of Information and in the Cultural Differences.

MEP Angel Djambazki: Social migration should not be encouraged!

Ivan Todorov, The Amalipe Center for Inter-Ethnic Tolerance: You can’t be an EU citizen before being a Bulgarian citizen First.

MEP Eva Paunova: We’re working on faster recognition of education diplomas in the EU.