Bulgaria PM Calls for Common European Solution to Migration Crisis

World » EU | February 15, 2016, Monday // 20:18
Bulgaria: Bulgaria PM Calls for Common European Solution to Migration Crisis Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (L) shakes hands with his Czech Republic counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka (R) during a visit to Prague, 15 February 2016. Photo BGNES

Unilateral measures won’t achieve sustainable results in resolving the current migration crisis in Europe, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.

The migrant influx can't be tackled without the active contribution and participation of all countries along the so-called Western Balkans route and Greece in particular, Borisov said at a meeting with his Czech counterpart Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague on Monday, according to a statement issued by the government press office in Sofia.

Borisov is taking part in a meeting of leaders of the Visegrad Group of countries (V4) marking  the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the group that brings together the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Measures for imporoved management of the EU’s external borders in the context of the worst migration crisis in Europe since WWII are on the agenda of the meeting.

The V4 countries have argued that, with Greece failing to deliver the expected results in controlling the external EU border, its neighbours Bulgaria and Macedonia should be assigned a bigger responsibility. 

Last month, Sobotka suggested that a "reserve border system" should be set up along Greece's frontiers with Macedonia and Bulgaria, if Turkey or Greece fail to curb the influx of migrants into Europe.

Borisov also said that the potential ?strengthening of controls on Greece’s borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia could be no solution for Europe; and it only could be expected to change the direction of migration routes.

Efficient control of the EU’s external borders is vital for the tackling of migration flows in the short and medium term, Borisov said and added that additional support was needed to bolster border management mechanisms.

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