Romania’s first decade of EU membership was mishandled – Romania’s EU accession chief negotiator

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Euractiv: Since Romania joined the EU in 2007, successive governments have failed to make the best of bloc membership but there is strong pressure for change in the country, the man who supervised Bucharest’s accession negotiations told

“What happened since 2004 [when Romania wrapped up its talks] was, unfortunately, that the governments were not very much committed to implementing EU policies,” said Vasile Puscas, the chief negotiator of Romania’s EU accession and former minister for European affairs.

“Successive governments, not a specific government, both conservatives and social democrats, followed the same pattern of EU policy inside the country,” Puscas said, adding that the European Commission was also “not very strong in monitoring and in finding ways of helping the implementation of EU policies within new states”.

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