Prime Minister Stefan Yanev met the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton. In the course of their discussion in the Prime Minister’s Office Commissioner Breton congratulated Prime Minister Yanev on the performance of his caretaker government in the interest of both Bulgarian citizens and European citizens in the context of Bulgaria’s EU membership.
Prime Minister Stefan Yanev and Commissioner Thierry Breton discussed European agenda matters, including the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Commissioner Breton emphasized that leaders across Europe have to make difficult and unpopular decisions in an effort to deal with the crisis. In this sense Mr. Breton noted that his current visit to Sofia is an expression of his full support for Bulgaria’s fight against the pandemic.
Prime Minister Yanev briefed the European Commissioner on some of the caretaker government’s measures to support citizens and businesses in the crisis. The Prime Minister stressed that the Green Certificate had been introduced to prevent a nationwide lockdown. Along with, vaccines are sufficient and available to each one who may want to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Also, Prime Minister Yanev underlined the issue of the donation of vaccines to third countries as he said that additional flexibility is needed at European level so as to enable stronger and faster support.
Also, the discussion touched on European security and defense matters with cybersecurity in the focus. Prime Minister Yanev and European Commissioner Thierry Breton expressed similar views on the growing importance of cybersecurity for the European Union and agreed that it is in the EU’s interest to step up cybersecurity.