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THE GOVERNMENT PRAISES ITSELF ABOUT EU

The Bulgarian Government evaluated as excellent the conclusion of the technical negotiations with the European Commission for the country's integration into the European Union. On July 15, the ministers listened to the report prepared by the ministers Solomon Passy and Meglena Kouneva dedicated to the closing of all the 31 chapters of the negotiations. The document recalls some of the most important moments since Bulgaria applied officially for becoming a member of the EU in December 1995 until the talks were concluded on the last four chapters - Agriculture, Regional Policy, Budget and Financial Matters, and Competition, last June.In the past four years negotiations for Bulgaria's membership in the EU were led in accordance with the same principles as the negotiations with the ten newly-accepted members from Central and Eastern Europe, the report indicates.The rulers consider the conclusion of the negotiations within the mandate of the present European Commission their biggest achievement.The report does not say a word about the opposition's reproach for the lack of transparency in the talks with Brussels. On the other hand, the Cabinet fulfilled a decision made by the National Assembly earlier this month which obliged it to prepare a list of the laws with greatest importance to the country's membership. According to unofficial information, among them are the laws on insurance, genetically modified structures, preservation of the cultural monuments, civil aviation, etc. However, the Government press centre did not reveal details about the bills included in the program.

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