Migration: EC launches pilot project with Bulgaria

The European Commission (EC) is launching on March 20 a pilot project with Bulgaria on preventing irregular arrivals, strengthening border and migration management, the EC said.

The pilot project foresees the implementation by Bulgaria of targeted tools and practices in the area of accelerated asylum procedures and effective returns.

The pilot project is the result of a close cooperation with the Bulgarian authorities, the EC said.

The pilot project will be based on the applicable EU law and national legislation, according to the statement.

It will be implemented with strong operational and technical support of the Commission and the key Home Affairs EU agencies (EUAA, Europol and Frontex), the EC said.

“The pilot project is based on Bulgaria’s good practices and experience, including its excellent cooperation with Serbia, Türkiye and other neighbouring countries, as well as with the EU agencies active in Bulgaria,” the statement said.

“The pilot project is a concrete deliverable of Bulgaria’s high-level commitment and support for sustainable migration management solutions at EU-level,” it said.

Furthermore, strengthening the external borders with enhanced surveillance measures to be implemented at the Bulgaria-Türkiye border is a key priority, according to the statement.

The Commission and Bulgaria are finalising a needs assessment and the Commission will provide financial support to support Bulgaria with strengthening border management at its external border with Türkiye, the EC said.

(Photo: Bulgaria Interior Ministry press centre)

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