NL wants EU to clamp down on Romania

27th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands wants Brussels to take stricter measures against corruption in new EU member state Romania. Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said this today.

27 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands wants Brussels to take stricter measures against corruption in new EU member state Romania. Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said this today.

The Netherlands fears that Romania has stopped doing its utmost to fight corruption since it joined the EU. "We are very concerned about this," the minister said on the sidelines of a meeting with colleagues in Oslo.

"We made it clear before Romania's accession last January that the fight against corruption must be stepped up," Verhagen said.

The EU expects a follow-up report on the situation this year. The reports from the countries themselves at the end of March show that Romania and Bulgaria do not satisfy the EU's conditions for the justice system and the fight against corruption and crime. The Romanian president who took a stand against corruption was also recently put out of office.

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