Bulgaria focuses its efforts on the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians – EURACTIV.com

Bulgaria will focus its efforts on protecting the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians in talks with North Macedonia, while Skopje will seek to negotiate a swift revocation of Bulgaria’s EU accession veto.

This approach became clear after the key meeting of the National Security Council that President Rumen Radev convened in Sofia on Monday.

The Bulgarian parties represented in parliament have outlined the political framework that Prime Minister Kiril Petkov will have to defend on his first visit to Skopje on January 18th.

“(Bulgaria’s) approval of the start of EU accession talks in the Republic of North Macedonia should not be tied to deadlines, but to actual results, including with regard to the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians,” said President Rumen Radev after a meeting of the Security Council.

“We never have and never deny the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia the right to determine themselves on the basis of their own self-confidence and to keep their languages ​​constitutional,” he added.

“Bulgaria maintains full equality of the Macedonian Bulgarians with the rest of the peoples in the Republic of North Macedonia. The policy of discrimination against the more than 120,000 Macedonian Bulgarians has escalated recently, ”he also said.

Bulgaria insists that the rights of Macedonian Bulgarians are a crucial moment in meeting the Copenhagen criteria for EU membership and cannot be negotiated.

Bulgaria will also insist on accelerating the implementation of projects providing transport and digital infrastructure for both countries, with a focus on transport corridor 8, which connects the Albanian port city of Durres with Bulgaria’s largest Black Sea city, Varna.

“This will give a boost to the negotiation process,” added Radev.

The Bulgarian political parties agreed that the Bulgarian government will respect Bulgaria’s current national position in conducting the country’s domestic policy.

So far, Sofia authorities have urged Skopje to recognize its pre-1944 Bulgarian roots, including a common language, history, and national heroes, and to work to eradicate the language of hatred towards Bulgaria and change textbooks that use the hateful language.

Bulgarian demands continue to be misunderstood by EU partners and North Macedonia flatly refuses to comply. In recent months Bulgaria has started to shift the focus of its efforts to protecting the rights of Macedonians who have recognized their Bulgarian roots and accepted Bulgarian passports, who make up a significant part of the country’s two million inhabitants.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

About admin

Check Also

Up close and personal” with BPO

Fri, May 13, 2022 12:35 p.m Artpark & ​​Company announced “Opera in Concert at Artpark: …