SOFIA – New initiatives should not be at the expense of traditional policies

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was in Brussels on 5 and 6 February to discuss the MFF with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel. Speaking to journalists, he provided some insight of Bulgaria’s expectations from the MFF.

Bulgaria is giving its blessing to the Green deal, but at the same time it insists that “traditional” EU policies such as cohesion should not be downgraded. Cohesion and common agricultural policies have proven added value and their results are visible and tangible to European citizens, Borissov argued.

Also, he has insisted that there should be no opposition between net recipients and net donors, because all EU citizens benefit from the Common Agriculture Policy and from cohesion.

Also, Bulgaria insists that cohesion policy should be kept separate from the Just Transition Fund, and that this new funding should not dig into the cohesion money.

“We value in the same way the traditional policies, science and innovation, security, and tackling climate change”, Borissov said. In his words the new MFF must consolidate what has been achieved so far and at the same time give answers to the new challenges.

Bulgaria will also insist on bridging the gaps between regions. The poorest region in the EU is North-West Bulgaria, with a GDP capita equal to 29% of the EU average. (Georgi Gotev, EURACTIV.com)

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