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Estonian Ambassador to Bulgaria presents credentials
Today in Sofia, Estonian Ambassador to Bulgaria Ants Frosch presented his credentials to Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. Ambassador Frosch resides in Bucharest.
In the conversation that followed, Frosch congratulated Radev on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Bulgarian EU membership. The conversation touched on the priorities of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU: digital issues, migration, security in and outside the EU, and EU unity.
“Topics addressed included Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen visa area, which the president said he considered very important for protection of borders and fighting terrorism, as well as for improving opportunities for economic cooperation and developing tourism between Schengen countries,” said Frosch.
More thorough coverage was devoted to NATO’s Saber Guardian 2017 exercise taking place in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, which is the largest of its kind to be held in the Black Sea region. Radev stressed the need to develop defensive capacity and deterrence in the region.
Estonian-Bulgarian relations were also discussed, and the head of state and ambassador said there was a strong basis for further cooperation between the countries.
Ants Frosch was born on 20 August 1959 in Põlva. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu. From 1994 to 1999, Frosch was director general of the Estonian Information Board, the country’s intelligence agency. He has worked as a diplomat since 1999. Until 2003, he served as Permanent Representative of Estonia to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Frosch has also served as Estonian Ambassador to Poland. He is currently ambassador to Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.
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