Commission assesses Bulgarian request to include Bulgaria – Turkey borders to agreement as “legitimate”


Migrants on the Greek side of the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, 13 March 2016. Greece has 44,035 migrants registered on its territory, according to Ministery of Immigration Policy, trapped due to entry restrictions already imposed by FYROM

Bulgaria opposes the acceleration of visa liberalization process, asking for refugee deal expansion to Bulgarian – Turkish border area.

“The Bulgarian intention is totally legitimate for Bulgaria to bring forward this request to discuss it,” Margaritis Schinas, Commission Chief Spokesperson said of Bulgaria’s request for the Bulgarian-Russian border to be included in the refugee deal. Schinas spoke on Monday, ahead of Thursday’s EU Summit in Brussels.

The European Commission commented on Bulgaria’s request saying any finalized refugee deal shouldn’t focus on flows of people between Turkey and Greece. Bulgarian Prime Minister ...

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