Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.
Reporter Alludes to Suing the Bulgarian Minister of Bulgaria's EU Presidency
Heidelberg, Germany -
Today Bulgaria is officially accepting its 6-month term as the new President of the Council of the EU. There are celebrations, official meetings, press conferences, and protests. The Bulgarian government created an additional Ministry - one that would be in charge of Bulgaria's presidency. Liliyana Pavlolva was appointed as Minister of Bulgaria's Presidency.
However, she's already had a couple of quips (yes, just within this one day) that have been making the rounds in Bulgarian media today. The first one was that she does not want to hear the C-word (that's corruption). Pavlova stated that according to her corruption is a matter of perception and a feeling more than an objective reality at all times when the word is invoked. Although she is right - there needs to be an investigation to prove actual corruption, the Minister seems to mock the notion of how corruption gets discovered in the first place.
This, sadly, wasn't her worst one. During a conference today, Pavlova was confronted by the Finnish reporter Pekka Mikkanen who asked the Minister to address Bulgaria's rating in the Freedom of Press Index. He also asked her about the independent journalistic project Bulgarianpresidency.eu and she was quick to respond and proclaim the site as "fake news". Pavlova explained how nothing on the site is relevant to the government's position and to Bulgaria's presidency.... Which we all already knew. The header of the website states "A journalistic project to decrypt and accompany the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU". One of the project's initiators - Bulgarian journalist and Belgian citizen Georgi Gotev took it to facebook to announce that he might sue the Minister in Belgium for false accusations.