- Seven Bulgarians in Ukraine have asked to vote in the elections on October 2
- Two Bulgarians injured in an accident in Hungary have been discharged from hospital. The condition of a woman in the hospital in Kecskemet remains serious
- Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has not only anti-Bulgarian, but also anti-European rhetoric, says Kojabashev
Seven Bulgarian citizens have applied to vote in Ukraine for the early elections on October 2. This became clear at a briefing in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the statement of the deputy head of the working group for the elections, Kalin Anastasov.
As “24 Chasa” wrote, Bulgaria plans to re-open our embassy in the country at the beginning of September.
The first group for the embassy in Ukraine leaves on September 11 and will open the doors of the mission immediately. A special group will examine the condition of the building, explained the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostadin Kojabashev.
EU countries will continue to issue visas to Russian citizens, but under a stricter regime. Passports issued by territories occupied by Russia will not be recognized. This was agreed by the EU foreign ministers at the informal meeting in the GYMNIH format on August 30 and 31, Kojabashev also announced.
A political agreement was reached at the meeting to suspend visas for Russian citizens. Bulgaria, as part of the EU, is also part of this political agreement, he emphasized.
Issuance of visas for citizens of the Russian Federation will continue and will be after a very careful assessment of each individual case. Taking into account the situation in which the Member States find themselves, close to the border with Russia, it was agreed that additional measures could be taken at national level to restrict entry into the EU in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code. It was explicitly emphasized that the passports issued by the occupied territories will not be recognized, Kojabashev also said.
Regarding the opening of 3 consular missions in Lyon, Dusseldorf and Edinburgh. The reason is the same – the ever-increasing number of citizens there and the need for an adequate consular response. On the territory of France, we have only one consular office – in Paris, and the majority of Bulgarians live in the south of France. The consular office in Lyon is expected to serve 35-40 thousand Bulgarian citizens. It’s the same in Scotland. Currently, there are about 15,000 Bulgarian citizens there. It is also difficult for them to be served by the embassy in London as they have to travel over 700 km. In Germany, the office in Frankfurt is the busiest, that’s why we are opening a new one in Düsseldorf, Kojabashev said.
I would also like to touch on two extremely unpleasant cases. You know about the crash in Hungary. Two Bulgarian citizens died and three were injured. Fortunately, the Bulgarian who is in Budapest has been discharged. One of the Bulgarian women in Kecskemet is about to be discharged, but unfortunately, the condition of our third compatriot remains serious, the deputy minister added.
Yesterday, our ambassador to Germany also visited the town of Apolda, where a house with 40 Bulgarian citizens was set on fire. It helps the Bulgarians there with food and those who cannot find a place to stay. The embassy is in constant contact, assured Kojabashev.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama exhibits anti-Bulgarian and, unfortunately, anti-European rhetoric. Undoubtedly, this is an extremely interesting and creative political personality, but we have nothing more to say about him. Everything has already been said in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commented Kodjabashev on the occasion of Edi Rama’s Twitter post that someone should help the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry to translate his statements. It came after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Albania was justifying itself to Bulgaria for not having progressed on its way to the EU in 8 years.