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EU expects decisive judicial reforms from Romania and Bulgaria

EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn told the International Herald Tribune that Bulgaria and Romania had achieved significant progress in the judicial system but that the countries had to assure the European Commission these changes were genuine. Romania and Bulgaria caused little cause for concern, but Turkey’s EU accession in 10 years posed ‘much bigger questions’, Rehn said.

The EU should work on softening this skepticism and should focus on positive messages like the one from the EU summit the previous week ‘trumpeting’ the success of the 2004 enlargement, he added.

Date posted: June 3, 2006