Serbia's President Vows Special Attention to Bulgarian Minority
Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev has received assurances for support from his Serbian counterpart in his efforts to improve the life of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia.
Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev discussed ways of improving the life of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia at a meeting held on Wednesday with his Serbian counterpart.
"Serbia will pay special attention to municipalities with bulgarian population," said president Tomislav Nikolic.
"Our constitution is one of the most progressive ones in the world, as we even have included in it the so called „positive discrimination“.
The Serbian president also promised that his country will facilitate the publishing of school textbooks in Bulgarian language and will renovate the Bulgarian monuments on its territory.
"Bulgaria will push for Serbia to get an accession date no later than December this year, or in January, 2014.“ announced during the meeting Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev.
Plevneliev pointed out that Bulgaria is „a big friend of Serbia“ and that Bulgaria pledges full support of Serbia's efforts to become a member state of the EU.
He added that: „we are ready to share our experience, gained throughout the process of EU integration that we went through ourselves“.
Bulgaria and Serbia are currently working on the signing of a neighbor agreement between the two countries, added Plevneliev.
President Plevneliev mentioned a few common projects on which the two countries jointly work on currently, such as the construction of a highway and a railway that will run from Serbia to Bulgaria (as part of the Pan-European Corridor 10 route) and the construction of a gas interconnector that would connect the gas pipeline networks of Bulgaria and Serbia.
Also, the possibility of introducing direct flights between Sofia and Belgrade was discussed during the meeting.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is paying a two-day visit to Bulgaria starting Wednesday, his first official visit to Bulgaria.
He will take part in a business forum organized by the Bulgarian-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, which will bring together business representatives from both countries.
Nikolic was elected President of Serbia in May 2012.
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