Bulgarian President Radev: Government 'showed courage' by picking Western Balkans as theme for EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Radev: Government 'showed courage' by picking Western Balkans as theme for EU Presidency
Bulgarian President Roumen Radev has praised the work of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the choice of priorities and the inclusion of the theme for the Western Balkans on the agenda of the Union.

The government showed courage by choosing a very difficult topic like the Western Balkans, Radev said.

The region is very fragile, there is no guarantee of success, but someone has to take responsibility and point out the problems, Radev said on June 18 at the opening of the Plenary Meeting of the Conference of European Affairs Committees of the EU Parliaments, which is part of the Bulgarian Presidency.

Bulgaria's EU Presidency, in the first half of 2018, comes to an end on June 30.

"The government has managed to manage Europe's agenda by showing skills and developing an atmosphere of honest and open dialogue," Radev said.

"The assessment of such a complex activity as the Presidency requires a complex system of criteria, starting from the priorities and ending with the results achieved. The government has developed the precise priorities for the Presidency. We all agree that we cannot talk about a prosperous Europe without guaranteeing the security and stability of the Western Balkans," he said.

"If we do not give them a European perspective, they will sooner or later give Europe a Balkan perspective," he said.

Severe bureaucracy, slow lawmaking and law enforcement are the main reasons for the loss of confidence of European citizens in the institutions, Radev said.

"Debating the future of the EU is necessary but not enough. Time presses us to take action to defend our principles," he said./IBNA

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