Bulgaria to Seek EU Aid over Syrian Refugee Wave
Bulgaria intends to ask the European Commission for financial and technical assistance in order to deal with the wave of Syrian refugees reaching the country in the aftermath of the outbreak of the conflict in Syria.
Bulgarian Interior minister Tsvetlin Yovchev told reporters on Monday that his country’s insufficient capacity to provide normal living conditions for Syrian refugees prompts the government to request aid to the European Commission.
Yovchev, who is in charge of the State Headquarters responsible for crisis handling, announced that although Bulgaria has taken the necessary measures to cope with the refugees’ wave at the first time, it still needs the EU assistance to cope with the increased number of refugees.
Ognian Zlatev, EC representative to Bulgaria, said that Bulgaria needs EU financial assistance to build up an infrastructure, a water-conduit and a system of drains in order to raise the living standards of the civilians in the town.
Bulgaria has already managed to provide shelters, electricity, food, water and basic sanitary supplies for 1250 asylum-seekers with the aid of the Bulgarian Red Cross.
Bulgaria, which shares a border with Turkey, may have to provide shelter for as many as 10,000 Syrians by the end of the year.
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