EC Report Said to Augur Massive Humiliation for Sofia

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | July 21, 2011, Thursday // 16:28
Bulgaria: EC Report Said to Augur Massive Humiliation for Sofia File photo

Bulgaria may be heading for an enormous political humiliation due to the so-called "rendez-vous clause", the major novelty in this year's report of the European Commission, EurActiv reported.

The clause says that in the summer of 2012, five years after the start of the monitoring process, the Commission should make a general assessment of each country's progress and make "appropriate proposals in light of this assessment", with the option of lifting the monitoring mechanism available.

Diplomats told EurActiv that the rendez-vous text had indeed put "maximum pressure" on both countries and made up for their lack of progress, which had exasperated not only the Commission's services, but several older member states.

"Peer pressure" was expected to produce results, as in a scenario whereby Romania would see its monitoring lifted, the political fallout for Bulgaria would be "enormous".

When the two countries joined the EU, in 2007, persistent corruption and insufficient reforms of their jutice systems determined the set-up of an unprecedented monitoring mechanism, which so far led to the freezing of millions of euros in Bulgaria due to fraud associated with EU funds.


We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Bulgaria in EU » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: assets, CVM, cooperation and verification mechanism, monitoring report, EC, EU, European Commission, Boris Velchev, Chief Prosecutor, corruption, magistrates, judges, Prosecutor's Office, prosecution, police, interior ministry, organized crime, mafia, corruption, Conflict of Interest Act, conflict of interests, conflict of interest, Conflict of Interests Act, Brussels, Bulgaria, Romania, European Commission

Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria