military exercise “Thracia 2009”, which the Agency “Frontex” organized
on the Bulgarian-Turkish border and the Greek-Turkish border, has
ended, announced the Ministry of the Interior. The exercise was
designed as a training session for the coordination, which “Frontex”
has for its groups for Rapid Border Interventional Team (RABIT).
“Frontex”, the EU agency based in Warsaw, was created as a specialised
and independent body tasked to coordinate the operational cooperation
between Member States in the field of border security. “Frontex”
complements and provides particular added value to the national border
management systems of the member states. In the course of a week 40
members of RABIT from 20 member-countries of the EU “helped” the
Bulgarian and Greek border police in “make believe” situations,
connected with migration pressure. The boundary between Bulgaria and
Turkey is one of the “hottest” points of the outer boundary of the EU.
The same is true of the Greek-Turkish border, where the migration
pressure is even stronger. This was said by the Deputy executive
director of the agency Hill Arias at a briefing in front of Bulgarian
and Greek journalists at the “Capitan Andreevo” border check-point.
By europolice on 25. Mai 2009