Wien, 21 September 2017 Press release

Austrian Foreign Ministry Secretary-General, Linhart, at the opening of the honorary consulate in Burgas and in Sofia preparing for new EU presidency

The Austrian Honorary Consulate in Burgas was officially opened on 21 September 2017 by Foreign Ministry Secretary-General, Michael Linhart, in the presence of the Governor for the Burgas region, Valcho Cholakov, and the Austrian ambassador, Roland Hauser. The honorary consulate is responsible for the Bulgarian regions of Burgas, Dobrich and Varna and will be led by Radostina Ivanova. “Establishing this honorary consulate on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast will expand the network of the Austrian foreign ministry’s service centres in a region which is becoming increasingly popular among Austrian tourists“, said Linhart. Over 200,000 Austrians travel to Bulgaria every year already. The honorary consulate will also act as a point of contact for Austrian businesses, which want to establish and expand their activities in the city that is home to Bulgaria’s largest port.

On the occasion of his trip, Secretary-General Linhart also held bilateral talks at the foreign ministry and the European ministry. The main topic of discussion was the EU Council presidency, which will be taken over from Bulgaria by Austria on 1 July 2018. “Next year, the traditionally close partnership between Bulgaria and Austria will be further cemented thanks to the EU presidency. Good coordination between the two countries is of utmost importance in order to guarantee a seamless transition”, said Linhart. Austria, Bulgaria and Estonia, which has held the presidency since 1 July 2017, are the current EU presidency trio.

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