Friday, 18 April 2014



Schengen Zone Expansion with Bulgaria and Romania Blocked



BalkanTravellers.com   
22 September | Two Balkan countries' hopes to join the passport-free travel area of the European Union died out, after Finland and Netherlands blocked the expansion of the Schengen zone today. At a EU interior ministers meeting there was a disagreement on the matter.

"Two member states today made it impossible for us to make a decision on Schengen enlargement," Polish Interior Minister Jerzy Miller lamented after the talks, quoted by Expatica.com. "This leads me to a rather sad conclusion regarding mutual trust among the member states," Miller added, saying Bulgaria and Romania were promised a place in Schengen when they joined the European Union in 2007.

"Today the promise has been broken," he said, adding that Romania and Bulgaria had made "huge progress” in tackling corruption and organized crime.

But Finland and Netherlands disagreed. "We don't have complete confidence that these countries will be able to secure outer EU borders because of corruption, among other issues," said Finnish Interior Minister Paeivi Raesaenen.

 

 

Epicure


Bulgaria
Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

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Curiosity Chest


Bulgaria
Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

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Music


Bulgaria
Bansko Jazz Festival in Bulgaria: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Although Bankso is still best known as Bulgaria’s biggest and most modern winter resort and a skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts’ favourite, the town – nestled in the Pirin Mountain, has also established a reputation among music lovers as the host town of one of the country’s biggest jazz festivals. Full Story