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But it says that monitoring of the situation in Romania will continue, saying that "backtracking" identified in a report had continued.
Both countries have been subjected to the monitoring and progress reports on judicial reform and anti-corruption measures for 12 years. The idea was that without improvements the weaknesses "could prevent an effective application of EU laws, policies and programs and prevent Bulgarians and Romanians from enjoying their full rights as EU citizens.
From now on, progress will be monitored internally in Bulgaria.
The verdict on Romania is not as positive from the European Commission, which says it "has had to address frequently the developments in Romania relating to judicial reform and the fight against corruption.
On each of these occasions, the commission has confirmed backtracking from the progress made in previous years. The conclusions of the European Commission's Cooperation and Verification Mechanism reports are subject to agreement by other member states and the European Parliament.