2020-11-03 18:57:00

Head of State Rumen Radev Held a Telephone Call with his German Counterpart President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Head of State Rumen Radev held a telephone call with his German counterpart the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The Bulgarian President congratulated his German counterpart on the priorities of the German presidency of the Council of the EU, directed at promoting fair social changes in the economy, society and the labor market and offering support to the industry and the SMEs in conditions of crisis.

The two shared the stance that the Western Balkan countries’ European prospects and those of the Republic of North Macedonia are of key importance for strengthening the stability and are an important sign of the development of the whole region. To this end, a long-lasting and sustainable progress of the Republic of North Macedonia is necessary in establishing good-neighborly relations with Bulgaria, President Radev said. The Head of State noted that our country expects clear legally binding guarantees that the unity of the Bulgarian nation and our cultural and historical heritage, as key elements of our national identity, will never be called into question by external factors.

Bulgaria is a responsible EU member state and will not allow unresolved bilateral problems undermine the unity of the Union, Rumen Radev further said. In the President’s opinion, the most appropriate option to avoid such a situation is to ensure that chapter 35 of the Negotiating Framework for the Republic of North Macedonia’s EU accession incorporates the National Framework Position, unanimously adopted by the National Assembly a year ago, with clear-cut criteria and time limits, which should be met throughout the negotiation process. If such a decision is impossible, our country will work to reach a bilateral agreement with the Republic of North Macedonia, in which all bilateral issues will be resolved in the spirit of friendship and good-neighborly relations.


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The undertaking of timely measures for adequate protection of the rights of Bulgarian citizens abroad whenever they are the subject of attacks due to their national self-identity was discussed by President Rumen Radev at a meeting at the Presidency with the leaders of the Security Services. Vice President Iliana Iotova also participated.

1 March 2021 | 15:03
“Cooperation in the field of innovation and scientific research is of key importance for achieving the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) connectivity goals in the field of energy, transport and digitalization,” said President Rumen Radev at a meeting held today at the Presidency with the President of the Scientific Research and Innovation State Agency Martin Danovski.

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President Rumen Radev calls for a timely response from responsible institutions in Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia to the signals of our compatriots in our South-Western neighbour regarding important issues they are facing. The Bulgarian Head of State’s position is motivated by a letter received at the Presidency from ethnic Bulgarians in the Republic of North Macedonia in which they express concern at the continuing discrimination against them in the Republic of North Macedonia.

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President Rumen Radev and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Christoph Eichhorn discussed topics on the European agenda and of the bilateral partnership today during a meeting at the Presidency. The perspectives of broadening the bilateral economic and investment cooperation and of improving the investment climate in Bulgaria were also highlighted during the meeting.