EU border problem to break hearts come Valentine’s
by FFE EU News Staff
Hearts will be breaking this coming Valentine’s Day as truckloads of flowers that were bound for EU were stopped at the Turkish border.
Millions of colourful blooms are being held at a warehouse in Turkey as the border dispute between Turkey and Bulgaria escalated at the beginning of the month. The flowers would have been delivered to 40 European countries by now.
Turkey and Bulgaria’s border dispute began when the latter approved only 5,000 out of 125,000 transit pass permits requested by Turkey at the beginning of 2014. Now both countries’ gates have been closed, leaving a trail of trucks on their respective borders.
Talks to resolve the issue have been set on 22 February in Turkey’s capital of Ankara. This means the flowers will not make it in time for Valentine’s. Flower producers say they are facing a 90% loss due to the hold up at the borders. Less supply in Europe also means flower prices may jack up as Valentine’s approaches.
Flower producers will try to cover their losses by selling in the local markets. But lovers in the EU may have to look for alternatives to show their love this weekend.