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Prime Minister Borissov: We expect the United Kingdom to remain our strategic partner
11 December 2017
Despite the processes that take place between the European Union and the United Kingdom, Bulgaria expects that the UK will remain a strategic partner for the Union on key issues, such as security and the fight against terrorism. This was pointed out by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in front of his British counterpart Theresa May, on whose invitation he is on a working visit to London.
The two discussed the cooperation on migration and security. Appreciation was expressed for the interactions between the intelligence services of Bulgaria and the UK.
Borissov pointed out that he expects London's support for the integration of the Western Balkan countries. In his words, their inclusion into the family of democratic values is the greatest guarantee for a successful, secure, and peaceful development of the European continent. “People in this region expect us to show them that Europe thinks about them,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister.
We are leaving the EU, but not Europe, commented Prime Minister Theresa May. She pointed out that, as a former British Minister of Interior, she appreciates the efforts by Bulgaria in tackling the migrant crisis in Europe and the fight against serious crime. “That is why I thank you and Bulgaria for your help in our common fight against organized crime, terrorism, and trafficking in human beings,” said Theresa May.
The preservation of the rights of Bulgarian citizens living permanently in the United Kingdom after Brexit was also discussed.
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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