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Stoev: We expect a constructive response from Skopje to a long-term solution to the issue

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev discussed with EU Ambassadors the priority issues on the Union’s agenda, including recovery from the effects of COVID-19, including the implementation of the Mechanism for Recovery and Sustainability, Environment and Climate, Migration, EU enlargement.

“Bulgaria has always supported the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries and as a country in the region it is clearly aware that the road to the EU is the strongest factor in the transition to democratic governance,” our Foreign Minister said.

Regarding the European integration of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Svetlan Stoev stressed that Bulgaria’s position is clear, stable and predictable and has not changed. He stated that the interim government is led by the Framework Position and the statement of the National Assembly from October 2019. Our position also enjoys the support of 85 percent of Bulgarian citizens.

“Bulgaria has always shown the will for a constructive and pragmatic dialogue with Skopje. “We will continue to work for the restoration of trust,” said Minister Stoev. “We expect legal guarantees for compliance with the 2017 Treaty and a constructive response from Skopje to a long-term solution to the issue,” he added.

Minister Stoev welcomed the approval of the digital certificate for EU COVID-19 and informed that the Bulgarian authorities are already issuing certificates in accordance with European requirements.

“We believe that the EU digital certification will facilitate safe and free movement and contribute to the revival of the international economy, tourism and mobility, while its adoption should not lead to additional barriers, privileges, restrictions and discrimination.” he said. Regarding the European Commission’s proposal for an EU vaccine-sharing mechanism, Bulgaria is determined to provide vaccines to the Western Balkan countries as soon as possible and is in contact with the European Commission according to the relevant procedures.

Regarding the National Plan for Recovery and Sustainability, Minister Stoev stressed that the interim government highly values ​​the Recovery and Sustainability Mechanism and actively works on adapting the national plan, focusing on future-oriented projects that will support the transition. green and digital transformation.

Environment and climate were also among the highlights of Minister Stoev’s speech. He stressed that Bulgaria supports and works hard to achieve the EU goal of climate neutrality by 2050. Our country has significantly contributed to EU climate efforts by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43.2% in 2018 compared to 1990 levels, well above the EU average of 25.2%.

“Given the agreement reached to increase the EU ‘s overall climate target by 2030, we must emphasize that the specific circumstances in our country, including socio – economic and our initial position, place objective limits on our ambition. , “said Stoev. He clarified that such an ambitious goal should be supported by a “facilitation framework” to ensure a fair and socially balanced transition.

Minister Stoev’s meeting with the ambassadors of EU member states to Bulgaria was organized by Portuguese Ambassador Maria Coelho Ribeiro da Silva as a final event of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU, which ends at the end of June, the Foreign Ministry announced. Minister Stoev thanked the Portuguese Presidency for its capable and effective guidance in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, which enabled the delivery of 10 million accelerated doses of vaccines in a spirit of solidarity.

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