File - September 20, 2013 shows Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans at the State Department in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM
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The EU Wednesday warned Bulgaria and Romania they must do much more to combat crime, corruption and weak judicial systems amid growing criticism they are failing to meet reform commitments.The two former communist states joined the European Union in 2007 promising radical changes to meet the standards expected in the 28-nation bloc but progress, especially in Bulgaria, has been painfully slow. European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Bulgaria had made some progress last year but now it was time for "concrete results". The Commission, releasing its annual "Cooperation and Verification Mechanism" report on Bulgaria, noted Sofia had pushed through an amended constitution, which represented progress towards reform of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) which oversees the judiciary.
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