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Italy-Bulgaria: Mogherini to Vigenin, growth an EU presidency priority

Minister for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini met at the foreign ministry in Rome today with Bulgarian foreign minister Kristian Vigenin. Their discussions covered European affairs and the Italian duty presidency of the Union, as well as bilateral relations, with a special focus on economic/trade ties.

At slightly more than a month from the start of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Mogherini illustrated the government’s priorities for the semester to her colleague, from stronger policies for stimulating growth and employment, especially among young people, to the management of migration flows, all of which Bulgaria agrees are priorities.

In confirmation of the excellent bilateral relations, Mogherini underscored Rome’s support for Bulgaria’s joining of the Schengen area. Finally, the two ministers discussed ways to reinforce investments in Bulgaria and reviewed several strategic energy projects such as South Stream and TAP.