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EU Accessions Bill
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This bill ratifies the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU.

MAIN PROVISIONS
BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: The foreign office
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 11 Oct 2005
Second reading: 1 Nov 2005
Committee stage: 24 Nov 2005
Remaining stages: 24 Nov 2005
LORDS:
First reading: 28 Nov 2005
Second reading: 20 Dec 2005
Committee stage: 10 Jan 2006
Report stage: 24 Jan 2006
Third reading: 7 Feb 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 17 Feb 2006

  • All new members of the EU must be ratified by existing member states and this legislation enables the UK to do so

    BACKGROUND
    Romania and Bulgaria became eligible for entry to the EU in 1995.

    Negotiations were completed in December 2004 and the accession treaty signed in April 2005.

    Romania and Bulgaria are due to join the EU on 1 January 2007.

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