Bulgarian President Reaffirms Country’s Pro-European Stance

Bulgaria in EU | February 7, 2015, Saturday // 14:46|  views

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. File photo

President Rosen Plevneliev said that Bulgaria remains among the most pro-European countries, which is in no small part due to its active civil society.

Plevneliev made this statement during a meeting with Dr. Beate Merk, Bavaria’s European Integration and Regional Relations Minister, daily Dnevnik reports.

Both of them are participants in the 51st Munich Security Conference, which is taking place between February 6 and 8.

The Bulgarian President pointed that despite the unstable political situation in the past two years, the country stands a golden chance of carrying out long-delayed reforms in the judiciary, the administration, the security services, the healthcare and the education.

The Head of State reminded that Bulgaria fully satisfies the criteria for accession to the Schengen Area.

He said that despite the initial difficulties, the country has managed to deal with the challenges presented by the migratory pressure exerted on the EU’s external borders.

Plevneliev and Merk exchanged opinions on the security environment in the region in the context of the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

They were unanimous that Europe has to remain united in order to remain strong in a moment when there is retreat from the principles of democracy and the rule of law.

Plevneliev stated that the developments in Ukraine and the Middle East were making Bulgaria’s role in Southeastern Europe more prominent.

In his words, Bulgaria was a responsible member of the EU, which could be an example to the countries of the Western Balkans.

The Bulgarian President called on the countries of the region to strengthen their relations in order to avoid isolation and division.

Plevneliev is to hold a meeting with US Vice President Joseph Biden on Saturday, the presidential press service reports.

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