Germany: New demands on Romania and Bulgaria

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2 November 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany may demand extra measures from Romania and Bulgaria to improve their justice and home affairs standards prior to the planned admission of both countries to the European Union in January.

2 November 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Germany may demand extra measures from Romania and Bulgaria to improve their justice and home affairs standards prior to the planned admission of both countries to the European Union in January.

Merkel, at a news briefing with Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, said she had asked European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to report to Berlin on whether both countries have cleaned up what she termed 'deficits in interior and justice policies.'

Barroso will make his report in late December on the eve of the planned January 1, 2007 admission of Romania and Bulgaria to the currently 25-nation bloc.

'How the Commission reports to us ... will determine whether German demands any measures or not,' said Merkel. She did not specify what steps Berlin might seek from Bucharest and Sofia.

Last week Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, voted in favour of allowing Romania and Bulgaria to join the EU and Merkel said she was confident the Bundesrat upper house would do the same later this month.

'Romania has made great efforts to join the EU,' she said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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