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Bulgarian President after His Visit to Italy: Migrant Crisis as Well as Schengen Issues Are the Reasons Why I am Here’
17 07 2017My visit in Italy is a continuation of my visit to Greece and my meetings with the Greek President. We face similar challenges as countries at the frontline in terms of migration. We want to unite our positions over this issue, because the current Dublin Agreement places our countries in an unequal position’’, said the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev during his working visit in Italy on July, 13, according to BGNES.
‘’ By virtue of this agreement, migrants are subject to return to the first countries where they are registered upon entry. We, as well as the Greek Prime Minister, feel that this is not fair. This issue as well as the Schengen issues are the reasons why I am meeting with the Italian president’’, he added.
During the meeting, President Mattela has expressed Italy's readiness to provide Bulgaria free of charge software that can track suspicious financial operations in the country for the prevention of financial crimes, as well as a comprehensive model for its implementation.
Bulgarian President and his counterpart also commented on the possibilities of relieving the administrative procedures in the business and the increase of the bilateral trade, which is equivalent to 4.2 billion euro for 2016. Over the past 20 years, Italy has invested more than 1.5 billion euro in the Bulgarian economy.