A decade after entering EU, a two-track Romania

EU membership has led to increased foreign investment in Romania but not necessarily to higher wages, with average monthly salaries at 470 eurosA new school and cultural centre are tangible benefits of EU membership, according to Vladimir Paun, a Romanian mayor. For the former communist country which votes Sunday in parliamentary elections, January 1, 2007 was a “chance to get closer to the level of development” of western Europe, says Paun. In Racoasa, a village of 3,300 people in Romania’s northeast, the 39-year-old mayor took advantage of EU community funding.

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