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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov: Bulgaria is not a risk to the Eurozone and deserves to be in the “waiting room” because it has fulfilled all criteria for it
29 September 2017
Bulgaria is not a risk to the Eurozone and deserves to be in the “waiting room”, because it has fulfilled all criteria for it. This was highlighted by the Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at a meeting with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk in Estonia. The Prime Minister pointed out the good macroeconomic indicators and noted that 2016 is the first fiscal year with a surplus since 2008. He also said that our country comes third after Estonia and Luxembourg with the lowest state debt as GDP percentage. Borissov noted the growth of the Bulgarian economy, of investments and construction in the country, the development of the business and the considerable fall in unemployment, as well as the categorical fight against smuggling.
The Prime Minister categorically stated that Bulgaria will work for achieving constructive compromises on all important issues in the European Union. “Our country will rely on an open dialogue in partnership with all member states of the Union during the Bulgarian Presidency,” highlighted the Bulgarian Prime Minister.
During the conversation with Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister clearly underlined that in respect to the policy towards the Western Balkan states he expects a clear perspective as opposed to empty promises. “Bulgaria, together with the other member states of the European Union, is a good mediator and can contribute for more closeness and understanding between the Balkans and the Union,” added Borissov.
Donald Tusk expressed full support for the priorities of Bulgaria in front of the Bulgarian Prime Minister. “Bulgaria is a leader and I see the efforts that you personally make. I will be next to you and you can count on me for everything both during the Presidency and for entering the ‘waiting room for the Eurozone’”, said the President of the European Council.
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov thanked Donald Tusk for his consent to the organization of a summit of EU leaders on the topic “Western Balkans” in Sofia during our Presidency. He expressed our country’s readiness to start talks on the preparation of the meeting with Tusk’s team and the Secretariat of the European Council, as well as with all commissioners, whose profiles are related to the topic of the politics in the Western Balkans.
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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