Confusion Reigns over Bulgaria Residence for EU Citizens

Society | September 25, 2009, Friday // 16:37| Views: | Comments: 65
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EU citizens are up in arms over confusion regarding their Bulgarian identity documents that have caused problems with residency and every day life.

After a investigation into the problems encountered with the Bulgarian certificate for long-term residence it has become clear that Bulgarian authorities are utterly confused over when and how EU citizens can use their identity cards and when they are allowed to apply for permanent residence.

EU citizens who contacted described the situation as "like apartheid" and urged the new center-right GERB government to take urgent action. They also described how they had been laughed at by Bulgarian banks, local government officials and police when they produced their "child-like" long-term residence certificates.

Before Bulgaria joined the EU, foreign citizens who had applied for a Bulgarian visa were rewarded with a card that had the same format as the lichna karta - including an LNCh identity number and a photo. However since 2007 when Brussels welcomed Bulgaria with open arms into the EU family, EU citizens have been met with confusion, annoyance and sometimes anger by the Bulgarian authorities after being issued with new long-term residence cards that do not include either an identity number or photo.

The Interior Ministry concluded that it is aware of the issue and stated that a bill is currently being discussed in the parliament to solve the problems.


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Bill - 26 Sep 2009 // 13:00:00


Here's today's chapter on DNA. It gets better as it goes along.

DrFaust - 26 Sep 2009 // 08:00:11


"I think we should nuke them."

You are not only a primitive and dumb person, you are definitely insane. And who is 'we'? Scum and white trash like you? Wake up and find a shrink. Maybe a life-long treatment gets you back to reality.

Bill - 26 Sep 2009 // 02:44:27


Try googling this:

And stay tuned. There is more coming on this subject.

Bill - 26 Sep 2009 // 01:48:47

"Rabid bat bites boy in Riverside County"

There's one in New Jersey, too. :-p

NellieotAmerica - 26 Sep 2009 // 01:13:10

At least you didn't convert to Islam. You could have converted to Islam and started blowing up buildings like these screw balls are doing these days.

NellieotAmerica - 26 Sep 2009 // 00:59:36


What do you think about Iran hiding the family jewels under a mountain and right next to the densely populated and holy city of Qom?

I think we should nuke them.

Bill - 26 Sep 2009 // 00:55:26


Drop it! You're just repeating.

NellieotAmerica - 26 Sep 2009 // 00:50:32


" Is it Nellie who makes your blood boil or you have a problem with the USA?
Get in touch with your feelings, man. You are one angry Bulgarian! LOL"

HAHAHAHA! The man has issues, but not with me.

NellieotAmerica - 26 Sep 2009 // 00:29:46


" But you can't prove it's false by what science hasn't found."

No, but I can prove it by what science HAS found. And science has found plenty of proof to debunk your bad religion and false prophets.

DP - 25 Sep 2009 // 23:49:33

"Even better stay in the US for life full of fat ass McDonalds, chemically-boosted growth hormones, ZERO liberty, fake moral values, glamour-blinded stupidity, pitifull mass ignorance, sky-high mortgages that will make sure you can never have a home of your own to grow old in and not to have to pay exorbitant monthly maintenance and property tax bills, medical insurance that tries to f… you up, when you really need it and disappears once you are out of job, mammoth big, but hidden and not so hidden at times corruption, boosted by the big economical empires, that silently play with your life as a toy and control every aspect of your buying habits and interests."


Is it Nellie who makes your blood boil or you have a problem with the USA?
Get in touch with your feelings, man. You are one angry Bulgarian! LOL

Bill - 25 Sep 2009 // 23:49:26


Bill - 25 Sep 2009 // 23:48:28


Good point. I hadn't thought of that. You may well be right.

Doen't matter what nick is used, the unmitigated, undiluted, concentrated asininity is might similar.

Sveto - 25 Sep 2009 // 23:45:06

There was an individual on this board called “proudtobeamerican” he disappeared and than magically nellie was born. Judging by the language and the empty pathos, plus the details of their shared past times, I’m completely convinced we are talking about the one and the same creature. It is not purely male it is not purely female, most likely should be a hermaphrodite of a kind.

Bill - 25 Sep 2009 // 22:56:02


We've been through all t his before. Repetition isn't necessary.

You say it isn't true because science hasn't proved it.

But you can't prove it's false by what science hasn't found.

NellieotAmerica - 25 Sep 2009 // 22:48:05


Will do.

If you ever meet Harry Potter, be sure to get a sample of his DNA.

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