PM Borissov meets with EC President Ursula von der LeyenEuropost , Brussels
Climate change topped the agenda of Wednesday's meeting between Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, said the Government Information Service. Borissov is paying a two-day working visit to Brussels.
The Bulgarian government leader stressed that Sofia shares the Commission's position that climate change is a global problem of growing importance which requires efforts from all countries. Borissov noted that in countries with a large share of coal in the energy mix, including Bulgaria, the transition to climate neutrality will require considerably larger investments and active social measures.
Borissov said: "Bulgaria's priority is to ensure a gradual, socially and economically just transition to climate neutrality. The latter requires sizable resources and a more ambitious Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)." He added that it is important to Bulgaria to see that the Commission's future initiatives concerning climate legislation take into account national specifics and are based on detailed impact assessment for each individual Member State.
The sides noted Bulgaria's active efforts in meeting the benchmarks of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). Borissov thanked the European Commission for its objective assessment of his country's consistent efforts and their results in the latest CVM report of October 2019. He emphasized that Sofia remains committed to the sustainable and irreversible reforms in the judiciary and the fight against corruption and organized crime. In this context, Bulgaria expects the Commission to make a formal decision on ending the CVM.
Borissov commended the EU institutions' active support and commitment to the Western Balkans, adding that the Commission's sustained commitment to the region would help to build upon the achievements made so far. He stressed that the enlargement policy is a key instrument of peace, stability and security in the Western Balkans, and noted that enlargement brings predictability and prosperity both to that region and to the EU.
The Prime Minister expressed a hope that the Croatian EU Council Presidency will achieve good results for the six countries of the Western Balkans at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb in May. He said Bulgaria has established a fine cooperation with the Croatian EU Presidency, including in the context of the joint hosting of the presidency of the Berlin Process by Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
On Thursday, Borissov will talk with European Council President Charles Michel. They will discuss the new MFF ahead of the Special European Council on February 20-21 and major priorities on the EU's Strategic Agenda.
Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev is on Borissov's delegation for the visit.