Fresh EU Aid for Bulgaria Not Earmarked for Building New Border Fences

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | September 19, 2016, Monday // 16:49
Bulgaria: Fresh EU Aid for Bulgaria Not Earmarked for Building New Border Fences File photo, EPA/BGNES

The EUR 108 M that EU leaders decided to grant to Bulgaria last week are not allocated to the construction of new border fences or work on existing ones, a EU Commission official has said.

The fresh assistance was a response to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's demand for EUR 160 M that his country would use to deal with what it sees as an increased migratory pressure on its border with Turkey.

Brussels then said it would consider the official demand for the other EUR 52 M submitted by Bulgaria.

Natasha Bertaud, Coordinating Spokesperson for EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, has made clear the money granted will be used to to step up border protection, technical equipment, and building and maintenance of infrastructure to accommodate migrants.

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