Ireland President McAleese: Irish Expats Bring Us Together
Bulgaria's leaders, President Parvanov and PM Stanishev, welcomed the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, to Sofia Wednesday .
"The large number of Irish who visit Bulgaria are the natural bridge between our two countries because the contact between people is the most important thing, and it has been growing steadily in the recent years", President McAleese said during her meeting with Stanishev
The Prime Minister declared in turn that Bulgaria was learning from Ireland's experience, especially in the field of the absorption of EU funds.
President McAleese and PM Stanishev discussed the measures the countries are undertaking in order to tackle global financial crisis effects agreeing these should include a boost of European-wide and international partnership.
Both leaders were positive that energy security and the diversification of the energy sources should be a top priority for the EU.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister pointed out that the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, which the Irish voters rejected in a June 2008 referendum, was extremely important for the functioning of the EU institution.
President McAleese declined to predict whether a second referendum in Ireland would pass the Lisbon Reform Treaty but thanked Bulgaria and the EU as a whole for allaying the misgivings of the Irish people over the Treaty.
On Thursday, Ireland's President will open a seminar entitled "Bulgaria and Ireland - European Partners" at Sofia University, and she will complete her visit to Bulgaria by traveling to the southern city of Plovdiv, and the Bachkovo Monastery.
Paradoxically, President McAleese's visit to Sofia ends just before the Ireland-Bulgaria World Cup 2010 football qualifier taking place on Saturday.
We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!
- » Bulgaria’s Ambassador to UK Marin Raykov: The Absence of Bulgaria From The UK's Non-Quarantine List is Abnormal
- » Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borissov Sends Congratulatory Address to US President Donald Trump on US Independence Day
- » Bulgaria's PM Borissov and Serbian President Vucic Inspected Balkan Stream Construction
- » Bulgaria Asks Committee on Resolving Historical Issues with North Macedonia
- » Presidents Rumen Radev and Salome Zourabichvili Discussed Bulgaria’s and Georgia’s Readiness to Boost Bilateral Trade after the Coronavirus
- » Head of State Rumen Radev Discussed with his Serbian Counterpart President Aleksandar Vucic Overcoming the Crisis Caused by the Coronavirus