The challenges for Bulgaria in the process of accession to EU
The challenges for Bulgaria in the process of accession to EU "Bulgaria is among the accession countries with the strongest public support for EU membership but I am not sure if all the people understand what this mean". This was said by Mr. Jacques Wunenburger, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Bulgaria at the meeting of the EU Club with the Ambassador of Sweden Mr. Sten Ask which took place on the 18th of January 2001 at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "The process should be transparent and the progress of the negotiations should not be achieved at the expense of the real socio-economic situation in Bulgaria", he also said.
The main priorities during the Swedish Presidency of the EU are the so called "three E-s" - Enlargement, Employment and Environment. Business-cooperation between EU and Russia is also among the main tasks. The EU will publish the White Book for its policy regarding the relations with Russia and the Black Sea Region, Mr. Sten Ask said.
Bulgarian producers from the agricultural sector should not rely on subsidies from the European Union. The tendency in the EU is towards reform in the agricultural policy and reduction of the subsidies, said Mr. Jacques Wunenburger. According to him Bulgaria also has to reduce the production capacities in the steel industry as the market in the EU has already been distributed in quotas among the EU member-states.
According to Sten Ask the budget for this year does not envisage enough money for strengthening of the judicial system. The transposition of the "acquis communitaire" to Bulgarian legislation requires strong judicial structures and a lot of professional training. The investments can't be made at once but there needs to be a political will for improvement of the judicial and the customs systems, Jacques Wunenburger added.