France to Support Bulgaria in Preparations for EU Presidency

France to Support Bulgaria in Preparations for EU Presidency

Bulgaria will cooperate with France on the preparations for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policy and Institutional Affairs Meglena Kuneva and French Minister of state for European affairs Harlem Desir agreed during a meeting, Cabinet's Press Service reported on Monday. 
France is ready to accept Bulgarian ministerial employees on internships at French ministries, it emerged from the meeting. Minister Desir accepted an invitation to Bulgaria by the middle of this year, so that he can open the trainings for the Bulgarian administration. Kuneva and Desir also discussed the topic of Bulgaria's Schengen accession, which according to the Bulgarian Deputy PM, must not be tied to this country's progress in the field of justice and the fight against corruption. 
The problem with the increasing migration flow towards Europe was another matter discussed, along with the measures for dealing with the situation in the Mediterranean, which were adopted by the European Council last week. Kuneva said that although the current focus is on maritime borders, the EU should not forget its external land border, such as Bulgaria, because this country is also subjected to an increased migration pressure. 
 
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