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Prime Minister Borissov: Together with Greece and Serbia we create economic prospects for the region
13 July 2017
We are stronger together because we create such economic prospects for the region that the rest of the colleagues from the Western Balkans will have an invested interest in this, said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at a briefing after the meeting in Thessaloniki with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and the Serbian President Alexander Vucic. According to Borissov the region has huge prospects in the field of tourism, energy, and natural resources. He put a special emphasis on the importance of railroads and transport corridors that connect the countries. “The model of former Yugoslavia should not be replicated. By contrast, each Balkan country should have direct access to any other Balkan state,” added Borissov.
The Prime Minister pointed out the need to give a European perspective to the Western Balkans and shared his optimism about the meeting of the leaders of the Berlin Process in Trieste, whereby a clear commitment to the issue was stated. “Alexis and I promised that we will do the maximum that depends on our two countries in order for our friends from Serbia to take their rightful place. We do not insist on knowing the year but especially the young generations should have a perspective so that politicians can do everything that is required from them to secure prosperity for their peoples,” said Borissov and added that it is important that there is a perspective and hope in the people so they do not leave their region.
The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also defined today’s trilateral meeting as exceptionally important for the region. “The risk of destabilization due to ethnic and political confrontations, the risk of increasing Islamism, the consequences of the migration flows are problems and we all want to work in dialogue for the peace and stability on the Balkans,” highlighted Tsipras. He expressed support for the European perspective of Serbia and pointed out the willingness of the Serbian state to fulfill all conditions. According to the Greek Prime Minister, Europe’s security depends on the Balkans and said that the European Commission appreciates the Serbian efforts in this direction. The Greek Prime Minister also pointed out that the dialogue on infrastructural and energy projects among the three states continues to develop further.
Prime Minister Alexander Vucic thanked for the support for Serbia on its European path. He expressed the readiness of his country to participate in projects of economic interest for the region.
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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