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"Mr President, enlargement is not an end in itself. It is clearly a means; I would go further, it is a means within a group of means. For example, the other means are: political deepening, economic and social cohesion and budgetary sufficiency. The success of enlargement depends on whether these three elements are clearly present. If it is a means, what is the end? That people live better, qualitatively and quantitatively, in the countries of the current Union and in the candidate countries. This is therefore true in the case of a country such as Bulgaria. We hope that during the next political stage which that country is going to experience after the latest elections, the Europeanist will and effort shown so far will remain as strong and that, furthermore, essential actions will be strengthened in various fields. Firstly, in the political field. We must say clearly to the Bulgarian Government that this Parliament would not even consider voting for an accession agreement while, for example, Article 157 of the Penal Code remains in force, which establishes unacceptable discrimination against homosexual citizens in Bulgaria. We clearly also have to ask the Bulgarian Government to make progress on the reform of judicial power, on the fight against corruption, on improving the social living conditions of the citizens and, particularly, on the fight against unemployment. We must also ask for progress on the protection of the environment and, above all, for compliance with the commitments made so far on the closure, within certain time limits, of units 1 to 4 of the Kozloduy nuclear power station. Finally, we want to say to Bulgaria that it is this Parliament’s desire that it be well incorporated into the European Union and on time, but, of course within the political, economic and social framework established."@en1

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