Former Bulgarian PM: No chance for Bulgaria to lift veto during summit
Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, whose government fell yesterday, said on Thursday (June 23rd) that there was no chance for Bulgaria to lift its veto on northern Macedonia during the EU summit, but hinted that a solution may be imminent in the following days.
Petkov, stands by his approach that the parliament should adopt a resolution that allows the removal of the veto, based on the approval of the proposal of the French Presidency.
He stressed that the Bulgarian opposition used the Macedonian issue to blackmail his cabinet whenever they feared corruption would be exposed from their time in office.
A vote of no confidence led to the overthrow of Kirill Petkov's government, which was elected only six months ago.
The tense political situation in the Bulgarian parliament after the no-confidence vote approved yesterday does not help for a quick solution to the veto problem.
No political party wants to take responsibility for a decision that can be criticized by public opinion, especially with elections approaching.
Borisov's main opposition party, GERB, says it will support a resolution lifting the veto if Petkov proposes it.
Asked by EURACTIV about Borisov, who is trying to position himself as a constructive politician, Petkov said:
"He is the most dishonest person I know. "At the same time, he is blocking the foreign affairs committee in parliament that afternoon," he said in the morning.