Netherlands Puts off Requesting EU Sanctions against Bulgaria

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The Netherlands has decided that next week it would not insist on EU sanctions against Bulgaria over its failure to crack down on corruption and organized crime.

The news was announced by the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, which cites Netherlands' EU Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans.

Timmermans declared himself in favor of sanctions against Bulgaria after the publications of the two devastatingly critical monitoring reports on the country by the European Commission on July 23.

The Netherlands, however, is going to insist on sanctions against Bulgaria in February 2009 unless the country achieves marked progress in the fight against corruption.

During a parliamentary debate the Socialist Party and the People's Party for Democracy and Freedoms demanded that Bulgaria be punished by being denied accession to the passport control-free zone of the EU member states.

They also insisted that the Dutch government should not allow Bulgarian workers onto the Netherlands' market.

Netherlands' Minister on EU Affairs Timmermans is going to visit Bulgaria on September 8 and 9 as part of a tour in Southeast Europe.
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Karnak76 - 5 Sep 2008 // 13:59:19


I must agree with you with all except the economical situation. I don't see any sign of bad economy so far. Maybe you are in Bulgaria and know more than me? I will also remind you that everybody loves corrupt countries because they can steal whatever they want from them...So the Duth love to steal and then right back to being nice Europeans who want sanctions...I must say double faced bastards...

McDonald - 4 Sep 2008 // 22:58:12

Well,the interesting part is not that the Netherlandswill wait till 2009 with EU sanctions. It is a nice political move and a clear warning to Bulgaria " Do something, or we will...".

But look at the demands expressed by the 2 political parties in that debate ! The Socialist Party is not friendly in its statements against Bulgaria. It is outspoken that Bulgarian workers or citizens are not particularly welcome in the Netherlands.

Same opinions are frequent and common in media,newspapers and debates in all EU countries and still the Bulgarian PM or other officials do not understand why?
Any tourist or visitor who takes the time to travel around in Bulgaria is striken by the degree of corruption, fraud , cheating and an overwhelming atmoshere of hostile attitudes towards strangers, foreigners, etnic minorities.

Bulgaria is on its way to be politically and financially isolated from the other EU members, but the BG government is still pretending the country is politically and economically on rails to a bright future!
The Dutch is obviously of a different opinion and Bulgarians should listen and start to discuss why.

iamsoobored - 4 Sep 2008 // 22:26:02


And why should the EU taxpayers SUBSIDIZE Bulgaria? What is wrong with you people? All you do is whine and beg for money without fulfilling any of the requirements you committed to. Transparency was one of the requirements. Who wants to invest in a dead beat bankrupt little country without getting some transparency and some sort of return on their investment? Of course the Dutch want information from Bulgarian management. How stupid do you think they are? Why do you think they should give BG money without protecting their investment? Dream on, fool.

Bloke from Alrewas off the A38 - 4 Sep 2008 // 22:15:10

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Funguy - 4 Sep 2008 // 22:11:41

"Concealment of information and withholding information from the EU is always a good thing if you are in Bulgaria. "

Is this what you think, fool, that having joined the EU everything we have should be theirs? Oh, it's a party now, we're all good friends no, I love you totally if I've had enough to drink...

Jeeze, what a fool.

I guess you've become too American, where everyone is your friend now, to think.

Sure, bro (I still think yer a chick, if not a fag), take my mobile phone, my car and my girl. Yer my bro and I trust you, right? Anything else?

Oh, I only have 20 lv. but it's yours. Yer my bro, right?

God, eat dirt and throw shit on my head, you're stupid.

iamsoobored - 4 Sep 2008 // 21:57:35


Of course you can't say anymore, your handler at the Bulgarian Communist Party will have your head. Concealment of information and withholding information from the EU is always a good thing if you are in Bulgaria. Too much honesty and transparency is not a good thing. Keep up the good job keeping secrets to protect the neo-communist old timers ands criminals and mutri.

Funguy - 4 Sep 2008 // 21:46:35

Bored, once again you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground. I can't say any more.

iamsoobored - 4 Sep 2008 // 21:44:05


What are you blabbering about? Is it the Dutch's fault Bulgaria is rife with crime and corruption? And since when is it a matter of national security to facilitate transparency and peer review? National security, my as$. It is more like concealment of ex-communist CVs and concealment of mutri and corruption.

Why is the Bulgarian government asking for the EU to deny Bulgarians work abroad? The Bulgarian government is afraid to lose all its slave labor? "Punish us by not allowing our people to work abroad". Yeah, right!

Funguy - 4 Sep 2008 // 21:32:58

Oh! La-de-da. The Dutch will put off any punishment of Bulgaria for not being good honest folk.

I've worked here with the Dutch and they are as dirty as can be, under 'cover of law'.

I was an associate to Dutch 'spying' of Bulgarian resources for control and profit of basic HUMAN resources. The Dutch were very cool and jovial, nice folks, overall, as they came to steal from the stupid Bulgarian managers who just licked ass, I mean, handed over very sensitive documents. Only one, of seven, said this is material of national security, and need authorization.

Let he who is innocent cast the first stone.

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