Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council sets an example for Bulgarians2016-11-23
Drawing on the experience of the Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council was the main purpose of the visit of representatives of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment to our country. Bulgaria is getting ready for the presidency of the EU Council in the first half year of 2018.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Environment held a meeting with the colleagues from Bulgaria. ‘We want to find out about Lithuania’s experience in organising the main activities relating to the presidency, such as the preparation and presidency for the EU Council working groups for the environment and international environmental questions, and the functions of a country holding the presidency of the EU Council at international environmental events and the organisation of informal high-level and expert meetings in the capital city. This will help us to evaluate the preparations for the presidency of the EU Council already under way in Bulgaria and use the knowledge gained’, said Detelina Peicheva, representative of the International Cooperation Division of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment.
The guests were introduced to the principles of the Lithuanian presidency of the EU Council and the organisation of activities at national and ministerial level by representatives of the EU and International Relations Division of the Economy and International Relations Department of the Ministry of Environment. A detailed discussion was held on the issues linked with the smooth presidency at the working groups of the Council, cooperation with the General Secretariat of the EU Council, the Commission and the European Parliament and work in the capital city on the formation of an expert team in organising an informal council of the ministers of environment and meetings of experts.
Representatives of the Ministry’s Divisions of Environmental Impact Assessment, Chemical Substances, Climate Change Policy and Nature Protection shared their experience gained during the presidency of the EU Council working groups for international environmental issues and representation of the EU at international meetings, and stressed the importance of the leadership and impartiality of the presiding state.