Bulgaria Border Security System 'Out of Service over Unpaid Electricity Bills'

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria Border Security System 'Out of Service over Unpaid Electricity Bills' Photo by BGNES

State-of-the art border monitoring equipment has been installed at the Bulgarian-Turkish border but it is "out of service. Police have no money for electricity," German magazine Der Spiegel's website notes.

Citing official documents, it also suggests the number of people crossing Bulgaria's border without being caught might be "enormous".

Border police in the EU's poorest member state have detained some 6600 people crossing into the country, according to official statistics. Bulgaria is used by migrants to make it into the EU, despite the fact that Bulgaria has not yet faced migrant influx comparable to neighboring Greece and Macedonia.

Der Spiegel recalls the words of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who asserted some years ago "the Europeans can sleep calm".

However, promises have been overshadowed by reality, with reports provided by German security authorities suggesting border equipment has been defunct for some time.

Infrared body heat sensors, movement detectors are out of service because "the Bulgarian Interior Ministry cannot pay the electricity anymore," the text claims.

More than half of all patrol vehicles are unused due to lack of maintenance due to the "disastrous budgetary situation" in Bulgaria which has repercussions on border security amid the migrant crisis, Der Spiegel quotes the report as saying.

The article also cites occasional warnings from organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which say Bulgarian border police tend to push asylum seekers back into Turkey.

Smugglers become easily aware of weaknesses in border security, and "in the case of Bulgaria these are currently blatant", the report adds.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 23 Nov 2015 // 21:23:42

The sun is shining only during the the day..our energy system indeed collapsed, because of this very lucrative green debt creation.. .(lucrative for the EU banks).. besides EU wants this immigrants.. Merkel sad so.. they will be the mortgage payers of the future.. (may be)..How to stop enormous human wave when the sovereign have no will for it???

Fr Jack Hackett - 17 Nov 2015 // 08:59:54

Of course advertizing the fact that Bulgarian borders may be unmonitored will encourage even more illegals to use Bulgaria as a transit point putting Bulgarians at risk. One wonders whether moves like this are deliberate if the EU imposes rules regarding solar electricity on countries and then when the system fails blames them for the results of that failure

Ivailo Ivanov - 14 Nov 2015 // 19:31:28

The security system should work only during the day.... and in sunny days!!! At night the immigrants and radicals should be free to cross to EU. Because EU commission imposed on Bulgaria 20 billion worth of foto-voltaic debt that ruined our energy system.. the EU security should also run on foto-voltaics. It is not a joke it is reality.. it was \"\"green\" multi billion dollar crime and crimes have unpleasant results..

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