Bulgaria reportedly meets criteria to join Schengen area.

By bne IntelliNews April 5, 2011
Permanent representative of Bulgaria in the EU Boyko Kotsev informed that the report of the latest mission checking the preparedness of the country to join the Schengen area concludes that Bulgaria has met all requirements to control the land border of the area, the national radio informed. The report has been reviewed by the Schengen working group at the European Council yesterday (April 4, 2011). The report has not outlined any technical recommendations, additional requirements or conditions, according to Kotsev. The member countries may raise questions by April 11 and if there are any, Bulgarian authorities should respond by April 19. The working group is expected to approve the report by the end of this month or early next month. We remind that France and Germany called for delaying the joining of Bulgaria and for organised crime and corruption fight progress. The European Council may take decision in June at the earliest.

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