Romania and Bulgaria have welcomed an invitation to join the EU club, despite strict conditions. Romania’s Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu told his people to be proud of themselves: “We are entering an era of certainty. In less than one hundred days, Romanians will be European citizens, same as the French, the English and the Germans, with the same rights but obviously the same obligations.” he said.
The two countries missed out on the EU’s huge eastward expansion in 2004, which saw it grow to encompass 25 states. “Bulgarian citizens and institutions worked hard for 16 years to become members of the European family, “ said Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev, “that’s why we have the right to congratulate each other today. Its an evaluation by the EU commission of our readiness to undertake and fulfill our commitments to the EU.”