BULGARIA AND GREAT BRITAIN TO COOPERATE AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING
Bulgarian Finance Minister Milen Velchev and British Ambassador to Bulgaria H.E. Youn Souttar signed an agreement on cooperation against drug trafficking between the governments of Bulgaria and Great Britain. The British Government commits to providing equipment for finding drugs, as well as equipment and training for checking cooled or frozen goods at the Capitan Andreevo border checkpoint. Under the project the British Government will cover the current costs of up to GBP3,000 annually till March 31, 2005. The Bulgarian Government will cover costs exceeding this amount, Mr. Velchev explained.The British Ambassador praised the Bulgarian customs officers who caught in 2001 more drugs than their colleagues in any other European country. We are interested in the project's fulfillment because a large part of the drugs entering Bulgaria are intended for Great Britain, H.E. Youn Souttar said on signing the agreement.