The central and eastern European region is in a rapid state of flux after concerted efforts to join the European Union. Of the 10 nations that were admitted to the EU on May 1, 2004, eight - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, LaTVia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia - are from the region, with Bulgaria and Romania scheduled to join in May 2007. This burst of political activity has heightened the region's profile on the international stage and served as an impetus for reform.
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