Sofia Echo

Bulgaria abroad

Bulgarian PM’s goodwill messages to Serbian, Macedonian leaders

Author: Clive Leviev-Sawyer Date: Wed, Dec 23 2009 14 Comments, 4645 Views
Share: share on Twitter share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn
Print Send via email

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov made telephone calls to Serbian president Boris Tadic and Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski, respectively, discussing bilateral issues and wishing them well on their countries’ paths to European Union integration, the Cabinet media office said on December 23 2009.
 
Borissov welcomed Serbia’s formal application on December 22 to join the EU, the media statement said.
 
He congratulated Tadic and Gruevski on their countries’ admission to the Schengen visa-free arrangement as of December 19.
 
From that date, citizens of the two countries, along with Montenegro, may enter the Schengen visa zone for up to 90 days within six-month periods provided that they are biometric passport holders.
 
Borissov sent Christmas wishes and hopes for the health and happiness of citizens of Macedonia and Serbia, respectively, according to the media statement.
 
This year has seen some ructions in Bulgaria’s bilateral relations with each of the two countries.
 
Gruevski caused offence in Bulgaria when statements he made while on a visit to Australia were interpreted as representing territorial claims in Bulgaria. Gruevski said that he had been misunderstood. In 2009, Sofia has more than once told Skopje that its support for its EU hopes is not unconditional.
 
Belgrade was offended when Bulgaria sent representatives to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to give evidence in favour of the legality of Kosovo’s February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence, which Serbia rejects as illegitimate.

  • Greece, Macedonia in London talks
  • Tadic’s controversial Christmas in Kosovo
  • Tension between Serbia, Montenegro over Podgorica’s planned diplomatic ties with Kosovo
  • Sejdiu sends Pope a Christmas card asking for recognition of Kosovo
  • Politics does not take the day off for Christmas
  • Serbia to be EU member ‘some time in next decade’ – Rehn
  • Macedonia name dispute: Now for 2010
  • Serbia, EU member number 30?
  • Bulgaria liberalises visa system for Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro
  • Macedonian president Ivanov to visit Bulgaria
  • EU Schengen visa decision on Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro welcomed
    • Anonymous
      :-) Rating:
      neutral
      #14 01, 06, Thu, Jan 14 2010

      hahahahha!!This storie with the money is reall something!!Its amazing what the payed by the goverment newspapers are telling to the people to forget their missery..The most discusting thing is that i know that the people who live in Fyrom dont by this bull..

    • Anonymousmakedonia always greeceTue, Jan 05 2010

      This comment has been removed by the moderator because it contained

    • Anonymous
      Koinos Nous Rating:
      neutral
      #12 21, 16, Thu, Dec 31 2009

      I wondered why there was such a shortage of black garbage/rubbish bags in the UK...obviously they've all gone to Greece !

    • Anonymous
      Stefan Rating:
      neutral
      #11 11, 24, Mon, Dec 28 2009

      Borisov is trying to look like he is playing now more racional and responsible external politics, despite the constant scandals caused by Karakachanov and Dimitrov.
      It is just a show.

    • Anonymous
      Peter Rating:
      neutral
      #10 16, 55, Thu, Dec 24 2009

      Sasha,with due respect,the Socio-Democrats governed Macedonia since 1991.What accomplishment can they show,except selling Macedonia to a foreighn government? Is it not that Crvenkovski and Frckovski have been bought by the Greeks?.I am not againts the SD,but those who are selling our people to a foreighn government.At least, Prime Minister Gruevski is not selling us out,and for that I am very happy!.The economy is global,it is not just Macedonia.Have you heard the US paid the banks over 1.6 trillion dollars? Thats trillions my dear.Millions of people lost their homes,businesses and their savings.Once more,it is a global catastrophy.This year is compaired to [...]

      Read the full comment depression times of the 30s.No,its not Gruevskis doing.By the way,in 1991 I voted for independance from Yugoslavija and proud of it.Just one question for you Sasha,have you read the 130 million dollars Greece (Samaras and Mitsotakis) black garbage bags paid to?. On this note I wish you and yours a happy holidays!

    • Anonymous neutral
      #9 15, 12, Thu, Dec 24 2009

      I would like to congratulate Boiko in this sense for his good wishes and I believe that he does mean it.

    • Anonymous neutral
      #8 15, 11, Thu, Dec 24 2009

      I believe it is in the interest of all Balkan countries to get on well. Ofcource we all do have our differences which is not necessarily a bad thing...

    • Anonymous
      Vall Rating:
      neutral
      #7 09, 11, Thu, Dec 24 2009

      Macedonia is part of Bulgaria !

    • Anonymous
      Sasha Rating:
      neutral
      #6 05, 15, Thu, Dec 24 2009

      As one failure endures after another gruevski has brought our nation to its knees. Unlike Peter's highly imflated comments of the man that has done more than any previous government to bring unemployment and misery to record levels, all I would like to say to the conservative ex-boxer is your time is up. Let the SDSM do the job you were supposed to do and give our Youth a future. The smirky Thatcherism's of Gruevski are beginning to wear thin on the majority of the population. I hope you have a miserable festive season Gruevski so as to remember that [...]

      Read the full comment not all Macedonians live as comfortably as you and your diaspora masters.

      Long Live the Macedonian Youth & SDSM.

    • AnonymousScipio AfricanusThu, Dec 24 2009

      This comment has been removed by the moderator because it contained

    • Anonymous
      Peter Rating:
      neutral
      #4 19, 28, Wed, Dec 23 2009

      Borisovs statement is most welcome. The Australian comment by the Prime Minister was not to re-claim Pirin Macedonia.His statement was appropriate,I am glad He did.I am Macedonian from the Aegean Macedonia,I feel 100% Macedonian,and no one can take that away from me.Gruevski,more than anyone else before Him never brought the question of the Macedonians Human Rights in these parts of Macedonia.Prime Minister Borisov must recognise the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria,this will improve relations greatly for both countries.Whoever,I wish Mr. Borisov all the best for recognising the Republic of Macedonia.I also wish the PM Gruevski as well for making Macedonia better [...]

      Read the full comment than 16 years of Socio-Democrats.

    • AnonymousironWed, Dec 23 2009

      This comment has been removed by the moderator because it contained

      AnonymoustomWed, Dec 23 2009

      This comment has been removed by the moderator because it contained

      AnonymoustomWed, Dec 23 2009

      This comment has been removed by the moderator because it contained

    To post comments, please, Login or Register.
    Please read the The Sofia Echo forum comments policy.