Magazine article Europe-East

Enlargement : Bulgaria and Romania Unfazed by Eu Entry Decision Delay

Magazine article Europe-East

Enlargement : Bulgaria and Romania Unfazed by Eu Entry Decision Delay

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Sofia and Bucharest reacted calmly to the European Commission's move to delay a final decision on their EU entry date, saying its findings were fair. The EU executive said on 16 May that the two countries should be able to enter in January 2007 - and avoid a delay until 2008 - as long as they addressed remaining shortcomings, with the situation to be reviewed by early October.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev said the Commission's latest monitoring report confirmed the country's perspective as a full member state from 1 January 2007 and showed that Bulgaria had done a lot of work. The findings were objective, and the messages 'encouraging and they give us impetus to double the efforts'.

'The government and the ruling coalition are aware of their responsibility and we shall spare no effort in the coming decisive months. We continue to work with clear and unambiguous will and we shall keep implementing the reforms that defend the interest of Bulgarian citizens', the premier declared.

Romania's Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu was quoted by Rompres as saying that the Commission's report was 'motivating and stimulating' for the country's authorities. It was a 'correct and objective' evaluation, highlighting the progress made by Romania of late. 'This is the best assessment Romania has ever had from the European Commission', Mr Popescu-Tariceanu announced. Saying joining in 2007 was 'doable', he added that 'we are prepared and we make every effort so that we will be exempt from any kind of surprises'. …

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