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Jean-Claude Juncker: Europe Will Be Safer if Bulgaria Joins Schengen
Sofia, Bulgaria -
The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker expressed support for the Bulgarian place in the European Council in 2018 and the country’s future within the European Union.
“Europe will be a safer place if Bulgaria joins Schengen”
Juncker also said that he values Bulgaria’s dedication to the cause of the EU, with an entire generation growing up since the country joined in 2007, eleven years ago. Still, Bulgaria hasn’t been incorporated into the Schengen zone, the next logical step for making the country a full member of the Union.
“Bulgaria did its job and covered all the requirements for Schengen, her joining should happen as soon as possible.
The EU and the Balkans
Another hot topic surrounding the Union is whether the Balkans are going to go West, East, or stay where they are. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov often talks about how Bulgaria can offer help to the Western Balkans in their path to the European Union. Juncker said: “Due to its experience, Bulgaria can offer guidance to its neighbors. You [Bulgarians] have gone through this path and created a success story.” The leaderс of several Balkan countries are going to meet in Sofia on 17 May, 2018.