USL MEPs have asked in the European Parliament for a timetable for the cessation of the EC monitoring of Romania and Bulgaria through the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The European Commission’s representative stated that the CVM will continue unchanged. According to Mediafax, the talks on the CVM within the European Parliament on Wednesday in Strasbourg started with the European Commission’s statement given by European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule. According to him, the European Commission does not support some EU member states’ tendency of making a political connection between Romania’s and Bulgaria’s Schengen accession and the CVM. “The EC continues to remain in close touch with the Romanian and Bulgarian authorities and we will present the next report at the end of this year. Likewise, we will continue our tight monitoring and the ongoing dialogue in order to consolidate reforms and help the two member states fulfill the goals of this mechanism,” Stefan Fule concluded. Social Democrat MEPs insisted during the debate on the need to establish clear evaluation criteria and on the return to the strictly technical goal of the CVM, warning at the same time about the risk of the political hijacking of the EC’s monitoring mechanism. “The CVM is an exception from the EU’s rules because it only concerns two states, Romania and Bulgaria, and the criteria on the basis of which they are judged are increasingly relative. The goals of the mechanism expanded in time and the mechanism went from being a mechanism of cooperation to being one with strong political connotations. I believe this discrimination should stop, and all member states should be treated equally,” PSD MEP Corina Cretu, the Vice President of the S&D group within the EP, stated. She added that real progress calls for an authentic partnership between the EC and Romania.