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ECR MEPs meet Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Sofia for talks on Schengen, migration and energy

MEPs of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The ECR MEPs discussed prospects for the country’s accession to Schengen, migrant pressure at the external border of the Union and the energy crisis.

Radev emphasised the need for real European solidarity in the defence of the external borders of the European Union. Bulgaria has recently been subjected to an influx of illegal migration through its land border with Turkey. According to the Bulgarian president, support for frontline countries, which bear this pressure the most, is of utmost importance for the Union. Concentrated efforts to protect external borders would also contribute to securing the internal borders between the Member States.

Head of the ECR Group’s Bulgarian delegation MEP Angel Dzhambazki, said: “We agreed that the defence of the EU’s external borders is at the core of an integrated security policy of the Union. Member States with external borders are under increasing pressure and need to be supported.”

The MEPs also discussed the European perspective of the Western Balkans, highlighting once again that the process should be based on democratic conditionality and the individual progress of each individual country. MEPs reaffirmed the group’s position on the need to rethink the pace at which the green transition is taking place, because it affects the overall development of countries in the Union.

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