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Bulgaria's Schengen accession will send a message of EU unity, Interior Minister Kalin Stoyanov says

Bulgarian Minister of the Interior Kalin Stoyanov (L) met withhis Austrian counterpart Gerhard Karner in Brussels, September 28, 2023.
Photo: BGNES

In the framework of his participation in the  EU Home Affairs Council in Brussels, Bulgarian Minister of the Interior Kalin Stoyanov met with the Federal Minister of the Interior of Austria Gerhard Karner. The focus of their talks was Bulgaria's accession to the Schengen area. 

Stoyanov highlighted Bulgaria's active work in combating illegal migration, underlining that since the beginning of the year the Bulgarian authorities have prevented about 160 thousand attempts to illegally cross the country's territory and that Sofia has strengthened its cooperation with Ankara in this area. "We believe that Bulgaria's accession to Schengen will be a strong positive signal for the unity of the EU against the backdrop of the serious security challenges facing the Union," Stoyanov assured.

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