The European Commission is providing Bulgaria with 108 million euros (121 million dollars) to help tackle migration, the president of the European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, says following a meeting of EU leaders in Bratislava.
"Bulgaria is not left alone," Juncker adds.
He says the intention of the commission is to top this amount up to the 160 million euros that Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has requested.
The pressure of illegal migrants trying to enter Serbia across its eastern border from Bulgaria, in the areas of Negotin and Dimitrovgrad, has increased in the last two weeks, a spokesman for joint Serbian army and police forces patrolling the border with Macedonia and Bulgaria said on Thursday.
The future of the European Union depends on the bloc providing Bulgaria with adequate border protection assistance in the face of a surge in migrants hoping to reach Europe via the Balkan nation, warned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.