Austrian Prime Minister Karl Nehammer said at the joint press conference in Ilovo, where they had a working meeting with President Rumen Radev and connected them with military helicopters: “Austria has made an offer to the European Union for Bulgaria to receive two billion euros in aid to strengthen the security of its border with Turkey. It will “, He said.
2 billion euros requested by the president. Within the Regional Directorate of Border Police in Ilovo there is the Regional Coordination Center, which is part of the integrated system of Bulgarian-Turkish border control.
Radev and Nehammer visited detention facilities holding migrants trying to enter Bulgaria illegally. The duo inspected the Turkish border from the helicopter.
According to the Austrian Chancellor’s statement, the protection of the Bulgarian-Turkish border is also the protection of the Austrian border. “We are very grateful for the efforts of the Bulgarian state to protect these borders,” Nehammer stressed.
Radev emphasized that by installing new technical systems and taking steps to better train border police officers, Bulgaria has greatly improved the organization of Turkish border guards.
Illegal immigration is a challenge to a united Europe, and Bulgaria, as a responsible member of the European Union, is working hard to meet this challenge.
According to Radev’s testimony, migratory pressure at the Bulgarian border has increased sharply over the past year, and the migrants’ behavior has become more aggressive.
“We have lost four police officers in just four months, and other police officers have been injured,” said the chief. To deal with this difficult situation, Bulgaria has taken swift and decisive measures,” he said, adding that Bulgaria is facing a powerful and well-organized criminal network for smuggling migrants with headquarters and branches in various EU member states.
On Sunday, January 22, Austrian media reported that Nehammer and the Austrian interior minister continued their position that Bulgaria was not ready to join the Schengen area.
“As long as the Schengen area does not function and, for example, Germany does border checks with other Schengen countries such as Austria, as many other European countries do, we cannot expand it,” said Nehammer. Therefore, the Austrian Schengen denunciation remains in force until the situation changes radically.
The Austrian chancellor believes that Bulgaria and Romania should receive full support from the European Union to strengthen their borders. Nehammer said: “Bulgaria should be able to set up a strong border defense like Greece. To this end, the European Union should provide the necessary funds.
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