‘The national liberation struggle of the Bulgarian people has roots in Romania’

Charge d’Affaires a.i.: Mr. Aleksandar Filipov

The Republic of Bulgaria celebrates its National Day on March 3. This remarkable date of Bulgaria’s history is related to the signing of the Peace Treaty of San Stefano, in 1878, and the restoration of the Bulgarian State, after centuries of Ottoman domination.The celebration of the National Day is an occasion for us to recollect and honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the 1877-1878 war – Romanian, Russian, Finnish and Bulgarian soldiers.Romania had a role in the liberation of Bulgaria, not only due to its troops that took part in this war. The national liberation struggle of the Bulgarian people also has roots in Romania, in Bucharest, Braila and Giurgiu. Great patriots and revolutionists, like Hristo Botev, Vasil Levski, Liuben Karavelov, Gheorghi S. Rakovski found a home here. It is also here that was founded the Bulgarian Revolutionary Committee which organised the April Revolt in 1876 that had a strong reverberation through the entire Europe and determined the Great Powers to understand that the Bulgarian people exists and is decided to fight until the very end for its freedom.As part of the bilateral relations of good neighborhood and friendship between Bulgaria and Romania, an active political dialogue has been established at all levels. A significant contribution with this regard, in 2011, was represented by the joint session of the Foreign Policy committees of the Romanian and Bulgarian parliaments – on 16th February 2011, and the working visit paid by Bulgarian Prime Minister, Mr. Boyko Borissov to Bucharest on 9th June 2011, on the occasion of the inauguration of the biggest Bulgarian investment in Romania.The governments of Romania and Bulgaria held their first joint session on October 12, 2011, and the following events have been held since the beginning of 2011: meetings of the ministers and deputy ministers of Economy from Bulgaria and Romania; bilateral meetings of Interior ministers; the trilateral meeting of the ministers of Interior from Bulgaria, Greece and Romania; the working meeting of the deputy ministers of Interior on topics related to the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen Zone; bilateral talks on EU topics between the general directors in charge of EU affairs from the ministries of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Romania; the visit to Romania of the minister in charge with the management of European funds, Mr. Tomislav Donchev.The matters of common agreement between Bulgaria and Romania, the development of the existing legal basis of accords, the active contacts at all levels, show and express the strife of our countries to develop their political, commercial, economic, and cultural cooperation, as well as the cooperation in the military field, environment protection, development of the regional infrastructure, fight against the organised crime etc.

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