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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

Romania: Truly European

Ah… The 2007 accession states of Bulgaria and Romania… What to make of them? At the time I was both optimistic and pessimistic all at once. A year and a half on…?

After Bulgaria being told off last month (for, y’know, little things like being economically backward, corrupt, and ignoring human rights and the rule of law) now EU agricultural funds have been suspended to Romania due to dodgy management.

Oh dear… Doesn’t look like letting them in was such a good idea now, does it?

The thing is, though, unlike Bulgaria’s blatant unsuitability for EU membership, I reckon this simply shows how much Romania’s getting into the spirit of things. The Commission has suspended payments of just 28.3 million euros to Romania – that’s three times less than France was fined back in 2006 for dodgy use of CAP funds. Mismanagement of EU agricultural payments is a long and noble tradition – by following the examples of France, Britain, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Ireland, Romania is merely underlining its commitment to European values.

Makes you proud, doesn’t it?

3 Comments

  1. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    You want the money, you have to behave. Even if things are not going well in Romania and Bulgaria, the desire for EU money and access to markets does mean that the situation is far better than if these countires (and the rest of Eastern Europe) had been left to thier own devices.
    What is needed though is a tougher set of auditing criteria, guidance and enforcement for ALL members of the EU.
    As in much of the EU politics, member states blame the EU because it suits domestic agendas, not because that is were the blame is. Member states are responsable for the spending and auditing of budgets, cant really blame the EU if they dont do thier job properly.

  2. thats the same with the welsh assembly, they will take EU structural funding
    1.4bn, yet try and overcome EU human rights laws in the high court which they did
    yer right, if you want the money, you’ve gotta be sweet

  3. I think this “take money from one program, how dare they not support this other program” is a dead horse if ever there was one. It was trotted (well, dragged – it’s dead) out during the constitution Plan B (Lisbon treaty) debate. How dare the Irish take “our” money and not bow to our new poorly written demands… There is no reason why the Irish or the Welsh have any obligation in any other area, it just doesn’t follow. What we should be demanding is that the funds be administered 100% transparently. There is no reason for any government-like program other than defence to keep the details of any spending secret. For the CAP, which we should be rid of anyway, there are exactly zero reasons for not being fully transparent. So before we attack the Romanians or the Welsh spare a thought for the people who designed the system this way.