Lithuania Ratifies Bulgaria's EU Treaty

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 30, 2006, Thursday // 00:00

Lithuania's Parliament - Seimas - ratified Bulgaria and Romania's EU Accession Treaty on March 30, fulfilling hopes that the ratification procedure will be completed by the end of the month.

85 MPs supported the treaty, one voted against and three abstained.

The ratification will be enforced after the approval of Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus.

Fifteen out of twenty-five member states have completed the ratification procedure of Bulgaria and Romania's accord with the EU so far.

The accession agreement, signed by Bulgaria and Romania in April 2005, will take effect at the beginning of 2007, provided all 25 EU member states have ratified them.

Sofia is hoping that all member states will ratify its EU accession treaty before the European Commission monitoring report in the spring of 2006, fearing a delay in its accession due to a delay in the ratifications.

If the notification of the ratification in all member states is not completed by 31 December 2006, the accession treaty will not enter into force and it will have to be renegotiated.

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