Bulgaria Will Continue Helping Moldova Build Closer Ties with EU

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Will Continue Helping Moldova Build Closer Ties with EU Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov (R) and Moldova's Ambassador Alexandru Prigorski (L). Photo credit: mfa.bg

Bulgaria remains committed to the European integration of Moldova, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said at a meeting with outgoing Moldovan Ambassador in Sofia Alexandru Prigorski on Thursday.

Bulgariawill continue to support Moldova with expertise and good practices on Chisinau’s path to building closer ties with the EU, Mitov said.

During the meeting Mitov and Prigorski discussed the enhanced interaction between Bulgaria and Moldova in the past years, focusing on the intensive dialogue, the active bilateral contacts and the increasing levels of trade and economic relations, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said.

Bulgaria’s trade turnover with Moldova increased to USD 143.5 M last year, up from USD 126.3 M in 2013, according to data from Bulgaria’s Economy Ministry.

The number of Moldovan tourists visting Bulgaria rose to 126,999 last year, up from 71,784 in 2013. Bulgarian tourists travelling to Moldova also increased, reaching 9,807 in 2014, compared with 5,764 a year earlier.

The European Union and Moldova signed an association agreement on 27 June of last year and have applied it provisionally since 1 September. The agreement introduced a preferential trade regime – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).The European Union is Moldova's biggest trade partner. Last year, 46.4% of Moldova’s  trade took place with the EU, followed by Russia (21.9% ) and Ukraine (11.8%), according to data from the European Commission.

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GrueFski - 3 Jul 2015 // 11:16:43

There is a surge in hatred towards all ethnic minorities in Moldova right now (except towards the Romanian one), since there is a surge in Moldovans who have started to consider themselves ethnic Romanians. Obviously the Russian minority is the most aimed, but also all other minorities, especially the ones traditionally having good relations with the Russian one: Bulgarians, Gagauz (almost all of which no longer speak Gagauz, but Russian), Ukrainian (until recently having excellent relations with the Russians, but Moldovans hate them for having "stolen" North Bukovyna, North Bessarabia, South Bessarabia (also known as Bujak), Hertsa territory from them -- for the Moldovans with Romanian ethnic/national conscience, North and South Bessarabia -- for the Moldovans with Moldovan ethnic/national conscience.

There is also another option, even better: Bulgaria to ask Moldova (not Romania) for a piece of the latter's territory in exchange for not using its veto against Moldova's EU accession... ...AND THEN EXCHANGE THAT TERRITORY, RECEIVED FROM MOLDOVA, FOR A "ROMANIAN" TERRITORY, A PORTION OF NORTHERN DOBRUJA. This way Bulgaria's 1940 promise to no longer have territorial claims on Romania will be kept, since Bulgaria is only trading one territory for another one. If Romania refuses, then Bulgaria will still be left with that former Moldovan territory (it has to be one bordering Ukraine and not bordering Romania, nor an enclave within Moldova, for military protection reasons). Bulgaria could then swap that territory for one in Ukrainian part of Bessarabia that borders Black Sea, especially since there are many ethnic Bulgarians living in Ukrainian Bessarabia,

Rif Pusca - 3 Jul 2015 // 09:33:51

And what about Moldova ? How could BUlgaria blackmail Moldova?

GrueFski - 3 Jul 2015 // 00:38:03

Bulgaria should use its right to veto against Moldova's, F YROM's, Serbia's (and Turkey's) EU accession "blackmailing" them for something in return. Actually that would constitute no blackmail since all those countries are enemies of Bulgaria. Turkey should pay the compensations it owes Bulgarians in present-day Turkish Thrace region (that were submitted to genocide, just like the Armenians and Greeks). Serbia should either withdraw its spies and influence agents from F YROM and stop their contribution to/instillment of the anti-Bulgarianism/Bulgarophobia that is very present in F YROM or return Bosilegrad and Caribrod regions to Bulgaria (leaving Pirot, Vranja/Vranje, Leskovyc/Leskovac and Nis for future times for Bulgaria to try to retrieve them) or pay Bulgaria 4-5 billions of euro or some other "counter-service".

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