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Second meeting of the members of the coordination mechanism for Bulgaria’s accession to the OECD

29 November 2018 Events and Discussions

Representatives of various ministries and agencies gathered today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the second meeting of the permanent Interinstitutional Coordination Mechanism (ICM) for the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The meeting was chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Todor Stoyanov.

“In one year since the mechanism was established, a lot of work has been done by all institutions. Together, we have taken important steps towards achieving the great goal of receiving an invitation to join the OECD.” With these words, Deputy Minister Stoyanov opened the meeting and confirmed that membership in the OECD is among Bulgaria’s foreign policy priorities, and receiving an invitation to start negotiations is among our immediate goals.

The meeting addressed issues related to the OECD enlargement process and Bulgaria’s application for membership, the activities of Bulgarian institutions and agencies for accession to legal instruments and working bodies of the Organization, as well as their participation in joint projects.

All participants in the meeting confirmed the position that joining the OECD is a cause similar to the one of the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU, as the activities of the Organisation cover almost all aspects of socio-economic life of the country. It was stated that our approach should be similar – to mobilize the administration, all expertise, the private sector, the media, labour and industry organisations in order to quickly meet the membership criteria and  OECD standards.

The Interinstitutional coordination mechanism was established by Decision of the Ministerial Council №789 on December 20th, 2017.

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