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10. 11. 2017

Consultations between Slovenia and Bulgaria on European and bilateral issues

Sofia, 10 November 2017 – The Director-General for EU Affairs, David Brozina, participated in consultations hosted by Genka Georgieva, Director of the European Union Policy and Institutions at the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, in Sofia on 8 and 9 November. They exchanged views on bilateral relations and current European issues, including migration and European security, the future of the EU and Brexit, enlargement and the European perspective for the Western Balkans.

 

They agreed that relations between the two countries are very good, with no outstanding issues, with further strengthening of economic cooperation being in mutual interest. Director-General Brozina informed the Bulgarian side about the beginning of the procedure for the opening of the Slovenian Embassy in Sofia, which both sides believe will contribute significantly to further deepening bilateral relations.

 

The talks confirmed the similarity of views and positions on current European issues. Slovenia and Bulgaria advocate even closer integration, as well as a more closely connected EU based on solidarity. They also agreed that preventive action and effective protection of the EU's external borders are among the key measures for preventing illegal migration.

 

At the Ministry for the Bulgarian Euro Presidency, Director-General Brozina was acquainted with the preparations for the Bulgarian presidency of the EU Council, which Bulgaria will chair for the first time in the first half of 2018. Director-General Brozina also expressed support for the Bulgarian Council presidency’s priorities, including the European perspective for the Western Balkan countries.