FinMin Says Sofia Impatient with Netherlands over Schengen Veto

FinMin Says Sofia Impatient with Netherlands over Schengen Veto

Bulgaria has lost patience with the Netherlands over its veto on Bulgaria's accession to the EU's passport-free Schengen area, finance minister Simeon Dyankov said, without, however, specifying what steps Sofia plans to take.

Bulgaria has long ago met all requirements for joining the Schengen area, the finance ministry quoted Dyankov as saying in an interview for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Bulgaria and Romania have fallen victim to Dutch political games, according to Dyankov. Populism and nationalism are getting the upper hand, and Bulgaria is being deprived of a fair chance, he added.

Earlier this week a meeting of the European Union Justice and Home Affairs Council, which was supposed to discuss on September 19 and 20 Bulgaria and Romania's accession to the Schengen areas, was postponed for October. Dyankov voiced hope that at the Council meeting the Netherlands would revisit its position.

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