Dutch Say Firm No on Bulgaria's Gradual Schengen Entry

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Dutch Minister: Before Schengen We Want Results from Bulgaria: Dutch Say Firm No on Bulgaria's Gradual Schengen Entry Dutch Minister for Immigration and Asylum Policy, Gerd Leers, is pictured attending a parliamentary debate in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The Netherlands is firm on vetoing Bulgaria's and Romania's Schengen entry if there is a vote on the matter, according to Gerd Leers, Dutch Minister of Immigration and Asylum Affairs.

Leers, cited by the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR, has spoken Tuesday, before the last for 2011 meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA).

According to the Dutch Minister, it is futile to discuss the issue before the release of the next report of the European Commission on Bulgaria and Romania on justice and internal affairs.

The Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) is composed of the EU's Ministers of Justice, Internal Affairs or Asylum and Migration. Despite the statement, the issue of the Schengen accession of the two newest EU Member States remained included in the agenda of the meeting, which is held in Brussels.

It was announced Sunday that JHA has proposed that Bulgaria and Romania join the Schengen zone with their maritime and aerial borders on March 25, 2012, while the land borders must be lifted no later then July 31, 2012. The Dutch, however, said they will veto this proposal as well.

"Our position is firm, we have solid grounds stemming from the rule of law, and the fight against corruption and organized crime. We want to see convincing facts, including in the EC report. I am not an enemy of Bulgaria and Romania; I am friend of Europe. I want people to be 100% assured crime and corruption would not enter out internal market," Leers declared.

He pointed out that other European governments are also alarmed about the safety of their citizens; have their own doubts, and also wish to notice improvement, but accept a gradual joining, which the Dutch do not see as a solution.

Regarding the possibility that Bulgaria and Romania could file a claim with the EU Court, Leers commented that "the two governments would achieve a much better result in less time if they simply improve the situation."

The Netherlands is the only country still opposing and blocking Bulgaria's joining of Schengen, after Finland retracted its obstruction last month.

The idea for the gradual joining was launched by the Polish EU Presidency in an attempt to resolve the problem.

Last Friday, the leaders of the 27 EU Member States, in their last for 2011 summit in Brussels, postponed once again Bulgaria's and Romania's Schengen accession.

The Dutch government is citing unsatisfactory results in the fight against corruption and organized crime as grounds for their opposition.

Bulgaria and Romania were initially planned to join the Schengen Area in the spring of 2011, but their entry was opposed by France and Germany, which also voiced objections relating not to technical criteria, but rather to corruption and organized crime.

In September, Finland and the Netherlands joined the camp of the opponents, vetoing the setting of an accession date for the two countries, but Finland later lifted their block on the two countries joining of Schengen.

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Nellieherself - 14 Dec 2011 // 01:11:04


No one can "drive up" prices. Real estate is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. If the stupid money keeps buying overvalued real estate, the sellers will take the money, of course. It's what happened in the US. People were selling real estate for ridiculous prices and the stupid money was buying. That's how bubbles get made.

spotty - 14 Dec 2011 // 00:13:10

It is not the Dutch who are preventing Bulgaria from entering Schengen.
It is Stanishev and his commies teaming up with that Dutch dude who are doing it.
Bulgarian journalists are so stupid... or may be they are employed to keep the people stupid, like in all the other Schengen countries.
Enough with this farce!!!

The Socialists are blackmailing their own country and their own people for the sake of politics. And then there are Bulgarians who still vote for them... and journalist who write that it is the fault of Borisov. Let's get real people.

Davey - 13 Dec 2011 // 18:50:28

What annoys me is the Dutch are total hypocrits, they should not be allowed to single handedly prevent Bulgarias shengen entry

Sveto - 13 Dec 2011 // 18:34:18

Yes the position is very firm and clear! A pristine clean person the Gerd dude. That is why he had to resign from post a few years back because of a misuse of power and teaming up with the commie Sergey Stanishev to drive up the price of a vacation complex on the black see in the costal city of Varna. Revenge sweet revenge is what's happening now for the 200 mil Euro he lost in the shady deal. So for the beloved foreigners here that swear in the supremacy of the EU powers, how do you feel when one dude with a hefty salary straight from your pockets can singlehandedly decide the destiny of two sovereign, but stupidly insisting countries. I know it is not you the once affected in this case, but I can assure you there is plenty of other cases where you personally are being teamed up from behind EU style. Of course you will never know, because what's not spoken is usually never known. Keep on dreaming.
Anyone can read the details (only in dutch though) at wiki:
So the robber shouts "Catch the robber"
Isn't that nice from the "moral, fair, trustworthy Dutch"

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