Czech Republic grants million euro to Bulgaria to cope with migration pressure

Written by on November 20, 2013 in Bulgaria - No comments

The Czech Republic is to provide a million euro to Bulgaria to help the country cope with migration pressure, ambassador Pavel Vacek has told Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.

The decision was taken to show solidarity and support for Bulgaria’s efforts to deal with migration pressure on a European Union external border, ensuring common European security, according to a statement by Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry.

Currently the two countries are specifying the technical and legal aspects, as well as specific needs, the ministry said.

Separately, the ministry said on November 19 that measures taken to reduce migratory pressure on Bulgaria were continuing to produce a downward trend in the influx into the country.

The same day, refugees in the camp in the Bulgarian town of Harmanli held a sit-in protest, frustrated by the slow rate at which their application documents for formal refugee status are being processed.

The migrants also demanded better living conditions and means to cover their costs, public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television said.

Refugees said that among them there were people who had arrived at the camp in September and still had not been called for an interview.

(Photo: G Schouten de Jel)

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