Prime Minister Acad. Nikolai Denkov and Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen discuss European defense system and green energy development


The development of the European defense system and green energy were the focus of today’s meeting in Copenhagen of Prime Minister Acad. Nikolai Denkov with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. The two Prime Ministers discussed support for Ukraine and the increase of the capacity for technologies that would provide more security in the current geopolitical developments in the world and speed up the manufacture of munitions and other components needed for the defense industry.


Bulgaria’s Prime Minister was assured that Denmark would continue to insist on the country’s full accession to Schengen and that Copenhagen would be Sofia’s ally in the negotiations to lift the land border control as well. The two Prime Ministers discussed, in addition, Bulgaria’s ambition to join the Eurozone on 1 January 2025. In Mette Frederiksen’s opinion, the Bulgarian government has made major steps along this path.


In the course of the meeting, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister stated the country’s interest to study thoroughly the Danish experience in the use of high-techs and innovations in the energy sector. Appropriate ways will be sought as to how Copenhagen’s achievements and expertise could be applied in Bulgaria so as to speed up and make more efficient the country’s technology development in that sector.


The two heads of government discussed Denmark’s experience in the operation of wind power plants to generate electricity as a good supplement to photovoltaic power plants. “They have developed technologies and parks that perform extremely efficiently,” Acad. Nikolai Denkov noted after the meeting and pointed out that Denmark ranks among the top countries in Europe to harness the wind to generate electricity. “We talked about how some of this expertise could be used to develop such technologies in Bulgaria,” the Bulgarian Prime Minister said.


The generation of hydrogen from renewable sources and the development of a hydrogen economy were also focal points in the Denkov-Frederiksen discussion. Denmark is one of the first countries in Europe to develop a so-called hydrogen economy and Bulgaria has similar plans alike. In the view of the Bulgarian Prime Minister, the region around Stara Zagora is hospitable for the development of such technologies.


Within the framework of his visit to Copenhagen Prime Minister Acad. Nikolai Denkov is about to visit the BioInnovation Institute and the State of Green headquarters. The BioInnovation Institute is an international foundation that runs an incubator to speed up innovation in science. State of Green is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the Danish government and the three leading business associations in that country: the Confederation of Danish Industry, the Danish Energy Association and the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.