Zaharieva: Bulgaria, Romania underrepresented in European foreign policy arm

Zaharieva: Bulgaria, Romania underrepresented in European foreign policy arm

Unfortunately, Bulgaria and Romania are still underrepresented in the European External Action Service, and the two countries have excellent diplomats, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in talks with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă.

Zaharieva said that the appointment of Romania’s Mircea Geoană as Nato Deputy Secretary General and the nomination of Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva to be the next International Monetary Fund executive director “are examples that need to be followed”.

The Bulgarian Foreign Minister was in Bucharest on August 26 for a one-day visit, to deliver a lecture at the annual conference of Romanian ambassadors around the world.

Zaharieva and Dăncilă discussed a number of bilateral relations issues, as well as the results of the Bulgarian and Romanian presidencies of the Council of the EU, a Bulgarian Foreign Ministry statement said.

“I am pleased to welcome you to Bucharest. I assure you that we will support your proposal for a Commissioner,” Dăncilă said, according to the statement. “The level of co-operation between our countries is really excellent,” she said.

“Romania was one of the first countries I visited as a minister. I congratulate your teams on the Presidency of the EU Council – our two countries have proven that they can tackle such challenges perfectly,” Zaharieva said.

She conveyed to Dăncilă congratulations from Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Borissov on Bulgaria’s positive assessment of the three memorandums signed at the most recent meeting of the governments of the two countries on March 29,2019 in Bucharest.

The documents relate to improving Danube shipping and transport connectivity, small and medium enterprises, and emergency co-operation./ibna