The training course in Belgrade of ‘Konstantin Preslavsky’ class ended with a round table on “What Kind of Europe Do the Balkans Want.” Within the discussion, Denitsa Zlateva, Deputy Chair of BSP has presented her position.
She said that for their political family the vision for Europe is related to a more social and fairer Europe. “We insist on policies that would strengthen the development of Bulgaria with its particular needs and its specifics,” she said. In her words, it is important to clarify what our national interest is and in what direction we want Europe to be developed so that as to protect our country to the greatest possible extent. She has also pointed out that none of the five scenarios in Juncker’s White Paper fully protects the role and the place of our country in the future European Union.
According to Zlateva, Europe is in debt to the young people. “To enable young people to continue their education and give them the opportunity to search for a first or next job will be of great help. Fortunately, Bulgaria is not among the countries that are at the top-ranking positions of Euroscepticism among young people. What I want to do is to have a stronger debate about what Europe we want to live in. ”
The Deputy Chair of the Bulgarian Socialist Party has also drawn attention to the fact that Bulgarian citizens need to understand that they really have a role to play in defining the policies of the Union by choosing MEPs (Members of the European Parliament). Especially in view of the upcoming European elections.
“Another very important issue is how decisions are made in the different European institutions. I am not referring to the European Parliament for it is one of the most democratic institutions. But we have the topic related to the reform of the Eurogroup. One of the national goals we have set is Bulgaria’s entry into the Eurozone’s ERM-2. How it functions is the question raised. Are the decisions made behind closed doors? Will there be any control by the European Parliament over the decisions of the Eurogroup? Is it necessary to have a special finance minister? Does that lead to a further division, i.e. a different level of integration between the countries which are members of the euro area and those outside that area? Since, If we look at the different positions for the future of the EU and the one supported by President Macron, who insists on a stronger integration of the countries within the Eurogroup. Does that mean that we, who are not members, fall out of the core of integration? ” asked Zlateva.
According to her the other important topic is the Schengen area and the double standards in the European Union. “Nevertheless we have fulfilled the political and technical criteria, then new criteria for the entry into the Schengen area is constantly added,” she said.
On the occasion of the next budgetary framework and economic development, Denitsa Zlateva pointed out that they support taxing Internet giants, such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. It is also very important to fill in the budget gap that opens with the exit of Britain (Brexit) from the European Union.
Within a week, the participants from ‘Konstantin Preslavsky’ class have attended various lectures in Belgrade, and a special guest lecturer was Ivica Dacic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia.
Participants in the debates during the round table of “What Kind of Europe Do the Balkans Want” were Alexandra Joksimovic, President of the Belgrade Foreign Policy Center; Alexander Pejovich, former Minister of European Affairs 2016-2018 and a chief negotiator of Montenegro’s EU membership, a diplomat and a political scientist; Georg Georgiev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria; Andrey Kovachev, Bulgarian MEP and Denitsa Zlateva, Deputy Chair of BSP and others.