15:11 02.01.2018

Klimkin happy with Bulgaria's presidency of EU Council

Klimkin happy with Bulgaria's presidency of EU Council

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has welcomed the beginning of Bulgaria's presidency of the Council of the European Union.

"A Bulgarian MEP was the EU rapporteur on Ukraine's receiving visa-free travel. Now Bulgaria has become the EU's main rapporteur for the next six months, heading the Council of the European Union," he wrote in his Twitter microblog on Tuesday.

At the same time, Klimkin said that "we have a joint community, Cyrillic alphabet and the Black Sea with Bulgaria," noting that "they acceded to the EU and NATO a little earlier."

As reported, Bulgaria, whose presidency of the EU Council began on January 1, 2018, declared the national slogan "United we stand strong" as the motto of its six-month program.

The four priorities of Bulgaria's EU presidency are the future of Europe and of the young people – economic growth and social cohesion; European perspective and connectivity of the Western Balkans; security and stability in a strong and united Europe; digital economy and skills for the future.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko congratulated Bulgaria on the beginning of its first ever presidency of the EU Council.

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