The governments of Bulgaria and Greece signed documents on cooperation in tourism, education, exchange of personnel among the two countries' diplomatic services, agriculture and food safety, sport, telecommunications and postal services at the second meeting of the Greece-Bulgaria high-level cooperation council held in Athens on Monday.
Before the signing ceremony prime minister Boiko Borisov met with his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras and with president Karolos Papoulias.
"Specific issues related to the recognition of Bulgarian diplomas, as well as the high water early warning system are to be resolved in the coming months," Borisov said after the meetings, as quoted in a press release of the Bulgarian government. He added that trade exchange between the two countries will improve once the Struma motorway connecting the port of Thessaloniki with Sofia is completed.
There is strategic cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece in many fields, Samaras told a news conference after the meeting. Bulgaria and Greece unquestionably support the accession of the countries in the Western Balkans to EU and NATO but only in strict abidance by the principles of good neighbourly relations, Samaras said and reiterated Greece's stand that Bulgaria should join the Schengen area.
Samaras also said that the border checkpoint at the Makaza-Komotini pass will be ready by March, as the construction works on the Bulgarian side are already completed.
Also in March the construction of a gas interconnection gas between the two countries will be launched.