Deadly attack at Burgas airport sends shockwaves across EU
By Nathalie Vandystadt | Thursday 19 July 2012
There was no shortage of reactions throughout Europe denouncing the 18 July attacks against Israeli tourists, which caused six deaths and dozens of victims at the airport of Burgas on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. Some MEPs have asked other EU countries to support the Bulgarian authorities in their investigation. High Representative Catherine Ashton said she was “shocked” and “appalled”. “The terrorists who planned and carried out this attack must be brought to justice,” she said in a statement.
On Twitter, the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Bulgarian national Kristalina Georgieva, said she was “shocked and saddened by the news of the explosion in Burgas”. Her Swedish colleague, Cecilia Malmström (security), said she was “very sad” and expressed her condolences to the victims’ families. “I am shocked by these terrorist attacks against Israeli tourists,” the Italian Antonio Tajani (industry) also said.
The Socialist and Conservative groups of the European Parliament were even more specific in stating what they expected from the EU. “Everything must be done to ensure that the perpetrators of this terrorist act will be found and brought to justice. Judges and police must cooperate at EU level to support the Bulgarian authorities,” said French Socialist Sylvie Guillaume. “I am convinced that the Bulgarian authorities will do everything they can to help the Israeli citizens and carry out the necessary investigation to bring the perpetrators of this criminal act to justice,” said the leader of the EPP group, Joseph Daul (France).
This is the first time that Bulgaria has been the venue of an anti-Israeli attack. The victims, whose plane had just landed, were in a bus and were transferring to Burgas airport.