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Netherlands PM visits Bulgaria and gives his opinion on Schengen’s path

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Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte started today his visit in Sofia, and expressed his support for Bulgaria to join the Schengen Area, but added that the country needs more work to achieve this aim. Netherlands is one of the most insisting opponent countries for Bulgaria and Romania to join the Schengen Area. Borissov told that he believes “we will persuade the Dutch parliament to support us about Schengen”.

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania Back Serbia’s EU Membership

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The prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania have expressed support for Serbia’s bid to join them in the European Union, saying the move would help guarantee regional peace and security. “All of us know that the natural place of Serbia is in the European Union”, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told reporters after a summit on October 3 in the Black Sea city of Varna. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also attended the talks, which focused on joint infrastructure projects, economic and energy cooperation, and security issues. Serbia, along with Montenegro, is the Western Balkan country closest to joining the EU, having initiated accession talks with Brussels in 2014. Serbian leader Vucic, a former nationalist, has remade himself as a pro-European Union reformer while at the same time seeking to maintain good relations with traditional ally Russia. Despite the hopes of EU membership, Vucic on October 3 accused the bloc of having a double standard by refusing to accept this week’s Catalan independence referendum while having previously agreed to an independent Kosovo. “We support Spain. It is our friendly country”, Vucic said. “But the European Commission responded in a different way [regarding Kosovo] and it was against my people and my state”.

Bulgaria and Romania open new border crossing in the eastern part of the border.

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Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria and Mihai Tudose of Romania Tuesday opened a new border crossing between the villages of Kajnardzha and Lipnitsa in the eastern part of the Bulgarian-Romanian border. At the opening, Tudose said that this day was very important because it marked a significant moment for the bilateral ties and was the result of many efforts by the two countries. “The more border checkpoints are opened, the easier it becomes for the population, the business, and tourism on both sides of the border, and the more we get to know each other”, Borissov said. A Kajnardzha-Lipnitsa cross-border road worth over 6 million euro has been constructed under the Bulgaria-Romania Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. Later on Tuesday, a joint meeting of the Bulgarian and Romanian governments at the Euxinograd residence in Varna (on the Black Sea) focused on topics of bilateral interest in the sphere of economy and infrastructure, the Government Information Service said. Prime Minister Borissov noted that the traffic between Bulgaria and Romania will become easier and increase through the construction of bridges, including a second bridge between Rousse and Giurgiu, working ferry connections, new border checkpoints, and improvement of the navigation conditions along the Danube. He added that the further development of Pan-European Corridor IV, VII, and X is a prerequisite for the achievement of infrastructural connectedness, including with the Western Balkan countries. In his words, this is of significant importance for competitiveness and growth. Bulgaria and Romania are seeking joint investments for three major infrastructure projects, said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Borissov also talked about the EU’s internal security through strengthening its external borders, and underscored the importance of Bulgaria’s and Romania’s quick entry in the Schengen area. He noted the significance of Balkan cooperation within the EU as well as the EU prospects for the countries in this region. Romanian Prime Minister Tudose described the meeting in Varna as very beneficial and said it would remain in the two countries’ history. He said that the two sides agreed to hold joint government meetings regularly. The two delegations adopted a joint declaration on the main topics covered during the plenary sitting.

PM Marković meets with DPM of Romania: Concrete cooperation in continuation of European integration process of Montenegro is agreed

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Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment of Romania Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu had a meeting today and they agreed that their country have to start a new cooperation in the forthcoming phase of the European integration process of Montenegro. Prime Minister Marković thanked Romania for its support during the reachment of several goals of Montenegro, such as joining NATO, and welcomed the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister Gavrilescu that Romania contribute to our European path in the following period. He also informed romanian Deputy Prime Minister about the economical situation in its country and added that european integration its a priority for him and his country itself. Deputy Prime Minister Gavrilescu particularly highlighted the regional policy of Montenegro because it is a great achievement for the Balcan area.

PM Marković meets with DPM of Romania

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Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment of Romania Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu had a meeting today and they agreed that their country have to start a new cooperation in the forthcoming phase of the European integration process of Montenegro. Prime Minister Marković thanked Romania for its support during the reachment of several goals of Montenegro, such as joining NATO, and welcomed the proposal of Deputy Prime Minister Gavrilescu that Romania contribute to our European path in the following period. He also informed romanian Deputy Prime Minister about the economical situation in its country and added that european integration its a priority for him and his country itself. Deputy Prime Minister Gavrilescu particularly highlighted the regional policy of Montenegro because it is a great achievement for the Balcan area.

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