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Romania's EU accession took place on 1 January 2007.

This time it was proposed at the

summit in Thessaloniki in 2003 and confirmed in Brussels on 18 June 2004. Country
Report on Romania's progress since October 2004 also stated on January 1, 2007 as the
accession date for Romania and Bulgaria. The two countries signed the Treaty of
Accession on 25 April 2005 in Neumnster Abbey in Luxembourg.
Romania was the first country in Central and Eastern Europe that had official
relations with the European Community. In January 1974, an agreement including
Romania in the Generalized System of Preferences of the community, after which he
signed a series of agreements with the EEC to facilitate trade. In 1980, Romania has
made de facto recognition of the European Economic Community by signing the
Agreement on establishment of the Joint Commission Romania - CEE, while being
signed Agreement on Industrial Products.
Romania's diplomatic relations with the EU dated to 1990, followed in 1991 to
be signed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement. European Agreement came into
operation in february 1995. Trade provisions have been implemented since 1993 by an
"Interim Agreement". Romania sent a request to become a member on 22 June 1995,
together with Snagov Declaration, a document signed by all the fourteen major political
parties of Romania, expressing his full support for European integration.
In July 1997, the Commission published its "Opinion on the call Romania joined the
European Union". The following year, he was issued a "Report on Romania's progress
in the accession process to the European Union". In the following report, published in
October 1999, the Commission recommended starting accession negotiations with
Romania (provided to improve the situation of children in institutions and prepare a
medium-term economic strategy). Following the decision of the European Council in
Helsinki in December 1999, accession negotiations with Romania began on 2000
February 15.

Romania's objective was to obtain full membership in 2007. Summit in Thessaloniki

(Salonika) in 2004, said that the European Union supports this objective.
Romania actively participated as an observer in the following institutions of the
European Union:
European Parliament
European Council
Council of the European Union
Committee of Permanent Representatives - COREPER I and II,
Council working groups,
committees and working groups of the European Commission
Committee of the Regions and the Economic and Social Council.
After accession Romania went from active observer status to the full membership.
Romania became the seventh EU country by number of inhabitants.