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Parvanov: EU Entry of Bulgaria Heavenly Moment

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

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Barroso: Bulgaria, Romania Make EU Stronger

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

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Patriarch Maxim Calls for Strengthening Faith

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.

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Bulgaria, Romania Hoist EU Flag Together

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

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Sofia Turns Night into Day to Mark EU Accession

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

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Basescu: It was Hard, But We Arrived

"It was hard, but we arrived at the end of the road. It is the road of our future.

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Bulgarian, Romanian, Irish Become EU Official Languages

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

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EU Marks 50th Birthday in 2007

A key event is to mark 2007 in the history of the European Union - its 50th birthday.

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Germany Takes over EU Presidency Helm

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

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Slovenia Pioneers EU10 in Adopting Euro

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.

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Bulgarians Become Europeans Hoping for Higher Living Standards

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.

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Bulgaria, Romania Join to Enlarge EU to 27

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

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Bulgaria, Romania Join EU Amid Immigration Fears

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

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Bulgaria Shuts Down 2 Reactors in EU Sacrifice

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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Germans Unenthusiastic about Acceding Bulgaria, Romania - Poll

Germans, whose country takes over the six-month EU presidency on January 1, seem unenthusiastic about the prospect of Romania and Bulgaria joining the bloc, a new poll has shown. A majority of Germans (53%) say they are opposed to Romania and Bulgaria be

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Bulgaria Rides EU Wave to Call for Medics' Freedom

Bulgaria will ride the wave of EU-dedicated festivities to draw the world's public eye on its efforts to set free five Bulgarian medics on a death row in Libya. As part of an international campaign, organized and supported by Bulgaria's largest media (ht

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Rainbow's Legend Brings Bulgaria into EU

Rock legend Ronnie James Dio will sing to hail the New Year and the EU accession of Bulgaria with a major gig on the Black Sea coast.

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Bulgaria's Eastern Shabla First in EU

Bulgaria's most eastern point, at Shabla Lighthouse, on the Black Sea coast and its keeper will be the first to enter the European Union. Tasho Dimitrov has been working for 15 years on the lighthouse and this year his shift coincides with New Year 2007,

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Bulgaria to Join Romania in Hoisting EU Flag

The highlight of the planned events staged to mark the EU accession of Bulgaria and Romania will be the hoisting of the EU flag at the Victoria Palace (the governments offices) in Bucharest. The official hoisting will take place on December 31, barely ho

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Bucharest Promises "Unforgettable" EU Entry Party

Bucharest mayor Adriean Vidreanu has promised "a traditional party that Romanians will never forget". European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are among the politicians joining hands for a traditiona

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Bulgaria Set to Party EU Accession

Bulgaria along with Romania is getting ready to celebrate their entry into the European Union at midnight with rock music, fanfares, fireworks and traditional dancing. Thousands are expected to attend the concerts in the countries' capitals, Sofia and Bu

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