„7 YEARS IN BULGARIA: SOME REFLECTIONS” Farewell speech by H.E. Steve Williams, ambassador of the united kingdom to Bulgaria
(March 14th 2011, Sheraton Hotel Sofia)
The ambassador outlined key areas in which a lot of work was still needed. The biggest problem that Bulgaria faces currently is the “mutri” culture and the ties organized crime had to the positions of power and authority. H.E. Williams remarked that the current measures of arrest and containment are a step in the right direction but convictions would still be required to convince both the Bulgarian people and foreign observers, that the process is irreversible.
At the conclusion of his speech, the ambassador expressed his desire to return to Bulgaria ten years in the future. In doing so, he painted an optimistic portrait of Bulgarian life in that time, with finished and functioning highways, a smoking ban in public places, cleaner streets and the halt of the construction on the Black Sea coast.
The ambassador finished his lecture with the words “You have a great and beautiful country: look after it carefully!”