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EU Commission awards additional 48.2 mln euro to Bulgaria for border, migration management

EU Commission awards additional 48.2 mln euro to Bulgaria for border, migration management European Commission. Author: Sébastien Bertrand. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

SOFIA (Bulgaria), December 23 (SeeNews) – The European Commission said on Friday it has awarded an additional 48.2 million euro ($50.4 million) in emergency funding to Bulgaria for improving the country’s border and migration management.

Around 36.2 million euro will be provided to Bulgaria’s interior ministry and will be used for purchasing border surveillance equipment and improving IT systems for border police, the European Commission said in a press release.

The remaining 12 million euro will be used to further strengthen the management of migration flows, the Commission said.

The funding is allocated under the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF).

The current funding comes to complement the grant agreements signed with Bulgaria in October 2016, which amounted to a total of 101 million euro, also under the AMIF and ISF.

The funding is being extended in addition to the 91 million euro allocated to Bulgaria under the national programmes for the 2014-2020 period.

($ = 0.9569 euro)

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