Interior minister: Estonia supports Bulgaria joining Schengen

Interior minister: Estonia supports Bulgaria joining Schengen

Estonian Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur met with the speaker of the Bulgarian parliament, Tsetska Tsacheva, and the delegation of parliament members accompanying her in Tallinn, and reaffirmed Estonia's support to Bulgaria joining the Schengen legal system.


"In my opinion, the same principles have to be followed to become a member of the Schengen area than have to be used to expand visa-freedom in the direction of Georgia and Ukraine. When a state has fulfilled the requirements and has carried out what has been agreed upon, the European Union has to quickly implement its decision," Pevkur said.


When talking about relieving the migration crisis, Tsacheva and Pevkur stressed the need to get EU external borders under control.


According to Tsacheva, access to the EU has to be guaranteed for people who really need protection, while economic migrants have to be sent back.


Pevkur introduced Estonia's practice with accepting war refugees, saying that Estonia checks the background of refugees and conducts interviews with them before they are sent to Estonia so that they would not have to be sent into a centre for asylum seekers here but can instead settle in their new home.


Estonia has so far accepted 19 war refugees from Greece under the European Union's migrant relocation program, 12 of them in April, and seven in March. In addition, two new refugee families are to soon arrive from Greece.









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