Bulgaria has become the latest EU country to pass a law banning face veils in public.
Officials announced that there will be a fine of 200 lev (£89), which rises to 1,500 lev (£664) for repeat offences.
Under the new legislation, clothing such as the burqa which hides the face may not be worn in government offices, schools, cultural institutions and places of public recreation.
France and Belgium have previously banned the burka or niqab, while Switzerland’s lower house approved a draft bill on a nationwide ban this week.
In the UK, a YouGov poll showed 57% of people wanted to ban the veil in public.
Krasimir Velchev, a senior lawmaker for the ruling GERB, said: “The law is not directed against religious communities and is not repressive.
“We made a very good law for the safety of our children.”
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