The Netherlands has changed its position regarding Bulgaria’s accession to the “Schengen”

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The Dutch government has changed its position regarding Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area and is ready to support such a decision.

About this informs Reuters.

According to the State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice of the Netherlands, Erik van der Burgh, “the Dutch government believes that Bulgaria meets the conditions set for entry into the Schengen area and can therefore agree to a decision that will lead to Bulgaria’s full accession to Schengen.”

This decision put an end to a long-standing dispute between the two countries: previously, the Netherlands was against Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen zone due to the threat of corruption and migration.

A recent report of the European Commission shows that there are no obstacles for Bulgaria to join the Schengen zone.

“We have established that Bulgaria has carried out all the necessary constitutional reforms, and based on this we can conclude that Bulgaria meets all the requirements for joining Schengen. At the same time, it remains very important that Bulgaria continues its work on strengthening its external borders.” – added the representative of the Ministry of Justice.

For his part, Acting the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels, noted that Bulgaria has made such progress that it would be unwise to prevent its accession.

At the same time, Austria opposes this decision. It is ready to make concessions by allowing flights between countries in exchange for increased security at the EU’s external border.

It is known that, in addition to Bulgaria, Romania also wants to join the Schengen zone, whose application is blocked only by Austria for similar reasons.

It will be recalled that French President Emmanuel Macron proposed to change the principles of the Schengen zone in order to ensure the protection of EU countries from terrorists.

In October, Ukraine received three recommendations from the European Commission regarding the extension of visa-free travel

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Source: The Netherlands has changed its position regarding Bulgaria’s accession to the “Schengen”

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