Bulgaria raises Schengen membership issue during Steinmeier visit to Sofia

Bulgaria has met the technical criteria for joining the European Union’s Schengen visa zone and this had been confirmed by the European Commission and European Parliament, President Rossen Plevneliev told German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on March 10.

“Bulgaria expects this to be recognised by the partners in the EU,” Plevneliev told Steinmeier, who was visiting Sofia for talks with his counterpart as well as with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and with the head of state.

The abolition of border controls at airports is a first possible step in this direction, Plevneliev said, according to a statement by his office.

Plevneliev also had raised the issue on February 26 in talks with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels.

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(Photo of Plevneliev and Steinmeier: president.bg)