European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his gratitude to Bulgaria and its Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for the country’s announced contribution to the Investment Plan.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that Bulgaria will contribute EUR 100 M towards projects financed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

Juncker expressed his gratitude in Bulgarian language in front of the building of the European Commission in Brussels after a meeting with 30 Bulgarian mayors from the ruling GERB party.

He was delighted to learn of the Bulgarian participation, saying that the contribution was important both for the country and Europe, daily Dnevnik reports.

In his words, this was an attestation of the seriousness with which Bulgaria fulfilled its commitments to the EU.

Juncker was also happy with the fact that Bulgaria could make use of all the advantages of the Investment Plan.

He assured Bulgarian mayors that the European Commission would like to closely cooperate with them.

Juncker explained that the Commission sought such collaboration with the mayors as they were the ones closest to the people.

Bulgaria became the eighth member state to announce its contribution to EFSI after Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and Slovakia, even before the fund has become operational.

The Bulgarian participation will be provided through co-financing of projects approved by the Bulgarian Development Bank.

Juncker was delighted to see the solidarity with Europe demonstrated by Borisov.

He assured he had a positive attitude towards Borisov and had close friendly relations with the Bulgarian Prime Minister.

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