The General Affairs Council, where Bulgarian Foreign Minister Rumyana Zheleva also took part, discussed the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism for Bulgaria, the Council’s press service informs.
“Reaffirming its earlier conclusions the Council welcomes the Commission’s reports on progress in Romania and Bulgaria under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. The Council commends the Commission on its work, on the methodology followed and fully shares the objective and balanced analysis contained in those reports. The Council notes the continued good level of co-operation of Bulgaria and Romania with the Commission and the other Member States.
Recalling the importance of the unequivocal political will and dedication for a more decisive, strategic approach in order to take the necessary steps, the Council welcomes the renewed commitment expressed by Bulgaria and Romania and acknowledges the efforts made by these two Member States to make the progress needed to meet the objectives set under the mechanism,” read the conclusions adopted by the Council.
The Council calls on Bulgaria and Romania to intensify their efforts by taking all the necessary steps without delay and by demonstrating tangible and lasting results, especially in the areas highlighted in the reports.