Speaking to the press at the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Tirana, the capital of Albania, where he represents Bulgaria, President Rumen Radev said, “We cannot talk about the security and stability of all of Europe without the full integration of the Western Balkans.”
The President emphasized that the issues of energy security, economic development and immigrant pressure on Europe were discussed within the framework of the forum.
In response to a question about our country’s accession to the Schengen Area, the President urged the political forces in our country not to politicize the issue and not use it in a personal dispute between party leaders. Radev added, “This House should pass bills under the National Recovery and Sustainability Plan, which are related to judicial reform.” According to the president’s statement, which confirmed that he had the opportunity to discuss the issue with the leaders of the Netherlands and Austria, Bulgaria has a chance to join Schengen next year, but this depends to a large extent on how it behaves at the diplomatic level, especially at home. Bulgaria. Radev also emphasized that there are accumulated prejudices that are very difficult to break in some EU member states, and therefore all institutions must unite in their efforts.
When asked about the accuracy of the allegations made by foreign journalists in the news regarding the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the President stated that these allegations were carefully examined. Radev noted that “we do not have any factual information, evidence and data that a Bulgarian policeman opened fire on an immigrant from Bulgaria.” The president indicated that the aggressive behavior of a large group of immigrants damaged a vehicle belonging to the Border Guard Directorate, and a Bulgarian police officer was injured while carrying out his duties.
Regarding the memorandum of understanding that Bulgaria signed yesterday in Brussels with the European Commission and the Eurogroup, Radev indicated that it was in appreciation of the full European integration policy of many governments and the efforts of the interim cabinet to deal with high inflation, which Europe did not remember for years. “The efforts made to achieve macro-financial stability are appreciated,” the president added.
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