Brussels Officially Stamps Bulgaria's Evro Victory

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The row between the European Union and Bulgaria over how to spell the word euro officially ended on Monday with a document of its executive body legal service.

The problem, which lied with Bulgaria's Cyrillic alphabet, under which the common European currency is spelt "evro" rather than euro, was solved earlier in October in favour of Bulgaria, a decision about which all European institutions now have been officially informed.

The document of the European Commission legal service traces the latest developments on the issue, starting with the adoption of a special declaration in support of Bulgaria's demand at the meeting of EU Foreign Relations Council in Luxembourg on October 15.

Three days later the summit of state and government heads in Lisbon upheld the decision.

Bulgaria demanded the currency to be spelt as it is pronounced in Bulgarian - "evro", but first met strong resistance from the European Central Bank. It insisted that the name of the single currency must be spelled in the same way in all the official languages of the EU - "euro".

Bulgaria's position was made stronger by the fact that the term "evro" was used in the country's accession treaty to the EU that was ratified by all member states.

Besides the country is the first to introduce the Cyrillic alphabet to the bloc and its papers provide for recognition of the characteristic features of all official languages.
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