President: Signing of EU-Mercosur Agreement to Have Great Benefits for BulgariaDiplomacy | February 5, 2016, Friday // 10:12| views
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (L) and his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri (R). Photo: BGNES/President's Office
During the week, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev was on a five-day official visit to Latin America, meeting both his Brazilian and Argentinian counterparts, namely Dilma Rousseff and Mauricio Macri.
The relations between the EU and Mercosur were in the focus of the talks held by Plevneliev with the political leaders and business representatives of Brazil and Argentina.
The commitment of Bulgaria to accelerate the finalisation of the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement was highly appreciated.
Plevneliev foresees that the signing of the agreement will bring great benefits for Bulgaria.
The bilateral documents signed during the visit are expected to deepen political ties and accelerate the commercial-economic cooperation.
During his meeting with Macri in Buenos Aires, Plevneliev noted that Bulgaria is seeking a broader horizon of its diplomatic and economic activities.
This was attested by the fact that Plevneliev was the first European head of state to make an official visit to Argentina after the inauguration of Macri at the end of last year.
Among the topics of discussion was cooperation in the areas of agriculture and food production, mining and energy, ICT and outsourcing, with Bulgarian delegations representing these sectors expected to visit Argentina.
The two countries committed themselves to work for deepening their diplomatic cooperation, with a representative of the Argentinian foreign ministry to visit Bulgaria in the coming months.
The two presidents welcomed the signing of the agreement for cooperation between the Bulgarian and Argentinian commercial chambers.
According to them, this as a real step for development of the commercial-economic relations, which is to ease the contacts between business representatives from the two countries.
In Plevneliev's opinion, Argentinian interest towards Bulgaria is increasing, as Argentina is seeking to expand its exports and it views Bulgaria as a center of southeastern Europe.
In his words, Argentinian entrepreneurs are aware of the strategic location of Bulgaria, which can serve as an entry point to the largest market in the world – the EU.
Plevneliev assured Macri that Bulgaria is a predictable partner which offers favourable conditions for doing business and making investments.
He invited his Argentinian counterpart to visit Bulgaria next year as the head of an Argentinian business delegation.
In the Argentinian capital, Plevneliev laid flowers to the monument of the Bulgarian national hero Vasil Levski and visited the La Bombonera stadium of Boca Juniors.
At the beginning of the week, the Bulgarian president met with his Brazilian counterpart, examining opportunities to attract more Brazilian investments to the countries.