In the Gothic Hall of the Brussels Municipality, a concert took place this evening to celebrate the upcoming national holiday of Bulgaria, March 3.

The event was at the invitation of the Bulgarian ambassador to Belgium Plamen Bonchev and the permanent representative of our country in the EU, Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov.

Pianist Daniel Verstappen played in front of many Bulgarian and foreign guests, and then folklore works were performed by the "Bulgapeya" choir.

All attendees received martenits.

Belgium was among the first countries to recognize Bulgaria's independence, noted Ambassador Plamen Bonchev in his speech.

The past three decades have marked a "Golden Age" of bilateral economic, political, cultural and educational ties, he added.

Ambassador Bonchev pointed out that today, for the first time, Bulgaria is celebrating its national holiday during the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Vasil Terziev presented martenits to children and students in the building of the Metropolitan Municipality

We are at a historic crossroads, the EU is faced with the challenge of being a firm supporter of democracy, legality and human rights, said Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov.

Tomorrow is being built today and we are all part of that process, he added.

We remember with gratitude the sacrifice of those who fought and died in the war that led to the liberation of Bulgaria, including Ukrainian wars, nearly a century and a half ago.

Today it is our turn to support their successors in this difficult, decisive and fateful hour, Ambassador Alexandrov added.

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