European Commissioner: Bulgaria to play crucial role with launch of new European border protection

Bulgaria will play a crucial role on the European stage with the October 6 opening of the new European border and coast guard office, European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said in talks with the country’s interior and foreign ministers.

In talks with Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova and Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov, as well as President Rossen Plevneliev, Avramopoulos said that neighbouring countries Bulgaria and Greece were on the front line of the EU external border and this made them important to the best management of the refugee wave.

Avramopoulos praised the efforts of the Bulgarian government to deal with the issue in close co-operation with the rest of the EU.

He said that Bulgaria was under pressure, but was not alone, because the EU was standing behind it. The evidence for this was the planned opening on October 6 in Bulgaria of an entirely new European project, the border and coast guard service.

Through this project, Bulgaria would begin to play a more important role in the protection of its borders, which were at the same time the shared borders of Europe.

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