Bulgarian finance minister Dyankov says all Schengen requirements met.

By bne IntelliNews September 13, 2012
Bulgaria has met all criteria for joining Europes borderless Schengen area and should be given a fair chance to open its borders, finance ministry Simeon Dyankov said in an interview for De Telegraaf. The statement comes after media released information that the meeting of EU justice and internal affairs council scheduled for Sep 19-20 has been postponed. This was also confirmed by Romanian minister of European affairs Leonard Orban, who said that the cancellation was operated at the request of Cyprus, which holds the EU presidency. All legal conditions have been met for the accession of the two countries, the EC said in March. The Netherlands is the sole Schengen country that is blocking the entry of the two countries citing insufficient progress in the judiciary reforms. Dyankov blamed this on populism and nationalism prevailing in the Netherlands and said that the concerns of Dutch politicians that the country will be flooded with emigrants after Bulgaria and Romania join the Schengen were ungrounded. Earlier in August, German interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich expressed doubts that the two countries are ready to join the borderless area even on a restricted basis.

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