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Statement of the MFA on the 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Reports on Bulgaria's and Romania's Preparations for EU Accession

 

On 25th October 2005 the European Commission adopted the 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Reports on Bulgaria's and Romania's preparations for EU accession.(27/10/2005

On 25th October 2005 the European Commission adopted the 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Reports on Bulgaria's and Romania's preparations for EU accession.

The MFA of the CR considers the EU Report to be objective and well-balanced. The Report is in accordance with the position of the Czech Republic, which is durably in favor of the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU. Possible further political decisions of the EU should not be taken in haste. The MFA position is based on a general support of the CR to a further EU enlargment, the accession of Bulgaria and Romania will contribute to a stronger EU position in the world from the international policy point of view.

The EC confirmed in the 2005 Monitoring Report progress in meeting economic, administrative and legislative criteria during the last year on Romanian and Bulgarian side. According to the Report, both countries should not slow down the internal preparations in the final period before the scheduled accession, but on the contrary should accelerate the preparations process. Concerning the insufficiencies, the EC states that despite a certain progress of both countries, there is still room for important improvement in the area of the fight against corruption and in the agriculture, justice and interior chapters. In addition they should also improve administrative capacities and the efficiency of public administration.

The EC confirms, that the next Monitoring Report will be submitted to the EU Council and the European Parliament in April or May 2006. This Report will be the basis for a possible political decision on an eventual postponement of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the next year - on 1st January 2008. With regard to the necessity of the adoption of budget measures for 2007, the EC reminds to member countries, that if there is a political decision on postponement, it has to be taken before June 2006.



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