Official Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Ivan Demerdzhiev

Ivan Demerdzhiev is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience.

He was born in 1975 in Plovdiv.

In 2001, he reacted sharply to yesterday's decision of the Netherlands to block Bulgaria's accession to Schengen.

"The Republic of Bulgaria is a full member of the European Union, which makes extraordinary efforts to guarantee the security of its partners.

The Bulgarian security forces every day with their bodies protect the peace of all European citizens, including the Dutch, at the heaviest land external border of the European Union, despite the increased migration pressure - 4 times higher than last year.

Three of our Border Patrol agents lost their lives to keep the Union safe.

The suggestions that you can cross the border for 50 euros are extremely offensive.

Our efforts do not deserve to be ignored!

Our efforts do not deserve insults!

We have minimized secondary migration to Central and Western Europe, paying a high price.

In recent months, our country has made extraordinary efforts to meet all the requirements of our European partners.

Our country has successfully passed through two consecutive inspections under the leadership of the European Commission.

Both ended with reports that categorically state that our country meets all the requirements of the Schengen legislation.

In return, instead of European solidarity, we get neglect and discrimination.

The price for our Schengen membership cannot be the dignity of the Bulgarian policemen!

We are not ready to pay such a price!", says the position of the Minister of the Interior.

Ivan Demerdzhiev