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Tuesday, 1 March 2005

BULGARIA AND ROMANIA: HERE THEY COME!


According to the European Commission's news publication The Week in Europe the Commission came to a favourable opinion on the accession to the EU of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania this week. This decision follows the success of accession negotiations at the European Council meeting in Brussels on 17 December 2004 and the finalisation of the Treaty of Accession in February 2005. The Accession Treaty, once ratified by present and future member states, and will enter into force on 1 January 2007.

Adrian Mutu: the disgraced ex-Chelsea footballer is Romania's
seventh-most popular brand, behind BitDefender and Dacia

The IPKat is delighted to note that, following accession, the pan-European Community trade mark and Community design rights will span no fewer than 27 countries. Merpel however has been moved by the sound of pathetic sobbing from the poor souls who run the ECJ and OHIM translation departments...

Dracula: protectable Romanian folklore or Irish invention?

Top Romanian brands here
No links to the top Bulgarian brands, since they all seem to be cigarettes ...

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