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Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen area has been approved

As reported, during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg MEPs from different countries strongly supported the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area. They urged the Council to change the unjust situation that has been continuing for six years, and to include, finally, to the Schengen area these two countries.

The discussion was initiated by the Bulgarian members of the socialist group at the initiative of Sergey Stanishev.

According to Sergei Stanishev, the completion of the process of enlargement of the Schengen zone is important not only for Bulgaria and Romania, but for the whole EU. Preventing the two countries to the Schengen area shows the lack of solidarity and disregard for the rules adopted by the EU. It’s time to put an end to this injustice.

Dimitris Avramopoulos – European Commissioner for migration and home Affairs – confirmed that the expansion of Schengen in the interests of the European Union. Representatives of the main political factions in the European Union strongly expressed its support for Bulgaria and Romania.

Only two groups (ECR and “Evrohata on svobodata and Praca democracia”) did not support the requirement for the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area, according to BTA. All other associations said that the two countries have met all the necessary requirements for inclusion in the Schengen area.

What will change for the immigrants?

When choosing a country to move to for many, not least the opportunity of free movement in the EU. Within six years, the immigrants in Bulgaria hoped that the country will join the Schengen area. Soon those dreams will finally become a reality.

The status holders of a residence permit, permanent residence or DWA don’t want to limit ourselves to countries from Bulgaria to get visa, and try to get a Schengen visa. A even fly on home, as this facilitates the visa for the long term.

Since the accession of Bulgaria to the Schengen area will all become much easier. No need neither to go home nor to apply to foreign embassies in Sofia. Borders with other Schengen countries will be suspended, and will be no preparation of documents and visas to travel to other EU States.