Dutch Govt Decides to Veto Bulgaria, Romania's Schengen Accession

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Bulgaria: Dutch Govt Decides to Veto Bulgaria, Romania's Schengen Accession The Netherlands is going to make sure Bulgaria and Romania don't see a decision on their Schengen fate until 2012. Map from moveoneinc.com

The Netherlands will block Bulgaria and Romania's aspirations to joint the visa-free Schengen Area, the Dutch government has decided, confirming earlier forecasts and reports.

The Netherlands will be opposed even to a modified "partial" or "two-phase" membership in Schengen for Bulgaria and Romania at the upcoming External Affairs EU Council sitting on September 22, Elaine De Boer, a spokesperson for Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Gerd Leers, announced Friday night, as cited by BGNES.

"The [Dutch] Cabinet has decided that we are still against the accession of the Bulgaria and Romania. We will not approve their partial accession, either. We will say "no" during next weeks meeting in Brussels," the spokesperson is quoted as saying.

After failing to join the Schengen Area by March 2011, Bulgaria and Romania have been awaiting the meeting of the Council of the EU on September 22 to receive a decision on their Schengen fate.

The EU's latest members Bulgaria and Romania, who joined in 2007, have had their Schengen accession blocked by a number of older member states, such as EU juggernauts France and Germany.

Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Gerd Leers is quoted as saying that the Netherlands is against any decision on the joining of the Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen before 2012.

Speaking to the Dutch Parliament Thursday evening, Leers already stated the Netherlands will "work against" Bulgaria and Romania joining the Scdhengen Agreement. Neither of the two Balkan countries is doing enough to combat corruption, Leers told the Dutch Parliament, pointing out this is a fact confirmed by a European Commission report this summer.

Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have been known to share the Dutch misgivings but the Netherlands appears to have become provided the most categorical "no" to Bulgaria and Romania in Schengen ahead of the much-anticipated September 22, 2011, ministerial in Brussels.

It is a common perception that both Bulgaria and Romania have fulfilled the technical requirements for Schengen accession, but their entry has been opposed on the grounds of what other members claim to be persisting problems with corruption and organized crime.

"Bulgaria and Romania have met the technical criteria for Schengen membership. Unfortunately, the issue has been politicized," His Excellency Leszek Hensel, Ambassador of Poland to Bulgaria, has told Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) in an exclusive interview. He added that the decision about Bulgaria and Romania's accession to the Schengen Area would be shaped precisely during the Polish EU Presidency in September 2011.

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SuOcrack - 17 Sep 2011 // 17:01:02

So, let me get this straight...

a corrupt Estonian can travel to Greece, passing through at least seven countries (a few more, if they travel around a bit) without showing a passport whereas we can’t just hop over the border without having to show one.

Someone corrupt from the UK (not part of Schengen), once they are across the channel, can drive around all over the place and end up in Greece without once showing their passport whereas we can’t just hop over the border without having to show one.

Someone corrupt from Norway, which isn’t even part of the EU can go to Greece without showing a passport because they are in Schengen whereas we can’t just hop over the border without having to show one.

Someone corrupt from Turkey, not part of the EU and not part of Schengen, with a Special or Service passport, has no more of a problem entering Greece than we do. They don't need a visa. They just have to show their passport whereas we can’t just hop over the border without having to show one.

JG - 17 Sep 2011 // 12:24:02

UPDATE Великобритания държавният секретар на Бен Knapen иска обяснение от доклади на Европейската комисия, че в българския град Сливен измами с фондове на ЕС. Knapen по този начин отговаря на въпроси от страна член на Камарата, Хенк Jan Ormel CDA'er.

Кой извади алармата днес за твърди престъпна дейност и измами със средства на ЕС в България. Особено ролята на бивш професионален футболист Йордания Letsjkov, сега кмет в източната част на българския град Сливен, е спорно.

злоупотреба с власт
Причината за въпроси Ormel да Knapen новия документален филм на мафията, която се занимава с корупционните практики в Сливен. 44-годишният кмет Letsjkov е там и вече е била временно изключена поради злоупотреба с власт.

кале Letsjkov
Има и подозрения за пране на пари в строителството на хотели. Ormel Knapen иска да знае защо българското правителство не отговори на жалби от граждани. В CDA също така определя спорният въпрос в парламента.

Борба с корупцията
Европейският съюз представя най-новите си констатации утре по отношение на борбата срещу корупцията и организираната престъпност в България и Румъния. Холандия осуети миналия месец европейско решение, относно присъединяването на двете страни към т. нар. Шенгенското пространство за свободно движение на хора. Министър Герд Leers (имиграцията и убежището), първо иска гаранции, че борбата срещу корупцията и престъпността са напълно устойчиви.

JG - 17 Sep 2011 // 12:01:15

I personally find it a pity that the country where my fianc?e Anna (ot Slivengrad) comes from does not enter Schengen. But I can understand it. As long as criminals are mare of cities like Sliven. And Boris Borisov when there are problems just plays football with this crook from Sliven nobody will believe that the Bulgarian government is not criminal as well.

The Dutch government has had the European commission investigate about the corruption of this footballing maffia boss. But the government closes her eyes and keeps cashing their percentage. It is commonly known in Holland that the mare of Sliven is deeply involved in the prostitution in Amsterdam and Brussels. Not directly of course but he makes his gaines.

As long as these hard core criminals have an official function in Bulgaria and are not in jail for life, nobody can expect Bulgaria to be taken seriously.

peterperfect - 17 Sep 2011 // 08:52:38

What the Dutch are saying is that Bulgaria has all the machinery and systems in place to operate Schengan but that its operators (Bulgarian authorities) have no real concept on how to operate the machinery and systems. OC can make a fortune out of relaxed border controls in the EU, especially external borders which Bulgaria would be so only countries that can be relied on would be acceptable. This rejection is the result of successive governments inability or unwillingness to round up these gangsters and make charges stick and then KEEP them in prison not just give them a pardon so they can go back to do more damage to the country. World statesmen and politicians are not stupid, people here may be fooled or afraid of speaking out (although this is becoming less the norm thankfully) but others, more removed from Bulgaria's problems, are only too aware of the real score. Politicians and authorities here should wake up and realise that, internationally, they are exposed for what they really are.

RockDetente - 16 Sep 2011 // 21:04:50

Kids on a street in Amsterdam:

- Hey, which is worse, having Bulgaria and Romania in Shengen or Greece in EU?

Guess what was the answer!

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