Barroso to Stanishev: EU feels “assistance fatigue”

The European Commission (EC) rejected a request by Bulgarian prime minister Sergei Stanishev to send European officials and diplomats to help the state administration. In a special letter obtained by Dnevnik, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso told Stanishev the demanded new institutional mechanisms are improper for an EU member state.
According to Barroso, the other countries in the bloc are experiencing an “assistance fatigue” and the Bulgarian government should first show concrete and visible results to motivate its partners to send in more experts and new funding.
Barroso said Brussels is ready to continue to help Bulgaria but believes this does not require the creation of the structures proposed by the prime minister a month ago. Instead, he says Bulgaria should enhance current technical monitoring and cooperation by a more extensive political dialogue and setting results-oriented goals within the monitoring mechanism that has been in place ever since its EU accession. Barroso points out this is the stance of the other member states as well.

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  1. Foreigner
    March 31, 2009 at 9:40 am

    the EU is not only assistance fatigue we are also not willed to pay any cent to BG until the BG government takes serious steps to avoid corruption. we can use our money for better things.

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