Politics of Greece
From midnight Bulgaria officially closed its borders to third countries at all border checkpoints, no matter what the vehicles are.
The measure effectively applies to our borders with Turkey, Northern Macedonia and Serbia and will remain in force until April 17th. An important clarification is that this ban does not affect nationals of EU Member States and their families.
NATO foreign ministers welcomed North Macedonia as the alliance's newest member on Thursday, ending a long process that included a change to the country's name.
"We welcome North Macedonia as NATO's 30th ally," NATO foreign ministers said in a statement following a video conference, which North Macedonia's minister was part of as a full member.
"April may determine what the future will look like," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday during a discussion in Parliament in Athens on new legislative measures to contain the impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
"Everything that has been done so far has brought reservedly optimistic results," he said, warning that the country needs to stay the course.
In January 2020, 423.1 thousand Bulgarian residents made trips abroad, or by 5.1% more than those in January 2019. An increase was observed in the total number of the trips of Bulgarians to: Turkey - by 15.7%, Italy - by 11.1%, Serbia - by 9. 8%, Austria - by 6.7%, the United Kingdom - by 6. 4%, Republic of North Macedonia - by 6. 3%, Germany - by 5.
The foreign ministers demanded rapid integration in the Western Balkans.
Within a few days, the EU will decide whether to start membership talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania. This was made clear during a meeting between the foreign ministers of Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and representatives of the European Commission in Thessaloniki.