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Stanishev charms for Bulgaria in EU by 2007

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Stanishev charms for Bulgaria in EU by 2007


The day after Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev reaffirmed his view that his country’s aim of joining the European Union next January is now realistic, he spoke to EuroNews about his efforts.

“It is not my case to compare with Romania; My job is to do whatever is possible to show the progress in my country and persuade the Commission and the Member States that Bulgaria will a good member of the Union and an efficient member of the Union, and I believe it will be.”

The European Commission is to recommend on Sept. 26 whether Bulgaria and Romania should join the bloc in January or be given one more year to complete preparations for membership.

Rampant corruption and organised crime, which have led to a string of murders in recent years, have been the EU’s main worry, but Stanishev has pledged his country would not be complacent once it received a final go-ahead to join.

The EU enlargement commissioner reaffirmed those concerns on a visit to Sofia last week, saying he was disappointed there had not been more

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