Romania gets its report card on progress towards EU membership
The European Parliament prepares for a showdown on industrial chemical regulation.
Tensions linger in Bosnia ten years after the war.
And Paris’s Bulgarian community cooks up a storm
Romania gets its report card
This week the European Commission published the first monitoring report on Romania’s and Bulgaria’s progress towards EU accession. The report shows that the two candidates are moving closer to their 2007 EU entry goal but both have yet to carry out essential reforms. The EU’s Commissioner for Enlargement, Olli Rehn, has urged that both countries must step up their fight against corruption and human trafficking and boost measures for border security and food safety. In Bucharest, the diplomatic language of EU officials has divided public opinion. Some say the report was far better than anyone expected - while others interpret it as confirmation that Romania’s membership bid is in trouble.
Tense in Bosnia
The Prime Minister of Bosnia- Herzegovina, Adnan Terzic has warned his country that there’s no time to waste in preparing for eventual membership of the European Union. The European Commission has announced it will open talks this year with Bosnia, on a Stabilization and Association Agreement, which is seen as a first step towards membership of the bloc. But Bosnia has a long way to go.
Here in Europe, there are some 100-thousand chemicals that require regulated to ensure they do not have an adverse effect on human health and the environment. Some years ago the European Commission developed a new EU regulatory framework for industrial chemicals called REACH or Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. Voting on REACH is due shortly in the European Parliament, and as Radio Sweden’s Azariah Kiros reports the chemical industry and the environmental movement in Europe are rolling their sleeves up for the final showdown.
More than stew!
Earlier in the programme we heard of Romania’s progress towards joining the EU. It’s Balkan neighbour Bulgaria is also set to join the EU but few people in western Europe seem know much about this country - despite the fact that it’s thirteen centuries old! Food is often a good place to start when it comes to investigating a country’s history and traditions, and of course it’s a language that brings people together. So what’s on Bulgaria‘s menu?
Closing music: Bobby Hughes Experience