Journalists from leading European and world media visited Bulgaria for the start of the Bulgarian Presidency

15.01.2018

Photo: Velislav Nikolov (EU2018BG)


56 journalists from leading European and world media visited Bulgaria for the coverage of the start of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018. 
 
In addition to the official opening, there were many meetings and events scheduled in the programme of the Brussels Press Corps. At these meetings and events, the journalists learned in detail about the priorities and the main topics our country will be working on during its first rotational Presidency.
 
The foreign journalists had a working meeting with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, members of the government and the Mayor of the City of Sofia, as well as working breakfasts with the Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union Lilyana Pavlova and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva.

Within the framework of the visit, the correspondents met with members of the Supreme Political Advisory Board for the Bulgarian Presidency – Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017) and Simeon Saxe-Coburg of Gotha, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (2001-2005).

The foreign journalists visited Sofia Tech Park where they met with representatives of the Bulgarian scientific and entrepreneurial community and attended various presentations of achievements in the sector.

In addition to the meetings with the officials, during their stay in Bulgaria the members of the foreign media had the opportunity to experience the rich history of Bulgaria as well as its culture and traditions. They visited some of the emblematic places in the capital city and in the countryside – the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Museum of Sofia, the triangle of religious tolerance, the Archaeological Museum, many sights in the city of Plovdiv, including the Old Town and the Ancient Theatre.

The group of 56 journalists also visited the Rila Monastery – the museum there, the main church of the holy sanctuary and the icon exhibit hall.

Traditionally, each rotational Presidency of the Council of the European Union invites the members of the Brussels Press Corps to the respective country for the official opening. This is an opportunity for the presiding country to showcase its cultural and historic heritage and the results achieved in various areas. The visit of the members of the foreign media who will cover the Bulgarian Presidency in the coming six months will be an opportunity for them to report their impressions of our achievements, which have already been appreciated far beyond the borders of Bulgaria.

 

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