Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Comments on Key Takeaways from EC Online MeetingBulgaria in EU | January 22, 2021, Friday // 10:15| views
The reports of my European colleagues raise great concern - a huge number of infected, huge number of deaths, overburdened healthcare system, huge external debts and a slump in the GDP of the leading EU Member States, which is why after the health crisis is over there will inevitably be a very severe financial and economic crisis, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said after the end of the European Council online meeting in which he participated.
"Unfortunately, the virus mutates and there is no general guiding rule which we could follow to prevent its spread," Borissov said, adding that Member States are acting according to the situation. With regard to Bulgaria, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the current approach to handling the crisis, i.e. mobilization of society, with distancing and other preventive measures, is correct, pointing out that in Bulgaria the measures are exceptionally liberal against the backdrop of the other countries.
The Prime Minister also emphasized another issue that was addressed at the EU Council meeting – the delay in vaccination in some of the Member States. Prime Minister Borissov was adamant that the vaccination plan in Bulgaria is implemented in the most reasonable, balanced and correct way, including guarantees that all citizens who received the first dose of the vaccine will receive the second one.
By March 2021, EU Member States must set vaccination goals for the inoculation of at least 80% of healthcare professionals and social workers, as well as 70% of the adult population over 80 by the end of summer. This will be what EU countries will strive for, announced Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
"The European Medicines Agency is working towards increasing production capacity with vaccine manufacturers as well as with the European Commission. I hope what we have paid for - the large quantities, will come to Bulgaria in the near future," he added.
"Genomе sequencing needs to be increased urgently - up to 5-10% of positive test results. In this case too, the European Commission can help, but we also have this expert potential", added Borisov.
Talking about single market and free movement when the measures to contain the pandemic have to be tightened, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that we as a country are ready with both a digital passport and a vaccination certificate.
'But I think it's going to be very difficult to implement because in the single market we have free movement of people. Yes, each Member State will probably implement some mechanisms for admitting other citizens into their countries, but at the moment I do not think such a decision will be taken", Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said further.
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