European Parliament Likely to Rule on Bulgaria before Commission

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 27, 2006, Monday // 00:00

The European Parliament is likely to give its verdict on Bulgaria's accession ahead of the European Commission, the head of Bulgaria's euro-affairs parliamentary commission said.

In what is a highly unusual unfolding of the procedure, the European parliament is expected to vote on April 25-26, while the crucial report of the EU executive body is due in the middle of May, Atanas Paparisov said during his visit to Bulgaria's second-biggest town of Plovdiv.

He underlined that the safeguard clause, which would postpone Bulgaria's accession by one year till 2008, will be enforced in case the country fails to make sufficient progress in no more than three critical areas.

Brussels has repeatedly stated that the required legislative framework must be completed in Bulgaria, but even more important is the implementation of new laws and reforms, tangible results in the judiciary, fight against organized crime and corruption.

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