Government to make final pronouncement on fiscal compact international agreement next week
The last version of the document was received on Thursday and the position will be prepared in consultations with the Bulgarian Parliament
"Next week we will be able to say as a government whether Bulgaria will sign the international agreement on the fiscal compact, undertake commitments to it before it joins the Euro Zone and in which chapters of this agreement, or whether it will take another position," Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantin Dimitrov said. He was taking part in a Friday discussion of the parliamentary Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of the European Funds with MEPs.
Dimitrov noted that the last version of the document was received on Thursday and that the position will be prepared in consultations with the Bulgarian Parliament. The Deputy Foreign Minister presented the cabinet's priorities during the Danish Presidency of the EU, including upholding the need of preserving the cohesion policy's central place in the budget.
Bulgaria position on what the limit of assistance for the cohesion policy will be is important in the debate, Dimitrov said and added that Bulgaria does not accept the 2.5 of GDP ceiling suggested by the European Commission, because this will lead to a reduction of the funds for the least developed regions.
Bulgaria will also want an increase of the funds for the decommissioning of the nuclear facilities which were closed down pursuant to its accession treaty because these funds now are insufficient, Dimitrov said further. As to Schengen, attempts will continue with all political and public means to convince the Netherlands to overcome its "unfounded negativism towards this country's accession to the Schengen area".