EC report says Bulgaria complying with all Schengen requirements

EC report says Bulgaria complying with all Schengen requirements

The European Council's working group evaluating the progress of Bulgaria and Romania towards joining the Schengen area has concluded that Bulgaria has complied with all the necessary requirements, Boyko Kotsev, Bulgaria's permanent representative at the European Commission, told national radio BNR on Monday.

The report, which is based on results from the latest inspection of Bulgaria's technical readiness to enter the bloc's passport-free zone, clearly states that the country meets all Schengen criteria for its land border security, Kotsev said.

The report features no technical recommendations, no additional requirements and no conditions, he added.

Given the complex situation at the EU's southeastern border, however, migration flows should be closely monitored, according to Kotsev.

Schengen member states have until April 11 to ask Bulgaria additional questions on its technical readiness to join Schengen, while Sofia, in turn, will need to give its response in eight days.

The report is expected to be endorsed by the working group in late April or early May.   /Source: Dnevnik/

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