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Prime Minister Borissov: Our strategic approach to our neighbors is to respect agreements and upgrade relations
14 December 2016
As much as I repeat our requests to Turkey in a number of fields, our strategic approach to our neighbors is to respect existing agreements, to develop and upgrade them, and to observe how those contribute to dealing with the migration wave. This is what Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at the presentation of the Bulgarian position for the forthcoming meeting of the European Council. He pointed out that, although the topic of the negotiations with Turkey has been taken out of the agenda for the meeting due to the inability to reach an agreement among the member states, the principled position of Bulgaria is in favor of confirming the commitment for the implementation of what has been agreed with Turkey and continuing the negotiation process with the country.
“The readmission agreement between the EU and Turkey and the accession negotiation process present a reliable and sustainable instrument and mechanism for the realization of long-term activities of common interest, for the prevention of humanitarian crises and for the development in a strategic perspective of the relationship between the countries and their citizens. It is necessary to continue the efforts to preserve what has been achieved and to mark progress, even under the conditions of a refugee and migration crisis and internal political challenges in a number of European states and neighboring regions,” underlined the Prime Minister, thereby noting that the migration pressure on the Bulgarian-Turkish border has decreased also as a result of Turkish efforts.
Borissov also pointed out that 140 Afghan citizens have already been deported from Bulgaria and the Afghan embassy is preparing the necessary documents for the return of another 200. These procedures take place according to the internationally established rules, abiding by all conventions and directives, as well as in full respect of human rights, said the Prime Minister.
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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