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“United We Stand Strong:” Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency
“United We Stand Strong:” Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency

Author(s): Jakub Pieńkowski
Subject(s): Governance, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: European Union; Bulgaria; Bulgarian EU Council Presidency; Balkans; EU unity; integration of Western Balkans;
Summary/Abstract: On 1 January 2018, Bulgaria took up the presidency of the EU for the first time. Over the next six months, it will try to build up its image as a stable and responsible EU partner and the leader of the Balkan states. The effectiveness of the Bulgarian presidency will depend on its ability to achieve compromise on such issues as mass-migration, Brexit, and the new budgetary framework. Bulgaria avoided involvement in Article 7 actions against Poland, but in this situation, its emphasis on the mediating role of the presidency may be particularly important.

  • Page Count: 2
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English