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The Netherlands again blocks the admission of Bulgaria to Schengen

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The government of the Netherlands has decided to block Bulgaria's admission to the Schengen area, the Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation announced. According to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the decision is not political, but based on facts, and according to Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, the issue can only be reviewed when it becomes clear that Bulgaria is capable of dealing with corruption and organized crime. 

On December 8, the agenda of the meeting of the ministers of justice and interior affairs from the European Union  will include the expansion of the Schengen area. The Hague is then expected to block Bulgaria, but admit Romania and Croatia into Schengen.


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