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CHRONOLOGY of events in the field of Bulgarian-EU relations

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1988.08.09 Establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the European Community
1990.05.08 Signing, in Brussels, of the Agreement on Trade, Commercial and Economic Co-operation between Bulgaria, on the one part, and the European Communities and their member states, on the other part
1990.09.17 Bulgaria joins the PHARE programme
1990.11.01 The Agreement on Trade, Commercial and Economic Co-operation enters into force
1990.12.22 The 7th Grand National Assembly adopts a Decision on Bulgaria’s willingness to become a full member of the European Communities
1992.05.13-15 First round of negotiations between the Bulgarian government and the EC Commission with a view to signing a Europe Agreement of Association; seven rounds of negotiations are held by the end of the year
1993.03.08 Signing, in Brussels, of the Europe Agreement of Association and of the Interim Agreement on Trade and Trade Related Matters between Bulgaria, on the one part, and the European Communities and their member states, on the other part
1993.04.15 Ratification of the Europe Agreement of Association and the Interim Trade Agreement by the 36th National Assembly of Bulgaria
1993.10.27 The European Parliament ratifies Bulgaria’s Europe Agreement of Association
1993.12.06-07 The European Council meeting in Brussels takes a decision to approve Bulgaria’s Interim Trade Agreement
1993.12.31 Bulgaria’s Interim Trade Agreement enters into force
1994.12.09-10 The European Council meeting in Essen adopts the EU’s Preaccession Strategy establishing a structured dialogue and a multilateral relationship with the associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe
1995.02.01 Bulgaria’s Europe Agreement of Association enters into force
1995.05.29 First session of the Association Council Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1995.06.26-27 The European Council meeting in Cannes adopts the Commision’s White Paper on the preparation of the associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe for their integration into the EU’s Internal Market
1995.09.06-08 First session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia
1995.09.25 The EU Council of Ministers adopts a list of countries whose citizens need visas to enter EU member states; Bulgaria and Romania are the only associated countries on the list
1995.11.09-10 First session of the Association Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia
1995.12.01 The 37th National Assembly approves Bulgaria’s official application for full EU membership
1995.12.16 Bulgaria submits an official application for membership in the EU at the European Council in Madrid
1996.01.30 Second session of the Association Council Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1996.02.21-22 Second session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1996.07.24-26 Third session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia
1996.10.22 Second session of the Association Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1997.02.25 Third session of the Association Council Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1997.07.16 The European Commission adopts its package of documents “Agenda 2000” comprising a vision for “A Wider and Stronger Union”, the Commission’s opinions (avis) on the applications of the associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe for accession, a study on the effects of the Eastern enlargement on the EU’s policies, and a Reinforced Preaccession Strategy; the Commission recommends to the European Council to start accession negotiations with Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus and enhanced preparation of the other applicant countries for accession
1997.07.21 The Bulgarian government adopts a Declaration on the equal start of the negotiations with all applicant countries
1997.07.23 The 38th National Assembly adopts a Declaration on the simultaneous start of the negotiations with all applicant countries
1997.07.23-25 Fourth session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Bulgaria
1997.10.27-28 Third session of the Association Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia; the Bulgarian side submits the first draft of the National Strategy for Accession to the EU
1997.11.26-27 Fifth session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Bulgaria, held in Brussels
1997.12.12 The European Council meeting in Luxembourg adopts a decision on the start of the accession process with the associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Cyprus, and on the opening of official accession negotiations with Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus
1998.03.12 Opening of the first European Conference in London, summoned in accordance with the decisions of the Luxembourg European Council
1998.03.23 The Bulgarian government adopts a National Strategy for Preparation for Accession to the EU and a National Programme for the Adoption of the Acquis Communautaire (NPAA)
1998.03.30 Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the EU with the ministers of foreign affairs of the associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Cyprus to launch the accession process; adoption of the “Accession Partnership” documents
1998.03.31 Opening of official accession negotiations between the EU and Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus
1998.04.27 Bulgaria, jointly with Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia, starts the general multilateral screening process of legislation for its comformity with EU law
1998.06.29-30 Sixth session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee EU-Bulgaria
1998.09.04 The Bulgarian government adopts its first Information Report on progress achieved in the country’s preparation for accession to the EU and communicates it to the European Commission
1998.10.01 Fourth session of the Association Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1998.10.27 Fourth session of the Association Council Bulgaria-EU, held in Luxembourg
1998.11.04 The European Commission adopts its first Regular Reports on the candidate countries’ progress towards accession
1998.11.30-12.01 Seventh session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1999.01.17 Establishment of a Joint Consultative Economic and Social Committee Bulgaria-EU, comprising representatives of employers’ organisations, trade unions, NGOs, etc.
1999.03. Bulgaria starts the bilateral screening process of Bulgarian legislation for its comformity with EU law
1999.03.12 The EU Council of Ministers adopts a new list of countries whose citizens need visas to enter EU member states; Bulgaria and Romania are still the only associated countries on the list
1999.03.24-25 The European Council in Berlin decides on the reform of the budget and the structural funds of the EU and on the creation of new financial instruments for assisting the applicant countries’ preparation in the pre-accession period - ISPA (environment and transport infrastructure) and SAPARD (agriculture and rural development)
1999.03.29-30 Eighth session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU
1999.06.24 The Bulgarian government adopts its second Information Report on progress achieved in the country’s preparation for accession to the EU and communicates it to the European Commission
1999.07.26 Fifth session of the Association Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia
1999.10.13 The European Commission adopts its second Regular Reports on the candidate countries’ progress towards accession in which it recommends the opening of accession negotiations with Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Slovakia
1999.10.18-19 Ninth session of the Joint Parliamentary Committee Bulgaria-EU, held in Sofia
1999.11.16 Fifth session of the Association Council Bulgaria-EU, held in Brussels
1999.12.10-11 The European Council meeting in Helsinki adopts a decision on the opening - in February 2000 - of official accession negotiations with Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Malta and on the granting to Turkey of the status of a candidate state destined to join the Union on the basis of the Copenhagen criteria

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