Bavarian minister warns of 'overstretching' EU

18th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2006, SOFIA - The minister from the German state of Bavaria for European affairs, Emilia Mueller, warned Tuesday against the "overstretching" of the European Union following the accession of three new Balkan members.

18 April 2006

SOFIA - The minister from the German state of Bavaria for European affairs, Emilia Mueller, warned Tuesday against the "overstretching" of the European Union following the accession of three new Balkan members.

A "phase of retrospection and consolidation" should follow the EU expansion to Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia, Mueller said while on a visit to Sofia.

She was referring to the ambition of other Balkan countries, like Serbia and Albania, to join the EU.

Before arriving in Bulgaria, Mueller visited Romania on Monday. She is in the Balkans to inform herself on the status of reforms required from the two countries for their EU accession in 2007.

The EU is due to join on their membership on May 16. In case they fail the standards, both could face a one-year delay of membership.

After meeting top officials in Bucharest, Mueller praised Romania's crackdown on corruption, in which more than 700 politicians and bureaucrats were investigated since early 2005.

Bulgaria has however been frequently criticized over lagging justice reforms, inefficient and corrupt court and booming organized crime.

DPA

Subject: German news

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