Sunday, September 23, 2007


PLEVEN, Bulgaria (September 23,2007) – A Ministerial Conference of countries from the Salzburg Forum opened by the Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumen Petkov. It was for the first time in an enlarged format including representatives of the countries of the Western Balkans.

The Salzburg Forum Ministerial Conference held in Bulgaria was attended by the Bosnian delegation lead by the Bosnian Minister of Safety Tarik Sadovic.A Declaration on Forming the “Group of Friendship” Initiative for the West Balkan Countries was adopted on Friday.

The forum attended the interior ministers of Bosnia,Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Romania and Serbia. Another four countries were represented at the deputy-ministerial level, namely the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Macedonia and Montenegro.

The Salzburg Forum is an informal initiative within the framework of the EU. The programme of the conference includes discussions in spheres like police cooperation in preventing organised crime, security of EU external borders, European migration policy and others.

Bulgaria has undertaken the presidency of the Forum on July 1, 2007. The chairman of the Bulgarian parliamentary commission on home security and public order Nikolai Svinarov said at the opening that Bulgaria’s presidency of the forum is recognition of the country as a source of stability and security in the region.

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