Member states of the European Union

Bulgarian Refugee Agency Chair: Refugee Numbers Again On the Rise

Refugee numbers are increasing again, according to Nikolay Chirpanliev, Chair of the Bulgarian State Agency for Refugees.

Chirpanliev announced in a Monday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio that some 500 people entered Bulgaria on a monthly basis.

He claimed that the EU was using double standards towards EU Member States with external borders.

Romania, Bulgaria Near Top of EU Fraud Report

Romanians and Bulgarians tried to defraud the European Union of 45.8 million euro of funds last year, according to the European Commission report, “Fight Against Fraud 2013”, released last week.

Romania reported 109 false claims, worth 36.6 million euro, while Bulgarian officials uncovered 97 false claims worth a total of 9.4 million euro, the statistics show.

Greeks 'Should Withdraw Deposits from Foreign Banks' - Minister

Greek Development Minister Nikos Dendias has called on citizens to withdraw their assets from foreign banks and return them the country.

By accepting the offer, they will be exempted from a fine for tax evasion, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) Thessaloniki correspondent Katya Peeva quoted Dendias as saying.

Greece needs more EU funds for immigration, minister says

Greece needs more funding from the European Union to deal with the increased flow of undocumented immigrants in the eastern Aegean, Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias said in an interview with Sunday’s Kathimerini.

According to the minister, there has been an 800 percent increase in the number of irregular migrants reaching Greece via boat from Turkey over the last two years.

Germany's Ambassador to Czech Republic 'to Head Bulgarian Mission'

Detlef Lingemann, the German Ambassador to the Czech Republic, is the successor to outgoing Matthias Hoepfner, who represented the country in Bulgaria, reports say.

The information came from the website, which quoted Germany's Foreign Ministry as confirming his appointment.