The Bulgarian Cabinet of Ministers will prioritize systemic changes regarding border control management, reducing the state budget deficit and inflation rates.
The Prime Minister also intends to launch an active “campaign against disinformation around the transition of Bulgaria to the euro.”
Recall that in December last year, Croatia became a new member of the Schengen area, while the applications of Bulgaria and Romania were not supported by the Netherlands and Austria.
The Austrian authorities said that further expansion of the Schengen area should happen only after a new agreement on immigration is reached.
At the same time, the vice-president of the European Union Parliament, Evelyn Regner, said in early June that the Balkan country had fulfilled all the necessary requirements in order to become a Schengen member. Thus, she expressed her support for Bulgaria's entry into the Schengen area, despite the position of Austria on this issue.
In turn, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte stressed that the country is not against Bulgaria's entry, but expects more progress from of this country on specific positions.
The European Commission previously called on the Council to allow Bulgaria to become a full member of the Schengen area by the end of 2023.
Bulgaria has been trying to join the Schengen area for many years. It originally applied to join the Schengen area back in 2007, after becoming part of the European Union that year, but the process has not yet been completed.