Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Frattini warns Bulgaria, Romania of safeguard clause

Focus News Agency

EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini has warned Bulgaria and Romania of the implementation of a safeguard clause if they fail to speed up reforms, the Romanian TV Realitatea reported. In an interview with the online edition European Voice, Frattini said that he was ready to trigger a safeguard clause in the sphere of justice in case he found out that the two countries had not made any progress in the fight against corruption and strengthen their judicial systems.

Meanwhile, the EU Justice Commissioner rejected critical remarks by France, Great Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands, which blame him for being “too friendly” to the two new EU members.

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