Visit of Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 21 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister, in Brussels. It was his first official visit to the EC since his election on 29/05/2013. Discussions focused on the political priorities for the EU and Bulgaria, and on the preparations of the next European Council of 27-28/06/2013.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
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||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister, at the press conference
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I would like to warmly welcome Prime Minister Oresharski to the European Commission for the first time. We had an open, frank discussion on the political priorities for the European Union and Bulgaria and I think our meeting was very useful.We have prepared next week's European Council. You know our agenda for the European Council, namely the issue of youth unemployment, how to address it, and also the financing to the economy, especially SMEs.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We know that the situation from a political point of view is polarised in Bulgaria. We have a mechanism that was agreed in Bulgaria several years ago - and with all Member States -, the CVM, the cooperation verification mechanism. The Commission has the obligation to check the developments in some of these areas. That's why I have also urged the Prime Minister to consult widely on key appointments, especially in the areas of the fight against corruption and organised crime.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Apart from that, there is an overall political issue that I also mentioned to the Prime Minister – it is the polarisation in the Bulgarian society. And let me make here this comment publicly. We all know that democracy by definition is competitive, that the parties fight for power. I was Prime Minister; I was also leader of the opposition, so I know well what I am saying. But, it is important that while parties fight for power, there is a minimum of national consensus about the broad issues of the state. The most important institutions, the most important principles, they should not be put in question neither from the one side, or from the other side of the political spectrum.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): So I want once again, as I have done in other situations, to make an appeal to all the political forces that are democratic political forces and to the society in Bulgaria that apart from the natural divergences, ideological or others, that there is a commitment to the good of the country, that some consensus can emerge, because I think it is in the interest of Bulgaria and certainly of the European Union that there is stability and prosperity. And this is my appeal to all the political forces that care about the future of the country.
||Soundbite by Plamen Oresharski (in BULGARIAN) saying that he gave President Barroso all the assurances that he will persevere in his efforts to ensure the normalization of the political and public situation in the country as a prerequisite for the successful implementation of all the other objectives that my government has set itself in the socio-economic area. He emphasized their great interest in the forthcoming European council because on its agenda there are indeed matters of great importance to Bulgaria including SME's finance and fighting youth unemployment.
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||Soundbite by Plamen Oresharski (in BULGARIAN) saying that lastly he assured President Barroso that they take very seriously the country specific recommendations addressed to Bulgaria in the context of the semester. Indeed most of these recommendations are completely in line with his government priorities and they will make every effort to make progress along these common lines in.
||Departure of José Manuel Barroso and Plamen Oresharski