Wednesday, June 27, 2007

ROMANIA AND BULGARIA ASKED TO SUBMIT ACTION PLANS FOR DEALING WITH PROBLEMATIC AREAS

Source: Sofia Echo

In its June 27 report on Bulgaria and Romania’s reform progress, the European Commission would ask the two countries to draft by October 2007 action plan for dealing with problematic areas.

Bulgarian news agency BTA got the information from an anonymous commission source.

The number of problematic areas for Bulgaria is six and for Romania, four. Because of the slow reforms in these areas, EC imposed a monitoring mechanism and said it might introduce safeguard clauses.

Apart from the action plan, Bulgaria and Romania have to report every six months on the progress made in each of the areas.

A final draft of the report will be prepared on June 26. Small amendments are expected, but the general tone of the report will remain unchanged.

BTA reported that three European commissioners recommended softer report tone.

So far, media lack information that the report will recommend the introduction of safeguard clauses for either country.

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