Commissioner Hahn: Few Can Boast Bulgaria's SuccessBulgaria in EU | January 22, 2012, Sunday // 17:13| views
Bulgaria's new President Rosen Plevneliev (R) welcomed EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn (L) and Kristalina Georgieva (C) on his first day in office Sunday. President.bg
The EU needs and supports the building of a stronger Bulgaria, said European Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn upon meeting new Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev.
Hahn, an Austrian, together with fellow EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, a Bulgarian, were the first to officially meet Plevneliev after his inauguration in office Sunday.
"I would like to congratulate you for the start of your term, to wish you success and to express my great pleasure and honor to be your first guest," said Hahn.
"This is a mighty symbol that shows how much committed Bulgaria is to Europe," said the Regional Policy Commissioner.
Hahn also stressed that given its "excellent macroeconomic indicators" Bulgaria has "a very strong moral right to play a more active role in the EU."
According to the EU Commissioner, given the crisis situation in the Union, few member states can compare with the economic situation in Bulgaria.
Hahn further praised Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov's austerity measures and an alleged "willingness of the Bulgarian people to make necessary sacrifices."
He suggested that Plevneliev is in a good position to make Bulgaria's successes more known abroad and thus help assert his country's role.
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