Between 19 and 20 September this year, Prime Minister Beata Szydło is paying an official visit to Sofia, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov.
Bulgarian EU Presidency
The Prime Minister thanked the Bulgarian Prime Minister for the invitation to visit Bulgaria.
I am glad that I can be your guest, Prime Minister, at the time when Bulgaria is preparing to assume the EU Presidency as of 1 January 2018, stressed the Prime Minister.
Poland pins high hopes on this Presidency. Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared that she was pleased that the central theme of the approaching Bulgaria’s Presidency was unity.
This was emphasised strongly in today’s talks. Poland and Bulgaria are two countries that believe the unity of the EU and the unity of our region to be the foundation of the future and development of the EU, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło. And added,
We wish to state it clearly that we will not let others divide us because the EU brings priceless value to all Europeans. And for it to do so, Europe needs to develop and be a safe and affluent home for its citizens. For this to happen, it is the wise leaders that need to remember first of all about the issues that are most important to the Europeans, stated the Prime Minister.
Compromise and agreement are key to the unity of the European Union, said the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, on Wednesday. According to him, the ‘two-speed’ Europe deepens the inequalities within the Union.
Security of the EU’s external borders
According to Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Poland and Bulgaria share a great number of issues that unite the two nations. “We share multiple infrastructural, social, cultural, political and, last but not least, security-related issues,” said the Prime Minister. Beata Szydło thanked the Prime Minister of Bulgaria for their considerable contribution to the protection of the EU’s external borders.
The obligations imposed on Bulgaria have been actually fulfilled, which shows that it is possible through involvement and implementing an effective policy, stressed the Prime Minister.
Poland as an advocate of openness and solidarity
According to the Prime Minister, Bulgaria is a trust-worthy country.
It is obvious for Poland that Bulgaria is ready to join the Schengen area, emphasises Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She assured that Poland was open to cooperation and the EU’s enlargement. According to the Prime Minister, the policy towards the Western Balkans should be led in an ambitious and open way.
We are advocates of unity, openness and solidarity. These ideas motivate the Polish government and we wish to build the EU on them, stressed Prime Minister Beata Szydło.