Sofia. Bulgaria will participate in the celebration of the 1,150th anniversary of the Great Moravia mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius next year, announced the press service of the President’s Office.
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is expected to pay an official visit to Slovakia in 2013 and attend the international celebration of the 1,150th anniversary of the Great Moravia mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
This was announced at a meeting between the Bulgarian head of state and Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, who is on a working visit to Bulgaria to attend the international conference Sofia Forum about the Balkans. The Bulgarian President’s visit next year will take place also in the context of the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two states.
We would like to see more business between Bulgaria and Slovakia and we should encourage the contacts mainly between the small and medium businesses from both countries, President Plevneliev highlighted at the meeting.
According to him the Danube Strategy offers large opportunities in this area.
It is expected that this year Bulgaria will be a partner to the sixth forum of trade, investments and cooperating, which takes place every year in Bratislava.
Representatives of the Bulgarian business will join the forum.
At the meeting Rosen Plevneliev and Miroslav Lajčák noted Bulgaria and Slovakia’s common positions supporting the EU’s Cohesion Policy. They also highlighted it is necessary to undertake measures for economic growth and said the results from the reforms in the EU countries should be evident to the citizens.
They also exchanged opinions about the situation in the Balkans, noting the need for enhancing the dialog at all levels between the countries in the region. They noted there is no alternative to the European integration of all Western Balkan states.
Bulgaria will keep on helping and sharing its experience in the European integration process with all its neighbors in the region, said the Bulgaria head of state.
Rosen Plevneliev expressed Bulgaria’s gratitude for Slovakia’s support for Sofia’s Schengen bid.