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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov spoke with the President of Switzerland Doris Leuthard
02 November 2017
The Euro-Atlantic perspective of the countries from the Western Balkans and the priorities of the program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU were the main topics during the meeting of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with the President of Switzerland Doris Leuthard.
Prime Minister Borissov described the topic of the European perspective for the countries of the Western Balkans as a key priority in the program of the Bulgarian Presidency. “The debate on the future of Europe is related to the debate on the European integration of those countries, their inclusion, stability, prosperity, and adherence to the values of the Community. Therefore, the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency foresees a Summit between the EU and the Western Balkan countries in May 2018,” pointed out the Prime Minister. According to him, the Swiss projects in the countries from the region can be very useful for their economic and social convergence with EU member states and the countries of the European Economic Area.
Doris Leuthard expressed support for the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and her expectation that Bulgaria will be a responsible President of the Council. Within the conversation, topics related to the future of united Europe were discussed, including the problems caused by the migration crisis and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU.
Prime Minister Borissov presented the results from the government actions against smuggling and corruption. The Swiss President noted the progress achieved and expressed hope for the successful implementation of the planned steps and measures in the sector.
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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