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"Just 20 years ago Bulgaria and Romania applied for EU membership. Almost a decade after their entry into the Union in 2007, their people continue to feel like second-class citizens" writes the former Director General of the European Commission for Enlargement Sir Michael Leigh on the occasion of two decades since Sofia and Bucharest filed applications for EU membership in 1995.
"Bulgarian government should show more determination in tackling the persistent problems with the rule of law and winning the trust of its citizens before the EurActiv" says the senior researcher in the US' "German Marshall Fund."
Bulgaria and Romania were admitted to the EU in 2007 mainly for geopolitical considerations and not fully enjoy the rights and obligations of membership. EU membership was rewarded for their rejection of authoritarian rule, as was the case with Greece, Spain and Portugal in the 80s.