Bulgaria needs 160 million euros aid to tackle migration

Bulgaria needs 160 million euros aid to tackle migrationBulgaria seeks for 160 million euros in aid from the European Commission in order to protect its borders and stem the flow of migrants and refugees into the country, deputy Prime Minister Rumiana Bachvarova said on Friday.

Over a million people are making their way to Europe from conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and Bulgaria says migrant flows through its territory have been on the rise again since June.

The European Union's poorest country has built a fence and sent army officers to its border with Turkey but needs EU support to maintain proper frontier protection. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov is expected to raise the issue at the EU summit in Bratislava today.

"We have filed three applications for a total amount of 160 million euros to the European Commission. We have asked for technical support, for support to build video surveillance and support for operational activities," Bachvarova told parliament.

Bachvarova said Sofia had been assured that it will receive the main part of the support package very soon.
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