Foreign Min: 'No Big Drama' if Bulgaria Fails to Enter Schengen
France’s opposition to Bulgaria’s Schengen entry bid is based on subjective reasons rooted at French internal affairs rather than on substantial grounds, according to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin
Speaking to journalists in Brussels on Monday Vigenin announced that Bulgaria can now patiently wait to become a member of Schengen Area as the country has already fulfilled all the requirements for accession to the Area , reported Bulgarian National Radio.
“It is hard for me to figure out the latest statements. We have implemented all the possible ways of exercising control and securing the outer boundaries of the EU much better than many other countries which have already been in members of Schengen” pointed out Vigenin.
Bulgaria does not need to become a Schengen member urgently as the country is developing well, benefitting from its membership of a EU member, Vigenin stated.
Among the advances Bulgaria will acquire becoming a member of the Schengen Area will regard the tourist sector.
Transitional provisions allowed the EU countries to delay opening their labor markets to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals for a maximum period of seven years from the accession of these countries to the EU in 2007.
Many countries lifted those restrictions long ago, but France will keep them until the deadline laid out in the treaties - January 1, 2014.
Politicians such as Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French nationalist Front National (FN) promulgate this date as a red cloth, equating it to Romania and Bulgaria joining of Schengen, saying it would facilitate even further Roma emigration to France.
Le Pen urged Valls to show France will firmly oppose the two countries Schengen membership.
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