Archive for September, 2006

European Commission recommended January 1, 2007 as Bulgaria’s EU Accession Date

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

In its Monitoring report on the state of preparedness of Bulgaria and Romania for EU membership dated September 26, 2006 the European Commission recommended January 1, 2007 as the date of Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession in the EU. The Commission essentially stated that both countries are “sufficiently prepared to meet the political, economic and acquis criteria” and “will be in a position to take on the rights and obligations of EU membership on 1 January 2007”. The Report further states that “the Commission looks forward to welcoming Bulgaria and Romania as fully-fledged members of the European Union on this date”. On the basis of the Commission’s recommendation the Council by the end of the year will have to confirm January 1, 2007 as the accession date for Bulgaria and Romania and the remaining four members states (Germany, Belgium, France and Demark) need to complete their respective ratification procedures necessary for the entry into force of the Accession Treaty.

Ports and Airport Concessions to be Announced

Monday, September 18th, 2006

The Minister of Transport and Communications was cited in the press that in total four concessions tenders are planned to be opened by the end of the year: for 3 port terminals of public ports located on the Danube river (Vidin – North and Ferry port complex Vidin, Vidin – Center and Lom) as well as Airport Rousse – a civil airport for public use located in the Danube city of Rousse.

Amendments to the Marks and Geographical Indications Act

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

The Act on Amendment and Supplement of the Marks and Geographical Indications Act (promulgated on September 05, 2006 in State Gazette, issue 73) introduces in the national legislation the provisions of Directive 2004/48/EC, Council Regulation 40/1994 on the Community trade mark and Council Regulation 1383/2003 concerning customs action against goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights. The amendments introduce a definition of and the legal regime applicable to well – known and the notorious marks as well as the procedure for the recognition of the mark as well – known or notorious. The amendments also provide for a definition of the Community mark and regulate in detail the terms and the procedure for the registration of the Community mark.

The Amendment and Supplement Act will enter into force after the expiry of one month as of the date of its promulgation in the State Gazette (i.e. by October 5, 2006) excluding the provisions with respect to the Community mark which will enter into force as of the date of entry into force of the EU Accession Treaty.