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Dutch Embassy in Sofia: There Is No Official Stance on Schengen Enlargement Yet

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | January 9, 2013, Wednesday // 17:59| Views: 1507 | Comments: 3
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Bulgaria: Dutch Embassy in Sofia: There Is No Official Stance on Schengen Enlargement Yet The Dutch government has not come up with a stance on the Schengen bids of Bulgaria and Romania, according to a media statement of the Dutch Embassy in Sofia. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Dutch government has not come up with a stance on the Schengen bids of Bulgaria and Romania, according to a media statement of the Dutch Embassy in Sofia.

Commenting on a series of publications in Bulgarian media outlets concerning the expansion of the Schengen zone, the Dutch Embassy in Sofia informs that the Dutch government has no stance on the matter yet.

"The decision of the Dutch government will be made in close cooperation with the other member states before the Justice and Home Affairs Council on March 7-8 2013," the Dutch diplomatic mission in Sofia informs.

The Dutch Embassy in Sofia notes that it will keep Bulgarian media posted about developments on the matter.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bulgarian online and broadcast media announced that the Dutch government would block a discussion of the Schengen bids of Bulgaria and Romania at the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council in March 2013.

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#3
Al - 10 Jan 2013 // 19:03:26

Absolutely right, Theno...

Keeping Bulgaria out of Schengen is a credit to Bulgaria.

Bulgaria, the last resort of freedom, but showing respect to the EU community.

Simple as that.

#2
Thenonymous - 10 Jan 2013 // 16:59:25

If Bulgaria and Romania are allowed to join the Schengen zone, it will create a land bridge for all the illegal immigrants in Greece to invade western Europe. So although the conditions have largely been met, the vested interests of the other EU countries will prevent it happening for as long as possible.

They won't admit to this of course, they will just come up with a raft of petty excuses why it can't happen yet.

#1
Al - 9 Jan 2013 // 19:34:14

Technically seen, Bulgaria is fully fit for joining Schengen.

On the other hand, it makes sense to maintain Bulgaria as a DMZ.

At least, when it comes to the land zone perimeter control.

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