Bulgarian Government makes Council Presidency a priority

14.09.2012 - 16:40

The Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, presented today before the Parliament a report of his government’s priorities during the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The document contained also information on the main achievements reached during the Danish Presidency in the first half of the year.

Borissov said that the formulated priorities of the Cyprus Presidency corresponded to those of his government. In addition, he stated that ‘the preparations for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council, which is scheduled for the second half of 2018, should begin as soon as possible’.

Furthermore, the Bulgarian Prime Minister noted that in the first six months of the year, intense negotiations on key issues took place. In his words, the main focus was the multiannual financial framework (MFF) 2014 - 2020, while in the course of the negotiations, Bulgaria made progress on two key priorities, namely moving Cohesion policy in a separate subsection of the MFF and the inclusion of text guaranteeing continuous support for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Lithuania.

The future Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be the first for the country which joined the EU in 2007 together with Romania. The first Romanian chairmanship is expected to take place in the second half of 2019.