Constitutional Amendments "No Guarantee" Against Safeguard Clause

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 30, 2006, Thursday // 00:00
Constitutional Amendments "No Guarantee" Against Safeguard Clause EU rapporteur for Bulgaria Geoffrey van Orden (front) and Solomon Passy (back), chair of the Parliamentary commission on foreign affairs at the voting of Bulgaria’s Constitutional amendments. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

The adopted Constitutional amendments are no guarantee against the safeguard clause, EU rapporteur for Bulgaria Geoffrey van Orden commented Thursday.

It is a historical day for Bulgaria and we are getting closer to the country's entry in the EU, he also commented. In his words these amendments are necessary for the country and its life.

I remain an optimist for Bulgaria's timely entry in to the union, van Orden pointed out after Bulgaria's MPs approved on third reading the amendments in the country's Constitution.

Geoffrey van Orden is to draw a report on the progress made by Bulgaria since the latest conclusions by the EC issued in October 2005. After approval in the European Parliament, the document will be used as a basis for the next report of Brussels, due in May.

The session is expected to issue a final declaration.

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