“I will continue firmly maintaining direction of Bulgaria’s European development,” said Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, speaking with journalists after attending on Wednesday, January 6, a ritual dedicated to the consecration of battle flags and sacred flags of the Bulgarian army, FOCUS News Agency reported. Plevneliev was asked to comment on the priorities he would follow in 2016.
“The end of the fourth year of the President’s mandate is nearing and the fifth one is beginning. The Head of State sets the direction. He or she has a strong role and can influence strategic priorities,” the President stated.
“I can mention lots of meaningful for the country priorities I have been defending since the first day in which concrete results are achieved. I set energy liberalisation as a real priority 4 years ago; it is now taking place. We were talking about a “Grand Slam” back then; I entirely changed the priorities to energy efficiency, liberalisation, and diversification,” the Head of State went on to say.
“Who could have believed 4 years ago Bulgaria would be an active NATO member state and it would determine its compatibility with partner services as a strategic priority? This is a fact today. Who could have believed not one but two referendums would be held during the mandate of the Head of State. It happened. This was also a strategic priority for more direct democracy and a kept promise,” Rosen Plevneliev commented.
The official reminded the end of the fourth year of his mandate was close.
“I will certainly continue doing what I have so far done – firmly maintaining the direction of Bulgaria’s European development, working with citizens, lending support to them in their initiatives, and, of course, seeking progress and development in the strategic priorities of Bulgaria,” the Head of State added.
FOCUS News Agency