Borissov in Brussels: ‘The Bulgarian EU Presidency is good for Europe’

Written by on February 2, 2018 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Borissov in Brussels: ‘The Bulgarian EU Presidency is good for Europe’

The Bulgarian head of state and the country’s head of government, Roumen Radev and Boiko Borissov, joined yet another opening ceremony for Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency, which took place 32 days into the endeavour, at the Bozar Center in Brussels.

The entire Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Nayden Todorov had been flown to Belgium for the event. Vanya Moneva, her choir, the world-famous Bulgarian soprano singer Sonya Yoncheva and genius pianist Lyudmil Angelov hit the stage too.

President Radev during his Brussels speech. Photo source:

Angelov played an appropriate “Festive Ouverture”, among other pieces. Verdi and Chopin were on the programme too, along with Bulgarian folk songs.

Before the cultural part of the evening started, President Radev said Europe was “not just sand, stone, concrete and glass. It is a spirit, and the most solid foundation of our home.”

Radev also said that Europe needed to be understandable, if it wanted people to believe in the idea and support it.

Borissov at the Brussels event. Photo source: Borissov’s Facebook page.

Prime Minister Boiko Borissov told the guests at the event, Bulgaria had walked a difficult, very hard road to Brussels. “But I think every Bulgarian today is happy that we are not only in the European Union, but also holding the EU Council Presidency.”

Borissov stated the Bulgarian Presidency was not only important for the Bulgarian people and the people of the Balkans, but for all of Europe. “We are ready to address the challenges Europe is confronted with”, he said.

After the event, Borissov spoke to Sonya Yoncheva, and then flew back to Sofia.





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