Bulgaria President Met with Italian Counterpart (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria President Met with Italian Counterpart (ROUNDUP)

“Italy is a highly important strategic partner and alley of Bulgaria.”
This is what President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev said at the meeting with his Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella.
During the visit the two Presidents discussed the vision for EU’s future enlargement and the relations with the countries neighbouring the Union.
“The common visions on this issue are groundwork for even more active political dialogue between Bulgaria and Italy,” President Plevneliev remarked.
The Bulgarian Head of State stressed on the strong economic presence of Italy in Bulgaria and pointed at the potential for increase of the Italian investments in our country.
“Only in 2014 the Italian investments in Bulgaria amounted at 19 million euros, while for the 1996-2014 period we had nearly 1.5 billion euros, which ranks Italy among the top ten investors in our country. The bilateral trade has increased by 30%, reaching 4.2 billion euros, and under this index Italy is the second-biggest trade partner of Bulgaria in the EU after Germany.”
To intensify the economic ties even further President Plevneliev invited his Italian counterpart on a visit to Bulgaria with an Italian business delegation.
The last visit of an Italian Head of State to Bulgaria was ten years ago.
The two presidents shared the opinion that the energy and energy connectivity and deliveries were a common priority of the two countries.
“The signing of an investment decision on the construction of a Bulgarian-Greek gas connector, in which an Italian company takes part, is a real step towards diversification of the energy deliveries,” Rosen Plevneliev said.
 
 
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