Georgi Pirinski: Romania and Bulgaria can initiate the development of a macroregional strategy for the Black Sea region


Georgi Pirinski (photo: Veni Markovski for Wikipedia)

Both EU member states have clearly overlapping interests in the realisation of peace and sustainable development in the region of Black Sea, believes the Bulgarian diplomat and member of the European parliament

Georgi Pirinski is born on 10 September 1948 in New York. He was the Bulgarian deputy minister of foreign trade between 1980 and 1989. He was a member of the Bulgarian parliament in the period 1990-2013. He was the foreign minister of Bulgaria (1995-1996) and president of the National Assembly (2005-2009). He became a member of the European parliament in 2014. 

Mr. Pirinski, at a round table in Sofia in the beginning of April 2017 you presented the idea for the creation of a Black Sea euroregion, which could become a part of the political initiatives of the Bulgarian presidency of the EU in the first half of 2018. What is the essence of your idea? What are the results that you expect to be obtained by the Black Sea countries and by the EU following its realization?

The essence of the idea which was discussed at the conference on 3 April 2017 in Sofia was that an attempt could be made for Bulgaria and Romania as Black Sea member states of the EU to initiate the development of the so-called Macroregional strategy for the Black Sea region. In conformity with the common definition, a macroregional strategy is an integrated framework which is approved by the European Council and aims at the overcoming of challenges in a certain geographical region. These challenges affect member states and third countries which are placed in it. Together all of them collaborate stronger so that they could achieve economic, social and territorial cohesion.

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