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The lack of freedom of movement is disappointing for those who understand that it is a possibility. Unfortunately perhaps, only a small percentage of the population really understands the concept of the four freedoms (free movement of goods, services, capital, and labor). The EU is seen more as a good uncle that will give lots of money and will provide a big market for producers. So many Bulgarians already work abroad (legally and illegally) in some of the member states, that I don't see the mass migration that some have spoken about. It could happen, but I'm not convinced.

The psychological boost that I see coming is one of reaffirmation. Of course, Bulgaria is a European state, but EU membership is demonstrated proof of this. NATO membership was something along these lines. It demonstrated that Bulgaria had really arrived and that something good could happen. In a sense, it is a blow against those who might think that nothing good can really happen...the doubters and pessimists.

In this sense, membership, even if it is under these conditions allows the possibility of even greater public pressure upon a reluctant government and state administration.  

by gradinski chai on Wed Sep 6th, 2006 at 12:21:19 PM EST
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