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The minister of Foreign Affairs Svetlan Stoev, the Deputy Prime Minister Atanas Pekanov and the Minister of Finance Valeri Belchev will participate in the second part of the annual meeting of the OECD Council at ministerial level in Paris.

05 October 2021 Events and Discussions

At the invitation of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Mathias Cormann, the Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev leaves for Paris to head the Bulgarian delegation to participate in the second part of the annual Council meeting at ministerial level which will take place at the OECD headquarters on October 5-6th, 2021. In addition to Minister Stoev – Head of the permanent Interinstitutional Coordination Mechanism for the Accession of the Republic of Bulgaria to the OECD, the delegation includes Deputy Prime Minister for the Management of European Funds Atanas Pekanov and the Minister of Finance Valery Beltchev.

The Ministerial Meeting of the OECD Council is the highest forum of the organisation, which is attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Trade of the OECD member states and partner countries, as well as representatives of other international organisations. This year’s forum is chaired by the United States with Vice-Presidents Luxembourg and the Republic of Korea and is held under the motto of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future.”

Following the first part of the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, held on 31 May – 1 June, 2021 in a hybrid format, the Paris meeting will discuss current global challenges requiring enhanced international cooperation such as climate change, the transition to net zero and building of a green future, the opportunities that digital transformation provides for achieving an inclusive future and for reducing social inequalities, etc. During the event, OECD member states are expected to adopt a statement on the vision of the organisation on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, which is celebrated this year.

Bulgaria’s accession to the OECD is one of the main foreign policy priorities of our country. As a like-minded country that shares the principles and values of the OECD, Bulgaria has the readiness and determination to be part of the global community of the OECD and to contribute to the achievement of decisions on important topics on the global agenda.

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