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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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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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