site.btaNational Assembly Hosts Central European Initiative Parliamentary Dimension Meeting
The Central European Initiative (CEI) Parliamentary Dimension (PD) Parliamentary Committee is taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on May 16-17, under the Bulgarian CEI Presidency for 2022. The meeting is chaired by Denitsa Simeonova, Head of the Bulgarian Delegation to the CEI PD, whose opening words condemned the Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The forum is focused on “Fostering of cross-border research and innovation in the CEI region”.
Investment in research is an investment in the future and the process requires brave political action, Simeonova underscored.
National Assembly Chairman Nikola Minchev opened the meeting, underscoring that Bulgaria is hosting such an event for a second time, an expression of the merit with which it regards its membership in this organization. The Bulgarian CEI Presidency condemns the gross violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty on the part of the Russian Federation and the participation of Belarus in this conflict, Minchev said.
The meeting was also attended by Education and Science Minister Nikolay Denkov, Innovation and Growth Minister Daniel Lorer, chairs of parliamentary committees and MPs, among others.
“Extremely exciting things have been happening in Bulgaria recently,” said Lorer at the opening. He explained that for the first time Bulgaria has decided that the national economy should develop not on the basis of cheap labour and land, but rather on economic growth that would lead to larger incomes.
In support, Education Minister Denkov said Bulgaria has made considerable progress in the last seven years in developing research capacity using European funds and complementing that with national research programmes, programmes for development of research infrastructure, etc. The upsurge of Bulgarian science has been resumed in many traditional fields, while new ones are also being explored, he added.