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Friday, 5 January 2007

EU accession of Romania and Bulgaria on January 1st, 2007

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Romania and Bulgaria became, in accordance with the final recommendation of the EU commission of October 2006 effective as of January 1st, 2007, the 26th and 27th EU member states. With the admission of both countries, the population of the European Union grew to nearly 500 million inhabitants. In the accounts and comments of this most recent round of expansions concerns will doubtlessly be renewed about the extent to which accession to the EU is an incentive for each candidate to carry out democratic reforms and at the same time for the assurance a sustainable economic growth rate.