United Kingdom and France have demanded Brussels authorities to adopt a rougher tone in their relation with Romania and Bulgaria, due to the “serious level of corruption” in both countries, the UK daily Financial Times read on Friday.

Sweden and Holland also expressed their concern with the European Commission’s true intention to keep the two countries under pressure, so that the reform commitments would become reality.

The complaint, formulated during a private meeting, shows that commissioner Franco Frattini, the European Commissioner for Justice, has become too close to the countries he monitors.

Frattini’s decision to go to a ski party with Bulgarian PM Rumen Petkov in January caused concern in several capitals and among his colleagues.

UK, French, Swedish and Dutch ambassadors demanded a meeting with Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission, in order to analyze the situation and ensure the progress the two countries seen between January 1st and today.