The fifth month of the Bulgarian Presidency brought about the highlight of the 6-month efforts - the EU-Western Balkans Summit on 17 May. The month started off with an informal meeting of EU Defense ministers. We celebrated Europe Day with a spectacular 3D mapping show organised by the Information Bureau of the European Parliament in Bulgaria and the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria in the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency.
As part of the preparations for the Summit, chef Borislav Paunov presented the menu for the informal dinner of the EU heads of state or government, the National Palace of Culture - the Summit venue - got freshened up and rebranded, and Sofia Tech Park was redecorated to welcome EU leaders for their dinner.
On 16 May Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, welcomed European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and EU heads of state or government for their informal dinner.
On 17 May they were joined at the National Palace of Culture by the leaders of Western Balkan partners, in a summit that strengthened the connectivity between the EU and the Western Balkans and reaffirmed the region's European perspective.
Following the biggest and most significant event of the Presidency, the venue welcomed citizens during the Open Doors Day. Guests visited the halls where important discussions have taken place since January. The month was wrapped up in a celebratory spirit with the open air event dedicated to 24 May, the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature.