Bulgarian Interior Minister Gets Pat on the Back by Open Society on Schengen

Bulgarian Interior Minister Gets Pat on the Back by Open Society on Schengen

Bulgaria will have fulfilled all requirements to enter the Schengen Area by the March 31, 2011 deadline, according to a report released Sunday by Bulgarian NGO Open Society.

Bulgaria's preparation for accession into the Schengen Area is largely going on by schedule, and the delay in some fields is mostly of technical character. This is the conclusion of the Open Society Institute - Sofia mid-term report on the civic monitoring of the implementation of the National Action Plan for Full Application of the Schengen Acquis and Lifting Internal Border Checks.

It was presented to deputy prime minister and interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov on Saturday.

Of the 48 measures outlined in the action plan with implementation deadline August 31, 2010, Bulgaria has fulfilled 28 measures, another 15 are in the process of being fulfilled, and there is serious delay on three other measures.

In addition, two measures are in an early stage of implementation and two have not been started at all. The Schengen Area operates very much like a single state for international travel purposes with border controls for travellers travelling in and out of the area, but with no internal border controls.

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