Bulgaria also set up working groups ahead of Tuesday's intergovernmental session

Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov / Photo: Free Press / Dragan Mitreski

И the Bulgarian Government forms them working groups for cooperation with Northern Macedonia, which should intensify the rapprochement process and pave the way for resolving the dispute between the two countries, within the new approach and dynamics, which were announced by the Prime Ministers of the two countries, Dimitar Kovacevski and Kiril Petkov.

By order of the Prime Minister, Petkov, as stated in a statement by the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, the four inter-ministerial groups for cooperation with Northern Macedonia were formed.

As MIA reports from Sofia, in intergovernmental group for cooperation in the fields of economy, trade and innovation The co-chairs are Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and Industry and Minister of Economy Cornelia Ninova, Deputy Prime Minister for European Funds and Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev and Minister for Innovation and Growth Daniel Lorer. The working group will include representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Innovation and Growth, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government administration.

Co-Chairs of working for infrastructure, transport and connectivity are the Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Development and Public Works and Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Grozdan Karadzov, the Minister of Transport and Communications Nikolay Sabev and the Minister of Energy Aleksandar Nikolov. Representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the administration of the Council of Ministers have been appointed as members of the working group.

The third is a working group on European cooperation - green transition and digital transformation and the rule of law. The co-chairs are Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy and Minister of Environment Borislav Sandov, Deputy Prime Minister for Efficient Governance Kalina Konstantinova and Minister of Justice Nadezhda Jordanova. The working group includes representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of e-Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the administration of the Council of Ministers.

The fourth inter-ministerial group will work in areas of culture, science and education and youth. The co-chairs are the Minister of Education and Science Nikolay Denkov, the Minister of Culture Atanas Atanasov, the Minister of Tourism Hristo Prodanov and the Minister of Youth and Sports Radostin Vasilev. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Government administration have been appointed members of the working group.

The prime ministers announced five working groups, the fifth is the historical one, but the two governments did not form a separate working group, and according to what Kovacevski and Petkov said at a press conference in Skopje, this area is covered by the Joint Macedonian-Bulgarian Commission for Historical and Educational Issues, but did not specify whether it will remain in current format.

According to Petkov's order, the co-chairs of each of the working groups will rotate during the chairing of the meetings of the respective group, according to the topics that will be placed on the agenda.

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