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Bulgaria Excited by Upcoming EU-Turkey Readmission Deal

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | December 4, 2013, Wednesday // 19:13| Views: 1566 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Excited by Upcoming EU-Turkey Readmission Deal Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister has expressed his satisfaction with the Readmission Agreement that is to be signed between EU and Turkey on December 16.

“I am happy with the achieved result. This is important for us, a concrete step that we have achieved,” Kristian Vigenin told reporters on Wednesday.

Vigenin stated that Bulgaria has worked actively towards negotiating the agreement.
He noted that the deal will not apply to illegal immigrants that have already entered his country through its border with Turkey.

The decision for the signing of the Readmission Agreement between Turkey and the EU was announced in Brussels on Wednesday after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held meetings with Cecilia Malstom and Stefan Fule, European commissioners for home affairs and enlargement, respectively.

As a result of long negotiations, Turkey has agreed to accept migrants who illegally entered into EU territories via Turkey but has the right to suspend it in the case of EU’s non-compliance with the visa liberalization process.

Turkey and the EU agreed on the road map for visa liberalization for Turkish citizens in return for the signing of the Readmission Agreement in 2011 but negotiations could not commence for two years due to deep mistrust between the two parties.

Bulgaria is the gateway to the European Union for refugees fleeing Syria via Turkey, many crossing the border illegally. However, along with asylum seekers from Syria, a large number of people from North Africa and the Middle East have also arrived illegally through the southern border with Turkey.

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Emre - 6 Dec 2013 // 22:54:27

Turkey is getting bigger and powerful every year, therefore i expect no major difficulties if partners ( greece and bulgaria) work together against illegal migrants. And totally agree with turkish citizens to travel visa free. Yet, turkey is the only eu candidate country which eu applies visa.

madoods - 5 Dec 2013 // 09:13:01

Better stop building that border fence if Bulgaria wants Turkey in the EU so much. If Bulgaria is having problems with the low level of immigration it is getting now, imagine what it will be like when the border between Turkey and Bulgaria has gone altogether

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