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Kresna, Southwestern Bulgaria, May 21 
At Kresna Gorge on the road linking Sofia and the border with Greece, the formerly power-sharing nationalist VMRO party protest against the lifting of the Bulgarian veto on the start of EU accession talks with Skopje. The VMRO state that they will not allow the veto to be lifted.
Sofia, May 22  
The government is not preparing to unilaterally lift the veto on the start of EU membership negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia, National Assembly Chair Nikola Minchev says on Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), adding that this is a topic that can be exploited for political purposes very conveniently. This happens after on Friday Prime Minister Kiril Petkov urged President Rumen Radev to convene the Consultative Council on National Security to discuss the issue.
Sofia, May 22 
An initiative for cleaning hate speech graffiti from public places in Sofia takes place in the capital with the participation of Sofia Municipality, the Shalom Organization of Jews in Bulgaria and the embassies of the United States, Romania, and Germany.
Sofia, May 23
Ways of maintaining contacts with the Bulgarian community in Argentina and joint initiatives with Bulgaria are the highlights of a meeting between Vice President Iliana Iotova and Jorge Milton Capitanich, Governor of Argentina’s Chaco Province. The talk also focuses on deepening bilateral relations in areas of untapped potential, including education, science, technology, culture, trade, and investments.
Chicago, May 22 
In anticipation of the Day of the Bulgarian Alphabet (May 24), Bulgarians in Chicago, the biggest Bulgarian community abroad, hold a parade through the city. It is the first ever event in Chicago to be officially named Bulgaria Parade. 
Rome, May 23 
Emerging from a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov says that the EU Member States should have a common position on Russian gas supplies as Russia and Gazprom set different conditions and prices for different countries. The conditions for gas supplies from Russia should be the same, Petkov argues. The Bulgarian Prime Minister and his Italian counterpart discuss a possible increase of the powers of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office so that it can investigate money laundering and capital exported to other countries.
Sofia, May 23 
Bulgarian Health Minister Assena Serbezova is elected Vice President of the 75th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) on behalf of the European region. The session takes place in Geneva between May 22 and 28. It is the first in-person Health Assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rome, May 23 
An official Bulgarian delegation headed by Prime Minister Kiril Petkov starts a two-day visit to Vatican City and Rome on the occasion of May 24, Day of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius, of the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture and of Slavic Literature. The Bulgarian delegation includes writer Georgi Gospodinov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences President Julian Revalski, Deputy Prime Ministers Assen Vassilev and Kalina Konstantinova, Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska, Education Minister Nikolay Denkov, officials from the Bulgarian Orthodox and Catholic churches.
Rome, May 24 
A Bulgarian delegation consisting of MPs on the Parliamentary Culture and Media Committee and Foreign Minister Teodora Genchovska visits the Italian Parliament. They are received by Niccolo Invidia, Member of the Chamber of Deputies from the Five Star Movement. The Bulgarian MPs confer with members of the Italian Parliament’s Culture Committee and Group of Friendship with Bulgaria. The highlights of the conversation are the energy challenges in the context of the war in Ukraine.
Sofia, May 24
Bulgaria marks May 24 as the Day of the Holy Brothers Cyril and Methodius, of the Bulgarian Alphabet, Education and Culture, and of Slavic Literature, which is a public holiday. Processions and ceremonies are held across the country, including concerts, performances and recitals. 
Davos, May 25 
Prime Minister Kiril Petkov holds a series of bilateral meetings during the 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Petkov and Israeli President Isaac Herzog discuss the two countries’ active cooperation which has been raised to the level of strategic partnership in recent years. In the context of bolstering bilateral economic cooperation, the two leaders pay particular attention to the energy industry and the possibilities for partnership in this domain. Petkov and Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic discuss the topical issues on the agenda of the forthcoming meeting of the European Council in Brussels. The two are unanimous on the need of both countries’ accession to the Schengen area. In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazovic, Petkov reaffirms Bulgaria’s continued support for the Euro-Atlantic integration of Montenegro. Petkov also meets with Moldovan counterpart Natalia Gavrilita to discuss the challenges caused by the war in Ukraine, energy sources and the rule of law. The Bulgarian Prime Minister and Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El Molla discuss the opportunities for cooperation in the field of energy in the context of the Bulgarian government’s consistent actions to guarantee diversified natural gas supplies for the country.
