The European Commission has recommended in a report that Bulgaria and Romania join the EU in 2007, but has made its approval conditional on them fulfilling certain extra conditions.
Bulgaria has been told that it needs to tackle six areas of concern, including corruption and organised crime and that the EU needs to see tangible evidence of efforts to tackle these practices.
Romania has been instructed to do more to improve and monitor food safety and agencies to distribute Common Agricultural Policy payments.
Both countries are warned in the report that they will face monitoring for the first three years after becoming members of the EU and that funding will be cut if they fail to account for payments received, which is without precident,
A final decision on whether the two countries are ready to join will be taken in October.
16 May 2005