Bulgaria Comes Up with 11 New Schengen Measures

Bulgaria in EU | March 2, 2011, Wednesday // 16:20|  views

The Bulgarian government enlarged the list of measures which are supposed to help the country in its efforts to join the Schenggen Agreement as soon as possible.

The 11 new measures aim at improving and maintaining the transport infrastructure around the Kalotina border checkpoint with Serbia, the Gyueshevo border checkpoint with Macedonia, as well as Kapiatan Andreevo, Lesovo and Malko Tarnovo with Turkey. The total cost of the measures' implementation is expected to be BGN 720 280.

Last Thursday, EU's Hungarian Presidency made it clear that Bulgaria is not quite ready yet for its Schengen entry, unlike fellow candidate Romania.

Since Sofia and Bucharest are highly unlikely to be decoupled for their Schengen accession, this basically leaves Romania waiting for Bulgaria to get ready as both countries are now hoping to be admitted in October.

Bulgaria's government has repeatedly said it is working hard to cover the Schengen Agreement criteria and join the zone March 2011. The Balkan country has also started working with the Schengen Information System (SIS).

According to the last report of the Working Party for Schengen Matters, Bulgaria has covered the Schengen Accession criteria as far as the implementation of the Information System and the Supplementary Information Request at the National Entry ( SIS/SIRENE) is concerned, but it has to put additional efforts into dealing with its Turkish border.

An new assessment of Bulgaria's progress in the requirements will be the monitoring report of the European Commission in July, a spokesperson of the German Interior Ministry told Deutsche Welle on Monday.

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Tags: Schengen Agreeement, border, checkpoint, assessment, infrastruvture


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