PM Borissov guest of honour at CSU session in German BundestagEuropost , Berlin
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov pays a visit to Berlin Tuesday where he is a guest of honour at the Christian Social Union (CSU) session in the Bundestag. Borissov is visiting at the invitation of group leader Alexander Dobrindt.
Speaking at a joint news conference with Borissov, Dobrindt described the Bulgarian Prime Minister as "one of our closest friends in Europe" and praised Borissov and his government's achievements in the recent years, the information service of the Bulgarian government said in a press release Tuesday.
Dobrindt also said that the economic relations between Germany and Bulgaria, and between Bavaria and Bulgaria, are extremely close. The German MP noted Bulgaria's economic development, especially in the financial sector. He said that economic growth leads to improved living standards, noting that "the trade balance is becoming ever more impressive". "At the moment Germany imports more from Bulgaria than what it exports there," Dobrindt said.
The German MP also thanked Bulgaria for guaranteeing the protection of the EU external border. He said he sees tangible progress in respect of two important topics for Bulgaria: joining the border-free Schengen Area and the eurozone.
Borissov fro his part said that Bulgaria's being admitted in ERM II will guarantee even more investments. In respect to the Schengen Area, he said that Bulgaria even now uses the Schengen system in counteracting terrorism, contraband trade and drugs trafficking. The Bulgarian Prime Minister said that his country has 100 per cent exchange with all German and European services. Borissov also said that Bulgaria's agreement concerning migrants with Turkey is working. He stressed the importance of the Balkans becoming "an attractive part of Europe".
Approached by a reporter, Dobrindt said that the possible siting in Bulgaria of a big automotive plant by a German car maker "is in debates". Bulgaria and Turkey are vying for a Volkswagen car plant the decision regarding which is expected shortly. "We all know that this is an economic question, a business decision where politics cannot interfere. On the other hand, we know that politics sets the political framework and our meeting is in this context," Dobrindt is quoted as saying.