Bulgarian-Turkish border fence completed, Bulgaria’s defence ministry says

The building of a fence at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey has been completed, Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry said, in the latest development in the saga of the controversial and costly project initiated in response to a significant increase in 2013 in the number of people illegally entering Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party cabinet, due to resign soon, initiated the project in the face of an increase in the number of refugees entering Bulgaria, mainly because of the Syria crisis.

The reported price tag, running to more than nine million leva for the 30km fence, as well as delays in building it – on top of controversy over the awarding of contracts – led to opposition calls for investigations and for the resignation of the defence minister.

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(Photo: Bulgarian Defence Ministry)