Bokova: There was opposition in Bulgaria against membership application

Twenty years ago, on 15 December 1995, Bulgaria presented its EU membership application, ending months of uncertainty over its geopolitical aspirations. On the occasion of this anniversary, EurActiv spoke to several political figures from that period.

Today, it may seem only natural that Bulgaria is a member of NATO and of the EU. But 20 years ago, in 1995, it was not clear what the intentions of the country’s authorities were. Even less clear were the plans of the European institutions vis-à-vis Bulgaria and Romania.

As Bulgarian diplomats remember, in the mid-1990s, when the country first opened its Mission to the European Communities, there were not many occasions when they could speak to counterparts who could provide insights about EU strategy.

Geoffrey Harris, a high official of the European Parliament, was one of the rare officials who had been accessible at that time, when the scope of enlargement was being designed.

One of the possible scenarios was a small enlargement, starting with Hungary, seen then as the star pupil of the class. Another scenario was for a “big bang” including all ten Central and East European states, which eventually made the fifth EU enlargement, in 2004 and 2007.
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Parliamentary Friendship Group Canada-Bulgaria

This November 24th, 2014, at the Senate of Canada, attended by many dignitaries, was created the Parliamentary Friendship Group Canada-Bulgaria. In the photo, the speech of the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Nikolay Milkov.  

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Business forum 2014

One of our Bulgarian partners (, the Association of Small and Medium Businesses – United Business Clubs (UBC), organizes an “International Meeting of Small and Medium Businesses – conferences, exhibition, networking and sports events.” The event will be held from 23 to 27 September in the beautiful Bulgarian Black Sea resort Golden Sands, Hotel ” […]

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Mrs. Irina Bokova with a second term as Director General of UNESCO

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Ambassador Nikolay Milkov presented his credentials to the Governor General of Canada

On October 30th 2013, during an official ceremony which took place at Rideau Hall, Ottawa , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Canada His Excellency Nikolay Milkov presented his credentials to His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. At the beginning of the ceremony, the Governor General […]

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Canada-Bulgaria Business Forum 2013

Thursday, July 4th, 2013, the Canada -Bulgaria Business Council held in Sofia its annual business forum on “SMEs: job creators and engines of development.” Mr. Georges Panitchersky, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria Quebec and President of the Canada -Bulgaria Business Council, opened the forum and describes its context, its objectives and program. Mr. […]

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Cocktail – Bulgaria National Holiday

The Canada-Bulgaria Business Council is happy to join the Bulgarian Consulate in Montreal, as well as Arton Capital in hosting a cocktail celebrating March 3rd – Bulgaria’s National Holiday. The invitations-only event will be held at the the offices of Arton Capital on March 5th, 2013, and will be attended by representatives of various diplomatic […]

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Arton Capital joins CABG

CABG is happy to announce that Arton Capital, a leading Canadian financial advisory firm has become a CABG Platinum Member. As a global financial advisory firm, Arton Capital provides custom-tailored services for Immigrant Investor Programs to a diversified client base, including Government agencies and high net-worth individuals and families from around the world. CABG has […]

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