Bulgarian PM's Schengen Delusions

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Bulgaria: Bulgarian PM's Schengen Delusions

As Bulgaria’s Schengen accession was once again postponed, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov once again reiterated the country’s technical readiness to enter Europe’s border-free area.

Bulgaria is guarding EU’s borders way better than countries that are already in Schengen, Borisov pointed out for all that have not heard him make the same point on previous occasions.

Of course, Borisov believes that the sole reason Bulgaria is not in Schengen is the tiny PVV party that “tantalizes the whole European Council.”

The Bulgarian PM apparently thinks that the country’s issues with corruption and organized crime are topics separate from Schengen and that the xenophobic (no sarcasm used here) party of Geert Wilders is the only obstacle remaining on Bulgaria’s way to join Schengen.

The problem with Borisov’s stance is that Bulgaria’s European partners might suspect that the government does not understand what the task is. Here is what he could have said in order to sound a bit more convincing:

“We have a very strong political will to fight corruption and organized crime and prove to everyone that we are worthy of joining Schengen.”

Who knows, maybe someone would believe him and include it in the upcoming Co-operation and Verification Mechanism Report that will really decide Bulgaria’s Schengen fate. Needless to say, Bulgaria’s Schengen membership per se is not more important that its progress in combating corruption and organized crime and improving its judicial system.

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Naso - 3 Mar 2012 // 06:57:52

3rd of March
Happy Independence Day Bulgaria and People of Bulgaria! National Liberation from 500 years of Ottoman Genocide Rule, Stolen Children, Generations and Territories of #Bulgaria

The bill of Patriot Act of Bulgaria should be implemented, in the very similar way as it is now in the USA. Indefinite detention without trial and explanation, for anyone with no exceptions involve in Anti-Bulgarian Terror activities.

No Bulgarian land, air and water territories and titles should be sold and/or donated and/or given way to Non-Bulgarian citizens.

No Bulgarian Child should be sold and/or donated and/or given way to Non-Bulgarian citizens.

No Bulgarian National Resource should be sold and/or donated and/or given way to Non-Bulgarian citizens.

The above constitutional bulls should be implemented, legislated and enforced by the laws in the similar way as it is done in the top developed countries in the world. (see Switzerland and others for example )

“Love Bulgaria” just 1%++

Naso - 3 Mar 2012 // 05:12:16

Чесит 3ти март, България!!! С пожелания да имаме повече от 1 ден в годината, в който да сме патриотично настроени.

Happy 3rd of March Independence Day Bulgaria and People of Blulgaria!

Liberation Day from 500 years of Ottoman Genocide Rule, Stolen Generations, Children and Territories of Bulgaria.

"Love Bulgaria" just 1%++

temujin - 3 Mar 2012 // 00:35:27

Three reasons why Bulgaria should not be let in the Schengen from the top of my head:

1. Bulgaria is full of dirt that needs cleaning and Bulgarian mentality needs to thoroughly change and I can't see any other mechanism left to put pressure on Bulgaria to do this except for the Schengen requirements. Do not let Bulgaria anywhere until the Bulgarian people start voting their own politicians and not allow to be ruled by medieval thugs. Thats not xenophobic that is being objective.

2. Bulgaria should solve its Turkish minority issue ASAP. It may soon be the case that Turks do not have any political mechanism for action in Bulgaria and that can only lead to internal instability. Zhivkov's idea can be recycled in a way that Turks leaving Bulgaria will get full financial cover unlike what happened during the 80s.

3. Build more jails and fill them up!

Well thats it, good night y'all :-)

Harley - 2 Mar 2012 // 19:11:23

SuOcrack, fully agree with you. Both Bulgaria and Romania have fulfilled all Schengen technical criteria. This includes issuing biometric passports, issuing common Schengen visas, access and administration of the Schengen information system as well as having technologies such as infrared scanners, cameras, high speed boats and helicopters at the country's border crossings.

The Netherlands, because of pure political posturing on the part of Mark Rutte's government and his lack of balls in confronting his fascist coalition partner Geert Wilders, has gone completely off track in its ridiculous demands. When Bulgaria and Romania fulfill the latest requirement about having a positive Cooperation and Verification report, the Dutch government will impose a new ridiculous requirement that these two countries won't join Schengen until they are in the top 10 least corrupt countries in Transparency International's ranking. The political threshold to join Schengen will continue to increase as long as Mr. Wilders is in bed with Mr. Rutte.

So realistically Bulgaria and Romania won't join Schengen until the Dutch government changes, and that's not expected for another two years.

SuOcrack - 2 Mar 2012 // 17:21:22

Well Nikola Petrov, a) a little support for yourown government might be in order and b) it might be better to read the full story before making ludicrous comments like this.

Bulgaria has been ready for integration into Schengen for some time now, under the rules that governed their admission in the first place. Because some xenophobic nations have decided to change the/make up new rules is not Bulgaria's fault.

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