EU Approves Bulgaria and Romania For 2007 Membership
The European Union voted today to admit Bulgaria and Romania in 2007.
The European Union parliament on Wednesday approved the entry of Bulgaria and Romania into the 25-nation bloc in 2007. Legislators voted 522-70 in favour of Bulgaria’s entry, with 69 abstentions, and 497-93 in favour of Romania’s application, with 71 abstentions.
EU officials said both countries must make reforms before their final acceptance, inserting “super safeguard clauses” in their entry treaties. The clauses could trigger a one-year delay in their entry if certain conditions aren’t met.
Interesting. The integration of the former Eastern Block–or “New Europe” if you will–into the European mainstream is moving quite rapidly, at least when one considers the chasm that once separated them.