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  • The MRF delegation at the EP with a number of questions over Simeonov’s hate speech
    What measures will you take to combat hate speech given the election of Valeri Simeonov as Vice-President of the Bulgarian National Assembly? This question was asked by MEPs from the MRF/Renew Europe - Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Iskra Mihaylova and Atidze Alieva-Veli to the European Commission and the Council. In a question submitted through the European Parliament's written questions procedure, the representatives of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms cited the resignation of Valery Simeonov as Deputy Prime Minister as a result of the protests  for calling the mothers of children with disabilities “shrill women” with “supposedly ill children” and naming representatives >>>
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk: In any European country, the cynic Simeonov would have long been history!
    The MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk made a sharp speech from the European Parliament. The reason for that was the election of the extreme right nationalist Valeri Simeonov as Vice-president of the Bulgarian Parliament. "And if you are still asking yourself who I am talking about, let me remind you," Mr Kyuchuk said and continued: “This is the person who was pushing elderly women on the border with Turkey when they came to vote or see their relatives. He had one and only one motive for that: they are ethnically different! He stated Roma mothers give birth as stray bitches >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: I am expecting that the decision of the European Council for Northern Macedonia will be reviewed soon
    Highlights from the interview with the MRF/Renew Europe MEP: The Western Balkans cannot be in the waiting room of the EU, but an integral part of the EU itself; Bulgaria met the criteria for Schengen membership but that is also a matter of political confidence. Our liberal partners are concerned from the entrusting of key ministries in the security field to representatives of the extreme-right nationalists. - Mr Kyuchyuk, you were appointed as the main rapporteur of the European Parliament for Northern Macedonia for the upcoming 5 years. This is a recognition for you - no Bulgarian MEP has been >>>
  • The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan awarded Ilhan Kyuchuk with an honourary medal
    The Movement for rights and freedoms/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk was awarded with the Honorary Order of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Centenary Medal). The official ceremony was held in Brussels on November 12, 2019. The jubilee medal, awarded on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Azerbaijani diplomacy was handed to the Bulgarian MEP by the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Brussels H.E. Fuad Isgandarov. The Ambassador rewarded Kyuchuk for the active work in promoting and developing the bilateral relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Bulgaria. "Azerbaijan is an important ally, which over >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: We cannot keep the Western Balkans in the EU backyard
    How much longer is the EU going to present an encouraging view of the situation and at the same time remain passive regarding the region? Continuing this policy of positive messages without corresponding action will only contribute to a further deterioration of sentiments towards the EU and will discourage people who are truly pro-European, says Ilhan Kyuchyuk, ALDE Party Vice-President, MEP from Renew Europe Group, in an interview to Europost. Mr Kyuchyuk, you are the European Parliament's new standing rapporteur on North Macedonia. What will be the priorities of your term? In the EU enlargement debate, it is often noted >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk was elected for Vice-president of the European liberals with the most votes
    MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk was elected for Vice-president of the European liberals with the highest score for the second time. This is the third time Mr Kyuchuk is elected, where at two of them amongst all candidates he received the highest amount of votes. The 40th Congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, under the slogan "Mission is possible. The Renaissance of European Liberalism” was held between October 24-26, at the Greek capital - Athens. The event brought together nearly 1000 delegates who held in-depth discussions on topics of major importance for Europe's future, including environmental protection, Europe's >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to the President of the Parliament of North Macedonia: Do not give up from your path!
    Today the Member of the European Parliament from MRF/Renew Europe Ilhan Kyuchyuk held a meeting with the president of the Parliament of North Macedonia, Talat Xhaferi. During their conversation at the European Parliament, the two politicians discussed the last European Council and its decision to postpone for a third time in the past 16 months the start of membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. “I urged Mr Xhaferi and the Macedonian authorities to not give up on their path of European integration, but with even more serious reforms in the country to prove, that they belong to the European >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk to the Hungarian Commissioner-designate: Under what conditions will the accession to the EU of the Western Balkans happen?
