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Statement of the Ministеr of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria on the occasion of the 2021 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level (31 May-1 June 2021)

02 June 2021 Events and Discussions

On the occasion of the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level which took place virtually on the 31 May - 1 June 2021 and marked the transition of leadership from Secretary-General Mr. Angel Gurría to the newly appointed Secretary-General Mr. Mathias Cormann, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterates Bulgaria’s strong and continued ambition of becoming member of the OECD. The Minister extends his best wishes to the new Secretary General for success in his highly responsible job of leading the OECD – one of the most important, renowned and trusted international organisations, and looks forward to a future constructive and fruitful cooperation.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs takes the opportunity to express his gratitude to Mr. Angel Gurría for his excellent cooperation and support for Bulgaria’s ongoing efforts towards accession to the OECD.

Building a Green and Inclusive Future requires a comprehensive and far-reaching approach and coordinated effort. Bulgaria stands ready to contribute to the discussions of the present global economic challenges and the national and international priorities for the recovery.

We expect that the OECD Council will take a decision to open accession negotiations with our country as soon as possible recognizing Bulgaria as a like-minded country sharing OECD principles and values.

In recent years, implementing the Action Plan developed with the assistance of the OECD Secretariat as well as the national Three-year Roadmap for accession to the OECD, Bulgaria undertook a considerable number of steps to intensify and deepen its cooperation with the Organization. As a result, Bulgaria has markedly enhanced its adherence to OECD legal instruments and participation in OECD bodies.

Further stepping up Bulgaria’s engagement with the OECD is the focus of the new Three-year Roadmap for 2021-2023 to be adopted by the Council of Ministers in the next few days.

As a member state of the European Union Bulgaria complies largely with the OECD standards and best practices and is ready to assume the obligations of OECD membership.

The accession of Bulgaria to the OECD will have also broader positive implications with regard to the implementation and dissemination of OECD standards in the wider region of South East Europe.

Bulgaria looks forward to attending, along with other OECD prospective members, the second part of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in fall 2021 which will focus on medium- and long-term challenges, including the future of the OECD. This would give further impetus to our commitment to become part of the global community of the OECD and to contribute to the reaffirmation of OECD principles, and values in regional and global plan.

 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development was founded in 1961 to promote policies for sustainable economic development, raise living standards and maintain financial stability. Over the years, the OECD established itself as a leading global forum for exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices setting and implementing internationally recognised governance and policy standards in numerous key economic and societal areas. At present, 38 countries, including the most advanced economies of Europe, Asia and North and South America, are members of the OECD.

Bulgaria officially expressed interest in becoming an OECD Member in 2007, repeatedly reiterating its first request, more recently in 2017.

The preparation of Bulgaria for OECD Membership is coordinated by a dedicated standing Interinstitutional Coordination Mechanism chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and comprising representatives of all sectoral ministries and other agencies. 

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