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Bulgaria's peak Ruen (2291m) in the Osogovo Mountain has become the highest border point of the European Union.
Ruen is the highest peak in the Osogovo Mountain located over the western town of Kyustendil and close to Bulgaria's border with the FYROM.
A fairy ship "sailed" in Sofia's streets on January 1 to bid Bulgaria good luck in its EU course.
Bulgaria's airports have implemented the EU hand luggage security regulations for all planes taking off for states of the Union.
Bulgaria and Romania's EU accession will move the geographic centre of the Union.
The citizens of the FYROM will need visas to come to Bulgaria as the required document has already been introduced.
The visas will be free and people will apply for them at the Bulgarian embassy in Skopje and the General Consulate in Bitola.
The accession of the two new EU member states - Bulgaria and Romania - has come amid falling enthusiasm in Europe for the bloc's continuing expansion.
A Eurobarometer poll in autumn showed that only 41% of people in the 15 states that were part of the EU
The European Union has rolled out the welcome mat for Romania and Bulgaria on January 1.
The two Balkan neighbours swell the EU to 27 countries with 493 million people stretching the bloc's decision-making machinery to the limit.
In an emotional address to the nation minutes before midnight, Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov called the country's EU entry a "heavenly moment".
"The day we are welcoming - January 1, 2007 - will undoubtedly find its place among the most important d
The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has given the new members Bulgaria and Romania a warm welcome.
"In welcoming two new members to the family we know that our culture, our heritage will be richer, our little ties and our econo
Hours before the New Year the head of Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Maxim called for preserving the national identity and culture leaning on orthodox faith.
The festivities in Bucharest ended a day of celebrations when Bulgarian and Romanian officials lined up for hoisting together the flag of the European Union.
The blue-and-gold-stars flag was hoisted 20 meters at a ceremony attended by President Traian Ba
The night sky of Sofia has turned into daylight for some fifteen minutes when a sweeping fireworks and light show marked the accession of Bulgaria to the EU.
The spectacle was a product of Gert Hoff, known for his spectacular and unique works of light ar
"It was hard, but we arrived at the end of the road. It is the road of our future.
Bulgarian, Romanian and Irish (Gaeilge) languages obtain an official status in the EU on January 1, 2007, bringing the total number of "linguae europeae" to 23.
The European Commission has announced Bulgarian and Romanian get official status on the same
A key event is to mark 2007 in the history of the European Union - its 50th birthday.
Germany takes over the presidency of the EU on January 1 for six months driving ambitions to set a "road map" and a "method" for adoption of the constitution.
The charter was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands in 2005 putting on halt the pr
On New Year's Day, Slovenia becomes the first of the ten states, which joined the EU in 2004, to adopt the European currency.
Thus the former communist state exchanges its tolar for the euro.
The entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the EU is expected to raise higher living standards and trigger faster economic growth, which occurred among the EU10 that joined in 2004.
Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union on January 1, 2007 with all-night celebrations, bringing 30 million new citizens to the bloc, now with 27 members.
The two Balkan countries officially entered the EU at the stroke of midnight, which ushers i
Some Western European member states fear a flood of new immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania, but officials in both countries say most of those who wanted to work abroad have already left.
Critics in western EU countries fear that difficulties at home co
Bulgaria is closing two reactors of its Kozloduy nuclear power station in the hours before joining the EU - one of the last remaining conditions of membership.
Bulgaria agreed to shut four older reactors, out of a total of six units, at the Kozloduy nucl
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