Diplomatic sources in Brussels have confirmed Romania and Bulgaria will be accepted into the EU this coming January 1, though under close monitoring. They said a European Commission report on the Black Sea neighbours’ reform progress would recommend imposing identical measures on both.
These could restrict their participation in EU community food safety policy, aid funding and judicial matters. The project remains subject to last-minute adjustments, however, before its release on Tuesday. Safeguard clauses make a one-year delay of entry possible if the two candidates are not given passing marks.
EU leaders will take the final decision.