Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos to brief EC on Greek-Bulgarian border blockades

Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, said during a February 11 visit to Bulgaria that he would inform his colleagues at the European Commission about the blockades at the Greek border.

The blockades by Greek farmers protesting against that country’s planned tax and pension reforms have led to daily disruptions of traffic, mainly obstructing the passage of goods lorries, at various Greek-Bulgarian border crossings for more than a fortnight.

Avramopoulos, himself a Greek national, said that everyone in Europe was losing because of the situation and he hoped that eventually common sense would prevail.

Speaking at a briefing with Roumyana Buchvarova, Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Avramopoulos praised Bulgaria for guarding the external borders of the EU well and for respecting the human rights of migrants.

“Bulgaria is a strategic crossroads. You bear responsibility for the protection of the external borders of the European Union. We need to support Bulgaria in this difficult mission. Bulgaria is the pillar that supports the foundations of Europe,” he said.

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