Leaders of four Balkan countries meet in Bulgaria to boost connectivity, cooperation

VARNA, Bulgaria, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — Leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia met here on Friday to boost infrastructure development, connectivity and cooperation.

The meetings of the quartet have had one goal — to raise the level of energy, infrastructure, and digital connectivity within the European Union (EU), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at a joint press conference after the meeting with his Greek and Romanian counterparts Alexis Tsipras and Viorica Dancila, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

“Our policy has never been targeted against other countries,” Borissov said,”We believe that with the entry of Serbia into the EU, the EU will become stronger.”

Tsipras also emphasized the development of projects of mutual interest.

He said that later on Friday, his country and Bulgaria would sign a joint declaration on the implementation of two “important projects”, including the modernization of the Alexandroupolis – Bourgas – Varna railway, and the construction of a high speed road from Alexandroupolis to the Bulgarian border.

The four leaders also talked about the “great opportunities” that existed for cooperation in the region’s energy security, as well as the economic and trade cooperation between their countries, Tsipras said.

Dancila said, on her part, that the meeting of the four leaders demonstrated the determination to strengthen cooperation of their countries. Their efforts were aimed at enhancing the connectivity of the countries in the region, which could boost economic growth in the countries, she said.

Vucic added that energy connectivity was crucial for the Balkan countries.

He also thanked Bulgaria, Romania and Greece for the support they provide to Serbia on its European path.

It was the second meeting of leaders of Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Serbia in Bulgaria in this format. The first one was also held in Varna last October.

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