Bulgaria Intends to Stay on Track with EU Accession
Monday, August 22, 2005 11:45 AM

Sergei Stanishev, the new prime minister of Bulgaria has reestablished EU accession as a main priority of the new government, along with economic growth. After the June elections, there was a two-month delay in the formation of the new coalition, which led to speculation that EU accession would also be delayed. In August, an EU team will go to Bulgaria to review the country's progress on their accession goals. "The European Commission will then publish its yearly progress report in autumn, which will influence whether or not the country will actually join on 1 January 2007." The Commission is able to delay accession by up to one year if Bulgaria has not made enough progress on their goals, one of which includes reform of the judiciary.

Cited in: Mahony, Honor, "Bulgaria's New Government Commits Itself to EU Goal," euobserver.com, 18 August 2005.