During a conference after their meeting in Vienna, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his counterparts from Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovenia called for an adjustment to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that EU Member States supply them. with a population from the population base.
In the Austrian capital, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov attended a working meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic Andrej Babic, Latvia Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš, Slovenia Janez Janša and Croatia Andrej Plenković. The topic of the meeting was the provision of COVID-19 vaccines in European Union countries, but also the call of some European leaders for a debate to be held at European level on this issue. During a conference in Vienna after the meeting, the leaders stressed that their call was not to point fingers, but to find an immediate solution to the problem so that all European citizens could get the vaccines.
“We have always believed in European solidarity and in the decisions of the European Council,” said Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria recalled the conclusions of the European Council in January, which clearly defined the principle of proportional distribution of vaccines. “We have been given some vaccines that are just as good, and the negotiations are led by the European Commission. The quality of vaccines is guaranteed by the European Medicines Agency. “We have bought several million vaccines,” Borissov said. The Bulgarian Prime Minister also stressed the issue of manufacturing companies that do not fulfill their contracts. “Moreover, they violate them because they do not respect the proportional distribution,” he added. Borisov expressed concern about how the agreement reached by European Council leaders by a committee during the deliveries could be changed. “How can a decision of the Council be changed without changing it itself?” The Prime Minister asked.
“Our call is for this injustice to be rectified immediately and to continue with what we have agreed on as a percentage of the population,” said Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister added that he expects the injustice to be extinguished during tomorrow’s meeting with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel. “We are not asking for charity. “Bulgaria has invested in the development of vaccines,” Borissov said bluntly.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also commented on the supply of vaccines in Bulgaria. Kurz was adamant that there should be an overhaul of the current vaccination mechanism in the Member States so that Bulgaria does not receive one-third less than other EU countries. “Solidarity must be implemented, changes in the EU must be minimized and the vaccination process must be successful,” the Austrian Chancellor said.
The meeting held in Vienna is the continuation of the joint letter written by the participants to the President of the European Council Charles Michel and the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen. In this letter, the leaders stressed the importance of European solidarity, which ensures that all Member States, regardless of their size, have equal access to the currently limited sources of COVID-19 vaccines. The letter also underlines that it must be ensured that all EU Member States will be able to meet the common vaccination targets set by the EU for the second quarter of this year under the same conditions.