Bulgarian Parliament rejects proposal for probe into spending on fence at Turkish border

Bulgaria’s National Assembly rejected a proposal by centre-right opposition party GERB to set up a special committee to investigate spending on an anti-refugee fence at the country’s border with Turkey.

Spending on the fence sparked controversy when it emerged that although the initial budget was five million leva (about 2.5 million euro), the Bulgarian Socialist Party cabinet had approved spending of close to double that, at 9.6 million leva.

The issue has led to tension between defence minister Angel Naidenov and interior minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.

Yovchev told reporters on February 25 that the fence project would be closely scrutinised, “under a magnifying glass”.

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