European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn has warned Romania in a BBC interview that the EU would continue to monitor the country’s performance in the reform of Justice, one of the issues where Bucharest risks the activation of a safeguard clause linked to the establishment of a National Agency for Integrity - ANI.

ANI is aimed at monitoring the wealth of elected politicians to prevent possible acts of corruption. But its scope was considerably limited earlier this year when Romanian MPs left the Agency without the means to do more than receive wealth statements from politicians.

Rehn told the BBC that ANI remains a serious issue that will be monitored by EU institutions after Romania joins the Union on January 1, 2007.

The Commissioner was in Bucharest for a trade reunion of Balkan countries. He warned on the occasion that ANI complies with Eu standards in this regard Romania may be excluded from certain areas of judicial cooperation between member states.