Plevneliev: Bulgaria needs long-term planning

Bulgaria needs long-term planning and strategic thinking to accomplish its development goals, Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev said in his keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) on May 18.

“Thinking, active and enlightened citizens can change the world to the better. Only countries with a long-term vision and a quality education system will have success in the future,” Plevneliev said.

“No other century in human history has given citizens such a large role in political processes. Freedom is a value and a conscious choice to do good and build up, rather than tear down what has been accomplished by the generation preceding us,” he said.

This was the second speech delivered by Plevneliev at AUBG inside seven months. In November 2013, he appeared in front of the students to deliver a lecture on the theme of “A better future: Who needs to take the initiative?”

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(Top: Plevneliev, centre, with US ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie B. Ries, left, and AUBG president Michael Easton, right. Photos:



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