Bulgaria's 131km Border Fence Plan May Trigger Infringement Procedure

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's 131km Border Fence Plan May Trigger Infringement Procedure Bulgarian human rights lawyer Michail Ekimdzhiev, photo by BGNES

The 131km fence which Bulgaria plans to build at the Turkish border may lead to an infringement procedure against the country, according to Michail Ekimdzhiev.

In a Wednesday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, human rights lawyer Ekimdzhiev said that the statement of caretaker Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki was inappropriate for any European politician.

Ekimdzhiev insisted that it was disgraceful on the part of Blizhanski, a Professor in Constitutional Law, to make such a proposal, adding that the step deprived him of the moral right to teach students at the university.

"By going for the approach of stopping immigrants instead of designing an efficient mechanism to sift out the real immigrants and by building walls Bulgaria is violating a number of UN conventions and an EU Directive. The next logical step would be to make the fence electric," he noted, as cited by Sega daily.

Ekimdzhiev argued that Bulgaria could face an infringement procedure over the measure, cautioning that it could prove quite costly for the state.

The plans to build a 131km wall on the Turkish border in a bid to "curb the refugee influx, the entry of terrorists and the spread of epidemics" were announced after a Tuesday sitting of the caretaker government.

Bulgaria has already built a 30km wire fence at a pressure point of the Turkish border.

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yossarian 1944 - 5 Sep 2014 // 15:27:08


I have only few words for you - you highly civilised,intelligent;educated;sophisticated etc.EU citizen.
You are in fact a moron.Please do not insult me and my fellow bulgarians with your comments.When Bulgaria was civilised and had it's own alphabet and churches the so called western europe were still living in mud huts and did not read nor write.Then it was Bulgaria who kept the turks away from you for 500 years and save you from slavery.
And then it was again the so called civilised western Europe who divided Europe into eastern and Western in 1945 and condemned Eastern Europe into communism.

So please be so kind and shut up

BUILD A DAMNED WALL - 22 Aug 2014 // 09:26:57

Because Turkey (wannabe EU member) sure as hell is NOT stopping the illegals crossing its territory !!!

Jamies - 22 Aug 2014 // 08:40:57

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Leave EU - 22 Aug 2014 // 01:04:12

Mat, actually, leaving the EU would be a great idea as their rules and regulations have actually destroyed the Bulgrian economy. There are few oligarchs who've made millions, however, the regular people are worse off then before joining the EU.
When Bulgaria, applied for EU membership, like the rest of the Eastern European countries, they thought that by joining the EU the standard of living for the people will automtically get to the original EU members. That's not the case for most of the countries....

Yane - 22 Aug 2014 // 00:17:08

Mat, Bulgaria pays more than it gets back, so stfu u ignorant buffoon, now go back to watching whatever u are watching on the TV.

Optimistic - 21 Aug 2014 // 21:06:09

The EU has rules that require the EU country that an asylum seeker enters to look after that asylum seeker.

So Bulgaria suffers unfairly whereas rich countries like Germany dont get many asylum seekers.

The wall is not a nice idea and as Yane points out get Israel to help.

A better solution would be one where the asylum seekers burden is shared equally within the EU and not have it fall on southern countries who have land borders with non EU countries.

Mat - 21 Aug 2014 // 19:27:45

Well if you don't want the responsibilities of being an EU Member State you can always leave and hand back the billions in free money that it gives you. What's that? Thought not. Now try and get on with being members of a civilised country.

Fr Jack Hackett - 21 Aug 2014 // 19:24:36

The EU seems bent on the destruction of all its nations

Yane - 21 Aug 2014 // 02:19:37

Bg needs Israeli advice how to build proper walls.

Kurentco Milapash - 20 Aug 2014 // 15:26:02

I have a solution to the illegal immigration problem. It will cost taxpayers about $100k and most of the expenditure can be donated to a museum:
- buy a trebuchet;
- repatriate a few illegals back over the border with the trebuchet;
- post the video to the YouTube;
- donate the trebuchet to a museum.

p.s. Make sure you have ads turn on the YouTube so we can monetize this venture.

Seedy - 20 Aug 2014 // 14:08:58

And we should listen to another Turkish "Yuman Rites" lawyer's BS? Maybe he should go and preach to Erdogan instead....

Justme - 20 Aug 2014 // 12:51:30

What, EU does not let us protect our border? Just another example of the EU destruction of the Bulgarian state.

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