The Bulgarian government has extended the program of accommodation of Ukrainian refugees in hotels until the end of October.
This was stated by Tourism Minister Ilin Dimitrov in an interview with the BNT TV channel.
"The program for accommodation of Ukrainian refugees in hotels will be extended until October 31 at the current cost, this will be the final of the program, so it will be possible to organize a new program," Dimitrov said.
He expressed hope that this will be the last expansion of the program and that a new program for the integration of refugees into the social system will appear.
"This is European money, we regularly pay out funds under this program every week, the payment mechanism is very complicated until the payment of the 32-step amount, which takes at least 15 days," the minister added.
In June, a scandal broke out in Bulgaria due to the Bulgarian government's sudden decision to curtail the program of housing Ukrainian refugees in hotels on the Black Sea coast.
This caused calls for the resignation of Vice Prime Minister Kalyna Kostiantynova. In the end, the government refused to cancel the program.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, more than 300,000 people have arrived in Bulgaria. The government said 110,000 people had been granted temporary protection and asylum. However, civil activists say that a significant part of Ukrainians in Bulgaria received support from citizens and public organizations, not the state.