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BOYKO BORISSOV IN DELPHI: THE BALKANS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COMPETITIVE PLACES IN THE WORLD

01.03.2018

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov opened the Delphi Economic Forum, which for the third consecutive year gathered politicians, economists, and experts to discuss the new global economic trends and political opportunities for good governance.

 

In his speech, the Bulgarian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of the connectivity between the EU countries and the Western Balkans. He stressed that if the projects are completed for the corridors №4, №8 and №10, the Danube Strategy, as well as the connection of the ports Thessaloniki-Kavala-Alexandroupolis-Bourgas-Varna-Rousse, the Balkans will be one of the most competitive places in the world. “Such a nature, such a beauty, such a history, such a center for business, tourism, innovation, and when we build the digital connectivity in parallel, it will give, I am convinced, a huge future for the Balkans,” Prime Minister Borissov said. He informed about the meetings held in London with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, with the World Bank in Sofia, with the European Investment Bank in Brussels, whereby the opportunities for project funding have already been discussed.

 

Prime Minister Borissov has called for the process of European integration of the Western Balkans to become irreversible so that the region would turn from a source of several wars to a peaceful, European place to live. “We have to do it now, because otherwise we will report growth in youth unemployment and lack of well-qualified labor,” said the Bulgarian Prime Minister and added that the issue should remain on the agenda in Europe after the end of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.