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Estonia and Bulgaria to Intensify Co-operation for 2018 European Union Presidency


No 241-E

At his meeting with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet discussed intensifying co-operation between Estonia and Bulgaria prior to both countries’ EU presidencies in 2018.

“We are both going to hold the presidency of the European Union in 2018, therefore it is necessary to work together in preparing for the presidencies. We plan to intensify co-operation in this area,” he added.

Paet also expressed support for Bulgaria joining the Schengen visa space. “Estonia is of the position that the process to join the Schengen zone must be based on transparent rules, and fulfilling these requirements is the basis for accession. Both Bulgaria and Romania fulfill the requirements set for accession to the Schengen visa area, and both have put forth a great effort,” said Foreign Minister Paet.

In talking about Bulgaria’s candidacy to be a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paet confirmed Estonia’s support for the further enlargement of the organisation. “Estonia supports inviting all countries that meet the appropriate criteria to accession talks,” Paet stated.

Paet and Vigenin also talked about co-operation in international organisations, including supporting one another’s candidacies.


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