The European Commission published on 25 October the 2005 Comprehensive Monitoring Report on Bulgaria's and Romania's preparations for EU accession. The Report states that both countries have made good progress in their preparations and should be able to meet the requirements of EU membership at the envisaged date of accession on 1 January 2007 provided they concentrate all efforts on the reforms.
The Commission will continue to closely monitor their preparations and will review the situation in April/May 2006 when it may recommend, if needed, the postponement of accession until 2008 should one or both countries be manifestly unprepared.
Presenting the report Commissioner Rehn said: “In the months to come particular attention must be paid to actual implementation and enforcement of the reforms. Further efforts are needed in particular to strengthen the rule of law, by improving public administration and the justice system and by fighting corruption effectively”.