Drug traffickers were increasingly avoiding Bulgaria and were considering alternative routes to Europe through other countries, because of the tougher controls along the borders, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said during Question Time in Parliament on June 10.
"The policy of the Government is consistent with the National Strategy on Drugs 2009/13. According to the Europol report, because of the reinforced control along the Bulgarian borders, drug traffickers are now opting to channel their drugs through other destinations, and are avoiding Bulgaria," he said.
The Prime Minister said that according to a report released by the US State Department in 2010, the Bulgarian Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime was the "most effective organisation in the fight against organised crime".
Superior controls along the Bulgarian borders has been a major issue in the country's bid to join the Schengen area. On June 9, that, and other issues once again resurfaced, when the country's hopes of joining the European Union's Schengen visa-free travel zone were dampened.
The Netherlands have opposed the move and said they would will decide on the fate of the Bulgarian and Romanian Schengen bids in 2012, and not sooner, effectively blocking their hopes for a potential 2011 entry, in spite of the fact that the European Parliament voted on June 8 to support the accessions of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen area.
The Dutch decision was announced on June 9. The Netherlands will make a final decision, following further extensive evaluation and a test period for both countries, Dutch immigration minister Gerd Leers said.
"It is imperative that all approved measures pertaining to judicial reforms in Bulgaria and Romania are effective and irreversible," Leers said. Additionally, the Dutch minister said his country would demand that Bulgaria and Romania to be effective in their protection of their respective and collective borders".