One day after the EU gave it the green light to join, European Commission Chief said Bulgaria should not ‘ease off’ but continue with fast paced reforms. “Your country has made great efforts and I would like to thank all the governments which worked during the years to achieve this goal,” President Jose Manuel Barroso said. The Bulgarian Prime Minister welcomed the decision saying it was the final fall of the Berlin Wall for his nation.
Bulgaria and Romania will join the EU in 2007, under the strictest conditions yet for new entrants. Unless Bulgaria cracks down on organised crime, its courts decisions could be disregarded in the rest of Europe. The President of Romania said his people should be proud of themselves. But he warned against complacency and said thez should not make the ‘typical’ mistake of believing they had no further obligations to fulfill.
Romania, as well as Bulgaria, has to report every six months on progress in fighting corruption. The two states must ensure food safety and the proper use of EU funds.