Ex Tsar Saxe-Coburg Goes to Brussels 'for Bulgaria's Good'

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Bulgarian ex Tsar and ex Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg is on a visit to Brussels on high-profile meetings for "Bulgaria's good", in his own words.

Saxe-Coburg has already met with the Vice President of the European Commission and Economic Affairs EU Commissioner Olli Rehn, and with the heads of the major groups in the European Parliament.

On Thursday, he met with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, BTA reported.

After talking to Schulz, Saxe-Coburg, who was a minor Tsar of the Bulgarians in 1943-1946 before his family was ousted by the communists, and Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 2001-2005, said that if there was anything he was seeking to achieve with his "modest powers", that would be "Bulgaria's good".

Speaking to Bulgarian reporters in Brussels, the ex PM said that during his term he had to be "like a lightning rod in order to absorb criticism but these are normal affairs."

"I am not a political party person," replied the ex Tsar, who in 2001 came to power in Bulgaria after founding and chairing a political party, when asked if he was in Brussels to seek support from the EU officials for a certain party or a politician in Bulgaria.

He did reveal, however, that he discussed topics from Bulgaria's domestic politics and from the European agenda with the EU leaders.

"There are various opinions and great and important decisions that are forthcoming, elections are coming," Saxe-Coburg is quoted as saying.

When asked if the current Bulgarian government of PM Boyko Borisov has made mistakes, he said that there are flaws and missed opportunities in any single state.

The ex Tsar technically declined to comment on Borisov's abandoning of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project, announced a day earlier.

"As a Prime Minister I thought it was positive about the nation, looking ahead to 2025 or 2030, to have one more, additional nuclear reactor but that is a question for experts and people who are really knowledgeable about energy," he declared.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has in turn described his conversation with Saxe-Coburg as friendly, and said Saxe-Coburg believed that the situation in Bulgaria is "serious, with a positive perspective." The two are said to have agree that the Bulgarian authorities have taken up serious measures directed at Bulgaria's economic recovery.

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