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Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the Director General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo discussed Bulgaria's partnership within the framework of the World Trade Organization at a meeting at the Council of Ministers.


The Prime Minister pointed out that one of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU is to work on strengthening the trust in the World Trade Organization and on the consolidation of the multilateral trading system. Within the framework of the Presidency, Bulgaria will initiate a discussion in the Council on the prospects for the trading system and ways for a more effective functioning of the dispute settlement mechanisms. Borissov voiced the expectation that a constructive approach will be discussed at today's informal meeting of EU trade ministers in Sofia to continue the dialogue with the other WTO member countries in order to find a way out of the crisis in which the organization currently finds itself.


During the meeting, Prime Minister Borissov stressed that Bulgaria continues to maintain its economic and financial stability and takes active measures to achieve high economic growth. He informed his guest about the results from the administrative reform that the government is currently conducting and about the measures taken to improve the administrative services for the citizens and the business, as well as for ensuring transparency of public services and preventing corruption through the accelerated introduction of e-government.


The increase in Bulgarian exports was also noted at the meeting. Between January and November 2017, it grew by 11.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.