The College of EU Commissioners and the ministers of the Bulgarian government will have a joint session on 12 January at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. They will hold three parallel cluster meetings on topics related to the Bulgarian Presidency’s priorities and the European Agenda. Commissioners and ministers will discuss issues in the areas: foreign affairs, security and defence, migration and justice; inclusive and stable Europe, close to the citizens; competitive, innovative and digital Europe. Keynote speakers for the three sessions are Deputy Prime Ministers Ekaterina Zaharieva and Tomislav Donchev, as well as Minister Lilyana Pavlova.
Immediately after the discussions, a plenary session will take place of the Commissioners and the Bulgarian government with the participation of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, where the results of the discussions will be presented. EC President Juncker and PM Borissov will hold a press-conference for the media.
The programme of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker includes individual meetings with the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, the President of the National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. The College of Commissioners will meet with the Presiding Body of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.