Kadri Liik, Director of Wider Europe Programme
Meglena Kuneva, ECFR Council Member
Dimitar Bechev, ECFR Sofia Head of Office
In 2013, Europe had two remarkable foreign-policy successes. In April, the High Representative of the EU Catherine Ashton announced an agreement aiming at normalising the relations between Kosovo and Serbia. In November, the so called E3+3 negotiations with the new Iranian government paved the way to the implementation of the nuclear deal suspending uranium enrichment in Iran for six months in exchange for sanctions relief. In part because of these two high-profile successes, Europe’s overall foreign policy performance scored significantly higher than in 2012. For Bulgaria, though, 2013 was politically a very difficult year marked by early elections and ongoing civil discontent. Domestic tensions have additionally stymied the country’s limited potential to contribute to Europe’s foreign policy.
Dimitar Becher, Head of ECFR Sofia and Kadri Liik, director of the Wider Europe Programme presented the main results of the Scorecard against the European and the Bulgarian discourse. Meglena Kuneva, former EU Commissioner and ECFR Member of the Council was a guest speaker.