    The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament held today its hearing of Hungary's recently proposed Commissioner-designate for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, after the country’s previous candidate was rejected by the Committee on Legal Affairs of the EP. During the three-hour hearing, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms MEP, Ilhan Kyuchyuk, as Vice-Coordinator of the Renew Europe Group for the Committee on Foreign Affairs, highlighted the topic of enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans, which is also one of MRF's main priorities, announced the MEP's press center. The MEP pointed out the passing of a year >>>
  • European Council failed to agree on whether to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia
    Despite the huge majority of support of the member states for the third time in 16 months, the European Council failed to agree on whether to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. This is a very disporting decision that could have the consequences of a historic mistake. We are not able to deliver on what we have promised several times already and this failure to move forward with the membership talks could undermine the EU credibility and destabilize the Western Balkans. Moreover, following the setback, the prime minister of North Macedonia has called snap elections, a move that could >>>
  • Working meeting with Talat Xhaferi
    Today I had a working meeting with Talat Xhaferi, President of the Parliament of North Macedonia. We have discussed the decision from the last European Council not to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania for the third time in 16 months. I called on Mr Xhaferi and the Macedonian authorities not to give up on their path to European integration, but with even more intensive reforms to prove that the country is part of the European family. I strongly believe that the decision not to start accession talks will be revised soon, and the resolution that the European Parliament >>>
  • ILHAN KYUCHUK DONATED A NEW PLAYGROUND IN PLEVEN
    The opening was attended as well by MRF Member of Parliament, Velislava Krasteva.  MRF/Renew Europe MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk donated a new playground in Pleven, his office reported. Together with the MRF MP Velislava Krasteva he cut the ribbon of the new facility in front of block 72 in the city. " We are happy to see the smiles on the faces of both the young and the old generation, it is an honour to help our beloved city," commented Mr. Kyuchuk and Mrs. Krasteva at the opening. Engin Kyuchyukov, Regional Chairman of MRF-Pleven, his deputy Tamer Kurtanov, Pervis Mutlu - >>>
  • THE MAYOR OF CORLU IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT BY INVITATION OF THE MRF
    The Mayor of Corlu, Turkey - Ahmet Sarikurt visited the European Parliament by an invitation of the MRF. The MRF Members of the European parliament hosted the delegation led by Mr. Sarikurt, which included Gyuner Cetin, MRF's representative for the Thracian district, who is in addition currently serving as the deputy mayor of Corlu. This was reported by the press service of MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk. During the visit, the delegation participated in meetings with the EU Representative of the Republican Party of Turkey (CHP), Mrs. Kader Sevinc, with representatives of the Committee of the Regions, the European External Action Service, >>>
  • ILHAN KYUCHYUK IN LONDON: WE STAND WITH YOU IN THE FIGHT FOR STOPPING BREXIT
    The MRF/Renew Europe Member of the European Parliament Ilhan Kyuchyuk visited the UK in order to attend the Liberal Democrats' party annual conference. Kyuchyuk, who is also a Vice President of the European Liberals, has been working on the Brexit topic since the beginning of this process. Today, he supported again his colleagues in the last crucial weeks before the denouement of Britain's exit from the EU. The Liberal Democrat leader Joe Swinson the European Parliament Coordinator on Brexit Guy Verhofstadt also participated in the event. “There is no excuse for the denying of the ideal of united Europe. I >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Bulgaria would benefit if it takes part in the processes that drive the European Union
    Interview for Rositza newspaper   How important are the upcoming European elections, how many possible roads lie ahead of our country and whether his name will be part of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms list for the upcoming elections?Exclusively for Rositsa daily, we received answers to these questions by the Member of Parliament from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms / ALDE/ and our fellow townsman, Mr, Ilhan Kyuchyuk days ago in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We are at the doorsteps of the next European Parliament elections. How important are they to Europe, and in particular to Bulgaria, >>>
  • “Liberal vision for Europe” discussed young liberals in Sarajevo
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 26 – 28 July 2019 Right after the European elections, LYMEC gathered young visionaries to discuss the Future of Europe – not just as a concept but putting forward concrete ideas for what sort of reforms are needed to move Europe forward in this new upcoming mandate. The participants discussed different ideas for reforming our Union, the different “Future of Europe” scenarios, the ideas for more/less, bigger/smaller European Union.
