Bulgaria and Romania should replace their pointless regional competition with full-fledged cooperation, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries think.
Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov and his Romanian counterpart Teodor Baconschi met in Sofia Friday.
“It is about time Bulgaria and Romania leave in the past a pointless rivalry which has been going on in the past years, and to start an extremely useful cooperation within both the EU and NATO, as well as in the region,” Mladenov said during the joint press conference.
Mladenov said Baconschi and he had agreed to have regular consultations to coordinate the country’s positions in the ongoing debates in the EU on the application of the Lisbon Treaty, the 2020 Agenda, and other common policies.
In his words, the two Ministers also discussed other topics such as the organization of the new EU diplomatic service, the new strategic concept of NATO, and the operation in Afghanistan. The
Romanian side has agreed to supply Bulgaria with information on the location of elements of the US missile defense in Europe on a regular basis.
Romania’s Foreign Minister Baconschi also stressed the fact that the two neighboring countries should do away with their rivalry, and pointed to the signing of a memorandum for trans-border projects which was signed on Friday as a practical step in realizing the joint cooperation.
Baconschi explained that the negotiations for position elements of the US missile defense in Europe – namely, of 20 interceptor missiles – on Romanian soil would take about a year and a half.
“I am convinced that this system will be the foundation for the establishment of a full-fledged missile defense encompassing all NATO members,” Baconschi said.
Romania’s top diplomat further stated that his country supported the diversification of energy sources for the EU such as the construction of the Nabucco gas transit pipeline.
Baconschi expects that the deadlines under the ISPA program for the construction of the “Danube 2” Bridge at Vidin-Calafat which the Prime Ministers of the two countries said they would request from the EC. He emphasized that Bulgaria and Romania should not blame one another for the delay of this project.

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Bulgaria, Romania Top Diplomats Vow to End ‘Pointless’ Rivalry

Bulgaria and Romania should replace their pointless regional competition with full-fledged cooperation, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries think.
Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov and his Romanian counterpart Teodor Baconschi met in Sofia Friday.
“It is about time Bulgaria and Romania leave in the past a pointless rivalry which has been going on in the past years, and to start an extremely useful cooperation within both the EU and NATO, as well as in the region,” Mladenov said during the joint press conference.
Mladenov said Baconschi and he had agreed to have regular consultations to coordinate the country’s positions in the ongoing debates in the EU on the application of the Lisbon Treaty, the 2020 Agenda, and other common policies.
In his words, the two Ministers also discussed other topics such as the organization of the new EU diplomatic service, the new strategic concept of NATO, and the operation in Afghanistan. The
Romanian side has agreed to supply Bulgaria with information on the location of elements of the US missile defense in Europe on a regular basis.
Romania’s Foreign Minister Baconschi also stressed the fact that the two neighboring countries should do away with their rivalry, and pointed to the signing of a memorandum for trans-border projects which was signed on Friday as a practical step in realizing the joint cooperation.
Baconschi explained that the negotiations for position elements of the US missile defense in Europe – namely, of 20 interceptor missiles – on Romanian soil would take about a year and a half.
“I am convinced that this system will be the foundation for the establishment of a full-fledged missile defense encompassing all NATO members,” Baconschi said.
Romania’s top diplomat further stated that his country supported the diversification of energy sources for the EU such as the construction of the Nabucco gas transit pipeline.
Baconschi expects that the deadlines under the ISPA program for the construction of the “Danube 2” Bridge at Vidin-Calafat which the Prime Ministers of the two countries said they would request from the EC. He emphasized that Bulgaria and Romania should not blame one another for the delay of this project.

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