DUTCH AID TO BULGARIA FOR EU PREPARATIONS
Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok announced last Tuesday aid worth 17.13 million euros (15.1 million dollars) for Bulgaria this year, saying the Balkan country must be helped by EU members to prepare for EU entry.
But he warned that Bulgaria, a second-wave EU candidate, has a long road ahead to go. A lot still has to be done to be ready for membership, he said during a two-day visit to Sofia.
The Dutch aid includes 15.8 million euros to help agriculture, transport, industry, energy and environmental projects, as well as 1.33 million euros to help judicial reform and border guard projects, officials said.
Wim Kok also said the Netherlands supported Bulgaria's bid to be invited to join NATO at a summit scheduled in Prague next year. Time should not be wasted, Bulgarian people need some new perspective, he said.