Bulgaria has a plan, as well as the potential, to be well prepared for taking over the rotating Presidency of the European Council in July-December 2018, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova said, quoted by the government's information service, at the first meeting of the thematic working group on the administrative capacity in preparation of Bulgaria's EU Presidency.
Buchvarova heads the group in her capacity as Deputy Prime Minister in charge of state administration and coalition policy. She presented a preparation plan of ten measures, which she said are logically connected and building on each other.
The first and second measures of the plan have already been carried out. The first one was to collect the entire necessary information about the European Council and its structures so as to decide on the necessary number of people for preparation of all forums and meetings. The second measure was to evaluate the existing administrative capacity vis-a-vis European affairs, and identify the main weaknesses and make recommendations. Buchvarova said that what has been done will be reported to the Council of Ministers every three months.