Bulgaria wants EU countries to toughen penalties for people trafficking

European Union countries should be obliged to dramatically increase penalties for human trafficking, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has said.

He said on September 8 that the Dublin agreement, by which refugees may be returned to the countries where they first entered the EU, was “set in a time very different from the present and in other circumstances”.

Among the possible changes was the creation of a single migration approach so that refugees could choose the country in which to be registered.

Another approach was the introduction of a common refugee status across the EU.

On the issue of mandatory quotas for transfers of refugees from one EU country to another, he said that “Bulgaria will take responsibility and will participate in the solidarity allocation and relocation, but account must be taken of GDP and the fact that our territory now has many refugees”.

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