Greek President Stands by Bulgaria on Schengen Accession

Greek President Stands by Bulgaria on Schengen Accession

Greek President Karolos Papoulias, who arrived Wednesday on a two-day official visit to Sofia, has vowed his country's support for Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen area in March 2011.

"Bulgaria can rely on Greece's support for its accession to the Schengen Area," Karolos Papoulias said during a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

The guest thanked for Bulgaria's support provided to Greece in Brussels. He noted that regardless of the difficulties, related to the economic crisis, there are prospects for promotion and strengthening of bilateral relations.

The meeting comes just days after Paris said Bulgaria and Romania are not ready to join the Schengen Agreement in March 2011, confirming France's intention to block the accession of Bulgaria and Romania, the latest EU entrants, to the borderless Schengen Area, which was first indicated Wednesday by France's Minister for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche.

Bulgaria's government has repeatedly said it is working hard to cover the Schengen Agreement criteria and join the zone March 2011.

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