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Bulgaria gets EU support to face refugee crisis

Bulgaria gets EU support to face refugee crisis
23/10/2013  - 

Support is being delivered to Bulgaria to help the national authorities cope with the influx of Syrian refugees. The assistance is provided by Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria, and is coordinated by the European Commission. It includes more than 2 000 folding beds and mattresses, more than 4 200 blankets and other items, such as bedding, towels, kitchen sets and cutlery.

This support reaches Bulgaria through the Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union. The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre has been working with the Mechanism's participants in order to give to Bulgaria the assistance it needs at a time when its national capacities are stretched to an unprecedented scale.

"_I'd like to thank the countries which offered assistance in such a short time. Bulgaria has done all in its power to manage the migration flow. The assistance provided by the European Commission and the Member States demonstrates Bulgaria is not alone in this crisis_," said Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva.

Slovakia's and Hungary's aid has reached Bulgaria already, while the assistance from Slovenia and Austria is expected to arrive in the coming days. The assistance comes in addition to the technical support already provided to Bulgaria by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).