Bulgaria approves funds for contact centre with Greece, Turkey

Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved on May 4 a sum of three million leva (about 1.5 million euro) to carry out projects linked to the country’s Schengen accession, including for completing construction of a trilateral contact centre for police and customs co-operation among Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.

The same day, Bulgaria’s Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Roumyana Buchvarova carried out an on-site inspection of progress on construction of the tripartite contact centre at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint.

Buchvarova carried out the inspection on the way to Ankara, where she was to sign a protocol on the implementation of the European Union-Turkey readmission agreement.

Stanislav Dechev, district governor of Haskovo, briefed Buchvarova on progress on the construction, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The briefing was attended by several officials, including Interior Ministry deputy chief secretary Georgi Arabadzhiev, Border Police chief Antonio Angelov and the consul-general of Bulgaria in Edirne, Vassil Valchev.

The tripartite contact centre between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey is being financed and built under the action plan for the implementation of urgent measures in connection with the accession of Bulgaria to the Schengen area.

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