Sofia, December 2 (BTA) - The Council of Ministers Wednesday adopted a three-month report on the implementation of the Plan for the Preparation of the Bulgarian EU Presidency in the second half of 2018, the Government Information Service said. The report, which was prepared by Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies, Coordination and Institutional Affairs Meglena Kuneva, reads that a series of key activities within the preparation of the Bulgarian EU Presidency have already been implemented in all fields: administrative capacity; logistics and infrastructure; communication strategy and cultural programme; funding and public procurement procedures; priorities and programme of the Bulgarian EU Presidency.
The summary of the data on the planned sittings and meetings show that in the second half of 2018 there will be around 2,500 events of which Bulgaria will be in charge. Around 80 per cent of these will take place in Brussels, Kuneva told journalists. She noted that the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council included 1,739 events, and the Luxembourg Presidency has 1,720 events planned.
The Bulgarian ministries and the other departments plan to prepare, hold and take part in: 30 sittings, including of the European Council, the ten configurations of the EU Council and six high-level meetings; 215 preparatory bodies of the EU Council; 35 committees, commissions, high-level meetings and forums; over 20 forums of international organizations; around 95 forums, conferences, meetings, courses and lectures on topics related to the Bulgarian EU Presidency. A list is about to be prepared of the events that will be held in Bulgaria, Brussels, Luxembourg and other cities.