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Bulgaria, Poland Unanimous on Topic of Security


Speaking at a joint news conference with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda here on Thursday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said that in respect of security, the two countries have “total unanimity that Europe is faced with a number of important challenges from within, as well as from without”. Radev continues his visit to Poland which opened on October 4. Radev said further that as far as the threats facing Europe are concerned: terrorism, addressing the migration crisis, the two heads of State have a clear position that this is a problem which requires a single European solution which should also observe the sovereignty of the individual countries and guarantee their security. Radev thanked Poland for its unconditional support for Bulgaria’s membership in the Schengen Area. “Given that Bulgaria fulfilled all technical requirements back in 2011, we think that Bulgaria not being part of the Schengen Area is unfair”, he said. Radev also thanked Poland for its support through Frontex in the protection of the EU external borders. He noted that it should be clear to all member states that the EU’s external borders are not those of Bulgaria, Greece or Italy, but rather that these are Europe’s common borders so that true solidarity is needed with real actions in support of these countries. The Bulgarian President also thanked for the overall awareness of and support for the management of the migration flows and fighting the smuggling of humans.

President Radev Meets with Bulgarians in Chicago


Bulgaria needs new strategic investors to help transform the business climate in the country, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said at a meeting with Bulgarians who work for global companies operating in Chicago’s financial city, his press secretariat reported Sunday. In Radev’s words, advertising Bulgaria to the would-be investors should not rely on low labour costs but rather on the quality of human capital, and this requires that the connections between the educational and research institutions and business be strengthened. “Unless they see the opportunities for their career development in Bulgaria, the people will continue leaving the country,” the President noted, quoted by his press secretariat. No institution alone can make Bulgarians abroad return to their homeland: this requires national efforts and the whole society’s responsibility into turning the country into a much more attractive place to live, Radev also said. Earlier in the day, Radev visited the John Atanassov Bulgarian school in Chicago. He thanked the US authorities, the teachers and the Bulgarian community in Chicago for their efforts to preserve the Bulgarian language in the city, and awarded Boyanka Mladenova with the Bulgarian President’s Badge of Honour.

President Radev, Foreign Minister Zaharieva Support Call for Reforming UN


The UN member states must achieve consensus about conducting reforms that would increase the organization’s work efficiency and speed up the decision-making process during crises, President Rumen Radev commented for Bulgarian journalists here the expected results of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, as quoted by his Press Secretariat on Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister for justice reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva also supports US President Donald Trump’s and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for less bureaucracy in the UN, more efficiency and closeness to the people, it transpired from a statement Zaharieva made here Monday. President Radev heads the Bulgarian delegation, which is in New York to take part in the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Minister Zaharieva took part in a UN General Assembly meeting about reforming the organization, organized and chaired by President Trump, her Ministry reported. Crises arise and develop very quickly, while reaching a consensus often times takes too long, said Radev. During the meeting, Zaharieva also conferred with the prime ministers of Albania and Macedonia, Edi Rama and Zoran Zaev, respectively, as well as with her counterparts from Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and the Netherlands.

President, FM Go to New York for 72nd UN General Assembly Session


President Rumen Radev will make a working visit to the US on September 18-24 and will represent Bulgaria at the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly. On September 18, Radev will participate in the annual Tribute to the Heroes of the Global Campaign Against Extremism and Intolerance and will deliver an address. He will talk with US Jewish organizations. On September 19, the President will participate in the opening of the General Debate of the 72nd Regular Session and will hold bilateral meetings with counterparts. On September 20, Radev will address the General Assembly at around 7 pm Bulgarian time. On September 21, the Bulgarian head of State will hold a working meeting with US business representatives, organized by the Business Council for International Understanding, and will familiarize them with his country’s investment opportunities. On September 22, Radev will meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. On September 23 and 24, Radev will visit Chicago to meet with the local Bulgarian community. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will be on Radev’s delegation.

President Radev Urges Europe to Drop Idealism When it Comes to Migration and Security


Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said during the final news conference of the 13th Arraiolos Group Meeting of presidents of EU Member States in Valletta, Malta, that when it comes to the security of people, there is no place for compromises and illusions. “The European Union must drop its idealistic approach and analyze the problem in depth”, he said as quoted by his Press Secretariat. In Radev’s words, the efforts of the EU on migration must focus on preventing new migrant flows by helping to provide prospects for a good life for the people in their countries of origin. “Instead of providing social support to the migrants in Europe, we have to orient our policies towards creating stable societies to ensure a normal living in the countries of origin of illegal migrants”, the President said. He said that solidarity and social justice should remain key issues in the debate on the future of Europe. “If Europe is to remain an important factor on the global stage, we have to preserve the principles of solidarity and cohesion among the member states. Achieving equal living standards in Europe’s East and West, and equal pay for equal work across the EU is an irrevocable conditions for the Union to be successful and united in its foreign policy”, Radev said.

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