Talks with EC officials visiting Bulgaria focus on Western Balkans13 October 2017 | 16:52 | FOCUS News Agency
EC Secretary-General Alexander Italianer and Martin Selmayr, head of cabinet to the EC President, met with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and ministers today. Borisov presented the progress in the preparation of Bulgaria for its forthcoming presidency of the Council of the EU and for the planned summits, including the summit on the Western Balkans. It is planned to take place in Sofia in May 2018.
During the meeting with Italianer and Selmayr, the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018, Lilyana Pavlova, presented the main priorities in the government's programme for the presidency. She promised a balanced presidency, open to the EU citizens and committed to the Balkans. The minister presented Bulgaria’s ambitions for a clear European perspective for the citizens of the Western Balkan states, the idea for building economic, energy, transport, infrastructure, communication and digital connectivity, as well as guaranteeing peace, security and prosperity for the region. "We do not want to give false hopes and expectations to these countries, but we have to give them a clear assessment of where they are, what they have achieved, what they can do on their way to European integration," Minister Pavlova said.
She also outlined the other priorities of the Bulgarian EU presidency concerning security and stability for the European citizens, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, care for the prospects of young people, the future of cohesion policy as a factor of cohesion in European society. The Bulgarian presidency will also focus on the sustainable development of the Danube and Black Sea countries.
The Commission will support the Bulgarian presidency to achieve the set priorities. Italianer and Selmayr stressed on the launch of the European Prosecutor’s Office and expressed readiness to strengthen dialogue on the fight against terrorism. The Commission counts on Bulgaria for deepening the EU's cross-border partnerships.
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