The European Union has expressed concern over Romania’s turbulent political situation which could trigger an early general election and delay its planned entry into the EU in 2007.
Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said: “The first and foremost priority for Romania is to prepare for the accession of the country to the European Union,especially as regards the implementation of both the remaining legislative work and the implementation of the necessary reforms of the judiciary area and the fight against corruption.”
Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu is expected to resign today in a bid to trigger an early election which he hopes will strengthen his government’s mandate for pro-EU reforms.
The EU has an option of delaying Romania’s membership for one year if the country drags its feet on reforms to expose corruption, improve border controls and strengthen its judiciary and administration.
Some EU officials are concerned an election campaign would jeopardise the tight calendar for implementing these changes.