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Revista 22 - Romania | 27/02/2008

Romania's place in the EU

Jonathan Scheele, former head of the EU Commission delegation in Bucharest, steered the accession talks with Romania until the end of 2006. One year after Romania's entry into the EU, he observes that "if Romania has no clear vision of what it wants, it will not be able to exert any influence. To merely defend one's own national interests is reaction, not action. Unfortunately, up to now there has been no real strategy. Of course, the problem of corruption has to take first priority. Sadly, reforms are not moving along as quickly as we would have liked. But if the corruption problem should ever be solved, there is a need for a clear concept about the country's future. And as long as no such concept exists, Romania will not achieve the position it deserves within the EU."

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