Ekaterina Zaharieva, British Minister for Europe and Americas Discuss Post-Brexit Cooperation10 March 2020 News
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva and Wendy Morton, British Minister for European Neighborhood and the Americas, agreed that Bulgaria and the United Kingdom will continue to work together after Brexit to ensure security and cooperation in the Balkans.
Ekaterina Zaharieva met Wendy Morton before the start of the Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Berlin Process for the Western Balkans in Skopje today. This year, Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia serve as co-presidents for the first time.
“Bulgaria and the United Kingdom have always agreed on the spheres in which we can be more ambitious as regards the Balkans. Our views are very similar. Let us continue to work together on this topic,” Minister Zaharieva said. According to her, the two countries can also run joint projects in the Balkans under official development assistance, the kind of projects Bulgaria has with Japan in the region.
The Bulgarian Foreign Minister said that the environment and connectivity are among the priorities of the joint presidency of the Berlin Process held by Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia in 2020 and for good reason, too. “The Berlin Process was set up to improve connectivity and good-neighborly relations, which are also a condition for membership in the EU,” Ekaterina Zaharieva said.
The British Minister for European Neighborhood and the Americas stated that London would continue to support the Berlin Process for the Western Balkans after Brexit and would continue to fulfill its commitments in the field.
Ekaterina Zaharieva and Wendy Morton also discussed aspects of London’s future relations with Europe post-Brexit and after the negotiations between Britain and the European Commission, which started on 2 March. The Bulgarian Foreign Minister highlighted the importance which Bulgaria attaches to cooperation with London in the spheres of security and social policy.