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September 20, 2011 1 comment

Karel van Kesteren, Dutch Ambassador to Bulgaria, confirmed Monday his country’s position and intentions to block Bulgaria’s joining of the Schengen zone.

After a meeting with the candidates for president and vice president from the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party, Rosen Plevneliev, and Margarita Popova, the diplomat reiterated the Netherlands government would not agree on lifting border control on the grounds of the conclusions of the European Commission’s July report under the monitoring and verification mechanism in the area of justice and home affairs.

The Ambassador, however, stressed the issue with Bulgaria’s Schengen membership should not, in any way, be tied with the upcoming local and presidential elections on October 23.

“This is an assessment of Bulgaria, not only of the current cabinet, but of the previous one and the work of the Parliament. It would be wrong to say during the election campaign – this is your fault. It would be especially wrong regarding Margarita Popova, who in her capacity as Justice Minister applied significant effort. The Schengen issue should not become an election campaign issue,” Karel van Kesteren pointed out.

The diplomat’s words came in contradiction with Plevneliev’s statement that during the meeting Karel van Kesteren had said that the decision of the Dutch cabinet to veto the country’s Schengen membership is grounded in the actions of the previous Bulgarian cabinet, not the GERB one.

On Saturday, Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov announced in Sofia that Bulgaria will reconsider its support for the reforms of the Schengen Agreement if it decides it is getting unfair treatment over its application for the visa-free area.

The reaction of the Bulgarian government came after Friday night the Dutch government decided that the Netherlands will veto Bulgaria and Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area at the meeting of the Council of the European Union on September 22, 2011.

On Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, voiced hope that on September 22, 2011, the Council of the EU Interior Ministers will make a favorable for Bulgaria decision on its joining of the Schengen zone and the Netherlands’ opinion about Bulgaria will be ignored by the other EU Member States

The Dutch Ambassador stressed Monday that the Bulgarian government has achieved a lot, but not enough. He declined commenting on Tsvetanov’s words.



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Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK) acquires work by Bulgarian/Dutch artist Peter Lazarov

The Ashmolean Museum of Art has recently acquired “Sisyphus”, a woodcut print by Bulgarian/Dutch artist Peter Lazarov.
The museum acquired the work for its cabinet of prints collection of which it will officially make part. For Peter Lazarov, currently living in the Northern Dutch city of Groningen, it is not his first work in a distinguished public collection
Already last year,2009 , his works were accepted in the Prestigious collection of the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp Belgium and in the last 20 years numerous public museums have entered his works in their collections, not in the least the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home also to Rembrandt’s famous “Night watch”.
Peter Lazarov is at the moment in China for the creation of a series of Chinese Scroll type woodcut prints to be shown at GreenCat Gallery Antwerp late this year and GreenCat Gallery Sofia beginning of 2011
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Sex with animals to be punishable in the Netherlands.

Both houses of the Dutch Parliament approved the proposal to pornography and sex with animals to be a criminal offense. Only CDA (Christian Democrats) and VVD (Liberals) in the Senate  (Upper House) voted against. The dissenters stand behind the goal to fight bestiality, but they wonder whether this law is the right way.  They claimed that it  is not feasible to maintain. Other parties in the Senate find the proposal of PvdA (Labour) MP Harm Evert Waalkens not to go far enough, but are happy with this step.

Waalkens predicted on the day before the vote in the Senate, that it would be a tight vote.  At the end, there were 39 for voters and 34 senators voted against. Waalkens’ initiative came is meant to reduce the trade of movies about bestiality with animals on the Internet. Most bestiality porn is manufactured in the Netherlands.