EU to Give EUR 55 mln to Bulgaria for Refugees, Social Payments

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The European Commission announced on Monday that it will pay Bulgaria EUR 55 million through the European Social Fund, for social payments.

From this amount, EUR 18.6 million will cover the basic needs of vulnerable groups such as food and basic necessities. Ukrainian refugees will also be able to use them.

They will be able to exchange their vouchers for food, clothing, and school supplies for children and other basic needs. Another EUR 36.4 million will be directed to preserve jobs and improve care services for people with disabilities.

Of these, EUR 23.8 million (about 2/3) will support the 'Solidarity Project', which helps 9,000 people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine to integrate into the Bulgarian labor market, offering, among other things, psychological support, career guidance, and employment counseling, the commission said in a statement.

According to data from the Bulgarian government, there are 85,483 Ukrainian refugees in the country, of which 21,000 are accommodated in state housing, and the rest are on free rent. 

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