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Valeri Simeonov: The state has not forgotten our compatriots in Ukraine
28 June 2017
At the meeting of the Coordination Centre for Relations with the Bulgarians in Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov assured the representatives of the Bulgarian communities in Ukraine that they have not and will never be forgotten by the Bulgarian state.
The chair of the meeting Petar Haralampiev, President of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, presented the priorities of the Bulgarian government related to the support and relations with the historical Bulgarian communities abroad and especially in Ukraine. At the meeting were also present Anton Kisse – President of the Association of Bulgarians in Ukraine and member of the Ukrainian Rada, as well as ministers, deputy ministers, and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the Ministry of Justice, the State Agency for National Security, the State Agency for Refugees, members of parliament from the Committee on Policies for Bulgarians Abroad.
Concrete issues and measures were discussed, including good practices for ensuring employment. The alleviation of the procedures for workers from third countries in respect to seasonal employment for up to 90 days was noted. It was emphasized that there has been cooperation with employers for ensuring qualified labor force from the Bulgarian historical communities abroad and solutions for making less burdensome the procedures for receiving permanent residence in Bulgaria, as well as that the hot line and e-mail have been actively used, which will be utilized by the Bulgarian historical communities in Ukraine for submitting signals on a broad range of issues.
The President of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad drew special attention to the issues concerning the alleviation of the regimes and financial requirements for Bulgarians from the historical communities in Ukraine when applying to Bulgarian higher education institutions. The Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov made a personal commitment to control the alleviation of the administrative procedures and to expand the capacity of the respective institutions so as to allow for the Bulgarians from Ukraine to receive adequate and rapid service.
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice, and presidents of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Administrative Court presented their positions on the judicial reform to ambassadors of EU member-states and the United States.
After his visit to Vietnam, on the way to Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski paid a short visit to the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. There, the Prime Minister met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov. Mr. Oresharski and Mr. Azimov discussed bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Uzbekistan , with a an emphasis on economic issues. The two discussed the upcoming meeting of the Joint Committee of the intergovernmental Commission and political consultations in June this year. Discussed was also the possibility the Bulgarian Prime Minister to visit Uzbekistan before the end of the year.
The repair of the road between Drenovets and Ruzhintsi will begin within a month. The Government has provided BGN 2.7 million to repair the railway overpass on Blvd Pannonia, the Minister of Regional Development says
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev announced that he had sent a letter to European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, in which he responds to her criticism regarding the refugee situation in Bulgaria
Dialogue is the only form of communication and the only way that leads to mutually acceptable solutions, said Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova following the meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation
The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that Bulgaria supported Ukraine’s EU association but South Stream gas pipeline was important for us so that we did not depend on relations between third parties for the transit of gas
We will work to complete the 31 km highway section connecting the border and Sofia so that we could have a first class road between the two capitals, said the Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Information
We have made our aware that Bulgaria needs to receive assistance immediately. Many lies were told about the Ministry of Interior Bill. Sofia Directorate of Interior was a subcontractor for a security company, which is not right, the Minister of Interior said.
It is logical that EC begins direct dialogue with the Russian side to clarify South Stream issues. Bulgarian immigration could not be of any concern for Great Britain, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
It is possible to lose money due to financial corrections. It is important to identify those responsible for the errors in order to correct errors as soon as possible and protect national interests, said Minister of Environment and Water
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