Bulgaria – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (Sofia, 19-20 January 2018)

Nathalie Loiseau will visit Sofia on January 19 and 20 as Bulgaria assumes, for the first time, the presidency of the Council of the European Union during the first half of 2018.

The minister for European affairs will notably meet with Ekatarina Zakarieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Justice Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Nathalie Loiseau will discuss the importance of promoting a Europe that protects. She will present our approach to public consultations, aimed at helping to better identify the expectations of European citizens with respect to the EU. She will also take part, together with Lilyana Pavlova, in a conference entitled “What ambitions for Europe?” at the Institut Français in Sofia.

This visit will provide an opportunity to exchange views with the Bulgarian authorities on the priorities of their presidency and on the refounding of the European Union. The Bulgarian presidency’s agenda will notably focus on the launch of discussions on the next multiannual financial framework and the continuation of work on priority issues: management of migration flows and redefinition of the European asylum system; consolidation of the euro zone; strengthening of European defense; and development of EU relations with the Western Balkans.