  • Renew Europe MEPs discussed Mobility Package with Transport Ministers
    Renew Europe Group MEPs have today met in Brussels with transport ministers from Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to discuss the EU's controversial Mobility Package.
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: The Mobility package is against the founding European values and the idea of a single market
    Although the vote on the controversial Mobility package was postponed by the European Parliament, on Wednesday morning the political groups held a debate on the subject and assessed the achievements while the Bulgarian carriers protested in front of the parliament building. The MRF Member of the European Parliament Ilhan Kyuchyuk also participated in the debate. He did not fail to defend the Bulgarian position and opposed the irresponsible adoption of the three draft legislations. "It is good to have a debate on this topic because it shows the different points of view and the complexity of the topic. The Mobility >>>
  • Syuleyman Syuleyman (Youth MRF) elected IFLRY Vice-president
    Syuleyman Syuleyman, Member of the Executive board of the Youth MRF, was elected as Vice-president of the International Federation of Liberal Youth Syuleyman Syuleyman, member of the leadership of the Youth Organization of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), was elected Vice-President of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY) at its 45th General Assembly, held in Sofia from March 22 to 24. He competed for the position with candidates from the Netherlands, Turkey, Sweden and Finland. He was the candidate with the highest number of votes. The 45th IFLRY GA took place in Sofia and was hosted by the >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Bulgaria is interested in being part of a a fully integrated EU
    Interview for Gabrovonews.bg  Ilhan Kyuchyuk is a member of the European Parliament of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and vice-president of the ALDE Party. He graduated in Political Science and Law at the Veliko Tarnovo University "St. St. Cyril and Methodius". He is the President of the youth structure of the Movement for rights and Freedoms. In March 2018 he received the MEP Award in the category "Culture and the Media". He was born in Sevlievo, where in 2017 he received an honorary sign for his active public activity among young people in the >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Young liberals will play a key role in globalising freedom
    The Youth MRF is hosting the 45th General Assembly of the International Federation of Liberal Youth   22 March 2019, Sofia - The Youth MRF is hosting the 45th General Assembly of the International Federation of Liberal Youth which takes place in Sofia from 22 to 24 March 2019. The event is gathering more than 100 representatives of young liberal organisations from all over the world. "Liberals will play a key role in globalising freedom. We should be the change we want to see", Youth MRF Chairman Ilhan Kyuchyuk said.  
  • MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk welcomed students from Sevlievo and MRF members and friends to the European Parliament
    Ilhan Kyuchyuk:  I am happy to host here, in the European Parliament, students from the PGMET "Ivan Bachvarov"(Sevlievo), Professional Trade School (Bourgas) and members and friends of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms from the districts of Burgas and Gabrovo. The students are visiting Brussels as winners of the "Me, the future engineer" competition I organized earlier this year. The winner of the contest "Bring a friend to the academic association of Youth DPS Veliko Tarnovo" is also my guest. I told them that young entrepreneurship is a driving force for economic growth and the place of young people in political >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: Hate speech is present in all European societies and is at its highest point since the end of WWII
    Interview for 24chasa.bg The upcoming European elections will be a battle between those who want more integration and those who are fighting for Europe with national boundaries. The MRF is convinced that the change of power should not happened on the model "Get-up to sit-up" but through a political unity around a group of priorities and an accelerated program development Mr. Kyuchyuk, the European elections are coming, what is your forecast? Do you think that the growing populism take will make significant gains and will it lead to major upheavals in system parties? - The truth is painful - if >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: MRF will work for the accelerated democratic development of Bulgaria
    [smartslider3 slider=10] “MRF will work for the accelerated democratic development of Bulgaria. The cohesion of European societies is the best weapon against the extreme nationalism”. That was stated by MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk during a discussion at the European Parliament with members and sympathizers of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms from the regions of Pleven and Dobrich. The group visited Brussels on invitation by Mr. Kyuchyuk, and the attending guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the institution, to hear a lecture on the history and functioning of the European Union and meet the Bulgarian members >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk hosted an event dedicated to the radicalisation of the Western Balkans
