Commissioner Olli Rehn has called upon Bulgaria to take reforms seriously; he said that more progress was needed on justice and home affairs.
After a meeting with Prime Minister Stanishev on 1 September 2006, the commissioner said that further progress was necessary in the areas of judicial reform, as well as corruption and organised crime. Rehn said that he would like to see Bulgaria become an EU member, but only when the country was ready.
The Commission is to publish its final monitoring report on Bulgaria and Romania’s preparedness for EU accession on 26 September. Based on its outcome, the EU might decide to apply safeguard clauses that could delay Bulgaria and Romania’s accession for a year from 2007 to 2008.