The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, the Pan-European Movement - Bulgaria and the "Open Society" Institute - Sofia and with the support of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy organized a public discussion of the end of the Hungarian presidency of the Council of the European Union entitled "EU after the Hungarian Presidency and where Bulgaria is." The discussion brought together the Ambassador of Hungary to Bulgaria H.E. Judith Lang, the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Mr. Rosen Plevneliev and the president of the Pan-European Movement in Bulgaria Mrs. Gergana Passy. The event was held on June 23rd at the Radisson Hotel.
The event was opened by Mrs. Gergana Passy, who presented her greetings to H.E. Judith Lang. She congratulated Ambassador Lang for the successes achieved during the Hungarian Presidency and stressed the fact that the law, which standardizes chargers for mobile phones, was enacted exactly during this presidency, a project initiated precisely by Solomon and Gergana Passy.
The Ambassador of Hungary drew up a balance sheet of the past six months from the first presidency of the EU Council of her country and expressed her satisfaction with the steps, which were taken for the implementation of the strategy "Europe 2020" as well as the improvement of the economic policies in the EU (cohesion policy, the establishment of a joint energy-efficient policy and infrastructure, economic governance and measures leading to stronger budgetary discipline and planning). She expressed her hope that they succeeded in their ambition to put Europe closer to people, because it is people that make Europe stronger. Namely "Strong Europe" was the motto of the Hungarian presidency.
As a major focus of the public discussion was outlined the European strategy for the development of the Danube Region and the implementation of programs for sustainable development in the region, which should contribute for a more efficient water management, accelerated construction of trans-European transport corridors and enhancement of scientific cooperation between countries. Mr. Plevneliev expressed his optimism and said that big projects need to happen because they open a way for the smaller ones. "Connectivity is our prerequisite for success and at the same time our total priority," said the Minister. For this same reason Bulgaria insists that the funds from the Cohesion Fund for infrastructure projects cannot be reduced during the next programming period (2014 - 2020). Rosen Plevneliev expressed his pride from the fact that Bulgaria is the only country that realized a project through the cross - funding of three funds. This is the right strategy trough which projects should be realized, according to him.
The discussion “EU after the Hungarian Presidency and where Bulgaria is” took place a day before the start of a new meeting of the European Council and enjoyed a wide interest from the media, students, representatives of the business sector and diplomatic corps in Bulgaria.