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Deniza Slateva: As President of the Council, Bulgaria will focus on the priorities of most value for the entire EU
06 March 2017
“Bulgaria will be at the forefront of the debate in the European Union at a key moment for the future of united Europe. We are ready to be an active and honest President of the Council of the EU and to focus our efforts on those political priorities that will bring the most value added for the member states,” said the Deputy Prime Minister for the Preparation of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU – 2018 Deniza Slateva in Bratislava.
The caretaker Deputy Prime Minister was in Slovakia on a business trip, where she held consultations on the issues of the preparation of the Presidency of the Council of the EU with the Plenipotentiary of the Government for the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU Ivan Korcok. “Formulating the national political program in a way that it bears a discernible Bulgarian contribution to the strategic priorities on the agenda of the European Union is our priority,” said Deputy Prime Minister Slateva.
The two countries exchanged good practices on a variety of aspects of the Bulgarian preparation for the Presidency – logistics, infrastructure, communication and cultural program, and continuity in the political priorities of Slovakia, which held the Presidency of the Council in 2016, and Bulgaria. The stress was put also on issues of security, whereby it was highlighted that during the hosting of meetings of the Council the highest safety standards should be followed and no efforts should be spared for their smooth conduction.
The challenges for our country due to the dynamic political situation in Bulgaria were also discussed. “To have a successful Presidency, the topic should not be used for political aims. Our country will have a successful Presidency only if we avoid party speculations and misusage in the election campaign that could impede our preparation. The forthcoming early parliamentary elections will not stop us from taking constructive long-term decisions for the conduction of the Presidency within the term of the caretaker cabinet,” Slateva was categorical.
Ivan Korcok defined the first Presidency of the Council of the EU as a priceless experience for Bulgaria. “It will bring benefits for the country not only in external respect within the European Union, but it will also improve the capacity of the Bulgarian institutions and will make Bulgarian citizens more active and informed on the topics of importance for Europe,” he pointed out and expressed his conviction that Bulgaria and Slovakia will continue the good partnership in the remaining months of the preparation.
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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