EU During the Polish Presidency and Where Bulgaria Is

(July 14th, 2011, 11:00 a.m., Radisson Hotel, Sofia)

The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria as a partner of the Pan-European Movement - Bulgaria and “Open Society” Institute - Sofia and with the support of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy organized a public discussion entitled “EU During the Polish Presidency and Where Bulgaria Is”. The event was held on July 14th at Radisson Hotel in Sofia and brought together the Ambassador of Poland to Bulgaria H.E. Leszek Hensel, the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Mr. Traycho Traykov and the president of the Pan-European Movement in Bulgaria Mrs. Gergana Passy.

Mrs. Gergana Passy opened the event by greeting H.E. Leszek Hensel and announcing the arrival of Mr. Traykov. She expressed her best wishes for the Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union and emphasized on one of the biggest issues and challenges of the EU’s future: the energy.

In the beginning of the discussion Ambassador Hensel showed a video made by his delegation that was giving an impressive demonstration of unity, energy and enthusiasm through a typical Polish dance. Then he asked us to remind ourselves the benefits which have been gained by all the East European countries from the EU. He insisted on the fact that the potential is still enormous as long as we focus on the same aims such as working for the development of the digital service market in Europe, facilitating the access to the small and medium markets and making some contacts with external partners.

Among these goals, the Polish Ambassador also stressed on the importance his country will give to the continuity with the Hungarian presidency. “What were their priorities will also be ours!” he declared. Priorities such as integrity and the transparency of the energy market as well as the improvement of the partnerships with neighbouring countries from the Arabic world without forgetting East European countries like Ukraine and Macedonia and Turkey.
Mr. Traykov began his speech by saying: “as an East European country of the EU we should contribute to the achievements of the Union realizing its goals and helping to find others.” He also focused on one of his main priorities since he has been a Minister of energy: to guarantee cheaper and more accessible electricity, gas and other energy resources for Bulgarian citizens.

The discussion “EU During the Polish Presidency and Where Bulgaria Is” continued with many different questions and enjoyed a wide interest from the media, students, representatives of the business circles and diplomatic corps in Bulgaria.