Romanian prime minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu said on Wednesday that these days he is less interested with the moves on the domestic political stage and more focused on what is the most important issue confronting Romania this year – the preparation for EU accession in 2007.

He said his top priority was the „to do list” agreed with the European Commission, regarding the reform process in fields where Romania still has a lot to do to reach EU standards.

His comments come following a wave of political moves seen as having a potential to undermine the position of the Liberal prime minister, including a series of governmental changes pushed by the Democrats – senior partners, along the Liberals, in the governing coalition – and agreed by President Basescu yesterday.

PM Tariceanu and President Traian Basescu will attend the European Council in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. The Romanian authorities plan to push for a confirmation at the reunion that the country will join the EU on January 1, 2007 as planned.