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Austria Holds Firm Against Bulgaria and Romania's Full Schengen Membership

Austria's Minister of the Interior, Gerhard Karner, has reiterated his steadfast opposition to the full admission of Bulgaria and Romania into the Schengen area, particularly via land borders. Karner emphasized the importance of adhering to the agreed-upon entry terms for Bulgaria and Romania, which currently only allow for air and sea access.

Greek Foreign Minister Optimistic about Bulgaria's Schengen Accession

Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis expressed optimism about Bulgaria's full accession to the Schengen area during his visit to Sofia. In a joint briefing with Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mariya Gabriel, Gerapetritis emphasized the positive impact of Bulgaria's Schengen membership on bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Greece.

22% More Turkish Tourists in Bulgaria Last December

Bulgaria saw a 22 percent increase in Turkish visitors during December 2023, as the Ministry of Tourism revealed. Considering this trend, Bulgarian authorities will focus on promoting the destination in the Turkish market, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Bulgaria recorded a 22 percent increase in Turkish tourists last December.

Study: Bulgarians Welcome Partial Schengen Entry, Seek Clarification on Migration Concerns

A recent Gallup International Balkan study revealed that Bulgarians generally welcome their country's partial entry into the Schengen zone, indicating that full entry would be seen as a significant success if the government effectively addresses concerns about migration.

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