Davos, May 25 
Speaking at a discussion titled “A Lost Decade?” during the 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Prime Minister Kiril Petkov outlines Bulgaria’s and Europe’s efforts to shake off their dependence on Russian natural gas. 
Sofia, May 25 
The MPs of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) move a draft resolution on the establishment of an ad hoc committee of inquiry on the abandoned South Stream gas pipeline project and the completed Balkan Stream Project, as well as the cause for the delay in the construction of the Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnector. 
Sofia, May 26
Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Assen Vassilev confers with Italy’s Ambassador in Sofia Giuseppina Zarra and with the Director of the Italian Trade Agency Sofia Chiara Petro. The conversation focuses on key economic issues on the international agenda and explores various opportunities for deepening bilateral economic cooperation, including within various multilateral forums, food and energy supplies in the context of the war in Ukraine.
Sofia, May 26 
President Rumen Radev speaks over the phone with his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the security environment in the region, NATO’s enlargement and strengthening its defence, and the European integration of the countries in the Western Balkans.
Sofia, May 26 
Foreign Ministers Teodora Genchovska of Bulgaria and Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud of Saudi Arabia discuss economy, energy and security cooperation, as well as possible ways of strengthening the political dialogue between the two countries. Genchovska stresses that Saudi Arabia is one of Bulgaria’s most important partners in the Middle East. Other topics discussed include defence, tourism and alternative gas and oil suppliers. In a separate meeting, President Rumen Radev and the Saudi official discuss cooperation in the field of high technologies and their application in energy and security, climate neutrality and diversification of energy sources. The meeting with Prime Minister Kiril Petkov focuses on deepening political dialogue and co-operation in energy, defence, tourism, investment, and high tech. Petkov states that Bulgaria is interested in diversifying oil and gas supplies and exploring the options for importing oil products from Saudi Arabia.
Sofia, May 26 
Bulgarian Defence Minister Dragomir Zakov meets with Egypt’s Ambassador in Sofia Khalid Ibrahim Emara. The sides express their intentions to maintain and build on the fine contacts between the two defence ministries and highlight the challenges facing Eastern Europe that have arisen mainly because of the crisis after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 
Plovdiv, May 27  
Plovdiv Mayor Zdravko Dimitrov, Ambassador of Ireland to Bulgaria Martina Feeney, and Ambassador of Switzerland to Bulgaria Raymund Furrer discuss the integration of the Roma people in Bulgaria. Feeney and Furrer are on a working visit to Plovdiv as GARI (Group of Ambassadors on Roma Issues) members. The ambassadors also meet with educational and health mediators in the Kiril Nektariev Primary School, built under the Bulgarian-Swiss cooperation programme.
Sofia, May 27
The sitting of the National Assembly starts with a declaration by the opposition GERB-UDF parliamentary group concerning Bulgaria’s strategic plan for agricultural policy. In its criticism of the government, GERB-UDF cites specific examples, including texts in the State Budget Act, changes in the management of the Agriculture Fund, “lack of any reaction to increased prices and inflation”, and offers to buy wheat for the state reserve.
Sofia, May 27 
Bulgarian head of State Rumen Radev talks over the phone with UK Special Envoy to the Western Balkans Stuart Peach. Overcoming the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the Western Balkans’ European perspective feature on the agenda of the conversation. Radev and Peach concur that in addition to the security threats, the war has social and economic consequences the overcoming of which requires real actions. They discuss the means to overcome the looming food crisis in view of the blocked grain export from Ukraine, which is the second biggest producer and exporter of cereals. The UK Special Envoy expresses his country’s readiness to implement joint projects in the energy sector related to the diversification of supplies for the region.
Sofia, May 27
The Bulgarian Government approves Bulgaria’s National Euro Changeover Plan. Finance Minister Assen Vassilev tells a news briefing that this is an operational plan that sets clear deadlines and tasks to banks, payment and government institutions on how to handle the specific introduction of the currency and how to convert deposits and loans from BGN to EUR terms.

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