Deputy PM Calls Interinstitutional Meeting on Refugees

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 5, 2015, Monday // 07:46| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Deputy PM Calls Interinstitutional Meeting on Refugees Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva. Photo: BGNES/EPA

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva summons the ministers of interior, defence and regional development on Monday to discuss the problems the country faces with the influx of refugees.

The main topics of discussion will include the improvement of the security at the state borders and the betterment of the conditions for accommodation of refugees, electronic daily Dnevnik reports.

According to Kuneva, failure in these area will hinder the accession of Bulgaria into the Schengen Area.

The cooperation with other European countries and their respective authorities dealing with refugees will be discussed at the meeting on Monday.

Kuneva said that the replacement of the State Agency for Refugees' former chief Nikolay Chirpanliev was not an act of punishment.

The Deputy Prime Minister stated that Bulgaria is to make the necessary selection in order to improve the integration of refugees and establish more dynamic links with the European Commission, so that the country can rely on aid from the European Refugee Fund.

According to Kuneva, the military can not be engaged with guarding the border, as the problem was both normative and conceptual.

She declared herself against changes to legislation that will grant the military the right to guard the border.

It is likely that the Agriculture Ministry will be engaged with the improvement of the road infrastructure in the forest sections of the border.

The military is expected to help with the places of accommodation that have to be converted in order to house refugees.

Kuneva declared that the attempts to cross the border, following the construction of the fence at the border with Turkey, have decreased sevenfold.

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