Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the 10th Anniversary of the Accession of Bulgaria to the EU, PES President Sergei Stanishev invited fellow GPF Co-Chair Enrique Guerrero Salom to Sofia on 5th June.
The trans-partisan event, aiming at putting “Europe back on track”, was gathering all Bulgarian pro-EU forces.
GPF Chairs underlined the importance of Bulgarians to make their contribution to the future of the EU, after the publication of the White Paper on the future of Europe.
Sergei Stanishev emphasized the importance to fight for more integration, more unity and more solidarity in the EU, which should not evolve in a sole common market.
Enrique Guerrero Salom presented the socialists and democrats vision for an alternative scenario for the future of Europe, a 6th progressive path, with a Union doing more on what citizens care about, and a Union that leaves none of its members behind.
He called on Bulgaria to seize the opportunity of its upcoming 1st EU Presidency at a decisive time to shape the future of the Union.
The Conference was organised by the PES and a range of Bulgarian think-tanks and foundations, including FEPS member Institute for New Economic Progress, and attended by Bulgarian Prime Ministers Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (National Movement for Stability and Progress (NMSP) - ALDE), Stanishev (Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) - PES) and Borissov (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) - EPP), as well as former S&D MEPs Iliana Iotova, Bulgarian Vice-President, Kristian Vigenin, Chaiman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of EU Funds and Ivaylo Kalfin (Special Adviser to EU Commissioner Oettinger).