Serhat TUNAR –TDO- In an interview with the German daily Die Welt, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he doubted whether Romania, which will take over the rotating presidency for the first time as of January 1st, is prepared to carry out this task.
Juncker told at the interview, “I think Romania is technically well prepared. However, I don't know if Romania knows exactly what it means to hold the rotating presidency of EU countries. I have some doubts at this point.
" Romanian officials have slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency on Tuesday.
Signaling the fractious mood, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party, blasted top EU officials. "Romania is under special (EU) monitoring. Romania is treated like a second-rate nation by some EU officials," Mihai Fifor, a Social Democrat leader.