Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov voiced satisfaction with the two-day summit for South East Europe that wrapped up in Dubrovnik on Saturday. "We went beyond what had been discussed in Sarajevo in early June, the reaffirmation of the European perspective for the Western Balkans. Participants rallied behind the idea that internal reforms by our neighbours are key to their EU accession", said Mladenov for BTA.
He also said that this had been started clearly by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and later reiterated by the representatives of the European Commission and many other countries.
Besides internal reforms, Mladenov singled out regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations among the challenges before the countries in the region. Prior to their EU accession, future EU members countries should iron out outstanding bilateral issues and conflicts, the Minister added. Participants supported a statement by the representative of the European Commission that is not a good thing for the countries to import problems in the EU.
Within the framework of the summit Mladenov met Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitris Droutsas. The two discussed the preparations for the July 27 inaugural joint meeting of the governments of Bulgaria and Greece in Sofia. Its aim is to lay down the strategic partnership between Bulgaria and Greece in connection with bilateral, regional and European issues, said Mladenov.