At the Bratislava Summit Friday, Bulgaria will insist that 160 million euro be made immediately available for border protection with equipment, vehicles and personnel. This transpired from remarks by Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov Wednesday as he and Hungarian counterpart
Viktor Orban inspected facilities at the Bulgarian border with Turkey.
The request will be officially made in Bratislava as the EU state and government leaders discuss the migrant crisis.
According to Borissov, the Visegrad Group will back Bulgaria and Orban vowed his country's full support for the Bulgarian request.
Two days ahead of the informal meeting of the 27 heads of state and government in the EU in the Slovak capital, the government leaders of Bulgaria and Hungary inspected the land border between Bulgaria and Turkey and the border fence at the Lessovo checkpoint.
Orban reportedly said that the argument in favour of supporting the Bulgarian request is "very simple". "If we can give 3 billion euro to Turkey which is not a EU member state, then it is impossible not to give 160 million euro to Bulgaria, which is in the EU."
"We must draw the southern border and concentrate equipment, resources and manpower there. We have to do it to support each other, not at each other's expense," Orban said.