In the year 2006, the European Commission has ignored objections regarding Bulgaria’s and Romania’s EU accession. Many diplomats always thought so, but now, a high-ranking E.U. official confirmed that neither Bulgaria nor Romania were ready to join the EU on January 1 2007. Szabolcs Fazakas, of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said that in July 2006, his authority had made clear that the two countries mentioned would have needed more time to prepare. But the European Commission had ignored those statements.
During the presentation of a so-called “meta-audit” about western Balkan states, which want to join the EU, Fazakas said that in 2006, as the head of the Budget Control Authority in the European Parliament, he had personally spoken to EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and told him about deficits regarding Bulgaria and Romania. But Rehn had answered: “Too late. My hands are tied.”
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