Monday, September 25, 2006

With Romania And Bulgaria Set To Join The 'European Union' Early Next Year, Restoration Of Europe Very Slowly Continues

"Romania will win approval on Tuesday to join the European Union on January 1, but the country’s prime minister has denied that it will spark a massive wave of emigration from the Black Sea state.

Calin Tariceanu claims his country is in the middle of an economic boom that could see its gross domestic product double within 12 years, drawing migrant workers to Romania.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr Tariceanu also appealed to the British media and public – racked by a debate about the recent arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from Poland and other new EU member states – to remain calm: “People with higher educational levels might go to the UK but I don’t see too many.”

He said most poor Romanians would head to Italy and Spain, where they would have less trouble with the language, and only those with better schooling would go to the UK.

Olli Rehn, EU enlargement commissioner, will tell Romania and Bulgaria on Tuesday, the other candidate country, they will face tough monitoring to make sure their fight against corruption and organised crime is effective....

However, he has decided not to recommend a maximum delay of one year until 2008 for Bulgaria, believing that such a move would be counter-productive and a humiliating setback for reformers in the country.

Romania, with a population of 22m, will become the seventh- biggest member of the EU. Romania and Bulgaria, with 8m people, will be the poorest members of the club: both countries had a GDP of about 31 per cent of the EU average in 2004.

The relative poverty of the two – Romania’s average monthly wage is about €200 – and their continuing fight to contain corruption have heightened fears in western Europe that this is “an enlargement too far”."

George Parker "Romania dismisses EU emigration fears" Financial Times September 24, 2006

European Composer George Enescu Museum in Bucharest, Romania, European Union. It was here, in March 2002, that I studied the manuscript score to Enescu's "Oedipe" opera, widely performed in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, but not yet performed in North America.

Photo credit: Christan Balan and With thanks.


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