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Prime Minister Borissov: We are doing everything necessary for the Balkans to see that the EU has embraced them
13 December 2017
Our European colleagues appreciate what Bulgaria is doing in its attempt to help the Balkans, commented Prime Minister Boyko Borissov after a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg. She is on a visit to Bulgaria to discuss the opportunities for deepening the bilateral relations, as well as issues from the European agenda.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister pointed out that active work is being done to achieve progress with the European integration of the Western Balkan countries so as the peoples of these countries could see that the European Union has embraced them. During the conversation with the Norwegian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov received full support for the Bulgarian policy initiative for integration of the Western Balkan countries into the big European family.
During the talks, the two Prime Ministers also discussed the issue of the migration crisis in Europe. “We must have a strong foreign policy in respect to migrants. It is not acceptable that the decisions and the wars take place outside Europe, and still Europe takes all the liabilities,” said Boyko Borissov and added that Norway supports his view on the migration policy.
“Bulgaria is a very important partner for Norway,” said Erna Solberg and expressed appreciation for the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. She defined as important the moment in which our country will preside over the Union, taking into consideration the upcoming topics on the European agenda.
The bilateral cooperation between Bulgaria and Norway has intensified with regard to the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. "I am delighted that we have signed an agreement for the new programming period 2014-2020 for funding in the amount of 210 million BGN in the fields of innovation, climate, social policy, and justice," the Norwegian Prime Minister said and added that the labor inspectorates of the two countries will work actively to ensure that Bulgarian citizens in Norway are integrated into good social conditions.
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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