Bulgaria welcomes Croatia’s decision to place the Western Balkans among the priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2020, Bulgaria’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva said in Zagreb, where she met with her Croatian counterpart Gordan Grlić Radman within the frameworks of her official visit to Croatia, BNR reported
Bulgaria’s Vice President Iliana Yotova met with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during her visit to that country. Iliana Yotova and Kassim-Jomart Tokayev discussed the development of the Bulgarian community in Kazakhstan. People from 140 different nationalities and ethnic groups live in this country and the Bulgarian community is among the oldest communities with a status of a national minority. The Bulgarians in Kazakhstan have 5 cultural centers. Vice President Yotova and President Tokayev accentuated during the talks on the representation of the Bulgarians in the local Parliament and the Bulgarian language studies. It became clear that Sofia is ready to send a professional teacher in Bulgarian language and literature and that as of next year the Sunday school in the capital Nursultan can start functioning on a regular basis. Kazakhstani students of Bulgarian descent will have the opportunity to study in Bulgaria. Vice President Yotova is paying a two-day official visit to Kazakhstan at the invitation of the Bulgarian community in this country.
The two ministers expressed their disappointment that the European Council did not reach a consensus to start accession talks with the Republic of Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia. We believe that the EU membership is the strongest motif for reforms in the region, Minister Zaharieva underlined