Dimitris Kourkoulas: Bulgarian EU Presidency in 2018 is an Opportunity that Should Not Be Missed

Dimitris Kourkoulas: Bulgarian EU Presidency in 2018 is an Opportunity that Should Not Be Missed

Sofia, November 26 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018 is an opportunity that should not be missed as it will boost the country's confidence and will improve its international image, Greek diplomat Dimitris Kourkoulas, former head of the European Commission delegation to Bulgaria, said in Sofia on Thursday.
Kourkoulas gave a talk during a discussion on the planning of the Bulgarian EU Presidency, organized by Deputy Prime Minister for EU Policy Coordination and Institutional Affairs Meglena Kuneva.
Kuneva said: "I want Bulgaria to have the best EU Presidency which costs as little money as possible." She noted that good technical planning of the Presidency will enable the country to focus on diplomatic work.
Kourkoulas said Bulgaria should plan its EU Presidency without delay. According to him, the new type of Presidency established by the Treaty of Lisbon gives the country holding the Presidency more clout in the legislative process. On the other hand, the administrative burden on the Presidency holder is bigger than before, because it has the daunting task of organizing between 10 and 20 informal ministerial meetings and over 200 meetings of working groups, the diplomat said.
 
Previous Next
Close
Test Caption
Test Description goes like this
Cookies Preferences
Choose Type of Cookies You Accept Using


These cookies are required for the website to run and cannot be switched off. Such cookie are only set in response to actions made by you such as language, currency, login session, privacy preferences. You can set your browser to block these cookies but our site may not work then.


These cookies allow us to measure visitors traffic and see traffic sources by collecting information in data sets. They also help us understand which products and actions are more popular than others.


These cookies are usually set by our marketing and advertising partners. They may be used by them to build a profile of your interest and later show you relevant ads. If you do not allow these cookies you will not experience targeted ads for your interests.