Hollande Vows French Support for Bulgaria's Schengen Bid
Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev (l), and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande. Photo by Cross.bg
Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, have joined around the opinion relations between the two countries are excellent at all levels.
The two met in Paris Monday evening in the frame of Plevneliev's working visit to France.
As they underscored the excellent relations in the sectors of economy and culture, both noted the potential for their further advancement and deepening.
Plevneliev told Hollande French investments in Bulgaria exceed EUR 1 B, adding he expected them to double in the upcoming years.
According to him, French companies are positioned best in energy, infrastructure, and the water sector, but could expand to other joint infrastructure projects along with eco farming and tourism.
Hollande said Bulgaria was a strategic and EU partner, particularly in matters such as the budget frame of the Union, and has achieved a lot in the last 15 years.
The Bulgarian President thanked France for the consistent position to preserve the potential of the Cohesion policy as a factor for economic growth.
Hollande has further confirmed his country' support for Bulgaria's Schengen accession.
"We have fulfilled all Schengen requirements. Schengen is now a matter of trust and we believe that when someone does a good job – this must be noted and appreciated. We expect a decision," said Plevneliev.
He informed his French colleague about the first referendum in Bulgaria since the fall of Communism on the future of nuclear energy. The Bulgarian President voiced firm support for France's effort to secure peace and stability in Mali.
Hollande gave great praise to Irina Bokova for her work as UNESCO Director General and said he would support her bid for a second term in office. The French President pledged his country will continue to encourage the study of the French language in Bulgaria, adding the 3 000 Bulgaria college students in France were a true bridge between the two countries.
Plevneliev invited him to visit Bulgaria in 2013.
Earlier Monday, the Bulgarian President met with Bokova at the UNESCO Paris headquarters.
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