Bulgaria to insist on revision of migrant quotas – government

Bulgaria will insist that the migrant quotas proposed by the European Commission correspond to the capabilities and geographical location of EU member states and be significantly smaller for countries like Bulgaria, which are an external boundary of the EU and are under strong migration pressure.

This is stated in Bulgaria’s position on the European Agenda on Migration, adopted on June 8 by the Council for European Affairs.

The position will be officially presented at the Justice and Home Affairs Council on June 15 and 16 in Luxembourg, the Bulgarian government said.

According to the relocation scheme, proposed by the European Commission on May 27, envisaging the relocation of 40 000 people from Italy and Greece, and the specific migrant quotas for EU countries, Bulgaria would have to take in a total of 572 people – 343 from Italy and 229 from Greece.

EU member states are expected to receive 6000 euro for each person relocated on their territory.

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(Bulgaria is under migration pressure already and houses thousands of refugees from the Syrian conflict. Photo: Ben Melrose/V Photo Agency)