Bulgarian President Rumen Radev criticising the EU over Schengen accession said that ‘Bulgarians cannot be second-class Europeans’, during the Arraiolos Group meeting which brought together the non-executive heads of state of the European Union, in Valletta on Thursday.
“Bulgaria cannot show solidarity and invest huge financial and human resources to protect our common European border, and in return receive misunderstanding and double standards. Bulgarians cannot be second-class Europeans and wait humiliatingly in front of all checkpoints in Europe,” he stressed.
The accession of Bulgaria and Romania into Schengen passport-free travel area has been discussed for 11 years.
Currently, all EU member states except Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are part of the Schengen area.