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The EU has allowed Bulgaria and Romania join the bloc

June 17 2005

The summit of the European Union supported the EU accession of Romania and Bulgaria. The corresponding statement in the draft outcome document of the summit. It provides, inter alia, states that the EU leaders welcomed the agreement signed on 25 April this year, according to which these states will be admitted to the EU in January 2007.

In addition, the document stresses that the EU intends to adhere to the agreements concluded in December 2004, in accordance with which accession negotiations with Turkey in the European Union will begin on October 3 this year, provided that Ankara will sign a customs agreement with the EU in view of its new members, including Cyprus. Recall, the Turkish authorities do not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, which is one of the obstacles to the country's accession to the EU.

The draft outcome document of the EU summit welcomes the accession of Balkan states to block Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia. In this collaboration with the International Tribunal in The Hague is stipulated as a special condition for integration into the European structures, RBC reports.

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