29 June 2019 - Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković recently hosted Vice President of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova, reports Government of Montenegro.
During the meeting, it was concluded that friendly and partnership relations between Montenegro and Bulgaria are in particular strengthened by Bulgaria's continued support during Montenegro's accession to NATO and now in the process of EU integration.
"Our relations can hardly be better than they are. They could only become stronger in terms of economic cooperation," said Prime Minister Marković.
He thanked the Vice Presidents of Bulgaria for the important initiative that last year, during the Bulgarian presidency of the European Union, actualised the issue of enlargement of the Union, which resulted in the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. The Prime Minister added that the initiative launched by President Boyko Borisov to include the Adriatic-Ionian corridor on the list of European corridors co-financed by the European Union was of paramount significance for Montenegro.
Vice President Iotova announced the continuation of strong support for the European integration process of Montenegro and other Western Balkan countries, especially stressing that Bulgaria insists on regatta principle or on a separate evaluation of the success of each candidate country. Prime Minister Marković reiterated Montenegro's firm position on the need to open accession talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania.
Bulgaria's Vice President pledged her country's support to the initiative of Montenegro to open the International Institute for Sustainable Technologies.
The meeting concluded that it is a mutual interest to include Bulgaria in the governing part of the Berlin Process for the Western Balkan countries.
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