Bulgaria Risks Becoming EU Cautionary Tale - Report
"When Bulgaria joined the European Union last year, this was supposed to mark the start of an ambitious drive to modernize the former Soviet bloc country and bring it finally into the European political mainstream," according to the author Stephen Castle.
"Twenty-two months later, the Bulgarian government has only a few weeks to avert the loss of millions of euros in European subsidies - and an unprecedented sanction from Brussels," the author continues.
According to the publication, the slow rate of progress in the country in the fight against the misuse of European funds and the lack of convictions in cases where corruption is involved, are a reminder of the difficulties the European Union would encounter when trying to integrate former Communist countries.
"At a summit with Ukraine last month, for example, the EU pledged closer ties, but avoided any commitment to offering Kiev a clear path toward membership in the bloc," the publication points out, adding that the "Bulgarian and Romanian accession illustrates why officials are erring on the side of caution."
"One of the unstated reasons for admitting Bulgaria and Romania in 2007 was to keep them out of Moscow's growing sphere of influence," the author continues and explains that such move came with a price - EUR 11 B in subsidies just for the 2007 and 2013, while EU officials fear that most of these funds would be drained by criminals.
The article also points out that the accession of Bulgaria and Romania before the countries have made all essential reforms have prompted the European Commission to take a sterner look at potential new members, including Croatia.
The full text of the article can be found at: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=98314
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bored cunt Nellie,
Where are you, little weasel? You are good at cutting and pasting and calling other peoples' wives "sluts". However, you never answer direct questions. Who's going to win the elections? Call it now! And when are you going to swear to God that you are not the new Nellie? Pedal! Liar! How did the commies let your entire family including the little moron bored, to leave BG in 1964. Piss off!
Wow iamsoobored this is a true moronic statement. Your brain has become so soft from eating McDonalds burgers with growth-improved meat that you have no capacity to even gasp what вЂњBuddyвЂќ writes above. Croatia and Ukraine better, yeha right! Dude what do you know about those countries to be able to judge like this? What do you know about Bulgaria вЂ“ your blood country? Haha nothing, or quite not enough at best!
Couldn't agree with you more. The EU should kick Bulgaria out, but I am afraid they don't have the stomach for it. The EU is weak and Bulgaria is tricky. Croatia is a better and more deserving country than either Bulgaria or Romania, and so is Ukraine. Throw out Bulgaria, take in Croatia and call it a day.
I suggest it is necessary to have proper professional qualifications for a position in the EU administration. Bulgaria did experience that when "judges" were sent from Bulgaria to take seat in the European Court. Their most obvious qualification was personal friendship with the PM, and good "political" connections.
No one can blame the EU officials for their worries. No other memberstate in EUs history has a record like Bulgaria when it comes to stealing funds and EU investments, Not occasionally, but as a rule. What Bulgaria risks becoming, Bulgaria is already and politicans now publicly discuss the unprecedented situation of "kicking" out a new member of the union.
Unless the situation improves dramatically, that might well be the result. Can anyone say it is unfair and not deserved ? I think it might do Bulgaria well to be on its own to deal with its own problems. For sure Bulgaria does not belong in EU at this stage.
Whoever the author o fthat study might be, his statement shows the law education level, as well absence of connections to reality! One former communist state, member of the EU, Hungary is one of the first to get financial aid from the International monetary fund, in order to avoid a colaps. Where have all the Eu funds gone in Hungary? Second a country like the former GDR, incorpoirated by West German, into United Germany, has swallen Billions of EU fund, for almost 20 years, and today working people in the Eastern part of Germany are still paid less then their western compatriotes. Further nobody has disclosed where billions of aid has disapeared in that particular country. So stop publicizing all bullshit of a bunch of clowns who are collecting money for writing" scientific nonsense".