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Tallinn bids farewell... Sofia salutes us

Tallinn bids farewell... Sofia salutes us
The Estonian Presidency has concluded

Estonia held the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July to 31 December 2017, followed by Bulgaria. This website is no longer being updated, but will remain online until 2020.

With the above words, Estonia said "goodbye" to the Presidency of the Council of Europe, which, we could say is handing over to Sofia, Bulgaria.

Officially, the opening ceremony for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU is planned to take place on January 11, 2018, at the Ivan Vazov National Theatre, in Sofia.

However, "unofficially", the first event to mark the beginning of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be The Spirit of Europe New Year's Gala Concert. It will take place at the National Palace of Culture, under the auspices of Liliana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency, and Boil Banov, Minister of Culture, January 1st, 2018.

"In the first day of 2018, Bulgaria will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time. This is a special day for all of us, who believe that the future is inextricably linked with the European Union. This is why the traditional New Year’s Gala Concert at the NPC will be devoted to the first Bulgarian rotational presidency," Minister Pavlova says in her address to the audience.

The concert will include works of composers from all 28 EU Member States. Bulgaria will be presented with the Nestinari's Dance from the "Nestinarka" ("Priestess of Fire") Ballet, by Marin Goleminov.../IBNA

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