Skopje. Bulgaria is going to introduce free visas for Macedonian citizens from 1st January 2007 and the regime for their issue will be maximally relieved, Macedonian Vreme newspaper reports citing sources from Macedonian Foreign Ministry. The official Sofia authorities took the engagement for that after the official agreement in Sofia was signed on 21st September. The procedures for issuing visas will be quite easy and the visas will be valid for longer period of time. The Bulgarian Embassy in Skopje will be issuing these visas and the officials promised to enlarge the personnel at the embassy.
The expected accession of Bulgaria to EU next year obliges the country to stick to the Schengen agreement.