President Radev Confers with Visiting EU Council President Tusk
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
The security of the EU and the Balkans, EU-Turkey relations, Bulgaria's role for the Balkans' economic development, energy independence, cohesion policy and Brexit topped the agenda of the meeting between President Rumen Radev and European Council President Donald Tusk, who is paying a visit to Bulgaria on Tuesday as part of his Balkan tour. The two gave a joint news conference after their one-to-one meeting.
Radev answered in detail a journalist's question about the recently repealed decree by the caretaker Cabinet, which concerns the integration of refugees in Bulgaria. It transpired that some members of Cabinet have voiced concerns that repealing the decree goes against Bulgaria's commitments to the EU and could lead to sanctions.
"The loyal EU membership does not mean mechanical copying of regulations, but making responsible strategic decisions, which can guarantee in perspective the integration process, without threats to national security and that of the Union," Radev commented the repealed decree. He added that integration without clear mechanisms and criteria leads to isolation, capsulation and radicalism, "which can be observed in a quite a few European countries".