Monitoring on Bulgaria Was the Strictest - Van Orden

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 31, 2006, Friday // 00:00

EU rapporteur for Bulgaria Geoffrey van Orden said Thursday that Bulgaria was subject to a stricter monitoring process than any of other member country.

During the last EU expansion ten countries joined at once, van Order said for the joint parliamentary committee Bulgaria-EU, and it would be sad if Bulgaria and Romania turn out the victims. The question was whether the glass was seen as half-full or half-empty he added.

According to van Orden Bulgaria had come a long way in its EU integration, but there was still a lot to be desired especially in areas like justice, and the fight against crime and corruption. He did note that many successes had also been achieved in these areas, and that the country is currently working very diligently.

"We should pressure Bulgaria," van Orden said, "but we don't want to suffocate the patient."

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