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Boyko Borissov: we expect maximum results from the EU meeting on the Western Balkans in Sofia
27 October 2017
The perspective for the Western Balkans is important, and it is not by accident that the topic will be in the focus of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who immediately upon his return from Sarajevo met with the Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Guenther Oettinger, said this.
Borissov highlighted that the initiative for placing the Western Balkans among the important topics to be discussed by the EU leaders is in continuation of the debate on the need for a strong EU commitment to the region. “It is expected that the meeting will be chaired by the European Council President Donald Tusk personally. Sofia has the willingness for a close cooperation with the EU institutions for the successful organization of the event and the achievement of maximum results from it,” pointed out the Prime Minister.
Borissov and Oettinger agreed on the position that work should be done not only for the European integration of the Balkans, but also practical measures should be taken to improve the life of citizens. “For the first time the EU Presidency will be so close to the region and Bulgaria will put huge efforts in supporting our friends and neighbors on their way to the EU,” added the Prime Minister. He highlighted also the role of the Cohesion Policy for attaining economic and social convergence both among the member states and with the candidate states.
Borissov informed the European Commissioner about the priorities of the draft state budget for 2018, whereby education is identified as a priority – a development that Oettinger welcomed and underlined that namely education is the best investment for the country. “Only this way the young generation can be prepared, as the business and the investors need well qualified young people. This is not a process that takes place only in Bulgaria, it is underway in other member states as well,” said Oettinger.
The meeting was also attended by the Bulgarian European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel, who pointed out that Bulgaria has an extremely responsible approach towards its first Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Borissov mentioned to the two Commissioners that the moto for the Presidency “United we stand stronger” is an expression of the desire of our country to work for cohesion, understanding, and an increase in the competitiveness and the stability of the European countries.
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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