Prime Minister Boyko Borissov held a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, whose Balkan tour ends today in Sofia. They chaired a meeting with the leaders of the Western Balkan countries in the Bulgarian capital.
Jean-Claude Juncker took advantage of the opportunity to congratulate Prime Minister Borissov for the clear and purposeful focus of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency. Borissov and Juncker noted the importance of the meeting at Boyana Residence, which only days after the forum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London reunites the leaders of the Western Balkans. “The region is an integral part of Europe and its inclusion in the common European area of security and economic development is of strategic importance for the lasting stability of the whole European Union,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said.
They noted the determined actions and strong political will on the part of the governments of the countries from the region to make visible progress on the path to EU membership. Prime Minister Borissov stressed the need for EC assistance for infrastructure and digital connectivity projects. “Building strategic infrastructure will increase free trade, investment, competitiveness and capital movements, while cooperation in education and culture will ensure reconciliation, good neighborly relations and promotion of EU values among societies and, above all, among the younger generation in the region,” the Prime minister stressed in front of Jean-Claude Juncker.