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Frontex firmly supports Bulgaria’s full membership of Schengen

Hans Leijtens (L) and Kalin Stoyanov
Photo: Ministry of Interior

The Executive Director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, Hans Leijtens expressed firm support for the lifting of land border controls for Bulgaria, the Bulgarian news agency BTA reports.

Hans Leijtens, who is paying a working visit to Bulgaria, met in Sofia with the Bulgarian Minister of Interior Kalin Stoyanov. The two gave high praise to the cooperation between Bulgaria and Frontex, and reached agreement on a three-fold increase in the number of agency officials at the Bulgarian-Turkish border which will contribute to the high-level protection of one of the most sensitive and busy external borders of the EU. Minister Stoyanov acquainted Hans Leijtens with the organization of border control and the enhanced dialogue with Turkey, thanks to which the migratory pressure has decreased significantly as of the autumn of 2023. On 29 February the two will open the renovated border police station in Bolyarovo.

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