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Bulgarian President visiting Slovakia
6 Nov 2013 Flash News
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev who began his two-day official visit to Slovakia in Bratislava on November 5 received a €100,000 check from Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič. The money will go to help Syrian refugees who arriving in Bulgaria.
“Today, I gave Mr. President a quasi check for €100,000,” Gašparovič said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “Helping countries that are struggling with a wave of migrants, whether it is Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, or France, is an EU-wide or even pan-European responsibility. Our pledged sum should encourage other countries to join us with aid.”
Plevneliev thanked him for the financial aid, saying that the money will be made available to the Bulgarian Red Cross. He also recalled that two weeks ago, humanitarian aid from Slovakia arrived to Sofia worth €30,000. It included field beds, mattresses, blankets, plates, cutlery, and water containers. Bulgaria is struggling with an influx of migrants, at least 60 percent of which come from Syria. So far this year, 8,800 refugees arrived in the country, far more than its annual capacity of five thousand people. Refugees come to Bulgaria across the border with Turkey and Greece.
Bulgaria is fully prepared to join the Schengen area, Plevneliev stressed.
The decision on their accession won’t be made earlier than in December of this year. According to the original assumptions, the pair was supposed to join the Schengen area in 2011. Their ambitions, however, failed due to the uncompromising attitude of some EU-member states that pointed out that neither Bucharest nor Sofia have made enough progress in the fight against corruption and organised crime. Accession of new countries into Schengen can be vetoed by any single member state. So far, France, Germany and the Netherlands have not agreed with Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to Schengen.
(Source: SITA, TASR)
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