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Eu/bulgaria/romania: Get Ready for Membership or Face Delay, Commission Reports Will Say

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/bulgaria/romania: Get Ready for Membership or Face Delay, Commission Reports Will Say

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The EU has said that it could delay Bulgarian and/or Romanian membership by twelve months if accession preparations are deemed insufficient. The Commission's upcoming reports are not expected to take a position at this stage on the 'postponement clause'. Instead, any recommendation to delay membership would likely be made in spring next year, prospectively in April or May.

But the October 25 reports are expected to maintain the pressure on Sofia and Bucharest to take the necessary steps in the time available - recognising progress to date but pointing to areas where further efforts are required and underlining that the clock is ticking. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn's view is that Brussels would not hesitate to recommend the use of the 'postponement clause' if necessary.

The need to work on judicial reform and the fight against high-level corruption are set to be prominent themes in the reports. It also remains to be seen whether the European Commission will be able to tick off any of the particular problem areas identified as needing urgent action in 'early warning letters' sent to Bulgaria and Romania in the middle of this year. These pointed to seven areas in which there were shortcomings for Romania and five for Bulgaria.

Judging by Mr Rehn's recent visit to the two countries, the monitoring reports are set to show that neither Bulgaria or Romania are yet out of the woods, even if Bulgaria has traditionally been seen as the better prepared. …

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