President of the Republic of Poland / News / President to discuss EU budget, energy policy in Bulgaria

Source: Republic of Poland in English

EU budgetary and energy policy, the development of cooperation within the Three Seas Initiative and the security situation in the Black Sea region will be the focus of talks for Polish President Andrzej Duda during a visit to Bulgaria starting Monday.

President Duda will travel to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Monday afternoon with his wife, Agata Kornhauser-Duda. On Tuesday, he has a range of discussions planned including with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. PAP was informed by the head of the President’s Office, Krysztof Szczerski, that in the course of his political discussions, the President “will raise a range of issues related to the security sphere, regional and European cooperation and bilateral relations.”

“The Presidents will discuss among other things the security situation in the Black Sea region and Bulgarian plans to modernise the armed forces,” Krzysztof Szczerski stated.

A very important aspect of the visit, he added, will be “the Balkans issue.” “In the course of talks with the Bulgarian authorities, the President will certainly share his assessment of the current development of events in the Balkans and he will want to get to know the perspective of Bulgarian partners,” Krzysztof Szczerski commented.

He went on to say that among the subjects of the Presidents’ talk would be the two countries’ positions related to EU policy in the fields of energy and the budget, among others.

“Bulgaria is striving among other things to join the Schengen area, in which Poland is actively supporting it. That solidarity must be complemented, however, with other concrete joint infrastructure projects, which will translate into an even greater growth dynamic in mutual economic relations,” Krzysztof Szczerski stated.

Other subjects on the President’s agenda in Sofia include plans related to developing regional cooperation within the Three Seas Initiative (grouping the countries between the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas) as well as among the countries on NATO’s eastern flank. Krzysztof Szczerski underscored that Bulgaria is “an important partner of Poland” in these formats.

After meeting the Bulgarian President, Andrzej Duda will also meet Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the speaker of the Bulgarian National Assembly, Tsveta Karayancheva. (PAP)