Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union BG




Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with the Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein Adrian Hasler, whereby the two continued the exchange on the topics discussed earlier today with Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council Lilyana Pavlova, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Culture Aurelia Frick.


The Prime Minister informed his colleague about the discussions on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Bulgaria. His account was triggered by Minister Frick's comment that she had heard about the debates. The principality, like Bulgaria, has joined the document to protect women and children from violence.


“The Istanbul Convention is about violence against women and children. Populists wrongly misled society. We obviously did not offer enough explanation. We will now provide more explanations, we will read more, speak on what it is about more, because to stop the violence against women and children, that is a value,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister.


The meeting also included a discussion on the opportunities for joint projects and programs in the field of dual vocational training where Liechtenstein has achieved very good results. Boyko Borissov pointed out that for the Bulgarian government education is number one priority and announced the first steps that Bulgaria has taken in this direction, such as the measures for the inclusion of school dropouts, the gradual increase in teachers' salaries, the increase of the funds for science and education, the development of vocational education in partnership with the business.