Bulgaria and Romania joining Schengen would strengthen security of Europe – Kouneva

The Netherlands understands the importance of Schengen for the overall security of Europe and the presence of Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen area would contribute to this, Bulgaria’s Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kouneva said in The Hague on July 13.

Kouneva and Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov are visiting the Netherlands as part of a campaign for Bulgaria’s accession to the EU’s Schengen visa zone.

They met Dutch minister of security and justice Ard van der Steur and Klaas Dijkhoff, state secretary of security and justice and minister for immigration.

“We are technically ready for Schengen and have sufficient arguments for there to be strong confidence in Bulgaria. I did not fail to mention that in terms of migration, the common energy policy and common foreign policy, Bulgaria has given enough evidence that we are a responsible member of the EU. I am confident that this position was heard,” Kouneva said.

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