Now, if they had just waited a month I could have been there for this historic vote!
“Bulgaria, Romania gain EU entry
Both countries still need to reforms to ensure membership
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the European Union in 2007, but said both countries still need to make reforms.”
“Legislators voted 522-70 in favor of Bulgaria, with 69 abstentions, and 497-93 in favor of Romania, with 71 abstentions, in two separate ballots after a heated debate in which some members asked for a postponement of the vote, demanding the two Balkan countries be given more time to implement necessary reforms.
“No one can say Romania is ready to join the community,” said Green party leader Daniel Marc Cohn-Bendit. “Press freedoms, corruption and other issues need to be resolved.”
posted at http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/13/eu.new.members.ap/index.html until May 13, 2005.