    Ilhan Kyuchyuk:  Yesterday I hosted an event dedicated to the prevention of radicalisation in Western Balkans - the role of the EU and USA. It was co-organised with the European Foundation for Democracy and The U.S. Mission to the European Union - USEU Brussels. In recent years, the challenges of terrorism, violent extremism, and radicalisation have become a joint threat to the EU and its partners in the Western Balkans. Major security challenges such as the influx of refugees, a number of foreign terrorist fighters in the region and a rise of fundamentalism undermine the security of the region. Authorities in the Western >>>
  • Screening of the movie “Radiogram” in the EP, initiated by Ilhan Kyuchyuk
    Members and guests of the European Parliament had the chance to visit the screening of the movie "Radiogram", initiated by Ilhan Kyuchyuk. The screenplay, written by Rouzie Hassanova, has two interesting central points. One is the power of music, as we follow little Ahmet listening to glorious, forbidden rock’n’roll on an old radio. The other is the instinctive reaction against abuse and oppression: the local communist representative, Zahariev, seems willing to do anything in order to comply with a decision by the party asking all Muslims in the region to change their names to Christian ones. At the crossroads of these >>>
  • Meeting with Boriša Falatar, the presidential candidate for Bosnia
    4 September 2018, Brussels -Today, together with other colleagues from ALDE Group – Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament, I had the chance to meet with Boriša Falatar, the presidential candidate for Bosnia. At times of new and strong turning towards right, chauvinistic politics of closing individual societies within EU, I am really happy that our ALDE Party – Liberals and Democrats for Europe member Naša stranka nominated Borisa Falatar. Liberals in Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be even more self-confident, more present, more outspoken and more attractive to voters for the ideas of freedom, dignity and responsibility. We are fully behind him in his >>>
  • Upcoming screening of the movie “Radiogram”
    Ilhan Kyuchyuk, Member of European Parliament, has the pleasure to invite you to the screening of the movie RADIOGRAM. Director: Rouzie Hassanova European Parliament, ASP 5G1, 4 September (Tuesday), 2018 18 h 00 – 20 h 00
  • Migration can only be tackled by the EU as a whole
    Without a shared EU foreign policy, the notion of halting future migration waves is unrealistic, write Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye. Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (Bulgaria) is ALDE Vice President and Member of the European Parliament; Samuel Doveri Vesterbye is Managing Director of the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC). EURACTIV As of April 2018, polls show that only 37% of Europeans believe themselves to be informed about immigration and integration related matters. Speculatively, this may be because migration is more complex than singular slogans, and people are aware of it. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) economic report from >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk held a working visit to Albania
    [easymedia-gallery med="3784" filter="1"] Ilhan Kyuchyuk: The mission of ALDE Party in Albania is in progress. Yesterday I had a meeting with potential partners from Legality Movement Party. I also had a very productive and fruitful meeting with Albanian minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj. We talked about ongoing justice reforms and the fight against corruption. I had the opportunity to meet Vasilka Hysi, Deputy speaker and chair of subcommittee of human rights. We had a constructive discussion about electoral reform and parliamentary dimension of our cooperation. I also met members of political opposition in Albania. We talked about challenges ahead of democracy >>>
  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk: What is lacking in Brexit talks is what the British are normally known for, pragmatism and sure-footed diplomacy
    Written by The Parliament Magazine on 10 July 2018  Bulgarian MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk talks Brexit, Balkans, and battling populists. You spoke at a demonstration against Brexit during the June EU summit meeting, why are you as a Bulgarian worried about the withdrawal of the UK from the EU, and are you confident that a deal can be reached by March 2019? In the words of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but it also means lower growth in the UK, fewer jobs, less social protection and less money in the UK state coffers. Ultimately, that will mean a weaker UK >>>
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