Hungary and Bulgaria are close allies, they coordinate their policies regarding the future of the EU

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Bulgarian FM Ekaterina Zakharieva and Hungarian FM Péter Szijjártó - Sofia. November 3, 2017. Photo: MTI

Bulgaria and Hungary look at the most important problems facing the European Union similarly and will give similar responses in the upcoming debates about the future of the EU said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó at Sofia Press Conference after meeting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and several members of his cabinet.

The two countries are allies when it comes to fighting illegal migration - both countries agree that illegal immigration must be stopped at the EU's external borders and the EU must decide who can enter Europe before allowing migrants to enter in the continent, he added.

Hungary appreciates Bulgaria's efforts to defend the EU's external borders, and therefore, supports Bulgaria's aspirations to become a member of the Schengen zone as soon as possible, the minister said, recalling that Bulgaria has built a fence on its 260 kilometers border with Turkey.

The two countries can also count on each others when it comes to protecting European Christian values. Both countries foresee European integration on Christian foundations - said Szijjártó.

I have also discussed the new Ukrainian Education Law with Bulgarian government officials since there are significant number of Hungarian and Bulgarian minority live in Ukraine. Both governments regard the Ukrainian Education Law unacceptable as it violates the rights of minorities denying them the right to study in their mother tongue said Szijjártó.

Therefore, both countries use European forums to pressure Ukraine to change the law and allow minorities to study in their mother tongue, which is a basic requirement from a country wants to join the European Union, emphasized Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.

(MTI -


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