Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov said following talks with European Council head Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday that Schengen accession would encourage his country to protect EU external borders and be more active in fulfilling duties, Novinite.com reads.

Borisov was quoted as saying he "assured Herman Van Rompuy that this year's accession of Bulgaria to the Schengen Agreement would not looses us up, which is one of EU's main concerns. On the contrary, it would encourage us to be more active and fulfill our duties on keeping the external border of the EU, which at present is kept safe in probably the best possible way in Europe".

He also said he was confident Bulgaria could handle expected immigration pressure.

Van Rompuy was expected in Bucharest on Thursday when he will meet with President Traian Basescu.