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Balkans |  Bulgaria responds to the European Union’s refusal to join the Schengen Area

The Bulgarian administration responded to the European Union, which refused Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev stated that since 2011, Bulgaria has fulfilled all the necessary criteria to join the Schengen Area.

Pointing out that his country’s entry into the Schengen area will make the EU borders safe, Radev said, “Our accession to Schengen will make the EU’s external borders more peaceful.” He said.

Stating that Bulgaria’s external borders have been checked twice in the past two months, Radev noted that no problems were discovered during these checks and the refusal decision was not accepted despite this.

Radev said the Netherlands and Austria, which voted for the veto, should not conflict with their own interests and that they hoped to one day join Schengen.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Ivan Simirsiev responded by excluding his country from the Schengen Area.

Simirsiev stated that most EU countries support Bulgaria, but the Netherlands and Austria oppose it, “We will continue our efforts. Only two countries are against it. We will cooperate closely with Sweden, which will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union.” He said.

At a meeting of the Ministers of the Interior and Justice of the Council of Europe, the decision on Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area was vetoed by the Netherlands and Austria.

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