Bulgaria not ready for Schengen, says Knapen

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Bulgaria is on the right track but not yet ready to join the Schengen Area, says Dutch Deputy Foreign Minister Ben Knapen. Schengen comprises 25 European countries which are pledged to eliminate internal borders and strengthen Europe's external borders.

Today Mr Knapen visited Kapitan Andreevo, Bulgaria's main border checkpoint with Turkey and showpiece of Bulgarian border control. It is monitored by fixed and mobile cameras with a range of 25 kilometres operated from the border post.

The Dutch deputy minister commented:


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