The Bulgarian capital Sofia is the fifth most dangerous city in Europe and the most dangerous in the European Union, a study shows.
Austria is ready to support Bulgaria’sefforts to improve border security in view of potential increase in migration pressure, including by secondment of police officers, a senior Austrian official has said.
A report has called for the establishment in a number of EU member states of a monitoring mechanism similar to the one used on Bulgaria and Romania.
"There is no way for us to integrate terrorists, it is not fair," Bulgarian Prime Minister has said.
A large part of the EU's motivation to go on with the monitoring on justice system and anti-corruption efforts in Bulgaria and Romania are political, the Party of European Socialists (PES)'s leader has said.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has defended the mechanism applied on Bulgaria and Romania's judicial system and anti-corruption efforts.
Bulgaria is much more prepared than other countries to react in the event of a heightened migrant pressure on its borders.
The European Commission does not see "sustainability" in the progress of Bulgaria and Romania "in a number of areas", an official said on Wednesday.
Bulgarian and foreign MEPs from different political groups called for changes to the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) which is currently in place for Bulgaria and Romania in the fields of judicial reform, corruption and organised crime.
The EU is working toward a "good deal" with Turkey by using a "constructive approach" in dialogue among member states, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders has said.
A conference aimed at discussing the effect of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) on Bulgaria is due to be held on Wednesday in Brussels, the Bulgarian National Radio reports.
Bulgaria has called again on the EU to recognize the need for protection of the country’s land and maritime borders with Turkey from a possible shifting of migration inflow following the closure of the Western Balkans route.
Bulgaria needs to "consolidate and reinforce its overall resolve" to step up judicial reform and pursue and independent analysis of the prosecutor's office, the Council of the EU believes.
EU member states' governments are set to vote Tuesday on conclusions based on reports prepared by the EU Commission about the judicial system and anti-corruption measures of Bulgaria and Romania.
Bulgaria has already asked the EU Commission for help to beef up security along its border with Greece, Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said on Thursday.
A final agreement between the EU and Turkey should provide guarantees that land borders between Turkey and Bulgaria or between Greece and Turkey will not become part of a new migrant route, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has said.
Members of the Romanian minority in Bulgaria are being deprived of their rights, according to a letter sent to Bulgarian officials by Monica Macovei, former Romanian Justice Minister and incumbent MEP.
Eastern Europe is closer to the conflict in Syria and this explains its different reaction to the migrant crisis compared to the West, Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva told the BBC.
"Nothing better" can be done as of the moment than the agreement between the EU and Turkey on the migrant crisis reached early on Tuesday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.
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