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Bulgaria Opens a Consulate in Taraclia, Moldova

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Bulgaria Opens a Consulate in Taraclia, Moldova

Ekaterina Zaharieva and Pavel Filip

(October 31, 2017 Sofia) Bulgaria's consulate in the Moldavian city of Taraclia was officially opened with a festive ceremony today.

"I want to thank everyone who helped to make it happen. This consulate will provide not only consular services, but we believe that it will also be a prerequisite for more dynamic business relations between Bulgaria and Moldova. It will now be a lot easier for Bulgarian businessmen to come and make investments here, to create jobs, and help the Bulgarian community here," Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said in her opening address.
Bulgaria was one of the first EU countries to ratify Moldova's EU Association Agreement that Chisinau and Brussels signed on June 27, 2014.
Sofia also supported the decision of the European Parliament to transfer Moldova to the positive list under Regulation 539/2001 under, which as of April 28, 2014, citizens of Moldova, holders of valid biometric passports, are entitled to short-term visa-free travel in EU countries.

During the opening ceremony, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip invited his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov to visit.

"I am happy that together we are now opening the Bulgarian Consulate in Taraclia together, and I hope that it will provide a wide variety of administrative services for the Bulgarian community here, as well as keep and promote the Bulgarian traditions - cultural and linguistic," said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur at his meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva.

According to the 2014 census, 51, 867 citizens of Bulgarian origin live mainly in the southern regions of the country and about 12,000 in Transnistria. Bulgarians have the status of a minority and the right to dual citizenship.

In the academic year 2016/2017, 104 students of Bulgarian origin living in Moldova were admitted to Bulgarian universities with scholarships from the Bulgarian state.. For the academic year 2017/2018 Bulgaria will finance the training of 62 Bulgarian students from Moldova.

There is also an increase in business contacts between the two countries. Commodity trade is gradually increasing, reaching $ 94.1 million in 2016. In 2016, 179,034 Moldovan citizens visited Bulgaria for tourism and recreation purposes - a 9.1 percent increase compared to 2015.

In the first half of 2017, the number of Moldovan visitors was 115 775, or 16.5 per cent more than the same period in 2016, the press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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