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Boyko Borissov: Protection of citizens’ rights should be a main priority in Brexit negotiations
29 June 2017
“Bulgaria is prepared to take over its responsibilities as President of the Council of the EU in the beginning of 2018 and to support the negotiating team in the process for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union. We rely on you as a guarantor for the transparency of the negotiations,” said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at a meeting with Michel Barnier, EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov underlined that Bulgaria supports placing the issues related to citizens’ rights as a leading priority. According to him, the future agreement should establish a non-discriminatory and effective mechanism that would create legal certainty for long-term and permanent residence of European citizens in the UK. Borissov highlighted his particular concern for the large number of university students in the UK.
“For Bulgaria the principle of unity of the Union in the negotiations with the United Kingdom is very important. Therefore it is of key importance to reach a withdrawal agreement that in a fair and balanced way guarantees the interests of all member states and their citizens,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister. He expressed hope that after Brexit the European Union and the United Kingdom will remain partners in the fields of security and counter-terrorism.
Borissov and Barnier expressed the common opinion that the UK should fulfil its financial obligations towards the EU following the principle that commitments made should be carried out. Abiding by this approach will contribute to minimizing the negative effects on the EU budget and would not entail changes for the budget contributions by member states.
Prime Minister Borissov stressed the personal contribution of Mr. Barnier for the effective preparation of the negotiations with London and expressed confidence that the team will achieve the optimal result for the citizens of the European Union.
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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