Bulgaria is seeking help from neigbouring Romania to police its coastal resorts this summer, Bulgarian media reported Monday.
Bulgaria's Black Sea resorts have become very popular with Romanian tourists in recent years and many of them are set to pack into the hotels around the city of Varna during the upcoming Orthodox Easter holiday on April 27-28.
"We are ready to welcome Romanian policemen to patrol the streets of Bulgaria's resorts together with their local colleagues," Bulgaria's Interior Minister Rumen Petkov said.
He added that joint police activities may start from summer if an agreement on cooperation is signed.
Petkov and his Romanian counterpart Cristian David, who met Sunday in the Romanian resort of Mamaia, also discussed the measures their countries should take in joining the Schengen Agreement, on passport-free travel across the 24 European countries that have signed up.
The two ministers agreed to draw up a joint action plan by the end of June. Bulgaria and Romania are the newest members in the European Union, having joined in 2007.