The President of the Congress, Jean-Claude Frécon, met the Bulgarian Minister for Regional Development and Public Works, Lilyana Pavlova, in Sofia on 11 December 2015. The minister expressed the support of her government for dialogue between central government and local and regional authorities in the country. She also pointed out that Bulgaria is in the process of ratifying the additional protocol on citizen participation. The Congress President stressed that “dialogue between the different levels of governance is always a strong sign of political maturity”. The talks took place on the occasion of the Congress Bureau meeting being held in Sofia as part of the Bulgarian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.