27 April, 2014

The “Juncker for President” Campaign goes to Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia, 27 April 2014

The EPP candidate for President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker was in Sofia, Bulgaria on 27 April for a day of campaigning with leaders and supporters of the EPP.

Jean-Claude Juncker was received in Sofia by Tsvetan Tsvetanov Vice President of Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) and was driven in a GERB-branded “Juncker for President” van for a visit to the metro station “European Union”, built with European Union funding and inaugurated in 2012.

At the metro station, Jean-Claude Juncker was joined by Boyko Borissov, President of GERB and former Prime Minister; Tomislav Donchev, lead candidate of GERB for the European elections; and Yordanka Fandakova, mayor of Sofia.

Jean-Claude Juncker then attend an event launching the European elections campaign of GERB held at the Arena Armeec Sofia. The event was attended by over 15,000 GERB supporters and leaders.

During the event, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a keynote speech in which he commented on Bulgaria’s in the EU: “You can count on me: I will continue this important work when I am Commission President. And this will, I hope, allow for the phasing out of the Cooperation and Verifcation Mechanism under my Presidency. Over the next five years, the European Union will also decide whether Bulgaria will finally become a full member of the Schengen area – something I sincerely hope for.”

On energy issues, Jean-Claude Juncker said: “As Commission President, I will never accept that political or commercial conflicts with our neighbours make our citizens suffer. I will never accept that millions of citizens here in Bulgaria will have their gas cut off for weeks on end - in the middle of winter.

If we cannot get sufficient gas from the East, we should be able to compensate this with gas supplies from the West.”

The full speech can be read here.

In the afternoon, Jean-Claude Juncker met with all the lead candidates of EPP-related lists in Bulgaria: Tomislav Donchev (GERB), Meglena Kuneva (Reformist Bloc, RP) and Nadezhda Neynsky (Blue Unity).

United by Jean-Claude Juncker, all candidates expressed their firm support for Jean-Claude Juncker and for the priorities that he presented for his term as President of the European Commission.

Pictures of the visit are available for download royalty-free on Jean-Claude Juncker’s Flickr account here.