Within the framework of the General Programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows” 2007-2013, the European Commission manages 7% of the total annual budget of the External Borders Fund, with the aim of financing actions of community interest, in which more than one Member State participates. In this context, the European Commission DG Home Affairs 2012 invited calls for cooperation proposals within the framework of Community Actions (no. Ares (2012) 1470119 from 10-12-2012). On 28-02-2013 the European and Development Programs Division (EDPD) submitted a joint proposal with the Bulgarian Chief Directorate Border Police to further develop the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR). The aforementioned proposal was approved on 15-07-2013 and concerns the interconnection of the National Coordination Centres, as well as the regional supervision centres for data and information exchange at the conterminous border fields of the two countries with Turkey. The ultimate objective of this proposal is the coordination of operations for the protection of the external borders of the European Union in the context of EUROSUR.
On 18-12-2013, the European Commission DG Home Affairs and the EDPD signed the no. HOME/2012/EBFX/CA/2019 Grant Agreement for financing, via the Community Actions 2012 Programme of the External Borders Fund 2007-2013, the action entitled “Reinforcement of migration flows management in the southeastern external borders of the EU, through setting up regional networks for the exchange of information between Bulgaria and Greece within the framework of EUROSUR (EL BG SUR)”. In accordance with the submitted financial proposal and the above Grant Decision, the European and Development Programs Division of the Ministry was designated as coordinator and the Bulgarian Chief Directorate Border Police - CDBP as co-beneficiary, with a total budget of €665,977.