The Minister of Culture Atanas Atanasov and the Ambassador of France H.E. Florence Robine talked at a meeting at the Ministry of Culture. The meeting on the Bulgarian side yesterday was attended by the Chief of Staff of Minister Atanasov Nikolay Saykov, as well as the Director of the Directorate for International Cooperation, European Programmes and Regional Activities - Dr. Petar Miladinov. The French side was attended by Mr. Pierre Collio, Director of the French Institute and Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, as well as Ms. Irina Petrescu, Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of the French Republic in Bulgaria.
H.E. Robine noted that there is already a very well-established cooperation between the Embassy of the French Republic, the French Institute and the Bulgarian and French Ministries of Culture and confirmed the expressed readiness of the French side to assist us at the expert level on the occasion of the priorities presented during the meeting with Deputy Minister Kadinov - the amendment of the legislation in the field of cultural heritage, patronage, copyright. For his part, Minister Atanasov shared with HE Robine more of the key priorities in his work - adopting a long-term strategy for the development of Bulgarian culture, presenting our country with dignity on the world stage and his personal cause - access to culture from an early age.
Regarding the project for the establishment of the Center for Arts on the St. St. Kirik and Julita island near Sozopol, Minister Atanasov and HE Robine were adamant that work on it should continue actively, as its implementation will bring exceptional added value not only to Sozopol, but in the entire Black Sea region.
Among the other topics discussed at the meeting were the opportunities to support freelance artists in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Minister Atanasov said he was interested in the French side-s approach, good practices that could be applied in our country. On this occasion, he shared about the optimization of the work of the National Culture Fund, where a public discussion is currently underway on changes in extraordinary programmes in connection with the emergency epidemic situation.
In the course of the conversation HE Robine also shared about the initiative of the French side on the occasion of May 9, Europe Day, when the brass band Snob will present the play Glissendo on Slaveykov Square. During the event, artists will mingle with the audience through interesting choreography, leaving a musical mark on their way, and the support of EU countries for Ukraine will be expressed.
At the end of the conversation, Minister Atanasov thanked HE Robine on the constructive meeting and the exchanged ideas, expressing confidence that our bilateral cooperation will be extremely fruitful.