Romanian President Traian Basescu welcomed the prospect of his country entering the Union, but warned it would not be a panacea for the country’s problems: “Prosperity doesn’t come free. It comes through work, effort, a powerful judiciary, a healthy business environment, standards in agriculture, through a performing economy and society.” Bulgarian Prime Minister Serguei Stanichev welcomed the Commission’s decision to stick to the timetable established in last year’s accession treaty.
“We have the right to congratulate each other that the date January 1, 2007 was clearly confirmed,” he said. “For us it’s important
that Bulgaria becomes a member of the European Union without any sanctions being imposed in terms of the withholding of benefits.”