PM Borisov: The Biggest Success of the Bulgarian EU Presidency is the Prospect of the Western Balkans
We have achieved 45 agreements with the EP of 105, which we inherited, and as much were finished at the council. We have made great progress. The biggest success is the European perspective for the accession of the Western Balkans. There can be no peace and prosperity on the continent until all of Europe is united. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said during his report on the Bulgarian presidency in Strasbourg, BGNES reported.
The summit on 17 May helped Athens and Skopje resolve the name dispute, this is a historic moment to be proud of. You also supported us very much, Borisov told the European Parliament. With the Neighborhood Agreement between Bulgaria and Macedonia, we opened up the theme for the Western Balkans and provided a good example.
We are pragmatic, we have worked hard for the region's connection, Borisov stressed. Corridors 4, 8, 10, railways, harbors will bring great prosperity, connectivity and GDP growth to the entire Balkans, not just to the Western Balkans, said Borisov. During his speech, the prime minister noted the EU-Turkey meeting in Varna.
Borisov noted that after the good dialogue between Sofia and Ankara our country is reporting zero migration pressure. In addition, we are successful in one of the key priorities for EU - migration policy. Bulgaria has closed 4 out of 6 dossiers in this sector under the presidency. "Our successes are yours. During the presidency, we sought and reached a consensus on seemingly unsolvable questions, "the Bulgarian Prime Minister noted. As priorities that we leave to the Austrian Presidency, Borisov highlighted - the Brexit dialogue, policies against migratory pressure from Africa, terrorism. The Bulgarian Prime Minister also noted that our country registered low external debt, significant bank reserve and zero financial deficit. "We have shown that we are a loyal partner and patient on the road to membership in the eurozone.
From the Hall in Strasbourg, the PM thanked all technical teams, translators who helped for the successful presentation of the Euro-Presidency.
Boyko Borisov bears the responsibility for this successful presidency. I thank Lilyana, who is a true engineer, as well as high-quality work. Thank you very much, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in the European Parliament.
The motto of your presidency was "United We Stand Strong". This sums up the way you approach the Presidency, you worked every second, and it was a pleasure for me to work with the Bulgarian Presidency. You built bridges, gathered people. And in the different industries you have achieved success, emphasized Juncker. It is very important to modernize the rules in telecommunications, this applies to digital Europe. The work in these directions was excellent. With the encouragement of Maria Gabriel, digitization progressed. I am very proud of the fact that you have succeeded, and especially in these complex circumstances, and worked well on posted workers, you have achieved more than others in complex circumstances, "Juncker said.
He added that the subject of the Western Balkans was discussed in both Sofia and Varna. You have made sure that European policy also reflects the perspective of the Western Balkans that this issue is better understood. Thank you for your work on the external borders. Boyko, has done well, "Juncker said.
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