Olli Rehn: Bulgaria, Romania were not ready to join EU

Bulgaria and Romania were not ready to join the European Union, Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for enlargement said.

The Finnish official nominated for the position of Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, stressed that at that time the European Commission did not have the right of veto in the pre-accession negotiations, the site Novinite.com reports, quoted by Mediafax. “For this reason, during the Dutch Presidency of the European Union of that time we proposed the control mechanism and the clause that would have postponed the accession, if necessary. But the Bulgarian and Romanian Governments carried out serious reforms,” Rehn said in an interview for ‘La Libre Belgique’.

The Commissioner stressed that he could not say that all the processes connected with the accession of the two were good enough, but added that the situation improved in 2007. According to Rehn, the European Commission learnt from this experience to not set any longer a fixed date for the integration of a country, before the conclusion of the pre-accession negotiations, and to request more strict criteria in this respect, like in the case of Croatia.

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