Latvian Foreign Minister and Bulgarian Ambassador discuss Bulgaria's accession to the EU

15 Nov 2006

On 15 November 2006, as part of the Bulgarian Ambassador's accreditation visit to Latvia, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Artis Pabriks, met with Ambassador Ivan Naydenov. The officials discussed Bulgaria's accession to the European Union as of 1 January 2007, and Ambassador Naydenov also expressed his gratitude for Latvia's support to Bulgaria during the pre-accession period.

Minister Pabriks noted that Latvia does not plan to set any restrictions with respect to the movement of labour from the new EU member states - Bulgaria and Romania. The Bulgarian Ambassador welcomed this decision and indicated its significance to the people of Bulgaria in terms of being regarded as equal partners.

The officials also considered the situation in the Western Balkan region, Latvia's and Bulgaria's energy security, further EU enlargement, the NATO Summit in Riga, and other current developments.

The Bulgarian Ambassador extended his congratulations to Minister Pabriks on his re-election as Minister of Foreign Affairs and congratulated the people of Latvia on the anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia.

Ambassador Naydenov resides in Warsaw.


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