Bulgarian Interior Minister Roumyana Buchvarova attended Thursday the first session on the agenda of the meeting of the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council which discussed the strengthening of the protection and the effective management of the EU's external borders, Buchvarova's Ministry said in a press release.
"We would like for Bulgaria's and Romania's accession to the Schengen Area to be taken into account when coordinated activities are planned and discussed for the management of the EU's external borders. Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen Area is now a matter of security of the entire EU. Only in this way will the concept for ensuring EU's security be complete," Buchvarova said.
In her words, although the present situation is a challenge for the whole EU, most affected are the member states that are at the forefront, including Bulgaria, who are responsible for the security of the external borders of the Union. "This is why solidarity needs to be shown precisely to these countries. The right balance should be found between the collective actions and the national interests in border management," Buchvarova said, noting that Bulgaria is unable to fully contribute to the joint efforts in this respect because it is not yet part of the Schengen Area.