Orbán promises support for Bulgaria’s border

September 14, 2016

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán assured Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov today that the Visegrád Group (V4) of countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Czech Republic) would assist Bulgaria to protect its borders, reports Index.hu. Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vučić was also present at the meeting in Bulgaria to discuss immigration.

Bulgaria has called on the EU to approve at this week’s emergency summit in Bratislava an “immediate” border assistance package worth EUR 160 million. The EU certainly has money to assist Bulgaria, Orbán assured Borisov, saying the V4 would press the European Commission to provide the funds at this Friday’s summit.

“Everyone must understand that Europe’s future is not decided in Brussels but here where I stand,” Orbán said. “Bulgaria’s success is in all of our interests.”

Orbán and Borisov toured the country by land, sea and air, and visited the border fence near Lesovo in southeast Bulgaria. The nearly 100-mile-long fence was built by Bulgaria in response to the refugee crisis, though authorities have denied claims that the fence is intended to stop refugees from Syria and other war-ravaged countries from entering the country.

Hungary and Bulgaria are the only two European countries to have erected border walls or fences since the fall of the Iron Curtain 27 years ago.