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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mariya Gabriel: Bulgaria and Germany share common priorities in the European agenda

16 November 2023 News

Thank you for Germany's strong support for Bulgaria's Schengen membership without further delay

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mariya Gabriel is on an official visit to Germany at the invitation of Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. Highlights of the talks were issues on the bilateral and European agenda.

‘Thank you for the invitation and for the constructive and open conversation. The cooperation between Bulgaria and Germany is long-term and strategic. Our common priorities and joint actions on key issues on the European agenda contribute to more security and development for both countries. In this context, I thank Germany for its strong support for Bulgaria's Schengen membership. This is important for our country and for the Bulgarian people’, Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel said.

She stressed that Bulgaria highly values Germany's continued support for the country's membership in the OECD and the euro area. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were the bilateral relations in the field of security and home affairs, the fight against illegal migration, which remains a key priority, the opportunities for expanding investments. A great potential for cooperation in the fields of innovation, energy, tourism, education and culture was also noted.

‘I am happy to note the similarity in the positions of Bulgaria and Germany on a number of important topics on the international agenda, including support for Ukraine, the situation in the Middle East, the EU enlargement policy, and women in diplomacy,’ Mariya Gabriel said.

The two countries will also continue their joint efforts to combat disinformation and hybrid threats. ‘We are all aware that any of the topics we are talking about can be victims of such attacks and that is why we need to be very strong in countering them’, Gabriel said.

‘Let me assure you that in my person, in the person of the Foreign Ministry and of Bulgaria, you have a partner open to make our extremely good cooperation even more constructive and to be part of debates that will bring benefits to Bulgaria, to Germany and to Europe’, said in conclusion Deputy Prime Minister Mariya Gabriel.

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