Bulgaria's EU Entry at Stake with Non-Confidence Vote

Politics | February 6, 2005, Sunday // 00:00

If the current cabinet is dismissed by a non-confidence vote, Bulgaria may see a delay in its accession to the European Union that can subsequently affect Romania as well, according to EU Affairs Minister Meglena Kuneva.

She warned that under Bulgarian Constitution an interim cabinet is not authorized to sign international treaties, hence the EU accession treaty of the country, which is already scheduled for April 25.

To sign the treaty of accession, the Parliament must firstly adopt several amendments to the nation's main law, but with an interim cabinet the Parliament would also be dismissed and the amendments would stay void.

In this adverse scenario, Bulgaria would not be constitutionally allowed to sign the EU treaty, Minister Kuneva explained.

She added that so far as Bulgaria and Romania are planned for joint signature in Luxembourg, our northern neighbour might feel threatened by a possible dealy because of Bulgaria's political crisis and ask for being separated en route to the Union.

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