Politics

Politics

Bulgarian Consulate

In 1972 Bulgarian government through the medium of its official representatives in Athens investigated the possibility Bulgarian Consulate General to be opened in Thessaloniki. On 31 May 1973 during of the formal visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Petar Mladenov in the Greek capital city, were signed three documents between Bulgaria and Greece: declaration for good neighbourly relations, understanding and cooperation, agreement on cooperation in the field of culture and consular convention. As a result of this diplomatic activity was established the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Thessaloniki and the Consulate General of the Republic of Greece in Plovdiv. Mr. Petar Slavchev is the first Bulgarian consul in Thessaloniki who was appointed to the post in 1973. The most important function of the Consulate General in Thessaloniki is to support the Bulgarian citizens in Northern Greece. The representatives of the Consulate are involved in the realization of different infrastructure projects and they work devotedly in order to encourage the trade exchange and mutually beneficial cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece in the spheres of economy, culture, education and sport.

The address of the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria is: Thessaloniki 54643, 12 N. Manu str., 1 E. Abbot str. Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/greecegk

Bilateral meetings and international fora

Thessaloniki often is a centre for diplomatic meetings and international forums focused on the regional bilateral and multilateral cooperation. In March 1979 in the city was held the first of the subsequent meetings at expert level on the problems of the electric energy systems of the Balkan countries. As a result of this initiative in the period 1979-1985 were approved, supported and carried out 33 projects in the area of energetics.

The second Balkan Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries from the South Eastern Europe took place in Thessaloniki on 9 and 10 June 1997 and put accent on the European integration of Bulgaria and Romania and set in the foreground the problems of the multilateral political cooperation. A declaration for good neighbourly relations, stability, security and cooperation in the Balkans was accepted. On 8 March 1998 in Thessaloniki the Ministers of Interior Affairs of Bulgaria, Romania and Greece accepted Common declaration for cooperation in the struggle against the organized crime, terrorism, the trafficking of drugs, weapons and people.

Thessaloniki is in the focus of the negotiations for building up of the transport infrastructure in South Eastern Europe. On 5th February 1998 during the meeting of the Ministers of transport, environment and territorial development of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania was adopted a declaration for cooperation in the domain of transport infrastructural network, for the facilitation of the transport operations and on the issues of the preservation of the environment. This initiative was renewed in May 2006 when within the frames of the Greek Presidency of South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), in Thessaloniki was organized the meeting of the Ministers of transport and at which was signed the Agreement for cooperation for building up of railway network that will connect the capital cities in the region.

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