Next EU Report on Romania 'Better than on Bulgaria'

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | January 19, 2015, Monday // 11:54
Bulgaria: Next EU Report on Romania 'Better than on Bulgaria'

The forthcoming EU Commission report under the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (CVM), will be more positive for Romania than for Bulgaria, European sources say.

Bucharest should expect a text suggesting improvement in 2014 compared to 2013, according to the information cited by Mediafax and Romania Insider.

Bulgaria and Romania have been tied together under the CVM since the official start of their accession talks, which concluded with both countries' entry into the European Union in 2007.

The Commission's next report is due in a few weeks, with no release date yet specified.

Over the past few years Romania has marked substantial progress in justice and rule of law by bolstering its judiciary, with a number of prominent politicians already sentenced and behind bars on corruption charges.

This has lately prompted Bulgaria's government, which took over in November, to warn that the two countries could be decoupled as CVM subjects since Romania has been outpacing Bulgaria in its successes. Last week, Bulgaria's Deputy PM even announced after a visit to Bucharest that Sofia had to follow the Romanian example by setting up institutions similar to the National Anticorruption Directorate, a Romanian body that has boosted the judiciary's independence ald self-regard and has helped bring trials against otherwise influential politicians and businessmen to a successful end.

The CVM reports are essential for both countries to enter the Schengen area.

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