Bulgarian PM orders interior, defence ministry to organise joint exercise at borders facing migration pressure

Bulgarian PM orders interior, defence ministry to organise joint exercise at borders facing migration pressure

Sofia, March 2, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has instructed the ministers of interior and of defence to organise joint exercises in border areas most at risk from illegal migration, specifically mentioning the borders with Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.

Borissov issued the order at a March 2 2016, against a background of a major crisis at the Greek – Macedonian border, where more than 9000 asylum-seekers were stranded, and the fact of the recently-approved amendment to legislation that enables the deployment of Bulgaria’s military to assist border policing.

The aim of the exercise would be to co-ordinate action to deal with migration flows.