Ilhan Kucuk, Member of Parliament of the European Union (EU) and Co-Chairman of the ALDE Movement for Rights and Freedoms (HÖH), in his speech at the “Youth and the Future of Europe” symposium held in Plovdiv (Plovdiv) on February 11, “In recent years, we have witnessed serious crises – a pandemic A war in Europe and a tragedy in Turkey and Syria. Faced with all these difficulties, citizens are wondering if the European Union is really right for them. As a Bulgarian society, we have the feeling that the European Union is not working for us. But since we became part of the European Union, we had a major flaw One – state passivity. Bulgaria does not permanently participate in any of the EU’s initiatives, it is always in the last car. The danger with this is that our country loses weight and interest in the process in this way and is not taken seriously as a result.
The event began with a minute’s silence for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria. At the initiative of the hosts and within the scope of the large-scale fundraising campaign initiated by HÖH, the guests raised money for the earthquake victims.
The leader of the European liberals stressed before the audience that since its foundation, the MRF has been one of the most pro-European parties in Bulgaria and that the MRF cadres have proven to be the most prepared.
Kuchuk said: “If 10 jobs were created in Bulgaria in the years when EU funding was available, 7 of them were provided with EU resources. Therefore, if we do not have the thesis that the EU is outside our scope and our sense of responsibility for intra-Union operations The suspicion of Bulgarian citizens towards the European Union will deepen. The European Union can work for the benefit of our citizens as long as the country is run efficiently.”
The MEP also assessed the tragedy in our southern neighbor and affirmed Europe’s solidarity.
Kujok told the audience, “About 2,000 people in search and rescue teams are helping in the rescue operation. We are in constant contact with the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janiz Lenarcic. What Bulgaria has done made me feel really proud as a Bulgarian citizen. In one of our first meetings with Lenarcic, he said Categorically: “Bulgaria became the first country, but did not want to be the first. Bulgaria wanted to be the first to offer assistance and was the first among the European Union countries to lend a helping hand. And you, as a politician from Bulgaria, should be proud of your country.
The AP representative confirmed that a voluntary conference will be held. Parallel donation conferences will be held as part of this conference, including the ALDE party.
Citizens, HÖH members and sympathizers, and business representatives attended the event.
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