Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev (left)
Deputy Prime Minister of Public Order and Security and Interior Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev took part in a meeting devoted to the expansion of Schengen in Prague on the initiative of the Czech Presidency.
Its purpose is to identify the specific steps related to the accession of BulgariaRomania and Croatia Schengen – a priority of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, as well as of the Bulgarian government.
The format, in which the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic Vit Rakusan, Bulgarian Minister Ivan Demerdzhievas well as the Romanian Interior Ministers Lucian Nicolae Bode and Croatian Davor Bozinovic, took part, was held in Prague on the initiative of the Czech side.
“We accept this meeting as another positive development signal for our acceptance in Schengen“, said Minister Demerdzhiev. He thanked the Presidency and personally Minister Rakusan for the commitment, support and active steps taken to realize the ambitious plan – the adoption by the Council of the accession decision in December .
The Deputy Prime Minister underlined the commitment of the Bulgarian government to achieve this goal and expressed his belief that the accession of Bulgaria will contribute to more safety in Schengen Region. Moreover, it will be fair, given the fact that our country met the conditions for membership as early as 2011. In this sense, the Minister assured that from January 1, 2023, Bulgaria will be ready to apply all Schengen accession conditions at land, sea and river borders, and from March 2023 – also at air borders.
He noted that our country faces all the challenges at the EU external borders so that we can guarantee Schengen security. Measures have been taken to strengthen the protection of the Bulgarian-Turkish border, which concentrates 95% of the total migratory pressure. A set of measures is applied at the Bulgarian-Serbian border – the most sensitive external exit border.
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