PM Borissov: Bulgaria has returned 3,000 illegal Afghan nationals

It is impossible to discuss secondary allocation of migrants before the question with the external borders is addressed

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Speaking to Bulgarian reporters at the sidelines of the European Council meeting underway in Brussels, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said that so far his country has returned by airplane nearly 3,000 Afghan nationals who entered Bulgaria illegally.

Borissov said that at the meeting he voiced concern that the "huge migration pressure on Bulgaria at the moment comes from the Greek border". He said that he stressed yet again that Bulgaria's solidarity is in protecting the EU external border.

The Prime Minister said that it is impossible to discuss secondary allocation of migrants before the question with the external borders is addressed. Borissov spoke about the concerns raised by Spain, Italy and France. He said that to be able to cope, each country needs political will and investment in its border security.

The second thing that depends on the EU is to have agreements with third countries where the migratory processes originate, he said. And in the third place, each country requesting a given amount needs to be aided, "the same as Bulgaria got 160 million euros for equipment for border protection".

Borissov said that despite the wish of the Austrian EU Presidency to this effect, for the time being no progress has been made in the talks on amending the Dublin Agreement.

The Prime Minister spoke about a forthcoming meeting in December in Poland dedicated to environmental protection. He said he insisted on including three items with direct impact on Bulgaria in the minutes from Thursday's meeting in Brussels. The first is keeping the agreed target of 40 per cent reduction of emissions by 2030; next, no reconsideration of the caps framework, and thirdly, no increase of the EU financial commitments to developing nations, including China, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. "It seems unnatural, not serious and wrong for Bulgaria to have to pay for this. Bulgaria's energy security relies 60 per cent on coal," Borissov said.

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