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Despite the efforts - Bulgaria received a "No" for joining Schengen.

Did we deserve this rejection?

"Unfortunately, Bulgaria has once again received a negative response to its desire to join Schengen, and we cannot say that this is unexpected. The processes in Brussels are extremely predictable, and we cannot expect this when we have received many signals during years, that our country is not developing well enough in terms of basic parameters for fighting organized crime, fighting corruption. These are problems that continue to exist for our country," said the associate of the EP Environment Committee Ivan- Asen Ivanov for "Bulgaria Morning".

According to him, we are meeting extremely strong support for the European institutions to provide a way for Bulgaria to be accepted into Schengen.

"You saw that the European Commission is also on our side, but this decision does not rest on the European institutions, but on the individual member states. They are still deeply convinced that our country is doing enough. Waiting until next year is an optimistic option. In Bulgaria an understanding has become necessary that in practice only a period of time has to pass and that we will be accepted as magic. On the contrary, exceptional concrete measures are required. And the Netherlands requires a report on the cooperation and verification mechanism, which has been in place since 2007 and is applied to Bulgaria. But in 2019, the EC decided that it is no longer necessary to give similar reports to our country," added Ivanov on Bulgaria ON AIR.

And he is adamant that political instability is also having an impact.

"Schengen has different dimensions, but certainly participating in it costs money and benefits for business. On the one hand, it is the transport of goods. Also tourism. There are also studies that find disadvantages for those countries that are not yet in "Schengen, these are the percentages for imitating government debt. They are rated lower. According to some studies, this free zone of people and goods has contributed to an increase of the European Gross Domestic Product by 2%," commented the general secretary of the PTPP Vasil Todorov.

He emphasized that we must make sure that the Netherlands and Austria overcome the reservations they have towards us regarding Schengen.

"Regarding the Netherlands, we can criticize, since the main argument is the rule of law in Bulgaria, but there is a principle of legal certainty. It is about the fact that when you have fulfilled some pre-set conditions, the law and the law guarantee you the of one result. In this case, the mixing of conditions, other than those for participation in the Schengen area, violate this principle of legal certainty. This is what both the EC and the EU said," added Todorov.

The Secretary General of the CTPP believes that this matter should be overcome through negotiations and diplomacy because the problems are not imaginary.

"We have always expressed the position that the single rate of VAT is the best measure, which both supports the business environment and guarantees collection in the state treasury. Lower rates are modern measures for these periods when crises must be overcome. This is a need that exists at the moment," said Vasil Todorov.

Tsvetelina Penkova: Diplomatic efforts to enter Schengen should continue.

The refusal is unjustified